Yvonne Erkelens

Yvonne Erkelens Yvonne Erkelens, Spanish Teacher

Yvonne Erkelens was born and raised in Guatemala, and Spanish is her first language. She was born to German parents and attended international schools, making her fluent in German and English as well. In 1996, she moved to California with her husband, Stephan, and her three sons, Chris, Tim, and Michael. Mrs. Erkelens has served […]

Jodi Svoboda

Jodi Svoboda Jodi Svoboda, JH Language Arts

Jodi Svoboda and her husband, Arlo, have two beautiful girls. Mrs. Svoboda has a passion for teaching, a good sense of humor, and believes “education encompasses all aspects of life.” Mrs. Svoboda has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her California teaching credential. She has a broad background in education teaching grades K-8.

Amal Andraos

Amal Andraos Amal Andraos

Amal Andraos began her higher education graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Rutgers University in New Jersey. After having three children, she was drawn toward the teaching profession where she was able to support and guide children in their most vulnerable years. She returned to higher education at Biola University where she received […]

Jodi Dale

Jodi Dale Jodi Dale, JH History

Jodi Dale was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated in 1986 from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and earned her teaching credential from CSUF in 1987. She has been married to Steve Dale since 1992. Mrs. Dale loves spending time at the beach and traveling with […]

Julia Bernier

Julia Bernier Julia Bernier, CREW Extended Care Program Director

Julia Bernier followed the Lord and His gifting into teaching for more than 20 years. Her heart’s desire is to reach children and adults for Christ. She serves as a Master Teacher at Saddleback Church for Class 401 in Missions. Mrs. Bernier is a missionary, having been sent to the far reaches of the world […]

Jenny Vande Wydeven

Jenny Vande Wydeven Jenny Vande Wydeven, 3rd Grade Teacher

Jenny Vande Wydeven received her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She then received her teaching credential and Masters of Education, also from UCLA. During her freshman year of college, she met her husband, Matt, and they married six years later. They have two adult children, Ryan and Kristen. […]

Sharon Ploesser

Sharon Ploesser Sharon Ploesser, 1st Grade Teacher

Sharon Ploesser was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her Bachelor’s degree in 1990 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in Elementary Education and her Master’s degree in 1995 from Webster University in St. Louis. She has been a teacher for 30 years. Mrs. Ploesser is married and has two grown children. […]

Mary Jane Merritt

Mary Jane Merritt Mary Jane Merritt, Kindergarten Teacher

What brings Mary Jane Merritt joy? Being a Christian, a wife and mother, and being a teacher. Mrs. Merritt has been a Christian for more than 50 years, and she says that Jesus is her best friend and she depends on Him for everything. She has been celebrating her wedding anniversary since Dec. 15, 1973. […]

Gail Quickle

Gail Quickle Gail Quickle, JK Teacher

Gail Quickle started her career in early education in 1986. She attended Fullerton College and loves teaching the young child. Mrs. Quickle loves being able to share the excitement of God’s Word with her students each and every day. She feels blessed to partner with great families as they nurture and direct their children to […]

Joni Carruthers

Joni Carruthers Joni Carruthers, Preschool Teacher

Joni Carruthers attended San Diego State University and majored in Child Development where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. Ms. Carruthers has more than 30 years’ experience working with young children and considers it a privilege to introduce children to Jesus. Ms. Carruthers has two grown children, Karly and Kyle, and a son-in-law. […]