Faculty and Staff

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

Bret Billman

Bret Billman

Head of School

Bret Billman is Head of School. He and his amazing wife Sarah, 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. 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.

Annette Kemp

Annette Kemp

Assistant Head of School

Annette Kemp is married to Mark, whom she met her first week at UMHB. 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. She and Mark are blessed by their relationships with their two precious daughters, Kara and Kayla. 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, who are fiercely proud Providence alumni. When she has spare time, she enjoys reading, knitting, and the New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzle. The Staffords attend Temple Bible Church.

Shannon Morrison

Shannon Morrison

Director of Operations

Shannon Morrison is the Director of Operations and Community Engagement and handles the school's financial reporting and forecasting.  Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in Spanish.  She and her husband, Josh, served on the initial launch team that founded the school, and Shannon served as president of the Board of Directors from 2010-2017.  Shannon and her husband, Josh, have five children all at Providence and worship at Temple Bible Church.

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.

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.

Christine Baird

Christine Baird

Director of Admissions

Christine Baird is married to her wonderful husband, Drew, an Army physician, and they are blessed to have two children, Zachary and Hannah, both students at Providence. Christine graduated with a B.S. in Biology and English from Tulane University, earned her M.D. from Tulane School of Medicine, and completed residency in Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. Although she no longer practices clinical medicine, she is grateful for the experiences her training afforded her, for the preparation of a lifetime of learning, and for the privilege of passing that love of knowledge to her children at home. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time with family and friends. She and her family worship at Temple Bible Church.

 

 

 

 

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.

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, always awaited his returns with tremendous longing. Mitch left active duty in 2009 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 proud parents to two boys (Kyler and Karsten) and two girls (Kylie Anne and Kiersten) and are both avid "CrossFitters." Shortly after Mitch started at Providence as the P.E. teacher, he branched into Latin and logic instruction and founded the school's CrossFit affiliated kids' program for logic/rhetoric students.

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 Baptist in Salado.

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.

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.

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 feels blessed to be a part of this community and 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 married to Max Su, who is pursuing a career in ophthalmology. 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. She has been teaching at Providence since 2015. 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.

Ruth Watkins

Ruth Watkins

Music

Ruth Edwards Watkins attended Sul Ross State University, Temple College, and is a graduate of UMHB. Her certifications include All Level Music, All Level Art, and Elementary Certification. She taught in the Texas public school system for thirty four years, in Hondo, Belton, and Salado. She attends First Baptist Church, Belton, and is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association. Ruth’s family includes four children, and six amazingly talented and beautiful grandchildren! Together, they love kayaking, camping, hiking, and just being together in the great outdoors. Ruth enjoys gardening, playing the ukulele, and teaching French Horn,  biking, and running in 5K races. She loves to encourage, inspire, and guide her students in the exploration and development of their talents in the area of Fine Arts. Ruth’s favorite quotation about teaching music is by Cheryl Lavender: “The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children."

Paula Wilson

Paula Wilson

Dyslexia Therapist

Paula Wilson is a Certified Academic Language Therapist and a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist with 34 years of experience in the public school setting with most of those years teaching reading and practicing dyslexia therapy in Temple ISD. She is currently retired; however, she is continuing her love of teaching by practicing private dyslexia therapy in Temple. When she isn’t teaching, she spends time playing tennis and golf and enjoying her many hobbies. She is married to Bill Wilson, they have four children and five grandchildren. They are members of Grace Presbyterian Church.

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.

Vicki Boyd

Vicki Boyd

5th and 6th Grade Latin

Vicki Boyd graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Music with an emphasis on Vocal Pedagogy. At the time of her undergrad graduation, she began teaching voice through UMHB’s Music Conservatory where she taught for 10 years. While in Austin, Vicki worked for Leander ISD with middle school students and taught lessons to undergrad vocal students. In 2009, she accepted the position of Music teacher at Christ Church School of Temple. While there she also began teaching history, literature, Latin, Bible, and was the chapel coordinator assisting the pastor with music and ministry to the students. At CCS she found a love for classical education and truly sought to inspire students to find the beauty and links between all of their academic studies. Vicki also rekindled her love of languages and taught preschool through 8th grade to appreciate the Latin language. She has served as a music associate and music minister at Christ Episcopal Church of Temple for the past 12 years and truly loves her church family.  In her spare time, Vicki enjoys making historical models, spending time with her family and pets, and finding reasons to throw tea parties.

Rebecca Cagle

Rebecca Cagle

5th and 6th Grade History and Science

Rebecca Cagle has been married to her best friend Kevin for 27 years. They have two 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 (especially history & Bible related), cooking, and hanging out with family. They worship at Temple Bible Church where they have worked with the youth and served overseas on short-term missions.

Mitch Hedderly

Mitch Hedderly

P.E.

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, always awaited his returns with tremendous longing. Mitch left active duty in 2009 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 proud parents to two boys (Kyler and Karsten) and two girls (Kylie Anne and Kiersten) and are both avid "CrossFitters." Shortly after Mitch started at Providence as the P.E. teacher, he branched into Latin and logic instruction and founded the school's CrossFit affiliated kids' program for logic/rhetoric students.

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!

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 Grade English

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.

Ruth Watkins

Ruth Watkins

Music

Ruth Edwards Watkins attended Sul Ross State University, Temple College, and is a graduate of UMHB. Her certifications include All Level Music, All Level Art, and Elementary Certification. She taught in the Texas public school system for thirty four years, in Hondo, Belton, and Salado. She attends First Baptist Church, Belton, and is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association. Ruth’s family includes four children, and six amazingly talented and beautiful grandchildren! Together, they love kayaking, camping, hiking, and just being together in the great outdoors. Ruth enjoys gardening, playing the ukulele, and teaching French Horn,  biking, and running in 5K races. She loves to encourage, inspire, and guide her students in the exploration and development of their talents in the area of Fine Arts. Ruth’s favorite quotation about teaching music is by Cheryl Lavender: “The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children."

Lisa Almond

Lisa Almond

Performing Arts (Choir/Drama)

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.

Vicki Boyd

Vicki Boyd

Latin

Vicki Boyd graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Music with an emphasis on Vocal Pedagogy. At the time of her undergrad graduation, she began teaching voice through UMHB’s Music Conservatory where she taught for 10 years. While in Austin, Vicki worked for Leander ISD with middle school students and taught lessons to undergrad vocal students. In 2009, she accepted the position of Music teacher at Christ Church School of Temple. While there she also began teaching history, literature, Latin, Bible, and was the chapel coordinator assisting the pastor with music and ministry to the students. At CCS she found a love for classical education and truly sought to inspire students to find the beauty and links between all of their academic studies. Vicki also rekindled her love of languages and taught preschool through 8th grade to appreciate the Latin language. She has served as a music associate and music minister at Christ Episcopal Church of Temple for the past 12 years and truly loves her church family.  In her spare time, Vicki enjoys making historical models, spending time with her family and pets, and finding reasons to throw tea parties.

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.

Cathy Gay

Cathy Gay

History
Cathy Gay graduated from Texas A&M University (‘94) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Before she and her husband started their family, Cathy taught elementary school in Austin and Belton ISDs. When the time came for her oldest daughter to go to school, Cathy & her husband, Lance, decided to homeschool, as they believed they had been the primary teachers for their daughters up to that point and that the Lord would equip them to teach academics as well. Cathy enjoyed homeschooling her daughters; during that time, Cathy and her girls participated in Helping Hands Homeschool Co-op, Classical Conversations, and Tapestry of Grace Co-op. Now, Cathy and two of her daughters are at Providence (the oldest attends Stephen F. Austin State University). They all enjoy the blend of home days and school days. While not at school, Cathy loves being with her family, watching movies, traveling, and laughing as much as possible. God is so good!
Mitch Hedderly

Mitch Hedderly

P.E./CrossFit and 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, always awaited his returns with tremendous longing. Mitch left active duty in 2009 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 proud parents to two boys (Kyler and Karsten) and two girls (Kylie Anne and Kiersten) and are both avid "CrossFitters." Shortly after Mitch started at Providence as the P.E. teacher, he branched into Latin and logic instruction and founded the school's CrossFit affiliated kids' program for logic/rhetoric students.

Susie Leavelle

Susie Leavelle

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.

Terrae Liessen

Terrae Liessen

8th Grade English

Terrae Liesen is a graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington with a B.A. in English Literature and B.A. in History. After moving to Germany in 1999, she also attained her M.A.Ed. with a specialization in Applied Linguistics from the Open University of London. Terrae and her family have served as missionaries in Germany for the last 19 years where she has taught at various private and public schools in Berlin and the last four years in Kandern at Black Forest Academy. The family’s first introduction to Classical Education occurred in 2012 when her two boys attended Providence. Blessed by their time at Providence, the Liesen family joyfully returned to the school for their 2018 home assignment year, where their children Luke, Colby, and Emmie attend. Terrae is enjoying the opportunity to teach English to the amazing 8th and 9th grade students. Terrae is enthusiastic about teaching literature through the lens of a Christian worldview, coaching and mentoring track athletes, and learning about God’s word. She loves reading literature but also exploring. Hiking to Tintern, Wales to visit the 12th-century abbey that inspired Wordsworth’s famous poem “Tintern Abbey” was an English teacher dream come true. Her next literature journey—the Bronte sisters.

Autumn McMurry

Autumn McMurry

7th Grade 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.

Courtney Robinson

Courtney Robinson

7th Grade English

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.

Harriett Stallings

Harriett Stallings

Earth Science, Physical 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 and Space Science. After five years of teaching, she decided to become a stay at home mom and home-school 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 travel, read, cook, and tap dance. She worships at Grace Bible Church in Killeen. Harriett believes that God's world, our home, is fascinating and exciting to learn about. She loves being a teacher at Providence Preparatory School where she is passionate about helping her students to love and appreciate the beauty of God's creation, our planet, our home.

Ruth Watkins

Ruth Watkins

Art

Ruth Edwards Watkins attended Sul Ross State University, Temple College, and is a graduate of UMHB. Her certifications include All Level Music, All Level Art, and Elementary Certification. She taught in the Texas public school system for thirty four years, in Hondo, Belton, and Salado. She attends First Baptist Church, Belton, and is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association. Ruth’s family includes four children, and six amazingly talented and beautiful grandchildren! Together, they love kayaking, camping, hiking, and just being together in the great outdoors. Ruth enjoys gardening, playing the ukulele, and teaching French Horn,  biking, and running in 5K races. She loves to encourage, inspire, and guide her students in the exploration and development of their talents in the area of Fine Arts. Ruth’s favorite quotation about teaching music is by Cheryl Lavender: “The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children."

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.

Tina Winters

Tina Winters

8th Grade Math

Tina Winters graduated from North Texas University with a BBA. More than a decade later, she attended UMHB and completed the coursework necessary to certify to teach. She taught various mathematics courses at Belton High School during the next 23 years. While at BHS, she met and married her husband. They have two grown children and too many dogs. Joining the faculty of Providence in 2018 has been one of her greatest blessings. Tina enjoys watercolor painting, reading, and gardening during her free time.


Brad Almond

Brad Almond

Geometry

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

Performing Arts (Choir/Drama)

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.

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.

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.

Vicki Boyd

Vicki Boyd

Latin

Vicki Boyd graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Music with an emphasis on Vocal Pedagogy. At the time of her undergrad graduation, she began teaching voice through UMHB’s Music Conservatory where she taught for 10 years. While in Austin, Vicki worked for Leander ISD with middle school students and taught lessons to undergrad vocal students. In 2009, she accepted the position of Music teacher at Christ Church School of Temple. While there she also began teaching history, literature, Latin, Bible, and was the chapel coordinator assisting the pastor with music and ministry to the students. At CCS she found a love for classical education and truly sought to inspire students to find the beauty and links between all of their academic studies. Vicki also rekindled her love of languages and taught preschool through 8th grade to appreciate the Latin language. She has served as a music associate and music minister at Christ Episcopal Church of Temple for the past 12 years and truly loves her church family.  In her spare time, Vicki enjoys making historical models, spending time with her family and pets, and finding reasons to throw tea parties.

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

Jeff Browning has a B.S. degree in chemistry and biophysics from Trinity University, a M.S. in biophysical and biochemical sciences from the University of Houston, and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences. His career has focused on neuroscience, and, in particular, the biochemical basis of brain function. He has been awarded several grants and has published multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts. Jeff is a professor at Texas A&M medical school but has taught chemistry at the college level off and on part-time for more than 30 years, most recently at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. This allows the opportunity for Providence students to perform experiments in UMHB labs. He has taught chemistry at Providence since 2012, the first year it was offered. Jeff enjoys gardening and cooking.

Doug Claybrook

Doug Claybrook

Choir

Dr. J. Douglas Claybrook received his BM in Music Composition from Wheaton College; his MM in Music Theory/Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and his Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Texas at Austin. For over 27 years, he worked at Baylor University as a Senior Lecturer in Music Theory. During that time, he taught the entire sequence of five theory and four sight singing/ear training courses multiple times. Additionally, he taught music appreciation, a graduate seminar in the analysis of rock music, choral arranging, and private composition lessons. He is an experienced pianist, and over the course of four decades has accompanied many choral performances, as well as numerous student and faculty voice and instrumental recitals. He currently works as a freelance accompanist at UMHB and serves as the pianist at First Baptist Church in Salado, Texas. He also teaches private piano lessons at the UMHB Conservatory. Dr. Claybrook has many years of experience directing choirs; in addition to community and church choirs, he directed the Baylor Women’s Choir for three years. He is a published choral music composer, and his compositions have been performed numerous times by church, high school, and college choirs.

Lauren Glenn

Lauren Glenn

9th-12th English and Cinema Analysis

Lauren Glenn has a Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in Film and Media Studies from the University of Florida. She has always loved reading and writing. She didn’t discover her love for analyzing movies until she accidentally enrolled in a film class in graduate school while studying for her M.A. in Literature at Texas A&M-Commerce. Later, while at UF, she launched the Cinema Studies Program at the Christian Study Center in Gainesville, Florida where the public gathered to watch, analyze, and discuss movies in conjunction with religious questions. This experience fueled her desire to be able to teach film and literature from the lens of a Christian perspective. One of her greatest joys is watching her students make connections between great works of literature (and movies), God’s word, and life. At Providence, Lauren teaches English and Composition, leads the senior thesis projects, is the Guidance Counselor, and is the Director of Student Life. Lauren and her husband, Chris, have two children who attend Providence, Madison and Zeke.

Mitch Hedderly

Mitch Hedderly

P.E./CrossFit, Latin, and Logic

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, always awaited his returns with tremendous longing. Mitch left active duty in 2009 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 proud parents to two boys (Kyler and Karsten) and two girls (Kylie Anne and Kiersten) and are both avid "CrossFitters." Shortly after Mitch started at Providence as the P.E. teacher, he branched into Latin and logic instruction and founded the school's CrossFit affiliated kids' program for logic/rhetoric students.

Michael Jones

Michael Jones

Humanities and Rhetoric
Norman Lance

Norman Lance

Spanish I and II

Norman Lance is a graduate of UTEP and Dallas Baptist University. After graduation, he and his wife worked as house parents for teenage girls while taking graduate classes in Biblical studies. He served seven years at a Spanish speaking mission church in Dallas County before accepting the call to pastor another Spanish-speaking congregation located one hour north of Dallas. He was there for twenty-two years until 2016. During that time, he became a licensed court interpreter in addition to interpreting for law enforcement, medical personnel, legal professionals, city services and school counselors. He was also active in conducting worship services and Bible studies in Spanish at county, state, and federal correctional facilities in North Texas. Norman relocated to central Texas in 2016 to be closer to his widowed daughter and two grandchildren. He has two sons and two daughters who were home schooled from K through 12th grade. They graduated from universities and went on to get advanced degrees. His grandson is a first grader at Providence. He and his wife worship at Tapestry Community Church in Belton.

Susie Leavelle

Susie Leavelle

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.

Terrae Liessen

Terrae Liessen

9th Grade English

Terrae Liesen is a graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington with a B.A. in English Literature and B.A. in History. After moving to Germany in 1999, she also attained her M.A.Ed. with a specialization in Applied Linguistics from the Open University of London. Terrae and her family have served as missionaries in Germany for the last 19 years where she has taught at various private and public schools in Berlin and the last four years in Kandern at Black Forest Academy. The family’s first introduction to Classical Education occurred in 2012 when her two boys attended Providence. Blessed by their time at Providence, the Liesen family joyfully returned to the school for their 2018 home assignment year, where their children Luke, Colby, and Emmie attend. Terrae is enjoying the opportunity to teach English to the amazing 8th and 9th grade students. Terrae is enthusiastic about teaching literature through the lens of a Christian worldview, coaching and mentoring track athletes, and learning about God’s word. She loves reading literature but also exploring. Hiking to Tintern, Wales to visit the 12th-century abbey that inspired Wordsworth’s famous poem “Tintern Abbey” was an English teacher dream come true. Her next literature journey—the Bronte sisters.

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.

Tina Winters

Tina Winters

Algebra I and PreCalculus

Tina Winters graduated from North Texas University with a BBA. More than a decade later, she attended UMHB and completed the coursework necessary to certify to teach. She taught various mathematics courses at Belton High School during the next 23 years. While at BHS, she met and married her husband. They have two grown children and too many dogs. Joining the faculty of Providence in 2018 has been one of her greatest blessings. Tina enjoys watercolor painting, reading, and gardening during her free time.

Arthur Young

Arthur Young

Algebra II and Calculus

Arthur Young graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Physics and from Biola University with a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics. He has taught both high school science and mathematics for 22 years in California, Vermont, and New Hampshire. He has been married over 30 years and has two children. His wife is a doctor with Baylor Scott and White. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing chess, and watching UCLA and Lakers basketball.


Barry Scott

Barry Scott

Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade Aide, Crosswalk Guard

Barry Scott joined the Providence staff in 2015 after 29 years in ministry, public education, and the private work sector. He graduated from the University of Mary–Hardin Baylor with Bachelor of Art degrees in both Religion and Sociology.  He enjoys helping the students cross safely in the morning and then working diligently to ensure each student has a day full of smiles while at school. He considers it a great day if he can make a teacher’s day better as well.  He and his wife Tricia (Kindergarten teacher at Providence) have 5 children.  They enjoy living out in the country, gardening, and chasing their 1 (for now) grandchild! They also enjoy both Texas and U.S. History as well as traveling the country each summer.  Barry and Tricia attend Temple Bible Church.

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