- About Allen Academy
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Allen Academy's faculty invests itself on campus and in its students. With a student/faculty ratio of about 10:1 in the Lower School and 14:1 in the Upper School, the school offers students individual attention. Smaller class sizes and an open atmosphere facilitate lively discussions and friendly competition as teachers bring their personal styles to the classroom.
Teachers pride themselves on knowing their students and providing a top-notch education to every student who walks into their classroom.
PKI Teacher/Pre School Coordinator
B.S. in Education, Texas A&M University
Lori Westbrook is beginning her eighth year at Allen and her twenty-third year of teaching. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Elementary Education. She also has special certifications in Kindergarten, Early Childhood and Math. Mrs. Westbrook has had extensive training and is certified in Gifted and Talented identification and instruction. She has taught first, third, kindergarten and three year olds. She has been the Preschool Coordinator at Allen for 8 years.
Mrs. Westbrook has lived in College Station for 30 years. Her husband is a College Station fireman and both of her children attend Allen. Her son, Brent is beginning the eighth grade and her daughter, Madison is beginning the fifth grade.
Mrs. Westbrook’s classroom is a bright, safe and challenging environment that encourages a love for learning and self-expression. Her goal is to teach the whole child: intellectually, emotionally, aesthetically, and physically. Through a variety of hands on activities, role-play, song and movement children sing, dance and play their way through the day. Academic instruction is covered through game play and teacher-student interaction, thus encouraging success for each child individually.
When not at school Lori enjoys spending time with her family. She is an avid reader and enjoys running. During the summer she is often a guest speaker at Preschool and Mother’s Day Out conferences. Mrs. Westbrook enjoys sharing all of the exciting things that Allen’s preschool faculty does in their classrooms with others.
B.S. in Elementary Education, East Central University, Oklahoma
Nancy Dale is beginning her eleventh year at Allen and as always, she is looking forward to all of the exciting experiences Allen has to offer your child.
Her personal desire is to create a safe, warm, and inviting classroom environment, thus promoting a love for learning. In addition, it is her professional goal to help each child enhance his/her skills and knowledge in the areas of language arts, math, science, and social studies. With this, each child feels, and is, successful at his/her own level.
Mrs. Dale is grateful for the privilege of being a part of your child’s educational foundation and is looking forward to another great year.
B.A. in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, Texas A&M University
Shannon Newman teaches PreK-2. She began teaching at Allen Academy in 2007. Originally from Angleton, Texas, she has lived in College Station for the past 18 years. Shannon graduated from Texas A&M University in 1996 with a degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism specializing in Convention and Event Coordinating. She found her love for teaching substituting in local schools and volunteering in her own children’s classrooms. The satisfaction of being in the classroom with the students, teaching them and watching their love of learning led her to complete her Texas teaching certification in Early Childhood through fourth grade in 2006. Shannon’s goal as a teacher is to provide each child with a nurturing, loving, enriched learning environment that will increase his or her love of learning for years to come. She strives to instill in her students the feeling that they are a “classroom family”.
When not teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason, and our two wonderful daughters, Madison and Payton.
BS in Education, Southwest Baptist University
Kylie Korthas teaches Kindergarten at Allen. She enjoys traveling the world and spending time with friends and family. Kylie recently opened her heart and her home to foster children, 1 year old Kaiden, and 2 year old, Chelsea. She also has 2 mini dachshunds, Cali and Wiloh. Kylie has taught six years of preschool and this will be her fourth year of teaching kindergarten. She has been with Allen Academy going on 6 years. Working at summer camps for eight years has played an important role in her development as a teacher. Her experiences at Life for Youth (FL), Star Ranch/Charis Hills (TX), and Allen Academy have instilled a better understanding of children and learning styles. Respect, patience, and communication are very important qualities she holds high as a teacher. She is in the education profession because of the opportunity it offers to embed life skills and values into every child that steps through her classroom door. She views learning not as something that is forced, but rather as something taught without them knowing. Ms. Korthas believes that hands-on activities that actively involve students in learning, visual aids, and having children take responsibility for self and actions make learning fun and the environment comfortable. She views each of the children that enter her classroom as special and unique in their own way, and looks to find their individual qualities and bring them out of each child.
Christine Malcuit was born and raised in Bryan, Texas. She graduated Bryan High School and continued her education at Texas A&M where she earned a Bachelors degree in Education. Her first teaching position was outside of Stephenville, Texas at Three Way School where she taught kindergarten, first grade, and second grade with sixteen students in one room. That first year teaching experience has been invaluable to Mrs. Malcuit throughout her teaching career. From there she returned to Bryan and taught in BISD for many years. Within her time at BISD she became a HOSTS Coordinator and recruited hundreds of volunteers to help mentor elementary students. Finally, Christine says, she "was blessed" to be hired by Allen Academy. For the past several years she served as a PreK-2, first, fourth and fifth grade instructor. Mrs. Malcuit will teach Kidnergarten this year.
1st Grade Teacher
Originally from Huntsville, TX she has lived in College Station for eight years. She first came to College Station to attend Texas A&M where she majored in Interdisciplinary Studies. Mrs. Ray came to Allen Academy in February of 2006 as a long-term substitute in Kindergarten. Her stint as a substitute Kindergarten teacher led to her joining the Allen family full time. Mrs. Ray is excited to begin her fifth year of teaching. She loves watching her students learn and grow each day!
1st Grade Teacher
Ashlee Schoenvogel joins Allen’s faculty as a First Grade teacher this year. Mrs. Schoenvogel is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Elementary Education. This will be her sixth year in the classroom. She taught in the Plano Independent School District the past four years where she was responsible for the gifted and talented program for students in kindergarten. She also assisted in writing the language arts curriculum for the district. Originally from Dallas, Ashlee was married in June of this summer to Trey and they moved to College Station. She enjoys spending time with friends and family. Mrs. Schoenvogel says she “ is thrilled to continue her teaching career at Allen!”
2nd Grade Teacher
B.S. in Political Science, Texas A&M University
B.S. in Interdisplinary Studies, Cum Laude, Texas A&M University
Bobbie Jill Lively joined the Allen Academy family in 2006. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with Cum Laude honors and also has a degree in Political Science. Prior to receiving her Interdisciplinary degree, Bobbie Jill worked eleven years for a medical risk management company as Director of Auditing. Bobbie Jill is married and has one daughter. She is very active in the community and has volunteered for organizations including Girl Scouts, American Cancer Society and MDA. Bobbie Jill is currently on the Board of Directors for the Brazos Valley Figure Skating Club and holds the position of treasurer. When she is not in her classroom, Bobbie Jill enjoys spending time with her family and working in her garden.
2nd Grade Teacher
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Stephen F. Austin State University
Darla Sanders begins her 10th year of teaching Allen Academy 2nd graders this year. Ms. Sanders is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies and minors in Art, Reading and Kinesiology. Prior to teaching at Allen Academy, Ms. Sanders taught public school 3rd grade in Coldspring, and 2nd and 3rd grade at Childress. Ms. Sanders has been at Allen Academy for the last 9 years and says she can't think of a better place to teach!
3rd Grade Teacher
B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Texas A&M University
M.S. in Education, Texas A&M University
Lauren Kleiman will be teaching 3rd Grade for the 2011- 2012 school year. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies and her Master in Education. She has four years teaching experience. Lauren is moving to us from Montgomery Independent School District where she taught first and second grade. She enjoys cooking with her husband and spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. Kleiman said, “I have heard amazing things about Allen Academy and would love the opportunity to be a part of something so great!”
B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies Texas A&M University
Brooke Machac joined the Allen faculty as a third grade teacher last week. She is originally from Belton, Texas and moved to College Station in 2006 to attend Texas A&M. Brooke graduated from TAMU in 2010 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is excited to begin her third year as a third grade teacher. She and her husband AJ recently welcomed a baby girl, Maggie who is now two months old. Booke enjoys being with family and friends, activities outdoors, and traveling. She is looking forward to a great year.
4th Grade Teacher
B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Houston
ESL Supplemental Certification
Heather St. Clair will be teaching Fourth Grade Language Arts and Social Studies this year at Allen Academy. She earned her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston in 2006, as well as her certification in ESL. Since then she has worked in the classroom as a Kindergarten teacher, Reading Intervention specialist, and coordinated the Gifted and Talented program for grades 1-4. This will be her second year teaching 4th grade here at Allen Academy, and she looks forward to continuing to work with the wonderful families and students that grace our campus. Coming from a family of bibliophiles, Mrs. St. Clair is always striving to instill a love for reading in her students, and can rarely be found without a book close at hand. In addition to her fondness for books, Mrs. St. Clair enjoys traveling, cooking, and enjoying all forms of art and music in her spare time. She and her husband moved to the Brazos Valley five years ago and have two daughters, both of whom will be attending Allen this year.
5th Grade Teacher
B.S. in Rangeland Ecology, Texas A&M University
Jenny Green Marquardt is in her first year of teaching 5th grade Math and Science at Allen Academy.
A veteran teacher, who has taught on two continents, Mrs. Marquardt has been instructing students in various capacities for 7 years. She comes to Allen Academy from nearby Navasota Junior High School where she taught Resource English for grades 6-8.
Mrs. Marquardt lived "down under" in Australia for 10 years and taught math and reading in Brisbane, Queensland. During her time in Australia, she also helped operate a successful cattle ranch with her family.
She is married to Brad Marquardt and the couple have five children: Cody (16), Cameron (16), Ashton (14), Penny (13) and Daniel (11). In her spare time (which isn't much), Mrs. Marquardt enjoys traveling, playing adult league soccer, photography, swimming, surfing, spending time with her family and being involved at her church.
5th Grade Teacher
Rebecca Menser teaches 5th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies at Allen Academy. It is her fourth year teaching in Bryan/College Station and her second year at Allen Academy. She also sponsors the Lower School Student Council and the Lower School French Club.
Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts in English and French and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. She is from Ontario, Canada and spent two years teaching in France, Poland and Canada before moving to BCS in 2008. Rebecca loves animals and enjoys volunteering at the Brazos Animal Shelter in her free time. She also enjoys reading, traveling and being with family and friends. Rebecca has been married to Robert for three years and they live in Bryan with their two wonderful dogs.
Instructional Technology Specialist/Library Services
BS, Education (Curriculum and Instruction) Texas A&M University, 1990
MS, Education in Integrated Technology in the Classroom, Walden University, 2009
Karen White is Allen’s Instructional Technology Specialist. As the campus facilitator, her role will be to support the mission of the Technology Department. Instructional Technologists provide assistance to teachers and the curriculum department as technology is integrated into core subjects. Mrs. White’s duties will include consulting with faculty and staff in developing instructional uses of technologies; research, analyze and evaluate new technologies for potential applications in instruction; promote the implementation of technological innovations; create demonstrations of instructional applications of technologies; and mentor teachers with technology integration projects. This exciting new integration process will allow your child to experience technology with practical usage and not just in isolation!
Mrs. White received her BS from Texas A&M University in 1990 and her MS of Education in Integrated Technology in the Classroom from Walden University in 2009.
She enjoys music, playing golf, working in her flowerbeds and bird watching! She is active in her church Hand Bell Choir and other mission activities. She and her husband have three grown children, four beautiful granddaughters and two handsome grandsons.
She also has a dog, Lyndee who demands a lot of her attention.
LS/MS PE Teacher
B.S. in Kinesiology, Texas A&M University
Paula McMillan is a 22 year “veteran” of education at Allen Academy. Her responsibilities, besides being the Middle School volleyball coach, include Preschool-8th grade Physical Education. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Paula and her husband, Robert, have two children that attend Allen Academy, son Brahm and daughter Brianna.
LS Music Teacher
Bachelor of Music, Angelo State University
Joy McCoy teaches Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade general music classes, as well as, Fifth Grade Choir. This is her sixth year at Allen Academy. She is a graduate of Angelo State University with a Bachelors degree in Music Education. Joy and her husband, Nathan, enjoy making improvements to their house, gardening, and playing video games.
B. Arts Journalism, Spanish, and English
Masters in Art of Teaching from Agnes Scott College
Nicole Homer will be teaching Lower School and Middle School Spanish this year at Allen Academy. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia, majoring in Journalism and minoring in Spanish and English. By the end of her time there, she’d completed two study abroad programs in Spain—one in Barcelona and one in Seville. She then went on to earn her Master’s degree at Agnes Scott College the following year. This is her fourth year in education, and her second year teaching Spanish in the classroom.
Originally from Georgia, she recently moved to Bryan, Texas with her young daughter and husband, who works for Texas Parks and Wildlife. She’s looking forward to instilling a passion for multiculturalism and Spanish in her students this upcoming year.
LS Music, MS/US Band Teacher
Ray Sanders is Allen's new band director. He is a 35 year resident of Bryan. With his wife, Kay, they have three grown children. Prior to coming to Allen Mr. Sanders spent 3 years in Normangee, 6 years in Somerville and 25 years as the owner of Up Front Silk-screening in Bryan. Ray has played in numerous community bands, church orchestras and jazz bands. He also directed the Central Baptist orchestra for 4 years. Ray enjoys sports, cooking, construction, landscaping and traveling.
Because of his interest and experience in business, Ray will be a faculty advisor for the newly formed Allen Business Club which will run and manage The (new) Allen School Store. Students will learn good business practices from firsthand experience!
Ray earned his music education degree at Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas. Ray and his entire family played in the band – including his mama, who at 87 still plays violin in the orchestra at First Baptist Church, Bryan!
MS/US Math Teacher
B.S. in Textiles and Clothing, University of Texas at Austin
Terri Horton teaches our Middle School math. She started at Allen in January of the 2007-2008 school year. Before arriving in the Bryan/College Station area, she taught Middle School math and science for 13 years in the Austin and Round Rock public schools.
US Math Teacher
George Mattair teaches Geometry, Algebra II, Calculus, Pre Cal. and AP Cal. at Allen Academy.
His prior work experience includes four years as an analyst in the construction industry and 35 years teaching mathematics in public schools and at the Junior College level. He has taught all levels of math, but for the past 22 years, his concentration has been teaching AP Calculus and honors level classes.
A graduate of Texas A&M, he has been married for 35 years and has three children, all of whom also graduated from Texas A&M (Whoop!). Mr. Mattair hopes to retire one of these days and raise horses. He and his wife enjoy working on their farm and traveling when time permits.
US Physics Teacher
B.S. in Animal Science, Texas A&M University
M.Ed. in Science Curriculum and Instruction
Growing up in Ft. Davis, TX, Glenn Finley, developed an interest in science and the outdoors which eventually led him to Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Animal Science in 1997. The fun of sharing his interests with others led him to earn his teaching certification and a Master of Education in Science Curriculum and Instruction in 2001. Glenn taught IPC and Physics at A&M Consolidated for four years before taking a break from teaching to be a stay-at-home dad. During his free time, he is working on his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and still trying to spend as much time outdoors as possible. He and his wife have a son in first grade.
MS/US Science Teacher
BS Geography, with Environmental Science emphasis from Texas A&M University
Jamie is originally from the Dallas suburb of Grapevine, Texas. She is a 1997 graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Geography with an Environmental Studies emphasis. After working for nearly three years as an environmental consultant, Jamie decided her heart was in teaching and obtained her teaching credentials through the Region IV Alternative Certification Program in June 2000. She has a secondary composite science certification and has experience teaching middle school science, IPC, Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and AP Environmental Science.
Jamie began her teaching career in Conroe ISD at Knox Junior High in the The Woodlands for two years followed by five years teaching IPC, Biology, and AP Environmental Science at The Woodlands High School and The Woodlands College Park High School. Her husband's job transferred her family to B/CS in 2007, and she taught IPC at A&M Consolidated High School for two years.
She joined the Allen Academy faculty in the fall of 2009 as an upper and middle school science teacher. She recently celebrated the birth of her second child, Carly. Her son, Adrian, attends 1st Grade at Allen Academy.
AP Biology and Biology Teacher
B.S. in Biolgy; M.S. in Zoology/Botany
PhD. in Biochemistry
Elaine L. Smith
Elaine Smith grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Education from University of Memphis. She later obtained the M.S. in Invertebrate Zoology and Botany from University of Memphis. She taught biology at Abilene Christian University before attending Texas A&M University to obtain a Ph.D. in insect biochemistry. During her years a Texas A&M she did research isolating hormones from insects and taught chemistry laboratories.
Dr. Smith taught basic biology, aquatic science, preAP biology and AP biology at A&M Consolidated High School for thirty years. She served as Science Department Head for four years. During the years at A&M Consolidated she mentored many student teachers, coached academic teams, developed lab activities, and presented workshops for teachers at the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching. In the last three years she presented topics on learning tools for different learning styles, making science relevant, and plant physiology. Other topics presented in previous years included: Using Multimedia to Teach Interdisciplinary Units, Technological Education Addressing Multi-Level Students, and Teaching Marine Science Far Inland.
She has three children living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and one grandson.
MS/US Art Teacher
B.A. in Fine Arts and Art History, University of Texas
M.A. Art History, Texas Woman's University
Barbara Ferreira is our middle and upper school Visual Arts and Advanced Placement Art History teacher. A native Texan, she received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art History from the University of Texas in Austin, a Master of Arts in Art History from Texas Woman’s University, and went on to receive her Education and Teacher Certification in All-Level Art from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth. Mrs. Ferreira loves to introduce students to the world of art throughout history and across cultures, and to assist them in discovering their own creative abilities through the making of art. When not teaching or traveling with her husband, she is busy with 5 grandchildren who all show artistic promise!
B.S. in Psychology, English, and Journalism
M.Ed. in Educational Administration
Rebecca Lea Patek joins us after twenty-eight years in public education. She has taught in College Station, Ingram, Sealy, and Flatonia. Her experience ranges from English IV AP to 5th grade reading improvement, with many assignments in between. Most of her experience is in language arts and English, but she has also taught psychology, journalism, yearbook, sociology, and newspaper.
Rebecca graduated from Texas State with a triple major: psychology, English, and journalism with a concentration in public relations. She earned her Master's in Education Administration from Sam Houston and finished six hours of doctoral hours in Education Administration.
Rebecca has a twenty-three year old son and a twenty-one year old daughter who attend college. When she is not reading or grading papers, she enjoys gardening, golfing, dancing, snow skiing, traveling, and visiting and laughing with her family, friends, and students.
MS/US English Teacher
Elizabeth Martin graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a double major in English and Education and a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. She recently passed her Master of Arts Comprehensive Exam and is one thesis defense away from attaining her M.A. in English.
Elizabeth has taught 7th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade English; she has also taught AP English III and PSAT prep. During the summer, Elizabeth teaches Social and Emotional Intelligence at Arkansas Governor's School. Elizabeth joins the Allen faculty for her second year and will teach 7th grade English, Honors English III, AP English III, and PSAT Prep.
Originally from Arkansas, Elizabeth moved to Bryan one year ago with her brilliant husband, D.J. Martin. D.J. is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at TAMU.
MS/US English Teacher
Ruthie Schultz began teaching high school right after she graduated from college, initially in Minnesota and then moving to Texas. She retired from A&M Consolidated High School in 2004, and began teaching at Allen Academy that fall. Mrs. Schultz has taught Speech, Drama, and English 8,9,10,11 Honors and Advanced Placement. During the 2011-2012 school year she will teach English 8 and 9 and will be a part of the Advisory program. Ruthie is married to Roger Schultz, TAMU professor. They have four grown children and two grandchildren.
MS Humanities, Journalism Teacher
Karli Anderson teaches middle school English and History, and is also the Yearbook Sponsor at Allen Academy. She was born and raised right here in Bryan/College Station, and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009. Her passion is teaching, and she is always seeking opportunities to learn and grow as an educator. Ms. Anderson began her career at Allen Academy in the fall of 2009, and though she is new to the school, says she “truly feels at home with her Allen family!"
US Humantities Teacher
B.A. University of the Orange Free State (UOFS, South Africa)
B.A. Hons UOFS
Drs. Phil. UOFS
PhD. University of Pretoria
Certificate in Negotiation, University of Bophututswana, South Africa
Certificate in Graduate Studies (Education), University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Louis Ferreira was born in South Africa, and spent most of his life there. He studied at The University of the Orange Free State where he obtained the following degrees; BA, majored in Political Science and Philosophy; BA. Hons, Political Science and International Politics; MA. Political Science; Drs. Phil., (Ph. D) Political Decision-Making and Economic Systems. He earned another Ph. D. from the University of Pretoria in International Politics and Foreign Policy.
Dr. Ferreira was involved in University teaching and University executive management for 30 years. During that time he was a visiting professor to Universities in Belgium, Russia, Finland, Estonia, Australia, USA, South Africa and Malaysia. He has published over 25 publications and book reviews, some of them international. He was also a Council Member of the University of the North when President Mandela served as University Chancellor.
Dr. Ferreira moved to the United States in 1999 and became a citizen in 2002. Allen Academy is his third teaching position in America. He currently teaches AP US History, AP European History, World History, Comparative Government and Politics, and Economics. He is married to Barbara, a Texas native, who also teaches at Allen Academy.
PE Teacher/ Coach
B.S. Leadership Studies
In a few short years, Jason Jolly has rejuvenated the excitement surrounding football at Allen Academy. Numerous appearances in the State Playoffs have been the result and Friday nights at Ram Field are once again “the place to be.” Coach Jolly wears many hats at Allen, serving as physical education instructor and health teacher, as well as being an assistant coach in cross country, boys basketball, and track, One of his most important contributions has been the development of his Speed and Agility Program, where Allen’s athletes are encouraged to improve their strength and conditioning. He is a 2010 graduate of Texas A&M, with a Bachelor of Science in Leadership Studies, paired with minors in Business Administration and Urban Planning. This past summer Jason conducted Allen’s first-ever leadership camp, called BLAST, at which all Allen students were mentored by staff personnel on the attributes and benefits of developing their innate leadership skills. The height of his athletic career was being selected as an All American goalie for the Texas A&M Lacrosse team in 2009. On a more personal note, Jason is married to Ryanne Aaron and both enjoy their time here in Bryan/College Station competing in numerous marathons and 5 K running events.