Madrone Adventist Elementary School

Building bridges in the Illinois Valley while teaching our students to thrive in their world.

Our Staff

Jon Usher

Position: Principal/Teacher
Phone: 2089631408


Mr. Usher is certified through the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists [K-8 All subjects; K-12 Mathematics)]. (The Seventh-day Adventist school system is a world-wide ministry with thousands of schools (pK -College) educating hundreds of thousands of children and youth to be good citizens in this life--and the life to come! =)


Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major Field: Mathematics/Education
College Where Earned: University of Oregon (Eugene)
Year Earned: 1980


Principal Jon Usher, his wife Judy, and their last "at home" child Levi (13) are dedicated to the promotion of true Christian education. Mr. Usher has 30+ years of experience in both elementary and secondary classrooms, including many happy years teaching in one-room schools. The focus of Mr. Usher's approach is the development of spiritual, mental, and physical aspects in each child under his care. An essential element in reaching this goal is communication with our school family parents to establish the best possible strategies. Working as a team allows for the combining of the parents' intimate knowledge of their child(ren) and Mr. Ushers experience and classroom observations. The small school, multi-grade classroom is an excellent venue to address individual needs and also fosters a warm, family atmosphere--a key to positive character development. Mr. Usher and Judy, his wife of 45 years, are looking forward meeting new families to join our school and find a safe and joyful country experience for their precious children

Chris Harwood

Position: Teacher's Aide/Admin
Phone: 408-813-7053 - cell


Highest Degree: BA
Major Field: Health Administration, RN


Ms. Chris is an amazing addition to our team here at Madrone. Not only is she a teaching aid and administrative assistant, but she is also a nurse and mentor to the students. Chris worked as a nurse for 42 years in California, before retiring and moving to Oregon with her family. After the passing of her husband Chris felt a need to help her community. As a local church member she felt moved to start volunteering and filling the need for more help at the school. That turned into becoming good friends with the teacher and falling in love with the students. Chris now has worked for the school fulltime since 2019.