- Connected Community
- MCS Families
For over 30 years, Mariners Christian School has partnered with parents to build a firm foundation through Christ-centered education. We are a distinctly Christian school dedicated to the continual pursuit of our core values to foster a deep Love for Christ, provide Exemplary Academics, build Connected Community, and promote a Culture of innovation with a purposeful Focus on the Whole Child. From transitional kindergarten through eighth grade, we desire for our students to thrive in every way as we provide an outstanding education with authentic spiritual development in a Christ-honoring environment.
At MCS we are passionate about discovering and nurturing the unique gifts of each child. Our highly skilled and dedicated faculty is committed to inspiring children to grow in who God has created them to be as they explore their God given gifts and talents, uncover the creativity inside of them, strengthen their ability to think critically and solve problems, and expand the necessary skills of communicating and collaborating with others. Our rigorous and comprehensive programs focus not only on learning but on developing skills, habits, and character that will shape them for a lifetime. Above all else, our entire staff is committed to encouraging students to building an authentic and personal relationship with Jesus Christ and this is our highest calling.
In this ever-changing and challenging world, it is vital that children know God’s truth, understand their identity lies in being a son or daughter of the King, mature in wisdom and knowledge, and grow in confidence in all God created them to be. Within the Mariners Christian School community of administration, faculty, staff, parents, and students are safe to learn and grow as they become difference makers for His kingdom.
I invite you to visit our campus, tour our classrooms, and personally discover the difference that a Mariners education can make in the life of a child.
Head of School
Mariners Christian School’s elementary program builds a firm foundation through Christ-centered education. Our elementary team is called to shepherd the young hearts and minds of our students while confirming their identity in Christ. Whether your student is entering transitional kindergarten, fifth grade, or any of the grades in between, we are committed to serving each student spiritually, academically, and social-emotionally.
In a world that is ever-changing, our calling and missional work has been consistent for over three decades. Our dedication to the whole-child, connected community, and exemplary academics ensures that every child can thrive. Our highly effective teachers are skilled in providing differentiated instruction to reach every student within the core curriculum. Incorporating Depth and Complexity with unique experiences students are provided with academics that transfer to real-life application. Utilizing Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) we are able to reach the diverse needs of students. And, we do all of this while intentionally building meaningful partnerships with the families we serve.
I personally invite you to visit our elementary school to see the work that God is doing and experience firsthand how your child would flourish at Mariners Christian School.
Mariners Christian School takes great joy in our attentional approach to the social and emotional growth of our elementary students. With God’s Word as the guiding foundation, our focus is to teach and to train our students how to walk out their faith with a strong character that reflects Jesus.
Our elementary LIONS’ PACT (Listen, Include, Ownership, Notice, Support) and our Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) help promote a culture of kindness, common courtesy, and respect for others. Our teachers, specialists, aides, and ASP staff all create opportunities for students to acquire the framework of personal ownership for their academic learning, spiritual development, and friendship skills.
MCS desires our elementary students to head up to middle school with a strong love for Jesus, a sense of belonging in their school community, and a wide circle of good friendships for the future.
After His Heart,
Elementary Vice Principal
When I say MCS, you say Lions! MCS...Lions! MCS...Lions!
Here at MCS, we have so much pride in our school. Not simply for the awesome sports teams we have, or the amazing teachers, or the incredible students, but because we know we are not just representing the bravery and leadership of a lion, but also striving to emulate the servitude and compassion of the Lion of Judah, Jesus Christ. It is my great privilege to model a faithful walk with Christ every day, shepherd their hearts, as well as prepare them academically as the middle school principal.
Middle school is such a transformative experience, and at MCS, because we have a whole-child focus, we have been able to successfully assist students in their ability to navigate these influential years with patience, purpose, and prayer for over 30 years. Our talented team believes in teaching and training students to let their gifts shine in every area of their lives; whether it is writing an essay, finding solutions to real-world problems, putting their efforts into an athletic competition, creating engaging, meaningful entertainment, or meeting the needs of others via service. In middle school, our students have the opportunity to be “rooted and established in love” (Ephesians 3:17), so they can grow and be a witness to what God’s power can do with a humble heart full of purpose.
Through the guidance of following our core values, the middle school has created a rigorous academic program that allows students to persevere and strive for excellence academically in a manner that carefully and compassionately supports their development. By engaging in dynamic learning opportunities, our scholars will discover their spiritual gifts and talents, develop skills to be lifelong learners with a strong biblical perspective, and build upright character so they can lead as effective and impactful difference makers in our world.
Therefore, I invite you to come visit a community that I call home. I am excited for you to have the opportunity to learn more about our middle school, and witness for yourself how we don't just have school spirit, but how we walk by the Spirit every day.
Middle School Principal
Jennifer, who is a native Californian, graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a B.A. in History. After completing her undergraduate studies, Jennifer obtained her law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. She has practiced law for twenty-two years as both a litigator and In House counsel. During this time, Jennifer has been very active in fundraising efforts in her local community. She has served as Co-President of the Glass Slipper Guild of Children's Hospital of Orange County where she administered and met the Guild's pledge of $1 million for the CHOC Neuroscience Institute. As a past MCS parent, Jennifer served as the Underwriting and Live Auction Chair of the MCS 2020 and 2022 Galas as well as spearheaded the return of the MCS Golf Classic in 2021 after a seven-year hiatus.
Jennifer and her husband, Adam, are parishioners at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach. Jennifer and Adam have been married for 20 years and have two children: Ella (MCS '20), a junior at Mater Dei, and Griffin (MCS '22), a freshman at Mater Dei.
Now, officially an alumni parent of MCS, Jennifer is thrilled to be able to serve MCS in a new capacity as the Director of Advancement. MCS is a place near and dear to Jennifer's heart and she is looking forward to helping facilitate exciting ways for current families, alumni families, and supporters of MCS to come alongside of Mariners Christian School and support its mission to bring Christ-Centered Education to Orange County. Jennifer has seen firsthand the unique way MCS provides a whole child education for her own children and is looking forward to sharing new opportunities of ways we can continue to build this special school that so many of us call home. Please stop by the Advancement office to say hi and introduce yourself!
Director of Advancement
The School Board is a dynamic group of volunteers committed to the success of the students, families, and faculty of Mariners Christian School. Their primary responsibilities are to set policy, assist in long-range planning, provide financial and legal oversight, serve as ambassadors for the school, and to hire, support, and evaluate the Head of School.
Board members are committed Christians who typically have experience in leadership and/or management, or prior leadership on non-profit boards. Members are carefully selected through a self-perpetuation process, and they reflect a balance in church affiliation, gender, age of children, home city, and professional background.
Please feel free to contact the MCS Board at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
Aaron and Cari Hudy have been married for 17 years and have three children, Ava (MCS '22), Alexandra (MCS '22) and Bo (married to their daughter-in-law, Molly). They enjoy sailing, skiing, sports and family time at the beach. They attend Mariners Church in Irvine where they serve as shepherding elders and in the Junior High Ministry. Aaron is currently the President for GE Healthcare’s West Region and has spent more than 25 years in leadership roles at healthcare companies including Siemens Healthcare, Philips Healthcare and Toshiba Medical Systems. He graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance). He has served on MCS’s Finance Committee since 2019 and was part of MCS’s Head of School Search Committee in 2019-2020. He’s honored to serve this amazing school as a member of the MCS Board.
Clifton has served on the MCS Board since 2018. He and his wife, Yuwen have two children at MCS - CJ (MCS ‘24) and Sydney (MCS ‘26). He is currently the HR Director at Mariners Church in Irvine and prior to that he worked in HR at Johnson & Johnson and at Allergan. He attended Cornell University where he studied Industrial and Labor Relations and went to USC for his MBA. Experiencing God’s presence at Mariners Christian School and through its staff has blessed his family and they desire for other families in the community to experience the same.
Charlie and Amy Haggard have been married for 21 years and have three children: Hudson (MCS '21), Dalton (MCS '21) and Vivian (MCS '23). They feel blessed to have found MCS and are thankful for the Christ-centered education and love their children receive at MCS, as well as for the stewardship from the faculty and staff. Charlie and Amy met in Charlotte, North Carolina and lived in Charlotte and Chicago before deciding to call Newport Beach home in 2009. The Haggard family attend Mariners Church where they have enjoyed the children's ministry and serving in various community outreach projects. Amy has been actively involved at MCS volunteering in the classroom as well as serving on the planning committee for the school's Spring Auction the past several years, with Charlie recently serving on the MCS Finance Committee. Charlie is a Managing Director with real estate finance firm Berkeley Point Capital. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a master's degree in Land Economics and Real Estate from Texas A&M University. Charlie considers it a privilege to have the opportunity to serve the MCS Community in this capacity.
Dr. Ben Roberson has been an educator at the Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Collegiate level for the past 17 years. After completing his undergraduate work at Point Loma Nazarene University, Dr. Roberson completed his teaching credential at Chapman University and began his teaching career at Maranatha Christian Academy in Orange County. Dr. Roberson joined the Bible Department at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village and taught courses in Old and New Testament. During his years at Oaks, he also served as the Head Women’s Tennis coach at California Lutheran University while completing his Masters degree in Physical Education at Azusa Pacific University.
With a desire to pursue leadership, Dr. Roberson completed his Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Administration at Pepperdine University before taking on the Dean of Students role at Pacifica Christian High School in Santa Monica where he also has taught courses in the Theology Department. As the Dean of Students, Ben led a variety of programs including college counseling, academic support, and weekly chapels.
Dr. Roberson furthered his academic pursuits by completing his Doctorate at Pepperdine University in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy. He completed his dissertation on the motivation towards learning perceived in Socratic Seminar vs. traditional lecture in High School level students.
After completing his doctoral coursework at Pepperdine, Dr. Roberson took on the role of Head of School at Calvary Christian School in Santa Ana. During his years at Calvary Christian School, Dr. Roberson served to strengthen the academic reputation through effective faculty development resulting in significantly increased test scores in mathematics, reading, and language. Dr. Roberson also serves as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University where he teaches courses in Secondary Methods, Content Methods for History, and Human Development.
Dr. Roberson returned to the Pacifica community in 2014 when he was named founding Principal for the Orange County campus.
Ben, his wife Cassidy, and their children, Griffin, Peyton, and Callan live in Huntington Beach where they attend Grace Fellowship Church. Ben enjoys surfing, tennis, reading, and spending time with his family during his free time.
Kaley and Chris Brandon have been married for 12 years and have two children at MCS: Gavin (MCS '27) and Elle (MCS '30). The Brandon family enjoys spending time with friends and family, being active in God’s creation, and reading. They attend Mariners Church in Irvine. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Kaley pursued a career in Sales and Sales Management. In 2009 she and her husband, Chris, founded Brandon Architects. Kaley has had the privilege of working alongside her husband since the company’s inception on the business management side of the firm. Though she is no longer active in day to day operations,
Kaley now enjoys supporting the firm in an advisory role. As an MCS parent, she has enjoyed volunteering in various roles on campus. Kaley has a heart for upholding the mission of MCS, building a connected parent community, and supporting the amazing teachers, faculty and staff. It is an honor for Kaley to serve MCS, a place that is His.
Jacob and his wife Teri have been married for 13 years and have two daughters, Emily (MCS '29) and Janie (MCS '31). Jacob grew up in Colorado. He received his undergraduate in Business Management at Metro State University in Denver, CO, and received his MBA from Biola University. Jacob has been in upper-level management for 20 years in financial services and restaurant industries. He currently is the Director of Operations of Board & Brew and recently opened his own Board & Brew franchise in Ladera Ranch. He and his wife also serve on the board for MAVEN, a youth-focused worldview and apologetics training ministry. The Clemons family attends Grace Fellowship Church in Costa Mesa. They enjoy going to Disneyland and watching the Denver Broncos play. In the short time that they have been involved at Mariners Jacob and Teri have been so pleased that Christ is at the center of everything that is taught to the students.