Office Staff

George Gay

Our founding principal, Mr. George Gay, has been in Christian Education for over 35 years. Mr. Gay has founded two other successful Christian schools and has consulted with many other schools in several states. Mr. Gay has implemented and directed excellent curriculum and instructional Christian School programs, which have received accreditation from ACSI and WASC. Mr. Gay’s passion is to daily nurture, train, encourage, challenge, and love kids, all for the glory of God. Mr. Gay received his B.A. from California State University, Fullerton. His teaching credential is from Southern California Christian College and his Masters in Educational Administration from Concordia University. Mr. Gay has been married to his wife Edie for over 40 years. He and Edie have 4 daughters & 11 grandchildren.

Maria Kloessner
Business Manager

Maria has a B.A. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from California State University, Long Beach. She is also certified as a trainer for “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. Maria worked as a Subcontract and Training Manager for ResCare Workforce Services for over fourteen years and was committed to helping individuals and families become self-sufficient in a supportive atmosphere. Maria has brought her experience and understanding of business management and process improvements to her role as Business Manger for Heritage Christian School. Maria and her family attend Calvary Chapel Pacific Hills. Maria and her husband, Robert, have two beautiful daughters. Grace, 9, is in 4th grade, and Faith, 7, is in 2nd grade at Heritage Christian. Maria loves camping and traveling with her family and enjoys anything Disney. Heritage was an answer to prayer for Maria and her family. She and Robert searched everywhere for a school where their daughters would be fed the Word of God daily, grow academically, and be supported by kind, loving, and caring staff, teachers, and administrators. Her goal is to contribute to the success of our school by supporting and collaborating with parents, teachers, staff, and administrators.

Christina Burris
Director of Development

Christina joins Heritage Christian School with more than 18 years of professional and management experience. She most recently served in an operations management role within the Business Division at Saddleback Valley Unified School District where she worked closely with the Superintendent and Board of Education within the Facilities & Planning, Educational Services, and Business Services departments. Christina has always had a passion for serving others. This passion began at a young age where she spent time spreading the gospel to Southern Baptist Churches through her father’s ministries. She continued serving others through her decision to join the Marine Corp in 1996 where she played roles within military intelligence, logistics, and communications. The Marine Corps had a profound impact on Christina as she recognized her growing desire to lead and inspire teams towards common goals. During her tenure in the Marine Corps, Christina also attended Troy State University where she studied Elementary Education and Southern Wesleyan University focusing in Business Management. Christina met Rodney, her husband of 15 years, in Augusta Georgia in 2001. Together, they have an eleven year old son named Vin who has attended Heritage Christian since preschool. We are honored to have Christina join HCS as the Director of Development.

Edie Gay
School Secretary

Edie Gay has her A.A. degree in Early Childhood Education. She has served in ministry along side her husband for over 35 years. She has been married to George for 40 wonderful years. They have four beautiful daughters and four amazing son-in-laws. She enjoys spending time with her 9 adoring grand children and cooking for her entire family and friends. She counts it a joy and privilege to be working at Heritage Christian School.

Betsy Holritz
Librarian/School Secretary<

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.