Middle School Faculty & Staff

Beth Tollefson

Middle School Principal


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

Jeremy Sutton

Middle School Assistant Principal


Mr. Sutton has been at CCS since 2005. He grew up in the Oklahoma City area and graduated from Deer Creek High School. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master of Education in Administration from Columbia International University. Mr. Sutton has been in education since 2003 and his experience includes preschool, elementary, middle and high school.

When asked his favorite thing about teaching, he says that he loves challenging students to examine their lives, think biblically about the choices they make, and realize that ideas, good or bad, have consequences. Mr. Sutton wants to train students to live out the truth of God’s word in a culture of relativism, and not be deceived by worldly ideas and philosophies.

Mr. Sutton is happily married to his wife, Heather, and has three sons, Will, Eli and Micah. His hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, trail running, camping, bird watching, and cheering for his favorite collegiate football team, the Michigan Wolverines.

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

Sabrina Cox

Administrative Assistant to MS Principal


Sabrina began working in the front office of the CCS Lower School in August of 2010. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. Her work experience includes management in a medical supply company, and she and her husband have owned their own business since January of 2000.

Her family includes husband, Phil, daughter, Arienne, who is a college student at UCO, and son Ian who is a student at CCS. She enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with friends and family, and attending OSU basketball games.

You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:9

5th Grade

Sheila Archer

Math


Mrs. Archer joined the fifth grade teaching team in 2012 and is so excited to be a part of Crossings Christian School!! Sheila taught sixth grade math for several years before staying at home with their children and is now thrilled to be back in the classroom!

She has a husband, John, and five fabulous children. Lauren is twenty years old and is a ballet dancer in New York City, Grace is 14, Caroline is 11, Will is 10, and Ella is 8. They keep her busy and very happy!

Be still, and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:10

Karrie Blagg

Social Studies


Karrie joined the CCS team in 2011. Karrie earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Minor in Music at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. She has taught public school in Fort Cobb and Norman Public Schools, as well as home educating her children for eight years.

Mrs. Blagg believes that all children are a blessing from the Lord. It is her desire to do all she can to set each student up for success, instilling in them a love for learning. Mrs. Blagg loves watching students engage in learning, and being able to have a positive impact on those formative years.

Karrie and her husband Matt, have three children, Ethan, Emily and Ella. They enjoy hiking, camping, and playing music together as a family. In her spare time, Karrie loves outdoor activities such as; gardening, tennis, and riding horses. She also loves reading a good book!

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

Philippians 3:12

Allison Haymaker

Science


Allison joined CCS in 2016 and is so excited to be a part of the Crossings community. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She taught 5th, 4th, and 1st grade before staying at home with their children. Allison is thrilled to be back in the classroom.

Mrs. Haymaker has a strong passion to educate young minds and help them blossom into well-rounded, responsible, and successful individuals. Mrs. Haymaker has a desire to inspire students to be faithful followers of Christ.

Allison is blessed with a wonderful family. The Haymaker family includes her husband, Doug, and their two spirited boys, Braden and Hunter. In her spare time, Allison enjoys traveling, exercising, watching sports, baking, and spending time with her family.

From the fullness of his grace, we have received one blessing after another.

John 1:16

Kathleen Johnson

English


Kathleen began teaching CCS in 2006. Her classroom is always exciting, and her students cannot help but catch her enthusiasm as they learn. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Elementary Guidance and Counseling from OSU.

Ms. “J” has two children. Her son, Scott, his wife, Leia, and their sons, Will and Ben, live in Olympia, Washington where he is a pilot for the Air Force. Her daughter Katie, is living in Chicago and working on a graduate degree at Northwestern University.

Let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:7

6th Grade

Brooke Crocker

Science


Brooke joined CCS in 2018. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University, and a masters Degree in Reading from Northeastern State University. Prior to joining CCS, Brooke taught for 22 years (18 of those years with McAlester Public Schools). She has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist and director of Indian Education.

Brooke grew up in Tahlequah, OK with both of her grandmothers being teachers. Education was always a high priority and she loves teaching and building relationships with her students.

Brooke is married to Gavin Crocker who also works at CCS. They have three children: Chase (1997), Carlye (2000), and Isaac (2011). Brooke loves to read, walk and cheer on the OSU Cowboys when she is not teaching.

“For I know my plans 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

Suzanne McGraw

English


Suzanne joined CCS in 2015. She has a B.A. degree in government with a minor in psychology from The University of Texas in Austin. She completed her secondary English education teacher certification at the University of Central Oklahoma. Suzanne has taught English, Bible, and Technology ranging throughout grades 6th-10th in both private and public schools. During her early years as a teacher, she taught at Oklahoma Christian Schools and most recently at Deer Creek Middle School.

Mrs. McGraw loves to inspire young people to use their minds and creativity to fulfill their God-given potential. She considers it an amazing privilege to have the opportunity to impact the lives of children at such a developmental age. It is her hope that not only will her students gain knowledge in the subject of English, but will also gain confidence in themselves and a desire to put their own unique stamp on this world.

Suzanne has been blessed with a wonderful, big family. She and her husband, Kurt, have seven lovely children: Lantana, Ivy, Noah, Amelia, Candace, Adelaide, and Tyson. They are her pride and joy, and make for lots of fun stories to share with her students! Suzanne loves adventures and being active. She also enjoys writing, decorating spaces, and traveling.

For Jehovah God is a sun and shield: Jehovah will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Psalm 84:11

Deanna Dennis

Math


Mrs. Dennis joined CCS in 2012. She has a B.S. in Education (K-8) from The University of Central Oklahoma. Before coming to CCS, Deanna homeschooled her children for 5 years then taught in public schools for 13 years in grades 1-8. Her most recent position was 5th grade math, science and social studies at Altus Intermediate School in Altus, Oklahoma.

Deanna loves teaching middle school students .She says, “I believe God called me to teach. I would not want to do anything else. I hope my students know how much I love them and want them to be their very best. It is my goal to teach my student to honor God by giving their best and using the gifts He has given them to serve others.”

She is married to her best friend Derek and they have 2 beautiful children, Devyn and Dylan, both CCS Alumni. Deanna feels blessed beyond measure by the gift God has given her through her family. As the mother of teenagers she stays very busy and loves every minute of it.

Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30

Cindy McCurdy

History


Cindy joined CCS in 2012. She has a B.S. in Education (K-8) from the University of Oklahoma and a M.Ed. from University of Central Oklahoma. Before coming to CCS, she taught in the Putnam City School District at the elementary and middle school level. Her most recent position was 5th grade science and social studies at Oklahoma Christian School.

Mrs. McCurdy chooses the Bible verse from Luke 6:31 “Do to others as you would have them do to you” as the foundation for her classroom. She respects her students and treats them as if they were her own. Cindy feels by establishing a God-centered relationship with her students, she can help them become good stewards of God’s world and continue to develop to their potential.

The McCurdy family includes husband, Tim, and daughters, Mary Margaret and Megan. She is currently blessed with son-in-law, Wes Knight, and he will soon be joined by future son-in-law, Matt Miller. Cindy has been enjoying her new role as grandmother to Parker Charles Knight. In her spare time Cindy likes to garden, paint/decorate, exercise, and play with her pets. She looks forward to holidays and birthdays when time is spent with family and friends.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

Bible

Gavin Crocker


Gavin joined CCS in 2018. He has a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from East Central University and a B.S. in Education from Northeastern State University, where he played on the Men’s Soccer team. Mr. Crocker served the last 22 years in Oklahoma Public Schools experiencing both large and small school districts. He has been a Head Coach or Coordinator in football since 2005. He was the Defensive Coordinator for Berryhill’s State Runner-Up, District Championship team in 2009. He also enjoyed success as he served on Claremore and Coweta’s football staff from 1996-2007 as well as McAlester, Quinton, and Wilburton from 2010-2018.

Mr. Crocker has over 100 wins as a head soccer coach. He coached Claremore girls soccer to a state runner-up finish in 2005 and 2004 and multiple district championships. He also started high school soccer programs at Coweta and McAlester. He has been a head junior high wrestling coach at Coweta, Claremore, and McAlester with multiple conference championships and tournament champion teams.

Mr. Crocker believes his purpose is to share God’s Word with youth and encourage them to compete for Jesus Christ daily. He has been involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes since 2005. Mr. Crocker believes athletics and teaching is a great platform to share his passion for faith and athletics to influence lives for Jesus Christ.

Mr. Crocker is married to his beautiful wife, Brooke, who also teaches at CCS. They have 3 children, Isaac who is a CCS student, Carlye and Chase. Mr. Crocker enjoys spending time with his family, creek fishing, cross fit, going to church, and Christian concerts.

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

Matthew 6:33

John Mendenhall


John joined CCS in 2014. He graduated from Southern Nazarene University in 1999 with a degree in History. John has served as a full-time pastoral minister since graduation, developing dynamic biblically based youth programs focused on discipleship, missions and family in several churches.

John has a passion for discipleship and working with middle school and high school students to help them reach for a deep and full relationship with God through education. Mr. Mendenhall believes every student should be valued and treated with respect. An education should empower and help him or her make a positive contribution to our world.

John has an incredible wife Ashley, and two wonderful kids Brooke and Lincoln. He is exceedingly grateful for these good and perfect gifts. John is an avid sports fan and loves coaching. He spends his free time fishing, hiking, camping, golfing, reading and grilling.

With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.

Mark 10:27

English

Mandi Risner


Mandi joined Crossings in 2016. She has a degree in English Education fromt he University of Central Oklahoma. She has been blessed to serve as a Christian school teacher for eight years. Most recently her service was to Emmanuel Christian School in Enid, OK as the Library/Media Coordinator.

She has been married to Jay Risner since 1998, and they have three beautiful gifts from the Lord, Avery, Mia, and Jack Dallas. In her free time Mandi enjoys reading, exercising and watching soccer.

Excited about her role in the middle school at Crossings, she looks forward to engaging with students through literature and writing. She hopes to lead them to first become convinced of the truth of the gospel then transformed by the power of the gospel. The ultimate goal is that they become effective communicators of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.

Acts 17:24-25

Tina Valentine


Tina joined CCS in 2015. She has a B.S. in Education (Elementary) from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Education in Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum Development from the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to CCS, Tina taught public school in Broken Bow, Moore, and Edmond and has taught grades 2nd –7th since 1990.

Mrs. Valentine is a life-long learner and loves learning new things. She has always wanted to be a teacher, and was drawn to education as a child. Mrs. Valentine believes that students learn best when they take ownership, make connections, and show perseverance. Her goal in the classroom is to provide students with active learning experiences so that they may become creative, problem-solving thinkers that extend beyond the classroom that will serve them well in the future. Mrs. Valentine has always loved literature and reading, making English one of her favorite subjects to teach.

The Valentine family includes husband, John, sons, Jake, Jared, and Jett, and daughter, Kirby. Jake and his wife, Alicia has blessed the family with Wrigley Ryne Jobe, the first grandbaby! When not working, Tina loves to read, spend time with her family, and work out! She has run two half-marathons and would like to train for a full marathon in the future.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31

History

Mary Beth Baumgardner


Mary Beth joined CCS in 2018. She has a B.A. in Humanities and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Bob Jones University. Before coming to Crossings, she taught for five years at Japanese schools in Okinawa and Yokohama.

Mrs. Baumgardner met and married her husband, Lewis, while living in Japan where he was serving in the U.S. Navy. They enjoy traveling around the United States and the world together looking for outdoor adventures and new foods and restaurants.

Mrs. Baumgardner grew up attending a small Christian school in her hometown in West Virginia. Now in Oklahoma, she is excited or the opportunity that God has provided  to join together with parents, professionals, and students to learn and grow while giving glory to God.

Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 26:4

Liz Fitzgerald


Liz joined CCS in 2018. She grew up in the Oklahoma City area graduating from Putnam City West High School. She graduated from Olivet Nazarene University near Chicago with a B.A. in Secondary Education Social Studies and a minor in psychology. Before coming to CCS, Liz served at the Canterbury Episcopal School in DeSoto, Texas for sixteen years as a social studies teacher and school administrator.

Liz loves to teach social studies and especially geography where students explore God’s beautiful gift of creation and the cultures of the world inhabited by His children. She hopes to inspire in each student an appreciation for this generous gift and raise an awareness of His call to be good stewards of it. Liz’s favorite verse is Micah 6:8, “…And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” In this spirit, She seeks to foster a Christ-centered, grace-filled classroom where her students can grow and thrive.

The Fitzgerald family consists of Liz’s husband Jim, their three daughters – Erin, Katie, and Anna and Erin’s husband Phil. After a career in pastoral ministry in the Church of the Nazarene, Jim now serves as professor and Chair of the School of Theology and Ministry at Southern Nazarene University. Their family is spread out with Erin and Phil in California and Katie in Chicago, so visiting family is one of Liz’s favorite activities. She also enjoys cooking, hosting families in her home, walking, traveling, and watching sporting events, especially the Sooners!

“…And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Micah 6:8

Math

Carrie Dubbell


Carrie grew up in Shawnee, Oklahoma and attended Liberty Academy, a small Christian school. She loved the core values and believes her teaching philosophy was instilled during those formidable years. Carrie graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1997, earning her degree in secondary math education. She taught at Tecumseh High School for 2 years before accepting a position back at Dale Schools where she did her student teaching.

Carrie absolutely loved her 3 years at Dale, but left in 2002 to move to Edmond with her husband Eric. They have two incredible son’s, Landon and Luke, who have both been at Crossings since the age of 2. Carrie has been able to stay at home with them since 2006 and is now excited that God has opened the door to teach again.

”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

Kerrie Sala


Kerrie joined CCS in 2014. She has a B.S. with special distinction in Elementary Education as well as an endorsement for intermediate math from the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to CCS, Kerrie taught public school in Norman and Tulsa and served as the youth administrative assistant for Newchurch Youth Ministries here in Oklahoma City.

Mrs. Sala loves middle school students! She especially enjoys teaching math to students who don’t particularly like math! She would describe her teaching style as versatile, but structured. Her goal in the classroom is to give her students lots of opportunities to explore math in different ways, but also to make sure that the foundations of math are well developed and fully understood.

Kerrie married her husband, Joey, in 1997 and the traveled all the way to Vietnam to adopt their energetic son, Zakary, in 2007. They enjoy attending Crossings Community Church, going to Zakary’s basketball and baseball games, growing vegetables in their garden, riding their bikes and traveling to Tulsa to see their extended families.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.

Philippians 2:3-5

Science

Mallory Clark


Mallory began teaching middle school science at Crossings in 2012. She has a B.S. in Science Education from the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to CCS, she taught in public schools in Houston and Dallas.

Mrs. Clark says that she strives to create an enriching and engaging environment where her students feel at ease asking and answering questions as well as expressing their own opinions. She believes a warm and inviting classroom encourages students to feel comfortable and promote learning.

The Clark family includes husband, Billy, twins, Nora and Barron, and daughter Isabella. When not working, Mallory loves to travel, read, spend time with her family and friends, and play with her three dogs. Her family loves to hang out together, watch sports, and travel together.

Finally, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Philippians 4:8

Piper Link


Piper began teaching high school Biology at Crossings in 2011. She has a B.A. of Science in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to CCS, she taught at Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City.

Mrs. Link says that it is a privilege to work with high school students and get them interested in Science. She is intentional about providing a nurturing yet rigorous environment where students can be academically challenged. When asked her favorite unit to teach, she says cellular structure and function with genetics as a close second. Within Biology, she truly enjoys introducing students to dissection labs, organization and hands-on instruction.

The Link family includes husband, Brian, two daughters, Bronwyn and Murphy, and son, Graham. When not working, Piper loves to go to Starbucks and work on various bible studies, coach cheer and run. Her family loves to play games at Starbucks, take golf cart rides, and travel to Disneyland.

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

Electives

Michael Brown

Dean of Fine Arts/Band Director


Michael comes to Crossings after spending 14 years at Oklahoma Christian School. He has a B.A. in Music Education and is finishing up his M.A. in School Administration both from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Mr. Brown is intentional about using music to show the love of Jesus to everyone we come into contact with. From contests to football games, we are called to be a light unto the world. Music is a gift from God and the instrumental music department will glorify Him through every performance and event.

The Brown family includes wife Charissa and two children, Austin and Taylor. When not at work, Mr. Brown enjoys photography, movies, sports, particularly OSU and the OKC Thunder, and hanging out with friends and family.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for in time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9

Jennifer Bounds

Orchestra


Jenn joined Crossings in 2013. She received two degrees in cello performance from the University of Central Oklahoma. She plays cello in The Stringents, Metro String Quartet and for her church.

Mrs. Bounds has taught music since 2001. She is excited to be able to teach community and love of music to students, through Christ. Also, to praise God, through music, with her talents and the talents of her students.

Jenn’s family includes her husband Cody, son, Micah and daughter Eden. When Jenn isn’t playing her cello or teaching music she loves to run in races, go on play dates with her kids, paint, read, shop, photography and travel.

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

John 15:12

Nathaniel Estrada

Spanish


Nathaniel grew up in a Spanish speaking household with English being his second language. After graduating from U.S. Grant High School in 2002, he moved to Guadalajara, Mexico to take a discipleship training course and serve as a missionary through Youth with a Mission and the University of the Nations. Upon returning, he obtained his B.S. in Behavioral Science and Bible/Theology from Mid-America Christian University. He began teaching Spanish at Crossings in 2009.

Mr. Estrada believes a Christian education is an awesome opportunity for a child to develop a strong relationship with God early in life, so that, “When they are old they will not depart from it.” Not only can students have a relationship with God, but they can also have teachers and fellow believers all around to encourage them and guide them in the way they should go. When asked “Why do you want to teach in a Christian school?” He said, “In a Christian school, the ability to teach a child to strive for knowledge and excellence in this life as a Christian is very important to me… hopefully, I can impart to them what I know and broaden their minds in learning another language that can help them be a great success.”

The Estrada family includes his wife since 2007, Hope, their two children Ezekiel (2013) and Elicia (2015), and a miniature dachshund, Lolita. When not working, Nathaniel enjoys working with the youth at his home church where he is a deacon and plays the drums in the worship band. He also enjoys playing all sports especially golf and indoor soccer on the weekends.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13-14

Garrett Johnson

Band Director


Garrett joined Crossings in 2018. He has a degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. He has been blessed to serve as a music teacher for the past 6 years in both Oklahoma and Texas. Most recently his service was with the Wheeler Independent School District in Wheeler, Texas as the Assistant Band Director.

Mr. Johnson has been an active church and outside musician for over 10 years. He enjoys using his gifts at his local church within the worship team. He also enjoys his pastimes, which include things such as running, recording music, drone photography and reading.

Mr. Johnson is excited about his role with the band program at Crossings. His experiences throughout the years have trained him to not only effetively teach music but also create a classroom culture that is positive and engaging. The goal of his class is to teach students how to play their instruments and to also teach life lessons and skills through it all. He hopes to show students that music is a gift from God and it is only the beginning of his greatness. With God all things are possible and the transformations that we go through when we accept him are more beautiful than anything we can imagine. Ultimately, his students will learn how to tie together their experiences in music, life and as a Christian and apply them to their own lives.

“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

Acts 20:35

Jonathan Keathly

Physical Education


Coach Jonathan Keathly is part of the Crossings Christian family as the head football coach and a freshman history teacher.

After earning a degree in education from Oklahoma State, he began his career in 2002 at Western Heights, and then spent the next seven years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The Keathlys then returned to Oklahoma, and he served for 8 years as a football and basketball coach at Deer Creek High School, where he helped the Antlers win two district championships on the football field and the Lady Antlers win three state championships on the basketball court.

Before joining CCS, he was the head coach at Watonga, leading the Eagles to a 9-3 record and their farthest advancement in the playoffs this century.

Coach K and his wife, Cindy, were married in 2002. Their children, Annabelle and Kannon, are both students at Crossings.

Coach Keathly feels God has called him to a ministry in the classroom as well as the football field. Early in his career a young student shared Luke 12:48 with him, to whom much is given, much is required, and he has reminded himself of these words daily.

But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Luke 12:48

Angela Lux

Drama


Angela began teaching at Crossings in Spring Semester 2010. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature and a Minor in Biblical Studies. Before her advent to CCS she taught English as a Second Language at Edmond Language Institute at UCO.

Ms. Lux believes in a method of teaching that involves a lot of questions and allows both the students and teacher to learn new things while finding the answers to those questions. She works hard to promote a loving, creative, and inspiring environment where the kids can grow, discover, and be challenged. Her favorite part about teaching Social Studies is the myriad of opportunities to bring in information from a range of other subjects and disciplines.

Outside of her classroom, she enjoys delving into the wealth of literature, roaming the world, drinking coffee, creating literary worlds of her own, running, and coming up with new improbable ideas of adventures she can go on. She loves spending time with her family, whether playing board games, cooking feasts, obeying her nephews dictatorial commands, or going antique shopping with the girls.

And Jesus answered, ‘If anyone loves me, he will keep my commands, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him’

John 14:23

Amber Mash

Vocal Music Director


Amber Mash graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education from Southern Nazarene University. She has 20 years of teaching experience to share with her students. Before coming to CCS in 2018, she encouraged and taught middle and high school vocal music in districts that include Union City, Yukon, Mid-Del, Western Heights, and Putnam City. While teaching at Western Oaks Middle School, she was named Teacher of the Year for 2017-18. She is an active member and leader in state music organizations, and was chosen by the Oklahoma Music Educator’s Association to receive the Exemplary Middle School Teacher Award in 2018.

Mrs. Mash enjoys teaching and working with students! She encourages students to be good stewards of the talents and gifts God has given them. She believes it is a special privilege to be able to assist in improving the skills and confidence of students, especially in regard to their own voice. Knowing that music is one of the primary tools we use for worship, she leads and supports students in their pursuit of excellence.

Mrs. Mash is married to her husband, Barret, a Physical Education teacher in Mustang. They have two school-age sons, Jacob and Tyler. When she is not working or attending school and church activities with her family, Mrs. Mash enjoys spending time with friends, playing games, reading, and eating movie theater popcorn.

 

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Colossians 3:23

Kyndall Rainey

Art


Kyndall joined Crossings Christian School in 2014. She studied Art at the Kansas City Art Institute and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she received her B.A. in Arts Education, with an emphasis in sculpture/fiber art. Before coming to CCS, Kyndall was an elementary art teacher at Keystone Adventure School and Farm, and taught summer art workshops for high school students at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Kyndall says that she’s excited to teach students that their creative abilities are a gift from God who created them in His own image. Her goal is to encourage students to think outside the box, to problem solve, and to communicate their beliefs and values in Christ through their artwork. Kyndall believes that art, partnered with scripture, can be a successful tool for overcoming stress, and promoting cognitive learning.

When Kyndall isn’t teaching art, she enjoys painting in her studio and exhibiting her artwork in local galleries. In addition, she also loves spending time with her friends and family, going to church, traveling, visiting art museums, listening to music, running and playing basketball.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9

Kristen Rayos

Technology


Ms. Rayos joined CCS in 2015 as part of the middle school teaching team. She is excited to be in a classroom for the first time to combine her experience in technology with her love of children to help guide them in God’s word through innovative technology solutions.

She has twin girls, Hannah and Olivia Rayos, who attend Crossings Christian School. Though they are twins, their looks are equally as different as their personalities, which keeps her busy with many activities, sports and laughs!

Ms. Rayos loves to spend time with her family and friends, and enjoys traveling to the mountains whenever she gets the chance.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

Dennis Savill

Debate


Joining Crossings in 2012, Dennis has a B.S. in Computer Science from Oklahoma City University and a M.A. in History from the University of Central Oklahoma. Before coming to CCS, he had a twelve year career in Information Technology at companies such as the Daily Oklahoman, Dobson Communications and Sonic, following a four year career debating at Putnam City and in college.

Mr. Savill believes in helping to equip Christian students with the logical framework and persuasion skills needed to defend their faith against the myriad of intellectual attacks they will receive in college and beyond. By combining dialectic techniques with practice debates and learning about intellectual systems and Biblical examples, the student should calmly and persuasively argue that Christianity makes more sense than any other philosophy or structure.

The Savill family includes daughter, Olivia, French bulldog Blackberry and a slider turtle, Sacagawea. When not teaching, Dennis loves to read for fun and learning, watch movies and sports, travel and spend time with his favorite daughter. An avid movie and history buff, Dennis loves to discuss these two favorite subjects with other fans.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

Jill Schenk

Library


Mrs. Schenk has a B.A. in English education and is completing her Master’s degree in Library Science. She is certified in both secondary and early childhood education. Mrs. Schenk has taught both high school and elementary school in the state of Oklahoma since 2005 in public, private, and online settings.

Mrs. Schenk strongly values the gift of learning that God has given to each person and seeks to intentionally create a library climate that promotes the development of knowledge through literature and effective research.

Mrs. Schenk is married to fellow Crossings Dean of Students, Athletic Director, and Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, Shawn Schenk. They have been blessed with 4 children: Calvin, Clark, Faith, and Mae.

Mrs. Schenk is an avid reader, and her favorite author is Jane Austen. She enjoys literature from all genres, especially historical fiction and mystery.

Mrs. Schenk also enjoys attending CCS basketball games, being actively involved in her church, and spending time with her family and friends.

He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8

Kamron Vaughn

PE


Kamron joined CCS in 2016. He graduated with a B.A. in History from Southern Nazarene University. He is excited to bring his knowledge of athletics, training and love for Christ to Crossings. He believes in teaching and coaching in a Christ-like manner to help students reach their full potential.

Kamron believes in being interactive with his students and making Physical Education a blast! He wants to teach students how to enjoy sports with humility and grace. He has a passion for Christ-centered education and the value it holds.

Kamron and his amazing wife Kaylee have been married since 2013 and have a great dane, Ellie. They are very active in their church and enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. The are also avid sports fans and love cheering for their favorite team the Seattle Seahawks!

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Jamie Wheat

Physical Education


Jamie joined CCS in 2017. He graduated with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education, certified in grades K-12. He taught previously at Bethany Public Schools and Norman Public Schools. His teaching and coaching experience began with teaching tennis lessons and acting as a camp counselor/small group leader in high school. It continued with coaching high school tennis and teaching elementary and middle school Physical Education as well as Health.

Mr. Wheat believes in fostering Christ centered, life long relationships. He wants to teach students to truly care for one another through love and truth and to help students build one another up on prayer and encouragement through scripture.

The foundation of Jamie’s coaching philosophy is based upon Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” He feels a passion to create a culture in which students, athletes, and coaches are constantly challenging, encouraging and sharpening one another for the overall goal of being a part of a team and succeeding together.

Jamie has been married to his high school sweetheart and best friend, Lauren, since 2009. They enjoy road trips together, traveling, being outdoors, playing with their dogs and spending quality time with friends and family. Mr. Wheat loves tennis, the ocean, road trips, music and learning from other people.

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

John 13:35