DMin Organizational Leadership and Preaching - Asbury Seminary (2019) MDiv Wesley Seminary - Indiana Wesleyan University (2011) BTh Logos Christian University (2011)
Dr. Rodrigo Azofeifa joined Aurora Christian Schools in 2019. He currently teaches Pre-K/5th grade Spanish. Before he joined ACS, Dr. Azofeifa has taught Spanish every grade level from K-12 at Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) in Sycamore, IL, since 2003. Mr. Azofeifa is an Adjunct Faculty member at Indiana Wesleyan University- Global Academic Program and for Wesley Seminar. Rev. Azofeifa and his wife, Ricci, live in Malta, IL, and serve as lead Pastor at Real Connection Church in DeKalb, IL. They are blessed with their two sons, Jeremy and Josue.
B.S. Child Development Northern Illinois University (2009)
A.S. Early Childhood Education Waubonsee Community College (2007)
Mrs. Donelle Johnson was born and raised in central Minnesota. In 2003 she moved to Illinois to attend college. While completing her degrees Donelle worked as a preschool assistant and nannied. She now lives in Aurora with her husband Mike and their daughter Shelby. In her free time Mrs. J enjoys camping, bike riding, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with her entire family!
B.A. in Elementary Education, Minor in English, Aurora University M.A. in Educational Leadership, Aurora University Type 75 General Administrative Certificate ELL/Bilingual Endorsement
Mrs. Mayra Johnson is the Preschool and Elementary School Principal at ACS. Mrs. Johnson started her teaching career in East Aurora School District as a 1st grade bilingual teacher. Since then she has continued her role as a teacher, Reading Specialist, Assistant Principal and Principal. Mrs. Johnson has had the opportunity to study at Judson College, Aurora University, and National Louis University where she has acquired her BA, MA and ESL endorsement. She has also had the opportunity to work in East Aurora School District, Wheaton Warrenville School District and Yorkville Community Unit School District. Within these school districts, Mrs. Johnson has had an opportunity to also work with a variety of populations such as EL (English Learner) students, students in the Stars (Skills Training and Related Services) programs, students with IEPs and gifted students. After numerous years in public education, Mrs. Johnson was looking for something different for herself and her daughters. Mrs. Johnson was praying for God's guidance to what was next in her life and she and her family landed at ACS. She is excited for the new adventure and to see what God has in store for all. She and her family (Adam/husband, Madalynn and Hannah/daughters) live in Plano and attend Harvest New Beginnings in Oswego, IL where they are active members and serve on the worship team. In her spare time, Mrs. Johnson likes to spend time with family, exercise, compete in races, travel, and if time allows, cook.
Miss Kelsey Palmquist has been teaching preschool and elementary music and middle school choir at ACS since the 2021-22 school year. She is a graduate of Music and Worship arts at Kuyper College and enjoys using her love of music to both teach and lead worship. She loves that at Aurora Christian, we can use every song we sing to worship God and declare His goodness. In her free time, she volunteers at a local Christian theater company, both on stage and behind the scenes. She recently moved back to the Aurora area and is excited to be a part of this community again!
B.S. early childhood education-University Wisconsin-Whitewater (1987)
Mrs. Michele Smoot began working at Aurora Christian in 2009, where she has worked in multiple positions. Her passion is teaching Preschool, impacting the minds of the young learner, as well as teaching them about Christ. Her interests include refurbishing old furniture pieces and spending time with family. Mrs. Smoot lives in Batavia with her husband, Dave and three children Grace, Joshua, and Benjamin, who have attended Aurora Christian since preschool. Mrs. Smoot and her family attend Harvest Bible Chapel in Aurora, where she enjoys attending small group and serving The Lord.
Waubonsee Community College – Early Childhood Education
Miss Andrea Stone joined the staff of Aurora Christian Preschool in 2020. She began teaching preschoolers in 2014, after graduating with an Early Childhood degree from Waubonsee Community College. Miss Stone grew up in Aurora and with strong ties to the ACS school community. She was actively involved in cheerleading, choir and the school’s drama program. While studying at Aurora Christian High School, Miss Stone was voted “Most Likely to Work at ACS.” She is grateful that this lighthearted prediction became a reality. Miss Stone lives in Wheaton and loves spending time with her 7 nephews and 1 niece.
Bachelors of Arts - Western Illinois University
Mrs. Tracey Wright is the Elementary Physical Education Teacher at both the Aurora and Cornerstone campus of ACS. She has taught Physical Education at Cornerstone since 2001. She has had three sons that graduated from ACS, Jason, Jawanza, and Jeremiah. Mrs. Wright is in the process of getting her bi-vocational ministry license with the Evangelical Covenant Church. She has helped her husband Jerry as he pastors the Rock Covenant Church in Dekalb, Illinois since 2004. She has enjoyed leading the Women of Shekinah Women’s Ministry for 16 years. Along with teaching Bible study and Sunday school, she has had many opportunities to speak at church and women conferences. Mrs. Wright loves the Lord with all her heart, and shares the goodness of Jesus to anyone who will listen.