Principal, G.R.E.A.T. Club, & P.E. III (1st Semester), Senior Class Sponsor

Chadd Watkins graduated from Southern Adventist University in 2002 with a degree in Physical Education, Health and Wellness. He’s currently working towards a Masters in Leadership. Chadd has served Madison Academy and Highland Academy as Teacher, Coach, Dean, Vice Principal and Principal. Chadd is married to his lovely wife Nikie and they have two boys Carson and Camdon. In his spare time you will see Chadd playing golf, participating in sports, enjoying family, and bird watching.

Six word story – Called, then equipped, for the journey.


Music Director, Spanish 1, Spanish 2

Haroldo Álvarez attended the Adventist University of Colombia in Medellin, graduating with a degree in Music Education. In graduate school, he completed a program in Choral Conducting at California State University at Los Angeles and a Masters of Arts in Teaching with emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction at La Sierra Academy in Riverside, CA. It has been an honor to participate in the life of thousands of young people through music education in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Southern California, and Portland, TN. Haroldo is married to Liana and they have three children, Albany, Lestter and Melodie. The whole family enjoys trying to educate three dogs and a cat without much success.

Six word story – Jesus: Master, Savior, Teacher, Friend, Mine.


Algebra IIComputer Applications, Physics, PrecalculusSurvey of Science, IT Support, & STEM Club

Larry Ashcraft graduated from Georgia Cumberland Academy in 1977, Southern Adventist University with a B.A. Math and Physics, and NCATE Teacher Training in 1981, and Andrews University, M.A.T. Physcis in 1983. He began teaching in Louisville for 2 years, then taught public school in North Carolina for 29 years. He as been a part of the Highland Academy team since 2014. Larry is married to Linda Ashcraft who is a Highland Academy Alumnus. They have two daughters Claire and Amelia. In his spare time, Larry enjoys road bicycling, fixing electrical/electronic/mechanical stuff, and conversing with people about God’s character.

Six word story -Jesus, The Father: indistinguishable characters—Wow!

Accounting Assistant

Linda was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, and is a Highland Academy Alumnus. She graduated with an AS in accounting from Southern Missionary College (now Southern Adventist University.) This is her 7th school year at Highland Academy. She lives here in Portland with her husband, Larry and their two daughters. Claire is a 2018 graduate from Highland Academy and Amelia is a junior here. When she’s not working, Linda enjoys playing with her dog, reading, listening to audiobooks, knitting, and learning to crochet.

Six word story – Christian-educated for years, Christian for life.


Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Art, and Survey of Science,S.A. Sponsor, & STEM Club Sponsor

Christen Case graduated from Highland Academy in 2009 and attended Southern Adventist University to obtain two degrees, one in mathematics and one in chemistry. She also completed a master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. She taught one year at both Madison Academy and this is her third year at Highland Academy, and looks forward to many more years in Adventist education. When she’s not in the classroom, she enjoys gardening, reading, and singing at the top of her lungs!

Six word story – Best childhood, coming back for more.


Administrative Assistant,Yearbook Advisor

Diana Drusky has 16 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant and Yearbook Advisor. Four years at Highland Academy and twelve years at Highland Elementary. Her husband, Roy (Twig) Drusky lll is a Highland Academy Alumnus. Twig and Diana have two children Roy and Emmylou. They both graduated from Highland Academy and Southern Adventist University. In her spare time, Diana enjoys reading, walking, sewing, and having friends and family over for Friday night dinner.

Six word story – Amazing God, wonderful family, much love.


English ll, English lll/Honors, English lV/Honors, Economics (2nd Semester), Government (1st Semester), US History, & World History, and Junior History Trip Coordinator

Ken received a BA with honors in English from Andrews University in 1975 and an MAEd in the Diverse Learner from the University of Phoenix in 1995. He has professional certification from the SDA church in both English and History. In the past 40+ years of teaching he has taught all grades from 1st grade through college freshmen, all levels from at risk and special education to advance placement, and in schools as diverse as one room with eight students to a large, public high school with over 1500 where he taught over 100 students per day. His favorite place to be is his classroom, but when not there he enjoys his vegetable garden and flower beds. He reads himself to sleep almost every night. He and his wife Sue both enjoy history and always find the Junior History Tour fascinating and inspiring.

Six word story – Lonely. Frightened. School became my salvation.


Vice Principal of Finance and Personal Finance

Robert Hillebert received a Bachelors in Business Administration from Andrews University. Rob spent a year at Holbrook Indian School in Arizona as a task force worker in the business office. He then began a 2-year business internship with the Lake Union Conference. At the end of the internship he accepted a call to be Assistant Treasurer at Illinois Conference. Before coming to Highland he served a combined 14 years as Assistant and Associate Treasurer at Illinois and Wisconsin Conferences. He is married to his wonderful wife Sarah. They have two awesome boys Tyler and Nathan. His hobbies are boating, camping, hiking, animals, and wood working.

Six word story – God’s not finished with me yet.


Dean of Women, School Nurse, Media Center Director, Freshman Study Skills, and Student Council Sponsor

Sarah Hillebert RN, is in her 4th year as Head Dean of Women at Highland Academy. Prior to Highland, Mrs. Hillebert worked for two years at Wisconsin Academy as Head Dean of Women and School Nurse. A graduate from Lake Michigan College, Mrs. Hillebert is a Registered Nurse specializing in Women’s Health and School Nursing. Mrs. Hillebert has completed 2.5 years of course work toward a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. Prior to her nursing degree, Mrs. Hillebert spent three years working in the field of education as a task force teacher. She taught 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders in a one room school in Stewardson, Illinois; taught 5th grade Home Study International to two special needs students in Scotland, UK; and was a paraprofessional working with 2nd and 3rd grade special education students at Martin Luther King public school in South Bend, Indiana. In the past, she has been involved in Conference Prayer Ministry, Shepherdess Ministry, Health Ministry, Summer Camp Nursing, and Pathfinders. Mrs. Hillebert has been married to Robert Hillebert since 2001 and has two children, Tyler and Nathan. Tyler is a Sophomore at Highland Academy and Nathan is in 7th grade at Highland Elementary. In her free time, you will find Mrs. Hillebert hanging out with the youth, working in her flower garden, reading, exercising, or sharing music.

Six word story – Education’s purpose is “taking to give”.


Chaplain, Bible Teacher, and S.A. Sponsor

After serving the Lord in pastoral ministry for the past 11 years, Will Labrenz