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 and San Juan Capistrano, 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

Becky Abernethy

TEACHER

Rebecca Adams

TEACHER

Claudio Alfaro

DAYCARE DIRECTOR

Genny Allies

TEACHER

Jenny Almazan

TEACHER

Leticia Alvarez

TEACHER

Geri Anderson

TEACHER

Jill Apolinar

TEACHER

Katie Aragon

TEACHER

Wendy Atristain

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Emily Baeza

TEACHER

Michelle Baldasare

OFFICE SUPPORT

Kimberly Barrington

TEACHER

Erin Baxter

TEACHER

Ron Beckert

TEACHER

Michael Bement

TEACHER

Melody Bicksler

TEACHER

Cynthia Bishop

TEACHER

Kandace Book

TEACHER

Melody Booth

TEACHER

Jody Bowen

TEACHER

Anna Brewer

TEACHER

Deborah Brown

TEACHER

Sarah Buck

OFFICE MANAGER

Rachel Buttrey

TEACHER

Chanel Cajas

TEACHER

Stephanie Calabrese

SENIOR PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Linda Campbell

RESOURCE PROGRAM

Lisa Carlos

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Monica Carlos

TEACHER

Sylvia Cervantes

TEACHER

Shelley Chacon

TEACHER

Monique Chavez

TEACHER

Chelsie Cho

TEACHER

Grace Cho

TEACHER

Priscilla Cisneros

TEACHER

Paul Claes

TEACHER

Quincy Claes

TEACHER

Elizabeth Clark

TEACHER

Melissa Clayton

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Julie Crockett

TEACHER

Natalie Croyt

RESOURCE PROGRAM

Irene Cuevas

TEACHER

Helen Cunningham

VICE PRINCIPAL

Molly Czworniak

OFFICE SUPPORT

Cheryl Davis

TEACHER

Irma DeAvila

OFFICE SUPPORT

Arlene De Fiesta

TEACHER

Kari Delaney

TEACHER

Jeanette Delgadillo

TEACHER

Judith Dinco

TEACHER

Tara Doan

TEACHER

Vilma Duarte

TEACHER

Rhonda Duncan

TEACHER

Angela Esslinger

EXECUTIVE PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Taryne Esslinger

PRESCHOOL SUCCESS COORDINATOR

Luther Estes

TEACHER

Natalie Fikejs

TEACHER

Lindsay Fisher

TEACHER

Margo Fowler

TEACHER

Alexandria Franco

TEACHER

Colleen Fukubayashi

TEACHER

Lauren Garay

TEACHER

Cecilia Garcia

TEACHER

Michelle Giddens

TEACHER

Chris Gohl

TEACHER

Julia Gomez

TEACHER

Katie Gomez

TEACHER

Pati Gomez

TEACHER

David Gonzalez

TEACHER

Vanessa Granados

TEACHER

Ellen Grant

DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM

Brandy Grantham

TEACHER

Courtney Gutierrez

TEACHER

Tamara Hadden

TEACHER

Siham Hadib

TEACHER

Brittany Hadley

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Dawn Hendricks

TEACHER

Jocelyn Hernandez

TEACHER

Stefanie Hernandez

TEACHER

Garnett Hinds

TEACHER

Debra Hite

TEACHER

Leia Holden

LIBRARIAN

Jessica Homann

SUPPORT STAFF

Kelli Hopkins

TEACHER

Isabella Ingrassia

TEACHER

Melissa Isen

OFFICE SUPPORT

Vivian Ishii

TEACHER

Joanne Jimenez

DAYCARE, LIBRARIAN

Laura Jones

TEACHER

Gumin Jung

DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING

Misun Kim

TEACHER

Ruth Kim

TEACHER

Meagan Kimes

OFFICE SUPPORT

Sebastian King

TEACHER

Mary Knudson

TEACHER

April Kok

TEACHER

Kristen Kumpf

TEACHER

Carol Lares

TEACHER

Karen Lawson

TEACHER

Brittany Lee

DAYCARE DIRECTOR

Michael Lewis

TEACHER

Randall Long

PRINCIPAL

Katie Lopez

TEACHER

Romela Lorilla

TEACHER

Maria Lupas

TEACHER

Victoria Maddox

TEACHER

Vicki Mallipudi

TEACHER

Stacy Marasco

TEACHER

Olga Marks

OFFICE SUPPORT

Bea Martin

OFFICE SUPPORT

Tiffany Martinez

TEACHER

Arleen Mason

TEACHER

Jason McCleary

VICE PRINCIPAL

Nadine Meza

TEACHER

Kristi Miller

TEACHER

Maricris Miranda

TEACHER

Rieta Moreno

OFFICE SUPPORT

Stephanie Moreno

TEACHER

Yvette Morgan

TEACHER

Patty Morillo

SENIOR PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Karen Mura

TEACHER

Belen Navarro

OFFICE SUPPORT

Rebecca Neal

PRINCIPAL

Kirsten Nelson

TEACHER

Nicole Nicodemus

ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR

Joy Nolte

RESOURCE PROGRAM

Phillip Ordaz

TEACHER

Tammy Ordaz

TEACHER

Laura Paige

OFFICE SUPPORT

Jim Peelgren

TEACHER

Deanna Pilcher

TEACHER

Paula Poulis

THEATRICAL ARTS

Terri Quaranta

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Celina Quintana

TEACHER

Liliana Ramirez

TEACHER

Leticia Ramos

TEACHER

Suzanne Rehnborg

TEACHER

Linda Reid

TEACHER

Eva Rivera

TEACHER

Jocelynne Rivera

TEACHER

Nancy Rivera

TEACHER

Erica Robles

TEACHER

Katie Robles

TEACHER

Espi Rodriguez

TEACHER

Nancy Rodriguez

TEACHER

Claire Rogers

TEACHER

Maggie Rojo

TEACHER

Lorraine Rolon

OFFICE SUPPORT

Michelle Rosas

TEACHER

Natalie Rozzi

TEACHER

Debra Sakai

TEACHER

Denise Salamanca

TEACHER

Gabriela Sanchez

TEACHER

Noemi Sanchez

TEACHER

Dana Schultz

TEACHER

Nicole Seymour

TEACHER

Teresa Shelton

TEACHER

Richard Shiosaka

COACH

Alice Shoden

TEACHER

Carly Silva

TEACHER

Rachel Slagle

TEACHER

Rebecca Smith

TEACHER

Kathy Sorenson

ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR

Belkys Sowell

TEACHER

Michael Stovall

VICE PRINCIPAL

Julie Sundman

TEACHER

Sara Tackman

OFFICE SUPPORT

Andrea Taylor

PRINCIPAL

Pamela Tobin

TEACHER

Jennifer Tomasevic

TEACHER

Alicia Trent

TEACHER

Judy Twist

TEACHER

Alejandra Uribe

OFFICE SUPPORT

Rita Vasquez

TEACHER

Yesenia Vasquez

TEACHER

Stacy Vazquez

TEACHER

Kathleen Villanueva

TEACHER

Susan Villanueva

TEACHER

Shannon Viveros

TEACHER

Jennifer Wagg

TEACHER

David Wallace

COACH

Amanda Walters

TEACHER

Susan Ward

TEACHER

Lori Way

TEACHER

Michele Weber

TEACHER

Elizabeth Weber

TEACHER

Jodie Whittemore

PRINCIPAL

Maria Williams

TEACHER

Jennifer Winford

TEACHER

Kathy Winger

RESOURCE PROGRAM

Robert Winger

TEACHER

Kristen Wooley

TEACHER

Lidia Wright

OFFICE SUPPORT

Melissa Zulueta

TEACHER

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