Upper School Faculty & Staff

Sonya Jones

Upper School Principal


Sonya has been an educator since 1991. Of those years, 17 were spent as a classroom teacher in both public and private schools, teaching AP, Honors, and Regular English, as well as Drop Out Prevention and ESL. In 2006, Mrs. Jones began serving as the High School Principal at a highly regarded Christian School in South Florida. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and English from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton. Mrs. Jones joined Crossings Christian School in 2019 to serve as the Upper School Principal.

Mrs. Jones believes strongly in servant leadership coupled with high expectations. She strives to lead like Jesus each day. She serves students, faculty, and parents and understands this unity propels students towards excellence not only academically, but also spiritually. Sonya believes that the goal of a Christian school should be to model Christ in a way that makes students want to know more about Him, while receiving a top-notch, well-rounded education where students can explore and perfect their God-given talents.

Sonya feels blessed to have married Charles in 1991 and have two wonderful children, Chelsea and Colton. In her personal time, Sonya loves to attend church, sporting events, musicals, jigsaw puzzles, reading, shopping, baking, and spending time with her family, including her pets.

Sonya is honored, humbled, and ecstatic about being a part of the CCS community and a Knights fan.

“…and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
--Matthew 28:20

Tammy Jensen

Dean of Students
Activities Director


Tammy joined CCS in 2015 and serves as the Activities Director and Dean of Students. She earned her Bachelor degree from Oklahoma State University in Therapeutic Recreation and 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 several 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, independent and Christ-centered 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, Mack and Hannah. 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

Dean of Fine Arts
Band Director


Michael joined the faculty in 2013 and has a B.A. in Music Education and M.A. in School Administration both from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Mr. Brown is intentional about using music and the arts to show the love of Jesus to everyone we come into contact with as we develop lifelong skills. From contests and competitions to football games and concerts, we are called to be a light unto the world. The arts are a gift from God and the fine arts department strives to 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

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

Raelynn Burdett

US Administrative Assistant


Raelynn joined CCS in 2020. She is an Administrative Assistant in the Upper School, as well as the CCS head cheerleading coach. She graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2019 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and was a two-time Collegiate All-American Cheerleader. She is currently pursuing a Mater’s in Sports Management, with plans to build a career working in athletics.

Raelynn is excited to be at Crossings and to be surrounded daily by positive and influential colleagues. She has a passion for coaching and developing servant leaders inside and outside of practice. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, exercising, and attending sporting events with her friends and family.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
--Colossians 3:17

Lauren Wheat

US Administrative Assistant


Lauren joined CCS in 2019. She has a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from Oklahoma State. She previously worked as an oil and gas Landman, owned a shaved ice truck, and worked in advertising.

Lauren is thrilled to be part of Crossings. She has a heart for serving others, fostering relationships, and hopes to be an encouragement to students and co-workers.

She has been married since 2009 to Jamie Wheat, who teaches middle school P.E. at Crossings. Together, they have a son, Crosby, a daughter, Maggie, and two dogs. They attend Life Church NW OKC. Lauren loves to spend quality time with her family and friends. She likes to read, write, create, spend time outdoors, travel and explore.

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
--Psalm 118:24

Counseling

Keri Shields

Director of College and Academic Counseling


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

Jewel Loya

US Registrar


Jewel joined CCS in 2020. She moved from Dallas, TX in 2016 to attend Oklahoma Christian University. After graduation and finding community of mentors an life-long friends, she decided to move to Edmond indefinitely. Before joining CCS, Jewel worked at Del City Church of Christ and began her own small baking business, which she still enjoys. Jewel is so excited to be a part of Crossings Christian School and has a heart for serving others and enjoys hearing stories from other people. When not working, she loves to read and scroll on Pinterest with a cup of coffee in her hand. She also enjoys playing sand volleyball, long road trips, and watching college football.
Though I have fallen, I will rise, Though I sit in darkness, The Lord will be my light.
--Micah 7:8

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, Maddox, Thea, Cleo, Collins, Wesley and Casper.

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

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

Benjamin Patterson


Ben Patterson joined the CCS faculty in 2018 as the 10th grade Bible Theology teacher. Before joining the teaching faculty, he was a lay coach for the middle and upper school baseball teams as well as the middle school softball team. He graduated from Oklahoma City University in 2018 with a B.A. in Religious Studies. Ben enjoys playing with his golden doodle Beau, attending or watching sporting events, and spending time with friends and family.

Mr. Patterson has a passion for encouraging and inspiring teenagers by applying biblical principles to their everyday lives. It is his goal to walk side by side with students as they develop their faith and grow in their knowledge of scripture. He is actively involved with the Young Adult Ministries at Crossings Community Church and has served on the leadership team at Kanakuk Family Kamps. He is excited to be a part of the Crossings Christian School family as he continues to serve the youth of today.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
--Ephesians 4:1-3

Eric Turner


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.

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

Jonetta Jonte

Department Chair


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

Kristina Booker


Dr. Kristina Booker joined the English department at CCS in 2021. She has a Ph.D. in English from Southern Methodist University, an M.A. from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.A. from Oklahoma Christian University. Before coming to Crossings, she was an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Oklahoma and, prior to that, an Assistant Professor of Humanities at St. Gregory’s University. She has been teaching at the university level since 2006.

Dr. Booker is a scholar of British literature and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her book, Menials: Domestic Service and the Cultural Transformation of British Society 1650-1850, came out in 2017. She has published articles and book reviews in academic journals like Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies.

As a teacher, Dr. Booker is committed to preparing her students for the university classroom and, more importantly, for well-rounded, thoughtful lives. She believes that learning to write well, think logically, and do effective research are vital skills for twenty-first century citizens, so her classes are always drawing connections to how we interact with the world around us. Since “there is nothing new under the sun,” even very old texts have something to offer us today.

Dr. Booker’s two daughters, Evelyn and Cora, are students at Crossings. The three of them love going to the library, visiting their family, and snuggling with their two cats, Charlotte and Max. Outside of school, Dr. Booker practices yoga and follows the advice of her favorite college professor to read books written by people who are still living today.

The Lord has shown you what is good. He has told you what he requires of you. You must act with justice. You must love to show mercy. And you must be humble as you live in the sight of your God.
--Micah 6:8

Beth Hickey


Beth Hickey joined Crossings in 2014. She earned her B.A. in Communications and a double minor in Christian Education and Bible & Theology from Wheaton College. Prior to coming to Crossings, Beth worked as an associate producer for News 9 and a credit analyst for MidFirst Bank.

Beth says teaching English and Journalism is her “dream job” because it combines her love of students, her passion for the written word, and her desire to train the next generation all together. Her passion is for students to love English as much as she does, but more importantly, to grow in their relationship with the Lord and each other.

Beth has been married to her husband, Matt, since 2003. They have three daughters, Allison, Madeleine, and Quinlyn. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, cheering her girls at their various activities, and cuddling with her three dogs.

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

Traci Kreger


Traci joined CCS in 2011. She has a B.S. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English from Oklahoma State University as well as a M.S. in Applied Behavioral Studies with an emphasis in Gifted Education from Oklahoma State University. Before joining the CCS staff, she designed and implemented Piedmont Public Schools’ K-12 Gifted and Talented Program.

Mrs. Kreger loves to share her passion for English and literature. Her desire is to help every student foster a lifelong love for reading and learning to communicate well. She especially loves interacting with her teenage students because they inspire her everyday with their curiosity, humor, and optimism. Her classroom is always a colorful space, where students are encouraged to be creative and take risks.

The Kreger family includes husband Joe, daughter Caroline and son Landon. Their family isn’t complete without their two Corgis, Maggie and Winston. When not working, Traci loves to travel, read, attend concerts, try new restaurants and root for her beloved OSU Cowboys.

Finally, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
--Philippians 4:8

History

Nate Thompson

Department Chair


Mr. Thompson began teaching at CCS in 2018. After graduating from Hillsdale College in 2009 with a B.S. degree in History, he taught for 7 years in Christian schools in Tulsa and most recently in a rural public school. Nearing the completion of his M.A. in American History and Government, he is working on his thesis about how the religious beliefs of John Witherspoon and Thomas Jefferson shaped their understanding of the Declaration of Independence and how to best encourage the proper use of liberty.

Having taught 9-12th grades Oklahoma History, Government, US History, and World History, Mr. Thompson has come to appreciate the influence of big ideas and worldview in shaping the events and culture of different eras and groups. While many students will not pursue a vocation related to history, history offers a great opportunity to study worldview and even to reveal the ways our own culture shapes us – often without our knowledge. In what some have termed a post-Christian culture, it is important for students to become adept in applying a biblical worldview in this context to be agents of change in the areas God will lead them. In addition to academics, Mr. Thompson enjoys the simple joys of interacting with students throughout the daily grind of the school year.

While in Christian schools, Mr. Thompson coached Cross Country and Track. As with many things, athletics can be a means of glorifying God through using one’s gifts or twisted to be used to bring glory to oneself. With this in mind, sports can be a great avenue to develop work ethic, perseverance, self-sacrifice, and, perhaps just as important, fellowship and the enjoyment of competition.

Outside of school, Mr. Thompson enjoys reading, playing and watching sports, and listening to podcasts and audiobooks. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife Melissa and daughter Ruth.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
--Romans 12:1-2

Roy Dockum


Roy is excited to teach at CCS. He has a B.A. in Economics from Wheaton College, Wheaton IL, and an MBA from Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond.

Mr. Dockum was a business owner and manager for about 25 years. He taught at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) College of Business for three years. Currently, he now works as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Commission for the State of Oklahoma.

Roy enjoys learning and loves to share his knowledge and experience with the next generation. He has a passion for integrating faith and learning.

Roy is married to his wife Mary Beth, son, Kent, daughter Beth, and 6 grandchildren with whom he loves to spend time. In his spare time, he and his wife love to travel. Roy has been fortunate to have been able to travel to over 60 different countries.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
--Romans 12:2

Jonathan Keathly


Coach Jonathan Keathly joined the Crossings staff in 2017 and has since worked as a social studies teacher as well as the head football coach.

Coach has been married to his wife Cindy since 2002 and they have two children, Kannon and Anabelle, who both attend CCS.

Prior to his time at Crossings, Coach Keathly coached and taught in Western Heights, Coppell (TX), Frisco (TX), Deer Creek, and Watonga school districts, teaching all grades from sixth to twelfth and coaching football, basketball, and track.

He has always had a passion working with young people and sharing God’s work in the world through history and current events.

Coach’s favorite memory as a teacher was having a meaningful discussion with a student about the verse written on her binder, Luke 12:48: “to whom much is given, much is required.” That discussion shaped his perspective of being accountable as a teacher and coach and the student says to this day she also saw her faith differently after that discussion.

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

Geoff Kingsley


Mr. Kingsley joined the CCS staff in 2021. He has a B.S. in History, Pre-Law from Oklahoma Christian University and a M. Ed. from the University of Central Oklahoma. Geoff began his teaching career in 1990 and has served as a teacher, coach, and administrator in public schools before transitioning to Christian education in 2013. Mr. Kingsley has also been an adjunct professor at Redlands Community College, Oklahoma City Community College, and Oklahoma Christian University in the History and Social Sciences divisions.

Geoff met his wife Rhonda in college at Oklahoma Christian and they have been married since 1987. The Kingsley family includes daughter Maryn, son-in-law Logan, granddaughter Joanna, son Caleb, daughter-in-law Abbie, soon-to-be married son Asa, and future daughter-in-law Addie.

Mr. Kingsley grew up in Kansas, so he is a huge KU Jayhawk basketball fan. He loves to read historical non-fiction, play golf, lift weights, play pick-up basketball, and spend time with his family.

Geoff’s favorite quote is from C.S. Lewis, “Where mediocrity is the norm, it is not long before mediocrity becomes the ideal.”

In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people.
--Colossians 3:23

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

Katie Klossner


Katie joined CCS in 2018. She has a B.S. in Math Education and M.S. in Applied Mathematics, both from the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to coming to Crossings, Katie taught high school math for six years in Edmond.

Mrs. Klossner loves teaching math! She understands that not every student feels the same way about math as she does, but loves the opportunity to change their perspective. Mrs. Klossner strives to make each math class meaningful and applicable to her students. It is her hope that each student leaves her classes feeling accomplished and successful.

Katie and her husband Josh have been married since 2012 and have one son, Everett. When not working, Katie enjoys cooking, drinking LOTS of coffee, and spending time with her family.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.
--Hebrews 10:23

Derek Reedy


Derek joined CCS in 2020. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. Before coming to CCS, Derek served as the Upper School Mathematics and History teacher at Trinity School in Oklahoma City.

Mr. Reedy loves teaching high school and connecting with his students in the classroom. He believes that God has called him to teach, and has loved every step of this crazy, rewarding journey. He is passionate not only about mathematics, but also the various ways students can apply these concepts as they progress in their academic and professional careers. When not at work, Derek enjoys watching movies, playing the trombone, trying out new recipes, and spending time with his family and friends.

Let all that you do be done in love.
--1 Corinthians 16:14

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 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

Holly Hixson


Dr. Holly Hixson joined CCS in 2020. She has a B. S. in Chemistry from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Kansas State University. Before CCS, she taught at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA, for two years. Prior to returning to the United States, Dr. Hixson served with her family in Kigali, Rwanda, East Africa, at Kigali International Community School for 11 years, where she taught science through the lens of a biblical worldview. Dr. Hixson taught at Oklahoma Christian University prior to her mission in Africa.

Dr. Hixson strives to show the connections between science and her personal faith in God. Her desire is to illustrate how science actually bolsters her faith in our Creator instead of contradicts it, as is a widely held view in many institutions and churches today. Dr. Hixson believes that new discoveries in science serve to reinforce belief in our Creator and to prove His existence and omnipotence. Further, that knowledge of these things allow opportunities to share the truths of God with others in ways that are unique to scientific disciplines. Dr. Hixson works to train students to critically analyze the information presented them, instead of accepting information at face value.

Dr. Hixson married her husband Bryan in 1991. She has two godly, intelligent, and beautiful daughters, Alexis and Grace. Dr. Hixson loves to learn new things, especially things related to scientific evidence for faith. She also loves to travel to new places, to meet people from other cultures, to sing, and to sew whenever she gets the chance.

Dr. Hixson loves to pray through Psalms 23, 27, 46, and 91, as they were instrumental in the ministry in which she participated in Rwanda.

Tiffany Hull


Tiffany joined CCS in 2019 working as a substitute teacher before accepting a position as the Biology and Environmental Sciences instructor. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Dietetics and her Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Prior to coming to CCS, Tiffany was the dietetic internship director and an instructor at the University of Central Oklahoma for over 12 years where she received the Outstanding Staff Member recognition in 2009 and 2013.

Tiffany is a registered dietitian who worked at Mercy Health Center for 18 years. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has served as the media spokesperson for the state of Oklahoma since 2007. Additionally, she was honored with the Distinguished Dietitian of the Year award in 2016.

When not teaching, Tiffany and her husband enjoy traveling. They even lived in an RV for a year driving around the country seeing God’s beauty. Their family includes four children, one grandchild, and a very spoiled Labrador, Sammie.

God shows us how much he loves us by calling us his children.
--1 John 3:1

Jessica Jenkins

Athletic TrainerSports 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. Jessica 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 two daughters, Jestyn and Jaysa. 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

Dillon McDaniel


Dillon joined CCS in 2021. He has a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma and an A.S. in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation form Northern Oklahoma College. Dillon is also in the Oklahoma National Guard where he serves as a religious affairs specialist. He joined in 2019, and has had the privilege of serving his state during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as providing religious support to fellow soldiers.

Mr. McDaniel has a love for sharing his faith with others and a great appreciation for God’s creation, which is why he finds teaching sciences at CCS to be so rewarding. His goal in the classroom is to make science engaging and fun for his students, preparing them to excel in college and beyond.

When he is not teaching or serving with his unit, Dillon enjoys spending time with his family. The McDaniel clan includes his wife, Ashley, his son, Gideon, and their three dogs, Gatsby, Oakley, and Nala. Dillon also enjoys watching sports, hiking, history, coffee, grilling, hunting, and traveling.

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
--Psalm 27:4

Electives

Makenzie Boatright

Fine Arts


Makenzie joined CCS in 2021. She has a B.M. in Musical Theatre Performance from The University of Central Oklahoma and is an active performer, choreographer, and private voice instructor in the Edmond community.

Makenzie loves to work and serve in her community. On Sundays, she leads worship at her church, where she ahs been attending since 2005. Makenzie has also served as the Associate Director at Spotlight Acting Academy in Edmond since 2019. Since teaching there, she has developed a passion and a heart for teaching! She believes that the classroom should be a place where students are free to make bold choices and learn through fun enriching experiences. She also believes that the Arts are so valuable and that they allow us to reach others in a unique and moving way. The Boatright family includes her husband, Dustin and her dog Piper. When not working, Makenzie loves to travel, perform, and spend time with her friends and family.

Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for him.
--Psalm 37:7

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

Lauren De La Garza

Technology


Lauren joined CCS in 2020. She has a B.A in Graphic Design from Missouri Western State University. Before coming to CCS, Lauren taught public school in the greater Oklahoma City Metro.

Mrs. De La Garza loves the combination of art and technology. She believes her classes provide a great opportunity for students to use creativity to solve practical problems.

The De La Garza family includes her husband, Isaac, sons, Samuel, David, Wyatt, and daughter, Alexa. When not working, Lauren loves to hunt for bargains, work on DIY projects, and spend time with her family playing games.

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
--Romans‬ ‭5:5

Nathaniel Estrada

Spanish


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

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

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

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
--Philippians 3:13-14

Garrett Johnson

Band Director


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

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

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

“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”
--Acts 20:35

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

Amber Mash

Vocal Music Director


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

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

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

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
--Colossians 3:23

Sarah Myrick

Art


Sarah Myrick 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 received her Master’s in Secondary Education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2013. Before coming to CCS, she was Coordinator of the Photography facilities at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Mrs. Myrick joined CCS in 2013. She is passionate about exposing young people to the beauty of art and 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. Mrs. Myrick considers it a blessing to work at CCS, where she has the opportunity to educate students both spiritually and intellectually.

The Myrick family includes husband, Adam, and two sons, Vincent and Henry. Mrs. Myrick has been married since 2010. When not working, Mrs. Myrick loves taking photos, both recreationally and professionally. She also loves riding her bike with her family and spending time outside with her boys.

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

DebateYearbook


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

Kyle Taylor

Introduction to Law


Kyle is honored to have taught at CCS since 2021. He has a B.S. in Marketing/International Business from Oklahoma State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma, College of Law.

Mr. Taylor has had a diverse career. He worked as a business account representative for Otis Elevator Company prior to attending law school. He then practiced law for four years before accepting a position as a special agent with the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service. As an agent, he travelled the world protecting U.S. embassies and personnel, training foreign security forces, and conducting passport fraud investigations. Upon returning to Oklahoma, he worked for Chesapeake Energy. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of Protective Services for Crossings and practices law through is firm Kyle K. Taylor, PLLC.

Kyle enjoys learning about the experiences and viewpoints of other people. He is excited to help students grow and develop, both intellectually and spiritually, and have fun doing it.

The Taylor family includes wife April, daughters Carsyn and Camdyn, two dogs, and a rabbit. Kyle loves to spend time with his family, work on home improvement projects, and work in the yard.

Shelby Willingham

Spanish


Shelby joined CCS in 2021. She has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and Spanish from Oklahoma State University. Before coming to Crossings, she spent seven years working in basketball communications for the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs.

Ms. Willingham has always had a love for teaching and feels blessed to do so in a Christian environment. She is passionate about inspiring a zeal for learning in students in order to see them grown in Christ, confidence, knowledge and cultural awareness. She believes that the best environment for learning is one that is fun, engaging and challenging.

In her free time, Shelby likes to watch sports, movies, ballet and theatre productions. She also enjoys visiting zoos and theme parks, hiking, traveling, baking and spending time with her family.

You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways.
--Psalm 139:2-3