Our Elementary School is a vibrant learning community, made up of students, parents and teachers, all working together to celebrate gifts, serve each other and honor God.  It is an exciting place to learn- not just academically, but emotionally, spiritually, socially and physically as well. All of this learning occurs within the context of a classroom in which a committed Christian teacher applies Biblical principles to curriculum and teaching practice.

Christian parents in who desire that their children be taught from a Christian perspective are invited to join the learning adventure at YVCS. Together we will explore the richness of God’s world and discover our place in it.

The Elementary School is for students from Kindergarten to Grade 5.  Our school is a non-denominational, independent Christian school operated by a parent elected board.  Our programs are designed to provide students with the mastery of the fundamental concepts necessary for satisfactory achievement in each academic subject area.

Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you face as a parent. Whether you choose a public or Christian school, the responsibility for their education rests in your hands. As the Israelites prepared to go into the Promised Land, God commanded them these words:

“And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

Our children must be educated within the framework of God’s Word. Only when we look at all of life through the Bible will we see the truth. This results in a mind that is trained to live within the world but not conformed to it.

At Ygnacio Valley Christian School, we are dedicated to providing a biblically centered education in collaboration with Christian families to equip students to become followers of Jesus Christ, serving God in their homes, church and community.  If Christian schooling is an option for your family, please contact us. We would be happy to give you a tour and discuss your particular needs.

Kristy Nass
B.A. Elementary Education – University of Wisconsin, 5th Year California Credentialing CSU Hayward

Kristy taught 5th & 6th grade in Minnesota and the moved to California with her husband Bob.  They have been blessed with five children.  She taught all 5 children through 8th grade via home school and then started teaching at YVCS when their youngest went to Berean Christian High School.  Kristy and her husband love to hike, bike, camp and canoe.  She also enjoys cooking and reading.

“I love to listen to my kindergarteners recite scripture and read to me and I am so thankful to be at YVCS.”
Kate O'Keefe

Kate O'Keefe
B.S. Liberal Studies, minor in Environmental Studies - CSU East Bay; Elementary Teacher Certificate - ACSI

Miss O'Keefe did not grow up in a Christian home, but she realizes that God has always been part of her life.  Looking back, she understands that He used people and music to bring her to Christ at the age of sixteen.  The value of a Christ centered education is of utmost importance to her and prays that God uses her to help each student.  She enjoys black and while photography, music and spending time with family and friends.

Ilyn Kagawan

Ilyn Kagawan
B.S. Family Life & Child Development, University of the Philippines.  M.A. Christian Education, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

Mrs. Kagawan was born & raised in Manila, Philippines.  She immigrated to California and pursued post-graduate studies.  She served as Christian Education and Music Director for a church while homeschooling her four children.  She has led our choir program since 2006 & also served as a Preschool teacher.  Her aim is to help students be inquisitive, truth-seeking, lifelong followers of Christ.  Through music, she seeks to inspire students to worship God with their whole being; using their voices and bodies to express the joy of praising God.

Megan Fetterly

Megan Fetterly
A.A. Early Childhood Education, Diablo Valley College; B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberty University

Ms. Fetterly is excited about following God's leading to teach at YVCS where she spent nine years of her life from Kindergarten to 8th grade.  "I cannot wait to start this school year of fun, discovery and adventure in learning with my new class!"

Frances Herrala

Frances Herrala
B.A Christian Education, Prairie Bible College; B.A. Elementary Education, Grace College

Mrs. Herrala moved to California in 1995 to teach fourth grade at YVCS.  She is happy to be back teaching at YVCS after taking a 16 year break.

"YVCS has been a blessing to my family.  Collectively, my children have attended school here for 20 years!  I am thankful to rejoin the teaching staff this year."

Emma Melnyk

Emma Melnyk
B.A. in Liberal Studies, Mount St. Mary's University Los Angeles;  Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Brandman University

Miss Melnyk began working as a substitute during 2015 and was very excited to join the faculty full time this year.  Her goal is to guide her students, as they seek a relationship with Christ.  She is excited to make California history come alive for her class, while learning about the missions, and having them enjoy wonderful stories in literature.

Her past time includes serving in her church, helping with children's ministry and sunday school.  She is also a leader in her young adult group.  She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, two nieces, one nephew and her dog Cooper who is very special to her.

Amanda Utterback

Amanda Utterback
B.A. Liberal Studies, Elementary School Credential & Supplemental English Credential from CSU Sacramento; Continued Education - Sonoma State University

Amanda and her husband Tim have been blessed with two daughters that are now adults.  She homeschooled both daughters:  Haley through 12th grade and Sarah through th grade.  When Sarah entered High School, Amanda began working at YVCS.

"The proper atmosphere for learning should be a loving and encouraging one where many types of learning methods are used to reach the different types of learners and leverage their strengths whether tactile or auditory."

"I love working with children and educating them in the love of Christ.  I enjoy being able to show children how God works in all things, all subjects, all aspects of our lives."