AVC Academy Faculty

AVC has an outstanding faculty with years of experience, both in education and fields outside the classroom.  All of our faculty are required by ACSI and WASC accreditation to have college degrees and ACSI Educator Certificates. At Apple Valley Christian Academy, our desire is to develop and nurture a professional, disciplined, and faithful staff that is diligent in the disciplines of a classical and Christian curriculum. We desire that they possess a lifelong hunger to learn and grow and that they have opportunity to be refreshed and renewed. We desire to see them coach and nurture new staff and serve as academic mentors to students. We welcome you to learn more about our faculty as you read the following biographies…

Lee VerKuilen

Preschool Teacher
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My work in the field of Early Childhood Education began over 40 years ago after earning  my Early Childhood Certification through Victor Valley College. Teaching young children is a joy to me, and I love being able to share the love of Jesus with them.  I am grateful to be a part of the Apple Valley Christian Academy family, and I am looking forward to another great year!

On a personal note, I am the mother of three children, grandmother of eight and a great grandmother of six.  In my free time, I enjoy camping at the beach, spending time with my family, and reading.

Emilie Villaflor

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
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Emilie is so excited to part of the Apple Valley Christian Academy Preschool Team! She has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 15 years and LOVES preschool. She loves working with children of all ages and specifically enjoys teaching preschoolers about their ABCs as well as their need for Jesus. She is happily married with two children of her own, and loves music. She can’t wait to meet her new students and families!

Bonnie Cambridge

Preschool Teacher
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My name is Bonnie Cambridge. My husband, Mike, and I have lived in the High Desert since 1975. I am a servant of our Lord, wife, mother of two, and grandmother of three.

I accepted the Lord as my savior at age 13 and I live by the Bible verse, Matthew 19:26, “…but with God all things are possible.”

I have been very blessed to work in Early Childhood since 1977; first, as a volunteer at Kiddie Klub in Apple Valley.  I volunteered while my nephew attended. After my nephew graduated, I remained and became a Preschool teacher. I took a few years off to have a family and then went back to Kiddie Klub part-time as Preschool teacher and an Assistant Preschool Director.  In 1988, I began working full-time at St. Timothy’s Preparatory School. During my time at St. Timothy’s, I worked in various positions, including a Preschool aide, Office Manager, Preschool teacher, Business Manager, and Preschool Director. In 2015, I began working at Apple Valley Christian Academy Preschool as a Preschool teacher.  During my time at AVC Academy Preschool, I have also taught Pre-Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten.  Last year I taught Kindergarten at AVC Academy. I am looking forward to being a Preschool Teacher again for the 2019-2020 school year.

Wanda Wagner

Kindergarten Teacher
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I was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida where I met my husband of over 30 years. We have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.  My love for Early Education started in 1982 working at the YWCA teaching art to small children. In 1983, I realized Christian education was just as important in early childhood. I attended Edward Waters College in Business Administration, and Pasadena City College, Citrus College, Mount SAC for Early Childhood, awarded Outstanding Young Woman in America.

Proverbs 22:6 says: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” After 36 years of teaching and directing, I have seen the results of Christian education through the lives of many students to whom I’ve had the privilege of teaching God’s Word. It is with great joy and thanks to Apple Valley Christian Academy for allowing me to continue to teach the Word of God to young children.

Erika Royster

First Grade Teacher
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I graduated from Biola University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. Prior to attending Biola I attended AVC for 7 years. I was the choral music instructor and choir director for the Middle School and High School Choirs for five years. I have also organized several Elementary Choir Concerts. During the course of my career with AVC I have taught Science, PreAlgebra, and Latin. I chose Apple Valley Christian Academy for my career because it is where I went to school and I enjoy returning to the family that I was a part of as a student. I am now teaching first grade and am happy to have the chance to share my experience with all of the students that have decided to call Apple Valley Christian Academy home.

Aaron Parker

Second Grade Teacher
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Hello, my name is Aaron Parker. I am a disciple of Christ, devoted husband, father of two boys, and, for the past 25 years, dedicated music instructor. Music has been a passion of mine since my sophomore year of high school. It is that passion that drove me to the Lord. In 1996, though I was a heathen, I was hired by a church to play in the worship band. Not long after, I gave my heart and life to Jesus. In the winter of 2011, the company I worked for (Tom’s Music) went out of business, but when God closes a door, He opens another. In the summer of 2012, I was hired to teach music at another Christian school. I immediately fell in love with teaching in a classroom setting and felt called to be a professional educator. Now, I am honored and humbled to say I am a full time second grade teacher. It is very exciting to continue this next phase of my career.

Janis Carlile

3rd - 5th Grade Master Teacher
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Hi, my name is Janis Carlile and this is my fourth year teaching at AVC. I have been an upper elementary teacher in Christian schools for 31 years. CSULB is where I earned a BA in Liberal Studies with a minor in Music and a preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. I am excited that God brought me here to AVC.

My husband Del and I have been married for 40 years and have lived in Apple Valley for 37 years. We have two lovely daughters, both in education, and two beautiful granddaughters. We have all enjoyed being part of the AVC family.

Cindy Scranton

Teacher’s Aide, Fifth Grade
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Hello, my name is Cindy Scranton.  I was born and raised in Whittier, California.  I graduated from Mt. San Antonio College with a Degree in General Education.  I got married in 1976 and we have two adult children that both attended AVC.  Our son graduated as Valedictorian from AVC 2006.  Currently, I am the Teacher’s Aide for 5th grade under the supervision of Mrs. Carlile.  I have been blessed to work at AVC for 27 years.

Nancy Foster

6th Grade Teacher
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I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Nancy Foster, and I am honored to be one of the sixth grade teachers as well as the Administrator of Apple Valley Christian Academy.  This is my 29th year in Christian Education and my 13th year at AVC.  I hold a California State Teaching Credential, an ACSI Educator Certificate as a teacher, and a Master’s Degree in Education. I also hold an ACSI Educator Certificate as an All-Levels Principal.

Three times in my career I have held administrative positions along with various teaching positions.  First, I functioned as an Assistant Principal at The Vine Christian School for 5 years.  We built the school from the ground up before I moved from the area. Secondly, I became the Lead Teacher/Coordinator for the Elementary Department at Christian Chapel School in Walnut for 4 years.  We had a thriving school with multiple classes at each grade level.  Finally, for five years previously, I held the position here as Elementary Coordinator where I supervised elementary staff and activities.  Now I am looking forward to the continued challenges of being the administrator of AVC.


  • Bachelor of Science from Cal Poly Pomona (Social Science)
  • Master’s Degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University
  • California State teaching credential

Interests:  Reading, music, travel

Contact:  nfoster@avcschool.com

Julie Hendricks

Music Teacher
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I’d like to introduce myself to you. My name is Julie Hendricks and I am from Hesperia. I’ve been married to my husband, Jeff, for 33 years and we have 5 children: Elisa 28, Ethan, 21, Padme’ 18, Hope 15, and Ezra 13. I attend High Desert Church Hesperia and have walked with the Lord for most of my life. I love Jesus and I’m a firm believer in Christian education, as I myself attended Christian school for the entirety of my education. I also love music and am very excited to continue teaching music at AVC.

I have taught several years in schools as well as privately, and I am looking forward to continuing to bring God’s great gift of music to the students. Music is a part of most people lives and touches who we are as individuals. It’s my desire that students understand not just how to play but the theory behind what they are doing. Technique is a vital part of becoming accomplished at whatever instrument they play. I will also take time with students who may struggle, and I want to encourage them to let me know when they are having difficulty. I’m looking forward to a great year!

Dani Patag

HS SLT / Secondary Bible Teacher
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I began working at AVC the fall of 2000.  Initially, I was hired to assist in the office with Mrs. Singery, and then soon began teaching science and P.E. as well. Currently, I teach secondary Bible, General Science, and High School SLT.  I have served as class advisor as well as co-advisor with Jean Huff of the High School Student Leadership Team team for 10 years.

I attended the University of Kansas “Rock Chalk!” for 3 years, but then completed my Bachelor’s degree at Azusa Pacific University.  I have been married to my husband, Tony, for 33 years. Our three children attended Apple Valley Christian and were very active in sports, missions, and student leadership. They are members of the 2005, 2007, and 2010 graduating classes. I praise God for the time we have had here as a family, and the blessing and privilege of serving here at AVC.

April Rathel

MS/HS English Teacher
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I grew up in Newnan, Georgia, and throughout my childhood I had many questions about sin, God’s forgiveness, and eternity.  When I was about 15 years old, all of those questions found their answer in the mercy and faithfulness of Jesus.

During my high school and college years, God continued developing my love for him and my passion for ministry.  In 2005, I graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Education with teaching endorsements in middle grades language arts and social studies.  At that point in my life, I wanted to know even more about the Bible, so I decided to complete a Master of Divinity degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina.  From 2006 to 2009, I worked in the Extended Day Program at Ravenscroft School, a private school in Raleigh.

Shortly after I earned my master’s degree, I met my husband, David.  We married in 2010, and I moved to Virginia, where he was pastoring a small church.  There, I taught English full-time for four years.  In 2014, we moved to Scotland for my husband to pursue his Ph.D. in Theology at the University of St Andrews.  In Scotland, I worked for a ministry that provided opportunities for high school students to learn more about Christianity.  When our daughter, Sophia, was born in 2016, I transitioned to part-time teaching online with VIPKID.  Our family returned to the States in December 2018, and we lived near his family in Florida, where I taught English at Grand Ridge Middle School for the first half of 2019.

My husband’s job as a theology professor has brought us to California.  The 2019-2020 school year will be my first year at AVC, and I am excited to join the team here!

Rocky Lockwood

MS/HS History, Media Teacher
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I am teaching MS/HS History and Media at AVC.  I have completed 23 years at AVC and 28 years total in education.  I have a degree in Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University, but my passion is History.  I have been blessed to have been able to take AVC students to New York, Philadelphia, our nation’s capitol, France, England, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Greece and Turkey.  I am married to my wife, Elisa, and we will be celebrating our 32nd anniversary this year.

Samuel Bechtol

MS/HS Math/Science Teacher
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This will be my fourth year teaching at Apple Valley Christian, and I look forward to my time here!

I am a California native: born, raised, and currently residing in Riverside. I was homeschooled in a thoroughly Christian environment for twelve years, participating in sports and forensics for the majority of that time and eventually teaching speech and debate and coaching basketball with the group for seven years. I graduated from Thomas Edison State University in 2014 with a degree in Mathematics and previously taught math and physics for 4 years at a private academic homeschooling co-op.