Upper School Faculty
Mr. Arwine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and completed graduate coursework in both Biology and Environmental Science as well. He has over 40 years of experience in education, both as a teacher and administrator, and he has published a number of science textbooks including Biology: A Search for Order in Complexity and Our Father’s World. Mr. Arwine also is an accomplished Irish musician and has won multiple national awards on the mandolin and Irish tenor banjo. He has taught at Grace since 2013 and engages students through a variety of zany experiments and the science brain twisters that he regularly posts on the science lab door.
Bryan Brooks holds Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from Hillsdale College and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. While at Hillsdale he was a part of two national championship debate teams and also won three individual debate national championships. Mr. Brooks has taught at Grace Academy since 2017 and enjoys working with students to help them articulately and persuasively defend what they believe.
Mrs. Duke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stanford University as well as a J.D. from Washington University Law School. After a successful career as a lawyer, Mrs. Duke felt called to put her reading, reasoning, writing, and speaking skills to use in the classroom. She has taught at Grace since 2012 and inspires students by her contagious passion for learning and her consistent integration of God’s Word and prayer into every lesson she teaches.
Mr. Ferguson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology-Archaeology with a minor in Classics from Texas A&M University. He has been involved in classical Christian education for much of his life as he himself attended a classical Christian school and his father teaches in a classical Christian school as well. Mr. Ferguson has taught at Grace since 2014 and exudes excitement for the subject matter he teaches as he leads students on the journey of learning.
Mr. Field holds Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from New Charter University. He currently is pursuing a Master’s degree in Religion with an emphasis in pastoral counseling from Carroll Theological Institute as well. Before becoming a teacher Mr. Field worked as a police detective and lieutenant and also served as a law enforcement instructor. He has taught at Grace since 2015 and models a lifestyle of lifelong learning to students as he teaches them from the wisdom he has gained over the years and the truth of God’s Word.
Mr. Flynn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Covenant College and a M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary. He is excited to be guiding students in the study of Classical Greek not only for the benefit of reading the New Testament in its original language, but also to explore more broadly the Hellenistic culture and literature which is a prime influence on both the biblical world and Western culture today. In his spare time Mr. Flynn enjoys attempting to make his wife and son laugh and pursuing interests in soccer, barbecue, and biblical scholarship. Mr. Flynn started at Grace in 2018 and enjoys sharing a love of language studies with students.
Ms. McLaurin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Daemen College, a Master’s degree in Art Education from Texas Women’s University, and an M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Art. She also has a Lifetime Texas Teacher Certification for Pre-K-6th grade with an Art Education endorsement. She has earned numerous distinctions as an artist including winning the Red Poppy Festival Art Exhibit Grand Prize and being selected as the artist in residence at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. Ms. McLaurin has been an art teacher for over 15 years and has taught at all levels from lower elementary to undergraduate college students. She has taught at Grace since 2010 and inspires students to pursue the True, the Good, and the Beautiful as they both enjoy and create art.
Mrs. Moore holds a Bachelor’s degree in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin and has a Texas Teacher Certification for Latin, History, and History Secondary Education. She has over 15 years of experience teaching Latin and has published multiple Latin textbooks including Libellus de Historia (History Readers A-C), Latin for Teachers, Latin Alive! (Books 1-3), and Latin Alive Reader: Latin Literature from Cicero to Newton. She also has served numerous other schools through her consulting and teacher training seminars. Mrs. Moore has been at Grace since 2002 and has served as both a teacher and administrator. As a teacher she has a unique ability to instill an enthusiasm for classical literature and languages in students of all ages and skill levels. She also provides leadership to our campus through her role as an Upper School lead teacher.
Mr. Shell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Texas A&M University as well as an M.A.T. in Mathematics Education from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has been teaching for over 15 years and joined Grace Academy in 2014. In addition to teaching all things mathematical, Mr. Shell also engages students by holding fun events like the annual Pi Day celebration and serving as the faculty sponsor for Grace Academy’s S.T.E.M. club.
Mr. Straka holds a B.I.S. in Religion with a minor in Philosophy from Viterbo University as well as a Master’s degree in Medieval Studies from the University of St. Thomas. He has over 15 years of experience teaching Upper School and undergraduate students. He also has served as a pastor and has published multiple books including Harbor City: Winner Takes All . . ., If Man Has No Soul . . ., and Natural Order and the Future Structure of Society: An Inquiry. Mr. Straka has taught at Grace since 2013, and in addition to working with students in the classroom he also hosts movie nights for his students so that together they can discuss the worldview implications of modern films.
Mrs. Stringfellow holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from the University of Texas at Austin as well as an M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland. Her past experience includes teaching English as a second language in Okinawa, Japan, as well as working as a director and producer. Mrs. Stringfellow has taught at Grace since 2013, and her students grow in their artistic abilities through her work with the Grammar drama program and the school yearbook.
Mr. Wooldridge holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas State University and is currently working toward his Masters in Applied Philosophy and Ethics from the same university. An experienced acting workshop teacher in the US, Mr. Woolridge also taught Theater, English, Speech, and Civics in India and Myanmar. A professional actor for ten years, Mr. Woolridge helped found three theater companies and was nominated for best actor in Austin in 2008. Inside his classroom, Mr. Woolridge, who has a powerful testimony of God’s saving grace, loves to see the transformative power of theater create newfound confidence in students.