"True friends face in the same direction, toward common projects, interests, and goals." - C.S. Lewis
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
Administration & Support
Ron Titus, M.Ed.Director / Principal
STRENGTHSStrategic | LearnerExecuting | ResponsibilityRelational | ConnectednessExecuting | AchieverExecuting | Belief
CERTIFICATIONSSuperintendent | PK-12Principal (ACSI) | PK-12 Elementary Principal | PK-8Mid-level Principal | 5 to 8Computer Science | 6-12Computer Applications | 6-12Phys Ed/Hlth/Safety | K-12Psychology | 6-12Art | PK-12
Ron Titus became the director and principal of the SNU Lab School in July 2019. He is a certified superintendent, principal, and teacher by the state of Oklahoma and the Association of Christian Schools International. Mr. Titus has chaired and been a member of numerous accreditation teams throughout the south-central region over the past two decades. Prior to joining SNU, Mr. Titus was instrumental in the strategic growth and development of Crossings Christian School in OKC for 13 years. He also served as the Internet Technologies Program Director at Francis Tuttle Technology Center for five years. Ron began his career in education as a technology director and teacher for five years at Deer Creek Schools in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Mr. Titus earned his masters degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University where he was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society. He also earned a bachelors degree in Liberal Arts with minors in Psychology and Art Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Before becoming an educator, Mr. Titus served in the United States Air Force during the Gulf War.
Ron is a champion of Project Based Learning across all disciplines, particularly with technology. He is also an advocate for developing Social Emotional Learning skills so people can more effectively cope with life's difficulties. Both of these areas have been heavily emphasized at the Lab School over the past half century.
Ron has an insatiable desire to learn, loves to read, play guitar, create, invent, and tinker with convergent technologies in his free time. Mr. Titus is a Nebraska Cornhusker and NY Yankee fan and has coached more than 900 baseball games. He enjoys spending quality time traveling with his son, Elijah, and has a cat named Sparky.
Favorite Verse: “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." Romans 12:2
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
Jennifer joined the SNU Lab School in August of 2019. Jennifer brings three years of experience as an attendance secretary in a Christian school office setting.
Ms Jenn has also worked with the Pre-Kindergarten teacher’s as an aide and loves assisting in the classroom. Jennifer’s favorite part of the school day is watching students learn and understand new skills. Most importantly, Ms. Jenn loves greeting each student every day, and of course, adores smiles and hugs from each one.
The McCarver family includes husband, Derek, and daughter, Zoe. When not working, Jennifer loves to go to the park with Zoe, reading, watching movies and loves to play with her three dogs: Rosie Cheetah, Duke and Moose.
Favorite Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
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
Upper Primary/Middle School - Grades 4-7
Kathy LunnUpper Primary Division ChairUpper Primary TeacherMiddle School Teacher
STRENGTHSStrategic | ContextRelational | EmpathyExecuting | AchieverRelational | DeveloperRelational | Connectedness
CERTIFICATIONSEarly Childhood | 0-KElementary Education | 1-8Reading Specialist | PK-12Learning Disability | 0-12Language Arts | 6-8Social Studies | 6-8
Kathy taught four years in Putnam City Public Schools before coming to the School for Children in 1984 to design and create the Upper Primary Division. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, a Masters of Arts in Early Childhood, and additional teaching certificates in the areas of : Reading Specialist, Learning Disabilities, Language Arts,and Social Studies.
Kathy says that her teaching philosophy is based on her childhood experiences.. It was such a fun time of imagination, adventure, reading, creating and wonder, that she wanted to become a teacher to help other 'kids" get to enjoy a similar childhood. She believes students are naturally inquisitive, imaginative, and far more capable than what a grade level number says they are. Her philosophy is to empower students to have ownership in their learning through hands on projects they have researched, designed and created with guidance and encouragement from the teacher.. The results are always amazing.
Kathy has been married to her husband, John, principal in Putnam City Schools, for 35 years. They have three grown sons, Joshua, Patrick, Michael and wife, Mallory, and granddaughter Sophie. The Lunn family enjoys traveling, camping, playing games, and being with extended family.
Favorite Verse: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, But take heart, I have overcome the world." John 16:33
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 to Nashville, TN so she can visit her daughter at college.
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
Hannah began teaching 4th-6th grades at SNU Lab School in 2015. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education from SNU. Before coming to SNU Lab School, she taught in public education for 5 years in the Putnam City School District.
Miss Hannah says that she is intentional about creating a learning environment where children feel known and loved while developing an understanding of the skills needed to excel in the world around them, both now and into their future. When asked her favorite subject/unit to teach, she says that she has always loved teaching within the "English" subject, whether that be in the form of literature, writing, or other reading skills. Within that subject, she enjoys the discussion that comes from reading short stories, poetry, and novels and loves to see how students' perspectives broaden as they learn about a variety of types of characters. She also gets excited when students' confidence grow as they begin to see how to clearly communicate their thoughts and ideas in writing.
The Barnes family includes husband, Ryan, and two year-old son, Ellis. When not at school, Hannah loves to bake a variety of desserts, spend time with her family (which includes her two dogs, Louie and Stella) and friends, and to travel, when she can find the time! She is also passionate about serving in her local church and being a part of the local OKC community.
Favorite Verse: "Now to Him who is able to immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us." Ephesians 3:20
Kaleb joined the SNU Lab School as an assistant in Challenger Care in 2018. He recently graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education from Southern Nazarene University, where he is currently pursuing his Masters in Educational Leadership. Kaleb played basketball for SNU for four years. He has written an Elementary curriculum for coding in Mathematics and has presented his research at the Oklahoma Technology Association conference.
Kaleb believes strongly in project based learning, implementing technology and coding skills, and developing social emotional learning skills. He believes that learning should be interest driven and fun, and that students can do anything they put their mind to. His aim is to instill confidence in all students and he wants to bring out the best in everyone. The only limit is your imagination!
When not working, Kaleb loves to create music, play basketball with his college friends, or catch up on the latest season of Survivor.
Favorite Verse: "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12
Lower Primary - Grades 1-3
Gina McGarryLower Primary Division ChairExtended Year (Camp Soar) DirectorLower Primary Teacher
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 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, a professor at SNU 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 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
Dawn began teaching at SNU Lab School in 2019. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education. Before coming to SNU, she taught in private schools for over 20 years in Illinois.
Mrs. Thompson has a passion for guiding students to reach their potential as learners. She is intentional about building caring relationships with students that foster growth and discovery of students' unique talents. Dawn has always had a love of science. She enjoys seeing the "lightbulb" moments when students begin to understand God's amazing world and design. Life Science is her absolute favorite.
The Thompson family includes husband, Aaron, and three daughters, Emilee, Leah, and Sydney. Dawn loves to spend time with her family outdoors enjoying God's beautiful creation. She also loves to sing and listen to music and plays the flute.
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 make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
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
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
Gerilynne started her teaching career at SNU-SFC in 1990 as a Kindergarten/Developmental First grade teacher while working on her Master’s degree (at Southern Nazarene). After finishing her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, she taught for 12 years in the Putnam City School District.
She returned to SNU in 2003 to teach Kindergarten at the School for Children. Currently she is teaching Pre-Kindergarten (since 2011) . Gerilynne earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Southern Nazarene University.
Mrs. Graves has always loved working with children. She especially enjoys seeing the excitement on the children’s faces as they master a new skill. Math was her favorite subject growing up and she continues to enjoy introducing and teaching Math to her students.
Gerilynne is married to Tim and they have a son, Triston. Triston began school at SNU-SFC and is currently attending SNU. In her spare time she and Tim enjoy watching Triston play college baseball. She and her family travel to Florida and like taking trips to the beach.
Favorite Verse: "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33
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
Melinda began teaching music at SNU Lab School in 2019. She has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in music. She has been teaching private piano and voice lessons for 16 years.
Mrs. Rushing says that her biggest joy in teaching is sharing her love of music with her students! She believes there is something for everyone in music. Some kids love singing, while others love playing games about music. The best part is finding the right thing that speaks to each individual student and connecting them to music in their own way!
The Rushing family includes husband, Kevin and daughters, Ryleigh and Katelyn. When not working, Melinda loves to craft, spend time with her family and friends and work in her flower beds. Her family loves to watch movies, play games and go hiking together.
Favorite Verse: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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 40:29-31