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Fine Arts Faculty

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

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

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

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

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


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