Mrs. Tara Davis Principal

I was born in Oceanside, California. I have lived in Coalinga since 1970.

I obtained my Associate Degree from West Hills College. I did my undergraduate studies at Fresno State University and Indiana University ~ Perdue University. My major is in Business Administration and General Studies.

I am a founder of Faith Christian Academy and Faith Fellowship Church. I have been an Administrator, Teacher and Principal for 23 years. I have been married to Pastor Rich Davis for 30 years.

I have two wonderful children, Joshua Davis and his wife Kimberlee and my daughter Rebecca Buckner and her husband Ronnie. I have my first grandchild and her name is Phoebe Rhema Buckner and she is the pride and joy of my life.



Mrs. Rebecca Buckner Assistant Principal / Teacher

My name is Rebecca Buckner and I am the Third and Fourth Grade Teacher at Faith Christian Academy. I have been teaching at FCA for 9 years and love every minute of it! Faith Christian is near and dear to my heart, not only because I am employed here, but also because I went to this school from the time I was in kindergarten. If that is not interesting enough, you might have figured out that my brother is Joshua Davis who is also a teacher here at FCA....and yes you guessed it, that would make Mrs. Davis and Pastor Rich my parents! It has been nothing short of a blast working with my family as well as all of the staff at FCA!

As far as my educational background, I received my Master's Degree in Education with and Early Childhood Specialization from Capella University in 2010. My BA was earned from Fresno Pacific University in 2009 and I obtained my AA degree from West Hills College in 2007.

I have been married for 6 years to my husband Ronnie Buckner who was also born and raised in the town of Coalinga. I have a daughter name Phoebe Rhema and she was born in October of 2015. We also have two labs and a cat named Puma."


Mrs. Sandra Chagoya Dean of Instruction/Teacher

I have over 30 years teaching experience with 22 of them at FCA as teacher and administrator.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Diego State University, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Social Work. I earned my teaching credential from California State University, Fresno. I hold a California Clear Multiple Subjects Credential and am a Fellow with the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project.

Currently, I am the Dean of Instruction and I teach First and Second Grade.

I attend Pleasant Valley Christian Center.


Maria Ayala

My name is Maria Ayala. I spent three years at West Hills before transferring to Fresno Pacific University where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. When I first started my teaching career I was a preschool teacher at a local Head-Start pre-school. I later began long term substitute teaching at Coalinga Huron Unified School District for a year and a half. I began to teach at Faith Christian Academy because I appreciated their Christian beliefs and strive to follow them myself. This year I will be teaching Jr. High and Spanish 1 and 2. Overall, I have taught at FCA for 5 years.


Mrs. Rebecca Buckner Assistant Principal / Teacher

My name is Rebecca Buckner and I am the Third and Fourth Grade Teacher at Faith Christian Academy. I have been teaching at FCA for 9 years and love every minute of it! Faith Christian is near and dear to my heart, not only because I am employed here, but also because I went to this school from the time I was in kindergarten. If that is not interesting enough, you might have figured out that my brother is Joshua Davis who is also a teacher here at FCA....and yes you guessed it, that would make Mrs. Davis and Pastor Rich my parents! It has been nothing short of a blast working with my family as well as all of the staff at FCA!

As far as my educational background, I received my Master's Degree in Education with and Early Childhood Specialization from Capella University in 2010. My BA was earned from Fresno Pacific University in 2009 and I obtained my AA degree from West Hills College in 2007.

I have been married for 6 years to my husband Ronnie Buckner who was also born and raised in the town of Coalinga. I have a daughter name Phoebe Rhema and she was born in October of 2015. We also have two labs and a cat named Puma."


Mr. Ron Buckner Physical Education Instructor

Ron Buckner was born and raised in Coalinga, CA where he was a two sport athlete in both baseball and football. He finished his athletic career at Coalinga High School in 2005 by breaking many of the rushing records and moving on to Junior College Sports. In 2012, Ron was introduced to CrossFit where he gained a new outlook on fitness and a passion for competition. In 2014, Ron received his Level 1 CrossFit Training Certification and opened up CrossFit Greenshed. Ron believes in a lifestyle of fitness that is both challenging and rewarding. Ron is married to Rebecca Buckner and together they have a daughter named Phoebe.


Mrs. Sandra Chagoya

I have over 30 years teaching experience with 22 of them at FCA as teacher and administrator.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Diego State University, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Social Work. I earned my teaching credential from California State University, Fresno. I hold a California Clear Multiple Subjects Credential and am a Fellow with the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project.

Currently, I am the Dean of Instruction and I teach First and Second Grade.

I attend Pleasant Valley Christian Center.


Mrs. Kimberly Chaney

I was born in Sonora, California. I was raised in King City, California. I have lived in the Coalinga area since 2002.

I obtained my Associate Degree from West Hills College. Next I attended Fresno State University where I earned my Bachelors in History. I then went on to get my Teaching Credential and Masters in Multicultural Education at National University.

I have been teaching for about 10 years a wide variety of classes and grades. This is my fifth year here at Faith Christian Academy teaching the First and Second Grade. I also coach/advise the cheerleading team at our school and lead the Student Council at the High School.

I have been married for 9 years to Christopher Chaney, a welding instructor at West Hills College. I have two wonderful children, Joshua Johansson, a senior here a FCHS and Caleb Johansson, a freshman at FCHS. My family and I attend Faith Fellowship.


Mr. Josh Davis

I was born in Fresno, California. I have lived in Coalinga for as long as I can remember.

I obtained my Associate Degree from West Hills College and my High School diploma on the same day. I did my undergraduate studies at Chico State University and majored in Social Science. I earned my Master’s Degree in Biological Science from Western Governor’s University.

I have been teaching for 8 years. I do the majority of my teaching at the high school level in the areas of Bible, Math, and Science. I also teach robotics and guitar!

I have been married to my beautiful wife Kimberlee and we have two dogs Apollo and Pixie.


Mrs. Patty Dilworth

I was born in Sanger, California. I have lived in Coalinga for most of my life.

I attended West Hills College for my A.A. in Child Development and attended Ashford University for my undergraduate work and received my B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Social Science.

I started teaching young children in 1991 here in Coalinga. I have worked in home daycare, public and private schools. I have worked at Faith Christian for a total of 11 years in preschool and kindergarten.

I am married to Jimmy Dilworth for 32 years and we have two daughters; Sarha, and Jamie. I have two grandsons and two grand-daughters. I like to watch the San Francisco Giants in my spare time and go camping with my family.


Angel New Preschool Teacher


Mrs. LeeAnne Ramsey

I was born in Coalinga, Ca. and have been working in the Early Education field for 23 years in the capacity of teacher, supervisor, and director.

I attended College of the Sequoias (transfer units), Phillips Jr. College (A.A. in Travel & Tourism) and West Hills College (A.S. in Child Development). I completed my B.S. at Fresno State University in Early Childhood Education and attended National University for my Master’s, which is in Teaching with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.

I started teaching at Faith Christian Academy in 2004 when we created the Early Education Program here at the school. Throughout the years, I have worked as a volunteer for the Red Cross in an after school program, and for both private and public early education programs.

I am married to Mike Ramsey and we have three sons; Justin, Aaron and Mason. We live in Coalinga, Ca. and our church affiliations are Calvary Christian Center in Hanford and Faith Fellowship in Coalinga. I am a children’s church worker and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.


Mrs. Ellen Schwarz

I was born and raised in Southern California in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in the town of La Canada. I was a competitive ice skater and enjoyed studying the piano and accordion through high school. I attended Chico State Universityand earned my B.A. in Physical Geography with a minor in Recreation and Tourism in 1986. I remained in Chico for twelve years where I worked in the administrative offices of the Holiday Inn and later was employed as a legal secretary. I met my husband, William, in the graduate program at Chico State and we were married in 1989. His career led us to relocate to the rural district of South San Benito County, southwest of Hollister, California. We lived there ten years during which time we were blessed with the births of our daughters, Breanna and Allison. It was in 2002 that the Lord brought us to Coalinga. We chose to enroll Breanna and Allison in the small, Godly environment of Faith Christian Academy. (Breanna began in 4th grade and Allison in K4).

I received my teaching credential through the Association of Christian Schools International and began teaching at FCA in 2003. I have been so blessed to be in such a loving environment with my daughters every day from their elementary through high school years. Breanna has since graduated from Faith Christian High School where Allison is currently attending.

As a family, we are actively involved at Saint Paul’s Church in Coalinga. I continue to enjoy, my position on the teaching staff at Faith Christian Academy (Junior High) and Faith Christian High School.

Patricia Harvey Preschool Assistant Teacher


Carol Donaldson Administrative Secretary