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. Audet has two decades of administrative work experience. After attending Orange Coast College, she worked for 11 years in the private sector as the Executive Assistance for the CFO at a Fortune 500 company. For the last 10 years, she has joyfully worked in the nonprofit arena in a number of capacities, including fundraising coordination, teaching assistant, and admissions coordinator. “I believe it’s our responsibility to serve and give back to our community. I can’t think of a better place to serve and to be a positive influence on our children than at a Christian school.
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.
Mr. Beeman holds the distinction of being one of a handful of Warrior alumni who have come back to teach here. Prior to returning “home,” he taught at several other schools, spanning Elementary, Middle School, and High School. “After teaching at both secular and Christian schools, I knew that I personally could not omit Christ from the classroom,” said Mr. Beeman. “I am extremely grateful to teach at a school that allows me to share Christ with my students.” A graduate of Pepperdine University, he earned a B.A. in English Literature.
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.
An nine-year veteran in our Preschool, Mrs. Bennett holds a 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.
Mrs. Bergen has worked in education for 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 more than a decade and includes Elementary Spanish immersion and upper levels of foreign language in both JH and HS. 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, 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 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 20 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. She has the distinction of being named one of the “Top Teachers in Orange County” by Parenting OC.
Pastor Brewington holds several degrees, certificates, and distinctions: a double B.A. in Psychology from Texas Tech University and in Criminology from University of Iowa, 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.
“I have a deep passion for teaching dance and being a Christian mentor to youth,” says Ms. Brophy. A dancer herself since the age of five, she went on to receive a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Ballet from Utah Valley University. During her time at UVU, she was a member of the Repertory Ballet Ensemble. She has also danced professionally with the Walt Disney Company and as a guest performer with Repertory Dance Theater. Ms. Brophy is grateful for the opportunity SVC affords her to not only teach dance, but to be a source of guidance to her students in their faith.
Mr. Budiman has over 6 years of educational and teaching experience, working primarily with Science and Technology and its implementation in the classroom. He holds a B.A. in Education from California State University, Long Beach, and a M.B.A. with a focus of Information Technology from California State University, San Bernardino. He is committed to Christian education because it ensures that spiritual fulfillment and human unity come first, a value which he believes is not explored enough in today’s educational system.
The desire of Ms. Canales’ heart is to see the name of Jesus shown through all subjects. She is grateful for the opportunity to teach in a setting where she can be Gospel-minded and demonstrate the gracious love of Christ through all she does in the classroom. Ms. Canales graduated from Biola University with a B.A. in Elementary Education (emphasis in Special Education) and a minor in Biblical Studies. Prior to teaching sixth grade at SVC, she was a long-term sub at our school. She also taught first grade overseas at a private Christian school in Indonesia.
Mrs. Carlson is a certified Arrowsmith Cognitive Program teacher, and she has also received certification in both the Advanced Brain Listening and 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. 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.
After serving at SVC in various positions, Mrs. Carney has found a wonderful home within the Academic Learning Assistance (ALA) program. She is grateful to wear two hats at SVC — staff member and parent.
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.
“I attended SVC as a students and formed relationships that will impact my life forever,” said Mr. Chambers, a member of the Warrior Athletic Hall of Fame. “I wanted to come back and be a part of this community where I have the opportunity to impact the lives of the student-athletes I get to work with on a daily basis.” Mr. Chambers has coached at SVC for six years and has served as the Head Football Coach since 2015. He attended Greenville University, where he earned a Bachelors in Sports Management while playing football (starting quarterback) for the Panthers. He holds a Masters in Coaching and Exercise Science at Concordia University, Irvine.
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.
Dr. Cruzen brings a wealth of experience — both in the classroom and in the science sector — to SVC. He has taught for over twenty years at the high school, community college, and university levels. He has worked in microbiology, pharmaceutical drug development, and cancer therapeutics. These credentials, coupled with his education (BS in microbiology from Cal Poly Pomona and Ph.D. in biological chemistry from UC Irvine), make for an outstanding learning opportunity for our students. But perhaps what is most impressive about Dr. Cruzen is his perspective on teaching: “The best teacher who ever was (and still is) is our Lord. It is an act of worship to teach about His creation.”
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 eight 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.
“Working in education has definitely become a passion, but the Christian school environment specifically allows for you to connect and grow with your students in a way that impacts our lives for eternity, and I am blessed to be a part of something like that,” said Mrs. Dominguez. She holds a degree in Communication with a minor in Theology from University of San Diego (where she also played soccer) and a Master’s in Biblical Counseling from Master’s University.
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. A Warrior alumna herself, she chose to work at SVC because she believes in the school’s ministry and appreciates the family atmosphere.
In addition to teaching in the public system for nine years, Ms. Erban has also served in children’s ministry for a decade, most recently as the Director of Children’s Ministry at Presbyterian Church of the Master. She has a B.S. in Child Development and an Elementary Teaching Credential — both from California State University, Fullerton. She also holds an ACSI Elementary Credential. Ms. Erban is grateful to be able to integrate her teaching and ministry experience in a Christian classroom setting. “I love that SVC values relationships — with God, first and foremost, but also between students, staff, parents, and the community.”
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.
Mrs. Fitch 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. At CSUF, she followed a specialized track which focused on integrating technology into education. After two years of serving as an Education Technology Specialist at SVC, Mrs. Fitch assumed the position of Director of IT. She is passionate about the mission of teaching about Christ — the foundation of our lives, as well as instilling a love of lifelong learning.
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.
Between her servant’s heart and impressive skill set, Mrs. Foreman is the perfect person to walk prospective families through the admission process. She has a degree in Human Resources and worked for several years in HR and marketing prior to a season of staying at home with her young children. Since coming to SVC, Mrs. Foreman has filled many roles — first as a parent volunteer (President of our Parent Teacher Fellowship – PTF), then in the classroom as a teacher’s assistant, then at the attendance desk, and now as the Admission Assistant. “It is such an honor to be able to work at our wonderful school,” said Mrs. Foreman. “I always say these are the hands and feet of Jesus. My heart is to serve Him wherever He needs me.”
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.
Mr. Gibson has over 25 years of experience in education, financial services, and retail/commercial banking. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from UCLA, an MBA in Finance from Loyola Marymount University, and a Mathematics teaching credential from Brandman University. He has taught at Saddleback College’s College for Kids summer program, and previously taught middle school Math at another Christian school. Mr. Gibson has coached over 30 youth teams over the past ten years and is in his third year as the SVC girls basketball head coach.
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.
“I wanted to work at a Christian school because I went to one (SVC) from Preschool through High School, and it made me who I am today,” said Ms. Greene. “I want to be able to give back and touch students’ lives, the way mine was touched for all those years.” She earned a degree in Education and a teaching credential from Texas Christian University.
Currently in his 26th 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.”
Mr. Gutierrez has over 30 years of experience as a law enforcement officer. He has been a patrol officer, an investigator, and a manager in various agencies. He has an extensive background in dignitary security, site security, and threat assessment. Mr. Gutierrez has also serves as an adjunct professor of criminal justice. He holds an MA in Management from University of Redlands, School of Business. A former basketball coach and parent at SVC, Mr. Gutierrez considers our school “home.”
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. Haverkamp 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.”
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 more than 25 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.
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.
“I am so thrilled to be working at a school where I can be authentic and share my love of Jesus with my students, while making learning fun and exciting,” said Ms. Hill. Our Elementary ALA students are the beneficiaries of her passion for the Lord and her gift for making the learning process such an enjoyable one. Ms. Hill attended Whitworth University for her undergraduate work and then earned her teaching credential from Concordia University, Irvine. Prior to coming to SVC, she worked for Irvine Unified School District as an Education Specialist.
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 26 years, Jason, have three children — all of whom graduated from SVC.
Mrs. Hurley brings an incredible blend of both clinical experience and healthcare administration to SVC. A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), she also holds a Masters in Science Health Administration (emphasis on Nurses Administration). Prior to her tenure here, she spent 15 years caring for patients in various healthcare specialties. Our students are the beneficiaries of her exceptionally kind and capable care. And our school is the beneficiary of her knowledge of healthcare “business” aspects and systems such as compliance management with local, state, and federal agencies. “I am humbled to be a part of a God-fearing team of co-workers and educators! I would NOT want to be anywhere else — I am exactly where the Lord has called me to be,” said Mrs. Hurley.
With over 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 36 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.
Mrs. Kaysen was one of the founders of the SVC Early Childhood Center (now Preschool) and she has served as its Director of Operations since Day One. She holds a B.S. with a double major in Business Administration and Marketing Management from Southern California College (now Vanguard University). Her heart is firmly planted in the SVC Preschool, as is her family — her mother, Carol Carlsen, was the founder and longtime Director, and her grandson is a current student. “At Preschool, we are responsible for the ever-important foundational years of learning and growing. Not only do we reach and teach our precious little ones for Christ, but we also have the responsibility of coming alongside our parents in order to facilitate, encourage, and direct their growth as well,” says Mrs. Kaysen.
2019-20 marks Mrs. Kneisel’s seventh year teaching and third 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 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 nine 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.”
Ms. Lucas believes that the Lord called her to her position at SVC. She chose to work at a Christian school because she desires to integrate her faith into her instruction. “I couldn’t be more excited about that,” said Ms. Lucas. She has a degree in Biology, with a minor in Spanish for Health Professionals from Texas Christian University, where she also played beach volleyball.
Mr. MacIntosh has been a member of the SVC security and safety team for several years. Prior to that, he was employed by CUSD as a campus supervisor, serving at both a middle school and a high school. After leaving the school district to pursue another career opportunity, the Lord places a desire in his heart to return to education and plant himself there. In addition to working in school security and safety, Mr. MacIntosh has coached High School football for over a decade (including several years at SVC) and has mentored athletes on and off the field.
Prior to assuming the role of Director of College & Career Guidance, Ms. 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 also earned a College Counseling Certificate from UCLA, Awarded with Distinction. Ms. MacIntosh 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.
Mrs. Markum graduated from Trinity International University with her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design. Her professional experience is in both print and digital visual communication, design and marketing. She is excited about the opportunity to combine her passion for education, communication, and artistry and to see the creativity of students come to life through platforms they use every day.
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 here 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 SVC High School 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 (23 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 an M.S. in Sports Administration.
An alumna who was a standout ASL student at SVC, Ms. Martinez went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She attributes part of her success at San Diego State to her ASL experience during High School. She chose to return to our school because the Christian community was so welcoming to her when she was a student. And she is thankful that she now gets to extend that same welcoming spirit to her students.
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.
Not only is Mrs. Maytorena a gifted artist, she is gifted at teaching art. Several of her students have gone on to careers in Art, and many more have grown in the creativity that God has blessed them with through their learning experiences in her classroom. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Laguna College of Art and Design, and has worked professionally as a graphic designer in advertising. For the past decade, she has had the joy and privilege of teaching High School Art and SVC. “Our Lord is the author of creativity, and I love teaching in an environment where I can speak His truth!”
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.
Mrs. McGhee has worked in our Preschool for a decade — as a teacher assistant, a PreK teacher, and now as the Preschool Director of Operations Assistant. She places high value on the blessing she has to come alongside of our families and share the love of Christ with them. Mrs. McGhee is a graduate of Loma Linda University, where she earned a B.S. (with honors) in Nutrition & Dietetics (emphasis on Administration). In addition, she received her Child Development Educational Units from Chaffey and Saddleback Community Colleges.
Miss Milazzo graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. She has worked for several years teaching children in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is also a worship leader and has led at churches and in ministries (including internationally in Uganda, India and Honduras) for over 10 years. She is grateful to teach at SVC, where she can develop and equip students to be passionate worshipers of the Lord.
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 one current Warrior and three SVC alumni.
Mrs. Morris 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. Newton received her calling to be a teacher when she was just 12 years old. This year marks her 46th 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.
Write a resume for the type of person you would want to teach your High School child … chances are, that resume would look a lot like Kelly Nunn’s! In addition to her impressive classroom credentials (including teaching at Chapman University), Ms. Nunn has a passion for helping students maximize their potential. She is the Founder and Executive Director of One Degree Leadership, an organization dedicated to helping girls “discover and empower their best, authentic selves.” She holds a BS from San Jose State and a Masters in Leadership Development from Chapman University. A Division-1 collegiate soccer player, Ms. Nunn has also coached the sport for15 years.
Mrs. 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. Mrs. 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.”
The choice to work at a Christian school was an easy one for Mrs. Pierce, 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. A graduate of Biola University, she has a B.A. in Elementary Education with a Certificate in Special Education.
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.
Mrs. Reuter has a B.A. in Business Administration from UC Riverside and attended Auburn University for her Masters work in Educational Administration. Prior to coming to SVC, she worked for Microsoft Corporation and ran a consulting business screening students for dyslexia. Mrs. Reuter previously served as President of SVC’s Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF). She Reuter chose to work at SVC because she believes “in a Christian education where we seek to equip our students with a spiritual foundation so they can walk into life, and love and serve the Lord.”
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 17 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.
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 an 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.
Mr. Salem taught in higher education for three years prior to joining SVC High School. “I am excited about working at SVC because it lines up with my passions for building community and serving the younger generation,” he said. Mr. Salem earned a B.A. in History from Trinity International University, and a Master of Education from Eastern Nazarene College.
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 9th year at SVC and her twentieth working directly with students — both in the public and private sectors.
Teaching at a Christian school allows Mr. Sanders the opportunity to weave together his faith and his passion for history, something he places high value on. Prior to joining SVC, he spent three years working in other areas of academia. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Mr. Sanders holds both a B.A. and an M.A. in History.
With a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Redlands, an M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology, 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 is a certified educator for several programs, including Raspberry Pi. Mrs. Shaw 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. These are just a few of the many reasons why Mrs. Shaw was named one of the “Top Teachers in Orange County” by Parenting OC.
A graduate of California State University, San Marcos with a Multiple Subject Credential, Miss Hofheinz was a K – 8th grade substitute teacher before calling SVC her home. “I am thrilled to be teaching at a Christian school because the students and faculty have the opportunity to learn more about God’s unconditional love, while forming deep relationships that encourage one another in our faith,” she said.
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 graduated Cum Laude with a B. A. in Communications (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
Working at SVC allows Mrs. Spencer 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.”
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 15 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 former High School teacher, for 13 years. The Streelmans enjoy traveling and cooking together. In his spare time, you are likely to find Mr. Streelman playing golf or working out.
“I have the freedom to teach my students that they are wonderfully made by an awesome God who loves them immeasurably,” said Mrs. Summers. Her heart for the Lord’s little ones is very evident in her classroom. A Preschool staff member for 13 years, she has spent the last 11 teaching and ministering to PreK students. Mrs. Summers earned her Early Childhood Development Credits from Vanguard University.
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 fifth 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. Thomas brings outstanding administrative experience to the office of the High School Principal. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from UC Riverside and worked in corporate sales in the travel industry for many years prior to joining our staff. Mrs. Thomas has blessed many people in her various roles at our school – first as a teacher’s assistant, then in the attendance office, and now as the assistant to Mr. Markum. She considers SVC to be her family’s “second home.” Almost 20 years ago, she enrolled her oldest daughter in the preschool and her two younger girls followed shortly thereafter. All three girls continued here all the way through Elementary, Junior High and High School.
Mr. Tincher has nine years’ experience teaching students at the collegiate, high school, and junior high levels, holding a Master’s degree from Wichita State University. He chooses to work at a Christian school because he has a heart to care for the full development of a student. “I believe a student’s development cannot be compartmentalized or limited to ‘branches’ of growth: the student is the tree, not a series of disconnected ‘branches’ — integrated and unified.”
Mrs. Varela has been teaching for two decades — most of that time at SVC. She is also a parent of an alumna who attended from Kindergarten through 12th grade. “Having experienced our school from both a faculty and parent perspective, I’ve found there to be an abundance of grace and a true modeling on the part of the faculty and staff of the Christian lifestyle we’re called to live,” said Mrs. Varela. She earned a B.A. in Psychology/Human Development from Vanguard University and has also received training in specialized programs including Slingerland, Lindamood-Bell, and ABA Therapy.
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.
Mrs. Walter brings the experience of 17 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 two decades, 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 Jesus spills out into her classroom. Prior to teaching second grade, she taught music to SVC Elementary students and was involved in many Elementary music productions — both on campus and in the local community. She holds a B.A. from California State University, Fullerton and a Multiple Subject Credential from California State University, Los Angeles.
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.