Choose an option below to view information on what to expect for each age category.Logic School (7th-8th Grades)
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Where: room 247
A preview of 7th grade at Providence -- it's going to be a great year!
Where: Room 245
For all 8th graders who wish to serve at the Rhetoric School Not So Normal Formal.