Dean of Students
Johnny Marmelstein comes to Pacifica from St. Mary’s School, an International Baccalaureate institution in Aliso Viejo, where he taught physical education and health to Grades 5-8. Prior to St. Mary’s, he was the Director of Student Life at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, and he also served as the longest-tenured Dean of Students at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano for nineteen years. Johnny is also an accomplished high school soccer coach winning over 500 career games and multiple CIF championships throughout his career.
Mr. Marmelstein completed his undergraduate work in Physical Education and Religion at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and subsequently received a Master’s in Education from Azusa Pacific University. He also earned his Certification in College Counseling from UC San Diego, and a National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Certification in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama.
Johnny lives in San Juan Capistrano with Lara, his lovely wife of 33 years, an avid pickleball player, and a nurse at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. His son, Mitch, played college basketball at Grove City College near Pittsburgh. Mitch is currently playing professional basketball with Atletico Club San Martin in the Mendoza Province in Argentina where he also serves as a missionary to the people of San Martin. His daughter McKenna, who won back-to-back CIF Soccer Championships with her dad, played college soccer at Biola University in La Mirada. McKenna is a respite care worker for military families, and she is currently pursuing a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Johnny’s interests include spending time with his family, lifting weights, playing basketball and soccer, and all things involving the Liverpool Football Club.
M.Ed. – Azusa Pacific University
B.A. Physical Education and Religion – Hope College
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