Faculty and Staff

Our Staff

 

Superintendent: George Graham

George Graham is from Alabama.  He attended The University of Alabama where he ran track / cross country and came away with a business degree.  The next few years were spent in the US Army.  Part of his time in the service was spent with an airborne battalion in Italy.  It was there that he met his future wife as she was travelling with friends (she’s not Italian).  LeAnn and George married a few years later, He stayed in the National Guard, went back to college and got my degree in elementary education.  LeAnn and George moved to Roseburg in 1988, he joined the Army Reserves and started teaching elementary school at Sunnyslope.  Thirty-two years later (sure went by fast), George just retired from Roseburg Public Schools.

"LeAnn and I have four grown boys, all who graduated from UVC.  LeAnn taught at UVC for 15 years,  and I served the school in a variety of capacities (school board, basketball coach, soccer coach).

God has “filled my tool chest” with multiple experiences that have me feeling confident about leading UVC.  With Him as my guide, and by surrounding myself with a wonderful staff and capable school board, I look forward to what He has planned."

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.
 

Academic Dean: Laurel Santos

Email: lsantos@uvcs.org

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 over the last 38 years. She and her husband, Garry, are members of Victory Baptist Church. She enjoys reading, card/board games, and travel. 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: 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: Jennifer Bormuth

Email: jbormuth@uvcs.org

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.  Jennifer 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.  Their family includes two daughters they are very proud of who came to the Lord at a young age.  As a family they like to play board games and go on trips to the coast.  Their family attends Roseburg Christian Fellowship and welcomes any additions to the church family.  Jennifer has loved partnering with parents to teach students from a biblical world view at UVCS since 2017.
 

1st/2nd Grade: Glaphre Braswell

 

3rd Grade: 

 

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: Rachel Hawkins

 

6th Grade: Joanne Callaway

 

Joanne has experience teaching 5th and 6th grades as well as with Connections (online school). Her varied experiences include: alternative education, special education, nutrition, working at a charter school and as admin where she supervised 24 teachers. Joanne recently completed her doctorate!

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 7-12): Sean Johnson

Email: sajohnson@uvcs.org

Sean Johnson has been at UVC for two years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in History and Secondary Education from Sterling College. He is originally from Denver, Colorado, but briefly lived in Portland from 2011-2013 while attending Multnomah University. Mr. Johnson has coached boy's and girl's basketball and boys baseball for the Monarchs. In his free time, he enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee. He attends Covenant Life Fellowship in Roseburg. "Teaching Social Studies is perfect opportunity to explore God's involvement with humanity. The creation, fall, redemption cycle is on display throughout history."    

 

Secondary Mathematics: Rachel Moyer

Rachel grew up in a small private Christian school where her love for the Lord and love of learning truly began to grow. Rachel has always had a passion for education, and she loves the joy and fulfillment of helping children reach their potential. Because of this, Rachel attended a college in the Bay Area where she was able to get a bachelor’s degree in education with a focus on mathematics and English. Upon graduating, Rachel was able to start teaching at a very reputable school in San Jose, California, called Challenger School. From the school’s accelerated curriculum, she taught a class of 16 fourth grade students. With thought-provoking lessons and challenging at-home projects, the students and Rachel were able to grow so much together and learn along the way.

At UVC, Rachel will be teaching precalculus, calculus (combined class), personal finance, geometry, 7th and 8th grade science and 7th and 8th grade Bible.  

Rachel and her husband plan to move to Sutherlin in July, where they will be assisting her father-in-law at his church (Central Baptist).

 

 

Secondary Science/British Lit: Marie Smith 

Email: msmith@uvcs.org

Marie Smith has taught in Christian schools for the last thirty two years. For ten of those years she taught all subjects in a one-room high school in a tiny town in California. 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 and science are her passions. Her three sons attended that tiny Christian school from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Two of those sons are engineers, and one is a ranch manager. Besides Christian education Mrs. Smith enjoys raising poultry and sheep, gardening, knitting, Scottish history, her basset hounds, and her grandkids. The Smiths attend North Umpqua Bible Fellowship.

 

Secondary Bible: Brian Fye

Email: bfye@uvcs.org 

Brian Fye (secondary) has been teacher, coach, administrator and support staff since the 1990s.  Currently, he teaches math and Bible at UVC. He is active at Church on the Rise here in Roseburg.  He is on the worship team playing and singing.  He is the father of 2 and has been married for 28 years.

Athletic Director: Joe Gather

 

Assistant to the Athletic Director: Sheri Gather
  

 

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.