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. Evelyn Etheridge has a B.A. in secondary English education and English as a second language from Cedarville University in Ohio. There she met and eventually married her husband, Rutledge. She served as an eighth grade English teacher for six years in Indiana before returning to her home state of Pennsylvania. She continued to teach high school English for another two years while her husband finished seminary. She has been homeschooling her five children for the past several years while also continuing to teach English classes to local homeschool groups. She is excited to be at Blackburn where four of her five children attend.
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 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.
Mr. Avin Fernando has a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University. He and his wife Emily have been homeschooling their seven children, and he works as a software engineer. He is passionate about discerning, ordering, and applying God's truth: in the Bible, the church, the world, and in binary. He loves singing, biking, and playing board games. Mr. Fernando teaches Astronomy at Blackburn.
Mr. Jeffrey Kahl graduated with a B. A. in History and Political Science from Ashland University, where he was a scholarship recipient from the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs. After college, he answered the Lord’s call to full-time ministry, earned a Master’s of Divinity, and served in Youth and Family Ministry for fifteen years. He now serves as lead pastor of Stoneridge Covenant Church in Allison Park, where he lives with his wife and son. Mr. Kahl’s love of history has never waned, and he’s excited to be part of the tutoring staff at Blackburn!
Mrs. Mary Knox has an Associate of Fine Arts from Mt. Aloysius Jr. College and a B.S. in Art Education (K-12) from Indiana University of PA. She has taught at Portersville Christian School, Sahel Academy in Niger, West Africa at a missionary kid’s school, and currently enjoys teaching Art at Blackburn. She also works for her husband at Hampton Concrete Products, Inc. and leads a women’s Bible Study in her home.
Mrs. Rebecca Koether holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Geneva College. She spent 5 years teaching in the public school part time as well as directing community after-school programs for her church. She currently homeschools her 4 children, 2 of whom currently attend Blackburn Study Center. She enjoys history and is excited to tutor at Blackburn.
Mrs. Michelle LaMay received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Geneva College. She taught and coached at Eden Christian Academy for many years. After her first child was born, she stepped away from the classroom but continued coaching girls basketball and volleyball. In 2005, she and her husband began their home school journey with their boys. All have attended or are attending Blackburn Study Center. Two have since graduated high school. She serves on her church’s Youth Ministry Team and leads Vacation Bible School. She enjoys teaching math and science at Blackburn as well as instructing volleyball and exercising at the YMCA.
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.
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. 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. Meg Spear holds a BS in Secondary Mathematics Education from Geneva College. She is a homeschool mother of nine, all of whom have attended or are attending Blackburn! She loves to see the inherent order and beauty of God’s creation and strives to ignite the same in her students. A teacher at heart, she also serves as a Sunday School teacher and women’s Bible study leader at North Hills Reformed Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Spear teaches Geometry 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. Elsa Sturm has a B.A. in English Literature with Secondary Education from Geneva College. Upon graduation, she worked as a full-time public school teacher, teaching middle and high school English in Indianapolis, IN for three years before moving back home to Pittsburgh. Her husband, Jonathan, is studying at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and they have one daughter. Mrs. Sturm is glad to be back at Blackburn, where she attended for her middle school years. She is excited to be studying Literature with our students.
Mr. Adam Thomas, originally from Michigan, moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2008 to co-plant Redeemer Community Church. Adam is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He obtained a B.A. from Northland International University and a M.Div. from Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Adrianne are the parents of four children, all of whom attend BSC. Mr. Thomas teaches Introductory Logic and Theology at BSC.
Mrs. Adrianne Thomas graduated with a B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education. She taught 7-12th grade math classes for 5 years in Virginia, while her husband was in seminary. Adam and Adrianne have homeschooled their four children, and all four are now at Blackburn. Their family is very active at Redeemer Community Church, where Adam is a pastor. Mrs. Thomas teaches Algebra 2 and Logic 2 at Blackburn.
Mr. Dan Valentine planted Redeemer Community Church in the East End of Pittsburgh in 2008 and has served as a pastor there since then. Mr. Valentine obtained a B.A. in Theology and History from Northland International University and then pursued his MDiv studies at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Anna, live in the Morningside neighborhood and are the parents of four young children. Mr. Valentine teaches theology and apologetics at BSC.
Mrs. Robin Welsh has a Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has taught in early intervention settings and social skills programs for children with autism. In addition to homeschooling her own two children, she has taught a number different subjects and levels at a homeschool co-op. For over 20 years, she has volunteered at a local ministry working with at-risk children and youth, and she serves at her church in a variety of areas. Mrs. Welsh greatly enjoys children and is thrilled to be tutoring math at Blackburn!
Mrs. Janneth Williams has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in mathematics from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a native speaker from Bolivia. Her family moved to Northern Virginia when she was 9 years old. Years later, she met her knight in shining armor while attending VCU and now has two sons. She has tutored and held various bilingual positions throughout her career and currently works with Spanish speaking refugees. She has been homeschooling her two children for three years and feels blessed for the opportunity. She enjoys experiencing different cultures and learning new languages, both spoken and computer languages. She hopes to deepen students' knowledge and interest of the Spanish language and cultures.