Board and Faculty
The board and faculty of Faith Academy are dedicated to excellence in education and student development. Our faculty members are uniquely qualified and passionate in their respective fields of study. They care deeply about students, education, family, and spiritual development.
Deanna Agpoon is the founder of Faith Academy and a member of its board of directors. She is married to Mark Agpoon and has four children at home, and the oldest is in college. Deanna has been successfully educating her children at home for the past five years, desiring most of all to please God. This desire has led to many volunteer opportunities to reach out to the community and other families in need at Pathway Church, His Helping Hands, the Lord’s Diner, and to tutor students with learning disabilities. She has helped co-host seminars in advanced studies of phonemic awareness. Deanna is certified as an instructor in the SWR (Spell to Write and Read) phonics program and has a certification from the Dyslexia Training Institute. Though she is pleased to have membership in the National Association of Professional Women, her firm resolve has always been for her family to serve the Lord, which is the impetus for starting a west-side, private Christian school – Faith Academy. Frequently, Deanna will be the point of contact or first-face for many who make inquiry into the mission and operation of our school. You will not note a lack of passion. She is all in.
Cherise Eutsler teaches spelling in grades 3-6. She graduated from Tabor College in 2008 with a degree in Elementary Special Education, and earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Subject Matter from Emporia State University in 2014. During her first seven years as a teacher, Cherise taught special education to students in kindergarten through 6th grade in various schools in Valley Center. Then she came on board at Faith Academy and has taught a variety of subjects, including English, literature, social studies, and science. Cherise and her husband Archie live in west Wichita with their one year old son Lucas. Both Cherise and Archie are active members at First Mennonite Brethren Church in Wichita. During her time at FMBC, Cherise has been involved with the young adult leadership team, Kids’ Ministry leadership team, and served as Coordinator for the Special Needs Buddy Program. She has traveled to Mexico multiple times to serve at an orphanage and participated in tornado clean-up trips to Joplin, Missouri, and Moore, Oklahoma. Favorite pastimes are playing basketball and volleyball, traveling, and scuba diving.
Kylie Gilger has been serving Faith Academy since 2015. She is head of the math department, teaches math for third grade through algebra 1, and is the grammar school chaplain. Kylie graduated from Tabor College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry concentration Youth. Working with kids has always been a passion of Kylie’s. Prior to working at Faith Academy, Kylie worked as a nanny and tutor for math and French. She also served as a leader for a youth group in Peabody, Kansas. Kylie also worked as a middle and high school teacher at Victory Village Christian Academy in Burrton, Kansas.
Michael Sater graduated in May 2015 from Wichita State University where he majored in English Literature and Philosophy, and earned a minor in Latin. Along with his academic pursuits, Mike is involved in various church activities, plays guitar and keyboard, and enjoys a good game of soccer. He teaches Latin and English at Faith Academy and looks forward to sharing his passion for language and literature with his students.
Tonya Wells is excited to be Faith Academy’s physical education teacher. She resides in west Wichita with her husband and two children. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Kansas State University and has taught and substituted preschool through third grade in both private and public schools. She has a true passion for fitness and loves to help children learn at a young age how important it is to take care of themselves and to treat their bodies with respect the way God intends. She has been in the fitness industry (along with teaching) for 17 years with 8 of those years here in Wichita. She operates her own fitness business and thrives to teach families the fun of living a healthy lifestyle. She has trained peoples as young as 7 years old to 93 years old. She is excited to bring a fun, fit, and healthy program to Faith Academy.
Stephanie Neisler teaches kindergarten at Faith Academy. Stephanie graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2005 with degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Upon graduating, she began teaching 2nd grade at a Literacy and Arts Magnet in Colorado where she served as one of the district’s model classrooms for literacy/phonics instruction. In addition to teaching, Stephanie spent a year each coaching 6th grade girls’ basketball and middle school track. In 2008, Stephanie and her husband Jesse relocated to Andover, Kansas where she taught 1st and 5th grades and coached middle school basketball. For the past seven years, she has been enjoying the opportunity of staying at home with her three children, Kellen, Skye, and Case. Stephanie feels blessed to be joining the Faith Academy family to come alongside in training our children in the way they should go (Prov. 22:6).
Amanda Graber has been married to her husband Mat for 14 years and has 3 wonderful children. She has been extremely blessed to be a stay-at-home mom for the past 12 years. Although she is native to Kansas, she and her family had the opportunity to live in England for a few years. During that time, they were blessed to send their children to an amazing private Christian school. Since moving back she has been home educating her kids for 3 years and heard about Faith Academy. She feels that God has led her family here and is very excited to be part of a flourishing school that is teaching Christ alongside strong academics and character in a great environment. She is honored to be able to share in this amazing journey of teaching God’s precious children with such incredible leaders here at Faith Academy!
Kathy Montgomery teaches science for 7th and 8th grades. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science. She also graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Health, Infectious Disease Epidemiology. She worked in Dallas, TX, performing outbreak investigations for a Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response team until her first child was born. Life is now busy with three children and a husband in the military chaplaincy. In the past four years, she taught junior high science, Pre-Algebra, and first grade at her children’s Christian classical school. She desires to bring the truths of God’s Word into the classroom and to show how the Lord’s creativity is expressed in science. Most of her time is spent with her family, especially in outdoor activities such as soccer, horseback riding, hiking or kayaking.
Kimberly Wenzel teaches the etiquette classes at Faith Academy. She is married to Robert Wenzel and has two daughters, Molly and Hannah. Kim is the Director of Kids Ministries at West Evangelical Free Church. She is passionate about reaching children with the Gospel, and serves with Awana, Campus Kids Ministries, and Kids Great Getaway. Kim is excited to be a part of what God is doing at Faith Academy!
Jenny Wall is a Canadian born, American raised oldest of three children, wife, mother, and longtime follower of Christ. Her father was a music teacher at high school and college Christian institutions his whole career, giving Jenny a strong appreciation for Christian education. Jenny graduated from Berean Academy and attended 4 years at Calvary Bible College where she received education in Bible, Theology, and Christian Elementary Education. She then transferred to and graduated from Emporia State with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a Music Minor in 1981. After growing up in the church Jenny served for many years in a variety of roles in the church: music ministry, kid’s ministry, family and women’s ministry, women’s Bible teacher and small group leader, both as a lay leader and church staff member. Jenny was involved with developing and lead a ministry that taught kids from ages 3 – 6th grade about missions in her church as well. She has taught preschool & elementary ages in Christian school and Classical Christian school settings. Jenny also has over 30 years’ experience as a private piano teacher for children ages 6 through high school.
Jenny pursued a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Ministry and Spiritual Formation from Friends University, graduating in 2014. She also studied at Larry Crabb’s School of Spiritual Direction in 2010. She offers individual Christian spiritual direction and leads several spiritual direction groups privately, at her church, Eastminster Presbyterian, and through HopeNet, Inc., in Wichita, KS. Building a strong relationship with God and supporting others as they do the same has become the passion of Jenny’s life. She and Robert have been married since 1985 and love spending time with their adult children.
Jennifer Patterson teaches first grade. She has spent the majority of her career working for the benefit of students, working in both regular and special education. She spent seven years as a special education paraprofessional working closely with students and educators to develop a unique and effective educational plan for each student. She also spent four years at a level six psychiatric juvenile facility, working closely with children to improve the behavioral and social skills necessary for the children in the facility to go on to live successful lives.
Jennifer was a permanent substitute teacher second semester last year here at Faith Academy and developed a bond with many of our students. She looks forward to building more relationships with students and faculty.
Jennifer grew up attending Christian schools and has a passion for serving the Lord through teaching children the values instilled through her own Christian education.
Jennifer and her husband of ten years, Justin, have a kindergartener currently attending Faith Academy, Jovie. Her family is extremely involved with their church. Jennifer currently serves as the Praise and Worship leader and is excited to be leading Praise and Worship during chapel for the grammar school children.
Faith Academy has been an answer to countless prayers for her family, and has stated that she plans to give all of her heart and soul to see that Faith Academy continues to grow and succeed for the Glory of the Lord.