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ABOUT FCA

OUR STAFF


Mrs. Laurel Timblin

School Administrator

Mrs. Timblin was born and raised in Liberia, W. Africa, as a missionary kid. Laurel graduated from Piedmont Bible College in 1992. She is also a Registered Nurse with experience in a level 5 Burn Unit. Laurel, and her husband Paul, moved to Tucson in 2004 to serve as missionaries with UIM Aviation. They have 5 children. Since 2008 Laurel has been involved in starting and building Faith Christian Academy. She has had multiple positions on the School Board and has served as Administrator since 2009. "I love being part of FCA, where children learn in an encouraging and challenging environment, where a life lived for Christ is the central focus and drive to succeed.


Mrs. Lucina Irizarry

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Irizarry and her husband Joe have three children and two grandchildren. Lucy has experience in office management, presently assisting her husband Joe in the running of their own business. She has worked in the education field as a bi-lingual teacher's aide, a Spanish and History teacher, and as a Special Ed Administrative Assistant. Lucy has been one of the founding members of Faith Christian Academy since 2008. She has held multiple positions on the School Board and is now the Administrative Assistant and Finance Manager at FCA. "It has been a true blessing for me as well as my family to be part of FCA"


Mrs. Naomi Osterbaan

English/Science Teacher

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Mrs. Osterbaan is an ACSI and AZ State certified teacher. She has been teaching for twenty years, ranging from Kindergarten to 9th grade with most of her teaching experience being in Christian schools. Naomi has two children and a husband who fully supports her teaching at FCA. "Being at FCA is a pleasure. Students are eager and willing to learn, parents are supportive and friendly, and it is a delight to work with the staff. The atmosphere at FCA is Christ centered and I feel honored to come each day."


Mrs. Leisa Seals

History/Art Teacher

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Mrs. Seals was born in Wyoming; however she has lived in Tucson since she was 18 months old. She and her husband Randy have two daughters and two granddaughters. Leisa studied music for three years at the U of A. She focused on History and Art for four years at Pima college where she earned her Associate's Degree in General Studies. Her heart's desire is to serve God where she can freely share her love of the Lord. "The Lord opened the door for me at FCA, and I haven't looked back. I am grateful and priviledged to have this opportunity."


Mrs. Misty Ried

Bible Teacher

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Mrs. Misty Ried was born in NC and moved to Tucson in 2008 with her husband Ben. Misty received her Bible training from Word of Life Bible Institute in 2000. She has six children and loves cooking. Misty is passionate about sharing God's word with youth today. She chooses to be part of FCA because "it allows students to grow in their faith so they can be all God has called them to be."


Miss. Jessica Mendibles

Journalism & PE Teacher

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Miss. Jessica Mendibles was born and raised in Tucson. In 2010 she received her Associate's of Liberal Arts from Pima Community College. Jessica has been working with and instructing kids in sports and PE for the past 10 years. Jessica loves art, ceramics and the challenge to learn new things. "I'm excited to work at FCA because I think it is a great learning environment, and I believe that there is a lot of growth potential for myself as well as the students."


Mrs. Fran Tate

Volunteer On-Line Teacher

Mrs. Fran Tate settled in Tucson in 1977. She taught 17 years for TUSD in their homebound program and then for their online school. Graduating from the U of A with her Bachelor's in Education with a major in Language Arts, Fran then earned her special education certificate in the field of Learning Disabilities. Fran's husband John serves on the FCA school board. "I am delighted to be involved with students learning and the emphasis here to have a Godly influence."


Mrs. Cheryl Kramer

Principal

Cheryl Kramer moved to Tucson in 1987 to attend the University of Arizona where she received her B.S. in Molecular Biology and her Masters in Business Administration. Cheryl has been married for 17 years and has two daughters. She worked at the Arizona Cancer Center for 13 years before becoming a full-time stay-at-home mom. Since then, Cheryl has worked as a school secretary, interim school principal, substitute teacher, math tutor and PTO treasurer as well as being involved in numerous volunteer activities. She is so excited to be part of the FCA family and loves showing the students how God can be found in math. Psalm 139 is her life Bible passage.


Mrs. Ashley McKinnon

Bible & Math Teacher

Ashley McKinnon moved to the Tucson area in 2015. She has been married for 18 years and has 3 children. She attended William's Baptist College and University of Maryland University College with the intent on earning a Communications degree before becoming a stay-at-home mother and eventual homeschooling parent. In 2006 Ashley became a born again Christian and fell in love with the Bible. She homeschooled her children for 5 years before teaching 4th-8th grade students at Calvary Chapel West Homeschool Co-op in Tucson for a year. She is "humbled and blessed to be able to share GOD's truth to the middle school students at FCA." She hopes to continue to pursue her education goals in the near future with an emphasis on education and religion.


Mrs. Kira Mir

Math Teacher

Mrs. Mir and her family moved to Tucson 17 years ago. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked more than 15 years in the industry. She volunteers her time between the school activities, board meetings and her son's BSA troop. As an engineer, she enjoys math and science, and would like to bring more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities to FCA. "FCA has become a blessing to our family, not only because of the wonderful staff, friendships, and environment, but because it help us grow closer to Jesus".


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