Kyle has been a member of Faith Lutheran Church for 3 years. He was married into the Lutheran faith 15 years ago. Prior to that, he was raised in the Episcopal Church and was educated for 9 years at a Catholic school.
He has done stint coaching and judging at high school cross examination debates. Kyle also conducted customer presentations and facility tours to “educate” customers about the product his company manufactures. When the regular Sunday School teacher is away, Kyle would fill in and lead the adult Sunday School class between services. Kyle also regularly attends the early service at Faith Lutheran with his wife and two children.
Carol Hawkins has been a member of Faith Lutheran Church since 1976. Her teaching career has included teaching in Faith Lutheran's first preschool, combined third and fourth grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, and middle school language arts. She served as a Cub Scout and Weblos leader in Faith Lutheran's Boy Scout program, Pack 992, for seven years, danced in Faith Lutheran Dance Ministry for nineteen years, taught Young Ladies Dance Ministry for seventeen years, and continues to serve on the Altar Guild. Carol graduated from the University of South Carolina and has recently received her Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University-Austin. She has enjoyed teaching children of all ages, and believes teaching and leading is a calling on her life.
Toni has been a member of Faith Lutheran Church for about twelve years. She is in the final stage of receiving her Ed.D. (Doctor of Education) from Sam Houston State University in Educational Leadership. Her doctoral dissertation is centered around Universal Design for Instruction (UDI), a pedagogical concept based on helping faculty design/re-design curricula to serve a wider range of students with different abilities and backgrounds. She has successfully defended her dissertation and is in the process of completing publication of the document.
Toni is currently developing curriculum for the Houston Community College TLE (Teacher Learning Excellence) Program used as part of staff/faculty development. She is designing a course in UDI to help faculty implement the concept into their discipline of study to promote "best practices" in teaching strategies. The course will be part of CEU credit for faculty. Toni has worked with LCIRT (Landmark College Institute for Research and Training) and CAST (The Center for Applied Special Technology) Research Center to analyze implementation of the UDI concept in a community college setting. She was part of an international summit conducted by LCIRT that focused on an educational paradigm shift that was developed from studying how students learn in our global and technological society.
Toni has taught different levels of students, i.e. elementary, middle school, secondary and college. During her 20 years in education, she has taught at Houston Community College, San Jacinto Community College, Alvin Community College, University of Houston, Art Institute of Houston, Fort Bend ISD and Corpus Christi Elementary and Middle School. The previous 15 years of experience involved broadcast television production and reporting. She holds the position of Operations Manager at HCCTV (Houston Community College Television). She has been in her current position for 13 years.
Toni has a Master’s degree in Drama/Speech and Mass Communications and a Bachelor’s degree in Drama with a Minor in History. She also has a Texas Teaching Certificate.