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MIRAMONTE TEACHERS AND STAFF

A teacher is an important role model in your child’s life, and each of our teachers is dedicated to ensuring that trust is utilized to help maximize learning. All of Miramonte Christian School’s full-time instructional staff hold Bachelor's degrees and many have Master's degrees. Teacher qualification includes State of California and denominational certifications. Our dedicated Christian staff believe in leading students by example in their individual lives , classrooms, and school-wide programs. All teachers take continuing education courses each year.  

     Miramonte Christian School's Principal and support staff perform many tasks every day to keep the school running. Whether it’s helping with long-term planning, tending to a scraped knee, or maintaining equipment in the computer lab, everyone contributes to the delivery of our Christian education mission in a unique and special way.

  • MR. RICHARD G. MALOON, PRINCIPAL

    principal@miramonteschool.org


    Mr Richard Maloon came to Miramonte in July of 2015 as Principal. Mr Maloon decided to become an educator because he felt the burden to prepare young people for Jesus Christ’s 2nd coming.

    Before Miramonte

    Elementary and Academy Principal, Teaching Principal, Teacher various grades and combinations 1st-10th, Business Manager:  since 1982

    Degrees: 

    B. S. Elementary Ed.

    M. Ed. Curriculum and Supervision

    Personal:- Married to Miramonte 3rd grade teacher with 3 grown sons

    other interests: Reading, hiking, boating, camping; sports – watching & playing, bicycling, bowling, gardening, travel

    Favorite Bible verse: "I think this verse is self explanatory, another corollary memory text I like is Philippians 3:8-10" 

    Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to seek Him in His temple.

  • MRS RONNA SATO, 8TH GRADE , ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

    click HERE for 8th Grade Class Page                                               rsato@miramonteschool.org


    Mrs Ronna Sato began teaching in 1983 and came to Miramonte in 1986 where she currently teaches 8th grade homeroom and 7th grade Science & Social Studies. other Miramonte roles: Student Council sponsor, volleyball coach, Athletic Director
    Previous Miramonte
    principal, substitute teacher, after-school care supervisor and basically, she's taught every grade at Miramonte but fifth!
    Non-Miramonte:
    Taught Kindergarten, 3rd-5th grades
    Degrees
    B.S. Elementary Education (Multiple Subjects)
    M.A. Elementary Education (Reading) 
    Credentials
    SDA Professional Credential
    California Multiple Subjects K-12 Credential
    CLAD California Credential (Cross-Cultural Language & Academic Development) 
    Certifications
    California Middle School Authorizations in Social Science & English
    Endorsements:
    multiple SDA at Junior Academy Level
    Personal: Mrs Sato and her husband are actively involved in many of the behind-the-scenes activities at Miramonte
    other interests: Volleyball, hiking
    Favorite Bible Verse: "This Bible verse gives no magical cures or miraculous promises that everything will always be fine or that good will always prevail in this life. It merely states that hope in the Lord will renew strength enough to take the next step. I often share this verse with my students because I don’t want to mislead them into thinking that following Jesus will cure all the ills in this world, but it will give us the strength and courage to keep walking when we feel like giving up."
    Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (NIV)
  • MISS YOLANDE MELBOURNE, 7TH GRADE

    click HERE for 7th Grade Class Page                                   ymelbourne@miramonteschool.org


    Miss Yolande Melbourne began her teaching career in 1995 and came to Miramonte in 2015 to teach 7th grade homeroom and 8th grade Language Arts. other Miramonte roles: Student Council sponsor, yearbook

    Before Miramonte

    Taught various grades 3rd-8th

    Degree

    BS Early Childhood Education with Psychology Minor

    Certifications

    Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Jr. Academy Bible, Math, and Social Studies

    other

    Listed in Who's Who for Educators and Cambridge's Who's Who

    Personal: Miss Melbourne has always loved children; being the oldest sibling, a favorite aunt and "adopted" mother. Miss Melbourne has lived in the Midwest and East Coast since moving to the US at the age of nine. California has been on her list of places to live since she was 13 years old, and she is looking forward to exploring all it has to offer. 

    other interests: Miss Melbourne collects dolls, particularly those from other countries or cultures, enjoys music and taking pictures. Miss Melbourne is an avid sports fan with an eclectic collection of favorite teams: Chicago Cubs & Washington Nationals, Dallas Cowboys, and the LA Lakers to name a few. Miss Melbourne also collects smiley face memorabilia to represent her constant smiles.

    Favorite Bible verse: "One Friday night a group of us were in worship and a friend cried out saying she couldn't see God. I prayed and asked God to show me a verse to help her. I opened my Bible to these verses. They have proven true over and over again since then (15 years ago). God hears my/our cry and He intercedes." 

    Psalm 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. 

  • Miss Mariana Maldonado, 6TH GRADE

    click HERE for 6th Grade Class Page                                       @miramonteschool.org


    Miss Mariana Maldonado began her teaching career in 2017 when she came to Miramonte to teach 6th grade. other Miramonte roles: [TBD]

    Before Miramonte

    Teacher’s Helper at Angwin, CA Discoveryland Preschool

    Degree

    BS Liberal Studies

    Credentials

    CA Multiple Subject, SDA Multiple Subjects 

    Endorsements:

    Junior Academy Religion, History, General Science

    Personal Miss Maldonado was born and raised in the Napa Valley, in the town of Pope Valley near Pacific Union College, on a small farm with dogs, cats, chickens, horses, cows, and goats

    other interests: "I know that I will always be a country girl at heart. On my free time, I enjoy hiking in nature, trying out new recipes and traveling  

    Favorite Bible verse: "This is one of my most favorite verses because ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a teacher and I believe that I was born to be a teacher and that God had that plan for me since before I was born!” 

    Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to nations. 

  • Miss Isabel Paiva, 5TH GRADE

    click HERE for 5th Grade Class Page                          @miramonteschool.org


    Miss Isabel Paiva began teaching and came to Miramonte in 2017. 

    Degree:

    Certification

    other

    Personal

    other interests:

    Favorite Bible verses

  • MR ROYMOND KOUBONG, 4TH GRADE, Assistant Principal

    click HERE for 4th Grade Class Page                                       rkoubong@miramonteschool.org


    Mr Roymond Koubong began teaching in 1997 and came to Miramonte in 2009 where he teaches 4th grade.  other Miramonte roles: Assistant Principal, Fall Festival Coordinator, Teacher-Mentor for CCC, Academic Intervention Committee, Lego Robotics

    Before Miramonte

    Elementary Teaching Principal, Teacher various combinations grades K-12th

    Degrees

    BS Elementary Education

    M. Ed Curriculum and Instruction, emphasis Reading

    Certifications

    SDA, Professional Michigan & California State Elementary

    Endorsements

    General Science, Reading, English, Jr. Academy Religion

    Personal: Mr. Koubong and his wife have 2 young children who attend Miramonte, and an older Boston Terrier dog.  Mr Koubong was born in Malaysia and raised in Singapore.

    other interests: Mr. Koubong enjoys riding his bike and running for exercise, playing soccer, basketball, golfing, roller blading, and volleyball for fun. An activity he absolutely loves to do with his family is camping and traveling across the country and around the world.

    Favorite Bible Verse: "These verses remind me to see everything we do in life in the right perspective." 

    Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (NIV) 

  • MRS APRYL MALOON, 3RD GRADE

    click HERE for 3rd Grade Class Page                                     amaloon@miramonteschool.org


    Mrs Apryl Maloon began teaching in 2002 and came to Miramonte in 2015 where she is the Third Grade teacher. other Miramonte roles: Academic Intervention Committee, Reading Club, Spring Musical Director

    Before Miramonte

    Teacher various grades and combinations K-8th, Special Education, Private/District Tutor

    Non-teaching: 

    RN, piano & music

    Degrees

    AS Nursing

    BA General Studies

    BS Elementary Education

    M.Ed. Special Education Cross-Categorical

    Certifications

    North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists Certification--M. Ed, Professional certification

    Commissioned in New York Conference

    Endorsements

    Elementary Education, Special Education, Junior Academy Music and Junior Academy Religion

    other

    Pathways Reading Program Lead Teacher and multi-conference Teacher Trainer

    Produced, Performed, and Published 4 Christian music albums

    Personal: Mrs. Maloon and her husband, the current Miramonte Principal, have 3 adult sons, 

    other interests: Hiking, baking, horticulture, music, ornithology, Christian song writing

    Favorite Bible verse: "This verse assures me that I am never alone; God is beside me, holding my hand. He provides the strength needed for what is before me, no matter how weak I am or how difficult the path. With this knowledge comes peace, comfort, and confidence for the journey ahead." 

    Isaiah. 41:13 For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (NIV) 

  • Mrs Nel RittenbacH, 2nd GRADE

    click HERE for 2nd Grade Class Page                                          nrittenbach@miramonteschool.org


    Mrs Nel Rittenbach began her teaching career in 1984, and returned to Miramonte in 2016 to teach 2nd grade.

    Before Miramonte:

    2nd+3rd grades at Hawaiian Mission Academy Ka Lama Iki Elementary School in Hawaii

    Degrees

    Credentials

    Certification

    Personal: Mrs Rittenbach is an alumna of Miramonte. Her mother, Helen Nomi, was a teacher at Miramonte, and her father was the pastor at the Mountain View Japanese SDA Church.  Mrs Rittenbach and her husband Rod (Miramonte Facilities Maintenence) 

    other interests

    Favorite Bible Verses

  • MRS LISA MITCHELL, 1st GRADE

    click HERE for 1st Grade Class Page                                    lmitchell@miramonteschool.org


    Mrs Lisa Mitchell began teaching in 2011 and came to Miramonte in 2012 and began teaching 1st grade in 2016.

    other Miramonte roles: curriculum committee, sunshine committee (staff social)

    Previous Miramonte

    2nd grade homeroom, Christmas K-6 musical director

    Before Miramonte

    Taught grades 1-3

    Degree

    BS Liberal Studies

    Credentials

    Califorina Clear Multiple Subject (elementary) Teaching Credential

    Seventh day Adventist Elementary Teaching credential

    Endorsements

    Junior high Bible, Science, and Math

    Personal: Mrs. Mitchell and her husband, an alumnus of Miramonte, have two young children. They love being a part of the Miramonte community. 

    other interests: reading, baking, and visiting museums and most of all spending quality time with her growing family

    Favorite Bible Verse: "This verse is a great reminder for me and for my students that God is always there with me giving me the courage and strength to get through anything that's put in front of me. "

    Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (ISV) 

  • MRS KUMIKO HITE, KINDERGARTEN

    click HERE for Kindergarten Class Page                                       khite@miramonteschool.org


    Mrs Kumiko Hite began her teaching career in 1997, came to Miramonte in 2011 and has been teaching Kindergarten since 2013.  other Miramonte roles: Yearbook Committee chair

    Previous Miramonte

    Junior Kindergarten

    Before Miramonte

    Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher, English Teacher, Japanese Language Teacher’s Aide

    Degrees

    AA Early Childhood Education

    BA Child and Family Studies

    Credentials

    CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

    Child Development Site Supervisor Permit

    Conditional SDA Denominational Teaching Certificate

    Personal: Mrs Hite and her husband have a Miramonte-attending child, a toddler, and a black lab. She loves working with the staff, families, and children at Miramonte. She especially enjoys teaching in a small group setting and spending one-on-one time with her students everyday. 

    other interests: enjoy traveling, cooking, spending time with family. 

    Favorite Bible verse: "This reading helps me to be faithful and keeps God's will at first whenever I make decisions." 

    Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. 

  • MISS YODIT NEGASH, Early Learning Center Preschool

    click HERE for Early Learning Center Preschool page                                     ynegash@miramonteschool.org


    Miss Yodit Negash began teaching in 2006 and came to Miramonte in 2015 to teach and direct the Junior Kindergarten (Pre-K) program, which became the Early Learning Center in 2016.

    Before Miramonte

    Preschool Teacher/Assistant Director, Assistant Teacher, Master Teacher/Assistant Director (in training) in Child Development

    Degree

    BS Communication, General

    Personal: Miss Yodit Negash, while new to teaching at Miramonte, has a long history at the school, being an alumna who started in our preschool at age 2.5 years old and progressed all the way through 8th grade. After graduating from Miramonte,  she attended Mtn View Academy for all 4 years of high school.

    other interests: I LOVE to bake and travel. I enjoy camping and ice skating. 

    Favorite Bible verse: "This verse reminds me that no matter what is going on in my life, good or bad, all I need is God and He will take care of me according to His promise." 

    Psalm 119:116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope. (KJV) 

  • MR DOUGLAS KNECHT, 4TH-8TH MUSIC [CHOIR, BANDS, RECORDERS] 

    click HERE for Music classes webpage                                   dknecht@miramonteschool.org


    Mr Douglas Knecht has been teaching the 4th-8th grade music classes:  4th grade Recorders, 5th grade Beginning Band, 6th-8th grade Choir and Band - at Miramonte since 2003. He also teaches Choir, Band, and an English class at Mountain View Academy. Mr Knecht began his teaching career in 1977. 

    Before Miramonte

    Music Teacher K-12 and Academy, High school English, Speech, assistant Principal, assistant Boys’ dean, 

    Degrees

    Bachelor of Music

    Master of Music

    Credentials

    Professional Certificate from Pacific Union Conference of SDA

    Endorsements

    Music, grades K-12; English, grades 7-12

    other

    Central CA Conference Mentor Teacher,  High School Festival Choir Director, Coordinated and Directed Elementary Choral Festivals, Summer Music Camp Choral Clinician, Assistant Conductor for College Choir

    Personal: Mr. and Mrs. Knecht have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law (former 2nd grade teacher at Miramonte) and two grandchildren. Their college-aged daughter passed away recently. 

    other interests: The Knechts enjoy traveling, camping, and spending time with friends and family. 

    Favorite Bible verses: "What a great day to look forward to!" 

    I Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. (NIV)

  • Mrs Sara Zapana

    Teachers Assistant

    Before School Care

    Spanish Kindergarten - 2nd grade


  • PE teacher K-8

    Instructional Aide

    Sports Coach

  • List Item

    Preschool Early Learning Center Aide

  • MRS ELIZABETH TAINA

    After School Care

  • MRS GINA WELCH

    Treasurer

  • MRS MAGGIE BRANDERIZ

    Office Secretary

  • MRS EVA ELLIOTT

    Registrar

    Alumni

  • Mr Jose Aguilar

    Facilities and Landscaping

    Sports Coach

  • Mr Rod Rittenbach

    Facilities and Maintenance

  • SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN - DR RAY FUNADA


  • WOODWORKING IN 8TH GRADE - MR RICHARD WINSLOW


  • WOODWORKING IN 8TH GRADE - MR PETER PIPE


  • SCHOOL LIBRARIAN -  Mrs Kathy Park


  • HOME & SCHOOL (PTA) - MRS Rose SHIMIZU AND MRS Karen MOCK


  • SCRIP CARD SALES - MRS MOCK


  • IT SUPPORT - MR Laurin PESTES, MR Randy WELCH, MR Randy SATO


  • OLWEUS BULLY PREVENTION PROGRAM - MRS NOREEN CHAN