administration

Leaders Teaching Leaders


St. John's Administrators serve as Christian witnesses to the school and church community, demonstrating a personal Christian faith and commitment to the teaching ministry and Lutheran education. They are all visibly active in church worship, Life Groups, Bible study, and congregational and school activities. We are proud to say that their Christian attitude and joy is truly felt on our campus on a daily basis!


When opportunities present themselves, our Principal and Assistant Principals relate situations to spiritual truth or prayer. When working with students, they take the opportunity to focus on God’s Word in scripture and how it applies to the situation, forgiveness, and reconciliation between students, confession, and the assurance of God’s forgiveness. Their attitude reflects that they view serving the Lord and serving in Lutheran education as an absolute privilege.

jake hollatz

principal

Dr. Hollatz is in his 16th year of educational ministry, with experience from preschool through the university level. He received his Doctor of Education, in Educational Leadership, from Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2013. He and his wife, Brooke, along with their two daughters, Eden and Adelaide, recently moved from Texas to Southern California to join the St. John’s Lutheran Church and School community. He is passionate about reading, literacy and educational technology, and believes that communication, strong curriculum and excellent teachers are the key to student success. His interests include reading, fitness and spending time with his family.


"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

Philippians 4:6


robin gomes

assistant principal - curriculum & instruction

Mrs. Gomes holds a B.A. degree in Behavioral Science and a MAEd in Curriculum & Instruction from Concordia University, Irvine. She has served over 15 years in Lutheran education in Nevada and California. Her husband, Domingo, is also a Lutheran educator. Their son, Harrison, attends school at St. John’s, and daughter Natalie attends Orange Lutheran High School. Mrs. Gomes loves working in Lutheran education because she is passionate about helping students connect to Jesus Christ while meeting their academic, physical, and emotional goals. Her interests include reading, music, beach days, baseball, and spending time with her family.


"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."

Galatians 5:22-23

dave stuewe

assistant principal - student engagement

athletic director

Mr. Stuewe holds both B.A. and M.A. degrees from Christ College (Concordia University, Irvine). He has served for many years in the field of education in Hawaii, Costa Mesa, and St. John’s. His wife, Yvette, is a Middle School teacher here at St. John’s, and their two sons, Benjamin, who attends Crean Lutheran High School and Nathan, who attends St. John's. He loves working in Lutheran education because he is able to see God’s Grace at work everyday. His interests include his favorite teams (USC, Angels, Lakers), coaching basketball and football, watching movies, dinner out with his family, camping, and traveling.


Favorite quote: “Never give up; never give up.” 

Coach Jim Valvano


"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."

Philippians 4:13

school board

School Board Members        Term (Members are eligible for two consecutive terms)


Tony Harnack (Chair)            2012 - 2015 (2nd Term)

Brooke Carreras                     2015 - 2018 (2nd Term)

David Willett                           2016 - 2019 (1st Term)

Julie Brown                             2016 - 2019 (2nd Term)

William Boezinger                 2015 - 2018 (2nd Term) 

Sheri Ledbetter                       2016 - 2019 (1st Term)   


Dee Dee Cole, Auxiliary President

Jake Hollatz, Principal


Matt Boyden, Elder (non-voting)


If you would like to contact the School Board, please email schoolboard@stjohnsorange.org