K4: Amanda Back
Amanda was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. She started attending an area church at a young age after an invitation was given to her and her family. Every week, the church bus would pick her and her brothers up for Sunday School. That is where she was introduced to and accepted Jesus. In 1999, she began attending Calvary Chapel and in 2008 she and her husband enrolled their children in the Calvary Homeschool Co-Op. It was there, that they became more involved in Children’s Ministry events. Amanda would later be hired as the West Campus Children’s Ministry Director and that would open a door to teaching at CCCS.
Education: Diploma, Catalina High School
Favorite scripture: Matthew 11:28, Phil 4:9, John 16:33
Hobbies: Reading, Watching Movies, Thrifting
Kindergarten: Allicia O'Campo
Allicia was born and raised in a Christian home. She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior when she was 16. In December 1996 Allicia married her best friend and high school sweetheart, John. Allicia and John have a son who attends Calvary Middle School. In her spare time Allicia enjoys working at her church, being a youth sponsor, singing on the praise team, and teaching 3rd/4th graders every Sunday. Allicia has been an educator for 18 yrs. She has taught at Calvary Chapel Christian School as a kindergarten teacher for five of those years. Teaching at Calvary has been both a blessing and a humbling experience. Instructing and motivating students in who God is has made memorable moments. She is looking forward to being part of your child’s early academic years. To say she is excited for this school year would be putting it mildly. Go Warriors!
Education: University of Arizona 2003, Bachelor’s
Favorite scripture: Psalm 91:1-2 (but really all of it).
Favorite books: Prince Warrior series by Priscilla Schreier, the Bible
Traveled: Hawaii, California, New Mexico, and Texas
Hobbies: Reading, Exercising, Gardening, Traveling, family time, coaching
1st Grade: Elle Brewer
Elle is a warrior in God’s army. She was raised in a God-loving family and was baptized at the age of eight. Although Elle has been teaching Sunday school since she was a preteen, she began formally teaching in 2002 at a small Christian school in Honolulu. Since then she has taught preschool through fifth grades, some college, as well as private tutoring of all ages. She had the blessed opportunity to live in Japan for four years, during which time she taught English at several Japanese kindergartens, hosted dozens of Japanese teenagers in her home, sharing the Gospel, Christian traditions, and American culture. Elle also ran her own English school for Japanese adults. The Lord called her very clearly to Calvary Chapel Tucson in July 2023, and she is excited to co-labor with Him here!
Education: BS in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Texas A&M University — Commerce
Favorite Verses: Romans 5:3-5
Favorite Books: Night by Elie Wiesel, books by Dee Henderson, Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
Hobbies: Music; creating - signs, shirts, cups; spending time with my family and Layla June, my sheepadoodle puppy; travel; learning new languages; essential oils and homeopathy
3rd Grade: Jonathan Urbalejo
My name is Jonathan Urbalejo and I am the third-grade teacher at CCCS. I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2001 with a degree in Elementary Education. I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home. My father and mother were a reflection of CHRIST and an example to me of HIS love. At a tender age I knew that I desperately needed a SAVIOR and I accepted JESUS. My wife Carrie and I have been married for going on 16 years and we have precious daughter named Emily. About two years ago I felt led to come to CCCS. After much prayer and consideration the good LORD opened the doors for my wife and I to come work at CCCS. My life verse is 2 Corinthians 4:7-12. No matter what has happened or will happen in life I know that my FATHER will be with me. With this knowledge in hand I take peace and comfort.
4th Grade: Roberta Beitel
My husband and I are native Tucsonans who met at church as single adults. We have 2 children who are the joys of our life and a Schnauzer we adore! I was born and raised in church and accepted Christ at the age of 6. I am very thankful for my strong Christian upbringing and parents who were amazing examples of how to love and serve God. I pursued non-educational careers that involved working with children and families, but always had a tug at my heart to be a teacher. God provided for me to see this desire come true in 2017 and this is my 4th year teaching at CCCS.
Education: BS in Family/Consumer Resources, University of Arizona, Arizona State Teaching Certificate, AA in Biblical Studies
Favorite Verses: Matthew 6:33. KJV: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
Favorite Books: Philippians; Anne of Green Gables; Lysa TerKeurst books
Hobbies: Spending time with family; watching movies and sporting events; scrapbooking; working in children’s ministries at my church
5th Grade: Carrie Urbalejo
Carrie grew up in Michigan and accepted Christ as her Savior while attending Northern Michigan University during the summer of 1995. She has volunteered during VBS and is a Sunday morning greeter in children’s ministries. Carrie graduated from the Northern Michigan University in 1996 with a degree in zoology but did not go directly into education.
After 18 years in public education, she was led by the Lord to a position at Calvary Chapel Christian School. Carrie is married to Jonathan Urbalejo, a 3rd grade teacher at CCCS. They have been married for almost 16 years and have one daughter Emily. Her favorite verse is Ecclesiastes 3. In her free time, Carrie enjoys reading, sewing, baking, and spending time with her family.