Mr. Reisner has a B.S. in Cell Biology (University of Tulsa), and an M.S. in Biology (St. Louis University). While in a Ph.D. Biology program he felt God calling him into secondary education, so he then completed an Education Specialist Degree in Secondary Administration from the University of Missouri. He’s currently pursuing his Ed.D. at Oral Roberts University.
“My favorite part of my job is the relationship with the kids. That’s why I’m here. I’m drawn to the challenges and gifts of this particular age of student. It’s a gentle art to become part of a kid’s life, particularly to make an impact with the Gospel.”
KIM BARTLETT, ART
Mrs. Bartlett has been a teacher for 22 years, the last 13 of which have been at Mingo Valley Christian. She has a B.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma.
“I enjoy working with children of all ages, teaching them concepts and skills that will help them to become all that God created them to be and to do the work He will call them to do. Although I have taught many subjects throughout my teaching career, I especially enjoy teaching art; not only is art what I am trained to teach, it is an activity and skill that most students enjoy, especially when they discover that they can do more than they thought they were capable of doing.”
WILL BRYSON, COACH AND PE
Coach Will is our varsity basketball and cross-country coach, and he teaches middle school PE. He has a Bachelors in Sports Fitness and Recreational Management from the University of Oklahoma and a masters from OU in Human Relations.
"I believe in Christian education--it helped mold me into the person that I am today. Middle school is that time of life when students start to figure out who they are--helping them figure that out is most intriguing part of teaching middle school. Coaching high schoolers in basketball is not only about teaching the game, it's about teaching kids to be on time, work hard, be self-disciplined, and fight for something. These are traits they can carry into their adult lives."
JULIE CHEW, COMPUTERS
This is Mrs. Chew's first year as our high school Computer Science teacher. She has a music degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and a MA in linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington. For almost ten years, she has worked with the data systems of a reporting department at a faith-based non-profit.
"I look forward every day to working with the students and exploring the world behind-the-scenes of the technology to which they are so accustomed. It's a great joy to see them think creatively and work together through problems that don't have clear-cut answers, which might be one of the most valuable outcomes of a computer science course!"
AMBER DREW, ENGLISH
A fourth-year teacher, Mrs. Drew has a B.A. in English and Music from the University of Tulsa, where she spent a year of her undergraduate time studying English and performing with the symphony orchestra at the University of Manchester in England. She also has an M.Ed. and is pursuing an M.A. in English, also from TU.
“What I love most about English is the teaching opportunity of every class. Human beings are naturally story-oriented; God's Word to us is essentially His story of how He redeemed and saved us from our own broken and rebellious history. We make sense of life and relate to one another through stories. Literature -- whether fiction, prose, poetry, biblical, secular, or non-fiction -- allows us to study the story of human existence from diverse perspectives that let students have discussions and projects that broaden their scope of understanding and challenge them to defend and deepen their Christian worldview when they encounter ideas that contradict their beliefs. Students can gain profound meaning and lessons out of works of literature that they will carry with them the rest of their lives.”
AMBER HERMES, CITADEL AND BIBLE
Mrs. Hermes is the teacher and facilitator for Citadel, our high school leadership program, and she is also our 6th and 10th grade Bible teacher. She has a B.A. from Oklahoma Baptist University and an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before teaching, she served for ten years as a hospital chaplain.
“God has shown me that He is at work at MVCS and that I am to join Him in His work. My great desire is that each graduating class will follow Christ with all they have. I pray that they will find their places in His church and continue to serve others as they grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ throughout their lives. I want them to follow hard after Him and lead others to do the same.”
Lisa Funkhouser, Yearbook Adviser
Mrs. Funkhouser is in her seventh year as yearbook advisor, and is an experienced photographer with graphic design experience. She’s also the parent of four Mingo Valley Christian graduates.
“I have a passion for preserving history and sharing the importance of a ‘stamp in time’ with our students. I love to help my students look beyond the photo and find the story. My desire is for them to see the importance of their own relationship with our Lord, by looking for Him in His written word.”
DONNA JONES, SCIENCE
Mrs. Jones has taught Earth Science, Physical Science, Chemistry, and Physics at Mingo Valley Christian for eight years. She has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Tulsa and a M.Ed in Secondary Education from Southwest Assembly of God University.
“I LOVE science. A LOT. From the vast reaches of the universe down to the sub-atomic particles that make up everything we touch, all of it was created by God. As we learn more about the world around us and how it operates we can know our Creator better. He is so big and infinite, He has created an immense universe yet He also created the tiniest of sub-atomic particles and has His hand in those minute details. If He is so powerful and all-knowing, I can trust Him with both the big issues and the tiny details in my life.”
SANDY KEATHLEY, SPANISH
Mrs. Keathley has a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish Education from Oklahoma State University, and she’s been a teacher for 36 years (17 of them at MVC).
“I definitely felt God calling me to be more than just a foreign language teacher when He called me to MVC; He called me to assist in developing hearts for the peoples of the world in my students. As a result, I use a devotional about the persecuted Church as a springboard for discussion and prayer for countries and their leaders, as well as for missionaries and ministries. I pray that my students will make missions a part of their daily lives while understanding that evangelism is not just the work of missionaries, and that there are countless ways to support spreading the Gospel, both throughout the world and closer to home.”
RACHEL KEENEY, HISTORY
Mrs. Keeney teaches U.S. History, World History, American Government, and Oklahoma History. She graduated with a bachelors in education from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Oral Roberts University. She just completed 20 years of teaching--all in Christian schools!
"I have been so blessed to be able to work in my calling. Christian education is so much more than a job to me, it's given me a chance to be a part of God's kingdom work. I have such a great time working with students, getting to know their families, and teaching about history that it doesn't seem like work."
NATE MADDEN, BIBLE AND THEATRE
A former Mingo Valley Christian student himself, Mr. Madden now serves as secondary Bible teacher and high school theatre director. His Bible courses include Life of Christ, Worldviews (two years), Acts and the Pauline Epistles, and Systematic Theology. He has a B.A. in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Christian Education from The Master’s College.
"My primary goal is to help my students understand the Bible as alive and powerful and effective and life-changing. I feel like I have failed my students if they walk out of Bible class and say, 'that was a bore.'"
CYNDI MAYBERRY, MATHEMATICS
Mrs. Mayberry has been a teacher for 12 years, six of which have been at Mingo Valley Christian. She has a B.S. in Math Education from Northeastern State University.
“It is truly a blessing when a student shares with me that they understand a concept with which they have previously struggled. Teachers throughout their academic career have created strong foundations, but I am the teacher that gets to see that moment when all of that learning comes together. That experience parallels our sharing of the gospel with others and is one of the reasons that I love teaching!”
AARON MCINTOSH, MATHEMATICS
Mr. McIntosh has a B.S. in Math Education from Oklahoma Wesleyan, where he was also a soccer player. He teaches middle school math, geometry, and college algebra, and he helps coach our varsity soccer team. He's in his third year of teaching.
"I love teaching in a Christian school where I get to speak God's word out loud to my students. My goal as a teacher is make math fun--I know it's a subject many kids may not love. I like to push my students to the limits of their learning and help them exceed it."
SARA MORTON, ACADEMIC ADVISOR
Mrs. Morton has a B.A. in Anthropology and an M.A. in Education from Lee University. She and her husband have served as missionaries in Paraguay where they founded a Christian school.
“I am excited to serve the students of Mingo Valley Christian. I hope to guide them to discover the areas in which they are uniquely gifted and to develop a passion to use those gifts to meet the needs of others and to bring glory to Jesus Christ. I look forward to working alongside parents to encourage Mingo Valley students to be sensitive to God’s leading in their lives and to boldly live out their calling, following the path God has set out before them.”
ANDREA PEWTHERS, ENGLISH
For ten years, Mrs. Pewthers has taught 7th, 8th, and 9th grade English at Mingo Valley Christian. She has a B.A. in English from Oklahoma State University.
“To be an effective teacher, I myself must be a lifelong learner. In this career God has stretched and grown me through my interaction with the students and sometimes I feel I have learned as much from them as they learn from me! I absolutely see my work in Christian education as a ministry. Each day I pray that God will help me to appreciate the unique gifting He has given each of my students and that He will give me the wisdom to challenge them to do their best to help them become all that He created them to be.”
CINDY SELBY, MUSIC
Mrs. Selby fills many musical roles at Mingo Valley Christian, teaching elementary music, directing the middle through high school instrumental ensembles, directing our high school choir, and serving as the musical director for our theatre productions. She has taught music for 13 years, and she has a Bachelor of Music Education from Pittsburg State University. Her two children both attended MVC from K4 through 12th grade.
“My ministry as a music instructor is three-fold: I love the Lord Jesus, I love students and I love music. My desire is to combine these affections to create a music department that is honoring to the Lord, inspiring to the students and academically sound to any observer. I want to build in them a bank of knowledge, skills, and great memories of participating in musical performances that celebrate life and honor the Lord.”
KELLY SHOOP, HISTORY
Mrs. Shoop has been a teacher for 11 years, and she graduated from Northeastern State University with a B.A. in Social Studies Education. At Mingo Valley Christian, she teaches middle school world history and a high school elective called Heroes and Villains. This course analyzes key people in world history who have shaped the culture of their time in significant ways, both positively and negatively.
“There is a quote on the wall in the front of my classroom that states ‘ We study the past so that we may understand the present and change the future’ and it sums up my mission in the classroom. I want to teach the past in such a passionate way that my students are inspired to see the value in history and make connections between past and present. The insight and understanding I hope to generate in them will lead them to a wider understanding of God, the world, history, and their individual roles. This understanding will not only help them to become citizens who are passionate lifelong learners of history, but positive world changers with a Biblical worldview.”
BETH TROUTMAN, SCIENCE
With both a B.A. and an M.A. from Oral Roberts University, Mrs. Troutman has been a teacher for over 30 years, including some time teaching at Chungdu University in People's Republic of China.
“Teaching is important because it touches eternity, both in the near future and the far. Learning about science is learning about God, His order in systems and His beauty in nature. Students are naturally able to see and know about Him every day.”
SANDY WARREN, ENGLISH
Ms. Warren teaches freshman and sophomore English. She did her undergraduate work at Oklahoma State University, and she has a Masters in Education from the University of North Dakota. She also has a law degree and is a licensed attorney. She has been teaching for 20 years.
"My goal as a teacher is to provide a foundation for my students to their gifts and talents to find the direction God has for their lives."