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.
Classroom Teacher: 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
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.
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
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
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.
Master Teacher: 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.