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The faculty and staff of First Baptist Academy are selected from among those applicants who are born again Christians, active in an evangelical church fellowship, and are in agreement with the Academy’s doctrinal, educational, and theological beliefs. A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree for teachers in grades K-1 is required. Teachers and staff must display the ability to minister to young people through development of relationships, effective teaching, and the example of a Christlike walk.

Additional information about our Academy faculty and staff will be added as we continue to grow. 

Headmaster's Office

Matthew Kendrick 

Headmaster

Matthew Kendrick is an educator with 28 years of experience, teaching in private and public schools. He served as an administrator in Lee County and Opelika City Schools for 13 years and retired from Alabama public schools in 2022. He has a BS in Education from Auburn University and a Master's in Educational Leadership from Troy University. 

Teachers

Wendy Overstreet

Kindergarten

Mrs. Overstreet is an Auburn Graduate with a BS in Early Childhood Education. She taught for Opelika City Schools for 27 years, teaching Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade before retiring in 2018. She helped establish Opelika's First Class Pre-K Academy (AKA Pre-K on the Tracks) where she was the Assistant Director and Lead Teacher for 5 years. She has been married to Robert Overstreet for over 30 years, and they have two boys, Andrew and Will. Her family has attended FBCO for over 10 years. 

Vicki Gould

Enrichment & Physical Education

Mrs. Gould, a lifelong resident of Opelika, has been an active member of First Baptist Church since childhood. She graduated from Opelika High School in 1986 and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education for the Handicapped from Auburn University in 1990. Mrs. Gould furthered her education at the University of Alabama, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Deaf and Hearing Impaired Education. Additionally, she holds a master’s level certification in Learning Disabilities and certification in Physical Education.

Mrs. Gould has been an active member at First Baptist Church Opelika.  She has lead the Recreation at VBS for the past 15 years, taught 7th grade Sunday School for 5 years, and currently hosts a college bible study (Mish Com) for the past 2 years. 

Mrs. Gould is married to Walter Gould and they have two college-age children, Denson and Breckin, who both attend Auburn University.  Mrs. Gould enjoys running, playing pickleball, swimming, bootcamp workouts, kayaking, biking and hiking—mostly anything adventurous and outdoors.   

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