2017-18 High School Teacher Bios

(Grades 9-12) instructors for the 2017-18 school year.

Humanities Department

Humanities, American, Honors (Integrated English I, American History, Bible/Worldview)

Mrs. Julie Crawford holds a B.S. in Nutrition Science from The University of Georgia, which she applied to hospital and county-level educational programming. She has been actively teaching and leading in the homeschool/parent-directed arena for more than fifteen years, as well as teaching Biblical studies in non-academic settings to college students. She also has a breadth of high-school classroom teaching experience in Bible, History, and Language Arts, in a model similar to Circle’s university model of education. Mrs. Crawford loves seeing her students connect their understanding to the “big ideas” presented in Humanities. She will continue teaching the American Humanities integrated block on the Metro campus for the 2015-16 school year.  Mrs. Crawford has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2011.

Humanities, American, Honors (Integrated English I, American History, Bible/Worldview)

Mrs. Katie Moore holds a B.S. in English Language Arts Education from the University of Central Florida. She is also a Circle Christian School graduate. Mrs. Moore taught high school and middle school gifted English in Seminole County beginning in 2009. She was honored as Seminole County’s Middle School Rookie Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for the Florida Council of Teachers of English (FCTE) Teacher of the Year Award.  She loves Jesus, her family, students, and life-long learning. She has a passion to see students understand history and literature all through the lens of a strong biblical worldview. She and her husband Mike, a Worship Pastor, had their first child in April 2015. She is teaching the American Humanities integrated block at the Calvary Campus. Mrs. Moore has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2015.

English Department

English I Honors

Mrs. Tibby Westcott holds a B.Ed. in English and Education from Chester College, England and a Masters in Education from Morling College in Sydney, Australia. She taught Middle School English in England for five years. For over twenty years, as a missionary with New Tribes Mission in Papua New Guinea, Mrs. Wescott taught English to students from several countries, other missionaries, and PNG nationals for grades 8-12 at Numonobi Christian Academy. Mrs. Westcott wrote NCA’s 7-12th grade English curriculum. Additionally, she taught the distinguished IGCSE Literature and Language courses from Cambridge University and AP English Literature and Language. She will continue teaching English I and II on both campuses. Mrs. Westcott has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2013.

English 2 Honors

Mrs. Tibby Westcott holds a B.Ed. in English and Education from Chester College, England and a Masters in Education from Morling College in Sydney, Australia. She taught Middle School English in England for five years. For over twenty years, as a missionary with New Tribes Mission in Papua New Guinea, Mrs. Westcott taught English to students from several countries, other missionaries, and PNG nationals for grades 8-12 at Numonobi Christian Academy. Mrs. Westcott wrote NCA’s 7-12th grade English curriculum. Additionally, she taught the distinguished IGCSE Literature and Language courses from Cambridge University and AP English Literature and Language. She will continue teaching English 1and 2 on both campuses. Mrs. Westcott has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2013.

English 3, Honors

Mrs. Sally Bush attended the University of Pittsburgh, dual majoring in English Literature and Creative Writing. She has been involved in homeschooling and Circle Christian School for 20 years. She has taught Creative Writing, The Hobbit, How to Write a Research Report, Study Skills and Bible for Circle Christian School classes. She has also taught High School English for Circle Christian students in a co-op setting. Mrs. Bush loves literature and writing and her desire is to make literature come to life for her students and to assist them in learning to express themselves in writing. Mrs. Bush is also the parent-teacher liaison at Circle. She will continue teaching English III/IV on both campuses for the 2015-16 school year. Mrs. Bush has been teaching at Circle for many years in various capacities. She has been teaching High School English at Circle Christian School since 2012.

English 4, Honors

Mrs. Sally Bush attended the University of Pittsburgh, dual majoring in English Literature and Creative Writing. She has been involved in homeschooling and Circle Christian School for 20 years. She has taught Creative Writing, The Hobbit, How to Write a Research Report, Study Skills and Bible for Circle Christian School classes. She has also taught High School English for Circle Christian students in a co-op setting. Mrs. Bush loves literature and writing and her desire is to make literature come to life for her students and to assist them in learning to express themselves in writing. Mrs. Bush is also the parent-teacher liaison at Circle. She will continue teaching English III/IV on both campuses for the 2015-16 school year. Mrs. Bush has been teaching at Circle for many years in various capacities. She has been teaching High School English at Circle Christian School since 2012.

Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature & Composition

Mrs. Angela Daniel, holds a B.A. in English Literature and has completed graduate work in Philosophy with Literature of Antiquity at Rollins College. Diverse educational training in areas such as differentiated instruction, experiential learning, the neuroscience of understanding, and learning in virtual environments gives her a well-rounded approach to incorporating higher order thinking using developmentally-appropriate methods. The belief that every student can learn if given the proper support, techniques, and time allows her to approach students with an unmitigated enthusiasm and optimism. Mrs. Daniel has taught AP, honors, and standard English in public and private sectors, in both live and virtual environments. She will be teaching AP Literature and Composition and AP Language and Composition with Circle Christian School. Mrs. Daniel has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2015.

Advanced Placement (AP) English Language & Composition

Mrs. Angela Daniel, holds a B.A. in English Literature and has completed graduate work in Philosophy with Literature of Antiquity at Rollins College. Diverse educational training in areas such as differentiated instruction, experiential learning, the neuroscience of understanding, and learning in virtual environments gives her a well-rounded approach to incorporating higher order thinking using developmentally-appropriate methods. The belief that every student can learn if given the proper support, techniques, and time allows her to approach students with an unmitigated enthusiasm and optimism. Mrs. Daniel has taught AP, honors, and standard English in public and private sectors, in both live and virtual environments. She will be teaching AP Literature and Composition and AP Language and Composition with Circle Christian School. Mrs. Daniel has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2015.

Mathematics Department

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.

Algebra 2, Honors

Mr. Dana Mosely holds a B.S./M.A. in Math Education from Louisiana State University. Mr. Mosely has broad and deep experience in teaching math from middle school through college. As a sought after developer of math video curriculum he has published math instructional videos for several major textbook companies and co-owns the Chalkdust Company which produces a variety of instructional resources. Known by a generation of students as “Mr. Chalkdust”, he brings a lifelong love of math together with a compelling belief that every student should be confident in math and prepared for the challenges of our STEM focused world. He has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2015.

Geometry, Honors

Mrs. Melody Washington spent two years teaching the Orange County Public School’s Chapter One Math Program and ten years in private tutoring in high school and College Algebra prior to teaching at Circle Christian School. She inspires students to think of math in unique ways, embrace STEM inquiries, and encourages all learners to reach for new heights in academic achievement. Mrs. Washington also coaches students in math skills over the summer to increase student proficiencies through Circle’s Summer Math Intensives. Mrs. Washington has taught multiple levels of Math at Circle Christian School since 2003.

Math Analysis/Analysis of Functions

Mrs. Melody Washington spent two years teaching the Orange County Public School’s Chapter One Math Program and ten years in private tutoring in high school and College Algebra prior to teaching at Circle Christian School. She inspires students to think of math in unique ways, embrace STEM inquiries, and encourages all learners to reach for new heights in academic achievement. Mrs. Washington also coaches students in math skills over the summer to increase student proficiencies through Circle’s Summer Math Intensives. Mrs. Washington has taught multiple levels of Math at Circle Christian School since 2003.

PreCalculus, Honors

Mr. Dana Mosely holds a B.S./M.A. in Math Education from Louisiana State University. Mr. Mosely has broad and deep experience in teaching math from middle school through college. As a sought after developer of math video curriculum he has published math instructional videos for several major textbook companies and co-owns the Chalkdust Company which produces a variety of instructional resources. Known by a generation of students as “Mr. Chalkdust”, he brings a lifelong love of math together with a compelling belief that every student should be confident in math and prepared for the challenges of our STEM focused world. He has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2015.

Dual Enrollment – Intermediate & College Algebra

Mr. Dana Mosely holds a B.S./M.A. in Math Education from Louisiana State University. Mr. Mosely has broad and deep experience in teaching math from middle school through college. As a sought after developer of math video curriculum he has published math instructional videos for several major textbook companies and co-owns the Chalkdust Company which produces a variety of instructional resources. Known by a generation of students as “Mr. Chalkdust”, he brings a lifelong love of math together with a compelling belief that every student should be confident in math and prepared for the challenges of our STEM focused world. He has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2015.

Dual Enrollment – College Algebra & Trigonometry

Mr. Dana Mosely holds a B.S./M.A. in Math Education from Louisiana State University. Mr. Mosely has broad and deep experience in teaching math from middle school through college. As a sought after developer of math video curriculum he has published math instructional videos for several major textbook companies and co-owns the Chalkdust Company which produces a variety of instructional resources. Known by a generation of students as “Mr. Chalkdust”, he brings a lifelong love of math together with a compelling belief that every student should be confident in math and prepared for the challenges of our STEM focused world. He has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2015.

Science Department

Biology, Honors

Mrs. Sheri Bond received her B.S. in Biology from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA.  She conducted medical research for UNC-Chapel Hill Lineberger Cancer Center. Her focus has been on Preventative Health as it relates to education, non-invasive testing, and healthy lifestyle. She worked as an Instructor for the American Red Cross’ Workplace Training Program. She specialized in Bloodborne Pathogen Training, AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training, and CPR/First Aid Training. She trained over 1,000 individuals. Mrs. Bond is passionate about igniting a love for science in her students.  She loves to reveal our Creator God’s master design through science. She is thrilled to be a part of the Circle Team. Mrs. Bond has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2017.

Marine Science, Honors

Mrs. Christy Wood has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Civic Urbanism from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.  She has worked for local governments in the science fields of biology, limnology (study of lake and stream habitats), ecology, and botany for twenty years before starting her second season of life as a homeschool mom to her two sons.  Her purpose statement is to honor God by nurturing and stewarding His creation.  Mrs. Wood has a passion for Christ, her family, the environment, ecology, sustainable agriculture, community involvement, the arts, and the wonderment of their interconnectedness. Mrs. Wood also teaches lower school extra-curricular science and is excited to bring the same passion for learning to her Honors Marine Science students in upper school. She has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2014.

Chemistry 1, Honors

Mr. Brian Snyder holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Messiah College, in PA, in 1988. He also holds a PA Level I Teaching Certificate, which he earned from Messiah College in 1994. He has been teaching high-school Chemistry at Circle since 2006 and previously taught Physical Science and lower school Math. His love for students and his subject matter leaves an impression on his students, and has created many surprised chemistry majors. Mr. Snyder has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2003.

Chemistry 2, Honors

Mr. Brian Snyder holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Messiah College, in PA, in 1988. He also holds a PA Level I Teaching Certificate, which he earned from Messiah College in 1994. He has been teaching high-school Chemistry at Circle since 2006 and previously taught Physical Science and lower school Math. His love for students and his subject matter leaves an impression on his students, and has created many surprised chemistry majors. Mr. Snyder has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2003.

Anatomy & Physiology, Honors

Dr. Kathleen Nemec holds a B.S. in Molecular Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Bio-Molecular Sciences from the University of Central Florida. Having homeschooled her son through Circle many years ago, Dr. Nemec returns to empower students to reach their God given potential. “For me science is simply learning about the Creator by studying His Magnificent creation.” She has a passion for making difficult subjects feel intuitive by breaking down the parts until understanding takes place and then building on that solid foundation for unending success. Dr. Nemec has been subbing with Circle Christian School since 2014 and teaching with Circle since 2015.

Physics, Honors

Dr. Kathleen Nemec holds a B.S. in Molecular Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Bio-Molecular Sciences from the University of Central Florida. Having homeschooled her son through Circle many years ago, Dr. Nemec returns to empower students to reach their God given potential. “For me science is simply learning about the Creator by studying His Magnificent creation.” She has a passion for making difficult subjects feel intuitive by breaking down the parts until understanding takes place and then building on that solid foundation for unending success. Dr. Nemec has been subbing with Circle Christian School since 2014 and teaching with Circle since 2015.

History Department

World History, Honors

Mr. Tim Backus holds a B.A. in Political Science, with post-graduate work in International Relations, from the University of Central Florida. He’s also a graduate from the Colson Fellows program, a biblical worldview program developed and led by the late Chuck Colson. He’s taught biblical worldview in many environments. He’s also written numerous articles and essays on cultural issues from a biblical perspective. Mr. Backus is a former Marine and has taught martial arts and self-defense tactics to the general public, municipality Police and deploying military police personnel for over 35 years. His passion is to defend and instill the truth of God to all he meets, for the glory of Christ. He is excited about unveiling God’s story in history with students. Mr. Backus, his wife, Leah, and their son Ethan live in Lake Mary. Mr. Backus has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2016.

American History, Honors

Mr. Michael Simmonds hold a B.A. in Psychology from Stetson University.  He has taught Music and Social Sciences at the secondary level in both public and private schools. For the last several years, Mr. Simmonds has been teaching Worship Band in the Circle Arts Program. Since 1993, Mr. Simmonds has served as the Pastor for Worship, Children, and Families at Covenant Community Church. He also provides corporate leadership training session around the world through MDS Team and Leadership Development. As a second-generation immigrant, Mr. Simmonds is passionate about helping students appreciate the uniqueness and wonder of American History. Mr. Simmonds and his wife Gretchen (CCS Frameworks teacher) educate their three children through Circle Christian School. Mr. Simmonds has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2010.

American Government and Economics, Honors

Mr. John Warren holds a B.S. in Business Management from Bob Jones University and a MBA from The University of West Florida.  His delight for teaching developed as an adjunct professor of finance at The University of Central Florida.  His most recent delight has come from exploring the Word of God with students in his Bible classes (World Religions & Philosophy; Ethics/Semantics & Logic) at Circle. He brings his love of Jesus, love of students, and his passion for truth to the next generation. Mr. Warren and his wife, Connie, have one child, Sarah (CCS class of 2016), who is currently enrolled in the Honors Program at FSU. He has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2015.

Bible/Worldview

Perspectives: Developing Your Strengths

Mrs. Cindy Pilling holds a degree in Business Management and Marketing. Homeschooling her own children launched her second career: 12 years in curriculum sales during which time she was mentored by master teacher and author, Jessica Hulcy, of KONOS Character Curriculum. She began teaching history in the Foundations program, a history-based, integrated program for (at that time) K-12. Mrs. Pilling led the Foundations program and authored the program curriculum including history, Bible/church history/worldview, science, visual arts, and performing arts.  The heart of her teaching, training, and writing has always been engagement that seeks to employ and expose the strength of the individual student. Her passion is for students and their parents to identify and appreciate their unique personal design and purpose for which they were created in order to pursue their potential with confidence. Mrs. Pilling has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2002.

Ethics, Semantics & Logic

Mr. John Warren holds a B.S. in Business Management from Bob Jones University and a MBA from The University of West Florida.  His delight for teaching developed as an adjunct professor of finance at The University of Central Florida.  His most recent delight has come from exploring the Word of God with students in his Bible classes (World Religions & Philosophy; Ethics/Semantics & Logic) at Circle. He brings his love of Jesus, love of students, and his passion for truth to the next generation. Mr. Warren and his wife, Connie, have one child, Sarah (CCS class of 2016), who is currently enrolled in the Honors Program at FSU. He has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2015.

Academic Electives

Computer Programming: Python & Pi

Mr. Darrin Patek holds B.S.E.E/M.S.E.E degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California San Diego and the University of Southern California. Mr. Patek has a broad range of experience in both Hardware and Software Engineering from his long career in the Electronics Industry. He holds several patents and has had several of his designs displayed at conferences in his respective industry. In addition, he prepares and presents technical training for other Engineers and at yearly conferences. Prior to his career, in the Electronics Industry, he served in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Field, in both the operation of Nuclear Reactors and an instructor in the Reactor Training Division. He believes in lifelong learning and takes online courses to expand his knowledge in the fast paced and ever growing technology fields. He believes to succeed in your education, or in your career that a strong understanding of the fundamental principles are a necessity. He seeks to instill in his students a strong sense of curiosity and the will to excel as a key part of his classroom instruction.

Speech I and Debate I (Performing Fine Arts)

Mrs. Angela Daniel, holds a B.A. in English Literature and has completed graduate work in Philosophy with Literature of Antiquity at Rollins College. Diverse educational training in areas such as differentiated instruction, experiential learning, the neuroscience of understanding, and learning in virtual environments gives her a well-rounded approach to incorporating higher order thinking using developmentally-appropriate methods. The belief that every student can learn if given the proper support, techniques, and time allows her to approach students with an unmitigated enthusiasm and optimism. Mrs. Daniel has taught AP, honors, and standard English in public and private sectors, in both live and virtual environments. In addition to Speech and Debate, she will be teaching AP Literature and Composition and AP Language and Composition with Circle Christian School. Mrs. Daniel has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2015.

Psychology

Mrs. Cristina I. Ally is graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Marriage and Family and Play Therapy. She received her Bachelor of Science from Southeastern University in Journalism and Public Relations with a Biblical Studies minor. She is currently practicing at First Orlando Counseling Center and also enjoys working alongside her husband in Children’s Ministry at Calvary Orlando. As an educator, Cristina is passionate about empowering & equipping students to step into their unique God given calling. In her spare time she enjoys painting, singing, and spending quality time with her friends and family. Mrs. Aly has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2017.

Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology

Mrs. Cristina I. Ally is graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Marriage and Family and Play Therapy. She received her Bachelor of Science from Southeastern University in Journalism and Public Relations with a Biblical Studies minor. She is currently practicing at First Orlando Counseling Center and also enjoys working alongside her husband in Children’s Ministry at Calvary Orlando. As an educator, Cristina is passionate about empowering & equipping students to step into their unique God given calling. In her spare time she enjoys painting, singing, and spending quality time with her friends and family. Mrs. Aly has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2017.

French I, Honors

Bryna Cannon holds a B.A. in English from the University of Central Florida and is a Circle Christian School graduate. She taught in the HOUSE and Foundations programs at CCS, and she helped pilot the Frameworks program, teaching the 6th grade class. She has especially enjoyed teaching Writing and Literature in the Fundamentals program for the last several years and is excited to add high school French this year. Having studied and practiced French for several years, including her years at UCF, she is looking forward to sharing this beautiful, useful language with students. She has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2009.

French 2, Honors

Bryna Cannon holds a B.A. in English from the University of Central Florida and is a Circle Christian School graduate. She taught in the HOUSE and Foundations programs at CCS, and she helped pilot the Frameworks program, teaching the 6th grade class. She has especially enjoyed teaching Writing and Literature in the Fundamentals program for the last several years and is excited to add high school French this year. Having studied and practiced French for several years, including her years at UCF, she is looking forward to sharing this beautiful, useful language with students. She has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2009.

Spanish I, Honors

Mrs. Melissa Herrera holds a B.A. in Spanish and Elementary Education. With study abroad and missionary experience in Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean, Mrs. Herrera has a heart for Spanish-speaking people and their cultures. She has taught beginning and intermediate Spanish classes to a variety of ages in private, homeschool, and tutoring scenarios and she has also taught at the elementary level for Collier County Public Schools from 1998-2001. Her years in education have afforded her training and experience in a variety of different learning styles, learning techniques, and learning strategies. She strives to provide a rich and comfortable classroom atmosphere where students can learn with confidence. Currently Mrs. Herrera is homeschooling her four children, which she has done for 9 years. Her children range in age from 7 – 13. Mrs. Herrera has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2015.

Spanish 2, Honors

Mrs. Melissa Herrera holds a B.A. in Spanish and Elementary Education. With study abroad and missionary experience in Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean, Mrs. Herrera has a heart for Spanish-speaking people and their cultures. She has taught beginning and intermediate Spanish classes to a variety of ages in private, homeschool, and tutoring scenarios and she has also taught at the elementary level for Collier County Public Schools from 1998-2001. Her years in education have afforded her training and experience in a variety of different learning styles, learning techniques, and learning strategies. She strives to provide a rich and comfortable classroom atmosphere where students can learn with confidence. Currently Mrs. Herrera is homeschooling her four children, which she has done for 9 years. Her children range in age from 7 – 13. Mrs. Herrera has been teaching with Circle Christian School since 2015.

Culinary Arts I

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.

Printmaking I: Art Journaling

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.

Printmaking 2: Art Journaling

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.

ARTS: Circle Theatre Company

Mrs. Linda Novak grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Her love for performing landed her a spot on Center Stage’s Dance Team, a top-level dance company in Cleveland. Linda competed there for 10 years, and received training in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop. She won numerous awards for her groups and solos. She went on to earn a BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State University. Linda has performed across the country at several professional theatres and has appeared in television shows, most notably Pan Am; film (The English Teacher), commercials and ads for Disney Water Parks, Beef O’Brady’s, Olive Garden, and many more. She performed at a Kinect: Xbox 360 event in Times Square with Grammy Award winning singer Ne-Yo and English rapper Lady Sovereign. She moved to Orlando in the fall of 2012, and has been performing at SeaWorld and Universal, including shows such as O’ Wondrous Night directed by Broadway director B.T. McNicholl, Bands Brew & BBQ, Just for Kids, Surprise Squad, and Spooktacular. Linda teaches dance and musical theatre in the Orlando area. She loves being able to share her passion of performing with all ages.

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.

ARTS: Acting 1/2

Mrs. Linda Novak grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Her love for performing landed her a spot on Center Stage’s Dance Team, a top-level dance company in Cleveland. Linda competed there for 10 years, and received training in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop. She won numerous awards for her groups and solos. She went on to earn a BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State University. Linda has performed across the country at several professional theatres and has appeared in television shows, most notably Pan Am; film (The English Teacher), commercials and ads for Disney Water Parks, Beef O’Brady’s, Olive Garden, and many more. She performed at a Kinect: Xbox 360 event in Times Square with Grammy Award winning singer Ne-Yo and English rapper Lady Sovereign. She moved to Orlando in the fall of 2012, and has been performing at SeaWorld and Universal, including shows such as O’ Wondrous Night directed by Broadway director B.T. McNicholl, Bands Brew & BBQ, Just for Kids, Surprise Squad, and Spooktacular. Linda teaches dance and musical theatre in the Orlando area. She loves being able to share her passion of performing with all ages.

ARTS: Acting 3/4

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: Theatre, Cinema, and Film Production (Filmmaking)

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: Dance Repertory

Mrs. Linda Novak grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Her love for performing landed her a spot on Center Stage’s Dance Team, a top-level dance company in Cleveland. Linda competed there for 10 years, and received training in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop. She won numerous awards for her groups and solos. She went on to earn a BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State University. Linda has performed across the country at several professional theatres and has appeared in television shows, most notably Pan Am; film (The English Teacher), commercials and ads for Disney Water Parks, Beef O’Brady’s, Olive Garden, and many more. She performed at a Kinect: Xbox 360 event in Times Square with Grammy Award winning singer Ne-Yo and English rapper Lady Sovereign. She moved to Orlando in the fall of 2012, and has been performing at SeaWorld and Universal, including shows such as O’ Wondrous Night directed by Broadway director B.T. McNicholl, Bands Brew & BBQ, Just for Kids, Surprise Squad, and Spooktacular. Linda teaches dance and musical theatre in the Orlando area. She loves being able to share her passion of performing with all ages.

Non Credit Electives

Summer Math Success for Class Placement

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.