Faculty and Staff


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Mrs. Wallewein

Kindergarten

I graduated from Walla Walla University with a BS in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. I began working at SAA in 2001. In 2004, I took time off to have my son and raise him to school-age. I began teaching kindergarten again in 2010, and have been here ever since, teaching kindergarten and first grade!

I love working with young children and developing fun, age appropriate learning activities. SAA allows me to have the freedom to give the Kindergarteners a total learning experience. Our days combine active exploration, field trips, centers, social interaction, and exercise, all intertwined with teaching the required content. Most of all I love being able to teach from a Christian worldview and share my love for Jesus with the children and their families.

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Ms. Bolin

Lower Elementary

I graduated from Southern Adventist University with a BS in Elementary Education. I have taught everything from preschool to ninth grade, in Montessori and Adventist education. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing.  I also love singing, baking, and getting “crafty.”

I have always known I wanted to be a teacher.  I began teaching right after I graduated from high school in at a daycare ran by my church.  I then started pursuing my degree, and continued teaching the whole way through.  Teaching is one of my greatest passions, and I really enjoy coming up with unique ways to engage my students in lessons.

My favorite type of teaching is Adventist multi-grade because it gives me the ability to cater to the needs of all of my students. I love the layers that happen naturally in the classroom when students ask questions and lead my lessons to new heights.  It also allows me to be able to share my love for Jesus with my students.  We love to pray and play while we learn and bask in God’s glory.

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Mr. Armstrong

Upper Elementary

I spent my first fifteen years teaching in Portland, Oregon before coming to Colorado. While there I worked as a classroom teacher in multi-grade assignments that ranged from 5th to 8th grade. Beyond the classroom I participated as a vice principal, coached volleyball, basketball, and soccer, and worked with students to produce the school yearbook. One year I even ran the drama program. Throughout I directed students in choir, band, and handbells, and planned many extended science trips to several places, including Catalina Island, the rainforests in the Olympic Peninsula, and Victoria, British Colombia. Though I loved my school, the students, and my fellow teachers, I felt that God was calling me to something different. He opened and closed all of the right doors to bring me to Colorado Springs where I am even happier and feel that I am doing a work that I was especially called to do.

My teaching goals include developing students that are self-directed, global citizens who practice 21st Century skills, are mission minded, and who love Jesus. We practice project based learning and spend time learning outside of the classroom. We just completed a six day social studies trip in Washington DC and are already looking forward to next year as we head to the southern California coast for a marine science study.

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Connie Coates

Office Administrator – Hot Lunch Coordinator

I moved to Greeley, Colorado in 1997 from Wyoming and to Colorado Springs in 2001. All three of my children have attended Springs Adventist Academy. Since then I have served the school in many different volunteer roles. I have taught Home Economics including cooking and sewing to the upper grade students; Art, Physical Education, Technology, and the Eager Beaver program to the Kindergarten students, and helped with Reading in the lower grade classroom.

I also enjoy cooking hot lunch for the students at least once a week and coordinating the Hot Lunch Program. My favorite thing to do is to bake many types of breads and cinnamon rolls and then sell them to raise money for student scholarships!

I am now the Office Manager at Springs Adventist Academy and love being part of such a wonderfully caring organization. It is fun to watch the children learn and grow spiritually, physically, socially, and academically.

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Linda Vixie

Librarian – Volunteer

SAA volunteer librarian Linda Vixie grew up loving books. Her ophthalmologist’s records noted “reads too much—promises to cut back,” but she has no memory of making such a foolish vow.

Although she enjoyed science classes and worked for the academy’s biology teacher, Linda has a degree in English and minors in history and journalism from Walla Walla University. She has worked for over 30 years as a proofreader and editor in the Christian publishing industry, serving as the lead proofreader on many editions of the Bible translation The Message by NavPress.

Linda does local and family history research and has recently been using clues from DNA tests to extend family lines. She and her husband enjoy camping with the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society.

Linda welcomes your suggestions on topics that would help your child benefit from reading and books too.

SAA volunteer librarian Linda Vixie grew up loving books. Her ophthalmologist’s records noted “reads too much—promises to cut back,” but she has no memory of making such a foolish vow.

Although she enjoyed science classes and worked for the academy’s biology teacher, Linda has a degree in English and minors in history and journalism from Walla Walla University. She has worked for over 30 years as a proofreader and editor in the Christian publishing industry, serving as the lead proofreader on many editions of the Bible translation The Message by NavPress.

Linda does local and family history research and has recently been using clues from DNA tests to extend family lines. She and her husband enjoy camping with the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society.

Linda welcomes your suggestions on topics that would help your child benefit from reading and books too.