• Preschool

  • Jessica Cardwell



    Jessica grew up in the Eugene/Springfield area and is a graduate of Thurston High School. After high school, Jessica went to George Fox University where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and played soccer, softball and track. Jessica left her mark at GFU and you can still find her name atop the women’s soccer record books. 

    In 2008 Jessica began her teaching career and returned to Thurston High School to coach the women’s soccer program. She taught locally for a couple years before co-founding a private school in 2011. She would go on to teach 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade at Fall Creek Academy before joining Mountain View Academy. In 2012 Jessica’s Thurston soccer team won the 6A Oregon women’s soccer state championship. She continued coaching for one more year before leaving Thurston to pursue missions in Central America. 

    Jessica is currently in her 3rd year directing the women’s soccer program at Northwest Christian University. After teaching 3rd grade for 3 years at MVA, she is now our 2nd grade teacher and the Assistant Director at Mountain View Academy.

    One of Jessica’s favorite hobbies is traveling the world. This past summer she visited five different countries and her 4th continent! 

  • Laurie Cardwell



    Laurie is the founding Director of Mountain View Academy Charter School.  She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Elementary Education and has spent the last 30 years involved in educating kids.  She has taught in a variety of grades from kindergarten through high school and has been an administrator in both public and private settings.

    In 2011, Laurie co-founded a small private school.  This program, with its back to basics philosophy, quickly grew in size.  The model for this program was the basis for Mountain View Academy’s Charter and Laurie decided that this was a great way for the program to serve more kids.

    Laurie Has been married to her husband, Scott, for 36 years and they have 3 daughters, one son-in-law, and a grandson.  She enjoys spending time with her family.

    Laurie and her husband Scott own and operate several small businesses as well, including a property management business and a small hobby farm.  Laurie enjoys raising goats and Livestock Guardian Dogs in her free time.  Each summer you can also find Laurie travelling around the globe, enjoying the rich traditions from other countries.

    Laurie is passionate about educating kids well and using their time efficiently.  She loves the idea of building character in her students so that one day they will be our world changers.

  • Liz Lesch

    Preschool Teacher


    Liz Lesch was born in California and moved to Oregon when she was 11.  She is a graduate of Sheldon High School where she was the captain of the cheerleading team.


    Miss Liz attended Lane Community College to become a professional in the medical field and after trying many different career options, she became a Certified Surgical Technologist, assisting surgeons in the operating room.  Liz and her husband Brian have three children; Sammy, Eleanor, and Henry that attend Mountain View Academy. 


  • Alyssa Chapman

    Educational Assistant