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Fine Arts Faculty

The Faith West Fine Arts faculty is ready to instill a love for the arts in your child.
  • Daniel Barrett: JH & HS Theatre Classes, Theatre Performance
  • Maria Modjo: Elementary and Secondary Art
  • Shelia Piper: PK-5th Music Director
  • Kim Maxwell: Beginner Band, JH Band, HS Band, Marching Band
  • Flenoyd Turner: Percussion
Mr. Turner’s Story
Flenoyd Turner
B.M., University of Houston
Started with FWA 2007
Instrumental music has played an important part of my life.  I became a believer in Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was about ten years old. It was about that time when I joined the band as a fifth grader. The reason I joined the band at that time was because a buddy of mine said I could get out of regular class for an hour. That sounded good to me. As I look back, I really think the Lord was directing that situation. I continued on into high school where I started taking private lessons and excelled very quickly making All State the last two years.
At summer band camp I learned much and got to know many students from different parts of the state and met many college and university band directors. As a result, I was offered scholarships in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. The Lord directed me to the University of Houston where I had the opportunity to play many times as an extra with the Houston Symphony, New York Ballet, Corpus Christi Symphony, and others. I had the opportunity to play under the direction of many famous conductors, for example, Sir John Barbirolli, Malcolm Sargent, Andre Previn, and Arthur Fiedler.
While I was in college, I attended a small Bible Church where I led the music and also where I met my wife. After college I move to a larger Bible Church where I was involved with the music program playing my instrument, leading children and adult choirs, as well as orchestra.
I started teaching band in 1966 in the Spring Branch ISD, first at Spring Forest Junior High and then at Memorial High School. After several years away from the band field, in 2007 the Lord led me to Faith West Academy.
The Lord has been involved in all of my music pursuits and has blessed me with a talent and gifts. Because of my history, I find such joy in spending time with students asking the Lord to show us what instrument He has in mind for that student. The Lord knows the future and path of each of my students and I want to ensure I mentor them in seeking God’s guidance for their lives and their art.
I praise the Lord for the privilege of teaching instrumental music in a setting where He is honored and praised with no restrictions.

Mr. Barrett’s Story

Daniel Barrett
HS and JH Theatre
B.A., Bob Jones University
Started with FWA 2013
Epic backyard productions with neighborhood kids and marionette puppet shows in the garage started Daniel James Barrett’s love for theater and performing. He did not begin formal acting until junior high with a production of Brigadoon. Daniel acted all throughout junior high and high school. He was saved as a junior in high school and had the opportunity to attend a Christian school for his senior year. It was there that the Lord gave him two great teachers for Speech and History and clearly showed Daniel that he could use his talents for the Lord through education. He attended Bob Jones University and was selected, as a freshman, to be on the Truth In Action Drama Team. During his second semester of sophomore year, he and the team traveled the southern states. His senior project was Flowers For Algernon. Daniel graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Education with a minor in history.
He wrote and directed an original play for his Master’s production. It is called Listen to the Silence which was published and filmed for Bob Jones University Press. Daniel was in charge of the student theater and taught freshman Speech while he worked on his Master of Arts degree in Dramatic Productions.
Upon graduation, Daniel entered three different areas of education and teaching opportunities. First, he taught in traditional classrooms for three different schools. He taught in Tampa, FL, West Hartford, CT, and Memphis, TN. He was the Fine Arts Director at these schools where he directed all the plays, musicals, and concerts. He also had national winners in duet acting, oral interpretation, and poetry.
Second phase, Daniel worked at Walt Disney World for seven years, mainly in the education department. He developed programming for Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) programs, Disney Institute, and Camp Disney. He also created programming for the Disney Institute Team and Professional Development programs. He helped create the first day training class for the Magic Kingdom Human Resources department. Daniel also became very good friends with Tigger.
Third phase brought Daniel to Knoxville, TN for ten years. The Lord did not let him teach in the conventional classroom but in community theaters. He acted or directed for the Oak Ridge Playhouse, Foothills Community Players, Theater Knoxville, and Caritas Players. Daniel also was asked to be a company member of The WordPlayers, a Christian theater company. It was during this time that Daniel had more time to perform. Some of his favorite roles were Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace, Rev. Paris in The Crucible, Matthew Clark in Twentieth Century, Mr. Kirby in You Can’t Take It With You, Baker in Into The Woods, and Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray. Daniel was cast in his first national commercial which was for DIY Network.
All these phases of life were in preparation for his return to the traditional classroom. He spent two years in California where he grew as a teacher in the art of acting. All of these experiences have prepared Daniel to be here at Faith West Academy.

Mrs. Maxwell’s Story

Kim Maxwell
JH/HS Band
M.M., SFA State Univ
Started with FWA 2014
My musical career started with a prayer request. I prayed for piano lessons when I was six years old. God answered that prayer and, just like that, I was in love with music! Growing up I was always fascinated with the sound of wind instruments, so it was no surprise when I wanted to join the band. In sixth grade I was chosen to play trombone because I had long arms that allowed me to reach 6th position and I could already play low Bb, F, and high Bb. I earned a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music in Trombone Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University. While studying at SFASU I was graduate assistant and was a member of various ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, chamber music groups, musicals, and the faculty brass quintet.
In 1995 I was hired to be the Assistant Band Director at Spring Forest Middle School in Spring Branch ISD. Ironically, this is the same school where Mr. Turner started his teaching career! After ten years at Spring Forest, I taught private lessons in surrounding school districts and then had my daughter, Molly. I was blessed to be a stay-at-home Mommy through her Kindergarten year in 2012-2013. During her time in first grade I went back to teaching lessons again during her school day. In the Spring of 2014 I began looking for the perfect job and God led me right to Faith West Academy.
It is so exciting to be working in a Godly environment where our classes are guided by God’s Word. Learning to play an instrument and playing in an ensemble is an amazing experience. Students learn so many life lessons: discipline, perseverance, responsibility, how to manage stage fright, improve concentration, and even strengthen the math and language centers in the brain. Applying scripture to these life lessons reinforces the importance of God’s Word in our everyday lives. Of course the sheer enjoyment of the music itself is priceless! Making music is truly a gift from God and we want to honor Him in all we do.