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]
Categories: Elementary, Teachers

Adrianna Holley is in her ninth year at Bethany School and is currently serving as a kindergarten teacher. She has over eleven 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 ninth year at Bethany School...

Al Dorsey

Position: PE Teacher, Athletic Director
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Elementary, Middle School, Teachers

Al Dorsey is in his ninth year teaching at Bethany School and is currently the PE Teacher and Athletic Director. He has over sixteen 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 ninth year teaching at Bethany...

Amber Francis

Position: First Grade Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Elementary, Teachers

Amber Francis is in her sixth year teaching at Bethany School and is currently a first grade teacher. She has over fourteen 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

First Grade Teacher

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

Amy Zahariades

Position: Middle School Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Middle School, Teachers

Amy Zahariades is in her ninth year teaching at Bethany School and is currently the middle school science teacher. She has over twenty-three 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 ninth year teaching at Bethany...

Ariana De Pompa

Position: Preschool Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Preschool, Teachers

Ariana De Pompa is in her seventh year at Bethany School and is currently serving as a preschool teacher. She has over six years of experience and is presently pursuing a BA. She loves being able to teach young children about God’s love.

Mrs. Ariana attends Cottonwood Church. She enjoys cooking new food, gardening, and finding great places to eat.

Proverbs 31:25 (NIV) She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

Ariana De Pompa

Preschool Teacher

Ariana De Pompa is in her seventh year at Bethany...

Carrie DeYoung

Position: Third Grade Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Elementary, Teachers

Carrie DeYoung is in her thirteenth year at Bethany School and is currently serving as a third grade teacher. She has over twelve 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 thirteenth year at Bethany School...

Christina Smoot

Position: First Grade Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Elementary, Teachers
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Christina Smoot is in her twelfth year teaching at Bethany School. She has over thirteen 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 twelfth year teaching at Bethany...

Gina Martinez

Position: Preschool Director, Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Administration, Preschool, Teachers

Gina Martinez is in her thirteenth year at Bethany School and is currently the preschool director and a preschool teacher. She has over twenty-two 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

Preschool Director, Teacher

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

Grace C. Oparah

Position: Pre-K Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Preschool, Teachers

Grace Oparah is in her twenty-seventh year at Bethany School and is currently serving as a pre-k teacher. She has twenty-six years of experience in the field and has earned a Bachelor of Science degree as well as early childhood education credits. She loves the ability and freedom to teach children through God’s word, so that they can believe, achieve, and succeed.

 

Mrs. Oparah resides in Long Beach and has four grown children and three grandchildren. She enjoys going to the movies, visiting families, and relaxing at home. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Grace C. Oparah

Pre-K Teacher

Grace Oparah is in her twenty-seventh year at Bethany School...

Heather Nesbit

Position: Pre-K Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Preschool, Teachers

Heather Nesbit is in her thirteenth year at Bethany School and is currently serving as a pre-k teacher. She has thirteen 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

Pre-K Teacher

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

Kacie Cobb

Position: Kindergarten Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Elementary, Teachers

Kacie Cobb is in her first year at Bethany School and is currently a kindergarten teacher. She has over three years of experience in the educational field and has earned a BA in Communication Public Affairs as well as a minor in Psychology. She loves all the wonderful students and staff and feels that there is a great sense of community. She couldn’t be more blessed to be a part of Bethany.

Ms. Cobb attends Free Chapel Orange County.

John 3:16 (NIV) 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.

Kacie Cobb

Kindergarten Teacher

Kacie Cobb is in her first year at Bethany School...

Lauren Whygle

Position: Middle School Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Middle School, Teachers

Lauren Whygle is in her seventh year teaching at Bethany School and is currently teaching Middle School math. She has over fourteen 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 seventh year teaching at Bethany...

Michelle Twal

Position: Third Grade Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Elementary, Teachers

Michelle Twal is in her first year at Bethany School and is currently a third grade teacher. She has over six years of teaching experience and has earned a Bachelors of Arts. She loves the sense of community her family feels at Bethany.

Mrs. Twal resides in Long Beach with her husband, Nader, and three children Mekiah, Ameen, and Jonathan. She attends Grace Church of Long Beach, and enjoys reading, paddle boarding, and going to the bay.

James 1:27 (NIV) Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Michelle Twal

Third Grade Teacher

Michelle Twal is in her first year at Bethany School...

Michelle Veazey

Position: Education Specialist
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Elementary, Middle School, Teachers

Michelle Veazey is in her fourth year at Bethany School and is currently our education specialist. She has over thirty years of experience in the field of education and has worked in early education for twenty years as a preschool teacher and preschool director. She has earned early education credits and holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Master of Arts. She loves working in a faith-filled environment with staff that love the Lord, have a passion to help students be the best they can, work hard, and are fun to work with at Bethany.

Mrs. Veazey resides in Lakewood with her husband, Peter, and children Shawn, Brett, and Brooke. She attends Bethany Church, and enjoys working out, going to the movies, and reading.

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

Michelle Veazey

Education Specialist

Michelle Veazey is in her fourth year at Bethany School...

Natalie Robideaux

Position: Pre-K Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Preschool, Teachers

Natalie Robideaux is in her fourteenth year at Bethany School and is currently a pre-k teacher. She has over eighteen 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

Pre-K Teacher

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

Nicole Cecil

Position: Second Grade Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Elementary, Teachers

Nicole Cecil is in her eighth year teaching at Bethany School and is currently teaching second grade. She has over ten 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 eighth year teaching at Bethany...

Robyn Rivers

Position: Fourth Grade Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Elementary, Teachers

Robyn Rivers is in her twenty-second year teaching at Bethany School and is currently the fourth grade teacher. She has over twenty-one  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-second year teaching at Bethany...

Rory Slater

Position: Middle School Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Middle School, Teachers

Rory Slater is in her first year at Bethany School and is currently a middle school language arts and performing arts teacher. She has over five years of teaching experience and holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Master of Arts. She loves how everyone cares for and encourages one another at Bethany.

Ms. Slater resides in Long Beach with her two children. She attends The Warehouse Foursquare Church, and enjoys singing, acting/directing, and reading.

Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Rory Slater

Middle School Teacher

Rory Slater is in her first year at Bethany School...

Sara Mills

Position: Kindergarten Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Elementary, Teachers

Sara Mills is in her fifth year at Bethany School and is currently a kindergarten teacher and the school’s Marketing Director. She has over twelve 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 Buena Park 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 fifth year at Bethany School...

Sheila Chubbs

Position: Preschool Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Preschool, Teachers

Sheila Chubbs is in her twelfth year at Bethany School and is currently a preschool teacher. She has over twenty-one 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 twelfth year at Bethany School...

Tim Stewart

Position: Middle School Teacher
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Middle School, Teachers

Tim Stewart is in his sixth year teaching at Bethany School and is currently teaching Middle School history, Bible, and digital media literacy. He has over eight 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 sixth year teaching at Bethany...

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