Faculty and Staff


Gayle Norton, Principal


B.A. from Walla Walla College majors in: Theology and Art and a minor in Education. Masters of Divinity from Andrews University. Masters of Arts from California State University.

Mr. Norton has served as a pastor, Bible and Art teacher, Junior High teacher and a Principal during his 35 years of ministry.  

His hobbies include cycling, backpacking, art, photography, and Dutch oven cooking. 




Tami Holland, Administrative Assistant










Debbie Simpson, Treasurer


B.B.A. with emphasis in Accounting, Pacific Union College.

Mrs. Simpson has worked in Adventist education as an aid, substitute teacher, and treasurer for 22 years. She has 3 children, all graduates of EAS. Her hobbies include her family, traveling, and crafts. She has worked at EAS for 5 years.







Elementary school faculty members

Lisa Sutton, Kindergarten


M.S. in Guidance and Counseling with a minor in Psychology.
Adventist Teaching Credential, California State Credential.

Ms. Sutton has loved being a teacher for 21 years. 13 years in the Adventist school system and 8 years in the public school system. She has taught Kindergarten for 16 years, Special Education for 3 years, and Fourth grade for 2 years. Her hobbies and interests include hiking, quilting, painting, and spending time with family and friends. 

Educational Philosophy: All children are capable of learning, we learn in different ways and at different rates. Education is a journey NOT a race.



Marilyn Anderson, First & Second Grade


I’ve lived in this area for 23 years. I have taught at El Dorado Adventist School over 20 years. I have taught kindergarten, first, second, fourth, and fifth grades. I earned my teaching credential at Pacific Union College with my Bachelor of Science Degree being in multiple subjects. In my classroom I enjoy teaching hands on science and social studies and using the outdoors and God’s creation as part of my textbook. Teaching students to love service also helps them learn responsibility and care for their fellow man. 




Nancy Schoonover, Third & Fourth Grade


I was born and raised in southern California and earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach. After moving to this area it was my privilege to attend Pacific Union College where I earned my California State Teaching Credential and my Adventist Elementary Education Credential. El Dorado Adventist School has been my home for over 20 years. During my tenure here I have taught kindergarten, second, third, and fourth grades. I enjoy teaching the students about our local and California history. I love to get the children into the out of doors to experience the nature God has provided for them.  God has a plan for each one of us, and it is my desire that my students begin to explore the path that God has for them while in my class.



Kim Waters, Fifth & Sixth Grade


I was born and raised In a small town called Walla Walla, in southeast Washington. I went to high and college there. I Graduated from Walla Walla university. I Have lived in Placerville since 2008 and started teaching at EAS in 2009. I have taught jr high as well as 5th and 6th grade, here at EAS. My husband and I both work at the school, and have a daughter named Harper.  






Lupe Negrete, Seventh & Eighth Grade AND HS SpanisH


Graduate of Pacific Union College. Multiple Subjects Major, Spanish Minor.  California Clear Credential. Adventists Professional Credential.  

Work History - I have taught in Adventist schools in Southern California for nine years and in Northern California for 24 years (eight of those years as a principal in a small school). I have also taught one year in the public school system. I enjoyed being a student missionary in Ecuador as a teacher of English, Music, and P.E.  
Pass time activities - In my free time I enjoy hanging out with family, hiking, cooking, landscaping, and doing art of all kinds. 
Philosophy - I am passionate about teaching young people and sharing the love of Jesus with them. My main goal is to make school practical and fun. 

High School faculty members

Zachary Timothy, 7-12 Mathematics












Mike Waters, English, Journalism AND World History












Andrew Zimmerly, Science Education & Technology Director


B.S. in Chemistry emphasis Biochemistry, minor in Mathematics, Pacific Union College.

Mr. Zimmerly has been passionate about all things science and technology from a young age. He enjoys the opportunity to educate students in his favorite topics. 

When not busy with school, Mr. Zimmerly's hobbies include reading, camping, biking, gaming, and friends and family.





Andres Mendoza, K-12 Music


Bachelor of Music Education from Andrews University
Masters of Music from Central Michigan University
Adventist Professional Teaching Credential, NAfME Professional Member.

Andrés Mendoza is an enthusiastic and energetic music educator with over 25 years of experience in the field of music. To learn more about Mr. Mendoza and our music program, please visit our music page by clicking on the link below:

EAS Music Page




Dennis Badzik, Art











Avi Mendoza, Religion











Craig Johnson, ATHLETICS Director, Health and PE












Support Staff

Laura Madigan, Extended Care


Laura Has a B.S. in Biology and has enjoyed a varity of positions as an educator in museums and science education facilities. Laura brings over 17 years of teaching experience to El Dorado Adventist School. When she is not teaching Laura enjoys walking the local nature trails and reading a good book.