Principal/Teacher, Grades 5-8
I am an immigrant. I have always been a migrant. I was born a migrant. I am a Salvadorian born in the country of Honduras where my parents had migrated. In 5th grade I attended a little rural school in El Salvador where my life was changed by a teacher, a teacher who could see beyond my extreme poverty and overwhelming obstacles. He challenged me to dream. He said to me, “You should be a teacher. You would make a good one.” He was my earthly hero and I believed him.
In 1992, I graduated with a degree in secondary education from Canadian Union College in Alberta Canada. Since then I have dedicated my life to following the example of my 5th grade hero.
I love God’s language in nature and the outdoors. I also like reading my Bible and discovering new things each time. A huge highlight in my career took place in 2005 when International Children’s Care invited me to serve as director of a project for orphaned and abandoned children in El Salvador. We did that for four years. It is a privilege for me to serve the youth of our community through the ministry of Intermountain Adventist Academy.
Teacher, Grades 2-4
Jami was raised in Grand Junction. She received a B.S. in elementary education from Union College and a M.A. in special education from the University of Northern Colorado. She has worked in both public and private schools in Colorado, Indiana, and Taiwan. She is very excited to have this opportunity to live close to her family and work in the community that has given her so much love and support. Jami enjoys reading, swimming, hiking, eating, camping, and traveling.
Teacher, Grades K – 1
Sarah Gould was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Later, her family moved to the Nashville, TN area, where she attended high school at Highland Academy in Portland, TN. After graduating from academy, Sarah went on to Southern Adventist University for only a year before becoming a hair stylist. Another move brought her closer to Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology.
After graduation, Sarah accepted a position in the Ohio Conference, teaching grades 3rd-8th. After two years in OH, a call from a friend in 2013 convinced her to move to Grand Junction, and she has been teaching at IAA ever since.
Sarah’s parents now live in Iowa where her dad is a nursing home administrator, and her mom keeps doctors on their toes as a clinic receptionist. Her sister lives in Tennessee,
and is a radiology technician in downtown Chattanooga. Since most of her family lives in the Chattanooga area, Sarah travels there regularly.
You can almost always find Sarah with a book at bedtime, but she also enjoys camping, crafty things, hiking, Pinteresting, running, organizing and being with friends and family.