Greg Friesen

School Principal

Greg has 11 years of teaching experience and worked 14 years in school administration, primarily as school principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He recently moved from Oregon to principal Legacy Christian School and is excited God has called him back into Christian education.

Christina Cross

Assistant Principal

Christina has spent most of her 12-year educational career working as a public school counselor with middle and high school students. She spent 2 years also serving as a college counselor and as college adjunct professor teaching career and life skills. Christina is thrilled to be working in a Christian school environment where Christ can be at the center of every conversation.

Ken Kessenich

School Administrator

Ken has spent the past 5 years serving as the Children’s Ministry Pastor at Crossroads Church and acts as the liaison between the school and the church. Prior to his ministry work, Ken taught in Christian education at the elementary and middle school levels for 26 years before serving as vice principal for 12 years also at the K-8 level. He is passionate about pointing kids to Christ and encouraging growth in their faith.

Kristen Medley

Kindergarten Teacher

Kristen is continuing at Legacy as our Kindergarten teacher and also possesses 10 years of teaching experience primarily with preschool-aged children. She earned a Bachelor’s in Bible and Theology and Liberal Studies from William Jessup University and also possesses an Early Childhood Associate Teachers Certificate. Her goal as an educator is to provide a warm, caring environment and to keep Jesus as the center of everything.

Lea Mackay

1st grade teacher

Lea is returning to Legacy as our 1st grade teacher after her first year of teaching.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and spent five years homeschooling her two oldest children.  Lea loves getting kids excited about learning and bringing creativity to the classroom.  Her goal is to provide a safe, nurturing, and encouraging classroom environment that reflects God’s great love for us!

Debbie MacRunnel

2nd grade teacher

Debbie is returning to Legacy as our 2nd grade teacher and comes with 30+ years of teaching experience from a variety of educational settings. She received her BS degree in Elementary Education from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. Since then, she has taught at public and private schools as well as homeschooled her own three children. After recently moving to Auburn and having taught in a public school, Debbie is excited to add to her 2nd grade classroom by incorporating the truths of the Bible and the love of Jesus Christ into her classroom at Legacy Christian School.

Marie Welch

3rd grade teacher

Marie is returning to Legacy with a multitude of experience working with youth of all ages!  She possesses a tremendous gifting in and passion for music which will be an integral component of her 3rd grade classroom. She also leads worship for her home church and enjoys outdoor and physical education. Marie is passionate about helping youth see and accept the value God places on each of their lives and that He created them to be the unique individuals they are.

Ruth Koopmans

4th grade teacher

Ruth is excited to join our Legacy staff after having taught in Christian education for over 20 years. While most of her years of teaching were spent in the lower-elementary grades, Ruth is eager to shepherd our 4th grade students in this new chapter of her teaching career. She loves the Lord and all His children and Her desire is to continually point her students back to God’s love for them!

Heather LaVallie

5th grade teacher

Heather is returning to Legacy as our 5th  grade teacher. Heather recently moved back from Upstate New York and comes to us with over 16 years of experience teaching in private Christian Schools, as well as homeschooling. Heather has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and her California Teaching Credential from Chapman University. Heather is passionate about teaching children, encouraging them in their walk with the Lord and in helping children to discover God’s special plan for their lives.

Angie Perez

6th-8th Grade English/History/Bible Teacher

Angie is joining our Legacy staff with a multitude of experience working with and teaching students, young and old!  She possesses the gift of teaching and makes learning come alive to those she is teaching.  Angie is excited to share about and weave her extensive travels around the world into the study of World History, Ancient Civilizations, and how all of that points to the truth of God’s word. Her greatest desire is to show her students that Jesus is everything they do, everywhere they go, past, present, and future and that He alone provides for all of their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Kristin Avila

6th-8th Grade Math/Science/Bible Teacher

Kristin is returning to Legacy this year and is thrilled to teach the subjects she is most passionate about: Science and Math! Her family recently moved back to Auburn after spending 5 years on the mission field in Honduras, with her family, where she was the co-director of a school. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree and Teaching Credential from William Jessup University and has taught for many years. She’s coming to us with a rich educational background, a passion for sharing the Gospel message, and helping kids cultivate their personal relationship and walk with Jesus.

Theresa O’Connor

Office Assistant

Melanie Smith

Office Assistant

Julie Kessenich

Administrative Assistant

Alayna Gaddy

Before & After Care Supervisor

Bekah Farinha

After Care Supervisor