Faculty and Staff


From the Headmaster...

We are excited about what God has done and will continue to do at FCA.

As you explore options for the education of your child, please consider what Faith has to offer. The first step in a child’s education is a formative relationship with God that will grow, mature and prosper over time. A Christian education prepares a child to learn the Bible, understand how to defend the faith, and share the gospel with others. We partner with parents as an extension of the Christian family to assist in the education of our children. Competent, caring teachers have the ability to freely speak about Jesus and the Word of God, and that Word is applied to every aspect of our day. A carefully selected curriculum promotes academic excellence, and each student receives a rich and varied educational experience here at Faith Christian Academy.

I welcome the opportunity to personally guide and help you with life's most important decisions - providing the best and most appropriate learning environment for your child. Please contact me if I can be of any assistance at (904) 321-2137. May God bless you and your family!

In His Service,

Bryan Alvaré

Faculty & Staff


Heather Manning, Preschool Director

  • Associate’s Degree - Early Childhood Education
  • Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC)

Carol Harter, VPK Aide

Kim Simpkins, VPK Teacher

  • Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC)

Sierra Simpkins, VPK Aide

Primary School

Megan Popham, Kindergarten

  • Associate’s Degree - Arts
  • Teaching Certification: FLOCS - Professional Preschool Teacher Certificate - Entry Level

Lynda Vrancic, 1st grade | Primary School Lead Teacher

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Primary Education
  • Teaching Certification: State of Florida - Primary Education

Bonnie Salvog, 2nd Grade

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Elementary Education
  • Teaching Certification: State of Florida - Elementary Education (Grades K-6)

Elementary School

Ashley Benoit, 3rd Grade

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Educational Studies
  • Associate’s Degree - Political Science
  • Teaching Certification - State of Florida; Professional Teaching Certificate: Elementary Education (K-6)

Jan Roberts, 4th Grade | Elementary Lead Teacher

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Education (K-12)
  • Master’s Degree - Speech-Language Pathology
  • Teaching Certification: FLOCS - Professional Teaching Certificate - Elementary Education - (K-12), Early Childhood - (Birth-Grade 3)

Holly Reed, 5th Grade

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Elementary Education
  • Teaching Certification: FLOCS - Professional Teaching Certificate - Elementary Education (K-6)

Upper School | Grades 6-10

Middle School Social Studies

Dena Drake, High School Science

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Bachelor of Science/Biology (Graduated Cum Laude)
  • Florida Certification - Biology (6-12)

Wendy Lester, Middle School Science/ High School Social Studies

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Bachelor of Science
  • Christian Education - Church Business Administration
  • FLOCS Certification - Professional Teaching Certificate/Christian Education Administration (K-12)

Zina Mickelson, Mathematics

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Bachelor of Science: Math Education; Second Teaching Field: English Education - minored in Bible
  • ACSI Certification - Mathematics and Bible Teacher (6-12)

Eddie Ruis, Bible

  • Associate’s Degree - Associate of Biblical Studies (graduated Summa Cum Laude)
  • Bachelor’s Degree - Bachelor of Religious Education (graduated Summa Cum Laude)
  • Master’s Degree - Doctorate of Pastoral Counseling (graduated Magna Cum Laude)
  • FLOCS Certification - Professional Teaching Certificate: Bible (K-12); Professional Ministerial Leadership (K-12)

Leslie Scarberry, English | Lead Teacher

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Bachelor of Arts: English and History (graduated Magna Cum Laude)
  • Master’s Degree - Master of Arts: English
  • FLOCS Certification - Professional English Education (7-12)


Jennifer Brooks, Upper School Musical Theater, Chorus and Piano Lab; Lower School Chorus

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Bachelor of Music/Music Education
  • FLOCS Certification - Professional, All Levels (K-12); Music (K-12)

Marjorie Dutilly, Lower School Music Appreciation/Strings Orchestra

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Music
  • Teaching Certification: State of Pennsylvania - Music

James Hay, Physical Education

  • Retired from the Navy after 20 years of service; Served in the Marines for 4 years
  • FLOCS Certification - Special Military Training Certificate - Communications (K-12)

Glenn Parrish, Athletic Director

Support Staff

Candi Webb, Primary Grades Teacher Aide

Shelly Kruger, Elementary Grades Teacher Aide

Dawn Kinsley, Upper School FLVS Coordinator

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Bachelor of Arts/Journalism

Lower School Office Staff

Gwen Hay, Lower School Data Clerk

Claudia Duncan, Accounts Manager

Joy Hastings, Lower School Campus Manager

Jami McCormick, Lower School Office Manager

Upper School Office Staff

Lisa Wehrung, Upper School Office Support Specialist

Christy Williams, Upper School Office Manager

Administrative Staff

Erin Land, Assistant Principal

Bryan Alvaré, Headmaster

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Middle School/Jr High School Education
  • FLOCS Certification - Secondary Professional (7-12); Social Studies (7-12); English (7-12); Administration (K-12)
  • Master’s Degree - Educational Leadership (graduated Summa Cum Laude)