Christian Lutheran School

Established in 1958

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(619) 462-5211 x103
7921 La Mesa Boulevard
La Mesa, CA 91942
 
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Teacher Biographies

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All of the full-time teaching staff at Christ Lutheran School hold bachelor's degrees and credentials in education and 75% of our teaching staff hold master's degrees. Our teachers are synodically trained, called workers of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. This means they are specifically trained to instruct God's Word in a powerful and positive way for their students.

Ms. Xavria Shwarz

Ms. Xavria Schwarz, Principal

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Concordia University - Irvine, CA
    • Teaching Credential
    • Lutheran Teaching Certificate
  • Master of Arts, Heritage College - Toppenish, WA
    • Education Administration Credential

Experience

  • Bethlehem Lutheran School - Kennewick, WA
    • 4 Years - 4th Grade Teacher
  • Christ Lutheran School - La Mesa, CA
    • 19 Years - Principal

Awards

  • 2009 Administrator of the Year from the Pacific Southwest District
  • 2010 Van Lunen Fellowship
  • 2016 Recipient of the prestigious Concordia University Irvine Alumnus of the Year (Read Here)

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Mrs. Melissa Payne, Preschool Director

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, San Diego State University - San Diego, CA
    • Liberal Studies
    • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, SDSU
    • Early Childhood Site Supervisor Permit

Experience

  • Christ Lutheran Preschool
    • First Year - Preschool Director
    • 1 Year - Preschool Co Director
    • 3 Years - Preschool Teacher
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool
    • 2 Years – Preschool Teacher
  • Schools in San Diego Area
    • 4 Years - Elementary Teacher

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Mrs. Jill Kusel, Kindergarten Teacher

Education

  • California State University - Sacramento, CA
    • Bachelors of Arts in Child Development
  • Concordia University - Irvine, CA
    • Teaching Credential
    • Lutheran Colloquy
  • Southwestern University
    • Masters in Elementary Education 
       * Currently Enrolled
       * Planned graduation date of December 2020
  • California State University - Sacramento, CA
    • Bachelors of Arts in Child Development

Experience

  • Christ Lutheran School – La Mesa, CA 
    • First Year - Kindergarten Teacher
  • Faith Lutheran School – Fair Oaks, CA
    • 2 Years – Kindergarten Teacher
  • West Portal Lutheran School – San Francisco, CA
    • Years – Sixth grade and Kindergarten Teacher
  • St. John's Lutheran School - Napa, CA
    • 9 Years - Resource Teacher Grades K-8
  • St. Paul's Lutheran School - Concordia, MO 
    • 6 Years – Second Grade and Kindergarten Teacher
  • Christ Lutheran School – La Mesa, CA 
    • First Year - Kindergarten Teacher
 

Mrs. Rachel Duggie

Mrs. Rachel Duggie, First Grade Teacher

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Concordia University - Irvine, CA
    • Teaching Credential

Experience

  • Christ Lutheran Preschool - La Mesa, CA
    • 2 Years - PreK Teacher
  • Christ Lutheran School - La Mesa, CA
    • 3 Years - 1st Grade Teacher
 

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Mrs. Katie Bigon, Second Grade Teacher

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, ECE - 6th Generalist, Confordia University - Austin, TX
    • Lutheran Teaching Certificate

Experience

  • Stone Oak Elementary - San Antonio, TX
    • One Year - 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Concordia Lutheran School - San Antonio TX 
    • Fall 2018 - 5th Grade Clinical Teacher
  • Christ Lutheran School - La Mesa, CA
    • First Year - 2nd Grade Teacher


Ms. LeAnna Christopher

Ms. LeAnna Christopher, Third Grade Teacher

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Concordia University - Irvine, CA
    •  Teaching Credential
    • Lutheran Teaching Certificate
  • Master of Arts, Concordia University – Portland, OR
    • Curriculum and Instruction Emphasis

Experience

  • Immanuel Lutheran School - Orange, CA
    • 2 Years - 5th & 6th Grade Teacher
  • Christ Lutheran School – La Mesa, CA
    • 7 Years - Kindergarten Teacher
    • 2 Years - 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Published contributing Author for My Devotions, Winter '15 issue.

Mr. Joshua Payne

Mr. Joshua Payne, Fourth Grade Teacher

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Concordia University - Irvine, CA
    • Teaching Credential
    • Lutheran Teaching Certificate

Experience

  • St. Paul's Lutheran School - Pacific Beach, CA
    • 3 Years - 5th Grade Teacher, Technology Integration, Technology Support
  • Grace Lutheran School - Escondido, CA
    • 7 Years - 5th Grade Teacher, Technology Support, Youth Group Leader
  • Christ Lutheran School - La Mesa, CA
    • 4 Years - 4th Grade Teacher
  • Master of Education Technology, Concordia University - Irvine, CA

    Mrs. Casey Sitze

    Mrs. Casey Sitze, Fifth Grade Teacher

    Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Concordia University - Irvine, CA
      • Teaching Credential
      • Lutheran Teaching Certificate
    • Master of Arts, San Diego State University - San Diego, CA
      • Curriculum and Instruction Emphasis

    Experience

    • Christ Lutheran School - La Mesa, CA
      • 23 Years - 5th Grade Teacher

    Mr. Jacob Sitze

    Mr. Jacob Sitze, Sixth Grade Teacher

    Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Concordia University - Irvine, CA
      • Teaching Credential
      • Lutheran Teaching Certificate
    • Master of Arts, Concordia University - Irvine, CA
      • Education Administration Credential

    Experience

    • St. Paul's Lutheran School - San Diego, CA
      • 1 Year - 8th Grade Teacher
    • Christ Lutheran School - La Mesa, CA
      • 1 Year - 4th Grade Teacher
      • 20 Years - 6th Grade Teacher

    Mrs. Tiffany Giles

    Mrs. Tiffany Giles, Seventh Grade Teacher

    Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
      • Teaching Credential
      • English Degree/P.E. Minor
    • Concordia University Education Network
      • Lutheran Teaching Certificate

    Experience

    • Alamitos Intermediate School - Garden Grove, CA
      • 4 Years - 7th/8th Grade English and Physical Education Teacher
        • Volleyball and Basketball Coach
        • P.E. Department Chair
    • Olive Pierce Middle School - Ramona, CA
      • 15 Years - 7th/8th Grade Physical Education Teacher
      • 2 Years - Volleyball Coach
    • Christian High School - El Cajon, CA
      • 2 Years - Women's Head Basketball Coach
    • Christ Lutheran School - La Mesa, CA
      • 9 Years - Volunteer Basketball Coach
      • 5 Years - 7th Grade Teacher

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    Mr. Mark Kusel, Eighth Grade Teacher

    Education

    • Bachelor Degree in Education, Valparaiso University - Valparaiso, IN
      • Lutheran Colloquy, Concordia University - Irvine, CA
      • California Teaching Credential, Concordia University - Irvine, CA
      • Master Degree in History, Cal State Hayward - Hayward, CA

    Experience

    • Redeemer Lutheran School - Redwood City, CA
      • 5 Years – 7th and 8th Grade Teacher
    • West Portal Lutheran School, San Francisco, CA
      • 1 Year – 6th Grade
    • St John’s Lutheran School - Napa, CA
      • 15 Years – 8th Grade Teacher
    • Trinity Lutheran School - Alma, MO
      • 6 Years – 8th Grade Teacher
    • Christ Lutheran School - La Mesa, CA
      • First Year – 8th Grade Teacher

    Mr. Aaron Mietzner

    Mr. Aaron Mietzner, Science Teacher

    Education

    • Concordia University, Irvine - Biology Major
    • Concordia University, Irvine - Teaching Credential
      • Lab Teacher, Assistant, & Biology Tutor
      • Single-Subject Science Credential

    Experience

    • Christ Lutheran School - La Mesa, CA
      • 3 Years - Science & Technology Teacher

    Mrs. Christy Holden

    Mrs. Christy Holden, Resource Teacher

    Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, San Diego State University – San Diego, CA
      • Teaching Credential
      • Special Education Teaching Credential
    • Master of Special Education – San Diego State University – San Diego, CA

    Experience

    • Vista Square Elementary, Chula Vista
      • 1 Year - Teacher-DHH
    • Magnolia Elementary, Carlsbad, CA
      • 8 Years -  4-6 Grades Teacher-DHH
    • Christ Lutheran School - La Mesa, CA
      • 5 Years -  Resource Teacher