Jerson malaguit


Mr. Malaguit is a transplanted lifetime Chicagoan who has come to Beltsville, Maryland after teaching in Maine, Georgia, and Colorado. During his collegiate years, he attended the University of Illinois, Andrews, La Sierra, and Newbold College in England before finally graduating Cum Laude from the University of Maine at Farmington. He holds a Bachelor's in History and Secondary Social Science from UMF and a Masters in Instructional Leadership from Southern Adventist University. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, traveling, and being with family. He is blessed with his wife, Kristi, and his three children. Above everything, his ultimate goal is to get each and every one of his students to know Christ better. A teacher-friend once told him that teaching was in many ways a missionary job. Once you take on that mindset, everything changes.


Jeanne Marie garcia

vice principal

Ms. Garcia is entering her 12th year at BAS and 29th year in education.  Her experiences range from teaching in small Adventist schools to being an administrator in NYC public schools.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education & Psychology, a Master's in Bilingual Education and a Specialist Degree in Educational Administration.  She is passionate about providing a school environment for students where they can reach their fullest potential and have confidence to move forward in all that God calls them to do.


Alisha Green


Ms. Green is an elementary education graduate from Oakwood University.  She recently spent time teaching in South Korea. She has a passion to help our young learners seek Christ and learn of His word through our studies, actions and prayers.


Dileny de la cruz

1st grade

Ms. De la Cruz is starting her third year at BAS. She completed her undergraduate studies at Andrews University and earned her master's degree at the City College of New York. She has been teaching K-1 for the last seven years, and hopes to continue doing so until she’s an old lady. She’s passionate about helping students discover their best selves. She loves the outdoors and trying new things with her students. She’s a lover of God, her family, students and Starbucks.

susan prins

2nd grade

Ms. Prins is entering her 22nd year of teaching with 20 of those years at BAS. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education from Washington Adventist University and a Master's in Reading from Johns Hopkins University. She has always loved being around children and knew from an early age she wanted to work with them in some capacity. Her favorite time in the classroom is seeing a concept "click" and watching the delight in a student's face when it happens.


leila santos

3rd grade

From a young age, Ms. Santos dreamed of becoming a teacher, and this passion took her to earn a degree in Education, a postgrad in Psychopedagogy, and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Even with a vast teaching experience, this passion continues to grow in her. She feels honored to serve as an instrument used by God to help young minds reach their full potential, preparing them to be influential citizens in this world and for eternity.


M. colin

4th grade

Ms. Colin is embarking on her 12th year of teaching. Throughout her career, she has had the privilege to teach students from 1st to 5th grade. Tim Carruthers once said, “A good teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.” She looks forward to helping her 4th graders grow into confident, independent learners.


Astrid Dorsey

5th grade

Ms. Dorsey was born in Argentina, attended high school in South Africa, and received her Elementary Education degree from Southern Adventist University. She enjoys gardening, organizing, and going on walks; but her greatest passion is learning and supporting learners as they develop their God-given abilities.


latisha martin

6th-8th ela

Ms. Martin is entering her fourth year teaching at Beltsville and she has loved every moment. As a graduate and parent of a graduate from Adventist institutions, she is firmly committed to the principles of Seventh-day Adventist education. When she is not working and developing as an educator, she is dreaming of butterflies and the color purple, nurturing her plants, spending time with friends and family, or writing while slowly sipping a latte at Starbucks. 

zeman feng

5th-7th math, 8th algebra

Ms. Feng graduated from Southwestern Adventist University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with an emphasis in Secondary Teaching. She enjoys learning new things and strives to be a lifelong learner.  She loves outdoor activities, especially hiking.  Her favorite Bible verse is, "Let everything you do be done in love." 1 Corinthians 16:14


suzy lebrun

4th-8th science/8th math

Ms. LeBrun graduated from Southwestern Adventist University and has been teaching for 25 years. She is passionate about science and STEM education. Her hobbies include spicy food, insects, sports, and outdoor activities. 


Kelsa Gratereaux

6th-8th bible & social studies

Ms. Gratereaux joins us from New Jersey where she taught for five years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her intention is to help guide students develop and strengthen their love for God. She is excited to join the BAS family!


yoel habtemariam

physical education

Mr. Habtemariam, aka "Coach H", is the PE teacher and sports coach at BAS. Teaching is his calling and coaching is his passion. He enjoys playing all sports and spending time with family and friends. He believes in challenging students to be the best version of themselves and showing them that no matter what God has their back!


robin roys


Ms. Roys was born and raised in Maryland and teaches general music classes to grades Kindergarten through 8th grade.  In addition, she directs singing choirs, string orchestra, English handbells, ukuleles and hand puppets.  She has been at BAS for 4.5 years.  It is her mission to teach students how to praise God through music.


jacqueline dabney


Ms. Dabney is a lifetime Marylander. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's in Special Education Learning Disabilities.  She is passionate about working with students who struggle and in leading them to reach their academic goals. She enjoys hiking and spending time with family.