About CTCS

Welcome to Christ the Teacher Catholic School!

We are a Catholic School located in the beautiful Yakima Valley.  With a rich history of over 100 years, Christ the Teacher Catholic School (formerly St. Paul Cathedral School) is proud to be committed to our families and community.  We offer education from Pre-Kindergarten (starting as early as 2 1/2 years old) through 8th grade.  Class sizes are kept to a minimum to ensure plenty of student/teacher interaction and attention.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the main office at 509-575-5604.


Thank you for taking the time to learn about our school! We look forward to meeting you.

Our Vision

CTCS is cultivating students and planting seeds in the valley of Yakima, committed to growing students in faith, academics, and service.

-Matthew 13:31-32


Principal’s Welcome

New Way of Learning, Same Dedication

Dear New and Returning CTCS Families,

We thank everyone for their dedication to CTCS, our staff and a quality education we provide to all students.  We know during these uncertain times it is hard to face each day not knowing what the future holds.  We at CTCS are planning for whatever decisions are made by the state regarding education next year.  Our plan includes three different options depending on what the state decides and what is safe for our students and staff.  We intend to start school on the originally scheduled date (September 1, 2020) as 1) a brick and mortar school, 2) an online school to start, or 3) a hybrid option (brick and mortar/distant learning).

Our staff is working tirelessly to ensure that we continue to provide our students and families with the highest education possible, while keeping all of us as safe as possible.

One way we are looking to expand opportunities to learn for all include raising funds to supply each Kindergarten through Eighth grade student with an iPad for the 2020-2021 school year.  If you are able to donate to this initiative or if you know of a business or individual that would help us achieve this goal, please contact me at hremillard@ctcsyakima.org.

Again, we are working to ensure that we continue to provide all students and families of CTCS with a high level, family-oriented education moving forward. We appreciate everyone’s patience, we understand and share your anxiety and want you to know that we are all in this together.  We are CTCS and we are EXCITED at what the future holds for our students and school.

May God Bless you all-

Heather Remillard


Our History

April 23, 1914, Father Robert Armstrong announced that 5 acres of land had been acquired at the present day site, for a church, school and residence. The land had a farmhouse, which would be used as a convent by the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma, who had agreed to staff the school.

July 4, 1914, Ground breaking ceremonies were held for a facility which would be a combination school/church, designed in a mission style with stucco covering, as was planned for the church that was to be built later. It was built on what is nw 12th Avenue. A platform was erected on the old farmhouse, at one corner, which became St. Catherine’s Convent. The house was located between the present rectory and school on what is now Chestnut.

September 1, 1914, Four Dominican Sister arrived from Tacoma, a day earlier than expected, with no one to greet them at the train and to find the school not ready for use. One of those four nuns was the legendary Sr. Mary Sabina.

September 8, 1914, Classes began at 9:00 a.m. in the convent, with 47 students enrolled, some in each of the eight grades. Some rooms in the farmhouse were turned into classrooms, two classes were held outside under the trees. Students sat on planks held up by apple boxes.

October 21, 1914, First day of classes in the new school. Enrollment had grown up to 108 students. On the following Sunday, Fr. Armstrong said the first Mass, in the large assembly room of the second floor of the school. An estimated 200 families were a part of the parish. It was dedicated by Bishop Edward O’Dea in December.

By 1921, the school enrollment was almost 300 students.

January 7, 1949, Excavations began for a combined school and convent, along Chestnut and 14th Avenue.

September 11, 1950, Classes start in new 5 story building. The school included 20 classrooms, an auditorium, a gymnasium, a cafeteria and a convert to house 32 sister. 756 students were enrolled.

September 1968, the original school was torn down, having served the parish for 60 years.

1975, After 60 years of service to St. Paul Cathedral School, the Dominican Sister left the school. Since that time St. Paul Cathedral School has been facilitated by mostly lay teachers.

Early 1980’s, St. Paul Cathedral School introduced the Early Childhood Education classes. The school welcomed a day-care, a pre-kinder program and well as a Kindergarten program.

Today, we welcome students from 3 year old Pre-Kinder through 8th grade, from all backgrounds. We at St. Paul Cathedral School prides ourselves in the academic achievements of our students. St. Paul Cathedral School has been at the top of the DIBELS testing for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Our state testing scores for all state tested grades have been very high as well. Our 2010, 8th grade graduates scored in the 97% in Mathematics. Most of our graduates go on to honors courses in high school and beyond. The partnership between our students, staff and parents have and will continue to pay off for all students wishing to achieve greatness. Over the near century many upstanding community leaders, started their education here and have excelled in their lives.


Meet Our Amazing Staff! 


Our teachers and staff memebers are some of the most dedicated in all of the Yakima Valley!


Heather Remillard

Principal at CTCS


Cinthia Benitez

Front Office Manager


Jenessa Markland

Drama, Middle School History, Yearbook


Carrie Osorio

Middle School Spanish


Donna Matheson

Middle School Math


Jill James

Middle School Language Arts


Carmen Capetillo

Middle School Science


Sandy Bennett

Middle School Religion, Music, Art


Cam Trammell
Dorothy Shu

Fifth Grade


Michael (Mic) Mackey

Fourth Grade


Elena Sullivan

Third Grade


Debra Wilson

Second Grade


Georgia Arnautou

First Grade


Kelly Orteg



Amy Bryant



Saundra Wellner

Preschool B Teacher

Tanya Bradley

Para Professional

Amaris Carter

Preschool Assistant

Stephanie Boyd

Preschool Assistant

Reach Out!

Phone: (509) 575-5604
Fax: (509) 575-5605

Christ the Teacher Catholic School

Office Open

Monday-Friday  8am-4pm


5508 W Chestnut Ave

Yakima, WA 98908


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