Our Staff

Our school is much more than buildings and textbooks.  It is our talented teachers who make learning come alive.  All are credentialed and hold at least one bachelors' degree –– many hold a masters' degree or higher.

 

 

 

David Carreon, Principal

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  • Master of Divinity, Andrews University, 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts, Theology, minor in Physical Education, Pacific Union College, 1993

Teaching since 2016.

 

Teaching Staff

 

Tom Amato, Teacher (Biology, Chemistry, Health, Lifelong Fitness)

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  • Master of Science, Geology, Loma Linda University, 2008
  • Bachelor or Science, Natural Science with an emphasis in Biology, Pacific Union College, 2000

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Professional, with endorsements in Biology, Chemistry, Elementary Education, English, Physics and Junior Academy Religion 

Teaching since 2004.

 

 

Cora Clark, Teacher (Grades 3&4)

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  • Master of Arts, Education, Andrews University, 2014
  • Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Walla Walla University, 2006
  • Bachelor of Arts, Piano Performance, Walla Walla University, 2006

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Professional, with endorsements in Elementary Education, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Junior Academy General Science, Music and Religion

Teaching since 2007. 

 

 

Melinda Fletcher, Teacher (Grades 5&6)

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  • Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies (with SDA and California state teaching credentials), Pacific Union College, 2006
  • Master of Education, Pacific Union College, 2012

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Professional, with endorsements in Elementary Education, Kindergarten, and Junior Academy English, General Science, History and Religion

Teaching since 2006 

 

 

 

Natalie Hunter, Teacher (Grades 5&6, High School Art)

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  • Christian Education, Weimar University

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Provisional

Teaching since 2019.  

 

 

 

Raina Jackson, Teacher (Grades 7&8)

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  • Bachelors of Science, Elementary Education and Language Arts, Andrews University, 2021

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Basic, with endorsements in Elementary Education, and Junior Academy English and Religion

Teaching since 2021. 

 

 

 

Lorelie Krussow, Teacher (English, Life Skills, Personal Finance)

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  • Master of Arts, Curriculum and Instruction (emphasis in Language and Literacy), University of Texas, 2006
  • Bachelor of Arts, English and History (minors in Psychology and Religion), Atlantic Union College, 1998

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Professional, with endorsements in Curriculum & Instruction, English, History, Religion

Teaching since 1998.   Learn more.

 

 

Carrie LeBarre, Teacher (Grades 1&2)

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  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education, Andrews University, 1991
  • Bachelor of Arts, Spanish (minor in Religion), Southern College, 1984

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Professional, with endorsements in Elementary Education, Spanish

Teaching since 1985.   Learn more.

 

 

Brad Ludwig, Teacher (Computer Applications, Economics Government, History, Maker Space, Spanish 2)

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  • Master of Arts, Administration and Leadership, La Sierra University, 2016
  • Bachelor of Arts, Religion, Pacific Union College, 2002

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Professional, with endorsements in Elementary Education, Kindergarten, Religion; endorsements in History, Spanish

Teaching since 2002.    Learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

Cristy-Anna Martinez, Teacher (Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Statistics)

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  • Bachelors of Science, Mathematics, Pacific Union College, 2001
  • Master of Arts, Curriculum and Instruction, La Sierra University, in process

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Professional, with endorsements in Mathematics, and Junior Academy English, General Science and History

Teaching since 2002. 

 

 

 

Gabriel Martinez, Director of Spiritual Life, Teacher (Bible, Music Ministry, Spanish 1, Yearbook)

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  • Bachelors of Arts, Religion, La Sierra University, 2006

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Standard, with endorsement in Religion

Teaching since 2006. 

 

 

Esther Nanasi, Teacher (Forest Kindergarten)

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  • Bachelor of Arts, Christian Education (minor in Health Ministry), Weimar Institute, 2016

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Standard, with an endorsement in Elementary Education

Teaching since 2016.  Learn more.

 

 

Raina Price, Teacher (Grades 7&8)

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Bachelors of Science, Elementary Education and Language Arts, Andrews University, 2021

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Basic, with endorsements in Elementary Education, and Junior Academy English and Religion

Teaching since 2021. 

 

 

 

Terri Taaffe, Teacher (Elementary Music, and High School Band, Choir, Choralaires and Drama)

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  • Bachelor of Music, Music Education, Pacific Union College, 2004

Teaching since 2004.

 

Administrative Staff

 

Lori Baril, Office Administration

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Christiana Dias, Registrar

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Lindsay Quirarte, Administrative Assistant

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Bethany Riojas, Business Manager

 

 

Patrick Taaffe, Athletic Director

 

 

 

 

Support Staff

 

Jonalyn Cooke, Teaching Assistant

 

 

 

Nichole Ebby, Teaching Assistant

 

 

Bob Kennedy, Maintenance

 

 

 

Joshua Miller, Custodian

 

 

Hope Sekulic, After Care Director