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Meet Our Team

We are blessed to have a truly incredible faculty and staff at RSM Christian School.  From our extended care and office staff to our teachers and administrators, you won't find a more caring, dedicated, and professional team.  We invite you to reach out to any of them with questions or just to get to know them.

Administration & Office Staff

Phil Lewis, Head of School

Phil Lewis

Head of School

Phil Lewis

Lori Jensen

Lori Jensen

Principal

Lori Jensen

With over 35 years’ experience as a classroom teacher and administrator, Lori Jensen is the consummate educator. Her ministry has included teaching 1st and 2nd grades, and Principal.

Mrs. Jensen is responsible for the day-to-day school operations and programs. 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 Christian school 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 in education, Mrs. Jensen is a small group leader for a women’s Bible study at her church.

Mike Margy

Mike Margy

Vice Principal

Mike Margy

Lisa Espinoza, Admissions Director

Lisa Espinoza

Admissions Director

Lisa Espinoza

Joe Chebat, Development Director

Joe Chebat

Development Director

Joe Chebat

Stephanie Longcob, Accounts Management / FACTS

Stephanie Longcob

Finance Manager

Stephanie Longcob

Dara Gould

Dara Gould

Office Staff

Dara Gould

Dayna Graveline, Office Manager & Communications Specialist

Dayna Graveline

Office Manager & Communications Specialist

Dayna Graveline

Sarah Olin

Sarah Olin

Office Staff

Sarah Olin

Early Education Teachers

Linda Faulkner, Preschool Director / Teacher

Linda Faulkner

Preschool Director / Teacher

Linda Faulkner

Stephany Bauman

Stephany Bauman

Preschool Teacher

Stephany Bauman

Paola Blankenship, JK Teacher

Paola Blankenship

JK Teacher

Paola Blankenship

Joni Carruthers, Preschool Teacher

Joni Carruthers

JK Teacher

Joni Carruthers

Gail Quickle, JK Teacher

Gail Quickle

JK Teacher

Gail Quickle

Ana Wenstrom, JK Aide

Ana Wenstrom

JK Aide

Ana Wenstrom

Elementary Teachers

Gail Newton

Gail Newton

Kindergarten Teacher

Gail Newton

Mrs. Newton received her calling to be a teacher when she was just 12 years old. This year marks her 47th 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.

Mary Jane Merritt, Kindergarten Teacher

Mary Jane Merritt

Kindergarten Teacher

Mary Jane Merritt

Megan Pierce

Megan Pierce

1st Grade Teacher

Megan Pierce

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.

Sharon Ploesser, 1st Grade Teacher

Sharon Ploesser

1st Grade Teacher

Sharon Ploesser

Diane Escobar

Diane Escobar

2nd Grade Teacher

Diane Escobar

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 Christ-centered education ministers to and develops the whole student — mind, body, soul, and spirit — just as God intended.

Carrie Gulino, 2nd Grade Teacher

Carrie Gulino

2nd Grade Teacher

Carrie Gulino

Jenny Vande Wydeven, 3rd Grade Teacher

Jenny Vande Wydeven

3rd Grade Teacher

Jenny Vande Wydeven

Michele Forster

Michele Forster

4th Grade Teacher

Michele Forster

Ms. Forster considers it an honor to show her students how unique they are, and that God has amazing plans for their lives. She holds a ASCI Credential and 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.

Amal Andraos

Amal Andraos

5th Grade Teacher

Amal Andraos

Lara Stolte

Lara Stoltes

5th Grade Teacher

Lara Stoltes

Elizabeth Canales

Elizabeth Canales

6th Grade Teacher

Elizabeth Canales

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 fifth grade at RSM Christian School, she was a sixth grade teacher at Saddleback Valley Christian School. She also taught first grade overseas at a private Christian school in Indonesia.

April Roche, Elementary Aide

April Roche

Elementary Instructional Assistant

April Roche

Junior High Teachers

Jodi Dale, JH History

Jodi Dale

JH History

Jodi Dale

Kara Haverkamp

Kara Haverkamp

JH Math

Kara Haverkamp

Mrs. Haverkamp received her Multiple Subject Credential from Concordia University. Although she could have taught at any number of schools, she chose RSM Christian School 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.”

Kari Koeff

Kari Koeff

JH Science

Kari Koeff

Jodi Svoboda, JH Language Arts

Jodi Svoboda

JH Language Arts

Jodi Svoboda

Specialty Teachers

Tracey Desmond, Musicals / JH Drama / Singing Saints

Tracey Desmond

Musicals / JH Drama / Singing Saints

Tracey Desmond

Yvonne Erkelens, Spanish Teacher

Yvonne Erkelens

Spanish Teacher

Yvonne Erkelens

Lindy Lyles, Resource Specialist

Lindy Lyles

Resource Specialist

Lindy Lyles

Amy Meng, Music Teacher

Amy Meng

Music Teacher

Amy Meng

Ana Qubain, Art of the Masters Teacher

Ana Qubain

Art of the Masters Teacher

Ana Qubain

Dawnell Viole, PE Teacher / Athletic Director

Dawnell Viole

PE Teacher / Athletic Director

Dawnell Viole

Marisol Sicro, JH Yearbook Teacher

Marisol Sicro

JH Yearbook Teacher

Marisol Sicro

Heatherdawn Wadleigh, Technology Teacher

Heatherdawn Wadleigh

Technology Administrator

Heatherdawn Wadleigh

Ellie Ward, Librarian / Student Records

Ellie Ward

Librarian / Student Records

Ellie Ward

Support Staff

Julia Bernier, CREW Extended Care Program Director

Julia Bernier

CREW Extended Care Program Director

Julia Bernier

Suzanne Miller

Suzanne Miller

CREW Extended Care Program Assistant Director

Suzanne Miller

Mike Foell, Campus Pastor

Mike Foell

Campus Pastor

Mike Foell

Lorene Preziosi, Outdoor Director

Lorene Preziosi

Outdoor Director

Lorene Preziosi

Aly Preziosi, Outdoor Staff

Aly Preziosi

Outdoor Staff

Aly Preziosi

Dominic Rodriquez, Facility Director

Dominic Rodriquez

Facility Director

Dominic Rodriquez

We are receiving a lot of questions about when we are reopening and what school will look like. We have created a page to answer most of your questions. If there there are any other admissions questions we can answer, call or text 949-334-7364.

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