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Fine Arts, Music, and Design - Julie Rapelje
Bible - Chris Smith
Computer Science and Technology - Lora Marks
Specialty Classes - Chris Smith
English - Jess Woods
Foreign Languages - Chris Smith
History, Geography, and Government - Susan Eggers
Math and Business - Lora Marks
Science - Chris Leingang and Greg Landry
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 AndersonMrs. Jamie Anderson has been teaching Landry Academy's speech communications class for five years, after spending a decade helping home school students learn how to become confident public speakers in Michigan. 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, where part of her job involved teaching public speaking workshops for adults and students all over the country. Jamie is the faculty adviser for Landry Academy's student-run newspaper, The Scholar's Script. She teaches at her local homeschool tutorial and is an Operation Christmas Child relay center coordinator. She and her husband, a pilot for JetBlue Airways, have three sons.
Tom AndersonTom has been a sworn officer and law enforcement veteran since 1992 and was previously the Police Chief for the Statesville Police Department located in North Carolina from 2008 thru 2015. Tom recently left his position as chief to become the Public Safety Risk Management Consultant for the N.C. League of Municipalities; assisting N.C. police departments with high liability issues and risk management needs. Tom started his law enforcement career with the Statesville Police Department as a patrol officer and rose through the ranks to the police chief 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 with law enforcement, 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 and American Government classes. Tom was a long-time board member for the North Carolina Police Executives Association and a past-president of the association. Tom holds his Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and is passionate about teaching criminal justice related topics. Tom and Jennifer have been married since December 1990 and have a daughter Kalyx, who 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.
Rhiannon AppelgrijnRhiannon is a Long Islander, raised by an Englishman, married to a South African, and currently residing in Florida! She moved to the Sunshine State in 1997 to be close to family and attend the University of South Florida where she obtained her B.A. in British and American Literature and graduated with honors. Rhiannon and her husband, Coenraad, have been married for fifteen years and have three lovely and energetic children! She loves being a stay-at- home mom and desires to raise her kids to have a deep, enduring relationship with Jesus. Before having children, she taught 6th through 9th grade Language Arts, Literature, and Musical Theater classes at Dayspring Academy for Education and the Arts, the highest-performing school in Pasco County. Rhiannon was known for teaching grammar rules through song to make them more fun and memorable! She has often utilized her love and knowledge of the English language to assist friends, family, and local organizations in their various business and/or academic ventures by writing grants, editing blogs and websites, and tutoring. Rhiannon has also written many skits and songs for church worship services and special events. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach at Landry Academy in the English Department! She prays that God will use her to ignite a lasting love of literature, language arts, and above all, the LORD in the lives of her students.
Sophia ArroyoSophia Arroyo graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Bible/Theology and Education. Her passion for Christian education is immense and her desire to guide student’s minds and hearts to the Creator through teaching grows daily. She is a world traveler, having traveled to all of the continents except for Africa and Antarctica. Some of her favorite places she has traveled are New Zealand, Italy, and Thailand. Sophia’s travels have taught her the value of online Christian education and the need to learn all she can about this beautiful earth, created by God himself. Mrs. Arroyo possesses many hobbies, other than traveling. Some of which include hiking, ice-skating, cooking, painting, making cards, and sewing. Her enjoyment for sewing was ignited when her mom began to teach her simple stiches at the age of six. It wasn’t long before Sophia was making doll clothes, pillows, simple skirts and so on. As she matured, so did her sewing skills. During her senior year of high-school she was awarded “Best High-School Seamstress”, in the state of Indiana (where she was raised). The project that won the award was an Elizabethan costume that she designed herself. Sophia also plays the violin, mandolin, piano, and sings. She enjoys her musical talents with her husband Noel, who serves as a worship leader for a church plant in Columbus, OH. She anticipates engaging with her students in a dynamic way as they explore the handprint of God in all areas of the earth.
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, David, Jaren, Annalese and Selah. They farm with his parents on their eight generation Holstein dairy farm. The rich history of the almost 200 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 20 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.
Kelley BaileyKelley Bailey lives in Indiana with her husband and two children, ages two and three. She attended IUPUI and graduated with a degree in secondary English education. She has been teaching for a homeschool co-op for two years (this will be the third). She has been a Christian since 19, and she's currently twenty-*mumbles*. She loves laughing, spending time with people, reading, writing, and going to the movies with her husband. Ask her anything about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and be prepared for a long conversation... er, monologue. Her favorite books (other than the Bible) are somewhere in the mix of The Princess Bride by William Golding, The Odyssey by Homer, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, in no particular order. She looks forward to joining this educational community!
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.
Heather BarrieauHeather started off as a biology major at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, but switched over to chemistry after her second year. She majored in Chemistry and earned a minor in Psychology. She started her Master's in Teaching while working at Western in the Chemistry department as the Lab Coordinator where she taught general chemistry labs, but later chose to stay home after her first year when her daughter was born. She also worked as a chemist at both Georgia Pacific and Alcoa Aluminum. She moved to NE Ohio for 9 years for her husbands work and discovered homeschooling. She has been homeschooling her two oldest kids since 2010 and now feels that God has given her this opportunity to teach with Landry. She currently resides in Colorado and stays busy with her husband, Shawn, of 17 years, 3 kids (14, 12 and 4), an old dog and 2 cats where she has been blessed to stay at home. She has always loved science and loves to seek the answer to the question "Why am I learning this?" and "How can I use this in my life?" Her biggest desire is to see Christ and His miracles in everyday life and knows that the "why's and how's" sometimes have to take a back seat to Rom 1:17b "The righteous shall live by faith".
Taylor BelcherTaylor is a mathematician and educator from Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Secondary Education. He then graduated from Bowling Green State University with an M.A. in Pure Mathematics. He holds teaching credentials for secondary mathematics from the State of Ohio and has been teaching undergraduate courses at the University of Cincinnati in both traditional and online settings for three years. Taylor grew up spending every summer at camps with his father and is excited to continue working at summer camps as an adult with Landry Academy. In addition to mathematics, he enjoys science-fiction, computer science, ultimate frisbee, specialty coffee, and bad puns. Taylor met his wife Lauren when they were doing campus ministry together. They live with their son Benjamin in Ohio.
Lita Bledsoe (Admin)Lita has always been an educator at heart; her mother reports that as a child Lita preferred the school supplies to the toy section. Lita has been homeschooling since 1995, and she and her husband, Greg, have graduated their oldest four children, but schooling continues for their youngest two, so their homeschooling adventures aren't quite over yet! 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 a homeschool vendor and speaker, conducted math training for public school teachers, and was an instructor and lead teacher at a virtual charter school. Before joining Landry Academy, she created and delivered training and professional development for virtual teachers worldwide, and has done 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.
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.
Angie Brock (Intensives)Angie is a Licensed Cosmetologist with 22 years of experience. She has owned and operated The Colonnade Salon for the past 16 years. Angie and her husband, Ken, have been married for 22 years and live in Demopolis, Alabama. She has been a homeschool mom for 5 years for their two sons: Ridge (17) and Slater (14). 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.
Kara BrownKara Brown is a writer, wife, teacher, and traveler. She became a Christ-follower at age 15, which has led her to do missions and ministry overseas. A humanitarian at heart, she spent years living and volunteering overseas throughout Southeast Asia, Africa, and Australia, combatting human trafficking and serving orphans and refugee populations. She is currently an adjunct professor where she teaches management, business communications, and English composition. She is certified in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and has taught English in the U.S., South Korea, and Greece. She is also a Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and considers the highlight of her career to be guiding young entrepreneurs through regional and national business plan competitions, where her students earned top honors for their socially-responsible business start-ups. She was awarded the Magic Johnson National Entrepreneurship Program Award in 2012 for outstanding youth entrepreneurship education. Although passionate about business, Kara rediscovered her deep love of writing when she participated in National Novel Writing Month and wrote her first fiction novel in 30 days. This led to a drastic career change where she decided to pursue her long-awaited dream of being a published author. She is currently pursuing publication for her first two manuscripts and writes regularly on her blog and as a guest contributor on national websites. At her church, Kara serves on the Speaking Team, Prayer Team, in children's ministry, and as a regular contributor for their Writers' Guild, a group dedicated to publishing numerous devotional series each year. She holds a Masters of Business Management, a Masters of International Relations, and a Bachelors of Communications with a concentration in journalism. She and her husband, a skilled carpenter, were high school sweethearts who later married after her time spent overseas. They moved to Baltimore, Maryland in 2012 after living in Southern California.
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.
Ana CarmonaAna is a native Spaniard who graduated from English (Licenciatura en Filología Inglesa) from Universidad de La Laguna and her National Teaching Certification (Certificado de Aptitud Pedagógica) from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Since she was a little girl, she dreamed about becoming a teacher, and God has granted her that dream in ways she had never imagined. She has been a tutor, a language guide, and a classroom teacher; she has taught children of all ages and adults; she has taught in person and virtually; she has volunteered at a Christian school and at church; most rewarding of all, she is home schooling her four wonderful children. Her husband, also from Spain and with the same educational accomplishments, is a public school teacher. They strategically live in the South Carolina Midlands, where the beauties of God’s creation --beaches, and mountains, and rivers, and forests, and tranquil camping spots-- await to be discovered and enjoyed.
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.
Becky CoffeyMrs. Coffey is a veteran home educator. She taught her four sons from Pre-K through twelfth grade for a total of 25 years as a home educator. She also served in leadership as a homeschool support group founder and leader in Ohio for many years. Mrs. Coffey is a graduate of Liberty University with a B.S. in Education, and a Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Social Studies. She also holds a Certificate of Music Theory Instruction for elementary, intermediate and advanced levels from the Progressive Series School of Music formerly located in St. Louis. Mrs. Coffey has taught music for 30+ years in her own music studio featuring piano, harp, and recorder, as well as music theory and history. She is a member of Music Teacher’s National Association, Virginia Music Teacher’s Association, The American Harp Society and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She is also the wife of a pastor/missionary, and is pianist in her church. She has traveled the world in ministry and has been on five continents and many middle eastern countries. Her favorite countries are Ireland, Israel, Norway, and Tanzania, Africa. She loves music, history, and genealogy as well as spending time with her five grandchildren. Her hobbies include sewing, photography, knitting, gardening, and reading.
Lauren ConklinLauren began playing violin at the age of 6. Although her training began classically, she grew up in Nashville TN, home of country music, and soon became immersed in the many Americana and roots styles the city had to offer. She started playing bluegrass in a local band at age 9 after she entered and won her first fiddle competition. She continued to compete, placing in many more competitions, including runner up in the ASTA Alternative Styles Competition in 2010. She continued to perform locally and studied jazz, Irish, bluegrass, and pop music throughout high school. She is a graduate of Belmont University where she studied Commercial Violin Performance. Lauren has over twelve years of performance experience on several tours, including opening for acts such as Montgomery Gentry, Josh Thompson, and Kix Brooks. She has worked with artists and productions like Miley Cyrus, Lonestar, Florida Georgia Line, ABC’s Nashville, as the featured artist for Bonafonte’s international advertising campaign, and currently tours with 2015’s AGM Female Vocal Group of the Year, HighRoad.
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.
Jenny CutlerJenny Cutler lives on an orchard in rural Michigan with her husband and two small children. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education with concentrations in Early Childhood Education, Anthropology, and teaching English as a Second Language. She has also earned a Master's degree in Multicultural Education. Jenny's experience includes teaching in public schools, private schools, home schooling her own children, and serving as a church children's ministry director. She loves working with and engaging kids of all ages. At Landry Academy Jenny teaches English 1; Note Taking Made Simple; Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, and Fables; and Monsters and Madmen. She is passionate about making excellent literature come alive for her students. Her hobbies include reading, hobby farming, creative do-it-yourself projects, swimming, and taking walks in nature.
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 DayErin C. Day is a daughter of the Most High king, wife, homeschooling mother of four girls, an artist and teacher. Erin is passionate about art and loves to pass that on to her students. She has been teaching and training up the next generation for 16 years in public, private and home school settings. Erin graduated from the University of NC at Greensboro with a B.F.A. in Art Education, concentrating in ceramics, and a minor in Psychology. Erin dreams of one day having time to put all of her ideas into actual works of art and to returning to school for a master’s degree in art therapy. 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
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.
Christine FilipekAfter growing up in Connecticut, Christine graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a bachelor’s degree in Education and a minor in Bible and psychology . She married her college sweetheart, Keith, and soon moved to Michigan. They both knew that before having their first child over 20 years ago that they would homeschool and they both have enjoyed the journey. Besides teaching her own children for the past 16 years, Christine taught Apologia sciences to families in her home for 4 years before teaching several classes at the Quest Tutorial. Christine began the REACH Tutorial in 2012 and has been teaching classes in a variety of areas and manages several teachers to meet the needs of local homeschoolers. She and Keith have served in leadership positions over the past 12 years with two homeschool support groups and are currently on their homeschool council serving locally and at the state level. She feels that God has put her in this place and time to share her passion for excellence in home education and to help other homeschoolers continue their homeschool journey.
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.
William Garde (Camp)William Garde and his wife, Allison, live in Houston,TX 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 22 years. She's his biggest fan and he is hers. They are the parents of four children, ages 14-20. The Glandons have been a part of the same church for 22 years (and counting). They love the Lord and want His will most of all. With over 25 years experience, Michelle is a veteran home school mom (1 in high school and 3 in college). 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, Australia, New Zealand, 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. She is a multi-instrumentalist, radio voice talent, event announcer, an avid cyclist/hiker/trail runner and triathlete. She loves serving the Lord on mission trips. Susan lives with her family on a small beef cattle farm nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Sarah HallSarah Hall currently lives in central 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.
Bob Hamzik (IntensivesBob Hamzik has been involved in most aspects of home repair and construction for over thirty years and currently lives with his wife Susan in the home they built over twenty years ago in Glenwood, FL. Originally from Connecticut, Bob spent some time in the army before becoming a welder with DOW chemical, then moving into construction. He currently owns a flooring business where he gets to spend time being creative with tile.
Brittany Hamzik (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.
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 HigginsLori 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.
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.
Amanda HunterAmanda Hunter earned her doctorate in Pharmacy from Purdue University in 2005. She received her Health Coach Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2015. She has worked in both the hospital and retail Pharmacy settings in the past, and currently works from home as a Certified Health Coach. Amanda is passionate about nutrition and fitness, and the impact it has on disease prevention. She loves learning and teaching others about how God designed our bodies to work. She also loves teaching Bible classes to all ages of children. Amanda believes her first role in life is to be a servant of our great God. She is thankful for her Godly husband of 13 years, Sean, who shares her convictions. She has homeschooled Gabriella (9) and Lucy (7) since the beginning, and they live on 5 acres in Central Illinois. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, running, gardening, hiking, and singing.
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!
Chris JohnsonChris Johnson currently lives in Adrian, MI with his son and daughter. Chris holds and elementary teaching degree from Evangel University and also has a masters in Educational Technology from Central Michigan University. In 2008, Chris left the teaching profession to start his own graphic design company Tyrus Design. Working from home allowed him to care for his wife Jessica while she was pregnant with a high risk pregnancy. Jessica Johnson passed away in May of 2015 of complications to Cystic Fibrosis. Teaching has always been a passion of Chris’s and he is extremely excited to start this new chapter of his life for the Landry Academy. When not teaching, Chris has an extensive background with baseball and is currently the varsity head coach at Lenewee Christian School. Along side this, he also is heavy into CrossFit and fly fishing.
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.
Leah KaislerBorn and raised in southeastern Michigan, Leah Kaisler is convinced that few places more beautiful exist than her family’s farm. This continues to be true despite her travels both in the States and overseas to Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Italy, and Croatia. Growing up, Leah thrived in a homeschooling environment and fosters a passion of sharing that gift with others including, she hopes, her future children. She studied Mathematical Science and earned her teaching license for seventh through twelfth grade mathematics in southeastern Ohio at Franciscan University of Steubenville. While she initially decided to pursue graduate studies in mathematics and set aside teaching for a time, she has discovered, through many blessed experiences, that a passion for teaching young people is in her blood and refuses to remain dormant. After graduating from Franciscan in May of 2015, she worked for eight months as a tutor for Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In January of 2016, she began life as a missionary at the Pines Catholic Camp in Big Sandy, Texas, planning and facilitating retreats and environmental education programs for fifth through twelfth grade students. She returned to Michigan in May where she has again been tutoring at Lindamood-Bell and pursuing her goal of graduate studies. Leah loves a variety of hobbies including running, biking, soccer, piano, drinking coffee, and spending time with her family.
Melanie KeeterMelanie loves to travel and learn new languages. Being born to an American father and German mother, she has been blessed to have been able to travel frequently to Europe. She earned her BA in German and her MA in International Studies from East Carolina University and holds a NC teaching license in both ESL and German. She taught ESL to K-12 students in the local school system for 6 years. She and her husband have three children: Ian (6), Annika (4), and Eliana (1), and teaches at her local homeschool co-op. She lives in Greenville, NC and enjoys reading, listening to old records, and playing musical instruments in her spare time.
Tom KhazoyanTom began his career on the production side of the film and television business. He is an award-winning writer, 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 earned his Bachelor's degree in Film/TV Production and 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 third year in nursing school, their youngest is a 9th grade Landry student. He also enjoys music (guitar and hand drums), photography, and telemark skiing. He also serves as 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. Both of them have graduated from college, and Greg says "most importantly, both of them love Jesus. For that we are very grateful." Greg has a heart for students and a passion for science. He has taught thousands of homeschooled students, has taught at a university, has designed and directed a university anatomy and physiology / biology / 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 – Stacy is a home-educating mother of five, living in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin. Stacy graduated from Michigan Tech University with a B.S. in Geology, earned a M.S. in Environmental Education from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2015, and has begun work on her doctorate at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Stacy is passionate about getting people outside to experience God in the wonder of His creation. In addition to her own children, she shares this love with on-line students in the science classes she teaches through Landry Academy, including Chemistry, Geology, Ecology, and Environmental Studies. She has also worked to develop rigorous science curriculum that is based on a literal interpretation of Genesis, including a field guide to sites of geologic interest in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Stacy married her hero in 1998 and has been incredibly blessed by his support and encouragement. In her free-time she enjoys acting as a chauffeur for her children, spending time outdoors in any weather, and is an avid reader.
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.
Geoffrey McCombGeoffrey McComb had planned to become an accountant very early in life. The only other profession that had ever crossed his mind was to be a physics professor, but realized this would always be a passionate hobby. As captain of the science Olympiad team and qualifying 3 years in a row for physics and geology at the state level this satisfied his love for science for the time being. Before graduating high school Geoffrey earned his certification in accounting from Jackson College solidifying his career choice. Geoffrey worked his way through college at an engineering firm; developing and implementing information technology networking systems and designing fiber optic network runs throughout several Michigan counties, this helped to balance his love for business and science. He began his education at Spring Arbor University majoring in accounting and finance with a minor in technology, 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. Before settling back in his hometown of Adrian, Geoffrey spent 3 years as a funeral director and mortician, going back to school at Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science to learn anatomy and chemistry; though it was a wonderful experience and a meaningful ministry, the hours did not coincide with a growing family. Geoffrey now runs his own accounting firm where he provides accounting and tax services, business and technology consultation to small companies and non-profits around the nation. Geoffrey plans to begin homeschooling his children as they transition from his wife’s nursery school to kindergarten.
Desiree McCombsDesiree was born in Costa Rica, and came to the United States as a young girl. She spent her long summers back in Costa Rica with her family while being educated in the U.S. In the U.S., she primarily lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana before attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. She received her B.S. in Engineering Physics with a minor in Mathematics in 2001 and an M.S.in Aeronautical Science in 2013. During her final undergrad summer in 2001, she worked as a research assistant at NASA’s electro-physics laboratory in Cape Canaveral, FL. Right after graduation in 2001, she went into active duty with the U.S. Air Force as an airborne cryptologic linguist shortly after the attacks on 9/11. She is fluent in Persian Farsi, Dari, French, and Spanish. She would spend the next 12 years of her life serving on active duty and as a defense contractor in Afghanistan and back in Fort Bragg, NC, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She met her husband, Michael, an Army pilot, while serving overseas and they were married in Costa Rica in 2010. Desiree resigned from her position as a technology advisor and the family moved to Royse City, TX to establish a more stabile environment for their growing family. Desiree sits on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Grace Clinic in Rockwall, TX, where she also serves as a medical assistant and translator for the doctors and patients. She has a passion for medicine, science, photography, and teachingD, and is hoping to be accepted into medical school in the coming future to fulfill God’s calling on her life. She has two daughters, Savannah (age 5) and Olivia (age 2), and a stepson, Ted (age 14). The family enjoys the outdoors, hiking, camping, traveling, and learning new things. They are members of Lakeshore Church in Rockwall, TX.
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.
Canaan MillerCanaan Miller was homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade, along with her seven siblings. She tutored math throughout high school and college. After finishing her education, she continued to teach and tutor math, English, and science at multiple levels, in private schools, homeschools, and online. Her first love is Algebra, and she finds incredible fulfillment in helping students move from “I hate math!” to “This is easy!” At the age of 19, she received her BA in multidisciplinary studies with cognates in education and psychology, from Liberty University. Her teaching history includes three private Christian schools, dozens of homeschool students, and hundreds of hours of online tutoring. She has taught and tutored a range of ages and ability levels, from remedial work (bringing students up to or above grade level) to advanced students. She also worked with many students who had visual or auditory processing disorders, assisting them to keep up with the educational pace, as well as to develop learning strategies. She is a little bit Type A; enjoys planning, organization, playing piano, reading, and German Shepherd Dogs; and loves dark chocolate. Time crunches make her spastic. Canaan and her husband, John, make their home in Northern Virginia with their 18-month-old daughter, Audriana, and their German Shepherd, Sparta.
Tracy MoraAlthough a native Californian with a passion for sunshine, Tracy has called Oregon home for the past 10 years. Situated just west of Portland in the lush, expansive greenery, Tracy adores her life with her devoted husband of 20 years and two precious children (and a Mini Aussie named Soda Pop). She identified God’s calling to become a home educator 8 years ago and remains dedicated to her passion for educational excellence, vibrant learning, and fun for herself and her kids through comprehensive and engaging home studies, field trips, and as an elementary and high school teacher at her home school co-op. Tracy did not originally seek out a career in teaching. She eventually came to realize, and embrace, that her divine purpose as a shepherd, teacher, and facilitator was by God’s perfect design. Her B.A. in English and minor in Public Relations, along with some graduate work in technical writing; have polished her skills as an avid reader, writer, and teacher of language arts. Tracy is committed to her family, faith, and her growth as a teacher. As a passionate, lifelong learner in all facets of her life, Tracy strives to inspire this quality in the lives of the students she teaches. Additionally, Tracy has been a small group leader for Community Bible Study for 6 years, a valued member of her church’s RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) team, and a budding teacher for her Adult Faith Formation program. In her spare time, Tracy loves to examine the beautiful Oregon landscape with her family on foot, by pedal, or in a canoe. She looks forward to getting her black belt in Taekwondo alongside her teenage daughter someday. Finally, Tracy is thrilled to fervently pursue knowledge, wisdom, and God’s plan with her team members, students, and their families at Landry Academy.
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.
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Debra PerezDebra begin tutoring in high school and has been teaching or tutoring off and on since. She has taught groups in classrooms, taught Sunday school classes, tutored students in various subjects, and now homeschools her two boys. She loves helping students figure things out and enjoys the a-ha moment they have when they understand the information. Debra graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelors of Science in psychology and a minor in biology. She went on to graduate school, earning her Masters of Arts degree in professional counseling. She had a very busy private practice but choose to stay home and homeschool her two boys, and she has been loving that ever since. Her family moved from Albuquerque, NM, to Denver, CO, a couple of years ago, and the family enjoys the wonderful outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer.
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).
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.
Elisabeth RaineyLisa Rainey grew up in South Carolina and always knew she wanted to be a teacher. In 1996 she graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Elementary Education. During her last year of college she met her husband of 20 years. Since then Lisa has been teaching and tutoring students for over 15 years. She has taught at various middle schools, homeschool co-ops, and taught math & science classes online. Applying her Christian faith, Mrs. Rainey strives to ensure that every student understands the topics covered in class. Staying busy is her idea of fun. Her favorite activities include working in her garden, riding roller coasters with her family and finding new, and fun ways to present material to her students. Garner, NC has been her home since 2000 along with her husband and two active boys- ages 12 and 11.
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!
Wendi ReedWendi Reed lives in Parrish, Florida with her husband and three children ages 10, 8, and 2. For the last three years, Wendi has homeschooled her two oldest children. They loved their homeschool experience but they have decided to attend public school for this year. She still stays home with her 2 year old son, and she is very active in her husband’s ministry. Wendi’s husband is a full time family pastor, and Wendi loves serving alongside him as they mentor middle school, high school, and college students. Wendi graduated from Mars Hill College in 2002 with a BA in English/Education. She then received her MA in Education from Kaplan University in 2008. She has been involved in the world of education through teaching and/or tutoring either in the classroom or online since 2002. Wendi is very excited to be a part of the team here at Landry Academy.
Holly Reh (Admin)
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 in Japan as a missionary aide in 2015-16, where she taught 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.
John SassPastor John, his wife Suzette, and their five homeschooled children reside in Antigo, Wisconsin. John is a United States Marine Corps veteran of the first Gulf War: Desert Storm. After the USMC, he went to Bible College where he dedicated most of his studies to the original languages of the Bible (Greek and Hebrew) and theology. He was ordained in 2000, and a missionary/Pastor in Hawaii for 10 years. He is currently the Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in a rural town of North central Wisconsin. John has the gift of teaching, and many people enjoy his energetic and practical way of making the complex understandable. He has a heart and passion for people to know their Bibles, and, consequently, the Lord better. As a pastor, he studies the Bible daily in the original languages in order that he can preach and teach the Word of God as accurately as possible. He also enjoys chess, ukulele, guitar, and sports. But most of all, he loves the Lord and spending time with his family.
Nan Schutz (Support)Nan was born and raised in Shanghai, China, although she has lived in the US longer than she has in China now. She came to the US to attend college. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Management Information System and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering. She worked for Thomson Reuters for 12 years as a senior software engineer and had the privilege to work on many development projects including mainframe, web applications and data warehousing. The Lord called Nan to homeschool in 2008. It has been a journey of total dependence as she did not go to school in the US and did not know how the school systems worked here. However, she has thoroughly enjoyed teaching, character training and learning with her children. Her love for the Lord and for this great nation grew increasingly as she continues to learn more about US history and seeing His fingerprints all over the founding of this country. Besides working with computers, Nan has a passion for travel, gardening, learning about nutrition and above all in depth study of God’s Word. She and her husband and their two boys live in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her family likes to go fishing, biking, camping, play board games and taking long road trips.
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.
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.
Tracy Sparks (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.
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.
Ashley StickelAshley Stickel is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish: Latin American Literatures and Cultures with a minor in Sociology. She is intensely interested in language and culture. She enjoys sharing her passion for the Spanish language and the many cultures associated with it. She has studied and visited multiple Latin American countries, experiencing the different facets of culture that differentiate each country. Ashley has had the privilege of experiencing the homeschool culture and life first-hand. She was homeschooled by her mother for 7 ½ years. Then, while she was still studying in the university, Ashley had the opportunity to teach Spanish to homeschooled students. She is also certified as a teacher of English as a foreign language (TEFL). Ashley enjoys riding her horses and reading books in her free time. She also enjoys gardening in the family garden. She is a lover of adventure and travel as well as a quiet evening on the front porch. Ashley hopes to one day move to Chile to live and do mission work. She is a follower of Christ who strives to use her gifts and talents to honor Him She is hopeful to use her love for Christ and the Spanish language to impact many for the Gospel. Ashley is excited to get to share the Spanish language with her students in a way that inspires a deeper interest in foreign language as a whole.
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.
Sara TaylorArt has been an interest of Mrs. Taylor's since she was very young. So, when she grew up she chose to get a B.S. in Art from Harding University. She has taken many art classes drawing and composition, human anatomy, ceramics, multi-media, 2D design, color theory, aesthetics, watercolor, graphic design, printmaking, painting, and art history. Mrs. Taylor and her husband are involved in mission work at their local church, and have have traveled abroad many times, even living in Florence, Italy for three months. She has also volunteered at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville. Visit if you get a chance! This year will be her first year at Landry, and she is excited to get to know all her new students! Mrs. Taylor has also been teaching in public schools for five years. What she likes about teaching is sharing her joy of art, and helping others to realize their potential. She believes anyone can be an artist. Art is an outlet for expression, experimentation, creativity, problem solving and learning. Students will learn life-long skills, challenge themselves and learn from their experiences in the art classroom.
Jeremy TeschJerry Tesch has taught music for 7 years in the Middle Tennessee area and currently lives just outside of Nashville. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Florida College in Temple Terrace FL and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville Tn. Jerry plays 7 different instruments and is 1/4 of the group Narrow Way. They have made 3 A Cappella Hymn albums and are continuing to create music with the goal of edifying others in their walk with Christ. Jerry's wife Allison is a nurse and they are blessed with two young children, Hadley and Declan. He likes to play soccer, watch football, lift weights, and be around people.
Elizabeth ThomasElizabeth Thomas graduated Rutgers University with a B.A. in Biology and Classics, with a concentration in Latin. Her academic studies were inspired by a dedicated middle school science teacher, and an enthusiastic high school Latin teacher, who insisted that Latin was neither outdated nor dead. Elizabeth worked in a lab and used Latin scientific terms everyday, and then happily managed a bookstore. As a Christian homeschooling mother of four beautiful children, who tested as dyslexic and learning-challenged, in a home over-stuffed with books, she thus began a new career as a teacher in the classical manner of recitation, memorization and discussion. For the past 8 years she has taught classes of elementary and middle school students in science and Latin, utilizing the 7 styles of learning, and directed local homeschool communities. Still a voracious reader, she resides in surburban New Jersey with her family and presently 12 furred or feathered pets.
Jennifer TotaroJennifer Totaro holds degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a minor in English, and has been teaching in a variety of settings for over 30 years. However, it is as a homeschool mom of four boys that she has truly honed her skills. Not only are each of her boys different, so are each of her students that she has taught in cooperatives and in her at-home art studio. She believes that we are all talented and hold special gifts. Through art classes that she has been teaching for the last 6 years, she strives to help students find joy in the process as well as the products of their art. Her love of reading and literature, as well as writing, is something that she uses to inspire students with a love of books and words. When not teaching, she enjoys cooking, reading, logic puzzles, camping and just relaxing with her boys.
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.
Nina Van ValkenburghNina Van Valkenburgh is currently a stay at home mom of four ages nine through one. Her desire to fortify the faith of her children and instill a love for their Savior lead her to begin homeschooling when their oldest began preschool. In addition to weaving God and education into the daily lives of her children, Nina seeks to walk out her faith through example, ministering to others through previously teaching English to Muslim immigrants, volunteering at AWANA, hosting for the Fresh Air Fund, and teaching numerous classes at her homeschool coop for children ranging in age from 2-12. Before making the choice to be home, Nina graduated summa cum laude from the University at Albany with a degree in Russian/English in two and half years. She then worked as Service Coordinator for seven years with elderly Russian Jewish refugees. It was during this time that she was able to increase her fluency in the Russian language. Also during this period she worked as a high school Russian teacher for two years leading her students to victory at the statewide Russian speaking Olympiada contest. When she’s not actively teaching or caring for her children Nina enjoys growing, preserving and cooking organic food. She loves enjoying God’s creation and spending as much time outdoors as possible, camping, hiking and boating.
Amy WallaceAmy Wallace is a homeschool mom of three, still happily teaching a poetic junior and a super seventh grader and encouraging her brilliant college sophomore. 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.
Janell WebbJanell Webb received her Bachelor’s in Biology/Chemistry and Master’s in Public Health from Ball State University. As a graduate assistant in the Health Science department, she taught Emergency Health Care and after graduation stayed on at Ball State to teach Intro to Health. After having three children, she put her public health degree to good use as the Director of a Pregnancy Care Center and part-time instructor for the American Red Cross. In 1997, Janell and her family moved to Salatiga, Indonesia where she began her high school teaching career at a small Christian international school. She and her husband served as dorm parents and teachers at Mountainview Christian School for 14 years. Janell has always been a “science geek” and has experience teaching a variety of middle school and high school sciences, including 1 year of AP Environmental Science and 3 years of AP Biology. She is most fascinated with the interconnectedness of all life and a Creator whose genius is evident in each connection.
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.
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. She studied at Gordon College in Massachusetts and graduated with a B.A. in Linguistics. Currently she lives in York, England, where she completed her M.A. in Sociolinguistics and is now working on her Ph.D in Linguistics at the University of York. 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 lived in multiple countries and diverse cultures across four continents, giving 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.
"My daughter took an Animal Science class with Greg Landry. It was a very comprehensive class, much material was covered. She had the opportunity to do several projects, learn time management strategies, and he made it fun with frequent field trips to correspond with the animals they were studying."
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John and Molly Barry
Sugar Grove, NC