High School Art, Sign Language 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.
Middle School Computer, High School Intro Computer Programming & Engineering, Computers Department Head This will be my family’s sixth year at Legacy, and I have three children who will be in 2nd grade, 4th grade, and 6th grade. I’m excited about this new year the Lord has for me, and my prayer is that I will bring glory to His name through all I do. I graduated 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.
Middle School Math & Science 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.
Algebra I, Middle & High School Math Department Head, Leadership, NHS Advisor
“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, all 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 Lord has given me a singular goal at Legacy, to be sure that every student that passes through my door, leaves with a keen and intimate knowledge that God is faithful, and that they can hear His voice.
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.’”
French I, II & III, Leadership
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. We have been married for 25 years. I taught elementary school for several years in Corpus Christi, 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. My son graduated from Legacy in 2016 and my daughter will be a junior at Legacy this year.
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 fifth 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.
Middle School/High School Science Almost 13 years ago God placed the most amazing man on Earth in my life. How did I know at just 20 that God had sent him to me? Because the very first question he asked me was, “Do you know Jesus.” I remember sensing that God was answering the prayers I had prayed for him to send me my spouse, not by my design, but by his. We were married just 7 months after that day. God has since blessed us with three beautiful, strong, independent, passionate, world-changing daughters! They are 10, 7, and 5, and they keep us in constant contact with the Lord! After my oldest was born I felt as though God was calling me to be a teacher. I started going back to college when she was a year old, and discovered a passion for math and science. Most people see science as evil. They associate it with evolution and astrology, and cross it off their list of God inspired things. When I went to college, I fell madly in love with Science. I saw the sky as a portal of endless possibilities, but how did I fit God into this seemingly unholy passion? As I pursued my Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in math/science, I realized that I did not have to choose God OR Science, because God IS Science. (Colossians 1:16) It took a lot of disagreeing with the beliefs of my professors and seeking the word of God for truths, that lie only in Him, but I found my way to a closer relationship with God AND a deeper love for science. I looked at the stars and saw the constellations as a representation of the perfect plan of God. (Job 38: 31) When I did that, I realized their was nothing more beautiful. I saw the perfect design of our creator and it helped me to see the formation of my children with new eyes. (Jeremiah 1:5) I graduated from Sam Houston State University with my husband and daughters cheering me on from the stands! Since then I have followed God through opened doors and waited in the hallway at times, a bit uncertain. I am so excited to start this new journey. I can not wait to explore our world with your children this year and to find God through the wonders of science!
Middle School Science I am a native Houstonian and graduated from Klein High School. I received my bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Multidisciplinary Science with a minor in Secondary Education. I am a Texas certified science teacher for grades 6-12 and previously taught high school Biology and Chemistry. In addition, I worked for Merck as pharmaceutical sales representative. I have been married for almost 20 years and have two beautiful girls, ages 11 & 13. This will be my first year teaching at Legacy PCA. I am excited to be back in the classroom and to see how God is going to use me for His kingdom. A verse I love is Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
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!
High School History & English Hello! My name is Carolyn Cullen. I’ve been married for four years and my husband and I have a precious one-year old girl. I received both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. I have five years of full-time teaching experience. I came to Legacy for the privilege of teaching from a Christ-centered worldview, and to teach part-time in order to have some time at home with my daughter. My favorite verse is Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not more valuable than they?”
Anatomy & Physiology, Infectious Diseases, Medical Terminology, Middle School/High School Science Department Head 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.
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.
Middle School English & History, High School History, Middle School/High School History Department Head 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.
Middle School/High School Fine Arts, Electives Department Head, Administrative Assistant I have a wonderful husband and two precious daughters, Clara and Emma Lou. 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. This is the first year that I’m out of the classroom, but still actively involved in growing our musical theater program. My goal is to faithfully follow 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
Middle School Art, Middle School/High School Art Department Head “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)
High School English & SAT Prep, Middle School/High School English Department Head A Florida native, I attended the University of Central Florida, graduating with a Literature degree. My husband, David, and I have been married for seventeen years, and we have four kids who all attend Legacy. We moved to Texas eight years ago and consider it our home. I firmly believe that the study of literature significantly benefits a Christian in examining the world around him.
Middle School English “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16) Born and raised in Texas, I graduated Texas A&M University with a degree in Education and a teaching certificate. My husband, Kevin, and I have been married for almost three years, and we have a one-year-old who keeps us on our toes. We moved to The Woodlands two years ago and appreciate being near family and community. I love dark chocolate, coffee, and anything Italian. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, cooking, and baking. My desire to continue teaching but still maintain a healthy home life with my son is what brought me to Legacy. I am excited to share God’s word with these bright, young minds and learn from one another on this journey!
High School Math, Speech, History 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.
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!!!
High School Media Arts In 2003 I received my Associates Degree in Computer Graphic Arts Technology, and graduated at the top of my class with honors. I have over 16 years combined graphic design, art production, and fine art experience, and four years of teaching experience. Although the majority of my professional work has been in graphic design, I have been blessed to work in a variety of creative fields and possess a unique, multifaceted skillset. I enjoy thinking “out of the box” to find solutions to creative challenges, and it is my privilege as a teacher to help students cultivate their creativity and broaden their exposure to marketable industry skills. This will be my second year with Legacy, and I am excited to be a part of the Legacy family, influencing young minds in Christ. I am married, with only “four-legged” and furry children—“My kids” are the ones I teach, and I strive to reach each one of them, investing in their individual futures. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” –Philippians 4:13.
Middle School English & History I am a life-long lover of Christ, children and learning, and I am excited to be joining Legacy Prep. I bring with me 15 years private middle school and 3 years public middle school experience. I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, watching Jayhawk basketball, reading biographies of historical people and traveling. All of these things influence who I am today and why I loves teaching history and English (and KU basketball)!
I graduated from Ottawa University – Kansas City with a degree in Liberal Arts and certification to teach K-8th grade. After teaching in New York for a few years, I returned to Kansas where I attended MidAmerica Nazarene University and received my Masters in Education.
I have a ten-year-old son and I am working on my certification in college counseling through Rice University. After the death of my father last year, I felt God’s call to slow down and spend my time focused on my family and God’s plan for my life. My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:8. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
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!
High School Math 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 27 years, the last 19 being in The Woodlands. We have three children: Brandon (24), Bradley, (21) and Paige (17). 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 made it abundantly clear that His plan is for me was to return to the classroom in a role that not only allows but also encourages spiritual growth and a Biblical foundation for students. I am excited about another year at Legacy and can’t wait to get to know my 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.”
High School History, Leadership 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.
High School Math 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.”
Ann Elise Hunter
Third Grade I am excited to start my first year at Legacy! I have been married to my best friend, Tim, for 10 years. Our lives together have been one adventure after another, from living overseas for three years, to being blessed with a daughter (8), and two sons (5 & 6). I have a passion for writing and music, which led me to study both in college. I graduated from Texas Tech University with a major in English and a minor in music, and was a violinist in the orchestra. As a stay-at-home mom the past 8 years, I have been pouring out my love for Christ into my children, and ministering to women and children at our church through music. Now, I am excited to be able to share Christ and my passions in a new capacity, here at Legacy! My favorite Bible verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:16 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
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.”
High School Publications, Middle School English, Curriculum Coordiantor Christian education has been a passion of mine for over 15 years. I hold a B.A. from the University of Houston and a M.A. in Christian Education from Southwestern Seminary. Legacy’s passion for quality, Christ-centered education coincides with my own desires to see students grow in their understanding of the love of Christ through the pursuit of excellence in learning, all for the glory of God. My husband Nick and I have been married for fourteen years and have four daughters who attend Legacy. My favorite bible verse is Romans 1:16-17: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.'”
Leadership Nick Jones is the lead pastor at The Church at Alden Bridge, which is just around the corner from Legacy. He and his wife, Amanda, have been married for almost fifteen years, and have four daughters who all attend Legacy. Nick has a bachelor’s degree in Christianity and Communications from Houston Baptist University, a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently working on a doctorate from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, with a concentration in Christian Leadership. One of his favorite Bible verses is Colossians 1:18, Jesus “is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.”
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!
Middle School/High School Spanish, Middle School/High School Spanish Department Head This will be my fourth year teaching at Legacy. It is a blessing sharing with these wonderful co-workers, co teachers and students. I have been married for 23 years and have 2 lovely children, Isabella (20), and Miranda (13). 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, also spending 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 the summer of 2018. I am excited to teach students how to spread the gospel in not English-speaking communities, how important is Spanish language and cultures in times of globalization and cultural diversity present in Texas , United States and the whole world. My favorite verse in this time of my life is “God is love, holy, intelligent, truth, logic, reason, unchangeable.” (John 1:1-18)
Middle School History I’m a native Houstonian and have been in The Woodlands for the past 11 years. I’ve been married to my best friend and forever partner, Julie, for 25 years. Our teenagers, Frank and Anna, attend TWHS. I received my BS in Public Policy and Administration/Legal Studies from the University of Houston and just left Houston ISD after 24 years of service, which included both teaching and administration. As a family, we have always tried to live by Psalm 118:24: “This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it”. Our children have heard this verse, or some version of it, almost daily starting with their day school chapel when they were just two. It’s even a part of our Family Mission Statement.
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.
High School 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-eight years and we have three grown children; Emma works as a video editor for the Woodlands Church, 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 sixteenth year teaching and my second year teaching at Legacy. Our class Bible verse this year is Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.
High School English I earned a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of Houston. I currently teach freshman composition at Lone Star Community College, Montgomery campus. After college, I started a career in the business arena, working as a Financial Writer for a mutual fund company; however, I soon realized my true passion was helping students, teaching writing. My husband and I live in The Woodlands with our two noisy Australian Shepherds, and adorable Beagle mix puppy. When I am not teaching, I pursue the hobbies I love most: reading, writing, running, yoga, cooking and gardening, but not necessarily in that order. My favorite bible verse: Mathew 6:34 “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
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!
Middle School Spanish 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!
High School English A native New Mexican, I escaped to Texas as quickly as I could, earning my B.S. from Texas Tech University in Secondary Education with teaching fields in English and psychology. Later, I earned my M.A. from the University of New Mexico and taught in the public schools for sixteen years. My husband and I have two daughters –Carly, 21 and Caitlyn,18 – and while they were younger, I taught part-time at Lone Star College; that is except when we were moving in and out of Texas, journeying to England, Indonesia, and Newfoundland, as the oil industry led us. Since my younger daughter is heading off to college this fall, I thought this was the perfect time to reconnect in the classroom. Legacy appealed to me as a place where I can both teach and grow spiritually, surrounded by fellow Christians. A constant in our lives throughout all the moves has been our wonderful church, The Woodlands United Methodist Church, and I love that it is a vibrant embodiment of Christ’s love for us all. A favorite scripture of mine epitomizes how we all should live and offers a daily challenge in my Christian walk: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like” (James 1: 22-24).
Leadership I am married to Jody, the most fabulous woman ever! Jody helps families through the application process at Legacy. We have two wonderful children, Ryan and Rachel, who are students at Legacy.
I was born in Big Spring Texas and raised a PK (preacher’s kid), but faith became personal for me at age 8 when my Father led me to Christ at home. From early on I had a desire to serve God and help others, but felt I could never do anything for God. God showed me He could use anyone for anything including little ole me. I began serving the Lord in a small way and began sensing His call to full time ministry.
After graduating college with a business degree, I went on to Seminary where I received an MDIV in theology. I served for years in various roles on church staff’s. While pastoring, I had the desire to go back to school where I received a Master’s in Human Services/Counseling so I could better help the people I ministered to.
After 911, I felt the desire to help our soldiers and their families, so I found myself at Chaplain Officer Basic Training where they told me I was too old to serve Active Duty. They put me in the Army Reserve where I served 9 years. I served with the 7-6th CAV in Conroe, TX, an Apache Attack Helicopter Unit until June 2013.
I’ve always tried to act upon doors I feel God has opened for me to serve Him and others. When He opened the door for me to serve our youth here at Legacy I was thrilled! If I can make even the slightest difference in one life at Legacy—sign me up!
High School Spanish I am so happy to be joining the Legacy Team this year! My husband, Keith, and I have been married for 32 years, with 5 children, 2 grandchildren, and one more grandson on the way! I graduated from Sam Houston with a BA in Education, and a minor in Reading. After graduation, I was a stay at home mom for twenty years, who kept her feet wet with subbing and teaching Spanish at a couple of home-school co-ops. In 2009, I officially started teaching full time; mostly Language Arts with a sprinkling of Math/Science. I have taken numerous mission trips to Mexico and Honduras over the years to share the hope of Christ. In addition to sharing the gospel, I get to practice using my Spanish. Going on mission trips is one of my great loves! I can’t wait to help Legacy students develop another way to share their faith as well! One of my favorite Bible verses is, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). Since there are over 20 Spanish speaking countries, knowing Spanish opens so many doors for doing just that! Vamos, Leones! Let’s go, Lions!
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?
Fourth Grade I am a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Elementary Education. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 23 years. We have three daughters, Isabella(17), Sophia(15) and Anna Claire(12). I taught 3rd grade in public schools before I became a full time mom. During those years I tutored, taught at Gymboree Play and Music and taught 2 years at a homeschooling co-op. I then went back to teaching full time in 5th grade at a private Christian school. God then led our family to homeschool and travel as a family for a year. I have a diverse teaching background that reinforces my desire to teach and work with children, no matter the type of school at which I am teaching. I simply love to teach children. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was 8 years old and am thrilled to join the team at Legacy and share God’s love and teach. Through all of my experiences and journey’s my life verse has become Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me and my students’ this school year!
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.”
Middle School Math, Science, and Computers I have been married to my wonderful husband, Mike, for 15 years and we have three children grades 5th, 7th, and 9th who all attend Legacy. This is my second year teaching at Legacy PCA. Previously I taught at Trinity Classical School of Houston, which is also a UMS type school, for six years before which I home-schooled our children. I am passionate about collaborative, university model instruction and encouraging Christ-centered academic growth in my children and students. I love ministering to families through education, and am a passionate life-long learner. I am a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with minors in Theatre and New Media Communication. I am highly involved in community theatre as a director of young actor productions as well as an award-winning costume designer. I love ministry and served for over a decade on the women’s ministry team at Cypress Bible Church. Growing up my mother always said, “If you’re not sure, Phillipians 4:8 it,” and it’s one of my favorite Bible passages: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Middle School/High School Math I am excited to start my 2nd year at Legacy! In addition to Calculus, I am also teaching Pre-Algebra this year. My family and I moved to The Woodlands from Pennsylvania 10 years ago. My husband and I have been married for 29 years; we have 20 year old triplets (a daughter and 2 sons) who are all in college. My bachelor’s degree is in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. After working in industry for a few years, I realized my passion was in teaching. I completed my certification requirements at the University of Pittsburgh and have never looked back! Over the years I have taught at both public and private schools as well as being blessed to have the opportunity to be a stay at home mom. One of my favorite Bible verses is Colossians 3:23-24: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
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.”
High School Spanish I am so excited to be joining Legacy this year! I have been married to my wonderful husband, Ryan, for 18 years and we have two beautiful children, Micah (15 years old) and Analeyse (6 years old). I have always loved learning foreign languages, so I decided to study Spanish and Russian at the University of Texas at Arlington where I received two Bachelor of Arts degrees. Upon graduation, I was unsure of what I was going to do. After lots of prayer, I believe God called me to teaching. Because of this calling, it is my desire to share His love and my passion of the Spanish language with my students. My favorite verse is 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 surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
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.
Middle School History, Leadership “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.
Middle School Math, High School Science 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 18 years. We have three children, all attending Legacy. As we start our 7th 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, math, 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.”
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!
Middle School Math & Science, Leadership I’m excited to be at Legacy! I have been married to my husband, Robert, for 10 years. We have two children, Kayla and Christian, who will both be attending Legacy in 2nd and 4th grades, respectively. We are members of Impact Church of The Woodlands. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Applied Learning and Development-Mathematics Education from The University of Texas at Austin and my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction-Mathematics Education from The University of Houston-Main Campus. My desire was to spend more time with my children and God blessed my family with this wonderful opportunity for me to be a part of the Legacy faculty. My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well”.