The Saint Timothy School is committed to providing a high-caliber staff of educators who embrace the philosophy and principles of Christian education and are committed to the full integration of faith and learning. We maintain a low student-teacher ratio so as to provide an effective, personal learning environment. In this setting our teachers act not only as instructors but also as mentors and Christian role-models.
The Rev. John Boonzaaijer — Headmaster, Bible & Math Teacher
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.
Mrs. Kathy Smith — Academic Kindergartens: Teacher and Director
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.
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 the last five years and enjoys working with students to help them achieve mastery of their studies.
The Rev. Deacon Tony Melton — Upper Elementary Homeroom & P.E. Teacher
Tony teaches the 3rd through 5th grade homeroom and Motor Skills for the Lower, Middle, and Upper School. He also coaches the St. Timothy Fencing team. He has taught at the school since its beginning in 2009. Tony received a BA in Pastoral Ministries and Communications from Southwest Baptist University in 2008, where he attended on a full academic and golf scholarship. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology in May 2013 and was ordained a Deacon in June of the same year. He is currently pursuing a second master's degree in Anglican Studies from Cranmer Theological House. He grew up in rural southwest Missouri. He married his wife, Vandi, in August 2007. Together they serve as the Youth sponsors at The Chapel of the Cross. They enjoy their two boys, Samuel (3) and Beckett (1). He enjoys literature, biblical studies, golf, basketball, trombone, coffee, and playing with his sons at the park.
Miss. Serena Howe — Middle School Homeroom Teacher
Serena teaches middle school and Latin. 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.
The Rev. Deacon Chris Linebarger — School Administrator & High School Homeroom Teacher
Chris spent most of his early years in California and Oregon moving with his wife Leslie to Dallas, TX in 1993. Two of their daughters attend The St. Timothy School. Their oldest daughter lives with her husband in College Station, TX.
Chris has dedicated most of his adult life to ministry in the Church. From 1993-2000, the Linebargers served as missionaries in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the former Yugoslavia, leading young adults on short term mission projects. Chris has also served as an elder, youth pastor, and worship leader in various churches throughout Texas and Oklahoma. From 2003-2011, Chris operated a traffic counting company in Dallas, performing thousands of traffic studies for civil engineers. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from The Criswell College and is finishing up his Masters of Divinity at Cranmer Theological House. Chris was ordained a deacon in the Reformed Episcopal Church in December of 2011 and joined the staff of St. Timothy’s just a couple months later. He has developed a passion for Christian, classical education. His primary roles at the school are school administrator and high school homeroom teacher. Chris teaches composition, history, literature, and theology. His hobbies include singing, playing guitar and piano, computer programming, reading, and fishing. He loves reading and discussing great literature with his students. For Chris, one of the great joys in life is watching a student get excited about reading.
The Rev. Thomas Smith — Manual Arts & Philosophy Teacher
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. Andrew Dittman — Choir & Orchestra Teacher
Andrew, choir and orchestra director, is enjoying his first year at The St. Timothy School. Andrew holds a master’s degree in choral conducting and bachelor’s degrees in music and computer science, all from the University of North Texas. He is also choirmaster at The Chapel of the Cross REC, associate conductor of the Denton Bach Society, and sings with Orpheus Chamber Singers, a professional 24-voice choir. Andrew frequently composes and arranges music, which has been performed by choral and instrumental groups of all levels. 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 wife, Ashley, son, John, 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.
Mrs. Suzanne Paton — Church & School Secretary
Suzanne was hired in 2005 as the Secretary for The Chapel of the Cross. When the St. Timothy School was formed in 2009, secretarial duties for the school were included in her job. Suzanne is a much needed and welcomed addition to our school family. Suzanne enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering for her church and daughter's high school band, and counted cross stitch.