2018 - 2019 Teachers
Dianna De Valle
Chris Criswell is a husband of 21 years to his wife Andrea and father of 4. He has his B.S. from Texas Tech in family studies and M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary. His professional career has included the following: 14 years as missionary, pastor, and church planter; 10 years in Residential and Oil and Construction Sales and Marketing; 1 year in teaching/coaching football and basketball and running a construction business. Chris has been a volunteer football coach for 8 years—long enough that a lot of people know him as Coach Criswell.
The Criswell family has been homeschooled from the beginning. Chris and Andrea have 4 children ages 9-14. 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 was to teach their kids to love learning and become self-taught learners. Their children’s interests guide many of the elective events and they have loved seeing them excel in the interests God put in their hearts. There are definite requirements in education they have to attain to, but not all have all the same requirements based on how they are “bent”.
As for church, the Criswell family has attended Methodist churches, Baptist Churches, Charismatic Churches, Bible Churches, etc. They are a bible believing family, and that value supersedes any name on the sign out front. In 2009, they started a home church that has grown to about 15 families. The church meets in homes, eat breakfast, worship, and have an exegetical study of God’s Word. Everyone is encouraged to bring their gifts to live as the body of Christ together. They love it and their kids love it.
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 22 years, Chris Criswell, is also a homeschool teacher and coach. They share life with their four children ranging in age from 16 to 10.
Dianna de Valle’s greatest joy is leading, guiding and encouraging young minds through the life-long journey of learning. She has a passion to teach and to see the light in a child’s eyes when they truly grasp a new concept. Born in Arkansas, she began her undergraduate work at the University of Arkansas as a pre-med major. She married in 1992 and soon after moved to Houston where she attended Houston Baptist University from 1993 to 1997. The birth of her three children led her to a new chapter of life, which included an eventual leap into the wonderful world of homeschooling. For the past 13 years she has been dedicated and devoted to infusing her children with a love of learning, as well as discipling them to live a life that reflects the character of Christ, seeks His will, and shines the light of His love. Her philosophy of education involves a patient approach marked by encouragement and perseverance with the ultimate goal being excellence in education and character. She has attended New Life Church since 1994 where she has taught all ages in children’s church from 1998 to present. During that time period, she has also been a small group leader teaching Bible studies on marriage and parenting, as well as Foundations and LifeBasics Bible classes. She is also a member of the prayer team and the Director of Women’s Ministries. You may contact Dianna at devalleo (at) aol (dot) com or 281-798-7715. Registration information and payments may be sent to 22090 Bryantwood Ct. Hockley, TX 77447.
Bethany Garcia has been married for 24 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 fifteen years. Her family has been part of FAITH coop for ten years. She has primarily taught history and science during that time. She has been on the Leadership Team at FAITH for nine 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. 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. Registration and payments should be mailed to Susan Garrett, Make checks payable to Susan Garrett and mail to Debbie Gott, 9614 Dornoch Dr, Spring, TX 77379. 77484.. Contact: noteablelessons2 [at] gmail [dot] com (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).
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
Mary Hebert is a retired veteran educator, wife, mother and sister to a homeschool mother of five. For 29 years, she invested her talents, time and passion in educating “inquiring minds” in Texas Public Education teaching several grade/ability levels, varied communities, instructional settings and programs. She earned her BS in Education 1981 U of H, Master of Education 1989 SFA, Supervision, Mid-Management, ESL and years of professional development including Dyslexia and Scientific Spelling from the Neuhaus Education Center.
Now Mary is entering Homeschool Education, where she plan to use her experience, high academic standards and rigor to again impact achievement and bring back “the good ‘ol school days” when teachers could teach making learning fun. She supports “teach and release,” integration, investigation and scaffolding instruction vertically and horizontally, values teamwork, standards of conduct, family, and loving others.
Mary is a member of The Church at Cross Lake and volunteers in the Children’s Ministry, attends bible studies, active in her community and has a “big heart” for her family and friends.
Mary can be reached at 832-233-7298 or mfhebert2020 [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 28 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 18 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Kristen Mack- Has been a home educator for 18 years, raising six children, with five currently home schooling. Her oldest graduated from home education in 2012. Mrs. Mack finds great joy in teaching mathematical concepts and truths to her students and others, and thrives on students grasping the harder concepts. By sharing the truth of God and His workmanship through the consistencies of mathematic principles, she finds math to be an important piece to forming a biblical worldview. Her passions do not stop with mathematics however, as she enjoys biblical studies, history, politics, philosophy, and is pursuing her degree and future masters in Psychology. Sensitive to the learning styles and approaches of all students, she hopes to bring math back to an enjoyable place for her students that may be struggling.
Make checks payable to Kristen Mack, and mail to 31588 Joseph Rd, Hockley, TX 77447. You may contact at 832-785-9874via text or email krm5horses[at]yahoo[dot]com.
Marilyn Mathis teacher, administrator, and tutor, has over 20 years experience in public and private Christian schools in Alaska and the Houston area. She majored in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Math and History. She founded her own home school which taught levels 3-8, and has worked in the home school arena for over seven years. While in the private Christian schools, she created and instigated a summer tutoring program and served as elementary/middle school department head. Her tutoring program mentored students in math, language, reading and spelling/vocabulary skills. She has taught all subjects in levels 3-8 and math in levels 3-12. While teaching in private schools, Marilyn was a seminar instructor at A.C.S.I., a standard’s assessor for member school of I.C.A.A., and created a Junior High National Honor Society. She also spent an additional year in the public school as a substitute teacher and TASP chairman’s associate. Marilyn and her husband, Mike, attend Lone Star Cowboy Church. They have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters. She has a passion for math and loves to see the “light” go on as students comprehend concepts and achieve higher cognitive thinking! Send registration and tuition checks, payable to Marilyn Mathis, to: Debbie Gott, 9614 Dornoch Dr., Spring, Tx. 77379. Contact Marilyn at email@example.com or (281) 731-9808.
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 13 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. Aditionally, 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.
COMPUTER EXPLORERS is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in computer and technology education. For more details go to computerexplorers.com/houston or contact: Dawn Romaguerai at 936-689-2720 or dromg1 [at] gmail [dot] com.
CE’s Jr High and High School teacher, Dawn Romaguera has been married to husband Mike for 33 years and they have 5 children. She has a B.S. in Accounting from LSU and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from UNO. Her experience ranges from teaching at a Vocational-Technical School for the State of Louisiana to the position of Associate Professor at Nunez Community College. She also received the NISOD Excellent in Teaching Award as well as being named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for two years. Mrs. Romaguera has been teaching with CE for 10 years. Having taught using several different college computer textbooks, she considers that the curriculum written for the CE program is concise and relevant. The course offerings are varied, which keeps the classes fun for her as well as the students year after year. Whether a child is a novice or an experienced computer user, each class starts at a beginning level, but quickly moves to more challenging topics. She enjoys teaching this age group, and giving the students relevant tools they can use for their other studies and real-life situations. Mail your completed TechStars registration form with first month's payment to Dawn Romaguera, 115 Green Gables Ct., The Woodlands, TX 77382. Contact Dawn at dromag1 [at] gmail [dot] com or 936-689-2720.