About JCS Manzanita

Discover JCS Manzanita

Our Vision & Mission

JCS Manzanita values the individual, guiding each learner along an educational journey toward a meaningful life.

JCS Manzanita partners with learners, families and communities in a personalized learning program that embraces innovative educational opportunities, practices habits of success, and builds a confident culture of lifelong learners.


Julian Charter School is the first school I ever felt like I fit in. I love my teachers and the other kids are all nice.

Sam O. JCS 4th Grade Student

JCS Home Study has allowed me the flexibility to educate my own child while providing me with all the resources to be successful!

Megan G. JCS Home Study Parent

We are a success story, and it wouldn’t have happened without Julian Charter School.

Shelley C. JCS HOme Study Parent

You’re never going to find friendships at a (traditional) public school like you will here.

Peyton K. JCS High School Student

A Better Way to Learn and Thrive

At JCS Manzanita, we challenge every child to learn more, live more, and be more.

Our Administration

Sheryl McKay


Our Elementary Academy Staff

Ana Cruz

Instructional Aide

David McKay

Instructional Aide

Rachel Van Cleave

Intervention Aide

Laura Peak

Fifth Grade Teacher

Christina Wilson

Fourth Grade Teacher

Donna Gillette

Third Grade Teacher

James Ruland

Second Grade Teacher

Trish Candia

First Grade Teacher

Teresa Yurchis

Kindergarten Teacher

Ginny Herkert

Academy Secretary

Christina Conerly

Elementary Coordinator

Our Middle / High School Academy Staff

Eva Pataki

Math (middle and high school)

Karen Koch

Humanities (middle school)

Michael Horvath

Physical Education (all grades)

Matthew Burke

English (high school)

Sylvie Berkoben

Science (middle and high school)

Katherine Whitcomb

Academy Secretary

Our Home Study Staff

Kristy Matthews

Educational Facilitator/Social Studies Specialist

Aaron Labovitz

Educational Facilitator

Karen Beers

Educational Facilitator/Spanish teacher