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. Holm joined Maranatha Christian Schools Preschool in the Fall of 2015. She grew up in Poway and attended Maranatha Chapel through middle school and high school. Mrs. Holm received her B.A. and her multiple subject credential from Biola University. Then, she went on to teach for four years in the Poway Unified School District, teaching 2nd and 3rd grade. Most recently she enjoyed teaching mommy & me preschool classes at the Escondido Adult School. Working in a Christian school excites Mrs. Holm because she has spent most of her life teaching Sunday School and her true passion is to teach the Word of God to children. Mrs. Holm, along with her husband and three kids love to travel, read, be creative, and stay physically active.
Mrs. Bronson joined the MCS team full time in 2014 after being a substitute for many years. She is happy to part of the MCS Kindergarten team this year. Mrs. Bronson received her BA in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Diego State University. She taught both in Riverside County and in Poway Unified School District. When her two sons were born, Mrs. Bronson left the classroom full time to focus on her family. Both of Mrs. Bronson’s sons have attended MCS since Kindergarten. Along with subbing, Mrs. Bronson’s passion for Jesus has led her to Discipleship Ministry where she has discipled and mentored women of all ages for the last 18 years. She has also been actively involved in and has co-led Moms In Prayer at Maranatha Christian School since her first son was in Kindergarten. Mrs. Bronson and her husband Brian attend Maranatha Chapel. She is eager to utilize her love of Jesus, children, and teaching for His glory at MCS.
My name is Shawn Ruiz, and I am excited to be joining the Kindergarten team this Fall. I was born and raised in Southern California. My journey as a believer in Christ began at the young age of 6. I have vivid memories of the moment I asked Jesus into my heart. In high school I went on a missions trip to South America for three weeks, and afterwards became very active in my church youth group. In between my junior and senior year of high school, I made the decision that I wanted to attend Heritage Christian High School. The only way to make this financially happen was to get a job and pay for it myself. So, Christian education holds a very special place in my heart. Attending that Christian high school my senior year became the springboard for me attending a Christian University. During my college years, I lead a drama team, traveled across the country on a camp team, served as a Resident Assistant in the dorms, and worked at a Christian summer camp where I met my husband who I love dearly. I have four wonderful children who will be joining the Maranatha family this fall. My journey continues today serving the Lord wherever He places me. I am blessed to be able to serve with you at Maranatha Christian School. I love teaching and consider it a privilege to work with children every day!
Professionally speaking, I graduated from Vanguard University with a BA, a California teaching credential, and a MA in Education. I have taught 6 years in California public schools, and 9 years in private Christian schools. During my time in the classroom I have taught: 5th grade GATE, 3 rd grade, 4th grade, and Kindergarten.
In addition to teaching K-6 art for a total of 6 years, I was also an adjunct college instructor for 3 years in the teaching credential program at Emmaus Bible College. In my years as a teacher, I have been a Master/Mentor Teacher, School Wide Test Coordinator, and a Support Provider for the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment project with the University of California Irvine. I have participated in the SUMS project with my California school district (Students Using Mathematics Successfully.) I was hired by my school district in California to redesign the school library to promote literacy, and have always been actively involved in each school that God has placed me in. My heart is to be a lifelong learner, and continue to grow every year professionally. I have had the opportunity to attend Kindergarten conferences for the past three summers, which has always challenged me to pour into my classroom in new ways. Having taught in both public and private schools, I must say that hands down I love working at a Christian school where God’s word can be poured into the lives of the student’s daily. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Dr. DruAnne Kilpatrick has been teaching first grade at MCS 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. She earned a CA teaching credential and Master’s in Cross-Cultural Teaching. She has a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and instruction (Ed D). 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 each and every day 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. Pritchett joined the MCS team in 2014. Mrs. Pritchett has a BA from Southern Methodist University in Psychology and an MA in Education from the University of North Florida. Prior to moving back to her native town of San Diego, she was an elementary teacher in Florida and Maryland. With her multiple subjects CA teaching credential and Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development certification, she had the opportunity to teach reading recovery as an Impact teacher in PUSD for several years. Mrs. Pritchett has a passion for science and takes great pride in the Makery at MCS and the robotics program all while keeping up with new national science standards. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters, running, going to the beach, hiking, gardening, exploring San Diego and playing with her dog, Daisy. Mrs. Pritchett feels blessed to teach in a Christian environment while helping all students at Maranatha soar to new heights.
Mrs. Barclay began her teaching career at MCS during the 2010-2011 school year. She has her BA in Liberal Studies and a Minor in Biblical Studies through Biola University. Her California and ACSI teaching credential were also received through Biola. She grew up in Rancho Bernardo and at Maranatha Chapel. Starting at the age of 16 she gained a lot of experience working at an interactive learning center called SCORE. In the summers she has enjoyed being a full-time nanny, teaching Math, Sports and Games, Cooking, Baking, and Kindergarten classes at MCS.” Mrs. Barclay is grateful that the Lord led her to this wonderful MCS family!
Mrs. Saleh is excited for another amazing year at MCS teaching 2nd grade! She received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and a minor in Human Services at Metropolitan State College of Denver, and her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with her Elementary Education License from the University of Colorado. She has her California Clear Teaching Credential. Her life and career are dedicated to children and helping them succeed. She has a fabulous husband of 24 years, 4 precious children, an amazing daughter in law, and a precious grand baby boy. She, along with her two youngest children and husband, moved to San Diego a little over a year ago to be closer to family and she is eager to see what God has planned! Along with loving to swim, bike, and run, she also enjoys playing at the beach, skiing, hiking, exploring new places, learning new things, participating in Bible study, remodeling, and spending time with family and friends.
Mrs. Young joined the MCS Elementary staff in 2014. She graduated from Vanguard University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and a Minor in Music. She later continued her education at Vanguard receiving her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Mrs. Young taught in public schools for 9 years both in Santa Ana and Bakersfield. Upon moving to San Diego in 2010, she felt God calling her to Christian Education. She has taught 3rd grade for the last four years at another Christian school. Her family attends City View Church where her husband is the Youth Pastor. They have two children who will be attending MCS as well. While not teaching, Mrs. Young loves to read, watch movies, and spend time with her amazing family.
Mrs. Root has been teaching third grade at Maranatha Christian Schools since the 2011-2012 school year. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at California State University San Marcos. Mrs. Root grew up here in San Diego and has attended Maranatha Chapel for many years, where she still faithfully attends with her husband. Since she was in high school, Mrs. Root has loved to participate in mission trips, tutoring programs, summer camps, and summer school. She student taught in first and third grade, and completed a year of long-term substitute work at MCS and PUSD. Now she thoroughly enjoys teaching her enthusiastic third graders and coordinating the ACSI Spelling Bee. She feels completely blessed to be a part of the MCS community!
Mrs. Willis is a 4th grade teacher at MCS. She taught at the school from 1995-1999 & 2003-2005. She has been teaching a total of 20 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies at San Diego State University and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from National University. She began teaching in a Special Education and then moved to teaching in the regular classroom. When not teaching, you will find Mrs. Willis cheering for her beloved Chargers or Aztecs or attending any one of the many basketball games her son participates in. She loves to spend time with her two sons and husband of 23 years playing cards or board games. She is very happy to be at Maranatha.
Mrs. Werner joined the elementary teaching team in the 2013-2014 school year. She has been teaching for 16 years for both public and private schools. She has a B.A. from San Diego State in Liberal Studies and a Minor in Musical Theater. She is very involved in her church and is the drama leader there, which allows her the blessing of performing skits before sermons as well as women’s events. Mrs. Werner loves public speaking and is currently in charge of the ACSI Speech Meet for Maranatha. She is happily married with two teenaged children. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, going to musicals, and being at Disneyland.
Miss Noel started her teaching career at Maranatha Christian Schools during the 2011-2012 school year. Knowing the Lord had plans for her working with children at a young age, Miss Noel attended California State University Chico where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and Minor in Child Development. After graduation, she continued her education at California State University San Marcos where she earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Always imagining herself teaching on the primary level, the Lord led Miss Noel to MCS where she was asked to teach fifth grade. She has been teaching fifth grade for six years now, and is enjoying every moment of it. Her love for fifth grade is immense, and she could never imagine teaching a different grade. Miss Noel has been blessed with the opportunity to be part of the elementary ASB team. Miss Noel feels extremely blessed to be working at such a wonderful school!
Mrs. Ekeroth is looking forward to serving Jesus Christ and the families at MCS as a 5th grade teacher. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2002. That same year she began teaching 3rd grade at Maranatha Christian Schools. After teaching for a few years, she left MSC to be a stay-at-home mom. While at home Mrs. Ekeroth spent much of her time participating in and leading AWANA, Sunday school, Girl Scouts, and volunteering in her kids' classrooms. She enjoys going on adventures in the family motor home with her husband and three kids. She spends her free time running, playing tennis and reading. She is so excited to be back at MCS working with the wonderful students and staff. Go Eagles!
Mrs. Beiler joined MCS in the 2014-2015 school year. Mrs. Beiler grew up near Tampa, FL, where she attended a small Christian school from kindergarten through high school. After high school, she moved to Pennsylvania and received her Bachelor of Arts in biology from Swarthmore College, near Philadelphia. While there, she studied abroad for a semester in Spain living with a Spanish family and taking all her classes at the University of Sevilla. After college, Mrs. Beiler moved to San Diego. In San Diego, she received her Master's of Education from National University. She is looking forward to working with all the different grade levels as they learn a new language and culture and being part of a Christian educational environment like that which helped shape and nurture her throughout school. She loves working with children of all ages and has been doing so as a youth volleyball coach in Santee. She will actively be involved in the sport she loves while at MCS as the girls’ varsity volleyball coach. Mrs. Beiler also enjoys photography, traveling, kayaking, singing and spending time with her husband, Kelvin, and their two dogs.
Ms. Gordon joined the Maranatha teaching team as a fourth grade teacher in the 2012-2013 school year. She worked in the classroom for 3 years teaching fourth grade, and was led by the Lord, to move out of the classroom into the TK-8 girl’s PE coach position. Ms. Gordon has been involved in athletics the majority of her life, including playing basketball through college. She also has coached girls’ basketball, both at MCS, and with other organizations. She is passionate about athletes and motivating students to use ALL that they are for the glory of the Lord; heart, mind and body. She is excited to use the talents God has given her in a different capacity, and looks forward to the opportunities of reaching more students through PE and athletics.
Mrs. Rhoads joined the MCS team in 2008 to teach Studio Art and currently teaches K-8th Grade art. Mrs. Rhoads is from Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated with a B.A., double majoring in Studio Art and Spanish from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. She studied her junior year abroad in Seville, Spain studying the Spanish language and art history. In 2001, Mrs. Rhoads moved to San Diego and became the director of The Artist’s Gallery in La Jolla. She then began working under a local muralist, also doing a variety of faux finishing projects. Mrs. Rhoads has her MA in Expressive Arts Therapy and has a passion leading arts groups for elderly at local assisted living facilities. In her free time, Mrs. Rhoads enjoys spending time with her husband and traveling. She also enjoys creating art and crafting, as well as being outside enjoying God’s beautiful creation!
Coach Rodgers began his teaching/coaching career at Maranatha Christian Schools during the 2000-2001 school year. While attending Ohio State University on a lacrosse scholarship, he decided to focus on the fields of athletic administration and coaching. However, God had another plan and he quickly became involved in the Health Club revolution of the early 80’s. Later after opening several clubs in the Orange County/LA area he settled in San Diego. Coach's passions are kids, sports and teaching the love of Christ through athletic competition. He has coached football, basketball, volleyball, and lacrosse at every level over his 14 years of ministry at MCS. He is married to Suzi Rodgers, MCS International Admissions Coordinator and has two grown children who both attended MCS. Coach often tells anyone who will listen “I haven’t worked a day in 14 years”. To God be the Glory!
Mrs. Santiago joined MCS during the 2005-2006 school year. She always loved working in a school setting She graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, along with her teaching credential. She began her teaching career in a public school and taught grades kindergarten and 4th grade. She then felt called to teach in a private school and found MCS, where she was ecstatic to accept a first grade teaching position. Mrs. Santiago taught first grade for 9 years before becoming a stay at home mommy for a few years. Now, she is ready to be back full-time at MCS to be the Technology Coach for grades TK-8. Integrating technology has always been her desire, especially after taking numerous courses to learn, understand and apply how technology has expanded in today’s digital age. Outside of school, Mrs. Santiago enjoys photography, sports, vacationing, and spending time with her family. She is so happy and blessed to be part of such a wonderful community at MCS.
Miss Belgum joined the Performing Arts team in Spring 2019 after graduating from Biola University with a B.A. in Music and Biblical Studies. She boasts an impressive performance resume which includes numerous musical theatre performances, singing competitions, Legoland appearances and singing the national anthem for the San Diego Padres. Miss Belgum has lead worship at Hume Lake Christian Camps and at several local churches as well. Her great rapport with children and passion to teach music and drama makes her a dynamic addition to the department.