Faculty

Mr. Richard Hannula (Principal, History, Math) holds a B.A. in history from the University of Southern California and a master’s in education from the University of Washington. He is the author of Our Northwest Heritage, Lights in the Northwest, and Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History. He has served as principal since Covenant’s founding in 1992.

Miss Eva Battle (art electives, Intro to Art, Honor Society Advisor) graduated from the University of Washington with an art major and a minor in art history. She holds a master’s in education from Seattle Pacific University. Miss Battle joined the Covenant faculty as an art teacher in 2004.

Mrs. Lisa DeMass (Drama, junior & senior Speech) graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in speech communication. She worked for three years for Student Venture, a Christian outreach to teenagers. Mrs. DeMass began teaching at Covenant in 1996.

The Reverend Richard DeMass (Bible, Chapel Director) received a B.A. from Brockport State College and a master’s from Covenant Theological Seminary. He teaches freshman and sophomore Bible and serves as associate pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church. Before coming to CHS in 1994, he ministered as a staff member of Student Venture.

Mrs. Tamara Hayes (Home Economics) earned a B.A. in education from Cedarville University. She taught elementary grades in two Christian schools before homeschooling her own children. Mrs. Hayes is an accomplished seamstress and she runs a part-time catering business.

Mrs. Jane Lewellen (Math) graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and math education. She taught math in a Christian high school in Alabama for several years before moving to the Northwest. She worked as a computer programmer before joining the Covenant faculty in 2004.

Mr. Ralph McLin (Science, Math) earned a B.S. in biology and a master’s in biology instruction from Pacific Union College. He brought a wealth of experience teaching biology, math and general science to Covenant when he arrived in 2007. Mr. McLin also worked as a museum assistant collecting fossils and mammal specimens from across the U.S.A. and Canada.

Mr. Jonathan Nichols (Latin) earned a B.A. in philosophy from Wheaton College, a master’s of education from the University of Montevallo and a M.A. in philosophy from Northern Illinois University. He taught Latin in a Christian school before serving for several years as a missionary in Africa. Mr. Nichols joined the Covenant faculty in 2010.

The Reverend Steven Nicoletti (Bible, Chapel) received a B.A. from New York University and a master’s from Covenant Theological Seminary. He teaches junior and senior Bible and serves as the assistant pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Michael Pfefferle (Physics) earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Irvine. He worked as an engineer and computer programmer for Boeing and Weyerhaeuser. Mr. Pfefferle taught full-time at CHS for several years before returning to his computer programming career.

Mr. Jared Potter (Technology) is a graduate of the Art Institute of Seattle. He worked for Microsoft as a design production leader for mobile phone applications until starting his own software and interface design company. Mr. Potter teaches the Interface Design and Technology course.

Mrs. Melissa McMillan (Music, Choir) teaches choir and freshman music. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s in creative arts education from Lesley University.

Mrs. Julie Rust (Spanish) earned a B.A. from Prairie Bible College, a certificate of Spanish fluency from the Rio Grande Institute and a master’s in education from the University of Washington. She served as a full-time missionary in Colombia, South America for three years. Mrs. Rust joined the Covenant faculty in 2010.

Mrs. Kim St. John (Speech, International student counselor) graduated from Fairmont State University with a degree in speech communications and theatre. In addition to teaching speech at Covenant High School since 2005, she has performed in theatre and coached speech forums. Mrs. St. John teaches freshman speech and sophomore speech.

Mrs. Cindy Dille College Counselor, Office Administrator

Mrs. Laurel McCoy Secretary