California Christian Tutorial

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

Instructor Bios

Academic Year 2015–2016

Scott Carlson serves as Pastor of Redeemer Bible Fellowship, in Lusby MD. Originally from Northeast Nebraska, Scott graduated from Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska (B.S. in Bible, Christian Education and Youth Ministry), and The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles CA (MDiv.). He has taught his own homeschooled children Spanish, Hebrew, and Geography. He also taught Greek at a homeschool cooperative. He loves spending time with his family, football and mountaineering.

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 28 years and now a Navy “mom” to two of her three boys.

Abigail Pegram Grove is a homeschool graduate with experience teaching students of all ages in Richmond, Virginia. She holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked as a tutor since age 15 while aprenticing with her family's ministry. Her heartfelt desire is to offer academic instruction to supplement home education and support parents in their God-given responsibility. For the past eleven years, she has offered classes in language arts and history, and she is thrilled to offer her skills to Maryland students. While aiding students in the development of an organized, engaging writing style, Mrs. Grove seeks to facilitate understanding and appreciation for literature.

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 seven years. This will be Sherri’s 12th year homeschooling and her first year at CCT.

Robin Henshaw, a native of Washington, D.C., graduated from Western Maryland College with a degree in music education with Masters work in vocal pedagogy at University of Maryland. Her goal is "Bringing glory to God through Singing and Teaching." Repertoire includes sacred and contemporary Christian music, music theatre, and classical music. Robin maintains her own music studio, "Praise Voice," in Sunderland where she lives with her husband Mike. In addition to being a successful musician and vocalist, Robin is a Christian motivational speaker on worship and Bible topics, an author, and breast cancer survivor.

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 13 years.

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, in the suburban Philadelphia area. 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. She has more recently had an 11 year career as homeschooling mom and was on the founding committee for the Leonardtown Baptist Homeschool Fellowship where she taught a variety of subjects for nine years. She and her husband, David, enjoy raising their two children in St. Mary’s County.

Maria Matthias graduated from Hood College with a degree in Chemistry and Secondary Education. She has spent the last 15 years as a Navy wife and a homeschooling mom. This is Maria’s seventh 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 ten years.

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.

Crystal Rapp graduated from Elon University (formerly Elon College) in North Carolina with a double major in History and Social Science and a minor in Political Science. She has taught drama and directed plays in St. Mary’s County for eight years. Crystal spent several years working as a Museum Teacher at Historic St. Mary’s City and later worked with the Poiema Players (a local homeschool group) in 2000. Crystal has studied acting and music, taking classes in the Stanislavski Method, Meisner Technique, and Voice classes. Crystal has performed on stage and in film and has been involved in the local theatre as an actress and volunteer. She is passionate about teaching and directing and has greatly enjoyed working with students from pre-school to Senior High. Crystal’s desire is to teach students to give glory to God and reflect His creativity as they grow and perform in the Dramatic Arts.

Samuel Shelton, born and raised in Clifton TX, has taken courses through Gold Light Studio’s Atelier program for fine art. He currently studies at the Academy of Arts University in order to be a teacher of fine art in a College setting. Samuel has a great love for drawing and painting the human figure with classical methods.  Samuel and his family reside in Calvert County.

Shelley Suckow graduated from the University of Minnesota, Deluth, with a BAS in Mathematics. Shelley’s husband served in the Marine Corps so she has been able to explore and teach in many areas of the country. Her teaching experiences range from private tutoring to accredited tutorials to the public school system and community college. During their first tour in MD, Shelley taught at Great Mills HS and then at CCT after her first child was born. This will be Shelley’s fourth year teaching at CCT.