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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
Jesus Christ ...
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refers to as her “Sweet Peas.” Samantha earned a degree in early childhood
education and has used it to teach kindergarten for over 20 years.
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.
After graduating high school from Pensacola Christian Academy (where Abeka Academy
lessons are filmed), Miss Laura Heindel ...
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education. Laura’s ability coupled with her great desire to work with children make
her an enthusiastic and dedicated third-grade teacher.
In addition to her love for teaching, Miss Heindel enjoys serving in church by playing the
piano and the violin. She spends her free time outdoors hiking, watching baseball, and
relaxing on the beach where she can watch the beautiful sunset.
Miss Chaeli Gutierrez combines her love for reading and her enthusiastic spirit to bring fascinating...
Read More stories to life for her students. Miss Gutierrez gained an appreciation for learning at an early age and went on to earn a degree in elementary education.
Growing up, Miss Gutierrez participated in many dramatic productions which she believes fed her passion for storytelling. Her hobbies include baking, reading, and playing with her puppy, Cocoa. Most of all, she has a desire to see her students grow in the Lord and find their purpose in serving Him.
With a desire to train children effectively, Mrs. Barbie Tupua is a dedicated...
Read More 4th- and 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.
Abeka Academy students can look forward to learning new...
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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 motivate
and inspire her students the next year.
Mrs. Katie (Burns) Nagel enjoys teaching 5th-grade language arts for...
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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
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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
Miss Melissa Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with the
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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.
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
Miss Connie Armstrong teaches family/consumer sciences. Miss
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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
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.
Miss Rhonda Autrey is our high school speech teacher. In each class, Miss
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and recite important information, but also to enjoy and appreciate the satisfying effort
that goes into a performance. Prepared with a master’s of education in reading and
story arts plus years of experience teaching speech at the college level, Miss Autrey has
been able to help both nervous and confident students improve their speaking abilities.
Miss Autrey takes the opportunity to travel during the summer and has visited nine European
countries. She has also been invited by several camp ministries to participate in their
Students and parents will immediately
recognize the care and preparation that Mrs. Karmen Baker brings
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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
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.
Miss Esther Barnhart’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, Miss Barnhart 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.
Mr. Joshua Birx desires to give his students a solid foundation in Scriptural
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where he gives accurate and applicable insight from his Bible–based lessons.
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
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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
Miss Lynlee Burns welcomes the opportunity to teach geography and health to her
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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
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 Christian
Higher mathematics courses can be intimidating to some, but Mr. Eric Collins
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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. In
addition to teaching, Mr. Collins is a member of the administrative team at Pensacola
Mr. Bobby Crockett engages his students in biblical truth and practical
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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.
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.
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
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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. Debi McLamb uses creative ideas and insightful techniques to help her
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Equipped with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English education and over thirty
years of classroom experience, Mrs. McLamb teaches both Spanish I and II.
Mrs. McLamb enjoys reading and traveling, particularly to Spanish–speaking countries
where she can practice using the language. She has also spent the summer as a camp youth
counselor and has been a keynote speaker at ladies retreats.
Mrs. Cassandra Odom prepares her students for higher mathematic learning ...
Read More with the 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.
Both physics and chemistry are taught by Mr. James Ridgley. Mr. Ridgley is excited to use...
Read More his hands-on experience and understanding 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, Mr. Ridgley is well qualified to inspire his students’ best work.
A member of the church orchestra, Mr. Ridgley can typically be found serving as the timpanist in the percussion section. He also has been involved in children’s Bible club ministries. Mr. Ridgley currently teaches in the natural sciences department at Pensacola Christian College.
Miss Shonna Smith patiently demonstrates each algebraic process step by
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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
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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
Mr. Sean Vinaja shares his love for the Creator as he teaches science courses
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creation. Using his education specialist degree in science education and a master’s
degree in Bible exposition, Mr. Vinaja seeks to show his students man’s opportunity
both to worship the Creator and to benefit mankind by following God’s call to
understand and wisely use creation.
Mr. Vinaja’s ministry outside the classroom includes volunteering in Sunday school and
helping senior citizens with yard work. He also teaches in the natural sciences department
at Pensacola Christian College, and he has helped to lead PCC’s annual Science and
Mr. Doug Zila enthusiastically shares with his class how biblical principles have
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uses his master’s degrees in both secondary education and history to make his classes
informative and interesting.
Mr. Zila has directed children’s church and taught Sunday school for college freshmen.
He enjoys traveling and has been as far as Washington state and the Canadian Rockies. Mr.
Zila also teaches in the history department of Pensacola Christian College.
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