David Miller (Principal, Senior Rhetoric Thesis) graduated from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) with a degree in Communications: Media Studies and earned a Masters in Teaching from Northwest University (Kirkland, WA) with Washington State teaching credentials in English/Language Arts and History. Prior to coming to Covenant, he worked as a teacher, coach, and administrator for twelve years at a Christian school, while also completing a school mentorship program in administration.
Mr. Jerry Saldajeno (Science, Math) has a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from San Diego State University and M.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Nebraska, Kearney. At one point, he was working for the City of San Diego performing water tests and looking for bacteria. He began teaching at Covenant in 2018. With over 10 years of teaching experience, he loves being able share his passion about science and hopes to inspire students to become future scientists. Jerry also enjoys basketball and bass, and you’ll find him regularly participating in our Chess Club.
Mr. Richard Hannula (History, Civics, Economics, Honors Algebra II) is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California and holds a B.A. in history. He earned a master’s in education from the University of Washington. He is the author of several books including: Our Northwest Heritage, Heralds of the Reformation and Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History. Mr. Hannula plans and leads the biennial historical tour to France and the United Kingdom and has been a member of the CHS faculty since the school was founded in 1992.
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.
Miss Eva Battle (Art, Academic Technology, Honor Society Advisor) graduated from the University of Washington with an art major and a minor in art history and holds a master’s in education from Seattle Pacific University. She is an award-winning professional Artist and joined the Covenant faculty as an art teacher in 2004. “I love the students and getting to teach them to use their creativity given by God to glorify Him,” Eva says. “It’s a privilege to be able to work with teens, art, and in a Christian setting.”
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, Health) 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 and joined the Covenant faculty in 2010. “I want my students to be able to speak with and understand people from other cultures so they can share Christ with them,” she says.
Mr. Jonathan Nichols (Latin) earned a B.A. in philosophy from Wheaton College, a Master of Education from the University of Montevallo, and a M.A. in philosophy from Northern Illinois University. Once a missionary in Burkina Faso, he joined the Covenant faculty in 2010. When asked what he loves most about what he does, Mr. Nichols said, “connecting with students and directing their joy and energy into learning and improving analytical skills. I love that the learning process can and should be worship, and that sometimes we can “feel his pleasure” as we gain understanding in any discipline.” Outside of school, Mr. Nichols and his family farm hazelnuts, microgreens, and are always working on something new.
Mr. Elias Nichols (Interface Design & Technology, Functional Interface Development) is a full-time software engineer, building financial software. He holds a B.A. from Whitworth University in Computer Science, with a focused study on distributed computing, neural networks, and network architecture. While there, he was also President of The Association for Computing Machinery Club, organizing weekly seminars, hackathons, and teaching. A Covenant High School alum, he was thrilled to return to teach in 2018. With programming as a passion, he sees it is an extremely valuable thing to be exposed to early on in education.
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. Karl Kvale (New Testament Survey) holds a B.A. from New St. Andrews College in Liberal Arts and Culture. A CHS alum, he now teaches New Testament Survey to our Sophomores. He enjoys any opportunity to do research on history, literature, and the New Testament, and getting students excited about engaging in those subjects in class. Outside of Bible class, Karl plays guitar, is an avid reader, and likes to hike, hence he willingly leads one of our most popular clubs: the Hiking Club.
Mrs. Lisa DeMass (Speech, Yearbook) graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in speech communication and previously worked for Student Venture, a Christian outreach to teenagers. Mrs. DeMass has taught at Covenant since 1996 and has loved watching students become increasingly poised and confident in front of an audience in her public speaking classes. She loves biking, golf, her two daughters, and being the grandmother of two incredible boys!
Mrs. Kim St. John (Speech, Drama, 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. Tamara Hayes (Home Management) earned a B.A. in education from Cedarville University. She has seen her four children become Covenant High School alumni, and began working with the school in 2010. She interacts with students both while working in the Front Office and teaching Home Management, loving the fact that she’s teaching young adults something that they will use in their everyday lives.