Our Staff

Cathy Dobbs


Mrs. Dobbs is the Principal of Coastal Christian Academy. She has been at CCA since its beginning in the summer of 2017. She was a teacher for the first 1½ years before becoming the principal in January of 2019.

Mrs. Dobbs has worked with children for the almost 44 years, the first 16 years in a preschool setting, then in her favorite place – the world of the elementary student. She worked at Horizon Christian Academy for 24½ years as a teacher, Vice Principal and Principal. “I remember the very day, when I was only a few years out of high school, that the Lord confirmed in me that working with children was what He wanted me to do with my life. I have never turned back nor have I ever wanted to do anything else. My greatest satisfaction comes from interacting with the heart of a child and being able to encourage, guide and instruct them.”

Mrs. Dobbs has been happily married for 38 years and is the mother of 3 grown (and married) children, and the grandmother of 4 beautiful grandchildren.


Deanna Banda


Mrs. Deanna is our part-time accountant and is thrilled to be able to serve the families at CCA and be a part of the office team. She is a native San Diegan and even attended Sequoia Elementary School as a child, when her family lived in Clairemont. Deanna has worked in the banking industry as a branch manager before starting her family. She and her husband David met in high school and have been married 38 years and have 3 adult sons and one grandson.

Mrs. Deanna homeschooled all of her sons and has worked and volunteered for many homeschool organizations and ministries over the years. Most recently, she was a volunteer Speech Coach at Heritage Christian School and enjoyed working with homeschooled students to improve their communication skills and confidence in tournament competitions. Deanna loves solving jumble word puzzles and enjoys games, worship music, walking, Wheel of Fortune and spending time with her family.


Allison Burns

Office Manager

Mrs. Allison has been the Office Manager at Coastal Christian Academy since June of 2022. She is originally from Oregon but has called San Diego home since October of 2016. Before coming to CCA, she managed several apartment communities, for the last 15 years.

Mrs. Allison has been married since August 2011, and has three children. She spends lots of time with her family and church family. You will often see her with a different pair of earrings each day. Allison loves going to the beach.

Karen Campbell

Preschool Director & Teacher

Mrs. Karen is the Director of Coastal Christian Academy Preschool. She has been at CCAP since June of 2021.

Mrs. Karen has worked with children for over 10 years. She started as a teacher’s assistant at Horizon Christian Preschool. It was there that she found her love and passion for working with young children. In 2013, she returned to college to earn her units in child development and was promoted to a three-year old teacher. In the summer of 2017, Mrs. Karen accepted a position at The Lighthouse Early Childhood Center as the Lead Teacher in the Pre-Kindergarten class and as Assistant Director. She has learned so much and enjoyed the experience she has gathered these last four years.

Mrs. Karen is excited to maintain a successful program at Coastal Christian Academy Preschool, work alongside families, support children in their beginning education years, and share God’s love with them. Her favorite preschool verse is Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it”.

Mrs. Karen has been happily married for 25 years and the proud “fur mama” of two crazy boxers!


Irma Frymire

2's Preschool Teacher

Irma was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. She has lived in the Clairemont area for over twenty years with her husband and three children. Her passion is working with two year olds and teaching them about God. She loves to go for walks, while appreciating God's creation. She also enjoys art and finds it very relaxing.


Bianca Quest

3's Preschool Teacher

Ms. Bianca was born and raised in in San Diego. She graduated from California Baptist University in December 2019 with a BA in liberal studies with an emphasis in childhood education. Taking after her grandmother, Ms. Bianca’s greatest passion is mentoring and nurturing young children to be the best that they can be. Ms. Bianca operates on the tech and social media team in her church since August 2017. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, building and writing. Ms. Bianca is excited to be apart of the CCA family and all of the great things that God has in store for each and every one of her students.


Ashley Milburn

Pre-K Preschool Teacher

Ms. Ashley has lived in the greater San Diego area since the summer of 2007. After getting married and having two children, she was inspired to further her education and major in the field of child development. She obtained an Associate of Science degree in May 2019 from San Diego Mesa College. Just 15 months later, in August of 2020, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from Point Loma Nazarene University. Ms. Ashley is currently working on her Masters in Human Services and Christian Counseling at Regent University.

As a child development professional and family educator, she strives to aid in the success, positive development, and sustainability of all families regardless of background. She has been teaching since 2017 and has worked with associations including Head Start and the Mesa College Child Development Center. She has also served in executive positions in the PTA at Doris Miller Elementary School for the past 4 years.

During her time away from work, Ms. Ashley continues to work with families in the community. She volunteers at her church in Chula Vista: The Refinery and has been a teacher in the children’s ministry since January 2020.

Ms. Ashley is excited to continue teaching at Coastal Christian Academy. She looks forward to working with families and continuing to be an ambassador for Christ as she works with others in the CCA community and in San Diego.


Jennifer Hontucan

TK/K Teacher

Mrs. Hontucan teaches the Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten combination class at Coastal Christian Academy. She has worked with children in different capacities for over 25 years.

After graduating from Denison University, she started at Maranatha Chapel as a High School Counselor, and the same year became a Preschool Teacher. She enjoyed the Pre-K class so much, she decided to acquire her Teaching Credential from Point Loma Nazarene University. Over the years she has earned 18 Early Childhood Education units.

She has taught every age group from Toddlers in Preschool, to Elementary students at every grade level in both the public and Christian School settings, including Horizon Christian Academy and Maranatha Chapel.

Mrs. Hontucan enjoys spending time with her husband and three children and serves in the Children's Ministry at Horizon Christian Fellowship.


Kasie Anderson

1st/2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Anderson teaches the First/Second Grade combination class at Coastal Christian Academy.

After graduating in 2019 with her Liberal Studies degree, she continued her education at San Diego Christian College and received her teaching credential in May of 2020. As a first year teacher, she has a lot of excitement, motivation, and devotion to her first classroom.

"Ever since the 4th grade, I have known that this is what God had in store for my life. I am so blessed to finally see that dream come to fruition!"

Mrs. Anderson loves leading her young ladies Bible Study for teenagers and serving alongside her husband at their church.


Lori Smith

3rd/4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Smith is a native San Diegan and has been an elementary teacher for over ten years. She has worked in both private and public schools. She has also supported homeschool and tutoring programs. Reading and writing have become her favorite subjects to teach but she is able to teach multiple subjects at the elementary level. Currently, her passion is to see students overcome their learning challenges and to build confidence in their daily work. Being a specialized reading teacher, Lori has enjoyed seeing many students achieve success. It has been her greatest joy to share in the success of all her students and to partner with parents who support education.


Master of Education in Cross-Cultural Teaching,
National University Authorization to teach English Language Learners, National University
Certified Reading Specialist-Orton-Gillingham curriculum
B.S. Finance, San Diego State University

Bernie Decker

5th/6th Grade Teacher

Ms. Decker started teaching at Maranatha Christian Schools during the 1999-2000 school years. When the door to teach at CCA opened unexpectedly, she knew it was God’s calling. Ms. Decker received her Multiple Subject Credential at Christian Heritage College and also has her ACSI credential.

Since joining Coastal Christian Academy, Ms. Decker has taught third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. She is dedicated to children and counts it a privilege and blessing to partner with their parents to provide a Christian education.


David Hillaker

7th/8th Grade Teacher

Mr. Hillaker was born and raised in Del Mar until he was 10 years old. His family then moved to England where his father was a civilian electronics engineer working on a US Air Force base for six years. While there, he attended the City of Ely Community College and completed his ‘O’ level exams in 9 subjects. Back in the States, he graduated from Whittier Christian High School, received his Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Biola University, and then went on to receive a Masters degree in Biology from ICR. He taught at San Diego Christian College since 1997, first as a part time lab instructor, then as a full-time professor, and then as the Science Department Chair for more than 10 years. He most recently taught as an adjunct professor both at SDCC and at Southern California Seminary.

He has been married to his wife, Dianna, for over 25 years, and has one son, Daniel, who just graduated from 8th grade at Trinity Christian School, and will be attending Foothills Christian High School next Fall. David is also a member of Hill Country Community Church where he serves as an elder and usher. He also works with the T&T club in the AWANA program at Mapleview Baptist Church.


Julia DeVincenzo

PE Teacher

Mrs. Julia has volunteered at CCA for the past three years and is so excited to be able to bring back the After School Program this year!

She attended Oral Roberts University, received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree and has worked as a Registered Nurse for the past 15 years. She has always been passionate about inspiring creative and active lifestyles in youth, either by coaching elementary and middle school girls lacrosse, serving as a leader in her church's youth group during college, and now raising her children in sunny San Diego! She loves being outdoors and sharing any San Diego activity with her family and friends!


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