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

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

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

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

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

Svetlana Fenina

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 tutoring since 2015. She has also led arts and crafts through VBS at her church and other summer camps since 2008. 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

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

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

Aaron Sylvia

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

Mrs. Wendy Toy

Mrs. Toy graduated from Messiah College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and she attended Wheaton Graduate School in Illinois and Evangelical School of Theology in Pennsylvania. She had taught for ten years in Christian schools and also homeschooled her own children. Mrs. Toy is ACSI certified.

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

Allie Wood

Mrs. Allie Wood

Mrs. Wood received her bachelor's in biology from the University of Mobile. She has acquired classroom and teaching experience in various facets. Mrs. Wood has mentored in elementary classrooms, interned at an ABA clinic, tutored college students, and more. She enjoys working with students of all ages. Mrs. Wood is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Wood loves cooking, reading, and traveling. She especially loves to try new foods in new places. She and her husband enjoy traveling the United States to see as many national parks as possible!

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” 

Colossians 3:12

Secondary Bible Teachers

Taylor Lankford

Dr. Taylor Lankford

Bible Faculty Chair

Dr. Lankford received his bachelors degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute in 2015. He also holds a Master of Theology (2019) and PhD (2022) in Divinity from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Dr. Lankford has taught theology at the secondary and university level and has a passion for teaching others to engage their culture with a firm, Christ-centered foundation. Dr. Lankford is ACSI-certified.

Dr. Lankford was born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee. He is the youngest of five children and has 18 nieces and nephews. Two weeks after his marriage to his wife Deanna in 2017, the couple moved to Aberdeen, Scotland so that Taylor could begin his graduate studies. After earning his doctorate, they moved from Scotland.

In 2020, they welcomed twin girls, Robin and Nieve, into the world. Dr. Lankford considers being a husband and parent the greatest (and most difficult) joy of his life.

"The heart of man plans his ways, but the Lord establishes his steps."

Provberbs 16:9

Christopher Bryant

Mr. Christopher Bryant

Mr. Christopher Bryant earned his B.A in Pastoral Ministry from Cedarville University. He also holds a M.Div in Advanced Biblical Studies and a M.A. in Old Testament Studies. He is a passionate Bible teacher who desires all to learn and grow in the Scriptures. Mr. Bryant is ACSI certified.

Mr. Bryant was born and raised in Oxford, Michigan. Besides the Bible, he loves football, baseball, and disc golf. Also, he is a passionate woodworker. Most of all, he loves serving his local church through Sunday School, Awana, and other events and activities.

“Into Thy hand, I commit my spirit;
Thou has ransomed me, O YHWH, God of Truth.”

Psalm 31:5

Melena Lawson

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

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

Ross McKnight

Mr. Ross McKnight

Mr. McKnight earned his BS in Biblical and Theological Studies from the University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama. He is continuing his education at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is studying to earn his MDiv with a concentration in biblical languages. While pursuing his degrees, Mr. McKnight has enjoyed working in various ministry and teaching contexts in the local church including college, youth, and community evangelism. Mr. McKnight is ACSI-certified.

Mr. McKnight was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. When he moved to Mobile in 2020, he met his wife who teaches 3rd grade. They enjoy reading, running, playing sand volleyball and pickleball, traveling, cooking, and watching movies together.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

Matthew 5:6

Brittan Harbus

Mrs. Brittan Reich

Mrs. Reich earned a bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies with an Interdisciplinary in Ministry to Women from Moody Bible Institute. She is passionate about discipleship and mentorship and has a Certificate of Discipleship from Youth With A Mission - Nicoya, Costa Rica. Mrs. Reich is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Reich was born and raised in Ventura, California. She has always loved the beach and misses it often. She met her husband in Chicago while completing school and was married in 2022. She enjoys traveling, being outdoors, reading, cooking, baking, and spending quality time with those she loves.

“Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 

Matthew 26:39

Joseph Weidemann

Mr. Heath Robertson, PhD

Heath Robertson received his Bachelors of Science in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and his Masters in Biblical and Theological Studies at Western Seminary. Most of his studies were in Old Testament exegesis, completing an honors program at Moody and receiving an honors award for Old Testament exegesis at Western Seminary. In 2023 he completed his PhD in Divinity from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland), researching in the area of Reformed soteriology (the study of salvation). He is ACSI certified.

Heath delights in serving Enlightium students and their families. In his free time, he enjoys staying active with running. This year he plans to enter a handful of fun runs ranging from 5k to 25k in distance.

“Let all that you do be done in love.” 

1 Corinthians 16:14

Joseph Weidemann

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

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

Cade Wood

Mr. Cade Wood

Mr. Wood earned his BS in Biblical and Theological Studies from the University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama. Most of his teaching experience has come within the context of church ministry. He spent his time teaching in college groups, youth groups, Sunday schools, conferences, discipleship-now weekends, and summer camps. Mr. Wood is ACSI certified.

Mr. Wood also loves to travel. In fact, he will marry his fiancee in September and they will spend the year driving across America exploring national parks. 

"Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless your name as long as I live; in your name, I will lift up my hands."

Psalm 63:3-4

Secondary English Teachers

Candice Nelson

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.  Mrs. Nelson is ACSI certified.

“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

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 is ACSI certified.

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

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 ACSI certified.

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

Mr. Anthony Carroll

Mr. Carroll received his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literary Studies from Eastern Washington University in 2019, and he received his Masters of Education in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University in 2023. He holds a teaching certificate through the state of Washington. He also has 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. 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

Mrs. Amy Chamberlain

Mrs. Chamberlain received her Master’s Degree in Mediation and Conflict Resolution as well as her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Organizational Management from Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee. She also received her Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification from Bridge English in Denver, Colorado, and a certificate in school management and leadership from Harvard University. Mrs. Chamberlain holds an International Montessori Teaching Diploma from North American Montessori Center. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Chamberlain has been teaching English since 2015, and most recently was the director of a Montessori middle and high school in Ohio where she also taught English. She also worked as an international school principal, serving both Chinese students and first generation Chinese Americans. Mrs. Chamberlain also teaches private Novel Studies classes to students in China on the weekends. She discovered how much she loved teaching after taking a part-time job teaching ESL to adults. Since then, she has taught students aged two to 79 one-on-one, in group, and in full classroom environments, in both online and brick and mortar schools as well as via an English language livestreaming app. Prior to teaching, she was a live television director and broadcast production trainer for 16 years. She considers herself an advocate for the special needs community, and she has learned a great deal about this subject over the past 23 years. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Ohio.

“Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.” 

Proverbs 16:3

Hanna Griffing

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

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. Mr. Hamm is ACSI certified.

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

Brianne Johnson

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

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

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. He is ACSI certified.

Mr. Malacki has published a middle-grade novel and a handful of shorter works. When he isn’t teaching or writing, he enjoys reading the classics 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

Mrs. Jessica Price

Mrs. Jessica Price

Mrs. Price received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Mississippi State University and her Master’s Degree focusing on Secondary Education - English. She has been teaching English since 2012 at both the secondary and collegiate level. Mrs. Price currently lives in Mississippi with her husband, Madison, and their two young children: a vivacious three-year-old, Lawson, and an outgoing five-year-old, Marin. Mrs. Price is ACSI-certified.

She is a theater person at heart and enjoys both directing and acting in plays and musicals, though her favorite is performing in musicals. She has been active in theatrical shows for 25 years and has been honored and thrilled to perform numerous titular roles on stage. She enjoys being able to continue using her talents to treat her teaching lessons as a performance and keep the students engaged.

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

Proverbs 11:25

Mrs. Jessica Price

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.”

Corinthians 12:9

Stephanie Wright

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

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

Ashley Carraway

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

Krista Heyer

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

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 is ACSI-certified.

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. He has given her to include directing her to spread His word to others.

“For we live by faith, not sight.”

2 Corinthians 5:7

Emily Miller

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

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

Mrs. Caryn Chappell-Gonzalez

Mrs. Chappell-Gonzalez is from Alabama and received her Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University. She then earned her Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University prior to moving to Texas. After spending years working in the aerospace, oil, and gas industries, she started a small consulting business and became a part-time STEM educator at IFLY indoor skydiving. She was also profoundly inspired by her daughter's kindergarten teacher, who designed and delivered online lessons much like a "kid reality show." This inspiration fueled her desire to become an online K-12 math tutor for at-risk youth in the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin areas and a middle school substitute teacher. She met many students who were afraid of math. As a result, she has made it her mission to change negative perceptions about math and make it relatable, engaging, and fun. Mrs. Chappell-Gonzalez is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Chappell-Gonzalez is excited about developing the next generation of creative problem-solvers and leaders. She is active in several ministries in her community and serves as a VBS Youth Leader at her church during the summer months. She plays soccer and roller derby as hobbies. She also has a twin brother who lives in Japan as an electrical engineer and hopes to visit him annually. She lives with her husband, daughter, two cats, and a rabbit who surprisingly all get along.

“Do not be conformed to this world,[a] 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

Daniel Chan

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

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

Dr. Derrick Howell

Dr. Howell received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Chemistry from Huston-Tillotson University. He then earned a Masters in Theological Studies from Vision International University. From there, he earned a Masters Degree in Special Education and a Doctorate in K-12 Leadership from Grand Canyon University, as well as a Masters of Educational Administration from Lamar University. He is currently certified in EC-6th grade generalist as well as 4-8 mathematics.

Dr. Howell spends his free time watching Netflix with his family. He also enjoys working out and traveling to various places.

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…”

Isaiah 43:1

Tiffany James

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

Tiffany James

Mrs. Oksana Krichilskaya

Mrs. Krichilskaya received her bachelors in elementary education from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. There she also studied special education. She received her masters in curriculum development and instruction from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mrs. Krichilskaya has had varied teaching experiences from teaching in a private school in South Korea, teaching art, and subbing across various grade levels. She enjoys teaching math and reading and has a passion for working with students who are new to the English language (ESL/EL). Mrs. Krichilskaya is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Krichilskaya was born in Ukraine and came to America in 2003. She and her husband Alex spend time serving in their church in Washington. Mrs. Krichilskaya is a Sunday school teacher, and her husband serves on the sound and media team. Outside of work and church, Mrs. Krichilskaya enjoys reading, cooking, and going camping in the mountains.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalms 46:10

Andre Lamoureux

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

Pearl Sanchez

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 teaches our Bronze level Geometry students 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, journaling, 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

Secondary Science Teachers

Lauren Baker

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 at Pearl River Community College. 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.”

Published Work:

“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

Turkesa Bullock

Mrs. Turkesa Bullock

Mrs. Bullock attended the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she received her bachelor’s degree in Polymer Science and Engineering as well as her master’s degree in Science and Mathematics Education. She is certified through the state of Mississippi and is AP certified in Chemistry, General Sciences, and Engineering. She has taught Chemistry since 2011 and has also taught at the college level. Before coming to Enlightium Academy, Mrs. Bullock taught virtual science courses. Mrs. Bullock is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Bullock enjoys watching movies, series, and documentaries, traveling, and listening to any type of music. She really enjoys spending time with her husband and two girls, London and Maddie, singing in the church choir, and teaching bible class.

“And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”

Proverbs 24:4

Dr. Maya Herzog

Dr. Maya Herzog

As a young child, Dr. Herzog enjoyed being outside more than anything else. She had a vivid imagination and there was always an adventure waiting for her to explore. she imagined traveling to distant places, learning about animals and life from around the world, and meeting the people who lived there. After high school, following family tradition, she decided to join the U.S. Navy. Her ten years of active duty gave her an authentic glimpse of scientific investigation. During that time, she also became a mentor and teacher, teaching underwater physics, oceanography, and sonar electronic systems. During her free time, she worked with the Chaplain to organize humanitarian events and outreach for the developing countries that they visited.

Following ten years of honorable service, she decided to take the skills that made her an outstanding sailor and apply them toward a full-time career in science and academia. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Ph.D. in Quantitative Biology. Dr, Herzog has taught undergraduate biology classes, including cellular and molecular biology, ecology, genetics, and microbiology. 

My favorite bible passage is 1 Samuel 3:10, as God was patient with Samuel, as He is patient with us. All we have to do is listen to understand what He wants us to do. Dr. Herzog believes she has been called to teach science. Every moment spent with a student or a peer, at meetings, or even quick greetings of 'hello' or 'good-bye,' is a moment of fellowship.

In her free time, Dr. Herzog likes spending time with her family and, most of all, her little guy. They enjoy hiking, camping (when it is not so hot!), and traveling. Most important is they share moments of reading the Bible and reflecting on God's message on how to go about their lives every day. These moments continue to make us stronger.

“...Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3:10

Melena Lawson

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

Branden Lawson

Mr. Brandon Lawson

Mr. Lawson is currently pursuing his Bachelor's of Christian Education with an emphasis in Apologetics from the Institute of Creation Research.

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

Lauren Stanley

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, toddler son, and baby girl as well as all their extended family and friends. They are involved in their church and love serving the Lord through music ministry especially. Hiking, traveling, and movie nights 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

Secondary Electives Teachers

Megan Crites

Mrs. Megan Crites

Electives Faculty Chair

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

Daniel Chan

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

Olga Dunn

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 ACSI certified.

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

William Olson

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

Olga Dunn

Ms. Miranda Smith

Ms. Smith graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2017 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biblical Studies. While there, she took every elective possible, because she wanted to learn a little bit of everything about everything. She is enthusiastic about helping students grow in their particular God given-niches and desires as they find a specific trajectory for their futures. Ms. Smith is ACSI-certified

Ms. Smith is from Southern California, but lived in Hawaii on staff at an outdoor Bible College for several years before moving to Spokane. In Ms. Smith's free time, she enjoys playing piano, especially on her church worship team, spending time with her close friends and family, hiking and camping, and enjoying all the beauty that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

Colossians 3:17

World Language Teachers

French

Cassandra Fairfield

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

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 taught for several years at a local private Christian school prior to joining the Enlightium Academy team in 2017. Mrs. Kosoff also has experience teaching students backpacking and wilderness skills. She volunteered as a backpacking guide for Beyond Malibu in Canada for several summers. 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 of God created in His image.

"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

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

Spanish

David Alvarez

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

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 is ACSI-certified.

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

Advanced Placement (AP) Teachers

Kimberly Culp

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

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

Josh Malacki

Mr. Josh Malacki

Teaches AP English Language and Composition

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

Melena Lawson

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

Ms. Karen Reed

Teaches AP Biology Lab

Ms. Reed obtained her Master of Education in Secondary STEM from Grand Canyon University in 2023, a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of West Georgia in 2005, and completed post-graduate coursework in Public Administration, and English Bible from Augusta State University and Regent University, respectively.

She has been a k-12 tutor for all disciplines for over 20 years, and a home school liaison in her community for over 10 years. Her passions are education reform, encouraging student self-advocacy, promoting holistic learning, and ensuring her students make meaningful connections with content material within and throughout each discipline.

Ms. Reed created the Spiritual Growth and Leadership Seminar course for Bread of Life Bible Institute in 2011, and continues to support bible study groups as requested as well as acting as guest lecturer upon request. She is ASCI-certified and intends to acquire STEM certifications for the State of Georgia.

She and her twin sister Sharon were born on their mom's birthday! Ms. Reed loves all things tea, and has a rather eclectic musical taste.

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

Proverbs. 23:23

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