Kayla Brannon

Pre-Kindergarten

Education

  • Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s Degree in progress
  • Association of Christian Schools International Member

Kayla Brannon joined Excel Christian School as a preschool teacher in 2016. She has over a decade of experience in early childhood education. She has been happily married to her husband Aaron for 6 years and have 2 children. Kayla attends Living Waters Christian Fellowship and Horizon Christian Church. Her favorite Bible verse is Provers 31:25. She enjoys painting and bowling. When asked what she loves about working at Excel, Kayla stated, “Pouring into our students, the relationships with staff, students, and parents, and being to both give and receive prayers.”

Weng McCamey

Pre-Kindergarten

Education

  • B.S. Commerce
  • B.S. Education, Early Education Administration, PreK Specialization

Certificates/Licenses

  • PreK Specialization
  • Association of Christian Schools International Member

Edwina McCamey has been teaching young children at Excel since 2011. She has been an educator for 29 years. She and her husband Joseph have been happily married for 11 years. They have 2 grown children and a dog. Edwina attends Spirit Filled Church and her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11. She enjoys cooking and entertaining guests. Why does she love Excel? “I love the people; all of the students, all of the staff and administration, and the relationship we have together.”

Yvonne Hebert

Pre-Kindergarten

Coming soon!

Kristi Olivo

Kindergarten

Kristi is a new hire this year, and she comes to us with 2 years of teaching experience at Logos Christian Academy. She is in the process of obtaining her license through the Association of Christian Schools International and finishing up her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education through Grand Canyon University. She has a 12 year old son, who is a 7th grade student at Excel, and she enjoys all outdoor activities.  Kristi attends CONVO church and her favorite Bible verse is 2 Timothy 1:7. She loves teaching in a school where God is at the center of its purpose.

Jonah Ferrin

First Grade

Education

  • A.A. General Studies
  • B.S. Elementary Education

Certificates/Licenses

  • Nevada State Teacher License
  • Association of Christian Schools International Elementary Teaching Certificate

Jonah joined the Excel team in 2015, and has been an educator for 17 years. He has been happily married to his wife Emily for 13 years. They have 2 children and a dog. Jonah attends Holy Cross and Our Savior Lutheran Church and his favorite Bible verse if John 3:16. He enjoys music and movies. When asked what he loved about working at Excel, Jonah stated, “I get to teach! After working in the public schools for years, I know the difference.”

Sandra Mills

Second Grade

Education

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • M.A. Organizational Management
  • Teacher Certification Program at San Diego Christian College

Certificates/Licenses

  • State of Nevada Elementary Teacher’s License K-8
  • Association of Christian Schools International Professional Elementary Teacher Certification

Sandra Mills has been a teacher at Excel since 2016, but her teaching experience spans more than a decade. She has been happily married to her husband Rodney for 23 years, with whom she shares 3 children. Sandra attends the First Baptist Church of Sparks and her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6.

She enjoys reading and traveling with her family. When asked what she loves about working at Excel, Sandra stated, “The people, relationships, and the love everyone has for the Lord. I love that I get to teach my students about the hope we have in Jesus!”

Laura Harper

Third Grade

Education

  • A.A. Science
  • B.S. Natural Resource Management
  • Teacher Certification Program at Sierra Nevada College

Certificates/Licenses

  • Association of Christian Schools International Elementary Teacher Certification

Laura Harper first started teaching at Excel in 2005. She has been an educator for 18 years. Her previous career was in forestry, and she still enjoys being outdoors. She has one grown child. Laura attends Sparks United Methodist Church and her favorite Bible verse is 1Peter 5:7. She enjoys hiking, baseball, and the company of her wiener dog Penny. When asked what she loved about teaching at Excel, Laura responded, “The freedom to be authentic with my coworkers and students as a child of Christ.”

Tori Kniesteadt

Fourth Grade

Education

  • B.A. Spanish
  • M.A. Teaching
  • M.S. STEM Education

Certificates/Licenses

  • Association of Christian Schools International Elementary Teacher Certification
  • Nevada State Teaching License

Victoria is one of the new hires at Excel this year, and she comes to us with 11 years of experience in education. She has been happily married to her husband Robert for 3 years. Victoria attends Horizon Christian Church, and her favorite bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11. When she’s not teaching she enjoys reading, exercise, and playing games. So far, she enjoys Excel because she gets to share Jesus. Welcome to Excel, Tori!

Karen Briggs

Fifth Grade

Education

  • B.A. Elementary Education

Certificates/Licenses

  • Nevada State Teacher License
  • Association of Christian Schools International Elementary Teacher Certification

Karen Briggs joined Excel in 2013 when Legacy Christian School merged with Excel. She has been in education for 20 years. She has been happily married to her husband Robert for 42 years. They have three grown children, 10 grandchildren, and 1 dog. Karen attends Mt. Rose Evangelical Free Church and her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 1:1-3. She enjoys reading and playing with her grandkids. When asked about what she loves about Excel, she stated, “We are motivating students to find joy in the pursuit of excellence!”

Jean Gentry

Sixth Grade

Education

  • B.S. Elementary Education

Certificates/Licenses

  • Association of Christian Schools International Elementary Teacher Certification
  • Nevada State Teaching License

 

Jean came to us as a new hire this year, and she brings over 40 years of experience in education. She has been happily married to her husband Rick for 29 years and together they have 1 grown daughter. She attends the Church of the Sierras and her favorite bible verse is John 13:34. Jean enjoys reading, hiking and swimming. What does she love about Excel? “I love the fact that Jesus is a part of education!” Welcome to our team, Jean!

Juliana Fehr

Education Support Teacher & Robotics

Education

  • B.S. Elementary and Special Education
  • Trained in Robotics by RAN, the Robotics Academy of Nevada

Certificates/Licenses

  • Nevada State Teacher License Qualified
  • Association of Christian Schools International Elementary Teacher Certification

Juliana Fehr is an Excel Christian School alumnus, and after graduating from UNR, she returned to teach for us. She has been teaching here since 2013. She has two cats that are named Gnome and Wade. Juliana attends Living Waters Christian Fellowship and her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 139:13-18. When asked what she loved about working at Excel, Juliana stated, “Friendly staff.”

David Hayes

Sixth Grade Band

David Hayes

Certificates/Licenses

  • Association of Christian Schools International Waiver to Teach in the Arts Department

David has been a part-time employee at Excel for over 12 years. He’s part-time because he’s a true entertainer with decades of stage experience. David has been happily married to his wife Karen for almost 33 years, and together they have two grown children. He attends Outlook Christian Church and his favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13. When David isn’t on a stage or at school, he enjoys busking (street entertaining) and bringing joy and happiness to people. He is a variety musician who plays the alto saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, piano, drums, guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Why he is at Excel: “I love inspiring and motivating the young people to find their talents and develop them!”

Jackie Denson

Librarian

Education

  • A.A. English and Criminal Justice
  • B.A. Criminal Justice with a minor in English
  • M.A. in progress in Secondary Education

Certificates/Licenses

  • Association of Christian Schools International Secondary Teacher Certification in English

Jackie first came to Excel in 2013 as a mom enrolling her own children, but it wasn’t long before we talked her into joining our staff. She has been happily married to her husband Jeff for 23 years, and together they have 5 children and 2 grandchildren. Her favorite bible verses are Romans 12: 6-13. She attends Grace Community Church. Jackie loves teaching at Excel because it’s a family, and it’s a place where she can bring God freely into any conversation or lesson.

Mark Humes

P.E. & After-School Tennis/Fitness

Education

  • B.S Education

Certificates/Licenses

  • Nevada State Teacher License
  • Association of Christian Schools International All-Levels Physical Education certified
  • U.S.P.T.A Tennis Teaching Certification

 

Mark has been a P.E. teacher at Excel since 2012, and has over 26 years of teaching experience. He has been happily married to his wife Bonnie for 6 years. They have 2 children and a cat. Mark attends Summit Christian Church and his favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11. He enjoys exercising at the gym, hiking and playing drums for a worship band named “Manna.” Why does Mark love working at Excel? “I love teaching the students about the Lord and praying with them. I love our staff and administration; they are always so helpful. Teaching physical education to our students and helping them to understand how to keep their bodies healthy is one of my passions.”

Marci Mayzes

Music & Art Teacher

Education

  • A.A. Music and Liberal Arts
  • B.A. Music and Liberal Arts

Certificates/Licenses

  • Nevada State Teacher License Qualified
  • Association of Christian Schools International Elementary Teacher Certification Qualified

Marci Mayzes has been a teacher at Excel since 2012, and has been an educator for 18 years. She has been happily married to her husband Randy for 19 years. They have 2 children. Marci attends Horizon Christian Church and her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 100: 1-2. She enjoys worshiping Jesus, exploring color, and creating. Why does she love teaching at Excel? It’s simple; “Jesus!”

Diahn Gilpin

Computer Teacher

Education

  • B.A. Music Administration, Vocal Performance

Certificates/Licenses

  • Association of Christian Schools International Specialist Certification

 

Diahn Gilpin has been working at Excel since 2016. Prior to joining Excel’s team she had a career in music ministry, dental administration and women’s ministry. She fined tuned her computer skills when she was in dental administration and when she worked as an accreditation consultant for ACSI. She has been happily married to her husband Carey for 17 years. They have 2 children, 2 cats and a dog. Diahn attends Horizon Christian Church and her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 1:5. She enjoys music and gardening. When asked what she loves about teaching at Excel, Diahn responded, “Faith based education and the freedom to share Christ’s love with students and colleagues.”

Maria Shaver

Teaching Aide

My name is Maria Shaver. I was born and raised in Guatemala. I came to the United States when I was 14 years old. I didn’t speak English and started from scratch with my mother. I initially learned English by watching comedy shows on television.

My mother and I lived in Oakland, California. I graduated High School and enrolled in college while I worked at a Safeway in Oakland. I met my husband when he was a Police Officer in Oakland and we’ve been married for 26 years. We have two children.

My main hobby is fitness and I’ve completed 10 marathons. I love Excel Christian School and enjoy watching God work to mold all of our bright young students! I assist with Elementary school and also with both Middle school and High school P.E.
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Diane Ellis

PreK Teaching Assistant

Education

  • Licensed Practical Nurse Certification Program

Certificates/Licenses

  • State of Nevada Licensed Practical Nurse

Diane has been working part-time at Excel as a school nurse and Pre-K support staff since 2018. She has worked in various settings as an LPN for over 40 years. Diane has been married to her husband Earl for the last eleven years. She has two grown children and 2 grown step children. Diane attends Christ Church of Reno Anglican and her favorite verse is John 3:16. She enjoys exercising, singing, and traveling. Diane loves working with the “littles” at Excel!