Meet Our Teachers

Girlie Aguilar, PhD ABD


Girlie Zunega-Aguilar is an international speaker, teacher, a missionary, and a servant of God. She spent years teaching elementary, middle school, high school students and graduates in urban, rural, and international settings. She has experience working in Adventist, as well as public and non-profit educational systems.

Girlie is passionate about developing teachers and resources that are prepared to meet the needs of all students. She also engages in equipping future leaders, enjoys leading out Master Guide, Pathfinders, organizing international mission trips, and conducting seminars. She served as a missionary and English teacher in South Korea for three years and seven and a half years in Saipan, Northern Marianas Island (USA). She’s married to Pastor Antonee Leo Aguilar. Mrs. Aguilar is a PhD Candidate in Religious Education with emphasis in Campus Spiritual Leadership at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. Her hobbies include reading, preaching, cycling, and spending time with her husband on road trips.

Jonathan Picon, MDiv

6-8th Grade

Jonathan completed his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Oregon, and moved on to graduate education at Andrews University. Has spent the last few years teaching Bible, Math and Science to teenagers in Michigan and Oregon. Jonathan’s passion for teaching stems from his curiosity to understand how the world works and driven by a desire to share what he has learned with others. He enjoys spending time in nature, reading, and cooking with his wife Betty.

Hope Ramson, M.ED.

3rd-5th Grade

Ms. Hope Ramson is an enthusiastic and committed teacher with a natural ability to appreciate and inspire children.  She graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2016, with a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction, emphasis in Reading, and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with emphasis in Special Education. Ms. Ramson has been teaching for more than seven years. She has worked with students from various cultural background and at all elementary grade levels.  She is a warm and caring person who wants all children to be successful learners and works to create a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging, and adaptive to the varied needs of students.  Wholistic growth and development is what she would like to see in all students.  One of her favorite Bible text is “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way thou should go, I will guide with my eyes.” Psalm 32:8

Katia Nicolaus
Katia Nikolaus, M.ED.

1st-2nd Grade

Ms. Nikolaus earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Instituto Superior Adventista Del Plata, Argentina. She taught elementary level for a year. She recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Music at Andrews University, Michigan. She believes that Education is a superpower and that we can change the world with it. She believes teaching is a small way to save the world, and if not the world as a whole, at least one person's world. She believes that education is to redeem. Her mission is wherever she is, she can show love and mercy in helping people. She believes that teachers are superheroes. Miss Nikolaus also loves music and nature. She loves mountains and being surrounded by her pets.

Betty Picon


Ms. Picon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education from Asia-pacific International University, Thailand. She taught preschool, kindergarten and 9th grade for a year. She believes that Education starts after 3 months of conception and learning happens best when the child is in a interactive trusted space. Education is to help a person to understand and accept who they are and know how to deal and interact with situation and people around them. Her motto and mission is to love, serve and teach to those who come within her reach because miracles begin that way. She loves the outdoors and art. 

Mindy Strube


Ms. Mindy teaches our preschoolers. Parents and kids love Ms. Mindy. She is fun and engaging she loves to teach and loves to play!

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Antonee Leo Aguilar, MDiv

Pastor & Chaplain

Pastor Antonee is the Senior Pastor for Scappoose-St. Helens & Vernonia Seventh Day Adventist Churches.

Pastor Aguilar leads the school through chapel services every Friday from 8:15-9:00 AM. Parents and families are encouraged to join us as we sing wonderful songs, explore the Bible, and hear uplifting messages that inspire us to trust and have faith in God.


Pastor Antonee's favorite verse reminds us that God loves everyone. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

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Nancy Reed


Nancy Reed is a long time volunteer at SAS as the school registrar. Nancy assists new parents with enrollment, helps to coordinate special events and is an active member of our school.

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Don Renner


Don has received a Bachelor of Science in Business – Accounting (BSB/ACC) from University of Phoenix. As the treasurer Don overseas the school finances, manages the budget and processes tuition payments.