Sara Chappell received a Bach. of Music Performance (Cello) from Lawrence University of Wisconsin and a Master of Music Performance from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester, New York). She has performed professionally in several symphony orchestras and has taught instrumental music for many years. Sara and her husband Chris homeschooled their four children for their entire pre-college education. Their youngest child graduated from PEP in 2017. For the past eleven years, Sara has taught high school math classes in the Jacksonville homeschool community. She has a passion for math and science, as well as music, and enjoys imparting to students a greater knowledge of the glory of God expressed in His order and beauty in creation.
Composition & World Literature (Core A), World History, American History, Pre-Algebra
Amber Connell has a B.S. in Psychology and Child and Adolescent Development from Liberty University. She is passionate about the education of students and has spent the last 18 years teaching students of all ages, from preschool to high school. Amber holds a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate and has taught in public, private, and homeschool educational settings. She loves being a part of PEP as both a tutor and the mother of two PEP students.
Spanish I, Spanish II
Sra. Dayton grew up in Cuba and moved to the USA at the age of 16. She was blessed with Christian parents and grandparents who taught her to love the Lord and His word. From a very early age she had two passions, being a Spanish teacher and serving the Lord as a missionary. The Lord in His grace has granted her both. She served for over 20 years as a pastor’s wife and missionary in Miami, Ecuador and Mexico and has been teaching Spanish for the past 14 years, having joined PEP in 2015.
Andrea De Palma
Life Science, Earth Science
Andrea received her B.A. in Architecture from the University of Belgrano and then in 2002 her Master’s in Computer Science from Ball State University in Indiana. Since that time she has worked in the education field, teaching freshmen and sophomore college students, as well as the church, teaching younger children. She has a love of teaching and enjoys interacting with students by showing them how science brings us close to our Creator and Lord Jesus Christ.
Ancient History, Medieval to Early Modern History
Mrs. Dragiff has taught in private Christian schools for 15 years in Jacksonville after homeschooling her own six children throughout most of their school years. She has an undergraduate BA degree in Theatre/Dance from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and earned her MA in Humanities with a focus on History and Philosophy from California State University. She is a lifelong student of the Holocaust and has participated in conferences in Israel and the U.S. in order to deepen her understanding of this important event in history. Mrs. Dragiff came to know Christ through a private school outreach ministry as a 13-year-old, and found that being a Christian brought her the love, belonging, and certainty that she was seeking in life. One of her greatest joys is seeing her family continue to come to Christ themselves and she is very grateful to be involved in Christian education, because helping young people understand Truth and teaching through a Biblical worldview is her greatest privilege. Happily married for 40 years, she and her husband Matthew are blessed to be grandparents of two young children who live nearby. Travel and Art History are her special passions outside of family and teaching.
Old Testament Survey
Christine received a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 1987 and worked in a private counseling practice and an inpatient treatment facility until the birth of her first daughter over 20 years ago. Since that time, she has been teaching Bible studies for women, teens, and youth in the church and throughout the community. She also speaks at various women’s and leadership events and assists her husband with business administration and marketing. In addition to life with her husband and two daughters (both PEP graduates), her greatest joy is spending time in God’s Word and sharing it with others. She is thrilled to be a part of the PEP program as a tutor at multiple campuses, as well as the administrator of the St. Johns campus.
Geography, Saxon 8/7, Latin I, English Grammar, Logic
Dabney is thrilled to be returning to PEP as a tutor this year. She received her B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Memphis, and has taught in Christian schools and tutored privately for over 35 years. She is the proud mom of 6 children adopted from Mexico and Moldova, 2 of whom attended PEP while homeschooling. Her greatest joy in teaching comes from helping students discover how all knowledge points us back to our Creator, the Author and Finisher of our faith, the Lord Jesus Christ. Dabney and her photographer husband,Jeff, can frequently be found on outdoor adventures, enjoying the beauty of Creation while kayaking or hiking.
Geometry, Conceptual Physics, Chemistry, Government & Economics, Yearbook Club
Mr. Hough has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and American Government from North Carolina State University. In his four-year tour in the US Navy, he served as an Engineering Officer and Navigator. During his service, Mr. Hough also functioned as Education Services Officer and assisted sailors in gaining college credits and degrees. His passion for teaching and unique experience allows him to teach sciences, math, philosophy, and theology from a grounded biblical view. He continues to serve in various capacities for his home church, Sunrise Community Church. Mr. Hough is married to Morgan, and they have three children (Jonathan, Esther, and Zeke).
Composition & World Literature (Core B), Composition & American Literature
New Testament Survey
Mr. Lewis holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and an M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in ministry since 1992 and is currently the founding pastor of Providence Bible Church. He is passionate about helping students understand the Bible and hopes they will continue to study the book for the rest of their lives.
Biology, Anatomy & Physiology
Melissa earned her B.S. in Biochemistry and her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She performed postdoctoral research on amino acid transporters in mosquitoes at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. Subsequent to her studies, Melissa and her husband have added two boys, a dog, and a bearded dragon to their family, as well as the wonderful people of Providence Bible Church. After serving as a stay-at-home Mom for the last several years, Melissa is excited to step out in faith into the realm of teaching to be a part of what God is doing through PEP, sharing her love of science from a biblical perspective. When not otherwise occupied, Melissa enjoys reading and gardening.
Composition & Ancient Literature
Western Thought I
Rhetoric/Comp & Lit Analysis I
Starting Points, Western Thought II
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."