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Who are Abeka Academy’s master video teachers? You’ll find kindergarten
and elementary teachers listed by grade below, and high school teachers listed alphabetically. To see
them in action, view the sample videos.
Mrs. Samantha Stewart’s greatest priority as a teacher is sharing the love of...
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During the summers, Mrs. Stewart enjoys learning more about history as she travels to famous places and landmarks. Additionally, she loves visiting new coffee shops, spending quality time with her family, and scrapbooking when she gets the chance.
Mrs. Crystal Turner is well suited to educate curious minds with...
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education as well as over 18 years of teaching experience.
Mrs. Turner’s summers
remain busy as she travels to speak at conventions and works at Abeka. When presented with
the opportunity to relax, Mrs. Turner enjoys visiting the beach, sipping a cup of chai tea,
and spending time with her family.
Miss Emily Howe uses her outgoing personality to make 1st-grade students feel at
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recognizes that many of her students are new to the Abeka curriculum, she takes extra care
to make sure students understand concepts.
Miss Howe has a tender heart for young children and volunteers to help in youth-related
ministries. She has participated in both children’s Sunday school and evening Bible
clubs and has worked as a team leader for summer camps.
Mrs. Jadine Chappell combines care for her students and knowledge of the
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Jadine graduated with a degree in elementary education and English and has taught both K4
and 2nd grade.
Mrs. Chappell loves to receive cards and letters from her Academy students and their
parents. When not preparing for a lesson or interacting with her students, she participates
in the church choir and helps out as a summer day camp leader.
Mrs. Bryant loves teaching and helping students to see God’s faithfulness through...
Read More Arithmetic, Science, Health, and History. Mrs. Bryant has an outgoing personality and hopes her students see her passion for teaching and how fun learning can be. Working in children’s groups at church helped her grow a love for working with children early on.
Mrs. Bryant enjoys coaching basketball and training character through sports outside the classroom. She also enjoys many outdoor adventures like kayaking, running, sailing, and watching sunsets. Her students have quickly learned that her favorite drink is coffee and that she loves to find new coffee shops to enjoy. Ministering in her church’s youth group has provided ways for her to share God’s love in practical ways.
Mrs. Laura Quito has been involved in Christian education for over thirty years. She loves...
Read Moreteaching Bible, introducing students to Christ, and helping them grow in their walk with Him. Mrs. Quito is also passionate about teaching language arts subjects. She wants her students to know that language is a gift from God given to only mankind. It is her great desire to help students understand and use language well.
In addition to teaching in her classroom, Mrs. Quito has been involved in her local church’s Children’s Church ministry for many years. When not in her classroom, Mrs. Quito enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and chatting with her chickens.
With a desire to instill the beauty of God’s creation into...
Read Morethe children she teaches, Mrs. Cami Kochanowicz combines her love for learning with her ability to bring academics to life through art. Mrs. Kochanowicz gained an appreciation and knowledge of art while working with the talented artists and designers of Abeka. Cami has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, as well as a master’s degree in educational administration.
Growing up, Mrs. Kochanowicz participated in 4–H which she believes inspired her love for animals and nature. Her hobbies include reading, drinking coffee, and spending time with her family. She has participated in various children’s ministries where she enjoys being able to share the Gospel.
Growing up with parents who were teachers, Mrs. Kathy Meester realized her love of...
Read More teaching as a teenager after volunteering to teach a fifth-grade Bible class. After 13 years of classroom teaching spanning 5th and 6th grades to junior high and high school English, she spent several years in the Midwest, enjoying staying home with her two children. She was introduced to Abeka Academy teachers through their family’s homeschooling journey during these years. Mrs. Meester is excited to bring almost 20 years of classroom teaching and 4 years of homeschool experience to her students at Abeka Academy. Her unique perspective as a homeschooling parent and classroom teacher lends an energetic practicality to her teaching style.
Mrs. Meester has been involved in opportunities outside the classroom through church children’s programs, choirs, and camp. She has also enjoyed foreign travel and exploring the United States with her family. Because of her husband’s love of science, she has experienced a solar eclipse, detailed star gazing, and geological adventures! Just for fun, she enjoys playing the piano and gardening.
Abeka Academy students can look forward to learning new...
Read More and exciting subjects with Miss Amy Amsbaugh. Miss Amsbaugh earned a degree in elementary education and has used it to teach 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.
While Miss Amsbaugh appreciates the refreshment that summer vacation allows, she also takes the time to attend educational conferences and clinics to learn more about how to motivateand inspire her students the next year.
Miss Katie Green was born and raised in the ministry, and grew up assisting...
Read More in children’s church, nursery, and Vacation Bible School at her local church in Texas. After feeling called to be a teacher, she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and she has been teaching 5th grade ever since. Her true desire is to develop her students into life-long learners who serve the Lord with zeal and enthusiasm.
Miss Green's love for her students extends way past her classroom door. She enjoys attending their weekend sporting events and loves to listen to them use their musical talents in concerts and recitals. During her free time, she has fun by reading, playing her clarinet, drinking coffee, and spending time with her friends and family.
Mrs. Katie (Burns) Nagel enjoys teaching 5th-grade language arts for...
Read More Abeka Academy. Influenced by her youth pastor to use her gifts for the Lord, Mrs. (Burns) Nagel pursued a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She uses her experience as an Abeka Academy graduate to impact the lives of her students.
In addition to her love for teaching, Mrs. (Burns) Nagel enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, biking, and jogging and has used her heart for youth in camp ministry, children’s church, VBS program, and a summer missions trip to South America.
A classroom favorite of both students and their parents, Mr. David Howe has taught...
Read More in Christian school ministries for over thirty years. Always willing to go “above and beyond” to guide his students through new and familiar material, he maintains their full attention. Mr. Howe received his master’s degree in elementary education and has been part of Abeka Academy since the video program began.
In addition to his vital role in ABA, Mr. Howe enjoys contributing to his community and often participates in committees that serve local citizens. Never one to pass up a good deal, he is an avid bargain shopper. Mr. Howe also enjoys a good meal at his favorite restaurant, Chick-fil-A.
Miss Amy Moses is an enthusiastic educator. She loves interacting with her students and teaching them about...
Read More academics and character. After graduating from college with her elementary education degree, she stepped into the classroom and immediately knew teaching was what she was called to do.
In the summers, Miss Moses works with 8-12-year-old campers at an overnight summer camp. She enjoys baking, walking, reading, and hanging out with her dog Ginger to relax.
Miss Melissa Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with the goal...
Read More of making a difference in students’ lives. Before becoming one of Abeka Academy’s 6th-grade teachers, Miss Lewis taught several other grades.
Even during the summers, she invests in young lives as a summer camp counselor. When she’s not working with children and teens, she enjoys reading historical books, visiting museums, and savoring a nice cup of coffee.
With a desire to train children effectively, Mrs. Barbie Tupua is a dedicated...
Read More 6th-grade Abeka Academy teacher. Her class is consistently prepared for new material and is ready to achieve to the best of their ability. Mrs. Tupua received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and has also earned her master’s degree in educational administration.
Mrs. Tupua uses her talent as a summer camp Bible teacher, and she has also served as a children’s church teacher and Bible club leader. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys scrapbooking and cooking for her family.
Miss Connie Armstrong teaches Culinary Life Skills. Miss Armstrong’s...
Read More examples and firsthand knowledge of her topics makes this class a favorite. Miss Armstrong received her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics and uses her understanding to keep her students actively involved in each lesson.
Outside the classroom, Miss Armstrong has volunteered her time and talents to coordinate special events such as banquets, wedding receptions, and honorary dinners. She also serves as an assistant Sunday school teacher.
Students and parents will immediately recognize the care and preparation that Mrs. Karmen Baker brings ...
Read More to each lesson. Whether teaching grammar, literature, or vocabulary, Mrs. Baker is eager not only to have her students learn the material but also to understand its usefulness to their lives. With a degree in secondary education (mathematics/English), Mrs. Baker skillfully instructs and encourages her students.
Mrs. Baker enjoys traveling with her family and has spent some summers working in a camp ministry. Mrs. Baker also helps in her church’s nursery program.
Mr. Joshua Birx desires to give his students a solid foundation in Scriptural truth...
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Mr. Birx’s hobbies include reading historical books, following baseball, and doing home improvement projects. He has served both in nursery and nursing home ministries and teaches an adult Sunday school class. Equipped with an education specialist degree, he also serves as administrator of Pensacola Christian Academy.
Mr. Ryan Bucy teaches grammar and literature for 7th, 9th, and 12th grades. He holds a bachelor’s...
Read More degree in history and English education along with a master’s in educational administration and uses his comprehensive training to sharpen his students’ interest in these important subjects.
Outside the classroom, Mr. Bucy enjoys playing percussion in church orchestra and has continued to reach young people throughout the summer as a camp counselor. His hobbies include traveling, reading, and surfing the FlowRider at Pensacola Christian College’s Sports Center. Mr. Bucy currently serves as principal of grades 9–12 at Pensacola Christian Academy.
Miss Lynlee Burns welcomes the opportunity to teach geography and health to her students....
Read More Her desire is for her class to master the information and to share her love for the material. Miss Burns has a bachelor’s degree in history education and music (piano), as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership.
Miss Burns contributes to her church’s ministry through helping both as the children’s choir director and as a children’s church teacher. During her vacations, she enjoys camping and has traveled in the United States and Canada.Miss Burns currently serves as principal of grades 7 and 8 at Pensacola ChristianAcademy.
Higher mathematics courses can be intimidating to some, but Mr. Eric Collins seeks...
Read More to help his students succeed by thoroughly explaining each concept and principle he teaches. With a degree in math education and over twenty years teaching experience, Mr. Collins comes prepared with a plan to effectively teach each day’s geometry and precalculus lessons.
Mr. Collins has ministered through his church choir and has traveled on summer missions trips to Arizona, Alaska, the Bahamas, and Mexico. He also enjoys construction projects.
Mr. Bobby Crockett engages his students in biblical truth and practical application...
Read More out of a desire to encourage youth to live for the Lord. Mr. Crockett holds a bachelor’s degree in history along with
master’s degrees in educational administration and Bible exposition.
Outside the classroom, he enjoys spending time with his family and additional ministry
opportunities with young people through summer camp, VBS, and working with his
church’s youth group.
Miss Leticia de Lima holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education...
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master’s degree in educational leadership. She values the opportunity to share her
love of science with her students.
In addition to teaching her students about their wise Creator, Miss de Lima enjoys ministry
opportunities through camps, Sunday school, and missions trips to places such as Australia,
France, and Brazil. Her hobbies center on being active, learning new languages, and
Mrs. Carole DeBruler teaches our high school speech class.
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master's degree in education, it is her many years of experience teaching drama and speech
that give her valuable insight into helping both nervous and experienced students to feel more
confident and empowered to share themselves and their faith with the world around them.
During her free time, Mrs. DeBruler enjoys traveling, baking for her family, and spoiling her five golden retrievers.
She has also spoken at ladies' seminars and educational conferences and has
authored several books.
Both consumer math and business math are taught by Mr. Glenn Dickson....
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direction when it comes to everyday decisions, Mr. Dickson teaches these courses using
common examples and realistic situations.
Mr. Dickson teaches in both Sunday school and vacation Bible school. He enjoys following
sports in his spare time, as well as spending time with his family.
Mr. Chuck Gourley brings energy and enthusiasm to each lesson. He loves to...
Read Morepull everyday applications from the Bible for teenagers in his class. Mr. Gourley holds a bachelor's degree in youth ministry and a master's degree in Bible exposition.
Mr. Gourley, a youth pastor at Campus Church, enjoys serving at the various youth activities with his family. He also
speaks at youth events and camps around the country on a regular basis.
Dr. Alberto Jaffé teaches both Orchestra I and 2. A renowned violinist, Dr.
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from Brazil, Dr. Jaffé was involved in teaching both beginning and advanced music
students internationally and in the U.S. Dr. Jaffé’s teaching style began when
he was teaching his own children and has now been included in school and collegiate
Dr. Jaffé and his wife, Daisy, worked together to bring their love and enjoyment of
music to students of all ages. Dr. Jaffé also served as an artist in residence at
Pensacola Christian College.
Students will quickly develop their keyboarding and document processing
Read MoreDr. Donna Marion. Teaching both
courses allows Dr. Marion the opportunity to give her students the complete picture of how
these skills can support them in their chosen fields. Dr. Marion received her doctoral
degree in educational technology and actively seeks new ways to develop her students’
abilities in these areas.
In her free time, Dr. Marion enjoys relaxing with her family, reading, and cooking. She has
also served in the church nursery ministry, and she now leads the business department at
Pensacola Christian College.
Mr. Denis McBride, a well–loved instructor, teaches several high school
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Known for his ability to relate content simply and clearly, Mr. McBride consistently expects
his students to demonstrate full knowledge and application of the material they have been
Mr. McBride has great affection for missions work, having been able to travel to Haiti,
Mexico, and Honduras. As a sought–after speaker, Mr. McBride has frequently served as
a workshop leader at conferences and clinics around the country. He also served as pastor of
the Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College.
Mrs. Cassandra Odom prepares her students for higher mathematic learning with...
Read Morethe foundational instruction involved in pre-algebra. Her desire is for her class to master the information and to share her passion for math and learning. Mrs. Odom holds a bachelor's degree in math education and uses her training to skillfully instruct and inspire her students.
Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Odom enjoys playing and coaching volleyball, shopping, and working in her youth group. She likes to involve herself in hands-on ministries through church and school much like she did during her childhood.
While learning a new language can be intimidating, Miss Cindy Quinlan strives to help students...
Read More grasp the details of Spanish grammar in order to enhance their understanding of the Spanish language. Miss Quinlan uses her comprehensive training and teaching experience to skillfully inspire her students.
As a former homeschool student who grew up on the mission field, Miss Quinlan appreciates the opportunity to teach Spanish to her stateside and international video students. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, playing the flute, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Ridgley is excited to use his hands-on experience and understanding...
Read More of these intellectually challenging subjects to help his students succeed. With bachelor’s degrees in science and mathematics education, along with experience from several graduate courses in the sciences, Dr. Ridgley is well qualified to inspire his students’ best work.
A member of the church orchestra, Dr. Ridgley can typically be found serving as the timpanist in the percussion section. He also has been involved in children’s Bible club ministries. Dr. Ridgley currently teaches in the natural sciences department at Pensacola Christian College.
Miss Shonna Smith patiently demonstrates each algebraic process step by
Read More Students will be excited to have Miss
Smith carefully guide them in mastering each concept. With a bachelor’s degree in math
and science education along with a master’s degree, Miss Smith has both the
qualifications and the heart to help her students succeed.
Miss Smith’s interests include woodworking and building furniture, and she also plays
both the piano and euphonium. Miss Smith actively serves in her church by assisting with the
Mr. Mike Smith brings a high level of enthusiasm to each lesson and inspires his
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bachelor’s degrees in pre-law and education, Mr. Smith began teaching Bible, history,
and economics courses. He also holds a master’s degree in educational administration.
Mr. Smith’s desire is not only to teach the facts of his courses, but also to impart
life applications that reach the hearts of his students.
Mr. Smith is a licensed scuba diver and makes a point of using his free time outdoors. A
popular guest speaker, he has been invited to lead sessions in staff orientations, faculty
meetings, and training workshops. Additionally, Mr. Smith invests his summers as the
featured chapel speaker for a summer youth camp.
Miss Colette Stancel teaches biology...
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received a master’s degree in secondary education and has taught junior high and high
school science and served as yearbook advisor. She uses her experience and enthusiasm to
help students not only to understand science, but also to see God’s plan in
Miss Stancel has visited several national parks and remembers trips to Alaska and Canada as
her favorite. She likes to spend time outdoors taking pictures or gardening. Because of her
avid interest in science, she has read numerous books and articles regarding the
Creation/evolution debate and attends related conferences to better equip herself to defend
the biblical Creation account.
Mrs. Marie Thompson recognizes the life skills that are developed in high
Read More English courses. Each lesson for her
10th-grade class includes studying grammar, learning through literature, and applying
vocabulary skills. Mrs. Thompson earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees
in English, with 19th–century British literature being her favorite area of study.
Naturally, one of Mrs. Thompson’s favorite hobbies is reading, particularly classic
literature and current literary articles. Mrs. Thompson leads the humanities department at
Pensacola Christian College and has also taught a college ladies Sunday school
Mrs. Esther Turner’s enthusiasm for learning is proudly displayed with
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degrees in both math and science education as well as teaching experience in all secondary
In addition to her love for teaching, Mrs. Turner enjoys outdoor activities such as
sailing and kayaking. She also likes to travel in the summer months to the Pacific Northwest
to visit friends and hike in national parks.
*Note: These are the teachers for grades/courses with begin dates of Aug. 7, 2023 or later. The following teachers/courses will be available for begin dates through July 30, 2023.
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