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Facilities & Staff


Our Staff Includes:

Executive Director- Pastor Paul Krueger

Pastor Paul Head Shot

Pastor Paul is the founder and Executive Director of Hope Learning Academy.  In 2003, Pastor Paul noticed that there was a gap in our community that our youth were falling through.  That gap caused him to question the approach that the various "systems in place" were using to address issues like substance abuse, delinquency, defiance, and the "normal" issues that teens and their parents struggle with every day.  Hope Learning Academy grew out of the question, "How do we help at-risk youth and their families?"   Pastor Paul remains committed to finding new and innovative ways to help at-risk youth and their families and continues to build on his 20+ years of youth ministry experience; moving forward with families that used to have no hope. Pastor Paul is working to complete His Master's Degree in Teaching through Western Governor's University,  has a BA in Communication from Cal State San Bernardino, is a Parent Project Senior Facilitator, and has a certificate in Theology from ITLS. He is formerly the Executive Director and Founder of Firebreak Youth Ministries, serves as the Chairman of the Board of The Extreme Tour , onthe Pastoral Team of New Hope Community Church, President of SoCal Havoc Softball (Providing Extracurricular activity to pre-at risk youth), and serves as a Deputy Chaplain for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.  Pastor Paul's favorite activity is to spend time with his wife since 1997, Amy, and his three children, Caden, Faith, and Jordan.

Chief Business Official (CBO)

Scott Mann

Hope Learning Academy is blessed to call Scott Mann a friend, avid supporter, and the Chief Business Official of Hope Learning Academy.  Scott guided the school through a strategic plan building process and is constantly looking for ways to help us accomplish our mission. A longtime Menifee resident and former mayor, Scott formerly served on the Management Team in the Business Department in the  Menifee and Moreno Valley School Districts as Risk Manager. He brings with him a wealth of line staff executive experience having served in leadership roles in the Defense, Business Services and Construction industries. 

Scott Mann is a U.S. Navy veteran who came up from the enlisted ranks from Seaman Recruit promoting to Senior Chief Petty Officer and retired after 24 years of service as Lieutenant Commander. Having made a total of 9 overseas deployments, he is a veteran of combat operations during the Tanker Wars, Operation Desert Storm, Beirut, Lebanon, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Counter-Narcotic Operations in Central America. He also participated in disaster relief operations during the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Republic of the Philippines and in the aftermath of the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 off the coast of Ventura County.

Scott holds Baccalaureate and Masters Degrees in Business from National University and completed the  University of Southern California's (USC) School Business Management Certificate Program at the Rossier School of Education.  Scott currently resides in Menifee with his wife Debra and has three adult children.


Life Coaches

Life Coaches at Hope Learning Academy truly earn the title! Hope Learning Academy utilizes and in-house life-coaching certification system that mentors at the school can undergo after hundreds of hours of service at HLA and demonstrated mastery of the HOPE STRATEGY  Life Coaching Lab, authored by Pastor Paul.  Our Adolescent Life Coaching Staff is truly second to none!

Gary L. Krueger- PharmD.

Gary received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California and serves not only as a health advisor to our students and their families but coaches students based on his personal story of going from difficult circumstances growing up, to earning a degree from one of the most prestigious pharmacy schools in the nation. Gary continues to practice pharmacy and loves to spend time with our students.  Gary has been married to his wife Sharon for 50+ years, and has 8 grandchildren.


Sharon Krueger

Sharon is one of our longest serving life coaches.  Sharon earned her Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Architecture & Art from the University of Southern California (USC), and did graduate work in educational psychology at  USC and the University of California at Riverside.  She developed our in-house tutoring program Project Build and is very active in the lives of our students.  Sharon authentically loves and challenges our students constantly.  Sharon has been married to her husband Gary for 50+ years, and has 8 grandchildren.

Keith Olsen

Keith is the parent of a former graduate of Hope Learning Academy.  Keith graduated Magna Cum Laude with a PhD in life from the School of Hard Knocks.  Having worked on some of the most celebrated construction projects in the southwest as a master carpenter, as well as, jobs in the film industry working under the likes of Steven Spielberg, Keith faced down an alcohol addiction of many years and decided to become the husband, father, and grandfather that he believes God designed him to be.  Our students count on his life experience and wisdom... and he never disappoints.  Keith has been married to his wife Deborah for 35+ years and has 3 grandchildren that he loves to spend time with.

Bard Monson

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Sandra Pyles

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Mark Cordova

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Rabbi Jim Woodcock

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Pictured from Left To Right (Deborah Olsen, Keith Olsen, Gary Krueger, Sharon Krueger, Pastor Paul, Margaret Monson, Bard Monson)


HLA School Board


Lucas Burns

Dr. Gary L. Krueger

Pastor Paul Krueger

Pastor Chris Suitt (Superintendant)

Rabbi Jim Woodcock


Our Location:

Hope Learning Academy is located at 31542 Railroad Canyon Road, Suite 3, in Canyon Lake, CA  92587

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