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Primer Faculty (Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten)

Michelle Lopez (Pre-K) holds a B.A. from the University of Houston. She has taught English and Latin at Paideia Classical Education Program, and is currently a Latin tutor for students of all ages. She enjoys spending time with her two year old daughter, leading a small group with her husband, and exploring parks and museums around Houston.

Star Smith (Pre-K) holds a B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Houston Baptist University. She has taught in Spring Branch ISD as well as in many volunteer roles for children and adults in her local church. She loves serving in ministry alongside her husband, Stephen, shepherding their four children, leading worship through song, studying the Bible in depth, and reading every spare minute.

Freya Stoltz (Pre-K) holds a B.S. in Bilingual Education from Texas Southern University. She has taught and tutored at La porte ISD for about 10 years. She currently attends Easthaven Baptist church where she and her husband teach Sunday School to 5th and 6th graders. She enjoys cooking, trying new recipes, reading and spending time with her family.

Autumn Chambers (Kindergarten) holds a B.S in elementary education from Texas Tech University. She has 10 years teaching experience combined from previously teaching in Houston ISD and TCS. She is passionate about Christ-centered education and has enjoyed becoming immersed in classical education. This will be her sixth year as a co-teacher at TCS. She is also involved in teaching in her church's children's ministry. She has 4 children, 3 of whom attend TCS. She enjoys being with her family (hopefully outside in beautiful weather), reading (a lot), traveling (anywhere and everywhere), and eating (preferably good food with friends).

Lisa McCalip (Kindergarten and Fine Arts elective) holds degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education from Baylor University. She has five sons, three of whom are grown. She has homeschooled for many years. She enjoys backpacking, kayaking, gardening, and spending time with her precious students. This is her fifth year teaching at TCS.

Janice Stolle (Kindergarten) has taught many years in preschool, public school and home school settings. She holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Master's Degree in Reading and Language Arts from Oakland University in Michigan. Mrs. Stolle has homeschooled her own children for the last six years, classically for five. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys travel, health, nutrition and fitness through natural living. This is Mrs. Stolle's third year at TCS.

Theresa Tarn (Kindergarten and Fine Arts elective) holds a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon entering the teaching field, Mrs. Tarn grew a passion for teaching children the basic skills of art and design. She has 12 years of experience in teaching art for Kindergarten through 8th grade at public and private schools. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, crafting, singing, snowboarding, hiking, and spending time with her husband and 4-year old daughter.

Grammar Faculty (Grades 1 - 4)

Lolita Colom (1st Grade) holds a B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. She taught elementary and middle school for nine years. This is her third year teaching First Grade at TCS. She enjoys tutoring students, baking, reading, family dinners, and traveling with her husband.

Meredyth DeBoer (1st Grade) holds a B. S. degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University. She has taught Kindergarten and 1st grade for 13 years in the Klein Independent School District. She enjoys reading, bicycling, Bible study, volunteering, spending time with her 2 adult children and traveling with her husband, Mark. She has a passion for teaching students how to read.

Andrea Horton (1st Grade) holds a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. 
She has taught for ten years in public middle and high schools. She is involved in the children's ministry at her church. She enjoys reading and playing games with her three girls.

Pam Jackson (1st Grade & Staffing Coordinator) holds a B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is grateful to the Lord for allowing her to begin her fifth year at TCS. She enjoys co-laboring with families as their first grade students come to love learning. Her favorite activity is anything that includes her two precious daughters and her husband of 28 years, Jay. Her favorite subjects are History and Literature.

Jenny Botens (2nd Grade) holds a B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University and attended Dallas Theological Seminary where she was pursuing a M.A. in Christian Education. She taught preschool for many years and has homeschooled her two daughters, who attend TCS, for the past 4 years.  She is very active in her church teaching in both children and adult ministries. In her spare time she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.   

Joseph Christopherson (2nd Grade & Cross Country) holds a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from Colorado State University. He is currently attending Houston Baptist University to obtain a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts. He taught in the Children's Ministry at Timberline Church in Colorado for four years prior to moving to Houston.

Michelle Duncan (2nd Grade) holds a B.A. in Sociology from Texas A&M University. She has previously taught second grade at Baytown Christian Academy and is beginning her fourth year at TCS. She is passionate about educating children so that they will know how to love the Lord their God with all their mind.

Rachel Peterson (2nd Grade) holds a B.A. in Sociology from Texas A&M University. She has been a teachers' aide for TCS for the last two years. She enjoys reading and helping out in her church nursery, as well as spending time with her many nieces and nephews.

Laura Alexander (3rd Grade) holds a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University. She previously taught second grade at a Classical school for three years. She enjoys working with kids and watching them grow in their walk with the Lord and in their eduction.

Christine St. Amant (3rd Grade) holds a BA in Education from Baylor University. She has previously taught Pre-K for 5 years and third grade for 8 years in Frisco and Katy ISD. She is excited to be beginning her first year at TCS. She enjoys swimming and spending time with her family. 

Jamie Martin (3rd Grade) holds a B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade in Aldine ISD and at KIPP Houston. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Britt, and restoring furniture in her spare time.

Jenny Leach (4th Grade) holds a B.S. in K-8 education from Liberty University. She has taught middle school English and math, worked in the children's ministry of several churches, taught in different homeschool programs, and homeschooled her children for seven years. She loves reading, spending time with her family, and traveling.

Logic and Rhetoric School Faculty (Grades 5 - 10)

Michelle Graves (5th Grade Humanities) holds a master's degree in classical studies from Boston University. She has taught the Bible, English, Latin, and Greek to students ranging from very young to college age, in home and school settings. She loves to teach, learn, and cook. Her husband David, four children, and dog Gypsy help keep life noisy and fun. She is thankful for the opportunity to teach again at TCS.

Erin Stearns (5th Grade Math/Science) holds a B.S in Education with minors in Science and English Literature from Western Michigan University. She taught 6th and 7th grade science, as well as coached girls basketball and track, at a middle school in Fort Bend ISD for eight years. She has spent the past 3 years staying at home with her two boys. Her free time is spent playing with her two boys, spending time with her husband, Mik, and running/working out. She is overjoyed to teach at TCS, where she can weave truth about God's love and faithfulness into her lessons.

Rona Hansen (Logic School Math/Science) holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Washington. She has also studied Fashion Design at the Art Institute of Seattle. Shetaught 6th & 9th grade Physical Science & Chemistry & Physics for one year at Highland Christian School in Arlington, WA. She has taught Mandarin Chinese for 5 years & has been teaching yoga for 7 years. She enjoys cooking for her family, making art, walks & talks with her family & friends.

Belinda Stanley (Logic School Math/Science) holds a degree in Zoology from Texas A&M University at College Station. She has taught at St. Thomas' Episcopal, Houston, and The Kinkaid School, Houston. She enjoys reading, travel, her five grandchildren, and being involved with her church and BSF.

Whitney Hill (6th Grade Math and Science) has a Bachelor of Science from Howard Payne University with a major in Kinesiology and a minor in Mathematics, and a Master's Degree in Education from Houston Baptist University. She has taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Earth Science at First Baptist Academy; a variety of subjects at Christian Academy in Mozambique, Africa; Elementary PE at Eliot Elementary; and assisted in a study hall program at Lutheran High North. This is her second year teaching sixth grade math and science at TCS. She enjoys reading, exercising, sports, couponing, organizing, and hanging out with her family. When not at TCS, Mrs. Hill could be doing any of these things along with coaching her younger daughter's basketball team and attending her older daughter's sporting events.

Dorothy Geiger (Rhetoric School Math/Science) holds a BA degree with a major in mathematics from Baylor University. She has taught math and coached volleyball and basketball in high school for 12 years prior to having children. Since having her two children she has tutored high school math and continued to coach volleyball, soccer, baseball, and basketball. She has two children that attend TCS, Chloe and Andrew.

Dr. Angela Webb (Rhetoric School Math/Science) holds a BS in biochemistry and genetics from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from University of Texas- GSBS. This is her first year teaching at the high school level, and she is excited about sharing her love of math, science, and the Creator of all! 

Dr. Christi Williams (6th Grade Humanities) holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Baylor University. She has taught at Baylor, Houston Baptist University, and Houston Community College. She enjoys drawing and painting, hiking, and philosophy.

Dr. Lindsey Scholl (7th Grade Humanities & Latin Chair) holds a doctorate in Roman History from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master's degree in Medieval History from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In addition to her administrative duties, she has the privilege of teaching Second Form and Fourth Form Latin to TCS Logic School students. Dr. Scholl is a writer and speaker on a variety of subjects, including education, and has published three youth fantasy novels. 

Sarah Pfannenschmidt (8th Grade Humanities) is a confessed word-hoarder and story lover who pursued both subjects all the way to the UK and then to Texas, which she maintains was a fortuitous, if unexpected, itinerary. En route to Houston she acquired Master's degrees from Oxford, Aberystwyth University, and UT Austin. If she's not currently making a mess in the kitchen or staying active, she is reading (copiously!) and exchanging wordplay with friends over board games. It is a joy for her to be able to return to TCS and she desires that her students will pursue Christ's call to excellence in all things.

Tim Woods (9th Grade Humanities) holds a B.A. in Classical Languages from The University of Missouri at Columbia and is finishing a M.A. in Educational Ministries from Covenant Theological Seminary. He taught Latin and Humanities at Heritage Classical Christian Academy in St. Louis for two years and looks forward to beginning his first year at TCS. He enjoys playing and watching sports (especially his hometown St. Louis Cardinals and Tigers from his alma mater of Mizzou), watching old movies, and playing board games with friends and family.

Allie Sue Howard (8th and 9th Grade Math) holds a BS in Biology from the University of Dallas. She has taught at Our Lady of Fatima Homeschool Co-op, lab assisted and tutored at the University of Dallas, and worked as a private tutor since high school. Some of her favorite activities include birdwatching, reading, and traveling with her husband.

Kate Patrick (8th and 9th Grade Science) holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Oklahoma where she taught while in graduate school. She worked in the petroleum industry for 8 years and is pleased to begin teaching this fall at TCS.

Dr. John Scholl (10th Grade Humanities) holds a Ph.D. in History, with an emphasis in Medieval Christianity, from the University of California Santa Barbara. While pursuing a Ph.D., he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship that allowed him to live for nine months in Torino, Italy. He loves teaching and has taught a diverse range of classes and students: Math & Bible to middle schoolers, Geography and Economics to high schoolers, surveys of Western Civilization and U.S. History to college freshmen, and Church History to seminary students. Dr. Scholl also serves as TCS's Rhetoric School Director and Academic Dean. (See below.)

Teaching Assistants and Substitute Teachers

Susan Adams (Office Aide) graduated from Alief Hastings High school and has attended Houston Community College. She was the Mother's Day Out director at Wilcrest Baptist Church for three years and was the Pre-school director for seven years. She is currently the Third Grade Sunday School teacher and an AWANA leader. Mrs. Adams is a charter TCS parent and has three children attending this year. She enjoys walking, watching movies, and scrapbooking when she finds the time. This is her seventh year at TCS and she finds the classical university model of education to be very rewarding. 

Hannah Ashworth (Heights TA) is a homeschool graduate who is pursuing a degree in Anthropology. She has enjoyed assisting various teachers throughout the years, tutoring, and teaching classical ballet. She is passionate about helping students see God's glory and grace in every situation.

Rachel Davis (Permanent Sub/Fine Arts) holds a B.B.A. in marketing from Baylor University. She enjoys serving in children's ministry at Grace Bible Church. This is her family's fourth year at TCS. Mrs. Davis considers it a privilege and a blessing to participate in a child's education.

Traci Gibert (Teacher Aide) holds an M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Texas Tech and an M.A. in School Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University. She loves exploring nature with her two sons and seeing the world through their eyes.

Leah Smith (Teacher Aide) possesses a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in science and is an Early Childhood-4th grade Texas certified teacher with an additional ESL certification. Originally from East Texas, she now resides in Houston with her husband, three dogs, and three cats.

Stephen Vaughan (Upper School TA) holds a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. He has led physical exercise group activities at different jobs throughout his life. He is especially interested in philosophy and literature to round out a holistic education.

Ana Walla (Upper School TA) holds a B.B.A. from the University of Houston. She has facilitated classes at North Houston Baptist School. She is currently involved in children's ministry teaching Sunday school and kids church at North Houston Baptist Church. She is grateful for the opportunity that God has given her to teach children about God our Creator and his redemptive love shown through his son Jesus Christ.


Elaine Calvert (PE) holds a degree in Hospitality Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University. After 10 years in Nonprofit Management and Fundraising, she transitioned to stay-at-home mom when her daughter was born in 2007. The Calvert family has attended TCS since 2012.

The Cross Country coaching staff consists of Joseph Christopherson (Head Coach and Second Grade teacher), and coaching assistants Stephen Vaughan (Upper School TA), Tim Woods (Logic School Director), and Cindy Wu.


Holly Palandro is a graduate of both Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and The University of Houston Moores School of Music. She has over 16 years of teaching experience including Piano, General Music, Voice, Choir, Band, Production, and Music Administration. As well as being an Award-Winning Educator within the public school system, Holly has also served as the Director of Children's Music at Lakewood Church for many years. She currently teaches private Piano Lessons and is the Director of All Things Music Academy. Holly and her husband, John-Mark, have 2 children who attend TCS and recently welcomed a new baby to their family. Holly enjoys being with her family, attending musicals, and spending as much time as possible at the beach. With a passion for seeing students achieve more than they thought was possible, she is excited to have the opportunity to work with the students at TCS.

Head of School

Neil Anderson is passionate about classical Christian education, and brings a range of gifts and talents to our growing school. He has a strong commitment to leadership development, discipleship, and ministering to families through our university-style approach. Mr. Anderson holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College and is currently finishing an M.A. in Liberal Arts at Houston Baptist University. Mr. Anderson previously served as Dean of Students at Baytown Christian Academy as well as associate pastor/elder at multiple churches in Houston and Chicago. Neil and his wife Marian have four children.

Campus & Office Coordinators

Lower Campus Coordinator: Amy Joines holds a degree in Liberal Arts from Park University. She also holds a Professional Interior Design License but prefers the architectural side. She has spent years laying out homes from the foundation to roof but has never felt as fulfilled as she does teaching her son in Classical Education. She loves being a wife and mother and has a passion for serving Christ and serving others, for coffee, and for clean eating as well as helping her son, who has Type 1 Diabetes, live a better life.

Upper Campus Coordinator: Rebekah Fong graduated from Berean Christian Academy in Humble, Texas. She attended classes at Harris County Community College. Mrs. Fong is a native Houstonian who spent ten years working for Continental Airlines in customer service. She and her husband work with the children's ministry at Christ the King Presbyterian Church. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her husband and two children. 

Administrative Director and Admissions Coordinator:  Catha Jaynes holds a B.A. from Howard Payne University. She and her husband Ryan have one son who is not yet old enough to attend Trinity Classical School. She spends her days that she is not at TCS with her son, and loves being at home with him. She also enjoys DIY home projects and decorating as well as finding time to leisurely read. She loves people and enjoys working with staff and families at TCS.

Communications Coordinator (Communications & Marketing): Lacie Brawner has an Associate of Arts degree from Tarrant County college and nearly 15 years experience working in business administration, about half of which was spent in an educational setting. She loves the outdoors, traveling, photography, yoga and spending time with family and friends, (especially her 2-year old niece, Mada).

Finance Coordinator: Lindsey Webb holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University and a law degree from Texas Tech University. She loves spending time with her husband and two children. When her kids are old enough, she looks forward to enrolling them at Trinity Classical School. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and reading. 
Heights Campus Director (Overseeing operations at the new Heights campus): Kyle Bryant holds a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University and a law degree from Texas Tech University. He has spent the past four years practicing law in Houston but hopes to transition into an administrative role with Trinity Classical School in the Heights neighborhood. Aside from the law and classical education, he enjoys reading, basketball, and the cello.

Academic Directors

Primer School Director:  Mrs. Marian Anderson graduated from Baylor University. Mrs. Anderson is bilingual in Spanish and English, having been born in Argentina and lived half of her childhood there. She has extensive experience in early childhood education through running a preschool program, teaching her own Spanish language classes to young children, and homeschooling her own children before the founding of TCS. She has been involved in building the foundation of TCS through curriculum and training development, teaching first grade and serving as substitute teacher. She is mom to four children, all of whom attend TCS. 

Grammar School Director:  

Logic School Director:  Mr. Tim Woods is heavily dedicated to the Upper School, serving as Logic Director, 9th Grade Humanities teacher (see above), Cross Country assistant coach, and Latin instructor.

Academic Dean and Rhetoric School Director: Dr. John Scholl leads our Rhetoric School, oversees academic development at TCS, and teaches 10th Grade Humanities.  He is married to Dr. Lindsey Scholl, TCS 7th Grade Humanities teacher.

Board of Directors

Brandon and Jeannine Cavazos: Brandon and Jeannine graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio. Brandon holds a degree in Business Administration and was a member of the Trinity Tigers football team. He is currently Manager of Finance for an energy company. Jeannine graduated with a degree in Psychology. The Cavazoses have five children, and their four oldest attend TCS. 

Rob & Karen Kwok:  Rob graduated from Baylor University (B.B.A.) and the University of Houston Law Center (J.D.), and is the managing partner of Kwok Daniel Ltd LLP. Karen graduated from University of St. Thomas (B.A.). The Kwoks have four children, all attending TCS.

Eric and Olivia Ober: Eric is a partner in his family's metal fabrication business and is also a nationally recognized sculptor. Eric holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. Olivia holds a B.A. in Christianity and Finance from Houston Baptist University and an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston. The Obers have seven children, four of whom attend TCS.

Mark and Jennifer Palmer: Mark has a B.A. in Economics from Rice University and is a consultant. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Marketing from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. The Palmers have two children at TCS.

Clark and Michelle Reynolds: Clark is a graduate of Tulane University with a B.A. in Political Economy and is the CEO of Millennium Relief and Development Services. Michelle is a graduate of The University of Denver with a B.S./B.A. in Finance and Marketing. The Reynolds have three children, two of whom are students at TCS.

Bob and Jeannie Smith: Bob is a Financial Advisor with the Texas Financial Group. He earned a B.B.A. in Business from University of Louisiana at Monroe and a M.B.A. in Finance from Louisiana Tech. Jeannie has a C.P.A. license with a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University. The Smiths have one child in the TCS Rhetoric School.