Faculty and Staff

Administrative – The responsibility of the school’s daily operation is a delegated function of the acting administrator, who carries out and effects school policies. 


Teachers – The training and instruction of all students is the responsibility of the teachers. 


Parents Involvement – We believe that parents are the first line educators of their children. We seek to work together with parents in training up their children. Parents are encouraged to volunteer time, upon administrative approval, to assist in the classroom or facilitate extra curricular activities. We are phasing in a program of mandatory parent volunteers in order to increase chances of student success, and to help keep the operational costs of the school low and in turn passing the savings on in the form of lower tuition. 


Lake Almanor Christian School Board – Board members are approved by the church elders and are Christian parents, educators, and community members. The school board will oversee school policies, philosophies, curriculum choices, future direction and staffing. 


  • mrs. Barbara Tharpe Principal

    The Lord lead Mrs. Barbara Tharpe and her husband to Chester a few years ago. They quickly found a home with LACC. Mrs. Tharpe had heard about LACS, but having retired from teaching after 20 plus years, she wasn’t sure about getting involved. A little while later, the Holy Spirit began to work in her heart to become a volunteer. As she worked with the teachers and students, she fell in love with each of them. Mrs. Tharpe taught students K-8 in both public and private school settings. She also spent many years working with students with special needs. After a few years of involvement in the school, Mrs. Tharpe took on the role of Principal Administrator in 2019. In the words of Mrs. Tharpe, “I am blessed and excited to be part of a wonderful Christ-centered school and school board. I look forward to serving LACS and advancing its mission”.

  • mrs. Ashlee Herrera- 3rd-8th grade teacher

    Mrs. Ashlee Herrera grew up in the Chester area and has been involved at LACS as a parent volunteer for many years. In her words, "I’m excited to bring in some new enrichment courses this year including Spanish, Arts and Crafts, and Home Economics. I’m looking forward to this year with all of you". Mrs. Herrera, "loves Jesus, coffee, cacti, and Mexico!" and is married with two sons. Mrs. Herrera looks to Psalm 32:8 for guidance in the classroom: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” 

  • mrs. Isabel Barrett- Kindergarten-2nd grade teacher

    Mrs. Isabel Barrett and her husband moved to Plumas County in 2017 from Sacramento. In her words, "This is my first year teaching at Lake Almanor Christian School, but I have many years of experience working with children in a variety of settings. I am very grateful that our Lord led me to this opportunity. I have a passion for gardening, cooking and reading. My favorite verse is Esther 4:14, it reminds me that our Lord prepares us for unseen opportunities to do His Will in ways we could never imagine."

  • mrs. Lee Eckert Librarian

    Mrs. Lee Eckert truly enjoys working with LACS students and staff along with Julie Outland and now winter seasonal - Deanna Welsh. They work together as a team toward the students’ library knowledge and enjoyment of reading along with some history knowledge. Mrs. Eckert is a retired School Librarian – mostly at Chester Jr/Sr High School and a couple of semesters with a split day at CHS & CES. Out PTFA has become so supportive of the library which benefits directly and even not so directly, helping our purchase of book supplies, and we appreciate them so much. The librarians are open to parent’s involvement such as reading one of our books for a class or sharing a positive memory of a library experience. Thank you for your encouragement and support for the only private school library in the area.

  • mrs. Julie Outland

    Julie Outland is one of your friendly volunteer librarians, with Lee Eckert, at the Lake Almanor Christian School library – up the steep stairway to heaven, above the kitchen.  They catalogue books on the computer and in the library.   They read stories to school children, teach them library skills, and check out books.  They keep the library cheery, decorated and welcoming to students.