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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.
Interim Head of School
Dear Elementary Families,
I am overjoyed to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year! This year is full of promise and opportunity and we are filled with excitement at being able to partner with you in your child’s education. The start of each school year brings the chance to set new goals and have a fresh start. This school year our theme is Reflect the Son, and a part of our goal-setting will be creating a culture that values and validates Christ-like words and actions that truly Reflect the Son.
Walking like LIONS in our classrooms as well as in our extended community as we build upon our LIONS Pact is some of the work we will expand upon. At MCS we are eager to begin digging deep into God’s Word so that we can fully explore what it means in 2 Corinthians 3:18b when it says, “…the Lord – who is the Spirit – will make us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.” It is a great privilege and an immense responsibility to be raising the next generation of young people to Reflect the Son and it is a true blessing to be partnering with your families as we do so.
The elementary staff is excited to begin this school year. We have been praying together as an elementary team and God has been preparing our hearts to be doing His work this year. We are placing great emphasis on supporting students and ensuring that every student will have exactly what is needed to be successful and to thrive in elementary school. We have hired personnel to support this purpose and faculty training has been designed to equip our team to work together to provide optimal support to the students entrusted to our care this school year.
The elementary team is committed to fostering student growth academically, socially, and spiritually. As we make intentional decisions about our programs and our daily activities we keep the core values of MCS in mind.
It is abundantly clear that God has big plans for this school year. I am praying that you will wholeheartedly embrace the excitement and join us on the journey that God has for us this year. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” I have been praying, and I am confident that God is ready to keep His promise and do immeasurably more than we could ever imagine.
Reflecting the Son,
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 email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
Lewis and Stacie Brewster have been married for 19 years and have five children, Christina (graduated Baylor University in May 2016), Caroline (MCS Class of 2016), Samantha (MCS Class of 2017), William (MCS Class of 2020) and James (MCS Class of 2022). They are very grateful for the Christ-centered education at MCS and feel that it is the most valuable gift they can give their children. The Brewster family attends Mariners Church and they are actively involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and RTwelve. They have also supported Habitat for Humanity and mission work in Uganda and Egypt. They enjoy family dinners, road trip vacations, sports, and spending time with their two miniature dachshunds, Lucky and Lola. Lewis is Vice President of Marketing at Broadcom, a semiconductor company in Irvine, and has 30+ years of experience in the communications industry at various companies including Rockwell, Conexant, NXP and Broadcom in the Dallas and Orange County areas. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical and biomedical engineering from Duke University (1986) and an MBA from Stanford University (1991).
Clifton and Yuwen Chang have been married for 11 years and have two children, CJ (MCS Class of 2024) and Sydney (MCS Class of 2026). They attend Mariners Church in Irvine where Clifton is on staff as the Human Resources Director. Prior to his role at Mariners Church, he had over 20 years of experience in human resources working in companies that include Johnson & Johnson and Allergan. Clifton graduated from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations and earned his MBA from USC. He is also a volunteer on the Cornell Alumni Admissions Network and Cornell Annual Fund Campaigns. The Chang family mission is to love each other as Christ loves and to serve others out of an overflow of the joy and abundance they have received. Experiencing God’s presence at Mariners Christian School and its staff has blessed their family and they desire for other families in the community to have similar experiences.
Jason and Anna have been married for 13 years and have three children: Hampton (MCS Class of 2020), Jack (MCS Class of 2022), and Mary Frances (MCS Kindergarten). Jason has spent the past year serving on the Finance Committee for MCS. They are active members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, including service on the finance committee, teaching Sunday school to 1st through 3rd graders, and enjoying their community group. Jason is the Chief Financial Officer of AcuFocus, a venture backed medical device company. Previously, Jason worked in investment banking at several firms in Atlanta, focused on transactions in the healthcare space. Jason began his career as a CPA and holds an MBA from Emory University, a Masters of Accountancy and a Bachelor’s in Business from the University of Georgia. Jason is honored to serve on the MCS Board.
Brian and Caren have been married for 19 years and have three children: Hannah (MCS Class of 2014), Levi (MCS Class of 2017) Jedidiah (MCS Class of 2024). Brian has lived in Newport Beach for 42 years and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship) from the University of Southern California. He has started and helped businesses across multiple platforms including computer technology, oil exploration, homebuilding and merchant services. His true passion is serving the community for Jesus. He has 17 years of ministry experience as a Youth Pastor, Congregational Care Pastor, Elder, and Associate Pastor. He is now the lead Pastor of the W Church in Newport Beach. Brian’s heart is to share with others what Jesus has done in his own life so that others might find the same salvation and hope. He is honored and excited to serve the MCS family in any way he can.
Danny and Melinda Choi have been married 22 years and have 5 children: Taegan (MCS Class of 2016), Zeke (MCS Class of 2019), Dylann (MCS Class of 2020), Bennett (MCS Class of 2022), and Nixon (MCS Class of 2025). They are deeply grateful their children attend MCS and consider it a gift to have them raised with a Christ-centered education. The Choi family enjoys spending time together, whether it be snuggling their Yorkies, Sugar and Spice, or exploring the amazing world God has created. Fiji has a special place in their hearts and they support the nation by working with Give Clean Water to provide sustainable clean water to rural villages. As a family, they attend the W church in Newport Beach. As a couple, they have served as high school and college leaders, as well as, premarital counselors. Melinda has her BA in English from UCI and is passionate about mentoring young women and single mothers as they pursue Jesus with their whole hearts. She loves her family and considers it her dream “job” to be a wife and mom.
Charlie and Amy Haggard have been married for 16 years and have three children: Hudson (MCS Class of 2021), Dalton (MCS Class of 2021) and Vivian (MCS Class of 2023). 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.
Mike and Laura McMillen have been married for 21 years and have three children. Matthew (MCS Class of 2015), Stephen (MCS Class of 2016), and Sarah (MCS Class of 2022). Their family has a passion for serving the homeless through non-profit ministries in both San Francisco and Orange County, also serving as members of the Board. They have been attending Rock Harbor Church for the past 9 years, previously attending Community Presbyterian Church in Northern California for 10 years. They have been actively involved at MCS since arriving in 2006 and are very passionate about the spiritual development at the school. Mike is Vice President with the TRI Pointe Group, a real estate company that focuses on residential land development and homebuilding. Mike has spent 25 years in the real estate industry specializing in strategic planning, entitlements and product development for new home communities. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Construction Management. Mike counts it a privilege to serve as a Board member at MCS.
Mark and Angela have been married for 15 years and have three sons, Micah (MCS Class of 2017), Joshua (Class of 2019) and Caleb (Class of 2022). Mark grew up in Connecticut while Angela was raised in Huntington Beach. They currently attend St. Andrew's Church in Newport Beach. They enjoy reading, sports, music, and spending time with family. Mark and Angela feel very blessed to be a part of the Mariners Christian School community and are thankful for the Christ-centered education that is so important in these formative years for their children. Mark received his undergraduate degree from Fresno State, and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University. He has been practicing as a Physical Therapist since 1999 in Orange County. With God's prompting and leading, he opened his clinic Power Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Costa Mesa in 2011. His specialty is in the recovery from musculoskeletal injury, including post-surgical rehabilitation. In addition, Mark serves as Adjunct Professor for Vanguard University in the Kinesiology Department. Mark is honored and humbled to serve as a Board member for MCS. Soli Deo Gloria!
Meesh and Graham have been married 14 years and have two boys, Grayson (MCS Class of 2023) and Ashton (MCS Class of 2025). Meesh was born and raised in Taiwan and moved to Southern California in 2nd grade. The Pierce family attends St. Andrew's Church and is blessed with loving family and childhood friends in the immediate area. Meesh has a BS in Economics and an MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and currently works as an independent strategy consultant. Her projects span software development and product marketing for the likes of Disney, Ticketmaster, NBC, Warner Bros, and Epson. Meesh serves as VP Programming for Wharton So Cal, an active regional alumni club serving 4000 alums, is a member of the Trustees Council of Penn Women at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the Tech Chair for Penn's first annual alumnae conference in Oct. 2020. She's oddly and equally left and right-brained, loving Excel as much as furniture painting. She's honored to serve in this role at MCS.