Pioneer Junior Academy

Christian Education for Grades 1-8

Our Staff

Karina Pimentel, M. Ed.

Karina Pimentel, M. Ed.

Position: Principal
Phone: (603) 399-4803
Email: principal@pioneerjunioracademy.com

Certifications

Professionally certified to teach through the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, and is a commissioned teacher of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

Education

Highest Degree: MA, Elementary Education
Major Field: Elementary Education (with a specialty in Reading Recovery)
College Where Earned: Andrews University, Michigan
Year Earned: 1997

Biography

Mrs. Pimentel has been teaching at Pioneer Junior Academy since 2015. She graduated from Andrews University, MI and is professionally certified to teach through the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. Mrs. Pimentel is also a commissioned teacher of the Seventh-day Adventist church. Mrs. Pimentel enjoys teaching both in the classroom and remotely. She especially enjoys sharing her love of Jesus on a daily basis. Helping all of her students succeed, in every aspect of their lives, is a strong motivator for why Mrs. Pimentel gives her best every day. Mrs.

Pimentel is not new to teaching. She has taught in multi-grade classrooms for many years (15+) both in the United States as well as internationally. Her diverse cultural experiences were gained through teaching, traveling, and living in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Australia, and throughout the United States. These experiences enrich her teaching processes, and they provide insights that she brings to the classroom each and every day.

Mrs. Pimentel also enjoys growing a cut flower garden, flower arranging, event decorating, watercolor painting, crafts, reading, writing, walking, and her latest quest of learning new technology to enhance her teaching.



Candice Hess, M. Ed.

Candice Hess, M. Ed.

Position: Music Teacher

Education

Highest Degree: B.S. Music Ed., M. Music
College Where Earned: Andrews University, Michigan
Year Earned: 1974

Biography

Mrs. Hess has been a volunteer music teacher at Pioneer Junior Academy since 2013. Prior to volunteering at Pioneer Junior Academy Mrs. Hess taught high school music for 12 years. Mrs. Hess graduated from Andrews University, MI with a M.A. in Music Arts. Her primary musical interests in music are both classical and church music.

Mrs. Hess enjoys teaching music to all grade levels. She especially enjoys teaching beginner to upper level piano, beginner ukulele, xylophone and percussion instruments. She also enjoys teaching music theory, music reading, music history, and music appreciation. She is available to assist students in music reading and interpretation with stringed instruments. This coming school year she is excited to begin teaching beginner bells.

Mrs. Hess pays special attention to helping each child find meaningful ways to express themselves musically. Her creative and flexible approach has opened the world of music to many students who may not otherwise have naturally been drawn towards pursuing music participation. Each child, no matter their level of musical ability, finds success and enjoyment in the musical programs that Mrs. Hess provides.

Mrs. Hess is the backbone of our music outreach program. Her choice of songs, arrangements, and orchestration of each musical piece enables our school to provide special musical programs for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and special music in local churches in the area. Contact us today if you are interested in our school providing special music at your church.



Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller

Position: Weekly Worship and P.E. Leader

Education

Highest Degree: BS in Business Administration.
Major Field: Completed some masters level education classes.
College Where Earned: Atlantic Union College
Year Earned: 1987

Biography

Art Miller’s highest qualification for being our Weekly Worship and P.E. Leader is that he is an Alumni of our school, and he gets kids! Art attended PJA for grades 1-8. His upbeat, interactive, and personal approach wins the hearts of our students for Jesus each time he visits our school.
Art enjoys singing, storytelling and leading engaging spiritual discussions. His focus on character development and personal application of spiritual truths brings the love of Jesus home to each student's heart.

Prior to volunteering at Pioneer Junior Academy Pr. Art taught 4 years elementary school and 2 ½ years high school. His prior teaching experience enriches his interactions with our students.

Pr. Art Miller is a man who wears “many hats.” He is a husband to his lovely wife Judy, the father of four children, a pastor, farmer and an avid softball player. All of this rich life experience he generously brings to bear each time he visits.

His love of sports and games is yet another highlight of his weekly visit. There is never any doubt that the children have exercised well when Art Miller takes them out for P.E.. His endless game ideas are both exciting and engaging. He encourages team effort and good sportsmanship.
Art Miller is an avid supporter of our school. His inspirational worships and active P.E. classes are very much appreciated. Most people graduate and move on from elementary school. We are glad that this is not the case for Art Miller.