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Administration & Intensives Meeting - January 2013,
Amy Adams, B.A.
is a native Texan, born and raised, and holds a degree in
Secondary English Education from Oklahoma Baptist
University. She has twelve years of professional teaching
experience in a high performance school in the Dallas/Ft.
Worth area. In addition, she has taught writing to
elementary, middle, and high school students on short term
mission work projects at the Rafiki Orphanage in Ghana, West
Africa, as well as conversational English at Xinxiang
University in the People's Republic of China. During
this time she's developed a passion for teaching writing.
What inspires her is reading thought provoking but well
written work. C.S. Lewis' Surprised by Joy never
fails to ignite her love affair with words, and she enjoys
communicating this passion to her students. Experience has
taught her that students need to see, analyze, and hear
quality examples, and then to practice and tinker and
conference throughout the writing process.
Amy continually seeks to increase her knowledge in the art
of teaching writing. She engages students with her creative
approach, and her main strength and talent is the writing
workshop. She is gifted in guiding novice writers to find
their voice and express their thoughts meaningfully onto
paper. For all students, Amy presents challenges for higher
level thinking. She guides the writing process and follows
up with student evaluation, always striving to engage her
students in self- assessment or reflection. She is skilled
at conferencing and providing feedback, guidance, and
challenges for improvement. Her students strive to meet her
expectations because they know she cares and has invested
herself in their learning, and she works to create a fun,
safe environment ripe for ideas. She wants her students to
discover their own voice and to know that they have worth
What excites her about the Writing Intensives workshop is
being able to bring God’s truth into students’ learning
experience because one of God's primary means of
communication is THE WORD. She delights in communicating
this truth, that even God values words, and because
God values them, what they have to say is significant. She's
seen what works and what doesn't work with teaching writing,
and it starts with inspiring within each student the ability
to see that he does in fact have something
significant to say!
When she's not teaching, she enjoys the hunt for a good
read, the depth of an inductive bible study, the creation of
hand-crafted greeting cards, and the atmosphere and beauty
of the Ft. Worth Kimble Art Museum and Botanic Gardens.
Diane Allen, B.S.
Diane grew up on the family farm near
Greenville, NC and has the accent to prove it.
She studied Wildlife Biology and Science Education at
North Carolina State University.
Although she didn’t start out to become
a teacher, after teaching in a variety of settings for
almost 30 years she knows this is what God intended from the
start. Diane credits two special professionals for inspiring
her in this profession and teaching her valuable lessons.
Mrs. Moss skipped
lunch to supervise the complete dissection of a frog brain
during her high school biology class, from whom she learned
that every student needs the inspiration of a teacher
excited about their subject and to have the opportunity
to experience success
on a difficult task.
NCSU professor, Dr. Forest Hentz , would not let her
quit college chemistry and
supported her through weeks of grueling tutorials,
from which she learned that successful students learn to
persevere and study effectively with
compassionate support and strict high standards.
Diane taught a variety of science
courses in a public high school for several years.
After having children, she taught math, chemistry and
biology part-time at the community college.
Since beginning to homeschool, she has taught many
different science classes through co-ops and small groups.
She also owns and operates a testing and consulting
business for homeschoolers.
Diane’s interests are reading, writing
her blog, hiking, soccer (she is a card carrying
soccer-mom), and, most important of all - teaching Bible
Study and mentoring women at her church.
She and her husband
live in Fuquay Varina, NC where they have successfully
homeschooled two sons and continue to homeschool their high
Jamie Anderson, B.S.
Click here to see a recording of her Speech
Helping students become confident public communicators is a
passion that Jamie Anderson has shared with the homeschool
community during the past decade, after being “called home”
from a demanding public relations career.
Jamie graduated from Iowa State University in 1984
with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass
After working at radio stations in Iowa and Minnesota, she
moved to Colorado for twelve years, working in public
relations for the National Cattlemen’s Association.
She taught public speaking workshops for adults and
students all over the country in her career as a public
Jamie currently teaches speech, debate and writing in
her local homeschool tutorial program.
Jamie believes every student should take at least one speech
“Francis Bacon thought young people should be trained
in public speaking because it taught them how to remain calm
under public observation.”
Summit Ministries’ Jeff Myers would agree, stating
“Studies show that children who learn effective public
speaking skills rise to the top 5% and are selected for
advancement in their colleges, employment and communities.
They're better equipped to live with confidence and grace,
to reach their goals, and to have eternal impact.”
Jamie and her husband of 25 years have three sons; one
attends The King’s College in NYC and two are being
homeschooled. Jamie is the chapter sponsor for the Lenawee
chapter of the Institute for Cultural Communicators.
She is a Relay Center coordinator for Operation
Christmas Child, and enjoys teaching 5th/6th grade Sunday
school students, directing VBS drama skits and volunteering
for other activities.
Steve Ashby, M.S.
Click here to see a recording of his Athletic Training
Ashby has been at Mt. Pleasant High School since 2002 as a
teacher of Science, Health, and Physical Education, and as
the head athletic trainer. Before starting at Mount
Pleasant, he was in St. Louis, MO as an athletic trainer at
the University of Missouri at St. Louis. He graduated from
Appalachian State with a major in Athletic Training and a
Minor in Exercise Science and has recently completed my
Masters in Exercise Science and Health Promotions from
California University of PA. Currently, he holds two
national certifications related to athletics: Certified
Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning
Specialist. He also has a North Carolina State Licensure in
Athletic Training. His previous employment includes:
Athletic Trainer for professional football, NASCAR, Soccer,
and basketball teams.
and his family live in Mount Pleasant, NC.
He believes that the greatest calling in life is to
be a servant for God.
Steve and his wife enjoy spending time with their
daughter, Emma, and an extremely supportive family.
They are active members of the Central Carolinas
Emmaus and Chrysalis community, where adults and teens spend
time with God to discover his or her gifts to spread to The
plans on starting seminary in the near future.
Meagan Ball, B.S.
Meagan has always known she wanted to
work with children. She grew up thinking she would be a
pediatrician, so she majored in Chemistry at Kennesaw State
University planning to attend Medical School upon
graduation. In 2009, she decided to go back to school to get
a degree in teaching and recently graduated from Kennesaw
State University with her second degree - a Bachelor of
Science in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in
math and science. She has classroom experience teaching 8th
grade science and is excited to begin this new chapter of
her teaching profession as a member of Landry Academy. She
lives in Norcross, GA and is excited to see how God is going
to use her in the lives of those around her.
Grace Berkau, B.A.
Grace is a homeschool graduate with ten years of experience
studying the French language and Francophone culture. She
loves exploring the realms of linguistics, history, and
social customs as they relate to French speakers in all
parts of the world, including Europe, the Caribbean, Africa,
and North America. She completed her B.A. with a double
major in International Studies and French at the University
of Central Arkansas, and has studied abroad in Québec City,
Québec, as well as Angers, France at l'Université Catholique
de l'Ouest. At her current workplace, she has several months
of experience answering customer service calls from
Québecois bank clients. In addition, teaching and tutoring
homeschooled and college French students through high school
and university level French has been a highlight of her last
She is passionate about bringing the personal elements of
Francophone culture to the study of the French language.
After all, language is about more than just words. Language
is communication, and communication brings people together:
an especially exciting concept when it comes to sharing the
gospel and connecting with parts of the body of Christ in
other parts of the world.
Lita Bledsoe, M.A.
Lita Bledsoe has always been an educator at heart; her
mother reports that she even preferred the school
supplies to the toy section as a child. Lita has been
homeschooling since 1995, and she and her husband, Greg,
have graduated their oldest child, but schooling
continues for the remaining five children, so their homeschooling adventures are far from
over! She attended the University of Arkansas at Little
Rock to obtain both her Bachelor's in Elementary
Education (with emphasis in Early Childhood), and her
M.A. Degree in Gifted Education.
In addition to homeschooling her own children, and
teaching many subjects from early childhood through
adult learning, Lita's educational experience is wide and
varied. She has provided educational consulting for
families homeschooling gifted children, been both a homeschool vendor and speaker, conducted math training
for public school teachers, and was an instructor and lead
teacher at a virtual charter school. Most recently, she
created and delivered training and professional
development for a virtual charter school teaching staff
and, does speaking engagements about organization/household management, homeschooling and
instructional best practices, and proactive parenting
Lita and her family currently live in Northern Virginia
and enjoy all of the cultural and educational
opportunities the area has to offer. As a family, they
enjoy building relationships, sharing life with other
believers, and actively participating in showing
Christ's love in the local community. In her very
precious spare time, she enjoys spending time in God's
Word, reviewing curriculum and creating lesson plans,
learning new things, reading anything she can get her
hands on, listening to music, and watching Star Trek or
Dr. Who. She dreams one day of being able to travel
across country on a motorcycle.
Meagan Bosch, B.A.
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Meagan lives in Grand Junction, Colorado. She has a
Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Colorado Mesa
University, where she played volleyball for all four years
of her college career. Now, she is pursuing a Master of Arts
degree in Theological Studies while coaching volleyball at
Palisade High School, and for a local club team. She has a
passion for literature, and after being a private tutor for
the past several years, she is excited for this opportunity
to share her passion with the youth of today.
She believes that literature is our opportunity to
understand what the people of other places and times thought
and felt, and to witness God’s hand guiding it all. Meagan
also plays violin in the worship band at her church, and
teaches Sunday school.
Benjamin Boyd, B.A., J.D.
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Benjamin Boyd has been married for eight years to his wife,
Sheryl. The Boyds have three children: Gloriana Ruth,
Zion Gracelyn, and Benjamin Devee (Jamin). The Boyd
family enjoys working with God’s good soil in their garden,
chopping wood, homeschooling, heat from wood-stoves, good
stories read aloud, singing the Psalms, singing children’s
songs, barbecued burgers, and green salads. Benjamin
enjoys his wife, his kiddos, hunting, hiking, physical
labor, clean lawyer jokes, jogging, reading history,
biographies, theology, good literature and the Bible.
Benjamin works as a judicial law clerk with Judge Roy
Moore in Alabama. From 2001-2007, he taught a variety of
classes for Providence Academy of Classical Christian
Education in Lostine, Oregon. He taught U.S. History,
U.S. Government, English Rhetoric, English Literature, New
and Old Testament Surveys, Apologetics, Boy’s P.E., and 4th
grade Math. Benjamin has also worked as a construction
laborer, concrete finisher, firewood contractor, trail
building contractor, restaurant host and server, janitor,
ranch hand, timber thinner, lumber mill worker, and
Benjamin is a graduate of Liberty University School of Law
(J.D., 2010) and Moody Bible Institute (B.A., Bible and
Theology, 1999). In the 1990’s, he helped lead six
international mission trips with Teen Missions
International. Benjamin was homeschooled from 1984-1989,
while his parents, Dr. Devee and Jan Boyd, were missionaries
serving in Zimbabwe. He lives in Alabama with his family.
Scott Bright, Culinary Expert, has been in the restaurant
and hospitality industry since 1986. Scott acquired his
first Executive Chef position in 1993 at the prestigious 40
year old Key West Shrimp House. He graduated with a full
scholarship from the World Acclaimed Culinary Institute of
America in Hyde Park New York June 1997. While in New York
Scott was a Catering Chef for Main Course Catering. Main
Course was Hudson Valley’s Number One Catering Company.
Scott helped in fund raisers for Battery Park, $1,000.00 per
plate event. Main Course also cooked for Hillary Clinton at
the Eleanor Roosevelt Mansion two years in a row. Scott
also cooked with Chef Jasper White on the cooking show
“Secrets of The C.I.A.”. After graduation Scott worked as
Executive Chef for Last Minute Gourmet. He was in charge of
3000 to 8000 meals per day and 43 employees. He performed a
45 minute locally televised cooking demonstration for the
Taste of Chicago. In addition to his duties as Executive
Chef Scott also volunteered time to teach culinary classes
in order to raise money for The Latin School of America.
Scott also owned and operated a
corporation with a full service restaurant in Anderson
Indiana, a full service catering business in Chesterfield
Indiana for five counties, entertainment programs and
personal chef services. Scott worked as the Lead Culinary
Instructor at The Chef’s Academy. He was hired June 2006,
to help with writing the curriculum and hiring instructors
for the school’s opening in September 2006. Scott continues
to volunteer his expertise in helping others through
charitable events. Scott’s passion for teaching, leading,
and managing are about equal to him challenging himself to
be better and further learning. Scott is currently working
as Regional Corporate Chef for Treat America Food Services.
Sonya Brouillette, D.V.M.
Sonya Brouillette is a practicing mixed animal veterinarian,
but that takes second place to being a homeschool mom of
Paycen (12), Owen (9), Landry (5), and a wife of 15 years to
her husband Marty.
Dr Brouillette graduated in 1998 with
her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Louisiana
Once she started her family, she knew that Christ had
called her to teach her children at home.
After the birth of her 3rd child, she sold
her veterinary practice to become a full time mom and
still provides veterinary care for her own pets as well as
those of friends, family, and neighbors.
She has special interests in pharmacology and
cosmetic repair of injuries.
She is a 4-H volunteer, who leads the
children involved in livestock education and showing.
The entire family is involved in raising show
livestock, primarily Jersey heifers, blue and black
Orpington chickens, and several different breeds of market
hogs. The family also has horses and the children
participate in youth rodeos. Their menagerie of animals
rounds out with 3 cats, 3 dogs, 2 fish aquariums, and a
crawfish named George.
Dr Brouillette has a true love for the
sciences, and enjoys sharing that love with her students.
She loves to impart knowledge to others and it shows
in all areas of her life.
She understands that students need to understand the
“why” of learning; therefore, all of her students will be
exposed to real world situations where this knowledge is
used. Her goal
is that each and every student in her class would learn to
love and appreciate the wonders of science as a gift with
which God has blessed us.
Kathy Cha, M.A.
Kathy Cha graduated from University of Maryland - College
Park with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Mandarin
Chinese (minor). She spent a summer studying Intermediate
Mandarin Chinese in Beijing, China with CET Academic
Programs. She continued her studies at the graduate level
and graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with
a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies and Master of Arts
in Counseling (Psi Chi Honors
Kathy enjoyed studying Biblical Greek and Hebrew as a
Biblical Studies student. As a Counseling student, she
graduated on the dual track ready for licensure as a mental
health counselor and a marriage and family therapist. Kathy
has worked to help children, adolescents, and adults
struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship
issues, and other mental health disorders. Her long term
goal is to become a Doctor of Psychology specializing in
Kathy grew up as a pastor's kid, spending time in the church
as a Sunday School teacher and member of the praise team,
singing and playing the guitar.
In middle school,
she was twice a part of YWAM's Summer of Service and
Training (SST) program where she trained in Tyler, TX and
participated in street evangelism in Mexico. She has served
as a private ESL tutor for Korean students in the past.
Aside from reading, writing, and learning languages, Kathy
enjoys an active life: swimming, rock climbing, running,
football, hiking, and traveling. She has so far visited
Canada, Mexico, Korea, China, the Bahamas, Ireland, Italy,
Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, and England. Kathy celebrated
her 18th birthday skydiving in Ocean City and would like to
return to Switzerland to bungee jump off the Verzasca Dam.
Ruth Cooper, M.B.A.
loves math, math-related topics, and teaching. Through
her own initial struggle to grasp algebraic concepts,
she realized how much fun math could be and set out to
help others who were stuck. For more than twelve years,
Ruth has taught and tutored a wide variety of math--from
kindergarten level through Calculus I--to a diverse
group of students, including children, teens, adults,
and special-needs students. It is in this diversity of
individuals and learning styles--and finding what each
student needs to be successful--that she derives her
greatest satisfaction and joy.
Ruth holds a Master's in Business
Administration from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh,
Scotland, where she graduated in 2003 as the youngest
member of her class. She also holds a partially
completed degree in Biomedical Engineering with a
pre-medical focus from Virginia Commonwealth University.
This degree was put on hold when she met her husband
halfway through the program. Ruth and her husband of
three years are both of an
engineering/computer/mathematical/geek bent and both
love teaching any and all subjects when asked. The
Coopers have a blessed life and are currently
undertaking the self-remodeling of their little rancher
in Virginia Beach, Virginia, while parenting two
beautiful, little (active) male carbon units.
Ruth has varied interests and accomplishments that
include Toastmaster certification, an EMT-B, four years
of lifeguarding, 400+ hours of volunteering in an
emergency room, two novels (working on a third), 14+
years of volunteering and work for HEAV (Home Educators
Association of Virginia) and the annual HEAV convention,
nine years of internship at COFES (Congress on the
Future of Engineering Software), four years as
bookkeeper of a construction company, and a lifetime of
interest in puzzles, ancient history, and natural
In September 2010, Ruth trained for
and ran her first triathlon, using it as a goal to help
focus her weight-loss journey. By the end of 2010, she
succeeded in losing a total of 100 pounds. Not
quite at her goal weight and now firmly addicted to the
sport, Ruth plans to run a half-Ironman in May and then
a marathon to celebrate her 30th birthday in September.
Jeremy Cummings, M.A.
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Jeremy Cummings is currently Pastor of Student and Children’s Ministries at Waxhaw
Bible Church in Waxhaw, NC. For the past three years, Jeremy
has also been the Worldview and Apologetics Teacher at Arborbrook Christian Academy in Matthews, NC.
He has been married for nine years to his wife,
Wanda, and has three precious children Carter (3 ½ who is
with the Lord), Chloe (2 ½ years), and Claira (9 months).
Jeremy has a B.A. in Religion from Bethany Bible College, an
M.A. in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary, and
is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church.
Click here to access a recording of one of his classes
Ralph has been
married since 1999 to his wife Carline. The Dally’s hail
from Olympia, Washington.
They have two children, Micah and
Mikayla, who have been home-schooled for several years. The
Dally’s enjoy spending quality time together at the ocean
playing on the beach and cozying up in a cabin. Long walks,
espresso, visiting lighthouses, bicycling, and reading are
on top of a “must-have” summer list!
Ralph enjoys serving as associate pastor
at a local church where he oversees the young adult and
connections ministries. Ralph is credentialed through the
Assemblies of God. He also has a heart for deaf missions and
pastored a deaf church for fifteen years. Ralph was raised
in a church with an active deaf community and, in hindsight,
sees that’s where God planted a seed in his heart to work
with the deaf someday. Ralph also has two deaf cousins.
After graduating from high school in 1985, he took his first
sign language class and was immediately hooked! Ralph went
on to be trained as a professional Sign Language Interpreter
and worked in the private and public sector.
Ralph ran his own interpreting business for over fifteen
years. He interpreted in a variety of settings, providing
services for national corporations such as Costco, Safeway,
and Red Robin; state government offices and medical clinics.
As an educational Interpreter, Ralph served the Deaf in
elementary, high school and college level classes, including
CAD, word-processing and computer training, ABE, ESL,
welding, auto tech, early childhood education, first aid,
mathematics, web design, physical education, nutrition,
accounting, business administration, database management,
baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, and summer
Ralph also served as an ASL Interpreter for several
theatre performances and concerts, including Luis Palau,
Sandi Patty, Amy Grant, The Katinas, Wayne Watson, and
Michael W. Smith. During this time, Ralph taught
community education and middle school non-credit ASL
courses and deaf awareness workshops.
In 2008, God called Ralph to go back to school and
become a certified teacher of ASL. He now teaches at the
high school level for student’s seeking foreign language
credit; both in private and public schools, on campus
and online. He thoroughly enjoys the roles of teacher
Lena David, B.A.
Click here to see a recording of her Christian Arabic
Lena David was born in Jerusalem and
raised in Bethlehem. She is a born again Christian, was
brought up in a brethren church, and accepted Jesus as her
Savior at the age of ten at a church camp. Her mother tongue
is Arabic and she speaks English as a second language.
She is currently learning Hebrew as a third language.
Lena graduated with an Associate’s
Degree in Special Education and a B.A. in Social Work from
Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.
She also took
courses on child evangelism.
Lena worked as a social worker at the YWCA Jerusalem
and as a substitute teacher at a Christian home for children
with special needs in Bethlehem, which was founded by her
Lena works as an
administration assistant in Jerusalem at Tantur Ecumenical
Institute for Theological Studies and Research. Tantur
welcomes people from all walks of life
who come from all over the world
scholars, teachers, students, spiritual sojourners, clergy
on sabbaticals in the Holy Land, university and church
groups, and individual guests; all who seek enrichment in
the land where Jesus lived and taught.
Lena enjoys swimming, basketball,
aerobics, singing and playing the piano, cooking and baking,
collecting stamps, acting and church activities.
She assists in worship services and volunteers as a
Sunday school teacher.
Lena also leads church camps and VBS.
Click here to see a recording of his Modern Hebrew class
Born and raised in Israel to a Roman Catholic family,
Michael was led to Christ through the ministry of a local
messianic assembly in his home town of Haifa. Trained
television production and journalism, he worked for 15 years
as news editor and journalist for the State TV, Channel 1 in
Jerusalem and CBN-TV News.
Michael studied Bible and Church Ministry at Emmaus Bible
School in Debuque, Iowa and Biblical Studies and Pastoral
Ministry at Ontario Bible College.
During his time in
Israel he was deeply involved in local church ministries
which included Bible teaching and outreaches to local
people. Part of his ministry included the teaching of modern
spoken Hebrew to Christian volunteers who came to Israel for
short time ministry.
Today, 35 years after being born again, Michael serves as a
volunteer pastor, teaching and preaching the word of God at
several evangelical churches as well as giving counseling to
new immigrants from the Middle East and to believers in
is married, has two children, and has been living in
Stockholm since 2004.
Leslee Dirnberger, B.A., J.D.
is a graduate of the College of William and Mary (BA, 1989)
and Washington University in St. Louis (JD, 1994).
During law school and her years of practice, Leslee worked for the Subcommittee on Crime of the U.S.
House Judiciary Committee and law firms in St. Louis,
Chicago and Washington D.C.
She was a local prosecutor, acted as lead counsel in
cases around the Nation in Federal Court, oversaw nationally
televised Congressional hearings, drafted Federal
legislation and rewrote numerous laws.
Leslee is excited to teach
and mentor homeschooled students, including her four
children, in areas she is passionate about.
She has taught paralegal classes in Litigation and
Legal Research and Writing for Roosevelt University, and
currently teaches classes in Constitution, Critical Thinking
and Mock Trial to homeschoolers.
As a former litigator, she enjoys utilizing her
skills to encourage students’ natural desire to solve
problems, to have their opinions heard and to help others.
Her students thrive as Mrs. D (as they call her)
employs the Socratic method of teaching to develop students’
critical thinking skills.
Leslee also brings her
experience working with the U.S. Senate Budget Committee,
and for numerous campaigns and political officials,
including the former Gov. of VA, to provide a uniquely
practical view of what happens in our government.
It is important to her that her students
gain an appreciation and understanding of the liberties we
enjoy in this country so that “politics” and government are
not mysterious or taboo subjects, but rather a means to
protect and ensure the rights and freedoms given to us by
Gene Doremus, M.P.A.
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Gene is a retired Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel; nine years enlisted and twenty-two as an
officer. Although retired, he continues to wear his Air
Force uniform teaching Junior ROTC. Most of his Air Force
career was in munitions or aircraft maintenance where he
proudly served on the deployed headquarters staff during
Desert Shield/Desert Storm. But, his real claim to fame
came when he led the U.S. Central Command’s Joint Munitions
Office for Operation Enduring Freedom immediately after
In his 37-year
association with the Air Force, what he prizes most is
getting to use his God-given gift of teaching. Twelve of
those years were happily spent teaching something about the
Air Force or about Airpower in general. Specifically, he has
taught History of Aerospace Science for nine years. He never
tires of telling the fascinating story of airpower.
Gene has a B.A. in political science with a minor in
constitutional law, and an masters degree in public
God put Gene’s gift of
teaching to use both in and out of uniform. He has 14 years
of Sunday School/Bible teaching and integrates scriptural
and spiritual truths into everything he teaches. The Air
Force may have thought they were moving Gene around, but God
directed his path and then opened up teaching opportunities
wherever he landed. He married his high school sweetheart. They raised three boys and are blessed with five
Susan Eggers, M.A.
Click here to see a recording of her U.S. Geography class
Click here to see a recording of her World History II class
Susan Eggers graduated magna cum laude
from Wake Forest University with a degree in history and
she earned her master’s degree in Russian history from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
While continuing her graduate studies, Susan presented
papers at conferences throughout the country and published
several articles and book reviews on Russian history.
She lived in Russia for three months while conducting
research in the libraries and archives of Moscow and St.
Susan taught World Civilizations at
Appalachian State University and served as a teaching
assistant while a graduate student at UNC.
She has been blessed to be a homeschooling mom since
the past several years, she has taught World History
homeschool enrichment classes for high schoolers.
She and her family live in Hickory, NC.
She believes that
the greatest calling in her life is to be a faithful
follower of Christ.
She and her family enjoy being involved in their
She directs a children’s choir, a handbell choir, and also composes music.
She loves spending time with her family, reading, and
learning to play golf.
Steve Felder, M.T.
Steve Felder is currently the
Executive Pastor of Horizons Church in Lost Creek, West
Virginia, a multi-sight church of about 1,300 people.
Pastor Steve is part of the
preaching team at Horizons, carries regular counseling
responsibilities, teaches courses on healthy relationships
and co-ordinates the pastoral staff and the ministry teams
Pastor Steve has a
BA from Appalachian Bible College in Beckley, West Virginia,
a Masters of Theology from Grace Seminary in Winona Lake, IN
and has completed doctoral level courses at Denver Seminary
in Denver, CO.
He is married and has two adult
children and two grandchildren.
He grew up in Michigan, has pastored
in both West Virginia and Indiana and enjoys riding
Finley initially became a teacher to respond to God’s call
to homeschool her own children. She also organizes seminars
and retreats to help other parents create homeschools in
their homes. Today, Colleens two adult children are homeschool success stories: one is a pharmacist and one is
in law school. Celleen continues to maximize the
benefits of studying at home as she continues to homeschool
her younger children.
After 17 years of successful teaching, Mrs. Finley brings her
expertise to Landry Academy. Her instructional approach is
to connect math with real-life examples that show how math
is really used. She is aided in making these connections by
previous work experiences that include service as a
governmental auditor, insurance adjuster, risk manager and
She is also
proud of her work as the treasurer for the Florida Parent
Educator Association (Florida’s statewide homeschool support
group) and as a board member of her local homeschool support
group, Families Affirming Christian Education in Columbia
Becky Frank, B.S.
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Becky Frank has been steeped in American
History from her early days growing up on the family farm in
Northeastern North Carolina. Although Barrow
Creek farm has been in her family since the 1680s, her
parents were the first to actually live on it in three
generations. On the
farm she learned to milk cows, sheer sheep, and drive a
tractor. After an
internship at Historic Edenton, she received a B.S. in
Public History from Appalachian State University in 1992.
Answering God’s call to teach in a classroom setting,
she added teacher certification from
to her degree in 1998.
Becky then taught social studies in
North Carolina where her classes
included U.S. History, World History, Economics, Government,
In 2004 she moved to Northern Wake
County with her new
husband and began a family.
Becky currently homeschools her three children and is
active in her church and local Christian homeschool group.
She enjoys gardening, cooking, scrapbooking and long
walks with her kids and the family dog.
Sharing the heritage of our great country is one of
her passions as. Her
lifelong dream is to return to the family farm and make a
portion of the acreage a living history site.
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Lindsey is a Homeschool graduate and has over four years of
experience in web, marketing, branding, and user interface
design which closely intertwine with her love for fine arts,
and the fundamentals of good aesthetics. She spent 3
years in the web development industry before realizing that
if she was going to continue to pursue growth as a creative
professional --- and as an artist --- a career change was in
order. Her fine art background, and user-focused
design experience collided to allow her to start her own
Photography and Design business in 2009.
Lindsey is passionate about her artwork, and loves the
opportunity to fellowship with, or mentor, other artists.
She loves to provide opportunities for artists to get
together and challenge each other creatively, and does so
through hosting stylized shoots, workshops, and informal
In addition to her work as an artist, she loves spending
time with her family and close friends. She enjoys
sharing adventures with her five younger siblings, dinners
and movies with her parents, and relaxing on the weekends
with her fiancé. Lindsey also enjoys being active in
the community and local ministry, cooking elaborate ethnic
cuisine, swing dancing, writing, reading good literature,
and is thankful for every opportunity to travel and see more
of God's creation and experience diverse other cultures.
She hopes to someday build an inn and retreat center called
"Koimesis" (Greek for rest, or sleep) which will be a place
of restoration, mentoring, and an open-door for anyone who
is hurting --- to be loved, accepted, and have resources to
find their God-given gifts and passions.
Heather Getson, M.A.
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Heather Getson went to Western Michigan University and received
her education degree in 1996. From there she graduated from
Mary Grove College with a Masters in Elementary education. She
has enjoyed teaching in the public schools for 12 years.
However, her biggest joy has been the last 6 years where she
has had the opportunity to homeschool her four children.
She has been married to her husband John for almost 17 years and
they live with their kids in Adrian, Michigan. Besides teaching
elementary students she has had the opportunity to teach at
Jackson Community College. Teaching adults was a challenge but
one that showed her why higher education was so important. The
opportunity to teach at Landry Academy is one that Heather is
excited to tackle. Teaching children about science through a
Christian perspective will be one of the highlights of her
Susan Gleason, B.A.
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Susan Gleason has a
passion for the Lord as well as a passion for life. In
1976, at 14, she became the youngest girl in North Carolina
to earn a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and also soloed an
airplane. She continued to fly her own
airplane until she was 19.
She has an
extensive background in foreign languages and has been
traveling internationally since the age of eight.
Her travels include Europe, Scandinavia, Estonia, Canada,
Mexico, Bolivia and South Africa. She
studied French and German in college,
attending Appalachian State University and UNC-Chapel Hill
In 1985, while a
college student, Susan was part of the Scandinavian Caravan
(a Methodist exchange program) and led a Bible-smuggling operation into Soviet-controlled
She was a student radio announcer at WXYC 89.3FM Chapel Hill
NC and WUAG 103.1FM Greensboro NC from 1983-1986.
Susan was also a member of a new wave group whose video clip aired on MTV.
Susan lived in
Germany from 1986-1991 and did post-graduate studies at
Universität Würzburg, Universität Bonn and FAS Germersheim.
She worked as an interpreter at the international trade
fairs in Cologne as well as a translator and private tutor.
She was also a Tae Kwon Do instructor in Germany and won
many regional Tournaments.
In 1993, Susan started the weekly Blue
Ridge Backroads program on WBRF 98.1FM Galax VA, a live
old-time and bluegrass show that is still broadcast today.
She has toured Europe several times with her old-time band,
the Farmer’s Daughters. Susan has been studying
Spanish since 2006 and has done mission work in Bolivia.
In 2008, Susan and
her homeschooled daughter founded the German-American ePal
Program which matches American homeschoolers with German
pupils from public and private schools with similar
ePals are like pen pals only communication is via email.
She is an experienced equestrian,
multi-instrumentalist, radio voice
talent, event announcer, avid cyclist/hiker, linguist and
language teacher. Susan lives with her family on a farm in
the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Jodi Guerra, B.A.
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Jodi Guerra loves teaching and watching others grow.
She graduated in 1988 from the University of Houston magna
cum laude with a B.A. in Classical Studies. (For those
who are wondering, that is a major which focuses on ancient
Greek and Roman literature, philosophy, culture, language
and history.) She also has a professional certificate
in Health Care Management from Trinity University in San
Jodi has been involved in education in some form since 1988.
She has taught and tutored children of all ages from early
childhood through high school in public, private, and home
schools. Since 1999 she has taught homeschool students
Latin, literature and composition. In 2009, Hendrick-Long
published a study guide authored by Jodi entitled A Gentle
Tour of Texas History.
Jodi and her husband, Dave, live in Houston, where she homeschools
their four children Luke, Paulina, Danielle and
Stephen. Besides teaching and reading, Jodi enjoys
cooking and needlework. She has served in Awanas for a
decade which allows her to assist and celebrate children
memorizing God’s Word. She continues to be amazed at
how God uses all of her experiences to refine her as a wife,
mother and teacher.
Susi Hackman, B.A.
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Susi Hackman discovered a
talent for foreign languages when, at the age of 15, she was
a Rotary Scholar to Sweden and was fluent in Swedish within
3 months. As a teenager, Susi enlisted in the
U.S. Army in 1979 to study Basic Russian at the Defense
Language Institute in Monterey, California, where she
graduated top of the class. She was selected to participate
in an experimental follow-on intensive intermediate Russian
language course and graduated with honors. Susi then
served as a Russian transcriber during the Cold War while
stationed in Berlin from 1982-85.
Later into her military
career, she attended foreign language teacher training and
worked as a Russian language trainer for fellow army
linguists. She was selected to attend Russian
interpreter and inspector training in Washington D.C. and
became a founding member of the On Site Inspection Agency
(OSIA). This brand new agency was established to oversee
and implement the historic Intermediate Nuclear Forces
Treaty (INF) between the former Soviet Union and the United
States which eliminated an entire class of nuclear weapons.
As an INF Russian Interpreter/Inspector, Susi worked
closely with Russian inspectors and escorts as they traveled
extensively throughout the former Soviet Union and the
Susi received her B.A. with
honors in Russian Area Studies from the University of
Maryland in 1991. She has taught Russian in a variety of
venues to students ranging from 1st grade to high school.
Susi worked as a tutor at a classical Christian homeschool
academy teaching science and offering remedial Latin
tutoring. She has homeschooled both of her two children for
many years and currently teaches at a private Christian
school on the eastern shore of Maryland. She loves teaching
and has a special gift for teaching Scripture in the target
Susi has been married to
John Hackman for 18 years and currently lives on the eastern
shore of Maryland.
Joe Hall has been a
professional software developer for more than 20 years. He
worked as a programmer for Microsoft and IBM and was the
software architect for a Fortune 500 bank. He was the CTO of
a ticket sales and servicing company and he started his own
consulting company in 2006.
Joe makes his living writing desktop, web, and
mobile device applications for businesses, but game
programming is his passion, and it was gaming that got him
into programming in the first place. He was a member of the
original Xbox team and he joined the Visual Studio .NET team
just after the Xbox was released in 2001. Joe is the author
of XNA Game Studio Express:
Developing Games for Windows and the Xbox 360, which
was published in 2007.
Joe also dabbles in sketching, cartooning, and
creating 3D models. When you see his artistic creations,
you'll understand why he makes his living as a programmer.
He Lives with his family in Alabama.
Bethany Hathaway, B.A.
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Bethany Hathaway first became passionate about literature and
writing as a homeschooled youngster, carefully brought up with
“all the right books” by her mother.
She graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in English
and earned her teaching degree through Masters of Teaching
classes from Western New Mexico University.
She is over half way to a Masters in English from the Bread Loaf
School of English at Middlebury College.
Bethany got into education after working in development at a
Christian school in Rehoboth, NM and then taught English at
Gallup High School until recently moving to Colorado Springs, CO
to live closer to family.
She is also a freelance writer and editor for various
offices and newsletters.
On the side, Bethany enjoys running and biking with her
toddler in tow. She
and her husband, Theron, are enjoying settling into Colorado
Springs, busy with renovating a house and getting to know their
church community at St. George’s Anglican Church.
Jen Henriksen, A.A.
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Jen Henriksen has a true passion
for adventure! Raised in upstate New York, she moved to the
Tampa Bay area right after high school. Her love for Marine
Science began while attending
Petersburg College. In 1992, she was
internationally certified as a Scuba Diver. She graduated with
her high honors A.A. degree in 1997.
After college, she fed her growing
passion for Marine Science by volunteering as a Scuba Diver for
Florida Aquarium, where she later served on
staff as the Director of the Volunteer Program for six years.
Jen logged literally hundreds of hours underwater as a scuba
diver while maintaining the dive training & records program for
over 500 paid and non-paid staff members.
Jen has been teaching students of
all ages (from PreK to Adult) for many years.
Her favorite classes are those that
involve hands-on learning. Her most recent classes include:
Elementary, Middle School & High School Writing, Young
Entrepreneurial Business, Finance classes as well as
Photography, Scuba Diving and Marine Science intensives.
Jen’s other passions include
photography and public speaking.
She has worked as a professional photographer and LOVES sharing
her love of the craft with others that are just getting started.
In addition, Jen has spent the last 15 years traveling as a
public speaker and trainer for a private homeschooling company.
Be sure to look for her at your state’s annual homeschool
convention! Chances are she’ll be speaking there!
Jen currently serves as the
FCH - The Fellowship of Christian Homeschoolers.
FCH is a homeschool group she founded in 2002, which serves
an estimated 180 homeschooling families annually.
Her whole family certainly shares
her passion for the water. Jen and her husband Tom have been
married for 23 years and are both
A.S.A Certified Sailors.
They homeschool their two teenage daughters, (13 & 15) who are
both certified scuba divers as well.
Lori Higgins, B.S.
Lori graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler
with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Chemistry.
She has a science composite teaching certificate.
When Lori was a teenager she knew that God was calling
her to missions. At the time she thought it was foreign
But as time would tell, God actually was
calling her to home missions, specifically public schools.
What a field! Ten years later, God is
tweaking her calling to teenagers and their families throughout
the U.S. towards homeschooling.
She and her husband homeschool their
four young children and have been amazed at the blessing it
produces in their family. Lori has always loved teaching science
because God has proclaimed His glory in creation! Humans are the
zenith of God’s handiwork and teaching biology / anatomy and
physiology enables her to share the awesome splendor of our King
with students and families.
Lori lives in East Texas and is married to Riley who is
the youth pastor at Westwood Baptist Church.
They have four children: Noah (7),
Hannah (5), Judah (3), and Heidi (2)..
Pam Holloway, B.S.N., M.S.
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Pam Holloway graduated summa cum laude in
Heidelberg, Germany with a Master of Science in International
Relations while working as the U.S. Army’s Health Promotion &
Well-Being Coordinator covering 60,000 soldiers and their
her move into Health Promotion, she served the U.S. Army as the
Head Nurse of Pediatric Services and as a Maternal-Child Nurse.
Thanks to a full-ride scholarship, she started her professional
life with a baccalaureate of science in nursing with honors from
Washington State University.
She continued her learning in the health science field
earning multiple certifications in health promotion, wellness,
nutrition, pregnancy fitness, and athletic training through the
Cooper Institute, ACSM, NALS, and the U.S. Army.
Married to a U.S. Army Knighted Cavalry
Officer whose favorite job now is driving a tractor, Pam spent
20 years traveling around the world working to improve the
health and well-being of military families.
She culminated her career with the U.S. Army as the
Deputy Program Director of Customer Management Services where
she was responsible for improving quality of life at military
installations all over the world.
As blessed as Pam was in her career, she recognizes that
her most rewarding position is as a wife and a mom of four
Blessed to be settled into the first home
Pam & her husband have ever owned, she greatly enjoys
homeschooling and working with her family on their small
gentleman’s farm near Fredericksburg, Virginia.
There is always something interesting going on at Snow
Hollow Farm as her family raises their own beef, chicken, eggs
and a garden. In
her spare time Pam enjoys playing piano, reading, researching
(Apologetics, Health, Food, World Events) and preparing
wholesome foods that nurture her family’s health.
She considers it a blessing each morning to greet and
serve the Lord in such a peaceful setting.
Julie Horton, M.A.
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Julie Horton is a veteran
homeschooling mother who has a Master’s degree in Education from
Wake Forest University and did post-graduate work at Liberty
She has homeschooled her children
through all grade levels and has seen the older ones go to
college on full academic scholarships.
In addition, Julie has taught dozens of
other students through homeschool co-ops and private tutoring.
Her teaching style is energetic and
interactive, with an emphasis on critical thinking and biblical
Her courses are peppered with tips on
how students can “work smarter, not harder,” and develop skills
that will serve them well in college.
Julie’s most popular courses have
included history, American Government, SAT/ACT prep, career
direction, and student success/college prep.
She has also taught music history and
appreciation, English literature, economics, and math.
Teaching history and government are her
greatest passions, because through these courses she has
inspired students to get a vision for being “salt and light” in
their own culture as informed citizens and voters.
Julie lives in Florida with her
husband, children, and 2 bunnies.
She enjoys reading the Bible and praying
with her husband every morning, running, counseling, and being
active in her church.
Karri Iverson, B.S.
Karri Iverson has been a major
influence in the lives of many children throughout the past 20 years.
She graduated from Western Michigan
University summa cum laude majoring in elementary education with
a minor in science/ math, and English.
She has successfully home schooled one
daughter (19) and is currently teaching her four other children,
ages 17, 13, 8, and 8.
Thirteen years ago, Karri recognized a growing need for
homeschooling students to have further instruction in English
At that time, she began the Quest
program, a local home school tutoring group.
The Quest program has grown considerably
over the years and currently has four different teachers and
over fifty students in classes ranging from elementary age to
In addition to Quest, Karri has taught at other homeschool programs and co-ops and has enjoyed teaching Bible
studies at her church.
Karri has given direction and guidance
to many parents during their homeschooling journeys and has
privately tutored several students in their entire high school
One of Karri’s most successful classes
has been an essay writing prep for the ACT and SAT.
During this class, students learn to
write a two page, cohesive essay including introduction, thesis,
body, and conclusion in a half-hour on randomly selected topics. This has been a highly sought after
class, giving students the competence and confidence they need to
take standardized writing exams and further on their path toward
One of Karri’s
passions is developing curriculum, something she has done for
her own children, the Quest program, and the local school
district’s summer and extra-curricular camps.
In addition to teaching for the Lenawee
Intermediate School District’s summer camps, she has also taught
for the Summer Institute for the Gifted and a science and math
camp she and another teacher developed.
Karri is enthusiastic about teaching and
loves watching children develop as they learn about their Maker.
Randi Johnson, B.S.
Raised by two educators in Nashville,
TN, Randi discovered from a young age the thrill of learning,
the art of befriending people, and the beauty of the untamed
countryside as seen from a car window on the open road.
has used these passions to shape the direction of her
life—guiding her from the rolling hills of home to the
mountainous peaks in Colorado, from the lush highland valley in
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala to the impoverished desert in the
projects of San Antonio, and now again a calling from Colorado
back to the road as Landry Academy’s Chemistry Intensives
Randi has previously served as a
Secondary Science Teacher, Expedition Guide, Substitute Teacher,
Program Manager, and Office Administrator. Highlights and
accolades include: a strong grasp of Spanish and English from
living an assortment of years both abroad and domestic; a
scientific, logical, and analytical mind courtesy of an
education in Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish at Lipscomb
University; a desire to assist youth in tackling and overcoming
life’s challenges instilled from over 10 years working with
grades K4-12th in the classroom and afterschool; a lifelong
pursuit of living life to the fullest, including professional
dabbling in an assortment of hobbies (reading, crocheting,
gardening, guitar, piano, writing, crafting, snowboarding,
running, etc); and a passion for working to reduce disparities—a
natural consequence from living among both the richest of the
rich and the poorest of the poor.
Consistent with her earliest
discoveries, Randi looks forward to what God will teach her each
season, to meeting and loving new people, and to traveling soon
to a chemistry lab near you.
Greg Jones, B.A.
Greg believes nearly all crime
scenes are alive with information waiting and wanting to be
discovered. Understanding the dynamics of a criminal event is
directly connected to our insight and knowledge of the artifacts
and physical evidence left behind at the scene. This crucial
element of the overall investigation relies heavily on the scene
investigator’s ability in knowing what to do and how to do it.
From the young age of 5 years, Greg
seemed to be naturally attracted to police work when he
disappeared, on a family summer vacation, and his parents found
him directing traffic on a busy highway. He was the kid in the
neighborhood stopping the patrol car in the street just to talk
with the officers, hear the police radio, and get a look at all
the cool equipment they had inside their car. What’s Greg’s
favorite television show of all time? That’s right - Adam-12.
He graduated from the Mid-Michigan
Police Academy receiving state police certification, at Lansing
Community College in Lansing MI, in 1986. Greg also graduated
from Michigan State University, in East Lansing MI, receiving a
B.A. degree in Criminal Justice in 1988. He began his career at
the Ingham County Sheriff – Parks Department, in Mason MI, in
1986. Although his tenure was short here, it was time well spent
learning the basics of wearing the uniform well, learning how to
interact with people and solving problems, issuing tickets, and
making first arrests.
Later in 1986, Greg accepted a
Public Safety Officer position with the Albion Department of
Public Safety in Albion MI. The next 6 years were crucial,
paving the foundation of his career, as he lived and learned the
fundamentals of proactive street patrol, criminal investigation,
death investigation, crime scene, criminal legal procedure, and
court testimony. After 1 year of education and training at
Albion Public Safety, Greg also earned his Fire Fighter I state
certification, in 1988, as his position required fire fighting
as well. His firefighter role consisted of fire attack, rescue,
pumping operations, ladder operations, engine driving, hazardous
materials response, and fire investigation.
Greg next moved on to the Ann Arbor
Police Department, in Ann Arbor MI, accepting a Police Officer
position in 1993. After 4 additional years of street patrol and
a specialized traffic assignment arresting intoxicated drivers,
he was promoted to Detective in 1997. Over the next 14 years he
investigated thousands of criminal cases in many areas including
domestic violence & crimes against children, financial crimes,
larceny, burglary, assault, robbery, & death investigation. This
allowed him to develop a level of expertise in crime scene
investigation. As a result, Greg was assigned to develop
training programs for police officers and detectives covering
basic and advanced techniques in crime scene investigation.
He also had the opportunity to lead
numerous CSI classes and workshops for schools, civic groups,
and summer camps.
After 25 adventurous years, Greg
retired from law enforcement in 2011.
In this next chapter of his career, he
looks very forward to sharing his knowledge of the police
sciences with the students of Landry Academy.
Jaime Jones, M.S.
Jaime has a dual passion for the
fields of science and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
She earned a BS in Health Studies;
Science Track at Georgetown University and a MS in Physician
Assistant Studies at Shenandoah University.
Since that time she has worked part time
as a Physician Assistant in the fields of Obstetrics and
Gynecology and Cosmetic Dermatology while concurrently teaching.
Jaime has taught junior and senior high
sciences and health courses in a private Christian school and a
local homeschool co-op and taught women’s health and physical
exam to graduate students as an adjunct faculty member of
Shenandoah’s physician assistant program.
Jaime is most passionate about
teaching young people in a Christian setting because she sees it
is as a great privilege to study the works of God (His
Creation), which reflect His glory, and to use the knowledge
gained to glorify Him.
Her hope is that the students will find
fortified and revitalized through the study of science because
the science classroom can be uniquely effective in confirming
the historicity and scientific validity of the Bible.
Her goal is to help the students look at
all of God’s Creation through a biblical worldview because true
science is completely consistent with the Bible.
Jaime has been blessed with a
wonderful husband, 3 children and 6 pets.
They live in the busy suburbs of
northern Virginia and dream of having a farm someday
She enjoys spending time outdoors and
being active with her family.
She is also an avid reader and into all
She looks forward to sharing her
knowledge and enthusiasm with your child(ren).
Tom began his career on the production side of the
film and television business. He is an award-winning producer,
director, cameraman, and editor. He has produced projects
ranging from television commercials to documentaries to dramatic
films in over 30 countries. Since 1998 he has served as a
missionary video producer, first at Caleb Project, a ministry
dedicated to seeing Christians mobilized for the completion of
world evangelization. In 2005, Tom co-founded 10X Productions
for the production of a feature-length motion picture, The Enemy
God. In 2012, 10X Productions, now a ministry of Pioneers,
formed a strategic partnership with International Media
Ministries based in Spain.
The focus of this ministry is to work
collaboratively with filmmakers in other countries to produce
visual stories and to empower emerging filmmakers in other
cultures with the goal to make the knowledge of Jesus Christ and
his kingdom known in places that are yet unreached. This work
takes the form of film training workshops, partnership in
producing films, and individual mentoring. Tom understands what
being in school is like; he's working on his MFA in Professional
Tom and his wife, Cara have been homeschooling
since their son was in second grade (he's graduating from
college in May.) Two daughters are still
at home, one in high school and the other in 5th grade. He also
enjoys music (guitar and hand drums) and telemark skiing.
Michelle Koles, M.A.
Michelle has a masters degree in
teaching with a concentration in special education. Over the
past 15 years, she has been working with children and adults of
all ages and abilities in a variety of environments. She has
taught Special Education in small classrooms, combined classes,
and one-on-one. She started and taught in a Montessori school
with children ages 3-6 and, for the past 8 years, she has been
teaching college classes online. When the opportunity to combine
her love of teaching with the experience of online education in
a Christian atmosphere, she jumped at the chance. At home,
Michelle lives with her husband of 15 years and “their” 6 kids -
a very unique household. Together they
have one son. Soon after moving to their current home in
Michigan, they took in two teenage hockey players for the school
year, and one foster infant. Now, they have added one more
teenage hockey player and one more foster infant, bringing the
total to six kids under one roof! They hope to adopt both
children soon. While they cannot adopt the teenagers, they are
like family, and they will have a special relationship with them
forever. Michelle thanks God for blessing her with this
wonderful, yet unexpected, family, and a new teaching
Wesley Kring, M.Div.
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Wesley Kring is a life-long Hoosier. He was born and
raised in historic Madison, in southern Indiana. He graduated
from Purdue University with a triple major (mathematics,
statistics, and honors economics). Later, he earned two degrees
(M.Div. and Th.M.) from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona
Wes brings a breadth of secular and ministry experience
to the classroom. He has worked in the mortgage business
(managing a multi-million dollar collateral account) and in
hospital administration (reengineering work processes in order
to improve patient results while reducing hospital expenses). He
also has experience as a senior pharmacy technician.
In ministry, Wes has been pastor-teacher at three
churches in Indiana. Most recently, he taught middle school
students at a private Christian Montessori school, teaching
math, history, literature, composition, and logic. At that
school, he also created, coordinated, and taught the school's
Bible curriculum. Through the years, Wes has tutored many
students, most often in math.
Wes's wife Sonja is a pharmacist.
They have four children—two older daughters and two younger
sons. Other members of the Kring family include Dasher (a
Bernese Mountain Dog) and three cats. The Kring family is
currently moving to Wes's home town of Madison from Elkhart,
where for several years he served on the board of The Elkhart
Area Christian Home Educators and coached girls' basketball.
Diana Lamolinara, B.A., B.S.
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Diana Lamolinara is a native speaker
of Spanish who has lived in the Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Spain. In addition, she spent some
time living in Italy where she studied Italian for several
Diana has a B.S. in Business
Administration and a B.A. in Foreign Language Education from the
University of Maryland.
Diana began her career by teaching
Spanish at St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park, Florida.
During her years as a private school teacher she taught all
levels of Spanish, from preschool to Advanced Placement.
In 1996, Diana began
homeschooling her own children and from that time until the
present she has taught high school Spanish 1-3 in several home
Diana still has one child at home
that she is homeschooling. She enjoys studying the Bible,
exercising, reading and watching soccer. In addition to four
children, the Lord has also blessed Diana and her
husband with a grandson.
Chris Leingang, M.A.T., M.Div.
The desire to be a teacher was
birthed in Chris during his 8th grade year. After graduating
high school, he entered college with that desire still burning
inside him. In 1996, he graduated from Portland State University
with a B.S. in Science with an emphasis in Chemistry and
Physics. He then went on to graduate from Concordia University,
Portland with an M.A.T. in Secondary Education in 1998.
His teaching experience spans both
middle school and high school, as well as a variety of subjects,
including General Science, Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics
and American Government.
He was later called into full-time
Christian ministry with Lutheran Brethren Youth Ministries,
where he helped to lead teams of young adults as they worked in
church-planting and outreach. His passion for teaching hadn’t
left but had been refocused on ministry, missiology and church
As with most teachers, Chris’ passion
for teaching is coupled with a passion for learning. Hence, it
was no surprise when in 2002 he enrolled in seminary. While
attending seminary, he supported his family by teaching
part-time at Hillcrest Academy, a private Christian high school and
by serving part-time as Associate Pastor to the Dalton Free
In 2005, he graduated from Lutheran
Brethren Seminary in Fergus Falls, MN with an M.Div. and began
serving Faith Fellowship in Kelso, WA where he continues to
Chris has been married for 18 years
and has three teenage sons. As a homeschooling dad, he
understands the benefits and challenges homeschool families face
and is excited to be able to assist them as they educate their
children and prepare them for college.
Angela Little, M.B.A.
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Angela Little, M.B.A. is a
management and marketing professional with 20 years of
experience in a variety of business environments. After growing
up in the Chicago area, she earned a B.A. in Business
Administration from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1993 and an
M.B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1996. Prior to being
blessed with three beautiful children, Mrs. Little worked as an
intern at the Chicago Board Options Exchange, as a community
educator with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, as a
claims adjuster for Aetna Insurance and as editor of the
Business Journal of Macon County. She then found her true
calling as the Director of Professional Development with the
Millikin Institute, the continuing education division of
Millikin University. In this role, she developed, marketed and
delivered training programs for children and adults alike in a
wide range of topics reinforcing the fact that learning is a
continuous, lifelong process - its value,
When she married and became a mother, she knew that her
work-focused priorities had to shift. About this time,
"mega-churches" were becoming popular and she began consulting
part-time with a large metropolitan church in the areas of
hospitality, church growth and personal/spiritual growth
offerings. She also taught management, marketing, small
business ownership and communication classes at a local college
for several years. Because her philosophy is that teachers
should have real-world experience in what they are teaching and
she truly enjoys the process of continually growing and
expanding her base of knowledge, she takes on a variety of extra
projects in her spare time and has gained additional experience
working in fields such as direct marketing, real estate
investing, park district management and international, on-line,
high-end retail marketing to name just a few.
The breadth and depth of
experience that Mrs. Little has had in a variety of business
settings adds to every class she teaches and students are
exposed to true, reality-based learning in addition to their
textbook experience. She enjoys watching students discover
their personal interests as well as their God-given talents and
abilities and helping to guide them in future endeavors.
She and her husband Brian live in Southwestern Michigan with
their three children ages 12, 10 and 8 who are, what they term
"hybrid public/homeschooled." They enjoy the outdoors,
traveling and spending time together as a family as well as with
Stacy Lung, B.S.
Stacy Lung developed a love for
Geology and rocks as a young child viewing her fathers’ rock
collection as many times as he would share it with her.
She received a BS in Geology with a
minor in Mathematics from Michigan Technological University in
the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
While there she also met her amazing
husband who shared his love of the outdoors in countless
fishing, camping, and hiking adventures, often with faulty
equipment making it truly an adventure.
Stacy worked as an environmental
Geologist and taught a variety of high school science and math
courses during her early marriage.
After beginning her family, she moved
with her husband to the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin.
Here she homeschools her five children
and continues to have adventures in the woods and on the lakes
near their home.
Stacy believes that it is important to
see God’s hand and his infinite creativity and attention to
detail in the natural world.
Her desire to continue to teach and
share this with others has led her to pursue a MS in
Environmental Studies at Concordia University Wisconsin.
Studying Ecology has allowed her to
study the interconnected relationships of Geology, Biology,
Chemistry, Physics, and Meteorology in the natural systems that
God designed to nurture and sustain His creation.
When Stacy is not teaching a class or
continuing her own education, you will find her with her family
in the woods.
Lora Marks, B.S.
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Lora earned a Bachelor's in Mathematics
and has been teaching developmental math to adults for over
twenty years in adult education and community college settings.
She has also taught homeschooled students for years. She enjoys
helping students feel successful with math. She has also tutored
and led "math club" at her local Boys and Girls Club. She has
six children. Two are in college, and she is homeschooling the
Lora and her husband, John, will soon be
celebrating their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. They enjoy
family activities and traveling together, and live on a
Lora and her family are part of a local
Christian ministry who's focus is to serve
college students and the disadvantaged in their community. She
writes a weekly Bible study for their small group ministries.
Linda McGahern, B.S.
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Linda McGahern graduated from the
University of Texas in Austin with a BS in Electrical
She worked as a software engineer at the
Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, CA for 14 years.
When her husband took a job in
Washington DC, their family moved to Northern Virginia and she
quit working to homeschool their younger of two daughters.
Homeschooling opened up a whole new
world of educating to their family – every year enjoying it
While teaching electricity, robotics,
physics and Visual Basic in the homeschooling community for
several years, Linda grew to especially appreciate the hands-on,
practical approach to learning.
With their two daughters in college
now, Linda and her husband are new “empty nesters.”
She enjoys gardening, taking evening
walks with her husband, and teaching Bible to children every
She’s grateful having grown-up in a
Christian home that exposed her to the Lord’s love and presence
through Word and example.
She is always involved with their church
in various ministries.
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has been homeschooling for 23 years with 4 graduates (2 college
graduates), two in college, and two students still at home.
She has a B.A. in Spanish from the University of
Florida, with graduate hours in linguistics and testing and
She began her college career as a pre-veterinary major
and has garnered many college hours enjoying science.
Growing up in south Florida, she went to SeaCamp in
the FL Keys where her passion for marine science was ignited
through snorkeling, scuba diving and the hands-on study of ocean
She has been teaching other homeschooled students in a
variety of subjects for almost her whole homeschooling life.
Marji has studied six languages
(Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Arabic) and
worked at UF as a bilingual secretary to a professor in the
Animal Science department, thereby fusing her interests in
science and language.
She teaches Spanish 1-3, French 1,
elementary Spanish classes, and middle school chemistry and
marine science classes to homeschoolers of all ages in the
mountains of western NC.
She is teaching two high school marine
biology classes this current school year, as well as Spanish,
Forensics (Speech), and History.
Marji is the Communications Director
for Henderson County Homeschool Association, administers the
Woodcock-Johnson III test to area homeschoolers, and is honored
to have been included as a workshop speaker at the NCHE
Homeschool Conference for several years.
One of her joys is helping her children
and other students see the fingerprints of God in
every discipline we study – science,
foreign language, communication, and history, and helping them
learn to use their God-given gifts and interests for His
purposes in their lives.
Kimberlee Mendoza, M.A.
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Kimberlee resides in San Diego, California with her husband and
two boys. She is a youth and creative arts pastor for San Diego
Hope Church, an English/Literature professor for San Diego
Christian College and the University of Phoenix, an
evangelist/speaker for Torrid Faith, and a cover artist. She has
published over a dozen novels, nine plays, one non-fiction book
on human video, and several poems. She has a BA in Human
Development and a MA in Humanities with an emphasis in
literature and playwriting. She is the winner of the Sherwood
Eliot Wirt Writer of the Year Award for 2006, and is a former
board member for the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild. Writing
is a huge part of her life, but helping new writers is
Matt Mizesko, B.S.
Matt is a graduate of the University of North Carolina
at Wilmington with a B.S. in Biology with a pre-vet / pre-med
concentration. He attended Liberty University for two years
where he played on their varsity soccer team prior to
transferring to UNCW. Matt has been teaching science courses
including Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, AP Biology, and
Health/PE at Coastal Christian High School in Wilmington, NC.
He was born and raised on the beach and love surfing, playing
soccer, and anything dealing with the outdoors. Matt has a
passion for anything medical/health related and is very excited
to see how God uses this passion in his life. He has attends
Life Community Church in Wilmington, NC.
Giuliana Cattelan O’Connell, M.S., M.A.
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Giuliana Cattelan O’Connell was born and educated in
At the end of her studies in
International Business Administration and Foreign Language
translation, she came to the U.S. to visit her older sister in
She met her future husband during church
service less than eight hours after her
arrival in the U.S.
While raising three children, she
returned first part –time and then full time to college.
Giuliana graduated from Tunxis Community College in
Farmington CT, then continued studies in Italian and
International Studies at Central Connecticut State University in
New Britain. She graduated with a B.A. in Italian and, two years
later, received an M.S. in International Studies with a
concentration in European Studies: European Union, History and
Two years later, she received an M.A. in
While working on her Masters, she worked as webmaster
and assistant coordinator for the Italian Resource Center, a
center that promotes and supports the teaching of Italian in
Connecticut in partnership with the Consulate General of Italy
in New York, the State of Connecticut and the department of
Modern Languages at Central Connecticut State University .
She is currently an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac
University in Hamden, University of Hartford and Central
Connecticut University, teaching all levels of Italian, Medieval
European History and Humanities. It is not easy for Giuliana to
teach students that are non Christian, but she finds it
rewarding when she is able to talk with them about God.
Giuliana and her husband, Bob, have three married
children and four grandchildren.
Their grandchildren are homeschooled in
Arkansas. They enjoy long walks with their two Labrador
retrievers, visiting their
families in Arkansas and Italy, and
time with their “Church family.”
Giuliana’s interests include medieval
history and music, gardening, cooking, genealogy, Biblical
archeology and European languages.
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From San Diego, to the Ituri Forest, God has taken
Jill and her family around the world to serve Him. Jill grew
up in San Diego, California, and became a Christian in
middle school. Then, during high school and college
she worked at orphanages in Baja California. She went to San
Diego State University, majoring in Linguistics. She later
graduated from Christian Heritage College, where she majored
in Missions and Bible. Jill attended the Summer Institute of
Linguistics training, which prepared her for service with
Wycliffe in Guatemala. She later taught phonetics,
phonology, and language learning at the University of
Oklahoma with SIL, as well as in Dallas, TX.
While teaching in Dallas, Jill met Jim, and after
completing additional training, she and her family moved to
the D.R. Congo. They began working on the Lese language, spoken
by the Efe Pygmies. They had the privilege of living in a
"National Geographic Special" where she and her husband
taught their four children. Due to the ongoing war in
D.R. Congo, they joined SIM and moved on to Botswana,
working with the Bushmen of the Kalahari.
Jill has taught Spanish in public, private and
homeschool co-operatives, as well as one-on-one tutoring.
She has also done technical medical translation work. Jill
is enthusiastic about getting her students to understand as
well as to speak Spanish.
After living many years as a family in Africa, Jill
and her husband Jim are now living in Boone, NC, where Jim
manages Samaritan's Purse's work in the Democratic Republic
of Congo. Jill loves history, homemaking, reading, keeping
abreast of world events, and practicing hospitality
Mrs Quint is a
homeschooling mom of seven and has been married for twenty
years. She has been a Bondservant to the Most High God for
almost thirty years. She did Undergraduate study in Biology at
Anderson University in Anderson, IN. Her senior thesis dealt
with the effect of weightlessness on muscle physiology and her
undergraduate research was with NASA at Wright State.
She has taught biology and anatomy
and physiology co-op classes to homeschooled students for several years.
She and her family live near Nashville, TN.
Josie Ramos, B.A.
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Josie was born and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
She earned her B.A. in Behavioral Psychology from Temple
University in Philadelphia, PA, and has worked in the field of
Education since then, having taught Spanish and ESL from grades
K through 12 and ESL writing courses in community college.
Josie met her husband, Steven, in her
junior year of high school at a church youth service when they
were both 17. They
married at 21, and will be celebrating fifteen years of marriage
in August 2011. The
Lord has blessed them with four children.
God has opened many doors for Josie and Steven, and they have
had the opportunity to meet former president George Bush, work
for a U.S. Senator on Capitol Hill, and, most recently, open
their home in the town they’ve recently moved to, to start a
home church. Josie
enjoys learning new languages, as she feels it helps her
understand her students who are learning a foreign language, and
has also learned basic conversational Russian and is currently
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Julie Rapelje's great desire is to
see students develop confidence in the creative gifts God has
given them, hold fast to their faith, and use their natural
abilities, combined with learned skills to do amazing things for
She has had the joy of teaching both
adults and students in the fine arts and other subjects over the
past twenty years.
She has found teaching to be a humbling
and rewarding pleasure. Currently she teaches art classes in her
area home school co-op.
Born in upstate New York, Julie has
always enjoyed all things creative.
She attended Toccoa Falls College in
northern Georgia and went on to study Art Education at the
University of Georgia for a short time.
She returned to New York where she met
and married her husband of 18 years and postponed her
educational plans to begin a family.
She continued to develop
her creative knowledge through study,
and sales, classes, teaching, and membership in various art
clubs and museums.
She has had the honor of educating her
children at home for the past 10 years.
She has taught on such art subjects
as: Realistic Drawing, Colored
and Water-Color Pencil, Sculpture,
Painting, and Art History, plus various one time seminars.
She has developed an Art History and
Practice curriculum based on her own experience with the
classical education model and the need to see meaning brought
back into the study, techniques, and production of current art
Mrs. Rapelje hopes to open the door
for her students to see all the possibilities that are out there
As a Christian, she believes, we can and
should be the most insightful
creative people in our society since we know the Creator
As a homeschooling parent, she sincerely
counts it a privilege to be entrusted with the education of home
school students this year as they study the visual arts
Her goal is to spark a flame in her
students that grow into a society-changing fire.
When she is not busy with her husband
or three children, Julie's
interests include: reading non-fiction,
social etiquette and interaction, gardening, event planning,
cooking, letter-boxing, camping, liturgical art, collage,
painting, and thinking outside of the box!
She is most fascinated recently with the
interplay of liturgy, architecture, symbolism, and worship.
is eager to see God move in the lives of her students this year.
Whitney Rose, M.S.
Whitney graduated with her masters in Nutrition Science
from North Carolina State University with a concentration of
Biochemistry coursework. She also assisted in teaching several
college classes there. Whitney gained additional experience with
exercise / sports nutrition by working with a registered
dietician while obtaining her degree.
Her passion for the sciences began
to develop at an early age when her younger brother, Jake,
suffered a medical crisis which left him severely mentally
handicapped for life. Because of her brother, Whitney was
introduced to science through continuous contact with medical
professionals at a young age. Her frequent exposure to
healthcare specialists triggered an interest in medical sciences
as a high school student.
The Bible says every person is fearfully and wonderfully
made, and Whitney
has developed a desire to see people discover the
beauty and complexity that God has placed within them.
lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband Bill, who is a
youth pastor at Hope Chapel in Apex, NC.
Dave Schiffman, M.S.
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Dave Schiffman has been in the US
Navy all his bloomin’ life.
He attended the United States Naval
Academy in Annapolis, MD following high school and he graduated
with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
He received his commission in 1987 and
has served the past 23 years as a Surface Warfare Officer
(drives ships for a living) when he is not teaching in various
In 1993, he graduated from the Naval
Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA with a Master’s degree in
Operations Research which he describes as math, math and more
During his travels with the Navy, Dave
has visited all of South America and most of Southwest and
Southeast Asia, as well as many islands in the South Pacific.
A native of California, he has
returned to the Naval Postgraduate School for what may be his
last assignment in the Navy to teach in the Operations Research
He is also a Research Assistant for
studies involving sleep and job performance.
He also finds time to serve as an
Adjunct Professor of quantitative subjects at the Monterey
Institute of International Studies in the Masters of Business
Administration program. He is currently studying for his
Executive MBA and hopes to complete a PhD as well.
He has six children in his blended
family ranging in age from 4 to 20 years old.
He has homeschooled his own children and
others focused mainly on math subjects.
Ellen Scoggins, M.Ed.
Ellen Scoggins lives in a small town near Atlanta,
Georgia. Ellen graduated cum laude from Wesleyan College in
Macon, Georgia, with a B.A. in Education. Later, she received
her master’s degree with highest honors from Mercer University,
also in Macon. She taught in public schools for eight years
before having children. In addition to teaching her children at
home, Ellen has taught literature and history courses in several
local co-ops. In her literature courses, Ellen emphasizes the
importance of understanding the historical period in which a
work of literature was written in order to understand the
literature itself. When students study classical literature and
other good books, she has found that they will become better
writers. She believes that the only way to learn writing is to
write, rewrite, and then write some more!
Ellen is married to her high school sweetheart,
Mickey. Mickey and Ellen have five children. Jeremy, Jason,
Joshua, and Jonathan —all of whom are home school graduates —
completed a total of twenty-one AP examinations, and two of the
boys were National Merit Scholars. All of the boys went on to
college, receiving scholarships from state colleges, Emory
University, and Harvard Law School. In 2000, one of Ellen’s sons
was the subject of a front-page story in the Wall Street Journal
about homeschoolers’ college-application experiences. Currently,
Ellen is having a wonderful time homeschooling her daughter
Joanna, who is in the eighth grade. Three of Ellen’s children
are married, and she has two precious grandsons (with another
one on the way). She has been a lover of classical and sacred
music for her entire life. Ellen enjoys playing the piano and
uses her musical talent for the Lord as the pianist at Braswell
Baptist Church. She lives happily with her husband, her
daughter, three dogs, one cat, three goats, and a pond full of
Jessica Shao graduated summa cum
laude from Rutgers University with a BA in Classics (honors) and
Music. She is currently pursuing an MA degree in Biblical
languages at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in
Massachusetts, where she has been intensively studying Greek,
Hebrew, and Latin. Jessica first learned Greek in college at
CUNY's Latin/Greek Institute, where she completed four semesters
of Greek in 10 weeks. Jessica has also taught Latin online for
the past five years and was a substitute Latin teacher at the
Peck School in Morristown, NJ. She loves learning all languages,
especially ancient ones, and is planning to pursue a PhD in
Classics in the future. She can also speak Mandarin Chinese and
a little bit of German.
Jessica Shao, B.A.
Before beginning studies at Gordon-Conwell, Jessica
was a private piano teacher for 7 years. She has been
serving as a keyboardist for her church since 7th grade. She
has had much previous experience in working with youth and
adults from teaching language classes, Sunday School
classes, and music workshops. Jessica grew up in Central New
Jersey, where she lives with her family during summer and
winter breaks. In her spare time, she loves to go rock
climbing, play ultimate frisbee, read, and play piano and
Tony Silva, M.Ed.
Tony Silva, founder of Compel Radio,
has more than two decades of experience in radio broadcasting
and public affairs.
Silva’s career includes broadcast
management of Armed Forces Radio & Television Services stations
in Europe and in Korea.
His on-air, writing and production work
has earned him several awards, including the Thomas Jefferson
Award for a radio series called, “The Medical Minute”.
Silva taught radio skills at the Defense
Information School and he has taught introductory radio skills
for a home school co-op.
Before launching Compel Radio, Mr. Silva
was operations manager of WHZN in Indianapolis.
When the consumer Internet was in its
infancy, Silva founded the Catacombs Home School conference on
the GEnie Information Service and served as one of the
In the years since then, he has designed
Websites and courseware using a variety of Internet
His most recent project is a Website
called, “Family Mentors”.
Mr. Silva has a Bachelor of Science
degree in sociology from Excelsior College and a Masters in
Education in instructional design from University of Phoenix.
Silva and his wife have seven sons.
They have been homeschooling since 1986.
Erin Sipe, B.A.
Erin Sipe was born to teach, as she loved every minute of
accompanying her mom, a veteran educator, to the local high
school every teacher workday to play school on the two big
blackboards in her mother’s classroom.
Erin began teaching for her dance teacher as an eighth
grader on Saturday mornings, began teaching Sunday School as a
high school junior, and operated her own private swim lessons
business out of her family pool all through college.
As a North Carolina Teaching Fellow Scholar, Erin graduated
magna cum laude and earned the UNC-Charlotte Teacher Educator
Award as the top student teacher in her graduating class.
Having completed extensive hours in the classroom in the
inner city and back at home in rural North Carolina, Erin
followed her heart home and earned her first teaching job at the
high school which she attended.
As an English educator, Erin
loves to see students of all ages fall in love with literature,
the written word, and public speaking.
Now a homeschool mom of two, Erin devotes her extra hours
to a local co-op she began nine years ago where she teaches
writing and literature courses to students of all ages.
Outside of teaching, Erin loves to spend time baking and
cooking in the kitchen with her girls, reading a good book, and
riding her bike. As
a North Carolina licensed English secondary educator who is also
a certified writing instructor, Erin enjoys putting the pen to
the page in her free time and praises God for the gifts of
homeschooling and teaching in her life.
Dr Chris Smith
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Chris has had a heart
for missions since he first felt called at the early age of 15
in Boone, NC. After High School, he went to Gardner-Webb
University where he majored in Spanish and Religious Studies.
He then went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in
Fort Worth, TX and graduated with a Masters of Divinity in
missions. As part of the M.Div. program, he served with
the International Mission Board (IMB) in Chiclayo, Peru.
Before going to Peru, Chris met his wife Cathie, who served in
Japan. They returned to the US, got married, and went to
Extremadura, Spain where they served together for 10 years as
IMB career missionaries.
During their time in
Spain, they were blessed with two adopted children (Caylee and
Cayleb) from Guatemala where they were on temporary assignment
during the adoption process, and Caytlin while they were on
stateside assignment in Houston in 2008. In 2008, Chris
graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a
Doctor of Ministry degree with a missions concentration.
Chris has many years of experience in leadership development,
teaching Spanish/English, and equipping others for missionary
service. He currently works at Woodridge Baptist Church in
Kingwood, TX as the minister of missions where he coordinates
local and international mission projects.
Daniel Smith, M.A.
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Psych 101" class
Smith earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies
and Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and his MA in Psychology
He has served as a missionary,
teaching English in Bangkok, Thailand and has taught AP
Psychology, Sociology, and U.S. History at Ledford Senior High
in Thomasville, NC for six years.
He is NC State Licensed in Social
Studies (grades 9-12) and currently teaches at Coastal Christian
High School in Wilmington, NC.
Daniel also serves as an adjunct
instructor at Cape Fear Community College and adjunct professor
of Psychology at UNC-Wilmington.
has been following Christ for 20 years, and he and his wife are
active members at Christ Community Church, where he currently
serves as a deacon.
He loves watching sports
(especially UNC), lifting weights, traveling, spending time with
his wife, and reading anything related to his faith and
Debbie Stokes, M.Ed.
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Anatomy & Physiology" class
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began college at Kennesaw State University in the fall of 1986
with the intent of majoring in business.
Sitting in her required Biology class on
Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:45 until 10:05 was an
experience, however, that changed her life forever.
It was this class that awoke her
interest and appreciation for the life sciences, and she still
hasn't gotten over it!
A native from Marietta, Georgia,
graduated from Kennesaw State College with a B.S. in Biological
A few years later, she received her M.
Ed. in secondary science education at Georgia State University.
Wanting to inspire others in her passion
for science, Debbie
taught high school biology and anatomy/physiology classes for
sixteen years in Cobb County, Georgia.
She describes her teaching style as
enthusiastic and creative.
Her favorite memories from teaching
include seeing students awed by the human body and moments when
students would stay after class just to ask more questions about
something they were talking about in class.
Debbie is also a Lamaze Certified
Childbirth Educator (LCCE) and teaches childbirth classes at her
lived in Macon, GA for the past four years with her husband and
four children, while her husband has attended medical school.
During this time, Debbie has
homeschooled her two oldest children, ages twelve and ten.
When her husband receives his M.D. this
spring, the family will be moving to another city for her
husband's residency in Emergency Medicine.
Whenever they get the chance,
Debbie's family of six likes to travel to Disney World to spend
every waking moment having fun!
They also enjoy movie nights, bike
rides, and grilling outside.
One of Debbie's dreams is to one day
take a road trip to the Grand Canyon.
Some of Debbie's interests are
writing, photography, and Christian studies.
Debbie has written a booklet for newly
Christian children and a workbook that helps Christian children
learn to have a daily devotion time with God.
She will be leading her first workshop
with these materials this spring at her church.
She enjoys teaching in the children's
department at her church, and feels one of her callings in life
is to encourage others to be their best for God.
Rob Walsman, B.S.
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Rob Walsman started his college career
with an interest and desire for a degree in astrophysics, but
the realities of life changed his mind and he "settled" for a
degree in computer science from Purdue in 1979. While serving
the Lord in Casablanca, Morocco as a tentmaker for eight years,
he stumbled on a book about quantum physics which renewed his
interest. There was a parallel interest in mathematics and,
desiring to understand higher physics more, he began taking math
courses at a local university. That mushroomed into advanced
math and physics courses and even a college math competition in
which his team of three placed second among 45 teams - all for
the fun of it. (His friends think him a little strange.)
This has further morphed into an
interest in the history and philosophy of science and its
interaction and effects on the church down to modern
Christianity, an object of current personal research. His son
Jason, now in college, and he often have conversations and
sometimes debates about various scientific concepts and
theories. Most students he now tutors and teaches find his
enthusiasm contagious if not a bit nerdy.
Rebecca was born and raised in Louisiana. Her first
love growing up was basketball, which she played year-round from
the time she could walk until graduating high school. Rebecca
discovered her love of Latin and the ancient world in high
school and decided to pursue the subject in her higher
education. She attended Louisiana State University, where she
finished summa cum laude with a BA in Latin with minors in
Ancient Greek and Classical Civilizations. Rebecca also enjoys
math and literature and loves how the skills used in these
disciplines apply to Latin as well.
Following university and despite having no musical talent, she
moved to Nashville, TN, and worked there for four years as an
Identity Theft Fraud Investigator. She also worked with middle
and high school students through a tutoring program. However,
Rebecca knew the Lord was leading her in a different direction,
and in 2010 she moved to Stuttgart, Germany, trusting that He
would provide. She quickly found a job and a wonderful home
church at IBC Stuttgart. Since that time, Rebecca has been
teaching English to adults. And not only did the Lord provide a
job, but He provided a husband as well! Rebecca and
Florian were married in September 2011. Rebecca loves
working with the families of Landry Academy and is looking
forward to another great school year!
Joni Whitaker, B.S.
Joni Whitaker loves helping people learn.
She’ll teach anything from how to tie your shoes to how to
factor a polynomial.
It was during her student teaching in a math classroom that she
discovered this passion for math education.
She believes that too many students (and adults) simply learn to
manipulate numbers, but never really understand their beauty and
Demystifying math for her students is what continues to excite
After graduating with a BS in Mathematics from
UNC-Charlotte, Joni taught in public school, and then private
school before “retiring” to homeschool her own children.
Over the years she has tutored and taught math in homeschool
Currently, Joni and her husband, Ken, are Children’s
Pastors at their church in Northern Virginia.
They have two children who are in college and one high school
Marilyn Whitlock, M.A.
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Marilyn Whitlock loves learning and sharing that love
has a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Bob
Jones University, a master’s degree in English literature from
California State University, Hayward, and has completed
coursework at Arizona State University for a Ph.D. in English
literature with a concentration in British literature of the 18th
While completing her bachelor’s degree,
Marilyn student-taught five sections of senior English and
served as faculty advisor for the editors of a school newspaper.
As part of her master’s degree studies,
she taught remedial English grammar and composition skills.
At Arizona State University, she
received a full academic scholarship, was a graduate assistant,
and taught freshman composition.
Since leaving Arizona State University, Marilyn has
taught in a variety of venues.
She served as a long-term substitute
teacher of senior English at Vacaville High School in Vacaville,
CA, and also taught at Dublin Christian School in Dublin, CA.
Most recently her teaching experience
has been in homeschool co-ops and in private tutoring.
At a homeschool co-op in Antioch, CA,
she taught a high school survey of British literature.
After moving to Missouri, Marilyn taught
a Shakespeare class at a co-op in Grandview, MO.
Over the past two school terms, she has
privately tutored a group of homeschool students in a survey of
the Old and New Testaments.
Marilyn and her husband Dan live in
Lee’s Summit, MO.
With her family, Marilyn attends
Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, KS, and assists
her husband in leading a home fellowship group.
Besides copious reading—she always has
multiple books on her nightstand—Marilyn dotes on her Pomeranian
Marilyn home schooled her daughter who, after
achieving a nearly perfect score on the English section of the
ACT, is attending college on an academic scholarship.
Peter Wielhouwer, Ph.D.
Click here to see a recording of his Presidential Elections
Dr. Peter W. Wielhouwer, Associate Professor of
Political Science at Western Michigan University, received
his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, and is a
nationally-recognized scholar on campaigns and elections,
faith and politics, and racial politics. Between 1995 and
2004 he taught at Spelman College (GA) and Regent
University’s School of Government (VA), where he directed
the graduate program in campaign management and the
nonpartisan Center for Grassroots Politics.
From 2004 to 2005 he was speechwriter to the
two-star general in charge of coordinating operational
experiments for the U.S. military. Widely published in
professional journals (such as the
Journal of Politics and the
American Journal of Political
Science) and scholarly books (including
the Oxford Handbook of Religion
in American Politics, Oxford U. Press,
2009), he is an occasional political consultant, and
regularly speaks on faith & politics and American politics
for universities, professional organizations, churches, and
faith-based organizations. He and his wife Deborah have been
home educating their children since 1999.
John Willoughby, M.E.
Click here to see a recording of his Cold War I class
John Willoughby has been a
certified teacher for the past 13 years.
He has taught a variety of Social
Studies courses including; World history, US History,
Psychology, Theory of Knowledge, Comparative Government, US
Government, Information Technology, and 20th
The majority of his courses have been
taught at the Advanced Placement level as well as the
International Baccalaureate level.
He has extensive work with students in
teaching the research and writing process.
He has a passion for the Cold War and
feels that the topic helps students to understand the role of
ethics and moral choices within historical settings.
John received a Masters of Education in
Global Studies in Education from the University of Illinois in
He is very experienced with online
teaching and has been responsible for training teachers how to
be online instructors for the past two years for an
international online school.
John was a missionary with his
family to South Korea from 2005-2010 where he pastored a home
He continues to pastor a home church in
Palm Harbor, Florida today.
John became a Christian his first
semester at college in 1996.
He has three children who are home
He believes that a Biblical World View
is essential for students to hold in today’s materialistic and
politically correct society.
Being able to stand up for what you
believe in is essential in today’s world of fast paced living.
The Bible lends itself perfectly to the
learning of history and allows for students to simmer in the
knowledge of the Love of God as they apply this understanding to
the social-political and ethical study that is the Cold War.
We live in a Burger King culture as many
people simply want it their way, right away.
It is important for students to
understand that the beginning of Wisdom comes from fear of the
Lord and that it is important to be quick to listen and slow to
Gadi Yarden, D.Min.
Born to believing parents in the United
States, Gadi made a connection with God in the church he
attended during his youth. He received much knowledge of the
Scriptures in Sunday school and Summer Bible School sessions he
attended as a child and in his early teens. While attending
college, Gadi met God in a powerful way through the supernatural
love, joy and singleness of purpose that he witnessed in the
other students of Campus Crusade for Christ. He committed his
life to the Lord, and returned to the campus thrilled about what
God had done in his life. At the end of his studies, he could
not find work, so he traveled to Israel to work on a kibbutz.
During his time there, God impressed on him that he would be
serving Him the rest of his life in that land. God confirmed
this when Gadi met a native born Israeli woman whom he married.
They share two children.
After working as an engineer for some time, he returned
to the U.S. for theological studies and earned his doctorate.
Gadi has spent the last 20 years teaching Bible and Theology. He
continues to have the same passion for teaching young people and
helping them grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and
Savior and the Messiah of our people.
As a music major graduate and
professional musician, Daniel Zayas has over 20 years of music
training and performance experience. He is accomplished in
piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar and music
Daniel has interned under song-writer
and worship leader, Michael Neale and music director, Harold
Ross. Additionally, Daniel was employed at Christ Fellowship as
a Youth Worship Leader in which he led worship, developed
student bands, wrote and arranged music and directed youth
choir. For five consecutive years Daniel also toured with the
national act band “Tenth Avenue North” playing lead guitar,
keyboard and BGV.
Daniel’s passion for music and people
has been reflected in the past seven years of his teaching
history. He is gifted in communicating music principals by
integrating his fun and creative energy with music instruction.
Currently, he is the Music Director at Christ Fellowship City
Place Campus and owner of Zayas Studios.
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