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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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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