Faculty and Staff

We are proud and thankful to be able serve your children alongside this wonderful team of educators and administrators.

Laura Bersoza

Laura Bersoza

Office Aide

Laura Bersoza is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin Baylor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and holds a Master of Science degree in School Psychology from Texas A&M-Central Texas. After college she worked for Communities in Schools working with at-risk students in the public school system for 5 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She enjoys homeschooling her 2 children, Maddie and Cruz under the collaborative model! She is married to Oscar who also works in education for Belton ISD as a teacher and soccer coach. She enjoys cooking, reading, and shopping. Laura and her family worship at Temple Bible Church.

Bret Billman

Bret Billman

Head of School

Bret Billman is Head of School and teaches a Rhetoric-level English class when he can. Bret and his amazing wife Sarah, have have a son, Maddox, and a daughter, Olivia, who both attend Providence. The son of two educators, Bret grew up in Wichita, Kansas and attended Baylor University, where he received a BA and an MA in English Literature. Following graduate school, Bret worked at North Side High School in Fort Worth from 2006 to 2011. At North Side, he taught Advanced Placement English, served as department chair, and held the Chase Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary English. He is thrilled to be at a Christ-centered school that emphasizes parental involvement and the Classical curriculum. Bret enjoys learning new things with his kids, playing board games, shooting hoops, roasting coffee-beans, and reading. He lives in Temple and attends Temple Bible Church with his family.

Christy Jackson

Christy Jackson

Office Assistant

Christy is married to Eric Jackson and they have three active boys, Davis, Asa and Bennett who all attend Providence.  Christy received her bachelors degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.  Christy worked in the social work field as a case worker for 5 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom when her oldest son was born.  Christy now enjoys working at Providence part-time and homeschooling her boys on her days off.  Christy enjoys singing, running, drinking coffee and spending time with family.

 

Annette Kemp

Annette Kemp

Assistant Head of School

Annette Kemp met her husband Mark her first week at UMHB and they will be married 27 years this December. She  graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and taught in Copperas Cove ISD for several years before her oldest daughter was born. After being a stay-at-home mom for 13 years, Mrs. Kemp helped establish the Copperas Cove location of the Hope Pregnancy Center and served as its Director for 8 years. Annette has enjoyed renewing her formal teaching career at Providence, teaching 3rd grade for two years.  She and Mark are blessed by their relationships with their two precious daughters, Kara (22) who recently graduated from Dallas Baptist University and Kayla (15) who attends Providence as an eleventh-grader this year. Annette and her family attend First Baptist Church of Copperas Cove where Mark serves as Pastor.

Colleen Stafford

Colleen Stafford Campus Coordinator

After Bible college, Colleen Stafford began a career taking her from missionary work in India and Germany to dental office management in Temple, TX.   She and her husband John have two children whom they homeschooled for nine years using the classical model, and they are thrilled to allow Providence to build on that foundation.  Colleen attends Temple Bible Church with her family, and is an active volunteer in the youth program.  When she has spare time, she enjoys reading, knitting and the New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzle.

 

Lisa Almond

Lisa Almond

Music

Lisa Almond studied music at Baylor University, concentrating in Music Education and Academic Music Studies.  As a vocalist, Lisa performed with several of the Baylor choirs including the University’s premiere show choir, Showtime!  Lisa also spent many years singing in the worship ensemble at her church.  As one of the founding families of Providence, Lisa and her husband, Brad, have been a part of Providence from the very beginning. They have served the school in a variety of ways during this time, and now Lisa is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve in the classroom.  Lisa has a deep and abiding love of singing and of choral music (especially sacred choral music) that is simultaneously joyful, fun-loving, and reverent.  She hopes to impart all of this to her students as she teaches them to hear, appreciate, and perform beautiful music.  The Almond family is a very musical bunch, and their home is often filled with the sounds of hymn singing or of someone practicing the piano, drums, or guitar.  In her spare time, Lisa can often be found reading a novel by Jane Austen or Dorothy Sayers, or in the kitchen brewing a fresh pot of tea and baking scones. Lisa and Brad have three children, Keylon, Rowan, and Penelope.  The Almond family worships at Grace Bible Church in Killeen.

Angela Bacon

Angela Bacon

2nd Grade

Angela Bacon, Second Grade teacher, earned a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of San Angelo. She is married to RJ Bacon, a teacher and football coach, and they have a son, Curtis. Mrs. Bacon taught in a public school and ran an after school program before being blessed to start teaching at Providence. She considers it an honor to work in a school where the Godly education and the love of learning are of high importance. Angela and RJ worship at First Baptist Church of Killeen, where they teach 9th grade Sunday School at First Baptist Killeen.

Sarah Billman

Sarah Billman

Kindergarten

Sarah Billman is married to Bret, and they have two sweet children, Maddox and Olivia. She enjoys cooking, gardening, reading and spending quality time with friends and family. Sarah completed her bachelors degree in Child and Family Development with a minor in Psychology at Stephen F. Austin State University. Her career has centered around children, first as a case manager and foster home developer, then as a teacher (first pre-school then Kindergarten), and most recently as her church's school-age children's ministry coordinator. Mrs. Billman says, "I love teaching Kindergarten because the kids are filled with wonder and amazement as they explore and discover new things about the world around them. Teaching a child to read is a priceless experience and one of the biggest privileges a teacher can have. I'm excited to share the joys of educating these Kindergartners with the people who care most about them...their parents!"

Dianna Fugitt

Dianna Fugitt

First Grade

Dianna Fugitt is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She grew up in Central Texas and has taught Pre-K, 1st and 2nd grades in Killeen ISD and Moody ISD before joining the Providence faculty in 2014.  Dianna is the proud mother of Jack and Catherine who enjoy attending Providence. Her husband, Jesse, served in the Army for 7 years and is currently a member of the Temple Police Department. Dianna and her family worship at First Baptist Church Moody where she serves as Children’s Minister and her husband serves as Deacon. 

Beth Gardner

Beth Gardner

PE

Beth Gardner, owner of Heart of Texas Gymnastics located in Temple, Texas since 1999 fell in love with the sport of gymnastics as a recreational gymnast from the age of 3 years old. She began teaching PE at Providence in 2016. She has an extensive background specializing in preschool, recreational and special needs gymnastics. Beth has been a national, international and private clinician since 1997. She has served as a National Instructor for USA Gymnastics, presenting at state, regional and national congresses, and served as one of the National Instructors for USA Gymnastics Kinder Accreditation for Teachers (KAT,) USA Gymnastics Movement Development and Lesson Plan Development (MELPD,) and currently serves as a National Instructor for the USA Gymnastics Preschool Fundamentals, Hands-on Training and the USA Gymnastics Hands-on Training for School-Aged courses for preschool and recreational gymnastics, the USA Gymnastics Brain and Body course, and the USA Gymnastics M200 Men’s Course. Her background also includes volunteering and coaching children and adults with special needs within her program as well as through Special Olympics, Discover Fitness Foundation and other private organizations. Her newest passion is for researching ways to address special needs in the gymnastics environment and utilizing gymnastics to affect positive changes for those with disabilities. She has three children, Robert, Daniel and Melissa and she is a 1983 graduate of Texas
A&M University.

Mitch Hedderly

Mitch Hedderly

P.E, Latin

Mitch Hedderly graduated from UT Arlington in 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts in German. Mitch's post-undergraduate work involved some flying of Army helicopters in one of the more dusty parts of the world (Iraq), while his adoring wife, Mandy--also a teacher at Providence--always awaited his returns with tremendous longing. Deciding that the Army life might make family life for them and their two young children a bit too challenging, Mitch left active duty to pursue a career in education. He acquired a Texas general teaching certification for pre-K through 6th, and later certified as a 6th through 12th German teacher. Mitch left a 5th grade teaching position with BISD in 2012 to focus more on their children's homeschooling. He and Mandy are both avid "CrossFitters," and secured CF Level 1 Trainer Certifications in August 2013. It was shortly thereafter that Mitch started at Providence as the P.E. teacher and has since also branched into Latin instruction.

Tasha Heisch

Tasha Heisch

Third Grade

Tasha Heisch is honored to be part of the Providence faculty. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Baylor University, she taught for 4 years before her children were born. After that, she stayed busy by fulfilling her call to educate her children at home. Now she considers it a privilege and a blessing to partner with parents in educating their children through Providence. Tasha is married to her husband, Rory, and they have 3 children. You can usually find them working on their farm, where they raise goats, chickens, and honeybees. They worship at Temple Bible Church.

Margaret Kiesle

Margaret Kiesle

Fourth Grade, Latin A

Margaret Kiesle began her teaching career at the age of two when her sister was born! From those nascent experiences she progressed to  “playing school” in her backyard with her siblings and neighbors. Naturally it followed for Margaret to study education at Indiana University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education. Although Margaret taught in public schools for three years, the delight of her career was home educating her four children through high school. Once her children had graduated, Margaret was eager for new educational opportunities and began teaching Fourth Grade and Latin A during the inaugural year of Providence. Her passion is to introduce, ignite, and inspire students with the magnificence of God as revealed in the awesome gift of language in the Bible, His written Word, and in the person of Jesus Christ, the living Word. Margaret joyfully praises God for creating her to teach and for allowing her to spend her entire life doing what she loves!

Miranda Lehmann

Miranda Lehmann

First Grade

Miranda Lehmann holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education from the University of Tennessee, and she is certified in regular and special education. She married her high school sweetheart, Brian, and has been blessed with two amazing children, Eli and Kiley. Miranda taught in a public school for several years before staying home with her children. During this time, she taught at a small church school, led Bible studies, and continued to take college courses. She began teaching First Grade at Providence in 2012, and now also serves as the Grammar School math chair. Miranda has always loved teaching and has a passion for academic excellence.  She considers it a joy and privilege to be educating young children, and finds that there is no greater delight than to see a hunger for learning in an young child.  Miranda’s family worships at Grace Bible Church in Killeen.

Mallory Poe

Mallory Poe

4th Grade

Mallory Poe is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Medicine Imaging Sciences. Inspired by a calling to be a teacher, Mallory left healthcare to pursue a career in teaching. She taught math, technology and gifted/talented in public school for a total of seven years before having the privilege of working at Providence. She is married to Paul who owns a MAC Tools franchise and works in Waco. She is thrilled to be joining her three chidren, Addy, Tucker and Brent, who are also attending Providence as students. Mallory is a life long learner and strives to constantly grow and adapt. Above all, she is excited to have the opportunity to explore the greatness of Christ with her students!

Lesleigh Reynolds

Lesleigh Reynolds

Kindergarten

Lesleigh Reynolds and her husband Aaron have three children, Quinn, Holden, and Finley. Lesleigh completed her bachelors degree in Elementary Education at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor.  She taught Pre-K and Kindergarten at Temple ISD for 3 years before joining the Providence faculty in Fall 2013. Her family are members at First Baptist Church Academy, where she teaches Sunday School.  She enjoys fitness and running, as well as cooking, reading, and playing with her kiddos.

Christy Porterfield

Christy Porterfield

Fifth Grade Math and Science

Christy Porterfield is married to her best friend, Russell. They have been blessed with two adventurous boys, Caleb and Joshua. She is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin Baylor with a BA degree in Elementary Education specializing in reading. She has always had a love for teaching and grew up teaching her brother and sister. She taught in the public school for 4 years. Upon the arrival of her firstborn, she was blessed to at stay home where the Lord gave her an excitement for homeschooling. She loves to come alongside co-teachers and their children and rejoice in watching the Lord grow them in character, their love for learning, and their realization of how the Lord provides for them. She enjoys reading, gardening, and exploring God's beautiful creation with her family.

Jen Riddle

Jen Riddle

Art

Jen Riddle was born and raised in Beaumont, TX. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Marketing, she served as a missionary in Thailand for three years. She is married to her best friend, Jake, who works at The Austin Stone Community Church.

Jen loves being a teacher at Providence where she is able to help students see that Jesus Christ is at the center of all things. Her ambition is aimed at opening the eyes of her students to behold the wonder of Christ through the beauty of art.

When Jen is not teaching, you can find her enjoying calligraphy, watercolor painting, baking, gardening and traveling with her husband and Goldendoodle Murphy.

Courtney Robinson

Courtney Robinson

5th Language Arts and 4th History

Courtney Robinson has a degree in English and Psychology from Texas A&M University as well as a Master's Degree in Christian Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. She spent nine years homeschooling her own children and five teaching grammar and composition in a local homeschool group before coming to Providence.  She's never met a sentence she didn't want to diagram, and she loves teaching poetry to young people.  She and her husband, Heath, have three sons and a daughter. They love seeing Christ's lordship over all things and worshiping with their brothers and sisters in Christ at Redeemer PCA.

Daena Rowe

Daena Rowe

Music

Daena Rowe graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2008 with a degree in music education. She has taught music in a variety of ways: public and private schools, churches, and private lesson settings. She is excited to be part of Providence, as she enjoys fostering skill and understanding of music in others. Daena lives in Belton with her husband, Daniel, and their two children, Norah and Adam.

Tricia Scott

Tricia Scott

Kindergarten

Tricia Scott joined the Providence staff as a kindergarten teacher in 2015 after teaching for 27 years in public education. She graduated from the University of Mary – Hardin Baylor with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and Kindergarten endorsement. Kindergarten students are her favorite because of their newfound excitement of the world and formal schooling! Teaching students to read is a joy and privilege for her. She and her husband Barry have 5 children and enjoy living out in the country, where they garden and take care of their menagerie of farm pets! They also enjoy traveling the country each summer. Tricia and Barry attend Temple Bible Church.

Penny Seiler

Penny Seiler

2nd Grade

Penny Seiler has worked in the field of education for thirty years. After retiring from the Belton School System, she joined the Providence team where she is currently teaching second grade. Penny and her husband Paul have been blessed with two sons, Corey and Taylor. Both are grown and pursuing careers in construction science and law. They also have a beautiful daughter-in- law, Kori, who also works in the field of elementary education. Penny and Paul worship at Temple Bible Church.

Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith

Second Grade

Kathryn Smith has taught 2nd Grade at Providence since 2013. She has a passion for children, and she is excited to be at the school.  A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, Kathryn received a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. God has gifted her with teaching skills that she has used in many ways over the years.  Her teaching experiences include public school, home school, and serving as Children's Minister at a local church. Kathryn is excited about  the opportunity to work alongside parents in supporting them in their role as educator, both academically and spiritually. Kathryn and her husband, Glen, and their three daughters, served as medical missionaries in Kenya, East Africa during the years the children were growing up. Glen and Kathryn worship together at First Baptist Church in Belton.

Tonita Stovall

Tonita Stovall

Pre-K

Tonita Stovall is certified to teach secondary family and consumer sciences, and early childhood education. She has fifteen years experience working in a variety of early childhood development and education occupations, and eleven years experience teaching at a private Christian school prior to joining the faculty at Providence in the fall of 2011. Tonita is married to Daniel Stovall and has three adult children. Her two sons are married, so she has two daughters-in-law. Her family members are active at the Northside Church of Christ where Daniel serves as an elder. Tonita enjoys reading, fitness walking and baking. She considers it an honor and blessing to be teaching PreK at Providence.

Rachel Su

Rachel Su

Third Grade

Rachel Su graduated from Texas A&M University with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Reading. She is from Katy, TX and has experience teaching 2nd and 3rd grades in the Houston area at Spring Branch ISD and KIPP Houston Charter Schools. Rachel is married to Max Su who is pursuing a career in medicine. She is blessed to have had the role of both co-teacher and teacher at Providence since 2014. Rachel is excited and honored to be a part of a school that partners with families in encouraging both the academic and spiritual growth of every student. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, trying new foods, and spending time with friends and family. Rachel and Max worship at Temple Bible Church.

 

Lisa Almond

Lisa Almond

Music

Lisa Almond studied music at Baylor University, concentrating in Music Education and Academic Music Studies.  As a vocalist, Lisa performed with several of the Baylor choirs including the University’s premiere show choir, Showtime!  Lisa also spent many years singing in the worship ensemble at her church.  As one of the founding families of Providence, Lisa and her husband, Brad, have been a part of Providence from the very beginning. They have served the school in a variety of ways during this time, and now Lisa is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve in the classroom.  Lisa has a deep and abiding love of singing and of choral music (especially sacred choral music) that is simultaneously joyful, fun-loving, and reverent.  She hopes to impart all of this to her students as she teaches them to hear, appreciate, and perform beautiful music.  The Almond family is a very musical bunch, and their home is often filled with the sounds of hymn singing or of someone practicing the piano, drums, or guitar.  In her spare time, Lisa can often be found reading a novel by Jane Austen or Dorothy Sayers, or in the kitchen brewing a fresh pot of tea and baking scones. Lisa and Brad have three children, Keylon, Rowan, and Penelope.  The Almond family worships at Grace Bible Church in Killeen.

Cindy Blanck

Cindy Blanck

6th Grade Math

Cindy Blanck earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Central Arkansas in 1993 and a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education from Drury University in 2005. After teaching 16 years in a public school in Missouri, she moved to Texas in 2010 and continued her career as a founding teacher at Providence in 2011. Cindy and her husband, Craig, love to spend their spare time traveling and camping with their children, grandchildren, and dachshunds. The Blanck’s worship at Grace Bible Church in Killeen, Texas.

Rebecca Cagle

Rebecca Cagle

5th and 6th Grade History and Science

Rebecca Cagle has been married to her best friend Kevin for 25 years. They have two fantastic and fun sons, Luke and Philip. Rebecca graduated from Belton High, and then attended UMHB where she received her Elementary Education degree. She taught Kindergarten at Miller Heights in Belton for 6 years. She resigned from Miller Heights to stay at home with her sons, homeschooling them until they were in the 5th & 6th grades. She enjoys reading, cooking whatever her guys harvest from hunting, and watching her guys’ sporting activities. They worship at Temple Bible Church and she is currently helping in the high school department.

Mitch Hedderly

Mitch Hedderly

P.E, Latin

Mitch Hedderly graduated from UT Arlington in 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts in German. Mitch's post-undergraduate work involved some flying of Army helicopters in one of the more dusty parts of the world (Iraq), while his adoring wife, Mandy--also a teacher at Providence--always awaited his returns with tremendous longing. Deciding that the Army life might make family life for them and their two young children a bit too challenging, Mitch left active duty to pursue a career in education. He acquired a Texas general teaching certification for pre-K through 6th, and later certified as a 6th through 12th German teacher. Mitch left a 5th grade teaching position with BISD in 2012 to focus more on their children's homeschooling. He and Mandy are both avid "CrossFitters," and secured CF Level 1 Trainer Certifications in August 2013. It was shortly thereafter that Mitch started at Providence as the P.E. teacher and has since also branched into Latin instruction.

Margaret Kiesle

Margaret Kiesle

Fourth Grade, Latin A

Margaret Kiesle began her teaching career at the age of two when her sister was born! From those nascent experiences she progressed to  “playing school” in her backyard with her siblings and neighbors. Naturally it followed for Margaret to study education at Indiana University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education. Although Margaret taught in public schools for three years, the delight of her career was home educating her four children through high school. Once her children had graduated, Margaret was eager for new educational opportunities and began teaching Fourth Grade and Latin A during the inaugural year of Providence. Her passion is to introduce, ignite, and inspire students with the magnificence of God as revealed in the awesome gift of language in the Bible, His written Word, and in the person of Jesus Christ, the living Word. Margaret joyfully praises God for creating her to teach and for allowing her to spend her entire life doing what she loves!

Jen Riddle

Jen Riddle

Art

Jen Riddle was born and raised in Beaumont, TX. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Marketing, she served as a missionary in Thailand for three years. She is married to her best friend, Jake, who works at The Austin Stone Community Church.

Jen loves being a teacher at Providence where she is able to help students see that Jesus Christ is at the center of all things. Her ambition is aimed at opening the eyes of her students to behold the wonder of Christ through the beauty of art.

When Jen is not teaching, you can find her enjoying calligraphy, watercolor painting, baking, gardening and traveling with her husband and Goldendoodle Murphy.

Courtney Robinson

Courtney Robinson

5th Grade Language Arts and 4th Grade History

Courtney Robinson has a degree in English and Psychology from Texas A&M University as well as a Master's Degree in Christian Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. She spent nine years homeschooling her own children and five teaching grammar and composition in a local homeschool group before coming to Providence.  She's never met a sentence she didn't want to diagram, and she loves teaching poetry to young people.  She and her husband, Heath, have three sons and a daughter. They love seeing Christ's lordship over all things and worshiping with their brothers and sisters in Christ at Redeemer PCA.

Amy Rognlie

Amy Rognlie

6th Grade Humanities, 6th Grade Latin

Amy Rognlie is a graduate of Colorado Christian University. She is licensed to teach both Middle School Language Arts and Elementary Education, and has taught at both public and private schools over the last twelve years. Amy is thrilled to begin her fifth year at Providence and is looking forward to sharing her love of literature and language (both English and Latin!) with her sixth grade students. Amy is also an author and is currently at work on her seventh novel. Amy and her husband, Greg, have three sons--and one sweet granddaughter, Lacey. The Rognlies live in Academy, where they worship at First Baptist Church of Academy.

Mark Applewhite

Mark Applewhite

7th and 8th Grade History, 12 Grade Advanced Biology

Mark Applewhite graduated from Corpus Christi State University in 1983 with a major in geology and minor in biology. He taught at Calallen Middle School for twelve years, and then was hired to be the first full time headmaster at Annapolis Christian Academy, a classical Christian school, in 1996. Mark was at Annapolis for seven years and then moved to Colorado to help out with aging parents. He and his wife Judy owned and operated a bed and breakfast near South Fork Colorado for fourteen years before moving to the Temple/Belton area to be closer to their Texas family. Mark and Judy have both been involved in education for over 20 years in public Schools, Christian private schools, homeschooling, Sunday School, and home Bible studies.Their love for learning/teaching about God and His creation comes first followed closely by their love for their children, grandchildren, and love for family gatherings. They have two children, Amy and Ben, and Ben and his wife have two grandchildren. Mark and Judy attend Tapestry Community Church in Temple.

Brad Almond

Brad Almond

Algebra I

Brad Almond grew up the son of a military chaplain, so he is both a preacher's kid and a military brat. Brad and his lovely wife Lisa have three children: Keylon, Rowan, and Penelope. Brad's journey toward classical education is a long and circuitous one. A product of 10 different public schools growing up, Brad finally "settled down" to earn a degree in music from Baylor University in 1995, after which time he swore never to set foot in a university again. However, in the years that followed Brad saw his hunger for learning awaken, and alongside it a keen frustration that his formal education had not provided him with the ability to think and reason as his favorite authors (C.S. Lewis being one) seemed to be able to do so effortlessly. Several years into graduate school Brad began to read about classical education, and became convinced that this was the essential piece his education had been missing. Needless to say, he is now a passionate advocate for classical learning, and is eager to impart this love to the next generation of students. Brad also holds an M.B.A. from Baylor University and a Ph.D. from Boston College, and is an associate professor of management at Texas A&M University-Central Texas.

Lisa Almond

Lisa Almond

Music

Lisa Almond studied music at Baylor University, concentrating in Music Education and Academic Music Studies.  As a vocalist, Lisa performed with several of the Baylor choirs including the University’s premiere show choir, Showtime!  Lisa also spent many years singing in the worship ensemble at her church.  As one of the founding families of Providence, Lisa and her husband, Brad, have been a part of Providence from the very beginning. They have served the school in a variety of ways during this time, and now Lisa is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve in the classroom.  Lisa has a deep and abiding love of singing and of choral music (especially sacred choral music) that is simultaneously joyful, fun-loving, and reverent.  She hopes to impart all of this to her students as she teaches them to hear, appreciate, and perform beautiful music.  The Almond family is a very musical bunch, and their home is often filled with the sounds of hymn singing or of someone practicing the piano, drums, or guitar.  In her spare time, Lisa can often be found reading a novel by Jane Austen or Dorothy Sayers, or in the kitchen brewing a fresh pot of tea and baking scones. Lisa and Brad have three children, Keylon, Rowan, and Penelope.  The Almond family worships at Grace Bible Church in Killeen.

Beth Booth

Beth Booth

Pre-Algebra and Technology

Beth Booth graduated from the University of Texas El Paso with a Bachelor of Science in Education, including double minors in Mathematics and Computer Science. She taught in public schools in west Texas and southern New Mexico for 10 years. During this time, she and her husband Jerry started a family and Beth continued her education, earning a Master of Arts in Education, with a specialization in Learning Technologies. The family moved to central Texas in 1997 where Beth continued to teach both math and computer classes in public schools for an additional 20 years. She has three children: Crystalyn, Garrett, and Grayson and is loving being a grandmother to Ethan and Levi. She is passionate about teaching, bible-journaling and card making. Beth and her family attend First Church of the Nazarene in Temple, where “Inspiring Hope” is more than a motto, but is a daily goal in every aspect of our lives.

Matt Bell

Matt Bell

Spanish and Latin

Matt Bell moved to the area in 2017 to explore classical education at Providence. Originally a Texan, Matt arrived from Memphis, where he went to study recording technology and ended up staying for thirteen years. While there, he obtained B.M. and M.A.T. degrees from the University of Memphis and taught Spanish and Bible for five-ish years at the Collegiate School of Memphis. When he has time and inspiration, he enjoys road trips to country churches, reading, singing, and writing things to sing. He loves speaking and learning languages. In addition to Latin and Spanish, which he teaches at Providence, he has enjoyed much time spent learning French and Irish. Speaking multiple languages has equipped him for amazing life experiences, which he wants for his students as well. He is excited about sharing the beauty of language in a classical school with children made in the image of God.

Carol Brown

Carol Brown

Humanities and Latin

Carol Brown graduated from Texas Christian University in 1981 with a B.S. in home economics with an emphasis in child development. She is certified in both vocational and early childhood education. After college she worked for the Salvation Army in Fort Worth coordinating after-school and summer care programs for disadvantaged youth. Shortly after her marriage, Carol and her husband Eric became discouraged that so many Christians were seemingly ignorant of the purposes of education and the nature of a truly Biblical view of learning. The two of them decided to homeschool even before their children were born, and right away began going to educational workshops. Carol became increasingly excited about giving her children an education rich in beautiful words and noble ideas that spark wonder at the glory of God. Along the way, she began to discover classical education and soon set about the difficult tasks of teaching herself Latin and re-thinking the methodology she learned in college. Carol has been homeschooling for eighteen years. Her approach to homeschooling integrates the principles of classical education with those of 19th-century educator Charlotte Mason. For several years Carol taught humanities and elementary Latin to local homeschooled students. Carol joined the launch team for Providence, and was one of the original logic and rhetoric school teachers.

Krista Eshbaugh

Krista Eshbaugh

Performing Arts

Krista Eshbaugh has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Stetson University in Florida and a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami, Florida. She has taught public and private school music, has been on church staff as Music Assistant, and is currently a choir director at UMHB Conservatory of Music. Mrs. Eshbaugh has been teaching at Providence since Fall 2012. She is passionate about helping students develop a love and appreciation for all performing arts and enjoys helping the students discover their own God-given musicianship and theatrical abilities.  She is married to her high-school sweetheart and best friend, Calvin, and God has blessed them with 3 fun-loving, energetic and very creative sons!  Krista and her family worship at Temple Bible Church.  Psalm 98:4-6  “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the Lord, the King.”

Cherie Flanagan

Cherie Flanagan

Pre-Algebra

Cherie Flanagan is a graduate from Baylor University, Waco, TX with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She taught elementary and middle school math for 6 years at Waco Baptist Academy and classically homeschooled her two boys, Ryan and Timothy, until the the family joined Providence in 2011. She has taught Pre-Algebra at Providence since that time. Math is her favorite subject to teach, and she genuinely enjoys working a juicy calculus problem. Cherie is married to Tim Flanagan and they live in Salado where they own a portrait studio called Solas Gallery. Cherie and her family worship at Grace Bible Church in Killeen.

Staci Geiger

Staci Geiger

8th Grade English, Rhetoric, Latin

Staci Geiger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University. She taught all levels of English at Temple High School for six years before teaching at Providence. She is married to Brian and has two children, David and Hannah. Staci enjoys sharing God’s Word with her students and believes wholeheartedly in the mission and vision of Providence Preparatory School— the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on the good, true, and beautiful. She enjoys reading anything and everything and watching Aggie football.

Mitch Hedderly

Mitch Hedderly

P.E, Latin

Mitch Hedderly graduated from UT Arlington in 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts in German. Mitch's post-undergraduate work involved some flying of Army helicopters in one of the more dusty parts of the world (Iraq), while his adoring wife, Mandy--also a teacher at Providence--always awaited his returns with tremendous longing. Deciding that the Army life might make family life for them and their two young children a bit too challenging, Mitch left active duty to pursue a career in education. He acquired a Texas general teaching certification for pre-K through 6th, and later certified as a 6th through 12th German teacher. Mitch left a 5th grade teaching position with BISD in 2012 to focus more on their children's homeschooling. He and Mandy are both avid "CrossFitters," and secured CF Level 1 Trainer Certifications in August 2013. It was shortly thereafter that Mitch started at Providence as the P.E. teacher and has since also branched into Latin instruction.

Susie Leavelle

Susie Leavelle

Physical Science, Biology

Susie Leavelle is a graduate of Texas A&M University, College Station, TX with a Bachelor of Science in Health. Her graduate degree is a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. For over a decade, she worked as a bilingual family practice physician assistant along the Texas-Mexico border and in Irving, TX. She then worked a couple more years in an OB/Gyn practice before moving to central Texas with her husband Randy and their children, Ben and Mia. She has a passion for working with youth, as demonstrated by her joy in teaching science to Providence students and working with families in her pediatric endocrinology practice. She considers it a great privilege to educate on the amazing world and bodies that God has provided, giving glory to Him.

Autumn McMurry

Autumn McMurry

7th English

A Bell County native, Autumn attended Texas A&M University (’95) after graduating from Temple High School in 1991. She and her husband Dave, also a Temple native, now live in Harker Heights, where Dave serves as teaching pastor at Grace Bible Church. Mrs. McMurry has been teaching Logic School students at Providence since its doors first opened and has learned so much about God’s goodness from the incredible students that have filled her classroom with great questions and beautiful ideas. Believing that teaching children is a natural extension of parenting, Mrs. McMurry loves the blended model of Classical Christian education offered at Providence and is the proud mother of a couple of pretty great Providence Preparatory graduates herself. When she is not in the classroom, Autumn can usually be found enjoying a good book outside.

Jen Riddle

Jen Riddle

Art

Jen Riddle was born and raised in Beaumont, TX. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Marketing, she served as a missionary in Thailand for three years. She is married to her best friend, Jake, who works at The Austin Stone Community Church.

Jen loves being a teacher at Providence where she is able to help students see that Jesus Christ is at the center of all things. Her ambition is aimed at opening the eyes of her students to behold the wonder of Christ through the beauty of art.

When Jen is not teaching, you can find her enjoying calligraphy, watercolor painting, baking, gardening and traveling with her husband and Goldendoodle Murphy.

Harriett Stallings

Harriett Stallings

Earth Science

Harriett Stallings is a graduate from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio with Bachelor of Science in Education degree and a minor in Natural Sciences. After college, she taught at the middle school grade level in several different fields of science including, Life Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Earth Science. After five years of teaching, she decided to become a stay at home mom and homeschool her two children. During her 7 years of homeschooling, Harriett taught several classes at the Helping Hands Co-op at Temple Bible Church. She is married to her best friend, Jeremy, and they live in Little River-Academy with their two amazing kids, Gillian and Harrison. In her spare time, she loves to read, cook, tap dance and spends her worship time through fellowship with her woman's Bible Study. Harriett believes that God's world, our home, is fascinating and fun to learn about. She is passionate about helping her students to love and appreciate the beauty of God's creation, our planet, our home.

Stephen Watson

Stephen Watson

Bible

Stephen Watson is a graduate of Howard Payne University and Baylor University. He has a BA in Christian Studies and a Masters of Divinity. His wife Lindsey is a dedicated co-teacher of their 4 children: Abigail, Jeremiah, Leah, and Nathaniel. Stephen has served in local churches in various roles since 1999 and has been teaching Bible at Providence since 2014. Stephen has a great love of teaching and proclaiming God's word.


Stephen Alston

Stephen Alston

Apologetics, Economics, Government, Humanities, and Intermediate Logic

Stephen Alston is a graduate of both the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton and Baylor University in Waco. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor/double major in History, and a Master of Arts in Church-State Studies. His passion for integrating concepts from subjects across the curriculum drew him to the classical approach to education. He enjoys reading a good book, listening to music and lectures, and writing poetry. He worships with his family at Temple Bible Church in Temple.

Matt Bell

Matt Bell

Spanish and Latin

Matt Bell moved to the area in 2017 to explore classical education at Providence. Originally a Texan, Matt arrived from Memphis, where he went to study recording technology and ended up staying for thirteen years. While there, he obtained B.M. and M.A.T. degrees from the University of Memphis and taught Spanish and Bible for five-ish years at the Collegiate School of Memphis. When he has time and inspiration, he enjoys road trips to country churches, reading, singing, and writing things to sing. He loves speaking and learning languages. In addition to Latin and Spanish, which he teaches at Providence, he has enjoyed much time spent learning French and Irish. Speaking multiple languages has equipped him for amazing life experiences, which he wants for his students as well. He is excited about sharing the beauty of language in a classical school with children made in the image of God.

Beth Booth

Beth Booth

Pre-Algebra and Technology

Beth Booth graduated from the University of Texas El Paso with a Bachelor of Science in Education, including double minors in Mathematics and Computer Science. She taught in public schools in west Texas and southern New Mexico for 10 years. During this time, she and her husband Jerry started a family and Beth continued her education, earning a Master of Arts in Education, with a specialization in Learning Technologies. The family moved to central Texas in 1997 where Beth continued to teach both math and computer classes in public schools for an additional 20 years. She has three children: Crystalyn, Garrett, and Grayson and is loving being a grandmother to Ethan and Levi. She is passionate about teaching, bible-journaling and card making. Beth and her family attend First Church of the Nazarene in Temple, where “Inspiring Hope” is more than a motto, but is a daily goal in every aspect of our lives.

Carol Brown

Carol Brown

Humanities and Latin

Carol Brown graduated from Texas Christian University in 1981 with a B.S. in home economics with an emphasis in child development. She is certified in both vocational and early childhood education. After college she worked for the Salvation Army in Fort Worth coordinating after-school and summer care programs for disadvantaged youth. Shortly after her marriage, Carol and her husband Eric became discouraged that so many Christians were seemingly ignorant of the purposes of education and the nature of a truly Biblical view of learning. The two of them decided to homeschool even before their children were born, and right away began going to educational workshops. Carol became increasingly excited about giving her children an education rich in beautiful words and noble ideas that spark wonder at the glory of God. Along the way, she began to discover classical education and soon set about the difficult tasks of teaching herself Latin and re-thinking the methodology she learned in college. Carol has been homeschooling for eighteen years. Her approach to homeschooling integrates the principles of classical education with those of 19th-century educator Charlotte Mason. For several years Carol taught humanities and elementary Latin to local homeschooled students. Carol joined the launch team for Providence, and was one of the original logic and rhetoric school teachers.

Jeff Browning

Jeff Browning

Chemistry
Krista Eshbaugh

Krista Eshbaugh

Music and Drama

Krista Eshbaugh has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Stetson University in Florida and a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami, Florida. She has taught public and private school music, has been on church staff as Music Assistant, and is currently a choir director at UMHB Conservatory of Music. Mrs. Eshbaugh has been teaching at Providence since Fall 2012. She is passionate about helping students develop a love and appreciation for all performing arts and enjoys helping the students discover their own God-given musicianship and theatrical abilities.  She is married to her high-school sweetheart and best friend, Calvin, and God has blessed them with 3 fun-loving, energetic and very creative sons!  Krista and her family worship at Temple Bible Church.  Psalm 98:4-6  “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the Lord, the King.”

Staci Geiger

Staci Geiger

8th Grade English, Rhetoric, Latin

Staci Geiger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University. She taught all levels of English at Temple High School for six years before teaching at Providence. She is married to Brian and has two children, David and Hannah. Staci enjoys sharing God’s Word with her students and believes wholeheartedly in the mission and vision of Providence Preparatory School— the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on the good, true, and beautiful. She enjoys reading anything and everything and watching Aggie football.

Lauren Glenn

Lauren Glenn

9th-12th English and Cinema Analysis

Lauren Glenn has a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, a M.A. in English and Film Studies from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and will soon complete her Ph.D. in English/Film and Media Studies from the University of Florida. She started her teaching career as an English teacher/swim coach at Harker Heights High School and has taught English, writing, and film courses at the university level for the last ten years. She also worked in the writing centers at both TAMU-Commerce and the University of Florida as a tutor for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty writers for many years. One of her greatest passions was running the cinema studies group at the Christian Study Center in Gainesville, Florida where the academic analysis of movies was taught in coordination with questions of Christian values. She has been married to Chris Glenn, who teaches AVID at South Belton Middle School. The Glenns moved back to the Harker Heights area after living in Florida for five years, and Lauren has taught at Providence since 2014. They have one daughter, Madison, and one son, Ezekiel “Zeke.”

Mandy Hedderly

Mandy Hedderly

Geometry, Algebra II, and Precalculus

Mandy Hedderly graduated from UT Arlington in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science in Architecture. During college, she became a Christian and began dating (and soon married) the ruggedly handsome Mitch Hedderly (also a Providence teacher). Post college, Mandy worked as an architect in Waco and Arlington designing churches, schools, and hospitals. Desiring less cubicle and more family, Mandy left architecture to become a mom. Now as a mom of three, she enjoys homeschooling and sharing her enthusiastic love of math. Since 2010, Mandy has taught and tutored mathematics at Temple College and has taught mathematics at Providence since January 2014. The Hedderly family lives, works, and worships in Belton.

Susie Leavelle

Susie Leavelle

Physical Science and Biology

Susie Leavelle is a graduate of Texas A&M University, College Station, TX with a Bachelor of Science in Health. Her graduate degree is a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. For over a decade, she worked as a bilingual family practice physician assistant along the Texas-Mexico border and in Irving, TX. She then worked a couple more years in an OB/Gyn practice before moving to central Texas with her husband Randy and their children, Ben and Mia. She has a passion for working with youth, as demonstrated by her joy in teaching science to Providence students and working with families in her pediatric endocrinology practice. She considers it a great privilege to educate on the amazing world and bodies that God has provided, giving glory to Him.

Daryl Stacey

Daryl Stacey

Physics

Daryl Stacey graduated from Texas A&M University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Daryl married his best friend, Joanna in 1996. He worked in the chemical industry in Houston, for a power plant design company in Abilene, an environmental consulting company, then a mechanical design firm in San Antonio. In 2000, he and his family moved to Roanoke, Virginia, where he worked for an architectural and engineering firm for 9 years. Daryl left the engineering world to become a stay-at- home dad for his four beautiful daughters. They all moved back to Texas in 2010 and he has been a co-teacher at Providence since 2012. He still holds a Professional Engineering license in Texas. He enjoys hunting, fishing, flying, running, skiing, woodworking, watching football, and most of all, spending time with his family. He and his family worship at Calvary Chapel Temple, where he is the worship leader.

Stephen Watson

Stephen Watson

Bible

Stephen Watson is a graduate of Howard Payne University and Baylor University. He has a BA in Christian Studies and a Masters of Divinity. His wife Lindsey is a dedicated co-teacher of their 4 children: Abigail, Jeremiah, Leah, and Nathaniel. Stephen has served in local churches in various roles since 1999 and has been teaching Bible at Providence since 2014. Stephen has a great love of teaching and proclaiming God's word.

Mary Jo White

Mary Jo White

Latin

Mary Jo White has Bachelor's degrees in English and Latin from the University of Texas at Austin. She has more than forty years of teaching experience. She has an unmatched passion for Latin and is excited to teach at Providence where students have Latin in the core curriculum, and has taught at the school since it opened in 2011. Mary Jo is a member of the American Classical League. Mary Jo loves to travel and worships at Temple Bible Church.

Michelle Weaver

Michelle Weaver

Art

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