Staff

Dora Marques
 
Elementary Principal
dmarques@victorycs.org

 Mrs. Dora Marques graduated from Multnomah School of the Bible with a dual degree in Biblical Studies and Christian Leadership. She then attended Sacramento State University and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies, followed with graduate studies at Ashland State University.

 Mrs. Marques has spent her entire educational career with Victory Christian School.
 Mrs. Marques taught Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and fourth grade prior to becoming an elementary principal. She started with Victory over 40 years ago and has become an invaluable resource for many people. There are not many positions that Mrs. Marques has not filled or assisted in recruiting the many great teachers that Victory has had.

 Mrs. Marques is equipped to lead prospective parents into a full understanding of what Victory is about. She shares the passion for children to come to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mrs. Marques' favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 33:3, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and I will shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."

Melissa Obien
 Elemen
tary Secretary
mobien@victorycs.org



Dori O'Day
 Kindergarten

doday@victorycs.org

 Mrs. Dori O'Day has taught various grades at Victory and has been teaching kindergarten since 2001.

Mrs. O'Day has a rich background in early childhood education. She has been trained with the Gesell Developmental Institute, which specializes in developmental readiness for starting school. Mrs. O'Day has also been involved with the "Math Their Way" program as well as AIMS Science. Both of these programs are very "hands-on" and enrich our program.

Mrs. O'Day's favorite Bible verse is Psalms 127:3a,  "Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord:"

Laurie Bannister
 First Grade

lbannister@victorycs.org

 Miss Bannister is a graduate of The Master's College where she received her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.  She is a 2009 graduate of Victory Christian High School.

She enjoys reading, writing and exploring.  Her favorite part of teaching at VCS is the people--students, parents, and staff.  Being able to work in a place with like-minded people brings her joy.

Miss Bannister's favorite verse is Psalm 19:14, "May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."

Sheryl Rothery
 Second Grade

srothery@victorycs.org

 After graduating from California State University Sacramento with a B.S. degree, Mrs. Sheryl Rothery received a K-6th grade multiple subjects teaching credential from National University and an M.A. in Education from CSUS.

 Before starting her career as a second grade teacher at Victory, Mrs. Rothery was the facilitator of our writing program. She loves being at Victory where she can teach about God and the Bible.

Mrs. Rothery's favorite Bible verses are Proverbs 3:5-6,  "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Karen Sawusch
 Third Grade

ksawusch@victorycs.org

Mrs. Karen Sawusch has been a vital part of our ministry for many years.  Mrs. Sawusch spent ten of her fifteen years teaching at Victory's previous campus in Fair Oaks.  There she taught a variety of levels:  fourth grade, sixth grade, and Junior High.

 Mrs. Sawusch is a graduate of San Diego Christian College and has received her masters in teaching degree from the University of San Francisco.  Mrs. Sawusch brings with her a wide variety of teaching experience including instruction in early reading intervention.  She has also spent time offering supplemental classes to elementary level home schooled students.

 Mrs. Sawusch's greatest desire is to allow the Lord to work in and through her.  She has a passion to see that her students know and walk with the Lord.  Mrs. Sawusch attends Arcade Church with her family and participates in the choir and sign language ministries.  Karen and her husband have four children.  

Feeling God's call to teach at a young age, Mrs. Sawusch has always leaned on Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart: and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."

Sharon Buckner
 Fourth Grade

sbuckner@victorycs.org

 Miss Sharon Buckner received her B.A. from a Christian college in Colorado and completed her teaching credential through CSUS. Even though she has taught second grade and worked in administration, working with impressionable, enthusiastic fourth graders seems to be her favorite role.

In 1992, Miss Buckner took a leave of absence to travel to West Africa where she taught a fifth grade class at a boarding school for missionary children. God used that experience to broaden her boundaries and to strength her faith.

One of Miss Buckner's greatest joys is to see former students continuing in their walk with the Lord. She has had the pleasure of teaching several "second generation" students.

Her favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Whitney White
 Fifth Grade

wwhite@victorycs.org

 Miss White attended LeTourneau University where she received her BS degree in interdisciplinary studies and teaching credential. She taught fifth grade at a Christian school in Seoul, Korea, and was a substitue teacher at Victory before joining the elementary staff in 2012.  Miss White is a VCS graduate.  

 Her favorite verse is Psalm 27:4, "One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple."

Susanne Kwon
 Sixth Grade

skwon@victorycs.org

Miss Susanne Kwon is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College. Prior to coming to VCS, she taught overseas in China and did mission work in Africa. She has taught 5 years at VCS previously.

She loves teaching in an environment where she can be involved with students that share the same joy of being in Christ. She enjoys traveling around the world, eating ethnic foods, and learning different languages.

Her favorite verse is Isaiah 40:31, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Margaret Conli
 Music


 Mrs. Margaret Conli has had many years of teaching experience and has also led children's choirs for many years. She received her B.A. from the University of California at Davis. Mrs. Conli feels privileged to help her students enjoy God through His gift of music and to be able to sing praises to Him all day long! She loves to encourage her students to develop and use the talents that God has given them.

Mrs. Conli's favorite Bible verse is Zephaniah 3:17, "The Lord your God is in you midst, a victorious warrior.  He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy."

Sue Huffman
 Physical Education

shuffman@victorycs.org

 A graduate of CSUS, Mrs. Sue Huffman taught P.E. at Victory before being hired by CSUS to coach the women's basketball team. In 2004 she retired from CSUS enabling her to return to Victory. Physical Education offers such an opportunity to prepare young people for the future. Learning to understand the importance of fitness, nutrition and, most of all, having Christ-like attitudes in working with each other are some of Mrs. Huffman's goals for the students.

Mrs. Huffman's favorite Bible verses are Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Glenda Barmby
 Teachers' Aide

gbarmby@victorycs.org

 Mrs. Glenda Barmby has been an aide at Victory for over 15 years.  She does grading for all teachers, facilitates reading groups and supervises at recess time.  She has a heart for the struggler and when there is a need to reinforce a particular subject or strategy, she helps either one-on-one or in a group setting.  She created and teaches the Character Education classes of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity and Fruit of the Spirit.  She is also the Sound Technician for our weekly chapel and for our Christmas and spring concerts.

Mrs. Barmby's favorite Bible verses are Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

 

Linda Gonzalez
 Teachers' Aide


 Mrs. Linda Gonzalez has been a Teachers' Aide for several years. Besides grading and doing special projects for all the teachers, she teaches our Character Education classes - Respect, Responsibility and Integrity. She is also instrumental in the organization of our annual Jog-a-thon fundraiser, our annual Dinner/Auction, the "Kids Only Shop" and our yearly ministry project.

Mrs. Gonzalez's favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."