Core Values

CENTERED ON CHRIST

We believe that Christ should be at the center of all that we do through action, word and deed. Our employees are first and foremost ministers of the gospel, called of God to lead others to Christ, and to use their gifts, talents and abilities for God’s glory.

Our distinctively biblical worldview approach to teaching, leading, spiritual formation and character development means we seek excellence and achievement in academics, athletics, the arts and service and advance biblically-based stewardship and accountability.

Colossians 1:18, John 1:17

FOCUSED ON ALL STUDENTS

We believe that God created each of us in a unique and intentional way, and that God has a special plan and purpose for our lives. HCS approaches the education of students in the same manner by:

  • Meeting the Needs of All Learners
  • Seeing Every Child and their Family as an Opportunity for Ministry
  • Providing a Safe, Caring and Nurturing Environment

Genesis 1:26-27, Psalm 139:13-16

ROOTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS

We believe God has entrusted the primary responsibility of education to the parents and HCS strives to partner with them. We value open communication and close collaboration.

Proverbs 22:6, Deut. 6:7

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

MATTHEW 19:14

Heights History

In 1981, the very first HCS campus, formerly known as Brea-Olinda Friends Christian School was established by HCS founder and veteran educator, Mrs. Betty Kimes along with Pastor Bob Webster, both of whom felt called to bring excellent Christian education to their community. Over the years, this small elementary school has grown into Heights Christian Schools; a thriving system of 14 school programs on 8 campuses, and over 2,000 students, infants through junior high. Our schools are highly regarded in the Christian school community for quality campuses and staff, Bible-based teaching and the promotion of Christian values. Currently, our schools serve the communities in and around Brea, Chino Hills, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, San Juan Capistrano, and Whittier, California.

Board Members/Officers

Mark Medlin

BOARD PRESIDENT/CHAIRMAN

Kristin Lipiz

VICE PRESIDENT

Cara Hagan

BOARD SECRETARY

Gary Fisher

TREASURER

Adam Morris

MEMBER AT LARGE

Brian Wilson

MEMBER AT LARGE

Claud Lamar

PRESIDENT & CEO

Kelly Beckert

VICE PRESIDENT & SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

Staff Members

Abernethy, Becky

Teacher

Adame, Arlene

Teacher

Alfaro, Claudio

Daycare

Allies, Genny

TEACHER

Almazan, Jenny

TEACHER

Alvarez, Leticia

TEACHER

Anaya, Aimee

TEACHER

Anderson, Geri

TEACHER

Apolinar, Jill

TEACHER

Atristain, Wendy

Preschool Director

Aviles, Christopher

TEACHER

Barrera, Rebecca

TEACHER

Barrington, Kimberly

TEACHER

Baxter, Erin

TEACHER

Beckert, Ron

TEACHER

Bicksler, Melody

TEACHER

Bishop, Cynthia

TEACHER

Blanco, Christine

Office Support

Book, Kandace

TEACHER

Booth, Melody

TEACHER

Bowen, Jody

TEACHER

Boynton, Katie

TEACHER

Brewer, Anna

TEACHER

Brown, Deborah

TEACHER

Burtea, Andrea

TEACHER

Buttrey, Rachel

TEACHER

Calabrese, Stephanie

Preschool Director

Caldwell, Justine

Teacher

Campbell, Linda

TEACHER

Carlos, Lisa

Vice Principal

Cervantes, Sylvia

TEACHER

Chacon, Shelley

TEACHER

Cho, Grace

TEACHER

Cisneros, Priscilla

TEACHER

Claes, Paul

Teacher

Claes, Quincy

TEACHER

Clayton, Melissa

Preschool Director

Crockett, Julie

TEACHER

Croyt, Linda

TEACHER

Croyt, Natalie

Resource Program

Cuevas, Irene

TEACHER

Cunningham, Helen

Vice Principal

Czworniak, Molly

Office Support

DeAvila, Irma

Office Support

Delaney, Kari

Teacher

Delgadillo, Jeanette

Teacher

Dinco, Judith

Teacher

Dominguez, Patti

Teacher

Duarte, Vilma

Teacher

Duncan, Rhonda

Teacher

Esslinger, Angela

Senior Preschool Director

Esslinger, Ryan

Support Staff

Esslinger, Taryne

PS Success Coordinator

Estes, Luther

Teacher

Fernandez, Marcella

Office Support

Fikejs, Natalie

Teacher

Flores, Denise

Teacher

Flores, Veronica

Teacher

Florin, Pamela

Teacher

Fowler, Margo

Teacher

Fukubayashi, Colleen

Teacher

Garay, Lauren

Teacher

Garcia, Olivia

Teacher

Genberg, Rachel

Teacher

Giddens, Michelle

Teacher

Gomez, Pati

Teacher

Gonzalez, David

Teacher

Grantham, Brandy

Teacher

Greiner, Denise

TEACHER

Hadden, Tamara

Teacher

Hadib, Siham

Teacher

Hadley, Brittany

Preschool Director

Hendricks, Dawn

Teacher

Hernandez, Stefanie

Teacher

Herrera, Amber

Teacher

Hill, Stephen

Teacher

Hinds, Garnett

TEACHER

Hinojosa, Sandra

Teacher

Hite, Debra

Teacher

Holden, Leia

Teacher

Homann, Jessica

Support Staff

Hopkins, Kelli

Teacher

Houck, Trenton

Teacher

Isen, Melissa

Office Support

Ishii, Vivian

Teacher

Jimenez, Joanne

Daycare, Librarian

Jones, Laura

TEACHER

Joya, Nicole

Teacher

Kimes, Meagan

Office Support

King, Sebastian

TEACHER

Kirk, Alyssa

Teacher

Knudson, Mary

Teacher

Lawson, Karen

Teacher

Long, Marta

Teacher

Long, Randall

Principal

Lorilla, Romela

Teacher

Lupas, Maria

Teacher

Mallipudi, Vicki

Teacher

Marasco, Stacy

Teacher

Marks, Olga

Office Support

Martin, Bea

Office Support

Martinez, Tiffany

Teacher

Mason, Arleen

Teacher

McCleary, Jason

Athletic Director

Meza, Nadine

Teacher

Miller, Kristi

Teacher

Miranda, Maricris

Teacher

Morales, Rosa

Teacher

Morales, Stephanie

Teacher

Moreno, Celina

Teacher

Moreno, Cynthia

Teacher

Moreno, Rieta

Office Support

Moreno, Stephanie

Teacher

Morgan, Yvette

Teacher

Morillo, Patty

Preschool Director

Mura, Karen

Teacher

Navarro, Belen

Teacher

Neal, Rebecca

Principal

Nelson, Kirsten

Teacher

Nicodemus, Nicole

Assistant Administrator

Noteboom, Kolbey

Teacher

Novoa, Elizabeth

Teacher

Ordaz, Phillip

Teacher

Ordaz, Tammy

Teacher

Orozco, Faith

Teacher

Paige, Laura

Office Support

Peelgren, Jim

Teacher

Pewthers, Kate

TEACHER

Pierson, Makenna

Support Staff

Pilcher, Deanna

Teacher

Poindexter, Alisha

Teacher

Quaranta, Terri

Preschool Director

Ramirez, Brianna

Teacher

Ramirez, Liliana

Teacher

Ramos, Leticia

Teacher

Reid, Linda

Teacher

Rivera, Eva

Teacher

Rivera, Nancy

Teacher

Robles, Erica

Teacher

Robles, Katie

Teacher

Rodriguez, Espi

Teacher

Rodriguez, Nancy

Teacher

Rogers, Claire

Support Staff

Rolon, Lorraine

Office Support

Rosas, Michelle

Teacher

Rozzi, Natalie

Teacher

Sakai, Debra

Teacher

Salamanca, Denise

Teacher

Sanchez, Gabriela

Teacher

Sanchez, Noemi

Teacher

Schultz, Dana

TEACHER

Setlock, Loreta

Teacher

Shelton, Teresa

TEACHER

Shin, Nancy

Teacher

Shoden, Alice

Teacher

Silva, Carly

Teacher

Slagle, Rachel

Teacher

Smith, Lynn

Teacher

Smith, Rebecca

Teacher

Sorenson, Kathy

Assistant Administrator

Sowell, Belkys

Teacher

Stovall, Mike

Principal

Stranske, Mary

TEACHER

Strosky, Stephanie

TEACHER

Sundman, Julie

Teacher

Tackman, Sara

Secretary

Taylor, Andrea

Principal

Teran, Josh

Support Staff

Terrill, Suzie

Teacher

Tiffin, Amy

Teacher

Tobin, Pamela

Teacher

Tomasevic, Jennifer

Teacher

Trent, Alicia Lizet

Teacher

Tristan, Cecilia

Teacher

Trujillo, Valery

Teacher

Twist, Judy

Teacher

Uribe, Alejandra

Office Support

Vasquez, Priscilla

Teacher

Vasquez, Rita

Teacher

Villanueva, Kathleen

Teacher

Viveros, Shannon

Teacher

Whittemore, Jodie

Principal

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