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Faculty
K3 Teacher

Christina Bonuz

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Background: Christina Bonuz has been an instructional aide and Activity teacher at Faith Academy. This will be her first year as lead teacher in the K3 preschool class.


Secondary English; Bible 10

Brandi Clemons

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Background: Brandi Clemons graduated from the University of Houston-Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is certified to teach at the Elementary and Secondary levels. Mrs. Clemons has 19 years teaching experience and has taught at Faith Academy for 5 years.

Mrs. Clemons' hobbies include reading and acting.


4th Grade

Melody Crabill

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Background: Melody Crabill was born and raised in Victoria and attended Victoria schools all her life. She attended Victoria College and Rice University before marrying into the military and moving away. Mrs. Crabill later returned to Victoria and attended Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mrs. Crabill was also part of the first graduating class of Destiny Bible Institute in 1998. She has attended Faith Family Church since 1987 volunteering regularly in the preschool, student ministries, and intercessory prayer.

Mrs. Crabill has five adult children living, all but one of whom are married. She has thirteen grandchildren. Three of her children graduated from Faith Academy and her grandchildren attend Faith Academy now.


5th Grade

Tamra Denoyer

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Background: Tamra Denoyer graduated from the University of Houston Victoria in 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in education. She taught multiple grades at Victoria ISD elementary schools and also worked as a substitute teacher throughout the district. This is her third year at Faith Academy.

 

She has been married to Todd Denoyer for twelve years and has three children. Her oldest child, Becca, attendsTexas A&M and her two sons, Tanner and Hunter, both attend Faith Academy.

 

Mrs. Denoyer loves to spend time with her family playing games, watching movies, and taking trips to see her husband’s family in Petoskey, Michigan. Mrs. Denoyer also likes garage sale hunting for treasures and going to dinner with friends. It is very important to Mrs. Denoyer to spend time with God, read her bible and other Christ-centered books, and pray with others.


1st Grade

Rebecca Duke

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Background: Rebecca Duke is a graduate of the University of Houston-Victoria with a Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies. Mrs. Duke taught one year in VISD. This is her first year at Faith Academy.

Mrs. Duke is a Faith Academy graduate. In her spare time she coaches volleyball with Southern Swing. Mrs. Duke is married and has a beautiful daughter.

 


K3 Teacher

Samantha Gildon

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Background: Samantha Gildon graduated from Memorial High School and has worked for Faith Academy for 7 years, including 4 years in the Day Care. This will be her 4th year teaching K3.

Mrs. Gildon is married to Randell Gildon and has two children, Halee and Judah. She has attended Faith Family Church for 9 years.

Mrs. Gildon enjoys spending time with family and watching basketball.


High School Spanish; Bible 7

Elsie Gonzalez

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Background: Elsie Gonzalez graduated from University of Houston Victoria in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and English. She also has a certification in Spanish. Mrs. Gonzalez has 11 years teaching experience and has taught at Faith Academy for 7 years.

Mrs. Gonzalez and her husband have two beautfiul daughters.

 


JH PE; JH History; Elementary PE

Emily Gonzalez

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Background: Emily Gonzalez is a 2001 graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos where she majored in Exercise Sports Science and Health. While at Texas State, she played collegiate soccer.

Mrs. Gonzalez worked at the Citizens Healthplex for 3 years as a Fitness Specialist before moving to Florida with her family. She continue to work as a personal trainer in Florida and also coached soccer.

Mrs. Gonzalez and her family moved back to Victoria in 2011 and involved in their community and Faith Family Church. She and her husband Gil, Faith Academy's athletic director, developed Bloomington Sports Association  to give kids ages 4-12 an opportunity to play sports including basketball, soccer, and flag football.

Mrs. Gonzalez entered the Educator Preparation Program at Region 3 to become a certified teacher. She has taught P.E. and Kindergarten for 4 years. This is Mrs. Gonzalez's second year at Faith Academy

Mrs. Gonzalez and her husband have three children -- Isaiah, Elijah, and Gisele -- who attend Faith Academy.


Kindergarten

Kylie Cuellar

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Background: Kylie Cuellar graduated from UHV with a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, specializing in Early Childhood Education. She has 13 years of teaching experience, 11 of which have been in Christian Education and 8 of those years have been with Faith Academy.

Mrs. Cuellar's passion is to teach the next generation of children to live with purpose and to fulfill the calling God has on each of their lives to its fullest.

Mrs. Cuellar has three beautiful girls, Reese11, Khloe 8, and Kinley 5 who all attend Faith Academy.

Mrs. Cuellar and her family are members of Faith Family Church.


Fine Arts/Spring Musical Director

Christy Jeson

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Background: Christy Wise Jeson is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a Bachelor of Science in Music and has been teaching Music/Fine Arts for 15 years. She has directed Annie at Theatre Victoria in Victoria, Texas and Annie, The Music Man, High School Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Camp Rock, The Sound of Music, Willy Wonka, The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, and Aladdin at Faith Academy.

Mrs. Jeson loves singing and acting as well as directing, but is most proud of her husband, Aaron and their two kids, Ella and AJ.


2nd Grade

Daniel Laughhunn

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Background: Daniel Laughhunn has a Masters Degree in Education and Undergraduate degree in Counseling and Guidance. Mr. Laughhunn has gone on missions trips to Mexico, Guatemala, India, and Sri Lanka. Mr. Laughhunn was in Sri Lanka twice during their Civil War and while in India he visited a leper colony.

Mr. Laughhunn hopes to some day help start a school in India or Sri Lanka.

Mr. Laughhunn's classes have donated money to the orphanage in Sri Lanka and spoken to the children via Skype.


3rd Grade

Jade Manning

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Background: Jade Manning was born and raised in Victoria, Texas. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a Fashion Merchandising degree and minored in business communication. She earned her teaching certification through the UHV alternative certification program. Mrs. Manning has taught 5 years at Faith Academy and a total of 13 years.

Mrs. Manning and her husband have two children who attend Faith Academy. Mrs. Manning has attended Faith Family Church for 22 years and loves to cook and read.


Elementary Spanish

Ana Martinez Vasquez

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Background: Ana Martinez was born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Mrs. Martinez received a Bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Coahuila in Mexico. She worked in accounting for 13 years. This will be Mrs. Martinez's third year teaching Spanish at the Elementary Campus. She is also an aide for one of the K3 classes.

Mrs. Martinez has lived in the United States for the last 17 years. For the last 6 years she has been involved in missions, traveling internationally with her family. She has studied English as a Second Language for 6 years as well.

Mrs. Martinez has volunteered in costume design for the Faith Academy Spring Musicals the past 4 years.


Elementary Music

Stephanie Petrash-Ross

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Background: Stephanie Petrash-Ross is a graduate of Faith Academy. While at Faith Academy Mrs. Petrash-Ross participated in athletics, cheerleading, student council, and musical productions. As a member of Faith Family Church, she has been actively involved in the church productions and skits. She is passionate about serving others.

 

This is her second year teaching music at the elementary campus.  

 

Mrs. Petrash-Ross is also the lead singer of the Southern Drive Band and she and her husband have two beautiful children.

 


High School Science

Joy Pittman

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Background: Joy Pittman is a 1969 graduate of Victoria High School and a 1971 graduate of Victoria College with an Associate of Arts degree. From 1971-72 Ms.Pittman worked at Victoria Bank and Trust. Ms. Pittman returned to school and graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science from Southwest Texas State University. Ms. Pittman taught 30 years in public schools (High School Health, Biology, Chemistry, Networking, and PE) and coached for 29 years (volleyball, basketball, softball, golf, tennis, track, and cross country).

Ms. Pittman's favorite time of the year is Christmas. Her favorite things to do are wood working, gardening/yard, photography, travelling, and working with kids.


Learning Resources

Donna Potts

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Background: Donna Potts graduated from Cuero High School and has worked in Christian education for 33 years. Working at Faith Academy has given Mrs. Potts a treasure of opportunities to impart the love of Jesus to children of all ages. She wants the children to KNOW Jesus, to recognize and appreciate all He has done and is doing in their lives. There is no greater joy than knowing Him.

 

Mrs. Potts has been married for 47 years and has three wonderful sons and daughter-in-laws. She also has six beautiful granddaughters and grandsons.

 


K4 Teacher

Terri Potts

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Background: Terri Potts attended Texas Vocational School in 1996 and completed a two year Word Processing Program.

 

After marrying, Mrs. Potts was a stay at home mom for 8 years. All three of her children have attended Faith Academy since Kindergarten. Her oldest daughter graduated in 2013 and is now attending Victoria College.

 

This is her 10th year teaching at Faith Academy and she has been a member of Faith Family Church for 21 years.


JH/HS Art; Bible 11; Govt/Economics

William Pozzi

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Background: Bill Pozzi has a bachelor's degree in History from California State Fullerton and is a retired Navy SEAL. He worked for the Department of Defense in Korea organizing exercises between the Korean SEALs and U.S. SEALs. Mr. Pozzi has owned and operated several successful businesses and hired hundreds of employees. The thrust of Mr. Pozzi's ministry at Faith Academy has been to have his students look at the real world through guest speakers and his practical knowledge. His goal is to have every student obtain and hold a good job after graduating from college and using their gifts and talents for the glory of God. This is Mr. Pozzi's 5th year teaching at Faith Academy.

Mr. Pozzi has been married for 37 years to his wife Barbara Breazeale and has four grown children.


High School History; HS PE, Bible 8 & 9

Micah Roth

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Background: Micah Roth attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts. He has a major in Government and a minor in History.

 

This is Mr. Roth's third year teaching at Faith Academy. He is involved with Faith Family Church and their Adopt-a-Block Program.


K4 Teacher; Summer Program

Monica Thompson

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Background: Monica Thompson is a Faith Academy graduate. She has worked in Early Childhood Education for 25 years and at Faith Academy in the preschool department since 2000.

Mrs. Thompson considers it an honor to introduce the preschool students to academics and God's Word at a level that they can understand.


6th Grade

Cristal Vasquez

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Background: Cristal Vasquez graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She earned her teaching certification through Texas Teachers and is in her 3rd year of teaching. Mrs. Vasquez holds certifications in the areas of Generalist EC-6 and Special Education K-12. She previously worked at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health for 7 years where she taught Special Education the last 2 years. This is Mrs. Vasquez's second year at Faith Academy

Mrs. Vasquez has been married for 6 years to Mathew who is a deputy for Victoria County. Cristal and her husband love animals and have several pets. Mrs. Vasquez enjoys singing, spending time with family and friends, and watching Food Network. She has taken a recent interest in gardening and landscaping.

Mrs. Vasquez and her husband welcomed a beautiful daughter into their family this past May.


High School Math; Journalism; BCIS

Lisa Vasquez

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Background: Lisa Vasquez graduated from University of Houston Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. She has taught for 11 years and has been teaching 7 years at Faith Academy. 

Mrs. Vasquez is married to Moises Vasquez and has two daughters, Talia and Ava Vasquez, who both attend Faith Academy. Her favorite things to do are spending time with family and watching sports, especially when my children are playing.