Linda Brannon

Christian Studies (7th Grade)

My name is Linda Brannon. I am very blessed to be a part of this exciting school! I have been at Excel since 2011; I first taught music at the elementary level and then moved over to the middle school as the 7th & 8th grade Christian Studies teacher. Besides teaching, I am the Worship Adviser for Excel’s worship team and the bookkeeper.

I have served as a worship leader for over 12 years, served as a children’s choir director, taught Sunday school youth and adult classes, and served as women’s ministries director; ministering to women for over 20 years.

I have been happily married to Michael for 39 years, have 3 wonderful grown children and 4 awesome grandchildren, 1 of which I am blessed to see every day here at Excel.
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Ruben Calderas

US History

Coming soon!

Shirley Carr

U.S. History (8th Grade) & Leadership

My name is Shirley Carr. I have been here at Excel Christian School for three years now and am honored to teach here. I graduated from Concordia University, Irvine and am in my 16th year of teaching. I have taught Middle School and High School English and History in La Verne, CA, Salem, OR, Bothell, WA and Apex, NC. My husband Dave and I have been married for 26 years and have three wonderful kids. Chloe is 21 and a senior at East Carolina University. Katelyn graduated from Excel in 2017 and is a freshman at Concordia University, Irvine. Our son David is a sophomore in high school. I felt led by God to be here, and I love every day I get to teach the kids here at Excel!

Jackie Denson

English (8th Grade)

Mrs. Denson is a Reno native who is married to our head football coach. Together they have 5 beautiful children, a daughter who has two boys of her own, and four boys who attend Excel. She loves Excel because she feels completely supported by those who walk in the same faith, and she is passionate about “being the change we want to see in the world.” As our school librarian, she excels at encouraging children to love books.

A graduate of TMCC (AA degree in both English and Criminal Justice), she is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in Criminal Justice and Creative Writing.

She loves learning and enjoys being a role model to younger students. In 2012 she went on a mission trip to Uganda, Africa where she learned how to see and feel God’s love with people of other cultures.

Mrs. Denson looks forward to time with your children this year in the library and might even see you on the football field cheering on the Warriors!

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Juliana Fehr

Middle School Math & STEM Robotics

I was born in Reno, NV, but lived in Nevada, Louisiana, and Germany for most of my childhood. I have two younger brothers and great mom and dad. I have grown up in Christian home, but God challenged me to dig deep and grow more with him. As an alumnus of Excel I enjoy the Christian atmosphere of my workplace. I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Nevada. Go, Pack! In my five years of teaching experience I have taught Kindergarten, Second and Sixth Grades. My hobbies are knitting, cross-stitching and playing board games.

Ellen Glavin

Physical Science

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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David Hayes

Middle School Art & After School Band

David Hayes

David says working at Excel has been, “a wonderful experience developing student talents and skills. What I have realized over the last 8 years is that all students have potential, and with encouragement and commitment, anything is possible!”

A professional entertainer, David studied acting in college and has performed in theaters across the United States and around the world, recently returning from a 7-month engagement in the West End of London and then on tour in the UK. He is a variety musician who plays the alto saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, piano, drums, guitar, mandolin, and banjo.

His artistic skills include major exhibitions in Reno and art displays in Las Vegas. He teaches at a local Paint and Sip, sharing with adults and children his expertise in starting and producing artwork they can appreciate and be inspired to continue creating.
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Mark Humes

P.E. & Percussions

Hi, my name is Mark Humes and I am so excited to be one of the teachers at Excel! I am a native to the Reno area, graduating from Reno High School and U.N.R. I have 18 years of experience teaching physical education to elementary and secondary level students. I also am a tennis teacher and direct the City of Sparks tennis program. I gave my life to the Lord 14 years ago and am very blessed and love the Lord very much.

I started teaching at Excel Christian School in the fall of 2012 and feel very blessed to be your child’s physical education teacher.

I am very dedicated to help build the physical education program at Excel Christian School and plan on being at Excel School for many more years to come and hope to make our school the best school in the Reno-Sparks community. Praise the Lord for everything he does in our lives !

God Bless,
Mark Humes

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Bobby Hunter

Middle School Basketball Skills

Coming soon!

Suzanna Johnson

English (7th Grade) & Life Science

Coming soon!

Fabian Kovac

Middle School CJROTC

Coming soon!

Dan Kovach

Physical Science

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David Ryan

Algebra 1

I was born in Waterford, Michigan and grew up attending a Lutheran church. I dedicated my life to following Christ when I was twenty four years old. Now my family and I attend Summit Christian Church in Sparks.

My education includes Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Michigan State University as well as Master of Science in Mathematics Education from Oregon State University. Working at Excel and fulfilling different responsibilities gives me an opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of students. Serving Excel families is a blessing.

Tracy Smith

Christian Studies

I was born in Peoria, Illinois and spent my Pre-K year there. Later on, my family moved all over the US as my father was a church rebuilder. I have loved Jesus for as long as I can remember. My education includes Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Developmental Disabilities, Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, as well as a Nation Board Certified Counselor. God brought me to Excel and it has been such a blessing to be able to use my skill set. I am married and have one son, who attends Excel Christian. My hobbies include reading and organizing.

April Sovey

Spanish 1

Coming soon!

Vickie Stutzman


I was raised in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming and graduated from the Practical Nursing program at Sheridan College, Wyoming in 1981. Since that time, I have had numerous opportunities to build programs from the beginning to fruition. I’ve held nursing positions in home care, immunology, geriatrics and pediatrics. Though working a school setting was never on my radar, God had different plans. During the 2012-2013 School Year, I was the “Lunch Lady” at Legacy, and was fortunate that Excel had a vision for a school nurse. I started at Excel in 2013.

This will be my sixth year at Excel and my fifth teaching Health at the High School level. While this course is required for all Nevada high school graduates, and I do take it very seriously, I try to have fun with the class, to make sure each student feels care for, and I tailor the instruction somewhat to the needs and concerns of each class. Students know I’m not afraid to answer any question!

I married my husband, Ted, in 1997 and relocated to Reno. I brought two sons to our marriage, and they are both grown and married themselves. Together, Ted and I have two children, both of whom are in high school at Excel (class of 2020 and 2022!).

I have been a church-goer all my life and accepted the Lord at the age of 10, and I’ve had many opportunities to renew my commitment to Him during my life. My family worships at Summit Christian Church.

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Tiffany Ward


Coming soon!