An independent, coeducational PK-Grade 12 private school located in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Camp FA Staff

Staff Application Process

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CampFA Team

Mr. Todd Pristas

Titles: Middle and Upper School Drama Teacher, Camp FA Summer Director, Falcon Club Director
Phone Numbers:
School: (540) 898-0020 ext. 266

Mr. Christopher Stec

Titles: Director of Auxiliary Programs
Phone Numbers:
School: 540-898-0020 ext. 234

Chris lives in Fredericksburg, VA with his wonderful wife and two children. When not on campus at Fredericksburg Academy, he can be found spending time outside with his family, whether it’s fishing, mountain biking, camping, whitewater canoeing on a section of the local Rappahannock River or surfing SUPs in the ocean.

Ms. Brittany Austin


I have spent most of my time outdoors, living and working in Florida. As an avid member of my local crew team I spent countless days on lakes and beaches. As a proud Navy wife, I moved to Virginia 11 years ago and I have enjoyed exploring the many trails, rivers, and historical sites our beautiful state has to offer. I hold a Masters degree in Elementary Education, and focused my studies on the benefits of utilizing outdoor learning to develop and enhance early language and literacy skills. I believe children learn best through inquiry and hands-on experiences. I look forward to sharing my love of learning in the natural classroom- outdoors and immersed in nature!

Ms. Dana Fischer


I am teaching JK this year and have taught in Early Childhood for 20 years. My heart is definitely with our youngest learners. It’s such a joy to see their excitement and love for learning!

Mr. Tyler Houston


Coach Tyler Houston is the UMW Assistant Lacrosse Coach. In addition to coaching at UMW and teaching at FA, Coach Houston was a High School Head Coach for three years, a Middle School Head Coach for three years, and he is the current defensive coordinator for the Switzerland National Team. He also serves as a Board Member and Varsity Coach for the FXBG Lacrosse Club.

Ms. Chelsea LaMonica

Mr. Stephen LaMonica

Ms. Carmen Mims

Mr. David Steinberger


The upcoming 2021 season will be Coach Steinberger's ninth year with the Fredericksburg Academy varsity cross country program. In his time at FA, Coach Steinberger has helped his runners to shatter personal record 5K times, and has developed numerous DAC All-Conference runners and top finishers in the VISAA State XC Championship. His varsity squad frequently finishes in the top 3 teams overall of their conference. In addition to coaching, Steinberger is a long-distance runner himself, completing numerous half marathons, the Charlottesville, VA Marathon in 2017, and placing 3rd overall in the 2017 Fredericksburg, VA Mother's Day 10K.

Ashley Thornton


After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech, Ashley Thornton began her career as a middle school teacher through Teach For America in 2015. After she completed Teach For America in the Greater Tulsa region, Ashley returned to Virginia and joined Fredericksburg Academy in 2018 as a middle school science and STEM teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys spoiling her rescue dog, Lola.