Meet Our Staff
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.
Elementary School Teacher
Mrs. Figueroa teaches the elementary age staff children in our one-room grade school. Pictured with her husband, Luis Figueroa and their kids.
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.
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. Arroyo helps guide the students academic choices and assists the school office. She is originally from Poland.
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.
Mrs. Chiarenza assists Miss Miller in the Cafetaria. She has brought skill and experience in creating tasty allergen free dishes.
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
Bakery Manager and Farm Assistant
Mrs. Day is equally dedicated to teaching her student workers the art of baking as she is providing beautiful baked goods for the cafeteria and the Country Store.
Oklahoma Academy bookkeeper
As she crunches numbers and keeps her eye on finances, Mrs. Sendelbach often gives a cheerful greeting to students passing by her office.
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
Mrs. Jenkins keeps up with the many tasks in the Missions Unlimited Business Office.
Mr. Gonyea is kept busy keeping the vehicles serviced and running and maintaining the campus infrastructure.
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 and is special projects manager, helping out and filling in as needed in many capacities. The Shurleys have three boys - Cameron, Christopher, and Michael.
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
Math and Chemistry Teacher
Elementary Teacher's Assistant
Mrs. Lazar is mother to Elga, Enoch, and Elijah and helps out in the elementary school.
Mrs. Miller has brought hard earned wisdom, practicality and delicious new menus to the table.
Topher Kyle joined us at OA in September of 2019 and now leads our canvassers in their work to reach souls for Christ.
Adiv is your friendly Country Store assistant.
Registrar and Teacher
Mr. Paniagua brings his contagious energy and enthusiasm to streamlining the school office and teaching Algebra II, and Computers.
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.