Teacher Bios

Elisha Pingleton

Campus: CJHS/CHS Title: Teacher Phone: 619-201-8800 Roles/Subjects Taught: Aspire, Home Economics 1 and 2 Life Verse: Philippians 4:6: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Why do you work for Christian Unified? It is my passion to develop and encourage students.

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Ben Probe

Campus: CJHS/CHS Title: Science Teacher Phone: 619-201-8800 Roles/Subjects Taught: Chemistry Life Verse: Psalm 37:4: Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Why do you work for Christian Unified? I have always loved science and the scientific method. I like to incorporate it into everything I learn and

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Hayley Reese

NAME Hayley Reese CAMPUS CJHS/CHS TITLE Drama Teacher SUBJECTS TAUGHT Drama II; Drama I; 8th Grade Drama; On Your Own; Financial Peace LIFE VERSE Psalm 23 WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO WORK FOR CHRISTIAN UNIFIED? God called me to CHS/CJHS in an amazing way. The safe and creative outlet that theater provides is incredibly special.

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Davis Ransom

Campus: CJHS Title: English Phone: 619-201-8800 Roles/Subjects Taught: 7th Grade English and ESL English Life Verse: Psalm 23:4 “Yea though I walk through the valley of death I shall fear no evil, for the Lord is with me” Why do you work for Christian Unified? I teach because I love interacting with young people. They

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Stephanie Richards

Campus: CJHS/CHS Title: ESL Phone: 619-201-8800 Roles/Subjects Taught: ESL Lab, ESL 2, ESL 3, ESL 4 Life Verse: Lamentations 3:21-25 Why do you work for Christian Unified? I love the unique opportunity I have to teach students from around the globe all in one classroom. I enjoy learning about my students’ cultures and making connections

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Jesse Roach

CAMPUS CJHS/CHS TITLE Chemistry and Physics Teacher ROLES/SUBJECTS TAUGHT Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, Physics LIFE VERSE Romans 5:8 WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO WORK FOR CHRISTIAN UNIFIED? God has given us an amazing world to inhabit. I love studying the complicated yet harmonious ways in which it works, and I consider it a great privilege to

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Betsy Saffer

CAMPUS CJHS/CHS TITLE CJHS/CHS Math Teacher CAMPUS PHONE (619) 201-8800 SUBJECTS TAUGHT Algebra I LIFE VERSE Philippians 4:6-7 – “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 minds

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Bill Smith

Campus: CHS Title: STEM – Intro to Engineering Phone: 619-201-8800 Roles/Subjects Taught: PLTW – Introduction to Engineering Design K-6 STEM Program After School Robotics Life Verse: Micah 6:8 Why do you work for Christian Unified? I teach because I have been called and equipped by God. Interesting facts: I served in the US Army from

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Christine Vail

Campus: CHS Title: Math Phone: 619-201-8800 Roles/Subjects Taught: Precalculus, Honors Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus Life Verse: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Why do you work for Christian Unified? I love math! Not only do I get to do math problems all day long, but I have the privilege

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David Thivierge

CAMPUS CJHS/CHS TITLE Science/Biology Teacher PHONE (619) 201-8829 ROLES/SUBJECTS TAUGHT Physical Science/Biology LIFE VERSE Phil 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO WORK FOR CHRISTIAN UNIFIED? I have a poster in my classroom that says, “The Future of the World is in My Classroom Today”.

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Kelly Valdez

Campus: CJHS/CHS Title: Spanish Teacher Phone: 619-201-8800 Roles/Subjects Taught: Spanish 1 & Spanish 3 Life Verse: Galatians 1:5 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. ” Why do you choose to work for Christian Unified? I

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Andy Valdez

Campus: CJHS Title: History Phone: 619-201-8800 Roles/Subjects Taught: US History 7 and 8 Life Verse: Philippians 1:6 Why do you work for Christian Unified? I have a desire for students to grow both academically and spiritually. Not only do I want them to learn about history and think critically about it, but I also pray

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Paul Woolf

Campus: CJHS/CHS Title: Technology Teacher Phone: 619-201-8800 Roles/Subjects Taught: Graphic Design, AP Computer Science, JH Video Production, HS Video Production, CEO Challenge Life Verse: Isaiah 58:6-7 “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to

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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.