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

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 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

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 from FL Atlantic University
  • One daughter, Bella, in 2nd 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

Olivia Ankrom

Olivia Ankrom

First Grade
  • Bachelor’s in Sociology from Florida State University
  • Married
  • “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4

    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

    Bethany Schwartz

    Bethany Schwartz

    Third Grade
    • Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Martin Luther College
    • 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

    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

    Vickie Hajash

    Vickie Hajash

    Fourth Grade
    • BA in Early Childhood Education & BS in Paralegal Studies
    • Elementary Teacher/Educator Certification from ACSI
    • Married with one adult son

    "And all your spiritual children shall be disciples taught by the Lord and obedient to His will, and great shall be the peace and undisturbed composure of your children." Isaiah 54:13

    Beth McCarthy

    Beth McCarthy

    Fourth/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

    Carin Carr

    Carin Carr

    Fifth Grade
    • Bachelor’s Degree from USF
    • Certified Teacher in the State of Florida
    • Married with two "fur" children

    "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift." 2 Corinthians 9:15

    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

    “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

    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

    Fifth-Seventh Grade 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-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

    Jamala Moochnek

    Jamala Moochnek

    K-6 Art Teacher
    • Married with three daughters who attend FCA with one dog and three cats

    "A man cannot please God unless he has faith. Anyone who comes to God must believe that He is. That one must also know that God gives what is promised to the one who keeps on looking for Him." Hebrews 11:6

    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 Williams

    Amber Williams

    Athletic Director & 3rd-8th Physical Education Teacher
    • AA in Exercise and Sports Science from Sante Fe College
    • Coaching License from the State of Florida

    “Whatever you do, do unto the Glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

    Preschool Faculty

    Kristen Revello Breen

    Kristen Revello Breen

    Infant & 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

    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

    Kaleigh Davidson

    Kaleigh Davidson

    2 Year Old Teacher
    • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential
    • One daughter who attends FCA and another little girl due in December

    "Faith can move mountains." Matthew 17:20

    Katherina Miceli

    Katherina Miceli

    2 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

    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

    Angela Patrikis

    Angela Patrikis

    3 Year Old 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

    Becky Caple

    Becky Caple

    3 Year Old Assistant
    • 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

    Amber Williams

    Amber Williams

    Floating Assistant
    • 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

    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

    Sarah Fenech

    Sarah Fenech

    3-Day VPK Assistant
    • 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

    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

    Mirca Quiles

    Mirca Quiles

    5-Day VPK 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

    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

    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!