At the heart of any successful school is its teachers and administration. At CCS, we are blessed with a group of passionate and godly teachers who are well trained in their craft. The continuing development of our staff is a key component of the educational program at Calvary Christian School. Their love for the students and ability to lead young people to "Sharpen their Minds and Transform their Hearts," is what makes our school unique.


Leah Hess

Head of School

B.S.Ed., Elem. Education, SU, Pennsylvania

Currently working on Educational Therapy Certificate, UCR Extension Program

14 years in education

Nicole Maiocco

Director of Admissions

M.A., Organizational Leadership, Biola University

B.A., Social Work, Bethel University



Rachel McKee

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., Psychology, UCLA

5 years in education

Jenny Spencer

Kindergarten Teacher

M.A., Elem. Ed., Grand Canyon University

B.A., Liberal Studies, Cal Poly Pomona

3 years in education

Ashley Janes
1st Grade Teacher

B.A., Early Childhood and Family Studies, University of Washington

3 years in education

Lindy Seely
1st Grade Teacher

B.S., Elementary Education, Grace College

26 years in education

Vanessa Robertson

2nd Grade Teacher

B.A., Liberal Studies, Westmont College

12 years in education

Taryn Sains

2nd Grade Teacher

B.S., Elementary Education, CSU, Fullerton

3 years in education

Annie Lemings
3rd Grade Teacher
B.A., Liberal Studies, CSU, San Marcos
1 year in education

Ally Smith
3rd Grade Teacher

B.A., Liberal Arts, CSU, Fullerton
5 years in education

Saralyn Shafer
4th Grade Teacher
B.A., English Literature, CSU, Fullerton
1 year in education

Amy Shin
4th Grade Teacher

M.A., Biblical Studies, Westminster Theological Seminary

B.A., Biological Science, UC Santa Barbara

18 years in education

Mark Allen

5th Grade Teacher

M.A., Hope International University
B.A., Pacific Christian College
21 years in education

Sandy Gilson
5th Grade Teacher

M.S., Elem. Curriculum & Instruction,
CSU, Fullerton

B.A., Liberal Studies, Biola University

31 years in education

Middle School

Christy Arguello

7th & 8th Grade English
B.A., English: Secondary Education, Biola University

7 years in education

Regina Benson

7th & 8th Grade Bible; Spiritual Life Director
B.A., Liberal Arts, Chapman University

28 years in education

Jacob Carr

6th Grade English, Math & History
B.A., Philosophy, Biola University
Graduate of Torrey Honors Institute

2 years in education

Tina Hagerott

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Math
M.A., Teaching, Fairfield University
B.A., Economics/Math, Fairfield University

28 years in education

Mireya Moreno

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Spanish

Founded Callan Method School of Barcelona

24 years in language education, 6 years at CCS

Chris Plant

6th Grade Bible, 7th & 8th Grade History

M.A., Christian Apologetics, Biola University

B.A., Biblical Theology, Biola University

3 years in education

David Trentine

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Science

M.A., Education, National University

B.A., Liberal Arts, Excelsior College

4 years in education


Nancy Bennett


19 years in education

Janelle Burris

Elementary Music Teacher & Choir Director

B.A., Music, California Baptist University

11 years in education

Phil Christopherson
Physical Education Teacher; ASP Director
B.A., Physical Education, Southern California College

37 years in education

Leslie Hitchcock

Physical Education Teacher
B.S., Physical Education, Biola University

3 years in physical education and special needs education

1 year collegiate coaching

Linda Paszkiewicz
Drama Teacher
B.A., Theatre, CSU, Fullerton

17 years in education

Lindsey Porter

Athletic Director; Yearbook Advisor
B.A., Physical Education, Bethel University
M.S., Kiniesiology, Cal Baptist University

Anabella Rangel-Sanchez

1st and 2nd grade Spanish

Karla Rivera

Eagle Academy

M.A., Teaching (Special Education Emphasis), National University

B.A., Theatre Arts, CSU, Fullerton

7 years in education

Jonathan Rowden

4th-5th Grade Band


Helen Weed

4th-8th Grade Instrumental Music Teacher; Worship Teams

B.M., Music Education, Chapman University

38 years in education

Support Staff

Lori Bauman

Instructional Aide
3 years at CCS

Bill Dietz

IT Manager
7 years at CCS

Diane Holmberg

Instructional Aide

30 years at CCS

Diane Mahoney

Instructional Aide; After School Program

13 years at CCS

Dre Marinez

Administrative Assistant

2 years at CCS

Eileen Muniz

Instructional Aide

18 years at CCS

Allison Villa

Instructional Aide; After School Program

10 years at CCS

After School Program


Michelle Bauman

After School Program

2 years at CCS

Sue Beesley

After School Program

24 years at CCS

Samantha Juarez

After School Program

3 years at CCS

Solmar Lee

After School Program

3 years at CCS

Vincent Muniz

After School Program

3 years at CCS