Robert Brady

Government & World History

Education

  • B.A. Sociology
  • M.A. History

Certificates/Licenses

  • Association of Christian Schools International Secondary Teaching Certification
  • Teacher Certification Graduate Program Sierra Nevada College
  • Nevada State Teaching License

Robert came to us with 5 years of experience in education. He is a retired law enforcement officer, and has been happily married to his wife Carolyn for 22 years. They have 7 children and one pet. His favorite Bible verse is John 1:9 and he attends Grace Church of Reno. Robert enjoys music, the gym, and reading. The thing he loves about Excel is the great staff who care about righteous teaching.

Linda Brannon

Worship

Certifications/Licenses

  • Ordained minister

 

Linda has been working at Excel for over 10 years now, and is happy that 2 of her 4 grandchildren attend school here. She is passionate about Jesus and worship, and she attends Reno Assembly of God. Her favorite Bible passage is Ephesians 1:3-8. She has been happily married to her husband Michael for 42 years, and together they have 3 grown children. Linda enjoys reading, hiking, and golfing in her free time. Being at Excel allows her to fulfill God’s calling on her life through worship and teaching, and she loves being able to teach His Word to the students. It’s a blessing to see them grow in their faith and step into the call that God has for them.

Ruben Calderas

Christian Studies, Business Math, Spanish 2 & 3, Weights

Coming soon!

Shirley Carr

American History, Christian Studies (12th Grade), Leadership &
On Course

Education

  • B.A. English, with a minor in History

Certificates/Licenses

  • Association of Christian Schools International Secondary Teacher Certification in English and History
  • California State Teaching License
  • Oregon State Teaching License
  • Washington State Teaching License
  • Nevada State Teaching License

Shirley joined our Excel family in August of 2015. She has been happily married to her husband David for 29 years, and together they have three grown children. In addition to teaching, Shirley oversees the student leadership which means that most of the fun activities like dances, spirit weeks, and school-wide events are under her watchful eye. She attends St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and her favorite bible verse is Prov. 3:5-6. In her free time, Shirley enjoys reading, walking and traveling. She loves working at Excel because it’s like a family and she gets to teach her students about God.

Lisa Cross

English (10th Grade)

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!”

Jackie Denson

AP English, Criminology and Study Hall

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.

Juliana Fehr

Algebra 1

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.”

Ellen Glavin

Algebra I & Geometry

Currently on Maternity Leave

Hi! My name is Ellen Glavin. My admiration for Excel began with my husband. He is an Excel Alumni that graduated in 2006. Excel helped add to the foundation of my husband’s faith in the Lord. When our son reached the age of kindergarten, it was a unanimous decision to have him attend Excel. After just one year of our son attending this school, I realized all the amazing things God is doing here. I knew I wanted to be a part of it, too! After much prayer and seeking the Lord, He led me to go into education.

I graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Throughout my student career, I realized my love and excitement for numbers in math. By taking the classes required for my degree, I saw the many applications math has in the real world, specifically in business.

My education career began here in 2016. As a new teacher, I have much to learn! I consider myself someone who takes constructive criticism well and enjoys utilizing my problem-solving skills. I am blessed to have so many here that are willing to help this new teacher grow and learn!

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Dan Kovach

Biology

Education

  • B.S. Landscape Architecture

Certificates/Licenses

  • Association of Christian School International Secondary Teacher Certification
  • Licensed Landscape Architect in Nevada and California
  • Certified in Sustainable SITES and erosion and sediment control

 

Dan grew up in the Mojave Desert where he learned from a young age the wonder of the outdoors. He has a passion for taking groups of all ages into the natural environment to experience life in a way they might not have otherwise. He brings with him decades of experience in teaching others about the environment, and he still teaches occasionally at TMCC. He was married to his wife for 37 and ½ years before the Lord called her home to Heaven, and he has one son who is a financial analyst in Las Vegas. Dan attends the Sparks Foursquare Church and his favorite Bible verses are Ephesians 3:20 and Philippians 4:8 which help him to see the beauty in this world and remind him that this is not our final home. He finds great personal enjoyment outdoors in all seasons by foot, bike, paddle, and ski. He enjoys Excel because he enjoys adding to the lives of his students.

Fabian Kovac

High School CJROTC

Education

  • A.A. Secondary Education
  • B.S. Secondary Education (in process)

Sgt. Kovac is a Marine veteran who served 4 years. He is new to Excel this year; he came to help us re-start our CJROTC program. He attends Aposento Alto Church and his favorite Bible verse is Galatians 2:20. Fabian enjoys fitness and working out at the gym. He loves the friendly work environment at Excel. Welcome to Excel, Fabian!

Suzanna Johnson

Anatomy & Physiology, Drawing, English (9th Grade)

Education

  • B.S. English Education with a History Education minor
  • M.S. Secondary Education–all subjects

Certificates/Licenses

  • Association of Christian Schools International Secondary Teacher English History Certification

Suzanna first came to Excel mid-year in 2020 as a part-time substitute, but it wasn’t long before we realized what an asset she would be as a full-time employee. She has three grown children and one who is a senior this year at Excel. Suzanna brought nineteen years of experience in teaching, some at the college level and some as a homeschool teacher. Suzanna attends Calvary Baptist Church, Reno, where she heads the music team; and her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 73:25-26. When she’s not teaching, Suzanna enjoys glassing and hunting rural Nevada, playing keyboard, and spending time with her family.

Bobby Hunter

Basketball Skills

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!

Steve Hadley

Christian Studies

Education
A.A. Political Science

Certificates/Licenses

Nevada Licensed and Ordained Minister of the Gospel

Pastor Steve joined our teaching team in Christian Studies when he and his wife decided to enroll their children at Excel. He and his church have been avid supporters of our school. He is the senior pastor at Harvest Family Fellowship, and his favorite Bible verse is Chronicles 7:14. Steve has over 35 years of full-time ministry experience. He has been happily married to his wife Nicole for 24 years and together they have 6 children. In his spare time he enjoys writing, and has been known to occasionally stand on his head.

David Ryan

Chemistry

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.

Carl Stone

Christian Studies

Certificates/Licenses

  • Ordained Minister
  • American Red Cross CPR/Advanced First Aid/Lifeguard Instructor
  • National Ski Patrol – Back Country and Downhill Rescue
  • American Heart Association CPR instructor
  • Dive Rescue/High Angle Rescue/Mine Rescue
  • Marine Search and Rescue

Carl is retired from a career in law enforcement with the Nevada Highway Patrol, and he brings with him years of experience in educating/training other officers and first responders. (He’s an excellent addition to our school safety team.) Carl has experience in leading youth at church and at summer camps. He attends Sparks Christian Fellowship and his favorite Bible passage is Numbers 6:24-26. He has been happily married to his wife Lisa for 35 years, and together they have 2 grown children. He loves teaching Christian Studies because he enjoys talking about the Bible.

April Sovey

English (11th Grade), Spanish 1

Education

  • B.A. Education; Spanish & English

Certificates/Licenses

  • Nevada State Teacher License Qualified
  • Association of Christian Schools International Secondary English & Spanish Teacher Certification

April Sovey has been teaching for Excel since 2013. She has been an educator for 11 years. She has one child and some sea monkeys. April attends Horizon Christian Church and her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 16: 5-11. She enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, and reading both prose and poetry. When asked what she loved about working at Excel, April stated, “It’s a family atmosphere centered in Christ.”

Vickie Stutzman

Crochet, English (12th Grade), Film Analysis, Health, Speech & Debate

Certificates/Licenses
LPN Licensed Practical Nurse

Association of Christian Schools International Waiver to Teach Health

Vickie has been involved at Excel since 2013, when Legacy Christian School merged with Excel. She started here as our school nurse, but it wasn’t long before she was teaching Health and other electives. She was pulled into teaching English and Speech and Debate when the administration noticed her strong writing skills and her love for literature. Vickie has been happily married to her husband Ted for 23 years, and together they share 4 children, 3 of whom are grown and 1 who is a senior this year at Excel. She attends Harvest Family Fellowship and her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 11:27. She enjoys needle crafting, genealogy and reading. The best part about being at Excel for her is the kids!

Lynn Taylor

Algebra 2

Education

  • B.A. Biological Science w/Math Emphasis

Certificates/Licenses

  • Association of Christian Schools International Secondary Mathematics with Calculus Teacher
  • Nevada State Teaching License

Lynn has been at Excel for just over 3 years now, and she often steps up to teach the “hard” math. She brings years of teaching experience and an attitude that everyone can succeed at math. She has been happily married to her husband John for 8 years, and they have 4 grown children. Lynn attends Cornerstone Church and her favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 12:1-2. When she’s not doing math, she enjoys reading and cross stitch. When asked why she loves teaching at Excel, she said, “I especially appreciate the camaraderie among the teachers, staff, administration and site workers.””

Tiffany Ward

Geometry

Education

  • B.A. History
  • M.A. Education: Instructional & Curricular Studies

Certificates/Licenses

  • Association of Christian Schools International Math and History Secondary Teacher Certification
  • State of Nevada Teaching License – Highly Qualified Status for Math with Calculus and US & World History

Tiffany retired from the school district in 2019 and joined our Excel family of teachers. She has been happily married for 19 years to her husband Stacy, and together they have 1 son who is a senior at Excel this year. She attends Summit Christian Church and her favorite Bible verse is John 3:16. She enjoys teaching at Excel because of the smaller classes which in turn leads to getting to know her students better.