2019 - 2020 Teachers
Chris Criswell has a B.S. from Texas Tech in Human Development and Family Studies and a M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary. His professional career included the following: 14 years as missionary, pastor and church planter; 10 years in Residential and Oil and Gas Construction Sales and Marketing; he has been teaching and running his own construction business since 2015. Currently Mr. Criswell, also known as Coach Criswell, serves as the Varsity Head Coach for the Tomball Christian Warriors Football Team. Chris has been married to his wife, Andrea, for over 24 years and is the father of four children, ages 12-18, who have all been homeschooled. Their philosophy in homeschooling is that their most important assignment as parents is to disciple their children to follow Christ in all things. Their education is just part of the overall picture of character training and preparing to live a life to glorify God. The second goal for them in education is to teach their kids to love learning and become self-taught learners. In 2009, the Criswell family started a home church that has multiplied into two home churches in community with about 30 families. Contact Chris Criswell at p91industries [at] gmail [dot] com
Andrea Criswell is a homeschooling mother who is passionate about integrating education with spiritual & character development. She homeschools because she wants to pass along to her own children, as well as, the extra children who have come through her home, a love for learning and a desire to make the Kingdom of God top priority. She has a Bachelors of Arts in General Studies with a focus on Biology from Texas Tech University and a Master of Arts in Missions and World Evangelism from Asbury Theological Seminary. Her husband of 24 years, Chris Criswell, is also a homeschool teacher and coach. They share life with their four children ranging in age from 12 to 18.
Anita Crumby - Bachelor’s Degree Elementary Education with emphasis in Math and Kindergarten Endorsement. Anita is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Tx. Upon graduation she married and moved to Colorado, where she worked as a bookkeeper. After moving back to Texas, she began her own homeschool journey with her three children spanning 25 years. Throughout those 25 years and beyond, Anita has had a very active role in the homeschool community. She served on the Board of Directors for West Houston Home Educators Support Group from 2001 through 2014. She also served on the Home School Communication Network Graduation Committee for years, helping to provide a regional graduation ceremony for home school graduates in the greater Houston area. She and her husband have also served as Co-Directors for Texas Home School Coalition‘s Teen Staff Program from 2006 through 2017. One of her most cherished roles was to serve in Leadership of the West Houston Home Educator’s Teen Group from 1999 through 2013. There she had the privilege of building relationships with hundreds of teens, working closest with the teen elected student council members; teaching leadership skills and character development. Teens participated in countless service projects for the community, various social activities, and many practical opportunities designed to develop healthy life skills. Anita and her husband, Brian attend Magnolia Bible Church and enjoy participating there. She has two grown daughters, a grown son and daughter-in-law. She also has been blessed with two wonderful grandsons. Anita loves to work with teenagers and loves Math! She loves seeing students light up as they comprehend challenging concepts and loves to see the smile on their face as they experience understanding and success! Send registration and tuition checks, payable to Anita Crumby and mail to Debbie Gott, 9614 Dornoch Dr, Spring, TX 77379. Contact Anita at anita [at] crumby [dot] org or (832) 244 3486
Shelly Burdick - a mom to four amazing kids and a wife of twenty-three years, Shelly Burdick sees each day as an opportunity to explore the blessings God has in store through every experience. She graduated with honors from SHSU as a teacher and has a minor in English. She loves jumping into whatever she does with both feet, and teaching is no exception! Shelly has a passion for the nuances of literature, and a drive to help students realize their full potential at the written word. She has experience in both public and private school settings. She has worked with kindergarteners to seniors, and every grad in between. Shelly believes that God has given every person the gift of logic and ideas. Implementing our given logic, and using the plumb line of God’s word to interpret the works of others is a vital skill. Learning to effectively communicate opinions and ideas through writing is another important attribute needed to navigate college life and beyond.. Shelly hopes that through experiences gained in her classes, each student will be better equipped t process material through a Godly world-view, and express ideas and opinions with more confidence than ever before.
Bethany Garcia has been married for 25 years and is a mother to four wonderful boys.
She has lived in Houston her entire life. She graduated with honors from the University of Houston with an Accounting degree. Shortly after college, she passed the CPA exam. She worked for an accounting firm, an insurance company, and Hewlett Packard before staying home when her second son was born.
She has homeschooled for sixteen years. Her family has been part of FAITH coop for eleven years. She has primarily taught history and science during that time. She has been on the Leadership Team at FAITH for ten years as Lunchroom Coordinator, PE Equipment Coordinator, Fundraising Coordinator, and Safety Coordinator. She was a part of Heritage Homeschool Support Group for twelve years. She served in leadership and organized special events and field trips.
She has always been involved in a local church. Her family currently attends Second Baptist Church in Cypress. She has served in a myriad of roles, such as Sunday school teacher, greeter, VBS leader, and mission worker.
Her homeschool teaching style incorporates many hands-on activities. With four boys, action was the key to learning. She brings games and interactive activities to her classroom.
With teaching or just talking, she always try to incorporate the Lord and His saving work on the cross into the conversation. History is simply His Story. While teaching Government, Economics, and History, she plans on training future leaders to make an impact on the world for the Lord.
Please mail registration to 16206 Rolling View Trail, Cypress, TX 77433. Phone/text: 281-793-8995 Email her at bethanygarcia (at) comcast (dot) net
John A. Garrett earned his undergraduate degree in speech, theatre, ad English from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS, and a graduate degree in English education from Auburn University in Alabama. A veteran teacher, Mr. Garrett retired in 2005 from teaching public school at Westfield High School in Spring ISD. He has taught all levels of English, below-level to advanced placement (AP), in grades eight through twelve, college-level concurrent credit courses at Westfield articulated with Lone Star College, North Harris Campus, and college speech communication and English as an adjunct instructor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College and with his alma mater, William Carey University. In addition to English, he taught speech and theatre courses at both the middle school and high school levels before being promoted to K-12 Language Arts Coordinator for the Pascagoula (MS) Municipal School District, a position he held for eight years. Trained as a writing instructor with the New Jersey Writing Project in Texas, Mr. Garrett taught an AP Rhetoric and Composition course designed to hone the writing skills of gifted and talented students for eight years before his retirement in December 2005. In 1991 Mr. Garrett was selected as the Westfield High School Teacher of the Year, Spring ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year, and Spring ISD K-12 Teacher of the Year, and was nominated for the Texas Region IV Teacher of the Year. He was named to “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” for three consecutive years, an honor he cherishes because each time he was nominated by former students who, themselves, had been chosen as a Who’s Who Among America’s High School Students honoree. He was also recognized in 2005 as a Spring ISD “Distinguished Educator,” an honor bestowed upon him by a former student who, as a graduate in the top 5% of his class, selected Mr. Garrett as the teacher who had the most influence on him during his K-12 educational experience. Teaching writing is Mr. Garrett’s passion. His students have won numerous writing awards over the years, notably gold and silver keys in the Houston-area and National Scholastic Writing Competition. In fact, two of his students at HIS Classes won gold awards in this most prestigious competition in 2006. Address: 26384 North Reids Prairie Road, Waller, TX 77484; Email: GarrettEdServices [at] gmail [dot] com; Home Phone: (281) 352-0674.
Susan Garrett received her Bachelor’s of Music Education from Delta State University. She taught public school music to grades 1-6 for four years. She then earned her Masters of Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi with a major in special education/learning disabilities; she taught in that field for ten years and served as district special education teacher consultant for two years. Susan loves to teach! The joy of watching students become excited about information that they might previously have found uninteresting is exhilarating to her. Since resigning from public school teaching, she has homeschooled her own children and helped others with their homeschooling. In addition to forming children and youth church choirs, she has taught music classes at homeschool co-ops for eight years and taught private piano and voice lessons. She has taught classes and privately tutored students who were experiencing academic problems in reading, spelling, and math, particularly those students with learning disabilities or dyslexia. She loves to use her World Geography class to not only help students be geographically literate but to be sure they see how wonderful God’s world is and to awake in them a love for all of God’s people. Her Texas History class has allowed her to show students that history can be interesting. When they see the names of Texas cities and counties she hopes they will recognize them and remember their place in the history of Texas. Registration and payments should be mailed to Susan Garrett, Make checks payable to Susan Garrett and mail to 9614 Dornoch Dr, Spring, TX 77379. 77484. Contact: noteablelessons2 [at] gmail [dot] com or (281) 844-1667
Karen Garza is a 27-year home school veteran that is passionate about claiming science back for God. She has a vision of science being a tool to use to reveal the intricacies of God to students who in turn can use their knowledge to share the wonders and proofs of God that exist in our universe and are revealed through science. Ever since she can remember, she has enjoyed teaching others. Her own education path includes paramedic training and 60 hours in the honors program at U of H, which included biology and chemistry. Her life journey truly began in 1981 when she married Joey. In the fall of 1989, God instructed Karen to quit work and school and thus began her career as a full time mom. Two years later, she became a home school teacher. Her three girls that were her first and most important students are Penny, Jennifer, and Esther. In 2011, Karen graduated their last daughter after 20 years of home schooling. All of their daughters went on to college. Her ministry to further science awareness has also included joining her husband as the administrators for 20 years over the Texas Regional Science Fair, www.texasregionalsciencefair.com. This ministry was extended when based on a daughter’s need, Revelation Science Classes, www.revelationscience.com, was begun in 2005 to offer high school biology, chemistry, physics, human anatomy & physiology utilizing the Apologia curriculum. Karen has now extended her classes to include 7th and 8th grade courses that are adventure oriented. Teaching and instructing others has always been and continues to be a ministry and a privilege to Karen and she lives to be used by God to bring Him honor and glory.
Karen can be texted or called at 832.483.9643 (cell) or emailed at revelationscience [at] sbcglobal [dot] net. Please mail payments in Karen’s name to 7327 Root Road, Spring, TX 77389. Payments are due on the 1st of each month and to be received by the 10th. A late fee of $10 will be charged after the 10th of the month.
Fees: High School $55 monthly tuition, $70 yearly lab fee, $30 per semester building use fee; Registration Form
Junior High - $50 monthly tuition, $60 yearly lab fee, $30 per semester building use fee Registration Form
Payment options: 1) Write 10 post-dated checks to be cashed on the first of the month (July to April with July to include the building fee AND lab fee [total = High School $155 & Jr. High $140] & Jan. to include the building fee [total = High School $85 & Jr. High $80]); 2) Set up bank draft to arrive at the 1st of the month (Remember, include additional fees for July & Jan.); 3) Pay for entire year by semester (total – High School $375; Junior High $340 = 1st semester + fees; dated July 1, plus High School $305; Jr High $280 = 2nd semester + fees - dated Dec 1st).
Kelli Gourley received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Substance Abuse Studies and a specialization in Teaching Young Children from Texas Tech University in 1990. She taught public school for several years before returning to get her Masters in Biblical Counseling from Colorado Christian University in 1996. Kelli has taught parenting classes for the past 20 years. Becoming a homeschool mom has been one of the biggest blessings of her life. She has taught Watercolor with Poetry, and Drawn into the Heart of Reading at Tomball Classes. She teaches Art, Logic and History at FAITH Coop. She has a passion for seeing God's beauty and creativity in the world and helps her students experience this through art. She also has a desire to bring the important skill of critical thinking to this generation of kids through logic. History has become a passion for her as well realizing, “If we don’t know and understand our history, we are bound to repeat it.” Understanding history through an accurate Christian worldview is key to understanding where we come from, who we are and where we are going in HIStory. Kelli and her husband Guy are Biblical counselors, speakers and parents of three children. Contact Kelli at 713-882-4072 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Green Daughter of a well known Artist from Tennessee, Charles T. Cox (www.CHARLESTCOX.com), Mrs. Green received her formal degree in education from David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she graduated with high honors. Having been surrounded by and steeped in art from a very young age, she developed a love for great art as well as for teaching it. She taught kindergarten and junior high school before homeschooling her own children, and has been teaching art to home school classes for eight years. Mrs. Green has worked with children ages 5 to 18 years old. For more information contact her via call or text at 281-507-9893 (preferred) or by
Lauren Brooks studied journalism at Middle Tennessee State University and has published freelance writing for World Magazine’s college website, worldoncampus.org, as well as sportsmediareport.com. She graduated with a Certificate of Accounting from Lone Star College. Lauren loves to teach, and wants to help kids enjoy learning as much as she always has. Lauren designed and taught the dance program for the Donelson YMCA of Middle Tennessee and taught gymnastics for Thompson Tumblers. She has also been a substitute teacher for art classes at H.I.S. as well as for Excelsior School of Dance and Performing Arts. Lauren studied under Becky Celsor, the creator of The Write Foundation Curriculum, which is utilized in all of Lauren’s classes.Contact information: Phone: 281-507-2403 Email: laurenbrooksclasses [at] gmail [dot] com
Cindy Johnson is an award winning artist who has produced artwork for many organizations, illustrated books and designed sets for theater. As a professional artist, she sells paintings, takes commissions and teaches classes at various art events and conventions. One of her passions is sharing her love of art with kids of any age, and she especially enjoys teaching art classes and giving private lessons.
Cindy’s artistic interest ranges widely and she is comfortable in many mediums. Students will learn in mediums such as pencil, technical pen, charcoal, pastels, metal embossing, watercolors, crayon, watercolor pencils, collage, different printing methods, sculpture and oil sticks among other things, depending on age level and class taken. Intensely curious and with a keen interest in art history, she will draw students into conversations about art through the ages, from Early Christian works right up to modern times. They will quickly become comfortable and confident judges of art, learning how to make their own decisions and not be swayed by what they are exposed to in every area of the art world.
Cindy is widely traveled and has learned in the great museums of the world. These experiences are shared with students, making art come alive. Her desire is that people will find beauty and hope in her paintings and in her life. To see her work, go to colorcatstudios101.etsy.com. You may find more on her life and work on her blog, www.colorcatstudios.blogspot.com. To contact Cindy for sales, commissions or classes, email her at crazymomma100 [at] yahoo [dot] com.
Sharon Kiel holds a BS in Computer Engineering Technology with a minor in Psychology. Prior to homeschooling, Sharon was a Systems Engineer for Electronic Data Systems Corporation working on computer programming accounts for Enron and Blue Cross Blue Shield. She has been married to Jeff, her high school sweetheart, for 29 years. Together they have five amazing children. Parenting has been their greatest achievement which has been a challenging, animated, and fulfilling experience. They have been home educators for 19 years. Their oldest is currently studying acting in New York City. Their second oldest is attending Lone Star College and plans to transfer to A&M to study animal science. The other three children are currently homeschooling. Being a “rock hound” and her interest in geology is one of her many, many pursuits. Registration/checks can be mailed to Sharon Kiel at 8918 Kilrenny Dr., Spring, TX 77379.
Sharon can be reached at email@example.com or phone/text at 713-304-1964
Kimberly King has been a home school mom, public school teacher’s assistant, and tutor for 14 years. She home schooled her daughter for 5 years, and her son for 2 before she and her husband of 20 years decided to put them into public school. At that time she went to work in the public school system, and spent 5 years working with the reading specialist, and helping children with learning obstacles obtain help. The family decided that home schooling was the best option for them, and started homeschooling both of the kids full time. Her daughter is a 2015 homeschool graduate, and her son will graduate in 2018.
Kimberly has taught Sunday school and Bible studies for ages 5-12 for 10 years. She was actively involved with the Jr. and Sr. high school ministry for 4 years. She served on the student council at her church, and was a board member at TUMC until she felt like the Lord called her into a new direction with her family. She has also taught Bible studies for Jr. and Sr. high, joined them on church retreats as a counselor and teacher. She has taught a purity class, and went on mission trips with the youth.
Helping kids discover how the English language fits together, and use strategies to remember content in a story is a passion she has. Every child has the ability, and she loves to help them find theirs.
Make checks payable to Kimberly King and mail to 19206 Paradise Summit, Tomball, Tx 77377. You may contact at 281-750-6509 or kimking0121 [at] icloud [dot] com.
Colleen LaBeau is a 12 year veteran home school mother of thee daughter ages 17, 15, and 10. She has been married to her husband and best friend, Tim, for the past 26 years. In 2015 the LeBeaus moved to the Conroe area and enrolled their children in HIS Classes. Their family has been a part of the Faith Bible Church of the Woodlands family for the past three years and enjoys serving in the church on Sundays. Colleen is no stranger to hard work. She was in the work force for eleven years before her children arrived, gaining valuable experience in various positions within a well-known retail company. The experience has also prepared her for future serving opportunities in her present and previous churches which included creating a worship based curriculum for three and four year olds at Sugar Creek Baptist Church through the XLRS Worship Program in Sugar Land, TX. She enjoys teaching different Science and Math concepts to children but loves to work on logic problems, art projects, different craft projects and also loves to draw. Colleen looks forward to teaching Saxon Math 76 and Math 87 to students at HIS Classes this year. Send Registration and Tuition checks to Colleen La Beau, 2011 Borthwick Ln., Conroe, TX 77301. Contact Colleen La Beau at labeaufam [at] gmail [dot]com or (832) 474-9198.
Carolina Liskey holds a Bachelor degree in Mathematics with Honors from Sam Houston State University. She is currently finishing a Master in Statistics from Texas A&M. Carolina has been called upon to give presentations on Science & Faith at local church groups. She also has worked with English and Spanish speaking church ministries. As for teaching, she has taught remedial math at the university and prepared adult speaking Spanish students for the GED (math and science sections). She currently works as a private tutor with a focus on Calculus I, College Algebra, Pre AP-Algebra I and II, and Geometry. Registration and payments should be mailed to Carolina Liskey. Make checks payable to Carolina Liskey and mail to 147 N. Mill Trace Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or text at 832-628-1311
Robin McDonaldis a sixth-generation Texan, who retired from her professional technical writing career to homeschool her children, a job she proudly completed in 2014. She now tutors privately, and teaches classes to homeschool students in The Woodlands, Tomball, and Rosehill. Before homeschooling, she worked as an educator and science writer for NASA-JSC, Microsoft, and La Porte ISD. Previously, she worked as a journalist in both print and broadcast media, covering police, fire, education, and science news. She holds a BA in Humanities - Communication from the University of Houston. After studying for a Behavioral Science MS while at NASA, she is currently taking classes to complete a Naturopathic Doctorate. She completed training through the US Air Force Academy’s Basic Instructor Training, Center for Accelerated Learning, JASON Project, BEST Robotics, and Texas A&M’s 4H Veterinary Science Project. She is the recipient of the prestigious NASA Manned Spaceflight Award, and is an Aerospace Education Member of Civil Air Patrol. She uses the mastery approach, focusing on collaborative learning, problem solving, and creativity. Implementing multi-sensory methods to reach multiple learning styles, Robin hopes to instill a love of learning in her students, while helping them create a future filled with integrity and intelligence. Contact Robin at 281-732-7063 or cosmic.education [at] att [dot] net. Make checks payable to Robin McDonald and mail to Debbie Gott, 9614 Dornoch Dr, Spring, TX 77379.
Jolynn McQuary B.S. in Education, Masters of Education. Jolynn received her B.S. in Education with a specialization in Life-Earth Science from Texas StateUniversity in 1989. She has taught science for junior high in public schools and high school with a co-op over the past 20 years. After receiving her Masters of Education in 1996 from Sam Houston State University, she also served as an Assistant Principal in Tomball for two years before becoming a homeschool parent. She has been blessed to homeschool her three children. In addition, Jolynn has led many adult and teen Bible studies through her church, Salem Lutheran, and a Maidens of Virtue group she began with her daughters. She has enjoyed coaching for the YMCA in several sports over the years, co-coordinating a P.E. co-op and teaching swimming lessons for 20+ years. Jolynn and her husband Austin, a Biology teacher and coach at Tomball High school, both avidly love science. They enjoy family camping trips and spending days on the family farm where they can witness God's handiwork first-hand. Jolynn feels teaching science is a ministry and enthusiastically shares her love of science with others and relates these concepts to our Master Designer. In addition, Jolynn strives to take difficult concepts and develop them into understandable ways in which students may better master them. Contact Mrs. McQuary at mcquary5 [at]att [dot] net.
Perine Neidig is a native French speaker, born and raised in France. She moved to Texas in 1987, working for La Madeleine Bakery where she met her husband, Lance. They have homeschooled their 4 children, who have all grown up bilingual in English and French. She and her family attend Tomball Bible Church. She is looking forward to teaching her native language and sharing her culture, using games, songs, play-acting and numerous French books for children. Her goal is for students to learn reading, writing and speaking French beyond the text book, practicing in a friendly, supportive environment with real-life dialogues.
Contact Perine at 713-542-8353 or pneidig [at] ltnlimited [dot] com
Mary Stockton, B.A. holds a degree in Secondary Education, English, and Speech Communications from Concordia University in Austin. Mary served as an English and Speech teacher and head soccer coach at Concordia Lutheran High in Tomball from 1995-1999, where she was named Houston Area Lutheran Teacher of the Year in 1998. She has served as a curriculum consultant at Salem Lutheran School in Tomball and has been tutoring and teaching homeschool English and Speech classes for the past twelve years in the Tomball area. She loves speaking at and leading marriage and parenting Bible studies and seminars, writing, and directing dramas for homeschool students. Mary homeschools her four children and is thankful for the gift of her husband of over twenty years, Chris. The Stockton family are joyful members of Salem Lutheran Church in Tomball where they lead family mission trips and serve in children's, marriage, and drama ministry. Mary loves the Lord and is passionate about encouraging and empowering all her students to be effective communicators for Christ. Contact Mary at stocktoncrew [at] att [dot] net
Rita Torres graduated with an AA in Accounting at the Institute of Puerto Rico in 1988. After graduating, she worked at the Bank of Puerto Rico until 1993. During that time she also taught American Sign Language at a local Baptist church. In 1994 Rita married and that same year moved to work with the missionary Deaf ministry. During her time working at Deaf Opportunity Out Reach (DOOR) Rita and her husband were blessed to travel to several countries to share the gospel in American Sign Language. In 2013, they relocated their family to Houston where she has been actively teaching American Sign Language at Champion Forest Baptist Church, as well as offering private tutoring. Rita Torres can be contacted via cell: 281-210-9509 (TEXT MESSAGING ONLY) or via email: aslmyheartlanguage (at) gmail (dot) com.
Maricruz Woelfel is a native Spanish speaker, born and raised in Mexico, where she graduated with honors with a BS in Computer Science. For the past 14 years, she has taught Spanish at several home school coops and online classes, as well as privately tutored multiple students to improve their Spanish comprehension skills. Additionally, she is a live simultaneous Spanish translator at her chuch. She and her husband, Charles, both spoke different languages when they got married, so she understands how important learning a new language can be. They began their homeschool journey in 2001. It is Mrs. Woelfel's desire to see her students learn Spanish with enthusiasm and purpose, intentionally seeking out opportunities to use the language.
Mail Mrs. Woelfel at 14090 FM 2920 Rd. Suite G – 302, Tomball, TX 77377 or email her at maricruz [dot] woelfel [at] passport21 [dot] com.