Staff-Volunteers-Support
Director

Shannon Mitchamore

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Our Director's commitment to students, parents, and the community is demonstrated in her passion for the classroom. She understands that no two students enter a classroom with identical abilities, experiences, or needs. Culture, language proficiency, background knowledge, learning style, readiness to learn, and other dynamics can vary widely.

Her experience teaching differentiated and direct instruction takes each student’s unique goals, interests, and needs into account, creating effective instruction and activities to accommodate them.

CREDENTIALS
Education
University of Houston: Bachelor of Science Psychology, classes on Human Development with an emphasis in counseling.
University of Houston: Second degree, BA in English Literature, pending.
 
Experience
10 years of volunteer work in both women’s and children’s ministries.
10 years in public and private school instruction both college preparatory and special education. Classroom instruction includes the following: Social Studies, Honors English, Writing for College and Career, Journalism, Speech, Teen Leadership, Art, Special Education: ELAR and Inclusion.
2 years Dell Computer Corporation, Finance Associate, Higher Education K-12
2 years Dell Computer Corporation, Software Analyst
Special Education, Cade Middle School
 
Member, Texas Home School Coalition
Member, Home School Legal Defense Association
 
 
Shannon has two children, is active in her community and has volunteered in the children’s ministry.
 

Parent Liaison. Education Coordinator.

Stephanie Nalls

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Having raised her own children in both public school and home school, Mrs. Nalls understands why parents choose CCS. She is a published author, professional editor, political activist, has worked in many various business environments, and spent time as a stay-at-home wife and mom.
 
Education Coordinator is a dual role.  In the classroom Mrs. Nalls is the high school English instructor and serves as liaison between teachers, parents, students, and administrators.  On the Administrative side, she coordinates student enrollment and placement, creating and managing courses and academic records, and supports all areas of the instructional program. 
 
Mrs. Nalls implements successful programs for our students by helping parents get the information and support they need to ensure their child's academic and social success. She coordinates with administrators, families, teachers, and students to bridge the gap between home and school and support our parent-school partnership.
 
Education
LeTourneau University, 2006 -- B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Education, Language Arts, and Social Studies
 
Experience
Middle School Language Arts
Staff Writer for Northeast Texan, an independent conservative newspaper
 
Certifications (prior certs)
4-8 Language Arts and Social Studies
 

Director Arbor at the Crossroads. Specialized Instruction. Registered Nurse.

Lara Parker

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CCS students receive specialized resource study and life skills with Lara Parker,
program director for Arbor at the Crossroads.

Flexible Personalized Learning

One-On-One     Small Group     Self-Paced Instruction

Limited enrollment

Lara Parker provides a comprehensive special education program serving the individual academic, social, emotional, and career education needs of each of her students.
 
The Arbor program develops and implements individualized educational programs that ensure each student reaches his or her highest level of achievement and independence to help them to become contributing members of their communities.
 
Functional and life skills education are provided and an extensive career education and school-to-work transition program prepares students for adult life. Social Skills or “soft skills” are emphasized to maximize each student’s ability to participate in various social settings in the greater community.
 
With a history of serving students with disabilities, Lara’s mission, curriculum, facilities and supporters are focused on meeting the academic, career and life needs of its students and supporting their families as their children grow. 
 
Inclusion & Mainstream Classrooms at
Crossroads Christian School

Off-Campus Apartment and Acreage for Lifeskills, Agriculture, 4-H

Community Outreach * Field Trips * Special Olympics *

Life-skills can include: Farming, Cooking, Cleaning, Home Maintenance…


Learning for Life

 

  • Safety
  • Calendar
  • Self-concept
  • Parts of the Body
  • Grooming
  • Clothing Care

 

 

  • Dressing
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Nutrition
  • Wellness
  • Table Manners
  • Meal Preparation

 

 
  • Managing Finances
    • How to count money/make change
    • Personal budgeting
    • Checkbook management
    • Credit Card management
  • Decision-making skills
    • How to get Help
    • Knowing the Consequences of a Bad Decision
    • Developing and Evaluating Alternatives
    • Developing Goals
  • Vocational Opportunities
    • Rewards of Work
    • Sources of Training
    • How Work relates to Developing Self-Esteem
    • Job Classifications
  • Planning & Preparation
    • Identifying Vocational Interests
    • Choosing a Job
    • Identifying Requirements
    • Abilities and Skills
  • Mental Skills needed for Good Work Habits
    • Following Directions
    • Importance of Punctuality
    • Being a Team Member
    • Understanding Authority
  • Seeking a Job
    • Looking for a Job
    • Applying for a Job
    • Interviewing for a Job
    • Understanding Job Standards
 

 

 

 


MISSION:

The mission of the Arbor program is to provide a personalized learning environment to special needs students age thirteen and older. We believe in leading our students into our communities with the life skills necessary to become integral and productive citizens.

GOALS:

  • Provide a welcoming and appropriate setting that enables the individual student the opportunity to grow and develop their academic and personal goals.
  • Meet the unique needs of each individual student thru small teacher to student ratios
  • Offer customized, student specific educational plans
  • Develop independence thru basic life skills
  • Build and expand skills needed in the community and job environment
Program Director: Lara Parker 361-676-6495
 
Specialized Instruction, Arbor at the Crossroads
Registered Nurse with the State of Texas, since 2005
http://www.arboracademyvictoria.org
 

The Arbor program: Arbor at the Crossroads, is officialy a branch of Crossroads Christian School


Lead Instructor: Resource, Special Ed.

Claudia Acree

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CREDENTIALS
Education
University of Houston: B.S., magna cum laude, Interdisciplinary Studies: Middle School Education
 
Certification
Generalist 4-8
Generalist EC-4
ESL Supplemental EC-8
Highly Qualified: Gifted and Talented
148 professional hours of development which include some of the following:
   Integrating Web 2.0 Tools in the Math and Science Classroom
   Differentiation with Depth
   Positive Intervention and Effective Strategies
 
contact info: smitchamore@crossroadschristianvictoria.com - See more at: http://crossroadschristianvictoria.com/page/staff#sthash.P3Av0GxT.dpuf

Lead Instructor: Lifeskills, Special Ed.

Coco Caldwell

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Education:
B.S. Education, General Education/Special Education, University of Houston-Victoria
Master of Education, Special Education, University of Texas
 
Certifications:
Special Education EC-12
Early Childhood-4
 
Experience:
Special Education Teacher

Instructional Aid: Elementary

Gina Fojt

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Gina Fojt is a mentor and role model for each and every student.  You can tell she wants to see our youth succeed both spiritually and academically by the way she takes every student to heart. Her influence, example and expertise are vital and share in the vision we have to impact the lives of each and every student here.
 
CREDENTIALS
Education:
Word Processing and Administrative Support
 
Experience:
Victoria Bank & Trust: Data Entry Clerk II, Proof Department, 6 years
Regional Steel Products: Accounting Supervisor, 7 years
VISD: Substitute, 2 years
 
Volunteer:
Cobra Homeschool Volleyball coach
Camp Counselor, Camp Bandina
Co-coordinator for VBS
 
Her experiences with education, volunteer work and parenting bring her to this school.
She is an active member of her church, has 3 children and has been married for 17 years.  
Over 5 years volunteer work in children’s ministries and, in her spare time, is also a caregiver.  She loves teaching, camping and volleyball and loves being a servant of the Lord!

Spanish

Elsie Gonzales

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Education

Bachelor of Arts in English/Humanities

Certification: ELAR

Highly Qualified in Language Instruction 

Work experience in secondary and college level 


Science. Math.

Vanessa Hersey

Education
Bachelor of Science: Education, University of Texas/University of Houston Victoria.
Post graduate work.
 
Experience
29 years of teaching including: elementary and secondary math and science.
Member: Region 3 Science Collaborative for 3 years.  Science Department Head for 10 years.
National Junior Honor Society sponsors for the past 2 years. 
 
Certifications
Generalist grades 1-8. Specialization math.
 

Math and Science

Cleve Johnson

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Cleveland M. Johnson
 
A former homeschool father himself, Mr. Johnson was a coach for MathCounts national math competition for students 6th-8th grade - 1994-2000. 
 
University of Texas, Austin, TX Master of Science, Engineering
University of Texas, Austin, TX Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering

Instructional Aid: Arbor Academy

Debra Jones

Mrs. Jones brings 30 years of public school experience to Crossroads Christian School where she worked with students of all levels in the mainstream classroom and various programs such as Inclusion, Ace and Life Skills.

She has specific training in Classroom Management, Job Coaching, Teen Poverty, Teen Suicide Prevention, Autism, CPI, Special Ed., ACE, 504, Computers, Front Office, Nurses Office and Math, Reading, Science and History.

Mrs. Jones is friendly, outgoing, reliable, dedicated and we are looking forward to working with her here at CCS!


Fitness Coach

Stephanie Ledwig

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Stephanie Ledwig ~ Fitness Coach Grades 1-6
Director/Instructor
Ledwig Dance Academy
 
In 2012, Stephanie choreographed the Victoria East High School Fine Arts Department musical, The Wizard of Oz.  She was inducted into the VEHS International Thespian Society as an Honorary Member for her choreography in the musical. She also choreographed the VISD musical Little Shop of Horrors in 2013 and Willy Wonka in 2014. Stephanie is currently an instructor and choreographer with the Victoria East High School Golden Saber Dance Team. She has choreographed numerous competition dances for the dance team. Stephanie has received perfect scores for her choreography. In 2013 at the Austin Celebration Talent Competition, Stephanie's choreography for the junior company ballet dance won best choreography out of the entire competition. Stephanie choreographed field routines for the Nixon-Smiley HS Dance Team in 2014.
 
Stephanie brings the same passion she has for her individual students to Crossroads!  At her dance studio, she strives to make dance fun for her dancers while teaching them proper technique, discipline, performance, and the latest dance moves.  She encourages her staff to see the potential in every student and help them reach that potential in dance and in life. Her curriculum is personally created to maximize development.  Together, our program teaches fitness to the individual. Our method will develop them in physical skills, emotional maturity, wellness and happiness.
 
  • Bachelor's of Science in Communication at the University of Houston-Victoria
  • Stephanie is on the provider list for VISD's off-campus PE program where students can receive PE credit.
 
Ledwig Dance Academy
​Where your heart meets your feet
5803-B John Stockbauer Dr.          Victoria, TX          77904          ledwigdanceacademy@mail.com           (361) 541-6005
 

Dyslexic Specialist

Jennifer McAngus

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Education
M.S. Educational Leadership, August 2010 Lamar University
B.S. Business/Accounting emphasis May 1983 Louisiana Tech University

 

Certifications
Texas Principal Certificate Standards
Generalist grades 4-8
Generic special-education grades pre-K - 12
Elementary self-contained grades 1-8
Professional Development Appraisal System PDAS
Instruction Leadership Development ILD
 
Experience
coming soon...

 


Inclusion. Reading Intervention. Handwriting.

Marian Nichols

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Mrs. Nichols has 40+ years’ experience in public school elementary education where she taught multiple grade levels and specialized in reading with various groups of children. In her spare time, she works at Sylvan Learning Center where she has spent 10+ years as a tutor in beginning reading, academic reading, and math with 2 years’ experience in iPad for Academic Reading.
 

           CREDENTIALS

Education:
Baylor University, B.A., Elementary Education

 

 

 
 
        

Math and Science

Sabrina Risken

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CREDENTIALS
 
Education:
Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology
 
Certifications:
Certified. ESL certified
 
Experience:
MD Anderson cancer research. 9 years Public education.
 
More info coming soon…

Lead Instructor: Lifeskills, Special Ed.

Michelle Ruterbories

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering University of Illinois


Auto Shop and Woodworking

Joe Taylor

Mr. Taylor is a native Texan and resident of Victoria for the last 20 years.  He and his wife of ten years share three children, two of whom are in college and working successfully throughout the US.  Mr. Taylor recently left the oilfield to pursue his lucrative passion of “flipping” vehicles by renovating them inside and out before reselling.  His other hobbies include installing all types of electronic systems, volunteering with Cub Scouts and helping coach children’s basketball and baseball.  He looks forward to being surrounded by others at Crossroads Christian who have opened their hearts to Jesus.


Bible. History.

Cheri Trlicek

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Hello....My name is Cheri Trlicek.(whoa....what a name ! Right?!.."Trill-la-check")  I am elated that God has provided the way for me to teach at this amazing school.  I am newly retired and ready to jump into teaching and learning with your children.  I have thirty-two years experience in public education: 19 years at 3rd, 4th grade, 1 year in resource grades 2-5, and fourteen years in middle school with Social Studies/History and Avid and Teen Leadership.  Teaching in my passion and my ministry, not my job. My Bachelor of Science degree is from the University of Houston with a specialization in English.  I am passionate about learning new things and having fun.  My last five years have given me opportunities to prepare kids for college while teaching the AVID curriculum and in counseling and instilling leadership skills in students.
     I am a wife of 28 years , mother, daughter, sister and Christ follower.  My husband and I serve in our church of Parkway Baptist.  We have 3 beautiful children: Leah-25, Garrett-21, Devin-13 and our new son-in-law Dustin.  I love cats, traveling, antiquing, finding ways to have fun and  building relationships with people.  I am an advocate for children and love to see them successful.
I am looking forward to meeting each of you in person.
Blessings!
 
 
- Cheri Trlicek
 
 
CREDENTIALS
Education:
Bachelor of Science – University of Houston
 
Certifications:
Certified
 
Experience:
Thirty-two years' experience in public education: 19 years at 3rd, 4th grade, 1 year in resource grades 2-5, and fourteen years in middle school with Social Studies/History and Avid and Teen Leadership. My last five years have given me opportunities to prepare kids for college while teaching the AVID curriculum and in counseling and instilling leadership skills in students.
 
 

Administrative Assistant. Volunteer.

Angelique Villareal

Mrs. Villarreal, affectionately known to the students as Miss V., has been a valuable asset since the doors first opened at Crossroads Christian.  Her skills include everything from giving hugs to organizational renovation.  As a mom to five CCS students, master multi-tasker, and the first smiling face you meet in the office, Miss V keeps the staff and school running smoothly. 


English. History.

Diane Wagner

Education
Bachelor of Science: Education. Minor: Reading and History. Texas State University, formerly Southwest Texas State 
 
Experience
31 years of teaching including experience at Dudley, De Leon, Crain, and Cade. Grades 1-7; writing specialist/marketing.
Nominated Who's Who of American Teachers.
Nominated HEB Teacher of the Year.
 
Certifications
GT and ESL certified.

Instructional Aid. Sign Language.

Jessica Taylor

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Jessica has been a Communication Facilitator in the public school programs for RDSPD students who are deaf and hard of hearing.  She assisted with the language needs, communication access and instruction for these students which varied greatly.