Heart Academy Teachers

Rosi Adams:
Rosi Adams: Mrs. Rosi Adams has been blessed with three precious children, ranging from 18 to 26 years old, whom she homeschooled from preschool to High School, a total of 20+ years. She teaches Spanish, both group and private tutoring, from her home and has been teaching Spanish at Heart Academy for the last 13 years. In addition, she has taught Sunday school, Kids Club, VBS in Mexico Mission Trips with Amor Ministries. Born in Acapulco and raised in Mexico City, Rosi is a native Spanish speaker, graduated from the Instituto Politecnico Nacional, ESCA, as a Certified Public Accountant in Mexico City. She is self-employed and translates official documents from Spanish to English and vice-versa. In her spare time, she enjoys studying the Bible, exercising, and relaxing to a great movie with the man God brought into her life, Dale.
Chris Adams:
A recent graduate from San Jose State University School of Music and Dance, Christopher Adams is a local classical guitarist, arranger, general music instructor, Simply Music instructor, Heart Alumni, and a former homeschooler. Having experience in many different ensemble settings, Christopher has had the pleasure of successfully organizing and performing with various ensembles including show choirs, orchestras, concert bands, and other various university level ensembles. With extensive teaching experience, Christopher has been an active teacher in various subjects for over 6 years. His background in instrumental training allows him to be fluent in teaching the basics for woodwinds, strings, percussion, choral, and keyboard instruments as well as some experience with mixing and sound. As a dancer, he has formally studied Ballroom and Latin dance at SJSU through various classes and has even competed in intercollegiate competitions against Cal Poly, Stanford, Cal Berkeley, and more. He continues to study with Dancesport (SJSU’s competitive dance team) and their coaches.
Bernie Ashby:
Bernie Ashby has been a home school mom for the past 9 years. She currently also runs a private piano studio of about 40 students. She graduated from San Jose State with a B.S. in Health Education, California Teaching Credential and a Masters of Arts in Education. In addition, she has a Masters of Arts in Religion with an emphasis in Missions from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and has taught on the college level. She is gifted in the areas of Helps, Teaching and Administration. In all that she teaches, her goal is for her students to love to learn. The best way to contact Mrs. Ashby is via email m-bashby@sbcglobal.net. Bernadette Ashby is a successful serial entrepreneur. She is a veteran homeschool mom committed to passing on the entrepreneurial mindset to the next generation of Christian families.
Laura Ball:
Laura Ball’s goal is to serve the Lord, and others, as He calls, and to encourage others as they do the same. Her heart is to meet each student where they are, and help them to progress and discover their God-given abilities through training and encouragement. She has graduated her daughter whom she homeschooled thirteen years, and has taught writing, social studies and science in various homeschool enrichment programs and co-ops over the past 14 years. She is committed to teaching all subjects in light of the authority of God’s Word.
Denise Boiko:
Denise Boiko With a BS in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Mary’s University and an almost lifelong interest in writing, Denise Boiko has strong interests in both of these areas. After working as a clinical laboratory scientist in a hospital lab and then as a product development scientist for SmithKline Diagnostics, Denise became a full time homeschool mom during her children’s years of schooling. For the past 11 years, she has taught writing, biology, and literature classes at sites such as HEART Academy in San Jose, Crossroads Enrichment Center in San Mateo, individual homes, and private tutoring settings. Denise Boiko wants to use her interests and background to help students appreciate the beauty and orderliness of God’s creation, and also to encourage them to use the written word as a way to minister to others and to share God’s truths. Her interest in writing has resulted in publication of short stories, articles, a poem, and a 400-page book on college preparation for homeschoolers. Homeschooled and Headed for College: Your Road Map for a Successful Journey walks parents and students through the often-perplexing path to college admissions. Denise and her husband Ron have attended Calvary Church, Los Gatos for 32 years. They are the parents of two students homeschooled from K-12. Julie received a BS and MS in Biology from Stanford and an MD from the University of Pittsburgh and is a pediatrics resident at UCSF. Steve received a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from USC and is employed in the field of data analytics in the tech industry in Silicon Valley.
Terri Chatsinchai:
I was born with fluid in both ears. Due to an illness at age 3-4, fluid was not detected in the ears until age 4. This created the journey from a mild loss to deafness as I am now. Although I’m deaf, I use a hearing aid plus a cochlear implant to help me understand people around me. I began my knowledge of signing at the age of 25. I was involved in the Deaf Ministry at Crossroads for about 5 years. We interpreted the hearing plays for Christmas and Easter. Later, my husband and I adopted two children of which our older child, a girl, was born to a deaf young lady who wanted her daughter to learn to sign. For the past 10 years, I have been teaching signing to my family and other families through homeschooling mainly at my home or other homeschool homes. Most of my classes continue their journey for as long as three years. This year it went to four years which included a play about “Brave Queen Esther” with the students desiring to learn more or to be more involved with ASL ongoing.
Gail Efting:
Gail Efting’s purpose is to live each day as unto the Lord, doing the works He has prepared for her, in the light of God’s Word. Her mission is to encourage others to consistently apply God’s Truth to every aspect of everyday life. She has served as a Bible teacher and Biblical counselor for many years, including serving as librarian for the Theological Library at PBC, Palo Alto, and host of Bible Dig for over 25 years. Her BALM (Biblical Application to Life Management skills) class is an outgrowth of this mission. Mrs Efting has taught at all levels, in Christian private school settings and homeschool Enrichment classes, as well as college classrooms and corporate boardrooms. She has been a speaker for CHEA, SCOPE and other homeschooling organizations, and is a regular speaker for local homeschooling groups. The Eftings educated their own children at home, through High School.
Gail Efting has offered regular help and encouragement to Christian homeschooling families for over 30 years, including serving as The King’s Academy’s PSP Curriculum Coordinator (16 y), and Director of the TKA Enrichment Program (20+ y). She served on the advisory council for HEART ACADEMY during its formative years and co-created Crossroads Enrichment Center, a collaborative homeschooling community in San Mateo County. Gail also currently serves on the Boards of Crossroads Enrichment Center and Rebuild South Sudan, a ministry improving education in Africa. Mrs. Efting has taught the BALM class, in various forms, for over 25 years.
Sandi Gonzalez:
Sandi Gonzalez has had many roles, but her favorite is mom to four daughters, (ages 14, 17, 20, 21) and one son (age 12), three of whom she homeschools, and all of whom have been involved in the performing arts of music, theater, dance, and stagecraft. Having studied dance as a child with an emphasis on tap, Sandi returned to it a few years ago when her children expressed interest in music, then theater and dance, and has performed as a tap and jazz dancer with Ohlone College. She has also worked with Stage 1 Theatre in Newark, performing in such shows as Cinderella, Titanic and AIDA and working behind the scenes as an assistant choreographer, co-producer, and properties designer on various other productions and has taught dance classes for varying ages with the City of Fremont’s recreation department. She currently serves as a dance instructor at Starlight Studios in Tracy where she teaches beginning to advanced and adult tap classes, musical theatre classes, and preschool tap and ballet combination classes. Three of her children take classes of every style and her eldest daughter teaches piano and voice there. An ongoing learner, Sandi is taking jazz and ballet classes with the studio. She also has the privilege of being a choreographer with HEART’s Youth Theater Project, which allows students to perform theatre in a Christ-centered environment. The first show she choreographed for YTP was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2014. She has gone on to choreograph YTP’s productions of Singin’ in the Rain, Seussical Jr., The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Mary Poppins, Honk! Jr., Into the Woods Jr. and Wizard of Oz. One of her favorite aspects is seeing students’ growth in character, skill and confidence as God uses and grows each one. As she combines her passions for teaching and dance at YTP, she is excited to do the same for the Worship Dance class at HEART where the focus is bringing glory to God through the art of various dance styles.
Audrie Haynes:
Audrie Haynes is a wife and a mother of two young children. She is currently a stay-at-home mother; a worship leader and children’s church teacher at Calvary Temple Church in Campbell.

Previously, Audrie Haynes earned her B.A. Degree in Creative Arts, from San Jose State University. For two years she studied vocal performance with Professor Erie Mills; SJSU Concert Choir with Professor Elena Sharkova, and SJSU Gospel Choir with Virginia Roberts of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She learned to sing songs in multiple languages including, Russian, Latin, German, French, and Italian; and performed with orchestras, bands, pianists and a’ cappella. She gained many vocal skills and expanded her range from a natural mezzo-soprano to include alto and soprano ranges as well.

Audrie has performed at weddings, funerals, ceremonies, cathedrals, universities, theaters, auditions, contests and other events. Some of her most memorable performances were: Calvary Chapel San Jose “Worship Showcase”; “Hurt” by Christina Aguilera – Shoreline Amphitheater stage at the Google Picnic; “My Help (Cometh From the Lord)” by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir – SJSU Gospel Choir; “At Last” by Etta James – weddings; “O Holy Night” by Celine Dion – which won her a Vocal Music Scholarship from SJSU Music Department. While all of these performances were very memorable, nothing compares to the honor of being a volunteer worship leader at Calvary Temple church for the past two decades, and singing special songs at various churches to bring honor to God.

YingYang (Sunny) Huang:
Mrs. Sunny Huang was born in Canton, China. When she was 13 years old, she started to learn traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting from Master Huang Tang for ten years. She followed Master Huang, visited many famous natural attractions in China, practiced water washed ink landscape painting there. Sunny has a passion for learning, sharing and teaching traditional calligraphy and painting. After she arrived in US, God opened the door for Mrs. Huang. She became a member of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Lingnan Association, transporting her art between Canton and America. Because she enjoyed studying Chinese culture, she started her new journey teaching Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, and traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting at local Chinese schools. She served as a judge for the Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Association of Northern California Chinese School, and she is a volunteer coordinator for the Chinese language and culture program in Noble Library, San Jose. She has been invited to several presentations for calligraphy and painting at several Bay Area high schools. In past summer, she taught traditional calligraphy and painting at Columbia Middle School in Sunnyvale, which is run by the Start Talk Program of Stanford University. She has three children ages 12 to 18 years old, and she has been a homeschool mom for 6 years.
Rachel Ku:
Rachel Ku Although she has now lived exactly half of her life in San Jose, CA, Rachel still feels like “a pilgrim and stranger” not just on earth, but also in California. She grew up on the Maryland side of the Washington DC area, and still feels rooted by family on the East Coast. But when she was in college in Philadelphia, Moore College of Art and Design, she met her husband John. As a mechanical engineer, he quickly got a job in the Bay Area and this branch of the Ku family became West Coasters. Rachel finished her BFA degree in Textile Design at the California College of the Arts, and then started her full time job of raising 3 sons, now 12, 14, and 16 years old. When the boys started school, she poured her creative energy into the little neighborhood elementary school where she and John started Art and Music programs.Then after saying repeatedly that she would never homeschool, God (probably with laughter) led she and John into the real pilgrim life, Christian homeschooling. Committed to homeschooling all three boys through
high school, she has been classically educating with Classical Conversations for the last 7 years. This has given her opportunity to be trained in the Classical model, to train others, teach English grammar and writing in a group environment, and be a keynote speaker at practicums that teach families about Classical Education. In the last 2 years, she has taught full day classes that focus on using the Classical tools of learning on all subjects, integrating them to one another and back to God, discovering more and more of Him.
Rhonda Perry:
Rhonda Perry auditioned for her first show at San Jose Children’s Musical Theater when she was 6 and has been smitten with theatre ever since. Growing up, she performed in numerous school productions, her favorites being Anything Goes, Our Miss Brooks, Tumbleweeds, and Bus Stop. She has also performed with Sunnyvale Community Players (Brigadoon, Carousel), West Valley Light Opera (The Merry Widow), and worked backstage as a tech/dresser at Great America (It’s Magic, Fire & Ice, Ice Adventure, Hot Hits, and others). She studied Theatre Arts at UC Irvine (participating in Three Penny Opera, The Cherry Orchard, and others) and has an M.A. in English Literature from SJSU. She is now a homeschool mom to two amazing children and, after a long hiatus from all things theatre, is thrilled to be able to return to her passion and honored to serve the students and families at HEART as Director and Drama Teacher.
Greg Reitinger:
Greg Reitinger has worked 38+ years as an engineer at Lockheed Martin. He has worked in a wide range of engineering areas including: Missile Dynamics Engineer, Post-flight Analysis Engineering Lead, System Engineer Lead, System Engineering Manager, and Quality Engineering Management. Greg has been active in Boy Scouts Of America as an adult leader for the 7+ years in Troop 286. Greg is currently serving as an Assistant Scout Master- Scout Leader Coach, in BSA Troop 286, leading adult leaders and mentoring youth. He is a BSA Merit Badge Counselor for Engineering, Woodworking, Fishing, Camping, and Cooking. Greg has assisted his wife Laurie, in homeschooling his son, Jonny through 9th grade. Jonny started attending The King’s Academy (TKA) in Sunnyvale in his 10th grade year. Greg has a passion for showing youth the beauty of God’s creation in nature and developing their ability to apply their own creative talents and gifts. Greg has also served as an adult leader on the TKA Tecate Mexico home building service trips starting in 2017.

Greg holds a BS in Industrial Management from San Jose State University, School of Engineering. Greg also has two older sons, Joseph and Gregory, both in living and working in the Bay Area. Greg, Laurie and son, Jonny, attend St. Christopher Church in San Jose. Greg loves woodworking, fishing, camping, and backpacking.

Laurie Reitinger:
Laurie Reitinger was a “rocket scientist” before homeschooling her son. She and her husband are both engineers, and they homeschooled their son, Jonny through 9th grade. He started attending The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale in 10th grade. Some of her favorite subjects to teach were math and science. She has a passion for showing how science confirms God’s creation and is not contradictory with it and for getting students excited about seeing how science explains the wonder of God’s creation. She also loves numbers and solving math problems. While homeschooling, Laurie taught Science and Art to K-4th graders in a homeschool co-op one year, led park days and presentations with a homeschool group for five years, co-led a Science Book Club one year where kids read biographies and discussed the achievements and world views of scientist inventors and did related experiments, helped the kids enter a science fair, was a leader at several VBS clubs – one as Science Experiment Lead, led a LEGO camp with pulleys, levers, gears, and wheels. She has also worked with youth as a counselor with the Junior High group at church, teaching Sunday School, coaching at homeschool sports days, and is a Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts. She is also a proctor for the Iowa Basic and Terra Nova standardized tests.
Laurie holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. After graduating from Stanford, she worked for 2-1/2 years at a small start up solar engineering company and then worked for 17 years at Lockheed Martin as a Thermodynamics Engineer, Flight Sciences Engineering Manager, Systems Engineering Manager, and Propulsion Engineering Manager (hence, “rocket scientist”) before retiring to homeschool her son. She also holds a Professional Engineer license in CA. She has designed and signed off on all the drawings of their own house remodel and at one time wanted to be an architect.

Laurie also has two older stepsons in the Bay Area. One son is married and has a 3 year old – so Laurie and her husband, Greg, are grandparents! Laurie loves cooking, gardening, designing and planning, swimming, yoga, working out, hiking, camping (or glamping), boating, reading, sewing, art, and spending time with family.

Warren Shimada:
Warren Shimada has 16 years experience coaching both boys and girls in fundamental and strategic basketball skills from ages 8-18 years old. God has blessed me with the passion of coaching basketball in a way that honors Him. My coaching philosophy is based on encouragement, one-on-one coaching techniques, repetitive skills development and sharing how God’s Word relates to the game of basketball and our lives as servants for Him. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Ministry has taught me about “transformational coaching” vs “transactional coaching”. God has led me down the road to be a “transformational coach” who focuses on the player and how they apply the lessons in playing the game of basketball with Bible. I am blessed to be an ambassador of God who can share how their life experiences will allow them to grow in their relationship with the Lord. Here are some of the programs that I have been involved with:
 Founder and head coach for Christian Home School Basketball program called Navigators Basketball for boys & girls 6th-12th (2013-present)
 Head Coach for The King’s Academy High School Girls JV Basketball Team (2013-present)
 Head Coach for Girls JV Club Basketball Foothill College Spring League (2015-Present),
 Head Coach for Private Basketball Classes in the home school community (2014-present)
 Private Basketball Coach to train players in fundamental techniques specializing in shooting and private group basketball classes for boys and girls ages 5-18 years. (2014 – present)
 Head Coach for basketball classes at HEART Academy (home school co-op) (2013-present)
 Coached BASIC Sports Basketball Program (2010-2012)
 Tri-City Basketball Youth Group Coach for girls 5th-8th and boys 6th-12th (2009-2016),
 Tri-City Basketball Youth Group Assistant Basketball Commissioner (2012-2014)
 Cupertino Hoops Boys 678 Division (2013-2015)
 Sacramento Japanese Youth Basketball League (1982-1985)

Warren Shimada has 26 years in personal finance background: Personal finance applications such as Quicken, Quicken Estate Planning, Microsoft Money and Turbo Tax. Personal finance mentor and teacher specializing in teaching life skills in the area of savings, investing (stock market and real estate), budgeting, credit/debt management, insurance, consumer awareness, bargain shopping, at home businesses for income, taxes, retirement and tithing and selling on eBay and Craigslist.
 Personal Finance Instructor (Dave Ramsey Curriculum) (2015-Present)
 Founder and director of a Non-Profit 501c(3) organization (200-Present)
 Completed two-year InvestTools PhD Options Trading Program (2007-2009)
 Independent Systems Engineer Consultant (2004-2006)
 Software Engineer at Lam Research (2001-2004)
 Systems Engineer/Project Manager at FMC Corporation/United Defense/BAE Systems (1989-2001)
 M.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1997
 B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from Cal Poly-SLO in 1989

Anne Teagarden:
Anne Teagarden has a degree in psychology and elementary education. She has taught 4th grade in the past and homeschools her two children. She has facilitated a Middle School Book Club in the past. Her happy place is snuggled up to one of her children reading an exciting book.
Susan Watanabe:
Susan Watanabe, your instructor for World Views of the Western World, has taught the course in a formal classroom setting since 2008. Her passion for the subject was ignited when she first taught the series from 2003 to 2006 to a group of homeschooled students, including one of her daughters. Susan recognized the tremendous potential these courses have for equipping students with the strong reasoning abilities and information to share and to stand strong in their faith after high school. Susan homeschooled both daughters from preschool through high school, and now they are college graduates, one from Santa Clara University and the other from the Academy of Art in San Francisco.In addition to her passion for world views, Susan enjoys math, and has been tutoring and teaching the subject in classroom settings since 2005. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly.
Julie Velasquez:
Julie Velasquez has been married for 27 years and has 5 children ranging in age from 11- 22 and has been homeschooling for 17 years. She has a B.S. Degree from Cal State Hayward in Bus. Admin/Production and Operations Management and worked for Westinghouse and Amdahl as a production planning engineer before staying home. Julie and her husband, Frank, have been involved in church ministry for over 25 years. They have worked with various ministries during that time including, high school, college, newlyweds, young marrieds, nursery and AWANAS. Frank has served as the president for CAA (Christian Athletic Association) a Christian recreational soccer league, and is currently assistant coach for the CAA Competitive soccer team.

Currently, SBN (Sah Bu Nim) Julie is a head instructor with Hillside Martial Arts, a program residing at her church, Hillside Church, which was started by her son Nathan, who is also a 4th degree black belt. She is also a senior instructor for Master Jeff King. She has trained with Master King for the last 15+ years. She is a 4th degree black belt, certified through the Kukkiwon(the world headquarters of TaeKwonDo) and has been teaching for Master King for 10 years. She has taught classes for children through adults and from white belt to black belt. She believes that everyone regardless of their physical abilities are capable of learning to defend themselves. Her goal is to help your children learn not only to defend themselves but build their self-confidence and character while having fun!

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