Troy Schmidt

Senior Pastor Gethsemane Lutheran Church and School

Background: Undergraduate work was done at Concordia University in Austin Texas. Graduate work was done at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis Missouri. I have been a pastor for over 10 years and at Gethsemane serving as Senior Pastor for the last 8.

My family includes: Wife - Cristy, two daughters - Haley and Avery, one dog - Ginger

My favorite subject in school was: During school, recess was the best, but my favorite subject was probably math because I enjoyed working through the problems.

A Bible verse I turn to time and time again is: Psalm 139

Something fun you don’t know about me is: I have mastered the art of the perfect grilled cheese sandwich - just ask my girls.

Kristina Arnold

Organizational Administrator

My job is to:
In my role I am responsible for any business related items, including all accounting, finance, and HR. I also oversee any maintenance and facilities operations.

I love my job because:
I love the people and the community at Gethsemane. We are a very diverse group of people, but come together in our mission.

I graduated from ASU with a Bachelors of Finance and worked in the Hospitality industry as an Assistant Director of Finance for 12 years. I started at Gethsemane in May 2014.

A Bible verse I turn to time and time again is:
1 Corinthians 12:12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.

Something fun you don’t know about me is:
I played trombone in the ASU Marching Band in college… Go Devils!

Sandy Rosenbaum

Gethsemane Academy Director

My name is Sandy Rosenbaum. I am married to Kent and we have three children. Darrel, Dana and Dustin. Darrel is married to Julia and they have blessed us with 2 granddaughters.

My favorite subjects in school are writing and reading.

A bible verse that l turn to is: Be strong and courageous for I will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9.

I am a charter member of Gethsemane and worked as an aide here in the 1980's. I graduated from ASU with a degree in Elementary Education, and have a Master's Degree from Northern Arizona University. I was a teacher for Mesa Public Schools for 32 years before coming to Gethsemane Christian Academy last October.

Cindy Arnold

Admissions Coordinator

After 20+ years in the education field, I'm happy to be a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran School family. I have a BA in Elementary Education, an MA in Curriculum Design and Instruction, and an SEI (Structured English Immersion) endorsement. I've taught at the elementary and high school level, in addition to working in adult education. I've traveled all over the world, and have lived in Japan and Sicily. Before moving to Chandler, I lived in Tucson and worked with a post-degree teacher certification program. My husband, Bob, and I have two sons (Tony and Eric), two special daughters-in-law (Kristina and Cellen), and four fantastically smart grandchildren! (Emie, Robert, Anthony, and Dominick) My favorites? Cruising, crafts, and family ... not in that order!

Caitlin Brooks

Administrative Assistant

Background: I graduated from Concordia University Nebraska in 2015 with a degree in Psychology and Christian Education.

My family includes: My husband Brandon and our dogs Lexi & Kimbo

My favorite subject in school was: Science. I loved learning about how things in the world work.

A Bible verse I turn to time and time again is: Micah 6:8 "He has shown you oh mortal what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Something fun you don’t know about me is: I love the outdoors! Camping, hiking, and kayaking are a few of my favorite things to do!

Cristal Medina

Early Preschool Orange Teacher

I have been teaching at Gethsemane for thirteen years in the two year old room because I love little children. I am a Christian who loves sharing Jesus with my little students.

I am an Arizona native. I graduated from Marcos DeNiza that is just down the street. My family and I love hiking and going to the various festivals that are available during the year. My three boys enjoy being outside in the beautiful Arizona sunshine.

Cheryl Rogers

Preschool Red

I was born and raised in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA. After graduating from high school in 1977, I attended Santa Barbara City College and began teaching at Community Christian Preschool at the same time. I then married the love of my life, Paul, in 1978. We moved to Tempe and joined GLC in 1982 and began working at the preschool. I went back to school and later earned an Associate of Early Childhood Education from Central Arizona College. I took a few years off to stay home with my children and returned later to work in Children's Ministries at Bethany Community Church and taught preschool at Epiphany Lutheran in Chandler for 3 years. I returned to Gethsemane in 1995 and have been teaching preschool 3's ever since.

I have three amazing grown children which all graduated from ASU and live nearby. Both my son Josh and daughter Katie are RN's for local hospitals and my son Andy is an engineer. I have five beautiful grandchildren.

When I am not working, I enjoy caring for my barnyard friends. We have horses, a mule, goats, a donkey, ducks, chickens 2 dogs and a cat. I enjoy trail riding and driving our pony and cart. I also enjoy gardening and many other outdoor activities (hiking, bike riding, sailing, kayaking and swimming). My other interests include musical theater, playing piano, ukulele and singing. My husband I also enjoy traveling and we love going to Disneyland as often as possible.

I have been a Christian ever since I was a small child. My faith in God is strong and God has helped me through many difficult times. He has also blessed me beyond measure with a wonderful family and friends. I am also thankful to have a job where I can share my love for Jesus with my young students everyday! Every morning God puts a song of joy in my heart!

Scarlet Johnson

Preschool Assistant

I have been working in the classroom for 5 years now. I started teaching as an assistant in Pre-K at the East Valley JCC and was promoted to lead teacher after receiving their Teacher of the Year award. I have attended multiple Conscious Discipline courses taught by Dianna Brown as well as Early Childhood Development
classes around the valley. I will be continuing my Early Childhood Education at MCC this fall.

Other Subjects or Extra Curriculars: Miss Scarlet is also the lead Children's Ministry teacher at Gethsemane Church.

My family includes:
My Husband, Benjamin, my daughter Olivia and our two dogs; Schatze and Berkley

My favorite subject in school was: Science. I particularly enjoyed Astronomy and Earth Science because I love to explore and discover new things that God created for us on and around our Earth.

A Bible verse I turn to time and time again is:
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Something fun you don’t know about me is:
I used to be a Ballerina. In my spare time I enjoy camping and adventuring around Arizona. I also enjoy going to the Ballet.

Bonnie Braselton

Pre-Kindergarten & Lead Preschool Teacher

Masters in Early Childhood Education
20 years preschool special education teacher Kyrene District
7 years preschool special education teacher in Illinois

My family includes: Husband- Terry, Son- Matthew (daughter-in-law Kristie), Daughter-Rebekah (son-in-law Chad)
Granddaughters: Bethany, Harper, Shiloh
Grandsons: Benjamin, Judah, Wesley

My favorite subject in school was:
Art. I loved being creative.

A Bible verse I turn to time and time again is:
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Something fun you don’t know about me is:
Gerald Ford shook my hand at my college graduation.

Laraine Lyons


Background: I have been a first and second grade teacher for 25 years at Booker T Washington Elementary School in Mesa and love teaching young children.

My family includes: I have been married to Tim for 40 years and we have two wonderful married children, Lesley and Tim. They and their spouses have each presented us with granddaughters...Cameron and Alexandra.

Marisol Figueroa

Preschool Yellow

I have attended Mesa Community College but currently attending Phoenix College and pursing a certification in Spanish. I'm also pursuing a degree in Education. I have been here at Gethsemane for 11 years. I am very happy to be here and couldn't be more blessed.

My Family Includes:
I have a wonderful daughter that is 6 years old and attends Gethsemane. Last year Francisco and I welcomed our second child, a little boy named Cisco, who is now a bouncing one year old. Watching our children grow is the best experience ever!

My favorite subjects in school were Art and P.E. I just loved Art because making crafts was a lot of fun. I enjoyed P.E. because I loved running around and playing different sports.

A Bible verse I turn to time and time again is Psalm 23:1, The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want.

Something fun you don't know about me: I saw Pope John Paul II in Canada for World Youth Day. It was such a great experience.