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Mrs. Amanda Fournier has worked at The Fairfax Christian School since February 2016. Prior to joining our staff, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, worked for the state of Delaware’s Department of Justice and started a family. Her three children attend The Fairfax Christian School: one in the Lower School, one in Middle School, and one in High School.
As an Academic Advisor, Mrs. Fournier works closely with students to ensure that they get the full benefits of their education. She makes sure students are placed in the right course for their skill level and keeps teachers, parents and guardians informed about any particular challenges that arise. She also works with our seniors on their college applications, coordinates standardized testing and emails monthly updates to overseas parents.
What Mrs. Fournier enjoys most about her job is being a positive influence on our young people. She enjoys giving our students counsel and encouragement, and strives to be a positive role model for them.
Mrs. Fournier’s favorite thing about FCS is that our Christian faith is an integral part of our curriculum. Every student takes a Bible class every year, and other subjects are taught from a Biblical worldview. “It’s great to be able to pray with colleagues,” Mrs. Fournier says. “I also appreciate the small class sizes and one-on-one attention the teachers are able to give students. The teachers here are really wonderful.”
Mrs. Joyce Seto joined our staff at FCS in 2015, but she was no stranger to the school: her oldest child had been enrolled here since 2011. Now her oldest has graduated, and the rest of her children are thriving at FCS.
Before having children, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Production Management and worked in the fashion industry.
Mrs. Seto works chiefly with our Chinese students. She is responsible for sending monthly emails to students’ parents overseas, contacting guardians about their students and helping our seniors with the college application process. One of her most important tasks is helping parents and guardians to understand the unique challenges of international students and placing students at the appropriate academic level.
Working at a Christian school gives Mrs. Seto the chance to practice and share her faith in the workplace. She enjoys the opportunity to pray with coworkers in the morning. “We have the great opportunity to teach many international students about the Bible,” she says, “because many of them have never heard about it before.” Providing a top-tier education in a Christian setting gives students a solid foundation for the rest of their lives, in and out of school.
Dr. Margaret Bickers is in her seventh year as an FCS bus driver. Her experience with schools and driving goes back much further: she earned her Ph.D. in Child Psychology while driving Fairfax County Public School buses.
Being a bus driver was not her second choice. Dr. Bickers has always enjoyed driving, both professionally and for recreation. She likes interacting with students during her morning and afternoon routes as part of our To-Your-Door bus service.
With over forty years of experience as a bus driver, Dr. Bickers has seen many different types of students over the years. FCS students are extraordinarily well-behaved and polite. The staff and faculty at FCS are friendly and helpful.
“I love spending time with these great kids,” says Mrs. Bickers. “It’s wonderful to be part of a positive school experience for them. I tell the kids, ‘Have a good day and learn something new!’ every day.”
Mrs. Sylvie Peev has joined the FCS faculty this year. Previously Mrs. Peev taught French classes
at Virginia Academy. She now teaches Lower School French, Third & Fourth Grade Art, and Middle/High School French 1.
For Lower School students, Mrs. Peev plans very “hands-on” lessons, with interactive activities and participation. Her goal in teaching French is to give students the “full package”: reading, writing, speaking and understanding.
What attracted Mrs. Peev to FCS was the school’s impressive level of academics. She also appreciates the small class size.
Mrs. Peev’s favorite aspect of teaching is interacting with our wonderful students. She enjoys contributing to their learning and development with warmth and authority. “I am very happy to teach French,” she says. “It is my calling. To see the joy in their eyes when they accomplish their goals or understand a new concept is very rewarding.”
Mr. Dean Peev is joining the FCS faculty this year. After teaching ESL at various levels overseas, he went on to teach High School social sciences for five years at Virginia Academy. He also led the Student Council and STEM Club, as well as coaching soccer.
This year Mr. Peev will teach High School history classes, including AP Government and AP Art History. He will also teach ESL courses.
Mr. Peev engages his students by encouraging analysis, critical thinking and open communication.
What attracted Mr. Peev to FCS was the school’s longstanding academic reputation. He looks forward to working with our exceptional students.
“I believe that my calling as an educator is an important one,” he says. “Guiding students to broaden their horizons and equip themselves to become informed citizens and leaders is the basis of a healthy society.”
Mr. Joseph Sun has worked at the Fairfax Christian School for five years. He is our International Admissions Director, primarily handling admissions for Chinese-speaking countries.
Mr. Sun enjoys meeting students from different backgrounds. During interviews, he gets to know them and their goals and inspirations.
Guiding families through the admissions is an important part of Mr. Sun’s job. He often leads campus tours for potential students and families.
As a former international student himself, Mr. Sun understands the issues that many international students face. He first came to America at the age of sixteen. “The hardest part is being accepted,” he says, “and not feeling like a foreigner.” At FCS, the thriving population of international students gives new arrivals a sense of belonging. Our students and graduates show that, with hard work and determination, any student can succeed at a good school.
Education in China emphasizes cutthroat competition, repetition and memorization. In America, particularly at high-quality schools, the top priority is to foster true understanding of each subject. Once students know the basics, they must learn how to really think. With guidance, students develop the minds of scholars.
Mr. Sun’s favorite thing about the Fairfax Christian School is seeing his own children grow and thrive in a wholesome Christian environment, taught by kind and caring teachers.
Miss Rachel Piescik is our Communications Director. She has worked at the Fairfax Christian School since 2013 and has taught Creative Writing, Speech and Debate, various Literature and ESL courses, Sixth Grade English and Media Arts.
Miss Piescik encourages students to consider ideas and informationfrom a critical angle. She stresses the importance of presenting ideas well. “Careless mistakes can make even the best content seem like a joke,” she says. “Spelling, grammar, word choice and medium affect the way others receive your work.”
The Fairfax Christian School maintains an exceptional student body. Miss Piescik loves to watch students flourish as intelligent, dedicated and upstanding individuals. She is particularly proud of our graduates, whose industry and perseverance have earned them admission to prestigious universities and colleges across the country.
As Communications Director, Miss Piescik appreciates the opportunity to promote the Fairfax Christian School. “This school really is extraordinary,” she says. “From fundamentals to electives, every course we offer goes above and beyond the standards of other schools.”
The faculty and staff at FCS are exemplary. Miss Piescik is honored to work with a team who respond to the individual needs of students while maintaining the traditional values which define the Fairfax Christian School.
Mr. Eric Duncanson has taught at the Fairfax Christian School for nearly seven years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in education from Southeastern University.
Mr. Duncanson teaches most of our music courses: Lower School Music, the Colonial Fife and Drum Corps, A Cappella Choir, AP Music Theory and Music Ensemble. Additionally, he teaches Fifth Grade English, Math and History, as well as Sixth Grade History.
As leader of the Drama Club, Mr. Duncanson is responsible for the Spring Musical. His students in the Colonial Fife and Drum Corps and in the A Cappella Choir perform at many school events, and patrons of the Reston Town Center hear them caroling near Christmas every year.
Mr. Duncanson’s primary teaching method is example, especially in music. He challenges his students with questions and scenarios which encourage them to think for themselves. He makes each subject relevant to his students.
One thing which sets FCS apart from other schools is the prevalence of highly motivated students. Our rigorous academics and enduring commitment to excellence draw in students who are diligent and driven to succeed. Mr. Duncanson enjoys teaching students with a strong desire to learn.
Mr. and Mrs. Thoburn’s support for the fine arts programs at FCS is very important to Mr. Duncanson. He looks forward to fostering students’ passion for learning and musical expression for years to come.