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Erin Brown Conroy, MFA

Erin Brown Conroy Master Teacher

Erin Brown Conroy, MFA

MFA, Western State Colorado University
MA, Western Michigan University
BM, Western Michigan University

Erin Brown Conroy is a professional writer with several books and numerous publishing credits, including Simplified Writing 101: Top Secrets for College Success. She currently oversees two online writing programs and their instructors. The designer/professor for Patrick Henry College’s Distance Learning program for writing (6 years), she also taught composition, research, leadership, and strategic management with Cornerstone University’s Professional and Graduate Studies Division for associate, bachelor, and master’s students (7 years).

Professor Brown Conroy is a freelance writer/editor of website and marketing/social media text and has created over 35 online courses, including academic and fiction writing, research, reading, spelling, study skills, and ASL. Her learn-to-read program at www.truenorthreading.com teaches children how to read in recorded classes online. Professor Brown Conroy continues to write both nonfiction and fiction books, coaches writers, and is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

    Algebra 1

    Master Teacher: Sean Welsh, MA

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    Sean Welsh, MA

    MA, James Madison University
    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.


    Calculus AB

    Master Teacher: Rebecca Darby

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    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.


    English 1

    Master Teacher: Maria Waters

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    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.


    Classroom Teacher: Andrew Nuce

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    Andrew Nuce

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Growing up as the child of missionary teachers in Chihuahua, Mexico, Andrew Nuce grew in his passion for literature at a young age, writing his first story by the age of six. Both his parents pushed Andrew to overcome many struggles including ADHD and dislexia. Before he graduated high school, Andrew had read two-thirds of the classics on his school's reading list and encountered his favorite novel, Fyodor Dostoyevsky's breathtaking Crime and Punishment

    Desiring to develop further in his literary gifts, Andrew began his pursuit of a Literature degree from Patrick Henry College in 2011. Andrew took his first two semesters of classes through PHC's distance learning program, which allowed him great flexibility and to remain near his family as he adjusted to returning to the nation of his birth. During his time at PHC, Andrew interned with the publishing company Lamplighter Ministries, assisted with the publication of PHC's literary journal Vessel, and wrote a full-length screenplay under the mentoring of author and screenwriter Brian Godowa. By graduation in 2015, Andrew grew in the assurance that he was called to serve as a teacher. Andrew has taught a weekly homeschool co-op class at Providence Preparatory Academy and is pursuing a Master's degree in secondary education.  

    Andrew's favorite activities include writing short stories and screenplays, chess and other strategy games, reading, and spending time with family and friends. He is always ready to engage in a discussion of a great novel or film.

     

    Classroom Teacher: Annika McKinney – Bio Coming Soon!

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    Classroom Teacher: Emily-Rose Cockerham

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    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 was given the opportunity to mentor young high school writers—a vocation she continued until her graduation. 

    Since graduation, Emily-Rose has continued to both self-educate and help train high school students in her hometown of Columbia, South Carolina. 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. This will be her third year teaching AP® English Literature for the Academy.

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

    English Language and Composition

    Master Teacher: Erin Brown Conroy, MFA

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    Erin Brown Conroy, MFA

    MFA, Western State Colorado University
    MA, Western Michigan University
    BM, Western Michigan University

    Erin Brown Conroy is a professional writer with several books and numerous publishing credits, including Simplified Writing 101: Top Secrets for College Success. She currently oversees two online writing programs and their instructors. The designer/professor for Patrick Henry College’s Distance Learning program for writing (6 years), she also taught composition, research, leadership, and strategic management with Cornerstone University’s Professional and Graduate Studies Division for associate, bachelor, and master’s students (7 years).

    Professor Brown Conroy is a freelance writer/editor of website and marketing/social media text and has created over 35 online courses, including academic and fiction writing, research, reading, spelling, study skills, and ASL. Her learn-to-read program at www.truenorthreading.com teaches children how to read in recorded classes online. Professor Brown Conroy continues to write both nonfiction and fiction books, coaches writers, and is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).


    Classroom Teacher: Janie Barbosa

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    Janie Barbosa

    BA, Northwest Nazarene University

    Janie Barbosa graduated with her BA in education from Northwest Nazarene University. For 10 years she taught 6th–12th-grade students in reading, writing, and world history, with state teaching certifications in Washington and Idaho. She spent four more years as a lead curriculum writer for BOCES Geneseo Migrant Center in Geneseo, New York, and a part-time tutor at Tutor.com, working with students from middle school to postgraduate levels in English, literature, and composition. Her work with college and postgraduate students sparked a devotion to teaching skills for college preparedness. Since moving to Kentucky, she continues to teach secondary-level English classes at a local homeschool cooperative, while also homeschooling her own daughter.

    Janie is passionate about fostering students’ literary analysis and technical writing skills. She believes her students each have something important to say that only they can say and seeks to equip them with the ability to engage and impact their world.

    Janie’s personal interests include travel and culture (interests shared with her husband and small daughter), bilingual education, and continuing her own pursuit of learning. When she gets time alone, she looks for a piano willing to share it with her.

    Classroom Teacher: Aubrey Heki

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    Aubrey Heki

    BA, Patrick Henry College


    Aubrey Heki is a graduate of Patrick Henry College with a BA in Political Theory, a major that furnished her with ample opportunities to sharpen her skills as a writer.

    Through her studies, she has come to further appreciate capturing the beauty of transcendent truth through the written word. Prior to studying on campus in the fall of 2007, she spent two years in PHC’s Campus @ Home distance learning program, completing most of her required core courses online. Because of her experience as a distance-learning student, she is cognizant of the delight and challenge involved in replicating a “classroom” environment online.

    With five years’ experience as a Classroom Teacher for the AP® English Language
    and Composition course, her passion is to equip students with the ability to formulate thoughts concisely, persuasively, and to glorify the Creator through writing. In previous years, she has taught and evaluated writing both in the classroom and online. While in high school, she gained classroom experience as a teacher’s assistant for a high school debate class. Additionally, she taught a junior and senior high writing class for homeschooled students, using writing curricula to develop the coursework. For one year, she participated as a writing mentor in PHC’s Writing Mentorship program, offering feedback to help students improve their writing.

    Aubrey and her husband Jason reside in Virginia with their toddler daughter. During her spare hours, she enjoys reading, running, hiking, making sundry crafts, and chatting with friends over a cup of coffee.

    Classroom Teacher: Jenni VanCuren, MA

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    Jenni VanCuren, MA

    MA, George Mason University
    BS, Old Dominion University 


    Jenni VanCuren discovered her passion for teaching through tutoring her peers.  She realized her calling and continued to pursue her education at Old Dominion University, where she took courses both online and via satellite.  During this time, Jenni also developed and taught a public speaking course for local high school homeschooled students.  After receiving her BS in Professional Writing from ODU, Jenni immediately enrolled in George Mason University to earn her MA in English.  Since graduating, Jenni has taught English Composition and American Literature in various community colleges, being nominated for Outstanding Adjunct Instructor of the Year. 

    In addition to teaching, Jenni works heavily with Lord Fairfax Community College’s Writing Center, in Virginia, having developed a website full of resources, including an online tutoring submission and a self-assessment quiz.  She also enjoys combining disciplines and exploring the variances of writing, once joining forces with a psychology professor to develop and to teach “The Psychology of Edgar Allan Poe” at her college.  Additionally, she mentors honors students as an advisor in the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.

    When she is not working with students, Jenni delights in reading classics and mysteries, writing her own characters, enjoying time with family and friends, and watching football games and competitive cooking shows on Food Network.

    Classroom Teacher: Katie Leber, EdS

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    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.

    English Literature and Composition

    Master Teacher: Steven Hake, PhD

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    Steven Hake, PhD

    PhD, Binghamton University
    MA, Yale University

    MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary
    BA, Colby College

    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. Hake and Mrs. Hake have been married a long time, have nine children, and many grandchildren.  They are veteran home schoolers.  

    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.


    Classroom Teacher: Jennifer Schlaudt

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    Jennifer Schlaudt

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Jennifer Schlaudt graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2007 with a B.A. in Literature (magna cum laude).  Her studies under Dr. Steven Hake afforded opportunities to read and analyze literary works, experiment with different types of writing, and complete an internship in proofreading and editing.  Before her four semesters on the Patrick Henry College campus, she spent two years as an online student in PHC's Campus @ Home program.  Her high school education included AP® coursework and a successful encounter with the English Literature & Composition exam.

    Over the past eight years, Jennifer has worked as an online instructor and an independent tutor, offering assistance to middle school and high school students across her local area, the country, and the world.  She has taught and graded writing in various forms – creative writing for middle school, essay writing for middle school, and essay writing for high school – along with other subjects such as Spanish, SAT Prep, and Christian worldview/apologetics.  She counts the Academy's AP® English Literature course as her favorite teaching venture so far.  She has also enjoyed some consulting work as a proofreader/editor for a small textbook company.

    Jennifer makes her home in deep East Texas, where she seeks to serve her family and show Christ to her community through whatever opportunities the Lord brings her way. Involvement in the local church is one of her favorite ways to minister.  As she works with Christian students, her prayer for them is this: “that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding  fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain” (Philippians 2:15-16 NKJV).

    Classroom Teacher: Emily-Rose Cockerham

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    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 was given the opportunity to mentor young high school writers—a vocation she continued until her graduation. 

    Since graduation, Emily-Rose has continued to both self-educate and help train high school students in her hometown of Columbia, South Carolina. 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. This will be her third year teaching AP® English Literature for the Academy.

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

    Classroom Teacher: Caleb Nelson, MDiv

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    Caleb Nelson

    MDiv, Greenville Theological Seminary
    MA, Greenville 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 is currently pursuing ordination in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and serving as a pastoral intern at First Church of Merrimack (OPC) in Merrimack, NH. 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 will be Caleb’s third year of teaching at the Academy.

    European 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. Douglas 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.

    Dr. Favelo 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.


    Classroom Teacher: Megan Bowman

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    Megan Bowman

    BA, Appalachian State University
    MA, Georege Mason University

    More information coming soon! 

    Macroeconomics

    Master Teacher: Melissa Muender, MA

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    Melissa Muender, MA

    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.


    Classroom Teacher: Amy Raybould, MA

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    Amy Raybould, MA

    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 studies, Amy assisted in teaching all age groups ranging from elementary students to undergraduate and graduate college students. This is her sixth year as the Classroom Teacher for the Academy’s AP® Microeconomics and AP® Macroeconomics courses.

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

    Microeconomics

    Master Teacher: Melissa Muender, MA

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    Melissa Muender, MA

    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.


    Classroom Teacher: Amy Raybould, MA

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    Amy Raybould, MA

    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 studies, Amy assisted in teaching all age groups ranging from elementary students to undergraduate and graduate college students. This is her sixth year as the Classroom Teacher for the Academy’s AP® Microeconomics and AP® Macroeconomics courses.

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

    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
    MA, University of Wyoming
    BA, 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.


    Classroom Teacher: Stephanie Guido

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    Stephanie Guido

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Stephanie Guido holds a B.A. 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’ (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 (3) and Cedric (1). When Stephanie has any free time, she enjoys reading, baking, hiking, jigsaw puzzling, and tabletop gaming.

    Classroom Teacher: Miriam McElvain

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    Miriam McElvain

    BA, Patrick Henry College 


    Miriam McElvain graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2010 with a degree in Government focusing on political theory. She researched the political implications of family, religious, and education trends in the United States as an intern for Family Research Council, where she also edited articles on marriage and the family. She has been active on several campaigns, including co-leading a team of 80 volunteers during a Colorado Senate election. In 2010, she helped coordinate a grassroots campaign for a U.S. Representative primary candidate in southern Missouri. In 2013–14 she wrote a series of articles on the U.S. Constitution for the Douglas County Herald. She currently works 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 Northern Virginia.

    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.


    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 has 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. This will now be her fifth year teaching AP® U.S. History, and she looks forward to it as much as she looked forward to the first.

    Juli is a native Texan, oldest of six sisters and one brother (all homeschooled), and happily married to an American computer programmer living in Scotland. She and her husband will welcome their first child into their home this summer.

    Classroom Teacher: Joanna Main

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    Joanna Main

    BA, Patrick Henry College


    Joanna Main is a graduate of Patrick Henry College with a BA in Government-Public Policy (class of 2005). This is her fifth year teaching AP® United States History with the Academy. She enjoys being able to lead students through the process of using a Christian worldview to analyze American history. She is passionate about helping students develop the ability to produce well-reasoned and articulate historical analysis. One of her favorite aspects of teaching is getting to know her students over the course of the year and helping them grow and succeed.

    Joanna and her husband, Chad, currently lives in Thurmont, Maryland with their two children, Emmaline and Gibson. When she is not busy teaching history, 4th grade, or kindergarten, Joanna enjoys running and watching the Baltimore Orioles.

    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. Douglas 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.

    Dr. Favelo 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.


    Classroom Teacher: Brian Trimmer, MA

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    Brian Trimmer, MA

    MA, Pepperdine University
    BA, Columbia Christian College

    Mr. Trimmer teaches AP® World History classes through HSLDA Online Academy. In addition to teaching human society, culture, and development, Mr. Trimmer highlights Christian worldview and God’s continuing hand in shaping the course of human history. Mr. Trimmer currently teaches World and U.S. History at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village California. In addition to his BA and MA in history, Mr. Trimmer earned a teaching credential through California Lutheran University.  He has been a classroom teacher for thirteen years, and this will be his fifth year teaching with the Academy.

    Brian Trimmer 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 Brian and Heather three children, all of whom are currently homeschooled.

    Classroom Teacher: Liz Campbell, MA

    Liz CampbellClassroom Teacher

    Liz Campbell, MA

    MA, American Public University
    BA, Slippery Rock University
     

    Ms. Campbell earned her BA in History with honors from Slippery Rock University with a concentration in Modern European Languages. Her undergraduate work experience included a Public History Educator position with the Old Stone House Museum and a research internship with Corbis Photographic Archives. She earned her MA in European History with honors from American Public University and had additional museum work experience, volunteering as a docent in the Ancient Egypt wing of the Museum of Natural History in Scranton, PA. Her thesis focused on the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and their respective influences on Napoleon’s later military and political reforms. 

    Ms. Campbell is an active member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honor society, the Pi Gamma Mu social sciences honor society, and the Golden Key International Honor Society. She is currently working on an additional MA in Education with a concentration in Teaching Social Studies. She has won several awards for her essay writing and has years of classroom experience teaching Ancient History, American Government, and Latin.

    Ms. Campbell’s interests and hobbies include studying modern languages, reading, writing, and spending time with her family outdoors. Since 2007 she has worked with French and Spanish Foreign Exchange students, teaching them the English language and American Christian culture and traditions. She currently lives in Winchester, VA with her family and is active in a local homeschool cooperative. During the 2015–16 school year she will teach Spanish 2 and American History in her homeschool co-op in addition to AP® World History for HSLDA Online Academy. This will be her third year teaching for the Academy.