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New Staff Join Highland View Academy

New Registrar Joins Administrative Team

The Brown Family The Brown Family

Shannon Brown joins the HVA team as registrar. She comes from a family of educators and says she has always felt at home in the school setting.

Brown is returning to Maryland since she is a graduate of Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Md. She also earned a master’s in school counseling and school psychology from La Sierra University (Calif.).

Brown comes with a wide array of educational and administrative experience, including registrar and teacher at San Diego Academy (Calif.); transition coordinator at Jefferson Hills, a school for at-risk children in Colorado; vice principal and registrar at the Holbrook Indian School (Ariz.); and, most recently, vice principal and teacher at Adventist Christian Academy of Texas in Conroe.

She is married to Darren and has two children, Abigail and Benjamin.

Husband-Wife Team Join Staff

Omar Gomez Omar Gomez

Newlyweds Omar and Austin Gomez are joining the Highland View Academy team to fill a variety of roles. Omar (below), new chaplain and assistant boys dean, hails from western Michigan. He graduated from Andrews University (Mich.) in December 2014 with a bachelor’s in religion and psychology. He served as a resident advisor at Andrews, a camp counselor and boys director at Camp Au Sable (Mich.) and community service coordinator at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy (Calif.). Omar says he is “passionate about today’s youth and is excited to serve the students at Highland View Academy.”

Austin Gomez Austin Gomez

Austin, head girls dean, will also contribute to the English department. Coming from southern California, she graduated from Andrews University with a bachelor’s in English. She also has certifications in English education and secondary education.

Austin also served as a resident advisor at Andrews, a camp counselor and programs director at Camp Au Sable and a long-term substitute teacher in the Southeastern California Conference.

Omar and Austin were married in May and are happy to join the HVA deaning teams. They look forward to becoming part of the close-knit community.

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