Tomball Classes for Homeschoolers


Jennifer Chidester
Jennifer Chidester worked in the field of studio photography while attending Boise State University. After living in Idaho for 13 years, her husband's job brought them to Texas.  Both in Idaho and Texas, Jennifer has had a passion for teaching, photographing, and serving in ministry. She has facilitated several community events and productions including concerts, theater productions, banquets, etc. as either a Interim Youth Director, Business Owner/Leader, or Ministry Leader. (Usually something to do with the Arts). Jennifer managed and work studio photography for over 23 years. Upon coming to Texas, she completed additional training under the New York Institute of Photography and opened her own location  studio called Cherished Reflections. As a wedding photographer and event specialist, Jennifer decided to coordinate weddings for the surrounding Houston area and now works with various wedding and magazine photographers. While living in Texas, Jennifer renewed her passion in Government politics and has become actively involved in teaching students the foundation and inner workings of how the Government operates.  She has taught High school Government at various Homeschool Co-ops using the curriculum American Government in the Christian perspective by A Beka. Jennifer continues to home school their two children, and share her years of photographing experience, passion of Government to inspire students to see life in a new way.

Chris Criswell
Chris Criswell B.S. from Texas Tech in Human Development and Family Studies and an M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary. His professional career has included the following: 14 years as missionary, pastor, and church planter; 10 years in Residential and Oil and Gas Construction Sales and Marketing; he has been teaching and running his construction business for the past two years. Currently, Mr. Criswell, also known as Coach Criswell, serves as the Varsity Head Coach for the Tomball Christian Warrior Football Team. Chris has been married to his wife Andrea for over 20 years and is the father of four children, ages 10-16, who have all been homeschooled. Their philosophy in homeschooling is that their most important assignment as parents is to disciple their children to follow Christ in all things. Their education is just part of the overall picture of character training and preparing to live a life to glorify God. The second goal for them in education is to teach their kids to love learning and become self-taught learners. In 2009, the Criswell family started a home church that has grown to about 25 families. Contact Chris Criswell at p91industries@gmail.com.

Janet Deschamps
Janet Deschamps, B.S.  received her degree in Food Science from Texas A&M in 1977. She was a Geophysical Analyst for Chevron Geosciences for five years before starting a family. She homeschooled her four children for eighteen years before they went off to Texas A&M.  She used Saxon math with her children and has taught math classes since 2001. The Deschamps are members of Cypress  Bible  Church  where  Janet and her husband work in the middle school ministry. For more information contact Janet at jwdeschamps78@gmail.com  or call 281-433-9262.

Rebecca Elkins
Rebecca Elkins  studied art at Houston Baptist University where she developed an interest and appreciation for her craft. For over 15 years, Rebecca has shared her love of working with children at West University Baptist Church in various capacities, including helping to set up a special needs ministry.  In 2008 she was blessed with the opportunity to teach junior high and high school art classes with a local homeschool co-op and has created quite an extensive program to develop students' artistic abilities.  Her philosophy is that we are created in the image of God who is the Greatest Artist. She strives to enable her students to see the creative side of our Creator.  Rebecca has been married to Van for over 25 years and has two beautiful children.  She left her position as a Financial Aid Advisor at a local technical school to become a full-time homemaker.  Homeschooling since 2000, she recently graduated her youngest who is now studying art at a local university.  The Elkins family serves and worships at Magnolia Bible Church.  Contact: Rebecca Elkins at vrelkins4@gmail.com.

Bethany Garcia
Bethany Garcia, B.S. received an Accounting degree with honors from the University of Houston. Soon after graduating, she earned her CPA license. Prior to becoming a full-time stay-at-home mom, she worked for KPMG accounting firm, an insurance company, and Hewlett Packard. She has been married for 25 years and is a mother to four wonderful boys. She began her homeschooling journey in 2003. Her family has been part of FAITH coop since 2008. Bethany has primarily taught history and science at the coop during that time and has served on the Leadership Team at FAITH for nine years. She was a part of Heritage Christian Homeschool Support Group for twelve years. She has always been involved in a local church. Her family currently attends Second Baptist Church in Cypress where she has volunteered in a myriad of roles, such as Sunday school teacher, greeter, VBS leader, and mission worker. Her homeschool teaching style incorporates many hands-on activities. With homeschooling four boys, action was the key to learning. She brings games and interactive activities to her classroom. While teaching or just talking, Bethany always tries to incorporate the Lord and His saving work on the cross into the conversation. For more information, contact Bethany at bethanygarcia@comcast.net or call 281-793-8995.

Jolynn McQuary
Jolynn McQuary  B.S. in Education, Masters of Education. Jolynn received her B.S. in Education with a specialization in Life-Earth Science from Texas State University in 1989. She has taught science for junior high in public schools and high school with a co-op over the past 15+ years. After receiving her Masters of Education in 1996 from Sam Houston State University, she also served as an Assistant Principal in Tomball for two years before becoming a homeschool parent. She has been blessed to homeschool her three children for 14+ years. In addition, Jolynn has led many adult and teen Bible studies through her church, Salem Lutheran, and a Maidens of Virtue group she began with her daughters. She has enjoyed coaching for the YMCA in several sports over the years, co-coordinating a P.E. co-op and teaching swimming lessons for 20+ years. Jolynn and her husband Austin, a Biology teacher and coach at Tomball High school, both avidly love science. They enjoy family camping trips and spending days on the family farm where they can witness God's handiwork first-hand. Jolynn feels teaching science is a ministry and enthusiastically shares her love of science with others and relates these concepts to our Master Designer. In addition, Jolynn strives to take difficult concepts and develop them into understandable ways in which students may better master them. Contact Mrs. McQuary at mcquary5@att.net.

Susan Money
Susan Money received her Bachelor’s degree in English Education and History from Northern Arizona University. For seven and one half years, she taught junior high Language Arts and history in Cy-Fair I.S.D. In 1990 she began home schooling her two children who graduated with HCYA in 2004 and 2007. In 1995 Susan began teaching home school writing classes. She currently offers four levels of English at two locations. Susan has 20 years of experience as a church librarian. The Money family attends and serves at Bayou City Fellowship. She enjoys spending time with her family which includes six grandchildren, Bible study, reading, and traveling.

Beth Munnerlyn
Beth Munnerlyn is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute.  She was trained in linguistics by Wycliffe Bible Translator’s Summer Institute of Linguistics program, and also completed one year of intensive Spanish study at Rio Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg, TX. Beth served as a missionary with United Indian Missions in Oaxaca, Mexico for ten years. She has taught Sunday school and Bible studies in Spanish and has a great love and appreciation for the Spanish language and Latin American culture. Beth has taught Spanish to home school students since 2003.  She and her husband Tom have three children and are members of Tomball Bible Church. Contact Beth at 713-817-1521 or tbmunnerlyn@hotmail.com.

Debbie Qualls
Debbie Qualls, B.A.  We’ve finished our homeschooling adventure, seeing our two oldest complete college and marry, as our youngest prepares to graduate from A & M next year.  The years of early morning Bible reading and historically-based read-alouds gave them a good foundation, and I appreciate getting to continue the cycle with the students in my classes! Although I earned a teaching degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, training for teaching this class comes from a love of literature and history, and periodic tutelage from Pat McFarlane over the past eleven years, as well as from listening to the students express what works for them. ~ II Cor. 4:7. Contact Debbie at jdqualls5@hotmail.com.

Mary Stockton
Mary Stockton, B.A. holds a degree in Secondary Education, English, and Speech Communications from Concordia University in Austin. Mary served as an English and Speech teacher and head soccer coach at Concordia Lutheran High in Tomball from 1995-1999, where she was named Houston Area Lutheran Teacher of the Year in 1998. She has served as a curriculum consultant at Salem Lutheran School in Tomball and has been tutoring and teaching homeschool English and Speech classes for the past twelve years in the Tomball area. She loves speaking at and leading marriage and parenting Bible studies and seminars, writing, and directing dramas for homeschool students. Mary homeschools her four children and is thankful for the gift of her husband of over twenty years, Chris. The Stockton family are joyful members of Salem Lutheran Church in Tomball where they lead family mission trips and serve in children's, marriage, and drama ministry. Mary loves the Lord and is passionate about encouraging and empowering all her students to be effective communicators for Christ. Contact Mary at stocktoncrew@att.net.

César Torres
César Torres was born Deaf and has a passion to teach ASL.  He has taught ASL (American Sign Language) in Puerto Rico and the United States to students ages 15-adult.  For 37 years, César was a full-time missionary with a Deaf organization reaching Deaf people for Christ worldwide.  1983 - 1984 Student at Theology Seminary in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, major in Christian Education. 1985 - 1987 Student at Dallas Baptist University, Texas, major in Special Education on Deafness. 1987 - 1990 Student at Puerto Rico University. Major in Special Education on Deafness. 1991 - 1993 Student at Boyce Bible School, graduated as AAS Christian Ministry. 1995 - 1997 Student at UWM (United World Mission) complete of Anthropology certificate. He has travelled to over 55 countries, learning not only their culture, but also their 19 different sign languages (sign language is not universal).  He is married to Rita Torres and they have two daughters, Andriana and Ariana. In 2001 they followed the Lord’s leading to Costa Rica and planted a church that is still thriving to this day.  Twelve years later (in 2013) they sensed Him call them to the U.S., particularly the Tomball area.  Less than a year after moving here they planted a Deaf church in Houston where he is currently the pastor.  He works with MasterWord Service as CDI (Certificate Deaf Interpreter). He does freelance interpreter with Deaf-Blind and Deaf international who reside in Houston. You can contact César Torres at aslmyheartlanguage@gmail.com.

Rita Torres
Rita Torres was born Deaf and has a passion to teach ASL.  She has taught ASL (American Sign Language) in Puerto Rico and the United States to students ages 6-adult.  For ten years, Rita and her husband were full-time missionaries with a Deaf organization reaching Deaf people for Christ worldwide.  They travelled to over eight countries, learning not only their culture, but also their language (sign language is not universal).  In 2001 they followed the Lord’s leading to Costa Rica and planted a church that is still thriving to this day.  Twelve years later (in 2013) they sensed Him call them to the U.S., particularly the Tomball area.  Less than a year after moving here they planted a Deaf church in Houston where her husband is currently the pastor.  You can contact Rita Torres at aslmyheartlanguage@gmail.com.