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, Principal

Our Elementary Academy Staff

Hope Salaz, Kindergarten Teacher
Kelsey Thackston, First Grade Teacher
Madison Kelly, Second Grade Teacher
David Tong, Third Grade Teacher
James Ruland, Fourth Grade Teacher
David McKay, Education Specialist
Melissa Ballard, Office Secretary
Ginny Herkert, Office Manager
David McKay, Instructional Aide
Caroline Mahon-Hurd, Instructional Aide
Christina Wilson, Intervention Coordinator

Our Middle School Academy Staff

Michael Horvath, Physical Education
Karen Koch, Humanities
Christine Ludolph, Science
Cadence Baron, Math
Mariellen True, Education Specialist

Janette Gomez Monteagudo, Education Specialist
Katherine Whitcomb, Office Manager

Our Home Study Staff

Heidi Grettenberger, Educational Facilitator
Aaron Labovitz, Educational Facilitator
Kristy Matthews, Educational Facilitator/Social Studies Specialist
Stacey Hunter, Education Specialist/ACCESS Teacher

Our Counseling Staff

Alexis Miranda, Counselor