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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. Michelle Faber has a B.S. from Penn State and an M.S. from Cornell in Chemical Engineering.  Prior to having children, she worked at Procter & Gamble, but then she turned her attention to a more important calling, raising and homeschooling three sons with her husband, Terry. Additionally, she volunteers with robotics competitions and science fairs, attends Bible study at Sts. John and Paul Parish, and does some technical editing for the medical industry.  Michelle teaches Saxon 6/5 at Blackburn.

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 Latin and Grammar.

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. 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 the Dorseyville Alliance 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 and Spanish 1 and 2 at CCAC.

Mrs. Linda Frank received her B.A. in Graphic Design from Philadelphia College of Art. She worked ten years for Westinghouse in their Design Center and as a manager of trade show programs. For over a decade, she has focused on teaching art to home schoolers and senior citizens. As a professional artist, her work has been shown and sold in various galleries. Pet portraits are a side business and passion. She desires to use the gifts the Lord has given to her for His glory. With her husband Chris, she has raised three children.  Mrs. Frank enjoys teaching art to our grammar age students.

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 the past nine years, she has been a private tutor to homeschooled children. She has been Blackburn’s on-site Administrator for the past ten years and also enjoys teaching History, Literature, Grammar level Writing and Shurley Grammar.

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. 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, have two children attending Blackburn this year. Their children have been homeschooled for six 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. 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. For the past two years, Kristen tutored a homeschooled high school student in a variety of subjects. Jeff and Kristen are active members of North Park Church and spend time traveling to Haiti on short term mission trips. She is looking forward to her first year at Blackburn teaching Literature.

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.



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