Our Teachers

Our teachers are the heart and soul of our program.

They are committed to supporting our students in their faith and in their studies. The teachers at AWLS are all active in our church community.

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Ben Carlovsky

Principal and 7th/8th Grade Homeroom Teacher and Upper Grade Math and Technology

Education:
B.S. in Education – Martin Luther College (2003)
Experience:
Youth Minister – St. Paul Lutheran, Green Bay, WI (2003-2005)
Youth Minister and Teacher – St. Paul Lutheran School, Green Bay, WI (2005-2014)
Assistant Principal and 5-6 Grade Teacher – Abiding Word Lutheran School, Houston, TX (2014 – present)
Personal Philosophy Statement:
I believe that everyone has a story to tell. Your story makes you unique. However, the story of Christ and his love for us is what drives our lives and my classroom.
Personal Interests:
I enjoy spending time with my wife, Betsy. Building legos and playing sports with my sons, Luke and Landon. I am also interested in watching and playing almost any sport.
Favorite Bible Verse:
Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?

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Candice Learman

Early Childhood Director and PreK-4 Teacher

Education
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education
Experience:
3 years Early Childhood Director
8 years teaching experience
Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
I love having the opportunity to teach children about their Savior everyday! It also brings me joy to watch their faces light up when they learn or try something for the first time!
Favorite Bible Verse:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

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Betsy Carlovsky

5th & 6th Grade Homeroom Teacher and Upper Grade Science and Language Arts

Education:
B.S. in Education – Martin Luther College (2004)
Experience:
3rd and 4th Grade Teacher – St. Paul Lutheran School, Green Bay, WI (2005-2010)
2nd Grade Teacher – Abiding Word Lutheran School, Houston, TX (2014-Present)
Personal Philosophy Statement:
“Let the message of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom.” (Colossians 3:16) It is my joy and privilege to point my students to Jesus as we grow and learn together. I will help the students enjoy learning, so their love for learning lasts a lifetime. I will strive to teach the students using a variety of tools and methods and will work together with parents to help the students achieve success in their learning. It is my goal that my students will, most importantly, grow in their faith in their Savior, while also growing academically, socially, and emotionally.
Personal Interests:
Spending time with my husband Ben and my sons Luke and Landon, reading, the Green Bay Packers, spending time outdoors.
Favorite Bible Verse:
Peter 3:15 – But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

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Matt Lange

4th Grade Homeroom Teacher and Athletic Director

Education:
B.S. in Education – Martin Luther College (2017)
Experience:
Student Teaching- Risen Savior Lutheran Mankato, Minnesota Grades 7-8, Oak Point Elementary Eden Prairie, Minnesota Grade 2
Personal Philosophy Statement:
We as Christians must able to give the reason for the hope we have as well as adapt to a world that is constantly changing. It is my goal to prepare my students for both.
Personal Interests:
I enjoy spending time with my wife, playing and watching sports, fishing, and reading.
Favorite Bible Verse:
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

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Angie Engel

3rd Grade Teacher

Education:
Abiding Word Lutheran School alumnus, K-8
Klein Oak High School – 1990-1994
Texas Woman’s University – B.S. in Elementary Education with a Minor in Art
Experience:
Grade 2 – Navasota ISD
Grade 2 – Bryan ISD
Grade 3 – Abiding Word Lutheran School
Personal Philosophy Statement:
We are all children of God! My goal as a christian teacher is to show my students how to apply God’s word to all areas of their lives.
Favorite Bible Verse:
Proverbs 3:5 -Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

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Rebekah Patterson

1st Grade Teacher

Education:
B.S. in Elementary Education – Texas A&M University (2015)
Experience:
Junior Methods – Johnson Elementary School (kindergarten), Bryan, TX (Spring 2014)
Senior Methods – Kemp-Carver Elementary School – Title I (2nd grade), Bryan, TX (Fall 2014)
Student Teacher – Rock Prairie Elementary School (1st grade), College Station, TX (Spring 2015)
1st Grade Teacher – Abiding Word Lutheran School, Houston, TX (2015 – Present)
Personal Philosophy Statement:
I believe providing students with a Christ-centered learning environment will allow them to grow spiritually. I strive to provide my students with unique and challenging learning opportunities they will remember the rest of their lives. By reminding my students daily of the love and grace our Father in heaven has shown us, my hope is that my students and I will grow together in our faith throughout the year.
Personal Interests:
Spending time with family, road trips, fishing, and photography.
Favorite Bible Verse:
Isaiah 41:10 – “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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Kari Freiberg

Kindergarten Teacher

Education:
B.S. in Education- Martin Luther College (2015)
Experience:
6 weeks of student teaching in 3rd grade- GFW Elementary School
10 weeks of student teaching in Kindergarten- Salem Lutheran School
Personal Philosophy Statement:
My goal is that each student feels loved by their Savior, by me, and by their peers. Students will grow academically, emotionally, and most importantly spiritually.
Personal Interests:
I enjoy getting outside and being active through running and hiking. I also enjoy crafts and painting!
Favorite Bible Verse:
``Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.'” Isaiah 30:21

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Lizbeth Romero

PreK-3

Education:
College hours toward Early Childhood Degree
Experience:
6 years of teaching experience with toddlers
6 years at Abiding Word Early Childhood
Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
I love seeing how I can make a difference in a little ones life and seeing their smiles full of joy when they learn something new.
Favorite Bible Verse:
“Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

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Kendy Garcia

Teacher Assistant

Education:
Associate Degree of Science
Experience:
6 years teaching experience with toddlers
6 years at Abiding Word Early Childhood
Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
I like to see the faces of children when they learn something new. Also, if you teach young children the love of learning, they will become better people for the future.
Favorite Bible Verse:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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Anna Lange

Administrative Assistant and After School Care Teacher

Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and K-12 Education
Experience:
2 years Art and Technology at Middle School
2 Year Abiding Word Lutheran School/ECE subbing and after care
Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
I love guiding students in their “aha” moments in learning and sharing my passion for learning and art.
Favorite Bible Verse:
``I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.`` Isaiah 46:4

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Faith Brown

School Administrative Assistant

Education:
Graduated from Abiding Word and Luther Prep and attended (some) college at UofH
Experience:
Experienced Domestic Engineer and Abiding Word mom of 6
Personal Philosophy:
See a need, fill a need! Let's get organized and get the job done well.
Personal Interests:
Volunteering at church, my family, art, museums of all kinds, axe throwing for fun
Favorite Bible Verse:
``For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.`` Jeremiah 29:11

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