Faculty & Staff Directory

Administrative/Office Staff

Bill Borg
Head of School

Email:
Bill_Borg@Vanguard.org

Department:
Administration

Education:
B.A., Huntingdon College;
M.A.T., Jacksonville University

Hobbies
Mr. Borg enjoys fishing, hunting and anything outdoors.

Favorite Quote:
“I’ve learned people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”


Why Education?
The one thing that always motivates me is the students and seeing them grow and learn.
Zach Seifert
Associate Head of School / Faculty

Email:
Zach_Seifert@Vanguard.org

Department:
Administration/Faculty

Education:
B.A., Austin College;
M.S., Baylor University

Hobbies
Mr. Seifert enjoys watching sports, eating Mexican food, and spending time with his family.

Favorite Quote:
“The greatest teacher, failure is.” -Yoda

Why Education?
I appreciate that Vanguard teaches the whole student.
Chelsa Ressetar
Director of Advancement

Email:
Chelsa_Ressetar@Vanguard.org

Department:
Administration

Education:
B.B.M., University of Texas Business School – Marketing

Hobbies
Chelsa enjoys travel, exercising, being outside and time with her family and friends.

Favorite Quote:
“Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude”

Why Education?
I enjoy working at Vanguard with the outstanding faculty and students. Watching teenagers grow into young adults is important and meaningful.
Flip Alexander
Assistant Head of School - Logistics and Communications

Email:
Flip_Alexander@Vanguard.org

Department:
Administration

Education:
A.A., Texas State Technical College; B.A.A.S. Tarleton State University; M.Ed. Concordia University

Hobbies
Mrs. Alexander's favorite thing to do outside of Vanguard is spending time with family. They share in my journey of faith, discovery, and community with encompassing a fulfilling life.

Favorite Quote:
“The practice of education is the highest form of intellectual philanthropy.” ― John Maeda, The Laws of Simplicity”

Why Education?
It is a joy being a part of the Vanguard family! Every day I have the opportunity to be a support to colleagues that are passionate about being in education, students that are striving to learn in all areas of their lives, and parents that entrust faculty and staff to be a guide for their family.

Hannah VanDyke
Director of College/Career Counseling and International Student Programs

Email:
Hannah_VanDyke@Vanguard.org

Department:
Administration

Education:
B.A., Baylor University

Hobbies
Being outside! Hiking, biking, swimming, boating, skiing, anything active

Favorite Quote:
So... be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea, You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way! -Dr. Seuss

Why Education?
Engaging with students on a personal level and watching them as they find their passion and make plans for their future is why I love being a college counselor.
Aline Leslie
Assistant Head of School Academics - Counseling

Email:
Aline_Leslie@Vanguard.org

Department:
Administration/Faculty

Education:
B.A., University of St. Thomas;
M.A., Baylor University,
MCC Youth Counseling Certification

Hobbies
Mrs. Leslie enjoys gardening-- digging in the dirt is a primal, Zen experience, Choir, singing, and handbells-- Music is one of God's greatest gifts. She also enjoys reading historical fiction.

Favorite Quote:
"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass-- it's about learning to dance in the rain".

Why Education?
The field of education is the most important profession to which one can aspire, in my opinion. Whether we are "teaching" Biology, or Math, or English, what we are really doing is helping children learn skills for surviving in a complex world-- skills like resilience, diligence, and creativity.
Will Curtis
Assistant Head of School - External Operations Athletic Director

Email:
Will_Curtis@Vanguard.org

Department:
Administration/Faculty

Education:
B.B.A.,M.S.Ed.,Baylor University

Hobbies
Coach Curtis enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, and listening to music.

Favorite Quote:
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. -- John Wooden

Why Education?
I enjoy the ability to work with the future of tomorrow and trying to help those students improve and get better each day.
Kayla Kuhl
Senior Adminstrative Specialist

Email:
Kayla_Kuhl@Vanguard.org

Department:
Administration

Education:
A.A., McLennan Community College

Hobbies
Mrs. Kuhl enjoys hiking, yoga,and crafting when there's time! Any outdoor activities with her family. She also enjoys doing absolutely nothing and resting.

Favorite Quote:
Success is not an accident

Why Education?
Education opens doors and opportunities.
Hana Oh
Administrative Assistant

Email:
Hana_Oh@Vanguard.org

Department:
Administration

Education:
B.A. Baylor University

Hobbies
Ms. Oh strives to develop a green thumb, enjoys being active outdoors, and being a "girl mom".

Favorite Quote:
"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears." - Nelson Mandela

Why Education?
Vanguard is a welcoming place that accepts all people as they are and challenges and equips each individual to be the best version of themselves.
Rebecca Herron
Finance Administrator

Email:
Rebecca_Herron@Vanguard.org

Department:
Administration

Education:
Cedarville College

Hobbies
Mrs. Herron enjoys swimming, hiking, most outdoor activities, watching her husband and son ride Motocross, and hanging out with her family. .

Favorite Quote:
"The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is looking." John Wooten.

Why Education?
I enjoy working at Vanguard because I am surrounded by like-minded, hard working people that love being around students.
Greta Knoll
Assistant to Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations

Email:
Greta_Knoll@vanguard.org

Department:
Administration and Tennis Coach

Education:
B.A., Hamline University

Hobbies
Mrs. Knoll's favorite thing to do outside of work, is to run the trails of Cameron Park with her friends, family, and her two Jack Russell Terriers. Or hit the road for an adventure on a bike .

Favorite Quote:
Theodore Roosevelt's "The Man in the Arena" - "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

Why Education?
I love coaching because it's a gift to see students learn new things and gain a feeling of accomplishment as they improve and learn they can win.



Science

Patty Flowers
Department Head

Email:
Patty_Flowers@Vanguard.org

Department:
Science

Education:
B.A., University of Northern Colorado

Hobbies
Mrs. Flowers enjoy family time and playing tennis.

Favorite Quote:
The true measure of a person's character is not what they do when someone is watching, but what they do when no one is watching.

Why Education?
The one thing that always motivates me is the students and seeing them grow and learn. I love teaching at Vanguard because I get to work with amazing colleagues and awesome students.
Aline Leslie
Assistant Head of School-Academics/Counseling

Email:
Aline_Leslie@Vanguard.org

Department:
Adminstration / Faculty

Education:
B.A., University of St. Thomas;
M.A., Baylor University,
MCC Youth Counseling Certification

Hobbies
Mrs. Leslie enjoys gardening-- digging in the dirt is a primal, Zen experience,choir, singing and hand bells-- Music is one of God's greatest gifts, and reading historical fiction

Favorite Quote:
"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass-- it's about learning to dance in the rain".

Why Education?
The field of education is the most important profession to which one can aspire, in my opinion. Whether we are "teaching" Biology, or Math, or English, what we are really doing is helping children learn skills for surviving in a complex world-- skills like resilience, diligence, and creativity.
Zach Seifert
Associate Head of School/Faculty

Email:
Zach_Seifert@Vanguard.org

Department:
Administration/Faculty

Education:
B.A., Austin College; M.S.,
Baylor University

Hobbies
Watching sports, eating Mexican food, and spending time with my family.

Favorite Quote:
“The greatest teacher, failure is.” -Yoda

Why Education?
I appreciate that Vanguard teaches the whole student.
Michaela McCown
Faculty

Email:
Michaela_McCown@Vanguard.org

Department:
Science

Education:
B.S., and M.S., Texas A&M University

Hobbies
Mrs. McCown enjoys exploring the great outdoors by foot, bike, or kayak.

Favorite Quote:
A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children. -John James Audubon

Why Education?
I see education as equipping the next generation with the tool set to understand and combat biological and sustainable concerns that our planet faces - and I am excited to be a part of that change.


English Department

Sarah Lieber
Department Head

Email:
Sarah_Lieber@Vanguard.org

Department:
English

Education:
B.A., Wake Forest;
M.A., University of Rochester

Hobbies
Sarah enjoys reading, hiking, and playing the bassoon.

Favorite Quote:
"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - Albus Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling)

Why Education?
I love sharing my appreciation for literature with students, helping them see the world around them through new lenses, and learning from their ideas, in turn.
Jennifer Ferretter
Faculty

Email:
Jennifer_Ferretter@Vanguard.org

Department:
English

Education:
Vassar College, B.A.
St. Andrews University, M.Litt.
University of Cambridge, P.G.C.E.

Hobbies
Mrs. Ferretter loves hiking, traveling, reading, being outside and spending time with her husband and five kids.

Favorite Quote:
Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. - Mary Oliver

Why Education?
I think that studying the humanities provides students with excellent opportunities to hone writing skills, and more importantly, empathy; reading literature, studying history, looking at art - you broaden your understanding of how others experience this world.
Wendy Allman
Faculty

Email:
Wendy_Allman@Vanguard.org

Department:
English

Education:
B.A., M.A., Baylor University;
Ph. D., University of California, Berkeley

Hobbies
Dr. Allman loves reading, she also enjoys watching British detective shows with her husband and trying to guess whodunit. Bird watching with her 83-year-old mother is a treat at once calming and stimulating.

Favorite Quote:
Endless patience will never be enough /our only hope is to be the daylight from W. S. Merwin, “Living with the News” (2014)

Why Education?
As a member of a cohesive English Department, I enjoy a tremendous sense of purpose knowing that all Vanguard students learn the skills and get the practice they need to go into any college classroom, receive a writing prompt, and know what to do. I take satisfaction in knowing Vanguard offers the best English education—composition and literary analysis—in central Texas, hands down. What I teach now is simply an adaptation of what I taught for years at Baylor. But unlike my experience at university, here at Vanguard, I get to see students grow up over the years as people and as students; I feel like my students are my children.
Matthew James
Faculty

Email:
Matt_James@Vanguard.org

Department:
English

Education:
B.A., Baylor University

Hobbies
Mr. James loves playing with his kids.

Favorite Quote:
“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.” Herman Melville

Why Education?
I enjoy teaching students to think for themselves and open their minds to possibilities that they may not have yet considered.


Mathematics Department

Joe Flowers
Department Head for Technology

Email:
Joe_Flowers@Vanguard.org

Department:
Technology/Math

Education:
B.S., University of Texas at Arlington

Hobbies
Mr. Flowers spending time with his family and working on classic cars or anything mechanical.

Favorite Quote:
3 life lessons:
Working together is about compromise.
Failing is okay; giving up is not.
Perseverance pays off.

Why Education?
Education and Technology are constantly changing and both keep you learning and adapting to the changes.....it never gets boring.
Shelley Johnson
Department Head / Faculty

Email:
Shelley_Johnson@Vanguard.org

Department:
Mathematics

Education:
B.S.,Texas A&M University

Hobbies
Mrs. Johnson enjoys reading, exercising, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Favorite Quote:
“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” -Babe Ruth

Why Education?
The reason I love teaching at Vanguard are the students.
Melissa Price
Faculty

Email:
Melissa_Price@Vanguard.org

Department:
Mathematics

Education:
B.A., Mathematics, Arizona State University,
M.A.T., Mathematics, Western Governors

Hobbies
Ms. Price likes to read and snuggle with her kitties.

Favorite Quote:
"The square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides." ~ Pythagoras

Why Education?
I love connecting with students and helping them overcome any fears they have about math.
Barrett Batt
Faculty

Email:
Barrett_Batt@Vanguard.org

Department:
Mathematics

Education:
Sam Houston State University Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Minor in Secondary Education

Hobbies
Mr. Batt loves spending time with his family, playing video games, and playing with their cats.

Favorite Quote:
73.6% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

Why Education?
I believe I have the ability to make math easy to understand.


Social Science Department

Brad Livingstone
Faculty

Email:
Brad_Livingstone@Vanguard.org

Department:
Social Science

Education:
B.S. Business Management,
M.S. Masters of Education, Oklahoma State University

Hobbies
Mr. Livingstone loves hanging out with his family as they cheer on the Baylor Bears!

Favorite Quote:
“I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life. He gave me life that I might enjoy all things.” —Anonymous

Why Education?
I love teaching the History of World War II class, it allows me to share with students the passion I have for my subject area, and I love teaching at Vanguard because it allows me to share my passion at one of the best schools in Texas.
Hunter Edmunson
Faculty

Email:
Hunter_Edmunson@Vanguard.org

Department:
Social Science

Education:
B.A.,History,Georgia State University;
Masters of Arts in Teaching, Georgia State

Hobbies
Mr. Edmunson enjoys marathon running.

Favorite Quote:
"Don't panic." - Douglas Adams

Why Education?
Vanguard is a community that allows for me to pursue my educational passion of helping students become well rounded adults.
David Foti
Department Head

Email:
David_Foti@Vanguard.org

Department:
Social Sciences

Education:
B.B.A., Finance UT Austin;M.B.A.,Finance
University of Houston;M.S Applied Economics
Georgia Southern University
M.A. History, Sam Houston State

Hobbies
Mr. Foti enjoys reading, weight lifting, Jiu-Jitsu training, and working on my dissertation.

Favorite Quote:
If I knew the world was to end tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today. -- Martin Luther --

Why Education?
Enjoy interacting with smart hard-working students who desire to better understand the world we live in.
Ben Smith
Faculty

Email:
Ben_Smith@Vanguard.org

Department:
Social Sciences

Education:
B.A., Classics and History, Baylor University

Hobbies
I love playing music with my friends. I play cello and I wish I had the chance to play more often.

Favorite Quote:
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Frederick Douglass

Why Education?
I love teaching history and helping stories of our past come alive to our students! We have such bright and energetic students at Vanguard who are willing to learn new things and join in on the adventure!

Fine Arts / Visual Arts Department

Katie James
Department Head

Email:
Katie_James@Vanguard.org

Department:
Fine Arts

Education:
B.A., Baylor University;
M.M.,Ed., Baylor University

Hobbies
Mrs. James enjoys raising kids, playing music, going for walks or small adventures

Favorite Quote:
"A man who does not think for himself does not think at all." -Oscar Wilde

Why Education?
I love creating and being a part of an environment where critical thinking and self-discipline develop.
Lana Hickok
Faculty and Cheer Coach

Email:
Lana_Hickok@Vanguard.org

Department:
Fine Arts / Athletics

Education:
A.A., Midland College, B.A.,
Theatre and Communications-Sul Ross State

Hobbies
Ms. Hickok enjoys many things outside of Vanguard, but she loves spending time with her family.

Favorite Quote:
Character is how you treat someone that can do nothing for you.

Why Education?
I like teaching at Vanguard because we are a family!
Tonya Shanholtz
Faculty

Email:
Tonya_Shanholtz@Vanguard.org

Department:
Visual Arts

Education:
M.F.A., The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, B.F.A.
The University of Texas at Tyler

Hobbies
All things Art!

Favorite Quote:
“Every artist was first an amateur” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Why Education?
Art inspires students to see the world in new ways!


World Languages

Katie James
Faculty

Email:
Katie_James@Vanguard.org

Department:
Language-Latin

Education:
B.A., Baylor University;
M.M.,Ed., Baylor University

Hobbies
Mrs. James enjoys raising kids, playing music, going for walks or small adventures

Favorite Quote:
"A man who does not think for himself does not think at all." -Oscar Wilde

Why Education?
I love creating and being a part of an environment where critical thinking and self-discipline develop.
Seir Lopez
Faculty

Email:
Seir_Lopez@Vanguard.org

Department:
Language-Spanish

Education:
B.A., Baylor University; M.A., Baylor University

Hobbies
Ms.Lopez loves to spend time on the open road, listening to music and exploring new places.

Favorite Quote:
When something bad happens, you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.

Why Education?
I love teaching at Vanguard because of the diversity of the student population and their willingness to help their community.
Ben Smith
Faculty

Email:
Ben_Smith@Vanguard.org

Department:
Language-Latin

Education:
B.A., Classics and History, Baylor University

Hobbies
Mr. Smith loves playing music with my friends. I play cello and I wish I had the chance to play more often.

Favorite Quote:
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Frederick Douglass

Why Education?
I love teaching history and helping stories of our past come alive to our students! We have such bright and energetic students at Vanguard who are willing to learn new things and join in on the adventure!
William Priest
Department Head

Email:
William_Priest@Vanguard.org

Department:
Language-French

Education:
B.A., Baylor University

Hobbies
Mr. Priest loves singing, performing in community theatre, and costuming.

Favorite Quote:
Γνῶθι σεαυτόν (Know thyself) - Oracle at Delphi

Why Education?
Learning a language opens up so many doors to communicate with others and learn about their lives, and I love learning and teaching languages to increase understanding in our diverse and interconnected world.


Technology

Joe Flowers
Department Head

Email:
Joe_Flowers@Vanguard.org

Department:
Technology/Math

Education:
B.S., University of Texas at Arlington

Hobbies
Mr. Flowers spending time with his family and working on classic cars or anything mechanical.

Favorite Quote:
3 life lessons:
Working together is about compromise.
Failing is okay; giving up is not.
Perseverance pays off.

Why Education?
Education and Technology are constantly changing and both keep you learning and adapting to the changes.....it never gets boring.
Gretchen Eichenberg
Faculty

Email:
Gretchen_Eichenberg@Vanguard.org

Department:
Technology

Education:
B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia

Hobbies
Mrs. Eichenberg enjoys cooking and baking in the kitchen.

Favorite Quote:
If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.

Why Education?
I like advising the yearbook and newspaper staffs because it gives kids real-world experience working for a professional, self-sustaining business that creates award-winning publications which are viewed by thousands of people each year. Seeing the look on a student’s face when they have captured an amazing photo or sold an ad to a brand new client - it’s worth everything. I hope that sense of accomplishment sticks with them!


Athletics Department

Will Curtis
Athletic Director

Email:
Will_Curtis@Vanguard.org

Department:
Administration / Athletics

Education:
B.B.A.,M.S.Ed.,Baylor University

Hobbies
Coach Curtis enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, and listening to music.

Favorite Quote:
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. -- John Wooden

Why Education?
I enjoy the ability to work with the future of tomorrow and trying to help those students improve and get better each day.


All Team Coaches are listed in FACT SIS
Emily Stuart
Head Athletic Trainer - Vanguard College Preparatory

Email:
Emily_Stuart@Vanguard.org

Department:
Athletics

Education:
B.S., Texas Christian University

Hobbies
Emily enjoys reading and playing with her 2 labs Sammie and Tike.

Favorite Quote:
“It’s a beautiful day to save lives”

Why Education?
Education, both formal and informal, is key to a happy life! Knowledge creates the ability to understand and use the world around us. Take the time to learn and you’ll be surprised at how different you will look at people, places, and situations.