Each and every staff member at Lighthouse works tirelessly to ensure that our students receive the best possible education in California.  Nothing is more important than creating exceptional leaders and scholars!


Mr. Steve Lewis

After graduating from San Diego State University with an English degree, I decided to pursue the idea of teaching.  My love of travel resulted in my involvement with volunteer organizations in the former Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico and Guatemala.  I taught 5th and 6th grade for seven years and after receiving my Master of Arts Degree in Bilingual Education from CSUS, I accepted my first administration job as Director of a bilingual school in Antigua, Guatemala.

It was there that I met my wonderful wife and we began to build our home in Ciudad Vieja.  Before arriving at River Charter Schools, I was a principal for seven years in Sacramento.  As your Superintendent, I am proud to inform you that the DECS and Lighthouse staff is the best I have ever worked with as an educator.  We are committed to providing our students with learning opportunities that truly make a difference.  I look forward to working with you this year!

Mr. Peter Stone
Chief Business Officer (CBO)

After graduating from UC Berkeley with an Accounting degree, I joined the audit firm of KPMG where I had the opportunity of seeing how various companies handled their accounting, and from there moved to Ampex in various audit, finance and accounting positions.  Then, I joined Pearson, the largest textbook publisher in the world, and co-founded the Electronic Education division to take the new K-2 Waterford Early Reading Program to market in schools across the U.S.  I was very excited to help make a significant difference in the reading achievement for the most needy children.

I have a wonderful wife and four children, two of whom are married.  We moved here to the Clarksburg area in 2000 to a working farm and love the Delta.  I am very involved in our church as well.  I am excited to see the really great things that Steve and the whole team at DECS are doing to ensure the highest quality education for each and every child entrusted to DECS.


Mr. Jeff Freeland

Mr. Jeff Freeland has been the Principal at Lighthouse since 2016. With the help of his team, Mr. Freeland is responsible for planning, implementing, supervising and assessing all of the educational programs at Lighthouse. With over twenty years of experience as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and River Charter Schools school board member, Mr. Freeland is uniquely qualified for this position. Mr. Freeland hold’s a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational communication with a minor in public relations from the California State University at Long Beach. He has also earned a Master of Science degree in instructional leadership from The California State University at Sacramento. When he’s not out sharing with the public all the magic happening at Lighthouse, he’s likely spending time with his wife and four kids involved in Soccer, Scouting or Campfire.


Office Staff

Leslie Jones
Office Clerk
Kary Ward
Office Manager






Instructional Aides

Left to Right

Shirley Gibbons
Leslie Jones
Cathleen Garcia
Guadalupe Arguello
Kevin Niman




Heather Chacanaca
Instructional Aide & Lunch Coordinator






Val Tuaev
Christina Gonzales
Steve Hinton






Aristea Walker
Information Technology