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Staff Spotlight - Jessica Lewis

JessicaLewisNEW 2016-17 STAFF: Elementary Teacher

I started going to Faith when I was in 2nd grade. I loved my time at all three campuses. I, along with all three of my brothers, grew up at Faith and graduated from here. In many ways this school is just a large extension of my family. When I graduated from FCHS in 2011, I decided to venture out of Colorado and go to college in Chicago, Illinois.

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Staff Spotlight - Leah Fyffe (aka Roche)

LeahRocheNEW 2016-17 STAFF: Elementary Aide

I have joined Faith Christian Academy as a 4th grade aide and I am so excited to work alongside a group of staff who also love Jesus. Not only am I a new staff member at Faith, but I am also relatively new to the United States. I was born and raised in Northern Ireland and received my Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in English Literature from Ulster University.

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Staff Spotlight - Joy Hall

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NEW 2016-17 STAFF:  Development and Special Events

I am a mom of two FCHS graduates and I love this school! I have found a place where I feel most called to serve in God’s kingdom because I believe in paying it forward. Faith Christian Academy was a huge part of our daughters’ development years in middle school and high school and it continues to be the place where I am most deeply rooted in relationships. I am grateful for the opportunity to invest in a community where I can witness the glory of God in and through staff, students and families whose desire is to raise up a generation of Christ followers!

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Washington DC Trip - By Anna King

washdcThe 8th grade Washington DC Trip of 2016 was an amazing action-packed week of discovery for our students and parents alike.  The week started in Boston where we discovered the Freedom Trail and then moved on to Lexington, Concord and then Plymouth.  It was very windy while we were in Massachusetts, but we powered through and had a fantastic time.   

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Stephen Cerf, Alumni Class of 2005

StephenCerf AlumStephen performed with the nationwide Broadway tour of the Jersey Boys for 2.5 years. He then joined a Jersey Boys' tour group that performed in South Korea for 10 months. When he returned home he signed on with the Broadway tour of Motown the Musical for the past 10 months. He was then contacted by the New York Broadway production of Jersey Boys and accepted the role of Swing. He has also published a book called the 'Not So Starving Artist.' It is a guide for people in the arts to help them rise above the level of living hand to mouth in the arts but how to use their income to make investments in various entities including real estate.

 

HS Staff Spotlight - Tim Thaler

TimThaler2I came to Faith Christian as a kindergartner in 1995, graduated in 2008, graduated from the University of Utah with my Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and returned as a teacher in 2012. While in college, I tutored Physics and Math for three years and also led group discussions in Physics for one year. These group discussions were called supplemental instruction for which I won the outstanding Supplemental Instructor award. 

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MS Staff Spotlight - Ashley Bivona

AshleyBivonaMy family and I moved from Louisiana to Colorado in the summer of 2014. I have two girls, Isabella (5) and Evelina (3). Together we have experienced several new things this year, such as skiing, tubing, and snowshoeing. We enjoy taking hikes as a family and I cherish the little opportunities to show my little girls God and nature.

 

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ES Staff Spotlight - Laurie Finch

LaurieFinchBorn in Texas and raised in the Air Force, I’ve lived in Texas, Missouri, Indiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona.  Then seven years ago, we moved to Colorado. I taught school for 10 years after I graduated from college, then stayed home with my kids for 17 years. Two years ago, I came to FCES as a 4th grade teacher.

 

 

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MS Staff Spotlight - Dave Martin

DaveMartinThis has been my 7th year at Faith Christian, where I have taught Earth Science courses. Currently I teach 8th grade science and the Science Olympiad elective.  My wife, Jo Leda, and I have celebrated 27 years of marriage, and we currently have 2 children at Faith (Luke-11th, and Mia–8th) and one FCHS graduate (Nick-Class of 2014).

 

 

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MS Staff Spotlight - Pam Lightfoot

PamLightfootThis is my 23rd year at Faith Christian Academy. I’ve been a part of Faith Christian Academy as a wife, mother, and teacher since the school’s inception in 1972 as Jesus Center.  My greatest joy is to watch students become excited about their learning. At the end of the year, I hear my students making statements such as, “I remember when I thought the Cell Unit was so hard. I can’t believe all I have learned.”

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ES Staff Spotlight - Liz Baldwin

LizBaldwinAfter attending Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio for the first two years of my undergraduate degree, I transferred to Vanguard University in southern California. I graduated with a degree in music education in 1993, but the following year decided to enroll in the teacher-credentialing program for elementary education. I taught for seven years in California before moving to Colorado. After teaching 5th grade at FCES for two years, I moved to Kansas and became a children’s pastor for a small rural church for six years.

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HS Staff Spotlight - Eric Hellwig

EricHellwigTeaching for me is more of a ministry than an occupation. It is about changing lives and connecting with kids. This is my 32nd year teaching and my sixth year at Faith Christian. I predominately was a middle school teacher for many years. I helped  get students ready for high school, and now to receive them as incoming freshmen and to work with them for a whole year, I think it is a good fit.

 

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Spring Celebration Wrap Up

SC FinaleThe Faith Christian Spring Celebration was once again a success! The dawning of spring can bring the anticipation of something new and fresh. At Faith Christian Academy's Spring Celebration this year our goal was realized as we truly celebrated God’s handiwork at Faith Christian Academy.

 

 

 

 

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Spring Sports Wrap Up

teamTrackNFieldAs it is with every spring sports season, we experienced the full degree of weather; from a picture perfect tryout week, to a snow filled season creating a puzzle game of reschedules, to a beautiful state championship weekend for our baseball team. 

This 2016 spring season generated great success for our spring sports! 

 

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Learning About God Through Science

ScienceDisectionsquareKids are fascinated by so many things. They love all the concepts that tie into their daily lives.  Getting their hands “dirty” with science experiments is one approach to satisfy their desire to learn, and doing it in a fun and meaningful way. Understanding how the world works is a fascinating discovery to make and brings us closer to God.

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Robotics Team at World Championships

FuseTeamandMentors SquaredFaith Christian’s robotics team recently wrapped up another successful season at the 2016 VEX World Championship, which was held in Louisville, KY on April 20-23. The team won the “Create Award” at Worlds, which is given to the team that demonstrated the most highly creative and ambitious engineering solution to the design challenges of the season’s game.   This past season, Faith Christian competed along with over 16,000 VEX teams from 40 countries, with the goal of being one of the 672 teams that qualified for Worlds. The path for Faith’s return to Worlds this year started back in April of 2015; as the students began brainstorming ideas on the flight home from the 2015 VEX World Championships.

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