Meet the New 2017-2018 Teachers

Each year, God blesses Annapolis with new and wonderful teaching staff who are committed Christian examples, passionate about learning, and love children.  For 2017-2018 we are proud to introduce you to the newest members of the teaching faculty of Annapolis Christian Academy ….

Heather Brushe – PK3

What motivated you to become a teacher?  I was motivated by realizing the need for Christian educators in the formative years of a child’s education. 

Why did you choose to teach at Annapolis?  The vision and mission of Annapolis is something that I strongly believe in. After being a part of the Annapolis family for two years, I have decided to become a part of a team of passionate individuals with a unified goal of providing an outstanding and Christ-honoring education for the children of Corpus Christi.

What do you want your students to gain from having you as a teacher?  I pray that the students of my Pre K 3 class will not only know and feel the love of Jesus through my daily interaction with them, but will also gain the basic understanding of becoming an excellent
student with a heart for learning.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?  Few things are as rewarding as seeing a child’s mind at work and knowing that it is directly related to the engaging activity that I have provided for them.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?  My life revolves around my family. Our favorite things to do together include: going to the beach, bike rides, and local nature trails.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?  I love a new challenge; I recently learned how to solve the Rubik’s cube.

Valerie Rangel – PK4

 

What motivated you to become a teacher?  My motivation is my little sister.   She needed extra help in school and her teachers would not make that a priority; so, I said I would become a teacher and make sure that all of my students received the help they needed.

Why did you choose to teach at Annapolis?  I love that in everything Annapolis is centered around Christ and how He wants His people to live.

What do you want your students to gain from having you as a teacher?  I want my students to get excited to learn and to know that school is a fun and safe place to learn. I remember my Pre-K teacher was always energetic and full of excitement, which made me fall in love with school.  I plan on doing the same!

What do you enjoy most about teaching?  That moment when my students tell their parents about what they learned and when they don’t want to leave class yet because they are having so much fun. I am already experiencing that and it warms my heart.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?  I enjoy traveling, I try to go somewhere new at least twice a year. During my free time I enjoy reading, going to the beach, and visiting museums.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?   I am a two time winning local pageant queen. I won the 55th Annual Feria De Las Flores Queen in 2014 and then in 2015 I won the 3rd Annual Miss Texas Jazz Festival.

Mary Zamora – PK4

 

What motivated you to become a teacher?  The main thing that motivated me to become a teacher was the impact I realized teachers could have on the children around them. I knew that, as a teacher, I could be a beacon of light for many of them by simply loving and praying for them.

Why did you choose to teach at Annapolis?  The beliefs that Annapolis is based on made the decision to work here extremely easy. I’ve spoken to many families who have or have had students attend and the testimonies they’ve collectively given sparked my initial interest in the school.

What do you want your students to gain by having you as a teacher?  I want my students to gain a deeper understanding of who God is, as well as gaining a love for knowledge and learning.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?  The thing that I enjoy the most about teaching is the way that I can positively impact a child’s life. Children are so eager to learn, and my goal as their teacher is to be the best role model possible.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?  Some of my personal interests and hobbies are, volunteering at my church and doing DIY projects with my husband. I also love to spend time with my family any chance I get.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?  One thing that people would be surprised to know about me is that I listen to Christmas music year around! #christmasinjuly

Pamela Rossiter – 1st Grade

 

What motivated you to become a teacher?  I became a teacher after volunteering at my children’s school and realizing that is what I should have done all along.

Why did you choose to teach at Annapolis?  I choose to teach at Annapolis because I thought it would be a blessing to work in a Christian school. I had also heard good things about Annapolis.

What do you want your students to gain by having you as a teacher?  I want students to see how God designed it all from Science to History. It is my prayer that they will see God’s hand in everything.

What do you love most about teaching?  The thing I love the most about teaching is seeing how much students have learned by the end of the school year. It is amazing how much first graders learn in just a few months.

What are some of your interested and hobbies?  My hobbies are reading, gardening, and watching sports.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?  I think that people would be surprised that I really like sports. The Houston teams are my favorite, since I am from there. I also am a fan of Baylor teams. My sons both attend there.

Zach Vanderslice – 2nd Grade

 

What motivated you to become a teacher?  By the way I perceive the future, it will become increasingly difficult for the younger generation to encounter older leaders and role models that actively live their life for the glory of God, as well as look to Jesus as the example of what it means to truly live. I wanted to work alongside the younger generation and be a present disciple – guiding and teaching His ways in both knowledge and truth.

Why did you choose to teach at Annapolis?  Last year, I was blessed with the opportunity to become a teacher and a coach at a Christian school in North Carolina.  After having to move back to Corpus, I knew that I didn’t want to leave the privilege of working alongside students; so, after much prayer, God led me to Annapolis.

What do you want your students to gain from having you as a teacher?  This is a tough question, because the hope is for them to gain a lot. To sum it up briefly: I want them to grow. I want them to grow in knowledge. I want them to grow in their desire to learn and seek truth. Without the desire to grow, they will become stagnant in both their knowledge and their faith, preventing them from reaching their full potential in Christ.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?  Like almost everybody else in this world, I wake up early in the morning to get ready for work. I put on my work clothes and head out the door with a coffee in hand. What separates me from others is that instead of walking to a desk and having to stare at a computer screen all day, I face a classroom full of kids that represent the next generation of leaders. My job is to help kids prepare for changing the world.  What could possibly be more enjoyable or fulfilling than that?

What are some of your interests and hobbies?  I love anything outdoors. I love hiking in the mountains or fishing in any body of water. I consider myself to have an adventurous spirit so staring at a TV screen all day doesn’t suit me at all.  

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?  It’s my dream to write and publish my own book!

Kelly Hensely – Upper School Math

 

What motivated you to become a teacher?  In college, I felt God calling me to work with high school age students through youth group ministries and an equine therapy program. As I reflected on my own education, I could see the influence that several Godly teachers had on my life. I wanted to make a difference in the Kingdom and prayed for openness to His plan. God worked out the details as he led me to major in Mathematics. I loved teaching so much that I pursued my Masters in Math Education as well. I have been teaching for 13 years and I am so blessed that God chose this path for me.

Why did you choose to teach at Annapolis?  My husband and I were praying to find a place where we could serve the Lord and grow our family. After visiting Annapolis and Corpus Christi, we loved the school and felt God calling us to follow Him and move our family to Texas. It was clear that Annapolis was a school seeking after the Lord’s will and direction, following its original vision, and ripe for growth and change as well. The Annapolis “family” has welcomed us with open arms. We are so thankful that God led us here and we pray we can bless the school as much as the school has already blessed us.

What do you want your students to gain from having you as a teacher?   I hope the students will see my love for the Lord and my love for math. I pray both will be contagious. I want my students to love math and how the Lord allows us to understand our surroundings through the universal language of math. Math allows God to grow the students in organization, diligence, perseverance, and precision. I pray He speaks through me as I develop relationships with the students and we all grow in many ways throughout the year.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?  I love building relationships with my students. Those relationships allow us to laugh and enjoy lessons so much more. Also, I love connecting math to real life through fun projects and labs. Seeing students enjoy the process of gaining knowledge is such a blessing.

What are some of your interests and hobbies? I enjoy anything outside, including hiking, walking on the beach, and playing with our kids, Avery and Ace. I also love horseback riding. Avery and I ride together and we moved three of our horses with us from our horse farm in Georgia. We love animals and brought our three dogs and two cats here as well.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I am an Air Force “brat” and moved many times as a child. Though my southern accent is strong, I lived in California and Texas for the majority of my childhood.

Amy Rabenburg – Upper School Latin & History

 

What motivated you to become a teacher?  Growing up, school was easy for me and I enjoyed it, but of course there were others in the class who were not getting it as well, and if the teacher wasn’t available, I formally and informally tutored many of my classmates. I loved seeing the comprehension and how the idea clicked, and I thought then that I would enjoy being a teacher and that I wanted to stay in school forever, so that I could know everything, and help people learn what they needed to know.

Why did you choose to teach at Annapolis?  Having gone to a secular university and been a part of that culture which celebrates the fuel of original ideas for boosting personal egos, I felt that there was always a juncture between the two halves of myself: the part that valued the intellectual stimulation of Classics and the part that was turned off by the stress of competing with such personalities. During my graduate program, I had the opportunity to teach a collegiate class and was reminded that learning and helping people make connections was something I really enjoyed. When I was applying, I learned about what a classical Christian school entails, and it seemed like a perfect way to balance braininess with humility and life of faith.

What do you want your students to gain from having you as a teacher?  I hope they gain some inquisitiveness and a realization of just how much there is out there to learn because there really is so much beyond what we can cover in any one class. I also desire that they learn to make connections between parts of the same class and between the classes that they take.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?  I enjoy sharing in the learning and helping people explore the topics we cover, because often I find its hard to say whether you like something unless you’ve actually studied it. I find often, if you don’t like something or someone, getting to know them helps everything make sense, and when there is understanding, that paves the way for appreciation.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?  I enjoy taking pictures and exploring, especially when I get the chance to travel. I like cooking and baking and I spend too much time on Pinterest looking at recipes for food. I love the opportunity to make things, whether it is putting together furniture (like Ikea) and doing craft projects are equally enjoyable. Spending time in community is also very important to me.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?  I love archaeology and have done it the last three summers because I studied it in college and in my MA program. I have just spent the two Summer months in Italy, living with other archeologists in a tower near Cosa, north of Rome; living in an elementary school in a tiny town near Benevento, which is in the Appennine Mountains of Italy; and living in part of a palazzo near Naples, Italy, which houses a school and a Red cross office. Each day we went to site and worked, either digging or processing the finds. I did both: I worked on excavating a Roman bath house at Cosa, studied pottery in the mountains, and lastly, worked on getting some materials from Pompeii excavated in the late 80s published.

Leanne Loraditch – Junior High Math

 

What motivated you to become a teacher?  I have always had a love of numbers and when it was time to go back to school after having left the advertising industry, I wanted to do something I loved. After my 3rd year of college, I realized I wanted to share that love of math with young people.

Why did you choose to teach at Annapolis?  Our family had been researching Annapolis for about 3 years before we decided to bring our daughter here. At the moment this occurred, a position opened up for a math and science teacher. Its been an amazing blessing to be a part of my daughter’s school because we get to share the excitement.

What do you want your students to gain from having you as a teacher?  I want my students to gain a better understanding of how numbers play a part in our everyday world. I want them to know they can be fun and useful at the same time. Kids tend to dislike the things they don’t understand.Therefore I hope to help them understand math so they don’t go through life thinking they aren’t any good at it and give up trying.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?  Teaching brings a new set of experiences each day. It is the furthest thing away from a “desk” job. Each day presents a chance to reach out to another person and potentially touch their lives. Plus, I get to be around math all day.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?  My interests and hobbies range from cooking to billiards. I am always on the look out for new recipes to try and could “live” in a kitchen store. I grew up playing pool with my father and I have always enjoyed watching tournaments. My daughter and I also do a lot of puzzles – we love thinking games and putting Legos together!

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?  People may be surprised to know that I learned how to write in calligraphy in the fourth grade and can still do a fairly good job of it.