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Administrative Team

Erik Borges, MBA

Principal borger@wwva.org  |  509-525-1050 x212 

Erik Borges is passionate about education, but more specifically Adventist education. Mr. Borges graduated from Walla Walla College (University) with a degree in elementary education and minors in physical education and special education. He later received his Masters in Business Administration from Western Governors University. He loves to teach and coach young people both in and out of the classroom. He comes to WWVA from Highland View Academy in Maryland where he was the principal and athletic director. Most of his teaching career was in Central California. When Mr. Borges is not at school he enjoys playing/watching sports, playing games with his family and traveling.


Keith Wells, M.Ed.

Academic Vice Principal wellke@wwva.org  |  509-525-1050 x215 

Keith Wells loves Math and Physics. He loves it so much, that even on vacation, he reads books about it. He holds a degree in Education from Eastern Washington University, as well as an M.Ed in Professional Development. He taught Math and Physics in Prosser, Washington for ten years, coming to WWVA in 2004 to teach Math and Physics here. In 2008, he became the Academic Vice-Principal and is hip-deep in scheduling classes, advising students, facilitating faculty professional development, and maintaining academic standards. But his biggest passion is encouraging students to be successful. He is usually found connecting with kids in the hallways during passing times and lunch. In addition, teaching Geometry allows him to share his passion for Math with another generation of students.


Rachelle Ellis

Financial Vice Principal ellira@wwva.org  |  509-525-1050 x214 



Dena Garrett

Assistant to the Principal garrde@wwva.org  |  509-525-1050

Dena Garrett sees Adventist Education as more than just learning; to her, it’s a family. She has a passion for students and enjoys interacting and getting to know who they are as people. She is married to Wally, WWVA’s Facilities Director, and they make quite the team here at WWVA. Dena worked at La Sierra Academy from 1991 to 2005. Through the years, she worked as a School Care Coordinator, Librarian, Study Hall Supervisor, Kindergarten, and First-grade teacher aide. In 2005 Dena was offered the position with an Orthopedic Implant Distributorship as Office Manager. She is an outstanding cook and enjoys camping, taking photos, gardening, sewing, and crafts. Most of all, she enjoys doing anything with her best friend,— Wally.


Wally Garrett

Facilities Director garrwa@wwva.org  | 509-525-1050

Wally Garrett has been a part of Adventist Education all his life. He graduated from San Pasqual Academy in Escondido, California, and worked at La Sierra Academy for 31 years. Wally enjoys working with the students and seeing them grow and learn new things. He keeps our school safe and maintained. He is always on the go and looking for something that needs repairing. Wally loves the outdoors and enjoys working with the students up at WWVA Lodge. He goes off-roading and camping as often as possible with his wife, Dena, our Assistant to the Principal.