Project Description

About Our Elementary School

The elementary school at PacPoint offers a well-balanced, Bible-based Christian curriculum that is both challenging and developmentally appropriate. Our staff loves kids and looks forward to partnering with parents to help make these years productive, safe, and fun in a caring, Christian environment.

Pacific Point Christian’s Elementary campus is located on the west side of Gilroy, near Santa Teresa Blvd at 1575A Mantelli Dr. Gilroy, CA 95020.

Letter from our Elementary Principal:

I was honored when I received word from Mrs. Adams that she wanted to offer me the position as principal.  I admire her healthy balance of strength-in-leadership and kindness in the way she challenges and encourages her team. Naturally, I was very pleased when she called to meet with me to discuss the position.

At 22, I accepted a job working in a group home and substitute teacher in juvenile hall.  I noticed then I had a knack for working with youth.  Even so, less than 2 years later, I left that job to accept a position as a senior manager in a corporate chain.  Throughout the years, I moved and advanced from one corporate job to another.

Just about 9 years ago, my husband and I moved to Hollister.  It was soon after our move when I realized God was redirecting me to work with children in a school setting.  Truth is, He had been preparing me for this since the time I was a struggling teen; I just did not know it until much later.

8 years ago, I began teaching a 3rd grade class.  I’m not sure who enjoyed it more, me or the kids. From there, I taught English, then, my favorite subject, Jr. high Bible.  4 years ago, I accepted the position as principal of Vine Academy. The success I experienced in the classroom and as Head of School can only be credited to the Lord as I was not seeking a career in education.

I absolutely love working with children.  I also enjoy working with a team of like-minded adults who seek to ensure our kids develop Godly characteristics while being challenged to learn and get a solid education.  Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that God’s power is made perfect in our weaknesses. My strengths as a leader is to challenge my staff and students to try something new, to step out in faith,  and find they have the ability to do great things; the pleasant surprise one gets when they are able to do what Christ has given them the strength to do.

Please continue to keep the staff and our school in prayer as we pour ourselves into our future leaders.

I am truly looking forward to getting to know and work with each of you and your children at Pacific Point.


Janet Vandenberg

Janet Vandenberg
Elementary Principal
Debra Berg
Elementary Vice Principal
Amy Graves
Business Office Manager
Rebecca Perez
Jennifer Welch
IT Supervisor/Communications
Kari Baldwin
Sue Britton
Tu Burdick
Gabe Cerdan
Tallie Corini
Curt Goris
Wendy Goris
Liz Hazari
Joyce Kumar
Alaine Orlando

Naoma Lee
Giovana Palacio
Shaelah Perales
Kris Schedler
Elena Townsend
Yard Duty Supervisor
Tamara Utzig
Ginny Whelchel
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 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

II Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

Janet Vandenberg - Elementary Principal

Elementary Campus

1575A Mantelli Dr.
Gilroy, CA 95020
Phone:  (408) 847-7922

"I have 2 kids in Pacific Point. We have been members of the Pac Point family since 2017. We are grateful for the Christian values. All the teachers and administrators have compassionate hearts. We know our children are receiving a top-notch education in a safe and warm environment." -Nneka Chiazor "Pac Point is doing such an amazing job in keeping the kids and staff safe, following all the proper guidelines. My son is so happy to finally be back in school and make friends and learn. The teachers and staff are just wonderful. We love Ms. T. She is always showing how much she cares for our children and helps them out when they need it. We love Pac Point ." -Veronica Marquez "Pac Point has been a major blessing for our family. I changed jobs in May and we moved from LA to the Bay Area during COVID19. Needless to say, it was a significant challenge. Abigayle and Izabelle have been troopers but were already struggling at their local public school. Immediately upon enrolling at PPC, the Lord opened up in-class education and they were able to attend. In the time they've been there, they have both fallen in love with the school. I've never seen them so happy to go to class and do their homework. Their printed weekly homework schedule is a dream come true. It's never been easier for my wife and I to keep the girls on track! With Abby's ADHD she's really struggled since 1st grade. We were so proud and overjoyed to see her last report card full of A's, we almost cried! I asked Abby why she thinks that even though this school is harder, she is doing better. She said that her teacher spends more time with her and helps keep her focused. We are humbled by the experience with Pacific Point and are grateful from the bottom of our hearts." -Steven Hickman "My son is a first-grader at Pac Point . This is our second year at Pac Point and we really like the intimate, smaller class size atmosphere. Another thing that I really appreciate is that you have chapel and music class and that you do prayer and still say the Pledge of Allegiance before starting class! These are some of the things that many schools have dropped, but I think are so important. The only gripe I have is that sometimes it seems like I get too many emails throughout the week. Some are repetitive reminders & the teachers are already reminding us of the email they send, but I think over-communicating is better than under communicating, so not a big deal." -Mariah Cortez

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