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Ramona TiegsMrs. Ramona Tiegs

Pre-Kindergarten – 4 Teacher

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Educational Background
2 year Bible Degree - New Tribes Bible Institute
Preschool Associate Credential - Liberty University
Registered with WV STARS for development of early care and education of children

Favorite Part of Teaching
Teaching children to know and love God; Seeing joy on the children's faces as they learn to read.

Key Scripture
Lamentations 3:21 " But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: the steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Personal Information
Family: Married to Kurt, three daughters who graduated from FCA and four grandchildren who currently attend FCA
Church: Independent Bible Church


Mrs. Sarah Michael

Kindergarten Teacher

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Educational Background
B.A. in Elementary Education Liberty University
M.A. in Multi-Categorical Special Education West Virginia University
*Faith Christian Academy Graduate

Favorite Part of Teaching
Shaping young minds spiritually and academically. 

Key Scripture
Lamentations 3:22-23 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 

Personal Information
Family: Married to Jacob Michael, two daughters
Church: CenterPoint Bible Church


Mrs. Kim Pryseski

First Grade Teacher

Educational Background
B.S. in Psychology - Frostburg State University
ACSI Teachers Certification

Favorite Part of Teaching
Watching children get excited as they learn new stories/truths from the Bible

Key Scripture
Isaiah 41:10 “fear not, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Personal Information
Family: Married to Grant Pryseski, two children
Church: Fellowship Bible Church


Lisa PeiferMrs. Lisa Peifer

Second Grade Teacher

Education Background
B.A. in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Art - Hood College
ACSI Certification

Favorite Part of Teaching
Being able to share the Word of God with my students everyday and witnessing their transformation from the knowledge of His word to living it out in their hearts and lives!

Key Scripture
Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (NKJV)

Personal Information
Family: married to Tom Peifer, three sons (oldest is married) who have all graduated from FCA
Church: Fellowship Bible Church


Wanda BradshawMiss. Wanda Bradshaw

Third Grade Teacher

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Educational Background
B.S. in Elementary Education - Hyles-Anderson College
M.Ed in Secondary Education - Hyles-Anderson College
Working with Children with Autism Certificate - Regent University
ACSI Teacher's Certification

Favorite Part of Teacher
Seeing the excitement in their eyes when they understand a concept that is being taught.

Key Scripture
Isaiah 26:3 "Thou will keep him in perfect peace, when his mind is stayed on Thee."

Personal Information
Family: Christian, Mother, Sister, Aunt, and Teacher
Church: Shenandoah Bible Baptist Church


Miss. Allison Bowsher

Third Grade Teacher

Educational Background
B.A. in Elementary Education and Bible/Theology from Appalachian Bible College
AACS Certified

Favorite Part of Teacher
I enjoy watching each student grow in their God given gifts and talents. I am also thankful for the opportunity to include Christ in every aspect of the school day!

Key Scripture
Colossians 1:10 "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God."                
2 Corinthians. 4:7 "We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us."

Personal Information
Family:  I was born and raised in a small town in Northwest Ohio on my family's farm. I am the middle child of three. I have an older sister and a younger brother. 
Church: Just moved to the area. TBD


Mrs. Kelly Czarnecki

Fourth Grade Teacher

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Educational Background
B.S. Biblical Science - Summit University
B.S. Early Childhood Education - Summit University

Favorite Part of Teaching
Being able to help students grow both spiritually and academically

Key Scripture
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

Personal Information
Family: Married to Curt Czarnecki, two sons
Church: CenterPoint Bible Church


Mrs. Melody Engler

Fourth Grade Teacher

Educational Background
B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Bible- Pensacola Christian College
WV State License

Favorite Part of Teaching
I love reaching the heart of my students with the love of God and seeing them learn to grow in Him on a personal level.  Making learning fun while fostering this relationship and watching as it overflows into their academic success, social growth, and mental strength while they discover what God can, will, and is doing in their lives makes molding the next generation so thrilling and rewarding!

Key Scripture

Isaiah 40:31- But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Philippians 1:20-21-According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Personal Information
Family: Married to Jonathan Engler, two children - Joshua and Amana
Church: Shenandoah Bible Baptist Church (Children's Director 1st-6th grade)


Mrs. Kelly Michael

Fifth Grade Teacher

Educational BackgroundKelly Michael
BA Elementary Education - Shepherd University
MA Elementary Education - West Virginia University
+30 Graduate credits in Education
ACSI Teachers Certification

Favorite Part of Teaching
Seeing students learning and growing both academically and spiritually 

Key Scripture
Isaiah 41:13 "For I , the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'"     

Personal Information
Family: Married to Jeffrey Michael, three children and two grandchildren
Church: Independent Bible Church


Mrs. Vanesa Stone

Fifth Grade Teacher

Education Background
BA from Marshall University in Elementary Education.

My Favorite Part of Teaching
Helping students break through their frustrations and teaching them to have a growth mindset. I enjoy creating meaningful relationships with students and having fun in the classroom.
I am very excited about being able to weave my love of Christ through my joy of teaching.

Key Scripture
Romans 8:28  And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Personal Information
Married to Drew Stone, three children, including twin girls and a boy.  

Church
West End Baptist Chapel in Hagerstown Md. My husband is the youth pastor and worship leader.


Mr. Bryan DeOms

Elementary Computer Pre-K – 5th grade

Educational Background
BS Business Administration - Shenandoah University
MA Teaching - Johns Hopkins University

Favorite Part of Teaching
Watching the "lightbulb" go off in a students head as they discover and learn new skills.

Key Scripture
Galatians 6:9 "Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."

Personal Information
Family: Married to Kendra DeOms, three children
Church: Independent Bible Church


Jennifer MannMs. Jennifer Mann

Elementary Music Pre-K – 1st grade

Educational Background
B.A. in Education K-8 - Covenant College
15 graduate Credits in Curriculum and Instruction
ACSI Teacher Certification

Favorite Part of Teaching
My favorite part of teaching is knowing that I am in the service of the Lord and able to teach and encourage the students that He has specifically placed in my classroom each year.

Key Scripture
1 John 4:4: “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

Personal Information
Family:
Three sons, two daughter-in-laws, and six grandsons
Church: Pilgrim Presbyterian


Abby HillMrs. Abby Hill

Elementary Physical Education Pre-K – 5th grade

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Educational Background
Bachelor of Science Degree Health & Physical Education - Eastern Mennonite University
Minor in Coaching
ACSI Teacher Certification
VA State License

Favorite Part of Teaching
Developing students into healthy young adults that are equipped to fulfill God’s purpose

Key Scripture
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

Personal Information
Family: Married to Michael Hill, two daughters
Church: Fellowship Bible Church (VA)


Jason CrawfordMr. Jason Crawford

Elementary Music 2nd -4th grade & 5th grade Beginning Band

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Educational Background
Bachelor of Arts in K-12 Music Education magna cum laude - Alderson-Broaddus University, Philippi, West Virginia​
Master of Music in Composition summa cum laude - Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio​

Awards and Associations
Who's Who Among Teachers
Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction
Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society
Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society
National Association for Music Education
West Virginia Music Educators' Association
ACSI Teacher Certification

Favorite Part of Teaching
I love helping students take personal responsibility for the application of Biblical and musical knowledge discovered together. I am happy to teach facts and skills, but I am overjoyed when facts and skills are used wisely in practical application; this sets students on the path toward Biblical maturity and musical greatness. Teaching students how to be successful is important to me.

Key Scripture
Philippians 3:7-8a "But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord."

Personal Information
Family: Husband of Anna Crawford, father of Jackson, Jude, and Amelie
Church: Worship Pastor at Westview Baptist Church


Mr. Hector M. Zavala

String Orchestra - 5th Grade to 12th Grade

Educational Background
Shenandoah University, Winchester Virginia
Masters in Music Education
Masters in Instrumental Conducting
Escuela Superior De Music y Danza de Monterrey, Mexico
Bachelor in Violin Performance

Experience
Fellowship Bible Church WV
Washington County Public Schools
Loudoun County Public Schools
Escuela Superior De Music y Danza

Favorite Part of Teaching
Setting good playing foundations

Key Scripture
Psalm 150:3 "Praise Him with Strings and Pipe."

Personal Information
Family: Married to Adrienne Zavala, two children Diego and Mateo
Church: Fellowship Bible Church


Mrs. Sarah Taylor

Art

Educational Background
B.S in Family & Consumer Sciences - Shepherd University
Associates in Culinary Arts - Shepherd University
M.S in Strategic Leadership - Mountain State University

Favorite Part of Teaching
Watching students discover and use the talents God has given them.

Key Scripture
Psalm 32:8"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you."

Personal Information
Family: Married to Jeff Taylor, four childen
Church: Central Chapel


Mrs. Dania Kanokogi

Spanish Teacher

Educational Background
Bachelor degree, Universidad del Atlántico, Colombia
Education Sciences Specialized in Spanish and English

Favorite Part of TeachingI enjoy watching how students are motivated to learn a second language and that they can see on me a testimony for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Key Scripture

2 Timothy 1:12 “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless, I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believe and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day”

James 1:5-6 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will give to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind”

Personal Information
Family: Married, two young adults and one 7 year old
Church: Fellowship Bible Church at Shenadnoah Jct.


Mrs. Vinia WilliamsVinia Williams

Faculty Secretary/Elementary Librarian

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Educational Background
Jefferson High School
James Rumsey

Experience
Substitute Teacher Aid/Secretary for Jefferson County Schools
Teacher at Maplewood Baptist Church
Events Coordinator at Maplewood Baptist Church

Favorite Part of My Job
Greeting parents and helping students when sick or injured is a rewarding part of my day. Encouraging students to serve in our school to make a difference in the lives of those here at FCA.

Key Scripture
John 3:16 “For God so love the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Personal Information
Family:
Married to Carroll B. Williams, three children and two grandchildren
Church: Maplewood Baptist Church