Our Team

Administration

Dr. Ron Titus

Chair, SNU School of Education
Director, SNU Lab School

STRENGTHSStrategic | LearnerExecuting | ResponsibilityRelational | ConnectednessExecuting | AchieverExecuting | Belief
CERTIFICATIONSSuperintendent | PK-12Principal (ACSI) | PK-12 Elementary Principal | PK-8Mid-level Principal | 5-8Phys Ed/Health/Safety | K-12Art Education | PK-12Computer Science | 6-12Computer Applications | 6-12Psychology | 6-12

Dr. Ron Titus joined SNU in 2019 and serves as the Chair of SNU's School of Education and Director (Superintendent) of the SNU Lab School. He holds certifications as a superintendent, principal, and teacher from Oklahoma's Department of Education and the Association of Christian Schools International. With over two decades in educational leadership roles, he has been a part of numerous accreditation teams and was instrumental in the strategic development of Crossings Christian School, currently Oklahoma's largest private Christian school.

Starting his career as a Technology Director at Deer Creek Schools, Dr. Titus taught technology and coached baseball at the middle and high school levels. He later served as Internet Technologies Program Director at Francis Tuttle Technology Center for five years.

Dr. Titus's education includes a Doctorate and Master's in Administration and Educational Leadership from SNU, and a bachelor's degree in Art Education, with a Psychology minor from the University of Central Oklahoma. Before this, he served in the U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Titus loves learning and is known for championing Project-Based Learning and promoting Social-Emotional Learning skills among students and staff. He enjoys reading, playing guitar, and exploring convergent technologies in his free time.

Favorite verse, Romans 12:2: "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

Andrea Guy

Principal
STRENGTHSRelational | IncluderInfluence | CommunicationExecuting | ResponsibilityInfluence | ActivatorInfluence | Woo
CERTIFICATIONSElementary Principal | PK-8Secondary Principal | 5-12Early Childhood  | PK-3Elementary Education | K-8

Andrea began teaching at the SNU Lab School in 1996.  She has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education, a certificate in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction.  She has also taught in Putnam City Public Schools.

Miss Andrea says that she believes that every student wants and needs to be encouraged.  She believes her job is to be the biggest cheerleader for each and every student.  Students are able to learn best when they feel confident to try and have hope that they will succeed.   When asked what her favorite subject/unit to teach, she says she has always loved teaching math. She loves showing students how math builds upon itself and you can apply what you know to the next level.  She also loves when students share how they were able to figure out the problem.  So many different ways to learn and solve problems!

The Guy family includes husband, Matt, daughter, Maylou, and son, Caleb.  When not working, Andrea loves to play games with her family, volunteering in her church youth group, and go shopping!  Going to the beach is a summer favorite and now traveling.

Favorite Verse: "Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces." Psalms 34:5 

Derek Glenn

Dean of Students
STRENGTHSRelational | EmpathyExecuting | AchieverExecuting | RestorativeRelational | HarmonyStrategic | Intellection
CERTIFICATIONSBible | PreK-12English  | 5-12History| 5-12

Derek joined SNU Lab School as a PE teacher in 2021. Prior to SNU Lab School, he worked in baseball development (2018-2020) and taught at an international school (2017-2018) in Southeast Asia. Before moving abroad, Derek taught and coached baseball at Crossings Christian School from 2015-2017. 


Derek earned a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from MidAmerica Nazarene University. He earned a master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. 


Derek’s desire is to teach students holistically. His goal as an educator is to help students understand their identity and seek wholeness in all areas of their lives.  


The Glenn family includes wife, Ashley, and daughters, Tirzah and Royah- who both attend the Lab School. Derek’s hobbies include baseball, hunting, house projects, reading, and befriending people from around the world. 


Favorite Verse: “One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:4

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DeAnna has worked in school offices for over 25 years, serving in both private and public for Elementary and Middle schools.  She has been at the SNU Lab School since 2005.

DeAnna adores children!  She believes her greatest area of ministry has always been in the area of children.  Providing a safe environment and a happy place for kids to spend the day is a priority for her.  She always has a smile, a hug or an encouraging word if it means making a child feel better about themselves.

Of course, DeAnna's hobbies would include spending time with her family, especially her five grandchildren.  She and her husband enjoy traveling and entertaining family. Ms. DeAnna's favorite place is the beach, especially the Gulf Coast.

Favorite Verse: "His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness." 
II Peter 1:3

Whitney joined the SNU Lab School team in November 2023. She and her family moved to Oklahoma in 2021, after spending a decade in Indianapolis. Whitney has been involved with several non-profit organizations since having her two children. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Family Consumer Science from Olivet Nazarene University.

Whitney loves spending quality time with her family. They enjoy traveling, being outdoors, having family movie nights, playing games, and hosting dinner parties for friends. Her children are very active in sports, and Whitney, along with her husband Dan, often spends time at the ball fields during spring and summer. 

Favorite Verse:  "Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalms 139: 23-24

Mollie joined the SNU Lab School in August 2023. She brings with her numerous years of customer service experience, a love of communication and organization, and a deep passion for showing families the love and kindness she has experienced at the Lab School as a parent and volunteer. 

Ms. Mollie spent the last several years moving around the country as a military spouse and raising children at home, before rejoining the workforce as an infant teacher. In her spare time, she has loved to volunteer at the Lab School, in the workroom, and in various other capacities. She knew immediately that she wanted to be a part of the Lab School staff and prayed for the opportunity. After waiting on the Lord's perfect timing, Mollie is beyond ecstatic to officially be a part of SNU Lab School. 

A self-proclaimed plant lady, Mollie enjoys filling her home with rescued plants and working outside in her vegetable garden. Her family includes her husband, children, and two spotted dogs. They enjoy hosting friends and family for dinner, spending time outside together, and escaping to the mountains as often as possible. 

Favorite Verse: "When you pass through the deep waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you." Isaiah 43:2 

Laura joined the Lab School in the winter of 2021. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Music and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Master of Music.  Prior to joining the Lab School Laura taught elementary vocal music in Dayton. Ohio.  Upon returning to her home state of Oklahoma she taught vocal music and humanities at Harding Charter Preparatory High School and Vocal Music at Crossings Christian School. For the past few years, Laura has been a full-time stay-at-home parent to her daughter, and she continued to work with students through community volunteer opportunities and substitute teaching at the Lab School. 

Laura’s background as a classical clarinetist and pianist has instilled in her the importance of perseverance and collaboration. She finds great joy in guiding a collaborative learning process and truly enjoys seeing others succeed! Laura is excited to assist teachers and administration at the Lab School achieve their vision for students.

Laura is married to Chad and they have a daughter, Lydia, who attends the Lab School.  In her free time Laura enjoys playing piano at her church, City Presbyterian Church, taking neighborhood walks with her family, and listening to podcasts. 

Favorite Verse: "Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!" Psalm 100:1-2 

Ashley graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in Child and Family Services.  She worked in administration at ELS Language Services school for 6 years before moving to SE Asia with her family.  She had the opportunity to tutor a few children in English and then shifted to homeschooling her two daughters, Tirzah & Royah for about a year and a half.  

Ashley enjoys meeting people from different cultures, taking care of a variety of plants, learning new crafts like knitting and macrame, and hosting dinners with family and friends.  

Favorite verses: "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

Rebekah began teaching at the SNU Lab School in 2021. She graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. 

Rebekah's dream has been to be a school librarian since she was a young girl and being able to share her love and passion for books with children is a gift. Some of her most cherished memories happened in a library and it is her goal to help every child reach their full potential and discover the beauty and joy of learning through books and other media outlets. 

The Drapeau family includes husband, Richard, two daughters, Zoella and Kensington, and son, Kai. All three children have been students at the Lab School since Pre-K. When not teaching, Rebekah spends most of the year waiting for Christmas to arrive, reading, baking, and watching movies with her kids. Her family also loves to travel to Colorado during the summers. 

Favorite Verse: "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." John 15:12-13

Annie started at SNU is 2008. She is a wife and mother of four children, all of whom went through the SNU Lab School.  Her three older children have graduated or will graduate from Southern Nazarene University.  Before entering the work force, Annie was a stay-at-home wife and mother, busy raising her four children and providing a house full of home-grown veggies and home-made meals. She volunteered on a weekly basis at the Lab School working in the classroom, the cafeteria, on special events and keeping the grounds outside the school clean and beautiful.   In 2008, Annie accepted a position with Southern Nazarene University and she now works solely at the Lab School.

Cooking and working in her garden are two of Annie’s favorite pastimes.  Annie’s favorite place to visit is The Mercantile in Pawhuska. Her collection of Pioneer Woman products is rapidly growing.  She has everything from aprons to onion slicers and crock pots to cookware. Annie visits there so often that Dee Drummond now recognizes Annie, knows her name, stops to visit with her and always takes time for a photo op.

Favorite Verse: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving." Colossians 3:22-24


Early Childhood - PreK & Kindergarten

Madelyn Campbell

Pre-K Teacher
Department Chair

STRENGTHSRelational | AdaptabilityRelational | DeveloperRelational | EmpathyRelational | IncluderInfluence | Maximizer
CERTIFICATIONSEarly Childhood | 0-KLearning Disability | 0-12Home Economics | 6-12

Miss Madelyn began teaching Pre-K at SNU Lab School in 1979. She has a B.S. in Home Economics/Child Development, and an M.A. in Early Childhood Ed. 

"I love young children and enjoy watching them learn and grow.  The easiest way for children to learn is to let them play.  Providing them with simple materials, young children can develop academic, physical and social skills. Parents have often commented, “When I ask my child what they did at school, all they ever tell me is that they played”.  At this age, a child’s work IS play. Wouldn’t that be wonderful if all our work felt like play. "

The Campbell family includes sons, Aaron and Stuart and his wife Karen, and daughter, Sara. When not working, Madelyn loves to work puzzles of many kinds, spend time with her family and friends, and enjoys watching movies. 

Favorite Verse: “The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin new each morning.” Lamentations 3: 22, 23 

Angela Bumpus

Pre-K Teacher
STRENGTHSRelational | Includer
Relational | Positivity
Executing | ResponsibilityRelational | Empathy
Strategic | Learner

CERTIFICATIONSElementary Education  | 1-8

Angela graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.  She taught 6th grade in Putnam City until the birth of her first child.  She enjoyed fourteen very active years of being a stay at home mom as well as a school and church volunteer.  In 1999 when her youngest child began preschool, Angela took a teaching job at My Lambs Preschool where she taught for fourteen years.  After "retiring" from full-time teaching at the preschool she remained a substitute for the program until June of 2020.  In addition she substituted in grades K-8 in Putnam City and was a Title I Math Tutor. 

Angela is grateful to be a member of the SNU Lab School.  She especially loves teaching preschool aged children because you are introducing them to the world of education.  She views it as helping students pack a bag for a lifelong journey in learning.  One of the first things they pack is confidence. They learn that school is a safe place, that teachers love and care for them and that it's okay to make mistakes and try again until you succeed. Social skills are also included in their bag.  They begin learning how to be a good friend and a responsible student.             

Hopefully, she says, the largest portion of their bag is filled with a never ending supply of curiosity for learning new things.

Bethany has been home for Angela since 1971. She loves filling her free time with family and friends, trying new recipes, flower gardening and dabbling in photography.  She and her husband, Bill, have been married for 38 years.  They have three grown children that attended SNU Lab School when it was still on the SNU campus.  She feels blessed to be back in the SNU family.

Favorite Verse: "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

Brooke Keoppel

Pre-K Teacher
STRENGTHSRelational | RelatorStrategic | StrategicExecuting | ArrangerRelational | DeveloperExecuting | Discipline
CERTIFICATIONSElementary Education | 1-8

Brooke joined the SNU Lab School in 2023. She is an SNU alumnus with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught in OKCPS a few years before starting her family. After her oldest daughter was born she has been involved in directing Mother’s Day out programs at Newchurch and BFC, substitute teaching in Putnam City Schools and most recently directing the after-school program at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. 

She has always known being an educator is her calling and passion. What is the most fulfilling to her about education is when her students feel like they belong and are seen for their strengths and supported in every way. She loves it when they confide in her about things other than school issues. 

Brooke’s family is made up of her husband Trey and children Gracie, Kort, and Remi. As a family, they love to travel, play games, and have family movie nights. Both of her oldest children play competitive sports, so most weekends you can find them at the volleyball gym or baseball field. Outside of being with her family, Brooke’s favorite place to be is the beach. She is able to truly relax and restore herself there and tries to go every summer. She describes sand as “fairy dust” and loves it when she finds it in bags after their beach trips. 

Favorite verse: “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Psalms 40:1-2 NIV

Kim Adams

Kindergarten TeacherDepartment Chair
STRENGTHSRelational | DeveloperRelational | EmpathyExecuting | RestorativeExecuting | BeliefRelational | Adaptability
CERTIFICATIONSEarly Childhood | PK-3

Kim began teaching Kindergarten at the SNU School For Children in 1993 while working on her Masters Degree at Southern Nazarene University.  She taught a year and a half in the Pre-Kindergarten class before moving back to Kindergarten, where her heart is.  She has spent her entire teaching career at SNU SFC - the current SNU Lab School.  

Kim's goal as a teacher is to motivate and encourage children in a loving and safe environment.  She hopes to instill in her students that they can achieve anything when they believe in themselves.   She loves watching the "A-Ha" moments children have and their love of learning.  

Kim's family includes her husband Glen and daughter Paige.  Kim enjoys reading, shopping, watching movies and visiting her family in Colorado.  Most of all, she loves spending time with her family.

Favorite Verse:  "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." Ephesians 2:8

Amy joined SNU Lab School as a Kindergarten Assistant in 2024. Prior to SNU Lab School, she worked in the Special Education Department at Bethany Public Schools.  Amy is a licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified Clinical Trauma Therapist.

Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry from Prairie Bible College in Canada and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary in Arizona. Her goal as an educator is to see young people raised to be grounded in the Word and to grow up to serve the Lord however He calls them.

Her family has served in missions in South Africa and Costa Rica, as well as in a former cult community at the Arizona-Utah border. Prior to marriage, Amy served as a missionary in Ukraine.

The Engle family includes her husband, Michael, their daughter Feliesha, and sons Caleb and Connor. Amy’s hobbies include time spent with family, being outdoors in nature, swimming, reading, basketball, and traveling. 

Favorite Verse: “I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Lower Primary - Grades 1-2

Gina McGarry

Lower Primary Teacher
Department Chair
Camp Soar Director
STRENGTHSExecuting | DeliberativeRelational | HarmonyStrategic | LearnerExecuting | FocusRelational | Individualization
CERTIFICATIONSEarly Childhood | 0-KElementary Education | 1-8Reading Specialist | PK-12Music | PK-8Learning Disability | 0-12Lang Arts Mid. Sch. | 6-8Soc Studies Mid Sch | 6-8

Gina began teaching at SNU Lab School in the fall of 1978.  She has a B.S. in Elementary Education, and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education.  Gina also has her Reading Specialist Certification along with certificates in the following areas:  Language Arts, Learning Disabilities, Music, Social Studies, Early Childhood Education, and Elementary Education.  After teaching two years in Pre-K and one year in the Kindergarten program, she developed a program for 1st grade and the following year, 2nd grade.  The 1st and 2nd grade programs then became the Lower Primary Division.  In addition to teaching during the school year, Gina is also the director of the summer camp program, Camp Soar.

Gina grew up in a family of educators, and always knew she would follow in their footsteps.  After hearing one time, that a child is lucky if they have two good teachers in all their years of schooling, Gina decided that she was going to make sure she was one of those.  Her desire is for every child to reach their full potential and experience the joy of learning.  Gina especially enjoys working with beginning readers, and teaching regrouping to second graders in math.  However, what is most enjoyable to her is watching children's growth throughout the year.  It never gets old!

The McGarry family includes husband, Mike, daughter, Erin, son-in-law, Nathan, and son, Matt.  When not working, Gina enjoys playing with her two dogs,  reading, working crossword puzzles, and watching Hallmark movies.  Her family loves to go skiing every spring break, and taking summer vacations in Colorado.  Gina and Mike also enjoy playing games with friends, playing a round of golf, and watching sports on TV.

Favorite Verse: "Now to him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine,  according to his power that is at work within us." Ephesians 3:20


Kimberly Jones

Lower Primary Teacher
STRENGTHSExecuting | DisciplineRelational | DeveloperRelational | HarmonyRelational | EmpathyExecuting | Consistency
CERTIFICATIONSEarly Childhood | PK-3

Kimberly began teaching at SNU Lab School in 2014. She has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Southern Nazarene University. Before coming to SNU, she taught eight years at Western Oaks Elementary and five years in preschool in Pasadena, CA.

Kimberly believes the classroom should be a warm, welcoming environment full of hands-on learning. Children should have many opportunities to play, explore and experiment. They learn best through guided exploration. The teacher is responsible to guide and lead and continually assess best practices for the children.

Kimberly's family includes her husband, Paul, and their son, Cameron. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking and watching her favorite shows. Her family enjoys  time together serving at their church, going to OU games, Thunder games, finding fun restaurants and riding bikes. 

Favorite Verse: "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31

Lacy Powell

Lower Primary TeacherSpecials Teacher (Bible)Chapel Director (PreK-4)
STRENGTHSExecuting | ArrangerExecuting | BeliefExecuting | ResponsibilityInfluence | CommunicationInfluence | Activator
CERTIFICATIONSElementary Education | 1-8

Lacy began teaching in the Lower Primary division in 2013. She also taught P.E. for one year at SFC before moving to Lower Primary. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education. Before coming to SNU, she taught in public and charter schools for five years in the Oklahoma City area.

Miss Lacy loves finding new ways to engage the students. She values hands-on learning and feels it is vital to education. She likes to integrate the arts into each subject area as well. She wants every student to feel safe and valued. Her favorite subject is math because of all the experiential learning it provides. However, she thoroughly enjoys teaching reading as well.

The Powell family includes husband, Bryan, and two sons, Cole and Clay. When not working, Lacy loves to read, do puzzles, spend time with her family and friends, and travel. Her family loves to play and watch sports together and spend any time they can in Colorado.

Favorite Verse: “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long." Psalm 25:4-5

Upper Primary - Grades 3-4

Dawn Thompson

Upper Primary Teacher
Department Chair

STRENGTHS
Relational | Developer
Executing | Belief

Relational | Adaptability

Influence | Maximizer

Relational | Connectedness


CERTIFICATIONSElementary Education  | 1-8

Dawn is excited to rejoin the SNU Lab School in 2022 where she worked in the Lower Primary Division for two years. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education. Prior to that, she taught in private schools for over twenty years,  shaping the minds of 4th-6th graders in Illinois. 

Dawn believes that every student has unique gifts and talents to share and looks for opportunities in the classroom for each and every student to shine. Her favorite thing about teaching is making connections with students and helping them discover their abilities and unique gifts.  Science is her passion and she loves it when students have that "lightbulb moment", connecting something they are learning to real-life experiences. Providing hands-on learning and giving children the chance to collaborate while learning is essential and she strives to give students opportunities to create, share ideas, and grow in confidence.

Dawn's family includes her husband, Aaron, and three daughters, Emilee, Leah, and Sydney. In her free time, Dawn enjoys reading, puzzling, singing, and spending time with her family hiking in God's beautiful creation.

Favorite Verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Lisa Hughes

Upper Primary Teacher

STRENGTHS
Relational | Developer

Relational | PositivityRelational | EmpathyRelational | RelatorExecuting | Belief
CERTIFICATIONSElementary Education  | 1-8

Lisa Hughes received her B.S. in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has over 25 years of experience teaching fifth grade in Public Schools, homeschooling all three of her children, and also teaching in a homeschool cooperative.

One of the aspects she loves most about teaching is helping her students become confident learners. She enjoys finding ways to make education fun and exciting and desires to instill a love for learning and reading in every student.

The Hughes family includes husband Mitch, daughters Emma and Lydia, son Nate, son-in-law Daylin, and granddaughter Vera. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and watching movies.

Favorite verse: He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

Kandi Gustafson

Upper Primary Teacher
Student Services

STRENGTHS
Relational | Developer

Relational | Empathy

Executing | Belief

Strategic | LearnerExecuting | Achiever
CERTIFICATIONSElementary Education  | 1-8Mild-Mod Disabilities | K-12

Kandi is thrilled to join the SNU lab school in August of 2024. She has an M.A. in Special Education Administration from SNU. She has worked as a special education teacher for three years with a certification in mild to moderate disabilities. She also has a calling for ministry and earned her district minister license.

Kandi is passionate about showing God’s love through education by creating a nurturing environment where each student is valued and encouraged to grow academically. Her favorite part of teaching is celebrating her students’ strengths and fostering their interest in uncovering their love for learning. She also has an interventionist heart and strives to tailor her teaching methods to meet the unique needs of every student, ensuring that each individual receives the support and resources necessary to reach their full potential. Her favorite subject to teach is reading because she believes literacy is the key to endless opportunities for exploration, imagination, and growth.

The Gustafson family includes husband, Jay, and three sons Daniel, Isaac (late), and Josiah. When not at school, Kandi loves spending time with her family and friends, decorating, vacationing, and working in ministry as a Special Needs Coordinator at her church.

Favorite Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Lower Middle - Grades 5-6

Allison White

Lower Middle TeacherDepartment Chair
Chapel Director (5-12)

STRENGTHSRelational | DeveloperRelational | PositivityExecuting | ResponsibilityExecuting | BeliefExecuting | Arranger
CERTIFICATIONSEarly Childhood  | PK-3Elementary Education  | 1-8

Allison joined the Lab School in August of 2024. She attended Southern Nazarene University graduating in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching, homeschooling, and ministry to children. She is an ordained Elder in the church of the Nazarene and loves serving the children at her church. She is passionate about holistic education and helping each child grow into the person God created them to be. 

Allison is married to Jeff, and together, they have three children: Ethan, Brooklyn, and Hannah. Their family loves basset hounds, traveling, going to the lake, and spending time together. They love to worship and go to concerts together. In her free time, Allison enjoys baking, going to garage sales, and repurposing furniture. 

Favorite Bible Verse: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Alexis Bowen

Lower Middle Teacher
Student Services (Title I)
Field Experience (School of Ed)
STRENGTHSExecuting | AchieverExecuting | BeliefInfluence | CommunicationRelational | ConnectednessExecuting | Arranger
CERTIFICATIONSEarly Childhood  | PK-3Elementary Education  | 1-8Mild-Mod Disabilities | K-12Severe-Profound/Multiple Disabilities | K-12

Alexis joined the SNU Lab School in 2021 and she couldn’t be more excited! Alexis began teaching 23 years ago and has a B.S. in Elementary Education, a Masters in Educational Technology, and a Masters in Special Education. Alexis has taught in both private and public schools in Hawaii and California.  

Alexis strives to create a true family within her classroom walls and is a huge believer that all children want to belong, learn and do well. Her key to success is following her strong belief that "building relationships is key." Alexis has a passion for integrating all subjects into hands-on thematic units where children become immersed within their learning!

The Bowen family includes husband, Kyle, son Jason (a college student at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Az), Thalia, and Eleni, who attends the Lab School. The Bowen family enjoys playing games together at home, exploring new areas around town, hiking, and taking walks. They cannot wait to find their new church home to get plugged into! One of Alexis’ most favorite things ever is to go to the beach! She loves going on road trips and will enjoy exploring the new lakes and sights Oklahoma has to offer. 

Favorite verse: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Erica Downey

Lower Middle Teacher
STRENGTHSRelational | ConnectednessExecuting | ResponsibilityRelational | DeveloperExecuting | BeliefStrategic | Learner
CERTIFICATIONSEarly Childhood  | PK-3Elementary Education  | 1-8Language Arts | 5-8Social Studies | 5-8

Erica is excited to join the SNU Lab School in August of 2021.  She earned a bachelor of science in history from Oregon State University and has her multiple subject credential from Alliant University in San Diego, California.  She has taught at a Christian school for over 20 years in San Diego, California.  

Coming from teachers, Erica has known since the age of 12 that she felt called to be a teacher.  The best part of being an educator is seeing the moment when a student lights up from making a connection in their learning.  Erica loves encouraging her students to see their God-given potential be unveiled.  Her favorite subjects to teach are history and literature.

The Downey family includes husband, James, daughter, Sarah, and son, Nicholas.  When not at school, Erica enjoys spending time with her family, cheering her children in their various extracurricular activities, and baking. In addition Erica loves to travel and explore not only the United States but also other countries around the world.  

Favorite Verse: “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8b

Upper Middle - Grades 7-8

Martha Kenworthy

Upper Middle Teacher
Department Chair
Robotics Coach
STRENGTHSStrategic | InputStrategic | Intellection
Strategic | Strategic
Strategic | LearnerExecuting | Achiever
CERTIFICATIONSEnglish  | PK-12
Special Education | PK-12

New to the Lab School for the 2023/2024 school year, Martha is excited to teach Art and Robotics. She feels she has come full circle since completing her degree in 1999 where she first discovered her love of teaching and Art.

 

The next 20 plus years have included all things education. Martha home educated her three children, taught art and English in cooperative settings, and coached three FLL (First Lego League) robotics teams, assisting them in qualifying and later placing in the State competitions.

 

Most recently, Martha taught in the public-school arena for four years and completed her Master’s in Secondary Education. Martha is certified by the State of Oklahoma in English and Special Education for grades PK – 12.

 

Martha’s passion has consistently been partnering with families to instill a love of lifelong learning. She believes that teaching students how to learn is where the war is won. Her own hobbies include reading, art, and home making. Her strong faith is anchored by the sovereignty of God.


Favorite verse: “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

Brandi Nyberg

Upper Middle Teacher

STRENGTHSStrategic | LearnerRelational | HarmonyExecuting | BeliefRelational | ConnectednessExecuting | Responsibility
CERTIFICATIONSGeneral Science | 5-12Physical Science | 5-12Biology | 5-12PE/Health/Safety | PK-12

Mrs. Brandi Nyberg is excited to join the Lab School for the 2024-2025 school year. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in education from Phillips University. Brandi has 20 plus years of teaching experience in public schools. She has taught middle school science, high school science, health, and physical education.

She is passionate about teaching health and wellness to all ages, believing that true learning occurs when students can make meaningful connections between the curriculum and their everyday lives. Guiding them in this process of discovery and empowering them to see the world through a lens of curiosity and understanding is her greatest reward as a teacher.

Brandi has been married to husband Brandon, a career educator and administrator, for 30 years. They have four adult children- Bowan, Brevin, Brya, and Braci. The three oldest have graduated from college and successfully pursued their respective careers. Braci will be attending Southern Nazarene University and will be competing on the women’s basketball team.

Faith and family are two of her most cherished priorities. She also loves coffee, outdoor walks, watching basketball, and traveling.

Favorite verse: Jesus replied: “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37

Lower Academy - Grades 9-10

Deanna Thomason

Academy Teacher
Department Chair

STRENGTHS

Executing | Belief

Influence | Communication
Strategic | Input
Relational | ConnectednessInfluence | Activator
CERTIFICATIONS
Elementary Principal | PK-8Secondary Principal | 5-12Anatomy/Physiology | 5-12Biology | 5-12Science | 6-8

Deanna graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a B.S. in Science Education and an M.A. in Educational Leadership.  She has more than 20 years of teaching experience in both public and homeschool education.  She and her husband homeschooled all three of their boys from Kindergarten through high school graduation. Along with teaching, she worked at SNU in the Office of Christian Formation from 2016-2022 where she was the Director of Student Ministries/SIMS and had the privilege of sending hundreds of SNU students on mission trips around the globe to minister and serve Nazarene missionaries, ministries, and local organizations. 

She believes every child can learn, despite background or prior knowledge.  Students rise to your expectations and can achieve far more when encouraged and engaged.  Learning should be fun, hands-on, and interesting.

Deanna has been married to Danny Thomason, SNU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. They have three adult sons and one daughter-in-law.  Deanna loves to spend time with her family, cook, and bake.

Favorite verse: "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life." Psalm 139:23-24

Dennis Savill

SNU Director of Debate

STRENGTHS

Strategic | Context

Executing | AchieverInfluence | Activator
Strategic | Strategic
Strategic | Learner
CERTIFICATIONSSocial Studies | 5-12
Yearbook | 5-12
Computer Science | 7-12

Mr. Dennis Savill is the Humanities instructor for the SNU Lab School and the founder of the Debate Squad at SNU as well as its Director of Debate. He holds a certification from the Association of Christian Schools International. 

Teaching since 2012, he founded the nationally competitive middle and upper school policy debate squad at Crossings Christian School which won seven state titles (two in 6A) in eleven years. He is a nine-year veteran yearbook advisor where he taught students Agile Project Management. He has taught College Speech, Journalism, AP European History, Computers, and Apologetics. 

Mr. Savill's education includes a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Oklahoma City University and a Master's in History from the University of Central Oklahoma. Before his teaching career, he had a thirteen-year career in Information Technology at companies such as the Daily Oklahoman, Dobson Communications, and Sonic, following a four-year career debating at Putnam City high school and in college.

Mr. Savill believes in helping to equip Christian students with the logical framework and persuasion skills needed to defend their faith against the myriad of intellectual attacks they will receive in college and beyond. By combining dialectic techniques with project-based learning about the world and Biblical examples, the student should calmly and persuasively argue that Christianity makes more sense than any other philosophy or structure.

The Savill family includes daughter, Olivia, and a slider turtle, Sacagawea. When not teaching, Dennis loves to read for fun and learning, watch movies and sports, travel, and write novels with his daughter. An avid movie and history buff, Dennis loves to discuss these two favorite subjects with other fans.

Favorite verse: "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." Proverbs 16:3

Diana Anthony

Service Learning Coordinator
Pre-K Assistant

STRENGTHSRelational | Includer
Relational | Positivity
Executing | ResponsibilityRelational | Empathy
Strategic | Learner

CERTIFICATIONSElementary Education  | 1-8

Diana (Ruger) Anthony attended BNC/SNU for her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and her graduate degree in Early Childhood Development. She recently retired after serving  32 years in both private and public school settings.  While working on her master’s degree, she was fortunate enough to teach at the Lab School under Miss Kathy and Miss Gina.  Miss Diana spent the bulk of her career in California, where she is originally from. 

After retirement, Diana and her husband moved to Oklahoma with their four dogs.  She has three bonus children and is 'Nana Diana' to two beautiful grandchildren. 

Favorite Verse: "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in." Mathew 25:35 

Specials / Arts Integration

Tawney Chesney

Specials Teacher (Technology)Arts Integration (7-12)
STRENGTHSExecuting | ResponsibilityExecuting | Consistency

Executing | Belief

Relational | RelatorExecuting | Achiever
CERTIFICATIONSEarly Childhood  | PK-3

Tawney graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  She worked in the public school system for 3 years as a first-grade teacher at Yukon, a substitute teacher in Texas, and a second-grade teacher at Bethany until the birth of her first child. For the last decade, she was the Director at St. Paul’s Children’s Day Out program where all her children attended with her.  Now that her youngest child is old enough to begin Pre-Kindergarten and age out of the CDO program, she is ready for the next path God has planned for her and cannot wait for her adventure at SNU Lab School.

Tawney has always been an outside-of-the-box thinker in her classroom and career.  She loves to be an encourager to her students and families in all that they do to be successful each day. She believes that learning should always be fun, engaging, and hands-on so that children are excited to learn. 

Tawney’s family includes her husband, Cole, and their four boys, Gunner, Murray, Walker, and Oakley. Three of her boys play ball, so many of her weekends are spent at the ball fields watching her boys do what they love. As a family, we love to spend time outside, whether it's at the lake, on the property, on a hike, or playing in the backyard. She enjoys going for walks, never-ending projects, baking, crafting, designing, planting flowers, and being outdoors.

Favorite Verse:  “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

Rachel Bolerjack was born and raised in Bethany, Oklahoma. Rachel attended Southern Nazarene then moved to Montpellier, France where she worked with Nazarenes in Volunteer Service and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Criticism, Conservation and Restoration.

Rachel is married to Alex Bolerjack, and has three kids, Chloe, Jane, and Hunter. With over 15 years of experience in teaching and leading art classes in the community and at various events in Oklahoma, Rachel has developed a fun and engaging teaching style. Rachel believes in nurturing creativity through a supportive and inspiring environment. Committed to integrating faith into the curriculum, she encourages students to explore the intersection of art and our identity in Christ.

Outside of the classroom, Rachel leads and is involved in church and community events, and loves spending time with her family. Rachel aims to introduce fun new art projects and concepts while also creating collaborations with the community through an art club and service projects. Dedicated to fostering each student’s unique artistic voice, she looks forward to guiding them in their creative journey.

Favorite verse: “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledges – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Mrs. Pam Doughty directs the orchestra program at SNU Lab School. A music education graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Pam is certified and has taught all levels and ages of students. Her many students have performed locally at the Bethany City Hall and community assisted living centers, at Strolling Strings conventions in Wisconsin, Missouri, Oklahoma, and even in the European cities of Vienna and Rome. 

In her professional career, she has served as chair of the Oklahoma All-State Orchestra, is a Cox Connects Foundations Innovation in Education grant recipient, attends regular workshops and conventions as an active member of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education, and rehearses weekly on her violin in a community orchestra. 

Pam encourages her current students to perform at concerts and contests and participate in honor orchestra auditions to share their talent with others. Pam has a college-aged daughter and has been married 25+ years to her electrician and automotively-talented husband. She also enjoys discovering all places of travel both near and far.

Favorite verse: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5

Stephanie Naylor

PE Teacher

STRENGTHSInfluence | WooRelational | HarmonyRelational | PositivityRelational | AdaptabilityExecuting | Arranger

Stephanie joined SNU Lab School as the PE teacher in August 2023. Prior to joining SNU LAB School Stephanie has been a stay at home mom of her three children. She has a background full of experience working with children. She has been a Nanny, an Assistant Daycare Director, and worked with Foster children. 

Stephanie earned a Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University in 2007. Stephanie also holds a Real Estate License in Kansas and Oklahoma and has been a Realtor since 2018. 

Stephanie has been married to her husband since June 2007 and together they have three children. Beckett and Maddie attend SNU Lab School and Lillie will attend once she is old enough. Stephanie and her husband or native Texans and her husband serves in the Air Force. 

Stephanie’s desire is to teach children the importance of exercise and healthy eating. Stephanie and her family enjoy camping and exploring the beautiful outdoors. 

Favorite Verse: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Matthew 5:9

Audra Faust

Specials Teacher (Vocal Music)Arts Integration (7-12)
BELIEF | POSITIVITY | CONNECTEDNESS | DEVELOPER | ARRANGER
STRENGTHSExecuting | BeliefRelational | PositivityRelational | ConnectednessRelational | DeveloperExecuting | Arranger

Audra Faust joined the SNU Lab School team in 2024, bringing her extensive background in vocal and theater arts to her new roles. As an SNU alumna, Audra earned a BS in Vocal Performance in 2005 and later acquired a Master of Music in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory in 2008. Her academic journey laid a strong foundation for her dual career as an educator and director.


Audra Faust has had a distinguished teaching tenure at Southern Nazarene University, serving as an adjunct professor of voice and director of theater from 2008 to 2016 and resuming in 2022. Throughout her career, she has directed over 25 notable productions, including The Sound of Music, Anastasia, Pinocchio, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Into the Woods, and Pirates of Penzance. Her directorial excellence was recognized when she was awarded the Best Director title by Broadway.Com Regional Awards for directing Little Women. From 2016 to 2020, Audra expanded her impact on the arts as the Owner and Executive Director of The Bethany Stage Foundation, where she led numerous productions and provided comprehensive arts education, with notable works like Pride and Prejudice, Much Ado About Nothing, and A Christmas Carol. Continuing her commitment to fostering artistic talents.


Audra cherishes her roles as a wife and mother to three children, Scarlett, River, and Hendrix. She firmly believes that the skills learned in music and drama—such as collaboration, communication, and creative problem-solving—provide a strong foundation for future success. By fostering a supportive and encouraging environment, Audra aims to instill in her students the confidence and resilience they need to navigate challenges and excel in their careers as confident, adaptable, and innovative adults.


Favorite Verse: "I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength." Phillipians 4:11-13

The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, ’The children are now working as if I did not exist.’ 

- Maria Montessori