King’s Gate Christian School Team

Mrs. Wyndi Bradley Head of Schools, Ed. S.

I started my career with King’s Gate in 1996 as the Director of the part time programs and I became the lead administrator in 2003. I received my undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Central Oklahoma where I also completed my master’s degree in Education.  I received my Ed. S. in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. I married the love of my life, Bryan in 1986 and we celebrated 33 years this year! He still takes my breath away like he did the very first time I saw him.

I have admired King’s Gate for the way the staff loves and respects children since our daughter attended as a preschooler.  I am humbled to be part of something so special, to be counted among such a gifted and loving staff and to see our GOD work in the lives of so many every single day.  I am convinced that King’s Gate is an exceptional place where the King’s Gate Team and families work together to prepare and empower students for their individual purpose.  Thank you for sharing your family with us!

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Mr. Ed Thomas Upper School Advancement Partner

I first became acquainted with King’s Gate Christian School by working with the Head of Schools, Wyndi Bradley, on the ACSI Accreditation Commission. Through that working relationship, I saw and experienced the heart of King’s Gate. Through the opportunity to work with some of the staff, board and parents at the school, that heart and passion for the mission of King’s Gate, Kingdom Education and the love of each student became even more evident.  I am very excited, humbled and honored to be a part of the King’s Gate family and to experience GOD’s work in the minds and hearts of the students. I have been blessed to be married for 42 years to my wonderful wife Dana. We have two daughters and six grandchildren that are such a blessing that it is difficult to describe. GOD has allowed me the opportunity to serve in many roles in education from teacher, coach, athletic director, elementary principal, secondary principal, superintendent, head of school and consultant to Christian Schools.  I thank GOD for allowing me to experience Kingdom Education and am prayerful that the experiences He has given me can and will impact the students, staff and families of King’s Gate Christian School.  There is no doubt that King’s Gate has already had a major impact on my life.

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Mrs. Nicole Payne Director of Development and Advancement

Prior to joining the King’s Gate family in August 2018, GOD introduced me to the school while I was living in Claremore, OK and visiting the area to help Crosswalk Community Church clear out the area that would become the outdoor classroom. I left that day never anticipating that GOD would call me to move here a year later (almost to the day), but I do remember thinking about how much I would love to be a part of a place as special as King’s Gate! So, here I am ready to help grow the school and share my passion for partnering with families to make Jesus known in how we teach our children.

I am a serial coffee drinker who married Matt, the guy who won me over while we were still in high school. For most of our married life we have been involved in some form of pastoral ministry. We have four children together that bless our lives with joy, laughter, and even a few gray hairs! I am excited for the future of King’s Gate and can’t wait to get to know and serve all of you as we work together to advance the vision of this amazing school!

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Mrs. Linda Ford Office Manager

I joined the King’s Gate staff in 2012.  I received my undergraduate degree in Personnel Psychology from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri.  Since moving to Oklahoma in 1989, the LORD has blessed me with my husband of 25 years, David, and two beautiful children, Caitlin and Matthew.  I am looking forward to an amazing journey with the King’s Gate families, staff, and especially the children. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you through this wonderful, growing, Christian school.

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Mrs. Paula Gage Administration Support

I am privileged to have joined the King’s Gate staff in 2005. I received my Associate in Applied Science degree from OSU Tech in Okmulgee, OK. I am blessed with a wonderful husband, Nelson. We have been married since 1998 and have a beautiful and a beautiful, fun-loving daughter Hannah, who was able to attend King’s Gate her first three years of early education. It is a true blessing to be here working with all the amazing families, children and staff.

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Mrs. Cassie Kuykendall Administrative Assistant

I joined the King’s Gate staff in 2017. I have been married to my wonderful husband Kile since 2009 and the LORD blessed us with our sweet girl Kaylee in 2013. We have a 6-pound yorkie named Sushi. She has been blind for most of her life but loves playing fetch. We love going to the zoo, the science museum and exploring nature at all the various parks around the metro. I love all things gardening and recently discovered running. So far, I’ve run 1 half marathon and hope to add more in the near future.

We moved from Moore to Yukon in 2016 to be closer to better schools and out of tornado alley!  Once we settled in we enrolled Kaylee in King’s Gate Preschool at Surrey Hills Baptist Church. We fell in love with the teachers and staff and Kaylee thrived. When it came time to register her for Pre-Kindergarten she moved to the Hefner Pointe location and I joined the office staff shortly after.

As a parent turned staff member it has been amazing to get the know the parents and staff better. It is apparent GOD is hard at work here with our children. I especially enjoy working at both locations, so I get to know each of the students. The King’s Gate community is one big family and I feel blessed to be part of it.

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Mrs. Laurie Gillum Science Teacher

I have been at King’s Gate as a mom for 7 years and as a science teacher since 2001. I received my undergraduate degree at Lewis and Clark College in biology. For the next 6 years I worked as a wildlife biologist in the rainforests of Hawaii and the oceans of Alaska and Canada. I got my graduate degree from UMASS-Amherst where I did research on the Piping Plover along the barrier beach systems of Cape Cod, MA. For the next 6 years, I worked as the endangered species biologist for the state of Maryland and taught conservation biology at John Hopkins University. I married my best pal in college, Tim, and we have 3 children; Trevor, Haley, and Jack. King’s Gate truly has impacted our family deeply. It was only through King’s Gate leadership and staff that Tim and I were able to find and stay on the right track for Haley who has special learning differences. GOD truly brought the opportunity to me for teaching science here at King’s Gate. I am finally able to teach science from a creation perspective and highlight so many of the truly amazing things in our world, giving GOD all the glory. I never imagined the depth of understanding that these kids would gain. I have been so blessed by passing these biblical messages on through GOD’s creation.

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Mr. Darrell Ray Math, Science, Bible Teacher (Middle School)

I am excited to have the opportunity to teach at King’s Gate.  A little information about my family. . . My wife Cecilia has been teaching at Yukon Alternative School for the past eleven years.  Our son has his own business as a videographer and musician, and our daughter is a math professor at Birmingham Southern College in Alabama.  We also have two wonderful grandkids.  Our granddaughter is in 6th grade at Classen SAS, and our grandson is in 5th grade at John Rex Charter School.

I graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in Chemistry and taught in public schools for twenty-three years.  I also have a Master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and have served as a Minister of Youth and Education at churches in Texas and Oklahoma for over twenty years.

For the past eight years I have served as the Pastor of Mustang Heights Baptist Church.  I know it may seem strange for a pastor to teach Science, but I love Science and the more I learn and study science, the more aware I am of the wonder, intricacy and creativity of our GOD; and the more I am in awe of His power.

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Mrs. Hannah Comodeca Social Studies Teacher (Middle School)

I graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in history and political science and then went on to complete a Master’s in history at Oklahoma State University. I became certified in secondary social studies and taught sixth grade geography for three years. While at OBU I met my husband, David, and we married after graduation. We have been foster parents for the past two years. I was blessed to spend this past year as a stay at home mom to three beautiful children. As these children move out of our house I am excited to get back to teaching. I am passionate about helping students reach their potential and strongly believe that understanding the world is vital to our Christian life. 

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Mrs. Debbie Neal English Language Arts (Middle School)

I am excited to be joining the staff this year at King’s Gate. I retired after a 27-year career in public schools, teaching reading and language arts. I met my husband at Oklahoma Baptist University, where I earned a degree in Education with a music minor. Together we raised four children and have now added a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law and one grandson, with a second grandson coming in the fall. I enjoy watching Thunder basketball and our state college football teams.  I also enjoy playing the piano.

My husband and I are members at Quail Springs Baptist Church, where we are active in our Sunday School department and I play in the hand-bell choir.

Thank you for entrusting King’s Gate Christian School and me with your child.  I am confident that this year will be a beneficial experience for him or her educationally, developmentally, and spiritually.  I also look forward to getting to know you, my students’ parents, throughout the year.

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Mrs. Stacie Dunn Fifth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Stacie Dunn is our 5th grade teacher. Mrs. Dunn has ten years of experience teaching in public school (3rd through 5th grade) and two years of experience teaching in a private, Christian school (4th & 5th grade). Stacie has her BS in Elementary Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and will is finishing her Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction this summer. Mrs. Dunn’s husband, Jeremy, is an Army Chaplain. They have two sons, Patrick (20) and Justin (19), and a daughter, Sara (17).  She is excited to join the King’s Gate family.

Mrs. Dunn’s favorite scripture is the Psalm 25, where the LORD reminds us to wait for Him.  Psalm 25: 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the GOD of my salvation; for You I wait all the day.

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Mr. Randy McCown Fourth Grade Teacher

I am thrilled to be joining the King’s Gate family.  My relationship with Head of Schools, Wyndi Bradley, goes back almost eighteen years to our time together at First Baptist Church of Piedmont.  It was my privilege to serve as the Associate Pastor there from July 2000 to July 2019.  In addition to my time at Piedmont, I have twenty-two years of experience as a Pastor of churches in Oklahoma.  In addition to my ministerial experience, I have taught Accounting, Business Law, Business English, Business Math, Journalism, Yearbook, 5th – 8th grade Math, English, Science and coached football in public education.

After leaving the United States Air Force, I completed my undergraduate work at East Central University majoring in Business Ed. and Elementary Ed.  From there, I went on to complete my Master of Theology and Doctor of Pastoral Counseling from Andersonville Seminary in Camilla, GA.

My wife, Glory, and I have been married for forty-three years and have one son, Gabriel.  He and his wife Andrea have two children, Reagan a Junior at Piedmont and Hunter, a fourth grader here at King’s Gate.

My goal as a Christian is to bring honor to my Lord and to assist others in becoming fully devoted followers of Christ.  My goal as an Educator is to help each of my students to discover their full potential and then to challenge each of them to live up to and even exceed that potential.

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Mrs. Witney Harshaw Third Grade Teacher

Mrs. Witney Harshaw is our 3rd grade teacher.  Mrs. Harshaw has a Bachelor’s in Special Education, Early Childhood, and Elementary Education with a minor in Cross Cultural Ministry from Oklahoma Baptist University. Mrs. Harshaw has five years of experience in Pre-K and elementary settings including supporting mild and moderate disabilities. She served as the STEM Coordinator, as well as the Indian Education Coordinator and the Special Olympics Coordinator for four years in her past school. She already loves King’s Gate and is looking forward to meeting you.

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Mrs. Marlisa Price 2nd Grade Teacher

I am so excited to be a part of Kings Gate School! I have taught K-6th in Texas and Wyoming. I have a degree in Elementary and Special Education.  I enjoy working in a Christian environment and sharing GOD’s word.  I am blessed to be chosen to be a part of such a great school.  I love children and the opportunity to teach.  I always wanted to be a teacher and feel blessed that GOD has allowed me to work in my dream job!

I have been married to my husband, George, for 30 years.  We moved to Oklahoma this summer.  We have 3 children  Amanda (25), Brennan (23) and Gabby (20).  We enjoy camping, kayaking and fishing as family. I enjoy knitting, reading and gardening.

Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

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Mrs. Karen Benway 1st Grade Teacher

I am so excited for this new school year at King’s Gate!  I truly am thankful to be at a school where I can openly share about GOD’s love and truths to sow into our 1st grade student’s hearts.

I am retired from Edmond Public Schools with 33 years experience teaching P.E.. & Health in elementary, Fit 4 Life in middle school as well as, over 20 years coaching cross country and track.

I have been married for 32 years and we have a daughter (Jill) , a son (Jared) and son-in- law (Cole).  I am so happy to be “Grandma” to Jake (4 years old) and Sylas (2 years old). They are pure joy in my life!

I am looking forward to this new journey that GOD is leading me on…He’s not finished with me yet!

” Grace to all who love our LORD Jesus Christ with an undying love.” Eph. 6:24

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Mrs. Brittany Nottnagel First Grade Teacher

I graduated from Cameron University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught Kindergarten in Public School before coming to King’s Gate. I have been married for four years to my husband, Jerry, who is currently serving in the Air Force. We have a handsome ten month old baby boy, Brogan, who is our biggest blessing. I first heard about King’s Gate through a friend, who is also a teacher at King’s Gate. After learning about King’s Gate, I strongly felt like GOD was tugging at my heart to be part of such a loving, Christ-centered school. I am so excited to begin my journey teaching and exploring GOD’s word with my first graders!

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Mrs. Jennifer Plattner Kindergarten Teacher

Hello!  My name is Jennifer Plattner and I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of the King’s Gate Family! We are originally from Huntington Beach, California where our children were raised and where I taught Pre-K for 19 years. 2020 marks our 7th year living in Oklahoma and we are enjoying the people and the adventure that GOD placed before our family!

My husband and I have been married this year for 27 years. We have four children ranging in age from 13-25; with our youngest daughter, Libby, attending King’s Gate as well! We are always on the go and love to travel back to CA every chance we get! My new family, here at King’s Gate, has helped me make the transition of living and working in Oklahoma perfectly!  The staff here is a wonderful group of Christians, with love and grace in their hearts.  The feeling of GOD’s love within the building is almost unexplainable, until you have witnessed it personally. It is a place that you wish to spend your days, and where you know that your child will be loved beyond measure and cared for in the best way possible!

I am so excited that GOD led me to King’s Gate and to kindergarten! The year 2020 marks my 5th year teaching kindergarten at King’s Gate and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching my former kindergarteners grow with our school!  (It may be my favorite part!) The growth and maturity that takes place in the children while in kindergarten is remarkable, and I thoroughly enjoy being a part of shaping their minds and hearts! I am undoubtedly very blessed to be at a school where we can worship and study together in the LORD, and I look forward to each year more than the last!

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Mrs. Jennifer Williams Kindergarten Teacher

I have been blessed to be a part of King’s Gate starting the fall of 2010. I completed my degree in Early Childhood Education at Ashford University.  My first job at age sixteen was working with children and though I have had a few other jobs children are my love.  Before coming to King’s Gate I worked at a Montessori school for seven years and enjoyed learning many techniques throughout the years. My husband and I together have a “his, mine, and ours” family of three wonderful kids.  King’s Gate is an amazing place and has been a blessing to me in so many ways.  Having the privilege to work with these precious children makes teaching at King’s Gate my dream job. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to teach and grow with your children.

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Mrs. Kelley Connel Reading Therapist

Hello! My name is Kelley Connel and I am the Reading Therapist at King’s Gate.
I am from Oklahoma and I have been married to my love for 5 years. We have one doggy named Brodey, and expect our first baby to be born February 2020. We are so very thankful. I attended SNU and OU and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. Since the beginning of my college career, I have had a passion for teaching reading-it is an imperative skill that brings opportunity unlike any other. I taught 3rd grade for 5 years and became a Certified Academic Language Therapist through Payne Education Center. This is my second year at King’s Gate and it is a joy to get to work with students in such a positive atmosphere. Thank you!

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Mrs. Dawn Forcina Fine Arts Teacher

I am so excited to teach both music and visual art this school year! King’s Gate is truly a very special place, and I am so honored to have the opportunity to grow our fine arts program! I hold a bachelor’s degree in music education from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in music from Oklahoma City University. I am a proud supporter of our local arts and music programs and have affiliations with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the National Art Education Association (NAEA). My husband, Blake, and I have been happily married since 2010.  Our two children, Conrad (5) and Hiram (2), both attend King’s Gate.

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Mrs. Jennifer Clark Child Development Center (CDC) Director, M. S.

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Heath, for 12 years.  I learned about King’s Gate when we were looking into private Christian schools for my now 11 year old son, Tyler.   This is my sixth year as a KG parent.  We have been so impressed by the love and passion the teachers have for not only teaching, but for GOD. I graduated from Northeastern State University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Family Relations and Child Development. I then went on to teach three and four-year-olds at Head Start and later at a local childcare center.  I wanted to further my education, and received a master’s degree in Family and Child Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2012.  The next four years were spent as a Parent Educator for Oklahoma Parents as Teachers. I loved working with families one on one, doing assessments, and giving activity suggestions to help with their child’s development. I had the opportunity to join the CDC staff in fall 2016, and I have greatly enjoyed being back in the classroom. We have amazing parents and children at King’s Gate. It is truly a privilege to work here.

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Ms. Emma Steedman Preschool Teacher

I have worked at King’s Gate since 2012, starting in high school as support staff and now I work in the CDC. I attended King’s Gate in Preschool and Kindergarten, then I was home-schooled all the way through twelve grade. I am passionate about helping children grow in their love for the LORD while working with them through their development. I’m grateful to have grown up in a Christ-centered home with my parents and four sisters. I am currently working towards becoming a midwife. I am excited to see how the LORD uses my time at King’s Gate and my growing experience with midwifery to impact children for years to come.

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Mrs. Amanda Abernathy Preschool Teacher

I am so thankful to be joining the faculty of King’s Gate Christian School. I earned a B.S. in Education from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1999 and spent the next two years working in children’s ministry with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. When my first daughter was born, I followed GOD’s direction and stayed home with her full time. My husband and I planted a church two years later and I have spent the last 13 years serving that church in various capacities as well as running a home-based baking business. My husband Ryan is a pastor and works at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. We have four daughters now ranging in age from 15 years to 18 months. Several of my friends have worked at King’s Gate and they have told me about the incredible impact this school has on the lives of students and their families. I look forward to being a part of that legacy.

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Mrs. Laurie Norman CDC Teacher

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Mrs. Morgan Stidger CDC Teacher

I graduated from Tarleton State University in Stephenville Texas with a major in English and minor in Education. My husband and I moved to Oklahoma City from West Texas in 2015. We have two sons named Rhet and Knox. GOD blessed me with a heart for children and the special needs population. I hope to be a great addition to the King’s Gate family and provide a safe learning experience for your children.

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Ms. Donna Prince CDC Teacher

I first learned about King’s Gate when my daughters, Taylor and Ashley, attended Mother’s Day Out and Super Summer! They both now attend OU!  In 2011, my prayer to work with children in a Christian environment was answered and I joined the King’s Gate staff.  I received my Child Development Associates Certificate in 2015.  I know that working with children is my calling and I am thankful for the friendships I have made with the families over the years. I look forward to all the exciting things happening at King’s Gate!

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Mrs. Kathy Dickerson CDC Teacher

 Teaching children has been a great part of my life for the past 34 years.  I was excited when Wyndi, Head of School, asked me to be a part of King’s Gate Christian School. The Lord opened this new door for me, and it is truly a blessing to be able to work alongside such devoted Christian women. I have been married to my best friend and the love of my life for nearly 36 years.  We met at Central Christian College in McPherson, Kansas.  I continued my education at Central State University (University of Central Oklahoma) and completed my education degree with two additional certifications.  We have one son who serves in the Air Force at McConnell Air Force Base, and his wife also serves in the Air National Guard.  Together they have blessed us with five terrific grandchildren. Christ has always been our family’s foundation and we continually seek his will and purpose for our lives.
Every day is a blessing, and it is very rewarding to be able to love these little ones and share the love of Christ with them.  May our Lord richly bless them and their families.

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