Meet our Secondary Teachers
Asher Augustine, Humanities
Mr. Asher Augustine graduated from a Bachelors in Theology (BTh) in Pakistan. He then moved to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX to acquire Masters of Arts in Theology (MATh) and Masters in Theology (ThM). He is currently working on his PhD in Systematic Theology at said seminary.
Mr. Augustine began teaching at CLPS in 2022.
Mr. Augustine is engaged to Laura Schander who lives in Germany. He is currently involved in an International students ministry called ISI Inc. I like to play soccer, read books and photography!
Jennifer Blair, Humanities
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.
Gena Boot, Science
Mrs. Boot graduated form Texas A & M Commerce with a Bachelor Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in science. She is certified in Science 4-8 and High School Composite Science. She holds a certification in Kagen Strategies and Google Classroom.
From 2012-2017 she taught in Maypearl ISD, Mansfield ISD, and 1/2 a semester in Burleson ISD (where she had to leave due to pregnancy issues.)
Mrs. Boot is married to her husband Jordan Boot. They have four children - Ryder (12), Remi (6), Rowan (4), and Rory (3). They are members of Graceview Baptist Church in Burleson and volunteer in the youth and children's ministry. They enjoy any outdoor activities and traveling.
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, Humanities
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
Mrs. Carroll graduated from Sam Houston State University with an MFA in Theatre and went on to become certified in team-building and personal development on five different ropes and adventure courses nationwide, including facilitating multiple corporate teams at the highest volume ropes course in the US. She worked as a Theatre professional on the mainstage and touring company at AD Players, a Christian Theatre company in Houston, TX.
In the early 2000s, Joy founded the Theatre program at PREP homeschooling co-op in Katy, TX, serving over 80 families producing 8 shows yearly with K-12th grade students. After leaving the Theatre to raise her 3 daughters, she returned to directing at CLPS in 2020. Since that time she has had the joy of directing several shows including "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens and "The Ugly Duckling" which was named TCAF District 2 Champion in 2022.
Since 1999, Joy has been married to Trey Carroll, an avid outdoorsman and software engineer, and is the joyful mother to Sophia, Samara, and Phoebe. She loves to garden and read to her children and has a life's ambition to live off-grid.
Joel Dakwar, Humanities & Logic
Mr. Dakwar is pursuing a degree from Texas Tech University, where he has studied Mathematics, Philosophy, and Classics.
He attended CLPS as a student in high school and began teaching at CLPS in 2022.
Mr. Dakwar lives in Crowley with his family, of whom he and his sister are graduates of CLPS. At home, he runs a small bookbinding workshop which he hopes to expand in the future.
Patrick Dupont, Science
Dr. Dupont received his Ed.D. in Higher Education in 2020 from Abilene Christian University. His master's degree is from the University of Central Missouri, and undergraduate degree from Texas Woman's University. Dr. Dupont practiced as a nurse anesthetist for 32 years before becoming a full-time educator.
Dr. Dupont began teaching at CLPS in 2022.
Dr. Dupont is a Certified Biblical Counselor, and is very active in the music ministry at Christ Chapel Bible Church where he and his wife Linda play in the sanctuary orchestra every Sunday. The Duponts have 7 grandchildren, spread from Seattle, Washington to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Caleb Grant, Humanities
Mr. Grant graduated from UT Dallas where he majored in Literary Studies with a focus on Romanticism. He is currently pursuing his Masters in English.
Mr. Grant has taught at CLPS since 2021.
Mr. Grant and his wife, Liesl, were born and raised in Fort Worth. They have one son, August George, and attend River Point Church.
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
Mrs. Mears graduated from Westmont College with a B.A. in Spanish Langauage & Literature and a minor in Sociology. She is a certified EC-12 Spanish Teacher in the state of Texas. Mrs. Mears has traveled extensively, including 4 months in both Seville, Spain and Querétaro, Mexico to study Spanish and Hispanic culture. She has also spent time in India, Nepal, Mozambique, South Africa, and all over Europe, which has given her a deep appreciation for other cultures.
Mrs. Mears began teaching at CLPS in the Spring of 2021 and is delighted to be a part of the teaching staff. She taught Spanish 1 in Lubbock-Cooper ISD for 3 years, after substitute teaching and working in a Special Education Pre-K program.
Mrs. Mears has been married Robert since 2011 and they have one son, Joshua. She likes to sing, garden, go for walks, camp, travel, and spend time with family. The Mears family attends Antioch Fort Worth and is very active in church life there.
Dr. Tracy Martin, Science
Science 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 & Computer
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, 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.
Malone Samuels, Secondary Art
Mr. Malone Samuels attended The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland on a Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Mr. Samuels then attended the American University on a Full-Tuition Scholarship and earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree with the Honor of Distinction. And, after an excellent experience teaching art at St. Anselm's Abbey Boys Catholic School in Washington, D.C. for four years, Mr. Samuels decided to attend the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in Dover, New Jersey where he graduated with the Highest Honors Diploma and was the first student in the history of that school to receive an award from the New York Society of Illustrators.
He says, "I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach Art for many years in public, private and parochial schools. My family and I relocated to Fort Worth, Texas from Maryland in 2009. And, I have had the privilege to teach art as an Adjunct Professor at the Northwest Campus of Tarrant County College and at The Art Institute of Dallas. I have also conducted numerous art workshops and lectures in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. The Fall 2022 school year begins my first year teaching Art at Christian Life Preparatory School and I am truly proud to be here!"
My wife Maria and I have a daughter whose name is Marilona (a contraction of our first names lol), we have cats and a dog who all tend to rule our house in a playful way. My hobbies primarily consist of creating my own artwork, fulfilling art commissions, reading almost any and everything, and occasionally watching documentaries on television. Maria and I attend Mass at The Trinity Catholic Church in Azle, Texas and we also share worship sessions at-home together on a daily basis."
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, Humanities
Dean of Academics
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.
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.