Updated course information and live class times for the 2017–18 Academic Year will be available when Early Registration opens on February 28.

HSLDA Online Academy Instructors

All HSLDA Online Academy instructors are Bible-believing Christians, committed to helping their students grow spiritually as well as academically.

Most HSLDA Online Academy courses have two instructors—a Master Teacher and a Classroom Teacher. The Master Teacher is the visionary behind the course who personally designs and creates course content and oversees the progress of the course during the year. All are seasoned high school or college educators whose teaching is informed by a variety of academic and practical experiences in their respective fields. Each Classroom Teacher is a fully qualified instructor with a degree and specific knowledge that leads your student to success—and a heart to help your student individually improve and grow, while thriving in the online environment.

To read more about the instructors for a particular course, simply scroll down the page to the course you are interested in and click on the instructor’s name.

    Algebra 1

    Classroom Teacher: Chelsie Price

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    Chelsie Price

    BS, Grand Canyon University

    Chelsie Price earned her BS in secondary education with an emphasis in mathematics through Grand Canyon University’s online education program. She chose the flexibility of the online platform to allow her to fulfill her primary role as a blessed mother of two girls. She then obtained her teaching license in Colorado, where she was born and raised, before uprooting to adventure in California.

    In addition to her six years of experience teaching and tutoring within the Christian education setting, Chelsie’s extensive experience as an online student gives her a unique perspective in her role as an instructor. She seeks to apply her knowledge to create an enjoyable and connected virtual environment as she engages students in the exploration of new mathematical concepts— showcasing how this foundational knowledge gives us a glimpse of the glory and intricacy of creation and the nature of our Father.

    Chelsie lives in Northern California, where she is happily homeschooling her two daughters, tutoring, and substitute teaching. She and her family enjoy reading, board games, hiking, gardening, and fellowshipping with church family.

    This is her second year teaching for the Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Rachael Butters

    Rachael ButtersClassroom Teacher

    Rachael Butters 

    MA, Saint Xavier University
    BA, Trinity International University


    Rachael Butters earned her undergraduate degree at Trinity International University in mathematics/secondary education. After graduation, she started teaching high school math at Mundelein High School and completed her master’s degree at St. Xavier University in teaching and leadership. She taught in the public school classroom for nine years, using several different instruction methods for a variety of math classes and levels.

    After her first child was born, Rachael decided to stay home to care for her family. During this time she began teaching online college classes for Moody Bible Institute's Distance Learning Program. Over the five years she worked for Moody, she taught a variety of online math classes as well as editing and writing curriculum.

    Rachael is married to her husband Dean and they have two children: Kate (9) and Collin (6). They currently live in Palatine, IL, where they are blessed to be located close to their church, Harvest Bible Chapel. Her husband serves full-time as an executive pastor there.

    Rachael is excited to use her gifts and experience in the online venue by teaching math through HSLDA Online Academy. This is her second year teaching for the Academy.

    Algebra 2

    Master Teacher: Angela Ellis

    Angela Ellis

    Master Teacher

    Angela Ellis

    MA, George Mason University
    BA, George Mason University

    Angela Ellis earned a bachelor’s in mathematics and a master’s in education from George Mason University. She has twenty years of experience teaching secondary math courses from pre-algebra through pre-calculus. Mrs. Ellis has taught math classes at a local school, on online programs, and as a homeschooling mother. She enjoys meeting the challenges that are unique to each learning environment.

    Angela currently lives in Loudoun County, Virginia, with her husband and three very active boys. She has a passion for finding mathematics everywhere and for sharing her enthusiasm with anyone who will listen. As Galileo so wisely noted, "Mathematics is the alphabet with which God wrote the universe." Angela holds that little nugget of wisdom to be a profound influence behind her teaching and her own love of learning and loves nothing more than to help other people see just how true that statement proves to be.

    Angela is the Course Developer and Master Teacher of the Academy’s Geometry course, as well as the Master Teacher for Algebra 2. Prior to her work in these courses, she taught Algebra 1 for the Academy to become familiar with our math program as a whole. This is her third year teaching for the Academy.

     


    Classroom Teacher: Stacy Carpenter

    Stacy CarpenterClassroom Teacher

    Stacy Carpenter

    MS, Colorado State University
    BS, Louisiana State University


    Stacy Carpenter holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and Latin from Louisiana State University, and a master's degree in mathematics from Colorado State University. She has over 8 years of experience as a mathematics tutor and has also taught algebra, trigonometry, and calculus classes for several universities. This past year she expanded her tutoring business to include online clients, and has found tutoring online very rewarding. Of all the subjects she has taught as an instructor and a tutor, Algebra II and trigonometry are her favorites.

    Stacy's other professional experience includes working as a research scientist using mathematical models to predict physical effects in the real world.

    Stacy has been married to her sweetheart Jeff for 21 years. She feels privileged to educate their children at home. She loves to photograph people, experiment with healthy food choices for her family, play percussion instruments with the worship team at church, and enjoy time with friends. She is also an active member of her local Toastmasters International club.

    This is Stacy’s second year teaching for the Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Daniel O'Connor

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    Daniel O'Connor

    MA, Holy Apostles College & Seminary
    BS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


    Daniel O'Connor earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and his master's degree in philosophical theology from Holy Apostles College & Seminary. He worked in the corporate engineering industry before moving on to non-profit charitable work, helping to found and run the John Bosco House for homeless young men.

    Daniel has been honored to teach high school students in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and SAT preparation. He also teaches philosophy at the college level. He has been teaching online for over four years and comes highly recommended by his students for his ability to engage and explain in the online environment.

    He currently lives in Albany, NY, with his wife and two children. In his free time, Daniel enjoys engineering work for his own hobby innovation company, renovating his 100-year-old fixer-upper home, and, above all, spending time in prayer.

    This is Daniel’s second year teaching Geometry and Algebra 2 for the Academy.

    Calculus AB

    Master Teacher: Newton Quan

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    Newton Quan

    BS, University of California, Irvine

    Newton Quan earned his BS in applied physics from UC Irvine. In order to pursue a career in teaching, he received his California Teaching Credential from CSU San Marcos and renewed it at UC San Diego.

    Newton has been teaching and tutoring for the past eleven years, beginning at the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad and then moving to Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. His teaching/tutoring career has included Physics, AP Physics, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus. He is passionate about teaching math in a way that is fun (a play on the friction equation, F = uN) and helping students discover its relevance in the real world.

    In addition to teaching AP courses, he has been an ETS Reader for the AP Physics exam for the past three years. When not in the classroom, he enjoys coaching football, soccer, and lacrosse and leading campus Bible studies.

    This is his second year teaching for the Academy.


    Constitutional Law by Michael Farris

    Master Teacher: Peter Kamakawiwoole

    Peter KamakawiwooleMaster Teacher

    Peter Kamakawiwoole

    JD, Saint Louis University
    BA, Patrick Henry College

    One of Dr. Farris’s finest Constitutional Law students, Peter is a Patrick Henry College alumnus and he and his partner were PHC's first ever Moot Court national champions. Peter earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and currently serves as a litigation attorney with the Home School Legal Defense Association. 

    Since 2011, Peter has been assisting HSLDA member families in Connecticut, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and his home state of Hawaii. Peter also assists homeschooling families who have encountered difficulties in obtaining Social Security, veterans, and other financial benefits on account of their decision to homeschool.

    He is also the lead instructor of PHC’s summer Constitutional Law Camp.  Peter and his wife have five children and are recent transplants to the Wild and Wonderful state of West Virginia.


    English 1: Exploring Literature & Writing

    Master Teacher: Caleb Nelson

    Caleb Nelson

    Master Teacher: English 1
    Classroom Teacher: AP® English Literature & Composition

    Caleb Nelson

     

    MDiv, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
    MA, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Caleb, the eldest of eleven children, was brought up by hand on a sheep ranch in Northern Colorado. By age six he was devouring Reader’s Digest and Smithsonian each month and was already manifesting an active dislike for any book which sported the hateful word “abridged” on its cover. His mother knew literature would feature prominently in his future when, at age twelve, he read and then reread The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

    During a rigorous three-and-one-half years at Patrick Henry College, Caleb’s literary horizons expanded by leaps and bounds, particularly when he snagged a book-reviewing job at WORLD magazine. He studied the greatest literature ever penned, God's word, at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in South Carolina. 

    Caleb currently pastors Harvest Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Gillette, Wyoming, where he and his wife Alexa live with their two children. His prayer is that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in his students and congregants, and they in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:12).

    This is Caleb’s fifth year teaching for the Academy.


    Classroom Teacher: Makishi Inaba

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    Makishi Inaba

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Makishi Inaba received his BA in literature from Patrick Henry College. While studying at PHC, he served as an editor for Vessel, PHC’s student-run literary journal, for two years. His favorite works of literature are Dante’s Divine Comedy, Augustine’s Confessions, and C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces, but he loves any genre or medium that tells a good story.

    His favorite literary endeavors are identifying parallels and wrapping his head around symbols and metaphors. He is of the belief that careful and respectful interpretation of literature can be just as glorifying to God as any other form of worship, when done with the right spirit and mind.

    Makishi’s hobbies all revolve around the inner workings of well-made things, whether computers, business trends, or film. He currently resides in Loudoun County, Virginia.

    This is his second year teaching for the Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Andrea Hardy

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    Andrea Hardy

    BA, Providence College

    Andrea Hardy earned her bachelor's degree in English literature and secondary education from Providence College. Following graduation, she pursued her passion for education and began teaching high school English in the Massachusetts public schools.

    During her teaching career she has taught courses from 8th grade through 12th grade in a variety of subjects, from British literature to American studies. She designed and taught a new course in literacy to help students with their reading comprehension and firmly believes that reading helps students on the road to becoming great writers. She enjoys assisting students with the writing process and helped to start her school’s first writing center. Additionally, Andrea values civic participation among students and has overseen several service learning projects in her time as a classroom teacher.

    In the last couple of years, Andrea has stepped away from teaching to start a family, but she continues to tutor part-time. She enjoys being home with her husband and two beautiful boys and spending her days playing at the park and at the library. Andrea loves reading both contemporary and classic literature. Some of her favorite books include Tess of D’urbervilles, Hamlet, and Gone with the Wind. She looks forward to discussing great literature and helping students to improve their writing this year.

    This is her second year teaching for the Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Annika McKinney

    McGovern Classroom Teacher

    Annika McKinney

    BA, University of Northern Colorado

    Annika McKinney grew up on a farm in Northern Colorado. At an early age, she developed a love for books, music, and the land, and all of these impacted her view of the world. In 2013, she graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in music and a minor in literature. Her studies convinced her that learning was her passion, and since then she’s taken that passion to new places.

    In 2014, Annika married her husband Jared and spent a year in the wilds of Washington, D.C., teaching violin lessons to around 30 students. This teaching solidified what she learned at university and helped her become more empathetic with the needs of students and their parents. It was a great year, so after completing a teaching certification from Cambridge University, she decided to go even further afield and spend 2014-2015 in Beijing, China, teaching English to Chinese university students. Since then she's been to England and Singapore, and will likely be in a totally different country next year!

    Annika also enjoys helping Americans expand their reading and writing abilities through HSLDA Online Academy. This is her third year teaching for the Academy.

    English 2: World Literature & Writing

    Master Teacher: Emily-Rose Cockerham

    Emily-Rose CockerhamMaster Teacher: English 2
    Classroom Teacher: AP® English Literature & Composition

    Emily-Rose Cockerham

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Emily-Rose Cockerham graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2008 with a BA in literature. During her four years of on-campus education she had the privilege of learning from some truly brilliant teachers, including Dr. Steven Hake and Dr. Gene Edward Veith. These teachers gave her the opportunity to learn to write in a number of different venues and styles including analysis, novellas, poetry, and radio drama. During her junior year, she had the opportunity to mentor young high school writers—a vocation she continued until her graduation.

    Since graduation, Emily-Rose has continued both to self-educate and to help train high school students in her hometown. She has taught several courses in worldviews in literature, as well as serving as an editor for writings varying from young adult novels to doctoral theses.

    As she prepares lessons for her students, Emily-Rose enjoys the chance to grapple with great authors and share her enthusiasm for literature with others. She looks forward to learning something new from her students.

    Emily-Rose lives in Columbia, South Carolina, where she is seeking to serve and grow in God as she walks the daily adventure of life in faith.

    This is her fifth year teaching for the Academy.


    Classroom Teacher: Lindsay Hill

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    Lindsay Hill

    MEd, Southwest Missouri State University
    BA, Evangel University

    Lindsay grew up in northern Wisconsin. Before homeschooling was a popular option, her parents chose to homeschool her through eighth grade. During her childhood, she spent most of her time reading everything she could get her hands on, including the following year's school books as soon as they came in the mail!

    After graduating from a small, private high school, Lindsay attended Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. She received her BA in English education and met the love of her life, Chris. Ingeniously, they decided on a June 2000 wedding so they could always remember how long they had been married. Lindsay taught tenth and eleventh grade English classes for five years in the Springfield Public School district while simultaneously earning her master's of education in English.

    Now Lindsay homeschools their four daughters and is very active in the local homeschool community. She shares her passion for grammar and writing by tutoring the Essentials course in the Ozark, Missouri, Classical Conversations group. Unless there is Moms’ Night Out to plan, Lindsay spends her days learning alongside her daughters, reheating her morning coffee, conjuring up dinner, and reading late into the night.

    Classroom Teacher: Katherine Juneau

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    Katherine Juneau

    BA, Louisiana State University

    Katherine Brickson Juneau has been teaching in the homeschool community for over twenty years. She taught her own five children at home and saw them go on to graduate from universities and graduate schools such as Rice University, the Coast Guard Academy, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (Honors College), and Johns Hopkins University. Once her own children were grown and gone, she continued teaching, tutoring many homeschoolers as well as teaching at a Christian high school for several years. Katherine has a special devotion to homeschoolers and thrives on seeing them launch successfully into the real world.

    The child of a Navy JAGC officer, Katherine spent much of her childhood in the Philippines. Her father’s last post was New Orleans, so she graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She currently resides in southern Louisiana and enjoys many outdoor activities such as duck hunting, crawfishing, and searching for driftwood along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain.

    As a devoted believer, Katherine has been a disciple of Christ since 1980 and continues to marvel at His constant lovingkindness. Even though she has experienced the vicissitudes of life, His steadfast love has carried her through and continues to refine her and mold her for His good pleasure. One of her heroes, Corrie Ten Boom, says it best: “The school of life offers some difficult courses, but it is in the difficult class that one learns the most.”

    Classroom Teacher: Karin Morin

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    Karin Morin

    JD, Harvard Law School 
    BA, Yale College

    Growing up outside Boston, Karin Morin was the child who had to be gently reminded to put down her book so she could eat, play, or sleep. During college, she read mostly in French and Russian, with a sprinkle of German thrown in for fun. After college, she worked briefly in a job where she didn't have enough work to do, so she filled her time with English literature. Eventually she stopped reading long enough to marry her high school sweetheart. He has put up with her reading habits for nearly 32 years of marriage.

    While briefly living in northern Maine, Karin and her husband began the wonderful adventure of home education with their children. In 2007, back in the Boston area, a homeschooling friend asked Karin to start teaching literature to homeschooled middle and high school students. What a great idea! Karin could read and re-read wonderful books, her kids could have an English class with other homeschoolers, and everyone would have a great time learning more about literature. Much to her surprise, Karin found that she enjoyed teaching (almost) as much as reading. After eight years in a variety of homeschool settings, ranging from dining room tables to a church-based co-op, she enjoys teaching even more than she did at the beginning.

    Now she is enjoying an additional challenge—helping more homeschoolers enjoy great literature through HSLDA Online Academy. This is her second year teaching with the Academy.

    English Language and Composition

    Master Teacher: Janie Barbosa

    Janie BarbosaMaster Teacher

    Janie Barbosa

    BA, Northwest Nazarene University

    Janie Barbosa comes from a long line of educators and delights in continuing the family (and historical) tradition of teaching. Graduating with her BA in education from Northwest Nazarene University, Janie obtained state certification in both Washington and Idaho and quickly began instructing secondary students in the subjects of English writing and literature in the public school setting. Janie has 15 years of classroom and curriculum-development experience and has worked as an online instructor since embarking on the adventure of motherhood. 

    As a homeschooling mother, Janie takes great interest in classical, literacy-based education – its history, its preservation, and its ability to inform biblical study and spiritual growth. When she is not teaching, Janie unabashedly nurtures her addiction to educational texts, though she reserves her summers for getting lost in fictional literature and the woods (preferably at the same time). Her favorite authors include Charles Dickens, J.R.R.Tolkien, Emily Dickinson, and Rudyard Kipling. 

    Janie’s non-literary hobbies are music, art, and gardening. She is blessed by a husband who encourages her in these pursuits and a daughter who shares them.

    This is her fourth year teaching for the Academy.


    Classroom Teacher: Katie Leber

    Classroom Teacher

    Leber

    Katie Leber

    EdS, Walden University
    MEd, Norwich University
    MA, National University
    BA, New York Institute of Technology


    Katie Leber discovered her passion for education as a young child. She has fond memories of lining up teddy bears and stuffed animals and “teaching” them with a chalkboard easel.

    Katie earned two master’s degrees, one in education and one in English, and an Education Specialist degree in teacher leadership. She currently teaches as an adjunct at a few different universities and community colleges, both online and in the classroom. She has extensive experience with online education, including five years as an online teacher, ten years as an online student, and time spent as an online tutor.

    Teaching is Katie’s passion and she enjoys sharing her love of English and composition with her students. Her favorite writers include Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, JK Rowling, Emily Dickinson, and Shakespeare. When she’s not busy teaching or spending office hours with students, Katie loves going to movies, reading, writing, spending time with her family and friends, and playing with her two dogs, Grace and Wilma.

    This is Katie's fourth year teaching for the Academy.

    English Literature and Composition

    Master Teacher: Steven Hake, PhD

    Steven HakeMaster Teacher

    Steven Hake, PhD

    PhD, Binghamton University
    MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary
    BA, Colby College; MA, Yale University

    Steven Hake is a professor of literature at Patrick Henry College and chairman of the Department of Classical Liberal Arts. He was the director of Rivendell Study Center in northern Pennsylvania for four years prior to coming to PHC. He was a tent-making missionary to Taiwan for almost 20 years prior to that (1977–1996), teaching English literature in a large Chinese university for most of that time.

    Dr. and Mrs. Hake have been married a long time, have nine children, and many grandchildren. They are veteran homeschoolers. Dr. Hake is an avid reader and enjoys learning languages as a hobby. He regularly reads (with widely varying degrees of fluency!) the Bible in ten languages. He is also an enthusiastic backpacker and sailor.

    He is praying for a Christian Renaissance, and believes that we need to read the great books in order that we may write them. He is also praying that God will bless Patrick Henry College with a culture of discipleship, disciple making, and outreach to our neighbors locally.

    Dr. Hake has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2009.


    Classroom Teacher: Caleb Nelson

    Caleb Nelson

    Master Teacher: English 1
    Classroom Teacher: AP® English Literature & Composition

    Caleb Nelson

     

    MDiv, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
    MA, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Caleb, the eldest of eleven children, was brought up by hand on a sheep ranch in Northern Colorado. By age six he was devouring Reader’s Digest and Smithsonian each month and was already manifesting an active dislike for any book which sported the hateful word “abridged” on its cover. His mother knew literature would feature prominently in his future when, at age twelve, he read and then reread The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

    During a rigorous three-and-one-half years at Patrick Henry College, Caleb’s literary horizons expanded by leaps and bounds, particularly when he snagged a book-reviewing job at WORLD magazine. He studied the greatest literature ever penned, God's word, at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in South Carolina. 

    Caleb currently pastors Harvest Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Gillette, Wyoming, where he and his wife Alexa live with their two children. His prayer is that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in his students and congregants, and they in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:12).

    This is Caleb’s fifth year teaching for the Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Emily-Rose Cockerham

    Emily-Rose CockerhamMaster Teacher: English 2
    Classroom Teacher: AP® English Literature & Composition

    Emily-Rose Cockerham

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Emily-Rose Cockerham graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2008 with a BA in literature. During her four years of on-campus education she had the privilege of learning from some truly brilliant teachers, including Dr. Steven Hake and Dr. Gene Edward Veith. These teachers gave her the opportunity to learn to write in a number of different venues and styles including analysis, novellas, poetry, and radio drama. During her junior year, she had the opportunity to mentor young high school writers—a vocation she continued until her graduation.

    Since graduation, Emily-Rose has continued both to self-educate and to help train high school students in her hometown. She has taught several courses in worldviews in literature, as well as serving as an editor for writings varying from young adult novels to doctoral theses.

    As she prepares lessons for her students, Emily-Rose enjoys the chance to grapple with great authors and share her enthusiasm for literature with others. She looks forward to learning something new from her students.

    Emily-Rose lives in Columbia, South Carolina, where she is seeking to serve and grow in God as she walks the daily adventure of life in faith.

    This is her fifth year teaching for the Academy.

    European History

    Master Teacher: Douglas Favelo, PhD

    McGovern Master Teacher

    Douglas Favelo, PhD

    MA in Classics, PhD in History, UCLA
    BA and MA in History, California State University Fresno

    Dr. Doug Favelo teaches Patrick Henry College’s core History of Western Civilization courses as well as upper division courses in history. Prior to coming to PHC in 2010, he served as a lecturer for ten years in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature at California State University Fresno, teaching history, literature, and Latin. In July 2010 he helped lead and teach a UCLA study-abroad program in Rome. During his doctoral studies at UCLA, the largest history graduate program in the nation, he was ranked number one all four years. He specializes in Greek and Roman history and literature; his research interests include Italian resistance to the expansion of Rome and the lives of the Christian desert monks of late Roman Egypt.

    Dr. Favelo has been heavily involved in the classical education scene for many years, and also in the homeschool community. He has taught hundreds of homeschooled students Latin, Greek, history, and literature, and has spoken at conferences on homeschooling.

    He lives with his wife and four children in Loudoun County, Virginia. His passion is to facilitate students’ intellectual and spiritual development, primarily through the medium of a rigorous, Biblically-centered classical education, to the greater glory of God.

    Dr. Favelo has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2010 and has developed four Academy courses: AP® World History, AP® European History, Latin 1, and Latin 2.


    Classroom Teacher: Megan Bowman

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    Megan Bowman

    MA, George Mason University
    BA, Appalachian State University


    Megan Bowman earned her bachelor's degree in social studies and secondary education from Appalachian State University in 2006 and her master’s of education in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning, with a concentration in history, from George Mason University in 2009. She had the unique opportunity to study abroad for a summer term in 2004 at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. She also worked as a historic interpretative intern with the National Park Service at Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 2006. Over the past ten years, she has taught 9th–12th Grade Social Studies classes in Fairfax and Loudoun County Public Schools and HSLDA Online Academy, including AP® World History, AP® U.S. History, and AP® European History.

    Megan is very excited to be teaching again with HSLDA Online Academy this academic year. Over the past ten years, her passion for history and for piquing young people's interest in history has grown exponentially. Her favorite topics to study include ancient Greek and Roman history, early church history, the Reformation, the American Civil War, World Wars I & II, and the Cold War. She looks forward to getting to know her students and facilitating a fun and exciting European History class!

    Megan lives in West Virginia with her husband Kevin and their daughters Lizzy and Victoria. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, hiking, baking, wood-working, and hanging out with her family and their beagle Bella.

    This is her third year teaching for the Academy.

    Foundations in Writing

    Master Teacher: Melissa Barnes

    Melissa BarnesMaster Teacher

    Melissa Barnes

    EdS, University of Michigan
    MA, University of Michigan
    BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


    Melissa Barnes earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in English education, literacy education, and curriculum development. These culminated from a lifelong love of reading, writing, and teaching that began on the first day of first grade when she came home and announced that she wanted to be a teacher.

    Melissa has taught both high school and middle school students and is currently a homeschool mom. In addition to teaching, Melissa enjoys serving as a freelance writer and editor for the Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV) and has written for local newspapers in years past.

    Melissa and her husband reside in Chesapeake, Virginia. They have eight children. In her occasional spare time, you can find Melissa reading books, playing games or watching movies with her family, or enjoying coffee with a friend.

    This is her second year teaching for the Academy.


    Classroom Teacher: Clark Wickman

    Bio coming soon! 

    Geometry

    Master Teacher: Angela Ellis

    Angela Ellis

    Master Teacher

    Angela Ellis

    MA, George Mason University
    BA, George Mason University

    Angela Ellis earned a bachelor’s in mathematics and a master’s in education from George Mason University. She has twenty years of experience teaching secondary math courses from pre-algebra through pre-calculus. Mrs. Ellis has taught math classes at a local school, on online programs, and as a homeschooling mother. She enjoys meeting the challenges that are unique to each learning environment.

    Angela currently lives in Loudoun County, Virginia, with her husband and three very active boys. She has a passion for finding mathematics everywhere and for sharing her enthusiasm with anyone who will listen. As Galileo so wisely noted, "Mathematics is the alphabet with which God wrote the universe." Angela holds that little nugget of wisdom to be a profound influence behind her teaching and her own love of learning and loves nothing more than to help other people see just how true that statement proves to be.

    Angela is the Course Developer and Master Teacher of the Academy’s Geometry course, as well as the Master Teacher for Algebra 2. Prior to her work in these courses, she taught Algebra 1 for the Academy to become familiar with our math program as a whole. This is her third year teaching for the Academy.

     


    Classroom Teacher: Daniel O'Connor

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    Daniel O'Connor

    MA, Holy Apostles College & Seminary
    BS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


    Daniel O'Connor earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and his master's degree in philosophical theology from Holy Apostles College & Seminary. He worked in the corporate engineering industry before moving on to non-profit charitable work, helping to found and run the John Bosco House for homeless young men.

    Daniel has been honored to teach high school students in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and SAT preparation. He also teaches philosophy at the college level. He has been teaching online for over four years and comes highly recommended by his students for his ability to engage and explain in the online environment.

    He currently lives in Albany, NY, with his wife and two children. In his free time, Daniel enjoys engineering work for his own hobby innovation company, renovating his 100-year-old fixer-upper home, and, above all, spending time in prayer.

    This is Daniel’s second year teaching Geometry and Algebra 2 for the Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Adrienne Green

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    Adrienne Green

    MA, American College of Education
    BS, University of Southern California


    Adrienne Green earned a bachelor of science in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Southern California, and a master’s in education from the American College of Education, an online program. Her experience as an online student influences her methods as an instructor.

    Adrienne has taught secondary math courses in California and Virginia school systems, teaching a variety of math classes and levels. While she loves all math courses, geometry is her favorite because it teaches general logical reasoning along with the concrete mathematical truths necessary for building and measuring.

    Adrienne lives in Loudoun County, Virginia, with her husband and daughter, where she utilizes her math skills in running her family's farm. She is passionate about math as she uses it every day on the farm, from doing the finances to building structures and constructing fences.

    This is her second year teaching for the Academy.

    iCitizen Live

    Master Teacher: Jeremiah Lorrig

    Jeremiah Lorrig

    Master Teacher

    Jeremiah Lorrig

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Jeremiah Lorrig earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Patrick Henry College. As the Deputy Director of Generation Joshua, he travels America teaching youth the principles and practice of conservative politics and working on political campaigns. These pursuits have been his passion and calling for over a decade.

    Jeremiah has worked with Senator Wayne Allard of Colorado, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Arlington Group, HSLDA, and almost one hundred political campaigns. For the last eight years, he has coordinated Generation Joshua’s campaign deployments, involving thousands of volunteers in scores of competitive races nationwide. He has also administered three PACs. In 2011 and 2012, he represented the Young Republican National Federation in the International Young Democrat Union, a pro-democracy alliance for greater freedom and small government.

    When he is not busy doing all these things, Jeremiah likes to read and travel. He alternates between fiction and non-fiction to maintain a balanced reading schedule. He also occasionally finds time for fencing and blogging.

    This is his second year teaching for the Academy.


    Latin 1

    Master Teacher: Douglas Favelo, PhD

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    Douglas Favelo, PhD

    MA in Classics, PhD in History, UCLA
    BA and MA in History, California State University Fresno

    Dr. Doug Favelo teaches Patrick Henry College’s core History of Western Civilization courses as well as upper division courses in history. Prior to coming to PHC in 2010, he served as a lecturer for ten years in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature at California State University Fresno, teaching history, literature, and Latin. In July 2010 he helped lead and teach a UCLA study-abroad program in Rome. During his doctoral studies at UCLA, the largest history graduate program in the nation, he was ranked number one all four years. He specializes in Greek and Roman history and literature; his research interests include Italian resistance to the expansion of Rome and the lives of the Christian desert monks of late Roman Egypt.

    Dr. Favelo has been heavily involved in the classical education scene for many years, and also in the homeschool community. He has taught hundreds of homeschooled students Latin, Greek, history, and literature, and has spoken at conferences on homeschooling.

    He lives with his wife and four children in Loudoun County, Virginia. His passion is to facilitate students’ intellectual and spiritual development, primarily through the medium of a rigorous, Biblically-centered classical education, to the greater glory of God.

    Dr. Favelo has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2010 and has developed four Academy courses: AP® World History, AP® European History, Latin 1, and Latin 2.


    Classroom Teacher: Allison Scheidegger

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    Allison Scheidegger

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Allison Scheidegger earned a literature major with a classics minor from Patrick Henry College. She has taught Latin in a co-op classroom setting and tutored it at the high school level. Of all her experiences tutoring and teaching Latin classes, Allison’s favorite part has been showing students the wonders of Latin. Whether through the concise beauty of an ablative absolute or the fun of using complementary infinitives, she hopes to infect her students with awe at God’s amazing gift of language. She wants to give students the tools to understand and to creatively employ language.

    Allison loves reading, cooking, sewing, and fashion design. She has always loved taking things apart to find out how they work, and then putting them back together to be used anew. Language is the most exciting example of such functional beauty, so it makes sense that one of her favorite pastimes is learning and teaching languages. And Latin is her favorite language, one that she has been learning since her mom introduced her to it in elementary school.

    Classroom Teacher: Andrew Eenigenburg

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    Andrew Eenigenburg

    MDiv, Mid-America Reformed Seminary
    BA, Valparaiso University


    In 2005, Rev. Andrew Eenigenburg earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Valparaiso University in classical languages and literature. In 2008, he graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree from Mid-America Reformed Seminary in Dyer, Indiana. Since 2009, he has served as the Minister of the West Sayville Reformed Bible Church in Long Island, where he lives with his wife and four children.

    Over the past four years, in addition to his ministerial labors, he has taken up classroom instruction in person and online. He teaches Latin 1 and Latin 2 for HSLDA Online Academy and hopes that all of his students will adopt a love of language through Latin.

    This is Andrew’s second year teaching for the Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Jackie Horton

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    Jackie Horton

    BA, University of California, Los Angeles

    Jackie Horton earned her BA in English at UCLA but has most recently earned a Post Graduate Certificate with Distinction in Latin from the University of Wales, UK. She is currently working towards an MA in classical studies.

    Jackie is excited at the prospect of sharing her love of the Latin language with students across the country. Ever since she introduced Latin to her own four children 15 years ago, she has never ceased to be amazed at the incredible tool it is to impart English grammar, exercise critical thinking skills, and cultivate an advanced English vocabulary. For her children, it also served as an excellent springboard to the study of modern Romance languages like Spanish and French. Though her children have grown, Jackie has continued to teach Latin at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels for the last 8 years at Trinity Pacific Christian School in Southern California.

    When not translating Caesar or Cicero, she loves to read historical fiction, especially any books that bring to life the ancient places of the Bible. She also enjoys running, biking, skiing (water and snow), and generally just being outdoors basking in the sun with her husband and best friend of 30 years. Jackie currently resides in California.

    This is her second year teaching for the Academy.

    Macroeconomics

    Master Teacher: Melissa Muender

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    Melissa Muender

    MA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    BA, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    Melissa Muender, with a master’s degree in applied economics, has taught for Liberty University, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online, Eastern Shore Community College, Rowan Cabarrus Community College, and Central Piedmont Community College. She has worked as a consultant for the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and has scored for NJASK, CELLA, and CAHSEE with the Educational Testing Service. Melissa has also been invited to serve as an AP® Reader for ETS and has scored AP® Macroeconomics exam essays.

    She has also homeschooled her two children. Melissa is privileged to be the pastor’s wife at Maranatha Baptist Church on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and has enjoyed participating in several mission projects around the world. She has also taught Economics for the Citizen for the Patrick Henry College Distance Learning program.

    She has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2009.


    Classroom Teacher: Amy Raybould

    Raybould Master Teacher: Personal Finance & Accounting
    Classroom Teacher: AP® Micro & Macroeconomics 

    Amy Raybould

    MA, Liberty University
    BS, Liberty University

    Amy Raybould graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in business economics and earned a Master of Arts degree in business from Liberty University. During her years of study, Amy assisted in teaching all age groups, ranging from elementary students to undergraduate and graduate college students. She has taught the Academy’s AP® Microeconomics and AP® Macroeconomics courses since their inception, and is now the Course Developer and Master Teacher of Personal Finance & Accounting.

    Amy is no stranger to the online education format. Prior to working at TD Bank and Susquehanna Bank, she served as the Director of Academic Advising for Liberty University Online. She currently resides in New Jersey, where she has served as a Relationship Manager and Vice President in the banking industry.

    This is Amy’s eighth year teaching for the Academy.

    Microeconomics

    Master Teacher: Melissa Muender

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    Melissa Muender

    MA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    BA, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    Melissa Muender, with a master’s degree in applied economics, has taught for Liberty University, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online, Eastern Shore Community College, Rowan Cabarrus Community College, and Central Piedmont Community College. She has worked as a consultant for the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and has scored for NJASK, CELLA, and CAHSEE with the Educational Testing Service. Melissa has also been invited to serve as an AP® Reader for ETS and has scored AP® Macroeconomics exam essays.

    She has also homeschooled her two children. Melissa is privileged to be the pastor’s wife at Maranatha Baptist Church on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and has enjoyed participating in several mission projects around the world. She has also taught Economics for the Citizen for the Patrick Henry College Distance Learning program.

    She has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2009.


    Classroom Teacher: Amy Raybould

    Raybould Master Teacher: Personal Finance & Accounting
    Classroom Teacher: AP® Micro & Macroeconomics 

    Amy Raybould

    MA, Liberty University
    BS, Liberty University

    Amy Raybould graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in business economics and earned a Master of Arts degree in business from Liberty University. During her years of study, Amy assisted in teaching all age groups, ranging from elementary students to undergraduate and graduate college students. She has taught the Academy’s AP® Microeconomics and AP® Macroeconomics courses since their inception, and is now the Course Developer and Master Teacher of Personal Finance & Accounting.

    Amy is no stranger to the online education format. Prior to working at TD Bank and Susquehanna Bank, she served as the Director of Academic Advising for Liberty University Online. She currently resides in New Jersey, where she has served as a Relationship Manager and Vice President in the banking industry.

    This is Amy’s eighth year teaching for the Academy.

    Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry

    Master Teacher: Elizabeth Shimada

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    Elizabeth Shimada

    MS, Santa Clara University
    BS, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


    Elizabeth Shimada earned her bachelor of science in electronic engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and her master’s of science in computer engineering from Santa Clara University. Prior to homeschooling her three children, she spent ten years in manufacturing, marketing, and R&D at Hewlett Packard Company’s instrumentation division. Energized by teaching, she is thrilled to be part of the Academy’s online homeschool community. She enjoys teaching in creative ways, making abstract concepts real and the learning process fun. Besides teaching, she tutors in math and physics. Furthermore, she appreciates math and science as tools to see the “hidden treasures” in God’s creation.

    In addition to her family’s year-round basketball activities, Elizabeth enjoys reading, building projects, visiting new places, perusing apologetics, and good literature and theater. She also delights in various Word studies and fellowship, drawing and multimedia activities, and good ol’ company and conversation around a meal.

    Elizabeth lives in Northern California with her husband Warren and their children—Eric, Jaclyn, and Kevin—along with their two furry felines, Pachek and Slavna, and a sizeable flock of backyard chickens.

    This is her second year teaching for the Academy.


    Classroom Teacher: Amber Knapp

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    Amber Knapp

    MEd, Marygrove College
    BA, Spring Arbor University

    Amber Knapp earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education mathematics from Spring Arbor University and her masters of education degree from Marygrove College. She taught mathematics for ten years at a local high school before moving on to several adjunct professor positions at local colleges. For the past three years Amber has been blessed to teach part-time in these positions while homeschooling her young children.

    Along with teaching a variety of math courses at the high school and college levels, Amber has taught online math classes for over a decade, provided regular tutoring to homeschooled students in the area, and has recently begun working with Classical Conversations as a tutor in the Foundations program. Amber enjoys finding creative ways to present material and make it accessible for all students to learn. Coming alongside students and showing them the beauty of God's creation through the application of mathematics is a great joy for Amber—one she is excited to share with students in the Academy's online homeschool community.

    In addition to home improvement projects, Amber enjoys running, reading and spending time with friends over a good cup of coffee. She lives in central Michigan with her husband Jesse and three young children, where they love serving in their church and spending time with extended family.

    Classroom Teacher: Tiffany Cooks

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    Tiffany Cooks

    MEd, California State University
    BA, Queens College

    Tiffany Cooks earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Queens College and her master's degree in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis in educational technology, from California State University Bakersfield. She currently homeschools her young daughter, along with teaching math online and tutoring other homeschooled students at her local church.

    Tiffany's teaching experience began with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools in California. She then taught mathematics for the New York City Department of Education and then moved into online instruction. Tiffany has taught a variety of math topics including pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics, trigonometry, pre-calculus, and calculus. Her desire has always been to help reduce the anxiety that many students have about math.

    Tiffany currently resides in Long Island, NY, with her husband Eugene, who is also a teacher, and her daughter Marissa. Along with teaching math, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and their two cats. She also loves traveling with the family and being involved with her church.

    Spanish 1

    Master Teacher: Eric Arthurton

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    Eric Arthurton

    MA, University of California, Riverside
    BA, University of California, Riverside


    Eric Arthurton earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and French languages and his Master of Arts in Spanish literature at the University of California, Riverside. He is fluent in Spanish and French, and continues to study biblical Hebrew, biblical Greek, Portuguese, and German. He is the Course Developer and Master Teacher for Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 through HSLDA Online Academy.

    Eric currently resides in Apple Valley, California, with his beautiful wife and 5 wonderful children. He enjoys being involved in his children’s education and reading Christian apologetics.

    This is his second year teaching for the Academy.


    Classroom Teacher: Juan Garza

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    Juan Garza

    BS, University of Texas at El Paso

    Juan Garza holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology and also a teaching certification in Texas for math, science, and Spanish. He is a bilingual instructor who has taught at both the middle and high school levels. He loves preparing students for a world where understanding and communicating in a second language is an advantage.

    In addition to his teaching, Juan manages a computer language and developer community for Spanish-speaking coders and engineers from all over the world. He is in contact with professionals from Spanish-speaking countries every day.

    Juan helps his wife homeschool their four children. He enjoys playing guitar, reading Christian theology books, and learning about computer code. He occasionally plays the bongos.

    This is his second year teaching for the Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Kate Blevins

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    Kate Blevins

    BA, Shepherd University

    Kate Blevins graduated from Shepherd University with a BA in elementary education and a minor in Spanish. Additionally, she earned graduate credits in special education, foreign language instruction and gifted education.

    She has over 16 years of diverse teaching experience in private and public education. By using songs, rhymes, and movement, she has taught Spanish to students from first grade through high school. She serves as a tutor for a local homeschool co-op. Kate believes that all students can learn a foreign language, and it is her passion to encourage students to utilize these gifts for God's kingdom.

    Her Spanish fluency is especially valuable on mission trips abroad. She enjoys translating for team members and connecting with the locals. When called upon, she interprets sermons for speakers during church services. Her travels have taken her to places such as Uruguay, Mexico, Spain, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica.

    Kate resides in Virginia, where she homeschools her four children. She enjoys a creamy cup of coffee and date night adventures with her husband.

    This is her second year teaching for the Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Kristen Davis

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    Kristen Davis

    MA, University of Houston
    BA, Sam Houston State University


    Kristen Davis earned her bachelor of arts degree with a Spanish minor at Sam Houston State University, graduating magna cum laude. She earned her master's degree in second language education from the University of Houston while teaching foreign language in the public school system.

    A lover of languages and fluent in Spanish, Kristen has taught multiple homeschool Spanish courses and enjoys homeschooling her own two children. She currently resides in the greater Houston area with her husband and their two amazing children.

    This is her second year teaching for the Academy.

    U.S. Government and Politics

    Master Teacher: Frank Guliuzza, PhD

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    Frank Guliuzza, PhD

    PhD, University of Notre Dame
    MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    BA and MA, University of Wyoming

     Dr. Guliuzza is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Patrick Henry College and a professor of government. He is a well-known scholar in the field of government. An expert in constitutional law, he has published widely on the First Amendment (including his book Over the Wall: Protecting Religious Expression in the Public Square), the separation of church and state, and the role of Christians in political activism.

    Dr. Guliuzza received the John S. Hinckley Award as the outstanding faculty member at Weber State University (2003). He was named Utah Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation (2003). He has been recognized four times by the American Political Science Association for “Outstanding Teaching in Political Science” (2000, 2003, 2004, and 2008).

    Dr. Guliuzza previously served as president of the Pre-Law Advisors’ National Council and is on the executive boards of the American Mock Trial Association and the American Collegiate Moot Court Association (currently serving as ACMA President). A successful moot court and mock trial coach at Weber State and PHC, he is the co-coach of the four-time defending moot court champions and has led his teams into the top ten at the national mock trial tournaments, coaching scores of students who were either all-American or all-regional competitors. He has also taught at Wheaton College, the University of Minnesota, and Vassar College.

    Beyond his academic accomplishments, Dr. Guliuzza has extensive practical political experience. He was vice-chairman of the Utah Republican Party and ran for election to the United States Senate, though he was defeated by Orrin Hatch. At PHC, he advises students who plan to attend law school. In addition to coaching moot court and mock trial, he teaches classes at all levels for the Government major.

    Dr. Guliuzza has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2009.


    Classroom Teacher: Miriam McElvain

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    Miriam McElvain

    BA, Patrick Henry College 

    Miriam McElvain is currently working on a master’s degree in humanities at the University of Dallas. She graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2010 with a degree in government focusing on political theory. After graduation, she interned for Family Research Council, researching the intersection of politics with familial, religious, and education trends in the United States. She has been active on several campaigns, including co-leading a team of 80 volunteers during a Colorado Senate election. In the past five years, she wrote a series of articles on the US Constitution for the Douglas County Herald and worked as a litigation assistant at Home School Legal Defense Association.

    Her academic interests include education, the family, the land, and former Soviet nations. She currently resides in Irving, Texas.

    This is Miriam’s third year teaching AP US Government & Politics.

    Classroom Teacher: Stephanie Guido

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    Stephanie Guido

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Stephanie Guido holds a BA in government from Patrick Henry College, graduating summa cum laude with highest honors. During her time at PHC, Stephanie participated in Moot Court, interned in Care Net’s legal department, and fulfilled her childhood dream of working on Capitol Hill by interning in Congressman Trent Franks’s (AZ) office.

    Prior to coming on campus at PHC, Stephanie completed twenty-seven PHC distance learning credits, so she has experienced online classes from a student’s perspective and is committed to cultivating a rich interactive experience and prompt teacher responses.

    Stephanie lives in Texas with her husband Ben, a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Baylor University, and their two children: Rowena (5) and Cedric (3). When Stephanie has any free time, she enjoys reading, baking, hiking, jigsaw puzzling, and tabletop gaming.

    This is Stephanie's third year teaching for the Academy.

    United States History

    Master Teacher: Robert Spinney, PhD

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    Robert Spinney, PhD

    PhD and MA, Vanderbilt University
    BA, Harvard University

    Dr. Spinney teaches U.S. History classes at Patrick Henry College. He also teaches the upper-division historiography course for History majors that explores what it means to think Christianly about the study of history. Before coming to Purcellville in 2007, he served as a pastor in a Tennessee church while also teaching Patrick Henry College’s online history classes.

    Dr. Spinney has also taught at Trinity College (Deerfield, IL), Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin, TN), and The Valwood School and Open Bible Christian School (both in Valdosta, GA, and both junior and senior high schools). He has published two academic history books: World War II in Nashville: Transformation of the Homefront and City of Big Shoulders: A History of Chicago. He has also published ten ministry-related pamphlets with Tulip Books—pamphlets with titles like Did God Create Sports Also? Thinking Christianly About Sports; Monkeying Around With Dangerous Ideas: Four Reasons Outside the Field of Science Why Christians Should Reject Evolutionary Thinking; and Are You Legalistic? Grace, Obedience, and Antinomianism.

    God has given Rob and his wife Caroline five children, all of whom have been homeschooled. He has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2010.


    Classroom Teacher: Juli Gleason

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    Juli Gleason

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Ever since Juli showed a fifth grader how to work a unit-conversion problem when she was seventeen, she has known that God gifted her to teach. She has also known that her gift does not rely on her power alone—that same fifth grader got the problem wrong because of Juli’s dyslexia!

    Since then, Juli has developed her love of teaching both academically and professionally. She holds a BA in classical liberal arts from Patrick Henry College. Practicum work for her degree included student teaching at Regents Classical Christian School in Austin, Texas, and writing and teaching a course in art history, philosophy, and creation for homeschooled students.

    Since graduation, Juli has continued to teach. She taught art and choir to first through third graders at a start-up Christian school, where she had the opportunity to develop her own curriculum. For three years after that, Juli oversaw a homeschool co-op academy that focused on Bible knowledge, math skills, reading for information, and writing. During these years, Juli also taught European history, American history, and British literature, helping her more advanced students prepare for AP® exams.

    In 2011, Juli joined the team at HSLDA Online Academy as one of the first AP US History teachers. She looks forward to the coming academic year as much as she looked forward to the first.

    Juli is a native Texan and happily married to an American computer programmer living in Scotland. She and her husband are blessed with a toddler named James, who gets to discover in May what it means to be a big brother.

    This is Juli’s seventh year teaching for the Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Caroline Tyrrell

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    Caroline Tyrrell

    BA, Patrick Henry College 

    Caroline graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2014 with her BA in history, and she is currently pursuing an MA in biblical counseling at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

    Caroline views the study of history and literature as a study of truths pertaining to the nature of man and the nature of God Himself. As Dr. Robert Spinney often reminds his PHC history students, “History does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” The study of history and literature reveals the patterns of man’s nature, the mercy of God in interacting with man, and the grounding on which we must stand to accurately understand our own time.

    As a perpetual student herself, Caroline is excited to continue discovering God’s truths found in history and literature along with her students, while passing on the tools that have been so helpful to her.

    Caroline enjoys reading, running, music, and taking walks with her husband David (who teaches Logic & Critical Thinking for the Academy). They currently reside in Louisville, KY, and are expecting their first child in the summer.

    This is Caroline’s third year teaching for the Academy. She teaches English and AP® US History.

    World History

    Master Teacher: Douglas Favelo, PhD

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    Douglas Favelo, PhD

    MA in Classics, PhD in History, UCLA
    BA and MA in History, California State University Fresno

    Dr. Doug Favelo teaches Patrick Henry College’s core History of Western Civilization courses as well as upper division courses in history. Prior to coming to PHC in 2010, he served as a lecturer for ten years in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature at California State University Fresno, teaching history, literature, and Latin. In July 2010 he helped lead and teach a UCLA study-abroad program in Rome. During his doctoral studies at UCLA, the largest history graduate program in the nation, he was ranked number one all four years. He specializes in Greek and Roman history and literature; his research interests include Italian resistance to the expansion of Rome and the lives of the Christian desert monks of late Roman Egypt.

    Dr. Favelo has been heavily involved in the classical education scene for many years, and also in the homeschool community. He has taught hundreds of homeschooled students Latin, Greek, history, and literature, and has spoken at conferences on homeschooling.

    He lives with his wife and four children in Loudoun County, Virginia. His passion is to facilitate students’ intellectual and spiritual development, primarily through the medium of a rigorous, Biblically-centered classical education, to the greater glory of God.

    Dr. Favelo has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2010 and has developed four Academy courses: AP® World History, AP® European History, Latin 1, and Latin 2.


    Classroom Teacher: Brian Trimmer

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    Brian Trimmer

    MA, Pepperdine University
    BA, Columbia Christian College

    In addition to his BA and MA in history, Brian Trimmer holds a teaching credential through California Lutheran University. He has been a classroom teacher for fifteen years. He currently teaches world and U.S. history at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, California, as well as AP® World History through HSLDA Online Academy. In addition to teaching human society, culture, and development, Brian highlights Christian worldview and God’s continuing hand in shaping the course of human history.

    Brian has published three history-related articles on Google’s Knol informational website. Two of these articles are chapters straight from his Master’s thesis: Defenders of the West, the History of Naval Airstation Tillamook. He has also achieved expert author status on EzineArticles with eleven feature articles on entrepreneurship and home-based business. He and his wife Heather have begun a successful home-based business. God has given them three children, all of whom are currently homeschooled.

    This is Brian’s seventh year teaching for the Academy.