Meet Our Team
Our team has a heart to serve our families and community.
"For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister." Hebrews 6:10
Yanira Aguero, Director
Mrs. Aguero has been married to Carlos for 19 years and together they have two wonderful children, who she has had the privilege of homeschooling for more than eight years. She has many years of work experience in the corporate world, and had a successful business in real estate. She has a BS in Business Management from Vanguard University. One of the most wonderful gifts the Lord has bestowed upon her is the opportunity to submit to the Lord in leading Branches for more than seven years. Mrs. Aguero is passionate about homeschooling. She has a desire to serve and partner with families in their own homeschooling journey. She loves Jesus! And loves sharing Jesus with Branches' students, families and friends. . As a former Branches teacher, corporate employee Mrs. Aguero has a unique perspective
Lucy Kunstmann, Admissions Coordinator
Mrs. Kunstmann and her husband, Paul, have been married 18 years and raising their three kids (and their pup, Sunny) while attending Life Bible Fellowship. She enjoys being outdoors with her family and dog, family pizza & movie nights at home, and most recently her Bible study group with Sandals Church Azusa. Mrs. Kunstmann has trusted God and what he has in store for her and her family, and is excited for this new chapter teaching with Branches. She and her family are entering year three of homeschooling and looks forward to contributing to this wonderful homeschool community!
Miss Aleyna is a Branches alumni, class of 2023, and is excited for the opportunity to enter in her God given gifts as a Branches teacher. She is currently attending Chaffey College and will soon graduate with her associates degree in Hotel Management & Hospitality. At Church Two42, her home church, Aleyna serves as a middle school leader, regularly teaches in the children’s ministry, and is pursuing her calling into full time ministry as an intern under the leadership of the senior pastor, Craig Hamilton. Miss Aleyna has a heart for teaching and mentoring our youngest students and is thrilled to be creating a fun and kind environment for our kindergartners to learn.
Mrs. Rivera is new to our Branches team. She has been happily married to Gil for 31 years, her two daughters, Melanie and Amber, were recently married (during covid!), and she is a new grandma to little Madelyn. She just moved her youngest, Luke, into college and is so happy to join our staff. Mrs. Rivera has been a preschool, kindergarten, and third grade teacher at Christian and public schools, and has enjoyed being the long-term substitute at her children’s Christian K-8 school so that she could enjoy their experience with them. She learned about Branches from a current family this year and was happy to jump onboard! Christ is at the forefront of all she does and puts Him first above everything. She is happy all her adult children are devout and love Jesus like she does. Mrs. Rivera is active at her church with Bible studies, and she teaches Faith Formation two evenings a week. She is excited to be able to share the love of Jesus with her students.
Mrs. Carmichall has been married to her husband, Adam, for 21 years. Together they have two teenage children who have attended Branches since 2017. They attend The Solid Rock Church in Oak Hills where Mrs. Carmichall serves teaching Sunday school to the Jr High and High School youth. She has been a stay at home mom since the birth of her first child and has homeschooled both kids from Kindergarten. Mrs. Carmichall has subbed for various teachers at Branches through the years and has a heart for homeschooling. She looks forward to having a class of her own.
Mrs. Overby is a wife of 12 years and mother of three kids (8, 6 and almost 1). She is a veteran public school teacher and excited to team with the families at BHA for another year creating a community of excellence among homeschoolers. As a credentialed teacher she taught high school and middle school Mathematics and AVID. Now homeschooling her own young children, she is inspired by how their curiosity naturally integrates subject matter and catalyzes a love of learning. Working with children in various age groups has cemented the truth that you learn where you are loved. She can't wait to lean into the love of Jesus this year and grow together as scholars and image bearers.
Mrs. Jessica Wolfe has been married to Tim for 20 years, together they have 3 sons -Ethan 20, Oliver 19, and Teddy 15. As a family, they attend Church Two42. She has always enjoyed coming alongside her boys throughout their education and has found a blessed purpose in teaching at BHA while homeschooling her youngest. After 2 years of working with the admin team, Mrs. Wolfe began teaching the junior high class and this will be her 4th year with BHA Jr Highers! Mrs. Wolfe loves teaching from a biblical worldview. Her goal as a teacher is to see her students make connections to God’s workmanship in all things. She makes it a priority that her classroom is a place of growth and grace.
High School Science
Mrs. Guerin has been married to her husband, Kevin, for 16 years, together hey have three children. Suzanne and her family have faithfully attended Vantage Point Church in Eastvale and she has served as one of the Preschool-Kindergarten classroom leaders for the last 10 years. Prior to being a stay-at-home mom, Suzanne was a 7th grade Life Science and 8th grade Physical Science Teacher in the Ontario-Montclair school district for six years. She has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology from Cal Poly Pomona and a Masters in Education. Suzanne is thankful for this new opportunity to teach at Branches and she is looking forward to getting to know her students and having the freedom to teach high school students from a biblical perspective.
High School History, English & Bible
Mrs. Perez has been a classroom teacher, a college faculty member, a homeschool mom for her four sons, a curriculum writer, and a tutor for international students. She has a multi-subject MAEd., and has taught grades K-12 in four different states. Mrs. Perez strongly believes that students should know history well, and should be able to express themselves well in both speaking and writing. I Peter 3:15 urges Christians to "sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, but with gentleness and respect," To help students achieve that goal, Mrs. Perez will be teaching writing.
High School Yearbook
Mrs. Sidur is married to her high school sweetheart, Terry. They have two boys, Damon, 19 and Dean, 14 and attend Calvary Chapel Chino Hills. She has been homeschooling for 8 years, her oldest now attends Colorado Christian University. Karen attended Cal Baptist University and received her Bachelor's Degree in Education. Although she has not formally taught in the classroom, Karen has taught her kids in all subjects and has taught many co-op classes throughout the years.
Mrs. Castaneda is an enthusiastic and dedicated homeschool mom to two teenagers and one tween, and a devoted wife of 20 years to her husband Abel. She has been teaching Performing Arts for over 25 years, but has never been more happy than teaching at Branches. Mrs. C is a Screen Actor’s Guild Actress and graduate from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and believes a well-rounded education includes a hands-on opportunity of singing, dancing, acting and directing. She believes opportunities in the performing arts contribute to an individual’s self-confidence, self-awareness and personal growth. Mrs. C gives her all to her students and loves to see them take the stage and shine like the stars they are.
Mrs. Zammit has been married to her husband Joe for 15 years. She has 1 biological son, 1 adopted son (nephew), and 4 stepsons. They previously fostered 2 girls that have remained a major part of their lives as well. She has homeschooled their son, Tanner, for 8 years. Their family attends Yorba Linda Church of Christ where she and Joe originally met. Mrs. Zammit received her BS in Electrical Engineering in 2000 at Oklahoma Christian University with an emphasis in wireless communications. She also graduated from the University of Phoenix with her MBA. Mrs. Zammit initially worked in RF engineering for a cellular phone company. She continued on to a Dept of Defense contractor, providing the satellite tracking and communications for US Navy missile tests. Mrs. Zammit has enjoyed being a part of the Branches community for 5 years now, and is excited to be able to contribute back by offering a STEM course for the students.
Associated Student Body (ASB)
Mrs. Cessna and her husband, David, have been married for close to 20 years. They’ve been blessed with 3 beautiful children, Christopher, Caleb and Arabella. Her family has a heart to serve and is involved in various ministries at their home church in Chino Hills. She is grateful to have partnered with Branches through their homeschool journey and is honored to be a part of the staff. She's excited to see what the Lord has in store for Branches.
BHA Worship Team
Mr. Gruchacz (pronounced grew-house) serves as Director of Worship Ministries and leads the Young Adults Ministry at Christ Community Church in West Covina. He has been married to his wonderful wife Aryn for 8 years, and they have 3 children plus one on the way! He received a B.A. in Music and Biblical Studies from The Master’s University, and his passion is to equip and encourage others to worship God “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24), both individually and corporately. He is excited to work with Branches in preparing students to be true worshippers and faithful servants in their homes and churches.
Candice Hernandez, President
Mrs. Hernandez is a wife to her outdoor loving, hydro-electrician husband, John and mother to three wonderful children. While she has enjoyed other forms of work, being a wife, a mother, a homemaker and a home educator have been some of her greatest joys and callings. She comes to us with previous experience as a board member for Love Without Borders Inc. and has taught our 1st grade students at BHA. As a BHA and former teacher, she offers great insight and is dedicated to helping BHA thrive. She believes all children are image bearers of Christ, possessing gifts and purpose. She is excited to contribute in a new way at BHA and can't wait to see what God has in store for all who call BHA home. In her words, "May the children at Branches develop deep roots in who they are in Christ. May they grow in wisdom, stature, and academically. May they pursue that which causes their minds to soar and increases their positive impact in this dark world. In short, may their lights burn all the brighter as they walk through the halls of BHA and beyond."
Kathy Delgado, Board Member
Tim Wolfe, Treasurer
Mr. Wolfe is a husband and father of three young men. He has been married to Jessica for 20 years. He currently works at Huntington Hardware in Pomona, CA. Mr. Wolfe has a BS in chemical engineering (Cal Poly Pomona 2003) & a masters in business leadership and organization (APU 2009). He calls Grace Rancho his home church and enjoys tennis, pickle ball and friendships. His hope and prayer for joining BHA team is to help the academy thrive and come along side the families in their homeschool journey.
Summer Shaw, Secretary