Living Science Academy Faculty
Mr. and Mrs. D
Founders of Living Science Academy
Lance 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) Middle School Science (Grades 6-7) and Co-Founder
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.
Computer Programming 1 & 2
7th & 8th 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.”
Algebra 1, 8th Engineering
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.
Middle School History
Speech and Drama, Skit Director
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 call to purity, veracity, and sanctification. Examination of His Story is a marvelous vehicle for this amazing journey!
American Sign Language 1 & 2
I was born, raised, and college educated in accounting and industrial psychology in South Africa. We moved to the USA in 2002 for what should have been a 2-year work contract. We fell in love with this beautiful country and made it our home. We started attending Living Science in 2010 and have graduated 2 sons who are now in college. Our third son is still attending Living Science. There is nowhere else we'd rather be!
My passion is languages! I am multilingual, and since 2017 I've actively been adding ASL to my fluency. I LOVE communicating, connecting and sharing God's love with people in their own language and teaching others the beauty and value of doing the same!
High School Electronics and Technology
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 of 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.
Physical Science and Physics
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.
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.
American and World Literature
DE Composition 1 & 2
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.
I grew up in Cherokee County and have lived here all but three years of my life. I am married to Grier who also grew up in Cherokee. All of our four children have attended Living Science, and three have graduated. God has given me a great love for working with young children. I taught kindergarten for four years in Cherokee County before having children. I want to share the truth of God's Word with students and help them know that they are fearfully and wonderfully made and that God has a plan for them. I also want to make learning fun. I absolutely love working at Living Science and it is a great joy to serve here.
Algebra 1 & 2
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!
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.
World History, American History, Government and Economics
I have been teaching professionally through homeschool co-ops for about nine years. I teach history and Bible and have experience teaching elementary through high school. I am a graduate of Liberty University with a degree in elementary education and a double minor in developmental psychology and theology. I am also currently working on a graduate level degree in history. I am married to my wonderful husband, Robert, and we have two children – Zoie and Ephram. They both have been homeschooled since kindergarten, and Zoie graduated in April 2019.
6th & 7th Language Arts
I graduated from Central Michigan University in Secondary Education and earned a Master of Education degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. I am also a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and have tutored professionally for over ten years. Homeschooling my six children has been my greatest joy and accomplishment. I love words! I enjoy language—the beauty of sentence formation and grammar and the art of handwriting. I love beautiful literature that ministers to the soul. I enjoy conveying information in a multi-sensory, creative way using strategically designed curricula. Engaging the whole child and seeing “turning point” moments in students brings me great joy. I am married to Michael and the mother of Jillian, Justine, Jorie, Jenna, True and Thys.
Dr. Cyd Lusk
Biology, Anatomy and Physiology
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. 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
DE Psychology 1
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.
Dr. Christy Montes
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.
4th & 5th Science
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.
Middle School Social Studies
A long, long time ago, I taught Spanish 1, 2, Literature and AP Spanish classes at 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 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 and Kate. 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. I am loving being back in the classroom as a Spanish teacher!
Middle School Pre-Algebra
After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, I spent nine years as an officer. During that time, I lived, worked and travelled all over the US and Europe. I met my husband while on active duty, and 22 years later we are still going on adventures together. We travel, get outside, and take in as many experiences as we can with our four kids. I love the outdoors, a good cup of coffee, movies, and games.
I believe teaching is about more than just the details. It’s also about raising kids with conviction and character. It’s about equipping them with the tools they need to do the things God has in store for them to do. I love to show kids that math is in everyday activities and experiences, and that the things they learn in the classroom are relevant in the world around them.
Living Sound Worship Team 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.
8th Environmental and Earth 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.
American Sign Language 1 & 2
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.
9th Fundamentals of 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.
2nd-5th Language Arts
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.