Deborah Dahl, Principal
Principal Dahl says her life has been a testimony of God’s plans for me. He placed the desire to be a teacher in my heart when I was in second grade because of my love for my teacher, Miss Bailey. I tried to drift away and follow other vocations such as Speech Pathology and a short stint in Real Estate, my calling (education) brought me back to teaching and ultimately to serving as an education administrator. My goal has always been to teach children that they can do anything they set their hearts on, with determination and self-confidence; that they are the children of the King of the universe and with such a high calling, their job is to always carry themselves as such and never give up on any endeavor set before them.
It is an honor to be one of those given the opportunity to ‘train up a child in the way they should go’. It is also a great and awesome responsibility, one in which I do not take lightly. It is also an honor and great and awesome responsibility to serve God in the capacity of His schools ambassador/administrator/team member. I am truly grateful to serve Him at South Bay Christian School, which I call home.
Mrs. Dinah Villanueva, Gr. 1
First graders have the privilege of enjoying the kind and loving personality of Mrs. Dinah Villanueva, the perfect mentor for impressionable first graders. Mrs. Villanueva has taught for 18 years, six of them at South Bay Christian School. She also taught at the White Memorial Adventist School and the Antelope Valley Adventist School. She graduated from La Sierra University.
Mrs. Silvija Sekulich, Gr. 2
Second grade teacher Mrs. Silvija Sekulich is a wonderful example of a South Bay Christian School alumnus. She, along with her two sisters, attended SBCS throughout her elementary and junior high years, and it was at SBCS that Mrs. Sekulich decided to be a teacher. She went on to graduate from California State University at Long Beach, and subsequently earned her Master’s Degree in Education at La Sierra University. The Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has used her expertise to train other teachers as they use our reading program, Pathways.
Mrs. Grecia Campos, Kindergarten
Mrs. Grecia Camposis began her first full time teaching position at South Bay Junior Academy this year but has been teaching since 2011. Mrs. Campos graduated from Pacific Union College and took her first job as a Girls Dean at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. She is married to Brian, a pastor in Los Angeles and has two children, Benjamin and Sofi. She enjoys rooting for Mexico’s national soccer team, the Lakers, and the LA Dodgers. One of her goals this year is to continue her education by entering a Master’s program and running the Long Beach marathon in October.
Mrs. Cheri Dawson, Gr. 3
Third grade teacher Mrs. Cheri Dawson is a woman of many talents. After graduating from college with a degree in business, she was a manager at FedEx before coming to SBCS as the office manager. During those years as the school’s office manager, she completed her Master’s degree in Education, and subsequently took over SBCS’s third grade classroom. “A very hard worker” describes her well — in addition to all her responsibilities as the third grade teacher, she also manages the fall Magazine Sale, and is a go-to teacher for our online website attendance and grade reporting.
Mrs. Kirsten Born, Gr. 4
Another SBCS alumnus is fourth grade teacher Mrs. Kirsten Born. After the tenth grade she transferred to Monterey Bay Academy where she graduated. She then attended La Sierra University and graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills. Mrs. Born has been the SBCS Jog-athon Faculty Sponsor for as long as any of us can remember, and does a fantastic job. She is loved by 18 former classes of fourth graders!?
Mrs. Ruth Perez, Gr. 6-7-8
Ruth Perez worked for many years as an SBCS volunteer after her daughter enrolled in kindergarten. After Mrs. Perez finished her education degree, we were delighted to have her join our faculty. She is part of the departmentalized Middle School program where she specializes in Social Studies. She and her husband Mario live in Gardena, and are preparing to send their high school senior daughter off to England for college. We know where Mrs. Perez will be spending her vacation time for the next few years!
Mrs. Diane Voigt, Gr. 6-7-8
Science teacher Mrs. Diane Voigt brings a wealth of experience to SBCS as a former research assistant at both USC and UCLA. She has her Master’s Degree in Biology. After attending college in Australia, her first teaching position was in the Solomon Islands. Mrs. Voigt is the coordinator of our Cool Schools Peer Mediation Program, the coordinator of our school’s “houses,” and the Mission Trip sponsor.
Mr. Chris Watkins, P.E./IT
Mr. Watkins is a man of many talents, teaching our higher level math along with serving as the school’s IT manager. Mr. Watkins grew up in Huntsville, AL, and graduated from Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA with a degree in French. He spent one year studying French at the Seventh-day Adventist college in Cologne, France. In addition to his school assignments, he is an expert bass player and is very competitive in basketball. Mr. Watkins makes all the school’s musical and drama productions look professional with his technical abilities.