- Biology Olympiad - Mr. Benne
- Cappies - Mrs. Jones
- Chemistry Olympiad - Mr. Schacht
- Cyberpatriot - Mrs. Baertlein
- Math Olympiad - Mr. Cherry
- Model United Nations (MUN) - Mr. Pietrolungo
- Robotics - Mr. Rutherford
- Speech & Debate - Mr. Blanke
- Physics Olympiad - Mrs. Henry
The USA Biolympiad (USABO) biology competition for high school students enriches their life science education. It provides the curricular resources and skills training to take them beyond their classroom experience to the level of international competitiveness.
There are two rounds of challenging exams. Over six thousand students from the United States will compete in round one narrowing the field to about 10%. Following round two, twenty finalists are invited to a residential training program where they learn advanced biological concepts and exacting lab skills at the USABO National Finals. Ultimately, four students earn the right as USA Biolympiad Team to represent the USA at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO), a worldwide competition involving student teams from over seventy countries.
Mr. Bruce Benne
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9
BS in Education; Major in Secondary Education Biology, K-12 Music and Minored in Lutheran Teaching
29 years in Christian Education
The Cappies is a writing and awards program that trains high school theater and journalism students to be expert writers, critical thinkers, and leaders. Student critics vie to be published in local media outlets by attending productions at other schools and writing critical reviews. Theatre and journalism students are trained as critics and attend each other's shows. Cappies students discuss and learn about theatre production. Throughout the year, newspapers publish reviews with the students' bylines. Our team can only consist of 9 team members. Students who are interested must submit an essay on why they want on the team, then an interview will be conducted by a teacher and lead critic writer.
Mrs. Alyssa jones
Bachelors of Science Degree
Psychology: Human Development
Alyssa has performed at Disneyland in Aladdin, A MUSICAL SPECTACULAR (singer/dancer/swing), Disney’s ELECTRONICA, Regional Theater's CHORUS LINE (Bebe) at the Lewis Family Playhouse, PETER PAN (Tiger Lily), 9 TO 5 (Maria) with 3D Theatricals and WHITE CHRISTMAS (ensemble). She has also performed in National & International Tours: YOUNG AMERICANS (Germany, Luxemburg, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Japan), Dinner Theater at Traverse City, MI, DRAGON TALES LIVE (Featured dancer) with VEE Corporation, and Season 3 in YO GABBA GABBA (Toodee) on Nick Jr. Alyssa has worked with USA (United Spirit Association) for 8 years as a song/dance head instructor, assisted for 3 years on program development for summer camps, and continues to judge regional and national competitions. Alyssa has been teaching dance for over 16 years and has taught and choreographed for various studios, high school dance teams and show choirs, competitions and festivals.
The Chemistry Olympiad Team is an academic team that competes in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) competition from American Chemical Society. The first round of the competition is hosted at an off-site school in Orange County in March. The top students from the first round of competition will be selected to compete in the National Chemistry Olympiad exam in April. To be eligible for the Chemistry Olympiad Team, students must have completed or be currently enrolled in AP chemistry; additionally, students must be a U.S. citizen or in possession of a green card to be eligible for the National Chemistry Olympiad. The team is open for participation of all eligible students. Four of the team members will be selected to compete in the local section exam.
Mr. Mitch Schacht
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Biola University B.S. in Biochemistry, Tulane University M.S. in Tropical Medicine, University of California Irvine M.S. Molecular Biology
I’ve taught Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry Lab at Biola University as an adjunct professor and worked as a scribe at Los Alamitos and Lakewood Hospitals. Most recently I worked in industry at Johnson and Johnson in a chemistry and biological research capacity. This is my third year teaching at Crean Lutheran.
The Cyberpatriot team competes during the fall season in a national computer cybersecurity competition. The team attends a camp at Irvine Valley College or Coastline College during the spring to fall season to learn about cybersecurity and computer vulnerabilities using virtual operating systems (Windows, Linux, Cisco). After the college camp, the team competes in a national competition where they must surpass two rounds to compete against other nationally ranked teams. The top teams earn an all-expenses-paid trips to Maryland to compete again for national recognition and scholarship money. All students are welcome to join the Cyberpatriot team and attendance of these camps is required, but participation for the national competition is not mandatory.
Math Olympiad Team is an academic team that competes throughout the school year in various math competitions. In the fall season, our team takes part in the Math Madness event hosted by Arete Labs. This event is an online event taking place at lunchtime in the classroom once per week. Our team competes by adding its best five scores in each contest and comparing it against another school we are matched up with. After the completion of the math madness event, our math olympiad team competes individually in the American Math Competition in February. This competition is a qualifying exam for the International Math Olympiad, the most prestigious high school math competition in the world. All students interested in the math olympiad team are welcome to join, but weekly attendance is required.
Mr. Robby Cherry
"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5
Bachelors of Science Degree
Education- Instructional Leadership
8 years in education (math)
11 years in coaching (cross country and track & field)
Crean Lutheran’s Model UN Team competes in various conferences throughout Southern California. These conferences draw participants from around the world where students hone in on skills such as diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research. Before each conference, students are assigned countries and current global issues. For months they research, write, and prepare information on their assigned country’s stance on issues and how to best develop peaceful and effective solutions. Once at a conference, they compete in mock UN simulations to achieve various goals and awards. All Crean Lutheran students are welcome to join, but participation in at least two conferences a year is required.
Mr. Antonio Pietrolungo
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
B.A. in History from California State University Fresno
B.A. in Biblical Studies from Eternity Bible College
Teaching Credential- California Single Subject Social Science
Youth pastor and media director at a local church - 5 years
Abstinence and chapel speaker - 10 years
Teaching - 5 years
Robotics Team is an academic team that competes in the Vex EDR Robotics Competition which changes year to year. We have 4-5 separate teams that focus on their own robot including design, construction, programming, strategy, and driving. This is a student-directed team where students are responsible for their team's budgets and goals. Under the supervision of the Robotics coach, teams spend the fall semester designing and building a robot then focus on competing after their robot is completed. Competitions are all-day events that occur throughout the year, with the State championships occurring in February/March and the World Championships occurring in March/April. Each team competes individually at competitions with awards given for design, excellence, and competition winners. All students are welcome to join, but entrance fees and weekly attendance is required to compete.
Mr. John Rutherford
“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36
B.A. in Theology; Concordia University, Irvine
California Single Subject Teaching Credential, Art; Concordia University, Irvine
Masters Of Education; Concordia University, Irvine
5 Years in Education
Mr. Karl Blanke
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10
B.A. in Letters, University of Oklahoma
J.D., Georgetown University
University of Oklahoma
Lutheran High School of Orange County
United States Marine Corps
Private practice trial attorney
Physics Olympiad Team is an academic team that competes throughout the school year in various physics competitions. In January, our team takes part in the F=ma contest hosted by AAPT. This event is an online test which takes place after school. This test is a qualifying exam for the International Physics Olympiad which take place in the spring. All students interested in the physics olympiad team are welcome to join, but weekly attendance is required. If interested please contact Mrs. Henry at email@example.com.
Mrs. Kelsey Henry
B.S in Physical Science from Biola University
Minor in Biblical Studies from Biola University
MAED in Curriculum and Instruction from Biola University
California Teaching Credential
Honors/AP Physics Teacher at Crean