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Voted Fayetteville 2014 Reader's Choice Best Principal

Mrs. Tammi Peters is a co-founder and has been the Head of School of FCS since its inception in 1986. Originally from California, she attended Southern California College, now Vanguard University, where she received a BA in English Education and teaching credentials. She moved to Fayetteville not long after with her husband because of the military. After the birth of her first daughter Erin, she began to consider Christian school opportunities in Fayetteville. Desiring a non-denominational and developmental program that was not available in Fayetteville, she co-founded such a pre-school program. As her daughter grew so did the growing number of parents wanting to enroll their own children in the school. In 1990 the founders recognized that God was growing the school and the decision was made to develop the school into to a full-fledged Christian school that would reach out to the area's Christian families. Godly men and women from other churches were invited to be part of the school's first school board to help fulfill this vision. The school continues to grow and has reached enrollment capacity of 650 students. Over 400 students have graduated from FCS since 1994.
Mrs. Peters has her Masters of Education and Administration. Her two daughters, Erin and Lindsay are now grown. Erin earned her Doctors of Physical Therapy from UNC and Lindsay is a licensed cosmetologist. She and her husband Col. Rick Peters now live with their two dogs Scottie and Max and are enjoying the empty nest.
Mrs. Peters loves to remind people that her life's verse is Corinthians 1:25-31 because it shows us that God can take any person with a willing heart and work through them to accomplish His calling in their life. She is thankful and humbled that God allowed her to be part of the establishment of Fayetteville Christian School.


Voted Fayetteville Reader's Choice Top Three Best Principal

Mrs. Lauri Ake joined FCS as an educational therapist in the fall of 2007. She worked for two years as Special Projects Coordinator before becoming the Junior High/Elementary Principal. Raised in Fayetteville, she graduated from Cape Fear High School before receiving a BA in Elementary Education from Elon College, now Elon University. She was a recipient of the prestigious North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship. After fulfilling her public school teaching service, Lauri felt the Lord calling her into Christian education professionally and personally desiring Christian education for her own children. She has taught multiple grade levels in elementary/junior high including Kindergarten, First, Second, Sixth, and Seventh. Her husband Tim is a LT. with the Fayetteville Fire Department and native of Cumberland County. They have two children Nathan, and Abbi that attend FCS. Lauri considers the call to FCS a tremendous blessing in her life and shares the vision to assist families in the raising of children with a biblical worldview to build and serve the Kingdom of God.
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." 2 Corinthians 12:9

Karla Daniels

Karla Daniels is the Assistant Principal at Fayetteville Christian School. She joined FCS in 1999 and has taught in the elementary, junior high and high school departments. She has served in a variety of roles through her years at FCS as the Junior High Activities coordinator, After School Study Hall supervisor, and Junior High department head, all while maintaining strong relationships with her students in the classroom.
Karla was born into a military family and spent her childhood in Okinawa, Virginia, California and South Carolina. She has lived in Fayetteville since her junior high years and graduated from Westover Sr. High School. Her love of family and the Fayetteville area kept her close, and she graduated from Methodist University. She and her husband, Mike, have two children, Justin and Samantha, both FCS graduates. Justin is currently attending UNC-Charlotte majoring in electrical engineering and Samantha is currently attending UNC-Wilmington majoring in communications.
She considers it an honor and privilege to serve at Fayetteville Christian School. Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


Diann Hockenberry has worked at Fayetteville Christian School since 2005 and has been a parent there since 2001. Originally from Oviedo, FL she finished one year of college before marrying Dale. As a wife of a soldier, Diann learned to appreciate different cultures and customs as they traveled around the world, eventually bringing them to Ft. Bragg, NC in 1999. They have four children: Dale who graduated from FCS in 2006, Jaci who graduated in 2008, Emily and Mary who currently attend FCS. Diann’s life verse is: "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:1
Diann has balanced being a stay at home mother, an avid volunteer, and a working professional as her children have grown. She has gained invaluable experience through her many years as a volunteer in various settings. She has been a room mom, a team mom, a den leader in scouting, an active member of the PTA, serving one year as PTA president, children's church director, FCS school board member, and a Family Readiness Group leader for the military. She also has been a Real Estate Broker, in good standing, for the last four years here in the Fayetteville area, while simultaneously substitute teaching at FCS.
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17


Mrs. Cheryl Stewart is the Registrar and PowerSchool specialist at FCS, and has lived in the Fort Bragg area since 2000. She is originally from Sacramento, California and met her future husband, Bob, while they both worked summers at a Christian Camp. Bob later joined the Army and the two married in 1992. Like many Army wives, Cheryl completed her college education at a variety of locations including Sacramento and Ukiah, California, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Fayetteville, North Carolina. She and Bob have two children. Son Morgan graduated from FCS in 2012 and currently attends UNC Charlotte. Daughter Madison currently attends FCS and will graduate in May 2017. Trusting in God’s promise in Romans 8:28 brings order to the many seemingly random events and avenues she has encountered in her life, which eventually led to being called to serve at FCS in 2009. “For we know that all things work together for good for those that love the Lord, for those who are the called according to His purpose.”


Dawn Pauley is the Director of Admissions. She is originally from Centerville, Ohio. She attended Marshall University for 3 years, where she left to marry her husband David Pauley and enjoy the adventure of being a military spouse. They have three daughters, all of which have attended FCS. Kaala graduated from Grace College and Seminary with a Biology degree, and is currently teaching upper level math and science classes at a Christian School in Indiana. Kirsten, who graduated from FCS, is attending Marshall University, majoring in Art Education. Katherine is a current student at FCS. Before Dawn starting substitute teaching at FCS, she owned her own business for 14 years. She feels blessed that God has called her to be able to be a part of the ministry at FCS. She loves sharing her love for the Lord and her passion for Fayetteville Christian School with our students, parents and the potential families. Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV) 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosperyou and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


Mrs. Leslie Snyder is the Athletic Director at FCS. After completing high school in Nitro, WV, she went to West Virginia State University to further her education. She began coaching volleyball as an assistant coach at her Jr. High, Andrew Jackson in Cross Lanes, WV. She was then asked to coach at the high school level as the Assistant Coach. After one year she was given the position of Head Coach for both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. She met her husband, David Snyder II in 2001 while he was working as a recruiter for the US Army while she was pursuing her future in the military as a parachute rigger. They married in 2003, and after their first son Grant was born they decided that she would commit her time to focusing on her family (as stay at home mother and wife) as well as her coaching job. They were then stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas where they welcomed their second son Garrison into the family. Dave deployed for 15 months shortly thereafter and so Leslie and her boys moved back to WV so that she could complete one last volleyball season at Nitro HS. Once her husband returned from his deployment they moved to Raeford North Carolina. Leslie continued to be a stay at home mom but also worked part time as a substitute teacher in her son’s preschool. In 2010 they welcomed their third son Grayson to the family. When her youngest son Grayson was almost a year old she back to work full time at a local preschool for 3 years while pursuing her Bachelor in Early Education through Liberty University. The Lord led her to Fayetteville Christian School as a preschool teacher and JV volleyball coach in 2014. During her time teaching her at FCS she has been the assistant Track coach in addition to coaching Volleyball. Leslie and her Assistant Coach also started the Middle school Girls Volleyball Program. In her free time Mrs. Snyder coaches a club volleyball team during the winter season. She has been continuing her education towards her Masters in Early Education from Liberty University. She was offered the Athletic Director position in August of 2016. Leslie has a passion for sports and loves working with athletes on and off the court/field. One of her favorite verses is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Guidance Counselor
Malinda Hatchell

Mrs. Malinda Hatchell is the Guidance Counselor at FCS. After completing her high school education in Newton, NC, she went to the University of NC at Charlotte to further her education. The Lord led her to UNCC and this is where she met her future husband, Gary. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Secondary Education at UNCC. After graduation, she moved back to the Newton area to teach high school history at Bandys High School. Soon after Gary finished Physical Therapy school, the couple married and moved to Gary’s hometown, Laurinburg. After several years of teaching middle school at Sycamore Lane, Malinda decided to go back to school for her Master’s degree in School Counseling. She finished her MA degree in School Counseling in 1999 from the University of NC at Pembroke. While in graduate school, Seth, her son, was born. Later in 2001 while she was a stay at home mom, Morgan, her daughter was born. Once Morgan was old enough to start school, Malinda returned to public education at South Scotland Elementary School where she taught 5th grade for one year and was the Guidance Counselor for two years. Then, the Lord led her to homeschool and to teach part-time at a local Christian school in Laurinburg. She was called to be a part the FCS family in 2014. She loves working with the high school students and helping in the plans that the Lord has for them. Her wall displays Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” She knows this is why God has her at Fayetteville Christian School to make sure every student realizes that God does have a plan and a purpose for their lives.

The FCS Board of Directors

Dr. Tim Ajani-President
Dr. Stephen Ginn
Dr. Sue Faykus
Dr. Edwin Newman
Eric Nelson
Garland Slate
Garry Winebarger
Amber Mabus
Xan Allen
Ubaldo Herrera

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