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Lighthouse Team Grows


Dianna Walker is joining Lighthouse from California.  Mrs. Walker brings credentialed expertise in mathematics instruction.  Through detailed instruction, student accountability, and parent communication, Mrs. Walker will bring strength and stability to the secondary math department which is anchored by Mr. John Silvers.  Together, they will build on the successful scores at Lighthouse and hasten the college readiness of Lighthouse students.  Mrs. Walker has worked in both private and public schools, engaging with students of various academic levels.  Her expertise in meeting students at their point of need will bring perspicuity to the learning process and promote continual student growth.








ClintWorking within the school leadership team to facilitate the collaboration among Bible class, Koinonia, chapels, retreats, and discipline (discipleship) will be our Director of Christian Life and Discipleship.  Clint Hostestler is a vibrant leader who will connect with students, excite a room, and lead in a cerebral and expository way to ensure students understand truth and walk in it.  Mr. Hostetler has served numerous roles within a couple different churches during his time in California.  Those roles include worship and student ministry across all ages.  Taking a like minded approach to student mentorship, discipleship, and spiritual facilitation, Mr. Hostetler will work with elementary and secondary students to establish relationships, walk alongside student challenges, and support them from a biblical perspective. His storied transformation and walk with Christ will relate well to the pressures that students face today. We are extremely excited about this new position and believe it will make a tremendous impact on the school culture.  The Hostetlers have a wonderful story about how God started pointing their lives to Twin Falls a year ago, with no intention for affiliation with Lighthouse.  However, God’s plans are good, and He has connected us in a way that will bless our school family.  


Please welcome Clint Hostetler along with his wife, Dannielle, and son, Eli.

DennyRebecca Denny will serve to support students academically.  Whether the gap was created from a year of COVID restrictions or from instructional practice, she will help students recover with foundational skills.  After serving in public and Christian schools around the country, her expertise will accelerate the learning process for Lighthouse students.  Rebecca earned her M.Ed. in Reading Specialist K-12 from the University of Central Florida and currently supports schools and districts across the country as a Professional Learning Lead for the Center for Collaborative Classroom. She has served as an elementary teacher, literacy coach, administrator, and interventionist for the past 20 years. Her passion is teaching students to develop as readers and writers while making reading accessible and fun for all learners.  

StonerMichelle Stoner is joining Lighthouse from Immanuel Lutheran Child Development Center in Twin Falls.  Her studies at the University of Nevada (Reno) have equipped her to serve as a 2nd grade instructor at Lighthouse.  Experience in curriculum implementation, classroom management, communication, and relational leadership will be a welcomed addition to the team.  Through a loving and safe environment, students will be positioned to learn the essential skills that are fundamental for their continued growth.  Ms. Stoner will further accentuate the advantages of Christian education through the promotion of critical and imaginative thinking skills.


Ms. Stoner and Mrs. Tabb will make our 2nd grade team, as we split students into two classrooms in order to keep class sizes low and overall student experiences high.






HinojosWe are excited to welcome Kim Hinojos to Lighthouse Christian as a 1st Grade teacher.  With extensive experience in the education of children, Mrs. Hinojos brings a level of expertise to early education that will help increase academic validity.  She most recently served as the Administrator at Canyonside Christian School but her career also consists of stents at the College of Southern Idaho, Immanuel Lutheran School, and serving as the children’s director at her church.  Her passion for early literacy is coupled with extensive experience in curriculum and training, student progress monitoring, family and community relations, and working closely with faculty and staff.  Her studies at Boise State University and CSI will prove foundational in her continual learning mindset.  This commitment to continual professional growth will serve the students and families of Lighthouse well.  We are thankful that Mrs. Hinojos has chosen Lighthouse to continue her teaching career and we look forward to what the Lord has in store as she works closely and collaboratively with K-2 teachers.

Mrs.Daisy Campos will move to 3rd grade and Mrs.Vanessa Crandall will remain in 1st grade alongside Mrs. Hinojos.

Elan Miles

It is with great excitement that we announce the new Academic Administrator for Lighthouse Christian! The Lord continues to draw people that have a deep-rooted faith and a passion for Christian education. Elan Miles brings over two decades of academic leadership with experience at all grade levels (elementary and secondary) and in multiple content areas. With a secondary education degree in Mathematics and a Masters’ degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Leadership, Ms. Miles is the perfect fit for Lighthouse.

As Academic Administrator, Ms. Miles will embody a deep commitment to the ongoing observation and evaluation of faculty, curriculum, and academic programming, assuring vertical, horizontal, and cross-discipline alignment with
relevant and intentional student experiences, applying innovative teaching and learning approaches. She will serve as overseer of all student progression from
preschool through twelfth grade. She will lead the academic team as a mentor while modeling and coaching towards the expected professional growth. Supporting
students’ academic well-being and serving as a resource to parents is a vital leadership component for Ms. Miles. Through an assertive spirit, Ms. Miles will draw on her experience implementing creative instructional practices that best prepares students for their purpose. Cementing our commitment to a student-formulated, teacher-facilitated educational experience in a Christ-centered environment will be the foundation of Elan’s leadership. Infusing Christ into the everyday life of the school and academic studies is second nature to Ms. Miles.
While initially in public schools, she has served in Christian schools for most of her career, including schools in California, Wisconsin, and Tennessee. No stranger to change, Elan is eager to start a new chapter in Idaho and meet the students and families of Lighthouse.
In addition to her prolific academic experience, Ms. Miles has served as Dean of Students and in a counseling capacity. Her gentle confidence will support our discipleship approach to discipline, ensuring accountability with empathy.
Elan is a mother to four grown children ranging from ages 18 to 25. She has served them well as a compassionate parent, pointing them towards the grace of Jesus and demonstrating a servant’s heart through a lifetime pursuit of knowing Christ in a deeper and authentic way. She will certainly bring that fortitude to the halls of Lighthouse as she leads with significance and humility. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Elan Miles to Lighthouse.

Cheri Morton

With 15 years experience and program familiarity, Cherie Morton will take over as the next volleyball coach at Lighthouse Christian. Tobie Helman steps down in line with her administrative departure to pursue other opportunities within educational leadership. Coach Morton will take the baton as she leads a storied program with 4 state championships and 5 district titles. 

Coach Morton started her coaching career in the Boise area where she grew up. After moving to the Magic Valley area in 2000, she started coaching at Lighthouse Christian School and Southern Idaho Volleyball Academy (SIVA). After a 5 year stint as a head coach and financial director at SIVA, she will now assume varsity head coaching responsibilities for the Lions. Coach Morton will continue the excellent court instruction as well as the relational component that makes Lighthouse a special place to go to school and be an athlete. She is very familiar with the remarkable impact volleyball has on athletes, not only on the court, but in the classroom and in the community.
“We are excited to see Coach Morton carry on the legacy of volleyball at Lighthouse,” said Daequon Montre-
al, Director of Athletics. “The program has a tremendous history, and we are excited for how the Lord will use
Coach Morton to make a continued impact.”
Coach Morton is married to “Bear” and they have 6 children.
Mark CarterSummer is a time to refresh and rejuvenate with family and friends. For teachers and students, it is a much deserved break from the academic grind and the everyday life of a school. Behind the scenes, summer is also a
strategic time for planning and preparing for the following school year; this summer will serve the same purpose. We have already started a full review of the academic, artistic, and athletic programs offered at Lighthouse.
The beginning of this process brings some exciting news. Mr. Mark Carter will be joining Lighthouse and invigorating the English department. We are committed to preparing students for the collegiate demands of Language Arts and Mr. Carter brings three decades of journalism, writing, and editing experience. He will underscore the value of a research based approach to critical thinking skills and the ability to articulate reasoning. The English department will expand the middle school offerings to include both grammar and writing classes as well as a separate literature class. This will better prepare students for the expectations of American, World, and British literature in high school. Furthermore, Mr. Carter will offer an honors component allowing students to accelerate their learning and receive additional weighted credit. With his experience, the English department at Lighthouse Christian School will certainly prepare students for the next level of their studies.

Mark Carter joins LCS from Spokane Valley Christian. Over the course of his career, Mr. Carter has taught in
both public and private Christian schools. He brings a passion for the fine arts with experience leading drama,
debate, and award-winning yearbook classes. He has directed drama tech and one act plays as well as taught
and judged speech, which further defines his ability to teach our students to articulate their thinking.
Outside the classroom, Mr. Carter’s career started on a dairy farm and shifted to editorial oversight of a Washington publishing company prior to education. Congruent with his two bachelor degrees, he received a Bible certification and was awarded the Promising New Writer Award, the Phillip R. Sauer Award for Excellence in
English, and the Professor Margaret Thorbeck Award as an outstanding English major. His proficiency and commitment to lifelong learning fits well in the projected growth model of Lighthouse.
Head of School, Stephen Denny adds, “Mr. Carter brings a tenacity for learning and challenging students to
exceed and excel. His academic prowess will serve the Lighthouse students well as they continue to learn and
prepare for their next steps.”
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Mark Carter to the Lighthouse Christian School community.
GarnersWe are excited to announce the addition of Jason and Karen Garner to the Lighthouse community! They will play strategic roles in the development of Lighthouse Christian School.
Mrs. Garner will serve as the Advancement Administrator. With over a decade of experience in Christian education, she will lead the marketing efforts of Lighthouse Christian School and install a comprehensive admissions process to ensure missional alignment as families inquire about enrollment at LCS. In addition, she will oversee communications for the school to establish a central point of communication for the entire student population.

Through website revisions, weekly promotions, and social media, Karen will streamline organizational messaging and creatively celebrate the success of Lions from preschool through twelfth grade. Finally, in conjunction with marketing, admissions, and communication, Karen will engage alumni to maintain a legacy of Lions that love Lighthouse and support the future of the school.

Prior to Christian education, Karen served as the Director of Basketball Relations at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her time in Knoxville was preceded by her time in Connecticut as a journalist covering everything related to UCONN Women’s Basketball. In all, Karen has spent 20 years in a variety of roles to finetune a craft of effective communication and leadership among multiple stakeholder groups.
Mr. Garner will serve as the Facilities and Connection Coordinator. His commitment to maintaining excellent facilities, preparing and managing athletic events, and connecting families with service opportunities within the school will prove to make a noticeable impact on the Lighthouse campus. Jason has served in similar capacities at two previous Christian schools and brings excellent experience as well as an eye for facility enhancement. Jason will also serve to support the development efforts of LCS and establish connections within the community to enhance the sponsorship opportunities. Furthermore, Coach Garner will follow his passion for discipleship through football and lead the middle school football team while assisting at the high school level. His leadership in football will allow for program continuity as players progress from level to level.
Please join us in warmly welcoming Jason and Karen Garner along with their three boys Tucker, Tanner, and Trey. They will join the LCS family in June.