Master Teacher: Anastacio Dalde
MS, University of Hawaii Manoa
Anastacio Dalde III obtained his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California Berkeley and his master’s degree in physics from the University of Hawaii Manoa. He is dual certified by the Hawaii Department of Education to teach science and mathematics, and works as a physicist for the Non-ionizing Radiation Division within the United States Army.
Before working as a Department of Defense civilian employee for the federal government, Mr. Dalde was a full-time teacher for 12 years at Myron B. Thompson Academy, an online charter school in Hawaii. He has taught students from the sixth grade level to the community college level in courses such as honors physics, chemistry, earth science, civil engineering, Algebra 1 and 2, geometry, calculus, and computer programming. He is passionate about helping students discover their God-given human potential.
Mr. Dalde believes passionately in homeschooling. He and his wife have been homeschooling their children for 8 years now. When not in the classroom, he enjoys playing with his children and playing the ukulele.
MS, Loyola University Chicago
Holly Cozzie attended Illinois State University and graduated with a BS in biology and a minor in chemistry. She earned her MS in chemistry at Loyola University Chicago, with a focus in biochemistry.
Her career in science began at Loyola University Chicago, where she worked as a laboratory teaching assistant while she was earning her master of science degree. She went on to teach chemistry, biology, and physics at the high school level and the college level. She has taught at San Antonio Christian High School, University of the Incarnate Word, Gloria Deo Academy, and in a homeschool co-op setting.
Holly has a passion for her Savior and His truth, order, and creativity that is revealed through chemistry. She finds chemistry to be a fascinating study of atoms, bonds, and the reactions of different chemicals. Ultimately, all other sciences are built upon chemistry, since everything is made from atoms. Holly looks forward to helping students learn how chemistry impacts life—from the human body held by covalent bonds, to the metallic structure of skyscrapers held by metallic bonds, to the many salts that we consume held by ionic bonds.
Holly has been married to her husband for 16 years and has five children. She homeschools, takes her children to sports activities, and takes care of many pets—a German shepherd, two cats, a bearded dragon, a tortoise, and fish. Some of her favorite activities are running, roller-blading, and swimming. She has run one marathon and three half-marathons. Holly is also a group leader in Bible Study Fellowship, where she and her family attend weekly.
MPH, University of West Florida
Christian Dove is a science educator, microbiologist, and global health consultant. A graduate of The Master’s University, he majored in cell biology with a minor in biblical studies. He began his research career with an internship at Baylor College of Medicine, where he investigated the impact of maternal nutrition on children during pregnancy. He then ventured into microbiology, where he began investigating a bacterium known for contaminating high-salt industrial products, such as leather tanning.
After graduating, Christian began working as a quality assurance microbiologist while concurrently studying for his master’s in public health at the University of West Florida. He has conducted consulting work with organizations such as the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). His present work focuses on the control of parasitic worms that cause disease predominantly throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. He will be undertaking work on a PhD in infectious diseases within the near future.
Christian has tutored high school sciences for nearly a decade (over 2500 tutoring hours), in addition to teaching intermittently in a classroom setting. In college, he provided two years of laboratory instruction for freshman chemistry and biology students in his capacity as an upperclassman teaching assistant. As a homeschooled student himself for most of his pre-college education, he relates well to students in homeschool settings.
As a believer in Christ and an academic, Christian has taken an enthusiastic interest in the fields of apologetics and bioethics. Although a scientist, he is also an avid history buff. His hobbies include calligraphy, white water rafting, and voice acting. Due to the nature of his work he lives between Lakes Charles, LA, and Atlanta, GA.
BS, Howard University
Von Sommerville has a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. She worked as a chemist and safety engineer for a space and technology company prior to transitioning to a full-time homemaker. She home educated her five children from kindergarten through high school and, for the past twelve years, has taught and tutored high school chemistry and high school and college algebra.
With many years of experience, Von understands the different learning styles and needs of Christian homeschooled students. She enjoys watching students who did not have an interest in science come alive as they discover God’s designs for the universe through the scientific concepts introduced in high school chemistry.
Von has been married for 30 years and has five adult children. Along with her husband, she serves as the administrator of a Christian homeschool support group and satellite program. When she is not serving the homeschool families in her PSP, she keeps busy taking biblical counseling classes at a local Bible college and organizing events for the homeless through her church ministry.
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Description: In Chemistry, students will learn about the building blocks of our world and how they interact with each other on a molecular level. Chemistry at HSLDA Online Academy will include lab work.
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