WHAT'S GOING ON AT CHRISTIAN

COVID-19 SYMPTOM DECISION TREE & Covid Tests

Acceptable forms of COVID testing for students, teachers, and staff:

PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID Test
SARS CoV2 RNA
Molecular 2019nCOV

We are NOT allowed to accept a Rapid Antigen Test. They lack the accuracy of the PCR test per the County.

Sandy Adams

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
Band

Phone:
619-201-8800

Roles/Subjects Taught:
Cadet Band, Crusader Band, Jazz Band, HS Concert Band, Marching Band, Music Theory

Life Verse:
Philippians 4:13: “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
The Lord has given me a passion for teaching music at Christian JH/HS. Music is a huge part of my life and I strive to make sure the students at CHS also have the opportunity to use their God-given talents for Him.

Interesting facts:
I have 3 sons and 10 grandchildren, and I’ve been married over 40 years to my high school sweetheart (from the CHS band). I love to read. I have performed on stage or in the orchestra or conducted in over 30 musicals.

Hometown:
Born in Glendale, CA, raised in San Diego

Education:
Bachelor’s degree from Christian Heritage College (San Diego Christian College) and a California Teaching Credential.

Experience (Years Teaching):
Since 1996

Years at CUSSD:
Since 1996

Kathy Alesi

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
Administrative Assistant

Phone:
619-201-8827

Roles/Subjects Taught:
Assistant to the Principal, Testing Coordinator, AP Coordinator, Dual Credit Coordinator, Online administration

Life Verse:
“But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:13, 14

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
I invested early in my own children’s Christian education through Christian Unified Schools. When a God-given opportunity to teach technology at the elementary level was presented, I started with the District and haven’t looked back.

Interesting facts:
I have a degree in Music Education from Pepperdine University. My husband of 30+ years and I have three adult children, and in 2019 we added a daughter and son-in-law to the mix. We play in the Shadow Mountain orchestra, and we love to play golf together on the weekends.

Hometown:
San Diego, CA

Education:
Pepperdine University, BA Music Education

Experience at Christian Unified:
Since 1999

What year did you begin teaching?
1999 at Bostonia as the technology teacher

Brian Blake

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
Bible

Phone:
619-201-8800

Roles/Subjects Taught:
Honors Bible 11 – Bible 11 – Advanced Media

Life Verse:
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
I love the Word of God and have a passion to disciple the youth.

Interesting facts:
I played soccer in the Jr. World Cup and Jr. Olympics.
CHS students nicknamed me “The LG.”
My favorite Soccer team is Barcelona, and my favorite Soccer player is Lionel Messi.
I coach two academy teams with the FC Heat.
I’m married to Mrs. Blake and have three children

Hometown:
Escondido

Education:
Master of Divinity Azusa Pacific University, Haggard School of Theology, Bible Specialist, Lifetime Certificate ACSI

Experience (Years Teaching):
Teaching since 2005

Years at CUSSD:
Since 2017

School Nurse Update

Dear Christian Unified Families,

We made it through our first week of in-person learning for the Junior High/High School and the second week for our elementary schools. Thank you all for the opportunity that you give us as a school to educate and influence your student in the name of Jesus. I want to thank each of you for the commitment that you have made to help us keep our campuses “healthy” this school year. We have taken great physical measures, reviewed and adopted health guidelines, and are remaining in close contact with the County health authorities to stay current in our practice as we navigate through this pandemic.

It is exciting to see in San Diego County that our “numbers” seem to be on the decline. That is great news! It is allowing us to reopen and resume some sense of normalcy. With that said, I want to put out a reminder for each of us to remain diligent in our awareness of COVID-19 symptoms, and that if you experience symptoms to be proactive in following health guidelines. The County offers the following education regarding COVID-19:

“Because of how COVID -19 spreads, public health officials have indicated that all of us should consider ourselves as being potentially exposed. As you know, virus symptom can range from mild to severe and could include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills without a fever, sore throat, muscle aches and pains, and temporary loss of smell or taste. Symptoms may appear in a few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Anyone experiencing symptoms should self-isolate and contact your doctor. If you are not feeling well, it is recommended that you separate from others in the home, wear a face mask, cover your coughs and sneezes, clean hands and surfaces often, and avoid sharing personal items. It is important to monitor symptoms for potential worsening.”

Please know that I am working closely with the San Diego County Office of Education to offer our campuses the most current data available. Thank you for partnering with me, and school leadership in our strong effort to remain healthy, safe and informed.

Purposed For Him, Partnered With You,

Tracy Easley, BSN, RN
Christian Unified Schools San Diego

Janei Blake

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
Science Instructor

Phone:
619-201-8800

Roles/Subjects Taught:
AP Biology, Honors Biology, Biology

Life Verse:
1 Peter 3:15a, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
Christian Unified is Jesus centered. Students have the opportunity to earn a college-ready education and build a solid relationship with the Lord. I am able to fulfill my calling here at Christian which is to teach the truth through evidence, not opinion.

Interesting facts:
Married to Mr. Blake. I enjoy watching my favorite Christian athletes (Chris Cyborg, etc.) and movies. Growing up I wanted to be an F-16 Fighter Pilot, a marine biologist, and work as a criminal prosecutor.

Hometown:
San Diego, CA

Education:
Master of Arts, Religion & Ethics; BA, Theological & Religious Studies

Experience (Years Teaching):
Since 2006

Years at CUSSD:
Since 2017

Linda Breeden

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
English Department Chair

Phone:
619-201-8800

Roles/Subjects Taught:
AP English Literature and Composition, Senior British Literature, Juniors-Honors American Literature

Life Verse:
Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
Because I have a counseling background as well, I find teaching incorporates many of my skills and gifts. One of the beauties of teaching literature is in the ability to provoke thoughts about beliefs, evaluate decisions by characters, and value objective truth. The real power is in teaching literature from the perspective of the Christian worldview. I teach to share Christ with my students and to help them reconcile that life issues and all philosophical assumptions are only answered in the sovereignty of God’s will and through filtering them through His word.

Interesting facts:
Lived in Sicily, Italy as a childCatered Professionally
Have been a Crisis Intervention Counselor
Enjoy leading educational tours abroad.

Hometown:
Takoma Park, Maryland

Education:
M. A. T. Curriculum and Instruction, CA Single Subject Credential in English, B.S. Child Development and Psychology, A.S. Paralegal Studies Degree ABA approved, MA English, Specialization in Rhetoric

Experience (Years Teaching):
35 years

Years at CUSSD:
27 years

Tim Brown

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
Teacher & Coach

Phone:
(619)590-2175

Roles/Subjects Taught:
Sophomore Bible & Varsity Basketball Coach

Life Verse:
John 3:30 “He must become greater; I must become less.”

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
For the opportunity to impact a student’s life through studying the Bible together.

Interesting facts:
Played College Basketball; CHS Varsity Boys Basketball Coach; 5 kids; graduated from Christian High School in 2000; work at Shadow Mountain Community Church as the Sports Ministry Director and serve with the Young Married’s Ministry.

Hometown:
San Diego

Education:
Bachelor’s Degree, Bible & Kinesiology, California Baptist University, San Diego Christian College

Experience (Years Teaching):
Began teaching in 2005

Years at CUSSD:
Since 2016

Courtney Cardiff

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
Studio Art Teacher

Phone:
619-201-8800

Roles/Subjects Taught:
JH Art, Art I, Art II, Art III, Art III Honors, AP Art

Life Verse:
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
I love art and have wanted to be a teacher since I was in second grade! It brings me such joy to be able to do both of these things every day while also sharing my faith with my students. That AHA! moment when a student gains understanding and mastery of new techniques is such a privilege to witness and there is nothing more rewarding than seeing students express themselves creatively and have pride in what they have learned and accomplished.

Interesting facts:
I love reading fiction, going to the theatre, eating, dancing, singing, creating art, journaling, travel, doing handstands, and being in nature!

Hometown:
San Diego, CA

Education:
BFA in Studio Art with a minor in Theatre from Chapman University, Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art from San Diego State University

Experience (Years Teaching):
Since 2011

Years at CUSSD:
Since 2011

Vickie Carrington

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
Assistant Athletic Director & Athletic Counselor

Phone:
619-590-1730

Roles/Subjects Taught:
Associate Athletic Director/Athletic Counselor/Discipline/ Head Girls Basketball Coach

Life Verse:
Matthew 6:33, Proverbs 3:5,6 and Colossians 3:22-24

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
I am serving the Lord in a ministry calling to impact and pour into youth! I love to help student-athletes achieve their goals and dreams. In obedience to the Lord, I am honored to serve at CHS as Associate Athletic Director, Athletic Counselor, and as an assistant to the VP with Discipline. I am also the Head Girls Basketball Coach.

Interesting facts:
I am married to my college sweetheart, and we’ve been dating for 35 years. We have three amazing adult children and a precious granddaughter, Princess Serenity! I enjoy studying the word of God, sharing the gospel, motivating youth, and serving with my husband in Marriage and Family Ministries at our Church.

Fun Facts: I am the first Black woman and third woman ever to achieve 300+ wins in the history of San Diego girls basketball. I am addicted to researching family history (I have research for nine generations). I love dill pickles and Big Hunk candy bars! I ran Track in college, lettered in five sports in HS, and played cello and violin in elementary school. I love old movies, vintage clothes, and old cars.

Hometown:
McNary, Arizona

Education:
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Speech Communications – Currently in the first year of M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at Cal Baptist University.

Experience:
Since 1998 – Christian Education and Leadership

Years at CUSSD:
Since 2017

Kevin Conover

CAMPUS
CJHS/CHS

TITLE
Vice Principal/Senior Bible Teacher

CAMPUS PHONE
(619) 201-8800

ROLES/SUBJECTS TAUGHT
Vice Principal/Senior Bible

LIFE VERSE
Lamentations 3:22-23 “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO WORK FOR CHRISTIAN UNIFIED?
Christian Unified is a very special place. No place is perfect, but so many people that I work with sincerely care about the people and students around them and are doing their best to encourage and love others. Being a part of this community is a privilege I am so thankful for.

INTERESTING FACTS
I am the youngest of five kids and my parents moved me out to San Diego from New Jersey when I was six years old. For the first two years, we lived in an apartment on Mollison and I attended Anza Elementary. Then we moved to Ocean Beach where I attended OB Elementary, Correia Jr High and graduated from Point Loma High School. I’ve been teaching Bible(defense of the Christian faith) for more than 12 years. I enjoy surfing and most water sports. My wife and I have three kids and we’ve been married since 2000.

HOMETOWN
Ocean Beach, Point Loma

EDUCATION
MA Biblical Apologetics

EXPERIENCE
I’ve been teaching how to defend the Bible (apologetics) since 2007.

WHAT YEAR DID YOU BEGIN TEACHING AT CHRISTIAN UNIFIED?
2011

James Darnell

CAMPUS
CJHS/CHS

TITLE
Bible Teacher

ROLES/SUBJECTS TAUGHT
Bible 9

LIFE VERSE
2 Corinthians 5:21, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO WORK FOR CHRISTIAN UNIFIED?
In order to help students think with a Biblical worldview.

INTERESTING FACTS
Played 6 years professional baseball for the San Diego Padres.

HOMETOWN
San Diego, CA

EDUCATION
University of South Carolina, B.S.; Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM

EXPERIENCE
Associate Pastor Shadow Mountain Community Church

WHAT YEAR DID YOU BEGIN TEACHING AT CHRISTIAN UNIFIED?
2018

Susan Diem

CAMPUS
CJHS/CHS

TITLE
Home Economics Teacher

CAMPUS PHONE
(619) 322-0878

ROLES/SUBJECTS TAUGHT
Nutrition and Foods/Meal Preparation & Cooking/Sewing/Child Dev./Interior Design/Laundry/Gardening & Florals

LIFE VERSE
Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO WORK FOR CHRISTIAN UNIFIED?
I believe I have been called to work with young students to teach them not only the importance of learning life skills but how there is a great purpose in managing your home life when Jesus is in the center of it all. I want to impart my wisdom as a Christian educator and mother of five children. Hopefully my perspective on an efficient home life as it pertains to nutrition, cooking, sewing, child development, budget, responsibilities, organization, and time management will assist the students in their future lives.

INTERESTING FACTS
Swimming, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Floral Design, Painting, and Gardening.

HOMETOWN
San Diego

EDUCATION
B.A. Teacher Education Minor English, A.S. Child Dev.

EXPERIENCE
Since 1980

WHAT YEAR DID YOU BEGIN TEACHING AT CHRISTIAN UNIFIED?
2011

John Circo

Campus:
CHS

Title:
Senior History Teacher

Phone:
619-201-8800

Roles/Subjects Taught:
Contemporary US History / AP Government / US Government & Politics / Sheltered US History

Life Verse:
2 Timothy 2:2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
To train the next generation to be critical thinkers, to have a Biblical worldview, to be effective citizens, and to nurture and support young minds.

Interesting facts:
I like disc sports; Ultimate & Disc Golf, love being outdoors, hiking. Hobbies include reading mysteries & sci-fi, building Legos with my son, and board/card games. Favorite snacks: Oreos, Twix, Celery & peanut butter. My four years of college were literally on this campus when it was Christian Heritage College.

Hometown:
San Diego, CA

Education:
B.A. History from San Diego Christian College

Experience (Years Teaching):
Started teaching Spring 2007, 7th-12th grade histories AP US History & AP Government along the way.

Years at CUSSD:
Since 2017

Heather Felice

CAMPUS
CJHS/CHS

TITLE
Aspire Teacher

CAMPUS PHONE
(619) 201-8849

ROLES/SUBJECTS TAUGHT
Aspire

LIFE VERSE
Matthew 6:34. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO WORK FOR CHRISTIAN UNIFIED?
I work for Christian Unified because I believe in their mission to educate students academically and spiritually. It’s an amazing campus with an incredible administration and staff!

INTERESTING FACTS
I am a San Diego native, San Diego Christian College graduate, Navy wife, and mother of two boys. My family and I have moved countless times over the past 19 years with the military. These moves have given me the opportunity to learn about new places, cultures, and practices, and provided me with insight into the various educational systems and practices in the US. While living in Hawaii, I obtained my Masters Degree in Secondary Instruction and Curriculum. I am overjoyed to be back in my hometown, teaching at Christian High!

HOMETOWN
Alpine, CA

EDUCATION
Masters: Secondary Reading Instruction and Curriculum

EXPERIENCE
Teaching Start Date: May 2001

WHAT YEAR DID YOU BEGIN TEACHING AT CHRISTIAN UNIFIED?
2019

Family Statement of Faith

  • The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs.  The Bible itself, as the inspired, inerrant, plenary, and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe.  For purposes of CUSSD’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, Shadow Mountain Community Church is CUSSD’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
  • We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, and His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through the shedding of His blood, in His bodily resurrection on the third day, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and In His personal pre-millennial return to rapture His Church before the Tribulation and His glorious appearing to set up His Millennial Kingdom.   
  • We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith, apart from works by the merit of the shed blood of Christ, and that the born-again believer is eternally secure in Christ.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in the individual priesthood of the believer.
  • We believe life begins at conception.
  • We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning; the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen. 2:18-25.)  We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a biological man and a biological woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4.)  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
  • We believe that the Scripture dictates standards of sexual behavior. The unique roles of the male and female are clearly defined in Scripture. Any promiscuity, homosexuality, gender identity issues or other deviations from Biblical principles is a sin that is offensive to God (Matt. 5:18-19; I Cor. 6: 9-10, 19-20; Eph. 5:3-5; 1 Thess. 4:3-8).

SCHOOL-WIDE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

We expect our students to be:

Influential Christians who:

  • Accept the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
  • Apply Biblical principles as the foundation for moral and spiritual living.
  • Develop and maintain an informed Biblical worldview that shapes their lifestyle choices.
  • Demonstrate God’s love through acts of service and sharing the gospel.

Investigative Learners who:

  • Master a body of knowledge, vocabulary, and skills.
  • Understand, analyze, and order relationships among facts.
  • Assess their needs and apply appropriate strategies to learn concepts and skills.
  • Actively use the tools of learning throughout their lifetime.

Perceptive Thinkers who:

  • Identify, analyze, discriminate, prioritize, and apply information.
  • Have the ability to solve problems by thinking independently and logically.
  • Make responsible and well-reasoned decisions.
  • Actively seek and apply absolute truths.

Effective Communicators who:

  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately understand, interpret, and exchange information.
  • Communicate with eloquence, creativity, and persuasion in writing and in speech.
  • Develop and utilize artistic expression.
  • Proclaim and defend the gospel with wisdom, wit and respect.

Quality Producers who:

  • Demonstrate a growing knowledge of curriculum.
  • Develop their God-given talents and abilities.
  • Display standards of excellence in all pursuits.
  • Work well with others toward a common goal.

Responsible Citizens who:

  • Respect and submit to authority.
  • Actively protect and promote freedom and democracy.
  • Enjoy God’s creation and live as good stewards within it.
  • Recognize and contribute to meeting the needs of others.