8th Grade Science / Health / Middle School Science Department Head Hello Legacy Family! I am so excited and blessed to be teaching science at Legacy. I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Marc, for over 20 years. We have two boys at Legacy – Nathan will be in 9th grade this year, and Morgan will be in 7th grade. I graduated Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology, and a secondary science composite teaching certificate (certified to teach any science from 6th grade to 12th grade). I taught science (mostly chemistry) in Spring ISD for five years, before leaving the classroom for the corporate world. I worked at a petrochemical company (mostly in supply chain) for 13 years before resigning in 2018 to spend more time with my family. I am so grateful that Legacy affords me the opportunity to combine my love of science with my Faith! I love being able to teach science in the context of a Creator. It is very difficult for me to pick a favorite verse on any particular day, but two verses that are always popping into my head throughout the day are Philippians 4:8 and Romans 8:38-39 . I also love our class verse, Romans 1:20! I truly believe that the more we understand about science and the world around us, the clearer it becomes that there is a Divine Power behind Creation. The order and predictability of this very complex universe undeniably points to a Creator! My prayer is that your student’s Faith is increased and solidified through the study of science, and that they will learn to recognize God’s fingerprints in the world around them.
7th/8th Computer and LEGO Robotics, High School Programming & Engineering Science, FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics, Science and Computer Science Department Head This will be my family’s tenth year at Legacy, and I have three children who will be in 6th grade, 8th grade, and 10th grade. I graduated with a degree in accounting and computer software engineering 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.
High School English, SAT Prep, NHS Advisor Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, I briefly left Texas to attend Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. However, after only a few years I knew it was time to come home. I graduated from The University of Texas Pan American, married my husband, Scott, and had two beautiful girls, who both attend Legacy. We love traveling and going on adventures where we can enjoy the beautiful nature that God has given us. After spending 23 years in public education teaching middle school and high school English, I realized that God was leading me to something different; however, I had no idea where that might be. 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 this amazing school named Legacy and the tremendous impact it had on her family. Even though I had never even heard of Legacy, I finally felt peace that this was the path for which God had been preparing me. The last few years at Legacy have been such a blessing for my family, and I can’t wait to experience all that God has planned for this year!
Publications This is my fourth year teaching at Legacy. I am originally from Arkansas but have lived in The Woodlands for over 33 years. I have an undergraduate degree from Baylor and an MBA from SMU. I have been married to my husband, Tom, for 33 years. We have three children – Nick (27), Andrew (24), and Rachel (21), who graduated from Legacy in 2018 and just graduated from 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 love being able to work with the students to put together the yearbook here at Legacy. Isaiah 52:7 is our class verse – “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’ ”
Middle School Aide Arizona native, but grew up part time in Spring, TX where I graduated high school at Sweetwater Christian Academy. I moved back to Texas with my husband and 4 children in 2016. We now reside in the Woodlands. I enjoy working part time at my church as the administrative assistant at The Church at Alden Bridge and serving the Lord in many of the ministries.
Algebra I, High School Math Department Head, Discipleship, AIM (Abide In Me) Advisor, Turning Point USA Teacher Rep for Legacy Chapter “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 or have graduated from 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.’”
High School History 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?”
High School Art I am a native Texan who grew up in a small East Texas town. After high school graduation, I attended Sam Houston State University, graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education. While at SHSU I met my husband, Todd. We found ourselves in Chicago for the next several years. While there I taught special education. We were given the opportunity to move home and did not waste any time getting back to Texas. Over the next twenty-three years I held many positions in the public education arena. In 2018, I completed a Masters Degree in Library Science from SHSU. At the end of the 2019 school year I retired from public education. Todd and I have been married for 28 years and have one son, Ross, who attends Legacy. We love being a part of the Legacy family. I enjoy travelling, art exhibits, the beach, good books, and spending time in the country. A farm girl at heart.
Discipleship 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.
Kindergarten Hello Legacy Family. I am a Texas gal born and raised. My husband and I have been married for nineteen years. We have three beautiful children. My oldest recently graduated from Legacy. I also have a sophomore and a freshman in high school. This is my fourteenth year of teaching. I graduated from Texas A&M University. I also received my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Univeristy of Phoenix. I am so grateful to be here. I am extremely passionate about Kindergarten. The joy and energy each student brings to the classroom is infectious. I am excited for the new school year.
Middle School English I am a Texan through and through since I grew up in a small town near Austin. I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.A. in English Literature and Christ For the Nations Bible College with a certificate in Practical Theology. My teaching career spans 15 years of working with students in public and Christian schools. My husband and I married in 2003 and have 2 daughters, who will also attend Legacy this fall. In my free time I enjoy the great outdoors, helping with the children’s ministry at my church, and relaxing with my family. My passion is to lead students not only in their academic growth but to also help them discover how much the Lord loves them. I am thrilled to be back at Legacy and to be a part of what God is doing in this next generation. My life verse is Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
FOIL Director My passion is for creating opportunities and spaces where students can feel loved, be creative, and glorify God using their individual gifts. I graduated from Texas A&M in 2009 and started teaching at Legacy in 2011. In 2015 I felt led to start a theater arts program at Legacy (which is now known as Legacy FOIL) and haven’t looked back. I love to read, joke around with my husband and 3 children, play board games with friends, and sing anywhere and anytime.
High School English, Middle School & High School English Department Head, Discipleship 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.
Second Grade I am excited to be apart of Legacy’s community! I have been married to a wonderful husband and father, Tim, for 15 years. We are blessed with a son (10) and daughter (8). Both of our children attend Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy and are thriving cognitively, Spiritually, and physically. I have a deep, passion for education. I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, with an emphasis in Child Psychology, Child Development, and Cognitive Development. I originated my calling to teach at The Woodlands Methodist School. I am, now, blessed to be able to continue my passion for education and teaching, at Legacy! My favorite Bible verse is Psalms 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid.”
American Sign Language 1, 2, & 3 and Discipleship 1000 My husband and I have been married for 37 years and have been blessed with five wonderful children, three wonderful daughters-in-law and one wonderful son-in-law, and three (so far) grandchildren. Our youngest two children are graduates of Legacy. I earned Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Education from the University of North Texas and am a certified teacher in the state of Texas. After several years teaching in the public schools, I stayed home with my children while also being involved in grassroots politics. When our youngest two children reached high school age, I returned to the classroom at Legacy and taught several classes, including sophomore and senior English. During this time, I also established Legacy’s first American Sign Language classes. I “retired” from teaching when my children graduated. After a couple years’ hiatus, I returned to Legacy to once again teach American Sign Language (ASL). My experience with Sign Language is personal. My brother, who is three years younger than I, was born Deaf, and we grew up together communicating non-verbally. I am an ASL music interpreter and co-leader of the Deaf Ministry at our church, The Ark Church in Conroe. For the past seven years, I have taught ASL classes there, as well. I am passionate that Deaf people have the opportunity to know Jesus. Currently, fewer than 3 percent of the world’s 70,000,000 Deaf persons are Christians! They are an unreached people group right in our midst! Additionally, of the 350 sign languages in the world, 95% have no Bible translation, and only one, American Sign Language, has a full translation of the Bible. I love American Sign Language, and I love my students, and I am thrilled to share this beautiful language with them!
High School Physics I am a native Texan, born in Houston and raised in Spring. My husband, Josh and I have been married 17 years and we have one daughter, Rebekah, who will be in 8th grade. This is my family’s fifth year at Legacy, but my first year of teaching! I have a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. After graduation, I worked at Fluor Corporation, mostly on various projects for ExxonMobil over several years. Once my daughter was born, I was blessed to be able to stay home with her. I felt the Lord has called me into teaching as I have both a passion for science and math. I am excited and looking forward to being part of the Legacy team teaching physics!
Texas History 700, Assistant Coach Legacy Emeralds Hi! I am so excited to teaching Texas History this year! I love all things Texas and have so much pride in our great State. I was born in Fort Benning, GA but as the saying goes “ I got to Texas as fast as I could!” My family moved to Midland, Tx when I was two months old. I graduated from Texas Tech University in 2000 with a degree in Early Childhood/Family Studies. My husband Jeremy and I have been married for 20 years and have three children, all who attend Legacy. Weston will be a senior this year, Brooklyn a sophomore, and Grant will be in 5th grade. This will be our 8th year in a University Model School and our 3rd at Legacy. I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to teach at Legacy! Previously I taught home economics and then moved to a school age parent educator role at South Garland HS in Garland, Tx. After we moved to Katy in 2006, I worked at Second Baptist Church as nursey coordinator for over 10 years. Having our children in a Christian school where Christ is at the center of everything we do from academics to sports to theatre productions to robotics is the biggest gift we can give our children; I am so thankful to be a small part of it. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 37:4 “ Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” God Bless Texas!
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.
High School History, Life & Career, Discipleship Originally from the United Kingdom, my husband and I moved to The Woodlands in 2006. Both Mark and myself are the children of pastors and have had the blessing of a lifelong relationship with Christ. We have two children, Kayley is a student at Legacy and Brandon currently attends Conroe ISD schools. I have a bachelor’s degree in history from Royal Holloway, University of London and a Masters in History from the University of Edinburgh. Teaching is my passion; I love our Legacy students and family, and getting to not only pour knowledge but the love of God into their lives each day is a joy. Personally, I love to hike, run, read, and of course drink tea! As a family, we are avid travelers, love to be outdoors, take bike rides, swim and spend quality time together.
Family Ministry Coordinator I have had the incredible privilege of knowing Christ since childhood, and so He has been at the center of all the challenges and blessings of my life. As a child growing up in Virginia, He kindly sent the most wonderful Christian women to pour His love and wisdom into me- my precious Grandmother Ruth, my Aunt Fannie, my librarian Mrs. Harper, my teacher Miss Gross – they did not have to make time for and mentor me, but they did. They taught me to love the Lord with all that I am. The difference they made in my life was profound and could only inspire me to follow their examples of service. I studied education at Liberty University, and since 1989 I have been married to my husband, Raine. We have three grown children – Natalie, Elijah, and Levi. I served in Children’s Ministry and my husband as Youth Pastor until 2002 when God brought us to Texas to serve as Awana Missionaries. I worked from 2006-2016 in Magnolia ISD where I provided science education support. In 2018 I was so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the God-centered science education here at Legacy. “You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. “Nehemiah 9:6. Now I am blessed to serve as the Family Ministry and Friday Electives Coordinator. I so enjoy my role providing support for our families and staff. I love my Savior, I love my family, I love my friends, I love my job, I love to read British literature and watch period dramas, and I love collecting interesting things from His creation. I am blessed!
Second Grade I am so excited to be a part of the Legacy Family this year! I have been married to my best friend, Levi, for 11 years. We love to travel and be outdoors on the water or in the mountains. We have two beautiful children Brooks who is 8, and Waverly Kate is 1. I was born and raised in Texas and graduated from Tomball High School, my roots run deep. My husband and I moved to Colorado right after we got married, and I never thought I would fall in love with another state besides Texas. The saying “the mountains are calling and I must go”, is so true. My hobby is all things fashion related. I love studying the latest trends. I attended Texas Tech University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management. After working in the corporate world for four years, I decided to go back to school to obtain my teaching degree. This is my 14th year in education. I have taught in public schools and private schools in Texas and in Colorado. I love being a teacher and watching them get excited about learning. I have two favorite Bible verses. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” My other favorite is Exodus 2 “And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife and daughter of Levi. And the women conceived, and bore a son: and when she saw that he was a godly child, she hid him for three months.” This last verse is apart of my testimony and holds a very dear place in my heart. If you are ever curious, just come and ask, because I love telling the story of how and when God spoke to me thru a pair of shoes.
Middle School Math & Computer I’m excited to be teaching Math and Computer this year at Legacy! My son, Philo, started at Legacy in Pre-Kindergarten and I was excited to join the Legacy family as a teacher when he was in first grade. I enjoyed volunteering and being a substitute teacher those first two years while becoming familiar with my role as a co-teacher. My husband and I both grew up in Port Aransas and attended Texas A&M University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. I am certified to teach secondary math and science. Before staying at home with Philo I worked for 9 years as a math teacher and instructional specialist. Philippians 2:3-4 is a favorite verse of mine. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.”
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
History Department Head, High School History, Discipleship 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 & Middle School Math I have been married to my husband for sixteen years and we have six amazing children ages 15 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 have taught 5th grade math through 12th grade math levels, and love getting to know my students in and outside the classroom. My family and I love serving at Faith Bible Church and enjoy spending our weekends making memories with one another. We are definitely busy with six kiddos, all attending Legacy and involved in various sports, but Legacy is FAMILY and we are thankful to be a part of something so special. 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.”
MS Track & Field Head Coach, HS Track & Field Assistant Coach, HS & MS Cross Country Assistant Coach, MS Girls Basketball Assistant Coach, & MS Girls Athletics Growing up as a little sister who idolized her brother naturally meant that I played many different sports as a kid. From snow skiing to basketball to ping-pong, we played them all. As I grew older, I eventually narrowed down my favorite sport to Track & Field. That love of running led to a Track and Cross Country scholarship to Butler University. Soon after graduation, I met an amazing man, at the gym, where we connected over a love of running, sports, and Jesus. We’ve now been married 21 years and have been blessed with 2 beautiful daughters who attend Legacy. It thrills me to be able to share my passion of sports and health through coaching and teaching the Athletics class. As much as I desire to help young athletes improve in their chosen sports, my greatest goal is to teach athletic disciplines that carry over into life-long spiritual disciplines. Psalm 119:32 “I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.”
Elementary Art “Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” – Deuteronomy 32:2 It’s a pleasure to continue working with the fine students, parents and staff of Legacy. Because I came to a saving faith when I was elementary age, I have a keen interest in equipping the saints for God’s glory. God has prepared me for this work. My educational background includes a B.A.in Sociology and Art Minor from Azusa Pacific University (“God First”) followed by a Master’s Degree in Education from Claremont University of the Pomona Colleges. I hold an out-of-state Clear Professional Credential for the elementary level. My work experience in education spans 20 plus years. I have taught in public and private schools and have taught and served as vice president within a large classical homeschool co-op. I am married to my sweetheart of 25 plus years, Kevin. Our children, who are all in college or high school, are Gareth (UNT ’23), Elsie (TWHS ’23) and Wynnie (LPCA ’25). I worked several years as an artist in the ministry, “The Story”. I enjoy hosting youth groups in my home, gardening and creating artwork. You can view my artwork on Instagram @JulieJonesArt. …”for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 b
Discipleship 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 & Art This is my fifth year at Legacy, and I continue to have an amazing time working with awesome students and staff. 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 U.K. and have been teaching since 1996. I am a certified teacher in both the U.K. and Texas and have a passion for teaching. Originally, I taught in London and then traveled to TX 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 25 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, Ellis (a Senior), Riley (a Sophomore), and Mia (a Freshman) and live locally here in The Woodlands. I am excited for this new school year and eager to help our students develop creativity both in English and Art.
Fourth Grade I met my husband, Jamie, in 10th grade biology. While originally from Louisiana, we have been Texans since his work brought us here after college. We have been married for 20 years and have three amazing blessings, Clara, Wally, and Eliza, who all attend Legacy. I received my undergraduate degree from LSU and my master’s degree from the University of Houston. Both degrees were in Communication Sciences and Disorders with my studies heavily focused on cognitive and language development. I worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist before staying home full-time with my babies. I am honored that God chose me to be their first teacher and have loved that the Legacy cooperative teaching model has allowed me to continue to play an important role in their education. The Lord is doing a new thing, though, and has called me to shine my Light in the classroom. I am beyond thrilled to have the blessing and the opportunity to pour into the minds and hearts of elementary students here at Legacy. I am so excited to walk alongside parents as we partner to educate God’s children and share His great love with them. God has proven Himself so very faithful, never giving up on me, and His love has changed my life in immeasurable ways. I say with confidence that I trust His plans for me and my family and look joyfully to each day in expectation of experiencing Him in all the little and big ways. My favorite Bible verse comes from my favorite psalm, Psalm 23, the one that has sustained me in recent years: “Surely your goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23: 6). Similarly, this verse lives on our fridge: “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:13-14). What an absolute Gift to receive–His goodness chasing after us all our days…if only we have eyes to see it!
Third Grade I am excited to be coming home to Legacy after a short break to raise my youngest daughter! I have been married to my amazing husband, Josh, for 12 years and have two beautiful girls, Aubrie (10- attending Legacy) and Charlotte (4). This will be my 7th year teaching, 3rd at Legacy. It is my JOY to partner with families to teach young hearts to grow in wisdom and faith in Jesus. My favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 2:10- For we are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. It’s going to be a great year!
Discipleship I have a MBA, a Master’s in Bible, and a PhD in sociology. I have a passion to teach apologetics to seniors at Legacy because I stumbled in his own faith many years ago. My wife and I have been married 51 years. Three Legacy students call me GranPa, and one Legacy teacher calls me Dad.
Anatomy & Physiology, Marine Biology, High School Health I was born and raised in West Texas, attended Texas A&M University for undergraduate studies and graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 2005. I completed my intern year in pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital in the Houston Medical Center and did anesthesiology residency training in Lubbock. My husband of 18 years Jason and I moved back to the Houston area after our oldest child was born during residency, at which time we chose for me to stay home with her & our future kiddos. Our family is thankful to be a part of the Legacy family; all four of our kiddos (PreK, 3rd, 6th, 9th) will be attending school here this year! God has used my studies in science to solidify, deepen and encourage my faith. I look forward to sharing that love with my students.
Discipleship I am the Associate Pastor at The Church at Alden Bridge. My wife, Olivia, and I have been married for eight years and have three children, two boys, and one girl. The oldest will be starting Kindergarten at Legacy this fall semester. I have a bachelor’s in Pastoral Ministries and am currently working on my M. Div. From Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a concentration in biblical counseling. A verse that has been an encouragement to me throughout the years is also a part of an old hymn, Isaiah 41:10, “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Middle & High School Athletics I am extremely excited and grateful to begin my 3rd year at Legacy and 1st year teaching Middle School Athletics. The past 2 years being a part of the athletic program has been truly amazing and I am so proud of the success we have had on and off the field. This year I will serve as the Head Track & Field Coach, Assistant High School Football Coach, Middle School Head Football Coach and Middle School Head Basketball Coach. I was born and raised on the south side of Houston. I graduated in 1999 from Worthing High School and went on to attend Texas A&M University where I was a member of the Aggie Football Team. Prior to coming to Legacy, I worked for 15 years in the restaurant industry in several roles, but I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career in Coaching/Education. Having the opportunity to make positive impact on the younger generation and assist them in making their dreams come true has always been my passion. One of the proudest moments in my life was winning the 2019 Tapps 3A Girls Track & Field State Championship, seeing the genuine joy and excitement from our athletes was priceless. My favorite bible verse is: Hebrew 11:1 “Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”
Kindergarten & Middle School Spanish Our family is excited to be starting our ninth year at Legacy. My husband, Caleb, and I will have a seventh grader and a third grader at Legacy this year along with a three 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 1B 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.
Middle School Science/6th Grade Volleyball Hello Legacy Family! I was born in Slidell, Louisiana, until my family moved here to Texas when I was 7 years old. I was raised right across the freeway in Oak Ridge North. I graduated from the University of Houston- Downtown, where I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. During college I assisted as a 7th and 8th grade volleyball coach at John Cooper School and a 5th-8th grade summer golf coach at Lonestar Community College. My husband and I have been married for 15 years and we have 3 beautiful children – Ethan, Sophia, and Olivia. Prior to being in education, my career was in hospitality for over 16 years until we had our second child. I then decided to stay home so I could be more involved in their growth and development. After our third child, I discovered that the Holy Spirit was calling me to teach. I also had a very strong desire for myself and our children to continue being together at the same campus where I could be a part of their day-to-day life experiences. I went back to school where I received my Texas Teacher Certification and have been teaching for the past 5 years in Montgomery ISD. While there, I was an Assistant PE Coach, Librarian, and taught in the core areas of language arts, math, science, and social studies. We are active members at The Woodlands Church, where we enjoy volunteering in the youth ministry. We are excited to continue our walk with Jesus Christ by following the road to Legacy, which God has laid before us. That being said, my favorite bible verse is Proverbs 3: 5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
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.”
Middle School History, Middle School History Department Head I have a Speech-Language Pathology degree from Baylor University (Sic ’em Bears!) and have always been passionate about History. I worked in the public schools as an SLP for 15 years before coming to Legacy to teach. I am excited to be teaching another year of students about our fascinating and complex American History. My husband and I have been married for 21 years and we have 3 children who all attend Legacy. Our family has been at Legacy for 5 years and we love every aspect of this school. Legacy is much more than a school to us; it has become our community and family. I understand what it is to be a parent at Legacy, and my goal is to create a true partnership with parents in teaching Christian education to their students. I look forward to meeting both my students and their parents this year. Outside of school hours, you can find me cheering on my children this fall at their football games, volleyball games, and FOIL performances. Come say Hi!
Discipleship I am a native Houstonian who is currently and prayerfully starting an Inner-city Church Plant with His wife of almost 11 years. Before taking on this labor of love, Sebastian served as the Youth Pastor at Impact Church of The Woodlands for nearly 4 years. Prior to Impact, Sebastian worked for 6 years as a Teacher at Kids R Kids Preschool. He and his wife Isabel have two daughters. Jalyah, who is 5 yrs old and Adalynn, who is 15 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. He is also a licensed and ordained Minister who is looking forward to his first full year as a part of the Legacy Team!
High School Math and Discipleship 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 since 2002 in public schools around Houston with a 2 year break to serve as a missionary in Romania, and another break to raise my 2 daughters while we lived in Austin for 2 years. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband Chris for 10 years and love the life God has blessed us with. Both of our daughters attend Legacy and I have fallen in love with the model as both a parent and a teacher here. I began teaching at Legacy in 2018 and taught 5th grade math and science for 4 years. I’m so excited to be back teaching high school math, which is truly where my passion lies. Geometry is my absolute favorite thing to teach, as I feel like it puts God’s glory and order on full display. 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!
First Grade 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!
Computer Science & Orchestra My husband Mark and I have four children, Joshua, Rachel, Bethany and Noelle. We moved to the Woodlands, TX from Berwyn, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia) in 2017. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Music (Piano and Violin) from Allegheny College. While studying Business Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, I was contracted in 1998 and then hired in 1999 by Andersen Consulting which became Accenture in 2001 and worked for Accenture until 2016. I served as a Business Process System Analyst/Manager over 19 years and acquired significant information technology experience in the Financial, Pharmaceutical R&D, and consulting industry for the Fortune 500 companies including SEI Investments, Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, Wyeth, Pfizer, and Merck Pharmaceuticals. I managed and specialized in the business processes, system integration and implementation projects. My dream was becoming a medical missionary, but God has given me the opportunities to serve locally with Children and camp ministry, and internationally 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
Middle School English, Middle School English Department Head, Speech While neither my husband nor I are native Texans, we moved here at early ages and claim Texas as our true home. We married in Sugar Land and immediately moved to North Texas, where we lived for almost 18 years. (Go Cowboys!) We transferred to The Woodlands several years ago. My BS in Education is from Baylor University. I taught for 5 years before working at NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth. After taking a career break to stay home with our children, God called me back to education. In that search, He led me to Legacy, where I teach 8th Grade English and Speech and enjoy sharing a passion for grammar, writing, and literature in a loving, godly environment. My son studies math and physics at the University of California at Berkeley. My daughter attends Tomball High School. My favorite verse is Hebrews 10:36, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”
Spanish I am a native Texan, born and raised in Houston. I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. I am married and have 5 children. The number of grandchildren keeps growing, so I’ll just say 6 plus! I have taught many different subjects and have enjoyed them all, but I LOVE teaching Spanish. Traveling, especially on mission trips, where I can practice speaking Spanish is another favorite. So far I have been to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and the Dominican Republic. Another passion of mine is teaching English and the love of Christ to adults who are new to the United States. My hope is to instill a love of the Spanish language in the students who enter my classroom by including music, literature, videos, games (and maybe a little dancing, too.) My favorite verse, and the one I always teach my students is, “Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortalece” (I can do all things thought Christ who strengthens me!) Filipenses 4:13
Kindergarten As the saying goes, “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as quick as I could.” Born and raised in Detroit, my husband and I moved to The Woodlands, Texas fourteen years ago. I’ve been teaching in Christian schools for the past twenty years. I have both a B.A. in Elementary Education from The University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Health. More recently I completed a Masters in Education from SMU with an emphasis in teaching reading and writing enabling me to become a reading specialist. Teaching young children in the beginning stages of literacy is a joy!
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!
High School Science Growing up on a farm/ranch in Western Nebraska gave me a deep appreciation for hard work and desire to understand the sciences. I entered college with the intention of being a veterinarian, but after my undergrad, decided to focus on people. I earned a MS in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Wyoming. During my time in school I met and married my best friend, Corey, and shortly after I graduated we started a family. Now, after 25 years of being happily married, we have 3 boys and have moved from Wyoming, to Nebraska, to Colorado, and finally to Texas 9 years ago. Our two oldest boys are adults who are working and furthering their education. Our youngest is a high school student at Legacy, where he has attended for 7 years. I consider myself a life-long learner and educator. I have expanded my knowledge in nutrition during the last few years by becoming a certified integrative nutrition health coach with an emphasis on gut health. I continue to inspire others to take their health back by offering support, and accountability, all while organizing fun meal prep events that also build community. Involvement with my church, in particular women’s retreats, has deepened my faith and provided an opportunity for me to discover and share the spiritual gifts God has blessed me with. I love learning. I love science. I love sharing my enthusiasm for knowledge and faith.
High School Science This is my second year teaching science at LPCA. I grew up in The Woodlands, Texas and I met my husband through mutual friends at Legacy! On any given day, I get all of my energy from Jesus, pumpkin spice lattes, and love for my little family. My husband and I have 2 beautiful boys–William, who is almost 3 years old, and Peter, who turns 1 in December–as well as the fluffiest goldendoodle around. I graduated from Houston Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2017, and I’ve been involved in teaching or tutoring students in the sciences since 2012. To speak about the Gospel and creation in the same sentence while in a classroom setting is one of the greatest blessings! I’ve loved science since I was a freshman in High School, and it is an absolute honor to share information about God’s awe-inspiring creation with my students. “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11
High School Math I started teaching at Legacy in the fall of 2016. Currently, I am excited to be teaching Algebra 2 Honors and Pre-Calculus, but have previously taught Pre-Algebra and Calculus. My family and I moved to The Woodlands from Pennsylvania in 2007. My husband and are the proud parents of 24 year old triplets (a daughter and 2 sons). They have all successfully graduated from college and ventured out into the world of adulthood! 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.”
Middle School Science I am extremely excited to be at LPCA as the 6th grade science teacher. I am a 28 year retired educator with experience as a science teacher, coach, athletic field manager, school business professional and central office administrator. I came to Legacy a year ago as a football coach and assistant to Mr. Bontrager in maintenance. Teaching and mentoring students is a passion of mine, so it is great to be back in the classroom and I am looking forward to an exciting year. Much more than any of these things is that I have a strong relationship with our Lord. I have served the church in multiple areas of leadership and teaching. I look forward to using those abilities alongside my knowledge of science to lead students in their important steps of life. My wife (Mindy) and I worship at the Conroe Church of Christ where we are involved in our small group and I teach form time to time. Mindy and I have been married for 35 years and we have 2 grown children and 5 grandchildren. I am also a veteran of the US Air Force and we spent 3 years in Germany. Proverbs 3:5-6 speaks of the trust that we should have in God. It is through this trust that our faith in Him grows and helps us to understand that He has us in His caring arms. Paul tells over and over in his letters that we are made righteous in God’s righteous in God’s sight by our faith in Him and it is through His Grace that we are saved.
High School Spanish/Spanish Department Head I am so blessed to be a part of the Legacy family! I teach High School Spanish. 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.”
First Grade I graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Elementary Education. I then attended Louisiana State University to complete my master’s in Library Information Systems. I have been teaching elementary and PreK education since 2001. My husband, Barry, and I met while attending Louisiana Tech and were married shortly thereafter and have been blessed beyond measure! We have two wonderful children Carson and Ella. My family moved from Louisiana to The Woodlands in 2012 were we quickly fell in love with the community. Philippians 2:1-2 says, If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any tenderness and compassion then make my joy complete by being like-minded and having the same love and being one in spirit and purpose. It is my desire to share the love and purpose of Christ with every student that I teach. I am so excited about the many things God has in store for the upcoming school year!
Pre-Kindergarten & 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 & Discipleship I’m excited to be at Legacy! I have been married to my husband, Robert, for 14 years. We have two children, Kayla and Christian, who both attend Legacy in 6th and 8th 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. This is my 20th year teaching. 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. I currently teach Math 700 as well as Discipleship 800 and am the Middle School Math Department Chair. 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.