Faculty and Staff
  • Angst, Janet

    Janet AngstUpper School Teacher: Mathematics
    PE Teacher, Grades 4-9 
    BA in Business at Texas A&M 

    My teaching experience began in the public school system having taught for eight years at the high school level. In 2005, I became part of the Covenant Academy family and during these years I have served in many ways, including room mom, volunteer, substitute teacher, and board member. Most recently I have joined the Upper School Math department and I absolutely love it. Math has always been my passion, and what I always knew I wanted to teach. It has been a joy for me to share that passion with the students at Covenant Academy.

    My husband Stewart and I have been married for 21 years and we have three children, all who have been attending Covenant Academy since kindergarten. We have always been an active family, with the kids involved in volleyball, basketball, and track. I have been a runner since college, and recently completed the BCS and Houston half marathons. It had long been a dream of mine and I was beyond excited to accomplish these goals. I was fortunate to be able to share my love of running as track coach this past season.

  • Archer, Shari

    School Registrar
    BS in Speech from the University of Texas at Austin

    I have worked in Christian teaching and administration in various roles over the past two decades including overseas service as an ESL missionary to Kazakhstan and as an administrator in the children’s ministry at my church. My connection with Covenant began even before my son Daniel started Kindergarten here nine years ago. I was attracted by the way that the community focused attention on developing the character, hearts, and minds of the students. As I grow to understand the classical Christian model, I have become increasingly excited about sharing the school and our experience with others.

    My family includes my husband Jim, Daniel (currently in eighth grade), and an energetic dog named Oreo. I love reading and games of all sorts, as well as cheering on the Covenant Patriots – especially including the Patriots’ chess team!

  • Blake, Tiffni

    Tiffni BlakeLead Upper School Teacher: Mathematics, Science
    MA of Liberal Arts at Houston Baptist University; BS in Academic Studies with a minor in Mathematics at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas

    I am a lifelong lover of teaching and have taught students in the preschool, grammar, logic, and rhetoric years in a mixture of public, private, and home settings. I discovered the classical model about 15 years ago and fell in love with its methodology and integrated learning. I am currently in my seventh year of teaching at Covenant Academy and serve as the Upper School Lead Teacher. Whether teaching in the grammar school, upper school, or working with after school groups, my passion is to instill in the students a love of learning.

    My husband, Matthew, and I have been married for 22 year and are blessed with three children, Jonathan (a graduate of Covenant Academy), Kaitlyn (11th grade), and Rebecca (6th grade). We also have a West Highland Terrier named Baxter who thinks every guest who comes to our front door is there to see him.

  • Brooks, Laurie

    Director of Business and Information Technology
    BBA in Marketing at Texas A&M University

    I have been working in the Christian community for almost eleven years, five of which have been at Covenant. I love the way Covenant’s faculty and staff invest their hearts and time and knowledge into each individual student. No decision or conversation is taken lightly or without the purpose of training these young hearts to be more like Christ. It is a privilege to be part of the Covenant staff and a fellow parent and I cannot wait to see what the future brings!

    Outside of school you can find me spending time with my husband, Todd, and our two Covenant students, Cole and Noah, attempting to build quality experiences that they will forever cherish. We have a Dalmatian named Kimber, who keeps us on a very tight schedule and likes to fetch anything and everything you can throw for her. Even if you barely know me, you know that I cannot survive without my coffee!

  • Buckles, Debi

    Art Teacher K-12 Grade
    Studied at Tulsa Community College and the College of Biblical Studies; 10+ years teaching art in both the private school and the homeschool arenas

    My journey with Covenant began in 2003, the year it opened. I have been a substitute teacher, office assistant, art, science, and Bible teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching while my daughter was a student at Covenant. I also taught art for the former Encourager Homeschool Enrichment Program before retuned to Covenant in 2015. I am beyond thrilled to be returning as the art teacher again this year. I love Covenant's classical Christian philosophy and I am blessed to teach in such a godly environment with other believers.

    While teaching art is one of my passions, I also have a passion for missions. I have been blessed to combine two of my passions on ten different mission trips where I was able to lead art camps for the children.

    My husband Steve and I have four wonderful adult children and the sweetest daughter-in-law (no grandchildren yet). In my spare time, I love to hang out with my family, cook and play games. I enjoy several different creative hobbies and keep adding more to my bucket list. But my very favorite thing to do is sit on the beach and paint.

  • Card, Roben

    Upper School Teacher: Science and Mathematics
    College Advisor
    BA in Math with a minor in Business at the University of Nevada, Reno

    Covenant Academy is my home, and its people are my family. I'm a transplant from Nevada by way of Washington (state). I have been teaching for 27 years with 14 of those being in a classical Christian school.

    I love science and the innumerable ways all of creation shouts of our amazing God. The anatomy of a starfish, the chemical reactions in the lab, the properties of electricity, and the mysteries throughout science are just a few of my favorite things. I believe the best way to get a grasp of the world around us is to explore and experiment. I'm also a math geek who thinks it's as much fun as a ride on a zip line (which I'm known to adore.) All of my students are strongly encouraged to come in and get some help any and every time they are struggling with a concept. My addiction is watching a face brighten as the connection is made and understanding occurs (the light bulb moment).

    I have two kids which have now become four as they both have married and I love holding babies (no grandkids yet). Other hobbies include hiking, traveling, technology (even attending math and calculator conferences!), reading, music, dance, and horses. Really, I just love learning and people!

  • Carr, Nathalie

    Nathalie CarrPE Teacher Grades K-3 and Drama Teacher
    BFA (Fine Arts) with emphasis in Acting at Texas State University, San Marcos

    Originally from the Netherlands, I moved to the US in 1988 with my family. While earning my degree at Texas State University, I met my husband, a fellow student in the Theatre Department. Following our love of acting, we moved to LA to pursue acting careers. We have been back in Texas for 16 years to be close to family. Being a part of the Covenant Family has allowed me to share my love and knowledge of the art of drama to the students during both acting classes and drama productions.

    We have five children, and our family loves to spend time together being active outside. We love to swim in the summer and hike and bike in the cooler months. We have a bearded Dragon named Buddie and a white bunny rabbit named Nijntje (pronounced nine-cha, named after my favorite bunny story character growing up).

  • Collins, Dave

    Director of School Operations
    General Studies at Towson University, Maryland

    I grew up in a hardworking family in a small town near Baltimore, Maryland. My mom was a school secretary and my dad owned a hardware store that had been passed down for three generations. I learned from an early age how to solve problems and get the job done, regardless of the work involved. Helping people is what I love to do. Whether it’s solving a scheduling issue, working out logistics, managing resources or making sure that every inch of our amazing facility is stewarded well, I love what I do. Though I’ve worked in several schools over the past 25 years, the blessings that God has bestowed on Covenant amaze me every day.

    My wife Leslie and I love working together, but more than anything we love spending time with our four children and son-in-law whether we’re playing bocce ball or antiquing. I’m a diehard baseball fan and always cheer for the home team, except when the O’s are in town.

  • Collins, Leslie

    Leslie CollinsHead of School
    MA in Biblical Counseling at The Master’s University; BS in Special Education at University of Maryland; 20+ years of experience working in classical Christian schools

    In 1995, I accepted the position of Headmistress of Rockbridge Academy in Millersville, Maryland and in 2009 we helped Trinity Christian School in Kailua, Hawaii transition to the classical model. In 2011, I accepted the position of Head of School here at Covenant. At that time, the school was looking to begin a high school and I was looking to use my experience to help start a high school for my own children (one of whom just graduated from Covenant’s inaugurating senior class).

    I was first drawn to Covenant’s vision to train the heart of each student to be servant leaders through a great books curriculum. The school’s mission is directed at the right goal: the heart. C.S. Lewis says in The Abolition of Man, “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.” Teaching is the art of loving our subject and students so well that they are increasingly drawn towards what is true, good and beautiful. I love working with such an amazing team of educators as we learn more and more how to teach like The Master Teacher, Jesus Christ.

    One of my favorite weekend activities is to escape to the hills of Willis, Texas and relax with my husband, our four children and son-in-law. My husband and I enjoy working together and have always been involved in education together. Whether we are walking the trails in Covenant’s Brumlow Preserve, enjoying a date night or walking the beach, we’re always talking, planning and thinking together.

  • den Dulk, Melissa

    Student Support
    Studied Business (Purchasing & Materials Management) at the University of Houston-Downtown

    My career began as a buyer at Baker Hughes for five years. Once I had little ones at home, I left corporate America to focus on family. Not long after, I began homeschooling my two boys from first through seventh grades. Now, we are part of the Covenant Family and I have enjoyed many volunteer roles at the school including the Covenant Community Life (CCL) Events Coordinator.

    I am excited to join the Covenant team as the Student Support Assistant and am looking forward to assisting students gain independence, confidence and mastery. I love working with students and can't wait to see how God blesses our time together.

    My husband Rudi and I have been married for 17 years. I love to travel, listen to classical music while cooking, read classic and contemporary literature, and visiting family on the weekends. I love cheering my boys on at swim meets and basketball games. Our house is blessed with several animals, from saltwater fish to kitties and the most adorable dog named Moose.

  • Faucett, Amanda

    Yearbook Teacher
    BS in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin

    My education and career background is in advertising; I spent five years working for McCann-Erickson, one of the top global advertising agencies. While the advertising life was fun, it was also a bit soul-draining, and I made the decision to move into full-time ministry as the Director of Youth and Family ministry at my home church in Houston. Marriage and children came along and as they tend to do, adjusted my career plans a bit. I am now a portrait photographer running my own business and I teach Covenant Academy’s yearbook class with an emphasis on journalistic photography.

    I’ve been drawn to a different way of educating our two children since before they were even born, but it was just a few years ago that I found the name for what I was seeking – classical Christian education. I am so blessed to have found Covenant, to have become a part of its teaching staff, and this year to become a Covenant parent as our two children have joined the Covenant family.

  • Hunt, Michelle

    Michelle HuntUpper School Teacher: Theology, Humanities, Greek
    MA of Biblical History and Geography at Jerusalem University College; BA in Christian Ministry at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, Texas

    Since my time at Covenant, I have thought several times, “I wish I could retake elementary through high school here!” The excitement, curiosity and joy in learning is a trait that is evident in the faculty and the students at Covenant. There is a “tight-knit family” environment at the school where support towards parents, students and faculty is primary and genuine. Discipleship and maturation in our knowledge of Christ is also at our core as a school. These traits have made it a blessing to teach here at Covenant.

    I love traveling and learning/experiencing new cultures. I also love trying new food, hiking (when I can find a mountain), pottery, learning more about the Bible and spending time with family and friends.

  • Morris, Sharee

    Sharee MorrisFirst Grade Teacher
    BS in Family Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park

    I began my career as an event planner in Washington, DC but eventually felt the desire to fulfill my lifelong love of learning by becoming a teacher. Over the course of many years, I have had the pleasure of teaching 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade through the public-school system as well as Kindergarten and 1st grade to my daughter using a classical homeschooling program. In addition, I had the joy of teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults with Arabic as their first language.

    When my daughter was four years old I began researching area school options and almost by accident I stumbled upon classical Christian education. It might sound strange but this was the type of education I had always dreamed about; I just didn’t know it existed! Since there was no full time classical school in the town we lived, I relocated my family to the Cypress area to be a part of the Covenant community.

    I spent three years as the Director of Admissions at Covenant, walking alongside families that were discovering classical Christian education for the very first time just like I did. I look forward to returning to the classroom and getting to combine my passion for teaching with my passion for the impact Covenant Academy is making in the Cypress and northwest Houston community. I am a total geek about reading and find that there is nothing more exciting than watching beginning readers develop a love of words and, eventually, a love of stories. Even math is exciting at this age as numbers become more concrete leading to the awe and beauty of order that waits to be discovered in the world.

    I have two children, both in the Grammar School at Covenant. We also have a lovable pit bull named Wendy who mothers us all! You can usually find me at the pool with my kids, spending time with friends, dreaming of my next adventure in Europe or reading historical fiction. I am also passionate about orphan care and chai tea and cannot live without God’s Word!

  • Neumann, Ken

    Ken NeumannUpper School Teacher: Literature and Apologetics
    Completing MABTS at Knox Theological Seminary; BA in Christian Leadership and Biblical Studies at College of Biblical Studies, Houston

    I have been teaching in many areas of my life; as a martial arts instructor (over two decades of experience), and as a minister (10 years’ experience). I enjoy teaching subjects that I love, and am especially excited about teaching at Covenant Academy and being a part of this great community.

    I enjoy hanging out with my wife, Christina, and our three children on the weekends, reading 19th century Dutch theologians, and working out in my garage gym.

  • Patterson, Beth

    Beth PattersonKindergarten Teacher
    MBA in Marketing with an International Business focus; BS in Elementary Education with minor in English Literature at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas

    Between the public school classroom, homeschooling, and private school, I have taught Kindergarten through Seventh Grade. At Covenant, I have enjoyed my time teaching seventh grade literature for the past two years and I am now thrilled to be teaching Kindergarten.

    I find much joy in teaching little ones to read and discover. Through very deliberate guided discovery, students are taught to think, reason, assimilate, and truly learn for the sake of knowledge, not testing. Because everything is taught through the lens of Scripture, this fundamental distinction naturally fosters a passion for seeing God in everything, strengthening our relationship with Him. This well-laid process of teaching children to discover is why I love Covenant and classical Christian education.

    My husband of 15 years and I are blessed to have two boys that both attend Covenant Academy. On weekends you can usually find us camping in the great outdoors, hosting book clubs or board game days and entertaining our hamsters, Pickles and Squirrel.

  • Richter, Lori

    Fourth Grade Teacher
    BA in Education at Texas A&M University; Certificate of Foundations in Biblical Counseling from Christian Counseling Education Foundation

    For the past 28 years I have been involved in educating students in homeschool, private school and public school settings. I have also been active for 20 years in the development of young leaders through volunteer work with Texas 4-H. I am excited about continuing that calling at Covenant Academy!

    I am privileged to be the wife of Skip, mother of Emily, Bethany, Rebekah, Melissa, Jonathan, Sarah, and grandmother of Evelyn. I love to read, sew, quilt, and make dresses for sweet Evelyn. And I am also currently pursuing a Topics in Biblical Counseling Certificate.

  • Ryan, Jimmie

    Jimmie RyanUpper School Teacher: Logic, Humanities
    BA in Creative Writing at Texas A&M University; 2007 Graduate of Providence Classical School in Spring, Texas

    I began teaching at Covenant in 2014. To be honest, the job kind of fell into my lap. Teaching wasn’t even on my radar, as I was at that time working in the Oil & Gas field while dabbling with some sports writing. Once I got to Covenant, though, I realized what it was like to be fulfilled in my work—something I had never experienced before. What I have perhaps found the most fulfilling are the relationships forged with the students; being able to get to know them on a personal level, and then guide them through all sorts of new concepts and modes of thought has been an absolute blast. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

    When I’m not teaching, you can find me at home with my wife, Mary, and our two cats, Pocket and Tumnus, typically watching whatever big sporting event is on that evening.

  • Small, Brad

    Brad SmallSixth Grade Teacher
    MA of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Grand Canyon University; BS in Secondary Education (History) at University of the Southwest, Hobbs, NM

    I began teaching at Covenant in 2014 and I am thrilled by the opportunity to provide a classical Christian education, the type of education that has produced the greatest thinkers mankind has known! In this Information Age, it is crucial to give students the ability to think for themselves, to understand the roots and the branches of those messages. The classical Christian education does just that, building a solid root system in God’s truth, goodness, and beauty and engendering a love of lifelong learning.

    I was born in Houston but raised in Ft. Worth and have traveled many places during my time in the United States Navy. I love good food, love to cook and love many outdoor activities. My wife and I have been married ten years and we have two sons and one on the way!

  • Smith, Adrian

    Upper School Teacher: Humanities
    Ph.D. (New Testament) and Th.M. (Old Testament) from Westminster Theological Seminary; B.Sc (Mathematics) from London University.

    I have been a teacher for over twenty years because I love to inspire students with my passion for learning. My conviction is that all great stories are allegories of the story of Jesus. I love to express my faith through writing, and through the dramatic performance of Scripture. I hope my classroom is a place where students find their true identity by indwelling God’s big story.

    I am married to Dawn, and we have two daughters (one adopted). I am ordained as a minister of the gospel, and regularly fill pulpits as needed.

    For relaxation, I enjoy nature walks with my dog, reading children’s literature, listening to classical music, going to the theater, and watching soccer.

  • Szymanowski, Melissa

    Melissa SzymanowskiLatin Teacher Grades 3-5
    Grammar School Resource Teacher
    Grammar Lead Teacher Assistant
    BS in Leadership Development with minors in Communications and Psychology at Texas A&M University

    Teaching at Covenant for the last five years has opened my eyes to the wonderful world of classical education. I am thankful for the way Covenant seeks to glorify the Father first and foremost in all things. Covenant's emphasis on loving and training the hearts of our students in both education and discipline, using biblical principles has shown itself to be life changing and invaluable. Teaching, for me, is an opportunity not only to have the privilege of playing a role in shaping the hearts and minds of children, but to also be continually transformed by the restorative and redemptive work of Jesus.

    I grew up in the Cypress area and am thankful to still live close to family! I have been married to my husband Titus for four years and we have a new son, Eli. During my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, creating hand-made signs, learning more about God’s word and being a new mom. My heart belongs to Africa where I have had the privilege of spending nine summers working with orphans in Zambia.

  • Szymanowski, Titus

    Titus SzymanowskiDirector of Student Life
    Upper School Teacher: Literature, Mathematics
    BA in Religious Studies at Gonzaga University; 2007 Graduate of The Oaks, a Classical Christian School both in Spokane, Washington

    I teach because I want to influence students in the same my way that my teachers shaped and transformed my life. I love classical education because it teaches students to think for themselves, and encourages them to view every aspect of their lives through the lens of a biblical worldview.

    I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, but for the past five years I have called Houston home. The community at Covenant brings life and joy to my soul. And my lovely wife Melissa and I are daily enriched by our relationships with Covenant families, faculty and students. When I’m not teaching, you can usually find me holding my newborn son, Eli, reading a good book, golfing or watching Seahawks football!

  • Thorpe, Madeline

    Latin Teacher, Grades 6-10
    BA in History with a minor in Latin at Houston Baptist University

    Because of my experience with classical and liberal arts education in high school and college I knew I wanted to teach in a similar environment, one which aims to pursue truth and fosters a love for learning; I am so excited to begin that journey at Covenant. I fell in love with Latin language and literature in college and I hope to share my enthusiasm for the subject with my students.

    In my spare time I love to read, explore Houston with friends, and spend time with my family.

  • Walker, Pam

    Pam WalkerSecond Grade Teacher
    BSBA in Accounting with a minor in Computer Science at Concord University, Athens, WV

    I have been teaching at Covenant Academy since its inception in 2003. Prior to that, I taught at another classical Christian school and homeschooled my own children classically for over seven years. I was drawn towards classical teaching methods during my homeschooling years. The more I learned about the history and methodology of classical education, the more convinced I became that this was the best educational model for my family. It has stood the test of time. I’m so happy to be a part of a school that embodies these same principles.

    I love teaching second grade! The students are such eager learners and are on their way to becoming quite independent in their studies. I enjoy teaching all the subjects, but even more, I am passionate about shepherding our children’s hearts to grow in love with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to follow Him whole-heartedly.

    I am originally from West Virginia and became a transplanted Texan over 27 years ago. I have four sons (plus a daughter-in-law) and in my spare time I can usually be found with a book, tooling around in my vegetable garden, or working on some home improvement project.

  • White, Lynn

    Lynn WhiteLead Grammar School Teacher
    Third Grade Teacher
    BS in Education with a major in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a minor in Educational Psychology at Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas

    I taught public school speech therapy, special education and third grade before coming to Covenant when it opened in 2003. I taught first grade here at Covenant for seven years, and I've been teaching third grade since then. I also homeschooled my oldest two children form 4th and 5th grades through high school.

    I left public education years ago because I was burned out and disillusioned with the direction our schools were going. I brought my own two children home and began to teach them academics while training them to love God and walk in His ways. It was a very nurturing relationship that bore sweet fruit in my own life as well as in theirs. Teaching at Covenant allows me to have that same nurturing relationship with families and to support and encourage parents as they train their children to love and follow God. I feel blessed to be a part of Covenant's mission to raise leaders that will change the world.

    My husband and I have five children. Our oldest boys are married with children of their own. We have a daughter who is in nursing school at Houston Baptist University. We have a son that graduated from Covenant and studies engineering at the University of Alabama, and our youngest daughter will graduate from Covenant in 2018. We also have four grandchildren.

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