Administration & Office Faculty

Susan Kunsman

Susan Kunsman

Administrator/K-8 Principal
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Carson-Newman College
  • Masters Degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Has two children that are married and living in KY and four grandchildren

"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 two sons who attend FCA

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

Madeline Barroso

Madeline Barroso

Administrative Assistant
  • Over 20 years experience in private school administration
  • Bilingual
  • Married 36 years with 2 daughters that are married and 2 grandchildren

“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13

Sherry Fenech

Sherry Fenech

Front Desk Secretary
  • Early Childhood Education Training
  • Married with four children and one grandchild on the way

“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

Marisol Smith

Marisol Smith

Kindergarten
  • 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

Nicole Knight

Nicole Knight

Kindergarten
  • Bachelor’s in Mass Communication
  • Master’s in Elementary Education from FL Atlantic University
  • Newlywed with one daughter, Bella, in 3rd 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

Sara Jenkins

Sara Jenkins

First Grade
  • Bachelors in K-12 Education, specializing in ESE, Reading and ESOL endorsement
  • Married with two daughters who attend FCA

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

Cara Coleman

Cara Coleman

First Grade
  • 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

Tricia Gould

Tricia Gould

Second Grade
  • BS in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College
  • Married
    • "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

Kendra Cornett

Kendra Cornett

Second Grade
  • BA in Bible & Theology and Elementary Education

“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

Marty Bachtler

Marty Bachtler

Third Grade
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Knox College
  • Married with four adult children

"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1

Pamela Rodriguez

Pamela Rodriguez

Third Grade
  • Bachelor of Religious Education from Citadel Bible College
  • Masters of Arts in Teaching form Grand Canyon University
  • Married 34 years with 2 kids

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20

Jeanette Shumate

Jeanette Shumate

Fourth Grade
  • Bachelor of Arts from Bob Jones University
  • Married for 40 years with 3 girls and 5 grandchildren

"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33

Beth McCarthy

Beth McCarthy

Fifth 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
  • Aunt of 10

"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

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

Elizabeth Butler

Elizabeth Butler

Middle School
  • Bachelor’s in Political Science from USF
  • Master’s of Public Administration from Belhaven University
  • Married with four children who all attend FCA

"But God showed His love to us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

Christina Seis

Christina Seis

Middle School
  • BS in Integrative Animal Biology from USF
  • Married June 15th, 2019 with a cat and a guinea pig

"Faithful are the wounds from a friend, but the kisses of enemies are deceit." Proverbs 27:6

Autumn Stradley

Autumn Stradley

Middle School Language Arts/Reading
  • Bachelor’s from Harding University in Elementary and Special Education
  • Master’s Degree from USF in Reading Education
  • Married with 3 daughters, two in middle school at FCA, and one in 10th grade

"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8

Elementary Assistants and Enrichment Teachers

Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson

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

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believe in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16

Jan Hardee

Jan Hardee

Second-Fourth Grade Assistant
  • Junior College
  • Married with one daughter

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

Dorothy Delgado

Dorothy Delgado

Art Teacher
  • 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-3rd 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

Laura Lonero

Laura Lonero

Music Teacher
  • Licensed Cosmetologist
  • Attending St. Petersburg College
  • Married with four children (two who attend FCA) and four grandchildren

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!" Psalm 150:6

Sally Stuart

Sally Stuart

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

Amber Maxey

Amber Maxey

Athletic Director & 3rd-8th Physical Education Teacher
  • AA in Exercise and Sports Science from Sante Fe College
  • Coaching License from the State of Florida
  • Currently has 2 titles: Aunt and dog Mom!

“The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

Preschool Faculty

Kristen Revello Breen

Kristen Revello Breen

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

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. Whoever puts his trust in God’s Son will not be lost but will have life that lasts forever." John 3:16

Amanda Daniels

Amanda Daniels

Toddler & 2’s Co-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

Sarah Fenech

Sarah Fenech

2 Year Old Teacher
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from USF
  • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential

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

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

Katherina Miceli

Katherina Miceli

3 Year Old Assistant
  • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. Whoever puts his trust in God’s Son will not be lost but will have life that lasts forever." John 3:16

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

3-Day VPK Teacher
  • CDA, Staff Credential & FL Directors credential
  • AA degree from SPC, working towards BA in Early Childhood PK–3 with ESE Endorsement
  • Married 29 years with one daughter in 11th grade

"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

Mirca Quiles

Mirca Quiles

ESE Coordinator and 3-Day VPK Assistant
  • BA in Special Education, P-3 Concentration
  • 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

Angela Patrikis

Angela Patrikis

5-Day VPK Teacher
  • Degree from Nassau Community College
  • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential
  • Has two beautiful adult children

"For we walk by faith, not by sight!" 2 Corinthians 5:7

Lauren Letourneau

Lauren Letourneau

5-Day VPK Teacher
  • AA & AS Degree in Early Childhood Education, currently working towards Bachelor’s degree
  • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential
  • Married with two children

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

Laurie Tupponce

Laurie Tupponce

VPK Assistant
  • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential
  • BS in Accounting from Johnson & Wales University
  • Married with one daughter, a graduate of 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

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

Gina Walsh

Gina Walsh

Substitute
  • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential
  • Bachelor’s in Elementary Education
  • Married with one daughter

“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

Joyce Charles

Joyce Charles

Substitute
  • Early Childhood Education Training
  • Married with one daughter

“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

Tracy Pappalardo

Tracy Pappalardo

Substitute
  • Early Childhood Education Training
  • AA in Travel and Tourism
  • Married with one son

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Psalm 91

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!