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Michelle Mayer

Core & More Instructor | Huebner Campus

Michelle Mayer grew up in a small community in Minnesota. She attended her church’s grade school and attended St. Croix Lutheran High School in West St. Paul. After graduating from Martin Luther College with a degree in Elementary Education and Staff Ministry, she moved to San Antonio in 2004. Michelle taught in a multi-grade classroom for 7 years before she had the joy of staying home to take care of her own children. While teaching she met and married a San Antonio boy from her church. When the children were small, Michelle spent time leading women’s Bible studies, tutoring, and teaching piano lessons.

Michelle currently lives in West San Antonio with her husband and three children. It had never been a goal to homeschool her children, but now after homeschooling for six years it is hard to imaging doing any differently. 

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Shauna Perez

Music Instructor | Far West Campus

Shauna Perez has loved music all of her life, carrying a song on her lips at any given time. She
learned 4-part harmony in church, participated in choir all years of school, and played clarinet
in band for eight years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Harding University in English and
Spanish and spent time in publishing and administrative roles before coming home full time to
homeschool her seven children for 20 years.

 

She has taught preschoolers through high school in Sunday school, children’s church, and
homeschool co-ops. Teaching English to children in China online fully engaged her tendency to
talk with her
 hands in “Total Physical Response.” She has always loved incorporating music and
motion in learning, so she is excited to "Engage! Equip! Inspire!"

Blanca Hayslip

Spanish Instructor | Huebner & Far West Campus

 

My name is Blanca Hayslip, I am from Mexico, I have been married for almost 8 years, my husband's name is Charles Hayslip. Between my husband & I, we have 4 children, a grandson and 2 grand dogs and 1 grand cat. I am a retired teacher, I taught kindergarten in Mexico for 30 years, it was a wonderful time, I was able to instruct the children educationally and God gave me the opportunity to show them His love. Before moving to this beautiful city, we lived in Irving, TX. I worked for 3 years in the children's ministry at Gateway Church, the church where we attended at the time. After moving to San Antonio, I worked at Cornerstone Christian School (Extended care) for 8 months. My experience of working with children in this country has been very good and very challenging since I have learned and practiced the English language, but I love Spanish, my native language, so I am happy that God has opened the door in this school. It will be wonderful to teach Spanish to the children who attend my class. I am sure we will have wonderful times learning and having fun together.

Janet Schneider

Kinder Instructor | Heubner Campus

STEM Instructor | Far West Campus

After becoming a Christian at 15, and dedicating my life to God, I served as leader/teacher in every ministry I could in our young church and found I enjoyed children’s ministries the most.After studying under Godly Pastors and professors of Florida Bible College, I learned to present a clear gospel and teach the Word.  When I married and had 3 children, Christian education then became a high priority. Helping the church start a Christian School, I trained for the Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) program and began teaching First, then Second grade for about 20 years, during which time I trained at Pensacola Christian College and was qualified to teach the ABEKA curriculum.  Working  different grade levels, kinder- 6 th, for 35 yrs also included:  drama in Musicals 3-4 times a year, high school ACE drama competitions  for state and internationals , plus scripture passage and poetry memorization at the lower elementary grades. I spent over 30 years as the director of 5-7 yr olds, Sparks, in the AWANA program. KUMON Math center was a year round part time job I did for most of 35 years. Teaching basics of  Math. Being a tour guide and outdoor nature teacher during summers and weekends for a wildlife preserve park in south Texas, was HOT but so fun. 
 

My favorite hobbies are Art, nature walks, and working with children which has brought me a lot of Joy and opportunities to share the gospel! No child left my class without knowing they were loved and had the ability to share their faith in Christ.

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Gabriela Ramirez

Readers Theater Instructor | Far West Campus

Private Lessons Instructor | Huebner & Far West Campus

My name is Gabriela Ramirez, and I was born in San Diego California. From a very young age music has been a major part of my life and one of my greatest passions. At the age of five, I started singing in my local church choir along with my father. At the age of seven, I started taking piano lessons, and this began a lifelong love for music and the performing arts. While growing up, my father’s job, caused us to move constantly from city to city, and from California to Arizona. I learned to adapt to new cities, new sets of friends and new homes but the one constant in my life was always Church and music. Music opened many doors for my life and provided ways in which I could serve my church in my community. Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to lead congregations in worship. I have been fortunate to take part in several worship albums, recording projects, and have performed next to some of my greatest musical inspirations. While playing piano for my local youth band at my church, I met my husband and the love of my life. Together, my husband and I lead worship at our church and share a passion for musical composition and song writing. I have been teaching piano and voice lessons for more than 12 years and have helped countless individuals refine their skills and pursue their passion. I believe that God has given me the gift of music so that I may share that gift and passion with others. I believe that music is a gift from God a gift that can touch the soul, a gift that can be enjoyed across cultural and generational barriers. I look forward to the opportunity to continue sharing the gift of music with all who may wish to pursue in learning music.

Rachel Spurgeon

Assistant | Far West Campus

Rachel grew up in California but has lived all over the world for the last 17 years since marrying her high school sweetheart who is a Chaplain in the Air Force. She has six children that she has homeschooled from the beginning. She has worked with children for over 20 years in various organizations, camps and ministries. She has taught in homeschool co-ops for the past 6 years and enjoys sharing her love for Jesus to the littlest of the flock. She is a graphic designer who loves shopping, cooking, woodworking, organizing, and being involved in her church family.

Angel Maciel

Assistant Director | Huebner & Far West Campus

 

Angel Maciel, an Incarnate Word alumna, was encountered by the Lord at sixteen years old. It was not until 2019 that she was transformed from a casual believer to a Holy Spirit-filled vessel knowing her purpose in God's supernatural kingdom. Her heart desires to be a vessel of the Holy Spirit to see Jesus' kingdom manifested in her beloved city, San Antonio. Using the gifts she has been given, she strives to serve her community by sharing the Gospel and Jesus' kingdom through music, teaching biblical studies, and training up the next generation. As an assistant at The Well, Angel would like to serve and learn more about the homeschool community while sharing the Good News of Jesus' Kingdom manifestation by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Ginger Torvik and Derrik Torvik

Tae-Kwon-Do Instructors | Huebner Campus

 

Ginger's desire is to create an atmosphere for students that is fun, upbeat, and one that encourages excellence and good character. While in class we will focus on kicks, punches, combination routines, self-defense and weapons. Your child will gain poise, confidence, and endurance as they train hard and learn new skills. Martial Arts is a wonderful way for children to learn the discipline, hard work and patience that it takes to be successful in life.

Christina Brooks

Dance Instructor | Huebner Campus

 

My name is Christi Brooks. I have a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have been working with children in a variety of organizations for 10+ years. Through home daycare, personal babysitting, coaching and ministry I have served children of all ages.  In my free time I love to dance and teach dance. Having been a dancer all through high school, I was excited to be offered a cheer/dance instructor position after graduating. I have enjoyed performing and coaching dance in a variety of settings but I most value the role that dance can play in developing a heart of worship.

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Nicey Priestley

Founder and Executive Director

Nicey Priestley was raised on military bases in Europe, but has resided in San Antonio for over two decades. She is married and has five daughters whom she has homeschooled since birth. In addition to earning a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood Development from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Nicey has acquired over a decade of experience working with elementary and preschool children. During her tenure as a teacher and tutor, Nicey came to the understanding that every child has a unique learning style that an educator must accommodate if they are to maximize the child's learning potential.

 

This knowledge along with her passion for early childhood education has allowed her to create fun, hands-on lesson plans that get kids excited about learning! For many years Nicey operated a licensed in-home preschool and it was during that time that a vision began to form and the seed for The Well was planted. Additionally, she volunteers with AWANA and ministries at her church. In her free time she enjoys reading, exploring nature, biking, hiking, running and spending time with her family. 

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