We are very proud of the caliber of teachers at Living Science.

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Bernie Adams
High School computer programming, 7th and 8th grade technology

Since Bernie Adams began teaching computer science and programming in August of 2015, she has combined two of her greatest passions: children’s education and science and technology. Applying both with a biblical focus in her classroom, she believes that “the world was created by God exactly the way he described it in Genesis.”  Learn more

Andrea AppleAndrea Apple
K-2 Clubs, 3rd thru 5th grade Engineering, 3-4 grade Language Arts.

I knew from an early age that I wanted to teach young children and to write children’s books.  God instilled a passion for both within me a long time ago and that fire still burns brightly!  I received a degree in Early Childhood Education from KSU and taught in Cobb County for 9 years.  At that time, God blessed my husband, Jeff, and myself with our only child, Everett.  We decided to homeschool Everett from the beginning, and supplemented his studies at Living Science beginning with his 6th Grade year.  As Everett became more and more independent, the strong desire to be back in the classroom grew in me.  I thought I might return to public school, but God’s plan brought me to a teaching role at Living Science … His ways are ALWAYS better than our ways!  I am so thankful to be here, teaching, writing curriculum, and helping in any way I can.  I love the opportunity to pray with and for our students and their families … it’s one of my favorite aspects of teaching in such a Christ-centered atmosphere.  My goal, while teaching your children the STEM program, is to create life-long learners, hungry for the truth found in God’s Word and knowledge that will help them go out and influence and change the world for His glory!!

Michelle Crose head shot smallMichelle Crose
Algebra 1 (Honors), 8th Grade and High School Engineering

Prior to having children I worked as a “rocket scientist” for McDonnell Douglas and Lockheed Martin. I have an Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering degree from Purdue plus the experience of teaching for the past 10 years. I love to watch students grasp how things work and are put together. I want them to get excited about all the possibilities within the field of Engineering. Learn more

Mr D Portrait clearLance Davis (Mr. D)
Administrator and Co-Founder

I was trained as a teacher in Africa. The English system of education mandated that if I were handed a class to teach, as long as I understood the content to be taught, I should be able to use good principles and practices in delivering an exciting, valuable and challenging lesson. I love teaching and leading students, young or old. Watching the light go on as a Servant Leader says, “Oh, I get it!”, or seeing a real life-change in one of them is still one of my favorite experiences.

Penney Davis (Mrs. D) Co-Founder
Middle School Science and Marine Biology

I have been teaching science for more years than many of our parents are old!  My passion has not changed or wavered.  I am passionate about God.  I am passionate about children.  I am passionate about science!  Put those three ingredients together and you have a dynamic environment that will impact lives permanently. It is easy to leap out of bed every day and enter a science lab filled with eager faces belonging to kids and young adults who are ready to engage in learning for the purpose of one day impacting others in the same way.

Andrea AppleStacey Kahn-Dennison Middle School History 1 and 2

An Atlanta native, Stacey moved with her family to Solomon’s Island, MD and then to Oak Ridge, TN. She attended UT, Knoxville, studying classical opera performance and ultimately graduating in communications and TV production.  Stacey was saved by the Grace of God in 1996, and has spent the last 12 years passionately guiding home school students in subjects ranging from clarinet to physical science. Her deepest desire is to point students towards Yeshua and His righteousness, His call to purity, veracity, and sanctification. Examination of His Story is a marvelous vehicle for this amazing journey!

Beverly Dingley
High School Spanish I and II, Speech, and Drama

Being on staff at Living Science allows me to pass on a love of learning and passion to my students. For me, it is easy to get passionate about Spanish since I have had the fun of visiting Spain, Peru, and Honduras. Being able to communicate while traveling is a huge motivator! We have the added benefit of a large Hispanic community that gives plenty of opportunity to speak in Spanish right where we live. Students are given CDs with songs, dialogues, and readings so they hear the language apart from class. It is wonderful when students tell me stories of how they have used the language!

In the realm of Speech and Drama, it is a great experience to take kids ages 12 – 17, many of whom have never met each other, and forge them into a team. Our class becomes a team that helps each person improve in their speaking and acting skills. Over the course of the year, even students who seemed practically mortified to speak aloud in a group become more confident. Day to day life provides constant reminders of the need for public speaking skills: church services, college recruitment events, and sports banquets, to name a few. I love seeing my students stand tall, make eye contact, and articulate their opinions with passion!

staff_dan-fisherDan Fisher
High School Tech & Engineering Chair – High School Electronics and Audiotechnology

I have discovered a passion for teaching, especially teaching God’s word and the application of technology. I find that theory without application is often boring, and I seek to incorporate labs into my classes that provide practical application to what we are learning. God has led me to Living Science by way of the Marine Corps and a long career with Lockheed Martin. I believe that my experiences as a Christian in these highly secular environments helped to prepare me for this incredible opportunity to teach students in the uniquely edifying atmosphere that is Living Science. I see STEM as providing a critical underpinning for the understanding of the orderly nature of God’s world. I particularly enjoy the ability to work with students as individuals rather than as products on an assembly line.  Learn more

sandy-fisherSandy Fisher
Physical Science, Physics, and Robotics

My passion in teaching physics is to help the students understand some of the underlying structure God placed in our universe.  Our orderly God created an orderly universe for us to study  to learn more about ourselves and Him.  Teaching home school students is great because we set our own goals and schedules.  This year, in addition to our regular course work, we are building 8-foot tall trebuchets for our spring team project.  Not many regular schools (public or private) can offer this kind of opportunity.  I especially like teaching at Living Science; the focus is your relationship with God, whether you are student, teacher or parent.  We put much emphasis on the heart and attitude of the student; when the heart and attitude are right, right actions typically follow.

Melinda Freeman
9th Grade Introduction to Literature

Throughout my life, I have always sought to use literature as a window into the beauty of God’s creation, our place in it, and our connection to others throughout the richness of God’s world. Having served as an overseas missionary for 18 years, I have a wealth of experience using literary principles in teaching young adults of various ages and nationalities. My greatest passion is to use literary principles to equip students with a solid, Godly worldview to stand on as they face 21st century society.

Lisa GallionLisa Gallion
World Literature (Honors) American Literature (Honors),  Freshman Composition and Literature (EN 101-2, Dual Enrollment)

As a college writing instructor, technical writer, marketing professional, and homeschool mom, I know how important it is for our high school students to have strong communication skills.  Studying great literature develops the critical thinking skills that our students need across the curriculum and in their adult lives.  Learning to critique worldview along with literary techniques helps students prepare to enter the college environment, where they will encounter many who do not share a biblical approach. It is a blessing and privilege to share my passion for literature and written communication with the outstanding young people at Living Science.

staff_jennifer-hughesJennifer Hughes
Algebra I (Year 1 & 2), Geometry, Algebra II (Honors), Trigonometry/Precalculus

I love math and the fact that it can be applied in so many different ways and that there are multiple ways to solve every problem.  I like to see students discover new ways to solve problems, and I love it when I see a student reach understanding.  Math is everywhere, and I try to teach students to be thinkers and know why math works instead of just memorizing formulas or facts. The environment here is contagious; the parents are involved and the students are engaged.  I have the freedom to use many techniques and be hands-on, involving the students in learning.  It’s so important to me that it is not just about learning Math or Science or English, but it is about the character and heart of the student.  Learning here is centered around the Creator and His Creation—the way it should be!

Jenni IglesiasJenni Iglesias
6th grade Intro Math

One of the greatest gifts we have from the Lord is the ability to LEARN! I have always been fascinated by this process and have enjoyed the challenge of teaching others something they have not yet discovered for themselves. My passion is to help others in any way the Lord places before me. Often, this has been through music (I have a Master’s in Percussion Performance) or administration, which comes out in countless ways. Every year I am excited to see what the Lord, the greatest Teacher of all, has in store

Living Science Teacher - Carly LoweryCarla Lowery
Physical Science (9th grade) and Chemistry (11th grade)

In 2015, Carla Lowery joined the Living Science to teach honors chemistry and the chemistry portion of physical science. Taking a biblical approach to teaching, Carla believes “God left nothing to chance and we have the privilege of seeking out part of His creation through study and experimenting.” In her classroom, students are taught to appreciate chemistry with lectures and interactive lab work. Learn More

staff_synd-luskCyd Lusk
Biology (10th Grade), Anatomy and Physiology (12th Grade)

I graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia in 1981. I love my job and especially now that I am teaching at Living Science.   I have been able to join my love of Veterinary Medicine with God’s Word in teaching.  The students at Living Science are par excellence.  It’s a joy to be able to show God’s hand of creation in Biology and Anatomy and Physiology.  I am able to demonstrate how the design and structure of God’s creation is perfect for the function or work it is to perform. In Anatomy and Physiology, I use the dissection of the cat in a lab setting every day to show how God’s Word is truth and He is the Creator.  My passion is to let each and every student see God’s marvelous hand at work and stand in awe of His works.

Dr. Bob Montes, Living Science Teacher

Dr. Bob Montes – 
Intro to Psychology, American Sign Language 2

Dr. Bob Montes began teaching dual enrollment Psychology at Living Science in the fall of 2016, bringing an incredibly diverse, practice background to the faculty. Connecting the principles of Psychology to the Word of God as he teaches, his wish is for students to not only enjoy the course but to grow closer to Christ through the process. Learn More

Christy Montes
Health (alternating Fall semesters, High School)

Christy holds a B.S. in elementary education from Liberty University and a Doctor of Naturopathy degree from Trinity College of Natural Health. She and Dr. Bob Montes have four daughters, two of whom have graduated from Living Science. Christy has been deeply involved with Living Science as a parent over the years and as our science team coordinator since 2009. Mrs. Montes’ goal for health class is to teach the students practical health concepts that they can take into adulthood.

Angie Prince 1Angie Prince
3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Math (STEM)

When I was in college I learned the “methods” of teaching different subjects, so I felt prepared when it came time to lead a class full of first graders that first year. Imagine my disappointment when those methods didn’t work! I quickly realized I was prepared to teach subjects like reading and math, but I wasn’t prepared to teach the child. As a teacher I learn from my students how to teach each of them. One of the many reasons I love being a part of the Living Science staff is that the emphasis is on teaching the child rather than teaching the text book. Children learn in myriad ways, and my job as your child’s math teacher is to find the key to unlock the way he or she learns math. That’s exciting to me! Thankfully, I can rely on the One who knows your child completely to find that key. 

Living Science Teacher Kierlee Sahver

Kierlee Shaver
Middle School Spanish, World History, American History, American Government and Economics

A long, long time ago, I taught Spanish 1, 2, Literature and AP Spanish classes at Cascia Hall Preparatory School, a private school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I spent almost every summer during those 9 years traveling both in and out of the country both for education and missionary work; I absolutely love exploring new cultures. I have a passion for missions, and I had the opportunity to go with Wycliffe Bible Translators to Peru to take part in their ministry. I hoped to work with them, but the Lord kept me teaching stateside. 
 
I quit teaching after marrying and prepared to start a family knowing that I would home school my children. My husband, Mike, and I have two children, Daniel (11) and Kate (7). Our family moved from Oklahoma to Georgia in 2012, and I continued homeschooling on my own. One day in 2013, I happened to drive by Living Science, and I had this feeling that we were supposed to be at the school. Last year the Lord opened the door for my son to start 5th grade at L.S., and this year my daughter will start 2nd grade club. I am beyond excited for our family to be part of the unique learning experience at Living Science!  

JoelSpiessJoel Spiess
Living Sound Director

The Psalmist writes in Psalm 103:1, “Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name.” Sincere worship is a priority at Living Science. It is my goal to equip the singers and instrumentalists of Living Sound to lead their fellow students to God’s throne using music. Our rehearsals focus on the essential elements of music as well as the preciousness of being “lead worshipers.”

My roots are in northwest Ohio on a dairy and chicken farm. I graduated from Spring Arbor College with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in music. I have served various churches in differing music capacities over the past decades. I currently attend First Baptist Church Woodstock where my wife, Robin, and I are active choir members. Two of our children have graduated from Living Science and our youngest still attends here.

Robin Spiess - Living ScienceRobin Spiess
8th Grade Middle School Science

My first teaching job out of college was middle school math and science. It was not my first choice! I was, however, confident that this was the path God had for me, so I began my teaching journey. What I considered merely a stepping stone to my next position turned into a bridge to my future. The Lord brought us to Living Science in 2005, and as my son started bringing home his middle school science work each week, I absolutely fell in love with God-science! It was not the dry, crusty stuff I had learned or taught years ago. What a blessing to now be teaching middle school science again. This time I am teaching from a place of joy as I get to help my students see the fingerprints of the Creator and recognize the story of redemption over and over again in His creation.

Oksana Tikhonovsky
7th Grade Math

My belief is that math should be fun and sometimes challenging. Arithmetic is God-created, and while getting to know each one of my students, I love helping them to enjoy His creation, see life applications of the subject, and not be afraid of math. Math is fun! After homeschooling my own children for over 12 years and teaching math and science in a private homeschool setting, I have been very blessed to join the Living Science family. My hope is not only to teach your children math but also help them to learn more about our Creator, discover new things about themselves, learn responsibility, and develop a strong work ethic. I love the fact that Living Science is not only a place where you learn different subjects but a place where you are surrounded with love, compassion, care, and prayer.

Carol Walz
ASL 1

My journey with exploring languages began in high school, continued through college and has been a joyful part of my adult life. After studying two foreign languages for four years and American Sign Language periodically for many years, I am often reminded of how caring and loving the Lord Jesus is because He gives us the ability to communicate in many ways. When I finished serving in the United States Navy, God blessed me with a family. God led my family to Living Science in 2014. One of my children graduated from Living Science and my youngest still attends. My hope is to guide students to see more of the beauty of God, apply His truth to their work, and bless others using their talents.

Janece Warner
8th Grade English, 11th-12th British Literature

I am passionate about equipping today’s youth with a Christian worldview. Literature offers a view into the heart of mankind throughout many generations. Every person is an image-bearer of God, and studying literature gives us the opportunity to better understand others. We have the opportunity to see how ideas have been static or dynamic through time, and we get glimpses into minds that aren’t our own. Through the lens of Christ, we can understand more about God by studying what people think and write. I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to influence the lives of teenagers. I want to pour into them in the same ways others poured into my life and in ways I wish I had been poured into. I hope to share wisdom I have collected through my relationship with Christ, my education, parenting, and teaching throughout the years.

Kim Worsham
Elementary English and Technology, 6th and 7th Grade English

God is the master storyteller. He is writing a grand epic in each of our lives. It is my honor to teach the students in my English classes that writing and grammar are simply a means for each of us to tell our story and communicate Christ to the world. After teaching in the public school system for 27 years, it is exciting to be in a homeschool environment working beside parents to encourage and support students in their endeavor to become good communicators for the glory of God.  In my technology classes, our goals are very similar as we learn to communicate using technology in a responsible Christian manner.