Laura Krum was born in Denver, CO, but moved around a lot as her father was an SDA Pastor and Air Force Chaplain. She attended Weimar College 30 years ago and met her husband Leland here. She enjoys young people of any age, but her favorite group is teens. She has four children and has fun observing their similarities and differences. Laura enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, reading, and just time to think. She has been a home school mom, substituted and aided in an elementary school, and most recently worked eight years at Heritage Academy in Tennessee, where she was vice-Principal for the last three before moving here in 2019. Laura values good communication and strives to improve her own. Her ultimate desire is to lead others to experience the peace she has found in Jesus and His promises.
Teresa Serl comes to us from Texas where she has lived most of her life. She is excited to be a part of the team at Weimar Academy as the Registrar. She looks forward to working with young people and seeing what God has planned for this year.
“Dean the Dean” began working at the academy in 2016 as the Assistant Boy’s Dean, before becoming Bible teacher in 2017. Now working as the boys “Dean”, his desire is to see the young men of Weimar Academy become strong spiritual leaders, and that the entire student body would be drawn into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. Dean is married to Dorling, his wife of 6 years and together they have 2 cats. Dean is also the host of the “Why They Did That” Podcast.
Dixie is new to Weimar Academy this year, but not new to being a Girls Dean. She has a passion for spending time ministering to the youth, getting to know them individually, and mentoring them to come into a love relationship with Jesus Christ. She is married to Bruce Kimball, who is an Academy Teacher. She thrives on having a large family and enjoys time with them. Her hobbies are sharing Jesus' love with others, making new friends, traveling, hiking, skiing, and counseling the sick to a better healthful way of life. Her aim is helping to get the gospel of Jesus Christ to a dying world!
Luisa Morales has worked as a Math teacher for the past eight years. She enjoys teaching it very much, especially when she sees a student beginning to enjoy math for the first time. She worked in math related fields in industry until called to become a math teacher. In the past eight years, she has had the opportunity to teach young people from 5th through 12th grade and cannot decide which one she likes teaching best. Her favorite part of teaching math is connecting the topic with the Bible, for which much prayer and Bible study is needed. Luisa also enjoys walking on a sunny day, and studying history, especially the history of the Seventh- Day Adventist pioneers. Her desire is to transmit love for the truth in younger generations, and set an example for the joy of learning about God through math or any other intellectual courses, for that matter.
Kalandra Williams was born in Wisconsin and later moved to Tennessee and graduated from Madison Academy. She then continued her education and graduated with a B.S. in counseling psychology from Oakwood University and months later married her best friend, Trey Williams, and they have two beautiful children, Rieson & Londyn. Kalandra started teaching in 2004 while earning her Master’s in counseling psychology from Tennessee State University where she also started the doctoral program, but while studying the book Adventist Home the Holy Spirit impressed upon her heart the high calling of being a homeschooling mother. Although resistant at first, Kalandra ultimately realized following God’s will was paramount over earning another degree or increasing wealth and in retrospect she is convinced it was one of the best decisions she has ever made! She has taught on a collegiate level for over 10 years and started teaching high school English in 2018. Kalandra considers it an honor to have joined the Weimar family and prays that the Holy Spirit will use something as simple as an English class to help her students learn to love Christ and serve Him with ALL of their hearts. She desires that all students will grow in God’s grace and become pious, studious, and intelligent to ultimately become doctors of Perfect Humility which is the true Ph.D!
David Pasos has been an educator for over 25 years. He has taught in the Florida Conference and Carolina Conference for 20 of those years. His last school was in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. David ‘s personal philosophy of education is to bring an awareness of an almighty God that is Creator of all things; to show students Jesus, nurture their love for Him and others, teach them to think, and empower them to serve. David is married to his beautiful wife Dily. He has two kids who will be attending Weimar University this year. When given the opportunity David loves exploring the outdoors, riding dirt bikes, and has a love for archery. His passion is to teach young people about the love of Christ and help them develop a better relationship with Him.
Karen Smith was born in Manchester, Jamaica and emigrated to Florida at the age of 17. She was brought up in a Seventh-Day Adventist home; however, she traces her “Coming to Jesus moment” back to 2005 when she attended a General Conference session and was given a copy of the Incredible Power of Prayer by Roger Morneau. The reading of that little book opened her eyes to the reality that God still answers prayer today just as he did in Biblical times. This realization led her to develop a deeper appreciation for prayer and a determination to seek God’s counsel and guidance in every decision. Karen taught science at J P Taravella high school in Coral Springs, Florida for 15 years. After leaving the public school system, she taught at NAPS Abundant Life Academy in Sawyerville, Alabama. In addition to teaching, she enjoys reading, trivia, puzzles, and mission work. Karen’s greatest desire is that God would teach her so that she may teach his precious children his ways. She claims Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way that thou should go: I will guide thee with mine eye” as a personal promise and an assurance of God’s answer to her request.
Brazilian by birth, Dorling Cullinane was raised in London England, where she lived until God led her to Weimar. Dorling has worked in healthcare, teaching autistic adults and hairdressing, but her true passion is people. She has also worked as the Weimar cafeteria supervisor for 4 years and is now excited to work with the AC girls as the assistant Dean. Married to Dean the Dean, and has the blessing of mothering the most beautiful cats on campus – Pope & Isis.
Andrés Mendoza is an enthusiastic and energetic music educator with a Masters of Music from Central Michigan University. Since 2012 he has served as a music educator and music director, teaching, conducting, and traveling extensively with his ensembles throughout the US and Canada. He is currently a member of the faculty at Weimar University and Weimar Academy, where he is fulfilling his calling to lead students to develop their God-given talents to the fullest, fostering love and appreciation for music as a form of expression and worship.
Jeff Walper is the Junior/Senior Bible teacher at Weimar Academy. He is married to Jodi Davis; they are blessed with 3 daughters: Olivia, Rubi, and Elin. Their family moved to Weimar in 2019. Before giving his life to Jesus Christ in 1998, Jeff desperately searched for meaning in life. He had been raised in a nominal Adventist home. He knew about Jesus, but hadn’t received the gospel of Jesus Christ. Dropping out of college at the age of 19, Jeff, along with a friend, traveled from Atlanta, Georgia to Kodiak, Alaska in search for something more. Jeff spent portions of the next 4 years living in a tent, staying at a homeless shelter, working on fishing boats, working in a logging camp, working at a ski resort, washing dishes, and then working as a bartender. In 1998, while bartending, Jeff received a piece of gospel literature that led him to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ and thus give his life to his Saviour. Immediately Jeff quit his bartending job and trained to be a missionary for Jesus Christ. After a month of intensive training and two months of waiting for his visa, the Lord sent him to Hatsukaichi, Japan as a Gospel missionary. Jeff has been serving Jesus Christ as a missionary for the past 21 years. He has served the Lord as a Hospital Chaplain, a Church Pastor, a Church Planter, a Colporteur, a Medical Missionary, and now as the Chaplain of Weimar’s NEWSTART Program and Bible Teacher at Weimar Academy. Jeff has a burden for souls. His vision for ministry includes helping others to find their value in Jesus Christ and thus discover their identity and mission in life.
Hannah Baquiran fell in love with Jesus at 16. Apart from serving as Girl’s Dean, she is also the Associate Director of JIREH Outpost. She is a graduate of Andrews University where she served as President of Andrews Ministerial Association. Succeeding her graduation, she moved to Tennessee to serve as a missionary at MEET Ministry. Hannah finds great enjoyment in thought-provoking conversations, gardening and nature excursions. She is passionate about mentoring and aiding young women in finding their purpose and identity in God. Her heart yearns for a revival at Weimar Academy— for its young men and women to develop an unwavering allegiance to God. She hopes to be a little light that illumines the beautiful character of God that all may grow a deeper knowledge of and love for Him.
Isabel Santana teaches Spanish at Weimar Academy. She is grateful to live in beautiful Northern California with her family. She also feels blessed to be able to teach Spanish to such a wonderful group of students such as we have here at Weimar Academy. Besides teaching, she enjoys walking and spending time with her family.
Dr. Dillion Flannery
Pre-calculus 1 (Dual Enrollment), Pre-calculus 2 (Dual Enrollment), Macroeconomics (Dual Enrollment)
Dillon Flannery-Valadez received his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Irvine in 2020. He joined the faculty of Weimar College in August as the chair of the business department. He has previously taught at Ouachita Hills College and at UC Irvine. He enjoys gardening, surfing, and reading.