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Larry Ahl

Head of School

Mr. Larry Ahl received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Vanguard University and his Master of Arts degree in Education from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK. Mr. Ahl has served in church and school administration for the past 30 years, beginning his career serving as church administrator for a church in Santa Ana, CA. After establishing a Christian school for the church, he served as principal for 14 years.…

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Mr. Larry Ahl received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Vanguard University and his Master of Arts degree in Education from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK. Mr. Ahl has served in church and school administration for the past 30 years, beginning his career serving as church administrator for a church in Santa Ana, CA. After establishing a Christian school for the church, he served as principal for 14 years. In 1993, Larry came to Mission Hills Christian School and served as both principal and church finance director for 14 years. Most recently, Mr. Ahl served as principal of a Christian school in Orange, CA.

Larry and his wife Marcia have been married for 38 years and reside in Mission Viejo, CA. They are the parents of five children and have two grandchildren.

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Danielle Akradi

Technology Teacher

Danielle graduated from Cal State Long Beach with her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies in 2008. Directly after, she pursued her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Cal State Fullerton. She has been teaching at MHCS since 2010; first as a fourth grade teacher, and now as our Technology Teacher. She loves the family oriented, Christ-centered community at Mission Hills.…Read More

Danielle graduated from Cal State Long Beach with her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies in 2008. Directly after, she pursued her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Cal State Fullerton. She has been teaching at MHCS since 2010; first as a fourth grade teacher, and now as our Technology Teacher. She loves the family oriented, Christ-centered community at Mission Hills. Teaching technology part-time gives her the pleasure of nurturing and guiding our future generation, while also having time to spend with her 1-year-old son. She enjoys traveling with her family, spending days at the beach, and enjoying a good book with a cup of coffee.

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Lynda Armstrong

Office Manager

Lynda Armstrong completed her 25th year at Mission Hills Christian School in June 2013.  She has been the JK aide, first grade teacher, administrative assistant, principal’s secretary, and now the office manager.  Mrs. Armstrong has been married to her husband, Rick, for over four decades.  Their four children all graduated from Mission Hills, as have three of their eleven grandchildren and three currently attend. …

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Lynda Armstrong completed her 25th year at Mission Hills Christian School in June 2013.  She has been the JK aide, first grade teacher, administrative assistant, principal’s secretary, and now the office manager.  Mrs. Armstrong has been married to her husband, Rick, for over four decades.  Their four children all graduated from Mission Hills, as have three of their eleven grandchildren and three currently attend.  She loves taking care of the students, parents, and teachers and can’t imagine working anywhere else.

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Julia Bernier

4th Grade Teacher

Julia Bernier has been married since 1988 and has two adult children who attended MHCS. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from San Jose State University and has completed ECE units. Mrs. Bernier began teaching junior kindergarten at Mission Hills in 2001. The family relocated to the east coast where Mrs. Bernier home schooled their children and was a substitute teacher for elementary and junior high grades at the local Christian school.…Read More

Julia Bernier has been married since 1988 and has two adult children who attended MHCS. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from San Jose State University and has completed ECE units. Mrs. Bernier began teaching junior kindergarten at Mission Hills in 2001. The family relocated to the east coast where Mrs. Bernier home schooled their children and was a substitute teacher for elementary and junior high grades at the local Christian school. In returning to California with the family, Mrs. Bernier served as a substitute teacher at Mission Hills. Working with her own children’s learning challenges, she developed a passion to create and utilize learning strategies that enable students to be successful. Julia desires to glorify the Lord in teaching and mission work all over the world.  She believes that investing in the lives of students and parents for Christ is a privilege.

 

 

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Paola Blankenship

Junior Kindergarten Teacher

Paola graduated in 2001 from Cerritos College. She majored in administration of justice with a minor in psychology. She currently is attending Saddleback College to receive her ECE units. She’s been married to her husband Mike since 2004, and they have two elementary age sons, Seth and Kyle. Paola has been serving in children’s ministries at The Bridge and the C&R program at MHCS for the past five years.…Read More

Paola graduated in 2001 from Cerritos College. She majored in administration of justice with a minor in psychology. She currently is attending Saddleback College to receive her ECE units. She’s been married to her husband Mike since 2004, and they have two elementary age sons, Seth and Kyle. Paola has been serving in children’s ministries at The Bridge and the C&R program at MHCS for the past five years. She enjoys extreme sports and spending time with her three boys.

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Jason Carson

Junior High Worship Team Mentor

Jason Carson served in youth ministry for over 13 years and is currently Senior Pastor at Encounter Mission Viejo Church. He loves his family more than anything on the planet! He and his wife were married in 1998 and have four children- Halley, Lucy, Janie and Shane. Jason is passionate about God, worship, family, seeing young people on fire for Jesus, friends, USC football, the Lakers, Frisbee golf, and Mountain Dew Baja Blast- available only at Taco Bell.…Read More

Jason Carson served in youth ministry for over 13 years and is currently Senior Pastor at Encounter Mission Viejo Church. He loves his family more than anything on the planet! He and his wife were married in 1998 and have four children- Halley, Lucy, Janie and Shane.

Jason is passionate about God, worship, family, seeing young people on fire for Jesus, friends, USC football, the Lakers, Frisbee golf, and Mountain Dew Baja Blast- available only at Taco Bell.

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Joe Chebat

Development Director

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Julie Cumming

Preschool Teacher

Julie Cumming graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a BA in Liberal studies and a California teaching credential. Julie taught for nine years and then was blessed to be able to stay home to  begin a family. Julie is excited to be back in the classroom teaching preschool and counts it an honor to be the first experience of school life for her little students.…Read More

Julie Cumming graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a BA in Liberal studies and a California teaching credential. Julie taught for nine years and then was blessed to be able to stay home to  begin a family. Julie is excited to be back in the classroom teaching preschool and counts it an honor to be the first experience of school life for her little students. The two best parts of her day are hearing her little ones singing praises to Jesus and having her own children stop by her classroom for a hug. Julie has been married for 17 years to Bill, and they are blessed with three children who attend Mission Hills Christian school.

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Jodi Dale

Junior High History

Jodi was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated in 1986 from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and earned her teaching credential from CSUF in 1987. She has been married to Steve Dale since 1992. Jodi loves spending time and travel with her husband and their two teenage sons, Bryce and Trent.…Read More

Jodi was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated in 1986 from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and earned her teaching credential from CSUF in 1987. She has been married to Steve Dale since 1992. Jodi loves spending time and travel with her husband and their two teenage sons, Bryce and Trent. They attend Saddleback Church. Jodi has been a regular classroom teacher at MHCS since 2011.

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Tracey Desmond

Musicals/ JH Drama/ Singing Saints

Tracey Desmond is a proud mom of Mission Hills alumni and has been serving at Mission Hills for several years in our Theater Arts department. Tracey is director of our school musicals, leads our students in Singing Saints, and is our Drama teacher. 

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Tracey Desmond is a proud mom of Mission Hills alumni and has been serving at Mission Hills for several years in our Theater Arts department. Tracey is director of our school musicals, leads our students in Singing Saints, and is our Drama teacher. 

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Sharon Duffy

Academic Support/Tutor

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Yvonne Erkelens

Spanish Teacher

Yvonne was born and raised in Guatemala, Central America, and Spanish is her native language; however, being born to German parents and having attended international schools, she is fluent in Spanish, German and English. Yvonne, her husband Stephan, and her three sons Chris, Tim, and Michael, moved to California in 1996.  Yvonne serves at MHCS as an instructional assistant in grades K-6 and as a Spanish teacher for grades K-8.…

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Yvonne was born and raised in Guatemala, Central America, and Spanish is her native language; however, being born to German parents and having attended international schools, she is fluent in Spanish, German and English. Yvonne, her husband Stephan, and her three sons Chris, Tim, and Michael, moved to California in 1996.  Yvonne serves at MHCS as an instructional assistant in grades K-6 and as a Spanish teacher for grades K-8. It is her joy and passion to teach Spanish, and she prays that with the Lord’s help her students will gain a greater appreciation for the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

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Lisa Espinoza

Admissions Director

Lisa has an Associate degree in Sign Language Interpreting and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She is also a writer and editor. Lisa loves introducing potential new families to Mission Hills Christian School and considers it a privilege to be a part of the MHCS team. Lisa has been married to Chip since 1983, and they have four kids.…

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Lisa has an Associate degree in Sign Language Interpreting and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She is also a writer and editor. Lisa loves introducing potential new families to Mission Hills Christian School and considers it a privilege to be a part of the MHCS team. Lisa has been married to Chip since 1983, and they have four kids.

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Linda Faulkner

Kindergarten Teacher

Linda Faulkner has been working extensively with children for more than 37 years.  She holds a Clear Multiple Teaching Credential from Concordia University Irvine and has taught Art in grades K-8 and 2nd grade. She enjoys sharing her love of Jesus with the children that she teaches and has a big heart for missions. She has traveled to Mozambique, India, and Nepal sharing His love to the children in those countries.…Read More

Linda Faulkner has been working extensively with children for more than 37 years.  She holds a Clear Multiple Teaching Credential from Concordia University Irvine and has taught Art in grades K-8 and 2nd grade. She enjoys sharing her love of Jesus with the children that she teaches and has a big heart for missions. She has traveled to Mozambique, India, and Nepal sharing His love to the children in those countries. When she isn’t teaching or on a mission trip she enjoys making jewelry, stained glass, and reading.

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Mike Foell

Campus Pastor

Following pastorates in Huntington Beach and Laguna Niguel, Pastor Mike became Mission Hills’ pastor of congregational care in July of 2008. Mike’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and graduate degrees in Biblical Counseling. Mike is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor with the International Board of Christian Counselors as well as a Licensed Professional Pastoral Counselor with the American Association of Christian Therapists.…Read More

Following pastorates in Huntington Beach and Laguna Niguel, Pastor Mike became Mission Hills’ pastor of congregational care in July of 2008. Mike’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and graduate degrees in Biblical Counseling. Mike is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor with the International Board of Christian Counselors as well as a Licensed Professional Pastoral Counselor with the American Association of Christian Therapists.

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Dayna Graveline

Office Assistant

Dayna Graveline is the mother of two girls who attend Mission Hills.  She has a B.A in Communications from Vanguard University and has used her skills as a publicist and marketing professional for local agencies and freelance. Dayna, her husband Scott, and two girls attend The Bridge Church, RSM and she volunteers on the women's ministry leadership team.…Read More

Dayna Graveline is the mother of two girls who attend Mission Hills.  She has a B.A in Communications from Vanguard University and has used her skills as a publicist and marketing professional for local agencies and freelance. Dayna, her husband Scott, and two girls attend The Bridge Church, RSM and she volunteers on the women’s ministry leadership team. She loves being on campus serving our parents and students in the front office.

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Josh Griffin

Leadership Advisor

Josh Griffin is a leading voice in youth ministry with more than 20 years experience, most recently as the high school pastor at Saddleback Church. He's co-founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com with Doug Fields and hosts a weekly youth ministry podcast with him. Josh has created more than 50 youth ministry resources, authored several books and just completed a new freshman Bible curriculum for the Awana program.…Read More

Josh Griffin is a leading voice in youth ministry with more than 20 years experience, most recently as the high school pastor at Saddleback Church. He’s co-founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com with Doug Fields and hosts a weekly youth ministry podcast with him. Josh has created more than 50 youth ministry resources, authored several books and just completed a new freshman Bible curriculum for the Awana program. Josh and his wife Angel’s four children have attended Mission Hills.

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Carrie Gulino

Principal

Born and raised in Southern California, Mrs. Gulino graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Social Ecology, an early childhood education specialization, and an elementary education teaching credential. Shortly after beginning her teaching career, Carrie married her high school sweetheart, Steve. Their children, Eric and Jessica, are both MHCS alums. Prior to becoming principal of MHCS, Carrie taught JK, kindergarten, and 2nd grade, and served as community relations representative as well as assistant to the principal.…

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Born and raised in Southern California, Mrs. Gulino graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Social Ecology, an early childhood education specialization, and an elementary education teaching credential. Shortly after beginning her teaching career, Carrie married her high school sweetheart, Steve. Their children, Eric and Jessica, are both MHCS alums. Prior to becoming principal of MHCS, Carrie taught JK, kindergarten, and 2nd grade, and served as community relations representative as well as assistant to the principal.

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Eileen Hollison

Junior High English/Curriculum Director

Eileen Hollison began serving as a Christian educator in 1994 at MHCS. She earned her credential at Vanguard University and UCI. At Mission Hills, she has taught fifth through eighth grades with a focus on English Language Arts, and she has served in the capacity as Academic Affairs Coordinator and Vice Principal. Recently, she completed a Masters in Educational Leadership through Brandman University and was a recipient of their Promising Leaders Scholarship.…Read More

Eileen Hollison began serving as a Christian educator in 1994 at MHCS. She earned her credential at Vanguard University and UCI. At Mission Hills, she has taught fifth through eighth grades with a focus on English Language Arts, and she has served in the capacity as Academic Affairs Coordinator and Vice Principal. Recently, she completed a Masters in Educational Leadership through Brandman University and was a recipient of their Promising Leaders Scholarship. Her vision statement reflects her call to serve in Christian schools: I am called and prepared to be a Christian educator and part of a school team that provides a relationship-rich environment in which parents, students, and staff unite to cultivate the spiritual, intellectual, social and physical dimensions of the whole child.

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Ale Iniguez

C&R Director

Ale Iniguez is our C&R Director and has served as a C&R leader for the past 5 years, since September 2011. She loves working with all children from JK to 8th grade, and loves to watch students grow in the Lord and in his teachings! Ale recently married her husband in January of 2016. Mission Hills has always felt like a second home to Ale because of the very loving environment from all staff, teachers and students!…Read More

Ale Iniguez is our C&R Director and has served as a C&R leader for the past 5 years, since September 2011. She loves working with all children from JK to 8th grade, and loves to watch students grow in the Lord and in his teachings! Ale recently married her husband in January of 2016. Mission Hills has always felt like a second home to Ale because of the very loving environment from all staff, teachers and students!

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Jeannine Jilbert

Junior High Teacher (Math)

Jeannine started teaching at Mission Hills Christian School in 2010. She earned her bachelors degree and teaching credential at Biola University. After teaching in the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District for 16 years, she decided to home school her daughters and did so for six years. Jeannine and her husband Tim have three daughters, Lynsey, Lauren, and Carley.…

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Jeannine started teaching at Mission Hills Christian School in 2010. She earned her bachelors degree and teaching credential at Biola University. After teaching in the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District for 16 years, she decided to home school her daughters and did so for six years. Jeannine and her husband Tim have three daughters, Lynsey, Lauren, and Carley.

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Lucy Jones

Assistant Outdoor Director

Lucy Jones has worked at Mission Hills since 2005. She has been married to Roger since 1998, and they have two sons who have both attended Mission Hills. Lucy enjoys working at MHCS because every day she is surrounded by friends.Read More

Lucy Jones has worked at Mission Hills since 2005. She has been married to Roger since 1998, and they have two sons who have both attended Mission Hills. Lucy enjoys working at MHCS because every day she is surrounded by friends.

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Katie Kelly

Art Teacher

Katie Kelly is the mother of two Mission Hills students. Katie graduated from Indiana University with a BA in oil painting and graphic design with a minor in art history. After graduation, she became an art instructor and has taught children for years. Grateful to all the people who have been instrumental in her budding art career, Mrs.…

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Katie Kelly is the mother of two Mission Hills students. Katie graduated from Indiana University with a BA in oil painting and graphic design with a minor in art history. After graduation, she became an art instructor and has taught children for years. Grateful to all the people who have been instrumental in her budding art career, Mrs. Kelly considers it a privilege to use the gifts God has given her to bless others.

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Margaret Klemm

Music Teacher

Margaret Klemm holds a California Clear teaching credential in Music, a B.A. in Music Education, a B.S. in Harp Performance from the University of Illinois, and a M.M. in Harp from the University of Arizona.  She is available to teach private lessons on harp, piano and voice.  She has taught in both Christian and public schools as well as 2 years in Austria with her German fluency. …Read More

Margaret Klemm holds a California Clear teaching credential in Music, a B.A. in Music Education, a B.S. in Harp Performance from the University of Illinois, and a M.M. in Harp from the University of Arizona.  She is available to teach private lessons on harp, piano and voice.  She has taught in both Christian and public schools as well as 2 years in Austria with her German fluency.  Margaret’s diverse harp skills include doing jazz and pop gigs as well as religious services.  She is the harpist in local orchestras and was featured in the Crystal Cathedral’s Hour of Power Orchestra in its world-wide televised worship service for over 20 years.  Margaret was the Soprano soloist for four years in the Bach Cantata Concert Series at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Orange, CA.

With her passion for music and teaching children, Margaret is grateful for the opportunity to develop the vocal and instrumental skills of all her students here at MHCS.

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Dana Knauer

1st Grade Teacher

Dana Knauer holds a California Teaching Credential and Master of Arts degree in Education. Her undergraduate work was in Psychology and Child Development. Dana has always known that working with children is her calling. She has been blessed with the opportunity to work with a variety of populations of children in many different capacities. Teaching students about the love God gives us and about the wonders of this world is her passion, which brings her joy daily.…

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Dana Knauer holds a California Teaching Credential and Master of Arts degree in Education. Her undergraduate work was in Psychology and Child Development. Dana has always known that working with children is her calling. She has been blessed with the opportunity to work with a variety of populations of children in many different capacities. Teaching students about the love God gives us and about the wonders of this world is her passion, which brings her joy daily. Dana believes that through building strong relationships with her students and their families, she is able to guide each student to realize their God given gifts and talents. Dana and Steve have been married since 1997. They are blessed with two children, Carter and Hannah. Dana has been involved with Mission Hills Christian School since 2004.

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Kari Koeff

Junior High Coordinator/ Science Teacher

Kari has been in education since 1985. She graduated from UC Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and finished her education with a multiple-subject teaching credential. Kari taught in the public school system for 10 years as a science and math teacher in sixth grade and as a K-8 administrative staff developer in math and science.…Read More

Kari has been in education since 1985. She graduated from UC Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and finished her education with a multiple-subject teaching credential. Kari taught in the public school system for 10 years as a science and math teacher in sixth grade and as a K-8 administrative staff developer in math and science. Kari’s passion is teaching junior high students and helping those students to realize the God given talents that they possess. Kari has been married to her husband Mark since 1989 and they have three children, Kiersi, Maddi, and Mason.

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Jessica LaBruna

Communication Specialist

Jessica LaBruna graduated Biola University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science and a minor in Biblical Studies; and from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. Jessica believes that serving in Education is a special calling from the Lord. How a child is taught, loved, and cared for throughout their educational careers helps shape the person they become.…Read More

Jessica LaBruna graduated Biola University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science and a minor in Biblical Studies; and from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. Jessica believes that serving in Education is a special calling from the Lord. How a child is taught, loved, and cared for throughout their educational careers helps shape the person they become. Jessica is a proud graduate of Mission Hills Christian School and knows that Mission Hills is a place where students will grow not only academically but spiritually as well. She loves spending time with her family and her favorite verse is Isaiah 40:31.

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Evan Lauer

Junior High Bible/ PE

Pastor Lauer has been married for 29 years to his college sweetheart Kelley. They have 5 children ages 21-10. After graduating from San Diego State, he attended Golden Gate Seminary where he received his M.Div. and helped to plant a church. He planted his first church after Seminary in San Diego and went on to pastor churches in Encinitas and Lake Forest.…Read More

Pastor Lauer has been married for 29 years to his college sweetheart Kelley. They have 5 children ages 21-10. After graduating from San Diego State, he attended Golden Gate Seminary where he received his M.Div. and helped to plant a church. He planted his first church after Seminary in San Diego and went on to pastor churches in Encinitas and Lake Forest.

After serving as a pastor for 30 years, Pastor Lauer brings his experience and teaching to Mission Hills Christian School. When he is not teaching, he loves spending time with his family and surfing. When he’s able to take his kids surfing in his 1960 VW 23 Window Microbus Deluxe, it’s a double win because the only thing better than surfing, is surfing with your kids!

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Joanne Lee

Bookkeeper

Joanne graduated from UCI with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics then went on to receive her multiple subject teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach. She is experienced in teaching both 2nd and 3rd grades at Mission Hills. She is married to Jery, and they have two wonderful children, Jeffrey and Jamie, who both attend Mission Hills.…Read More

Joanne graduated from UCI with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics then went on to receive her multiple subject teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach. She is experienced in teaching both 2nd and 3rd grades at Mission Hills. She is married to Jery, and they have two wonderful children, Jeffrey and Jamie, who both attend Mission Hills.

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Lisa Legg

Outdoor Aide

Lisa has been a part of Mission Hills Christian School since 1996 as a parent of 4 children. Three of her children have graduated from MHCS and the last is currently in 6th grade.  She has served on PTP and as Room Mom.  This will be her 8th year as outdoor aide. She loves being with the children and working outdoors. …Read More

Lisa has been a part of Mission Hills Christian School since 1996 as a parent of 4 children. Three of her children have graduated from MHCS and the last is currently in 6th grade.  She has served on PTP and as Room Mom.  This will be her 8th year as outdoor aide. She loves being with the children and working outdoors.  She has been married to her wonderful husband Bill for 29 years.

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Stephanie Longcob

Accounts Management/ FACTS

Stephanie has been married to her high school sweetheart Nick since 1992. They have four children − Nikolas, Jakob, Luke and Mikah Rose − all of whom have attended or are currently attending MHCS.  One of Stephanie’s favorite things about being at Mission Hills is that it is more than a job – it’s a ministry. …Read More

Stephanie has been married to her high school sweetheart Nick since 1992. They have four children − Nikolas, Jakob, Luke and Mikah Rose − all of whom have attended or are currently attending MHCS.  One of Stephanie’s favorite things about being at Mission Hills is that it is more than a job – it’s a ministry.  The Lord uses our diverse gifts and talents to bless the students, families and staff.

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Mike Margy

6th Grade Teacher

Mike graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. After 12 years as a sportswriter and editor, God called him into the teaching profession. Mike earned his teaching credential through National University in 2000 and has taught in Christian education ever since. This is Mike’s 16th year teaching overall, and his seventh year at MHCS.…Read More

Mike graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. After 12 years as a sportswriter and editor, God called him into the teaching profession. Mike earned his teaching credential through National University in 2000 and has taught in Christian education ever since. This is Mike’s 16th year teaching overall, and his seventh year at MHCS. Mike and his wife, Stacey, met while playing softball against each other in 1995. They have two sons, Justice and Noah. Mike’s passions are the Lord, his family, and teaching Bible and English (oh, and the Dodgers).

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Mary Jane Merritt

Kindergarten Teacher

Mary Jane Merritt  has been married since 1973 and has five adult children, all of whom attended MHCS, and  four grandsons. Mrs. Merritt has taught at  Mission Hills since 1989, teaching kindergarten since 1991. She enjoys teaching Bible stories and encouraging the students to have a closer walk with Jesus, as well as teaching reading and math and planning fun activities for the children.…

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Mary Jane Merritt  has been married since 1973 and has five adult children, all of whom attended MHCS, and  four grandsons. Mrs. Merritt has taught at  Mission Hills since 1989, teaching kindergarten since 1991. She enjoys teaching Bible stories and encouraging the students to have a closer walk with Jesus, as well as teaching reading and math and planning fun activities for the children.

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Cameron Montefu

5th Grade Teacher

Cameron graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Adolescent Development. She went on to earn her multiple subject teaching credential the following year. She is in her eighth year teaching at Mission Hills, devoting her time in the classroom to second and third grades.  Her passion lies in creating a safe and loving learning environment so her students can grow in all developmental areas and truly know the love of Jesus.…Read More

Cameron graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Adolescent Development. She went on to earn her multiple subject teaching credential the following year. She is in her eighth year teaching at Mission Hills, devoting her time in the classroom to second and third grades.  Her passion lies in creating a safe and loving learning environment so her students can grow in all developmental areas and truly know the love of Jesus. Cameron has a heart for missions work and enjoys creating opportunities to serve others with her students.

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Meghan Naslund

2nd Grade Teacher

Meghan received her Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University, Fullerton in 2013 in Child and Adolescent Development. She earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CalStateTeach, Fullerton. Meghan has taught kindergarten, first grade, third grade, and fourth grade. She has lived in Southern California all of her life. She is so excited to begin teaching at Mission Hills Christian School.…Read More

Meghan received her Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University, Fullerton in 2013 in Child and Adolescent Development. She earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CalStateTeach, Fullerton. Meghan has taught kindergarten, first grade, third grade, and fourth grade. She has lived in Southern California all of her life. She is so excited to begin teaching at Mission Hills Christian School. When Meghan isn’t teaching she is hiking, baking, cooking, reading, spending time with her family and friends, and planning her wedding with her amazing  fiancé, Charles.

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Wendy Northrup

Instructional Aide

Wendy Northrup was born and raised in Southern California. She has been married to her husband John for 18 years and has 2 children currently attending Mission Hills. Her hobbies include reading, graphic design, art, gardening, and many outdoor sports. She has enjoyed working at Mission Hills since 2011, and cherishes the many friendships she has made here.…Read More

Wendy Northrup was born and raised in Southern California. She has been married to her husband John for 18 years and has 2 children currently attending Mission Hills. Her hobbies include reading, graphic design, art, gardening, and many outdoor sports. She has enjoyed working at Mission Hills since 2011, and cherishes the many friendships she has made here.

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Lorene Preziosi

Outdoor Director

Lorene's MHCS journey began in 1992. She and her husband Joe had three daughters and a son complete junior kindergarten - 8th grade at Mission Hills. Lorene began working as a junior kindergarten aide in 1997. Mission Hills has been an important part of the Preziosi family's lives for many years, and they love MHCS!Read More

Lorene’s MHCS journey began in 1992. She and her husband Joe had three daughters and a son complete junior kindergarten – 8th grade at Mission Hills. Lorene began working as a junior kindergarten aide in 1997. Mission Hills has been an important part of the Preziosi family’s lives for many years, and they love MHCS!

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Gail Quickle

JK Teacher

Gail Quickle started her career in early education in 1986. She attended Fullerton College and loves teaching the young child. She has been a part of the Mission Hills family for the past eight years. Gail and her husband Jim have four children ­−Andrew, Carly, Jeff, and Chloe − all of whom have attended or are still attending Mission Hills Christian School.…

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Gail Quickle started her career in early education in 1986. She attended Fullerton College and loves teaching the young child. She has been a part of the Mission Hills family for the past eight years. Gail and her husband Jim have four children ­−Andrew, Carly, Jeff, and Chloe − all of whom have attended or are still attending Mission Hills Christian School. Gail loves being able to share the excitement of God’s Word with her students each and every day! She feels blessed to be able to partner with great families as they nurture and direct their children to the Kingdom of God.

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April Roche

Instructional Aide

April Roche graduated from Salem State College with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She started her teaching career in 1989. April was blessed to take time off to raise her children. During that time, she has been a substitute teacher for Mission Hills and is excited to be officially on staff! She loves children and especially loves to be able to teach them about Jesus.…Read More

April Roche graduated from Salem State College with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She started her teaching career in 1989. April was blessed to take time off to raise her children. During that time, she has been a substitute teacher for Mission Hills and is excited to be officially on staff! She loves children and especially loves to be able to teach them about Jesus. April has been married to her husband Dave for 15 years and is blessed to have three wonderful children who currently attend Mission Hills.

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Dominic Rodriquez

Facility Director

Dominic is a native Californian who has been overseeing all of the facilities for MHCS and the Bridge Church since 2013. He has been married for 16 years and has two wonderful sons. Dominic loves hiking and camping with his family and friends. You can see his passion for the Lord evidenced through the variety of skills he brings to our school facilities.…Read More

Dominic is a native Californian who has been overseeing all of the facilities for MHCS and the Bridge Church since 2013. He has been married for 16 years and has two wonderful sons. Dominic loves hiking and camping with his family and friends. You can see his passion for the Lord evidenced through the variety of skills he brings to our school facilities.

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Petra Strecker

Instructional Aide

Born and raised in Sweden, Petra first came to California as an eighteen-year old to work in a family as an au-pair. She fell in love with this country, she fell in love with Jesus and later on fell in love with her now husband Kirk. Petra and Kirk have two daughters together and they are a missions loving family with a special place in their hearts for orphans in Chiapas, Mexico.…Read More

Born and raised in Sweden, Petra first came to California as an eighteen-year old to work in a family as an au-pair. She fell in love with this country, she fell in love with Jesus and later on fell in love with her now husband Kirk. Petra and Kirk have two daughters together and they are a missions loving family with a special place in their hearts for orphans in Chiapas, Mexico.

Petra earned a degree in early childhood education, and worked as a preschool teacher in Sweden before moving to California in 1997. Petra has been working as an instructional aide at MHCS since 2011 and loves the loving and caring atmosphere here on campus.

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Jenny Vande Wydeven

3rd Grade Teacher

Jenny received her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from UCLA.  She then received her teaching credential and Masters of Education, also from UCLA.  During her freshman year of college, she met her husband, Matt, and they married six years later.  They have two adult children, Ryan and Kristen.  Jenny has taught for over twenty years, both in public and Christian schools. …Read More

Jenny received her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from UCLA.  She then received her teaching credential and Masters of Education, also from UCLA.  During her freshman year of college, she met her husband, Matt, and they married six years later.  They have two adult children, Ryan and Kristen.  Jenny has taught for over twenty years, both in public and Christian schools.  She has taught first, second, third, and fifth grade.  She lives in Irvine, where she attends Irvine Presbyterian Church.  She loves hosting meals for her kids and their friends, hanging out with her family, and sharing Jesus with kids of all ages.

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Dawnell Viole

PE Teacher & Athletic Director

Dawnell Viole graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 1995 and has been in education since 2006. Since graduating from college, she has been in the physical fitness field and built her own personal training business as well as teaching physical education in a Christian school.  In addition, she worked for the city of Mission of Viejo teaching various youth fitness programs to elementary and junior high students. …

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Dawnell Viole graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 1995 and has been in education since 2006. Since graduating from college, she has been in the physical fitness field and built her own personal training business as well as teaching physical education in a Christian school.  In addition, she worked for the city of Mission of Viejo teaching various youth fitness programs to elementary and junior high students.  Dawnell is an avid runner and enjoys mountain biking and water sports with her family.  Outside of fitness, she enjoys reading, playing games with her family and going to LA Galaxy soccer games.  She has been married to Tony since 1995 and has two boys, Nicholas and Christopher.  Her favorite Bible verse is Romans 15:1-2 and she feels blessed to be able combine her love of sports and fitness with her faith in Christ. 

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Ellie Ward

Librarian/Student Records

Ellie has been an educator since 1956, starting her teaching career in New Jersey. She graduated from Newark State Teachers College, now Kean University, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a minor in special education. She has taught first through sixth grades with the exception of second grade. Since 1980 Ellie has served at MHCS in the classroom as a teacher, in administrative roles and, most recently, as librarian and keeper of student records.…

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Ellie has been an educator since 1956, starting her teaching career in New Jersey. She graduated from Newark State Teachers College, now Kean University, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a minor in special education. She has taught first through sixth grades with the exception of second grade. Since 1980 Ellie has served at MHCS in the classroom as a teacher, in administrative roles and, most recently, as librarian and keeper of student records. Ellie was married to Bill for 47 years.

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Kevin West

Elementary Chapel Worship Leader

Kevin began leading worship at the age of 16 in his church youth group. It was there he felt the Lord calling him to full time music ministry. After a few years at Palomar College, he completed a music degree at Azusa Pacific University. Kevin has been a worship pastor since 1999. He plays the piano & guitar and loves to write music. …Read More

Kevin began leading worship at the age of 16 in his church youth group. It was there he felt the Lord calling him to full time music ministry. After a few years at Palomar College, he completed a music degree at Azusa Pacific University.

Kevin has been a worship pastor since 1999. He plays the piano & guitar and loves to write music. Click here to listen to Kevin’s music.

He met his wife, Janelle, at their church college group, and it was love at first sight. They have two kids, Shae and Josh, who attend Mission Hills Christian School.

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Frances Williams

Office Assistant

Frances was born and raised here in Southern California and graduated from CSU San Bernardino with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.  She has continued her education with a certification in human resources from UC Irvine, and most recently has attended Saddleback College to earn early childhood education credits. Frances has worked in various capacities on CSU and UC campuses including administrative assistant, student accounts, credential analyst, admissions & records and payroll/HR.…Read More

Frances was born and raised here in Southern California and graduated from CSU San Bernardino with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.  She has continued her education with a certification in human resources from UC Irvine, and most recently has attended Saddleback College to earn early childhood education credits. Frances has worked in various capacities on CSU and UC campuses including administrative assistant, student accounts, credential analyst, admissions & records and payroll/HR. Frances has been married to her husband David for 16 years, and they have three children attending MHCS.  Some of her favorite things are spending time with her family and friends, reading, enjoying the outdoors, and chocolate.