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Student Spotlight: International Student Neo Kiyomiya on Adjusting

RI student Neo Kiyomiya reflects on her favorite aspects of her year at Live Oak. Neo’s parents are working at Baylor and the Kiyomiya family will return to Japan at the end of the school year.

Alumni Spotlight: Zach Garst (’14) on Why Business Needs the Humanities

Zachary Garst (Live Oak Class of 2014) talks about where he sees the need for the liberal arts in the business world.

Faculty Spotlight: Mr. Vanek on Teaching Tenacity

Chuck Vanek, in his words, “went to school to become a teacher.” Drawn to the profession for its relational characteristics, Mr. Vanek became a teacher to have an impact on the lives of kids. This desire came through the friendship and mentorship of someone in his high school: a History teacher named Bill. Two months […]

Alumni Spotlight: Literature in Engineering with Garand Tyson

Faculty Spotlight: The Power of Persuasive Arguments with Mr. Graham

Mr. Graham’s college studies focused on exploring the mechanics of the world. He majored in Mathematics and Physics at Spring ArborUniversity in Spring Arbor, Michigan. However, as he continued to study, he found that numbers could not begin to answer many of his questions. As a result, he started taking classes in philosophy as well […]

Faculty Spotlight: Classical Kindergarten with Mrs. Snowden

Mrs. Snowden began her career as a substitute teacher for junior high, but she soon found her niche with kindergarten children. She appreciates kindergarteners’ sponge-like absorption of the world around them and their wonder at creation. After substitute teaching, she began teaching Kindergarten at a private school in Mississippi for a short time. But she […]

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Barnes on Defragmenting Education

It was in her first philosophy course in college that Dr. Barnes had an intellectual wake-up call.  Before that, she felt she had never been introduced to concepts larger than herself in school. But listening in on the “Great Conversation” of the authors of classic works of the western tradition gave her the dose of […]

Faculty Spotlight: On Ancient History & Helping with Karen Graham

Mrs. Graham grew up with a passion for being with and helping people. She decided to study Elementary Education and minor in Spanish at Baylor University. An education degree would allow her to help students, and Spanish would be useful and convenient since she already had learned a fair amount while growing up in El […]

Faculty Spotlight: Holistic Living with Grammar School Counselor Stephanie Harris

  Stephanie Harris’ path to becoming Live Oak’s Grammar School Counselor began at a young age. As a child, Mrs. Harris envisioned herself as a mother building a family and raising her children to be healthy, self-sufficient adults. She earned a B.A. as a University Scholar at Baylor and a Master of Counseling degree from […]

Faculty Spotlight: Teaching Truth through Drama, Leilani Mueller

Mrs. Mueller’s love of stories and characters began at a young age. Homeschooled during her K-12 years, Mrs. Mueller and her sister wrote plays together, convincing neighborhood children to perform different parts. She loved performing in church plays as well. As she grew older, she developed a love of stories, history, and theater. She decided […]


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