Mr. Aaron Laenger
Head of School
Mr. Aaron Laenger is passionate about classical Christian education, and brings a range of gifts and talents to our growing school. He has a strong commitment to leadership development, discipleship, and ministering to families through our university-style approach.
Mr. Aaron Laenger
Head of School
Aaron is an honors graduate of East Texas Baptist University where he was named the Outstanding Graduating Student in the Department of Religion. He also holds a Master of Divinity with honors from Denver Seminary where he specialized in the study of Philosophy of Religion under Dr. Douglas Groothius, author of the seminal reference work, Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith. Between ETBU and Denver, Mr. Laenger studied a classical language (Greek) for four years at the university level. He is currently pursuing a Master Degree in Education through Liberty University.
Before coming to Veritas for the 2014-15 school year, Mr. Laenger served as Chair of the Bible Department at Brazosport Christian School, implementing classical education concepts in the BCS Bible curriculum, and has taught theology, worldviews, apologetics, history, and government at the secondary level. He also coordinated the Secondary Chapel Program and served as Assistant Secondary Principal, contributing to the accreditation process at BCS. An ordained teaching elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church since 2010, Mr. Laenger is a commissioned military officer, serving as a Chaplain (Captain) in the United States Army Reserve for the 348th Transportation Battalion in Houston, Texas. His professional credentials include certification as an Association of Christian Schools International Bible Specialist and training as an adjunct professor with the University of Northwestern St. Paul; he also has been an ACSI regional conference seminar presenter. Mr. Laenger has extensive international experience, including personal, vocational, and missions-related travel to China, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, and Canada. Mr. Laenger is a native of Lufkin, Texas, a graduate of Lufkin High School and came to faith in a Southern Baptist church. His family resides in south Lumberton.
Mrs. Valerie Moore
Primary School Principal
Valerie Moore graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After moving to Texas with her husband, she was drawn to education as a vocation, and began the journey to obtain her Texas teaching certificate, qualifying for Generalist (4-8), Life Sciences (8-12), and Art (EC-12). Mrs. Moore worked at Kirbyville CISD up until the birth of her twin boys. After enjoying a few years at home, she decided to return to the classroom at Veritas. She is excited to teach and lead in a Christ-centered environment and daily encourages a positive, Christ-centered environment in our lower school. She and her husband are involved in our local church where she ministers to 3-6th grade girls on Sunday nights and also serves as the director of the women's ministry. In her free time, Mrs. Moore enjoys baking, good books and good company!
Mrs. Valerie Moore
Primary School Principal
Listed Alphabetically (Note: Grade level assignments may change between academic years; this list reflects 2018-9 assignments. In many cases, our faculty share teaching responsibilities across several grades according to their respective specialties.)
Christy Bean attended Lamar University and was a summa cum laude honors graduate for the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 2002. Afterwards, Mrs. Bean taught high school science for four years before staying home with her first child. She earned a Master of Science degree in chemistry in 2007 from Lamar University, where she has worked as an adjunct instructor since 2009. She is excited to work with students as they study God's creation. Mrs. Bean and her family attend Westgate Memorial Baptist Church, where she volunteers in the AWANA program.
Alisa Bell is a southeast Texas native. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lamar University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music in Education with an emphasis in voice. She continued her education at Lamar and graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Master’s in Music Education in 2008. She also has her Level I Kodaly Certification. Mrs. Bell holds certifications in K-12 music as well as reading/language arts for grades 4-8. She taught general music and choir at St. Anne Catholic School in grades Pre-K through 6thgrade for two years. She also taught 4thand 5thgrade at Groves Elementary for three years before deciding to stay home after the birth of her daughter. Mrs. Bell has classroom experience with sixth grade language arts as well. During her time as a music teacher at St. Anne School, Mrs. Bell wrote a music curriculum that was implemented during her time there. Before having her daughter, Mrs. Bell had a private voice studio in her home. She currently teaches voice on an as-need-basis. She is married to her husband Brian, and they have two children, Evelyn and Alexander. Evelyn is a student at Veritas. Mrs. Bell is an active performer with the Beaumont Community Players theatre. She has volunteered with the summer Kid-munity productions at the theatre as well. Mrs. Bell decided to return to the teaching field after being a stay-at-home mom for the past five years when she was presented with the opportunity to teach at Veritas in a God-centered environment. She hopes to build and instill a deeper love and appreciation for music and our creator as she teaches upper level Cantorum.
Samantha Blankenship graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lamar University in 2010. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her teaching experiences span a plethora of grades, including PK-1st and 6th-12th, and subjects in both private and public schools. She enjoys teaching children reading skills, but also delights in encouraging them to become the best possible versions of themselves in The Lord. It was through exploring education options for their oldest son that God brought Veritas into her family’s focus. Veritas has been an incredible blessing to Samantha and her family.
Kathleen Bruza graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, and has previous classroom experience in 4th grade and pre-K. Kathleen loves working with children at church leading music for VBS for 19 years and administrating a M.O.P.S. organization. In addition, she and her husband lead a small group and serve in the music ministry. Kathleen is excited to be part of the Veritas faculty, utilizing her talents to minister to families and provide a nurturing learning environment for the students.
A lifelong resident of Beaumont, Whitney lives here with her husband and two year old daughter. Whitney excels in organizational skills and is excited to serve the staff and students at Veritas. Her love for children comes from nannying for over four years, working as a teacher at an Early Childhood Center and serving in the children's department at her church.
Mrs. Burris is a 2005 graduate of Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary studies. She is certified to teach Early Childhood through 4th Grade. She loves teaching and has over 9 years of experience. She is married to her husband, Jay, and they have one daughter named Jaycie. Mrs. Burris and her family attend Hamshire First Baptist Church where she ministers to children in the AWANA program, Sunday School, and VBS. She is also is involved in other ministries including Operation Christmas Child and Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. She is excited to be able to share her faith in a Christian school environment and feels truly blessed to be part of the Veritas family.
Alison Carpenter is a Beaumont native and 2010 graduate of Lamar University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She began coursework towards her Masters in Christian Counseling at Dallas Baptist University before she felt her calling to the classroom. Since moving back to Southeast Texas, she taught as a substitute teacher in Beaumont ISD, then taught at a private Classical school for three years before coming to Veritas. Mrs. Carpenter has a heart for children, a passion for Classical Education, and feels very blessed to serve at Veritas.
Rochelle Celeste attended Lamar University and was a magna cum laude honors graduate earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, levels 1 through 8, with English Language Arts and Math specializations. She continued her educational pursuits at Lamar University graduating summa cum laude earning a Master of Reading degree. She has recently retired celebrating a 32 year career of teaching all subjects to 2nd through 5th grade gifted and talented students in the Beaumont Independent School District! During her career with BISD, Rochelle also wrote district science, technology, and language arts curriculum along with assisting in staff professional development. She and her husband, John, have raised 5 children, 4 sons and 1 daughter, who all have experienced a Christian education in Beaumont and gone on to fulfilling careers as a chef, CPA accountant, FBI agent and legal counsel to the FBI, teacher, and lawyer. Rochelle loves new adventures and enjoys her 7 grandchildren, outdoor activities, and sewing. As a lifelong learner, she is passionate about education and comes to Veritas Classical Academy eager to experience collaborative learning in a Christian environment!
A United States Army Reserve Commander, Mr. Crow earned a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University, and is pursuing a Masters in Research and Methods for History from the University of Houston. Mr. Crow developed the curriculum for the Leadership Development Corps Program and served as its instructor for Creekside ISD. In the private sector, Mr. Crow worked for United Space Alliance where he coordinated the testing and certification of flight controls used on the International Space Station. Mr. Crow and his wife have attended churches in Hull and Batson, where he has served youth and now young adults.
Patricia Culbertson has resided attended and graduated from Lamar University with a degree in Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences. Prior to living in Beaumont, Texas, she attended Northern Illinois University for four years. She has taught public school in Port Arthur, Texas and Beaumont, for 23 years in the disciplines of English, reading, and music. Both Patricia and her husband, Robert, have been active in music in the Beaumont area for many years as performers in the Symphony of Southeast Texas Patricia and her husband Robert, attend St. Anthony Cathedral in Beaumont, and in their spare time enjoy weekends with their three grandchildren, who reside in Tomball, Texas. Patricia has made a lifetime commitment to teaching and feels blessed to be a part of Veritas’ growing Christian, classical community, as a partner with parents in the instruction of their students.
Nylah DeWitt earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina, where she graduated with a distinction of honors in 2005. She went on to pursue her Master of Science in Educational Administration and Supervision at The Johns Hopkins University and completed her degree in 2007. Nylah is very passionate about education and considers herself a lifelong learner in the field. She loves teaching children about God and His world and is passionate about seeing her students excel as they grow in their love of learning. She has seven years of experience in education, teaching kindergarten, first, and second grades. Nylah also was an elementary reading coach in PASID before stepping into the role of assistant principal for two years. After the birth of her first child, Nylah decided to become a stay-at-home mom; during this time, she volunteered in the children’s department of Bible Study Fellowship teaching 2-5 year olds about God. Nylah and her family attend First Baptist Church- Beaumont where she and her husband serve in the children’s area together.
Lindsay is a veteran Veritas mom of 6 children. She grew up playing the piano for her local church, starting at the age of 11. She studied Music Education at Lamar University for two year before starting her family. Lindsay plays multiple instruments, including piano, French Horn, flute, and is learning the oboe along with her daughter. She is passionate about teaching children to love music, to love reading, and to love God!
Mrs. Edgar has been an educator for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelors of Music Education degree and is a State of Texas certified elementary grades 1-8 teacher. Mrs. Edgar's teaching experience includes 3rd grade at Cathedral Christian School and 1st and 2nd grade for Lumberton ISD, where she also wrote 2nd grade math and K-12 technology curriculum. She is the author of several children’s books, including books featured in the Gross Jobs series, One World, Many Countries series and the Our Great States series. She currently teaches 3rd grade and Theater Arts at Veritas and has been with Veritas since its beginning. Mrs. Edgar says her years at Veritas have been the most wonderful years of her career.
Josh graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from East Texas Baptist University. Shortly thereafter, he went on to receive a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Tyler. He then attained his licensure in professional counseling and has worked with people across different ages and backgrounds to overcome problems in their lives. He also later enrolled at Luther Rice University in Lithonia, Georgia and completed a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics in order to better defend the Christian faith and be an ambassador for Christ. He is currently working to complete a Master of Divinity at Luther Rice University. Josh has served as associate pastor at Trout Creek Baptist Church in Kirbyville for over a decade. His career has focused on teaching people God’s word and how to apply it to their lives in a practical way. He is passionate about teaching and defending the word of God. In his spare time, you will find Josh spending time with his wife, kids, and two dogs. You might also find him with his nose in a book or spending time outdoors.
Mrs. Jeanes graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor's of Science in Education with a Math major and History minor. She taught for 20 years in public schools and 7 years in a private school at the junior high and mostly high school level. She has two daughters and three wonderful grandchildren and attends West End Baptist Church in Saratoga. In her spare time, Mrs. Jeanes enjoys sewing and woodwork.
Danette graduated from Lamar University with a degree in Elementary Education and a specialization in Reading and Early Childhood Development. She has taught over 25 years in the public school and the past two years at Veritas. She has taught second and third grades in the Dallas area and in Paris, Texas. She taught PreK in Vidor for eight years, Kindergarten in West Hardin for eleven years, and the past two years at Veritas. She has a passion for teaching five year olds how to read and loves to mold young minds. Kindergarten is by far her favorite grade! She knew at a young age that God would have her be a teacher and feels that it truly is a calling! Danette and her husband live in Lumberton and they have a son and a daughter. She and her husband are very involved in their church and she teaches middle school girls in the youth group and plays in the handbell choir. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, shopping, bike riding, yoga, and spending time with her family.
Amber Lewis is a lifetime resident of southeast Texas and graduate of Lamar University. She holds a B.S. in Political Science with a minor in History as well as a teaching certificate. Her prior experience includes Christian education, and she loves being able to teach children in a truth based environment. Mrs. Lewis is excited to be part of the Veritas family and is looking forward to sharing her love of learning with her students. She enjoys spending time with her family which often includes watching her boys play baseball and her daughter dance.
Amy Martin is a 2003 summa cum laude graduate of Lamar University. She holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in math. She was a tutor throughout college and taught second grade at Lumberton Primary until the birth of her first daughter. During her years as a stay-at-home mom, she volunteered as a Sunday School teacher in the preschool ministry at Humble Area's First Baptist Church and is now serving in the children's ministry at Calvary Baptist Church. After enjoying several years at home with her children, God brought Veritas into her life. She feels very blessed to be able to teach in a Christ-centered environment and desires to encourage curiosity, a love of learning, and a love of God in each child.
Parsla Ringa holds a degree in Sociology from Latvia University of Agriculture, but God hads lead her into the Preschool world for last ten years. She enjoys working with little people and teaching about the wonderful world God created. She and her husband serve at First Baptist Church Bevil Oaks and have three children.
Richie Rowley is a graduate from Lamar University and holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and is a State of Texas certified teacher from early childhood to 6th grade. Mrs. Rowley taught 1st Grade at Legacy Christian Academy before God moved her and her family to Veritas. She enjoys serving alongside her husband as youth leaders to 6th-12th grade students at Church on the Rock. She loves spending time with her family, reading, and watching their only daughter dance. Mrs. Rowley has always had a passion for teaching and truly believes in a Christ-centered education. She loves being able to teach her students the love of God and feels very blessed to be part of the Veritas family.
Mendi Short has spent the past 22 years teaching children in many different areas. She has taught preschool, Sunday School, youth groups and is currently the Children's Pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Vidor, Texas. The classroom is like home for Mendi and where she feels most comfortable. She is passionate about teaching children and instilling a love for God and a love for learning. She has traveled and ministered in Mexico, Malaysia and Australia. She and her husband reside in Beaumont and have been married since 2000. They have two daughters, Nina Grace and Sadie. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Janet Stewart is a 1987 summa cum ing graduate of Lamar University. She holds a degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Math. All of her 10+ years teaching experience has been in Christian schools. She taught 2nd and 5th grade students at Christian schools in San Antonio, Beaumont and Dallas while her oldest two children were growing up. After adopting their third child and moving to Russia as missionaries, Janet taught middle and high school math at the International School of St. Petersburg, Russia. Their fourth child was born during their eleven year service in Russia. Janet has served as a math teacher for home school families and done extensive math tutoring, as well as home schooling her own children. Janet's family calls Westgate their home and sending church, and they are very active in ministry there. Soon after returning from Russia in 2015, Janet served as the Interim Children's Minister at Westgate until she accepted the 5th grade position at Veritas. She currently teaches 7th grade, and her youngest daughter also attends Veritas. Janet is grateful to God for bringing Veritas into the life of their family, providing a challenging, Godly education for her daughter and an outlet for using her own teaching gifts. She feels blessed to teach in an environment where the Biblical Worldview is integrated into every subject.
Gina Tatom holds a B.S. in Elementary Education with a Minor in Special Education from Lamar University. She received the Outstanding Student Teacher Award from the Lamar University Education Department, and taught in the Texas public school system for 6 years. For the past 17 years, Gina has home schooled her three daughters. Gina has served alongside her husband, Christopher, as a pastor's wife since 1994 and has faithfully taught children's Sunday School for 29 years. Because of her training in dyslexia, she has tutored many children throughout her teaching career, and has also directed a pre-school program, worked at Grace Home School Co-op, and been president of the Hardin County Home School Association.
Kari Tuttle graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and has worked in an administrative capacity within varied organizations throughout the United States. After relocating to the Beaumont area with her family, she was blessed with the opportunity to use her skills assisting the administration and staff at Veritas Classical Academy. She feels that God has placed her in this position to allow for her talents to support the vision of Veritas and truly believes that Veritas is teaching students to love God and love learning for a lifetime. She is blessed to be a wife and the mother of three Veritas students. In her leisure time she enjoys travel, reading, and spending time with her family.
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