Faculty 2017-04-21T14:19:33+00:00

Mariela Anderson

11th Grade U.S. History, Spanish I, & Dual Credit Psychology I have been married to my husband Mark for fourteen years. We have two beautiful children (13 and 7 years old). I am originally from Venezuela. I met my husband through my family.  They all work in the oil industry, there. I was in college getting a degree in education when my husband and I decided to move to the U.S. I couldn’t transfer any credits from Venezuela, so I had to start from the beginning, again. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a core in History and graduated Cum Laude from Our Lady of the Lake University. I also have a Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in general psychology. I love to spend time with my kids and husband. My favorite verses from the bible are: Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. 5:16 “Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly father.”

Betty Arnold

High School Art My style of teaching art is designed to relate the wonders and joy of art to learning, not just about fine art, but about the world. Lessons incorporate the techniques and methods used in the fine arts with the concepts and knowledge needed to succeed in life. One of the magical facts about art is that there is no right or wrong. Once students understand this concept, their inhibitions and fears of failure seem to dissolve, and their willingness to travel to new heights becomes second nature. Both problem solving and creative thinking skills are naturally strengthened. My hope is that my students will develop a lifelong love of learning through art. I graduated Cum Laude from Louisiana Tech University. I also earned a masters degree with a Visual Art Focus from Bank Street-Parsons in New York City. I love to spend time with my sons and grandchildren. I have lived in The Woodlands for over thirty years and I love the wonderful opportunities living here offer. My favorite verses from the Bible are:  Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 1 Corinthians 12:5-6  And there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

Amy Brown

7th and 8th Grade Computer This will be my family’s fifth year at Legacy, and I have three children who will be in 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade.  I have been married to my best friend, Luke, for 17 years.  I’m excited about this new adventure the Lord has for me, and my prayer is that I will bring glory to His name through all I do.  In 1999 I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Computer Programming from the University of Alabama.  I am also a CPA (Certified Public Accountant: inactive status) and a CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor: inactive status).  Following college I worked at various energy related companies including Arthur Andersen, Duke Energy, and Koch Capital Markets.  I have worked in several positions which require an expertise in computer software including but not limited to systems audit, software implementation, computer systems risk analysis, custom software development, and system stress testing.

Jennifer Bryant

Biology, Marine Biology I am married with four beautiful yet very different children.  I have lived in the Conroe area since 1981.  I graduated from Willis High School and then attended Texas A&M.  I graduated from A&M in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.  I completed my Master of Science Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in July of 2015. I became a stay at home mom in 1999.  After being at home for 7 years, I was given the opportunity to return to teaching at a private Christian School.  I soon found part of what had been missing in public schools for me.  Teaching the students is not enough.  You have to be able to incorporate the Bible and the love of Christ in all things.  Being in a Christian environment allows me to do so.  The only thing missing now for me was time with my own children.  Teaching at Legacy gives that back to me and still gives the Christian environment that I so firmly believe in. Trying to choose only one favorite scripture is difficult.  I would have to say that my favorite personal scripture that has been with me for the last 12 years is Jeremiah 29:11, “’For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” My favorite “teaching” scripture is 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Jennifer Carlson

6th Grade Math I am a transplant to Texas from the plains of North Dakota. I graduated from Mayville State University in December of 2000, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, a minor in psychology, a remedial reading credential and a specialization in elementary mathematics. This is my seventh year of teaching at Legacy. Teaching is not just a job, it is a passion of mine. To see the “eureka” moments when a child “gets” something is such a reward to me. I was apprehensive about Legacy in the beginning. In fact, I grudgingly went to the informational meeting. I was nervous about being able to handle the needs of all three of my children (Cole 2016 LPCA Graduate, Emilie 7th, Jenna 6th) academically, emotionally, physically…but it has turned out to be such a blessing and a joy. I love that my kids are being nurtured and cared for at school and that they are learning life lessons through a Christian viewpoint. My favorite verse is Matthew 6:25-26. 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” It is a constant reminder that I am not in control and that I do not need to worry. God will provide and He always does.

Amanda Carrico

Algebra I, High School Math Department Head “Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” Psalms 126:6 My husband and I have 4 beautiful children, 3 of whom attend Legacy. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Tarleton State University and am certified to teach secondary education. Except for student teaching, all of my experience has been in Christian private education. I have been both a teacher and co-teacher at Legacy since 2005. Legacy came along at just the right time. My husband and I were discussing options for our oldest child’s schooling, and I was ready to work outside the home a little more. Legacy was the perfect fit for our family in every way. My children are surrounded here by God’s Word and His people. They are getting a Biblically sound, academically exemplary education which integrates and encourages home and family. As a teacher, I am able to present higher math as the Lord intended it to be used when He chose to reveal His work to man. Math is the language of creation which enables man to subdue the earth under His Lordship, gives insight into His ways so that we may know Him, and in its furthest reaches, incites compulsory awe and worship of our Creator and King. The end of Malachi 3 has become so sweet to me. “Then those who feared the Lord talked often one to another; and the Lord listened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who reverenced and worshipfully feared the Lord and who thought on His name. ‘And they shall be Mine’, says the Lord of hosts, ‘in that day when I publicly recognize and openly declare them to be My jewels (My special possession, My peculiar treasure). And I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him. Then shall you return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him who serves God and him who does not serve Him.’”

Carrie Centilli

7th Grade History, 8th Grade Leadership I am happily married to Brian and have two sons, Cody (15) and Justin (13). At the age of 8, I made a profession of faith, during GA camp, but it wasn’t until I was in college that I truly developed a passion to serve Christ. Since that time, God has given me numerous experiences with children, not only to share His love, but also to see the wonder of a new life changing just as mine did so many years ago. LPCA has made a huge impact in our lives over the past six years. Being a part of Legacy has allowed me to connect with my boys during the hectic days of seminary and bring us closer together. Two years ago, God laid it on my heart to peruse a position at Legacy, allowing us to become a bigger part of the Legacy family. My months as a substitute teacher rekindled my passion for the classroom and stirred a desire in my heart that I thought God had replaced with Children’s Ministry. I have discovered my passion for ministry and teaching are exemplified at Legacy, allowing me to teach and minister simultaneously. I am also blessed with a part-time ministry job, Children’s Minister at GracePoint Fellowship Baptist Church. My personal call to ministry and teaching is based on Deuteronomy 6, to equip parents to train their children and provide children with a secure foundation developing their relationships with God.

Kim Chevalier

French I, II & III I was raised primarily in Texas.  In middle school I took a course in Spanish, but did not care for it.  So, in high school I decided to try French.  I absolutely loved it!  I continued studying French in college at Texas A&M.  I eventually decided to study elementary education.  I graduated from Texas A&M in 1991 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.  I married my wonderful husband soon after graduation.  I taught elementary school for several years afterward in Corpus Chrisiti, Texas. My husband and I both agreed that I should be a stay at home mom when our son was born.  I always felt blessed that I could be a stay home mom for my son and my daughter. I never lost my love for the French language.  My children began attending Legacy in 2008.  In 2010, I began studying French again.  In 2012 I began substitute teaching at Legacy, often in Upper School, including two long term substitute assignments.  I found I really enjoyed working with this age group. I have a passion for the French language and thoroughly enjoy teaching the language to my students.  This will be my fourth year teaching French at Legacy. A verse I love is Romans 8:28, ”  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Shalaina Cruthirds

Home Economics Instructor, Lunch Program Coordinator I grew up in Clear Lake City, just south of Houston close to the NASA Space Center. I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology. After graduation I married my husband Keith and we moved back to Houston to be closer to family. I spent the next 10 years working for an Industrial/Organizational Psychology consulting firm which afforded me the opportunity to travel extensively in the Unites States. In 1997 our daughter Sarah was born and I was fortunate to become a stay home mom and work as a contractor from home starting in 1998. We now have three children, all of whom are Legacy Lions! Sarah has graduated from Legacy and is now a pre-med student at Baylor. In 2010, I was blessed to start working at Legacy and have worked in various capacities ever since. I consider all Legacy students as my kids and I’m blessed beyond measure to be with them every school day. I love teaching Home Ec. because it gives me a chance to share my love for cooking and all things related to the home with my students.  My favorite scripture is Malachi 3:3, ”He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver” because it reveals so much about God’s character and His love for us.  The silversmith knows his creation is ready when he can see his reflection in it!

Jayme Dicker

7th Grade Life Science and English I have been married to the love of my life, William Dicker, for 7 years. We are blessed with three beautiful girls and a fourth baby due this fall. I am blessed to have graduated from Texas A & M University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and a minor in English. This is my second year teaching at Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy. I thoroughly enjoy delving into God’s creation and exploring His greatness in all things, while watching the students come to understand His glory and thoroughness firsthand.

Arianna DiFrancesco

Anatomy & Physiology, Infectious Diseases, Medical Terminology This is my second year teaching at Legacy! I have been married to Brad for 18 years and I have 3 wonderful daughters, 16, 14 and 9 years old. I learned that I loved teaching early in life, while I was called to teach laboratories in Anatomy and Physiology during my 3rd year of college in Rome, Italy. I loved science and I came to Cleveland, Ohio to finish my Ph.D. in 1996. I completed my studies and moved to Boston where I worked as a Postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  I had taken a break from science to raise my children but later found myself teaching science to homeschoolers… I loved it and I decided to pursue high school teaching. I am looking forward to have a new great year with the Legacy family. My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:6-7: 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Rachel Douglas

Second Grade I was born and raised in Waco, Texas. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.  I have been married to my best friend and wonderful husband for 10 years.  I taught 1st grade before I decided to stay home with our 2 children. In my free time I also volunteer at the crisis Pregnancy Center, which God has used to bless my life in many ways. I am looking forward to getting back into the classroom and teaching.  I am excited to be able to incorporate God’s Word into every subject and to be a tool God uses to help prepare the students for their future.  I am also looking forward to being surround by an amazing community of Christian women. There are two verses that I really cling to which are Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” and 1 Peter 5:9-10, “Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.  Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.  In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus.  So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.”

Catherine Eggers

First Grade I am a Texan through and through as I grew up in a small town near Austin.  I gave my heart to the Lord when I was in high school and have been serving him ever since.  I received my B.A. in English from Sam Houston State University.  Then, I spent 2 ½ years at Christ For The Nations and earned a Practical Theology certificate with a World Missions emphasis.  I am a wife of 13 years to my best friend and love of my life.  I am blessed to be a mother to two precious girls, ages 9 and 6. I have taught children in various settings for most of my life, from my teen years of babysitting, to my young adult life as a camp counselor, to the many years of volunteering in children’s ministry.  In my twenties, I realized teaching children is at the core of who I am.  I love working with children of all ages.  My elementary education certificate spans K-8th grade.  I have taught 4th and 3rd grade for 7 years in the Cypress Fairbanks and Spring school districts. This is my 3rd year of teaching at Legacy.  Even in the early days of raising our daughters, my husband and I were determined to give them a Christian education.  We also wanted to be the main influence in our young children’s lives – to impart a biblical worldview and a love for the Lord.   Legacy has always been on our minds over the years as we continued to hear about the great things God has done and continues to do here.  We appreciate the time available to us in a university model school where we can impart our values to our children.  I am thrilled to teach at Legacy and continue to teach my girls at home, too. My life verse is Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”  If we seek Him in the midst of all circumstances of life, we will see His immeasurable goodness, His mercy, and find grace to live a life worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Diane Elliott

High School English & History Department Head, 8th Grade English & History I graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree from Abilene Christian University and my Master of Education degree from University of Phoenix. My husband and I have been married 21 years and have three children who attend Legacy. This is my nineteenth year teaching and my third year teaching at Legacy.

Katy Evans

11th Grade English, FOIL I have been married to my wonderful husband for 7 years; we have two precious daughters, Clara and Emma Lou, and two feisty puppies. I grew up primarily in Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009. I started my teaching career in in public schools, but after hearing that Legacy was starting a high school in 2011, I knew I wanted to be a part of this ministry. I believe the marriage of parents and teachers to be effective in our mission to prepare our students for college and to raise them to be character witnesses for Christ. I am so thankful God led me to this school where learning can seamlessly coexist with a love for Jesus and one another. My goal for the classroom is for students to appreciate God’s gift of language and the need to practice communication skills so that we can use them to bring honor and glory to God. A scripture I love, especially in the classroom, is Ephesians 4:29: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Di Anna Ferebee

 Fine Arts Coordinator, Elementary & Middle School Art “The diverse beauty of the plant and animal kingdoms also presents us with innumerable examples of God’s love of sensual, visual pleasure for its own sake.” Redeeming the Arts – All students can learn to see the beauty in the world around them and recognize it is the work of the greatest artist – God.   The Arts provide us many ways to appreciate God’s artistry in the world. I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, but have lived in Texas for the past twenty-seven years.  I met my husband, Bill, here and made Texas my permanent home. I graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in Art History and a Studio Arts minor. My husband and I adopted a three year old daughter from Russia eleven years ago, and our lives were forever changed.  God certainly has taken me down paths and on journeys I could never have imagined, but no journey more moving than our journey to Danielle Masha Ferebee. I am also blessed with two lovely stepchildren; who now have blessed us with three grandchildren. As a teacher at Legacy I strive to impart my enthusiasm for the arts to my students so they may find new ways of looking at the world and seeing God’s hand in all we create.  “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1)

Amy Fleming

9th Grade English & SAT Prep A Florida native, I attended the University of Central Florida, graduating with a Literature degree. My husband, David, and I have been married for sixteen years, and we have four kids who all attend Legacy.  I previously taught at a private Christian school in Florida before moving to Texas seven years ago.  Though this is my first year teaching at Legacy, I’ve been a Legacy parent for six years.

Frank Granack

Dual Credit Economics, Consumer Math, Speech My life has taken on many shapes and forms since turning it over to Christ. I am a native Texan born in Sulphur-Springs, Hopkins County. After a brief stay in West Virginia, I attended Fuquay-Varina High School in North Carolina. My undergraduate studies were completed at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. I graduated with two bachelor degrees in 1988; Economics and Psychology. I lettered 3 years as a scholarship football player during those years. I later attended North Carolina State University and obtained a Master of Economics with a minor in statistics in 1994. My wife Jennifer and I found our way back to Texas in 2000 where we started our wonderful family. We have 4 beautiful children: Two boys, Jack 14, Sam 13, and the two girls, Frankye 11 and Reece 8. They all attend the ORHS feeder schools at this time. I have been a full-time faculty member at Lone Star College-Montgomery for the past five years, after a 15 year career in mortgage banking. Jennifer is a pre-school teacher in The Woodlands. My family enjoys all sports and are very active in football, baseball, track, swimming and volleyball. I have also spent many years as a coach for football and baseball. It is truly a blessing that I have found my way to Legacy and treat as an act of God’s will that must be followed. I am so excited to make an impression on our young men and women here. My favorite scripture is John 3:16, simply because salvation is forever possible for those that trust in Christ.

Debbie Godaway

Music Having moved to Texas around 2 years ago, my husband, Tony, and I have greatly enjoyed meeting so many wonderful Texans!  We both grew up in Ohio and in recent years we began to have the desire to move away from those terrible northern winters and move to a warmer climate.  We both had family in this area and so here we are!  God has been so faithful to help us find a fantastic church fellowship and we also love to boat and fish so we have also found the local lakes for great outdoor fun! I have been an educator for all of my adult life.  For many years, I was a home educator through a Christian school in Ohio.  I have worked in elementary and middle school classrooms mostly and have always loved teaching with music and drama whenever possible.  I am so pleased to have the opportunity to teach PreK-4th grade music and help teach art here at Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy. My husband, Tony, and I have a deep love for Jesus and desire to always do what we can to build His Kingdom here on earth! Here we are, Lord Jesus, send us!!!

Stacey Havemann

Middle School Language Arts Department Head, 6th Grade Language Arts and History, Middle School ComputerI attended Concordia Lutheran College in Austin, Texas and received a BA in both communications and behavioral science in 1992.  After eighteen years in corporate America, I attended an alternative certification program and received my teaching certification in 2011.  I spent one year working with children with special needs prior to coming to Legacy six years ago.  My husband and I have been married for twenty-three years, and we have three teenage children, two of which attend Legacy.  Because my presence at Legacy was fully orchestrated by God, the Bible verse that God laid on my heart back in 2011 was Jeremiah 29:11 which proclaims, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Stephanie Henkes

5th Grade & 8th Grade Leadership I grew up in South Texas, going to church every Sunday and attending a Christian School through 6h grade.  I know the importance Christian education can have in helping parents train their children in the way they should go (Prov 22:6a). I attended college at Texas A&M, class of 98, Whoop! I have a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Ag in Entomology. About a year out of college I started a crop consulting business and have worked in a variety of crops ranging from cotton to citrus.  I met my husband, Richard, while I worked as his crop consultant, and we married in October, 2001.  During my high school and college years I lived my life doing what I thought would please me and others.  I felt this conviction from God that kept getting stronger and stronger.  Shortly after my husband and I married, my life changed, and I desired to please God and to know Him more intimately.   This is where the rest of the Proverbs verse comes in, and when they are old they will not depart from it. When I left for college I said I would never live where I grew up again.   In 2004 we moved there.  I went through some amazing experiences during this time that drew me closer to God, and grew my faith exponentially.  I loved being a group leader and substitute teaching leader in Bible Study Fellowship and teaching 3rd and 4th grade at our church, and I treasure the bonds I formed with the kids. In May of this year, God led us to move our family to Spring, and here we are, eagerly looking forward to all He has planned for us.  I am excited to be teaching 8th grade leadership this year and for my children, Dalton (6th) and Selah (2nd), to continue in Christian education at Legacy. My favorite verse is John 14:3, Jesus said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”   Jesus is preparing a place for us to be with Him forever!

Hannah Hill

Kindergarten Self-Contained Once upon a time, I went to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. I met a beautiful red-head man, married him, and graduated with a BS in Elementary Education. We have two daughters and are currently fostering two other children. Children are my true passion. After teaching kindergarten and second grade in public school for six years, I ran an in-home preschool for two years. To my great delight, I became a Legacy Lion in 2014! The Lord brought me to LPCA to enable me to spend more time with my own children while still using my gift of teaching to bless others. The verse that is always on my heart is Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with this love. He will rejoice over you with singing.” How refreshing it is to know the Lord is not only with us, but also rejoices over us!

Janet Holloway

Geometry I am a native Texan who has always lived less than 150 miles from the small town where I was born and spent my entire childhood.  After high school graduation, I attended Texas A&M University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1988 with a B.S. in Education with teaching fields in Mathematics and Computer Science. I began teaching geometry and computer math in Cy-Fair ISD while completing my M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction.  During that time, I also married my husband, Clay. We have now been married 26 years, the last 18 being in The Woodlands.  We have three children: Brandon (23), Bradley, (20) and Paige (16).  When we had our first child, I immediately became a stay at home mom.  I feel extremely blessed that I have been able to be involved in their school academics as well as their extra curricular and church activities, and have loved getting to participate so fully in their lives.  God has now made it abundantly clear that His plan is for me to return to the classroom in a role that not only allows but also encourages spiritual growth and a Biblical foundation for students.  My favorite verses are Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

Ted Huckaby

9th, 10th, and 12th Grade History I was born in San Antonio, Texas. I spent half of my childhood there and the latter part in Huntsville, Texas. I attended Huntsville High School.  I studied history at the University of Houston. My interest in history was sparked at a young age by my father, who served as a tank commander in in World War II. Dad’s war stories kindled a fire to learn more about the wars, the nation he defended and how it played a part on the world stage.  That is how I became passionate about history and now have the privilege to teach. I have enjoyed teaching history at Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy since 2013. I have been married to my wonderful wife, Shelly, since 2000. I have a beautiful daughter, Kyra who has attended Legacy since Kindergarten. Our family has been blessed to be a part of the Legacy family.

Jaime Hulbert

Algebra II, PreCalculus I have been married to my husband for eleven years and we have five amazing children ages 10 to 4. Although we are Texas transplants from Southern California, we absolutely love Texas life and culture and have been blessed that the Lord has led our family to be rooted here in the Woodlands area. I taught 1 year in Southern California before moving to Texas and taught 2 years in the public school system before God lead me to Legacy in 2007. I had taught 5th grade math through 12th grade math levels for eight years before God called our family home for a year to grow our family relationships and learn to serve Him in a different way. I am overjoyed that God has brought me and my family back to Legacy this year to teach high school math as I have a passion to show students the amazement of God through mathematics. I also direct our Junior High ministry at The Crossing Church where my family and I have been ministering for the past 8 years. My favorite verse is 1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in conduct, in love, and in purity.”

Tara Hutton

Elementary Physical Education I grew up in the Cypress area before attending Texas A&M University and receiving my Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1993. While in school in College Station I met my husband of 21 years. I taught 5th grade, 2nd grade, and Kindergarten before making the decision to stay at home with our three boys. Our family found Legacy when researching options for our sons’ educations and it quickly became a home for our entire family. The opportunity for our boys to attend, and for me to teach in a school that integrates Christianity into the daily curriculum is a tremendous blessing. I am very passionate about health, wellness, and physical education and am honored to be on staff. My favorite scripture today (It changes often) is I John 4:18 “Where God’s love is, there is no fear because God’s perfect love casts out fear.”

Dawnette Laycock

7th & 8th Grade Pre-Algebra Growing up as part of an Air Force family was fun. Since my birth, my family has lived in Fort Worth, South Dakota, Guam, and San Antonio. After finishing high school in San Antonio, I attended Texas A&M University. I graduated Cum Laude in 1991 with a degree in Education and Curriculum, specializing in Mathematics. My husband, Pat, and I have been married for 22 years (as of 2016) and have lived in the Spring/Woodlands area for 21 of them. We have two children, Jason (18) and Shailey (13). I am extremely blessed to be married to my soul-mate and best friend and to have children who light up my life. Before joining Legacy, I taught in the Spring Branch public schools, worked for Hewitt Associates, directed the school at Oak Ridge Baptist Church, and served as a children’s pastor at WoodsEdge Community Church. I became part of the Legacy family in 2009, teaching 5th – 8th Grade Math and Science, and moved into the role of Academic Supervisor in 2010. After serving for 3 years as an administrator, I clearly heard God call me back into the classroom for the 2013 – 2014 school year.  As I begin my 8th year at Legacy, I am excited to see God’s plans and to be in the center of His will. I am looking forward to partnering with parents to help their children reach their individual potential and to reflect God’s character. Isaiah 41:31 is a special verse in my life. It says, “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”

Arielle Lewis

Kindergarten “For we are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10 I am married to my wonderful husband, Josh, for almost seven years, though we have known each other since 7th grade band class!  We have a beautiful daughter, Aubrie, who is four.  We are excited she gets to be a part of the Legacy family surrounded by people who love Jesus.  I went to Sam Houston State University where I studied Psychology, in particular child development and behavior, and attained teaching certifications for Early Childhood through Fourth Grade and Special Education.  I went on to teach Special Education and First Grade. My journey in public education was a hard one but incredible.  Though I felt the lack of God’s presence in the schools, I loved my students and their families. The lessons I learned there are priceless. I began to realize that God put me in a Title 1 School “On Mission” to speak life into their hearts. God called me into full-time ministry after my third year teaching where I became the Director of the Special Needs Ministry at our church for four years I loved teaching the kids that they are not too young to do big things.  I loved teaching the children who God says they are.  I loved working for Jesus every day.  This past year God has given me the opportunity to spend more time with my family.  I was able to go through the first course of prayer ministry school. He has blessed me with the most amazing mentors and discipler’s whom I have studied God’s ideas about love, humility, and grace with. We wrestled with ideas about how those truths fit into our everyday lives and education. My husband and I have been praying about those things for the past year and asking for His will in every area. God lead us to Legacy! I am so honored to be a Kindergarten teacher here! It has been a beautiful journey, one where God has shown us He is creating a masterpiece for us to walk in. I cannot wait to see where it takes us!

Jackie Leonardi

Dual Credit English After receiving my Bachelor and Master degrees in English at The University of Central Oklahoma, I began teaching Freshman Composition/Rhetoric at Oklahoma State University. Go pokes!  My husband and I moved from Oklahoma City to Stillwater, OK, where he continued with his education, and I taught Composition classes.  During this time, God blessed us with three daughters.  After ten years, my husband finally finished his degrees, and we moved to Allentown, PA, where we lived for two years.  I took time off and stayed home with my girls.  Then, after a turn of events in 2007, God directed us to The Woodlands, TX, where we have called home for nine years.  In 2009, I began teaching as an adjunct English instructor at Lone Star College-Montgomery where I have taught ever since.  I love teaching, and view the classroom as my ministry due to the diversity of students I engage with every semester.  I pray they see Jesus through me every time I step into the classroom and through every interaction.

Kara Loach

IPC, Chemistry, 7th Grade Leadership What a blessing to be happily married for nineteen years, have two joyful children, and love my job! I am from Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas.  After being a stay at home mom for ten years, I was called to the mission of teaching. I taught IPC and Chemistry in Fort Bend ISD prior to joining the Legacy family. My favorite scripture is currently Isaiah 40:31: ‘but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’

Alilis Lopez

Spanish 2, Spanish 1B This will be my third year teaching at Legacy. It is a blessing sharing with these wonderful co-workers and students. I have been married for 22 years and have 2 lovely children, Isabella (19), and Miranda (12). I am a Spanish native speaker, born and raised in Venezuela, South America and moved to the United States in 1997. As my husband working in the oil & gas industry, I have lived in cities such as Rochester, Chicago, Orlando, and now Houston, with also a period of time in Brazil from 2009 to 2011. I graduated with a degree in Modern Languages at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Besides my teaching duties at Legacy, I work as a tutor in the corporate setting and also in translation services. I am currently pursuing a M.A in Spanish in SHSU, I am an expected graduate in 2018. I am looking forward to working at Legacy, I am excited to teach students to gain an appreciation for Spanish language and cultures and to demonstrate how is so important to acquire a language in times of globalization and cultural diversity present in Texas and the United States. My favorite verse in this time of my life is “God is love, holy, intelligent, truth, logic, reason, unchangeable.” (John 1:1-18)


American Sign Language I, II & III The Lord has blessed me with a wide variety background and given me not only a passion for the Deaf community, but also in teaching others how to communicate with the Deaf. My initial fascination with ASL and the Deaf community began at a Christian conference while I was attending college for my undergraduate degree.  It was there that I met someone who had Multiple Sclerosis.  His MS affected his throat muscles.  I began learning ASL to teach him how to communicate more easily.  My interest in the language, and the people of the language, steadily grew into a career. I have traveled the U.S. as a missionary with and to the Deaf, worked as a houseparent at a state school for the Deaf, worked with deaf/blind adults, taught Deaf Education to grades PK-12th grade, taught ASL in a public high school for three years, taught ASL in Lone Star College’s Interpreter Training Program, worked as a freelance ASL interpreter including with a video relay service company, and have taught ASL to home school students through a company I established in 2003 called Hands Uplifted (which I still do part-time). I am excited about working at Legacy PCA!  I have known about this school for several years and have heard good things about it!  I look forward to getting to know not only my students and their parents, but also the staff! A verse that is very dear to my heart – Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”  That is something that I attain to do on a daily basis.

Don McDonald

11th Grade Leadership “You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” This Fall class is all about finding the truth, keeping the truth in a less-than-supportive environment, and passing truth on in an effective and loving way. Spring we will continue preparation for the world by focusing on self-discovery and career planning. I look forward to my first year teaching high school students. I have taught college full-time on campus, online, and on location for four different universities (three secular) in many states and countries for the past 28 years; but there is always something to learn from my students. I have studied most major world religions, visited many of their “holy buildings” or headquarters, and read most of their “holy books.” My wife and I have been married 47 years; we have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and 8 grandchildren, three of whom attend Legacy.

Sonja Miller

Publications, Leadership, & 10th Grade English I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Public Communication Major and English Minor) from Marietta College, in Marietta, Ohio. My husband and I have been married for twenty-seven years and we have three grown children; Emma just graduated from college, Ian is a Explosive Ordnance Disposal Engineer for the Air Force stationed in Italy, and Maddie attends Savannah College of Art & Design. This is my fifteenth year teaching and my first year teaching at Legacy.

Kasey Moran

Fourth Grade Self-Contained I am a wife of eight years and a mother to a Legacy PCA kindergartener. I’m a small town girl from Huffman, Texas who went on to get a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from The University of St. Thomas in Houston. After working for many years in the corporate arena, I felt a strong call from the Lord to pursue my dream of teaching and enrolled in a teaching certification program. I have served my church by volunteering as a preschool teacher each Sunday for the past four years. The joy that I’ve received from this experience has been immeasurable. Ultimately my connection with the kids solidified that I would spend the rest of my career serving them, helping them to build lasting knowledge, and teaching them about our Savior. My husband and I had Legacy PCA on our prayer list for two years. We would ask the Lord to “show off” and work out a way for our son to attend and for me to join the faculty. And now here we are! He is faithful! One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” This verse is a great demonstration of the hope and future that can be found in our Lord Jesus.

Debbie Pirkle

Kindergarten Self-Contained

I moved to Spring, Texas, as a freshman in high school and have never left. I graduated from Klein High School then went on to Howard Payne University where I earned a degree in Behavioral Science / Bible. I spent the next fifteen years working for a local church and a local evangelist, until John and I were blessed with our first of two children. When Hannah entered PreK, I began teaching PreK. Seven years later Legacy was established, and I was privileged to begin teaching Kindergarten that first year. I am currently in my eleventh year at Legacy. John and I will celebrate our 30th anniversary in September of 2016 and became first-time grandparents this year as well. We adore our grandson, Cayton, who was born in February of 2016! My passion for early education has always been to make my students’ first experience with school a positive one – to help them develop a love for learning and an enthusiasm for understanding the world from a biblical point of view. When Legacy was formed I found an opportunity to not only provide that for my students, but for my own children as well. Not only was I able to actively participate in my children’s education, but I knew they had teachers who valued them and encouraged their faith as I did. My favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For God, who said ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” I can give students instruction, but only God can give understanding. What a privilege to be His instrument in their young lives!

Julie Phillips

7th Grade Math, 6th Grade Science I am a “rare” native Texan, as I have lived here all my life!  I graduated from Klein High School and began a career with Shell Oil.  I worked at Shell for 10 years, but knew this was not the place God had for me. (Jeremiah 29:11)  I did not know what plans God had for me; thus, I  married and had 2 beautiful daughters-Kristi, 25 and Rachael, 23.  I was fortunate to stay at home while they were young.  When my girls started school, I  volunteered for various activities and quickly found myself in love with all the children.  I enrolled in college and begin working on my teaching degree. God’s vision began to unfold and my direction in life changed. I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Multidisciplinary Studies, specializing in Math. As graduation neared, I felt God leading me to middle school, where I have been teaching for the past 15 years in public schools.  Being a teacher is my mission field, especially working with adolescents! This is a wonderful age-not babies, but not quite adults-and in need of good, Christian guidance. I enjoy helping young men and women as they learn and grow into the person God designed them to be. One of the most important roles of the teacher is to model through action, words and smiles. Middle school children are often making decisions regarding ‘choices’…a teacher is like a mirror.  When students watch us, we must ‘reflect’ strong character, responsible action and words and patience accented with great flexibility in our classrooms. I grew up in church from “Cradle Role” to youth and then to the College and Career class.  During my life, I learned many Bible verses which would later come to my mind as I went through different stages. I am a living testimony of the verse “My Word will not return to me void without accomplishing that in which I sent it” Isaiah 55:11.  Although the Bible verses I ‘had’ to memorize as a child were simply a ‘skill’ I was encouraged to pursue.  At that time, I had no clear understanding of the many things God would reveal over the years. One verse I claimed many times was Philippians 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, and with thanksgiving, make your request known to God”.  God is good all the time, praise the Lord! I look forward to working at Legacy and am excited to show children how God created all things as I shape lessons which integrate Him daily.

Nita Pollak

3rd Grade Math and Science

Howdy!  I am blessed to have been married to my wonderful husband for 29 years. We have two grown children. Our daughter and son-in-law live in East Asia where they share their passion of faith with international students. We are excited to have our son living close working as a petroleum engineer with Anadarko.

I graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Special Education and Math. Since our entire family are A&M graduates, we all enjoy supporting everything maroon!  God has taken our family worldwide through the years where I have taught in private, public, and international schools. The Lord has given me the gift of teaching and I enjoy sharing that gift to grow the minds of children, both academically and spiritually. I am thankful to have found a home at Legacy and am thrilled to be working in an environment that honors the Lord!

I love Paul’s advice to the Philippians.  I try to live my life being “anxious for nothing”, “thankful for everything”, “content in ALL situations”, and confident knowing “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”!

Marilee Poon

Spanish IA & III A third generation native Texan, I grew up in Houston and Tomball.  I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Spanish, including 6 months of study at The University of Sevilla in Spain, and received my Master’s from the UT Graduate School of Public Health in Houston.  After working for years as a Spanish speaking health educator in Houston and as a public health educator in New Orleans, I moved with my husband and young children to London, England for my husband’s job.  We enjoyed the city’s sights, museums, parks and people and we travelled whenever we had the chance.  We returned to Texas, moving to The Woodlands in 2007.  Married to my husband Andrew for 20 years, we have a son Clark (16), daughter Elena (15), 2 cats and a fish. My favorite things in life are spending time with my family and friends, traveling, learning about and experiencing different cultures, being at the beach, creating (painting, jewelry design and metalsmithing), running and reading.  Perhaps it is because I have teenage children, but I so love the teen years!  It is such a formative time in a person’s life, and my hope and prayer is that each teen/young emerging adult sees just how special they are.  I love the verses from Matthew 22:37-39: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”  I feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to teach at Legacy and to share my love of the Spanish language and my faith with the students.  I have no doubt that they will teach me as much or more than I teach them!

Kayra Scholwinski

2nd Grade I was born and raised in Texas and have had the blessing of being involved in church my whole life. My parents have always been good, faithful Christians and have taught me to be the same. I was saved when I was 14 years old at church camp with my youth group. My husband and I met in high school and started dating my sophomore year, we have been together ever since. We have grown up together in our faith and many stages of life. He has supported me throughout my education and is a huge reason I am where I am today. I graduated from Sam Houston University and am extremely excited to join the Legacy family and make a difference in a child’s life! My absolute favorite verse is Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Hollye Smith

First Grade I joined the Legacy team last year as one of the First Grade teachers and absolutely loved being a part of this extraordinary model! I have been honored to work in Christian education for over 14 years. I received my Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College and am ACSI certified. My passion as a Christian educator is to strive to give my students an excellent education and to teach with a Biblical worldview. My goal is to help each child see their value in this world as a child of God, and ultimately use the gifts He has given them for His glory. My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this summer. God has blessed us with two awesome children. Our family loves to travel and experience new places and cultures. I love the way God speaks to us so intimately through His Word. One of my favorite verses is Ephesians 3:16-18, “I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.”

Leanne Spinale

3rd Grade Language Arts and History I have been married to my wonderful husband for 25 years and have 4 children. We only have our youngest still with us at home, Audrey age 15, as my three older stepchildren have moved on to shape their own lives. Audrey has attended Legacy since 6th grade and truly enjoys our University Model environment. I grew up in California, but moved to Texas right after I got married. I was blessed to be afforded the opportunity to be a stay at home mom while Audrey was young, but after she began elementary school, I went back to college to complete my degree. I graduated from the University of Houston Downtown in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.

After completing my Student Teaching in public school where I was often cautioned to not openly share my faith, I prayed that my first teaching position would instead be at a Christian school. I knew that God would open the door to the position that He wanted for me, and I had to be faithful and wait for His provision. I am so thankful that God led me to Legacy!
My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” What a blessing this scripture has been when life’s struggles threaten to overwhelm me, I can seek God and He lovingly provides His peace!

Cindy Stricker

3rd grade I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach at Legacy. I have been married to my husband, Matt, for fourteen years. We have three beautiful children (12 year old twins- Ben and Connor and an 11 year old son, JP). I am originally from Houston, but lived in Gilbert, AZ, a suburb outside of Phoenix, AZ for 10 years. We recently moved back to The Woodlands to be near family. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and Elementary Education from Houston Baptist University. Soon after graduating from college, I taught in the Resource Dept at Kennedy Elementary and Mata Intermediate Schools in Alief ISD. In 2001, I went to work for Pearson Education as an Educational Consultant and then as a Sale Representative for their K-12th grade software curriculum division. After our youngest started in Kindergarten, I went back to teaching as a substitute teacher for the last 6 years. I love to spending time with my family and our pug, Jojo. In addition, I enjoy playing doubles tennis and being involved in our church and children’s school. My favorite verse from the bible is Jeremiah 29:11-14 NIV “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then, you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity.”

Amber VanBruaene

4th Grade Hello! Please don’t let my last name scare you. It’s as easy as Van-brawn-ee. I became a Christian when I was about 8 years old and am blessed to have grown up in a Christian home. I graduated from Evangel University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. After graduating I taught 3rd and 4th grade in public schools. I have been married to my best friend, Jared, for 18 years and we have three awesome kids. Shelby is 15, Lindsey is 13, and Colby is 10. They keep me happily busy with their sports and activities. After several years as a stay at home mom, I felt the Lord leading me back to the classroom and last year, I joined the Legacy team. l love teaching at a school that teaches Biblical truths and the love of Christ. One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

June Waggener

Elementary Art This year has been a very eventful and transitional for me! I retired last year from a long career in Texas public schools and moved here to the lakes area. Now I am enjoying teaching elementary art at Legacy. I am a native Texan born in Beaumont. My brother, sister and I were privileged to grow up in a Christian home which we also provided for our own children. My son and daughter are both grown and have pursued careers in the visual and performing arts. One of my favorite verses is Psalms 90:17 which says “let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands.” Being an artist, I tend to look at this scripture in a very literal sense. Over the past 30 years of teaching the visual arts in Texas public schools, I have had the privilege to share in the development of the God-given talents of thousands of budding artists. After graduation from Lamar University in 1981 with a B.S. in Art and a teaching certificate in all  levels art, I taught in Pearland, Woodville, Kountze, Frisco and Conroe school districts. Initially, I taught 5th-8th graders but the majority of my career has been secondary level art instruction. I had the opportunity to start AP Art programs in three secondary schools. I was privileged to serve as the Frisco ISD secondary art contact and coordinator of district TAEA contests. Many of these students have had artwork recognized on local, district, state and national levels. Numerous students have been recognized by Advanced Placement on the national poster, website and exhibition. Others have had their art displayed in Governor Perry’s office. I am particularly proud of the many student scholarship awards. I look forward to the continuation of this awesome responsibility in working with the students at Legacy. It is my goal to help each child enjoy art and to meet their full potential. I am grateful that “the work of our hands” has truly been prospered.

Chris Wenstrom

5th Grade Language Arts and History “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” I Cor.1:28 At 17, I made the life changing decision to commit my life to the Lord Jesus Christ.  At 20, I married Jim Wenstrom and today we are the proud parents of 6 children, 5 girls and a boy.  Because my mom encouraged me to teach, I graduated with a degree in elementary education from Northern Illinois University.  We have been privileged to serve the Lord in ministry in the U.S., Russia, Australia, and New Zealand.  We’ve ministered to orphans, the elderly, families, children, and juvenile delinquents.  We’ve visited St. Basil’s in Moscow, walked among wild kangaroos in Australia, and have been sledding on a volcano in New Zealand.  I’ve taught K-4, K-5, and 4th grade in Christian schools, homeschooled Russian orphans, was an academic advisor to an alternative school in New Zealand, and homeschooled my own children. I am so excited to be teaching at Legacy this year.  I can’t wait to see what the Lord is going to do!  My passion is to raise up young people who are “mighty in Spirit” and are prepared to fulfill their God-given destiny. My favorite verse is Daniel 11:32b, “The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”   I believe God has so much more for each of us.  I’m looking forward to partnering with parents to see God work in the student’s lives.

Christie Wingo

Physics I was born and raised in Alabama, and I attended Auburn University where I received a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1999.  Upon graduating, I began working as an engineer at The Boeing Company and supported the Space Shuttle Program as well as the USAF E-4B National Airborne Operations Center before leaving engineering to start a family.  My husband and I met in college at the Auburn Wesley Foundation, a campus ministry of the Methodist church, and have been married for 17 years.  We have three children, all attending Legacy. As we start our 6th year at Legacy, I continue to see the blessings we receive by being a part of a University Model School.  I love the level of involvement the UMS gives us in our children’s education and for all of the teachable moments that happen as a result of that involvement.  I am thankful for the hours it gives us outside of the classroom to soak in their early years, and I love the chance it gives our children to grow in both faith and leadership. I have many favorite verses, but my favorite as it relates to science and, in particular, the laws of physics, is Jeremiah 33:25 – “But I, the Lord, make the following promise:  I have made a covenant governing the coming of day and night.  I have established the fixed laws governing heaven and earth.”

Kim Wright

Pre-Kindergarten I married my God given match in April of 1997. We have been blessed with four lovely children and a life of happily ever after.  We first heard of Legacy while it was in the making, through our friends at church. We began with Friday electives then started full time in 2007. Legacy was a perfect blend between school and home for our family and continued to allow us to be heavily involved in our children’s education. God has blessed me with a heart and desire to teach children along with the patience and understanding of young minds.  I have devoted a large part of my life in the service of Early Childhood Development. I believe showing love and respect to a child is the foundation in building a confident and well-rounded individual. I enjoy spending time and exploring new things with my husband and children. One of my favorite pastimes is spending time with friends and family. I also enjoy organizing just about anything and making lists.  I love gardening and reading when I have the time. My favorite Bible verse is Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” NIV This reminds us of Christ’s love for simplicity and innocence and also portrays Jesus as the loving, tender Savior He is. His interaction with the children shows us how they were drawn to Him and how comfortable they were in His presence. Every life matters to God!