Senior High Electives

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Debra Irby

How many years have you taught? 20

What subjects do you teach? Math, Art

Fun facts about me! I have ancestors from England, Scotland, Norway, Ireland, Germany and France. But I am a Kansas born and raised. I love the tall grass prairie of my childhood.

Academic degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts and Elementary Education, Wichita State University.

Favorite Bible Verse: John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."



Crista Strong

How many years have you taught? 14

What subjects do you teach? Physical Education

Fun facts about me? I find it interesting that God still uses me for His Kingdom despite the fact that I'm not worthy. It proves that He doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called. . . . and I'm not really a star stuck individual or interesting overall, so my next best interesting fact is that I can send kids laughing from the room with my Reading Rainbow Hand Dance. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Academic degrees: My Bachelor's Degree is from the University of the Ozarks. I majored in Physical Education with a Minor in Health. I earned my Master's Degree from the University of Arkansas in Educational Administration.

Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:1



Daniel Colwell 

How many years have you taught? 7

What subjects do you teach? Junior High History; Elementary-High School Orchestra

Fun facts about me? Have performed with musicians such as Tracy Silverman, Jim Brickman, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Academic degrees: BME- Baker University (2007); MME- Wichita State University (2010)

Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it."



Stephanie Classen

How many years have you taught?  22

What subjects do you teach? English 11, Great Books, Latin I-IV

Fun facts about me! "I fell in love with Latin Language when I was in 7th grade"

Academic Degree: Bachelor of Arts from Kansas State University 

Favorite Bible VersePsalm 27:13 "I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living." 



Alice Schultz

How many years have you taught? 33

What subjects do you teach? Sophomore and Senior English; Creative Writing

Fun facts about me! "I love to read. Used to coach forensics. Have wonderful grandchildren!"

Academic Degree: BSE at Emporia State University 

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 62: 5-8 

 "My soul, wait silently for God alone,

For my expectation is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge, is in God.

Trust in Him at all times, you people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah"



Jill Kelley 

How many years have you taught? 16

What subjects do you teach? English 6, 7, and 9; Bible 6; Forensics and Debate

Fun facts about me! "I'm a diehard MN Vikings fan; I'm a pastor's wife; and I have two wonderful kids who graduated from Sunrise"

Academic Degree: Elem. Ed. and Bible major and a Vocal Music minor; Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Owatonna, MN

Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 12:2 "Behold God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; 'For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.'"