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Rev. Martin Blocki graduated from Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana) with a Bachelor’s in Music Ed.; he holds a Masters in Music from Arizona State University, and Masters of Divinity from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has served as band director in Indiana state, and as Associate Professor of Music at Goshen College; and currently serves as Associate Pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North Hills in Pittsburgh. In past years, Rev. Blocki enjoys teaching Apologetics and Theology to the upper level Rhetoric students.
Mrs. Julia Davis has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Nyack College in New York. She has fond memories teaching first grade from 1990-1993. Since then, she has been very active teaching Sunday School and leading Wednesday evening clubs at Allegheny Center Alliance Church. Mrs. Davis knows that her love for children combined with a love for reading will make books FUN as the Literature classes worm their way through this year’s selections.
Mrs. Angela Fackler has a B.S. in French from Hillsdale College where she also studied Latin. She taught high school Latin for 3 years in Chicago, Illinois, before moving to Pittsburgh with her husband. She regularly attends a monthly French conversation group and enjoys being active with her church playing clarinet, volunteering as a youth group leader and leading a women’s small group. Mrs. Fackler teaches all levels of Latin at the Center.
Mrs. Stacey Feick has a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in mathematics from Grove City College. She taught Chemistry I, Chemistry II, General Science, Earth Science, Calculus and 7th Grade Math in the public schools for seven years. She and her husband, Joe, have three children. Stacey enjoys teaching Science and Mathematics at Blackburn.
Mrs. Lynn Fletcher studied Visual Communications and obtained an Associate Degree from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She worked as a graphic artist for 12 years designing china for high end clients as well as reproducing White House china patterns for resale. Along the way she managed to continue painting off and on (with oils mostly). She taught beginner acrylic painting to teens and elders in the Harmony, Zelienople area for a number of years. She enjoys colored pencil, pen and ink and graphite rendering, as well. Lynn resides in Ellwood City with her husband Dean and two boys, Tommy and Sam.
Mrs. Claudia Fraser, a native of Mexico, taught in both private and public schools for eleven years prior to having children. She and her husband Jeff, a Pittsburgh native, have raised two bilingual daughters. Throughout the year she is involved in many activities at her church, while summertime means traveling back to Mexico to visit friends and family. She obtained her teaching degree from Escuela Normal in Mexico and loves to teach. She enjoys teaching Spanish at Blackburn.
Mrs. Shirley Gagnon has a B.S. in Physics from State University at New York, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University and has done graduate work in Computer and Electrical Engineering at Syracuse University. She attended Geneva College for education classes. Mrs. Gagnon worked at IBM for 10 years in development and consulting. She has a God-given passion for learning and teaching. In recent years she has substituted at Portersville Christian School, taught at Eden Christian Academy, and tutored homeschooled students in both math and science. Mrs. Gagnon enjoys teaching Math, Science, and History.
Mrs. Nicole Hoover has a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a minor in French and Francophone Studies and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. It was at the university that she became actively involved in tutoring and teaching students in middle school, high school, and college. Upon graduation, she worked in environmental engineering, project management, and quality assurance for two international corporations before leaving to raise her son. She loves tutoring and enjoys teaching mathematics at Blackburn.
Mrs. Diane Landau, who has been homeschooling since the early days of the movement, has grown daughters. For many years, she has been a private tutor to homeschooled children. She is Blackburn’s on-site Administrator and also enjoys teaching History, Literature, and Grammar level Writing when needed.
Mrs. Jennifer Nolan received her Bachelor of Music Education degree, with emphasis on Choral Music/Voice, from Biola University. She also holds certification in the Kodaly Methodology of Music Education. While in California, Mrs. Nolan directed sections of the San Diego Children’s Choir. She is a soprano with the Pittsburgh Camerata. In the Fall of 2013 she began the non-profit community choral group, the South Hills Children’s Choir. More importantly, she and her husband Shaun homeschool their four daughters. She will teach Music and help our students become comfortable with their singing voices so they might not fear to make a joyful noise to the Lord.
Mr. Shaun Nolan has been pastor of View Crest Presbyterian Church (PCA) since 2001. Formerly, he served churches on the West Coast in addition to being a landscaper, graphic designer, facilities manager, admissions director, and dog trainer (his dogs were not available for comment). He grew up in Southern California where he received a Bachelors in Christian Education from Biola University and a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Seminary. He and his wife, Jennie, have four daughters to whom they are committed to give the best of their time. Mr. Nolan teaches Omnibus and Theology to our students.
Mrs. Jessica O’Brien grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from Shaler Area High School. From there, she went to Edinboro University where she received her B.S. Secondary Education with a specialization in Earth Sciences. She spent some time teaching in Hilton Head, SC and Arlington, VA. While living in Virginia, she completed a M.A. in Education, Curriculum and Instruction degree through Virginia Tech. After getting married, she and her husband returned to Pittsburgh, where she worked for the AIU3’s alternative education program, teaching science and then becoming certified in and teaching math. Mrs. O’Brien also works as a science content writer for a company that develops on-line learning materials for students. She is married and has 3 children, and she enjoys reading, biking, serving/singing at her church, studying God’s word/attending Bible study, and spending time with her friends and family.
Mrs. Cheryl Prouty graduated from Grove City College with a B.A. in Business. Prior to having children, she worked in the banking industry. She and her husband, Steve, homeschooled their two children for many years. During that time, she taught several classes in co-ops, including Institute for Excellence in Writing. She has been extremely active at Grace Church of Harmony in various ways, including teaching Sunday School and being an Awana leader. Mrs. Prouty teaches Writing.
Mrs. Brenda Schaefer has been in education for almost 30 years. She worked as a kindergarten teacher, an early intervention specialist, and wrote early reading curriculum and evaluation before homeschooling her 6 children. She learned about Christian classical education a few years into her homeschooling career and is excited that her children are able to receive the benefits of such a wonderful model. Mrs. Schaefer loves the Lord and desires most for her students to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Mrs. Patti Sewald has a B.S. Ed. in Secondary Mathematics from Indiana University of PA, and a Certificate in Software Development from the Community College of Allegheny County. She started her teaching career in the Shaler Area School District and has taught in many private and public schools in the area. She and her husband Ken have four daughters. The thing she likes best about math is all the patterns that exist. It’s God’s way of showing us the beauty of math! Mrs. Sewald enjoys teaching Math at Blackburn.
Mrs. Kristen Smalley has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education as well as a B.S. in Elementary Education from Grove City College. After college, Kristen taught for two years in the Wellsboro Area School District before settling in Pittsburgh with her husband, Jeff. She taught 5th and 6th graders at a private school in Mt. Lebanon for a few years before choosing to stay home to raise her three children. Jeff and Kristen are active members of North Park Church and spend time traveling to Haiti on short term mission trips. She enjoys teaching Literature and History at Blackburn.
Mrs. Amber Stites has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Grove City College. She worked for four years teaching fifth and sixth graders at a private school in Rockville, MD, just outside of Washington D.C. She and her husband moved to Pittsburgh in 2004 and are involved in many activities at North Park Church. A typical day is spent at home playing with and schooling their four children, but on Wednesdays she gets to enjoy being in the classroom again–teaching Science at Blackburn.
Mrs. Nancy Van Sickel graduated from Grove City College with a BS in Physics and worked for five years doing research at American Glass Research. She completed required coursework for secondary education (physics) at Geneva College and was a substitute teacher at Eden Christian Academy, as well as a science teacher at church camps for several years. Mrs. Van Sickel has been tutoring science at Blackburn since our inception, and, if her own children’s college major choices are any indication (biology and engineering), her predisposition toward science makes quite an impression on her students. She enjoys teaching Science, Math, and Logic.