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.