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
Interim Principal

Bio Comming Soon.






Office Staff

Leslie Jones
Office Clerk
1511 Delaware Ave






Instructional Aides

Left to Right

Shirley Gibbons
Guadalupe Arguello
Tina Trillo
Celia Flamenco
Kevin Niman

Shirley Gibbons: I am excited to be part of the Lighthouse Charter staff. I have a love and passion for education, especially early education. I have been volunteering in kindergarten and transitional kindergarten classrooms since the age of 13 and continue to do so every chance I get.

My first job out of high school was as an after school teacher for Merced County. I created and taught lessons for 20 1st graders everyday. I then became the leader of the after school program and oversaw 100 students (1st grade- 5th grade) and 5 teachers. I was in charge of all student, parent, teacher, and community communications.I then worked in Ceres Unified School District for 6 years. I was a kindergarten and transitional aide. I also taught intervention groups from kindergarten to 6th grade.

I am currently attending Western Governors University to attain my Multiple Subject Credential. In my spare time I enjoy traveling with my husband, hanging out with friends and family, and doing anything artsy.




Heather Chacanaca
Instructional Aide & After School Program Coordinator






Morgan Schultz
After School Program Assistant






Steve Hinton
Plant Manager






Aristea Walker
Information Technology