I was born the oldest daughter in a family of four children. My mother and father were wonderful parents, both of whom love Jesus and demonstrated that on a daily basis. In all that we did and everywhere we went, we were always taught to live our faith and be doers of the word, not just hearers only. My parents lived this out as my father has been a deacon in his local church for over 30 years and my mother, the pastor’s secretary.
I graduated from High School in a small town in Texas and went on to play basketball in college. I graduated from Texas A&M and married my husband, Brandon. In January 2014, we will have been married for 20 years. We have four awesome and incredibly handsome boys, Travis, Ryan, Jared, and David. We are avid Aggie fans and love anything that requires bats, gloves, helmets or goals! Brandon and I will forever be in bleachers until the boys move on to college!
God called me to Legacy through my desire to spend more time with my oldest son who, at the time, was in PreK. After a visit to the local public school to see their Kindergarten classes, I knew I did not want to pursue that route. My next step was to investigate private schooling which I found to be a stretch financially for one, and out of the question for four children. As I began to explore other options, I was introduced to NAUMS (National Association of University Model Schools). After speaking with their director, I was sold on the model. I began talking with parents and drumming up support, never believing that I would someday be running a school. But, nearly ten years later, here I am. I count serving as Legacy’s Head Administrator one of the most treasured privileges I’ve ever had. My Legacy community is really just an extension of my own family, and I am blessed to have so many people praying for and supporting me and my children.
One of the great things about Legacy, and the reason God gave me the vision to begin this school, was so that my children would know what they believe and why they believe it. Like their grandparents had taught me, our faith was to be lived out loud so that others would come to know Christ. I am so thankful for the additional time I have been given with my children because of the UMS model. Our motto is, “Here am I! Send me!” Isaiah 6:8. I want my children to be the hands and feet of Jesus as they stand firm in their faith and unashamedly proclaim the good news. I can’t wait to see how God’s plan unfolds for them and what adventures he has in store for their future.
Contact Audra at firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Head Administrator
My husband and I were born and raised in south Louisiana. In August of 2006, we transferred to Texas. This was an extremely difﬁcult move for me having grown up very near and dear to family and friends. Soon after our move, I began looking for a job to get plugged in and meet new friends. Ironically, I met Audra May at the ballpark and we instantly became friends. Hearing of her vision of the school and her learning of my desire to ﬁnd a job, I interviewed and began working at Legacy in November of 2006. Legacy is such a blessing to me and has brought so much more than just a job. It has ignited a passion in me to provide a loving, caring, safe and unique environment for our families and students to attend school, receive a great education and grow in their Christian faith.
I met and married my husband Brian in 1991. God has blessed us with four beautiful children (Barrett, Ethan, Molly and Wyatt) who keep us happily busy. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, crafting, sewing and running. I have completed 2 marathons and several half-marathons and am planning on more races in my future. Running has shown not only to be a way to improve my physical health, strengthen my friendships but to grow my faith. It is through running and the quiet time that I am able to have my most intimate conversations with the Lord.
The bible verse that I attempt to live by daily and instill in my children, is Luke 6:31 “Do to other as you would have them do to you.” Otherwise known as The Golden Rule.
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Middle School & High School Principal
I am so excited to be the new Jr. High / High School Principal at Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy. Throughout my career, I have enjoyed working with parents and their students and watching these bright minds learn and grow as they reach for their dreams. I have a passion for teaching that was instilled in me during high school. In high school I was fortunate enough to have teachers and counselors that saw something in me that I never saw in myself. The way they pushed and challenged me taught me invaluable lessons that I use to this day. Now I want to pass that on to the students I am blessed to work with every day. What I have learned in life is that everyone has a purpose and I have a passion for helping my students discover and use their purpose to be all they can be…..while at in school and beyond.
A native of Beaumont, Texas I attended West Brook High School and then Lamar University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and a minor in Special Education. I have a Texas Generalist in Early Childhood – 6th grade and an All Levels Special Education Certification. After graduation I began my teaching career in 1996 at the high school level. Later on I worked on the elementary and middle school level.
I have been married to my college sweetheart, Derrick, for almost 22 years and together we have three amazing children; Avery (18), Carter (16), and Berkley (12). We have lived in The Woodlands for 12 years and have been blessed with an amazing church family at Crossroads Baptist Church where we are members.
I love the Lord and know he has a purpose for me and my life. As such, my favorite bible verse is John 13:34; “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” I feel like God wants me to teach students to strive to do their best, to love one another, and to be there for their fellow Christian brothers and sisters; all while discovering and utilizing their purpose.
I am so happy to be a part of the Legacy family and can’t wait to get to know each and every one of my students and their families.
Contact Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a native Texan! I was raised in Canton a small east Texas town of about 3,000 residents until the first of each month when the town grows to over a 100,000 on First Monday Weekend. I accepted Christ as my savior at Oak Grove Baptist Church when I was nine years old. My husband and I met at Jerry’s Pizza in Canton through a mutual friend. On July 3, 1982 we were married at First Baptist Church of Canton where we served faithfully and had two precious children Ashley Bontrager Snell and Brett Bontrager. After serving at First Baptist for eleven years in lay positions God called our family into ministry. I was a public school teacher at the time and my husband was employed by Halliburton in Carrollton, Texas. We followed God’s call to enter seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1992. We have been serving in full time ministry since.
Education has always been my passion and calling from God. I retired from public school May 2014 and joined the Legacy staff August 2014. I am excited about partnering with others to build strong leaders for Christ. Some of my favorite scriptures come from Deuteronomy 6: 5-9 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” I consider it a blessed opportunity to help equip families as they train their children in God’s Word.
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Director of Student Life
I am very excited about the opportunity that God has provided for me and my family to be a part of Magnolia Legacy Prep Christian. Throughout my teaching and coaching career I have had the opportunity to teach, mentor, and lead students to be Christian role models and leaders in the community. Nothing brings me greater joy than to see young men and women become what they dreamed they could be through their hard work and dedication.
I was born in Houston Texas and raised in Conroe my entire life, graduating from Conroe High School in 1992. I then attended Abilene Christian University where I played baseball and graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. I then began my teaching and coaching career in 1997 and have been a classroom teacher, Dean of Students, and Assistant Athletic Director. My goal as an educator is too build relationships through mentoring, teaching, or coaching young men and women and to “Make God Look Good.”
I am married to my beautiful bride Laura for 20 years and we have two kids Carson (15) and Megan (13). We are active members of the Conroe Church of Christ in Conroe Texas and we enjoy serving the community and our church.
Romans 12:12 – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.
Contact Clint McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean of Family Ministry
Blessed to have been raised in a God-fearing home and learning to foster my personal relationship with Him, Jesus is truly my Rock and foundation! The depth of His true and unconditional love for us humbles me daily.
I grew up in Aggieland – College Station, TX – and am a generational Aggie (WHOOP!). I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Specialization in Early Childhood. In the meantime, my family moved to The Woodlands for their final address change. I followed them here after graduation and met my now husband at church by volunteering in the Children’s Department. The rest is history.
We ministered on staff as Children’s Pastors for six years, and I’ve taught in the classroom and/or tutored for twelve. He now ministers in the secular realm in corporate America under God’s calling and favor, and I have the privilege of serving our Legacy families as an Elementary Principal. Loving people comes easily to me. I consider it a true blessing to minister to our families here – from the youngest wee ones to our parents. My time spent serving you brings me great joy.
God has blessed the two of us with twelve years of marriage and three lively and beautiful children. We were drawn to Legacy when our eldest was nearing school age. Knowing leaving them for five days a week would not fit our family, we researched a bit, attended an info meeting, and we were sold! Our University Model® is a great combination of gifted time together and all the benefits of a God-fearing, rigorous, accredited school. We have been a successful part of Legacy Prep for five years now.
One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Deuteronomy 6:5-9, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
Contact Kristie at email@example.com
Testing & Technology Coordinator
I grew up a minister’s and teacher’s daughter. I love the dedication my parents instilled in me at such a young age. Education and ministry have always been a part of my life. Legacy allows me to use both gifts He has given me. I graduated from East Texas Baptist University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. My major was in English Language Arts and Reading. I began to further my education during my first year of teaching. I graduated with a Masters in Administration in August 2009. My teaching experience has been in 4th grade for 3 years, 5th grade for 1 year, and 3rd grade for 2 years. I have been married to my high school sweetheart and best friend since June of 2009. We have been blessed with a daughter and son. I love serving as the Testing and Technology Coordinator at Legacy.
My favorite scripture 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.
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I have been married for 21 years to Jeff Rush and have 3 children. My daughter, Sydney, began attending Legacy this year and is in 8th grade. I have over 20 years of Student Services experience in higher education. I worked for 3 years at Texas A&M University as a counselor within the College of Liberal Arts and 17 years in various positions within the Lone Star College System. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sam Houston State University and a Master’s degree in Educational/Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University. My primary role has been as a career counselor, assisting students who have been unsure of their career direction or needing a clearer path on how to reach their ultimate career goals. Through various programs throughout her career, I have also worked with high school students who were transitioning to college.
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My husband, Robin, and I have lived in Spring, Texas, for nine years now. We moved here from Chicago, Illinois, where we met and married in 2001. We have two children—Ryan, age 10, and Rachel, age 9, who both attend Legacy. We are very excited as we begin our 6th year here at Legacy!
Our family motto is Colossians 3:23. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Legacy allows and encourages me to parent “with all my heart,” by being intimately involved in my children’s education, the way God intended. We are so thankful for Legacy and for the blessing it has been to our family.
Contact Jody at firstname.lastname@example.org
I grew up on a farm in Central Illinois with two brothers and wonderful Christian parents and nearby grandparents. After graduating from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Accounting, I started my first “real” job in Southern Illinois. God had a plan for me because that is where I met my husband and in June 2015 we celebrated our 30th anniversary! After we married, we moved to St. Louis and attended Washington University where we both received our MBA’s. We loved St. Louis and especially the Cardinals but after 11 years there, my husband’s company moved us to Little Rock, AR. We then continued moving (5 times in 8 years) until 2006 when we ended up in the great state of Texas.
Throughout these moves I worked part-time off and on but was very fortunate to be mostly a stay-at-home Mom to our two children. We’re extremely proud of our son, Jake who will be a senior at Texas A&M and our daughter, Hannah who will begin her freshman year there this Fall. We have officially become devoted Aggie fans! The “empty nest” syndrome is what prompted my desire to return to work. I have enjoyed my brief time here at Legacy and love that the children here can pray and share their faith daily.
My favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 2:8: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
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I am thrilled to be here at Legacy and have felt so welcomed already! My family and I moved here from Missouri this past August after making a big decision to sell our third generation family owned heating and air conditioning business. We are very happy with our move to Texas and the much warmer climate. I have been married to my husband, Jasen, for 19 years and we are high school sweethearts. We have two wonderful daughters, Isabella (10) and Marisa (7).
I graduated from Troy University with a Master of Science in Human Resource Management. I truly enjoy anything HR or accounting related and I am excited to be a part of the business office. My husband and I also joined the U.S. Air Force together three years into our marriage. I served for a total of eight years active duty and with the Air National Guard. We will always be grateful for the experiences during that time in our lives.
I am truly amazed with the abundance of blessings God has bestowed on our lives and for so clearly leading me to Legacy. I look forward to many wonderful years here.
Contact Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I grew up on a ranch in South Texas with a wonderful family and lots of the great outdoors. We attended a Methodist church where I was baptized and confirmed. After high school, I headed off to Texas A&M University.
In 1999, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in business administration. From there, I pursued a career in technical writing in Georgia. I was blessed to meet my husband, Brannon, while we worked for the same company. After we married, my career direction changed to involve more technical development and programming.
When we were expecting our first child, my husband was kind enough to allow us to move to Texas. As a side note…now he loves living in Texas and never wants to leave! We have two precious children, Wesley and Ansley, who have both attended Legacy since pre-k.
Two of my favorite Bible verses are 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” and James 4:8, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.”
Contact Michele at email@example.com