Who’s Who at Faith West Academy 2019-2020

Nataley Born

Position: Pre K4 Aide
About me: I am currently in college studying Elementary Education and I have lived in Katy, TX since I was five years old.  I attended Faith West Academy for seven years and ghraduated in 2016.  I recently got married on New Years Eve of 2018.  I also work as the assistant camp director for Camp West during the summer.
What do you do for fun? In my free time, I love to be outdoors, attend college Bible study, and cook.
What’s your favorite  thing about Faith West? I love that the Faith West community is like a family.

ALLYSON WOODS

Position: Admissions Assistant/Welcome Desk
About me: I was born and raised in Cypress, Texas and graduated from Cy-Fair High school in 2005.  I then attended Sam Houston State University where I received my degree in Marketing and Fashion Merchandising in 2009.  I have been married to my husband, Chase, for 6 years.  We have 2 awesome sons, Preston and Sawyer and 2 dogs, Cash and Willie! I have worked at Faith West for 4 years now and my oldest son, Preston attends our preschool program and my younger son Sawyer will be with us next year!
What do you do for fun? I love to read, bake, and watch true crime documentaries.  I also love to craft when I actually have time.
What’s your favorite  thing about Faith West? I love the teachers and staff that I work with. It feels like we are a huge family here!

DAVID ADAMS

Position:  Athletic Director
About Me: He serves as the Athletic Director at FWA and coaches football, basketball, and track.  He is also the senior pastor and founder of Fruit City Church in the greater Houston, Texas area.  David Adams has a vision of building strong families. He serves as an example of a strong family unit through his family, his devotion, love, and care for his lovely wife, Kimberly Adams of 26 years and daughter Destini L. Adams. He is also the founder of the Lifesavers Mentoring Program where he helps individuals gain insight and wisdom of their purpose in life.
What do you do for fun? I like to read and spend time traveling with my family.
What’s your favorite  thing about Faith West? I love getting the opportunity to be a part of a school that fosters a spiritual led education as well as helping kids enjoy playing sports that they may not have had the opportunity to play.

VICKY GOUGH

 Position:  Business Manager
 About Me: I have worked for FWA for 27 years, have been married to Larry for 31 years, have one son, three step daughters, five grandchildren, and one great grandson coming in June 2019! My son, Bubba, graduated from FWA in 2007. He was very instrumental in starting the FWA Ag and FFA program in January of 2011.
What do you do for fun? We are a rodeo family so I have been to many rodeos to watch my son and husband compete. I am a Hallmark movie junkie, love to read, go to movies, and play with my five year old granddaughter. Another major part of my life are my beauty salon appointments each week!
What’s your favorite  thing about Faith West? This is my family. I love the friendships I have made and the people who have made FWA what it is today. I love seeing the school progress, flourish, and grow. I absolutely love seeing the grandchildren of our employees enroll and the children of former students become part of FWA. It says a lot about what FWA means to the people who have been a part of this amazing school.

DAWN BELL

Position: Preschool 3’s Teacher
About Me: I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD.  I went to North Central University in MN.  There I received  my BS in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten endorsement.  My passion has always been to teach and help children.  I have 5 beautiful children (Katelyn 18, Isabella 16, Austin 15, Makaila 13, Caleb 12) whom I have homeschooled up to last year.
What do you do for fun?  I love spending time with the Fab5. I love to bake, cook, craft, bike, read, and spend time  preparing learning activities for my students.
What’s your favorite  thing about Faith West?   Absolutely LOVE the teachers and staff that I work with.  We are a team and together we educate all the students we come in contact with.  All of the teachers and staff are very compassionate about what they do. We go beyond educating our students, we show them the love of Christ.

SHIRLEY OWEN

Position: Librarian
About Me: I have been married to Paul for 26 years. I have three children and one son-in-law: Erin and Dakota Walkley, Rachel, and Dan.
What Do You Do For Fun? For fun I enjoy traveling (especially road trips), spending time with my family, cooking, crossword puzzles, and playing games.
What’s your favorite thing about FWA? My favorite things about FWA are being able to freely speak about Jesus and interacting with all the students that come to the library.

BRANDI STANLEY

Position: Student Advocate
About Me: Bachelors degree in Psychology and Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern Mississippi. Texas Educator License In Special Education grades K-12. Married to Bo for 23 years. Children, Scott (senior) and Lauren (freshman) are high school students at Faith West.
What Do You Do For Fun?  I love to travel and have traveled six of the seven continents by planes, trains, automobiles, camels, and elephants. I take great pleasure in daily exercise and clean eating as an act of worship and thanksgiving.
What’s your favorite thing about FWA? What I love most about FWA is demonstrated weekly in chapel. That is a time when I am reminded that God has placed me here, for such a time as this, to minister to and be ministered by my coworkers and students.

LIZA GORHAM

Position:  ELL- English/History
About Me: My husband and I have two daughters that attend Faith West.  Lexi is in the 8th grade and Lilli is in the 6th grade.  I am fond of animals as I am the primary caretaker of our family’s horses, cows, bunnies, cats, guinea pigs, and dog.
What Do You Do For Fun?  I like to go on summer vacations with my family.
What’s your favorite thing about FWA? I enjoy the personal and welcoming family atmosphere at Faith West.  I am thankful for the fact that Christ is a focal part of the education process and I am reminded every day to count my blessing through him.

DONNA PARKER

Position:  4th/5th Grade Science and G/T
About Me: I was born and raised in Georgia and attended The University of Alabama – totally a southern girl!  My husband and I have two sons-one married and one engaged, two grandsons, and two dogs!
What Do You Do For Fun? I love to read, talk to my grandsons in China, attend Broadway musicals, and travel.
Wat’s your favorite thing about FWA? I love to be able to freely discuss my faith. At FWA, I can openly talk about my love of Jesus and help grow a strong Christian worldview in each student I teach.

BRITTANY DEVANE

Position: Agriculture Science teacher/FFA Advisor
About Me: Originally from Katy, TX. Completed my Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Agriculture with a minor in Secondary Education at Sam Houston State University. And I’ve recently gotten married in December 2017!
What Do You Do For Fun? Huge sports fan of the Houston Astros and Houston Texans! I love to hangout with family and friends. I also have my own photography business on the side!
What’s your favorite thing about FWA? The students! They are polite, hard working, success driven individuals, who with God, have so much future ahead of them! As an agriculture teacher/FFA advisor I get the opportunity to really know the kids on a personal level in my classes, and that’s why I “Never underestimate your importance to these kids; even God sent his son to be a vocational teacher.”

DANIELLE HIRSCH

Position:   7th/8th Grade Math
About Me:  I graduated from Concordia University Texas with a Bachelor’s in middle school education-mathematics.  I am a native Houstonian and a huge Astros fan!
What do you do for fun? I love quilting, watching baseball (Go ‘Stros!) and early morning workouts at Cross Fit Hippo.
What’s your favorite thing about FWA? I love the family atmosphere and the opportunity to worship our Lord. I’m even inspired by the students who show so much passion during chapel! I thank God everyday for the chance to be a part of FWA

JENNIFER STRANGE

Position: 3rd Grade ELA/History
About Me: I was born and raised in Indiana. I now live in Katy with my husband, daughter, and doggie. We love family time!
What do you do for fun? I enjoy reading and baking.
What’s your favorite thing about FWA? My favorite thing about teaching at FWA is that God is at the center of all that we do. Teaching is a ministry. I have fallen in love with the vision of FWA!

DIANE SCOTT

Position: Kindergarten Teacher
About Me: I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. I am a mom of four, which includes a set of triplets. My family and I relocated to Katy, Texas in 2016 and LOVE Texas!
What do you do for fun? I enjoy spending time with family and discovering Texas. I also love to jog long distance and have completed the Chicago Marathon three times!
What’s your favorite thing about FWA? I am awed by the support of the staff, parents, and love the FWA students.

DOUG MCROREY

Position: HS Science
About Me: I like to spend time with my family.
What do you do for fun? I like to run and I saltwater fish whenever I can.
What’s your favorite thing about FWA? The people. My students are great and everyone has been very helpful as I’ve gotten started at FWA.

 

SUZANNE OLMON

Position:  4/5th ELA & History Teacher
About Me:  I am married to my husband Eric, and we have two adult sons named Jonathan and Reed. This will be my 7th year of teaching. I am thrilled to join the FWA staff! I received my Bachelor’s from Texas A & M, my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Houston, and my Doctorate in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.
What do you do for fun? I like to sing, run, and spend time with my hands in the dirt.
What’s your favorite thing about FWA?  I love the family and faith-filled tone and spirit of this school. From the first moment of my interview, I felt like it would be a true blessing to be a part of this team.