Administration & Office Faculty

Susan Kunsman

Susan Kunsman

Administrator/Principal
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Carson-Newman College
  • Masters Degree in Education from Wesleyan University, IN
  • Has two children that are married and living in KY and one grandson Elijah Paul

"Let all that you do be done with love."
1 Corinthians 16:14

Tifanee Wright

Tifanee Wright

Preschool Administrator
  • Early Childhood Education Training with FL Director’s Credential and Staff Credential
  • Studying Educational Studies & Community Leadership at SPC
  • Studied Praise & Worship at Faith Bible College – Kansas City, MO
  • Married with one son attends FCA and a baby due in May 2018

“I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” Psalm 104:33

Debra Triola

Debra Triola

Administrative Assistant
  • 30+ years secretarial experience
  • Married with two children and three grandchildren

“He answered: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and,‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.” Luke 10:27

Sherry Fenech

Sherry Fenech

Front Desk Secretary
  • Early Childhood Education Training
  • Married with four children

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

DeeDra Leopardi

DeeDra Leopardi

Bookkeeper
  • St. Petersburg College
  • Married with one son, Jaxon Alexander, who attends FCA

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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Elementary & Middle School Faculty

Olivia Cadwallader

Olivia Cadwallader

Kindergarten
  • Bachelor’s in Sociology from Florida State University
  • Engaged to be married
  • “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4

    Cara Coleman

    Cara Coleman

    Kindergarten
    • BS in Elementary Education at Ball State University
    • Married with two children

    " I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." 3 John 1:4

    Nicole LiVecchi

    Nicole LiVecchi

    Kindergarten
    • Bachelor’s in Mass Communication
    • Master’s in Elementary Education
    • One daughter, Bella, in 1st Grade

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
    Philippians 4:6-7

    Marisol Smith

    Marisol Smith

    First Grade
    • Bachelor’s in Business Management
    • Married with two children

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

    Gina Walsh

    Gina Walsh

    First Grade
    • Bachelors in Elementary Education
    • Married with one daughter

    “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” John 4:8

    Tricia Gould

    Tricia Gould

    Second Grade
    • BS in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College
    • Married
      • "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
        They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.." Isaiah 40:31

    Kerri Shaw

    Kerri Shaw

    Second Grade
    • BS in Elementary Education with ESOL and Reading Endorsements
    • Married with two boys who attend FCA and a baby on the way

    “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

    Bethany Schwartz

    Bethany Schwartz

    Third Grade
    • Samford University Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
    • The State College of Florida Associate of Arts in General Sciences
    • Married with three children who attend FCA

    "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

    Vickie Hajash

    Vickie Hajash

    Fourth Grade
    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Married with one son

    "For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

    Beth McCarthy

    Beth McCarthy

    Fourth Grade
    • BS in Elementary Education with Minor in English and Concentration in Coaching and Music from Maranatha Baptist University
    • Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix

    "I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him." Ecclesiastes 3:14

    Samantha Bills

    Samantha Bills

    Fifth Grade
    • Bachelor’s in Elementary Education
    • Married with one daughter who attends FCA

    “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

    Craig Wallace

    Craig Wallace

    Middle School
    • BS in Mathematics Education from USF
    • Married with two children who attend FCA

    “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

    Kelly Trill

    Kelly Trill

    Middle School
    • Bachelor’s in English Education at USF
    • Married with three children

    Elementary Assistants and Enrichment Teachers

    Kim Johnson

    Kim Johnson

    Kindergarten/First Grade Assistant
    • AA from SPC
    • Married with two daughters who attend FCA

    “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
    Matthew 6:33-34

    Jan Hardee

    Jan Hardee

    Second/Third Grade Assistant
    • Junior College
    • Married with one daughter

    "For no word from God will ever fail." Luke 1:37

    Dorothy Delgado

    Dorothy Delgado

    Fourth-Seventh Assistant
    • Married with one daughter

    "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.." Proverbs 3:5-6

    Lisa Griner

    Lisa Griner

    Middle School Bible & K-7th Physical Education Teacher
    • BA in Psychology from USF
    • Married with two children

    “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

    Cherylann Ferg

    Cherylann Ferg

    Music & Art Teacher
    • Elim Bible Institute and Bryant & Stratton College
    • Married with two children, one granddaughter, and three fur babies

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

    Sally Stuart

    Sally Stuart

    Spanish Teacher
    • Bachelors & Masters Degrees in Christian Education from Columbia International University
    • Married with a son, three daughters & seven grandchildren

    "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
    Proverbs 3:5-6

    Karen Tatjes

    Karen Tatjes

    Computers Teacher/Librarian/Cafeteria Manager
    • BS in Elementary Education from Auburn University
    • Three beautiful daughters

    “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

    Visit First Christian Academy!

    Want to learn more about what life at a Christian school like First Christian Academy can mean for your family? Visit our campus today! To schedule a tour, call (727) 943.7411 and visit here to learn about how to apply at FCA! We look forward to speaking with you!

    Preschool Faculty

    Kristen Revello Breen

    Kristen Revello Breen

    Infant & Toddler Teacher
    • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential
    • Married with four children

    "To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us," Ephesians 3:19-20

    Amanda Daniels

    Amanda Daniels

    Infant & Toddler Teacher
    • Bachelors in Criminology
    • Early Childhood Education Training
    • Married with three boys who attend FCA

    "Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it." Proverbs 22:6

    Megan Morris

    Megan Morris

    2 Year Old Teacher
    • Bachelors in Special Education at FGCU
    • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential
    • Married with two girls who attend FCA

    "Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand." Psalm 37:24

    Amber Williams

    Amber Williams

    2 Year Old Assistant & K-7th Athletic Director
    • AA in Exercise in Sports Science
    • Early Childhood Education Training

    "I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!" John 15:11

    Mirca Quiles

    Mirca Quiles

    3 Year Old Teacher
    • BA in Special Education
    • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential
    • Married with two boys who attend FCA

    "I will be your God throughout your lifetime--until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you." Isaiah 46:4

    Samantha Bastin

    Samantha Bastin

    3 Year Old Teacher
    • Associate in Arts Degree
    • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential
    • Married with two children

    "Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others." Galatians 6:4-5

    Sarah Fenech

    Sarah Fenech

    3-Day VPK Teacher
    • AA from SPC
    • Pursuing Bachelor’s in Sociology at USF
    • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential

    "Do to others as you would like them to do to you." Luke 6:31

    Jamey Seifried

    Jamey Seifried

    3-Day VPK Teacher
    • AA Degree in Early Childhood Education
    • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential
    • Married with two children

    "God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble." Psalm 46:1

    Myria Coure

    Myria Coure

    3-Day VPK Teacher
    • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff & Director’s Credential
    • Married with six children

    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

    Linda Norris

    Linda Norris

    5-Day VPK Teacher
    • CDA, Staff Credential & FL Directors credential
    • Continuing Education AA, BA in Early Childhood PK–3 with ESE Endorsement
    • Married with one daughter

    "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

    Ashley Pierce

    Ashley Pierce

    5-Day VPK Teacher
    • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential
    • AA in Early Childhood Education and BA in Political Science
    • Married with two children who attend FCA and a baby on the way

    "Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    Laurie Tupponce

    Laurie Tupponce

    VPK Assistant
    • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential
    • BS in Accounting from Johnson & Wales University
    • Married with one daughter who attends Calvary High School

    “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

    Becky Caple

    Becky Caple

    VPK Assistant & Substitute
    • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential
    • Married with two boys

    "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

    Kelsie Peterman

    Kelsie Peterman

    Floating Assistant
    • Early Childhood Education Training
    • AA in Intercultural Studies
    • Married with three children who attend FCA

    "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6

    Joyce  Charles

    Joyce Charles

    Floating Assistant
    • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential
    • Married with one daughter who attends FCA

    “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

    Lauren Letourneau

    Lauren Letourneau

    Assistant Director & Floating Assistant
    • AA & AS Degree in Early Childhood Education
    • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential
    • Married with two children who attend FCA

    "He replied, "What is impossible for people is possible with God."" Luke 18:27

    Visit First Christian Academy!

    Want to learn more about what life at a Christian school like First Christian Academy can mean for your family? Visit our campus today! To schedule a tour, call (727) 943.7411 and visit here to learn about how to apply at FCA! We look forward to speaking with you!