Debra Cunningham, Ed.D.
 Chair

 Education Department
 San Diego Christian College

 

Growing up in Southern California, I had an awareness of God but it was not until my senior year of high school that I came to understand I could have a personal relationship with the Lord through Jesus Christ. I received Christ as my Savior the day before I began college, and oh, what a journey He has taken me on! I received my Associate in Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mt. San Antonio College, a bachelor's degree in Psychology from California Baptist University, a master's degree in Christian Education from Southwestern Seminary, a California Clear Teaching Credential from Chico State University, and most recently a doctorate of education in higher education leadership from Azusa Pacific University.

My greatest joy next to knowing Jesus is being married to my husband Ken. We have two adult children, a wonderful son-in-law and three grandchildren for whom we love being Papa Red and Gramsie. After 25 years in Yuba City, CA we relocated to San Diego to assume the position of Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Liberal Studies and Teacher Credential Program. It is a privilege and honor to serve at such a godly institution.

I am passionate about education! My greatest joy comes in being able to train men and women to effectively impact and teach children and adolescents to become responsible citizens who grow and maximize their potential. Being able to incorporate a faith aspect into training others to teach brings extreme satisfaction in that I am training others to make a difference not only in this world, but also in the Kingdom of God. My life motto is characterized by three words: Union (with Christ), Transformation (by Christ), and Freedom (in Christ).


 

 


 Cheryl Myers, M.A.

 Education Department
 San Diego Christian College

 



Teaching has been a passion of mine beginning with Sunday school teaching as a teen-ager. Desiring this career path, I earned a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the King’s College in Briarcliff, New York. Since that time, I have had opportunities to teach public school music, home-school three of my four children, teach first grade, high school English, ESL to international students, and finally to teach on the college level.

The home-schooling experience took place while my husband and I were living on the Mekong River in Northeast Thailand, where we served for about 15 years as missionaries and where I discovered my second passion—linguistics. There I had the opportunity to analyze an unwritten language and to act as a consultant to other missionaries in language study. On returning to the US, I went on to get a Masters degree in Education with a concentration in TESOL from United States International University (now Alliant University).

What is amazing to me is how God has brought these two strands together to equip me for what I am doing now—teaching linguistics and teaching future teachers.  The variety of teaching experiences I have had has been great background for working with students in our Teacher Credential Program while the practical experience of working with languages makes the teaching of linguistics more than a textbook exercise. God does not waste anything

 


Jahnai Feldmann, M.A.
Credential Analyst/Fieldwork Supervisor

Education Department
San Diego Christian College

As a Chicago native, I must begin by saying what a blessing it is to be serving the Lord in Southern California! My journey in Education began with teaching my stuffed animals math problems on my little chalkboard as a child. However, when it became time to make that dream a reality, I went through my formal training at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, IL where I obtained my BA in Elementary Education and my Lutheran Educator's Certificate in 2009. After teaching First Grade at St. Peter's Lutheran School in Schaumburg for one year, I married the love of my life in 2010. My husband Christopher is a Naval Officer, and his career, along with God's path for our lives, brought us to San Diego, CA. Upon moving to San Diego, I taught First Grade again for two years at Pilgrim Lutheran School in Chula Vista, CA. During my husband's second deployment, I earned my Masters degree in Educational Leadership, and became Principal of Pilgrim Lutheran School where I served through the 2013-2014 school year.

My passion is to see teachers learn, grow, and exhibit the enthusiasm that the Lord puts in their hearts for children and education. In my role as Credential Analyst and Fieldwork Supervisor, I can now help teachers acheive the goals they set for themselves, and see to it that their experiences in their training are nothing short of rewarding and encouraging. God has put it on my heart to continue in education, and to bring His light to every interaction I have. If there is anything I've learned as a "navy wife", a teacher, a Principal, and now working in the Education Department at SDCC, it's that if your foundation is built upon the Rock...you can never lose your footing.