Faculty & Staff

Oscar Withmory

Principal/Business Manager


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

Elementary Vice-Principal, 3rd and 4th 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

Director of Child Development Center


Alondra Carrillo

Kindergarten 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)

Vernieta Porras

1st and 2nd Grade Teacher


I have been teaching at SFVA for 8 years. The first 3 years were from 2001-2004 and then I came back in 2015. During my time here at SFVA, I have taught 5th & 6th for seven years and am currently teaching 1st & 2nd grades. I graduated from La Sierra University in 1995 with a BA in Liberal Studies emphasis in Elementary Education. In my 25 years of teaching, I have taught Kindergarten through 8th grades. I have both my SDA Teaching Credential and the California Multiple Subject Teacher Credential. My teaching experience has been in SDA schools mostly, but I have also taught in public and other Christian/Non-denominational schools. Sean Porras, alumnus of SFVA (class of 1991), and I have been married for 21 years. We have an energetic and imaginative 9 year old boy, Henry, that we are very proud of! Reading, crocheting, card-making, and crafting are some of my hobbies that I do in my spare time. Most of all I love spending time with my family traveling, hiking, biking, and exploring other adventures!

Lois Dewitt

5th and 6th Grade Teacher


This will be my 24th year in the field of education. I received my BA in Elementary Education from the University of Guam and have since taught multiple grade levels. I have spent 15 years as a public-school teacher and 9 years as an SDA teacher. In addition to teaching, I had the honor of serving as a teaching-principal for 4 years, prior to joining the SFVA family. God has blessed me with a wonderful husband, Will, who is a teacher; three wonderful kids, Emily (teacher), Abigail (freshman in college), and James (sophomore in high school). We love to travel! Two years ago, we took a road trip across US, visited 33 different states. To keep busy, I love to do puzzles and play sports.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Pro.16:3)

Dr. Brian Baroi

7th and 8th Grade Teacher, Athletic Director


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.

Pastor Randy Ramos

Chaplain and Bible Teacher