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8 New Staff Members Join Spencerville Adventist Academy

Story by Heidi Wetmore

Spencerville Adventist Academy is excited to introduce eight new staff members (pictured in order mentioned). Tissiana Bowerman joins the administrative team as head principal. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Andrews University (Mich.), she earned a Master of Education, with an emphasis in Educational Administration and Supervision from Southern Adventist University (Tenn.). Having 20-plus years of experience, covering a broad spectrum of administration, she is uniquely qualified to lead SAA. “I look forward to what we will accomplish as God leads our school to grow and witness for Him,” she says.

SAA is also happy to welcome Alexy Gatica as the new guidance counselor. Gatica graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology from Southern Adventist University, and recently completed her Master of Arts in Youth and Young Adult Ministry from Andrews University. She will serve as the coun- selor for all grades, as well as provide college prepara- tion guidance for high school students.

SAA also welcomes Isaac Tyman as the new PE teacher. Tyman received his Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education/Health K–12 from Southern Adventist University and his Master of Science in Physical Education/Athletic Administration from Azusa Pacific University (Calif.).

New to the elementary teaching staff this year is Joan Waite who will teach an additional fourth-grade class, due to an overwhelming number of interested fourth-grade students. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Atlantic Union College (Mass.).

Amanda May Walter is the new seventh-grade homeroom and middle school math teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor (Ontario), as well as a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with German Emphasis from Southern Adventist University. She strives to help young students learn of the Master Teacher.

We are happy to welcome Kimberly Terry as our IT/STEM facilitator. Terry has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Columbia Union College (Md.), as well as a Master of Science in Technology for Educators from Johns Hopkins University (Md.). She looks forward to providing schoolwide support for technologies throughout the school. Terry will also coordinate the STEM activities in the elementary and middle school.

Viara Levterova joins the staff as the high school Spanish teacher. With a Master of Arts in Spanish from Texas A&M University, and a Master of Arts in French from the University of North Texas, Levterova has a passion for teaching and using languages.

Also new to the high school this year is math teacher Brody Wiedemann. He is a graduate of Southern Adventist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education. “I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for learning with my future students,” says Wiedemann.


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