NICOLE ARNOLD

Second Grade Teacher

Education: Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies – Early Childhood Education, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. (ESL Certified)
Family: Married to her wonderful husband for over 25 years.  They have a son, a daughter and a son-in-law.
Why she is at Geneva: Nicole is at Geneva because she admires the classical Christian education model which is Christ-centered and teaches a Biblical worldview.  She also admires the rigorous and time-tested curriculum and Geneva’s focus on the ideas of truth, beauty and goodness.
Interesting tidbit: On weekends you might find Nicole working cows with her husband, hiking with her son, or visiting her daughter and son-in-law.

STACY ARNOLD

Third Grade 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.

CHRIS CARRAWAY

First Grade Teacher
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 Teacher
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 Teacher
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 Teacher
Education: Bachelor of Science in Education – Baylor University
Family: Husband, Tim, son Jake (class of 2022), and daughter Savannah (class of 2033)
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 Teacher
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.

SANDY FIGARI

Second Grade Teacher
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 Teacher
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.

AMY GORDON

Kindergarten Teacher
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.

VICTORIA MAYFIELD

Grammar School P.E.

Education: BBA – Baylor University
Family: Husband Travis; children Isabel, John Carter and Evelyn
Why she is at Geneva: “The Lord graciously lead our family to Geneva when our oldest daughter was starting kindergarten. It was evident that He was calling me to be a part of the Geneva family as a coach. I am thrilled to live out my God-given passion for coaching young minds and spirits to glorify God through physical exercise.”
Interesting tidbit: Victoria grew up speed skating and competed on a national and international level.

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.”

 

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.

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.

NICOLE SVENDSEN

Reading Specialist

Education:  BA in Liberal Studies and Teaching Certification from Loyola; Master’s in Elementary Reading and Writing Biola
Family: husband Erik, children: Siena 8th, Sawyer 6th, Ruby Sue 5th and Noah 1st
Why she is at Geneva: “I love Jesus and I love teaching and Geneva brings those two things together for me.”
Interesting tidbit: “I lived in Germany for a year.”

TAMMIE WAINNER

Fourth Grade Teacher

Education: Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University)
Family: Husband Robin, and three grown children – Hannah, Stephen, and Abigail Klier and husband David Klier
Why she is at Geneva: “I’m thankful to be at Geneva where there is a culture of kindness, grace, and excellence. It’s a pleasure to be an educator at a school where God is honored and students are loved and challenged with high expectations.”
Interesting tidbit: Tammie is a bird-watcher, loves potted plants, fossil-hunting, and spending time with family and friends. In her younger years, she did pointe ballet and sang on a worship team.