Upper School Faculty & Staff

Tammy Jensen

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

Shawn Schenk

Athletic Director


Mr. Schenk has been a high school math teacher in Oklahoma for 15 years. He has been a head boys basketball coach at the 6A level for 12 years, most recently leading the 6A program at Edmond Santa Fe High School to 5 state tournament appearances and 4 state semi-final appearances during his 6 years there.

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. Mr. Schenk creates a safe, fun, and structured environment in which students are free to express their ideas and questions.

Mr. Schenk is married to his gorgeous and godly wife, Jill, who is also a Crossings teacher. They have 4 children, Calvin, Clark, Faith and Mae. Mr. Schenk enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, reading, working out, 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

Keri Shields

Upper School 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

Ron Titus

Academic Dean


Ron Titus has served as an Academic Director at Crossings Christian School since 2006. He is a certified teacher principal and superintendent by the state of Oklahoma.

Mr. Titus earned his M.A. in Educational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University where he was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society. He also earned his B.S. in General Studies with minors in Psychology and Art Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to joining Crossings, Mr. Titus served for five years as the Internet Technologies Program Director at Francis Tuttle Technology Center; a highly-awarded and innovative technology center in Oklahoma City. Mr. Titus began his career in education as a technology director and teacher at Deer Creek Schools in Edmond, Oklahoma for five years.

Before becoming an educator, Mr. Titus served his country as a communications/computer systems administrator in the United States Air Force during the Gulf War. In 1991 Airman Titus was recognized as an honor graduate by the Air Force Training Command and was also awarded the 438th Communications Group Airman of the Year, along with numerous service medals and awards.

Mr. Titus and his wife, Susan, have a son who attends Crossings Christian School.

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

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

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

Jennifer Foster

Administrative Assistant


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

Veronica Webster

Administrative Assistant


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

Bible

Janay Stephens

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

Derek Glenn


Derek Glenn joined CCS in 2015. He played baseball through college and earned a B.A. from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis in English, History, and Intercultural Studies. Derek is currently working on a M.Ed. in Secondary Education at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Derek married the woman of his dreams, Ashley, in 2012. Derek and Ashley became parents in the fall of 2014 to a beautiful daughter named, Tirzah- “meaning God’s delight” or “God finds delight in”.

One of Derek’s main passions is for people to know Jesus. He believes that Jesus can be interwoven into all topics and subject areas. It is Derek’s aim to encourage students to see Jesus through the study of scripture and the study of language.

When not working, Derek enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, community, and international students. He also likes participating in outdoor activities, playing indoor soccer, tinkering with home improvement projects, and eating Indian food!

The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!

Habakkuk 3:19

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

English

Randy Baker, PhD

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


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, PhD

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

Angela Lux


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

Ryan Wagoner


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

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


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

Paul Marley


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

Jay Reagan


Jay joined CCS in 2010. He has a B.S. in Mathematics Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and a Masters in Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma.

The Reagan family includes wife Ellen, a paralegal, and son Joel, who is married and works for K-Love and Air-1 in Kansas City. The household is completed with a dog Rocky.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:6

Science

Helen Denman

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 is currently working on 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

Vicki Bouma


Vicki graduated Cum Laude from Texas State University with a degree in Science Nutrition and Foods. She became a Registered Dietitian after completion of a Dietetic Internship. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer, with certification thru the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Vicki believes that kids learn best when they can relate their learning experience to real life when they feel comfortable and confident as learners. She believes that a Christ-centered Education will help kids to become Christ-centered leaders in their life and future career fields.

Vicki and her husband Lars, have two children, Harrison and Carleigh. They also have a dog Maggie Mae and cat Inky. Vicki enjoys working out, reading, and learning new things. She loves to watch sports (Go Thunder), travel, and to spend time with her family.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

Jeremiah 29:11-12

Paul Marley

Robotics


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

Diana Polley, PhD


Diana joined CCS in 2016. She has a BS in Clinical Dietetics from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, an MA in Nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Oklahoma State University.

After working several years in the field of Nutrition/Dietetics, Diana became alternatively certified to teach secondary Science in 2006. Before coming to CCS, Diana taught 1 year in Putnam City followed by the last 9 years in “choice” OKC high schools, including 8 years at Pathways Middle College High School on the campus of Oklahoma City Community College. She has taught Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Environmental Science, Health and Learning Strategies. Diana is excited about the opportunity to work in the Christian school setting, and also to teach AP and Pre-Ap Biology!

Diana has also served as an adjunct faculty member for most of the last 24 years at UCO, OSU-OKC, OSU and has currently been at Oklahoma City Community College since 2007. She loves working with secondary students in helping them become lifelong learners and lovers of Science! One of her main goals is to prepare secondary students for success in college by emphasizing organizational, test taking and note taking skills, along with the development of critical thinking skills as developed in the classroom and laboratory.

Diana has 2 grown sons, Austin and Duncan. Austin is a CPA and married to his high school sweetheart, Heather, a pediatric nurse at Integris. They are parents of her beloved grandson, Chase, with another baby due in September 2016, and live nearby in Deer Creek. Duncan is a Science teacher like Mom, in spite of his degree in Civil Engineering, and teaches Chemistry and coaches tennis at Edmond North High School. We are 3 generations of University of Oklahoma graduates and proud of it!

Diana’s hobbies include various family activities with her children, parents, and grandchildren; OU football games, reading, gardening, walking her 3 dogs, Women’s Bible Study at her longtime church, First Presbyterian in Edmond, and lifting weights along with yoga classes at Gold’s Gym.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

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

Anthony DiFabio

STEM


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

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

Beth Hickey

Speech


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

Jessica Jenkins

Sports Medicine


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

Mark Johnson

Vocal Music


Mark joined CCS in 2015. He received his B.A. in Vocal Music Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Mark taught as an instructional assistant at Jenks High School during the spring semester of 2015.

Mr. Johnson loves all aspects of music, but more than that he enjoys working with young people. He believes being in a vocal music classroom creates a positive experience to express emotions, build confidence, learn to work with others, and most importantly bring glory to God our father through music. Mr. Johnson wants his students to leave his class being self-motivated with the desire to be a life-long musician.

Mark comes from a rich music background in which his father and older brother are music educators. He has been blessed to perform in numerous musicals, operas, and countries around the world. Whenever Mark is not working he enjoys playing any and all sports, participating in any outdoors activity, and traveling all over God’s beautiful creation.

Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 15:33

Angela Lux

Drama/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

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

Chris Roberts

Boys PE/Wellness


Chris comes to Crossings from Kingfisher Public Schools. He has also coached at Edmond Santa Fe High School and John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City. Chris got his B.S. degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he also played football and baseball.

Coach Roberts believes that the influence that coaches have on young people is timeless. He feels the responsibility of a coach is to develop kids physically, mentally, and spiritually. Coach feels the best way to achieve this is to have a positive Christ-like excitement and enthusiasm.

Coach has a beautiful wife and best friend Sarah. They have 4 wonderful children- Cale, Chloe, Case, and Cruz. Their family loves sports and hanging out with each other.

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

Colossians 3:23

Dennis Savill

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

US 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

Melinda Wilkinson

Media Specialist/Competitive Academics Coordinator


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