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Meet Our Staff

Kent Day

Farm Manager

Mr. Day is working to bring good produce from the soil while at the same time planting seeds of industry and good work ethic in his student workers 

Alice Day

Farm Assistant

Mrs. Day loves working with her husband to produce beautiful produce on the OA Farm.

Pictured with children: Kisha, Jonathan, Zachery, and Angela

Anna Chiarenza

Mrs. Chiarenza assists Mrs. Iezzi in the Country Store as they seek to be a light in the community.

Claire Luz-Diaz Henderson

Music Director, Teacher, Grade School Principal

Mrs. Henderson leads the choir and chorale, choosing music and designing programs that present saving truths through song. She also teaches voice lessons, music theory, and speech.

David gonyea


Mr. Gonyea is kept busy keeping the vehicles serviced and running and maintaining the campus infrastructure.

Karen Holland

President of Oklahoma Academy

Mrs. Holland also teaches Bell Choir and Health and serves as the school nurse.


Brian Holland

Pastor and Teacher

Mr. Holland teaches Bible, Marriage and the Family, Cultural Geography, and American History. The Hollands have been on the faculty since 1984.

Jean-Marie Dumar

Maintenance and Country Store

Originally from France, Mr. Dumar delights students and customers alike with his French accent.

Donna Dumar


Mrs. Dumar teaches French, English, and World History. The Dumars have two children. Pictured here is Jonathan.

Morgan Hunte

Cafeteria Director

Mrs. Hunte manages the cafeteria, preparing healthful meals and training her students in the art of food handling.

Christian Hunte

OA Publishing Director

Mr. Arroyo heads up the design, publishing, and sales of the Academy Study Bible and the Mission Study Bible with EGW comments. Pictured here with their daughter, Abigail, and dog, Zoltan. 


Elder Jim & Donelda Hiner

Founders of Oklahoma Academy

Elder & Mrs. Hiner started the academy in 1981. Elder Hiner served as the president and principal for 20 years. Mrs. Hiner faithfully kept the books until her recent retirement.

Lula jenkins

Business Office Manager and Vocational Coordinator

Mrs. Jenkins keeps up with the many tasks in the Missions Unlimited Business Office.

Sharon iezzi

Country Store Manager

Miss Iezzi has brought her enthusiasm and entrepreneurial skills to the Country Store, expanding it's reach in the community.


mark jagitsch

Outreach Director and Grounds

Pastor Jagitsch keeps the grounds looking beautiful and also works with the students to organize outreach activities.

Cara jagitsch

Cafeteria Assistant

Mrs. Jagitsch helps Mrs. Hunte with the meals and greets the students with a cheerful smile as she serves lunch.

Cindy Miller


Mrs. Miller brings her expertise to the bakery making delicious breads and pies for the students and the Country Store.

Staff Commitment


Math and Chemistry Teacher

Mr. Lazar teaches chemistry and algebra.

Basanthi LAzar 

Elementary Teacher's Assistant

Mrs. Lazar is mother to Elga, Enoch, and Elijah and helps out in the elementary school. 

Topher Kyle


Topher Kyle has stepped in to fill a very important need as the bookkeeper. He brings cheer to the whole office with his singing while he works.

Duncan Paniagua

Registrar and Teacher

Mr. Paniagua brings his contagious energy and enthusiasm to streamlining the school office and teaching Algebra II, and Computers.


Janyce Sendelbach


As she crunches numbers and keeps her eye on finances, Mrs. Sendelbach often gives a cheerful greeting to students passing by her office. Pictured here with her husband, Larry Sendelbach.


Julie Shurley

Communications and Media

Mrs. Shurley, with the help of student workers, keeps up the OA website and social media, does photography and videography, designs and edits the newsletters and the yearbook among other things.

Trey Shurley


Mr. Shurley teaches Anatomy and Physiology, World Literature, and Writing Workshop. The Shurleys have three boys - Cameron, Christopher, and Michael (plus one: Gogo Sinurat)

Clifton brooks

Aviation & Development

Mr. Brooks wears many hats as he serves as flight instructor, vocational director, development director. 

Cynthia Brooks

Girls' Dean

Mrs. Brooks is mother away from home for the girls in the dorm.

The Brooks have four children: Celeste, Carolina, Caleb, and Cyrus

Dale Cruttenden

Boys Dean

Mr. Cruttenden fulfills the role of Dad to the boys with good humor and fatherly direction.

Mafalda Cruttenden


Mrs. Cruttenden serves as the school librarian and study hall assistant, but just as important, she brings a mother's care to the boys' dorm.

Pictured here with their grandchildren, Chandler and Cheriss.




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Maintain an actively growing relationship with Christ by prioritizing this activity above all others.


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 Pray daily for God to make me a channel of His grace so that I will be enabled to love all my students, and to guide them with His divine wisdom.


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I will actively teach students in all settings how to nurture each other emotionally and spiritually and take every opportunity to guide them away from behaviors that would wound themselves and others in any way.


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Not expose myself or my students to influences that would weaken our ability to discern good from evil or lessen our interest in spiritual things.


i will

Incorporate Biblical principles into my teaching in every class or setting.


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Model in my own life the stated goals for Oklahoma Academy students while understanding that I, also, am growing in these areas.


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Do everything that lies within my power to develop harmonious, nurturing relationships with my colleagues on this campus.


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Uphold the policies outlined in the Student Handbook in a spirit intended to reach the heart rather than just effecting outward compliance.


I know,

Live, and share the message and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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