Christ the Cornerstone Academy (private school) San Diego (Mira Mesa) CA - Teachers & Staff

Christ the Cornerstone Academy (Mira Mesa San Diego CA) has teachers are second to none.  They are the best of the best, highly educated, infused with high morals and values, they live by a strict code of ethics, and have a deep love of our Lord Christ Jesus.

Day School Teachers & Staff

At Christ the Cornerstone Academy, our teachers are second to none.  They are the best of the best, highly educated, infused with high morals and values, go by a strict code of ethics, and have a deep love of our Lord Christ Jesus.

We invite you to learn more about our teachers and staff by reading about them below.  In addition to personally getting to know our teachers and staff, you can also learn about weekly homework assignments and special updates (specific to each teacher) by clicking the "Click here for homework & updates" in the appropriate teacher section.


Ms. Shirlyn Jackson, Kindergarten Teacher

Shirlyn is a graduate of Cal State San Marcos and National University and has been working with young children for 11 years. Teaching the two-year old program is always fun and exciting with Shirlyn and she encourages learning through meaningful and positive experiences. She began her foundation in Christian education early in life as she attended CTCA from Preschool to early elementary school and is glad to encourage and support children’s faith in God.

Shirlyn believes the key to a successful transition from home to school is parent teacher partnership and she thrives at connecting with the CTCA families. She enjoys watching her students grow and learn and is excited to connect with your family.


Mrs. Tiffany Bortz, 1st Grade Teacher

I am a mother of two wonderful children, a set of twins that are heading into the 6th grade this Fall.  As a mother of elementary school children, I try to be flexible and understanding with my student's parents.  I can assure you there are very few things I haven't heard or experienced first-hand as a parent myself... click here to read more.

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Mrs. Patty Hathaway, 2nd Grade Teacher

My name is Patricia Hathaway, but I go by Patty. I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, the fifth child out of six. I was not raised in the church, but went to Sunday school occasionally with friends.  After graduating in 1976 from Oregon State University with a degree in Journalism, God called me to San Diego where He became my Lord and Savior... click here to read more.

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Mrs. Christina Defensor, 3rd Grade Teacher

Teaching third grade to CTCA students, Christina’s favorite subject is reading because it is essential and she enjoys teaching kids how to write stories.  Attending Mesa Jr. College and National University, she earned an Associate Degree in Child Development, a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Studies, and a Masters in Education.  Working in the educational field for over 14 years... click here to read more.

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Mrs. Kristin Molina, 4th/5th Grade Teacher

Biography coming soon


Mrs. Carel, Music Director

As a Christian role model to all the students from Preschool to 5th grade, I teach music to develop the whole child.  Music develops the child physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. Christ in Education is fundamental, as I teach Praise songs and hymns in my music curriculum. I love teaching the students worship in Chapel and Sunday services through singing, dancing, drama, and playing instruments... click here to read more.

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Ms. Carlos, Computer and PE Teacher

I started my higher education late in life. In my late thirties, I decided to go back to school to get a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. However, after just my second year, the Lord called me in a different direction, Christ the Cornerstone Academy. I now have, close to, seventeen years of “on the job training”, since 2000. I have worked with over 1700 children and their parents throughout the school year, and nearly 600 more, through our summer program. I love the children. I love my job(s). I love our Lord and Savior, Jesus here to read more.

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