2017-18 Fundamentals Teacher Bios

(Grades 7-8) instructors for the 2017-18 school year.

English Department

English 7

Miss Sarah Bryant holds a B.A. In English from Rollins College and is a Circle Christian School graduate. She has a passion for imparting a love of writing and literature to middle school students. She began co-teaching this class with Mrs. Cannon in the 2nd semester of 2015-16 and is thrilled to be leading students on this exciting journey.

English 8

Miss Sarah Bryant holds a B.A. In English from Rollins College and is a Circle Christian School graduate. She has a passion for imparting a love of writing and literature to middle school students. She began co-teaching this class with Mrs. Cannon in the 2nd semester of 2015-16 and is thrilled to be leading students on this exciting journey.

Mathematics Department

Pre Algebra

Mrs. Nancy Carlson-Greenough holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Illinois State University. She has been a certified math teacher for over 25 years and has been part of Circle Christian for the past 9 years as a homeschooling parent to her daughters, Abbey and Hannah. Mrs. Carlson-Greenough has previously taught at Circle in the math department and is excited to be back! She believes in the parent-directed education model and believes it helps strengthen students in their God given talents and abilities. Knowing that math can give many students, and families anxiety she strives to help build a basis of understanding to eliminate many of these fears and feelings so students can find success.

Algebra I, Honors

Mrs. Nancy Carlson-Greenough holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Illinois State University. She has been a certified math teacher for over 25 years and has been part of Circle Christian for the past 9 years as a homeschooling parent to her daughters, Abbey and Hannah. Mrs. Carlson-Greenough has previously taught at Circle in the math department and is excited to be back! She believes in the parent-directed education model and believes it helps strengthen students in their God given talents and abilities. Knowing that math can give many students, and families anxiety she strives to help build a basis of understanding to eliminate many of these fears and feelings so students can find success.

Science Department

Life Science

Mrs. Pamela N. Knopf holds a Christian Education Degree from Logos Christian College with a minor in Biblical Studies. With a background as a medical and surgical assistant, Mrs. Knopf appreciates the complexities and intricacies of biological life and enjoys seeing her students grasp an appreciation for God’s creation. As a Certified Temperament Counselor, Mrs. Knopf seeks to pull out the specific gifts of each of her students. She was also the principal of a private school in Jacksonville for ten years. As a master teacher, she has been teaching in many different capacities in a classroom setting since 1994. She moved to Central Florida and began teaching Science at Circle in January of 2011.

Physical Science, Honors

Mrs. Pamela N. Knopf holds a Christian Education Degree from Logos Christian College with a minor in Biblical Studies. With a background as a medical and surgical assistant, Mrs. Knopf appreciates the complexities and intricacies of biological life and enjoys seeing her students grasp an appreciation for God’s creation. As a Certified Temperament Counselor, Mrs. Knopf seeks to pull out the specific gifts of each of her students. She was also the principal of a private school in Jacksonville for ten years. As a master teacher, she has been teaching in many different capacities in a classroom setting since 1994. She moved to Central Florida and began teaching Science at Circle in January of 2011.

History Department

World History 7th

Mrs. Michelle Stewart holds a B.S. in Secondary Education, Social Studies from the University of Oklahoma.  In addition to homeschooling her own children for 18 years, Mrs. Stewart’s teaching experience includes HOUSE and Foundations Art classes, as well as Fundamentals and High School history classes for the last several years. She is dedicated to teaching a Biblical worldview. Seeing students grow in the grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ has been her greatest joy. Mrs. Stewart has been teaching in various capacities with Circle Christian School since 2005.

American History 8th with Civics

Mrs. Michelle Stewart holds a B.S. in Secondary Education, Social Studies from the University of Oklahoma.  In addition to homeschooling her own children for 18 years, Mrs. Stewart’s teaching experience includes HOUSE and Foundations Art classes, as well as Fundamentals and High School history classes for the last several years. She is dedicated to teaching a Biblical worldview. Seeing students grow in the grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ has been her greatest joy. Mrs. Stewart has been teaching in various capacities with Circle Christian School since 2005.

7/8th Academic Electives

Introduction to Culinary

Mrs. Christine Cheesman holds a BFA in Arts Education from East Carolina University.  She has been teaching students in public, private, and homeschool sectors since 1999.  Christine has a love for teaching and a heart for encouraging the unique gifts God has placed in all of us.  She loves to watch students break free from fear by creatively thinking outside the box and making bold choices for Jesus. Mrs. Cheesman is currently writing a “whole” foods cookbook that infuses her love of recipe creation, design, clean eating, and fitness.  She has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2017.

Paper-Crafting

Mrs. Pamela N. Knopf holds a Christian Education Degree from Logos Christian College with a minor in Biblical Studies. With an artistic eye, Mrs. Knopf appreciates the complexities and intricacies of God’s creation and enjoys seeing her students grasp an appreciation for art and faith. As a Certified Temperament Counselor, Mrs. Knopf seeks to pull out the specific gifts of each of her students. She was also the principal of a private school in Jacksonville for ten years. She began to explore the craft industry over 25 years ago as a hobby which quickly transitioned into more of a profession, selling in craft shows, and teaching at local craft stores. As a master teacher, she has been teaching in many different capacities in a classroom setting since 1994. She moved to Central Florida and began teaching science at Circle in January of 2011.

STEM Quest

Mr. Thomas Cole is a 2014 graduate of Circle Christian School and is currently attending Lake Sumter State College pursuing a degree in education and/or zoology. Mr. Cole believes that the most significant purpose of education is to prepare and instruct young people how to be successful in life and give them the tools to succeed. With a heart and passion for mentoring the next generation in leadership, faith, and life, Mr. Cole incorporates these intrinsic goals into all aspects of study. Teaching from a scientific inquiry methodology, Mr. Cole seeks to inspire young students to enjoy thinking and solving problems. Mr. Cole has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2015.

ARTS: Actors Lab

Mrs. Danielle Stinespring is excited to be a part of the Circle Theatre team, as it combines two of her passions: Theatre and Middle/High School Students. With a BFA in Acting from Elon University, Danielle knew God would one day use her talent and passion for acting in a creative way. While at Elon, Danielle became proficient in the craft in both the classroom and on the stage. Having been the Youth Pastor at Acts Two Church for over two years, Danielle is passionate about seeing young people recognize their potential for full, abundant, and effective lives in Jesus! Combining her professional training in a wide range of acting techniques, enthusiasm for the craft, and excitement for encouraging and activating young people, Danielle believes Circle Theatre Program is the perfect fit!

ARTS: Circle Studio Players

Mr. Jake Theriault was born and raised in the warming rays of Southern California, with a song in his heart and stars in his eyes. While the song and the stars have yet to be correctly diagnosed as arrhythmia and cataracts, he has continued to pursue his lifelong dream of acting on the silver screen. The director of a number of award-winning short films, Jake came on board as the Studio Players Director in the fall of 2015. From a historical perspective, stepping into the role of Studio Players Director was a natural step in Jake’s life, since he was in the inaugural group of Studio Players in the Fall of 2007. Jake hopes to pass on the knowledge and experience that he gained at Circle to the next generation of actors. There’s no creative team he’d rather be a part of, unless Warner Brothers decided to team him up with Academy Award-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins to make Jake’s science-fiction-magnus-opus The Hollow Sun. Then he’d totally be a part of that creative team instead.

ARTS: Songwriting Essentials

Miss Sarah Bryant holds a B.A. in English Literature from Rollins College and is a Circle Christian School graduate. During her time at Rollins, Miss Bryant had her writing published in the Rollins Newspaper, the Rollins Literary Magazine, and was mentored in both creative writing and poetry, in addition to the art of rhetoric. She has a passion for imparting a love of writing and literature to middle school students. In addition to her love for writing, Miss Bryant began songwriting in her early teens. She won the Cocoa Beach Singer-Songwriter contest two years in a row, and shortly after recorded her debut album. While at Rollins, Miss Bryant took one year of intensive music classes, including music theory and songwriting. She has played in numerous bands and duos and is currently part of a band that will begin recording an original demo in 2017. Miss Bryant plays a variety of instruments, but finds that her passions always come back to writing poetry and composing songs.

ARTS: 2-Dimensional Studio Art 1 & 2

Mrs. Elizabeth Quigley holds a B.S. degree in Interior Design from Florida State University where she was able to discover her artistic ability through various avenues within the design and art industries. She has a heart for encouraging students to find their creative potential within themselves.  Her own personal journey has lead her to a new passion for art as a way of worshipping and connecting to our Heavenly Father.  She and her husband, Ryan, have been blessed with the opportunity to educate their two children through Circle since 2013.  Mrs. Quigley has served as a volunteer in different capacities at Circle as well as taught Kindergarten for the Explorations program.  She also teaches the Amazing Artists class for 4th-6th graders.