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Jason Bibb
Jason BibbVice Principal of Finance
Ext. 215
Jason Bibb, our Vice Principal of Finance and PAA alumnus, recently joined our team because of his love of PAA and for young people. He remembers his PAA years fondly so he wanted to join the team and be a part of keeping students at our school through the Portland Adventist Academy Student Scholarship program. He is a lover of all things sports. But more than that, he adores his three children and wife. His ideal day is spent with these precious people.
Rhonda Harris
Rhonda HarrisAccounts Payable
Ext. 211

Rhonda Harris is new to the Pacific Northwest. She says that the numerous tall trees and refreshing green bushes are a delightful change from the brown hills and drought-parched plants of Southern California. As graduate of La Sierra University, she brings an accounting background from her work in the Association at the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, based in Riverside, California. A quilting enthusiast, she has made quilts for her family, friends, LLU Hospital and the SACHS Clinic. Her sport is racquetball and she is looking forward to finding new partners as skillful as the ones she left behind. Her passion is her mission trips to Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Fiji. The loves of her life are her husband, Jerry, who is a medical social worker and their little Chinese Crested Powder-Puff dog, Pumpkin.
She feels God lead them to this beautiful place and she is looking forward to serving Him, the faculty, and students of Portland Adventist Academy.

Shawna Irvine
Shawna IrvineAdministrative Assistant
Ext. 214
Maybe the most important thing to know is that Shawna keeps a candy bowl filled on her desk. But more importantly than that, Shawna keeps PAA in order. She’s had lots of practice as a wife that manages a family of active boys. She keeps up with them, too. She’s a roller skater, rollerblader, and a great softball player. She’s even played on various softball teams around Portland and Vancouver for many years. Shawna’s also into hiking. One of her proudest climb is Mt. St. Helens. You can probably find Shawna at most of our sports games with her camera. She absolutely loves taking pictures of her kids even though they don’t appreciate it. Her time at PAA has taught her that teenagers are fun! She loves watching them grow into young adults during their short time here and seeing the miracles God works in their lives. Shawna loves Jesus and it shows through her energy and efforts at PAA.
Dawn Johnson
Dawn JohnsonOffice Manager
Ext. 210
If Mondays (or Tuesdays through Fridays) get you down, be sure to pass through our front doors for a bit of sunshine. Mrs. Dawn Johnson is the antithesis of a humdrum day. Besides her gift of greeting each person who walks through our front doors, she’s also the campus know-it-all, because, well, if you don’t know it, she likely does. She keeps our calendar, our names, and our faces straight and, best of all, it seems she has a PAA history book tucked away inside her beautiful blonde head. Dawn grew up in Portland and graduated from PAA in 1987. She later returned to PAA and has been here for a 19 years. During that time, she has taught Health and PE, coached volleyball, and girls’ golf and she is currently coaching the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team. One of her greatest responsibilities at PAA is her role as Student Association head sponsor. She’s married to our Ty Johnson, our Vice Principal and they have two children. She loves all sports but her favorites are volleyball and softball. She’s been playing in softball leagues since she was 15 years old. She gets a lot of enjoyment out of camping, spending time in nature with her family, and getting lost in a good book.
Sheldon Parris
Sheldon ParrisPrincipal
Ext. 212
Next to his school photo in his PAA senior yearbook, Mr. Parris said his career ambition was to become a Pastor. But after completing a religion degree from Walla Walla University he discovered his call to ministry was actually in the classroom! His journey is a love story that lands him right back here at PAA, his spiritual home. (Read that story here – link). Mr. Parris is a guy with a lot of love in his life. His teammate for life is his wife Christiana. She is his rock and daily inspires him to be a better person. Sheldon is also fortunate to have so many family members here in Portland. He says their love and faith in him has been a foundation throughout his life. Mr. Parris has fun trying new food and cooking up a feast for friends. He has a big heart for soccer and all things sports! Most importantly, Mr. Parris enjoys making connections with students and gaining energy from their enthusiasm, curiosity, innocence, and passion for life. He chose continue his career in Adventist education because he wants to make a lasting spiritual impact on young people. Mr. Parris knows first-hand just how powerful an Adventist education can be in a young person’s life. Young Sheldon was raised in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago but when he was 16, he moved to Portland and began attending PAA in the middle of the school year. “Although the climate was cold at that time of year, the PAA family was warm,” he says. “From the first time I walked into the school, I felt welcomed.” These first impressions made a lasting impression. And these precious revelations continued. “Before I came to PAA as a student, I believed in God but a relationship with him was non-existent,” said Mr. Parris. “But I saw in my peers something that I had never seen before. They were in love with Jesus Christ and it showed in everything they did. I wanted a connection with Christ more than anything else. It was at PAA that I started reading my Bible for the first time. I attended Bible Studies, paid close attention in Bible class, prayed like I had never prayed before, and soon was baptized. PAA gave me much more than academic knowledge. It gave me Jesus!”
Mechelle Peinado
Mechelle PeinadoAP Psychology / AP US History / Senior Project & Personal Finance
Ext. 231

Click here to see Mrs. Peinado’s website.

Mechelle Peinado is a trusted source of wisdom. You’ll find her teaching an Advanced Placement class, Personal Finance, as well as guiding our seniors through the challenging process of the Senior Project. “Guide” is the perfect word for Mrs. Peinado. She is our V.P. of Academics and serves our school as an advocate for students and families.  Mrs. Peinado is one of the most well-rounded people you’ll ever meet. You can often find her in the mountains skiing or camping with her husband and two sons. She’s also a fantastic cook and enjoys traveling when she can. She’s incredibly experienced and educated! She is actually an attorney and used to serve as the legal counselor and attorney for HIV+ clients at the AIDS Project. She has also worked in Mozambique for Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). Her colleagues and leaders respect, Mechelle very much. For example, she was awarded the 2014 Adventist Alumni Foundation Teacher of the Year prize as well as the 2014 Blueprint Award. Most importantly, her students can back up her abilities. They sing her praises because of her genuine desire to help them grow academically and through Christ.

Norm Ballou
Norm BallouAdvanced Physical Training
Ext. 223
Norm Ballou is a legend at PAA. You’ll know that’s true when you meet “Norm” the cougar, our school mascot who is often spotted goofing-off and high-fiving fans at PAA basketball games. Not only has Norm – the person – spent 17 years coaching basketball and teaching from time to time, but Norm was also on the original committee that identified the Christ-centered and character-driven motto we strive to live by. He believes that living it happens easily when your whole school buys into the philosophy. He knows PAA students have a foundation in the Christ-centered, character-driven program and that it affects every aspect of school life – including health and athletics. He brings that attitude to his Advanced Physical Training students as well as the varsity boys basketball team. Because of this, he has been honored to receive OSAA’s League Coach of the Year award many times over the years. He attributes that to the students who make up an exceptional team. He says PAA’s great program is what makes it easy to help young athletes develop into great athletes and teams. Norm loves PAA and the noise of the crowd. But after all that noise, he finds contentment in working on his farm or fly fishing.
Linda Johnson
Linda JohnsonHonors Anatomy & Physiology / Assistant A.D. / Health - Physical Education (Girls)
Ext. 251
As our Girls’ Health and PE teacher, living actively and happily is one of the most important ways Mrs. Johnson demonstrates a healthy life. She loves to ski, wake-board, water ski, bike, run, golf, hike, play tennis and run marathons, half marathons or 5ks. Coaching brings Mrs. Johnson joy and deepens her bond to her students. She believes the experience of a loss is as important as a victory. But she also focuses on helping her teams foster friendship and memories because she knows they’ll remember each other more than they’ll remember every win or loss. Mrs. Johnson is known for teaching her students compassion and concern for the world through awareness experiences (Disability Day, Pink Out Walk for Breast Cancer, Flour Sack Babies and more). Amid this busy life, Mrs. Johnson knows when it’s time to seek solitude. She loves to experience God in nature; in the quiet on a mountain or walking the beach. This is where she hears the still small voice of our Creator who, she knows, is clearly guiding her path. Thankfully that path led her to PAA in an amazing way. Although her formal education is in Dental Hygiene, it was Divine leading that opened the doors to PAA and into a field of education. PAA holds a massive part of her heart. She is an alumna, a parent of two PAA graduates and a part of the teaching staff. She adores each student and cares for each staff member. Her husband is her best friend and being a mother is one of the greatest blessings of her life.
Lance Judd
Lance JuddAthletic Director / Health-Physical Education (Boys)
Ext. 221
Lance Judd has been our Athletic Director for 15 years. It’s also important to note that Mr. Judd is an alumni in more than one way. Not only did he graduate from PAA, but he also spent much of his childhood running the halls while his father coached the varsity team. During most of his 15 year career at PAA he led our Boys Varsity Basketball team as Head Coach. In 2009 he achieved OSAA’s 3A Athletic Director of the Year award. For good reason. He is a quiet and Godly leader for our young men. Although basketball is a big part of what he does, baseball is his favorite sport. He adores his three children and spends as much time with them as he can; especially playing water sports. You’ll find that Mr. Judd loves the Lord and it shows through his work at PAA.

Ty Johnson
Ty JohnsonBuilding Project Manager
Ext. 218
The exciting progress towards our new school building has been led and directed by Mr. Johnson. This takes prayerful and careful leadership. He’s getting the job done and it’s an exciting time for PAA. Besides leading out in more serious matters at school, you’ll find he also thrives as a leader of our student body. His mentorship during our Class Challenges and Retreats is invaluable. He is also a fantastic coach. Mr. Johnson and his wife Dawn (also a PAA staff member) coach our Girls’ Varsity Basketball team. Ty and Dawn have been married 23 years and for most of those years they have been a part of our PAA family. And that’s exactly what he loves about this school. PAA has always been a family to him. Besides Ty and Dawn’s 280-some PAA kids, they actually do have two biological children; Jarrett who is a new alumnus of PAA and Tori who is still a student here. Their furry family member, Huckleberry, is a Black Lab and can often be found loyally curled up in Mr. Johnson’s office. When Mr. Johnson has some free time, he enjoys fly fishing and golf.
Savannah Maxwell
Savannah MaxwellCampaign Manager
Ext. 232

Savannah recently finished a B.S. in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in International and Community Relations. Her education, coupled with experiences of her many responsibilities at Big Lake Youth Camp, have created a perfect match for our Development Department. She’s making important connections and building an effective communication plan which is the foundation to a successful campaign. Savannah sees PAA’s Christ-centered and character-driven learning environment as a gift to students and families. “What we offer is rare for a small private school,” she says. “The strength of the programs from athletics, arts, and music are important for developing well rounded individuals. And the faculty truly care about each student.” Savannah knows this first hand as she graduated from PAA in 2010. As an adult, she looks back and knows that PAA played a pivotal role in her spiritual maturation and was exactly what she needed to help navigate some difficult seasons of her young life. Savannah developed a heart for service and missions while she was at PAA. She’s found her niche in non-profit work and she supports organizations that are making important differences in the world; Kiva, Amnesty International, Ashoka, and TWLOHA are a few of her favorites. Don’t let Savannah’s sweetness fool you. She’s tough, too. “I am overly competitive when it comes to playing just about any game,” she admits. “From a friendly game of soccer to Uno, I’m in it to win it.” But all that melts away when it’s time to relax. She loves trying out new restaurants with friends and eating delicious food. She’s a big reader, is a piano player, and she has plans to get back into painting, one of her most loved and missed hobbies.

Monte Torkelsen
Monte TorkelsenDevelopment Director / Campus Chaplain
Ext. 254
Monte Torkelsen, or Pastor Monte, as he is called around here, loves working with young people. After a career dedicated to teens – 24 years of youth ministry, including 13 as Director of Big Lake Youth Camp – he felt called to serve PAA. Pastor Monte recently joined PAA as our Chaplain and Development Director. His greatest joy is seeing the dreams of young people begin to become a reality. He joined the right team of people to work with because that is exactly what happens at PAA. We’re blessed to have his love of Christ and his character-driven personality helping to fulfill our goal to someday meet every student in heaven. It’s important to note that Pastor Monte has a rich history with our school. He graduated from PAA in 1980 and two of his three sons are also a part of the PAA alumni family. His youngest is blessed (or not so blessed) to have dad at school every day. In Pastor Monte’s spare time he loves to spend time with Darla, his wife and the love of his life. They like riding bikes, going for hikes, taking pictures, and playing an occasional round of golf.
Liesl Vistaunet
Liesl VistaunetPublic Relations & Communications / Web Manager
Ext. 256
Liesl Vistaunet calls herself a professional pedestrian. She’s also a songwriter, a singer, a ukulele lover, a whole food chef, and a volunteer addict. As our Public Relations Communications Director she serves as our story teller. She loves to share news about PAA and the wonderful ways it makes an impact in our community. One of her favorite things to do is to listen to people tell their stories. Her stories begin and end with listening ears and an open heart. When she’s not writing or listening to students, staff or parents, she is busy with responsibilities at her church, at her son’s school, and as a volunteer at organizations that deal with social-justice issues. For fun, she loves exploring Portland as a pedestrian and walking across beautiful bridges. Exploring, seeking adventure, and spontaneous fun with friends and her family renew her spirit. She gets giddy about the adventures of traveling the United States by train, car, or on foot with her husband and their young son. As a family, their mission is to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God. Liesl’s work at PAA helps her fulfill this mission.

Mechelle Peinado
Mechelle PeinadoVP of Student Services / AP Psych / Senior Project & Personal Finance / Guidance Counselor
Ext. 231

Click here to see Mrs. Peinado’s  website.

Mechelle Peinado is a trusted source of wisdom. You’ll find her teaching two Advanced Placement classes Personal Finance, as well as guiding our seniors through the challenging process of the Senior Project. “Guide” is the perfect word for Mrs. Peinado. She happens to be PAA’s Guidance Counselor and her door is always open. Mrs. Peinado is one of the most well-rounded people you’ll ever meet. You can often find her in the mountains skiing or camping with her husband and two sons. She’s also a fantastic cook and enjoys traveling when she can. She has worked in Mozambique for Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), she is an attorney and used to practice law. She has also worked as a counselor to HIV patients and recently completed her Masters Degree in Education. She hasn’t been teaching long but already has two awards to back up her excellent reputation. She was awarded the 2014 Adventist Alumni Foundation Teacher of the Year prize as well as the 2014 Blueprint Award. Most importantly, her students can back up her abilities. They sing her praises because of her genuine desire to help them grow academically and through Christ.

Mary Sperl
Mary SperlRegistrar / Library Supervisor /
Ext. 244
Mrs. Sperl has a kind smile for anyone and a genuine “hello.” Her approachable spirit helps students, parents, and alumni feel at ease. Mrs. Sperl is a helper. She’s been turning chaos into perfection for most of her life and she says that working in education brings her a lot of self-satisfaction and it even feeds her soul. She has spent the last 14 years either volunteering or working at Scappoose Adventist Elementary School. She and her husband found Scappoose Adventist Church when their oldest daughter was just five. They were soon baptized and became active and faithful members of the church and school. Mrs. Sperl can boast (or maybe bemoan) that she has one child in college, one in high school, and one still in elementary school. Juggling three academic calendars, keeping her home in order, and working at two schools part time is quite the balancing act. But Mrs. Sperl thrives. She says that someday she will be glad to get back into reading, singing, and camping. Until then, she’s loving her very busy life. She enjoys the energy of teens and connecting with them on both an academic and spiritual level.

Monte Torkelsen
Monte TorkelsenCampus Ministries Director / Campus Chaplain
Ext. 254
Monte Torkelsen, or Pastor Monte, as he is called around here, loves working with young people. After a career dedicated to teens – 24 years of youth ministry, including 13 as Director of Big Lake Youth Camp – he felt called to serve PAA. Pastor Monte recently joined PAA as our Chaplain and Development Director. His greatest joy is seeing the dreams of young people begin to become a reality. He joined the right team of people to work with because that is exactly what happens at PAA. We’re blessed to have his love of Christ and his character-driven personality helping to fulfill our goal to someday meet every student in heaven. It’s important to note that Pastor Monte has a rich history with our school. He graduated from PAA in 1980 and two of his three sons are also a part of the PAA alumni family. His youngest is blessed (or not so blessed) to have dad at school every day. In Pastor Monte’s spare time he loves to spend time with Darla, his wife and the love of his life. They like riding bikes, going for hikes, taking pictures, and playing an occasional round of golf.
Sean Kootsey
Sean KootseyMedia Persuasion / English 1 / AP World History / Publications / Assistant Chaplain
Ext. 254
Mr. Kootsey is ready to inspire! “I have a life-long passion for learning,” says Sean. “I can’t believe I get paid to be at school all day!” When you see Sean’s impressive list of pursuits, you’ll know it’s true. Sean recently finished a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on civic education and the influence of media on political socialization. He received his BA in History and Political Science at Andrews University where he also earned a minor in Religion. During those years, his interest in political socialization was sparked. He even spent time studying the voting patterns of college students. His career in Adventist education is also dynamic. He has experiences in recruitment and enrollment for both Pacific Union College and Andrew’s University. He also served as Principal of Hinsdale Adventist Academy, and has taught classes like history, social studies, and more. While education is a great joy, Sean’s love for his family trumps all. He loves making great memories with his wife Rachel and their two young sons. From jumping on their trampoline, camping, hiking, cycling, or loving on their cat and dog, this is a family that plays together. They’re also great subjects! Sean’s skills and love of photography are practiced on their beautiful faces. “I’m excited to be a part of a school family that I have admired from afar for many years,” says Mr. Kootsey. “My purpose is to help my students become true thinkers and not just mere reflectors of others thoughts. I hope to get a little closer to God each day and to help my students do the same.”

David Huckaby
David HuckabyNetwork Administrator
Ext. 219
David Huckaby, or Huck as he’s called, keeps our technology in working order. His favorite people are his wife and their two year old daughter. He enjoys cliches, fiddling with electronics and gadgets, playing the ukulele, and he is always on the hunt for someone who can challenge him to a game of Rook.
Steve McFeters
Steve McFetersPlant Services Manager
Ext. 234
If he can’t fix it, no one can. He’s the jack of a nearly all trades and knows our campus – every nook and cranny – like the back of his hand. He’s usually the first one here and often the last to leave. And no matter how difficult the job, Steve has a smile on his face. His hard work and positive energy are motivating. He models a character-driven life and his contagious smile let’s you know that Jesus is working along side him.
Stephanie Torgerson
Stephanie TorgersonFood Service Director
“We are what we eat,” says Chef Stef. This awareness is what drives her philosophy in the PAA kitchen as she feeds healthy food to her guests – our students! To Chef Stef, “healthy food” is food that has been created with integrity. From its source in the earth, to the kitchen where it is prepared by loving hands, food sustains us to be active, smart, and energetic people; people who are Christ-centered, character-driven! Chef Stef has big dreams for PAA! Imagine a campus garden where students not only learn the basics of gardening and growing food, but where they take that same food and learn to cook healthy meals that students get to eat during lunch each day. This is her hope and while she feeds our students daily, she sets goals to make this dream a reality for future students. Stephanie’s food and service roots were homegrown at her parents ski lodge in Colorado. She began working there as a teenager managing the everyday responsibilities of guest services. She continued to work seasonally at resorts all over the U.S. Even after earning a History degree in college, service remained the theme of her career. Her excellent organizational skills took her all over the world in military service. She spent years organizing itineraries for visiting VIP’s: Senators, Congressional leaders, Generals, Governors, and even celebrities such as Chuck Norris. After her military service, she continued doing what she loved. She found work in food service and backed up her passion with education at the Culinary Institute of America. She became “Chef Stef!” While the kitchen sustains her in more ways than one, it’s always a joy for Chef Stef to step away from work for rest and rejuvenation. She does that by hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and curling up with a good history book.

Norm Ballou
Norm BallouAdvanced Physical Training
Ext. 223
Norm Ballou is a legend at PAA. You’ll know that’s true when you meet “Norm” the cougar, our school mascot who is often spotted goofing-off and high-fiving fans at PAA basketball games. Not only has Norm – the person – spent 17 years coaching basketball and teaching from time to time, but Norm was also on the original committee that identified the Christ-centered and character-driven motto we strive to live by. He believes that living it happens easily when your whole school buys into the philosophy. He knows PAA students have a foundation in the Christ-centered, character-driven program and that it affects every aspect of school life – including health and athletics. He brings that attitude to his Advanced Physical Training students as well as the varsity boys basketball team. Because of this, he has been honored to receive OSAA’s League Coach of the Year award many times over the years. He attributes that to the students who make up an exceptional team. He says PAA’s great program is what makes it easy to help young athletes develop into great athletes and teams. Norm loves PAA and the noise of the crowd. But after all that noise, he finds contentment in working on his farm or fly fishing.
Rita Barrett
Rita BarrettSpanish I, II, III, IV
Ext. 250
Rita Barrett, or Profe as she is known around here, has a passion to inspire and empower students to make connections with people from Spanish-speaking cultures and to become life-long language learners. Although Spanish is her first love, she also speaks German and is even working a few other languages. She finds adventure through traveling to Spain and Latin America and she enjoys sharing the experience with students during short-term mission trips. In fact, nearly every year she organizes a mission trip or service project. The students who join her missions come away from their experiences with knowledge of a new culture and a love of service. Profe wears another hat. Her second “job” was inspired by her experiences raising a child with many medical needs. It led Profe to Randall Children’s Hospital, where she works part time entertaining and healing patients through clowning. Her love of language often comes in handy at the hospital as she connects cross-culturally with children and families who speak other languages. Christ is at the center of all she does for PAA, for sick children, and for the organizations she gives back to. We recently celebrated with Profe after she completed a Masters Degree in Teaching Spanish and certification requirements. Now that she’s checked that off her to-do list, she is finally looking forward to spending more time hiking and working in her large vegetable garden.
Maria Bibb
Maria BibbInternational Program Director
Ext. 260
Our International Student Program is energetically led by Maria Bibb. Her enthusiasm doesn’t pause at graduation. In fact, her favorite way to spend summers is showing the Northwest to new International Students both in the classroom and on field trips. She also enjoy riding her motorcycle to National Parks with extended family and friends. To say she loves to sing is an understatement. She occasionally breaks into song during class and singing along is encouraged!
Tim Erich
Tim ErichGovernment & Economics / Modern World History / US History
Ext. 252
Dr. Tim Erich is head of our Social Studies department. He recently completed his doctorate of education making him the most educated man on campus. He passes on this love of learning to his students in his Government, Economics, Modern World History, and U.S. History classes. He also spends his energy coaching our Boys’ Junior Varsity Soccer team. Growing up in Asia and spending a year of college in Europe helped him gain an appreciation for the variety of cultures and languages that add to the beautiful diversity of our society and our world. Dr. Erich has been active in religious liberty issues for many years. He has also served as a City Historical Commission Member and was once a candidate for Congress. In his free time, Dr. Erich enjoys photography, historical gaming, singing, and playing & coaching soccer.
Cindy Goh
Cindy GohBiology & Chemistry
Ext. 233
Miss Goh, a PAA graduate of 2007, attended Walla Walla University where she finished a B.A. in Chemistry. If that wasn’t hard enough, she also took the time and energy to complete a minor in Music and Biology! Next to Engineering, those subjects are some of the most difficult to succeed in. But she did and now she shares her super-brain with PAA. She enjoys spending time in nature as well as at her gym. She also likes writing (and receiving) letters the old fashion way. What she enjoys most about PAA is working with a staff family that is genuinely invested in the students’ well-being; their past, present, and future. She loves the process of watching students grow into young adults and seeing what legacies they leave behind.
Jeanne Howard-Snodgrass
Jeanne Howard-SnodgrassAlgebra I
Ext. 238
After teaching home schooled students and tutoring privately for 25 years, Jeanne Howard-Snodgrass isn’t even close to being tired of teaching math. She’s excited to join PAA as a math teacher. While Howard-Snodgrass grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and has lived and traveled to 20 different countries, she has called Maywood Park “home” for 28 years. She and her husband loved raising their three children in this small town with towering trees. She enjoys walking and being in the outdoors. She also loves opening her home to guests, college and seminary students needing to “crash. PAA is like home because one of her children is a recent graduate and she has serves as an International Student host. Joining the teaching staff will bring an even deeper connection to PAA as she marries her skills and love of teaching with the school’s Christ-centered and character-driven motto.  “It especially fulfilling to learn each student’s learning style and alter my teaching style to help each individual be successful,” she says. “Success builds self-confidence in life and helps them perform better in every area!”
Frank Jin
Frank JinComputer Applications /
3D-Animation / Individualized Algebra
Ext. 253
Mr. Jin is found inspiring students in all things tech! Mr. Jin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Pacific Union College. He spent the foundational years of his career in Silicon Valley developing high-tech startup companies. He eventually started his own business which took him and his family to the Portland area. Although Frank was born in South Korea and has been a California boy most of his life, he and his family have come to love the Pacific Northwest. Frank and his wife have three children. Their oldest recently graduated from PAA and another son attends PAA now. Their five-year-old daughter is a fire-cracker! “Her feet don’t touch the ground when she needs to move from one place to another,” says Frank. “Princesses don’t need to use their feet right?” Mr. Jin is always up for a chat about technology. “I’m passionate about how technology can help make our lives better, more convenient, and more exciting.” But he’s also good at modeling a healthy life offline. His green thumbs keep him busy in his yard planting, pruning, watering, and weeding. “Mostly weeding,” he adds. He stays busy and healthy by exploring the Pacific Northwest and all the local wonders. Hiking, kayaking, backpacking, and snowboarding are a few of his favorite ways to have fun. “I am excited that Jesus is coming back soon,” says Frank. “To be a part of His prophetic church and to be able to share my faith with young people all the while helping them to increase their knowledge and skills in an ever changing techno-world is thrilling!
Bob Johnson
Bob JohnsonAlgebra II / Precalculus / Statistics & Probability
Ext. 222
Bob Johnson has loved PAA since the day he stepped onto campus as a transferring freshman in January of 1971 (when it was still called Portland Union Academy). Then in 1989 he was thrilled to be asked to join the staff of PAA. Over the past 25 years, he’s loved working with the students, parents, pastors, staff, and friends of PAA. There are some things that might surprise you about Mr. Johnson. Notice the mysterious door in his classroom. It leads to one of PAA’s treasures: the music studio. It is a professional music studio with top of the line instruments and industry standard equipment. It is partially (and sometimes fully) funded and totally cared for by Mr. Johnson. Bob’s talent and love of gardening are also visible throughout our campus landscaping. Look closely and you’ll find trees, flower beds, and even grapevines that were carefully planted by him. Mr. Johnson and his wife Rhonda love eating, fixing up their home, and traveling around the Oregon and Washington coasts as well as Great Britain. They adore all their animal children; two young cats as well as a young Portuguese Water Dog.
Linda Johnson
Linda JohnsonHonors Anatomy & Physiology / Assistant A.D. / Health - Physical Education (Girls)
Ext. 251
As our Girls’ Health and PE teacher, living actively and happily is one of the most important ways Mrs. Johnson demonstrates a healthy life. She loves to ski, wake-board, water ski, bike, run, golf, hike, play tennis and run marathons, half marathons or 5ks. Coaching brings Mrs. Johnson joy and deepens her bond to her students. She believes the experience of a loss is as important as a victory. But she also focuses on helping her teams foster friendship and memories because she knows they’ll remember each other more than they’ll remember every win or loss. Mrs. Johnson is known for teaching her students compassion and concern for the world through awareness experiences (Disability Day, Pink Out Walk for Breast Cancer, Flour Sack Babies and more). Amid this busy life, Mrs. Johnson knows when it’s time to seek solitude. She loves to experience God in nature; in the quiet on a mountain or walking the beach. This is where she hears the still small voice of our Creator who, she knows, is clearly guiding her path. Thankfully that path led her to PAA in an amazing way. Although her formal education is in Dental Hygiene, it was Divine leading that opened the doors to PAA and into a field of education. PAA holds a massive part of her heart. She is an alumna, a parent of two PAA graduates and a part of the teaching staff. She adores each student and cares for each staff member. Her husband is her best friend and being a mother is one of the greatest blessings of her life.
Lance Judd
Lance JuddAthletic Director / Health & Physical Education (Boys)
Ext. 221
Lance Judd has been our Athletic Director for 15 years. It’s also important to note that Mr. Judd is an alumni in more than one way. Not only did he graduate from PAA, but he also spent much of his childhood running the halls while his father coached the varsity team. During most of his 15 year career at PAA he led our Boys Varsity Basketball team as Head Coach. In 2009 he achieved OSAA’s 3A Athletic Director of the Year award. For good reason. He is a quiet and Godly leader for our young men. Although basketball is a big part of what he does, baseball is his favorite sport. He adores his three children and spends as much time with them as he can; especially playing water sports. You’ll find that Mr. Judd loves the Lord and it shows through his work at PAA.
David Knapp
David KnappAuto Mechanics
David Knapp teaches young PAA technicians the foundations of auto mechanics and brings with him a wealth of experience. For 24 years Mr. Knapp worked on more than 250 different pieces of machinery for the City of Gresham. From fire engines, police cars, dump trucks, and any other vehicle you can imagine, Mr. Knapp keeps engines in tip-top shape! He brings this skill to PAA students. “My goal is to make them aware of their cars,” he says. “I want them to know how to do basic preventative maintenance and then teach them how to diagnose a problem as well. It’s a basic and important skill that can save a person thousands of dollars.” Mr. Knapp also wants to show his students that it’s possible to make a good living in the auto industry. He plans to take students to a dealership garage for a tour and to see the potential of career growth in the industry. Mr. Knapp spends plenty of time relaxing. He enjoys a good round of golf, bird-watching, photography, and challenging himself with his new hobby, woodworking. Knapp’s loyalty and love runs deep. He is not only a PAA graduate, but he has served as a board member representing the Sandy SDA church and has had a total of 11 Knapp family members who have graduated from PAA. One of his four children recently graduated from PAA and another one begins this year.  “It’s just been such a great school,” he says. “I enjoyed being here as a student and I’ve enjoyed having my kids here. It’s an all-around great school for any kid to grow up in.”
Sean Kootsey
Sean KootseyMedia Persuasion / Publications / Assistant Chaplain
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Mr. Kootsey is ready to inspire! “I have a life-long passion for learning,” says Sean. “I can’t believe I get paid to be at school all day!” When you see Sean’s impressive list of pursuits, you’ll know it’s true. Sean recently finished a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on civic education and the influence of media on political socialization. He received his BA in History and Political Science at Andrews University where he also earned a minor in Religion. During those years, his interest in political socialization was sparked. He even spent time studying the voting patterns of college students. His career in Adventist education is also dynamic. He has experiences in recruitment and enrollment for both Pacific Union College and Andrew’s University. He also served as Principal of Hinsdale Adventist Academy, and has taught classes like history, social studies, and more. While education is a great joy, Sean’s love for his family trumps all. He loves making great memories with his wife Rachel and their two young sons. From jumping on their trampoline, camping, hiking, cycling, or loving on their cat and dog, this is a family that plays together. They’re also great subjects! Sean’s skills and love of photography are practiced on their beautiful faces. “I’m excited to be a part of a school family that I have admired from afar for many years,” says Mr. Kootsey. “My purpose is to help my students become true thinkers and not just mere reflectors of others thoughts. I hope to get a little closer to God each day and to help my students do the same.”
Mark Kooy
Mark KooyFoundations of Visual Arts / Advanced Visual Art
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Art is a lifestyle for Mr. Kooy. He likes making “stuff.” Anything, really. He says that even if it is cheaper to buy something, he’d rather make it. He even made a working flashlight from the 3D printer in PAA’s industrial workshop. Working at PAA gives him the opportunity to work on 48 or more different ideas and projects at the same time. He loves inspiring and watching his students get hooked on imagination and creation. Away from PAA, Mr. Kooy is an accomplished artist. His work has been featured in downtown galleries and you can even find one of his bronze sculptures at the Oregon Zoo (“Oscar” is the most lovable metal otter you’ll ever meet!). Mr. Kooy and his wife Nancy enjoy kayaking, traveling, and building straw houses. And he’s a water guy! He scuba dives, boats, paddle boards and loves swimming. As an artist, Mr. Kooy sees God’s loves for him in a truly unique way. He adores his Creator and says he can only imagine in a small capacity how much God loves us – His creation. He shares this beautiful belief with his students and encourages them to walk with their Designer through the creative process.
Steve Lemke
Steve LemkeIntroduction to the Bible / Bible I / Bible III
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Steve Lemke loves to introduce young people to Jesus. The roots of this passion, and ultimately his career path, most likely began as a boy. Steve was a camper at Big Lake Youth Camp and he was inspired by his counselor, Lance Judd who later grew up to become our Athletic Director. Steve eventually became a Camp Counselor at Big Lake, just like Lance, where his leadership skills, his love of Jesus, and compassion for young people fused together and paved the path to his future as a teacher and youth pastor. Besides his love for Christ and kids, Mr. Lemke loves sports, good friends, and he adores his family; wife Laurel, and their two young children.
Joseph Long
Joseph LongAdvanced Media Arts / Foundations of Media Arts
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Mr. Long brings his diverse and impressive career experiences to his classroom. Outside of PAA, Mr. Long runs a digital creative agency, Very Long Media, that fuses together his skills in filmmaking, photography, storytelling, and art. Together with his brother, aerial cinematographer Jonny Long, they produce commercials & videos for a variety of clients. His work has screened at multiple venues and festivals across the world, including Pakistan. If you spend some extra time with him, you’ll discover his uniqueness. He is the oldest of seven children. He loves typewriters, 20th century history, and libraries. Since early childhood, he has wanted to be left handed. But is not. He enjoys eating food, especially his wife’s sweet potato curry, and sampling food carts across Portland. He has a lovely, mischievous Scandinavian wife who can count to ten in Norwegian. They are raising two children who are still shorter than them. They go on many adventurous excursions throughout the city and country, play a lot of Twenty Questions, and listen to a great deal of music. Frequently at loud volume. Their home is piled high with books, unfinished art projects, and a whole lotta love. They become hardcore football fans every year right before the Super Bowl. What Mr. Long loves about being at PAA is the opportunity to share his enthusiasm for photography, filmmaking, digital art & design. As they explore these disciplines, students build life skills such as creative problem-solving, working collaboratively, and gaining a deeper awareness of self-confidence, respect, and empathy. He works hard to develop a sense of wonder, appreciation, curiosity, observational skills, and imagination about God’s world. He feels a deep sense of honor to play a role in PAA’s unique and diverse community. And he joins, with pride, the commitment to caring for its students.
Stephen Lundquist
Stephen LundquistBible II / Bible IV / Publications / Speech & Debate
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Christ-centered and Character-driven, Pastor Stephen does everything with purpose and care. It took discipline and intention to train and finish the Ironman Triathalon of Cour d’ Alene in 2012. We are blessed that he brings triathlon training qualities to PAA. He also brings friendship. His fellow staff members and students know him as trustworthy, loyal, and wise. His wife Kyndre and daughter Kate are the loves of his life. And it would be a shame if we forgot to mention Norman, his faithful old Boxer and furry family member. Pastor Stephen and his family love exploring the Oregon Coast, trying new restaurants and spending time at a family cabin on Wallowa Lake. Pastor Stephen is a runner, a water skier, and a cyclist. In fact, if he’s unusually sweaty some mornings, you’ll know it was a day he got up early to ride the 17.2 miles from his home to our front doors. Most importantly, Pastor Stephen’s lifestyle and his compassion for our world is a source of inspiration to everyone he meets.
Drechelle McCray
Drechelle McCrayEnglish I / English III / AP English Language & Composition
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Drechelle McCray gives it to God. She claims His plans and purpose for her life and praises Him through storms and blessings alike. Her Christ-centered and Character-driven attitude is noticed by her students, coworkers and friends. They know she loves the Lord. Mrs. McCray is passionate about equality and social justice. And she challenges her students to be equally as passionate about their values and beliefs. She likes to empower students with skills in discussion and debate. Her goal is to send her students into the world knowing what they believe and how to express their views in fair and thoughtful ways. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. McCray is active in her church where she sings and helps to lead gospel worship. She has taken that same gift and blessed PAA with a Gospel Choir. Her love of reading is nearly an obsession. Books, magazines, and even the backs of cereal boxes are fair game. She loves getting lost in words. Writing words and bringing them to life on a page is a thrill for her. Another thrill is football season. If she’s not watching football, she’s planning out her fantasy football team. But hands down, her favorite team is her family. She believes that just like any sports team, every person in a family plays an important role and position. Her husband and baby son are the best teammates she could have ever asked for. Find her class website here! www.eclap.weebly.com
Mechelle Peinado
Mechelle PeinadoVP of Student Servies / AP Psychology / Senior Project & Personal Finance
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Mechelle Peinado is a trusted source of wisdom. You’ll find her teaching two Advanced Placement classes Personal Finance, as well as guiding our seniors through the challenging process of the Senior Project. “Guide” is the perfect word for Mrs. Peinado. She happens to be PAA’s Guidance Counselor and her door is always open. Mrs. Peinado is one of the most well-rounded people you’ll ever meet. You can often find her in the mountains skiing or camping with her husband and two sons. She’s also a fantastic cook and enjoys traveling when she can. She has worked in Mozambique for Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), she is an attorney and used to practice law. She has also worked as a counselor to HIV patients and recently completed her Masters Degree in Education. She hasn’t been teaching long but already has two awards to back up her excellent reputation. She was awarded the 2014 Adventist Alumni Foundation Teacher of the Year prize as well as the 2014 Blueprint Award. Most importantly, her students can back up her abilities. They sing her praises because of her genuine desire to help them grow academically and through Christ.

Kevin Petersen
Kevin PetersenAlgebra 1 / Earth Science & Marine Biology / Geometry / Conceptual Physics
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PAA is home to Mr. Petersen. Besides teaching here for 19 years, he also attended PAA all four years of high school and now works side by side some of his former teachers. He has a B.S. in Bio-engineering as well as an M.B.A. Mr. Petersen never wastes a summer with his family. His wife and three children are the most important people in his life and they’re frequently seeking out summer fun. He loves playing golf, basketball, and pretty much any other sport you could name. He’s a traveler and is always up for an adventure! As a scuba diver, he once did a wreck dive in the Truck Lagoon in the South Pacific. He also has a Private Pilots License as well as a Seaplane Rating. But there are other adventures that are just as thrilling to Mr. Petersen. The adventure of curiosity is the catalyst to learning and Mr. Petersen loves to learn. These values are essential in his classroom and he is gifted at passing this spirit on to his students.
Erik Peterson
Erik PetersonGuitar (I & II) & Music Theory / Performance & Production
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Young PAA alumnus, Erik Peterson is humbled to join PAA as he replaces his mentor and former PAA teacher, Tim Ellis. Peterson earned his music degree from Warner Pacific University while continuing to seek mentorship from Ellis before his death last winter. Peterson has spent countless of unpaid-hours as an intern in two professional recording studios, including Ellis’. This experience makes Peterson a natural fit for PAA’s well developed music theory, guitar, performance, and production courses. He is accomplished musician who gifts his students with character-driven work ethic. My goal is to see students work hard on our craft, to become musicians while also having a lot of fun integrating our work with anything else we might be excited about,” says Peterson. “For example, if a student is working on a film in art class, they could create the music in my class.”Peterson is also well rounded. He was home-grown in Camas, Washington. Naturally, he is a Blazers fan but truly enjoys all NBA sports. He loves watching movies, Seinfeld reruns, trying new food, and, of course, consuming music. Peterson is in a couple of bands and leads worship music at Van City, a new church in Vancouver, where Peterson now lives. Hobbies are important, but work is fulfilling. “What excites me about my work at PAA is the time I get to spend with students and seeing them become better musicians over time,” he says. “I’m excited to help them use their skills in Christ-centered ways; whether that’s in worship, with our friends at school, or in completely new ways that the students are excited about.”
Kelli Rosenquist
Kelli RosenquistAP Calculus / Intro to Calculus
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Mrs. Rosenquist and her husband Todd were great friends when they were students here at PAA. They later fell in love, married, and now have three beautiful children. When Mrs. Rosenquist isn’t teaching at PAA, she’s actively involved at her kids’ schools leading out at PTA meetings and heading up big events. The Rosenquist family recently had an extraordinary adventure in Europe visiting Iceland, Finland, England, Belgium, and France. They love to get outside to hike and camp. Mrs. Rosenquist’s secret power is her serving arm. She’s a fantastic volleyball player and stays active in local leagues and even plays in tournaments. Mrs. Rosenquist’s love of math, students, and teaching shine through her instructions and inspire the desire to discover and learn. Tests may show their knowledge but this quality is immeasurable.
Sonia Shim
Sonia ShimEnglish II
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Lucky for us, Sonia Shim loves books! “Literature is truly a window into every subject, culture, time period and emotion you can imagine,” she says. “So much can be learned from studying the written work of those who have come before us and have shaped our world.” She brings this kind of joy into her classroom every day because “teaching is a noble responsibility and privilege,” as she says. Mrs. Shim received her BA in English from UCLA and then taught at Loma Linda Academy Junior High. She then started successful SAT and PSAT tutoring business from home for several years. Portland is home to Sonia. But only because, after 11 years, it’s the longest place she’s ever lived. She loves Portland and says she’s never looked back on her exciting life living in every region of the country. But along with this sense of belonging, there also comes a wandering and curious spirit. She loves traveling and says she’s always itching for her next adventure! She recently led a mission trip to Belize. She also travels often for her home business, a flash-sale website called Hello, Potato. Sonia adores her husband, Kevin, and their two kids, Caleb and Casey. From golf, YouTube, music, fashion, travel, books, and their dog Fritz, their hobbies are diverse and their energy is boundless. She also adores her colleagues. “To me there is no better community than that of like-minded individuals striving for the same goal,” she says. “We can root for each other, strengthen one another, and hold each other accountable. My hope for my students is that they learn the value of their place on this earth and that they will yearn to contribute to it!”
Mark Smith
Mark Smith AP Computer Science Principals / Computer Applications / 2D Animation
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Mark Smith is the famous one. He recently won a “Teacher of the Year” award from the Alumni Awards Foundation, a national organization recognizing exceptional teachers at Adventist schools. His fame also comes from a book about one of the most adventurous experiences of his life. “Wings of Steel,” by Richard Jensen, is the written account of Mr. Smith and a friend who hold the world record for longest big wall climb. And THAT is the real claim to fame. He spent 39 days on the face of El Capitan and endured the worst summer storm season on record. One storm lasted three days. And speaking of records, Mr. Smith, and his wife and two kids, recently spent over two weeks on a road trip where they visited five National Parks and six National Monuments, their family’s best and most exhausting vacation ever. They all love to rock and mountain climb so they spent time on this trip to do just that. As a family, they climbed Devil’s Tower – taking a full eight hours to complete. He and his daughter also climbed the highest peak in the Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s not just a hobby, it’s a way of life that feeds his soul. And this benefits PAA. Students are blessed by Mr. Smith’s guidance not just in the classroom, or as their Academic V.P., but also through PAA’s Climbing Club which he has sponsored for over a decade. Because he recognizes that not all kids enjoy team sports, he uses his passion for climbing to inspire them to push themselves, stay physically active, make new friends, connect with God’s creation, and to develop skills that help them navigate life. This gift is invaluable.
Deanne Sparks
Deanne SparksAP English Lit & Composition / English IV / Drama
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Deanne Sparks brings her students a wealth of knowledge and experience (Check this out!). Besides having taught at several different University and high schools, she continues her own professional growth very seriously. She is currently earning her Ph.D. in English from the University of North Dakota, she has Master’s degrees in both English and American History, and has a B.S. in Social Studies from Pacific Union College.  She strives to lay a strong academic foundation for her students. “I believe in creating a classroom environment that provides multiple opportunities to discover and explore new ways of critically analyzing and engaging with the world,” says Sparks.
Herb Terreri
Herb TerreriAmerican Sign Language I & II
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Mr. Terreri is a pioneer in his field. It’s only fitting that he launch PAA’s first course in American Sign Language. The gravitas of Mr. Terreri’s career brings opportunity to our students. Besides teaching Sign Language to deaf, hard of hearing, and mainstream high school students, Mr. Terreri was a successful advocate for the deaf in southern California. He led and worked on many state committees and advisory boards that advocated acceptance of Sign Language in public schools. He also helped develop and implement Sign Language systems for the entire state of California. And if that weren’t impressive enough, one of Mr. Terreri’s greatest career accomplishments was creating and establishing the Sign Language program at Santa Ana Community College. Thanks to him, they boast an Interpreter’s Sign Language training program as well as the Sign Language and Deaf and Hard-of Hearing Services. The foundation of all of this is his Master’s degree in Communication Special Education and a K-12 certification from Lewis and Clark College. You may have heard many people say that for a school of our size PAA offers a long list core and extracurricular learning opportunities. American Sign Language is one of the many examples of this truth and we owe that to Mr. Terreri! “I’m so excited to be in the High School environment,” he says. “PAA enable’s me to work with a high caliber of students that demonstrate exceptional communication.”
Naomi Woods
Naomi WoodsMusic Department Chair / Band / Choir / Alegria / Music Appreciation / Intro to the Bible
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Naomi Woods’ love of music, students, and Jesus comes full circle as she heads our music department. “My number one job as a teacher is to spark a love of learning,” she says. “I want students to love learning about God, about music, and about how to reach people for God through music.” Ms. Woods’ education reflects that desire. She received her Bachelor’s degree in K-12 Music Education along with a Religion minor from Union College. She then went on to finish her Masters of music Education from Boston University. Before coming to PAA she has worked at schools in Nebraska, California, and even Tualatin Valley Academy, our sister school. Naomi grew up as an Air Force and Army kid so she is well traveled. As an adult, she continues to seek adventure through meaningful travel opportunities. She took a year out of college to live in Australia to work as a dean and campus ministries director and she most recently returned from Zimbabwe where she spent her summer teaching music at an orphanage with newstartchildrenshome.org. Naomi is an active and energetic person with a love of both art and athletics. In her spare time she enjoys tennis, kayaking, hiking, reading, painting, writing, and anything involving creativity or the outdoors. She also loves giving her time and skills to help others. Miss Woods says she’s thrilled to be at PAA among a supportive community with excited students. “I believe that all students are important and can learn music,” she says. “I believe that students don’t have to choose between athletics or music but can be gifted in both areas. I believe that music should be fun and productive and that it can’t just be one or the other. I believe in the value of humor to educate and manage. I believe music is a core class of infinite value.”