I was born the oldest daughter in a family of four children. My mother and father were wonderful parents, both of whom love Jesus and demonstrated that on a daily basis. In all that we did and everywhere we went, we were always taught to live our faith and be doers of the word, not just hearers only. My parents lived this out as my father has been a deacon in his local church for over 30 years and my mother, the pastor’s secretary.
I graduated from High School in a small town in Texas and went on to play basketball in college. I graduated from Texas A&M and married my husband, Brandon. In January 2014, we will have been married for 20 years. We have four awesome and incredibly handsome boys, Travis, Ryan, Jared, and David. We are avid Aggie fans and love anything that requires bats, gloves, helmets or goals! Brandon and I will forever be in bleachers until the boys move on to college!
God called me to Legacy through my desire to spend more time with my oldest son who, at the time, was in PreK. After a visit to the local public school to see their Kindergarten classes, I knew I did not want to pursue that route. My next step was to investigate private schooling which I found to be a stretch financially for one, and out of the question for four children. As I began to explore other options, I was introduced to NAUMS (National Association of University Model Schools). After speaking with their director, I was sold on the model. I began talking with parents and drumming up support, never believing that I would someday be running a school. But, nearly ten years later, here I am. I count serving as Legacy’s Head Administrator one of the most treasured privileges I’ve ever had. My Legacy community is really just an extension of my own family, and I am blessed to have so many people praying for and supporting me and my children.
One of the great things about Legacy, and the reason God gave me the vision to begin this school, was so that my children would know what they believe and why they believe it. Like their grandparents had taught me, our faith was to be lived out loud so that others would come to know Christ. I am so thankful for the additional time I have been given with my children because of the UMS model. Our motto is, “Here am I! Send me!” Isaiah 6:8. I want my children to be the hands and feet of Jesus as they stand firm in their faith and unashamedly proclaim the good news. I can’t wait to see how God’s plan unfolds for them and what adventures he has in store for their future.
Assistant Head Administrator
My husband and I were born and raised in south Louisiana. In August of 2006, we transferred to Texas. This was an extremely difﬁcult move for me having grown up very near and dear to family and friends. Soon after our move, I began looking for a job to get plugged in and meet new friends. Ironically, I met Audra May at the ballpark and we instantly became friends. Hearing of her vision of the school and her learning of my desire to ﬁnd a job, I interviewed and began working at Legacy in November of 2006. Legacy is such a blessing to me and has brought so much more than just a job. It has ignited a passion in me to provide a loving, caring, safe and unique environment for our families and students to attend school, receive a great education and grow in their Christian faith.
I met and married my husband Brian in 1991. God has blessed us with four beautiful children (Barrett, Ethan, Molly and Wyatt) who keep us happily busy. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, crafting, sewing and running. I have completed 2 marathons and several half-marathons and am planning on more races in my future. Running has shown not only to be a way to improve my physical health, strengthen my friendships but to grow my faith. It is through running and the quiet time that I am able to have my most intimate conversations with the Lord.
The bible verse that I attempt to live by daily and instill in my children, is Luke 6:31 “Do to other as you would have them do to you.” Otherwise known as The Golden Rule.
High School Principal
I am a native of Beaumont, Texas. I attended Lamar University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and a minor in Special Education. I have a Texas Generalist in Early Childhood – 6th grade and an All-Level Special Education Certification. Throughout my career, I have enjoyed working with parents and their students and watching these bright minds learn and grow as they reach for their dreams. I have a passion for teaching that was instilled in me during high school. In high school I was fortunate enough to have teachers and counselors that saw something in me that I never saw in myself. The way they pushed and challenged me taught me invaluable lessons that I use to this day. Now I want to pass that on to the students I am blessed to work with every day. What I have learned in life is that everyone has a purpose and I have a passion for helping my students discover and use their purpose to be all they can be…..while in school and beyond. I have been married to my college sweetheart, Derrick, for over 27 years and together we have three amazing children – Avery, Carter, and Berkley. My two oldest children both graduated from Legacy and my youngest will graduate in May of 2022. We have lived in The Woodlands for 17 years. I love the Lord and know he has a purpose for me and my life. As such, my favorite bible verse is John 13:34; “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” I feel like God wants me to teach students to strive to do their best, to love one another, and to be there for their fellow Christian brothers and sisters; all while discovering and utilizing their purpose.
Middle School Principal
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.’”
I am a native Texan! I was raised in Canton a small east Texas town of about 3,000 residents until the first of each month when the town grows to over a 100,000 on First Monday Weekend. I accepted Christ as my savior at Oak Grove Baptist Church when I was nine years old. My husband and I met at Jerry’s Pizza in Canton through a mutual friend. On July 3, 1982 we were married at First Baptist Church of Canton where we served faithfully and had two precious children Ashley Bontrager Snell and Brett Bontrager. After serving at First Baptist for eleven years in lay positions God called our family into ministry. I was a public school teacher at the time and my husband was employed by Halliburton in Carrollton, Texas. We followed God’s call to enter seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1992. We have been serving in full time ministry since.
Education has always been my passion and calling from God. I retired from public school May 2014 and joined the Legacy staff August 2014. I am excited about partnering with others to build strong leaders for Christ. Some of my favorite scriptures come from Deuteronomy 6: 5-9 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” I consider it a blessed opportunity to help equip families as they train their children in God’s Word.
I am very excited about the opportunity that God has provided for me and my family to be a part of Magnolia Legacy Prep Christian. Throughout my teaching and coaching career I have had the opportunity to teach, mentor, and lead students to be Christian role models and leaders in the community. Nothing brings me greater joy than to see young men and women become what they dreamed they could be through their hard work and dedication.
I was born in Houston Texas and raised in Conroe my entire life, graduating from Conroe High School in 1992. I then attended Abilene Christian University where I played baseball and graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. I then began my teaching and coaching career in 1997 and have been a classroom teacher, Dean of Students, and Assistant Athletic Director. My goal as an educator is too build relationships through mentoring, teaching, or coaching young men and women and to “Make God Look Good.”
I am married to my beautiful bride Laura for over 20 years and we have two kids Carson and Megan. We are active members of the Conroe Church of Christ in Conroe Texas and we enjoy serving the community and our church.
Romans 12:12 – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.
Assistant Athletic Director
My whole career I thought God put me in places to make a difference in student/athletes and coach’s lives. I am looking forward to serving and being a part of the Legacy Family. I grew up one of six kids in Illinois, and I attended Iowa Wesleyan College. I played four years of football and baseball and one year of basketball at Wesleyan while working towards my BA in education.
My wife Rita and I have been married for 31 years. Rita is a retired kindergarten teacher. We have five children – Nate, Kate, Sarah, Beau and Susan. Sports have always been a big part of our family, whether watching or participating. It seems we have spent the better part of our marriage in a gym or on an athletic field.
I have been teaching and coaching in Texas since 1990. I have been very fortunate to be a part of some very good programs and coaching staffs. I feel relationships are the foundation of building any great program and look forward to being a Lion.
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
Academic Advisor/College Counselor
I have been married for 28 years to Jeff Rush and have 3 children. My daughter, Sydney, began attending Legacy as an 8th grader and graduated in 2019. I have over 20 years of Student Services experience in higher education. I worked for 3 years at Texas A&M University as a counselor within the College of Liberal Arts, 3 years at Galveston College, and 17 years in various positions within the Lone Star College System. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sam Houston State University and a Master’s degree in Educational/Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University. My primary role in higher education has been as a career counselor, assisting students who have been unsure of their career direction or needing a clearer path on how to reach their ultimate career goals. Through various programs throughout my career, I have also worked with high school students who were transitioning to college. I have 2 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. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Hello! I am so thankful to be part of the Legacy family and immensely enjoy working with all our current and potential Legacy families. God led me into education first through teaching, and eventually into counseling and administration, as a College and Career Counselor and Guidance Counselor. My faith in Jesus is the most important part of my life, so combining it with my career has been such a blessing. To put it simply, I love what I do and who I get to do it with!
My husband, Tyler, and I have been married for ten years. In March of 2019, God answered our prayers and heart’s desire as our sweet daughter, Charlotte, made us a family of three. She is a miracle and we love watching her grow every day. We also enjoy time with our family and friends, our pups, traveling, watching football, worship music, and being involved with our church.
I am a 2006 graduate of Baylor University (Sic’em Bears!) with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Public Relations and American Studies, and a 2012 graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Masters of Education in Counseling.
Favorite Scriptures: Numbers 6: 24-26 The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Psalm 32:7-8 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Go Lions!
My husband and I moved to Texas four years ago from Connecticut and it has been such a blessing for us. Two of our three children were born here and now God has blessed me with an amazing opportunity to serve at Legacy Preparatory! I’ve been married nine years and have three wonderful children – Lily, Caitlin and Luke. Lily and Caitlin will be attending Legacy this coming year.
I was born and raised in Georgia and attended The University of Georgia for my undergraduate degree. I went on to complete my Master’s in Accounting at The University of Notre Dame and met my husband in the process. We’ve lived in Florida, Indiana and Connecticut and we really hope that Texas sticks! We’ve enjoyed exploring all the places we’ve lived and meeting people from different backgrounds. I’ve been blessed to work at remarkable companies such as The Home Depot and ESPN and I hope to bring a unique perspective to LPCA.
I grew up in a small town in southern Illinois with a younger brother and cousins galore. I graduated from the University of Illinois (Go Illini!!) with a degree in accounting. I worked in public accounting and for Abbott Labs before I met my husband. We moved to Texas when he was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi and have never left this great state! We have been married for over twenty years and have been blessed with three children – Emma, Madilyn (LPCA Class of 2022), and Walker (LPCA Class of 2027).
In my spare time I like to read, travel and take pilates classes. I also love teaching faith formation and sharing my love of Jesus with fifth graders at St. Anthony of Padua. I have enjoyed my time at Legacy where I love that the students here can pray and share their faith daily. My favorite bible verses are Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Help Desk Administrator
I moved with my family to Texas in 2001. I am the youngest of my siblings with three brothers and one sister. I grew up in Conroe, Texas for the latter part of my childhood; you could find me riding my bike from sunup to sundown with my best friends, looking for adventures in the neighborhood. I enjoyed spending time with family and friends during High School, where I attended Legacy in its early years from 2005-2009. I vividly remember the high quality of education and spiritual impact it made on my life. It was during my time at Legacy that my heart became tethered to the Lord as He drew me to Him. My interest in Information Technology (IT) began shortly afterwards as I realized that God was growing problem solving and management skills in my life.
After High School, I was blessed to travel to Switzerland with friends from Legacy, as well as skydive a few times. In 2012, God led me to my wife, Rebecca, through mutual friends from both Legacy and church. We have been together ever since, marrying in 2016. We moved around Houston and Spring during my employment as a store manager at Starbucks, welcoming our two wonderful sons, William (in 2018) and Peter (in 2020), into our family.
I’ve always enjoyed learning, especially through my academic path in Network Operations and Security (IT) through Western Governors University (WGU). My family has been very supportive of the career change from management to IT, and I look forward to how the Lord will use me for His service as the Help Desk Administrator at Legacy. I am continually encouraged by this scripture: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Director of Marketing and Community Liaison
Thomas brings 30 years of Houston Area High School baseball coaching experience, 22 as head coach, to Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy program. His carrier started at Humble High School in 1989 as an assistant varsity coach, after graduating from Stephen F Austin State University. From 1994 – 2017, Thomas served as head coach at Kempner High School, Nacogdoches High School, Cypress Woods High School, and Clear Lake High School, as well as Legacy Prep in 2022. During his years as head coach, he compiled 317 wins, placing numerous
players in college, as well as the professional level.
After retirement from public school, Thomas spent 3 years as a team sales rep for Barcelona Sports. He is currently President of the Greater Houston Baseball Coaches Association, and the Co-Founder/President of the Triple Crown Cancer Foundation. He has 2 children, Brooks (25) who lives in Austin, and Maddie (17), who is a senior at Bridgeland High School.
“I can do all things through he who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13
I grew up on a ranch in South Texas with a wonderful family and lots of the great outdoors. We attended a Methodist church where I was baptized and confirmed. After high school, I headed off to Texas A&M University.
In 1999, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in business administration. From there, I pursued a career in technical writing in Georgia. I was blessed to meet my husband, Brannon, while we worked for the same company. After we married, my career direction changed to involve more technical development and programming.
When we were expecting our first child, my husband was kind enough to allow us to move to Texas. As a side note…now he loves living in Texas and never wants to leave! We have two precious children, Wesley and Ansley, who have both attended Legacy since pre-k.
Two of my favorite Bible verses are 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” and James 4:8, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.”