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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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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Zac Niles Director of Development

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Mrs. Stephanie Scott Assistant to the Head of Schools

I love being a member of the King’s Gate team! I have been a registered nurse for 25+ years working in organ, tissue, and eye donation and transplantation. While I love nursing and am especially passionate about donation and transplantation, I am super excited to now be serving on the team at KG!

I have been married to my husband, Rick, for ten years. I have two wonderful stepchildren (Quinten & Katie), and was blessed to become a mom to my son, Lynden, who attends school at KG.

We are members of the Deer Creek Church of Christ in Edmond.

I love getting to know all of the kids here at King’s Gate, and enjoy driving the school bus as well as helping out in classrooms when needed. I have the privilege of being Mrs. Bradley’s assistant, and learn more every day how KG functions and thrives!

This year, 2020, the verse I keep repeating and leaning into is 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.”

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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. David Cartwright Science Teacher (Upper School)

My name is David Cartwright and I graduated from Southern Nazarene University in 2010 with a degree in Biology, Chemistry, and Math. I’ve been teaching natural and life sciences from 5th grade to high school ever since. My lovely wife Allyson and I have three children, currently 8, 5, and 2 years of age. We live in Bethany and attend Covenant Community Church, where my wife has gone since childhood. In the classes I teach, I place a great emphasis on a biblical worldview, seeking to bring glory to GOD through an understanding of His Creation. A favorite verse of mine is Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world GOD’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

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Mrs. Debbie Neal English Language Arts (Upper School)

I am excited to be part of the staff at King’s Gate. I retired after a 27-year career in public schools, teaching reading and language arts and then joined the King’s Gate Team. 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 finished her Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction at Liberty University.  Mrs. Dunn and her husband have three children.  She is excited to join the King’s Gate family.

Mrs. Dunn’s favorite scripture is 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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Mrs. Amy Griggs Fourth Grade Teacher & History Teacher

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Ms. 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 King’s Gate Christian 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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Ms. Jenie Melton 2nd Grade Teacher

My name is Jenie Melton. I graduated from Grand Canyon Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  I am also the Children’s Director at my church.  I’ve had a passion to work with children since I was a young girl. Teaching children about GOD’s word is near and dear to me.  I enjoy baking, photography, crafts, and gardening.  I have two children, Nathan, who is 20 and attends UCO and Gracie, who is 15. We enjoy traveling together, camping, watching movies, and spending time with each other.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23

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Mrs. Karen Benway 1st Grade Teacher & PE Teacher

I am so excited for another 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 Art 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. Nicole Payne Pre-K Teacher

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! I served as the Director of Development for two years and now I am teaching Pre-K!

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 love partnering with King’s Gate parents to provide an amazing education for their children!

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Mrs. Victoria Hazboun Pre-K Teacher & Early Childhood Music Teacher

Hello friends and family! I am a new hire to the King’s Gate Early Childhood Team this year. However, I am coming into my 4th year in early childhood education. This career field has changed my life and has given me a greater purpose than I could have ever imagined! Prior to early childhood education, I was very active in many facets of the performing arts and worked as a professional actor and vocalist in Oklahoma and New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2014, I moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where I attended ministry school, met and married my husband, and made my early childhood education debut. Recently, my husband and I transitioned back to Oklahoma to be near family. We feel called to this amazing state and we look forward to serving the people in it.

Seeing as my husband was a Worship Pastor for 5 years in New Orleans, we love to spend our spare time sharing new music, writing songs, singing, and worshiping together. We are also active and energetic people who love the outdoors and spending time with our 13-year-old pup, Sasha. With that being said, we also are avid foodies who are adventurous at-home chefs and are thrilled to find some new places to delight our taste buds with!

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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 a part of 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 15 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 4 to 17 years old.  I am thankful to be part of the legacy of King’s Gate where I can see the incredible impact this school has on the lives of students and their families.

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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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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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