Staff

Christ Lutheran School Leadership

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

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Marsha Hafer

Marsha Hafer serves as 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.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Welcome to Christ Lutheran where faith, academics, and families come together! We are blessed to have you partner with us to enrich children’s lives and develop character traits that inspire them to be active and impactful in the community.

Christ Lutheran students experience the excitement of learning and are fostered to be curious and grow in their God-given talents. Children live in a world full of discovery, innovations, and new accomplishments. They are guided to think for the future. Building confidence through encouragement,

they study the life and teachings of Jesus and realize He not only made an impact on the world—He changed the world, forever! Through His birth, death and resurrection, He paid the price for our sins and promised eternal life to all who believe. We provide positive learning in an honoring Christian environment to equip students with the beneficial skills of sharing their love, joy, and knowledge with others. Our mission is to prepare and encourage students to become passionate Christian leaders who proclaim the love of Jesus.

Christ Lutheran offers a partnership with parents to work closely together in the growth and development of children. Parents who take an active interest in the education of their child by supporting the learning process, reinforce what is taught in school.

As we begin this school year, we are more aware of the role of versatility to the learning environment. Added measures adhering to health and safety procedures are in place to protect and maintain a healthy campus. Flexible learning spaces will provide social distancing. Whether learning is on campus or at a distance, a priority is to provide a strong community through connections.

We have passionate teachers who are talented at inspiring children through exciting experiences that motivate and support active learning in the classroom. Students will be encouraged to appreciate their unique abilities and connect with the world around them. May God bless us beyond our imagination and guide us as we fulfill the responsibility of growing children to be noble Knights for Christ.

Working together for Christ,

Marsha Hafer

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Kristie Flohra

Director of Preschool
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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

Erika Farless

Kindergarten
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Kari Zomaya

First Grade
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Gianna Jason

Second GradeĀ 
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Megan Donoff

Third Grade
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Leah Tornow

Fourth Grade/Music
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Sharon Frydendall

Fifth Grade
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Taylor Holland

Middle School/PE
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Jenny Jordan

Middle School/AD
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Rachel Hines

Middle School
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Christ Lutheran Staff

Brian Bresemann

Director of Marketing and Admissions
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Elaine Yagerlener

School Administrative Assistant
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Tracy Colyer

Director of SAC
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Karen Culp

Parish Administrator
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Kristi Edison

Assistant to Parish Administrator
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Dustin Hines

Director of Technology
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Christopher Peterson

Director of Music and Worship Arts
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Drew Ross

Lead Pastor
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Glenn Shelton

Pastor
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Dana Burkey

Director of Local Mission & High School
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Sarah Goodman

Church Admin Support & Communications
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