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Middle School & Upper School

Rodney Meadth
Middle and Upper School Principal; Engineering Academy Director

Rodney Meadth holds a degree in aerospace engineering from RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia). An Australian by birth, he came to Providence in 2014 after serving as secondary principal at Quisqueya Christian School in Haiti. While at Quisqueya, he taught physics, calculus, geometry, structural engineering, and aerospace engineering. He is a Hansen Fellow with the Acton Institute. He has served as dean of students at Providence in addition to founding and directing the Engineering Academy. He and his wife, Brittany, are the parents of four sons, all of whom are Providence students.


Susan Isaac
Middle and Upper School Assistant Principal; Spiritual Life Director

Susan Isaac earned an M.A. in American studies from Pepperdine University and a B.A. in English from California State University at Northridge. She joined the Providence faculty in 2017 after teaching high school English at Oaks Christian School for eight years. In addition to serving as director of spiritual life, she has served as assistant dean of students and taught Bible classes in the middle school.


Nate Alker
Middle School Science Teacher

Nate Alker graduated with a B.S. degree in business administration from San Diego State University and earned a teaching credential from Chapman University. After teaching middle school classes for a number of years in the Santa Ynez Valley, he joined the former Providence Hall faculty in 2011. In addition to teaching, Mr. Alker coaches varsity boys volleyball.


Max Beers
Upper School Foundations of the Christian Faith Teacher; Providence Studio Teacher; Graphic Designer

Max Beers studied at Bethel Seminary and holds a B.A. degree in religion from Luther College. He joined the Providence faculty in 2015, after previously teaching at Thomas Edison High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was the technology integration coordinator. Besides teaching, he is responsible for the coordinated look and feel of all Providence materials.


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Sarah Bentley
Upper School Spanish Teacher; Technology Coordinator

Sarah Bentley earned a B.A. degree in Spanish from Azusa Pacific University and a Teaching Credential from Fresno Pacific University. She earned a masters degree in Spanish language and culture from the University of Salamanca, the oldest university in Europe. She was the on-site director of the Trinity University Semester in Spain program in Seville for two years, before joining the former Providence Hall faculty in 2011.


jdalyJames Daly
Middle and Upper School Art Teacher

James Daly earned a B.A. in studio art from Westmont College and a teaching credential and M.A. in education from the University of California Santa Barbara. An accomplished visual artist and photographer, he joined the former Providence Hall faculty in 2008. He and his wife, Carrie, are the parents of two daughters, both Providence students.


Chris Elwood
Upper School Humanities and Senior Bible Teacher; Senior Thesis Project Director

Chris Elwood earned B.A. degrees in both English and philosophy from Westmont College, a teaching credential in English and social sciences from Chapman University, and a M.A. in curriculum and instruction with a biblical studies emphasis from Colorado Christian University. Prior to joining the former Providence Hall faculty in 2009, he was the men’s tennis coach at Westmont and an instructor in the kinesiology department. He coaches the Providence varsity girls beach volleyball team and the middle school girls volleyball team. He and his wife, Tabitha, are the parents of two daughters, both Providence students.


Taylor Randle Hurt
Upper School Science Teacher; Technology Coordinator

Taylor Randle Hurt earned a B.A. degree in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of California Santa Barbara through the College of Creative Studies. In addition, he was the first graduate of that college to complete a minor in science and math education at UCSB. He worked full time for a Christian non-profit organization (Cru, formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) serving one year at UCSB and one year in the Middle East. As a Robert Noyce Scholarship recipient, Mr. Hurt earned a teaching credential and a masters of education degree from UCSB. He joined the Providence faculty in 2013.


Kristine Lysenstoen
Middle School Bible Teacher / Student Life Director / Office Manager

Kristine Lysenstoen graduated from Westmont College in 2019 with a B.A. degree in psychology.  After interning for Providence as a student teacher, she was delighted to return in the summer of 2020 for a full-time, multi-faceted position as Middle School Bible teacher, director of student life, and office manager.


Scott Mitchell
Physical Education Teacher / Outdoor Education Director

Scott Mitchell holds an M.S. degree in exercise science from the California University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in sociology from UCLA, where he played football for the Bruins. He joined the Providence faculty in 2017.


Alba Romero
Upper School Mathematics

Alba Romero joined the Providence faculty in 2019. Previously, she taught in the mathematics department at Bakersfield (CA) College for four years and for one year at Wonderful College Prep Academy in Delano, CA. She was a teaching associate at CSU-Channel Islands for three years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at CSU-Bakersfield and a master’s degree in mathematics at CSU-Channel Islands. She is a member of the California Mathematics Council and the Association for Women in Mathematics.


Bruce Rottman
Humanities Department Chair; Upper School Humanities and Economics and Government Teacher; Libertas Scholars Program Director

Bruce Rottman earned a B.A. degree in history and secondary education teaching credential at Calvin College and an M.A. degree in international relations at San Francisco State University. He has taught in Christian and independent high schools since 1980, including Naples (Naples, FL) Christian Academy, Contra Costa Christian School (Walnut Creek, CA), Lynden Christian School (Lynden, WA), and Brookfield Academy (Brookfield, WI). He joined the Providence Hall faculty in 2009. Mr. Rottman was the recipient of the NASDAQ Award presented to the top five economic educators in the nation in 2000 and was twice the recipient of awards presented by the Wisconsin Council on Economic Education. In 2019, he was selected for the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award. He lectures for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) and Young America’s Foundation (YAF). He is a Hansen Fellow with the Acton Institute and participates in education-oriented programs of the Cato Institute.


Allison Smelley
Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Allison Smelley earned a B.A. in sociology from Westmont College and graduated with honors. She also earned a California teaching credential through Westmont. Over the years, Mrs. Smelley has enjoyed three different stints as a teacher at the former Santa Barbara Christian School, most recently rejoining the faculty in 2012. She has also taught piano lessons for more than 25 years.


Steve Stokes
Athletic Director

Steve Stokes holds a degree in kinesiology from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He joined the Patriots coaching staff as varsity boys basketball coach in the 2014-2015 season. Prior to coming to Providence, Stokes was the associate head coach at Royal High School (Simi Valley) for four seasons. He has been coaching high school basketball since 2003, compiling over 300+ career wins in the process. Coaching highlights include a CIF State Academic Championship, three CIF Championship Finalist appearances, two State Championship appearances (including an appearance in the 2013 California State Final Four), seven-time league “Coach of the Year,” and having his team named LA Times “Program on the Rise.”


Ms. Carri SvobodaCarri Svoboda
Middle School Humanities Teacher

Carri Svoboda is a National Board certified teacher of English language arts for early adolescents. She earned a B.A. in English with honors from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1992. In 1993, she earned a single subject teaching credential in English from UCSB, where she was named Student Teacher of the Year. She is a Fellow of the South Coast Writing Project and enjoys continuing participation in professional development and enrichment. Ms. Svoboda taught eighth-grade GATE classes at Santa Barbara Junior High for seven years before joining the former Santa Barbara Christian School faculty in 2000.


Sophie Troya
College Counseling Director

Sophie Troya earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Westmont College. After completing her degree, she worked in the Westmont admissions office for three years and developed a passion for the development of high school students. She joined the Providence staff in 2018. She and her husband, Derek, also serve in youth ministry in Santa Barbara.


Connie Petersen
School Office Assistant

Bio and photo forthcoming