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Faculty & Staff

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN:

Dawn Holmes: Mrs. Holmes has been part of the Live Oak community since 2006 and has been teaching at Live Oak since 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Baylor University with certifications in both Elementary and all-level Special Education. Mrs. Holmes taught in elementary schools in Austin, in preschool and preschool ministry in Dallas, has completed course work at Dallas Theological Seminary and is currently enrolled at Truett Seminary. She is married to Christopher Holmes, who serves as the General Counsel at Baylor. The Holmes’ three older children are Live Oak graduates and their youngest is a current student.

Email: dholmes@liveoakclassical.com

Tammy Garst: Mrs. Garst grew up in Virginia and received an associate degree from Piedmont Virginia Community College. She and her husband Eddie have 3 sons who have each graduated from Live Oak and continued their education at Baylor University. Tammy has been employed at Live Oak since 2012. She has found her happy place in Junior Kindergarten as the aide for both classes.

Email: tgarst@liveoakclassical.com

Laura Terrell: Mrs. Terrell as been working at Live Oak as a Junior Kindergarten aide since 2021. She is originally from Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA with a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education (certified for grades 7-12) and from the University of Illinois at Urbana with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She taught most subjects in both public and private schools for 10 years in Illinois, New York, and New Jersey, prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom. Mrs. Terrell is happily married to Dr. Elon Terrell who teaches mechanical engineering at Baylor. They have four children, and the eldest three are current Live Oak students. Mrs. Terrell and her family have been in Waco since 2017 and she is looking forward to starting a new season of life at Live Oak!

Email: lterrell@liveoakclassical.com

Jessica Thompson: Mrs. Thompson is from Sioux City, IA, but found her way to Waco via Baylor University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Science and Disorders. She spent a few years practicing speech pathology in public schools and then moved overseas to do mission work. She holds a Texas Teaching Certificate in EC-6th grade. Mrs. Thompson is married to Clayton who works at Baylor in the Marketing and Communications department. They have 4 children and have been a part of the Live Oak community since 2014. She is so happy to be teaching Junior Kindergarten!

Email: jthompson@liveoakclassical.com


KINDERGARTEN:

Atalie Kroll: Mrs. Kroll has been teaching Kindergarten at Live Oak since 2014 and is thankful to be a part of the Live Oak community. She attended the University of North Texas where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree, with a concentration in Art History and French. She holds a Texas Teaching Certificate in EC-6th grade. She is married to Brad, a local engineer. They have a daughter who is a current Live Oak student. Mrs. Kroll enjoys spending time with her family and friends, teaching children, reading, camping, hiking and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Email: akroll@liveoakclassical.com

Meredith Snowden: Mrs. Snowden began teaching at Live Oak in 2017 after having taught pre-school for several years in Mississippi. She has a special love for pre-school and kindergarten students! When she is not teaching, she will more than likely be reading a good book or playing outside with her family. Mrs. Snowden’s husband, Matt, is the pastor of First Baptist Church Waco. She has two children who are both current Live Oak students. Mrs. Snowden earned a B.A. degree in English with a minor in Religion from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She loves teaching at Live Oak and at her church.

Email: msnowden@liveoakclassical.com


GRAMMAR 1:

Terri Cluck: Mrs. Cluck began teaching at Live Oak in 2018. She taught for ten years in Aspen, Colorado in both Kindergarten and 1st Grade and spent one year as a Reading Specialist helping Kindergarten-4th grade students. Mrs. Cluck earned a B.A. in K-12 education from Colorado Mesa University and holds a Master’s degree in teaching Reading and Writing. She is married to Bobby, a financial planner and software developer, and they have three wonderful children at Live Oak. Mrs. Cluck enjoys children, reading, watching football, solving word puzzles, spending time with her family and escaping to the mountains as much as possible!

Email: tcluck@liveoakclassical.com

Kimberly Hacker: Mrs. Hacker earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Baylor University, and has taught kindergarten and second grade in Oklahoma and Texas. She began teaching at Live Oak in 2015 and is currently a Grammar 1 aide. Mrs. Hacker is married to Randy and they have two grown sons. In the empty nest stage of life, Kimberly enjoys cooking for family get-togethers or simple meals when it’s a quiet evening at home. She enjoys attending Baylor events with her husband and being active in a life group at First Woodway Baptist Church.

Email: khacker@liveoakclassical.com

Tish Tucker: Mrs. Tucker has been teaching at Live Oak since its opening in 2004. Her loves are children, nature, and great literature. Mrs. Tucker earned a B.A. in Christian Education from Ouachita Baptist University, an M.A. in Christian Education from Southern Seminary, and an M.A. in Teaching from Spalding University. She holds a Texas teacher’s certificate for grades K-4th and has taught Pre-Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. She and her husband Dennis have three daughters who are all Live Oak graduates.

Email: ttucker@liveoakclassical.com


GRAMMAR 2:

Kimberly Hacker: Mrs. Hacker earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Baylor University, and has taught kindergarten and second grade in Oklahoma and Texas. She began teaching at Live Oak in 2015 and is currently a Grammar 2 aide. Mrs. Hacker is married to Randy and they have two grown sons. In the empty nest stage of life, Kimberly enjoys cooking for family get-togethers or simple meals when it’s a quiet evening at home. She enjoys attending Baylor events with her husband and being active in a life group at First Woodway Baptist Church.

Email: khacker@liveoakclassical.com

Sarah Halvorsen: Ms. Halvorsen grew up in Southern California where she also received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She taught 2nd grade for two and a half years in Northern California at a classical Christian school. She moved to Texas and began teaching at Live Oak in 2021 and is excited to be teaching Grammar 2! Ms. Halvorsen has a dog named Winnie and has been enjoying attending Baylor games, discovering new coffee shops, and being near family. She attends Harris Creek Baptist Church.

Email: shalvorsen@liveoakclassical.com

Michele Jackson: Mrs. Jackson began teaching at Live Oak in 2011. She taught for seven years in Alabama before moving to Texas, and has taught Pre-Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades. Mrs. Jackson earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Auburn University. She is married to Chad, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Governance and Regulatory Affairs at Baylor University. They have 3 horses and 1 cat. Mrs. Jackson enjoys teaching at Live Oak, reading, gardening, cooking, antiquing, being active in her church, and attending Baylor athletic events.

Email: mjackson@liveoakclassical.com


GRAMMAR 3:

Lindsay Hunter: Mrs. Hunter grew up mostly in Massachusetts, where she graduated from Gordon College and met her husband, Thomas. She has been teaching at since 2014, and is certified to teach ELAR 4-8 and 8-12, and EC-6 Generalist. After 4.5 years of running the Ready Bodies Motor Lab at Live Oak, she is currently teaching Grammar 3. She is also the mother of a splendidly handsome and clever son.

Email: lhunter@liveoakclassical.com

Lisa Sutherland: Ms. Sutherland has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Kansas State University and holds Texas certificates in Core Subjects (K-8) and English, Language Arts and Reading (4-8). A mother of eight, she spent 17 years homeschooling using Charlotte Mason’s methods in Germany, Korea, and the United States. Ms. Sutherland joined the faculty at Live Oak in 2017. She is happy to be a part of this community along with 2 of her younger children. She loves gentle books, hot tea, and singing old hymns to new babies.

Email: lsutherland@liveoakclassical.com


GRAMMAR 4:

Christina Johnston: Ms. Johnston began teaching at Live Oak in 2012 and currently teaches Grammar 4 math. Prior to coming to Live Oak, she worked for Waxahachie Preparatory Academy as the Elementary Spanish Teacher and volleyball coach. Ms. Johnston earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Dallas Baptist University, and she holds a Texas teaching certificate for EC-6 Generalist. She loves to travel, play the guitar, read books, and write.

Email: cjohnston@liveoakclassical.com

Becky Kahle: Mrs. Kahle’s has been teaching at Live Oak since 2011. She moved to Waco from Houston, Texas, where she worked for five years teaching dance, drama, and music to children at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs. She is originally from New England where she attended Gordon College to earn her B.A. in Youth Ministries with minors in Music and Bible. In 2012, Mrs. Kahle completed her EC-6 teaching certification in Texas. She is married to Dr. David Kahle, a professor in the Statistics department at Baylor University. They have 3 daughters.

Email: bkahle@liveoakclassical.com

Jessie Pontasch: Mrs. Pontasch has been teaching at Live Oak since 2014. She has been a Grammar 4 core teacher and taught Grammar 6 literature as well as speech, drama, and violin. Currently, she is enjoying teaching Grammar 4 Latin! Mrs. Pontasch has been in Waco for 11 years and graduated from the Baylor Honors College with a Great Texts degree and a minor in music.

Email: jpontasch@liveoakclassical.com

Emma Sloan: Ms. Sloan has been teaching at Live Oak since 2019. Originally a native of the Midwest, Ms. Sloan spent her high school years in Orlando, Florida, where she attended a classical Christian school similar to Live Oak. Upon graduation, she yearned to continue in this classical style of learning, so she attended Baylor University to participate in an honors program that emphasized the study of great texts and cultures through an integrative lens. Ms. Sloan received her B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Political Science in 2018. She now enjoys being on the other side of classical education, where she gets to cultivate a love for learning and discovery in her students! When not teaching, Ms. Sloan enjoys cuddling her golden retriever mix, doing anything outdoors, reading at local coffee shops, and spending time with her young niece.

Email: esloan@liveoakclassical.com


GRAMMAR 5:

Troy Beaudry: Mr. Beaudry has been teaching at Live Oak since 2018 and is currently a Grammar 5 core teacher. Originally from Pittsburgh, Mr. Beaudry earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Classical Christian Education from Grove City College in western Pennsylvania. He was a 5th grade teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia before moving to Waco. His wife Anna is pursuing her graduate studies in Literature at Baylor. Theatre, specialty coffee, good books, fishing, and playing guitar are just a few of his passions.

Email: tbeaudry@liveoakclassical.com

Christina Johnston: Ms. Johnston began teaching at Live Oak in 2012 and currently teaches Grammar 5 science. Prior to coming to Live Oak, she worked for Waxahachie Preparatory Academy as the Elementary Spanish Teacher and volleyball coach. Ms. Johnston earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Dallas Baptist University, and she holds a Texas teaching certificate for EC-6 Generalist. She loves to travel, play the guitar, read books, and write.

Email: cjohnston@liveoakclassical.com

Amanda Kirklin: Mrs. Kirklin has been teaching at Live Oak since 2018 and currently teaches Grammar 5 math. She graduated from the Ball State University Honors College with a B.A in French Education with a minor in Math Education and has taught French and tutored math in public schools.

Email: akirklin@liveoakclassical.com

Kaitlyn Morris: Ms. Morris began teaching at Live Oak in 2021 and teaches Grammar 5 Latin and Bible. She grew up in Fort Worth as the oldest of eleven children and was homeschooled in a Charlotte Mason curriculum. At Baylor University, she received a University Scholars B.A. in Great Texts, Philosophy, and Classics, and went on to receive a Master of Arts and Religion from Yale University. She loves Live Oak and is thrilled to have an incredible community of students and teachers around her. In her free time, she likes to read books, play with her younger siblings, and write essays.

Email: kmorris@liveoakclassical.com

Therese Roberts: Mrs. Roberts began teaching at Live Oak in 2019. She received a BA in General Art from Cal State University, Long Beach. She worked as a graphic designer but began teaching classically in 2000 when she and her husband helped start Grace Academy in Georgetown, Texas. Between that time and when she began teaching at Live Oak, she raised four children (all trained in classical Christian education), started a classical Christian Study Center in New York, and helped her husband in pastoral ministry. She loves being back in the classroom teaching Grammar 5 Language Arts and History. In her spare time you can find her in the garden, on the running trail, creating something, or spending time with her family.

Email: troberts@liveoakclassical.com


GRAMMAR 6:

Troy Beaudry: Mr. Beaudry has been teaching at Live Oak since 2018 and teaches Grammar 6 history and geography. Originally from Pittsburgh, Mr. Beaudry earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Classical Christian Education from Grove City College in western Pennsylvania. He was a 5th grade teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia before moving to Waco. His wife Anna is pursuing her graduate studies in Literature at Baylor. Theatre, specialty coffee, good books, fishing, and playing guitar are just a few of his passions.

Email: tbeaudry@liveoakclassical.com

Christina Johnston: Ms. Johnston began teaching at Live Oak in 2012 and currently teaches Grammar 6 science. Prior to coming to Live Oak, she worked for Waxahachie Preparatory Academy as the Elementary Spanish Teacher and volleyball coach. Ms. Johnston earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Dallas Baptist University, and she holds a Texas teaching certificate for EC-6 Generalist. She loves to travel, play the guitar, read books, and write.

Email: cjohnston@liveoakclassical.com

Amanda Kirklin: Mrs. Kirklin has been teaching at Live Oak since 2018 and currently teaches Grammar 6 math. She graduated from the Ball State University Honors College with a B.A in French Education with a minor in Math Education and has taught French and tutored math in public schools.

Email: akirklin@liveoakclassical.com

Missy McReynolds: Mrs. McReynolds came to Live Oak in 2019 and is currently a Grammar 6 core teacher, having taught everything from 3rd to 8th grade in public and private schools for over 20 years. She received a bachelor of science degree in education from Baylor University. She is married to Dan McReynolds and they have 2 sons and 3 spoiled dogs. Mrs. McReynolds enjoys cooking and traveling.

Email: mmcreynolds@liveoakclassical.com

Kaitlyn Morris: Ms. Morris began teaching at Live Oak in 2021 and teaches Grammar 6 Latin and Bible. This is her first year teaching. She grew up in Fort Worth as the oldest of eleven children and was homeschooled in a Charlotte Mason curriculum. At Baylor University, she received a University Scholars B.A. in Great Texts, Philosophy, and Classics, and went on to receive a Master of Arts and Religion from Yale University. She loves Live Oak and is thrilled to have an incredible community of students and teachers around her. In her free time, she likes to read books, play with her younger siblings, and write essays.

Email: kmorris@liveoakclassical.com


GRAMMAR TEACHER ASSISTANT:

Jennifer Eberlein: Mrs. Eberlein came to Live Oak in the fall of 2006 with her three children, all of whom are now Live Oak graduates. She has taught Grammar 5 core classes as well as worked in the Grammar Office as an administrative assistant. Mrs. Eberlein attended Baylor University, where she earned a degree in secondary education with a focus in English and art, and a master’s degree in educational psychology. She has earned her certification in elementary education as well. She resides in her childhood ranch home outside of Gatesville where she enjoys a variety of pets and being outdoors. Her husband is Christopher Eberlein, a primary school principal, who is very tolerant of his wife’s love of animals.

Email: jeberlein@liveoakclassical.com


GRAMMAR FINE ARTS:

Jeanenne Bezerra: Mrs. Bezerra has been teaching at Live Oak since 2010 and teaches Grammar 1 through 4 music. She brings many years of music teaching experience to the classroom, including general elementary music as well as elementary and high school choirs. She received her music degrees at Baylor University. In addition to the vocation of teaching music at Live Oak, she teaches private piano.

Email: jbezerra@liveoakclassical.com

Patricia Garrett: Ms. Garrett began teaching at Live Oak in 2021. She holds a bachelor and master’s degree in Music Education, a master’s degree in Museum Studies, and is now pursuing her PhD in Educational Psychology. She has three amazing boys, a hedgehog, a rabbit and two kittens (Queen Lucy the Valiant and Aslan). Ms. Garrett loves reading out loud to her boys, traveling and being outside, and is so excited to be a part of the Live Oak family.

Email: pgarrett@liveoakclassical.com

Jonathan Lindsley: Mr. Lindsley has been teaching at Live Oak since 2020. He is passionate about helping students find joy in all circumstances and see difficult times as an opportunity for growth. Mr. Lindsley grew up in Arlington, Virginia and graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he studied voice and musical composition. He teaches Grammar 5 & 6 Guitar and Grammar 6 Musical Improvisation. In his free time, he likes to write music; play any assortment of sports; drive his wife, Heidi, crazy; and make up fantastical stories about magic mustaches.

Email: jlindsley@liveoakclassical.com

Sean Oswald: Mr. Oswald is an artist and educator who grew up in Toledo, Ohio and has been teaching at Live Oak since 2019. He currently teaches Grammar 4, 5 and 6 art classes. Before coming to Live Oak, he worked in the arts and arts education field for ten years, most recently at MCC. Mr. Oswald holds a B.A. in arts education from Miami University (OH) and an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Cincinnati (DAAP). He loves spending time with his beautiful wife Hilary and their two children. The Oswald family loves living in Waco where they have found a lovely home and a vibrant community.

Email: soswald@liveoakclassical.com

Carolyn Still: Mrs. Still is one of Live Oak’s three founders and has either taught or served as a Dean every year except one since we opened our doors. She most recently served as Director of the Senior Thesis program. She returned to the music classroom in 2021 to teach Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten music classes. Mrs. Still holds a B.S. in Education from Baylor and an M.A. in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is married to Dr. Todd Still, Dean of Baylor’s Truett Seminary. They have two sons who graduated from Live Oak.

Email: cstill@liveoakclassical.com


GRAMMAR SPANISH:

Anna Holland: Mrs. Holland began teaching at Live Oak in 2019. Originally from the Chicago area, she attended Oklahoma Christian University and majored in Spanish linguistics. She has also studied at the University of Granada in Spain. Mrs. Holland holds a teaching certificate for EC-12th grade Spanish and English as a Second Language. She has taught Spanish at both the Logic & Rhetoric and Grammar Schools and currently teaches Grammar 1-3 Spanish.

Email: aburrell@liveoakclassical.com


GRAMMAR P.E.:

Kyle Combs: Coach Combs began teaching and coaching at Live Oak in 2020. Prior to his arrival at Live Oak, he worked for Baylor Men’s Basketball as a Graduate Assistant while earning a master’s degree in Sports Pedagogy. Coach Combs grew up in Kentucky and played basketball at Kentucky Christian University, completing degrees in Secondary Education: Social Studies and Biblical Studies. He stayed at his alma mater to coach for one season, making it to the NCCAA National Championship game. Coach Combs spends his summers working various basketball camps and traveling overseas with mission organizations such as Athletes in Action and Sports Reach. He loves anything sports-related, food, travel, and his wife Samantha.

Email: kcombs@liveoakclassical.com

Chris Eikenhorst: Coach Ike began teaching and coaching at Live Oak in 2017. He and his wife Jennifer have 4 children who all attend Live Oak. Coach Ike brings 14 years of teaching, coaching and administrative experience. As a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, he earned his B.A. in General Studies with a focus on Small Business and Sports Management. He enjoys spending time with his family, running, reading, cooking and collecting sports memorabilia.

Email: ceikenhorst@liveoakclassical.com

Natalie Friesen: Mrs. Friesen began teaching and coaching at Live Oak in 2016. She is a graduate of LeTourneau University, where she received a B.S. in Education. She is passionate about teamwork, fitness, spending time with loved ones, and enjoying nature. Her hobbies include weightlifting, hiking, cooking, and reading.

Email: nfriesen@liveoakclassical.com


GRAMMAR STAFF

Brooke Moore (Reading Interventionist): Mrs. Moore joined the Live Oak community in 2019 as a Reading Interventionist for the Grammar School. She has experience working with struggling readers in public schools and in the community, both in small group settings and one-on-one. Mrs. Moore is certified as a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist through the International Dyslexia Association, and is working on her Masters in Reading Science through Mount St. Joseph University. She is married to Adam Moore, who serves as the Assistant Director of Student & Alumni Initiatives in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. They have two daughters and two cats. The entire Moore family are avid readers, and Mrs. Moore still reads aloud to her daughters regularly. When she is not reading (or reading about reading!), she enjoys spending time outdoors, doing yoga, napping, and spending time with family both here in Waco and in Austin.

Email: bmoore@liveoakclassical.com

Natalie Rainey (Grammar School Librarian): Natalie grew up in Houston, Texas and Lakeland, Florida. She graduated from Texas A&M with a B.A. in English Education. Her teaching career includes 3rd grade at Brazos Christian School in College Station, 4th grade Language Arts at Presbyterian School in Houston and Grammar 3 at Live Oak. After a decade stint as a stay-at-home mom, Natalie was thrilled to step into the part-time position of Grammar School Librarian in 2017. Natalie is married to Craig, a family doctor with Waco’s Family Health Center. They have 3 children who are all proud Live Oak students.

Email: nrainey@liveoakclassical.com

Debbie Wachsmann (Grammar School Office Manager): Mrs. Wachsmann has been a part of the Live Oak community since 2015. She is the wife of John Wachsmann and they have four grown children. She loves Jesus, family and community.

Email: dwachsmann@liveoakclassical.com

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOLS


LOGIC 1

Caitlin Lawrence: Dr. Lawrence has been teaching at Live Oak since 2021 and currently teaches Logic 1 Lit/Comp, History, and Grammar. She grew up in Seattle and attended Pepperdine University for both her B.A. and M.A. in Organizational Communication. After teaching communication courses at Pepperdine, she completed her PhD in English Literature at Baylor University. Her dissertation, “Reimagining the Conte de Fées: Female Fairy Tales in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century England and Their Exploration of the World In-Between”, explores the impact of the French fairy tales written by Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy on British female writers. Outside of school, Dr. Lawrence enjoys hosting events such as murder mystery parties, playing games, and reading adaptations of fairy tales.

Email: clawrence@liveoakclassical.com


LOGIC 2

Rik Hinz: Mr. Hinz teaches Logic 2 Literature & Composition. As a graduate of Concordia University – St. Paul (MN), he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in Literature. He and his wife Stephanie, their 2 children and their dog moved to Waco in the summer of 2021 to start a new chapter at Live Oak. Mr. Hinz previously taught for seven years at Heritage Christian Academy in Maple Grove, MN. While there, he taught primarily English courses to students ranging from 8th-12th grade, as well as Bible courses to 10th and 12th graders. Mr. Hinz enjoys reading (especially high fantasy, science fiction, philosophy, and theology), having fun with family using their imaginations, playing video games, and riding the proverbial roller coaster that is Minnesota Vikings fandom.

Email: rhinz@liveoakclassical.com

Steven Tyra: Mr. Tyra grew up in the Sacramento area of northern California, where he attended UC Davis for his undergraduate studies in English literature. After completing two master’s degrees at Fuller Seminary, he went on to serve as a youth pastor in the Seattle area for four years. Mr. Tyra and his daughter, a Live Oak student, arrived in Waco in summer 2016 when he was accepted into the PhD program in Religion (Church History) at Baylor University and he began teaching at Live Oak in 2019. He is currently hard at work on a dissertation on John Calvin’s theology while also teaching Logic 2 History. Apart from his academic pursuits, he enjoys jogging on Waco’s bike trails, obsessing over J.R.R. Tolkien’s works, and being a dad.

Email: styra@liveoakclassical.com


LOGIC 3

Andy Rasmussen: Dr. Rasmussen has been teaching at Live Oak since 2020 and currently teaches Logic 3 Lit/Comp. He attended Nyack College in New York for undergraduate studies before completing his PhD in English Literature at Baylor University in 2019. His dissertation, “Raphael’s Rhetoric: The Progymnasmata in Paradise Lost”, looks at classical rhetoric and moral formation in John Milton’s epic. Outside of school, he is an avid fan of the New York Yankees and enjoys board games, hiking, and playing jazz on his bass. He and his wife live in and love Waco.

Email: arasmussen@liveoakclassical.com

Steven Tyra: Mr. Tyra grew up in the Sacramento area of northern California, where he attended UC Davis for his undergraduate studies in English literature. After completing two master’s degrees at Fuller Seminary, he went on to serve as a youth pastor in the Seattle area for four years. Mr. Tyra and his daughter, a Live Oak student, arrived in Waco in summer 2016 when he was accepted into the PhD program in Religion (Church History) at Baylor University and he began teaching at Live Oak in 2019. He is currently hard at work on a dissertation on John Calvin’s theology while also teaching Logic 3 History. Apart from his academic pursuits, he enjoys jogging on Waco’s bike trails, obsessing over J.R.R. Tolkien’s works, and being a dad.

Email: styra@liveoakclassical.com


RHETORIC 1

Rik Hinz: Mr. Hinz teaches Rhetoric 1 Literature & Composition. As a graduate of Concordia University – St. Paul (MN), he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in Literature. He and his wife Stephanie, their 2 children and their dog moved to Waco in the summer of 2021 to start a new chapter at Live Oak. Mr. Hinz previously taught for seven years at Heritage Christian Academy in Maple Grove, MN. While there, he taught primarily English courses to students ranging from 8th-12th grade, as well as Bible courses to 10th and 12th graders. Mr. Hinz enjoys reading (especially high fantasy, science fiction, philosophy, and theology), having fun with family using their imaginations, playing video games, and riding the proverbial roller coaster that is Minnesota Vikings fandom.

Email: rhinz@liveoakclassical.com

Chuck Vanek: Mr. Vanek has been teaching at Live Oak since 2016. He teaches Rhetoric 1 and Rhetoric 3 History and serves as our History Department Chair . He received his B.A. in History from Baylor University in 2015. Mr. Vanek has a passion for history and research, especially Colonial America and the American Civil War. In his spare time he enjoys long distance running, visiting museums, volunteering at animal shelters, and working with his local charity for sick children, Heroes They Deserve.

Email: cvanek@liveoakclassical.com


RHETORIC 2

Jessica Drexel: Dr. Drexel is not a Texas native, but she got here as fast as she could. After seven years of teaching in higher education, she joined the Live Oak faculty in 2020. She currently serves as the Literature/Composition Department Chair and teaches Rhetoric 2 Literature/Composition. At work and in her spare time, she enjoys reading and discussing books, drinking coffee, and adventuring with her dogs, Griffin and Thistle.

Email: jdrexel@liveoakclassical.com

Steven Tyra: Mr. Tyra grew up in the Sacramento area of northern California, where he attended UC Davis for his undergraduate studies in English literature. After completing two master’s degrees at Fuller Seminary, he went on to serve as a youth pastor in the Seattle area for four years. Mr. Tyra and his daughter, a Live Oak student, arrived in Waco in summer 2016 when he was accepted into the PhD program in Religion (Church History) at Baylor University and he began teaching at Live Oak in 2019. He is currently hard at work on a dissertation on John Calvin’s theology while also teaching Rhetoric 2 History. Apart from his academic pursuits, he enjoys jogging on Waco’s bike trails, obsessing over J.R.R. Tolkien’s works, and being a dad.

Email: styra@liveoakclassical.com


RHETORIC 3

Jessica Drexel: Dr. Drexel is not a Texas native, but she got here as fast as she could. After seven years of teaching in higher education, she joined the Live Oak faculty in 2020. She currently serves as the Literature/Composition Department Chair and Senior Thesis Advisor. At work and in her spare time, she enjoys reading and discussing books, drinking coffee, and adventuring with her dogs, Griffin and Thistle.

Email: jdrexel@liveoakclassical.com

Andy Rasmussen: Dr. Rasmussen has been teaching at Live Oak since 2020 and currently teaches AP English. He attended Nyack College in New York for undergraduate studies before completing his PhD in English Literature at Baylor University in 2019. His dissertation, “Raphael’s Rhetoric: The Progymnasmata in Paradise Lost”, looks at classical rhetoric and moral formation in John Milton’s epic. Outside of school, he is an avid fan of the New York Yankees and enjoys board games, hiking, and playing jazz on his bass. He and his wife live in and love Waco.

Email: arasmussen@liveoakclassical.com

Chuck Vanek: Mr. Vanek has been teaching at Live Oak since 2016. He teaches Rhetoric 1 and Rhetoric 3 History and serves as our History Department Chair . He received his B.A. in History from Baylor University in 2015. Mr. Vanek has a passion for history and research, especially Colonial America and the American Civil War. In his spare time he enjoys long distance running, visiting museums, volunteering at animal shelters, and working with his local charity for sick children, Heroes They Deserve.

Email: cvanek@liveoakclassical.com


CHRISTIAN STUDIES

Jeremy Crews: Mr. Crews has been working and teaching at Live Oak since 2014. In addition to his role as School Chaplain, Mr. Crews teaches classes in Theology and Philosophy and serves in the administration as the Director of Faith Development and Cultural Harmony. Mr. Crews holds bachelors degrees in Theology and Humanities from the University of Mobile, and a Master of Divinity in Historical Theology from Truett Seminary. Mr. Crews is married to Katie and has two adorable children. In his free time he enjoys cooking and drinking coffee, preferably at the same time.

Email: jcrews@liveoakclassical.com

Rik Hinz: Mr. Hinz teaches Logic 1 Bible. As a graduate of Concordia University – St. Paul (MN), he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in Literature. He and his wife Stephanie, their 2 children and their dog moved to Waco in the summer of 2021 to start a new chapter at Live Oak. Mr. Hinz previously taught for seven years at Heritage Christian Academy in Maple Grove, MN. While there, he taught primarily English courses to students ranging from 8th-12th grade, as well as Bible courses to 10th and 12th graders. Mr. Hinz enjoys reading (especially high fantasy, science fiction, philosophy, and theology), having fun with family using their imaginations, playing video games, and riding the proverbial roller coaster that is Minnesota Vikings fandom.

Email: rhinz@liveoakclassical.com

Adam Stanley: Mr. Stanley has been teaching at Live Oak since 2009. He serves as our Logic & Rhetoric Christian Studies Department Chair and teaches Prophets and Gospels, World Religions and New Testament Survey. Mr. Stanley earned a B.A. in Christian Studies from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a Master of Divinity from Baylor’s Truett Theological Seminary. He is married to Kelly, and they have 3 beautiful boys. He enjoys time with his family, theological study, playing video games and watching the Houston Rockets.

Phone: (254) 714-1008
Email: astanley@liveoakclassical.com


CLASSICAL STUDIES

Jennifer Bankhead: Mrs. Bankhead began teaching at Live Oak in 2019 and teaches Rhetoric as well as serving as Dean of the Logic & Rhetoric School. She earned a B.A. in Literature from Baylor University in 2006 and a master’s degree in educational leadership from West Texas A&M University in 2018. She holds a Texas secondary certification in English and educational administration. Prior to serving at Live Oak, she spent eleven years in public education. She and her husband Michael have three children who are all Live Oak students.

Phone: (254) 714-1008
Email: jbankhead@liveoakclassical.com

Andy Rasmussen: Dr. Rasmussen has been teaching at Live Oak since 2020 and currently teaches Rhetoric. He attended Nyack College in New York for undergraduate studies before completing his PhD in English Literature at Baylor University in 2019. His dissertation, “Raphael’s Rhetoric: The Progymnasmata in Paradise Lost”, looks at classical rhetoric and moral formation in John Milton’s epic. Outside of school, he is an avid fan of the New York Yankees and enjoys board games, hiking, and playing jazz on his bass. He and his wife live in and love Waco.

Email: arasmussen@liveoakclassical.com


MATHEMATICS

Meg Bierwirth: Mrs. Bierwirth serves as our Logic & Rhetoric Math Department Chair and has been teaching math in the Logic & Rhetoric schools since 2007. She has a B.A. in Mathematics and History from Trinity University, a M.A. in Teaching from Trinity University, and a M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has Texas secondary certification in mathematics and history. Previously, she taught Business Calculus at Baylor and Algebra at UAB. She and her husband Matt, a local pediatrician, have four sons. Mrs. Bierwirth is a life-long learner and loves to read and to travel.

Phone: (254) 714-1008
Email: mbierwirth@liveoakclassical.com

Jennifer Chakmakjian: Mrs. Chakmakjian began teaching at Live Oak in 2014. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in math and religion from Baylor University and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Texas Tech University. Mrs. Chakmakjian earned her teaching certificate in secondary mathematics in 2000 and has taught high school mathematics in both public and private schools in Texas and Arkansas. She and her husband Stephen, a local pediatrician, have three children. Their youngest is currently a student at Live Oak. Their older children (twins) are Live Oak graduates and are currently attending Baylor University.

Email: jchakmakjian@liveoakclassical.com

Allie Smith: Ms. Smith began teaching at Live Oak in 2020 and teaches Logic math and serves as the Logic & Rhetoric Student Activities Coordinator. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics Education from Baylor University in 2015 and is currently working on a Master of Arts degree in ministry from Portland Seminary in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship. She holds a Texas secondary certification in Mathematics. Prior to serving at Live Oak, she spent five years working full-time in camp ministry at Glorieta Camps in New Mexico and Black Diamond Camp in Washington State.

Email: asmith@liveoakclassical.com


SCIENCES

Martin Graham: Mr. Graham began teaching at Live Oak in 2009 and teaches Physics in the Rhetoric School. Mr. Graham received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics/Physics/Philosophy from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan. He has taught every graduate of Live Oak, from Grammar 6 Math to AP Physics. He also is the IT Director for the school.

Email: mgraham@liveoakclassical.com

Melinda Johnson: Mrs. Johnson has been teaching science at Live Oak since 2015 and currently teaches Anatomy/Physiology, Biology and Environmental Science as well as organizing those involved in Science Fair as they seek to compete at the local, regional and state level. She loves the opportunity to inspire students in a love for God’s creation. She received a B.A. in Organizational Communication from Baylor University and her teaching certification in Science from McLennan Community College. Her passions are children, all things science, running, traveling, coffee and the great outdoors. She and her husband have lived in Waco for over 25 years and have three grown children.

Email: mjohnson@liveoakclassical.com

Katherine Pitts: Mrs. Pitts serves as our Logic & Rhetoric Science Department Chair and has taught at Live Oak Classical School since 2008 as well as helping to establish the high school science curriculum. She currently teaches Chemistry, Biology, AP Chemistry and AP Biology in the Logic and Rhetoric Schools as well as organizing those involved in Science Fair as they seek to compete at the local, regional and state level. She graduated with a B.S. in Science Education from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986 and has taught at public schools in Waco and Carollton, Texas. She completed graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is an active member of NABT (the National Association of Biology Teachers) and the AACT (the American Association of Chemistry Teachers). Katherine and her husband Dr. Bill Pitts have 3 children, all of whom are Live Oak graduates.

Phone: (254) 714-1008
Email: kpitts@liveoakclassical.com


LOGIC & RHETORIC LANGUAGES

Joshua Allen: Mr. Allen grew up in the Hudson Valley region of New York state. He attended Gordon College for his undergraduate studies where he majored in French and minored in Spanish. He loves traveling, music and learning new languages. He has lived and worked in such places as New Zealand, France, and Malaysia. In May of 2020 he graduated with his master’s degree in Spanish from Baylor University. In March of 2021 he married the girl of his dreams, and the happy couple now reside in Waco where they enjoy raising chickens, gardening, and caring for a variety of pets. His other interests include running, phonetics, and studying Celtic languages.

Email: jallen@liveoakclassical.com

Kaitlyn Morris: Ms. Morris began teaching at Live Oak in 2021 and teaches Logic Latin. This is her first year teaching. She grew up in Fort Worth as the oldest of eleven children and was homeschooled in a Charlotte Mason curriculum. At Baylor University, she received a University Scholars B.A. in Great Texts, Philosophy, and Classics, and went on to receive a Master of Arts and Religion from Yale University. She loves Live Oak and is thrilled to have an incredible community of students and teachers around her. In her free time, she likes to read books, play with her younger siblings, and write essays.

Email: kmorris@liveoakclassical.com

Allison Trumble: Ms. Trumble serves as our Logic & Rhetoric Foreign Languages Department Chair and has been teaching Latin at Live Oak since 2006. She has a B.A. in English from Ouachita Baptist University, where she also studied Latin and Spanish for her language concentration, and she completed coursework for an M.A. in English from Baylor. Before coming to Live Oak, Ms. Trumble taught in both public and private high schools and for six years taught both of the freshman composition courses at Baylor. She has also taught piano lessons after school at Live Oak for several years.

Phone: (254) 714-1008
Email: atrumble@liveoakclassical.com

Nathan Wade: Mr. Wade has taught for over 20 years in private and public schools in Oklahoma and Texas. He teaches Latin in the Logic and Rhetoric schools, and holds Texas secondary certification in Latin, History, Mathematics, English, and Social Studies Composite. He has a bachelors degree from Baylor in secondary education (Latin and History) and a Master of Latin degree from the University of Florida. He is an avid supporter of Live Oak athletic teams. He has one son, whom he adopted from Guatemala as a single parent, who also attends Live Oak.

Email: nwade@liveoakclassical.com


LOGIC & RHETORIC FINE ARTS

Patrick Contreras: Mr. Contreras has worked at Live Oak since 2013 and is the Yearbook advisor. He is a graduate of Baylor University with a Fine Arts degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in graphic design, and currently runs a successful graphic and web design company. Mr. Contreras is originally from Waco and he and his wife Delsia have two daughters who attend Live Oak. Mr. Contreras looks forward to inspiring students in the classroom.

Email: pcontreras@liveoakclassical.com

Katie Crews: Mrs. Crews has been a part of the Live Oak community since 2014 when her husband Jeremy began working as the school Chaplain, and has been a Yearbook advisor since 2021. She received her Associates of Science degree in photography and film communications from Calhoun Community College in Decatur, AL. For 8 years following, she ran a successful family and wedding photography business. She is now a stay-at-home mother to her two small children, but is thrilled to sneak away a few hours a week to be able to teach photography to the Yearbook staff at Live Oak.

Email: kcrews@liveoakclassical.com

Patricia Garrett: Ms. Garrett began teaching at Live Oak in 2021. She holds a bachelor and master’s degree in Music Education, a master’s degree in Museum Studies, and is now pursuing her PhD in Educational Psychology. She has three amazing boys, a hedgehog, a rabbit and two kittens (Queen Lucy the Valiant and Aslan). Ms. Garrett loves reading out loud to her boys, traveling and being outside, and is so excited to be a part of the Live Oak family.

Email: pgarrett@liveoakclassical.com

Jonathan Lindsley: Mr. Lindsley has been teaching at Live Oak since 2020. He is passionate about helping students find joy in all circumstances and see difficult times as an opportunity for growth. Mr. Lindsley grew up in Arlington, Virginia and graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he studied voice and musical composition. He teaches Junior High and High School Handbells. In his free time, he likes to write music; play any assortment of sports; drive his wife, Heidi, crazy; and make up fantastical stories about magic mustaches.

Email: jlindsley@liveoakclassical.com

Ric Maddox: Mr. Maddox began teaching at Live Oak in 2021. He is a Texas native and has worked extensively in the entertainment industry since the early 2000’s with some of the top A-List actors of our time. His major credits include: Dead Men, The American West, American Crime Story, Criminal Minds, The Young & the Restless, and House. Mr. Maddox’s career thus far brings 4 wins and 3 nominations for his acting performances. Mr. Maddox joined the U.S. Army shortly after high school graduation and served one tour during Intrinsic Action 96-3 with 1-8 Infantry as an Alpha team leader. After his service, Mr. Maddox was accepted to the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in New York and discovered the love of the great American 20th century playwrights and the complete works of William Shakespeare. After his graduation from the program, Mr. Maddox was selected by his teachers to audition for the Shakespeare program at the British American Drama Academy and was awarded a scholarship based on performance. He began teaching and coaching actors in 2015 and discovered a new love: teaching. He and his wife Simone, a British award-winning artist and production designer, have two children. Their oldest is currently a student at Live Oak and the youngest is poised to begin in 2022.

Email: rmaddox@liveoakclassical.com

Sean Oswald: Mr. Oswald is an artist and educator who grew up in Toledo, Ohio and has been teaching at Live Oak since 2019. He teaches the Logic & Rhetoric art classes. Before coming to Live Oak, he worked in the arts and arts education field for ten years, most recently at MCC. Mr. Oswald holds a B.A. in arts education from Miami University (OH) and an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Cincinnati (DAAP). He loves spending time with his beautiful wife Hilary and their two children. The Oswald family loves living in Waco where they have found a lovely home and a vibrant community.

Email: soswald@liveoakclassical.com

Michael Vela: Mr. Vela has been a part of Live Oak community since 2010, an instructor since 2012 and loves teaching Woodshop and Sculpture classes. He is the husband to Chelsey and the proud father of one amazing daughter and 3 awesome sons. Mr. Vela earned a B.S. in Psychology‎ with an emphasis in art from Tarleton State University. He finds joy in interacting with his students as they acquire new skills, increase in their capability, and create fascinating artwork. Mr. Vela’s hobbies include hanging out with his kiddos, traveling, problem solving, reading, creating, and lamenting Baylor’s and the Denver Broncos’ football programs.

Email: mvela@liveoakclassical.com


LOGIC & RHETORIC ATHLETICS

Kyle Combs: Coach Combs began teaching and coaching at Live Oak in 2020. Prior to his arrival at Live Oak, he worked for Baylor Men’s Basketball as a Graduate Assistant while earning a master’s degree in Sports Pedagogy. Coach Combs grew up in Kentucky and played basketball at Kentucky Christian University, completing degrees in Secondary Education: Social Studies and Biblical Studies. He stayed at his alma mater to coach for one season, making it to the NCCAA National Championship game. Coach Combs spends his summers working various basketball camps and traveling overseas with mission organizations such as Athletes in Action and Sports Reach. He loves anything sports-related, food, travel, and his wife Samantha.

Email: kcombs@liveoakclassical.com

Patrick Contreras: Mr. Contreras is the Junior High boys basketball coach. He is a graduate of Baylor University with a Fine Arts degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in graphic design, and currently runs a successful graphic and web design company. Mr. Contreras is originally from Waco and he and his wife Delsia have two daughters who attend Live Oak. Mr. Contreras looks forward to inspiring students through basketball.

Email: pcontreras@liveoakclassical.com

Chris Eikenhorst: Coach Ike began teaching and coaching at Live Oak in 2017. He and his wife Jennifer have 4 children who all attend Live Oak. Coach Ike brings 14 years of teaching, coaching and administrative experience. As a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, he earned his B.A. in General Studies with a focus on Small Business and Sports Management. He enjoys spending time with his family, running, reading, cooking and collecting sports memorabilia.

Email: ceikenhorst@liveoakclassical.com

Natalie Friesen: Mrs. Friesen is Head Volleyball coach. She is a graduate of LeTourneau University, where she received a B.S. in Education. She is passionate about teamwork, fitness, spending time with loved ones, and enjoying nature. Her hobbies include weightlifting, hiking, cooking, and reading.

Email: nfriesen@liveoakclassical.com

Austin Hagan: Mr. Hagan is originally from Flower Mound, TX, and joined Live Oak Athletics in 2021 after serving part-time as a graduate assistant with Southwest Sports Medicine and Baylor Scott & White. Previously he has provided medical coverage for Texas State University Athletics and a wide range of events around Texas. He received his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Texas State University and his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Baylor University. Mr. Hagan enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking, and anything sports-related.

Email: ahagan@liveoakclassical.com

Brice Helton: Mr. Helton has been working at Live Oak since 2016 and serves as our Athletic Director, Facilities Director, Head Football Coach, and Head Track Coach. He is originally from El Paso, and continues his tour across Texas after stops in Lubbock and Dallas. He previously served at The Covenant School of Dallas for eleven years as the Athletic Director, Facilities Director, Head Football Coach, and Head Track Coach. He received his undergraduate degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and his Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Brice has been working in athletics since 2005 including jobs with Texas Tech University and Kanakuk Kamps. He is married to Lauren and they have four beautiful daughters.

Email: bhelton@liveoakclassical.com

Steve Howard: Mr. Howard came to Live Oak in 2012 and currently serves as Head Girls Basketball Coach and Junior High Head Football Coach, having coached and taught in Texas public schools for over 30 years in the Central Texas area. He is married to Karen, and they have three grown children and eight grandkids (who are spoiled rotten). Mr. Howard loves to scuba dive, travel and do anything sports-related. He loves Southern Gospel, traditional country and bluegrass music. He also loves to read and study anything involving apologetics, early American Indian culture (specifically the Comanche and Apache people of the Texas Panhandle where he was raised), WWII, church history, and anything involving saving/spending/investing money.

Phone: (254) 654-0996
Email: showard@liveoakclassical.com

Jonathan Lindsley: Mr. Lindsley has been teaching at Live Oak since 2020. He is passionate about helping students find joy in all circumstances and see difficult times as an opportunity for growth. Mr. Lindsley grew up in Arlington, Virginia and graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he studied voice and musical composition. He coaches Junior High Cross Country, Junior High Soccer, and High School Tennis. In his free time, he likes to write music; play any assortment of sports; drive his wife, Heidi, crazy; and make up fantastical stories about magic mustaches.

Email: jlindsley@liveoakclassical.com

Georgia Redding: Coach Redding has been at Live Oak since 2018 and has been coaching and teaching since 2014. As a graduate of Baylor University, she received her B.S. in Exercise Physiology. She enjoys spending time with her husband Dylan, friends and family, and being active. She is the Head Cross Country coach for both Junior High and High School and the Head High School Soccer coach.

Email: gredding@liveoakclassical.com

Allie Smith: Ms. Smith began teaching and coaching at Live Oak in 2020 and coaches Junior High volleyball, basketball and track. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics Education from Baylor University in 2015 and is currently working on a Master of Arts degree in ministry from Portland Seminary in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship. She holds a Texas secondary certification in Mathematics. Prior to serving at Live Oak, she spent five years working full-time in camp ministry at Glorieta Camps in New Mexico and Black Diamond Camp in Washington State.

Email: asmith@liveoakclassical.com

Chuck Vanek: Mr. Vanek came to Live Oak in 2016 and coaches Junior High football and High School baseball. He received his B.A. in History from Baylor University in 2015. Mr. Vanek has a passion for history and research, especially Colonial America and the American Civil War. In his spare time he enjoys running and visiting museums.

Email: cvanek@liveoakclassical.com


LOGIC & RHETORIC STAFF:

Paula Ferus (Logic & Rhetoric Receptionist): Mrs. Ferus graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from Tennessee Temple University. She taught in Christian schools in the United States for eight years before she and her husband moved to Africa and served 31 years as missionaries with Baptist International Outreach. They moved to Waco in 2020, and her husband began pastoring at Beacon Hill Baptist Church. Mrs. Ferus started substitute teaching at Live Oak in the fall of 2020 and a few weeks later became one of our part-time Logic & Rhetoric Receptionists.

Amber McCreery (College Counselor): Mrs. McCreery has been working at Live Oak since 2019 and is passionate about helping students to pursue plans for the future and for finding the right college fit! She holds a B.A. from Texas A&M University in Psychology, a M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of North Texas, and a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. She has worked in K-12 education as well as within Student and Academic Affairs at two- and four-year schools, and has been active in college counseling for many years. Mrs. McCreery lives in Woodway with her husband Ryan and her three children.

Email: amccreery@liveoakclassical.com


ALL SCHOOL STAFF:

Katy Cordell (Finance Officer): A native of Central Texas, Mrs. Cordell was a home educator for 13 years before she and her children joined the Live Oak community in 2019. She is the founder and former executive director of SHINE, an educational non-profit dedicated to supporting local homeschooling families and providing them with supplemental educational opportunities, social enrichment, and extracurricular activities. Katy has worked as a professional doula and childbirth educator, assisting expectant families through the first year of childbirth, and she also volunteers as an accredited breastfeeding counselor. She and her family enjoy pizza and movie nights, riding dirt bikes, reading, and church activities. Katy and her husband live in Gatesville with their five children.

Email: kcordell@liveoakclassical.com

Chantal Flynn (Operations Manager): Mrs. Flynn grew up in Michigan and received her B.A. in International Studies from Pepperdine University. She and her husband Carl have 2 children at Live Oak. Her interests include U.S. and European history, fine arts, animals and nature. After seven years as the Office Manager for the Logic & Rhetoric School, Mrs. Flynn has served as the Operations Manager since 2019.

Email: cflynn@liveoakclassical.com

Lauren Helton (Development Coordinator): Mrs. Helton as been working at Live Oak as the Development Coordinator since 2019. She is originally from Fort Worth and graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and English. She has worked as the Communication Director in the Development office at a classical school in Dallas, and in public relations for American Airlines. Mrs. Helton is married to Brice Helton, who serves as the Athletic Director and Facilities Director at Live Oak. They have four girls, and the eldest three are current Live Oak students.

Email: lhelton@liveoakclassical.com

Stephanie Snyder (Digital Marketing/Media Coordinator): Mrs. Snyder has been working at Live Oak in various positions since 2013. She began her current role in 2018 and enjoys capturing the heart of Live Oak through digital media. Mrs. Snyder is from Waco but spent a portion of her life as a missionary kid. She is married to Greg and they have 2 sons. The Snyder family loves anything related to music and sports. During the fall, the family’s passion is supporting Falcon Football every Friday! Stephanie is incredibly grateful for her Live Oak family and glad to be a part of the amazing faculty/staff team.

Email: ssnyder@liveoakclassical.com


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