STACY ARNOLD

Grammar School Teacher
Education:  Graduated from Texas State with a bachelors of Science in Elementary Education.
Family: Stacy is married for 17 years to her favorite person in the world, Boo Arnold!  They have 4 kids here at Geneva: Mattie Sue (Class of 2023), Malyn (Class of 2025), Eli (Class of 2029) and Luke (Class of 2032).
Why she is at Geneva:  “Our family loves the biblical world view Geneva helps us teach our kids. We also get to have family dialogue that reaches all levels of the trivium.”
Interesting tidbit: Stacy taught second grade in London, England for student teaching.

EMILY BAIN                               

Motor Lab
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Boston College; Master of Arts in Education in Occupational Therapy – Springfield College
Family: Husband Rhett and daughters Sage (Class of 2028) and Scarlette (Class of 2032)
Why she is at Geneva: “My husband and I felt God’s calling to move our family to Boerne in 2016 in order to educate our daughters at Geneva School. We have been so blessed by our experience thus far. When the opportunity presented itself for me to work professionally alongside the Geneva students and staff in such a nurturing environment, I knew it had to be a part of God’s glorious plan. I am honored to be a member of a community that values children’s development so intently while providing them with the necessary tools and a biblical worldview so they can critically think on their own.”

CHRIS CARRAWAY

First Grade
Education: Bachelor of Science in Education – University of South Florida
Family: Husband Rob and children Sam (Class of 2018), Ben (Class of 2020) and Margaret
Why she is at Geneva: “Through prayer and waiting upon the Lord, God led my family to Geneva. I am so blessed and excited to be teaching His children!”
Interesting tidbit: Chris loves to camp and letterbox with her family.

LIZ CATES

Fifth Grade Math and Science
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting – The University of North Texas
Family: Husband Josh (high school sweetheart), daughters Kaitlyn (Class of 2022) and Kenzie (Class of 2024)
Why she is at Geneva: “One of my family’s favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 19:21 which says ‘Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purposes of the Lord that will stand.’ My family and I give all the glory to God for leading us to Geneva School of Boerne. After six years of home schooling and traveling, and having lived in Texas, Colorado and Missouri, my family and I were excited to finally settle in Boerne and be back in our home state of Texas. We are grateful to God for how He is working in and through us here at Geneva.”
Interesting tidbit: Liz and her family still have half their heart in the beautiful High Country of Colorado and enjoy any kind of outdoor mountain adventure. Go Broncos!

PAM CHESSER

Kindergarten
Education: Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders – University of Texas at Austin
Family: Husband Robert and son Jacob
Why she is at Geneva: “Having taught in private school and then 10 years in a public school, I am so thankful that God called me back into the Christian school setting. I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve the Lord here at Geneva.”
Interesting tidbit: Pam enjoys time with her family, whether it be traveling, serving together at church or just hanging out. One of their favorite things is hiking in Colorado.

LORI DE LUNA

Kindergarten
Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education – Pensacola Christian College
Family: Husband Paul and children Nathan (Class of 2017), Andrew (Class of 2019), Julianne (Class of 2021) and Bethany (Class of 2024)
Why she is at Geneva: “Blessed with four children, my husband and I were led to Geneva to fulfill our mission as parents. It is evident that God is blessing the efforts within this community, and I am thrilled to be part of it as parent and teacher. Teaching kindergarten students and serving their families is a joy; I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for this opportunity!”
Interesting tidbit: Lori enjoys experimenting with new recipes for her family and finding treasures at garage sales. As first-time expectant parents in 1999, she and Paul attended an introductory meeting to the newly-formed Geneva School of Boerne. Four children, an out-of-state move and many years later, God brought them back to Geneva in His perfect time.

KATHY DISHONGH

Third Grade
Education: Bachelor of Science in Education – Baylor University
Family: Husband, Tim, son Jake (class of 2022), and daughter Savannah (class of 2034)
Why she is at Geneva: Geneva is a beautiful family of grace. It is a place where children are cherished and taught to think, articulate and display courage in a world of conflicting ideas.
Interesting tidbit: Kathy enjoys leading worship with her husband Tim and is also a certified chef.

MYNETTE DRAWE

First Grade
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts – California State University-Long Beach
Family: Husband Nathan and children Trent (Class of 2015) and Kira (Class of 2019)
Why she is at Geneva: “After many special years teaching in Southern California and Austin, God blessed us with our son Trent. With Trent, I became a full-time mommy. After eight years and two beautiful children, God led me back to the wonderful ministry of teaching at Geneva where His presence is amazing.”
Interesting tidbit: Mynette had 32 first graders in her first year of teaching. Half of the students spoke Spanish and the other half spoke English. Although her grandfather is from Mexico, she does not speak a word of Spanish! She still smiles when she thinks about those incredible children who taught her so much and began her journey as an educator.

CRISTINA DUBE

Math Specialist
Education: Bachelor of Science in Education – Iowa State University; Master of Science in Math Education – University of Houston; Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Liberty University
Family: Husband Eric and sons A.J. (Class of 2023) and Nick (Class of 2026)
Why she is at Geneva: “My personal passion is to reveal the beauty of mathematics by making it more engaging for students.”
Interesting tidbit: Tina loves playing sports and watching the Dube Brothers play them as well.

SANDY FIGARI

Second Grade
Education: Bachelor of Science Education, Minor in Biology – University of Texas at Austin
Family: Husband David, sons David Jr., Philip, Grant, daughter Macey and husband Jonathan, grandson William
Why she is at Geneva: “I am at Geneva because I love children and I love teaching. Homeschooling my four children for 10 years with classical curriculum paved the way for my interest in Geneva. I feel so blessed to be able to go to work everyday knowing I can make a difference for His kingdom.”
Interesting tidbit: Sandy enjoys jogging, hiking and playing the piano. She also enjoys putting scripture to song, dancing and writing children’s books.

TONYA FIKES

Third Grade
Education: Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics – Texas A&M University
Family: Husband Chris and four sons: Corban (Class of 2022)  Esan (Class of 2024), Teagan (Class of 2026) and Solan (Class of 2031)
Why she is at Geneva: “God drew our family to Geneva. On our first visit to the campus, I noticed how intentional and Christ-centered the culture is. We were looking for a school for our oldest to attend high school and God opened up the doors for myself and all four boys to be here too!”
Interesting tidbit: Tonya and her family served as missionaries in Phayao, Thailand for eight years and homeschooled for nine years. She loves to travel internationally and be outdoors.

MARCUS GABRIEL

Fourth Grade Math and Science
Education: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Physical Education – The University of Texas at San Antonio; Certified in Physical Education EC-12
Family: Wife Carmel and sons Redd Wilder and Crew Sloane
Why he is at Geneva: “After many years of families encouraging me to come to Geneva, I felt the Lord was very clear when it was the time. I am grateful that the heartbeat of this campus is Jesus and I am thankful to be a part of it.”
Interesting tidbit: The first time that Marcus flew in an airplane was when he went sky diving.

AMY GORDON

Kindergarten
Education: Bachelor of Science in Accounting – Trinity University; Teaching Certificate
Family: Husband Marty and sons Wright (Class of 2017) and Philip (Class of 2024)
Why she is at Geneva: “I want to teach in a Christian school where academics are top priority, but everything is taught from a biblical worldview.”
Interesting tidbit: Amy was a CPA with a Big 8 accounting firm before God led her into teaching. She taught second grade in San Antonio for five years before coming to teach at Geneva.

JINA LAVEZZARI

Second Grade
Education: Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Minor in Reading – Texas A&M University
Family: Husband Brian and children Ashlynn (Class of 2022), Mark, Ben and Alyssa (Class of 2028)
Why she is at Geneva: “When my oldest daughter began attending Geneva, I was able to experience the Geneva culture as a parent. I appreciated the dedication to faith, classical education, and professionalism demonstrated by students and faculty. I felt strongly that Geneva was a place I would love to serve as a teacher; I am so thankful to have been given that very opportunity.”
Interesting tidbit: Jina loves spending time with her family, working in her garden and traveling to new places.

ALEX MARKOS

Latin (grades 3-5)
Education: Bachelor of Arts in History and Classics – Hope College
Family: Parents Louis and Donna in Houston and sister Stacey at Houston Baptist University
Why he is at Geneva: “Only God in His perfect timing could have led me to Geneva. I love the classical and Christian education model and I am blessed to be able to share my passion with young students.”
Interesting tidbit: Alex spent a semester studying abroad in Athens, Greece, during his senior year at Hope.

TONYA MOWERY

Fourth Grade Grammar and Reading
Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education – Texas Christian University
Family: Husband Randy and sons Reagan (Class of 2019) and Grant (Class of 2022)
Why she is at Geneva: “I love the classical and Christian curriculum! I am excited to be a part of this community and I’m thrilled that my boys have the opportunity to receive a quality education at Geneva.”

 

SUSAN NAISER

Second Grade
Education: Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with Reading and ESL Endorsement – The University of Houston-Victoria
Family: Husband Derek and children Katie, Cassie and Clay
Why she is at Geneva: “I returned to teaching after having the opportunity to raise my family. I’m so excited about this call God has put on my life. I’m so grateful to be able to use my gifts to the glory of God through Geneva School. I count it a huge privilege.”
Interesting tidbit: Susan was once a radio DJ and she whistles really loudly using her pinkie fingers. She is really good at towing horse or boat trailers.

AMELIA O’BRIEN  

Third Grade
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English – Southern Methodist University; Master of Arts in Education – Dallas Baptist University; Teaching Certification EC-4
Family: Husband Cody and daughters Mazzy (Class of 2025) and Kinley (Class of 2032)
Why she is at Geneva: “The Lord clearly led our family to Geneva. I am thrilled and blessed to work in a school where a biblical worldview is integrated with a rigorous curriculum. I love watching my students grow and learn about God’s world.”
Interesting tidbit: As a child, Amelia loved to place her dogs in competitive dog shows.

VANESSA  PETTY

Science Coordinator (grades 1-3)
Education: Bachelor of Science in Education – Baylor University
Family: Husband Shane and children Aedan (Class of 2019), Zach (Class of 2023) and Kyra (Class of 2025)
Why she is at Geneva: “God called our family to Geneva because of Geneva’s classical and Christian approach to education. Serving as a teacher gives me the perfect platform to teach a love for God and His creation through studying science.”
Interesting tidbit: Vanessa is a CrossFit coach.

DANIEL PLAYER

Fifth Grade Bible and History
Education: Bachelor of Arts in American Studies (History and Political Science focus) – Baylor University
Family: Beautiful bride Sylvia and sons Nathan (Class of 2027) and Luke (Class of 2031)
Why he is at Geneva: “I am passionate about the Word of God and young people becoming all they were created to be in Christ! I’ve been amazed and encouraged seeing my sons grow in such a powerful, intentional environment at Geneva over the last several years and believe God clearly called me to be a part of this special place. It’s a great privilege to have the opportunity to teach fifth graders and point them to Jesus in all we do!”
Interesting tidbit: Daniel loves all sports and continues to play competitive basketball. He also loves the mountains of Colorado and enjoys hiking one or more 14er every summer.

MELISSA SILLER

Reading Specialist
Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Spanish – University of Texas at Austin; Master of Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education – University of Texas at San Antonio; PhD in interdisciplinary Leaning and Teaching – University of Texas at San Antonio
Family: Husband Gilberto and children Nicolas (Class of 2022), Samuel (Class of 2025) and Christopher (Class of 2028)
Why she is at Geneva: “We feel so blessed as a family to be part of this wonderful community. It is a privilege to share my passion for education in an environment that fosters high quality education within a biblical worldview.”
Interesting tidbit: Melissa was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and she loves to travel.

LAUREN STONER

Fourth Grade Math and Science
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education – Wheaton College in Illinois.
Family: Lauren is the oldest child of her family of six. She has one sister, two brothers and two amazing parents!
Why she is at Geneva: “The Lord brought me to Geneva to share my passion for Christian classical education, math and science and the gospel with students.”
Interesting tidbit: Lauren has an odd talent for remembering song lyrics. Quiz her on your favorite musical!

KERI STRICKLAND

Fifth Grade Language Arts Teacher and Fifth Grade Team Lead
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Education – Liberty University
Family: Husband David and daughters Taylor, Danielle (Class of 2014) and son Brandon (Class of 2020)
Why she is at Geneva: “As a passionate believer in classical and Christian education, I am honored that God led our family to Geneva where the Christian faith is lived out through the administration, teachers and parents. Teaching at a school whose heart is turned toward God and His children allows me the blessing of speaking truth into the children whose lives God has entrusted into my care.”
Interesting tidbit: Keri is a second generation home-school and private school teacher.

JENNIFER WILSON                                

First Grade
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – University of Texas at San Antonio; Master of Science in Educational Administration – Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Family: Husband Dustin and children Madilyn (Class of 2019) and Nathan
Why she is at Geneva: “Our family is blessed to be part of Geneva! I am honored to teach at a Christ-centered school that values high expectations for students, faculty and parents.”
Interesting tidbit: Jennifer loves to roller skate. She skated competitively when she was a child.