Rhetoric School Faculty

JILL DANIELS

Science Department Head; Milton House Dean; AP Biology; Anatomy and Physiology (Regular and Applied)
Education: BS Education University of North Dakota; BA Exercise Science/Sports Studies and Management Bemidji State University; pursing Masters of Education in Science Curriculum and Instruction Concordia University—Portland
Family: Husband MSgt Jason, children Drew, Cody (Class of 2011), twins Karlie and Kaila (current Geneva students)
Why she is at Geneva: “Geneva has provided me the opportunity to teach science in a Christ-centered classroom where I can also have students utilize critical thinking skills to investigate the wonders of God’s creation.”
Interesting tidbit: Jill and her husband have lived in eighteen different homes in five different states.


CATHERINE DAVIS                                             

Chaucer House Dean, 9th Grade Geometry
Education: BS Mathematics University of Texas at San Antonio; Certificate in Math and Physical Science
Family: Husband Scott, children Braden (attends Geneva), Cole, and Drew
Why she is at Geneva: “I know the Lord has called my family to Geneva. I love teenagers, teaching, and math! I’m excited to teach and disciple students here!”
Interesting tidbit: Catherine works for Young Life part-time and is a Young Life leader.


 PATRICK GARDNER

AP Physics
Education: BS Molecular Biology University of Texas at Austin; MA Biochemistry University of at Texas Austin
Family: Wife Patty and daughter Erin
Why he is at Geneva: “I’m at Geneva to honor God and my blessed past Principal Larry Martin at O’Connor High School. I pray that I honor Mr. Martin’s memory.”
Interesting tidbit: Pat kayaks and fishes the flats of the Texas coast, and is a budding triathlete.


DEBBIE GEORGELOS

Spanish 2; Spanish 3; AP Spanish
Education: BA Spanish and Latin American Studies Baylor University; JD University of Arizona Law School
Family: Husband Marco, children Carrissa, Alexa, Charlie, and Nikolas (all attend Geneva)
Why she is at Geneva: “Since learning about Christian and classical education, I have always been a huge proponent. Through God’s orchestration of events, we landed in Boerne in August 2000 and Carissa began attending Geneva in January 2001.”
Interesting tidbit: In a “previous life,” Debbie was an attorney who enjoyed practicing criminal defense. She is an MK who spent the first nine years of her life in a remote town in Southern Mexico.


CURBY GRAHAM

Academic Dean; Apologetics
Education: BA Humanities University of Texas at San Antonio; MA Human Resource Development Webster University; pursuing MA Cultural Apologetics Houston Baptist University
Family: Wife Stephanie, children Claire and Vivian (both attend Geneva)
Why he is at Geneva: “My longtime friend Rob Shelton invited me to come work here after I retired from the Army. I want to use my knowledge and skills to help mature and shape young minds to become ambassadors and warriors for Christ’s kingdom.”
Interesting tidbit: Curby served twenty-seven years as a Military Intelligence Officer. He enjoys rock tumbling/polishing as well as coin collecting.


SUSAN GREENLEES

Math Department Head; NHS Advisor; 10th Grade Algebra 2; 11th Grade Pre-Calculus
Education: BS Business and Accounting Wake Forest University
Family: Husband David, sons Trey (Class of 2011) and Zach (Class of 2015)
Why she is at Geneva: “We have been at Geneva since its beginning in 1999 and love the joy of seeing God’s faithfulness in such incredible ways! We wouldn’t want to miss a thing!”
Interesting tidbit: Susan is a huge sports fan!


JAMES GROVER

Latin 1; Humanities Lab; Senior Thesis; Assistant Debate Coach
Education: BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics The King’s College Class of 2016
Family: James’ parents are Terry and Gretchen, his sister Rebekah is a senior in college, and his brother is a sophomore at Geneva.
Why he is at Geneva: “I love the culture at Geneva of academic seriousness and nonacademic lightheartedness. It’s one of the few schools where a student can lead prayer in the morning, study Latin in the afternoon, and star in a play in the evening. That combination creates an amazing academic environment.”
Interesting tidbit: James is a member of the second graduating class at Geneva and the first ever Rhetoric School football team.


 SHAWN HARRILD

Sayers House Dean; 9th Grade Literature; 9th Grade History
Education: BA History California State University, East Bay; MDiv Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Family: Wife Alicia, children Ella and Zoey
Why he is at Geneva: “I love knowledge and learning. Geneva is a place that excels at both of these and places a premium on students loving God with all of their minds. Through much prayer and supplication, God called me to Geneva.”
Interesting tidbit: Shawn is an Eagle Scout.


CHRISTINA JEFFCOAT

9th Grade Pre-AP Biology; Issues in Science
Education: BS Geology Texas A&M—Kingsville
Family: Husband Keith
Why she is at Geneva: “I was searching and praying for ways to better serve Christ in my life when He called my husband and me to get up and follow.  I love teaching and connecting with my students and showing them the wonders of His creation.”
Interesting tidbit: Christina is a certified scuba diver and has logged dives all around the Caribbean and Hawaii, as deep as one hundred feet below the surface.  Her goal is to dive her way around all the tropical waters of the world.


PAUL JOHNSON        

11th Grade Literature; 11th Grade History; Bible Survey
Education: BA English Language and Discourse California State University, Hayward; MA English Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition University of Texas at San Antonio
Family: Wife Erica, son Sven
Why he is at Geneva: “I believe that a Christian and classical education is the best foundation for a life of learning and humble service to God and that Geneva is committed to graduating students who love God, truth, and learning.”
Interesting tidbit: Paul is a classicist in literature, royalist in politics, and Anglican in religion.


DR. RODNEY LLOYD

AP Chemistry
Education: BS Chemistry Abilene Christian University; PhD Chemistry University of Texas at Austin
Family: Wife Lawana, two daughters Stacey (with husband Jerry and two grandsons) and Lana (with husband Lance and one granddaughter and one grandson)
Why he is at Geneva: “As she was retiring from teaching at Geneva, Phyllis Ripkin enthusiastically encouraged me to apply for the Chemistry opening. That led to my becoming a part of the Geneva Science faculty. I developed a passion for Chemistry in high school and enjoyed a Chemistry career in various R&D, management and marketing positions with Texaco Chemical Company and Goldschmidt Chemical Company. I am very excited to be in the classroom with teenagers as I share my faith in God and knowledge of Chemistry with my students.”
Interesting tidbit: Rodney enjoys fly fishing, especially in Colorado for a week during August. He delights in entertaining his grandsons by talking like Donald Duck.


LIBBY LUNSFORD

Communications; Yearbook
Education: BA Journalism/Marketing-Management Baylor University
Family: Libby and husband Charlie have three daughters who are all Geneva graduates: Claire (Class of 2011), Mary Kate (Class of 2012), and Caroline (Class of 2015).
Why she is at Geneva: “I am passionate about this school and love being where God is working. He is very busy at Geneva, and we have loved being a part of this school and watching our daughters grow and graduate. We are grateful for the mission of Geneva and that we continue to be a part of what God is doing here even after our girls have graduated.”
Interesting tidbit: Libby and Charlie have been married over twenty-five years and both graduated from Baylor University. She sang “The Good Old Baylor Line” as a lullaby to each of their little girls and they all grew up and went to Baylor! Sic ‘em!


SCOTT MILAM 

Head Debate Coach
Education: BA Classics and Philosophy Baylor University; MDiv Education Truett Theological Seminary
Family: Wife Danielle, son Watson, son of fellow-faculty member Lorie Milam
Why he is at Geneva: “It is my life’s calling to disciple young men and women by opening their minds to God’s Word and to the Great Conversation that pervades His Kingdom.”
Interesting tidbit: Scott previously served in church work as an Associate Pastor and Youth Minister, as well as a short-term missionary and group leader in Hong Kong and Nicaragua.


DODD NAISER

10th Grade Pre-AP Chemistry; Conceptual Physics
Education:  BS Civil Engineering Texas A&M University; MS Geotechnical Engineering Texas A&M University
Family: Wife Katerina, daughters Elie (2nd grade at Geneva) and Izzy (3 years)
Why he is at Geneva: “Simply stated…I feel called. The Lord has given me a lifetime of experiences that I feel He wants me to share with those attending this great school. I feel called to seek the Truth and the share the Truth with all I encounter…growing ever closer to God.”
Interesting tidbit: Dodd is a retired Navy Civil Engineer Corps Officer. He’s lived in many great places around the world. (Sicily is his favorite.) He met his wife in the Czech Republic, and she didn’t speak English when they met.


RICK POOLE

Lewis House Dean; Spanish 1; Logic School and Rhetoric School Theatre
Education: BA English University of Texas at San Antonio
Family: wife Wendi and daughter Lucy June
Why he is at Geneva: “I love teaching and I want to help develop the next generation of Christian cultural leaders.”
Interesting tidbit: Rick was once a roadie for Def Leppard. He plays guitar and likes to read Sindarin by candlelight. He has the third largest Tolkien collection in Texas.


DR. JOHN ROSHEGER

Foreign Language Department Head; AP Latin; Latin 3; Koine Greek
Education: BA Religious Studies New York University; ThM Systematic Theology Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD Medieval Philosophy Marquette University
Family: Wife Perri, daughters Rachel, Esther, and Hannah
Why he is at Geneva: “Geneva values the study of classical languages.”
Interesting tidbit: John grew up in Italy and Alaska.


DIRK RUSSELL

Milton House Dean; 12th Grade Literature; 12th Grade History; Humanities Lab
Education: BA Pastoral Theology Moody Bible Institute; pursuing MA Theological Studies Reformed Theological Seminary
Family: Wife Aubrey and six children
Why he is at Geneva: “I am at Geneva because I love to teach (especially God’s Word). I love the camaraderie and community that exists among the faculty and school leadership. Also, the larger Geneva community is vibrant and caring. Geneva is a great place to be!”
Interesting tidbit: Dirk is also an ordained pastor.


BECKY RYDEN

Magazine
Education: BA Journalism and English Baylor University
Family: Husband Brad, children Alex (Class of 2011), Ethan (Class of 2015), Audrey and Eliot (both attend Geneva)
Why she is at Geneva: “I believe I am here to prepare students to go out into the world and make a difference for the Kingdom of God.”
Interesting tidbit: Becky previously worked as a ladies’ shoe buyer at Neiman Marcus.


ROB SHELTON

Rhetoric School Headmaster; 12th Grade Dual Credit English; 11th Grade Worldview Analysis
Education: BA English University of Texas at San Antonio; MA English University of Texas at San Antonio; MDiv Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Family: Wife Kathleen, twin daughters Emily and Erica (Class of 2016)
Why he is at Geneva: “It is a privilege to be a part of guiding students to love the Lord with all their minds.”
Interesting tidbit: Rob is not above being bribed by the gift of a signed C.S. Lewis book.


HILLARY SHORT

Senior Thesis Director
Education: BA Letters and French University of Oklahoma; MEd Educational Leadership Abilene Christian University; certifications in EC-4, French 8-12, and Principal K-12
Family: Superhero husband Howard, son Jonah
Why she is at Geneva: “Geneva seeks to educate the whole person to discern truth, defend what is right, and discern his or her individually gifted role in Christ’s Kingdom. It is this incredible mission that God used to call me to Geneva, where I am profoundly grateful to serve among such an authentic, Christ-centered community of believers.”
Interesting tidbit: Hillary has a passion for children’s literature and a deep appreciation for a well-told story. She enjoys reading Alexander McCall Smith books and anything else she finds appealing—like tautologies.


DR. HOWARD SHORT

AP Calculus; AP Statistics; Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
Education: BA Anthropology with minor in Mathematics University of Texas at Austin; MA Philosophy of Religion and Ethics Biola University; PhD Philosophy University of Oklahoma
Family: Spouse of Hillary Short (fellow Geneva teacher extraordinaire), fortunate “Papa” to our sweet son Jonah, “Guardian” of Midnight and Cotton (our two cats)
Why he is at Geneva: “They hired me…And it is a privilege to work in an environment in which I can assist young minds in becoming effective ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20; 10:5; 2 Peter 3:15).
Interesting tidbit: He is difficult to reach in the fall because there is college football.


AARON SOUTHWICK

Humanities Department Head; 10th Grade History; 10th Grade Literature; Creative Writing
Education: BS Religion Liberty University; MLS Rice University
Family: Wife Kristi, sons Dylan and Noah (both attend Geneva)
Why he is at Geneva: “I am very glad that I and my family made the decision to move to Boerne in order to work at Geneva. It is hard for me to imagine a more perfect place to work: a place where I can, across many different disciplines, teach people from a Christian worldview the value of critically examining the world in which they live.”
Interesting tidbit: Mr. Shelton is the real reason why Aaron is at Geneva. Mr. Shelton convinced Aaron years ago when he met him in California, that he needed to be a teacher. And he was the person to give Aaron his first teaching job.


STEVEN TYE

9th Grade Dialectic; 10th Grade Classical Rhetoric; Political Economics; Senior Thesis
Education: BA Social Sciences with a minor in Economics California State University, Stanislaus; graduate work in Political Science University of Texas at San Antonio
Family: Wife Jane-Alice and two daughters Mae (attends Geneva) and Kate
Why he is at Geneva: “I have long been convinced of the merits of Christian and classical education. On the advice of a Geneva faculty member and friend, I visited the campus and was impressed with what I saw: a vibrant Christ-confessing school community in the classical tradition. Thankfully, I was offered a position and am now grateful to be a part of the school.”
Interesting tidbit: Steve holds the title of Baron of the Principality of Sealand.


SHELLY WARD 

College Counselor; Latin 2
Education: BBA Business Analysis Texas A&M University; MS Management Information Systems Texas A&M University
Family: Husband Stephen, son Logan (Texas A&M Class of 2018), daughter Miranda (Texas A&M Class of 2020), two Catahoula dogs Sadie and Sierra
Why she is at Geneva: “Our family is sold out to Christian and classical education and we moved from Houston to the Boerne area to attend Geneva! I love being a Latin teacher at Geneva and consider it a privilege to walk alongside our Rhetoric students as they prepare for college.”


DEBBIE WHEELER

Chaucer House Dean; Senior Thesis
Education: BA English with Education minor Texas Tech University
Family: Husband Curtis, son Wesley (Class of 2015), daughters Jessica and Jordan (who attend Geneva)
Why she is at Geneva: “I received a clear call from God that not only was it time for me to return to teaching, but that Geneva was exactly where He wanted me.”
Interesting tidbit: Debbie loves road trips, photography, and collecting sand from places she goes…or that people bring her from fun places they go! She has a bottle of “Mount Geneva” in her classroom.