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 12 school programs on 7 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

BOARD VICE PRESIDENT

Cara Hagan

BOARD SECRETARY

Gary Fisher

TREASURER

Marianne Abiaad

MEMBER AT LARGE

Brian Wilson

MEMBER AT LARGE

Claud Lamar

PRESIDENT & CEO

Kelly Beckert

SR. VICE PRESIDENT & SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

Staff Members

Becky Abernethy

TEACHER

Claire Adamo

TEACHER

Genny Allies

TEACHER

Jenny Almazan

TEACHER

Geri Anderson

TEACHER

Madison Apolinar

TEACHER

Katie Aragon

TEACHER

Monica Argueta

TEACHER

Aleksis Atristain

TEACHER

Wendy Atristain

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Emily Baeza

TEACHER

Erin Baxter

TEACHER

Ron Beckert

TEACHER

Amanda Belanger-Nelson

TEACHER

Juana Beltran

TEACHER

Michael Bement

TEACHER

Kaylin Bethencourt

TEACHER

Melody Bicksler

TEACHER

Cynthia Bishop

TEACHER

Christine Blanco

OFFICE SUPPORT

Kandace Book

TEACHER

Melody Booth

TEACHER

Jody Bowen

TEACHER

Anna Brewer

TEACHER

Deborah Brown

TEACHER

Stephanie Calabrese

SENIOR PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Isabella Calderon

TEACHER

Linda Campbell

RESOURCE PROGRAM

Lisa Carlos

PRINCIPAL

Ammi Carranza

TEACHER

Isabel Carter

DAYCARE

Sylvia Cervantes

TEACHER

Shelley Chacon

TEACHER

Kathryn Chambers

TEACHER

Monique Chavez

TEACHER

Grace Cho

TEACHER

Paul Claes

TEACHER

Jon Costley

MARKETING SPECIALIST

Julie Crockett

TEACHER

Carrie Cross

EXECUTIVE ADMNISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Natalie Croyt

DAYCARE

Helen Cunningham

VICE PRINCIPAL

Molly Czworniak

OFFICE SUPPORT

Arlene De Fiesta

TEACHER

Irma Deavila

OFFICE SUPPORT

Jeanette Delgadillo

TEACHER

Vilma Duarte

TEACHER

Rhonda Duncan

TEACHER

Angela Esslinger

EXECUTIVE PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Taryne Esslinger

PRESCHOOL SUCCESS COORDINATOR

Vanessa Esslinger

OFFICE SUPPORT

Luther Estes

TEACHER

Marcella Fernandez

TUITION SPECIALIST

Natalie Fikejs

TEACHER

Cecilia Garcia

TEACHER

Katya Garcia

TEACHER

Michelle Giddens

TEACHER

Shaun Glenn

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Chris Gohl

OPERATIONS SPECIALIST

Kaitlyn Gohl

TEACHER

Kathryn Gomez

TEACHER

Patricia Gomez

TEACHER

David Gonzalez

TEACHER

Tamara Hadden

TEACHER

Kristen Hayaski

TEACHER

Dawn Hendricks

TEACHER

Stefanie Hernandez

TEACHER

Kimberly Hessemer

TEACHER

Debra Hite

TEACHER

Leia Holden

LIBRARIAN

Jon Holmes

CAMPUS ASSISTANT

Jessica Homann

TEACHER

Kelli Hopkins

TEACHER

Melissa Isen

OFFICE SUPPORT

Vivian Ishii

TEACHER

Jeffrey Jepsen

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Joanne Jimenez

DAYCARE, LIBRARIAN

Laura Jones

TEACHER

Gumin Jung

DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING

Jane Kim

TEACHER

Meagan Kimes

OFFICE SUPPORT

Mary Knudson

TEACHER

Brittany Lee

DAYCARE DIRECTOR

Jessica Lee

TEACHER

Derek Litz

CAMPUS ASSISTANT

Holly Lombardo

VICE PRESIDENT & HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

Randall Long

PRINCIPAL

Maria Lupas

TEACHER

Vicki Mallipudi

TEACHER

Olga Marks

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Tiffany Martinez

TEACHER

Jennifer Martinez Cruz

TEACHER

Arleen Mason

TEACHER

Jason McCleary

VICE PRINCIPAL

Susana Mendez

TEACHER

Nadine Meza

TEACHER

Kristi Miller

TEACHER

Maricris Miranda

TEACHER

Christine Monafu

TEACHER

Karen Mura

PRINCIPAL

Annelecia Murray

OFFICE SUPPORT

Belen Navarro

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Kirsten Nelson

TEACHER

Nicole Nicodemus

ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR

Joy Nolte

TEACHER

Lydia Nolte

TEACHER

Phillip Ordaz

TEACHER

Tamara Ordaz

TEACHER

Kayla Pae

TEACHER

Laura Paige

OFFICE SUPPORT

Jee Hyun Park

TEACHER

James Peelgren

TEACHER

Gregoria Pena

TEACHER

Edna Peterson

TEACHER

Deanna Pilcher

OFFICE SUPPORT

Alexandra Pivin

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Paula Poulis

THEATRICAL ARTS

Terrilin Quaranta

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Celina Quintana

TEACHER

Liliana Ramirez

TEACHER

Suzanne Rehnborg

TEACHER

Carissa Reid

TEACHER

Linda Reid

TEACHER

Sarah Rha

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Jocelynne Rivera

TEACHER

Erica Robles

TEACHER

Katherine Robles

TEACHER

Maria Rodriguez

TEACHER

Lorraine Rolon

OFFICE SUPPORT

Natalie Rozzi

TEACHER

Denise Salamanca

TEACHER

Ashley Sanchez

TEACHER

Gabriela Sanchez

TEACHER

Noemi Sanchez

TEACHER

Dana Schultz

TEACHER

Robert Serl

CAMUS ASSISTANT

Nicole Seymour

TEACHER

Teresa Shelton

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY ADMINISTRATOR

Alice Shoden

TEACHER

Michelle Silva

TEACHER

Rebecca Smith

OFFICE SUPPORT

Belkys Sowell

TEACHER

Michael Stovall

PRINCIPAL

Julie Sundman

TEACHER

Sara Tackman

OFFICE SUPPORT

Andrea Taylor

PRINCIPAL

Heather Tietz

TEACHER

Pamela Tobin

TEACHER

Jennifer Tomasevic

TEACHER

Andrea Torres

TEACHER

Alicia Trent

TEACHER

Judy Twist

TEACHER

Alejandra Uribe

OFFICE SUPPORT

Rita Vasquez

TEACHER

Yesenia Vasquez

TEACHER

Stacy Vazquez

TEACHER

Alyssa Villa

TEACHER

Kathleen Villanueva

TEACHER

Sarah Villanueva

DAYCARE

Susan Villanueva

TEACHER

David Wallace

COACH

Amanda Walters

TEACHER

Susan Ward

TEACHER

Lori Way

TEACHER

Debra White

TEACHER

Jodie Whittemore

DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM

Esther Williams

TEACHER

Marisela Williams

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Jennifer Winford

TEACHER

Robert Winger

TEACHER

Kristin Wooley

TEACHER

Lidia Wright

OFFICE SUPPORT

Melissa Zulueta

TEACHER

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