Ana Ramirez : Infant Teacher ana.ramirez@sdrock.com | 619.764.5205

Ana Laura Ramirez has been working in the Infant class since it opened in November 2011, she is blessed to be a part of the Rock Academy Preschool.  She enjoys working with babies and knows that God put her in the perfect place, she is thankful for letting her be a part of your children’s lives.

Ana was born in Chula Vista, California on October 15th 1987.  She grew up in Rosarito Beach, Mexico and moved to Imperial Beach in 2005 to go to high school.  Ana graduated on 2009 from Southwestern College and got an Associates Degree in Child Development. In her free time (weekends), she visits her family in Rosarito. She loves going to the beach and shopping.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14

Catalina Buenviaje : Two's Teacher catalina.buenviaje@sdrock.com | 619.764.5205

 

Catalina Maglaqui Buenviaje (Lina) was born and raised in Dau Mabalacat, Pampanga, Philippines. She has two brothers and one sister. God has blessed her with six beautiful children. Xyra recently married Steven Stewart; they are both served in the Marines. Her other children are Joseph Jr., Cathy Joy, Jovi May, Joselin, and Jolie Anne.

Catalina and her family spend time in San Diego has come after living in Guam in 1993, San Diego in 1996, Jacksonville, North Carolina, in 1999 and Jackson, Mississippi, for her husband's seminary schooling. This is where she experienced how God worked miraculously by providing for the family while her husband was in school and worked part time. Catalina worked as a librarian at that time and after a year God moved her into an assistant supervisory position.

Catalina says she doesn't know how she did it, but she is thankful that Jesus promised us that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Catalina has taken comfort in the Lord’s presence ever since she surrendered her life and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior in December of 1981 at a Young People's Retreat in Moncada, Tarlac. This is where she came to the altar and asked God for forgiveness. Lina says that the Christian life is not always easy, that there are always temptations, trials, and problems around us but thank God she always has the victory in Jesus.

Catalina is now pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Christian Education at Andersonville Theological Seminary. Lina had never worked in preschool prior to coming to work at the Rock Academy Preschool in 2009. But God lead her to come to Rock  Academy Preschol by a Divine Intervention of  a good friend. Since she has been here, she truly has enjoyed working with young children.

 

Dionne Townsend : Preschool Teacher dionne.townsend@sdrock.com | 619.764.5205

Dionne was born in San Diego. She is the daughter of the late Pastor Charles E Gayton and Marietha Gayton. Her mom is her best friend they do everything together. Dionne started working with children right after high school. Her first teaching job was at Mt Erie Baptist church. She has worked with all ages from Infants to Pre-k. Dionne truly loves children. When Dionne was growing up, every Sunday she would have kids following her around the church. When she was younger she would play school using all her stuffed animals as her students. Dionne stopped teaching for about 3 months and was doing temp work at Cox cable. She was missing the kids so much she that went right back to teaching.

Dionne thanks God for giving her the ability to teach. She says it is truly a gift from above. Dionne also at one time directed the children choir church until 2014. She is a Praise and worship leader at the Linda Vista Second Baptist Church where her Godfather, Dr. David Greene is the Pastor. Dionne is married to a wonderful, godly man Tonny Townsend her #1 best friend. After waiting for many years, God blessed her and her husband with a beautiful baby girl named Ariel. She is a special busy beeJ. Dionne loves spending time with her family. They love hanging out at the beach. They love going to church together and Sunday dinners. Most of all, Dionne loves God, life, and her family.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Ines Flores : Infant/Toddler Teacher ines.flores@sdrock.com | 619.764.5205

Ines has a bachelor’s degree in Education through Ashford University, she also has an Associates in Business Administration from La Guardia Community College. Ines has many years of experience in the Mortgage and Banking industry, however God led her to seek a different passion which is to serve children with the love of Christ. Ines started working with children at the Bishop’s school in La Jolla at the end of 2013, then God opened a great opportunity for her to work full time at the Rock preschool Academy since January 2014.

Ines was born and raised in Ecuador, she came to the U.S. as an exchange student when she was 17 y.o. Ines got married at 24 y.o. and had a beautiful daughter named Isabella. When her baby was only three months Ines traveled back to Ecuador to visit her family who knew about Jesus and thanks to her mother and younger brother Ines accepted Jesus at 25 y.o. Ines came back after to the U.S. and started to grow closer to the Lord day by day. In 2009, after getting divorced, Ines moved to San Diego from New Jersey and joined the Rock Church. Her desire was to have her daughter attend school and be part of this amazing school.

Ines’s prayer was answered, she had applied to work at the Rock preschool Academy since 2011, however God’s perfect timing opened the door at the very beginning of 2014. Ines is the toddler teacher and she loves very much all of her children.

Ines lives in San Diego with her daughter and all the rest of her family lives in Ecuador. They try as much as possible to visit them as she is very close to them. Ines’ family is filled with joy, laughter and very caring, just as her relationship with her daughter Isabella is. Ines is so thankful to God for allowing her child attend the Rock Academy, she is truly blessed by being part of such an amazing team.

Fun fact:
Ines can write with both her hands at her same time… one forwards and the other backwards, (just ask her, she’ll teach you)

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, not to harm you, to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Janet Heilmann : Pre-K Teacher janet.hellmann@sdrock.com | 619.764.5205

Mrs. Janet Heilmann was born and raised in New York City where her parents resided and owned a small community grocery store. She graduated from Central Commercial High School in New York and attended Manhattan Community College.  She accepted the Lord in 1977 and in 1983 she came to live in San Diego, California to work for the Lord.  God made a way to work for Morris Cerullo World Evangelism and later she married Randy in 1988.  They have two sons which are serving in the military and two grandchildren, Joshua Jr., and Isabella.

She attended New Covenant Tabernacle in National City where Randy and Mrs. Janet served as Elders and was ministering to children for over 15 years in Children’s Ministry. She worked with a program called Project Hope, children of special needs and she then established a Child Care business in Arizona for five years.  She is continuing her Child Development education in pursuit of getting a Bachelor’s Degree.

Her passion and calling is to be an extension of God’s love to children and their families.  To be a vehicle to direct, guide and show them the way towards our Lord.  As a teacher her objective is to train and challenge the students to become confident, self-motivated, and independent emotionally, mentally, and spiritually by building their self-esteem.

She is grateful for making Jesus the Lord of her life.  This was the best decision that she could have ever made and it didn’t cost anything but surrendering.

Jesus became to her as the father that she never had; her healer when struck with acute bronchial asthma; the deliverer when faced with alcohol and drug addiction; and He has restore her soul and body where she was told that she would not have any children.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding and in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path. Proverb 3:5-6

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

 

Johanna Lopez : Infant Teacher johanna.lopez@sdrock.com |

 

Johanna is very happy to be part of The Rock Academy Preschool. She has been working in the infant class since November 24, 2014. Johanna enjoys working with young children. She was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to San Diego when she was ten years old. She is married and has three beautiful children. She has a big family from both her mother's and father's sides. On the weekends, they get together and spend time. They also see each other Sundays at church.

When Johanna was in high school, she decided to take R.O.P Child Development classes because she wanted to work with children. She decided to study more because she enjoys preparing activities for young children. After graduating from high school, she took child development classes at Mesa College and ECC Adult school. She now has her Child Development Certificate. Johanna has been working with children ages three, two, and infant for eight years.

Johanna goes to church every Sunday since she was little, but she found the Lord when she attended a women’s retreat in January 2012. She was there for four days and three nights. She is very blessed to be working in a Christian school and having her younger son in The Rock Academy Preschool.

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is the flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. John 6:51

 

Kate Lorson : Upper Three's Teacher kate.lorson@sdrock.com | 619.764.5205

Kate obtained her Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Mesa College, San Diego.  She worked for two years as a substitute teacher at the Rock Preschool, teaching in all grade levels.  After which she accepted a position as the teacher in the upper three rooms.  In addition to teaching, Kate serves her savior Jesus Christ as a Born Again Christian.  She is happily married to a Fire Engineer and together they have two great kids.

Kristina Jerry : Pre-K Teacher kristina.jerry@sdrock.com | 619.764.5205

Kristina Jerry was born and raised in Orange County, California. She was blessed to be raised by both of her parents in a loving Christian home. Kristina accepted Christ in her life at the age of seven. Kristina has been married for 5 years to Irvin Jerry a high school teacher and assistant college basketball coach. Kristina and her husband began searching for a new church home in 2009 and God had called them to the Rock Church. Kristina and her husband were blessed with their first child, Isaiah in April, 2010.

Kristina has a love and passion for teaching young children and helping mold them through their educational journey. She has had 8 years of experience teaching preschool, she has also been a substitute teacher for elementary, and has 4 years of experience as a social worker for individuals with developmental disabilities.

After being a stay at home mom for a year and a half with her son it was time for Kristina to head back to work, when praying and looking for a job, Kristina felt like the Lord was calling her to work with the children at the Rock Academy. Kristina was hired to teach the 2 year olds at the Rock Academy in November, 2011. Working at the Rock Academy, Kristina gets to share her love for God with the children she teaches on a daily basis.

She has two older sisters and a twin sister.

Kristina has her Bachelors of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and has completed several units towards her teaching credential and Masters in Education.

Lorena Thompson : Preschool Floater lorena.thompson@sdrock.com | 619.764.5205

I was born in Mexicali, Mexico and have been living in San Diego since 1989.

I became a born again Christian in 1995. I have been married to my husband Winston for 22 years.

I have a son Rafael age 21, and daughter Maya age 16 who has been a student of the Rock Academy since 2009.

My family and I attend the Rock Church. I have been blessed to be part Wives in Prayer and Moms In Prayer International (former Moms In Touch) for the last 10 years.

My experience with children goes back to 8 years of working as an Artist in Residence for the San Diego Unified School District, 2 years of having my own Family Child Care, and 8 years of working as a Preschool Teacher for Mira Mesa Christian Preschool. I obtained my Teaching education at Miramar College.

I thank God for the opportunity to serve Him in the Rock Academy Preschool. My favorite part of working here is that I have the freedom to praise Jesus, and teach His precious little ones about His love.

But Jesus called the children to Him and said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Luke 18:16

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23

Lori Charles : Preschool Teacher lori.charles@sdrock.com | 619.764.5205

30 Early Childhood Education units; San Diego Community College. Nanny Certification. Over 20 years experience in Christian Preschools.

Mrs. Lori grew up near Amish country in Ohio and ventured out on her own at age nineteen. After traveling for two years, she settled in sunny San Diego. She worked in the food service industry, catering and as a tour guide. Then, after attending college, she started her career in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Lori believes that it is a gift to teach the little ones. She loves to see their faces when she shares the wonders of Jesus and will greatly bless the lives of the children and families she has the opportunity to serve.

Lori tried various churches seeking God before coming to the Rock and finding her spiritual home. She knew something was missing in her life. Her true moment of salvation was during naptime for the children in her class. Lori was reading her bible and "The Hour That Changes the World World" by Dick Eastman. This was definitely the hour that changed Mrs. Lori's life. She felt the Lord calling her and she got on her knees and prayed to the Lord to come into her life as her only Savior. She knew that the Lord had kept her close during some tough times growing up and as a young adult. Lori says she knew she owed the Lord her Life. She was now ready to fight for the Lord and her desire to please him has not wavered. Lori continues to grow by studying God's Word and has been praying about her first mission trip.

She cherishes the loving support of her husband, Jack, who retired after 36 years of teaching in the Grossmont Union High School District. They recently celebrated their Silver Anniversary and God willing will have many more happy years to come.

Together, they have a beautiful daughter Dayna, and three wonderful sons Jeff, Brian and Ryan. All the boys are married and have blessed Jack and Lori with six grandchildren, so far!

The family enjoys traveling and living near the beach.

Mrs. Lori believes that her family and being part of the Rock family has been some of the best gifts from God, and words cannot describe how thankful she is for her life as it is today. She knows God is good all the time!

I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing; forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. Philippians 3:13

Nadine Benitez : Two's Teacher nadine.benitez@sdrock.com |

Nadine Benitez was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in San Diego, California. She has three sisters and one brother. Nadine started working with children in 2008. She has worked with ages three to five years of age and has a very strong background in working and teaching in the Christian environment. She has worked under the Beka Christian learning and has been teaching Beka for about four years. When Nadine was a teenager she would always help the Sunday schools in the toddler room for 2 years.

When Nadine went to college, she took many child development classes and began her journey teaching young children from ages two to five years of age. Her experiences have been working with the three year olds and teaching that age for a year and a half. Nadine also worked with infants and Pre-K.

I want to thank God for all his blessings and for always guiding me through my whole life. I believe he has a purpose for me to teach his young children the Christian way of living. I love every minute of guiding children to the right path and teaching them about God by reading bible stories and singing Christian songs. I am very blessed to be given the opportunity to work at the Rock Academy.

 

Believe in the lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved Acts 16:31

Nancy Bastide : Preschool Floater nancy.bastide@sdrock.com | 619.764.5205

Nancy Bastide, known as Ms. Nancy, was originally born and raised in New York City. She was raised Catholic. She attended church with her mother and siblings every Sunday, come rain, shine or snow! As she grew into adulthood she drifted away from church with a feeling of emptiness, like there was really nothing there. Only in her heart, the good Lord remained in her constant prayers. Deep in her heart she knew that the Lord had a plan for her, and it had to do with children. The youngest of her family, she did a lot of caring and helping raise her sisters’ children. Once she had a child of her own, she decided to study Child Development and became a preschool teacher. But that stopped abruptly when she took a trip out here to California. Nancy says she loved it, and then moved here.

Her move to California ended up with her having many different jobs including nine years in Army Administration and as a First Cook. Nancy also did four years building airplane parts, which had to come to an end when she had to switch careers due to carpal tunnel syndrome. This change sent her back to child development and that was nine years ago. She loves it and thanks the good Lord for His direction to the right path.

Nancy came to the Rock Academy Preschool a little over two years ago as a substitute working as a floater. She was born again here at the Rock Academy preschool and she knows that this is her calling. Nancy was hired as a teacher here at the Rock Academy Preschool in September of 2008. She plans on continuing her education in child development and is so pleased and grateful to be working in such a great place where staff, parents, and children are servants of the Lord. She is truly grateful and feels very blessed.

Nicole Settle : Infant Teacher nicole.settle@sdrock.com | 619.764.5205

 

Nicole Settle has been working at the Rock Academy Preschool since June of 2013.  During her time at the Rock she has worked with the Pre-K class and the infant class.  Starting in January of 2015, Nicole will be transitioning to the three year old classroom.  She is excited to see what God has in this next season working with the three year olds.

Nicole was born and grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She moved to San Diego when she was eighteen to go to San Diego State University.  She graduated in May of 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Child Development.  She loves working with children and families!

Nicole grew up in a Catholic home and did not have a personal relationship with Jesus.  When she came to San Diego, she lived apart from God.  However, in 2006 she met a friend who was going to the Rock and was invited to attend.  From the first time she went, she knew that something was different from the Catholic Church she grew up going to.  She continued to attend services and eventually came to understand what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  From that point forward, she has been living her life with and for God!!  She desires that everyone would know this amazing God that changed her life completely!

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with God, reading, painting, going to the beach, traveling, eating out, and spending time with friends and family.  She is so glad that God called her to be a part of the Rock Preschool; it has been such a blessing!

 

Nympha Curl : Preschool Teacher nympha.curl@sdrock.com | 619.764.5205

Nympha was the last of seven children born to Lucio and Anania Botron. She was born in a small house in a remote village of the Philippines without electricity, running water and without a doctor’s care. Her family moved to the city when she entered high school. Nympha was raised Catholic and attended an all-girls Catholic school. At an early age Nympha learned to trust God for everything and to follow his commandments. She worked as a student assistant in order to finish college for free tuition at Aguines University, Philippines. Nympha graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Education majoring in Liberal Science. Nympha was the first in her family to graduate from college.

Nympha met her husband, Guy Curl, at a bus stop while he was visiting a Christian Bible College in the Philippines. It was love at first sight between the two, and Guy knew he wanted to win her heart and at the same time he knew he had to share Jesus with her. Nympha received a Bible for the first time from Guy and became a born again Christian. Nympha is thankful to God for her husband leading her in the right direction to Christianity.

Nympha came to America in April of 1991. God blessed Nympha and her husband with three handsome sons, Jerel, Jediah and Jovon. When Nympha’s children were young, she didn’t know what kind of job she could do and still be with her children. Then her home church opened a preschool called Little Lamb Land Christian Preschool, and Nympha decided to take child development classes at Southwestern College in Chula Vista. Nympha worked at that preschool for six years. She then worked one year at Children’s World and four years at a Montessori preschool.

Nympha was very happy when she was hired in September 2010 at the Rock Academy Preschool; she felt blessed to be in a Christian environment again. Ms. Nympha is very active in her home church called Christian Life Center where she is a Sunday school teacher of Pre-K children and also involved in the usher and greeters ministry. Nympha enjoys nature “God’s Creation” and listening to gospel music.

Rebecca McKinney : Two's Teacher rebecca.mckinney@sdrock.com | 619.764.5205

 

Rebecca was born in San Bernardino but was raised in San Diego. She has six sisters and three brothers. Rebecca is an identical twin. Rebecca is married to Christopher Jasper and they have one little boy. When Rebecca was 12 years old she started to attend Linda Vista Second Baptist Church with her older sisters. At the age of 12, Rebecca accepted Christ as her savior.

Rebecca has always had the desire to work with children. As a young teenager Rebecca would babysit in her free time. She began working at the Subase CDC immediately after high school. When she left there she work at the Montessori School of Kearny Mesa for 2 ½ years. She has now be at the Rock Church for 4 ½ years , and is enjoying the opportunity to work with the children and teach them about Jesus!

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Thanh Pham : Administrative Support thanh.pham@sdrock.com | 619.764.5205

Ms. Thanh grew up in an environment where her family and her whole community were Buddhist. She came to know the Lord through a co-worker when she invited her to the Rock Church in July of 2003. She continued to attend the Rock sitting quietly at the back of the church for a year listening to Pastor Miles sermons and wondering if this is going to be another “religion” that claimed to promise her peace, love, harmony and a purpose for her life. It was through one of Pastor Miles' sermons that God soften her heart when he said, “Christianity is not a religion. It is a personal relationship with God”. Then and there God took a hold of her heart. That’s what she had been hungry to hear, “a personal relationship with God”. In August of 2004 she asked Jesus to be her Lord and Savior. But God promised her more than that. God promised her a Father figure that she had always missed. He promised to love her unconditionally, to always be there for her, and to carry her burden when her parenting responsibilities become overwhelming for her. He promised that He will never forsake her.

Since the day she gave her life to the Lord, she has been taking spiritual growth classes including “Caring for People God’s Way” at the Rock U. She has served in Pebbles Pathway and in the Rock Pile. She also attends Bible study at Sisters-In-Christ. The classes and Bible study have deepened her relationship with Christ.

Ms. Thanh had been in the field of child development for 13 years. She loves working with preschoolers.

She is blessed with two sons and a daughter. Her prayer for them is that they would come to know the Lord.