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Staff Spotlight - Jenna Lorick

teeacher jennalorickI have heard it said that it is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.  That is exactly how I feel about teaching!  I knew I wanted to be a teacher before I even finished high school.  I was blessed to attend East Texas Baptist University where I met my wonderful husband, Nathan.  Together we have served in ministry for over 15 years and have four awesome kids, Kaden (13), Karter (9), Kolson (8), and Kenzi (5). We affectionately refer to them as the “K-crew”.

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Staff Spotlight - Jessica Alley

teacher jessicaalleyMy name is Jessica Alley and I am a kindergarten teacher. This is my sixth year teaching. Growing up, my dad was a pastor so I have lived in several small towns and cities in Missouri, Texas, and Oklahoma. I graduated high school from Canton, Oklahoma then went to college at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma.

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Never a Dull Moment - Always Exciting

 

cookfamily fallsquareGreetings!! My name is Michael Cook and I have had the privilege of wearing a lot of fun hats here at Faith Christian Academy since joining the Faith family in the fall of 2009. My journey to Faith began when God placed me, an unbelieving teenager at the time, in a Christian school where my teachers, coaches, and friends made an eternal impact on my life. Through passionate teachers who inspired me through the discovery of truth in scripture and what it looked like to live a life with Christ, to friends who kept me accountable and challenged, and coaches who always pushed me to give my absolute very best … I gave my life to Christ while at that Christian high school and pursued the calling of educational ministry that I believe God so clearly placed on my heart my junior year.  

 

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Moving Forward in 2017!

 

moving forwardLooking ahead to 2017 allows us the opportunity to cast the vision of some pretty important changes at Faith Christian Academy this year.  In March, Brian Wall, transitioned from Superintendent at Faith Christian to Colorado Christian University as their new Athletic Director.  We are excited to watch how God is going to use him in this new chapter in his life.

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Staff Spotlight - Scott Hickel

teacher scott hickelAfter working in a multitude of vocations and diverse jobs beginning in Kansas, my wife and I returned to the Denver area in the mid-1990’s with 2 children in tow. The plan that brought us here was to assist in a church plant in the north metro area.  Upon arriving, I was introduced to Faith Bible Chapel and accepted a position in the maintenance dept., which led to an Art Instructor position in 2004. 

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Staff Spotlight - Traci Powers

teacher traci powersWhen I was young, change was an inherent part of my existence. My family was very mobile, and by the time I had graduated from high school, I had moved eighteen times, had attended nine different schools, and had homeschooled twice. Early on, I learned to adapt to new people and places through friendliness, imagination, and a bit of good humor. Perhaps partly due to the fluidity of that time, I am a deliberate planner, and I’ve always liked to know what’s coming next, whether that is the next moment, the next day, or the next phase in my life.

 

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Staff Spotlight - Jim Baldwin

teacher jim baldwinI have always been into photography. I have over 100 GB of pictures and movie files of my children growing up. Yet, some of my strongest memories do not exist on analog or digital media. I remember the first time I met Liz (my wife, better known as Mrs. Baldwin in 5th Grade). It was late at night in an old recording studio and we both were asked to be part of a Christian CD project. As I waited for my part to play the guitar, I witnessed the most beautiful singing coming from one of the recoding booths. We did not meet or even connect that night… but I never forgot her soulful voice that I still love today.

 

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Staff Spotlight - Jeremy Lustik

teacher jeremy lustikI started my teaching career at Pomona High School in 1999 as a math teacher and a baseball coach.  After 7 years, moved to Mountain Range High School for 8 years where I taught math and was the head baseball coach.  I didn’t want to continue to teach math full time, but wanted to coach more or teach PE. The Lord led me to FCHS thru a variety a God-directed circumstances to become the athletic director. Best of all I still get to teach some math courses, and coach baseball.  The perfect job gets me up every morning!

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Staff Spotlight - Charissa McCaslin

teacher charissa mccaslinI am truly blessed to be teaching at Faith Christian High School! Although my family and I originally moved here from Springfield, MA in 2001 in order for my husband to take a pastoral position in the area, we have come to believe that God was also simultaneously providing an excellent education for our five children at FCA and the opportunity for me to do what I longed to do…. teach High School Bible. 

 

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Staff Spotlight - Bob Hicks

teacher bob hicksMy wife, Rocque, and I have been married 37+ years and have two sons, Todd – 29 and Shay – 25. Todd and his wife work for FCA in the middle and high school and Shay and his wife work for Grace Church of Arvada. I was born in Texas and moved to Colorado when I was eleven. I graduated from Alameda HS and Northern Colorado in Greeley.

 

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Staff Spotlight - Susan Read

teacher susan readI grew up in a military family; no nonsense, buckle down, straighten up, and fly right. When I was in junior high, I accepted Christ and continued my Christian walk as I went to the University of Illinois to study secondary Spanish education with a minor in French. In college, I was on Staff with Campus Life where I met my future husband but it was really at a ballroom dance that we started dating.

 

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Staff Spotlight - Micah Connor

teacher micah connorI was practically born on the front pew of Faith Bible Chapel 42 years ago. My parents have been intricately involved in ministry as Pastors and Worship Leaders for almost 50 years! I had the privilege to attend Faith Christian High School and be part of the first freshmen class at the Ward Road Campus. The school was a little smaller back then, but the quality education and instruction I received was a solid foundation for college and my career path.

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Staff Spotlight - Sarah Lepke

teacher sarah lepkePrior to teaching at Faith, I taught English as a Second Language in Denver Public Schools. One day, in the midst of a very tumultuous school year, I received a text from a friend telling me that there was a position open to teach high school Spanish at Faith Christian High School.  Without ever having stepped foot on the campus, or knowing anything about Christian education (I was public school educated all through my life), I applied, interviewed, and was offered the job.  That was five years ago, and every day I thank God for the blessing of teaching at Faith.

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Staff Spotlight - Ralph Nance

teacher ralph dee nanceI came to Faith in 1993, along with my lovely wife Dee of 42 years and our two sons, Jonathan and Scott; both FCA grads in 1997 and 1999 respectively. We were seeking a school where our sons could flourish in all aspects of their schooling and Faith was the answer. We own Front Range Excavating, Inc. a commercial earthmoving company we started in 1988.

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Staff Spotlight - Amy Blahnik

staff amy blahnikGetting to Faith Christian was a faith adventure in and of itself. My family was going through a difficult time and needed to move to be safe spiritually, physically, and emotionally.  I enrolled my kids in FCMS and FCHS four years ago.  I did not have a job or a place to live.  By faith, God provided contacts and people to live with.  We spent a lot of time in the car in the beginning. 

 

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Staff Spotlight - Tamara McCann

staff tamara mccannI am a native of Colorado. I was born and lived in Leadville until my family moved to Arvada when I was in 3rd grade. I was so excited to hear that my 4th grade year I would be attending Faith Christian Academy, just like my cousins who had been attending since it was the Jesus Center. With the influences of my friends and wonderful teachers, my relationship with Christ grew over the years giving me a great foundation of my faith when I graduated from FCHS.

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