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 39 years with 2 daughters that are married and 3 grandchildren

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

Cara Coleman

Cara Coleman

Admissions Director
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Ball State University
  • Married with two children and one grandchild

Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

Sherry Fenech

Sherry Fenech

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

“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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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!

Elementary & Middle School Faculty

Nicole Knight

Nicole Knight

Kindergarten
  • Bachelor’s in Mass Communication
  • Master’s in Elementary Education from FL Atlantic University
  • Daughter

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

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
  • 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

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

Jennifer Wink

Jennifer Wink

First Grade
  • Bachelor’s of Science
  • Married with two children and two grandchildren

    The Lord bless you and keep you;
    the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
    Numbers 6:24-26

  • Linda Norris

    Linda Norris

    First Grade
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Married with one daughter

    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

  • 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

    Jamie Sullivan

    Jamie Sullivan

    Second Grade & Athletic Director
  • Married with one daughter

    Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans.
    Proverbs 16:3

  • Marty Bachtler

    Marty Bachtler

    Third Grade
    • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Knox College
    • Widow 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

    Florence Savino

    Florence Savino

    Third Grade
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Married with two children and three grandchildren

    I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

  • Olivia Ankrom

    Olivia Ankrom

    Fourth Grade
    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Married with two children

    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4

    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 with two grown children

    I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
    My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
    Psalm 121:1-2

    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

    Jeffrey Calkins

    Jeffrey Calkins

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

    But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10

    David Iding

    David Iding

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

    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

    Kevin Snyder

    Kevin Snyder

    Middle School Science
    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Married with three daughters and six grandchildren

    Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

    Jake Broady

    Jake Broady

    Middle School L.E.A.D. teacher
    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Married with three children

    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

    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 and one granddaughter

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

    Willie Barroso

    Willie Barroso

    Teacher Assistant & Cafeteria Manager
    • Married with two daughters and three grandchildren
    • 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

    Kelly Darley

    Kelly Darley

    Art Teacher
    • Married with two sons

    ...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

    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

    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

    Karen Tatjes

    Karen Tatjes

    Computers Teacher
    • BS in Elementary Education from Auburn University
    • Four beautiful daughters

    As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

    Dominic Coco

    Dominic Coco

    Physical Education Teacher
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Married with baby due in January

    Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead... Phil 3:12-13

  • 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

    2 Year Old 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

    Angela Adams

    Angela Adams

    3-Day VPK Teacher
    Jamey Seifried

    Jamey Seifried

    3-Day VPK Teacher
    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

    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

    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

    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!