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Deanna Bullington

Deanna Bullington

Kindergarten Teacher

Phone: 559-251-5548

Email: dbullington@faa.org

Employed Since: 7/1/1994

27 Years' Experience at School

Degrees

  • Bachelors Pacific Union College (1985)

  • Bachelors Pacific Union College (1986)

 I am a graduate of Pacific Union College in the beautiful Napa Valley. I have been teaching children since 1986! I love to teach, take walks, read books, and spend time with my family and friends. I am married and we have one awesome son!

The best part about being a teacher is watching children grow in their love of Jesus! In first grade, we learn reading, writing, and arithmetic, but the best time of the day is the time we spend with Jesus!

Welcome to first grade!

Nancie Dempsey

Nancy Dempsey

Business Office - Administrative Assistant

Phone: 559-251-5548

Email: ndempsey@faa.org

Employed Since: 8/27/2013

8 Years' Experience at School

Degrees

  • Associates in Biological Science

Nancie Dempsey

Terri Garcia

Front Office - Administrative Assistant

Phone: 559-251-5548

Email: office@faa.org

Employed Since: 10/14/2022

Byran Donker

Bryan Donker

5th-6th Grade Teacher

Phone: 559-251-5548

Email: bdonker@faa.org

Employed Since: 7/1/2021

1 Years' Experience at School

Degrees

Westwood College of Technology / Bachelors of Arts - Graphic Design & Visual Communication

La Sierra University: Teaching Credentials

Mission College of Evangelism- Amazing Facts College of Evangelism

About Me - Born and raised in New England- Baptized Seventh-day Adventist in 2005- Married Erenly Silva in 2005- Two boys (Ezra-8, Seth-6)- Ordained Elder- Missionary in Guam, Micronesia 2009-2014- La Sierra Academy Teacher - Computer Technology / STEM / PE teacher 2015-2021- Fresno Adventist Academy Teacher - 5th-6th Teacher 2021 - present

Hobbies- Graphic Design- Missionary Participation- I enjoy playing all Sports- Olympic-trained/Semi-pro league soccer player- Hiking/Outdoors- I enjoy basic Carpentry

Tiffany Ellis

Tiffany Ellis

Math/English Teacher

Phone: 559-252-5548

Email: tellis@faa.org

Employed Since: 8/10/2020

1 Years' Experience at School

Degrees

  • Bachelors La Sierra University (2010)

Hello! My name is Tiffany Ellis and I'm excited to be joining the FAA family. I was born and raised in the state of New York to West Indian parents. Education and ministry were highly emphasized during my upbringing. My mother is also an educator, and my brother is currently attending Seminary at Andrews University. 

Since receiving my Bachelor's degree from La Sierra University, I have served for 10 years in Seventh-day Adventist schools around the country. Teaching high school math has always been my passion, though throughout the years I've been able to experience different grade levels and subjects. Currently, I'm working towards my Masters in Administration and Leadership through La Sierra University's School of Education.

Music is also a big part of my life. I usually have a station from Pandora playing quietly in my classroom. I enjoy gospel music the most. My first cassette tapes were from gospel artists and the first concert I attended (in a formal arena) was performed by Kirk Franklin and his choir. I am always involved in a praise team or choir at my church.

I am looking forward to getting to know my new students and colleagues this year. Working in a setting that allows me to help prepare young people for an eternal life with Christ is a blessing.

Aubrey Fautheree

Aubrey Fautheree

AD/PE Teacher

Phone: 559-251-5548

Email: afautheree@faa.org

Employed Since: 8/12/2019

2 Years' Experience at School

My name is Aubrey Fautheree. I am a recent graduate from Walla Walla University with a bachelor’s in physical education. I have a passion for sports and working with young people. I am looking forward to a fantastic year full of fun and learning. I hope to be able to pass on a little of my love for sports to the students who come through my classes. Some fun facts about me: I love all sports, but you will find me on the golf course and I enjoy reading.

Heidianne Frick

Heidianne Frick

7th-8th Grade Teacher

Phone: 559-251-5548

Email: hfrick@faa.org


Employed Since: 8/12/2019
2 Years' Experience at School

Degrees

  • Bachelors Pacific Union College (2013)

My name is Heidi-Anne Frick and I have the privilege of being the seventh-eighth grade teacher here at Fresno Adventist Academy. I have 6 years prior to teaching in multi-grade classrooms at the Northern California Conference. I was born and raised in the Greater Bay Area in Northern California. I honestly believe God called me to be a teacher and to help share God’s love with students.

I have a wonderful husband—David, two sons—Matthew (college in Nor. Cal) and Connor, as well as my mother-in-law—Nadene (Ma) that we live with here in Fresno.

Maria Garrido

Maria Garrido

Custodian

Phone: 559-251-5548

Email: mgarrido@faa.org

Employed Since: 8/13/2013

8 Years' Experience at School

Degrees

  • High School

Isabel Jimenez

Isabel Jimenez

3rd-4th Grade Teacher

Phone: 559-251-5548

Email: ijimenez@faa.org

Employed Since: 7/1/1992

29 Years' Experience at School

Degrees

  • Bachelors Pacific Union College (1992)

  • Bachelors Pacific Union College (1997)

 Hello!  I am Isabel Jimenez, the 3rd grade teacher.  It is truly a blessing to be part of the Fresno Adventist Academy team. 

I came to serve at Fresno Adventist Academy after I graduated from Pacific Union College.  I have been teaching, here, for 26 years...and loving it!  Each of my awesome 3rd graders becomes "one of my kids" as we discover, learn, share, play, worship and pray together.  I am humbled and thank God for allowing me to be part of His plan in bringing His children closer to Him each day they walk into my classroom. 

I enjoy playing the guitar, "trying" to play golf, a good volleyball game, teaching my wonderful 3rd graders, spending time with God, family and friends, traveling and food!

If you want an excellent learning and spiritual experience for your child, come by or call the Fresno Adventist Academy office and make an appointment to talk with our principal, Chandra Young.  Your child will be so welcome!

Ayanna King

Ayanna King

1st-2nd Grade Teacher

Phone: 559-251-5548

Email: aking@faa.org

Employed Since: 7/1/2021

1 Years' Experience at School

Leslie Kordowski

Leslie Kordowski

Science Teacher

Phone: 559-251-5548

Email: lkordowski@faa.org

Employed Since: 8/10/2020

1 Years' Experience at School

Hello, nice to meet you. I am Leslie Kordowski! I come from a Mexican-Salvadorian background and was raised in a big family of 6 children. I am an alumnus of Fresno Adventist academy.  I first discovered my passion and love for teaching when I went with the FAA on a mission trip to Cambodia. It was during this time, I had the privilege of teaching science classes, and I knew I was going to be in ministry from thereon. Taking chemistry made me realize my love for science and when I mixed that with my drive for youth ministry, God led me into teaching science.

I earned my degree from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Union’s phenomenal education program helped develop GRIT and a powerful drive to constantly achieve better in my educational career.

I am happily married to Nathan Kordowski and we are proud owners of our puppy Poodle-mix Milo.  

The youth are not the church of tomorrow, they are the church of today! My philosophy of Education is to help my students achieve higher than they ever imagined possible academically, mentally, and spiritually. I want to teach young people how to have an authentic walk with God.

Gayle Norton

Gayle Norton

Principal/Teacher

Phone: 559-251-5548

Email: principal@faa.org

Employed Since: 7/1/2020

1.5 Years' Experience at School

I am a native of the Northwest. While a young boy, I lived in Argentina for four years. I also spent time as a Student Missionary pastor in Bolivia out in the Bene.

Degrees

I graduated from Walla Walla College with a Theology and Art majors with an education minor. In addition, I earned a Masters of Divinity from Andrews University and a Masters of Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

I served as a pastor for three years in Spokane, Washington. I taught Bible and Art at Walla Walla Valley Academy for twenty-eight years. In addition, I have been a principal for six years in Tillamook Adventist School, El Dorado Adventist School, and Fresno Adventist School.

I am married to Armetta (Gingrich) Norton. We have two daughters and two grandchildren.

I love reading, traveling, cycling, camping, photography, and playing sports.

Laurita Rasmussen

Laurita Rasmussen

K-4th grade Music/After School Care

Phone: 559-251-5548

Email: lrasmussen@faa.org


Employed Since: 8/10/2014
7 Years' Experience at School

Degrees

  • High School

Neil Thomas

Neil Thomas

Bible/Music Teacher

Phone: 559-251-55548

Email: nthomas@faa.org

Employed Since: 8/10/2015

6 Years' Experience at School

Degrees

  • Bachelors Andrews University (1997)

  • Masters Concordia University (2016)

  • Masters Fresno Pacific University (2019)

My name is Neil Thomas and I am a native of the beautiful island of Dominica, W.I.  For the past nineteen years, I have had the awesome opportunity to be a middle and high school science and music teacher.  I currently serve as the Campus Chaplain, High School Religion Teacher, and Middle/High School Choral Director here at Fresno Adventist Academy.

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Andrews University, a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University-Portland, and a Master of Arts degree in Music with a specialization in Choral Conducting from Fresno Pacific University.

God has also blessed me with gifts in preaching and music.  I have been preaching since the age of seven, and I have been a musician for over thirty-three years, ministering throughout the Caribbean and the United States.  I am also an ordained elder in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

I am happily married to the former Catherine Taylor from Pennsylvania, USA. We have been blessed with a son, Samuel.

My greatest desire is to inspire and influence young people to have an authentic, Spirit-led relationship with God, as they fulfill their purpose here on earth and prepare for Heaven.

Cosmin Ionita

Cosmin Ionita

English/History

Phone: 559-251-55548

Email: dionita@faa.org

Employed Since: 8/8/2022

0 Years' Experience at School

Cosmin Ionita

Vicente Tupe

Spanish

Phone: 559-251-55548

Email: vtupe@faa.org

Employed Since: 8/8/2022

0 Years' Experience at School