New Faces at Walla Walla Valley Academy

Walla Walla Valley Academy (WWVA) welcomed three new faculty members this year: Cliff Dolph, Angela Oetman, and Keith Wells. Cliff Dolph teaches English, filling Rose Marie Walter's vacated position. He has previously taught at Cascade Christian Academy, Walla Walla College and Walla Walla Community College. His most recent employment was at Coffey Communications as a copy editor and writer. He loves English because he believes that the ability to communicate is central to life. "Teaching English," he says, "is opening new worlds and ideas."

Angela Oetman is replacing Cheryl Wren as development and alumni relations director. Among various other jobs, she has worked at Walla Walla College as a recruiter for two years. An alumnus of WWVA herself, she says the best part of her job will be "getting to know alumni and hearing their stories." Her enthusiasm is evident as she exclaims, "This year I'm excited to see what God will do at WWVA. There are so many amazing possibilities."

Keith Wells is joining our WWVA team as math teacher, replacing Roman Hintz. He and his wife, Jolene, and their two children have relocated from Prosser, Wash., where Wells taught for 10 years. He hopes to inspire knowledge of and respect for the power of math in his students. He explains, "I want them to see the greatness of the universe and how it all works."

Here at WWVA, the school year will be full of new adventures and challenges, and we are excited to face them because, as Oetman says, "There are so many amazing possibilities."

November 01, 2005 / Upper Columbia Conference