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Elementary Faculty (Pre-K–6)

Mr. Christopher RutzChristopher Rutz
Head of Lower School

Christopher Rutz earned a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota, a B.A. in Secondary Education from Western Oregon University, and an M.Ed in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon. He spent eight years as a teacher and has been an administrator since 2004. Prior to joining the former Santa Barbara Christian School as head of school in 2012, Mr. Rutz was assistant head of school at Calvary Christian School in Pacific Palisades, California. Mr. Rutz and his wife, Kristan, have two daughters, Keara and Noelle, both of whom attend Providence.


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Caitlyn Patton
Preschool Director

Our founding preschool director, Ms. Patton comes to Providence from the El Montecito Early School, where she has been teaching since 2011. She has been a preschool educator since 2006, serving as a teacher and assistant childcare director in Orange County before returning to her native Santa Barbara. Ms. Patton earned a B.S. degree in child development with a minor in psychology from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo.

 


Mrs. Shelley Hill

 

Shelley Hill
Kindergarten

Shelley Hill earned a B.A. in Communicative Disorders from California State University Fresno. Mrs. Hill joined the faculty of the former Santa Barbara Christian School in 2003 and has taught the kindergarten class since 2008. She and her husband Andrew, have three children, two graduates of SBCS and one currently enrolled at Providence.

 


Ms. Jill Cunningham

 

Jill Cunningham
First Grade

Jill Cunningham earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Westmont College in 2005, as well as a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in 2006. Miss Cunningham began working at the former Santa Barbara Christian School in 2008. She enjoys the opportunity to work with young students at Providence and considers it a privilege to be a part of the school community.

 


 

 

Stacey Jacobs
Second Grade

Stacey Jacobs earned a B.A. degree in History from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California Lutheran University. Prior to joining the former Santa Barbara Christian School staff in 2012, she worked in both public and independent elementary schools. Ms. Jacobs brings tremendous skill, energy, and love for her students and her profession to Providence.


 

Anne Hammer
Third Grade

Anne Hammer earned a B.A. degree in Liberal Studies from Westmont College where she was named the Outstanding Liberal Studies Student for 2012. She completed her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in 2012 and joined the Providence faculty in 2013. She is truly an outstanding educator and passionate about her faith and her calling.


Mrs. Christa Jones

 

Christa Jones
Fourth Grade

Christa Jones earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and Mildly Mentally Handicapped Education from Huntington University in Indiana, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan. Mrs. Jones has been teaching since 1999 and joined the former Santa Barbara Christian School faculty in 2009. She and her husband, Doug, have two sons who attend Providence.


Mrs. Jennifer Suleiman

 

Jennifer Suleiman
Fifth Grade & Art

Jennifer Suleiman earned a B.A. degree in Studio Art from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Sacramento. She has been a credentialed teacher since 1994 and involved full time in classroom education since 2004. Mrs. Suleiman joined the former Santa Barbara Christian School faculty in 2009.


Mr. Roger Hill

 

Roger Hill
Sixth Grade

Roger Hill earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in History as well as a secondary teaching credential from the University of California Santa Barbara. After teaching in Santa Barbara public schools for two years, he joined the former Santa Barbara Christian School faculty in 1974. A veteran teacher, he has served in many capacities over the years, including administration. He and his wife, Marilyn, are the parents of four children, all graduates of SBCS.


Mrs. Jan St. Oegger

 

Jan St. Oegger
Lower School Science 

Jan St. Oegger earned a B.S. degree in Recreation and Camp Administration and a minor in Bible from Biola University. She earned a teaching credential from Cal State Northridge. Mrs. St. Oegger has been involved in education for over 20 years, teaching classes from preschool through eighth grade. She joined the faculty at the former Santa Barbara Christian School in 2005.


Mr. Ryan Vande Wydeven

 

Ryan Vande Wydeven
Physical Education

Ryan Vande Wydeven earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from Westmont College. After coaching a swim team in Irvine, California for several years, Mr. Vande Wydeven joined the former Santa Barbara Christian School as physical education teacher and athletic director in 2012.


 

Debbie Corazza
Librarian

Debbie Corazza earned a B.A. in English and French from the University of Southern California, and an M.A. in English and American Literature from Claremont Graduate School. She earned a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at Point Loma Nazarene University and has many years of classroom experience. She joined the Providence faculty as librarian in 2013 and is dedicated to instilling a love for reading in children. Mrs. Corazza and her husband, Mark, are the parents of four SBCS graduates.


 

 

Sarah Eglin
Music

Bio forthcoming

 


Kelly Torrellas
Extended-Day Program Coordinator

Kelly Torrellas earned a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology from Santa Clara University. She has coordinated the SBCS Extended-Day Program since 2011.