Faculty & Staff

Oscar Withmory

Principal/Business Manager

I hold a Master’s degree on School Administration (Ma. Ed.) from Concordia University in Irvine, CA. My B.A. in Economics degree is from the University of the Pacific, Lima, Peru. Besides these degrees, I got specialty certificates on Taxation and Real Estate from California State University, Northridge. I hold an IRS Enrolled Agent license from the U.S. Treasury and from the State of California, I hold the Notary Public and Real Estate Broker licenses. In the year 2018, I returned to San Fernando Valley Academy after working in this school from 2005 through 2011 as its Business Manager. I am currently a member of the Canoga Park Community Seventh-day Adventist church. Feel free to ask me about my religion.
The Lord is MY shepherd.

Dr. Deborah Baroi

H.S. Vice-Principal, Science Teacher

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jer. 29:11)

Shelly Morris

Third and Fourth Grade Teacher

It is so hard to condense my full life into a few sentences, but here goes. I was born in Barbados and I emigrated to the US back in 1997. I love to travel and teach, so I combine them and have seen the world while doing what I love. This is my 26th year teaching overall. 19 years have been with the SDA school system, 13 here in Southern California, 3 in Florida, 2 in Arizona, and 1 in Guam. I have been teaching here at SFVA since 2015 and I love it. I pray this is my last move because, I hope to retire from this school as I have found a family here.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)

Alma Wesley

Child Development Center Director

Alondra Carrillo

First and Second Grade Teacher

I graduated from CSUN in 2019 with a B.S. in Sociology.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phi. 4:13)

Nirsa Oshon

Fifth and Sixth Grade Teacher

I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. I have dedicated my present and future life in service to God, allowing Him to use me in making a difference in the lives of each student I come in contact with. As I continue in faith, I keep encouraged by Philippians 4:13. Be blessed!
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Milagros Carhuamaca

Kindergarten Teacher

I obtained my B.A. degree in Education from UNIFE in Lima, Peru in year 2002. In the year 2008, I completed my equivalency through Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) fulfilling the requirements for a B.A in General Education with emphasis on Special Education, Speech Pathology and Audiology. I was a substitute teacher at San Fernando Valley Academy for two years. This school year will be my second year as a full time teacher serving God’s children. Working at SFVA has been a personal blessing because I love teaching the Lord’s little and creative minds. The class goal is for my students to end the school year reading, writing, computing basic mathematics and reading the Bible at Kindergarten level.
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17

Dr. Brian Baroi

Seventh and Eighth Grade Teacher - Athletic Director - IT Person

Frank Crosgrove

Mathematics Teacher

I have been at SFVA for 29 years. I taught at Valley View Jr. Academy for 3 years. I graduated from PUC in 1988 with a B.A. in Math. I am married to Julie Aguilar Crosgrove, who is an alumnus of SFVA, for 35 years. I have a son, Joshua, and a daughter, Nikki. I like to read. I play the drums. I love sports, especially baseball. I like spending time with my wife at Disneyland.
He who testifies to these things says 'Yes I am coming soon.' Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. (Rev. 22:20)

Joel Kindrick

English Teacher, Yearbook Sponsor

I have an M.A. in military from Norwich University and four B.A.s from Pacific Union College: History, Communication, International Communication, and Spanish. During my 30 years of teaching, I have been an instructor of history and English on the higher-education campuses of Pepperdine University, California Lutheran University, College of the Canyons, and Pacific Union College. I have taught high school and middle school at Chaminade College Preparatory and Bellarmine-Jefferson. My writing and research continues to be published in periodicals such as Vietnam, Vietnow and World at War. My book Pronunciation Supplements is used by teachers of English as a second language and is distributed and produced by his educational research company, Brookside Education. I am also an accomplished actor whose work has been portrayed in film, TV, and theatre for over 30 years.

Leopold Rugless

Bible and Music Teacher

I have a B.A. in Commercial and Media Writing (scoring for film, television, and radio degree) from California State University Northridge. For over 30 years, I have performed, taught, or recorded with Grammy award winners, Tony nominees, and Stellar award winners. My recordings, or performances have been reviewed in periodicals and newspapers such as LA Times, Maui News, and the Huntington Beach Independent. I have served for over 20 years at various churches as worship leader, choral, and orchestral settings ranging from Seventh Day Adventist, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopal, and Presbyterian. I have experience in areas of Corporate America, specializing in B2B vertical markets and current technology sales. Some of my areas of past-time include, all genres of music, watching movies, sports, traveling, and meeting people. All my gifts and talents are God-given, and it is my goal to use them to show His love for humanity and to follow His example.

Sandra Guzman

After-school care Director

I have an AA Degree in Early Education. I worked 14 years as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at West Valley Occupational Center. I was the SFVA Child Development Center Director for three years. Currently I am serving the Lord guarding His children.
"The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen" Revelations 22:21

Fernando Reyes

Maintenance Director

Gerardo Morales

Substitute Teacher

Erika Olivares

Administrative Assistant

Cristina Cuestas-Perdomo


Cherry Flores

Teacher Assistant