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  • Jenny Alvis

    Jenny Alvis
    Board Member

    Jenny grew up in Western Michigan and graduated with a degree in Social Work from Calvin College. She came to California to work with troubled teens at a Christian group home ministry. After marrying her husband Derek, she raised and home schooled her three children, who are all in college now. Jenny is currently taking courses to become an American Sign Language interpreter. Jenny is passionate passing on a Biblical worldview to the next generation.
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  • Carolyn McClellan

    McClellan Carolyn
    Teacher's Aide

    Carolyn grew up in San Jose. She is married and has two children that attended Grace Christian School. Carolyn has worked with children for 10 years, in both large and small settings. She is passionate for Christian education as it invites students to see and understand the world through the perspective of God's truth.
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  • Debbie Rice

    Rice Debbie
    Board Member

    Debbie was born in San Jose and raised in the Los Gatos foothills. She is married to Pete, a retired schoolteacher who taught for over 30 years. Debbie, a graduate of The Paralegal Institute at Santa Clara University, works as a part-time legal assistant for a Palo Alto corporate law firm, where she has been employed for 30 years. On her days off, she enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and hostessing “tea parties” in her home. She loves building into the lives of young women by demonstrating the art of tea manners, etiquette, beauty, and showing God’s love to them over a cup of tea! Debbie also serves on the Women’s Ministry Team at Covenant Presbyterian Church.
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  • Richard Neff

    Neff Richard
    Chairman of the Board - Retail Management

    Richard is a 2nd generation San Jose resident with over 38 years of retail management experience.   His part time passion is photography, and he enjoys supporting both the church and Grace Christian School.  Richard hopes that students will embrace the Christ centered teachings of Grace Christian School to know God better as they go on to higher grades.  He and his wife, Virginia, have four children and seven grand children.
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  • Rick VanderKam

    Vanderkam Rick
    Board Member, Elder Liaison - Software Architect

    Rick is from Michigan, and graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids with an engineering degree.  He received his PhD from Stanford in electrical engineering, and has worked for more than 20 years in telecommunications software development.  Rick greatly benefitted from the Christ-centered education he received, and desires that succeeding generations of students will see not only that all belongs to God, but science and religion don’t have to be at odds.  Rick and his wife Hatsumi have one son.
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  • Jan Starke

    Starke Janet
    Head Teacher - Grades K-5

    Jan has a degree in Early Child Education and seventeen years of professional teaching experience. She has taught at Grace Christian School for twelve years, dating back to when her own children were students here. She has a passion for educating young children and desires to see her students not only master their subjects, but to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
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  • The things I learned at Grace, both inside and outside the classroom, benefited me all the way through high school and into college.
    Connor, former student
  • My girls got a wonderful education and enjoyed the individual attention in the small multi-grade classes.
    Georgia, parent of former students
  • One of my favorite parts, aside from academia, was the camaraderie with the students and parents.
    Alison, former student
  • Because of the outstanding academic preparation... our students had a huge academic advantage over their peers when they entered high school.
    Parent of three graduates
  • My grandson is learning so much and far above the curve of other schools.
    Kathy, grandparent of a current student
  • The respect for authority and work ethics promoted at this school, coupled with biblical principles and training are reasons that I would recommend GCS...
    Brian, parent of former students
  • Grace Christian has been an ideal learning environment for our daughter.
    Becky, parent of a former student
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