Infinity Staff

meet the administration and teachers

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

-Philippians 4:8

Faculty and Staff

Marilyn Graham

Principal

This is Marilyn’s 42nd year in education. She has experience in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade as well as being a math specialist, TX teacher trainer, family math, curriculum specialist, and 9 years in NISD as a vice principal. Through all her experience, being Principal of Infinity Christian Academy has truly been the best 10 years of it all! Marilyn and her husband Glenn celebrated 37 years of marriage this year. She loves spending time with her adult children and all her grandchildren. She enjoys watching movies, creating “handstamped” cards, and traveling. She is also grateful for the love and passion God instilled in her early on to teach children. She has served as Children’s Director at her church, taught VBS many years, and taught Sunday School 30 years at Crossroads Baptist Church. She also serves as the Board President of Infinity guiding the direction of this model of schooling. She is continually grateful that the Lord has helped build it to bless all the families who believe in its mission and vision.

Kelly Hanson

Kindergarten Teacher

Kelly possesses the energy, enthusiasm and animation necessary to teach Kindergarten students. This is Kelly’s 11th year teaching Kinder here at Infinity. She continually keeps the students engaged in learning with academics as well as music, art, and center activities.  She has worked as a community teacher for Northside Independent School District teaching decorative painting. This same artistic talent has lent itself to her creating a line of art projects for children called “Kelly Kits”. Kelly has three daughters who attend Infinity: Rhapsody in 10th, Violet in 7th, and Ember in 1st.

Jill Irwin

1st Grade Teacher

This is Jill’s first year teaching our first graders at Infinity Christian Academy. She has a great love for children and a passion for teaching. She has over 10 years of experience teaching in Virginia and Pennsylvania. She graduated in 1994 from Penn State University with a BS in Special Education and is currently completing her education to become an ASL interpreter.

Jill is a runner and certified Road Runners Club of America coach. This year she will also teach PE to our Infinity Eagles. She has lived in Africa, France and Spain and traveled back and forth to Cameroon for about 15 months for ministry work. She has also been a camp director and a substitute teacher at Geneva School of Boerne.

She is married with four children. We are blessed to have her teach our first graders this year.

Laura Hagewood

2nd Grade Teacher

Laura is excited to start her 2nd year with Infinity this year as our 2nd grade teacher. She has lived all over the nation as a child in a military family, but spent the majority of her adulthood in the San Antonio area. She has an adult son and a daughter in 7th grade, and they are the joy of her life. She graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Math. She has teacher certifications in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, ESL, and Math. She comes to us with over 16 years teaching experience, both in her own classroom and as a substitute. She has taught primarily Pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade, with a few years involvement with 4th – 8th grade students. She has a love for teaching and being involved with helping children, both in and out of the class setting. She has enjoyed volunteering at her children’s schools and also runs a small part time business. She loves to see the look in children’s eyes when they grasp a concept and strives to instill a love for lifetime learning in her students.

Sherry Viereck

3rd Grade Teacher

Sherry graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She’s taught preschool through 4th grade in the Houston and San Antonio areas. She’s married to Erik and has two children, both A&M graduates. This is Sherry’s 12th year with our method of schooling and she has a total of 30 years of teaching experience. Her outgoing personality and tremendous work ethic make her a great teacher. When she’s not with her 3rd graders, she’s either teaching Driver Ed or hanging out with her three dogs and three cats.

Nanci Portela

4th Grade Teacher

This is Nanci’s sixth year with Infinity Christian Academy. Her daughter was a student from 3rd through 7th grade. Nanci has volunteered every year as Room Mom and has been our primary substitute teacher for the last couple of years. She was one of our administrative assistants last year so she is familiar with the staff, our school model, and most of our students.

Nanci has been married to her husband for 27 years and they have an eighth grader who is in Club Volleyball. They attend Oak Hills Church where she volunteers in the Production department on the weekends and are active in small groups with an emphasis on marriage ministry. They love to travel and spend family time together.

Nanci is excited to be teaching 4th grade this year and looking forward to meeting her new students and families.

Amanda Diehl

5th Grade/6th Grade Teacher

Amanda Diehl is teaching 5th and 6th grade this year at Infinity Christian Academy. This is her third year teaching at ICA and her 6th year teaching overall. She has taught pre-k and 3rd through 6th grades. Amanda graduated from UTSA with a bachelors in Elementary Education with a certification in pre-k through 6th grade. Amanda loves being a part of this school and community.

Andrea Gargano

Junior/High School Teacher

Andrea is in her fifth year at Infinity. She graduated Cum Laude from Albertus Magnus College. Andrea spent several years working at a Council for Girl Scouts, overseeing programs for older girls for the state. She also coached cheerleading at the youth, high school, and college level, and was the Team Manager for boys wrestling. Andrea is married with two grown children, including an Infinity graduate, and has several rescue pets. She has a wide variety of interests, which include animals, cooking, travel, and volunteering. Andrea brings high energy to her classroom along with a love of teaching, learning, and a deep faith in our Lord.

Jo Fredrickson

Junior/High School Teacher, Academic Dean

Jo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Minnesota. She also serves on the Infinity Christian Academy Board of Directors to help maintain the vision of mission for this ministry. She continues to be blessed to walk with other parents through this model of schooling. This is her 13th year. She has a total of 39 years teaching experience and brings many talents and skills to Infinity. Because she is fluent in American Sigh Language we can offer that as our foreign language for high school. Her “out of the box” thinking lends itself to always sharing a variety of solutions to any challenge/opportunity we face. She lives her faith out loud, bakes delicious desserts, and inspires her co-teaching parents.

Anna Thomas

High School Teacher

Anna Thomas is happy to be on the staff of Infinity for her third year. She teaches English and Literature to our 9th – 12th graders. She moved to Boerne from Orange, Texas where she was born and raised.
Anna graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas with a BS in Secondary Education. Her specializations are English and Life-Earth Science. She also attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas to obtain her Library Media Specialist certification.
She taught English, Reading and Science for 14 years in Orange, Texas. She was a school librarian for 16 years at schools in Orange, Katy, Texas and Lake Charles, Louisiana. She retired in 2013 but missed being in the classroom with students and is delighted to be back in the classroom. She feels God has placed her here and is excited to learn more about our Lord and his plan for her life. In her spare time, Anna crochets, reads and does artwork. She also is the happiest when she is with her children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Philippians 4:1 “Dear brother Christians, I love you and long to see you, for you are my joy and reward for my work.”

Trish Caraway

Junior/High School Teacher

This is Trish Caraway’s first year at Infinity as our 7th-11th grade Science teacher and she is excited to be a part of such a fabulous school.
She has her Master of Science degree in Microbiology and began teaching in 2004 at the University level. She has taught every level since then ranging from college sciences to high school dual credit to elementary to preschool. She feels blessed to teach where God has led her.
She is married with three sons. Her oldest is a junior in high school, her second son is a sixth grader, and the youngest is a fourth grader this year. They all enjoy outdoor activities, sports, and family.

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Contact Us

Phone: +1 210-792-2373
14889 Old Bandera Road
First Baptist Church of Helotes
Helotes, TX 78023