Nancy Danelson 5th- 8th Teacher / school principal

She’s been teaching for over 30 years. After struggling with God, she graduated from Union College with a Bachelor of Science in Education and from the University of Phoenix with a Master’s in Technology in Education. With a love for learning, teaching was definitely something she could excel at. She is Ridgecrest Adventist Elementary Principal and 5th -8th grade teacher. Nancy Danelson, known to most as simply Ms. D.

She is a native to California having grown up in Southern California her entire young life. She went to Newbury Park Academy and later went to Union College. Growing up Adventist, her relationship with God has only blossomed bigger, brighter every day through the smiles of the children she helps grow closer to God and learn more about our world. Her favorite thing is to hear back from past students about how well they are doing and how close to God they are because she was part of their lives.

Aside from teaching, Ms. D loves to camp. Camping takes her away from the hustle and bustle of life to somewhere amazing, somewhere created by God instead of man, nature. In what little free time she has, she loves to read. In her words, she loves reading “because it takes me to so many different places and times,” a dream come true for a teacher who puts everything into helping her students grow.

Rita Bua 1st-4th Teacher

I was born Rita Lorriane Main in the year 1949. I have 3 sisters all younger than myself. I have 2 sons and 3 grandsons and one granddaughter whom I love spending time with. I enjoy reading. One of my favorites is the All Creatures Great and Small Series. I enjoy being outside and taking slow walks. I enjoy playing tennis even though I am not good at it. If I had a second chance at life, I would still choose teaching as my career. I love my church family and I look forward to being in heaven with them all.


Deenie Herling Art Teacher

Mrs. Herling is a volunteer and a math teacher. Her favorite thing to do is to go hiking. She also has a huge family. She has 7 children, 6 children-in-law, 16 grandchildren, 3 grandchildren-in-law, and 12 great grandchildren. She says that her family is great. 

Her favorite subject she loves teaching and doing is math. Children say that she’s loving, creative, sweet, funny, and a great history teacher. She is also very talkative. She likes doing crossword puzzles. We are so blessed to have her.


Evangeline Defluiter Band Director

My name is Evangeline Ellen deFluiter, but my nickname is Hud which is short for Hud-a-bud. That is what I was always called by my family when I was growing up.  I am the baby of my parents four girls.  

I grew up knowing that I was going to be a math teacher, but instead God has had me teaching music for the past 20 years. 

I love hiking, waterskiing, rock climbing, camping (as long as I have an air mattress). I also love reading and cooking and almost anything to do with music. I mostly like being involved. I want God to guide my steps while I am here on earth, and I want Him to come soon to take me home.


Anita Mayberry Bell Choir Director

I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1973, and am Certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, 1979, but my passion has been music. We have lived in  Ridgecrest for over 40 years!

At 8 years old I was taking piano lessons and at the age of 12 my dad surprised me with a brand new clarinet!  I love the clarinet! It sounds so beautiful when you can get good sound out of it!   

Around 2002, I found a music catalog with children’s bells and thought that would be a nice addition to the chimes we had at the school.  I got some felt notes and we started a bell choir for our school. The goal was not only to have fun, but to learn notes so when the students got to 5th grade, they would have an easier time with notes! Music helps the brain in a myriad of ways, and one reason we provide this for our school kids.  Someday I plan to play a harp.  

Jomar Gonzalo Robotics Instructor

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Pastor William Sellers chaplin

Dyan  Frohlich school secretary

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from La Sierra University (2008). My husband and I moved to Ridgecrest in 2010 and  have two beautiful daughters who keep us busy all day. We enjoy going on bike rides, walks around the park, and the occasional picnics in our yard.  We also don't mind staying at home reading a book with the kids or relaxing with a movie.