About

Our Teachers

Enlightium Academy teachers help students develop biblical thinking in every discipline. By God’s grace, we work and pray that students would also learn to model Christian character in every area of life.

We seek to cultivate an abiding love for Christ in our students by encouraging the study of scripture, a vibrant prayer life, and engagement with their local church (John 15:4-5). Teachers hold high expectations for how students relate to their peers and submit to those in authority, showing respect for all.

Teacher support is calibrated to serve students who possess the skills for self-guided, independent learning and demonstrate initiative and resilience in academics. To that end, teachers guide students to make effective and responsible use of every available resource.

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 educational technology and skills to provide dynamic, Christ-honoring instruction differentiated to suit every student’s learning needs. Each teacher curates and maintains an exclusive digital library of supplementary materials, videos, and explanations to supplement curriculum and aid learning.

Enlightium teachers work with their students on an individual level, communicating directly within the curriculum. Gold and Diamond students also receive real-time phone support and one-on-one Zoom video sessions.

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. 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. Mrs. Chun resides in Washington state with her husband and dog. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, photography, music, and reading.

“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)

April Thomas

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Mrs. Rebecca Bean

Mrs. Bean holds a Bachelor’s degree from Liberty University in Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary Studies and an Associates degree from Johnson University in Intercultural Studies. She is a licensed teacher in the state of Virginia and taught in public schools for four years before joining Enlightium. Mrs. Bean is ACSI certified. 

Mrs. Bean lives in Virginia with her husband and daughter. She and her husband are youth leaders at their church and they love working with the teenagers. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, playing board games, reading books and going outdoors.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” 

1 Timothy 4:12

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

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 two sons. 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

Abby Powell
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Mrs. Abby Powell

Mrs. Powell graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is state certified and taught for five years before joining the Enlightium Academy team. Her passion is to invest in students, guide them in their learning, and develop a love for learning.

Mrs. Powell lives in Texas with her husband, two cats, and Basset hound puppy. In her free time she loves reading, scrapbooking, having deep conversations, and connecting with her family.

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your Word.”
Psalm 119:9

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

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

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 is the Faculty Chair of the Bible Department and also oversees all curriculum writing and revisions along with one other person. He served as a youth, college, and small group pastor in the local church for over ten years. Along with his role at Enlightium, he is also a part-time philosophy instructor at Pearl River Community College and Hutchinson Community College where he teaches Intro to Philosophy, Ethics, and Logic.

In his spare time, he enjoys writing, biking, fly fishing, board games, disc golf, spending time with family and friends, and drinking a good cup of coffee. He loves his wife Allison and their three children. One of his great passions is helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart.

"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 and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Theology. She has been tutoring children of all ages since 2011 and has been working as an online teacher since 2016. 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. 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

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 and earned 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 Bachelors of Science in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and his Masters in Biblical and Theological Studies (exegetical emphasis) at Western Seminary. Most of his studies were in Old Testament exegesis, completing an honors program for Semitic Languages at Moody and receiving an honors award for Old Testament exegesis at Western Seminary. He is now pursuing his PhD in Divinity, researching in the field of systematic theology. His dissertation is on the subject of regeneration in the Reformed tradition. He is certified by ACSI.

Heath finds great fulfillment in his roles at Enlightium and enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest and staying active with running.

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

1 Corinthians 16:14

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

Secondary English Teachers

Candice Nelson

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Mrs. Candice Nelson

English Faculty Chair

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

Kim Ambler

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Mrs. Kim Ambler

Mrs. Ambler earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English and her Master’s Degree in Education at George Mason University in Virginia. She began her career in Virginia as an elementary teacher in the Fairfax County public school system. She later decided to try something new and started teaching online at Florida Virtual School. Her most cherished teaching position has been homeschooling her own three children from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Mrs. Ambler lives in the Tampa, Florida area and enjoys all the local treasures like the beautiful beaches, parks, and theme parks. On her days off, she can often be found at Disney with her daughter. Some of her hobbies include biking, kayaking, bowling, playing board games, going to the movies, watching football and hockey, and hanging out with her little dog, Atticus. The hobby she has always had the most passion and the greatest love for is reading. She hopes to always spread this love of reading to her students.

“Let all that you do be done in love.”
1 Corinthians 16:14

Dan Bracy
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Mr. Dan Bracy

Mr. Bracy received his Bachelor’s Degree in English from Western Washington University and his Master’s Degree focusing on English Literature. He went on to teach composition, literature, and college success courses at Whatcom Community College and Bellingham Technical College.

Mr. Bracy is always working to deepen his knowledge to better serve his students. He enjoys helping students to build their toolkit of rhetorical strategies and nurturing their critical thinking skills.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have tribulations. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

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

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 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 also founded and leads the English Language Learning (ELL) Program. Ms. Griffing 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

Derek Hamm
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Mr. Derek Hamm

Mr. Hamm received his Bachelor’s Degree in English from Barton College in Wilson, NC. Later, he attended East Carolina University, where he received his Master’s Degree in Library Science to further his teaching career, and he spent five years working at the community college level as a tutor and librarian.

He came to value Christian education thanks to attending a Christian academy, and he believes in helping students succeed like his teachers once helped him. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and video games, reading or watching stories, and playing with his pets.

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."

1 Thessalonians 5:11

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, an English teacher for high school students, and while earning her ACSI Certification.

Mrs. Ibarra and her husband took a leap of faith to move from California to Tennessee with their dogs, horses, birds, and cat, and they are so happy with their decision! 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.The Ibarras are overjoyed to be expecting a baby boy at the start of 2023! They also hope to adopt a child in the future, as they have always felt a calling for adoption. Mrs. Ibarra teaches because of her passion for illuminating God’s love and supporting 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.In her free time, she enjoys going on walks with her family, cross-stitching, and baking.

"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

Morgan Lee
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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 is ACSI certified.

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

Josh Malacki

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Mr. Josh Malacki

Mr. Malacki received his Bachelor’s Degree in English and certification in Secondary Education from Robert Morris University. Prior to joining Enlightium, he taught public middle school and high school English.

Mr. Malacki has published a middle-grade novel and a handful of smaller works. When he isn’t teaching or writing, he enjoys reading the classics, watching sports, and spending time with family.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

Danaya Pyatt

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Ms. Danaya Pyatt

Ms. Pyatt attended and graduated from Nyack College in New York and received her Bachelor’s degree in English. Ms Pyatt has taught middle school English Language Arts since 2020. Two favorite things about teaching are showing her students that they are highly valued and that each deserves an equal opportunity to learn and grow.

In her free time, she loves spending time with God in His Word, prayer, writing stories, reading, and learning new things.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
-Philippians 4:8

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

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 U.S. 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 daughter named Madison and a son named John. 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

Tracy Maas

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Mrs. Tracy Maas

Mrs. Maas has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and a Masters Degree in Human Resources Training and Development. She has been teaching Social Studies at the middle and high school level since 2018 with an emphasis in U.S. History and Government.

Mrs. Maas lives in Tampa, Florida and has been married since 1995. She and her husband have three children together. Mrs. Maas enjoys participating in women’s Bible studies, learning how to play golf, and praising God for the many blessings.

“For we live by faith, not sight.”

2 Corinthians 5:7

Emily Miller
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Ms. Emily Miller

Ms. Miller received her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Whitworth University in 2018, and is set to graduate with an MA in American History in Spring of 2023. 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 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

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

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

Andre Lamoureux

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Mr. Andre Lamoureux

Mr. Lamoureux earned his B.S. in Mathematics from Washington State University and his M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Connecticut. He is ACSI certified.

Mr. Lamoureux was born in Southern California but has called the Northwest his home since he was ten years old. He taught for the Community Colleges of Spokane for ten years before transitioning to Enlightium. He lives in rural eastern Washington with his wife and six children. The seventh child lives nearby with his granddaughter. Aside from a bunch of children, Mr. Lamoureux has many animals, including goats, chickens, a dog, a cat, and a ferret.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

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

Pearl Sanchez

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Mrs. Pearl Sanchez

Mrs. Sanchez earned her Bachelor's Degree in English, with a minor in Mathematics, from Simpson University in Redding, CA. She has taught and tutored students of all grade levels, ranging from elementary to college in Mathematics, as well as English Composition. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Sanchez joined Enlightium Academy in 2017 and has taught Elementary math and science and high school mathematics. She now assists in middle school and high school mathematics while she goes to school part-time, working towards her Masters degree. She loves to help guide students as they unlock and discover their full potential.

Some of her hobbies and interests include reading, hiking, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband and two children.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Romans 8:28

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 five 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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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 assists with grading in middle school 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

Ben Donahue

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Mr. Ben Donahue

Electives Faculty Chair

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

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 Dayton, Ohio 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 is the Faculty Chair of the Bible Department and also oversees all curriculum writing and revisions along with one other person. He served as a youth, college, and small group pastor in the local church for over ten years. Along with his role at Enlightium, he is also a part-time philosophy instructor at Pearl River Community College and Hutchinson Community College where he teaches Intro to Philosophy, Ethics, and Logic.

In his spare time, he enjoys writing, biking, fly fishing, board games, disc golf, spending time with family and friends, and drinking a good cup of coffee. He loves his wife Allison and their three children. One of his great passions is helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart.

"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

Olga Dunn
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Mrs. Olga Dunn

Mrs. Dunn graduated from University of Washington in 2010 where she majored in Linguistics and minored in Music. Mrs. Dunn joined Enlightium Academy in 2014, took a couple years off to care for her son, and returned to the team in 2022! She has taught music to children of all ages since 2007, and she is thrilled to see students gain a deeper appreciation of the arts.

Mrs. Dunn is from the Seattle area, but lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and son. In her free time she enjoys exploring nature with her family, being lost in a good mystery novel, and of course making music with friends.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."

Romans 15:13

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

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

World Language Teachers

French

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

German

Kirsten 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

Greek

Turner Perkins
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Mr. Turner Perkins

Mr. Perkins has been involved in Christian academia 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 rigorous study and the everyday things of life. 

Mr. Perkins holds his Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies with an interdisciplinary in Biblical Languages, his Master of Arts in Classical Theology, and is ACSI certified. Mr. Perkins loves helping students better know God in order to love Him 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

Spanish

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

David Alvarez

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Mrs. Alessandra Broussard

Mrs. Broussard graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2009 with a BA in Political Science/Pre-Law, and went on to study Industrial and Organizational Psychology until 2011. In 2021, Mrs. Broussard received her MS degree from Western Governors University in Curriculum and Instruction. She is certified to teach Spanish to grades K-12 and Social Studies to grades 6-12.

Mrs. Broussard has been in the education field for over a decade. She enjoys singing, traveling, and learning about other languages and cultures along the way. Mrs. Broussard’s passions are her relationship with God, family and her church family.

"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

Delly Dedós Feliciano
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Ms. Delly Dedós Feliciano

Ms. Dedós Feliciano was born and raised in Puerto Rico where she graduated from the University of Puerto Rico. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Pre-Translation. She has served as an English and Spanish translator and taught Special Education and Elementary students before joining Enlightium Academy.

Ms. Dedós Feliciano enjoys teaching Spanish and bringing as much of her culture into her courses as possible. She believes her enthusiastic, cultural approach to teaching Spanish helps students acquire language skills in a manner that keeps them interested and motivated.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:31

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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Mr. Nathen Osterholm

Teaches AP Psychology

Mr. Osterholm received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Washington and earned 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

Kimberly Culp

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Ms. Kimberly Culp

Teaches AP Calculus

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

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

Melena Lawson

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Dr. Ellie Muniz

Teaches AP Chemistry Lab

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

Karen Reed

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Ms. Karen Reed

Teaches AP Biology Lab

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

Concurrent Credit (CC) Teachers

BJ Condrey
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Dr. BJ Condrey

Teachers PSYC 1550: Introduction to 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 is the Faculty Chair of the Bible Department and also oversees all curriculum writing and revisions along with one other person. He served as a youth, college, and small group pastor in the local church for over ten years. Along with his role at Enlightium, he is also a part-time philosophy instructor at Pearl River Community College and Hutchinson Community College where he teaches Intro to Philosophy, Ethics, and Logic.

In his spare time, he enjoys writing, biking, fly fishing, board games, disc golf, spending time with family and friends, and drinking a good cup of coffee. He loves his wife Allison and their three children. One of his great passions is helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart.

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

Kimberly Culp

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Ms. Kimberly Culp

Teaches MATH 1300: College Algebra

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

Mike Kuldayev
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Mr. Mike Kuldayev

Teaches HIST 1030: The World and the West I and HIST 1040: The World and the West II

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

Melena Lawson

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Dr. Ellie Muniz

Teaches BIOL 1040: Environmental Science

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

Melodie Workman

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Mrs. Melodie Workman

Teaches ENGL 1020: English Composition

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

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