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

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. Kapusisnki 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 s . 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 many years on the mission field in Romania, where she met and married her husband, Adi. They have two children; a daughter in her sophomore year of college, and a son who is a sophomore at The Cambridge School. Mrs. Helj is looking forward to her fifth year at The Cambridge School, where she has t he 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. For the past six years, Mrs. Ferdyn has worked as a Kindergarten Teaching Assistant at a local private school. She is delighted to join 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, and spending time with her family, including 2 birds, 3 cats, and a dog.

Mrs. Colleen Dong

Mrs. Colleen Dong


Kindergarten Lead & 7th-8th Speech and Debate

Mrs. Colleen Dong has been at The Cambridge School for the past five 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 also be continuing to pursue an M.A. in Rhetoric and Writing Studies at San Diego State University. Last year she received the Advanced Certificate in Teaching Writing from SDSU and will be putting her studies to practice as she will also be 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. 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 eleven 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 be teaching First Grade again 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. Stephanie Chung

Mrs. Stephanie Chung


1st Grade Lead

Mrs. Stephanie Chung received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, CA teaching credential, and Master of Education degree from the University of California, San Diego. This will be her third year at The Cambridge School, having previously been a classroom aide for one of the second grade classes, and then a lead Kindergarten teacher this past school 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.

Mrs. Marilu Huston

Mrs. Marilu Huston


2nd Grade Lead

Mrs. Marilu Huston is thrilled to serve her sixth 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 fifth 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.

Mrs. Frances Baird

Mrs.
Frances Baird


2nd Grade Lead & Afterschool Drama (2nd–4th Grades)

Mrs. Frances Baird is thrilled to be serving her 6th year at Cambridge. Mrs. Baird earned a BA and a CA Teaching Credential at Cal State Long Beach. While she is a Southern California native, she began teaching in 2008 at a classical Christian school in Princeton, New Jersey. It was there that she first learned about the classical framework and had the opportunity to teach a variety of classes, such as PE, theater, and cross-country, in addition to her lead teaching responsibilities. After teaching Kindergarten at Cambridge for three years, Mrs. Baird enjoyed learning new curriculum and taking on new challenges by transitioning to a 2nd grade lead teacher position. This year, Mrs. Baird will begin a master’s program in Educational Administration at Cal State Fullerton. In addition, she will be taking on the after-school drama club (2nd- 4th). Mrs. Baird enjoys spending her time with her husband, Thomas, their 3-year-old son, Oliver, and 5-month -old son, Jeffrey.
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 a second 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 recently celebrated her 3-year wedding anniversary with her husband, Brian, a Marine Corps officer stationed at Camp Pendleton; they are looking forward to welcoming a baby girl to their family in August 2016. 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. Rickards loves to spend time with family and enjoys all that San Diego has to offer outdoors, especially hiking, camping, and long trail-runs with her dog, Lillie.

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 in the past four years. 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 four 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 second 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 8th 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

A native Midwesterner, Mrs. Dara Van Loo has been thrilled to escape the snow and ice and is excited to return for her second year teaching in The Cambridge School’s warm, sunny community! Mrs. Van Loo attended a classical Christian high school and went on to study Music and Classical Studies at Hillsdale College. Since graduating, she has taught Latin, Music, and 5th grade in classical schools in the Midwest, and is looking forward to serving as a 4th grade lead teacher at Cambridge this year, in addition to her 1st-4th grade Latin position. She enjoys dead languages, theology, music, ancient civilizations, and traveling.

Mrs. Colae Green

Mrs. Colae Green


5th Grade Lead & Latin

Mrs. Colae Green is originally from Tallahassee, Florida and a graduate of Florida State University. Upon earning her degree in English Education and becoming the recipient of the John Simmons Award for Excellence in Education, Mrs. Green moved to be near her family in Raleigh, North Carolina where she taught Reading to gifted students at a public elementary school. She later moved to Chesapeake, Virginia and served for two years as the Upper School English, Omnibus, Rhetoric, and Shakespeare teacher at a Classical Christian school. In addition to loving literature, Mrs. Green has a passion for the arts and has taught ballet for the past decade. She has always loved teaching of any nature and feels it has been God’s plan for her life all along. Her goal in teaching is to engage students in their study of history and literature, and make it something that they can connect to, call their own, and value on into their futures. She moved from Japan to the San Diego area this past January with her husband who is now stationed in Coronado as a Lieutenant in the Navy. In her free time she loves reading and studying, dancing, traveling, going to coffee shops, and spending time with her husband, friends, and family.

Mr. Brandon Hoffman

Mr. Brandon Hoffman


5th Grade Lead & Latin

Mr. Brandon Hoffman holds a Master of Arts degree in Historical Theology from Westminster Seminary California, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double emphasis in History and Social Studies Education from Cedarville University. In between pursuing his two degrees, he gained several years’ experience teaching Social Studies at an international school in Tianjin, China, where he was privileged not only to live, work, and immerse himself in Chinese culture and language, but also to teach wonderful groups of diverse students. Also during that time, he was involved in various extracurricular activities, such as leading various trips both within China and to Mongolia. He enjoyed his third year of teaching at Cambridge and is looking forward to another great year of teaching and sharing his love of learning with Cambridge Fifth Graders. He is married to Joanna Hoffman and has three children: Madelyn, Thalia, and Ezekiel.
Ms. Catherine McChristian

Ms. Catherine McChristian


6th Grade Lead & Afterschool Drama (5th & 6th)

Ms. Catherine McChristian has a BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in English and a multiple subject teaching credential from Biola University. She also graduated from the Torrey Honors Institute, a classical great books program at Biola, where she grew in her love of the values and styles of a classical education. After college she spent two years in Cameroon, Africa, where she homeschooled two middle school students as well as directed several children’s ministries and a literary development program. This will be Ms. McChristian’s sixth year teaching sixth grade in a classical school and her fourth year at Cambridge. She looks forward to another year of being a part of a community that shares her passion for training students to live purposeful, Christ-centered lives.

Mrs. Cynthia Leakey

Mrs. Cynthia Leakey


4th-6th Grade Math

Mrs. Cynthia Leakey earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Biola University, and her teaching credential from California State University, Fresno. For 17 years, she honed her instructional abilities and enhanced her liberal arts education by homeschooling her four children from grades K-12. She counts it an honor and a privilege to embark on her 4th year of teaching at Cambridge. One of Mrs. Leakey’s favorite things about math is that it teaches the quantitative, rational thinking and problem-solving skills that are needed by every one of us throughout every aspect of our lives. At Cambridge, she endeavors to cultivate in her pupils a sense of wonder and joy in the beauty and artistry of math itself, and further, in the glories of our Wise God Who Created such a lovely and dependable structure for His world.

Mrs. Monica Perumal

Mrs. Monica Perumal


Math Resource

Mrs. Monica Perumal looks forward to her third year building the math program at The Cambridge School. She received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine, where she met her husband of 27 years. Upon graduating, she traveled in Europe for 5 months as a missionary. She homeschooled her children for 15 years, using Singapore Math for 10 of those years. During that time she also taught Classical Conversations and other co-op classes, as well as tutoring individual students. In addition, she mentored homeschool parents and advocated for the homeschool community. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors with her family, taking classes, and learning. Mrs. Perumal looks forward to challenging students to a greater understanding and passion for the math God created.
Mrs. Melissa Mayne

Mrs. Melissa Mayne


4th-6th 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. Mrs. Mayne loves that science concepts at The Cambridge School are taught with a historical approach, integrating each grades’ time period of study as much as possible. Mrs. Mayne is delighted to work at The Cambridge School, as she has seen first-hand the fruit of classical education in the lives of her own children. She appreciates that Cambridge students are being formed in unique ways which enables them to embrace, enjoy, and succeed in mastering science concepts. Mrs. Mayne especially enjoys the freedom to encourage students in their worship and praise to God as they appreciate the beauty, intricacy and majesty of His creation.

Mrs. Estella Tai

Mrs. Estella Tai


4th & 5th Grade Mandarin

Mrs. Estella Tai is a native of Taiwan and immigrated to the U.S. in high school. She graduated from UC Berkeley and UCSD with a degree in Bioengineering. She is a mother of four and has been teaching Chinese for the past 8 years. She has experience teaching students from preschool to high school age. She has also been involved as a Sunday school teacher and homeschool mom.

Mrs. Tai has a passion for teaching and loves kids. She is very excited for the opportunity to teach Mandarin at Cambridge. She is eager to meet each student and the families and will do her best in making language learning fun and practical.


Mrs. Robin Segarra

Mrs. Robin Segarra


K-Prep – 1st Music

Originally from the east coast, Mrs. Robin Segarra has lived in Southern California since high school. She attended Chapman University in Orange, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree and an emphasis in choral conducting and voice. She also has earned an MBA from Pepperdine University. In her spare time, Mrs. Segarra enjoys exercising, walking her pugs, reading, and, of course—music. Mrs. Segarra and her husband have lived in the San Diego area for nearly twenty years, and they have three young adult children, Elena, Miriam, and Nathan. About working at Cambridge, she explains: “I love the culture of Cambridge—that it is grounded in the Word of God, that it is focused on the excellent and beautiful, and that the atmosphere is one of faithful service, support, and compassion.”
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. Tiffany Kuo-Adkins

Mrs. Robin Przybysz


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.

Ms. Ashley Ewing

Ms. Ashley Ewing


4th & 6th-8th Latin

Miss Ashley Ewing graduated from the University of Arizona in 2007, double majoring in Latin and Political Science. She spent the last nine years teaching middle school and high school Latin at a Christian school in Tucson, Arizona. Alongside teaching she coached varsity swimming and served as an assistant coach for high school track and girls varsity soccer. She both planned and led overseas summer trips to different countries in Europe for the high school students to enhance their academic learning. She recently finished her graduate degree, receiving her M.S. in mental and clinical health counseling. She is very excited to be a part of The Cambridge School and its tradition of classical learning, serving as the middle school Latin teacher!
Mrs. Grace Law

Mrs. Grace Law


Mandarin

Mrs. Grace Law graduated with a Master of Science degree in Chicago and has earned 12 units in Child Development. She has devoted herself to teaching Chinese as a second language in different school districts and private schools for more than 10 years. Mrs. Law loves kids and she is very enthusiastic about teaching and Chinese culture. She is particularly proud of her students—from toddlers to adults—who have gone from knowing no Chinese to becoming fluent in it. She feels very blessed to be part of The Cambridge School team, and she looks forward to sharing her passion for Chinese as well as its culture with all students. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, reading and traveling abroad to learn about different cultures around the world.

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.
Ms. Maggie Wu

Ms. Maggie Wu


Mandarin

Ms. Maggie Wu studied at Cheng Shiu University in Taiwan, double-majoring in Early Childhood Education and High School Education. She has spent the past eighteen years teaching Mandarin and English as a private teacher to Kindergarten students, afterschool programs and at various schools. Ms. Wu has a passion for teaching and creating a fun and exciting learning environment where students can thrive and enjoy learning Mandarin.


 

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Upper School Faculty

Dr. Melissa Gingrich

Dr. Melissa Gingrich


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

Dr. Melisssa 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 ninth grade science. 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 8th year of teaching at The Cambridge School. Dr. Gingrich enjoys exploring the natural world through travel, camping, hiking, and running. She is married to Brenden and they have three children, Samuel (15), Benjamin (13), and Elizabeth (10).

Mrs. Rebekah Kennedy

Mrs. Rebekah Kennedy


History Department Chair, 9th-11th Grade History

Mrs. Rebekah Kennedy is originally from Maryland and the Gulf Coast of Alabama. She moved to San Diego in 2008 after marrying her husband Shawn. Mrs. Kennedy received a B.S. in Secondary Education: History from Toccoa Falls College in Northeast Georgia and earned a Master of Arts in History from the University of Alabama. While at the University of Alabama, Mrs. Kennedy’s studies focused on medieval history, which makes her a perfect fit for the 9th grade history course that she currently teaches. Previously, Mrs. Kennedy taught fourth grade at The Cambridge School for three years. This is her third year in the Upper School and she is excited to be building the new 11th grade American History course.

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 fifth year to teach a variety of humanities classes across the Rhetoric stage. 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. Stephen Stortz

Mr. Stephen Stortz


Mathematics Department Chair, 8th, 10th & 11th Grade Math, 8th Grade Logic

Mr. Stephen Stortz is pleased to be joining The Cambridge School as the Math Department Chair. He has a BA in mathematics from Swarthmore College and has spent the last nine years as math teacher and department chair at a private high school in Maine. In the seven years prior to that, he taught math at a middle school in Massachusetts. He and his wife, Jenny, have four children who will all be Cambridge students starting this fall. He is an avid reader and sports enthusiast, especially baseball. As a math teacher, he has been accustomed to teaching truth, but as a Christian, he is excited for the opportunity to teach the whole truth.

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 small Bible school in Austria, a place that ignited his love for studying the Scriptures. After finishing his degree at UC Irvine, he headed off to Austria once again to hit the slopes as a Bible teacher and ski instructor in the Alps. Upon returning to the US, he served as a youth pastor in the Sacramento region where he was blessed to teach and preach to junior high and high school students. He then set out for San Diego where he attended seminary and 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. As you might expect, 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 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.
Mrs. Sharon Giles

Mrs. Sharon Giles


9th Grade Math

Mrs. Sharon Giles has a B.A. in Applied Mathematics/Scientific Programming from UC San Diego, as well as an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from San Diego State University. She is an experienced Mechanical/Structural Engineer who worked 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 Stortn. 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. Mrs. Giles is delighted to be starting her fifth year at Cambridge. 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. She and her husband, Todd, enjoy traveling and the outdoors with their three children, Cheynne, Kelsey, and Hailey.

Mr. Joshua Sansonetti

Mr. Joshua Sansonetti


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

Mr. Joshua Sansonetti looks forward to returning for his fourth year at Cambridge and is excited to continue teaching 7th grade Algebra 1, as well as assisting in 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 has tutored everything from fourth grade math 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 his fourth year with the amazing students of Cambridge as he shows them that mathematics is deeply theological, philosophical, cultural, and historical. He also enjoys spending time with family, playing the piano, reading, math games, 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 debate for grades nine and up through the 2016-2017 school year.
Dr. Cassandra Siler

Dr. Cassandra Siler


8th, 10th & 11th Grade Science

Dr. Cassandra Siler is excited to return to The Cambridge School full time this year to continue with 8th grade physical science and chemistry, as well building the 11th grade physics course. 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 had a great first year at The Cambridge School incorporating chemistry and physical science into the framework of classical Christian education. She and her husband enjoy skiing, hiking, camping, and the outdoors– at least as much as they can with two young children!

Ms. Rachel Jo

Ms. Rachel Jo


7th Grade Poetry, 8th Grade Drama, 7th-8th Grade Lit & Comp, 9th Grade Lit

Ms. Rachel Jo 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 second year at Cambridge to teach 7th & 8th Grade Literature and Composition, 7th Poetry, 8th History of Drama, and 9th Grade Medieval Literature. She is excited to build out these classes and to enjoy more enlivening conversations with students about various forms of literature.

Mrs. Jenny Stortz

Mrs. Jenny Stortz


11th Grade Spanish Teacher, Registrar & Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Jenny Stortz was born in Honduras and moved to New York City when she was ten. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and loves learning languages and exploring new cultures. Mostly, she just loves learning anything! Her interest in learning was piqued at Swarthmore College, where she earned a BA in Spanish literature. She went on to receive an MA in Spanish literature from Penn State University before becoming a high school Spanish teacher. After a nine year sabbatical from formal teaching to homeschool her four children in the classical model, she has been called to serve with her family at Cambridge. Mrs. Stortz is very excited to be joining a community of inquisitive learners and teachers at Cambridge, where she will be registrar and will be teaching Spanish. She feels incredibly blessed and looks forward to being part of God’s vision for Cambridge.
Mr. Keith Luberto

Mr. Keith Luberto


Athletic Director

Mr. Keith Luberto feels honored and blessed to be part of the Cambridge community. He believes that God has directed him to be a part of the Cambridge athletic program. As the new athletic director, Mr. Luberto brings over 25 years of athletic administrative experience to Cambridge. Mr. Luberto was in the Navy for four years before completing his college degrees. He received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Old Westbury and his Master’s degree in Sports Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Luberto’s wife, Alison, a graduate of UCSD, moved from San Diego to Texas to marry him and stay with him while he completed his Master’s degree. Their plan was to stay in Texas for the two years it would take to get his degree and then move back to San Diego. It took a little longer than they planned, but 25 years later, they can finally make their home in San Diego. Keith and Ali have two sons, Asher (18) and Judah (16).

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.

 

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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 & Executive Assistant

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

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. Peter Blomkvist

Mr. Peter Blomkvist


Facilities Coordinator & Custodian

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


Front Office Assistant

Mrs. Noelle Salangsang

Mrs. Noelle Salangsang


Front Office Assistant


Ms. Anne Holsapple

Ms. Anne Holsapple


Front Office Assistant


 

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.

 

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