Staff Directory

Thank you for considering Bethany School to meet the educational needs of your student. Bethany has an amazing faculty to help students grow to BELIEVE, ACHIEVE, and SUCCEED. My staff and I are here to nurture students, while focusing on their social, academic, and spiritual development. We are seasoned with experience and have a heart for our calling in education. Each child is important to us!

Mrs. Tonia Z. Hill, Principal

Adrianna Holley

Position: Kindergarten Teacher
Email: [email protected]

Adrianna Holley is in her eighth year at Bethany School and is currently serving as a kindergarten teacher. She has over ten years of experience in education. She loves getting the chance to teach the next generations about Jesus Christ and witnessing young people grow to know and love God.

Mrs. Holley enjoys reading fiction novels, shopping, and photography.

Matthew 5:14 (NIV) You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Adrianna Holley

Kindergarten Teacher

Adrianna Holley is in her eighth year at Bethany School...

Al Dorsey

Position: PE Teacher, Athletic Director
Email: [email protected]

Al Dorsey is in his eighth year teaching at Bethany School and is currently the PE Teacher and Athletic Director. He has over 15 years of experience and has earned a BA and MA. He enjoys the love that the teachers have for the kids at Bethany.

Mr. Dorsey resides in Long Beach with his wife, Charmaine, and children, Isaiah and Savannah. He attends Bethany Church and enjoys watching sports, playing basketball, and working out.

Romans 5:3-4 (NIV) Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Al Dorsey

PE Teacher, Athletic Director

Al Dorsey is in his eighth year teaching at Bethany...

Amber Francis

Position: Distance Learning Teacher
Email: [email protected]

Amber Francis is in her fifth year teaching at Bethany School and is currently the Distance Learning Teacher. She has over thirteen years of teaching experience, has earned a BA as well as a minor and specialty in visual and performing arts. She also holds a multiple subject teaching credential. She loves the amazing school community and the support and encouragement to be innovative and creative in her teaching practices at Bethany.

Mrs. Francis resides in Huntington Beach with her husband, Paul, and children, Kyah and Kaley. She attends Refuge Calvary Chapel in Huntington Beach and enjoys running, yoga, and doing fun family activities.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) “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.”

Amber Francis

Distance Learning Teacher

Amber Francis is in her fifth year teaching at Bethany...

Amy Zahariades

Position: Middle School Teacher
Email: [email protected]

Amy Zahariades is in her eighth year teaching at Bethany School and is currently the middle school science/math enrichment teacher. She has over twenty-two years of teaching experience, has earned a BS in Biochemistry with a minor in Bible, and holds a multiple subject teaching credential. She loves the amazing students, parents, and staff at Bethany. She believes we care for each other like a family and always look out for the best interest of others. Students receive a strong Biblical and academic foundation at Bethany while having fun through social events and activities.

Mrs. Zahariades resides in Cypress with her husband, Damon. She attends Cornerstone Church, and enjoys going to the El Dorado dog park with Rocky, her Havanese. She also enjoys going out to dinner with her husband and having game nights with friends.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

Amy Zahariades

Middle School Teacher

Amy Zahariades is in her eighth year teaching at Bethany...

Carrie DeYoung

Position: Third Grade Teacher
Email: [email protected]

Carrie DeYoung is in her twelfth year at Bethany School and is currently serving as a third grade teacher. She has over eleven years of experience in the education field. She has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and holds a multiple subject teaching credential. She loves being able to teach the kids about Jesus and show them how much purpose, love, and security there is in living life as a child of God. She feels so fortunate to work with a staff that also feels the same way.

Ms. DeYoung resides in Lakewood and has three children. She attends Bethany Church and enjoys gardening, camping, and knitting. 

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Carrie DeYoung

Third Grade Teacher

Carrie DeYoung is in her twelfth year at Bethany School...

Christina Smoot

Position: First Grade Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Smoot:

Christina Smoot is in her eleventh year teaching at Bethany School. She has over twelve years of teaching experience, has earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, and holds a multiple subject teaching credential. She loves that she gets to fulfill her calling as a teacher in an environment that allows her to be open about her faith in Jesus Christ. She loves being able draw the Word of God into her daily conversations with students, staff, and parents. She is grateful for an administration that relies on the guidance of Holy Spirit and not just their own strengths.

Mrs. Smoot resides in Lakewood with her husband, Ryan and daughters, Coralyn and Raylan. She attends Arbor Road Church and enjoys walking as exercise, organizing, and going to the lake to cruise in her boat.

Joshua 1:9 (NIV) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Christina Smoot

First Grade Teacher

Christina Smoot is in her eleventh year teaching at Bethany...

Donna Morici

Position: Technology Coordinator
Email: [email protected]

Donna Morici is in her seventh year teaching at Bethany School and is currently the Technology Coordinator. She has over thirty-three years of teaching experience, has earned a BS, and holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She loves the teamwork and the incredible professionalism of the top notch educators at Bethany. 

Mrs. Morici resides in Huntington Beach with her husband and has a son whom she is incredibly proud of. She attends First Christian Huntington Beach and enjoys painting, reading books, riding her bicycle at the beach, and enjoying life with friends… especially if coffee is involved. 

Psalm 37:5 (NIV) Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:

Donna Morici

Technology Coordinator

Donna Morici is in her seventh year teaching at Bethany...

Gina Martinez

Position: Assistant Preschool Director, Teacher
Email: [email protected]

Gina Martinez is in her twelfth year at Bethany School and is currently the assistant preschool director and a preschool teacher. She has over twenty-one years of teaching experience, has earned a BS in both child development and psychology and a Master of Library and Information Science degree (MLIS). She loves that it is a true family working unto the Lord at Bethany.

Mrs. Gina enjoys reading, camping, walks and hikes.

Philippians 4:13 (NIV) I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Gina Martinez

Assistant Preschool Director, Teacher

Gina Martinez is in her twelfth year at Bethany School...

Heather Nesbit

Position: Preschool Teacher
Email: [email protected]

Heather Nesbit is in her twelfth year at Bethany School and is currently serving as a preschool teacher. She has twelve years of teaching experience and has earned early childhood education credits. She loves that as a Christian teacher at Bethany, she gets to do more than just inspire her students to love academics. She also gets to make a real and lasting impact in their hearts and lives. She strives to help them grow in character and wisdom and experience the greatest joy when Christ works directly in their hearts.

Mrs. Heather resides in Cypress with her husband and two daughters. She attends Cypress Neighborhood Church and enjoys shopping, organizing, and staying home. 

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) “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.”

Heather Nesbit

Preschool Teacher

Heather Nesbit is in her twelfth year at Bethany School...

Kellyn Miller

Position: Middle School Teacher
Email: [email protected]

Kellyn Miller is in her fifth year at Bethany School and is currently the middle school language arts teacher. She has over fifteen years of experience and has earned an AA. She has earned a BA and MS and is presently pursuing a single subject teaching credential. She loves the ability to walk this journey with so many students and their families.

Mrs. Miller attends First Christian Church of Compton with her husband, Eric, and their children, Kamren, Kaydence, and Eric Jr. She enjoys writing, roller skating, and candle making.

1 Corinthians 15:10 (NIV)  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

 

Kellyn Miller

Middle School Teacher

Kellyn Miller is in her fifth year at Bethany School...

Kristen Huff

Position: Education Specialist, Opportunity Program
Email: [email protected]

Kristen Huff is in her eleventh year teaching at Bethany School and is currently the education specialist and Opportunity Program teacher. She has over thirteen years of teaching experience, has earned a BA in Psychology and a MS in Special Education, and holds an Education Specialist credential. She loves the kids and her colleagues. The kids bring smiles and lots of laughter, are always challenging her to stretch her skills as a teacher, and make every day and every extra hour worth it. She feels that her colleagues, teachers, aids, and administration are an incredible group of people. She learns from them, grows with them, has opportunities to teach them about “her kids,” and really values them all as members of the Bethany School and Bethany Preschool team. 

Mrs. Huff resides in Lakewood with her husband, Dan, and daughter. She attends Bethany Church, and enjoys going to the beach and working on family photo books as well as cooking and baking. 

Mark 12:29-31 (NIV) “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Kristen Huff

Education Specialist, Opportunity Program

Kristen Huff is in her eleventh year teaching at Bethany...

Lauren Whygle

Position: Middle School Teacher
Email: [email protected]

Lauren Whygle is in her six year teaching at Bethany School and is currently teaching Middle School math. She has over thirteen years of teaching experience, has earned a BA and MA, and holds a multiple subject teaching credential. She loves the close community and loving staff at Bethany.

Mrs. Whygle resides in Westminster with her husband, Paul, and children, Emily and Eli. She attend First Christian Church of Huntington Beach and enjoys traveling, crafting, and spending time with her friends and family. 

Romans 8:28 (NIV) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Lauren Whygle

Middle School Teacher

Lauren Whygle is in her six year teaching at Bethany...

Leslie Murphy

Position: Preschool Teacher
Email: [email protected]

Leslie Murphy is in her sixteenth year at Bethany School and is currently serving as a preschool teacher. She has over sixteen years of experience and has earned early childhood education credits. She loves having the opportunity to not only plant the seed of God’s word in each child’s heart, but then getting to continue watering and seeing them grow. Seeing them develop spiritually, physically and academically is such a wonderful blessing. 

Mrs. Leslie attends Cottonwood Church and enjoys shopping, organizing, and staying home. 

Lamentations 3:23 (NIV) They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Leslie Murphy

Preschool Teacher

Leslie Murphy is in her sixteenth year at Bethany School...

Natalie Robideaux

Position: Preschool Teacher
Email: [email protected]

Natalie Robideaux is in her thirteenth year at Bethany School and is currently a preschool teacher. She has over seventeen years of experience and has earned Early Childhood Education Credits as well as a BS. She loves being able to serve families in our community through the ministry that is Bethany School. Bethany is a place filled with joy, love, and encouragement. Seeing students come to know Jesus at such a young age and watching them grow in their faith over the years, overcome challenges, find their own passion, and continue on their journey is so rewarding. Being a small part of the journey in their early years has been a joy to watch. 

Mrs. Robideaux resides in Long Beach with her husband and two children. She attends Cornerstone Church, and enjoys family time, gardening, and photography.

Philippians 4:6 (NIV)  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Natalie Robideaux

Preschool Teacher

Natalie Robideaux is in her thirteenth year at Bethany School...

Nicole Cecil

Position: Second Grade Teacher
Email: [email protected]

Nicole Cecil is in her seventh year teaching at Bethany School and is currently teaching second grade. She has over nine years of teaching experience, has earned a BA, and holds a multiple subject teaching credential. She loves getting to be a part of the Bethany family, and feels that it is so special to feel loved and cared about in the place that you work. 

Mrs. Cecil resides in Artesia with her husband and son. She attends Long Beach Christian Reformed Church, and enjoys baking and gardening.

Psalm 119:105 (NIV) Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Nicole Cecil

Second Grade Teacher

Nicole Cecil is in her seventh year teaching at Bethany...

Robyn Rivers

Position: Fourth Grade Teacher
Email: [email protected]

Robyn Rivers is in her twenty-first year teaching at Bethany School and is currently the fourth grade teacher. She has over twenty years of teaching experience, has earned a BA and MA, and holds a multiple subject teaching credential. She loves the ability to connect with students and their families to help them succeed academically and spiritually while meeting the unique needs of the students she is blessed to teach. 

Mrs. Rivers resides in Long Beach with her husband, Jamal, and children, Niles and Hudson. She attends Cottonwood Church and enjoys singing, online shopping, and napping. 

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Robyn Rivers

Fourth Grade Teacher

Robyn Rivers is in her twenty-first year teaching at Bethany...

Sara Mills

Position: Kindergarten Teacher
Email: [email protected]

Sara Mills is in her fourth year at Bethany School and is currently a kindergarten teacher and the school’s Marketing Director. She has over eleven years of teaching experience and is a graduate of California State Dominguez Hills where she earned her BA in Liberal Studies and a multiple subject teaching credential. She loves the opportunity and time given to collaborate with other teachers. She also loves that she gets to teach and discipline with God’s Word at the forefront.

Mrs. Mills resides in Long Beach with her husband, Jeff. She attends Fullerton Free Church, and enjoys baking, camping, and visiting National Parks.

Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)  Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

Sara Mills

Kindergarten Teacher

Sara Mills is in her fourth year at Bethany School...

Sheila Chubbs

Position: Preschool Teacher
Email: [email protected]

Sheila Chubbs is in her eleventh year at Bethany School and is currently a preschool teacher. She has over twenty years of experience and has earned Early Childhood Education Credits. She loves being able to talk about God everyday.

Mrs. Sheila resides in Bellflower and has three grown children. She enjoys journaling, writing, and reading.

Deuteronomy 5:29 (NIV)  Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!

Sheila Chubbs

Preschool Teacher

Sheila Chubbs is in her eleventh year at Bethany School...

Tim Stewart

Position: Middle School Teacher
Email: [email protected]

Tim Stewart is in his fifth year teaching at Bethany School and is currently teaching Middle School history, Bible, and digital media literacy. He has over seven years of secondary school teaching, has earned a BA in history and Master’s in education, and holds a single subject teaching credential. He loves the camaraderie that Bethany School provides.

Mr. Stewart resides in Long Beach with his wife, Dana, and their four children. He attends Portico Church and enjoys cooking, strategy board games/war games, and traveling. 

Psalm 119 (NIV) Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.

Tim Stewart

Middle School Teacher

Tim Stewart is in his fifth year teaching at Bethany...

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