Preschool Staff

Sharon Benedetto
Preschool Director

Sharon came to Heritage Christian with almost 30 years of teaching experience. She has taught various grades with early childhood being Her favorite. She has a M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Pepperdine University because she believes that a solid foundation for learning begins in the preschool environment. She lives in Mission Viejo with her husband and 3 home schooled sons. She enjoys working with children through the discovery process and watching them develop their skills on a daily basis. It is also important for her to be able to share her love of Jesus with her students through her teaching.

Stefanie Risko
Pre School Administrative Assistant

Stefanie Risko graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from California State University, Los Angeles. She has worked as a preschool teacher at Heritage Christian School for the last three years. She is excited to work alongside our preschool director this year as administrative assistant and aftercare coordinator. Stefanie and her husband attend Watermark OC Church and love the Couple’s Devotions there. Stefanie loves to read, cook, and spend time with her adorable nieces and nephews. Stefanie feels very blessed to be working in such a loving and God-seeking environment. One of Stefanie's favorite things about working at HCS is seeing the little ones grow closer to Jesus every day.

Melissa Beloletto
Preschool Teacher

Hi I'm Melissa Beoletto!! I have been married to my husband for 12 years and have one daughter who is 7 years old and in the second grade. I'm so blessed to have them as my family! We enjoy going to amusement parks, going on adventures, doing outdoor activities, and playing games. I have my Early Child Development certificate from Irvine Valley College. In my free time I love going out with my mom and my daughter. I enjoy playing video games, watching tv, or just sitting and relaxing. My husband and I we love going to concerts, watching Broadway shows and trying new restaurants. I truly feel blessed that every day I get to work with children. I have been working with children over 15 years. It is a true passion that I have love helping them learn, play, laughing with them and teaching about God!!

Lorena Casillas
Preschool Teacher

My name is Lorena Casillas. I attended Cerritos College where I received my certificate in Early Childhood Education. I have more than twenty years of teaching experience. I live in Mission Viejo with my husband Ricardo and three dogs . We have two adult children. Our oldest, Ricardo Jr. is 26 yrs. old and a graduate of UNLV. Our 20 year old daughter Genecie is attending CSUSM. My calling is to serve The Lord through teaching. I'm very blessed to have been part of the HCS family since 2007.

Frida Parson
Preschool Teacher

Frida has been working at Heritage Christian School since Fall 2010. She has an A.S. degree and certificate in Early Childhood Education from Saddleback College. She is so grateful to be continuing her B.A. degree in ECE at Vanguard University. Frida is originally from Hawaii, enjoys the beach, reading books, writing, learning,gr een tea lattes, and the color purple. She and her husband love attending Calvary Chapel Pacific Hills. Frida is thankful to have an opportunity to work with young ones and is blessed to serve the Lord at Heritage Christian School.

Miss. Wendy
Preschool Teacher

Ms. Wendy was born in Huntington Beach Ca and has three amazing children, Sloane 20, Makenzie 19, and Hunter, 17. She has two fun loving dogs Tank and Zues. Ms. Wendy has her degree in Early Childhood Education and has been a teacher for 12 years. She feels so blessed to be a part of Heritage Christian Preschool. Ms. Wendy loves to watch football especially her son play and watch her daughters who are on a competitive World Cheerleading team. She also enjoys the beach, a great movie, and backyard BBQ's.

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven, I hope you still take the time to run through the rain.

I-Fen Wu
Preschool Teacher

I-Fen was born in Taiwan. At age fifteen she and her family moved to California. I-Fen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Interior Design and worked as an interior designer in San Francisco prior to coming to the field of early childhood education. I-Fen loves anything to do with art. She also loves working with children. Her passion for early childhood education began when she joined a mission trip to Taiwan for English teaching in 2007. She found that she has a great love for children, and decided to pursue her new career further in this direction. I-Fen recently graduated Saddleback College with an Associate Degree in Child Development. She believes teaching is an incredibly important profession and is glad to be a part of it. She wants to inspire children to keep learning. I-Fen attends Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, where she is involved in Bible studies and children ministries. In her free time, I-Fen enjoys reading, listening to the music, spending time with friends and family, and watching her son playing tennis.