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Alumni Weekend, May 3-5

Join friends and family for PAA / PUA Alumni Weekend on May 3 through 5.
Plan for special events Friday through Sunday, including school tours, free lunch, an inspiring gospel choir concert, and a golf tournament to benefit […]

By |February 11th, 2019|

Fernanda’s World Is Her Mission Field

Congratulations, Fernanda Rinza, class of 2018!

Fernanda is PAA’s winner of the Caring Heart Award and Scholarship from the North Pacific Union Conference and was presented to her at PAA’s graduation last month.

Ask anyone who knows Fernanda Rinza and they’ll tell […]

By |July 9th, 2018|

PAA Alumnus, Dr. Terry Johnsson Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

We are celebrating! Dr. Terry Johnsson, a PAA graduate of 1985 and a beloved friend, was recently awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the city of Portland. The award was presented to him at the 33rd Anniversary Celebration of […]

By |January 19th, 2018|

Goodnight, Larry Caudell

Our hearts are heavy as we share that long time former PAA staff member, Larry Caudell, passed away recently. We offer our sympathy and prayers to his wife Nonie, the entire Caudell family, and to his Sandy SDA church family.

Larry […]

By |October 10th, 2017|

Principal Search Update: Jason Bibb Named Interim Principal

Dear PAA Family & Friends,

The board is pleased to announce that Jason Bibb has agreed to serve as PAA’s interim principal for the 2017-18 school year, recognizing that he has helped to ably navigate the school through the summer while […]

By |August 24th, 2017|

Thelma Winter – a Life Sketch

by Tracy Harder, granddaughter and PAA’s 1979 Class President

Hoping to make it to her Mom’s place in Minnesota, Emily and Pearl were surprised when Thelma Vera Payne entered the world not at the Emerson home in Minnesota as expected but […]

By |July 31st, 2017|

PAA / PUA Remembers Mrs. Winter

Thelma Winter, a beloved Portland (Union) Adventist Academy teacher for 31 years and a pillar in Adventist education, passed away peacefully just shy of her 102nd birthday. Over her 50-year career, Winter taught Spanish, English, Advanced Placement English, History, Bible […]

By |July 27th, 2017|

Mrs. Winter Remembers PUA / PAA

“I won’t live long enough to write all the fond memories I have of PUA and PAA . . . I have loved all the precious people I have taught.” 

Thelma Winter’s words ring in our hearts. She was a PUA […]

By |July 7th, 2017|


Portland Adventist Academy recently said goodbye to five incredible staff members. Each of their contributions at PAA have been a gift to our students and staff  and we are forever grateful for their dedicated service to this special community.

Ty Johnson
For 11 […]

By |June 16th, 2017|

Hello, Mrs. Weinstein

Mrs. Weinstein, PAA’s new Photography and Media Arts teacher, is excited to help her students focus their personal hearts’ lenses on Christ. “When He’s your focus it defines your character,” she says.

Mrs. Weinstein is a professional photographer who graduated from […]

By |January 26th, 2017|

Welcome Mr. Erik Peterson to the PAA Music Department

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 […]

By |August 26th, 2016|

Pastor Parris to Principal Parris

Next to his photo in his senior yearbook, our new principal, Sheldon Parris shared his goal to become a Pastor. It was his time as a PAA student that sparked this desire.

Sheldon’s eventual return to PAA is a surprising story that […]

By |June 16th, 2016|