christine olsen, elementary school

Hello! This year I will be teaching the blended 4th and 5th grade.  I also teach second through seventh grade Physical Education, and coach Cross Country.  I am also the Elementary Administrator.

I was born in Redding and grew up in Cottonwood, the youngest of 8 children.  I attended Cottonwood Elementary School for nine years, Liberty Christian for two years, and graduated from Anderson Union High School.  I spent three years in the Army in the administrative field and finished a twenty-two year career in the Army Reserve as a Senior Instructor, with the rank of Master Sergeant.  I completed my bachelor’s degree and teaching credential at Simpson University in 1992, but instead of going into the teaching field, I chose to work for the federal government. 

My heart's desire has always been to return to teaching, and when the Lord opened the door to give me the opportunity to teach at Liberty I was truly blessed. I have an ongoing love for education and am an advocate for teaching students to be lifelong learners. 

My favorite hobbies are cooking, reading, quilting, gardening, and singing worship music. My husband retired in December 2018, and a new hobby is walking with him. Our son will be attending UC Davis this year and my husband and I will be transitioning into the “empty nest” phase of our lives.

The opportunity to serve as a Christian educator has been so rewarding, and my heart’s desire is to be a teacher dedicated to God’s calling on my life.  I strive to teach students to stand firm in their faith, claiming the strength that God gives them to be successful, passionate learners; hiding God’s Word in their hearts so they may know how to choose right over wrong and good over evil.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
— II Corinthians 4:18