elementary PRINCIPAL

Christine Banks Jones is a native of Northern California. She was born and raised in West Marin County  in the town of Point Reyes, and attended the public schools there. She later matriculated at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. While at

Berkeley she was a student manager of the Young Inspiration Gospel Choir. Under her leadership the  choir recorded a CD that is cataloged in the Smithsonian Institution as the Best College Gospel Choir in  America. Following college she was an entrepreneur and at the age of 23 opened Amani Beauty Supply store in Marin County. 

After hearing the call of God to preaching ministry she left her business and moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse School of Religion, where she earned a Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education. While In seminary she also met her life partner in marriage and ministry, Donnell Rickey Jones. Following seminary they married and began their life and ministry together. Christine was then ordained in both the Southern Baptist Church and the Christian Methodist Episcopal church as an Elder. She and her husband ministered at churches in Riverside, California; Birmingham, Alabama; and Jacksonville, Florida. They moved back home to California in 2008 and in 2010 planted a church called New Direction Ministries where they are co-Pastors. 

Christine began her teaching career in Jacksonville Florida where she taught 4 th Grade. Upon returning to California she taught 3 rd, 4 th , 5 th grades at WHAP Scholastic Academy in Marin and 5 th /6 th , 7 th /8 th grade classes at Vista Christian School in Richmond. Most recently she served as Principal of New Direction Christian Academy, also in Richmond a K-8 th school she opened with her husband when Vista Christian

School closed unexpectedly. She and her husband are also owners of New Soul Café in Richmond, where her husband is the chef. Her proudest accomplishment to date is being the mother of 4 children, Imani, 18, DJ, 14, Sarah, 10, and Josiah 6.

  • B.A., Sociology—University of California, Berkeley
  • Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education-Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse School of Religion

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; 

and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God."

Ephesians 2:8

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jan wood

business administrator

Jan has been working as the financial advisor at ESCS since 1981. Both of her children attended ESCS. She loves doing math, working with numbers, and administrative work. In her free time, Jan loves spending time with her grandsons, reading, and quilting. She loves ESCS and the people who work here. 

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." 

Philippians 4:6

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Rinku bhatia


Rinku is a Pharmacy Technician by profession and became a full-time mother after her second child.  In her free time , she loves spending time with her family and friends.  She is very excited to be joining the ESCS family.  She hopes to give all the support and warmth she can to the ESCS family and their families.  

"Whoever lives in love lives in God, 

and God in them."

Ephesians 4:2

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julieta cubas

administrative assistant

Julieta is the administrative assistant for the Chairman of the Board, Russ Sturm. She works hard to maintain the culture and learning environment here at ESCS. Julieta has been a part of the ESCS family since 2010 when she started volunteering. Julieta came on staff in 2014. 

She loves the fact that she is able to witness as her own kids and our ESCS students develop and mature from kids into young adults and seeing where the Lord may lead them to. In her free time, Julieta enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying different restaurants, food & desserts, watching movies, and reading a good book.

  • B.S., Computer Science - Golden Gate University

"I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."

Philippians 4:13

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Diana Vahlstrom


Diana joined our office staff in 2013. Diana took after her parents in their hard working nature. She strives to help maintain the family atmosphere here at ESCS. She enjoys spending time with her family and creating new memories. You might find her sporting Niner gear around here. 

"Show me your ways, Lord teach me your paths.

Guide me in your truth and teach me,

    for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."

Psalms 25:4-5

Christina Banuelos


Christie started teaching at ESCS in 2000. Since then, she has been partnering with parents each and every year to make sure their children are growing academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. She loves spending time with her friends and family. 

  • B.A., Liberal Studies - Bethany University
  • ACSI Teacher Credential

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, 

as working for the Lord, not for human masters." 

Colossians 3:23

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Absera Lakew

first grade

Absera was born in Ethiopia and went to school in Berkeley and graduated from California Berkeley.  She has worked hard as Head Teacher at Vista Christian for 24 years.  She is married and has raised 6 nieces and nephews.  Absera loves to travel and gardening.  She speaks German, some French and Amharic (Ethiopian native language).  She enjoys working in a Christian environment, leading children to the Lord through action and God's word the bible.  

"My help cometh from the Lord

Psalm 121:2

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angela bradley

second grade

Angela comes to us with over 25 years of experience in the classroom  With her vast experience in elementary education, she is dedicated to preparing students to become academic scholars and visionary leaders who make a profound impact in their communities and the world.  In her free time she enjoys journaling and traveling.  Her favorite destinations have been Amsterdam, Europe (France and Germany) and Jamaica.

  • M.A., Educational Administration - St. Mary's College of California
  • B.S., Journalism - Southern Illinois University
  • Teaching credentials obtained in 1993

"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace

in believing, that you may abound in hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Romans 15:13

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donna manguiat

third grade

Donna is our wonderful third grade teacher. She is the definition of love and care. This is Donna's 17th year working at ESCS. She loves watching the learning process develop in the children and their understanding of God's universe. Her family is a big part of her life. Donna's family is full of teachers and has had a big impact on her career choice. Donna enjoys playing with her grandson, telling stories and walking the family dog, Kody.

  • B.A., Liberal Arts - Westmont College
  • Teaching Credential- Westmont College
  • Day Care Administrator Certification - San Francisco State
  • ACSI Teacher Credential
  • California Lifetime Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

"See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, 

that we should be called children of God; and such we are."

1 John 3:1

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Nanaushika Mcgee

fourth grade

Nanaushika began working at El Sobrante Christian School in December, 2017.  She received her Bachelor's degree from California State East Bay in Education with a minor in human development.  She loves spending time with her family and friends. 

  • B.A., Education - California State East Bay

"Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy,

it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does

not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is

not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

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alan wemple

fifth grade

Alan is our fifth grade teacher here at ESCS. He started teaching at ESCS in 2013. Alan loves the staff here, the parents and students, and the freedom to incorporate Jesus into education. Alan cheers for the Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco Giants. In his free time, he enjoys singing and playing the guitar in a worship band.  

  • B.S., Bible - William Jessup University
  • Masters, Teaching - Southern Oregon University
  • California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • ACSI Teacher Credential

"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing....

...and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

Psalms 23

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Dennis snyder

sixth grade -  Math and science

Dennis has been in Christian school education for 30+ years.  He grew up in the Midwest and began his teacher career there as a vocal/instrumental instructor before moving to CA to continue his career as a classroom teacher and administrator.  Dennis came to ESCS at the beginning of 2019 as a substitute teacher on both the elementary and junior/senior high campuses.  He enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, gardening, volunteer work and serving as the Music Director at his church.

  • B.A., Music Education - Bluffton University
  • M.A., Educational Administration - Saint Mary's College of California

"And whatsoever ye shall do, do it heartily

as to the Lord, and not unto men."

Colossians 3:23

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Vivian Wells

sixth Grade - Bible, history and language arts

Vivian has been teaching middle school for over 10 years.  She loves teaching Bible and Humanities.  She finds joy in inspiring children to learn and grow in their faith.  Her other passions are church history, music, reading, preaching, entrepreneurship and re-organizing.  In her free time, Vivian loves spending time with her husband, nieces & nephews and close friends.  Mrs. Wells loves Christian Education and is excited to be here.

  • B.A. Social Welfare - University of California Berkeley
  • Masters of Divinity in Church History - Graduate Theological Union UC Berkeley
  • PhD Candidate - Graduate Theological Union University of California Berkeley

"We know that all things work together for

good for those who love God, who are

called according to his purpose."

Romans 8:28

Darren Ojeda

Athletic Director, childcare director,  P.e. Teacher, coach

Darren has been with us since 2000. He works at the elementary campus, wearing many different hats. His main focus is the Physical Education department. He is responsible for your child's health and fitness while they are at school. He also heads up the Child Care Program that we offer and the Sports Program here at ESCS. 

In his free time, Darren likes to exercise and play all kinds of sports, making him perfect for his job! He is an active fan of the Warriors and the Sharks. 

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, 

plans to prosper you and not to harm you, 

plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11

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lynda camacho

band, music

Lynda has been our music director since 1990. She teaches music to all elementary classes, kindergarten through sixth grade. Lynda appreciates the fact that at ESCS, we can openly talk about, praise, and sing songs to God. She loves working with children and the staff here. 

  • A.A., Music - Diablo Valley College
  • B.A., Music - Cal State Hayward
  • ACSI Teacher Credential

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Philippians 4:13

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jean bradbury

Computers, Library

Jean wears many hats at ESCS. She teaches computer class for the second through sixth grade students. She also is the librarian for the elementary campus. Jean spent 8 years  as a parent volunteer before she began working at ESCS in 2002.  Jean loves all her students and her co-workers.  She cheers for the bay area teams and the UC Davis Softball team. In her free time, Jean loves taking tap/jazz dance classes, watching her daughter play softball, and playing with her granddaughter.    

  • A.A., - Contra Costa College
  • Certification -  Western College of Travel Careers

"Three things will last forever: faith, hope, and love. 

And the greatest of these is love."

1 Corinthians  13:13

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danny gomez

facilities supervisor

Danny is our go to guy here at ESCS. He does all the maintenance, making sure everything works and that our school looks wonderful everyday. Danny started working at ESCS in 2011. He loves cooking and hanging out at the beach. Rooting for the Warriors, Raiders, and Giants, he fits right in! 

"For no word from God will ever fail.”

Luke 1:37

Russell Sturm

Pastor, Chairman of the school board


Russ has been the pastor at Central Assembly since 2014. 

He brings a certain upbeat and joyful attitude to both campuses, 

as the Chairman of the School Board. Both of his daughters attend ESCS. He loves working in an environment where everyone is on the same page, serving God. In his free time he enjoys going on long rides on his motorcycle. 

"I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."

Philippians 4:13