Our Team for 2020-2021

Meet Our Wonderful Staff


Kathy Vander Pol – Administrator

Mrs. Vander Pol has been helping educate students for many years. Three of her four children have graduated from Providence. Her youngest daughter, after completing Trinity Western University’s education department , is now teaching fifth graders in the Langley area. We believe that education is important.

” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”


Scott Vandenberg – Principal & Teacher

Mr. Vandenberg has been teaching and administrating for over 20 years in B.C. and most recently here in NW Washington. He holds a BA in Elementary Education from Calvin University, a Masters in Administration & Leadership from Gonzaga University, and a MEd from Seattle Pacific University.

Mr. V. and his lovely wife, Amy have five children ranging from Elementary to College age. In his spare time he likes to spend time with family, run, and tinker with technology.

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6


Amy Owens – Preschool & Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Owens was born and raised in Ferndale, WA. After attending Ecola Bible School in Cannon Beach, OR, she came back home where she began her career in early childhood education.

Mrs. Owens and her husband have two children, who she was blessed to stay home with for 14 years. During this time, she was also an active volunteer at her children’s schools. Mrs. Owens is thrilled to have her own classroom at Providence Christian with her favorite age group, preschool. In her spare time, Mrs. Owens enjoys time with her family, pets, crafting and baking.


Luda Shportko – Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Shportko grew up in northwest, WA and finished her Bachelors and Master’s degree in Elementary Education through Liberty University. During her college career, she also worked as a preschool teacher for 4 years and grew to love the young age group. After completing her degree, she spent a year subbing in local school districts. Now, she is excited to teach her own class of kindergartners!

Mrs. Shportko has been married to her wonderful husband, Slavik, for 2 years. They love to work on projects together. Currently, they are building a house and spend a lot of time gardening. During her free time, Mrs. Shportko enjoys going on hikes, reading a good book, and spending time with her husband and family.

“…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” -Philipians 1:6


Jennifer Odens – 1st-2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Odens is a third-generation teacher. Along with most of her family, she graduated from WWU with her teaching degree. However, she was the first in her family to pursue teaching elementary students. Her passion is working with young children; primary grades being her favorite. Mrs. Odens has been a substitute teacher throughout Whatcom county for over 10 years.

Mrs. Odens is excited to have found a home here at Providence Christian and is looking forward to the plans God has placed before her to work with students. In her spare time, Mrs. Odens like to garden, sew, read a good book, and spend time with her husband and daughter.


Mark Toppe – 3rd-4th Grade Teacher

Mr. Toppe was born in Anderson, IN. He attended Whitworth College in Spokane, WA where he earned a B.A. in English and History. After a long career in youth sports administration, he returned to school to earn a B.A. in Elementary Education from Western Governors University. His passion is teaching and learning.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1


Matthew Wick – 5th-8th Grade Teacher

Mr. Wick was born and raised in Silverdale, WA. He earned his B.A. in Secondary/Social Studies Education from Central Washington University. He finds purpose in raising up youth to know God and use their talents and skills to bless others. He is passionate about youth asking hard questions and empowering them to seek out meaningful answers and solutions.

In his free time, Matthew enjoys spending time with His beautiful wife Tressa. They love to surf, snowboard, and skateboard together. They are avid adventures and love to camp all over the National Parks in the western half of the U.S.

“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.” -Deuteronomy 4:29

Ashley Baer – High School Math & Art Teacher

Ms. Baer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Western Washington University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Secondary Math Education through Western Governors University, and is excited to have the unique opportunity at Providence to teach both subjects she is passionate about.

When Ms. Baer is not teacher, she enjoys reading any and all books she can get her hands on, tending to her 100+ houseplants, and any activities that can be used as an excuse to play outside.


Natalie Friesen – High School Language Arts & Spanish Teacher

Natalie Friesen grew up in Ferndale, WA. She has been teaching since she was 3 (to her stuffed animals). Since her graduation from Western with a BA in education, God has led her to various teaching jobs locally and abroad in public, private and home schools. She met her husband while teaching with South America Mission in Peru. They have two children and are a bilingual family, so it is a pleasure to be able to teach Spanish to students at Providence.

Natalie enjoys reading, gardening, researching curriculum and swimming (in the ocean). She and her family would own a farm if they could. She loves homeschooling her children in the morning and teaching older Providence students in the afternoons.

Rocky Hartung – High School Bible, Science, P.E. Teacher

Mr. Hartung grew up in Ferndale, graduated from FHS, and went on to college at Western Baptist Bible College in El Cerrito, CA, now Corbin University in Salem, OR. Between his junior and senior years, he married his high school sweetheart, Arlene, who has been his faithful partner in life and ministry. After graduating with a BS in Christian Education and a BRE in Church Administration, he began ministry as Minister of Children and Youth in San Bernardino, CA. After 6-1/2 years he went to Germany as church planters and helped direct a year-around Christian camp. In 1992 he returned to Ferndale, where we helped to establish a new church. After co-pastoring that church for nine years, he returned to Germany, where God used him to establish a German-speaking church. In 2007 he returned again to Ferndale. Having retired from full-time ministry, he worked eight years at Vista Middle School as a paraeducator with behavior difficult students. In 2016 he retired again. Since then he has served as a substitute teacher in the Ferndale School District, as well as for Providence Christian School NW.

Mr. & Mrs. Hartung have been married 53 years and have three grown children, thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. They live on a small farm close to the Hovander Homestead Park. They currently attend Grace Church Bellingham.

His verses for his life, family, and those with and to whom he ministers is Paul’s prayer in Philippians 1:-9-11.

Sarah Arps – Secretary

Sarah grew up in Whatcom County and has called Ferndale home for the last 6 years. Sarah has been married for 12 years to her husband Eric whom she shares three children Braden, Avery and Baker. A year ago they moved to their funny farm and enjoy hanging with their animals, gardening and doing other projects around the property. She looks forward to getting to know all the families and staff at Providence Christian School this year!


Diana Lozovik – Secretary

Diana has been a student here at Providence Christian since 4th Grade and after graduation, started working here as an Admin. Assistant. She’s been a staff member here at PCSNW for almost 3 years! She loves serving others and is involved with lots of ministries. Diana has gone on multiple mission trips to Dominican Republic with the school. She also has been helping out with kids ministry at her church and is a member of a worship band. She enjoys traveling, exploring new places, making new music, and spending time with family and friends.

Providence Christian School NW

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