Kendall Boyd joined the FACS staff full time in 2008 and teaches English in grades 8 and 10. She also coaches volleyball. Ms. Boyd graduated from FACS in 2003 as class valedictorian. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in history from the University of Memphis. Ms. Boyd has been involved in numerous missions outreach activities.
Mr. Brasher began teaching junior and senior high theatre at FACS in 2016. He directs all FACS theatre productions and sponsors the FACS troupe of the International Thespian Society. Mr. Brasher holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Union University. He is a member of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society and has trained with Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ. He previously taught at The Collegiate School of Memphis.
Joe Caruso joined the FACS faculty in 2015. He teaches World Religion II and heads our baseball program. He trained at the University of Alabama and Crichton College and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education. Mr. Caruso previously taught at Central Day School and Meridian Community College, and has coached baseball for several schools, universities, and organizations. “I have prayed for a position to open up to be able to teach Bible and coach baseball at a private high school,” he said. “I am truly blessed God has answered my prayers through FACS.”
Marcia Coleman teaches algebra I, honors algebra I (eighth-grade), algebra II and geometry. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of Memphis, and is certified to teach math in grades 7-12. She previously taught math at Kirby High School, Bartlett High School, Arlington High School, the University of Memphis and Southwest Tennessee Community College. A favorite Bible verse is Psalm 32:8 "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you." (NIV) Mrs. Coleman teaches pre-school Sunday School and is involved in One Student Church youth ministry at Memphis First Assembly.
Jennifer Cox teaches life skills and health to seventh- and eighth-grade students and coaches varsity volleyball. She also serves as assistant varsity softball coach. She received a bachelor’s degree in fitness management and a Master of Arts in Teaching (secondary education) from the University of Memphis. She is a water safety, CPR and first aid instructor. Mrs. Cox taught boys’ and girls’ health and physical education at Evangelical Christian School for eight years, where she coached volleyball and softball. She has also coached gymnastics for 16 years. Mrs. Cox said her life verse is Philippians 4:13—“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Dana DeLisle has worked at FACS since 2005. She teaches yearbook, keyboarding and accounting classes. Previously she served FACS as media assistant in the Charles Coscia Library. She has also served as a coach for several girls' athletic teams. Mrs. DeLisle holds a Bachelor of Science in multidisciplinary studies with a dual degree in English and Bible from Liberty University. “I have really been blessed to be part of this school,” she said. “I love the students and feel privileged to be able to invest in their lives.”
Vocal Music Director Larry Denman joined us in 2016. Mr. Denman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Millsaps College as well as a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Memphis. He has also completed 51 credits towards a Master of Music in Music Theory at The University of Southern Mississippi. He has been teaching since 2011, beginning as a graduate assistant in music theory at the University of Southern Mississippi. He previously taught music at the middle school level and at a K-7 private school. He has conducted the University Singers and the Collegiate Choir at the University of Memphis. Currently he serves as assistant conductor for the Memphis Symphony Chorus. He has served as a guest conductor for several churches in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas, and currently serves as music director at Highland Heights Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Cordova.
Tracy Dobson joined the FACS faculty in 2009 and teaches junior English and Dual Enrollment English 12, with credit coming from the University of Memphis. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Memphis. Mrs. Dobson taught high school English for nine years at Millington Central High School. She quotes a favorite scripture regarding her work: "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." (I Peter 4:9-11)
Dale Flickinger has been an FACS staff member since 1990 and teaches several of our advanced mathematics courses. He also serves as chess coach. In addition, he directs a city-wide chess program with about 1,500 players, Memphis Scholastic Chess. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Biblical Studies from Evangel University. Mr. Flickinger said he tries to live his life in light of one of his favorite praise choruses. “Knowing Jesus is the greatest thing,” he said. “He’s my all, He’s my best, He’s my joy, my righteousness, and I love Him!”
Bil Gardner came to FACS in the fall of 2011 and currently teaches English for grades 7 and 9. He also sponsors the junior high student council. Mr. Gardner holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Communications and Leadership Development from the University of Memphis with concentrations in art and English. Mr. Gardner also completed graduate-level education courses required for licensure through the University of Memphis Teacher Education Program. He and his wife previously served as house parents with the Tennessee Baptist Children's Home in Bartlett.
Ms. Gast joined FACS in 2012. She teaches seventh grade world studies and film and video, coaches varsity softball, and directs a broadcast program at FACS that simulcasts athletic games and produces other audiovisual materials. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Fitness Management from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and a Master of Science in Sports Commerce from the University of Memphis. She previously served as a softball coach at Henderson State. She has also worked in marketing and promotions for the Arkansas Travelers, a minor league team for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Paul Gentry joined the secondary science team in 2016. He teaches chemistry, honors chemistry, and physical science. He also assists with corekeeping/statistics for various FACS athletic teams. Mr. Gentry holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Memphis, a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Phoenix, and a Life Foundation Certificate from MidSouth Bible College. He previously taught science at Bartlett High School and Cordova High School.
Denise Gray began teaching full-time at FACS in the fall of 2013. She currently teaches junior high Bible, manages our school’s tutoring program, and heads our junior high honors program, which this year involves a new advanced curriculum in the humanities. Mrs. Gray holds both a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from High Point University. She has 13 years’ experience in medical research, including four years’ work on an NIH program project in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, and nine years’ work with the Department of Pediatrics Section on Medical Genetics of Wake Forest. Mrs. Gray previously taught science and Spanish at The Bridge while homeschooling her two sons. A favorite scripture is I Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Mrs. Gray teaches biolgical science for senior high: anatomy and physiology, honors anatomy and physiology, and advanced placement biology. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Education with a minor in zoology from Louisiana State University and has specialized training in advanced placement biology. Mrs. Gray previously taught advanced placement biology, biology, and anatomy and physiology at Cordova High school.
Band Director Ben Hembruch joined us in 2016. He teachers sixth-grade beginner band, junior high band, and senior high band, conducts our marching band program, and directs our FACS School of Music, which offers private lessons in various instruments and in voice. Mr. Hembruch holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Murray State University. He previously served as assistant band director for McLean County High School, McLean County Middle School music teacher and choir director, and Calhoun Elementary School music teacher. Mr. Hembruch is experienced in developing and implementing marching band shows. He also has some experience with jazz and pep bands, and with solo and ensemble competition.
Sherrie Hopper joined the FACS staff in 2008 and teaches honors world history, world geography, honors world geography, government, and dual enrollment government. She directs student involvement in World History Day, Geography Bee, History Bee and Bowl, and Mock Congress. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in criminal justice, and a Master of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in international law and public policy from the University of Memphis. She is a licensed instructor in history and government and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in history. "I am so thankful that God's plan for my family included FACS," Ms. Hopper said. "I hope to glorify Him by being a blessing to the students and faculty at FACS both in the classroom and out."
Barbara McDade teaches senior high art classes and serves as co-sponsor of the FACS Student Government Association. She began teaching at FACS in 1984 and is known for individual attention to students’ artistic development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Art from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. One of her favorite quotes: "In the arts students develop a sense of themselves. Art education develops self-esteem helping students succeed in life." (Sandy Brooks, “Hooked on Drawing.” Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1996)
Clay Meadows joined FACS in 2008. He teaches Bible I and provides counseling to junior high students. He holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Crichton University and is pursuing a Master of Christian Studies with Union University. He is a graduate of the FACS Class of 1999. Past work includes experience in retail management and banking. “My main goal at FACS is to allow God to use me in any way He wants for His purposes,” Mr. Meadows said.
Ms. Nathan, whom students refer to as “Frau Nathan,” came to FACS in the fall of 2012 to initiate a German program for the school. She currently teaches German 1 and German II. Ms. Nathan holds her Bachelor’s degree in German and Business from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and her Master’s degree in Germanic Languages and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She also studied for one year at the University of Tuebingen in Tuebingen, Germany. She taught high school German to homeschool students for the past eight years. Prior to that, she worked in the field of International Business and Logistics for 12 years. “I am excited about starting a German program at FACS,” Ms. Nathan said. “I love how the teachers and staff are so supportive. It is easy to see that they all genuinely care about one another and the students.”
Jacob F. Newcomb
Jacob Newcomb teaches U.S. history, advanced placement U.S. history, and world history. He graduated from FACS in 2006 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Crichton College. Mr. Newcomb mentored under Dr. Jason Hostutler, who studied U.S. Urban History at Marquette University and now serves as a guest lecturer at International College in Beijing, China. Mr. Newcomb shares this quote from George Orwell: “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
Kathy Petermann joined the FAC S faculty in 2009. She teaches statistics and honors statistics and manages the school's technology capabilities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, and a Master of Education from Union University. She previously chaired the Math Department at Southern Baptist Educational Center (now Northpoint). "When I was ten years old," she said, "God used my neighbors from First Assembly Christian Church to share the gospel with me through an after-school Bible study. I trusted the Lord at that time, and feel so blessed now to be able to serve Him here at FACS.
Megan D. Piker
A member of the FACS Class of 2010, Megan D. Piker completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Memphis in 2014. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree, she gained practical classroom experience through the Tigers Teach Program. She is currently enrolled in the University of Memphis Master of Arts in Teaching Program. At FACS, she teaches biology, honors biology, and senior math. Of her training and return to FACS, Ms. Piker says, “I have truly seen that with God ALL things are possible.”
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Mr. Piker teaches basic algebra I and II, advanced math, and senior math in the high school as well as math-based physics and honors physics courses. He also coaches the FACS Knowledge Bowl team and assists with school sports teams. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education for Mathematics from the University of Arkansas, and taught for 17 years in Arkansas prior to joining the FACS faculty in 2004.
Linda Powell has taught resource classes at FACS since 1988. Her current duties include resource instruction in English and basic coursework in math for students in grades 8-12. She also co-sponsors the student government association. Mrs. Powell also works in Student Services, through which she helps students with individualized education plans meet requirements in all of their subject matter and provides students with college and career planning tools specific to their individual needs. She holds a Master of Science in Special Education from the University of Memphis. “I believe all students CAN learn if properly taught. I love to watch them learn.”
Carolyn Priest, who joined the staff in 2006, teaches junior high resource English and math and coordinates student services programs. She also works on special programming and events for junior high students and their parents. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in psychology from Blue Mountain College, and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Mississippi. She previously taught junior kindergarten, fifth through eighth grade resource classes, and third through 12th grade homebound students, all in Mississippi. “FACS promotes the same Christian and moral values we do (as a family), as well as striving for academic excellence,” she said.
Kelly Rogers joined the FACS staff in 2010. She teaches Spanish I and II and Honors Spanish II, III and IV. She received her Bachelor of Science in Parks and Recreation Administration with a major in Recreational Therapy from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and a Master of Science in Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Memphis. She also holds a Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) and an Official Advanced Spanish Certificate from the Official Language School of Madrid, Spain. Mrs. Rogers previously served in missions as a church planter in Spain for 18 years, where she served as a language and cultural learning coordinator for Spain.
April Spain teaches junior high girls' physical education and freshman girls' wellness and serves as assistant coach for our varsity girls' basketball team. She is heavily involved in developing programs that promote spiritual development for girls at FACS. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Memphis. Her favorite scripture is from Philippians, 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Scott Stiles joined the FACS faculty in 2016. He teaches science in grades seven and eight. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Christian Brothers University as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching, also from Christian Brothers. After attaining his undergraduate degree, Mr. Stiles worked in logistics for Thomas & Betts, MS Carriers, and Swift Transportation before finding his calling as a teacher. He previously served as a substitute teacher for FACS.
Pamela Therrell began teaching French to FACS students in 2003, and serves students in grades eight through 12. She also teaches home economics courses as well as a course in psychology and sociology. She began speaking French in high school and minored in French while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Delta State University. She also has studied at the Alliance Francaise in Paris and received her Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education with an emphasis in French at the Universithy of Memphis. Madame Therrell, as students call her, began her teaching career as a tutor and educational assistant. “Each class at FACS has its own personality,” she says. “Every day adds new meaning to teaching.”
Mary Turner refers to herself as a teacher/facilitator for English 10, English 12, and Advanced Placement English 12. Ms. Turner earned her undergraduate degree in secondary education from East Texas State University (now part of Texas A&M). She also holds a master’s degree in Education Counseling from Western Kentucky University. She has 15 years’ teaching experience, including some work at the college level, and says she is “thrilled to be at FACS…I know the Lord opened this opportunity for me and I pray he will find me faithful.” She shares the Turner family scripture, Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what is it that the Lord requires of you? To do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”
Sarah Tyer joined the FACS staff in 2015. She teaches United States history (eighth grade) and world geography. Sarah received her bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education. Prior to coming to FACS, Sarah taught at Hillcrest Christian School in Jackson, Mississippi. “My biggest philosophy with education is to make it relevant,” she said. “I am glad to be here because teaching at a Christian school is a privilege and being able to openly discuss Christian values in class is something that is missing in the educational field today.”
Coach "D" Wilkes joined FACS as head varsity basketball coach in 2009. He also serves as a cross country coach and teaches physical education courses to junior high boys and wellness to freshmen boys. He holds a Bachelor of Education from Middle Tennessee State University, with a minor in athletic coaching. He previously taught and coached at White Station High School and Crichton College. He said he is excited about serving Christ as part of the FACS family. He tells his students that their development as young men who will serve God and lead their families wisely is as important to him as their development as athletes.
Mr. Wilkes teaches junior high boys' PE and ninth-grade boys' wellness and serves as assistant varsity basketball coach. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from Crichton College. Mr. Wilkes previously served as an assistant basketball coach for Crichton and as a youth mentor with Memphis Athletic Ministries. He also taught kindergarten at Promise Academy. He brings to the job experience playing basketball competitively at the collegiate level.
Cindy Winston joined the FACS faculty in 2016, where she teaches speech, economics and personal finance. She also serves as head varsity tennis coach. She previously served FACS as attendance secretary from 2009-2016. Prior to that, she served here as a substitute teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Economics with a minor in German from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Before coming to FACS, she served as a financial analyst for Dun and Bradstreet. In the summer of 2015, Mrs. Winston completed an endorsement for teaching personal finance at the secondary level through Tennessee Jump$tart Personal Financial Education.
Valerie Young joined the FACS staff in 2009. She teaches seventh-grade math, seventh-grade honors pre-algebra and eighth-grade pre-algebra. She also teaches a junior high Christian literature elective. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and has also completed some graduate degree work at Houston Baptist University, Southwestern Theological Seminary in Texas, the University of Memphis, and the National Institute of Learning Disabilities at the Nazarene College in Chattanooga, TN. Previous teaching experience includes work with Christ Methodist Day School and Briarcrest Christian Schools.