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.
American History, Ancient History, Medieval to Early Modern History, Latin I & II
Michael Brad was homeschooled through junior high and high school. He has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from The Master's University. He works as a part time guitar instructor, serves as an elder at Redeemer Community Church, and aspires to be a church planter one day. He lives in Mason with his wife, Jenn, and their son, Calvin.
Spanish I & II
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.
Amy graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Legal Studies and Business Communications. Her passion for History was sparked during her high school years by a teacher that brought life and significance to people, dates, and historical events. In her college years, she continued to see the beauty and significance of History unfold as she concentrated on the legal system of our country. For three years, as a Civilian Contract Negotiator for the US Air Force, Amy again enjoyed the role of History and its application to the mission and defense of our nation. By far, her greatest joy and privilege has been raising and homeschooling her three children, alongside her husband. Seeing the revelation of God’s glory unfold on a daily basis through the biblical world view in the grammar, logic, and rhetoric stages has been amazing for her!
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 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.
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.
English Grammar, Geography
Shannon Hancock has a degree in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati. Married to Mike since 1998, they have 2 children whom she homeschooled for six years. Their son is a 2019 PEP graduate and their daughter is currently attending PEP. Shannon attends biblical counseling training through ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors) regularly and has a passion for discipling and teaching ladies. She also has a passion for missions and serves as Missionary Care Team Co-coordinator at her church of 18 years, Grace Baptist Church, Mason, Ohio. Shannon considers lifelong learning to be a benefit from studying and applying God's Word to every subject and situation in life. Her goal is to pass that passion on to her students. She has also enjoyed tutoring many students after school and teaching an 8th grader with special needs for one academic year. Spending time with her family, traveling, drawing, painting, reading, camping, hiking, and biking are things Shannon is thankful to enjoy.
Eric Lange has an MBA and works for Anaplan Company as a Domain Principal - Supply Chain Solutions. He and his wife Becky have 4 sons, all of whom they have homeschooled thru high school with PEP. One of Eric's passions in life is teaching principles of personal financial planning and budgeting. He has facilitated Financial Peace University several times to over 300 people and enjoys encouraging others in the area of personal finance in light of God's plan for our lives.
World History, US Constitution (Gov't)
Jim and his wife Roxanna are long time West Chester residents. Jim is a United States Marine Corps veteran and he still holds to his oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution. He is the Chairman of Building Blocks For Liberty (BBFL). Building Blocks for Liberty is 501c3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation of the U.S. Constitution by teaching others the importance of this historical document that governs our nation. To date, BBFL has taught over 50 one day Constitution Boot Camps in southern Ohio, including Columbus, Xenia, Dayton, SE Indiana, Northern Kentucky and Texas.
Western Thought I, Logic, Study Skills & Strategies
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.
Anatomy & Physiology
Deb graduated from Iowa State University with a BBA in Management Information Systems. She has been married to her husband Mark since 1991. They met while she was working as a Systems Analyst for Procter & Gamble. After 5 years with P&G, she decided to return to school to pursue her original dream of becoming a physical therapist and earned her Masters in Physical Therapy in 1998 from Andrews University. She worked primarily in acute care and post-op rehab in both Cincinnati and Fayetteville, Arkansas for several years. She and Mark attend Faith Bible Church and have homeschooled their 4 children, Emily, Eric, Lucas, and Rasika since 2002 when their journey into home education began. Deb has found great joy in tutoring homeschoolers in the sciences since 2013.
Chemistry, Conceptual Physics, Organic Chemistry, Advanced Physics
Emily has had a lifelong appreciation for science, teaching, and research. She graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Fresno with a BS degree in molecular biology and a minor in cognitive psychology. As an undergraduate, she conducted summer research in immunology, microbiology, behavioral and cognitive psychology, scanning tunneling microscopy and genetics; she also published research in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, and co-authored a chapter on scanning tunneling microscopy. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in instructional design and technology at University of Cincinnati. Emily has had the joy of teaching high school chemistry, physics, anatomy & physiology, and pre-engineering classes to homeschool students over the last ten years and is thrilled to tutor chemistry and conceptual physics during her third year at PEP. As a former Darwinian evolutionist, Emily loves to state the scientific case for a Creator in her classes, considering the arguments posited by the intelligent design movement as much more credible and in fact, better science.
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.
Computer | Application & Design
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.
Drawing, General Art
Myra Roller has taught drawing and general art classes in the homeschool community since 1996. 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.
Erica graduated with her Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. After graduation, she worked as Project Manager for Procter & Gamble until she left to stay home with her children. Erica and her husband Doug have two children and they have homeschooled them for the past 6 years. Her son is excited to start at PEP this fall. Erica is actively involved in her church teaching in an elementary classroom. She has taught high school mathematics at a local co-op for 6 years. She loves teaching math and helping students, whether it’s their most or least favorite subject, and is excited to be teaching Geometry at PEP!
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.
Algebra II, 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.
Composition & Lit. - Core A, Composition & Lit. - Core D
Jenni Schmeichel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She and her husband Dave have three daughters and have been happily married since 2001. Jenni has held corporate jobs, including positions in both Technical Editing and in Marketing, but has always felt called to be involved in the schools. After years of volunteer work through Mason Public Schools, God called her to PEP in 2017.