Mr. Jimmy Crane - Government and Economics Teacher, Assistant Football Coach
What did you do before coming here? Any notable or interesting past jobs? I was teaching and coaching at The Woodlands High School.
How long have you worked in education? This is my 32nd year in education.
What do you look forward to most about this school year? I look forward to developing relationships with my students and players. I also look forward to teaching at a school grounded in biblical and spiritual growth.
What attracted you to TWCA? Great reputation, wholesome environment.
What’s been the best part of life at TWCA so far? The best part of life at TWCA so far has been the willingness of people to help when you have questions. The teachers around me, especially, have been incredible.
How do you see God working in you, your students and/or at TWCA? I see a special, Christ-centered school that has made me realize I have room to improve in my personal relationship with Christ. Our students and staff serve as daily reminders of how special this place is.
What do you like to do for fun? I like to travel and plan to do much more. I like to visit my daughters and 2 grandsons. I also like to watch sports and play golf, though I am not very good.
Tell us something interesting about you/fun fact - I am a news nerd. I watch the news twice daily to keep up with what is going on. My 40th anniversary is March 6! My wife, Debbie, and I own a dress shop called Crane’s Dress Boutique. Of course she does all the work as it is her true dream and passion. We sell mother-of-the-bride dresses, guest of wedding dresses, prom dresses and homecoming dresses.
Ms. Martiza Newman - 12th Grade English Teacher
What did you do before coming here? Any notable or interesting past jobs? During university, I worked in marketing and customer service for a small dental/maxo facial software company.
What do you look forward to most about this school year? Each day, I genuinely look forward to every one of my classes. I get to teach a subject I am passionate about to a dynamic and fascinating group of seniors who share a similar Biblical worldview. So, in short, I look forward to every day!
What attracted you to TWCA? There are so many wonderful aspects of TWCA. From the moment you step on campus, it is readily evident that everyone here is valued. The leadership clearly loves what they are doing and cares about all aspects of the students’ lives. Both faculty and students are always happy and smiling.
What’s been the best part of life at TWCA so far? My AMAZING students!!! They make each day so much fun!
What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy going on road trips.
Tell us something interesting about you/fun fact - I have visited 15 countries and 40 states.
Ms. Rao Oleyeye, Ed.D. - STEAM Coordinator
What did you do before coming here? Any notable or interesting past jobs? Before coming to TWCA I worked for a short time in HISD as the robotics teacher while I completed my doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation. In the past, I worked as a technology coach and teacher in the Middle East. First, I was in GEMS United School in Dubai, then after a year I went to Riffa Views International School in Bahrain.
How long have you worked in education? I have worked in education for 20 years.
Do you have children? – My children are adults, ages 25 and 21. My 25-year-old is an alumnus of Emory University in Atlanta, and my 21-year-old is a computer science student and a senior at Emory University.
What do you look forward to most about this school year? The completion of the STEAM space.
What attracted you to TWCA? Testimonies of other teachers that currently work here. Jennifer Russell recommended me to the school and Heidi Saenz told me TWCA is home. So I was happy to come on board.
What’s been the best part of life at TWCA so far? The community here is amazing. My colleagues are great, and I always look forward to collaborating with them.
How do you see God working in you, your students and/or at TWCA? My teaching philosophy is that – nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care. My mission as an educator is to inspire students to love the process of learning and become inquirers, creators and problem solvers with a Godly Worldview.
What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy writing and spending time with family.
Tell us something interesting about you/fun fact - I went skydiving in Dubai in February 2020.
Mr. Conner Svajda - HS History Teacher, Assistant Football Coach
What did you do before coming here? Any notable or interesting past jobs? Previously I worked at Leander Glenn High School where I taught AP Human Geography and I was the pass game coordinator and QB coach for the Grizzlies. Before that I spent a few years doing the same exact position and classes at Houston Lamar High school. While at Lamar I also taught in-school suspension and DAEP class structural behavior management.
How long have you worked in education? 4 years
What do you look forward to most about this school year? The opportunity to help grow the TWCA community and to see the expansion of this school. I picture this school and athletic community becoming not only a powerhouse in Houston, but state-wide.
What attracted you to TWCA? Coach Mac worked with me at Lamar. While there, Coach Sanders (volunteer coach) and Coach Mac were my best friends at Lamar. We were a perennial powerhouse throughout the state of Texas. We held the longest living district winning streak in the state. Coach Mac called me last year while I was in Austin and said, “Let’s get the band back together.” I am so happy to be here with my good friends and mentors.
What’s been the best part of life at TWCA so far? I was blessed to be here early on last May to start working with the players. The players this year have worked so hard and understand what is required to take this program to the next step. I am very appreciative of the relationships I’ve built and how people have helped with my transition, not only coming back to Houston, but moving from public to private.
How do you see God working in you, your students and/or at TWCA? God has opened this amazing door to be back home. I was recently engaged last March and my fiancé works as an engineer at Shell. The Lord is allowing me to speak freely about my faith here and I’m able to pour into my players and students. TWCA has a lot to teach me still, but I also am excited to bring my high energy and high strung expectations to this school and team. The Lord has blown me away every day this school year and it will be a continuous learning process.
What do you like to do for fun? On the weekends, you will find my fiancé and me on our boat on Lake Travis. I love to surf, wake board, wake surf and paddle board. Right now, I am in the chapter of my life where there is always a wedding to be in on the weekends.
Tell us something interesting about you/fun fact - I am a former football college athlete and a graduate from Texas A&M.