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. Sponsor, CEC Student Council; Beta Club/Honor Society admin sponsor; Rotary Interact Sponsor 2013 – current; East Louisville Sunrise Rotary, Past President 2018-2019.

David Baird

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Subjects

Personal Finance & Consumer Math

Senior Lecturer in Economics at Indiana University Southeast. Teaching @ IUS since the Fall of 2010; MBA from Northern Kentucky University, 1991; BSBA from University of Louisville, 1984.  An ordained minister by the Elder’s of Lakeside Christian Church (John Russell preacher).  Served as the interim minister for Owensville Christian Church, Memphis Christian Church, and K-Life Christian Church.  Currently teaching Bible University @ Henryville Community Church (Denny Dillman pastor). Teaching at CEC since 2022.

Kassie Burke

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Subjects

English 8 & English 11/12

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. Teaching at CEC since 2019.

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.

Bonnie Dibble

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Subjects

Early 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. Teaching at CEC since 2019.

Susan Essa

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Subjects

English 11/12, HS Latin 1 & 2

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, Marine Biology, 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 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.

Mike Kennan

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Subjects

Bible 101 & World Religions

Graduating with a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in May. Teaching in a classroom since 2017 and tutoring since 2015. Involved in ministry with Louisville’s refugee population since 2019. Teaching at CEC since 2022. 

Lisa Lloyd

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Subjects

HS Computer Fundamentals, MS Computer Fundamentals, HS Computer Science, MS Computer Science

BS in Education (cum laude) from Spalding University. Teaching in the classroom setting since 2002. Taught computers at the corporate level. Software consultant for 18 years. 17 years of home schooling experience. Certified to teach Computer Science through Code.org. Teaching at CEC since 2017.

Olivia Long

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Subjects

English 6, Journalism/Yearbook

Alumna of CEC. Graduated summa cum laude as the Scholar of Education and Behavioral Sciences from the Mahurin Honors College at Western Kentucky University. Taught in the Warren County Public Schools system. Homeschooled from K-12. Teaching at CEC since 2020.

Christine McCloy

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Subjects

Middle School Spanish, Spanish 3, Spanish 4

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, Middle School Drama & High School 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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Subjects

Physical Science, Chemistry I & MS Math 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.

Andrew Porter

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Subjects

MS Ancient History 6/7, History 7/8, World Geography, Chess Fundamentals, Adv Chess

Classroom teacher since 1993 (current Indiana license: social studies & math). Indiana individual state chess champion (2015). Coach of CEC’s Kentucky high school regional (2018, 2020) & state (2019, 2020, 2021) team champions. Graduate of Samford University and University of Louisville. Teaching at CEC since 2005.

Gina Renfro

Role

Head Boys & Girls Basketball Coach & Girls Softball Coach (*Boys Basketball - Email: cecboysbasketball@gmail.com *Girls Basketball - Email: cecgirlsbasketball@gmail.com *Girls Fast pitch softball - Email: cecfastpitchsoftball@gmail.com)

Subjects

Geometry, Math 8/7 & MS Math 6/5 (*For classroom questions - Email: ginarenfrocec@gmail.com)

Gina Renfro has been an Educator for over 20 years.  She received her Bachelors of Elementary Education from Indiana University in 2001 and Master of Science in Education in 2005.   She is a published author and published the Kentuckiana Kids’ Choice News, distributed to 40,000 students monthly.  She has over 20 years experience in small group and one-on-one tutoring.  Gina has four children and has home educated since 2008. Her oldest is a CEC graduate.  At CEC, she teaches Geometry & Math 6/5.  Additionally, Gina serves as the Head Boys & Girls Basketball Coach as well as the Girls Fastpitch Softball Coach.  Teaching at CEC since 2020. 

Dr. Eric Schansberg

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Subjects

Macroeconomics & Discipleship

Professor of Economics at IU Southeast since 1992; Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M.

Author of Turn Neither to the Right nor to the Left: A Thinking Christian’s Guide to Politics and Public Policy and Poor Policy: How Government Harms the Poor.  Co-author of Getting Equipped: A Discipleship Curriculum (and Thoroughly Equipped [DC]).  Author of Inheriting our Promised Land: Lessons in Victorious Living from the Book of Joshua and The Word Diet (a Bible literacy project).

Radio host / podcast: “The Word Diet” (Bible study). Teaching at CEC since 2022. 

Garrison Shepard

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Subjects

Bible 6/7, Bible 8/9 & Worldview

Homeschooled from K-12. Graduate of CEC. B.S. Finance from the University of Louisville. M.Div. Christian Ministry from Southern Seminary. Serving in pastoral ministry since 2016. Teaching at CEC since 2022.

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. Teaching at CEC since 2019.

Dr. David Snow

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Subjects

Business & Career Development

Dr. David Snow is a former university professor of business and director of multiple academic
programs (entrepreneurship, innovation, business competitions, small business consulting). He
taught both undergraduate and MBA students. David specialized in the subjects of
entrepreneurship and strategy, but also taught leadership, ethics, management, and
organizational behavior. He won awards for teaching, research, and economic development. Dr.
Snow’s students have been awarded for their consulting engagements and have won over
$150,000 at regional, state, national, and international business plan competitions. Before
transitioning to academics, Dr. Snow spent twenty years in the healthcare industry. Teaching at CEC since 2022.

Bill Speicher

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Subjects

Algebra 2, Precalculus, 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.

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. 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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Role

Athletic Director

Subjects

Spanish I & II

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.

Stephanie Vander Zouwen

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Subjects

MS & HS Choir, Handbells

B.S. in Music Education P-12 from Asbury University.  M.A. in Psychology of Music in Education from University of Sheffield.  Instructor of piano at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center.  Areas of interest and research include: student autonomy and learner-guided classrooms; student/teacher relationships as expressed through classroom conversation; open-ended questioning tactics and efficacy. Teaching at CEC since 2020.

Glenda Weiner

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Subjects

MS & HS 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.