Staff & Board Members


Mr. Joe LoGiudice
Mr. LoGiudice became principal at CCA in 2010, after retiring from a career in operations management and admin with SoCal Edison and two medical device companies. He is a long-time elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and has nearly 40 years’ experience in Christian education as a parent and board member at four Christian schools. His daughter Brianna attended CCA from first grade and returned to teach grades 3-5 for five years. Mr. LoGiudice enjoys road trips, photography, growing things, reading, and writing; and he loves hearing the laughter of children at play and work!



Mrs. Leslie Herrema
Teacher, K-2nd  Grade
Mrs. Herrema grew up in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. She has five children, whom she homeschooled for eleven years. The youngest two attended CCA, where she began teaching nineteen years ago. Mrs. Herrema enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her eight grandchildren. Ask her former students what they remember about her class… and the list is long and happy: cursive, multiplication tables, the books of the Bible, Smarties as rewards for learning “special sounds” in phonics, memorizing long Bible passages, and more…



Miss Carrie Thibault
Teacher, 3rd-5th Grade
Music Instruction
Miss Thibault was homeschooled (K-12) through CCA and participated in the education of her younger siblings as well. After receiving a certificate in piano teaching from Fullerton Community College, she transferred to Providence Christian College in Pasadena, CA, where she majored in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in preforming arts and business. She has been teaching at CCA since 2016.







Miss Kathleen Winslow
Teacher, 6th-8th Grade
Miss Winslow attended CCA on campus (K-6) and as a homeschooler (7-8). She attended Valley Christian High School in Cerritos, CA, and graduated at the top of her class. She majored in English at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA, with minors in Education and Spanish. From an early age, she knew she wanted to teach school and dreamed of returning to CCA—which she did in 2007! She’s taught here since then, except for a two-year term as a missionary English teacher in the Czech Republic.
Mrs. Shannon Vincent
Teacher, K-2nd Grade
Mrs. Vincent went to public schools in Long Beach. She received an associate degree in early childhood education and taught for Head Start Preschools for several years. She and her husband served as foster parents for twenty years, while Mrs. Vincent homeschooled her three children. She attends Faith Presbyterian Church in Long Beach.



Mrs. Emily Safer
Art Instruction
Mrs. Safer grew up in Baptist/non-denominational churches. She attended public schools in Long Beach and Burbank and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting from Cal State University Long Beach. Mrs. Safer was introduced to Reformed doctrine/theology in college and joined Faith OPC in 2008. She works as a church secretary and began teaching art at CCA in 2017. She is married and has one child who will be starting kindergarten at CCA next fall.


Miss Charisa Dorn
Physical Education Instruction
Miss Dorn attended CCA (K-8) and went on to Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, where she was a star athlete. She is currently studying Occupational Therapy at Cal State Fullerton. She’s teaching PE at CCA and has also done tutoring and coaching at Pacific




Board of Directors

Covenant Christian Academy (CCA) was formed by parents who desired a quality Christian education for their children. It is a private, non-profit school governed by a Corporation of Christian parents and interested friends who adhere to the Westminster Standards of Faith. The Corporation elects a Board of Directors which in turn sets policies and standards for the school and oversees the administration.

  • President of the Board – Rev. David Thibault
  • Vice President – Rev. Don Buchanan
  • Treasure – David Winslow
  • Secretary  – Paul Kent

Board Members:

  • Lisa Dorn
  • Brianna Kim