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.
Master Teacher: Sean Welsh, MA
Sean Welsh, MA
MA, James Madison Univeristy
BA, Virginia Tech
Sean Welsh earned his Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech and his Master’s in Education from James Madison University. He has fourteen years of experience teaching a variety of high school mathematics courses including Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, and Math Analysis. Sean has coached Golf and Basketball at the high school level and also served for several years as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle leader. He currently resides in Loudoun County, Virginia with his wife and three children.
Master Teacher: Rebecca Darby
BA, Florida Atlantic University
Rebecca graduated with honors from Florida Atlantic University in 1991, acquiring a BA in Mathematics along the way. Since then, she has been passionately and persistently teaching secondary mathematics for over 20 years. Throughout her years of teaching, she has had the opportunity to teach math at all levels from grades 6 through 12, and has tutored extensively in both regular courses and SAT Prep. Currently, Rebecca teaches secondary mathematics and serves as Mathematics Department Head at Calvary Christian Academy.
Rebecca and her husband, John, reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. When she is not actively involved in stomping out mathematical ignorance, she enjoys reading, singing, and good conversation.
Master Teacher: Maria Waters
BA, California State University, Northridge
Maria Waters earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Northridge, and a Professional Clear Teaching Credential in English from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Early in her life she realized her passion for teaching and has been working with students ever since in both church and school settings.
During her teaching career Maria has taught English in public schools in California, and currently she teaches 9th grade and 10th grade English classes in a college-preparatory homeschool academy in Virginia. Additionally, she tutors individual students from various educational backgrounds in literature and writing and volunteers as a classroom helper at a local elementary school.
Maria and her husband reside in northern Virginia and have two children that have been homeschooled since kindergarten. The oldest is a sophomore at Patrick Henry College, and the youngest is a senior in high school. In her free time Maria loves to read books, take walks, and shop for antiques.