Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education with a major in history and minor in political science from the University of Arizona in 1998. She also earned a middle school endorsement at that time. Brandy later earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in emotional behavior from the University of Arizona in 2002. She worked in the public school system for 9 years and has been running Calvary Heritage Learning Center an affiliate of Academy Northwest for the last 12 years.
Brandy has consistently taught history and English over the last 21 years. Most of her experience has been at the middle school level, but she has had the pleasure of working with high school students for the last 8 years.
Brandy and her husband, Ed, have been married for 18 years. They moved to Washington State from Tucson, Arizona, 17 years ago. They homeschool their 13-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter. When Brandy is not taxiing her children around to their various activities, she loves just being home. She looks forward to working in the yard, watching a good movie, or reading a book.
Tim Drumm is the Pastor of Student Ministries at Emmanuel Baptist Church. He graduated from The College of Biblical Studies with a Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership and a minor in Bible. More recently, he graduated from The Master’s Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. Tim has worked with teenagers for more than a decade and is passionate about teaching them the truth of the Bible and encouraging their growth in Christ.
Christina South has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Southern Oregon State College and Washington State teacher certification for secondary mathematics. Christina has been involved in the education of students for more than 26 years–homeschooling, teaching classes, tutoring, classroom teaching, and coaching speech and debate students. She taught in Christian schools for eight years before becoming a home schooling parent. Classroom instruction included English, math (primarily Algebra and above), Bible, study skills, drama, personal finance, life skills, and Spanish. Whether in the classroom or at home, Christina enjoys the challenge of making instruction meet the individual needs of her students
Christina and her husband have six children–two biological and four adopted. She also has three grandchildren. When there is a quiet moment, Christina enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and spending time outdoors.
Dennis Powell received his B.A. in history with minors in math and
education at Seattle Pacific College where he met his wife Deborah (a teacher also) and married in 1974. Dennis received his master’s degree in education at the University of LaVerne in California. Recent members of Emmanuel Baptist Church, the Powells are thrilled to see its varied ministries, including Hill Creek Christian. Dennis was inspired to Christian education through teaching 8th grade math, science, and Bible at Bellevue Christian School.
He and Deborah moved to Northern California to co-found Kingswood Christian School in Placerville and served as math/science teacher and administrator of the junior high/high school program. Finally, they served in public school in the Coachella Valley. They enjoyed the primarily Hispanic students there, including many farm workers’ children of very humble means.
Dennis has experience in home construction and real estate development. He loves the Northwest and enjoys building squirrel and bird feeders, going fishing, and hopes to include duck and goose hunting this fall. He looks forward to getting to know the wonderful students in Hill Creek and working with their parents to see these children grow and thrive in whatever callings the Lord has for them.