Elementary School & Middle School Teachers

Monica Roberts

Monica Roberts

Kindergarten Teacher

Master of Science in Education | California State University

Bachelor of Science in Child/Adolescent Studies

Mrs. Roberts has been teaching at ICS since 2006 and currently teaches our Kindergarten students. She holds a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in literacy from California State University Fullerton, a Bachelor of Science in Child/Adolescent Studies, in addition to multiple subject credentials with C.L.A.D emphasis (Cross cultural, Language and Academic Development). Ms. Roberts additionally is a Reading Specialist at California State University of Fullerton.

She is an avid hiker and U2 enthusiast. Mrs. Roberts has hiked California’s third highest peak, White Mountain which has an elevation of 14,252 feet! She has three grown children and two grandchildren.

Carol Lancaster

Carol Lancaster

First Grade Teacher

Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education | California State University Fullerton

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education | Cedarville College Ohio

Ms. Lancaster has been teaching at ICS since 1985. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Lancaster proudly shares she grew up in a Christian home that provided her the Christ-centered foundation that has guided her life. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Cedarville College in Ohio and a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from California State University Fullerton. Her educational career has provided her the opportunity to teach 4th grade in Florida, 1st grade in Ohio, a 3 and 4th grade combo class in Indiana and the 1st grade at ICS since joining the team in 1985. Ms. Lancaster has traveled to all 50 states and collected postcards from around the world.

Lauren Bakuwel

Lauren Bakuwel

Second Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Arts Degree | Azusa Pacific University

Mrs. Bakuwel has been teaching at ICS since 2015 and knows first-hand the benefits of a Christian education. She grew up in Christian schools from preschool through college. Mrs. Bakuwel received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Azusa Pacific University and her California teaching credential from Vanguard University. She is proud to share she has experience in the classroom with grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. She is delighted to be sharing her love of Jesus and education with the students of ICS. When she is not at school or church, she spends time with her husband, two dogs, friends and family.

Christy Taminich

Christy Taminich

Third Grade Teacher

Masters Degree in Education | Regent University

Bachelor of Arts in Communication | Master’s University

Mrs. Taminich has been teaching at ICS since 2018 and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The Master’s University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Regent University. Mrs. Taminich believes in Christian education and is delighted to share her daughter attends ICS. Additionally, she and her family attend Cornerstone Church in Anaheim—ICS’s support church! A talented asset to the ICS team, Mrs. Taminich enjoys playing piano and singing.

Taylor Clutter

Taylor Clutter

Fourth & Fifth Grade Combo Teacher

Bachelor’s Degree | Biola University

Miss Clutter is very special to ICS—she is a former student! She has been teaching at ICS since 2018. She received her undergraduate degree with her educational credential from Biola University. Upon graduating, Miss Clutter went to worked as a middle school teacher at the Whittier City School District. She was delighted when God provided her the opportunity to return to her Alma Mater and serve Him with her gifts. Miss Clutter shares that she loves cooking and baking and is confident she can make anything well with a recipe!

Karen Monarres

Karen Monarres

Sixth, Seventh & Eighth Grade Teacher

Bachelor’s Degree |
Teaching Credential | California State University Fullerton

Mrs. Monarres has been teaching at ICS since 2006 and is proud that her two children graduated from ICS. She received her teaching credential from California State University Fullerton and began her teaching career at Creekside teaching sixth grade. An experienced educator, Mrs. Monarres has taught fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade at ICS. She is proud to share she has been married for 25 years and enjoys sewing, cooking and baking—especially decorative wedding cakes!

Jennifer Baca

Jennifer Baca

Seventh & Eighth Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics | California State University Fullerton.

Mrs. Baca has been an educator since 2008. She joined the ICS team in 2014 teaching seventh and eighth grades. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and single subject credential in mathematics from California State University Fullerton. Mrs. Baca is the kid’s worship leader for ICS’s support church, Cornerstone Church. Praise and worship are her passion and she loves that the Lord has blessed her with the ability to write kids worship music.

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