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Our Department Chairs
Fine Arts, Music, and Design - Julie Rapelje
Bible - Chris Smith
Computer Science and Technology - Lora Marks
Specialty Classes - Chris Smith
English - Erin Sipe
Foreign Languages - Susan Gleason
History, Geography, and Government - Susan Eggers
Math and Business - Lora Marks
Science - Greg Landry & Chris Leingang
Special Needs - TBA
Student Newspaper Faculty Advisor - Jamie Anderson
Faculty Member Bios
Diane AllenDiane 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 school daughter.
Jamie AndersonHelping students learn how to 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 Communication. 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 relations professional. Jamie has been teaching speech, debate and writing in her local homeschool tutorial program. “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," says Summit Ministries' Jeff Myers. Jamie is the faculty adviser for Landry Academy's student-run newspaper, The Scholar's Script. She and her husband, a pilot for JetBlue Airways, have three sons; one is a college graduate and two are being homeschooled. “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," says Summit Ministries' Jeff Myers. Jamie is the faculty advisor for Landry Academy's student-run newspaper, The Scholar's Script; sponsor of the Speak Now Chapter of the Institute for Cultural Communicators; and a relay center coordinator for Operation Christmas Child. She and her husband, a pilot for jetBlue Airways, have three sons; one attends The King’s College in NYC, and two are being homeschooled.
Tom AndersonTom is a 23 year law enforcement veteran and is currently the Police Chief for the Statesville Police Department located in North Carolina. He started with the department as a patrol officer and rose through the ranks to his current position. Tom spent many years as an investigator and has been involved in many criminal investigations. One such case was the Marshall Brown homicide which has been recently profiled in season one, episode one of the Investigative Discovery channel’s televised series, “I Almost Got Away With It”. Being an investigator helped give Tom an evidence geared mind that spawned a love for the study of Creation Science. Tom and his wife Jennifer were blessed to spend over three years teaching the high school Sunday school class a combination of creation and flood science at their church, Front Street Baptist in Statesville N.C. In addition to his work at the Police Department, Tom is a board member for the North Carolina Police Executives Association and is currently serving as president of the association. Tom is also a North Carolina Certified training instructor and has taught curriculum classes and Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) at Mitchell College located in Statesville N.C. for many years. Tom is currently an Adjunct Professor for Gardner-Webb and Kaplan Universities teaching various criminal Justice classes. Tom holds his Masters and Bachelors degrees in Criminal Justice and is passionate about teaching criminal justice related topics. Tom and Jennifer have been married for 23 years. They have a daughter Kalyx, who is 14 years old and has been homeschooled since the 3rd grade. While Jennifer is the primary teacher and facilitator, Tom enjoys being in charge of home school games, PE, and play time. When not working and teaching, Tom enjoys spending time with his family (especially in Disney), working out, reading and studying creation science and Biblical prophecy.
Steve AshbySteve 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. Steve 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 Kingdom. Steve plans on starting seminary in the near future.
Angie BaerAngie Baer and her husband Jeff live in Northeast Ohio and homeschool their five children, Caleb(16), David(14), Jaren(12), Annalese(10) and Selah(8). They farm with his parents on their eight generation Holstein dairy farm. The rich history of the 196 year old family farm has inspired them to keep with many traditions including gardening, canning and raising animals. Angie has been preserving food for over 18 years and enjoys teaching others the process. In addition to the diary operation Angie has raised barnyard animals for 4-H projects with her children and also for food and enjoyment.
Bethany BarnoskyBethany Barnosky is an educational consultant, math teacher, and homeschool mom who lives with her family in southern New Hampshire. As a double-certified math teacher, Bethany's background includes teaching, tutoring, curriculum, and portfolio work. She loves writing letters of recommendation as her students move out into the world; one college even cited her letter as a deciding factor! Bethany enjoys teaching, learning, and presenting workshops to convention audiences and local homeschool groups throughout the state. Her favorites include “Overload, Margin, and The Christian Homeschooler” and “Study Skills for the (Hey, look! A squirrel! ) ADHD brain.” Bethany has been actively involved with Community Bible Study for over a decade. She was the founding Coordinator of Monadnock Teen CBS and currently teaches a block of “Tuesday School” classes that allow older students to progress academically while their families attend Bible study. While Bethany did earn her blue belt in Sei Goshen Ryu Kempo Karate in 2011, she considers homeschooling her daughter to be her greatest accomplishment.
Natalie BenkoNatalie was raised on a farm in a small farming community. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher and was always creative as a child, but she never knew she could make her passion into a career until her senior year of high school! After high school, she attended Spring Arbor University and pursued her career in Art Education (K-12). While obtaining her degree, she was involved in many different teaching experiences including a youth art program for Adrian College, a mission trip to Jamaica, and a summer migrant school program in Blissfield, Michigan. As an artist, her first love has always been painting but while in college, she began to explore and fall in love with photography as well. She loves the uniqueness of all different art mediums and enjoys challenging herself to try new techniques that she can share with her students. She is currently teaching middle and high school art at Addison High School in Addison, Michigan. She loves teaching all ages She and her husband live in Michigan and have two children ages 4 and 2, and are expecting another one this fall!
Lita Bledsoe (Admin)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 strategies. 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.
Greg Bledsoe (Camps)Greg Bledsoe is a military veteran, a practitioner of several martial arts, a longtime student of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and competes in submission grappling tournaments. He is also a husband, and a homeschool father of 2 boys and 4 girls, and still somehow finds time to make a living as the Vice President of Operations for technology startup, Personal, Inc.
Jana BontragerA graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor's degree in English Education, Mrs. Bontrager has been teaching for eight years in the public school system. She has taught all grades from 6-12 and various subjects including Language Arts, Yearbook and Drama. She has taught in Florida, Idaho and Tennessee and still resides in Tennessee. To teach is her calling. It is what she has wanted to do since she was a little girl, and she loves her job! Seeing students learn and grow into the next stage of their lives gives her great joy. She emphasizes personal accountability for her students and will do what it takes to help them reach their goals. She is so very excited to be a part of the Landry team this year! Mrs. Bontrager is married to a wonderful, Godly man and has five extraordinary children. Her youngest child went to be with Jesus in October of 2013 after fighting his entire eight month life with a rare heart defect. She has had a relationship with Christ from the time she was a young girl. That relationship has strengthened through her life's trials especially over the past few years. She is happy to be teaching in a Christian organization where Christ can be the center of education.
Emily BranchawEmily is a homeschool graduate with a passion for history and literature. She recently graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor's degree in History. Emily has a great love for learning and knowledge and she wishes to pass on this love for learning to her students. She studied American and European history under the prestigious history faculty at Hillsdale College and continues to learn and discover more about our past. Emily currently lives with her husband of two years in Gaithersburg, Maryland where she is active in her church and also teaches history for a homeschool institute. When she does not have a book in her hands, you are likely to find her stirring up something delicious in her kitchen or planning the next big travel adventure for herself and her husband.
Angie Brock (Intensives)Angie is a Licensed Cosmetologist with 19 years of experience. She has owned and operated The Colonnade Salon for the past 13 years. Angie and her husband, Ken, have been married for 20 years and live in Demopolis, Alabama. She has been a homeschool mom for 3 years for their two sons: Ridge (15) and Slater (12). Angie has been a volunteer leader for the local Scouting district, 4-H, and Soccer League. Angie and her family worship at Fairhaven Baptist Church, where she enjoys teaching the high school Girl’s Sunday School class, teaching scripture memorization in Bible Drills, and helping in the Nursery Department. Angie’s free time is spent learning to do anything homemade. She enjoys preserving foods, baking bread, and reading.
Sonya BrouilletteSonya 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 State University. 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 teacher. She 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.
Samantha CaldwellSamantha Caldwell first realized her love of the Spanish language on an 11th grade mission trip to San Salvador, El Salvador. She enrolled in High Point University in the fall of 2007 as a Spanish major and had the opportunity to return to San Salvador during the summer of 2009 as an intern with Orphan Helpers. In the spring of 2012 she began her teaching career in Winston-Salem, NC and taught at RJ Reynolds High School until moving to Charlotte, NC in August 2013. Currently she is an upper school Spanish teacher at Charlotte Christian School. Her favorite thing about teaching Spanish is having the opportunity to show students the diversity of Spanish speaking cultures. In her free time she enjoys running, trying new recipes, reading novels and visiting coffee shops. She resides in Charlotte with her husband, Michael and son, David.
Kerrie ChildressKerrie Childress developed a love for science in her 7th grade Life Science class and knew that she wanted to pursue a career in science but did not know exactly where it was going to take her. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology while also minoring in Chemistry at Bob Jones University. Soon after graduating from college, she started teaching and fell in love with the classroom and the opportunity to instruct young minds, especially in the area of science. After teaching that first year, Kerrie returned to college where she received a Master of Arts in Health & Exercise Science from Furman University. Currently she has twelve years of teaching experience and has taught a variety of science classes including Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, and Life Science. She currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology Labs and Health & Wellness classes at Rowan Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, NC. After marrying her husband, Michael, Kerrie moved to the Charlotte, NC area in the small town of China Grove, but she now lives in Gaffney, SC with her two sons, Macon and Kallen. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
Michael ChildressMichael Childress has had a love for working with computers ever since the days when he was allowed to use the Texas Instruments computer in his fifth grade classroom. He now has a lifetime of experience with computer systems, and over 10 years of experience as a PC technician. He, his wife, Kerrie, and two sons, Macon and Kallen, have recently moved to their new home in Gaffney, SC. Michael enjoys singing, songwriting, audio and video production, movies, playing games and spending time with his family and friends.
John CockmanJohn Cockman is a professional musician and educator, and a homeschool father of three. Dr. Cockman lives in Blowing Rock, NC, and enjoys a lifelong love of music and the natural sciences. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a masters degree in Engineering Physics and a doctorate in Physics Education Research, and performs professionally as a member of the critically acclaimed "Cockman Family" bluegrass and gospel group. He also performs locally his wife Jennifer and their three daughters; Arwen, Lorien, and Morgen. Between full-time teaching, performing at 100+ churches and festivals each year, and raising three children, he is a very busy man! After working for fifteen years as Associate Professor and Director of Laboratories in Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State, he recently resigned in order to place more focus on his musical outreach. However, he continues to teach on a full-time basis as Visiting Lecturer at Appalachian State, and as a faculty member of Summer Ventures through the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham, NC. He has created an online educational resource for fiddle instruction, and hosts free fiddle camps throughout the summer. He also volunteers his time year-round to teach music lessons and AP Physics to local homeschoolers.
Ruth CooperRuth Cooper 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. Since the age of 17, 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 great 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 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 live in Virginia Beach, Virginia while parenting three beautiful, little (active) male carbon units. In addition, Ruth has varied interests and accomplishments that range from lifeguard and EMT (with 400+ hours as an ER volunteer) to writing novels and a webcomic with a solid proclivity toward coffee and chocolate. Ruth is a homeschool graduate and has spent many years volunteering and working for HEAV (Home Educators Association of Virginia) and at the annual HEAV convention. She has also been an intern for over a decade at COFES (Congress on the Future of Engineering Software), and is a bookkeeper for a construction company and test scorer for Pearson. Ruth also enjoys CrossFit, running, and triathlons and has completed a couple marathons as well as a half Ironman.
Melissa CraigMelissa Craig has teaching in her blood. When her parents, both teachers, didn't like the local school options, they opened a private school in Connecticut so that they could teach her in the way they felt best. She considers the school to be another sibling, as they grew up together and battled for her parents' time. Not quite as ambitious, Melissa simply homeschooled her children when she and her husband didn't like the local school options. They have been homeschooling for fourteen years, and Melissa has taught a variety of co-op classes for six. Before her homeschooling days, Melissa was a member of corporate America, where she climbed the ladder, dropped her children off at daycare and worked as a regional manager and trainer for Weight Watchers. Melissa had almost completed MA in Teaching when God called her to stay home and educate her own children. Melissa also currently works with Bright Ideas Press, where she writes literature study guides and book lists and works in curriculum development and customer service. She is the co-author of A Young Scholar's Guide to Composers. Melissa and her family are learning US geography by experiencing it. Each of their four children, ages 21, 15, 12 and 8 has been born in a different state, and their moves have taken them from Ohio to South Carolina to Delaware to Pennsylvania to Michigan and now to Indiana, outside of Louisville, KY. Thankfully, they've been able to just keep homeschooling through the changes.
Faith CruzFaith Cruz is a lifelong learner who strives to follow hard after God. She is a homeschooling mother of four who recently overcame a paralyzing fear of water to learn to swim. Now the pool is her happy place, and she has completed six triathlons. She learned German at Furman University. After graduation, she taught in Austria for one year with the Fulbright Teacher Program where she taught English to German speakers. Upon returning to the U.S., she earned her Master's Degree at Duke University where she taught undergraduate German classes as an adjunct. In her teaching career, she has taught elementary, junior high school, gifted and talented high school, university, and adult education. She now spends her time teaching her own children and learning alongside them. She is active in children's ministry at her church. She has a passion for teaching and seeks to have a teachable spirit herself.
Jeremy CummingsJeremy 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.
Jenny CutlerJenny Cutler lives with her husband and two small children in rural Michigan. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education with concentrations in Early Childhood Education, Anthropology, and teaching English as a Second Language. She also has a M.Ed. in Multicultural Education. Jenny has experience teaching in public schools, private schools, home schooling, and directing children's ministries. She loves working with and engaging kids of all ages. Jenny teaches English 1; Note Taking Made Simple; Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, and Fables; and World Literature.
Ralph DallyRalph 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 intensives. 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 and pastor!
Erin DayHow exciting to be setting out on this new adventure with Landry Academy! I am a daughter of God, wife, homeschooling mama of four girls and professional artist. It is my passion to pass on the love of art to students. We are all created in the image of the great Creator and I love to help students to see that. I live in a little town just outside of the Raleigh area of the great state of North Carolina.
Leslee DirnbergerLeslee Dirnberger 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 God.
Kathy DonegiaKathy’s passion for teaching grew through her homeschool journey of 20+ years. She and her husband reside in southwest Ohio and just graduated the fourth of their five children. Kathy has taught homeschool co-op classes for many years and loves the excitement and curiosity that she finds in her students. She began teaching Latin classes eleven years ago and developed a love for the logic and beauty of the language. She enjoys helping her students get excited about the language and showing them how the study skills they are developing can help them tackle any challenge. Kathy is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors of Music and still enjoys playing woodwinds in church orchestra and community groups. For fun she enjoys gardening, watching movies with the family, and having good conversations with family and friends.
Lt Col (ret) Gene DoremusGrew up on a dairy farm in upstate New York - Came to faith in Christ at age 19 - Served 31 years active duty Air Force; retired in 2005 as Lt Col - Taught high school JROTC for 6 years in CA & TX – four sons, one daughter, nine grandchildren
Jill DuBoisJill grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Human Ecology (minor in Interior Design). Jill’s educational career began in 2002, as she made a career transition to become a public school elementary teacher. Her passion bloomed as she began her new path in the traditional classroom, teaching not only academic subjects, but instilling character traits as well. Her heart’s desire is to see all students receive the tools and support in order to be successful. She loves to see students feel confident in their learning styles and abilities. Their smiles of understanding speak a thousand words. She enjoys seeking out new ways to make learning fun – education is important, but it shouldn’t be boring! Big changes came Jill’s way when she felt the Lord’s prompting to home school her son who was entering the high school setting. Following in obedience and jumping right in, she found out quickly that home schooling not only provided a great opportunity to guide her son’s learning experience, but also incorporated the family’s strong foundation of faith to complete the puzzle. ‘Learning without walls’ soon became the family motto and it has stuck ever since. In addition to educating her son, she works part time assisting an interior designer who specializes in residential and commercial space, giving her the creative outlet she desires. Jill lives in Clearwater, Florida with her husband -Tim, son - Austin, sweet Labrador - Peanut, and three comical hermit crabs – Willie, Jase, and Jep. She is very involved with her husband’s student ministry at their church and has led a girl’s small group for several years. She loves serving on foreign and local mission trips, volunteering with youth activities, and leading a high school girl’s Bible study. Her time with the Lord is usually spent in the precious quiet mornings on her back porch with coffee and Scripture. You can find Jill spending her free time with her family sunning on the beach, camping, hiking trails in NC, kayaking, exploring various State and National parks, or traveling to new destinations to seize glimpses of God’s amazing creation.
Gina DussGina Duss fell in love with the French language, culture and people during a study abroad experience in Tours, France. Upon her return, she continued her studies at the University of Georgia where she went on to receive her Bachelors of Education in French. Since that time she has made numerous trips to France, including a mission trip with Greater Europe Mission. Over the years, she has enjoyed teaching French and Spanish at both the high school and elementary school levels. She and her husband Greg have four wonderful children and a son-in-law: Avery (9), Braden (12), Mackenzie (16), Ashley (28) and husband Richard. She has had the privilege of homeschooling their younger three children for the past 5 years. For relaxation, she enjoys spending time at the barn with the family’s horse.
Susan EggersSusan 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. Petersburg. 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 2003. During the past several years, she has taught World History homeschool enrichment classes for high schoolers. She has taught with Landry Academy since 2011. She and her family live in upstate SC. She believes that the greatest calling in her life is to be a faithful follower of Christ. She loves spending time with her family, reading, and music.
Tierah Ellard (Welding Intensives/Camps)Tierah grew up in Georgia in a large family where adventure, ingenuity, and hard work were the daily appetite. She spent much of her childhood swimming and climbing trees. She developed a great enthusiasm for creating things and that enthusiasm eventually manifested itself into studying Technology and Industrial Arts at Berea College. She also worked as a tech assistant in the Woods Lab, and spent a summer of research designing and building an electric vehicle. Tierah's interest in industrial design and engineering took her aboard MercyShips, where she became passionate about sharing her knowledge and working with teenagers. When she's not melting metal together with the Landry folks, she spends her free time dancing, laughing, learning, and still climbing trees.
Traci FarthingTraci received her B.A. in Linguistics in 1992 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Languages and education have always fascinated her, and she has had a great opportunity to use her skills in homeschooling. Traci has also taught Latin, literature, and writing at a homeschool co-op for several years with kids ages 7 to 15. The Lord has blessed her and her husband of 22 years with four sweet children, all of whom love to learn with her; her eldest graduated from high school last year and her youngest is just beginning with the alphabet. Traci and her family moved to Florida from Texas last fall, and are enjoying being close to the coast! She loves spending time with her family, teaching, reading good literature, languages and chocolate. She's especially thankful for the Lord's faithfulness in her life.
Steve FelderSteve Felder is currently the Campus Pastor of Horizons Church in Lost Creek, West Virginia, a multi-sight church of about 1,400 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 at Horizons. 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 working out and riding motorcycles.
Amanda FletcherAmanda earned an undergraduate degree in Intercultural and Community Leadership, as well as a minor in Sociology, from Southern Wesleyan University. She went on to earn an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. She worked at Indiana Wesleyan University as an Instructional Designer in their Center for Learning and Innovation and developed a love for online learning and course development. She also has experience in online adult education, teaching Business courses for IWU. Her interests include music, movies, and spending time with her friends and family. Amanda currently lives in Fairmount, IN with her husband, Marty, and their daughter, Myla. She has a heart for teenagers, and is actively involved in ministry, alongside her husband, who serves as the youth pastor at their church.
Becky FrankBecky 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 East Carolina University to her degree in 1998. Becky then taught social studies in Gates County, North Carolina where her classes included U.S. History, World History, Economics, Government, and Humanities. 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.
Patricia (Kreher) FranklinPatricia was born and raised in Germany. Early in her life, she developed a passion for languages and was exposed to Spanish, French and Hungarian by her extended family. She began studying English in the fifth grade and, after high school, she pursued a professional course of study in English, French, Spanish and International Management at ABW Mannheim, Germany. During her studies, she worked in France for one summer to explore her love of the French language. After college, Patricia worked at a global printing press manufacturer as an International Executive Assistant. It was there that Patricia met her husband, a bilingual American, on a multi-year engineering assignment in Heidelberg. She also took adult education classes in Mandarin Chinese and Hungarian. Patricia and her husband relocated to America in 1999. Patricia loves exercising and swimming and swam competitively through high school. Patricia became a Christian in 2005 and has never looked back. She has since been involved in various ministries and outreaches, volunteering at a local Christian Pregnancy Help Center (ABBA) and at her local church. Patricia and her husband have two children and, as a family, they travel to Germany as often as possible to visit relatives and enjoy the German culture they all know and love. Her children are fluent in German and English. Patricia has been homeschooling her two children since 2010 and they have excelled academically. She says, “Homeschooling has been a blessing for our family. It definitely is a calling from God.” Patricia has been teaching German with Landry Academy since 2014 and also teaches history and high school German at two local co-ops. She resides with her family in Gorham, Maine.
Rachel GaarderRachel Gaarder has four passions: Jesus, family, ministry and graphic design. She has more than a decade of experience as a Graphic and Web Designer. She has operated a small web design company since 2003, as well as started an iPad app development company, She’s also worked for a marketing company and a web development corporation. She has taught graphic design and computer workshops as an instructor at Ridgewater College in Hutchinson Minnesota. Rachel is a licensed minister who has worked as a volunteer teaching in children’s ministry since she was a teenager. She also has a desire to reach out to teens, mothers, and children with special needs. Having two boys of her own, she understands the value of imparting Biblical values to children and has homeschooled her own children during different phases of their education.
William Garde (Camp)William Garde and his wife, Allison, live in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Will was awarded the College of Engineering and Applies Sciences most prestigious fellowship from the University of Cincinnati’s Environmental Engineering program and is pursuing his M.S. in Environmental Hydrology. His thesis focuses on the water resources required for coffee processing in developing nations. Will’s father, Bryan Garde, moved to the United States from Zimbabwe. By his senior year in high school, Will had traveled to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, and Haiti on missions trips. God placed in him a strong desire to pursue engineering and to use this skillset for Christ’s glory by promoting practical and sustainable practices in developing nations, specifically in the realm of water resources. After the completion of his Master’s degree, Will intends to pursue a PhD in Environmental Engineering and to move to East Africa. Long-term, he hopes to open an engineering school to train the next generation of engineers in developing nations. Besides being an engineer, Will is a coffee geek. He spends many hours experimenting with his six different brewing methods and perfecting his latte art. As an intern for a campus ministry, he has trained multiple baristas and enjoys practicing hospitality through coffee. When he moves to East Africa, he hopes to open a coffee roastery and shop. Will was a counselor for Landry Camps in 2010 and in 2012 and is thrilled to come back as faculty.
Heather GetsonHeather 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 career.
Heather GilstrapHeather, her husband Griffin and their beautiful daughter Harper Grace live in Clearwater, Fl. She is actively involved in their church leading worship on Sunday mornings and for the youth. She has a heart for teenagers and loves mentoring students and serving alongside her husband who is the youth pastor. Heather went to Stetson University where she played Division 1 soccer for 4 years and graduated with a Bachelors in English. She loves spending quality time with her family as well as writing music, working out, writing for her blog, and writing for Positive Impact Magazine. She was signed to a management company for 2 years and recorded an album in 2010. Her dream is to be a published writer, to inspire and uplift, and to lead people to Jesus Christ through the written word.
Michelle GlandonMichelle Glandon has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from Stetson University. She is certified in her state in Mathematics, grades 6-12. She has been tutoring math for over 20 years. Michelle and her husband have been married for 20 years. She's his biggest fan and he is hers. They are the parents of four children, ages 13-19. The Glandons have been a part of the same church for 20 years (and counting). They love the Lord and want His will most of all. With over 14 years experience, Michelle is a veteran home school mom (3 in high school/college and 1 in middle school). Her oldest graduated in May 2014. Michelle is passionate about helping students succeed in math and follow all of the paths that God has laid out for them.
Susan GleasonSusan 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, the Bahamas, South and Central Americas and South Africa. She studied French and German in college, attending Appalachian State University and UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A.’86). 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 Estonia. She was a student radio announcer at WXYC 89.3FM Chapel Hill NC and WUAG 103.1FM Greensboro NC. She 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. Susan is a multi-instrumentalist, radio voice talent, event announcer, and an avid cyclist/hiker/trail runner. She loves serving the Lord on mission trips. Susan lives with her family on a beef cattle farm nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Jodi GuerraJodi Guerra is a homeschool mom of four children living in Houston, Texas. She has been teaching in some form for the last 26 years, having taught in public schools, private schools, the corporate world, and private tutorial situations. Jodi has always been a reader, a writer, and a natural-born organizer. She firmly believes that learning can be fun and energizing, and that all students learn best when they are relaxed and having a good time. Hard work and fun are not mutually exclusive. Jodi graduated with honors from the University of Houston with a degree in Classical Studies just before the advent of computers and the internet. She fondly remembers the card catalogue and the smell of those things called “books” and “libraries.” Jodi joined Landry Academy in December of 2011 and currently teaches in the English Department. She has taught English 1, Advanced Composition, Introduction to Literary Analysis, American Literature, and Monsters and Madmen, as well as Intro to Latin, Latin 1 and Latin 2 for Landry.
Sarah HallSarah Hall currently lives in Southwest Virginia. She has degrees in economics and French language from Sweet Briar College. She also studied abroad in Paris at la Sorbonne. After completing schooling, she took a job teaching high school French. Five years later, she changed careers and currently works as the Fitness and Senior Activities Director for her city. While she enjoys this new career immensely, she is eager to continue to share her love of French language and culture with high school students. Outside the classroom, Sarah is passionate about ballet, hiking, golfing, playing Scrabble, and visiting unique coffee shops. She also enjoys leading the youth group at her church, volunteering at Camp Dickenson (a local Christian camp), and participating in community service initiatives.
Joseph Hall (Camps)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 HathawayBethany 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 pursued education after working in development at a Christian school in Rehoboth, NM and then taught English at Gallup High School. She is also a freelance writer and editor for various offices and newsletters. Bethany, her husband, and their three boys now live back in Connecticut where she grew up. Besides mothering, teaching, and beginning homeschooling, Bethany and her boys try to spend as much time as possible running, swimming, and finding bugs.
Susan HefnerSusan grew up in N.C. and lives in Claremont, N.C. She has been married to her husband, Don, since 1994, and they have two daughters Faith, born in 2001, and Caitlin born in 2003. Susan “retired” from her career as a mechanical engineer upon the birth of her oldest daughter in 2001. She worked as a Senior Project Engineer for Corning Optical Fibers in Wilmington, N.C. after receiving her M.S. in mechanical engineering from UNC, Charlotte in 1996. Her graduate coursework and thesis focused on precision engineering and specifically calibration methods for nanometer measurement devices. Susan worked for Duke Energy (formerly Duke Power Company) as a Design/Systems Engineer Mechanical/Nuclear Engineering at Oconee Nuclear Station between her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from NCSU in 1993. Through her work experience and graduate work, Susan has experience in precision machine design, nanometer technology, fluid dynamics, structural analysis, nuclear reaction physics, regulatory compliance, chemical process engineering, heat transfer, thermodynamics, statistical process control, electrical system design, project management, production support, and she even completed an independent study in biomedical engineering. Susan has always loved science and math and how they expose and reinforce the beauty of God’s creation. Susan’s main focus now is homeschooling her two daughters. The Hefner family follows the classical approach to education in their home. Susan has been sharing her love of science and math by teaching enrichment labs through a local co-op for the past 3 years. Her offerings have included chemistry, basic circuits, magnetics, critical thinking, computer software basics, elementary statistics, and problem solving. Susan also provides individual tutoring to students in all levels of math up through calculus, and in physics. For fun, the Hefner family is very active in all things water related. Susan swam the Pier to Pier, a 2 mile open-water swim, at Wrightsville Beach, N.C., and both daughters swim competitively making it a family sport. They all love boating and the beach. They are active member of Discovery Church in Hickory, NC.
Tom HenriksenTom Henriksen is an ASE Certified Master Auto Technician with over 25 years of experience. After graduating from technical school, Tom spent 13 years mastering his craft working at a Dodge dealership in Tampa, Florida. He has spent the last 10 years traveling annually to Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua serving on automotive mission trips where teams repaired vehicles for local missionaries and indigenous pastors. A homeschool father of two girls, Tom has been married for 23 years and still resides in the Tampa Bay area.
Jen Henriksen (Admin)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 St. 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 The 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 Chairman of 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 (Camps)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 missions. 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)..
Kim HighKim grew up on a century-old family farm in Iowa and attended Iowa State University, earning a degree in graphic design. After graduation, she moved to North Carolina where she met her husband, Ken. For the next eleven years Kim worked as a graphic designer until she began home schooling her two daughters. She continues to thank God for the seventeen years that He gave her as her children’s primary teacher! During her years as a home-school mom, Kim taught and organized co-op classes in speech, history, writing, art, and literature. She created much of her own curriculum including a Bible study for elementary children which she self-published. Nothing brings her greater joy than to see her daughters and other children walking in the truth! As a 4-H leader, and later through NCFCA, Kim helped students overcome their fear of public speaking. She has coached and judged speech competitions on the local, regional, and national levels. A highlight of her homeschooling years was hosting and home schooling Korean students. Over three years, her family “adopted” four Korean daughters. In addition to hosting, she worked with the founder of the program to create a set of standards and guidelines for the host families. Kim and her family love other cultures—along with their Korean students, they hosted a family from Uruguay for the world-wide Special Olympics and an exchange student from China. She hopes one day to visit her “daughters” in Asia. Now that her children have graduated, Kim is excited about helping other families on their home school journey through her work at Landry Academy.
Rachel HindujaAs someone whose interest in Biology was primarily developed through the excitement and support of enthusiastic educators, Rachel understands that teachers make the difference! She is thrilled and blessed to have the opportunity, through Landry Academy, to ignite a spark of wonder in her students and witness their knowledge of Biology develop and their ability to see God’s creation with new, enlightened eyes. Rachel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech and currently lives in Palm Beach County with her wonderful husband, Sameer. Rachel grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Bristol, Virginia where she was raised in a large homeschooling family. Music and worship have played a huge role in her life and she has traveled much of the world over the past few years through musical opportunities and missions. During her free time Rachel loves to play piano, dance, read good books, work out and stretch with Sameer while watching Cardinals baseball, have a blast with kids of all ages, and enjoy the beauty of creation outdoors. She has also loved being a camp counselor at Landry Academy Summer Camps for the past four years.
Pam HollowayPam 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 families. Before 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 as a part of their farm, 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 children. Blessed to be settled on a 1200 acre farm in Idaho, she greatly enjoys homeschooling and working with her family on their regenerative agriculture education program near Moscow, Idaho. There is always something interesting going on at Tourmaline Farms & Feed as her family raises their own beef, chicken, eggs, milk and year-round 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.
Jennifer HooverJennie was born and raised in beautiful Colorado. She now lives in Fruita, Colorado with her amazing family. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Master's degree in English for Speakers of Other Languages K-12 from Colorado Mesa University, and a Professional Teacher Licensure. Jennie has had the opportunity to teach all age ranges from 1st graders to the teachers and administrators in her district. She has a passion for teaching literacy and history, and after being a stay at home mom for a year is ready to share her passion again with excited learners. She believes that God has blessed us with amazing opportunities to learn and to use what we learn to share God's love and grace with those placed in our lives.
Julie HortonJulie received her Master's degree in Education from Wake Forest University. She was also licensed as a counselor in the state of Florida. Julie "retired" from counseling to homeschool her 4 children up to college. Along the way she discovered a passion for teaching classes at homeschool co-ops, which resulted in a second career teaching and tutoring. She began teaching history courses for Landry Academy in 2011, and added a psychology course in 2014. Her style is interactive and entertaining.
Brittany Hutchison (Intensives)Brittany received her Master’s degree in biology from Edinboro University in 2008. Through the encouragement of friends and family, she left research for teaching. After teaching bioengineering, experimental research, biology, and environmental science in the Florida public school system for several years, she taught biology at Seminole Community College. Although Brittany loved teaching at the collegiate level, she felt God calling her back to high school students. As a former homeschooler (4th grade-high school), she feels that being able to give back to the homeschool community is a blessing. When not traveling around the country, Brittany resides in Florida with her two dogs.
Karri Iverson (Admin)Karri Iverson has been a major in?uence 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 and her husband have homeschooled five children (two of which have grown and graduated). Thirteen years ago, Karri recognized a growing need for homeschooling students to have further instruction in English and science. At that time, she began a local home school tutoring group. There she taught classes in many subject areas and managed several teachers as the group grew to meet the needs of local homeschoolers. Karri has taught at other homeschool programs and co-ops and has enjoyed teaching Bible studies at her church. She has given direction and guidance to many parents during their homeschooling journeys and has privately tutored several students in their entire high school curriculum. One of her passions has been developing curriculum, something she has done for her own children, local homeschooling groups, and the local school district’s summer and extra- curricular camps. In addition, she has also taught for the Summer Institute for the Gifted and, with another teacher, designed her own science and math summer camp. Two years ago, Karri left her teaching to become the Director of Faculty and Family as part of Landry Academy’s administration team. She loves this role as it allows her to be a large part of helping families in their homeschooling adventures. She will always love teaching, learning and helping students learn about their awesome Creator!
Rebecca JacksonRebecca Jackson is a mother of 5 and a professional Seamstress and Pattern Engineer. She started learning to sew at the age of 7, graduated from Broken Arrow, HS in Broken Arrow, OK in 1993, attended Phillips University and then Oklahoma State University where she majored in Vocal Music Education. However, while she loved vocal music, she felt pulled to go in a different direction. Next to music, her second love was sewing and so decided to pursue course study in Apparel Design. At OSU she focused on pattern engineering, as the mathematical and methodical part of pattern design was what she really enjoyed. She graduated from OSU in 2001 with a Bachelor's of Science in Apparel Design and Production. After graduation, she moved to Wichita, KS for a career at Fruhauf Uniforms, designing the patterns for marching band uniforms from high schools and colleges all over the United States. A few years and children later, her husband, Jason, and she decided that being a stay-at-home-mom was a priority for their family, so they left Wichita to return to Stillwater, OK, to be closer to family and raise their children. Rebecca continued sewing and designing, eventually starting a company with her mother, where they design, produce, and sell historically inspired costumes and garments. Lady Lily Originals, while a small company, has a great reputation as creators of beautiful, well-constructed, and reasonably priced women's corsets, gowns, blouses, skirts, and various other garments. Rebecca feels that everyone should at least learn how to sew on a button, but encourages women and men of any age to find a craft that they enjoy, where they can be creative for fun, for their family, or for a career! She loves the creative minds of young people who are interested in Fashion Design and loves to help them gain more sewing & pattern knowledge so they can pursue their design interests. She is a bit of a sci-fi geek as she loves Star Wars, Star Trek, and funny cult classic movies and musicals. Movies and shows with fantastic costuming (or even just interesting), always catch her eye. Rebecca and her family are active volunteers at their local LifeChurch.tv campus in Stillwater, OK, where they feel led to become fully devoted followers of Christ and are leading their children to become the same. She and her family love to be silly, to laugh often, and love spending time together at their home in Stillwater, along with their 3 dogs, numerous fish, and one tree frog named Tibbles.
Sharon Jeffus (Intensives)Sharon Jeffus has a B.S.S.E. in Art Education from John Brown University and continued on in her studies with a degree in English from the University of Arkansas. She studied painting at Metropolitan in Denver and sculpting at Southern Illinois University. She has written over twenty books and has the internationally known company, Visual Manna. Sharon wrote her first book in 1992 and developed the Visual Manna teaching method where art is integrated with art appreciation, techniques, vocabulary and core subjects. She has also written an Indian Arts and Crafts program that was rated outstanding by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.Sharon taught in the public schools for fourteen years in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. She then left the public school system to write books, travel and homeschool her two sons. Sharon taught Intensive English as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Missouri-Rolla and has given presentations on teaching art to college classes including Azusa Pacific University and Columbia College and the Audubon Society. Sharon developed and presented workshops in coordination with Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Bass Pro on art and science and given workshops at homeschool conventions across the country.
Greg JonesGreg 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.
Melisa KaiserMelisa Kaiser is an architectural designer and homeschool mom of four. She completed an undergraduate degree in architecture at the University of Nebraska, and graduated at the top of her Master of Architecture degree program at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She studied high rise design, with an emphasis in energy efficiency and façade technology. Melisa has practiced architecture in residential design, including an experience in high-end kitchen design at a prestigious Chicago firm. Melisa’s teaching experience spans a broad range of ages; she has taught freshman level design at the Judson University Department of Architecture, and art & design to K-8th graders at her homeschool co-op. Melisa has participated with Masterpiece Ministries, a camp ministry to high school youth in the visual and performing arts, teaching visual design. Currently she is homeschooling her four children, and does an occasional freelance design project. Melisa began a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ as a freshman in college. While in college Melisa attended and led bible studies and worked as a camp counselor. Presently she is serving and worshipping at a bible-believing church, and leading a small group study with her husband. Melisa loves to see the image of the Creator shining through each student, and considers it a privilege to inspire and guide them in their creative abilities.
Leslie KentLeslie has been blessed with a passion to bring the gift of music to all she encounters. Leslie lives with her husband and four children in Caledonia, Southern Ontario. A life-long member of the Salvation Army, Leslie’s musical training began at a young age in both vocal and brass music. Leslie studied piano from age 7 to 18 through the Royal Conservatory of Music (Beverly Houselander), completing grade 7. Leslie received many awards for vocal achievements in the Salvation Army and traveled extensively during her teens, performing at churches and events in the province. Leslie also discovered her love of conducting during the six years she worked with the ‘Singing Company’ (junior choir) She went on to conduct the Prelude choir of the Hamilton Children’s Choir for 9 years, and currently conducts the Hosanna choir of Strings, Etc!, a homeschooling organization out of Ancaster, Ontario. From 1994-1999 Leslie was thrilled to study at the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Illinois, obtaining her Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music, vocal performance. In 2010 Leslie completed two levels of training with Musikgarten, music and movement for young children. Leslie and her AV/IT Specialist husband homeschool their son and three daughters by day, and run around to gymnastics, highland dance and band practice by night. Leslie also teaches private voice, piano and brass lessons most evenings. Leslie is looking forward to this new venture of connecting with students online!
Tom KhazoyanTom 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 recently completed an MFA in Professional Screenwriting. Tom and his wife, Cara have been homeschooling since their son was in second grade (he graduated from college in May 2013.) One daughter is beginning her second year at college, their youngest is in 8th grade. He also enjoys music (guitar and hand drums), photography, and telemark skiing. He also serves a part-time worship leader at their local church.
Tracey KleinTracey Klein and her husband live in Maryland with their five children whom they homeschool. Their children range in ages from 11-18. They recently graduated their first daughter who will be attending a Christian college to study pre-Veterinarian science. Together, this family runs a ministry from their farm with the number one goal to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. SimpleFaithFarm.org has a variety of barnyard friends who clearly point to a Creator! Tracey is passionate about the connection between children and animals! Tracey accepted Christ as her savior as a child and along with her husband has had the joy of watching all of her children accept Jesus alone for salvation! Additionally, Tracey is an Occupational Therapist and has worked for more than 20 years with children with special needs.
Wesley KringWesley 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 Lake, IN. 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 LamolinaraDiana Lamolinara is a native speaker of Spanish who has lived in Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Spain. In addition, she spent some time living in Italy where she studied Italian for several years. 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 school co-ops. 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.
Greg Landry (Admin)Greg is a husband to his bride of 30 years, a homeschool dad, and a former college professor. He grew up in south Louisiana and at age 18 was invited to tryout with the Philadelphia Phillies baseball organization. He played baseball and football in college, and holds a master of science degree from LSU (Louisiana State University). He and his bride homeschooled their two daughters. Their oldest graduated from college a few years ago, is a pediatric cardiac intensive care nurse, and is married to a great guy. Their youngest daughter graduated from college last year and is spending a year with the Fellows Initiative Program in Kentucky. Both of them swam competitively in college. Greg has a heart for students and a passion for science. He has taught thousands of homeschooled students, designed and directed a university anatomy and physiology / cadaver lab, has designed science labs for homeschooled students and has written science lab manuals. Greg and his wife live on an old farm near Nashville, TN. His desire is to follow the Lord's leading in using Landry Academy to glorify God and to bless families in big ways.
Susan King LanierSusan King Lanier, B.A., RID-CT lives in Wilmington, NC and has called the area home for most of her life. She loves the coast and all the advantages of being near water (yes, even hurricanes!). She is mom to four children, two sons-in-law, four grandchildren and a lab-mix named Ira. All of the children and one of the sons-in-law were homeschooled at least through most of their school years; one child and the son-in-law graduated from homeschool. Susan and her family have been short-term missionaries with YWAM and support several missionaries today. They also spent six months on the MV Anastasis, a YWAM mercy relief ship. Her primary interest in teaching now focuses on people with disabilities, sensory disabilities in particular. Susan is an adjunct lecturer, teaching courses on hearing loss and American Sign Language at UNC-Wilmington, and is a freelance interpreter in many diverse settings. Currently, she is working on her M.A. in Interpreting from the University of North Florida. Susan's interests include those 4 adorable grands, ballet, Pilates, yoga, training service dogs, gardening, the beach, hiking and sewing.
Chris LeingangThe desire to be a teacher was birthed in me during my 8th grade year. After graduating high school, I entered college with that desire still burning inside. In 1996, I graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in Science with an emphasis in Chemistry and Physics and then went on to graduate from Concordia University, Portland with an M.A.T. in Secondary Education in 1998. My teaching experience spans both middle school and high school in both the private and public sector. I have had the opportunity to teach a wide variety of subjects including General Science, Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, Forensic Anatomy and American Government. I was later called into full-time Christian ministry with Lutheran Brethren Youth Ministries, where I helped to lead teams of young adults as they worked in church-planting and outreach. My passion for teaching hadn’t left but had been refocused on ministry, missiology and church leadership. As with most teachers, my passion for teaching is coupled with a passion for learning. Hence, it was no surprise when in 2002 I enrolled in seminary. While attending seminary, I supported my 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 Lutheran Parish. In 2005, I graduated from Lutheran Brethren Seminary in Fergus Falls, MN with an M.Div. and began serving Faith Fellowship in Kelso, WA. I continue to serve that congregation today. I have been married for over 19 years and have three teenage sons. As a homeschooling dad, I understand the benefits and challenges homeschool families face and am excited to be able to assist you as you educate your children and prepare them for college.
Angela LittleAngela 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, priceless. 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 friends
Melissa LopezMrs. Lopez has been married to her husband for 11 years, and they currently live just outside of Dallas, Texas. They have three boys that they are currently homeschooling, so life at the Lopez house is never boring or quiet. Mrs. Lopez is a member of Lakeshore Church in Rockwall, Texas. Mrs. Lopez went to college at Baylor University where she studied biology and chemistry. She has also done some graduate work in educational technology. After college, Mrs. Lopez worked in a medical research lab studying cancer targeting; then, God called her to teach. She taught in public schools for 9 years and has been teaching at local homeschool coop for three years. Mrs. Lopez has taught biology, algebra 1 and 2, geometry, independent math studies, pre-calculus, and personal finance. She is thrilled to join the Landry Academy faculty this year to teach Algebra 1A, Algebra 1B, and study skills. It has been amazing to watch God create so many unique educational opportunities; Landry Academy is another way to teach for God and connect with students. This year Mrs. Lopez is looking forward to getting to know her students and helping them be as successful as they can be.
Stacy LungStacy 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.
Meagan ManzanaresMeagan lives in Parachute, 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. She also has a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from Liberty University. 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.
Lora MarksLora earned a Bachelor of Arts 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 grown, and she is homeschooling the younger four. Her favorite teaching experience by far has been teaching online for Landry Academy. Lora and her husband, John, celebrated their twenty-fifth anniversary by going on a hiking Bible teaching tour in Israel. It was pivotal in their relationship with Christ. They enjoy family activities and traveling together, and live on a seventy-acre farm that has been in the Marks family for over a century. Lora and her family are part of a local Christian ministry that serves college students and the disadvantaged in their community. She writes a weekly Bible study for their small group ministries.
Joanna MartinezJoanna grew up as a missionary kid in Colombia, South America, and learned Spanish so she could communicate and play with neighborhood kids! She earned a degree in Music Education from Malone University and loved opening a new world of expression to middle school band students, but found she loved her own children more. Since becoming a stay at home mom in 2000, Joanna has served the homeschool community with both the music and Spanish skills God has given her. She started and co-taught a band for homeschoolers which grew from one beginner’s class to three full bands and many solo and ensemble groups over the course of a few years. As this took over her life she handed the program off to another homeschooling band mom and focused on schooling her own children as well as Spanish classes for both elementary and high school ages. Joanna lives with her husband Armando, who she “imported” from Colombia, in Dalton, OH. She has always homeschooled her four children, and her passion for a high quality, well-rounded education has increased each year. Currently they are working on grades 11, 9, 7 and 1.
Ashlea MassieAshlea Massie graduated summa cum laude with an A.A. in General Liberal Arts and magna cum laude with her B.A. in English. Upon graduating, she furthered her education through online copyediting courses at the University of California San Diego Extension. Ashlea spends her time as a Christian freelance writer and has been published in Boundless,The Life, and Devozine. She is now pursing her M.A. in literature. Ashlea has three years teaching experience with homeschoolers and currently teaches at a local homeschool co-op. She loves enjoys instilling a love of learning to all her students and appreciates the ability to incorporate Godly principles in learning.
Geoffrey McCombGeoffrey McComb had planned to become an accountant very early in life. Before graduating high school he earned his certification in accounting from Jackson College. Then spent a year working as an accountant at an engineering firm and beginning his education at Spring Arbor University as a co-op student in accounting and business where he met the love of his life and now wife of 5 years, Brittani. He was raised and resides in Adrian, Michigan with his three boys, Nicholas, Noah & Carter. When Geoffrey and Brittani where first married they ran a children's ministry, Kid's Club, near their college town at Parma Baptist Church. Before settling back in his hometown of Adrian, Geoffrey spent 3 years as a funeral director; though it was a wonderful experience and a meaningful ministry, the hours did not coincide with a growing family. Geoffrey now works for a small accounting firm in Adrian where he provides accounting, tax and start-up consulting services for several small businesses in Michigan. Geoffrey attends 1Mosaic Church in Adrian where his wife is the worship leader. Geoffrey also manages his wife's in home daycare, which is a nursery school for children up to age 4. When their children are old enough they plan to begin a homeschooling program for them.
Linda McGahernLinda McGahern graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a BS in Electrical Engineering. 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 more. 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 Monday evening. 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.
Marji McIlvaineMarji McIlvaine has been homeschooling for 25 years with 5 graduates (2 college graduates), two in college, and one student still at home. She has a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Florida, with graduate hours in linguistics and testing and assessment (ECU). 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 life. 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.
Saniata (Sanny) MogensonSanny is a married mother of two teenage boys, one of whom has just recently graduated from high school She has homeschooled since day one and has been teaching art for the past 10 years in a co-op setting and in small private classes. She became involved with fine arts after meeting the very talented Mr. Minh Vu in 2001 when her family first moved to Florida. Sanny has since formed the Tuesday Creative Artist Guild, a free art class offered to the homeschool community, which was televised. Sanny has developed her own art curriculum that she has been using to teach, including charcoal portrait drawing, traditional media (watercolor, pen and ink, soft pastel, oil pastel, and acrylics), mixed media and sculpting in clay. She is also a passionate cook and an avid fan of crochet and knitting.
Giuliana (Cattelan) O'ConnellNative speaker. Born in Milan, Italy. B.A. and M.A. in Italian. M.S. in International Studies with a concentration in European Studies. Adjunct Professor of Italian at Central Connecticut State University and Hartford University.
Jamie OwensbyJamie graduated from Meredith College with B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics and no desire to teach. When the pharmaceutical company where she worked announced that it would close, her pastor asked if she had ever considered being a science teacher. That was the beginning of 17 years of teaching first in a small Christian school and later at a local community college. Jamie and her husband, Shelby, live in Moncure, North Carolina where they homeschool their three children. They are members of Turner's Chapel. When she's not teaching, or taking care of her family, Jamie enjoys cooking, making soap, and running.
Michelle ParkerMichelle was privileged to be raised in a Christian home with two sisters and one brother. She attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina where she met her husband and completed her B.A. in History and an Med. In history education. She taught three years at a Christian school in Raleigh, NC, but then took some time off of teaching to start a family and be a full-time mom to her boys. In July 2010, her family moved to Virginia, and she taught middle and high school history in a small Christian school in Hampton. Three years later, God moved them to Atlanta, Georgia, and she homeschooled their boys, William (16) and Matthew (12) while they transitioned to life in Georgia. Now her boys are attending a hybrid Christian school in Marietta where Michelle teachers Algebra I two days a week. She and her family attend Community Baptist Church in Canton, Georgia. When she is not teaching, she enjoys tutoring, reading, cooking, and playing with their jack Russell mix, Freckles.
Jennifer PasosJennifer is a true Culinarian at heart with over 20 years working experience in the Hospitality Industry. She began experimenting in the kitchen at age 8 mixing and matching ingredients attempting to prepare an edible meal. After high school she pursued her passion of Culinary Arts and attending the National Center for Hospitality Studies at Sullivan University in Louisville, KY. While attending Sullivan she was selected to represent the Culinary Arts program in numerous junior hot food competitions receiving 3 scholarships and 2 silver medals. She graduated in 1998, cum laude, with dual degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking/Pastry Arts. In the summer of 2000 Jennifer met her husband Chef Franklin while opening Romano’s Macaroni Grill Mandeville, LA location. Her career has been placed on the back burner to follow the Lord’s calling to homeschool their 3 children. For fun, she researches the history of food, studies Spanish as a second language and creates new recipes assisted by three mini Chefs Frankie 9, Bella 6 and Jaydon 4.
Martha PhillipsMartha was raised in a bilingual home and thanks to her parents, can switch from Puerto Rican Spanish to southern English at the drop of a hat! She has lived in Puerto Rico and Mexico, and as a military brat, many places in between. Martha decided at the age of 6 that she would be a teacher or a missionary. For the past 6 years, God has given her the opportunity to combine both passions, teaching missionaries as an adjunctive instructor at the College at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. She has also taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Guilford College. Martha has a B.A. in Secondary Education and an M.A. in Spanish American Literature from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her experience is not limited to the collegiate level. Martha has taught Spanish in high school and middle school, ESL from the preschool to the adult level, and has homeschooled her three delightful daughters for the past 13 years. She also is blessed to share her life with Bill, her husband of 22 years.
Alisha PlummerAlisha is from a military family of four kids and grew up all over but mostly on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and New Mexico. She was homeschooled all the way through high school, which was a wonderful blessing for her education but also deepened her relationship with Christ. During high school besides competing in speech and debate, Alisha fell head-over-heals in love with God’s creation and the study of it. She currently holds a bachelors of science in biology as well as a masters degree in physician assistant science (MSPAS). Alisha is a licensed physician assistant (P.A.) in New Mexico and just accepted a position in a local emergency department. When she has the time she enjoys hiking, bouldering, spelunking, and rafting (though in New Mexico there is not as much of this as she would like).
Janice PrieskornJanice attended Eastern Michigan University where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Chemistry. She earned her M.S. in Chemistry from Northwestern University. She taught at Kalamazoo Community College and worked as a Senior Research Scientist at Nature’s Sunshine Products. Janice is extremely grateful to have been raised in a Christian home. She has been a believer and actively involved in church from a young age. Janice’s family consists of her husband, Len and their nine children (Linton, Simeon, Enoch, Judah, Titus, Eliana, Aviana, Joren, and Theo). She has home-schooled her children grades K to 12. They have graduated two children so far! Murfreesboro, Tennessee is where the Prieskorn’s call home. When she isn’t teaching children or helping with the local speech and debate club, she loves to read mysteries and science journals.
Jodi Quint (Camps)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 RamosJosie 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 seventeen years of marriage this year! The Lord also blessed them with four awesome children. Josie and Steven have traveled and lived in many states for work, which has led to meeting former president George Bush, working for a U.S. Senator on Capitol Hill, opening their home in the town they’ve recently moved to, to start a home church, and, of course, teach people from all over the world. Josie enjoys learning new languages, as she feels it helps her understand her students who are learning a foreign language. She's currently studying Arabic.
Julie RapeljeI have loved art and everything surrounding it forever. Well....atleast a long time! I teach the Art History and Practice courses here at LA and also enjoy teaching various art classes locally. I live in upstate NY with my family. Besides great art, I enjoy: reading, camping, great food, company, costumes, dancing, new things, travel, and my church. Some favorite Art History items....Cave Paintings, Hagia Sophia, Jan vanEyck, Mark Rothko, Architecture, and...well...its a big list. If you take my classes, you get to hear the rest of the story!
Cameron RentschlerCameron Rentschler is Junior at the University of South Carolina Honors College. He is currently studying Political Science and Criminal Justice. Cameron grew up in Ridgeway, South Carolina with his two sisters, Victoria and Savana. Before college, Cameron spent six years competing in the National Christian Forensics and Communication Association speech and debate league. During his time competing he advanced to the National tournament five times, competing in Team Policy debate four times as well as qualifying in Apologetics speaking twice, Extemporaneous twice and Duo Interpretation twice. Cameron and his partner Andrew Schirmer won the 2011 National championship after winning every tournament that they entered that year. After graduation Cameron continued to be involved in the debate community, writing for two nationally published debate resource books, coaching for his high school club, Arx Axiom, preparing teams for the National Championship and judging at numerous regional level speech and debate tournaments. When he’s not studying for school or working at Chick-fil-a, Cameron enjoys fishing, playing sports with friends and riding around in his truck with the windows down.
Michelle RiouxMichelle earned her Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She has been employed as a computer network technician, web administrator and network administrator for multiple companies, as well as a classroom teacher. Following that she pursued her Master of Arts in Education from Western Governor’s University. She holds teaching certifications for elementary education, math and social studies in Utah and California. She also holds a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer certificate and a CrossFit Kids Trainer certificate. Through CrossFit kids she enjoys working with children helping them to develop self-confidence through fitness, an understanding of overall wellness and the life time pursuit of better health. Michelle enjoys; CrossFit, running, gardening, cooking and learning ways to live more sustainably while caring for her family. She enjoys the opportunity to work with an organization that has a purpose aligned with God’s Word. She feels blessed to be able to serve the homeschool community while still being able to homeschool her own children.
Tracy Roberts (Admin)After holding several key positions in the hospitality industry, including Event Planning Tracy decided to pursue a culinary degree and attended Johnson & Wales University in her hometown of Charleston, SC. Graduating in 1992 with a degree in both Food Science and Pastry Arts she opened a Deli Restaurant and both marketed and managed Corporate & Wedding Catering Events. In 1996 she sold that business to become a stay at home Mom. When her daughter was entering 3rd grade she was hit with the desire to homeschool her and they began the adventure. Their family was blessed with an opportunity to supplement their income with part-time work for Landry Academy in 2011. Her homeschooling adventure ended in May 2013 with the successful graduation of her daughter, who is attending the college of her choice with scholarships that she earned academically. With this chapter of their life finished, she has embarked on a full-time position with Landry Academy as the Lab Intensive State Mom Coordinator. When she is not wearing her Landry cap she leads a Ladies Bible Study and helps out a small Catholic school assisting their Administrative & Marketing team.
Charlotte RoyalCharlotte discovered a love of communication at an early age when she realized that, if she were to learn proper English, members of her family other than her older sister (who somehow understood her without the use of much spoken language at all) would be able to help her reach those mysterious things that were beyond her highchair. After that point, beginning a lifelong study of art, literature, and languages seemed only fitting. Fortunately for Charlotte, being homeschooled from the first grade throughout high school only assisted in the development of these interests, as she was enabled to tailor her curricula to include several year’s-worth of courses never offered by the local school systems; courses such as art, German, and especially Japanese. After high school, Charlotte left home to earn a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art from Pensacola Christian College and a Master of Arts in Studio Art from Bob Jones University. Charlotte had long displayed the teachery tendencies common to her family, often seeking out opportunities to regale younger children with interesting factoids and, eventually, even holding her own art workshops and day camps for anyone nearby who wished to attend. College and University offered her the opportunity to hone her skills of instruction, and she took those courses gladly, despite their falling outside the usual requirements of an art major. After receiving her graduate degree, she completed the course of study offered by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence necessary to become a qualified High school English teacher in the public school system. Charlotte is currently putting all those years of English and Japanese study to good use by living and working in Japan, where she is teaching English and Bible lessons at her local church. Charlotte firmly believes not only that visual and auditory language is beautiful, but that each shares the same basic purpose: to strive to share the greatest news ever given humanity, the news of the Artist who made us and loves us more than words can ever quite tell.
Hannah RumleyHannah Rumley was born in Albertville, France, to American missionary parents. Since then, she has lived in Paris, Northern California, Hawaii, Canada, Kuwait, and Southern California, and now resides in Vancouver, Washington. In addition, she has traveled to about 20 countries. Her parents host every year a team from Landry at their house in the South of France. Hannah received her degree from Azusa Pacific University as an English teacher, and has taught three years since. She is married to Will, a pilot, and they have a beautiful baby daughter, Emily. She has great enthusiasm for learning and for sharing this passion with students. She loves to read, write, and craft, knitting in particular.
Ellen ScogginsEllen 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 fish
Alexandra Shafran (Admin Team)Lexi Shafran is a recent graduate from Ohio Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Her studies focused on ministry and education. She played goalkeeper her last two years of college and was awarded OCU’s highest award for sports leadership. Lexi is currently serving in her church as a high school ministry leader and works in the childcare department as needed. She enjoys teaching and mentoring and has a tremendous heart and passion for students. She hopes to travel, explore, meet new people, and be challenged to grow in her faith. Lexi is very excited about the opportunity she has been given to work alongside Landry Academy and serve the homeschool community.
Erin SipeErin 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.
Daniel SmithDaniel Smith earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and his MA in Psychology from UNC-Wilmington. 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, as well as teaching multiple Social Studies courses at Coastal Christian High School for two years. He is NC State Licensed in Social Studies (grades 9-12) and is currently a full-time instructor at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC part-time instructor at UNC-Wilmington (and with Landry Academy, of course!!). He 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 teaching, watching sports (especially UNC), lifting weights, traveling, spending time with his wife, and reading anything related to his faith and psychology.
Chris SmithChris 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.
David SnyderDavid W. Snyder is currently Professor of Music Education at Illinois State University where he teaches instrumental methods, music appreciation, and is the advisor for the graduate music education program. Dr. Snyder taught band in the Texas public school system for seven years before completing his Master of Music in horn performance at Southern Methodist University and a Doctor of Music Education from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He has been actively teaching and working with bands in public school music since 1983. He has also been a member of the horn section in the Peoria Symphony since 1995. Professor Snyder has been published in the Jazz Education Journal, International Journal of Research Studies in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning, Teaching Music, Instrumentalist Magazine, School Band and Orchestra Magazine and the Music Educators Journal and has presented at both international and national music education conferences. Professor Snyder is a frequent guest adjudicator and clinician throughout Illinois. Professor Snyder has been a Christian since 1995 and has served as a bible study leader and Sunday school teacher for many years. He has also done mission work in China, teaching English to adults and college-aged students. He currently resides in Illinois with his wife and three children.
Toni St. John (Admin Team)After graduating college in 1992, Toni began a career as a Radiation Therapist. She worked in several Cancer Centers in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. In 2003, she was hired to manage the Radiation Therapy Department at the ProMedica Cancer Institute in Northwest Ohio. In her management role, Toni pursued continuous improvement of quality and efficiency within the department. Toni developed and implemented policies and procedures to standardize patient care techniques. She restructured the data collection process for department statistics and created a charge compliance procedure which was implemented by the IT department. She also designed a training program for radiation therapy clinical rotations for university and college students and developed a radiation therapy student ARRT study manual. Additionally, she sat on the board for the radiation therapy program at one of the universities. In 2006, Toni was asked to take on the responsibility of managing the Radiation Therapy Department at a second ProMedica Cancer Center in order to oversee similar changes and improvements. Although she had a very rewarding career, her true desire has always been to be a stay at home wife and mom. So, when the Lord answered prayer in 2008 with the adoption of their first child, she left her career outside the home to be a stay at home mom. She began homeschooling this year and loves every minute of it! She looks forward to the adventures of raising and homeschooling the two most amazing children God has created! Toni enjoys a good book, a good movie, photography and the Preforming Arts. Before the blessing of children, Toni was part of a small Christian Ballet Company in Northwest Ohio where she danced and taught ballet. She continues to help out at the school where her daughter is now dancing. Along with her husband, she wrote, produced and directed a Children’s Christmas Play for their church. Scriptures that have given her strength and encouragement over the years are Isaiah 55:8-9 and Romans 8:28.
Debbie StokesDebbie Stokes 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, Debbie graduated from Kennesaw State College with a B.S. in Biological sciences. 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 local hospital. Debbie has 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.
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Philip Tallon (Camp)Philip Tallon (PhD, St Andrews) is an Assistant Professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University, where he is the chair of the Apologetics Department, and a faculty member of the Honors College. He is the author of The Poetics of Evil: Toward an Aesthetic Theodicy, and the co-editor of The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes (with David Baggett). He has written essays on philosophy, theology, and culture in many books, including C. S. Lewis as Philosopher, The Hobbit and Philosophy, and C. S. Lewis's Christian Apologetics.
Abby TeetselFamily — especially husband Eric and new daughter Emily — Kansas, running and math are a few of Abby's favorite things. A graduate of Kansas State University and the University of Maryland, Abby has taught math to fifth- through 12th-grade students in three cities over five years, starting as a Teach For America corps member in Houston. Abby loves teaching math, because it's a field that both shows how perfectly God ordered our world and challenges students to master complex skills that do have incredible relevance in our daily lives. She is excited to have the opportunity to teach Math II with Landry Academy this year.
Brittney TomczakBrittney Tomczak is married to Justin Tomczak and they are the proud parents of Delainey, Dauson and Daring. Brittney resides in Acworth, GA, a suburb on the north side of Atlanta, where she homeschools their children. Brittney graduated from Western Governors University with a degree in Special Education. She has over 5 years of classroom experience with grades K-5 and believes learning should be a fun experience for all students. The Tomczaks are active in their church, The Church of Acworth, where they serve on the children’s ministry team.
Simon Tomell (Intensives)Simon Tomell has been forging steel for twelve years and is the resident blacksmith at Sauder Village in Archbold, OH. He has been teaching classes for five years and has already aided many teens interested in pursuing this craft. He and his wife, Truely, are enthused to be able to work with students through Landry Academy and are looking forward to sharing their knowledge of this versatile and artistic trade.
Lynda TrotterLynda Trotter was born in Ecuador and lived there as a missionary kid until her sophomore year of high school. While in Ecuador, much of her schooling was done through homeschooling and correspondence (the online schooling of the past). Growing up in a bilingual environment gave her a passion for languages, and she got a B. S. from the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, MN in Communication Arts and Literature Education and a M. Ed. in Bilingual and Multicultural Education with an emphasis in English as a Second Language (ESL) from Northern Arizona University. Lynda has taught a variety of subjects, ranging from Spanish, ESL, Bible, literature, speech, creative writing, and social studies, in many different places around the world, including Minnesota, Arizona, Japan, and most recently, New Jersey. She met her husband while in Japan, and his military career has given them a chance to explore new parts of the world. Lynda’s relationship with her Savior is the most important part of her life, and she enjoys experiencing other cultures as well as helping others develop a love for other languages and cultures as well as a vision for reaching other nations with the good news of Jesus Christ. When she is not teaching, Lynda can usually be found outside, either camping, kayaking, running, skiing, or swimming.
Amy WallaceAmy Wallace is a homeschool mom of three, still happily teaching a poetic sophomore and a super sixth grader and encouraging her brilliant college freshman. Amy earned a BS in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Louisville (Go CARDS!) and regularly applies her degree to writing Dark Chocolate Suspense—high-action suspense that delves deep into heart issues—for Random House/ Multnomah and Harvest House Publishers. Her counseling degree also comes in handy when homeschooling, speaking, teaching, and leading writing workshops and online classes for writing professionals. Amy is also a commissioned Stephen’s Minister. Her novels include the Place of Refuge series: Hiding in Plain Sight, Nowhere to Run, the Defenders of Hope Series: Ransomed Dreams, Healing Promises, and Enduring Justice, and she is a contributing author of A Novel Idea: Best Advice on Writing Inspirational Fiction, God Answers Moms’ Prayers, and Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Diabetes. In her spare time, Amy loves hiking, basketball, running, reading, and chocolate. Her greatest passion is to glorify God by enjoying Him to the fullest and showing by example what it means to dream big and live a life that touches hearts and leads people into a deep relationship with Christ.
Robert WalsmanRob 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.
Vicki WatsonWith a B.S. in Computer Science and several years experience working as a programmer, Vicki formed her own company, VWeb, in 2003. She found web design and development to be the perfect combination of her logical and creative skills. She specializes in content management systems, custom template design, and search engine optimization. Vicki enjoys the challenge of teaching technical subjects - making the complex understandable. She taught computer programming for several years as adjunct faculty at Columbus State Community College. When she's not at the computer, you may find Vicki out on the trail with her Rocky Mountain horse, Nikki. Her love of God and horses comes together in her Sonrise Stable series of horse books for children, which features an extended homeschooling family. The series draws from her experiences with horses and the 17 years she homeschooled her three daughters.
Rick WeissRick Weiss is a former pastor (14 years) and currently has his own web services business. Over his career he has combined three passions: serving the Kingdom of God, studying and participating in the political process and a keen fascination with technology. He has been operating his web and design business since 1997. He works alongside his wife, Shara, in helping small business clients with their presence on the internet. Together they have three children ages 8 to 3. Rick has a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Arizona State University, a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, and is self-taught in the work he does with web sites. Many of the sites he creates are built in Wordpress. He has also built many custom sites and worked in Joomla and Drupal. Rick and Shara now live in Gresham, Oregon near Shara’s family. Together they have started an online Christian community website called Believers Forum. While Rick enjoys web work and helping clients achieve their goals on the internet, his first love is teaching. He especially loves to open up the scriptures and discuss theological topics with others.
Rebecca WernerRebecca 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!
Marilyn WhitlockMarilyn Whitlock loves learning and sharing that love with students. She 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 century. While completing her bachelor’s degree, Marilyn student-taught five sections of senior English and served as faculty adviser 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 home school co-ops and in private tutoring. At a home school 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. She also privately tutored a group of home schooled students in a survey of the Old and New Testaments. Marilyn home schooled her own daughter who, after achieving a nearly perfect score on the English section of the ACT, is attending college on an academic scholarship. In the summer of 2013, Marilyn completed the course work for a graduate certificate in instructional design from the University of Wisconsin, Stout. She thoroughly enjoyed learning new methods to add to her teaching repertoire. Marilyn and her husband Dan live in Lee’s Summit, MO. Besides copious reading—she always has multiple books on her nightstand—Marilyn dotes on her Pomeranian Simba and enjoys gardening.
Wendy WilliamsWendy resides in St. Louis, MO. She met her husband in their high school youth group, and they are now married with three young children. Prior to having children, she obtained a technical degree in neurodiagnostic technology. She worked at St. Louis Children’s Hospital as a neurodiagnostic technologist in the EEG lab, and her experience in the medical field further ignited her passion for science. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in education from Grand Canyon University, and all of her electives were taken towards her certification for teaching science. Wendy has been teaching classes at youth camps in the summer for the last few years. She also has experience tutoring homeschooled students of all ages. She is passionate about learning, and she hopes to pass that on to her students. She and her husband are the youth pastors at their church, and they enjoy working together in ministry. Wendy feels like it is her calling to equip students to understand science from a biblical perspective and to be able to defend the creation account with reason and evidence.
John WilloughbyJohn 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 Century History. 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 2009. 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 church. He continues to pastor a home church in Palm Harbor, Florida today. John became a Christian his first semester at college in 1996. John has three children who are home schooled. 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 speak.
Caitlyn WiseCaitlyn Wise majored in Fine Art Photography at Milligan College in Johnson City, Tennessee. She was awarded the Artist in Residence position at Milligan College where she assisted in teaching photography classes and with theater productions. She has owned her own wedding and portrait photography business for seven years. Caitlyn is currently living in Colorado Springs, CO, but will be relocating to Nashville, TN in the fall. In her free time, Caitlyn enjoys adventures in the mountains, traveling, and working with film photography.
Grace WoodGrace Wood grew up in a family of 8 kids in Connecticut, USA. She studied at Gordon College in Massachusetts and graduated with a B.A. in Linguistics. Currently she lives in England, completing her M.A. in Sociolinguistics at the University of York and will be starting a PhD in Linguistics come October, 2015 also in York, England. Grace absolutely loves learning and gaining a better understanding of how the world works. She also enjoys traveling. In her opinion one of the best things about studying languages and linguistics is the excuse it gives her to travel. She's had the great privilege to have been able to live in many countries and diverse cultures. It has given her the opportunity to put what she's studied into practice.
Jess WoodsJess earned a Secondary English Education degree from Indiana University and taught for 3 years in a public high school before feeling called to stay home with her children. Though she taught in a high school setting, she also has experience tutoring kids from ages 5-through college age. Jess has always had a passion for literature and enjoys teaching in a way that can activate that same passion in others. Her interests include music, writing, reading (always a book to read and a song to sing), gardening, and spending time with her family. She currently resides in Upstate NY with her husband, Josh, and their 3 children. Jess is actively involved in ministry at her church where her husband is the lead pastor. She has a heart for ministry that reaches beyond church doors and loves doing mission work in any form. She strives to find opportunities to share God’s love in the everyday circumstances.
Hanmiao Xiao-KnightHanmiao is a native Mandarin speaker from China. She now lives and works as a language program instructor at a Christian college in Wisconsin. She received Christ as her Savior in 2007 and came to the United States to study God’s Word. This resulted in Hanmiao receiving her master degree in Cross-Cultural Studies. She is the member of her local church where she regularly participates in the GO-Team language training campus ministry program and meeting people’s needs in her community teaching them a second or third language. She first heard the Good News when she was a sophomore. This understanding continued from the witnessing of her Christian colleagues at an international Christian school in China where she taught Mandarin. She wants to faithfully embrace God’s plan of outreach by using her passion for language to equip other Christians to share His Words in places where the gospel isn’t taught. Currently, Hanmiao is in her journey of Ph.D. study in the filed of Intercultural Education at Biola University.
Danny Zayas (Camps)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 theory. 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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