Mrs. Pamela Costes is a distinguished Christian education expert with a remarkable career spanning over 30 years. Her passion for education has led her to spend many of those years at the esteemed Spirit Christian Academy, where she has made significant contributions as both an elementary and secondary educator. Currently, in her 6th year as the academy's administrator, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. Mrs. Costes is a highly qualified educator, having earned a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership and a Master of Education from Concordia University. Her expertise and dedication to Christian education are well-known, and she firmly believes in its ability to build strong, godly character in students.As a parent, Mrs. Costes is deeply committed to the education of her own children, all of whom have attended Spirit Christian Academy. Her joy and pride now come from watching her own grandchildren flourish at SCA
Ms. Wesson is an experienced educator with a passion for teaching. She served in the US Air Force for 10 years and holds a doctorate in Management/Organizational Leadership, as well as a Master's degree in education. She is also a Bible teacher at Friendship Baptist Church, Yorba Linda, and has over 20 years of experience teaching a diverse population of learners. Currently, she works as a Professional Development Coordinator, teacher, and Athletic Director at a University-Model® School, focusing on mentoring and equipping the future generation of leaders.
Ms. Simons is an SCA alumni. She serves as Academic Advisor and Head of the SCA Student Life Program. She is passionate about education and giving students the tools they need for success in their academic pursuits. She earned an AA degree at Irvine Valley College and transferred to Long Beach State to earn a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology-Sports Psychology & Leadership. She is a wonderful teacher and clearly has a passion for serving and loving God.
After a 25+ year career in corporate banking and finance, Rob Olson joined Spirit Academy to serve as Dean of Students and teach 12th grade Systematic Theology, Apologetics, Government, Economics, and Personal Finance. He brings a background of both Bible/theology and business/economics with a Master’s degree in theology from Reformed Theological Seminary, a Master’s degree in business from the University of Southern California, and an undergraduate degree from Biola University. Rob ministers to his church as an elder, leads an annual youth summer camp, and serves on the Board of Directors of Sola Media, a Christian media ministry comprising Core Christianity and the White Horse Inn. Rob and his wife Kate have raised three kids – all of whom have been a part of Spirit Academy, with the oldest now teaching at SCA.
Mrs. Heidrich has served at Spirit Christian Academy for many years. She is a wonderful example of a Servant Leadership. Currently, she works as head of Family Ministry which provides support and encouragement to the parents of SCA. She is the mother of Hannah who is a SCA alumni and recent graduate of Cal Baptist with a Masters degree. Her husband Gary is a wonderful supporter of the school and often volunteers to help maintain our building. Growing closer to God, caring and loving her family, and caring for the needs of others are Mrs. Heidrich’s passion.
Mrs. Contreras has worked at Spirit for the past three years but has been part of the SCA family for 6 years. She has two daughters that attend the school, Malia who will be a senior and Joelle a 7th grader. Susan is our current Registrar but has also worked in Elementary Student Life. She loves to serve with the other families. She encourages others to do so as well because she has met some of her closest friends in doing so.
James Olson teaches high school World History and World Religions/Church History, as well as junior high Public Speaking and Student Life. Currently, he also operates as an assistant coach for Spirit Academy’s baseball team. He is a recent graduate of Biola University, having earned a degree in history. He plans on pursuing a Master of Theological Studies degree at Westminster Theological Seminary. His favorite area of study is the history of the Christian Church, particularly the early Church (100 - 400 A.D.). He also enjoys reading and learning about the Ancient Near East, the Roman Empire, Islam, the early Middle Ages, the Age of Enlightenment, and the World Wars. When not teaching, he loves to play and watch baseball, basketball, and cricket, write fiction, and compose music.