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Proudly Introducing Our New CVCS Faculty

CVCS has experienced growth in enrollment and space, and that means hiring more outstanding faculty to join our team.  Each of these new teachers brings a deep personal faith in Jesus Christ, an impressive array of experience and skills, and an authentic and relational approach for which our school is known. We are blessed to have them join us, and we can’t wait for you to meet them. 

HIGH SCHOOL
Mr. Michael Finley
High School Entrepreneurial Leadership Director/ Business Teacher

Mr. Finley earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, where he also played lacrosse and ice hockey for the Mustangs. His career in finance and consulting included positions at Deloitte, CBRE, and several private equity firms, where he specialized in market analytics and modeling asset pricing strategies for acquisition teams.  

Mr. Finley first discovered his passion for teaching and mentoring young people as a lacrosse coach.  He has spent the past 15 years on the sidelines leading high school programs in Texas and California.

In the midst of dramatic changes in the global economy and education, Mr. Finley felt called to enter the teaching profession full time.  After obtaining a Master's Degree in Education at Concordia University, Irvine, he developed and led the business academy at Orange Lutheran High School.  He feels strongly that every student should be introduced to the foundations of business and entrepreneurship while still in high school within the context of God’s unique plan for each of our lives and those we work alongside.

Mr. Finley and his wife, Katie, have four children, Sydni, Sophie, Harper, and Pierce.  The Finley family currently reside in Yorba Linda and are all active members of Friends Christian Church.
 
Dr. Heidi Zameni
High School English Teacher

Dr. Heidi Zameni attended California State University Fullerton and received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English. She successfully defended her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, where she studied American and British Literature. 

Dr. Zameni previously worked at CVCS as the Director of International Students/ELD and began and directed that program from inception. She also served on the school board as a trustee for many years. She taught high school at CVCS for two years before moving on to higher education—a field that she has worked in for years. She has recently taught English at U.C. Irvine, Vanguard University, Saddleback College, and California Baptist University. 
 
She is excited to return to high school with a desire to prepare students for the college years and encourage them to achieve their goals. She believes that faith is an integral part of learning. Being able to discuss spiritual concepts and apply those to situations students face during high school is something that she values. In her curriculum, she incorporates a Christian worldview and challenges her students to think likewise. 
 
Mr. Gradeigh Sanchez
High School Math Teacher

Mr. Sanchez earned his Bachelor of Science in Management Science from UC San Diego and his Masters of Education in Inspired Teaching and Learning from National University. 

He grew up in Mission Viejo and attended Capistrano Valley High School. He earned an athletic scholarship to play baseball at UC San Diego where he earned All-West Region and CCAA recognition for his on-the-field play.

Mr. Sanchez began a career in management before following his call to education. He has worked as a teacher and athletic trainer at Keystone Academy for the past two years and coached freshman and junior varsity high school baseball at Brea Olinda.

Mr. Sanchez was baptized in the faith as a teenager and through teaching and coaching, his faith has strengthened over the last decade. He lives with his wife, Lindsay, and young daughter, Mila. They enjoy cooking, going to local parks and spending time with friends and family.
 
Mr. Joseph Jasper
High School Educational Technology Teacher

Mr. Jasper earned his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and History with a minor in Theology at Dordt College. He recently finished his Master of Education in Teacher Leadership through Dordt University. He will also be pursuing his Master of Arts in School Leadership through Baylor University beginning this summer.

Mr. Jasper has been a teacher and school leader for the last six years at Whittier Christian High School. In that time, he has taught Bible, history, computer science, and entrepreneurship. He also founded, led, and developed the school’s Business Academy, E-Sports Team, and Robotics Team. Last year, he became the school’s Director of Technology and Academic Support. He primarily assisted teachers and students with their technology needs while helping school administration with larger projects aimed at the growth and improvement of the organization. In this role, he was a central figure in advancing the school’s visions and programs through various proposals, research, and other initiatives.

In his free time, Mr. Jasper enjoys game nights with family and friends from church, making homemade pizzas, watching Star Wars and the Dodgers, and trying to catch up on his endless backlog of books and video games.
 
Ms. Maddy Kronenberg
High School Social Studies Teacher, Community Service Coordinator

Ms. Kronenberg earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Biblical Studies from Lee University. After a career as a nonprofit communicator at an anti-human trafficking foundation, she decided to reignite her dream to teach, leading her to pursue a Master of Arts in Education at the Alder Graduate School of Education. She is thrilled to see that dream now realized as she steps into the role of social studies teacher and service coordinator at CVCS. As a teacher, she desires to empower students to step into the fullness of who God has made them to be. As the service coordinator, she hopes that students will grasp God’s heart for benevolence and be part of the great work done in our community and across the globe.

Seven years ago, Ms. Kronenberg was hit by a motorbike backpacking through Vietnam. The sweet German man who came to her rescue would end up becoming her husband. Together they enjoy hiking, camping, and checking items off their ever-evolving bucket list. They are both excited to be putting down roots in San Juan Capistrano, just eight miles from where they got married. 
 
Mr. Zachary Gipson
High School Social Studies Teacher

Mr. Zachary Gipson is a native of the Kansas City metropolitan area. He grew up in a family that championed the importance of education and was blessed to attend outstanding schools. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS; a Master of Divinity with a specialization in Worship Ministries from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; and completed coursework for his California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science through California Baptist University. Currently, Mr. Gipson is completing a Master of Arts in History at Fort Hays State University by researching his thesis project. 

Since 2015, Mr. Gipson has worked in Christian schools throughout Southern California, teaching students in grades 7 through 12 and instructing courses in the US, World, and AP European History, American Government, Economics, Bible, and music. He has enhanced the education students receive by planning and leading student travel experiences, retreats and field trips. Mr. Gipson has also coached high school debate and student worship teams. Before entering the educational profession, he served as an associate pastor of worship and youth, as a missionary to South America and performed extensively as a musician. 

Mr. Gipson and his wife Maddy enjoy spending time gardening, hiking in the mountains, going to the beach, traveling, hosting and cooking for friends and family, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Royals. He is an avid reader and enjoys smoking meats, especially in the tradition of his hometown, Kansas City.
 
Mr. Sergio Montes De Oca
High School English Teacher

Sergio Montes De Oca graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Sociology. The focus of his coursework was in rhetoric, argumentation, and debate. After graduation, he earned his teaching credential in English and taught in the Florida public school system before moving to California in the fall of 2017.

Having a strong passion for discipleship, Mr. Montes serves in the high school and young adult ministries at his church and has been on over 15 mission trips. His hope is to see his students be secure in their identity and grow deeply in their relationship with Christ. He believes that his objective as an educator is to not only teach content material but to also build character in the lives of his students. One of his favorite quotes concerning education hails from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education."

Mr. Montes was born and raised in South Florida and enjoys hiking, slacklining, and going to the beach. In addition to enjoying our beautiful California weather, he also writes and performs spoken word poetry. He is very excited to be joining the CVCS community!
 
JUNIOR HIGH  SCHOOL
Ms. Mackenzie Brandt
Junior High Math Teacher,  Junior High and High School Yearbook Teacher

Ms. Brandt earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Multidisciplinary, Secondary Education, with a concentration in mathematics, and received her single subject math credential from Biola University. Her passion for junior high began in high school when she followed the Lord’s calling to step into junior high ministry. She leaned into His call by serving for two summers at Hume Lake Christian Camp, which quickly became her second home.

Ms. Brandt loves serving and supporting students in and outside the classroom, and she has a passion for raising students to become confident in their math abilities. She believes that education is a means by which we glorify and honor God with our minds. Along with junior high students and math, Mackenzie also has a passion for creating. You will almost always find her creating new designs and hand-lettering in her free time. She is overwhelmed by God’s faithfulness, and her prayer and hope is that every student feels at home the moment they step foot in her class. 
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Ms. Katelynn Baird
Elementary Art Teacher

Ms. Katelynn Baird will be joining our team in the brand new position of Elementary Art Teacher. Ms. Baird graduated from Biola University with her Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies with a minor in Studio Art. Alongside her education, Ms. Baird has also taught classical realism at a local art studio. As an enthusiastic CVCS alumna, she is equipped with a personal understanding of the culture at CVCS. Ms. Baird is passionate about the love the Lord has for children and utilizing art to help them worship God as the good Creator who has made us all in His worthy image. 

Ms. Baird loves to serve the Lord each Sunday as the Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry at Union Church in San Clemente. You can find her reading at the beach, cooking, or working on some artistic endeavor in her free time.  She is humbled to be the new art teacher and cannot wait to meet the wonderful CVCS elementary students! 
 
Mrs. Jenna Box
Sixth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Jenna Box will be joining our elementary teaching staff in the sixth grade. She attended Grand Canyon University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts and credentials in both Elementary Education and Special Education. Mrs. Box has spent the last year as a long-term substitute in the CVCS junior high school where she has become dearly loved by our students and staff.

Mrs. Box is excited and eager to help students grow in their education and be a helping hand on their personal journey with Christ. 
 
Mrs. Brittany Bik
Fourth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Bik grew up in the Central Valley and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design nbsp;at Fresno State University. She went on to earn a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at CalStateTEACH, followed by two years of teaching fourth grade in Clovis Unified School District. 

She is thrilled to have the opportunity to pour into the next generation of scholars and help them grow into who God has created them to be. Mrs. Bik is excited to be moving to Orange County this summer with her new husband.
 
 
Ms. Jessica Kenaston
Third Grade Teacher

Ms. Kenaston is an alumna of CVCS and attended Biola University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and continued to complete a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Ms. Kenaston has served at CVCS as a long-term substitute teacher for the second-grade class and is excited to be teaching in the third grade.

She is passionate about watching students grow in their academic confidence and in their understanding of who God has created them to be. In her free time, she loves going to the beach and being outdoors.
 
Mrs. Brooke Voigt
First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Voigt earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Colorado State University with a multiple subject teaching credential. She is currently working on a Master of Science in Reading and Literacy at Cal State University, Fullerton. 

Mrs. Voigt is filled with the joy of the Lord and strives to create meaningful relationships with her students, making sure they know how special and loved they are. She has a passion for reading and is thrilled to teach her students how much their heavenly Father cares for them.   She got married to her high school sweetheart, and they decided to start their new life together back in their hometown of San Clemente. Mrs. Voigt is over the moon to be joining the CVCS family!
 
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