Faculty and Staff

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  • 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.


  • Blake, Tiffni

    Tiffni BlakeLead Upper School Teacher
    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.


  • 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!


  • 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.


  • Hunt, Michelle

    QMichelle 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.


  • Neumann, Ken

    Ken NeumannUpper School Teacher: Worldview Advisor and Seminar Co-Teacher
    Completing MABTS at Knox Theological Seminary; BA in Christian Leadership and Biblical Studies at College of Biblical Studies, Houston

    I have been teaching in many areas of my life; as a martial arts instructor (over two decades of experience), and as a minister (10 years’ experience). I enjoy teaching subjects that I love, and am especially excited about teaching at Covenant Academy and being a part of this great community.

    I enjoy hanging out with my wife, Christina, and our three children on the weekends, reading 19th century Dutch theologians, and working out in my garage gym.


  • 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.


  • Smith, Adrian

    Adrian SmithDirector of Faculty Development
    Director of Student Life
    Upper School Teacher: Humanities
    Ph.D. (New Testament) and Th.M. (Old Testament) from Westminster Theological Seminary; B.Sc (Mathematics) from London University.

    I have been a teacher for over twenty years because I love to inspire students with my passion for learning. My conviction is that all great stories are allegories of the story of Jesus. I love to express my faith through writing, and through the dramatic performance of Scripture. I hope my classroom is a place where students find their true identity by indwelling God’s big story.

    I am married to Dawn, and we have two daughters (one adopted). I am ordained as a minister of the gospel, and regularly fill pulpits as needed.  For relaxation, I enjoy nature walks with my dog, reading children’s literature, listening to classical music, going to the theater, and watching soccer.


  • 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!