Faculty and Staff
  • Leslie Collins

    Leslie CollinsHead of School
    MA in Biblical Counseling at The Master’s University; BS in Special Education at University of Maryland; 20+ years of experience working in classical Christian schools

    In 1995, I accepted the position of Headmistress of Rockbridge Academy in Millersville, Maryland and in 2009 we helped Trinity Christian School in Kailua, Hawaii transition to the classical model. In 2011, I accepted the position of Head of School here at Covenant. At that time, the school was looking to begin a high school and I was looking to use my experience to help start a high school for my own children (one of whom has graduated from Covenant’s inaugurating senior class).

    I was first drawn to Covenant’s vision to train the heart of each student to be servant leaders through a great books curriculum. The school’s mission is directed at the right goal: the heart. C.S. Lewis says in The Abolition of Man, “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.” Teaching is the art of loving our subject and students so well that they are increasingly drawn towards what is true, good and beautiful. I love working with such an amazing team of educators as we learn more and more how to teach like The Master Teacher, Jesus Christ.

    One of my favorite weekend activities is to escape to the hills of Willis, Texas and relax with my husband, our four children and son-in-law. My husband and I enjoy working together and have always been involved in education together. Whether we are walking the trails in Covenant’s Brumlow Preserve, enjoying a date night or walking the beach, we’re always talking, planning and thinking together.

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  • Andrews, Bo

    Bo Andrews5th & 6th Grade Bible Teacher
    BA English/History at Texas A&M University, completing Masters of Divinity from Knox Seminary

    We enrolled our children at Covenant Academy after meeting other families whose children displayed a higher level of critical thinking and ability to articulate their thoughts. Upon investigation, these families all had Covenant in common. After a year or two of contemplating enrollment, and having tried both public and home school methods, my wife Sandra and I decided to enroll our two youngest girls. They have found a home among their friends and are thriving academically. We have never made a more impactful decision.

    The Covenant experience has been both scholastically enriching and community building for our children and for us as parents. We enjoy the fellowship with other parents whose desire is to partner with Covenant and provide the best foundation for our children to succeed in their studies and in their character.

    My wife Sandra and I have been married for over 20 years and have four children. When I am not teaching at Covenant, I am an associate pastor at Trinity Bible Church in Cypress.

  • Angst, Janet

    Janet AngstAthletic Director
    Upper School Teacher: Mathematics and Student Support
    BA in Business at Texas A&M University

    My teaching experience began in the public school system having taught for eight years at the high school level. In 2005, I became part of the Covenant Academy family and during these years I have served in many ways, including room mom, volunteer, substitute teacher, and board member. I am now the Athletic Director and continue with the Upper School Math department and I absolutely love it. Math has always been my passion, and what I always knew I wanted to teach. It is a joy for me to share that passion with the students at Covenant Academy.

    My husband Stewart and I have been married for 22 years and we have three children, all who have been attending Covenant Academy since kindergarten. We are an active family, with the kids involved in volleyball, basketball, and track. I have been a runner since college, and recently completed the BCS and Houston half marathons. It had long been a dream of mine and I was beyond excited to accomplish these goals. I am fortunate to be able to share my love of running as track coach each season.

  • Archer, Shari

    Shari ArcherReception and School Registrar
    BS in Speech at University of Texas at Austin

    I have worked in Christian teaching and administration in various roles over the past two decades including overseas service as an ESL missionary to Kazakhstan and as an administrator in the children’s ministry at my church. My connection with Covenant began even before my son Daniel started Kindergarten here nine years ago. I was attracted by the way that the community focused attention on developing the character, hearts, and minds of the students. As I grow to understand the classical Christian model, I have become increasingly excited about sharing the school and our experience with others.

    My family includes my husband Jim, our son Daniel (currently in high school), and an energetic dog named Oreo. I love reading and games of all sorts, as well as cheering on the Covenant Patriots – especially including the Patriots’ chess team!

  • Blake, Tiffni

    Tiffni BlakeLead Upper Principal
    Upper School Mathematics and Science
    MA of Liberal Arts at Houston Baptist University; BS in Academic Studies with a minor in Mathematics at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas

    I am a lifelong lover of teaching and have taught students in the preschool, grammar, logic, and rhetoric years in a mixture of public, private, and home settings. I discovered the classical model about 16 years ago and fell in love with its methodology and integrated learning. I am currently in my eighth year of teaching at Covenant Academy and serve as the Upper School Lead Teacher. Whether teaching in the grammar school, upper school, or working with after school groups, my passion is to instill in the students a love of learning.

    My husband, Matthew, and I have been married for 23 years and are blessed with three children, Jonathan (a graduate of Covenant Academy), Kaitlyn (12th grade), and Rebecca (7th grade). We also have a West Highland Terrier named Baxter who thinks every guest who comes to our front door is there to see him.

  • Brooks, Laurie

    Laurie BrooksDirector of Business and Information Technology
    BBA in Marketing at Texas A&M University

    I have been working in the Christian community for almost twelve years, six of which have been at Covenant. I love the way Covenant’s faculty and staff invest their hearts and time and knowledge into each individual student. No decision or conversation is taken lightly or without the purpose of training these young hearts to be more like Christ. It is a privilege to be part of the Covenant staff and a fellow parent and I cannot wait to see what the future brings!

    Outside of school you can find me spending time with my husband, Todd, and our two Covenant students, Cole and Noah, attempting to build quality experiences that they will forever cherish. We spend most of our time cooking together, keeping up with our Dalmatians, Kimber & Bella, and looking for our next genuine Texas adventure (usually involving terrific food)!

  • Buckles, Debi

    Debi BucklesArt Teacher K-12 Grade
    Studied at Tulsa Community College and the College of Biblical Studies; 10+ years teaching art in both the private school and the homeschool arenas

    My journey with Covenant began in 2003, the year it opened. I have been a substitute teacher, office assistant, art, science, and Bible teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching while my daughter was a student at Covenant. I also taught art for the former Encourager Homeschool Enrichment Program before returning to Covenant in 2015. I am beyond thrilled to be the art teacher focused on Covenant's classical Christian philosophy of truth, goodness and beauty.  I am blessed to teach in such a godly environment with other believers.

    While teaching art is one of my passions, I also have a passion for missions. I have been blessed to combine two of my passions on ten different mission trips where I was able to lead art camps for the children.  My husband Steve and I have four wonderful adult children and the sweetest daughter-in-law (no grandchildren yet). In my spare time, I love to hang out with my family, cook and play games. I enjoy several different creative hobbies and keep adding more to my bucket list. But my very favorite thing to do is sit on the beach and paint.

  • Card, Roben

    Roben CardUpper School Teacher: Science and Mathematics
    College Advisor
    BA in Math with a minor in Business at the University of Nevada, Reno

    Covenant Academy is my home, and its people are my family. I'm a transplant from Nevada by way of Washington (state). I have been teaching for 28 years with 15 of those being in a classical Christian school.

    I love science and the innumerable ways all of creation shouts of our amazing God. The anatomy of a starfish, the chemical reactions in the lab, the properties of electricity, and the mysteries throughout science are just a few of my favorite things. I believe the best way to get a grasp of the world around us is to explore and experiment. I'm also a math geek who thinks it's as much fun as a ride on a zip line (which I'm known to adore.) All of my students are strongly encouraged to come in and get some help any and every time they are struggling with a concept. My addiction is watching a face brighten as the connection is made and understanding occurs (the light bulb moment).

    I have two kids which have now become four as they both have married and I love holding babies (no grandkids yet). Other hobbies include hiking, traveling, technology (even attending math and calculator conferences!), reading, music, dance, and horses. Really, I just love learning and people!

  • Collins, Dave

    Dave CollinsDirector of School Operations
    General Studies at Towson University, Maryland

    I grew up in a hardworking family in a small town near Baltimore, Maryland. My mom was a school secretary and my dad owned a hardware store that had been passed down for three generations. I learned from an early age how to solve problems and get the job done, regardless of the work involved. Helping people is what I love to do. Whether it’s solving a scheduling issue, working out logistics, managing resources or making sure that every inch of our amazing facility is stewarded well, I love what I do. Though I’ve worked in several schools over the past 25 years, the blessings that God has bestowed on Covenant amaze me every day.

    My wife Leslie and I love working together, but more than anything we love spending time with our four children and son-in-law whether we’re playing bocce ball or antiquing. I’m a diehard baseball fan and always cheer for the home team, except when the O’s are in town.

  • den Dulk, Melissa

    Melissa den DulkAdmissions Director and Assistant to the Head of School
    Studied Business (Purchasing & Materials Management) at the University of Houston-Downtown

    My career began as a buyer at Baker Hughes for five years. Once I had little ones at home, I left corporate America to focus on family. Not long after, I began homeschooling my two boys from first through seventh grades. Now, we are part of the Covenant Family and I have enjoyed many volunteer roles at the school including the Covenant Community Life (CCL) Events Coordinator.  I joined the Covenant team as the Student Support Assistant helping students gain independence, confidence and mastery. Now I spend the majority of my time in the school office helping new families learn about the classical Christian education that Covenant provides, coordinating our CCL volunteers and assisting our Head of School.

    My husband Rudi and I have been married for 18 years. I love to travel, listen to classical music while cooking, read classic and contemporary literature, and visiting family on the weekends. I love cheering my two boys on at swim meets and basketball games. Our house is blessed with several animals, from saltwater fish to kitties and the most adorable dog named Moose.

  • Even, Jordan

    Jordan EvenDirector of Music
    MM in Music Performance, Music Theory Cognate at Western Michigan University; BM in Music Performance and Humanities at Valparaiso University, Indiana

    For the past fifteen years, I've enjoyed teaching music to kids and adults in a variety of casual and academic settings. Similarly, I've been involved in leading corporate worship my entire life. I greatly enjoy variety in life, and in music. Learning about new things brings me great joy, and while these avocational interests tend to change, they currently include history, political science, economics, business, missiology and repairing things around the house or on the cars.

    I also enjoy teaching private studio music lessons and serving as Worship Arts Coordinator for Cypress Chapel. This blend of teaching and making music fills me with joy. When not pursuing music, I enjoy spending time with my wife Stephanie and our daughter Alexandra as well as our friends.

  • Faucett, Amanda

    Amanda FaucettYearbook Teacher
    BS in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin

    My education and career background is in advertising; I spent five years working for McCann-Erickson, one of the top global advertising agencies. While the advertising life was fun, it was also a bit soul-draining, and I made the decision to move into full-time ministry as the Director of Youth and Family ministry at my home church in Houston. Marriage and children came along and as they tend to do, adjusted my career plans a bit. I am now a portrait photographer running my own business and I teach Covenant Academy’s yearbook class with an emphasis on journalistic photography.

    I’ve been drawn to a different way of educating our two children since before they were even born, but it was just a few years ago that I found the name for what I was seeking – classical Christian education. I am so blessed to have found Covenant, to be part of its teaching staff and be a Covenant parent to our two children, Jacob and Julianne.

  • Gaertner, Clara

    Clara GaertnerPre-Kindergarten Teacher
    BA in Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6 Education at LeTourneau University

    I have studied and worked with children most of my life in many different settings. I have always been motivated by their spontaneity, curiosity, and their desire and ability to learn. When I heard about classical Christian education, I sought it with fervor so that my sons could reap its benefits, which they did from the time they were young until they presented and defended their theses before graduating from high school. At that point, I felt released to pursue my teaching degree and credential, trusting the Lord that one day I would teach at a Christian classical school. I became involved at Covenant Academy through God’s providence at first as a long-term substitute teacher and soon afterwards was asked to teach full time. I am truly blessed to be surrounded daily by like-minded colleagues and by children whom I can teach on the solid foundation of God’s love and provision.

    My husband, David, and I have two sons who live in Houston. We love that they still visit and check in often. When I do take the time to relax, it is with friends and scrapbooks or with a bowl of buttered popcorn and a good, clean "romcom."

  • Hunt, Michelle

    Michelle HuntUpper School Teacher: Theology, Humanities, Greek
    MA of Biblical History and Geography at Jerusalem University College; BA in Christian Ministry at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, Texas

    Since my time at Covenant, I have thought several times, “I wish I could retake elementary through high school here!” The excitement, curiosity and joy in learning is a trait that is evident in the faculty and the students at Covenant. There is a “tight-knit family” environment at the school where support towards parents, students and faculty is primary and genuine. Discipleship and maturation in our knowledge of Christ is also at our core as a school. These traits make it a blessing to teach here!

    I love traveling and learning/experiencing new cultures. I also love trying new food, hiking (when I can find a mountain), pottery, learning more about the Bible and spending time with family and friends.

  • Pace, Tori

    Tori Pace5th and 6th Grade Math and Science
    BS in Biology at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas

    I first started teaching at Covenant Academy in 2005 and then homeschooled my four children and taught part time for seven years. I have loved returning to the classroom at Covenant Academy.

    My husband Chris served in churches and Christian schools for twenty years. WE have four children: Joel, a freshman at Messiah College, and Kylie, Lily and Solomon-all upper school students at Covenant Academy. Our family loves game nights with friends.

  • Richter, Lori

    Lori RichterFourth Grade Teacher
    BA in Education at Texas A&M University; Certificate of Foundations in Biblical Counseling from Christian Counseling Education Foundation

    For the past 28 years I have been involved in educating students in homeschool, private school and public school settings. I have also been active for 20 years in the development of young leaders through volunteer work with Texas 4-H. I am excited about continuing that calling at Covenant Academy!

    I am privileged to be the wife of Skip, mother of Emily, Bethany, Rebekah, Melissa, Jonathan, Sarah, and grandmother of Evelyn. I love to read, sew, quilt, and make dresses for sweet Evelyn. And I am also currently pursuing a Topics in Biblical Counseling Certificate.

  • Rosier, Corinne

    Corinne RosierFirst Grade Teacher
    BS in Elementary Education, with honors at Baylor University in Waco, Texas; 2013 Graduate of Providence Classical School in Spring, Texas

    I am excited to begin my teaching journey at Covenant Academy! I have always had a passion for learning and have dreamed of becoming a teacher since I was a child. Many excellent teachers throughout my life have poured their love of learning into me and shaped me into the learner that I am today. I am thankful for all of them, and I hope to pass this same love of learning to my students. Teaching in a classical school has been a goal of mine since I began my teacher education courses in college. Having graduated from a classical school, it is easy to appreciate the classical method and all that it offers students. The classroom truly becomes a place to cultivate a love of learning and to witness God’s truth and beauty daily. It will be a joy to guide students as they uncover these truths in the classroom.

    I am originally from the Houston area and have recently moved back after completing my degree. I love Houston and I am thrilled to be back in my hometown. When I’m not teaching, you can find me spending time with family, reading, eating at my favorite Mexican restaurants and cheering on the Baylor Bears!

  • Ryan, Jimmie

    Jimmie RyanUpper School Teacher: Logic, Humanities
    BA in Creative Writing at Texas A&M University; 2007 Graduate of Providence Classical School in Spring, Texas

    I began teaching at Covenant in 2014. To be honest, the job kind of fell into my lap. Teaching wasn’t even on my radar, as I was at that time working in the Oil & Gas field while dabbling with some sports writing. Once I got to Covenant, though, I realized what it was like to be fulfilled in my work—something I had never experienced before. What I have perhaps found the most fulfilling are the relationships forged with the students; being able to get to know them on a personal level, and then guide them through all sorts of new concepts and modes of thought has been an absolute blast. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

    When I’m not teaching, you can find me at home with my wife, Mary, and our two cats, Pocket and Tumnus, typically watching whatever big sporting event is on that evening.

  • Small, Brad

    Brad SmallHigh School Spanish I, Logic School U.S. History and Logic/Rhetoric, P.E. Teacher Grades 4-6
    MA of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Grand Canyon University; BS in Secondary Education (History) at University of the Southwest, Hobbs, NM

    I began teaching at Covenant in 2014 and I am thrilled by the opportunity to provide a classical Christian education, the type of education that has produced the greatest thinkers mankind has known! In this Information Age, it is crucial to give students the ability to think for themselves, to understand the roots and the branches of those messages. The classical Christian education does just that, building a solid root system in God’s truth, goodness, and beauty and engendering a love of lifelong learning.

    I was born in Houston but raised in Ft. Worth and have traveled many places during my time in the United States Navy. I love good food, love to cook and love many outdoor activities. My wife and I have been married over ten years and we have three sons with two at Covenant.

  • Szymanowski, Titus

    Titus SzymanowskiDirector of Student Life,
    Upper School Literature and Mathematics Teachers
    BA in Religious Studies at Gonzaga University; 2007 Graduate of The Oaks, a Classical Christian School both in Spokane, Washington

    I teach because I want to influence students in the same way that my teachers shaped and transformed my life. I love classical Christian education because it teaches students to think for themselves and encourages them to view every aspect of their lives through the lens of a biblical worldview.

    I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, but for the past six years I have called Houston home. The community at Covenant brings life and joy to my soul. And my lovely wife, Melissa, and I are daily enriched by our relationships with Covenant families, faculty and students. When I’m not teaching, you can usually find me hanging out with my wife and son, Eli, reading a good book, golfing or watching Seahawks football!

  • Thorpe, Madeline

    Madi ThorpeUpper School Latin and History Teacher
    BA in History with a minor in Latin at Houston Baptist University

    Because of my experience with classical and liberal arts education in high school and college I knew I wanted to teach in a similar environment, one which aims to pursue truth and fosters a love for learning; I am so excited to teach at Covenant. I fell in love with Latin language and literature in college and I hope to share my enthusiasm for the subject with my students.

    In my spare time I love to read, explore Houston with friends, and spend time with my family.

  • Walker, Pam

    Pam WalkerKindergarten Teacher
    BSBA in Accounting with a minor in Computer Science at Concord University, Athens, WV

    I have been teaching at Covenant Academy since its inception in 2003. Prior to that, I taught at another classical Christian school and homeschooled my own children classically for over seven years. I was drawn towards classical teaching methods during my homeschooling years. The more I learned about the history and methodology of classical education, the more convinced I became that this was the best educational model for my family. It has stood the test of time. I’m so happy to be a part of a school that embodies these same principles.

    I love teaching second grade! The students are such eager learners and are on their way to becoming quite independent in their studies. I enjoy teaching all the subjects, but even more, I am passionate about shepherding our children’s hearts to grow in love with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to follow Him whole-heartedly.

    I am originally from West Virginia and became a transplanted Texan over 28 years ago. I have four sons (plus a daughter-in-law) and in my spare time I can usually be found with a book, tooling around in my vegetable garden, or working on some home improvement project.

  • White, Lynn

    Lynn WhiteDirector of Instruction,
    7 Grade Literature Teacher
    BS in Education with a major in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a minor in Educational Psychology at Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas

    I taught public school speech therapy, special education and third grade before coming to Covenant when it opened in 2003. I taught first grade here at Covenant for seven years, and I've been teaching third grade since then. I also home-schooled my oldest two children form 4th and 5th grades through high school.

    I left public education years ago because I was burned out and disillusioned with the direction our schools were going. I brought my own two children home and began to teach them academics while training them to love God and walk in His ways. It was a very nurturing relationship that bore sweet fruit in my own life as well as in theirs. Teaching at Covenant allows me to have that same nurturing relationship with families and to support and encourage parents as they train their children to love and follow God. I feel blessed to be a part of Covenant's mission to raise leaders that will change the world.

    My husband and I have five children. Our oldest boys are married with children of their own. We have a daughter who is in nursing school at Houston Baptist University. We have a son that graduated from Covenant and studies engineering at the University of Alabama, and our youngest daughter will graduate from Covenant in 2018. We also have four grandchildren.

  • Wierzbicki, Melissa

    Melissa WierzbickiUpper School Teacher: Mathematics and Science
    MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, BS in Chemical Engineering, and BS in Chemistry at Texas A&M University

    After a year as a chemical engineer and four years in radiopharmaceutical research, the Lord called me to this adventure called teaching. I have been teaching for over twelve years. It has been the hardest but the most amazing thing I’ve ever done in my life. My passion is knowing Jesus and making Him known in a world that is desperate for a savior. My greatest desire for each student is to know and love our God and Savior. I long for them to know how completely loved they are and to know the forgiveness, transformation, healing and freedom that are only possible through Christ. God is the Creator, and His image and fingerprint are seen throughout all of creation, including science and math.

    My mother and father and their families are from Houston, but I was born and raised in Austin, Texas. When I’m not teaching, I love spending time with friends and family, doing anything outdoors, exercising, reading, and cooking. My favorite food to cook and eat is Mediterranean food!

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