California Christian Tutorial

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works ..."

Instructor Bios

Academic Year 2018–2019

Brenda Cavallaro received her B.A. in Modern Languages and Linguistics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with Maryland certification in Secondary Education. After graduating, Brenda spent a year in Paris on a Fulbright teaching assistantship. When she returned to the U.S., Brenda was hired by the Baltimore City School system to teach Spanish. She pursued her Master of Arts degree in intercultural Communications from UMBC and graduated in 1992. Brenda taught Spanish and French in the Anne Arundel County from 1987-1995. In 1991 she received recognition for excellence in Foreign Language instruction from the Maryland Foreign Language Association. After moving to St. Mary’s county, Brenda taught Spanish to homeschoolers from 1999 – 2001. Brenda and her husband Tom have four sons they are currently homeschooling. Brenda’s desire is to equip students with a skill the Lord can use for His glory and to further His kingdom.

Beth Ensminger attended Pensacola Christian College, where she earned her B.S. degree in elementary education. She has attended graduate classes in education administration. With over ten years of classroom experience and over twelve additional years of homeschooling experience, Beth has a passion for teaching and for interacting with students. Her goal in teaching at CCT is to help equip students with knowledge and skills to be effective servants of Christ.

Sherri Hastings earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Physics from Carroll University and a Master of Statistics from the University of Florida. She has worked as a statistician in the chemical industry, done statistical consulting work, and has taught many undergraduate math and science courses. She has been teaching science and history to middle and high school students since 2007 and at CCT since 2014. Sherri homeschooled for 15 years and has graduated her two children.

Cindy Herndon graduated from Frostburg State in 1976 with a degree in English and Education. She began her career teaching junior high students. Five years later, Cindy started teaching at a parochial high school. After teaching for fourteen years in a traditional classroom, Cindy became a stay at home mom and then a home school mom for over 17 years. Cindy has taught at CCT since 2002.

Pam Hinton received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1990 and completed a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1993 from Beaver College, now known as Arcadia University. She has worked as a physical therapist in a variety of settings including pediatrics, spinal cord injury and brain trauma, outpatient orthopedics, and home health care. Pam’s second career and greatest privilege has been as a homeschooling mom to her two children. She has participated in and taught several cooperative classes with other homeschooling families over the years. Pam and her husband, David, graduated their son last year and are enjoying the remaining high school years at home with their daughter.

Maria Matthias graduated from Hood College with a degree in Chemistry and Secondary Education. She has spent nearly 20 years as a Navy wife and a homeschooling mom. Maria has been teaching at CCT since 2005.

Peg Mehaffey received her BA in English from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and studied religious education at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. She has taught both adults and children in Sunday school classes at her church and currently facilitates two study groups for women. Reading, writing, and speaking are three of Peg’s favorite pastimes. Peg and her husband, Billy, have lived in St. Mary’s County since 1990, where they have raised their three children.

Wendy N. Podsednik, earned a Music Education Major with a concentration in Voice from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. In addition to homeschooling, she teaches private voice lessons in her studio in Hollywood, Maryland, where she lives with her husband and five children. Her family and students can be heard performing for local Nursing homes, Adult Daycare Centers, and Veterans Homes. She also serves as Choral director for adult, teen, and youth ensembles at Real Life Wesleyan Church and for productions and holiday programs at Our Father's House Assembly of God. Her theatrical gifts have yielded opportunities to perform in community and professional theatres throughout the country.

Crystal Rapp has taught drama and directed plays in St. Mary’s County for over 14 years. She is a graduate of Elon University with a degree in History and Social Science. She spent several years working as a Museum Teacher at Historic St. Mary’s City, but her love of acting and directing became clear when she began working with a local homeschool group called the Poiema Players. Crystal has studied acting and music, taking classes in the Stanislavski Method, Meisner Technique, and Voice classes. She has put those skills to use by teaching drama and public speaking for both the California Christian Tutorial and the Homeschool Christian Academy. Crystal is excited about directing and her desire is to teach students to know and trust the Lord, and honor Him with their talents and creativity.