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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.
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.
Tricia Bergan graduated from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After graduating, she and her husband moved to Minnesota where he completed his Army commitment as a recruiter. During that time they grew their family by welcoming a daughter (Kylah) and son (Maddon). While in Minnesota, Tricia devoted much of her time as a volunteer youth director for their small church. In 2008, she and her family moved to the Belton area where she was a stay-at-home mom. Once again the Lord called Tricia to children’s ministry in their small church as a volunteer Pioneer Club director. Tricia began homeschooling her children in 2014. She proudly served on the Centex Christian Homeschool Co-Op board before committing to Providence where she currently enjoys teaching a super cool elective, lego robotics! She and her husband coached a First Lego League Robotics team and took the Champion’s award in 2016. She fell in love with building and programming Lego technic pieces and enjoys spreading her knowledge to her students. Tricia and her family attend Temple Bible Church and have enjoyed serving the church in various capacities.
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 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 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.
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.
Mandy Hedderly graduated from UT Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Architecture. During college, she became a Christian and began dating (and soon married) the ruggedly handsome Mitch Hedderly. 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. After her second baby, Mandy taught and tutored math courses at Temple College. Since 2014, Mandy has taught physics, photography, and a variety of math courses, at Providence Preparatory School. Mitch and Mandy are CrossFit Trainers and attend Temple Bible Church with their four kiddos.
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.
Abril Hower has a B.A. in Theology. She studied at Puebla Bible Seminary in Puebla, Mexico, where she met and married her husband, Jody. In 1998 they joined CAM International and started the Koinonia Camp and Conference Center in Amealco, Queretaro, Mexico. In 2008 they returned to Temple and got involved with Hispanic ministries while attending Temple Bible Church. In 2014 they joined Leadership Development International and moved to China. During their time there, Abril had the opportunity to teach high school Spanish at the International School of Qingdao. In the summer of 2019, Abril and her family moved back to Temple. Their son, Anthony, is a
freshman in college, and their daughter, Tiffany, is a high school freshman.
Amy Jimenez has a Master of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Abilene Christian University Graduate School of Theology. She serves as the Women's Ministry Leader at Temple Bible Church. She loves reading, writing, and telling stories with friends. Her greatest joy is helping people to connect their stories to the story of God. At Providence, Amy leads the senior thesis projects. Amy and her husband Raymon have three children, Hannah, Jacob and Jonah.
Michael Jones is an historian from East Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Arts in History from East Tennessee State University. Michael and his wife, Hannah, have a daughter, Madeleine Blair. In addition to teaching at Providence Preparatory School, Michael serves as a history instructor at both the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Temple College. As an academic who harbors an immense appreciation for classical education, Michael is committed to preserving the hallmark traditions and virtues of Western culture. He enjoys literature, music, and politics. Michael and his family worship at Taylor’s Valley Baptist Church in Temple.
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.
Mindy Manuel has a degree in Elementary Education with a Middle School Emphasis from John Brown University in 1996. While studying, she minored in English Literature, with an emphasis in Social Studies, Science and Music. In 2003, she graduated from Multnomah Biblical Seminary with a Masters in Pastoral Studies with a focus in women and leadership. Mindy taught Language Arts and Social Studies for 5 years in the Arkansas public schools. She has worked in youth ministry for 7 years, as well as teaching in the Washington State juvenile prison. Her family is currently an active duty military family who move often. While in New York, she started helping in the DODEA public school classroom teaching art lessons and found that she loved it. Her new hobby is taking online art classes and especially loves portraits and watercolor flowers. She is married to John and has three children, Cecelia, Lydia and Luke.
A Bell County native, Autumn McMurry 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. Autumn has been teaching first Logic and then Rhetoric 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, she 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.
Debby Morris is from Houston and graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting with a double minor in classical dramaturgy and chemistry. She has performed off Broadway at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, Circle in the Square Repertory Theatre, Houston’s Shakespeare Festivals, as well as in various community theaters in Houston, New York City, New Haven, CT, and Los Angeles, CA. She studied classical acting at Stella Adler’s Conservatory of Acting and modern acting under Jose Quintero. She also pursued Film and TV through TVI in Los Angeles before returning to Texas to start a family and coach private acting students from the University of Texas. Debby is married to Will Morris IV, President of Charter Real Estate, and has three children who attend Providence: Will (10th), Christian (5th), and Camille (4th). She absolutely loves coming alongside students to help them realize their God-given creativity and employ that gift into all areas of their lives. She is passionate about classical works and the process an actor sojourns through to understand a great work of literature. This process is crucial in polishing the necessary social skills to build a well-rounded classical student. Debby and her family worship at Temple Bible Church.
Hillary Smith studied Classics, Ancient History, and Great Texts through Baylor University's prestigious University Scholars Program with the intention of returning to teach at a Christian Classical school like the one that had so greatly inspired and molded her. Since graduation from Baylor, Mrs. Smith has specialized in teaching the Classical languages to students, ages 8 to 18. She spent three wonderful years teaching Grammar School Latin, Classical Greek Grammar, and a Classical Greek Literature course in the Rhetoric school at Grace Academy in Georgetown, Texas. Mrs. Smith has also taught Beginning Biblical Greek and Introduction to Classical Speech through One Day Academy, as well as running her own private Latin tutoring business, before finding her home at Providence Preparatory School.
During school holidays, Mrs. Smith can be found leading Latin Camps and Latin Teacher Training conferences at schools in the Central Texas area or attending spoken Latin immersion conferences like the Conventiculum Dickinsoniense and Covenant Classical's Biduum Latinum. In addition to her vocation to cultivate devotion to Christ and instill a deep appreciation of the Classical heritage in her students, Mrs. Smith also cherishes her vocation as a mother. Mrs. Smith resides with her family in Waco and can often be found outdoors exploring nature with her toddler son, Peter, and her infant daughter, Penelope. She loves to be active and enjoys hiking and yoga. When she is sitting still, she enjoys reading poems by Robert Browning and the short stories of Flannery O'Conner.
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 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.
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.