2018-2019 Faculty and Staff

Holly Alexander–Grammar School Academic Dean

My husband, Josh, and I are very proud parents of twins, Brady and Shelby, who will be sophomores in high school this year. I obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Lubbock Christian University and have since enjoyed my career in education for 21 years. I am beginning my 12th year of service at KPA. Come May, I will have the privilege of presenting a high school diploma to students I taught as first graders. Wow! Time flies when you are having fun! Being allowed the opportunity to partner alongside committed teachers to plan and prepare for meaningful learning experiences is extremely rewarding for me. I thoroughly enjoy spending time in classrooms, seeing first-hand learning in action. I look forward to the new school year and thank you each in advance for the important role you will play in seeing out the schooling that takes place on the days at home. 

John Arcisz–Head Tennis Coach

I was born in Massachusetts and have been married for 38 years with 3 boys and 3 grandchildren. I retired from Coca-Cola in 2015 and have been blissfully happy ever since. My wife and I spend as much time as possible in our RV and hope to hit every National Park in the US (except Hawaii and the Caribbean). I am at KPA and continue to work at KPA because of the people, teachers, administration, parents and especially the students. I am truly blessed to be a part of this organization. 

Christina Barritt–7th/10th Medieval History, Friday Enrichment (Keyboarding and Home Economics)

I’m really excited to start my second year at KPA, especially my new adventures in the Rhetoric and Grammar schools.  My kids are Samuel (15) and Abigail (14). I’ve been married to Robert for 27 years. We met at Texas A&M, where I received two Bachelor of Arts degrees: History and English. We love to travel, garden, read, and do genealogical research. We’ve lived in Lubbock for 20 of the last 23 years, with a brief sojourn in Nebraska from ’98-’01. I’m looking forward to another wonderful year as part of the KPA family.

Leslie Biggs–High School and Junior High Spirit Squad

I am from Pampa, TX. My under-graduate degree from Texas Tech was in Child Development and my graduate degree was in Education. This is our eighth year at KPA and my fifth year to coach the Spirit Squad. I love raising and educating my kids in a classical environment around like-minded families and growing in community with these families.

Darra Brown–First Grade

Starting a new school year is always exciting! Seeing how much the students and families will grow from the beginning to the end of the school year is amazing. I love to make learning fun with lots of hands-on activities. 

The Brown family is a family of five. I am married to the amazing Joey Brown (a crop agent) and have three beautiful children: Jessica, the oldest, lives in Lubbock and works with her uncle and dad; Derek is a recent college grad and working in the “real world”; and the youngest Brown, Jeremy, is a junior at LCU. I attended a small private college, Texas Wesleyan University in Ft. Worth, for my degree in education with a specialization in early childhood. My hobbies are my family and friends, gardening, reading, and involvement in Christ in the Arts.

Ken Bundy–Assistant Coach, Strength & Conditioning

I love Jesus, my family, and people in general. I believe life is hard and God is good. I graduated from Dallas Baptist University. I have a Master’s in Leadership Development. My wife is Jennifer Bundy and my kids are McKenna (20), Madison (18), and McKellan (16). My favorite hobby is doing life with my kids.

Lauren Cargill–Junior High Volleyball Coach

I am from Corpus Christi, Texas and I moved to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University where I earned a Bachelors degree in English Literature. I enjoy spending most of my free time with my husband, reading, and working out. I am also currently a graduate student at TTU studying English with an emphasis in Social Justice, Literature and Environment. I am excited to be at KPA!

Amanda Castner

I teach 8th Grade History, 10th Grade English, and 11th Grade English. This is my third year at KPA and my 12th year of teaching overall. Previously, I taught in Plainview ISD and Lubbock ISD. My husband, Joe, and I have been married for three years and have an amazing 2-year-old son named Everett. We are expecting our second child in September. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master’s degree in Language/Literacy Education, both from Texas Tech (Wreck ‘Em!). Outside of class, I like spending time with my family and reading. KPA offers a unique opportunity for me to teach what I am passionate about and to incorporate a Christian worldview in my classroom, and I absolutely love teaching here!

Teri Cepica

I teach Pre-Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Geometry, 6th Grade Math, and 8th Grade Discipleship. I am excited to be starting my ninth year teaching at KPA. I have lived in Lubbock for over 30 years and love it! I taught in middle school for seven years immediately after graduating from Texas Tech University with a degree in Mathematics. I have been married to Todd for 26 years and we have two boys: Graham (18) and Grant (14). When I am not teaching, I am usually cheering on my kids and husband in all their many endeavors! I enjoy cooking, photography, and spending quality time with my friends. I love hosting family and friends in our home.  I am so thankful to be teaching at KPA and look forward to getting to know my students and their families in the upcoming school year.

Duane Chapman–JH Boys Basketball Coach

Originally from Oklahoma City, I found my home is West Texas. After graduating from Odessa Permian, I played basketball for East Texas Baptist University. Afterwards, I moved to Lubbock where I found my wonderful wife.  We have 3 awesome children. Now in my second year at KPA, I am thrilled to be coaching the junior high boys basketball team for another season. Warrior Pride!!

Nick Clifton–Director of Student Development, 6/7 Boys Discipleship, 10th Discipleship, 9th Ancient History, Grammar School Drama

This will be my fourth year to be a part of KPA, and I feel so immensely blessed to play a part in the educational and spiritual development of such an amazing student body. I grew up in Tomball, TX, just north of Houston. I have been married for six years to my wife Katie and we have two kids: Emmalyn (4) and Kadence (2). I attended Lubbock Christian University where I graduated in 2012 Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in Youth and Family Ministry. In my spare time I love to woodwork, play guitar, play board games, and read pretty much anything.

MaDawn Cunningham–4th Grade and Hands-On Science 3-5th Grades (Fridays)

I received my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at UNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I taught 1st and 2nd grades. In 1998, my husband, Walter, and I moved to Washington state where we began raising our four sons: Mason (College Freshman), Justin (Sophomore), Brandon (7th), and Jaxon (4th). I homeschooled and substitute taught at Centralia Christian School for 7 years so I could be involved in my children’s education. While in Washington, I also coordinated the local MOPS group and discovered my love for gardening. We moved to Lubbock three years ago to join Betenbough’s team, which has allowed us to travel to Kenya, Austria, Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands to serve in God’s Kingdom here and abroad. We were excited to discover KPA two years ago! We love the family culture, kingdom centered curriculum, and strong sports program at KPA. I’m looking forward to teaching my 2nd year here, starting a Hands-On Science class, and meeting your family!

Bob Davis–11th & 12th U.S. History

I was born and raised in Watonga, Oklahoma, and graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. I received a Masters of Education degree from Southwestern. I’ve taught and coached for 46 years. I have been married to Gloria for 50 years on August 25. I have three daughters and eight grandchildren. I love to travel, read, collect sports cards, and work picture puzzles. I love the kids at KPA and enjoy watching them compete and perform.

John DePoe–Academic Dean of the Schools of Logic & Rhetoric; Rhetoric I & II

Having survived my first year at KPA, I am now embarking on my second year. My wife and I love KPA, and we count it a tremendous blessing to be part of this community. What a joy it is to know that our girls (Phoebe and Lydia) attend this school! For fun, I enjoy science fiction (books and movies), playing chess, and keeping up my less-than-professional talents on the piano and guitar. I am completing a book on religious epistemology that is expected to be in print sometime in 2019. Much of my life can be summed up in Erasmus’s quote, “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”

Amy Dowell–Spanish 1 and 2, Grammar school Spanish

I began studying Spanish when I was in High School and continued through college. I graduated from Harding University with a Bachelor’s in Spanish and Education. My family and I spent six years as missionaries in Peru working with churches in the capital city of Lima. My husband, Paul, and I have three children at KPA: Elena, Katelyn, and David. We are so blessed to have found KPA and we love being involved in everything!

Theresa Ervin–Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

I’ve been married to my husband Jim for 38 years.  We just moved to Lubbock from Snyder where I retired from Western Texas College as an Administrative Assistant for the Correctional Officer Training instructor. I grew up in Seminole, and then attended the Jr. College in Big Spring for a couple of years. My husband and I love watching most any sport. I’m a big fan of the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the LCU Lady Chaps Basketball. I strive everyday to be a good servant and look forward to working at KPA to see how God uses me to be a blessing to everyone I come in contact with.

Annette Evers–Health Screening Nurse & Pre-K Assistant

I will be starting a new adventure this year at KPA. I have spent the last 10 years in the Kindergarten room and now I will be doing the health screenings for the students as well as being the Pre-K assistant. My background is in nursing and I’m excited to use it in a different area. It will be fun seeing the Pre-K children grow and learn throughout this school year. I have been married to my wonderful husband Russell for 25 years.  We have three great blessings that are our children. All have attended KPA since they were able. Andrew is a senior this year, Aaron will be entering high school as a freshman, and Abigail is a 7th grader.  

Emily Farmer–Academic Advisor

Gabe Gonzales–Asst. Football Coach

Amanda Graves–Head Coach for Middle School Volleyball

This is my first year coaching at KPA and I am extremely excited to be a part of starting the volleyball program!! I began playing volleyball in middle school and played both for Frenship ISD and traveled on a junior select club team for four years in high school.  When I am not coaching at KPA, I am working as a Speech Language Pathologist and Certified Lactation Counselor treating pediatric feeding patients.  I have been married to my husband for 16 years and I am a mom of three kids (5th, 2nd, and Kindergarten) who attend KPA as well.  

Vernon Hise–6th & 7th Science

I grew up in Albuquerque, NM and moved to Lubbock for college. I received a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Lubbock Christian University and met my wife, Debra, while attending there. We married in 1985 and have two grown children. After teaching science and serving as an elementary school principal for 30 years, I retired from public school and now manage the Mathnasium of Lubbock in the afternoon hours. I like do-it-yourself projects and have also been known to decorate a cake or two (hundred) in my spare time. I like to fly R/C airplanes, but don’t get to very often. I am looking forward to a great year at KPA!

Paul Hodnett–Senior Discipleship Capstone

My wife, Tami, and I have two children.  Bryson is a 7th grader, and Jenna is a 10th grader.  I am a LCU graduate and have been in full-time ministry since 1999, currently serving as the University Minister at the Green Lawn Church of Christ.  Some of my interests include traveling, camping, hiking, and playing on the lake.  I look forward to journeying with the seniors this year as we consider the everyday life of a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Jeanine Howell–7th Grade Math

Whitney Jonas–Grammar School PE, JH Girls Basketball Coach

I graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Architecture. I love sports, basketball, and being active. I love art- doodling, painting, or anything creative. I LOVE the Lord and enjoy my sweet relationship with Him. I enjoy being active serving in my church. I am married to Brad. We’ve been married for 21 years. We have five children. Emma (graduated from KPA and SPC), Bradley (18), Lillian (16), Jax (15), and Michael (10). I love, love teaching PE and basketball at such a great school like KPA.

Shelly Kerr–Administrative/Teacher Assistant

Hi! My name is Shelly Kerr. I have been married to my husband, Keith, for twenty-two years.  We have two boys: Collin (19) and Carson (17). I am excited to start my 9th year at KPA. I am from the Dallas area and moved to Lubbock in 2005. I love working at KPA because I enjoy getting to know the students and I love the families here.

Stephanie King–Biology I & II

I am married to Brent, who is a senior VP at UMC. We have three children, Collin (15), Kailyn (12), and Carter (10) and a gigantic Great Dane named Macy. After I graduated from Texas Tech with a biology degree,  I began my career in crop genetics but left the workforce to raise our children. We are very active in church and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities like camping, going to the beach, and archery. Engaging science teachers are the reason I wanted to become a scientist, and I’m excited to help students at KPA develop a similar love for biology!

Jeff Klein: Athletic Director/ Coach

I was born and raised in Southern California, went to college in Iowa, and then moved to Texas as fast as I could. I met a beautiful Texan named Lyndi and was fortunate enough to have her say yes when I asked her to marry me. We have been married for 18 years and we have four kids, who all attend KPA. Ever since our kids started to attend KPA, Lyndi and I knew it was a special community. My hobbies are sports, more sports, and then more sports; so when the opportunity to help KPA students develop into young adults, using sports as one of the avenues, I knew the Lord was calling me to help in any way I can. I was blessed through my JH, HS and college years with great coaches and want to be able to give back the same way they helped shape and influence me. Go Warriors!

Wayne Langehennig: Spanish III & IV, SPC Dual Credit Spanish

I grew up and went to school in Andrews, Texas, where I enjoyed academics, football, cross country, track, and playing in the band. I attended the United States Military Academy at West Point immediately after high school. An unexpected change in direction led me down a different career path to pursue degrees from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and Texas Tech in the teaching fields of Spanish, Bilingual Education/ English as a Second Language, and Curriculum and Instruction. For me, this year marks 26 years of teaching at all levels, Pre-K through Graduate, with the last 16 of those being at South Plains College. Teaching and research interests have allowed me to work in Mexico and evaluate language programs in Japan. I currently serve as a liaison for dual credit foreign language, which initially brought me to KPA. I find the level of commitment and dedication of KPA administration, faculty, staff and parents second to none. I love seeing my KPA dual credit students rise to the challenge of their education and do so while being engaged and having fun. They are some of my best college-level students. In my free time, I love spending time with family, listening to and making music, hiking, grilling, and meeting new people from all walks of life. This is my seventh year to be serving at KPA! I have two children ages 17 and 14, and have been married 18 years.

Dellwyn McSpadden–6th & 7th English Literature, 6th Ancient History

I grew up in West Texas and taught public schools in Texas and New Mexico. I graduated from Texas Tech with bachelors and masters degrees. I have taught all grade levels from Kindergarten to High School and have enjoyed every level!  I love to play the piano, sing, and scrapbook. My husband of 37 years is an Alzheimer’s patient and has been in Runningwater Draw in Olton, Texas for three years. I am thankful to be teaching at KPA and am starting my third year. As a lifelong learner myself, I hope to instill a love for learning in the students I teach. I am looking forward to a great year!

Kim Mock–2nd grade, 3rd grade math

My husband and I raised our family in Denver City. After retiring from the school system there, we relocated to New Mexico and continued doing what we both loved to do: teach kids! Life’s journey brought me to the KPA family in 2014 where I have been truly blessed! I spend my free time playing with my nine grandkids and going on “Nana Dates” with them, as well as reading, fishing, watching the Dallas Cowboys and skiing in both water and snow. 

Lesley Montandon–Student Life Coordinator, Ancient Literature, Journalism

I am a proud graduate of Texas A&M University. Gig ‘em! I am married to Chad, an ICU nurse, and I have two kids, Ezra and Ivy, who are in 3rd Grade and Kindergarten at KPA. Lubbock has been our home for 10 years, but we spend our summers in the mountains of New Mexico working with kids at a Christian camp where Chad is the Assistant Director. I LOVE teaching at KPA for the small, collaborative atmosphere and the support from parents and other teachers. I’m excited to be serving my sixth year here.

Perri Mora–Assistant Coach for High School Girls’ Basketball

I was born and raised here in Lubbock, Texas! I attended KPA for several of my elementary years and then went on to finish my schooling at home. While I was homeschooled I had the opportunity to play lots of basketball, start my own business, travel internationally, and embark on some new artistic endeavors. I am passionate about basketball and the growing opportunities it presents, on and off the court! I am excited to be a part of this coaching staff that is so on fire for Jesus! 

Jake Page–Varsity Boys Basketball Coach

I recently moved to Lubbock from Phoenix, Arizona, where I was working at Grand Canyon University for the last seven years. At GCU, I served as the Local & Global Outreach Manager, as well as directing the sports intramural program. I am passionate about discipling young people to have a heart to serve others and make an impact in the world. I’m excited about the opportunity to coach these young men at Kingdom Prep to grow each day in basketball, teamwork, and Christ-likeness.

Kara Pepper–Assistant Tennis Coach

This is my second year coaching at KPA. I was born and raised in Lubbock and graduated from KPA in 2016. Currently, I am in my final year at Texas Tech studying psychology. I plan to attend graduate school once graduating in order to become a counselor. I enjoyed starting the tennis program with my family while I was in school at KPA, so it only made sense to jump back into the program when the opportunity arose to begin coaching. In my spare time, I enjoy leading in my sorority and my church, relaxing with friends, and walking my dog, Callie.

Gail Peters–3rd Grade (2nd Grade ELA)

I was born in Lubbock and moved to Austin when I was 8. After graduating from high school, I attended Texas State in San Marcos and then transferred to Texas Tech graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a minor in reading. My husband’s name is Mike and we have 3 wonderful children (really 5 ) – Nathan, Dustin and Annette – a son-in-law (Joshua) and daughter-in-law (Cassidy, married to Dustin). Our two sons work with their dad at our family printing / signage business. This is my 8th year at KPA and I am extremely excited about teaching 3rd grade, and also, with teaching ELA to the 2nd graders again this year. I enjoy walking our dogs, working out at the gym, watching Hallmark movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Deane Pfannenstiel–Pre-K

I grew up in San Antonio with the lovely humidity and am married to my awesome hubby of 27 years. We have two wonderful miracle children: Jacob (12) and Micah Mae (11). I graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in Home Economics Education (yes, really) and thankfully I obtained a Kindergarten Endorsement as well. This will be my seventh year to teach Pre-K at KPA, and my 21st year to teach overall. Yikes! I am a Young Living Executive Distributor and I enjoy teaching people how to live chemical FREE! I enjoy watching westerns, chick flicks, and I love worshiping God and worship music. I’m a breast cancer survivor, and I enjoy tennis, though I’m completely out of shape! I love KPA and this model of learning. I feel extremely blessed to be able to have our children attend KPA.  I love teaching Pre-K and look forward to an amazing year!

Cheri Poe–Head Volleyball Coach

I grew up in Clovis, NM, then graduated from Southern Nazarene University and University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  I worked as a Physician Assistant before moving to Lubbock. I have 3 kids at KPA and this year marks our 11th year as members of this wonderful community.   I played many sports through high school, and continued with basketball in college.  I am thrilled to get back to the FUNNEST SPORT EVER, and am honored to be a part of KPA’s inaugural volleyball season!   

Marsha Ramirez–Algebra I (8th), Algebra I (9th), College Algebra, Calculus

I am a 1977 graduate of Lubbock Christian College with a bachelors degree in Mathematics.  My teaching certificate is in Secondary Education from Texas Tech.  This year is my 11th year at KPA and my 38th year teaching.  I have five children and four grandchildren, who are the light of my life.  Three of my grandchildren attend KPA.  I am strongly connected to the homeschool community, having homeschooled all five of my children through graduation.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays , I teach four high school math classes for homeschoolers.  I am also a math tutor for high school and college students.  I use my spare time (very rare) to go antiquing and am an avid collector of mid-century glassware, dinnerware, eggplates and slide rules.

Susan Robertson–Latin 4th grade, Latin 5th grade, Latin 7th grade, Latin I, Latin II, Latin III and Latin IV Dual Credit

I’m looking forward to my third year of teaching here at KPA.  It is a joy to be here with students and families who are filled with the Lord.  Both my BA and MA degrees from Texas Tech University are in Latin/Classical Humanities.  I’m a firm believer that knowledge of Latin continues to deliver benefits throughout life and is a helpful grammar aid when learning any of the spoken Romance languages. 

My husband and I have no children of our own but we are committed to pouring love into the children of others. Of course, dog/cat/turtle children are included as well.

Jill Robison–Art

I grew up in a large farming family outside of the small Texas town of Panhandle.  I was active in church, basketball, track, band, scouts, and 4H.  Alas, there were no art classes, so I had to wait until college where I earned a degree in art.  John and I have been married 34 years. Our son, Jason, graduated from KPA and Texas Tech.  He is married to fellow Warrior and Raider Jordan Scott (Yes, Dee Scott’s daughter.)  The balance of faith, family and education attracted us to KPA and I am excited for what the future holds for this unique community.

Keith Rodgers–JH and HS Golf

I graduated from Sam Houston State University and have lived in Lubbock since 2002.  My wife, Kelly, and I have 3 children at KPA: Bella (9th), Kate (7th), and Ford (4th).  I love to play and teach golf, read, and have peaceful days hanging around with friends at the house.

Robert Rodriguez–Volleyball, Basketball, and Track coach

I have lived in Lubbock for all of my life. I am currently attending South Plains College, where I am studying to be a math teacher and coach. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, walking my dog, and playing volleyball. Coaching at KPA is a dream come true, and I can’t wait to see what the year has in store.

Amanda Rogers–5th Grade and Spirit Squad Coach

I was born and raised in California. I moved to Texas in 2002 to attend LCU. I graduated with a degree in Education in 2006. My husband and I have been married for 13 years and we have three beautiful boys: Mason (2nd grade), Cody (Kindergarten), and Levi (17 months). This will be my sixth year to teach at KPA and my fourth year to help coach the Spirit Squad. I am really looking forward to another wonderful year!

Claudia Rowe–Grammar School Assistant

Although I was born and raised in Mississippi,  I have spent most of my life in Texas. I graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. Soon after college, I married Ronnie Rowe who has served as pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church in Lubbock for 5 years. We have 3 grown children, Tim, Dan and Melinda.  After two years of serving as receptionist,  I have a new role at KPA which I am very excited about. I am helping out on Fridays with the Kindergarten class. Looking forward to another great school year! 

Ricky Salas–JH Football, JH Basketball, Track Coach 

I am from the small town of Ropesville, Texas where I played football, basketball, and ran track. I was also involved in FFA, Stock show and even the marching band. I am currently pursuing a degree in Kinesiology and Secondary Education with the hopes of finally finishing in the next two years. I enjoy being outdoors, fishing, hiking, and dove hunting. I also enjoy being with family and friends. I was blessed with the opportunity to begin coaching at KPA in 2013 and immediately fell in love with the school, community, and athletic program. I am excited to work at KPA because I think this is the best place to work with the best students and the best teachers in this area. 

Stan Scarborough–JH and HS Golf Coach

Dee Scott–Office Administrator and Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach

I graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in Accounting.  I have been married to Cody for 28 years and we have two daughters.  Jordan (25) is married to Jason and they live in Lubbock. Karli (21) is a Senior at Texas Tech. Both girls are graduates of KPA, as well as, Jordan’s husband, Jason.  I love both of my jobs at Kingdom Prep and I feel very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community of people. I enjoy spending time with friends, family, my basketball girls, etc.  Cooking is a love of mine and I enjoy reading also.  I am super passionate about basketball and the girls I coach.  I’m looking forward to a fun-filled year!

DeLeisha Sheppard–Grammar school Music, Warrior Praise Choir, School of Logic Kingdom Singers, and Grammar School chapel

This is my 8th year to teach music at KPA. I graduated with a Music Education degree from Lubbock Christian University. I am very passionate about music education and how it impacts the brain and the heart. I am blessed to teach such sweet and talented students and I thank God for leading me here. We have 2 sweet boys that attend KPA, Trevyn (3rd) and Gavyn (kinder). My wonderful husband, John Paul, is a high school counselor and a musician as well. We enjoy singing, playing games, reading, golf, and spending time with family and friends.

Denise Sherrod–6th Latin, 6th, 7th Writing & Grammar, 8th English, Dual Credit Senior English

Having a BSED from Texas Tech and an MA in English from Wayland Baptist, I have taught public school, home school, and private school since 1984. I have been married for 35 years; we have a 26-year-old son who writes music and plays piano in Austin. I like classic rock and classic hymns, books in all shapes and formats, and conversation. I also like kids, which is handy when teaching. This is my eighth year at KPA. Because I don’t have mountains of paperwork to fill out, I can concentrate on instruction. KPA is a great fit for me. Also, we don’t spend more time testing than teaching. Most importantly, if we need or want to discuss the Lord and His ways, we may.

Shanna Sides–Kindergarten

I am so excited to be teaching kindergarten at KPA! I have been a teacher for the last 23 years ranging from teaching kindergarten for Frenship ISD, owning my own preschool, teaching in homeschool enrichment programs, and homeschooling my two children from kindergarten through high school. I was born and raised in Lubbock, and have been married to my amazing husband, Brad Sides, for the past 24 years. My two children, Reagan and Hunter, are currently students at Texas Tech studying Marketing and Mechanical Engineering. Somehow I always knew that I would become a teacher at KPA, and the truth is that the Lord brought me to this position in His own perfect timing.

Rhonda Smith–Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, Algebra II

This will be my fifteenth year teaching at KPA. I have been blessed to watch the growth of our school from almost the beginning. I have two adult daughters who attended KPA and still live in Lubbock. We are expecting our first grandchild in March. My husband, Mark, is a pharmacist. I enjoy cooking, traveling, and Disney World.

Dana Squires–Family Support Services

I was born and raised here in Lubbock, married Jared Squires in 1991, and graduated from Texas Tech shortly after. We have three “kids,”  Sydney (25), Carson (22) and Sawyer (20), all of whom spent many wonderful years as KPA Warriors.  Sydney and Carson have both graduated from Texas Tech, and Sawyer will be following suit in the next couple of years.  My kids are the reason we began the journey to start KPA, and I would do it all over again, as they benefited greatly from this model of education.  I love working at KPA! The students are top-notch with incredible hearts, and the parents are driven by their love for the Lord and their earnest desire to train their children’s hearts daily. When I’m not working, I love riding my bike, going for walks, spending time with my family, and training my dog, Belle, who will someday be a therapy dog.

Jared Squires–Headmaster and Logic Teacher

I have been blessed to be a part of the University-Model School (UMS) movement for the past nineteen years as a co-founder of Kingdom Prep, former board chairman, and now the headmaster. My wife, Dana, and I first learned of the UMS in the fall of 1999 when our daughter, who is now 25, was in the first grade. At that moment in my life, the Lord began to prompt me in a number of areas regarding what His plans were for our children’s education, as well as His plans for my career. In January of 2000, Dana and I visited the first UMS, Grace Prep, along with its founders, and I have been passionate about this model of education ever since. To make a long and VERY adventurous story short, I left my career as a healthcare executive in August 2008 to pursue my life’s calling as a school administrator. My educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in finance, a master’s degree in business, and I am currently completing a doctorate degree in education. My life has been impacted dramatically by the formation and continued development of Kingdom Prep. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity that I have to serve on a daily basis in the many varied capacities at KPA. Go Warriors!

Kim Walker–Kindergarten

I am the proud mom to 3 wonderful children. My oldest, Brad, his wife Amber, and my only granddaughter, Hailee, live in Hutto, Texas, just outside of Austin. My middle daughter, Katelyn, is 18 years old, and is a Life Skills student at Frenship High School. My youngest, Mackenzie, is a freshman here at KPA. They are all blessings!

I’ve been privileged throughout my career to teach in public, private Christian, and UMS/Classical Christian environments. I first became aware of the UMS school model in 2010, while living in Austin, Texas. Mackenzie started school at Fortis Academy of North Austin the following year, and we’ve never looked back. I’m thankful to be returning to teaching at KPA. It’s a rewarding opportunity, not only to teach in this environment, but also work so closely with parents who share common goals for their children.

Erin West–Theatre, 9th Discipleship, Worship Team

I grew up in Plainview, Texas where I also attended Wayland Baptist University and received a degree in Music Education. I met my husband, Damon, there and we have been married 18 years. We have two children, Cayden (13) and Avery (10). We love to play board and card games as a family, put together puzzles, watch movies, sit outside enjoying the rain, and travel whenever we can. My husband and I also own our photography business, Damon+Erin Photography, and we love capturing and preserving memories for families and schools. I have taught many things throughout my teaching career, but my three favorite things have been Bible/Discipleship, Theatre and Music/Worship; so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach all three things at KPA this year! 

Maitlyn Yarbrough–6th and 7th Grade Discipleship

I was born and raised in Abilene, TX and I moved to Lubbock about a year ago. I graduated from Hardin Simmons University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I am currently the Operations Manager for a non-profit mission organization called Prepare International.  I am so excited to join the KPA family and jump into my first year of teaching here. In my free time I enjoy all things outdoors: hiking, camping, hammocking, kayaking, etc.