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FACULTY & STAFF

The core of Providence School is a talented faculty and staff, mature in Christian faith, excellent in their disciplines, skilled in the art of teaching, passionate about helping students succeed, and committed to the school’s mission. We have no doubt our faculty is among the best you’ll find anywhere in the nation.

Families can have great confidence in the role models who stand in front of their children every day.

Anderson, Bryan

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Attended: University of Oregon; University of California at San Diego
Degrees: B.S. Business/Accounting; Math Teaching Credential

 

Bryan Anderson is an experienced teacher who has also participated in the business world. He enjoys connecting with students and their families to assist in developing them and preparing them to confidently take next steps in their education. He joined the Providence faculty to be in a community of other believers and to provide Providence students with support and encouragement.

 

His favorite Providence traditions thus far are Convocation and the Middle and Upper School retreat.

 

Joined Providence in 2022

Avery, Olivia

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Brief Bio

Attended: The University of British Columbia
Degrees: B.A. English Literature, B.A. Creative Writing; early childhood education courses

 

Miss Olivia began her educational journey in our preschool and was in Mrs. Larson’s Prek class as well as Miss Catheleene’s Room 2 class. She is thrilled to be back teaching where it all began. Olivia has experience working with children ages 1-6 and feels incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to work with the Providence Preschool children.

 

Her favorite Providence tradition is gathering each morning for staff prayer.

 

Joined Providence in 2020

Baker, Kara

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Attended: Westmont College
Degrees: B.A. Liberal Studies; Teaching Credential

 

Kara Baker has a strong understanding of student development and enjoys sharing a relationship with each student based on interests, personality, and faith.

 

Her favorite Providence tradition is leading the Lower School cheerleaders at the Homecoming basketball game.

 

Joined Providence in 2013

Bayet, Alex

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“Chef Alex” provides tasty and nutritious meals for students on the San Roque campus. He and his wife, Ana, are the parents of two sons, one a current Providence student and one a former Providence student.

Bayet, Ana

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Brief Bio

Attended: Universitat USHS (Strasbourg, France) and the European University of Madrid, Spain; Foundacion Fidescu
Degrees: Bachelor’s Degree in modern languages applied to international commerce (translating and interpreting); Master’s Degree in legal translation

 

Since 2000, Ana Bayet has worked as a Spanish teacher, art teacher, and translator for schools and businesses around the world, including in Santa Barbara. She and her husband, “Chef Alex,” are the parents of two Providence students, one current and one alum.

 

Her favorite Providence traditions are Grandparents Day and the lunch service on the San Roque campus.

 

Joined Providence in 2013

Beers, Maxwell

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Brief Bio

Attended: Luther College; Bemidji State University
Degrees: B.A. Religion; Career and Technology Education credential

 

Maxwell Beers teaches Upper School Bible classes, co-directs The Studio digital design academy, and does design work to enhance Providence School branding.  Prior to joining the Providence faculty, he worked at HYDROLogic as a marketing consultant and graphic designer and served as a career and technology teacher in the Minneapolis public school system. A passion for teaching the Bible brought Mr. Beers to Providence. He and his wife, Holly, are the parents of three children; the eldest is in the Providence Class of 2027.

 

His favorite Providence tradition is any faculty vs. student competition. As a Minnesota native, he is a fiercely competitive street hockey player.

 

Joined Providence in 2015

Bentley, Sarah

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Brief Bio

Attended: Azusa Pacific University; Fresno Pacific University; Universidad de Salamanca
Degrees: B.A. Spanish; Spanish teaching credential; M.A. Spanish Language and Culture

 

Sarah Bentley was Student Ministry Coordinator for Trinity Christian College’s program in Seville, Spain from 2009 to 2011. After returning home to California, she wanted to teach at a small private school, which brought her to Providence. Mrs. Bentley loves to teach at the Upper School and she enjoys the continuity that comes with leading her students through all grade levels. She loves how she really gets to know her students and their families over four years, watching them grow along the way.

 

Her favorite Providence tradition is the Homecoming Week lip sync battle.

 

Joined Providence in 2011.

Branch, Melanie

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Attended: Colorado Christian University, Santa Barbara City College

Degrees: BS Psychology, AA Early Childhood Education

Mrs. Branch says, “The Christian philosophies and curriculum … make Providence the ideal place to be a teacher. I get to show and teach the love of Jesus to children in a school that honors God!” She has a heart for this tender early age, when early childhood and preschool experiences are profoundly shaping children’s faith and worldview.  “I get to come alongside them during this time, building connections with children and showing them how loved they are as I partner with their families.”

Melanie likes to bike, paint, cook, play games, and do puzzles!

Joined Providence in 2023

Briner, Jac

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Briner, Taylor

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Joined Providence in 2023