Our dedicated team

Meet the certified educators ready to assist you in your journey.

Dr. Jim Christensen

Executive Director

Jim has been a visionary educator for over 30 years. As a math teacher, principal, superintendent and now Teachworthy Executive Director, Jim knows what it takes to get the best out of students of all backgrounds and to prepare educators for the classroom. His passion for excellence shows in all his efforts.

Dr. Rae Queen

Program Director

Rae began her career serving the special education needs of elementary age students. Her heart for teachers led her to develop one of the first ever private teacher certification programs in Texas. Eventually relocating to the San Antonio area, Rae and her husband, Collen, grew what would be the predecessor to Teachworthy. You can always find Rae actively guiding new teachers to be their best.

Collen Queen

Certification Officer

Collen joined Rae in Teacher Certification after having taught Biology and becoming a Physical Therapist for several years. Seeing the need to better prepare new teachers to enter the classroom moved him to come back to education. He’s also an incredible cook with a taste for BBQ.

Monica Mariott

Senior Program Advisor

Monica taught at the secondary level for many years before pausing to raise her family. Wanting to get back to serving teachers, she joined Rae and Collen. Happily married for over 28 years to her friend from first grade, anyone that visits with Monica will see how being a cheerleader for 11 years translates to her cheering on new teachers.

Tania Williams

Program Advisor

After 13 years in the finance industry, Tania began working in education in 2009 for the Fort Bend Independent School District. She served at an elementary campus where she knew every student by name and participated in a mentoring program for young ladies. In 2014, she joined Teachworthy’s predecessor and has enjoyed learning from this talented group of educators.

Kathleen Anzak

Program Advisor/Testing Coordinator

Kathleen has a master’s degree in education and has been an educator for over 20 years in many settings from teaching English and ESL in middle school and high school to training teachers in San Antonio, around the country, and abroad. She grew up in Brownsville, speaks Spanish, and loves to travel. She and her husband of 24 years have three wonderful teenage sons.

Jan Bettersworth

Program Advisor

Jan is a Texas public school educator who over the past 28 years has served as a classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, academic dean, and elementary principal. She has extensive experience with nurturing new teachers at all grade levels. She and her husband of 28 years have 3 daughters and love spending time at the coast.

Sheila Ullrich

Program Advisor

Sheila is an experienced middle and high school Math teacher and has recently served as a high school Testing Coordinator. She has supervised first year teachers for over 10 years and has a passion for helping new teachers grow in the profession. Sheila and her husband have 2 boys and enjoy all outdoor activities and sports.

Keri Sission

Program Advisor

Keri has been in the education world for 16 years as an Elementary Physical Education Teacher. In that role, she served as the campus lead, district lead, and various other leadership roles. Mentoring several new teachers, she has a passion for helping others and a love of teaching that she will get to share through Teachworthy. In her spare time, she loves to go to estate sales and thrifting.

M'Liss Haas

Program Advisor

M’Liss has 30 years of education experience ranging from teaching elementary, middle and high school students to secondary guidance counseling, and mental health support at the district level. She believes teachers are the heartbeat of a school and enjoys helping others reach their goals.

Cindy Farina

Enrollment Advisor

Cindy has been with Teachworthy from the beginning. She loves her work because she loves people and building relationships with all the great future educators that connect with Teachworthy. She taught dance for many years and loves all the singing and dancing shows on TV. She also has two kids, three dogs and even some chickens!

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Why we do what we do

Teachers have a tremendous opportunity to impact lives and shape communities. It all starts with empowering passionate people with the skills needed to bring out the best in others.



The processes we provide give you the ability to connect with children from all backgrounds and neighborhoods. Be confident in your preparation.



When you connect with a child that has lost hope and show them they have value, your impact will never be forgotten.



If you have a heart for kids and a desire to help them succeed in life, we’ll give you the tools to inspire all children.



We all need a place where we feel we belong. You’ll be joining our family and creating another family in each of your classrooms.



Not only will you grow professionally through our methods, but you’ll be personally impacted by the relationship skills and processes you’ll learn.

Do you want your work to impact others? Apply for free today and we will guide you through the process of becoming a world-changer.