Christ Lutheran School Leadership

Our passionate and highly qualified, credentialed teachers, pastors, and staff are at the heart of inspiring and empowering students daily.


Marsha Hafer

Interim Principal

Marsha Hafer serves as Interim Principal and Teacher at Christ Lutheran School in Costa Mesa, California. She has over 30 years of experience in Lutheran education and has taught grade levels ranging from preschool to college. Along with teaching, she has served in leadership roles with WASC Accreditation, Curriculum Task Forces, and a Mentor Teacher for the state credential induction program, Beginning Teachers Support and Assessment (BTSA). While in the Pacific Northwest, she served in a dual role as a principal/teacher and the Director of Operations for a Microsoft Showcase School in Seattle, Washington. Marsha is the founder of Hidden Talents LLC which trains and develops teachers in their God-given talents to creatively design classroom curriculum. This year, she implemented the project-based learning program in CLS middle school.

After practicing instructional leadership at the elementary and secondary level by training and supervising staff and setting instructional objectives, Marsha reentered the teaching classroom. As an educator, she nurtures curiosity in learning and responsive feedback. She has a passion for innovative teaching and creating student-centered learning environments where children problem-solve, build knowledge, collaborate and reflect.

Marsha is a graduate of the Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod’s School Leadership Development Program (SLED 15). She has a Masters of Science in Education from California State University, Fullerton with an emphasis in Curriculum. Her undergraduate degree is in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University, Irvine.


Kristie Flohra

Director of Preschool

Kristie Flohra serves as Preschool Director at Christ Lutheran Preschool in Costa Mesa, California. She has over 20 years of experience in Lutheran education and has taught grade levels ranging from preschool through middle school. She also served for many years as assistant principal at her previous school before accepting the position of preschool director. She has a passion for curriculum and a strong desire to equip students and teachers with the necessary skills to succeed! Kristie’s undergraduate degree is from Cal State University, Fullerton, and she earned her professional clear credential and Masters in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum from Concordia University, Irvine. Additionally, Kristie serves as a WASC Accreditation Commissioner and as the District Accreditation Commissioner for PSD Lutheran Schools. Kristie also serves on the Curriculum and Assessment Task Force for the Pacific Southwest District.

Christ Lutheran Teachers

Megan Donoff

Erika Farless

Sharon Frydendall

Gianna Jason

Jenny Jordan

Fifth - Eighth/AD

Taylor Holland

Sixth - Eighth/PE

Leah Tornow

Fourth Grade/Music

Kari Zomaya


Christ Lutheran Staff

Brian Bresemann

Bella Brown

Dana Burkey

Director of Local Mission & High School

Tracy Colyer

Director of SAC

Karen Culp

Parish Administrator

Kristi Edison

Assistant to Parish Administrator

Emily Eltiste

Director of Youth & Children

Linda Gardiner

Christopher Peterson

Director of Music and Worship Arts

Drew Ross

Colleen Schooley

Student Support

Glenn Shelton

Elaine Yagerlener

School Administrative Assistant