Choose an option below to view information on what to expect for each age category.Fifth Grade Sixth Grade Logic School (7th-8th Grades)
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
Many of our teachers were able to attend the ACCS conference this week. Here they are being recognized for accomplishing accreditation this year. (Thanks for the photo, Elsie Dalton!) ... See MoreSee Less