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 seven years and have four children.
It’s been Mr. Plotnik's pleasure to serve as your High School Principal since the 2006-07 school year when we moved from the Black Mountain campus and started 9th and 10th grade at our present location. He possesses a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership: Educational Technology and Learning from Azusa Pacific University. His undergraduate work was completed in 1980 at CSU, Long Beach, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences: Geography. He relocated his family from Los Angeles to San Diego in 1991, when Haley, the youngest of three children, was born. (She was one of six in our first graduating class - 2009). Four years later he 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. Science, especially Chemistry, became his passion as a teacher, but one of his proudest accomplishments was taking his Boys’ Cross Country team to the CIF State Championships in 2005, where their 14th place finish was the highest placement for a school their size at the time.
Mr. Forrester started at MCS on the old Black Mountain campus in 2001. He actually began his teaching career in the Great State of Texas after graduating from the University of Texas at El Paso where he acquired his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, minoring in History, English and Criminology. He holds a Texas Life Time Teaching Credential. After two years of teaching at the JH and HS level he joined the El Paso Police Department. In January of 2000 he retired as the Deputy Chief of Police and moved to San Diego. From 2001-2006 he taught Language Arts/Boys Health/PE, and served as the JH Department Head. He took a brief two year sabbatical from the spring of 2006 to 2008 to serve as the Director of Maritime Operations/Security for the SD Cruise Ship Terminal. In the fall of 2008 he was called back to MCS as the K-12 Assistant Principal and also administered the After School Care and Summer Programs. In January of 2012 he became the JH Principal where he currently serves. He counts it a true blessing to serve our students, parents and staff.
Mrs. Cook joined the MCS team in 2004. She earned a BA in Journalism at the University of Oregon and enjoyed a career in publishing before becoming a teacher. In 2001, her family moved to San Diego where she followed the Lord's calling into the ministry of Christian education. Mrs. Cook received her CA teaching credential and Masters in Education from National University. Since 2001, she taught a total of nine years, three of those teaching at another Christian school, and six years in the MCS classroom teaching 3rd grade, before joining the administration team as Director of Curriculum and Instruction in 2010. In 2013, she was appointed Elementary Principal. Serving MCS children and families is an honor and blessing in her life. Both of Mrs. Cook’s daughters graduated from Maranatha Christian High School, and are pursuing careers in education. She is a lifelong learner who enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, walking on the beach, cooking, and reading. Her family has attended Maranatha Chapel since 2001.
Mrs. Andrews joined the MCS administrative team as Preschool Director in June 2009. She earned her BS 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.
Assistant Principal | Safety Officer
Darryl is a committed follower of Christ, and is excited to be a part of the Maranatha Family. He is looking forward to serving with such a dedicated team of Christian Educators. Darryl’s background includes 29 years in the Fire Service where he was promoted through the ranks and spent the last 7 years of his career as Fire Chief for the City of Oceanside. He has two Associates Degrees from Palomar College and a Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University of Long Beach. He is also a Certified Fire Service Instructor and holds several certificates in disaster preparedness and emergency response.
As a Fire Chief, it was Darryl’s duty to oversee all fire suppression, emergency medical services and disaster preparedness. He was fortunate during his career to serve as a Paramedic and obtain the experience of responding to several emergency incidents all throughout the State of California. He is a proud member of Firefighters for Christ International, and was one of the Emergency Response Team Members to respond to the disaster that occurred in New York on September 11, 2001.
He has been married to his wife for 30 years and they have 3 adult children and two grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family and coaching High School Baseball. His favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5&6.
Ms. Elliott joined the MCS team in 2006-2007 school year as a teacher’s aide and transitioned to the After School Care Director in 2007-2008. In the summer of 2008 she became Mr. Forrester’s assistant for the summer programs and then transitioned into Summer Director in 2012 and also became the Co-Curricular Activities Director in the after school program. Ms. Elliott has earned her B.A. at San Diego State University majoring in Interior Design. She has worked for several Architects in San Diego County for over 15 years and in 1995 was given an opportunity to work for one of the biggest top 10 architects called Ronchetti Design, designing 10,000 sq. ft. custom homes in Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, and La Jolla Shores area. She took a leave of absence from that job to focus on raising her two children for 8 years. In 2005, the Lord reached out to Ms. Elliott at Maranatha Chapel giving her an opportunity to serve in the children’s ministry. After serving in children’s ministry for over a year, she was giving another opportunity to come work at MCS. Her favorite things to do are spending with her two children, fishing in Alaska, reading, and traveling. She takes life one day at a time and truly relies on God’s decisions that come her way.
Mrs. Howard joined the MCS team in the 2013-2014 school year. She has been teaching dance and theatre for over 30 years to include owning a dance studio for 18 years. The past 13 years she has built a Youth Theatre Arts ministry and brings that knowledge to MCS as the new Performing Arts Director K-12. She has directed and produced over 30 youth productions and 15 summer theatre camps. Currently Mrs. Howard is overseeing all the Performing Arts for MCS as well as teaching 6th Grade Exploration Drama, Jr. High Drama and High School Drama.
Mr. Jackson joined MCS in 2013 after eight years experience teaching and coaching in both public and private schools in Philadelphia. With a B.A. from Liberty University in Biblical Studies, he has actively ministered to teens as a youth pastor in Miami, Philadelphia, Vermont, and California by holding weekly Bible Studies, organizing Evangelistic Outreaches, and directing Summer Youth Camps. Mr. Jackson was publicly ordained to the ministry in the spring of 2002 and has shared the gospel and taught the Scriptures around the world through global missions. Through coaching since the age of 16, Mr. Jackson has used the medium of various sports to disciple hundreds of young men and women for the glory of God. In his spare time, he loves to study the Bible, write songs, play chess and passionately root for all of his hometown Philadelphia sports teams. His favorite verse is Hebrews 12:2.
Mrs. Mixer joined the MCS team during the 2006-2007 school year. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in Medical Record Administration and has worked many years in the medical field 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. Ramos joined the MCS team in 2013. After moving from Hawaii to San Diego in 2012, God opened the door and blessed her with the opportunity to work here. She brings over 20 years of HR Management and Employee/Labor Relations experience and has worked in a variety of industries, both union and non-union corporate design environments (medical/healthcare, retail/wholesale and hotel/travel industry). Mrs. Ramos also has a degree in computer science. After having served in various ministries at Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Mrs. Ramos now attends Maranatha Chapel. Married to a wonderful husband and blessed with 3 children and 5 grandchildren, Mrs. Ramos feels blessed to have an opportunity to work with the amazing people on staff, "I'm honored to be a part of MCS and to serve the Lord, God really does have wonderful plans."
John Robertson joined Maranatha Chapel in 2005 as 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 many years in the corporate world in Accounting positions, including Accounting/Payroll Supervisor and Financial Analyst. John earned his AAS Degree in Accounting at Riverside City College. He earned his BA 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, Clementine, 7 and Shane, 4. Clementine is in 1st grade at MCS and Shane is in PreK at MCSPS.
Mrs. Rodgers joined MCS in 2000 and worked in the school office until 2004. She then returned to MCS in 2009 to work in Admissions and as International Coordinator. In 2012, she transitioned to the Administrative Assistant to the High School Principal, while continuing in her duties as International Coordinator. In 2016, she became the Director of International Programs. She considers it a blessing and privilege to have the opportunity to work exclusively with International Students. When she’s not working she loves to spend time with family, hike, and go to the beach with her husband, Coach Rodgers. Although she can’t carry a tune, her heart sings for joy! Psalm 95:1 "Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation."
Kelly 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 bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. After working in journalism for several years, Kelly decided to return to the school that ministered to her throughout her education. Kelly taught English Literature for twelve years while maintaining the role of ASB advisor. For the past seven years, Kelly has continued to teach Honors World Literature and advise ASB, but was also the Vice Principal of Staff and Curriculum. This past November, Kelly got married to a wonderful man and they are excited for their new adventure in San Diego, and she is especially thrilled to join the Maranatha Christian Schools family as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Kelly currently holds a CA teaching credential and a Masters from Concordia University in Curriculum and Instruction and has a passion for finding victory in Christ as we daily strive to be His disciples, being a lifelong learner from the most difficult Calculus problem to finding the beauty in a painted sunset and building a community of believers who are proud to work together as we do our best in all that we were given.
My name is Joe Ruiz and I am excited for the upcoming school year as the College and Guidance Director at Maranatha Christian Schools. I have been in Christian education for 18 years, and in administration for the past 9 of those years.
I look forward to joining the team at Maranatha Christian Schools, and meeting each and every one of you. I believe wholeheartedly in Christian education, and that anything with the name of Christ in it should be excellent. It will be a great year serving the Lord as we pursue excellence in all that we do.
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 our 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.
Mrs. Thurman began her employment at MCS in Fall 2009. She earned her B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to joining MCS, Mrs. Thurman was an Account Executive for over nine years for a Business Analytics software company. When her youngest daughter was in pre-school, she left her career to be a full-time mom to her daughters Amanda and Ellie. Mrs. Thurman started working for MCS during Ellie’s first year in Kindergarten. When she is not busy tending to her family’s needs, she enjoys reading, taking long walks on the beach, and traveling. Mrs. Thurman considers it a privilege and a huge blessing to serve in this ministry. James 3:17 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”
Mr. Whitley joined the MCS staff at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. He is a former collegiate baseball player at Mira Costa College and Texas Tech, a professional baseball scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and highly successful collegiate and high school baseball coach. Mr Whitley also formerly coached at Vista High, Carlsbad High, San Dieguito High school and Mira Costa College. For the past five years, Mr. Whitley has led the Calvary Christian Vista baseball team to four consecutive league titles and one CIF Section Championship. He is a great leader who is highly organized, an exceptional communicator, and is teeming with vision to take the Eagle athletic program to new heights. He is married and has four children.
Mrs. Barnard came to Maranatha during the 2013-2014 school year in the Admissions Department to help families with their pursuit to become part of the Maranatha family. She has taught Kindergarten through 8th grades in public and private schools as well as children’s church. She earned her B.A. in psychology from U.C.S.B. and her teaching credential from National University. She loves to swim, walk, travel and spend time with her husband and 3 children!
Mrs. Black joined the MCS family in the fall of 2012 as a TA 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. Brown joined MCS in 2016 after having spent time on the administrative and accounting teams at UCSD, and Point Loma Nazarene University. She also served at Maranatha Chapel assisting the office staff, and loving 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. 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 Psalm 27:13 “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living."
Mrs. DeWildt recently joined the staff of Maranatha as the Athletic Secretary for our Athletic Department. Wendy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/PR from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and earned her teaching credential from California State University – Hayward. Wendy spent several years teaching primary grades in the San Francisco Bay Area, LA and Orange County. She has been a substitute teacher for the Poway Unified School District and here at Maranatha. She also served as the President of our Athletic’s Boosters Club. Wendy’s son, Matt, was a Tri-Sport athlete at Maranatha and is a 2016 graduate. He currently attends Baylor University. Wendy is married to Chuck and lives in Poway. Her favorite verse is “Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks.” Phillippians 4:6
Mrs. Nyenhuis considers it a privilege to be joining the MCS staff as the Facility and Events Coordinator. In 2014, she graduated from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA, with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a double minor in Bible and History. She met her husband, Collin, as a student at TMU and they have been married for three years. After graduating, she was hired in The Master’s University Online department, first as an Administrative Coordinator and later as an Academic Counselor. Most recently, she was the Connections Director of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, WA. She and her husband are thankful to be back home in sunny California now and for the opportunities God has provided! Psalm 73:25-26 has been her favorite verse and anchor throughout her life.
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 Paper for 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 here at MCS to spread the Love of Jesus to all who enters our great school.
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 enjoys assisting MCS families every day. 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, Noah, and daughter, Chloe, both of whom are current students at MCS. Juggling her kids’ demanding sports and activity schedules keep her both busy and fulfilled. 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. Segui joined the MCS team in 2015. She was raised in the mid-West, then attended college at UCSD, where she received her BA degree in Political Science. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Educational & Clinical Counseling at APU.
Mrs. Segui worked in research labs at UCSD for 8 years, then moved to Seattle with her family, where she was a stay-at-home mom. While in Seattle, the Lord expanded their family through adoption, and called Mrs. Segui to homeschool her son, then entering 4th grade. Fifteen years later, she is homeschooling her 3rd child, who is an MCS PSP student. Mrs. Segui has worked to start and build PSP programs in 2 local Christian Schools (MCS included), was the Student Life Director at a local Christian school for 4 years, and is passionate about student outreach, teaching student leadership, and helping students to discover and pursue their God-given dreams and goals. She has been in youth leadership for 12 years, serving grades 6 through 12. Through the years, her 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! Isaiah 58:6-12.
Mrs. Weisman has been on staff at MCS since 2013. She is blessed to be able to serve as the school’s T.A. 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 15 teacher’s assistants. She has come full circle in the education realm as she has gone to 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. Her 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.
Caleb Whitley joined Maranatha in 2015 as a baseball coach for the Junior High and Varsity program. He was later hired in 2016 as the Athletic Operations Assistant to where he currently serves. In 2013 he received a baseball scholarship to attended The Masters University in Santa Clarita. He later graduated from Columbia Southern University with a B.S. in Business Administration/Management. Currently, he coaches football and baseball at Maranatha and also teaches Physical Education. He loves being able to pour into young athletes and teach them to serve Christ in all they do. He and his wife Sydney have been married for 2 years. His favorite verse is Psalm 16:8
Mrs. Williams joined the MCS staff in 1995. She was hired as a Preschool Teachers Assistant. Over the years she has had the opportunity to serve as 5th grade, Junior High, High School Teachers Assistant, Librarian and worked in the Admissions office. In 2012 she became the Accounting Clerk. She counts it a blessing to be part of the MCS Staff. “For I am confident of this very thing He who began a good work (in each of us) will be faithful to complete that good work. He will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6. Diane has been married to Marty for 38 years and has three sons, Josh, Jeff and Pat. She loves walking with the Lord, family and friends. She also enjoys being in nature, gardening, cooking and reading.
Amy Youssi started at Maranatha Christian Schools in April of 2012 as the Executive Assistant to both the Superintendent and Development Department Director. Shortly thereafter she was also appointed Office Manager. To better assist the Superintendent, a part-time administrative assistant was hired in February of 2014 dedicated to support the Development Department Director and now Amy fully dedicates her time and talents to the Superintendent and as MCS Office Manager. She has an extensive background in office administration, with over 11 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.” -Matthew 28:20