Loving Savior Lutheran School

Mrs. Wend – School Principal

Welcome to the Loving Savior Lutheran School website! I am Mrs. Valorie Wend, the Principal for the 2016-2017 school year. I taught 6-8th grade Language Arts and Literature for eight years, and this is my seventh year as Principal of Loving Savior. I have a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administrative Credential, a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice and Procedural Law, a Master’s degree in Organizational Management, and a California Single Subject teaching credential in English. I am delighted to be able to share our campus, curriculum, and extra-curricular activities offered this year.

I have been a devoted Dallas Cowboy fan all of my life.  You will often see me talking with the kids about the football season.  I have been married for the past 25 years to my best friend, Chris.  We have one son, who graduated from Loving Savior, who is now a second year medical student.

We invite you to drop by anytime for a tour of our campus, our classrooms, and our church to find out how a quality Lutheran School education can impact your child’s life.

    First, let me introduce our outstanding teaching staff:

  • K – Ms. Serrano
  • K – Mrs. Sherburn
  • K – Mrs. Willett
  • 1st – Mrs. Oaxaca
  • 1st – Mrs. Ward
  • 1st – Mrs. Stawniczy
  • 2nd – Mrs. Lorusso
  • 2nd – Mrs. Morrison
  • 3rd – Mrs. Morner
  • 3rd – Mr. Negvesky
  • 4th – Mrs. Dunbar
  • 4th – Ms. Simpson
  • 5th – Mrs. Rowley
  • 5th Grade Teacher’s Aide – Mrs. Jones
  • 6th – Mr. Garcia
  • 7th – 8th – Mr. Vanciu (Religion, History, P.E.)
  • 7th – 8th – Mr. Arldt (Language and Literature)
  • 7th – 8th – Mrs. Fauce (Math and Science)
  • 7th – 8th Grade Teacher’s Aide – Ms. Young
  • 7th – 8th Grade Math Teacher – Mrs. Stowers
  • Computers/Library – Mrs. Hottinger
  • Resource Teacher – Mrs. Paez

Loving Savior Lutheran School is dual accreditated through WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)and NLSA (National Lutheran Schools Accreditation). We are fully Accreditated at this time, making us one of the very few private Christian schools in our area with this credential.

Accredited By The Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six official academic bodies responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary and elementary schools in the United States and foreign institutions of American origin. Loving Savior Lutheran School was officially accredited by the WASC in 2009.

Our curriculum here at Loving Savior has been chosen carefully in order to challenge our students to reach their highest potential. We use up-to-date materials from such publishers as Houghton-Mifflin, MacGraw-Hill, Abeka, and Saxon, Prentice-Hall, among others. This year we have a new Language Arts curriculum which includes access to on-line tutoring, quizzes, and a writing coach that gives instant feedback on written work submitted by the students.  In addition, we have added Rosetta Stone as part of our foreign language program.  We will be offering 26 languages this year:  Examples: Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, French, German, Arabic, and English (international students only).

Excellent curriculum, smaller class sizes, higher academic standards, and individualized attention have resulted in ITBS test scores well above the national average.

Students here have access to the latest technology, are taught by credentialed educators grounded in traditional disciplines, and are able to learn and excel in a safe, uplifting, and Christian environment.

Loving Savior offers many after-school activities. We have team sports in volleyball, flag football, basketball, track, and cross-country. In addition, we offer karate, piano lessons, archery, Mad Science, Legos, STEM, a chess club, art classes, as well as an etiquette/manners class. We are always seeking to add new after-school activities!

I welcome you to come and visit our campus at anytime. We would be delighted to meet you and your child and take you on a tour. We are located in the heart of Chino Hills, right off the corner of Chino Hills Parkway and Peyton Drive.

Hope to see you soon!

In His Service,
Mrs. Valorie Wend

Support Staff

Classroom Staff

Ms. Donna – Admissions Director/International Student Coordinator

Hello, my name is Donna Jaksha and I’m the Admissions Director/International Student Coordinator for the school. I have been blessed to be a part of this wonderful staff for the past 12 years.  I’m looking forward to be able to meet all the new families, and get to know all of our new students. What a great job I have to be able to work with God’s most precious gifts every day! Please know let me know if I can help you in any way.

Ms. Diane – School Secretary

My name is Diane Ishida and I’m blessed to be beginning my 4th school year with Loving Savior. I spent my first year on board as the Resource Aide and this will be my third year in the school office your school secretary. I must admit I do love my job and spending my days with all your children make it an even better place to be every day. Please come see me in the office for anything you may need, as I’m happy to help. I pray everyone has amazing 2016-2017 school year.

Ms. Nicki – Bookkeeper/Geometry & Integrated Math Teacher

Hello, my name is Nicki Stowers. This is my 6th year here at Loving Savior. I am a credentialed math teacher, but I love working here as the bookkeeper. I enjoy seeing all the children everyday and being part of the Loving Savior Family. I am here to help, so please let me know if you need anything or have any questions.

Mr. Gair Gulickson – Maintenance Director

Hello, my name is Mr. Gair Gulickson. I started in the 70’s doing residential income property. I worked for 10 years as a commercial developer and I moved into both residential and commercial renovations. I am a licensed general contractor. I was raised in the Lutheran church. My wife and I have three grown daughters and just celebrated our 35th anniversary. I love my new job and the kids. Please let me know if you need anything.

Mrs. Hottinger – Computer Teacher & Librarian


I have seen many changes in the school since I started teaching here at Loving Savior in 1997. The student body and the facilities have grown so much, but we continue to be blessed with wonderful staff, parents, and students. I am currently working in our library and computer lab.   All of our classes come weekly to the computer lab to work on projects using Microsoft Office and other programs. Classes also come visit the library to come check out a wider selection of books than in the classroom libraries, do research, and work on projects. My office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 – 3:45 pm. Students are welcome to come work on projects, use the computers to further their Rosetta Stone or Ticket to Read progress, or simply check out a book. It’s wonderful getting to share a love of both literature and technology with our student body and faculty. I am looking forward to a great year working with all of our many families.

Mrs. Paez – ESL & Resource Teacher

I am blessed and honored to return to Loving Savior for my third year as the English as a Second Language (ESL) and Resource Teacher. I grew up in Chino Hills, graduated from Chino Hills High School, earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in English from Azusa Pacific University, then received a Cleared Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University in Fullerton, CA. I have had the privilege of traveling to China, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, and throughout the United States, and hope to travel more in the future. My husband, Steven, and I have been married 7 years and have three beautiful daughters who attend Loving Savior. I believe God has given each of us gifts to use for His glory, and I look forward to helping my students discover and develop their unique gifts and talents this year!

Rev. Dr. Andy Wu – Pastor

I am the Pastor of Loving Savior and it is my privilege to be called by my Lord Jesus Christ to oversee our several ministries such as both portions of our congregation which are English speaking and Chinese speaking, preschool ministry, school ministry and Chinese school ministry along with our Executive Board members (President, Vice President, Secretary and Board of Education & DCE).
I have a B.A in Business Management, two Master degrees in Biblical Study & Divinity, a Doctor degree of Pastoral Theology in Biblical Caring & Counseling. I have served in Loving Savior since 2001. I am really proud of our mission team; the Executive Board members are all decent Lutheran Christians, the Principal of the School & Director of Preschool are both excellent, all our teachers in Preschool & School are very dedicated. We are a team always trying our best to be the best. I am all ears for you, if you have any concern or input please let me know.
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,We press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.”–Philippians 3:13-14

Jesse Brubaker – Director of Christian Education (DCE)

Howdy, my name is Jesse Brubaker. I am the Director of Christian Education and I have the pleasure of serving children, youth and families at Loving Savior. I have been a DCE since 2008 and graduated from Concordia University in Irvine with my Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education Leadership. In 2012, I was overjoyed to receive a Call to serve with Pastor Andy here at Loving Savior, the church I had grown up at. I now lead and facilitate youth and family ministry through youth groups for different ages, Confirmation and various opportunities for children’s ministry. I have also been assigned by Pastor and the Executive Board members to lead chapels for our Preschool, School and Chinese ministries and to assist in worship services. Please contact me if you would like to learn more about what we offer for youth and family ministry at Loving Savior. God bless.

Ms. Serrano – Kindergarten

Hi, my name is Lauren Serrano. This is my 1st year teaching Kindergarten at Loving Savior. I’ve known that I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was in 1st grade because my 1st grade teacher instilled the love of teaching in me. After earning my B.A. in Liberal Studies and California Teaching Credential at Concordia University in Irvine, I taught a Kindergarten/1st grade combo at Hosanna Lutheran Church and Little Palms School in Mesa, Arizona. I am looking forward to a great year! I can’t wait to meet all of my students and their families!

Mrs. Sherburn – Kindergarten

00237Hi, I am Lynda Sherburn. I have been teaching kindergarten here at Loving Savior since 2001. I graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Child Development and Elementary Education. I have taught in Arizona, Michigan, Indiana and Florida before coming to California in 2000. It is such a joy to watch the young children grow and learn so many things. Nothing is more thrilling than to see the children’s excitement as they first learn to read the printed word, watch as they begin to understand mathematical reasoning or to experience with them the wonders of science and the world around them. I enjoy teaching them about our Lord and Savior’s bountiful love for us all. Kindergarten is the beginning of a fantastic journey through education. I look forward to a wonderful year working together as a team to guide the children as they embark on this new and exciting stage in life.


Mrs. Willett – Kindergarten

Hello, my name is Tanya Willett. This is my first year teaching Kindergarten here at Loving Savior of the Hills. I graduated from the University of La Verne with my Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Child Development and I returned to acquire my Masters and Credential Degree in Multiple Subject Education. I have worked in a Preschool setting for about 5 years. My goal is to inspire and create lifelong learners in a safe and positive environment. I look forward to a wonderful year and getting to know all of my students and their families!


 Mrs. Oaxaca – First Grade

Hello, my name is Erica Oaxaca. I graduated from the University of LaVerne with a degree in Diversified Education with emphasis in Child Development and practicum in Reading Specialties. I hope to continue my education in starting an administrators program this spring. I’ve had the privilege of working at Loving Savior Lutheran School since August of 1996. I was the before and after school program director for many years. I taught kindergarten for 11 years and will be starting my 9th year teaching 1st grade. I will also be conducting services as the Vice Principal of our school. My favorite part of being a teacher is being able to see the students grow academically, spiritually, emotionally, and physically throughout the year. I look forward to working with my students in our class as we grow and learn together. I’m also excited about embarking on my duties as vice principal and helping the families that are so valuable in their support of our school. My goal is to help Mrs. Wend in any way I can in continuing to make our school a positive learning environment. God’s blessings to you all!!


Mrs. Ward – First Grade

Hi, My name is Andrea Ward, and I teach first grade at Loving Savior. I have been a member of the faculty for nine years. During my time here, I have had the opportunity to teach sixth-eighth grade language arts and history, as well as first grade and second grade. Prior to working at Loving Savior, I worked as a long-term substitute teacher for many local school districts. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Cal Poly Pomona. Both of my children are graduates of Loving Savior, and I attribute much of their academic and person success to their time spent here!


Mrs. Stawniczy – First Grade

My name is Kristen Stawniczy and it is a joy to teach at Loving Savior School. I began here in 1999 in the before and after school program. I also enjoyed participating in summer camp for many years. I taught second grade here at Loving Savior for seven years. This will be my fifth year teaching first grade. I received my B.A. in English with a minor in Criminal Justice in 2004 and hold a California Clear Credential. I enjoy being a mom to two energetic little boys! I look forward to a great year with the first graders. We will learn so much this year!


Mrs. Lorusso – Second Grade

Hi, my name is Lina Lorusso. I am thrilled to be part of the Loving Savior family as a Second Grade teacher! I have many years of experience in various grade levels including special education. I received my Bachelors Degree from California State University Long Beach in Human Development, and my Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with CLAD from Azusa Pacific University. I plan to do all I can to instill the love of learning in each student and help each child reach their highest potential. I am looking forward to a wonderful year in second grade and getting to know all of my students and their families!


Mrs. Morrison – Second Grade

Hello, my name is Guisselle Morrison and I am so excited to be teaching 2nd grade this year! This is my 6th year teaching at Loving Savior school.  My first teaching experience began when I taught Elementary Art (K-5th) in Nicaragua, Central America. Holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology Pre-Med from the University of La Verne, I decided to pursue a career in Education after teaching abroad. I have taught Freshmen and Junior Religion as well as Adolescent Psychology  at St. Lucy’s Priory High School for two years and taught Second Grade for six years.  I have also substitute taught grades K-8th including Loving Savior. I have completed my California Teaching Clear Credential and graduated from University of Phoenix with a Masters in Multiple Subject Elementary Education.  I enjoy making a difference in children’s lives and love being a mom of two wonderful boys.


Mrs. Morner – Third Grade

Hi, my name is Leah Morner. I teach 3rd grade. I grew up in the San Diego area and really love teaching at Loving Savior. After earning my teaching degree and California teaching credential at Concordia University, Irvine, I taught elementary grades at First Lutheran, Monrovia, and 4th grade at Prince of Peace, Anaheim. I began teaching at Loving Savior in Chino Hills in 2006. I can hardly wait to meet all my new students and welcome back the ones who are returning. It’s going to be a great year!

Mr. Negvesky – Third Grade

My name is Brian Negvesky, and I have been teaching at Loving Savior for 14 years. I began my career in middle school, and taught History and PE for 5 years. I have taught 3rd grade for the last 8 years, and I love my job. Prior to beginning my teaching career, I served 3 years as a junior high and high school youth director. I also spent 6 years coaching high school basketball for my alma mater. It was through coaching that I truly discovered my love for teaching.  In regard to my education, I earned my BA in History from Cal Poly, Pomona. I went on to obtain my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Cal State, Los Angeles. I completed my student teaching in a 3rd grade classroom, at an elementary school in South Gate.  I believe that children should love coming to school on a daily basis. I remember my 3rd grade year fondly, and I want my students to do the same. I have an opportunity to teach and instruct the children in many different and exciting areas. It is in 3rd grade where the students become more comfortable with multiplication, division, and even cursive writing. Students also get to learn about the many adaptations that animals are equipt with, and study the vast universe that we are a part of. It is in 3rd grade when students really start to grow in their individuality and strive to be part of a group. Most importantly, the students have a continued opportunity to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I have always thought of my class like an extended family, and I believe that is what the students in my class become part of here at Loving Savior. God bless you, and take care!

Mrs. Dunbar – Fourth Grade

DunbarMy name is Mrs. Brooke Dunbar and I am one of the 4th grade teachers here at Loving Savior Lutheran School. I am in my 14th year of teaching, all of which have been at Lutheran schools, and 13 of which have been in 4th grade. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Studies and teaching credential from Cal State Fullerton, and I have my Lutheran teaching degree from Concordia Irvine. Fourth grade is an exciting transition year from lower elementary grades to upper elementary grades. Your child will be growing academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually as they prepare for fifth grade. I hope to instill the love of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, all while implementing the core subjects and utilizing technology.

Ms. Simpson – Fourth Grade

Hi! My name is Nichole Simpson and I teach fourth graders at Loving Savior Lutheran School. This is my first year at Loving Savior and I am excited to be part of such a Christ-centered learning environment. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Hawai’i and I earned my Masters in Teaching from Concordia Portland. I am thrilled to be teaching fourth grade, as it was my fourth grade teacher who instilled in me a love for learning. I am looking forward to working with your student this year!

Mrs. Rowley – Fifth Grade

My name is Mrs. Ellen Rowley and I am the fifth grade teacher at Loving Savior School.  I have been teaching for over ten years.  I received by Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Cal State Fullerton.  Also, I received my teaching credential from Cal State Fullerton.  I have my clear credential from the state of California.  My goal is to inspire and create lifelong learners.  We study all the core subjects in fifth grade, like Math, Reading, Science, etc., but we also love learning about the arts and Jesus, our Lord and Savior.  We also believe that character building is just as important and strive to follow Christ as well as striving to have the best education possible.  Well rounded students are very important to me as a teacher and I feel blessed to be an educator.  I’m so thankful that I’m put in a place where I can encourage, educate, care for, and build up our children of the future.  God Bless!

Mrs. Jones – Fifth Grade Aide

00227Hello my name is Ariel Jones and this will be my third year as the 5th grade teacher aide. I graduated from the University of La Verne with a B.S. in
Psychology. I am looking forward to what will surely be a fun and exciting year with your children.

Mr. Arldt – Literature and Language

ArldtHello, my name is Mike Arldt, and I am thrilled to be joining the Loving Savior team. I am a graduate of Concordia University, where I obtained my Director of Christian Education Certificate.  I also have my state teaching credential and a masters degree in Biblical studies.  For the past 11 years, I have been teaching middle school and high school English.  Before that, I was a Director of Christian Education for 10 years.  Last year, we moved to Southern California from Colorado. My wife, Meredith, is a Lutheran school principal in Orange. I have two sons, Will and Sean, and both are attending Lutheran high schools in Orange County.  In my free time, I love hiking and announcing sporting events.

Mr. Vanciu – Religion, History, and P.E.

I would like to welcome you to middle school History, P.E., and Religion. My name is Alin Vanciu and this is my Third year here at Loving Savior Lutheran School. It has been a pleasure serving as the middle school History, P.E., and Religion teacher and I look forward to an amazing 2016-2017 school year. In the past, I have been a substitute teacher in the Chino Valley Unified School District. During my time at the Chino School District, I have had the opportunity to substitute at every Junior High and High School in the District. I received my Bachelor’s in History and American Studies from California State University, Fullerton. I have also earned my Master’s in American Studies and my teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton.

Mrs. Fauce – Mathematics and Science

Hello, my name is Amy Fauce and I am the 6-8 grade math and science teacher. This is my fourth year teaching at Loving savior of the Hills.  I grew up in Chino Hills and am excited to be back working in the community! I earned my Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy from California State University, Monterey Bay and my teaching credential from California State University, San Bernardino. Prior to coming to Loving Savior I have taught math and science in grades 4-6 in Northern California and Fontana. I am looking forward to a successful and fun year!!

Ms. Young – Middle School Aide

00243Hi, my name is Tiffany Young and I am the Junior High aide! This is my second school year at Loving Savior, and I enjoy working with the jr. highers and the teachers! I graduated from UCSD with a B.A. in Linguistics and a minor in Education Studies. I then got my Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential and Masters in Education at UCSD a year later. Although teaching may not be my passion, I love working with students in smaller groups and helping out.