22 Years in Education
Welcome to Small Cloud Christian School, a place committed to making God the center of education. We believe a proper education balances excellence in academic knowlege with the mastery of practical skills and the maintenance of a healthy body and spirit. In this way we hope to help all students find and develop their God-given talents.
With a heart to put God back into education, our faculty strives to plant a love for and devotion to God into the next generation. Each staff member brings his/her talents to this wonderful place and puts them to work. Using a variety of teaching methods and tools, we try to help all students fulfill God’s purposes for their lives.
All children are special gifts from God. Each has talents waiting to be discovered and used! Every day, our students are encouraged to overcome their areas of weakness and temper their areas of strength. No matter what is being done (academic work or chores), our boys and girls are encouraged to team up with Jesus Christ—our Savior—to develop characters like His.
Small Cloud Christian School is the result of impossible dreams made possible through faith. It all began as a dream--a dream of helping children learn about the Creator who made them.
Sandra NelsonPRINCIPAL/TEACHER/BUS DRIVER
Sandra Nelson earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from California State University at Sacramento in May 1995. She obtained her teaching credential in 1996. In the same year, Sandra co-founded Small Cloud Christian School with Margie Seely and currently serves as Principal/Teacher for Small Cloud. Sandra Nelson directs the one-room school. She also manages the Breakfast and Lunch Program, as well as all fundraisers and outreach programs, and handles all administrative issues.
Margie SeelyVICE PRINCIPAL/TEACHER
Margie Seely earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development from the University of California at Davis in June 1994. In 1996, she and Sandra Nelson co-founded Small Cloud Christian School. They taught together for fifteen years. Margie is not currently teaching physically at Small Cloud, but she does teach a couple of high school subjects through Orion Christian Academy—a distance homeschooling program.
Mike Alford is our volunteer treasurer. He handles all billing and tuition statements. He is responsible for approving financial aid requests. Mike also helps fix thousands of little things that would otherwise be thrown away.
Gretchen Schendel (mother of Sandra Nelson) has been a trusted volunteer from the very beginnings of Small Cloud. Gretchen has cooked thousands of awesome lunches and taught many Bible lessons to our younger students. One of her favorite mottos is “A place for everything and everything in its place.” She strives daily to create that reality here at Small Cloud while serving as cook, former secretary, former bus driver, and a fill-in wherever she is needed. She also designs our treasured newsletters. Small Cloud would be a very different place without her.
Evelyn Holmstroem (mother of Margie Seely) is our wonderful librarian with books but without a library. (We hope to add a library very soon.) She volunteers regularly—practicing spelling with individual students, reading to all students during breakfast and lunch, organizing our newly-completed office, and helping in many other areas. She is a God-given blessing to Small Cloud.
Idlia Aguirre is the mom of three of our former students. During the time of their enrollment, she served as a volunteer. Now we have invited her back as an employee. Her faithfulness in cleaning and cooking is appreciated every day. Just recently she completed her degree as a preschool teacher and now works diligently with our kindergarten students—teaching them letters, numbers, and school etiquette. We appreciate her faith tremendously!