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Ms. Deborah Dahl

Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. 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 school's ambassador/administrator/team member. I am truly grateful to serve Him at South Bay Christian School, which I call home.

Mrs. Dinah Villanueva

1st Grade Teacher

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 20+ years, many 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

2nd 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. Kirsten Born

3rd & 4th Grades Teacher

Another SBCS alumnus is third/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.

Mr. Chris Watkins

Upper Grades Teacher

Mr. Watkins is a man of many talents and serves as an upper grade teacher and our 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 teaching, 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 and has been invaluable in his teaching role.

Mrs. Amanda Johnston

Upper Grades Teacher

Mrs. Johnston has dedicated her life to Christian ministry. She graduated from La Sierra University with a music degree and worked as a pastor and musician for many years before transitioning to Education. She has her Masters degree and has taught Spanish I and II, Foundational Math, Financial Management, Music History, Jr. High Choir, High School Choir, and Band. Mrs. Johnston has a passion for helping students learn in creative ways and building skills that will benefit them for life. She and her husband, Jeffrey, live in Carson with their two dogs, Sadie and Sasha.

Mr. Mario Negrete

Upper Grades Teacher

Mr. Negrete has been a teacher since 2004 in different schools. He grew up in the home of a teacher and Education Superintendent. He has taught athletics, physical education, history (U.S./World), religion, learning resources, and English language learners. He has been the co-sponsor for Student Association, participated in biannually mission trips (international and domestic), coached boys varsity soccer, boys JV basketball, and junior high soccer. He is fluent in Spanish. He is very much in tune with physical, mental and spiritual needs of students. He loves spending time with his family, music, sports and plays the guitar. He and his wife have a baby boy. They are members of the Monrovia Bilingual SDA Church.