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Marc Andres, B.A.
Mr. Andres is a graduate of Pacific Union College with a degree in English with an emphasis in Secondary Education. He has been on the MVA staff for 21 years and enjoys interacting with students. One of his favorite things about teaching is relating student comments to the subject and discussing them in class. His aim is to help students understand the developing story of mankind through the study of history, geography, and political science. This will in turn help students develop their awareness of the world around them and their roles in it.
Shannon Andres, B.A.
Mrs. Andres previously was a full-time English Teacher at Milo Academy and later here at MVA. She also was a full-time long term English sub last year here at MVA during the 3rd quarter. She will continue to teach two Personal Computing classes as well as teach two English II courses. She begins the MFA in Writing program at the University of San Francisco this fall.
Robert Hicks, B.S.
Mr. Hicks is a graduate of Pacific Union College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physcial Education. Mr. Hicks has been with MVA for the past 16 years. He has over 25 years of teaching experience and has worked as a 7 & 8th grade Teacher, Elementary Principal and has been a Boy's Dean at a boarding campus. His favorite part about teaching is "seeing the light bulbs come on" in the kids when they finally understand a concept he's trying to teach. Physical fitness and health vitally affect the development of the body, mind, and spirit. Physical Education helps each student to deveop mentally, physcially, socially and intellectually. The first goal of our program is to introduce the student to Jesus and the second most import goal is to teach the student to develop well balanced and healthy bodies and characters.
Doug Knecht, M. Mu
Mr. Knecht's favorite part about teaching is helping students learn to share Jesus with others through their music. Music is a gift from God. As such, it should always be used to inspire, enable, and elevate. The goal of the music department is to provide students with the necessary skills to perform, hear, and appreciate music in the context of worship, as well as entertainment, and to make wise choices in the music they choose to hear and perform.
Vickie Knecht, B.A., B.S.
Mrs. Knecht has been with the MVA Family since 2003. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languagues from Southern Adventist University. She spent a year at Universidad de Montemorelos (a Seventh-day Adventist University in Mexico). She has over 30 years of teaching experience and enjoys getting to know her students on an individual basis. All her classes start off with prayer requests. She loves seeing how God works in her students' lives. Mrs. Knecht's favorite part about teaching is being with the student.
Walker Lepulu, B.S.
Mr. Lepulu has a BS in Mathematics from Cal State Monterey Bay. He is currently working on a Masters in Education and his Secondary Single Subject California Clear Credential. While working on his degrees he has tutored for Tutor Doctor and Gavilan College.
Tammie Lindsey-Brown, J.D., M.Div.
Tammie has worked in her own private law practice, for a public affairs firm, and as a Supervising Mediator for the County of Santa Clara. She has also worked as a Projects Coordinator for the Nevada-Utah Conference and an Administrative Pastor at the Mountain View Church in Las Vegas. Tammie has also taught Social Studies at MBA and Andrews Academy.
Ana Martinez, B.A. in Liberal Studies, Minor in Fine Arts. M.A.
Ms. Martinez joined the MVA Family in the fall of 2010. She graduated with her Masters of Arts in Teaching from La Sierra University and loves being with her students. She is the Director of the ESL program and helps International students transition from their country's education system to the US education system. Miss Martinez's favorite part about teaching is inspiring, empowering and transforming young lives through literature and art.
Jim Marxmiller, M.A.
Mr. Marxmiller's favorite part about teaching is seeing students understand scientific concepts and respecting our Creator God. "Science is ever discovering new wonders." (Ellen White, Education, p. 128) "Nature testifies of God...The unseen illustrated by the seen...In no other way can the foundation of a true education be so firmly and surely laid." (ibid., p. 99-101) "Thru this aim, the goal to teach students to love and respect nature, it's laws, and to prepare students for future exploration is achieved." Mr. Marxmiller's favorite motto is taught daily in the classroom: "Observe and Be Curious" (OABC).
Tim Mitchell, M.Div.
Pastor Tim Mitchell joined the MVA faculty in the summer of 2012 after nine years as the Lead Pastor of Pacific Union College Church and contract teacher in the Religion Department. Prior to that, he served fifteen years as Senior Pastor of the Sunnyvale SDA Church, including stints on the MVA Board. His favorite part of teaching is class laughter, lightening the mood. "Joy in our work is one of the five basic human needs, and helps students receive the truth that God is not the scary, boring, irrational person some Christians make Him out to be."
Timothy Oliver, B.A.
Mr. Oliver is a recent graduate from Walla Walla University with a degree in Theology. As a half-time Bible worker he will be utilizing his various skill to help students develop a fuller relationship with God. He will be involved with giving individual and group Bible studies, enhancing the school chapel programs, and with the planning of other spiritually related activities. He will be teaching a class in Christian Youth Leadership where the goal will be to prepare students to lead out in their own churches as well as present worship services at our various constituent churches. Mr. Oliver will also work half-time at the Sunnyvale Church as their Youth Pastor.
Kristina Reiber Ranzolin, MLIS
MVA is proud to welcome Mrs. Ranzolin back to MVA, where she graduated with the class of 2005. She holds two BA degrees, in English and U.S. History, from Pacific Union College and a Master's in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She is busy modernizing our library into a state-of-the-art information and learning center. Through supervising study halls and working with teachers she is able to connect students with a variety of information resources to assist them in their studies. Her goal is for the library to become an essential resource on campus that enhances the academice experience of students and staff.
Basil Williams, M.S.
Mr. Williams joined the MVA family in August 2010. He has his Bachelor's of Education degree in Mathematics and Physics. He also holds a Master of Science degree with work in non-linear dynamics (chaos theory). He has over 30 years of experience teaching in math and physics at the high school and college levels. His favorite part about teaching is helping students learn new concepts and helping students relate those concepts to God. Mr. Williams enjoys working with young people and challenging them to do their best in all aspects of life.