Kara Kent has lived in San Antonio for the past 10 years. She is happily married and has two elementary aged boys. She grew up in Austin, TX and attended college in Waxahachie, TX at Southwestern Assembly of God University. She graduated with a counseling/psychology degree in 2003. She loves working with children. She has been a camp counselor at Royal Family Kids camp; a camp for abused and neglected children. She has worked with the YMCA’s after school program, organizing fun activities and games for the kids. She has also taught Missionettes and Sunday School. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family, exploring parks and fun places around San Antonio. She also enjoys scrap booking, memorizing scripture, and reading God’s word!
Julie Ehler is a native Texan and has called San Antonio home for several years. She is a wife and a fellow home school mom of two elementary aged children. Julie grew up in Abilene, TX and graduated from Abilene Christian University in 2008 with a degree in family studies. She taught PE at her children’s private Christian school for 2 years and fell in love with teaching and working with children. Julie believes that exercise should be fun and is looking forward to working with a new group of students and helping them to enjoy being active!
Sharon lives Boerne, TX with her husband and two teenage daughters. She obtained her BS in Education with a specialization in Art from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton. Upon graduating, she taught middle school art for several years until she stayed at home to raise her girls. During this time she volunteered to teach art at her girls’ elementary school and then started working at the school as an educational aide. During her free time Sharon loves to read, travel, play with different art mediums, and spend time with her family. She is excited to share her passion for art at The Well!
My name is Martha Rosenthal; I was born in America but raised through early college years in Mexico. I graduated from Texas A&M Kingsville University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. I have been married for 17 years and have two energetic sons, Jeremiah and Joshua. I am currently homeschooling Jeremiah, who is currently attending dual credit through St. Philips College and Southwestern Assembly of God University. I am an active member of Sendero AOG church youth and children’s ministry, where my husband is the Youth Pastor. I like to cook, garden, and travel with my husband and children. I am looking forward to a successful year at the Well homeschool Academy!
Missions & Cultural Geography Instructor
Susan (Sue) Goldberg has two decades of experience in the field of education, which include teaching in private Christian schools. She enjoys sharing her love of Christ and passion for learning.
The majority of her teaching years have been at the elementary level. She has also taught remedial reading to adults at the former University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas South most College. In addition, she has worked with autistic individuals ages five through adult.
Sue has a strong belief that all individuals are fearfully and wonderfully made, can learn, and have a purpose in life.She has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A & M University and holds teacher certifications in Texas: Elementary 1-8, Special Education PK -12 and Pennsylvania: PK - 4 Special Education PK -8.
Sue is married to her devoted husband Hugh, and they have two grown children, Grant and Anna. Hugh and Sue currently live with their beloved dog Cleo, a rescue from Brownsville. Sue is a lover of animals and served on the general board of the Valley Zoological Society for five years. Sue enjoys spending time with family, swimming, tutoring, and writing. She is the author of A Treasure to Keep: An Aggie Book for All Ages which is the story of an Aggie dad revealing the significance of the facets on The Aggie Ring to his young son.
Drama & Music Instructor
Angel Martinez is a San Antonio native who earned her Bachelors of Arts in Music Industry Studies from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. As a singer, songwriter, and recording artist she strives to share all that God has done for her through her music. Angel serves the Lord fervently and has collaborated with many ministries in San Antonio such as Forever Free Ministries, Honest Prayer Tribe, Alamo City Women’s ministry, King’s Mission, Mission City Ministries, San Antonio House of Prayer, Sold Out Believers Ministries, IAM International, and H.O.P.E. Ministries. Angel hosts bible studies every week, since March 2020, through her ministry Generation Fire. She seeks to teach and raise a generation on fire for God being unashamed and unapologetic about their faith. Considering this her first teaching position within a school, Angel is very grateful to be working with a great team and phenomenally gifted students.
Writing & Leadership Gavel Assistant
Selah has lived in San Antonio for the past 11 years with her three younger siblings. She has been home-schooled all her education with participating in co-ops. Her plans for the future are to attend a university majoring in Christian ministry with a minor in social work. Having been a swim coach,a lifeguard for three years, and working at a church day care, Selah has a heart for caring and teaching children. Her dreams are to one day serve in a third world country.
Creative Arts Instructor
My name is Annie Looney. I am so excited to be a part of The Well and spend time with kids learning and exploring art. I graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.S. in Communications/Support Field of Art. For over 25 years I have been creating artwork in various mediums. In my free time I love spending time with my husband of 14 years, and our two daughters. I love being outside, yoga, exercising, traveling and animals.
Writing & Leadership Gavel Instructor
With a degree and state certification in Elementary Education, grades 1-8, and in Generic Special Education, grades K-12, I have a passion for working with students who do not like learning in traditional ways. I am also certified as a Counselor and an Educational Diagnostician and enjoy testing and getting to know students. I have worked in public school, private school, and in homeschool for almost 30 years, and I also spend time tutoring all subjects, including college courses.
Private Music & Worship Band Instructor/Assistant & Substitute
My name is Shon Comparin. I am from San Antonio Texas where I live with my wife, Teresa and our son, Jedidiah. Our daughter, Makayla, is attending college in North Texas. I have a passion for teaching and leading worship music for the church. My wife and I are co-founders of the worship and preaching ministry of Deep Calls. I am an ordained minister and have served the Lord for over 20 years. My joy is to see the "lights come on" when people discover the truth found in the Word of God. I aspire to bring the best out of others and see them successful in life's journey!
Ginger Torvik and Derrik Torvik
Ginger's desire is to create an atmosphere for students that is fun, upbeat, and one that encourages excellence and good character. While in class we will focus on kicks, punches, combination routines, self-defense and weapons. Your child will gain poise, confidence, and endurance as they train hard and learn new skills. Martial Arts is a wonderful way for children to learn the discipline, hard work and patience that it takes to be successful in life.
Christina Brooks - Senior Team
My name is Christi Brooks. I have a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have been working with children in a variety of organizations for 10+ years. Through home daycare, personal babysitting, coaching and ministry I have served children of all ages. After completing my degree, I began working as a director and counselor at Life Choices Medical Clinic. It was there that I realized my passion for Family Counseling, and a vision for helping families began to form in my heart.
I currently am in the process of completing my internship to become a Licensed Therapist, under the supervision of Sherri Lambiase, LPC-s. In my free time I love to dance and teach dance. Having been a dancer all through high school, I was excited to be offered a cheer/dance instructor position after graduating. I have enjoyed performing and coaching dance in a variety of settings but I most value the role that dance can play in developing a heart of worship.
Violin Instructor/Worship Band Assistant
My name is Christine Ryktarsyk. I’m honored to be part of the Team here at “The Well.” I’m passionate about supporting families who are looking for Christ-Centered community. My background is in Elementary Education and Psychology. I’m an Army wife, mother of 4 grown children, and a piano teacher/accompanist. Over the past 25 years, the Army has moved our family 12 times. In each new place, joining a church was how we found “home.” Everywhere we lived, I taught piano lessons and worked to bring families together. I desire to show the Love of God to everyone I meet. My love for the piano helps me teach my students how to make “Music for Life.” I want people to find what Martin Luther discovered: “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
Teresa Comparin - Senior Team
Singer, songwriter, recording artist, worship leader, and ordained minister, Teresa Comparin has worked in the worship and music field for over 23 years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Liberty University with a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2020. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Tau Sigma Honor Society. Teresa is co-founder of Meek Music Productions, Deep Calls and Encounter Creative Arts School. She has experience as an elementary music teacher, middle school choir director, and a piano instructor. She has a passion to raise up generations of fire-branders for Jesus. Teresa currently lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband Shon of 19 years. They have two children, Jedidiah and Makayla.
Founder and Executive Director
Nicey Priestley was raised on military bases in Europe, but has resided in San Antonio for the last 21 years. She is married and has five daughters (ages 4, 8, 10, 12 and 14) whom she has homeschooled since birth. In addition to earning a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood Development from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Nicey has acquired over a decade of experience working with elementary and preschool children. During her tenure as a teacher and tutor, Nicey came to the understanding that every child has a unique learning style that an educator must accommodate if they are to maximize the child's learning potential.
This knowledge along with her passion for early childhood education has allowed her to create fun, hands-on lesson plans that get kids excited about learning! For many years Nicey operated a licensed in-home preschool and it was during that time that a vision began to form and the seed for The Well was planted. Additionally, she volunteers with AWANAS and ministries at her church. In her free time she enjoys reading, exploring nature, biking, hiking, running and spending time with her family.