Now meet our Instructors…..
Glenn Ballard teaches both speech and drama classes and directs the theatre productions. He coordinates the school’s involvement in the TAPPS district arts and academic meet and has served as TAPPS District President and Meet Director. Since he began the theatre program in 1998, Mr. Ballard has directed Brook Hill students in annual dinner theatre productions, full-length musicals, and award-winning one act plays.
Mr. Ballard came to Brook Hill because he saw an opportunity to build a Christian theatre program from the ground up. Here he has created an environment in which gifted middle school students can learn and perform alongside more experienced upper school actors.
Mr. Ballard received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1998 and his Master’s degree in Theatre and Speech Communication in 2005. Since 1981 he has been an evangelist and has worked with churches in Houston, Northern California, and East Texas. He has preached in twenty of the fifty United States and in several states in Mexico. He has also made mission trips to China and the Philippine islands of Mindanao, Leyte and Cebu He and his wife Rebecca have three sons Bradley, Aubrey (Salutatorian ‘03), and Timothy (‘05).
Among his most memorable theatrical experiences were seeing Yul Brynner in the King and I in Houston, Mandy Patinkin and Patti Lupone in Evita, Tommy Tune in Bye Bye Birdie, and the Broadway productions of Phantom of the Opera (three times), Aida, Cats, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, The Lion King, and Wicked. Mr. Ballard enjoys traveling when he has time, garage sale-ing, and working on upcoming productions.
Jon P. Starling grew up in Henderson and graduated from Henderson ISD in 07′. He began his collegiate studies at Kilgore College, completing his Bachelor of Science in Music Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 12′. He began his teaching career at his alma mater Henderson High School as head choral director, and overseer of the Middle School choir program. As a member of Region 21 Choral Directors, he has been active in the continued excellence of the annual contests and concerts and has recorded contest rehearsal tracks for all region schools for High School Honor Choir Contest, as well as Middle School All-Region for a number of years. In addition to his teaching career, Jon has been active in not just his local church, but many churches in Texas. While fulfilling guest musician posts for different services and events across the state, Jon is director of musical activities at First Methodist Church of Henderson, Tx.
Starling is a member of Texas Music Educators Association and has been a member of Texas Choral Directors Association, and The American Choral Directors Association. In December 23′, Starling will Graduate with a Masters in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University
Gary Gardner received a BME from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1988 and a Master’s degree in Education from Cameron University in 2000. He finished a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies in 2017 from Trinity Seminary. Dr. Gardner taught for 24 years before joining the faculty at The Brook Hill School. Those years were spent evenly divided with 12 years in public schools teaching Orchestra and Band, and 12 years at a small Community College in Oklahoma as the Director of the Arts and Humanities Division.
Gary Gardner enlisted and served with the 2nd Battalion 14th Marines from 1986-1990 and married his HS sweetheart Kelli. Gary and Kelli have two adult sons, James and Caleb. Gary, Kelli, James, and Caleb stay very active in the ministry opportunities that the Lord provides.
Angela earned her bachelor’s degree in Fashion with an Art minor from Liberty University. Then, after teaching in K12 Christian schools for several years, she went on to earn her Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees, both in Art and Art Education, from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. Her academic and research interests lie in the areas of an ethic of care in education, human flourishing in the art classroom, and the design and arrangement of studio art classrooms in K12 schools.
Angela loves meeting new people and visiting new places whenever the opportunity arises. She also loves to cook, write, and organize things, and has recently added gardening to her list of favorite things to do. She looks for delight in the everyday moment and is well known among her family and friends as one who encourages others to as well.
As an artist, she loves color in almost any form, and enjoys discovering and exploring new materials. She works most often in silkscreen printing, mixed media, collage, photography, and video vignettes. She has exhibited her work in group shows in New York and Spain, as well as a solo show entitled In Pursuit of Delight: An Installation of Photos and Video by Angela Allmond at the Macy Gallery in New York.
It has been Mr. Rhoads’ pleasure to serve at Brook Hill for several years. He has worked with young people for the entirety of his professional career. He served in Vienna, Austria as a teacher and administrator and here at Brook Hill as a teacher, Director of Campus life, and Principal. He is now heading up the Residential Life program and working with boarding students from all over the world.
Mr. Rhoads’ degrees include a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies from Crichton College and a Master’s in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Assisted by: Tanner Smith, Tyler Tan, Tres Smith, Rob Funk
Tiffany Hubbard is the Director of Brook Hill Guard Spirit Teams. The Spirit Teams at Brook Hill include Upper School Guard Cheer, The Cadets, G-U-A-R-D Flag Corp, Middle School Guard Cheer, Lower School Guard Cheer, and the Guard Dogs. She enters her ninth year at Brook Hill, but has over 20 years of experience as a cheer coach. She has cheered and coached at the high school and collegiate levels.
Emma French serves as an eighth-grade math teacher, middle school dance class teacher, Cadets Drill Team coach, and girls golf coach for the Brook Hill School. Emma graduated from The Brook Hill School and went on to Williams Baptist University to play college golf and received a Middle Level Education degree. Emma loves Brook Hill and is excited to teach children about Jesus, math, dance, and golf. In her spare time, she loves reading, playing golf, and being with her family.