Middle School Science, Health, & Study Hall I am extremely blessed to be returning to Legacy this year. I begin at Legacy last year during the second semester and loved being a part of this wonderful school. This will be my 7th year in education. I was born and raised in South Louisiana and have had the opportunity to live in both Texas and Arkansas for the past ten years and teach different grade levels. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Joe for 18 years. We have a son Riley, who will be a junior and our daughter Makenzie will be a freshmen this year in high school. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University and was a stay at home mom for 7 year before returning to school and receiving my Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education- 8th grade. I have taught 4th grade Math and Science in Arkansas for 4 years and 5th grade Math for one year in the Magnolia Independent School District. Last year, I taught 7th grade Science at Legacy and loved working at the Middle School level. I have recently completed my Master’s Degree in Educational Theory and Practice from Arkansas State University. I am looking forward to leading my students this year and encouraging them daily. My favorite verses are 1 Corinthians 13:4-7,“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” In my spare time I love to travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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 and in sign language. I grew up with deaf parents where sign language was my first language. 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 History, Study Hall I am very excited to begin my first year teaching at Legacy. This is my 14th year in education. I attended Texas Christian University and received my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Middle School Social Studies Education. I taught 5th grade social studies for 10 years in the Fort Worth area. My family moved to the Houston area 3 years ago. I taught reading for 2 years in Magnolia and most recently taught at Sam Houston State University. One of my favorite verses is Ecclesiastes 1:9, “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” I am very passionate about the importance of understanding and learning from the past. Understanding how we have gotten here, helps us on the journey of where we are going. My goal is to make learning history fun and relevant. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband, my two boys, and our dog.
Middle School Computer, High School Intro Computer Programming & Engineering, ROBOTICS, Computer Science Department Head This will be my family’s seventh year at Legacy, and I have three children who will be in 3rd grade, 5th grade, and 7th 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 in various technology related positions at several companies including Arthur Andersen, Duke Energy, and Koch Capital Markets.
Middle School English My husband, Scott, and I celebrated 21 years of marriage this summer and have two beautiful daughters, Sierra and Alexis, who will be attending Legacy for the first time this year. I love to read, listen to music, and go on adventures with my family where we can enjoy the beautiful nature that God has given us.
I spent 23 years in public education teaching junior high and high school English and ESL (English as a Second Language). About three years ago I realized that God was leading me to something different; however, I had no idea what His plan was. As I grew increasingly dissatisfied with my job, I clung to the promise in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” One Sunday a friend at church told me about Legacy and how much her family loved it. Even though I knew very little about the school, I finally felt peace that this was the path for which God had been preparing me.
Having grown up in a Christian school, I feel like I’m coming home and am so excited to share this journey with my students and their families!
Publications I grew up in Northwest Arkansas but have lived in The Woodlands for over 30 years. I have an undergraduate degree from Baylor and an MBA from SMU. I have been married to my husband, Tom, for 30 years. We have three children – Nick (24), who graduated from Texas A&M and is working on his Masters from Sam Houston, Andrew (21), a senior at Baylor, and Rachel (18), who just graduated from Legacy and is a freshman at Baylor. I was blessed to be able to stay home with my children and we are so happy we found Legacy for Rachel’s high school. I have a background in newsletter publication and am excited about teaching the publications class here at Legacy.
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 26 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 senior 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 sixth 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.”
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.
Leadership I am married to Whitney and have 3 children. Our youngest, Samuel, was adopted from China in 2016. I am the Small Groups Pastor at StoneBridge church and also help lead our Sunday morning worship. I began at StoneBridge back in 1998 doing Student Ministry. I graduated as an Industrial Engineer from Georgia Tech and then later received an MDIV from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have had the privilege of getting to be part of launching Hope’s Path which is a residential internship program for young men who’ve aged out of our local foster care system. I am passionate about people developing real and authentic relationships with Christ and going from merely attending religious activities to pursuing Jesus.
MS/HS Fine Arts Coordinator, FOIL Director, Broadcast Journalism I have a wonderful husband and three children: daughters Clara and Emma Lou, and son, Theodore. 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 summer I graduated from Western Governors University with an M.Ed. degree. 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 “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
Art provides us a way to appreciate God’s artistry in the world around us. I was fortunate enough in grade school to have a fiery, passionate, art teacher. She demanded that we look beyond the surface to see the beauty in the world. Her passion was infectious and a large reason I pursued a degree in the arts. I want all my students to experience the work of the world’s greatest artist – God. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1)
I was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, but have lived in Texas for the past twenty-nine years. I met my husband here and made Texas my permanent home. I graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in Art History with a Studio Arts specialization.
I am blessed with two lovely stepchildren; who now have blessed our family with three lovely grandchildren. My husband and I adopted a three year old girl from Russia thirteen years ago, and our lives forever were changed. God certainly has taken us on journeys and down paths wew could never have imagined, but no journey more moving than our journey to Danielle Masha Ferebee.
As an educator I hope to impart to my students the knowledge that God exists in everything we see, explore and create. He gives each of us the ability to create, or appreciate all the arts, and both skills are equally important to Him who created it all.
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 eighteen years, and we have four kids who attend Legacy. We moved to Texas nine 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. I drink lots of coffee, read lots of books, love dark chocolate, and watch most anything with a British accent on Netflix.
Music Having come to know Jesus as my Savior as a teenager, I am so grateful to God that I have had the joy of ministry both in the Christian school and in the church. I have taught in Christian schools in Ohio and in Texas for sixteen or more years . Before that I was a home educator with a Christian school in Ohio. Beyond my ministry in Christian education, I have served in the local church in worship/music ministry and drama for many years. Today my husband and I serve in our local church in prayer/altar ministry, inner healing ministry, teaching, and small group ministry.
I have a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Brockport in Theater and Education and am licensed in Texas to teach early childhood through sixth grade. I have taught at Legacy for several years in elementary music and look forward to leading and encouraging the music/worship ministry in the middle/high school.
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.
Middle School English Originally from the United Kingdom, my husband and I moved to The Woodlands almost 12 years ago. Both Mark and myself are the children of pastors and have had a lifelong relationship with Christ. I am excited to be joining the Legacy team with the opportunity to share God’s love on a daily basis with our students alongside a commitment to academic excellence. I graduated with honors from Royal Holloway, University of London and more recently completed a Masters degree with the University of Edinburgh. An avid reader and lover of English Literature I am excited to teach our 7th grade curriculum. We have two children, Kayley will be in 7th grade at Legacy and Brandon is going in to 4th grade at Galatas Elementary. Personally, I love to hike, participate in triathlons, read, and of course drink tea! As a family, we love to travel the world and experience new places and things, we love to be outdoors, take bike rides, swim and spend quality time together.
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!
Support Staff I am a native Houstonian and graduated from J.L. McCullough High School here in The Woodlands. I earned a BA in Sociology from Sam Houston State University and shortly thereafter spent seven years in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C. working for a federal government contractor. I met my husband, Sabin, as we served together as singles in AWANA ministry. Our entire engagement was long distance as he pursued an MBA at Indiana University. We married two weeks upon his return. Now, we have two precious daughters, Kendall and Ava. Since our daughters began preschool I have been working at the schools where they attend. I am organized and detailed and love using those skills in the administrative work I do here at Legacy. At this season of my life my favorite verse is, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
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 28 years, the last 20 being in The Woodlands. We have three children: Brandon (25), Bradley, (22) and Paige (18). When we had our first child, I immediately became a stay at home mom. I feel extremely blessed that I was able to be involved in their school academics as well as their extra curricular and church activities, and 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.
History Department Head, 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 Sam Houston State before transferring to 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 at Legacy since 2011. 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.”
I am very excited to be joining the Legacy family. This will be my 12th year in either coaching or being a long terms sub in private schools. I attended Sam Houston State University where I received my Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in math. One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” When I am not teaching or coaching I enjoy hunting and fishing with my wife. My wife Laura and I have been married for 7 months now and are very excited for what the Lord will do in our lives as we are joining the school. My goal is to make learning fun and relevant. We are so glad to be at Legacy! GO LIONS!!!!
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.”
Director of Curriculum & Instruction (MS/HS), 10th Grade English, Leadership 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 fifteen 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.”
Middle School English This is my second year at Legacy. I have had a wonderful time working with awesome students and staff and am excited for the year to come. I truly believe that school is a shared experience where the students learn from me and I too learn from them. The joy of teaching is that every day brings something different. I also have a true love of God and Jesus and am excited to work in an environment that fosters that love and a relationship with the Lord.
I am originally from the UK and have been teaching since 1996. I am a certified teacher in both the UK and Texas and have a passion for teaching. Originally I taught in London and then traveled to TX (21 years ago) and found an opportunity to work in Houston. After a long legal visa process, I finally obtained my work permit and initially worked in Aldine ISD. After my first child was born I then began working in Conroe ISD. During my 22 years of teaching I have worked in many different classrooms with a wide range of students. Now I am blessed to have found a home at Legacy.
I am married to a native Texan, Mike, and have three children, an 9th grade boy – Ellis, a 7th grade boy – Riley and a 6th grade girl – Mia. I am now a proud citizen of the US and love living here in The Woodlands.
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)
Leadership I have loved my first two years teaching leadership at Legacy, and this year I assume the role of Department Head for the Leadership Program. What a privilege to help prepare them for that big step into the world! I taught college full-time on campus, online, and on location for four different universities (three secular) in many states and countries for 28 years; but there is always something to learn from our students. I have studied most major world religions, visited many of their “holy buildings” or headquarters, and read most of their “holy books.” There is nothing else out there like the cleansing power of Christ. My wife and I have been married 49 years; we have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and 8 grandchildren, three of whom attend Legacy.
Middle School Spanish Our family is excited to be starting our eighth year at Legacy. My husband, Caleb, and I will have a sixth grader and a second grader at Legacy this year along with a two year old at home. Some verses that have been very important to our family are Isaiah 58:6-14. These verses remind us to be aware of those around us and to serve them. In this way we show our love to God who first loved us.
I’m thankful to teach Spanish 1A this year! While attending Samford University to study accounting, I found that I really liked Spanish classes. The classes were so enjoyable that I graduated with a BA in Spanish in addition to a BS in Accounting. I attended a Spanish-speaking church while in college, and I spent a summer in the Rio Grande valley as a summer missionary. I’ve traveled to Spanish-speaking countries for work, mission trips, and just for fun. I’ve also been able to use my language skills in every job that I’ve had. I look forward to introducing middle school students to the adventure and opportunity that knowing a second language can bring.
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.”
Leadership Sebastian Pettes is a native Houstonian and currently serves as the Youth Pastor at Impact Church of The Woodlands. Sebastian and his family have served there for 3 years. Before being at Impact, Sebastian worked for 6 years as a Teacher at Kids R Kids Preschool. He has been married to Isabel Pettes for 10 years and they have two daughters – Jalyah who is 5 yrs old and Adalynn who is 9 months. Sebastian has 10 years of teaching ministry experience, an Associates Degree with a focus on teaching from Houston Community College, and a Bachelors in Biblical Counseling from the College of Biblical Studies. Sebastian along with his family are excited to be a part of the Legacy Team!
5th Math & Science I am passionate about Jesus, teaching, and making sure all of my students feel successful. I graduated from Texas A&M University (Whoop!) with a degree in Elementary Education. I have taught elementary, middle, and high school over the past 15 years in public schools around Houston with a 2 year break to serve as a missionary in Romania, and recently a break to raise my 2 daughters. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband Chris for 6 years and love the life God has blessed us with. I will have a daughter in PreK at Legacy and a daughter in Kindergarten at her public school. I’m excited to experience Legacy as a teacher and a parent, and I know my family will be truly blessed by the experience. I’m excited to jump back into teaching at Legacy this year where I can not only help my students develop a love for learning math and science, but I can also freely encourage their walk with Christ. 1 Chronicles 16:24 says “Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples.” I believe a huge part of that is equipping the next generation to be bold and stand strong in their faith. I’m looking forward to a wonderful year!
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. The 2017-18 school year was my thirteenth year at Legacy. John and I will celebrate our 32th anniversary in September of 2018. Both our children are grown and we are the proud grandparents of an amazing two-year-old grandson, Cayton.
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 leading to a heart of worship. After teaching PreK for four years, 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 knowledge 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 Computer My husband Mark and I have four children, Joshua, Rachel, Bethany and Noelle. We moved to The Woodlands from Berwyn, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia) in 2007. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Music (Piano and Violin) from Allegheny College. While studying Business Management at Wharton School, I was contracted in 1998 and then hired in 1999 by Anderson Consulting which became Accenture in 2001 and worked for various clients including SEI Investments, Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, Wyeth Pharmaceutical, and Pfizer Pharmaceutical until 2016. My dream was becoming a medical missionary, but God has given me the opportunities to serve locally with children and camp ministry, and internationally with short-term missions. I know wherever I am, God’s desire for me is to bear fruit despite of my weaknesses. “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit.” John 15:16
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).
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!
Middle School/High School Math I am excited to start my 3rd year at Legacy! I am teaching both Pre-Algebra and Calculus. My family and I moved to The Woodlands from Pennsylvania 11 years ago. My husband and I have been married for 30 years; we have 21 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.”
Dance Howdy or Sic ‘Em! Which is it? Torn family for sure. I’ve lived in this area my whole life where I have a very close relationship with my husband, kids and parents. Our daughter, my angel, whom graduated Legacy last year will be attending Baylor this fall. Our son, the most Christ-like man I have ever met, will be in 9th grade at Legacy playing football and running track. We are all members of The Woodlands United Methodist Church and have been since they opened their doors. Last year, I started the Dance Team at Legacy and am looking forward to our second strong year. Dance is My Legacy, and I feel so blessed to work at Legacy and with your daughters. My favorite verses are: “Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” Philippians 4:6-7 and “Lord, you are my hope. Lord, I have trusted you since I was young. I have depended on you since I was born; you helped me even on the day of my birth and I will always praise you. I am an example to many people, because, you are my strong protection. I am always praising you, all day long I honor you.” Psalm 71:5-8 I have never met a stranger and I look forward to seeing and meeting you in the halls!
Leadership I was born in Houston, Texas and spent most of my childhood here. I attended Humble High School and graduated in 1989. My senior year I felt a call to ministry, but ran from God for two years. In 1991, I surrendered to the ministry and began attending East Texas Baptist University. I started pursuing a ministry degree, but after some wise advice from a roommate, changed my major to education. In 1994, I married my wife Marie and we both graduated the following year. I worked as a public school teacher teaching history at the 7th and 8th grade level for two years. In 1997, my wife and I moved to Fort Worth to attend seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. A year later we moved to The Woodlands for me to serve on a church staff. I concurrently taught History, Government and Economics at The Woodlands High School for the next 8 years. In 2009, I joined the staff of Crossroads Baptist Church as a youth associate. In 2011, I became the Student Pastor.
My wife and I have been married for 23 years and have two sons: Ryan (16) and Josh (13). I love hanging out with my family, anything history or government related and playing video games with my boys. Leadership became a life pursuit for me in 2000 when I attended a John Maxwell conference and realized that leadership was a skill that could be learned rather than just a gift you are born with. I was invited to teach the senior leadership class by Shannon Jones and feel very blessed to be able to serve my students.
My favorite verse of Scripture is Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Elementary P.E. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology, and have had the opportunity to spend 13 years at home with my children. We have experienced every sort of schooling I know of; private school, UMS, public school, and homeschool, and we have learned that the University Model is a perfect fit for our family at this time.
My husband, Darin and I moved to the Houston area about two years ago with our 4 children and this will be our third year at Legacy. We specifically chose this area because we wanted our children to attend a University Model School, and I can say that I have been nothing but impressed with Legacy and the faculty here. I had the blessing to begin working at Legacy in the spring of 2018, and last year I changed positions, when the Lord blessed me with the true desire of my heart, which was to teach Elementary PE. After staying home with my children for 13 years, I cannot begin to explain the joy I have in my heart about teaching at the school all of my children attend and at that, teaching a subject that I am passionate about. I am very grateful for the teachers at Legacy, who have been pouring into my children. It is such a blessing to know that the staff truly cares about each one of the little souls that walk through the doors daily. I pray often for the teachers, the students, and the spiritual health of our school. I have always held a high regard for physical fitness and believe it can be very fun and exciting. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.” I believe physical fitness is very important for our spiritual health as well as our physical health. I look forward to sharing my love of fitness with the children of our school, while investing in each one of them and their love for the Lord and their healthy, able bodies.
Lea Ann Winkle
First Grade My name is Lea Ann Winkle and I’m looking forward to teaching at Legacy! I have been married to my husband Chad since 1997, and we have two children. Our daughter is in high school and our son is in junior high. I was born and raised in Spring, Texas and graduated from Baylor University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. My teaching career began in 1996, teaching first grade and Special Education in Spring ISD. Several years after teaching in Spring, my husband and I moved to West Monroe, Louisiana, where both of our children were born. We lived there eight years and then moved to St. Louis for two years. We were excited to move back home to Texas in 2011. Our family is active in our church and we also stay busy with our son and daughter’s sports. What a fun and exciting school year ahead! One of my favorite verses is found in Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Pre-Kindergarten I married my wonderful husband 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 and 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 25+ years 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 listening to Christian Fiction through audio books. I also enjoy organizing just about anything and making lists. I love the verse, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 NIV. This reminds us of Christ’s love for simplicity and innocence and also portrays Jesus as the loving, tender Savior He truly 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 & Leadership I’m excited to be at Legacy! I have been married to my husband, Robert, for 11 years. We have two children, Kayla and Christian, who both attend Legacy in 3rd and 5th 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. I have been teaching for over 15 years. 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 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.