Meet our teamOur Teachers
Serena Lin obtained her M.A. degree in Marketing Education from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She has over 16 years combined teaching experience at private schools in Orange County.
An avid lifelong learner, Serena consistently attends seminars for educators for the most up-to-date training.
When not teaching, Serena loves gardening, cooking and working out with her beloved husband.
Her top source of joy at Seashore is seeing her students’ passion for learning.
Tina Yang was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Education from National University. She is a passionate, enthusiastic teacher devoted to student development.
Specializing in Mandarin Chinese bilingual education and mathematics, Tina uses interactive, multi-sensory teaching methods to focus on the individual needs of each student. She enjoys working across cultures and communicating with students and parents.
Tina has worked at Seashore for over 7 years and loves the individualized attention she is able to give each student.
Christine Riel oversees Seashore’s curriculum design. She creates engaging, hands-on games and activities for the students across grade levels to help make each lesson come alive. A credentialed CA teacher with over 20 years of classroom experience, Christine’s specialty is in science instruction. When she’s not in the classroom or out for a run, she can be found snowboarding at Mammoth or camping with her family.
Tara Byk grew up in Fountain Valley, CA, and graduated from the Pegasus School and the Orange County School of the Arts. She earned her BS in Early Childhood Education from Texas Christian University and was voted Counselor of the year. She holds an elementary teacher credential. Tara finds joy in connecting with students on a personal level and is passionate about teaching elementary students and making concepts accessible to all. When she isn’t in the classroom, Tara enjoys trying new desserts and country two-stepping.
Katie Donahue has worked at Seashore Academy in various capacities over the past seven years, from summer camp counselor to English tutor, American Sign Language instructor (ASL) and substitute teacher. After graduating from Arizona State University she has come to work full time at Seashore Academy as an ASL speciality teacher. She also excels at Art Masters and has stepped up into that role.
A native of Newport Beach, CA, Ashley West graduated from the University of Arizona and earned her California teaching credential. After teaching 5th grade at Newport Coast Elementary, Ashley craved a smaller, more intimate work setting and spent a number of years working in real estate and medical practices. Since then, she’s combined her business expertise and teaching background to become the Lead of the Newport Beach Campus.
My name is Lauren Kirschke but I go by Mrs. K. I was born and raised in Southern California and I have lived all over Los Angeles County and Orange County. I graduated from Cal State Fullerton with my BA in Early Childhood Education, my CA Credential in Early Childhood Special Education and I got my Masters in Early Childhood Special Education. I studied abroad in London and Germany and was able to teach in different classes and grade levels overseas. I met my husband in college and we got married in July of 2018. We have a son named Jaxon Stone and it is by far the best and proudest thing I have done so far. I love to go to the beach, make crafts, hang out with my family and friends in my free time.
I have been a preschool teacher for most of my teaching career and I am excited to be apart of the Seashore Academy Family.
Jordan Mori spent much of his childhood in Southern California before moving to Hawaiʻi. He graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi and obtained a degree in Kinesiology: Physical Education as well as a teaching credential. Mr. Jordan is passionate about health and physical education. In his free time, he enjoys to surf, to collect vinyl records, and to play rugby.