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Why Choose PHAA?

Our school is dedicated to providing a comprehensive education that prepares students for success in their future endeavors. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where all students can thrive.

Our students score above average on standardized testing in all subjects (see here). Our students experience a low student to teacher ratio with quality accredited instruction from experienced certified teachers. We offer data-driven instruction to meet the differentiated needs of each student.

When a student graduates from Pine Hills Adventist Academy, each student will be prepared for:

 

College by:

  • Learn continually throughout life
  • Exhibit academic competence, confidence, and responsibility 
  • Think critically and solving problems
  • Express himeself or herself competently and appropriately

Careers by:

  • Adopting changing technology
  • Demonstrating everyday living skills
  • Exploring career options based on my talents

Community by: 

  • Possessing cultural appreciation and positive interpersonal relationships
  • Living a healthy, balanced, and moral lifestyle
  • Displaying responsible citizenship and a desire to serve others

A Life with Christ by:

  • Spending daily time seeking His will
  • Sharing Christ locally and globally
  • Making meaningful connections with my church
  • Keeping His commandments
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Partnering in the Education Journey to Excellence

Pine Hills has a long-standing tradition of academic excellence in an environment that fosters a deeper connection with Jesus. Our teachers and staff are committed to providing all students the resources they need to achieve their academic goals. But more importantly, we are committed to creating opportunities for students to encounter the unlimited love and grace of Jesus.

A key component of Pine Hills is a strong sense of family. Together, we collaborate to provide students with opportunities for leadership development in our local churches as well as service in our surrounding community. We strive to build positive and meaningful relationships throughout the entire student body. These connections last a lifetime!

I'm eager to see how God will lead us in our education partnership journey together. We invite you to visit us in person. We pray for God's deepest blessings over you and your family.

Our Purpose, Promise and Mission

Our Purpose

Pine Hills Adventist Academy exists to provide a value-centered Christian education in an environment of academic excellence.

Our Promise

As a Christian school, Pine Hills Adventist Academy will value each student as an individual, challenging him or her to dream great dreams while offering students the freedom to be young.

It will endeavor to develop confidence to face an uncertain world, discipline to build strong character, and strength to overcome adversity.

It will provide the opportunity to discover a loving Creator, and the principles that underline His character and government. By understanding the principles of His character, students can become good citizens of this world, as well as God's eternal Kingdom.

Our Belief & Mission

Pine Hills Adventist Academy is a Christ-centered, academically challenging K-12 school that develops creativity in students as they prepare for college, for careers, for community service, and for a life with Christ.

Meet our Staff & Certified Teachers

Christian teachers are lead by a higher calling, our PHAA teachers accept that important responsibility with dedicated intent for their students.

David Carreon

Principal
  • Master of Divinity, Andrews University, 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts, Theology, minor in Physical Education, Pacific Union College, 1993

Teaching since 2016

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Esther Quintanilla

Teacher (Forest Kindergarten)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Christian Education (minor in Health Ministry), Weimar Institute, 2016

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Standard, with an endorsement in Elementary Education

Teaching since 2016

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Carrie LeBarre

Teacher (Grades 1&2)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education, Andrews University, 1991
  • Bachelor of Arts, Spanish (minor in Religion), Southern College, 1984

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Professional, with endorsements in Elementary Education, Spanish

Teaching since 1985

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Cora Clark

Teacher (Grades 3&4)
  • Master of Arts, Education, Andrews University, 2014
  • Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Walla Walla University, 2006
  • Bachelor of Arts, Music, Walla Walla University, 2006

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Professional, with endorsements in Elementary Education, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Junior Academy General Science, Music and Religion

Teaching since 2007

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Melinda Fletcher

Teacher (Grades 5&6)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies (with SDA and California state teaching credentials), Pacific Union College, 2006
  • Master of Education, Pacific Union College, 2012

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Professional, with endorsements in Elementary Education, Kindergarten, and Junior Academy English, General Science, History and Religion

Teaching since 2006

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Raina Jackson

Teacher (Grades 7&8)
  • Bachelors of Science, Elementary Education and Language Arts, Andrews University, 2021

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Basic, with endorsements in Elementary Education, and Junior Academy English and Religion

Teaching since 2021

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Cristy-Anna Martinez

Teacher (Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Statistics)
  • Bachelors of Science, Mathematics, Pacific Union College, 2001
  • Master of Arts, Curriculum and Instruction, La Sierra University, in process

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Professional, with endorsements in Mathematics, and Junior Academy English, General Science and History

Teaching since 2002

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Lorelie Krussow

Teacher (English, Life Skills, Personal Finance)
  • Master of Arts, Curriculum and Instruction (emphasis in Language and Literacy), University of Texas, 2006
  • Bachelor of Arts, English and History (minors in Psychology and Religion), Atlantic Union College, 1998

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Professional, with endorsements in Curriculum & Instruction, English, History, Religion

Teaching since 1998

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Tom Amato

Teacher (Biology, Chemistry, Health, Lifelong Fitness)
  • Master of Science, Geology, Loma Linda University, 2008
  • Bachelor or Science, Natural Science with an emphasis in Biology, Pacific Union College, 2000

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Professional, with endorsements in Biology, Chemistry, Elementary Education, English, Physics and Junior Academy Religion

Teaching since 2004

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Brad Ludwig

Teacher (Computer Applications, Economics, Government, History, Maker Space, Spanish 2, McGraw Hill Site Administrator)
  • Master of Arts, Administration and Leadership, La Sierra University, 2016
  • Bachelor of Arts, Religion, Pacific Union College, 2002

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Professional, with endorsements in Elementary Education, Kindergarten, Religion; endorsements in History, Spanish

Teaching since 2002

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Gabriel Martinez

Director of Spiritual Life, Teacher (Bible, Music Ministry, Spanish 1, Yearbook)
  • Bachelors of Arts, Religion, La Sierra University, 2006

North American Division Teaching Certification:

  • Standard, with endorsement in Religion

Teaching since 2006

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Terri Taaffe

Teacher (Elementary Music and High School Band, Choir, Choralaires and Drama)
    • Bachelor of Music, Music Education, Pacific Union College, 2004

    Teaching since 2004

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