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Meet the staff

"...we will tell to the generation to come the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonderful works that He has performed." Psalm 78:4

Teachers

Anne Grochocki - Pre-K Teacher



Mrs. Anne has over 20 years of experience as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher. She has also served pre-k through elementary age students in church ministry throughout Arizona. She has been teaching at FCA since the school opened in 2005.

Marylou Godinez - Kindergarten Teacher



Marylou Godinez holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and has over 25 plus years teaching experience. She previously was a teacher and Preschool Director at another valley Christian school for 16 years before the Lord moved her to San Tan Valley. She is beyond excited to be joining the FCA staff this year. She knows that God directed her here and she loves partnering with this school to give all kids a solid Christian education.

Tiffany Grimm - 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher



Mrs. Tiffany Grimm has a B.A. in Early Childhood/Special Education and has worked in the classroom for over 11 years.  She has worked in 4 different states and 2 different countries. While teaching in Georgia, she received the New Teacher of the Year Award and received the Parent Choice Award for her work with an autistic child in Florida.

Ruth Hood - 3rd and 4th Grade



Bio will be coming soon.

Taryn Johnston - 5th Grade



Bio will be coming soon.

Jodi Huerter - Art



Mrs. Huerter has always always loved making art and being creative. She is excited and grateful that the Lord has provided the opportunity for her to teach art at FCA! She believes all children have the ability to create art and that it should be fun.

Mrs. Huerter has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a minor in Art. She also obtained a Master's degree in Computer Science. In addition to teaching art at FCA, she also maintains the school's website.

Debra Carter - Independent Studies/Testing



Mrs. Carter has lived in Arizona for 40 years in the Queen Creek/Higley area. She has been married for 24 years and has one daughter who will be graduating this year with a secondary education in chemistry.  Mrs. Carter has a degree in Child Development and has taught Title 1 Reading in the Queen Creek area. She has been a part of Freedom Christian Academy as a parent and staff member since 2005 and is dedicated to seeing students grow in their faith. 

Elizabeth Carter - Math/Science



Miss Elizabeth Carter has her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education in Chemistry. She graduated from Freedom Christian Academy in 2013 and continued on to Grand Canyon University. In addition, Elizabeth is working on receiving her equine dentistry technician certification. She is dedicated to sharing her love for Christ as well as bringing out each student’s potential.

Jerry Petty - Spanish



Mr. Petty served as a pastor over a period of 22 years and as Principal of an ACE Christian school for 3 years. He has studied Latin, French, New Testament Greek, Hebrew, and Spanish. The goal of his Spanish classes is to have students speaking Spanish to the best of their ability by the end of the school year.

Julie Rhoadarmer - English and Science



Mrs. Rhoadarmer graduated from Ottawa University with a Degree in English and Secondary Education and has taught in public schools and private Christian Schools. She and her husband Allen have three children and 14 grandchildren and have lived in Arizona for 26 years, but are originally from Colorado. Together they co-own an Antique Shop in Gilbert with their daughter Tara and son-in-law. They attend Grace Church in Mesa where they are both active. Mrs. Rhoadarmer enjoys teaching and loves working with children of all ages!

Agnes Folland - History and Geography



Bio coming soon!

Administration


Ben Koshtaka

Pastor

Pastor Ben is the Pastor of New Creation Fellowship and Freedom Christian Academy, and was an Associate Pastor in Texas for 7 years before joining us here in Arizona. Pastor Ben serves as the overseer for the Academic and Finance Directors. He graduated from Accelerated Christian Training School in 2003. He has been preaching sermons, teaching Bible School courses, and sharing the love Christ for over 10 years.


Cassie Koshtaka

Finance Supervisor and School Advisor

Mrs. Koshatka is the Pastor’s wife and also serves Freedom Christian Academy and New Creation Fellowship as the Finance Supervisor. She oversees the overall operating costs and works with Mrs. Petty in regards to tuition and scholarships for the students. Mrs. Koshatka graduated from Texas Bible Institute in 2001 and Accelerated Christian Training School in 2005 and has 20 years of combined Child Care Classroom and Administration experience. She is a Jesus-loving Texan brought to Arizona by the Lord and believes that Christ should be established in children from a very early age.


Liz Carey

K-12 Academic Director

As one of the founding families, the Careys have been a part of FCA for over 10 years. Mrs. Carey graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s in English. She obtained her Secondary Teaching Certificate through the University of Phoenix. Prior to teaching at FCA, Mrs. Carey home schooled her children for 3 years. In addition to being Academic Director, Mrs. Carey also teaches middle and high school Language Arts.


Amanda Petty

Administrative Secretary and Scholarship Coordinator

Amanda has been with the school since 2014 when her son entered Kindergarten. She is a proud mother of 3 and understands the importance of raising children in a Christ-centered environment amongst people who share the same values.

Before coming to FCA, Amanda’s background was in Sales and Finance within the Banking Industry for 15 years. During that time, she was on the Board of Directors for Gabriel’s Angels, a local Non-Profit helping abused and neglected children in Arizona as well as a Treasurer for a business referral group through the Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

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