Lower School Faculty & Staff

Tracie Hughes

Lower School Principal


Tracie Hughes was born and raised in Oklahoma. She has a management degree from OSU and an Early Childhood Education Degree from UCO. She has been married since 1983. She has two grown children and one precious grandson.

She is passionate about the education and development of children. Tracie believes that each child has been uniquely gifted by God and it is such a blessing to help children realize their potential as well as their God given gifts.

Her favorite hobby is reading and she loves to go to the lake with her family. She has been in education since 1993 and at CCS since 2004.

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.

Psalm 18:32

Laura Lovelace

Administrative Assistant to Lower School Principal


Laura Lovelace, who joined the staff of Crossings Christian School in 2013, graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Prior to graduating from UCO, Laura studied at OU for 3 years, where she taught preschool while attending college. In addition to teaching preschool, Laura taught 2nd and 5th in the Putnam City school district as well as 4th grade at Heritage Hall.

Laura is married to Todd and they have 3 children who have been at CCS since preschool, Ross, Reid and Kate. Laura and Todd act as marriage mentors for young couples and host a small group in their home to encourage young families in their Christian walk. As a family, they enjoy going to the beach, riding bikes, swimming, participating in sports and hanging out together.

Laura has a heart for serving others and looks forward to serving the student, parent and teacher community at Crossings school.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Marti Hester

Receptionist


Marti Hester started at CCS in 2004 in the Before-and After-Care Program. She now serves as the receptionist in the Lower School. What she loves most about working at CCS is the Christian environment, where staff and students can pray together daily.

Marti grew up in Norman as the youngest of four children. She now lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Chad, and daughter, Lillian. Her family would not be complete without their three adorable dogs, Samson, Delilah and Schroeder.

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Hebrews 11:3

Kindergarten

Whitney Ferguson


Whitney Ferguson grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!) with a B. S. in Education.

Mrs. Ferguson was recently married on March 16, 2012 to her best friend from high school and could not be more overjoyed! They love trying new things including skydiving, hot air balloon riding, parasailing, zip lining, sailing and so much more and are looking forward to adding and completing more activities to her bucket list! She and her husband are considering adding a puppy to their family in the future, but not yet!

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

Patty Kennedy


Patty joined the Crossings Christian School staff in August 2012. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, and has earned Oklahoma certificates for kindergarten, elementary, emotional disturbed, and learning disability.

Patty has taught kindergarten, first grade, and special education classes. After teaching for 12 years Patty changed careers to become a stay-at-home mom with her two boys. After raising her amazing sons, Colin and Blaine, she decided to go back to teaching. Ms. Patty is thrilled to be back in the classroom after 18 years. She loves the students’ energy and watching each child as they grow through the school year. Patty has found Crossings Christian School to be an outstanding place to work for she loves praying with and for the students each day.

With both her boys attending the University of Oklahoma, Patty has found time to read, sew, and love on her dog, Buddy. She also enjoys yard work, OU football, travel and exercising. Her favorite exercise classes are spinning and kickboxing.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Susanne Kohutek


Susanne joined CCS in 2014. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from East Central University, Ada, OK. Prior to coming to CCS, Susanne’s teaching experience has been in kindergarten in two Christian schools. First in Enid, OK and formerly in Ft. Worth, TX.

Mrs. Kohutek has a passion for early childhood. She loves to build relationships with her students and their parents. Along with the fun and laughter, her favorite part of teaching is seeing each student’s discovery and developmental process of learning.

Susanne and her husband Doug have been married since 1974. They are blessed with two adult children, Monica and Chris, a daughter-in-law, and one grandson. Susanne enjoys family time, cooking, watching sports, and being “Grammie”.

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33

Kathy Mercer


Mrs. Kathryn Mercer joins our staff after being a stay-at-home mom for 5 years. Previously a substitute teacher and C.C.S. & P.T.F. supporter, Kathy felt the Lord calling her back to the classroom.

She has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. In addition, she has earned her Masters in Early Childhood Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from the University of Oklahoma. Previously she taught 9 years in Nevada, Texas and Oklahoma. For over four years she was a Child Development Specialist for the State Department of Education, “Sooner Start” Program.

Kathy enjoys baking and watching old movies with her husband, Mark and her daughter, Darla who is also a student at CCS.

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Romans 12:10

1st Grade

Kim Balan


Kim began teaching at Crossings in 2008. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to CCS, she taught in Putnam City Public Schools for seven years. During her career she has had experience in Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades.

Mrs. Balan has a desire to motivate and inspire students for a life long commitment to Christ and learning.

When asked what she enjoys best about teaching, she says she delights in the bond created with each child and has a passion for teaching children to read and write.

She is married to David, and they are blessed with two children, Parker and Connor.

Kim loves spending time with her family, watching her boys play sports, going camping, gardening, decorating and watching Sooner football.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

Tina Lewis


Tina is enthusiastic about teaching children. She strives to fill each day with love, laughter, friendships, and team building around Christ. Her students find her love for learning contagious and the classroom filled with excitement.

Tina praises God for the passion and gift of teaching. She holds a M.A. in Early Childhood and a B.A. in Elementary Education. She is National Board Certified and is trained in Love and Logic.

Tina is blessed beyond measure by her husband, Todd, and their family: Rachel, Lauren and Ryan. Tina loves hanging out with her family. She enjoys sports, Thunder basketball, board games, projects, walks, movies and playing with her British black lab.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; I trust him with all my heart. My heart is filled with joy and I give thanks to him with a song.

Psalm 28:7

Santana Mehlhaff


Santana graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education from UCO in 2007. She has been at CCS since 2011 and considers it an answer to prayers. She began her teaching career at Christian Heritage Academy-North in 2008. She then taught at Santa Fe South Charter School from 2009-2011.

Her goal in teaching is to help her students develop a lifelong love for learning in a safe and exciting environment. Her favorite subject to teach is spelling, “Because there are so many exciting ways to teach it.”

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

Melissa Richards


Melissa has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Human Development, and has been with Crossings since 2007. Her previous teaching experience was in preschool and first grade.

Melissa loves teaching students to read and write. She says, “Watching the amazing progress of my students is more entertaining than any movie ever made! What could be better than a big pile of stories written by first graders or the huge smile that graces a child’s face when a difficult reading word has been conquered? What a blessing!”

Melissa enjoys reading and baking. She has a wonderful husband, two fabulous boys, and a very close extended family. They all love spending lots of time at the lake.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

2nd Grade

Jonette Gadd


Jonette joined the Crossings staff in 2004 and has loved teaching second grade here ever since! Her education preparation includes earning a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Masters in Reading Education. Before coming to CCS, she had a 29 year career in public education with teaching experience in Waurika, Edmond, Putnam City and Mustang. She loves being able to integrate the Bible into all curriculum and especially enjoys teaching history to all the second graders.

Mrs. Gadd and her husband, Ben enjoy spending time with children and grandchildren. They have a daughter, son-in-law and grandson in Dallas. They also have two grandchildren in OKC and a grandson who just recently returned after deployment with the Marines to Afghanistan. Their other favorite past time is spending time at the lake on their houseboat.

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death; if by any means I may attain unto the resurrection from the dead.

Philippians 3:10:11

Kari Korner


Kari is blessed to be a part of the Crossings 2nd grade team. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Oklahoma Wesleyan University with certifications in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. In 2005 Kari received National Board Certification. In 2009 she became a SMART Board certified trainer. Before coming to CCS, Kari taught 12 years in the public school system in Bartlesville, Deer Creek, and Edmond.

Kari loves teaching and watching children be excited about learning. She works diligently to plan lessons and activities to inspire children. Her classroom provides a safe, positive, and challenging atmosphere where all children enjoy learning. Kari’s desire is for students to see God each day through her lessons and daily interactions.

Kari and her husband, Adam, enjoy traveling, running, playing sports and being outdoors. Whenever possible they travel to OSU football or basketball games to cheer on the Cowboys.

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 5:1-2

Julie Thornton


Julie Thornton joined the CCS staff in 2009 and has over 20 years experience in 1st and 2nd grades. She previously taught in Deer Creek and Norman Public Schools. Mrs. Thornton received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Oklahoma Baptist University, and a M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from the University of Oklahoma. Julie has been honored as Teacher of the Year District finalist in Norman and is Nationally Board Certified as an Early Childhood Generalist.

Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Thornton has served as Vice President for Elementary for Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She has presented at various regional and state conferences on technology integration in Reading and Mathematics for Early Childhood educators. Additionally, Mrs. Thornton served as a consultant for Voyager Expanded Learning and McGraw-Hill Everyday Mathematics.

Her family includes husband, Brant, son Ryder, and mini schnauzer, Marley. They enjoy OU football games, vacations in Manhattan Beach, CA, landscaping, and spending weekends with friends and family. As active members of Crossings Community Church, they enjoy social and mission projects with their Sunday School class.

Delight yourself in the Lord, for He will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

Deena Weeks


Deena grew up in the Oklahoma City area and graduated from Deer Creek High School. She began working at CCS in 2001 serving as aftercare director during her college years, and moving into her current role in 2004. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Central Oklahoma.

When asked her favorite part of teaching, she says that seeing the growth of a student from the beginning of the year to the end is a real joy. Her favorite subject to teach is Science because it is easy to see how God’s Hand is the Ultimate Designer. Each year she makes a point to improve each lesson that she teaches a little more than the year before. The funniest thing that has happened in her room was the time that Snickers, the gerbil, escaped under the door and ran into Mrs. Gadd’s room to hide.

Ms. Weeks loves to spend time outside-whether being active or just relaxing. She loves to walk, run and bike with her dog, Ace.

My voice has the power of life and death.

Proverbs 18:21

Linda Bollenbacher

Second Grade Assistant


Linda joined CCS in 2016. Linda received a BA in Elementary Education and English from Houston Baptist University. She also holds a Masters in Library Science from Sam Houston State University. Her 40 year career includes teaching positions in various levels ranging from pre-k to college in both private and public educational entities. Her favorite subjects while teaching were reading and language.

She has managed/directed church libraries, elementary media centers and a university library. She also launched and managed Crossings Community Church’s bookstore, having served in that role for 14 years. Linda had a desire to teach since early childhood. She remembers tutoring a kindergartener on the bus when she was only a second grader and decided then she wanted to be a teacher. Upon becoming a librarian, her joy was to instill life-long learning in those she served. Linda is married to Wayne, her husband of 36 years. Her favorite hobbies are reading, working out and golfing on occasion.

When going through life’s hard times, Linda says she has learned that living by Proverbs 3:5-6 does indeed straighten one’s path.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Theresa Bowden

Second Grade Assistant


Theresa was born in Florida, and raised in New Jersey and North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where she earned a BA in Elementary Education with a secondary major in Spanish. She moved to Oklahoma in 1995 with her husband, Brett, when she was given the opportunity to dance professionally with the Oklahoma City Ballet, which she did until her retirement in 2003.

Theresa considers it a privilege for their children, Joshua and Lily, to attend Crossings Christian School. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the Crossings community by investing her time and love into the students and their families in the school.

Her family enjoys traveling, vacations at the beach, playing with their two cats (Phinneas and Elly), and spending time with friends.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

Cadee Coulter

Second Grade Assistant


Cadee Coulter grew up in Oklahoma City. She received a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Oklahoma and a M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from the University of Oklahoma.

Cadee joined the CCS staff in 2016 after having the privilege to stay at home with her children. While staying home, Cadee volunteered at the school and served on the PTF board. She previously taught at The Lamplighter School in Dallas, Texas as the Academic Technology Coordinator and as an alternate teacher. Mrs. Coulter also taught preschool at Crossings for one year while she was finishing her Masters degree.

Cadee has been married to Cale since 2001. They have three children at Crossings; Patrick, Eloise and George. They have been at the school since Patrick was a preschooler in 2009. The Coulters enjoy being involved at their church, going to the lake, skiing, the Thunder, and the Sooners. Cadee participates in Bible Study Fellowship, she also enjoys traveling and watching her children participate in activities.

When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.

Titus 3:4-5

3rd Grade

Christal Baldwin


Christal has a B.A. in Elementary Education and Psychology as well as a M.A. in Educational Leadership. Christal joined CCS in 2011. She taught elementary school for 10 years before joining the CCS staff.

She truly believes all children can learn given the right instruction, atmosphere and attention. She is enthusiastic about teaching and tries to create a fun, safe, challenging environment of mutual respect.

Christal has two amazing young boys that she loves to spend time with! They are extremely active and they stay very busy together. She enjoys exercising, cooking, reading, and just spending time with friends and family. When she gets the opportunity, she also loves to travel.

I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5

Karen Haley


Karen joined CCS in 2011. She has a B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies (Elementary Education) from Texas Tech. Before coming to CCS, Karen taught public school in Lubbock, Texas and has served as a preschool director in Edmond for the past seven years.

Mrs. Haley loves kids! She has always wanted to be a teacher, and was drawn to education as a child. According to her, learning should be a fun experience that is a life-long process. Her goal in the classroom is to nurture life-long learners who are curious and eager to learn. When asked her favorite subject to teach, she says that she has always had a love for teaching science. Within that subject, she truly enjoys hands-on explorations and experiments.

The Haley family includes husband, Chris, son, Tyler, and daughter, Katie. When not working, Karen loves to read, spend time with her family, and drive her kids all over creation! Her family loves to go camping, play at the lake, and go to amusement parks.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

3 John 1:4

Sharon Myers


Sharon began teaching third grade at Crossings in 2006. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education, and an M.A. in Reading. Before coming to CCS, she taught in public and private schools in Tulsa.

Mrs. Myers says that she is intentional about providing a fun, loving environment where children can learn and grow. When asked her favorite subject/unit to teach, she says that she has always loved teaching Language Arts. Within that subject, she truly enjoys introducing students to excellent literature and poetry.

The Myers family includes husband, James, daughter, Lindsey, and son, Landon. When not working, Sharon loves to read, spend time with her family and friends, and play with her two dogs. Her family loves to just hang out together, watch movies, watch sports, and travel together.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.

Mark 12:30-31

Robyn Ramer


Robyn joined CCS in 2014. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has lived in Edmond since 1988 and is a graduate of Edmond Memorial High School. Before coming to CCS, Robyn taught public school for over 10 years and private Pre-K for several years prior to that.

Mrs. Ramer loves being around children. She enjoys their energy, their curiosity and their natural love for learning. She feels very blessed to teach at CCS and is thankful for God’s gift of teaching. Robyn believes the ability to help a child discover and develop his natural talents and abilities is a true blessing. She enjoys partnering with parents to achieve this in every child.

Robyn and her husband Todd have been married since 1995 and have two daughters and one son. Ashton is in college at Oklahoma Baptist University and Natalie and Grayson are students at CCS. As a family, they are very active in their church, where they have been members since July of 1996. In their spare time, they enjoy going to the lake, watching sports, attending many of their kids’ activities and spending time with friends and family. When she is not running kids to activities, Mrs. Ramer loves to read, sew, garden and bake.

Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Ephesians 3:17-19

4th Grade

Terry Adler


Mrs. Adler is a homegrown Oklahoman who has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Oklahoma Christian University. With 28 years of teaching experience, mostly in Edmond Public Schools, Terry is from a family of educators, but credits her second-grade teacher as the one behind her career choice.

Mrs. Adler is married to an avid golfer, Larry, who works as an auditor. She answers to “Momma” from her two sons, Zack and Tyler Tallon, and “Birdie” from her two grandchildren, Mr. Eli Bruce and Miss Evyn Katherine. She has an identical twin sister, Sherry, who also taught many years in the Edmond Public School system. Terry is an amateur crafter, curious observer of neighborhood guineas, and lover of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream.

Mrs. Adler believes the perfect model for teaching lies in the scriptures. She champions Jesus Christ as the master teacher, one who knew His students and knew His subject matter. She believes schools established on biblical principles and truths, combined with the efforts of students, parents, teachers, and administrators, will help foster each student’s intellectual and spiritual development for His glory. She cannot wait to be a part of the Crossings Christian School community!

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55:8-9

Amber Daniels


Miss Daniels grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma. She began teaching 4th grade at Crossings in 2008. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Before coming to Crossings, she taught for one year in Edmond.

Miss Daniels says that she believes in her students and that they can do anything they put their minds to. Her favorite subject to teach is Science because she loves the inquiry and experiments.

When not at school, Miss Daniels loves spending time with her dog, Molly. They love to play soccer, go for walks together or just relax. She also loves spending time with her nieces and nephews, Caleb, Megan, Madison, Aubree, Austin, and Abigail.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

Marsha Napoliello


Marsha was born and raised in Clinton, OK and attended Oklahoma State University where she earned a BS in Elementary Education. She will say she bleeds orange! Go Pokes! She has a Master’s degree in Reading and a Master’s degree in Administration, both from UCO. She previously taught in the Putnam City School District for 15 years before being blessed with becoming a stay at home mom to Nicholas and Isabella for 8 years. During her years in PC she taught 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades and directed a mentoring program for 3 years.

Mrs. Napoliello considers it a privilege for her children to attend Crossings and to get to work in such a Christ-centered environment. She has volunteered and substitute taught here since her children began attending preschool. She loves teaching and being able to share the love of Christ with the open hearts of children.

Marsha, her husband Jeff, Nicholas, Isabella and Gia (precious dog) love spending time as a family being outside, swimming, watching movies, traveling, cheering on OSU and Thunder and reading.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

Aloha Sanders


Aloha came to CCS in 2004. Her B.S. and Masters degrees are in Elementary Education. She grew up in Loco and Comanche, Oklahoma.

Students in Mrs. Sander’s class always enjoy their year and find themselves caught up in her wonderful social studies units. She says that she loves being on staff at CCS and really enjoys getting to know each of her students.

Aloha and her husband, Bill, have two sons. Steve lives in Boston, MA and is continuing his career as a writer. Dan and his wife, Angelia, are in the Air Force. They love their pets, Sophie and Jack.

For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

Aftercare

Jennifer Marshall


Jennifer has a B.S. in Chemistry and has been with CCS since 2004. Jennifer, her husband, Mike, and son, Luke, enjoy playing and watching sports together and listening to Christian rock music. When vacationing, they like to go to places that have roller coasters and professional baseball.

Being around students and watching them develop spiritually and academically is one of the things that Jennifer enjoys about working in a school. She says that being with students at recess is wonderful because it is fun to see the children enjoying their time to be carefree. Jennifer feels that it’s important for children to have time to play and relieve the tension that comes from focusing on learning.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Specials

Amanda Archer

Music


Amanda is from Dallas, Texas and joined the Crossings staff in 2015. She has a Bachelor’s of Music with emphasis on Vocal Music Education from Oklahoma State University. Prior to graduating, Amanda had the privilege of co-teaching pre-k through fifth grade music classes at Westwood Elementary. Amanda regularly attends music workshops to gain resources that she can use in the classroom.

Ms. Archer is incredibly passionate about teaching elementary music and establishing both a musical and moral foundation in each child. Seeing children create through music and praise their Heavenly Father fills her heart with joy.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys traveling and writing letters to friends and family. She is thankful for all of the wonderful people God has placed in her life and enjoys making memories with them. Amanda also loves to spoil her pet guinea pig, Jenny by feeding her blueberries.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24

Sara Barnett

Computers


Sara joined Crossings in 2012 as the Lower School Computer Technology teacher and Middle School Cross Country Coach. She has a Bachelor of Strategic Communications from The University of Central Oklahoma and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership and Development from Oklahoma Christian University. Her teaching experience ranges from universities, community college, high school and academic workshops. She comes to us from the Putnam City School System.

Mrs. Barnett loves to teach students about the fast paced world of technology, and the importance of safety while exploring the internet. Sara considers it a privilege and a blessing to work at Crossings where she has the opportunity to educate young minds both intellectually and spiritually. As an avid runner and marathoner, Sara loves to challenge her cross country team to train with patience, endurance and persistence.

Sara and her husband are blessed with three amazing children: Samantha, Merick and Mia. They are an active family that can be found usually at sporting events like, OU football, Thunder basketball and their children’s soccer games. During her free time, Sara likes to run, read, travel, play games and spend time with extended family.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Connie Graves

Kindergarten Music
CCS School Chaplain


Connie grew up in Miami, Oklahoma and attended Cincinnati Bible Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has been a children’s pastor for the last twelve years. She has taught music in a Christian school and will be teaching pre-school and kindergarten music this year. She loves to work with children!

Ms. Connie loves people and the Bible…those will last for eternity. She is excited to teach Scripture songs so that children can “hide God’s Word in their heart.” Ms. Connie is married to Bill Graves. She is the mother of seven children and twelve grandchildren. She is blessed beyond measure to have such a fabulous family! Spending time with all of them is a priority. She also loves to read and play the piano.

She became a chaplain at Crossings in the fall of 2012. She is passionate with the ministry opportunity to serve students and staff concerning spiritual and personal issues.

Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or imagine, according to the power that works in us.

Ephesians 3:20

Monica Lamb

Latin


Mrs. Lamb joined CCS in January of 2015. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she graduated from Jenks High School. She started college at Baylor University, but obtained her degree in elementary education from Oklahoma State University. She has earned credit hours toward her Masters Degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on supervision.

Mrs. Lamb has a wide variety of classroom experience. Throughout her career she has taught in the Tulsa Public School district and the Oklahoma City Public School district. She has taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade gifted and talented students math and science. Mrs. Lamb also enjoyed teaching 2nd grade and working as an educational researcher for the State of Oklahoma from 1998-2000. She has additional experience serving magnet and inner city schools.

As a believer, she values the Christian education environment at CCS. She loves the freedom to praise and worship God in the classroom, teaching a Biblical worldview and praying with a student that is experiencing challenges or struggles. She finds great joy in figuring out creative ways to teach each subject in order to help her students succeed. She believes love and laughter are the most important keys to unlocking a child’s full potential.

Mrs. Lamb and her husband are the proud parents of 2 children. They serve in their church as adult Sunday school leaders. She enjoys watching her kids play sports, traveling, attending OSU games, working in the yard and cooking when she has time.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

Colossians 3:23

Jenny McKee

Library


Jenny has taught K-5th grade (except 4th) in public and private schools in Oklahoma and Texas. She currently serves as the librarian. She earned a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University.

Her greatest enjoyment when working in the library is introducing students to different types of literature, encouraging them to challenge themselves, and helping students find titles that match their many interests. She also loves finding books for teachers to use as they teach different subjects and units.

Jenny’s two daughters also attend CCS and have since they were in preschool. She has been married for 16 years and her husband, Scott, keeps her laughing. The McKees love hanging out together-especially at OSU football games. Jenny has recently taken up tennis.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-21

Katy Shapard

Library Assistant


Katy joined CCS in 2016. She has a B.S. in Actuarial Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. She worked as an actuary for 2 years and then went on to teach high school math and work as the Director of Alumni Affairs at a private school before becoming a stay-at-home mom and volunteering through the CCS PTF board for 4 years.

Katy and her husband, Nathan, have 3 boys, Cooper, Sumner, and Sutton. She loves spending time with family and friends, watching her son’s sporting events, exercising, reading and serving at her church.

Katy feels humbled to be working for CCS and considers it a joy to be a part of developing Christ-centered servant leaders.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

Becky Stockton

PE


Becky grew up in Shawnee, Oklahoma and has a B.S. in Health/Wellness from Oklahoma State University. She has been with Crossings since the school began.

The best part of teaching PE, according to Becky, is getting to work with all ages of students. She says that it is a blessing to watch their growth throughout the year. Along with the students, Becky adds that she loves working with the incredible staff at CCS.

Becky and her husband, Clint, have been blessed with three children, Connor, Brantly, and Kailey. When not working, Becky loves to read, spend time with family, and watch her kids play soccer.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Ashlyn Winters

Art


Ashlyn joined CCS in 2014. She graduated with a B.S.E. in Art Education (PreK-12) from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2012. Before CCS, Ashlyn taught secondary visual arts, Art I and Ceramics I for Putnam City Schools in Oklahoma City for two years.

Mrs. Winters loves getting to know the hearts of each of her students and teaching them the creative processes of art! She loves seeing God’s creativity in everyday things, especially through young artists’ handiwork. She believes that visual art is about the fun adventures had through the process of creating, and the product is the reward. Her joy in teaching art is helping students appreciate different types of creativity.

Mrs. Winters is the oldest of eleven children! She comes from a large, blended family. They love spending time together, watching movies, having fun outdoor adventures, and loving Jesus through everything! In her free time, Ms. Basinger loves to read, be with friends, and create!

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:26

Carrie Woody

PE


Carrie graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2001 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Following graduation, Carrie joined CCS in 2002 as a preschool assistant and then lead preschool teacher.

Carrie met the man of her dreams in August of 2003, a widower with two kids, one being in her preschool class. They married in the summer of 2004 and Carrie became a stay-at-home mom for her new kids, Zack and Kayli. In 2006 they welcomed their son, Nate. Carrie has loved being a full-time mommy to each of their three children.

Carrie enjoys running marathons, playing tennis and being active, including playing tennis with her husband Grant. They love winning but most importantly, they love being partners on the court and off.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Student Support Services

Heather Hansen

Reading Specialist


Heather joined CCS in 2013. She has her bachelors in Elementary Education and her masters in reading. She is certified in Early Childhood and Special Education. She is also a certified reading specialist. She has taught for 10 years ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade and worked as a reading specialist for 4 years prior to coming to CCS.

Her family includes her elementary school sweetheart, Wayne, and their 4 children – Tate, Hope, Emalyn and Jett. They are also foster parents and love extending their family to children that God brings into their home. Heather absolutely loves teaching. Her biggest dreams have always been to be a mother and a teacher. Reading is her favorite subject and she is passionate about developing a love of reading in her students!

In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, reading and doing craft projects.

But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.

Acts 20:24

Kim Riley

Discovery


Mrs. Riley joined the CCS faculty in 2015. She has a B.A. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Before deciding to become a stay at home mom she taught Kindergarten in Moore Public Schools and 2nd and 3rd grade in Edmond Public Schools where she was teacher of the year in her building.

Mrs. Riley strongly believes in the philosophies and high standards Crossings Christian School has set for their students. She feels that children all learn and grow at their own pace and educators have the privilege of guiding them through that journey.

The Riley family includes her husband, Brent, and son, Cash. They joined the Crossings family in 2014 when Cash started first grade. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her son’s sporting events, volunteering for the Junior League of Oklahoma City, exercising, reading, and spending time with friends.

For he commands his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

Psalm 91:11

Heather Sutton

Reading Specialist


Heather graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She has taught Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade in Oklahoma and Texas. She completed her coursework for her Master of Education in Reading degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in June 2013.

Mrs. Sutton is passionate about helping students become successful readers. She recognizes that every child is uniquely created by God and learns to read and write in his/her own way. She longs to see all students reach their full potential and feel confident in their abilities as readers and writers.

Mrs. Sutton is happily married to her husband, Jeremy. They have two sons, Will and Eli. Heather enjoys reading, journaling, playing games, watching movies, and spending time with her three boys.

And He said, ‘My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.’ Then he said to Him, ‘If Thy presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.’

Exodus 33:14-15

Beth Tollefson

Support Services Director


Beth joined Crossings in 2012 as the Educational Resource director for K-12. She has a B.S. degree in Special Education from Southwestern State University. She earned her first Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling then followed up with a degree in Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. Beth has been an Educator for 20 years. The first eight years were spent as a Special Education teacher and a Counselor in Edmond Public Schools. Since then she has been a Principal in the Edmond schools for 12 years.

Mrs. Tollefson believes it is a privilege to serve students and parents. She enjoys helping students and finding ways to lead them to be excited about education. Beth is overjoyed to work with young hearts and shape them academically, emotionally and spiritually. She is a firm believer in high expectations and giving your talents to please God.

Beth is blessed with a wonderful family. The Tollefson family includes her husband, Brad, and their sweet little girl, Reagan. In her free time, Beth enjoys reading all kinds of literature, working outside in her yard, and spending time with her immediate and extended family.

Beth is excited about coming to work at CCS. She is thrilled to be working with professionals, parents and students who share a vision for excellence in education and giving glory to God!!

Be still, and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:10