Linda relocated to Florida and joined the First Baptist Academy team in 2003. She has taught and been in Christian school administration for almost 30 years. She earned her MEd from Towson University in MD. She holds a Lifetime Professional Certificate from ACSI. She has a passion for God’s Word and is thankful to be part of a church/school community where biblical worldview is promoted and practiced. Linda and her husband have three married adult children and enjoy visits with their grandchildren.
Lisa has taught kindergarten for eighteen years; twelve of those at FBA. Lisa grew up on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia where her father managed rubber plantations for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. After graduating from the Singapore American School, Lisa attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Lisa met and married her husband Kent at Wheaton. Kent and Lisa have three children, two sons, Brandt and Erik, and one daughter, Kirstin. Lisa earned her master’s degree in elementary education from Florida Atlantic University. Lisa also has her State of Florida certification in elementary education and a Professional Lifetime certification from ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).
I am married to Wade Purvis, who works in the agriculture industry. We have been married for 24 years and have two children. Our daughter Shayla, is 19 years old and in her sophomore year of college. Our son Kyle is 16 years old and a junior in high school. We are members of First Baptist Church Naples. My husband and I both come from families that have generations of Florida natives, having grown up in Central Florida and moving to Southwest Florida in 1987. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida and my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Nova University. Before joining the staff at First Baptist Academy, I taught in the Collier County Public School System for 11 years taking several years off during teaching assignments to be a stay at home mom while my children were young; during which time I substituted and volunteered in my children’s schools. I am currently in my 3rd year at FBA. I feel very fortunate to be able to work in such a Christ centered environment and truly feel so blessed to have the honor of helping to Build Hearts and Minds for the Kingdom during this school year.
Melissa has been teaching for twelve years in many different environments. With a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, she has served in public school, private school and home school situations. She has taught in Ohio, Texas, Europe, and Florida. This is her fourth year at FBA. She and her husband have three children, two of which attend FBA.
Jennifer joined the FBA staff in 2010. She attended Florida Southern College where she attained a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Primary Education. She taught in the Collier County School System for six years before taking time off to be a stay at home mom. She is passionate about helping children develop a love for learning. She strives to make learning challenging and exciting for all her students! Jennifer was born and raised in Naples, Florida. She is happily married to her wonderful husband, Travis, and has three children who attend FBA. Jennifer and her family are also members of First Baptist Church Naples and are actively involved in the children's ministry.
Nancy was born and raised in Marion, Ohio and is the middle child of three children. She feels blessed to have been raised in a strong Christian home. Nancy met and married her husband (Tim) in college, and the Lord blessed them with two beautiful daughters. Nancy holds a BA in Christian Education and in 1991 she earned a Masters degree in Elementary Education. After ministering in three different Christian schools in the U.S., she and her family answered God’s call to minister in a mission school in South America. In 1995, she was awarded “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” and went on to earn her ACSI lifetime teaching certificate. Nancy served in Ecuador for twelve years before coming to Naples in 2005 to teach at First Baptist Academy. Nancy has 28 years of teaching experience. This is her sixth year at FBA.
I love the Lord passionately! It is my life's desire to be obedient to Him in every way. I celebrated my 17th anniversary with my husband, Kevin, this summer. We have been blessed with three precious children: Josh, 9th grade, Lindsay, 7th grade, and Cami, 1st Grade, all of whom are here at the Academy. My husband and I are involved in missions. We have been members of FBCN since moving here from Memphis eight years ago. I have taught Kindergarten through 4th grade. I love teaching, and I am grateful that God has given me so many opportunities to do what inspires me. I pray that each child in my care will feel secure and loved, and that they will be challenged and encouraged to reach their God-given potential academically, socially, and spiritually. I pray that our time together will bring glory to the Lord, and that we will grow closer to Him each day.
David was born in Miami, but mainly grew up here in Naples, Florida. David has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Florida Gulf Coast University. After graduating, David taught 3rd grade at Golden Gate Elementary School, which was also the school he attended as a child. After teaching there from 2004-2006, he felt called by God to transfer to FBA. David enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and their sons Drew and Bradley. He also plays drums for the FBCN Worship Team.
Tammie came to FBA at the start of the 2008-2009 school year and joined the 4th grade team. She has a total of eleven years of teaching experience that ranges from grades 1-4. She attended University of Florida where she attained a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and then went on to receive her Master's Degree in Instructional Technology from Baldwin Wallace in Berea, Oh. Tammie is a proud mother of two boys and a loving wife to her college sweetheart.
Janet began teaching 5th grade at FBA in the fall of 2007. She grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador as the daughter of missionary parents. She attended Crown College in Minnesota where she received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She received her Masters from the Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York. She has taught grades 3-5 in public schools in several states as well as serving many years teaching missionary children at the Alliance Academy International in Quito, Ecuador. While there, she also enjoyed ministering with high school outreach groups and in the local Ecuadorian church. She holds current teaching licenses from ACSI, the State of Minnesota, and the State of Florida.
Marilou joined the FBA staff as a part time resource teacher in 2006. The previous four years were spent as an educational consultant for Educational Resources traveling and training teachers throughout the eastern United States. Marilou retired from teaching in 2002 after teaching in the classroom and as a reading specialist for over twenty years in the city of Syracuse, New York. Marilou received a BS in Music Education from Crane School of Music, SUNY Postdam, NY. Many years later she enrolled at SUNY Oswego to be certified in elementary education and receive a MS in Reading Education. Marilou is permanently certified in New York State in both Reading and Elementary Education. Teaching at FBA has been a true blessing. She and her husband live in Ft. Myers.