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Ralph Valdez

Mr. Valdez has been with CCCS for nine years as part of our Daycare staff.   He is currently teaches, Elementary PE, , Music and Bible and assists with Administrative functions. He is blessed to have the opportunity to minister to the students. rvaldez@calvarydowney.org

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Sarah Naley

Mrs. Naley is an alumnus of our school and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Adolescent Development with an emphasis in Elementary School Settings.  She is teaching 6th grade. snaley@calvarydowney.org

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Andrew Hernandez

Andrew Hernandez is an alumnus of CCCS.  He holds a Music in Worship Bachelor of Science degree from Biola University, with an emphasis in Piano Performance.  At CCCS, he played in the Worship Band, the Marching/Pep Band and in the Jazz Band.  Andrew has been a worship leader for many years and has helped train young worship teams in the LA area.  He has taught private music lessons in piano, guitar, bass, drums and saxophone for over 10 years. In addition to overseeing the High School and Junior High worship teams,  he is the director for the Elementary Band and JH/HS Band and teaches the contemporary piano/guitar class as well. ahernandez@calvarydowney.org

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Tiffany Mansour

Mrs. Mansour holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from California State University in Fullerton.  She teaches students in the Elementary Learning Center. tmansour@calvarydowney.org

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Kate Gomez

Mrs. Gomez currently is one of our 6th grade teachers.   She also assists our  athletic coaches and has also substituted in various grade levels at CCCS. kgomez@calvarydowney.org

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Marlene Paltza

Mrs. Marlene Paltza is the piano teacher for K-12 students. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Calvary Chapel Bible College, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Christian Education from Calvary Chapel University. She has had her own business teaching piano for over 25 years and has also taught Worship Keyboard at Calvary Chapel Bible College. Mrs. Paltza and her family have been attending Calvary Chapel Downey for over a decade and have traveled on missions trips with CCD to the Philippines, Spain, North and South Africa. mpaltza@calvarydowney.org

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Mrs. Pam Ellis

Mrs. Ellis' passion is to help students achieve their full potential academically and spiritually. She has worked with children for over thirty years and it is her heart’s desire to teach children in the ways of the Lord through God’s word and prayer. Pam has experienced God’s healing hand in her own life and is part of the women’s prayer group. She is currently one of our 3rd grade teachers. pellis@calvarydowney.org

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Mrs. Kristie Elsasser

Kristie Elsasser is one of our Kindergarten teachers. She is a dedicated teacher that strives to help every student entrusted to her to achieve positive, spiritual, mental, and physical growth. Mrs. Elsasser desires to grow as a professional educator so that she will always be equipped to greatly impact her students in achieving Godly excellence. kelsasser@calvarydowney.org

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Mrs. Cindy Kemblowski

Mrs. Kemblowski attended Cerritos College where she earned an Associate of Arts degree. Mrs. Kemblowski enjoys teaching one of our 5th grade classes, and has had the pleasure of watching her students graduate since 2010. ckemblowski@calvarydowney.org

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Mrs. Christy Leonard

Mrs. Leonard has been coming to CCCS every school day for most of her lifetime. Not only is she part of the faculty now, but she also attended school here, just like her current students! Mrs. Leonard is credentialed through National University, and completed a decade of substitute teaching with the Downey Unified School District prior to answering the Lord’s call to Christian education and coming on board here at CCCS.  She currently teaches 5th grade. cleonard@calvarydowney.org

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Miss Elyssa Manacmul

Miss Manacmul is an alumnus of CCCS, attending from 7th grade through 12th grade. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies.  After graduating, Miss Manacmul began teaching at  CCCS in the Jr. High and coached the Volleyball Team as well.  She is currently attending Hope International University where she is working on earning her Masters in Education. Miss Manacmul currently teaches 4th grade. emanacmul@calvarydowney.org

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Dr. Kate Rivas

Kate Rivas is excited to be working alongside our CCCS families. She has taught AP English, Honors English, and College Prep English. After earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development, a Master's of Science in Counseling, a Doctorate in Education, a California clear teaching credential, and an administrative services credential, Mrs. Rivas gained an impressive fourteen years of teaching experience with the Downey Unified School District. She currently teaches fourth grade. krivas@calvarydowney.org

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Mrs. Gabrielle Valdez

Mrs. Valdez has a Bachelor's of Art degree in Clinical Psychology. She has taught History, Geography and Health at different schools s well as English as a second language in a foreign country. She is currently teaching 1st grade. Her biggest joy is to see her students grow in Jesus as well as academically. gvaldez@calvarydowney.org

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Mrs. Mary Valuet

Mrs. Valuet holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Education and has taught in Christian schools for more than thirty years.  She currently teaches one of our 2nd grade classes. In addition, she leads worship on Wednesdays for elementary Chapel. mvaluet@calvarydowney.org

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Ms. Deborah Velasco

Ms. Velasco earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies  from California State University Long Beach.  Ms. Velasco is currently the Master Teacher for grades kindergarten, 1st and 2nd. dvelasco@calvarydowney.org

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Mrs. Lisa Vukovich

Lisa Vukovich has received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills. In 2001, Lisa began ministering at CCCS as a substitute teacher. Since then, she has gone on to teach full time in Pre-K, 2nd grade, and is currently teaching 3rd grade. In addition to teaching, she also serves in a leadership roll as the Master Teacher for 3rd and 4th grade. Mrs. Vukovich adores her students and enjoys training them academically and spiritually in the ways of the Lord. lvukovich@calvarydowney.org

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Ms. Marla Webb

Marla Webb earned an Early Childhood Education Certificate and an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts/General Studies at Cerritos College. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development, her Teaching Credential, and a Master's in Education from Hope International University. She also earned her Clear Credential in 2013. She has taught various grade levels at CCCS. She is currently one of our Kindergarten teachers. mwebb@calvarydowney.org

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