SVAE is very particular as to the teachers it employs. Only those who are Christians, love children, have the appropriate education, and demonstrate a gift for teaching become SVAE teachers. Indeed, they are the envy of many school systems.
These professionals. . .
- Establish a firm, fair discipline blended with grace;
- Earn respect while developing strong bonds with their students;
- Employ various effective, research-based teaching methods;
- Address the needs of the individual;
- Provide for the needs of those with learning differences;
- Regularly refine the curriculum;
- Continually learn the latest in education and other related disciplines;
- Pray for your child regularly.
Krista Wolters — Preschool (Ages 3-5)
Pamela Kerr — Kindergarten
Pamela Kerr earned her Bashelor’s degree in Early Child and Elementary Education from Linfield College in Oregon, then, completed a Master’s of Science degree with a specialty in Elementary Reading and Mathematics from Walden University. Pamela has taught both in the United States and overseas, public school and SDA schools. She finds teaching very exciting and rewarding.
Nikki Zimmerman — First Grades
Nikki Zimmerman, graduated from Columbia Union College with a B.S. in Liberal Arts for Elementary Education. After graduating from college she taught 1st Grade for seven years at Spring Valley Academy in Dayton, Ohio. In December 2006 Mrs. Zimmerman completed her Masters of Science in Education and Allied Professions from the University of Dayton.
Stacey Kemmerer — Second Grade
Stacey Kemmerer, received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University in 1999. It was during this time that she attended a Revelation Seminar and found the Lord. She moved here from Tillamook, Oregon where she taught 3rd and 4th Grade for 4 years at the Tillamook Adventist School. She is currently working to complete her Masters of Elementary Education at Walla Walla University.
Marti Williams — Third and Fourth Grade
Grant Wolters — Fifth and Sixth Grade
James Minty — Seventh Grade
James Minty, graduated from Andrews University with a B.S. degree in Industrial Education and a business minor. Mr. Minty has been an educator for twenty-five years. He has spent that time in teaching and administration. Mr. Minty has taught at SVAE since 2001, though he has taught in the Potomac Conference an additional ten years.
Gordon Miller — Eighth Grade
Gordon Miller, graduated from Southern Adventist University with a B.S. degree in Physical Education with a history minor. Mr. Miller has been an educator for over twenty-five years, some as a teacher, some as an administrator. Mr. Miller has been teaching at SVAE since 1999. While at SVAE, he has served on the Potomac Conference Technology Committee and is currently a member of the Potomac Conference Teacher’s Advisory Council.
Daveen Williams — Learning Resource
Daveen Williams, graduated from La Sierra University with a Masters in Special Education and multiple subject credentials. She taught for a year at a SDA High School in Belize. Ms. Williams has taught at SVAE since 2003. Currently, Ms. Williams is also the Associate Director of Special Education in Potomac Conference.
Tim LaPierre — Principal
Tim LaPierre, graduated from Southern Adventist University with a degree in French and Physical Education. After graduating he was a classroom teacher for 10 years until he graduated from La Sierra University with a Masters in Administration and Leadership. Upon completion of this degree he became the principal of Desert Adventist Academy in Palm Desert, CA. In 2014 he became the principal of Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary School.