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Faculty and Staff

We are firmly committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they seek to educate and serve as role models for our students. They are known as "The Living Curriculum" because their wisdom, experience, and presence are the conduit through which knowledge and understanding are delivered, not textbooks, tests, or PowerPoint.

Faculty Spotlight

Danielle Roberts is the Grade 4 and Academy V reading and learning specialist at Oaks Christian. This is her first year at Oaks Christian but her 29th year in education. She received her undergraduate education at the University of California, Los Angeles, and 4-year and multiple-subject teaching credential at the University of California, Irvine. She has been married to her husband, Brett, for 29 years, and they have three adult children.

Several years ago, she obtained a master’s degree in reading and literacy through Grand Canyon University and transitioned into the role of a reading and learning specialist. She has taught in both secular and private schools. She is a Wilson I/II certified dyslexia interventionist, as well. 

"I love to work with students with all different strengths and weaknesses and look forward to serving the community here at Oaks Christian. My office is M137, behind the middle school library. Stop by and say hello," she shared.


 Back in the House!

We welcome back alumni who have returned to their alma mater as faculty or staff. Their OCS experience uniquely positions them to relate to our current students through a shared history!
Jackson Kelly, Class of 2014

Jackson Kelly, Class of 2014, has too many memories to count about his time at Oaks Christian School, and the countless special times with friends and teachers. A graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a bachelors in English, he is now paying it forward as a high school English teacher at Oaks Christian.

Emily Sadler, Class of 2005

Emily Sadler, Class of 2005, works at the middle school as an English and French teacher. She reflects on fond memories when she was a student at Oaks Christian, including Wild and Crazy Kids Day, the senior retreat, and Mr. Summers. Being a student here was one of the best experiences of her life! She earned her bachelors from Seattle Pacific University, and her masters from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Mike McDowell, Class of 2006

Mike McDowell, Class of 2006, is a high school science teacher and a Global Leadership Institute teacher, as well. His favorite memory at Oaks Christian is being cornered and scolded by Commander Coyle for being out of dress code ("Can anyone else relate?" he asks). He graduated with a bachelor of science from San Diego State University and earned his master of divinity degree from Liberty University. 

Lauren Dewey, Class of 2016

Lauren Dewey, Class of 2016, graduated from Grand Canyon University! She is now teaching English at the middle school. Reflecting on her time as a student, she realls that teachers were her favorite people, and now she can't believe that she calls them her peers. "It does become a little surreal when you come back to work at Oaks and then call your teachers by their first names," she shared.

Sallly Gordin, Class of 2004
Sally Gordin née Roberts, Class of 2004, is our first-ever OCS alumni employee! She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor of arts, and is now the high school English department chair. She was named the Teacher of the Year in 2022. Thinking back on the early days of Oaks Christian she says: "It was a time that showed me what stepping into faith as a community looked like. The school wasn't anything yet, but everyone had faith in what it could be."