About

Our Teachers

Enlightium teachers aim to develop students that exemplify Christian character in every area of their life. Such character is achieved through encouraging a love for Christ, the study of scripture, and a vibrant prayer life. Teachers also set high expectations in how students interrelate with their peers and their teachers, showing respect for all.

Academically, teachers nurture independent and motivated students who can display the necessary skills to self-educate and take initiative in their education. To achieve this end, teachers encourage students to make use of every resource provided to them.

Our teachers genuinely care about the success of each student and reach out to them proactively as they progress through the curriculum. Teachers also leverage technology to provide customized video explanations for commonly asked questions so they can focus on addressing gaps in the students’ knowledge individually and in groups. Each teacher uploads supplementary examples, videos, and explanations to an exclusive digital library which coincides with the lessons and units of the curriculum. Enlightium teachers work with each student individually and communicate directly within the curriculum questions. Depending on the tuition support package selected, phone support is provided as well as step-by-step demonstrations during screen-sharing sessions.

At Enlightium, a strong emphasis is placed on a student’s ability to write. Our teachers hold students to a high standard, yet provide the tools needed to succeed. Additionally, students have multiple attempts on certain assignments to achieve mastery learning. Students are provided with opportunities to receive partial credit on quizzes and alternate tests, if applicable. Projects can also be tailored depending on the students’ needs; video demonstrations may be given if materials are not readily available.

Meet Our Teachers

Elementary School Teachers

Kali Chun
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Mrs. Kali Chun

Elementary Faculty Co-Chair

Mrs. Chun graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2018 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Ministry Studies with a focus in TESOL. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Chun became a part of Enlightium Academy in 2019 and is thankful for the opportunity to combine her love of teaching and the Word of God. She has a passion for teaching elementary students especially, and her goal is to help students grow in both their educational goals and into a deep knowledge and faith in Christ. Mrs. Chun’s desire is to build relationships with students and to help them discover the importance of loving God with their heart and mind, loving others, and glorifying God in all they do.

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

Colossians 2:6-7

April Thomas

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Mrs. April Thomas

Elementary Faculty Co-Chair

Mrs. Thomas holds a B.S. in both Elementary Education and Bible from Cairn University. She has also earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Morehouse School of Religion. A driven teacher with a passion for Christian Education, Mrs. Thomas has been in the teaching field since 2009. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Thomas is a wife and proud mother of two. She loves spending time with her family, singing, and listening to worship music. She is an avid reader, and in her spare time enjoys reading historical fiction.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Philippians 4:6 (ESV)

Sha'Ree Bromley

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Ms. Sha'Ree Bromley

Ms. Bromley received her Bachelor’s in Special Education and her Master’s in Teaching Elementary Education from Liberty University. She also holds a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificates. Ms. Bromley is ACSI-certified.

Ms. Bromley is dedicated to helping students succeed in their goals and guiding them with Christian values. She enjoys writing and singing Christian songs, having family Bible studies, watching her twin daughters Irish Dance, and teaching her special needs adult son new life skills.

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."

Psalms 121:1-2

Ashley Carraway

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Mrs. Ashley Carraway

Mrs. Carraway graduated from Lee College in 2019 with her Degree in Education. She joined Enlightium Academy in 2021 and loves working alongside such an amazing group of educators.

Mrs. Carraway is also a family photographer in her home state of Texas, where she resides with her husband and son. In her free time when she is not chasing sunsets for the perfect photo, she loves spending time with her family at home.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”

Ephesians 4:32

Danielle DePace
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Ms. Danielle DePace

Ms. DePace graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Washington and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is ACSI certified.

Ms. DePace has been teaching and tutoring since 2016. She discovered a passion for teaching elementary students through her experiences teaching English. She is devoted to helping her students grow in knowledge, understanding, and truth. As a teacher, Ms. DePace’s desire is to help her students love the Lord their God with all their mind.

"Then Jesus said to them all, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.”
Luke 9:23

Svetlana Fenina

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Ms. Svetlana Fenina

Ms. Fenina received her BS in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. She is state and ACSI certified.

Ms. Fenina has been teaching at Enlightium Academy since 2015. Ms. Fenina believes that education with Christian values is a doorway to a flourishing life.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths."

Proverbs 3:5-6

Jordan Hadas

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Mrs. Jordan Hadas

Mrs. Hadas graduated from Liberty University in 2018 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary Studies. She is currently working on obtaining her Master’s degree in Teaching in Elementary Education. Mrs. Hadas became a part of Enlightium in 2021 and is thankful for the opportunity to work alongside such a wonderful group of dedicated educators who have a passion for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She is passionate about working to help students grow in both their educational development and Christian faith. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Hadas resides in her home state of North Carolina alongside her husband and son. Mrs. Hadas enjoys spending time with her family working their farm and overseeing the youth ministry at their church.

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

2 Timothy 1:7

Rachel Herrig

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Mrs. Rachel Herrig

Mrs. Herrig graduated from Bemidji State University in Minnesota in 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education and is state licensed. Mrs. Herrig started her teaching career in 2017 as an online English as a Second Language teacher. She taught preschool for one year and first grade for three years. Mrs. Herrig is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Herrig resides in the state of Minnesota with her husband, son, and two dogs. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, listening to music, playing instruments, and traveling.

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever."

Hebrews 13:8

Shaunna Hinton

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Mrs. Shaunna Hinton

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Hinton studied Elementary Education at Delta State University and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Lesley University. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Hinton discovered a passion for teaching while volunteering at summer Bible school at church. She enjoys reading and camping at state parks across the nation.

"And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be a servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."

Mark 10:45

Michelle Kasun

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Mrs. Michelle Kasun

Mrs. Kasun holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology degree from The Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from George Fox University. She is a licensed teacher in the states of Oregon and Kentucky and is currently working on becoming a National Board Certified Teacher. She is also a certified fitness instructor.

Mrs. Kasun resides in Montana with her husband, son, and twin grandchildren. She enjoys family time, fitness, horses, hiking, camping. and reading.

"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere."

James 3:17

Kristen Kosoff
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Mrs. Kirsten Kosoff

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Kosoff studied Elementary Education at Whitworth University. She has a Reading Endorsement with minors in French and German. She is state and ACSI certified.

Mrs. Kosoff has experience teaching students backpacking and wilderness skills. She volunteered as a backpacking guide for Beyond Malibu in Canada for several summers. Mrs. Kosoff also taught for several years at a local private Christian school prior to joining the Enlightium Academy team in 2017. Mrs. Kosoff desires to help and know each student as an individual. Her vision for each student is for them to know their value as a child created in the image of God.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Erin Seale

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Ms. Erin Seale

Ms. Seale holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bryan College as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is a licensed K-6 teacher in Tennessee and Iowa. Ms. Seale also enjoyed the wonderful experience of spending two years teaching at an international school in Brazil. She loves building connections with students, encouraging them to persevere through new challenges, and watching them grow in confidence and a love for learning.
"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:6

Aaron Sylvia

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Mr. Aaron Sylvia

Mr. Aaron Sylvia graduated with a Masters in Teaching Elementary degree from Western Governors University. Has ACSI Certification, and he holds his undergraduate degree in business from Whitworth University.

Prior to teaching, Mr. Sylvia was highly involved in ministry: having developed teams, trained leaders, and served as part of a team that planted a church in Spokane, WA. He has led a mission trip, been an associate pastor, a youth pastor, and an innovative part of structuring different ministries and teams. He was called into ministry in 2005 which he has been pursuing ever since. In 2018 the Lord put on Mr. Sylvia’s heart to go into teaching.

“That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”

1 John 1:3-4

Heather Talmage

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Ms. Heather Talmage

Ms. Heather Talmage received her Bachelors of Biblical Studies in Elementary Education from The Crown College of the Bible in Powell, TN. She received her Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood Education from Liberty University.

Ms. Talmage has been in education for 22 years and has taught various grade levels in the elementary division in California, Hawaii, and Washington State. In addition to teaching, Miss Talmage has spent some time in administration as a vice principal of grades K-6.

She grew up in Washington State and within the last couple of years has returned home after having lived in Hawaii for 17 years. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, being outdoors, singing, and teaching.

“The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

Exodus 14:14

Secondary Bible Teachers

BJ Condrey
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Dr. BJ Condrey

Bible Faculty Chair

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified.

Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and has taught philosophy, ethics, and apologetics as an adjunct at several universities. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, playing disc golf, traveling, trout fishing, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has three children.

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
Psalm 119:105

TJ Harris

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Mr. TJ Harris

Mr. Harris earned his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Idaho and a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies from Liberty University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Bible Exposition at Liberty University Online. Mr. Harris is ACSI certified.

In his spare time, Mr. Harris likes to go on walks with his wife and two dogs, hike, read, and write. He is a baseball fanatic, but is most passionate about teaching people God’s word so that they might know God and seek to make Him known.

”Then Jesus said to his disciples, whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” 

Matthew 16:24

Melena Lawson

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Mrs. Melena Lawson

Mrs. Lawson acquired her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Aspen University in 2017. She has been tutoring children of all ages since 2011 and has been working as an online teacher since 2016. She has her TESOL certification and continues to teach children learning English as a Second Language on the weekends. Mrs. Lawson is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Lawson was born and raised in southern West Virginia. She has been married to her husband since 2012 and they have two beautiful young children. She and her husband lead the youth group at their home church, Bible Baptist Church in Bluefield, WV. Her family enjoys nature, reading together, and pretending to have lightsaber battles.

“Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.”

Psalm 115:1

Dustin LeMaster

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Mr. Dustin LeMaster

Mr. LeMaster earned a Bachelors in Arts in Youth Ministry from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary. Mr. LeMaster is ACSI certified.

Mr. LeMaster enjoys woodworking, backpacking, camping, and playing bass guitar in the worship band at his church. He has also served as Youth Director in the local church.

Mr. LeMaster loves walking with students as they navigate life and wrestle with the Lord and all that He has for them. He has been married to his wonderful wife since 2007 and has four children. As a family, they love to take road trips in their big van!

“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.”

Acts 20:24

Catherine Machen

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Mrs. Catherine Machen

Mrs. Machen has been serving in teaching ministries for several years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute. She is ACSI certified.

God has given Mrs. Machen a deep love for scripture and a desire to help others grow in their understanding and love of God’s Word. Her prayer for herself and her students is that the Holy Spirit will cultivate the fruits of the spirit in their lives and continually transform them into the image of Christ.

Mrs. Machen joined Enlightium Academy in 2018. She enjoys building relationships with students as a Teaching Assistant for the Bible Department.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

Nathen Osterholm

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Mr. Nathen Osterholm

Mr. Osterholm received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Washington. He is currently working towards a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies at Liberty University. Mr. Osterholm is ACSI certified.

He has a passion for studying the Word of God and helping others grow in their understanding of it. He teaches Bible and psychology at Enlightium Academy.

Mr. Osterholm married his wife Diana in 2019. He enjoys spending time with his wife, being out in nature, reading, and studying various topics such as theology, apologetics, psychology, business, and leadership.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:2

Karen Reed

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Ms. Karen Reed

Ms. Reed received her Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from the University of West Georgia, studied the English Bible in Regent University’s School of Divinity, and completed all coursework in the MPA program at Augusta State University in 2008.

She has been an academic tutor since 2000, and has served as a guest lecturer at Bread of Life Bible Institute.

Ms. Reed is a mother to one young son and has a fraternal twin sister. Even though their personalities are strikingly different, their motto is “you can never escape the twindom.” Life has proven that to be true. No matter how far away Ms. Reed has moved, or how different their academic paths and careers are, somehow she and her sister manage to come back together. Whether attending the same colleges and universities or working for the same payroll company, the twins find a way to unite.

"Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom, instruction, and understanding."

Proverbs. 23:23

Heath Robertson
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Mr. Heath Robertson

Heath Robertson received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute where he completed the Honors Program for Semitic Languages. He has completed his M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies with an emphasis in exegetical studies at Western Seminary where he received the honors award for Old Testament exegesis. He is now pursuing his PhD in Divinity, researching in the field of systematic theology. He is certified by ACSI.

Heath finds great fulfillment in his roles as a teacher and Spiritual Support Director at Enlightium. He enjoys running 5Ks and 10Ks in his free time.

"Let all that you do be done in love."

1 Corinthians 16:14

Lynwood Spell

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Mr. Lynwood Spell

Mr. Spell began ministry in 2003, was ordained in 2013, and has pastored since 2017. He earned with honors a Bachelors of Arts in Religion from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He earned a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Art in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ.

Mr. Spell is a husband and a father. He enjoys spending time with family, playing chess, biking, writing, and making music for The Lord. His great passion is teaching and preaching The Holy Bible, to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight."

Proverbs 3:5-6

Joseph Weidemann

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Mr. Joseph Weidemann

Mr. Weidemann earned his BA in Religion at William Carey University with minors in Philosophy and Biblical Languages. He also holds MA’s in Biblical Languages and New Testament from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His passion is to teach Scripture in its historical context and to provide others with helpful tools to engage with the Word of God. He has enjoyed leading both Bible studies and prayer groups for several years now. Being a part of a local church and being active in a Christian community have always been priorities in his heart.

Mr. Weidemann has been married since 2013 to his wife, Megan. He also has two wonderful daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading and getting into God’s word, drinking a lot of coffee, canoeing, and taking trips to New England.

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”

Colossians 3:1

Tremain White

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Mr. Tremain White

Mr. White is a graduate of the Institute of Biblical Studies at Liberty University and Ligonier School of Theology. He acquired professional certifications through HarvardX and Bar-Ilan University. Before coming to Enlightium, Mr. White had a 20-year career in public education that consisted of working primarily in Elementary Computer, Digital Ethics, and with Special Education students.

Mr. White is involved in Organic/House Church ministry. In his spare time, He is also an avid martial arts practitioner who loves reading, writing poetry, and music.

"The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion."

Proverbs 28:1

Secondary English Teachers

Serenity Henderson
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Ms. Serenity Henderson

English Faculty Chair

Ms. Henderson received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Washington State University and is Washington State certified and ACSI certified. After graduating, she attended a ministry training school for three years. She is currently pursuing a dual Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management from National Louis University.

Ms. Henderson started teaching 9-12th grade English at Enlightium Academy in April 2015. She enjoys helping students understand difficult concepts in English and challenging them to give and to be their best.

"Lord, when you said to me, "Seek my face," my inner being responded: I'm seeking your face with all my heart."
Psalm 27:8 (The Passion Translation)

Lauren Baker

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Mrs. Lauren Baker

Mrs. Baker attended William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she received her bachelor's degree with an emphasis in biology and psychology as well as her master’s degree in education. She is certified through the states of Mississippi and Alabama in English, science, and elementary education, and has her administrative certification. She has taught middle school English since 2011 and has taught on the college level. Before coming to Enlightium, Mrs. Baker was most recently an academic success coach through a federally-funded grant program on a college campus.

Mrs. Baker enjoys traveling with her husband and two boys to watch Major League Baseball games as well as seeing the world. She enjoys singing in her church’s choir, teaching kids’ choir, volunteering in the community, and being a servant in any way possible. She believes that you have to wake up each day with a walk with God to make sure your day starts with the best foot forward.

Her favorite quote is, “Once a task has begun, never leave it until it’s done. Be the labor great or small, finish it well once and for all.”

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

Ephesians 4:29

Anthony Carroll

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Mr. Anthony Carroll

Mr. Carroll received his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literary Studies from Eastern Washington University in 2019. He also holds a TEFL Certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and is ACSI Certified. His favorite areas to teach are writing and literature. He believes that anyone can be a good writer as long as they put in the time and effort into working. One of his goals, as a teacher, is to eliminate writing apprehension; he believes, since writing is such an expressive form of our inner selves, the more we are able to fine tune our abilities, the better we can express our ideas and emotions.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. Some of his hobbies include reading, writing, swimming, birding, and hiking. Mr. Carroll is very passionate about education and never wants to stop learning.

"He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls."

Proverbs 25:28

Amy Chamberlain

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Ms. Nina Garofalo

Ms. Garofalo earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English at Loyola Marymount University as well as her Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language certification from University of California, Los Angeles. She has been teaching ESL for adults since 2016 and has also taught middle school and high school courses. Ms. Garofalo is ACSI certified.

Ms. Garofalo values open communication and strong relationships. She believes that a key role of an educator is to accurately identify what students are motivated by and build an environment that is conducive to all learning styles. One of her goals is to contribute to student’s self-confidence by equipping them with advanced writing skills to better express themselves. Teaching has enabled Ms. Garofalo to find her passion which is to help others fulfill their goals. This is a purpose that she feels honored to have. 

Ms. Garofalo grew up in the Puget Sound area, but now lives in Southern California. Aside from teaching, Ms. Garofalo stays involved in a local Christian ministry where she also received training and now serves as a small group leader for young women. 

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”

Colossians 3:23

Hanna Griffing
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Ms. Hanna Griffing

Ms. Griffing holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Writing from Whitworth University and a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Northern Arizona University. She is ACSI certified.

Ms. Griffing started teaching English abroad in 2011, before returning to the United States to start her master’s program, which she completed in 2015. While completing her coursework, she worked as a teaching assistant, teaching Freshman Composition at Northern Arizona University. She started teaching for Enlightium Academy in 2015, before returning to teach abroad for the 2016-2017 school year. Since returning to Enlightium Academy in 2017, Ms. Griffing has taught a variety of courses and worked to write specialized English courses to meet student needs. She particularly loves to teach writing because this is a chance for students to express themselves and learn a skill they will use for the rest of their lives.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7

Kirra Lent

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Mrs. Kirra Herter

Mrs. Herter received her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from California University of Pennsylvania, where she specialized in Social Studies and English. Mrs. Herter is ACSI certified.

She has taught middle school since 2017. Her most enjoyable moments in the classroom are when she sees the students fully embracing their unique gifts and harnessing them to deeper understand the material.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in the Shenandoah Valley, visiting bookstores, and trying to cook new recipes.

“Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And instantly the woman was made well.”

Matthew 9:22

Rayna Ibarra

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Mrs. Rayna Ibarra

Mrs. Ibarra earned her Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing from California State University San Marcos and then attained her Single Subject Teaching Credential in English and Master’s in Education at National University. She gained experience in the educational field while volunteering as a Sunday school teacher and teaching math and English to children during a mission trip to the Philippines. She also learned a great deal while working as an AVID Tutor for high school students, a Writing Center Tutor for college students, a substitute teacher for both General Education and Special Needs students, and as an English teacher for high school students. Mrs. Ibarra is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Ibarra and her husband took a leap of faith to move to Tennessee with their dogs, horses, birds, and cat! She loves them all so much and is ecstatic to work from home at their ranch-in-the-making, soaking in the best of both worlds. Mrs. Ibarra appreciates traveling, hiking, working with animals, and spending time with her husband. She teaches because of her calling to demonstrate God’s love and support for young adults.

“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20

Brianne Johnson
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Mrs. Brianne Johnson

Mrs. Johnson graduated from Moody Bible Institute Spokane in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with an Interdisciplinary in Intercultural Studies. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Johnson has been a member of the Enlightium team since 2017, teaching both middle and high school English. Her favorite teaching experiences are “light bulb” moments when a student grasps a challenging concept. She has a passion for mentoring and seeing students grow to reach their full potential both in Christ and in their studies.

"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
Matthew 6:34

Brianne Johnson
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Ms. Morgan Lee

Ms. Lee received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from California State University Long Beach where she specialized in Medieval Language and Literature. Ms. Lee taught college level English and literacy for several years in her native Los Angeles before moving to Memphis, Tennessee where she has taught at the middle and high school level. Her favorite teaching moments are when students go from “I can’t” to “I can” and finally to “I did.”

Ms. Lee has one cat who is absolutely spoiled beyond all practical sense and enough craft supplies and yarn to start her own hobby shop.

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Matthew 5:14

Candice Nelson

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Mrs. Candice Nelson

Mrs. Nelson received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of North Texas where she also received her State of Texas teaching certificate.

Mrs. Nelson has taught public high school English since 2007. Her favorite teaching moments are the ones where students really engage in the literature. She enjoys helping students navigate complicated tasks and seeing their sense of accomplishment when they achieve their goals.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

David Rothe

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Mr. David Rothe

Mr. Rothe received his bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Washington State University. Currently, he is in the process of obtaining his master’s degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Humanities from Grand Canyon University. Mr. Rothe is passionate about teaching students and believes that each student is entitled to a quality education. Mr. Rothe is ACSI certified.

When he is not collaborating with peers and students, you can find him at a WSU football game cheering for his team, walking with his fiancé and dog, or out boating with his friends and family.

“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!”

Proverbs 16:16

Wendy Toy

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Mrs. Wendy Toy

Mrs. Toy graduated from Messiah College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of science degree, and she attended Wheaton Graduate School in Illinois and Evangelical School of Theology in Pennsylvania. She has taught in English in Christian schools and homeschooled her own children.

Mrs. Toy and her husband have served as inner city missionaries for many years and recently moved from a large city in Pennsylvania to a country area in North Carolina.

"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."

Lamentations 3: 22-23

Maya Upton

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Ms. Maya Upton

Miss Upton received her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary English Education in 2016 and her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2019 from The University of Mississippi. Miss Upton has taught 8th Grade English Language Arts for the past five years.

In her free time, Miss Upton enjoys reading, writing and traveling.

“Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.”

Proverbs 31:29

Melodie Workman

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Mrs. Melodie Workman

Mrs. Workman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 2005 and her Master’s Degree in English Education in 2008 from Pensacola Christian College. Mrs. Workman is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Workman has taught middle school, high school, and college since 2005. Her favorite thing about being a teacher is helping students see literature and writing through the lens of the Bible. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and playing foursquare with her kids.

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

Stephanie Wright

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Ms. Stephanie Wright

Ms. Wright graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's degree in English. She has worked with students in elementary, middle, and high school since 2002. Ms. Wright has an unwavering love for reading and writing that she hopes to pass on to each and every student she encounters.

In her free time, Ms. Wright loves traveling, reading, watching basketball, and spending time with her family.

"But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Matthew 6:3

Secondary History Teachers

Mike Kuldayev
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Mr. Mike Kuldayev

History Faculty Chair

Mr. Kuldayev received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Biblical Studies from the University of Fresno Pacific and a Master’s Degree from the University of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. He is ACSI certified.

Mr. Kuldayev has been teaching Bible and History in private schools since 2011. He began teaching at Enlightium Academy in 2014 and currently teaches AP History, AP World History, AP Government and Politics, Dual Credit courses, and enjoys seeing students achieve their highest potential.

"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye."
Psalm 32:8

TJ Harris

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Mr. TJ Harris

Mr. Harris earned his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Idaho and a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies from Liberty University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Bible Exposition at Liberty University Online.

In his spare time, Mr. Harris likes to go on walks with his wife and two dogs, hike, read, and write. He is a baseball fanatic, but is most passionate about teaching people God’s word so that they might know God and seek to make Him known.

”Then Jesus said to his disciples, whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” 

Matthew 16:24

Krista Heyer

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Mrs. Krista Heyer

Mrs. Heyer received her B.A. and M.A in History at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in Waxahachie, TX and is ACSI certified. Mrs. Heyer has taught History at Navarro College and mentored at SAGU in the subjects of Bible, History, English, Government, and general studies. She was also blessed to be able to write and publish a history book about several extraordinary events directed by God.

Krista Heyer lives in Texas and enjoys learning more about God through His Joy in every situation and from His Word. She and her husband are blessed to have a baby girl named Madison. Mrs. Heyer’s hobbies include watching movies, reading, playing video games, attending comic con events, playing handbells at church, and learning sign language. She is an avid Star Wars fan.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” 

Psalms 46:1

Emily Miller
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Ms. Emily Miller

Ms. Miller received her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Whitworth University in 2018. Ms. Miller has experience peer tutoring across a variety of academic subjects with a primary concentration in history. She is ACSI certified.

Ms. Miller is extremely passionate about history and how God utilizes each individual person in the larger historical picture. Ms. Miller wants to transfer her love and passion for history to the students she instructs, showing them how God has used history to work toward His ultimate plan.

Ms. Miller was born and raised in the beautiful city of Spokane, WA, though her heart and travels often draw her to the Big Sky Country of Montana. In her free time, she enjoys listening to Christian podcasts and sermons, horseback riding, reading, and crocheting. She is also an avid sports fan, and loves to spend her weekends following various sports teams native to the Pacific Northwest area.

“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself."

Matthew 6:33-34

Kiara Williams

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Ms. Kiara Williams

In 2020 Ms. Williams received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in History from Virginia State University. She has served as a Teaching Fellow for the subjects of History and English at the K12 level since 2019.

Ms. Williams loves taking epic road trips with her loving family and has a wide variety of interests which include enjoying the outdoors, cooking, and playing with her son. She strives to make a difference by teaching and mentoring tomorrow's decision-makers. Ms. Williams finds it an honor to prepare students for a life of faithfulness and maturity.

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.”

Psalm 68:19

Secondary Math Teachers

Mandee Mittler
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Mrs. Mandee J. Mittler

Math Faculty Chair

Mrs. Mittler received her Bachelor’s Degree in K-8 education from Eastern Washington University with a major in Science and a minor in Mathematics. She is state and ACSI certified.

Mrs. Mittler has been teaching since 2005. She taught Math in Carrington College’s radiology program, coached public school Math competitions for 3 years, and taught in various private schools. She has been at Enlightium Academy since 2015. Mrs. Mittler is the math faculty chair and teaches middle school math. She believes that even if a mistake has occurred, a student can learn from it, make better choices, and understand the concept better once the mistake has been fixed. Since not all students learn the same way, she is willing to try new ways to teach a lesson for any student that needs it.

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
Proverbs 27:17

Daniel Chan

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Ms. Jordan Clark

Ms. Clark graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in November of 2021, where she earned her BS in Mathematics. During her senior year, she began to tutor local members of her community that needed additional assistance with Mathematics throughout the global pandemic. She has a true passion for assisting children along their educational journey and strives to share her love for mathematics with others. Ms. Clark is ACSI certified.

Ms. Clark grew up in a small town in South Jersey where she still resides. Whenever she is not teaching, Ms. Clark enjoys spending time with loved ones (especially her fur animals) and making time to prioritize fitness in her daily routine. Her favorite ways to move her body include weight training, stretching, and hiking. She also owns a small personal training studio with her significant other in her hometown where they work together to educate others on their overall health and wellness.

“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.”

Proverbs 3:13

Kimberly Culp

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Ms. Kimberly Culp

Ms. Culp received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education from College Misericordia in Dallas, Pennsylvania. She also earned a master’s degree in Education with a Concentration in Online Learning from American Public University System. Ms. Culp has been teaching since 2006, with the majority of those years being in the online environment. She enjoys working with students on an individual basis and helping each student achieve their personal best. Ms. Culp is ACSI and state certified.

Ms. Culp spends most of her free time with family and friends. She believes family is important and takes every opportunity to visit with them. Ms. Culp also enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and crocheting. Originally from Northeast Pennsylvania, Ms. Culp currently resides in Daytona Beach, Florida.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” 

Philippians 4:13

Gretchen Dobbins

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Mrs. Gretchen Dobbins

Mrs. Dobbins acquired her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with a teaching certification from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 2012. She has been teaching high school math since graduating and holds a lifetime teaching license for the state of Wisconsin. Mrs. Dobbins is also ACSI certified.

In 2020, she earned a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Emporia State University. During her graduate studies, Mrs. Dobbins developed a strong interest in statistical analysis programming and is now a Certified Professional in Advanced Programming using SAS 9.4.

Mrs. Dobbins and her husband live in northern Wisconsin. It is a great area for many outdoor activities. Mrs. Dobbins enjoys running, biking, kayaking, camping, and cross-country skiing. At the end of the day, she likes to curl up on the couch with a good book or do some crafting.

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24

Tiffany James

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Mrs. Tiffany James

Mrs. James earned a BS in Mathematics Education from Utah Valley University. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. James has taught math at the junior high level and enjoys teaching as well as learning. She loves to instill this drive for learning in her students. She loves sports and plays volleyball. Mrs. James enjoys spending time with her husband and her four children.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:16

Branden Lawson

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Mr. Brandon Lawson

Mr. Lawson is currently pursuing his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Science Education with an emphasis in Biological Sciences at Western Governors University. He also works as an accounting consultant.

Brandon has been married to his wife since 2012 and has two beautiful children. His children, Luke and Leia, were named after Star Wars. Brandon enjoys lightsaber battles with his family, watching good movies, and attending West Virginia University football games with his father.

“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”

Psalms 119:18

Melody McLean

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Mrs. Melody McLean

Mrs. McLean earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Azusa Pacific University in California. She also earned her Master's Degree in Education from Brandman University. As a California state certified teacher for grades K-8, she has taught seventh grade math, history, and a reading intervention program. Mrs. McLean is ACSI certified.

Mrs. McLean was born and raised in California, but in 2021 made a move to the beautiful state of Tennessee. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband, three children, and two bulldogs. They like to travel in their trailer and see the beautiful sights God has created. When she’s not traveling you will almost always find her with a book in her hand, a dog in her lap, and a meal on the stove.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

Kristina Troge

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Mrs. Kristina Troge

Mrs. Troge earned a BS in Education with science and ministry endorsements from Martin Luther College in Minnesota as well as a Masters of Science Education from Montana State University. She is state and ACSI certified.

Mrs. Troge has taught middle and high school science, math, and engineering courses since 2006. She loves communicating with students about how they approach challenges and solve problems. Mrs. Troge and her husband have four children and enjoy spending time outdoors as a family.

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”  

Psalm 24:1

Secondary Science Teachers

Lauren Baker

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Mrs. Lauren Baker

Science Faculty Chair

Mrs. Baker attended William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she received her bachelor's degree with an emphasis in biology and psychology as well as her master’s degree in education. She is certified through the states of Mississippi and Alabama in English, science, and elementary education, and has her administrative certification. She has taught middle school English since 2011 and has taught on the college level. Before coming to Enlightium, Mrs. Baker was most recently an academic success coach through a federally-funded grant program on a college campus. Mrs. Baker is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Baker enjoys traveling with her husband and two boys to watch Major League Baseball games as well as seeing the world. She enjoys singing in her church’s choir, teaching kids’ choir, volunteering in the community, and being a servant in any way possible. She believes that you have to wake up each day with a walk with God to make sure your day starts with the best foot forward.

Her favorite quote is, “Once a task has begun, never leave it until it’s done. Be the labor great or small, finish it well once and for all.”

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

Ephesians 4:29

Megan Crites
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Mrs. Megan Crites

Mrs. Crites was educated at Western Washington University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Geology, and then she earned her Masters in Teaching Secondary Education. She has since spent a handful of fun-filled years serving her community as a wildland firefighter in the summers and a substitute teacher in the winters before joining Enlightium Academy in 2021. Mrs. Crites enjoys helping students find healthy activities to enrich their lives and stimulate their brains. Mrs. Crites is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Crites’ interests outside of school include gardening, spending plenty of time with family, and trying to make friends with the neighborhood cats.

“He must become greater; I must become less.”

John 3:30

Alyson Klein

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Mrs. Alyson Klein

Mrs. Klein graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a BS in Biology. Prior to working at Enlightium, she taught science at two other Christian schools and has experience working in a lab setting. She has been a substitute teacher and loves leading her daughters’ Girl Scout troop. Mrs. Klein is ACSI certified. 

Mrs. Klein loves science because you have the opportunity to study the world God created, and besides studying the Bible, it is the field of study that she thinks brings you closest to God.

"For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together."

Colossians 1:16-17

Melena Lawson

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Mrs. Melena Lawson

Mrs. Lawson acquired her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Aspen University in 2017. She has been tutoring children of all ages since 2011 and has been working as an online teacher since 2016. She has her TESOL certification and continues to teach children learning English as a Second Language on the weekends. Mrs. Lawson is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Lawson was born and raised in southern West Virginia. She has been married to her husband since 2012 and they have two beautiful young children. She and her husband lead the youth group at their home church, Bible Baptist Church in Bluefield, WV. Her family enjoys nature, reading together, and pretending to have lightsaber battles.

“Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.”

Psalm 115:1

Melena Lawson

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Dr. Ellie Muniz

Dr. Muniz attended the University of Puerto Rico where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. She also attended the University of South Carolina where she received further education in Chemistry. Dr. Muniz has vast experience teaching chemistry and physics. Dr. Muniz is ACSI certified.

Dr. Muniz was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She married her college sweetheart, and her three children and grandchildren are the joy of her life. Her family enjoys getting together and playing board games.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

Barrett Smith

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Mr. Barrett Smith

Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BS in Biology with an emphasis in ecology. Mr. Smith joined Enlightium in 2021 and previously had worked as an electrician while finishing his degree. Mr. Smith is ACSI certified.

Mr. Smith was born and raised in Mississippi. He is passionate about science and nature, and he is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys spending free time outdoors as well as in the gym.

“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Galatians 5:14

Lauren Stanley

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Mrs. Lauren Stanley

Mrs. Stanley attended Arkansas Tech University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Life/Earth Science Secondary Education. She was an academic counselor for a federally-funded outreach program for middle and high school students for five years. Mrs. Stanley then taught at a public school as a middle science teacher for five more years before coming to Enlightium in 2022. Mrs. Stanley is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Stanley enjoys spending time with her husband and toddling son as well as all their extended family. They are very involved in their church and love serving the Lord through music ministry. Hiking and swimming are some of their other favorite activities.

”There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

1 Corinthians 10:13

Nick Suk
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Mr. Nicholas Suk

Mr. Suk earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Ambrose University in Calgary Alberta, Canada. He also holds a minor in Psychology, and he is currently pursuing a Master of Education degree from Grand Canyon University. Mr. Suk joined Enlightium in 2019 and was a Paraeducator for the Spokane School District prior to joining the Enlightium team. He is ACSI certified.

In his spare time, Mr. Suk enjoys spending time with his wife and going to the movies. They spend time at home together with their son and three cats.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

Kathleen Thurman
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Mrs. Kathleen Thurman

Mrs. Thurman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Washington State University and is state and ACSI certified.

Mrs. Thurman has been teaching science in private schools since 2013, and she currently teaches junior and senior high science classes at Enlightium Academy. Mrs. Thurman's favorite part of teaching is working one-on-one with students and helping them discover the wonders of God's creation. When not teaching, Mrs. Thurman enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

"Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!"
Psalm 139:23-24

Secondary Electives Teachers

Angela Payne
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Ms. Angela Payne

Electives Faculty Chair

Ms. Payne received Bachelor’s Degrees in Linguistics and Spanish from Western Washington University. She is TESOL and ACSI certified.

Ms. Payne first started teaching English to language learners in Mexico in 2015 and began working at Enlightium Academy in 2016. She loves being able to continue teaching languages to students and sharing her knowledge and love of the Spanish language in particular. Ms. Payne's favorite part of teaching is sparking student interest in other languages and cultures as well as encouraging students’ desire to continue learning.

“All the believers were together and had everything in common.”
Acts 2:44

David Alvarez

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Mr. David Alvarez

Mr. Alvarez graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2007 where he earned a BA in Management with a concentration in International Business. Mr. Alvarez also received his M.Ed. from Cleveland State University in Curriculum and Instruction in 2020.

Mr. Alvarez is a native Spanish speaker and has always had a passion for working with students and teaching them a language that has brought success to him both in education and in the medical field. Mr. Alvarez has helped Spanish-speaking students earn their GED, and he also served as a Spanish medical interpreter.

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life and lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”

Luke 9:23

Wesley Chamberlain

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Mr. Wesley Chamberlain

Mr. Chamberlain graduated from Bethel University where he earned a B.S. in Organizational Leadership. Mr. Chamberlain is ACSI certified.

Mr. Chamberlain joined Enlightium Academy in 2021. Mr. Chamberlain previously educated individuals of all ages through his work as an emergency medical technician, a law enforcement officer, and an administrative professional with three separate Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Chamberlain hopes to help his students understand how their current curriculum will help them with their future success.

Mr. Chamberlain currently lives in Maryville, Tennessee with his wife and two daughters. Mr. Chamberlain spends his free time focused on being a dedicated husband, father, and son.

“Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth.”

Joshua 24:14

BJ Condrey
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Dr. BJ Condrey

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified.

Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and has taught philosophy, ethics, and apologetics as an adjunct at several universities. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, playing disc golf, traveling, trout fishing, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has three children.

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
Psalm 119:105

Megan Crites
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Mrs. Megan Crites

Mrs. Crites was educated at Western Washington University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Geology, and then she earned her Masters in Teaching Secondary Education. She has since spent a handful of fun-filled years serving her community as a wildland firefighter in the summers and a substitute teacher in the winters before joining Enlightium Academy in 2021. Mrs. Crites enjoys helping students find healthy activities to enrich their lives and stimulate their brains. Mrs. Crites is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Crites’ interests outside of school include gardening, spending plenty of time with family, and trying to make friends with the neighborhood cats.

“He must become greater; I must become less.”

John 3:30

Ben Donahue

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Mr. Ben Donahue

Mr. Donahue graduated from Montana State University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in K-12 Health & Physical Education and 2010 with a Master’s in K-12 Educational Leadership. Mr. Donahue also has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sports Management.

Mr. Donahue joined Enlightium Academy in 2021. Previously, Mr. Donahue has taught at all grade levels in private and public schools, including graduate studies, in Montana, Washington state, and California. He is state and ACSI certified in K-12 Health & Physical Education. Mr. Donahue enjoys helping students find their passion for life-long physical fitness and health.

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 

3 John 1:2

Cassandra Fairfield

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Ms. Cassandra Fairfield

Ms. Fairfield graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2017 where she earned a BA in Spanish and a BA in Children’s Studies. She is ACSI certified.

Ms. Fairfield has always had a passion for working with students and she joined Enlightium Academy in 2020 teaching Spanish and French in the World Languages department.

Ms. Fairfield was blessed with the opportunity to have lived in both Spain and France, but currently lives in Spokane, Washington where she grew up and considers her home.

"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you."

1 Peter 5:7

Shaunna Hinton

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Ms. Shaunna Hinton

Mrs. Hinton studied Elementary Education at Delta State University and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Lesley University. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Hinton discovered a passion for teaching while volunteering at summer Bible school at church. She enjoys reading and camping at state parks across the nation.

"And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be a servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."

Mark 10:45

Kristen Kosoff
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Mrs. Kirsten Kosoff

Mrs. Kosoff studied Elementary Education at Whitworth University. She has a Reading Endorsement with minors in French and German. She is state and ACSI certified.

Mrs. Kosoff has experience teaching students backpacking and wilderness skills. She volunteered as a backpacking guide for Beyond Malibu in Canada for several summers. Mrs. Kosoff also taught for several years at a local private Christian school prior to joining the Enlightium Academy team in 2017. Mrs. Kosoff desires to help and know each student as an individual. Her vision for each student is for them to know their value as a child created in the image of God.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

William Olson
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Mr. William Olson

Mr. Olson received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Geography, with a minor in Economics from Central Washington University. He then completed the Teaching Certification Program at Central Washington, and later received an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology at ITT Technical Institute. He is state certified as a Residency Teacher, with endorsements in Elementary and in Secondary History, Geography, Economics, and Political Science.

Mr. Olson has been teaching in private and public schools and colleges since 1987. Presently, he teaches classes dealing with business, engineering, and technology at Enlightium Academy. He finds that helping students achieve success very rewarding! He possesses both industry and classroom experience in the fields of technology, software development, and robotics. His experience, combined with Enlightium Academy’s curriculum, creates an exciting and engaging experience for students. The challenging pace of innovation keeps courseware relevant and timely. Mr. Olson’s students become comfortable and knowledgeable of these trends and skills with hands-on experiences via a variety of exercises and projects that build a level of mastery and competence - all of which is enjoyable and fun!

"This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you."
John 15:12

Turner Perkins
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Mr. Turner Perkins

Mr. Perkins has been studying and teaching the Bible since college, an interest that has become a deep passion. Whether in the context of theology, philosophy, Biblical studies, or excellent literature, Mr. Perkins is passionate about loving God through both academia and the everyday things of life.

Mr. Perkins holds his Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies with an interdisciplinary in Biblical Languages, as well as a Master of Arts in Classical Theology, and is ACSI certified. Mr. Perkins loves helping students better understand the Bible in order to love God more deeply.

"And this is eternal life, that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent."

John 17:3

Advanced Placement (AP) Teachers

Anthony Carroll

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Mr. Anthony Carroll

Teaches AP English Language and Composition

Mr. Carroll received his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literary Studies from Eastern Washington University in 2019. He also holds a TEFL Certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and is ACSI Certified. His favorite areas to teach are writing and literature. He believes that anyone can be a good writer as long as they put in the time and effort into working. One of his goals, as a teacher, is to eliminate writing apprehension; he believes, since writing is such an expressive form of our inner selves, the more we are able to fine tune our abilities, the better we can express our ideas and emotions.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. Some of his hobbies include reading, writing, swimming, birding, and hiking. Mr. Carroll is very passionate about education and never wants to stop learning.

"He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls."

Proverbs 25:28

BJ Condrey
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Dr. BJ Condrey

Teaches AP Psychology

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified.

Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and has taught philosophy, ethics, and apologetics as an adjunct at several universities. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, playing disc golf, traveling, trout fishing, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has three children.

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
Psalm 119:105

Mike Kuldayev
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Mr. Mike Kuldayev

Teaches AP U.S. History, AP World History, and AP U.S. Government & Politics

Mr. Kuldayev received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Biblical Studies from the University of Fresno Pacific and a Master’s Degree from the University of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. He is ACSI certified.

Mr. Kuldayev has been teaching Bible and History in private schools since 2011. He began teaching at Enlightium Academy in 2014 and currently teaches AP History, AP World History, AP Government and Politics, Dual Credit courses, and enjoys seeing students achieve their highest potential.

"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye."
Psalm 32:8

Thomas Lambert

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Mr. Thomas Lambert

Teaches AP Calculus

Thomas graduated from Eastern Washington University with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. He taught Spanish and math for five years in public and private schools before coming to work for Enlightium Academy in 2015. He is ACSI and Mississippi state-certified.

He is passionate about using innovative approaches to provide students with unique learning models to meet their individual needs. He loves working to integrate technology with proven instructional strategies.

He has been married since 2010 and has two children, Titus and Linen Grey. He loves outdoor activities like camping, playing disc golf, and making wooden toys in his workshop.

“All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.”

Psalm 25:10

Will Mead

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Mr. Will Mead

Teaches AP Biology Lab and AP Chemistry Lab

Will Mead graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from Eastern Washington University and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University. Before joining Enlightium, he worked in local, brick and mortar, private Christian schools and, earlier in his career, as a scientist in a clinical laboratory.

Will joined Enlightium as a science teacher in 2017, then served in administration before entering his current role as K-12 Principal. He is certified by ACSI.

Will and his wife married in 2006 and have four children. In his free time, Will enjoys reading works of science and philosophy, playing chess, and watching musical theatre.

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”

James 3:17

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