Volunteer Leads

Whatever HCS class, club, extracurricular activity, or event that the school offers, it is only made possible because of the parents who volunteer their time here at HCS to make it happen. Every class day class is taught solely by volunteers. That we even have classes to offer is because we have Class Day and Academy Leads volunteering to manage these services. Every club is run by a parent committee consisting of parent volunteers. Every coach is coaching on a volunteer basis. Every mentor assigned to help newer families is volunteering their time to do so. Every park day, camp, social, or gathering is made possible because of parent volunteers. The overall leadership of the school, the Board of Directors, is comprised of men volunteering their time. Whatever activity or service you are participating in and excited about, please take a moment to reach out and thank those volunteers for providing that service for your kids.

Homeschool Mentors

Lydia Amos portrait

LYDIA AMOS

MENTOR
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CATRINA DOWERS

MENTOR
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HEATHER JENSEN

MENTOR
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SHARON JONES

MENTOR
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JULIETTE LEE

MENTOR
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LISA TOLENO

MENTOR
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Outdoor Club Parent Committee

DAVID GETTIS

COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
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TRICIA BRENNER

COMMITTEE SECRETARY
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Girls Softball Parent Committee

KELLY COOPER

COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
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NOEL SIPES

COMMITTEE TREASURER
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BRIAN & LILLY HENDRY

COMMITTEE SECRETARY
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Surf Club Parent Committee

DONNA HARAGAN

COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
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KELLY COOPER

COMMITTEE TREASURER
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MARY ARAGON

COMMITTEE SECRETARY
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Mime Club Parent Committee

SAMUEL & JESSICA HUGHES

COMMITTEE DIRECTORS
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LYDIA AMOS

COMMITTEE MEMBER
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Robotics Club Parent Committee

GENOVEVA RODRIGUEZ

COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
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TIFFINI GONZALEZ

COMMITTEE TREASURER
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CELINNA DEVER

COMMITTEE SECRETARY
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Basketball Club Parent Committee

CINDY HUGHES

COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
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M Reynolds

MELISSA REYNOLDS

COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENT
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ANGELA WHITE

COMMITTEE SECRETARY
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Lydia Amos portrait

LYDIA AMOS

PARENT VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
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VIKKI GRIESHABER

 PARENT COMMITTEE REGISTRAR
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Drama Club Parent Committee

BETH FOX

COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
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LAURA WALMSLEY

COMMITTEE TREASURER
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Jessica Valdez Portrait

JESSICA VALDEZ

COMMITTEE SECRETARY
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LAURA BENNETT

FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR
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MARCY BAMBA

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
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Honor Society Parent Committee

DANA BELCHER

CO-ADVISOR
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KENDRA STROUSE

CO-ADVISOR
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BRANDYN JENNINGS

CO-ADVISOR
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Music Club Parent Committee

CHRISTA BEYENHOF

COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
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JUDY NEYNABER

COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENT
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LEAH PANOS

COMMITTEE SECRETARY
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SHANNON STEPHENSON

COMMITTEE TREASURER
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BRITTANY NORRIS

PARENT VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
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JENNIFER SHIPPEE

ONEACHORD CHOIR DIRECTOR
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Volleyball Parent Committee

NOEL SIPES

COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
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MARY ARAGON

COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENT
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PRISCILA ESTRADA

COMMITTEE TREASURER
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KELLY COOPER

COMMITTEE SECRETARY
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LILLY HENDRY

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
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Academy Leads

Tricia Brenner portrait

TRICIA BRENNER

HCS ACADEMY
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Laurie Aguayo Portrait

LAURIE AGUAYO

JUNIOR ACADEMY
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Class Day Leads

EMILY WELD

EAST COUNTY (EC) CAMPUS
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ERIN MCKINSEY

DEL CERRO (DC) CAMPUS
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ALLISON WARDRIP

ESCONDIDO CAMPUS
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Laura Walmsley Portrait

LAURA WALMSLEY

BONITA CAMPUS
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Jessica Valdez Portrait

JESSICA VALDEZ

BONITA CAMPUS
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Laurie Aguayo Portrait

laurie aguayo

JUNIOR ACADEMY LEAD
Laurie is a California native and has lived in the beautiful city of San Diego for 23 years. She has been married for 15 years and has three children ages 13, 12, and 10.

The Aguayo's family life revolves around Christ centered church attendance, serving their community, and opening their hearts and home to loved ones. They like to travel, meet new people, explore their city, cook, and eat some good food!

Their homeschool journey began two years ago. They used a charter and enrichment centers to help guide them through the beginning stages of home education. Laurie quickly learned that her bottom line was that she wanted her kids to have an entirely faith based educational experience.

Laurie is delighted and looking forward to diving into the Heritage model of homeschooling. Being surrounded by so many with tons of experience will nurture the change and growth she desires. She is thrilled to take on the role of campus lead and serve the wonderful Heritage family! "2023-2024 school year here we come! Let’s go!"
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LYDIA AMOS

HOMESCHOOL MENTOR
BASKETBALL PARENT VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
MIME CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE MEMBER
Lydia Amos was born and raised in San Diego, California. She has been married to her husband, Dennis, since 1992 and will be celebrating 30 years of marriage this coming November. They have six children who have never been to a traditional school. Their children range from 28 to 11 years old. Since homeschooling for 22 years now, they have graduated three with three more to go. Their older children are successful in their jobs, their son in the Air Force and their two daughters are managers at Chick-fil-A.

Lydia has been with Heritage for the whole homeschooling journey so far and will continue until her younger son graduates. She loves what a class day offers in relationship building, community, core subjects, and electives. She believes that Heritage offers so many opportunities for clubs, class days, and sports and there is something for everyone to enjoy and use their gifts and talents to serve the homeschool community.
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MARY ARAGON

SURF CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE SECRETARY
VOLLEYBALL PARENT COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENT
Mary and her husband, Mark, have been homeschooling for 25 years, with the last four years at HCS. They have graduated four of their children and have two more to finish all together. Mary has six grandchildren and loves spending time with her family. She is the Women's Ministry Director at her church and has been teaching Bible studies for 17 years. She enjoys Bible study, sports of all kinds, and learning about history.
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MARCY BAMBA

DRAMA CLUB CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Originally from Simi Valley, CA, Marcy moved down to San Diego after marrying her husband, Jonny, a police detective. They have been married for 14 years and are blessed with a daughter, Elena, 13. Marcy is a licensed esthetician, has a background in design, loves DIY projects and enjoys serving in her local church where she has been involved in both children’s and women’s ministries, singing in choir, and volunteering with the middle school choir.

As a 2nd generation homeschooler (K-12th), Marcy is passionate about homeschooling her daughter and loves the numerous opportunities, the flexibility, and the focus on Christ that homeschooling provides. Although homeschooling Elena since kindergarten, Marcy is grateful to be part of the HCS family for the last 5 years and has enjoyed the amazing friendships, activities, field trips, and productions with the HCS Drama Club.

Together, the Bamba family enjoys traveling, frequenting San Diego beaches and local coffee shops, antique shopping, family movie nights, and serving together at their church.
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DANA BELCHER

HONOR SOCIETY CO-ADVISOR
Having been born into a Navy family, Dana spent her childhood in Virginia, Guam, Coronado, and eventually University City. Because of a strong desire to travel, Dana backpacked through Europe the summer she turned 21 and two years later took a job teaching elementary school for the Department of Defense Dependents School in Germany.

The globetrotting continued after she met and married her husband, John, in 1999 with trips to Ireland, England and Costa Rica. Little did they know the best adventure was yet ahead when they welcomed their two daughters into their lives, Avery, in 2003 and Annaliese in 2005.

After receiving encouragement from friends who were homeschooling, Dana and John decided to take the leap in 2013. It has been their honor to guide their children through their most formative years, infusing the entirety of their education with God’s truth. They are thankful that God has provided an abundance of opportunities through HCS such as sports, class days, speech and debate, drama, choir and the academy but most importantly the support and friendship of likeminded fellow sojourners in their homeschooling journey. As their last child is graduating this year, Dana can say with certainty that homeschooling their children has been her greatest joy.
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LAURA BENNETT

DRAM CLUB FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR
Laura is a native San Diegan. She has been married to her husband, Jason, for 21 years, and they have two boys, ages 10 & 13, whom she has homeschooled through Heritage since her oldest was in Kindergarten. The Bennetts have attended EC Class Day from the beginning and Laura has taught Kindergarten as well as multiple elementary science classes there over the years. Her boys are involved with Band, Choir, Robotics, and Drama while playing ice hockey and Fall Ball on the side. In their free time, the family likes to go camping, road-tripping, go to the beach, and Disneyland.

The Bennett family attends Mission Valley Christian Fellowship, which Laura started attending in 2000 when she first became a Christian. There, Laura teaches in the Family Ministry, Jason plays drums on the Worship Team, leads security, and co-leads the Men’s Ministry and their oldest helps with Livestream and their coffee ministry.

Laura has been a public school teacher for 27 years. Ever since her oldest was born, she started job sharing (sharing her contract with another teacher), and has worked 20% (one day a week) for many years now. She teaches Kindergarten and is thankful to be able to be a help and a light to her young students.

The Bennetts are so blessed and thankful to be a part of Heritage and all it has to offer! Laura is especially excited to take on the role of working with the Drama Committee this year, something she hopes will inspire and bless students while working together with others, using their God-given talents and crediting the One Most High.
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CHRISTA BEYENHOF

MUSIC CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
Christa Beyenhof has a couple of music education degrees and more than 20 years of teaching experience, including serving as the director of bands at Calvary Murrieta Christian School for 8 years, teaching instrumental and classroom music at San Diego Academy and Horizon Christian School, and leading the Heritage Bands for the last 5 years.

Christa and her husband, Brad, have five children, and they have been homeschooling with Heritage since 2016. The Beyenhofs are very active in Bonita Class Day, Drama, Choir, Volleyball, Dad's Breakfasts, and field trips through Heritage. They are a very musical family and they also love serving at their church, participating in sports, taking road trips, and enjoying family movie and game nights.
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TRICIA BRENNER

HCS ACADEMY LEAD
OUTDOOR CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE SECRETARY
Tricia was born and raised in a small town in Ohio, moved to AZ after High School where, at age 22, she met her soulmate Mark and they were married 4 months later in March of 1997. After Mark graduated from ASU they moved to San Diego, where Mark had lived during his high school years and where his parents were still living (and still are). In 2007 the first of 4 children came along and with it the early decision to homeschool. Their homeschooling journey started at the Greater San Diego Academy in Jamul, then they felt the Lord calling them completely out of the public school system and they happily became a part of Heritage in fall of 2015.

At Heritage they started attending EC1 (and still do) and over the years have made many friends and have tried to keep busy with various HCS activities as time allowed. Including Field Trips, Drama, Softball, hiking and outings with other HCS families. Mark and Tricia consider HCS to be a considerable blessing for their family, and can't thank the Lord enough for leading them down this path.

When not teaching the kids, spending time with family/friends and driving too and fro, Tricia has a wide range of interests. Including being a former Search and Rescue Volunteer (which she hopes to go back to), for 8 years she has volunteered as the Regional Commissioner for the local AYSO soccer league, she loves anything outdoors (gardening, chickens, hiking, camping, her favorite places are Pine Valley and Mt. Laguna), all things homesteading, cooking, baking, Bible studies, History, studying natural healing therapies and herbs/remedies for healing, as well as anything related to being creative (art, crafts, sewing, building things) and currently has been teaching fine art at EC1 class day.

Considering the blessing that HCS has been to their family, Tricia is looking forward to using her time and talents being a blessing to other families via her role as Academy Lead.

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KELLY COOPER

SURF CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE TREASURER
GIRLS SOFTBALL COMMITTEE SECRETARY
VOLLEYBALL COMMITTEE SECRETARY
Kelly and her husband of 16 years, Kevin, have been homeschooling their 2 daughters for 10 years and have been with Heritage for the past 9. She and Kevin both grew up in the Kansas City area and are big fans of the Kansas City Chiefs football team. Her family enjoys participating in and watching many sports; especially football, softball/baseball, basketball, water sports, and hiking. She is also enjoys traveling, and had the opportunity to live overseas for 3 years while serving with Youth With a Mission. In those extremely rare moments of free time, Kelly enjoys relaxing at the beach, working in her garden, and baking.
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celinna dever

ROBOTICS CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE SECRETARY
Celinna is a Navy Veteran and retired Army Nurse Corps officer. She was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. While attending nursing school in Hawaii, she met her now husband, Joshua. Together they have two children, Tristan and Trinity. With the constant change of locations that came with military duty, the couple decided to homeschool their children, and came to love the flexibility and depth it provided.

Outside of her homeschooling duties, Celinna continues to work part-time as a registered nurse, and is part of a hula dance group. Through it all, Jesus is her anchor and firm foundation. She offers everything she has, is, and does, to Him.
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CATRINA DOWERS

HOMESCHOOL MENTOR
Catrina Dowers was born and raised in Southern California. She moved to San Diego to attend UCSD and then continued on to get her teaching credential from USD. In the midst of this, she met and married her husband Donald. They have been married 22 years. They have five children ranging in age from 8 to 20.

Catrina taught for a couple years before staying home with her children. She began home schooling when her oldest was 7 years old and is so thankful for this path the Lord is leading their family on. Her husband Don has been a wonderful encouragement and support along the way which has made this road easier. They are both thankful for this opportunity to pour into their children and infuse all subjects with God's Word and present things from a biblical perspective. Neither of them could imagine the kids leaving and heading off to school every day. It has been the sweetest blessing to watch the children grow up together and to be a part of all that they are learning.

Their family attends Paseo Del Rey Church, in Chula Vista, which is only a few minute walk from their home. The kids are also active in Awana. Catrina serves in American Heritage Girls and Don leads highschool boys in Trail Life. They are so thankful for these different groups that each serve different needs in their life and are a blessing to their family.

In her spare time Catrina enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and family and enjoying good food. She and her family like being outdoors, going camping, playing board games and just enjoying time together.

‬“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬
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PRISCILA ESTRADA

VOLLEYBALL COMMITTEE TREASURER
Priscila is a mother of 6 beautiful children, ranging from 2 years old to her very first college freshman! She and her husband have been married for 20 years and have been homeschooling for 10 years. Priscila was born in Texas but was raised in Oaxaca, Mexico. As a child, she always dreamt of having a large family and a farm of her own, she is thankful to be blessed with both. Community and fellowship are important to her and her family. She hopes one day to offer hospitality to other homeschooling families who travel. Priscila loves to learn and continuously challenges herself and motivates those around her.
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beth fox

DRAMA CLUB COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
Beth was born in San Diego, raised in Central California and after moving back and forth between the two several times in her life has happily settled in La Mesa for the past 10 years. She has been married to her husband Joe for 18 years and together they have three incredible daughters ages 16, 14 & 13.
They have always homeschooled their girls and feel so blessed by the beautiful life God’s gifted them. As a family they share a love of literature, art & music. They enjoy camping, hiking, road trips and anything else that gets them outside in God’s Creation.

Besides being a mom, Beth is an Herbalist and Biblical Counselor. She loves working with plants and helping others to find wholeness and healing in Christ. She can also usually be found knitting, baking, drinking tea and starting dance parties in the living room.
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david gettis

OUTDOOR CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
David had a “free-range” childhood, growing up on a mountain in the Canadian countryside. Being homeschooled gave him the freedom to spend lots of time outdoors - fishing, camping, hiking, swimming, and four-wheeling in and around the mountains, lakes and rivers near his home.

Through the HCS Outdoor Club, David seeks to ignite a similar passion and appreciation for God’s creation in his three boys and in the other families of Heritage. David and his wife Cindy, a credentialed schoolteacher, are passionate about educating their boys in knowledge and in the ways of the Lord.
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TIFFINI GONZALEZ

ROBOTICS CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE TREASURER
Tiffini is a California native born at the Naval Hospital. Though she was raised in Arkansas, her heart was always drawn back to San Diego. She moved back here in 2007 as a single mother. Two years later she met her husband, Erik, and they have been married for 11 years.

She has an older son, Buster who she homeschooled from 5th - 8th grade with Classical Conversations. Together they have 2 children, Matthew (9) and Beau (4), that are both neurodivergent. She has a lot of knowledge on how to help get support for kids.

Tiffini has been helping and leading the Preschool classes, helping to get new Hot Lunch options. She runs her own business, Axcelius Accounting Services, in the evening after a full day of homeschooling the kids. In her spare time she is the Committee Chair for the Trail Life Troop 03 in El Cajon.

She loves God and knows that with him everything is possible. Jeremiah 29:11
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VIKKI GRIESHABER

BASKETBALL PARENT COMMITTEE REGISTRAR
Vikki has been involved with Heritage since 1993. She has served in various capacities within the school such as but not limited to teaching at class days, serving as volleyball treasurer, basketball team mom, EC Class Day Coordinator for 5 ½ years, and now helps with the library, field trips, front desk, and RaiseRight fundraising. All of her children were homeschooled through elementary school, and she has graduated eight students from Heritage with the last two graduating in June 2024.

She has been married to Steve since 1980. They became Christians in 1981, and started building their family in 1983. Over the years they have welcomed thirteen children into their family. They currently have twenty-two grandchildren with another blessing due March 2024.

In the church Vikki has served in children’s ministries, church secretary, and many other duties.

Her interest lies in genealogy, cemetery headstone restoration, and cataloging veteran headstones at Greenwood Memorial Park. She is currently involved with the Daughters of the American Revolution serving as Regent for the Letitia Coxe Shelby Chapter, as Senior President for the local Children of the American Revolution- Presidio Hill Society, and as Registrar for the US Daughters of 1812.
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DONNA HARAGAN

SURF CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
Donna fell in love with God’s beautiful Pacific Ocean when she was 9 years old. By the time she was in middle school, she was taking the bus or riding her bike the 30 mile round trip to Newport Beach. It was when she moved to San Diego that her lab colleagues introduced her to surfing. When she stood up on her first ride, she was hooked! Many a lunch break was spent surfing at Scripps Pier. Making the decision to serve Christ has led to many twists and turns in her life, all leading to her 33 year marriage with Randy and the raising of their five children.

Four of those five children have taken up surfing, and one day her son Ray saw an old photo of an extinct HCS surf club in the 30th anniversary yearbook. “Mom! Let’s start a Surf Club again at Heritage!” So, after braving the first winter with just 3 boys 3 years ago, the club has grown to include dozens of students of all ages and skill levels. It is great to see the glory of God’s creation at the beach every week!

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brian & lilly hendry

VOLLEYBALL PARENT COMMITTEE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
SOFTBALL PARENT COMMITTEE SECRETARY
Lilly was born in Mexico City and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when she was 12 years old. Her family relocated to San Diego where she met her husband, Brian. They have been married for almost 27 years, they have 4 children, Joseph, Gabriela, William, and Natalia. 

Lilly has homeschooled their youngest daughter, Natalia for 3 years, 2 of those years with Heritage. She never thought she would homeschool, but she is so grateful to the Lord for the opportunity because it has been a huge blessing.

Brian is the lead pastor of Providence Church of San Diego where he is passionate about equipping people to treasure Christ with faith for all of life. Brian also served as a leader in Christian education in San Diego for 17 years.

Together, Brian and Lilly own a family business, helping other small businesses grow through Hendry.Digital, a marketing and web development company. As a couple, Both enjoy trying new restaurants and as a family they enjoy taking trips, playing board games, and making fun memories.
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CINDY HUGHES

BASKETBALL PARENT COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
Cindy Hughes was born and raised in the beautiful mountains of western Pennsylvania. She spent her college years in the rolling hills of West Virginia earning her bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis in choral and instrumental music. She has had classrooms in the public and private sectors of West Virginia and California, plus taught private piano, voice, and guitar lessons in her home for over 40 years. After relocating to San Diego in 1977, she met her husband John, of 38 years. They have 5 children and 10 grandchildren ages 17 years to 11 months.

John and Cindy are in their 36 th year of homeschooling. They have graduated their oldest 4 who have all successfully gone on to higher education. Their oldest 3 children are married, their 4th child graduated from Heritage last year and has begun her first semester of college, and their youngest is a Junior at Heritage. All their school-aged grandchildren are currently being homeschooled. Cindy believes in homeschooling and knows that it works.

Through her homeschool journey, Cindy has enjoyed many opportunities to pour into the homeschool community. She has taught at various class days, directed a homeschool sign language choir under Grace Christian, taught private homeschool writing classes, founded and directed the Children in
ACTION mime team, directed Aim SD, been the musical director for several CFS Mira Mesa drama musicals, served as leader of CFS Clairemont, and tutored for Classical Conversations.

She enjoys staying active by biking, swimming, walking, clogging, line dancing, and participating in Zumba classes. She is an avid reader and enjoys expressing herself through writing songs and Haikus. She participates in her church community on the worship team and by teaching in the Children’s
Ministries. Cindy’s focus verse is Deuteronomy 30: 19-20 …” Therefore, choose life,” …
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SAMUEL & JESSICA HUGHES

MIME CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE DIRECTORS
Samuel and Jessica bring a wealth of experience in both mime and discipleship. Samuel, a native of San Diego, has a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministries and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Southern California Seminary. Samuel has been actively involved in Mime ministry for 24 years and has been the director of Aim San Diego since 2014. Jessica is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and holds an Associates Degree in biblical studies and works as a registered nurse at Sharp Grossmont. Jessica was part of the DRAMA Ministry team in Lancaster for 10 years. Samuel and Jessica have one daughter, Unity. They both serve at their church, Grace Fellowship of San Diego.

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michelle hembrador

VOLLEYBALL COMMITEE VICE PRESIDENT
Michelle has been married to Ferdie Hembrador for 20 wonderful years and are blessed with three children ages 18, 16, and 14. This will be their 12th year of homeschooling, and fourth year with Heritage. During this time both Ferdie and Michelle served in various areas of teaching, coaching, and committees. Being a part of Heritage class days, sports, and social events has been such a blessing to their family as it brings many opportunities to fellowship and build community with like minded families. Last June, they graduated their oldest daughter from Heritage and realized right then, homeschooling through high school was not only possible but fun!

The Hembrador family enjoys many different activities like volleyball, basketball, the beach, surfing, traveling, cooking simple meals, movie nights, games, and many more as long as they are together. Their family currently attends North Coast Church. They have been there close to 4 years . Ferdie volunteers on the Tech Team and daughter Caitlyn volunteers in the Nursery.
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brandyn jennings

HONOR SOCIETY CO-ADVISOR
Brandyn (Brandy) Jennings never intended to homeschool her children ( she was adamantly opposed to it!); however, the Lord had other plans! “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails,” Proverbs 19:21. She and her husband, Matt, have been married for 23 years and have two children: Tyler, age 16, and Sierra, age 12. This is their tenth year homeschooling, and they have been blessed to have wonderful support and fellowship through Heritage all ten years.

Brandy has a degree in mass communications from Point Loma Nazarene University, and worked in public relations for a number of years before being blessed to stay home with her children full-time. She enjoys reading, writing, worshipping the Lord, fellowshipping with friends, and peacocks. Her children are both avid golfers, so she spends many hours a week as “golf mom,” walking golf courses and enjoying being outdoors in God’s beautiful creation. She has promised her husband that she will start golfing with him as soon as the kids graduate high school!
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heather jensen

HOMESCHOOL MENTOR
Heather has homeschooled for 15 years, entirely with Heritage. She was a public school teacher before having kids. She has a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on Literacy & Curriculum, and she firmly believes that you don’t need to be a professional teacher to be the best teacher for your child. Heather fell in love with homeschooling and enjoys equipping and encouraging fellow homeschool parents.

Her favorite part of homeschooling is the many years of sweet moments on the couch discussing literature and big ideas. She also appreciates personalizing her children’s education, giving them time to develop their creative talents, and seeing them bond with their siblings. As a
mentor, Heather specializes in college prep for high schoolers, and literature-based learning like Sonlight curriculum.

Heather’s oldest daughter is an HCS grad currently thriving in the Torrey Honors College at Biola University; her son and younger daughter are active in the HCS bands, choir, drama club, & EC class day, and in Stoa Speech & Debate. Heather’s husband Steve is a physicist; they are celebrating their 25th anniversary since marrying in 1998. They are active at Foothills church. When Heather has free time, you’ll find her tucked in a hammock with a good book. The Jensens love reading aloud as a family, watching Lord of the Rings and Marvel shows, and eating yummy breakfast food at any hour of the day.
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sharon jones

HOMESCHOOL MENTOR
Sharon Jones has been with Heritage since 2001. She was homeschooled herself, and started homeschooling her nephew and niece. She has graduated 2 of her 3 children from Heritage. The last one is a Freshman with Heritage. Sharon is involved with the mentoring program. She enjoys crafting, reading, and Daughters of the American Revolution in her free time.
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juliette lee

HOMESCHOOL MENTOR
Juliette (AKA Mrs. Lee at HCS Academy) and her husband of [almost] 25 years, Mark, have graduated two home schoolers [Oldest daughter is married and son is in college] and will finish with their daughter Britlynn - graduating class of 2026. Juliette has been blessed to home educate her children since 2007 and her family has been with HCS for the past two years. She loves teaching Chemistry and Geometry at Academy, with her daughter in one of her classes [yay!] The Lee familee enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, visiting their older two children, and watching Britlynn play volleyball with HCS and club.
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ERIN MCKINSEY

DEL CERRO (DC) CLASS DAY LEAD
Erin McKinsey is a San Diego native and Heritage Christian School Alumna. Additionally, she is the daughter of Tracy West, our school accountant. Tracy was called by the Lord to homeschool Erin and her 2 younger sisters beginning in 1997. Erin returned to HCS in 2017 to begin the academic adventure of her own daughter Harmony. She has worked in many educational settings including after-school programs, tutoring, classroom education, teacher mentorship, school and curriculum development.

Following her graduation from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Concentration in Human Development, Erin earned a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Diego State University. Prior to becoming a mother, she instructed Second Grade at Trinity Christian School. This was a truly exciting time for Erin, as she was teaching under the leadership of her former elementary school principal. Erin had attended TCS as a child, beginning in preschool and lasting through 4th grade. When she was 18 years old, Erin was also hired as the lunch supervisor and PE Coach.

Now, Erin strives daily to minister to those around her with Christ’s love. She is a Curriculum Director, attends Skyline Church, and is Head Coach with AYSO. For her, it is a priceless treasure to serve HCS families as Del Cerro Class Day Lead and share in the joy of learning together as we grow in God’s love.
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JUDY NEYNABER

MUSIC CLUB COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENT
Judy Neynaber was born and raised in Southern California. She earned a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from San Diego State University. During her professional career, she focused on implementing customer service, sales, and ecommerce applications for large companies across North America.

Judy has been married to her husband, Chris, for over 25 years. They have homeschooled their two sons since kindergarten, initially through Mt. Everest Academy (MEA) and then transferring to Heritage Christian School (HCS) in 2021. While at MEA, Judy led or co-led several extra-curricular activities and classes, including a history co-op, elementary Spanish class, running club, LEGO club, and choir. She also served as the secretary of the Parent Advisory Group and as a parent representative on the School Site Council and Site Governance Team. At HCS, she has supported her sons’ involvement in Music Club, Drama Club, and Honor Society.

The Neynaber family attends Lake Murray Community Church. In their spare time, they enjoy taking long scenic walks, watching classic movies and TV shows, listening to their favorite music artists, and going to theme parks together.
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BRITTANY NORRIS

MUSIC CLUB PARENT VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Brittany was raised in an Army family, and had the opportunity to live in a variety of different states and countries during her younger years. Since her marriage to Joel 19 years ago, she’s stayed (mostly) put in San Diego and is proud to call this energetic, diverse city her home. She is the mother of five children, ages 8-18, and has been part of the Heritage Christian School family for the past 11 years.

In addition to her involvement with Heritage, she has been leader of the Women’s bible study at her church for more than a decade. Some of her favorite pastimes include reading (especially Christian biographies and historical novels), hiking, tent-camping, learning violin, and having meaningful conversation with her fellow sisters-in-Christ.
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leah panos

MUSIC CLUB COMMITTEE SECRETARY
From San Clemente, CA, Leah is a wife of a US Marine and mom to 12-year-old Zoe. Married for 18 years, Leah and her husband, Alex, met at SDSU, where they both graduated with Music degrees. In addition to playing the harp at her church in Clairemont, Leah performs professionally at local gigs such as library recitals, senior residences, and weddings. In 2020, Leah and Zoe began volunteering as charity cosplayers (costumed characters) greeting families at community events, and hoping to bring smiles to kids’ faces during an uneasy time. Leah also serves as a coordinator for the “causeplay” volunteers with local non-profits.

Leah’s family loves collecting vinyl records, playing at the beach, riding bikes, camping, and road trips. Having also been stationed twice in both Virginia and Camp Pendleton, the Panos family enjoyed four cross-country moves within 4.5 years, but are grateful to stay in San Diego for a few more years.

This is their 3rd year homeschooling and at HCS, and often ask what took so long deciding to homeschool! Leah is honored to be part of her daughter’s homeschool adventure, and is looking forward to what God has in store for this year.
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melissa reynolds

BASKETBALL PARENT COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENT
Melissa Reynolds was born and raised in Juneau, the capital city of Alaska. Upon graduating from Grand Canyon University with a degree in Exercise Science, she moved to San Diego, California where her oldest daughter was born. For the next several years, she relocated to different states due to military moves. She has 4 children, 3 girls and 1 boy, and each child was born in a different state (Shealy - California, Payton - Alaska, Raylin - Hawaii, Dre - Texas).

Upon her return to San Diego in 2011, Melissa decided to begin her homeschool adventure with her children. She chose Heritage because of the opportunity for her kids to participate in the basketball program. Melissa is now in her 9th year of homeschooling with Heritage. Her 2 oldest daughters are Heritage graduates and her 2 youngest are currently enrolled. All 4 children have been involved with the Heritage Basketball program at some point during the last nine years and one daughter went on to coach for a period time.

In previous years, Melissa had served as the Basketball Club Treasurer, but life changes required her to become employed outside the home full time. Her 2 oldest daughters continued with Heritage with a ton of support from HCS families and friends. Her 2 youngest children attended public school and were each placed into classrooms of Christian teachers as part of God’s plan! By the grace of God, Melissa has since been blessed with the opportunity to work full time from home which has allowed her 2 youngest children to return to Heritage. She was able to manage the responsibility of continuing to homeschool and work full time from home. Melissa acknowledges the tremendous amount of help that HCS friends and families have provided to her and her children over the years. She does not take for granted all of the support and accommodations they have received and continue to receive from Heritage Christian School.

Melissa has rejoined the Basketball Parent Committee this year as the Vice President. She is excited to see what this upcoming season has in store!
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genoveva rodriguez

ROBOTICS CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
Genoveva is a San Diego native. Wife to Kenny Rodriguez for 20 years and mother to Oliver (2014) and Analyn (2017). Homeschooling was an idea that was planned on being explored when the children were going to enter middle school. However, after the pandemic, homeschooling seemed like a better option for Oliver as he needed more one-on one attention to catch up to be at grade level.

The family enjoys camping, going to the beach, and serving biweekly in the nursery at their homechurch, the Rock. Lego building is a fascination for Oliver and the family enjoys seeing his new creations. This fascination with creating legos learning about technics has led Genoveva to be part of the Robotics Committee.
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jennifer shippee

MUSIC CLUB ONEACHORD CHOIR DIRECTOR
Jenny Shippee and her husband, Carlton have lived in San Diego since 2014, however they met in 2008 while serving as musicians in the Navy Band in Newport, Rhode Island. They are blessed with three delightful children aged 12, 10, and 8, and are beginning their 5th year homeschooling and 3rd year at HCS. Jenny’s favorite part of homeschooling is getting to be off-peak tourists and reading amazing books with her kids.

Jenny and Carlton serve in their church orchestra, and Jenny is active as oboist with various community groups and her professional ensemble, the Left Coast Quintet. Since retiring from the military in 2020, Carlton has been pursuing a degree and building a career in IT. 

Heritage Christian School has been a fantastic environment and support for the Shippee family’s educational pursuits, but also so rich in genuine community and activities that challenge and grow them in the Lord. Jenny is honored to lead the OneAchord choir, loves working with the talented teen students, and prays it will be a vehicle to bring more souls closer and closer to God, and that He is glorified by the choir’s offerings of music and worship.
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NOEL SIPES

VOLLEYBALL PARENT COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
SOFTBALL PARENT COMMITTEE TREASURER
Noel was born in South Korea and was adopted when she was 2 years old. She spent the majority of her life in Minnesota and moved to San Diego almost 10 years ago. She has been married to her husband, Brett, for 21 years and they have four children 20, 19, 17 and 12. This will be their third year homeschooling and third year with Heritage. Noel started out as an assistant volleyball coach her first year with Heritage. Last year, she was one the girl's JV coaches and most recently has been nominated to be a part of the Volleyball Committee. Noel also plays beach or indoor volleyball, as often as her schedule permits.

The Sipes family likes to be physically active together, swimming, boogie boarding, surfing, volleyball, softball, mountain biking, and hiking, to name a few. Noel never thought that she would be a homeschool mom, but God used recent circumstances in society to "encourage" her to take the plunge. It has been a rewarding and exciting challenge for her to navigate this new frontier.

Heritage has been such a blessing to her family and she prays that you too will find your place in this fun, encouraging, and lively community that loves the Lord!
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SHANNON STEPHESON

MUSIC CLUB COMMITTEE TREASURER
Shannon Stephenson was born on an AirForce base in Oklahoma and did some travel with her dad who was serving but she was able to spend most of her childhood here in San Diego after he retired. Shannon has been married to her husband, Joshua, for 20 years and they have 3 children aged 19 (first graduate!), 16 and 13. The kids have all been homeschooled their whole lives but have been with HCS 5 of those years. Joshua is a full time pastor and part time planner/scheduler; Shannon teaches piano and homeschools the kids; the two kids in HCS are involved in band, volleyball and basketball.

Shannon has been with the music club since it first started in the choir room and has loved every step of the journey. She loves doing anything she can to see this club succeed and bring honor and glory to God through music. She is currently serving as treasurer.
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KENDRA STROUSE

HONOR SOCIETY CO-ADVISOR
Kendra Strouse and her husband, Mark, have been married for 21 years. They are both from the San Jose area but have been living in San Diego for 20 years now. They have two daughters, ages 16 and 14. This is their 12th year homeschooling with HCS. Over the years, they have participated in various HCS activities including class days, drama club, choir, and honor society. Their kids are also actively involved in competitive swimming and BMX.

Kendra has her graduate degree in Physical Therapy. In addition to homeschooling, she also works part time as a physical therapist in an outpatient clinic. She has loved teaching her children and the flexibility that homeschooling has allowed their family. HCS has been a tremendous support and offered wonderful opportunities and extracurricular activities for their family. Kendra served on the parent committee with the drama club for the past few years, but she has decided to serve as an advisor for Honor Society this year. She feels blessed to help serve at the school who has given so much to her family.
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lisa toleno

HOMESCHOOL MENTOR
Lisa Toleno has been homeschooling her two sons through Heritage Christian School since 2017. She has spoken at HCS's Homeschool Conferences on Charlotte Mason education and on the science of reading for dyslexics. She has hosted park days and taught at EC class day using the Charlotte Mason method.

Lisa has hosted a local Charlotte Mason reading group for the last five years. She is a youth group leader and leads the Truth in Training AWANA club at Lake Murray Community Church.

Lisa is a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve and the Commodore of Reserve Tactical Air Control Group One. She flew S-3B Vikings in the Navy.
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jessica valdez

BONITA CLASS DAY CO-LEAD
DRAMA CLUB COMMITTEE SECRETARY
Jessica Valdez and her husband Felix will celebrate 24 years of marriage this year. They have lived in San Diego their entire life. Felix served in the US Navy, and Jessica served her church body as an Office Manager and Campus & Event Coordinator. They are the proud parents of 20, 18, and 11-year-olds. Their sons enjoy the culinary arts and fitness and attend Grossmont College and Grand Canyon University. Their daughter is in the sixth grade and enjoys drama and music. They own and operate their restoration and construction company. They are faithfully involved at Ocean View Church and currently are Sparky leaders in the AWANA program there.

New to homeschooling, Jessica has found community, accountability, encouragement, and support by being involved in Sports Clubs, Music, Drama, and Co-ops through Heritage.
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LAURA WALMSLEY

BONITA CLASS DAY CO-LEAD
DRAMA CLUB COMMITTEE TREASURER
Laura Walmsley was born in Texas, but has been a California girl since she was a toddler. She met her husband, Robert, who was born and raised in San Diego in 2002. They have been married for 17 years and have 2 children together. Their son Gabriel is a 6th grader and daughter Marissa is a 4th grader.

Laura and Robert attend Bonita Valley Community Church regularly with their family. BVCC has been Laura's home church since she was 3 years old! Through the years she has participated as a group leader with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Moms Connected, has worked in childcare for the MOPS moms, and every summer she co-leads "The Imagination Station" at VBS (Vacation Bible School). Laura currently leads a small group within Women's Bible Study.

2021-2022 was the Walmsley family's first year at HCS and their first year homeschooling! The Lord began stirring Laura's heart very strongly when public school shut down for her children in 2020. Immediately, God began to open doors that were drawing Laura towards the homeschool community, Even though it was not something she ever expected to be doing, she was obedient to the Lord's call and went "all in"! God orchestrated the transition so beautifully by reconnecting her with a high school friend who introduced her to HCS. She found a beautiful, welcoming, and supportive community at Bonita Class Day. It was the glue she needed to keep her faithful on this new journey. Laura is teaching "Hands on Science" this year and she is very excited to see how the Lord will use her in co-leading Bonita Class Day in the Fall!

Laura loves reading, art, gardening, all things wellness, anything vintage and movie nights with her family.
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ALLISON WARDRIP

ESCONDIDO CLASS DAY LEAD
Allison Wardrip has been married to her husband, Noah, for 20 years. They have two daughters, ages 14 and 10. They are entering their 8th year of homeschooling and they've been at Heritage for all of those years. Their family loves to travel around the US and internationally. They love to play board games, with favorites being Dominion, Catan, and Splendor. They love all the wonderful activities San Diego has to offer, including Padres games, the beach, hiking and bike riding.

Allison is a native Californian and has lived in San Diego for 21 years. She absolutely loves coffee, loves to read and discuss books, and loves worship music & hymns. Recently, she has been attending Bible classes and building her skills in Theology, Biblical Worldview, and Apologetics. As a result, it has deepened her passion to teach young people in these areas to help bolster their faith. She also uses her time to volunteer with various Jesus-loving organizations such as the Center for Biblical Unity, Unity4Orphans, and American Heritage Girls.

Allison counts it a blessing and privilege to homeschool and she is truly thankful for Heritage! She is looking forward to leading the Escondido Class Day for its 2nd year! God is good and it is exciting to see what He will do to expand our school and bring more families into this amazing community!
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EMILY WELD

EAST COUNTY (EC) CLASS DAY LEAD
Emily Weld, a 2nd generation homeschooler, San Diego native, and HCS graduate (1995), who is in her 13th year of homeschooling her children ages 17, 14, 11 and 7 all through Heritage and Classical Conversations. As a family, they enjoy working in the yard, church involvement, raising service dogs, backpacking, and traveling to visit family spread around the country. Personally, Emily enjoys running, gardening, and reading biography or history books. She and her husband Andy have been married for 19 years and are excited and challenged to pass on the blessing of a godly heritage to their children in pursuit of glorifying Jesus and making Him known.
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ANGELA WHITE

BASKETBALL PARENT COMMITTEE SECRETARY
Angela is a Los Angeles native raised half her childhood in North LA county and the other half in Ventura County. The Lord moved her and her two teens to San Diego last May (2021) where they found the HCS community and have been enjoying the classes, sports and clubs. Although this is their 3rd and final year at HCS (both her students are graduating this year) they’ve been homeschooling since her younger student was in 2nd grade. Angela wasn’t surprise when God called her to homeschool her kids at such a young age, but she didn’t realize it would continue through high school. She feels very blessed to be part of her kids growth and development. The bond they’ve had over the years is something she praises God for. “It’s the best thing ever getting to watch their lives unfold,” she says. She’s grateful to be called to such a journey even as a single mother. God has been gracious through it all.

Angela’s passions lie in motherhood, the performing arts (theater/ dance/tv/film production), teaching, and building community. She also runs a non profit organization while working full-time and homemaking. She really does love it all.

Angela loves spending time with her teens beaching, traveling and road tripping, especially in their family-friends’ VW Busses! Seeing new places and experiencing new cultures is something Angela and her kids love to do and look forward to doing more of one day.

In her spare time you will also find Angela reading, learning about homesteading and gardening, and enjoying the outdoors.
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