Schola Instructors

All Schola teachers are committed to the historic Christian faith as it is confessed in the Apostles’ Creed. With the Church of all ages, we confess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who entered history for us, took upon Himself our nature, voluntarily offered Himself as our substitute upon the cross, and conquered sin and death by His resurrection. The Gospel is the Good News that Christ has secured salvation for us. We are set free from sin and death through faith in Christ. In response, we seek to worship the Lord, to grow in faith and obedience to Him, and to serve Him and one another.

Michele Bowling - Write with WORLD Lab, Elementary Classes: Minimus Latin, Adventures in Narnia
Mrs. Bowling is a graduate from University of Houston with a BS in Accounting. She is wife to John Bowling and mom to their two children whom she has homeschooled for the past 12 years. Michele has taught Latin, grammar, writing, math, and science in her homeschool and co-ops. She has a passion for serving in Children, Youth, and Women ministries at First Colony Bible Chapel. Additionally, she enjoys international travel to China each summer to teach at a public high school English summer camp. Michele's children have attended Schola classes since returning from Oman in 2009.

Lexi Gibson - Elementary Classes: Math Games, Grammar Workshop
Miss Gibson, a home school graduate of 2010, earned an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies from Wharton County Junior College in 2013. She has been teaching in the homeschool community since 2010. In addition to teaching at Schola, Miss Gibson tutors students in math and science and works part time as a paralegal. One of her greatest joys is traveling to China each summer to teach English to 7th graders and high school freshmen.

Michel Harger - Science
Mrs. Harger graduated with a B.S. degree in Physiological Psychology from the University of Maryland. After graduation, she worked for five years doing scientific research. She and her husband homeschooled their five children for over 30 years. Additionally, she has taught junior high and high school homeschool science classes for 22 years. She has also tutored and taught homeschool classes in all levels of high school math using the Bob Jones Curriculum. The Hargers attend Fishers of Men Lutheran Church in Sugar Land.

Kathy Hart - TGC, Science
Mrs. Hart earned a B.A. with honors in Biology, with a minor in English Literature, and a Texas Teacher Certification in Junior High/High School Composite Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. She taught science in the public school system in Austin as well as both math and science in a private school in Austin before having children. For nine years, she and her husband, Barry, served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in El Paso and Houston, which honed her writing and speaking skills. The Harts homeschooled their three children for 20 years. For the last 18 years, she has taught homeschool classes in world views, writing, science, and math. The Harts attend Sugar Creek Baptist Church.

Lori Kilburn - Elementary Classes: TGC Elementary, Adventures in Science, Engineering Explorations
Mrs. Kilburn earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University in 1985. After graduating, she worked for the Missouri Department of Family Services for ten years . She left the workforce to become a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband homeschooled their two children for 17 years. She has taught a variety of classes at different homeschool co-ops in the area for the last 13 years. She and her family attend The Sanctuary Fellowship.

Kimberly Kirby - Math, Science
Mrs. Kirby earned a B.S. degree in Computer Science with minors in both Mathematics and Statistics from Colorado State University in 1986. Upon graduation, she moved to Houston to work for NASA in the Missions Operations Directorate/Training Division as an Aerospace Technologist. She trained astronauts and flight controllers on the Shuttle’s communications systems, the Space Station’s command and data handling systems, and worked in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory as a flight hardware coordinator. During this time, she and her husband were youth pastors in La Marque. In 2001, she resigned from NASA in order to help her husband pastor Fort Bend Family Church and homeschool their three children. The Kirbys have a passion for mission work and have enjoyed serving on many short-term projects in Burma, Sri Lanka, Mexico and Nicaragua. Mrs. Kirby enjoys teaching teenagers and has taught homeschool classes in science and math for eight years. The Kirbys attend Encourager Church.

Mandy Kisiel- Primary Classes
Mrs. Kisiel is married to James Kisiel and has three children. Her two oldest daughters have graduated from home school while her youngest son is currently home schooling. Mrs. Kisiel graduated from Texas A & M in 1992 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies Special Education. Upon marrying James, she moved about the USA as an Army wife while teaching at various locations throughout the states. Mrs. Kisiel started home education in 1999 and has home schooled consistently from that year. During that time, she has served as the Children's Ministry Director at two churches, successfully developing the children's ministry at both churches and helping them to grow into strong truth-based programs. Mrs. Kisiel finds great joy in reading and learning. Sharing this joy with children is especially rewarding to her as seeks to share God's love with each student while teaching and challenging them to grow in education and character.

Patricia Samuelsen- TGC, Latin
Mrs. Samuelsen earned a B.A. in history in 1978 from The King’s College and a Master of Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980. She worked as an Information Specialist for the Regional Information and Communication Exchange at Rice University and designed a data processing library for a drilling fluids company in Houston before becoming a full-time mom. The Samuelsens homeschooled their three children for 19 years. For the last 20 years, she has taught homeschool classes in worldviews and Latin. The Samuelsens have been members of Providence Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian Church in America) for 37 years.

Tita Vickrey - Spanish
Mrs. Vickrey was born and raised in Mexico City, where she attended a French school, Liceo Franco-Mexicano. Since she was fluent in both Spanish and French, she came to Houston to learn English while attending drafting school. She became an electrical designer and worked for a major engineering company. She homeschooled her three children for 14 years. For the last 17 years, she has taught Spanish and French to homeschool and public school students. The Vickreys attend Calvary Church at the Fountains.

Kathy Zimmerman - TGC Prep, Speech & Debate, Elementary Classes: Writing Workshop
Mrs. Zimmerman earned a B.A. with honors in English from McNeese State University in 1980. She has taught English, Speech, History, Creative Writing, Character Development, and Worldviews of the Western World at Logos Preparatory Academy, CPC, homeschool co-ops, and church for the last 22 years. She was a writer for Lifeway Publications before that, and she has homeschooled her five children for 25 years. She and her husband, Jim, attend Sugar Creek Baptist Church.