Grades Kindergarten-5th

Grand View Christian School is pleased to partner with parents who desire a faith based biblical world view education for their child.  These are the years of development that begin to structure a foundation for future learning and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Grades kindergarten through 5th Grade curriculum focuses on the fundamental learning essentials in the core academic disciplines.  The curriculum is designed with predominately faith based curriculum resources.  Biblical integration is included in all instruction.  The elementary curriculum includes:

  • Bible and Weekly Chapel
  • Reading (Phonetic)
  • Language Arts: Grammar, Writing, Spelling, Speaking, Listening
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Health
  • Music
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Technology: Keyboarding, Coding,  K-1st grade have technology centers, 2nd-5th grade have 1:1 laptops
  • Library
  • Beginning Band and Elementary Band

All teachers are licensed by the Iowa Department of Education and are skilled in Biblical integration.  Kindergarten through 5th grade is an accredited nonpublic private elementary school program through the Iowa Department of Education.

Literacy assessments are conducted 3 times a year to monitor reading skills and comprehension.  Iowa Assessments are administered for annual grade level achievement.  Parent Conferences are available bi-annually and as needed.  Special Services are available to GVCS through Heartland AEA for screenings in speech, hearing, or other areas of development.

All elementary classes have enrichment activities that include field trips, visiting class speakers, Christian service projects, seasonal celebrations, and fine arts performances.

An After Care Program is available on school days until 5:30 for students in preschool-5th grade.

“Developing Life Long Learners and Growing in Jesus”

Tiffany Gladfelter
1st Grade Teacher


Tiffany Gladfelter

Your position:

1st Grade Teacher

Testimony of salvation:

I was saved at the age of 6 after our pastor preached a sermon on heaven and hell. I was convicted of my sin and need for Christ to save me from my sins so that I could have a relationship with Him and spend eternity in heaven. I was later baptized at the age of ten.


Maranatha Baptist Church

Areas where you serve in your church:

Nursery and AWANA


BS- Elementary Education and Biblical Studies


K-8 Reading Endorsement



Things you enjoy doing when you’re not teaching:

Reading, baking, being outside, shopping, and playing sports

How long have you been teaching? 

First year full-time! Previously substitute taught

What brought you to GV or why did you decide to work here?

I love the people! The staff here is great and I love working with them! I loved how the teachers and administrators and staff work as a team towards a common goal. I love how GVCS is focused on the gospel and the Christ-centered mindset.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I love seeing the students’ eyes light up when they understand a new concept or are able to read something that they were not able to before.

What’s the most rewarding thing about working at Grand View?

I love getting to know my co-workers and the families that are involved at GVCS.

Guilty pleasure? 

Ice cream and coffee!

Why did you choose to become a teacher?

I wanted to use my love of learning to teaching students to use their natural curiosity about the world around them. I want to be able to share with students about how God made us to want to know more about Him and also about what He has made.

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Teacher Profiles
Alicia Behrens
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Marci Behrens
Kindergarten Teacher
Tiffany Gladfelter
1st Grade Teacher
Julie McGovern
1st Grade Teacher
Emily McDowell
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Kate Hydorn
2nd Grade Teacher
Karen Eddy
3rd Grade Teacher
Christine Poole
4th Grade Teacher
Christi Ersland
5th Grade Teacher
Alisa Ryan
5th Grade Teacher
Stephanie Caples
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Correne Chodakowski
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Twila Mosher
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Carrie Jordan
Mark Lang
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Jonathan Nilius
EL/MS/HS Music, Vocal
Grace Peterson
EL/MS/HS Music, Instrumental
Sheila Miguez