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Administration & Faculty

Eric Cook

Head of School

Eric Cook is from Lexington, Kentucky, but worked in schools in Ohio and Virginia before joining Covenant Classical School in 2009. Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from Transylvania University, and a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Northern Kentucky University. He has taught history, political science, psychology and philosophy in public schools, and served as an assistant principal for several years. In 2006, Eric felt called to join the classical Christian school movement and became the Middle and Upper School Head at Faith Christian School in Roanoke, Virginia. In addition to his leadership roles, Eric taught apologetics, theology, philosophy of religion, and served as thesis director.

Eric serves as the Executive Director for the Society for Classical Learning. The Society is a national organization that exists to “foster human flourishing by making classical Christian education thrive.” Eric is excited about the work God is doing among classical Christian schools across the country and is honored to serve the movement. He speaks and writes about classical Christian education in a variety of contexts, but is most honored to lead a growing and thriving K-12 school in Fort Worth.

Eric is a voracious reader and a true lifelong learner, with special interest in the areas of philosophy, theology, education and history. He is a passionate educator who enjoys golf and a good cup of coffee. Eric and his wife, Liz, have six children: Haydon, Olivia, Grant, Cole, William and Lincoln.

Bill Clifton

Director of Operations

Bill is a graduate of Texas Tech University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Interdisciplinary Studies. He worked in advertising for 16 years, then joined Brants Realtors in 2011. He joined the Covenant administrative team in 2013 as Director of Facilities, and became Director of Operations in 2015. Bill and his wife, Nicole, have four children who attend Covenant.

Andrew Elizalde
ACADEMIC DEAN, MATH DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Andrew Elizalde earned his B.A. at Depauw University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, earned a math major, physics minor, and religious studies minor, and received the H.E.H. Greenleaf award as the most outstanding 2001 graduate of the school’s mathematics program. He later obtained a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach with a professional-clear qualification for his coursework regarding exceptional children and technology integration. His teaching experience includes work in both public and private schools in subjects ranging from 5th grade mathematics to advanced calculus and physics.

His past work in classical education has most notably included reforming mathematics programs and building professional learning communities through meaningful professional development. Andrew is glad to now be serving Covenant Classical School as the Dean of Academics. Additionally, also offers consulting services to classical Christian schools and has been a keynote speaker at both the ICS Math and Science Lyceum and SCL annual conferences. Andrew and his wife Brooke have three daughters and attend Fort Worth Presbyterian Church.

Brent Stevens

UPPER SCHOOL HEAD, HUMANITIES DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Brent Stevens is from Portland, Oregon, and began his career in education at Covenant Classical School in 2011. Brent earned a bachelor’s degree in Humanities from The College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently working on a master’s degree in Classical Education at The University of Dallas. During his time at Covenant, Brent has had the opportunity to teach Latin, history, and literature, as well as chair the Humanities department.

Brent enjoys attending academic conferences as both a participant and a seminar leader. He has had the opportunity to present at the Society for Classical Learning annual conferences as well as the Pew Society’s annual Paideia conference hosted by Dallas Baptist University. Brent is excited to be a part of the Christian classical education movement and is passionate about cultivating its growth and impact on society.

Brent and his wife, Stephanie, and their sons, Isaac and Liam, enjoy spending time together outdoors, working on various home improvement projects, and exploring Fort Worth.

Hallie Williams

Student Support director

Hallie Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Tarleton State University where she received Phi Eta Sigma and Delta Mu Delta honors and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She also earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Hallie has over a decade of experience in the area of support services, as a teacher and in the administrative role. She formally served as a specialist in special education in a large urban district where she coached general and special education teachers in best instructional practices to meet the unique needs of their student population. She has served in the role of math specialist and has taught a variety of special education classes, English Language Arts, history, business and technology courses.

The Lord led Hallie and her family to join Covenant as Director of Student Support in the summer of 2016. Hallie’s husband is the lead pastor at Solid Rock Church in Fort Worth where they have served since 2003. They have two boys, Hudson and Calvin, who attend Covenant.

Lori Beck

Interim Grammar School Head

Lori Beck is a native to Fort Worth. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Abilene Christian University in 2002. Before returning to the teaching field after time off to raise her family, she completed her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Her past teaching experience includes both public and private education in grades 1, 2 and pre-kindergarten. Lori served as pre-k department head during her time at a local, private preschool.

Lori began her career at Covenant in 2018 teaching first grade, but her commitment to classical Christian education began when she and her husband, Micah, chose CCS in 2012 for their three daughters.

Lori is eager to serve the Covenant community as Interim Grammar School Head. She Looks forward to building relationships with each family represented at Covenant in order to support, shepherd, and love the students in her care.

In her free time, Lori enjoys spending time with friends and family over a meal (that she did not cook!) or discovering new places in Fort Worth to make memories with her family.

Amanda Stephens

Assistant Grammar School head

Amanda Stephens is from Fort Worth, TX and began her career in education at Covenant in 2013. She taught kindergarten and second grade, serving as a lead teacher, before moving into administration. Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in History with Presidential Honors from John Brown University and her Master of Education in Teaching and Learning Practices from LeTourneau University.  While in college, Amanda studied abroad in Northern Ireland and Italy, participated in the honors program, and sang in a university choral program.

As Assistant Grammar School Head, Amanda hopes to be an encouraging presence to families and students, to provide clear communication, and to continue pursuing and enriching the Christ-centered culture at Covenant.  She is also leading teachers in professional development and instructional reforms, partnering with parents to build community, and discipling students.  

Amanda enjoys traveling, reading, trying new restaurants, and sharing a good cup of coffee.  In 2018, Amanda and her husband, Ryan, welcomed a sweet baby girl!

Jeremy Martin

Athletic director

Jeremy Martin earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in History with an Education minor. He earned a USATF Level II certification, along with his Certified Athletic Administrator certificate, from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. He is working toward a master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Grace College.

Jeremy has served in the athletic department for classical Christian schools for more than 10 years, spending the last two years as the athletic director of a classical Christian school in Tennessee. He has been part of multiple TAPPS state championship teams in football, basketball and track & field events.

Jeremy and his bride, Lindsay, have three boys (Knox, Noah and Luke) who attend Covenant.

Lana Kennedy

DEVELOPMENT direcTOR

Lana is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She has worked in the non-profit world for several years, with much of that time focused on donor relations and fundraising. She finds joy in her work and her strengths include developing meaningful relationships and connecting with those who share similar passions. Her door is always open and she is eager to meet all of the Covenant families and hear their stories. 

Lana and her husband, Jared, live in Aledo and have three children starting at Covenant this year. She has a fun story on how her family landed at Covenant (ask her about it!) and is eager to see how God will use her as an instrument to continue the amazing work being done here. 

Lana and Jared are longtime members of Parker County Cowboy Church and enjoy teaching Sunday School and fellowshipping with their Wednesday night groups. In their free time, they love spending time outdoors as a family- hiking, fishing and exploring. Lana loves canning homemade jams and jellies and she can’t pass a garage sale or antique store without stopping. She delights in her morning coffee dates digging into God’s word and is awe-struck by the beauty and wonder of the Lord’s grace and faithfulness. 

 

Lana Fields

Admissions Coordinator

Lana Fields attended the University of North Texas where she earned a bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Political Science. Lana has served in several volunteer positions at Covenant and in the women’s ministry at her church. She and her husband, Aaron, have three children Harper, Harrison, and Henry. Lana and her family are so thankful for Covenant and the authentic Christian community it provides.

Amy Burgess

MARKETING Coordinator

Amy Burgess attended Biola University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism and a minor in Biblical Studies. Amy and her husband, Josh, have two children: a son who graduated from Covenant in 2018, and a daughter who is a junior at Covenant. Amy and Josh are so grateful for the role Covenant has played in their family over the years.

Andrea Deale
COMMUNICATIONS coordinator

Andrea Deale graduated from Texas Christian University, where she earned a degree in Journalism with an Advertising/Public Relations emphasis. After years of work

in corporate communications, production, marketing, fundraising and special events, she is excited to serve the Covenant community. In her free time, Andrea enjoys cooking, reading (historical fiction is a favorite), traveling and volunteering with the school musical and her church’s youth drama ministry. She and her husband, Gabe, have two daughters who attend Covenant and a dachshund named Ollie.

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Ellen Clarke

KINDERGARTEN

B.A. Psychology, Texas A&M 2012
M.Ed. School Counseling, Texas Tech 2015
Joined CCS faculty 2016

Amanda Leshner

KINDERGARTEN

B.B.A., marketing – Tarleton State 2002
Joined CCS faculty 2013

Jennifer Rogers

KINDERGARTEN

B.A., Spanish and International Studies – Baylor University 2002
Joined CCS faculty 2013

Brittany Hunnicutt

1ST GRADE

B.S.I.S., Elementary Education, Early Childhood – 6th Grade emphasis – Stephen F. Austin State
University 2011
Joined CCS faculty 2015

Elizabeth Kostoff

1ST GRADE

B.S., Education, Early Childhood Education — Northeastern State University 2006
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy Studies — University of Texas at Arlington (in progress)
Joined CCS faculty in 2017

Dana Maddox

1ST GRADE

B.S., Education – University of North Texas, 1979
Joined CCS faculty 2004

Anne Marie Curtis

2ND GRADE

B.S., Kinesiology, Biology Emphasis — University of Texas at Austin
Joined CCS faculty 2017

Suzanna Liebelt

2ND GRADE

B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies – Texas A&M
University 1997
Joined CCS faculty 2015

Leigh Anne Salter

2ND GRADE

B.S., Early Childhood and Elementary Education – University of West Alabama 1992
Joined CCS faculty 2010

Amy Davis

3RD GRADE
B.S. Interdisciplinary Academics —Dallas Baptist University 1996
MEd. Education Organization and Administration — Dallas Baptist University 2002

Joined CCS faculty 2019

Karise Gililland

3RD GRADE

B.A., English History – Southern Methodist1998
M.A., Apologetics – Houston Baptist University
Joined CCS faculty 2011

Karen McCarty

3RD GRADE

B.S., Education, Early Childhood Education emphasis – TCU 2011
Joined CCS faculty 2015

Lorrie Baker

4TH GRADE

B.B.A, Accounting – University of Texas at
San Antonio 1993
Joined CCS faculty 2007

Sherry Jeffries

4TH GRADE

B.S. Elementary Education & Psychology, TCU 1993
Joined CCS faculty 2016

Jeff Rozanski

4TH GRADE

M.Ed., Educational Administration – TCU 2014
B.A., Psychology – University of Maryland Baltimore County 1997
Joined CCS faculty in 2017

Stephanie Boss

5TH GRADE

B.A. Psychology – Louisiana Tech University 1990
M.A., Religious Education, Childhood Education emphasis – Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary 1998
Joined CCS faculty 2006

Sally Landrum

5TH GRADE

B.A., Mathematics – University of Texas at
Arlington 1991
M.Bus., Aviation – Embry Riddle 1995
Joined CCS faculty 2015

Sally Loisel

6TH GRADE

B.J., Advertising – University of Nebraska 1999
Joined CCS faculty 2014

Kerrie Tilton

6TH GRADE

B.A., Elementary Education – McNeese State
University 1998
Joined CCS faculty 2018

Crystal Hamilton

5TH-6TH GRADE MATH SPECIALIST

B.A., Family Consumer Sciences — Seattle Pacific University 2003
Joined CCS faculty 2016

Stephen Bryan

GRAMMAR LATIN

B.A. History, Bryan College 2012
M.A. History of Christianity, Wheaton College 2014
Joined CCS faculty 2016

Traci Gray

GRAMMAR PE

B.A., Communications –  Oklahoma Baptist
University 2001
Joined CCS faculty 2018

Anna Nave

STUDENT SUPPORT COORDINATOR
B.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders — University of Texas at Austin 1998
M.S., Communication Sciences — University of Texas at Dallas 2000
Joined CCS faculty 2018

Paul Drake

10TH-11TH LITERATURE & HISTORY

B.A., Humanities – Scarborough College 2014
M.A., Theological Studies – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (in progress)
Joined CCS faculty 2017

Cody Bertram

UPPER SCHOOL HUMANITIES

B.A., English — Texas Tech University 2005
Joined CCS faculty 2019

Kate Friederichs

8th LITERATURE & HISTORY
B.A., Religion/Philosophy – Texas Christian University 2004
M.A., English – University of Dallas (In progress)

Joined CCS faculty 2019

Joe Fanning

UPPER SCHOOL MATH

B.B.S., Math Education — Hardin-Simmons
University 2004
Th.M., Cross-Cultural Ministry — Dallas Theological Seminary 2008
Joined CCS faculty in 2017

J. Daniel Faubus

7TH, 9TH-12TH LATIN

B.A. Classical Studies/Greek and Latin Philology, Luther College 2001
Joined CCS faculty 2016

Marcus Foster

FOREIGN LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT CHAIR, 3RD, 4TH, 8TH LATIN

B.A., Classics – Baylor University 2000
M.Hum., Classics/Theology – University of Dallas 2011
Joined CCS faculty 2007

Glenn Hoshauer

9TH-11TH THEOLOGY, 12TH LITERATURE & HISTORY

B.A., Religion – Grove City College 1991
M.Div. – Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 1995
J.D. – Regent University School of Law 2005 – Joined CCS faculty 2011

Destinee Fausey

LOGIC HUMANITIES

M.A., Biblical History & Geography — Jerusalem University College 2016
M.A., Theology — Trinity Evangelical Divinity
School 2014
B.A., Classics — Providence College 2012
Joined CCS faculty in 2018

Bill Meadows

8TH-11TH SCIENCE

B.S. Biology — Mississippi College 1987
M.A. Counseling — Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 1991 
M.A. Religious Education —Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 1991 
M.A. Interdisciplinary Science — U.T. Arlington 2012 
Joined CCS faculty in 2018

Jason Merritt

SENIOR THESIS DIRECTOR, 10TH-12TH GREEK

B.A., Bible/Theology – Global University of the Assemblies of God 2002
M.T.S., New Testament – Brite Divinity School,
TCU 2005
Ph.D., New Testament – Brite Divinity School,
TCU 2009
Joined CCS faculty 2015

Steve Mittwede

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT CHAIR, 7TH AND 12TH SCIENCE

B.S., Geology — College of William and Mary 1981
M.S., Geology — University of South Carolina 1984
Ph.D., Geology — University of South Carolina 1989
M.A., Intercultural Studies — Columbia International University 2002
M.Th., Modern Evangelical Theology — Union School of Theology/University of South Wales (U.K.) 2004
Ed.S., Educational Leadership — Columbia International University 2016
Joined CCS faculty in 2017

Craig Morris

UPPER SCHOOL MATH

B.S.C. in Mathematics, Missouri State University, 1997
M.A. in Christian Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2003
Joined CCS faculty in 2018

Jeremy Sturdivant

THEOLOGY/PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT CHAIR, 7TH OLD TESTAMENT, 7TH-8TH GRADE LOGIC, 9TH THEOLOGY

B.B.A., Business, Option in Management Information Systems – Angelo State University 2002
M.Div. – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 2011
Joined CCS faculty 2009

Emily Bailey

GRAMMAR MUSIC

B.Mus., Voice – Moody Bible Institute 1999
M.Mus., Opera – University of North Texas 2003
Joined CCS faculty 2015

Madysen Powell

K-1 MUSIC
B.Mus., Education — Dallas Baptist University 2012
Joined CCS faculty 2018

Katherine Sewell

K-1ST ART

B.S., Elementary Education — University of North Texas 1983
Joined CCS faculty 2018

Megan Skeels

GRAMMAR ART

B.A., English — University of Arkansas 1997
B.A., Art — University of Arkansas 1997
M.A., Communication — University of Arkansas 1998
Joined CCS faculty 2018

Kate Hicks

THEATRE

Joined CCS faculty 2012

Charlotte Seifert

LOGIC & RHETORIC STUDIO ART

B.F.A., Painting – Southern Methodist University 1973
M.F.A., Painting – Southern Methodist University 1993
Joined CCS faculty 2014

Shelley Fredricks

ASSISTANT TO THE HEAD OF SCHOOL

B.A., Communication – Biola University 1991
M.S., Communication, Organizational Communication emphasis – University of North Texas 1993
Joined CCS staff 2015

Aimee Sapp

FINANCE COORDINATOR

B.B.A., Accounting – National University 1998
Joined CCS staff 2015

Michelle Reid

ASSISTANT TO THE UPPER SCHOOL HEAD

Joined CCS staff 2018

Jackie Snyder

ASSISTANT TO THE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Joined CCS staff 2019

Stephanie Watson

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Joined CCS staff 2019

Paul Kirkland

IT DIRECTOR

A.A. Biblical Studies — Logos Christian University 2012
Joined CCS staff 2019

Michelle Crow

REGISTRAR

B.S. Psychology — William Carey College 1990

Joined CCS staff in 2006

Tristan Hurley

FACILITIES COORDINATOR

Ph.D. — Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary 2017
M.Div. — Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary 2010
B.S., Theology —Liberty University 2007
A.A., Christian Studies — Truett- McConnell
University 2005
Joined CCS staff 2017

Liz Lyngle

OFFICE MANAGER

Joined CCS staff 2019

Trish Wood

RECESS COORDINATOR

Joined CCS staff 2018

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