Brey Noelle Nordtvedt
Class of 2004
Brey Noelle Nordtvedt is an actor, singer and model, splitting her time between Los Angeles and Nashville. But before spreading her wings in the entertainment industry, Brey was a King’s Knight. She spent some time talking about what her time at King’s meant to her and how it continues to shape the way she balance her faith and career in the spotlight.
What were you involved with at King’s?
Anything having to do with athletics, music, academics and leadership was my focus! I was on Varsity Basketball for three years and Varsity Track for four years. I was in Living Faith and traveled to Honduras and Costa Rica for music missions, and to New York City and Idaho Jazz Festival for performing and competitions. These experiences were life-changing and played a key role in shaping my heart for both music AND missions. I was on student counsel as Student Ministries Coordinator and led bible studies and multiple prayer meetings throughout my time at King’s. I was on Chapel Team and led the band for two years while in high school. I was very passionate about seeing God move in my fellow students and me.
What are a few of your outstanding moments at King’s?
I think the greatest honor I received was being crowned homecoming queen my senior year at King’s. I was actually nominated with a number of my best of friends! I remember crying that night because I had known all my imperfections, insecurities, faults, and had had a very difficult year personally. I was just very humbled by that experience. I did not feel deserving, yet I was so unbelievably grateful.
Another outstanding moment was when I was in 6th grade and sang a solo on the first King’s Album! I sang “Who Would Imagine A King” and was so, so scared!! But, it was the most exciting thing for me because I was doing what I absolutely loved MOST OF ALL! And I couldn’t believe I was selected to sing that song or on the album! It was a huge moment for me, encouraging me in my greatest passion.
The last outstanding moment that comes to my mind, was the moment when I won Triple Jump at State Track & Field. I completely surprised myself as a sophomore and jumped further than I had ever jumped before. I must have had the wind at my back, because it shocked me AND everyone else. It really was a surprise, but I am so grateful for that! It taught me that sometimes, perhaps, I have more ability in me than I know, and all I have to do is my BEST, and continue to put one foot in front of the other and enjoy the process of it.
Was there a teacher who really impacted you while you were here?
My 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Haslam, had an absolutely huge impact on me, and I reflect on it to this very day. It’s hard, because every teacher really impacted me, but Mrs. Haslam revealed to me something that was really difficult for me to grasp. She taught me my value as a human, as a friend, as a student, and as raw Brey, apart from my “performance” and “perfection.” She taught me what it meant to know my value, and to stand up for my value when negativity wanted to come in and convince me otherwise. I always wanted to be friends with everybody, but when Mrs. Haslam revealed to me that I don’t have to win everyone’s approval, I didn’t understand at first until years later when the pieces came together. I had been in a cycle of unhealthy friendships that had a very negative affect on me. And I walked with this expectation to be “perfect” for God and everybody else. Mrs. Haslam was the first person who ever shed light on that. I am forever grateful for her in helping me understand how to love people and care for my heart as well. Thank you Mrs. Haslam!
Where has your journey led you after your graduation from King’s? What have you been up to?
My journey after King’s has truly been a whirlwind. I graduated from Seattle Pacific University four years later with honors as a result of multiple music scholarships. I majored in Communications and took a summer to study abroad in Spain. (Studying abroad was one of the best choices I could have made for myself in college!)
I moved to Los Angeles upon college graduation to pursue a music career with my sister. In the meantime, I worked for a non-profit that reached women stuck in the sex industry. I was Program Director and helped establish a support group for women needing healing from the trauma they experienced. I also helped facilitate trainings nationwide for outreach to women in the sex industry. It was a great experience.
I left non-profit work after three years when music led me to other areas of entertainment. I landed my first commercial shortly after for SONY Mobile, and was eventually cast on a Norwegian reality TV show which brought me to Norway for a summer of filming. Upon returning from Norway, I focused on modeling in L.A. and then for a year in New York City.
After a few years of this hustle, I took the summer of 2015 off to visit and stay with family back in Seattle before returning to LA.
Last year I started a YouTube channel (www.YouTube.com/BreyNoelle) and now create my own content to release weekly. I love bringing encouragement, inspiration and entertainment through my story on my YouTube channel. It’s a new joy of mine!
I’m continuing to model here in Los Angeles while further developing my craft in acting. I work as a mentor/life coach for young, social media artists through Forever Cool Kids Management and have just tapped back into the music scene upon a management trip to Nashville with a fellow young artist. I will be releasing my first single by the end of February and am continuing to create! I travel back and forth between Nashville (for music) and Los Angeles for modeling and acting. I have a church home in both locations and love feeling at home in multiple places. I’m embracing the journey and unique process of it all!
How has your experience at King’s shaped your life since graduation?
I can’t begin to express the significance King’s has had on me since graduation. I am in an industry where compromise of personal values is extremely present and tempting. I also feel very called to the “gray” areas and have been navigating a lot of “gray” these last few years. It’s not easy for me being brought up in a very “church-based” culture, but my dependency on God has multiplied due to the saturated culture I am in, focused on fame, money, sex and power. The struggle is REAL! It took six years for me to filter through the messiness to what I have finally found to be the right people to work with, the true direction to walk, and my true voice. I am just at the beginning, and it’s different than I ever expected. But the Biblical-based education, righteous values, and life-giving experiences and relationships gleaned from having gone to King’s, has been foundational in the success of me navigating through truth and lies, right and wrong, the genuine and the deceptive. I haven’t done everything right, but I know God is with me and leading me still. Thank you King’s for the foundation of Truth you helped develop in me in addition to my family and upbringing…I will always be grateful for this!
Class of 1986
At King’s, educators work each day to inspire hearts and equip minds; as a former King’s student, Dr. Gale Zickefoose has been returning the favor to his own students for the last 27 years.
Gale joined the King’s family as a sophomore, jumping into sports and music activities and making memories along the way. From feeling welcome on his first day by Social Studies teacher Nick Sweeney to qualifying for State basketball and track competitions his senior year, Gale learned and grew during his time at King’s.
“Larry Skogstad was my basketball coach, and I learned a lot about the sport from him, like how to take a charge, rebound, pass, shoot a lay-up,” Gale said. “But I probably learned more about life from him, especially how important it is to have integrity, be honest, show respect, work hard, be a team player, take care of responsibilities, honor others, serve others, and love others.”
He took these values with him after graduation, continuing his education at Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho, a state he still calls home with his college sweetheart and three children. Gale studied education, and after graduation started his teaching career as a 6th grade teacher. His love of teaching and his passion for education has kept him in the education field for 27 years, seven years as a 6th grade teacher, two years as an elementary assistant principal, and now 18 years as a principal. And many of the skills he uses each day to guide his teachers and students can be traced back to his time at King’s.
“Many of the things that I learned in the classroom, and on the field, court, and track transferred to the college classroom and college life and beyond into my adult life,” Gale explained. “The most impactful thing that I learned at King’s that still plays a major part in my life today is the concept of team and teamwork. Many of life’s experiences require the ability to get along with and work well with others. The concept of team requires a setting aside of self for the good of the group. Teamwork applies to all areas of life: family, work and play.”
Gale brings these ideas into his career and life, and as he reflects on his own experiences, he leaves the current King’s senior class with this advice to continue inspiring hearts and equipping minds: “Be the positive change that your generation seeks.”
Shevaun Neupert was warmly welcomed into the fold of King’s Schools in 7th grade, where through her years as a Knight she jumped into activities like volleyball, basketball, band, choir, drama, journalism and mission trips. She looks back fondly on playing in the district volleyball playoffs her senior year and on the Senior Retreat that helped solidify bonds that last even today.
The teachers who impacted Shevaun’s time at King’s were ones she calls “strong female role model.” From Mrs. Garrett who pushed her to develop better argumentation in her writing, to Mrs. Friedrich and Mrs. Neumeister who made math fun and helped Shevaun see herself in a math-based career. “At the time I took for granted having female teachers who made the material accessible, but I now interact with students on a regular basis who have a fear of math/statistics and have internalized the message that they are ‘not a math person’,” Shevaun said. “So I realize how fortunate I was to have my experiences at King’s.”
Overall, her time at King’s shaped her and prepared her for the path after graduation.
Shevaun now works as an Associate Professor of Psychology at North Carolina State University. Her post-King’s education took her to various institutes of higher education, including Pepperdine University, Western Washington University, University of Arizona and Brandeis University, and she now holds a Post Doctorate degree focused on cognitive aging in a social context. Her work today studies the ways people plan for and respond to daily stressors and how they relate to health and well-being.
Shevaun has been married to her husband Jan since 2009, and they’ve welcomed two children into their family, Klára (3.5 years) and Declan (19 months).
Since graduating from King’s and forging ahead, Shevaun acknowledges the incredible impact King’s Schools had on her. “It is hard to imagine what my life would be like if I had not attended King’s,” Shevaun said. “To this day, my best friends are my friends from King’s. I strongly believe that my experience at King’s of having fun with people and having fun in the classroom is a big reason why I love education so much and have never really left school. I just sit on the other side of the desk now.”
If Shevaun could leave this year’s senior with one piece of advice, she’d let them think on this: “You have been blessed to receive an outstanding education in an amazing and supportive environment. Please know that you are in an elite group and that the people that you will encounter during the rest of your life may not have been as blessed as you. To the best of your ability, try to be compassionate and understand what the world is like for them.”