California Christian Tutorial

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

Instructor Bios

Academic Year 2016–2017

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.

Cathy Eastburg graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her clinical career included working in medical-surgical units, orthopedic and intensive care units and home health. She has also worked in the area of utilization review for insurance companies. Cathy has had the privilege of teaching cooperative classes with other homeschooling families at various times throughout her 12 years of homeschooling. She has a passion for God’s word and for giving students a vision of fulfilling their God-given potential. Cathy has been a Navy wife for 29 years and now a Navy “mom” to two of her three boys.

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 ten additional years of homeschooling experience, Beth has a passion for teaching various subjects 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 Jesus 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 for the past nine years. This will be Sherri’s 14th year homeschooling and her third year at CCT.

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 for the past 14 years.

Maria Matthias graduated from Hood College with a degree in Chemistry and Secondary Education. She has spent the last 17 years as a Navy wife and a homeschooling mom. This is Maria’s ninth year teaching at CCT.

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. Peg has homeschooled her youngest child for the past 11 years.

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 Reallife 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.

Tina Prevatt graduated from Cedarville University in Ohio where she studied Education and Bible. As a Navy wife, Tina has had the opportunity to teach in Christian schools in Maryland, Hawaii and California. She and her husband Rich homeschooled for over 18 years and have graduated their three children. Tina teaches at CCT in addition to serving on the CCT Board.

Michelle Rioux earned her Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching from Western Governor's University. She holds teaching certifications for K-12, math and social studies in Utah and California. Michelle has been employed as a computer network technician, web administrator and network administrator for multiple companies, as well as a classroom teacher. She enjoys the opportunity to work with an organization that has a purpose aligned with God’s Word and feels blessed to be able to serve the homeschool community while still home schooling her own children.