Background: Mr. Long earned his Masters of Education in School Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria and his Bachelors in Elementary Education from Abilene Christian University. Mr. Long served as the Elementary Principal at Faith Academy from 2006-2017 before being promoted to his current role of Superintendent/Secondary Principal.
Mr. Long has been an educator in the K3-12 public and Christian school sector since 1990 and serves as an ICAA Accreditation Engagement Review Team member.
Mr. Long is an ordained minister and active member of Faith Family Church.
Background: Mrs. Neinast attended Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria and received a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education in School Administration and Supervision. Mrs. Neinast has been an educator in the K3-12 public and Christian school sector since 1987.
As a Faith Academy parent, Mrs. Neinast served on the Development Team and the Advisory Council. Mrs. Neinast has also served as an ICAA Accreditation Engagement Review Team member.
Mrs. Neinast is an active member of Faith Family Church and serves on the Usher DreamTeam.
Background: Mr. Gil Gonzalez graduated from Texas State Technical College with an Associate's Degree in Environmental Health & Safety in 2002 and was in the safety industry for over 13 years. Mr. Gonzalez has coached youth sports for the past 12 years. He coached at Bloomington High School from 2004-2006 where he served as the head cross-country coach on two district champion teams. He also served as an assistant baseball coach on two regional qualifying teams and worked as an assistant football coach.
Coach Gonzalez is married to Emily Gonzalez and has 3 children. He and his wife created a non-profit organization, The Bloomington Sports Association, which hosts a basketball, flag football, and soccer league and has over 150 kids that participate annually.
Coach Gonzalez is an active member of Family Faith Church. He enjoys teaching his monthly men's Bible group, spending time with his family, and traveling overseas. He loves to wrestle with his boys and ride roller coasters with his fearless daughter.
Background: Marcie Kucera is a UHV graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Science and is currently working on her Master's degree in Educational Psychology at UHV. Marcie has been an educator for 20 years as a homeschooling parent and a private tutor to students in the Crossroads.
She and her husband have 5 adult children. Because she has helped several of her children navigate the college experience and graduate successfully, she brings a wealth of knowledge and valuable experience that will benefit Faith Academy students. Their youngest graduated from Faith Academy in 2020, and their family is excited to watch her play basketball for the Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas for the next 4 years!
Mrs. Kucera enjoys mission trips, cooking, and spending time outdoors hiking and traveling with her family.
Background: Mrs. Nina Cornwell is a proud Faith Academy alumnus. She attended Victoria College, where she earned an Associate's Degree in Computer Science. She began working for Faith Academy in 2007 as the kitchen director for the secondary campus; in 2010, she moved to the office as the administrative assistant.
She and her husband have three children.
Mrs. Cornwell believes deeply in the Christian education that Faith Academy offers and the Biblical Worldview we strive to instill in the hearts of our students.
Background: Mrs. Felicia Torres is a Faith Academy alumnus. Prior to working at Faith Academy, Mrs. Torres worked in the retail industry and owned and operated her own business.
Mrs. Torres and her husband have five children and are active members of Faith Family Church.
Background: Kylie Abrego graduated from the University of Houston Victoria with a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, specializing in Early Childhood Education. She has 16 years of teaching experience, 14 of which have been in Christian Education and 11 of those years have been with Faith Academy.
Mrs. Abrego'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. Abrego's daughters attend Faith Academy, and she and her family are members of Faith Family Church.
Background: Sheri Alex graduated with honors from the University of Houston Victoria with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood- 6th grade General Education. She spent five years serving in the U.S. Navy as a Master-at-arms. Mrs. Alex taught multiple grade levels the last four years in public school before joining Faith Academy.
Mrs. Alex has been married for 2 years to her husband Nathan Alex. They have a beautiful little girl and four dogs.
Background: Shelby Castner is a Faith Academy Alumna. She graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Mrs. Castner taught three years in public school before coming back home to Faith Academy.
She and her husband have two children and they attend Faith Family Church. She is actively involved in the Women's Bible Study group. Mrs. Castner thoroughly enjoys encouraging this generation in their academics and faith.
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 23 years teaching experience and has taught at Faith Academy for 9 years.
Mrs. Clemons' hobbies include reading and acting.
Background: Melody Crabill was born and raised in Victoria and attended Victoria schools all her life. She attended Victoria College and the University of Houston Victoria where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She has attended Faith Family Church since 1987 volunteering regularly in the preschool, student ministries, and intercessory prayer.
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 sixth year at Faith Academy.
She and her husband have three children and enjoy playing games, watching movies, and taking trips to see her husband's family out of state.
It is very important to Mrs. Denoyer to spend time with God, read her bible and other Christ-centered books, and pray with others.
Background: Samantha Gildon graduated from Memorial High School and has worked for Faith Academy for 12 years, including 4 years in the Day Care. This will be her 8th year teaching K3.
Mrs. Gildon and her husband have three children and attend Faith Family Church.
Background: Ana Luz Gonzalez was born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Mrs. Gonzalez received a Bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Coahuila in Mexico. She worked in accounting for 13 years. Mrs. Gonzalez taught Spanish three years at the Elementary Campus and has been an aide in the preschool classes. This will be Mrs. Gonzalez's third year teaching Spanish at the Secondary Campus.
Mrs. Gonzalez has volunteered in costume design for the Faith Academy Spring Musicals the past 6 years.
Background: Emily Gonzalez is a 2001 graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos with a bachelor's 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 and is involved in her community and Faith Family Church.
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 and is an active member at Faith Family Church.
Background: Dusty Lemke is a graduate of Faith Academy and the University of Houston Victoria. Mr. Lemke has taught and coached basketball at the secondary level.
Mr. Lemke and his wife have beautiful twin daughters.
Background: Joy Pittman is a 1969 graduate of Victoria High School and a 1971 graduate of Victoria College with an Associate of Arts degree 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.
Background: Donna Potts graduated from Cuero High School and has worked in Christian education for over 30 years. Mrs. Potts wants the children to know Jesus, to recognize and appreciate all He has done and is doing in their lives.
Mrs. Potts has been married for 49 years.
Background: Terri Potts attended Texas Vocational School in 1996 and completed a two year Word Processing Program. Mrs. Potts was a stay at home mom for 8 years. Her three children all graduated from Faith Academy.
This is her 14th year teaching at Faith Academy and is a member of Faith Family Church.
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. 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 8th year teaching at Faith Academy.
Mr. Pozzi has been married for over 40 years to his wife Barbara Breazeale and has four grown children.
Background: Raj Ranjan retired recently after a long career in Chemical Engineering. He held technical and managerial positions with Formosa Plastics, AET Films, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, and Shell Development. He holds advanced degrees in Chemical Engineering and is enjoying his new teaching career at Faith Academy teaching junior high math, science, and 8th grade Bible.
Mr. Ranjan has been married for 45 years to his wife Prema, who is a real estate broker and owner of Prema Realty. They have grown children living in Pittsburgh and Austin. Both enjoy gardening, cooking, and spending time with their children and grandchildren. They are thankful to call Faith Family Church their home church, which they have been attending for the last fourteen years.
Background: Sarah Sauseda is a Faith Academy graduate. Ms. Sauseda taught in the public school system for 7 years before homeschooling her children for 7 years. This is Ms. Sauseda's second year teaching at Faith Academy
Ms. Sauseda and her family are active members at Faith Family Church.
Background: After living and working in the music industry in Nashville for 27 years, Ms. Sutherland is excited to share her musical talent, experience, and faith with Faith Academy students.
Ms. Sutherland is a 1995 cum laude graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and has performed many times on the prestigious stage of The Grand Ole Opry. Ms. Sutherland starred in the films "Welcome to Inspiration," and "A Belle for Christmas," starring Dean Cain.
She earned the 2009 Christian Music Hall of Fame Visionary Award for Southern Gospel Female Vocalist of the Year. She received an Emmy nomination for the Hands of Hope project benefiting victims of domestic abuse.
Background: Monica Thompson is a Faith Academy graduate. She has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 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.