Mike Folsom




Roles/Subjects Taught:
Modern World History, AP World History, and coach Boys and Girls Tennis

Life Verse:
Proverbs 3:5-6

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
I love to share the wonders of history with my students…to show how the hand of God has influenced our world. I also want to share my life experiences as a teacher, coach, college student, father, and soldier to help the students be more well rounded individuals.

Interesting facts:
I have two daughters who attend CES East
My wife is a lawyer who works for a non-profit company that provides loans and training for Christian Schools in high-need countries around the world
I was deployed to Iraq in both 2003 and 2007 and have 25 plane/helicopter static-line jumps on record
I once drove from San Diego to Seattle in less than 20 hours

San Diego

B.A. in History from UCSD, M.Ed. in Educational Technology, Professional CLEAR CLAD Credential

Experience (Years Teaching):

Years at CUSSD:

Parent Meet – August 27

We enjoyed filling the Jr/Sr High School parents in on the new procedures ahead of the first day of school. We can’t wait to see everyone!

August 28 Update with Video

Dear Parents,

We are so excited to finally open our school next week on Tuesday, September 1! It’s been a blessing to have our Elementary students back on campus this week and to hear their excitement. The CHS/CJHS team has been busy preparing for your return all summer, and I hope this email and video will give you a jump start on what to expect, and how you can prepare for the first day of school.

Here are a few key important things you need to know:

Schedule: Students will follow the C Day Schedule on Tuesday which means they will go to periods 1-4, and will follow the D Day Schedule on Wednesday, which means they will go to periods 5-8. (Please see attached block schedule).

We are a “healthy only campus” which means that if you have any flu-like symptoms, you will need to stay home. This allows us to provide the greatest level of normalcy and safety at CHS/CJHS.
Temperatures: We will take your student’s temperature at 4 different locations. All students grades 7-12 will be checked in their cars before you drop them off. All students grades 7-11 will enter at the guard gate and turn right and will be directed to be screened. All juniors will enter and turn right, and will be directed to the new Junior parking lot to be screened. Seniors will turn left as they pass the guard gate, and will be screened in the Senior lot. (See attached map)

Face Coverings: All staff and students grades 7-12 will need to wear a face-covering while on campus, especially in circumstances when within 6 feet of another person. Students can wear a face mask, face shield, and neck gaiter. Please avoid logos or inappropriate images on face coverings.

Social Distancing will be observed in classrooms, and where it is not possible, plexiglass providers have been put in place. Students will be expected to social distance in lines, in stairwells, during passing periods, and at lunchtime. Markings will be placed on seating areas and where students stand in line to assist with distancing.

New Safety and cleaning protocols have been put in place including the following:

  • All classrooms are equipped with “Cleaning Stations” that include disinfectant spray, wipes, and paper towels to be used to clean all high touch areas and surfaces between each class.
  • Evening janitorial staff will be responsible for cleaning and disinfecting the entire facility and all surfaces using non-toxic, EPA approved list “N” cleaners and foggers.
  • Students will be required to wash or sanitize their hands as they enter each class.
  • Students will be provided with individual supplies where possible, so that they will only touch or handle their own learning materials (e.g., textbooks, pens, equipment, etc. )

Procedures in classes have been changed to limit the student to student contact.

We realize that some of these changes bring challenges, but are committed to following our Safe Re-Opening Plan here at CHS/CJHS to safely bring our students back on campus. Mr. Conover and I will be hosting a virtual parent meeting on Thursday, August 27 at 5:00 PM and all parents are welcome. The purpose of this meet is to share this plan with you and address any questions you may have to help you feel at ease and prepared for the first day of school back on campus. Below is the link for the Google Meet on Thursday 8/27/20 @ 5:00 PM. If this time does not work for you, please feel free to respond to this email with your questions.

Meeting Link: meet.google.com/yrc-bucv-ebq

Please take a few minutes to view this video with your student, as you prepare for Tuesday.

I can’t wait to see you back on campus! God has definitely answered our prayers as we move forward with the 2020-2021 school year at CHS/CJHS under His guidance and direction.

Go Patriots!

Mrs. Lanz

Please find important documents attached here.

Jennifer Fournier

Campus: CJHS/CHS Title: English Teacher Phone: 619-201-8800 Roles/Subjects Taught: English III Life Verse: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." John 13:34 Why do you work for Christian Unified? First and foremost, this is the gifting and calling God has placed on my life. I want to honor that be obedient to His direction. I find it so amazing that God is allowing me to be a part in the shaping and molding of His kids into the leaders, world changers, parents, and innovators of tomorrow. Plus, I'm absolutely wild about looking deeply into literature. Literature is my jam and I just think it is the best that we can all come from different backgrounds and different experiences allowing us to view the exact same piece of literature with new interpretations and new depths! Interesting facts: You'll often hear me refer to my family as Cheese, Bean, and Moose We are a hockey family! Find us at the rink or rooting on the Ducks! We have a converted camper van that we lovingly call "The Bambino." Beach and family and breakfast = my happy place! I am the absolute worst cook...ever! 🙂 Hometown: San Diego Education: BA in Linguistics with a minor in Literature from UCSD; Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix Experience: I started teaching in 2007 at Horizon High School. While there I taught 11th grade English, Junior High English, and was a co-adviser for Yearbook. When Horizon closed in 2017, the Lord brought me over to Christian. Years at CUSSD: Since 2017

Jim Fuller

Campus: CJHS Title: P.E., Junior High Athletic Director Phone: 619-201-8800 Roles/Subjects Taught: Jr/Sr High PE, Junior High Athletic Director Life Verse: 1 John 4 :8 He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is Love. Why do you work for Christian Unified? Gifted by God, Called by God, Led to this position by a number of wise and godly people. Love to help make a difference and an impact in lives for God’s Kingdom. Interesting facts: Saved two peoples lives Sang in a church choir that cut an album Once held a Guiness world record Ran a mile in 5:00 minutes Hometown: San Diego Education: BA in Physical Education, Life Teaching Credential, Part way through a masters in administration Experience (Years Teaching): 40+ Years Years at CUSSD: 40+ Years

Aundrea Hemmerly

CAMPUS CJHS/CHS TITLE Teacher SUBJECTS TAUGHT Regular and Honors Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, Introduction to Photography LIFE VERSE Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God." WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO WORK FOR CHRISTIAN UNIFIED? I choose to work at Christian Unified for the fellowship and relationships that I gain with my coworkers and my students. It is truly unlike any place to work. INTERESTING FACTS I love backpacking. Every summer I get to escape into the Sierras with my family and appreciate all of God's splendor. If I'm not hiking, I'm playing volleyball. I've played what feels like my whole life and to this day will join any game any opportunity that I get....even if they're half my age. HOMETOWN Chula Vista EDUCATION Bachelors in Kinesiology, Masters in Education EXPERIENCE Since 2010 WHAT YEAR DID YOU BEGIN TEACHING AT CHRISTIAN UNIFIED? 2016

Deron Higgins

Campus: CJHS/CHS Title: Junior High Bible Phone: 619-201-8800 Roles/Subjects Taught: JH Staff & JH Bible Life Verse: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 Why do you work for Christian Unified? Love what we get to do... teach our kiddos about Jesus and work with an amazing staff Interesting facts: A strong affinity towards all things water... surfing, paddle boarding, sailing, diving, & skiing... and Jesus. Hometown: San Diego Education: M.Div. in Ministry Experience: I've had the privilege of being the Executive Director of San Diego Youth for Christ, Camp & Conference Speaker, Lead Pastor of our church plant as well as professor and teacher of ministry/Bible. Years at CUSSD: Since 2010

Eileen Hollison

Campus: CJHS/CHS Title: English 8 Teacher Roles/Subjects Taught: English 8 and ESL 3 Life Verse: Romans 12:1 - Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. (The Message) Why do you work for Christian Unified? I love helping junior high students who are emerging into adulthood, thinking for themselves, and taking ownership of their relationship with God. Each of them will be influencers, and it is a blessing to support them on their path to leadership. Interesting facts: I have a heritage in Christian Educators. I’m a college football fan. I love sketching and listening to classical and jazz music. Hometown: Santa Cruz, California Education: Masters in Educational Leadership Experience (Years Teaching): 25 years in Christian education and leadership Years at CUSSD: Since 2018

Featured: First Day Back on Campus

Our schools were featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune today!

Our elementary school waiver was approved last Wednesday, and our elementary campuses were up and running Monday, 8/24! It’s been five long months since we’ve seen these faces, and it was such a blessing to have them back. Christian Junior-Senior High will open Tuesday, 9/1. Visit our admissions page or call 619-201-8888 to find out more. Needs-based financial aid is available.

John Houston

Campus: CJHS/CHS Title: Woodshop Phone: 619-201-8800 Roles/Subjects Taught: Woodshop Life Verse: Philippians 2:2-3 "in humility of mind , consider others better than yourselves" Why do you work for Christian Unified? For love of the craft and students Interesting facts: I have built 3 houses for myself from scratch I have 3 motorcycles Elvis and I share a birthday Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia Education: BA Oral Roberts University, Credential Point Loma University, MA Azusa Pacific University Experience (Years Teaching): 37 years Years at CUSSD: 11 years

Melissa Johnson

Campus: CJHS/CHS Title: English Teacher Phone: 619-201-8800 Roles/Subjects Taught: English II, Honors English II, Newspaper Advisor Life Verse: Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” Why do you work for Christian Unified? My joy is teaching students to love learning and to see that God’s plan resonant in and through all things. Interesting facts: I am a wife and mother of three daughters. I enjoy reading, writing, boardgames, gardening, cooking, and spending time with my family and three dogs. Hometown: San Diego Education: Bachelors from UC Davis in Theatre & English, Credentialing Program: SDCC Experience (Years Teaching): Since 2004 Years at CUSSD: Since 2004

Kate Johnston

Campus: CJHS/CHS Title: Science Teacher and Technology Integration Specialist Roles/Subjects Taught: 7th Grade Life Science; 7th/8th Grade STEM; Science Department Chair Life Verse: John 10:10 Why do you work for Christian Unified? I love the search and discovery of Truth and I hope to impart that desire to the students. Interesting facts: I have taken students on missions trips to six different countries I lived in South Korea as an international school teacher for seven years I am a pastor’s kid I did the base camp Mount Everest climb Hometown: Centerville, Ohio Education: BA of Middle Grades Education with an emphasis in Science and Social Studies from Eastern Kentucky University Experience (Years Teaching): Started Teaching in 2008 Years at CUSSD: Since 2015

Mike Kirwan

Campus: CJHS/CHS Title: Jr High Mathematics / Practical Arts Dept Chair Phone: 619-201-8800 Roles/Subjects Taught: Pre-algebra, Algebra Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Why do you work for Christian Unified? I came out of necessity, and I stay out of the love for my coworkers and great kids. Interesting facts: Coach cross country and track and field for 14 years. Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska Education: Bachelor of science University of Nebraska @ Kearney, California State University San Bernardino Business Admin, Marketing, Hotel and Motel Management. San Diego Christian College Multi-Subject Teaching Credential Experience (Years Teaching): 2007-present at Cajon Valley and CUSSD Years at CUSSD: Since 2014

Casey Kunde

Campus: CJHS/CHS Title: Director of Counseling Phone: 619-201-8848 Roles/Subjects Taught: Director of Counseling Life Verse: 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 Why do you work for Christian Unified? I chose to work as a counselor in order to help kids discover their strengths and talents. Each student comes to school with different motivations. My job it is help students discover their interests and to support their goal formation while building a plan for the future. Interesting facts: I am a native San Diegan My high school graduating class had 18 students. I was a first generation college student/graduate. I teach for Concordia University in the Masters of Education, Counseling program. Hometown: San Diego Education: B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Counseling, and P.P.S. Credential Experience (Years Teaching): 2 years Years at CUSSD:

Sarah Kurfess

Campus: CJHS/CHS Title: Physical Education Teacher Phone: 619-201-8800 Roles/Subjects Taught: High School Girls P.E., Junior High Girls P.E., JH Leadership/ASB, JH Keyboarding Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Why do you work for Christian Unified? I teach because it fills me so much joy to pour into the lives of children. At Christian I have the opportunity to share God’s word and speak Truth to the students. There is nothing more rewarding than to see children enjoy the subject I am teaching, and incorporate their Christian faith into what they are doing. Interesting facts: I enjoy the beach, hiking, and new adventures! I eat acai bowls almost every day. I played college volleyball at San Francisco State. I moved to San Diego to coach college volleyball at San Diego Christian College while it was on Christian Unified's campus, and the rest is history! Hometown: Bakersfield, California Education: B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Neuromuscular Science Experience (Years Teaching): Since 2015 Years at CUSSD: Since 2015

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).


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.