Junior Academy

Quality Courses, Biblical Worldview

Please visit the Academies page for important class registration dates and eligibility requirements.

Jr Academy fall 2024 catalog cover
Click on the image above to view the online catalog with option to download as a pdf document.

Location (2023-2024): Mission Trails Church, 4880 Zion Avenue, San Diego CA 92120 (Map)

Meets: Weekly on Mondays, 9:30am - 3:00pm 

Lead: Wendy Steele

Weekly Drop Off Classes for Grades TK to 6th.

Classes will cover the four core subjects of Language Arts, Math, History, and Science. 

Classes are taught by Independently Contracted teachers.

Class fees are payable directly to the teachers: $1,600/year per student.

Admin fee (in addition to the class fee): $225

Teachers have different drop policies and billing cycles. Please note the policy and payment information for each specific class.

Schedule: The full campus will meet for a Chapel opening and then split off by classroom.

9:30am-9:50am - Chapel
10:00am-11:00am - 1st-Hour Instruction
11:00am-11:10am - Break
11:10am-12:10pm - 2nd-Hour Instruction
12:10pm-12:45pm - Lunch
12:50pm-1:50pm - 3rd-Hour Instruction
1:50pm-2:00pm - Break
2:00pm - TK & Kindergarten Dismissal
2:00pm-3:00pm - 4th-Hour Instruction

Kinder class

Meet Our 2024-2025 Junior Academy Team


Jr academy lead

Wendy Steele is a native of the picturesque city of San Diego, where she was both born and raised. Alongside her husband Jon, she is the proud parent of two children. Their daughter is currently in 5th grade, while their son is beginning his educational journey in 1st grade.

Embarking on their third year of homeschooling, Wendy and Jon were introduced to Heritage through their church at Bonita Valley, a decision they have found both rewarding and fulfilling.

Wendy brings with her eight and a half years of experience in public service, a career she paused when her husband Jon ventured into entrepreneurship. This shift allowed Wendy to prioritize her family and support Jon in building his small business, affording her the flexibility to be actively involved in her children’s education.

Presently, Wendy participates in various educational programs such as Bonita Class Day, Del Cerro Class Day, and Jr. Academy. Outside of academics, the Steele family enjoys exploring the country in their RV, indulging in video games as a bonding activity, and visiting theme parks.

Looking forward, Wendy is excited about the opportunity to contribute to the Heritage community as the Jr. Academy Lead for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year.


kinder jr academy teacher

Casey Fraser

TK/Kindergarten Instructor
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Casey has been an educator for more than 15 years and has been married to her husband Ian for 22 years. Together, they have homeschooled their four children through Heritage Christian School. Casey cherishes the community of friends that she and her children have found at HCS and greatly enjoys the flexibility and quality time that homeschooling has given her family.

Casey received her Bachelor’s Degree from Point Loma Nazarene University as well as a Special Education Teaching Credential from San Diego State University. She taught special education for four years before joining HCS to begin her homeschooling journey with her family. Casey has taught Kindergarten, Preschool, 1st-3rd combo classes, and more at HCS class days over the past 12 years. She is passionate about making learning engaging, fun, and glorifying to God. Casey desires every child to know of God’s great love for them!

In her free time, Casey enjoys studying the Bible, going out for coffee, hiking with family at Mission Trails, reading and singing with her family. Casey is looking forward to teaching kindergarten this year at HCS Jr Academy and will be praying for each one of her students.
1/2 grade jr academy teacher

Shaunna Shamoon

1st/2nd Grade Instructor
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Shaunna has been a homeschool mom for the past seventeen years. She has four children and is still homeschooling the last two, one in middle school and the other in early elementary. She has a love and a passion to teach the next generations about living a life that honors God. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from San Diego State University and two Master’s Degrees from Liberty University (Theological Studies and Religious Education). She finished her academic career with Liberty, achieving a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling. Her love for learning shows in her academic endeavors and in how she teaches others the knowledge she has learned. She is currently a professor in the online program at Colorado Christian University. This dynamic puts her in a unique position to teach students who are beginning their education here at Heritage and those who are finishing their educational journey.

In her personal life, Shaunna enjoys spending time with her family (husband of 25 years/four children) and investing in her local church of thirteen years. She currently disciples many young adult women in her church’s congregation, leads in the weekly college ministry, and serves on the worship team.

Shaunna is very excited to work with the 1/2 grade class and is extremely hopeful for a wonderful year with her students and parents. Know that she will be praying for all the families and students she is involved with and is looking forward to sharing in this piece of your homeschool journey.
3/4 grade jr academy teacher

Rebekah Prager

3rd/4th Grade Instructor
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Rebekah is a homeschool mom of four who for the past eight years has been living in Tijuana, Meixco where she and her husband work in a non-profit ministry. She has a heart for Christian education, and currently runs two education centers that serve underprivileged, unschooled children in the Tijuana area. Before having children, she worked as a history and Spanish teacher at the secondary level, and since she started homeschooling eight years ago, has taught multiple elementary and middle school-aged classes in a Christian homeschool program in Chula Vista.

Rebekah is passionate about teaching and inculcating truth into her children and others, and loves to integrate faith in all areas of study. She enjoys traveling and experiencing new places and cultures, reading, and playing board games with her family!
Rebekah earned her bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish from Westmont College, and a secondary teaching credential from Cal State, San Bernardino.
5/6 grade jr academy teacher

Raquel Ramirez

5th/6th Grade Instructor
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Raquel is a San Diego native who for the past seven years has been teaching grades 4-6 in a Christian homeschool program. She is passionate about leading children to understand God’s Truth in all subjects of instruction by placing the Lord at the center.

Beginning her ninth year homeschooling her three sons, she delights in being humbled and strengthened through this journey. Motherhood and homeschooling remain her greatest callings.
With compassion and enthusiasm, she loves serving others. She arranges outreaches for women in the community organizing clothing swaps and craft fairs, mentors newly homeschooling moms, and serves on her church’s praise and worship team. Along with her family, she enjoys road trips around the United States where they experience hands-on learning and gratitude for God ‘s creation. Her family’s latest trip was witnessing the Solar Eclipse 2024 in Texas.

Raquel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from San Diego State University and a Master’s in Organizational Management from Ashford University.
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