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Faculty & Staff

Alisha Barker (Grammar 5 and Assistant Dean of Grammar School): During her nine years at Live Oak, Mrs. Barker has taught Grammar 1, Grammar 4 and now teaches Grammar 5. Prior to moving to Waco, she and her husband taught English in Taiwan for three years. She loves reading, writing, hiking, being outdoors, scrapbooking, watching foreign and independent films, and a good cup of tea. Mrs. Barker earned a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Philosophy and Biblical Studies at Dallas Baptist University and earned an M.A. in English at Baylor. She and her husband Amos, who works in Baylor’s Financial Aid department, have four children.

Email: abarker@liveoakclassical.com

Aly Barnes (Logic/Rhetoric Literature/Composition Department Chair, AP English and Rhetoric): Dr. Barnes teaches AP English and the two courses in formal Rhetoric. She earned a B.A. from Dallas Baptist University, a master’s degree from the University of Dallas, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric at Texas Women’s University. She is the author of Rhetoric Alive: Principles of Persuasion, a high school textbook. Her husband Steve teaches English at UMHB, and their three daughters attend Live Oak.

Email: abarnes@liveoakclassical.com

Jeanenne Bezerra (Grammar Music): Mrs. Bezerra teaches the Grammar School music classes to students in Junior Kindergarten through Grammar 5. This is her ninth year at Live Oak, but 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

Meg Bierwirth (Logic/Rhetoric Math Department Chair, Logic/Rhetoric Math): Mrs. Bierwirth teaches math in the Logic and Rhetoric schools. 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

Ruth Carini (Logic and Rhetoric Schools Counselor): Mrs. Carini is a graduate of Baylor University where she earned a BBA in Finance and an MBA. She received her teaching certificate from UTD and her counseling certificate from A&M Commerce. She taught economics and psychology in Plano for ten years and was a counselor in Plano and Richardson schools at the senior high level (5 years), middle school level (6 years), and elementary level (5 years).  Her husband is a Baylor professor and their daughter is a Live Oak student.

Email: rcarini@liveoakclassical.com

Jennifer Chakmakjian (Logic/Rhetoric Math): Mrs. Chakmakjian is in her fifth year of teaching Logic/Rhetoric math at Live Oak. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in math 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, who is a local pediatrician, have three children: their twins, Katie and Caleb, are in Rhetoric I and their youngest son, David, is in Grammar 4.

Email: jchakmakjian@liveoakclassical.com

Delsia Contreras (Kindergarten Aide): Mrs. Contreras is a lifelong Waco resident. She and her husband Patrick have two daughters: Eliah (Grammar 6) and three-year-old Elaina. Mrs. Contreras has always had a passion for teaching 3-5 year olds, and finds joy in their eagerness to learn and explore. When she’s not enlightening young minds, she runs her own bakery and catering company.

Email: dcontreras@liveoakclassical.com

Patrick Contreras (Yearbook Advisor and Logic/Rhetoric Athletics):
Mr. Contreras is the Yearbook advisor and Head Coach for High School Girls basketball. 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 has coached all levels of basketball since 1998. He is developing a new club focused on developing individual abilities through one-on-one and camp instruction. He and his wife Delsia have two daughters: Eliah and Elaina. Mr. Contreras looks forward to inspiring students in the classroom and through basketball.

Email: pcontreras@liveoakclassical.com

Jeremy Crews (School Chaplain and Rhetoric Christian Studies):
Mr. Crews is in his fifth year at Live Oak. He grew up in Anniston, Alabama before going to college at the University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama. He graduated in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology, a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, and minors in English and Philosophy. He moved to Waco in August of 2013 to pursue a Master of Divinity in Theology at Truett Seminary. Jeremy is married to Katie Crews of Katie Beth Photography. Jeremy enjoys good books, strong coffee, meaningful music, and the joy that comes with being with friends.

Email: jcrews@liveoakclassical.com

Lori Davidson (Grammar 3 Spanish and Rhetoric Spanish): Mrs. Davidson received her M.A. in Education from Benedictine University in Illinois, leading to a K-12 Spanish certification. She has taught a variety of levels of both Spanish and ESL. Since moving to Waco nine years ago she has written curriculum for GO FISH, served on the children’s ministry staff at First Woodway Baptist Church, and ministered to the Spanish-speaking community as a client advocate for Care Net Pregnancy Center of central Texas. She now serves on the Care Net Board of Directors. Lori and her husband Tom have two children: Austin Anne and Alex. In her spare time, Lori enjoys finding treasures for her antique business, LuluBelle’s, and rehabbing houses into vacation rentals in this great city.

Email: ldavidson@liveoakclassical.com

Jennifer Eberlein (Grammar 5): Mrs. Eberlein came to Live Oak in the fall of 2006 with her three children: Andrew (Live Oak class of 2012), Nathaniel (Live Oak class of 2013), and Annalee (Live Oak class of 2015). She has taught Grammar 5 core classes as well as worked in the Grammar Office as an administrative assistant. She currently teaches Grammar 5 Language Arts & History. 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. Her husband is Christopher Eberlein, the MISD principal of Speegleville Elementary.

Chris Eikenhorst (Grammar P.E. and Logic/Rhetoric Athletics): This is Coach Ike’s second year at Live Oak. He and his wife Jennifer, along with their four kids moved to Waco in June of 2017. Coach Ike joins our team with 12 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/Sports Management. He enjoys spending time with his family, running, cooking and collecting sports memorabilia.

Email: ceikenhorst@liveoakclassical.com

Natalie Friesen (Grammar 5 & 6 Science and Logic/Rhetoric Athletics): Mrs. Friesen teaches Grammar 5 and 6 Science and 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

Tammy Garst (Junior Kindergarten aide): Mrs. Garst has enjoyed being a member of the Live Oak staff for 6 years. This is her fourth year serving as the Junior Kindergarten Aide. Mrs. Garst grew up in Virginia, where she received an Associates Degree in Data Processing. She and her husband Eddie have three boys: Zach and Ben are Live Oak graduates and current Baylor students, and Luke is a Rhetoric III student at Live Oak.

Email: tgarst@liveoakclassical.com

Karen Graham (Logic/Rhetoric History Department Chair, Logic/Rhetoric Lit/Comp and History): Mrs. Graham is in her seventh year of teaching Logic I Literature/Composition and Ancient History at Live Oak. She originally came to Waco to attend Baylor, where she received her BA in Great Texts and Spanish and an M.S.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. Graham thinks middle schoolers are cool, loves West Texas, and enjoys reading, hiking, watercolor painting, and crochet.

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

Martin Graham (Rhetoric Science and IT Director): Mr. Graham teaches Physics in the Rhetoric School. This is his tenth year of teaching at Live Oak. Mr. Graham received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics/Physics/Philosophy from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, MI. He has taught every graduate of Live Oak, from 6th grade math to AP Physics. He also is the IT Director for the school.

Email: mgraham@liveoakclassical.com

Kimberly Hacker (Grammar 1): Mrs. Hacker is teaching in her fourth year at Live Oak. She attended Baylor and graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She has taught 2nd grade in Texas and Kindergarten in Oklahoma. She is married to Randy, who teaches in the Marketing department at Baylor. They have two sons, Preston and Peyton. She enjoys spending time with her family, participating in church activities, cooking, painting furniture and cheering on the Baylor Bears.

Email: khacker@liveoakclassical.com

Noelani Harman (Logic/Rhetoric Math): Ms. Harman teaches Logic I Math, High School Algebra, and Pre-Calculus. She grew up in Arizona and moved to Texas to attend Baylor University where she received her B.S. in Mathematics. She holds a Texas teacher’s certificate for mathematics, grades 7-12. Ms. Harman thinks math is beautiful and enjoys hiking, running, and reading good books.

Email: nharman@liveoakclassical.com

Stephanie Harris (Grammar School Counselor): Mrs. Harris is in her second year as Grammar School Counselor. She earned her B.A. from Baylor University in the University Scholars Program. She went on to earn her Master in Counseling degree from Arizona State University. She and her husband Tom have 4 daughters Abigail (G6), Kaitlyn, (G4), Charlotte (G2), and Amelia (3 years old). They have been part of the Live Oak community since 2013. After completing her training in counseling, she had the privilege of staying at home to raise her daughters. She is excited to be returning to the field for which she has so much passion. Her favorite ways to spend time as a family are cooking in the kitchen, family read-alouds, playing games, and adventuring outside.

Email: sharris@liveoakclassical.com

Brice Helton (Athletic Director, Facilities Director, Head Football Coach and Head HS Track Coach): Mr. Helton is originally from El Paso, and continues his tour across Texas after stops in Lubbock and Dallas. He is in his third year at Live Oak after serving at The Covenant School of Dallas for eleven years as the Facilities Director, Athletic 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 for the last fifteen years including jobs with Texas Tech University and Kanakuk Kamps. He has been married to his wife Lauren for twelve years and has three beautiful daughters.

Email: bhelton@liveoakclassical.com

Brad Hoff (Logic/Rhetoric Lit/Comp and History): Mr. Hoff teaches Logic III Literature/Composition and History, as well as Rhetoric III World History. His love of literature and history began while in the military, and continued through undergraduate and graduate programs in classical studies at the University of Dallas. His teaching career began in Fort Worth as well as East Texas, where he taught at an international boarding school, and taught History and Humanities classes at a local Christian liberal arts college. Brad has coached multiple sports while at Live Oak, and is also the current TAPPS coordinator for academic competitions. Having been formed academically in the classical liberal arts tradition, he hopes to preserve and pass on this tradition to future generations.

Email: bhoff@liveoakclassical.com

Dawn Holmes (Junior Kindergarten): Mrs. Holmes has been part of the Live Oak community for the past 14 years. She is in her 10th year of teaching at LOCS, and in her 5th year of teaching Junior Kindergarten. 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 have four children who have all attended Live Oak: Elise (Baylor senior), Ridley (Baylor junior), Celia (Baylor freshman), and Clara (Logic I). Mrs. Holmes enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, traveling, and watching her children participate in their various extracurricular activities.

Email: dholmes@liveoakclassical.com

Lindsay Hunter (Grammar School Ready Bodies): Mrs. Hunter grew up in Massachusetts and met her husband at Gordon College in Wenham. They are both teachers and have been married for seven years. Mrs. Hunter is also the mom to the greatest toddler in the world, Andrew Lawrence. In her free time, she enjoys television, walks, shopping, a good story, studying Spanish, and going places with her son. Although her background is in middle school English, she has been teaching Ready Bodies at Live Oak since the spring of 2015. She believes that Ready Bodies is the greatest subject LOCS has to offer, but doesn’t like to rub it in.

Email: lhunter@liveoakclassical.com

Michele Jackson (Grammar 2): Mrs. Jackson is in her eighth year of teaching at Live Oak. 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 Compliance at Baylor University. They have 2 horses and 2 cats. Mrs. Jackson enjoys children, reading, gardening, cooking, antiquing, making crafts and projects, being active in her church, and attending Baylor athletic events.

Email: mjackson@liveoakclassical.com

Melinda Johnson (Logic/Rhetoric Science): Mrs. Johnson teaches Logic I Earth Science, Logic II Biology, Logic II Pre-AP Biology and Rhetoric II and III Environmental Science. She has been teaching science for the past 13 years, and has been a part of the Live Oak Science department for the past 4 years. She loves the opportunity to inspire students in a love for God’s creation. Mrs. Johnson also organizes those involved in Science Fair as they seek to compete at the local, regional and state level. She sponsors the Eukelle Club as well as the Robotics Club. 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 27 years and have three grown children.

Email: mjohnson@liveoakclassical.com

Christina Johnston (Grammar Spanish, Grammar 4 Math and Junior High Athletics): Ms. Johnston is in her seventh year at Live Oak. 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 holds a Texas teaching certificate for EC-6 Generalist. She loves to travel, play the guitar, read books (especially on British history, which was inspired by a recent trip to the UK), and write.

Email: cjohnston@liveoakclassical.com

Becky Kahle (Grammar 4): This is Mrs. Kahle’s seventh year of teaching at Live Oak. She moved to Waco from Houston, Texas, where she worked for five years teaching dance, drama, and music to kids 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 2 daughters: 4-year-old daughter, Adelaide — who loves to read, sing, and go for walks with their dog, Figaro — and baby Zoe.

Email: bkahle@liveoakclassical.com

Emily Knighton (Junior Kindergarten-Grammar 2 Art): Mrs. Knighton has been teaching Grammar Art at Live Oak since 2013, and is currently teaching Junior Kindergarten-Grammar 2 art classes. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from Baylor University. Before coming to Live Oak, Mrs. Knighton worked as a Graphic Designer/Art Director, as well as an international tour guide, leading Christian high school groups around Italy, England and Scotland. In addition to teaching she enjoys ceramics, drawing, painting, good books and hot tea. Mrs. Knighton’s husband Kyle works as a minister at DaySpring Baptist Church and a personal trainer with CampGladiator Waco. The Knightons have a two-year-old son, Eli, who loves cups, waving and the outdoors.

Email: eknighton@liveoakclassical.com

Atalie Kroll (Kindergarten): Mrs. Kroll is in her fifth year of teaching Kindergarten at Live Oak 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 previously worked as the Director of Education for the Sylvan Learning Center of Waco. She is married to Brad, a local engineer. They have a beautiful daughter named Claire who is the light of their life. Mrs. Kroll enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, camping, hiking and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Email: akroll@liveoakclassical.com

Jewel Lockridge (College Counselor): Dr. Lockridge is a lifelong Waco resident. She holds an undergraduate degree in Home Economics (now Family and Consumer Science) from Baylor University, a M.Ed. in Vocational Education, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. Due to a seemingly insatiable love for learning, she most recently earned a Master of Arts degree in Christian Ministry from Truett Seminary. She and her husband Vernon have two daughters, DeLeah and Delsia (Delsia and her husband Patrick are both members of the Live Oak family) and two granddaughters (the elder, Eliah, is in Grammar 6).

Email: jlockridge@liveoakclassical.com

Sarah Maxwell (Grammar 3): Ms. Maxwell earned her B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Arlington. She holds a Texas teacher’s certificate for grades EC-6th. Ms. Maxwell has one sibling who graduated from Live Oak. In her free time she enjoys nature, piano, reading.

Email: smaxwell@liveoakclassical.com

Leilani Mueller (Logic/Rhetoric Drama): Leilani Mueller is a California native who loves walking with students in discovering our place in the world God created. During her undergrad years, she studied Humanities at Biola University and Oxford University and then taught humanities at a classical high school program in California for seven years. She also directed mostly-Shakespearean theater. She is married to Nathan, a Canadian, who is getting a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Baylor, and they have 2 children. When she is not teaching, you will find her reading (widely), working on her writing projects, talking to friends, playing with her children, or drinking a sweetened coffee.

Email: lmueller@liveoakclassical.com

Bailey Pajela (Grammar 3 Art and Logic/Rhetoric Art): Ms. Carver earned her BFA in Studio Arts at Baylor University with a concentration in Painting. Her passion is for art, family, her husband, and following the Lord wherever He leads. Ms. Carver believes that art is a gift from the Creator and that it can be a form of worship and a means to communicate the message of Christ to the world.

Email: bpajela@liveoakclassical.com

Katherine Pitts (Logic/Rhetoric Science Department Chair, Logic/Rhetoric Science): Mrs. Pitts has taught at Live Oak Classical School since 2008 and has helped establish the high school science curriculum. She currently teaches Chemistry, AP Chemistry and AP Biology in the Logic and Rhetoric Schools. She graduated with a B.S. in Science Education from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986. Her first teaching position was at University High School in 1987, where she taught physical science, physics and chemistry. She also taught physical science, pre-AP biology and AP biology at R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas. While at R. L. Turner she was involved in ESL, academic decathlon, and Odyssey of the Mind programs and helped to establish the Biomedical Academy, a magnet to introduce children to studies in healthcare and biomedical research. During those years she took a year off from teaching in which to pursue 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 Bill have 3 children: twins Will and Emma, and Ellie.

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

Jessie Pontasch (Grammar 6): This is Mrs. Pontasch’s fifth year teaching at Live Oak. She currently teaches Grammar 6 Literature/Composition and previously taught Grammar 4 for three years. She graduated from Baylor University’s Honors College in December 2013 with a B.A. in Great Texts and a minor in Music. Before working at Live Oak, Mrs. Pontasch was a 4th and 5th grade teacher for the ACE Program at La Vega ISD, and spent three summers as a reading, writing, spelling, and phonics tutor. Music is one of Mrs. Pontasch’s deepest passions; she plays violin, guitar, ukulele and loves to bring music to life in the classroom. Outside of school, Mrs. Pontasch composes pieces for guitar and violin, has movie marathons with friends and family, and hikes the beautiful trails of Cameron Park. Mrs. Pontasch is married to Nik Pontasch, who also works at Live Oak as a French and Literature teacher in the Logic/Rhetoric School.

Email: jpontasch@liveoakclassical.com

Nik Pontasch (Logic/Rhetoric French and Lit/Comp): Mr. Pontasch is a fourth-year faculty member at Live Oak, where he teaches Rhetoric I Literature & Composition as well as French I, II, and III. A graduate of Baylor University, he received a B.A. Honors degree in Great Texts and French, and an M.S.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. As an undergrad, he was selected to represent Baylor for the CUPA-Paris student exchange program. Following college, he interned and worked at University High School as a reading intervention specialist and English I & II teacher. A dual citizen of the United States and Austria, Mr. Pontasch has a passion for WWII history, as both of his grandfathers fought in the war on opposing sides. He also enjoys playing violin with his wife Jessie (a Grammar 6 teacher at Live Oak), writing, mushroom hunting, and cooking or discussing anything pertaining to France or Austria.

Email: npontasch@liveoakclassical.com

Natalie Rainey (Grammar School Librarian): Natalie grew up in Houston, Texas and Lakeland, Florida. She taught 4th grade Language Arts and Social Studies at Presbyterian School in Houston and then briefly taught Grammar 3 at Live Oak. Natalie graduated from Texas A&M with a B.A. in English Education. After a decade stint as a stay-at-home mom, Natalie was thrilled to step into the part-time position of Grammar School Librarian. Natalie is married to Craig, a family doctor with Waco’s Family Health Center, and they have 3 children: Adelaide, Jack and Rhys, all of whom are Live Oak students.

Email: nrainey@liveoakclassical.com

Justin Rosolino (Dean of Logic & Rhetoric Schools): Born in Long Island, New York, Justin graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia, where he studied political theory, philosophy, history and music.  An accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter, Justin worked for ten years as a professional musician.  He has performed in over forty states and composed television and radio commercial jingles for ABC primetime television, J. Walter Thompson advertising agency and Pulse Media.  Justin also played guitar and led worship at Northpoint Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia.  In 2010, Justin completed a Master of Divinity degree at Vanderbilt University, where he was awarded the Tillet Prize for Theological Studies by the faculty.  He has since lectured at conferences for the American Academy of Religion on a diversity of topics ranging from modern theology, philosophy of mind and interreligious dialogue.  Formerly, Justin served as chair of the History Department at Brentwood Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, where he taught classes in World History and Religion.  He and his wife, a consultant for Magnolia Market, currently reside in Woodway with their 2 adorable boys.

Phone: (678) 665-2627
Email: jrosolino@liveoakclassical.com

Eric Sague (Logic/Rhetoric Lit/Comp and History): Mr. Sagué is in his fourth year at Live Oak, teaching Medieval Literature/Composition and Medieval History to Logic II students. Originally from Dallas, he lived in exile for nearly a decade – earning graduate degrees (in Divinity and Christian Education) from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey and studying English Literature and Philosophy at Taylor University in Indiana – and celebrates his recent return to Texas.

Email: esague@liveoakclassical.com

Meredith Snowden (Kindergarten): Mrs. Snowden is in her second year of teaching at Live Oak. She taught pre-school for several years in Mississippi. She has a special love for pre-school and kindergarten students, and she loves teaching at Live Oak and at her church. Mrs. Snowden earned a B.A. degree in English with a minor in Religion from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS. 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: Molly Katherine, a Logic I student, and Wesley, a Grammar 6 student.

Email: msnowden@liveoakclassical.com

Adam Stanley (Logic/Rhetoric Christian Studies Department Chair and Logic/Rhetoric Christian Studies): This is Mr. Stanley’s tenth year to be with Live Oak, teaching in the Department of Christian Studies. Mr. Stanley earned a B.A. in Christian Studies from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2008 and a Master of Divinity from Baylor’s Truett Theological Seminary in 2012. He is married to Kelly, and they have 2 beautiful boys. He enjoys playing video games and watching the Baylor Bears and Houston Rockets.

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

Carolyn Still (Logic/Rhetoric Classical Studies Department Chair and Senior Thesis Director): Mrs. Still is one of the three founders of Live Oak Classical School. Through the years she has taught in the Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric schools in various subjects, from music to Literature/Composition to history to Bible, and most recently to the Senior Thesis class. She also served as the Dean of Academic Life in the Logic and Rhetoric School for seven years. Mrs. Still earned her B.S. in Education from Baylor University and her M.A. in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before her work at Live Oak, she taught 9th grade English in the Dallas area and 6th-10th grade English in Glasgow, Scotland. Carolyn is married to Dr. Todd Still, Dean of Baylor’s Truett Seminary. They have two sons who both graduated from Live Oak: Samuel (Class of 2014) and Andrew (Class of 2017).

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

Lisa Sutherland (Grammar 4): Ms. Sutherland as 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 is glad to have settled in Waco near her extended family. She is thrilled to be a part of the Live Oak community along with her daughter, Lisa Sutherland, who also teaches at Live Oak, and her children George, Annie, and Duncan, who are students. She loves gentle books, hot tea, and singing old hymns to new babies.

Email: lsutherland@liveoakclassical.com

Margaret Sutherland (Logic/Rhetoric Fine Arts Department Chair, Logic/Rhetoric Choral Arts and Music, Grammar 6 Drama): Ms. Sutherland is in her second year at Live Oak, teaching Logic/Rhetoric Choral Arts, Instrumental Music, Handbell Choir and Grammar 6 Drama. She graduated summa cum laude from the Attebury Honors Program at West Texas A&M University with a degree in music composition, and moved to Waco to be near family. Music is her driving passion; she has worked and performed as a pianist, singer, accompanist, private teacher, composer, lyricist, and arranger for the last 7 years. She also enjoys teaching choir at the Youth Chorus of Central Texas and directing music at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church.

Email: msutherland@liveoakclassical.com

Haley Tomaszewski (Grammar 5 & 6 Latin, Grammar 5 Bible and Logic/Rhetoric Latin): Mrs. Tomaszewski considers it a joy to teach Latin to  students, as well as Bible to Grammar 5. She received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois, but considers herself a lifelong student who wishes to bring the concept of “Renaissance woman” back into style. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, baking, traveling, and debating with her philosopher husband.

Email: htomaszewski@liveoakclassical.com

Allison Trumble (Logic/Rhetoric Foreign Languages Department Chair, Assistant Dean of Academic Life, Logic/Rhetoric Latin): Ms. Trumble serves as the Assistant Dean of Academic Life, as well as currently teaching Latin III and serving as the Chair of the Foreign Languages department. She has a B.A. in English from Ouachita Baptist University and 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. Ms. Trumble is in her 13th year at Live Oak.

Email: atrumble@liveoakclassical.com

Tish Tucker (Grammar 3): Mrs. Tucker has been teaching at Live Oak since its opening in 2004. Her loves are children, nature, great literature, and humor! 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, first, second, and third grades. She and her husband Dennis have three daughters.

Email: ttucker@liveoakclassical.com

Chuck Vanek (Rhetoric I History, Logic/Rhetoric Athletics, Annex Manager): This is Mr. Vanek’s third year at Live Oak, where he teaches Rhetoric I modern history, coaches (Junior High football, Junior High basketball, and High School baseball) and manages the Annex building. 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

Michael Vela (Logic/Rhetoric Studio Art and School-wide Maintenance): Mr. Vela has been a part of Live Oak community since 2010 and an instructor since 2012. He is the husband to Chelsey Vela and the proud father of one amazing daughter and 3 awesome sons. Michael earned a B.S. in Psychology‎ with an emphasis in art from Tarleton State University with the hopes of one day earning a Master and L.P.C in Art Therapy. He loves teaching Woodshop, Sculpture, and Metalworking. In his spare time he enjoys playing the role of MacGyver (the original), by solving the never-ending list of Live Oak obstacles, producing minor miracles with minimal resources, repairing various items and equipment, and rescuing small children from strangers suffering from Silo Sepsis (otherwise known as Magnolia Madness); symptoms include driving while taking photographs, hiccups, the inability to notice traffic signs, overwhelming joy that blocks all other senses, and, in severe cases, dry skin. Michael finds his joy interacting with his students as they acquire new skills, increase in their capability, and create fascinating artwork. Michael’s hobbies include hanging out with his kiddos, traveling, problem solving, reading, creating, fighting crime, and lamenting the University of Baylor and the Denver Broncos football programs. His current motto is “Age is always advancing and I’m fairly sure it’s up to no good”.

Email: mvela@liveoakclassical.com

Nathan Wade (Logic/Rhetoric Latin): Mr. Wade has taught for 18 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


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