Support Services

We are passionate about teaching children about the love of Jesus.
That means all children, including those who have unique gifts and needs.

Pella Christian designs instruction around the idea that each child is created in the image of God. We want to be a school that provides a place for each student in the general education classroom and delivers the support students’ need to grow academically, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.  Our Support Services program is an important part of Pella Christian. Not only do those receiving support benefit from a high quality, Christ-centered education, but it also provides peers with an opportunity to practice living out their faith with and from students who God has uniquely gifted.

We offer assistance to students where unique levels of needs are demonstrated. Each student has a plan tailored to meet their individual needs. Our goal is that students spend much of their day with their peers and classroom teachers, while receiving support both in the class and through additional scheduled time for individualized lessons as needed.

Our support services continue to grow as we partner with All Belong in the ongoing design of our program. While we are passionate about meeting the needs of learners, we also recognize that we may not be able to accommodate all children with special needs. Every effort will be made to provide an honest assessment of their learning needs and identify ways in which we can (or cannot) serve children as we strive to nurture and support the whole child to serve in God’s kingdom.

If you have a child with varied abilities, we would love to talk with you about how he or she could see and live God’s Story with us at Pella Christian Schools. Complete our inquiry form so we can schedule a visit to get to know you and your family.

Pella Christian’s Support Services Staff

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Mrs. Belkys Gil de Oleo

High School Spanish Immersion & Support Services

Mrs. Belkys Gil de Oleo

High School Spanish Immersion & Support Services

Storyline: Reflect Christ/ Reflejar a Cristo

Deep Hope: Recognize and reflect God’s nature and the fact that he created us in his likeness.

Belkys Gil serves as a Spanish Immersion as Teacher of Bilingualism Workplace and Life Skills at Pella Christian High School and also supports teaching Kindergarten at Pella Christian Grade School. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s in Educational Management. She lives in Pella and has been married to her husband, Damaso Urena, since January 2016. Before her current role, she served as a teacher on several subjects from third to twelfth grade.

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Mrs. Tammie Andersen

High School Support Services

Mrs. Tammie Andersen

High School Support Services

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” NKJV – We will learn to Trust God with all of our heart. We will practice acknowledging Him in all of our ways. We will allow Him to direct our paths.

My Deep Hope is that we allow God to awaken within us all the strengths that He has created in us so that we may glorify Him.

I am entering my eighth year of teaching, eleventh if I include my six college semesters of preschool teaching. Mike and I have been married for thirty eight years as of June 15th. We have three children, Tiffany Peiffer (Ben) in Oskaloosa, Michael in Pella, and John (Allison) in Geneva, Minnesota. We have one granddaughter, seven grandsons, a grandson on the way (September 5th), and two bonus granddaughters. We are abundantly blessed!

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Ms. Kelly Noe

High School Study Skills

Ms. Kelly Noe

High School Study Skills

Ms. Noe teaches study skills at Pella Christian High School.

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Mrs. Lisa Schelhaas

Grade School Support Services

Mrs. Lisa Schelhaas

Grade School Support Services

Storyline: Play Your Part in God’s Story

Deep Hope: My deep hope is to be the peculiar person God calls you to be and to Play Your Part in God’s story.

Lisa Schelhaas serves as the K-5 Title 1 Reading/Math Support at Pella Christian Grade School. This is her 18th year here at PCGS and her 33rd year in Christian education. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership. She is a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner. Lisa and her husband, Jay, enjoy their walks, biking, hiking, traveling, and spending quality time with their family and friends

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Mrs. Dana Sims

Grade School Support Services

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Mrs. Dana Sims

Grade School Support Services

Storyline: See you how God sees you

Deep Hope: My deep hope is that we will know we are loved and created in God’s image, see ourselves as part of God’s wonderful creation, and try to see others through God’s eyes.

Dana Sims serves as a special education teacher at Pella Christian Grade School. While teaching she also completed K-12 Instructional Strategist II:ID endorsement and likes taking classes to keep gaining knowledge and ideas. She enjoys fishing, camping, gardening, biking, reading and spending time with her husband and three kids, Will, Riley, and Kasey .

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Mrs. Sara Runner

K-2 Support Services

Mrs. Sara Runner

K-2 Support Services

Storyline: Loved by God

Deep Hope: My deep hope is that we will know we are loved by God and will respond by loving Him and loving others.

Sara Runner serves as the K-2 learning resource teacher. This is her fourth year in this position having served as an assistant librarian for 2 years at PCGS and also previously taught for 4 years at Timothy Christian Schools in Elmhurst, Illinois. Sara enjoys reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband Steve and 4 children, Devan, Brynn, Kyla and Sydney.

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Mr. Craig Juffer

Director of Learning

Mr. Craig Juffer

Director of Learning

Storyline: Deeper

Deep Hope: My Deep Hope is that people will be more fully formed to embody God’s collective and individual call for their lives.

Craig Juffer serves as the Director of Learning for Pella Christian Schools. Prior to his current role he served as the Head of Teaching and Learning at Pella Christian Grade School, as a teacher in classrooms ranging from second grade through middle school for fifteen years and as a principal for four years. Outside of his schoolwork, Craig enjoys spending time attending his three children’s music, sports, and other activities with his wife, Amy.

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Mrs. Amanda Johnston

Middle School Support Services

Mrs. Amanda Johnston

Middle School Support Services

Storyline: Brave-Kind-Love

Deep Hope: My deep hope is that we will be… brave as we meet challenges, kind as we recognize brokenness, and love audaciously like Jesus, as we seek to understand God, others and the world around us.

Amanda Johnston is the Middle School Learning Support Teacher at PCGS. This is her 23rd year of teaching. Previously, Amanda has served as a middle school language arts teacher, Pre-K teacher, and as a learning specialist with students ranging from 2nd through 12th grades. Amanda and her husband Dan are the parents/step-parents to 8 adult children ages 18-28, 1 daughter-in-law, and grandparents to 2 little ones! Spending time with those people is what they enjoy the most. Outside of school, Amanda enjoys movies, traveling, cooking, puzzles, and home improvement projects.

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Mrs. Jodi De Reus

3-5 Support Services

Mrs. Jodi De Reus

3-5 Support Services

Storyline: I am God’s Masterpiece

Deep Hope: Together, we will see ourselves as God’s masterpiece, designed to love God and love others.

Jodi De Reus serves as the 3-5 Learning Resource Teacher at Pella Christian Grade School. This is Jodi’s third year at PCGS having taught previously with PCM Schools. Jodi enjoys spending time with her family, reading a good book, and having lunch with friends. Jodi is married to her husband, Kevin and have raised 5 children and are now enjoying the grandparent stage.

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Mrs. Karem Carballo

Preschool Teacher & Support Services

Mrs. Karem Carballo

Preschool Teacher & Support Services

Story Line:
SI Reading Support: Dios esta en control (God is in control)
SI Preschool: Imagina y crea / Imagine & Create

Deep Hope:
SI Reading Support: Mi anhelo profundo es que los estudiantes confíen en que Dios esta en control de sus vidas y aprendizaje porque ellos forman parte esencial de la Hostoria de Dios. / My deep hope is for students to trust that God is in control of their lives and learning because they are an essential part of God’s story.
SI Preschool: Mi anhelo Profundo es que los estudiantes usen su imaginación para reflejar la Creación de Dios / My deep hope is that students will use their imagination to reflect God’s perfect creation.

Karem Carballo serves as SI reading support teacher and preschool teacher. This is Karem’s 11th year as a SI Reading Support teacher and 9th year as SI preschool teacher. Prior to her current role, she has served as a preschool assistant and FLES teacher in PC. She is married to José and they have two children, Andrea (24) and Moises (23). She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.