Secondary Staff

Secondary Staff

Secondary Staff

David Albert
Albert, David
Mr. Albert earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts at the University of Steubenville, and his Master of Ministry at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1997, and began his tenure at FCA in 2007. Two of his daughters are FCA graduates, and the youngest will be joining them all too soon.
Melissa Albert
Albert, Melissa
Secondary Teacher
Mrs. Albert earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Franciscan University of Steubenville.  Since then, she has served as a language teacher for international students, a sub in public schools in Ohio, has had three daughters, and has taught in both church and private school settings.  She has taught at FCA since the fall of 2006. Two daughters are FCA graduates, and the youngest will be joining them all too soon.
Biedenharn, Hayden
Music Teacher
Mr. Biedenharn is a graduate of Hilliard Darby High School and The Ohio State University, where he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2018.  While at Ohio State, he was in concert band, Men's Glee Club, symphony orchestra and the National Association for Music Education and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.  He enjoys camping, is a music enthusiast and a Disney fanatic!  He and his wife Ashley are active in their church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Grove City.   He is also involved with the Knights of Columbus.  Mr. Biedenharn earned his Eagle Scout in 2010.  Mr. Biedenharn's life verses are James 5:12 and James 2:14.  
Blais, Amanda
Ms. Blais is a graduate of Otterbein University from Westerville, OH.  She enjoys track and field, coaching volleyball, teaching Sunday School and singing in her church choir.  She attends Church of the Messiah UMC in Westerville.  
Mark Bowers
Bowers, Mark
Elementary Chaplain/Librarian
Mark Bowers is a 1985 graduate of Ohio University.  Mark grew up in the Sugar Grove area.  He attended and graduated from Berne Union.  He and his wife, Corinna, live in Pickerington, Ohio.  Mark has taught at several Christian schools in the central Ohio area.
Brake, Kelsey
Mrs. Brake is a graduate of Randolph Early College High School and UNCW.  She enjoys soccer and animals.  She is a member of Calvary Apostolic Church where she and her husband Jesse serve the youth.  Her life verse is Zephaniah 3:17.  
Kris Brake
Brake, Kris
Secondary Intervention Specialist
Kris Brake earned her B.A. at Capital University in Special Education K-12, Regular Education K-8 and Reading K-12. She has been in Christian Education since 1990. She has been a part of the FCA family since 2005. She has had 3 of her 4 children graduate from FCA. She works in the Intervention Department with students who struggle academically. She fully believes that “With God ALL thing are possible.”
Craig Carpenter
Carpenter, Craig
Superintendent Craig Carpenter previously served as Middle School and High School Principal (2006 -2013) and prior to his employment at FCA, he taught in Lancaster City Schools for six-years. After college, he worked ten years as an Operations Manager at a Fortune 500 company in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Carpenter obtained his graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University and earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. He and his wife, Shelly, have a son who graduated from FCA and two daughters currently in high school at FCA. They reside in Lancaster and are members of Fairfield Christian Church. Mr. Carpenter’s leadership, education and business experience have helped to bring about successful programs and curriculum changes and he has a clear vision for moving FCA forward.
Kathryn Doyle
Doyle, Kathryn
Spanish Teacher
Kathryn (Katie) Doyle attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University where she received her B.S. in Spanish Education.  Katie attended Logan High School.
Some of her hobbies include running, reading and traveling.
Barry Garrett
Garrett, Barry
Secondary Math Teacher
Barry A. Garrett was born, raised, and is still living in Lancaster, Ohio. Barry is happily married to his college sweetheart and has one son who is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Barry received degrees from Ohio University: B.S. in Computer Science & M.S. in Mathematics. He is licensed by State of Ohio to teach Secondary Math, grades 7-12. Barry has been teaching at Fairfield Christian Academy since 2003.
Chris Hawks
Hawks, Chris
Secondary Chemistry & Physics Teacher
Chris Hawks is the chemistry, physics, photography and technology instructor at Fairfield Christian Academy. He is a graduate of Clarion University where he earned his Masters degree of Education in Science and is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology at Ohio University.  In addition to teaching at FCA, Mr. Hawks is an adjunct instructor at Ohio University who teaches a middle school science methods course as well as a technology in education course.
Jason Hildenbrand
Hildenbrand, Jason
Secondary Math Teacher

Mr. Hildenbrand graduated from Logan Elm High School and received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio University.  He has taught math at Lancaster High School for the last 19 years.  Jason has 2 children that attend FCA.  

 Jason has helped coach biddy volleyball for 3 years and biddy basketball for 2 years. 

He enjoys running with his wife, playing volleyball with his daughter and watching Ohio State football with his son. 

Jason is also the worship leader for the last 21 years at his church, Amanda Church of God.

His life verse is Psalms 24:3-4 "who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?  Who may stand in his holy place?  4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god". 


Roger Hooper
Hooper, Roger
Physical Education
Mr. Hooper graduated from Ohio University in 1972 with a BS degree in Education.  He furthered his education and received his Master's degree at Union College, Kentucky in 1987.
Mr. Hooper is married to Debbie and has 2 children, Clay & Nan.
He has been in Physical Education for 43 years and also serves as Head Basketball Coach.
Becky Knechtel
Knechtel, Becky
Guidance Counselor
Becky Knechtel was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to missionary parents. She graduated from high school in Brookville, Indiana in 1977 and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education at Capital University in 1981. She went on to earn her Master of Science in School Counseling at the University of Dayton in 1986. Becky is married to Craig, who is a retired science teacher from the Teays Valley School district. She has two sons, Matt and Eric, who are both Fairfield Christian Academy alumni. Her daughter-in-law, Brittany, is also an FCA graduate. As a guidance counselor, Becky meets with the students throughout their high school years to help them plan their schedules, get ready for college entrance testing, make college visits, and assist with the application process for college and scholarship programs. In addition to career and college guidance she is also available for general counseling with the students in the areas of academic and personal development issues.
Paine, Isaac
Secondary Teacher
Mr. Paine is a graduate of Fairfield Christian Academy and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History & Social Studies Education from Bluffton University.  He previously worked as a long-term substitute and teacher's aid at Patriot Preparatory Academy.  

Mr. Paine enjoys reading history and politics, watching sports, exercising, and spending time with his wife Sarah, who is an Elementary Teacher at FCA.  He attends Maranatha Community Church in Pickerington where he serves in youth ministry and the welcome team.  His life verse is Revelation 3:7-8.  
Pell, Amanda
Elementary Teacher
Mrs. Pell graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, traveling and running.  She attends C3 Church in Canal Winchester.  Mrs. Pell's life verse is Jeremiah 29:11.  
Denise Porter
Porter, Denise
Secondary English Teacher
Denise Porter is a 1990 graduate of Capital University.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Professional Writing.  She resides in the Lancaster area with her husband and 2 teenage daughters.
Kristen Powell
Powell, Kristen
Kristen has worked as a nurse for 4 years in Intensive Care and Progressive Care at Fairfield Medical Center.  She has also worked as a school nurse at Lancaster City School and Berne Union. 
Kristen hearned her BS in Nursing from Capital University and also holds a MA in Management from Webster University.  Additionally Kristen has a BA in Elementary Education from UNC Charlotte.
She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, walking their dog and traveling.  Kristen and her husband have a daughter who attends FCA.
They are very involved in their church and serve in the nursery, assist with outreach projects and teach Sunday School.
Kristen's Life Verse is: Lamentations 3:22-23 - The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 
Laura Putinski
Putinski, Laura
Assistant Superintendent
Laura Putinski was born in Lakewood, Ohio and grew up in the Cleveland area. She and her husband Mark have three grown children who all graduated from FCA. She graduated high school in 1982 and attended Cleveland State University. Laura holds a Bachelor of Specialized Studies degree and a Bachelor of Science in Education degree, both from Ohio University. Her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree is from Ohio Valley University in Vienna, WV. Laura’s passion for education is best seen by her desire to assist teachers with learning new and innovative ways to engage students in the classroom.
Ellen Ratliff
Ratliff, Ellen
Secondary Social Studies Teacher

Ellen joined the FCA staff in 1998, after moving to Lancaster area from Dayton, Ohio. She has a BS in Communications from Ohio University, and extensive studies in Special Education from Wright State University, and Sinclair Community College.   During summer break, Ellen leads short term mission teams to Montego Bay, Jamaica for Vacation Bible School. Every spring, she coordinates the 10-11 grade class mission trip to Echoing Hills Village, a camp for adults and youth with disabilities. Currently, Ellen serves as an Executive Board member of both Echoing Hills Village Inc. and Called to Excellence Ministries.  Ellen has been married to her high school sweetheart for 36 years. They have 2 sons, a granddaughter, grandson, a Bassett Hound and a Pug. Her life verse is 2 Chronicles 20:12.

Robert Reid
Reid, Robert
Art Teacher
 Rob attended Amanda-Clearcreek High School and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University, and his Resident Educator (P-12 Visual Art) License from Ashland University.
He enjoys drawing, painting, reading, golf, fishing, photography, and hiking! 
Jamie Roark
Roark, Jamie
Secondary Teacher
Ms. Roark received her Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio Christian University, specializing in Language Arts and Mathematics.  She is a graduate of Amanda Clearcreek HS and has cousins who are currently attending FCA.  She enjoys painting, crafts and reading.  She is a member of Royalton Community Church and serves as a youth leader and expressing sign language coach.  Her life verse is Ecc. 3:11:  He has made everything beautiful in His time.  
Sanford, Autumn
Secondary Teacher
Mrs. Sanford graduated from Gahanna Christian Academy and received her B.S. in AYA Social Studies Education from Ohio Christian University.  She is a member of Shepherd Nazarene Church where her father is the pastor.  She plays violin on their worship team and serves with her husband on the First Impressions team.  She enjoys crafts like knitting and making jewelry, loves coffee, traveling and hanging out with friends and family.  She played volleyball in high school and all four years of college.  Mrs. Sanford's life verse is Psalm 46:10. 
Janis Smeltzer
Smeltzer, Janis
Co op Director
Janis Smeltzer is a native of Lancaster Ohio and completed her undergraduate in Elementary Education and Master of Social Science degrees at Ohio University. Mrs. Smeltzer and her husband Andy are members of First Baptist Church of Lancaster with their three daughters and are active in the couples ministry, youth ministry and AWANA programs. Mrs. Smeltzer previously taught in the Fairfield Union School district and at Ohio University – Lancaster before joining FCA in 2010.
Kara Stephens
Stephens, Kara
Admissions & Guidance Assistant
Kara Stephens is a 2010 graduate of Fairfield Christian Academy who is now back at FCA working in many different areas as the Admissions Director, Assistant to the Guidance Counselor and the Auxiliary Clerk. Kara received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ohio Christian University. She is currently
working on her Masters in School Counseling at the University of the Southwest. Her goal is to be a High School Guidance Counselor because she enjoys working with kids and helping them with their future. Kara and her husband Zach, who graduated from FCA in 2006, are expecting their first child in December 2014. They reside in Lancaster and are members of Fairfield Christian Church. Kara’s life verse is Joshua 1:9.
Syx, Katie
Secondary Teacher
Mrs. Syx is a resident of Bremen, Ohio and a graduate of Marysville High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Family and Consumer Science Education and her Master of Education Intervention Specialist-Mild to Moderate K-12 from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. 

Mrs. Syx previously taught at Canal Winchester High School, Winchester Trail Elementary and Marysville High School.   

She attends Fairfield Christian Church where she serves in children's ministries. Mrs. Syx enjoys spending time with family, running, yoga, hiking and working on her farm.  Her life verse is Joshua 1:9.  
Dale White
White, Dale
Media Director
Dale White is a veteran of the television and media industry with years of experience in nearly every aspect of multimedia production, promotions and programming. He is an award-winning producer with a background in sports & news, documentaries, feature film and entertainment.


Dale begin his career at WBNS-10TV in Columbus, Ohio. In 1999, he co-found Brainstorm Media, Inc., a local production company, and has spent time as senior producer of Breakthrough Ministries at World Harvest Church, assistant Education Director at the Ohio Center for Broadcasting, (Ohio Media School), and President at Whitehouse Media Group.


Dale is originally from Detroit, Michigan and an alumnus of Spec Howard School of Media Arts in Detroit and has a degree in Electronic Engineering from the Ohio Institute of Technology (DeVry).

Williams, Caleb
Secondary Math Teacher
Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management and Business from Ohio Christian University. He is a former Athletic Director and K-12 PE teacher at a Christian school.  He resides in Columbus and enjoys spending time with his family, playing and coaching soccer, and volunteering in Kids Church at Veritas Community Church.  His life verse is Romans 8:18 - I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Jessica Wise
Wise, Jessica
English Teacher
Ms. Wise is a graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Secondary English Education.  She is a member of Amazing Grace Christian Church where she serves on the worship team and as a youth sponsor with her soon-to-be husband.  She studied abroad in Ireland for 4 months and can't wait to visit again.  Her life verse is Psalm 46:10.   
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