Life Science, Biology
Martha has a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Childhood Education from Cedarville University, with an emphasis in math and science. She taught 5th grade before she and her husband Phil had their first child. Martha then left teaching to stay home with her, now three, children. She enjoys working alongside her husband as he serves as the youth pastor at Grace Baptist Church.
Earth Science, Pre-Algebra
Jennifer has a degree in Accounting Technology from Miami University. She has worked with middle and high school students in math and science tutoring as well as ACT prep for six years. She also works part time with Bricks 4 Kidz as an after school enrichment teacher at local elementary schools. She and her husband, Michael, have been married since 2012.
Ancient History, Latin
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.
Marc Champagne currently pastors Redeemer Church in Mason, a church plant launched in the fall of 2012. He was previously on staff with North Cincinnati Community Church for eleven years. Marc loves to travel and has spent seven years of his life overseas. He has undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Christian Ministries from Grove City College and a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Marc is married to Jill and has four children: Noelle, Micah, Sophia and Noah.
Composition & American Literature, Rhetoric I & II
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 GlenOak High School in Canton, Ohio for two years. She and her husband worked with the youth at church for ten years and she also started the children's church ministry. Heather, along with her husband Brandon and their twin daughters, Madeline and Mallory, moved to Mason 3 years ago. 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.
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 three children were home schooled. She has two grandchildren and has been married to her husband, Tim for over 30 years.
Composition and American Literature
Tina Collins has been a homeschooling mother for the past 9 years. She and her husband Steve have been married for 20 years and have two children. Tina attended the University of Cincinnati and while her background is in accounting and administration, she finds her greatest sense of fulfillment in teaching. She has a love for literature and is passionate about inspiring and empowering students in their educational journey. With a strong heart for the Lord, she finds joy in instilling in students an understanding of scholastic subjects as they stem from God, and are thus interconnected, revealing essential truths about our Creator. Over the years, Tina has tutored various levels of Classical Conversations as well as private composition and literature classes.
Composition & Ancient Literature
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.
Kate Gray received her BS in education from the University of Akron, after almost finishing a Mechanical Engineering degree from Case Western University. Kate is also trained to teach Precept Bible Studies. She is an adoptive/birth mother to seven children. Kate has been teaching math and science at PEP Mason since its beginning. She took a couple of years off, living and working for non-profits in the Dominican Republic. She's been married for 21 years, and she and Dave homeschool their seven children, while hosting kids in their home through Safe Families.
Composition & World Literature - Core A
Being a committed bookworm all her life, when Amy arrived at college, she decided to major in what she loved. Consequently, she received a Bachelor’s degree in English and a certificate of Professional Writing from Wright State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and as a University Honors Scholar. Following college, she worked as an editor and computer graphics artist for NCR Corporation.While homeschooling her four children for the last 14 years, she has also been blessed to teach American, British, and World Literature and Composition in a co-op setting. Her passion is literature, and she especially loves to see kids who are not well-read learn to develop a love for the classics. Always looking to challenge students to compare what they are reading against the Truth of scripture, Amy cannot wait to come to class every week to discuss the current work.
Western Thought I, Government & Economics, Logic
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.
Geography, World History
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.
Chemistry, Conceptual Physics, Anatomy and Physiology
Emily has had a lifelong appreciation for science, teaching, and research. While pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology at California State University, Fresno, she published research in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, and Scanning Tunneling
Microscopy. As an undergraduate, she conducted summer research in immunology, microbiology, experimental and cognitive psychology, microscopy, and genetics. Emily’s love for teaching and her students is evident in her 20-year career teaching classical ballet to aspiring dancers. Her background in science enabled her to communicate ballet technique through the lenses of physics, kinesiology and functional anatomy. She has served as a volunteer instructor in an airplane modeling class at Christ United Methodist Church in Kettering over the last six years, and has had the joy of teaching high school chemistry, physics, and pre-engineering classes to homeschool students over the last seven years. Emily is thrilled to tutor Anatomy and Physiology and plans to provide a more contemporary emphasis by instructing specifically on molecular and cellular structures and how these impact the larger body systems as a whole.
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 a 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.
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, up until the birth of her first child. Since then, she has been a stay at home mom to her two boys, while also privately tutoring many students. Geometry is her favorite subject!
Drawing, General Art
Myra Roller has taught drawing and general art classes in the homeschool community for the past fifteen years. She graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She then worked for Gibson and American Greeting Cards as an illustrator for seven years. Myra began teaching art while homeschooling her own two children and currently teaches at several homeschool co-ops within the Cincinnati area.
Carol Stearns has enjoyed tutoring at PEP since 2008. She completed a BS in Mathematics at MIT and, more recently, a variety of postgraduate courses in Education at Cedarville University. Following the classical model, Carol homeschooled her three children for 14 years in grades K – 12. Her diverse interests and love of teaching also led to involvement in the Dayton Gospel Mission’s teaching ministry (Nehemiah University) and the Whiz Kids reading program at her local church for several years. She is excited to share both her enthusiasm for math and her life-long appreciation and passion for literature.
Pre Calculus, Calculus
Ing Wan Steiner was born and raised in Malaysia and came to the United States after high school to attend Bowling Green State University, where she received her BS in Computer Science and a Master in Applied Statistics and Mathematics. She and her husband moved to Cincinnati to help plant a church and also homeschooled their three children for 12 years. She teaches high school math at co-ops, offers private tutoring, and runs summer math camps.
Spanish II and III/IV
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.