HEAD OF SCHOOL
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.
HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Mrs. Lynn Atchley is the high school principal at Fayetteville Christian School. A native of Cumberland County, Mrs. Atchley graduated from Cape Fear High School. She received a BA in English from UNC-Greensboro and a Master's in English Education from UNC-Pembroke. She and her husband, Sam, have two daughters, Katie and Sarah, both FCS graduates. Katie earned a BA in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and is married to Japheth Barkman, also an alumnus of FCS. They live in Virginia where Japheth serves in the army. Sarah is a senior at North Carolina State University and is majoring in social work.
Mrs. Atchley taught at Seventy-First Senior High School before coming to FCS in 1990. Since 1990, she has taught English in Grades 7-12 and, for the past eight years, has served as the principal of the high school in addition to teaching senior English and college English through the Huskins program.
Mrs. Atchley has seen the middle and senior high school grow from forty-two students in Grades 7-9 during her first year at FCS to over three hundred-fifty students this year. She considers it an honor to work at FCS and to be a part of its ministry. She is proud of the academic reputation that FCS has but, more importantly, of the mission to train students to live their lives with a Biblical worldview where Christ is the center of all.
JUNIOR HIGH/ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL
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
Diann's love for children and her desire to impact their lives with the love of God, led her to serve at FCS in 2005. Originally from Oviedo, FL she finished one year of college before marrying Dale, a soldier in the United States Army. She has followed him around the world, eventually bringing them to Ft. Bragg, NC in 1999. They have four children: Dale, who graduated from FCS in 2006, is currently enrolled in the Police Academy and hopes to pursue a career in Law Enforcement; Jaci, who graduated in 2008, is currently attending Coastal Carolina University and hopes to receive a degree in education; Emily and Mary currently attend FCS.
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
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.
Nicholas Shaner is the 10th grade Bible teacher and Athletic Director at FCS. He is a United States Army Veteran who served in Iraq. After returning home from Iraq, Nicholas sustained an injury to his spinal cord. He then pursued his dream of becoming a teacher. Nicholas received his BA in Christian Studies and Religion from Luther Rice Seminary and University. After graduation in 2011, Nicholas began to work for FCS in the Bible department. Nicholas, his wife Lisa and his two children, Riley and Ashton, are members of the River Community Church in Fayetteville. Nicholas’ life verses are 1 Peter 4:10-11: Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in it various forms. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
The FCS Board of Directors
Dr. Stephen Ginn-Vice President
Dr. Tim Ajani
Dr. Sue Faykus
Dr. Edwin Newman