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Published: June 20, 2019      Updated: July 27, 2021

 

Jennifer  Lew

Jennifer Lew

Position: Principal

Certifications

Professional Certificate
Endorsements: Elementary Ed; Jr. Academy English, General Science, History, Music, Religion

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelors
Major Field: Liberal Studies
College Where Earned: Pacific Union College

Biography

Mrs. Jennifer Lew lives in Newbury Park with her husband, Brendon, their two children, Nathan and Eliza, and their dog Howard. Mrs. Lew was raised in Lodi, CA, and graduated high school from Lodi Academy. After high school, she continued her education at Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA, where she graduated with a BS in Liberal Studies and a minor in Music. During her college experience, she traveled to Japan where she lived in Hiroshima for one year. In 1994, she moved to Newbury Park where she joined the staff at Conejo Adventist Elementary School. Mrs. Lew enjoys participating in a book club, reading, baking, teaching Cradle Roll at The Place, singing, and learning new things...like teaching 6th graders!

Natalie Resler

Position: Kindergarten Teacher

Certifications

California Teaching Credential

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelors
Major Field: Liberal Studies, Minor in Bible and Theology
College Where Earned: William Jessup University

Biography

Ms. Resler was born and raised in Sacramento, California. She attended William Jessup University, in Rocklin, California, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies and minor in Bible and Theology during her completion of their teacher education program. Ms. Resler is passionate about building relationships with students that help make learning fun while sharing the love of Jesus in her classroom. In her free time she enjoys taking her dog, Stella, to the dog park, cooking, baking, organizing, and doing crafts.

Alexa Fitzgerald

Position: 1st Grade Teacher

Certifications

Standard Certificate
Endorsement: Elementary Education

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelors
Major Field: Liberal Studies, Minor in Spanish
College Where Earned: Walla Walla University

Biography

Mrs. Alexa Fitzgerald was born and raised in Sacramento, California where she sparked her love for teaching. Now she lives in Newbury Park with her husband, Cameron. After graduating high school she attended Walla Walla University, where she had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain. After graduation, Alexa married and moved with her husband to Newbury Park. Mrs. Fitzgerald started her teaching career at Linda Vista Adventist Elementary School as the kindergarten teacher. In 2021 she joined the CAES team, excited to start a new adventure in 1st grade. She enjoys traveling, time with her family and friends, reading, and exercising. But her biggest joy comes in sharing God's love to her students.

Michelle Mayer

Michelle Mayer

Position: 1st/2nd Grade Teacher

Certifications

Professional Certificate
Endorsement: Elementary Education

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelors
College Where Earned: Pacific Union College

Biography

Mrs. Michelle Mayer lives in Camarillo with her husband, Steve, and three children, Zack, Megan, and Madison. Michelle is a graduate of Pacific Union College. She enjoys reading, hiking with her family, and traveling. Mrs. Mayer has been teaching full-time at CAES since 2014. Prior to that, she was a stay-at-home-mom and then taught for several years in the Moorpark Unified School District as a Kindergarten teacher and a substitute. She joined our Conejo staff in order to provide spiritual mentoring to her students. Her passion is getting students excited about learning and growing their relationship with Jesus. She enjoys learning new teaching methods and growing as a professional educator.

Robin Shea

Robin Shea

Position: 3rd/4th Grade Teacher

Certifications

Standard Certificate
Endorsement: Elementary Education

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelors
Major Field: Liberal Studies
College Where Earned: La Sierra University

Biography

Mrs. Shea was raised in Newbury Park, where she still resides with her husband, Branon, and three children, Nolan and Camdyn and Ian. She attended Conejo Adventist Elementary School from K-8th grade and also graduated from Newbury Park Adventist Academy. After high school, Mrs. Shea attended La Sierra University and received a B.A. in Liberal Studies in 2003. She began her teaching career at CAES teaching Kindergarten. She took two years off to raise her children and returned to us to teach 3rd and 4th grade. In her spare time, Mrs. Shea enjoys swimming, water sports, music, but mostly, spending time with her family. Mrs. Shea feels that teaching is something that she was created to do . Everyday she looks forward to laughing and learning with her students. "There is no other school I would rather be at than CAES. It truly feels like home to me."

Ruth McConnehey

Ruth McConnehey

Position: 5th Grade Teacher

Certifications

California Professional Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
California Professional Clear Supplemental Authorization in English
Professional Teaching Certificate North American Division of SDA Endorsements: Kindergarten; Elementary Education; Jr. Academy Art, English, General Science, History, Religion

Education

Highest Degree: Masters
Major Field: Curriculum and Instruction
College Where Earned: La Sierra University

Biography

Mrs. McConnehey was born and raised in Loma Linda, California. After graduating from academy, she continued her education at Pacific Union College where she received a degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in elementary education. Summers during college were spent at Pine Springs Ranch as a counselor, and then the girls' director. Her education continued at La Sierra University where she earned a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. During this time, she taught at Loma Linda Academy. Following graduation from La Sierra, Mrs. McConnehey moved to Bakersfield where she taught at Bakersfield Adventist Academy for eight years. She moved to Newbury Park when she married Ryan, and taught at CAES before taking a few years off to raise their daughter, Caitlin. She is heading into her eighth year at CAES. This time teaching 5th grade. Mrs. McConnehey enjoys reading, traveling, baking, playing with the family dog, and spending time with family. She has worked as the Adventurer and Pathfinder director at the Thousand Oaks Church. She is always on the lookout for new things to incorporate into her teaching.

Nellie Tassy

Nellie Tassy

Position: 7th/8th Grade Teacher

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelors
College Where Earned: California State University, East Bay

Biography

Mrs. Nellie Tassy lives in Newbury Park with her husband, Errol, and their two children, Alessio and Nadia, and their two dogs, Niko and Kaleo. Mrs. Tassy was raised in Hayward, CA, and graduated high school from Mountain View Academy. After high school, she continued her education at Cal State, East Bay, where she graduated with a BA in Liberal Studies and a minor in Childhood Education and received her teaching credential at La Sierra University in Riverside. In 2005, she moved to Miami where she met her husband. In 2016 she moved to back to California, and joined the staff at Conejo Adventist Elementary School in 2019. Mrs. Tassy has been teaching since 2001. She enjoys learning fun and new teaching methods, travelling, and spending time in nature with her family.

Paulette  Park

Paulette Park

Position: 8th Grade Math Teacher

Certifications

Professional Certificate
Endorsement: Mathematics

Education

Highest Degree: Masters
Major Field: Education and Biostatistics
College Where Earned: UCLA

Biography

Mrs. Paulette Park was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. She attended college at UC Irvine, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics with a specialization in Statistics. She then attended graduate school at UCLA where she earned her Masters of Education and M.S. in Biostatistics. After graduate school, she worked in the actuarial field for about 10 years before deciding to stay home to raise her children. Mrs. Park taught Pre-Algebra and Algebra at CAES from 2010-2020. She now teaches at NPAA, where the eighth graders who are ready for Algebra attend her math class. She enjoys teaching in the warm, family-like setting of our school and is thankful that God has led her here. Mrs. Park and her husband Elvin, have two children, Elliott and Amanda.

Teresa  Cabrera

Teresa Cabrera

Position: Preschool Director

Venessa  Bello-Ramos

Venessa Bello-Ramos

Position: Preschool Teacher and After School Care

Cheryl Dickerson

Cheryl Dickerson

Position: Secretary