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!
E++ STEM Instructor
Michelle Mayer grew up in a small community in Minnesota. She attended her church’s grade school
and attended St. Croix Lutheran High School in West St. Paul. After graduating from Martin Luther
College with a degree in Elementary Education and Staff Ministry, she moved to San Antonio in 2004.
Michelle taught in a multi-grade classroom for 7 years before she had the joy of staying home to take
care of her own children. While teaching she met and married a San Antonio boy from her church.
When the children were small, Michelle spent time leading women’s Bible studies, tutoring, and
teaching piano lessons.
Michelle currently lives in West San Antonio with her husband and three children. It had never been a
goal to homeschool her children, but now after homeschooling for six years it is hard to imaging doing
any differently. The whole family is excited to add The Well into their weekly schedule this year and
can’t wait to have new experiences and meet new people.
E+ Art Instructor
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!
E++ Art Instructor
San Antonio was home to Celeste for 18 years before she left for Austin, Texas in pursuit of a Management degree from the McCombs School of Business. While being immersed in a pool of people with different cultures and backgrounds, Celeste was drawn to sociological studies that helped explain how family history shapes every person’s life experience. She quickly picked up a degree from the College of Liberal Arts as well. With an open mind and eager heart, Celeste also wandered into a Christian church for the very first time and discovered her undeniable need for the triune God. Since then, Celeste chose to redirect her career route and answer God’s call to be an artist. Painting, photography poetry, and pottery are just a few ways she has utilized art to connect to her community. Even with painting murals and piano playing already under wraps as her next form of expression, Celeste is most enthusiastic about pouring God’s grace into the children at The Well as their new Art teacher.
E+ Music & Drama Instructor
Daniela is Colombian and a passionate music teacher, who moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2016. She started her Bachelor’s of Arts in Music the following year, and finally graduated with honors in 2022 at the Baptist University of the Americas. In her free time she likes to paint, sing, and go out with friends to try new dishes. Her favorite sport is soccer and she loves 1998s Mulan.
Her biggest passion, besides music is to serve and worship God and share about him with other people.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”
E++ Theater Instructor
Sarah is an active member of the San Antonio theater community with experience in dance, acting, and vocal performance. With over 20 years of performance experience, including 8 years as a member of the Appalachian Ballet Company, Sarah brings her own flare to San Antonio. Her collegiate training included a variety of theater courses while obtaining both her bachelors and masters degrees. Unique to Sarah's experience is her work using the performing arts to develop the social and emotional skills of young students. Most recently Sarah joined San Antonio Wolf Trap as a trainer for preschool and kindergarten teachers working to integrate the performing arts into their lesson plans. Additionally Sarah works with the Woodlawn Theatre Academy as an outreach specialist bringing musical theatre education and performance to at risk students. Sarah is the resident choreographer for the JCC Starz program and has choreographed for other performance groups in the area. Sarah is also a current dancer and choreographer with San Antonio Dance Fringe. And because her favorite way to praise God is through music, Sarah sings for multiple churches as a cantor for weddings, funerals, and weekend services.
E+ Spanish Instructor
My name is Blanca Hayslip, I am from Mexico, I have been married for almost 8 years, my husband's
name is Charles Hayslip. Between my husband & I, we have 4 children, a grandson and 2 grand dogs and 1 grand cat.
I am a retired teacher, I taught kindergarten in Mexico for 30 years, it was a wonderful time, I was able
to instruct the children educationally and God gave me the opportunity to show them His love.
Before moving to this beautiful city, we lived in Irving, TX. I worked for 3 years in the children's ministry at Gateway Church, the church where we attended at the time. After moving to San Antonio, I worked at Cornerstone Christian School (Extended care) for 8 months.
My experience of working with children in this country has been very good and very challenging since I
have learned and practiced the English language, but I love Spanish, my native language, so I am happy
that God has opened the door in this school. It will be wonderful to teach Spanish to the
children who attend my class. I am sure we will have wonderful times learning and having fun together.
E++ Geography Instructor
Rachel grew up in California but has lived all over the world for the last 17 years since marrying her high school sweetheart who is a Chaplain in the Air Force. She has six children that she has homeschooled from the beginning. She has worked with children for over 20 years in various organizations, camps and ministries. She has taught in homeschool co-ops for the past 6 years and enjoys sharing her love for Jesus to the littlest of the flock. She is a graphic designer who loves shopping, cooking, woodworking, organizing, and being involved in her church family.
My name is Angela Bello. I have been married to Daniel Bello for 10 years. Together we have 7 amazing children and adorable grandson. We have been blessed with being able to homeschool our children for 9 years. I graduated from Baptist university of Americas in 2012. I have worked with administration for over 9 yrs and absolutely love it. I also love teaching bible study’s and fellowshipping with other families. I am excited to get to know everyone that will be joining us in this new exciting journey. I am also excited to learn from all our friends this year.
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.
Private Music Instructor & School of Worship Instructor
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. 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.
Teresa Comparin - Senior Team
Director of School of Worship & Admin
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 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 AWANA and ministries at her church. In her free time she enjoys reading, exploring nature, biking, hiking, running and spending time with her family.