Meet Our Teachers
A team of administrators and teachers with many years of experience have put together this homeschool enrichment and academic classes program focusing on organization, integrity, and grace, all to the glory of God. We are working together to provide low cost yet top notch classes, and are thankful to be able to offer some very popular classes taught by teachers who are well- known in the homeschooling community of the Temecula Valley. We thank God for all our teachers and their willingness to give so much of themselves to offer such great classes at Grace. We have many new faces joining the teaching team, using their God-given gifts and talents. We would love for you to “meet” our administrators and teachers so you can know a little more about them…
Adriana is our wonderful Spanish teacher, but is currently on a health leave of absence. She currently homeschools her two daughters who been taking classes at Grace for a few years. She worked for REMAX of California & Hawaii Corporate Headquarters as an Educational Services Coordinator and translated marketing content for Hispanic campaigns, as well as educational materials for Spanish speaking agents. She also worked for another large corporation composing communications in Spanish on behalf of the VP to the various staff in Latin countries. Both in elementary and middle school, she lived attended school in Mexico, where she learned to write in Spanish and the basic grammar, and expanded learning of the native writing and language. She also returned to Mexico after college where she also learned more about the Spanish culture.
Amy is coming back this year to teach one of our PK classes. She homeschool her two young boys and has a passion for teaching children through books and play. She created a business that gave families monthly packages with everything they needed for a week full of learning based on a theme. Another passion of hers is supporting small businesses & raising awareness for autism. She and a friend recently created Maddox’s Market in honor of her son and has been a blessing to be able to serve the community in this way. Becoming a mom opened her eyes to the love of God and experience his grace on a new level. She is thankful for all He is teaching her family.
Carol comes with much teaching experience. She not only homeschooled her 5 daughters from PK to middle school & high school, but she has nine years of experience teaching grammar and IEW writing with other homeschool coop programs. She has also taught privately and tutored high school composition and speech; taught high school literature classes, and she also taught Latin and French. She has her BA in English and Italian, and an AA in Fashion Design. Beyond her education, she is most passionate about teaching, reading and literature. She loves seeing students light up as they gain insight on concepts and skills to express themselves. A well-crafted sentence can be a thing of joy!
Carrie Lopez and her family have been at Grace for several years. She has two daughters in high school and a younger son in elementary. She is gifted in teaching soccer to young students. She also loves to share her knowledge of other sports and teaching them sportsmanship, teamwork and more!
Cassy is new to Grace this year, but she has been homeschooling since 2009 and schools 4 children. She apprenticed for a top literacy coach in Southern California where she was taught how to teach children to read and write. She has also been a write for a fashion styling company. She has been a tutor with Classical Conversations and now has a business where she continues to tutor students to read and write. She lives in Murrieta with her family, their dog and lots of chickens!
Cathy started Grace Homeschool over 10 years ago with a wonderful team of ladies who have a heart for coming alongside and helping homeschooling families. She has homeschooled three girls, two who went all the way through graduation. In her previous season of life, she was an LVN in labor and delivery, and was also a long-time self-trained legal secretary. Besides loving the Lord first and foremost, then her husband of 36 years and her family, she also loves getting the job done and serving people. She has many years of experience with this kind of homeschooling program, and even though she recently moved to Oklahoma, she is still actively involved and on the Grace Homeschool Board. She works remotely doing all the registrations and accounting, and more! She is only an email away for questions, advice and help as she loves Grace Homeschool and thankful God has allowed her to continue to be a part of offering these classes in a fun school-like atmosphere for homeschool students and families.
Chloe was home-educated, graduating from Calvary Chapel Murrieta, and then attended The CenterPoint School of Ministry. She has a passion for Child Psychology, and is currently working on her associate’s degree. She has a great deal of experience working with children both at her church and also teaching homeschool classes. For as long as she can remember, she has been in love with theater, and finds it fascinating the way how she could transform into someone new and tell their story while at the same time expressing herself in a way that feels free and genuine. She performed in shows all seven years of middle school and high school. During that time, she became aware of several meaningful ways that performing arts can be applied to everyday life and self-expression. She was struck most by its impact on a person’s connection with their Creator, whose heart delights when we create too. She is thrilled and honored to get to share this passion at Grace Homeschool, and to lead others in the mission to express their creativity and uniqueness for God’s glory!
Christina has always had a heart for teaching! She has four children of her own whom she has been blessed to homeschool. She has a great deal of experience teaching other students over the past 12+ years, including teaching PK and other classes Grace, teaching a kindergarten group and girls faith based club at a previous church, and she currently leads a local American Heritage Girls troop. She is a very busy but organized gal. Besides all this, she runs all our field trips and events, and works at a chiropractic office too. Not sure how she does it all, but she does it all very well. She loves the Lord, and is passionate about her faith, family, and freedoms.
Christine has been homeschooling for 6 years. Her two younger children have been taking classes at Grace since 2019. Christine has taught in the past at Grace teaching P.E., Art, Beginning Reading, and a Reading and Grammar Boot Camp. For the Spring semester she is excited to be back teaching at Grace teaching a high school Current Events and Critical Thinking class and the Reading and Grammar Boot Camp.
Cindy has been teaching exciting and hands-on science classes for homeschoolers for many years now and we are so blessed to have her continuing to teach at Grace again this year. Her classes are always favorites, and she has a love for teaching and her students that is apparent to all! Some classes she has taught for K-6th and Jr. High levels are Botany, Land Animals, Garden Club, Fun & Run, Marine Biology, Zoology 1 Flying Creatures, Weather Makers and the oh-so-popular Kids in the Kitchen. She has added to her repertoire of teaching with Human Anatomy, Biology, General and Physical Science too. She homeschooled her two sons who are now graduated; her oldest has now graduated from college. In her spare time if she has any, she loves working in her garden, but she absolutely loves her students and is very excited to be teaching at Grace!
We are thankful to have Hayley teaching at Grace. She has a vast amount of education experience. She has been a private math tutor in the local area for several years, working one-on-one with elementary, middle school and high school students. She is a cheerful and positive-minded individual with great communication and children management skills, bringing more than 8 years of classroom teaching experience. She also has 13 years as the primary instructor for four children including special needs, during grades kindergarten through twelfth, having developed and implemented appropriate curricula, and 10 years in assisting special education for students with issues that impair learning and social functions. She has developed personalized learning paths teaching English, Math, History, and Science including a variety of electives: Beginning Spanish, Equine Science, Civics, Economics, Accounting, Business Math, Writing, Home Economics, Life Skills, Bible, Physical Education, Pet Psychology, and Canine Communication. She has also taught using a variety of curricula: Abeka, Accelerated Christian Education, Easy Peasy All-in-one Homeschool, Math-u-see, IEW, Apologia, Video Text Interactive Math and Bob Jones. She has done licensed foster care, owned a petting zoo, been an equine summer camp counselor, a PK teacher for private schools and churches, and done in-home daycare. She is married with 4 children, 3 of whom have graduated, and also homeschooled for the past 13 years. Her favorite past-times are swimming with her dogs and decorating her house for Christmas.
This will be Heather’s second year teaching at Grace. She received her Doctorate in Architecture from Hawaii in 2012. She has been involved with Habitat for Humanity and did research and planning for community housing in Hawaii. She now homeschools her children, and we are thankful she will be sharing her gifts and talents with Grace students.
Even though Heather is also taking on helping with administration at Grace, she will continue to teach classes. She has taught both elementary and jr. high IEW Writing and IEW Grammar and Spelling, and has added high school classes to her repertoire, including English Fundamentals and Psychology . Heather has been homeschooling her own jr. high son for several years, and they have been at Grace Homeschool for three years. She comes with a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara and has been a full-time substitute & teacher of Pre-Chemistry & Physics, 7th Grade Math, Psychology, and Sociology. She also has a heart to help new homeschooling families so oversees Grace Homeschool Support.
Heidi has graciously agreed to come alongside Cathy as administrator of Grace Homeschool Classes. She is doing a wonderful job! She will continue to teach and has taught several classes at Grace with her gift for teaching and a heart for homeschoolers. She has her Bachelors Degree in Social Science from CSU San Marcos. In addition to working as an Office Manager for many years, she also worked as a substitute teacher for the Lake Elsinore School District. She enjoys being involved with the children’s ministry at her church and teaching in the 4th and 5th grade class. She left teaching as a sub to homeschool her children, which has its challenges but is also a joy! She homeschools her children who also take classes and she is so happy to have found Grace Homeschool Classes. She enjoys joining with other wonderful families to learn new things and grow closer to the Lord together.
Jenna has has been homeschooling her two daughters for the past nine years. She has been assisting in the sewing classes at Grace, so when the opportunity arose to teach the class, she enthusiastically consented, and we are so glad to have her. She has a love for sewing, and she has a definite servant’s heart!
Kaylee is excited to teach the drama classes at Grace. She loves theatre and has been in acting for 10 years. She has also taught a couple of other drama classes and was the teacher assistant for drama class in high school. She loves Jesus and especially loves bringing Jesus into this form of art!
Kristen has been teaching ASL to students in the Temecula Valley for many years. She homeschooled her own children for 13 years. She received her AA degree in ASL interpreting in 2004 and has also been an ASL interpreter for 10 years.
LeAnne loves being a part of all things Grace Homeschool, and since she’s there all 3 days of classes, she has her hand in a lot of areas. She has homeschooled her two daughters for six years, with one still in jr. high and the other going to Biola University. Being a preacher’s kid, she has served in Children’s church since a very young age. When her youngest was a Christian school, she taught art for 1-2nd grade. Along with her friends, she started a homeschool co-op and has taught elementary science and upper elementary Bible. This year, using “My Fathers World” curriculum, she taught several different subjects each week including art, geography or science. They also had a book club and were using the “Socratic” method.
We are thankful for the years of having Maren teach at Grace. We have had so much great feedback about her classes and teaching style! She comes to Grace with a great deal of knowledge and teaching experience as she has her Bachelor’s of Art Sociology (CSUF), and Secondary Teaching Credential classes completed (National University). She taught 6th-8th Grade Science, Bible, Language Arts and Social Studies at Calvary Chapel, Capistrano Beach; and she has also been very involved in youth ministry. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with family; traveling, camping, hiking and swimming. Reading and playing at the beach are other passions of her. She delights in working with children and feels incredibly blessed to have the privilege to teach/disciple young hearts at Grace Homeschool.
Marianne is an experienced teacher of the basics of rhythm guitar and music theory. Her background includes ten years of giving lessons and many years of study, teaching in a class setting, and private tutoring, as well as playing guitar and singing on the worship team in many different types of church services. Marianne and her husband homeschooled three kids to graduation and is very much an advocate of homeschooling. Her goal for the guitar classes here at Grace is to not only teach the basics of theory and aid in perfecting the skill of the students at playing the guitar, but more importantly to impart the desire to worship God in Spirit and in Truth with music. (Romans 1:11, John 4:24)
Marlene will be coming aboard to teach the younger music classes. She homeschooled for 10 years, and also taught at Independent Learning Academy in Murrieta. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies and Associate’s Degree in Theology from Calvary Chapel Bible College. One of her many favorite life verses from the Bible is: “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:23). Her goal, hope, and desire is for students to learn the basic concepts of any subject she teaches them so that they will take it with them into their future life learning beyond the secondary school. God has blessed her with amazing opportunities to be a home school educator, piano teacher, basketball coach, Pioneer Clubs leader, girls high school counselor, cable TV producer, missionary, evangelistic speaker, and “military brat.” She hopes to use all of these experiences to enrich student learning. She looks forward to teaching at Grace Homeschool Classes.
Marty has been homeschooling her four children since 2021. She has her Master’s in Social Work; and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has had several teaching positions and is currently part of the Adjunct Faculty at Cal State Fullerton. Marty enjoys making learning engaging and hands-on for her students whenever possible. She has always adopted a learner-centered approach in her pedagogy. She wants students to be able to take the classroom knowledge and use it in a practical way towards their academic & personal development.
Mitchell Kopitch was homeschooled from kindergarten until college where he earned a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. He attended Azusa Pacific and the University of Washington which both provided incredible opportunities in both the craft of writing as well as the subject of learning as a whole. He took a teaching practicum at UWB and has been a tutor, editor, and teacher since 2017. Mitchell continues to write science fiction novels in his spare time, but as a teacher, he looks forward to helping his students think critically, independently, and become more confident readers and writers.
Monique and her children have attended Grace for over 10-years, and she has previously taught IEW, All About America, and Art History at Grace over the last 2 years. She has married 22 years and has been extremely blessed to be able to homeschool her own children for nearly 16 years; including 3 now graduated and her youngest will be a Junior this year! She is also currently a self-employed entrepreneur, with a home décor/antique vendor booth in Old Town Temecula. With a passion to disciple and teach on topics about Biblical Worldviews, History, Art, and her love for America, she is excited to teach our Grace students. She can’t wait to see what the Lord does in her and at Grace as she continues her homeschooling journey.
Randa has been sharing her gifts and talents with Grace students through teaching many classes, but we so glad to also have her as the administrator of our PSP, Grace Christian School of Temecula Valley. She has been a licensed Esthetician and makeup artist for 15 years. She used her leadership skills when she was PTA president while her children were in public school, and has also been a leader and mentor for moms at Revival Christian Academy. She was a tutor for 3 years at Revival classes, teaching Art to grades ages K-12 , as well as Lego Fun. She has been homeschooling for seven years, and has been part of Grace for much of that time. Her daughter will be a senior this year so she will definitely be busy! She loves art and photography, and has passed down that love and talent for these to her children too!
Regina is entering her 12th year of homeschooling her children, her oldest kids from 2nd and 3rd grade through graduation, and currently homeschool her youngest who is entering 6th grade. She has served many years in children’s ministry, and serves weekly on a prep team doing prep for children’s ministry lessons at her church. Part of this is role includes designing art activities to accompany lessons. Her children serve with her which she feels is such a blessing for their family. Regina loves art and being an encouragement to others. Using art and creativity to serve others has always been a passion of hers, primarily through making art that was gifted to others for lots of occasions. She has been passionate about teaching the fundamentals of art to her own children, and looks forward to teaching students at Grace. She is excited to see how they progress and develop their own style and learn to see the beauty in God’s creation.
Satinka will be teaching PK class in the afternoon. She has been homeschooling her two children and her niece and nephew since last year, and is dedicated to their education. She has a heart for teaching little ones and is looking forward to teaching the PK classes.
Shaleem has been homeschooling for 12 years. She has her bachelor’s degree in history from Azusa Pacific University, as well as my MBA in International Development from Hope International University. She is well versed in subjects pertaining to history, economics, government, cross cultural relationships and management, missions, geography, global studies, and business. She is also a gifted musician and songwriter. She was called us to move to Washington D.C. to serve alongside a prayer ministry, and has a heart to teach our youth about our wonderful U.S. Constitution. She loves the Lord Jesus and is passionate about giving our children the opportunity to learn about him and the world he created in a safe, innocent, and creative environment.
Shannon loves working with children. She is just finishing her first year homeschooling her oldest who is in Kindergarten, and next year, she will have another child in TK. Shannon has her Bachelor of Science in Child Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Cal State Fullerton. She has worked as a Pre-K teacher and has lead at KinderCare. She also loves working in children’s ministry/nursery at church. We are thrilled to have her teaching art to our younger students at Grace.
We have known Susy Padilla the past couple of years as her daughter has taken several classes at Grace. Susy has always been around ready to lend a hand on the campus so many times. And now she has graciously taken over our Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 classes. Susy grew up in a Spanish-speaking church and became immersed in the language and culture from a young age. As an adult, she has led worship for Spanish-speaking services. Homeschooling her two children for the past two years has changed their lives for the better. Before that, she spent countless hours in their classrooms so she has a great deal of experience with students. And she has also currently serves in children’s ministry at her church. She is very excited to guide our high school Spanish students through the rest of this school year.
Toni has been an integral part of Grace Homeschool since we started back in 2013. She has three grown children, and homeschooled her own daughter through graduation. Toni was always very involved with outside classes while schooling her daughter. Toni does keep very busy at home now, and besides working in administration at Grace, she is homeschooling her niece and nephew too. Her daughter is now married, and has given Toni the wonderful gift of her first grandchild! She has taught several classes on and off, and besides her deep love for the Lord, one of her loves is scrap booking and has shared that gift with our jr. high students. She will be taking over the jr. high boys Bible study as she has a heart to see young men grow in their relationship with Christ!
Yoon Lee will be teaching the JH Intro to ASL and HS ASL 1. He is a graduate of Gallaudet University with a Bachelors Degree in TV, Film and Photography. He was one of the hosts for “Alaska: The Last Frontier” Deaf Mosaic. He retired from California School for the Deaf, Riverside, as a TV Teacher after producing 30 short movies with high school students throughout 10 years. Currently, Lee teaches ASL classes at Palomar College and homeschool students at his church. He also finished Deaf Interpreting Training and now mentors Interpreting Training Program students. Lee is inspired daily by his wife and a daughter. In his free time, he organizes monthly Deaf Socials and writes movie scripts.