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Passionate Staff

First Baptist Christian School Staff are dedicated to the rearing of your children towards a spiritually successful life. Our teachers consider themselves an extension of your Christian home, and will reiterate your Christian values daily in the classroom. We will consider your children’s spiritual, emotional, social, physical, and mental well-being within the biblical framework. Our entire staff will emphasize with your child that God has a will for them, and that He wants them to learn to follow Him into that will so that He can bring blessings to them.


Brenda Milam

Brenda Milam

Principal

"I love working together with all of the staff, students and parents at FBCS! God has called me into this special ministry and I am so thankful. It’s the best place to be!"

Brenda Milam began teaching at FBCS in 1989. A few years later, Brenda served as the Assistant Administrator and has been serving as the Principal since August, 2000. Brenda graduated from Cedarville University with a BA Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She completed work on her Masters Degree from Buffalo State and Ashland University. She has served the Lord for 30 years in Christian Education. Brenda resides in Elyria with her husband, John, where they are active members at First Baptist Church of Elyria. She has one daughter (Class of 2003) and four grandchildren. One of Brenda's favorite verses is Jeremiah 33:3 - "Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you know not."

Tim Spickler

Assistant Principal of Discipleship, HS and JH Choirs Director

"I'm excited to be back working in a ministry that's been close to my heart for over 25 years."

Tim Spickler came to FBCS in 1987 and taught Jr. High and High School Social Studies for 19 years. He left FBCS in 2006 to pursue other interests, but returned in his present capacity in 2013. He is married to Kirsten (an alumni of FBCS) and has three children, Ethan (Class of 2010), Mikayla (Class of 2013), and Bethanie (Class of 2018).

Mr. Spickler received his Bachelors Degree in History and Social Studies from Bob Jones University in 1985 and continued there for his Masters Degree in Teaching History in 1987. He continues his education through Ashland University.

Helen Tripp

Helen Tripp

Guidance Counselor, Testing Coordinator, Student Council Advisor

"I really enjoy working with teens, so being a guidance counselor at FBCS gives me an opportunity to do that. My passion is to help students understand how much God loves them and that His plan for them is best!"

Helen Tripp began employment at FBCS as a substitute, and is now serving as the Guidance Counselor/Testing Coordinator, and the Student Council Advisor. She graduated from Western Baptist College with a degree in elementary education. Helen and her husband Warren have three sons, two of whom are FBCS alumni (Classes of 1995 and 2008).

Kirsten Spickler

School Secretary

"I love spending time with my daughter, helping to pay her school bill, and, at the same time, serving the teachers, administration, and students!"

Kirsten Spickler has multiple connections to FBCS. She is a 1986 graduate and taught art for one year before beginning her family. In addition, her husband taught at FBCS for nineteen years. All three of her children attended FBCS (Classes of 2010, 2013, and 2018).

After receiving her degree in English from Cleveland State University, Kirsten held a variety of jobs-bookkeeping, editing, proofreading, and home health aide, to name a few. Currently she is taking classes toward her naturopathic certificate while working as the secretary of FBCS. Kirsten brings to the office a love of fixing grammatical and punctuation errors, as well as the desire to keep things running smoothly and organized.

Kris Wilcox

Financial and Benefits Administrator

Barbi Quick

Barbi Quick

Director of Marketing and Fundraising

"My husband and I both attended FBCS as children, and now send our children here. I have a passion for this school and for telling others about the benefits they can receive by sending their children to our school."

Barbi Quick is a former student of FBCS, and is involved in Choir and Babyland, as well as other activities at First Baptist Church in Elyria. Barbi's career was in finance until she chose to stay home with her children beginning in 2001. Barbi has been married to her husband, Kevin, a graduate of FBCS, since 1997. Her three children of school age all attend FBCS (Classes of 2018, 2021, and 2025). Barbi has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashworth College. She started working at FBCS in 2008, and is thrilled to be a part of First Baptist Christian School.

Christina Shaw

K4 Teacher

"It has always been my desire to teach children and to be able to teach not only academics but God's Word every day in class is an absolute blessing!"

Christina Shaw serves as a K4 teacher at FBCS. She is a 2010 Ashland University graduate of Early Childhood Education with a K-12 reading endorsement. She started at FBCS in 2010. Christina and her husband are both graduates of FBCS. In her spare time, she loves reading and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.

Sally Webster

Sally Webster

Kindergarten

"I have chosen to teach at First Baptist because I can partner with parents in helping their children to grow to be everything God wants them to be. I love teaching Kindergarten specifically because the children see everything with new eyes which inspires me to do the same!"

Sally Webster teaches K4 and Kindergarten at FBCS. She is a graduate of Cedarville College and has a Master's Degree in special education from Bob Jones University. She has taught in Florida, New York, and Michigan, as well as writing curriculum for Bob Jones University Press in South Carolina. She enjoys reading, writing, and refurbishing her home in Elyria. Sally heads the Local Professional Development Committee for our teachers.

Margie Howard

Margie Howard

First and Second Grade

"Proverbs 3:6 says, 'In all your ways acknowledge Him.' It is a joy to be able to teach here at FBCS in a way that saturates our day with 'acknowledging Him' in all areas."

Margie Howard has been teaching at FBCS since 1997. She received a Bachelor's of Religious Education through Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania and Ohio State certification through Ashland University. Mrs. Howard and her husband have been married since 1981 and have two daughters (Classes of 2004 and 2006).

Jennifer Kime

Jennifer Kime

Third and Fourth Grade

"I love teaching at FBCS because I can let my passion for Jesus Christ overflow into every subject that I teach my students. Since all knowledge comes from God, the students need to learn to filter everything through His Word. This is exciting to see!"

Jenny Kime graduated from Cedarville College where she majored in Elementary Education and minored in Bible. She has had previous teaching experiences in Christian and public schools in North Carolina and Ohio. She and her husband, Russell, have three children, Brandon (Class of 2011), Devin (Class of 2014), and Katelyn (Class of 2015). They are active members of First Baptist Church of LaGrange and reside in LaGrange.

Joyce Kincaid

Joyce Kincaid

Fifth and Sixth Grade, Elementary Music

"I love giving information to students and watching them grow in knowledge and understanding. But it is a greater privilege to teach them the content from the world view that all information and understanding comes from God. FBCS gives me that opportunity."

Joyce Kincaid graduated from Cedarville College where she received a degree in Elementary Classroom and Elementary Music with a minor in Bible. Joyce, her husband Ken, reside in Elyria and are active members of First Baptist Church. Both of their daughters, Dana and Mandy graduated from FBCS (Classes of 2009 and 2011). Mrs. Kincaid also serves on the Local Professional Development Committee at FBCS.

Paul Schotz

Paul Schotz

Athletics Director, Physical Education, Elementary Computers, Mastering Life Skills, 8th Grade Health, Varsity Basketball Coach

“I like working at FBCS because of the opportunity I have to prepare students physically and spiritually for the future, both through classes and athletics.”

Paul Schotz graduated from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Wisconsin in 2010, and began his first teaching job at FBCS in the Fall of 2010. He loves working with young people, and coaches the Varsity Basketball team. He and his wife, Amanda, attend First Baptist Church of Elyria.

Physical education is defined as 'education of and through movement.' Mr. Schotz believes this is how a physical education program should be run. It is not a glorified recess, but rather a time to teach students how to accomplish simple locomotor skills such as throwing, jumping, and running at younger ages, and to advance to more complex skills such as dribbling a soccer ball, and shooting a basketball. He also believes that a wide range of sports should be taught, so that when a student is no longer in school, they are able to choose a sport they enjoy, and continue to stay healthy by doing it either recreationally or professionally.

Rachel Haney

Math 7, First and Second Grade Assistant Teacher

Bonnie Parker

Bonnie Parker

JH Reading, JH English, Drama, Family Living, Girls' Health, Speech

"I teach at FBCS because I believe there is a blessing promised to students who are taught by teachers who delight in the “law of the Lord.' I feel it is a special privilege to be used by God to fulfill this promise."

Bonnie Parker, a graduate of Baptist Bible College, PA, has taught in Christian schools in New York and Indiana. After a long period of home schooling her seven children, she and her husband moved from Michigan to Ohio in 2002. Her husband, Dan, serves as minister of music and worship here at First Baptist Church. Six of their children have attended FBCS (Classes of 2003, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015). Mrs. Parker serves as advisor for the Class of 2018.

DelRae Morales

High School English Teacher, Spanish 1 Facilitator

"I enjoy working in a Christian environment and being able to teach from a Biblical perspective."

DelRae Morales graduated from Maranath Baptist Bible College in the spring of 2013, married her husband in the summer, and began teaching at FBCS that fall. She has a love of the English language and a desire to see her students grow academically and spiritually.

Jeff Carter

Jeff Carter

Math 8, Pre-Algebra, General Math, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, RenWeb Administrator

"I thank the Lord for allowing me to come to First Baptist Christian School. I’m so glad to be able to work with this staff and to help the children get a good Christian education."

Jeff Carter is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science. He lives in Norwalk and attends Calvary Baptist Church.

Tim Tanner

Tim Tanner

World Studies, American Republic, World History, American History, Government, Economics, Financial Literacy, JH Boys Basketball Coach

"I enjoy teaching at FBCS because of the emphasis that is placed on God’s Word. It is a privilege to provide the students with a quality education that is centered on God."

Tim Tanner, a graduate of Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Wisconsin, has taught in Christian schools since 2005. He moved from Wisconsin to teach 7th-12th grade Social Studies at FBCS. Tim is married to Beth and has two children, Timmy and Olivia. Tim enjoys athletics and the outdoors. Mr. Tanner hosts a website for his classes at www.mrtannerspage.yolasite.com.

David Wright

David Wright

Systematic Theology, New Testament Survey, Old Testament Survey, The Life of Christ, Old Testament Characters, Current Events, Christian Literature, Computers I & 2, Intro to Photography

"I love working at FBCS. It is such a joy to be part of a school whose focus is on the Word of God and whose environment feels like one big family!"

Dave Wright graduated from Cedarville University in December, 2002, where he majored in Christian Education of Youth. Dave is an active member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Wadsworth where he has taught many Sunday school classes and led youth activities in the youth group and in AWANA. Dave and his wife, Holly, have three children, Micah (Class of 2024), Aliya (Class of 2026), and Connor. Some of Dave's hobbies include photography, computers and spending time outdoors.

Tom Greenwood

Tom Greenwood

Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Science, Physics

After graduating from Cedarville College in 1969, Tom was employed by the college in the maintenance department for one year before re-enrolling to become a teacher. His first postiion was in North Carolina, then Indiana, followed by Ohio. He has taught 39 years - all in Christian schools. He retired in 2010 from Open Door Christian School in anticipation of doing something different, but the Lord had other plans. Mrs. Milam contacted Tom, they met, and prayed about a decision--that decision led to a position at FBCS. He has a state license, ACSI lifetime certificate, and a Masters Degree in Supervision from Ashland University. Mr. Greenwood is married to Kim. They have one son, Zachary, who is married. He is a member of Beth-el Baptist Church, where he serves as a Deacon and adult Sunday School teacher.

Amanda Schritz

Elementary Art, 7th Grade Art, Applied Arts, High School Foods

Drew Morales

Spanish 2 & 3 Facilitator

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