SPRING VALE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL STAFF

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John Camero, Headmaster, Bible Teacher


Cut Mr. Camero, and he bleeds Spring Vale blue and white.  He attended Spring Vale as a student, working as a student to help pay his way.  If you drive through campus you are very likely to be stopped by Mr. Camero as he monitors our campus like an eagle. That is because SVCS is like a child to him.  He longs to serve the Lord with his life. 

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Ruth Davis, Office Administrator

Mrs. Davis is the office administrator.  An alumnus of Spring Vale, she is passionate about giving back to the school that she loves. She loves the word of God and is blessed to be surrounded by people who are committed to Christ.

 

Mrs. Davis enjoys reading, weekend getaways, and coffee.  She treasures time with her husband and adult son and daughter, who is a senior this year.

 

Education: AS in science at McHenry County College

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Joanna R. Camero, Principal
 

Joanna graduated from UNC-Greensboro with a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. She also holds a degree in Early Childhood Education.

 

Joanna has worked in many different aspects of the education field for 20+ years. Her greatest blessings are her four children. Joanna is passionate about quality, Christian education and enthusiastic about creating a school environment where students thrive in their learning.

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Andra Sandy, Business Manager

Andra was born and raised in northeast Iowa, the youngest of 6 children. She is a blessed wife and mother of 7 wonderful children; homeschooled before attending Spring Vale. 

 

She is passionate about raising her children to develop a deep relationship with the Lord and providing them with a biblical education that sets a firm foundation for success in their adult lives. 

Andra owns and manages a property management company based in the metro-Detroit area, operating since 2008. She has been active in the church, serving in various roles: Sabbath school teacher, praise & worship leader, events coordinator, women's ministry leader, kitchen manager, and more. She is dedicated to serving the Lord and her family.

 Andra LOVES to travel.

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Duane Peterson, 7-12 Science Teacher

 

Mr. Peterson became part of the Springvale community in 2008 and taught the core science classes for grades 9-12. After Springvale incorporated Jr. High School classes, he taught core science classes for 7-12 to the present.

Prior to being a part of Springvale Mr. Peterson was a Science Teacher in the public school system of North Dakota where he taught the core science classes for 7-12 in Warwick N.D.

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Martha Rohrbaugh, 7-12 Language Arts Teacher

Martha Rohrbaugh serves as our Language Arts instructor.  She is a Penn State Graduate of 1998 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, Secondary Education, and the Humanities.  She enjoyed tutoring writing at Harrisburg Area Community College during her early years of education. 

 

Much of her early work after college was invested in tutoring home-bound students for Southern Schools in York County, PA, and working in youth ministry.  Now she enjoys the deep study of literature at Spring Vale, discussing the author's point of view, the Biblical view, worldview, and personal insights and meaning. She enjoys personal interviews with students to improve their writing and communication skills. Grammar skills are taught where student need is highest or where clarity is needed for writing correctly. 

 

Above all, Martha values encouraging students in the Lord. With Christ as her head, she has a firm foundation and faith, based on Bible knowledge and understanding, which compels her to share Christ, as the only hope for mankind, with her classes.  

 

Education: Associates Degree in the Arts from Harrisburg Area Community College - 1996 & Bachelor's Degree in English, Secondary Education/Humanities from Penn State University - 1998.

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Stephanie Perez, JK-12 Art Instructor

 

Mrs. Perez is the Art Instructor for all grades here at Spring Vale Christian School. She has been with our school for the last three years. She loves sharing any knowledge she has with the kids to help them create.

Researching projects is the highlight of her school days, especially when the projects spark the kids' interest. She and her husband, Jeremy Perez, also coach the girls' volleyball team and the girls' basketball team.

Outside of school, she is a wife to a wonderful God-fearing husband and a mom to three amazing boys. She also creates homemade soaps and beauty products on her lavender farm.

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Stefanie Garcia, JK-12 Music Teacher and Guidance Counselor

Mrs. Garcia teaches all of the K-12 music classes and is the director of the Sound music group. She also coordinates SAT and ACT testing and helps students with dual credit classes and college and career planning.

Before working at Spring Vale, Stefanie was an academic and financial advisor at Baker College. She also currently serves as a worship leader for the local Church of God 7th Day.

 

Education: Bachelor of Human Services from Baker College

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Bethel McGrew, 7-12 Math Teacher

 

Dr. McGrew earned a double bachelor's degree in math and philosophy from Western Michigan University, where she then went on to earn her Ph.D. in mathematics while serving as a TA. She brings years of classroom and private tutoring experience with students of all ages, including several years as an ESL tutor.

 

She is passionate about teaching and passionate about helping each student realize their unique potential. When she is not teaching or grading, she enjoys reading, writing, and sneaking into chapel to play the piano.

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Hope Kendrick, JK-Kindergarten Teacher

 

Hope Kendrick is a Spring Vale graduate and has been teaching kindergarten since the start of grammar school in 2019. She has a degree in early childhood education and has worked in education for over 10 years along with homeschooling her own four children. Two of her children have already graduated from Spring Vale, and two currently attend.

 

Her passion for early childhood is evident when you speak with her or walk past her classroom. She especially loves teaching students how to read and never gets tired of observing that light bulb moment.

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Christina Wilkins, 1-2 Teacher

 

Mrs. Christina Wilkins (Chrissy) and her husband live in the Owosso area. She has an adult daughter who lives in Tennessee. She was raised in Genesee County until middle school and moved to Shiawassee County. 

 

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Flint. She graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. She has been teaching kids since she was 18 years old, starting with Children's Church. She has had many teaching experiences in public and Christian schools. She recently was a teacher for an ESL (English as a Second Language) company for four years. Also, she has taught/tutored students from preschool through high school. She says she is very blessed to be a part of Spring Vale Christian School and loves being able to share about the Lord with her students!

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Liz Fischer, Girls Dean

Hi, there! My name is Mrs. Elizabeth Fischer, and I affectionately go by Ms. Liz or Mrs. Fischer I serve as dean of girls to our dorm students and count it a great privilege, and I'm excited to be part of the SVCS team. As an alumnus and former dorm student, I can relate to struggles one might encounter when leaving home to attend SVCS and hope that my own experience will serve me well in relating to the girls and creating strong relationships. Most importantly, I am invested in the work and cause of SVCS, and the broader kingdom work of bring lives to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.   

 

Previous to joining SVCS I worked as a youth specialist in Workforce development as a Career Coach and Case Manager. I am also owner and CEO of Made For This - All of You, to All of what You Do, LLC. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, almost all outdoor activities; sports, gardening, cooking, fun girl (anything), reading, and creating and fostering relationships. 

 

Alumnus Class of 93'

BA in Organizational Leadership, Bethel University

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Scott Fischer, Boys Dean & Athletic Director

 

Scott Fischer serves as Boys Dean and Athletic Director for Spring Vale this year. He serves alongside his wife, Elizabeth who is the Girls Dean. Scott is a licensed minister of the Church of God 7th Day and enjoys counseling and interacting with the students.

 

Scott enjoys creating fun and memorable experiences for students. He counts meeting and communicating with parents as one of his favorite blessings of serving. Scott enjoys sports and serves as Spring Vale's Athletic Director for all sporting events. Scott enjoys
coaching and watching his own children Alexis, age 15, and Austin, age 9, participate in sports.

Spring Vale's Mission is to prepare Christian Leaders well versed in God's Word and ready to fulfill His calling.

Our Vision is to Cultivate Christian ExCellence.

Students attending Spring Vale receive high-quality, Christian values-based instruction. Our graduates are well prepared for acceptance to the nation’s top higher education institutions, but with a very significant difference. Through positive role models and in words and deeds, the Spring Vale experience prepares students to stay true to their values and embrace Christ throughout life.

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Our Mission + Vision
Our History
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Spring Vale was founded in 1946 by members of the Church of God (Seventh Day). Since then, Spring Vale has graduated more than 750 students, most of whom have gone on to college.

 

Many have distinguished themselves in graduate work, achieving advanced degrees, and serving in leadership positions within the Church and public service and the private sector.