MEET THE TEACHERS

Rachel Saltarelli—AP English Language and Compostion, Pre-AP English

For starters,


I’ve been married to Mr. tall, dark, and handsome for 26 years. We have 2 boys and 2 girls, 3 of whom are adults, and all of whom have only known homeschooling. 

I’m a certified biblical counselor, published author, speaker, AP English teacher (trained and authorized by The College Board), and a German Shepherd Dog mama. 

My best credentials are my children. They’ve survived their mom, enough said. 

I've been teaching classes full of homeschoolers for over 10 years.  As a member of the NRA Texas Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S) committee, I also taught speech and leadership to some of Texas' finest youth.

As a side note, I’m really accident prone. I’ve been known to walk into walls, although I try not to say “excuse me.” I recently fell in the bathtub. The bathtub actually attacked me, but I think I won. 


A few more quirky facts about me, 


I’ve taught English at a Christian camp in Italy every summer for the last 5 years. I blame Italy for my serious habit of drinking sparkling water. While air conditioning is almost nonexistent there, cold sparkling water is plentiful and convenient. Thus my addiction. The problem is I’m paying for bubbles. 

As if it isn’t bad enough to pay for what falls freely from the sky, water, I’m also dishing out dollars to drink air. So now, it might as well be confessed, I’m hooked on sparkling water, or as they call it in Italy, aqua con gasso, water with gas. That doesn’t make it sound more dignified. I am also hooked on writing. I write because I can’t stop. I’ve tried. It lures me in, yet refreshes my soul—like drinking bubbles. 

Even when I’m left afterwards with nothing of substance to show for hours of writing, I know it’s still worth it.  It’s like buying air to drink—slightly silly, but so worthwhile. I’m also passionate about teaching writing and passing on my habit to others. Now, if I can just get my students hooked on gassy water… 

I think before you go, I should confess a few more things:  I like to pretend my German Shepherd is better trained than he really is, and that I never embarrass my teenagers, and my husband has no idea what the word nagging means.  I would love to tell you that I have never had incidents at the airport where I broke down, sobbing in front of the security agent who confiscated my red pepper sauce, or that I smuggled a giant wheel of cheese through Customs. 

In a perfect world, I could say…I’ve never stuck my hand up a chicken’s behind, and I never put my little children in the bath with said chicken (It’s a long story, but trust me—I was trying to save the chicken’s life)… But I don’t live in that world.   

There's just the real world and the real me—and i guess now the truth is out.


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Paul Moon—AP Human Geography

I have been married to my wife Tiffany since 2003, and we have been blessed with two wonderful children.


Since 2010 I have taught in Texas public high schools, teaching Pre-AP World Geography at Conroe High School since 2013. I have been named Teacher of the Month numerous times and have presented training sessions at CISD's district-wide Social Studies staff development on the "flipped classroom" model.
I am also a licensed Baptist minister, ordained deacon, and youth ministry volunteer at First Montgomery Baptist Church.
 

(Paul is too modest to mention this, but he also has the winning combination of being passionate about teaching both geography and kids. He is even more passionate about his faith and living it out through the way he serves others. He has many talents, but one of them is undoubtedly his humor. Kids love him!)



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Lori Stinebaugh—Precalculus, Algebra 2, Geometry, Algebra 1

I have been blessed to have married my college sweetheart, Jimmy, in 1999, and we have been blessed with three beautiful daughters—Sarah, Mary, and Abby. We are thankful God has called us to homeschooling, which was not our original path. It is funny how our plans are not always His. I am so thankful for that. 


I have always been drawn to teach. It is an absolute joy to my heart to watch students transition into confident learners who are willing to persevere through hard problems and to see their joy when they “get it.” It never gets old. I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of students over the past 20 years, and I have never met a student who can not succeed in math and learn to love seeing the amazing patterns of math.


Looking back, I can see God’s providence in preparing me for teaching. What at the time seemed like preparing for a career, now I see as a passion to equip God’s children and see His perfection. I received a Bachelors in Math/Kinesiology from Texas A&M in 1998 and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Curriculum from A&M the following year. 


After getting married and following my husband (a Marine) to California, I taught at Laguna Hills High School in Orange County for a couple years. When he finished his four year tour and transitioned into his current job, we moved to Florida, and I taught high school mathematics at MacArthur High School in Broward County. After my oldest was born, and we moved to Georgia and then Oregon, I stayed home and took on some individual tutoring. Finally, ten years ago, we returned to our home state, Texas. I began writing curriculum for mathematics one grade at a time and teaching classes. I wanted to ensure my children did not have the “holes” I sometimes saw with students and that they were prepared for the rigor of high school when they got there. 


Five years ago, I began directing a cooperative (again not my original plan, but what a joy it turned out to be). I run the mathematics department, and it has given me joy to see these kids grow year after year. 

I am excited to work with Blaze students and build them up and equip them to be leaders for Christ! God is good! Thank you for trusting me with your babies. I look forward to seeing the fruit of their labor. Give me a warm cup of coffee and let’s work some math!

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