All our faculty and staff at Valley Christian Heritage School share a passion for teaching children and helping them be successful as they learn through the "nurture and admonition of the Lord."
Mary Rydl, Superintendent and full-time classroom teacher at VCHS since 1978, began teaching in 1965 in public school. She has taught all subjects and all grade levels but especially enjoys kindergarten and first grade. Her "Teddy Bear Week" is legendary, as well as all the other fun activities utilized to make a lasting impact and memory for her students. She teaches Bible for all levels, sharing her love for God.
She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Health-Physical Education, a Master's Degree in Educational Administration with emphasis on Curriculum Development, and Superintendent's Certificate at Pan American University.
She has served on the National Christian School Association Board of Trustees since 1997, was honored as National Educator of the Year in Washington, D. C., in 1997, and as the National Administrator of the Year in 2010.
Mary and her husband Les (Ph. D., Texas A & M) have three children and eight grandchildren.
Lisa Guajardo teaches second and third grades, all CIS, and Spanish classes. She has superbly taught almost all subjects and all grade levels.
She began teaching at VCHS in 2004 and previously taught in public schools in La Joya and Donna. She is a diligent and loving teacher who works lovingly to help each student succeed.
She earned her Bachelor's Degree in History and English at the University of Texas - Pan American and her Master's Degree in Educational Administration at Texas A & M - Commerce. She has earned numerous certifications and was named Most Outstanding Teacher at VCHS. Students enjoy her fun, hands-on projects.
She and her husband Jesse have three children who all attended VCHS from Preschool. Two have graduated from VCHS and are honor students at Harding University. The third will be a senior at VCHS in the fall of 2020.
Griselda Rosado began her teaching career at VCHS in 2014. She is a VCHS alumnus, having enrolled as a student in elementary and continuing as an honor student through her senior year.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Emmaus Bible College and Liberty University, along with Certification in Biblical Studies and in Classroom Management and Professional Development.
Born in Edinburg, she has lived in many places, traveling summers with her family to do migrant work in Iowa, Illinois, and other northern states. She, like all our faculty members, has a very strong work ethic and fully understands students' having to make transitions and changes in difficult times.
She is the mother of her adopted son and a kind and compassionate teacher, dedicated to individualizing instruction for every child. She has taught all subjects but especially enjoys the intermediate grades. Students love her many games and fun learning activities.
Carmi Lima Louzada has been a faculty member at VCHS since 2005, having previously taught at Central Christian School.
She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from the University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has earned numerous certifications during her twenty-two years of teaching.
Born in Brazil, she speaks Portuguese, as well as Spanish and English. She and her husband came to the United States and very proudly became American citizens. She and Eliezer (Ph. D., Associate Professor, Texas A & M) have two grown daughters.
She teaches physical education and health, preschool, and has taught elementary, intermediate, and upper level classes as is needed. She is a team-builder and encourager to students and staff.
Becky Martinez Peterson is a proud graduate of VCHS. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Psychology at the University of Texas - RGV and has earned numerous certifications.
She began teaching at VCHS in 2016, teaching all areas of science and secondary English. She has a passion for instilling a love for curiosity and intrigue in science investigations. Her hobbies include ichthyology and herpetology activities (discovering the many amphibian and reptile species of the valley). You are likely to see her gently carrying a snake to her classroom to show. She aspires to teach students the intricate and gentle nature of God's creatures. Kids love her exciting, constant lab experiments.
She and her husband Caleb (also a VCHS alumnus) are the parents of two small children.
As an honor graduate of VCHS, she knows the values and goals of our school and strives to instill the love of learning in all her students.
Phillip Montgomery joined the VCHS faculty in 2017 after retiring from public school teaching for thirty-four years in Nebraska and in Cotulla and Monte Alto, Texas.
He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math and Chemistry and his Master's of Science in Education, Chemistry, and Physics from Kearney State College in Nebraska.
He teaches mathematics and history/geography/cultural studies for secondary, as well as robotics/technology projects.
He and his wife Charlotte (B. S., Elementary Education) make their home in Alamo and are the caregivers for his father. He strives to help students learn that math is just playing games with numbers and to enjoy learning and working with math on all levels.
Accredited by National Christian School Association since 1991. The association is recognized by Texas Education Agency and Texas Private Schools Accreditation Commission. VCHS does not discriminate on the basis of creed, race, sex, or religion.