Heather Gonzales



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 teachable moment. 

Heather's mission is to be in fellowship with the Holy Spirit as the Lord's purpose is established at Haltom Christian School. At an early age, she displayed a passion for education. After graduating salutatorian from her high school, she pursued a teaching degree at the University of North Texas where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. 

Her background in education was strengthened while teaching Language Arts to high school students. 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

By God's grace and divine intervention, Haltom Christian School was established to partner with parents to build a biblical foundation by which children can grow academically and spiritually.  

Heather is excited to embark on this adventure during Haltom Christian School's inaugural year as we all rejoice in the days of small beginnings.

Lindsey Papagno


Admissions Coordinator

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 Leet


Preschool Teacher

Tanya is very excited to be part of the HCS staff. She is looking forward to this new journey and seeing where the Lord takes us.

Tanya will complete her Child Development Associates in August and plans on continuing her education. She has over 12 years of experience in working in licensed facilities in the state of Texas.

Her passion is allowing children to be kids and letting them enjoy their youth. Her teaching philosophy is to make learning fun and enjoyable through hands-on learning experiences. Children will enjoy dancing, singing and have fun making different crafts in her classroom.

Tanya has been married for 7 years and has three little ones that are her pride and joy. She enjoys listening to music, shopping, and spending time with her family.

Elizabeth thames


Kindergarten Teacher

Liz is excited for the opportunity to serve as the kindergarten teacher at HCS! 

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and has twenty years of experience in education in a variety of settings including public, private, Christian, and in-home. 

Her passion is teaching children about the love of God and how they can have a closer relationship with Him. Her educational philosophy includes a strong focus on academics while infusing curriculum with art, music, movement, and enrichment activities that enhance each child's learning experience.

Liz has been married for four months. She enjoys hiking, camping, reading, hosting, organizing, and connecting with people.

Kathy Hedgpeth


First and Second Grade Teacher

Kathy has lived in Fort Worth all her life. Her husband, Robert, works as a Technical Support Representative for a software consulting company, and together they have three adult children and seven grandchildren. 

Kathy received her Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University with concentrations in Education and Psychology. She also possesses her Texas Teacher's Certification and an Association of Christian Schools International certification. She has over thirty years of teaching experience. 

Her philosophy of teaching is to simply inspire children to learn, dream, believe, and make their dreams come true through education by using an approach that includes multiple intelligence, centers, and hands-on activities. She also differentiates lessons so that she can reach the different levels of students in her classroom. 

Kathy looks forward to the enjoyable discoveries and lasting memories that will be made with your children!

Margaret Wahlen


Music Teacher

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.


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LaVonne hilton


Teacher's Tots Teacher

LaVonne believes that our amazing God led her to Haltom Christian School. A treasured verse she teachers 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, Tuesday Mom's Day Out, Thursday School, 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.