The Rev. John Boonzaaijer — Head of School, Bible & Math Teacher

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Born in Michigan to a Dutch immigrant family, John worked in the family’s European Pastry Bakery, as one of nine children. After eight years in his first pastorate in Sand Springs, Oklahoma (1994-2002), he and his wife Christine moved to Tyler, Texas, to teach and administrate in the parish school of Good Shepherd Reformed Episcopal Church and School, as Assistant Rector. He has served as Rector of The Chapel of the Cross (REC) since 2007, where he and Christine also began The Saint Timothy School in 2008. Driving truck cross country for a year between his curacy and first pastorate provided some of his best training for life “on the docks.” Each of the five Boonzaaijer children fills and nuances their full and colorful home.

Education: Christian Reformed School System (Kalamazoo, MI), and homeschool; B.Th. (1991); curacy (1993); M.Div. (2004); Th.M. (2009). As Head of School, Fr. Boonzaaijer leads daily Morning Prayer, and also teaches Upper School Mathematics and Middle School Bible; his favorite hobbies include working on boats and sailing them, woodworking, karate, piano, reading, and baking bread. His writing and seminars develop and apply parish life as “the good life,” extending from the altar of worship, and on traditional catechesis. He believes a true parish school in the Anglican Tradition develops a capable, knowledgable, virtuous, and devout student in any walk of Christian faith.

The Rev. Tony Melton — Headmaster, Middle & Upper School Teacher

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Rev. Tony Melton was born June 23, 1986 and spent most of his childhood in rural Missouri, graduating from Mt. Vernon High School in 2005. He began to pursue the ministry before his senior year in high school and chose to attend Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO, to receive a B.A. in Pastoral Ministries with a minor in Communications. He attended on a golf scholarship and participated in Speech and Debate. While he was there, he met his wife, Vandi, and they married in August of 2007 after their second year of college, completed their degrees in 2008. They moved to Dallas, TX, to attend Dallas Theological Seminary. He completed his Master of Theology in 2012 with an emphasis in Historical Theology and Academic Ministry.

 In 2009, the Melton’s were confirmed into the Anglican Communion at The Chapel of the Cross. A year later, Rev. Melton became a postulant for Holy Orders and began an additional master’s degree in Anglican Studies at Cranmer Theological House in Houston, TX. He was ordained deacon on May 22, 2013 and made a priest on September 17, 2014 by Bishop Ray Sutton at the Chapel of the Cross.

 From 2010-2013, Rev. Melton taught Grammar school at The Saint Timothy School. In the Fall of 2014, he began as Assistant Headmaster as well as a Middle and Upper School teacher. In the Fall of 2015, he became the Headmaster and Upper School homeroom teacher. He is currently working toward becoming a Master Teacher through the Apprenticeship Program of the Anglican School Association. His interests include literature, educational philosophy, biblical studies, golf, and spending time with his three children.

Miss Allison Steinberg — Academic Dean and Lower School Homeroom Teacher

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Allison Steinberg joined the faculty in 2016, and will be teaching 3rd through 5th grade this year at St. Timothy’s, as well as Middle School History. She also serves as our Academic Dean. 

Allison grew up just a few hours south of the Canadian border, in the beautiful Seattle area. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Culture from New St. Andrew’s College in Moscow, Idaho, she moved to northern California to teach at St. Andrew’s Academy, a sister school of St. Timothy's, where she spent about a dozen years. During that time, she taught humanities to almost every grade, focusing on Greek, Latin, and History. She was also the boarding house mother to domestic and international students for three years. 

A language connoisseur (or perhaps language nerd), she can read Latin and Greek, and is currently learning to speak Italian. This is the perfect excuse to make homemade pasta every so often, and watch foreign films on Netflix in her spare time. Otherwise she enjoys visiting Half Price Books, writing, and hanging out with friends and their cute children.

Mrs. Kathy Smith — Academic Kindergartens: Teacher and Director

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Mrs. Smith has over thirty-five years of teaching experience in a wide variety of grade levels and locations. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in 1974 from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have three grown children and one grandson.

Kathy homeschooled her own children for a period of time. She worked in the public school system in grades K through 3rd, spending some of that time working with special needs children. Kathy came to The Saint Timothy School in 2011. Her hobbies include reading, needlework, weaving, and gardening. She also enjoys playing the organ in her spare time.

Miss Serena Howe — Middle School & High School Teacher

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Serena has taught middle school and Latin at the Saint Timothy School since 2013. She graduated from Hillsdale College with a degree in literature and is working towards a masters’ degree from the University of Dallas, where she hopes to focus on middle and early modern English literature. Among a handful of her literary favorites are Shakespeare, John Henry Newman, Dostoyevsky, B.H. Fairchild, Walker Percy, and Bill Watterson. When not teaching symbolism or the passive periphrastic, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and distance running.

Mrs. Christine Boonzaaijer — Lower Elementary Homeroom Teacher

Christine graduated Magna Cum Lauda from Northeastern State University, where she majored in English and minored in French. She worked for the Tulsa City/County Library system for several years before moving to Texas. She has taught pre-school through 6th grade subjects at the Saint Timothy School since 2009 and enjoys working with students to help them achieve mastery of their studies.

The Rev. Thomas Smith — Manual and Fine Arts Teacher

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Thom has spent nearly fifty years in Christian ministry.  After pastoring three churches over a forty year period, he came to the Chapel of the Cross and the St. Timothy School in 2011.  A working and teaching artist, Thom has work in public and private collections in the US, Canada and the UK.  He teaches Rhetoric and the manual and fine arts and infuses the parish with his irrepressible humor.  He is a presbyter in the Reformed Episcopal Church.

Mr. Frank Bridwell — Upper School History

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Mr. Bridwell earned his B.A. and M.A. in history from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He taught history for over 25 years in the Garland Independent School District, specializing in American and Russian history. In 1987 GISD awarded him High School Teacher of the Year. He was also named the Secondary Level Commended Teacher by the University of Chicago in 1987 and Duke University in 1988. He moved to the Ursuline Academy of Dallas where he taught American history and Advanced Political Thought before retiring in 1998. Mr. Bridwell has served at the Saint Timothy School for the last six years as a part-time teacher.

Mr. Andrew Dittman — Choir & Orchestra Teacher

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Mr. Andrew Dittman directs choir and orchestra, and assists in Calculus and Computer instruction.  He also serves as choirmaster for The Chapel of the Cross, joining the staff and faculty in 2011.

A baritone, Andrew has sung professionally as a soloist and chorister with Orpheus Chamber Singers, Denton Bach Society, Dallas Bach Society, and Orchestra of New Spain.  Andrew frequently composes and arranges music, which has been performed by choral and instrumental groups of all levels.  He holds a master’s degree in choral conducting and bachelor’s degrees in music and computer science, all from the University of North Texas. 

In his free time, Andrew also enjoys hiking, camping, indoor soccer, mountain biking, snow skiing, card/board games (which must require intellect), eating good food, and spending time with his lovely, ever patient wife, Ashley, sons, John and James, and family and friends.

Mr. Christopher Hoyt — Chapel Organist

Christopher is an organist, pianist, hymnodist, and composer.  He currently works as a music minister for the Church of the Holy Communion (REC) in Dallas, Texas. Christopher plays for our daily Morning Prayer service at school.

He holds a Master of Sacred Music degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Composition from the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of North Texas in Denton. 

His compositions cover a broad gamut of instrumentation, ranging from variations for solo violin to a rhapsody for symphony orchestra. Most of his work to date, however, has been sacred music intended for use in a church context: choral anthems, hymns, service settings, and organ voluntaries. 

You can learn more about his music at hoytcomposer.com.