Teachers

Beverly Clark

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Role

CEC Director

Subjects

English 12/Dual Credit

Director, CEC since its founding in 2001. Classroom instructor since 1985. Home education since 1996. CEC instructor since its founding in 2001. Home educated my children from 2006 to 2018 (graduation). MAT English University of Louisville. BA History Asbury, magna cum laude. Beta Club/Honor Society sponsor. Rotary Interact Sponsor 2013 – current. Rotary District Interact Chair 2015 – current. ELS Rotary President Elect 2017-2018.

John Abel

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Subjects

Psychology, MS Bible

Homeschooling since 1994. B.S. Psychology – Virginian Tech 1986. M.Div. Pastoral Counseling – Southern Seminary 1991. Teaching at CEC since 2003. 

Kassie Burke

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Subjects

English 8

Masters of Education in ESL and Teacher Leadership from the University of Louisville. BS in 5th-12th Grade English Education from UofL, graduated Summa Cum Laude. Taught 6th grade Language Arts two years in JCPS and two teaching 6th grade Reading in Bullitt County. CEC graduate. Home-schooled from K-12. New teacher at CEC for 2019-20.

Janice Cook

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Subjects

Science 6, Science 7

Classroom teacher since 1982. Homeschool teacher from 1994. Homeschool cooperative teacher since 2007. BS, Elementary Education, Taylor University. Teaching at CEC since 2011.

Michael Crawford

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Role

Head Coach - Soccer

Subjects

Pre-Calculus

Professor of Business and Economics at Boyce College, teaching quantitative courses including Algebra, Statistics, Finance and Economics. Higher education experience since 2007.  Home education since 2014.  High school and middle school soccer coach for over 10 years.  Coach for various elementary sports for 3 years. B.S. in Business Administration and Info Systems from Cedarville (OH) University, MBA from The Ohio State University, M.Ed. (incomplete) from Mt. Vernon (OH) Nazarene University, Doctorate in Finance from Anderson (IN) University.  CEC staff since July, 2019.

Bonnie Dibble

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Subjects

Modern American History

Taught U.S. and World History for three years at Christian Academy of Louisville HS; home school teaching experience from 2012-present. Completed both Kentucky and ACSI (Christian School) certifications. MA, Teaching-Social Studies, University of the Cumberlands. BBA, Business Administration-Marketing, University of Mississippi. New teacher at CEC for 2019-20.

Susan Essa

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English 11/12, HS Latin, Journalism

Homeschooled from 1998 to 2018. Taught Latin, Literature and Composition, Shakespeare, and Creative Writing in a classroom setting since 2003. B.A. in English from the University of Louisville, magna cum laude, 1990. While no Latin minor was offered at the University of Louisville during course of study, completed every Latin course available and tutored college students in Latin at U of L. Teaching at CEC since 2010.

Brenda Garrett

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Subjects

General Science, CSI: Forensic Science, Anatomy/Biology 2, Health/Personal Fitness

Teaching experience includes Basic Biology and Labs, Intermediate Biology, and Human Anatomy and Physiology I/II for Jefferson Community College and Spalding University. Graduated with a BS in Zoology and MS in Biology from the University of Louisville and member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Dean’s list and nominated for Lebre Medal. Teaching at CEC since 2010.

Sandra Goodlett

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Subjects

English 6, 7, 10; Sociology

Teaching in a classroom setting since 1982. In the homeschooling community since 1994. BA, Major- Speech/Communications, Minor- Biology, Kentucky Wesleyan College; Masters work in English at University of Louisville. Who’s Who among American High School Teachers. Teaching at CEC since 2004.

Rachael Keefe

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Subjects

Choir & Advanced Choir

International Educator. Classroom teaching experience since 2006. Homeschooling since 2004. B.S. in Music and Vocal Performance from Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tenn. Music teaching experience includes choir, voice, various instruments, and music theory. Directed various choirs of all ages including traveling youth choir between 1989-2013. Over 30 years of professional music experience as a performer, recording vocalist, song writer/arranger. Member, American Choral Directors Association. Teaching at CEC since 2016.

Lisa Lloyd

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BS in Education (cum laude) from Spalding University. 15 1/2 years classroom teaching experience. Taught computers at the corporate level. Software consultant for 16 years. 17 years of home schooling experience. Certified to teach Computer Science through Code.org. Teaching at CEC since 2017.

Christine McCloy

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Subjects

Middle School Spanish, Spanish 3

B.A. Spanish & International Affairs with concentration in Central and South America, James Madison University. M.Ed. George Mason University. Studied a semester abroad at University of Salamanca, Spain. Homeschooler since 2000. Taught Spanish 1, 2, 3 in public school. Teaching Homeschoolers since 2002: Conversational Spanish, Spanish 1, 2, 3 & 4, History, Speech and Logic. Teaching at CEC since 2018.

Debra McFerran

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Subjects

English 9, Drama/Advanced Drama

Classroom teacher 1982-2011 (grades 5-12). Homeschool teacher 1999-present. AA, BA, MAT from University of Louisville in English and Humanities. Private piano teacher for 40 years. Taught acting workshops and co-directed with Suzuki Institute, Stage One Children’s Theatre of Kentucky and Walden Theatre. Teaching at CEC since 2012.

Tina Mitchell

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Role

Development Assistant (GALA)

Subjects

Physical Science, Chemistry I, MS Math 6/5 & 7/6

Teaching in a classroom setting since 1993. Homeschooling since 2001. BS in secondary education (Chemistry, Mathematics, and Earth/Space Science) from IU Southeast with highest distinction. Chancellor’s Lists for Highest Academic Achievement, Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship, Secondary Education Scholarship, Alpha Chi Honor Society. Teaching at CEC since 2007.

Gus Nelson

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Subjects

Speech and Communication, Government

Bio: Bachelor of Science in Economics/English Minor, Virginia Tech (1985). Juris Doctor, University of Virginia School of Law (1988). Master of Divinity (Worldview and Apologetics) Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2019). Attorney with Virginia license for 31 years. 14 years teaching courses at Regent University Law School in Virginia Beach, Va., both on campus and on-line. Teaching at CEC since 2014.  Sponsor of the Political Science Club.

Jonathan Pennington

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Subjects

Music Appreciation

Homeschooled family of six children since 2000. Three children graduated from CEC and one current student. PhD from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland). Professor of New Testament and Director of the PhD Program at The Southern Baptist Seminary. Pastoral Staff at Sojourn East. Former Worship Pastor and musician. Teaching at CEC since 2009.

Andrew Porter

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Subjects

MS Ancient History 6/7, History 7/8, World Geography, Math 8/7, Chess Fundamentals 1 & 2

Classroom teacher since 1993 (current Indiana license: social studies & math). Indiana individual state chess champion (2015). Coach of Kentucky high school regional (2018) & state (2019) team champions at CEC. Graduate of Samford University and University of Louisville. Teaching at CEC since 2005.

Toma Smith

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Subjects

Algebra 1/2 and Algebra 1

BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Kentucky, 1997. Homeschooling since 2009. Private high school math and science tutor since 2009. Eight years teaching high school and middle school math and science classes at private Christian schools. CEC staff since July, 2019.

Bill Speicher

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Role

Athletics Director

Subjects

Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry 2, Physics

B.S. Chemistry, University of Kentucky, 1968. Degree included 54 hours of chemistry, half of which were graduate level courses, 12 hours of Calculus, and 6 hours of post calculus mathematics. Twenty-eight years- experience as a senior technical manager for a Fortune 10 company. Managed a department comprised of numerous engineers, scientists, and business professionals. 13 years-experience as an advanced science and math instructor.  Also serves as CEC Athletic Director. Teaching at CEC since 2011.

E. Coye Still

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Subjects

Bible, World Religions

Currently pursuing PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. BA, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Youth Minister at Clifton Baptist Church. Teaching at CEC since 2018.

Katy Tappmeyer

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Subjects

Biology 1 & Origins

Five years of Christian school teaching, seven years math and science tutoring, four years writing/integrating/developing science curriculum. Currently enrolled in Southern Seminary Wives’ Institute. MA Education from University of St Mary, BS Geology from University of Missouri, minor in Spanish. Teaching at CEC since 2008.

Micah Tufts

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Subjects

Spanish I & II, Bible 101, Worldview

Raised in a bi-lingual missionary home in Costa Rica. BS in Missiology from Boyce College. Masters of Divinity in Christian Ministry from Southern Seminary. Previous teaching experience in a Christian school. Seven years as a youth pastor. Currently serving as Community Pastor. Teaching at CEC since 2017.

Siran Wang

Master of Arts: Christian Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Bachelor of Arts: English Education from Capital Normal University, Beijing, China, Merit Scholarship recipient. Head Teacher of English Dept., Yuxin School, Beijing, China. Taught Mandarin Chinese in CAL for a year. Teaching at CEC since 2018. 

Glenda Weiner

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Subjects

Cognitive Skills

MS in Education: Indiana University Southeast. NILD certified, Mediator for Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment. BS in Music Education: Indiana State University. Teaching since 1982. Homeschooling since 2008. Teaching at CEC since 2018.

Mike Wisley

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Subjects

Business, Personal Finance, Career Development, Consumer Math

Home schooling since 1986, Franklin College Business Graduate, MBA, Accounting, Indiana University, Adjunct Professor, Thomas Moore University, Former Adjunct Professor, Strayer University, Former Assistant Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University, Teaching at CEC since 2013.

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