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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

    McGovern Master Teacher: Algebra 1
    Classroom Teacher: AP® Calculus AB

    Sean Welsh

    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 fifteen years of experience teaching a variety of high school mathematics courses, including Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Math Analysis, and Calculus BC. He has taught Calculus in various forms and venues for the last eight years.

    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.

    In addition to teaching AP® Calculus AB for the Academy, Sean is the Course Developer and Master Teacher for the Algebra 1 course. This is his second year teaching for the Academy.


    Classroom Teacher: Chelsie Price

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    Chelsie Price

    BS, Grand Canyon University

    Chelsie 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 five 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 Southern Missouri, 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.

    Classroom Teacher: Rachael Butters

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    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 looks forward to using her gifts and experience in the online venue by teaching math through HSLDA Online Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Marci Howell

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    Marci Howell

    BS, Kutztown University

    Marci Howell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Kutztown University, with graduate studies in mathematics and educational leadership. She has taught and tutored math, writing, and SAT Prep for 25 years, the last 8 years being online. She also held an administrative position in an online school. 

    Marci left full-time teaching in 2008 to begin homeschooling her four children, the oldest of whom has graduated. In addition to being a homeschool mom, she runs an online tutoring business. Marci also serves as a member of the youth staff at her church.

    Marci has been married to her high school sweetheart for 25 years and resides in Pennsylvania. Her family enjoys camping, hiking, archery, and spending time together. 

    Algebra 2

    Master Teacher: Kathy Kendrick

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    Kathy Kendrick

    BS, Liberty University

    Kathy Kendrick earned her bachelor’s degree from Liberty University in mathematics and social science.  She completed the Praxis I teacher certification while homeschooling in Minnesota. She and her husband homeschooled their three children from kindergarten until high school graduation, and all three of them attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  In addition to teaching her own children, Kathy has taught and tutored many other homeschool, public school, and college students during the past 20+ years in all types of math classes including algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and calculus.  Kathy especially enjoys teaching algebra and is always on the lookout for new ways to make learning fun!  

    Kathy loves to spend as much time as possible with her husband Tony and their children, who are all now young adults.  When they’re not busy sharing some laughter together, they can often be found having in-depth Bible discussions, watching science programs, tinkering on Tony’s latest muscle car project, or just reflecting on God’s awesome creation and boundless grace. 

    When she is not teaching or spending time with her family, Kathy keeps busy caring for her family and the family’s pets. She and her family currently call the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota their home.


    Classroom Teacher: Stacy Carpenter

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    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 6 young blessings 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.

    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 has been teaching online for over three years and comes highly recommended by his students for his ability to both engage and explain in such an 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.

    Daniel is 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 10 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 a 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.


    Classroom Teacher: Sean Welsh

    McGovern Master Teacher: Algebra 1
    Classroom Teacher: AP® Calculus AB

    Sean Welsh

    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 fifteen years of experience teaching a variety of high school mathematics courses, including Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Math Analysis, and Calculus BC. He has taught Calculus in various forms and venues for the last eight years.

    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.

    In addition to teaching AP® Calculus AB for the Academy, Sean is the Course Developer and Master Teacher for the Algebra 1 course. This is his second year teaching for the Academy.

    Constitutional Law with Michael Farris

    Master Teacher: Michael Farris

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    Michael Farris

    JD, Gonzaga University; LLM, University of London
    BA, Western Washington State College

    Michael Farris is a constitutional appellate litigator who has served as lead counsel in the United States Supreme Court, eight federal circuit courts, and the appellate courts of thirteen states. He has been a leader on Capitol Hill for over thirty years and is widely known for his leadership on homeschooling, religious freedom, and the preservation of American sovereignty.

    Farris is the Chancellor of Patrick Henry College and Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. He was the founding president of each organization.

    At Patrick Henry College, Farris teaches constitutional law, public international law, and coaches PHC’s Moot Court team, which has won eight national championships.

    A prolific author, Farris has been recognized with a number of awards including the Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship by the Heritage Foundation and as one of the “Top 100 Faces in Education for the 20th Century” by Education Week magazine.

    Mike and Vickie Farris have ten children and 19 grandchildren.


    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 fourth 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.

    Classroom Teacher: Leticia Ash

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    Leticia Ash

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    A sixth grade research project on World War II birthed a love of historical research in Leticia Ash. Unfortunately, it also signaled a life-long struggle for conciseness when the five-page assignment became a ten-page paper!

    Leticia chose to study history in college because it combined her greatest passion with the highest number of possible opportunities. Her research and writing projects during college included an independent study for Dr. Robert Spinney, the Master Teacher for AP® US History. Many books and essays later, she graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2014 and spent her first year of teaching at a small school in Virginia.

    Leticia finds joy in teaching others to research and write well. She is excited to put her skills to work for the Academy in AP® US History and English 1.

    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 B.A. 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 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.

    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.

    For the 2016–17 academic year, Emily-Rose is teaching English 1 and AP® English Literature & Composition. She also serves as the Assistant Master Teacher for English 1. This is her fourth year teaching for the Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Sarah Squire

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    Sarah Squire

    BA, Westmont College

    Sarah Squire’s writing and teaching experience spans a diverse array of contexts. She enjoyed a broad liberal arts education at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, earning a bachelor’s degree in art with an emphasis on art education. She next earned a teaching credential in English and in visual art from Fresno Pacific University, drawn by their commitment to the belief that “teaching is a calling to redemptive service.” Her student teaching experience in large, economically and racially diverse high schools deepened her belief that meaningful education starts with personal relationships, and that every person has the capacity to learn and to create.

    She went on to teach 9th grade English and K-12 art at a private Christian school in Ventura, California. She discovered a passion for teaching writing, helping students bring out the power and beauty of their own voices.

    Sarah has written professionally as a publicist, grant writer, and museum education specialist. She is also the co-founder and editor of an online literary magazine. She married her college sweetheart in 2006 and has two young daughters whom she looks forward to teaching at home.

    She believes that faith in God calls us to be boldly curious, creative, and responsible. In every academic discipline, as in every aspect of life, “the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.” (Deuteronomy 4:39)

    Classroom Teacher: Annika McKinney

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    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 B.A. 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. Now she lives in England with her husband Jared and their infant son John Quincy. Jared teaches Latin 1 for the Academy.

    Annika enjoys helping native English speakers expand their reading and writing abilities through HSLDA Online Academy. This is her second year teaching for the Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Carolyn Triano

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    Carolyn Triano

    PhD, University of Nevada Reno
    MA, University of Nevada Reno
    BA, Sierra Nevada College


    Carolyn Triano earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Reading Specialties from University of Nevada Reno, and a Professional Clear Teaching Credential in Special Education from the State of Nevada, Department of Education. As the granddaughter of an evangelist/preacher, the love of the Bible and Jesus was instilled in her at a very early age. She has led interdenominational Bible classes for over twenty years.

    During her teaching career Carolyn has taught Special Education Resource classes as well as guided high school reading programs in public schools in Nevada. She currently scores SAT writing tests, is a substitute teacher for the local public schools, and teaches the Early Childhood Education course as an adjunct faculty member at a local community college.

    Carolyn and her husband reside in South Lake Tahoe, CA, and have three adult children and five grandchildren. Two of her grandchildren have been homeschooled since kindergarten. In her free time Carolyn loves to read books, enjoy the local birds, and care for her garden.

    This is Carolyn's second year teaching for the Academy.

    English 2: World Literature & Writing

    Master Teacher: Carissa Campbell

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    Carissa Campbell, MA

    MA, Vanguard University
    BA, Vanguard University 

    Carissa Campbell earned her bachelor’s degree in English with emphases in Creative Writing and High School Teaching from Vanguard University in Southern California. She then earned her California Clear Teaching Credential in English, followed by her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in research, also at Vanguard University.

    Carissa’s passion for teaching began during college when she served as a professor’s assistant in a composition class. She realized how much she enjoyed helping others learn to write and, weirdly, how much she enjoyed editing term papers! Carissa brought that passion to high school English and AVID students in the California public school system for seven years, where she taught several Honors and Advanced Placement courses. Now, her favorite thing about teaching is empowering the individual student to grow in his/her critical thinking and writing skills.

    Recently, her family moved to the central coast in California, where she and her husband are pastoring South Valley Community Church. She has two children, a daughter (age 4) and a son (age 1), who cause her to pray—a lot! She enjoys writing, cooking, shopping at Target, date nights, and coffee. Lots of coffee.

    Prior to developing the Academy’s English 2 course, Carissa taught English 1 to become familiar with the English program as a whole. This is her second year teaching for the Academy.


    Classroom Teacher: Rebeka Keator

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    Rebeka Keator

    MA, Buffalo State College
    BS, State University of New York at Oneonta
    AA, State University of New York at Delhi

    Rebeka Keator received a Liberal Arts degree from SUNY Delhi, where she discovered a way to direct her childhood love of reading and writing into an academic pursuit. She went on to receive a BS in English from SUNY Oneonta and an MA in English from Buffalo State, passionately pursuing greater understanding of literature, critical thinking, editing, and teaching.

    In appreciation for the teachers who helped her to grow and excel in their classrooms, Rebeka gave back in the form of tutoring and went on to substitute in local public schools for several years. When her family moved to plant a new church, Rebeka began working as an adjunct at the state colleges. She has designed and taught 7 collegiate composition courses to date.

    Rebeka has a heart to help students grow and to empower them through the tools of communication, exploration, and God’s divine wisdom. She looks forward to the linguistic journey that she and her students will be embarking on this year.

    Rebeka also serves as a deaf-interpreter for her church in New York, where she boldly seeks to follow God’s will for her life.

    Classroom Teacher: Danielle Hall

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    Danielle Hall

    BA, University of Maryland at College Park


    Danielle Hall grew up the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she also studied voice in the School of Music. As a girl, she developed a love for reading literature as soon as she learned to read, and read everything she could get her hands on from Bible stories for children to the family medical encyclopedia. By third grade she could read and comprehend beyond the eleventh grade level, and would read fourteen chapter books in less than a week. She remembers anxiously awaiting the return of the bookmobile to her community to check out more.

    Eventually, her love of literature led to a career. While briefly working at National Geographic Society Museum in hopes of joining the magazine editorial team, ongoing interaction with educators at work and in church influenced her to consider teaching instead. She then relocated to rural, northern North Carolina and pursued a career in education. She became certified and licensed to teach English grades 6-12 in Virginia and grades 9-12 in North Carolina. Danielle taught middle school English and tenth grade World Literature for a total of eight years in both rural and urban communities before leaving the public school classroom to work at home.

    Danielle now lives with her loving husband and two sons in northern Virginia. She was once described by a friend as a “country girl from the city,” due to her love for the country and its rural lifestyle. The youngest of seven, she is family oriented and with the start of her own family, she became interested in homeschooling. She teaches her preschooler (age 4) at home with her toddler (age 1) right on big brother’s heels. She still enjoys reading and is now writing stories for her sons and preparing to have them published. The best part of her days are spent discovering the world anew through the eyes of her little boys, and they keep her on her toes! Danielle also enjoys attending worship, and she serves mostly by singing in the music ministry. She also likes traveling, learning about cultures and cuisines, practicing wellness, and simple living.

    Classroom Teacher: Christian Fernandez

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    Christian Fernandez

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Christian Fernandez earned his BA in Literature from Patrick Henry College. He has taught children of multiple ages in subjects ranging from literature and philosophy to debate and rhetoric for the past 3 years. Additionally, he serves as a writing tutor for the Patrick Henry College Mentorship Program.

    Since he was 12 years old, Christian has had a passion for teaching students via the Socratic Method. He believes that classes should be times of personal growth for students and teachers, not simply ways to transfer information. This approach involves active class discussion, a pleasant student-teacher relationship, and a readiness to put students first.

    Christian has been happily engaged to his fiancée Lauren since August 2015 and will be married in June 2016. He thanks her for her constant encouragements to pursue his passion for teaching and to always hold onto his care for his students.

    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 ready for a new challenge—helping more homeschoolers enjoy great literature through HSLDA Online Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Carolyn Triano

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    Carolyn Triano

    PhD, University of Nevada Reno
    MA, University of Nevada Reno
    BA, Sierra Nevada College


    Carolyn Triano earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Reading Specialties from University of Nevada Reno, and a Professional Clear Teaching Credential in Special Education from the State of Nevada, Department of Education. As the granddaughter of an evangelist/preacher, the love of the Bible and Jesus was instilled in her at a very early age. She has led interdenominational Bible classes for over twenty years.

    During her teaching career Carolyn has taught Special Education Resource classes as well as guided high school reading programs in public schools in Nevada. She currently scores SAT writing tests, is a substitute teacher for the local public schools, and teaches the Early Childhood Education course as an adjunct faculty member at a local community college.

    Carolyn and her husband reside in South Lake Tahoe, CA, and have three adult children and five grandchildren. Two of her grandchildren have been homeschooled since kindergarten. In her free time Carolyn loves to read books, enjoy the local birds, and care for her garden.

    This is Carolyn's second year teaching for the Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Samantha Baugus

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    Samantha Baugus

    BA, Milligan College

    Samantha Baugus was homeschooled from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Since she always had an intense love for reading and writing, she went on to earn her BA in English and creative writing at Milligan College, a small liberal arts school in the mountain of Tennessee. While there, she did a study abroad at Oxford University in England. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

    Samantha plans to continue her education with a doctorate in English literature so she can teach at the university level. She wants to use her education and love of literature to help students discover the pieces of God’s great story woven throughout the literary canon. She is excited to work with students this year and to talk about God’s design in art, literature, and world cultures.

    English Language and Composition

    Classroom Teacher: Katie Leber

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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.

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

    Classroom Teacher: Janie Barbosa

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    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.

    For the 2016–17 academic year, Janie is teaching Foundations in Writing and AP® English Language & Composition. This is her third year teaching for the Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Jenni VanCuren

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    Jenni VanCuren

    MA, George Mason University
    BS, Old Dominion University 

    While taking college classes as a homeschooled junior and senior, 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. She has 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.

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

    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: 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 fourth year teaching for the Academy.

    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 B.A. 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 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.

    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.

    For the 2016–17 academic year, Emily-Rose is teaching English 1 and AP® English Literature & Composition. She also serves as the Assistant Master Teacher for English 1. This is her fourth year teaching for 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

    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 Masters 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 and AP® U.S. 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 have 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.

    Classroom Teacher: Liz Campbell

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    Liz Campbell

    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.

    For the 2016–17 academic year, Liz is teaching AP® World History and AP® European History. This is her fifth year teaching for the Academy.

    Foundations in Writing

    Master Teacher: Melissa Barnes

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    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.


    Classroom Teacher: Michaela Meagher

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    Michaela Meagher

    MS, Indiana University South Bend
    BA, Indiana University

    Michaela Meagher holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Education from Indiana University South Bend. She looks forward to this next year with HSLDA Online Academy because she enjoys helping students discover their unique writing voice and giving them a solid grasp of grammar.

    For the last few years, Michaela has taught a variety of English classes at several universities, assisted K-12 students online in English, Spanish, and bilingual virtual classrooms, and homeschooled her family. Her favorite pieces include Jane Eyre, Taming of the Shrew, The Princess Bride, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Where the Red Fern Grows.

    Classroom Teacher: Janie Barbosa

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    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.

    For the 2016–17 academic year, Janie is teaching Foundations in Writing and AP® English Language & Composition. This is her third year teaching for the Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Emily Shelton

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    Emily Shelton

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Emily Shelton is a Patrick Henry College graduate with a degree in Classical Liberal Arts (emphasis in music). In college she learned the invaluable lesson that education is valuable because it provides and hones the tools necessary to know, enjoy, and glorify God. This is exactly what she wants to accomplish as a teacher.

    Ever since she finished high school, Emily has taken every opportunity to work with youth through church youth ministry, summer camps, and internships. She discovered the joy of helping students learn when she began tutoring, and now she is thrilled to introduce students to the wonder of literature through HSLDA Online Academy’s Foundations in Writing course.

    Emily married her husband in May of 2015 and is excited to be living in Birmingham, Alabama, very soon.

    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.

    Classroom Teacher: Elizabeth Russell

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    Elizabeth Russell

    BA, Northeast Catholic College

    Elizabeth Russell earned her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Philosophy from Northeast Catholic College in New Hampshire.

    Elizabeth’s passion for writing began at age 9 (as soon as she could start telling stories) and has only grown over the years. When she started a school magazine in college, she realized how much she enjoyed helping others perfect their work and make it ready for publication. Her love for editing and grammar pleasantly surprised her, and she found how wonderful it can be to help others understand something well enough to love it. To her, this is the most rewarding thing about teaching.

    Elizabeth lives in Illinois, where she loves spending time with her parents and eight younger siblings (all homeschooled until college). She enjoys writing fiction, talking with friends, watching movies, and making all sorts of artwork.

    Classroom Teacher: Lisa Kearns

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    Lisa Kearns

    BA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    Lisa Kearns has spent the last five years teaching and developing curricula after twelve years of homeschooling. She helped establish a middle and upper school liberal arts program for a homeschool cooperative and has enjoyed teaching literature and language arts at her local private school. Lisa’s professional development in education continues through annual summer conferences, workshops, and online master’s level courses.

    Passionate about curriculum and methods of instruction in the classical, liberal arts tradition, Lisa specializes in helping students hone their reading, thinking, speaking and writing skills, preferably through the study of good literature. She looks forward to serving homeschool families through online instruction.

    Prior to parenting, homeschooling, and teaching, Lisa earned her B.A. in Political Science and Minor in Economics and worked as a lobbyist, a policy and advocacy writer, and director of an educational program in Washington, D.C. Lisa’s favorite pastime is talking with her family about the books they have read together, preferably while kayaking on the Shenandoah River or hiking in the Virginia mountains.

    Geometry

    Master Teacher: Angela Ellis

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    Angela Ellis

    MA, George Mason University
    BA, George Mason University

    Angela Ellis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Masters in Education from George Mason University. She has fifteen years of experience teaching secondary math courses from pre-algebra through pre-calculus. Mrs. Ellis has taught in 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.

    Prior to developing the Geometry course, Angela taught the Academy’s Algebra 1 course. This is her 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 has been teaching online for over three years and comes highly recommended by his students for his ability to both engage and explain in such an 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.

    Daniel is 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.

    iCitizen Live

    Master Teacher: Jeremiah Lorrig

    Jeremiah Lorrig

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    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.


    Classroom Teacher: Brandt Edmonston

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    Brandt Edmonston

    BA, Thomas Edison State College

    Brandt Edmonston earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Thomas Edison State College. Growing up in scenic and historic Appomattox, Virginia, provided the perfect backdrop for Brandt, as his love for history and nature shapes who he is to this day.

    As the former Education Coordinator for Generation Joshua, he drew on his personal interest in history and politics and on his grassroots experience. He has campaigned across 6 different states, worked as a content writer for the conservative political technology start up Voter Gravity, and worked as a field manager for Americans for Prosperity. 

    Currently, Brandt is the Legislative Director for the Federal Relations department of the Home School Legal Defense Association. He serves HSLDA as a registered lobbyist on Capitol Hill and as administrator of the HSLDA PAC and the HSLDA VA PAC.

    In his spare time, Brandt enjoys reading, serving his church as worship team sound technician, and the outdoors. 

    Classroom Teacher: Lanson Hoopai

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    Lanson Hoopai

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Lanson Hoopai is a graduate of Patrick Henry College, earning his major in Government and his minor in Philosophy. He is also an alumnus of HSLDA Online Academy.

    He worked extensively with Generation Joshua in high school and helped lead a GenJ Student Action Team as a college student. He has worked on numerous political campaigns and has had a paper published in the PHC undergraduate philosophy journal. 

    His hobbies include fixing computers, reading classic literature, and playing trading card games. He is incredibly excited to be leading students in their study of American government!

    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. 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: 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 as a Challenge Director for the Classical Conversations program where he has taught several installments of early Latin instruction.  He hopes that all of his students will adopt a love of language through Latin. 

    Classroom Teacher: Jared McKinney

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    Jared McKinney

    MS, Missouri State University
    BA, Patrick Henry College


    Jared McKinney is a non-resident junior fellow at the Center for the National Interest and a dual-degree Msc. student at Peking University (School of International Studies) and the London School of Economics (Department of International History). He holds an M.S. in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University, where he was a Donald Rumsfeld Graduate Fellow, and a B.A. in History from Patrick Henry College, where he played basketball and studied Latin in depth with Dr. Stephen McRoberts, Associate Professor of Classics.

    Jared’s academic interests are varied. In addition to teaching Latin for the Academy, he has a passion for history and is particularly interested in Thucydides, the causes of war, and interactions between empires. He also writes on U.S. foreign policy with a particular emphasis on U.S.-China relations. His articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Asian Security, elite magazines such as The National Interest and The Diplomat, and popular newspapers such as USA Today and The Washington Times. One of his recent essays was translated and published in Chinese. In the spring of 2012, he was a Fellow at the John Jay Institute, and in 2013 he worked at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

    Reading the Vulgate was the highlight of Jared’s Latin studies, and he is looking forward to sharing the joys of language with students at HSLDA Online Academy. Jared is married to Annika McKinney, who teaches English 1 for the Academy. They have a five-month-old boy named John Quincy.

    Classroom Teacher: Jackie Horton

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    Jackie Horton

    BA, University of California, Los Angeles

    Jackie Horton is excited at the prospect of sharing her love of the Latin language with students across the country.  Ever since she introduced Latin 15 years ago to her own 4 homeschooled children, 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 kids, it not only served as such, but no less importantly as an excellent springboard to the study of the modern Romance languages, 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. 

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

    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. 

    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

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    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.

    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, she served as the Director of Academic Advising for Liberty University Online.

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

    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

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    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.

    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, she served as the Director of Academic Advising for Liberty University Online.

    This is Amy’s seventh 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.


    Classroom Teacher: Robert Conti

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    Robert Conti

    EdD (ABD), Regent University; MS, Mount Saint Mary College
    MBA, Pace University; BS, Manhattan College

    Robert Conti earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Manhattan College, an MBA from Pace University, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC), and is currently working on his dissertation in Distance Education at Regent University. He has taught on both high school and college levels and tutored a wide variety of students, from grade school level to graduate school level. In addition to his online teaching experience at ECPI University, Bob teaches in person at Marist College and MSMC. He previously taught Computer Information Systems (CIS) at Pace University and Manhattan College.

    Bob’s hobbies include Bible reading, music, and watching hockey, golf, and baseball. He and his wife Angela reside in Orange County, New York, and have homeschooled their four children—Bobby, Anna, Gracie, and Nicole—for 18 years and counting.

    Classroom Teacher: John Reynolds

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    John Reynolds

    MA, California State University, Northridge
    BA, California State University, Dominguez Hills


    John Reynolds earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from CSU Dominguez Hills and his Master’s in Math Education from CSU Northridge. He has taught the complete range of secondary school mathematics courses—from basic math to AP Calculus—for over 40 years in Christian high schools and public high schools. He is also an adjunct mathematics professor at Ventura College, a local community college, where he has taught undergraduate math courses for over 15 years.

    John has been married to his wife Cheryl for 36 years. They have raised 4 sons, homeschooling them from Pre-K through high school. They live near the ocean in Ventura County, California, where he is an avid backpacker and volunteers a lot of time with his local Trail Life troop. But most of all, he likes his new title as “grandpa” to his 1-year-old grandson and soon-to-be grand-twins.

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


    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.

    Classroom Teacher: Cynthia Ortiz

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    Cynthia Ortiz

    MEd, Grand Canyon University
    BA, Biola University


    Cynthia Ortiz has been in the field of education for over 19 years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Studies from Biola University, followed by her Multiple Subject Clear Credential and BCLAD certificate from California State Los Angeles. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Grand Canyon University.

    Fluent in Spanish, Cynthia has traveled with missionaries as a Spanish translator and teacher and has studied abroad in various Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.

    In addition, she has taught in both public and private schools throughout California, interacting with students online and in public charter homeschools. She has experience teaching many different types of learners, ranging from preschoolers to adults.

    Seeing the value and advantages of having a second language, Cynthia has devoted the last few years of her career to teaching students of all ages Spanish. She is the founder of “Spanish Classes 4 Kidz,” an immersion program designed to motivate and inspire students to learn conversational Spanish.

    She is grateful for opportunities to share her passions, to teach and travel, and to touch other people’s lives for God’s kingdom.

    Cynthia resides in Southern California. Apart from teaching, she spends her time homeschooling her son, enjoys the great outdoors, the beach, and photography.

    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.

    Classroom Teacher: Judy Liegmann

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    Judy Liegmann

    MA, San Jose State University
    BA, University of California at Berkeley


    Judy Liegmann received her BA in Spanish from the University of California at Berkeley, and her MA in Instructional Technology from San Jose State University. She holds a California Clear Credential with BCLAD authorization. She is excited about making Spanish come alive with her students at HSLDA Online Academy.

    During a year's study in Spain at the University of Madrid and the Institute of Fine Arts, Judy acquired not only native-like fluency in Spanish, but also proficiency in flamenco guitar, singing, and dance. These talents have helped her to co-write and direct numerous multicultural musical productions as a bilingual teacher at both elementary and high school levels.

    Judy attributes her fluency in both Spanish and German to the frequent use of music and song in those languages. She has seen its value in teaching Spanish to students at every age level, as well as in teaching English to teachers at Shanghai University in China, to Kurdish young people in northern Iraq, and to children in Germany. She is especially excited about sharing her rich knowledge of worship songs in Spanish. Judy has participated in numerous short-term outreaches to Mexico as a translator/teacher and as an evangelism instructor for Way of the Master.

    As an expression of her passion for the sanctity of human life, Judy loves serving as her church's ambassador to the local pro-life Community Pregnancy Center. She resides in the incredibly stimulating atmosphere of Silicon Valley, in the South San Francisco Bay Area. Her favorite place to visit in the whole, wide world is Lake Tahoe!

    Classroom Teacher: Kate Blevins

    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 in grade 1 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 include Uruguay, Mexico, Spain, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic and an upcoming trip to 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.

    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.


    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.

    This is Stephanie's second 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.


    Classroom Teacher: Leticia Ash

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    Leticia Ash

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    A sixth grade research project on World War II birthed a love of historical research in Leticia Ash. Unfortunately, it also signaled a life-long struggle for conciseness when the five-page assignment became a ten-page paper!

    Leticia chose to study history in college because it combined her greatest passion with the highest number of possible opportunities. Her research and writing projects during college included an independent study for Dr. Robert Spinney, the Master Teacher for AP® US History. Many books and essays later, she graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2014 and spent her first year of teaching at a small school in Virginia.

    Leticia finds joy in teaching others to research and write well. She is excited to put her skills to work for the Academy in AP® US History and English 1.

    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. She looks forward to the coming academic year 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 are blessed with a one-year-old son named James.

    This is Juli's sixth year teaching for the Academy.

    Classroom Teacher: Caroline Tyrrell

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    Caroline Tyrrell

    BA, Patrick Henry College 

    Growing up as one of eight children on a small farm in North Carolina, Caroline Tyrrell never lacked for opportunities to indulge a naturally inquisitive mind. To a fault, she was often unsatisfied with the explanations given in response to her questions about life, and she thus assumed her role as the child always asking, “Why?” These questions often targeted the nature of man and the nature of God Himself — questions which the Lord mercifully used to draw Caroline to Christ who proved to be the embodiment of truth itself. 

    Caroline decided to study history in college after realizing that the subject would combine both her desire to write and her desire to think well about the nature of truth. She graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2014 with many new tools in her scholarly belt, but also with the realization that the acquisition of knowledge tends to reveal how much more there is to know. As a perpetual student herself, Caroline is excited to continue to discover God’s truth along with her students, while passing on the tools that have been so helpful to her. 

    Since graduating, Caroline has continued to study history and to write. She married her husband David in May 2015 and now resides in Orlando, Florida.

    This is Caroline's second year teaching for the Academy.

    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: Liz Campbell

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    Liz Campbell

    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.

    For the 2016–17 academic year, Liz is teaching AP® World History and AP® European History. This is her fifth year teaching for the Academy.

    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 fourteen 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 sixth year teaching for the Academy.