Faculty & Staff
Dr. John Mark Reynolds
Professor of Great Texts and Philosophy
Dr. John Mark Reynolds is the President of The Saint Constantine School and a member of the Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian School Association (OCSA). He is also a faculty member at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, a Fellow of the Center For Science and Culture at The Discovery Institute, and the former provost of Houston Christian University. He was the founder and director of the Torrey Honors College, the Socratic, great books-centered honors program at Biola University. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Rochester, where he wrote his dissertation analyzing cosmology and psychology in Plato’s Timaeus. Dr. Reynolds is the author of numerous books, including When Athens Met Jerusalem: an Introduction to Classical and Christian Thought and is the editor of The Great Books Reader. He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on a wide range of topics including ancient philosophy, classical and home education, politics, faith, and virtue.
John Mark attends St. George Orthodox Church in Houston, Texas. An avid technophile, the lights, thermostat, speakers, and computers in his house can all be controlled by his phone and voice control, to both cool and disastrous effect. He loves Disneyland, Star Trek, and the Green Bay Packers. John Mark and his wife Hope have four adult children: L.D., Mary Kate, Ian and Jane.
Dr. Timothy E.G. Bartel
Professor of Great Texts and Theology
Dr. Bartel holds a PhD in Theology, Imagination, and the Arts from University of St Andrews and an MFA in Poetry from Seattle Pacific University. His poems and essays have been published in numerous periodicals, including Christianity and Literature, First Things, and The Hopkin's Review. Dr. Bartel’s academic specialty is the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and he is the author Glimpses of Her Father’s Glory: Deification and Divine Light in Longfellow’s “Evangeline” (Wipf & Stock, 2019). He has also published three collections of poems, most recently Aflame But Unconsumed (Kelsay Books, 2019).
Timothy and his wife Hope have three children: Gwen, Roman, and Nina. They attend St. Joseph Orthodox Church in Houston.
Dean of Student Life
Assistant Professor of Great Texts and Philosophy
David J. Gilbert is the College Dean of Student Life and an Assistant Professor of Great Texts at Saint Constantine College. Mr. Gilbert received his Master of Arts in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Talbot School of Theology, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of North Texas. He spent several years teaching philosophy and religion to sailors on board deployed United States Navy aircraft carriers with the Navy’s College Afloat program. Before coming to Saint Constantine, he was most recently a founding faculty member and the Associate Director of The Academy at Houston Christian University.
As a native Texan and identical twin, David defends the use of “y’all” and constantly refers to himself as “we.” He cares about the history of cinema, loves books by Dostoevsky, and can’t resist a solid joke. When he’s not reading for pleasure or to prepare for classes, he enjoys going to the movies, completing puzzles, playing with his four young children Galen, Theodore, Virginia, and John David, and spending time at home with his wife Cate.
Instructor of Great Texts
Cory Anglin grew up north of Houston and received his BA in English from Southwestern University, and his MA in Santa Fe from St. John’s College. During this time, many moons ago, he became enamored with the search for Truth and spent years of his life devouring books in the humanities to help unveil God’s Beauty, Goodness, and Truth in all things. Early on in this quickening quest, he discovered classical education and Orthodoxy. He is delighted to have finally found a place in TSCS that blends these two pillars in his life.
Cory has worked as a college admissions counselor, nurseryman of plants, sommelier of wine, and teacher for almost two decades. When leisure and free time finds him, he is likely to be reading, galivanting in the outdoors, enjoying CrossFit, trying to be like Bandit and Gandalf for his daughters (Lucia and Beatrice), camping, dabbling in the martial arts, traveling, gardening, or happily being at home preparing healthful but delectable meals for his family.
Instructor of Great Texts
Nick Dalbey is the Head of School at The Saint Constantine School. He received an MA in English literature from Middle Tennessee State University, and a BA in English literature from Biola University where he’s also a perpetual member of the Torrey Honors College. Academically, he’s drawn to all things medieval. He spent most of his graduate studies researching the overlap of classical philosophy, Christian theology, and medieval literature in the works of Geoffrey Chaucer. And he is currently working on a doctorate in English literature at University of Houston.
Nick is a California transplant by way of Tennessee, and has enjoyed working a wide variety of jobs in his life: he’s been a high school English teacher, a barista, a groundskeeper, and a deckhand for an Alaskan commercial fishing boat. He's also married to TSCS college registrar Justine Dalbey and is a father of three children. When he's not working, he's usually reenacting the Nutcracker Ballet or Swan Lake with his kids, having been unanimously appointed the "Bad Guy" in both stories.
Instructor of Great Texts
Cate Gilbert is the Vice President for Schools and Instructor of Great Texts at The Saint Constantine School. She had the honor of designing the PreK – 12th grade curriculum and culture for Saint Constantine as one of the founding leaders of the school, and has grown more and more passionate about the power of a classical education rooted in love, play, and the work of God. Caitlin has a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Talbot School of Theology, and a degree in English Literature from Biola University, where she is a perpetual member of The Torrey Honors College. Before helping start Saint Constantine, she was the founder and director of The Academy, an innovative, great books-based, dual-credit program at Houston Christian University. She writes and speaks regularly on education, the priorities and significance of childhood, personal growth, and helping kids grow into mature Christian adults. Alongside her duties as Head of School, she teaches great books and literature in The Saint Constantine College.
Cate loves going to work everyday with her husband David and their four young children, Galen, Theodore, Virginia, and John David. She loves cooking, reading, and long family road trips, and can’t wait for the day when they’re able to live just a little outside the city again.
Instructor of Sciences
The Lord led Zach Harris to Saint Constantine after a period of religious and priestly formation with a small Catholic religious community in Kansas City, Kansas and at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, where he completed a MA in Theology. Prior to this stint in religious life, Zach received a Master of Engineering in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University and Bachelor’s degrees in physics and aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame. A former STEM-elitist, Zach was exposed to the beauty and rigor of the liberal arts while in college and has become steadily convinced of the need for and power of a classical education like that provided at TSCS.
A native Dallasite, Zach has found Houston a great home and he is grateful to be close to family both in Houston and elsewhere in Texas. For leisure, Zach enjoys playing sports, spending quality time with family and friends, singing in the faculty choir, and reading; in addition, he regularly remembers that he wants to make more time to practice the piano - may this be the year!
Assistant Professor of Great Texts and Literature
Reyna Johnson is a Ph.D. candidate at Baylor University. Originally from Los Angeles, she holds a B.A. in English from Regent University. Her dissertation is a transnational examination of the imagery of motherhood and Marian devotion in the works of three medieval female authors: Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, and Christine de Pizan. She proposes that, though the arguments and goals of these authors differ widely, all the women use Marian identification in some capacity to strengthen the authority of their claims.
When not dissertating, Reyna often dabbles in creative writing. She enjoys camping when the weather is good, baking when inspiration strikes, and tabletop gaming when the chance arises; however, her enjoyment of settling down with a purring cat and an engrossing novel is constant, unaffected by weather, inspiration, or chance.
Dr. Rachel Kilgore
Assistant Professor of Great Texts and Literature
Dr. Kilgore holds a Ph.D. in English from Baylor University, and an M.A. in English from the University of Dallas. She has taught literature and writing for ten years at colleges across Texas and worked as a writing consultant for graduate students and faculty. A scholar of the 18th and 19th century British novel, she has presented at conferences across the nation. Her most recent publication compares Jane Austen’s character Fanny Price to the Psalmists and appeared in Religion and the Arts in August 2020. Her interests include the rise of the western novel, the Bible as literature, the phenomenology of reading, and Jane Austen.
Rachel lives with her husband, Tedros Areguy, and her little dog, Peanut. She enjoys crocheting, listening to audio-books, homemaking, and rambling around lakes and woods while having really great conversations.
Dr. Melanie Augustus
Assistant Professor of Sciences
Dr. Melanie Augustus holds undergraduate degrees from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and a PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University, where she studied hormone signaling pathways. Her academic specialty is in the field of molecular genetics. Dr. Augustus also completed five years of post-doctoral work at Rice University, studying the role of peroxins in plant cells. She spent seven years as adjunct faculty teaching Biochemistry, Genetics, Anatomy & Physiology, and General Biology at the college level and spent ten years homeschooling her own children. Dr. Augustus has presented her work at numerous conferences and has published her work in several journals, including the Journal of Biological Chemistry, PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) USA, Genetics, Plant Cell, and Plant Molecular Biology. She is an instructor of sciences in TSCS’s upper school and Saint Constantine College.
Dr. Augustus has been married to her husband, David, for twenty-six years. They have three daughters, Emily (TSCS graduate), Natalie (TSCS senior), and Ella (TSCS 8th grader). They are members of Houston’s First Presbyterian Church.
Vice President for Faculty Affairs
Instructor of Great Texts
Jonathan Mueller is Vice President for Faculty Affairs and an Instructor of Great Texts in The Saint Constantine School's Upper School and College. He holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Houston Christian University, and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Biola University where he is also a perpetual member of the Torrey Honors College. For a number of years he served as the co-creator and lead teacher of The Academy at HCU’s Junior High program, and truly enjoys engaging great texts and great ideas with young students.
Jonathan loves to travel and learn about other cultures and languages, and is incorrigibly interested in a wide variety of pursuits, such as literature and poetry, archery, the history of aviation, and philology. He and his wife Megan have three children. They attend St. Matthias Anglican Church in Katy.
Assistant Professor of Great Texts and Philosophy
Nathan Mueller is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Great Texts at Saint Constantine College in Houston, TX and a Doctoral Candidate at Baylor University in Waco, TX. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, he holds a BA in Philosophy from Creighton University and an MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Biola University. While his research interests include philosophy of religion and philosophy of education, Nathan’s primary areas of research focus on issues in epistemology and metaphysics, and, in particular, social epistemology. His dissertation defends the thesis that our epistemic norms can vary from one social context to another; a position he terms Epistemic Norm Contextualism.
When he is not doing philosophy you can find Nathan riding his bike, drinking dark coffee, working in his yard, sharing shows with his wife, or standing in as jungle gym for his four kids and dog.
Instructor of Mathematics
Melissa Neacsu has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with departmental honors from the University of Oregon and the Donald Clark Honors College. She has taught lab classes in Statistics for Business Majors, College Algebra, and General Math at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, and as a 5-year homeschool veteran has taught elementary-level classes in Math Games, Math Facts Memorization, and Poetry at the Cypress Homeschool Association Co-op. She is the author alongside Dr. Shlomo Libeskind of the text Non-Euclidean Geometry Topics to Accompany Euclidean and Transformational Geometry, a supplemental geometry text that has been used at the University of Georgia.
In her elusive spare time Melissa enjoys expertly solving Sudoku, reading books with her children, and practicing classical ballet.
Instructor of Great Texts
Justin Novotny holds a B.A. from Indiana University, a Master’s in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, and is a doctoral candidate in Medieval and Byzantine Studies at The Catholic University of America. Prior to teaching, he served in the U.S. Air Force.
When not teaching, he enjoys gardening, reading, and hunting. Justin and his wife have three kids. They attend St. Paul Orthodox Church in Katy, TX.
Instructor of Classical Languages
Richard Olds teaches Greek at Saint Constantine College. He got his B.A. in World Religions at Stephen F. Austin before moving to Houston to work for a small church. While pastoring, he began graduate school at Houston Theological Seminary where he received an M.A. in Theological Studies and an M.A. in Biblical Languages. He is now the Faculty-in-Residence at Houston Christian University where he teaches Bible and Theology, helps run the Doctor of Ministry program, and lives on campus for the purpose of building discipleship and community with the students.
Richard and his wife, Abigail, are also on pastoral staff at The Vineyard Church of Sugar Land/Stafford. They have one human daughter, Phoebe Mae, and one canine daughter, Daisy Cow. In Richard's free time, he enjoys arguing about theology around a campfire with his friends, hiking with his family, and playing video games.
Instructor of Great Texts
Daniel Reynolds has taught in Christian classical and conventional education at Torrey Academy at Biola University, Pacific Bay Christian School (Pacifica, CA), and Providence Classical School (Spring, TX). He has an undergraduate degree in History from Roberts Wesleyan College, a Master of Arts degree in Practical Theology from Regent University, a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Episcopal Seminary, a Master of Philosophy degree in Moral Theology from The Catholic University of America, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty member in Anglican Studies at Azusa Pacific University and a member of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Katy, TX.
Dan enjoys all things theological, philosophical, political and historical. He spends a great deal of time thinking about British history, genealogy, the history of languages, and ancient cultures. He enjoys travel to exotic locations like Middle Earth, Narnia, ancient Anatolia and medieval England. He is a sucker for a good old Victorian adventure story. He also has frequent stimulating conversations with his family, friends and his cat Lucy.
Instructor of Sacred Music
Lauren Henderson-Turner began her vocal music studies at the University of Kansas where she studied with Mezzo-Soprano Joyce Castle before beginning her graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. While studying at the University of Kansas, Lauren participated in over 20 operas with the KU Opera Theater and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Lauren attended the prestigious Seagle Music Colony for two seasons where she performed the roles of Arete/Megeara in Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata, Mrs. Wintry in the premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s first opera Séance on a Wet Afternoon, Amy in Sondheim’s Company, and Piti-Sing in the Gilbert and Sullivan delight, The Mikado. Lauren is an accomplished oratorio performer including multiple performances of Liszt’s Via Crucis, Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem and Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria. In 2014 Lauren added the comedic role of Katisha in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado to her resume which she performed with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre along with her first of two Encouragement Awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council.
Since relocating to the Houston area, Lauren has performed with Operativo Houston as well as the Houston Grand Opera. Lauren maintains a private voice studio and is a frequent sacred music soloist and recitalist in the greater Houston area. Mrs. Turner is the Director of Fine Arts at The Saint Constantine School where she teaches 5th grade choir, 6th grade choir, 7-8th grade choir, Upper School Choir as well as the Faculty and College Choir and is also a House Head for House Elizabeth.
Information Technology Support
Andrew Cogburn graduated from Houston Christian University with a BA in Classics and an MA in Classics and Early Christianity. In addition to ancient languages, Andrew has been interested in computers since he built his first computer at age 8. He has tinkered with servers, computers, and computer languages his whole life! Andrew was born in Texas, but grew up in Kansas most of his life. He came back to Texas to study, and fell in love with Houston.
Andrew enjoys serving as a reader at Saint Paul’s Orthodox Church in Katy, tinkering with Raspberry Pi's, cooking, and searching for the perfect hot sauce.
Justine Dalbey graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Anthropology & Archaeology from Biola University, and is a perpetual member of the Torrey Honors College. After spending her college career excavating sites in Greece and working in paleontology labs, she began her professional career in education. Justine loves working in academic support roles and has helped students from preschool through graduate programs pursue education with clarity and joy. She currently serves Saint Constantine College as the Registrar.
Justine is married to TSCS Head of School, Nicholas Dalbey, and is the mother of three young children who beg for the Saint Constantine Troparion as their bedtime song. In moments of leisure she enjoys reading poetic literary fiction, taking toddler-paced strolls through the neighborhood, and watching Jeopardy.
College Admissions Officer
Jovia Godfrey is the Saint Constantine College Admissions Officer. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University - her favorite part of which includes a semester abroad at the Universidad de Alicante in Alicante, Spain. Upon graduating from Northeastern, Jovia worked as a television producer in her hometown of Boston, MA, helping to facilitate a partnership between the City of Boston and Turner Broadcasting System. Before coming to Saint Constantine, Jovia spent ten years homeschooling her five children - Chris II, Jaquel, Garrett, Benjamin, and Hunter. During her family's "homeschool years", Jovia tried her hand at a few other ventures, including running a successful Mary Kay business, selling real estate, and working in airline customer service. Together, Jovia and her husband, Christopher, own and operate an advertising and marketing firm and they give leadership to the Family Life Ministry Department at Houston Central SDA Church, where they are members.
Jovia loves clocks, maps and globes, property searching, and traveling with her husband and children.
Brandon LeBlanc is a two-time graduate of the University of Texas with a BA in History and a Master's in Business Administration. But he didn’t discover Classical Education until his wife dragged him grumbling and sighing into homeschooling. So, he is fond of saying that he is perpetually over-degreed and under-educated. After a career including college ministry, a stint in the Governor’s Office, and a food truck, Brandon spent five years at The CIRCE Institute, a Christian Classical Education not-for-profit, before joining the staff at TSCS. While there, he also graduated from CIRCE’s Teaching Apprenticeship.
Brandon is a fan of hiking, camping, college sports, and spicy food from around the world. He is an amateur architecture critic and is fond of quoting films. He takes his coffee seriously and he takes it black. Brandon can trace his family lineage to a Longfellow poem, Charlamagne, and Odin. With family in Tennessee and after living in North Carolina, he believes that America offers several delicious varieties of BBQ and that you should always eat the local variety -- which is why he is glad to be back where brisket is king. Brandon continues to host Quiddity and Overdue Classics on The CIRCE Podcast Network.
Along with his wife Kobi and their three children, Hawk, Kanga, and Dove, Brandon is a member of St. Joseph Orthodox Church.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Laura Nicol is the Director of Marketing & Communications for The Saint Constantine School and Saint Constantine College. She also teaches History and Theater in the Lower and Upper Schools, respectively.
Laura graduated magna cum laude with degrees in Creative Writing and Theater from Wheaton College, IL, where she was a member of the Workout Ensemble of Arena Theater. Following graduation, she studied Theology in the inaugural cohort of St. Paul’s House of Formation in Chicago, and served as her church’s Director of Arts and Communication until TSCS lured her south. A former Californian with an incurable love of Western land and lore, she is currently pursuing an M.A. in History at Houston Christian University. She will talk your ear off about the Donner Party, if given the chance.
When not at (or in) school, Laura enjoys writing, sketching, gardening, supporting local theater, and playing highly competitive games of Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit with her husband, Galen. They attend Missio Dei Anglican Church in Houston.
After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, Tammie Olivera pursued her dream and earned a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. She has had the pleasure of working with diverse colleges and universities for over ten years.
As Head Librarian, Tammie’s goal is to provide Saint Constantine College with current, reliable, and easily accessible library resources at all times. She is dedicated to both acquiring the best materials, and creating library services that allow students to flourish in all their academic endeavors.
Tammie is a Florida native who loves to read, write, and of course, binge on Netflix! She looks forward to meeting the SCC students and contributing to their successful journeys.
Bio coming soon.
Sophie Seehausen serves as the Finance Controller at The Saint Constantine School and Saint Constantine College. She graduated from Houston Baptist University with a both a BBA in Accounting and a Masters of Accountancy degree. She was also a member of the HBU Honors College. After working in public accounting as an auditor, Sophie transitioned to teaching middle school. She has recently moved back to Houston after three years in Colorado.
Sophie enjoys hiking to waterfalls, paddleboarding, and reading books about Charlotte Mason education. Both of her children are named after space admirals from science fiction novels. She and her family attend St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Houston.
Bio coming soon.
Central Office Coordinator
After graduating magna cum laude in 2013 from St. Edward's University in Austin, TX with a BA in Communication and minor in Religious Studies, Emily Blasdell spent 6 years running the business side of a domestic missions company based in Houston. In 2019, she stepped down as VP of Operations to start her own "detail engineering" business through which she still serves today numerous small ministries and organizations wearing multiple hats including but not limited to: bookkeeper, event specialist, executive assistance, consultant, organizer, pilgrimage guide, and customer service manager. Her work is rooted in the seeking of Heaven as she strives to foster beauty and create order along the way.
Emily is a lover of spreadsheets, sunrises over Guatemalan volcanoes, and Monday mornings. She desires to live a great story and to never be afraid of playing in the dirt. Joy is her natural posture and divine providence is her greatest security.
Vice President for Operations
Jason holds a MA degree in Military History from Norwich University, and graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Education. After graduation from Auburn, Jason served in the U.S. Army as a Commissioned Officer in the Field Artillery with tours of duty across the country as well as in Germany, Iraq, and Korea until his retirement in 2015. Prior to TSCS, Jason taught middle school English, writing, and history in a public school system, and coached football and basketball.
Jason and his wife Ruby, who loves the beach, have four children and three grandchildren (and counting). Jason serves as a Subdeacon at Saint Paul Orthodox Church in Katy, and will begin studies for a M.Div degree through the Antiochian House of Studies this fall.
Vice President for Development
Ennie Hickman graduated magna cum laude in 2001 from Franciscan University of Steubenville receiving his BA in Theology with a minor in Communication Arts. After eight years of parish Youth Ministry, he founded Adore Ministries Inc, in Houston and served as President until 2019. He is a sitting member of the KSBJ President’s Council and the Board of Directors for the Pines Catholic Camp.
Ennie and his wife Cana are the founders of Del Rey Collective and are frequently sought after to speak across the country. They have eight children at The Saint Constantine School and have been married for 21 years. The Hickmans love all kinds of music, Saint Francis of Assisi, and tacos. They live in Southwest Houston and their hearts live in Guatemala Central America.
Vice President for Finance
Emily Kasradze serves The Saint Constantine School and Saint Constantine College as Vice President for Finance and an Instructor of Math for the Upper School. She has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Virginia Darden Business School, and a B.A. in Russian and Soviet Studies from Williams College. Her early experience included working in the former Soviet Union for International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and other humanitarian organizations. More recently, Emily worked for 15 years as a finance manager in the oil and gas industry, based in energy capitals of the world: Alaska, Baku, Moscow, Singapore, and finally Houston. During the last two years prior to joining TSCS, she was homeschool director for two high school daughters while earning Texas mathematics teaching certification and completing student teaching in Spring Branch ISD.
Emily enjoys learning new languages: to date, Russian, Georgian, French, Azerbaijani, and a little bit of Arabic. She is the daughter of two teachers, and herself an enthusiastic reader who has recently been rediscovering the classics. She is a member of St. Joseph Orthodox Church.
Vice President for Strategy and Communications
Megan Mueller serves The Saint Constantine School and Saint Constantine College as Vice President for Strategy & Communications. She graduated summa cum laude from Biola University with a degree in Literature and Communication Studies, and is a perpetual member of the Torrey Honors College and its Order of Peter and Paul. In 2019 she received her certification in Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Environments (OLE) from North Carolina State University. Megan was one of the founding four leaders first hired by the Saint Constantine Board of Directors in 2015. She speaks and writes about what to expect and what it means to succeed in college, how to develop life-long learning habits, and the importance of letting children climb trees and scrape their knees.
Megan has never met a British murder mystery novel she didn’t like. Her chief interests are gardening and cooking, playing pick-up basketball, crocheting complicated sweaters, and enjoying life with her husband, Jon, and their three children.