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Teachers

Our Teachers

It is the goal of King’s Academy Christian School staff to partner with parents to develop the whole child through professional classroom instruction and guided home study.

Every teacher at KACS is a born again Christian and has a living, active relationship with Jesus Christ. Not only does the staff provide rigorous academics to challenge the student, but they engage in the Christ-centered discipleship of the child.

Steve Alberts, High School Bible & Art
This is my third year teaching at King’s Academy. I was born and raised in Colorado. Earned my bachelors degree from East Texas Baptist University and my Masters in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I currently serve as youth pastor at Colonial Hills and enjoy being able to work with youth at both King’s Academy and Colonial Hills. My wife of 22 years is Shannon and have four children: Hannah, Marshall, Wesley, and a daughter who lives in Heaven, Annemarie. We have served together in youth ministry for over 22 years in Texas and Arkansas. 
Pattie Blake, Computer Science, Government/Economics, and Robotics/ Study Skills/Keyboarding
I worked in public education for 33 years as a teacher and librarian.  After spending the last three years at home in “retirement”, I decided it was time to return to the classroom and am thrilled to be here at King’s Academy.  My favorite part of teaching is building relationships and sharing my love of learning and problem solving.
Joan Colwell, Second Grade
I have a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling. I have 40+ years experience as a classroom teacher, counselor, curriculum director, and principal.  I enjoy partnering with the KACS parents to provide a quality Christian education that prepares my 2nd graders for a productive, God-centered future.   
Mayra Devisscher, Spanish
Hola! I am the Spanish teacher and I am from Peru. I am so excited to teach at King’s academy this year and can’t wait to meet my new students!
Megan Dublin, 6th, 7th, & 8th grade History
I am looking forward to an exciting year at Kings Academy. I have my Bachelors Degree from UTTyler and have been teaching Texas and US History the past couple of years at Bullard Middle School. The Lord commands us to “remember the days of old”. I love teaching History because through group work and hands on projects we are able to learn about the past and how it impacts our future.
Jeanne Jorash, 6th grade Math, Speech, and Drama
I have various teaching experiences, including Speech and Drama in public school, leading a Homeschool Drama troupe in Budapest, Hungary, various classes in Kiev, Ukraine, and English in China, along with homeschooling my own 8 children. KACS has an amazing group of teachers, staff,  students, and parents! We were new to Tyler last year, as well as KACS, and everyone made us feel welcome and part of a family. As the new Drama teacher, I had a daunting job, but the students, staff, and parents rose to the occasion, and with the Lord’s graciousness, we had a production that was not less than miraculous! That’s how God works at this school, and I am anticipating MORE from Him this coming year!
Vinni Lee, Kindergarten
I have taught at King’s Academy for 7 years. I retired from teaching Kindergarten in Tyler ISD.  I love teaching at King’s Academy because of the relationships I have been able to develop with the staff, parents, and children. There is just such a loving and relaxed atmosphere in which to work. It is so nice to be able to teach biblical principles while teaching academics. My goal for my kindergarten students is to lay a strong academic foundation so that each child will successfully become a lifelong learner. In addition to the academics, I want each child to develop socially and to learn to apply biblical principles in everyday living.
Ginger Lynch, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade Math
I have 39 years of experience in education. I graduated from East Texas State University (now Texas A & M, Commerce) with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and special education with several additional endorsements. I am retired from Tyler ISD. My experience includes teaching students in grades K-5th. The University Model School provides a great opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to work together. I consider it a privilege to be on staff at King’s Academy. I want you to know that I feel honored to teach in a Christian school, and I am committed to making my students show growth in areas of spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. I believe that God has a special purpose for each child, and it is my privilege to be a part of each of their lives.
Kymberly McCuistion, 6th, 7th, & 8th grade English
I have taught for twenty-three years (in TISD, at home, and at KACS).  I enjoy teaching English because I respect the uniqueness of our language.  Literature, reading, and books are passions of mine, and I believe that God uses them to teach us truth about Himself and our world.
Ann McLane, 4th and 5th grade English
I have taught for 24 years. I consider being invited to teach at King’s Academy this year as a wonderful opportunity for working with such a great staff and with the University Model.  I am excited to meet the students and begin teaching in this Christian environment!
Brenda Orbaugh, 4th & 5th grade Science
I have taught 8 years at King’s Academy. I have a bachelor’s and master’s degree from UT Tyler in education. I retired from Tyler ISD after 28 years of teaching. I also mentored first year teachers for Tyler ISD and supervised student teachers for UT Tyler after retiring. I love teaching at KACS because my efforts are so valued by the students, parents, my coworkers, the administration and the board.
Naomi Palmer, First Grade
I have 36 years experience teaching first and second grades. I have taught 3 years in private Christian schools and the rest in Public school. I see my mission at King’s as providing a safe, Christ centered environment for children to learn. When students feel loved and accepted they bloom!
Elise Puckett, 4th-5th grade Bible, 6th-8th grade girls’ Bible, 1st grade Aid
This is my first year teaching, but it is not my first year at King’s. I attended KACS 8th-12th grade, so I’m thrilled to return and to give back the love and support I always received growing up. I adore the heart and vision of KACS and I am looking forward to serving all of you!

Linda Skinner, 6th grade Life Science, 7th grade Earth Science and PE grades 3-5
I’m a graduate of Liberty University where I received my BS in Physical Education with a minor in Biology. I recently taught Physical Education KG- 6th in Richardson ISD. I taught there 14 years. Prior to that I taught Physical Education and Science and coached in Christian schools in Irving, TX and Chesapeake, VA for 3 years.
I am thankful to have the opportunity to again team with Christian families and staff in educating for eternity!

Pam Tindel, 7th grade Pre-Algebra, 8th grade Algebra & 9th grade Geometry
My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A & M – Commerce and a Master of Education Degree with a concentration in 6th – 8th grade Mathematics.  My former teaching experiences include many years working with pre-k through 10th grades at various campuses within the Mesquite Independent School District until my family moved to Tyler in 2005.  From 2006-2012, I taught developmental math at Tyler Junior College.  This year will be my third full year at King’s Academy.   It is a joy to be at KACS as I seek to interpret curriculum through the lens of a biblical worldview.
Robin Walker, Third Grade
I have been so moved and impressed by the quality and depth of thinking that I see from these students.  I attribute this to the beautiful commitment of our parents to our precious Lord, but also to the Godly atmosphere that permeates throughout King’s Academy.  In my 35 years of teaching, I’ve seen how our youth are being attacked from all sides.  We are slowly seeing the effects of a secular world and how these negative influences and teachings are subtlety entering our public school programs.  No longer are our public schools looking out for the child’s spiritual welfare, they are consumed with test scores.  When this happens, our children become departmentalized and seen as numbers, not as a beautiful creation of God.  At King’s Academy, we are placing God and His teachings first.  Through the eyes of our creator, we then journey into His wonderful world of knowledge.  This in turn then enables our students the freedom to grow and understand God’s truth.  This then unlocks their spirits so they discover their God-given gifts.  I believe that is the essence of a Godly education.  We are equipping young children to be God’s mighty warriors in an ever-changing world. 
Karen Watkins, 9th & 11th grade English and Middle School Latin
I have 30+ years teaching primarily at the high school level with BS and MA degrees, Masters in Education and Counseling. My focus is building a relationship of respect and trust with students encouraging them to understand the gift of language through the written word, the use of oral expression, and the journey of reading works of literature. Language is one of the means by which we come to know God and reflect His presence in our lives and the world around us.
Vickie Williams, Dean of Curriculum, Academic Advisor & Teacher of Upper Campus Sciences
I am teaching Upper Campus sciences, and serve as the Dean of Curriculum & Instruction, Academic Adviser and Cheer Coach. I am a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, and I am beginning my 33 year of teaching, 23 of which have been in the Christian school setting.  I have served in many capacities, but most of my teaching experience is in the math and science classrooms.