Meet our Secondary Teachers
Jennifer Blair, Humanities & Middle School Drama
Middle School Humanities Lead, Ten Boom House Advisor
Mrs. Blair graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2008 and a Master of Human Relations in 2011. While attending OU, Mrs. Blair enjoyed playing "Boomer Sooner" on her clarinet in the Pride of Oklahoma marching band and hanging out with students in the BCM.
She began teaching English courses at CLPS in 2011, taking a three year break to do ministry in England, and returning in 2018. She has also taught Composition, Photography, and Computer.
Mrs. Blair is married to the wonderful Donnie Blair and also enjoys being a mom to her sons, Donnie and Hudson. In her free time, she enjoys singing and playing guitar, photography, reading, creative writing, watching college football, and documenting travel adventures all around the world. Her family has loved working with young people in their communities in Texas and the UK.
Jared Brandt, Humanities & Logic
Biography Coming Soon.
Rachel Canady, Math
Registrar, Textbook Coordinator
Ms. Canady earned her Bachelor of Science in Math Education with a minor in Library Science from Louisiana Tech University.
Ms. Canady is the high school math teacher at CLPS and has taught here for 13 years. She was a public school math teacher for four years, and a school librarian for five years before coming to CLPS. The mixture of being able to teach and being able to stay home with her children while working here was a God-given blessing to her.
Ms. Canady grew up in Louisiana, has three children, and attends McKinney Bible Church. She enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.
Clay Carpenter, History
Mr. Carpenter graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelors in History in 2015. He earned a Masters of Arts in Archaeology and Biblical Studies in 2018 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Archaeology with a minor in Early Christianity at the same institution.
Mr. Carpenter works as a Graduate Assistant at Southwestern Baptist Theological, which he began in 2017. He has taught small groups at local churches as well as a series of lectures at the seminary. Mr. Carpenter started teaching at CLPS in 2019.
Mr. Carpenter is currently a member of Christ Chapel Bible Church and Northside Baptist Church in Weatherford, TX. Mr. Carpenter's favorite hobbies include riding horses and roping. In past, Mr. Carpenter participated in college, amateur and professional rodeos in the event of Team Roping. He also enjoys going on archaeological excavations which he does every summer. Mr. Carpenter has excavated ancient sites in Cyprus, Israel, and Kazakhstan. He also enjoys reading, teaching, traveling, ping-pong, and watching the Rangers.
Joy Carroll, Drama
Caleb Grant, English, Humanities & Art
Gleyser Greenway, Spanish
Mrs. Greenway has a bachelors degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University. She has a Masters degree in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is a bilingual certified teacher by the state of Texas. She joined the teaching staff in 2019 after serving as the assistant Spanish teacher.
Her home church is Southcliff Baptist Church where my husband serves in the worship team and she serves in the translation team for the Spanish ministry. As a family the Greenways love to travel and go out to eat. They have a daughter Anna who has been at CLPS since first grade and a son, Caleb.
Amy Hay, Science
Administrator, Elliot House Advisor
Mrs. Hay has been at CLPS since 2007 where she has served as Office Manager, Assistant Administrator and now Vice Principal. She has taught Biology, AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Life Science, Earth Science, Texas History, World Geography, Advising, and Drama.
Amy Hay graduated with a BA in Sociology with a History minor from the University of Oklahoma in 2006 and a Masters in Educational Administration from Texas Christian University in 2015.
CLPS is a family affair and a way of life. Mrs. Hay is married to CLPS Director of Family Ministries, Dan Hay. Together they have four spunky children, Sadie, Jackson, Bonnie and Ruth. Mrs. Hay loves theater, movies and books, is addicted to spotify, karaoke, memes and could eat Mexican food everyday...especially enchiladas. The Hays attend South Burleson Baptist Church.
Dan Hay, Biblical Worldview
Director of Family Ministries
Mr. Hay has a BA in English from Arizona State University- 2002. He is a Certified Texas teacher Generalist 4-8, Science 4-8 and an ESL endorsement. He is pursuing his Masters of Theological Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He joined the team at CLPS in 2012 after teaching in FWISD. Before that he worked for an NSF Grant at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
Before teaching he spent ten years in collegiate ministry at Arizona State and then at the University of Oklahoma.
He's married to Amy Hay, and they have 4 kids: Sadie, Jackson, Bonnie and Ruth.
Mr. Hay loves spending time in God's Word, hanging out with the family and watching movies. He attends South Burleson Baptist Church and helps out by leading worship. He's also a gearhead and love anything with wheels. In his spare time Dan enjoys tinkering with old cars.
Ashleigh Horner, History
Mrs. Horner has spent the last 7 years at W.C. Stripling Middle School in FWISD after having worked as a substitute teacher. As a 6th and 7th grade Social Studies teacher, Mrs. Horner also served as team leader for the 6th grade team, a Whiz Quiz sponsor, and 8th grade soccer coach. Additionally, she served as a district leader in the Social Studies department with work on revising curriculum, leading professional development, and as a History Fair judge. Mrs. Horner works as a tutor for high school students to prepare for the English portions of the SAT and ACT test. She also tutors in writing essays for college entry or high school course work.
In 2010, Mrs. Horner married her husband Matt whom she met at UNT. They welcomed their son, Cade, in February 2020. They have a dachshund/pug name Cole. The Horner family attends Doxology Bible Church where they serve by leading a community group. Mrs. Horner loves to travel, read, watch the Texas Rangers play, escape rooms, Disney, musical theater, and to try new restaurants especially coffee shops.
Mrs. Horner teaches 8th Grade Government and Economics.
Lisa Mears, Spanish
Dr. Tracy Martin, Science
Science & Upper Elementary Department Head
Dr. Martin received her Ph. D. in Biochemistry in 2001 from Baylor University where she also received a masters in Biomedical studies. Her undergraduate degree is from Schreiner University. Dr. Martin has an ACSI accreditation and is a certified CK-12 teacher.
Dr. Martin began her career at CLPS in 2016 and has taught Physics, Chemistry and Life Sciences. She has also taught at an international school and mission school in Ecuador.
Dr. Martin enjoys spending time traveling and riding bikes with her husband and 2 teenagers. They attend Hulen Street Church.
Johnisha McRay, Math
Mrs. McRay graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A.A.S in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement (Business Education) and the University of Maryland University College with a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling. Mrs. McRay has held a teaching certification in the state of Alabama.
She has a variety of teaching experience beginning with teaching business education for grades 8-12th in a public school setting. She was a substitute teacher and long term Algebra substitute in Germany on a military base and worked in the tutoring program there as well. She completed her Guidance Counseling internship in Seoul Korea at an International school and later worked there as a Learning Support Teacher. After her second child was born she began homeschooling for five years and was a tutor for Classical Conversations for 2 years. She began subbing at CLPS in 2017 when her children began attending CLPS and was a long term substitute for 7th grade science in 2018.
Mrs. McRay says, "I am blessed with a wonderful husband who serves in the United States Air Force and two great children. My family and I enjoy being outside, playing games, and watching movies together. We have attended Highridge Christian Church since 2015 and have each found our area to get plugged in to serve there. We also love joining others from our church and community to serve in outreach projects. My favorite hobbies are reading, working out, walking my dog and baking. "
Daniel Nieboer, Humanities & Spanish
Coach Nieboer has been coaching for more than 22 years both in Ohio and Texas and has coached football, track and field, powerlifting, soccer and wrestling. Most recently he was the Assistant Athletic Director, Head Track Coach and Head Junior High Football Coach at Grace Prep in Arlington.
Coach Nieboer has been married to his wife Katelyn since 2011 , and they have two children: their son Naaman and daughter Philippa.
He is extremely excited about joining the CLPS Family and helping to build a strong Athletics program as well as teaching Humanities and Spanish.
Kellie Stokes, Secondary Art
Shyonna Symons, Science
Mrs. Symons graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, and a minor in Mathematics.
After earning her degree, Mrs. Symons worked with Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs for 15 years. She will join the CLPS science department in 2021 and will teach 12th grade Physics and 8th grade Physical Science.
Mrs. Symons is married to Robert and they have 3 daughters – Dailyn, Alivia and Brielle. She is an active member at Hulen Street Church, and serves in the Children’s and Women’s Ministries. She enjoys spending time with her family, doing arts and crafts with her daughters, trying out new coffee shops and restaurants, and visiting parks and museums around the DFW area.
Dr. Mark Tarpley, History
Academic Specialist, History & Math Department Head
Dr. Mark Tarpley joined CLPS in 2015. He currently serves as Academic Specialist and leads the upper school history and math departments. Dr. Tarpley has also taught Medieval history, logic, and Latin as well as led a literary society called The Little Inklings at CLPS.
Dr. Tarpley completed his doctoral work in Patristics and ethics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX in 2009. He is a state-certified math 8-12 teacher in the state of Texas. He also previously served as Director of Education for a medical education company for five years and is the founder of a test prep company.
He and his wife Sophia have seven children and live in Ft. Worth, TX. Their children have attended CLPS since 2010.
Amy Thom, Rhetoric & Golf
Mrs. Amy Thom graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a B.S. in Speech Communications, Cum Laude. She was a NCAA women's golf scholarship athlete for both University of Texas and TCU, competing in both Big 12 and National Championships.
Mrs. Thom has taught High School Speech and Debate & P.E. at Brazos Christian School in College Station. She also taught, The Essentials of the English Language for Classical Conversations, homeschooled 4 children over the last 10+ years and will begin her teaching career at CLPS in the fall of 2020.
Amy is married to Jeff Thom and has 4 children. She is an active member at Fort Worth Presbyterian Church, and enjoys reading, running, biking, hiking, and the occasional golf game. Mrs. Thom enjoys sharing the gospel to her neighborhood kids and is the "neighborhood momma." She has lived overseas and enjoys international travel.
Lexi Tubbs, Math
Mueller House Advisor
Mrs. Tubbs graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor of Science. She then attended UTA and earned her teaching certification in secondary mathematics in 1998.
She began teaching at CLPS in 2017. Her kids have attended CLPS since 2011 and they couldn't be happier with their experience. In 1998, Mrs. Tubbs began her teaching career at Carroll Junior High in Southlake, Texas. From that point on, she knew she had found her calling. She also provides private tutoring.
Mrs. Tubbs is married and has 3children. She and her husband did mission work in Thailand for 5 years and it was an amazing experience. They love other cultures and even learned how to speak, read, and write Thai. The Tubbs attend Antioch Church in Fort Worth and are deeply committed to sharing the love of Christ with those around them. In her free time, she loves to cook, run and read.
Kaycie Wallace, Science
Ten Boom Advisor
Mrs. Wallace joined CLPS in 2017. She earned her B.S. in Biology from UTA. After earning her degree she worked in the Oil and Gas industry for 10 years primarily in Environmental Health and Safety.
Mrs. Wallace enjoys coffee, reading, finding new places to eat in Ft. Worth, and weekends with family and friends. She attends Hulen Street Church. Her 2 children, Parker and Conner will be joining the CLPS family in Fall 2020. She feels blessed to be part of this loving community that allows her more time with her kids.
Mrs. Wallace teaches 6th grade Life Science and High School Biology and is the Advisor for National Honor Society and Ten Boom House.
Elizabeth Ware, Advising
Mrs. Ware graduated from Belmont University in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a minor in Education. She received her teaching certification through the TNTP’s Fort Worth Teaching fellows program in 2012. In 2016 Mrs. Ware earned her Masters in Secondary Education from Johns Hopkins University. Mrs. Ware is certified in Texas for 8-12 Social Studies, and 4-8 Generalist.
Mrs. Ware began her teaching career at W.C. Stripling Middle School in 2012. At Stripling she served as department chair, team lead for 8th grade, and led student trips to Washington D.C. In 2016 Mrs. Ware joined Christian Life Preparatory School where she has taught a variety of Secondary History courses. In 2019, Mrs. Ware became the Academic and College Advisor.
In 2014 Mrs. Ware married her husband Joseph and they had their first son, Eli, in the fall of 2016. Her family has a great love for the local church and are members of Watermark Community Church. Mrs. Ware loves to travel, dance, and get to know people's stories over coffee.
Kenda Zink, Math
Mrs. Zink graduated from Texas A&M in 1999 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a minor in math. She then went on to Georgia Tech where she received her M.S. in Operations Research ( a degree within the Industrial Engineering Department).
Mrs. Zink began teaching at CLPS in 2019. Before that she spent 11 years teaching her children math at home.
Kenda is married to Scott Zink. They have been members of Fort Worth PCA since they moved to Fort Worth in 2001. Their four children are all students at CLPS. Mr. and Mrs. Zink enjoy traveling. Kenda became interested in photography when her children were younger and still enjoys learning and developing that hobby. She also enjoys riding bikes along the Trinity Trail with her husband and children.