Michael Brad was homeschooled for most of his life. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Biblical Studies through Boyce College. He works as a full time guitar instructor and aspires to be a church planter one day. He and his wife, Jenn, were married in 2012.
Lydia Brashear has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish & Education (University Scholar, magna cum laude) and a Master of Education degree, with a concentration in Spanish, from Xavier University. Before becoming a mom, she taught Spanish II and III at Marlborough High School and K-5 Spanish at Cincinnati Country Day School. She and her husband Jim have been homeschooling their two daughters for nine years. The Brashears have been members of Kingdom Builders Homeschool Co-op since 2012 where Lydia has taught Beginning Spanish, Informal Logic, Spanish I, and Spanish II.
Emily Carabello is a graduate of Taylor University with a degree in K-12 Art Education. She has taught art in private schools, after-school programs, adult education, and homeschool co-ops for the last nine years. Emily has also used her art in several short term mission trips to Bosnia, Italy, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. She and her husband reside in Newport, Kentucky and own a philanthropic coffee roasting company called Carabello Coffee.
Comp & American Lit - Core C
Heather Clark has a B.A. in Education (Communications Comprehensive) from Malone University and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University. She taught public speaking at Jackson Memorial Middle School in Massillon, Ohio for five years and 10th and 11th grade English at Glen Oak High School in Canton, Ohio for two years. Heather, along with her husband Brandon and their twin daughters, Madeline and Mallory, moved to Mason in 2012. When not teaching at PEP, Heather co-directs the Grace Kids and Sports & Art Camp ministries at Grace Baptist Church as well as acts as secretary of the church AWANA program.
Conceptual Physics, Chemistry
Lori received her BS degrees in Biology and Chemistry from California University of Pennsylvania in 1999. During that time, she also worked as a laboratory and teaching assistant in the Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences and was a member of BBB, Biological Honors Society. Lori was a Project Manager, Clinical Research Associate, and Monitor in the field of pharmaceutical clinical trials for investigational new drugs. Part of her responsibilities included training laboratory technicians and nurses to ensure projects met study specifications. Shortly after the birth of her first child, Lori chose to be a stay at home mom. She has been a private instructor of piano for the past 7 years. Lori has been married 17 years and has two elementary aged children, Abigail and Nathaniel. She believes that when we consider all the works of The Lord, His ever present hand becomes conspicuous in the details in the sciences.
Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey
Teresa Coffindaffer has a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University. Most of her Bible training has been through Precept Bible Studies. She attends Precept Bible programs in Chattanooga, TN regularly. Along with tutoring at PEP, she has co-led a Precept ladies Bible study for more than 15 years. All of her 3 children were homeschooled. Her eldest has earned a PHD in Molecular Biology, her middle daughter graduated with honors from Cedarville University and her youngest presently is earning a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology at UC. She has been married to her husband, Tim, for 30 years.
Medieval thru Early Modern History (Core E) Modern History (Core F)
Jenna graduated from the Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University with degrees in history and philosophy. Her passion for people and their stories began when she was a student at PEP. When not teaching, Jenna loves reading and traveling with her husband, Andrew.
Comp & Lit - Core A, Comp & Anicent Lit - Core D
Lisa received her BS in Education from the University of Cincinnati. Upon graduating, she spend the next 20 years working with Campus Crusade for Christ, beginning with high school ministry, and moving to college and international ministry after meeting her husband Clayton. Together raising four children, Lisa has home schooled classically for 12 years. The two oldest are thriving at PEP. With a heart for discipleship and a passion to equip students to reason and communicate truth out of an overflowing love for Christ, Lisa is honored to invest in the students of PEP.
Ancient History & World History
Jacob grew up in Milford, Ohio and has felt called to work with youth from the time he was a freshman in high school. His passion for youth ministry comes from his desire to bring the transforming hope, power and love of Jesus to students living in such a pivotal and challenging stage of life. Jacob graduated from Liberty University in 2017 with his Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies with minors in Biblical Languages, Old Testament and Theology. Jacob is married to his high school sweetheart, Jordan Large. He is currently the Youth Pastor at Elevation Community Church in Blanchester Ohio and is looking forward to continuing to serve teenagers at Providence Extension Program.
Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Horticulture. As a horticulturist in Memphis, he taught adult continuing ed classes in gardening and botanical sciences. For the past 23 years, he has been homeschooling. He has tutored at Classical Conversations and other homeschool co-ops. Married for 34 years to Laura Kingsley, they have 8 sons; the youngest 3 are now attending PEP. Paul believes that as much of the world embraces alternatives to Biblical accounts of creation, studying the life sciences can build a strong foundation to see God’s eternal power and divine nature, equipping students with a Biblical perspective to all sciences.
Algebra I & II, Math Lab
Eleni Lang holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati. She worked as a Computer Programmer for General Electric Aircraft Engines. She homeschooled her two children for 14 years and taught various mathematics courses at West Branch Learning Tree and Learning Tree. She volunteers at Vineyard Community Church as part of the hospitality team for Student Union Ministries.
Mary Ellen Lees
Comp & Lit - Core B, Intermediate Logic
MaryEllen has homeschooled her children since 2005. After working through several different types of curriculum, she finally found what she was searching for in the classical model of education. With a love of learning and passion for tutoring, MaryEllen brings both enthusiasm and experience to the PEP classroom. By serving in the classroom, she desires to come alongside parents in raising a generation to love and serve the Lord.
Starting Points, Western Thought I, Logic, Government/Economics
Elizabeth Marinkovic received a BA in Writing and Philosophy from Geneva College. She taught 9th grade English for two years at Petersburg High School in Virginia and is now in her 9th year of teaching at PEP. Elizabeth authored a fantasy novel (available on Amazon) called Shatter: The Children of Man and a sequal Render, and is currently working on a YA fiction series. She has a passion for the Lord and brings a wealth of Biblical Worldview knowledge to share with her students.
Biology, Anatomy & Physiology
Jennifer graduated from Calvin College with a B.S. in Biology. She also has a M.S. from Indiana University. It was at Calvin that she met her husband, Tom, on the college swim team. They have been married over 18 years and have three children, Katie, Matthew, and Carolyn. Jennifer worked in the field of cardiac rehabilitation before “retiring” to stay home with their children, who are currently homeschooled. She was a Classical Conversations tutor for four years prior to tutoring for PEP. She has been involved with women’s Bible studies for more than 12 years and is a member of Faith Church.
Lisa McAfee has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University and has taught for many years, including 8 years at PEP, 4 years at Cincinnati Christian Schools, and many homeschool co-ops. Married to her college sweetheart, Lisa homeschooled her children from kindergarten through senior high. Her love for the Lord and junior high students makes her classes come alive.
Math 7, Pre-Algebra, Pre-Calculus
Erin received her B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise from Virginia Tech in 2000 and her M.S. in Health Promotion from Purdue University in 2003. It was at Virginia Tech that she met her husband, Aaron, through campus ministry. Upon graduation from Purdue, she decided to stay home and become a full-time mom. Erin now has 4 children and has been a part of the homeschooling community for over 5 years, participating in various co-ops. She is a member of Parkside Christian Church where she volunteers as a preschool worship leader, Bible Bowl coach, and librarian. Erin is also part of a missional community that reaches out to and loves on the Beech Acres Parenting Center as well as the foster and adoptive families of the church.
Rhetoric I & II
Tonya's education and background are in business, however, her true passion is teaching. She is well-known for her creative and engaging methods of instruction and she specifically designs her lessons to bring the subject material alive for her students. Tonya has a reputation as a successful classical instructor, holding many academic and leadership roles over the years. As a proponent for life-long learning, Tonya will be pursuing her Masters degree next season. When she's not busy enjoying time with family, dreaming of her villa in Italy, or tutoring her beloved students, Tonya works on the Corporate Team for CSC, a Cincinnati-based consulting firm.
Western Thought II & III
Cal Puckett is the Pastor of Redeemer Community Church in Loveland, OH. RCC is a new church plant out of Grace Baptist Church. He graduated from Baptist Bible College in 2001 with his Bachelor's Degree in Youth Ministry and received his Master's Degree from Liberty University in 2009. He and his wife Tiffani have been married since 2000 and have three children.
Tiffani is a wife and a homeschooling mom of three. She has a Bible Degree from Baptist Bible College and an Associates Degree in Business and Marketing from Ozark Technical College. Tiffani is currently a part-time secretary for Grace Baptist Church and Redeemer Community Church and works in graphic and web design. She’s been married to Cal Puckett since 2000.
Kara was a Marketing Manager with GE Capital for 12 years before God blessed her with a family. She earned a BA in Business Management and in Child and Family Studies. She and her husband Chris have been married 20 years and have homeschooled their two lovely children since 2005. As a volunteer with local crisis pregnancy centers, she has taught hundreds of teenagers the blessings of purity before marriage. She has also written and taught money management classes at a homeschool co-op. She has a passion for the Lord and a heart for equipping teens to live with an eternal perspective.
Christine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Miami University. While homeschooling since 2007, she enjoys teaching various classes at multiple local homeschool co-ops and also teaching private piano lessons in her home. She and her husband Brian have three sons, with the oldest attending PEP and they are active members at First Baptist Church of Glen Este.
Debbie Porter has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics with a Minor in Biology from David Lipscomb College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She homeschooled her three children for 15 years, served on the leadership team at The Learning Tree Co-op for 13 years, and was the director of the homeschool camp at Woodland Lakes Christian Camp for several years. She feels blessed to be married and have 3 grown children and 2 granddaughters who fill the house with love and laughter when they visit. Debbie has a passion for seeing the hand of God in science and history. She has a connection with an orphanage in Guatemala where she developed a desire to become fluent in Spanish. She feels it is a great gift to have an opportunity to speak with the students during their short time at PEP.
Sherriann Robinette earned her BA in Mathematics/Secondary Education from Grove City College. She taught math for two years at Cincinnati Christian Schools, followed by five years at Purcell Marian High School. Since the birth of her first child, she has been a stay at home Mom to her two boys, while also privately tutoring many students. Geometry is her favorite subject!
Cynthia Tann has a three year certificate in Theology and Christian Education from Faith School of Theology in Charleston, Maine as well as a B.A. in Spanish from Miami University. She has been teaching all levels of high school Spanish for the Mason Co-op for the last five years. Her passion and desire is to see students learn Spanish so that they can share Christ with the growing population of Spanish speaking people who live around us and who don’t know Christ. She has also been home educating her children for 9 years.
Brian Zboril received his Bachelors of Science in Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Brian has worked in the engineering profession for over 25 years and continues to work part-time as an Applications Engineer with VEGA Americas, Inc. in Oakley. While not a parent himself, he remains an advocate of homeschooling and alternative education and also operates a tutoring service, Anderson Tutor and Mentor. Brian is a contributing author for the 5th Edition of the Instrument and Automation Engineers' Handbook where his article on Radiation Level Sensors can be found. He also enjoys working on his house and property and continues as a beginner violinist.
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."