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.
Kara Bertles, 6th grade Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra II
Our family moved to Tyler in 2011 – my husband and I and four children, with a married daughter staying behind in Michigan. We continued homeschooling our children here, but quickly joined the athletic teams at KACS. In 2018, when our youngest was a senior, we enrolled him as a student at KACS. I am very impressed with the dual emphasis on family strength and academics that KACS promotes. My own educational background is a BS in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary. As my last child neared his senior year, I began asking God what He wanted me to do after 25 years of homeschooling. He answered by having me teach a Pre-Calculus class at KACS! I have thoroughly loved the atmosphere with the other teachers and staff. I am excited about using the math that, to me, is so much fun (yes, fun!).
Shayla Hinkeldey, 1st grade
I am so thrilled to be joining Kings Academy! Working with children has been my passion and calling since I was young. I am so blessed to get to be a part of this amazing school and can’t wait to get to know my students and families. I graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2012 with a degree in Education and taught second grade for three years. I really enjoy giving students a strong foundation and teaching them that learning is so much fun! Aside from being a full-time teacher I have worked with children in almost every other capacity, including daycare, tutoring, and children’s ministry.I have been a stay at home mom for three years and I am so excited to be back in the classroom. My husband Chaz and I have been married for almost twelve years, and we have two daughters, ages 4 and newborn.
Ashley Hollis, Yearbook/Journalism
Our family has been at King’s since 2012 when my oldest daughter began first grade here. We now have an 9th, 8th, and 6th grader attending school here, and a 3 year old at home. I have always taken an active role in the school, but began teaching here last school year! I received my Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University in 2000. After working at Josh McDowell Ministry doing tech support and building content management databases on their website back-end, I returned to UT Dallas for my teaching certification. I taught at Bell Elementary in Tyler for 5 years before staying home after my second child was born. I have a love for yearbook and photography, and can’t wait to share my skill set. I participated in Newspaper and Yearbook throughout high school as a photographer, including developing my own black and white film and photos. I’m also looking forward to bringing my knowledge of videography for an added Journalism element to our yearbook class.
Jeanne Jorash, English 6, 7, and 8, Drama, and Speech
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 three years ago, as well as KACS, and everyone made us feel welcome and part of a family. As the new Drama teacher two years ago, 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!
This is my first year at King’s Academy, both as a parent and a teacher. Our family recently moved to Tyler from the Houston area, where we’ve lived since my husband and I graduated from Texas A&M in 2011. I’ve spent the last 8 years working with children with behavioral or developmental difficulties. During that time, I became a certified teacher, licensed behavior analyst, and mom of three. This school year, I look forward to seeing what God has in store for all of us as we journey through this crazy world that is not our own.
I have taught at King’s Academy for 9 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.
I have over 40 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.
I have taught for 25 years. I consider being invited back to teach again 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 another year teaching in this Christian environment!
I am so excited to be a part of King’s Academy. After college I taught for nearly 3 years in a small school in Mexico City, Mexico. When I returned to the United States, I taught in bilingual and dual language programs in public schools in Texas for 12 years. After 15 years of teaching, God made it clear that I needed to turn my attention to my family and their spiritual and educational growth. God has opened a door for King’s Academy to be an avenue for that growth. I get to teach, which is something I love, and I get to be with my family more, which is something I want. Our family is excited for the opportunity to grow with the KACS community. We look forward to what God has in store for us as we journey with Him through this adventure.
Shannon Reynolds, 3-12th grades PE
I am very excited and energized about my second year at Kings Academy and being able to share my love of physical fitness in movement/sports as the lower level PE teacher. My two amazing children are both attending Kings Academy, Aidan Michael who is a junior and Madison Grace who is in the 7th grade. I love everything about the university model and the impact Kings Academy has had on my family. I originally began my career as an engineering specialist in the plasma etch area at Dallas Semiconductor teaching fitness part time for fun. I then promoted myself to mother after my son was born and have since been teaching some type of fitness for nearly 21 years. My current certifications include: crossfit level1, pilates mat, strength training, sculpt, cardio kickboxing, ballet barre, Zumba, zumbatomic (kid Zumba), Zumba toning, bolly X and a certified personal trainer. I currently teach classes and train at All About Dance Studio, I am the wellness coordinator for Smith County and I also partner with Baylor Scott & White Texas Spine and Joint Sports Medicine Department on special projects. I also serve currently on two boards: New Creation and 1:3 Foundation and serve as a Leader of Light for Refuge of Light.
I am so happy to be teaching at King’s Academy. We have been a King’s family for 12 years. I have 24 years of teaching experience, including public school, Classical Conversations, homeschool co-ops and five years at KACS. I have been a stay at home mom and grandmother for the last five years and am very excited to return to the classroom. I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of North Texas and a Masters in Education in Math and Science from the University of Central Florida. I am very excited to be back on the KACS team!
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 36 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.
Vickie Williams, Director of Upper Campus Curriculum & Instruction and Academic Advisor & Teacher of Chemistry, Physical Science, and MS STEM
I am teaching and also serve as the Dean of Curriculum & Instruction and Academic Adviser. I am a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, and I am beginning my 35th year of teaching, 25 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.