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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Lauren Glenn has a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, a M.A. in English and Film Studies from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and will soon complete her Ph.D. in English/Film and Media Studies from the University of Florida. She started her teaching career as an English teacher/swim coach at Harker Heights High School and has taught English, writing, and film courses at the university level for the last ten years. She also worked in the writing centers at both TAMU-Commerce and the University of Florida as a tutor for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty writers for many years. One of her greatest passions was running the cinema studies group at the Christian Study Center in Gainesville, Florida where the academic analysis of movies was taught in coordination with questions of Christian values. She has been married to Chris Glenn, who teaches AVID at South Belton Middle School. The Glenns moved back to the Harker Heights area after living in Florida for five years, and Lauren has taught at Providence since 2014. They have one daughter, Madison, and one son, Ezekiel “Zeke.”
Mandy Hedderly graduated from UT Arlington in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science in Architecture. During college, she became a Christian and began dating (and soon married) the ruggedly handsome Mitch Hedderly (also a Providence teacher). 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. Now as a mom of three, she enjoys homeschooling and sharing her enthusiastic love of math. Since 2010, Mandy has taught and tutored mathematics at Temple College and has taught mathematics at Providence since January 2014. The Hedderly family lives, works, and worships 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.
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.