Our Team

Administration & Staff

PAUL-WILLIAMS

Paul Williams, MEd

Head of School

EDUCATION: BS Secondary Education/Science, MEd Educational Leadership FAMILY: Wife – Phyllis and four adult children and five grandchildren FUN: For fun I like to fish and spend time with my family ACTIVITIES: I coach varsity girls’ soccer EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students by creating a nurturing and structured school culture where they can learn to become strong thinkers, problem solvers and learners framed in a Biblical worldview.

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Hall Powers

Director of Operations

EDUCATION: BS Engineering Operations FAMILY: Wife - 3 adult children, 4 awesome grandchildren FUN: Family beach trips and building projects at Freedom EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by interacting with them to let them know I care about them.

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Natalie Munoz, MEd

High School Principal

EDUCATION: BS Mathematics Education, Med Educational Leadership FAMILY: Married to Drew FUN: Spend time with family and friends, travel, shop, and read a good book EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by striving to be a godly example, positive voice of Truth in their lives, and reading them of their great purpose and future.

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Willie Guida, MSEd

K-8 Principal

EDUCATION: BA Communication, MSEd Educational Leadership FAMILY: Wife - 3 children and one on the way FUN: Hanging out with my family, tennis, beach activities, fishing, camping, playing games, and singing camp songs with my children ACTIVITIES: Middle School Student Council, Lower Elementary Chapels, Middle School Journey Groups EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by encouraging students with the joy of the Lord, and hopefully influencing them to draw closer to Jesus on a regular basis. Additionally, I want our Patriot students to strive for excellence by paying attention to details in their studies and activities.

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Ranier Agustin

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

EDUCATION: BS Exercise Physiology, Certified Exercise Physiologist FAMILY: Youngest of two children to the parents Renato and Marialuisa Agustin FUN: Playing competitive sports, traveling, exploring EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by reminding them that every goal they set is obtainable, and the hardship that they may encounter is worth it in the end.

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Jessica Barefoot

Fine Arts Director, Band Director, Elementary Music, A/V Tech

EDUCATION: BA Music Education FAMILY: A son who is a 2015 FCA graduate and a foreign exchange son who is a 2016 FCA graduate FUN: Playing music (pep band, praise team), sewing, crochet EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by providing challenges and opportunities to explore areas in which God has gifted them. I encourage them to work with excellence as unto the Lord, as Psalms 33:3 says, ``Sing to the Lord a new song, play skillfully with a shout of joy.``

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Charlie Bedsole

Director of Food Services

EDUCATION: FTCC, Carolina College of Biblical Studies FAMILY: Wife Dawn, 4 children Chrissi, Chase, Tyler and Matthew, 6 grandsons FUN: Love music, karaoke, playing drums and sax, love to roller skate with family ACTIVITIES: Lead cafeteria team and assist onsite catering and fundraising; volunteer with Southeast Division of Operation Christmas Child EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by ensuring a nutritious meal each day and helping them with events and fundraising.

Kristen Glass

Kristen Glass, MS

Preschool Director

EDUCATION: BA Early Childhood Education, MS Early Childhood Studies-Administration, Management & Leadership Specialization FAMILY: Married to Police Specialist Jeremy Glass with two daughters Katelynn & Aubrey FUN: Camping with my family EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by reminding them they are loved.

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Jocelyn Harvey

After School Care Director

EDUCATION: College studies FAMILY: Married with one daughter FUN: Spending time with family, cooking and learning about health and nutrition EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by encouraging them to be their best selves as well as emulating and teaching the value of godly character.

Michell Hill

Michell Hill

Technology Integration Specialist/Middle School Technology

EDUCATION: BS Elementary Education, BS Psychology, BS Computer Science FAMILY: Married to Tim, one daughter and two sons (2 FCA Alumni, one graduating 2018) FUN: Spending time with family, gardening, reading, going to the beach, cooking EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by encouraging them to discover the talents with which God blessed them and to use those talents for His honor and glory.

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Wendy Mathias

Music/Drama

EDUCATION: BS Business Administration FAMILY: Husband Tim, Daughters Kayla and Karly FUN: Beach EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by showing them how to see themselves through the eyes of their Creator, living their lives based on the opinion of their Creator, not others, and showing them that failure is actually learning and loving them unconditionally.

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Courtney Montgomery

Librarian

EDUCATION: BS Recreational Therapy FAMILY: Married to Russell, 2 children Molly and Tyler FUN: Spend time with family EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by encouraging students to do their best and supporting them along the way cheering on their smallest victories!!!

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Tim Pittman

Athletic Director, Middle School Bible, Coach

EDUCATION: BRE Religious Education, AS Christian Education FAMILY: Married to Lajaune, 2 daughters and a son FUN: Preaching, coaching and spending time with family ACTIVITIES: I love to preach and teach the Word of God, coaching boys and girls soccer, and driving to field trips and teams. EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by doing their best and forget the rest, always keeping their eyes up for our Redeember is coming!

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Dan Pruessner, MS

Physical Education

EDUCATION: BS Physical Education, MS Sports Management FAMILY: Wife Kelly, sons Cole, Ian and Tyler FUN: Spending time with family, playing golf, beach ACTIVITIES: Varsity boys basketball coach EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by giving them an understanding that true success both temporal and eternal can be in Christ and the self-satisfaction of knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

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Kelly Pruessner

Learning Discoveries Director, Middle School and High School Art

EDUCATION: BA Elementary, Special Education Concentration, Continuing Education in Fine Arts FAMILY: Married to Dan, 3 boys at FCA FUN: Spending time with family, painting EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by helping them see just how special God has created them and helping them find their strength in academics and fine arts.

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Susan Ringled

Learning Discoveries Teacher

EDUCATION: BS K-6 Education FAMILY: Married to Kerry, 4 grown children, 7 grandchildren FUN: Beach, shoe shopping, watching hummingbirds, playing board games EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by starting them where they are - not where you would like them to be.

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TW Webb, MEd

Guidance Counselor

EDUCATION: BS Education, Masters Education FAMILY: Married to LouAnne, 1 daughter and 2 sons attending FCA FUN: Time with family EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by encouraging them that God has a plan to use their talents, abilities and careers for His ministry - Jeremiah 29:11-13.

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Phyllis Williams

Admissions Director/International Student Cooridnator

FAMILY: Married to Paul, 3 sons and 1 daughter FUN: Running, reading and spending time with family EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by letting them know they are important and that they can accomplish things when they strive to do their best.

Preschool & Staff

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Angela Chapman

Preschool Teacher

EDUCATION: Certificate Early Childhood FAMILY: Married to Eddie with 3 children FUN: Traveling and spending time at the beach EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by keeping God first you can do anything.

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Jonicia Dixon

K4 Preschool Lead Teacher

EDUCATION: AAS Early Childhood Education, AAS School Age Education FAMILY: Sister and Daughter of a loving mother FUN: Travel, play drums, sing, shop, and spending time with mom and sisters EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by giving all of myself to see the success of all children, leading them in the right path for academic success and in the way of Christ, and loving them from the very depth of my heart and soul.

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Lisa Parrott

Preschool Assistant, Head Varsity Cheer Coach, Competition Cheer Coach

EDUCATION: Psychology and Christian Counseling Studies FAMILY: Married to Adam for 16 years, daughter Krystin FUN: Enjoy doing anything with my family, traveling, reading, painting, and sign language ACTIVITIES: Cheerleading coach for 20 years EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by working as unto the Lord and not unto man. I encourage them to see themselves through their Creator's eyes - a masterpiece work in progress.

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Jessica Roberson

K4 Preschool

EDUCATION: Early Childhood Education Studiens FAMILY: Married to my best friend Ryan and blessed with three amazing children Haley, Kevin and Kaleb FUN: I love to spend time with my family, reading, photography, and a day at the beach EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by encouraging them to be themselves and giving them a foundation to grow in Christ.

Lower School K-5

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Amber Barnhill, MAT

K-8 Spanish/8th Grade Girls Bible

EDUCATION: BA Spanish, MAT K-12 Foreign Language Education FUN: Travel, spending time at the beach, spending time with family and friends, reading, live music EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by reminding them that they are important and valued and that God has a wonderful plan for their lives!

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Tanya Bennett, MEd

3rd Grade

EDUCATION: MEd K-6 FAMILY: Married for 27 years, daughter graduate of UNCW and son is a Junior at FCA FUN: Love to travel and spend time laughing with friends and family EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by equipping students with the knowledge of Christ. They are uniquely created in His image with the purpose completing His perfect plan in their lives. Spiritual growth and academic growth go hand-in-hand.

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Jennifer Best, MPA

4th Grade

EDUCATION: BS Criminal Justice, Masters Public Administration FAMILY: Married to Clay, two daughters Jenna Claire and Chloe Elizabeth FUN: Travel, time with family, shopping ACTIVITIES: Math Olympics EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by telling them they are awesome and that I believe in them and Jesus!!!

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Samantha Brazzle, MEd

5th Grade

EDUCATION: MEd, Masters of Christian Studies FAMILY: Married to John, two daughters Rhea and Joselynn FUN: Bake/cook, read, paint, 5ks, family activities EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by challenging them with rigorous content, and encouraging them to be Christ like in all that they do.

Amy-Covington

Amy Covington

4th Grade

EDUCATION: BS Elementary Education FAMILY: Married to Cliff, 1 daughter, 2 sons, 2 grandsons FUN: Time with family, reading, sewing EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by allowing them to make mistakes and then learn how to correct them.

Melissa Davis

Melissa Davis

2nd Grade

EDUCATION: BS Interdisciplinary Studies, Focus on Elementary Education and Religion FAMILY: Married to Brian, 3 children - John Garner (16), Emma Morgan (12), Anna Grace (10) FUN: Spending time with family and friends, clearance sales, beach, photography EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by learning to listen to God's voice in their lives, choosing what is right even when no one is watching, and helping others in need.

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Caleb Hankin, MAT

3rd Grade

EDUCATION: MAT Elementary and Early Childhood Education FAMILY: Younger sister, older brother and parents live in Fayetteville FUN: Watching and playing sports, watching movies, hiking and eating EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by helping them to see themselves the way God sees them - creative, lifelong learners of God's truth and learning to think for themselves.

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Becky Hopson

1st Grade

EDUCATION: BS Elementary Education with Specialty in EC-4 FAMILY: Husband to JR, 3 children Emily, Adrian and Joshua FUN: Reading, gardening and cooking with my family EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by encouraging a love for literature and creating opportunities to explore the world that God has created.

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Ann Hughes

5th Grade

EDUCATION: BS Education K-6 FAMILY: 1 son FUN: Time with family, friends and God EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by challenging them to become self-reliant, responsible members of our classroom.

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Amanda Jones

1st Grade

EDUCATION: BS Education FUN: Beach, reading and running EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by reminding them that God has a plan for their life! Jeremiah 29:11

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Wendy Langan

K-6 Physical Education

EDUCATION: BS Communications FAMILY: Married to Jim, one daughter and a son FUN: Teach group fitness classes, spending time with husband and kids, puttering in the garden EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by providing the skills, understandings, and confidence to live a healthy and active lifestyle that honors our Creator.

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Donna McDonald, MA

Kindergarten

EDUCATION: BS Elementary Education, MA Elementary Education FAMILY: Married 40+ years, 2 married adult children and 6 grandchildren FUN: Spending time with family doing almost anything! EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by encouraging them to do their best and follow our class motto that says ``They can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.``

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Pamela Ross, MA

2nd Grade

EDUCATION: BS Elementary Education, Concentration in Psychology, MA Instructional Technology FAMILY: Husband, 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 granddaughter FUN: Time with family, crafts, relaxing in my hammock EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by inspiring them to be the individual God designed them to be!

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Lawson Schmidt, MEd

2nd Grade

EDUCATION: BS Early Childhood Education, MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Integrated Arts FUN: Time with family, singing, painting, crafting EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by seeing them each as valuable and beautifully gifted by the Creator to fulfill His purpose.

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Sherry Young

K-6 Art Teacher

EDUCATION: AA Design, Presently procuring BA Fine Arts/Art Education FAMILY: Married to Rufus, Daughter Jazlyn attending FCA FUN: Travel, new adventures, anything art, quiet time on my new porch EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by leading my students in a supportive environment to increase their motivation, awareness, and understanding in visual arts. The art room is a place a student's unique creativity has an opportunity to learn, improve, refine, and enhance a variety of skills to produce amazing works of art.

Middle School 6-8

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Susan Bartlett

Middle School Social Studies

EDUCATION: BA History, Double Minor Secondary Education and Bible FAMILY: Husband Michael (Pastor), Daughter Bailey at LU, Brady (11th) and Bella (9th) at FCA FUN: Playing games with family, visiting the mountains, Jesus and Java EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by bringing history to life because its ``His Story`` and God is daily writing each one of their stories!

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Melody Bergstresser, MAEd, EdD

Middle School Science, Learning Discoveries Coordinator

EDUCATION: BA Biology, MAEd Curriculum and Instruction, EdD Special Education FAMILY: Devoted to my grandmother, parents, two brothers, two nephews, and my niece. FUN: Spending time with family and animals, especially my dog; traveling EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by reminding them to 'trust and try'. I tell them to trust that I will help them and I want them to succeed, but they must put forth their best effort and try.

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Mary Hinz, MA

Middle School Grammar/Writing Teacher

EDUCATION: BA History, MA Teaching FAMILY: Married to Dan, mom of four, including one FCA student FUN: Reading and sewing EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by giving them the tools to be confident, independent learners.

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Teresa Owens, MEd

Middle School Math

EDUCATION: AA Mandarin Chinese, BA Business Administration, MEd Education FAMILY: Married to Steven 2 sons and 2 daughters, including an FCA alumni and current senior, and 3 grandchildren FUN: Reading, time with husband and family, hiking EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by remindign them to mind the basics, working big problems down to smaller more manageable parts.

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Betty Smith

6th Grade ELA and Science

EDUCATION: BS Education FAMILY: Married to Bill, Son Isaiah (FCA Student) FUN: Gardening, quilting, puzzles, spending time with family and friends EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by challenging them to focus on Philipians 4:8...and if there by anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things!

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LouAnne Webb

6th Grade Math, History, Bible

EDUCATION: BS Elementary Education FAMILY: Married to TW, 3 kids attending FCA FUN: Family time, cooking, shopping EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by encouraging them to do their best and reminding them that God has a perfect plan for their lives!

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Amanda Wright, MA

Middle School Literature

EDUCATION: BS Criminal Justice, MA Education FAMILY: Husband Joe and 5 children FUN: Family activities EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by making class interactive, fun, and encouraging students to do their best.

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Willy Akasson

High School Math

EDUCATION: BS Mathematics FAMILY: Loved by a wonderful family, Emmanuel Alumni FUN: Playing soccer and basketball, and reading mathematics books ACTIVITIES: Boys' Assistant Basketball Coach, Upward Coach, Small Group EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by reminding them to be committed to do the trivial things to achieve wonderful things.

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Michael Bautista

High School Sciences

EDUCATION: BS Biology FAMILY: Cat FUN: Soccer, travel, hiking, anything outdoors ACTIVITIES: Varsity Soccer Coach EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by instilling the wonder and beauty of life, searching ever deeper to grasp more of the sciences.

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Shari Finkler, MA, EdD

High School English

EDUCATION: BA English Education, MA English Education, EdD Teacher Leadership, National Board Certified Teacher FAMILY: Married to Rev. Andrew Finkler, 2 kids at home FUN: Reading, writing, holy yoga, outdoor activities, family time, travel, cooking EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by encouraging them to strive for excellence (1 Peter 2:9) in everything they do, always to the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31).

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Kathryn Harrington, MEd

High School Social Studies

EDUCATION: BS Psychology, Med Social Studies FAMILY: Married to Scott Harrington FUN: Running, hiking, playing guitar, adventures with my hubby EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by inspiring them to think critically and encouraging them to find meaning.

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Naomi Hooks, MEd

High School English

EDUCATION: BA English, Med Curriculum Design and Instruction FAMILY: Married, one son FUN: Cooking, spending time with family and friends, game night EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by encouraging meaningful use of technology in the classroom, involving students in real issues, and allowing students to determine their own potential.

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John Malinowski

High School Biology, Earth Science and Physical Science

EDUCATION: BS Biology, BSE Biology Education FAMILY: Married to Karen for 23 years with three children ages 18, 16, 13 FUN: Visiting and hiking national and state parks, watching movies with family EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by showing students that we can see God in his creation and by helping them see that science is fun!

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Alyssa Midcalf

High School Math

EDUCATION: BA Math Education FUN: Enjoy a good cup of coffee and a book, day at the beach and exploring new places EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by looking at mistakes as a learning tool to better their understanding of a topic.

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Adam Parrott

Chaplain, High School Bible and PE, Middle School Basketball Coach, Varsity Track Coach

EDUCATION: BA Christian Education, Ordained Southern Baptist Minister FAMILY: Wife Lisa and daughter Krystin FUN: Study God's word, basketball coach EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by striving each day to reflect Jesus Christ so my students will see the difference in me so that it becomes contagious.

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Duane Paulus, MA

High School Bible Survey

EDUCATION: BA Humanities, MA Physician Assistant FAMILY: Married to Diane (45 years), Son (David, married to Lisa), Daughter (Debra, married to USMC MAJ Bryan Vaught), 6 grandkids FUN: Running, music, travel with Diane (only 2 more states on my 50-state ``bucket list``) EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by showing students in scriptures that they are created in His image, how it is ``better to serve than to be served``, and their need to imitate Him in every aspect.

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Stephanie Phillips, PhD

High School English

EDUCATION: BS English Education, BS Physical Education, MA Counseling, PhD Curriculum and Instruction FUN: Obstacle runs, skiing, scuba diving, and reading EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by modeling for them what it means to give their all for others and God.

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Stephen Seefried

High School Social Studies

EDUCATION: BA History FAMILY: Husband of Esther, father of one daughter FUN: Reading, researching, nature walking, cooking EMPOWERING STUDENTS: I empower students to reach their highest potential by refining their higher order thinking skills and reminding them that the secret to fulfilling their potential is loving and obeying God.