HS BIBLE, HS SPEECH
Larry Arnold came to Crestmont in 2017 with decades of experience in preaching and professional public speaking. In addition to teaching Bible and speech to our secondary students, he also is the teaching minister for North Central Fellowship in San Antonio. He’s been married to Maureen since 1980, and together they have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
Maureen Arnold has been a disciple of Jesus Christ since 1966. The privilege of helping parents live out Deuteronomy 6:5-9 has motivated her to teach history at Crestmont since 2010. Her credentials include a BSEd from Abilene Christian University and 20 years of homeschooling. She's been married to Larry since 1980, and together they enjoy their 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
MS SCIENCE, HS BIOLOGY
JoAnne Burch graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, but was certified through eighth grade and added an endorsement in Biology. She taught for twenty years in public education, did a stint at a museum (outreach teacher) and state aquarium (specialty education) in Chattanooga, TN, and now has taught in San Antonio, first in a Christian home school cooperative and then (starting in 2019) at Crestmont. Her FIVE children are all grown now and she has eleven grandchildren! Mrs. Burch is often heard quoting Colossians 3:23 "And whatsoever you do, do heartily, as unto the Lord ..." She loves Crestmont, because of the prayerful undergirding she feels regularly ... and her "WONDERFUL students!”
Sandy Davis studied Liberal Arts at Young Harris College, attended the University of Georgia for a summer, then finished her last 2 years of college at Augusta College. She earned an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She taught full time in public school for 8 years and also has 15 plus years of substitute teaching experience. She continues to substitute in NISD and BISD. Mrs. Davis started working at Crestmont in August of 2019. She is happily married to her husband of 24 years and they have a wonderful son, who is in college. A Bible verse she loves is Joshua 1:9. Her favorite aspects of teaching are seeing the "lightbulb moment' that happens when a child learns something that is difficult, getting to teach children who love the Lord, and receiving hugs and smiles from students. Crestmont is a wonderful place to grow and learn!
COLLEGE AND CAREER PREP, HS ENGLISH I & II
Alyssa DeLosSantos joined the Crestmont family in 2018 when she accepted her first high school teaching assignment. As a graduate of Illinois State University, Mrs. DeLosSantos first came to San Antonio to teach first graders in 1997. She has enjoyed twenty-two years of new class lists, freshly sharpened pencils, and the wonder of learning. She is currently serving as the Academic Dean and a high school English teacher. She loves the opportunities Crestmont offers students and families. The partnership with families, to ensure a solid academic and spiritual foundation, is bar none. The class size allows her to discern and address the unique needs of every student. Crestmont is more than a teaching assignment, it's an opportunity to equip and send out the next generation of believers and leaders.
Andreya Huff graduated from Howard Payne University in 2008 with a degree in Practical Theology and a Minor in History. After graduating, she taught high school Bible, history for grades 3-11, and preschool. In 2013 Andreya came to Crestmont where she has taught 2nd grade and then Kindergarten. In May of 2019, Mrs. Huff was selected to serve as Academic Lead for grades K-2. Mrs. Huff has a heart for “littles” and desires to teach them to love Jesus and love learning. Her classroom verse is Colossians 3:23. Mrs. Huff has been married to Ben since 2006, and they have two daughters, Rebekah and Mikaelah. “Crestmont is more than a school. It is a family. The people who make up Crestmont, both the staff and the families, have been true friends and a great support over the years.”
Mrs. Johnson hails from Shelbyville, IL, but has lived all over the world with her family; her husband is a civil engineer in the Air Force and she has two amazing daughters. Both Johnson girls attend Crestmont and have loved every minute of it--their friendships and the teachers left no question that if the Air Force keeps their family in San Antonio, they will be at Crestmont! Mrs. Johnson graduated from Truman State University with a degree in English. She has been teaching at Crestmont for three years (with a small two-year break in Maryland courtesy of the Air Force!): she has found her home in teaching elementary school and LOVES every minute of helping her students learn in a fun and kind environment. Mrs. Johnson's favorite Bible verse is Micah 6:8.
MS ENGLISH, DRAMA
Gwen Kandt has been a part of the Crestmont family since 2013 -- first as a parent, then as an English and Drama teacher, and now also as the Middle School Academic Lead Teacher and Testing Coordinator. She has taught in homeschool, public school, and private school for over a quarter of a century now. She also teaches, writes, and directs for a Christian youth theater in San Antonio. She loves the flexibility and opportunities the University Model offers . . . but even more, she loves the wonderful family that she and her daughters (now college students) have come to be a part of at Crestmont.
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE, CHEMISTRY, CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK COACH
Shantel Leininger studied athletic training and deaf education at the University of Arizona and Speech and Biology at Texas Christian University. Growing up she was a very competitive gymnast and during college she ran track and was also a diver. She has been a high school science teacher, PE teacher, and also a high school coach. She is married to Ryan and has four daughters. They try to live their lives with passion with everything they do. Mrs. Leininger loves the atmosphere at Crestmont. The students, families, and faculty are all genuine and true friends. She prays her passion for Jesus will be shown in the classroom and on the field.
Bill McIntire graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology. He has a Master of science also from TAMU in Occupational Training and Development. He taught in Texas Public Education for 39 years before retiring and then began teaching secondary math at Crestmont in 2019. He and his amazing wife Karen were blessed with 3 beautiful, wonderful daughters. Now they have added 2 grandsons and a grand daughter. "God put me in this world to help teach His children His word and I do my best every day to serve His will."
Barbara (Barbie) Parkinson studied at San Antonio College and has had 6 yrs of coaching volleyball at at previous school. She also was a substitute PE teacher for years. Barbie began teaching PE at Crestmont in 2019. What Mrs. Parkinson loves about Crestmont is the true faith of Jesus Christ that is demonstrated by all the faculty and staff on a daily basis. Mrs. Parkinson has a family of 5, police officer hubby, 2 daughters and a son, along with 3 dogs (one of them being a retired K-9 police dog.) Mrs. Parkinson's guiding Bible verse is Phillipians 4:13.
MS BIBLE, PRECALCULUS, GEOMETRY, PHYSICS, TEST PREP
Mike Russell spent 30+ years in leadership positions in the private sector before being called to teach in 2017, when Mike became the Algebra teacher at Crestmont. Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from UT-Austin in 1994, and in between classes he is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Mathematics from West Texas A&M University. Mike’s classroom motto is "Don't Be Afraid." “God tells us every day not to be afraid because He is with us every day, including in the classroom. The Holy Spirit is a great teacher.”
LATIN, GEOGRAPHY, WORLD HISTORY
Jennifer Schoenfeld has been a Crestmont Warrior momma for over 10 years and a Warrior teacher for over 5. She lives in Boerne with her husband, 3 Crestmont Warrior children, dogs, cats, chickens, and her beloved horses. She received her Master's Degree in Geography from Texas State University in 2004. Mrs. Schoenfeld is passionate about her faith and her life Bible verse is Micah 6:8. She loves being a Warrior momma and teacher because it is an incredible opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus to everybody everywhere and especially at Crestmont.
6TH GRADE MATH
Regina Stamness completed her studies in Austria and holds a Real Estate License in Texas. She homeschooled for 5 years and then began working at Crestmont in 2014. Mrs. Stamness served at His Hill Ranch Camp from 1999 - 2019. Her two children attended Crestmont. A guiding Bible verse is Psalm 37:4 "Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Mrs. Stamness appreciates the faculty's prevalent mindset toward professional development and continued education.
ENGLISH III & IV, MUSIC, SPANISH III
Lee Towell is happy to be a part of the Crestmont family beginning in 2020. She has been teaching 41 years and has a Masters in music education and a secondary teaching degree in English. She has been married for 40 years and has 6 children ages 35-16. She loves to incorporate scripture into the music she writes and Isaiah 61 is one of her favorite Bible passages.
Nancy Van Deest
As a graduate from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Mrs. Van Deest did a significant amount of work in politics culminating in a job as a legislative aide to Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Thomas Foley. She then worked at a subsidiary of GE Capital negotiating government contracts. However, after the birth of her first child, she chose to be a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband are blessed to have three children. One is a graduate of Crestmont and one is a current student at Crestmont. Because all children are a gift from God, Mrs. Van Deest has a heartfelt desire to help children succeed despite any challenges they may face. One of her favorite books in the Bible is Esther. When she was approached to teach, God led her back to Esther verse 4:14. Given her passion and background in politics combined with her love for the Lord, she believes that God has her at CCPS “for such a time as this.”
FIFTH GRADE, LOGIC
Lisa Vasquez and her family joined the Crestmont family in 2013. She joined the elementary teaching team the following year and is now the lead elementary teacher. She and her husband, Steve, have three children enrolled in the school as well. Mrs. Vasquez studied at the University of Central Oklahoma and earned a degree in French. Her goal for herself and her students is to become lifetime learners. Psalm 25:5