Jess Hetherington has served the MCS community as the Superintendent since 2013. For many years Mr. Hetherington taught (AP) Advanced Placement History, British Literature and Bible at the High School level and served as a Superintendent for six years at a K-12 private school located here in North County San Diego prior to coming to Maranatha Christian Schools. He earned his B.A. in History/Social Science from Azusa Pacific University as a student-athlete and has attended graduate school through Azusa Pacific University, Talbot School of Theology and California Baptist University where he studied Education, Philosophy of Religion/Ethics and Educational Leadership (M.A.) Jess and his wife Courtney have been married for 12 years and have five children.
It has been Mr. Plotnik's pleasure to serve as the High School Principal since the 2006-2007 school year when the school moved from the Black Mountain campus and started 9th and 10th grade at the present location. His undergraduate work was completed in 1980 at Cal State University Long Beach, where he earned a B.A. in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences: Geography. He also possesses an M.A. in Educational Leadership: Educational Technology and Learning from Azusa Pacific University. He relocated his family from Los Angeles to San Diego in 1991, when Haley, the youngest of his three children, was born (she was one of six in the first graduating class). A few years later after moving, Mr. Plotnik entered the teaching profession after earning a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. He taught multiple subjects at the junior and senior high school level, coached cross-country and track and field, and served as Athletic Director for another Christian school where he took his Boys’ Cross Country team to a CIF State Championship. Science, especially Chemistry, is his great passion as a teacher!
Mrs. Rodriguez has been part of the Calvary Chapel family since her first day of Kindergarten at Calvary Chapel Schools in Costa Mesa. After graduating from Calvary Chapel High School, she received her B.A. in Journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Working in journalism for several years, Kelly decided to return to the school that ministered to her throughout her education. It is where she taught English Literature for twelve years while maintaining the role of ASB Advisor, Vice Principal of Staff and Curriculum. In June 2018, Kelly moved to San Diego and joined the MCS family where she served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for three years before becoming Junior High Principal. Kelly currently holds a California Teaching Credential and a Masters from Concordia University in Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. Rodriguez has a passion for finding victory in Christ as we daily strive to be His disciples. She is always working towards building a community of believers who are proud to work together as we do our best in all that we were given!
Mrs. Cook has been blessed to serve the MCS community since 2004. She joined the Elementary team as a 3rd grade teacher. Later, she became the first Director of Curriculum and Instruction at MCS, allowing her to serve the Preschool - High School programs and staff. In her current role as Elementary Principal since 2013, she has found her ministry in building a vibrant community of young learners who can thrive spiritually and academically. Mrs. Cook also enjoys the dynamic partnerships with dedicated teachers, and trusting parents and students. Mrs. Cook holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon, a Masters in Education and California Teaching Credential from National University. Mrs. Cook considers her calling to the ministry of Christian Education an honor and blessing.
Mrs. Andrews joined the MCS administrative staff as Preschool Director in June 2009. She earned her B.S. in Finance from San Diego State University. Mrs. Andrews was a Branch Manager in the financial services industry before being led by the Lord to serve in Christian education. She returned to college to complete her certification for Early Education Program Director with the State of California and has spent over 20 years serving young children and families. Mrs. Andrews enjoys spending time with her husband, their three children, and grandchildren. She loves gardening, reading, and needlework.
Mr. Bertaux joined the teaching staff of MCS in August 2020 and thoroughly enjoys the community of students and parents. 2020 marks the 14th year of teaching for Mr. Bertaux where he has primarily focused on American and World History and how to integrate the Bible throughout. Mr. Bertaux graduated from San Diego Christian College with a major in Social Science and minor in Biblical Studies.
He has been married for 10 years to his wife, Melanie, and they have three amazing children. Mr. Bertaux loves playing and coaching basketball as it provides more opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A favorite Scripture of his is Mark 10:45 - For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Deedee Chackel M.Ed., Ed.S., began working at MCS In 2018 as a part-time Educational Specialist tasked with providing better individualized support to our community of students exhibiting mild to moderate learning differences. She is currently the Director of our Academic Resource Community (ARC) program and spends her time networking with local providers and school districts, educating our staff and parents, and planning for the execution of student support services on campus.
Deedee is from Atlanta, GA and attended undergraduate school at Vanderbilt University where she double-majored in Early Childhood Education and Cognitive Studies. She attended graduate school at the University of Georgia where she earned her advanced degrees in School Psychology with a minor in Counseling Psychology.
She has an extensive background in working with school-age students exhibiting developmental disabilities, with associated social-emotional challenges, across a variety of settings, including private schools, private practices, and university/hospital clinics such as Emory University and UCLA Medical Center.
Deedee and her husband, Geoff, have identical twin daughters who have been faithful MCS students since the 1st grade.
Her favorite bible verse is; Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Mrs. Grenewitz is thrilled to be joining the Maranatha Christian Schools family. She was born and raised in Southern California and has been living in San Diego with her family as of 2014. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Business Administration. After graduation, she worked as a Commercial Real Estate Broker in West Los Angeles. Mrs. Grenewitz’s core values are service, intentionality and growth. She is passionate about serving God through her community as well as leading people in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Her favorite adventures are with her family, they love to camp, hike, snow ski and mountain bike. Mrs. Grenewitz and her husband have been married for 15 years and have three daughters.
Mrs. Howard was born in London, England into a thespian family and has been teaching dance and theatre for over 35 years while also managing her own dance studio. Mrs. Howard ran a Youth Theatre Ministry for 13 years before coming to MCS in 2013 as the Director of Performing Arts for grades TK–12. She has directed over 35 youth productions and 17 summer theatre camps in her time at the school. Mrs. Howard currently oversees the Performing Arts Department as well as teaching JH Choir and directing 2 musicals a year! Her great passion and vision is teaching children to glorify Christ through the performing arts.
Mrs. Nelson joined the MCS teaching staff in the 2017-2018 school year. She grew up in the Bay Area, graduating from San Jose State with a degree in English and an emphasis and certification in secondary education. After teaching at the junior high and high school level, Mrs. Nelson stayed home to focus on their three young boys. She returned to teaching in San Jose as a substitute and part-time teacher. At that time, Mrs. Nelson earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through California State University, Monterey Bay. After completing the program, she was excited to return to the classroom full-time and spend her days with junior highers. Mrs. Nelson enjoys time with her husband and three boys, read a good book, relax in the sunshine, and laugh with friends and family. She is passionate about Christian education and loves 6th grade!
Mrs. Ramos joined the MCS staff in 2013 as the Director of Human Resources. After moving from Hawaii to San Diego in 2012, God opened the door and blessed her with the opportunity to work at Maranatha. She brings over 20 years of HR Management and Employee/Labor Relations experience as well as a degree in computer science. Her background includes having worked in a variety of industries, both union and non-union corporate environments (medical/healthcare, retail/wholesale and hotel/travel industry). After having served in various ministries at Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Mrs. Ramos now attends Maranatha Chapel. She is married to a wonderful husband and blessed with 3 children and 5 grandchildren, Mrs. Ramos considers it an honor to have an opportunity to work with the amazing people on staff!
Miss Reid joined MCS in 2017 after working with the International Program at Horizon Christian Academy for several years. At MCS, she has developed the Sheltered Bible and ESL curriculum and served as academic support to our International students. Originally from South Carolina, she received her M.A. in Christian Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, her TESOL Certification from UCSD, and her B.S. in Psychology from North Greenville University. Since 2005, she has led Christian youth camps all around the US as well as in India, Alaska, Kenya, and Zambia. Prior to her time in San Diego, she served for 2.5 years as a teacher and missionary in South Africa’s township schools. More than anything, she has a love for God's Word and her heart is to reach the unreached. She is constantly amazed at the “hidden” mission field here at MCS, "God is truly flooding our hallways with students from around the world who’ve never before heard the gospel." In her spare time, she loves adventuring outdoors - playing tennis, hiking, kayaking, & relaxing on the beach!
Mr. Robertson joined Maranatha Chapel in 2005 as a Senior Accountant, primarily responsible for MCS accounting. In 2011, his position transitioned to the school to lead the new MCS Accounting Department. He has worked several years in the corporate world in accounting positions, including Accounting/Payroll Supervisor and Financial Analyst. John earned his B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California State University, San Bernardino. John and his wife, Karen, have been married for 13 years and have two children who also attend MCS.
Mrs. Segui joined the MCS staff in 2015 as the Eagle Academy Coordinator, then moved to College and Guidance in 2018. In 2020, she earned her Master’s degree in Educational and Clinical Counseling from Azusa Pacific University. Mrs. Segui has worked in Christian education for the past 11 years at two different schools (MCS included), and has volunteered in youth ministry for over 12 years. She is passionate about student outreach and teaching student leadership. At MCS she considers it her main mission to help students to discover and pursue their God-given dreams and goals. Mrs. Segui is very excited about her new role as the College and Guidance Director!
Through the years, Mrs. Segui’s family of 5 has been very involved in youth arts programs, martial arts, student ministries, and serving underprivileged populations in San Diego. On the side, she loves exploring the theatrical productions, beautiful beaches, and specialty coffee shops of San Diego!
Mr. Tesoro has been the IT Director at MCS since 2010. After owning and operating two small businesses, he had the desire to combine his working computer knowledge and expertise with his passion for Christ and has found the perfect match at MCS. Over the years he has been responsible for upgrading, improving and integrating a more reliable IT network infrastructure. He also helped launch the successful one-to-one iPad implementation for the high school students. He oversees the maintenance of MCS servers and IT equipment and is busy offering technical support, troubleshooting and software tutorials throughout the campus. Mr. Tesoro also has a love for music and plays drums in the worship band at his church.
Mr. Whitley joined Maranatha at the end of the 2014 school year as the Athletic Director. He is a former collegiate baseball player at MiraCosta College and Texas Tech University, a professional baseball scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and highly successful collegiate and high school baseball coach. Since taking the helm of the athletic department and instilling the ‘All Things’ philosophy, Maranatha has won 5 CIF championships, 18 League Championships, and 1 California State Title. Maranatha teams have a .560 winning pct. in his tenure and more importantly, have exhibited strong Christ-like behavior on the field. As a baseball coach, he has more than 600 career wins with a winning percentage well above .600. Dozens of his former players have received college scholarships and/or played professional baseball. In his five seasons at Maranatha, they have advanced to the CIF semi-finals 3 times and won a CIF Championship in 2017. He is a strong leader who is highly organized, an exceptional communicator, and is teeming with vision to continue taking the Eagle athletic program to new heights. He is married with four children and owns Pacific Edge Insurance Agency in Carlsbad.
- Lisa Black
- Britt Bravo
- Aurora Brown
- Kara Burke
- Shasta Derkalousdian
- Brooks Fages
- Claudia Fierro
- Marcy James
- Elizabeth Kagawa
- DruAnne Kilpatrick
- Jennifer Mixer
- Beth Peterson
- Jannette Pinneker
- Keri Quinn
- Robyn Ralston
- Roxy Reycasa
- Leslie Rodiles
- Kelly Rupp
- Sarah Sager
- Jessica Sanchez
- Cory Scogin
- Andrea Visser
- Sudie Weisman
- Diane Williams
- Amy Youssi
Mrs. Black joined the MCS staff in the fall of 2012 as a Teacher’s Assistant and was excited about the opportunity to transition to the office in 2015. She has a B.A. in Communication from UCLA and a Master’s in Intercultural Communication from SDSU. A Los Angeles native, she has lived in San Diego since 1995. She has a wonderful husband, two awesome boys, and a houseful of pets. She loves hiking, camping, visiting with loved ones, playing games, and playing the oboe or piano every now and then.
Mrs. Bravo is a California native, born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County. She received her B.A. in International Business and minor in Anthropology from Vanguard University in 2008 and a certificate in Marketing Research from the University of Georgia in 2012. She worked for Yum Brands, Inc. for six years, living between N. America, Europe, and Asia. After she became a parent, she decided to relinquish her role as Yum’s Social Community Manager to care for her children at home, full-time, which she says was the most wonderful adventure of all. She has a passion to connect people to people and people to God's truth about who they are - loved, belonged, empowered. She was thrilled to be able to join MCS in the fall of 2021 and looks forward to the joy and adventure that comes with serving in a school community. Britt and her husband, Rick, have been married for fourteen years and have two children.
Mrs. Brown joined the MCS staff in 2016 after working in administration and accounting at UCSD, and Point Loma Nazarene University. She also served at Maranatha Chapel assisting the office staff, and teaching 4-year-olds about Jesus on Sunday mornings. She is grateful that God fulfilled the desire He put in her heart to be a part of the MCS team. Mrs. Brown has been married since 1978 to her high-school sweetheart, she and Greg enjoy spending time together and making memories with their family, including their 6 grandchildren. Her life verse is, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living" (Psalm 27:13).
My time at Maranatha Christian began in November of 2020. I moved to San Diego after graduating from Sacramento State University with my degree in Psychology, which is where I met my wonderful husband. We have 3 amazing littles, that I am thankful for every day! They are my biggest blessing, and nothing bring me more joy than being their mother! I was an athlete all my life, and am so blessed to be able to bring my experience as a player and coach to the Maranatha Athletic department. Some of my favorite things to do in my downtime are enjoying a beach day, and travel. I was a flight attendant for 8 years and I still have a major travel bug. I would love to see as many places as possible, and share the beautiful world our God has created with my family and friends! I have so many verses that I love, but one that has always meant a lot to me is “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and HIS righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33. It is my sincere pleasure and privilege to be a part of the Maranatha Christian Athletic department, and I am excited to see what God will continue to do here!
Brooks Fages joined Maranatha during the summer of 2021. He is a former collegiate baseball athlete, where he attended two junior colleges (Palomar and Allan Hancock) prior to attending San Diego Christian College. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Communication with a minor in a biblical worldview. After graduation and his playing career, he stayed at San Diego Christian College and became a grad assistant coach for the baseball team for two years. During that stint, he obtained a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. This led to him becoming the lead assistant coach for the next 2 years. During those two years as a lead assistant coach, Brooks was an Admissions Counselor at the college. He was a leading force in the growth of the athletic department and student body at San Diego Christian College. He understands what it takes to be a tremendous athlete at the next level but also has the capacity to help students in figuring out their passions and aligning those passions into the college that fits them in the most influential way. He is a tremendous leader, who is hardworking and is an excellent communicator. He is married to his wife Ashley, who works with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Mrs. James worked as our 2nd Grade Teacher's Assistant for four years and happily watched over young children at play and has developed caring relationships with them day by day. She has worked several years as a public servant at both the municipal and federal levels and received her B.A in Public Administration and Masters of Regional and City Planning from the University of Oklahoma. Mrs. James has been married to her college sweetheart for over 20 years. Together they lived in Japan for several years, working on military bases and where they had both of their children. She is thrilled to step into her role as the After School Care and Summer Enrichment Program Supervisor where she will continue to be a part of the students’ Christian and social development. One of her favorite verses is 1 Cor 13:4-7, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres".
Dr. Kilpatrick (also known as ‘Dr. K’ by the students) has been teaching first grade at Maranatha Christian Schools since the 2001-2002 school year. She has a son and daughter who both attended MCS. Dr. Kilpatrick has a Child Development certificate, worked as a Christian preschool teacher, and served in children's ministry for many years. She also owned a large home-based Montessori school for one to six-year-olds for eight years. Along the way, she has earned a California Teaching Credential and Master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Teaching. She also holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and instruction (Ed D) which is where she gets her beloved title of ‘Dr.K’. When not teaching first grade, she loves to dance, practice yoga, and go hiking with her dog, Tucker. Dr. Kilpatrick loves teaching elementary students in Christian Education and thanks the Lord for filling her with the passion and joy to shower her students with His Word, while equipping them to reach for His perfect plan!
Mrs. Mixer joined the MCS staff during the 2006-2007 school year. She has a B.S. from Indiana University in Medical Record Administration and has worked many years in the medical field, specifically in quality assurance and with outsourcing companies for hospitals. Mrs. Mixer has served in the church as an AWANA leader, a Sunday School Teacher in the children's ministry, and a member of an Executive Pastor search committee. She feels blessed that the Lord has brought her to MCS and looks forward every year to adding more students into the MCS family.
Mrs. Pinneker graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B. A. in Psychology and a minor in Speech Communication. For many years, she held a career in web development, graphic design, and project management. However, after having her two boys, she took some time off to be a stay-at-home mom. It was during this time that she had the opportunity to be a parent volunteer at MCS, which eventually led her to mentor the MCS Elementary and JH Robotics teams. As a Robotics coach, the Lord impressed upon her heart the importance of leading and guiding children in finding God’s purpose for their lives. She soon thereafter joined the MCS staff and has joyfully served almost five years as a JH Teacher’s Assistant. Mrs. Pinneker and her husband Jerry have been happily married for almost 18 years and are blessed to have two wonderful sons, Joshua and Joel.
Mrs. Robyn Ralston is a proud graduate of UC Davis where she met her husband. She started her career in the publishing industry where she pursued jobs in San Francisco and New York City. After settling into a job at a firm in San Diego, the Lord began to stir in her heart a desire to teach. After marrying her husband, Bill, they moved to Orange County where he pursued a graduate degree, and she earned her teacher's credential. She began teaching at a private school called Mariners Christian School until she left the classroom to raise her two boys. The Lord moved Robyn and her family down to San Diego to be near her family where she homeschooled her boys for many years. And when God called her family to Maranatha, first as a school for her boys, and then as the opportunity to continue to work with the homeschooling community in the position of Eagle Academy Coordinator she was thrilled for His opportunities. Robyn is excited to invest in the community at MCS.
Mrs. Reycasa (or Miss Roxy as the students and parents call her) has been answering phones and welcoming visitors at MCS since August 2007. She is also in charge of purchasing all office supplies and keeping the school well-stocked in the Resource Room. She has served at Maranatha Chapel in Children’s Ministry for many years. She loves spending time with her “Ohana” (which means family in Hawaiian) and enjoys everything related to her Hawaiian heritage. God has placed her at MCS to spread the Love of Jesus to all who enter!
Mrs. Rodiles has served at Maranatha since 2013 after taking time off from her career to raise her girls. She served six of those years as a Preschool Teacher, and has spent this past year as an Admissions Manager for the TK-12 campus. Prior to joining the MCS community, she worked for almost a decade in higher education where she was an Admissions and Academic Advisor for both undergraduate and graduate programs at SDSU, CSU San Marcos, and Arizona State University. Some of her duties included outreach and recruitment, developing educational plans to support career goals, coordinating individualized support programs for struggling students, and teaching College Success courses for incoming freshman. Mrs. Rodiles holds a Master’s Degree in Human Behavior from National University, and is passionate about encouraging student success. She is absolutely thrilled to join the College and Guidance Department, and considers it a privilege and blessing to be a part of the MCS community. Mrs. Rodiles has been married for 22 years and has 3 wonderful daughters. She loves to travel, go hiking, and spend quality time with her family. Her favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9.
Mrs. Rupp began as a Teacher’s Assistant for 5th grade in 2010, as well as taught Bible and Art during the summer program that year. She moved into the Front Office position in 2012, where she enjoyed assisting MCS families every day. Recently, she has transitioned to the Admissions Assistant and looks forward to contributing to the growing MCS community. After completing several pre-nursing courses at the University of Kansas, she moved to San Diego and earned her B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University. Mrs. Rupp worked as a pharmaceutical representative before becoming a full-time mom to her son and daughter, both whom are MCS Alumni. Hiking, traveling, reading and playing the piano are a few of her favorite pastimes. She feels it is a true blessing to be a part of the MCS family and finds joy fellowshipping with such wonderful people each day.
Mrs. Sager has served the MCS community as the School Nurse since the fall of 2018. Mrs. Sager came to Maranatha with over 10 years of nursing experience and earned her B.S. in Nursing from Point Loma Nazarene University. Her work experience includes Medical/Surgical/Telemetry and ICU at Pomerado Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Rady Children’s Hospital, and Neonatal Intensive Care Resource Nurse for Sharp network. Mrs. Sager has also been able to serve abroad with medical missions to India, Thailand, Cambodia, and disaster relief in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. Her experience, skills, and sweet demeanor are a blessing to our students and staff. She is a committed Jesus follower, enjoys teaching the Bible, and encouraging those closest to her in their faith. A verse that has challenged her throughout her life is Zechariah 4:6 reminding her that it is “not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” Mrs. Sager and her husband Beau have been married for nine years and stay busy raising three young boys.
Mrs. Weisman has been on staff at MCS since 2013. She is blessed to be able to serve as the school’s Teacher’s Assistant Supervisor. Her current role focuses on the well-being of the student body in the areas of behavior and safety, as well as supporting the teaching staff with a high-quality team of teacher’s assistants. She has come full circle in the education realm as she has worked in public schools and colleges, then home educated her 3 children through high school and now works at a private school. She is a strong advocate for teaching children how to become good communicators for Christ. She enjoys Shakespeare, tutoring and coaching forensics. She and her wonderful husband of 30 plus years are co-founders of C.O.N.T.R.O.L. Speech & Debate, whose top-ranked student members have garnered many state & national awards.
Mrs. Williams joined the MCS staff in 1995 and was hired as a Preschool Teacher's Assistant. Over the years she has had the opportunity to serve as a 5th grade, Junior High, and High School Teaching Assistant, Librarian as well as working in the Admissions office. In 2012, she became the Accounting Clerk and considers it a blessing to be part of the MCS Staff. Diane has been married to Marty for 38 years and has three sons. She loves walking with the Lord, enjoying her family and friends. She also enjoys being in nature, gardening, cooking and reading! Her favorite verse comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing He who began a good work will be faithful to complete that good work. He will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Ms. Youssi started at Maranatha Christian Schools in April of 2012 as the Executive Assistant to both the Superintendent and Development Director. She now fully dedicates her time and talents to the Superintendent, and oversees the school website and social media. She has an extensive background in office administration, with 20+ years of experience as an Executive Assistant in various industries. Before coming to MCS, Amy assisted ministry leaders Victor Marx of All Things Possible Ministries and Pastor Ray Bentley, Senior Pastor of Maranatha Chapel. Amy has two grown daughters who are the apple of her eye, loves the outdoors, good movies, hiking, American History, and photography. Maranatha Chapel has been her home church since 1994, and her favorite verse is Jesus' last words in the Book of Matthew, "…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”