Faculty and Staff Bio
Royce Nelsestuen – Principal
Royce received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Arizona, and a Master’s in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University. She was previously the Children’s Ministry Director at FCC and taught both in children’s church and Sunday School classrooms. Royce is married to her college sweetheart, and is the mother to four boys. She is passionate about the family’s right to choose Christian education. She believes that the best education includes integrating Biblical truth, a Gospel-centered worldview and best practices in all areas of education.
Kathleen Purcell – Bookkeeper
Kathleen studied accounting at Pima Community College and has 20+ years of experience working in accounting related positions. A strong believer in family choice, Kathleen is well versed in all of the programs offered by the state of Arizona in order to make private Christian school a reality for the average family. Kathleen is married and has four children – her family has spent more than 22 years as a part of FCA and is part of our school’s foundation.
Jessi Robson – Office Staff
Jessi earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Master’s in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. She has been working in Christian education from childhood and even taught at the same school she attended as a child. She has been a Christian camp counselor and activities director, ran an inner city missions program in Nashville, and worked as a Summer Program Director. She has been at FCA since 2006 and is passionate about Christian Education.
Linda Salcido – Preschool Teacher
Linda has over 20 years of experience in all different ages of children’s ministry in her church. She worked in various positions in three different Elementary schools before coming to FCA. She loves being a child’s first teacher, laying that foundation for their love of learning and their love for God. She has found her niche in early education with all of her “busy bees”.
Barbara Wheeler – PreK Teacher
Barbara has many years of experience as a classroom teacher, director of Children’s Ministry at her church for over 20 years, and she directed or taught in both Vacation Bible School and Sunday School. She received both her Bachelor’s and her Master’s degrees from the University of Arizona. She loves being able to teach children from a Biblical perspective and cultivate a love for the Lord in their hearts.
Sallie Taylor – PreK Teacher – Preschool Director
Sallie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Arizona. She has worked in the Marana, Amphitheater, and Flowing Wells school districts. She has been a Girl Scout leader and children’s ministry teacher. At FCA, Sallie has taught PreK, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades during the 20+ years she has taught here. She is passionate about getting kids to LOVE learning and to appreciate the world God gave us.
Amber Stephens – Preschool Aide – Extended Care
Amber has been a longtime worker in childcare since the age of 13. She is a graduate of Flowing Wells High School, and is a former FCA student herself. She loves being able to help mold the lives of the children in a Godly way. Her “on the job” training has developed and she has earned more responsibility in her department. She is married and a mother to two young children.
Deborah Powers – Preschool Extended Care
Deborah has worked with children for over 40 years, including homeschooling and raising 10 kids at home. She is actively involved in her church and its children’s ministry. She attended Bible School as well as Pima Community College. She has a deep love for the Bible and she is an accomplished musician.
Linda Askew – Kindergarten Teacher
Linda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been a missionary to Peru, a daycare teacher, preschool teacher, and a mother to four boys. She loves the Kindergarten age and is a master with the ABeka curriculum. She demonstrates a sincere passion and desire to teach every day.
Daisy Maynard – 1st Grade Teacher
Daisy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College. She loves joining academics and the Bible to help in everyday life. She has grown up helping and teaching in Bible Club, Sunday School, and as a Camp Counselor.
Maja Quintero – 2nd Grade Teacher
Maja graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Southwestern College (now Arizona Christian University). She has taught 2nd grade for over 13 years and has developed a wonderful course of study for her students. Her desire is that all students develop in academics and in their relationship with Jesus. She strives to teach a solid Biblical Worldview in which they apply this worldview in everything they do in life.
Annette Pursley – 3rd Grade Teacher
Annette graduated from Park University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Her career has included working with Head Start in Early Intervention and teaching in a variety of sports and physical education programs. She is certified in Perceptual Motor Development and has worked at FCA for over 20 years. Annette has always loved education and when she saw how Jesus is integrated in the fabric of a Christian Education, she never turned back!
Matt Lewis – 4th Grade Teacher
Matt received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona. He has taught at Christian schools, charter schools, and in the public schools. He is particularly fond of geography, history, and math. He is excited to see students understand the content and being a part of that process. He has a knack for getting to know the students and enjoys being able to see their growth throughout the year.
Kellie Edmunds – 5th Grade Teacher
Kellie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science/Promotion and a Masters in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. She is a Certified Personal Trainer. She has been a substitute teacher, coached various sports teams, is a personal trainer and she homeschooled her four children before bringing them to FCA. Her favorite subjects are health, nutrition, Bible and math. She wants to help kids and adults enjoy being active and living life to the fullest.
Ryan Edmunds – 6th Grade & PE Teacher
Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He taught 6th grade for 6 years and was an Assistant Principal for 5 years in the Marana school district. He loves to help develop personal growth and confidence in his students through the exploration of concepts, projects, and creativity.
Jayme Bigelow – Music Teacher
Jayme graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Arizona. While in college, she taught music and PreK at FCA. Then, she taught music for 10 years in the Amphitheater School District and is now back to teaching music at FCA. She has been active in the music ministries of her local church since her teenage years. She has been teaching private lessons in piano, voice and guitar since her college years. Jayme is married and a mother to three children.
Jason Nelsestuen – Extended Care – Preschool PE – Chapel
Jason received his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Grand Canyon University. He has been a Children’s Pastor, Youth Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and worked in car sales for 12 years. As a father to four boys, he believes in the influence of Christian education in children’s upbringing. He is wonderful at building relationships with the kids on campus and integrates the Bible in everything he teaches.
Kathie Thomas – Art Teacher
Kathie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and is a talented artist. She has taught Sunday School and worked with DoD in adult education. She has worked as an art teacher for multiple Christian Schools in Tucson. She wants to see children be successful in art, that God created us all to see and appreciate beautiful things, and that He is the first and best artist. Kathie is married and has two daughters.
Stephanie Lewis – Front Desk
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Special Education from the University of Arizona. As a mother of four children, Stephanie desires to serve the families of FCA and care for our students as her own. Prior experience in restaurant and retail businesses has taught her excellent customer service skills. She is organized, efficient, and a great addition to the office staff.
Maria Morris – Preschool Aide and Front Desk
Maria graduated from a Christian high school, and she has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Erie Community College. She continued her studies at Pensacola Christian College in Florida. Upon relocating to Arizona, she has become a longtime volunteer in children’s ministry and outreach ministries at her church. She loves children and looks forward to growing in this career path as she gains experience and training. Her desire to serve and get to know the students and families is welcome.