Faculty and Staff


Mrs. Wallewein


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. Schaefer

Lower Elementary

Hello, My name is Abigail Schaefer and I am very excited and grateful to become the new 3rd through 5th grade teacher! I believe educators have one of the most important roles in society along with parents- establishing a strong foundation and path for the future generations. I am honored to share Christ’s perfect love with His children at Springs Adventist Academy.

I grew up in Dayton, Ohio going through the public school system and later graduated from a community college with an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. The following year, I enrolled as a student at Union College so that I could experience the Adventist education system, and wanted to be able to use my skills as a mentor and leader to help those in need through lifestyle changes and on a personal level, therefore switching my major to psychology. I worked 40 hours a week for two years as a residential caretaker for teens and adults with developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, dementia, and cerebral palsy. I worked closely with speech therapists, occupational therapists, behavioral analysts, and the families of the people enrolled in services.

In May of 2016, I graduated with Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After college, I became a member in the Americorps National Civilian Community Corps serving communities in the Pacific region for ten months. This is a federal program similar to the Peace Corps, where I learned about non-profit organizations, volunteering, community needs, and how to communicate effectively with people differing in culture, socioeconomic status, ages, and religions.

After the ten-month service in Americorps, I was offered a job at the Academy and felt God was calling me back to a life of teaching in the classroom. I believe for every style of teaching, there is a different and complex style of learning. It is my goal to have every student this year find and identify their own style, while learning how to collaborate, cooperate, and encourage one another.


Mrs. de la Vega

Upper Elementary

My education was mostly in a one-room school in Mariposa, California. One year of home school preceded three years at Monterey Bay Academy. I earned a bachelor of arts degree from Pacific Union College and stepped into a one-room school situation at my home church at Oakhurst, California, halfway through a school year. It was quite an experience to begin my teaching career! After another three years there, and gaining a master’s degree in education from Fresno Pacific University, I moved up to Grants Pass, Oregon. There I  taught 5th and 6th grades at the Adventist junior academy. I also taught English, geometry, band, and choir for grades 9 and 10. I loved the challenge of wearing so many different hats, and especially enjoyed getting students to love music the way I did. In 2009 I moved to Alaska for a short time. David and I married there and moved to Fort Knox, Kentucky. From Kentucky, we went to Fort Benning, Georgia where I taught grades 3-8 in the small town of Oglethorpe for two years. Schofield Barracks, Hawaii was our next assignment. In Hawaii I spent my time hiking, biking, teaching flute lessons, learning to Scuba dive, and tutoring kids in math. Last year we left Hawaii and made our way to Fort Carson. I signed up as a substitute teacher at SAA and volunteered as a math tutor. When the position for head teacher opened up, I felt God nudging me to apply. He had been providing me with opportunities that only now I can recognize as preparing me for the position of leadership at SAA. I can’t wait to see how He will bless the lives of the students and families this year!


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.


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.