Position: Principal & Grades 6-8 Teacher
Jordan Lindsay graduated from Walla Walla University. He has a
BS in Elementary Education and Physical Education, and a
master’s degree in Curriculum and Development. He has taught in
Palau, Guam, Idaho, and Washington and is going into his
14 th year of teaching. Mr. Lindsay grew up in Washington and
spent many summers in Walla Walla and on his family’s farm near
Colfax. He has a wife, Brendy, and a son, Levi. Mr. Lindsay enjoys
working in his garden, hiking, spending time with his family,
studying the Bible, traveling, woodworking, and rock hounding. He
has a love for learning and tries very hard to help his students find that love too.
Position: Grades 3-5 Teacher
Sheila Burkhardt holds a BS in Secondary Education in English
and a master’s degree in English Education. She’s taught at the
college level in the Philippines, elementary school in South Korea,
hight school/middle school/kindergarten/preschool in Thailand, and
a mixed group class in Mexico. She’s now entering her 12th year of
teaching. Sheila enjoys being married to Ben Burkhardt with whom
she has the privilege of reaching out to more precious souls for
God’s kingdom through Bible studies, friendship evangelism, etc.
She is very passionate about God and His Word, reading Spirit of
Prophecy books, playing cello, cooking/baking vegan dishes, traveling with a mission and
capturing God’s wonderful creation thought a digital lens. Sheila counts every child entering
her classroom as a precious child of God, to be prepared for this world and the world to
Position: Grades K-2, Bells, Chimes Teacher
Mary Lindsay has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Elementary
Education from Western Governors University, with an
endorsement in music. She has taught full time for seven years
and part time for 12 years. She was Children’s Ministries Director
for Washington Conference and Guam Micronesia Mission. She
enjoys music, hiking, snow skiing, jeeping, swimming, snorkeling,
reading, traveling and kayaking with her husband Gerry, and
spending time with her family and friends.
Position: Preschool Teacher
Sarah Byrd graduated from Gem State Adventist Academy while
working student approved hours as a step-in manager for Raisin’
Angels Daycare. She continued to hone her skills, working as a
governess for three families. For seven years Sarah was a
teaching assistant with the Therapeutic Learning Center for
Caldwell School Distric #132, where her responisibilities included
teaching her own core classes, building curriculum for the multi-
grade summer program, and working with students of all skill
levels to increase their academic potential. Sarah enjoys reading,
continuing to learn, swimming, being outdoors, and maintaining an
active lifestyle with her family.
Position: Preschool Teacher
Kimberlee Moore graduated from Mile High Adventist Academy in Denver, Colorado with an emphasis in Fine Arts, Math and Science.
While in school she assisted in a daycare for infants to 2 years of age primarily focused on developmental needs and growth in premature infants.
After graduating highschool she attended Walla Walla University for child development, psychology and special needs. She has a huge passion for children and worked as a Nanny for 4 little girls, one who was autistic. She believes that every child is beautiful. God has created them so uniquely and their minds are brilliant.
Creativity is her thing, and she likes to make learning fun. She loves being a mom and spending time with family. She also enjoys museums, history, arts, music, running and staying healthy.
Position: Strings Teacher
Paula Oltman (Strings) graduated from Walla Walla College and Loma Linda University Graduate School, with a BS in Nursing and an MS in Community Health Nursing (emphasis in teaching). She began studying the violin in 3rd grade and continued lessons through college. She has played 1st violin with the Walla Walla Symphony, North Idaho Symphony Orchestra, Oregon East Symphony, and Inland Northwest Musicians. She volunteers her time at HJA because she loves music and desires to instill this same love for good music in young children.
Her group violin lessons and orchestra practices at HJA emphasize music as a ministry and encourage students to share their God-given talents and time as a means of blessing others.
Position: Office Manager
Silvia Estrada graduated from Walla Walla University with a Bachelors of Business Administration. She has worked for Hermiston Junior Academy since 2012. She is happily married to a gifted musician and blessed with two amazing children. She enjoys music, hiking, reading, traveling and sharing Jesus with others.
Carleen is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in education, and minors in Political Science and Music. She became the librarian for Hermiston Junior Academy when her son entered Kindergarten 37 years ago. At that time Hermiston Junior Academy had next to nothing in books, but over the years with hard work and dedication, we now have a real library. It has always been a blessing over the years for her to work with new teachers and principals, and more importantly, seeing the love that the children have for reading. She is looking forward to this year's adventures.