Faculty and Staff Bio
Royce Nelsestuen – Principal
Royce received a BA in Education from the U of A and a M.Ed. 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. She is the mother to four boys. She is passionate about allowing parents to have a choice in the child’s education as well as to provide God’s truth and a Gospel-centered worldview in all areas of education.
Kathleen Purcell – Bookkeeper
Kathleen studied accounting at Pima and has over 17 years of experience working in accounts related positions. She is the master of making money seem to grow from trees in order to allow families to take advantage of Christian Education.
Jessi Robson – Office Staff
Jessi earned both her BA in Elementary Education and M Ed in Educational Leadership from NAU. 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 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.
Barbara Wheeler – PreK Teacher
Barbara comes to us with many years of experience as a teacher, director of Children’s Ministry for over 20 years and directed or taught in both Vacation Bible School and Sunday School. She recieved both her Bachelors and her Masters from The Univeristy of Arizona. She loves being able to teach children from the Biblical perspective.
Sallie Taylor – PreK Teacher – Preschool Director
Sallie earned her BS in Education from the U of A. She worked in the Marana, Amphi, and Flowing Wells districts before working full time at FCA. She has been a Girl Scout leader and children’s ministry teacher. 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. She loves being able to help mold the lives of the children in a Godly way.
Deborah Powers – Preschool Extended Care
Deborah has worked with children for over 37 years, to include 10 of her own. She is actively involved in her church and its children’s ministry. She attended Bible School as well as Pima CC. She has a deep love for the Bible as well as music.
Linda Askew – Kindergarten Teacher
Linda Askew has a BS in Elementary Education and a M Ed in Early Childhood Education. She has been a missionary to Peru, a daycare teacher, preschool teacher, and a mother to 4 boys. She loves the Kindergarten age and is a master at the ABeka curriculum.
Daisy Maynard – 1st Grade Teacher
Daisy received her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College . She loves joining academics and the Bible to help in everyday life. She has grown up helping in Bible Club, Sunday School, and as a Camp Counselor.
Maja Quintero – 2nd Grade Teacher
Maja graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from Southwestern College. She has taught 2nd grade for over 13years and has developed a wonderful curriculum for her students. Her desire is that all students develop not just in academics but 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 BS in Psychology. Her career has included working with Head Start in Early Intervention and teaching various sports programs. She is certified in Perceptual Motor Development and has worked at FCA for over 18 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 Bachelors in History Education from the UofA. 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 Bachelors in Health Science/Promotion and a Masters in Elementary Education from NAU. She is a Certified Personal Trainer. She has been a substitute teacher, coached various sports teams, is a personal trainer and homeschooled her 4 children for 5 years. She loves to teach about the body and healthy nutrition. She wants to help kids and adults enjoy being active.
Ryan Edmunds – 6th Grade & PE Teacher
Ryan received his Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership from NAU. He taught 6th grade for 6 years and was an Associate Principal for 5 years. 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 Bachelors of Music Education from U of A. She taught music for 10 years in the Amphi District and is now back to teaching music for her second time 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.
Jason Nelsestuen – Extended Care – Preschool PE
Jason is working with us as he pursues his degree from GCU. He has been a Children’s Pastor, Youth Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and a father to 4 boys. He is wonderful at building relationships with the kids on campus and teaches the Bible in his daily life.
Kathie Thomas – Art Teacher
Kathie has a BS 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.