FINE ARTS & ATHLETICS
Laura will be teaching art.
PERFORMING ARTS INSTRUCTOR
A native of El Paso, Texas, Bob Dierdorf has been teaching music since 1983, working with students of all age levels in large and small groups, as well as individually. He holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University School of Music, and he completed his Texas All-Level Music teacher certification at the University of Texas at El Paso. Further doctoral studies were done at the University of Texas at Austin. Bob taught high school choir in Texas public school for thirty-two years before retiring in 2015. He joined the faculty at BCA this year. He is married to Debi, whom he met in college in Indiana, and they have two adult sons, Brendan and Justin, as well as Justin’s wife, Amanda.
GRAMMAR MUSIC INSTRUCTOR
Jackie Risinger grew up in Houston and attended the same small Christian school from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. She and her husband, Mark first met each other in that school when she was in the 9th Grade and he was in the 11th Grade. They now live in Katy with their three children, all of whom proudly attend Berean Christian Academy. Jackie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Baylor University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University. After only a very brief time spent practicing, she and Mark decided to restructure their lives so that she could be a stay-at-home mom instead, a decision which they have all found to be incredibly rewarding. The Risingers are members of West Houston Bible Church where they have attended for the past seven years. Both Mark and Jackie serve regularly in their church in different capacities. Jackie is grateful for the privilege of serving the wonderful students of Berean Christian Academy every week! She hopes and prays her class will be enjoyable for the students, and that she can point them back to God as they learn about His gift of music.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION & READY BODY LEARNING MINDS
Laura Thompson has been teaching P.E. with the Berean Christian Academy family since its beginning. She enjoys having the opportunity to identify certain needs at our school and adapt the P.E. curriculum to those needs. Ready Body Learning Minds is an example of a sensory program that helps develop the skills necessary for learning readiness and mastery of the environment and cultivate the whole child's learning. In addition to teaching, she also loves to learn. Laura is studying towards a Masters in Biblical Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary. It is a passion of hers to walk alongside people on their quest to reflect God’s image to the world. BCA is a place where her children’s faith in the gospel is challenged and strengthened as they wrestle with their doubts and galvanize their beliefs. She believes it is a privilege to be on this journey with the Berean team whose mission is to draw near in service of each other and the community. Laura's children, Ben and June, both attend BCA and her family loves being involved at the school. Laura and her family live in Richmond with their 3 dogs, Riggins, Rosie, and Roo. They love to play outside, grow a garden, and ride bikes together.
Laura will be teaching art.