"IT IS THE SUPREME ART OF THE TEACHER TO AWAKEN JOY
IN CREATIVE EXPRESSION AND KNOWLEDGE."
Meet Our Staff
Courtenay M. Conzelman
SCHOOL FOUNDER & BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
Courtenay Conzelman, or Miss Courtenay, is the Founder and Business Administrator of Pacific Shores Day School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Family & Community Services with a Young Child emphasis from Michigan State University. Miss Courtenay has been active in the field of child development since 2002 and has been a preschool administrator since 2007.
Upon gaining experience teaching in both private and public school settings, Miss Courtenay recognized a need in the community - a need for a highly academic yet incredibly fun, motivating and interactive junior kindergarten program that children couldn't wait to attend each day. In 2009, with the support of her incredible husband and business partner, and after months of research, preparation and planning, Pacific Shores Day School was born. There truly is no other program like Pacific Shores Day School's junior kindergarten program!
Professional Development & Certifications:
In addition to her experience as an early childhood educator in Orange County, Miss Courtenay has worked with children and families in high-risk, low income neighborhoods as well as prestigious academies in the United Kingdom. She has also served as a volunteer in children’s orphanages in Central America.
Miss Courtenay and her family reside in southwest San Clemente. She loves to read, sing, dance and be silly and incorporates music, rhythm activities and physical activity into many facets of the daily curriculum. In her downtime, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two school-aged daughters, reading her Kindle, weight training, and spending time with her many amazing neighbors in her laidback beach community.
Miss Courtenay strives to provide families with the best customer service in the industry and is passionate about early childhood education. Each day she feels so fortunate to have the best career in the world!
Christina Rygiol, M.Ed.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR & LEAD TEACHER
Mrs. Christina Rygiol, or Miss Christina, has been teaching for over twelve years and is ecstatic to have joined the Pacific Shores team in 2018! Born and raised in Southern California, she earned both a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology as well as her Teaching Credential from California State University, Long Beach. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in Reading Instruction.
Her first five years of teaching were spent in Huntington Beach before moving with her family to Maui and teaching kindergarten there. In addition to teaching, Miss Christina was one of the founding members of the first MOPS chapter on Maui. Immediately prior to coming to PSDS, Miss Christina spent four years teaching at a private school in San Juan Capistrano. Throughout her years of teaching, her greatest joys have been watching students grow both academically and socially under her guidance. She loves being a part of that “light bulb moment” when students grasp a new concept and their face lights up.
Miss Christina lives in Ladera Ranch with her husband of over fifteen years and their teenage daughter. In addition to teaching, she enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her family. As a family they love to hang out at the beach, travel to new places, try new foods, and ride bikes in their neighborhood.
Miss Christina is warm, thoughtful, reliable and dedicated. She goes out of her way to understand each of her students and to learn how she can encourage them to be their very best. She takes the time to ask meaningful questions and patiently foster lifelong learners. She prides herself on communicating effectively not only with the students, but also with the parents. She believes that the most important part of a child’s education is successful teacher/parent communication. She is committed to providing each child a safe, loving, and motivating environment to learn and grow.
We are thrilled to welcome Miss Haley Miller into the PSDS family!
Miss Haley graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies at California Lutheran University. During her time at California Lutheran University, Miss Haley spent time in both first grade and second grade classrooms. One of Miss Haley's favorite experiences working with children is her many years of being a camp counselor at a horseback riding camp.
In Spring 2019, Miss Haley studied abroad with the Semester at Sea program, where she also volunteered in classrooms and with children’s charities in multiple different countries.
Miss Haley was raised in Coto de Caza and is currently living there with her parents and little sister. In her free time, Miss Haley loves horseback riding, snowboarding, reading, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.
Miss Haley loves being in the classroom and encouraging students to try their very best everyday. She believes learning should be fun and exciting for all students. Miss Haley is excited to be apart of the PSDS family and can’t wait to begin teaching Junior Kindergarten!