Pastor Joel Mikkelson is the head pastor of First Baptist Church, and also teaches Bible at VCA. He is married to Kelly, and they have 5 children, Lindsay, Matthew, Katelynn, Samuel and Natalie. Pastor Joel (as he is known) has been here since 2003, serving in many capacities. His students learn not only what the Bible says, but how to love God's Word.
Miss Kina Berrey has been teaching math since 1996. She loves math – everything about it, from basic algebra to integration and derivatives in AP Calculus. "I enjoy the moment students “get it.” I enjoy watching students work hard on a problem, succeed, and feel that sense of accomplishment for themselves." She also enjoys helping out with children’s church, Awana, and the bus ministry as well as hiking, reading, and running.
Mr. Chris Sallee graduated from Pensacola Christian College and taught for 3 years in Florida before returning to Santa Maria in 1998 to teach English. He is also a volleyball coach. He and his wife have four children that attend VCA.
Mrs. Jennifer Sallee graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 1993 and earned her Masters degree from there as well. She taught there for five years before coming to Santa Maria. She finds joy in helping students understand mathematical concepts. She's also very involved in music at First Baptist Church.
Coach Pete Fortier attended VCA preschool through 12th grade, from the first year of VCA! He graduated in 1983 and after graduating from Maranatha Baptist College, he returned to teach in various capacities in elementary, preschool, junior and senior high. He serves as Athletic Director and coach for football, basketball, and baseball. He is also the school bus driver.
Mrs. Lisa DeLeon was born and raised in Orcutt and has a Bachelor's degree in Business. She came to teach at Valley Christian Preschool in 2011, and after three years in the Preschool, the Lord gave new direction to teach in Talent Development. "I value each day with my students. In this classroom I am able to construct a system of curriculum that meets the needs of my individual students to help them be successful. I rejoice along side my students when they are able to understand a new concept or apply what they have learned. Even greater is the opportunity I have to teach them about Christ's love and commandments." She loves being a wife and mom of four children; the three youngest attend the Academy. Being a parent with children in the school provides an opportunity to help her in the classroom. She is thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to help children grow in their knowledge academically and spiritually.
Mr. Wayne Dueck began teaching secondary history and Bible classes at VCA in 1994 and feels privileged to be teaching children of former students. "My special joy is to see our students progressing, both spiritually and academically."
Miss Brittany Harven graduated from West Coast Baptist College and came to teach Spanish, Geography and PE at VCA in 2013. She's originally from Pennsylvania. She enjoys interacting with the students and continuing to learn even as a teacher.
Mrs. Molly McKinney is a graduate from West Coast Baptist College and is originally from Arizona. As a teacher, she enjoys getting students interested in the world of science while making the classroom an exciting place to learn.
Mr. Andrew McKinney is a graduate of Maranatha Baptist University with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education/Health and a minor in Coaching. He enjoys teaching because he gets to see first hand the progress students make in the classroom physically, cognitively, and spiritually.
Mr. Chris Rogers graduated from Pensacola Christian College. He grew up in Wisconsin on a farm with his five siblings. His wife is from Pennsylvania, but they are both very excited to be Californians. He enjoys drama, bicycling, and computers. He says, "I am greatly honored and excited to teach drama and computers to my students, and to help them grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ."
Mrs. Rebecca Maples teaches Junior High Home Economics and Senior High Economics. She is a Maranatha Baptist University graduate, mother of 5, and an experienced teacher. We are glad that she and her husband, Christopher, decided to relocate to the warm Central Coast of California from Michigan!
Mr.. Christopher Maples and his family recently relocated from Michigan to the sunny climes of California's Central Coast, and we are so glad he did! Mr. Maples teaches English, U.S. History, College Prep, and Bible, as well as taking on the academic counselling for the 7th through 12th grade students. Mr. Maples also coaches boys' basketball.
Mr. Daniel List is a graduate of Valley Christian Academy. He spent many years on the mission field with SCEI and has recently joined VCA's staff as a Bible teacher and the IT Director. He is married to wife, Dana, and has 3 children, Noah, Hannah and Lydia.
Pastor Adam Breiner is teaching Bible, along with being the Youth Ministries Pastor at First Baptist Church. Married to Brittany, he has 3 children, Hadleigh, Hudson, and Haddon.