Faculty and Staff


Gayle Norton, Principal - principal@eas-school.com

B.A. from Walla Walla College; majors in Theology and Art and a minor Education

Masters of Divinity from Andrews University

Masters of Arts from California State University, Dominguez Hills

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 - tholland@eas-school.com









Debbie Simpson, Treasurer - dsimpson@eas-school.com

BBA 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 Teaching Staff

Lisa Sutton, Kindergarten - lsutton@eas-school.com

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 and Sixth Grade Homeroom -

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 and Eighth Grade Homeroom & HS Spanish - lnegrete@eas-school.com

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 9 years and in Northern California for 24 years (8 of those years as a principal in a small school).  I have also taught 1 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 Teaching Staff

Dennis Badzik, Art Teacher - dbadzik@eas-school.com










Craig Johnson, ATHLETICS Director, Health and PE Teacher - cjohnson@eas-school.com









Andres Mendoza, K-12 Music - amendoza@eas-school.com

M.Mus. from Central Michigan University,
Adventist Teaching Credential, NAfME Professional Member.

Andrés Mendoza is an enthusiastic and energetic music educator. Born in Venezuela, Mr. Mendoza obtained his initial musical instruction through the renowned Venezuelan educational system known as El Sistema. After over a decade of experience as an oboist in the network of national orchestras in Venezuela, he came to the United States and obtained his Bachelor of Music Education. He has since traveled extensively throughout the US and Canada with his ensembles and has acted numerous times as guest clinician for music festivals around the country. His passion in life is to enable students to develop their talents to the fullest while leading them to foster love and appreciation for music as a form of expression and worship.

Avi Mendoza, Religion Teacher - avimendoza@easchool.com









Zachary Timothy, 7-12 Mathematics - ztimothy@eas-school.com









Mike Waters, English, Journalism & World History - watersm@eas-school.com










Andrew Zimmerly, Science Education & Technology Director - azimmerly@eas-school.com

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.



Support Staff

Laura Madigan, Extended Care - lmadigan@eas-school.com

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.