Meet the CCA Staff

Our staff is committed to providing opportunities for spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical development of your child.

Michelle Cortes Director


Michelle Cortes

Hi! My name is Michelle Cortes. I have been the Director at Calvary Chapel Academy since January 2009. I have experience teaching preschool and kindergarten and am currently the 4th/5th grade teacher in addition to being the Director. I received my Associates Degree in Child Development and also in Social and Behavioral Science from Mt. San Jacinto. I then went on and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Management and a Master’s Degree in Education in Child Development from the University of Phoenix.

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Pat Foster Kindergarten


Pat Foster

Hi, my name is Pat Foster. I came to Calvary Chapel Academy in September of 2013 after almost 40 years working in education. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education in Oklahoma. After moving to California, I took appropriate courses here to earn credentials in both areas, plus received a Master’s degree in School Administration.

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Toni Van Der Linden First Grade


Toni Van Der Linden

My name is Toni Van Der Linden. I’ve been teaching at CCA since September 2014. I earned my BA in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis toward a multi-subject teaching credential, from Brandman University. I also attended Riverside Community College where I completed 30 units in Early Childhood Education, and earned my California Child Development Permit.

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Melissa Kaustinen Second/Third Grade


My name is Melissa Kaustinen. I have been a teacher at Calvary Chapel Academy since September 2014.  I received a BA in Liberal Studies in 2001.  As a Christian teacher, my goal is to produce well-rounded, educated young people who understand the value of working hard and  also the importance of loving and serving God.


Joanna Brownell  Fourth/Fifth Grade

 My name is Joanna Brownell. I have taught at Calvary Chapel Academy since September 2012.  The Lord has given me a passion for working with children and I feel blessed to be at Calvary Chapel Academy.  I have been saved since 2002 and have attended Calvary Chapel Hemet since 2012.  I married my wonderful husband in 2000 and we have one beautiful daughter who has attended CCA since preschool.

Sylvia Holbert Preschool Teacher (2 and 3 year olds)


Sylvia Hobert

Hello, my name is Sylvia Holbert. Upon attending MSJC, I’ve worked with children for more than 15 years and ages ranging from infant/toddler up to 12 years of age. I have been with CCA since March of 2011.




Lucy Coronado  Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

img_9923My name is Lucy Coronado and I have been at Calvary Chapel Academy since January 2016.   I have a passion for working with young children and am blessed to have been teaching preschool for over 10 years.  I have received my assistant teacher permit and have obtained an Associates degree from MSJC.  I am excited to be a part of the ministry taking place at Calvary Chapel Academy.

Katie Odom   Preschool Aid


img_9599My name is Katie Odom and I have been teaching at the preschool level since 2011.  I accepted Jesus into my heart at a young age, and my faith really became my own my first year of high school.  As my relationship grew with the Lord, I realized that it was His calling on my life to work with children.  I got involved in children’s ministry in high school, went on missions trips to help with other churches children’s ministry programs, and have enjoyed being involved with Vacation Bible School for years.


Cindy Becker Preschool Teacher (3 and 4 year olds)


My name is Cindy Becker. I am so thankful that I now have the opportunity to serve with the staff at Calvary Chapel Academy.  It has been an incredible blessing to come alongside the little ones as they grow in God’s truth, academically and socially. .


Joe Cortes P.E. Teacher

My name is Joe Cortes, but the kids call me “Coach Joe”.  I’ve been teaching P.E. at CCA since 2016.  I have 35 years of experience teaching P.E. to children in the valley as well as coaching children through Valley Wide, local schools, and clubs.  I am very excited to be a part of the staff at the Academy .

Betty Hall Teacher’s Aid/Afterschool Care Supervisor



After raising my sons, I received my Associates degree in Early Childhood studies.  I have attended Calvary Chapel Hemet for several years, serving in the children’s summer program.  I have a passion for working with children and feel blessed to have been on staff at CCA since 2015.  


Tracie Tovar Office Manager


Tracie Tovar

My name is Tracie Tovar and I have worked at Calvary Chapel Academy since 2015. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from Cal State Fullerton in 2001.
I have attended Calvary Chapel Hemet since 2002, and have been involved in children’s ministry for over ten years. I am also involved with the Ladies Bible study.

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Calvary Chapel Academy

Office (951) 927-4395

26121 Hemet Street
Hemet, CA 92544







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