Sarah Slyman received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion with a minor in Art from Palm Beach Atlantic University. After graduation, she was a full-time tutor in a public high school and later worked in a Christian Montessori School assisting in math and art for grades 4-6. She has always enjoyed her time in the classroom and also working one-on-one with students. Providing a quality education for her students and her own children has always been a priority for her.
Sarah and her husband, Patrick, have been married for 20 years. They are both from the east coast, moving here from the Boston area seven years ago. In addition to homeschooling her two teenage daughters, Sarah is a pastor’s wife and enjoys a very active role in church life. She also runs a home business making designer eye patches for children and adults. Working with children and teens has been a big part of Sarah’s life. She spent many summers on staff at Christian camps, teaching Sunday school, directing children’s church, volunteering on youth staff, training groups for mission trips, etc. She has a passion for people and a love for the gospel. When it is not raining, she loves to garden and travel with her family.
Dana Bitto graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1997, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a major in English. She taught 4th grade at Twin City Elementary for seven years while earning her Master of Education with an emphasis on Literacy Development from Western Washington University in 2001. In 2003, she and her husband welcomed twin boys, and thus began her homeschooling journey. She has gained many insights while homeschooling her four children over the last 12 years. Dana has developed a new perspective on learning differences, such as dyslexia, while focusing on sharing her love of high-quality literature and history. She has been involved with various homeschooling enrichment opportunities in the Skagit Valley, including Friday School.
Dana began the next chapter in her education career at Hill Creek Christian two years ago. Teaching middle school and high school level English classes has been a wonderful way for her to share something valuable and worthwhile with her students. She finds pleasure in researching, developing and implementing classes that help students grow in understanding their place in God’s World. She views learning as a lifelong endeavor. Dana looks forward to teaching classes that are both engaging and challenging, preparing students for learning beyond the classroom setting.
Elizabeth Gunn graduated from SVC with her AA-DTA in June 2018, where she simultaneously worked as a writing consultant and co-editor for the Cardinal Newspaper. After she graduated, she took a gap year to live in North Africa. While there, she worked at an English language learning center and studied Arabic. In March 2020, Elizabeth returned to school and graduated in 2022 from Western Washington University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and a minor in culture and religious studies.
Elizabeth was homeschooled and attended Hill Creek Christian while in high school. She has taught at HCC for one year and has enjoyed returning to her roots. She is passionate about teaching students about writing, introducing them to good literature, and giving them the tools to succeed in other areas of their lives through the foundations of English. An avid reader and writer, teaching English has been such a joy for Elizabeth. She loves sharing her love for ELA with her students, and has a desire to see each of them grow in their various skills.
In February 2021, Elizabeth married Walker Gunn. The two of them live in Mount Vernon and attend church in Sedro Woolley. When they’re not working, they enjoy exploring new places, going camping, rock climbing, reading books, visiting family, and having games nights.
Nathan Fogde received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The Master’s University and a Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in pastoral ministry in music and college ministries in churches in California and Washington and he has served as a long-term substitute teacher (including K–12 choir, band, and general music) in schools in California and Washington.
Nathan has been serving as the Pastor of Worship and Connections at Emmanuel Baptist Church since September 2017. Nathan and his wife, Leanna, have four children: Makaela, Norelle, Landen, and Silas. They enjoy having people over, playing games, sports, family movie nights and sing-a-longs, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
As Pastor of Worship and Connections at EBC, Nathan oversees Music and Technical ministries (Worship Team, Tech Team, AVL Production, Seasonal Choirs, Children’s/Student Ministries’ Music), Membership, Baptism, Discover EBC, Connections Team (Greeters, Ushers, Connections Desk, Hospitality, Visitor Follow-up), All-Church Events, Print/Digital Media, Social Media, and EBC’s Website.
He is excited to teach music at Hill Creek Christian and he looks forward to developing HCC students’ understanding of this portion of the arts for years to come.
Emily Bridge is currently working to earn her AA for Early Childhood Education at Skagit Valley College. She has a passion to work with younger children, and loves to share the excitement of learning with young students. Emily has spent the last 6 years gaining experience working with children at a local preschool. She has always enjoyed her time working in a classroom, growing little minds and helping children learn about the world around them.
Emily wasn’t a part of the homeschooling atmosphere growing up, but has since found the love and care that it takes to teach your own children. Emily was introduced to Hill Creek through a friend, and served as a Teacher’s Assistant in the Elementary classroom for a year.
Emily currently resides in Mount Vernon, fulfilling her dream of sharing a cute apartment with her childhood best friend. In her down time, Emily likes to read a good book, write short stories, crochet while watching a movie, and watch the beautiful sunsets the PNW offers