King’s Academy Director, Dr. Amy Wickstrom, attends VLN with her husband and six children. Prior to homeschooling her kids, Amy earned a PhD in Marital and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University and a Master’s in Marital and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary in San Diego. She worked in private practice for over a decade doing child and family therapy, specializing in play therapy with children ages two to ten. She taught at local colleges and universities, and her research is published in clinical journals. Amy also served as the Social Welfare Director at Children of the Nations, where she developed mental health programs and policies for orphaned and at-risk children in Africa and the Caribbean.
Su, a longtime member of VLN, joined King’s Academy with 10 years of homeschooling experience. The first seven years her family belonged to Saddleback Christian Academy, a 250-student homeschool community where she served as the Student Activities Coordinator, editor of the school newsletter, Assistant Administrator, and Administrator. The remaining three years, Su’s family was a member of Cornerstone Community School, a hybrid homeschool that provided three-day-a-week classes and where she served as a parent volunteer. Su was the primary educator for her son. Her prior career encompassed the fields of administration and marketing with The Marriott Corporation and The Disney Store. Post-homeschooling, Su served as the Client Services Manager for the family business, GOLD KEY Wealth Management, LLC. Su has seen the lasting benefits of homeschooling and is honored to serve the families of King’s Academy on their homeschooling journey.
Mr. Ron Ross has spent over twenty years challenging students to grow in their faith, achieve scholastic excellence, and develop practical leadership skills. His education experience includes teaching history and Bible to junior high and high school students, developing curriculum, coaching basketball, and school administration. He also organized and implemented a weekly homeschool co-op at his church when homeschooling his own children during their high school years. Mr. Ross’s previous school administration roles have included Principal of Faith Christian School (Roseto, PA), Assistant to the Principal and Academic Dean at Grace Baptist Academy (Kankakee, IL), and Vice Principal of Vineyard Christian School (Costa Mesa, CA). He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Bible and Theology from North American Baptist College, a Master’s of Divinity with an emphasis in Church History from Denver Seminary, and a Master’s of Education with an emphasis in Christian School Programs from Regent University. He has an All-Levels Administrator’s Credential and an All-Levels Bible Credential from ACSI. Ron and his wife live in Huntington Beach with their son and daughter.
Mrs. Rodriguez has been teaching children of all ages for over 12 years. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education and worked in both private and public schools in Chicago, IL, for many years. She also developed and trained high school students for theSpanish AP and S.A.T exams. Mrs. Rodriguez enjoys developing curriculum, as well as creating dynamic class materials to enhance the learning experience of young students. Her passion to teach her native language, Spanish, led her to design, develop and create Language Learners Español, which is an interactive Youtube channel focused on teaching Spanish as a second language to young children. Mrs. Rodriguez has one daughter who she attends King’s Academy. She and her husband serve as pastors to La Viña Laguna Niguel, which meets at the Vineyard Laguna Niguel. They enjoy outdoor activities as a family, as well as reading and watching movies together.
Mrs. Roberson brings an extensive background in music and early elementary teaching to King’s Academy. After living in Tennessee for many years and serving as the Children’s Worship Coordinator at her church, she relocated to California in 2021 with her husband and middle school daughter. She previously taught 2nd grade for seven years and was heavily involved in all aspects of the school, including music programs, family programs, school plays, and extra-curricular activities. She also has a background in coaching volleyball and basketball for elementary and middle school students. Mrs. Roberson loves to volunteer alongside her family with NCL philanthropies, as well as with their church charitable needs, events, and children’s/student ministries. She also plays the guitar, piano, and mandolin. She earned her Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree in Education, and teaching credential from Samford University.
Ms. Miller had every intention of making a difference in peoples’ lives by becoming a doctor. Then, at 21, her dreams took a new direction when she gave her life to Jesus. Soon after giving him the wheel, she earned her degree and teaching credential at the University of CA, Irvine. For eleven years, Ms. Miller taught in public and private schools until her involvement in a little church-plant called the Vineyard developed into a new path of full-time church ministry. Ms. Miller was ordained and served as children’s pastor at VLN for 23 years. She pastored the children’s ministry, organized church-wide family events, taught adult Wednesday night classes, preached, and lead women’s Bible studies. Then, in 2018, after authoring her bestselling book about finding God amid difficulty, she believed God led her in a new direction. Ms. Miller returned to the classroom and continues her call to make a difference, having the conviction that in a time of great turmoil, King’s Academy is God’s answer and provision for children and their families.
Ms. Stabe has a passion for motivating students to discover the joy of learning and become independent learners at an early age. She brings several years of experience teaching K-12 and special education as a long-term substitute teacher in the public schools. Her heart for children and their families led her to serve as a volunteer at Orangewood Children’s Foundation, where she spent five years mentoring foster children and collaborating with foster parents, social workers, and therapists. She also served as an associate pastor at Safe Harbor Church in Tustin for fourteen years. Sara earned a Bachelor’s degree from Vanguard University of Southern California, and she is currently a doctoral student at Fuller Theological Seminary working toward a degree in Practical Theology. For fun, Sara loves anything active and outdoors, especially running, as well as spending time with her family which includes 15 nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Riley has always desired to be a teacher. She loves to learn and finds immense joy in seeing her students discover something new. She is excited to teach at King’s Academy where she can make a difference through education while sharing the love of Jesus with her students. Mrs. Riley earned a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies, as well as a multiple subject teaching credential from the University of Redlands. Recently married, she and her husband relocated to South Orange County where he serves as a Marine at Camp Pendleton. In Mrs. Riley’s free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, writing, and singing at church.
As the daughter of an educator, Mrs. Espinosa had a front-row seat to witness the effort, creativity, and dedication involved in teaching. During her college years, however, she pursued a different path. Mrs. Espinosa earned an Associate of Arts degree in Merchandising and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She then earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. Mrs. Espinosa and her husband have four adult children, whom she homeschooled over a period of eleven years. When her children attended a private Christian school, she discovered a love for classroom teaching. For the past 15 years, Mrs. Espinosa has been a K-12 substitute teacher in both private and public schools. One of her greatest joys comes from serving in children’s ministry at Union Church in San Clemente where she attends with her husband and three of their adult children.
Caryl Phillips is a retired elementary school teacher and has taught all grades, K-6, at one time or another throughout her career. She does not consider herself an artist, but she learned to teach and truly appreciate the importance of the arts while teaching at an art magnet school for 15 years. She received her BA and teaching credential from CSUF and M.Ed in literacy from Dominican University. She teaches reading at the Orange County Rescue Mission, works with struggling students from her home, and enjoys reading, cooking, camping, and hiking in her free time. She and her husband have been married for 39 years, and they have 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and one very spoiled 11-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Dolly.
Steve Lutton was a Marine before joining the Houston Fire Department in Texas, where he was an EMT, Engineer, Acting Captain, and Firefighter for almost 15 years. He then became a Children’s Pastor at En Agape Christian Fellowship in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and he also did missionary work in Mexico with Iglesia Casa Del Rey. Steve became a Security Supervisor for Forged Metals, Inc, and he currently provides security for Dana Point Harbor. He and his wife attend the Vineyard Church in Laguna Niguel.
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Mrs. Daniela Nasser
Substitute Teacher and Playground Support
Mrs. Daniela Nasser, Substitute Teacher & Playground Support
Mrs. Nasser combines cross-cultural perspectives, a love for teaching, and whole-hearted devotion to Jesus Christ. She recently returned from the mission field in Romania, where she developed preschool and elementary programs for a Christian non-profit organization called The Mission, Inc. She also served the poorest Roma (gypsy) communities and provided relief to children who were victims of human trafficking. Prior to this, she worked in Mexico and taught all grade levels at a school dedicated to teaching missionary children. She also served as an English and Spanish translator, and she lived as a permanent “live-in” staff member at an orphanage where she coordinated activities for over 100 children. Additionally, she worked as an individual support aide at Casa Hogar “Horizonte” in Ensenada, where she developed curriculum and appropriate learning activities for special needs children. Prior to her international work, she taught preschool in Rancho Santa Margarita for 3 years.