ABOUT

Faculty and Staff

The faculty of Heritage School is one of the finest of schools in the southwest Texas region. The quality and dedication of the entire faculty and staff is remarkable. The most important emphasis of the mission-minded faculty is developing character in young people who are focused on Christ-centered, life-long learning at the highest levels in an environment where the student-to-teacher ratio averages less than 16/1.

Heritage School’s requirements for faculty are in many ways more stringent than those required by other schools. All teachers and staff are required to be of impeccable character, role models in the community, and active members of a church with the ability to profess their Christian faith openly and in writing prior to being considered for a position at Heritage.

The current faculty at Heritage averages 16+ years of experience in their area of expertise with every full-time faculty member possessing a Bachelor’s degree, at a minimum. More than 60% of the members of our current faculty have achieved advanced degrees. The majority of our teachers are state certified with some having earned multiple certifications. The most significant qualifications that we consider are a teacher’s dedication and character, expertise in their field, and commitment to life-long learning.

Heritage is dedicated to providing annual professional development opportunities for all faculty and staff that stimulate the intellect and encourage an excitement for teaching. Each year a minimum of 1%-2% of the overall operating budget is designated strictly for professional development of the faculty and staff. The love of life-long learning by our faculty instills that same core value in students preparing them to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Directors

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Head of School

NANCY HIERHOLZER

B.A. English/French - University of Texas, Austin
M.A. English – St. Mary’s University

Email: nancy.hierholzer@heritageschool.org

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Logic School Director

BRAD SULTEMEIER

B.S. Ag Economics – Texas A&M University
M.S. Land Economics & Real Estate - Texas A&M University
Post-Graduate Education Certification Program: K-8 Reading Specialist - Texas State University

Email: brad.sultemeier@heritageschool.org

Grammar School

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MELANIE BUEGELER

Pre-K

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REBECCA SHIPMAN

Kindergarten

B.S. Elementary Education - Texas A&M University, College Station

Email: rebecca.shipman@heritageschool.org

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JUDY CARPENTER

1st Grade

B.S. Elementary Education - University of Memphis

Email: judy.carpenter@heritagschool.org

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SUZANNE GRAY

2nd Grade

B.S. Elementary Education - Baylor University
M.A. Childhood Education - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Email: suzanne.gray@heritageschool.org

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WENDY ASHLEY

3rd Grade

B.S. Elementary Education - University of Memphis

Email: wendy.ashley@heritageschool.org

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MICHELLE HOLSTER

4th Grade

B.A English & History, Texas A&M University

michelle.holster@heritageschool.org

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MICHELLE VARWIG

4th Grade

B.A. English - Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
M.S. Secondary Education - Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Email: michelle.varwig@heritageschool.org

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CHERYL STOLLENWERCK

5th Grade

B.A. English/Speech Communication - Midwestern State University
M.S. Applied Psychology & School Psychology - Texas A&M University, Commerce

Email: cheryl.stollenwerck@heritageschool.org

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DONNA VAUGHAN

Music

B.M. Music Education - University of Texas, Austin

Email: donna.vaughan@heritageschool.org

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SUZETTE IVERS

Art

B.A Art Education, Oral Roberts University

Email: suzy.ivers@heritageschool.org

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KEVIN PEREZ

P.E.

B.A. Exercise Science, Schreiner University

Email: kevin.perez@heritageschool.org

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NORA BRANTLEY

Grammar School Director

B.A. Early Childhood & Elementary Education - University of Texas, San Antonio

Email: nora.brantley@heritageschool.org

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DAVID TURPIN

Rhetoric School Director

B.A. Philosophy/Spanish - UCLA
J.D. – University of Texas School of Law

Email: david.turpin@heritageschool.org

Upper School

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History

BILL EGGLESTON

B.A. History & English - Texas State University
M.A. Public Administration/Justice - Golden Gate University

Email: bill.eggleston@heritageschool.org

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Mathematics

EDWARD ELIZONDO

B.S. Electrical Engineering - Lamar University

Email: edward.elizondo@heritageschool.org

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Upper School Faculty

STEPHEN MACKINTOSH

B.E. Civil Engineering - University of Texas, Austin

Email: stephen.mackintosh@heritageschool.org

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Science

LORI PRESSLER

B.S. Biomedical Science – Texas A&M University, College Station

Email: lori.pressler@heritageschool.org

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Art

SUZANNE McCOMACK

B.A. Art Education K-12 - Texas A&M - Kingsville
Masters of Art Education - Texas Tech University

Email: suzanne.mccomack@heritageschool.org

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Music

ALICIA MUSIC

Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification, Howard Payne University

Email: alicia.music@heritageschool.org

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Upper School Faculty

LISA SULTEMEIER

B.S. English – Texas A&M University
M.S. K-8 Reading Specialist - Texas State University

Email: lisa.sultemeier@heritageschool.org

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Theater

BOB STRAUS

 

Email: bob.straus@heritageschool.org

Administration

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TERESA BASSE

Business Director

B.A. Accounting - Texas Lutheran University
Certified Public Accountant - State of Texas

Email: teresa.basse@heritageschool.org

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ESTEBAN GARZA

Technology & Communications Director

B.B.A Finance - Texas A&M University, College Station

Email: esteban.garza@heritageschool.org

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DR. TAMI GIVEN

Athletic Director

B.S. Biomedical Sciences - Texas A&M University, College Station
Doctor of Medicine - Texas A&M Health & Science Center

Email: tami.given@heritageschool.org

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JAMEY PARSONS

Facilities Director

B.S. Behavioral Science - Hardin-Simmons University 
M.E. Sports and Recreation Management - Hardin-Simmons University 

Email: jamey.parsons@heritageschool.org

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JEAN SAUER

Admissions Director, Registrar

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DEE SCHUMANN

Front Desk 

Email: dee.schumann@heritageschool.org