WCS Teacher Directory

Nancy Purdy

Head of School / Principal


  • Fun Fact: I was Captain of my 9th grade basketball team.
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “The thief comes to steal and destroy; but I have come that you may have life , and have it to the full.” – John 10:10

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Kelly Lebig

Assistant Principal / Financial Coordinator


  • Fun Fact: I love playing video games and reading books.
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

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Jo Gautreaux

Administrative Assistant


  • Fun Fact: I love to bake and sing.
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” – 1 John 3:1

Elke Fehler

Elke Fehler

Web Design


  • Fun Fact: I have had almost every shade of hair color you can imagine, including yellow, orange, purple, blue and my all time favorite…cotton candy! I also do a podcast with my three friends, one of which is Mr. Tucker!
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you,” – Psalm 50:15

Vanessa Ostlund

Orchestra Director / Librarian


  • Fun Fact: I love the color purple and koalas.
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

Kacey Warren

Half Day Kinder


  • Fun Fact: I won the state competition on vault in gymnastics in fifth grade.
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

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Suzanne Sims



  • Fun Fact: I like to do genealogical research in my spare time.
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way.  When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.” – Psalm 37: 23 and 24

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Elizabeth Carroll



  • Fun Fact: I enjoy gardening.
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28

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Jill Kelly

1st Grade


  • Fun Fact: I’m often mistaken for a 3rd -6tth grader, as I’m very petite! I love when former students drop by for a hug! I’m pretty certain they want to see if they’ve passed me up in height, yet! So, I always say, ”LET’S GO BACK TO BACK” to see who’s taller!
  • Favorite Bible 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

Kristin Lewis

1st Grade


  • Fun Fact: When I was a stay at home mom, I turned my love of making delicious treats into my own gourmet dessert and custom cake business.
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

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Kim Cowan

2nd Grade


  • Fun Fact: My husband and I are addicted to Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD.
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13

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Gloria Johnston

2nd Grade


  • Fun Fact: I am a huge hockey fan of the Dallas Stars.
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

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Alexandria Hannum

3rd grade


  • Fun Fact: I am 4’11” and my husband is 6’9”!
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23

Lisa Locke

3rd Grade


  • Fun Fact: I can make gluten free challah bread.
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.” – Psalm 71:17-18

Dawn Murray

4th Grade


  • Fun Fact: I love to play board games and win!!
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “Trust in the Lord instead. Be kind and good to others; then you will live safely here in the land and prosper, feeding in safety.” – Psalms 37:3

Tracy Holcomb

4th-7th grade


  • Fun Fact: I was born in the United States of America – but I was not born in a state! I was born in Washington, D. C.
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “…every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:11

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Jerry Tucker

5th Grade


  • Fun Fact: I do a podcast with 3 friends called “Parking Lot Conversations”
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

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Chas Howard

MS Reading and Bible


  • Fun Fact: I am a Koine Greek enthusiast
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

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Virginia VanTreuren

6th, 7th & 8th Grade


  • Fun Fact: I am a third generation teacher from both sides of my family. I probably should have seen it coming…
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:14

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Randy Graham



  • Fun Fact: I was the lead singer for a Christian rock / pop band.
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.” – Psalm 34:17

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Christy Howard

PK 3-2


  • Fun Fact:  I can tell you where every letter is located in the alphabet by number.
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:11-12

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Sherly Myers

PK 3-2/ PK 3-3


  • Fun Fact: I love to camp and fish.
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

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Trudi Conner

PK 3-3


  • Fun Fact: I love my toes in the sand and salty wind in my crazy hair!
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” – James 4:8

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Caryn Smith

PK 3-3


  • Fun Fact: My first cabbage patch kid was a boy named Stacey. Fast, forward 20 plus years and I am married to a boy named Stacey!!
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” – Daniel 3:18

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Ashley Bryant

PK 4-3 (TWF)


  • Fun Fact: Rarely does my day start without coffee.  I enjoy being around people, but love quiet time to recharge.
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “The Lord your God is with you the mighty warrior who saves.  He will take great delight in you; in His love he will no longer rebuke you but will rejoice over you with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17

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Kylie Higgins

PK 4-4 (TWThF) 


  • Fun Fact: I lived in Africa for 2 years!
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “For where your treasure is, your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21

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Angie Wood

PK 4-4 (TWThF)


  • Fun Fact: I’m a night owl and love the quiet time at night to create, plan and reflect on the day. The problem with being a night owl is that mornings come so quick! So basically, coffee and Jesus are my BFF’s
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “This is the day that the Lord hath made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24

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Lynn Dunlap

PK 4-5 (M-F)


  • Fun Fact: I’m a Motor City girl; but, I got to Texas as fast as I could and I even have a horse.
  • Favorite Bible Verses: “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”  – 1 Thessalonians 5:16

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Katherine Segler

PK 4-5 (M-F)


  • Fun Fact: I love to eat at buffets, and I especially like “pot luck” lunches!
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “You hem me in behind and before, and lay your hand upon me” – Psalm 139:5

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Heather Bowden

PK 4-5 (MWF)


  • Fun Fact: I once was on a Fixer Upper episode!
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “Do you not know?  Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 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 40:28-31

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Kristina Miller

Athletic Director and 3-8 PE


  • Fun Fact: I won the spelling bee in 4th grade on the word “volleyball”. Little did I know, I’d grow up to play in college! 
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

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Cyndy Teas


  • Fun Fact: I am an identical twin. My Grandma name is CooCoo and I love it!
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “The Lord your God is with you the mighty warrior who saves.  He will take great delight in you; in His love he will no longer rebuke you but will rejoice over you with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17

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Ellen Payson



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Debbie Abel