Preschool & Elementary Principal
B.A. in Elementary Education, Minor in English, Aurora University
M.A. in Educational Leadership, Aurora University
Type 75 General Administrative Certificate
Mrs. Mayra Johnson started as the ACS Preschool and Elementary School Principal in 2018. Mrs. Johnson started her teaching career in East Aurora School District as a 1st grade bilingual teacher. Since then, she has worked 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 B.A., M.A., 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 has enjoyed working at ACS and loves what ACS stands for, Relationships - Education - Service.
She and her family (Adam/husband, Madalynn and Hannah/daughters) live in Plano and attend Harvest New Beginnings in Oswego where they are active members on the worship team. In her spare time, Mrs. Johnson likes to spend time with her family, travel, exercise, compete in obstacle course races, and if time allows, cook.
Mrs. Valerie Anderson joined the staff at ACS in November of 2000. She was born in Coral Gables, Florida, and was raised in Florida and California. As a young adult, Mrs. Anderson moved to Washington, where she raised salmon for a living, and met her husband, Phil. In 2000, they moved to Illinois, to assist Phil's parents. They have three grown children: Graham, Patrick, and Whitney. The family attends Fox River Lutheran Church.
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!
Mrs. Deb McKinney joined the ACS staff in 1987. She is currently serving as Principals' & Office Assistant, but has worked in various support staff roles over her 30+ years at ACS.
Mrs. Michele Smoot was the Food Services Coordinator at ACS before becoming a Preschool Teacher in 2020. Mrs. Smoot is known for her quick wit, flexibility and ability to work well with others. She grew up in St. Charles and currently lives in Batavia with her husband, Dave, and their children.
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.
Mrs Sarah Vizcaya joined the staff of Aurora Christian in 2020 as the part-time Preschool Secretary. Sarah is a lifetime resident of Aurora and is a 2002 alumni of ACS. Sarah and her husband, Dan have two children who both attend Aurora Christian.
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.
Mrs. Zielke has been with ACS since 2001 as the preschool registrar/secretary. She and husband David have four children, who are all alumni of ACS. They have been blessed with eight amazing grandchildren! They live in Bristol, and attend Cross Lutheran Church in Yorkville. Mrs. Zielke enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, likes watching the Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks with her family and enjoys photography. She said she has one of the best jobs, watching God's little ones grow in their Love for Jesus!