THE OAKDALE CHRISTIAN TEAM
Mr. Cy Cole
Principal/Middle Grades Teacher
Mr. Cole has a proven track record of creating and growing highly successful schools. He is at the forefront of the development of innovative instructional designs, combining the latest in brain science with proven traditional approaches to teaching and learning. His love for God and commitment to kids’ success are what motivate him to offer this academically rigorous school, based on Christian principles, to the families of Oakdale. Mr. Cole’s youngest son is in the 8th grade at OCA.
"It's just such a joy to get to work in a place every day dedicated to the pure purpose of introducing kids to the love and character of Christ. All of us, together, striving to serve in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. What a privilege! Phillipians 1:27”
Mrs. Beverly Henry
Mrs. Henry has over 20 years experience teaching children in the classroom, church settings, and homeschooling. Her professional experience includes working in the Sylvan School District, Turlock School District, Big Valley Christian School, and with Connecting Waters Charter Schools. She also leads children's ministries at her church, developed and conducts an annual VBS for the last 14 years, and had the privilege to write curriculum for Answers in Genesis Vacation Bible School. Mrs. Henry’s three children attend OCA, one in the 5th-8th classroom and the other two are in high school.
"I'm excited that the Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to teach and help guide the precious students at Oakdale Christian Academy! The foundation and life long skills that they are going to learn is truly rewarding. 'Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it' Proverbs 22:6"
Mrs. Jennifer Perreira
Primary Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Perreira assists with instruction and student support in the Kindergarten and First Grade classroom. She graduated with her BA in Communication Studies and continued her education at CSU Stanislaus where she completed her teaching methodology courses. She and her husband started a family in 2005. Frank and Jennifer’s son, Jacob, is in the 12th grade at OCA.
"I’m excited to be a part of Oakdale Christian Academy for a fifth year. I have grown to love every student. OCA offers a unique learning environment. Students thrive in a safe, Christ-centered, loving, rigorous school/family-style school setting.
'Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.' Proverbs 3:5-6"
Mrs. Meg Cole
High School Teacher
Mrs. Cole is a missionary kid born and raised in Costa Rica. Because she has taught internationally for many years, she brings a rich, multicultural perspective to her classroom. She believes in teaching critical thinking skills so students will know what they believe and why. Of paramount importance in her classroom is that learning be relevant and exciting, and always through a Christian world view lens. Instruction is highly individualized so that all students are successful. Mrs. Cole has two adult children and a son attending 8th grade at OCA.
"It has been such a blessing to work at Oakdale Christian Academy. Every year has been exceedingly and abundantly above and beyond what we had imagined. It is exciting to see all the growth and God's blessing upon our school. Ephesians 3:20”
Mrs. Jo Bonora-Adams
Mrs. Bonora has over ten years experience teaching in the classroom, in the church as a Sunday school teacher, homeschooling, and as a private tutor. She is the proud mother of two children, nine and seventeen. Her daughter attends OCA and will be entering the fourth grade.
“I feel extremely blessed to be given the opportunity to teach at OCA! The excitement for me is helping my students thrive and as a result, the absolute confidence and joy that they get from that.”
‘Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.’ C.S. Lewis
Mrs. Ashley Shook
Primary Assistant Teacher/After School Care
Mrs. Shook is a longtime stay-at-home mother of 4 children, one adult daughter and 3 OCA students, 2 boys in high school, and her youngest son in the 5-8 classroom. During those 15 years at home, she has provided loving in-home quality childcare for multiple families. Miss Ashley has chosen Oakdale Christian Academy to return to the workforce as an assistant teacher in the 2-4 classroom because of her passion for working with children and a desire to train up children into healthy, thriving, Jesus loving adults. She will also be running the after-school care program, providing hours of fun safe supervision until families are able to pick up their children.
"To be a part of the OCA staff and care for your children is a gift. I am excited to be here and look forward to seeing your child’s smiling face every day. 'Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.'Psalms 127:3"
Mrs. Cindy Gonsalves
Mrs. Cindy Gonsalves also affectionately known as “Mrs. G '' loves using her talents in Administration as Oakdale Christian Academy’s Administrator. Mrs. G has over two decades of experience in the administration world working for schools, both public and private along with the government sector. She absolutely loves children and has almost two decades of experience teaching preschool age children, serving in various children’s ministries, and homeschooling. She has a passion for teaching God’s Word and what He desires for our lives. Mrs. G has three adult children and a daughter attending 10th grade at OCA.
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)
Miss Jeana Sears
Jeana Sears grew up with music and theater as a natural and treasured part of her family culture. She has helped educate her own children and several others over the last 10 years. Some of her favorite activities are singing in choir, performing with her rock band at local events and teaching children how to sing and keep rhythm! Her favorite thing about music is that God gave it to us simply to show His love. Music is not something that was required for us to survive, it is simply a gift to bring us joy. Therefore, it should be used for His glory.
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!”
Psalm 100:1-2 ESV"
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms."
1 Peter 4:10