HSLDA Online Academy | Noelle Stillman

Noelle Stillman

Noelle Stillman, High School Classroom Teacher for BiologyClassroom Teacher

Noelle Stillman

BS, Florida International University

Noelle Stillman earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University in Miami in 1999, and practiced in hospital and outpatient settings for several years, eventually specializing in orthopedics and hand therapy. In addition to her Occupational Therapy degree and licensure, Noelle earned Certification as a Birth Doula in 2006, Certification as a Health Coach in 2015, and holds a Certificate of German Language Studies from the Collegium Palatinum in Heidelberg, Germany.

Besides homeschooling her own children, Noelle has been teaching high school classes at a large homeschool co-op for 12 years, and has taught multiple subjects including natural sciences, critical thinking, philosophy, history, literature, and foreign languages. She has also taught science classes at a homeschool hybrid school, taught biology and marine biology classes from her home, and tutored college biology. She is also a published author, and enjoys writing articles for homeschool publications about such topics as learning style and intelligence.

Noelle loves teaching high school students, and enjoys challenging them to think for themselves, to understand why they believe what they believe, and to defend it intelligently and articulately. She is passionate about the Lord and discovering his “fingerprints” which are so evident in creation, and she loves igniting in her students that same passion for learning and for finding the Creator in all things. She hopes to equip students to leave her class better prepared to defend their beliefs in a hostile world, and to shine as bright lights in the darkness!

Noelle has been married to her best friend since 1995, and is a homeschooling mother to their 8 children. She and her family live on a farm in Florida, and raise many types of animals, including horses, Angus beef cows, dairy goats, pigs, turkeys, chickens, peacocks, cats, dogs, a guinea pig, and a rabbit! In her spare time, Noelle enjoys reading, writing, sewing, running, music, camping, and being outdoors with her family. She and her family are active in their church, and lead worship together as a family.

Noelle has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Algebra 1

    Master Teacher: Chelsie Price

    Chelsie Price, High School Classroom Teacher for Algebra 1Master Teacher

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

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

    Chelsie has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.


    Classroom Teacher: Rachael Butters

    Rachael Butters, High School Classroom Teacher for Algebra 1Classroom Teacher

    Rachael Butters 

    MA, Saint Xavier University
    BA, Trinity International University


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

    After her first child was born, Rachael decided to stay home to care for her family. During this time she began teaching online college classes for Moody Bible Institute's Distance Learning Program. Over the five years she worked for Moody, she taught a variety of online math classes as well as editing and writing curriculum. Now, Rachael is excited to use her gifts and experience in the online venue by teaching math through HSLDA Online Academy.

    Rachael is married to her husband Dean and they have two children: Kate and Collin. They recently moved from the Chicago area to Jupiter, Florida.

    Rachael has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

    Algebra 2

    Master Teacher: Angela Ellis

    Angela Ellis, High School Classroom Teacher for Algebra 2

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    Angela Ellis

    MA, George Mason University
    BA, George Mason University

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

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

    Angela is the Course Developer and Master Teacher of the Academy’s Geometry course, as well as the Master Teacher for Algebra 2. Prior to her work in these courses, she taught Algebra 1 for the Academy to become familiar with our math program as a whole. She has been teaching with the Academy since 2015.

     


    Classroom Teacher: Stacy Carpenter

    Stacy Carpenter, High School Classroom Teacher for Algebra 2Classroom Teacher

    Stacy Carpenter

    MS, Colorado State University
    BS, Louisiana State University


    Stacy Carpenter holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and Latin from Louisiana State University, and a master's degree in mathematics from Colorado State University. She has over 9 years of experience as a mathematics tutor and has also taught algebra, trigonometry, and calculus classes for several universities. A few years ago 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 over 20 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. Stacy loves her time volunteering with the music and youth groups at her church. She is also an active member of her local Toastmasters International club.

    Stacy has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

    Classroom Teacher: Laura Priano

    Laura Priano, High School Classroom Teacher for Algebra 2Classroom Teacher

    Laura Priano

    BS, Geneva College

    Laura Priano earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Geneva College. Since then, she has taught in a variety of settings, including a Christian school, a cyber charter school, and a homeschool group. In addition, she has tutored numerous individuals. Each experience has stretched her and made her a better guide for students learning mathematics.

    Laura loves the way our Creator has fashioned and formed the universe to declare His glory. Mathematics is a tremendous example of the way He has fit it all together perfectly, and Algebra is one of her favorite ways to explore His masterpiece. Even when she stepped away from teaching in school to homeschool her own children, she has found herself jumping at opportunities to help friends and family members with math problems. She is thrilled to be teaching at the Academy.

    Laura lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and four energetic children. She is a faithful baseball and hockey fan. In their 10+ years of marriage, she and her husband have enjoyed traveling throughout the United States to visit ballparks (sometimes accompanied by the children). When she has a spare moment, she also loves to read, sing, and sew. She and her husband are also very active in their home church.

    Laura has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Biology

    Master Teacher: Kris Mayo

    Dr. Kris Mayo, High School Classroom Teacher for BiologyMaster Teacher

    Kris Mayo, DVM

    DVM, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
    BA, College of William and Mary

    Dr. Kris Pelham Mayo is a veterinarian and classical homeschool tutor in the natural sciences. She received a BA in modern languages (German and French) from the College of William and Mary and a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.

    After practicing clinical veterinary medicine and surgery for a number of years, Dr. Mayo joined the faculty at the Community College of Baltimore County as an adjunct professor, where she developed and taught online classes in veterinary technology. She has been homeschooling her 4 children (ranging from elementary school age through high school age) since they were born. Since 2011, she has also been tutoring high school laboratory science classes, including biology, chemistry, and physical science, for a local classical homeschool tutorial.

    Dr. Mayo is passionate about helping students learn more about their Creator by studying His creation! Students who enroll in her classes learn more than just science through a Christian worldview. They also learn how to learn. Many high school students can read a textbook, but they often do not really know how to study a textbook. Using classical, trivium-based techniques, her students learn for retention and develop practical study techniques, time management habits, and critical thinking and rhetorical skills that benefit them through high school and beyond.

    Dr. Mayo lives on a farm in Bowie, Maryland, with her husband, 4 children, horses, chickens, rabbits, and whatever other animals show up at the farm. She is excited to be teaching knowledge, developing wisdom, and fostering understanding with a Christian worldview at HSLDA Online Academy.

    Dr. Mayo has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.


    Classroom Teacher: Noelle Stillman

    Noelle Stillman, High School Classroom Teacher for BiologyClassroom Teacher

    Noelle Stillman

    BS, Florida International University

    Noelle Stillman earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University in Miami in 1999, and practiced in hospital and outpatient settings for several years, eventually specializing in orthopedics and hand therapy. In addition to her Occupational Therapy degree and licensure, Noelle earned Certification as a Birth Doula in 2006, Certification as a Health Coach in 2015, and holds a Certificate of German Language Studies from the Collegium Palatinum in Heidelberg, Germany.

    Besides homeschooling her own children, Noelle has been teaching high school classes at a large homeschool co-op for 12 years, and has taught multiple subjects including natural sciences, critical thinking, philosophy, history, literature, and foreign languages. She has also taught science classes at a homeschool hybrid school, taught biology and marine biology classes from her home, and tutored college biology. She is also a published author, and enjoys writing articles for homeschool publications about such topics as learning style and intelligence.

    Noelle loves teaching high school students, and enjoys challenging them to think for themselves, to understand why they believe what they believe, and to defend it intelligently and articulately. She is passionate about the Lord and discovering his “fingerprints” which are so evident in creation, and she loves igniting in her students that same passion for learning and for finding the Creator in all things. She hopes to equip students to leave her class better prepared to defend their beliefs in a hostile world, and to shine as bright lights in the darkness!

    Noelle has been married to her best friend since 1995, and is a homeschooling mother to their 8 children. She and her family live on a farm in Florida, and raise many types of animals, including horses, Angus beef cows, dairy goats, pigs, turkeys, chickens, peacocks, cats, dogs, a guinea pig, and a rabbit! In her spare time, Noelle enjoys reading, writing, sewing, running, music, camping, and being outdoors with her family. She and her family are active in their church, and lead worship together as a family.

    Noelle has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Classroom Teacher: Lilli Ann Miller

    Lilli Ann Miller, High School Classroom Teacher for BiologyClassroom Teacher

    Lilli Ann Miller

    MS, University of Houston
    BS, University of the Philippines at Los Baños

    Lilli Ann Miller earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in genetics and plant breeding at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños. She served there as an instructor in General Biology and Genetics in the Department of Life Sciences. A Fulbright-Hays travel grant gave her the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in molecular genetics at the University of Houston. While in the master’s program, she worked as a teaching fellow in the Department of Biology and as a research assistant in the Department of Biochemistry.

    For the last 20 years, she has been a homeschool mother of five. She has served in leadership roles at homeschool co-ops, coordinated events, and taught classes. She currently teaches high school biology and middle school history in a local co-op. She considers it a privilege to help inspire young minds to love to learn. It is her desire that students learn to appreciate God’s incredible design for life and His amazing wisdom as manifested in every aspect of creation.

    Lilli Ann and her husband, Jeff, have been married 30 years and they reside in Houston, Texas. They are blessed with five children, a son-in-law, and a granddaughter.

    Lilli Ann has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.  

    Classroom Teacher: Angel Miera

    Angel Miera, High School Classroom Teacher for BiologyClassroom Teacher

    Angel Miera

    MS, Georgetown University
    BS, University of New Mexico

    Angel Miera earned an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of New Mexico. She earned her master’s degree at Georgetown University in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology. Angel has extensive experience conducting independent research and is an experienced seminar speaker and author. She believes that using the scientific method during “hands-on” experimentation is the key to successful discovery. Angel’s passion in the area of science is molecular biology. Angel spent a considerable amount of time using various high-powered microscopes to make discoveries. She absolutely loves to illuminate the intricacies of God’s creation using microscopy!

    During her time in the lab, Angel mentored several high school and undergraduate students. She has also taught biology online to undergraduate students. Angel’s favorite aspect of teaching is helping students live up to their God-given potential by presenting subject matter in an interesting way and challenging students to ask questions and dive deep into new material without fear.

    In addition to teaching, Angel takes on various projects in the area of outcomes management for various non-profit organizations. Angel lives in Arizona, where she is happily homeschooling her young son. She enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.

    Angel has been teaching with the Academy since 2017. .

    Business & Entrepreneurship

    Master Teacher: Amy Raybould Derstine

    Amy Raybould Derstine, High School Classroom Teacher for BusinessMaster Teacher 

    Amy Raybould Derstine

    MA, Liberty University
    BS, Liberty University

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

    Amy is no stranger to the online education format. Prior to working at TD Bank and Susquehanna Bank, she served as the Director of Academic Advising for Liberty University Online.

    She currently resides in New Jersey, where she has served as a Relationship Manager and Vice President in the banking industry.

    Amy has been teaching with the Academy since 2010.


    Classroom Teacher: Sandra Miller

    Sandra Miller, High School Classroom Teacher for BusinessClassroom Teacher

    Sandra Miller

    BA, Pepperdine University

    Sandra Miller lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband and a group of shamelessly spoiled pets. A graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, Sandra considers education a life-long journey. She has completed professional certificates in marketing, personnel management, quality assurance, European politics, strategic account management, negotiating, and empowerment. She is currently working on completing an MBA.

    Sandra’s professional experience includes a career with Xerox Corporation in a variety of marketing and management positions. Extensive business travel while working with Xerox’s largest customers allowed Sandra to visit all 50 states and many countries while gaining a global business perspective. Sandra has earned Xerox’s highest performance recognition as well as multiple National Leadership Through Quality awards.

    After 13 years, Sandra left the corporate world to raise her children. She has many years of homeschool experience in addition to tutoring and teaching co-op classes. Her three children are all attending top-tier universities.

    Sandra’s roots in Southern California’s beach culture have resulted in a lifetime of volunteer work dedicated to keeping our oceans clean. Her hobbies of hiking, horseback riding, and golf fill her free time. Growing up in four different countries and several states, Sandra developed a love of travel and the outdoors, a passion she shares with her husband and three children. A long bucket list of the most beautiful hiking areas awaits Sandra, her husband Tom, and their spoiled dogs.

    Sandra has been teaching with the Academy since 2017. 

    Classroom Teacher: Robert Smith

    Robert Smith, High School Classroom Teacher for BusinessClassroom Teacher

    Robert Smith

    MA, Gonzaga University
    BA, California State University Fresno

    Robert Smith earned his bachelor of arts degree in communications with emphasis in personal communication from the University of California Fresno. He then earned a designation from the American College in management, followed by his master’s degree from Gonzaga University in organizational leadership, with an emphasis in servant leadership. 

    Robert has been honored to serve the Lord in many ways, including teaching leadership and business classes at Geneva College and serving as the dean of the school of leadership & vision at State Farm University. When he is not teaching business classes, Robert serves as the director of a homeschool community, the teaching pastor of a church, and as a proud homeschooling parent who understands the challenges parents face today.

    Currently, Robert lives on a small farm in North Carolina, where he and his wife of thirteen years. He has six children ranging from 11 to 1 who bring great joy and excitement to the family. 

    Robert is passionate about teaching and leading young men and women, striving to see Christ glorified and hearts strengthened in their relationship with Christ, and the application of biblical worldviews in their future profession. 

     

    Calculus AB

    Master Teacher: Newton Quan

    Newton Quan, High School Classroom Teacher for AP CalculusMaster Teacher

    Newton Quan

    BS, University of California, Irvine

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

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

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

    Newton developed AP® Calculus AB and Physics with Lab for the Academy and serves as the Master Teacher for both. He has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.


    Classroom Teacher: Amber Knapp

    Amber Knapp, High School Classroom Teacher for Pre-CalculusClassroom Teacher

    Amber Knapp

    MEd, Marygrove College
    BA, Spring Arbor University

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

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

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

    Amber has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Chemistry

    Master Teacher: Kerri Adkins

    Kerri AdkinsMaster Teacher

    Kerri Adkins

    MA, Georgetown College
    BA, Western Kentucky University

    Kerri Adkins earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology and Chemistry with a minor in Biophysics. Shortly afterward, she began her first teaching job at a local high school where she instructed students in chemistry and physical science. During this time, she earned her Master's degree in Education.

    For the last nine years, she has been teaching at a Christian school in Kentucky. There she has taught various high school science classes, including AP and a dual credit-Biology class through Campbellsville University. While at Somerset Christian School, she has also continued her education by pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership. She hopes to continue to inspire young people by teaching them to have an appreciation for God's creation!

    Kerri lives in Somerset, Ky. with her husband of 17 years and their three sons. In her free time, she finds enjoyment in running, reading, and volunteering.

    Kerri has been teaching for the Academy since 2018.


    Classroom Teacher: Ed Gomes

    Ed Gomes

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    Ed Gomes

    BS, University of California

    Ed Gomes graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Genetics. After moving to Texas, he taught high school science in the public school setting for nine years. During this time, he taught all levels of chemistry, including AP Chemistry, helped develop chemistry curriculum, and was a campus leader in infusing technology in the classroom.

    Ed and his wife have four children whom they homeschool. Ed is responsible for science and read-alouds and actively supports his wife in teaching other areas. He has been a believer since childhood and sees science as a doorway to God’s beauty. He hopes that through this chemistry course, students will be awestruck at God’s wisdom and detail in creating our world.

    Ed and his family recently moved to the greater Cincinnati area and he is currently pursuing a Master’s in Educational Technology at Miami University.

    He has been teaching for the Academy since 2018.

    Computer Skills

    Master Teacher: Michel van Essen

    Michel van Essen, High School Course Developer for Computer SkillsMaster Teacher

    Michel van Essen

    CHE & Leiden University—BA equivalent
    Rotterdam University
    —BA equivalent

    Michel van Essen is the director of Van Essen Studio and the director of HEARTS for the Lord Homeschool Academy in Sterling, Virginia. He pursued his education in the Netherlands, studying theology at CHE and Leiden University, education with history at Rotterdam University, and Jewish liturgy at a small private institute called Levisson Institution.

    Michel began his teaching career in 2004, working full-time in the public school sector in and around Rotterdam. He taught history and worldviews as main classes and worked on some curriculum development for pre-vocational education programs that the Netherlands offers.

    In 2011, Michel moved to the United States of America and married his wife Kim van Essen. Together, they started a marketing company, Van Essen Studio, which has been serving the D.C. area ever since. As Director of Van Essen Studio, Michel is responsible for project management, senior development, and UX Design. Michel later became involved in the homeschooling community and was glad to return to his original passion—teaching—through HEARTS for the Lord Homeschool Academy. He has taught history for total of 11 years, worldviews for a total of 7 years, physics for a total of 4 years, and computer science for a total of 3 years.

    Michel is passionate about education and the homeschooling community. He believes that the liberty in the U.S. to provide our children with tailored education should be used extensively with one ultimate purpose: to glorify God.

    Michel and his wife Kim have one son, Anson Job, and live in Paeonian Springs, Virginia.


    Constitutional Law by Michael Farris

    Classroom Teacher: Peter Kamakawiwoole

    Peter Kamakawiwoole, High School Classroom Teacher for Constitutional LawMaster Teacher

    Peter Kamakawiwoole

    JD, Saint Louis University
    BA, Patrick Henry College

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

    Since 2011, Peter has been assisting HSLDA member families in Connecticut, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and his home state of Hawaii. Peter also assists homeschooling families who have encountered difficulties obtaining Social Security, veterans benefits, and other financial benefits on account of their decision to homeschool. He is also the lead instructor of PHC’s summer Constitutional Law Camp.

    Peter and his wife have five children and are recent transplants to the Wild and Wonderful state of West Virginia. He has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

    Classroom Teacher: Ashlyn Roberts

    Ashlyn Roberts, High School Classroom Teacher for Constitutional LawClassroom Teacher

    Ashlyn Roberts

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Ashlyn Roberts is a graduate of Patrick Henry College, where she competed on the national level in Mock Trial, British Parliamentary debate, and Moot Court, winning 2nd place at the National Moot Court Championship her senior year. Her passion for constitutional law is contagious.

    As Dr. Farris’s student and, later, his personal assistant, Ashlyn has studied and helped to teach Constitutional Law under his tutelage. While working for Dr. Farris, she helped with legal research projects ranging from defending parental rights to exploring the influence of international law on American law. Her legal brief was recognized by the American Moot Court Association. Ashlyn was also the Associate Editor of the George Wythe Review for two years, which won the Frank Chodorov Award for the Best Undergraduate Journal of Letters from the Collegiate Network. Her other professional experience includes working in the office of a US Congressman, for a county supervisor, and as a political research assistant for WMAL's Larry O'Connor.

    Ashlyn currently serves as the Assistant to the Academic Dean of Patrick Henry College, in addition to coaching PHC's Moot Court and Mock Trial teams. She will be attending law school this year.

    Ashlyn and her husband Shane live in Northern Virginia and enjoy the many opportunities and adventures that come with living 45 minutes outside of Washington, D.C.

    She has been with the Academy since 2016.

    English 1: Exploring Literature & Writing

    Master Teacher: Caleb Nelson

    Caleb Nelson, High School Classroom Teacher for English

    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 three 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).

    Caleb has been teaching with the Academy since 2013.


    Classroom Teacher: Katie Segesdy

    Katie Segesdy

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    Katie Segesdy

    BS, Patrick Henry College

    Katie Segesdy is a recent graduate of Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Literature and a minor in Pedagogy. From a young age, she was passionate about teaching, a passion confirmed through her teaching experiences. She particularly enjoys seeking God’s truth in great works of literature and making connections with her faith in each story she reads.

    Katie has taught high school literature and grammar studies at a classical Christian co-op and assisted in teaching middle school history at a private Christian school. Her favorite part of teaching is watching her students light up when they make a connection between what they are reading and something they have learned in a different class, at church, or in their daily lives. Her desire is that her students would walk away from her classes with a deeper appreciation of the beauty, truth, and goodness of God that He has imbued His creation with and how literature is a door to understanding His character.

    Katie has been teaching with the Academy since 2018.

    Classroom Teacher: Sara McGahey

    Sara Battle McGahey, High School Classroom Teacher for EnglishClassroom Teacher

    Sara McGahey

    BS, The Georgia Institute of Technology

    Sara, an avid reader and learner, began pursuing her intense study of the English language fifteen years ago as a homeschooling mother.  Since starting this endeavor, Sara has taught English to homeschool and private school students using a variety of curricula including two years teaching online. She is grateful for the opportunity to share her love of literature, writing, and English grammar and come alongside parents as they lay a foundation of biblical truth in the lives of their children

    Serving as both the director of a local co-op and a support manager for other directors, she delighted in training, counseling, and exhorting others in the homeschool community both one-on-one and through speaking engagements.

    Sara earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology.  She worked in the semiconductor industry as a designer before she turned her attention toward raising her family and homeschooling her five children, ranging from college to kindergarten. Mrs. McGahey now resides in the Upstate of South Carolina with her husband Jon and their five children.  She enjoys family activities, coffee, dark chocolate, and reading.

    Sara has been teaching for the Academy since 2017.

     

    Classroom Teacher: Andrea Hardy

    Andrea Hardy, High School Classroom Teacher for EnglishClassroom Teacher

    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.

    Andrea has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

    Classroom Teacher: Brittellen Luciano

    Brittellen Luciano, High School Classroom Teacher for EnglishClassroom Teacher

    Brittellen Luciano

    MA, University of Massachusetts at Lowell
    BA, University of Massachusetts at Lowell

    Brittellen Luciano earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in criminal justice from the University of Massachusetts. While working at her graduate internship, she began teaching youth within the Department of Juvenile Justice and fell in love with teaching. Soon after, she began teaching high school English in Massachusetts before she and her husband felt called to move to Pensacola, Florida.

    Brittellen continued her teaching career in Florida, working with at-risk youth and in ESE and regular education classrooms. She believes that all students have a voice and the ability to be great readers and writers. She sets high expectations for her students and enjoys guiding them in the process of meeting and exceeding both their course goals and their own personal goals. She loves being able to read and teach both the classics and the modern literature that she loved as a student.

    Throughout her life, Brittellen has always had a love of reading. As a child, she could always be found with her nose in a book or writing her own stories. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching her kids play sports, curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee, baking, and going to the beach. She and her husband have four children, and she feels blessed to be able to stay home to raise and teach them while tutoring students and providing English classes and workshops for the homeschool community.

    Brittellen has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Classroom Teacher: Linda Davidson

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    Linda Davidson

    MA, Lancaster University (UK)
    BA, San Francisco State University

    Linda Davidson has been a teacher for the past seventeen years. She has taught in both brick-and-mortar public schools and online. Her passion is to teach the love of great literature to her students and to help them develop into strong writers. Linda hopes to one day read classic novels that were written by her favorite authors—her students. In the meantime, she has a particular fondness for British literature, including the marvelously moody Jane Eyre and the eerie Wuthering Heights. Linda’s favorite book of all time is the Bible, for its precepts and encouragement, as well as for its literary merit.

    Linda loves to write for all purposes. She has written a full-length novel, several songs, and many short stories. She currently writes history and science pieces for educational websites. She is proud to homeschool her two children and enjoys watching them learn every day. In her very limited free time, Linda enjoys reading, watching movies from the 1930s and 1940s, listening to worship music, and playing the piano.

    Linda has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    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 BA in music and a minor in literature. Her studies convinced her that learning was her passion, and since then she’s taken that passion to new places.

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

    Annika also enjoys helping Americans learn to love great books and writing through HSLDA Online Academy.

    Annika has been teaching with the Academy since 2015.

    Classroom Teacher: Allison Scheidegger

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    Allison Scheidegger

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Allison Scheidegger earned a literature major with a classics minor from Patrick Henry College. She has always loved taking things apart to find out how they work, and then putting them back together to be used anew. Language is the most exciting example of such functional beauty, so it makes sense that two of her favorite pastimes are learning languages and studying literature.

    Allison has taught Latin in a co-op classroom setting and tutored it at the high school level. Of all her experiences tutoring and teaching, Allison’s favorite part has been showing students the wonders of language. Whether through the concise beauty of an ablative absolute in Latin or the fun of reading Dickens, she hopes to infect her students with awe at God’s amazing gift of language. She wants to give students the tools to understand and to creatively employ language.

    Allison has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    English 2: World Literature & Writing

    Master Teacher: Emily-Rose Cockerham

    Emily-Rose Cockerham, High School Classroom Teacher for EnglishMaster Teacher: English 2
    Classroom Teacher: AP® English Literature & Composition

    Emily-Rose Cockerham

    BA, Patrick Henry College

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

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

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

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

    Emily-Rose has been teaching with the Academy since 2013.


    Classroom Teacher: Lindsay Hill

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    Lindsay Hill

    MEd, Southwest Missouri State University
    BA, Evangel University

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

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

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

    Lindsay has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Classroom Teacher: Melissa O'Brien

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    Melissa O'Brien

    MEd, Georgia Southern University
    BA, Georgia State University

    Melissa O’Brien graduated from Georgia State University in 2005 with a BA in secondary English. She later earned her master’s degree in education from Georgia Southern University. She has taught high school English in a Christian school environment since 2005, instructing at every level from 8th–12th grade.

    Melissa’s motto is “Eat, Sleep, Read!” She loves to see literature impact students for Christ as their reading takes them to exciting places they never dreamed possible. Her favorite part of teaching is those "light bulb" moments when students "get" it by recognizing something new—whether in literary or spiritual terms!

    Melissa lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her young son Jackson, whom she plans to homeschool in the future. He already loves to read!

    Melissa has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    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 over 30 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 many years in a variety of homeschool settings, ranging from dining room tables to a church-based co-op, she enjoys teaching even more than she did at the beginning. Now she is enjoying an additional challenge—helping more homeschoolers enjoy great literature through HSLDA Online Academy.

    Karin has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

    English 3: American 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 or her critical thinking and writing skills.

    She lives on the central coast in California, where she and her husband are pastoring South Valley Community Church. She has two children, a daughter (age 6) and a son (age 2), who cause her to pray—a lot! She enjoys writing, cooking, date nights, and coffee. Lots of coffee.

    Carissa taught English 1 in her first year with the Academy. She went on to develop English 2: World Literature & Writing and English 3: American Literature & Writing.

    Carissa has been teaching for the Academy since 2015. 


    Classroom Teacher: Sarah Scarnato

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    Sarah Scarnato

    BA, Widener University

    Sarah Scarnato, born and raised in New York, was homeschooled for a portion of her education. After receiving a scolding from her mother in 4th grade—that she could not go outside to play until she had completed the daunting task of writing a poem about fall—she begrudgingly sat down to the task. This was her first introduction to composing something of her own, and it was not long before she did not need the pressure of an assignment to find her voice and zeal as a writer. Naturally, this led to her discovery of the literary world, and she became an avid reader and lover of the English language.

    While pursuing her undergraduate degree from Widener University, Sarah tutored her younger siblings still in high school. She realized that helping students find their own love for literature and writing was a passion she wanted to pursue, and she began tutoring other homeschoolers part-time.

    After attaining a dual bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing, Sarah began her teaching career in a private classical Christian high school. She spent three years in the classroom, teaching a variety of courses including language arts, ancient & medieval literature, church history, and creative writing workshops, while continuing to tutor on the side.

    Sarah now stays home with her daughter Aria. She is grateful for that blessing and happy to teach online so she can be attentive to her growing family. She and her husband live on Long Island, where Stephen manages his own company.

    Sarah has been teaching for the Academy since 2017. 

    Classroom Teacher: Caroline Tyrrell

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    Caroline Tyrrell

    BA, Patrick Henry College 

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

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

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

    Caroline enjoys reading, running, music, and spending time with her husband David and her son Ezra. They currently reside in Louisville, KY.

    Caroline has been teaching for the Academy since 2015.

    English 4: British Literature & Writing

    Master Teacher: Leilani Mueller

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    Leilani Mueller

    BA, Biola University

    Long familiar with homeschooling, Leilani Mueller was homeschooled through high school. She went on to receive a BA in humanities, with a minor in English and Bible, from Biola University. She is also a member and graduate of Torrey Honors Institute, the Great Books program run through Biola. One of her fondest university memories is the year she spent studying English and history at Oxford.

    After graduation, Leilani taught high school for seven years through Torrey Academy, a classical Great Books program resourcing homeschooled families in the Southern California area. She understands the expectations of homeschooling families, having experienced firsthand the joys, difficulties, and privileges that come from a homeschool education.

    Teaching literature is one of her joys. She loves to engage high school students with challenging, classic texts (such as Dante’s Divine Comedy, a favorite work to teach) and watch them joy in the experience. Leilani is convinced that studying literature enables students to become more emphatic, loving Christians as they read and consider the experiences of others.

    Leilani is a native of California and a recent transplant to Texas. She lives with her husband Nathan, daughter Felicity, and son Gabriel in Waco, where Nathan is pursuing his PhD in philosophy. Since her early days, Leilani has spent much of her free time with a book and a pen (or a keyboard as the case may be).

    She is very excited to develop and teach English 4. Leilani has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.


    Classroom Teacher: Graham Jackson

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    Graham Jackson

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Graham Jackson earned his BA in literature from Patrick Henry College. Born and raised in a little town north of Boston, Massachusetts, he has loved reading and writing stories from an early age. He enjoys analyzing and discussing the enduring stories of the past, their historic and thematic elements, and how they impact the present. Among his favorite books are Chaim Potok’s The Chosen and Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country.

    As an amateur poet himself, Graham loves discussing unifying themes and imagery in literary works. He believes that the power of the imagination is of the utmost importance when studying literary traditions throughout the world. When readers use their imaginations for the glory of God, they begin to see how stories have the power to transform the world around them—and the power to renew the human mind. Ultimately, he aims to view the discipline of literature through the lens of the enduring story God is writing.

    Graham has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Classroom Teacher: Kristin McMullin

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    Kristin McMullin

    BA, University of Maryland

    Kristin McMullin was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. A highlight of her undergraduate experience was the summer she spent studying English poetry at Cambridge University.

    After graduation, Kristin taught English and American literature at Montgomery Christian Institute, a hybrid school designed to partner with homeschooling families. As a former homeschool student and an educator, she understands the unique nuances and needs of homeschooling families and students.

    Passionate about the ability of literature to broaden the soul, Kristin enjoys creating an inviting learning environment through which students encounter moments of discovery and joy. She believes that in learning about human experience through reading, we uncover the beautiful intricacies of God's greatest creation—humanity. These discoveries help us understand who God made us to be and the ways in which humanity distorts or reveals the image of God.

    A Maryland native now living in Los Angeles with her husband, Kristin enjoys checking out too many books at her local library, hiking, and exploring National Parks as often as possible.

    English Language and Composition

    Master Teacher: Janie Barbosa

    Janie Barbosa, High School Classroom Teacher for AP EnglishMaster Teacher

    Janie Barbosa

    BA, Northwest Nazarene University

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

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

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

    Janie has been teaching with the Academy since 2014.


    Classroom Teacher: Katie Leber

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    Katie Leber, High School Classroom Teacher for AP English

    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 spending time with her husband and two daughters, going to movies, reading, writing, and crocheting. This year, she will graduate with her Doctorate of Education.

    Katie has been teaching with the Academy since 2014.

    English Literature and Composition

    Master Teacher: Steven Hake, PhD

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    Steven Hake, PhD

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

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

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

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

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


    Classroom Teacher: Emily-Rose Cockerham

    Emily-Rose Cockerham, High School Classroom Teacher for EnglishMaster Teacher: English 2
    Classroom Teacher: AP® English Literature & Composition

    Emily-Rose Cockerham

    BA, Patrick Henry College

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

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

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

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

    Emily-Rose has been teaching with the Academy since 2013.

    Classroom Teacher: Caleb Nelson

    Caleb Nelson, High School Classroom Teacher for English

    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 three 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).

    Caleb has been teaching with the Academy since 2013.

    Classroom Teacher: Rebecca Johnston

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    Rebecca Johnston

    MS, University of Texas at Tyler
    BA, 
    Southern New Hampshire University

    Rebecca Johnston was raised in a conservative military family in upstate New York. She graduated high school as a homeschool student before she attended Calvary Chapel Bible College and married the love of her life. Rebecca and her husband served on the mission field in Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and Puerto Rico before settling back into the continental United States to raise their growing family. Her four children have been homeschooled from the beginning.

    As her children began entering high school, Rebecca made the decision to go back to school. She finished her bachelor’s degree at Southern New Hampshire University and immediately went on for her masters of English at the University of Texas at Tyler. Her older two children are now graduated, with one serving in the Marines and the other attending college. Rebecca’s experience as a homeschool parent has given her a passion for teaching homeschool students and an understanding of different learning styles and challenges.

    Rebecca’s favorite authors are Shakespeare and Hemingway. She has traveled to England to see Shakespeare’s plays performed in the Globe Theatre as well as the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. She has also researched Hemingway in Italy and Slovenia, thanks in part to a fellowship from the Hemingway Society.

    Currently Rebecca is teaching at a local community college and homeschooling her remaining children. She is excited to pass on a love of literature to the next generation of homeschoolers.

    Rebecca has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    European History

    Master Teacher: Douglas Favelo, PhD

    Douglas Favelo, PhD, Course Developer for LatinMaster Teacher

    Douglas Favelo, PhD

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Favelo has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2010 and has developed five Academy courses: AP® World History, AP® European History, Latin 1, Latin 2, and Latin 3.


    Classroom Teacher: Megan Bowman

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    Megan Bowman

    MA, George Mason University
    BA, Appalachian State University


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

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

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

    Megan has been teaching with the Academy since 2015.

    Classroom Teacher: Anna Layer

    Anna Layer, High School Classroom Teacher for AP World HistoryClassroom Teacher

    Anna Layer

    MA, Villanova University
    BA, Cedarville University

    Anna Fitzpatrick Layer earned her bachelor’s degree in history with a Bible minor from Cedarville University. In the fall of 2016, she completed her master’s degree in history with a concentration in public history from Villanova University. Anna’s primary research interests include Irish participation in the American Civil War, along with more general Civil War history. She also finds the American Revolution and World Wars I and II fascinating!

    Various travel and work opportunities have enhanced Anna’s love of history and teaching. During the summer of 2015, Anna had the opportunity of traveling to Ireland with other Villanova students to participate in a summer studio program with Ireland’s national theatre, the Abbey Theatre. While in Ireland, Anna enjoyed exploring how Ireland’s history is portrayed through its theatre. Various internships at national and local historic sites and museums, such as the National Archives, deepened Anna’s passion for sharing history by giving tours to groups of students and the general public. Anna has also worked as a TA for online Cedarville University politics courses. She greatly enjoyed working with the students in this position, and helping them achieve their academic goals.

    Anna is so excited to teach again with HSLDA Online Academy and to share her passion for history with her students! She looks forward to meeting her students, and conveying to them how history enriches lives, creates empathy, and reveals more of God’s sovereignty.

    Anna currently lives in Arizona with her husband Jacob and their Beagle / Jack Russell mix, Tammy. Along with spending time with her husband and family, Anna enjoys going on walks and hikes, playing the piano and harp, baking, reading, knitting, and touring museums and battlefields.

    Anna has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    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 over fifteen years. He currently teaches world history and U.S. history at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, California, as well as AP® World History and AP® European 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.

    Brian has been teaching for the Academy since 2011.

    Foundations in Writing

    Master Teacher: Melissa Barnes

    Melissa Barnes, High School Classroom Teacher for EnglishMaster Teacher

    Melissa Barnes

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


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

    Melissa has taught in a variety of public school settings, ranging from traditional high schools and a junior high school to a night school program at an alternative high school. She has taught grades 6-12 and enjoyed them all for different reasons. She has also been a homeschool mom for thirteen years. 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 lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with her family.  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.

     She has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

     

     


    Classroom Teacher: Brittellen Luciano

    Brittellen Luciano, High School Classroom Teacher for EnglishClassroom Teacher

    Brittellen Luciano

    MA, University of Massachusetts at Lowell
    BA, University of Massachusetts at Lowell

    Brittellen Luciano earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in criminal justice from the University of Massachusetts. While working at her graduate internship, she began teaching youth within the Department of Juvenile Justice and fell in love with teaching. Soon after, she began teaching high school English in Massachusetts before she and her husband felt called to move to Pensacola, Florida.

    Brittellen continued her teaching career in Florida, working with at-risk youth and in ESE and regular education classrooms. She believes that all students have a voice and the ability to be great readers and writers. She sets high expectations for her students and enjoys guiding them in the process of meeting and exceeding both their course goals and their own personal goals. She loves being able to read and teach both the classics and the modern literature that she loved as a student.

    Throughout her life, Brittellen has always had a love of reading. As a child, she could always be found with her nose in a book or writing her own stories. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching her kids play sports, curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee, baking, and going to the beach. She and her husband have four children, and she feels blessed to be able to stay home to raise and teach them while tutoring students and providing English classes and workshops for the homeschool community.

    Brittellen has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Classroom Teacher: Linda Davidson

    Linda Davidson, High School Classroom Teacher for EnglishClassroom Teacher

    Linda Davidson

    MA, Lancaster University (UK)
    BA, San Francisco State University

    Linda Davidson has been a teacher for the past seventeen years. She has taught in both brick-and-mortar public schools and online. Her passion is to teach the love of great literature to her students and to help them develop into strong writers. Linda hopes to one day read classic novels that were written by her favorite authors—her students. In the meantime, she has a particular fondness for British literature, including the marvelously moody Jane Eyre and the eerie Wuthering Heights. Linda’s favorite book of all time is the Bible, for its precepts and encouragement, as well as for its literary merit.

    Linda loves to write for all purposes. She has written a full-length novel, several songs, and many short stories. She currently writes history and science pieces for educational websites. She is proud to homeschool her two children and enjoys watching them learn every day. In her very limited free time, Linda enjoys reading, watching movies from the 1930s and 1940s, listening to worship music, and playing the piano.

    Linda has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Classroom Teacher: Monica Bowman

    Monica Bowman, High School Classroom Teacher for EnglishClassroom Teacher

    Monica Bowman

    BS, University of Minnesota

    Monica Bowman earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She completed a significant portion of her coursework at the Christian-Albrecht University in Germany as a Rotary Scholar. Reading, discussing, and analyzing Jane Eyre in German is an experience she has never forgotten.

    Monica worked in communications and marketing, both for smaller agribusinesses and for enormous multinational corporations, and she discovered that being able to write clearly and effectively is a skill with value far beyond the classroom. Whatever students pursue after high school or college, Monica believes that the hard work they put into becoming excellent communicators during their school years will produce fruit throughout their lives.

    While homeschooling her three children and teaching other homeschooled students in a virtual co-op, Monica delights in helping them process everything they learn through a biblical worldview. She considers the ability to discern scriptural truth from the cacophony of worldliness to be a prime goal of a Christian education.

    In her free time, Monica enjoys hiking and camping with her family, leading inductive Bible studies, visiting art museums, and cultivating her latest self-taught hobby, painting with acrylics.

    Monica has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Classroom Teacher: Julia Rich

    Julia Rich, High School Classroom Teacher for EnglishClassroom Teacher

    Julia Rich

    MEd, University of Vermont
    BA, Quinnipiac University

    Julia Rich graduated with a BA in English from Quinnipiac University. With a passion for reading and writing, she soon began her path to teaching by receiving her master’s in education from the University of Vermont.

    Julia has taught various English classes for students in grades 8–11, including American Studies, which she co-taught with a history teacher. She really enjoys working with students on their comprehension and writing skills through different types of literature, leading discussions that help students make connections to themselves and the world around them. She believes that reading creates great writers and enjoys helping her students find their confidence and voice through various authors and themes.

    Julia took some time away from teaching to start a family. She can often be found cooking, going to the beach, or taking hikes with her husband and three children. She enjoys reading short stories by Ernest Hemingway, and her favorite book is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

    Julia has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Classroom Teacher: Charmayne Rush

    Charmayne Rush, High School Classroom Teacher for EnglishClassroom Teacher

    Charmayne Rush

    MEd, Liberty University
    BA, Old Dominion University

    Charmayne Rush earned her BA in English education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. A firm believer that the skills learned in ninth grade English are essential to later success, Charmayne was blessed to teach ninth grade English for a local Virginia public school. During her time as a classroom teacher, Charmayne found great joy in guiding young writers to discover that they are gifted with unique voices and perspectives to share with the world. In addition to teaching, Charmayne co-founded a school mentoring program, enlisting the support of her church family and local business owners to share practical skills and inspiration with students in preparation for life after high school.

    After she and her husband welcomed their first child, Charmayne decided to stay at home while completing her MEd in teaching and learning (English Cognate) through Liberty University’s online program. Charmayne’s coursework with Liberty taught her to revisit and expand her approach to academic writing and literary analysis through the lens of a Christian worldview. Her time as an online student also opened her eyes to the particular challenges and rewards of virtual learning, and she is excited to use her experience to create a rich and fulfilling virtual educational environment for her Academy students.

    Charmayne has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Geometry

    Master Teacher: Angela Ellis

    Angela Ellis, High School Classroom Teacher for Algebra 2

    Master Teacher

    Angela Ellis

    MA, George Mason University
    BA, George Mason University

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

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

    Angela is the Course Developer and Master Teacher of the Academy’s Geometry course, as well as the Master Teacher for Algebra 2. Prior to her work in these courses, she taught Algebra 1 for the Academy to become familiar with our math program as a whole. She has been teaching with the Academy since 2015.

     


    Classroom Teacher: Adrienne Green

    Adrienne Green, High School Classroom Teacher for GeometryClassroom Teacher

    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. She enjoys teaching with HSLDA Online Academy because students come from diverse backgrounds and locations, making for a fun and informative class environment!

    Adrienne lives in Loudoun County, Virginia, with her husband and two children, 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.

    Adrienne has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

    Classroom Teacher: Daniel O'Connor

    Daniel O'Connor, High School Classroom Teacher for GeometryClassroom Teacher

    Daniel O'Connor

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


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

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

    He currently lives in Albany, NY, with his wife and three 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 has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

    German 1

    Master Teacher: Faith Cruz

    Faith Cruz, High School Classroom Teacher for GermanMaster Teacher

    Faith Cruz

    MA, Duke University
    BA, Furman University

    Faith Engroos Cruz is a former adjunct professor at Duke University who has a passion for language and learning. After graduating from Furman University, she was awarded a coveted Fulbright Teacher’s Fellowship, which afforded her the opportunity to spend a year living and teaching in Austria. At the end of the year, she returned to the U.S., where she completed a master’s degree in German. Along with a love of German music and culture, she has a nerdy love for grammar.

    Faith homeschools her own four children and is actively involved in her local church, where she teaches Awana and works in a nursing home ministry.

    When not working with students to develop their love of language, she loves to read, swim, and spend time with friends.

    Faith has taught for 25 years, including 8 years of teaching German and 2 years of teaching in an online setting. She has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.


    German 2

    Master Teacher: Faith Cruz

    Faith Cruz, High School Classroom Teacher for GermanMaster Teacher

    Faith Cruz

    MA, Duke University
    BA, Furman University

    Faith Engroos Cruz is a former adjunct professor at Duke University who has a passion for language and learning. After graduating from Furman University, she was awarded a coveted Fulbright Teacher’s Fellowship, which afforded her the opportunity to spend a year living and teaching in Austria. At the end of the year, she returned to the U.S., where she completed a master’s degree in German. Along with a love of German music and culture, she has a nerdy love for grammar.

    Faith homeschools her own four children and is actively involved in her local church, where she teaches Awana and works in a nursing home ministry.

    When not working with students to develop their love of language, she loves to read, swim, and spend time with friends.

    Faith has taught for 25 years, including 8 years of teaching German and 2 years of teaching in an online setting. She has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.


    Graphic & Web Design

    Master Teacher: Michel van Essen

    Michel van Essen, High School Course Developer for Computer SkillsMaster Teacher

    Michel van Essen

    CHE & Leiden University—BA equivalent
    Rotterdam University
    —BA equivalent

    Michel van Essen is the director of Van Essen Studio and the director of HEARTS for the Lord Homeschool Academy in Sterling, Virginia. He pursued his education in the Netherlands, studying theology at CHE and Leiden University, education with history at Rotterdam University, and Jewish liturgy at a small private institute called Levisson Institution.

    Michel began his teaching career in 2004, working full-time in the public school sector in and around Rotterdam. He taught history and worldviews as main classes and worked on some curriculum development for pre-vocational education programs that the Netherlands offers.

    In 2011, Michel moved to the United States of America and married his wife Kim van Essen. Together, they started a marketing company, Van Essen Studio, which has been serving the D.C. area ever since. As Director of Van Essen Studio, Michel is responsible for project management, senior development, and UX Design. Michel later became involved in the homeschooling community and was glad to return to his original passion—teaching—through HEARTS for the Lord Homeschool Academy. He has taught history for total of 11 years, worldviews for a total of 7 years, physics for a total of 4 years, and computer science for a total of 3 years.

    Michel is passionate about education and the homeschooling community. He believes that the liberty in the U.S. to provide our children with tailored education should be used extensively with one ultimate purpose: to glorify God.

    Michel and his wife Kim have one son, Anson Job, and live in Paeonian Springs, Virginia.


    iCitizen Live

    Master Teacher: Jeremiah Lorrig

    Jeremiah Lorrig, High School Classroom Teacher for iCitizen Live (Civics)

    Master Teacher

    Jeremiah Lorrig

    BA, Patrick Henry College

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

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

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

    He has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.


    Classroom Teacher: Lanson Hoopai

    Lanson Hoopai, High School Classroom Teacher for iCitizen Live (Civics)Classroom Teacher

    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. He currently works at HSLDA as the editor for their quarterly magazine, the Home School Court Report.

    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!

    He has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

    Latin 1

    Master Teacher: Douglas Favelo, PhD

    Douglas Favelo, PhD, Course Developer for LatinMaster Teacher

    Douglas Favelo, PhD

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Favelo has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2010 and has developed five Academy courses: AP® World History, AP® European History, Latin 1, Latin 2, and Latin 3.


    Classroom Teacher: Andrew Eenigenburg

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    Andrew Eenigenburg

    MDiv, Mid-America Reformed Seminary
    BA, Valparaiso University


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

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

    Andrew has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

     

    Classroom Teacher: Jackie Horton

    Jackie Horton, High School Classroom Teacher for LatinClassroom Teacher

    Jackie Horton

    BA, University of California, Los Angeles

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

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

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

    She has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

    Classroom Teacher: Allison Scheidegger

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    Allison Scheidegger

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Allison Scheidegger earned a literature major with a classics minor from Patrick Henry College. She has always loved taking things apart to find out how they work, and then putting them back together to be used anew. Language is the most exciting example of such functional beauty, so it makes sense that two of her favorite pastimes are learning languages and studying literature.

    Allison has taught Latin in a co-op classroom setting and tutored it at the high school level. Of all her experiences tutoring and teaching, Allison’s favorite part has been showing students the wonders of language. Whether through the concise beauty of an ablative absolute in Latin or the fun of reading Dickens, she hopes to infect her students with awe at God’s amazing gift of language. She wants to give students the tools to understand and to creatively employ language.

    Allison has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Latin 2

    Master Teacher: Douglas Favelo, PhD

    Douglas Favelo, PhD, Course Developer for LatinMaster Teacher

    Douglas Favelo, PhD

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Favelo has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2010 and has developed five Academy courses: AP® World History, AP® European History, Latin 1, Latin 2, and Latin 3.


    Classroom Teacher: Andrew Eenigenburg

    Eric Arthurton, High School Classroom Teacher for LatinClassroom Teacher

    Andrew Eenigenburg

    MDiv, Mid-America Reformed Seminary
    BA, Valparaiso University


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

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

    Andrew has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

     

    Classroom Teacher: Jackie Horton

    Jackie Horton, High School Classroom Teacher for LatinClassroom Teacher

    Jackie Horton

    BA, University of California, Los Angeles

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

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

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

    She has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

    Latin 3

    Master Teacher: Douglas Favelo, PhD

    Douglas Favelo, PhD, Course Developer for LatinMaster Teacher

    Douglas Favelo, PhD

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Favelo has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2010 and has developed five Academy courses: AP® World History, AP® European History, Latin 1, Latin 2, and Latin 3.


    Logic & Critical Thinking

    Master Teacher: Benjamin Guido

    Ben Guido, High School Classroom Teacher for Logic & Critical ThinkingMaster Teacher

    Benjamin Guido

    PhD Candidate, Baylor University
    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Benjamin Guido began life in Connecticut. He was homeschooled through adolescence and then studied classical liberal arts at Patrick Henry College (PHC) in Virginia. He went on to study philosophy at Baylor University in Texas, where he is currently finishing a dissertation in ethics and philosophy of language on the topic of lying and verbal deception.

    While studying at PHC, Benjamin realized his limitless love for teaching and learning. He has taught logic at the college level for several years, and continues to study theory and methodology to improve his teaching. His wife Stephanie, an Academy Classroom Teacher for the last two years, helped him develop this course specifically for the Academy’s high school students.

    Beyond academics, Benjamin enjoys myriad activities, but chief among them are distance running, playing and teaching piano, tabletop gaming, literature and film, and becoming a handyman around the home. Benjamin enjoys engaging his five-year-old daughter and three-year-old son in everything he pursues, including logic and language.


    Classroom Teacher: Noelle Stillman

    Noelle Stillman, High School Classroom Teacher for BiologyClassroom Teacher

    Noelle Stillman

    BS, Florida International University

    Noelle Stillman earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University in Miami in 1999, and practiced in hospital and outpatient settings for several years, eventually specializing in orthopedics and hand therapy. In addition to her Occupational Therapy degree and licensure, Noelle earned Certification as a Birth Doula in 2006, Certification as a Health Coach in 2015, and holds a Certificate of German Language Studies from the Collegium Palatinum in Heidelberg, Germany.

    Besides homeschooling her own children, Noelle has been teaching high school classes at a large homeschool co-op for 12 years, and has taught multiple subjects including natural sciences, critical thinking, philosophy, history, literature, and foreign languages. She has also taught science classes at a homeschool hybrid school, taught biology and marine biology classes from her home, and tutored college biology. She is also a published author, and enjoys writing articles for homeschool publications about such topics as learning style and intelligence.

    Noelle loves teaching high school students, and enjoys challenging them to think for themselves, to understand why they believe what they believe, and to defend it intelligently and articulately. She is passionate about the Lord and discovering his “fingerprints” which are so evident in creation, and she loves igniting in her students that same passion for learning and for finding the Creator in all things. She hopes to equip students to leave her class better prepared to defend their beliefs in a hostile world, and to shine as bright lights in the darkness!

    Noelle has been married to her best friend since 1995, and is a homeschooling mother to their 8 children. She and her family live on a farm in Florida, and raise many types of animals, including horses, Angus beef cows, dairy goats, pigs, turkeys, chickens, peacocks, cats, dogs, a guinea pig, and a rabbit! In her spare time, Noelle enjoys reading, writing, sewing, running, music, camping, and being outdoors with her family. She and her family are active in their church, and lead worship together as a family.

    Noelle has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Classroom Teacher: Nathan Mueller

    Nathan Mueller, High School Classroom Teacher for Logic & Critical ThinkingClassroom Teacher

    Nathan Mueller

    PhD candidate, Baylor University
    MA, Biola University
    BA, Creighton, University

    A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Nathan Mueller moved to the US in 1997. After graduating from high school in Columbus, Nebraska, Nathan went on to study philosophy at Creighton University (Omaha, NE), where he graduated magna cum laude. From there Nathan moved out to Los Angeles and began work on his Masters of Arts in Philosophy of Religion & Ethics from Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology (La Mirada, CA). He completed this degree magna cum laude. Nathan is currently a graduate student at Baylor University (Waco, TX), pursuing his Ph.D. in philosophy. He primarily works on issues including the nature of faith, reason, and rationality, as well as the structure of social institutions and their impacts on belief formation. He also entertains active research interests in the philosophy of education, Christian higher education, and the vocation of Christian scholars.

    While an undergraduate at Creighton, Nathan worked to support himself through college by teaching and coaching competitive swimming. This continued well into his time in Southern California. His coaching experience affirmed both Nathan’s deep-seated love for teaching and his conviction that the Lord was leading him to continue studying philosophy in service of the Kingdom.

    In addition to his academic pursuits, Nathan enjoys cycling, running (both trail and road), building furniture, reading and discussing film and literature, and cultivating his green thumb. He loves spending time with his wife Leilani Mueller (who teaches English for HSLDA Online Academy) and two children Felicity and Gabriel.

    Macroeconomics

    Master Teacher: Amy Raybould Derstine

    Amy Raybould Derstine, High School Classroom Teacher for BusinessMaster Teacher 

    Amy Raybould Derstine

    MA, Liberty University
    BS, Liberty University

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

    Amy is no stranger to the online education format. Prior to working at TD Bank and Susquehanna Bank, she served as the Director of Academic Advising for Liberty University Online.

    She currently resides in New Jersey, where she has served as a Relationship Manager and Vice President in the banking industry.

    Amy has been teaching with the Academy since 2010.


    Classroom Teacher: Sandra Miller

    Sandra Miller, High School Classroom Teacher for BusinessClassroom Teacher

    Sandra Miller

    BA, Pepperdine University

    Sandra Miller lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband and a group of shamelessly spoiled pets. A graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, Sandra considers education a life-long journey. She has completed professional certificates in marketing, personnel management, quality assurance, European politics, strategic account management, negotiating, and empowerment. She is currently working on completing an MBA.

    Sandra’s professional experience includes a career with Xerox Corporation in a variety of marketing and management positions. Extensive business travel while working with Xerox’s largest customers allowed Sandra to visit all 50 states and many countries while gaining a global business perspective. Sandra has earned Xerox’s highest performance recognition as well as multiple National Leadership Through Quality awards.

    After 13 years, Sandra left the corporate world to raise her children. She has many years of homeschool experience in addition to tutoring and teaching co-op classes. Her three children are all attending top-tier universities.

    Sandra’s roots in Southern California’s beach culture have resulted in a lifetime of volunteer work dedicated to keeping our oceans clean. Her hobbies of hiking, horseback riding, and golf fill her free time. Growing up in four different countries and several states, Sandra developed a love of travel and the outdoors, a passion she shares with her husband and three children. A long bucket list of the most beautiful hiking areas awaits Sandra, her husband Tom, and their spoiled dogs.

    Sandra has been teaching with the Academy since 2017. 

    Microeconomics

    Master Teacher: Amy Raybould Derstine

    Amy Raybould Derstine, High School Classroom Teacher for BusinessMaster Teacher 

    Amy Raybould Derstine

    MA, Liberty University
    BS, Liberty University

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

    Amy is no stranger to the online education format. Prior to working at TD Bank and Susquehanna Bank, she served as the Director of Academic Advising for Liberty University Online.

    She currently resides in New Jersey, where she has served as a Relationship Manager and Vice President in the banking industry.

    Amy has been teaching with the Academy since 2010.


    Classroom Teacher: Sandra Miller

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    Sandra Miller

    BA, Pepperdine University

    Sandra Miller lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband and a group of shamelessly spoiled pets. A graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, Sandra considers education a life-long journey. She has completed professional certificates in marketing, personnel management, quality assurance, European politics, strategic account management, negotiating, and empowerment. She is currently working on completing an MBA.

    Sandra’s professional experience includes a career with Xerox Corporation in a variety of marketing and management positions. Extensive business travel while working with Xerox’s largest customers allowed Sandra to visit all 50 states and many countries while gaining a global business perspective. Sandra has earned Xerox’s highest performance recognition as well as multiple National Leadership Through Quality awards.

    After 13 years, Sandra left the corporate world to raise her children. She has many years of homeschool experience in addition to tutoring and teaching co-op classes. Her three children are all attending top-tier universities.

    Sandra’s roots in Southern California’s beach culture have resulted in a lifetime of volunteer work dedicated to keeping our oceans clean. Her hobbies of hiking, horseback riding, and golf fill her free time. Growing up in four different countries and several states, Sandra developed a love of travel and the outdoors, a passion she shares with her husband and three children. A long bucket list of the most beautiful hiking areas awaits Sandra, her husband Tom, and their spoiled dogs.

    Sandra has been teaching with the Academy since 2017. 

    Moot Court Intensive

    Classroom Teacher: Peter Kamakawiwoole

    Peter Kamakawiwoole, High School Classroom Teacher for Constitutional LawMaster Teacher

    Peter Kamakawiwoole

    JD, Saint Louis University
    BA, Patrick Henry College

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

    Since 2011, Peter has been assisting HSLDA member families in Connecticut, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and his home state of Hawaii. Peter also assists homeschooling families who have encountered difficulties obtaining Social Security, veterans benefits, and other financial benefits on account of their decision to homeschool. He is also the lead instructor of PHC’s summer Constitutional Law Camp.

    Peter and his wife have five children and are recent transplants to the Wild and Wonderful state of West Virginia. He has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

    Personal Finance & Accounting

    Master Teacher: Amy Raybould Derstine

    Amy Raybould Derstine, High School Classroom Teacher for BusinessMaster Teacher 

    Amy Raybould Derstine

    MA, Liberty University
    BS, Liberty University

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

    Amy is no stranger to the online education format. Prior to working at TD Bank and Susquehanna Bank, she served as the Director of Academic Advising for Liberty University Online.

    She currently resides in New Jersey, where she has served as a Relationship Manager and Vice President in the banking industry.

    Amy has been teaching with the Academy since 2010.


    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. She enjoys teaching with HSLDA Online Academy because students come from diverse backgrounds and locations, making for a fun and informative class environment!

    Adrienne lives in Loudoun County, Virginia, with her husband and two children, 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.

    Adrienne has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

    Classroom Teacher: Stephanie Guido

    Stephanie Guido, High School Classroom Teacher for Personal FinanceClassroom Teacher

    Stephanie Guido

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Stephanie Guido teaches Personal Finance & Accounting and AP® US Government for HSLDA Online Academy. Her experience in both subjects is extensive.

    At the age of 16, Stephanie began work for an accounting firm, where she quickly progressed from copying tax documents, to filing tax reports, balancing monthly client bank accounts in QuickBooks, and compiling financial services portfolios. Within a year of starting work, Stephanie was hired by her church to do their monthly bookkeeping and yearly accounting reports. Since that time, Stephanie has worked as an independent contractor, managing bookkeeping, payroll, and tax forms for multiple companies. She also completed a Financial Peace University course as a high schooler and used the lessons she learned there in managing her own finances, remaining debt-free through college.

    She holds a BA in government from Patrick Henry College, graduating summa cum laude with highest honors. During her time at PHC, Stephanie participated in Moot Court, interned in Care Net’s legal department, and fulfilled her childhood dream of working on Capitol Hill by interning in Congressman Trent Franks’s (AZ) office. After college, she worked for the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, providing administrative support for the Commission on Non-Profit Accountability, commissioned by Senator Grassley. In this role, she worked with legal, religious, and non-profit experts from across the country to help religious non-profit organizations improve their internal regulation standards.

    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 and Cedric. When Stephanie has any free time, she enjoys reading, baking, hiking, jigsaw puzzling, and tabletop gaming.

    Stephanie has been teaching with the Academy since 2015.

    Physics

    Master Teacher: Newton Quan

    Newton Quan, High School Classroom Teacher for AP CalculusMaster Teacher

    Newton Quan

    BS, University of California, Irvine

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

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

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

    Newton developed AP® Calculus AB and Physics with Lab for the Academy and serves as the Master Teacher for both. He has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.


    Classroom Teacher: Paige Jackson

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    Paige Jackson

    BS, University of South Florida

    Paige Jackson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Paige has taught high school math and science courses for the past eighteen years.

    Four years ago, Paige left the classroom to pursue teaching and tutoring from home while homeschooling her son through high school. She has greatly enjoyed the experience.

    Paige lives in Valrico, Florida, with her husband and son. Together, they enjoy spending time with their many friends and nearby relatives. They also enjoy frequent trips to the Orlando area, making use of their theme park passes. As often as possible, they try to travel out of the state of Florida to visit the rest of beautiful North America.

    Paige has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.  

    Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry

    Master Teacher: Elizabeth Shimada

    Liz Shimada, High School Classroom Teacher for Pre-CalculusMaster Teacher

    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.

    She has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.


    Classroom Teacher: Paige Jackson

    Paige Jacks, High School Classroom Teacher for Pre-CalculusClassroom Teacher

    Paige Jackson

    BS, University of South Florida

    Paige Jackson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Paige has taught high school math and science courses for the past eighteen years.

    Four years ago, Paige left the classroom to pursue teaching and tutoring from home while homeschooling her son through high school. She has greatly enjoyed the experience.

    Paige lives in Valrico, Florida, with her husband and son. Together, they enjoy spending time with their many friends and nearby relatives. They also enjoy frequent trips to the Orlando area, making use of their theme park passes. As often as possible, they try to travel out of the state of Florida to visit the rest of beautiful North America.

    Paige has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.  

    Classroom Teacher: Amber Knapp

    Amber Knapp, High School Classroom Teacher for Pre-CalculusClassroom Teacher

    Amber Knapp

    MEd, Marygrove College
    BA, Spring Arbor University

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

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

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

    Amber has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Spanish 1

    Master Teacher: Kate Blevins

    Kate Blevins, High School Classroom Teacher for Spanish

    Master Teacher

    Kate Blevins

    BA, Shepherd University

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

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

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

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

    She has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.


    Classroom Teacher: Sara Harllee

    Sara Harllee

    Classroom Teacher

    Sara Harllee

    BA, University of North Texas

    Sara Harllee, a homeschool graduate, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of North Texas. Additionally she earned graduate credits in education and her International Diploma in English Language Teaching.

    Sara has lived in Chile, South America, for the past 8 years. She is fluent in Spanish and has a deep love for Latin American culture, cuisine, and language. She has worked as a translator, taught students from the elementary to the university level since 2010, completed a theology course in Spanish from her church in Chile, and served as co-director for her church’s exclusively Spanish-speaking youth group and girls discipleship small groups from 2011-2016.

    Sara has great fun sharing her love of language with students. She believes learning a new language is an adventure of discovery into a new culture and the millions of people it represents. It can create amazing opportunities and open doors through which God’s love can pour.

    In addition to teaching, Sara loves being a mother to her cute-as-a-button toddler and enjoys, among many things, cooking international cuisine, the health sciences, photography, and dancing.

    Classroom Teacher: Silvia Petit

    Silvia Petit, High School Classroom Teacher for SpanishClassroom Teacher

    Silvia Petit

    BA, Central American Theological Seminary

    Silvia is a native Spanish speaker, born in Guatemala, Central America. She lived in Mexico for 5 years and has traveled to El Salvador, Peru, and Spain. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from The Central American Theological Seminary.

    Silvia came to the U.S. in 2000 as a missionary to work at Salem Evangelical Free Church in Staten Island, New York. It is there that Silvia met and married her husband, Greg, in 2003. Her husband’s job led them to Wichita, KS in 2007, where they currently reside with their two children. Silvia enjoyed homeschooling their children, Erika and Andrew, from 2008-2016.

    Silvia loves the freedom that homeschooling has to teach all subjects from a Christian worldview, even Spanish! She has enjoyed the opportunity to encourage and support homeschooling families with her knowledge and teaching gifts. She takes great pleasure in teaching people of all ages to speak her native tongue. Silvia has been tutoring/teaching Spanish successfully to individuals and several homeschool co-ops in the Wichita and surrounding areas since 2010. She is very excited for the opportunity to share her gifts and experience with many more students now through HSLDA.

    She has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Classroom Teacher: Daouda Traore

    Daouda Traore, High School Classroom Teacher for SpanishClassroom Teacher

    Daouda Traore

    Daouda Traore (pronounced /dow-dah trah-o-ray) has spent the last 12 years working as a language teacher, interpreter, and translator in Spanish, English, and French. His academic and professional training, along with his exposure to different cultures and various groups on the African and American continents, has equipped him with skills that he enjoys using for the benefits of his students.

    Daouda is very passionate about languages and language skill acquisition. He is specifically passionate about his students being able, not only to speak, write, and read a new language with ease, but also to sound and articulate like a native speaker of the target language. He believes firmly that the best way to learn a language is by immersion. Thus, in all his classes, his goal is to provide an experience as close to immersion as possible.

    Between 2008 and 2010, while teaching languages in the Ivory Coast, Daouda worked with a group of high school students from South Africa, whose only language was English. Within 2 years, Daouda and his teaching team gave the students the necessary training and language skills to complete college classes in French. He has since served many students at the Victor Valley College in Victorville, CA, as a Spanish and French tutor.

    Daouda is also an elder and an ordained pastor serving a multi-ethnic congregation in Southern California, where he lives with his wife Danielle and their two daughters Anna and Abigael.

    He has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Classroom Teacher: Kate Blevins

    Kate Blevins, High School Classroom Teacher for Spanish

    Master Teacher

    Kate Blevins

    BA, Shepherd University

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

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

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

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

    She has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

    Classroom Teacher: Sara Lagos-Hall

    Sara Lagos-Hall, High School Classroom Teacher for SpanishClassroom Teacher

    Sara Lagos-Hall

    BS, Liberty University

    Sara Lagos-Hall was born in Honduras, a small country in Central America. She moved to the United States when she was entering middle school. Spanish is her native language, and it was her primary mode of communication in Miami, where she lived for about 10 years among people from all over Latin America.

    Mrs. Hall has a bachelor of science degree from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Professional Writing, as well as learning Latin. She has been a home educator for 18 years. Two of her children have already graduated college, and the younger two are still homeschooling for high school. She has taught Spanish in a variety of settings—church, private school, and homeschool co-op classes—and currently teaches classes for homeschoolers near her home in north Georgia.

    Mrs. Hall looks forward to sharing her love for language with her students. Additionally, she desires to inspire her students to become bilingual because this can open the door to fulfilling the Great Commission: “to go to all the nations and make disciples, baptizing and teaching them.”

    She has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Spanish 2

    Master Teacher: Eric Arthurton

    Eric Arthurton, High School Classroom Teacher for SpanishMaster Teacher

    Eric Arthurton

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


    Eric Arthurton earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and French languages and his Master of Arts in Spanish literature at the University of California, Riverside. He is fluent in Spanish and French, and continues to study biblical Hebrew, biblical Greek, Portuguese, and German. He is the Course Developer for all the Academy’s Spanish courses—Spanish 1, 2, & 3.

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

    He has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.


    Classroom Teacher: Kristen Davis

    Kristen Davis, High School Classroom Teacher for SpanishClassroom Teacher

    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.

    She has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

    Classroom Teacher: Sara Lagos-Hall

    Sara Lagos-Hall, High School Classroom Teacher for SpanishClassroom Teacher

    Sara Lagos-Hall

    BS, Liberty University

    Sara Lagos-Hall was born in Honduras, a small country in Central America. She moved to the United States when she was entering middle school. Spanish is her native language, and it was her primary mode of communication in Miami, where she lived for about 10 years among people from all over Latin America.

    Mrs. Hall has a bachelor of science degree from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Professional Writing, as well as learning Latin. She has been a home educator for 18 years. Two of her children have already graduated college, and the younger two are still homeschooling for high school. She has taught Spanish in a variety of settings—church, private school, and homeschool co-op classes—and currently teaches classes for homeschoolers near her home in north Georgia.

    Mrs. Hall looks forward to sharing her love for language with her students. Additionally, she desires to inspire her students to become bilingual because this can open the door to fulfilling the Great Commission: “to go to all the nations and make disciples, baptizing and teaching them.”

    She has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Spanish 3

    Master Teacher: Eric Arthurton

    Eric Arthurton, High School Classroom Teacher for SpanishMaster Teacher

    Eric Arthurton

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


    Eric Arthurton earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and French languages and his Master of Arts in Spanish literature at the University of California, Riverside. He is fluent in Spanish and French, and continues to study biblical Hebrew, biblical Greek, Portuguese, and German. He is the Course Developer for all the Academy’s Spanish courses—Spanish 1, 2, & 3.

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

    He has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.


    Classroom Teacher: Alyssa Downs

    Alyssa Downs, High School Classroom Teacher for SpanishClassroom Teacher

    Alyssa Downs

    MA, Appalachian State University
    BA, Appalachian State University

    Alyssa Downs earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Master of Arts in Romance Languages at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She began studying Spanish in high school and quickly became fascinated by the language and the opportunity to communicate with Spanish speakers both locally and globally. During college, she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.

    Alyssa taught and tutored Spanish at a community college in North Carolina for four years before moving to Pennsylvania in 2017. She became interested in serving the homeschool community after marrying a homeschool graduate (her husband Patrick) six years ago and getting to know many inspiring homeschool families at church.

    Besides teaching, she loves to go hiking and cross-country skiing with her husband.

    Alyssa has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    U.S. Government and Politics

    Master Teacher: Frank Guliuzza, PhD

    Frank Guliuzza, PhD, High School Classroom Teacher for AP United States GovernmentMaster Teacher

    Frank Guliuzza, PhD

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Classroom Teacher: Sarah Majeske

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    Sarah Majeske

    MA, Regent University
    M.Ed., Touro University International
    BA, The Master's College

    Sarah Majeske holds a master of arts in curriculum and instruction, and a master of arts in government with concentrations in public administration and political theory. She has experience teaching at the community college level, both onsite and in various online platforms. She earned both master's degrees online and understands firsthand how impactful online education can be.

    In her passion for political science and government, Sarah knows that the call for Christians to be public servants is great and necessary. Learning from a Christian perspective plays a vital role in the maturing of Christian servants.

    Sarah homeschools her four children and participates in a homeschool co-op. She also volunteers at her church in the children's program and the coffee bar, about which she is equally passionate. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, reading, baking, and traveling.

    Sarah has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Classroom Teacher: Stephanie Guido

    Stephanie Guido, High School Classroom Teacher for Personal FinanceClassroom Teacher

    Stephanie Guido

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Stephanie Guido teaches Personal Finance & Accounting and AP® US Government for HSLDA Online Academy. Her experience in both subjects is extensive.

    At the age of 16, Stephanie began work for an accounting firm, where she quickly progressed from copying tax documents, to filing tax reports, balancing monthly client bank accounts in QuickBooks, and compiling financial services portfolios. Within a year of starting work, Stephanie was hired by her church to do their monthly bookkeeping and yearly accounting reports. Since that time, Stephanie has worked as an independent contractor, managing bookkeeping, payroll, and tax forms for multiple companies. She also completed a Financial Peace University course as a high schooler and used the lessons she learned there in managing her own finances, remaining debt-free through college.

    She holds a BA in government from Patrick Henry College, graduating summa cum laude with highest honors. During her time at PHC, Stephanie participated in Moot Court, interned in Care Net’s legal department, and fulfilled her childhood dream of working on Capitol Hill by interning in Congressman Trent Franks’s (AZ) office. After college, she worked for the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, providing administrative support for the Commission on Non-Profit Accountability, commissioned by Senator Grassley. In this role, she worked with legal, religious, and non-profit experts from across the country to help religious non-profit organizations improve their internal regulation standards.

    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 and Cedric. When Stephanie has any free time, she enjoys reading, baking, hiking, jigsaw puzzling, and tabletop gaming.

    Stephanie has been teaching with the Academy since 2015.

    Classroom Teacher: Miriam McElvain

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    Miriam McElvain

    BA, Patrick Henry College 

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

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

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

    United States History

    Master Teacher: Robert Spinney, PhD

    Robert Spinney, PhD, High School Classroom Teacher for AP United States HistoryMaster Teacher

    Robert Spinney, PhD

    PhD and MA, Vanderbilt University
    BA, Harvard University

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

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

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


    Classroom Teacher: Rachael Stahr

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    Rachael Stahr

    BA, Patrick Henry College

    Rachael Stahr graduated from Patrick Henry College with a BA in classical liberal arts and a minor in pedagogy. She has wanted to be a teacher since she was twelve years old. Her favorite part of teaching is helping students understand confusing concepts.

    For the past three summers, Rachael has helped Dr. Robert Spinney publish the lectures he uses in his Patrick Henry College and HSLDA Online Academy classes. She really enjoyed ensuring that the text was clear and that students would be able to understand the most important points, even adding graphs and images to help them study. She has a copy of every edition on her bookshelf.

    In addition to teaching history, Rachael loves American Sign Language and is passionate about deaf ministry. She loves to read the Inklings and play with her family’s shepherd dogs.

    Rachael has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Classroom Teacher: Caroline Tyrrell

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    Caroline Tyrrell

    BA, Patrick Henry College 

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

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

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

    Caroline enjoys reading, running, music, and spending time with her husband David and her son Ezra. They currently reside in Louisville, KY.

    Caroline has been teaching for the Academy since 2015.

    Classroom Teacher: Juli Gleason

    Juli Gleason, High School Classroom Teacher for AP United States HistoryClassroom Teacher

    Juli Gleason

    BA, Patrick Henry College

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

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

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

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

    Juli is a native Texan and happily married to an American computer programmer living in Scotland. She and her husband are blessed with a toddler named James and a baby named Christina, and a new home in which they can grow and explore.

    Juli has been teaching for the Academy since 2011.

    World History

    Master Teacher: Douglas Favelo, PhD

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    Douglas Favelo, PhD

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Favelo has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2010 and has developed five Academy courses: AP® World History, AP® European History, Latin 1, Latin 2, and Latin 3.


    Classroom Teacher: Megan Bowman

    Megan Bowman, High School Classroom Teacher for AP World HistoryClassroom Teacher

    Megan Bowman

    MA, George Mason University
    BA, Appalachian State University


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

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

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

    Megan has been teaching with the Academy since 2015.

    Classroom Teacher: Anna Layer

    Anna Layer, High School Classroom Teacher for AP World HistoryClassroom Teacher

    Anna Layer

    MA, Villanova University
    BA, Cedarville University

    Anna Fitzpatrick Layer earned her bachelor’s degree in history with a Bible minor from Cedarville University. In the fall of 2016, she completed her master’s degree in history with a concentration in public history from Villanova University. Anna’s primary research interests include Irish participation in the American Civil War, along with more general Civil War history. She also finds the American Revolution and World Wars I and II fascinating!

    Various travel and work opportunities have enhanced Anna’s love of history and teaching. During the summer of 2015, Anna had the opportunity of traveling to Ireland with other Villanova students to participate in a summer studio program with Ireland’s national theatre, the Abbey Theatre. While in Ireland, Anna enjoyed exploring how Ireland’s history is portrayed through its theatre. Various internships at national and local historic sites and museums, such as the National Archives, deepened Anna’s passion for sharing history by giving tours to groups of students and the general public. Anna has also worked as a TA for online Cedarville University politics courses. She greatly enjoyed working with the students in this position, and helping them achieve their academic goals.

    Anna is so excited to teach again with HSLDA Online Academy and to share her passion for history with her students! She looks forward to meeting her students, and conveying to them how history enriches lives, creates empathy, and reveals more of God’s sovereignty.

    Anna currently lives in Arizona with her husband Jacob and their Beagle / Jack Russell mix, Tammy. Along with spending time with her husband and family, Anna enjoys going on walks and hikes, playing the piano and harp, baking, reading, knitting, and touring museums and battlefields.

    Anna has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

    Classroom Teacher: Brian Trimmer

    Brian Trimmer, , High School Classroom Teacher for AP World HistoryClassroom Teacher

    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 over fifteen years. He currently teaches world history and U.S. history at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, California, as well as AP® World History and AP® European 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.

    Brian has been teaching for the Academy since 2011.