Instructors

Professor John Baker

Position
Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry Dual Enrollment
College Algebra Dual Enrollment

Education
B.S. in Mathematics from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida
Florida state certified teacher

Experience
Professor Baker has been teaching Geometry, Honors Geometry, and Integrated Math II at Westminster Academy for 29 years. He has also taught Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, and PreCalculus Algebra as an adjunct professor at Broward College for over 15 years.

Background and Interests
John has been a coach of the Boys Varsity Tennis team and JV Boys Basketball team as well as an assistant to the Varsity Football team and the Varsity Track team at Westminster Academy. He has been married to Nancy (a piano teacher at Pine Crest school) for 19 years. John's two daughters, Amanda and Emily, both graduated from Westminster Academy and are both currently students at the University of Florida. John and his family attend Coral Ridge Presbyterian church where John has been a member for 29 years and has served as an assistant in the high school youth group and as a timpanist for the Brass Ensemble Worship Team.

Professor Jason Beaupied

Position
General Psychology Dual Enrollment

Education
B.S. in Communication, University of Florida
M.S. in Counseling from Barry University, specializations in Mental Health and Marriage and Family Therapy
M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Knox Theological Seminary

Experience
Mental Health Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist at Spanish River Counseling Center (Fort Lauderdale office).
Therapist internship completed at 4Kids of South Florida and the Dr. Maureen Duffy Family Enrichment Center at Barry University.
Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Broward College.
Teacher at Westminster Academy.

Background and Interests
Married for 25 years to Marcy with two children, Brandon (16) and Lina (7). Attends Rio Vista Community Church.

Mrs. Gaye Beisel

Position
Pre-Algebra I Honors
Algebra I Honors
Geometry Honors
Algebra II Honors

Education
B.S. in Mathematics from George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee.
Florida state certified teacher

Experience
She has over eight years of experience teaching in public and private schools in Florida before she started to homeschool her two sons. While homeschooling she maintained a home business which included the teaching of various math and science courses, tutoring, standardized testing, and providing evaluations to the homeschool community. Mrs. Beisel has taught at CEDAR for the past six years.

Background and Interests
Gaye has been married to Jeff for 34 years and has 2 married sons who were homeschooled through 12th grade. Matthew (30) is a pastor and has 2 children Edith (2 years) and Elliot (2 months). Nathan (28) is a magistrate in Virginia. Gaye loves being a grandmother to her 2 grandchildren.

Mr. Miguel Benitez

Position
Great Books I Live Online
American History Live Online
World History Live Online

Education
B.A. in Social Sciences from Florida Atlantic University
M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University
Currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Humanities from Faulkner University's Great Books Honors College

Experience
Miguel has been teaching at the college and university level for 5 years and is in his 4th year of teaching high school students.

Background and Interests
Miguel has been married to his beautiful wife Daniela for almost 8 years. They have as energetic 3 year old boy named Alexander and a beautiful little baby girl born in July of '17 named Gabriela. Miguel loves to is passionate about being an educator and a life long student. The Benitez family loves Disney and tries to go over to the parks when possible.

Ms. Teri Betor

Position
SAT/ACT Preparation face-to-face
SAT/ACT Preparation LIVE Online

Education
B.S. in Broadcast Journalism, University of Florida. She has studied 5 languages, including 6 years of Latin. Teri has received multiple awards for excellence in language studies. In high school, she excelled so highly in math and English that she was exempt from all math and English core curriculum courses in college.

Experience
Teri has taught test prep at 4 different universities for over 15 years: FAU, Nova, Lynn and Barry. She has taught: GRE (Graduate Record Exam for entering graduate school), GMAT (Graduate Mangement Admissions Test for entrance into MBA program), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and SAT/ACT. For the past 10 years, She has taught SAT/ACT classes as well as private tutoring for test prep, math, English, and science at Westminster Academy in Ft. Lauderdale. Teri’s students consistently report significant improvements in their exam scores. The largest portion of Teri’s students comes to her as the result of referrals from parents and/or students who have experienced great success with her. She receives exceptional evaluations from students who report that her teaching strategies and style simplify the test material and provide practical tactics that allow them to achieve significantly higher scores. There is no student incapable of achieving significant improvement in his or her standardized test scores as far as Teri is concerned. With passion, experience, and wisdom, she helps even the most doubtful and timid student achieve genuine success.

Mr. Brian Brookins

Position
Survey of the Bible
Evangelism & Apologetics Dual Enrollment
Worldview

Education
B.A. in History
M.A. in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological
Completed course work for a Doctor of Ministry from Knox Seminary in Fort Lauderdale

Experience
He serves as the Lead Pastor at CEDAR's host church and has spent his entire ministry, 3 decades, at Riverside.

Background and Interests
Brian is a native Floridian, except for a few childhood years spent in the Washington D.C. area. Brian's passion is to grow in gospel-shaped, theologically-driven, Christ-centered, biblically-saturated ministry. Brian and Beth have enjoyed 30 years of marriage. They were initially blessed with 4 children (Daniel, SarahAnne, Jacob and David), but knew their family was not yet complete. In 2005 they adopted Joshua and Caleb from Accra, Ghana in West Africa.

Mrs. Stephanie Brunk

Position
Investigative Science
General Science
Physical Science
Biology
Anatomy and Physiology

Education
B.S. in Science University of North Florida
M.S. in Science Clemson University

Experience
Stephanie taught middle and high school science for eight years at Harvest Community School in Jacksonville, Florida. She served as the Science Department Head at Harvest overseeing all middle and high school science teachers as well as designing the science curriculum flow from K-4 through 12th grade. She taught Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physical Science, Marine Biology and Dual Enrollment Biology through Florida State College in Jacksonville during her years of teaching. For the past two years Stephanie has been home schooling her two children here in South Florida while also tutoring in math and science.

Background and Interests
Stephanie loves teaching middle and high school students. Showing the students how perfectly God created everything from the tiniest living organism to the solar system and beyond through science is her passion. She believes the more you learn about science, the more you will be in awe of how great our God is. Stepahnie and her husband Gary have been married for 16 years. They have two children Joshua (14) and Ashlyn (10).

Mr. Tom DeRosa

Position
Physical Science with Lab Honors

Education
M.A. in Education and Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University.

Experience
Founder and Executive Director of Creation Studies Institute (www.creationstudies.org). He is a passionate speaker, and author. Tom has published an easy-to-understand book that shows evolution to be an idea in disarray entitled, "Evidence for Creation," and another book that exposes the catastrophic results of evolution called, "Evolution's Fatal Fruit: How Darwin's Tree of Life Brought Death to Millions." Tom is now involved producing creation based elementary age curriculum, "Investigate the Possibilities". For twenty years Tom was an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Broward College. And for over twenty five years he has hosted the radio program, Genesis Connection, which is now heard on Reach FM daily.

Background and Interests
Tom's hobbies are reading, sports, outdoor activities and chess. Tom is the father of 3 girls, and the grandfather of 4. Tom's wife, Linda, is a pediatric nurse.

Mrs. Michelle Elliott

Position
Fundamentals of Math
Pre-Algebra Honors
Algebra I Honors
Geometry Honors
Algebra II Honors

Education
B.B.A. in Business Management & Accounting from Florida International University in Miami, Florida
Florida State Certified Teacher

Experience
Mrs. Elliott has over 4 years of experience in teaching the subject of Mathematics in public, private, and charter schools in South Florida. Before that, she taught in a tutoring center for 4 years while specializing in all ranges of Mathematics (including Calculus 1) as well as SAT/ACT testing.

Background and Interests
Michelle has been married to Austin for 3 years, and together they enjoy to travel across the country. She also is a Florida native raised by Cuban immigrants, and she has many hobbies that include singing, playing the piano, and going outdoors.

Mrs. Andrea Gardner

Position
Speech (Middle School)
Speech (High School)
English I Honors
English II Honors

Education
B.S. from Tennessee Temple University in secondary education with an English proficiency and minors in speech and Bible.

Experience
A resident of Palm Beach County since 1978, Andrea graduated from The King’s Academy, attended college, taught at Berean Christian School in WPB for six years, home educated her three children through twelfth grade, and has in recent years taught at HEED in Boca and CEDAR.

Background and Interests
Teaching the Bible to adult ladies at church and conducting a neighborhood Bible club at her home since 2000, Andrea finds the greatest joy in sharing God’s truth. Singing, performing, and writing are her passions as well. Working with teens is such a fulfilling and eternally significant ministry! With the home going of her pastor/teacher husband at thirty-six, Andrea has truly been blessed to see her faithful Savior take such good care of her and her now adult children all of which have also majored in education. Andrea enjoys proofing and editing, and is available to fine tune college-entry essays and other writing assignments for a fee of $35.

Ms. Jacalyn Gmoch

Position
Mixed Media Art

Education
BFA Florida Atlantic University

Experience
Teaching at CEDAR since 2015
Current Instructor at the Boca Art Museum and Coral Springs Art Museum
Guest Designer for Fabre-Castelle
Art Anthology and Stencils Girl

Professor Walt Jominy

Position
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics
Introduction to Business
Honors Government

Education
MBA Nova Southeastern University
BAS Ohio State University

Experience
Adjunct Professor of Economics: Palm Beach Atlantic University, Broward College, Teacher: Westminster Academy, Ruling Elder North Creek Presbyterian Church

Background and Interests
Endurance athlete (Ironman, Marathoner and Ultra runner)

Mr. Jonathan Kreh

Position
Fundamentals of Math

Education
BBA in Marketing and BBA in Finance from Florida Atlantic University

Experience
He tutored high school level math through his high school and college career while achieving a 3.96 GPA at FAU.

Background and Interests
Jonathan works for Cru as a part-time missionary on the college campuses across south Florida and will be taking seminary classes this fall through Reformed Theological Seminary. His hobbies include soccer, freshwater fishing, and playing with his dogs Romeo and Honey.

Mrs. Barbara Law

Position
Beginning Genealogy Research

Education
B.B.A. in Marketing – Sales and Promotion from Florida Atlantic University

Experience
Barbara has been researching her, her husbands and many friends family history for over 45 years. She wrote a book on her husband's family for one of their family reunions. Past President of the Genealogical Society of Broward County. Taught Genealogy class for American Heritage Girls. Taught a Foundations class for Classical Conversations.

Background and Interests
Barbara has home schooled her daughters for the past 11 years. Her daughter Sarah is still home schooled. Her daughter Rachel attends Westminster Academy. She has been married to her husband Don for 25 years. Barbara and her family attend Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church for over 26 years. She has run the Coral Ridge Bookstore for 7 years, and sang on the Worship Team. Barbara loves to garden.

Mr. John Maury

Position
Chemistry with Lab Honors
Honors Physics with Lab

Education
M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez.
Fulfilled the academic requirements towards a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University

Experience
John has experience teaching/tutoring students at the high-school and undergraduate college levels in Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the US for over 10 years. He also worked as a graduate teaching assistant of college undergraduate and graduate courses for 7 years at North Carolina State University. These courses include Chemical Process Principles, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (undergraduate and advanced), and Fundamentals of Transport Phenomena. As a graduate research assistant, he performed computer simulations of polymeric and biological systems, co-authoring five scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals. He currently works for Creation Studies Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At Creation Studies Institute, he assists with the academic programs, research projects, and he leads the Spanish-outreach efforts.

Background and Experience
John was born in Colombia and has been married to his wife Alesha since 2014. He has a passion to reach English and Spanish-speaking communities with God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ and the truth of God's creation.

Sra. Mariela McDaniel

Position
Spanish I
Spanish II
Spanish III

Education
B.S in Education from Florida Atlantic University. Professional Educator's Certificate from the State of Florida in Spanish K-12th.

Experience
Mariela is a native Spanish speaker and has over eight years of experience teaching Spanish in private school and at CEDAR.

Background and Interests
Mariela McDaniel was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has lived in Florida since 1993. The McDaniels have homeschooled their four sons for thirteen years.  Mrs. McDaniel believes knowing Spanish equips our children for better job opportunities and greater usefulness in God's kingdom. Rob and Mariela worship and serve the Lord at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Coconut Creek since 1994 as a deacon and pianist respectively. They have been married for 20 years, and enjoy outdoor activities like camping, biking, and sports.

Mrs. Daryl Middlebrooks

Position
Analytical Grammar PLUS Composition I
Analytical Grammar PLUS Composition II

Education
B.S. in Education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee

Experience
Daryl has taught in the Broward County Schools for over five years

Background and Interests
Mrs. Daryl Middlebrooks grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and married a native Floridian, Todd, whom she has been happily married to for over twenty-five years. She has four children and began homeschooling when her first two sons were in first and second grades. Those two sons are college graduates now and her daughter is a freshman in college. She is currently home educating her youngest son who enjoys taking classes at CEDAR. She has been privileged to lead a women's Bible study in her home for many years.

Professor Kate Myers de Vega

Position
College Composition I and II (Dual Enrollment)

Education
M.A. in Linguistics, University of South Carolina
M.A. in Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University
B.A. in German Language and Literature, Barnard College

Experience
As a PhD student at the University of South Carolina, “Prof. Kate” was fortunate to receive a teaching assistantship within the English Department, and the gratifying challenge of teaching quickly became a passion. When she and her husband, Pedro, were blessed with their first child, Prof. Kate decided to focus on building a family and opted to graduate with a terminal Master of Arts in Linguistics from the University of South Carolina in 2002, the same year she became a mother to her first son. Currently, she resides in south Florida with her husband and three sons, and feels blessed to be a part of the Palm Beach Atlantic University “family”. This year, she will celebrated 11 years as a full-time faculty member at Palm Beach Atlantic University where she teaches writing and humanities courses both face-to-face and online.

Background and Interests
Prof. Kate is originally from Ramsey, New Jersey, but as she and the rest of her family wanted a bit more sunshine and beach time, they all transplanted themselves in Palm Beach County about 15 years ago. Now she is able to enjoy sun-filled days at the beach with her family, mother, siblings, and all of the “kid cousins”.
When she is not grading papers or reading (her favorite author is Edith Wharton, and Prof. Kate has read just about everything she has written!) she is cooking new recipes with her husband, running, or spending time with her three boys fishing, riding bikes through the trails of the county’s lush and beautiful parks, or working on puzzles. A parishioner of St. Peter’s Church in Jupiter, FL, she has served in the Religious Education Ministry as a teacher to young students. In addition, she is an active band parent in the Jupiter High School Marching band program where her oldest son plays percussion.

Mrs. Michelle Perry

Position:
AP Human Geography

Education
B.A. in History from Florida Atlantic University
Finishing her Masters of Classical and Christian Studies at Knox Theological Seminary fall 2018
Florida certified teacher

Experience
Michelle has been a teacher at Westminster Academy for fifteen years. She is teaching World History, European History and will teach AP Human Geography beginning the 2018-2019 school year. She is also the National Honor Society adviser at Westminster Academy as well as an Apple Certified teacher.

Background
Michelle is a native to South Florida. She is married to Jim and they have three children and two grandchildren. All three children graduated from Westminster Academy. Michelle and her family attend First Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale.

Mrs. Laura Pittman

Position
Cedar5
World History

Education
BA in Elementary Education from Trinity International University

Experience
Laura completed her student teaching at Miami Country Day School and taught at Cushman School in Miami. She home educated her two children and taught in enrichment programs in Miami Shores and Biscayne Park. Over the past few years she has taught an Elementary block, Literature, American and World History and sciences for Equip Education and The Hub.

Background and Interests
Laura served 19 years in Children and Student Ministry in Miami. She also served with the North American Mission Board in Creative Arts and Evangelism. She loves camping and spending time with her family and friends playing games. She also enjoys the opportunities to story tell during Children’s programming at her church. Most recently she loves cheering on her children as they participate in HEAT sports programming.



Madame Fabienne Spencer

Position
French 1 ONLINE

Education
Trinity College London TESOL Certificate, International Training Network, Bournemouth, UK
Licence Anglais, University of Toulouse, France - Literature, Civilization, Translation, Linguistics and Phonology
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, Sutton College of Learning for Adults, UK
Baccalauréat A2, Lycée Polyvalent, Decazeville, France - Philosophy, Literature and Languages

Experience
Fabienne has been teaching languages for over ten years to students of all ages and of all levels. She is now the owner and operator of Bleu Blanc Rouge – Learn French and offers online private French lessons to students from around the world.
She is also a freelance translator for Portes Ouvertes, the French branch of Open Doors, a ministry serving the persecuted Christians around the world.
She has also collaborated as a proofreader with a Canadian editor and an American author in the upcoming publication of a book entitled “Introduction au Nouveau Testament” by Bill McCall.

Background and interests
Fabienne is a native from France and has lived in the USA for 14 years. She is married to Peter and together they have two sons, Matthew (12) and Thomas (11). They live in Mooresville, NC and attend Life Fellowship in Cornelius.

Ms. Julie Zammit

Position
Latin I Live Online

Education
M.A. in Education from the University of South Carolina
PhD in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Memphis
Certified Latin teacher in the states of Florida and Mississippi

Experience
Julie has taught in both the brick and mortar and online environments, including Florida Virtual School, as well as for a homeschool co-op school. She has sponsored chapters of the Junior Classical League and Latin Honor Society. She has presented teaching methods and research at academic conferences, including the American Classical League (ACL), Mississippi Foreign Language Association (MFLA), and the Association for Educational Communications and Technologies (AECT)

Background and Interests
Magistra Zammit currently resides in South Carolina and enjoys spending time with her son, Simeon, a high school junior, Bible study, exercise, music, and developing e-learning programs.