Ten years ago the Lord put a desire on my heart to start a school which disciples future ministers and missionaries for God’s kingdom. When my children were learning classically at home, I knew what type of school was needed to disciple children to become world changers. Proverbs 22:6 states that we are to “train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” With this mission, we opened our doors in the fall of 2011. It is my pleasure to lead and support Calvary Christian Academy through providing vision and upholding the standard of God’s infallible word!
I have been married to my wife, Brenda, for twenty years. We have six children together. When we are not working at church or school we enjoy time together as a family.
Having joined Calvary Christian Academy in 2015, I have taught for over 25 years, Pre K-12. I embrace classical Christian education for two primary reasons. First, it maintains the proper goal of education, which is not to merely train good technicians or accountants, but to cultivate virtue and purpose in the lives of students. Also, classical Christian education is vastly superior to the modern approach to education because, through the Trivium, it utilizes the student’s natural developmental stages to produce a student equipped to both think and articulate great ideas. While these factors lead CCA into being an extraordinary school, the emphasis on being a discipleship-focused school to produce world changers for Jesus Christ most excites me.
It is my deepest desire to partner with families as we strive together to be legacy builders to the glory of God. I love teaching all types of math from elementary to calculus, but my accomplishments also include teaching Bible, engineering, Jr/Sr high school science, technology, and PE. Additionally, my background includes teacher training over all curriculum areas, parent training as a minister and seminar speaker, and corporate training for all design chain participants in various software applications including 3D CAD / internet collaboration. My wife, Crissi, and I have been married for 26 years, and we have two daughters, ages 24 and 19. I am most blessed among men with the amazing family God has provided me.
I was blessed to have joined CCA even before our doors were opened back in 2010. Realizing what a rich experience classical education provides a child through beautiful literature, engaging academics, all in a challenging atmosphere that pushes them to reach their full potential, my husband and I knew that this is where we wanted our children to be and this is where the Lord was calling me as well! What I treasure most about our school is that all of our staff disciple our students hearts, pointing them to Christ, in as many situations as possible.
My husband and I live in San Jose and have been married for 12 years. We have three beautiful children two of which attend CCA.
I have worked at Calvary Christian Academy since 2012. One of my favorite things about teaching is watching a child’s face light up in wonder over a new concept or idea they have learned or grasped for the first time. There is something incredibly special about helping to foster a love and passion for learning in the heart of a child—especially their love for God. Working at CCA allows me to share my love and passion for learning and knowledge with my students, while discipling their hearts and minds in the ways of the Lord. Truly, each school day at CCA is thoroughly steeped with the truth of God’s Word, and it is a joy to see and experience firsthand!
When not in the classroom, I enjoy a good book, taking long walks, and playing the piano. I also enjoy many different kinds of arts and crafts—from sewing and crocheting to sketching and do-it-yourself projects. My family is also a special priority and part of my life.
I am thrilled not only to be joining CCA this year, but also to return to CA - my first love! I have developed a love for classical education, as I have taught kindergarten for the past three years at The Geneva School of Manhattan. With 18 years of teaching experience nothing has compared to teaching in a classical school! It is a joy to share God's love with my students, while forming and shaping their character and building a basic foundation for the love of learning.
I enjoy spending time in God's beautiful creation running, hiking, walking or biking. I love the beach and spending time with friends and family.
I truly believe God has prepared me over the last few years to come to CCA. I chose to teach at CCA because it is Christ-Centered to the core. CCA deeply cares about training and educating children in the Lord. It is my desire as an educator to provide a loving and nurturing environment for students to learn and grow, not only in academics, but also in their own personal relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ.
When I am not in the classroom I may be found completing a fun art project, decorating for an event, playing a board game, spending time with my family, or traveling the world. June 1st of this year, marked the 25th anniversary of my childhood battle with cancer. God graciously spared me from cancer and has allowed me to live as a living testimony of His great faithfulness and sovereignty.
I love teaching at Calvary Christian Academy because it is centered around Christ’s Love and God’s Truth. The faculty and staff have blessed me and countless families through their prayers, encouragement and friendship. The children and their families bring joy to my heart everyday. Even on the most difficult of days I am so thankful to spend my time teaching, loving and caring for the children at Calvary.
I love spending my time outdoors, hiking, reading and working on various art projects.
I have taught in public and Christian schools for more than 15 years. I choose to teach at CCA because I know that the Lord is the focus in all we do; and that the purpose of this school is to raise up the next generation of well-equipped christian men and women, who know the truth, and are able to live according to God's will.
My husband and I have been married for 16 years. We have one son who attends CCA and he loves it!
I have 16 years of teaching experience, and I am excited to begin my 17th year teaching at CCA. The Lord led me to CCA this year and I am so thankful that He did. I absolutely love the Classical Christian education that CCA provides because it is academically rigorous while at the same time Christ-centered, nurturing, and it has the ability to take each student to their highest possible potential. It is my prayer that my students develop a deeper love for Christ, and a passion for learning.
My husband and I grew up in church together and have been married for 15 years. We have four children, three of which will be attending CCA in the fall. When we are not at work or church, you will see us supporting our children in the various sports that they play. Our family verse is, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
While living in Bangladesh for two years, God prepared and fine-tuned my teaching skills as I served and taught young and underprivileged girls English, Bible, and how to share their faith.
I am looking forward to my first year teaching at Calvary Christian Academy as it is Christ-Centered, focusing on equipping, training, and discipling students to grow in their education as well with God. It is a privilege to be apart of this CCA family.
Outside the classroom I enjoy challenging hikes in the hills of our beautiful Silicon Valley, playing soccer with local semi-competitive players, and reading any book I can get my hands on.
I have loved my time at CCA, because I get the opportunity to walk alongside students on their academic journey and also as they grow in their relationship with Jesus. Each day, I see their face light up when they learn something new, whether it's a new concept in science or a new truth about God. It's such a joy!
I am newly married to my husband Colin. In our free time, we enjoy camping, hiking, and drinking good coffee!
This is my first year at CCA, but I have been dreaming of teaching here since it’s inception! With a background familiar with the classical eduction model, I’m very excited to be starting in the pivotal 6th grade year - guiding students into greater analytical and critical thinking skills.
What’s truly unique about CCA is the focus on Christ and the students’ knowledge and walk with Him. What more important subject is there? The ability to teach about Him and also couch the other subjects in the reality of His Word is an invaluable aspect of this school and makes all the difference in the lives of the students.
My husband and I have been married for 21 years and have been blessed by God in our walk together with Him. We enjoy road trips and love to swim and walk together and just have quiet nights at home. My time alone is mainly spend knitting, reading and bike riding.
It is so much fun teaching at a Classical Christian School, especially in the Junior High years. I was in Jr. High when I made a commitment to fully surrender to Christ. This is why teaching Jr. High is my absolute passion. It is so exciting to teach Jr. High students bible and history because they are enlightened and are able to get to the root of ideas, concepts and truths which help them in forming their beliefs that they will hold throughout their entire life! Our curriculum at CCA is living and works mightily in the hearts of those who are blessed to go through it. It is an absolute joy to teach these students at such an amazing school. Not only do I enjoy the students and curriculum, but I love working with the staff. At CCA we have amazing christian men and women who are committed to Christ and doing their best for His glory!
I have been happily married to Michael for 20 years and am blessed to have six children, which range from Kindergarten to 9th grade. We are so blessed to have all our children attend CCA. They have been so blessed and loved by their teachers and their growth both spiritual and academically is astounding. When I am not working at school, I love spending time with my family, gardening, sewing, cooking, teaching bible studies, and so much more!
Cristina Villatoro was born and raised in San Jose. Over the last ten years, she has enjoyed working with kids of all ages. Cristina’s passion for teaching began when she tutored kids for the City of San Jose—she realized then that teaching was not just a job, but a calling. Cristina believes teaching is one of the most rewarding careers, and she feels that CCA allows for teachers to unlock the spiritual and academic potential in a student. This fall, Cristina will finish her bachelor’s degree at William Jessup University. Her goal is to help the students she teaches to love the foreign language they will be learning and to see it as a key to unlock many more doors in the future!
When not in the classroom, Cristina and her husband, Josh, help with the High School Ministry at Calvary San Jose Church. They have three children ranging in age from 2 to 8. The Villatoro family enjoys spending time with friends, taking family trips, and reading.
Mrs. Gail Efting’s purpose is to live each day as unto the Lord, doing the works He has prepared for her, in the light of God’s Word. Her mission is to encourage others to consistently apply God’s Truth to every aspect of everyday life.
She has taught in all educational levels, including college classrooms and corporate boardrooms, and offered support and encouragement to Christian homeschooling families, for over 30 years.
Mrs. Efting has a Masters in Leadership, and is currently completing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She has provided instruction, teacher trainings, research, and consultation related to educational issues in a wide variety of environments around the world, from small, private learning communities to a public high school with more than 1600 students.
After working as a biotech scientist for five years, Jasmine began her twenty-one year homeschool journey when she and her husband adopted three teenagers from Cambodia. Since then, she has continued homeschooling three additional children of her own – Isabella (currently attending UC Berkeley), Isaiah (11th grade), and Annabella (9th grade).
In 2015, Jasmine discovered a passion for teaching science classes from a biblical perspective, and she is excited to continue her teaching journey at Calvary Christian Academy this year. When not too busy cooking for her family or preparing for classes, Jasmine loves gardening, raising farm animals, and enjoying beautiful sunsets on her small ranch. She is a proud grandmother to six grandchildren (with one more on the way!), mother to six children and three in-laws, and wife to a husband of twenty-seven years and counting!
I feel called by the Lord to teach at CCA. It is important that we teach children to appreciate and develop their personal health and well being. The Apostle Paul tells us:
“That our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and that we have been bought with a price. Therefore, we are to glorify God in our bodies” 1 Cor 6:19-20.
“We are to run the race to win the a imperishable crown” 1 Cor 9:24-27
“I have fought the good fight and finished the race. I have kept the faith” 2 Tim 6:7
We all have to learn and practice good stewardship with the body God has given us so we can be ready and able for the work He has prepared for us!
I have been married to Carol for thirty eight years. We have five adult children and three grandchildren.
Here at CCA, where literature is one of the hallmarks of its classical education, I cherish the opportunity to help our students discover a passion for reading. There is so much that we can learn about our Creator, heroes of faith, humanity, morality, and life from connecting with stories! I am also excited to introduce our young scholars to early research skills that they will need as they move up to higher level of education. What a privilege it is to be able to do all that in a Christ-centered environment. I look forward to helping these bright young minds use the truth of Christ to discern and evaluate all the information that comes their way.
My husband Jason and I have been married for 13 years. We have three children, two are attending CCA and one in CCA Preschool. Our children have been blessed with loving teachers and school staff, a rigorous education that use their natural learning capacity to the fullest, and most all a nurtured faith in Christ.
It is a pleasure to be serving my second year here at CCA as part of their music education. Having been involved in this private-school environment since Fall 2015, I've regularly been working as a music teacher and educator since 2008. I've been fortunate to have a background in worship music as well as other music disciplines.
I am very privileged to work at CCA for many reasons. Initially, this work allows me to nurture my calling in discipling those around me and pouring into their growth. Additionally, I enjoy interacting with all the children, spending time with the staff, and working specifically in music. And finally, it's fantastic to be in such a Christ-centered environment aimed at bringing God glory in all endeavors.
In my family, I cherish two siblings, two wonderful parents, and a little rabbit (who sometimes chews on our household items!). In my spare time, I enjoy taking naps, dabbling in audio-engineering, jamming with friends, or taking walks. And I almost never say "no" to a great meal.
It has been my dream ever since elementary school to work with children. My prayer is to make a difference in their lives by showing them God's love, and by teaching them the importance of developing good character at a young age. I believe that God has called all of us to be world changers, and that children especially have the potential to bring His light to our sinful world.
I am blessed to have been raised in a loving Christian family who have trained me to honor God in everything that I do.
I am so blessed to be not only be a student at CCA, but also to serve as a Day Camp Leader.
Serving along side staff and students has been most rewarding here at Calvary Christian Academy. This school is an answer to prayer! The Christ centered environment and curriculum foster a culture rich in excellence. Last year It was a blessing to serve as part time teachers aide in 2nd grade. The love from the staff and students is palpable. I am excited to serve this year as the Director of Admissions and Registrar.
When I'm not working I enjoy family time and quite time reading and studying the Bible. I have been married for 15 years and have two beautiful children.
This is my eleventh year here at CCA and my fifth year here as director. I have worked with preschoolers for over thirteen years, first as a preschool teacher and now as director. It is such a privilege and an honor to support and be supported by such a wonderful and caring staff. I feel truly blessed to be a part of this ministry sharing the love of Jesus with our preschoolers and their families.
My husband and I have been married for eleven years and have been blessed with five beautiful children. When not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family, knitting, and reading.
I have been in office administration for 19 years and I have been with CCA since 2011. It’s such a blessing to work at CCA, and it’s such a joy to get to know the families and see these precious children grow and learn about the Lord. I have been married for 16 years and have been blessed with three beautiful children. I love spending time with my family, baking, hiking, and camping!
This will be my sixth year teaching at CCA and 20 years since the Lord called me to be a preschool teacher. I have been blessed to work with this age group and it's been amazing! At this age group, the children have such a tender heart to recieve God's word. The staff here at CCA have a heart for God. It's such a blessing to be a part of this awesome team! I have been married for over seventeen years and I have five children and one granddaughter. In my free time, I love to read and go on adventures with my granddaughter.
I worked as a preschool teacher for 4 years before I joined CCA. This is my third year working at CCA and I just love being able to teach God’s love to children. I never underestimate the significance of children knowing the Immanuel God.
My husband and I have two adorable cats. I love spending time with God, my husband, and friends!
I have been a preschool teacher for 22 years. This year will be my seventh year working at CCA. It is a joy and privilege to be part of such a wonderful school where our mission is to show these little ones the love of God as well as encourage a love for education. I give God all the glory for the many blessings I have received from all the little ones and our loving staff! I have been married for 36 years to an amazing man and have four children and six grandchildren, who I absolutely adore!
My hobbies are loving on my family and weekend getaways with my husband.
I have taught preschool in the San Jose area for four and a half years prior to working at CCA. This is my third year teaching at CCA. I’m so thankful and blessed to be at this wonderful school. To me, there’s nothing like it! The parents are wonderful and the kids are such a blessing to teach. The staff is so warm and much like family. I grew up in a Christian home in Santa Clara. I’ve been married for 11 years and have two children. When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family, doing crafts and singing in church.