Kirk Krueger is the principal of Weimar Academy. He is married to Maryann, our institute librarian, and they are blessed with five children: Katie, Ben, Camille, Venice and Carrie. Their family moved to Weimar in 2014, attracted by the academy’s desire to follow Christ and their strong academic program. Although they first came to Weimar for their children to attend school, God had something different planned for their family. Kirk, who had been self-employed for thirty-five years, was led to become our new principal in 2017. He is very intentional about mentoring young people and continuing Weimar Academy’s mission of ‘Proving God Right’.
Mike Bernard | #viceprincipal #registrar
Mike Bernard is married to Cheryl and has 3 boys: Aaron, Benjamin, and Isaac. He graduated from Southern Adventist University in 1999 and moved to Atlanta, GA where he worked for almost 10 years in accounting. After that time, the Lord led him to work in education. He started as a boys dean in Indiana and then moved out to Weimar in the summer of 2010 to become the Vice Principal and Registrar. He is also currently serving as the CFO of Weimar Institute. Mike and his family enjoy being active in outreach and mission trips with the academy and with the kids’ ministries at their church. They count it such a blessing to be a part of a ministry focused on training young people to finish this last day work so we can go home to be with Jesus.
Margaret Gallant | #girlsdean
Margaret Gallant is the Girls’ Dean at Weimar Academy. She graduated with a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Educational Guidance Counseling from Loma Linda University. She worked for five years as a school counselor in Southern California before moving back east with her husband, where they lived for 16 years. Before coming to work at Weimar, she was working hard raising her three children and feeling blessed to be “mommy”. The whole family traveled together presenting health seminars. They truly believe they were sent to Weimar to minister in the girls dorm as a family. She loves being “mom” to all the students and feels very privileged to be able to mentor young ladies in serving God in all that they do.
RD Gallant | #guysdean
R.D. Gallant is the Boys Dean of Weimar Academy. He graduated from Weimar College with a BS in Natural Science. He loves God with all his heart and wants to serve God in everything he does.
Tara Swanepoel | #math #spanish
Tara Swanepoel is the Math Teacher and Spanish Teacher at Weimar Academy. God drew her to teaching and she graduated from Andrews University in 2001 with a BS in Elementary Education. Following graduation, she taught 3rd and 4th grades in Michigan. She then served as the principal of a small mission school in Bolivia. Following her mission service, she returned to the United States and received her MA in Educational Technology. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, camping, backpacking, and snowshoeing. She is passionate about missions and is dedicated to inspiring students to fulfill their call to serve wherever God leads. Her greatest joy is to see youth inspired by the irresistible beauty of God’s character.
Alyssa Brantley | #assistant dean
Alyssa Brantley’s passion for the ministry of true education was first sparked 6 years ago with a worship talk given by Dr. Randy Siebold right here at Weimar. As she finished out the year serving Mrs. Gallant and the girls dorm as an assistant dean, she felt God’s call to become an Educator ever growing stronger. After continuing her education for a couple years and teaching at William H. Johnston Elementary School in Hickory, North Carolina, God opened the door for her to come back to Weimar Academy where the dream all started. Alyssa is excited about being a part of “Proving God Right”.
Abigail Eagan | #music
Abigail Eagan is the Music Director for Weimar Academy. Her personal passion for music started in childhood and since then she has had experience in harp performance and education, as a piano teacher, and has also had the privilege of training with one of the top choral instructors at Andrews University. Her experimentations with conducting started at the age of four in front of the family stereo and continue now as she daily seeks to learn and improve her methods of musical communication. To relax she enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with friends. It is her utmost desire to cultivate in the hearts of students a love for their Savior and to equip them with the ability to share Him with the world through music.
Amanda Goad | #logistics #student success
Amanda Goad is a graduate of SOULS West and HEALTH. Currently, she is finishing her degree in Business Management. Amanda is teaching the Principles of Learning class here at the Academy, will serve as the Logistics Coordinator for our many activities and will be our work education liaison. Originally from Arizona, she has traveled quite a bit following various calls in ministry from Arizona to Washington state. When she’s not working or studying, she enjoys doing almost anything as long as she’s with good friends. She’s excited to be at Weimar this year to broaden her experience in ministry and to make more friends.
Jam Obias | #science #math
Jam Obias is the A&P, Chemistry, and Pre-Algebra teacher. She has done coursework for a Masters in Education with emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies. She graduated from University of the Phililppines Los Baños with a bachelor’s degree in Math and Science Teaching, and went on to teach at Palau Mission Academy, and then at Katutubo Excel Schools Inc, a ministry for an indigenous tribe in the Philippines. Jam loves nature, stargazing, and reading. She has a sweet and generous twin brother named JR. She is seeking to grow more in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus, and to draw others into a saving relationship with Him.
Jennifer DeFluiter | #English
Jennifer DeFluiter and her husband Ron moved from the Black Hills of South Dakota to Weimar in the summer of 2017. Jennifer has 25 years of teaching experience in a wide variety of settings, both in public and in Adventist schools, including Guam and Micronesia. She holds a BS degree from Union College in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree from South Dakota State University in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Educational Specialist degree in Mathematics from Black Hills State University. She is very passionate about the three R’s: Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic and is excited to share her love of inspiring books, poetry and writing with the students while teaching English at Weimar Academy. Her deepest desire is that students will become deeply acquainted with Jesus through the mediums of reading, writing and speech and then to apply these same mediums to help others become deeply acquainted with Him. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, biking, hiking, kayaking, journaling/drawing, and cooking and baking.
David Steward | #Bible #history
David accepted Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior at a rave dance party in 2001 and has been living an exciting life of F.A.I.T.H. (Fantastic Adventures In Trusting Him) while spreading the Three Angels’ Message ever since. After obtaining his bachelor of business administration degree and law degree, David worked as a prosecuting attorney in California for 15 years. He tried over 100 jury trials including charges that involved: murder, gang shootings and stabbings, armed bank robberies, carjackings, domestic violence, major narcotics, etc. While exciting, nothing has been more exciting than seeing young people give their heart to Jesus and grow in Him, which is why he now teaches at Weimar Academy. Between prosecuting and teaching, David was an evangelist for nine years at Amazing Facts after taking the evangelism training at Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism (AFCOE). He also previously taught high school in Yap, Micronesia. David is the happy husband of Nina and father of Ethan. David loves to travel, having visited 50 countries, and looks forward to academy mission trips!
William Polk | #science #math #vocational
William Polk is married to Denise and they have two sons, Nathan and Matthew. He received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and has since spent time working in Aerospace, Education and private business. In aerospace he did systems engineering, project and business management plus sales. In 2004 family concerns took him to Arkansas where he began teaching math and science at Ouachita Hills Academy and then went on to develop technical vocational programs at National Park College. He returned to California in the summer of 2017 to take up teaching again at Weimar Academy.
He strives to inspire young people with a sense of awe and appreciation for God’s creation through the study of Mathematics and the Physical Sciences. William and his family enjoy being a part of a ministry which equips young people for the final work hastening Christ’s coming.
Dean Cullinane | #Bible #assistant dean
Dean “The Dean” Cullinane is currently a Theology Student at Weimar College. He is married to Dorling Cullinane and they have no children, but they do have 2 funnily-named cats! Dean studied at P.E.A.C.E (Practical Evangelism And Christian Education Centre) with his wife in England where they both grew up. Dean loves sharing the word through teaching and preaching and is excited to see what the Lord has planned for the students at Weimar Academy this year. In his spare time, Dean loves to read, write and eat Chipotle. Before Weimar, Dean worked as a Bible-worker in London for 2 years, as well as a teacher and caregiver for young men with autism.
Spencer Freed | #assistant dean
Spencer is the Assistant Boys Dean at Weimar Academy. He graduated from Weimar Academy in 2014, and will soon be graduating from Weimar College with a BS in Natural Science. He’s excited to be coming back to serve in the dorm where he made a lasting relationship with God and friends.