Teacher Bios

Kim HollowayKim Holloway

Director

Mrs. Kim started at Eastgate Christian School in 2012. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies and has been teaching since 2000. Mrs. Kim is originally from Portland, Oregon. She loves working with children because of how they grow in their academic performance and confidence. Mrs. Kim loves the Eastgate community of families and the overall atmosphere of the school! Her passions are spending time with friends and family, traveling, animals, hiking, camping and enjoying the beach. Mrs. Kim and her husband Paul have been married 17 years, adopted two children from China (Josh and Grace) and eventually have plans to move to Mexico and work at an orphanage.

 

Sarah AdamsSarah Jane Adams

Assistant Director/Room 5 Teacher

Miss Sarah started at Eastgate Christian School in 2013. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and has been teaching since 2012. Miss Sarah is originally from Portland, Oregon and also lived in Denver, Colorado. She loves working with children because she gets to take part in sculpting their futures and their transparent love are a daily admiration for Miss Sarah. She loves Eastgate’s overwhelming passion and faith community! Her passions are traveling, water sports, volleyball, skiing, hiking, ballet and coaching Special Olympics. 

 

 

Tan BudimanTantiani Budiman

Assistant Director

Mrs. Tan started at Eastgate Christian School in 2013. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education/Early Childhood Education, a Master’s Degree in Christian Education and has been a teacher since 2000. Mrs. Tan is originally from East Java Islands of Indonesia and has been living in the United States since 2001. She loves working with children because of their passion and excitement for the world around them. They remind Mrs. Tan how to wonder, imagine and find joy in the little things. Mrs. Tan loves how Eastgate feels like her second family; getting to know each other personally, professionally and lift each other in prayer! Her passions are teaching young children, working with student families, reading, and cooking. Mrs. Tan is fluent in Indonesian and Mandarin. She believes that the purpose of a Christian school is to assist parents in fulfilling the Biblical mandate of raising the children in the way of the Lord.

  

Mickayla MartinMickayla Martin

Room 1 Teacher (3 year olds)

Miss Mickayla started working at ECS in 2016. She has bachelor degree in elementary teaching with a depth of study in literature and writing. She has experience working in elementary schools and spent 5 years working with students of various cultures who came to San Diego to learn English through a language studies program.

She loves ECS because Christ is the center of their lives and curriculum. The staff is incredible supportive of one another. She loves working with children because of their curiosity for the world around them and their excitement for learning. Experiencing the world through their eyes is wondrous.

In her free time, Ms. Mickayla enjoys taking classes, practicing yoga, cycling, and cooking. She believes in the power of a big smile and a strong hug to make everyday better.

 

Dana PorterDana Porter

Room 2 Co-Teacher (3 year olds)

Miss Dana started at Eastgate Christian School in 2015. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching and has been teaching since 1995. Miss Dana adores working with children and loves working at Eastgate because of the Christian atmosphere! Her passions are scuba diving, boating, adventure travel and writing. Miss Dana feels she is a teacher at ECS because of the grace and guidance of the Lord.

 

 

 

Leah SummersLeah Summers

Room 2 Co-Teacher (3 Year Olds)

Miss Leah started at Eastgate Christian School in 2015. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child & Family Development and is originally from Kyoto, Japan but was raised in San Diego, California. She loves working with children because it amazes her to watch them develop and learn new things. Miss Leah loves Eastgate because everyone is so friendly and the staff gets to share the love of Christ! Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:3, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”

 

 

 

Victoria MartinezVictoria Martinez

Room 3 Co-Teacher (Pre-Kindergarten)

Ms. Vicky started working at Eastgate Christian School in January 2017. She has her background in Psychology and in Child Development. In addition, she has over 8 years of experience working with children with special needs and, teaching in a preschool setting. What she loves about children is being a part of their growth; she enjoys encouraging the children to question their surroundings and challenging them to step outside of their comfort zone. Seeing the connection the staff has with the children and families, is what makes Ms. Vicky know that Eastgate is an amazing school to work for. On her free time, you can find Ms. Vicky anywhere playing singles in Tennis, doing charity work in Mexico, or volunteering at Juvenile Hall. Her favorite words to live by are: "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." -Mother Teresa

 

 

Ali TonnesenAli Tonnesen

Room 3 Co-Teacher (Pre-Kindergarten)

Miss Ali started at Eastgate Christian School in 2016. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Science and has been teaching since 2006. Miss Ali loves working with children because of their infectious joy, fresh perspectives, fascinations with the world and their rich imagination! Miss Ali appreciates the supportive, caring and inspiring community at Eastgate. Her passions are reading, learning, drawing, singing, playing piano, running, hiking, being outdoors and growing in her relationship with Christ!


 

 

Amy PidancetAmy Pidancet

Room 4 Co-Teacher (3 Year Olds)

Miss Amy started at Eastgate Christian School in 2009. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and has been teaching since 2009. Miss Amy is originally from Valencia, California. She loves working with children because of the opportunity of being a part of their growth and development. Miss Amy loves the Eastgate community and how it feels like a big family! “You can tell everybody cares about our job and each other. I love that we are encouraged to grow in our faith and seek God in all situations.” Her passions are teaching children, creating relationships, animals, Jesus and making the most of every moment.

 

 

 

Hillary RiveraHillary Rivera

Room 4 Co-Teacher (3 Year Olds)

Miss Hillary started at Eastgate Christian School in 2015. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development and has been teaching since 2012. Miss Hillary loves working with children because she strongly believes in the future generation. "I like having a career where I am able to impact the lives of my students and show them the love of Christ." She loves Eastgate because the Lord is at the center of all that is done at the school! Her passions are surfing, running and volunteering as a mentor for high school girls at her church. "I grew up in a Christian home and accepted Jesus at a young age. I am a lover of light and the Creator of it; I enjoy falling deeper in love with Him and all He does!"

 

 

Jennifer KillionJennifer Killion

Room 6 Teacher (Pre-Kindergarten)

Miss Jennifer started at Eastgate Christian School in 2010. She has Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and has been teaching since 2003. Miss Jennifer is originally from Shenandoah Valley, Virginia and has lived in California for over 30 years. She loves working with children because of their enthusiasm for exploring new concepts and the newness of each day. Miss Jennifer enjoys observing the learning process as it happens and the blossoming of child awareness. She loves Eastgate’s supportive staff, its open Christian environment, and the genuine kindness of Eastgate’s community of parents! Her passions are singing songs for God, playing with creative ideas, reading, experiencing new places and spending time with her grandsons.

 

 

Caroline

Miss Caroline Best

Room 7 Co-Teacher (2 Year Olds)

Miss Caroline started at Eastgate Christian School in 2016. She has Associate Degree and currently in school to finish her Bachelor Degree in Child Development. She has over 5 years of experinces as a nanny and after school tutor. She loves teaching because the children are amazing. They show her different aspects of learning. She loves seeing them reach new heights in their learning. She loves Eastgate's faith community aspect and support for its' staff. The colleagues are funny, gracious, and loving. Miss Caroline is passionate about ministering to people's hearts, painting, traveling, trying new foods and watching fireworks/stargazing. She believes that God is love and she strive to ooze His love, kindness friendship and grace in everything she does. 

 

 

Jessica SellersJessica Sellers

Room 8 Co-Teacher (2 Year Olds)

Miss Jessica started at Eastgate Christian School in 2014. She has a certification in Preschool Education and has been teaching since 2005. Miss Jessica is originally from Orange County, California. She loves working with children because she gets to show them love, watch them grow over time and accomplish goals they have set their mind to. She loves that Eastgate is a preschool but it is also a working ministry that reaches out to families and the community! Her passions are God, traveling, sports, baking, working out, sky diving and bungee jumping.

 

 

 

Maralisa

Maralisa Duquez

Room 8 Co-Teacher (2 Year Olds)

Miss Maralisa started at Eastgate Christian School in 2016. She has been a teacher since 2014. She served as a teacher support in international military base child development centers. She has Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Development. She loves teaching because it's a career of a relationship buidling. She believes that meaningful learning only takes place when strong relationships are the foundation. She also loves teaching because there's no dull moment when guiding children to explore and absorb new learning experiences. She loves Eastgate for the incredible attention they give to build a community and support for its teachers. She enjoys crafting, hiking, going to the beach and learning new skills. She strives to give the same heart, as Jesus did, in all she does.

 

 

Yolanda WoolrichYolanda Woolrich

Room 9 Co-Teacher (2 Year Olds)

Miss Yolanda started at Eastgate Christian School in 1990. She has a Certificate of Achievement in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching since 2010. Miss Yolanda is originally from Mexico and has been living in San Diego, California for 35 years. She loves working with children because they are such a gift from God and loves the Eastgate community of believers! Her passions are working with youth, spending time with her granddaughter and volunteering at The Rock Church. “I believe God has a divine and perfect plan for each of us. I have a strong faith in Jesus Christ that has only grown with the trials and joys of my adult life.”

 

 

Julia CecilJulia Cecil

Room 9 Co-Teacher (2 Year Olds)

Mrs. Julia started at Eastgate Christian School in 2014. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has homeschooled each of her five children. Mrs. Julia is originally from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico but was raised in Oakland, California. She loves working with children because she gets to facilitate the development of each child’s particular talent and gift as well as getting to partner with parents of students to provide a nurturing environment. Mrs. Julia loves that Eastgate has such a supportive and encouraging staff! Her passions are providing a positive environment for children to thrive in and being a follower of Jesus Christ. Miss Julia is also fluent in Spanish.

 

 

Joanna SeibertJoanna Seibert

Substitute Teacher

Miss Joanna started at Eastgate Christian School in 2009. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and has been teaching since 2006. Miss Joanna is originally from Lodi, California. She loves working with children because she gets to watch them grow in their development and laugh with them. Miss Joanna loves that Eastgate is a Christ-centered preschool filled with supportive, appreciative and compassionate staff! Her passions are working with children, music, spending time with family and friends, dog-sitting and traveling.

 

 

 

Claudia

Claudia Ma

Substitute Teacher

Miss Claudia started at Eastgate Christian School in 2011. She has Bachelor's Degree in English Literature and Master of Science in Special Education. She was born in China and grew up in Taiwan. She is fluent in Mandarin. Miss Caludia loves working with young children because this is the most formative years in their life. By having interaction with them everyday, she makes different in their life. She loves Eastgate because its' caring community and she feels blessed to be part of the team. Miss Claudia strives to give herself fully to love and serve the children and their family just as Jesus gave His life selflessly for our salvation. 

 

Chaoqiong (Candy) WangChaoqiong (Candy) Wang

Substitute Teacher

Miss Candy started at Eastgate Christian School in April 2017. She has Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She was born in Guang Dong, China. She has been in the United States for 8 Years. She is fluent in Mandarin. Miss Candy loves working with young children and was trained as a pre-school team leader in China. By having interaction with them everyday, she makes different in their life. She loves working at ECS because of its community and fellowship with other Christian teachers. Miss Candy strives to give herself fully to nurture, love and serve the children and their family just as Jesus gave His life selflessly for our salvation.