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.

This year, we will be featuring volunteers in the newsletter throughout the year and adding them to this page as we go along. We want you to know these names; we want you to seek them out and acknowledge their service. And, yes, we want you to be inspired to be ready to volunteer as well when your season of life enables you to do so. In the meantime, please thank and appreciate those that are in that season of life now and are putting in the time to make HCS the vibrant homeschool community it is.

Surf Club Parent Committee

DONNA HARAGAN

COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
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EMMIE PALACIOS

COMMITTEE SECRETARY
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KELLY COOPER

COMMITTEE TREASURER
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Robotics Club Parent Committee

DERRICK DAVIS

COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
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JUSTIN ROYSDON

COMMITTEE VISE PRESIDENT
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AUBREE HENDEE

COMMITTEE SECRETARY
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CINDY GETTIS

COMMITTEE TREASURER
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Basketball Club Parent Committee

CINDY HUGHES

COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
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Lydia Amos portrait

LYDIA AMOS

COMMITTEE TREASURER
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ANGELA WHITE

COMMITTEE SECRETARY
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CORA SYKES

COMMITTEE REGISTRAR
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KARIE HOLMES

JOBS COORDINATOR
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Drama Club Parent Committee

MARCY BAMBA

COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
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EMILY WELD

COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENT
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CRYSTAL DOMINGUEZ-POWELL

COMMITTEE TREASURER
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CHRISTA BEYENHOF

COMMITTEE SECRETARY
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BETH FOX

COMMITTEE MEMBER
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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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BRITANNY NORRIS

COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENT
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SHANNON STEPHENSON

COMMITTEE TREASURER
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TRACY KIFFE

COMMITTEE SECRETARY
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SARAH SEDGWICK

MEDIA COORDINATOR
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LEAH PANOS

MUSIC LIBRARIAN
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JENNIFER SHIPPEE

ONEACHORD CHOIR DIRECTOR
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Volleyball Parent Committee

NOEL SIPES

COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
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FERDIE & MICHELLE HEMBRADOR

COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENT
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LATANDRA FAIR

COMMITTEE TREASURER
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PRISCILA ESTRADA

COMMITTEE SECRETARY
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EMMIE PALACIOS

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
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Academy Leads

LAURA ACOSTA

HCS ACADEMY
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JESSICA SEPULVEDA

JUNIOR ACADEMY
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Class Day Leads

EMILY WELD

EAST COUNTY (EC) CAMPUS
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Erin McKinsey Portrait

ERIN MCKINSEY

DEL CERRO (DC) CAMPUS
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Cecilia Lafew portrait

CECILIA LEFFEW

BONITA CAMPUS
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Lydia Amos portrait

LYDIA AMOS

CLAIREMONT CAMPUS
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Allison Wardrip Portrait

ALLISON WARDRIP

ESCONDIDO CAMPUS
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LAURA ACOSTA

HCS ACADEMY LEAD
Laura was born and raised in Chula Vista and she and her husband Leo have been married for 21 years. Leo and Laura have 5 children ages 16, 15, 12, 10, and 6 and have been homeschooling all of them since Day One. She and her family have been homeschooling with Heritage for 10 years and Laura has been involved in Heritage as the Bonita Class Day Coordinator and now as the HCS Academy Lead. Leo is also a member of the HCS Board of Directors.

Laura and her family are very involved at their home church, Bonita Valley Community Church, where she sings on the worship team. Laura enjoys spending time with her family playing music, laughing, eating, and going to the beach. When she makes time, she loves a good self help book.

Laura loves her homeschooling adventure and is excited to see what the Lord has in store for her and her family this year!
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Lydia Amos portrait

LYDIA AMOS

CLAIREMONT CLASS DAY LEAD
BASKETBALL PARENT COMMITTEE TREASURER
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 27 to 10 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. When the call for a new class day in Clairemont came up, Lydia was thrilled to participate as she knows the benefits. The Lord knew that she would be the one to lead this new class day. She is looking forward to what the Lord has planned for the coming year.
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MARCY BAMBA

DRAMA CLUB COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
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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CHRISTA BEYENHOF

MUSIC CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
DRAMA CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE SECRETARY
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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KELLY COOPER

SURF CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE TREASURER
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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DERRICK DAVIS

ROBOTICS CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
Derrick was born in South Carolina, grew up in Wisconsin, and has lived all over the United States and overseas. Derrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Computers Science with a minor in Astronomy. Derrick and his wife Helen have been married for eighteen years. They live in Harbison Canyon with their two children Sarah Rose (HCS Freshman) and Mikael (HCS Junior). After 5 years of Waldorf education for Mikael and Sarah Rose, the family transitioned to Heritage for homeschooling just prior to the COVID pandemic. Helen is a special education teacher with the Grossmont Union High School District. Derrick’s older three children, and one son-in-law, have settled back into Wisconsin over the years.

Derrick retired from the Navy in 2008 and became a Cybersecurity expert as a Navy civilian. The family has many diverse activities to keep them busy outside of homeschooling including Boy Scouts, East County Youth Symphony, church youth group, Viking age living history, and the farmstead. The Davis farmstead includes a small garden, a horse, two goats, ten hens with one rooster, four dogs, two snakes, one cat, one gecko, one hermit crab, and three turtles. As living historians, the Davis family is known for natural dyes, metal casting, fiber arts, historical engineering, Viking living, Saami culture, and cooking.
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CRYSTAL DOMINGUEZ-POWELL

DRAMA CLUB COMMITTEE TREASURER
Crystal is a San Diego native. She and her husband, Adam, have a son who is in 4th grade. They have been with Heritage for two years but have homeschooled their son from the beginning. Homeschooling wasn’t something Crystal ever anticipated doing but she is grateful for the opportunity to be able to embark on this grand adventure. She feels incredibly blessed to be able to watch her son grow and learn new things. Most of all, she cherishes spending time with her son and the time that their family is able to spend together because of it.

In her spare time, Crystal loves to serve others, read, craft, play games, and randomly fold people’s money into origami.
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PRISCILA ESTRADA

VOLLEYBALL COMMITTEE SECRETARY
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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LAtandra fair

VOLLEYBALL COMMITTEE TREASURER
LaTandra is a born and raised Texan and loves to do life Big. She's a mother of nine children and has homeschooled for 12 years. As a military spouse Tandra has found herself in California, the melting pot of diversity, which she absolutely loves. Exploring countries and cultures with her children have been a great joy. Teaching her children to adventure through seeing the globe through Gods eyes is what fuels her homeschooling adventure. She enjoys a diversity of things including photography, writing, mastering new international recipes, psychology as well as exploring and understanding social norms and building relationships within community.
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beth fox

DRAMA CLUB COMMITTEE MEMBER
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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CINDY GETTIS

ROBOTICS CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE TREASURER
Cindy is a San Diego native. She was raised in Fallbrook and attended Point Loma Nazarene University, where she studied to be an elementary teacher. Her husband was homeschooled, and she decided the Lord was leading her in that direction when her kids were tiny. She's enjoys being able to disciple and teach her kids at home. She loves to read, travel, and go on adventures with her husband. She lives in Ramona and attend the Escondido Class Day.
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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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aubree hendee

ROBOTICS CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE SECRETARY
Aubrie Hendee is a native San Diegan. She has been married to her husband Eric for 13 years. They have 3 children (Madeline- age 10, Zachary- age 8, and Timothy- age 6). They have homeschooled their kids since the beginning, having had the blessing of several other homeschooling family members leading the way.

Aubrie always wanted to be a teacher but she never expected to be a homeschooler! She has a bachelor's degree from San Diego State University in Business Administration with a minor in Spanish. Aubrie loves crafting and singing but her family's main passion is CAMPING!! She serves as the Co-Ministry Director for AWANA at her church and is involved in several other ministries there. She loves the Lord and strives to serve Him to the fullest.
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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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ferdie & michelle hembrador

VOLLEYBALL COMMITEE VICE PRESIDENT
Ferdie and Michelle Hembrador have been married 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.

Ferdie has a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. He has worked 27 years and counting in the VLSI semiconductor Industry. 
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KARIE HOLMES

BASKETBALL PARENT COMMITTEE JOBS COORDINATOR
Both Karie and her husband Will were born and raised in Northern California. March 2023 will mark their 22nd wedding anniversary. They have been blessed with 3 children. Two have graduated college and moved on to successful careers. Their youngest is a Junior at HCS. In addition to 3 children they have 2 beautiful grandbabies, “the littles” who they adore.

The Holmes family moved to San Diego in 2016 and landed in Poway. Karie is a retired Homemaker and Will is an Engineer. They thank God everyday their son requested to be homeschooled and God presented it as the very best option not only for their son, but for their family. Homeschooling is a new journey for the Holmes Family. They know God sent them to HCS.

Karies favorite thing is waking up by the ocean, grabbing a cup of coffee and listening to the waves. She enjoys reading, and spending time with family and pets. Since she was a little girl she has been interested in missions (people and cultures) and helping children see the love of Christ.

Karie is excited to be a part of the Basketball Committee, meet the parents and become part of the HCS community. 
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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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tracy kiffe

MUSIC CLUB COMMITTEE SECRETARY
Tracy Kiffe and her husband, Brian, have been married for 21 years. They have three children currently in 10th grade, 8th grade, and 6th grade. They have homeschooled with HCS since 2012. During this time they have participated in various class days, clubs, and sports and are thankful for the Godly influence and friendships formed over the years. It has been an honor for Tracy to serve as the Secretary for the Music Club for the past three years. Tracy enjoys traveling the country and exploring God’s beautiful creation with her family. She is thankful for the memories created and the gift of time homeschooling allows.
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Cecilia Lafew portrait

CECILIA LEFFEW

BONITA CLASS DAY LEAD
Cecilia Leffew and her husband, Nathan, have been married for 18 years. Together they have two teenage daughters. They have been homeschooling with HCS since 2012. During this time Cecilia has taught and assisted in many classes at Bonita Class Day. The fellowship and friendships they have made through Heritage have been invaluable to their homeschool journey. It has been an honor for her to serve as the Lead for Bonita for 4 years. Cecilia has lived in San Diego almost her entire life and serves the Lord in her church orchestra. She loves to cook, bake, play board games and knit.
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Erin McKinsey Portrait

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 when Erin was in 5th grade to homeschool her 3 youngest daughters. Erin returned to HCS in 2017 to begin the academic adventure of her daughter Harmony. She has worked in many educational settings including nursery coordination, after-school programs, tutoring, preschool and elementary classrooms.

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 is employed as a teacher part-time and head of curriculum development. She has attended Foothills Christian Church for the past 25 years. 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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BRITTANY NORRIS

MUSIC CLUB COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENT
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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EMMIE PALACIOS

VOLLEYBALL VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
SURF CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE SECRETARY
Emmie was born and raised in San Diego. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Richard, and they have three children. This is her family’s second year with HCS, but their 11th year homeschooling. In the spring, they graduated their first child and in the fall they will have a college freshman, high school freshman, and a 6th grader. With each child entering a new season of life, Emmie considers it a blessing to be able to walk alongside them on their journeys and help each of them discover and develop the gifts the Lord has given them. She has even uncovered some of her own along the way.

Emmie is a self proclaimed introvert and hermit but she enjoys welcoming people when she is not busy hiding in a corner.
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leah panos

MUSIC CLUB MUSIC LIBRARIAN
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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justin roysdon

ROBOTICS CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENT
Justin grew up in Central California, but has been all over the world while serving in the U.S. Navy. During his last few years in the Navy he met and married his wife, Shelanie Roysdon.

Justin worked for SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific in San Diego for his last tour with the Navy and has been closely connected to the Navy ever since. Prior to joining the Navy Justin earned his Associate Arts degree in Communications. After the Navy, Jusrinbused his benefits to earn a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from San Diego Christian College while also being a student pilot.

In 2021, with God's grace and support Justin completed his Master of Science in CyberSecurity with an emphasis in Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing. Justin utilizes the skillz Godvhelped him acquire in life, the Navy, and schooling to help build automation tools for the Federal Government.

Justin currently serves at his local church, Faith Bible Fellowship, as the Sound Engineer where he manages the sound system. He also trains and manages sound technicians who volunteer to help. Just has his drone pilot license from the FAA and enjoys flying remote planes and drones.
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sarah sedgwick

MUSIC CLUB MEDIA COORDINATOR
Sarah grew up in RI, TX, and CO. At college in WA, she fell in love with Jesus, and also Mike. She eventually followed him to CA where they tied the knot 22 years ago. At SDSU, Sarah earned a degree in Graphic Design. She worked in churches while Mike worked and finished seminary. Then came baby Calvin and, 18 months later, Duncan.

Sarah learned about homeschooling while reading parenting books with a sleeping baby on her lap. They joined Heritage for kindergarten and have been here ever since. She’s still really not sure what she’s doing, but the boys, now in 8th and 10th grades, just keep learning anyway. They live in Escondido and currently participate in Escondido and Bonita class days and Concert and Jazz Band.

Sarah is a quiet pastor’s wife who loves trees, music, art, literature, and theology. She does not enjoy hot weather or conflict. When she’s not teaching, you’ll find her helping at church, cooking and dancing, walking the dogs, painting, playing hymns on the trumpet, or, most likely, with her nose in a book.
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jessica sepulveda

JUNIOR ACADEMY LEAD
Like both of her sisters, Jessica is a proud HCS alum. Since graduating in 2018, she has remained an active volunteer in the HCS community including teaching a photography class at EC Class Day and lending her photography and videography skills to the Yearbook/VMA program. While she enjoys providing professional photography services in her spare time, she’s currently a full-time residential leasing consultant. Jessica has many passions including playing softball, which she played from the age of five through high school; singing, which she has used to serve in church worship ministry since the age of 13; and song writing. She has several copy-written songs under her belt inspired by difficult situations she has had to face in her young life.

As a PK, Jessica was born into ministry and has been involved in ministry all her life. Jessica loves the Lord with all her heart, and nothing relaxes her more than sitting at the piano and singing worship songs to her creator, Jesus Christ.

Jessica is excited to continue to help HCS by serving as the Jr. Academy lead in its first year of operation and looks forward to growing with it.
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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 COMMITTEE PRESIDENT
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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CORA SYKES

BASKETBALL PARENT COMNITTEE REGISTRAR
Cora and her husband Glen have been married for 31 years and are both Pennsylvania natives. They met at a Christian camp and are now serving as pastor and wife at San Diego Grace Brethren Church. They have been in San Diego for 17 years.

She has spent many years teaching in the classroom as well as homeschooling her two children. Her daughter graduated from Heritage in 2018 and her son will graduate in 2025.

Quilting and sewing are two of her favorite pastimes and she's always willing to help anyone learn these skills. When not on a sewing machine, Cora can be found in front of her computer or outside in nature.

This is Cora's third year on the basketball committee. Both of her children have played on basketball teams for HCS since they joined Heritage in 2013.
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ALLISON WARDRIP

ESCONDIDO CLASS DAY LEAD
Allison Wardrip has been married to her husband, Noah, for 19 years. They have two daughters, ages 13 and 9. They are entering their 7th year of homeschooling and they've been at Heritage for all of those years. Their family loves to travel, play board games, go to Padres games, explore nature on hikes and bike rides, and they are avid dog lovers; they have fostered puppies and they have a 15-year-old dog, Jack.

Allison is a native Californian and has lived in San Diego for 20 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, We See You San Diego, and American Heritage Girls.

She counts it a blessing and privilege to homeschool and she is truly thankful for Heritage! Allison is looking forward to helping launch a brand new Class Day! She can’t wait to see what the Lord 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
DRAMA CLUB PARENT COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENT
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 2nd year at HCS 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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