I am immigrant. I have always been a migrant. I was born a migrant. I am a Salvadorian born in the county 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 will 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, 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 Grade 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.
Please call Sarah if you have any questions about her classroom.
Teacher Grades 2-4
Denise was born in Kettering, Ohio and raised in the state of Arizona. She went to college at Southern Adventist University and graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education in 2006. After graduating, she worked at Memphis Junior Academy and Standifer Gap SDA School. This will be her 12th year and second here at IAA.
Denise is married to Aaron and they have two young children, Abigail and Dexter. She enjoys camping, hiking, reading, pintresting, and traveling. She loves living in Colorado!
Favorite Bible Story – The story of Joseph and the story of David and Goliath – both stories show us that God can do great things with anyone no matter their age or status in life.
Favorite Bible Verse
– Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
– Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.
Please feel free to contact her about her classroom and the exciting things she does with students!