Living Science Academy Faculty
Mr. and Mrs. D
Founders of Living Science Academy
Lance Davis (Mr. D) Junior Training, TSL, Servant Leader, 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) Junior Training, TSL, Servant Leader, Middle School Science (6th-7th) 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
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.”
4th and 5th Science
There is nothing more exciting than to teach kids how to see everything, both past and present, through God’s perspective. I love studying everything that we see around us and all of the people that came before to teach us, but I love teaching it even more, and I have been praying for an opportunity to pour that wonder of the world around us into the next generation.
God blessed me with a mechanical engineering degree from Auburn University, and I spent several years as a field engineer in the oil field and a contract engineer, designing many different types of solutions. Then He blessed me with four children and the responsibility of homeschooling them, which was more challenging and rewarding than any engineering work I’ve done. My children have taught me how God has gifted each of us differently and uniquely and how to help prepare each heart for His purposes. I’m looking forward to what God has to teach me as I watch young lives molded through the loving hands at Living Science!
8th Tech & Engineering,
Engineering Essentials, Algebra 1 Year 1,
Honors Algebra 1
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.
High School Spanish
When I was about 8 years old, my sister moved to Spain. She lived there 27 years and my nieces were born there, thus my interest in the Spanish language was solid! I studied the language and secondary education in college and taught high school before staying home with our kids. Eventually, as my children attended classes at Living Science, I joined the faculty and taught all levels of Spanish and also Speech & Drama for a dozen years. After a few years break, it is so exciting to be back in the classroom to teach! In Spanish class, we will use a lot of songs (goofy and silly, perhaps, but catchy!) and will work on listening comprehension and speaking skills. Students will also be challenged in their thinking skills as they attempt to follow my often unpredictable teaching style.
K1 Clubs, 2nd Grade,
After graduating from Kennesaw State in Elementary Education and having two sons within the first few years, I was blessed to teach at our church preschool. Later I worked as an assistant in a special needs class. Then the Lord laid it on our hearts to homeschool. When our youngest was 15, we were blessed with one more son, and shortly after that, I lost my husband. Years later, my sister introduced me to Living Science where my youngest has been since 2017. I love children, and I love being able to freely incorporate God into their education. After all, without Him, what purpose is there to education?
6th and 7th Technology,
Middle School History
I am passionate about kids! I love to work with children of all ages. Most of my life I have been caring for and teaching children in various capacities. I graduated with my BA from Kennesaw State University in 2003. Since then, I have spent most of my time in a classroom, working in an office, or teaching my own five children. My goal as a teacher is to help find ways for each student to grow not only in subject knowledge but in the wisdom of the Lord our God.
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.
Elementary Teaching Assistant
Kristi Evaristo-Russell began her homeschool journey two years ago, and her two boys started their LS journey last year. Since joining, not only have her boys made new friends but Kristi has too. She has always had a passion for children and teaching and loves the Lord. She is looking forward to joining her boys here at Living Science and being part of the elementary team.
Fundamentals of 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.
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.
K1 Clubs, 2nd Grade
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.
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!
4th and 5th Technology & Engineering,
Language Arts, and Friday Adventures
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.
My husband and I have been so blessed to be able to homeschool our two children. Homeschooling has always been an important part of our lives, and the community at Living Science has added to the many blessings that homeschooling has brought us. I pursued a Nursing degree right out of high school, ran a photography business for many years, and for the past couple years I’ve been working as a real estate agent. I’m excited to be putting God’s word and my nursing experience together in teaching Health and Nutrition this year. Through scripture, we can find God’s guidance to good physical, spiritual, and mental health.
Physical Science, Chemistry
In 2015, Carla joined 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.
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.
6th and 7th Engineering,
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 teacher is to find the key to unlock the way he or she learns. That’s exciting to me! Thankfully, I can rely on the One who knows your child completely to find that key.
Middle School Math Labs
I attended Living Science for seven years as a student and was involved in the Servant Leader Program for four years. I now have the privilege of working with the teachers to offer supplemental instruction to the math students at Living Science.
I am currently studying math education at Kennesaw State University and am grateful for this opportunity to gain real-world experience. I also love the students here and working with them is most certainly the best part of the job.
6th Math, Middle School Pre-Algebra,
DE College Algebra, DE Psychology
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 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.
Business Math, Economics
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.