Who We Are

KAES is a co-educational day school in Keene, Texas, offering quality academic programs for pre-kindergarden through eighth grade. The school is operated by the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church. KAES is a proud member of the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission, Texas Association of Non-public Schools, NADCA and NCPSA.

Our Philosophy

KAES believes man and the universe to be the handiwork of a Divine Creator who guides and sustains all. God is considered the Source of all knowledge and wisdom, and His revealed will is the standard of right and truth. With this as its philosophical foundation, KAES endeavors to provide its students with an educational program that leads to a full commitment of their spiritual, intellectual, physical and social resources to the service of God and their fellow man.

The prime purpose for the existence of KAES is to provide a quality education in an atmosphere conducive to the total development of the student. The Christian philosophy, as taught in the classroom and which permeates all services and activities, shall preserve the distinctive personal quality of life and open to each student the development of a satisfying practical religious experience. It is the goal of KAES to prepare individuals who are maturing as Seventh-day Adventist to be productive, worthy citizens.

Our Mission

The Mission of Keene Adventist Elementary School (KAES) is pursuing the joy of salvation, knowledge, leadership and community.

Salvation: 1 Thessalonians 5:16 tells us to be joyful always. It is our goal to encourage joyful hearts as we teach children about the free gift of salvation. It isn’t something we earn; we can’t boast our achievement. We proclaim His goodness as we worship Him.

Knowledge: We strive to create active learning opportunities that will develop a passion and purpose for learning.

Leadership: Our students learn and develop the habits of leadership. We celebrate leadership and create leadership roles for all students to take action in leading others to Christ.

Community: As part of a vibrant community, we engage in building relationships, serving community organizations such as animal shelters, parks, disasters response depots, and food banks. Through this work we prepare students to be exceptional citizens in this world and the world to come.

“Of all the institutions in the world, the school is the most important”

E.G. White

Meet Our Staff


Todd Coulter

Todd Coulter

Noemi Samaniago

Mimi Samaniego

Administrative Assistant

Lisa Turk




Nadya Stotz

PreSchool: Age 3-4
Amanda Spicer

Amanda Patterson

Ruth Just

Ruth Just


Cindy Aispuro

3rd Grade

Nu Zabala

4th Grade
Bonnie Knoll

Bonnie Knoll

5th Grade / Science
Sadie Kennedy

Sadie Kennedy

6th Grade / Language Arts
Kim Hutchinson

Kim Hutchinson

7th Grade / Social Studies
Ryan Weaver

Ryan Weaver

8th Grade / Mathematics

Lisa Clifford

Zuleica Savinon

Zuleica Saviñon

Music Instructor
Steve Bradley

Steve Bradley

Physical Education

Coaching Staff

Steve Bradley

Steve Bradley

Athletic Director
Caleb Minett

Caleb Minett

Kari Griswell

Kari Griswell

Girls JH Basketball
Dayne Berkner

Dayne Berkner

Boys JH Basketball

Coach TBD

Girls Elementary Basketball

Barry Williams

Boys Elementary Basketball
Chad Hutchinson

Chad Hutchinson

JH Flag Football

Able Ramirez

Elementary Soccer

Dalena Spencer

JH Volleyball

Michelle Quiej

Elementary Volleyball

Auxiliary Staff


Kristen Iverson

Librarian, Reading Instructor

Karen Saviñon

Piano Lessons

Cafeteria Staff

Interested in Visiting?

We would be happy to schedule a day for you to tour around the school and a chance to visit with your child's potential teacher! Just tell us a little about you, the grade your child will be in and when you would like to visit!