Mr. Hammond4th-8th Teacher
Mr. Hammond teaches Accelerated Reading, Language Arts, Science, and History in the 4-8th grades. He received his BA from UC San Diego, his Masters from the National University in La Jolla, and obtained his Multiple Subject Elementary Teaching Credential from Fresno State in 2019. He has had ten years of professional teaching experience in various subjects and grades and also speaks conversational Spanish. Mr. Hammond, who is a husband and father of a six-year-old, enjoys music and theater and plays piano and guitar when he has time. He loves to hike in the mountains and runs to keep fit. He is very creative and encourages creativity in the classroom. He is excited to be able to teach in a family-like environment here at Zion Lutheran School.
Mrs. HopperK-3 Grade Teacher
Mrs. Hopper has been teaching at Zion Lutheran for the past six years. She is a graduate of Arizona State University. She also received a Texas Life-time credential and taught in Austin, Texas and Irving, Texas for many years, as well as Visalia, California. She has experience teaching preschool through grade three. She enjoys integrating music, art, and scripture with all academic subjects. Her favorite things are teaching and playing with her five grandchildren.
Mrs. CatalinaK-3 Teacher’s Assistant
Mrs. Catalina has been working with Mrs. Hopper as our K-3 Teacher’s Assistant since 2019. Even though she loves to work with all of the K-3 students, she spends most of her time with the Kindergarteners helping them with their learning. Cindy was a homeschool Mom to her four sons over the course of 20 years until they attended public school in junior high. She created her own curriculum to fit their interests and meet their needs. She also taught art, to not only her own children, but to other homeschooled children, as well. Her oldest is married with a degree in Theater Arts, her second has a degree in Environmental Science, and her third is working on obtaining his contractor’s license. Her youngest attends the 8th grade here at Zion. Cindy and her husband, Jeff, have been very active with their boys as they were growing up, enjoying time outdoors in God’s creation and cheering them on in their high school basketball games and tennis matches. She has been blessed recently by becoming a Grandma of a beautiful and brilliant baby boy. Cindy enjoys playing with her grandson, reading, and when time allows, gardening, art, cooking, and sewing.
Callie Conklin grew up in Porterville and went through all 12 grades in the Porterville School District, graduating from Monache High School. She continued her education by attending Porterville College obtaining her AA degree in Social Studies. Going into the workforce, she took care of children in different settings; a daycare, a preschool and also at Pioneer Middle School. After working in education, she wanted to try something different and worked for the Porterville Pregnancy Center helping with their mission before the pandemic limited their outreach. Callie came to us at Zion in the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. She works four hours a day to clean and care for Zion Lutheran School and Zion is happy to have Callie as part of its staff.
Ms. Terry IsomChurch and School Secretary
Terry Isom has been the church and school secretary at Zion for ten years. She is a former student and graduate of Zion Lutheran School. She has been a member of Zion Lutheran Church her whole life and graduated from Porterville High School. Whenever she has free time she enjoys camping and spending time with her dogs, Bear and T-Bone.
Nancy LedesmaAM/PM Care
Nancy Ledesma has been with Zion since 2019 and does our before and after school student supervision and care. She lives in Ducor and attended both Ducor Elementary School and Porterville High School. She also received her AA from Porterville College in Child Development and plans to go to Madera College to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. After doing her morning duty here at Zion, she works at Terra Bella Elementary School with children who have special needs then returns to Zion for her after-school duty. She comes from a large family and loves kids and the beach! Nancy is a great addition to Zion’s staff!