Our Faculty & Staff 

Les Kelley - Principal & Grades 6-8 Teacher

Mr. Kelley joined the staff at Central Valley in the fall of 2018.  He is working to help lead CVCS to be an outstanding Christian school where academics, service, and being like Jesus are paramount objectives.


Where he came from:  Mr. Kelley grew up in Durango, Colorado and attended Campion Academy.  Next he went to Walla Walla College (now University),  graduating with a degree in elementary education and a minor in biology – taking one year out to teach PE as an SM in the Virgin Islands.  Then he completed a postgraduate degree in Educational Administration and Leadership at La Sierra University.


His family includes his son, Dustin, and daughter-in-law,  KaraLeigh, recently relocated to Washington from Chicago. He also has a six-year-old golden retriever named Hannah.  He would love to have his wife, Debbie, here as part of the team, but she passed away from muscular dystrophy.


He has taught in Adventist schools for 28 years.  In three of those schools he taught upper grades and was the principal – like he is doing at CVCS.  Mr. Kelley has most recently been teaching at a Christian school near Olympia, Washington as a middle school and high school teacher.


He enjoys many interests and activities including landscaping and building projects, several sports, skiing, mountain climbing, reading, and art.

Anita Bates - Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Teacher

“Jesus is the reason our schools began, exist, and continue.”

Hopefully that statement shares about all we really need to know of Anita Bates. But just for fun, let’s learn a little more. Anita finished a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Psychology at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. Yep, she’s a southerner—at least partly. In 2018 she finished her master’s degree in educational leadership also from Southern Adventist University. 

Anita is a mother of four school-aged children (all of them students at Central Valley), and ministers with her husband, Pastor Dan, who leads the Lebanon and Sweet Home churches. How’s that for a full plate?

Anita hopes--

“for the families of the CVCS community that they will feel acceptance, appreciation, and a challenge, all for the purpose of leading our children to strive for excellence while finding joy in serving each other and our broader community.”

And believes—

“that children begin life with open minds and hearts, and it is up to us (parents and teachers) to fill and train those young people responsibly.  The early years of learning form a foundation upon which the rest of their lives will be built, therefore it is critical that Christian education be Bible-based and focused on developing the whole child. All children are a gift from God and as such, should be treated with utmost love and respect, so they in turn can pass on His love and joy to others around them.”

Anita claims “It is Well,” as the song that speaks most powerfully to her; and when it comes to a dessert, a fruit smoothie (with donuts running a close second) are first on her list. Finally, two days of free time would begin with a day camping in the mountains with her family, followed by a second day on the coast with her hubby, perfectly ending at a spa. Aaaahhhh!

Amanda Nawara - 3rd-5th Grade Teacher

Even though she is a bona fide Duck fan, Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in 2013, from Walla Walla University, in College Place, Washington. Her major studies were in Elementary Education and Physical Education. Amanda joined the Central Valley teaching staff in the fall of 2015, after spending two years teaching kindergarten and 1st grade in Pohnpei.


“believes that all students learn differently. No one student is the same and therefore I do not treat them all the same or teach all the same ways. Every student deserves opportunities to learn in an environment they feel works best for them.”


“My hope for the families of CVCS is that they will feel confident that their student is not only receiving a great academic experience, but also growing as a citizen             

and child of Christ.”


Amanda says, “Home,” from Christ Tomlin, speaks powerfully to her. Check it out if you haven’t already. When it comes to dessert, “anything chocolate and/or brownies” will do. That’s powerful insight, folks. Don’t lose it. And what would Amanda do with two days of free time, with no restrictions? She would be at the beach with family. Who wouldn’t, after all? Truthfully, that’s largely because she can’t get to Pohnpei and back in just two days.

Mamatha Meesarapu - Pre-School Teacher

Mamatha is an alumnus of Central Valley: Class of 1997. She took a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development in 2008, and followed it with a Master’s of Science degree in Human Services in 2013, specializing in Community Services.

In July of 2006, Mamatha began an 11-year journey working at the Mid-Willamette Family YMCA Preschool with children ages 3-5. Not limiting herself to ministry to young children, she has also been part of the Outreach Department where the Y runs a mentoring program for students ages 8-17.


Mamatha strongly believes:

”There is no question that Jesus is, and always should be, the centerpiece of all our efforts. The best way to reveal the importance of Jesus in school is to teach and model His unconditional, loving character."

She also hopes:

“To build relationships through collaboration with CVCS families, provide support for them in any way possible, and create a caring, loving, and nurturing environment for the students and their families.”

One song that speaks powerfully to Mamatha—at least at this point in her life—is “Thy Will Be Done,” from Hillary Scott. It’s a powerful statement about “whose” we are. Listen and let it inspire you as well.

If you’re wondering what desserts are especially tasty for Mamatha, wonder no longer. Peach Cobbler and Brownies top her list. And if Mamatha had two days of free time, the Oregon Coast would be her destination—unless she had the opportunity to see the Northern Lights.

Heather Cox - Office & Business Manager; Special Events Coordinator

Heather is the veteran of the Central Valley staff, having served in her current roles since the winter of 2014. She’s also a former student at CVCS, although it was a bit before 2014. Heather received a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon.

Heather and her husband, Jared, have called each other “sweetheart” for 10 years, and have two children, Adilyn and Brandon, who join her each day at school.

Heather believes we should be—

“Educating our children to love one another, and to become an example of Jesus Christ, while striving for academic excellence.”

And she hopes to—

                “See students grow to their full potential.”

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