Lisa Cross

Principal

Education

  • B.S. Education
  • M.S. Education

Certificates/Licenses

  • Association of Christian Schools International All-levels Principal Certified
  • Nevada State Administrator License Qualified
  • Nevada State Teacher License Qualified
  • Association of Christian Schools International Secondary Teacher Certification

Lisa Cross was one of the founding teachers at Excel Christian School in 2003, and she has been the Principal since 2011. Lisa has almost 30 years of experience in education. She has been happily married to her husband Jack for 38 years, and they have four grown children and 9 grandchildren so far. Lisa attends Outlook Christian Church and one of her favorite Bible verses is Psalm 13:5-6. She enjoys the ocean, traveling, and time spent with friends and family. Why does Lisa love Excel? “Whether I’m with students or employees, I ‘know’ that God has brought each and every one, and I can expect great things!”

David Ryan

Assistant Principal

Education

  • B.S. Civil/Environmental Engineering
  • M.S. Math Education

Certificates/Licenses

  • Association of Christian Schools International Secondary Teacher Certification in Mathematics
  • Nevada State Teacher License Qualified

Dave Ryan serves as the middle and high school assistant principal and teaches high school chemistry and math. He has been working in education for 18 years. Dave has been married to his beautiful bride Fran for 24 years and together they have 1 teenager and 2 grown children. He attends Summit Christian Church and his favorite Bible verse is Philippians 2:3-8. Dave shared that he loves working with the Godly, humble servants God has brought to Excel’s staff. He loves being a part of what God is doing in our students as they grow in the truth and knowledge of Jesus.

Jami Davis

Assistant Principal

Education

  • B.S. Elementary Education

Certificates/Licenses

  • Association of Christian Schools International Assistant Administrator Certification
  • Nevada State Teacher Certificate Qualified

Jami Davis is the elementary school assistant principal. She has been an educator for 18 years and has been happily married to her husband Tom for 31 years. Tom and Jami have 2 grown daughters, 8 grandchildren and 1 black Labrador. Jami has been a long time member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She enjoys camping, traveling, and Disneyland. Why does she love working at Excel? “I love the people I work with, and the freedom we have to teach what is important… a relationship with Jesus.”

Melissa Molina

Pre-Kindergarten Director

Education

  • B.S. Child Development

Certificates/Licenses

  • Nevada Registry Level 5

Melissa has been an integral part of Excel’s administrative team since she joined us in 2012 to start a Pre-K program here at Excel. She has been happily married to her husband Ron, for 3 years, and together they share 1 daughter, Amelia Joy. Melissa attends Outlook Christian Church and her favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 2:9. When Melissa isn’t working with children she enjoys community events, outdoor activities, and adventures of any kind. When asked why she loves Excel, she replied, “I enjoy being a part of a faith based community. I like that we get to walk with and disciple students Pre K through 12th grade. I love the ability to instill within each child a thirst for knowledge and our Lord that they will carry for the rest of their lives.”

Tracy Smith

Counselor and Education Support Director

Education

  • A.A. Liberal Arts/American Sign Language
  • B.A. Psychology with a minor in Developmental Disabilities
  • M.A. Counseling and Educational Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy

Certificates/Licenses

  • National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Board for Certified Counselors
  • Association of Christian Schools International School Counselor Certification

Tracy Smith has been working at Excel since 2016 and in the human services field for 28 years. She has been happily married to her amazing husband Sean for 19 years. They have 1 son, 2 dogs and a cat. Tracy attends Outlook Christian Church and her favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:38-39. She enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, reading, and traveling. Tracy loves working at Excel because she gets to love on the kids and share the saving grace of Jesus Christ with the next generation.

Bobby Hunter

Athletic Director

Education

  • A.A. Arts & Science
  • B.A. Communications & Sociology

Certificates/Licenses

  • Association of Christian Schools International Athletic Director Certification

Bobby came to us with 3 years of experience in education. He was formerly a Personal trainer/JAG instructor for the Washoe County School District. He also started his own basketball program, More to the Game, and has run basketball skills camps in various parts of the west. Bobby played college basketball for Illinois State and was part of the NAIA D2 National Champion team. He has a giant ring to prove it! His favorite Bible verse is Matthew 19:26 and he and his family are currently looking for a church home. Bobby and his wife Allison have been happily married for 6 years. He enjoys spending time with their daughter Nye who is in the PreK program at Excel, and he also enjoys hiking. Why does he like Excel? He loves the family environment, and looks forward to building a strong athletic program. Welcome to Excel, Bobby!