Brenda Hill, Westside Christian Administrator
My name is Brenda Hill. I am so happy to be a part of Westside Christian School. My experience working in education started at Hawthorne Elementary and then the Challenge Center before becoming an administrator in Sioux Falls– at Hawthorne Elementary and Rosa Parks Elementary. I love being a part of Westside, because I know firsthand that Jesus makes all the difference. What a privilege to be able to talk to Him and about Him openly. We can pray for one another openly and enjoy worshiping Him together. We even have the opportunity to learn more about Him every single day as we study the Bible. What a gift to be able to give the children.
Personally, I am married to Donn. We have two incredible sons, two beautiful and talented daughter in-laws and two of the sweetest grandchildren ever! When I am not working, I treasure time with family and friends! I enjoy reading, writing, walking, kayaking, biking, playing Scrabble, working on puzzles, and most of all watching beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
Heather Wilson, Lower Elem Classroom Teacher
Hello! My name is Heather Wilson and I am excited to return to the Westside Christian School team this year in the Kindergarten-1st Grade classroom!
I felt called to teaching at a young age and have been working with students from the time I was in high school. I have had experience teaching in both public and private schools, as well as tutoring, teaching English online, and homeschooling. I love watching the “aha” moment when a student understands something for the first time, and engaging students in becoming lifelong learners by making school exciting and fun! I believe in student-driven, hands-on learning and meeting the individual needs of students at their own pace. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to share and model my faith in Jesus with my class.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my two daughters, my family, and my friends. I love playing games, cooking, drinking coffee, and going on adventures!
Kyle Wigg, Middle Elem Classroom Teacher
My name is Kyle Wigg. I’ve lived in Sioux Falls most of my life. I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees at USF here in town. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching in public and private schools since 2001. As a classroom teacher and literacy specialist, I’ve worked with kindergarteners through 5th grade.
I have four great kids: Ellie, Aiden, Collin, and Jesse. Each of them love to read and write. They are very sweet kids and I feel very blessed. One of our favorite things to do together is to write books. We also enjoy going to the arcade as often as possible.
I’m so happy to be here at Westside Christian School! I look forward to working with 2nd and 3rd graders. My favorite subject to teach is WRITING, and if all goes well, it’s going to be my students’ favorite subject by the end of the year.
I’m thrilled to be in a school where we are praying, walking with God, and learning more through His Word. Nurturing the mind is important, but nothing is more important than nurturing hearts and souls. As of late, my favorite verse is Exodus 14:14.“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Tim Thomas, Upper Elem Classroom Teacher
Hello! My name is Tim Thomas, and I am excited to be teaching the upper elementary students at Westside. I am passionate about teaching in ways that help students remember experiences. I receive my BA and MA in Elementary Education at Warner Pacific College in Portland, OR. I’ve taught both locally in public schools and also in China.
On a more personal note, I love spending time with my family, reading research studies on topics I am curious about, and building relationships with others. I look forward to working with you and your children!
Tristen Jackson, GL PlayEVERYTHING Coordinator
My name is Tristen Jackson and am the P.E. teacher here at Westside Christian. I grew up in Le Mars, Iowa– which is the ice cream capital of the world. Blue Bunny ice cream is our claim to fame! I attended the University of Sioux Falls where I majored in Exercise Science. While in college, I worked for the Kids Inc Afterschool Program for 4 years. I met many kids who impacted my life while working in that program.
From there I knew I wanted to pursue a career that involved fitness and children. After graduating with my bachelor’s degree in 2018, I started working full-time for GreatLIFE. I have recently accepted a position with them as their PlayEVERYTHING Coordinator. I like to spend my spare time with the loves of my life– Kelli and our daughter Teagan. I have a passion for fitness, children and the community of Sioux Falls.
Kristi Stelter, Music Teacher
My name is Kristi. I grew up in Lake Benton, MN. After graduating from Augustana University, I taught music in MN for several years. In 2005, I returned to Sioux Falls to attend Sioux Falls Seminary. After a few years of helping start the WestSide Lutheran Church community, I found a connection to West Nidaros Lutheran Church, where I have been on staff as director of worship and music since November of 2014.
Currently, I live with my two very furry Pomeranian pups, Francie and Graci. When I have free time, I like to go out with friends, eat ice cream, color, play cards and games, and travel when I can. Mostly, I travel over to Minnesota where I can visit most of my 8 nephews, 5 nieces and 2 great-nephews– whom I adore! Spoiling them is my life specialty! I love worshiping, leading others in worship, and working with children! So, basically, I get to do everything I love to do!
My favorite Bible verses are Joshua 1:9: “I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” and Psalm 100:1, “ Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness.”
Cassie Thomson, Extended School Day Teacher
Hello! My name is Cassie Thomson and I help run the extended school day program at Westside.
I grew up in Remsen, Iowa. Throughout high school, I loved helping out with youth sports camps and volunteering with my church’s Vacation Bible School and Sunday School programs. It was not until my sophomore year of college that I realized working with children was what I wanted to do in life. This year I will be a senior at USF majoring in Exercise Science with minors in Business and Psychology.
When I am not studying or working, I enjoy spending my time outside. I love to go kayaking or hiking. I never turn down the offer to go on a road trip and explore new places.
Georgia Hayes, Art Teacher
Hi, I am Georgia Hayes! I teach art at Westside Christian School. I grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated from Dakota State University with a degree in Elementary Education and the University of California with an Art major.
I taught in California for 9 years before returning to Sioux Falls in 1985 to teach at Christian Center School until 2016. I came to Westside Christian School in 2016 and love it as much today as the first day I began! I am blessed beyond measure to share Christ daily with our students.
My husband and I have 2 wonderful sons. Our oldest son, Matthew and his wife, Meredith work as Doctors of Radiology at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. Our youngest son, David, graduated from the University of Alaska in Anchorage, Alaska and works for the Federal Government in Classified Information. His wife home schools our 2 wonderful grandchildren.
I gave her heart to the Lord in 3rd grade at an after school program at my local church. I grew up in that church and loved it dearly for the Godly influence the people had in my life. Philippians 4:13 is one of her favorite Bible verses. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
My hobbies are working in my perennial garden, biking, walking and being with my family.