Teachers, Staff & Volunteers

All of our teachers, staff, and volunteers are fully vetted (DOJ-FBI)

Nancy Danelson 3rd- 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.

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. 

Sephora Alvarez K-2 teacher

I am beyond grateful for the opportunity that God has given me to teach K-2 at Ridgecrest Adventist Elementary. 

After graduating from high school, I went to a community college and then transferred to Southern Adventist University. After I graduated from Southern, I served as a  student missionary on the beautiful island of Palau. I taught first grade and immediately fell in love with my students. This is also when I discovered my passion for teaching. Towards the end of my missionary year, I was asked to return for a second year to teach first grade once again. I couldn't say no, so I returned for a second year! My second year solidified my decision in pursuing a career in the field of education. Teaching young students is what I felt God was calling me to do. 

When I returned home last summer, I applied to La Sierra and began the master's program in the fall. Right now, I am finishing my first year in the program and hope that this coming year I can continue

Rita Bua K-4th Teacher aid

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

I am an Electrical Engineer graduated from Cal State Fullerton (2017). During my sophomore year, I got the opportunity to join a STEM program (3 years). I was hired as a programming and robotics instructor for high school students at the Orange Unified School District. By teaching electronics and programming for kids and teachers, I reinforced my knowledge in that subject but most importantly I enjoyed their enthusiasm and energy to learn cool things in a fun way. I never had this opportunity when I was a kid, so being an instructor makes me fulfill that part with joy.

I like and understand music, so I play guitar when I have the time. In the past few years, I have been engaging more into music production and acoustics engineering for recording for which I have designed a mini-recording studio at home. Every day I try to improve and try different sounds and melodies with my wife and kids since they are very musical too. I enjoy this family time especially when we are doing outdoor activities or at home when we get together for board games, movies, or group praying. I think art, music, and science goes hand in hand because they are elements given by God for us to enjoy with our families.

Pastor William Sellers chaplin

I studied at Andrews University and I am an Associate Pastor at Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. I moved to Ridgecrest in 2015 and am the pastor at the Ridgecrest SDA Church. I have a beautiful wife, Kelli and we have three adventurous boys and one baby girl on the way.