Living Curriculum


Our teachers see healthy relationships with students as foundational to having meaningful influence. They believe in creating a nurturing environment, a place where every student has the opportunity to flourish-- a place where they can appropriately encounter big ideas and challenging topics with thoughtfulness and virtue. They work with parents as partners. They motivate students to reach unwavering high standards. They understand that biblical integration and academic excellence are inseparable and they continue to learn themselves. They see teaching as a high calling and are animated by the promise of Christian Classicism. When it is all said and done, Living Curriculum Teachers are people who inspire students to excellence and delight in knowing their students as well as they know their subjects.

Our Team

Administration

Mrs. Jean Chung Kim

Mrs. Jean Chung Kim


Founder & Head of School

Jean Chung Kim has been an educator for more than 20 years, first as a high school history/humanities teacher, then as an educational policy analyst at a Washington DC think-tank, and then as the owner of a successful after school-tutoring center. She holds a BA in History from Yale University where she completed her teacher preparation as well. She and her husband, Scott, have three children.

Mr. Russ Kapusinski

Mr. Russ Kapusinski


Assistant Head of School, Upper School Principal & Dean of Students

Mr, Kapusinski is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) and for the past 28 years has served in several leadership posts in vocational ministry ranging from churches, parachurch ministries, and Christian schools. He holds a B.A. in Speech Communications from North Park University in Chicago and an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary. He has over 10 years of teaching experience in both Classical and Christian Schools and is excited about returning to the classroom part-time this year. Mr. Kapusinski is excited about the mission of The Cambridge School and the opportunity to shape young lives for service in Christ’s Kingdom to a lost and broken world. He is married to Diane and they have three children, Joshua (16), Caleb (14), and Kate (8).

Mrs. Jenni Helj

Mrs. Jenni Helj


Grammar School Principal

Mrs. Jenni Helj graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BA in Liberal Studies/Speech Communication and holds a MA in Educational Administration from Concordia University, Irvine. Mrs. Helj taught elementary grades for 5 years and was the Head of School for 4 years, at another classical Christian school. She also spent over a decade on the mission field in Romania, where she met and married her husband, Adi. They have two children; a daughter in her junior year of college, and a son who is a junior at The Cambridge School. Mrs. Helj is looking forward to her sixth year at The Cambridge School, where she has the privilege of working with students, teachers and parents to further the mission of the school in the lives of the Grammar School students.

Grammar School Faculty

Mrs. Aimy Ferdyn

Mrs. Aimy Ferdyn


Kindergarten Prep Lead

Mrs. Aimy Ferdyn was born and raised in San Diego, CA. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, she obtained her Master of Education and Teaching Credential from National University. Mrs. Ferdyn has worked as a Kindergarten Teaching Assistant at a local private school. She is delighted to teach K-Prep again at The Cambridge School this year, and feels blessed to be a part of the Early Childhood Education Team in setting the foundation of learning. She looks forward to leading and guiding the K-Prep students in their discovery of God’s creation. Mrs. Ferdyn loves baking, reading, travelling, and spending time with her family, including 3 cats and a dog.

Mrs. Stephanie Chung

Mrs. Stephanie Chung


Kindergarten Lead

Mrs. Stephanie Chung received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, CA Clear Teaching Credential, and Master of Education degree from the University of California, San Diego. This will be her fifth year at The Cambridge School, and is returning to the position of Kindergarten Lead Teacher, after teaching first grade for a year. She is excited for this opportunity to come alongside the faculty and parents of Cambridge to support her students in their development of heart, soul, and mind and to provide them with opportunities to practice loving and serving God and each other. Stephanie is also recently married to her husband, Sam. Together, they enjoy going to the beach, eating, and serving at their church.

Ms. Anna Smith

Ms. Anna Smith


Kindergarten Lead

Ms. Anna Smith, born and raised in San Diego, is excited to be returning to Cambridge for a third year to become a Kindergarten lead teacher after two years of serving as an aide in both Kindergarten and first grade. She graduated from The Master’s College in LA with a BA in Biblical Studies and is presently completing her master’s degree in Theological Studies online through Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Miss Smith has enjoyed working with children her entire life and is currently in charge of the children’s ministry at her church. Thankful for her own education in the Christian classical tradition, she is thrilled to impart the same blessing and privilege to the Kindergarten class of 2017/2018! In her free time, she enjoys serving in the church, playing and coaching sports, spending time with family and friends, listening to music, and reading in coffee shops.

Mrs. Haidee Thesing

Mrs. Haidee Thesing


1st Grade Lead

Mrs. Haidee Thesing is a California Clear, multiple subject credentialed teacher with a BA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in Education from San Jose State University. She taught with the Menlo Park City School District for 5 years where she was a Master Teacher. Mrs. Thesing then home schooled her own children and led a multi-grade home school co-op. After moving back to her native San Diego twelve years ago, with her husband and four children, she has been a classroom volunteer, substitute teacher and assistant teacher at a local private school. Mrs. Thesing is thrilled to begin her fourth year teaching first grade at The Cambridge School. Some of Mrs. Thesing’s other interests include gardening, history and literature, but she is most passionate about training the next generation to love God with all their “heart, soul, mind and strength.”

Mrs. Marilu Huston

Mrs. Marilu Huston


2nd Grade Lead

Mrs. Marilu Huston is thrilled to serve her seventh year at The Cambridge School. Before her time here, she had spent two years teaching for the San Jose Unified School District and has tutored students speaking English as a second language from college and beyond. Mrs. Huston graduated from San Diego State University, where she completed the Liberal Studies Blended Teacher Program with Distinction and received her California Teaching Credential. It is her joy and privilege to serve the second grade class for the sixth time. Mrs. Huston feels incredibly blessed to teach alongside colleagues who are equally as passionate about educating young minds as they are about prayerfully forming their hearts to be virtuous scholars who love the Lord and delight in His works.

Ms. Esther Berends

Ms.
Esther Berends


2nd Grade Lead

Ms. Esther Berends is excited to be a part of the Cambridge community this upcoming year as a Second Grade Lead. She has a B.A in Liberal Arts and Culture from New Saint Andrews College and a M.A in Teaching from Liberty University. While pursuing her masters, she has worked at The Cambridge School for the past two years as a teacher’s aide in the second grade, a tutor, and a 5th-7th grade volleyball coach. She is thankful to have the opportunity to work in an environment that is focused on shaping students of both virtue and academic excellence.

Mrs. Kelly Rickards

Mrs. Kelly Rickards


3rd Grade Lead

Mrs. Kelly Rickards is thrilled to be teaching another year at The Cambridge School, and particularly excited to be teaching 3rd grade for her third year. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and music from Hillsdale College, where she also completed the secondary education program offered there. Before coming to The Cambridge School in the spring semester of 2015, she taught 5th grade at a classical school in Dallas, Texas and middle school English and history at a private Christian school in the San Diego area. Mrs. Rickards and her husband, Brian, have a 1-year old baby girl, Reagan. When Mrs. Rickards is not teaching, she loves spending time with family, watching as Reagan grows and changes from day-to-day, and exploring the beautiful San Diego area through hiking, camping, and long trail-runs with her dog, Lillie. She desires to foster a love of learning and a passion to know Christ in her Cambridge students and is blessed to be surrounded by a community that shares this vision.

Mrs. Hana Rodgers

Mrs. Hana Rodgers


3rd Grade Lead

Mrs. Hana Rodgers has a master’s degree from the Czech Republic in English, Social Sciences and Education. After student teaching, she taught high school (English and Composition), helped with creating grammar curriculum for summer English camps and was a K-8th grade tutor for 6 years. She also volunteered in a 5th grade public school classroom after moving to the US and has more than 10 years of children’s ministry experience, including children’s outreach in National City. She loves sharing her love for God with her students and is thankful for the opportunity to pursue the mission, vision and values of the school. Her excitement for the richness of the 3rd grade curriculum began five years ago and has only deepened with time.

Mrs. Paula Jones

Mrs. Paula Jones


4th Grade Lead

Mrs. Paula Jones taught fourth grade for eight years at Logos School, Moscow, Idaho, one of the early classical and Christian schools in the modern movement, as well as serving there as Director of International Students. This will be Mrs. Jones’s third year teaching 4th grade at The Cambridge School. Mrs. Jones graduated from the University of California, Irvine (BA, Social Science), and has lectured at the annual convention of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools. She and her husband, Doug, have five children. Their youngest son, Gabe is a rising 9th grader at The Cambridge School. She has lived in Idaho and the United Arab Emirates but is thankful to be back in beautiful San Diego where she grew up.

Mrs. Dara Van Loo

Mrs. Dara Van Loo


4th Grade Lead, 1st-3rd Grade Latin

Mrs. Dara Van Loo: is thrilled to return to Cambridge for her 3rd year of teaching. She has a B.A. in Music and Classical Studies from Hillsdale College. The world of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation fascinates her, and she enjoys sharing more about these time periods in the history of Western Civilization with her 4th graders. Her favorite subjects to teach are History, Literature, Latin, and Bible. She especially loves teaching the connections between disciplines, and the integration that a classical education emphasizes. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Ryan, who is an officer in the Navy, dead languages, murder mystery and science fiction tv shows, reading mythology and British literature, theological books and conversations, and traveling.

Ms. Ashley Hur

Ms. Ashley Hur


5th Grade Lead

Ms. Ashley Hur was born and raised in sunny Southern California. She studied at the University of California, San Diego for three years and earned a BA in Literature with an emphasis in writing. Ms. Hur is excited to join the Cambridge School as a 5th grade teacher after being immersed in the Cambridge culture as a Classroom Aide for the past year. This year, she will begin a CA Teaching Credential program at National University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, exploring new coffee shops, and spending time with her friends and family. She is looking forward to sharing her love of God and learning with her students and fellow teachers.

Mrs. Suzanne Kataoka

Mrs. Suzanne Kataoka


5th Grade Lead

Mrs. Suzanne Kataoka is originally from Los Angeles.  She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Psychology degree and minor in Spanish.  She earned her Master of Arts degree in Reading at California State University, Fullerton.  She has 16 years of teaching experience in the public, private, and homeschools.  She taught in Orange County for 9 years prior to moving with her family to Colorado.  Upon moving to the Mile High state, she stayed home to raise and homeschool her children, while teaching at a Classical Christian Home School.  It was there that she first experienced truth, beauty and goodness lived out in an educational community.  She was invigorated to see her students flourish when learning classically with a Biblical worldview.  She was most impressed with how history points to God’s greater story of redemption. She hopes to inspire her students to see God’s love in the unfolding of HIStory.  Her favorite pastimes include traveling, enjoying the outdoors, great conversation at coffee shops, and spending time with family and friends.  She and her husband Ryan are looking forward to returning to their Southern California roots with their two daughters.

Mrs. Hannah Conner

Mrs. Hannah Conner


6th Grade Lead

Mrs. Hannah Conner earned her BA in Art and Visual Technology with a concentration in Painting from George Mason University, working at the Pentagon during the summer months. She passed nine years in Turkey where her family lived with the purpose of witnessing for Christ. Mrs. Conner worked at a classical charter school in Phoenix for five years teaching visual art, literature, history, science, and fine arts before she married her naval husband, Jordan. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with students in the pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness at The Cambridge School!

Mrs. Kelsie Howze

Mrs. Kelsie Howze


6th Grade Lead

Mrs. Kelsie Howze is originally from San Diego, California and a graduate from the University of California, San Diego. Upon earning her degree in Linguistics, Mrs. Howze traveled to India for an internship working with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) where she developed curriculum for underprivileged children and worked on character building and deepening faith understanding with children in an orphanage. After 5 months, she returned to San Diego where she pursued and earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at San Diego State University. She has always loved teaching and feels God calling her to challenge students to think critically and engage with various texts including fictional literature, classics, historical and other non-fiction texts, especially God’s word. Her goal in teaching is to encourage students to be excited about digging deep into all their studies, connecting and applying it to their lives, and being able to carry those skills into their futures. In her free time she loves reading, leading Young Life, studying the Bible, traveling, hiking, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.

Mrs. Colleen Dong


Kindergarten Coach, KPrep – 1st Grade Team Lead

Mrs. Colleen Dong has been at The Cambridge School for the past six years and has spent each year in the Kindergarten classroom. Colleen was born and raised in San Diego and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Azusa Pacific University. During her time there, she was given the opportunity to study abroad at The University of Oxford where she found a renewed appetite for learning and education. This year, Colleen will be finishing an M.A. in Rhetoric and Writing Studies at San Diego State University, having already received the Advanced Certificate in Teaching Writing which she was able to put to practice last year teaching 7th and 8th grade Speech and Debate. Colleen is passionate about classical Christian education and feels blessed to be a part of the intentional and special community that surrounds The Cambridge School. She is thrilled to be serving the school again this year.

Mrs. Cynthia Leakey

Mrs. Cynthia Leakey


Math 5th-6th Grades

Mrs. Cynthia Leakey, who earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Biola University, and her teaching credential from California State University, Fresno, looks forward to her 5th year teaching math at Cambridge. She loves to lead her students in the wonder and joy of math as they discover connections and patterns between known and new concepts, see God’s artistry and beauty in the structures of math on which our world rests, and persevere to find the satisfaction of hard problems well-solved. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys reading, walking on the beach, hiking in the mountains, and just about anything that involves fresh air and sunshine.

Mrs. Melissa Mayne

Mrs. Melissa Mayne


Science 5th-6th Grades 

Mrs.  Melissa Mayne has a dual Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry and teaching credential from Point Loma Nazarene University. She has been teaching students from grades 3 to 12 to love and explore science in San Diego schools for over 10 years.  She appreciates that Cambridge students are being uniquely formed to embrace, enjoy, and succeed in mastering science concepts using classical methods.  In addition to teaching grammar school students in grades 5-6, she is greatly looking forward to teaching upper school science classes this year.  Mrs. Mayne enjoys long hikes in the mountains and on the beach with her husband and two children.  She finds it to be the best place to worship and enjoy God’s goodness!

Mrs. Monica Perumal

Mrs. Monica Perumal


Math 4th Grade

Mrs. Perumal is excited to begin her fourth year at The Cambridge School. A graduate of UC Irvine with a degree in Biological Sciences, she homeschooled for 15 years, using Singapore Math for ten years. During that time she mentored homeschool moms and taught math, science, and classical language arts classes. At Cambridge she found a kindred passion for Christian discipleship, excellent classical education, and robust community. She looks forward to continuing to grow Cambridge’s outstanding math program. Mrs. Perumal has lived in San Diego with her husband Alexis for 28 years. Her son Theo will be in 10th grade at The Cambridge School. 

Mr. Donny McNair

Mr. Donny McNair


Latin 4th-6th Grades

Mr. Donny McNair is thrilled to be joining the Cambridge team this coming school year. He graduated from New Saint Andrew’s College with his BA in Liberal Arts and Culture, and currently still attends through a correspondence program, pursuing his MA in Classical Christian Studies. Mr. McNair began teaching in 2014 at St. Abraham’s Classical Christian Academy in Aptos, California where he remained for three years. He started primarily as a Latin teacher and has taught Latin from 4th grade through 10th grade. His other areas of experience include teaching Roman literature and History, Medieval literature and history, and developing his school’s first Rhetoric curriculum. Mr. McNair is happy to be sharing his knowledge and love of the Latin language with the students of Cambridge, and looks forward to learning all he can from the fellow faculty. Outside of school, Mr. McNair enjoys spending time with his fiancé, Ms. Jo, mountain biking, surfing, playing volleyball, and eating.

Mrs. Robin Segarra

Mrs. Robin Segarra


K-Prep – 1st Grade Music and After-School Grammar School Choir 

Mrs. Segarra joined the Cambridge School teaching team in 2012. She earned her undergraduate degree in music from Chapman University, with an emphasis in choral conducting and voice, and an MBA from Pepperdine University and has completed training and certification in the Orff method of music education. Mrs. Segarra taught Kindergarten Prep, 3rd grade, and 4th grade at a private Christian school. Additionally, she has served for many years in church music ministry in various capacities – as director of music ministry; director for children, youth, and adult choirs; and soloist. She has been active in a number of music associations, as co-president of San Diego Choristers Guild for a number of years and currently as an active member of the San Diego American Orff Schulwerk Association. Mrs. Segarra and her husband have lived in the San Diego area for over twenty years, and they have three adult children.

Mrs. Krista Hahn

Mrs. Krista Hahn


Student Academic Services Director

Mrs. Krista Hahn is a Licensed Educational Psychologist with nearly 20 years of experience as a school psychologist in the San Diego area. Mrs. Hahn has worked in both the private and public settings as an educational psychologist and holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage, Family, Child Therapy from Pepperdine University. Mrs. Hahn also holds a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from National University. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at UC Davis. She has extensive experience in psychoeducational evaluations, educational programs and interventions, counseling, social and behavior management, strategy development, individualized education plans, and crisis management. Mrs. Hahn has a passion for reading and is a Board Member of the International Dyslexia Association. Mrs. Hahn enjoys spending time with her husband and two adolescent daughters. In her free time, Mrs. Hahn loves all forms of exercise and competes in triathlons. She is an avid fan of live theater and Broadway musicals. Mrs. Hahn finds great joy in caring for animals, particularly her two pet dogs. Mrs. Hahn is ecstatic about joining The Cambridge School and serving God by serving His children and their unique needs.

Mrs. Ruth Hong

Mrs. Ruth Hong


After-School Mandarin 

Mrs. Ruth Hong earned her Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy at Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, China. This year, she will complete the International Chinese Teacher Training Program at Beijing Language and Culture University. For nine years, Mrs. Hong taught at the lower elementary levels at a Christian school in Guangzhou, China. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling with her husband. Mrs. Hong looks forward to working with students, teachers, and parents during her first year at The Cambridge School.

Mrs. Estella Tai

Mrs. Estella Tai


4th & 5th Grade Mandarin

Estella Tai is a native of Taiwan and immigrated to the US to attend high school. She lived in the Bay Area and attended UC Berkeley to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering. Thereafter, she moved to San Diego and graduated from UCSD with a Master’s degree in Bioengineering. She taught at a private high school for a year, then worked in the biotech industry for 4 years before transitioning to be a full time mom. Being a mother of four has taught her to fully rely upon God for guidance and strength daily! She has experience teaching Mandarin both at home and at a Mandarin immersion preschool. She has truly enjoyed working with the 4th/5th grade Mandarin students last school year and looks forward to more growth and fun in Mandarin this coming year!

Mrs. Luda Rockett

Mrs. Luda Rockett


2nd – 6th Grade Music

Mrs. Luda Rockett was born and raised in the beautiful Southern region of Russia, where the Caucasus Mountains meet the Black Sea. She received her BA in Music Education and Masters in Choir Management and has extensive training in Orff and Kodaly methods, which are rhythm and pitch development approaches. Mrs. Rockett absolutely loves to learn and enrich her knowledge in classical pedagogy. Besides constant self-education, she attends Music Teachers conferences, workshops and trainings and is an active member of the San Diego American Orff Schulwerk Association. She is excited for another year (her tenth) at Cambridge, teaching music theory and appreciation to our students.

Mrs. Robin Przybysz

Mrs. Robin Przybysz


6th Grade Art

Teaching K-12 art since 1987, professional artist/teacher, Mrs. Robin Przybysz, came to teach at Cambridge in the 2011-2012 school year. “Coming to The Cambridge School feels like coming home to a loving family. I am surrounded by energy, encouragement, and enthusiasm for the arts.” Mrs. Przybysz exhibits throughout San Diego and other parts of the United States. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University with her MFA in July 2016.

Mrs. Amy Darnell

Mrs. Amy Darnell


Afterschool Ensemble

Mrs. Amy Darnell is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she studied Music and Business. As a certified Suzuki Method instructor, she has been teaching violin for 8 years. Amy grew up in South Carolina and began playing the violin at the age of five through the Suzuki Method. She and her sisters formed a string quartet, which opened opportunities to perform throughout the southeast in addition to accompanying southern gospel artists. Amy has been a member of the South Carolina Philharmonic, Long Bay Symphony, and is currently a member of the La Jolla Symphony. She is excited to be part of The Cambridge School, and thankful for the opportunity to teach in a setting that cultivates both excellence and living out our Christian faith. Amy and her husband, James, reside in San Diego and love the beach and the outdoors.

Mr. Rick Gonzales

Mr. Rick Gonzales


Lower School & Upper school PE

Mr. Rick Gonzalez is passionate about improving human performance through mental and physical training. Rick believes in developing broad, inclusive fitness through physical literacy in a fun environment. Rick has a B.A. in Sport Psychology from National University and is currently pursuing his M.A. in Performance Psychology. Rick is the owner of two training facilities in North County San Diego. Rick consults local high school teams and athletes in developing mental skills and has experience developing teen conditioning programs.

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Upper School Faculty

Dr. Melissa Gingrich

Dr. Melissa Gingrich


Dean of Faculty, Science Department Chair, 7th & 9th Grade Science

Dr. Melissa Gingrich earned her B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Arizona and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Emory University. After graduate school, Dr. Gingrich worked in clinical studies at the University of Virginia. She has been with Cambridge since its inception and helped build and design the science program; she has taught second through 9th grade science and is teaching our senior Neuroscience Seminar this year. Dr. Gingrich loves to bring the wonder and awe of God’s living creation into focus in the science classroom, and hopes that her students are all the more motivated to worship Him as they study the order and complexity of the world He has made. She is thrilled to begin her 9th year of teaching at The Cambridge School. Dr. Gingrich enjoys exploring the natural world through travel, hiking, and running. She is married to Brenden and they have three children, Samuel (16), Benjamin (14), and Elizabeth (11).

Mr. DJ Goodwiler

Mr. DJ Goodwiler


Humanities Department Chair, 9th-11th Grade Rhetoric, 10th & 11th Grade Lit, 11th Grade Bible

Mr. DJ Goodwiler has an M.A. in Theological Studies from Westminster Seminary California and an M.A. in Rhetoric and Writing Studies from San Diego State University, having studied biblical languages and philosophy at Concordia University in Wisconsin prior to moving to California in 2008. He is eager to return to the Cambridge community for his sixth year to teach a variety of humanities classes across the Logic and Rhetoric stages. He enjoys the opportunity to share subjects about which he is passionate to a curious and eager community of students and alongside other gifted scholar-educators.

Mr. Jim Hamilton

Mr. Jim Hamilton


8th Grade Classical Greek & Roman History, 9th-10th Grade Latin

Mr. Jim Hamilton was introduced to classical learning when he took Latin and Greek early on in his studies at UC Irvine. There he developed a fervent passion for the language and culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans. This was further cultivated at Westminster Seminary California when his love for ancient language was combined with the reading and teaching of the Gospel. He is excited to return for his fourth year this fall. He considers himself truly blessed to be working alongside like-minded educators and administrators who selflessly offer their support, encouragement, and friendship. The Cambridge School has created an environment that allows him to flourish in the teaching of subjects that he loves and enables him to instill that love of classical language and history into the hearts and minds of the students.

Mr. Brent Baber

Mr. Brent Baber


7th & 8th Grade Bible, 7th Grade Ancient Near Eastern History, 10th Grade Bible, House Governor

Mr. Brent Baber earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Irvine. During his time at UC Irvine, he took some time off to study at a Bible school in Austria, a place that ignited his love for studying the Scriptures. After finishing at UC Irvine, he served as a youth pastor in the Sacramento where he was blessed to teach and preach to junior high and high school students. He then went on to complete his graduate work in Escondido where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Westminster Seminary California. While at seminary, he served as the head English teacher for Elite Educational Institute in Carmel Valley. Mr. Baber loves the mountains and all activities that take place there. If he has free time but no snow, he’ll hit the trail to hike, bike, climb and run. Most of all, he is passionate about teaching students to deeply love and know their savior Jesus Christ, who has been richly revealed to us in all of Scripture. He is excited to return for his fourth year to teach in the Logic and Rhetoric School stages.

Mrs. Robin Przybysz

Mrs. Robin Przybysz


9th-11th Grade Art

Ms. Robin Przybysz just successfully finished her Master exhibition and thesis defense this summer and hold an MFA from Azusa Pacific University. She is a professional artist and teacher, and has been teaching K-12 art since 1987. Ms. Przybysz is entering her sixth year of teaching at Cambridge and she reports that coming to The Cambridge School feels like coming home to a loving family, where she is surrounded by energy, encouragement, and enthusiasm for the arts.

Mrs. Robin Segarra

Mrs. Robin Segarra


7th Grade Music 

Mrs. Segarra joined the Cambridge School teaching team in 2012. She earned her undergraduate degree in music from Chapman University, with an emphasis in choral conducting and voice, and an MBA from Pepperdine University and has completed training and certification in the Orff method of music education. Mrs. Segarra taught Kindergarten Prep, 3rd grade, and 4th grade at a private Christian school. Additionally, she has served for many years in church music ministry in various capacities – as director of music ministry; director for children, youth, and adult choirs; and soloist. She has been active in a number of music associations, as co-president of San Diego Choristers Guild for a number of years and currently as an active member of the San Diego American Orff Schulwerk Association. Mrs. Segarra and her husband have lived in the San Diego area for over twenty years, and they have three adult children.

Mr. Donny McNair

Mr. Donny McNair


Mr. Donny McNair is thrilled to be joining the Cambridge team this coming school year. He graduated from New Saint Andrew’s College with his BA in Liberal Arts and Culture, and currently still attends through a correspondence program, pursuing his MA in Classical Christian Studies. Mr. McNair began teaching in 2014 at St. Abraham’s Classical Christian Academy in Aptos, California where he remained for three years. He started primarily as a Latin teacher and has taught Latin from 4th grade through 10th grade. His other areas of experience include teaching Roman literature and History, Medieval literature and history, and developing his school’s first Rhetoric curriculum. Mr. McNair is happy to be sharing his knowledge and love of the Latin language with the students of Cambridge, and looks forward to learning all he can from the fellow faculty. Outside of school, Mr. McNair enjoys spending time with his wife mountain biking, surfing, playing volleyball, and eating.

Mrs. Melissa Mayne

Mrs. Melissa Mayne


7th and 9th Grade Science

Mrs.  Melissa Mayne has a dual Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry and teaching credential from Point Loma Nazarene University. She has been teaching students from grades 3 to 12 to love and explore science in San Diego schools for over 10 years.  She appreciates that Cambridge students are being uniquely formed to embrace, enjoy, and succeed in mastering science concepts using classical methods.  In addition to teaching grammar school students in grades 5-6, she is greatly looking forward to teaching upper school science classes this year.  Mrs. Mayne enjoys long hikes in the mountains and on the beach with her husband and two children.  She finds it to be the best place to worship and enjoy God’s goodness!

Mr. Brandon Hong


Mr. Brandon Hong earned his B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Pomona College and his J.D. at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He spent seven years in public service with the U.S. Treasury Department before taking a position at a litigation consulting firm in Los Angeles for five years. Mr. Hong fell in love with teaching when he entered the mission field in Guangzhou, China, in 2012. He has been recently serving as Associate Registrar at The Master’s College near Los Angeles. He is eager to begin his service at Cambridge and to return to the classroom where he can share his passions for God, ministry, and learning with his students.

Mr. Joshua Sansonetti

Mr. Joshua Sansonetti


7th Grade Math, 8th-11th Grade Math Assistant

Mr. Joshua Sansonetti looks forward to returning for his fifth year at Cambridge and is excited to be teaching both Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 this year, in addition to taking on the role of 7th grade Dean while also helping with the other Upper School math courses. Mr. Sansonetti found his love for teaching mathematics while attending Chaffey College at age sixteen, where he was chosen to tutor college algebra students for three semesters. Since then, he helped students from fourth grade math all the way to AP Calculus—all the while encouraging students not only to master the concepts, but also to enjoy mathematics. Mr. Sansonetti received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mathematics Secondary Education at Biola University and graduated with distinction as a member of Biola’s Torrey Honors Institute, a classical great books program based on Socratic discussion. Mr. Sansonetti looks forward to continuing to work with the amazing students of Cambridge as he shows them that mathematics is deeply theological, philosophical, historical, and cultural. He also enjoys spending time with family, playing the piano, reading, board games, math puzzles, and Star Wars.

Mr. Caleb Smith

Mr. Caleb Smith


9th-11th Grade Competitive Speech and Debate Coach

Mr. Caleb Smith has an A.A. in Speech from Palomar College and a B.A. in Communication from San Diego Christian College. A lifelong San Diego resident, Mr. Smith is passionate about the art of public speech. Having thrived on his own team in college he now enjoys creating similar opportunities for his upper school students at The Cambridge School. Mr. Smith will be coaching competitive speech and debate for grades nine and up through the 2017-2018 school year.

Dr. Cassandra Siler

Dr. Cassandra Siler


8th, 10th & 11th Grade Science

Dr. Cassandra Siler is excited to return to The Cambridge School for her third year to continue building and teaching the Upper School physical science curriculum: 8th grade Physical Science, 10th grade Honors Chemistry, and 11th grade Honors Physics. Dr. Siler received her bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry (BS) and Biblical Studies (BA) from Gordon College in Massachusetts, and a PhD in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University. Her doctoral work focused on designing novel chemical reactions on silver and gold surfaces, with a focus on energy and waste reduction for chemical synthesis. Since finishing her PhD, Cassandra spent a year teaching chemistry courses as an Assistant Professor at Seattle Pacific University and has enjoyed the last two years at The Cambridge School exploring Newton and Einstein, ancient weapons development, and explosive (only sometimes) chemical reactions with her students, within a framework of classical Christian education. She loves thinking about connections between Christianity and science, and what the implications are for how we live. She and her husband enjoy skiing, hiking, camping, and the outdoors– at least as much as they can with two young children!

Ms. Rachel McNair


Mrs. Rachel McNair has a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture and a M.A. in Theology & Letters from New Saint Andrews College. During her M.A. work she was a Davenant Fellow for Wenden House, translating Latin texts from the Reformation. She is looking forward to returning for her third year at Cambridge to teach 7th & 8th Grade Literature and Composition, 7th Poetry, and 9th Grade Medieval Literature. She is excited to continue teaching these classes and to enjoy more enlivening conversations with students about various forms of literature.

Ms. Ashley Ewing


7th-9th Grade Latin and 12th Grade Government

Miss Ashley Ewing graduated from the University of Arizona in 2007 receiving a B.A. in both Latin and Political Science. For nine years she taught in Tucson, Arizona for a private Christian school where she served as the head of the language department and created the high school Latin program, including Honors and AP courses. She also spent time coaching varsity swimming and served as the Assistant Varsity Coach for high school track and girls soccer. She both planned and led overseas summer trips for high school students to different countries in Europe to compliment the students’ academic studies. Before moving to San Diego in 2016 she completed her M.A. in mental and clinical health counseling and works part time as a counselor in the San Diego area. She is excited to begin her second year with The Cambridge School, teaching 7th-9th grade Latin and 12th grade government. She will also be serving as 8th grade dean and Wilberforce house fellow.

Mrs. Noemí Ciénega-Ovando


Spanish Teacher

Mrs. Noemí Ciénega-Ovando was born into a Christian family in Ensenada, B.C., México. She moved to the United States and graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a BA in Education/Bilingual Credential Studies and a Certificate in Music.
She had the opportunity to work as a Children’s Music Conductor at a Church of the Nazarene in San Diego, leading up three productions. She homeschooled her two sons all the way through H.S., meanwhile teaching other homeschool students at Class Days. Throughout the years she has also had the opportunity to be a Private Spanish and Vocal Teacher. This year, one of her major teaching goals is to create long lasting memories with each student as they flourish in the world of Spanish. She is looking forward to experiencing God’s blessings this coming academic year at The Cambridge School.

Mr. Rick Gonzales

Mr. Rick Gonzales


Mr. Rick Gonzalez is passionate about improving human performance through mental and physical training. Rick believes in developing broad, inclusive fitness through physical literacy in a fun environment. Rick has a B.A. in Sport Psychology from National University and is currently pursuing his M.A. in Performance Psychology. Rick is the owner of two training facilities in North County San Diego. Rick consults local high school teams and athletes in developing mental skills and has experience developing teen conditioning programs.

Mr. Doug Jones


Mr. Doug Jones is the husband of TCS fourth-grade teacher, Paula Jones, whom he met at Vista High in north county San Diego. They have five children, raised largely in northern Idaho and now spread about the country (with their youngest, Gabe, at TCS). He has recently returned from the United Arab Emirates, having taught critical thinking, ethics, and creative writing for several years at HCT Sharjah Women’s College. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine (BA, philosophy), the University of Southern California (MA, philosophy) and the University of Idaho (MFA, creative writing). He was one of the founders of New St. Andrews College, a classical Christian college in Moscow, Idaho, and taught there for over a decade. For several years, he taught middle and high-school classes through Veritas Press Online Academy and helped develop their self-paced history courses. His university work in mathematics, philosophy of mathematics, and proof-theory inspired him to want to help shape an interactive, Socratic course in geometry. A native Californian, he was raised in Rialto, California and Johannesburg, South Africa, spending several key childhood summers with relatives in Athens, Greece. He is a die-hard Seattle Mariners fan, loves woodworking, and keeps trying to write screenplays and poetry. He tends to obsess about the novels Moby-Dick and the Brothers Karamazov.

Ms. Janet Azmoun


Ms. Janet Azmoun earned her bachelor’s degree from University of California, San Diego in Mathematics/Computer Science.  She worked a few years in the Tech Industry before deciding to obtain her teaching credential from Point Loma Nazarene University.  After teaching for a many years, she went on to earn a Masters in Mathematics with an emphasis on Secondary Teaching from San Diego State University. She taught multiple levels of Math, Science, and Technology for public and charter schools before coming to Cambridge. Ms. Azmoun is passionate about mathematics and conveying the beauty of math to students. She is thrilled to be involved with an outstanding organization such as Cambridge. She speaks Mandarin and loves to play guitar, sing, ski and travel.

Mr. Keith Luberto

Mr. Keith Luberto


Athletics Logistics Coordinator

Mr. Keith Luberto brings over 16 years of experience as an athletic director and high school basketball coach. Several teams under his stewardship have won state championships, and a coaching highlight was when his Regents School of Austin basketball team finished as Texas state runner-up. Most recently Keith was the founding Athletic Director at Providence Hall in Santa Barbara. After three years of competing against home school and club teams, Providence Hall joined the CIF. The Providence teams consistently made the playoffs, and the girls basketball team won the CIF championship in just the third year in the CIF. Before being called to invest in athletes at Christian schools, Keith worked for the San Antonio Spurs as an account executive and the YMCA as a youth sports director. Keith earned a Master’s degree in Sports Administration from The University of Texas at Austin (Hook ’em Horns!). Keith’s lovely bride, Ali, led him to the Lord 26 years ago, and they have two boys, Asher and Judah. Judah attends Cambridge, and Asher attends a junior college in Santa Barbara.

Mr. Danny Regas

Mr. Danny Regas


Mr. Danny Regas was born and raised in San Diego. He received his BA degree at SDSU in the fields of Speech Communication and Physical Education. After completing his Teaching Credential from Pt. Loma College, he taught with the San Diego City Schools for 36 years. During this time he received his MFA from SDSU in Musical Theatre. At Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch High Schools, Danny served as Physical Education Department Chair, Athletic Director, and was selected as Teacher of the Year. While teaching, Danny also served as the Head Coach of Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Softball, and Baseball. He led his teams to three CIF Championships, 12 League titles, and was selected as Coach of the Year. His other interest – Musical Theatre, has allowed him to act, direct, and receive awards in Southern California. He has been married to his wife Barbara for 38 years and has two incredible children, Cara and Nicholas, who have blessed them with five beautiful Grandchildren.

Mrs. Becky Priest

Mrs. Becky Priest


College Counselor

Mrs. Becky Priest has been at Cambridge for 8 years as a parent and is in her fourth year of being the College Counseling Coordinator. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where she double-majored in Sociology and Secondary Education with an emphasis in educational policy. She was employed for several years as a Financial Aid Counselor at Washington University and in the San Diego area at college admissions firms and private consulting. She has 30 years of experience in college financial aid, student counseling, and mentoring high school and college students. She and her husband have provided leadership in their church in the areas of teaching, music, youth, international student ministry and missions.

Mrs. Sharon Giles

Mrs. Sharon Giles


Math

Mrs. Sharon Giles has a Bachelors of Arts in Applied Mathematics/Scientific Programming from UC San Diego as well as a Masters of Science in Applied Mathematics from San Diego State. Upon completing her graduate studies, Mrs. Giles published her thesis in Singular Perturbation Theory. Mrs. Giles is an experienced Mechanical/Structural Engineer who spent quality time working at Lockheed Advanced Development Company. She created a war time matrix that allowed all statistical and reliability data to be analyzed easily for the F-117 Stealth Fighter during Operation Desert Storm. In developing her analysis for the aircraft, Mrs. Giles made numerous trips to the top secret Nevada base known as Area-51. Before starting a family, Mrs. Giles decided to return to her first love, teaching mathematics. She has been teaching Mathematics for the past 22 years at local colleges and universities including: San Diego State University, University of Phoenix, University of Redlands and Grossmont Community College. Because of her extensive experience, Mrs. Giles is able to teach a broad range of mathematics including but not limited to Algebra, Statistics and Calculus. In recent years, Mrs. Giles took the lead in successfully developing an online curriculum for mathematics courses at Grossmont Community College. Mrs. Giles is delighted to be joining the Cambridge community for her fourth year. She looks forward to sharing the joy and beauty of mathematics with her students while helping them to understand how math is crucial to the world around them. Mrs. Giles and her husband, Todd, enjoy travelling and the outdoors with their three children Cheynne, Kelsey and Hailey.

 
 

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Administrative Staff

Mr. Jeffrey Yoder

Mr. Jeffrey Yoder


Director of Advancement

Jeffrey Yoder grew up in Lancaster, PA. After a year of art school at Savannah College of Art & Design he attended Simpson University in Redding, CA where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. During his last year Mr. Yoder lead a team of business students to India and Mali to explore the convergence of business and missions. While in college Mr. Yoder met and married his lovely wife Leslie, originally from Santa Barbara, and they moved back to Lancaster in 2000. There he joined with a financial advisory firm where he helped clients for almost 10 years. At the request of his children’s school in 2010 Mr. Yoder joined Veritas Academy, a Classical Christian School in Leola, PA as the Director of Operations. There he oversaw finance, facilities, technology, marketing, admissions, and even had time to teach a yearbook class. Mr. Yoder and his family moved to Escondido in 2012 and began working at The Cambridge School as the Director of Advancement.

Amy Tollefson

Mrs. Amy Tollefson


Business Manager

Amy Tollefson graduated from the University of Colorado with a BS in Business Administration/Finance emphasis. She started her career as a financial analyst and spent 6 years working in corporate finance. Soon after marrying her husband, Kevin, she completed a bookkeeping certification and started her own bookkeeping practice which she has owned and operated for the past 12 years. She lives in Rancho Penasquitos with her husband and two children. She has most enjoyed working with non-profit entities and she is thrilled to be joining the team at The Cambridge School this year.

Ms. Dahhee Kim

Ms. Dahhee Kim


Human Resources Coordinator

Ms. Dahhee Kim graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a B.A. in Art History. She is excited to join and serve alongside the wonderful team at The Cambridge School, and to help advance the mission and vision of the school. She grew up in San Diego and enjoys traveling, watching films, reading books, and spending time with her family and friends.
Mr. Mitchell Dong

Mr. Mitchell Dong


Marketing & Communications Director

Mitchell Dong is a Cambridge Veteran, entering his 6th year on staff. Mr. Dong earned a B.A. in Graphic Design from Azusa Pacific University and has been a freelance photographer and designer for several years. In addition to serving as the Marketing and Communications Director at Cambridge, he also teaches Photography and Visual Rhetoric in the Upper School.

Mrs. Leslie Yoder

Mrs. Leslie Yoder


Admission Coordinator

Leslie Yoder is thrilled to put her passion for the Cambridge mission and vision and her prior personal and professional experience to work as our new Admissions Coordinator. She spent four years as an active parent volunteer and as a music program assistant at a flagship classical Christian school, Veritas Academy, in Lancaster, PA. While at Veritas Academy she planned field trips, provided administrative support and coordinated major events. After her move to San Diego, Leslie spent time working in the Del Mar Union School District as a para-educator for special education students. Her students were in the general education setting where Leslie provided one on one therapeutic and educational support. Most recently, Leslie has been part of the Sales and Marketing Team for an upscale retirement community, The Meridian at Lake San Marcos, coordinating admissions for new residents and their families. Leslie is married to Jeff Yoder, Director of Advancement & Operations here at Cambridge, and has two children who have been students at Cambridge since 2012. She looks forward to joining the Cambridge team in this new capacity.

Mr. Mark Carter

Mr. Mark Carter


Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Mark Carter comes to The Cambridge School with over 15 years of experience in full-time Christian ministry and Christian higher education. He has earned a BA in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, a MA in Christian Education from Nazarene Theological Seminary, a MA in Spiritual Formation from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Certificate of Studies in the Leadership and Spiritual Formation Doctorate of Ministry program at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Most recently, Mr. Carter started a freelance photography business called MC Photography and holds a 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification from Riffs Studios in Bird Rock/La Jolla. He possesses a wild love for the world and experiences the joy of living life through nature. Mr. Carter is a surfer and cares deeply about environmental issues that affect coastal communities. As the Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Mr. Carter is excited about helping The Cambridge School share its story.


Mrs. Perri Hamilton

Mrs. Perri Hamilton


Events Coordinator & Development Assistant

Perri Hamilton has a love for classical learning, and was trained classically from elementary school through high school. She has faithfully served the Cambridge community at the front desk, as the Auxiliary Services Coordinator. This year Perri also took on the role of Development Assistant, providing much needed assistance to the Advancement team. She is honored to be working at a school that understands the importance of training children to know God’s truth and goodness.

Mr. Jack George

Mr. Jack George


Facilities Manager 

​​Mr. Jack George was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Before being drafted, he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served 30 years in the Pacific Submarine Force. He earned the rank of Force Master Chief, His appetite for technology and his second love, cars, landed him a management position with Kragen Automotive Parts. He then enrolled at Grossmont College where he earned an Associate’s degree in History. The last seven years he has been involved with senior living, assisted living, and memory care facilities as assistant Activity Director, Building Engineer, and Director of Environmental services. He has a wife, Judy, 5 adult children, of which two are serving in the armed serve, and 3 grandchildren. He is very grateful and excited to be working at The Cambridge School where, however small, he’ll have a part in shaping young minds and preparing them for the future.

Mr. Peter Blomkvist

Mr. Peter Blomkvist


Maintenance 

Peter Blomkvist was born and raised in Sweden and moved to the States in 2008 after getting married to his wife, Jessica. He spent the past four years working at Ikea, where he proudly represented Swedish culture and design. He has two children, a daughter in third grade and a son in kindergarten. Peter looks forward to working at The Cambridge School, where he can grow his faith and contribute in God’s work.

Mrs. Natalie Boyd

Mrs. Natalie Boyd


Executive Assistant

Natalie holds a BA in Communications from UC San Diego and a MA in Biblical Counseling from The Masters University. She has worked in different positions at The Cambridge School, but enjoys her current role as Executive Assistant to the Head of School, Upper School Principal and Grammar School Principal. She is grateful to be a part of such a encouraging team and God-honoring mission. Her time outside of work is spent hiking, cooking new recipes, reading, and hanging out with her husband, Josh. She is passionate about helping others find hope in God’s Word and through the gospel. 

Mrs. Noelle Salangsang

Mrs. Noelle Salangsang


Front Office Assistant

Noelle graduated from Reformation Bible College in Sanford, FL with a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies. As a former receptionist, she is delighted and thankful to serve the Cambridge School in this capacity. Shortly after graduation, she married her best friend, Anthony. Together they moved to Escondido where he is attending Westminster Seminary California. They are glad to be back in California and love to visit family in their home town, Santa Barbara. She enjoys reading, making crafts, cooking, and caring for their newly adopted kitten, named Myrtle. Above all she is passionate about loving God and loving her neighbors.

Ms. Anne Holsapple

Ms. Anne Holsapple


Front Office Assistant

Anne is originally from Michigan and her family moved to San Diego, which then became her home. Her greatest joy has been raising her four sons and working in the educational field. She enjoyed teaching in early education for many years and continues to love working both with students and their families at The Cambridge School.

School Nurses

Mrs. Linda Vergara

Mrs. Linda Vergara


School Nurse

Linda Vergara, RN, MS joins the Cambridge School following a 24 year career as a Registered Credentialed School Nurse at San Diego Unified School District and a 20 year career as an ER nurse and administrator at Alvarado Hospital. She has been gifted with many experiences serving students with health and educational challenges.
Linda is excited to collaborate with Cambridge teachers, staff and parents to develop a comprehensive school health program that supports the health of our children without compromising our shared Christian values.
Linda is a third generation native San Diegan. She and husband Tony have been married for over 40 years and have two adult children and three granddaughters. Together they attend Maranatha Chapel and are active in a small group ministry.

Ms. Cheri Pomerantz

Ms. Cheri Pomerantz


School Nurse

Ms. Cheri Pomerantz is happy to be joining The Cambridge School after 21 years with the San Diego Unified School District. She has a BA in Sociology from UCSD and spent ten years in the Navy as an Unrestricted Line Officer. Duty assignments included VFP-63 at NAS Miramar, Chief of Naval Education and Training and Chief of Naval Operations (working the NROTC program). Upon leaving the Navy, Cheri completed the Nursing Program at Grossmont College and the School Nurse Credential Program at San Diego State University. She’ll be partnering with Linda Vergara. Cheri has two adult daughters and enjoys reading, traveling and scrapbooking.

Ms. Cheri Pomerantz

Mrs. Karla Hayes


School Nurse

Mrs. Karla Hays earned her BSN from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Master of Nursing and Public Health from the University of Washington. She spent ten years on active duty and seventeen years as a drilling reservist as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer and retired from military service in December 2016. Mrs. Hays has a variety of clinical, community health, and leadership experiences and is excited to serve with the health care team, students, parents, and staff at The Cambridge School. She teaches community health nursing with Azusa Pacific University-San Diego Regional Center and volunteers as a Parish Nurse at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church. She enjoys traveling, reading, music, and hiking the trails. Mrs. Hays moved to Poway three years ago with her active duty spouse, Russell, who will be retiring in December 2017. They have three children ages 13, 11, and 8 and a 4-year old Shiba-Inu named Lucy.

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