Christian Studies (7th & 8th Grade Boys)
My name is Mitchell Bain, 2017-18 is my first full year in the athletic department. I started with Excel in the 2012 school year helping with the football team, and as a head middle school basketball coach. In 2014 I joined the staff at Excel with the before and after school program until the athletic department needed someone with a passion for Christian athletics to step up and lead. I have coached middle school basketball boys and girls, high school basketball boys and girls, and high school girls’ volleyball. I am currently finishing my degree in Ministry. I am the youth pastor at Freedom Fellowship in Sparks. I love working with the kids as they grow both as athletes and as Christians.
I was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. I graduated from Sarah T. Reed High School. I enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps in September of 1992, where I met my wife LTCMDR Banks R. who is in the Navy working at the NAS in Fallon. I served my country for 20 years and retired in 2012 after finding out we were expecting twin boys. I became a stay at home dad to raise my sons while my wife continued her Navy career. During this time I became the Youth Pastor at the Sanctuary of Jacksonville and Attended North Carolina College of Theology for my Associates and Bachelors in Biblical Studies. I’m currently working on my Masters and plan to follow that with a Bachelor in Logistics. My Marine Corps career has afforded me the opportunity to live and serve all over the nation. From the Young Marines Program in New Orleans to San Diego Christian Worship Center, to Abundant life Church in Chicago, to Western Branch Community Church, to the Sanctuary of Jacksonville to Excel Christian School.
Christian Studies (7th & 8th Grade Girls)
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.
U.S. History (8th Grade)
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!
English (8th Grade)
- Born and raised in the Midwest (Nebraska) Go Huskers!
- Have four grown children with families of their own
- Have 13 grandchildren
- I have been a Christian for over 38 years
I am extremely blessed to be teaching at Excel and love encouraging and motivating students to achieve all they can and to live their lives for the Lord.
- 9th & 10th Grade Christian Studies
- 8th Grade English
- 11-12th Grade Dual Credit Class (Multnomah University)
- Child Development/Psychology (Honors)
- Bachelor of Science in Human Services – University of Phoenix
- Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling – Liberty University
- Practicum and Internship at Children’s Cabinet
Achievements and Accomplishments:
- Ordained Pastor’s License through Foursquare International Church
- Adjunct Professor – Multnomah University
- Set the vision and Lead Women’s Ministry for over 20 years
- Developed and set the vision for Singles Ministry for over 10 years
- Helped to plant a church in Sparks, NV in 2010
- Have traveled on mission trips to India, Estonia, Norway, Amsterdam, and Mexico
Pre-Algebra & English (7th Grade)
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!
I graduated from the University of Nevada Reno with my Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with additional coursework in advanced math, nutrition, anatomy & physiology and immunology. Most of my experience in that field was gained prior to my graduation in 2003 as a clinical veterinary technician, herd health technician and laboratory animal research technician. I get to share all that I have learned in college and in life with my students. Most don’t believe me when I tell them about the different jobs I’ve had!
I got saved as a young adult, right out of high school. When life “got real”, I realized there was more to being a Christian than I thought. By God’s grace, He allowed some significant trials to impact my life. Through those I made the transition from salvation to surrender, the decision to surrender ALL of me to Him and His will for my life.
That journey is what lead me to teach at Excel. I’ve been here since 2005, and I believe in the mission, vision and core values we teach our kids. Our academic core classes can be found at other schools, but what sets Excel apart is our starting point: God’s Word. All of the life at Excel flows from that wellspring of living water.
I’m married to Kenny, who is an assistant coach for Excel’s football. We have three daughters: two of whom are alumni of Excel and one who is a member of the class of 2021! I enjoy horseback riding, 4-wheeling, and hanging out with my family. I’ve also served on the board of directors since 2010 and have watched God’s hand move mightily to bring us to the journey Excel is on today.
My passion is to witness a transformation of a student’s thought process–what I call “light-bulb” moments–especially when the subject is one with which they’ve struggled and are convinced they cannot do. I consider it a privilege to meet each student where they are academically and walk with them to bring them where they never thought they could go.
Middle School Art Teacher
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.
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 !
Mrs. Kovach has worked in Christian education for 20 years as a teacher and administrator. She loves to teach science and math from a Biblical worldview standpoint to help students gain insight into how God designed the Creation to glorify Him. She believes in getting her students outside the classroom for experiential activities which enhance concepts they are learning in the classroom.
Mrs. Gail Kovach has lived in the Reno Sparks community for over thirty-five years with her husband Dan. They have one son, Timothy, born and raised here. He attended a Christian school through 10th grade which helped build a strong foundation in Biblical truths and contributed to his success in school and the business world. She loves getting outdoors with her husband and dogs, hiking, skiing, and kayaking. Gardening and reading also help her relax after a day of teaching. She earned her Bachelor Science Degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and is an active member of the Cornerstone, Sparks Foursquare Church.
Architecture & US History (7th Grade)
I am a Wisconsin native, and had the pleasure of growing up appreciating the outdoor life. Being one of eight kids, fishing, hunting, boating and camping were a daily adventure. My parents had spent a number of years as business owners, and that’s where I caught the entrepreneurial bug. We moved to the Northern California area in the early 70’s. After high school, I studied business management & architecture in college, which led to my wife and I starting a number of successful businesses that allowed us to travel throughout the United States.
We moved to Sparks in 2005 to help “plant” Horizon Christian Church. In 2011, I retired from the business world and began a career in Christian education at Excel!
I have a passion for preparing our students for life beyond high school and enjoy seeing them grow and flourish in our environment.
Toni and I have been married since 1979. In 1995 we were blessed with our son Nate, a graduate of Excel’s Class of 2014. He is majoring in Business Management at William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA and will graduate in 2019.
I enjoy my free time traveling, reading, photography, grilling, fishing, gardening and visiting any lake, river, ocean I am able to!
My birth place is Barranquilla, Colombia. I worked as an aircraft mechanic for over fifteen years and as a respiratory therapist for twenty five years. Throughout all of this time Martial Arts were a big part of my life. I am ranked in eleven different types of Martial Arts and achieved Master level in four of them. I am married to my beautiful wife Mary and a proud father of four. My children attended Excel in the past and now my daughter teaches Spanish here. Martial Arts and learning as much as I can are two of my life long interests.
American Sign Language
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.