Scott cox

elementary/middle school PRINCIPAL

Mr. Cox grew up in the El Sobrante area, graduating from De Anza High School in 1970. He subsequently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering with a teaching emphasis. Mr. Cox worked as a laboratory technician for Chevron Chemical Company (1971-1982), a formulation chemist for the Clorox Company (1982-1994), and as a Managing Director of computer operations for Bank of America (1994-2010). He started substitute teaching at the ESCS high school campus in 2010, and then became a full-time math and science teacher in 2011.  Mr. Cox has been married for 40 years, is an elder in his church, and loves reading, photography, natural history, and traveling.

  • B.A., Chemical Engineering w/Teaching Option - Cal Berkeley
  • ACSI Secondary Teacher Certificate

"Being confident of this very thing, 

that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it."

Philippians 1:6

(510) 223-2242 x114

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

(510) 223-2242 ext. 151

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

(510) 223-2242

julieta cubas

office manager

Julieta is the office manager and 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

(510) 223-2242

kathy ruiz


Kathy started working at ESCS in 1990. She loves working here and brings a certain level of love and care to everything she does. Kathy enjoys spending time with her son and her daughter. She also loves to cook and garden.

"For then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh,

arm yourself likewise with the same mind:

for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin.

That he no longer should live the rest of his time

in the flesh to the lusts of men but to the will of God."

1 Peter 4:1-2

(510) 223-2242

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

(510) 223-2242

Molly Gonzalez


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

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

Colossians 3:23

(510) 223-2242 ext. 103

Absera Lakew

first  and  second 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

510) 223-2242 ext. 101

meredith taylor

Third and fourth grade

Meredith has been a part of the El Sobrante Christian School since 2012.  She has worked as a substitute teacher as well as a teacher, on the former Jr./Sr. High School campus.  She has a great love for seeing students thrive and meet their academic goals.  In addition to teaching she is currently enrolled in a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program at Mid-America Christian University.  Her interests include writing poetry, playing the piano and singing.

  • A.A. degree in General Studies
  • B.A. degree in Psychology
  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction - Mid-America Christian University - currently enrolled.

"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength."

Isaiah 40:31

(510) 223-2242 ext. 108

jonathan arroyo

Fifth and sixth grade

“For through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in Whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.” 
Ephesians 2 : 18 - 21

(510) 223-2242 ext. 107

danny Elizalde

seventh and eigth grade

"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

(510) 223-2242 ext. 117

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

(510) 223-2242 ext. 113

danny gomez

P.E. Teacher & facilities supervisor

Danny is our facilities supervisor and 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


Facilities supervisor

Dave is our facilities supervisor.  He makes sure we are all taken care of and that our campus runs smoothly. Dave has been on staff with us since 2007.  Dave loves working in a Christian environment. 

He loves playing baseball with his three sons and spending time with his family. Dave roots for the San Francisco Giants. 

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

Philippians 4:13 

Lucille ojeda

childcare supervisor, food coordinator

Lucille has been a part of our ESCS family since 1979. She started at the elementary campus and eventually transitioned to the junior high and high school campus. All 3 of her children attended ESCS. Lucille loves to spend time with her 4 grandsons. She enjoys collecting new recipes and trying them out for her family.

Mrs. Ojeda's number one enjoyment is studying God's Word. She learns something new everyday and says the Word feeds her soul. She loves interacting with the students and says that is what keeps her coming to work everyday. The students love her Otis Spunkmeyer cookies at break!

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding.

In all your ways submit to him,

and he will make your paths straight."

Proverbs 3:5-6

(510) 223-2242

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 our campus, 

as the Chairman of the School Board. Both of his daughters attended 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