Mrs. Hayes has been a preschool teacher for 25 years. She went to Baylor and the University of Texas.
“I love teaching little ones because everything is fresh and new to them. My class is usually a child’s first experience with school. I want them to have a base concept of school as being a loving and fun place and an overall great experience. I feel like this will affect how they feel about school in the future. My biggest compliment was from a girl I had many years ago. She told her mom: ‘Oh, we never do work in Mrs. Hayes’ class, we just play and do fun things all day!’ I love that she had been learning all day and didn’t even know it!”
CONNIE BROWN, KINDERGARTEN
Miss Brown has taught for 21 years, and she has a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Tyler.
“When my students leave my class I want them to take with them a love for learning. I want them to be excited to read, write, and discover things on their own. Most importantly, I want them to know more about who God is and how much he loves them. I want them to have a desire to know God personally.”
BARB MADDEN, 1ST GRADE
Mrs. Madden holds the record as the longest-serving faculty member at Mingo Valley Christian: 31 years! She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Tulsa.
“I love teaching all subjects in first grade, but I specifically love to teach reading. The students come into first grade reading but by the end of the year they plead with me to have even more reading time and love the fact that they are reading "chapter books". I love their enthusiasm about reading independently. I want my students to have confidence in who they are, created and designed by a loving Creator who wants a relationship with them. I want them to reflect on first grade with special memories of good times learning and growing.”
LESLI MCKNIGHT, 2ND GRADE
Mrs. McKnight graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University, with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and she has been a teacher for 14 years. She taught in public schools in Texas and Oklahoma before joining the MVC faculty.
“I hope my students take away from my class a sense of being loved. I want them to know that in my classroom it is a safe place to learn. I want them to know and believe that God loves them, has created them with special gifts, and desires to walk with them through each day. I also hope to spark a life-long love for learning!”
BECKY AUXER, 3RD GRADE
Mrs. Auxer is in her first year of teaching at Mingo Valley Christian. She graduated from Northeastern State University with a degree in Elementary Education.
“I believe this is the task God has called me to, and I am able to fulfill that calling here at Mingo Valley Christian. My hope is that as my students leave my class they will take with them a confidence of being a life-long learner. I hope they will continue to grow and develop new ideas and interests and pursue them with a goal of using their passions to further the kingdom of Christ.”
GINNY WATSON, 4TH GRADE (CO-TEACHER)
Mrs. Watson has been a teacher for 21 years, 14 of those years at Mingo Valley Christian, and all three of her children graduated from MVC. She has a B.A. in Biblical Studies and a B.S.E. in Elementary Education from John Brown University.
“I love words. I love learning and using and teaching new words. I love to get kids excited about words. Yes, it can be done!”
DIANE GABBERT, 4TH GRADE (CO-TEACHER)
Mrs. Gabbert has taught at Mingo Valley Christian for 11 years, and she was a homeschooling mom for ten years before that. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Oklahoma Baptist University.
“I want the children to know the Bible and understand God’s unconditional love for them. I want my students to leave with a deeper relationship to God and a desire to know Him better and to serve Him.”
HANNAH TERRY, 5TH GRADE
Mrs. Terry grew up as a missionary kid in Vietnam and Thailand. She graduated from Liberty University with a double degree in Elementary and Special Education, with a middle school math concentration. She’s in her second year of teaching at Mingo Valley Christian.
“I love seeing the ‘a-ha’ moments when something clicks. I love when real life meets academia, and students understand the reason behind school. I love when a student gets excited about a project, and I see them take charge of their own learning. My students tease me because every day I tell them that we are about to study my ‘favorite’ thing. I hope that a little bit of my enthusiasm rubs off!”
KEVIN WESEL, 6TH GRADE
Mr. Wesel has taught for 28 years, and he has both a B.A. and an M.A. in Theology and Education.
“It is always my goal to help students and to encourage them to grow in their faith in Christ. I love to hear it when students share of how God is helping and showing them His love and grace. I also thoroughly enjoy seeing God use each class to bless and demonstrate his goodness to others as we serve as servant leaders in sixth grade.”
DON DUNN, P.E.
Mr. Dunn teaches P.E. to grades K4 through 6th grade, drawing on many years of experience as a youth sports coach and children’s Sunday school teacher. Retired from the insurance business, he has a B.S. in economics from Hendrix College, and he’s the grandfather of four MVC students.
“I love these kids and their families, and I take much personal satisfaction in using my time with them to point them to the Lord even in small ways. We make a lot of noise and have plenty of fun together in P.E., but we also learn a lot about teamwork, following rules, and staying fit. I enjoy focusing on helping our students go as far as they can in the Presidential Fitness Challenge, and we’ve had some great results with that.”
CAROL LAND, LIBRARIAN
Mrs. Land is in her 15th year in education, and she’s MVC’s librarian, which, she says, “is the best job in the school!” She has two bachelor’s degrees from Baylor University, one in English and another in elementary education.
“On any given day, the teaching profession is full of opportunities to influence young minds and lives with a bit of knowledge, some humor, and a great attitude towards the entire learning process. I feel as though I’m living the dream teaching in a Christian school and imparting the love of reading and books to students and adults of all ages.”
NICOLE WEAVER, COMPUTER
Mrs. Weaver serves as Mingo Valley Christian’s elementary computer teacher. This is her first year on our faculty. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting from Oklahoma State University.
“I have always wanted to make a real difference in the lives of others through my work. Teaching gives me the opportunity to help others and contribute to God's plan of reaching people for Him in a tangible way. My goal is for my students to come away with skills that they otherwise would not have--skills that will serve as an advantage as they move forward in their education, both at MVC as well as in college and beyond. “
LIBBY JEFFERS, ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Mrs. Jeffers has a passion for helping students who need extra help in the learning process. She has a degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from the University of Tulsa, and all seven of her children have attended Mingo Valley Christian—she has had at least one child here since 1990! She meets on a daily or weekly basis with elementary students who need additional support in any or all subjects.
“I want to not only help my students learn, but teach them how to learn. My goal is for them to experience success in school and become independent in their learning. I seek for them to have that ‘a-ha moment’ when the light goes on and they get it! I want each student to learn how to trust God and lean on Him not just for their educational needs, but for their whole life.”