Jr. High Staff


Scott Bruce
JH/HS Administration
English and History

Scott Bruce is excited to be a part of the Heritage Christian School family. Scott has been teaching for 16 years in the private sector. Scott was born and raised in Southern California. After graduating from Irvine High School, he attended Orange Coast Community College and San Diego State University where he earned his B.S. Degree in Psychology. Scott continued his education at National University. Along with teaching at HCS, Scott is a coach at Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club. Scott has been married to Kristan for sixteen years and has been blessed with two sets of twins, Lexie and Matthew and Ryan and Jack. In his free time Scott enjoys volleyball, skiing, camping and going to the beach with family and friends.

Amber Richter
Foreign Language/ESL

Amber has been a tutor, teacher, and coach for the past eleven years. She has been helping students reach their learning goals in English, Spanish, ESL, History, and Science. She has also coached volleyball at the high school and club level since graduating from Capistrano Valley High School in 2006. Amber received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Cal State Fullerton. Amber attends Saddleback Church and enjoys spending her free time with family and friends. This is Amber’s third year being a part of the Heritage family and she is excited to see what God has in store for this school year. She believes in the power of learning and the power of God’s love in all things.

Deborah Comstock
Art
dcomstock@heritagechristianschool.com

Deborah graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She taught Art to grades K-High School at Spirit ChristianAcademy in Tustin for 14 years and has currently been the K-High School Art instructor at Heritage for five years. Deborah lives in Mission Viejo with her husband of 27 years, Robert. Her daughter is a recent graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University and works in San Diego at Sharp Memorial Hospital as a Registered Nurse. Her son is an engineering major at Cal Maritime University in Vallejo. She and her family have attended Mission Hills Church in Mission Viejo since 2005. Deborah believes that God has blessed every child with the ability to learn art. It is her passion to bring out this ability and create a love for God and all the art He has created for us to enjoy.

Dee Goto
Math & Science
dgoto@heritagechristianschool.com

I have been happily married for 27 years to my husband, John. We have three children, with our youngest child still in high school. For the past two years, we have enjoyed fellowshipping at Voyagers Bible Church in Irvine where my daughter and I serve in the children’s ministry. In addition to a ladies summer Bible study, I attend Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) throughout the school year. I see education and teaching as both a ministry and a vocation as I have chosen to teach at schools who embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.As a teacher, I have had the pleasure of being in the education field for the last 12 years. I taught 6th and 7th grade Math at St. John's Lutheran School in Orange, where I also enjoyed coaching 5th grade girls’ volleyball. At St. John’s we explored the nefarious world of Professor Sneizzelweitzel, waged war on integers and developed the best “secret” formula for orange fizz, as well as created our very own robot. Previously to teaching at St. John’s, I was the Director of Education at Mathnasium Learning Center of Rancho Santa Margarita where I worked with students from 2nd grade through high school.  I also have nine years of teaching experience at Spirit Christian Academy where I taught various levels of mathematics (3rd grade through 6th grade Mathematics, PreAlgebra, Algebra 1, Geometry and PreCalculus) as well as Bible.   I have a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Azusa Pacific University and am currently completing my Single Subject Credential in Mathematics/Masters of Education program.

Betsy Holritz
Study Skills
bholritz@heritagechristianschool.com<

Betsy received her B.A. in Christian Education from Biola University. She loves people of all ages and has devoted a great part of her life to raising five children as a stay at home mom. One of her greatest loves is reading and books. She has a passion for helping children develop a love of reading and to find books that fuel their desire to read. She finds great joy in bringing books to life by reading aloud to children of all ages. Her life verse is John 17:3, which speaks of having a personal experiential relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Wendy Luttinen
English
wluttinen@heritagechristianschool.com

Wendy Luttinen has had 25 years teaching experience in both public and private education. She earned her B.A. in English from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington with her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Writer’s Workshop. She is ACSI certified with a lifetime membership. Wendy has taught under Mr. Gay’s leadership since moving from Washington State to California in 2001. She has wanted to teach since she was a first grader and is living her dream. Her passion for writing is contagious as she is able to inspire all students, from the most reluctant to those who are gifted in writing.

Emily Updegraff
History & Spanish

eupdegraff@heritagechristianschool.com

Emily has been a teacher at the jr. high level for the last thirteen years. She has taught World History, United States History, Spanish, and has coached three Tri-Way League Championship Volleyball Teams. She has always dedicated herself to education. Emily received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education at Hope International University and is credentialed by ACSI. Emily attends Compass Bible Church with her husband and family. In her free time she enjoys coaching volleyball and spending time with her family. Emily has been with Heritage Christian School since its inception. She believes in the work God is doing here. Her goal for all of her students is to learn how to love God wholeheartedly and love others unconditionally.

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Taylor Bedoya
JH/HS Biology, Geometry
tbedoya@heritagechristianschool.com

Taylor Bedoya is passionate about the ministry of teaching. After graduating from California Baptist University with her Bachelors in Psychology, Taylor began teaching in the context of church ministry as a Children’s Director and now Families Director for Canopy church. Taylor and her husband recently welcomed their first child into the world, and are having an incredible time being parents and watching their son reach each milestone. When it comes to her students, she believes that the process of growth as one trusts in God is just as important as the destination. She desires to support students as they dive into their own journey of growth knowing that God is with them, delights over them, and will empower them to live out their calling, academically and beyond.

Hailey Vittrupt
Biology, Geometry, & Yearbook
hvittrup@heritagechristianschool.com

Hailey has always loved learning. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from The Master’s College, and has continued her education through Southern New Hampshire University. Prior to this position, Hailey worked as a substitute teacher and at three Orange County locations of an educational summer camp, teaching students of various ages. Hailey loves God above all things, and has volunteered as a Sunday School teacher, AWANA leader, and girls’ weeknight study leader. In the past, Hailey completed an internship at a city newspaper and held an administrative position at her college. She recently completed the Citizen’s Academy at the Newport Beach Police Department. In her free time, Hailey loves reading, playing tennis, and spending time with family.

Becky Trojan
Physical Education
btrojan@heritagechristianschool.com

Becky grew up in the Philippines; attending a Christian school for missionary kids. She earned her K-12 Physical Education teaching credential at Biola University. Becky and Dave, married 27 years, have a son, Steven, 2nd Lt. in the Air Force pilot training program; and a daughter, Traci, attending Cal State Fullerton. Becky loves the Lord and serves Him through children’s ministry as commander of the Awana Program at Mission Hills Church. Becky desires to teach and encourage kids to give their best and to make physical activity fun so it becomes a life-long goal. "Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed." Proverbs 16:3