Academic Community Enrichment

Instructors

Alexander, Christina

I come from a wonderful family of teachers (mostly math), and began helping my mother teach the younger classes when I was still in school. I grew up in London, with five brothers and sisters, and I have a degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University. After fifteen years in professional theater, I moved to the United States in 1990 when I married my husband, who is a musician and entertainer from Louisiana. While he performs in local venues, I now sing mainly at Ascension Catholic Church, where I belong to the choir and am one of the cantors.

 

Before moving to the Space Coast, I taught a variety of subjects (including drama, geography, biology, American history, and French) to middle and high school students at a private school in Miami. My specialities are English - reading, writing and language - and middle school math. I love these subjects and thoroughly enjoy helping students of all ages to understand and become more skilled in these areas. This year I have been teaching online since March and I’m very excited to be joining the team at ACE!

Venmo Name: @Christina-Alexander-81

MS Math 1, Pre-Algebra, SAT English, MS Writing, MS & HS English Language Arts

Bannister, James Mr.

I started training martial arts in 2005 with my 3 brothers. I didn't want to train at first but my parents made a deal with me that I could quit if I didn't like it after a month. 

Needless to say after I got my first belt I was hooked! My parents had originally signed us up as a way to get physical exercise as well as a social activity. Since we were all home-schooled the classes really helped with gaining confidence and learning to properly socialize. 

I have been teaching now for over 9 years and have been running a great martial arts studio in downtown Titusville with my wife April and my brother Israel for 5 years . I am a 3rd Degree Black Belt in the Chuck Norris System and a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Venmo Name: @James-Bannister-1

Bullyproof, Jr. Leaders, and Demo Team Martial Arts Classes

Choate, Jennifer Dr.

Jennifer has a BS in Biology from Harding University and PhD in Biology with an emphasis in Microbiology from University of Arkansas.  She completed her postdoctoral research at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. 

During her years as a graduate student, she taught as a graduate teaching assistant at University of Arkansas Fayetteville. In addition, she served as adjunct faculty for several semesters, then as a visiting instructor for three semesters at University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Her experience working with elementary-aged kids comes from teaching at Sylvan Learning Center, where she was trained in all the subjects they offered, including reading, math, time management, test preparation, and more. She also founded and ran a youth group for preschool through high school at her childhood church in Barling, Arkansas. 

Her family has used the Five in a Row curriculum at home for a few years now. Her children, now ages 6 and 8, love it and have gained so much from the stories and activities. She is excited to share it this year with the students at ACE!

 

Venmo Name: @jennifermchoate

Before Five In A Row, Five In A Row, & Beyond Five In A Row Classes

Cole, Mrs. Michelle

As the oldest child of seven, I have been teaching in some manner basically my whole life.  It seemed very natural for me to enter the teaching field especially after receiving national and state teaching scholarships.  I met my wonderful husband, Marty at a Baptist Campus Ministry meeting at UCF, and we will be celebrating our 27th anniversary in August.  After college, I taught in public schools for over ten years before becoming a mom to my two children.  We have been homeschooling for over ten years now and look forward to many more. This is our seventh year of being blessed by being a part of the NBHSA Tuesday Co-op.  I look forward to the smiles and hugs each week from my students as we grow and learn together that math can be exciting and fun.

Venmo Name: Michelle-Cole-NBHSA

Hands On Math Classes

Collins, Heather Mrs.

The beauty of creation surrounds us! Light and shadows, color, texture, shape.

I love to discover where the students express themselves in art. Then to begin at their skill levels and start to develop, explore and grow! As an artist I am ‘drawn’ to painting people and I share this deep appreciation of the beauty of the human being, as well as the fun way to express ourselves in cartoons and illustrations. I also share my love of nature and animals and how to simplify their abstract shapes in art.

I find that a variety of mediums in drawing and painting are arrows in the quiver to capture and express inspiration when it strikes!

I also love to share the rich history of the beauty of the Masters in Art, and how much we can learn from them. 

Venmo Name: @Heather-Collins-142

MS/HS Beauty of Art Online Classes

Copeland, Linda Mrs.

Hi, my name is Linda Copeland, Christian, wife, mom, nana and elementary teacher by profession. Currently, I am retired and substituting in the north area schools of Brevard County after 36 years of teaching.  I love working with the students and teaching the nature of science and how it is used in our world. God has given us all that we need to live and work in a beautiful world. It is imperative that the students learn to value its beauty, how it works, and their roles in keeping it safe for themselves and generations to come. I am looking forward to working and learning with your children as we explore through hands on activities both in class and home. 

Venmo Name: @Linda-Copeland-20

Lab Rats, Fun Factory, Colossal Curiosity, Golden Comets Science classes, and Science Fair Readiness class

Deimeke, Mrs. Sharise

I have been thrilled to pass on my love for theatre to this home school community for the last 7 years. I look forward to directing a new show each year and teaching all the lessons involved in theatre that are also very big life lessons as well. I love taking the shyest of students and giving them a chance to shine. I absolutely love watching the gifts God has tucked into them blossom and grow. Theatre mimics life in so many ways. It is my desire to speak life into my students, to help them see their greatest potential and to watch them grow their confidence, all things I think pay off big later in their lives.  Together we create, we change, we grow and we learn. All culminating in an amazing production in which they make memories that last a lifetime.

Venmo Name: @Sharise-Deimeke

Dramarama MS Drama Club and The Great Pretenders HS Drama Club

Dokos, Adam

Adam currently works as the Branch Chief for the Structures and Mechanisms Design Branch at Kennedy Space Center. He has 19 years doing detailed design working for NASA that includes everything from robotics design, flight hardware and large structures. Adam graduated from the University of Louisville in Kentucky and has post graduate work at the University of Central Florida. Additionally, he holds a technical degree and has worked as a master certified automotive technician. Beyond that, Adam has 6 years military service, 4 years US Army and 2 National Guard.  Adam loves technical challenges and the opportunity to pass on knowledge in mathematics, physics, robotics and design engineering. At work he has mentored more than a dozen interns and is excited to teach the Gatorbots. He will be working with his wife, Amy, daughter, Cheyenne and an amazing group of parents to achieve the upcoming mission.

Venmo Name: @Adam-Dokos

 

(FIRST LEGO League) FLL Robotics

Fenton, Grecia Mrs.

Grecia Fenton has been serving Brevard County for 27 years as a teacher not only in her long standing  ballet company, but in several area tutoring positions (math and science), a private Christian school (math, science and drama), and Sunday school.  She studied classical ballet in New York and directed and choreographed for many high school theatre programs both in New York and Florida.  In college she began as a pre-med student and later changed to a double major in psychology and biology graduating with a degree in Developmental Psychobiology.

 

Mrs. Fenton and her ballet company travel throughout Brevard county presenting classical and children's’ ballets in area libraries, retirement homes, and community events.  She is the proud Mom of 50 parrots, a marmoset monkey, rabbit, chinchilla, 2 dogs and 2 cats who also perform with the ballet company. 

 

She is married to her wonderful husband Bill and they enjoy camping together.

 

Mrs. Fenton believes each student has unlimited potential in God’s purpose for their life and brings that philosophy into the classroom encouraging and motivating her students to want to learn and achieve the highest goal possible within the gifts they have been given.  It is her desire to shape and enrich the lives of her students not only academically but spiritually as well so they will better understand and serve the world they will impact.

Venmo Name: @Grecia-Fenton

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Human Anatomy, and Biology

Ferraro, Mrs. Pamela

My husband went to a Ligonier Ministry conference in the early 90's. I stayed home with our baby. When he came home and told me about the conference, one of the things he mentioned was that during worship, there was a woman that moved her hands like a ballet to the words. I was so touched by his description of the event that I went to the local library, checked out a signing dictionary and started teaching myself to sign. My only purpose was for worship songs. I quickly discovered that this led me to study the words I was singing to God and to broaden my focus to scripture, everyday life vocabulary and teaching. This is way before "baby sign." I also found that it helped me to remember things through visual & tactical learning. One church we attended offered classes and I took the "Joy of Signing" class, which ended in selecting a song and signing it for the class. Later, I took a class from the signing ministry "Rock the Silence."  Also have taken ASL I and ASL II from EFSC under Sharon Good. I have attended a "silent retreat" sponsored by the Southern Baptist convention and also taken an Interpreter's session led by Carter Beardon, a renowned Deaf Minister.  I have been sharing my love of sign since I started learning. I have held classes for all ages in a variety of venues. I helped encourage a seniors program in Eglin AFB at Bob Hope Village for my mom. I developed and facilitate "Silent Bingo" through the Port St. John Children's Library. Its purpose is to open awareness while having fun of sign language, its benefits and Deaf Culture. I also offer periodic classes at the library that help the students to use their skills and help volunteer in the community. Started and coordinated for many years a Signing Ministry at Coastal Community Church with the goal of blessing all people through the beautiful gift of signing and providing the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing with the option to come and receive the gospel. We have found that the signing in churches have blessed the Hearing and opened up opportunities for them to learn sign language and develop relationships with the Deaf. I organized a Signing Team, "SignOut", for the purpose of taking that joy of signing out into the community and into the churches. It was an amazing opportunity for the students. Enabled and worked with Zenaida Astone, who is Deaf, in providing a positive environment to learn and practice signing. Every day I learn new things and it is my privilege to share what God has so graciously given me.

Venmo Name: @Pamela-Ferraro

ASL 2 (Virtual Wednesdays @ 11am)

Malizzi, Lisa Mrs.

I have been married to my loving and devoted husband for 25 years and we are blessed with nine beautiful children.  I received my Bachelors in Nursing from Creighton University in Omaha, NE and enjoyed being a NICU, OB, Pediatric Nurse for several years.  Even though nursing was very rewarding, I knew I needed to be home with my children.  So we began our homeschooling journey 17 years ago.  During this time, my husband and I started to do medical foster care.  We have cared for children that were in foster care for over 15 years and it has been the most difficult but the most rewarding experience.  We are so thankful that the Lord has brought us on this journey of faith…. And that He has brought us five beautiful children that we have been able to adopt…calling them our own.  I truly love children. I love their curiosity and eagerness to learn.  I love to give them the tools to use their own creative ability and unique self.  I am so excited to give your child an opportunity to use their own creativity and learn about God’s creation along the way.

Venmo Name: @John-Malizzi

Pollywog Science, Froglets Science, and Wiggles & Giggles Movement Class

Mangini, Ashley Mrs.

My name is Ashley Mangini, I have been married to my husband Ben for 12 years and we have two boys. We have been homeschooling for four years. I obtained my BS in Legal Studies with all intentions of attending Law School. However, my heart was led to the classrooms of private schools, preschool, tutoring, and teaching my own children. I have a passion for history, literature, and writing. I love to learn and love to see the passion to learn in children.

Venmo Name: @Ashley-Mangini-1

Uncle Sam to You, Our Star-Spangled Story, Exploring America, Exploring Government & Economics, Adventure Reading, and "ACE Report" Online Newspaper class

Mercurio, Sheri Mrs.

Sheri Mercurio received her Bachelors of Music Education with Choral Emphasis from Florida State University. She has worked in several public school systems as a choral teacher for ten years as well as a piano instructor at a private school for two years. Sheri had been the Director for an 80+member choir consisting of 7th-12th grade students called the Jubilation Student Choir at First Baptist Church of Merritt Island for over five years. She has been the church accompanist, choral arranger and interim director for her church. Currently, Sheri volunteers twice a month as a choral enrichment instructor at Devereux Children’s Home in Viera.

 

Sheri has been married for 22 years and is the mother of 21-year-old twins.

Venmo Name: @SheriMercurio

 

Middle & High School Ensemble, Private Advanced Piano Lessons, and Private Voice Lessons

Moon, Rebecca Mrs.

I am a homeschool mom of 6.5 brave years.  I received two AA degrees, one in Computer Business and one in Accounting, as a young adult. My experience with children serving in church ministry over the years has captured my heart for little ones. Currently, I assist at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Titusville in the 5th-6th youth group.  My passion is for each student to succeed academically and to know that God loves them!  Mr. Pudewa's Institute of Excellence in Writing is truly a wonder! His teaching style is a perfect fit for reluctant writers and those students who may be extremely creative but lack focus. My children are more successful in writing for every subject as a result of this course and my own passion to write well has been sharpened. Facilitating these classes with Claudia Peer, who is an enthusiastic and gifted writer, increases my excitement exponentially. I look forward to the coming year!

Venmo Name: @Rebecca-Moon-6

IEW Level A & B Classes

Pate, Andi Mrs.

I have always been interested in fiber arts, dabbling in knitting and cross stitch in my childhood. But it was about six years ago, when my first was just a little baby, when I came across a picture of crocheted adorable baby booties on the internet and I knew I had to make them. With a little help from a Mrs. Pamela Ferraro to get me started, and about 50 baby booties later, I was hooked. Crochet has been my passion ever since and I am excited to begin sharing it with others!

 

Venmo Name: @Andi-Pate 

Beginner Crochet

Peer, Claudia Mrs.

I’m a Mexican born, Spanish speaking, English loving, homeschool mom. Married to the love of my life for 12 years. Living a blessed life and loving it!! I have been homeschooling our children for the last 6 years and involved in NBHSA-ACE for the last 5.

This year I’m excited to facilitate this class alongside Rebecca Moon. I've always had a passion for writing, and I look forward to passing some of that excitement along to our students. I had a reluctant writer and was absolutely amazed at the difference in her attitude and quality of work even after one semester. Mr. Pudewa's teaching style and writing method along with a safe environment of her peers gave her the confidence to write and share her work!

Venmo Name: @claudia-peer

IEW Level A & B classes

Perdue, Beth Mrs.

I am a wife, mom, teacher, professional singer, student and entrepreneur. I currently work at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in the education department. My husband is the pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Cocoa and I serve alongside him there. I frequently sing the national anthem for rocket launches and I love everything space related. I have my own business making bags, totes and purses from recycled products. I am also the proud mom of three children.

Venmo Name: @Angela-Perdue-7

Women of Praise Bible Study, STEAM Team Building, and Sew Green classes

Perdue, Chad Pastor

My name is Chad Perdue, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Cocoa, Florida.  I have been the pastor for almost three years.  Prior to being pastor, I was the Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, and principal in our school, Space Coast Christian Academy. I continue to coach in the school.  I am married with three children.  My wife, Beth, works at the Space Center as an Educator.  My children are in school at Space Coast Christian.

I love to play sports, especially basketball.  I love to fish and hunt, and spend time outdoors when it’s not too hot.  I love working with young people; I love their energy, curiosity, and potential.  I especially enjoy teaching them.  Whether it’s the Bible, sports, or other issues, there is always something to teach young people, and many times, something to learn from them.

Venmo Name: @chad-perdue-3

Middle School & High School Bible Study

Pittman, Jessica Mrs.

My name is Jessica Pittman. I have been lucky enough to call Brevard County home my entire life. Access to so many natural wonders and having the space program in our own backyard is a gift I do not take for granted. I have been married to my husband, Jason, for 12 years and we have three amazing, beach-loving children! 

I earned my BS in Exceptional Education from the University of Central Florida in 2006 and subsequently obtained my teaching certification in Reading and ESE K-12. I have taught in public and private schools for over 10 years with a few breaks in between to stay home with our kiddos. I have always loved working with children, watching them grow and providing a path for them to figure things out on their own. There is nothing that can replace watching a student have that "Aha!" moment when they finally figure out that Math problem or get the literature connections! 

My youngest son had a fantastic first year at ACE last year and I am so excited to teach a class this year. This program is a testament to what a great community we have in Brevard and I am so proud to be a part of it!

Venmo Name: @jessica-pittman-47

Physical Science

Pringle, Julie Mrs.

Mrs. Julie Pringle is a current Florida certified elementary teacher with 31 years of experience in teaching both public and homeschool settings.  She has a BA degree from UF in Elementary Education with minor in Spanish and Computers.  Her passion and love for children is evident in her commitment to engaging activities and excitement in the classroom. Julie is eager to teach several writing classes again and share her love of learning with elementary aged students! Julie is adept at differentiating instruction for various learning styles as needed.

She and her husband, Matt, have been blessed with seven children and now three daughters in law and three grandsons too.

Julie is always eager to help others on their homeschooling journey. She has been a member of NBHSA for 22 years and teaching here for nine. I'm happy to "pay forward" all of the wisdom that has been shared with me over the years. You can find more on her FaceBook page "Brevard Homeschool Evaluations".

Venmo Name: @Julie-Pringle-3

Primary Pizzazz 1 & 2 Writing, Razzle Dazzle 1 & 2 Writing, and Dynamite Writing

Rota, Patricia

I have taught Spanish for 30 years in public and private high schools in Florida, California, and recently in New Orleans. Doing this well has been my life’s passion. Although I taught every level, Spanish 2 was my primary focus.

All Venmo payments to Patricia Rota will need to be made to @NBHSA-ACE 

Spanish 2, and Spanish 3

Snyder, Holly Mrs.

I am a mother of five, 4 boys, 1 girl.  My husband and I own A-1 Locksmith, in Titusville.  I have been homeschooling our children for the last eleven years and involved in NBHSA-Tuesday Co-op for eight years.  I have been teaching at ACE for 4 years.  I enjoy going to the beach, scrapbooking, and making different kinds of crafts. 

 

 

Venmo Name: @Holly-Snyder-14 

Girls of American History Classes, My Place Geography, Know Your World Geography, and Created to Craft classes

Stanley, Valorie Ms.

My name is Valorie Leet Stanley and I grew up in nearby Cocoa, Florida, though I’ve been a Titusville resident since 1995. I have a Fine Arts and Photography background from USF and the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, and homeschooled my two children, Mariah, now 30 yrs, and Brandon, 27, for 13 years before they began Titusville High. 
I began teaching weekly Homeschool art classes for 45 students in 2000 when NBHSA started a “Friday School” for art, music, drama & Latin. I also began teaching weekly classes at Studio Plus, and now give lessons to about 75 children a week at NBHSA, North Brevard Art League, and Green Circle Gallery in Cocoa Village. It is a joy and privilege beyond measure to teach and watch children of all ages grow in confidence and find a passion for creating artwork! I balance a need for fundamentals with inspiring children to enjoy the learning process and create work they are proud to show and share! I have many long-time students who work far beyond their years, and former students who have their art ed degrees, and are also teaching children!!

Venmo Name: @Valorie-Stanley

Art Fundamentals: Drawing and Painting

Venable, Annie Mrs.

My husband, Tony, and I have four children ranging in age from 10 to 24.  We have homeschooled for 15 years and have been a part of the NBHSA and ACE for 10.  Before homeschooling, I spent two years as a classroom teacher in a private Christian school. I have also worked extensively with preschool and children’s choirs in my church and teach private piano lessons.  In 2012 I got to combine my love for teaching with my passion for music and began teaching the preschool and elementary music classes at Tuesday co-op.  After taking a break in 2016 to spend more time with my family I got to return last year as the Five in a Row instructor.  Now I am excited to have the opportunity to transition back to preschool and elementary music.  I enjoy teaching musical concepts in a variety of ways by incorporating rhythm instruments, melody bells, and even crafts.  It also amazes me how facts can be retained so much easier when they are paired with a melody.  I love to help students memorize scripture and other concepts such as the order of the planets, colors of the rainbow, books of the Bible, and even historical facts through the context of songs.  Some of the productions my elementary classes have done in the past include “I Witness News, Live from Jericho”, “America the Land of the Free”, “Christmas in Reverse”, “A Tribute to the 50’s”, and “Willy Wonka Kids”.  My overall desire is to teach the students to use their music as a means to praise God and bless others.  I especially enjoy taking children to perform in nursing homes where they have the chance to spread joy.     

 

Venmo Name: @Annie-Venable-1

Music In Motion, Acting Up!, and Showstoppers Musical Theatre classes

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