Administration & Office Faculty

Susan Kunsman

Susan Kunsman

Head K-8 Administrator
  • 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

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:7-8

Elizabeth Butler

Elizabeth Butler

Assistant K-8 Administrator
  • Bachelor’s in Political Science from USF
  • Master’s of Public Administration from Belhaven University
  • Certified 6-12 Social Studies

  • 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

Tifanee Wright

Tifanee Wright

Preschool Administrator
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies & Community Leadership at SPC
  • Studied Praise & Worship at Faith Bible College – Kansas City, MO
  • Early Childhood Education Training with FL Director’s Credential and Staff Credential
  • Married with three children 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

Nicole Knight

Nicole Knight

Kindergarten
  • Bachelor’s in Mass Communication
  • Master’s in Elementary Education from FL Atlantic University
  • Married with a daughter and a stepson

“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

Kindergarten
  • Bachelor’s in Business Management from Hodges University
  • 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

Bethany Snyder

Bethany Snyder

Kindergarten
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Bible / Theology
  • Newly married

“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

First Grade
  • BS in Elementary Education at Ball State University
  • Married with two grown children

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

Erika Vizzi

Erika Vizzi

First Grade
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education from Clearwater Christian College
  • Married with two children who attend FCA

"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

Savannah Howard

Savannah Howard

Second Grade
  • BS from Trinity College
  • Engaged to be married this FallFCA
  • "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

Kendra Cornett

Kendra Cornett

Second Grade
  • BA in Bible & Theology and Elementary Education

“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

Marty Bachtler

Marty Bachtler

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

Melissa Valentin

Melissa Valentin

Third Grade
  • Bachelors Degree from Trinity College
  • Newly married

"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

Olivia Ankrom

Olivia Ankrom

Fourth Grade
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Married with two children

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

Brenda Aguayo

Brenda Aguayo

Fourth Grade
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Married with two children

" Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:32

Beth McCarthy

Beth McCarthy

Fifth Grade
  • Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Maranatha Baptist University
  • Masters of Arts in Education (MEd) 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

Pamela Rodriguez

Pamela Rodriguez

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

"But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." Isaiah 43:1-2

Craig Wallace

Craig Wallace

Middle School Boss Club
  • 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

Christina Seis

Christina Seis

Middle School
  • BS in Integrative Animal Biology and Finance from USF
  • Married with a cat and a guinea pig

"But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?" Job 12:7-9

Autumn Stradley

Autumn Stradley

Middle School
  • Bachelor’s from Harding University in Elementary and Special Education
  • Master’s Degree from USF in Reading Education
  • Married with 3 daughters

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:6-7

Lisa Griner

Lisa Griner

Middle School Bible
  • 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

David Iding

David Iding

Middle School
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Married with two children

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

Oksana Shkraba

Oksana Shkraba

Middle School
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Married with three children

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." Matthew 5:8

Elementary Assistants and Enrichment Teachers

Renee Payne

Renee Payne

Teacher Assistant
  • 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

Jan Hardee

Jan Hardee

Teacher Assistant
  • Junior College
  • Married with one daughter

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

Jamie Sullivan

Jamie Sullivan

Teacher Assistant & Lunch Room Coordinator
  • Married with one daughter

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

Kelly Darley

Kelly Darley

Art Teacher
  • Married with two sons

"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

Christina Iding

Christina Iding

Music Teacher
  • Bachelors in Biblical Studies, Minor in Women in Ministry Leadership
  • Married with two grown children
  • “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple." Psalm 27:4

Shawn Leonard

Shawn Leonard

Spanish Teacher

"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
  • BS in Elementary Education from Auburn University
  • Three beautiful daughters

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

Amber Maxey

Amber Maxey

Athletic Director & 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!

"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

Preschool Faculty

Sara Jenkins

Sara Jenkins

Toddler Teacher
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood Education Training

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

Taunya Balog

Taunya Balog

2 Year Old Teacher
  • Child Development Associate
  • Early Childhood Education Training
  • Married with two step-children

"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

Ashley Gordon

Ashley Gordon

Toddler and 2’s Assistant
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from University of Florida
  • Early Childhood Education Training
  • Married with three children

"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4

Kristen Revello Breen

Kristen Revello Breen

3 Year Old 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

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

Jessica McLamar

Jessica McLamar

3 Year Old Assistant
  • Early Childhood Education Training
  • Married with two children who attend FCA.

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.." John 15:5

Dorothy Delgado

Dorothy Delgado

3-Day VPK Teacher
  • Early Childhood Education Training & FL Staff Credential
  • Married with one daughter

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

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

3-Day VPK Teacher
  • 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

Amanda Daniels

Amanda Daniels

VPK Assistant & Substitute
  • 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

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

Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson

5-Day VPK Teacher
  • Associates 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 & Substitute
  • 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

Katherina Miceli

Katherina Miceli

Substitute
  • 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

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

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

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!