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“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6

Mrs. Lyles • Acting Principal
M.A., CA Teaching Credential • 18 Years Teaching Experience
(714) 535-3600 Ext. 402      »       

“I have wanted to be a teacher since I was five years old.  I’ve had awesome teachers who inspired me along my journey and I love being able to pass that passion along to the students at our school. I graduated with my Bachelors degree at California State University, Long Beach, and received my California Credential at California State University, Fullerton. I earned my Master of Arts degree at Concordia University, Irvine. I have worked at Zion for eighteen years, and I love it!”

Mrs. Justice • Kindergarten
B.A., CA Teaching Credential • 9 Years Teaching Experience
(714) 535-3600 Ext. 510      »       » Kindergarten Class Site

I had the opportunity to teach many grade levels as a substitute teacher for one year after graduating from California State University, Long Beach.  I received my Bachelors Degree and my CA Teaching Credentials in 2011.  When I started the Teaching program I knew I wanted to teach Kindergarten.  I was able to work with all different age groups as a Substitute Teacher but there was always a special place in my heart for Kindergartners.  I have been so blessed to have watched the growth of my Kindergarten students here at Zion and will continue to do my best to guide them toward success.

Mrs. Hallett • Kindergarten Aide
M.A., CA Teaching Credential • 11 Years Teaching Experience
(714) 535-3600 Ext. 512      »   
 » Kindergarten Class Site

My teaching career started in 2002 at Zion in 2nd Grade. I took a few years off to focus on my family. It is a privilege to be at Zion and part of a team that serves families and strives to not only educate but prepares the next generation to impact the world for Christ!

Mrs. Tordil • 1st Grade
M.S., CA Teaching Credential • 10 Years Teaching Experience
(714) 535-3600 Ext. 404      »      » 1st Grade Class Site

“I feel so blessed to be able to teach at Zion this year. I take such joy in being able to inspire my students to grow in their knowledge and faith each day. I am looking forward to getting to know all of my students and to help them grow in the skills that will make them successful this year.

As a student, I attended Zion Lutheran for elementary school, Orange Lutheran for high school and I received my college degree and a teaching credential from California State University Fullerton.

I had an amazing experience at Zion as a student and love being a part of making Zion a great place for the students of today.”

Mrs. Cristea • 2nd Grade
M.A., CA Teaching Credential • 5 Years Teaching Experience
(714) 535-3600 Ext. 404      »      » 2nd Grade Class Site

Hello wonderful families! I am excited to be your second-grade teacher!

This will be my fifth year of teaching. I earned my Bachelor’s degree at California State University, Fullerton in 2007, and my Master’s degree and multiple subject teaching credential at Whittier College in 2009. I have spent the last five years creating books and classroom materials, and I look forward to sharing the joy of learning with my students.

I feel very fortunate to work alongside such dedicated and warm-hearted teachers. Zion Lutheran is such a wonderful place, and I look forward to being a part of such a welcoming community.

Mrs. Christine • 3rd Grade
M.A., CA Teaching Credential • 16 Years Teaching Experience
(714) 535-3600 Ext. 508      »      » 3rd Grade Class Site

As a student, I attended St. John’s Elementary School, Orange Lutheran High School, Hope International for my Bachelor’s, and Concordia University for my Master’s. 

In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, tennis, baking, and traveling with my family.

I am excited to join the Zion family this year, as the third-grade teacher.

Miss Root • 4th Grade
B.A., CA Teaching Credential • 3 Years Teaching Experience
(714) 535-3600 Ext. 405      »       » 4th Grade Class Site

I am a product of the Lutheran school system – attended Christ Lutheran, Orange Lutheran, and received my teaching credential from Concordia University, Irvine. Teaching in a Lutheran school seemed natural to me.  I love being able to form positive relationships with students, helping them to learn and grow, and most importantly sharing the word of God with them.  I was first introduced to Zion Lutheran when I student taught in Mrs. Tordil’s first-grade class in October 2017.  After student teaching; I moved to Kent, Washington to take my first call where I taught a 3rd and 4th-grade combination class.  I had such a fun, positive student teaching experience and I am equally honored and excited to return to Zion and be part of an amazing community.

Mrs. Marinaccio • 5th/6th Grade
M.A., CA Teaching Credential • 7 Years Teaching Experience
(714) 535-3600 Ext. 410      »       » 5th/6th Grade Class Site

I have been serving at Zion for the past 7 years. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in English, a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential, and recently completed a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on 21st Century Learning. I help lead the 4th and 5th-grade Battle of the Books team. I coach the 4th-6th and 7th-8th girls’ basketball teams. I love reading, watching movies, and hiking as often as I can.

Mrs. Singleton • 7th/8th Grade
B.A., MO Teaching Credential, and ACSI Certified, 7 years teaching experience
(714) 535-3600 Ext. 506      »      » 7th/8th Grade Class Site

I am so excited to begin this new chapter in my life here at Zion. I attended  College of the Ozarks in Missouri where I grew up. I did not set out to be a teacher, but God called me to this profession without a doubt. I absolutely love teaching junior high students! I aspire to educate students to make our world a better place; not only for others but for themselves as well. My prayer is that they go out throughout the nations and spread the love of Jesus to all. I love anything nature-related, reading, animals, and family.

Mrs. Johnson • 7th/8th Grade •  Resource Teacher
B.A., Min Teaching Credentials • 7 Years Teaching Experience
(714) 535-3600 Ext. 505      »      » 7th/8th Grade Class Site

“I am so excited to serve in my new role here at Zion. I have served at Zion the past six years as a substitute teacher and have greatly enjoyed being part of the Zion family! Last year, I also added resource tutor to responsibilities and I am excited that I can continue to serve in this role. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, where I developed my passion for teaching others about Jesus and sharing my love for books.

Mrs. McLellan
School Secretary
(714) 535-3600 Ext. 400      »
Mrs. Nadeau
Registrar • Facts Tuition
(714) 535-3600 Ext. 402      »
Mrs. Jacobson
SAC & SDC Director
(714) 535-3600 Ext. 501      »