This is Mr. Whitmire’s 26th year at LCS. He met his wife while teaching here. His 2 kids both attended the school. His family attends Crosspoint Baptist Church, the church that is host to LCS here on campus. “I am totally blessed to have raised my kids in this environment. Talk about a strong foundation for life! This place really does have it all!”
Mrs. Lockerbie has a long-time connection with Liberty – her husband is a graduate (Class of ’79!), and all three of her children attended from preschool through 12th grade. She has worn many hats in the school office. “I’m so excited for the changes that are taking place here at Liberty. But I also love the thing that stays the same: their commitment to the Biblical and traditional values that has made Liberty an important part of my family.”
Mrs. Perry has been a Liberty parent for 23 years and has loved working here for the last 9 years! She and her husband have had all 5 of their children attend school here. “Liberty is my second family and home away from home. The investment the staff has made into my own children’s education and lives is priceless. It has truly been a blessing to be a part of this school.”
It has been Mrs. Lapporte’s joy to teach the youngest of LCS’s elementary program for the past 9 years! Her goal is that her students will love school as they succeed academically, spiritually, socially, and physically. She has watched her own two children grow in these areas as a result of the loving teachers, solid academics, and positive environment at Liberty Christian. She considers it an honor and a blessing to be teaching at such a school with such amazing teachers and administrators! Her family attends CrossPoint Baptist Church and she loves staying active and spending time with her family and pets. “This is going to be an awesome year ahead for Liberty Christian School!”
Shirley Fero is a mom of two fantastic kids, Greg and Sarah (both of whom graduated from Liberty), and she is a pastor’s wife. She is also an alumni of Liberty and has taught for over twenty years. She has taught Kindergarten, First, and Second grades. This is her fourth year with Liberty Christian School. “I am so excited to start a new year with wonderful kids, parents and staff.”
Miss Piersma | 3rd & 4th Grade
Mrs. Davis is in her 10th year of teaching at Liberty. She has a BA in Liberal Studies and a teaching credential from Vanguard University. She loves to be a part of the students’ growth and learning that takes place on this campus every day. She attends CrossPoint with her family and enjoys spending time with her three boys.
Miss Piersma will be teaching our 3rd/4th Grade Combo Class. She has a BS in Elementary Education from CSULB. She attended Liberty way back in 2nd grade, stuck around to be a Summer in the Son Counselor for many years, and also ran our After-School Daycare program for a few years. We are excited to see her come back “home” as well, although she never really left since she worked here while she was in college.
Miss Warren | 5th & 6th Grade
Mrs. Elam | JH English, History,
Science & Life-skills
Miss Warren graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach in 2015. She has been attending Arbor Road Church in Long Beach for 5 years. “I am so excited for the opportunity Liberty has given me to teach and grow the minds of the 5th and 6th grade students this year!”
Mrs. Elam has been teaching for 35 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, and Master’s degree in Education from Biola University. She was a substitute at Liberty for two years, and this is her second year on staff. Mrs. Elam and her husband have attended CrossPoint for five years, and have two adult children – one is a Liberty graduate.
Mr. Shafik | Secondary Computer Science,
Math, & Government/Economics
Barry Fero, who is married to the 1st/2nd grade teacher Mrs. Fero, is in his fifth year here at LCHS. A graduate of Liberty University with a BS and MDiv as well as thirty additional graduate hours from National University toward an MEd. Barry has also been a pastor for over twenty-five years and is currently in his seventeenth year at Grace Baptist Church of Garden Grove. His biggest claim to fame is that he is the father of Greg Fero (LCS alum ’06) and Sarah Fero Stram (LCS alum ’11).
Mr. Shafik will be teaching in our 7-12th grades in the areas of Media, Math and Government/Economics. He has a BA in Political Science, and a BS in Computer Science from UCSD. He is a graduate of Liberty who has come “home” to us to now teach in the very place he got his education. He’s on his second year with us and we’ve loved every minute of it!
Mrs. Knowles | Athletic Director
Secondary English & History
Mrs. Knowles has been married for 20 years and has three kids, all in high school. She attended Grand Canyon University for her BA, Vanguard University for her teaching credential and her Masters Degree in Education. She has been a teaching for the past 22 years. “I love teaching and I feel that this is what God has called me to do and He is always faithful to guide me daily. I feel blessed to be a part of the LIberty Christian family.”
Mr. Naples has been part of the Liberty family for the past 8 years and graduated in 2014. “I have always seen Liberty as a home and have always planned on giving back to Liberty what they gave me, the loving community and environment that shaped me into who I am today. ”
Miss Boctor | College Advisor, ASB, Media,
Marketing Director & Event Coordinator
Miss Boctor has been a part of the Liberty family for the past 8 years. She is a 2008 Liberty Alumna who has returned every summer since her graduation to work at Summer in the Son. “Liberty has been my home for years and I’m ecstatic to be here spending every day teaching and being taught by the community we have here.”
Mrs. Piersma was born in Caracas, Venezuela and came to the U.S. to continue her teaching degree. She has an Advanced Technical Degree in Pre-school from El Colegio Universitario de Caracas. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in General Studies and a Master of Science in Teacher Education both from USC. She was first introduced to Liberty Christian School when she and her husband enrolled their first daughter in 2000. Since then her two other daughters have attended Liberty. “I am looking forward to teaching and getting to know each one of you.”
Miss Quiroga was born in Argentina. She has been attending our church, CrossPoint, for the past 2 years. She volunteers with our high school group and is committed to showing the youth group Christ whenever possible. She graduated from Newbridge College in 2014 and has been a great addition to our team this year.
Mr. Burkholder attended Liberty Christian since Kindergarten and so this school is really his second home. He graduated in the class of 2012 and went on to pursue a Psychology degree, attending Liberty University for 2 years and then transferring over to Grand Canyon University to finish his degree. “It’s truly a blessing to be back here on the school’s campus, teaching 9th & 10th grade Bible while serving on staff here at CrossPoint Church as the student ministry leader.”
Miss Piersma graduated from Liberty in 2014 and is currently attending Cal State Long Beach to graduate with a degree in business and photography. “I love the fact that Liberty is a sanctuary for students and parents to come into. We get to connect and build life with them and that is something special that sets us apart from other schools.”
Mr. Nydegger received his BA in Drama from the University of Washington in 2001 and has been performing, directing and teaching drama for almost 28 years. He moved here in 2014 with his wife Kathy and attends our church CrossPoint. We are excited to have Mr. Nydegger be a part of our Liberty team.