STAFF

George Personius

Principal

Welcome,

 

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.

 

Sincerely,

George Personius

I was born when I was very young.  My first memories are at 18 months old of my grandma's black Labrador, Putter - he was my friend and companion.  At 7 years old, I began my studies in Greek and Latin.  Being an avid reader, I began to explore the classics in literature and philosophy.  My dream at an early age was to be a scientist.  Due to the generosity of a benefactor, I was able to fulfill that dream at MIT.  After college, I spent a number of years in research in chemical engineering and nuclear physics.  However, my passion for learning led me back to college to study other disciplines. 

Due to physical reasons, I left my work in research and ventured off to Walla Walla College (now university) to pursue my studies in theology, Biblical Languages, and psychology.  After pastoring for a short time in Alaska, I was asked to be the mission treasurer.  I spent the next 15 years in various church administration positions ending as the VP of Marketing and Sales at the Review & Herald Publishing House.

The remainder of my working career was first involved with marketing educational software.  After a number of years and various business ventures, I got involved in the hospitality industry owning and operating various hotels.  Retirement first began in 2013 and was short lived as I again got involved in hotels.

My wife, Debbie, and I now enjoy retirement - well we did!  We share four children, six grandchildren, and soon 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.

Eugene Starr

VP of Finance & Marketing

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

Office Assistant/Elementary PE Teacher

 

   Hi! I'm Peggy. I have two wonderful sons that attend LAA. I work in the office and gymnasium. I've lived in the Northwest the majority of my life.  Family is what I do - watching my sons play basketball, going to the beach, or spending quality time together.

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.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Sherry Galvez

Pre K, Kindergarten, First 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

Second and First 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

Fourth, 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.

Rick Nelson

Seventh and Eighth Grade

 

Bio Coming Soon.

ACADEMY

Chris Sequeira

Bible, 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, Math, 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.

Lorin Koch

Registrar, English, 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 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.

 

Marcy Perry

High School

 

My college education began at Walla Walla University where I met John, my husband. I graduated from the University of Washington with a Geography degree and a concentration in Geographic Information Systems. I love to travel, sail and cook with my husband. My love of teaching began during the years I homeschooled our three oldest children. Once we put them in school I could not get enough time volunteering in the classroom. I went back to school to get my Masters in Teaching from Concordia University.

Chaplain Zack

Chaplain

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

Music, High School

 

Hi, I'm Katrina. I have been a teacher since 2004, teaching in Oregon and Indiana. I teach elementary music, choir, bells/chimes, band, 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 play piano, trumpet, French Horn, and a little clarinet. I'm currently learning to play flute and violin. I also enjoy sewing, composing music, creative projects, and playing games.  I am married to Lorin, teacher of many trades. We have two daughters.

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