Faculty and Staff

Our Staff

 

Head Of School: Adam Armstrong

Adam Armstrong became the Head Of School in the fall of 2015.  He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Washington State University and is working on his Master’s in Education with an Emphasis in Leadership from Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University). Before joining the team at UVC he was an assistant to the Northwest Regional Director of The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). It was through his role at ACSI serving 150 Christian schools across the Northwest that he was introduced to UVC. Adam and his wife Sarah Beth were married in 2003 and have two children, Reed and Claire. As a family they are excited to be a part of the UVC family, knowing that God is at work in the communities of Roseburg and Douglas County.  

 

 

Secretary: Frances Zink

Frances Zink has been with UVC since 1991. She was a classroom monitor for the first through third grades and recess/playground monitor for many years. In 1997 she became the part-time UVC Secretary at the elementary campus that soon became full-time. She is also the Director of the UVC Preschool.  She has worked with children since seventh grade with Christian Youth in Action doing five-day clubs and helping in a Good News Club.  Her first job after high school was in a preschool working with two to three-year-olds.  Her education is in Early Childhood Education through the Child Care Division of Oregon, completing continuing education classes yearly. Her three sons all graduated from UVC and are now working as a department manager, construction engineer in management, and an Air Force hydraulic mechanic on planes.  She enjoys sewing, quilting, camping, and family time with her children and six grandchildren.   Mrs. Zink attends Wellspring Bible Fellowship.
 

Special Education Coordinator/English (7-12): Laurel Santos

Laurel Santos joined the UVC family in 2016 as both teacher and SPED Coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of North Alabama and a Master’s in Education from Bob Jones University. Laurel has had the privilege of ministering in five different Christian schools in a variety of roles. She and her husband, Garry, are members of Victory Baptist Church. She enjoys reading, Card/Board games, and cooking. One of her favorite activities is Cake Day each Spring. Her greatest goals for the students God has allowed her the privilege of teaching are that they desire to serve God faithfully and that they achieve academically to the highest level that God desires for them.

Early Education Department Head/Pre-school/Art: Kirsi Shepherd

Mrs. Shepherd graduated Magna Cum Laude from Warner Pacific College in 1996 with a major in Human Development, minor in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Early Childhood Education.  She is a current state certified teacher and a step ten out of twelve in the Oregon Registry of Childhood Care and Education Professionals. Mrs. Shepherd has been teaching Kindergarten and Preschool in Christian schools since she graduated from college.  Over these years she has developed a two year curriculum based on a semi-chronological study of the Bible with corresponding monthly units.  The goal of the curriculum is to teach children a basic systematic theology through meaningful experiences that young minds can understand.  Mrs. Shepherd is very thankful God has called her to teach at UVC because ministering to young children and their families gives her a deep sense of joy and fulfillment in her life.  Mrs. Shepherd is married to Don Shepherd and is the proud mother of Sophie and Scottie Shepherd.  When she is not teaching preschool or Art she likes to work in her flower garden with her Boston Terrier.  Mrs. Shepherd and her family attend the Foursquare church in Roseburg.

 

Kindergarten/1st Grade: Jennifer Bormuth

Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in education from Southern Oregon University.  She also attended Oregon State for her undergraduate work and is a Beaver fan.  She has been working professionally with children ages infants through school age since 1996.  For the past 5 years she has been teaching special education in Douglas County.  She and her husband met at a young adult fellowship group in their first years of college in Roseburg.  They have been happily married since 1995 and both share a passion for teaching.  Her husband Aaron has been teaching in Douglas County since 1999.  Jennifer and her husband have both taught swim lessons and have been life guards.  Their family includes two bright and amazing daughters they are very proud of who came to the lord at a young age.  Their daughters love the water so by the end of summer often have greenish hair.  As a family they like to play board games and go on trips to the coast.  Their family attends Winston Community Baptist Church and welcomes any additions to the church family.
 

2nd Grade: Glaphre Braswell

 

3rd Grade: Kelly Ferguson

 

4th Grade: Natasha Johnson

Natasha Johnson has been teaching full- time at UVC since 2012.  During her time at UVC, Mrs. Johnson has taught both 3rd & 4th grade. She attended both Western Oregon University and Oregon State University, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with an Educational Option from Oregon State University in 2003.  She then went on to graduate from Pacific University, with honors, receiving her Masters of Arts in Teaching degree in 2005. Mrs. Johnson worked as a substitute teacher in the Roseburg Public School system before taking time off to raise her two girls who now attend UVC.  She has a passion for Christian Education and loves the feeling of family and support that UVC gives her.  Outside of school, Mrs. Johnson enjoys spending time with family, traveling, running, and attending OSU sporting events.  GO BEAVERS!  The Johnsons attend Family Church.


5th Grade: Marla Smart

Marla Smart began working for UVCS in 1994. After taking some time off to raise her family, she rejoined the UVCS staff in 2013. She also worked as an instructional assistant in the Roseburg Public School system in that interim. Marla graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a specialization in Early Childhood Development and holds a Texas state teaching license. She and her husband, Jerry, pastor at Foursquare Gospel Center in Winston. All three of the Smarts' children (Emilie, Taylor, and Hayden) are UVCS alumni. In her spare time, Mrs. Smart enjoys reading, writing, having family time with her husband, children, and son-in-law (Joseph,) and playing with her two cats, Mozart and Ping. Her relationship with the Lord is foremost in her life and is continually growing.
 

6th Grade: Teri Wilkinson

Teri Wilkinson graduated with her Masters in Elementary Education, with a Reading emphasis, from Pacific Union College in 1991.  Pacific Union College is a Seventh-day Adventist school located in Northern California.  In the Autumn of that year she started her teaching career at a one-teacher school in Mt. Shasta.  After teaching in northern California for four years, she moved to eastern Washington and spent two more years teaching in one-teacher schools.  In the summer of 1997, Teri and her family moved to Richmond, Virginia where she taught 7th & 8th grade homeroom, as well as high school Home Ec. Bible and English.  After four years in Virginia, Teri and her family moved to Oregon.  Teri taught grades 1-4 at a two-teacher school in La Grande for the next four years.  Finally, they moved to Roseburg where Teri has been teaching for the past 12 years.  Most recently Teri has been serving as the Principal/Teacher of the one-teacher Adventist school in Sutherlin.  Over her 26 years of teaching for the Adventist Church educational system, Teri has had the opportunity to teach all levels from kindergarten through high-school in a variety of grade combinations. Teri and her husband Bob both grew up in Alaska.  Teri graduated from high-school in Bozeman, Montana before moving with her parents to Northern California.  Teri and Bob were married in August  of 1987.  They have three grown children; Ashley, Amber and Gregory . The oldest is married and living in Canada.  Teri enjoys spending time with her family, visiting the coast (specifically Bandon!), reading, and scrapbooking.  Teri and Bob attend the Turning Point Seventh-day Adventist Community Church in Roseburg.

Health/PE (grades K-12): Kirsti Hellenthal

 
 

Kirsti Hellenthal joined UVC in the fall of 2015 teaching elementary PE. She is currently teaching secondary Health and elementary PE. She has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Teacher Education, and holds her California teaching credential and Oregon Teaching license. Mrs. Hellenthal has been teaching for over 17 years, with some time off to raise her family. Her teaching experience includes, teaching at UCC, elementary, middle school, and high school PE, and Health. She is married to Brad Hellental and they have two children, Ty and Meagan, who both attend UVC.

Aide: Leslie Ayers

Leslie Ayers has proudly served at UVCS since 2003. She began working at UVCS as a housekeeper. In 2006 a Teacher's Aide position became available. In 2009 she earned her Preschool Certification and has continued to stay current with the Oregon state regulations. Leslie loves children and feels that spending time with them is very important. She is happily married to a happily married man. Leslie is a proud Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother who enjoys RV Camping, Landscape Gardening, and Scrapbooking. Leslie and her husband attend Covenant Life Fellowship.


Aide: Beth McLaughlin

Beth McLaughlin has been with UVC for eight years. This year she is teaching physical education at the elementary campus in addition to being a teacher’s aide. She has attended vocational college and Concordia University. Beth has also coached the UVC High School softball team and is currently coaching the Junior and High School Volleyball team. When she isn’t coaching she enjoys horses and being a mom to three great kids who attend UVC. The McLaughlins attend Redeemers Fellowship.    
 

History (grades 9-12): Sean Johnson

 

Algebra 2 / Pre-Calculus / Calculus / Math tutoring (grades 7-12): Brian Vogt

Brian teaches Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus as well as providing additional math tutoring. Mr. Vogt also teaches evenings as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Umpqua Community College. Mr. Vogt served on a nuclear submarine in the sonar shack, as a lookout, and as a helms/planesman.  He and his wife have seven children.  Mr. Vogt has a passion for Christians to learn to handle money God's way so they can live and give abundantly.  Brian and his family attend church at North Umpqua Bible Fellowship.
 

 

Science (grades 7-12): Marie Smith

Marie Smith has taught in Christian schools for the last thirty years. For ten of those years she taught all subjects in a one-room high school, from which all three of her sons graduated. She graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Wildlife Biology and a post graduate degree in Range Management, and a CA teaching credential.  She was working as a field biologist for the US Forest Service when Jesus changed her career path. Christian education is her passion. Her sons attended a Christian school from kindergarten through twelfth grade and two are now engineers and one is a zoologist.  Besides Christian education Mrs. Smith enjoys raising poultry, gardening, canning, needlework, Scottish history, her basset hounds, and her granddaughter. The Smiths attend North Umpqua Bible Fellowship.

 

Bible (grades 7-12): 
 

Athletic Director: Joe Gather

 

Assistant to the Athletic Director: Sheri Gather
  

 

Drama: Sarah Beth Armstrong

Sarah Beth Armstrong graduated from Life Pacific College (formally LIFE Bible College) in 1999 with a BA in Bible with an emphasis in teaching, and received certification in Health Education from Concordia University Portland in 2004. She holds teaching Licenses for both Oregon and Washington. She taught for 12 years at Vancouver Christian High School teaching a verity of classes including, but not limited to, Leadership, Health, Drama, and Career Education. Her first year at UVC was the 2015-2016 year teaching Servant Leadership. She loves spending time with her two kids and husband exploring, camping, and going on adventures. Sarah Beth and her family attend New Life Christian Center.
 

Lunch Program/Home Economics: Kate Cleveland

 

Facilities: Steve Soper

Steve Soper has been UVC Facilities Manager for the past year. He graduated from Umpqua Community College with an AA degree in Automotive Technology. He retired after 22 years in the Air Force. He went on to retire from the Roseburg Public School District after twelve years as a Site Operator. He and his family are very active in the Bikers For Christ Ministry. The Sopers attend Redeemers Fellowship.