Portrait Of A Paladin


Drew Cutchins and Julia Young have advanced to the Governor’s Honors Program State level semi-finalists interviews at Berry College, Rome, Georgia.


Proud to be a Paladin

2012-2016

Over $11,000,000 in scholarships were awarded to graduating classes.

An additional 92% received funds from the GA HOPE Scholarship Fund.

Average GPA Profile

3.49-4.17

Average Test Score Profile

ACT 24-27

SAT 1540-1860

Service Profile

100% Participation

A hallmark of an FCS education,
service opportunities enhance and
enrich the academic experience.


Bible Department

Bible Department Chair

Jeff Valerioti
Jeff Valerioti
Teacher

Undergraduate Degree:B.B.A., University of Florida
Graduate Degree:M. Theological Studies, Liberty University
Postgraduate Degree:Doctoral Student, Liberty University
Professional Certifications:ACSI Certification
Pastoral Ordination
Education Experience:Five years at FCS, Fourteen years total
Church Home:First Baptist Woodstock
Favorite Bible Verse:"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
What I enjoy most:Seeing students fall in love with their Savior through studying His Living Word keeps my passion for teaching fresh and new each school year. Shepherding His kids in the classroom is my joy, my privilege, and my calling as I seek to serve my God and my King.
Courses:Bible 8
Email:jeff.valerioti@fcspaladins.org
Mike Kinsey

Mike Kinsey
Mike Kinsey

Undergraduate Degree:B.S. Secondary Education, Asbury College
At FCS Since:2006, Thirty-two years total
Church Home:Watermarke Church
Favorite Bible Verse:You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
What I enjoy most:Interacting with and encouraging students. Sharing with them the living Word of God.
Email:mike.kinsey@fcspaladins.org
Bible


Stephen Via
Teacher

Undergraduate Degree:
Graduate Degree:
At FCS Since:First year at FCS
Church Home:
Favorite Bible Verse:
What I enjoy most:
Courses:HS English, Bible
Faculty Sponsor:TBA
Email:stephen.via@fcspaladins.org
Tom Burns

Tom Burns - Full profile coming soon.

Tom Burns will be teaching Psychology and Bible. Mr. Burns, an actor at heart, holds a BA in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University and a double minor in Economics and Entrepreneurship & Management. Sanford Meisner Approach for two years and completing Part 1 of True Acting Institute’s Meisner Performance and Teaching Program.

Bible

Drew Lawes will be teaching STEM and Bible. Mr. Lawes comes to us from Cherokee Christian School where he taught STEM courses. He holds a Masters of Divinity from The Masters Seminary and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

English Department

English 9

Joanna Schuerman
Teacher/Theater Assistant Director

Undergraduate Degree:B.S. in Secondary English Education - Kennesaw State University
Graduate Degree:Piedmont College - Master of Education in Secondary English Education (In Progress)
At FCS Since:2015; 9 years total
Church Home:Northside Baptist Church
Favorite Bible Verse:"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8
What I enjoy most:I love the interaction and relationships that I have with my students.
Courses:Introduction to Literature
Email:joanna.schuerman@fcspaladins.org

World Lit

Undergraduate Degree:Bachelor of Science, Middle Grades Education (LA/SS), Kennesaw State University
Graduate DegreeMaster of Arts, Middle Grades Education (LA), Piedmont College
Education Experience:One and a half years at FCS; eight and a half years total
Church Home:The Church at Acworth
Favorite Bible Verse:Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18
What I enjoy most:I enjoy teaching and building relationships with students. God has a purpose for the life of every student, and I am excited to play whatever part the Lord has for me in His plan for that student.
Courses:World Literature
Email:erich.mcgee@fcspaladins.org

Christy Mullis

Christy Mullis

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Education

At FCS Since: 2016

Total Education Experience: 8 years

Courses: Introduction to Literature; AP Literature: Honors British Literature

Church Home: His Hands Church

Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future."

What do you enjoy most about teaching? I love connecting with my students and getting to know them throughout their time in highschool and beyond.

English


Stephen Via
Teacher

Undergraduate Degree:
Graduate Degree:
At FCS Since:2015
Church Home:
Favorite Bible Verse:
What I enjoy most:
Courses:HS English
Faculty Sponsor:TBA
Email:stephen.via@fcspaladins.org

Math Department

Math

Liz Ray
Department Chair


Undergraduate Degree:B.S. Secondary Math Education, University of Georgia
Graduate Degree:M.S.Ed. (Adolescent) with Mathematics Concentration, Kennesaw State University
At FCS Since:2006; Ten years total
Church Home:His Hands Church
Favorite Bible Verse:For you are my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake, you will lead me and guide me. Psalm 31:2
What I enjoy most:It is an honor and a joy each day to serve the Lord by teaching mathematics and instilling a passion for truth through a Christian worldview. Building relationships with students and having the opportunity to be an integral part of their development, both academically and spiritually, is an incredible gift and responsibility. What a blessing it is to awaken students’ minds to the handiwork of God, whereby they are ever challenged to grow and mature as critical thinkers and problem solvers.
Faculty Sponsor:Freshmen Class
Math League
Email:liz.ray@fcspaladins.org

Math

Angela Sumpter
Teacher


Undergraduate Degree:B.A in Math from a University of South Florida
Graduate Degree:M.A.T Secondary Mathematics from Kennesaw State University
Professional Certifications:GaPSC Secondary Mathematics Education
Education Experience:I have taught math for 9 years, 7 in public school and this is my second year at Fellowship
Church Home:North Point Community Church
Favorite Bible Verse:Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6
What I enjoy most:I love to see students who start out the year feeling uneasy about mathematics gain confidence as the year goes on. It's great to see kids challange themselves, work hard, then see the hard work pay off! To see a student grinning from ear to ear because they are so proud of their work always warms my heart. I also just like being around teenagers! It's fun seeing their personalities show and getting to know each one and their story. I can't ever imaging doing anything else - I feel like I am doing exactly what I was created to do!
Courses:Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2
Email:angela.sumpter@fcspaladins.org

Math

Undergraduate Degree:B.S. Computer Science, Kennesaw State University
Graduate Degree:M.Ed. Middle Childhood (Mathematics and Science), Georgia State University
At FCS Since:2013, Eight years total
Church Home:Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
Favorite Bible Verse:Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalms 25:4-5
What I enjoy most:I feel that teaching is my calling. I love math and enjoy showing students they can be successful at math even though it can be challenging. I love building relationships with students by being able to encourage, mentor, and help cheer them on through life. I am thankful that God has entrusted me to have an impact on the students at Fellowship and I pray that I can glorify Him in the process.
Email:erin.sellers@fcspaladins.org

Math

Shawn Oliver will be teaching Mathematics and he is the head coach of the FCS Varsity Baseball team. Mr. Oliver comes to us from University Christian School in Jacksonville, Florida. He holds a MS in Kinesiology, Sports Management, and Policy from University of Georgia and BS in Sport Management from the University of North Florida. ACSI Certification- Secondary Mathematics.

Honors Math

Bethany Topham

Bethany Topham
Teacher

Undergraduate Degree:B.S. Secondary Mathematics Education, Grace College and Seminary
Graduate Degree:M.Ed. (Curriculum Design and Instructional Methods), Columbia International University
At FCS Since:2010, Thirteen years total
Church Home:Grace Church
Favorite Bible Verse:Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1- 2
What I enjoy most:The students!
Faculty Sponsor:Senior Class
National Honor Society
GO Program
Email:bethany.topham@fcspaladins.org

Social Studies Department

World History 10th

Jonathan Fickley

Undergraduate Degree:B.A. History, Bryan College
Graduate Degree:M.A. Biblical Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary; additional graduate work in Ancient History and Biblical Archaeology, Jerusalem University College; additional work in Anthropology and Archeology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Education Experience:Seven years at FCS, Nine years total
Church Home:Calvary Chapel Woodstock
Favorite Bible Verse:“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40
What I enjoy most:I enjoy the wonderful spirit of the students at Fellowship. The families at Fellowship are so generous and thoughtful. It is a joy to teach young people who walk out of class each day saying thank you for teaching them that day. My family has been blessed by so many who were caring and thoughtful with the birth of John in April 2011. I look forward to John growing up and being just like so many of the students in my classroom.
Courses:AP World History
World History 10th
Email:jonathan.fickley@fcspaladins.org

History & AP Gov

Undergraduate Degree:B.A. Political Science, Seattle Pacific University
Graduate Degree:M.Div, Covenant Theological Seminary
At FCS Since:2015; 10 years total
Church Home:Christ Covenant Presbyterian
Favorite Bible Verse:"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:1-2
What I enjoy most:Equpping students with the knowledge and skills that will help them fulfill God's calling on their lives to love Him and their neighbor well.
Courses:Bible, A.P. Government, Government, Economics
Email:jason.kennedy@fcspaladins.org

U.S. History

Rick Sanson
Teacher




Undergraduate Degree:B.A. Writing, Houghton College
Graduate Degree:M.A. History, Florida International University
Education Experience:Two years at FCS, Thirty-three years total
Professional Certifications:Florida Teachers Certification (History, Bible); ACSI Lifetime Certification
Church Home:North Point Community Church
Favorite Bible Verse:“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
What I enjoy most:It is a pleasure to guide students through the learning process and celebrate with them when they overcome obstacles along the way.
Courses:U.S. History
AP U.S. History
Email:rick.sanson@fcspaladins.org

Psychology

Tom Burns will be teaching Psychology and Bible. Mr. Burns, an actor at heart, holds a BA in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University and a double minor in Economics and Entrepreneurship & Management. Sanford Meisner Approach for two years and completing Part 1 of True Acting Institute’s Meisner Performance and Teaching Program.

Science Department

Science

Rebecca Jackson
Teacher


Undergraduate Degree:
Graduate Degree:
Professional Certification:
Education Experience:First year at FCS
Church Home:
Favorite Bible Verse:
What I enjoy most:
Courses:
Email:rebecca.jackson@fcspaladins.org

Science

Traci Mcgee


Undergraduate Degree:B.S. Biology, Eastern Nazarene College
Graduate Work:University of Alabama
Education Experience:Eight years at FCS, Sixteen years total
Church Home:Lebanon Baptist Church
Favorite Bible Verse:Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:8-9
What I enjoy most:My goal as a teacher is for my students to leave my class with a solid foundation of knowledge regarding the area of study we are engaged in exploring. I also desire to impact my students in their walk with the Lord. “Students learn what they care about, from people they care about, and who they know care about them” – Carson.
Courses:Biology
Biology Honors
AP Biology
Anatomy Honors
Faculty Sponsor:Beta Club
Freshman Class
Email:traci.mcgee@fcspaladins.org

Chemistry


Richard DeMoss will be teaching Chemistry. Mr. DeMoss comes to us from Shiloh Hills Christian School where he led their science department. He holds a BS in Biology from Pensacola Christian College and will be completing his M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction (Fall 2016), from Liberty University.

Biology

Stella Peeples will be teaching Biology. Mrs. Peeples comes to us from Dominion Christian School. She has extensive experience in the classroom, as a counselor and in administration. She holds a MA in Counseling from Georgia State University and a BS in Biology/Pre-Med from Rollins College.


Foreign Language Department

Spanish

Yelena Daniel

Yelena Daniel
Department Chair

Undergraduate Degree:B.A. Modern Language and Culture, Kennesaw State University
Education Experience:Five years at FCS, Fourteen years total
Church Home:Wildwood Baptist Church
Favorite Bible Verse:Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19
What I enjoy most:I enjoy teaching my students about God’s gift of language to enable them to use it to grow God’s kingdom. It is very fulfilling to mentor my students in their Christian walk with the Lord using my subject to develop tolerance and love for other cultures around the world.
Courses:Spanish 1
Spanish 3(H)
Spanish 4(H)
AP Spanish
Faculty Sponsor:Junior Class
Spanish Honor Society
Fencing Club
Email:yelena.daniel@fcspaladins.org

Spanish

Rebeca Jones

Undergraduate Degree:B.A. Secondary Spanish Education, Pensacola Christian College
Professional Certifications:ACSI
Education Experience:Two years at FCS; Four years total.
Church Home:Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Favorite Bible Verse:The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
What I enjoy most:I love seeing "when the light comes on" regarding the learning of a new language. I also feel honored to have the opportunity to influence lives for Christ.
Courses:Spanish 1 (H)
Email:rebeca.jones@fcspaladins.org

Spanish 2

Undergraduate Degree:B.M. Music Theory and Composition, Ouachita Baptist University
Graduate Degree:M. Mus. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Education Experience:12 years at FCS, 15years total
Church Home:The Mission Family House Church
Favorite Bible Verse:He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
What I enjoy most:Personal interaction with the students is what I enjoy most about teaching. All of my life, I have been a Minister of Music and Youth at heart, and I enjoy the privilege of serving the Fellowship Christian School family in and out of the classroom.
Courses:Spanish 2, Peer Leadership, World Missions, Music Theory and Composition
Faculty Sponsor:Dominican Republic Mission Trip
Email:kirk.bullington@fcspaladins.org

Fine Arts Department

Director of Fine Arts

Undergraduate Degree:B.A. Psychology, Auburn University
Education Experience:Six years at FCS, Eighteen years total
Church Home:Christ Covenant Presbyterian of Woodstock
Favorite Bible Verse:Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: "For Thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter." Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord Romans 8:35-39
What I enjoy most:I enjoy building a relational ministry with the students that I teach, using a passion for fine arts as a vehicle for interaction. All of the world around us is inspired and given life by God. I attempt to show students, not only how that impacts how we approach art, but how we live our lives as part of God's creative handiwork.
Courses:Biblical Peer Leadership
Faculty Sponsor:Senior Class
GO Program
Email:trip.hughes@fcspaladins.org

Visual Arts

Jen Tanksley will be teaching Visual Arts. Mrs. Tanksley is coming back to teach at FCS. For a few years, she returned to her passion of painting fulltime, but is now excited to be in the classroom again, this time with high school students. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from School of the Arts Institute of Chicago.
Drama


Jeremy Wood

Jeremy Wood
Teacher

Jeremy Wood
Teacher

Undergraduate Degree:B.F.A. Music and Theatre, Shorter College
Education Experience:Three years at FCS
Church Home:Northside Methodist
Favorite Bible Verse:Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2
What I enjoy most:Giving back - my teachers were golden! I returned to visit them, and now I am giving back - doing justice to them for what they did for me.
Courses:Dramatic Arts1
Dramatic Arts 2
Stage Production
Email:jeremy.wood@fcspaladins.org

Drama


Joanna Schuerman
Teacher/Theater Assistant Director

Undergraduate Degree:B.S. in Secondary English Education - Kennesaw State University
Graduate Degree:Piedmont College - Master of Education in Secondary English Education (In Progress)
At FCS Since:2015; 9 years total
Church Home:Northside Baptist Church
Favorite Bible Verse:"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8
What I enjoy most:I love the interaction and relationships that I have with my students.
Courses:Into to Literature
Email:joanna.schuerman@fcspaladins.org
Chorus

Sandy Wise will be leading the GO Community Service program and our High School Choral program. Mrs. Wise comes to us from Kings Ridge Christian School where she was the Choral and Drama Director and very involved in GHSA One Act and Literary. Formerly an FCS teacher, she taught middle school Bible, coordinated chapels and directed middle and high school plays.


Music Theory and Composition

Undergraduate Degree:B.M. Music Theory and Composition, Ouachita Baptist University
Graduate Degree:M. Mus. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Education Experience:12 years at FCS, 15years total
Church Home:The Mission Family House Church
Favorite Bible Verse:He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
What I enjoy most:Personal interaction with the students is what I enjoy most about teaching. All of my life, I have been a Minister of Music and Youth at heart, and I enjoy the privilege of serving the Fellowship Christian School family in and out of the classroom.
Courses:Spanish 2, Peer Leadership, World Missions, Music Theory and Composition
Faculty Sponsor:Dominican Republic Mission Trip
Email:kirk.bullington@fcspaladins.org

STEM Department

Director of STEM

Hal Scripka
Hal Scripka
Director of STEM

Graduate Degree: M.S. in Engineering (MSE) and Education Specialist (EdS)

Undergraduate Degree:B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering (BSAE)
At FCS Since:2015; I began as an educator in the Air Force, first as an instructor pilot and then as an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics at the Air Force Academy. The Lord called me into Christian school service in 2000, where I have held various administrative and teaching positions. Certified airline transport pilot.
Church Home:Watermarke Church
Favorite Bible Verse:Genesis 1: 3-5 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
What I enjoy most:Sharing and learning alongside students about the wonder, mystery, and beauty of creation. Exploring new technologies that bring glory to God. Helping students discover that the universe points to a creator and contains many attributes that define His character.
Email:hal.scripka@fcspaladins.org
STEM Teacher

Drew Lawes will be teaching STEM and Bible. Mr. Lawes comes to us from Cherokee Christian School where he taught STEM courses. He holds a Masters of Divinity from The Masters Seminary and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

P.E./Health

Health, P.E. & Study Hall

Al Morrell

Al Morrell
Teacher

Undergraduate Degree:B.S. Health and Physical Education, Troy University
Graduate Degree:M.Ed. Physical Education, University of Alabama
Education Experience:First year at FCS, Thirty-one years total
Church Home:Revolution Church
Favorite Bible Verse:Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
What I enjoy most:I enjoy showing students that I care for them, love them, and want them to succeed.
Courses:Health (Boys)
Physical Fitness (Boys)
Email:al.morrell@fcspaladins.org

Health & P.E.

Kayla Rechenbach
Teacher


Undergraduate Degree:
Education Experience:
Church Home:
Favorite Bible Verse:
What I enjoy most:
Courses:
Email:kayla.rechenbach@fcspaladins.org

Athletics, PC, Strength & Conditioning/Study Hall

Justin Smith

Justin Smith
Event Coordinator

Undergraduate Degree:B.S. Sport Management, Kennesaw State University
At FCS Since:2013
Church Home:Roswell Community Church
Favorite Bible Verse:Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7
What I enjoy most:Seeing their personal walk with the Lord come alive.
Courses:Paladin Ambassadors
Email:justin.smith@fcspaladins.org

Student Support Department

Director of Edison

Undergraduate Degree:A.A.S. Preschool Education, Dutchess Community College
B.S. Elementary Education, St. Thomas Aquinas College
Graduate Degree:M.S. Special Education, Georgia State University
Professional Certification:Educational Leadership, Kennesaw State University
At FCS Since:2015, Thirty years total
Church Home:North Point Community Church
Favorite Bible Verse:Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace. 1 Peter 4:10
What I enjoy most:I enjoy seeing the student’s joy and excitement when learning new things, the growing relationships among the FCS family, and watching God’s children grow in His likeness.
Email:kathi.francesconi@fcspaladins.org

Edison Teacher

Kelly Webb
Teacher

Undergraduate Degree:B.S. Mathematics Education, Kennesaw State University
At FCS Since:2015
Church Home:First Baptist Church Woodstock
Favorite Bible Verse:"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
What I enjoy most:I enjoy helping students learn, but I mostly love building relationships and using life experiences to point students to Christ.
Email:kelly.webb@fcspaladins.org

Additional Courses

Director of Missions

Undergraduate Degree:B.M. Music Theory and Composition, Ouachita Baptist University
Graduate Degree:M. Mus. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Education Experience:12 years at FCS, 15years total
Church Home:The Mission Family House Church
Favorite Bible Verse:He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
What I enjoy most:Personal interaction with the students is what I enjoy most about teaching. All of my life, I have been a Minister of Music and Youth at heart, and I enjoy the privilege of serving the Fellowship Christian School family in and out of the classroom.
Courses:Spanish 2, Peer Leadership, World Missions, Music Theory and Composition
Faculty Sponsor:Dominican Republic Mission Trip
Email:kirk.bullington@fcspaladins.org

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