Welcome to Braden Brown, PhD, our newest faculty member!


Head of School

Studying at both Rice and Harvard, Margaret earned her chemistry degree from Rice. After seeing the incredible benefits that Huntington-Surrey provided her eldest child, she decided to change careers to become a science teacher. Since 2008, she has been teaching science at Huntington-Surrey as well as serving as our adviser for Beta Club and the National Honors Society. Margaret is also the winner of the ACS Division of Chemical Education Southwest Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching. Way to go Margaret!

Pile of Books


Dean of Students

We are excited to welcome Michael back as Dean of Students! Michael believes that education should emphasize the cultivation of the mind and heart as well as academics. Michael brings more than 20 years experience in public and private schools. A long certified yoga teacher, Michael teaches our Friday PE/yoga elective.


Social Studies & Latin

Steve did his undergraduate work  at Haverford College and his graduate work at the University of Texas. He Has been teaching at Huntington Surrey for the past 13 years and each year always looks forward to interesting discussions with old and new students alike!


Math & Technology

With Bachelors Degrees in  both Mathematics and Education from St. Edwards University and a Master's from Princeton, Russ is now in his second year teaching at Huntington-Surrey. Russ has to be just about the most approachable, kind-hearted math teacher around and we are so glad to have him with us!

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English IV - Composition

Past owner and Director of Huntington-Surrey for 40 years, Dr. Light German returns for an encore with our Seniors.

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College Advisory/Faculty Support

Loved by students, families, and staff, Johni brings 29 years of  her knowledge, enthusiasm and joy to Huntington-Surrey High School for an encore. Johni will participate in college advisory and accreditation preparation.

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English I, II, III and 1-1 Literature

Abe has his Bachelor's degree in English and is finishing his master's at Texas State University.  He exhibits a passion for and expertise in literature and writing.  Abe is also an artist and carpenter.

Used Books


English IV - Literature

A long time friend of Huntington-Surrey, Cathy joins us to guide the Seniors in Literature.


Advanced Physics, Statistics, and Astronomy

Ferris has taught at Huntington-Surrey for over twenty years. As an accomplished teacher, musician (a founding member and violinist with the Austin Civic Orchestra), and attorney, Ferris has kindly and patiently guided our students through advanced level coursework. Ferris obtained his BA from Rice and law degree from the University of  Texas Law School. While challenging and encouraging our students he also supplies us with weekly king cakes!




Blain is a PhD medicinal chemist with years of experience teaching at high school (regular and AP levels for Chemistry, Biology, and Physics) and college levels.  This month he is finishing a lectureship at Texas State University.  He has extensive publications (both books and journal articles) and has won numerous scientific awards, including teaching awards.

Spanish Coast


Administrative Assistant, Spanish, Yearbook/Lit Magazine

Kristina Mackenzie is another Southwestern University graduate; her degree is in International Studies with a capstone addressing Islamic Spain.  She also studied at the Universidad de Grenada in Spain and is fluent in Spanish.

Vintage Compass



Calum Mackenzie has his degree in History from Southwestern University with a capstone in Japanese history (the Iwakura Mission) and brings experience in editing. His specialty was editing international works to incorporate American linguistic ephemera. (He also has experience in sword making!)

Sign Language Course



Tina is a highly trained ASL teacher who has had her own business teaching sign for years.  Her degree is from Northwestern State University.

Art Supplies



Trisha Kummer is an established artist (her watercolors just placed in the juried art exhibition, "Hope for Spring") and teacher with extensive experience in both private and public schools.  She has a BA in Fine Art from the University of Minnesota and graduate coursework in Art Education.

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Music Ensemble

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Interpersonal Neurobiology

Krista offers an encore of her very popular neurobiology course.

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French Teacher

Recently earning his PhD in Linguistics, Braden Brown joins Huntington-Surrey to teach French I and French II.