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George Personius




For those of you new to Livingstone Adventist Academy let me extend a warm welcome to you.  


Livingstone Adventist Academy is a special place that offers rich and meaningful experiences for its students.  Our staff is here to inspire students to know God, seek wisdom and serve others.  


This is my second year as Principal of Livingstone Adventist Academy, 11th year as a Principal and 34th year in education.  


Prior to working as a Principal, I worked as a School Psychologist in the Public School system in Southern California and Southern Oregon for 22 years. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree at Walla Walla University in Psychology and minor in Biology.  Soon after, I earned a Masters of Science Degree in Counseling and Guidance and an Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Loma Linda University.


I have been married to my wife Michelle for some 31 years and have three children.  My oldest son and daughter are attending Walla Walla University.  My youngest son attends Livingstone Adventist Academy as a Junior in high school.


This is an exciting time in Livingstone's long history with the opening of our newly completed state-of-the-art school building.  I am honored to be leading a staff who have made it their mission to serve and provide excellence in Christian education to your children.   


Again, welcome to Livingstone Adventist Academy and to the 2019-20 school year.



George Personius

The following excerpt from "Life Together" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer best expresses my understanding of fellowship and God's love toward each of us:

The Christian lives wholly by the truth of God's Word in Jesus Christ.  If somebody asks him, "Where is your salvation, your righteousness?" he can never point to himself.  He points to the Word of God in Jesus Christ, which assures him salvation and righteousness.  He is as alert as possible to this Word.  Because he daily hungers and thirsts for righteousness, he daily desires the redeeming Word.  And it can come only from the outside.  In himself he is destitute and dead.  help must come from the outside, and it has come and comes daily and anew in the Word of Jesus Christ, bringing redemption, righteousness, innocence, and blessedness. 

My wife, Debbie, and I share four children, six grandchildren, and our first great grandchild.  Our hobbies and interests are many, including: gardening, woodworking, carving, rock hounding, reading and research, studying ancient history & biblical history, computers, etc.  Through God's marvelous love and mercy, we now enjoy the family of God at East Salem Seventh-day Adventist Church and here at Livingstone Adventist Academy.

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Eugene Starr

Finance Department

Pam Naylor

Office Manager


Welcome to Livingstone! I'm Pam. I have been at LAA for 11 years. I am the first face you will see when you come to Livingstone.  God's hand was definitely at work because when I began volunteering  at Livingstone, I had no plans of working here.  God had other plans.. He placed me in a position right out front where I get to say hello to every friendly face that comes to our school.


I was born and raised in Oregon, and I love hiking through our beautiful state. I enjoy the outdoors in general, and when it is rainy outside, I like to take my exercising to the gym. I have 3 kids that attended LAA, and 2 grand kids.



Peggy Kroschel

Accountant/Administrative Assistant/ESL Instructor/Elementary PE Teacher/Elementary Math Tutor/Custodial Supervisor


I endeavor to bring sunshine into my life with my radiant smile.  A smile which permeates by very being for two reasons: my love for Jesus in all I do and my love for my two sons. Both of my sons graduated from LAA and who are now both attending Walla Walla University.  My sons are the true joy of my life.

I thank the Lord daily for my good health which allows me to have the energy to wear the many hats here at LAA.  Also, to have the energy to pursue the other interests in my life.  I enjoy gardening, whale watching, spending time with my family, and being outdoors.

I was born in California and at nine my family and I moved to Washington State where I eventually attended Walla Walla College (now university).  My studies were in office administration having received an Associate of Science Degree.  I have lived in the Salem area for the past 30 some years home schooling my boys, working as a payroll clerk, and now wearing the many hats here at LAA.

My goal is to truly live the motto of our school: To Know God, To Seek Wisdom, and To Serve Others.

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Dean Carpenter

Director of Maintenance


I am the maintenance man. I began at the Oregon Conference campground and have worked at many of our Adventist locations including Laurelwood Academy and Milo Adventist Academy. I have also spent time working in the public school system. I am a hard worker, and have a huge breadth of knowledge. I belive in doing a job right the first time. I've also taken to keeping our school glued together as we build our new one!


My wifes name is Sharon and I have two kids. My son is Josh and my daughter is Sandy. I enjoy taking vacations at the beach.


Stacey Perry

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten


Hi, I’m Stacey and I love teaching little learners!  For 21 years, I have taught all over the Portland/Salem area, including LAA from 2010-2013.   I am so excited to be back and ready for new adventures with my Preschoolers and Kindergarteners.  My favorite part about the age I teach is watching young learners explore new ideas with so much excitement and energy.  I hope to provide a classroom where students can develop a love of lifetime learning.

I grew up in the California Bay Area and attended Monterey Bay Academy and Pacific Union College, where I graduated with my degree in Early Childhood Education.   After our wedding in 2000, my husband and I moved to Oregon, where we have lived ever since.   We love exploring our beautiful (adopted) home state.  When not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband Ted and our dog, Milo.   I also enjoy reading, running, cycling, kayaking and watching a healthy balance of football and Hallmark Christmas movies. 

Sherry Galvez

First and Second Grades

I have used the last 20 years since college to teach grades K-3rd and working as a social worker for the State of Oregon. I jump out of bed with a smile on my face each morning because of the positive difference I'm able to make in the lives of children and young people. 


Teaching is more than just a job. I'm on a mission to impact and touch lives, to create smiles on other’s faces and to reflect Jesus to those around me.


When I'm not teaching, planning or organizing you can find me whipping up delicious treats in the kitchen, listening to oldies music, playing in the sprinkler in the backyard, walking around barefoot, doodling, dancing in the rain, singing in the shower and hugging my husband. Other past-times include answering the question “why” for the eleventy-bajillionth time, wiping little noses, playing with dolls and snuggling with my two young daughters.

Nenette Sequeira

Third and Fourth Grades


My name is Nenette Sequeira. I go by Mrs. S, or Mrs. Sequeira in the classroom. I grew up in Northern California. I went to Rio Lindo Academy for High School. I love to travel! I graduated from Walla Walla University in 1991, with a B.S. in Elementary Education and French. This is my eighth year teaching full-time. I have done substitute teaching in public schools and Adventist schools. My husband and I taught in China for 2 years before coming to Salem in 1994. We have: 4 children: Jazmine, Parker, Shasta, and Luis; Two goats, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 2 reptiles.

Sharon Cutz

Fifth and Sixth Grade


I’m Sharon Cutz, and I’ve been teaching middle school at LAA for 13 years. I grew up in the Portland area as the third of four siblings, all girls. I encountered Christianity as a young adult, being baptized at age 23. My husband, Dave, and I have two adult children. Yard work, running, and reading are some of my favorite activities. My next adventure is to visit Yellowstone National Park.


After raising my children, I attended Western Oregon University, graduating with a major in elementary education with an an endorsement in middle school mathematics.

Laura Bronson

Seventh and Eighth Grade


Although born and raised an Australian, I’ve been teaching in Oregon for the past 4 years. God originally brought me over in 2015 to serve as a counsellor at Big Lake Youth Camp. I fell in love with the mountains and people at camp, who became like family.


I believe that when students enter my classroom, they should feel a sense of love and belonging. Each child is unique and possess their own strengths. It is my responsibility to unearth their potential, and help them thrive.

I aim to inspire a love of learning in each student, one of critical and creative thinking.

I believe in a Jesus who walked this Earth with intentionality. I pray my students develop an informed image of Him and an everlasting relationship.



Dale Cardwell

Religion II


Bio Coming Soon.

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Chaplain Zack DeChicchis

Chaplain, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus

Gnar about sums it up for Chaplain Zach DeChicchis.  “Run till you drop”, “charge till you crash”, and “push till there is nothing left” are common mantras you will hear from his smiling face.  With enough energy exuding from his pores, Zach could power a small town.  He has two speeds, walk and light.  Zach’s electric demeanor pervades every aspect of his life.  Notable, he is not hard to find in a room, just look for a bright spot surrounded by students.


Graduating from PUC with a degree in Mathematics, Zach has wasted no time moving in and making a difference here at Livingstone.  He teaches Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, music ministry, and is our resident expert on stoke benefits experienced by the modern hominid through running culture.  Whenever Zach is not working with students, you will probably find him running trails, climbing rocks, playing music, or reading about the aforementioned.  

Katrina Koch

English, Music


Hi, I'm Katrina. I have been a teacher since 2004, teaching in Oregon and Indiana. I teach elementary music, choir, select choir, praise, bells/chimes, and high school English. I have spent some time teaching piano and voice lessons privately, and some time just being Mom. I grew up in La Grande, Oregon. I received a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in English from Walla Walla College (now University) and a Masters in Choral Conducting from University of Oregon. I am certified in Orff-Shulwerk Level One and am actively pursuing more training and instruments. I play piano, trumpet, French Horn, and a little clarinet, violin, and flute. I'm currently exploring recording and audio mixing. I also enjoy sewing, composing music, creative projects, and playing games.  I am married to Lorin, who also teaches here at LAA. We have two daughters

Lorin Koch

Registrar, English, Computer, Bells


Hi, I'm Lorin. I have been a teacher since 2004, teaching in Oregon and Indiana. I have taught Bible, history, English, computers, and instrumental music. Currently I teach English, computers, and direct the LAA handbell group. I grew up in Honolulu, HI, and Walla Walla, WA. I received BA (Communication Media & Religion) and MAT (Instruction) degrees from Walla Walla College (now University). I am the son of two music teachers, and enjoy being involved in music of every type. I also enjoys reading, playing sports, and sharing puns. I am married to Katrina, a music teacher. We have two daughters.


Alberto Montes



Alberto Montes was born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico and happily married to a beautiful Venezuelan lady, Carolina. They both have their most treasured ministry, son Fernando and daughter Sara, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

He finished his BA studies in Religion at Southern Adventist University in 2017. He was called to pastor Revive Spanish SDA and Vivid Adventist Church in the Salem-Keizer area. He was currently working on his Masters in Pastoral Ministry at Andrews University’s Theological Seminary.

Pastor Montes teaches Spanish 1 for the Junior class at Livingstone Adventist Academy since 2018. He is hoping to expose students to this beautiful modern language and help them develop basic conversational Spanish skills.

Alberto is also known as Pochy (nickname) or Pastor Pochy. He is passionate about young people, special needs, church planting, baseball, graphic design, traveling, and building relationships. He wants to make an impact wherever he goes by sharing Jesus.

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Chris Sequeira

Religion, History, P.E., Health, Active Living


I was born and raised in Africa. I bring a unique worldview to my history classes. I have a passion for Jesus, and sharing that relationship with my students. My favorite way of sharing Jesus is through the book of nature and the outdoors. My wife is Nenette, and I have four children. Two of my children graduated from LAA.


Robbie Wheeling

Science, Robotics, Gardening


I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado.  I graduated from Walla Walla College with a bachelors in biology and a masters in biology with a focus in marine biology.  I have taught for Thirteen years in both Oregon and Washington.  I enjoy a large variety of science classes and love sharing my passion with others.  I enjoy teaching several more specific classes and electives such as robotics, gardening, marine biology, forensics, and anatomy and physiology.