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.
Jessie grew up in Bakersfield, CA and earned her BA in Studio Art
from Cal State Bakersfield. She later earned an MA in Philosophy from the Talbot School of Theology.
Jessie has 5 years of teaching experience at various levels from Kindergarten through 12th grade in English literature, grammar, writing, logic and art.
Jessie is married to Scott Slupik, who was homeschooled by his father Dr. Christopher Slupik, a retired Philosophy Professor. Dr. Slupik was highly influential in her life during and after earning her graduate degree. He is an expert on the philosophy of education, religion, politics, and ethics.
In her free time, Jessie likes to work on various art projects, and watch movies and play games with her husband and friends.
Lois Thall brings over 20 years of experience of teaching at private schools in CA. A passionate educator with a nurturing soul, Lois loves working with children. Born and raised on the East Coast, Lois earned her Education degree from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. When not teaching, she enjoys camping with her husband, traveling, reading, taking long walks and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
According to Lois, the best part of teaching at Seashore is the freedom she has to create engaging lessons that will facilitate growth and learning. She looks forward to many more years of teaching at Seashore.
Born in Poland, Agnes moved to Berlin at the age of 6, and lived there until she was 14 before moving to Southern California with her family. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Environmental Studies and earned her master’s and elementary teaching credential from Bethany University in Santa Cruz. She has experience as a preschool director, a coach at a gymnastics school, and as a second, third, fourth, and fifth grade teacher at Morgan Hill Unified School District.
After nine years in a traditional school classroom, Agnes decided to stay home her two boys. Now, she and her boys are excited to join the Seashore community.
Yoselin graduated from UC Irvine with a Bachelors in International Studies. Fluent in both Spanish and English, Yoselin is also a brilliant mathematician, and excels at breaking complex algebraic equations down into bite-sized chunks.
One of Yoselin’s true joys is getting to witness her students becoming just as passionate about mathematics as she is. She love teaching at Seashore because the close-knit community allows her to build strong relationships with both the students, parents and staff.
An Orange County native, Yoselin enjoys spending time with her family and dogs as well as practicing calligraphy and coloring.
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 Daniel Mark. I was born and raised in Minnesota, but I have traveled the world and had a life full of exciting adventures. I studied Russian and History at Bowdoin College in Maine (B.A. 2009). After graduation, I moved to Moscow, Russia where I worked as a translator and English teacher until 2013. In Moscow I met my future wife (she is Russian) and we now have two wonderful children. Our adventures have continued since returning to the United States. I completed an MA in History at Indiana University (2015), and I later worked in Washington DC and for the Los Angeles City government.
Teaching is what I love and find most fulfilling. I recently completed a Teacher Credential program at Vanguard University (2018), and I am so excited to apply my training and experience in the service of a new generation of scholars. Seashore Academy offers a great academic program and I am honored to be a part of it.
When I’m not busy working or chasing our toddlers around the park, I try to find time for hobbies. I like to read, draw, and play sports. I have played ice hockey for most of my life—including in Russia. I also love hiking and surfing, even though I’m not very good at it!
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.
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.
Having grown up in Argentina, Mr. Mike is fluent in Spanish and adept at the guitar. His specialty, however, is in teaching math & science: not only does he have an advanced degree in applied mathematics, but is also a stand-up comedian. His passion is in making learning fun, relevant and accessible to all. He engages his students in humor; from drawing cartoons to cracking jokes at the whiteboard, Mr. Mike actively pursues making learning come alive.
Jay Rohnke is a credentialed teacher specializing in middle and high school students. After serving our country in the US Marine Corps for 8 years, he worked as a Sales Manager in the Tech Industry and then took his talents to Orange County Department of Education for 5 years in a variety of roles before joining Seashore Academy as Operations Director.