lea van echten with her 5th grade students Mrs. Van Echten - Fifth Grade Teacher
at Aliso Viejo Christian School

Accredited Non Denominational Private Christian School Pre-kindergarten - 8th grade Located in Aliso Viejo

Orange County (OC), California

Getting to know Mrs. Van Echten


Dear AVCS Parents and Students,


Welcome back to school! I am really looking forward to another school year with my new class of fifth graders.


My name is Lea Van Echten. I am one of the 5th grade teachers at this wonderful school.

This is my eighteenth year of teaching. I have taught in a private all girls school in Long Beach for five years. I have also taught in the Santa Ana Unified School District for five years. This is my eighth year teaching at AVCS.


I have been married to my husband, Harry, for eighteen years. We have two beautiful boys. This year I have one son who is in the eighth grade and the other is a sophomore in high school.


I love to travel and experience new adventures.  I enjoy online scrapbooking, going to the beach, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.


God makes fifth grade so special. Last year, he filled it with wonderful memories, many educational experiences and unforgettable teachable moments and conversations. I look forward to another great year filled with His blessings.


God is so good! He answered my prayer for a new teaching partner. I welcome my new partner, Jeanette O’Keeffe, with open arms.  I look forward to working with her to help promote a strong, spiritual, and academically-enriched fifth grade experience for your child.

My goals for my fifth graders are to help them to continue to practice taking responsibility for themselves, their actions and their materials (assignments, homework, etc.) and to stay organized. We will be focusing on building a mature relationship with Jesus. We naturally begin to define our faith in Him and how it will guide us this year and as we journey into middle school.

It’s going to be a great year!


Thank you for your kindness and support this year.

Mrs. Van Echten


“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7





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