Faculty & Staff

Grammar School Faculty & Staff
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Grammar School Faculty & Staff

Alicia Stahlnecker
Kindergarten Teacher (MWF)

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Cañada College. Anthem School of Worship.

I began working at Calvary Christian Academy in 2017.  It is such a joy to work alongside staff and families who put God first and constantly support and pray for each other in love and unity.  I have always had a heart for children, and I love the school’s vision and passion for training up the next generation of children to live Christ-centered lives.  In the years I’ve worked at CCA, the students have reminded me what it means to have childlike faith.  This school is truly a special place, and I am so excited to see how God will continue to move in and through the community here!

In my free time, you can find me painting, hiking, drinking coffee, writing, singing, and leading worship.

Hannah Leong
Kindergarten Teacher (T/Th), Kindergarten Aide (MWF)

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B.A., Elementary Education - Language Arts and English as a Second Language, Calvin University. CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

This is my first year at CCA, and I'm so thankful God led me to work here alongside such dedicated staff and families. I'm passionate about helping children come to know Christ as King and Savior, and to develop a love for reading, storytelling, and exploring God's creation. I've previously taught lower elementary at a public school in New Mexico and international Christian schools in China and Hong Kong. CCA stands out to me as a school that proclaims the truth of the Gospel each and every day. I look forward to sharing in students' joy for learning here! Outside of school, I love to bake, garden, do pilates, and travel.

Wury Glende
Kindergarten Aide (M,Tu,Th)

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B.A., Sociology, Minor in Digital Arts, U.C. San Diego.

I've been an teacher aide for CCA since 2022, and I'm excited to see how God will use me to further His kingdom! I am a mother of three children and love that I can work here and send my children to a school that strives to glorify God. I feel called to serve here as I want to be a part of the battle for our children to grow in the knowledge and love of the Lord in all education subjects. 

I am married to my wonderful husband, Garrett, for over 12 years. Our family loves to go hiking, camping, visiting National Parks, as well as eating great food. I also love playing volleyball, growing flowers in my garden, and designing flowers for weddings.

Suzanne Westwood
1st Grade Teacher

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B.A., Liberal Studies, Bible & Theology Minor, William Jessup University. CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

I truly believe God has prepared and equipped me to be a teacher.  I have had the wonderful privileged of teaching at Calvary Christian Academy since 2015.  I chose to teach at CCA because it is Christ-centered to the core.  I share the same passion and vision for education as our school: to train up, discipline, and educate children in the ways of the Lord.  As an educator, it is my desire to provide a loving and nurturing environment for students as they learn and grow, not only in academics, but also in their personal relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ.

When I am not in the classroom, I can often be found completing a fun art project, decorating for an event, playing a board game, or watching an old classical movie or a cooking show.  I also love spending time with my family and traveling the world.  One unique thing about me is that I am a childhood cancer survivor.  God graciously spared me from cancer and has allowed me to be a living testimony of His great faithfulness and sovereignty.

Yvonne Loredo
1st Grade Aide, Early Risers

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Certificate of Achievement in Early Childhood Education, San Jose City College.

I love teaching the children about the love of God and inspiring them to develop their gifts for the Lord. It's amazing to watch children come in on the first day and see howm uch they grow by leaps and bounds. This is my third year serving at CCA. It has been my dream job. I have been married for 18 years and have two wonderful teenagers! In my free time, I love to hang out with my sisters, nieces, and nephews. It's my honor to serve the wonderful families at CCA.

Julie Arndt
2nd Grade Teacher

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B.S., Social Science, Westmont College. Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, San Jose State University. Special Education Credential, San Jose State University. M.S., Learning Handicap, San Jose State University.

I have taught in public and Christian schools for more than fifteen years.  I choose to teach at CCA because I know that the Lord is the focus in all we do at the school.  Our purpose is to raise up a 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 over fifteen years.  We have one son who attends CCA—and he loves it!

Anna Zink
2nd Grade Aide

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I'm a recent High School graduate and am excited to train your children in not only scholarly knowledge, but Biblical knowledge as well.  I was home-schooled with my two younger sisters from 2nd grade on.  Watching my mom teach and care for my younger sisters inspired me greatly.  So when I heard the call to work at Calvary, I felt more than ready to answer.  Just as my mom did for me, I hope to inspire your kids to enjoy learning and invest in their spiritual lives.  

Katelyn Wagener
3rd Grade Teacher

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B.A., Child & Adolescent Development, San Jose State University, CA Teaching Credential.

This is my third year working at Calvary, and I am so excited to see what God is going to do through me, here.  I am so blessed to be able to journey alongside young children, as they grow and pursue God.  I know that I will learn so much about what it means to have child-like faith from my students, and  I pray that I will be able to encourage them in their daily walk with the Lord.

I worked as a substitute teacher for two years in several public school districts in the Bay Area.  I have substitute taught in grades K-8th.  I really enjoyed gaining experience at many different schools in many different classrooms.  While I enjoyed the day-to-day changes of being a substitute, I am so thankful to now be employed at a wonderful, private school, where I can share my beliefs and grow alongside the students, faculty, and staff.  I look forward to my time, here, at CCA.

My husband and I have been married for several years, and we both grew up in San Jose.  We would love to get a dog soon!  In my free time, I love to shop, spend time with family, grab a coffee at my favorite café (Peet’s), and eat sushi.

Samantha Cole
3rd Grade Aide (TTh)

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B.A. in Progress, Elementary Education, Liberty University.

This is my third year serving at Calvary Christian Academy as at teacher aide.  It is a blessing to serve at a school that is focused on raising the next generation to love and know the Lord!  This year I am looking forward to growing with the students and guiding them in their love for learning and the Lord.  

In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, friends, and hiking.  I am so excited to be serving alongside an amazing team this year!

Makenna Meyer
3rd Grade Aide (MWF)

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My name is Makenna Meyer and I just graduated from highschool. I enjoy working with children because I love sharing my passion for Jesus and education with them. The Lord called me to CCA to further His kingdom and to invest in the future generation. I am excited for the opportunity to use the gifts God has given me. This is my second year serving at CCA! In my free time, I enjoy reading and sewing. I also enjoy spending time with my family, whether it is playing a board game or going on a hike!

Zakiya Sullivan
4th Grade Teacher

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Bachelors of Business Administration, Tennessee State University. Masters of Theological Studies, Vanderbilt University. Masters of Arts in Education, University of Phoenix.

This is my second year working at CCA and I am very excited to be used by God as a 4th grade teacher. I have taught in the public school for ten years and God how now called me to serve Him here at CCA. It is an honor and privilege to be able to join CCA in equipping our children to know God, see His beauty in nature, and understand the ways He has woked throughout history. I have a passion for teaching kids and helping them grow in their knowledge and love for God. 

When I am not teaching, I enjoy working out, hiking, spending time with my family and friends, gardening, sewing, and reading good books. During the summer, you will me serving God around the world on mission trips. 

Rosa Chapman
4th Grade Aide (F)

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Statistics, Information, and Accounting.

I love working with children and moreover at a Christian school because they are our future and we must teach them the love of our God and our great nation.  I felt called to serve here at CCA when I heard the need for teachers aides.  I had time and I wanted to work for God's glory and kingdom.  I have been serving at another church for almost 20 years through missions trips to China, introducing God's Word to the Middle School teachers and teaching about Christianity.  I have also been to Mexico on Easter and Christmas as a translator.  I am happily married.  I like sewing, doing crafts, photography, scrapbooking, and event planning.

Tania Rios
5th Grade Teacher

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B.A., Child and Adolescent Development, Spanish Minor, San Jose State University.

Teaching is an absolute passion of mine!  I have been teaching for about 12 years.  It is a true blessing to be able to teach in a Christian school because it allows me to teach about the love of Jesus.  The Lord has blessed my husband I with two amazing boys.  As a family, we definitely feel His presences in every aspect of our lives. 

Rebekah Zamora
5th Grade Aide (F), Day Camp

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Gracie Geborski
Full Time Substitute

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Logic School Faculty & Staff

Kenneth Silva
6th Grade Teacher

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B.A. Behavioral Science and Sociology, SJSU; CA Teaching Credential.

I have 28 years of teaching experience, most of that in the public school setting. Last year, I had a growing need to leave that system. From that, a stronger and stronger calling brought me to CCA. I am happy to be here to unite with families in grace and truth. I look forward to developing student confidence, awareness, and love in the Lord.

Brian McNamee
6th Grade Boys Discipleship

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Calvary Chapel Bible College Costa Mesa

1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 says, "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?" I was so blessed to have shared a life with Mrs Mac and the love and care she showed for these kids and this school is a gift that I have received as well. It is thrilling to have a small role to be able to pour into these young people the Word of God and watch them grow and be established in the faith.

Karen Munshi
6th & 7th Grade Latin Teacher

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I am excited to share a love learning with students this year at CCA in the calling that the Lord gave to me to be here.  I have been married for 28 years and have four children.  I have been homeschooling  for the past 20 years using Charlotte Mason and Classical Conversations.  I am a retired software engineer who is also a country girl who has done the Ironman competition.  

Joseph Cossell
7th Grade Boys Discipleship

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Saint Mary's off the Plains

I feel called to serve at CAA because I want to instruct the next generation, teach boys how to be biblical, masculine, and godly men.

My four grandchildren are all presently enrolled. My wife and I have raised two adult children and seven grandchildren. I like to play golf, fish, and hunt. I grew up in Kansas then moved to California on December 31st 1977.

Nancy Zamora
5th & 6th Grade Girls Discipleship

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A.S., Early Childhood Education, West Valley College.

I have been blessed to be a part of CCA as a parent since 2010, when the school opened, and as part of the staff since 2017.  My husband and I have been married for 25 years, and we have been blessed with six children. 

It has been such a joy and privilege to work in a Spirit-filled school alongside an amazing staff, who are passionate about what they do and in their love for the Lord!  My favorite part of teaching at CCA is seeing the students grow in their knowledge, faith, and love for the Lord. 

I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, baking, listening to music, and hosting in my home.   

Gabrielle Copeland
7th Grade Teacher

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B.S., Elementary Education, Liberty University.

I have been blessed to be a part of the Calvary Christian Academy staff since 2014.  One of the most amazing things about this school is its focus for teachers and the students on giving God the glory in everything they do.  Another amazing thing about CCA is that the staff and parents have the same mindset: to love as Christ has loved us, and the end result is precious students, who love and desire to serve the Lord. 

I have had the desire to teach since I entered 8th grade at CCA.  After one year as a CCA student, a new passion was created in me for two reasons.  The first was the love of my teachers.  Second, everything being centered around Christ changed my outlook on academics.  It has been a blessing to be able to pursue my passion of teaching in a school that has come alongside me and encouraged me to follow God’s direction.  One of the most rewarding things about working with CCA students, year after year, is seeing them grow—not only academically, but also in their love for God. 

Steve Meyer
7th Grade Teacher, 7th & 8th Boys P.E.

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Julie McCarty
7th Grade Girls Discipleship

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Sarah Florenzie
8th Grade Teacher

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B.A., Liberal Studies (Special Education Concentration) with Biblical Theology minor, Biola University. Teaching Credential, Biola University.

I have been teaching at Calvary Christian Academy since 2019. I enjoyed teaching 4th grade for three years and am now very excited to be teaching 8th grade since 2022! I am so blessed to be a part of this Christ-centered, amazing community! I believe it is God alone who has called and equipped me to be a teacher. I have had the privilege of working in many, different school settings, and have found so much joy in working with children. What makes CCA so unique is its vision to train up children to live their lives for the glory of God. I look forward every day to instructing children across multiple subject areas and life matters from a Biblical perspective. It is my prayer that the Lord will work mightily in our classroom to grow me and my students this year. May He accomplish, through His power, more than we could ask or imagine! When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I love being outdoors, whether it is in my backyard swimming, going to the beach, or hiking. You can often find me sitting with my Bible and a cup of coffee.

Tracy Falcocchia
8th Grade Girls Discipleship

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I love sharing my passion for serving the Lord with my students. It is such a joy to pray God's word over them and to teach them how to practically apply His principles and promises to their individual lives on a daily basis. This is my third year of teachng at CCA and my fourth year serving as facilitator of "Moms in Prayer". I have been married for over 28 years and my husband, Anthony and I have four precious children. Our family enjoys spending time together at the beach, playing board games, watching movies, attending church, and having picnics in the great outdoors.

Dylan Copeland
8th Grade Boys Discipleship

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Chris Meyer
8th Grade Latin

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Rhetoric School Faculty & Staff

Elizabeth Ratze
Humanities Chair, 9th - 12th English, Latin II-V

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B.A. Classics, Columbia University.

Beginning my third year at CCA, I am very grateful to serve in a school which prioritizes not only rigorous habits of mind, but also habits of heart.

From grades one through eight, I learned at home with my brother and four sisters.  My mom chose a curriculum for us nearly identical to the one used at CCA, and it has been so sweet to revisit these texts!  I am glad to align myself with a community which prioritizes the pursuit of Beauty and Truth, modeled for us through literature which enriches the mind and soul.

While attending high school at Cranbrook Kingswood in Michigan, I began learning Latin, and I immediately knew it would remain a focus throughout my life.  Later, at Columbia, I also studied Biblical and Attic Greek.  As a teacher, I treasure the opportunity to educate students about the persistent themes and resonances of these languages throughout Western literature; they are so rich.

Prior to CCA, I taught Latin and English at Saint Thomas Choir School in Midtown, Manhattan.  This boarding school, for boys in grades three through eight, housed the choristers of the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.  It was a lovely experience to have taught in a school with such a rich tradition, and I enjoyed each moment of life in New York City!

Since moving to California, I have been blessed by the wonderful community of teachers and families at CCA. The opportunity to teach at a school with a clear vision and unified faculty causes me to rejoice daily in God's grace and provision. 

Outside of the classroom, I enjoy exercise, reading, and visiting farmers’ markets.  While living in New York, I also danced ballet professionally, so as a "retired" ballet dancer, I enjoy taking and teaching classes recreationally!

Gail Efting
Apologetics, 7th, 8th, 9th Logic

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MA, Leadership, St. Mary's College of CA. EdD, Educational Leadership (AbD), St. Mary's College of CA.

My purpose is to live each day as unto the Lord, doing the works He has prepared for me in the light of His Word. My mission is to encourage others to consistently apply God’s truth to every aspect of everyday life. I have served as a Biblical Counselor and Theological Librarian for over thirty-five years, supporting others in the discovery of the beauty and power of God's Truth in resolving every issue.

My doctoral research work has been in Values in Educational Leadership; the design, implementation, and promulgation of effective and Biblical educational methodologies, which stimulate the growth and maturation of students’ personal, relational, and visionary values, to the glory of God.

I have been privileged to conduct research and provide teacher training and consultation in a wide variety of environments around the world - from small, private home learning communities, to national homeschooling conferences - from international teachers’ training in Sub-Saharan Africa, to collaborative consultation with public high schools, of up to thirteen hundred students, here in the US. In every venue, every situation, I have been given opportunities to share the joy of the Lord and the Truth of His Word.

I have taught at all educational levels, including college classrooms and corporate boardrooms. But we also homeschooled our own children through high school (they are fine, thanks!) and I have offered support and encouragement to Christian schools and homeschooling families for over forty years.

These experiences persuaded me of the importance of student centered, delight directed work, in an encouraging, consistently Biblical environment. They also persuaded me of how VERY important it is to train up our children in the way they should go - being ready, in season and out of season, to give an answer, with gentleness and respect, for the Hope that lies within them. To be able to think clearly, speak cogently, and reason persuasively, with a winsome and tender heart! It is the only way they will be able to go out and truly change the world.

This is why I was so grateful when the Calvary Christian Academy added a Rhetoric School and asked me if I would come and teach. I am honored and delighted to say I have been teaching here at CCA since the Rhetoric School’s first year, six years ago. :)

I grew up in the wild woods of New Mexico, loving Aristotelian Logic, Inductive Bible Study, Austrian School economics, Mortimer Adler’s “Great Conversation”, and the Constitution of the United States. I hope our students will build such loves as well, and others like them, before they go out to change the world for Christ. I know their experiences here, at Calvary Christian Academy, will prepare them well!

Rachael Ishaya
Pre-Calculus, Calculus

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B.S. Aerospace Engineering, San Jose State University; M.S. Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering, UC Davis.

God called me to serve at CCA to share my knowledge and experiences in the science industry and to help recognize that God gave us science and math as a tool to build and glorify His kingdom.  

I started teaching at CCA in 2021.  I taught Physics and Calculus for the Rhetoric School.  I'm married to Sargon Ishaya, also a teacher at CCA.  We have two kids at CCA: Segy and Angelina.  I enjoy gardening, reading and learning God's Word, and playing with my kids.  I enjoy playing different sporting activities.  I was captain for my H.S varsity volleyball team and my husband and I previously competed in amateur ballroom competitions.  

Lynne Jennings

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B.S. Mathematics, B.A. Economics, UC Davis and College of Marin. Bronze Medallion, Koinonia Institute.

After many years of the business world, it is an honor to be teaching geometry with the excellent CCA faculty and staff.  I'm excited to share my passion for math and God's design with the CCA students.

My husband I have been married for over 18 years and are blessed with two sons and two grandchildren.  I look forward to making many new CCA friends!

Rosa Chapman
Spanish 3 & 4, French

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Statistics, Informatics, and Accounting.

I love working with children and moreover at a Christian school because they are our future and we must teach them the love of our God and our great nation.  I felt called to serve here at CCA when I heard the need for teachers aides.  I had time and I wanted to work for God's glory and kingdom.  I have been serving at another church for almost 20 years through missions trips to China, introducing God's Word to the Middle School teachers and teaching about Christianity.  I have also been to Mexico on Easter and Christmas as a translator.  I am happily married.  I like sewing, doing crafts, photography, scrapbooking, and event planning.

Jerry Brown
American Government

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B.A. English Literature, UCSB; UCSC; Foothill College

I think we are at a critical time in the history of our country.  We need to train more 'Followers of Jesus' in our country to make our society better.  This is what I feel has drawn me to CCA.

I have attended CCSJ for two years because CCSJ stayed open when my church closed.  I am widowed and have two stepchildren.  I read apologetics history and mystery books.

Chris Novak

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BSME and JD, Marguette University; MSEE, California Polytechnic University, ASBS, West Valley College.

I love working in Christian education because it allows free speech and free religion. We are then able as teachers to lead and share Christian life experiences and Biblical truths to truly enrich and guide these young adults in their future schooling, discipleship, vocation, family life, and the Great Commission.

This is my second school year teaching at CCA. I have one adult daughter who works in a medical profession. I am married to a wonderful woman who is equally yoked in Christian faith and Christian worldview action. My hobbies include road and mountain biking, ice skating, foreign languages, and travel trivia.

Breanna Bevis
Latin I, Theatre

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B.M. Vocal Performance, Azusa Pacific University.

I absolutely love teaching at a Christian school and working with the students because God can be found in every subject. I am able to teach and learn more about God while teaching that subject. This is my second year at CCA. I enjoy singing, making music, and watching movies with my family and husband.

Ivan Russo
Mechanical Engineering, Life Skills: Survival Skills

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Dorene Shirley
Life Skills - Cooking

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My husband and I have been married for over 23 years and started attending Calvary Chapel during the Covid pandemic after our home church shutdown. This will be my first-year teaching. I felt called to serve here at CCA when I heard the need for an instructor to teach cooking through the life skills program. I have a background as Food Service manager at a local church, as well Cooking Instructor for a corporate team builder facility. Over the years, I have enjoyed banquet serving at several hotels, such as the Wyndham and San Jose Fairmont. I am a strong believer that food connects us to each other and look forward to teaching cooking skills to our students. In my free time, you can find me enjoying our two dogs, Gio and Max. I like baking, creating new recipes, teaching food preservation (canning methods, both water bath and pressure canning), and Bible study.

Felicia Fan

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B.S. Nutritional Sciences (Dietetics) and B.A. Economics at University of California (Berkeley)

My vision as a teacher is to pass the spiritual baton to our next generations just like what Moses, Elijah and Paul did. As we disciple them alongside, I pray that our students will inherit double portion of our gifts and continue to shine brightly for His kingdom.

My husband Edmund & I have two lovely daughters who have been attending CCA since preschool. We are extremely grateful to be part of this school and the wonderful church community.

Ron Sailors
Intro to Physics, Physics

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B.S. Physics (Engineering Electronics), John Carroll University.

God’s creation is fascinating and exciting! Discovering how it works inspires praise for Him and can build skills to serve Him!

This is my first year teaching at CCA, but I have long been a teacher, coach, and mentor at heart. I have broad management experience covering P&L, marketing, engineering, and manufacturing within Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in Pre-IPO, IPO, and M&A stages. I also spent many years researching and applying knowledge about toxic body burden (the pollution in people).

I’ve been married for nearly 35 years to my lovely wife and together we’ve been blessed by our two young adult children whom we homeschooled. I thoroughly enjoy deep dives into The Bible! Some of my interests include singing, guitar, audio engineering,
woodwork, sound money, and more recently edible gardening.

Trevor Zink
Senior Thesis

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B.S. Liberty University; J.D. Santa Clara School of Law; L.L.M. Golden Gate University.

I have always felt a calling to teach, both academically and in the church. One of my strongest desires is to train up the younger generations to carry the torch of faith forward with a stronger flame. I have had the privilege of teaching my girls and their peers for many years in the homeschool community. Our family is transitioning to CCA, and I am excited to see how God will use me in this new role as the senior rhetoric teacher.

My wife, Jennifer, and I have been married for 28 years, and we have three girls. I have been an attorney for more than 20 years. I am also a die-hard Raiders fan (no matter what city they are in).

Theresa Alvarez
Spanish 1, 2

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Abraham Saldivar

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George Arrington
Geometry, Honors Geometry

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B.S. Physics, 1976, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

My calling in life has always been to teach. 

I have been a teacher here at CCA since early 2023, when I served as a tutor and a substitute. This experience allowed me to better understand the inner workings of the school and begin to develop a rapport with the students. In the fall of 2023, I began teaching two sections of Geometry, a personal favorite subject of mine. I truly enjoy working with the students at CCA, both in the classroom studies and in the Good News of Jesus Christ.

I was previously a teacher of mathematics, physics and computer science at a private school in my home state of Virginia. Outside of the classroom, I also teach self-defense and firearms safety. My tour of Israel in 2022 was a significant part of my spiritual journey with Jesus.

Jennifer Riva
Consumer Math

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Karen Kauk
Life Skills: Sewing

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Kama Hearn
Rhetoric School House Administrator

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CCA has been an integral part in the life of my family since 2014 when my oldest children began attending. Looking back at my life, I see clearly that God has strategically placed people in my life (beginning with my parents) who have inspired me to seek a Christian education for my children. After homeschooling for a few years, God continued to present CCA to our family and He has confirmed year after year that this is the community He has prepared for us.

CCA’s mission and commitment to build disciples who change the world for God’s glory is exceptional. After a few years of serving as a room mom coordinator, I officially began my employment at CCA as a substitute teacher in the Logic and Rhetoric School. In my third year serving at CCA, I'm grateful to work with our Rhetoric School as the House Administrator. I pray that the lives of the students at CCA are eternally transformed by the Holy Spirit through the depth of the knowledge they are taught. May God’s truth transform their hearts.

Enrichment Faculty & Staff

Kristin Sanchez
K-5th Grade & Rhetoric School Art Teacher

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B.A., Digital Art and Animation, Cogswell College

My path for teaching at CCA began in 2016 volunteering in Mrs. Arndt's second grade class coordinating art projects for my daughter and her classmates. It was a special experience I cherished each week. The following year, God opened the door for me to join CCA’s faculty and I have been blessed beyond measure ever since.

Prior to CCA, I worked as an illustrator, graphic designer, and web designer for corporations and small businesses throughout the Bay Area and around the world. During this season, the discipline of drawing and painting proved a relentless tug I couldn't resist; God was preparing me for a different role!

I treasure the opportunity to encourage our precious students to value and develop their God-given creative and artistic abilities, pointing them to Christ with the artwork they create. Training students to pursue and capture inspiration from the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty surrounding them in God's marvelous creation is a wonderful privilege.

My husband and I have been married for twenty years. Our daughter has attended CCA since preschool and is now a freshman in the Rhetoric School. We enjoy serving at CCSJ–my husband serves on the worship team, and my daughter and I serve in the Children's Ministry. During my free time, I love being outdoors with my family and dog, gardening, practicing the violin, drawing, painting, and visiting the symphony and art museums.

Joyce Hodgkinson

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B.A., English Literature, SFSU; M.A. Education Administration, University of San Francisco; Lifetime Teacher's Credential.

I am blessed to have the opportunity to teach at CCA.  Being able to share the love of Jesus with students in the classroom is life changing for students and faculty.  I am a grandma of six, ages 2-14.  Recently, my husband of 37 years, a wonderful, Christian, passed away.  I am blessed to be comforted by Jesus love as I adapt to my new life.  I keep active by swimming every day.  

Kathryn Linan
K-8 Office Assistant (T/Th), Day Camp, Library Asst.

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A.A. Administration of Justice

As a past instructional aide with a strong desire to see children develop academically and in their faith, I value the chance to nurture others in expanding their knowledge of God, His Word, and with with any educational projects.  I'm ecstatic to be working at a school where God's love is openly implemented into instruction and comprehension.  

In 2018, I became a mother to my wonderful son, Matteo.  One of our favorite things to do together is read books and tell each other stories.  My greatest prayer for my family and I is for us to keep loving and following God, just as He loves and is there for us. 

Christopher Adams
Music Director & Teacher

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B.M., Classical Guitar Performance, San Jose State University and San Jose City College.

It is a pleasure to be serving at CCA, as a part of their music education program. Having been involved in this private school environment since the Fall of 2015, I have regularly been working as a music teacher and educator since 2008. I have 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 students, spending time with the staff, and working specifically in music. And finally, it is fantastic to be in such a Christ-centered environment aimed at bringing God glory in all endeavors. Outside of school, I cherish two siblings and two wonderful parents. 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.

Theresa Bell
Athletic Director, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th Grade

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ACE Personal Training Certification, Youth Fitness Specialist Certification, Functional Training Specialist

My motto is "Stronger than yesterday and a little bit better than the day before." 

I love encouraging our youth to train what God has given them for His glory.  More than ever, our children need to see that they were created in His image for a unique and special purpose, every detail of their being perfectly thought out.   You would not think so, but even during P.E., students expect to be the same speed, height, and weight—but that is not how God made them.   My job is help train each student to take care of their body and improve their own skills.   The focus needs to be on doing the best they can do each day and improving  what God has given them. 

I love God, my family, exercising, music, and horses.  Beyond that, I want and aim to live for Christ.  I've wasted too much time on pride, selfishness—and did I say pride?!?  I praise God that He has allowed me this opportunity to serve Him.

The verse I hold onto is Isiash 43:19: "Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?  I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."

Bethany Esbenshade
K-2nd Grade P.E. Instructor

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Maribel Vallejo
Day Camp Coordinator

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I have been attending Calvary since February 2021. My family and I love to serve on Sundays at Calvary. My 3 girls and I serve in the 3's class and my husband in security. God has directed our paths to Calvary and during the time being here, I was led by the Lord to take on the role as a Day Camp Leader for the K-2nd grade students at CCA in August 2023. I love working with children since I was in High School where I took Early Childhood Education classes. Being a Day Camp Leader has been such a blessing and is rewarding in many ways. It is something that I look forward to doing everyday. Getting to know all the beautiful faces in Day Camp has brought me so much more joy. It is a privilege to serve these children and getting to know them more everyday.

Administration & Staff

Mike McClure
Sr Pastor of Calvary Christian Fellowship and Head of School

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B.S., Business Administration, San Jose State; Calvary Chapel Bible College - Murrietta

More than 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 over twenty years.  We have seven children together.  When we are not serving at church or school, we enjoy time together as a family.

Brenda McClure
School Development, History 9th & 11th

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B.A., History with Political Science Minor, San Jose State University.

It is so much fun working and teaching at a Classical Christian School, especially with the Junior High students.  I was in Jr. High when I made a commitment to fully surrender my life to Christ.  Teaching Junior High is my absolute passion! 

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 at such an amazing school.  Not only do I enjoy the students and curriculum, but I also 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 over twenty years, and I am blessed to have seven children, who range in age from elementary to college.  All of our children, who have attended CCA, have been so blessed and loved by their teachers.  Their spiritual and academic growth is astounding!  When I am not working at the school, I love spending time with my family, gardening, sewing, cooking, teaching Bible studies, and so much more!

Jere Allen
K-8 Principal

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B.S., Bible/Theology and Mathematics, Santa Clara University & San Jose Christian College.

Having joined Calvary Christian Academy in 2015, I have taught for over thirty years, preschool through twelfth grade.  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.  Second, 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 CCA meets these two goals, the emphasis on discipleship to produce world changers for Jesus Christ  excites me the most.

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 elementary school Math all the way up to Calculus, but my accomplishments also include teaching Bible, Engineering, Jr. & Sr. High School Science, Technology, and P.E.  Additionally, my background includes teacher training in all curriculum areas, parent training as a minister and seminar speaker, and corporate training in various software applications (including 3D CAD/Internet Collaboration).

My wife, Crissi, and I have been married for over 25 years.  We have two, grown daughters and one grandson.  I am most blessed among men with the amazing family God has provided me.

Susi Lim
K-8 Administrator

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MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science), University of Washington, WA. M.S. Human Factors and Ergonomics, San Jose State University, CA.

I consider it one of the most precious privileges to serve the Lord through ministering in the lives of the next generation. Jesus loves the little children and we are called to do the same. It is my prayer that all CCA students will confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, treasure Him and His Word above all else, and live an abundant life as they abide in Him. My husband and I have three children, all attending CCA. They have been blessed with loving teachers and staff, a rigorous Christ-centered education, and faith-growing experiences that continue to solidify their faith in Christ.

Chris Garcia
Rhetoric School Principal

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B.S. Liberal Arts, Excelsior College; M.A. Management and Leadership, Liberty University.

I have been attending CCSJ for several years and serving in the Safety and Security Ministry for 2 years.  I feel that the current crisis in morality and values in our nation has made it crucial to teach the next generation a true Biblical worldview as it relates to the founding of America.

I look forward to sharing some of my experiences and my love for the Lord as we explore the birth of our nation and the often overlooked details that are at the very core of what our founding fathers intended.  

My wife April and I have been married nearly 30 years, we have two wonderful children Nick and Alysa who love the Lord.  We are empty nesters and fill our time with our dogs and by serving at Calvary.  I enjoy working out and love coaching youth sports.  When at home I relax by reading. 

Anna Lee
Rhetoric School Administrator

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B.A. Art History, Smith College; M.P.A., Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

I am so excited to be a part of Calvary Christian Academy’s mission by supporting the school in the area of finance.  CCA is an amazing school and discipleship community that seeks to put God ahead of everything they do.

Previously, I worked for almost ten years for the federal government in the area of budget and finance.  Now, I am blessed to hear precious children reciting verses and songs when I walk down the hallway and to work with the wonderful families here.

My husband, Yohan, and I relocated our family to the Bay area in 2018.  Our two boys attend CCA and love it!  We attend Revive Presbyterian, a church plant in Sunnyvale.

In my free time, I love to garden, bake, create art with my kids, and plan fun trips and outings.

Laura Munguia
Operations Manager, HR, Math & Science Chair, Biology & Algebra I

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B.S. Biology, Santa Clara University.

CCA is an amazing place to be a part of because the heart of the school is to bring as much glory to God as possible!  What an honor to pour into the lives of young men and women who will grow up to serve God in many ways.  While academics and social growth are important, the main focus is the heart of the students and their relationship with the Lord.  When you pair excellent academics with Biblical truth integrated into all subjects and aspects of the day, amazing things are bound to happen!

There is no greater honor than to pour into the lives of the next generation.  As the days are growing more and more wicked, it is essential that these students are raised up with strong convictions, knowing what they believe and how to defend their faith.  I also love the joy that children have, to share in their wonder and excitement is a blessing!

My husband and I have been married for twenty years and have four amazing and beautiful children, who not be who they are without all of the amazing men and women of CCA, pouring their love into helping to mold them into men and women of God.

Jacquie Najera

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C.P.A., B.B.A. Accounting and Business Economics, University of San Diego.

I am honored and blessed by the opportunity to join CCA and to serve the school in the finance role.  I love CCA’s passion to train up Christ-centered children through a discipleship approach to learning.  It is such a special place.

For eleven years, I worked as a financial statement auditor, specializing in nonprofit clients.  I left the world of public accounting to stay home with our three children, but I remained involved in accounting through various volunteer roles.  I am excited to follow God’s leading into this new chapter!

My husband and I have been married for eighteen years.  Our three children attend CCA and absolutely love it!  We are so grateful and blessed by the teachers and community at CCA.  In my free time, I love golfing, snow skiing with my family, photography, scrapbooking and having coffee with friends.

Jennie Wood
K-8th Grade Office

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Mission College

I have served here at CCA since 2015. What a privilege it is be a part of the vision Pastor McClure and his wife have received from God to raise up the next generation in the admonition of the Lord. What a blessing it is to work alongside like minded staff and families who share in this vision, all to God’s glory! I can honestly say from experience there is no school like CCA in the valley, Mat 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

I came to Christ during junior high camp at Calvary. I met my husband her at Calvary, we just celebrated our twenty fifth anniversary this year, all glory to God. Our son David is twenty three, our daughter Hannah is twenty and her husband Jarrrod, our son in law is twenty three.

I love spending time with family and friends, road trips, reading and long walks with my husband.

Shelley Lozonne
Admissions Director

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A.A. Liberal Arts, West Valley College.

Growing up I played competitive softball from the age of 8-21 years old.  I played two years at West Valley College and graduated with an AA in Liberal Arts.  I am humbled to have the opporutnity to love the children and make an impact in their lives, because I absolutely love children!  Sharing with them the love of Christ, getting to know them and praying for them.  I am honored to stand beside others who want to bring up this next generation with a firm foundation in Christ.  I have been married for almost 15 years!  We have two precious children, Levi and Vivienne.  Our family loves to travel and do just about anything outdoors.  I feel very blessed to be a part of the CCA family!

Ciarra Reinhardt
Events Manager

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A.A. Merchandising/Marketing - Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, San Francisco.

I felt God calling me to serve when we had enrolled our youngest into preschool. I had been praying about how to occupy my free time that would glorify God and to be a light to my three kids and their classmates. Children are so special and important and I feel so blessed to be a part of CCA and their lives. My husband and I live in Morgan Hill. We love being together whether it's on our boat at the lake, camping, going on walks or movie nights. I'm a big bookworm and love to read as well as crafting, baking, and sewing.

Casandra Munguia
Registrar/Rhetoric School Office

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Preschool Faculty & Staff

Amanda Arellano
Preschool Director

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Early Childhood Education Teaching Credential, San Jose City College, Irvine College.

The Lord has always put a passion for children on my heart since I was young. I have worked professionally with children since 2016 and have volunteered in the Church's children ministry for over 10 years. I also worked with infants for over a year and I loved being able to be a part of their firsts and watch them grow into toddlerhood and onto preschool. I truly enjoy getting to teach children something new and just being caretaker to children in general. My husband Jose and I have been married since 2015, and have three amazing children, Aadyn, Eva, and Eloise. When not at school, I enjoy the outdoors, spending time with my family, and watching movies with my family!

Carolyn Meyer
Preschool Office Assistant

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A.A. Biblical Studies, San Jose Bible College.

I am excited to be here at Calvary, a school that shares my passsion for teaching with a Biblical worldview and discipling students to grow in their walk with Christ. 

My husband and I have been married for over 35 years and are blessed to have our children and two grandchildren all living in San Jose. We enjoy getting together for family game nights.

Luciana Mendonca
Lead 4's Teacher

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A.A. in Liberal Arts, DeAnza College; B.A. in Social Science and Multiple Teaching Credential at SJSU; Child Development Programs Director Permit.

I have been a preschool teacher for over 20 years. I have also been a supervisor.  This is my first year here at Calvary.  I feel so honored and blessed to have the privelege to be a part of such a wonderful school.  It's so encouraging to be able to teach our children the Word and love of God.  I also look forward to encourage a love for education to our children.  I give God all the glory for opening this door for me to teach our children.  

I live with my mom.  I have one nephew and three nieces that I love very much.  I love to watch movies, read books, and going for walks.  I also love to listen to worship music. 

Nicole Ortiz
Lead 3's Teacher

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A.A. Liberal Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences

I have been working with children since 2013 and since then my passion for caring and supporting them has grown.  I have worked in private schools, Montessori schools, and led many after school programs in public schools, as well as being a tutor and nanny.  As a mother, my love for children and understanding the needs of a parent has helped me be the best example I can be. As well as made my faith stronger! I love working and volunteering at Calvary in the children's ministry.  

I am a mother who has been a Christian my whole life.  I love God and going to church with my family and when the doors are closed, we're usually outside hiking and seeing all the beauty our Lord created.  

Jennifer Gomez
Lead 4's Teacher

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A.A. Early Childhood Education, Mission Community College.

Hello! My name is Jennifer Gomez and I am so excited to be the Little Cubs teacher! I’ve been teaching for five years and this is my first year teaching here at Calvary Christian Academy. I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mission Community College. I am currently an online student with Biola University and in the pursuit of obtaining my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education as well. I have such a passion for teaching our youngest learners and one of my favorite things about it is their child-like faith. I feel as though God called me to teach here at Calvary to help nurture the spiritual formation of our youngest students while simultaneously connecting the Lords divine nature into all of areas of the classroom. When I’m not teaching you can usually find me baking, going for runs, watching baseball, or drinking coffee!

Joanna Ung
3's Teacher Aide

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B.S., Business Finance, San Jose State University, Early Childhood Education Teaching Credential, Saddleback College

I have been working with children for three years and this is my first year as a teacher’s aide for the Soaring Eagles Class at CCA. I am truly grateful to be working at CCA where God is the center of the school. I love children and I want to show God’s love through the teaching of the Bible and spending time with children. It is a blessing to see all the children sing songs praising Jesus in the classroom. I am married with three children who love to attend CCA. I have been praying for many years to be able to work at my children’s school and be a part of the Christian community that helps change one child at a time through Christian education. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, biking, and camping.

Melise Marcoux
Preschool Aide

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