Meet Our Staff
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
Mrs. Day loves working with her husband to produce beautiful produce on the OA Farm.
Pictured with children: Kisha, Jonathan, Zachery, and Angela
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.
Mr. Gonyea is kept busy keeping the vehicles serviced and running and maintaining the campus infrastructure.
President of Oklahoma Academy
Mrs. Holland also teaches Bell Choir and Health and serves as the school nurse.
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.
Maintenance and Country Store
Originally from France, Mr. Dumar delights students and customers alike with his French accent.
Mrs. Dumar teaches French, English, and World History. The Dumars have two children. Pictured here is Jonathan.
Mrs. Hunte manages the cafeteria, preparing healthful meals and training her students in the art of food handling.
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.
Business Office Manager and Vocational Coordinator
Mrs. Jenkins keeps up with the many tasks in the Missions Unlimited Business Office.
Country Store Manager
Miss Iezzi has brought her enthusiasm and entrepreneurial skills to the Country Store, expanding it's reach in the community.
Outreach Director and Grounds
Pastor Jagitsch keeps the grounds looking beautiful and also works with the students to organize outreach activities.
Mrs. Jagitsch helps Mrs. Hunte with the meals and greets the students with a cheerful smile as she serves lunch.
Mrs. Miller brings her expertise to the bakery making delicious breads and pies for the students and the Country Store.
Math and Chemistry Teacher
Mr. Lazar teaches chemistry and algebra.
Elementary Teacher's Assistant
Mrs. Lazar is mother to Elga, Enoch, and Elijah and helps out in the elementary school.
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.
Registrar and Teacher
Mr. Paniagua brings his contagious energy and enthusiasm to streamlining the school office and teaching Algebra II, and Computers.
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.
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.
Mr. Shurley teaches Anatomy and Physiology, World Literature, and Writing Workshop. The Shurleys have three boys - Cameron, Christopher, and Michael (plus one: Gogo Sinurat)
Aviation & Development
Mr. Brooks wears many hats as he serves as flight instructor, vocational director, development director.
Mrs. Brooks is mother away from home for the girls in the dorm.
The Brooks have four children: Celeste, Carolina, Caleb, and Cyrus
Mr. Cruttenden fulfills the role of Dad to the boys with good humor and fatherly direction.
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.
Maintain an actively growing relationship with Christ by prioritizing this activity above all others.
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.
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.
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.
Incorporate Biblical principles into my teaching in every class or setting.
Model in my own life the stated goals for Oklahoma Academy students while understanding that I, also, am growing in these areas.
Do everything that lies within my power to develop harmonious, nurturing relationships with my colleagues on this campus.
Uphold the policies outlined in the Student Handbook in a spirit intended to reach the heart rather than just effecting outward compliance.
Live, and share the message and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.