Meet the Faculty

Fourth grade teacher Joya Holden

February 13, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

Name: Joya Holden

Position: 4th Grade Teacher

Education: BA and Masters in Education - University of Michigan

What did you do before you came to Keystone: Taught in public school for 15 years

Why do you like working here: The kiddos and staff are phenomenal!

Hobbies/pastimes: Mountain biking & yoga

Something (personal or professional) you’re proud of: My children, they amaze me everyday.

Favorite/inspirational book: "The Giving Tree," by Shel Silverstein; "Shantaram," by Gregory David Roberts

Favorite quote: “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” J.R.R. Tolkien

French teacher Benjamin Hirt

February 08, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

Name: Benjamin Hirt

Position: French teacher, grades 7-12

Education: BA Capital University, MA University of Kentucky, ABD The Ohio State University

Prior to coming to Keystone: Before Keystone, I taught French language, composition, conversation, phonetics and second language acquisition at Wright State University.

Why do you like working here? I like working here because everyone is eager to learn and grow together.

Hobbies/pastimes: Besides teaching French, my biggest passions are studying Spanish and German, traveling, gardening and cooking.

Something (personal or professional) you’re proud of: Something I'm most proud of is my opportunity to share my passion for French with others.

Favorite/most inspirational book: Michael Pollan's "The Botany of Desire."

Favorite quote: Le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît point. --Blaise Pascal

Fun fact: my family is hosting a French exchange student this year.

Art and digital media teacher Chris Parker

February 01, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

Name: Christian Parker

Position: K-4 Art teacher, 7th grade Digital Media teacher and Upper School Digital Media teacher

Education: Bachelors from The University of Texas

Prior to coming to Keystone: I taught in Austin and South America and was also a software trainer/business analyst.

Why do you like working here? I like working here because of the kids.

Something I'm proud of: A piece of art I collaborated on with three other art teachers was published on the cover of the New York Times a few years ago. The same year I was recognized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for my contributions to the art education community.

Favorite Book: Lonesome Dove

Favorite Quote: Good Times

Theater Arts teacher Gypsy Pantoja

January 25, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

Name: Gypsy A. Pantoja

Position: Lower & Middle School Theatre Arts Teacher

Education: Bachelor of Arts in theatre & Master of Fine Arts in Acting

What did you do before you came to Keystone: I was teaching at Northwest Vista & Our Lady of the Lake

Why do you like working here: I love the students. I appreciate their enthusiasm for learning. I also appreciate the Staff & Faculty of Keystone. They are family!

Hobbies/pastimes: I love live music and I also love to create just about anything!

Something (personal or professional) you’re proud of: I am most proud of my time here at Keystone and the program I have developed.

Favorite/inspirational book: Letters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke

Favorite quotes: “Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has much difficulty and sadness and remains far behind yours. Were it otherwise he would never have been able to find those words.” – Rilke

Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. - Rilke

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