Heather Gonzales is the principal of Haltom Christian School. She is married to a Fort Worth police officer, and they have three beautiful daughters who inspire her to cherish every moment.
From an early age, Heather displayed a passion for education. She pursued a teaching degree at the University of North Texas where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. However, it wasn’t until homeschooling her own children that she realized the importance of teachable moments and the paramount effect a partnership between parents and teachers can have in a child’s education.
Heather's goal is to make sure every student has a memorable educational experience. She loves seeing the wonder on each child's face as they explore their curriculum and God's word. She ensures each child at Haltom Christian School knows why they are an ARCHER - that their aim is to love God and others, that they were each created to hit a specific target, that following Christ leads them straight to their mark.
Heather's mission is that the Lord's purpose be established at Haltom Christian School. By God's grace and divine intervention, she is excited to embark on this adventure during Haltom Christian School's inaugural year as we rejoice in the days of small beginnings!
Lindsey Papagno is the Admissions Coordinator at Haltom Christian School. She just celebrated her fifth wedding anniversary with her husband, and they have two young daughters who keep her on her toes.
Lindsey wholeheartedly believes in the unique model of Haltom Christian School. Her background in personal relations has giver her the opportunity to share her passion for HCS with others, and she enjoys doing it whenever possible.
Her favorite thing about her job is connecting with the HCS student families and getting to know them beyond their names. She believes personal connections are the foundation to creating a nurturing atmosphere for learning and fellowship.
Lindsey often says "we are all arrows in God's quiver, each uniquely made for His purpose." She is excited to watch each HCS archer grow not only academically but spiritually as well as they find and refine their God given gifts to be used in the world as they please Him.
Tanya is blessed to call HCS her home away from home. Seeing the joy on each child's face every morning makes every day a great day. Tanya believes children learn best when they are shown love and trust. She loves creating opportunities for children to explore, and her passion is allowing children to be kids who enjoy their youth.
Tanya has a Child Development Associates and plans on continuing her education. She has over 12 years of experience in working in licensed facilities in the state of Texas. Her teaching philosophy is to make learning fun and enjoyable through hands-on learning experiences, and her goal is to make each child in her classroom feel special and know they can do anything they set their mind to.
Tanya has been married for 7 years and has a beautiful family with her husband, Kerry. They have three little ones that are their pride and joy.
Tanya looks forward to partnering with families and helping children build a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She is so excited to be part of this new adventure and can't wait to see where the Lord takes Haltom Christian School and our Archers!
Liz has a calling to be a teacher. She has over twenty years of experience in education and holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. She knew from the first interview at HCS that the Lord was calling her to this school.
Liz has a heart for teaching, and it is important for her to connect with each student by praying for and with them. She loves individualizing instruction to meet each child where they are at academically, and she particularly enjoys infusing curriculum with art, music, movement, and sensory activities to enhance each child's learning experience.
Her overarching passion is teaching children about the love of God and how they can have a lifelong, authentic relationship with Him.
Liz is celebrating her first year of marriage, and she enjoys reading, hosting, organizing, and connecting with people.
Rahel Forner is the first and second grade teacher at Haltom Christian School. She lives in Roanoke with her husband and two perfectly rambunctious boys, ages 8 and 6.
Rahel has been a teacher for over 10 years. She earned her teaching degree and M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Concordia University in California. Rahel also has a secondary M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Texas.
Rahel believes that every child has a God given purpose (Jeremiah 1:5). She encourages each student's unique talents by differentiating lessons and providing a learning environment conducive to all learning styles. Rahel strives to create a loving and grace filled classroom where students can walk confidently as they grow spiritually, emotionally, and academically.
Margaret Wahlen is the music teacher at Haltom Christian School. She has always placed a great importance on family and education. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in music. She wasn’t planning on becoming a teacher and wanted to remain a stay at home mom until her two daughters were in school. One day, Margaret received a phone call from Christian Unified Schools of San Diego asking her to come teach elementary school music beginning in 2 weeks! She knew God was placing her there and remained with the school district for 15 years, eventually teaching grades K-12. God opened the door for her to complete her California Teaching Credential at Point Loma Nazarene University. In 2007, Margaret was offered a teaching job at Calvin Christian and she taught grades K-5 for 7 years.
Margaret also traveled seven times with the high school top ensemble to sing at Carnegie Hall, in New York City, and took other groups to San Francisco and Vancouver, Canada.
Throughout all these opportunities Margaret has seen God moving in the lives of her students. She knows that God has called her to teach and has called her to specifically teach kids music! She is so excited that God has placed her at Haltom Christian School to be a part of this incredible beginning. Margaret loves kids and even more loves to teach kids music!
Margaret and her husband, Bruce have been married for 44 years and have two daughters, a son-in-law and two grandkids.
LaVonne believes that our amazing God led her to Haltom Christian School. A treasured verse she teaches is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
During 41 years of marriage, she reared six natural children, two adopted children and fostered five children. So far, five grandchildren join the family.
She eagerly anticipates loving on the tots children and watching God work in these precious little ones. LaVonne believes Godly character development is the cornerstone foundation.
LaVonne has experience leading Bible classes, Children's Worship, Vacation Bible School, Mother's Day Out, and living and working at a Christian children's home.
Besides 20 years of home educating, she worked 14 years at a local private school. Her God driven commitment to the world's greatest profession continues here at HCS.
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