With over 75 years combined teaching experience, spanning a broad range of disciplines, our educators share a passion for applying their varied expertise to the mission of Grace Academy.
3rd & 4th Grade Teacher
Lance has thirty-five years of experience as a public elementary school principal, assistant principal, and instructional coach and teacher. He specializes in the development of professional learning communities, daily school operations, and student success and achievement. He has his Master’s of Education Administration from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Assistant to the Principal
5th & 6th Grade Teacher
Deanna has fifteen years of experience as a K–12 and higher education instructor. She has been a teacher, dean, mentor, and adjunct faculty member. She specializes in helping students in impoverished areas attain high levels of academic achievement, supporting teacher development, and developing differentiated instruction. She has her Master’s in School Leadership from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
High School Development Coordinator
Math & Science Teacher
Natalie has fourteen years of experience in education, including eight years of teaching experience in a public high school setting. Her background includes analytics and human resources, and she specializes in high school science—specifically biology, anatomy, physiology, and chemistry. She has further spent time both as a mentor and as a department lead. She has her Master’s in Teaching from Azusa Pacific University.
K-5th Grade Teacher: Bible
7th & 8th Grade Teacher: English, Language Arts, and History
Sargon has twelve years of teaching experience as a middle and high school language arts teacher. He specializes in preparing students to achieve at a high academic level through diligence in SAT preparation and STAR national testing preparation. He has his Master’s in Teaching from Biola University.
1st & 2nd Grade Teacher
Julia has three years of teaching experience in a private Christian elementary school setting. She specializes in child development, and she has her Master’s in Elementary Education and Teaching from Grand Canyon University.
Hadiya has six years of experience in education, including four years of teaching experience in a private Christian elementary school setting. She specializes in child development, instruction and learning, hands-on approaches, and Christian education, integration, and curriculum. She has her Master’s in Elementary Education and Teaching from Grand Canyon University.