Gem State Academy Welcomes New Faculty

Finding good help is a challenge in any industry. The bar is raised even higher for work in Christian education, so Gem State Adventist Academy staff was thrilled with the addition of two talented members to the family this year.

Stephanie Drechsel, a recent Walla Walla College (WWC) graduate, is the new English and Spanish teacher. Last year she and her husband Kurt served on the task force team at Platte Valley Academy. She was librarian, taught some computer classes and did substitute teaching. Drechsel brings a love for culture, language and art that will challenge Gem State students. Her dedication, energy and enthusiasm are an inspiration.

David Iwasa is the new boys' dean. He grew up in Payette, Idaho, and graduated from Gem State in 1984. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from WWC. His background includes serving as treasurer, boys' dean, math teacher and vice principal at Thunderbird Academy, as well as positions in the accounting field and administrator of assisted living facilities. His wife Kathy and their two children, Kaily, 6, and Dawson, 4, are also part of his team. Iwasa says, "It's great to know that we're exactly where God wants us to be."

November 01, 2003 / Idaho Conference