Upper School Faculty & Staff

Ron Titus, M.Ed.

Academic Dean


Ron Titus has been a director of academic programs at Crossings Christian School since 2006. He is certified as a teacher, principal, and superintendent by the state of Oklahoma, and through the Association of Christian Schools International. He also teaches a section of AP Psychology for college credit at the Upper School.

Mr. Titus earned his masters degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University where he is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Oklahoma with minors in Art Education and Psychology. Prior to joining Crossings, he served for five years as program director of Internet Technologies at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City. Mr. Titus began his career in education as a technology director, teacher, and coach at Deer Creek Schools in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Prior to becoming an educator, Mr. Titus served in the United States Air Force. While enlisted he was an honor graduate at the Air Training Command and received numerous service medals and awards, including the 438th Communications Group’s Airman of the Year (1991) for his role in Operation Desert Storm.

Mr. Titus is passionate about his faith, family, Christian education, and learning. He loves reading, playing guitar, tinkering with technology, and coaching baseball.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

Tammy Jensen, M.Ed.

Dean of Students / Activities Director


Tammy started at CCS as Activities Director, Assistant to the Dean of Students/Athletic Director, Student Council Adviser and Spirit Coordinator in 2015. She earned her Bachelors degree from Oklahoma State University in Therapeutic Recreation. She later received her Master’s degree from the University of St. Mary’s in Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction. She has served on the Executive Board for the Oklahoma Association of Student councils for the past five years and was named Student Council Adviser of the year for 2014 by the OASC.

Her teaching experience includes Physical Education, High School Leadership, Character Education, Early Childhood and Educational Therapy. She is certified in the areas of Physical Education, Mild Moderate Special Education and Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Jensen’s passion is to encourage students to learn how to be strong and independent leaders in the world not of the world. Helping students love their school and be proud to be an active part of the high school experience is a priority for Mrs. Jensen.

She is married to her high school sweetheart, John. She has three wonderful children. Malcolm attends UCO and is the emcee of the OKC Thunder. Mack is a sophomore at OBU where he is a Defensive Back for the Bison Football Team. Hannah (17) attends Edmond Santa Fe where she is in the Special Education Program and is on the Emire Elite Special Needs Cheer Squad. In her free time, Tammy enjoys gardening, baking and watching football with her family.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139:14

Michael Brown, M.Ed.

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

Shawn Schenk, M.Ed.

Dean of Athletics/Athletic Director


Mr. Schenk holds a Masters degree in Educational Administration and a Bachelors degree in Math Education from Oklahoma Baptist University where he also played on the Men’s Bison Basketball team. Mr. Schenk came to Crossings in 2013 after 16 years in public school. He spent 12 of those years as a head coach in 6A schools in the state of Oklahoma. In his tenure as head coach, he has led all 3 of his teams to the state tournament including the Edmond Santa Fe boys basketball program to 5 state tournament appearances and 4 state semi-final appearances during his 6 years there and most recently the CCS Knights’ debut state appearance in 2016. Mr. Schenk is the recipient of numerous coaching awards ranging from OCA All-State coach to multiple conference, area, and regional coach of the year awards. He celebrated his 200th career win in 2016.

Mr. Schenk enjoys motivating students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles to achieve success. He is also passionate about helping students identify, embrace, and utilize the unique gifts and talents God has given them. In his experiences, Mr. Schenk has witnessed the positive impact that athletic participation can have on the mental, physical, and spiritual development and maturation of our youth. He remains committed to the support and the development of the coaches and student-athletes at Crossings and is honored by this tremendous responsibility.

Mr. Schenk is married to his beautiful wife, Jill, fellow CCS Middle School librarian. They have 4 children, Calvin, Clark, Faith and Mae. When he has free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, reading, watching sports, and being involved in church

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 as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 5:1-2

Veronica Webster

Administrative Assistant to the Deans


Veronica joined CCS as a substitute in 2015. She has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University. Veronica worked for The City of Dallas in the Water Resources Department before moving to Oklahoma.

Since her move to Oklahoma, she has spent her time at home taking care of her and husband John’s two boys. Their family has enjoyed CCS since their youngest son joined in 2009. Now both boys are loving being CCS students. Taking care of her boys has increased her passion of working with kids and is grateful to be a part of the CCS team.

The Webster family enjoys sports and outdoor activities. Among those, some of their favorites are soccer, baseball, basketball, camping and biking.

so we do not lose heart, though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Kimberly Bastin

Receptionist


Kimberly Bastin graduated in 2007 from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. After graduating, she and her husband, Blake, moved to Houston, Texas where she taught both kindergarten and 2nd grade. Kimberly remains a certified elementary education teacher.

While living in Houston, Kimberly and Blake welcomed their twins, Samantha and Easton. The family took advantage of the great opportunity to live in Melbourne, Australia for two years for Blake’s job until a position here in Oklahoma City at Crossings Community Church called them home. In 2016, Blake began his role as Head of Finance and Administration at Crossings Church, and in the fall of 2017, Kimberly began serving at Crossings Christian School. Their children, Samantha and Easton, have attended CCS since 2016. Kimberly is deeply invested in the mission of CCS.

In her free time, Kimberly loves traveling to watch major league baseball games (Go Tigers!), browsing through antique stores, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12

Counseling

Keri Shields, M.S.

Academic Counselor


Mrs. Shields joined CCS in 2009. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science degree in Education, specifically College Teaching with an emphasis in Student Personnel Services from Northeastern State University. Mrs. Shields is certified by the Association of Christian Schools International as a School Counselor Specialist and as a secondary teacher. She has experience teaching 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade English classes as well as undergraduate college courses. Mrs. Shields is called to work with tweens and teens. Her career objective is to assist CCS students in succeeding academically and to graduate with servant hearts and, most important, personal relationships with Christ.

The Shields family includes her husband George; son, Grant; and daughter, Susan. When not working Mrs. Shields likes to exercise, volunteer at church, and participate in small group bible studies. The book of John has been most influential in her Christian walk.

The (S)hields of the earth belong to God; He is greatly exalted.

Psalm 47:9

Jennifer Foster

Administrative Assistant/Registrar


Jennifer is thrilled to return to the CCS staff in the summer of 2016. She originally joined CCS in 2007 as the assistant to the Headmaster, and after the birth of her daughter she took a break from work outside the home to be a stay-at-home mom.

Jennifer graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. She is passionate about using her gifts and talents to assist in furthering the mission of the school: to develop students into Christ-centered servant leaders who are academically and spiritually prepared for college and life.

When not working, Jennifer loves to spend time with her family which includes her husband, Michael, daughter, Stella and son, Wes. She enjoys reading, practicing yoga, listening to music, and traveling to her hometown of Houston to be with her extended family. The Foster family hobbies also include rock climbing, biking, and gardening.

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what GOD is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously.

Micah 6:8

Franci MacDonald

Director of Spiritual Formation for Girls


Franci came to Crossings in 2012 as the Director of Spiritual Formation for girls. She also is the middle and upper school track coach. Franci has been involved in Christian education as an elementary teacher, middle and high school coach, and mentor since 1996. She is passionate about leading and discipling young people to Christ in every area of life.

Mrs. MacDonald is married to Paul, our headmaster, and they have raised four children and hosted five international students. She enjoys being a grandmother to Naomi and Maddox.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Colossians 3:17

Bible

Janay Stephens, M.Div.

Department Chair


Janay grew up in Oklahoma. She received her B.A. from Oklahoma Baptist University and then went on to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where she earned a Masters of Divinity. She spent a number of years as a campus minister in Oklahoma, primarily at the University of Central Oklahoma. While serving as a campus minister, she also taught numerous university Bible courses. Janay came to CCS in 2008.

Believing strongly that the most important relationship in anyone’s life is their relationship to God, Janay feels both a sense of honor as well as great responsibility in teaching the Bible. It is her desire that every student will not only know that facts of the Bible, but will know through personal experience the God of the Bible. She prays that Bible will be more than just a class but will rather be the beginning of a lifelong passion for God and for His word. It is her prayer that students will be able to know and apply God’s word to every aspect of their lives and that they will be “thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:17).

Janay is married to Michael and they have two children Zachery and Elisabeth. She loves spending time with her family and friends and is active in her church. She enjoys sports, playing games, shopping, cross-stiching and studying and teaching the Bible.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.

2 Corinthians 2:14

Joshua Beck


Joshua worked for Apple for several years before coming to CCS. Before that, he graduated from ORU with a B.A. in Theology and Philosophy. He grew up in a small town in Kansas, and married his girlfriend from high school in 2012.

Joshua is a firm believer in the truth and beauty of Christianity, and helping Christians apply it to their whole lives. Anything from art, to work, to economics, to technology, the Christian worldview has something to say about it. Which is why he especially enjoys shaping the way this Christian school, and its students, use their technology.

Outside of work, Joshua spends time reading, writing, listening to podcasts, or watching movies and TV with his wife, Sam.

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

I Peter 3:15

Samuel Hitchcock


Samuel joined the CCS faculty in 2014. He graduated from Oklahoma State in the spring of 2014 with a B.A. in History and Religious Studies, while also earning an Honors College Degree.

Mr. Hitchcock has a passion to teach the Bible and loves working with teenagers and young adults. He has served in the Student Ministries department at Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, and also volunteered as a small group leader at Countryside Baptist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His goal in teaching the Bible is to convey the glory of God as the chief end of every action, as well as preparing students “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15). He prays that his students will understand and apply the information learned in his class to strengthen their personal relationship with the Lord and shape their interaction as a community of brothers and sisters in Christ.

In his free time, Samuel enjoys reading, listening to sermons, exercising, watching or attending sporting events, and relaxing with friends and family.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19:14

Eric Turner, M.A.


Eric joined CCS in 2017. He has a B.A. in Christian Ministry from Tabor College and a M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty University. Before arriving at CCS, Eric was a full-time Youth Pastor for over twelve years in Kansas and Nebraska.

Eric’s life purpose is to use his creativity and enthusiasm to love and encourage all people, with the hope that they might become believers who row into disciples that live on mission for the Kingdom of God. The primary way he enjoys doing this is by engaging students in a real and substantial way that gets them excited to learn more about God’s word and apply it to their everyday lives. Eric focuses on providing meaningful opportunities for his students to learn and succeed in the classroom and life.

Eric has been married to his church camp high school sweetheart, Dori, since 2004. They have three amazing children who also attend CCS. The strangest thing he has ever eaten is cow tongue and snail. When Eric isn’t teaching or coaching, he enjoys playing with his kids, date nights with his wife at Macaroni Grill, cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals and Wichita State Shockers, or simply enjoying a good movie.

Eric’s favorite verse is Ephesians 2:1-10 which describes the incredible work of Christ on the cross and salvation that is possible through faith.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:8-10

English

Randy Baker, Ph.D.

Department Chair


Randy joined the staff at CCS in 2014. He has a B.A. in English and Political Science, a Masters in Educational Administration from UCO, and a Ph.D. in English Education from the University of Oklahoma. A nationally Board Certified teacher, Randy has been teaching for the past 39 years – 36 of those in the Putnam City School District.

Dr. Baker enjoys teaching high school and college students and watching them grow academically. He loves teaching English and recently received the Distinguished Service award from the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English where he served as President in 2011-2012.

Dr. Baker is married to his wife Rose Mary, who is also a teacher of drama at Putnam City North. He has two children Bart and Sara. His grandchildren Ben and Will both attend Crossings Lower School. There is a very good chance that one might find him there having lunch and checking on his beautiful boys.

Dr. Baker believes that God is the center of his marriage and his life. He hopes to share God’s Love with his students and each and every day at Crossings Christian School.

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

Renee Gunsaulis


Mrs. Gunsaulis joined CCS teaching 9th and 10th grade English in 2016. Having attended Christian schools her whole life, she is passionate about Christian schools and influencing the next generation to love God with all of their hearts and minds. Her true love is The Word and His Word, and as such she believes God has revealed himself to us as a communicator.

Her goal for her students is to see literature and composition as extensions of the stories God has placed in our hearts, having been made in his creative image. Mrs. Gunsaulis has taught English for five years in Christian and public schools. She has a BA in English with a writing emphasis from TCU (Go, Horned Frogs!) and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a lifelong dream of hers.

Mrs. Gunsaulis has lived in New Mexico, Texas, and, for the last three years, Oklahoma, which she loves. Her family includes her husband Mike and children Jacye (21), Kaitlyn (15), Grace (14), and John (11). When not at CCS, she enjoys co-leading a small adult class of young adults at her church with her husband, teaching women’s Bible studies, attending all of her children’s many band, athletic, and church activities, reading, and spending time with her two cats, George and Audrey, and her toy poodle, Berber.

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

Romans 12:11

Jonetta Jonte, M.Ed.


Jonetta Jonte joined CCS in 2014. She has a B.A. in English from Southern Nazarene University and a M.Ed. in Teaching & Learning from Liberty University. Before coming to CCS, she taught in Oklahoma city Public Schools for 15 years.

Above all else, Ms. Jonte sees herself as a student who enjoys discovering new ideas in literature and delving deeper into the use of words in all types of communication. Her students are encouraged to become sesquipedalian and stump her as often as possible. When asked which her favorite book to teach is, it changes to the one currently being taught. She says it is unfair to ask an English teacher to choose.

Ms. Jonte has two grown sons who live in the area and she currently cares for her mother. While waiting on grandchildren, she devotes her attention to two spoiled Dachshunds, tries out new recipes, and watches lots of football.

This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!

Nehemia 8:10b

History

Jon Lux, Ph.D.

Department Chair


Jon joined CCS in 2016. He has a B.A. in English from Oklahoma State University, where he also minored in History and Philosophy. In 2009 and 2014 respectively, Jon completed his MA(R) and Ph.D. at Saint Louis University where he conducted research as a new historicist specializing in early modern textual studies and inter-cultural encounters.

Dr. Lux is passionate about the life of the mind and the nurturing of his students; he has received awards for excellence in teaching from two universities and has offered extensive course listings at Saint Louis University, at Northeastern University (东北大学), and at Nanjing University (南京大学). If Jon has a second passion, it is for living out the missionary role of the church both at home and abroad; as well as leading various long-term missionary activities abroad, Jon has previously worked with at-risk youth in the OKC area for over 7 years at the summer camp Shiloh.

Dr. Lux married his wife Sara on the 4th of July, 2009; every year since then he gets her fireworks for their anniversary. They have one daughter, a precocious two year old named Arden Hope. At present, they don’t know if they will have any more kids, but Jon wants you to know that he strongly believes in the words of Pastor Darrin Patrick, “not every Christian family should adopt, but every Christian family should pray about adoption.”

test everything; hold fast to what is good.

1 Thessalonians 5:21

Dan Anthony


Mr. Dan Anthony comes to Crossings from Oklahoma Christian School where he taught Bible and debate for 16 years. He has a Bachelor of Ministries from Berean Christian in Wichita, Kansas, and a Bachelor of Biblical Studies from Sunset International Bible Institute, Lubbock Texas.

Mr. Anthony will be bringing Lincoln Douglas Debate to Crossings Christian. This is a value based competitive debate style. Debaters must be able to argue both sides of an issue or resolution. The student will learn different forms of logic, critical thinking skills, research and study techniques and the ability to speak with clarity and purpose. He believes and teaches with this intention: “The ability to speak clearly and forcefully, whether about one’s Faith, business or in social life, will do more to help you gain success than anything else.” His ultimate goal is to teach students to promote and defend Christ and His teachings.

The Anthony family includes wife Debbie and three children, and seven grandchildren. When not at work, Mr. Anthony enjoys playing his guitars, writing music and singing. He and Debbie enjoy their many animals on their farm in Seminole, Oklahoma.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1

Jonathan Keathly


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

Ryan Wagoner, M.B.A.


Mr. Wagoner has been teaching Social Studies in Oklahoma and in Tennessee over the past 6 years. He has also coached basketball the past 10 years at Bridge Creek High School, Community Christian School in Norman, and most recently at Spring Station Middle School in a suburb of Nashville, TN. Mr. Wagoner also spent one year in China in 2010-2011 teaching middle school English, coaching basketball, and attending Mandarin classes while doing mission work in an area of the world where 99% had not ever heard the name of Jesus.

Mr. Wagoner became a teacher because he enjoys seeing students take the next step in their academic journey. He tries to maximize each student’s potential by gearing instruction to reach all types of learning styles. Mr. Wagoner has found that students make the most progress when they feel comfortable enough to voice their questions and opinions, so he strives to make the learning atmosphere positive and safe for all learners.

Mr. Wagoner married his wife, Sarah, in 2013 who also teaches at CCS. They both love the outdoors and enjoy running, playing golf and going on hikes. Mr. Wagoner is a huge fan of all Dallas professional sports teams (Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys) as he was born in Dallas, TX.

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

Proverbs 3:5-6

Math

Matthew Henneke, M.S.

Department Chair


Matthew began teaching Mathematics at Crossings in 2013. He has a B.S. in Mathematics (with Honors) from Oklahoma Baptist University and a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Oklahoma State University. Prior to Crossings, he was a Conversational English teacher in East Asia for two years and he also taught as a Lecturer in both the Mathematics and Statistics Departments at OSU.

Mr. Henneke views teaching as a balance of encouragement and instruction especially when tackling the subject of mathematics. He desires to incorporate a wide-range of examples and explanations into his teaching to be more effective in reaching his students. Ultimately, he sees his role of teaching encompassing all of life and not just mathematics.

Matthew foremost enjoys spending time with friends over a great cup of tea or coffee. He desires to continually learn new things about our world and God through reading, traveling, studying, and discussing. He also enjoys disc golf! He has also been blessed to travel extensively through Europe and Asia and desires to further his travels in the future.

Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.

Psalm 46:10

Jeremy Kliewer, M.Ed.


Jeremy joined CCS in 2014. He has a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Indianapolis and a M. Ed. from Indiana Wesleyan University. Before coming to CCS, Jeremy taught at Oklahoma Bible Academy in Enid, OK for 9 years.

Mr. Kliewer has a passion for teaching math and coaching athletics. He has a rich background in mathematics and thoroughly enjoys teaching algebra. Coaching-wise, Mr. Kliewer coaches football and baseball. He believes that these sports give opportunities to teach athletes to have a strong work ethic and teach other applicable life lessons.

In his spare time, Mr. Kliewer enjoys anything outdoors. He is an avid runner who has completed 9 marathons.

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. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12-14

Valerie Russell, M.Ed.


Valerie joined the upper school math faculty at Crossings in 2017 and has been involved in education for over 20 years. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.S.E. in Secondary Mathematics from Oklahoma Baptist University and later with a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Talented and Gifted Education from Oklahoma City University. She spent several years teaching Algebra and Geometry in Highland Park ISD in Dallas, TX, and then moved back home to Oklahoma City to be closer to her family and teach at Casady School. In addition, Valerie has worked as an education consultant with school districts across the United States and Canada for over 10 years.

She met her darling husband, Kris, in college but did not start dating him until ten years later when they happened to run into each other at an event. Now, the Russells have three crazy kids who attend Crossings Christian School. They enjoy playing games as a family like Phase10, On the Dot, Rummikub, and Clue. In her spare time, Valerie teaches a small group bible study at their church with her husband.

Valerie is thrilled about the opportunity to teach at Crossings. She believes mathematics should be fun, engaging, and approached from multiple perspectives. Ultimately, isn’t life all about problem solving and trusting God with the unknowns?

Let all that you do be done in love.

I Corinthians 16:14

Science

Alexander Lau

Department Chair


Alexander Lau joined CCS in 2017. A native of Edmond, Alexander attended the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics for high school. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma, and he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. During his years studying at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Alexander discovered his true passion for instilling his love of science to others. He taught for 13 years at Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City, and as Science Department Chair, he taught Advanced Placement Biology, International Baccalaureate Biology I and II, as well as Anatomy & Physiology, Physics, and Zoology.

Alexander believes that our study and understanding of science allows us to pursue a further understanding of God’s universe and ourselves. A personal goal of his as a science educator is to excite students to ask insightful questions, think critically, and love learning. While there may be many things we never fully understand, he looks forward to encouraging students to strive in their pursuit of knowledge.

Alexander enjoys ice hockey, and in his spare time his hockey team plays weekly and in out of state tournaments. Alexander was truly blessed to meet his very best friend–a stray Labrador puppy who followed him everywhere throughout the halls of school. That moment changed both of their lives. Years later, “Shadow” still acts like an excited puppy chasing tennis balls and Frisbees, and after rescuing Alexander, Shadow keeps him out of too much mischief during their daily, epic adventures.

Brenda Chapman, M.S., M.Ed.


Brenda joined CCS in 2017. She holds an Associates and Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, a Master’s in Education, and a Master’s in Rangeland ecosystem Science. She is currently working on a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Oral Roberts University. Brenda served as the Pre-Nursing instructor at Francis Tuttle Technology Center for the past thirty-one years where she taught Certified Nurse Aide, Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, College and Career Readiness. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and Certified Distance Learning Instructor. She possesses Oklahoma Teaching Certificate in Biology, Career Tech Health Occupations, School Nurse, and Secondary Principal. Before her teaching career, Brenda worked as the Supervisor of Labor & Delivery, Surgery, and Emergency Room at a rural hospital.

Brenda enjoys seeing the light come on in students when they learn new concepts. She was attracted to a career in education to help young people see the importance of being a good caregiver in healthcare. Her philosophy is that if she is not having fun teaching concepts, the students are not learning.

Brenda’s family includes her husband, Dale, and daughters Danielle, Lacey, and Cole. Brenda also has two adorable grandchildren, Bex and Emilio. Brenda enjoys being in the outdoors. She is an avid hunter and fisherman. She enjoys practicing archery and traveling to fun places.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17

Jessica Jenkins, M.Ed.


Jessica joined CCS in 2015 as the head athletic trainer and sports medicine teacher. She has provided outreach athletic training services through McBride Orthopedic Hospital for CCS since 2011. She has a B.S. in Athletic Training and a M.Ed from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Jessica has been a certified athletic trainer since 2004 and has experience working in different clinical, high school, college, and industrial settings.

Jessica has always loved sports and has a desire to help people. She found athletic training to be the perfect blend of her interests and takes pride in keeping athletes healthy and participating in the sports that they love.

Jessica is married to her best friend, Jimmy. They have a daughter, Jestyn, who attends Crossings. They love hanging out as a family, watching and playing sports, and cheering for the OKC Thunder.

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

S.T.E.M.

Helen Denman, M.A.

Department Chair


Helen began teaching Chemistry and Physics at Crossings in 2013. She has a B.S. in Secondary Science Education from Oklahoma Baptist University and has completed her Master’s Degree in Physics education. Before coming to CCS, she taught at Putnam City North High School for 10 years.

Mrs. Denman loves teaching and loves science. She strives to create an environment of excellence within her classroom and highly encourages investigation and exploration. She expects her students to build a strong foundational knowledge in both the physical sciences and life-long learning skills.

Helen is married to Matt Denman and has a son, Sebastian Denman. Helen enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. She also likes reading, drawing, and watching sci-fi shows with her family.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place – what is mankind that you are mindful of them, the son of man that you care for him?

Psalm 8:3-4

Anthony DiFabio, M.Ed.


Anthony DiFabio joined CCS in 2016. He has a B. A. in Multidisciplinary Studies from Southern Nazarene University and a Masters of Education Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision from the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to CCS, Anthony taught technology, psychology, and student leadership at Oklahoma Christian School in Edmond, Oklahoma for eight years.

In his free time, Anthony likes to bike and run, plays guitar and co-owns and runs a local handmade supply store featuring quality wood and leather items.

The DiFabio family includes Julie (Wife) and Leon (son). Leon was born in 2014 and is excited to grow up around the CCS community.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

2 Corinthians 4:7

Paul Marley, M.B.A.


Paul joined CCS in 2016. He has a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and a MBA (High Honors) through the Executive MBA Program at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to coming to CCS, Paul taught Algebra I and II at a Charter High School in Oklahoma City, OK.

After serving as a nuclear-trained Submarine Officer, including an assignment as the Staff Training Officer at a land-based Nuclear Power Training Unit, Mr. Marley spent thirty years as a registered Professional Engineer in the power industry. His experience includes initiating nationally certified training programs at a commercial nuclear power plant as well as developing renewable energy projects in both North America and Europe.

Mr. Marley has always enjoyed teaching, whether it is teaching nuclear power plant operations to nuclear engineers or teaching math and science to high school students. He believes that God has lead him to CCS to share his gift for explaining complicated topics in a way that can be easily understood by students. He feels that breaking down complex subjects into basic steps allows students to build up their knowledge at a manageable pace so that they are not overwhelmed by an entire subject. This approach allows students to become comfortable with higher level math and science concepts as each course progresses.

After living in many locations around the country, Paul and his wife Linda are enjoying Edmond because it is closer to their two sons. When Paul is not working, he and Linda enjoy spending time with their two grandsons as they participate in all the CCS sports teams.

With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

Matthew 19:26

Electives

Dan Anthony

Debate


Mr. Dan Anthony comes to Crossings from Oklahoma Christian School where he taught Bible and debate for 16 years. He has a Bachelor of Ministries from Berean Christian in Wichita, Kansas, and a Bachelor of Biblical Studies from Sunset International Bible Institute, Lubbock Texas.

Mr. Anthony will be bringing Lincoln Douglas Debate to Crossings Christian. This is a value based competitive debate style. Debaters must be able to argue both sides of an issue or resolution. The student will learn different forms of logic, critical thinking skills, research and study techniques and the ability to speak with clarity and purpose. He believes and teaches with this intention: “The ability to speak clearly and forcefully, whether about one’s Faith, business or in social life, will do more to help you gain success than anything else.” His ultimate goal is to teach students to promote and defend Christ and His teachings.

The Anthony family includes wife Debbie and three children, and seven grandchildren. When not at work, Mr. Anthony enjoys playing his guitars, writing music and singing. He and Debbie enjoy their many animals on their farm in Seminole, Oklahoma.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1

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

Laura Gilson, M.Mus.

Vocal Music


Laura joined the staff at CCS in 2017. She previously taught elementary music in the Dayton, Ohio area, served as the music education graduate teaching assistant at the University of Central Oklahoma, and taught high school vocal music and humanities at Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal and General Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Mrs. Gilson loves teaching performing ensembles and finds great joy in watching her students sing. She finds it rewarding to see students reach personal goals and enjoy successes they might not have thought possible. While she has a passion for music education and preparing her students to perform, Mrs. Gilson cares about her students growing into independent young adults where their musical skills enhance their life’s goals.

Laura is married to Chad and they have one daughter, Lydia, whom they welcomed into their world in December 2015. The Gilsons attend City Presbyterian Church where Laura loves singing the doxology every week and hearing the unified voice of the body of Christ. In her spare time, Laura loves to listen to music and podcasts, play piano, host friends and family at her home, and take Sunday drives.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

Angela Lux

Speech/Theatre Arts


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

Sarah Myrick, M.Ed.

Art


Sarah studied Art at the Kansas City Art Institute and at the University of Oklahoma, where she received a B.A. in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Photography, and a minor in Art History. She recently received her Masters in Secondary Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Before coming to CCS, she was Coordinator of the Photography facilities at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Sarah says that she is passionate about exposing young people to the beauty of art and to the glory of God. Her goal is to create a warm and loving environment where students can explore their God-given talents, become more knowledgeable in the arts, and develop their creative sides. Sarah considers it a blessing to work at CCS where she has the opportunity to educate students both spiritually and intellectually.

Sarah’s family includes her wonderful husband, Adam, and their adorable dogs, Bowzer and Russ. When not working, Sarah loves to take photos both recreationally and professionally. She also loves riding her bike with her husband, spending time outside with her dogs and enjoying time with friends and family.

Trust in the Lord with all of 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

Dennis Savill, M.A.

Debate/Yearbook


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

Paola Valladares, M.Ed.

AP Spanish


Paola believes every student has the potential to succeed if given the right tools. Creating a fun, interesting and flexible environment is essential in developing an effective classroom. There is nothing more rewarding than making a difference in a student’s life while developing relations and learning with them.

She is happily married to her husband Andrew, they have a precious son born in 2010 (Joaquin), and their 3 dogs. When not working, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and traveling.

She believes that trusting the Lord in any area of our lives is what we need to be happy.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Matthew 6:25-26

Media Center

Melinda Wilkinson, C.P.A.

Media Specialist


Melinda grew up in San Antonio, TX. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.B.A. in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Melinda and her husband, Garland, have three children, Shelby, Grant, and Nancy. All three children have attended CCS since preschool. Melinda joined the staff in 2002. In her spare time, Melinda loves to enjoy the great outdoors.

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

Beth Hickey

Media Assistant


Beth joined Crossings in 2014. She earned her B.A. in Communications and a double minor in Christian Education and Bible Theology from Wheaton College. While at Wheaton, she was the teaching assistant to Dr. Nancy Eckstein where she helped teach her freshman level speech class. While working as the teaching assistant, Beth also aided in significant research for Dr. Eckstein.

Mrs. Hickey is very excited to be teaching “Public Speaking”. She believes it is a fundamental skill everyone can and should learn.

Matt and Beth Hickey have been married since 2003. They have three elementary aged daughters, Allison, Madeleine, and Quinlyn. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, coaching her daughter’s sports teams, and crafting.

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 neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-21