Individually and collectively, our committed team works to educate and disciple students as they seek to discover their purpose in the work of God’s Kingdom.
Mrs. Ashby holds a Teaching Credential, Reading Specialist Credential, and a Master’s Degree in Education. Her resume includes over three decades of teaching. She values using her gifts and talents to help shape the lives of children in a Christ-centered environment.
After studying Early Childhood Education at Saddleback College, Mrs. Baker transferred to Cal State Fullerton where she earned her B.A. in Communications. Why teach at SVC? Mrs. Baker says, “It is such a joy to work where children can not only be challenged academically but, more importantly, can be given a strong spiritual foundation.”
Mrs. Barnes holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and has taught Elementary school, but God has given her a passion for the littlest ones. She loves working at a Christian school where she can share the Good News of Jesus with her Primary Preschoolers.
In addition to his ministerial duties at SVC, Mr. Beeman is the Senior Pastor at Stonecreek Christian Church in Rancho Santa Margarita. He earned a B.A. in Youth & Family Ministry and a Master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy — both from Abilene Christian University. The father of two SVC alumni, Mr. Beeman fell in love with the culture and purpose of the school during his sons’ time here. Eventually, he came on staff and has since played an integral role in the spiritual landscape of our school.
A seven-year veteran in our Preschool, Mrs. Bennett is completing requirements for her Child Development Teacher Permit (to go along with her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering). She enjoys the Christ-centered, family-oriented community that exists at SVC.
Mr. Bergen began his career at SVC teaching History and Public Speaking. He also started the swim program at our school and has developed it into one of South County’s premier programs. He and his wife (HS Dean of Academics, Trish Bergen) chose to work and have their children at SVC because of the welcoming nature of the school. Mr. Bergen has a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Speech Communication from Cal State University, Chico, where he was a seven-time All-American and Senior National Qualifier in swimming.
Mrs. Bergen has worked in education for almost 25 years. During that time, she has taught 5th grade through High School Math. She now has the pleasure of working with and supporting SVC’s High School teachers. She chose to work at SVC because it is where her love for Jesus and passion for learning intersect in the most beautiful of ways. Mrs. Bergen has a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University.
Mrs. Blain graduated Cum Laude from UCLA with double majors in Spanish & Linguistics and Italian & Special Fields, with an emphasis in second language acquisition. Her teaching experience spans Elementary Spanish immersion and upper levels of foreign language in both JH and HS. Half of her ten years in the classroom have been at SVC. She loves teaching language at a Christian school because God, who is the author of all languages, is very present and glorified through the expression and study of language.
Prior to joining SVC in 2018, Mr. Blyther worked for five years at another Christian education institution. He is a proud alumnus of Azusa Pacific University, where he earned his B.A. in Psychology and is finishing his M.A. in Theology and Ethics. Mr. Blyther loves encouraging students toward active learning and facilitating academic, personal, and spiritual growth.
A product of Christian schools herself, Mrs. Boucher wholeheartedly understands the benefits of a Christ-centered education. She has nearly a decade of experience teaching children ages 3 – 6. God has called her to share the love of Jesus with his little ones and to make an eternal impact on their lives.
Miss Bradley’s impressive resume includes a B.A. and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Vanguard University and 18 years of classroom teaching experience. A product of Christian education herself, she counts it a blessing to teach her students about Jesus and loves to make learning fun.
Mr. Brewington holds several degrees, certificates, and distinctions: B.A. in Psychology, B.S. in Criminology, Masters in Theology, Certificate ASL/English Interpreting, Commissioned Navy Officer, Ordained Pastor, over 45 years’ teaching experience. He loves ministering to students, and chooses SVC because the values and goals of the school are in line with God’s biblical values.
Miss Brooks did her undergraduate and graduate work (Masters of Education) at Biola University. Our Jr. High students have been blessed to sit under her teaching since 2012. She is grateful for the opportunity to work at SVC where “we can model and teach what it looks like to follow Christ and glorify Him in all we do!”
Mrs. Carlson is a certified Arrowsmith Cognitive Program teacher, and she has also received certification in both the Advanced Brain Listening and Gayle Moyers Learning Ears programs. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Special Education. Mrs. Carlson has always felt a calling on her life to work with at-risk students, and she is honored and blessed to be doing this important work at SVC.
Mrs. Carmichael loves teaching History and Government at SVC because she has the privilege of sharing the compassion and grace Jesus exemplified through His life; teaching her students that we, too, can show empathy and love toward others by better understanding the past. She has a B.S.C. in Marketing from Santa Clara University, a B.S. and M.A. in History from Portland State University, and has taught at both the high school and community college levels.
After serving at SVC in various positions, Mrs. Carney has found a wonderful home within the Academic Learning Assistance (ALA) program. She is grateful wear two hats at SVC — staff member and parent.
Miss Carroll joined SVC in 2017, following four years of teaching in another area. She graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from UC Santa Cruz and holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Vanguard University. She appreciates teaching at SVC as it affords her the opportunity to instill Christian values, traits, and integrity which prepare students to make a difference in the world.
Mrs. Chambers believes that working in a Christian environment provides the opportunity to lead and teach creatively in an academic and open place where design can be expressed in broader ways than in other learning environments. She holds a B.S. in Digital Media – Graphic Design emphasis, a minor in Art History and Photography, and has done freelance design and photography for many years.
The choice to work at a Christian school was an easy one for Miss Chiarelli, because Christian schools value each student as a child of God and encourages each one to use his/her God-given talents in reaching the highest potential. An graduate of Biola University, she has a B.A. in Elementary Education with a Certificate in Special Education.
Mrs. Cook’s resume includes two decades of preschool experience. During that time, she’s impacted hundreds of young hearts and minds for Christ. The ability to introduce children to the love of Jesus and to show them how to extend that love is why Mrs. Cook chooses to work at SVC.
A cum laude graduate of University of Memphis, Mrs. Dahlquist earned a B.S in Secondary Education, majoring in Science and minoring in Health. She choses to work at a Christian school so she can share her love for Jesus with her students and express to them the awesome, exciting, joy-filled life He freely offers to anyone who is willing to receive Him.
Mrs. Darling holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University and has worked in education for over a decade, including teaching 4th and 6th grades at SVC. She chose to follow God’s call to education. She is grateful to work in a place where she can serve with like-minded people, minister to children, and help students grow academically, spiritually, and socially.
“SVC had such an effect on me as a student that I wanted to come back and make the same type of impact on others,” said Mr. Davis. “It is a community filled with people who genuinely care about the wellbeing of our students.” Mr. Davis studied Theology at Calvary Chapel Bible College.
Sharing her passion for technology in an environment where she can also share the love of Christ is why Mrs. Deever teaches at SVC. She earned a B.S. in Computer Science with an emphasis in Software Engineering from Fresno State, and worked in the corporate and consulting arena for over a decade prior to coming to our school.
Mrs. de Avila counts it a privilege to have taught math to SVC Junior High students over the past six years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Chico State and her teaching credential from Vanguard University. She loves teaching at a Christian school where students, parents, and staff can grow as a Christian community, draw closer to Jesus daily, and serve one another in practical and loving ways.
For over a decade and a half, Mrs. DeViso has been teaching and ministering to preschool students at SVC. She loves teaching in an environment where God is the foundation, and where she can instill the knowledge of and passion for Christ in the early years. She studied Early Childhood Development at Vanguard University, and also holds a BA in Recreation Administration with a minor in Marketing from Long Beach State.
After giving her life to Jesus, Mrs. Del Vecchio left the public school system in order to teach in an environment where she was free to talk about the Lord, share His love with her students, and give Him honor and praise. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Cal State Northridge, and her Teaching Credential from Cal State Fullerton.
Mrs. Dunn holds a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Literature and Writing from Concordia University. She has been teaching for more than a decade — most of that time at SVC. She was instrumental in the development of the school’s online learning program and currently oversees it. A Warrior alumna herself, she chose to work at SVC because she believes in the school’s ministry and appreciates the family atmosphere.
Armed with God’s spirit, word, calling, and a BA in Child Development from Cal State Northridge, Mrs.Escobar has been teaching in Christian education for over four decades. She chose to work in a Christian school because of her firm conviction that a Christ-centered education ministers to and develops the whole student — mind, body, soul, and spirit — just as God intended.
While Mrs. Fitch has taught many different levels of school, she is thrilled to call Junior High “home.” Her fingerprints are on nearly every area of our Junior High. She is passionate about teaching about Christ — the foundation of our lives, as well as instilling a love of lifelong learning. She is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton, where she earned a B.S. in Child and Adolescent Development and a Clear Multiple Subject Credential SB 2042 K – 8.
Mr. Fitch graduated from SVC in 2004 and says it was the positive experiences he had here as a student that made him want to come back and be a part of the school’s ministry. And it’s the positive things he’s witnessed as a staff member that made him equally excited about having his own children attend the school. Mr. Fitch earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from Cal State University, Fullerton and a M.A. in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine.
Ms. Forster considers it an honor to show her students how unique they are, and that God has amazing plans for their lives. She has over a dozen years of teaching experience, capitalizing on each and every opportunity to integrate Jesus into the academic landscape of her classroom. A graduate of Cal State Fullerton, she holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
Ms. Gillen began her teaching career at San Clemente High School, but chose to be at SVC because, “Faith is the key to everything we do.” She did her undergraduate work at Arizona State University and her graduate studies at UCLA and UCI.
During her teaching tenure, Ms. Gillett has taught several different grade levels and worked as an educational interpreter for American Sign Language (ASL). In addition to holding a degree in Sign Language and Interpreting, she has a Duel Teacher Credential in K-12 General Education and Special Education. Bringing God into the center of her classroom and openly sharing His love with her students is why she has chosen to serve in Christian education.
Mrs. Golden brings more than 35 years of professional managerial experience to our administrative team, having worked in the mortgage banking, real estate, marketing, escrow, and home building industries. She loves being a part of the SVC family, where she is able to share her faith journey to encourage others — students, parents, faculty, staff and whomever the Lord brings in her path.
The Lord called Mr. Gordon to Christian education: “I didn’t choose the Christian school life, the Christian school life chose me.” Hundreds of HS students and parents are grateful for that. Mr. Gordon graduated from University of California, Riverside, where he earned two Bachelor’s degrees — one in English and one in Religious Studies.
Currently in his 24th year working in education, Mr. Greene serves as the HS Dean of Students. He has taught nearly every level of math, various science courses, and Bible. All the while, he has coached Warrior volleyball, leading his players to numerous titles. He loves pointing to Jesus no matter what “hat” he is wearing — “To be able to always connect the dots back to Christ and how much He loves these students is truly rewarding.”
The freedom to talk freely about how wonderful our God is and the opportunity to mentor students on a deeper level drew Mr. Hair to Christian education. He earned degrees in both History and Geography from University of Washington-Seattle, and is currently working toward an MA in History at California State University, Long Beach.
The ability to share the love of Christ with children and watch them grow in their relationship with Jesus is what attracted Mrs. Hamada to Christian education. She holds a K – 8 Teaching Credential and has also served as a homeschool administrator. She is blessed to work in Foundations, a program based on 30 years of scientific research and cognitive strengthening, which focuses on helping students overcome learning challenges.
Mrs. Harbin played collegiate golf at the University of Wisconsin and California State University, Fullerton, where she earned a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics. She has worked at SVC for over two decades and is grateful she gets to share her passion for Jesus with students of all ages.
Mrs. Harrison brings eight years of homeschool teaching experience to the Foundations Program. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University. Her heart’s desire is to be in a Christian environment where she can freely share the Good News of Jesus Christ with her students each and every day.
Mrs. Haverkamp counts it a privilege to give her students an exceptional education, but her greatest joy comes from teaching them “what matters most” — the unconditional love the Savior has for them. Her resume boasts 24 years of classroom instruction (most of which has been in Kindergarten), a Bachelor’s degree from Point Loma Nazarene University, and a Teaching Credential from Concordia University.
“I’m passionate about teaming with donors to promote SVC and its life-changing mission of educating and discipling students as they seek to discover their purpose in the work of God’s Kingdom,” said Mike Henjum, Director of Advancement.
Mr. Henjum is responsible for creating and overseeing events, activities, and community relationships which bring funds and other assets to this ministry. These are the resources which pave the way for program enhancements and campus improvements.
A 17-year veteran of SVC, Mr. Henjum first joined on as a teacher and coach. Prior to accepting his current position, he served as the Junior High and High School Principal.
A graduate of Southern California College (now Vanguard University), Mr. Henjum earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He went on to attain a Master of Education – Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University.
He and Lisa, his wife of 17 years, have four children — all of whom have attended or are currently attending SVC. In his spare time, he enjoys dates with Lisa, going to the beach, playing golf and cooking.
Mrs. Hernandez has the joy of seeing JH and HS students’ excitement as they learn a new language. She is grateful to teach in a Christian environment where she can make deep connections with them. Mrs. Hernandez is a graduate of Vanguard University.
Upon earning her Bachelor of Science, Mrs. Howard embarked on a career in Christian education. With a decade and a half in the classroom (more than half of that at the High School level), she has brought a contagious passion for mathematics and science to her students. It is enriched by her belief that a Christ-centered education informs and helps develop a Christ-centered life.
At SVC, we affectionately call our Preschool “The Second Happiest Place on Earth.” Tammy Huebner has the joy of leading this wonderful part of our ministry. “I am passionate about my work at SVC because of my love for children – how they think, how they learn, how they express themselves,” said Mrs. Huebner. “I know how much the little ones matter to Jesus and I understand the responsibility of those who influence them.”
It’s Mrs. Huebner’s great love for children that routinely takes her out of her office and into the classrooms. In addition to her administrative duties, she enjoys singing with and reading to the children. A highlight for her is leading each week’s chapel.
Mrs. Huebner began teaching in SVC’s early childhood program in 2003. She assumed the Director’s duties in 2008. Prior to joining this ministry, she taught at other Orange County preschools. Her degree is in Early Childhood Education, specializing in ages 2 – 5. She also holds an Early Education Director Certificate from Vanguard University.
Although Mrs. Huebner relishes being SVC’s Preschool Director, her favorite job title is “mom.” She and her husband of 24 years, Jason, have three children — all of whom attended SVC.
Her personal faith, combined with her love for History, English and middle school students, led Miss Jennings to SVC. She is a graduate of Westmont College and has a B.A. in History — a subject she taught in High School prior to moving to Jr. High English.
With 35 years’ experience as a classroom teacher and administrator, Lori Jensen is the consummate educator. Her ministry at SVC began in 1998, teaching 1st and 2nd grades. In 2001, she accepted the position of Elementary Principal; in 2013, she added the role of Junior High Principal.
Mrs. Jensen is responsible for the day-to-day operations and programs of both school levels. Her wholehearted goal is to provide our Elementary and Junior High students with the best experience possible. As such, she is constantly evaluating new programs and curriculum, adding innovative teaching methodologies, and pursuing collaborative efforts.
“Being surrounded by children who are excited to be at school is a blessing — every day,” said Mrs. Jensen. “I get to witness students accomplish great things academically, grow in their relationship with Jesus, and explore what God’s purpose is for their lives. This is why we become Christian school educators.”
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, a Multiple Subject Credential, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. Married to husband Bill for 34 years, the Jensens have two daughters — both of whom are SVC alumni. She treasures her time with family and friends, loves to travel, read, and watch old movies (with a Dr. Pepper and Nacho Doritos in hand). In addition to her ministry at SVC, Mrs. Jensen is a small group leader for a women’s Bible study at her church.
Composer, recording artist, worship leader … Mrs. Johnson brings decades of music education and experience into her classroom. She is a California state credentialed teacher, with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, and a Master’s in Teaching & Learning. She came to SVC because she considers it to be one of the few schools with a music program which offers skills that students can take with them and use for many years to come.
This marks Mrs. Kadow’s fifth year teaching HS history at SVC. She earned her B.A. from Cal State University, Fullerton and her Teaching Credential from Concordia University Irvine. She chose to work at SVC because she loves having the opportunity to teach from a Christ-centered perspective and to work in a school that feels like family.
Mrs. Kee earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Point Loma Nazarene University and is in the final stages of securing her Single Subject Math Credential at Long Beach State. She loves teaching at SVC because she is free to talk openly about Jesus and her faith, as well as pray with her students — even in a math class!
2017-18 marked Mrs. Kneisel’s fifth year teaching and first year at SVC. A graduate of Concordia University, Irvine, she is thrilled to be in an environment where she can watch her students develop academically and in their relationship with the Lord.
During her nearly two decades of service at SVC, Mrs. LaFavor has shared her passion for the Lord and for her course subjects. She yearns to nurture and mentor her students, just as her own children were nurtured and mentored throughout their years of education at SVC. Degrees earned include a B.S. in Applied Psychology, and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology; Marriage, Family Therapist.
Mrs. La Motte graduated with a M.A. in English, with a specialization in TESL, from Oklahoma State University. Over the past 20 years, she has worked extensively with international students both in domestic settings and abroad. She has experience teaching at the high school, collegiate and post-collegiate level. She also has a background in curriculum development, teacher training, and has written parent seminars. She has worked with principals and government officials implementing teacher training and assessment models in school districts across Nepal. She has a working knowledge of international curricula, and believes that students learn best in a supportive and nurturing classroom.
Mrs. Lancer has filled the vital role of counselor for SVC International for seven years. She has a passion for helping our international students assimilate and thrive in their new environment. Her family has served as hosts to international students from Korea and Hong Kong. A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, Mrs. Lancer holds a degree in Psychology.
Mrs. Linnes has been teaching Spanish to Elementary students since 2014. In addition to being an SVC staff member, she is also an SVC parent. “It’s been the greatest blessing for me to be able to teach in the same school where my kids have been raised since preschool. I’m grateful to be a part of such and amazing, loving, and caring environment.”
Mrs. Lurker has been teaching Science and elective courses at the high school level for 15 years, focusing primarily on Advanced Placement (AP) courses during her time at SVC. She received her degree in Biology from UC San Diego, where she also completed the teaching credential program and received her Master of Education. She values the supportive environment enjoyed by those who are a part of SVC.
Prior to assuming the role of Director of College & Career Guidance, Mrs. MacIntosh taught HS History and Bible at SVC. She attended Vanguard University of Southern California, graduating with a B.A. in Religion, a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science, and a M.A in Education. She chose to pursue a career in Christian education because of her personal experience at a private Christian university, where her passion for learning was fostered and developed, equipping her not only in her vocation, but also growing her in her faith. She desires to provide the same experience for the leaders of tomorrow.
A standout basketball player at SVC who went on to play collegiately, Josh Markum returned to his alma mater after graduating from Trinity University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Wellness. The opportunity to help build godly young men and women, and to raise them up to be leaders is what drew Mr. Markum back to SVC.
In 1998, one year after the inception of SVC, Rod Markum was hired as the school’s Athletic Director. Under his leadership, the athletics program grew from very humble beginnings into what is now one of the most well-respected and successful programs in Orange County. In addition to serving as AD, Mr. Markum also spent his first eight years at the school in the classroom, teaching both High School History and Bible.
In 2016, he took the reins as the High School Principal. He is tasked with leading the academic, spiritual, athletic, and social direction of the High School, and guiding the faculty to meet the school’s goals. During his tenure, Mr. Markum has instituted several new programs, including a comprehensive service program (all High School students are required to complete service hours) and advisory cohorts (click her to read about HS cohorts). He also launched Magnet Programs and “Seminars,” semester-long topical courses designed to give students the opportunity to explore areas of interest to them.
“I love what I do because I get to be a part of our students’ growth,” said Mr. Markum. “It’s a privilege to work alongside of our faculty and inspire students to reach for more than they thought possible.”
Mr. Markum holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. He is an ordained pastor. His wife, Shannon, is a long-time girls Bible teacher. The Markums have three children, all of whom are SVC Warriors (two alumni and one current student).
“It’s an incredible privilege to encourage and mentor students to realize their value, unique purpose, and lead them to discover the unconditional love of their Heavenly Father,” said Mrs. Markum. With over 25 years in Christian education (21 at the High School level), she has had ample opportunity to do just that.
“Christian education gives me the opportunity to not only guide my students academically and socially, but to lead and guide them in their relationship with the Lord,” said Mrs. Marshall. She has invested three decades in classroom education. That experience, coupled with her own education — Clear Multiple Subject Credential and Clear Single Subject Credential (English) — has allowed her to bless multiple hundreds of students.
Mr. Martin has been in Christian education for a decade and a half, and remains committed to it for many reasons — most importantly, because of the impact he has seen it make in students’ lives, including his own children’s. He has a B.A. in Communications and is currently working toward an M.S. in Sports Administration.
Since receiving her Social Science Credential from University of San Diego in 1998, Mrs. Maselli has had the opportunity to teach in a variety of settings and grade levels. She chooses to teach at a Christian school because she enjoys the work environment and finds encouragement in co-laboring with others who share common values and beliefs.
Miss McCoy joined the SVC team in 2015 after receiving her Multiple Subject Credential from Concordia University. Although she could have taught at any number of schools, she chose SVC because “the relationships with the students are built with the great love of Christ as the foundation, which binds us together with the purpose of learning how to love the Lord and others every single day.”
With a decade and a half years’ experience in both public and private schools, Mrs. McDevitt has chosen to devote her time and talents at SVC. She is grateful for the opportunity to bring a Christian worldview to her students, to speak freely about Jesus, and to bring Him and the Gospel into her daily teaching lessons. She received her undergraduate degree from Cal State Long Beach and earned her teaching credential from Cal State Fullerton.
Walk into the school office, and you will be greeted by one of the warmest people you will ever meet. Mrs. Miller’s love for people is palpable, making her beloved by students, parents and staff alike. In addition to being a long-time staff member, she is also the proud parent of two current Warriors and two SVC alumni.
Miss Mohr believes Christian education is a holistic education — allowing her to minister to the whole student by encouraging their relationship with Jesus, teaching to their different learning needs, and drawing out their God-given identities. She has a passion for teaching at the Jr. High level. An SVC alumna, Miss Mohr went on to Biola University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor in Bible; she holds a California Teaching Credential.
Mrs. Newton received her calling to be a teacher when she was just 12 years old. This year marks her 44th teaching Kindergarten in a Christian school; as such, she has used the gifts the Lord has given her to help shape hundreds of young minds, nurturing them as they grow in Jesus. She earned a B.A. in English from California Baptist University, has done graduate work at UC Irvine and Cal Baptist, holds a California Life Credential K-9, and an ACSI Credential.
A strong conviction about the power of Christian education is what has motivated Mrs. O’Brien to invest a decade and a half into teaching at SVC: “I see great value in an environment that provides not only academics, but also an emotional and spiritual community for each and every student.” She earned an Elementary Education degree from Westmont College and an Elementary Credential from Cal State Northridge.
Ms. Ossenmacher set her sights on working at SVC after she met with a teacher of an SVC student she was tutoring. She said SVC’s atmosphere of kindness, faith, and caring stayed with her, so she made it a goal to one day teach here herself. Ms. Ossenmacher has a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education. She has many years’ experience in education, serving as a classroom teacher, tutor, Resource Teacher, and Director of Education at a private learning center.
“If we, as educators and believers, are called to instruct, it is our mission to help prepare students to confidently approach their futures not only with academic tenacity, but also with a solid foundation in the hope of Jesus,” said Mrs. Parry. A graduate of University of California, San Diego, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and minors in both Biology and Music. She also has a Teaching Credential with CLAD and an AP Calculus AB Credential through College Board. Mrs. Parry’s classroom teaching experience spans two decades.
After working for many years in accounting, Ms. Pham felt the Lord calling her to become a teacher. She returned to school and earned a teaching credential from Concordia University. Following a period of working in the public school system, Ms. Pham came to SVC because “Jesus Christ is the foundation of all knowledge and learning.”
Mrs. Platz-Carlson hold her B.S in Mathematics for Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. The parent of SVC alumni, she appreciates the benefits of a Christian education. She counts it a blessing to teach the whole child — spiritually as well as academically.
Ms. Pulido is passionate about discipling the generations, including SVC students. She has a strong desire for children to learn the Spanish language and, if it’s God’s will, to use it for His glory. In addition working at SVC, Ms. Pulido’s ministry of nearly two decades includes pastoring and teaching teachers.
A graduate of Cal State Fullerton, Mrs. Rath received both a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Social Science Teaching Credential. This year marks her fourth teaching HS history (including AP) at SVC. Her motivation for working here: “Not only do I get to grow stronger in my faith, but I get to share my love of Christ with my students on a daily basis.”
An alumna of SVC, Mrs. Rexinger went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, with an emphasis in painting, from Biola University. As a product of Christian education herself, she understands the impact a Christ-centered education can have on a student’s life. Her desire is to pour into her students in the same way that her SVC teachers poured into her.
Mr. Rhee has been serving in the educational industry for over 20 years as a teacher, professor and administrator in the secondary and post-secondary schools. Holding two Masters degrees in Theology (one from Princeton and one from Southwestern Theological Seminary), he has a strong affinity for educating the whole person – mind, heart and soul. He believes that a Christian education provides a safe and robust environment for international students to explore, learn and reach their highest potential.
Over the past 15 years, as founder and director of the International Programs at SVCS, Mr. Rhee has empowered hundreds of international students to successfully complete their education and enter into the top colleges and universities in the U.S.
In addition to his graduate degrees, Mr. Rhee holds a B.A. in Business Administration (minor in Economics) from George Washington University.
Mrs. Rodarmel counts it a privilege to work in Christian education which promotes “a holistic approach to learning, focusing not only on students’ minds, but also caring for their spirits and hearts, and equipping them with tools to live a life for Jesus.” A graduate of Grand Canyon University with a B.S. in Psychology, Mrs. Rodarmel also has several years of ministry experience.
Mrs. Rodarmel has been teaching at SVC for nearly a decade. Her call to Christian education is profound: “After working for the public school system and having my children there, I recognized the missing element was the Holy Spirit. Though He live in me and I had influence in the public setting, He was invited wholeheartedly here at SVC by parents, staff and faculty — that changes everything about the school environment.” She earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Azusa Pacific University and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Christian Ministry through Northpark Theological Seminary.
Mr. Rodriguez is devoted to seeing the next generation of leaders equipped and empowered to bring God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. He has brought this passion to the SVC Junior High and High School. Mr. Rodriguez has a B.A. in Psychology (Human Development) from Vanguard University, and he is currently working toward is M.A. in Leadership Studies. He holds a cross-cultural mission degree from The Iris Harvest Schools of Missions.
Mrs. Rutman holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Career Counseling, both from Chapman University. She brings over 15 years of experience in career development, internship coordination, and academic advising to SVC. She was drawn to SVC for the faith-based and family-like environment which allows her to utilize her talents in a manner which serves the Lord, as well as helps to prepare students for success in school and into the future.
Mrs. Saltzgiver is grateful for the opportunity to live out her passions at SVC: to share the Gospel with others and to serve students with learning differences (along with their families). This marks her seventh year at SVC and her eighteenth working directly with students — both in the public and private sectors.
With a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Redlands and years of experience in the technology sector (including as a systems analyst and software trainer), Mrs. Shaw is highly qualified to lead our Elementary/JH STEM & Computer Applications instruction. She appreciates her role at SVC because she is able to guide students to become problem-solvers at the same time she is helping them discover that they can be loving Christians who can influence and transform the world.
In addition to teaching at SVC, Mr. Smith is the Executive Director of Testimony Life Resources, a Christian nonprofit. He has a heart to see students and families walk in the fullness of all that their Heavenly Father has for them. Mr. Smith has a B.A. in Religious Studies and a Master’s in Psychology Counseling.
After teaching art in public schools for five years, Mrs. Smith joined the ranks at SVC in 2007. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton, and continues to develop her technique through ongoing art education classes. Her passion for teaching in a Christian environment stems from the opportunity it affords her to impact student lives through sharing her love of both Jesus and art on a daily basis.
Mrs. Speik has worked in the communication and marketing arena for over 25 years. Prior to her tenure at SVC, she was a Junior Partner at a marketing research firm and the Research Director at an advertising agency. She earned a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from California State University, Fullerton. She believes a Christian education is a comprehensive education because “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10
Mrs. Spencer is originally from Puerto Rico and has traveled extensively in Spanish-speaking countries. Through her travels, she gained a great knowledge of and appreciation for the customs and cultural practices of these nations — things she is grateful to be able to share with her students. Working at SVC allows her to fulfill one of her passions — sharing the love of Jesus with children. Mrs. Spencer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and has over 20 years of experience in human resources (HR) management.
The Bible is very clear about the importance of proper stewardship. “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” 1 Cor 4:2. As Controller, Linda Stewart takes this mandate very seriously. She is responsible for all of the accounting operations of the school.
Ms. Stewart has more than 20 years’ experience working in the private sector, in public accounting, and as the CFO of a multi-million dollar corporation. She is also experienced in the nonprofit arena, having spent several years working for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She attended the University of San Diego, where she earned a degree in Business Administration/Accounting.
She feels blessed to be a part of the SVC community: “I’m grateful to work for an organization which is dedicated to expanding and nurturing not only the minds, but the hearts and souls of our children.”
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, taking part in outdoor activities, and spending time with her family, including two “beautiful, grown children.”
Mrs. Streelman earned a B.S. in Secondary Education, History from University of Nevada, Reno. In addition to being a seasoned High School teacher, she owns a successful photography business. Why Christian education? “There is nothing greater than being in community with fellow believers. Teaching and mentoring teenagers in their walks with Jesus is one of life’s greatest joys.”
Spend a few minutes with Erick Streelman and you will quickly discover that he is passionate about Christian education — largely because of how formative it was in his own life. He attended Valley Christian Schools in Cerritos for 13 years. “I am who I am because of the teachers, coaches, and administrators who walked with me,” said Mr. Streelman.
As Head of School, Mr. Streelman is responsible for overseeing the mission and vision of SVC. His experience, education, and gifting from the Lord make him well-qualified for this important task. He has worked in education for 13 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator. Prior to joining SVC in 2016, he served as a member of the Executive Team and as Athletic Director at Archbishop Murphy High School in Seattle. He attended University of Nevada, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (graduating first in his class), and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Organizational Management.
Mr. Streelman’s enthusiasm for Christian education in general and for SVC in specific is palpable. “I believe that our teachers can change the world through their influence on the next generation.”
He has been married to Erica, a professional photographer and High School teacher, for 11 years. The Streelmans enjoy traveling and cooking together. In his spare time, you are likely to find Mr. Streelman playing golf or working out.
Miss Swanson has worked with Junior High and High School students both in the classroom and in student life. She has a passion for math and enjoys sharing it with her students. She received her B.S. in Mathematics from Biola, where she graduated Cum Laude and earned minors in Biblical Studies and Business. She enjoys working at a Christian school because it gives her the freedom to openly apply Scripture in her lesson and the opportunity to talk about Jesus with her students.
Ms. Swanson, a fourth year teacher at SVC, received her Bachelor degree in English Literature and History from Gordon College in Massachusetts, and her Masters in Medieval Studies from the University of York. She loves working at SVC because it allows her to actively show students God’s fingerprints on the leaders and creative minds of history.
Prior to joining SVC in 2009, Mrs. Taylor worked with students in various capacities for fifteen years. She earned her degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University. She has a deep love for Jr. High students, particularly those who need to approach a traditional classroom differently. She is grateful that her own children have had the privilege of attending SVC. But, above all else, she counts it an honor and joy to bring the message of Christ into her classroom each day.
Mrs. Vreeland’s work in the private sector (including tech support, loan processing and financial planning) has given her an extensive background in database and file management, as well as in customer service. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, she earned a B.S. in Human Services. She came to SVC because she desired for her children to get a great Christian education. To her delight, the Lord blessed her with the opportunity to serve on staff here, allowing her to work where her children attended.
Mr. Wade has chosen to teach at SVC because he believes that all things were created in, through, and for Jesus Christ; to teach any subject without Jesus would be to teach less than the truth. An SVC alum, he attended Biola University where he earned a B.A. in English.
Prior to joining SVC in 2017, Mr. Waggoner worked in the admission department at Pepperdine University, serving as the Assistant Director of Admission. He also served as an independent college consultant to High School juniors and seniors who are looking for help navigating the college admission process. Mr. Waggoner holds a B.A. in Organizational Communication and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine. For over a decade, he has worked with Young Life. He also volunteers with the O.C. Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Waggoner believes the next generation is bursting with potential and there is a significant need to instill the message of the Gospel with every student.
Mrs. Walter brings the experience of 15 years as a business owner to our accounting department. In addition to her education in Business Management/Accounting, she also has studied Child Development/Psychology. She has chosen to work at SVC so she can serve and minister to others — all while being surrounded by people she considers to be family. “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Col 3:17
For nearly a decade and a half, Mrs. Williams has worked with students who struggle in math. Her interest in this arena was born out of her own daughter’s challenges in the subject, which compelled her to return to school to learn how to teach math using mulitsensory techniques. All of Mrs. Williams’ children attended SVC where she said they experienced teachers who loved them and greatly influenced their lives.
Mrs. Williamson’s infectious love of both Jesus and music spills out into her Jr. Kindergarten – 3rd grade music lessons. In addition to her classroom instruction, Mrs. Williamson has been involved in Elementary music productions — both on campus and in the local community. She holds a B.A. from California State University, Fullerton.
After an impressive performing career which took him all over the world, God called Mr. O to teaching. With a decade and a half of teaching experience, an Arts certificate, and a Liberal Arts degree, he is exceptionally qualified to lead the Fine Arts program. He is grateful for the path that the Lord has put in front of him and for the opportunity to work alongside of a Christ-focused, student-centered staff.