FCS Staff

Friendship Christian School Staff 2017-’18

  • Bethany Karnowski

    2nd Grade

  • Debbie Porter

    Pre-School

  • Larisa Muradyan

    1st Grade Para-Pro

  • Eiden Pino

    Lower School Music/LS Chapel

  • Andy Hoeweler

    Admissions/PE/Financial Peace

  • Julia Dikidzhi

    Para-Pro 2nd Grade/Reading

  • Penny Hager

    Academic Skills Program 1

  • Olga Busmatrava

    Pre-School

  • Yuri Markov

    LS Computer/ASP Bible

  • Hannah Foster

    US Bible/Lower & MS Computer

  • Galina Rubets

    K4 Para-Pro

  • Vasily Lantukh

    Board Chairman/Sr. Pastor at New Life Church

  • Rick Johnson

    Head of School/Academic Skills Supervisor/Bible (HS)

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Upper School Principal / I-20 Director/Admissions

  • Clayton Shaw

    Lower School Principal and AD

  • Serge Kulinich

    Facility Director

  • Becky Holmes

    Pre-School Director

  • Nadia Wasson

    Accounting Manager

  • Alla Rudishina

    Finance Director-FCS

  • Olga Markova

    Pre-School

  • Jay Jusino

    8-12 Science/Staff Development/Curriculum

  • Lauren Hoeweler

    Language 2/ESOL

  • Valerie Thompson

    4th Grade

  • Bunny Helms

    First Grade

  • Jon Johnson

    Computer/Guidance and ESOL Director

  • Alex Klinect

    English 9th-12th/ESOL

  • Maureen Brown

    Pre-School

  • Kristina Riddle

    Pre-School

  • Amy Bolinger

    K4

  • Jennifer Hollingshead

    5th Grade

  • Amanda Chafee

    PE/Health

  • Jonathan Kilgore

    Chaplain/Fine Arts Director/Family Living

  • Tatyana Lantukh

    Academic Skills Program/US Math

  • Kellie Kindberg

    Librarian/Para-Pro

  • Jan Brown

    3rd Grade

  • Jeremiah Klinect

    Academic Skills Program Director/Teacher

  • Svetlana Bogdan

    Russian Lower and Upper Instructor

  • Dusty Dobbs

    MS History

  • Kate Crouse

    Graphic Design/Yearbook/Art: Lower & Upper School

  • Joshua Osolnik

    9-12 History

  • Lillian Carrasco

    Spanish: Lower & Upper School

  • Cathy Sullivan

    Pre-School

  • Pamela Rumer

    Pre-School

  • Stacey Nemitz

    Pre-School

  • Stacy Browning

    Pre-School

  • Debbie Kunin

    6th-8th - English and Math

  • Tetyana Horoian

    Language 1

  • Ashley Wadibia

    K5 & ESOL

  • John Park

    HS Math/Math Chair

  • Lyddmila Shvets

    ASP Science & 6th-8th - Science

Bethany Karnowski

2nd Grade

Ms. Karnowski graduated with a BA in elementary education from Berry college. She has her ESOL Endorsement in education. She has a passion to change the lives of children through unique and creative methods to develop the needs of each student.

Debbie Porter

Pre-School

Mrs. Porter has been teaching preschool for 9 years. She has been at FCS for the last 4 years. She graduated from Ohio State University with degree in communications. She is married and has 4 daughters. They attend Browns Bridge Community Church.

Larisa Muradyan

1st Grade Para-Pro

Mrs. Muradyan has 3 children that attend FCS.  She will be working as a para-pro for FCS.

Eiden Pino

Lower School Music/LS Chapel

Mrs. Pino works in ministry with her husband.  She has worked in music and worship for several years.  She will be doing music for lower school and lower school chapel.  Her son and daughter both attend FCS.

Andy Hoeweler

Admissions/PE/Financial Peace

Mr. Hoeweler works in admissions, PE and Financial Peace.  He has a BA degree from Toccoa Falls College in business administration and biblical studies.

He has worked in leadership positions in ministry.  He will also assist in the international program and physical education.

Julia Dikidzhi

Para-Pro 2nd Grade/Reading

Miss Dikidzhi is a para-pro in second grade. She has a MA degree and has experience in reading with resource students for language.
She will also assist in the reading program as well with other students this school year.  She is fluent in Russian, Chinese and English.

Penny Hager

Academic Skills Program 1

Mrs. Hager attended Clarks Summit University and Plattsburg State University.  She has her BA in Elementary Education.  Mrs. Hager has worked in education for several years.

Mrs. Hager will be the Academic Skills 1 class teacher.  She is a great addition to the ASP department and will work one on one with 6 students in core classes in lower school.

Olga Busmatrava

Pre-School

Ms. Busmatrava has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Grodno State University (Belarus).  She has 17 years of experience teaching at the primary school level.

 Ms. Busmatrava is starting her second year teaching in the 2 year old class at FCS.

Yuri Markov

LS Computer/ASP Bible

Mr. Markov is a lower school computer and our Academic Skills Program Bible teacher. He has an M.Div. degree in Theology from Church of God Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Technology from Kramatorsk College of Technology. He is a pastor with over 15 years experience in teaching Biblical truths to adults and young people. Mr. Markov has three children. He and his wife Olga are blessed to be part of educational ministry at F.C.S.

Hannah Foster

US Bible/Lower & MS Computer

Miss Foster has a degree in Leadership and Church Ministry and has worked in a classroom six years as a lead teacher.  She has been involved in missions and has a true passion for evangelism and building a strong foundation in the Lord.  She teaches upper school Bible, resource Bible and LS Computer.

Galina Rubets

K4 Para-Pro

Mrs. Rubets works as a para-pro in K-4.  She has two children that attend FCS in grades 8th and 1st.  She is a member of New Life church.

Vasily Lantukh

Board Chairman/Sr. Pastor at New Life Church

As CEO/Board Chairman of Friendship Christian School, Rev. Vasily Lantukh is a talented motivator and organizer. He holds a masters degree in agriscience and has a track record of successful leadership as a minister, an entrepreneur, international businessman and family man.

His strong personal commitment to education has most recently displayed itself in his own six children. Three earned undergraduate degrees from Georgia Tech, the other three (two in progress) from Georgia State University. Three of his children have completed their masters level education and are greatly excelling in their fields of work and study. His youngest son graduated as the valedictorian of FCS in 2011.

Mr. Lantukh recently celebrated his 26th year as Pastor of New Life Christian Church. When he’s not at school or church, he enjoys gardening with his wife, Marya, and tackling a growing list of home improvement challenges.

He fully supports the Head of School to run the daily operations at FCS.

Rick Johnson

Head of School/Academic Skills Supervisor/Bible (HS)

Dr. Johnson holds a EduD in Christian Education from JTS and a PhD. in Psychology from Southern Seminary. He has a Master’s of Arts in Education in Administrative Instruction from Ottawa University. He holds three Certifications with ACSI: All Levels Superintendent, All Levels Principal and Secondary Bible. He has worked in Christian Education over 20 years.  He has served as Head of School for FCS the past 4 years.

He has served the ministry of Christian education as a Head of School, Dean, Chaplain, Coach, Athletic Director, Counselor, Resource Director, Mission Director, Lower School Teacher and Secondary Teacher. He was also the founder and administrator of Faith Christian Academy.

Dr. Johnson has worked with “Voice of Judah” music ministry for over 30 years and serves on their board. He has also worked for several accreditation teams with ACSI and SCISA. He co-founded Building Blocks Educational Ministries with his wife and ministers to teachers, churches, and organizations. As a missions director, Dr. Johnson has led missions teams to Belize, Colombia, Mexico and Israel. Dr. Johnson has been a strong supporter of an orphanage in Belize in Central America for several years.

Dr. Johnson and his wife have three children: a son who is 28 and two daughters who are 18 and 15. He also has a grand daughter that was born in March 2015 and a grand son born June 2017. Their daughters attend FCS.

Dr. Johnson has a great vision spiritually and academically for the ministry long-term.

Elizabeth Johnson

Upper School Principal / I-20 Director/Admissions

Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson works as the upper school supervisor, Admissions Director and I-20 Director. She holds a Master’s of Arts in Education with a major in Administrative Instruction and Curriculum from Ottawa University. She has a BA in Christian Education with a major in Theology from JTS, and a BA in Education with a major in English from SBIS.

Elizabeth Johnson has been in Christian education over 20 years. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant, Facility Director, Development Director, middle and high school English and Bible teacher. She has also served on a curriculum planning school building team.

She holds her certificate to direct the 1-20 program (SEVIS) for international students for FCS. She holds three standard certifications from ACSI: Secondary Principal, Secondary English, and Secondary Bible. She also holds a private pre-school teaching certification.

She is also the co-founder of Building Blocks Educational Ministries and has ministered to teachers, schools and churches.

Mrs. Johnson and her husband have three children: a son who is 28 and two daughters who are 18 and 15. She also has a grand daughter born in March 2015 and a grand son born in June 2017. Their daughters attend FCS.

Clayton Shaw

Lower School Principal and AD

Mr. Shaw is our lower school principal.

He received his Masters in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia. He also received his degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia College & State University. He is also state and ACSI certified, and is very strong in technology education at all levels.

Coach Shaw is also our Athletic Director. He has coached basketball, cross-country, and golf for F.C.S. and has been Athletic Director for three years.

Mr. Clayton Shaw taught 10 years in fourth grade and he has been at F.C.S. for 7 years.

Serge Kulinich

Facility Director

Mr. Kulinich is the facility leader for the church and school.  This is the non-academic department that covers the cleaning crew, technology, school store and the scholarship department for New Life Church families.

Mr. Kulinich ensures all areas continue to look excellent.  He has great experience in business and technology.

Becky Holmes

Pre-School Director

Becky Holmes is the Pre-School Director for Friendship Christian School. She has a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Spalding University. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Louisville. Becky has been an educator for over 20 years and has worked as both a preschool and elementary classroom teacher. She has a passion for early childhood education and has served as a preschool director for 12 years.

Becky has been a part of the team at Friendship Christian School for 8 years.

Nadia Wasson

Accounting Manager

Mrs. Wasson is the Accounting Manager with FCS and New Life Church.

Alla Rudishina

Finance Director-FCS

Mrs. Rudishina is our Finance Director for FCS.  She has worked in finance for several years in a variety of areas.

She has two children that attend F.C.S. in grades 8th and 11th.

She is very active in New Life Church.

Olga Markova

Pre-School

Mrs. Markova works as an aide in pre-school and she is our aftercare teacher for grades K-5th from 3:30-6:00.

She has three children at FCS and her husband is a pastor for one of the new life churches.

Jay Jusino

8-12 Science/Staff Development/Curriculum

Mr. Jay Jusino is our upper school Science teacher and Lab Director. He has a B.S. in Applied Biology from Ferris University and a B.S. in Biology Education from Ferris University.

He has over 20 years experience in classroom instruction and has taught Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General Science, Introduction Logic, Health, Environment Science, Origins in Science in Culture, Nutrition, Anatomy, Physiology and Business Math. He also has his ACSI Science Educator Certification.

He has also taught Education from a Biblical Worldview from the Nehemiah Institute to staff and has 2 1/2 years experience in Environment Field Work.

Mr. Jusino has seven children; he and his wife Christy are excited to be a part of the FCS family.

Lauren Hoeweler

Language 2/ESOL

Mrs. Hoeweler graduated from Columbia International University with her Masters in TEFL/Intercultural Studies. She received her bachelor’s degree from Toccoa Falls College in English with a minor in Cross Cultural Studies. She has her ACSI certification in education.

Lauren has been married for one year and enjoys soccer and tennis.

She teaches the advanced language class and teaches an after-school ESOL class.

Valerie Thompson

4th Grade

Mrs. Thompson has her Bachelor of Art in Elementary Education from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Liberty University.

She has two children ages 3 and 5 who attend F.C.S. and she is in her second year of teaching fourth grade.

She is very active in her local church and has a strong passion for Christian education, not just as a teacher but also as a parent. She is creative and works well with all learning levels within the classroom.

Bunny Helms

First Grade

Mrs. Helms received her B.S from Columbia International University. She also attended Cal. State Fullerton.

Mrs. Helms has taught in elementary education over 10 years.  She has worked as a pull out teacher the last two years at FCS; to help students improve in reading.  She will return to the classroom as the lead teacher in first grade.  She is strong in all core subjects and she is very creative in the classroom.

Jon Johnson

Computer/Guidance and ESOL Director

Mr. Jon Johnson graduated with a BA in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He has a Master of Arts in Sociology and International Affairs from Arizona State University. He is state certified in TESOL; he directs the ESOL program.

Jon has worked in Christian Education as an IT Director and in Office Administration for six years. He manages all our online AP level college classes. Furthermore, he is the Guidance Director for the high school.

Jon has been studying Mandarin Chinese for over 8 years. He has traveled across Asia multiple times since 2009. He and his wife lived in Beijing, China from April 2014 through December 2014. He returned to FCS in January 2015. His wife Alice is from Tangshan, China. They have a daughter who is two years old and a son born in June 2017.

Alex Klinect

English 9th-12th/ESOL

Mrs. Klinect is our 9th-12th English teacher and she assists with our ESOL program after school. She received her B.S. in English Education from Toccoa Falls College with a minor in Biblical Studies. She is Georgia state certified in Secondary English 6th-12th with a Georgia state ESOL Endorsement. She is also certified through ACSI in Secondary English.

She has taught in three countries and has worked with students from over twenty countries, including teaching ESL classes for refugee students. She has experience administering language proficiency tests and has worked with developing students from six years old to adults. She also completed her student teaching in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Mrs. Klinect brings a passion for several areas in English and has a true heart for our global vision at FCS.  She was married in June 2016 to our resource teacher Jeremiah Klinect.

Maureen Brown

Pre-School

Maureen has a Masters of Science in Education degree, from Long Island University in New York. She has worked several years in schools in New York and Illinois, and is excited to join the staff at Friendship Christian School.

Maureen is married with three children and loves volunteering in her children’s schools, Girl Scouts of America, and the community in which she lives. She also enjoys spending her free time playing tennis.

Kristina Riddle

Pre-School

Mrs. Kristina Riddle works in the preschool department as an instructor.

Amy Bolinger

K4

Mrs. Bolinger is the K-4 teacher at FCS. She has a passion for teaching and a true love for children. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in early education from the Baptist College of America.

Jennifer Hollingshead

5th Grade

Mrs. Hollingshead has a MA in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Nyack College. She has taught for over 20 years and is state and ACSI certified.

Jennifer is very active in her church.  She and her husband serve as the College and Career leaders, and she has served in Sunday School, youth activities, and as the Vacation Bible School director.

Amanda Chafee

PE/Health

Mrs. Chafee is our physical education and health instructor at F.C.S. She has her Bachelor of Science in Bible as well as Heath and Physical Education from Clarks Summit University. Amanda is state and ACSI certified, and also has certifications through the YMCA.

Jonathan Kilgore

Chaplain/Fine Arts Director/Family Living

Jonathan Kilgore is the F.C.S. Chaplain and Fine Arts Director. He also directs band and leads upper school chapel. He directs our School of Music, which coordinates after-school lessons with instructors.  Mr. Kilgore also teaches Family Living.

He has been married for 21 years and has three children. His oldest daughter graduated from F.C.S. in 2015 as valedictorian of her class.

Mr. Kilgore is a professional musician and has been in full-time music ministry for 13 years, traveling across the nation and globe. He has worked in education for 10 years. Through missions, he has traveled to several countries, including Mexico, Kenya, Cape Town, & Nairobi. He has a heart for young people and developing musicians to use their gifts for the glory of God.

Tatyana Lantukh

Academic Skills Program/US Math

Tatyana Lantukh is the Academic Skills Program tutor at FCS. She will be working one on one with students with IEP’s throughout the school day.  She will also be teaching lower and upper level math as well.

She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Georgia State University.

Ms. Lantukh has a vision for educating with excellence.

Kellie Kindberg

Librarian/Para-Pro

Mrs. Kindberg is a native of Atlanta and she attended Mercer College. She serves as our Librarian and teaches art to K4 through third grade. She has been a Sunday School teacher and a substitute teacher at F.C.S.

Mrs. Kindberg has four children, two of whom currently attend F.C.S. She also has three grandchildren.

Jan Brown

3rd Grade

Mrs. Brown is our third grade teacher at FCS. She received her BA from Auburn University in Elementary Education and minored in creative arts.

She has been a homeschool teacher for years and also taught several years in the classroom. She has worked with curriculum, and several academic leadership roles over the years as a teacher.

Jeremiah Klinect

Academic Skills Program Director/Teacher

Mr. Klinect teaches in our Academic Skills Program 2 and 3. He is certified in Reading and directs the IEP and Academic Skills Program.

He attended Toccoa Falls College and received a BA in Early Childhood Education with a reading endorsement. He is state certified through the 8th grade and has taught in the public school system.  He has also completed the Orton Gillingham program.

He is active in his church and is the FCS cross country coach.

 

Svetlana Bogdan

Russian Lower and Upper Instructor

Mrs. Svetlana Bogdan has her MA in languages. She is strong in Russian and German. She has classroom experience teaching academics and language.

She is our Russian instructor and has experience at all levels in teaching language. She teaches lower and upper school students. She has great classroom management and has a great desire to instruct the language by strengthening the students in their language class in several new programs. She has taught 3 years at FCS and she has two children at FCS.

Dusty Dobbs

MS History

Mr. Dobbs graduated with a M.R.E. in religious education from Southwestern Seminary. He received a B.A. in Religious Education at Wayland Baptist University. He has over 20 years of experience in teaching and Resource. He is certified as an instructor with the state of Georgia. He has also tutored in writing and reading.

Mr. Dobbs is our MS History teacher for 6th and 7th grades. His daughter attends FCS. He is married with three children and is very active in his church.

Kate Crouse

Graphic Design/Yearbook/Art: Lower & Upper School

Mrs. Kate Crouse teaches art for FCS. She is a professional artist and holds a BA degree in art design.

Mrs. Crouse has a daughter in 4th grade at FCS and a son in 1st grade. She brings a strong vision and excitement to the lower and upper school art programs. She directs the art project for ACSI and she has introduced several new programs in the classroom. We will start a new Graphic Design class in the fall of 2017.

The art students had several first place awards at competition.  She has taught at FCS 3 years.

Joshua Osolnik

9-12 History

Mr. Osolnik is the upper school History at FCS. He graduated from Emory Laney Graduate School with a Masters of Arts in Teaching, Secondary History. He also graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Joshua also led and implemented sports programs for Elementary schools based on Overtime Athletics curriculum. He has taught 4 years at FCS.

Lillian Carrasco

Spanish: Lower & Upper School

Mrs. Carrasco has a BA in Language (ESOL) and Elementary Education from Florida International University. She has her state certification in Elem. Education, ESOL and Spanish. She is our spanish teacher for lower and upper school students at FCS. She has over 20 years experience in teaching Spanish and Education. She has taught Spanish in private and public schools as lead teacher.

She has been a volunteer in her church the last 4 years working with Elementary and middle school students.

Cathy Sullivan

Pre-School

Cathy Sullivan has been married to her husband Brian for 21 years. They have two children, Aidan (15) and Anna (14). She has been a regular volunteer in their elementary and middle schools throughout the years. She has also helped to organize children’s events in her neighborhood.

Cathy is in her second year of teaching religious education at her church. She has been the team manager for her daughter’s club travel soccer team for the past two years. Cathy is a graduate of Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

Pamela Rumer

Pre-School

Pamela Rumer has a Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. Bachelor’s Degree from William Smith College and graduated with her Certification in Elementary and Special Education.

Pam is married and has two daughters. Prior to teaching Pre-K at FCS, she worked for Forsyth County in the Special Education department. She has taught Music for Mommy and Me, Creative Movement, and developed themed summer children’s camps for Duluth Parks and Rec.

Stacey Nemitz

Pre-School

Stacey graduated from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania with a degree in Elementary Education.

Prior to having children, she worked as the Assistant Director at Huntington Learning Center in Frederick, MD. Stacey has also taught Pre-K and Kindergarten in private childcare settings.

She is currently involved in the Children’s Ministry working with preschoolers at Christ Community Church in Cumming

Stacy Browning

Pre-School

Mrs. Browning has worked with children for over 15 years, from being a nanny after graduating from High School to working at a Private Preschool. Throughout her years in Early Childhood Education, she has worked as a Teacher, Assistant Director, and a Director. This is her first year teaching at FCS.

Debbie Kunin

6th-8th - English and Math

Mrs. Kunin is a graduate of Old Dominion University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She also received her Master of Arts in Elementary Education.

She left her career with IHG to pursue a master’s degree and fulfill a lifelong dream of teaching children. Mrs. Kunin is committed to helping children achieve lifelong learning though creative, engaging, and dynamic learning.

Debbie is certified in Georgia to teach Elementary Education (K-5) and is eligible to teach Middle School Grades (6-8). She has over 10 years experience in the classroom and her focus is on our middle school department.

She has been married to her husband Gary for over 20 years and they have three daughters: Jennifer (19), Megan (17), and Danielle (15). She enjoys photography and reading novels in her spare time.

Tetyana Horoian

Language 1

Mrs. Horoian has a Bachelor of Art degree in English with a minor in elementary education.  She will teach our language one class.  She is strong in phonics and has worked in the public school for two years.  She is fluent in three languages.

She enjoys crafts, music and reading.  She has a daughter who attends our F.C.S Pre-School 3 year old program and her son will start F.C.S. in the fall.

 

Ashley Wadibia

K5 & ESOL

Ms. Wadibia has her BA in Elementary education from the University of South Alabama.  She also received her MA from Liberty University.

Ms. Wadibia has taught in the public school system over 10 years in elementary education.  She has been trained in several areas and is strong in reading with phonics and all core subjects.  She was the teacher of the year in her county in Alabama.  She has been very active in church leadership and community service.  She brings allot of experience in academics and will be a huge asset to FCS.

John Park

HS Math/Math Chair

Mr. Park has a MA degree from Florida Atlantic University and a MA degree from Florida International University. He also has a BA from Western Michigan. His major is math and his minor is language. He is fluent in English, Korean and Japanese.

Mr. Park has directed many tutor companies that focus on developing math skills. He has worked with struggling students and helped them achieve high ACT and SAT scores. He can teach all math classes including college level classes at any level. He will direct the math program for grades K-12th at FCS.

Lyddmila Shvets

ASP Science & 6th-8th - Science

Mrs. Shvets graduated from Clayton University with her BA degree. She will be teaching in our MS program for FCS. She has a daughter who be a senior at FCS.

She has a strong desire to raise the bar and build a strong science program in middle school. She will also teach ASP math. She attends New Life Church and is active in her church serving in ministry.