California Christian Tutorial

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Instructor Bios

Academic Year 2017–2018

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

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. This will be Sherri’s 15th year homeschooling, and she will be graduating her second child.

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.

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.

Carrie Patterson, is an artist, art educator and one busy bee. She is the founder of Yellow Door Art Studios and lives in Leonardtown, Maryland with her husband Doug and her two children. Her own little busy bees, Xander and Giorgia, and the freedom that art embraces, inspired her to step into the Yellow Door. Carrie Patterson earned a BFA from James Madison University and an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a currently a professor at St. Mary’s College where she teaches drawing, painting, and color.

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.

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 20 years and have graduated their three children. Tina teaches at CCT in addition to serving on the CCT Board.