"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge," Albert Einstein
Government & US History
Mr. Bowman has 17 years of teaching experience and a law degree (Doctorate of Jurisprudence.)
Tutor/Odysseyware Teacher, Special Services
Ms. Carpenter has been an art teacher for 15 years, teaching grades k-college. She graduated Southwest Texas State with a BFA in studio Art, Master Education in Curriculum & Instruction and Specializes in painting.
She not only has a passion for art but also for horses, dogs, and restoring old trucks.
Yoga/Home Economics, Health & PE
Born in: Florida; growed up in San Marcos TXInteresting Fact: I laugh like a dolphinAttended: Southwest Texas State UniversityRole at KAPS: Yoga and Home Ec teachers as well as Tutor Coordinator for After schoolReason for being at KAPS: Vicariously re-living my high school years in a school that I actually "fit" into. As well as to mentor our youth and make real, live connections.
As a teacher and Department head of science at the Katherine Anne Porter School it is a privilege to work with the many inspirational and extraordinary team members that have created this successful school environment. I have worked here for fourteen years as the Biology and Chemistry teacher and I am amazed with the progress our school has accomplished in this small rural community.
Having been born and raised in this area has given me an appreciation for the great outdoors of Texas and my love for science motivated me to get a degree for teaching the secondary level of education. I received my Bachelors of Science degree from Texas State University with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry in 2001. In addition to teaching I have been involved in working with the Bastrop Houston toad (endangered species) as well as monitoring turtle populations in many rivers in Texas.
Teachers have many hats they must wear and I have also been very active in the Leos Club, student council, volleyball team, and of course all the extra activities that go with the social environment of high school. My love of learning has never diminished and the passion that I teach with is always present in the classroom in the hopes that it will inspire students to become all that they can.
Dr. John Eastlake
English IV, English IV AP, English
Dr John Eastlake earned his doctorate in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2008. His research focuses on the collaborative study of Native American, particularly Lakota, and Irish-language autobiographies of the modern period. He has been teaching at Katherine Anne Porter School since 2013, following two post-doctoral fellowships at University College Cork, Ireland. Dr Eastlake teaches a broad range of subjects at KAPS, including: AP English Literature and Composition, AP U.S. History, U.S. History Honors, English IV, Tolkien and the Utopian Impulse, Chinese Martial Arts, and Irish Studies (Humanities).
Archery, Health & PE, Guitar/Percussion/Music Tech, Fine Arts
I hold both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, with a focus on classical guitar performance, from Texas State University - San Marcos. Certifications include early childhood through twelfth grade music instructor through the state of Texas, basic archery instructor through the National Archery in the Schools Program, and level 1 instructor from USA Archery. Additionally, I have received special training to teach the classical guitar curriculum developed by the Austin Classical Guitar Society and advanced placement music theory through the College Board’s AP Institute. In June, 2015, I was appointed to serve as a Reader at the College Board’s 2015 AP Music Theory Reading.
Professor Vlad has experience teaching theater, theater history, beginner and intermediate acting, directing perspectives and much more at the University of Toledo, the University of the Incarnate Word, the Barat College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has directed productions such as The Dragon, O Best Beloved, Dido and Aeneas, Just So Stories, Big Train and many more. Winning multiple awards for his work, KAPS is grateful to have someone with so much talent and experience here to teach our dragons and help them find their passion for theater.
English I, III, English
Mr. Schaefer and his dog Juliet are entering their third year at KAPS. Originally from Wisconsin, he holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Texas.
8th grade Teacher
Born and raised in Ghent, Belgium Ms. Elisabeth graduated from the University College of Ghent with a Bachelors degree in Primary Education and completed a Post Graduate in Development Aid. Ms. Elisabeth has taught in Spain, Honduras,
in the Special Education Department in Ghent, and moved to Wimberley three years ago. Last year she started working as a paraprofessional at Kaps, and will now be in charge of the Science, Math and Technology classes of the eighth grade. She is an illustrator on the side and loves sports, gardening and nature. She is excited to teach in the heart of the Hill Country at a school that emphasizes creativity, the community, the environment, and most of all, a positive student experience.
Walk & Read, Health & PE, Animal Science/Agriculture, Science, World Geography & Social Studies / Mathematics
Ms. Smetzer received her Bachelors of Science degree in Recreation Administration, specializing in Therapeutic Recreation, from Southwest Texas State University. She is certified in Early Education, Special Education, and Composite Social Studies. Throughout her 14 years working in a school setting, she has assisted in existing agriculture programs, brought new agriculture programs to schools, and has started school gardens. She is a member of the World Affairs Council of America, Texas Association of Geography Educators, and a LEOS sponsor to the Wimberley Lions Club. She volunteers much of her free time at Montesino Ranch where she aids in sustainable farming. She has taught at KAPS for eight years and loves every second of it.
ACE 21st CCLC After school Program Director & Gardening Teacher
Ms. Wilfong is a dedicated educator, environmentalist and community advocate. She currently teaches advanced soil and plant science and is the ACE 21 st Century Community Center administrator at the Katherine Anne Porter School. She is passionate about environmental issues. Six years ago she became a Certified Texas Master Naturalist and has served the Wimberley Village Library as the project director for the naturalist program for two years. Ms. Wilfong regularly involves her science class in the project at the library. She encourages her students to have a love for the environment as well as a commitment to serve others through their efforts. Another one of her environmental commitments is to the restoration of the trees along the Blanco River where she and her students regularly join other organizations to restore the ecology of the damaged river banks. She also serves the Wimberley Community through her commitment to the Lions Club. She currently is the Dispatcher at Wimberley Market Days and serves her students and families by her continued dedication to being a member of both the Foreign Exchange Committee and the Scholarship Committee.
Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor's degree in English and a Bachelor's in Film from Penn State University, where he also earned his Master's of Arts in English. At The James A. Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas, Mr. Miller earned his MFA in Creative Writing, specializing in Fiction and Screenwriting. He has taught English in Pennsylvania, coastal Georgia, and the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
Both of my parents have been involved in education for over 40 years. In continuing where they left off, I am now teaching math and science here at KAPS. I can’t see myself teaching anywhere else, as the atmosphere found here is unlike any other school I’ve been to – creative, open and accommodating. I graduated from Texas State University with a B.S. in Mathematics and currently reside in San Marcos. When I am not teaching, I can be found swimming in the San Marcos River, creating culinary masterpieces in the kitchen (if only!), and playing sports or video games with my son. I look forward to a great year at KAPS! Go Dragons!!!
Favorite Quote(s): A conversation in quantum theory
Einstein - “God does not play dice”
Many years later…..
Stephen Hawking – “Not only does god play dice, but...he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.”
Mr. Paul (Kevin) Vann a.k.a. RED
My mother was a teacher and my father was a banker. I took the best of both of them and created a math teacher. New Braunfels is my home and I am a Unicorn! Before graduating from SWTSU, I graduated from New Braunfels High School. When I am not teaching, I can be found on a tennis court, a local golf course, a poker table, or in a kitchen cooking for someone. Italian food is my specialty (Homemade Lasagna from Scratch). Unfortunately, I was not blessed with children so my wife, Natalie, and I have raised two four-legged children, Bugs and Symba. I am a dedicated Christian and a member of Oakwood Baptist Church.
Favorite Quote: “…math was easy until the alphabet got involved…”
Graphic Arts Teacher
I began my career as an Advanced Graphics Specialist at Electronic Arts’ legendary Origin Systems. A pioneer of online gaming and a veteran with over 20 years experience in the computer games industry, I have much to offer as a Graphic Artist.
I am a Texas State University graduate, earning a Studio Arts degree in Fine Arts, with a specialization in Painting and Drawing
In addition to the Visual Arts, I have a passion for Tabletop Roleplaying Games, and have been a Gamemaster facilitating games for over 30 years.
Whilst not in the studio or at a gaming table, I enjoy spending my days swimming, kayaking and sun bathing. In addition, I am a NAUI certified Master Diver. I have a natural affinity for the water. Fittingly, my childhood nickname was "Froggy".
8th Grade Teacher
Shannon Honigblum has taught students from kindergarten through high school. A published author and contributing editor, she has a passion for writing, language, literature, and history. Shannon is a returned Peace Corp volunteer(Niger) and a Fulbright recipient(Siberia). She holds a BA in Classics from the University of Florida, a MA in Literary Cultures from New York University, and a MS in Education from Sunbridge College. She is thrilled to be teaching 8th grade English and History at KAPS.