Elementary Staff

Susan Reed
Kindergarten Teacher

Susan graduated from San Diego State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts and Sciences, Liberal Studies. She then earned a Multiple-Subject teaching credential from National University. In 1998, while teaching at Foothill Ranch Elementary School, she earned a Master of Science in Administration from Pepperdine University. There she also assisted the principal with administrative responsibilities as “Teacher on Special Assignment”. Susan has taught Kindergarten, First and Second grades in public and private institutions. Susan’s classroom environment is one that her students feel safe, loved, and encouraged to achieve their best. Susan focuses her teaching on developing each student’s spiritual, academic, social and physical well being. She incorporates God’s word in her teaching by including the Holy Bible in all areas of the Kindergarten day. She believes that encouraging a student’s relationship with God at an early age allows Godly principles to become the foundation for growth in character and academic achievement. Susan is honored to serve at Heritage Christian School as she teaches and empowers her students to achieve God’s plan for their life. Personally, Susan is married with two high school aged children and three dogs.

Kelly Pollard
1st Grade Teacher

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.

Danielle Contreras
2nd Grade Teacher

After being called to be a missionary at the age of ten, Danielle pursued her education and missions degree at Pensacola Christian College where she met her husband and went off to Spain for 14 years. She has taught a wide range of ages and grades throughout her career, teaching English as a second language in Spain, homeschooling her three boys and then later teaching high school Spanish and middle school English. Her dream class would be second grade, the perfect age!

She is originally from upstate New York and enjoys the change of seasons especially the fall. Sports and adventure are a big part of her life! She is thankful to live in Surf City to be able to swim, run, hike and bike often with her husband and young adult sons.

Traveling around the world to tell people of Jesus will be her second grade theme this year. She is eager to instill in them early on a love for Jesus and a desire to tell others of His love along with a love for reading, writing and arithmetic.

Rebecca Hayes
3rd 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 Teacher

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 Teacher

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!

Melanie Arambula
6th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Melanie Arambula graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Psychology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She later completed a Masters Degree in Elementary Education grades K-8 from Western Governors University. After completing her Master’s Degree, Melanie became licensed to teach in the state of California by obtaining her K-8 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. She has taught all grade levels from kindergarten to high school as both a substitute and full time teacher in Clark County School District, Westminster School District and Garden Grove Unified. Mrs. Arambula is a devoted wife to her husband of seven years, a loving mother to her 5 year old son and one year old daughter, and a passionate teacher committed to using the most effective teaching strategies to reach all of her students. She believes in placing all of her trust and hope in the Lord while always seeking Him to guide her steps. She is honored to teach sixth grade and be a part of the Heritage Christian School staff. She is most excited to place the Lord first each school day. She enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with her family and church community group. She currently attends Mariners Church in Mission Viejo.