Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Mr. Bruce Devers - Administrator

A Kentucky native, Mr. Devers studied biology at the University of Louisville and received his master's degree from The College of William and Mary. He taught at Portsmouth Christian and Denbigh Baptist Christian Schools. He served as principal at Richmond Christian School before returning to Portsmouth Christian as principal and administrator. Mr. Devers and his wife, Patricia, have two grown sons and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Lisa Moore – Assistant Administrator

Mrs. Moore begins her 33rd year in Christian education with the first ten years teaching at a Christian school in Maryland before being led to be the Administrator at Faith Christian Academy in 1995.  She was hired to add the high school and lead the school in its first accreditation.  She is now in her 23rd year at FCA stepping into the role of Assistant Administrator/Elementary Principal in 2014.  She earned her bachelors degree in elementary education and psychology from Grace College in Winona Lake, IN and her masters in school counseling from University of Maryland.  She has a passion for Christian education.  She is married to Dale Moore and they live on a farm in Altavista.

Mrs. Julia Neiderer - Physical Education and Health/Athletic Director

Mrs. Neiderer, from Burlington, NC, recently moved to Lynchburg after getting married to her husband, Drew, in early 2017.  She received her B.S. in Health & Physical Ed in 2013 from Wingate University.  Physical fitness has always been an important aspect to her life as she grew up as a gymnast and cheerleader.  While cheering in college, she also invested a lot of her time in the Christian ministry, Campus Outreach.  This developed a deep love in her for God, as well as a desire for other young people to know Him.  The last three years since college, she served as the Women's Coordinator for Campus Outreach at Elon University.  She is enthustiastic to now combine her love for the Lord and fitness as the Athletic Director/Health & Physical Ed teacher here at FCA.

Mrs. Cindy Jamerson - Three-year-old Preschool

Mrs. Jamerson has taught preschool at Faith Christian Academy for nine years and has taught preschool summer camps for several years.  She and husband, Paul, have had two sons, Danny and Paul, graduate from Faith Christian.

Mrs. Cecelia Franklin – Four-year-old Preschool - 5 day

Mrs. Franklin graduated from Lynchburg College in 1998 with a B.A. in Early Childhood Development.  For the past 17 years, she has worked for Pittsylvania County Schools teaching at Gretna Elementary, where she taught several different grades.  Her favorite scripture to live by is Proverbs 3:5-6 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths."  She and her husband have three grown children, Haley, Ethan, and Orie, and six grandchildren, Tristan, Olivia, Natalie, Caleb, Eben, and Emilie.  In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Janice Shaffer – Kindergarten

Mrs. Shaffer is beginning her 7th year at Faith Christian Academy as a kindergarten teacher.  She earned her M.Ed. in elementary education from Liberty University and earned her bachelor's degree from Geneva College in PA.  She has taught and directed preschools and daycares.  Mrs. Shaffer and husband Barry, have two grown children and five grandchildren.  Mrs. Shaffer enjoys helping the students discover the joy of reading and math.  In her spare time she enjoys painting and photography.

Mrs. Shirley Fero – First Grade

A California native, Mrs. Fero received her bachelor's from Liberty University where she met her husband, Barry, while they travelled on a drama team.  She has an ACSI credential and has taught at Liberty Christian Academy, Bethany Christian Academy, Vineyard Chirstian School, and Liberty Christian School in Southern California for a combined total of twenty-three years.  Mrs. Fero and her husband have a grown son who is an ordained pastor and daughter who is an elementary teacher.

Mrs. Cheryl Hannam – Second Grade

Mrs. Hannam has a B.S. in Family Life Sciences from Mansfield University with a minor in Child Development.  Returning to Liberty University, she received an endorsement in Elementary Education and considerable work towards a Masters Degree.  Her background has been in Classical Christian Education.  Mrs. Hannam has taught many years Pre-K thru Grade 3, Latin, and Home Economics.  Her passion for children is a saving knowledge of Christ and to be firmly grounded in their belief, as they carry forth the Great Commission to know and make Him known.  She has recently been pursuing a nursing degree and has a great respect for how God designed our bodies and what it means to be the Body of Christ.

Mrs. Kim Willard – Third/Fourth Grade

Mrs. Willard is in her 16th year at FCA and has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Lee University in Cleveland, TN.  She has taught a range of elementary classes from preschool through fifth, but loves teaching the third grade.  She enjoys teaching in a Christian school because of her freedom to teach children that Jesus loves them.  Besides spending time with her husband, David, she enjoys reading and bird watching.  Her husband is the pastor of Valley View Church of God in Altavista and works in the hospital doing echocardiograms.

Mrs. Cindy Irby – Fifth Grade

Mrs. Cindy Irby, a native of Tennessee, begins her 14th year at FCA.  She graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from Liberty University and has taught for 27 years all in third through sixth grades.  She and husband, Doug, have two children. Lexi and Collin, both honor graduates of FCA, and are now students at Liberty University.  Her favorite part about teaching is being able to explain new concepts to the students, and knowing that they understand by the look in their eyes.  When Mrs. Irby is not involved in planning events for the high school students' activities, she enjoys a good book.

Miss Jenny Conner – Middle and High School History

The 2015-2016 school year was Miss Conner's first year teaching at Faith Christian Academy.  Miss Conner, a Georgia native, received her bachelor's degree in History, Technology, and Society from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed her Masters of Teaching in Secondary Social Studies Education at Georgia State University.  Miss Conner is also coaching middle school volleyball.  She loves to make connections in history from the past to current events today and see students make these connections as well.  She enjoys playing sports, baking, and traveling as much as possible.

Mr. Barry Fero - Middle and High School Bible

A New York native, Mr. Fero received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Liberty University where he met his wife, Shirley, while they travelled on a drama team.  He taught at Liberty Christian Academy, Bethany Christian Academy, Pacific Baptist College, and Liberty Christian School in Southern California.  While teaching, he was also the Pastor of Grace Baptist Church for over twenty-five years.  Mr. Fero and his wife have a grown son who is an ordained pastor and daughter who is an elementary teacher.

Miss Tracey Fox - Middle School Math/Anatomy/Consumer Math

Miss Fox received her master's degree in education from Liberty University. She has taught English as a second language in Korea and tutored at-risk kids through the American Red Cross' after-school program. She also teaches CPR and First Aid certification courses to students.

Mr. Eddie McDonald – Middle & High School Choir Leader/Senior Sponsor

Mr. McDonald (AKA “Mr. Mac”) has taught at Faith Christian since 2004. A Liberty University graduate with a B.S. in English and a Minor in Vocal Performance, he also serves as minister at First Southern Baptist Church in Hurt and is on the leadership team for The Gathering. In addition to teaching Bible, Mr. Mac directs the FCA Secondary Choir, Praise Band, and is the Secondary Chapel Coordinator.  He and his wife, Rachel, have three children, Anna, Katie, and Liam.

Ms. Lori Metzger – High School Math

This is Ms. Metzger's first year at FCA.  A double major in Math and Spanish opened doors for her to teach both subjects in public schools, homeschool co-ops, parochial, and private Christian schools.  She grew up near the beach, so she looks forward to the change of scenery as she begins this phase of her life in the beautiful mountains of Central Virginia.

Mrs. Pam Miles – Middle and High School Science

Mrs. Miles has taught full time at FCA for seven years and part-time (teaching enrichment and tutoring) for four years.  She enjoys teaching students that science never contradicts the Word of God.  She received her bachelors degree in medical technology from East Tennessee State University.  She then worked at Community Hospital in Roanoke, VA as a medical technologist.  After marrying and having children, the Lord led her to homeschool both of her daughters.  She then returned to school and earned a masters degree in teaching from Liberty University.  Mrs. Miles and her husband, Barry, live on Safehaven farm where they enjoy raising beef cattle, goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, guineas, and making soaps, lotion bars, lip balms, and bug repellants using all natural ingredients.  Mrs. Miles has two married daughters and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Amaris Scruggs - Spanish/Middle School English

Mrs. Scruggs is a California, born and raised Latina with Guatemalan & German heritage.  In 2015, she received her Bachelors in Business from a private Christian institution - Azusa Pacific University.  It was during her undergraduate career that she responded to God's call on her life in serving and working with young people.  After working as program Co-Director of Urban Promise Charlotte for 9 months, Amaris moved to Virginia as a result of marrying her best friend, Charlie whom she met through a ministry opportunity in California years back.  She serves alongside him as State Youth Directors for the Church of God of Prophecy Virginia and shares an interest in seeing students acquire and learn Spanish as a second language in order to become global thinkers.

Mrs. Sharon Witt - High School English

Mrs. Witt was raised in Beford County by Christian parents.  She graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor's degree in English Education and a minor in Journalism.  After spending several years homeschooling her children and teaching in public and private schools, Mrs. Witt returned to school as a full-time student and earned a master's degree in English from Southern New Hampshire University.  After graduation, she began to teach high school English & Creative Writing courses online.  Mrs. Witt's husband is a pastor, and they have a grown son and daughter.  In her spare time, Mrs. Witt enjoys visiting historical sites, reading classic novels, cooking Southern food, and spending time with family and friends.

Mrs. Ruth Anne Adams – Art/Music/Technology

Mrs. Adams has a bachelors degree in family and consumer science from Liberty University. She taught preschool at Faith Christian for one year and has substituted for several years. She and husband, Alan, have three children, Allison, Jason, and Benjamin.

Mrs. Rachel Hoagland - Librarian

This will be Mrs. Hoagland's second year as librarian.  As books and teaching are her passion, she is very excited for this school year.  She has a bachelor's degree in teaching English as a Second Language from Liberty University and has been tutoring English privately for eight years.  Before Liberty, she attended Word of Life Bible Institute in New York where she met her husband, Peter.  One of her favorite verses is Phil 3:13-14: "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

Mrs. Angela Carlberg - Administrative Assistant

This will be Mrs. Carlberg's 1st year working at FCA but she has been a part of the Faith "family" since her son, Andrew, was enrolled to FCA from homeschooling in 2013 as a 6th grader.  She was previously employed as Admin. Assistant for a financial advising company in Lynchburg.  She and her husband, Bob, have been married for 20 years and currently reside in Pittsylvania County near Leesville Lake.  In her spare time, she enjoys walking, jogging, baking, reading and studying nutrition.  Angela is very excited to be a part of all God has in store for the students and families at Faith Christian Academy.  One of her favorite passages of scripture is Psalms 46.

Mrs. Debbie Dalton - Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Dalton has served as Administrative Assistant at FCA for 25 years.  She studied at CVCC and earned an LPN degree from South Boston Regional School of Nursing.  She and her husband, Mark have two grown children and two grandchildren.  Hobbies include gardening and beekeeping with her husband and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Linda Laney - Bookkeeper/Office Manager

This will be the 19th year Mrs. Laney has been in the office as the Bookkeeper for FCA.  She graduated from Roanoke Memorial Hospital - School of Nursing as a RN.  She also received her BS in Commerce and Social Studies from LaSalle Extension University.  She has three grown children - Jim Jr., Jennifer, and Jodi who attended FCA when the doors first opened in 1989.  She has 7 grandchildren.  She enjoys being a part of the FCA family where she sees God Working in the hearts of the faculty and students as well as His gracious provisions for FCA.