Creative Arts Teachers

Stephen Vnasdale
Stephen Vnasdale comes to us this year from Sioux City, IA where he had been teaching at Westmoor Music Co. and Siouxland Music Academy in South Dakota and Iowa for the last 19 years. He is TCA's Creative Arts Department Director and teaches 2nd thru 12th grade Music, as well as the Director for the TCA's Praise Band. Since his arrival this Summer, Stephen has been attending Trinity Bible Church.
Carolyn Graves

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art Studies from The University of North Texas.  She loves visual arts because she has the ability to express herself without feeling like her expression is "wrong".  She believes art can and does encompass everything, and within that broad spectrum, she has the freedom to choose and create as she sees fit.  However, as a Christian, she feels a responsibility to let her love for Christ to be the driving force behind every creative thing she does.  If her creative expression doesn't show love and give praise back to The Creator, "then [she is] a noisy gong or a clanging cymbol." (1 Corinthians 13:1)

She grew up in a musical household with a sister who taught music and a mom who is a published composer.  She plays the guitar and leads children in songs on Sunday morning at church.  Also, she loves to paint. 
"There is no "wrong" way to create art. As long as the subject matter is appropriate, the way in which you express yourself is limitless. Develop your own style!! Anyone who wants to express themselves creatively should!!"  Mrs. Graves
Sharon Klahm
Mrs. Klahm attended Bethany College, a small private Liberal Arts College in West Virginia, from 1979-1983.  She majored in Music Education with an emphasis in Voice and participated in several theatrical performances.  Musical theatre is her passion.  She loves teaching music and directing choir because it is a blessing to see God's work in the students by building self-confidence. Also, she believes music and theatre provides students with a sense of accomplishment and allows them to share the gift that God has blessed them.  
She enjoys teaching music theory and exploring the different composers of the past.  She starts teaching theory in Pre-K.  Understanding music and how to read it is the basis for being able to perform well.  She has received Enrichment Teacher of the Year three different years.  As a student in music, she received superior ratings in different competitions.
"I think that there is a place for everyone in the fine arts.  All of us have a need to express ourselves and what better way to do it than thru a creative outlet such as art, music, theatre, photography, etc.  I always expect the students to do their best in everything that they do and give all the glory to the Lord."  Mrs. Klahm
Kim Wheat
Mrs. Wheat received a Bachelor of Science in Health/Physical Education and English at Texas Wesleyan University.  As the Yearbook sponsor, she loves producing a book for all the students and staff at TCA.  She understands the responsibility that is given to her by documenting the everyday life at TCA.  She is an experienced writer due to her degree in English.
"Students are always concerned about the early class, but we really do have a great time working on the yearbook.  The sense of accomplishment is wonderful when we hand out the books and get to see the faces of students who are so excited about it."  Mrs. Wheat