About Our School

Learn about Guiding Light’s founding, enjoy a picture gallery, and even meet some of the staff!

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Our Founding & History

For over 35 years, Guiding Light has excelled at helping students reach the most potential they can from their early education. Combined with the help of the timeless inclusive moral teachings of the Christian bible, our school has consistently not only prepared students for general education, but life as well. With constant support from alumni and supportive parents, we believe our methods are time-tested and will continue to be one of the brightest enopportunities Lake Havasu City can provide for any child.

Picture of Guiding Light Christian Education Center when it first opened Archived News Herald Clipping. Visible text reads: 'Wednesday, June 12 1985 | Christian preschool offers diversity'

Guiding Light has been blessed with oppourtinues to grow our school & expand the program to not only primary schooling, but increase the number of classrooms in hope to accommodate all of Lake Havasu's important early education needs!

Picture Gallery

Tap the 'Open Gallery' button to view all our pictures! Once the gallery is open, tap the arrows icons to navigate. Swiping or keyboard arrow keys works as well. To close the gallery, use the button located at the top right of the gallery or scroll your mouse wheel.

If you have any questions or additions to our gallery, do not hesitate to message or call the front office!

The Education

Kids focusing on their work

The core curriculum consists of reading, math, oral language, and science. Additionally, children experience many opportunities to learn skills designed to complement the core curriculum including: art, music, physical activity, Bible study, social development, computer skills, and foreign languages.

We believe in our students developing at their own pace. Despite this, we also feel that it is important that the students understand the grading system that is used to provide preparation for the advanced education beyond GLCEC. Teachers may make curriculum adoptions at any time and grade the students with in the guidelines of those adoptions.

Meet the Front Office!

Nadine Bartels


My name is Nadine Bartels and I’ve lived in Lake Havasu City since 1976. I never dreamed I’d be the director of this place I love so much, but the Lord works in mysterious ways. One day in 1986 I applied for a job at Guiding Light, A job that truly changed my life. The Lord puts us right where we are needed. To my role as director I bring 34 years of early education & elementary education experience most of it direct classroom time and the vast majority of it here at Guiding Light. I’m the proud mother of three Guiding Light alumni, each successful in their chosen field. I believe because of the strong foundations and ethics instilled here at Guiding Light. My heart is full of joy as I continue the journey our founder began in 1985. I cannot think of anything I want to do more than to continue to guide Lake Havasu City’s children.

Picture of the Director Nadine Bartels

Shanta Abbott

Executive Administrator

Shanta provides administrative business oversight for the company, handling payroll and other budgeting responsibilies.

A more detailed future description will be available later!

Picture of the Administrator Shanta Abbott

Floriana Hanna

Our Founder

It is my privilege to welcome you as the founder of Guiding Light Christian Educational Center. My dream began in 1985 when I developed our unique facility. To this day I continue to offer each student a quality education in a spiritual environment. Our program stresses academics in a warm & loving atmosphere giving each of our students a solid foundation to enhance their education. What a joy it is to have my alumni return to Guiding Light with their own children to give them the same loving experience they have learned to love. “Guiding Lake Havasu City’s Children Since 1985”.

Picture of the Founder Floriana Hanna
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