Spanish 1 & 2
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Second Major Certificate-Spanish – Duke University; Master of Education – Benedictine University
Family: Husband Mark, daughter Theresa (in Portland, OR) and sons Jonathan (in North Carolina) and Andrew (at Oklahoma Christian University), two “kitty brats” who keep them laughing
Why she is at Geneva: “You know how you are following the Lord, thinking you’re going one way and then He says, ‘Hey, watch THIS!’ I couldn’t be more excited or happy to be at Geneva.”
Interesting tidbits: 1. Emily will work for tea and chocolate. 2. She spent six years studying to become a Spanish teacher only to get hired for her German! After four years as a German teacher, she returns to her roots with Spanish, Latin and Theology. 3. She is a foreign language “freak” whose one claim to fame is that she can create a Limerick at the drop of a hat. 4. She lived in eight states as an Air Force wife before finally figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up (a teacher). She’s thrilled to be back in her home state of Texas, just across I-10 from her parents.
Rhetoric School Science Instructor (AP Chemistry)
Education: BA Biology from Austin College
Family: Married to Kelli since March 13, 1999. They have one son, Will, who is a senior at Boerne High School.
Why he is at Geneva: It is truly a God thing. Ray retired from the Texas public school system at the end of the 2021 school year and was going to look for a laid back, no pressure job. A colleague of mine at BHS, Keith Jeffcoat, encouraged me to apply for a position at GSB. God placed it on my heart to apply and I am so glad I listened! I feel truly blessed to be here and exceedingly excited to work in an organization that places God first in all endeavors.
Interesting tidbit: Ray played soccer in college and plans on moving to Seward, AK the summer of 2026 when his wife retires from Northwest Vista College.
Rhetoric School Math Instructor
Education: Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering – Texas A&M University
Family: Parents, Mark and Sarah Philpy of Boerne, TX. Youngest of 5 siblings.
Why she is at Geneva: The short answer is the Lord. The long answer is my passion for teaching and the Classical, Christian education model came from growing up in a Classical, Christian school in Midland, TX (Midland Classical Academy). My education helped shape me into the woman I am today. I had always planned to teach at some point in my life but was not planning on doing it so early. I very, clearly felt the Lord calling me to come and teach at Geneva. So, i decided to leave my corporate America consulting job to come and teach math and science at Geneva. The Lord so faithfully brought me here, and I feel so grateful and blessed that this is where I get to work!
Interesting tidbit: I have a passion for health and wellness and am a certified nutrition and wellness coach!
Bible Department Head, Bible / Theology Instructor
Education: Ph.D in Biblical Studies (University of St. Andrews); MLitt in Scripture & Theology (University of St Andrews); M>A. in Biblical Exegesis (Wheaton College); in Global Leadership (Dallas Baptist University); B.A. in Christian Studies (Dallas Baptist University)
Family: Wife: Bethany; Daughter: Grace
Science Department Head; AP Biology; Anatomy and Physiology (Regular and Applied)
Education: Bachelor of Science in Education – University of North Dakota; Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science/Sports Studies and Management – Bemidji State University; Master of Education in Science Curriculum and Instruction – Concordia University-Portland
Family: Children Drew, Cody (Class of 2011), twins Karlie and Kaila (Class of 2017)
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 has lived in 18 different homes in five different states.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics – University of Texas at San Antonio
Family: Husband Scott and children Braden (Class of 2027), Cole (Class of 2029), Drew (Class of 2031) and Emma
Why she is at Geneva: “I know the Lord has called my family to Geneva. I love teenagers, teaching and math! I’m grateful to teach and disciple students here!”
Biology and AP Environmental Science
Education : Bachelor of Science in biology at Stephen F. Austin State University
Family : I am the middle child of Martin and Kae (Houston) and have two brothers Michael (San Antonio) and Matt (Minnesota). I also have a wonderful sister in law, Maddie (a Boerne native and married to Michael). I also call her family, the Bears, “my Boerne family.”
Why she is at Geneva: During my senior year of college, I student taught freshmen biology at Regents Academy in Nacogdoches, Texas and grew to love christian classical education. Unsure of where to apply post graduation, several people from Regents and my church in Nacogdoches pointed me 6 hours west to Boerne and to Geneva. It was divine providence and I am incredibly grateful.
Interesting Tidbit: I ran cross country and track at the NCAA division one level in college! My favorite events are the 5k (12 and 1/2 laps around the track) and the 10k (25 laps around the track).
Spanish 3; AP Spanish Language; AP Spanish Literature
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Latin American Studies – Baylor University; Juris Doctorate – University of Arizona Law School
Family: Husband Marco and children Carissa (Class of 2018), Alexa (Class of 2021), Charlie and Nikolas
Why she is at Geneva: “I have been a huge proponent since learning about classical and Christian education. Through God’s orchestration of events, we landed in Boerne in August 2000 and Carissa began attending Geneva in January 2001.”
Interesting tidbit: Debbie was an attorney who enjoyed practicing criminal defense. She is a missionary kid who spent the first nine years of her life in a remote town in Southern Mexico.
Math Department Head; NHS Advisor; Tenth Grade Algebra 2; Eleventh Grade Pre-Calculus
Education: Bachelor of Business and Accounting – Wake Forest University
Family: Husband David and sons Trey (Class of 2011) and wife Bailey 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!
Yearbook, Magazine and Photo Team Adviser – Journalism Department; Quill & Scroll Honor Society Sponsor
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and minors in Art History, Photography and Advertising – Louisiana State University
Family: Husband Chris and daughters Sophia (Class of 2024), Julia (Class of 2026) and son Connor (Class of 2031)
Why she is at Geneva: “We were led to Geneva after we moved here in 2009. We attended the Greek Assembly Open House and just knew this was something we wanted for our family. It has been such a blessing to be a part of this community!”
Interesting tidbit: Christina attended the oldest Catholic Girls School in the United States—Ursuline Academy in New Orleans. She was a member of the 268th graduating class and was on the court of a Mardi Gras Krewe her junior and senior years of high school.
Sayers House Co-Dean; Ninth Grade Literature; Ninth Grade History; Cinematography
Education: Bachelor of Arts in History – California State University, East Bay; Master of Divinity – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Family: Wife Alicia and children Ella (Class of 2030) and Zoey (Class of 2032)
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.
Milton House Co-Dean; Eleventh Grade Literature; Eleventh Grade History; Twelfth Grade Dual Credit English; Modern Literature
Education: Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Discourse – California State University, Hayward; Master of Arts in English with a Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition – University of Texas at San Antonio
Family: Wife Erica, son Sven and daughter Natalie
Why he is at Geneva: “I believe that a classical and Christian education is the best foundation for a life of learning and humble service to God. 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.
Rhetoric School Humanities (9th Grade Virtue and 11th Grade History)
Education: Bachelor of Arts in History and Classics, with a minor in Music—Hope College; Mater of Arts in Apologetics, with an emphasis in Cultural Apologetics—Houston Baptist University
Family: Parents Louis and Donna, sister Anastasia
Why he is at Geneva: I love classical Christian education and count it a joy and a privilege to pass on this kind of education to my students. God, in His perfect timing, led me to this amazing school, where I am blessed to be a part of a community of lifelong learners.
Interesting tidbit: Alex has played the trumpet since he was in 3rd grade. He once played in a Mariachi band in high school.
AP Chemistry; Tenth Grade Chemistry
Education: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering – Texas A&M University; Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering – Texas A&M University
Family: Wife Katerina and daughters Elie and Izzy
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 it with all I encounter…growing ever closer to God.”
Interesting tidbit: Dodd is a retired Navy Civil Engineer Corps Officer. He has lived in many great places around the world. (Sicily is his favorite.) He met his wife Katerina in the Czech Republic and she didn’t speak English when they met.
AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, Geometry
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Purdue University
Family: Wife Kelly and children Arianna, Xochy, Adam, Lance, Lily, Edward and Peter
Why he is at Geneva: The academics are outstanding, the community is amazing, and everything is infused with a biblical worldview.
Interesting tidbit: I learned to program in my downtime while a firefighter/paramedic for the city of Houston.
RS Bible Instructor; TAPPS Academic Coordinator and House Co-Dean
Education: Bachelor of Science in University Studies/Religion – East Texas Baptist University; Master of Divinity – Logsdon Seminary
Family: Wife Alyssa, dog Aspen and cat Samuel
Why he is at Geneva: “God has called me to teach the Bible and Languages to whatever age group I can. God has been faithful in guiding me from youth ministry, to teaching at the graduate level, to now teaching young men and women at Geneva. I am confident that this is where God wants me and could not have asked for a better community than at Geneva!”
Interesting tidbit: Brian plays guitar, collects vintage Marvel comic books, loves sports (especially the Dallas Cowboys) and the study of languages including Hebrew, Greek and Latin.
Lewis House Co-Dean; Tenth Grade Literature; Tenth Grade History; Tolkien & Lewis
Education: Bachelor of Arts in English – University of Texas at San Antonio
Family: Wife Wendi and daughter Lucy June (Class of 2032)
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.
Latin 3 and Academic Dean
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies – New York University; Master of Theology in Systematic Theology – Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD Medieval Philosophy Marquette University
Family: Wife Perri and daughters Rachel, Esther (Class of 2017) and Hannah
Why he is at Geneva: “Geneva values the study of classical languages.”
Interesting tidbit: John grew up in Italy and Alaska.
Senior Thesis Director
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 Learning 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.
Twelfth Grade Humanities
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Religion– Liberty University; Master of Liberal Studies – Rice University
Family: Wife, Kristi; sons: Dylan (Class of 2021) and Noah
Why he is at Geneva: “Geneva is a very special place to me. I am doubly blessed to be hired to teach here again.”
Interesting tidbit: Aaron was Mr. Rob Shelton’s first hire in 2007 when the Rhetoric School was just starting up, and he got to be the first humanities teacher in the Rhetoric School.
Senior Thesis Instructor
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Texas A&M University (2018)
Family: wife Sania and daughter Alia (born Sept. 2, 2021)
Why he is at Geneva: “Before coming to Geneva, I had spent several years working with a public high school ministry. I spent a majority of my time frustrated that I was stuck on the outside looking in, and when I got inside, that our conversations and opportunities with students were scrutinized and limited. In comparison, the fact that Geneva holds students to a high academic standard, while encouraging teachers to intertwine meaningful discussions on faith, culture, history and art, was a change I was incredibly excited about.”
Interesting tidbit: Logan is a former graduate from Geneva (class of 2014) and wants to be Tim Duncan when he grows up.
Freshman & Sophomore Classical Rhetoric, and Creative Writing
Education: MA from Texas Tech University
Family: 30 years with husband Curtis; kids Wesley (GSB 2015) married to KayLee, Jessica (GSB 2017) Jordan (GSB 2019)
Why you are at Geneva: God made it abundantly clear that I needed to be a part of this great place 16 years ago. I continue to be astounded by his goodness in this place and I get to spend my days with teenagers whom I love.
Interesting tidbit: I I love 80’s music and Snoopy, hearkening back to my own teen time. I enjoy creating lovely spaces for people to gather and almost always have a “project” at my house in the works.