Head of School (DMIN., MDIV.)
Dr. Brannan and his wife have been in ministry for over 20 years. They began in youth ministry in Ann Arbor, Michigan where they pioneered outreaches in the high schools, middle schools and local colleges. William then spent 5 years as a missionary pastor in Northern Ireland before returning to the United States as a church planter. Dr. Brannan studied Biblical Languages, Religious Studies and Music at Concordia University. He later earned his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Vision University.
Dr. Brannan’s passion is to infect the next generation with the hope and love of the Kingdom of God, with the goal of raising up future leaders that will promote a thoroughly biblical faith and worldview. He believes that the quality and content of the education at Fortis Academy is designed for that very purpose, and considers it an honor to be head of school.
Mrs. Brazill comes to Fortis Academy with 26 years of teaching experience in grades 2, 3, 5, and high school. Mrs. Brazill has a Master’s in Teaching, holds a lifetime Texas certificate, and was ESL and GT certified. While living in Nevada she was involved in teacher training of Investigations math series for elementary teachers and helped develop math assessments. Mrs. Brazill served as a lector at her church for several years. She believes in life-long learning and feels blessed to be part of Fortis Academy.
“Two are better than one…for if they fall, one will lift up the other.”
Family Life Director
Mrs. Martin graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a BA in Education and went on to receive her Master’s Degree (also from APU) in Curriculum and Instruction. She began teaching at the young age of 20 and holds current teaching credentials for grades Pre-K-6 in both California and Texas. Mrs. Martin taught at a variety of schools in California including West Covina Christian School, Eucalyptus Elementary School (Hawthorne, Ca), and Silver Spur Elementary School (Palos Verdes Peninsula, Ca) before moving to Texas in 2006. Mrs. Martin and her husband met in church in California and have been married for 23 years. They have one child, Emma Jean Martin, who is currently a Logic student at Fortis Academy. Mrs. Martin had the privilege of being a stay at home mom until Emma started preschool. She then decided to work part-time at Harmony Hill Preschool and Fellowship Preschool before deciding to get her Elementary School teaching certificate in Texas. Mrs. Martin worked as a Reading Interventionist and then as a 5th grade teacher at Blackland Prairie Elementary School in Round Rock from 2014-2018 before transferring Emma to Fortis Academy. Mrs. Martin has been a Christian for as long as she remembers and is blessed to be on the Administration team at Fortis Academy.
“Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.” – Proverbs 4:13
History, Logic, Speech & Debate
Mr. Paone met the Lord as a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston and subsequently spent about 20 years in Latin America carrying the message of the Bible to the spiritually hungry youth of the Hispanic world through street evangelism and music.
Mr. Paone’s teaching style is relaxed and fun, but challenging. He is currently enrolled in Austin Graduate School of Theology where he is expanding his knowledge of Christian studies in order to enrich the lives of our Fortis students.
“The intelligence can only be led by desire. For there to be desire, there must be pleasure and joy in work.” – Simone Weil educator and philosopher
Mrs. Krenek has enjoyed over 30 years of teaching students ranging from PreK to 12th grade in Williamson County. She received my BS in Education from Texas State and attended UT Austin for graduate work in Library and Information Science. She also holds multiple teaching certifications, including a specialization in reading instruction.
Mrs. Barbosa comes to Fortis Academy with 30 years experience in public education. She began her career as a geologist working with two oil companies in Dallas. When her family moved to Austin, she decided to go back to school at Southwestern University to become a secondary science teacher. She taught Biology and Chemistry at three high schools with 11 years experience in Georgetown ISD, Pflugerville ISD and Arlington ISD. She later became a campus administrator for 15 years at the middle school level before ending her career as the Director of Assessment for Georgetown ISD. She has a BS in Geology-mathematics minor, M.Ed. in Educational Administration, and recent graduate work in school improvement working on her superintendent certification. Her current certifications: Secondary Science (6th-12th), ESL (6th-12th), Mid-Management (Principalship), and Superintendent. She and her husband live in Georgetown and have three grown children living in England, Chicago and Austin. She has devoted her life the past 30 years to working with children in public schools, in volunteer work, and in church ministry with Romans 12 NSV IHumble Service in the Body of Christ) guiding her work with others. She is so happy to share her gift of teaching at Fortis Academy.
“Nescire autem quid ante quam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum “ translation: To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.” -Cicero
Mrs. Porrello’s formal qualifications include a B.A. in Mathematics, M.S. in Computer Science, California Secondary Mathematics Teaching Credential, and 6-8 Mathematics Texas Teaching Credential. She has several years of experience working as a software engineer and over 20 years of teaching experience in levels kindergarten through college. While homeschooling her four children, Mrs. Porrello learned about Montessori and Classical Education and begin “re-educating” herself along with her children.
Raised in a Christian home, Mrs. Porrello’s faith has always been an essential part of who she is. As a catechist for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, she enjoys rediscovering the joy and beauty of the faith through the children (ages 3 – grade school) as they learn and explore it.
Mrs. Porrello, her husband of 26 years, and children moved to Texas four years ago. She enjoys watching her son’s play baseball, doing art with her daughter, and hanging out with her family, including her son, his wife, and their beautiful daughter of 4 months. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to work at a Classical Christian school.
“Mathematics gives a person eyes to see.” -Andrew Kern
“Everybody loves math when they know it. When they don’t, they think they hate math. What they really hate is not knowing it.” –Andrew Kern
“I promise that your child will learn that God loves them and has a plan for them, challenge them to reach their full potential, and prepare them for their educational future.” – Mrs. McKethan
Mrs. Kuhn graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Microbiology. While at Cal Poly, she met and married the love of her life, and the two of them recently celebrated 21 years of marriage. Mrs. Kuhn and her husband are very proud of their two wonderful teenage sons who attend Liberty Hill Junior High and High School, where they are active in student leadership and band. Mrs. Kuhn came to faith in Christ when she was in 6th grade and heard the gospel for the first time at Christian school.
Mrs. Lafferty grew up in New Mexico, but calls herself a Texan now because she has lived over half of her life here! She graduated from Texas Tech with a BS in Family Studies and worked primarily in the foster care system while also getting her Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas. Mrs. Lafferty spent many years working with children and families all the way up to the elderly. Her and her husband, Scott, met and were married at our church shortly after I moved to Austin. She has two amazing children (Luke and Chloe) who both attend Fortis. Mrs. Lafferty has been a part of the Fortis community since 2014 and is very committed to this model because she has seen firsthand the beautiful fruit born of a Classical Christian education!
“I’m thrilled to be returning to my first love of working with children in the role of teacher. I have a passion to nurture the gifts that God has placed in each one of my students and love to walk alongside parents as well.” Mrs. Lafferty
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle
“I feel so blessed to be able to teach children in a Christian Worldview environment like Fortis Academy.” – Mrs. Torres
Mrs. Allan received her bachelor’s degree from ACU was in print journalism and I worked for a couple of non-profit organizations before she became a mom. For the next 15 years, she worked from home part-time as a freelance writer and graphic designer and also began homeschooling her children. Mrs. Allan’s family are the most important people on the planet to her. She met her husband while they were both students at Abilene Christian University, and have been married for 26 years. Her two oldest daughters, Mackenzie and Karynna , were both adopted. The stories of how God placed them with her family are beautiful and a true blessing, but He had one more blessing. Season is their biological child, who came into their lives as a HUGE surprise. As a family, they like to spend the majority of their free time involved in their church, Highpoint Fellowship. Her family found Fortis Academy and was instantly drawn to the Christian Worldview and University Model program.
“My years as a teacher here at Fortis Academy have been more wonderful than I could have imagined, and I ‘m incredibly thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside the parents and teach children about the truth of God’s love in this Classical program. We consider ourselves truly blessed to be part of such a wonderful, caring community. It’s going to be a fabulous year, and I can’t wait to get started!” – Mrs. Allan
Mother's Day Out Director