STAFF

Holly Hunt

 

Miss Holly Hunt is a long-time Grahamite. Holly is single and has no children of her own so she keeps busy loving on other people’s kids. She has a huge heart for our 3 year olds. Open Door is thankful to have her as our PreK-3 Teacher.

 

Holly graduated from Graham High School and attended Midwestern State University where she graduated with a BS in Education. Holly’s hobbies are reading, scrapbooking and hanging out with family and friends.

 

Holly stated, “I love the Lord and all that is given to me by Him. I am excited to begin my second year at ODCS and to teach these young minds about God, along with the new curriculum.”

Holly is a member of Highridge Church.

Pre-K 3

Stephanie Singleton

 

Stephanie Singleton is full of love, creativity and excitement. She has worked with children for 27 years.  She has 3 boys and 2 girls. She is the perfect teacher to bring out the creativity in your child.

 

Born in Graham, Ms. Stephanie has a lot of family in this area. She loves to spend time with her children and extended family. Stephanie is one of the best scrapbookers you’ll ever meet. She even teaches classes to adults on scrapbooking!

 

Open Door is happy to have Stephanie Singleton as one of our Pre-K teachers.

Stephanie is a member of Oak Street Baptist Church. 

 

Pre-K 4

Amie Rexroad

 

Amie Rexroad is an amazing Kindergarten teacher. She is excellent in teaching students higher level thinking skills.

 

Amie and her husband, Lacy Rexroad III, have lived in Graham for over ten years. They have 2 precious children, one in Junior High and one in High School. Their family loves to hang out together. They primarily love game nights, playing kickball and hiking.

Amie shared, “I am looking forward being with these kids, loving them and teaching them about Jesus.”

 

Amie is a member of Oak Street Baptist Church, where she and her husband volunteer with kid's ministry.

Kindergarten

Sunshine Pippin

Sunshine comes to us with years of experience teaching and loving children. Sunny enjoys singing, crafting, travelling, and teaching children that JESUS IS REAL. Her love of teaching has been put into action at Open Door over the last 15 years (minus a couple of years she took off to travel).

 

Sunny Pippin has been married to Ronnie for 26 years. They have two adult children, Haley and Ron and are members of Country Road Fellowship. She is excited to be back at Open Door and ready to start teaching your precious children!

Kindergarten

1st Grade

Jennifer Blackmon

Jennifer is passionate about reading and that is what makes her such a great fit for first grade. Jennifer loves being able to share her love for Christ with the children and looks forward to also sharing that love with their parents. Jennifer previously worked for GISD providing reading support for first through third grade. She was also the technology teacher at Crestview. Jennifer and her husband, Jesse Blackmon, have lived in Graham for almost 5 years. They have four children: Adrian is 18 and he graduated from Llano Christian Academy this year, Madisyn is 15 and will be a homeschooling sophomore, James is 12 and will be joining our Open Door family in the 6th grade and Mairyn just turned one. Jennifer’s family are currently serving members at Oak Street Baptist Church. She is the Nursery and Pre-School Director, while her husband serves on the camera operating crew. Jennifer’s children are very active in youth and children’s activities within the church and community.

2nd Grade

Hollie Criswell is the 2nd grade teacher at Open Door. This is her second year at ODCS, and she firmly believes she has the best job in the world. She has always been passionate about working with children and looks forward to school every day.

Hollie got her degree at Florida College, a Bible college in Tampa. She met her husband, Dan, in college and has been married for 32 years. She has 4 children. Alex, 29, works in tech support, Jillian, 27, is a music teacher, Emalie, 25, is an actuary, and Rachel, 20, is studying music in college. The newest addition to Hollie’s family is her adorable puppy- Teddy. While her children were in school, Hollie served as Vice President of the PTO, earning a volunteer award for excellent parent teacher communication. She is a lifelong Christian and is an active member at Hillside church of Christ. Hollie loves teaching bible class at church and has been a bible camp counselor for 10 years.

Hollie is looking forward to a great year in the classroom full of love, joy, and, of course, learning!

Hollie Criswell

 

Pam Rogers

4th - 8th Grade

Pam is a graduate of North Texas State University with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. She has taught in the Graham school district for 28 years. Her teaching fields include 3rd grade, Kindergarten, 1st grade and Advanced Academics.

 

In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading, and raising all different kinds of animals. She is a farm girl at heart but enjoys a good trip to the city every now and then.

 

She is a member of First Baptist in Graham. She is married to her husband Monte and has two boys, Matt and Davis.

 

Pam brings years of teaching experience and a true passion and joy for children.

3rd Grade

4th Grade

Jan Crow

4th - 8th Grade

Jan is a 30 year teacher. She graduated from Texas A & M University with a BS degree in Education and a minor in Physical Education. She is highly qualified in Math and English. She has a deep love for educating children especially in the ways of our Heavenly Father who is the base of all wisdom.

 

Mrs. Crow has been married 39 years to John Crow and has 2 sons and 1 daughter; Chance 35, Joshua 32 and MacKenzie 20. She has 4 grandsons; Maverick 10, Marston 7, Marshal 5 and Samuel 3. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with these guys.

Mrs. Crow loves water skiing, rock climbing, horseback riding, canoeing, archery and almost anything outdoors.

 

Her goal is to reach deep down to the sweet, gooey part of these kiddos because each child is special in their own way. They each have a unique, God given talent. As in the movie Hope Floats says, we just have to give hope a chance to float up. Each year she says she experiences that her cup runneth over as she engages and works with children. Our children will be blessed by her in so many ways.

4th - 8th Grade

5th Grade

Carrie Trice

Carrie Trice has a heart for children, a passion to teach, and a mission to serve and honor Jesus Christ. To pursue her passion she graduated from MSU with a bachelor degree in Education, an endorsement in Early Childhood and a minor in English. Carrie is certified to teach Pre-K through 8th grade. She previously has taught 3rd grade for GISD and prior to that has taught Jr. High English for Bryson ISD. 

 

Carrie and her husband, Andy Trice grew up in Graham and love this community.  They have 3 kids: Chandler is a Senior at Newcastle ISD, Carson is a Junior at GISD and Jacie is attending ODCS. Carrie and her family are members of First Baptist of Graham. She is also a member of Bible Study Fellowship.  Carrie is looking forward to enjoying the art of teaching 5th grade and growing children in the Lord at ODCS.

Denise Kunkel

Denise Kunkel earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising with a Minor in Marketing in 1994, and earned her Master’s Degree in Mass Communications in 1996, both from Texas Tech University.  In 2000, after working as a media buyer at Camelot Strategic Marketing & Media in Dallas, Denise and her husband, Travis, decided to give up city life and move back to his roots in Young County.  Denise then worked in Commercial Insurance for 18 years at Bryan Insurance Agency in Graham before God called her to switch gears and serve as a teacher at Open Door Christian School this last school year. Denise was very familiar with Open Door prior to teaching as both of her daughters attended school here from their early years through 6th grade. She had also served on the Open Door School Board for a few years prior to teaching. 

 

Denise got her start with teaching on the mission field in 2011, teaching women in Uganda about the truths of God. From that first trip to Uganda, God ignited a passion for missions in Denise and Travis and they have since served in Uganda several times. Later, God also called them to serve in India numerous times. The example set to their family has resulted in their daughters also having a heart and love for missions, both going on mission trips and raising money for missions.  Close to $10,000 has been raised and donated over the last 10 years, financially aiding orphanages, pastors and schools, and drilling three water wells in both Uganda and India.

 

Denise and Travis met at Texas Tech during their sophomore year, dated for five years, and have now been married for twenty three years. Suzanna is their older daughter, who is a senior at Graham High School and the current Bella Blues Captain.  Sarah is their younger daughter who attends Graham Junior High and is also an avid dancer and artist.  Their family has attended Oak Street Baptist Church for 12 years and has actively served in many areas of the church throughout the years.

6th  Grade

STEM Coordinator

Claire Meschkat

Claire is a North Texas native who lives with her husband and two daughters in Graham. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and a passion for sharing her love of learning about God’s creation with kids.

 

After years of working in the aviation and space exploration industries, she felt called to pursue teaching.  Claire co-founded Vivify STEM, a STEM education curriculum company, in 2014 and is dedicated to bringing quality STEM programming to the students of Open Door.

 

When not launching rockets or doing science experiments with her kids, Claire enjoys gardening, painting, and flying around the country with her family.  

Music Director

Deborah Loesch

Deborah Loesch is a 1989 graduate of Azle High School. She went on to graduate from the College of Music at the University of North Texas with her Bachelor degree in Music Education. She has been married to Brad Loesch for 25 years and has 3 wonderful sons. She has taught K-12 music and choir as well as private voice. She has also taught children's and youth church choirs for several years as well as serving as the interim adult choir director at FBC Lakeside. Mrs. Loesch was the  Graham High School and Junior high choral director for 5 years before pursuing her private voice lessons full time. She is currently serving as a member of OSBC worship team and praise choir. Deborah (or Ms. Debbie as the kids call her) has been singing publicly since she was a child. She has a contagious passion for singing and teaching the next generation how to use their voice for God's glory. 

 

She is active with Bible Study Fellowship of Graham and also enjoys learning and growing in her walk with the Lord.  We are so excited to have her as a part of the ODCS team and I know she is eager to see what God will do with and through our school this year. 

Librarian

Kathy Josefy

Mrs. Josefy is married to Richard.  They have six children and five grandchildren.  She has taught at Open Door for eight years and a total of 15 years in Christian schools.  She has a B.S. in Education from Texas A&M and is certified in grades 1-8.  

In her spare time, she likes to travel, walk in 5Ks, wear maroon and study up on science and technology.  Her favorite thing about Open Door is receiving lots of smiles and hugs from students.

Mrs. Josefy is a member of Oak Street Baptist Church.

Diane Carver

 

Born in Corsicana, TX, Diane Carver moved to Graham at age 13. Diane is married to Glen Carver and together they have 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren.

 

We first met Diane when her grandson, Christopher, attended Open Door. She eventually became our most dedicated sub for our school. She also volunteered her time quite frequently during the school year to help us with different needs. When our P.E. Teacher position opened up, she had proven from previous years that she is a reliable and dedicated patron of Open Door, so we hired her!

 

Diane worked in a local public school as an aide and substitute for 9 years. She also worked as a pastor’s secretary for several years.

 

Mrs. Carver is a member of Abundant Life Center Church and oversees the children’s department.

 

P. E. 

LeAnn Stetson
 

 

LeAnn has been a Graham resident for eight years, moving back to Texas after traveling and living around the world.  She has one daughter who is attending Texas Tech University.

 

All of her travels and experiences have been a blessing in her life, but she stays true to her faith in God wherever she is and whatever she is doing. 

LeAnn is a member of Bethel Baptist Church where she is active in children's ministry.

The Graham Leader's 2017 Readers' Choice Awards winner for

                     
Best School Secretary

Secretary

Principal/Administrator  -  Brandi Menard

 

Brandi grew up in Graham and went on to graduate from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She and her husband, Richard, have 4 children, Reagan, Chloe, MaCrae, and Jack. 

Brandi received her Master of Arts in Counseling in 2010. She has been in education for 24 years teaching in the classroom from Kindergarten to College at NCTC as well as a school counselor for 8 years. She also holds her License Professional Counselor (LPC) Certification through the state of Texas. 

 

Brandi's husband is the ranch manager for his family ranch in Throckmorton and Stephens Counties. Their family has a passion for being strong stewards of God's creation and the land he has blessed us with. They enjoy fishing, hunting, and playing golf with their children. 

Brandi and her family are members of Eastside Church of Christ of Graham.

Principal