About Our Staff

Seventh-day Adventist schools encourage the development of the whole person for this life and the life to come.

Teachers

Christina Stone

Christina Stone

Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Stone graduated from Southern Adventist University (SAU) in 2012 with her Bachelors in Elementary Education and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Literacy Education. She grew up in Massachusetts and then moved to Florida and attended high school at Forest lake Academy. Her family moved to Tennessee when she started college. She met her husband Justin after she graduated from SAU.

Laurelei Mendoza

Laurelei Mendoza

1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Mendoza graduated from Tennessee Tech University with her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. After teaching for a few years, she decided to further her education and get her master’s degree in reading and literacy for grades K-6. Laurelei was blessed to be able to attend Adventist schools from first grade through high school, graduating from Hawaiian Mission Academy in 2004. She is married and is very lucky to have three amazing kids: Isabella, Lucas, and Juliette.

Kathy Preston

Kathy Preston

2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Preston grew up on a farm west of Montgomery, Alabama. There she learned to love animals and to work with and for her family. She is married to Harold Preston, and has three grown children:  Dustin, Morgan, and Luke.

Eighteen years ago she realized that she wanted to “make the world a better place.”  So after much prayer and soul searching, she resigned from government work to pursue her teaching career. She has never regretted her decision. After 11 years teaching in Marietta, Georgia, she landed a job here at OAKS and the move has been a blessing for her and her family.

Wendy Robertson

Wendy Robertson

Para-Professional grades 2-4

Mrs. Robertson has a bachelors degree from Southern Adventist University in Social Work and has worked as a para-professional at OAKS for two years. She is married and her two sons are students at OAKS. Wendy and her family enjoy traveling, reading, and biking together.

Margo Haughee (Hoy)

Margo Haughee (Hoy)

3rd & 4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Haughee grew up in an Adventist home in Kansas. She and her husband have three grown children. Her favorite activities include kayaking, walking, biking, reading, and traveling.

In 1982 she received her Master’s degree in Education from Northeastern Oklahoma State University. She is both denominationally and state certified. Her teaching career has spanned both public and private school teaching. She holds the distinction of being the longest tenured teacher at OAKS.

Connie Reynolds

Connie Reynolds

5th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Reynolds was born and raised in California and attended Pacific Union College, where she received her Master’s in Elementary Education. Her husband, Edwin, is a professor at Southern Adventist University. She has three grown children and two grandchildren.

Her favorite activities include interacting with children. Telling stories about Jesus and Heaven are her favorite topics to share as she encourages children and adults to be better people. Another love she holds within her heart is being involved in missionary work both locally and worldwide. She enjoys cross-stitch, nature study, and classic country western music.

Janel Jensen

Janel Jensen

6th-8th Reading and Writing

Mrs. Janel Jensen is an alumnus of Southern Adventist University.  She graduated in 2012 with her B.A. in English and a secondary teaching certificate.  She then attended Pacific Union College and received her elementary certificate.  Most recently, Janel graduated in 2015 with her masters of science in curriculum and instruction and is also state certified.  She has just joined us from California, along with her husband and young son to teach Reading and Writing in the Middle School.

Aaron Hall

Aaron Hall

6th-8th Math and Bible

Mr. Hall graduated from Southwestern Adventist University in 2004. After that, he returned home to Arkansas where he’s taught for the past nine years. He joined OAKS this year as the Middle School Math and Bible teacher. When he’s not at school, he loves spending time and traveling with his wife, Alisa, and their one-year-old son, Jackson. In addition to teaching, Mr. Hall is also passionate about music, sports, and exploring the great outdoors.

Sharon Adams

Sharon Adams

6th & 8th Grade Para Professional

Mrs. Adams graduated from Southern Adventist University (SAU) in 2015 with her Bachelors in Elementary Education. She is married with two children, Tyler and BreeAn. She enjoys scrapbooking in her spare time. She has spent several years working in local school classrooms helping kids from 3 years old to 14 years old. Currently she is teaching upper grade Social Studies and Science and is an aide for the 6th-8th grade teachers.

Mary Wilcox

Mary Wilcox

Elementary Music Teacher and Chimes

Mrs. Wilcox earned her Music degree from Southern Adventist University and has lived in the Collegedale area for more than 20 years. She has been active in teaching music education for more than 25 years. 13 of those years as a kindermusik instructor. She is married and two of her sons are enrolled at Collegedale Academy and oldest son is a freshman at college. She loves animals and music and currently is leading a community strings group called His Strings.

Mindy Steele

Mindy Steele

Zion's Echo Choir Teacher

Mindy has been singing for as long as she can remember. As a small child, she sang duets with her brother and then began taking voice lessons at the age of 11 from Holly Greer. At the age of 13, she became one of the founding members of a girls quintet called “Magnify.” For 9 years they provided music for many of their local churches, created a CD and appeared on 3ABN. In 2016 she graduated from Southern Adventist University with her B.S. in Music Education and is certified to teach in the Adventist school system and in the state of TN. She has a passion for training children to sing freely and healthfully. She has been welcomed onto the OAKS staff to start up a choir called “Zion’s Echo”. She resides in Apison, TN with her husband Garring and two horses, Sianna and My Guy.

Wes Bradford

Wes Bradford

Band Director

Mr. Bradford has taught Elementary and High School bands since the year 2000. He received his Bachelors of Music Education from Southern Adventist University, and his Masters of Music Education from Vandercook School of Music in Chicago. Mr. Bradford has always enjoyed playing on any and all instruments, and is grateful for the opportunity to share this with so many students through the years. When he is not teaching or performing he loves to spend time outside with his wife and 5 children.

Aubrey Toup

Aubrey Toup

Youth Pastor

Pastor Aubrey graduated from Southern Adventist University in 2015 and is currently the Youth Pastor of the Ooltewah Seventh-day Adventist Church. She grew up in St. Cloud, FL before moving to Tennessee to attend college. Her hobbies include music and cooking Pastor Aubrey has a passion for people, especially kids.

Administration

Shelly Turkenkopf

Principal

Mrs. Turkenkopf has served as an administrator and teacher in the collegedale school system for 7 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Masters Degree in Multi-age-Multi Grade Education with an endorsement in School Administration from Southern Adventist University. Shelly and her husband Dan enjoy Indian food and hiking on the many wilderness trails in the Chattanooga area. Shelly’s favorite bible verse is 3John 1:4 “No greater joy have I than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

Melissa Davis

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Davis grew up in Washington State. She moved to Tennessee when she was 17, where she attended Collegedale Academy. Her husband, Ricky, grew up in the Chattanooga area and is an alumnus of OAKS. Her oldest daughter is a graduate of OAKS and her youngest is currently in middle school . Before coming to OAKS, she was a church and school secretary for a little over 5 years.