Elementary Staff

Erin Wojtkiewicz

Erin Wojtkiewicz graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelors in Liberal Studies. She continued her education at National University. Erin has worked at Heritage Harbor for 2 years with Heritage Harbor. Last year she was an aide in 4th grade and P.E. for Junior High and High School. She enjoys traveling, quilting, and bowling in her free time. Erin looks forward to teaching Kindergarten with a year full of discovery and joy in a Christ centered learning environment.

Kelly Pollard
1st Grade

Kelly Pollard graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Child and Adolescent Development, a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, and a K-8 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Fullerton. Kelly was a substitute teacher for two years in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District where she gained experience teaching grades K-12. She taught 1st grade in the Lompoc Unified School District. In her free time, Kelly enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, and traveling. She believes in teaching to the whole child and knows that teaching at a Christian school will allow her to reach her students both academically and spiritually.

Jen DeMeis
2nd Grade

Jen DeMeis received her Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. Jen grew up locally in Mission Viejo and was a valedictorian at Capo Valley High School in 2003. During college, she traveled the world with a debate team and received national recognition for public speaking. At 16, Jen began instructing at The Tutoring Center. She continued her passion for teaching with a private tutoring business for the past 14 years. Jen currently attends Calvary Chapel Pacific Hills where she is involved in a small group and missions team. Jen has a passion for traveling and experiencing new cultures, singing praise, and inspiring children to enjoy education. She encourages her students to develop a strong relationship with Christ as they begin to discover God's amazing plan for their life. She looks forward to witnessing God's work at Heritage and finding new ways to serve Him at the school.

Rebecca Hayes
Third Grade Teacher

Rebecca Hayes graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology and History. Becki completed her Master’s Degree in Theology and Christian Education in 2007. Becki holds a Lifetime Kindergarten-Eighth Grade Teaching Credential and also an ACSI Teaching Credential. Becki has taught in grades first through fourth for over 34 years in both public and Christian schools throughout the United States, with the last 23 years in California. She attends Lutheran Church of the Cross, where she serves in the Stephen’s Ministry program. She enjoys playing with her grandchildren, Hayden, Ethan, Marcy, and Elizabeth, walking her corgis and reading. Becki is called to the teaching ministry and to Heritage Christian School. She feels that every child is a gift from God and loves involving children in ministry work. Her desire is to help each child reach the potential that God has placed within them.

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Bryan Roney
4th Grade

Bryan graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelors in Liberal studies. Before graduating from Fullerton Bryan attended Fresno State where he played soccer on scholarship. He attended National University for his teaching credential. Bryan has worked for several years in the public-school system as a substitute and a high school soccer coach. He has been married to his wife Melissa for 14 years and has three wonderful children Sadie, Maverick and Braylon. He attends Reverence Bible Church, Heritage Christian’s home base. In his free time Bryan loves to watch soccer, movies, and spend time with his family. Bryan feels extremely blessed to be joining the Heritage Christian family. It has always been his dream to be a teacher and to work in ministry, Now he gets to do both.

Jeanette O'Keeffe
5th Grade

I have been married for 26 years to the best partner in life. He is an engineer with the City of Long Beach Fire Department. I have 2 sons ages 23 and 19. We camp, play games and love movies! My happy place is the beach…with a breeze and a good book. I have a B.A. and teaching credential from Long Beach State and a M.A. in Educational Administration with an administrative credential from Concordia. I have been in the classroom as an elementary teacher, middle school teacher, technology teacher, and teaching vice-principal. I have had a variety of experiences in education, in and out of the classroom, for the last 30 years. Fifth grade is one of my favorites. We will have so much to look forward to this year as we grow physically, academically and spiritually. Our classroom will be organized, creative, collaborative, and full of His love and understanding!

Sam Edwards
Sixth Grade Teacher

Sam Edwards graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Science in Public Recreation Administration. He received his teaching credential from the University of Phoenix, along with his Masters in Education. He then cleared his credential with classes from the University of San Diego. Sam has worked in both public and private schools as a full time teacher and a substitute. He has taught sixth grade at Calvary Christian School in Santa Ana and fifth grade at San Tan Heights Elementary in Arizona. He attends Calvary Chapel East Anaheim. Sam is married and has three adult children and 2 grandchildren. His hobbies include golfing and basketball. Sam believes that God guided him to Heritage Christian School to love and instruct this group of God's children.