Jeff Van Den Berg is the Director of Music, oversees all musical activities in the school, and teaches elementary band and jr./sr. high orchestras. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC. Jeff has been involved in ministries in Colorado and Michigan before coming to Northern VA in the fall of 2017.
Sarah Pigott serves as our Elementary Supervisor, helping to coordinate schedules to keep our elementary classes running smoothly. She also teaches senior high Latin and French. She taught for 15 years before coming to FBTA in 1993. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC.
Cherie Page teaches upper-level math classes at the academy. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. She homeschooled for seven years, and taught various classes in their homeschool cooperative. She gained experience teaching physics classes before she began working full-time at FBTA in 2010.
Mark Niggl teaches our junior and senior high science classes and serves as our Athletic Director. He attended Pensacola Christian College for 4 years and then graduated from The University of West Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Science. He taught for 6 years, then served as a Christian school principal and athletic director for another 13 years before coming to FBTA in 2008.
Hayley Mueller teaches Spanish and Algebra 2 at the academy. She graduated from Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC, with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education with a minor in mathematics. She worked as a Teacher’s Aide at BJU Academy Elementary School for two years. She began teaching at FBTA in the fall of 2017.
Abdiel Hernández teaches our senior high Spiritual Leadership class and some P.E. classes. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Bible with a Youth Ministries Concentration and Physical Education Emphasis. He has worked at FBT as a summer intern and is now on staff as our Spanish Youth Pastor/Assistant Pastor. He began teaching here in the fall of 2017.
Deanna Dyck teaches Journalism and oversees the production of our academy yearbook and school newspaper. Prior to her years at FBT, she worked as the head graphic designer for a public relations firm in Washington, D.C. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Commercial Art from Pensacola Christian College, FL, and has been working at FBT since 2006.
Brenda Castilla is working in our music department with our elementary band and jr./sr. high orchestras. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC. She worked for several years as a band director, working with strings, woodwind, and percussion instruments. She has been teaching private music lessons for over 19 years, with 11 of those years here at FBTA. She began teaching at the academy in 2013.
Kara Bullock teaches sr. high English. She graduated from Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC, with a bachelor’s degree in Interpretative Speech and a minor in English. She is currently working on her Master of Arts in Teaching through Liberty University. Kara was a substitute teacher for us prior to coming on staff full-time in the fall of 2017.
Airic Briggs works as our Secondary Supervisor, and also teaches jr. high English and Bible. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Florida Baptist College, and is currently working on a master’s in Educational Leadership from West Coast Baptist College, in Lancaster, CA. He has volunteered as music director and interpreting for the deaf. Airic worked as an intern in the fall of 2016, and officially joined our staff in the summer of 2017.
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