Middle & High School Instructors


HEED desires to assist home educating parents by locating and securing qualified Christian independent expert instructors who are passionate about their subject to enrich a home education program. The parent ultimately remains the teacher.  The HEED instructor is a facilitator, instructing the student in class, while the parent oversees and leads the student during the week.


HEED instructors include lawyers, scientists, engineers, pastors, college professors, psychologists, accountants, high school teachers, and more.  Real life experience combined with an excellent grasp of the subject, and a passion to pour into the next generation are the characteristics that make HEED instructors the best! 



Cara Abbott (cjabbott2014@gmail.com)
Cara Abbott received a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology with a Virginia Teaching License in General Biology for grades 6-12 from Liberty University in 2012. While at Liberty University, she worked as a biology tutor, research assistant, and teaching assistant. Cara graduated Magna Cum Laude with a final GPA of 3.67. After graduating and marrying fellow Liberty University Alum, Robert Abbott, they moved to South Florida. She then received her Master’s Degree in Environmental Biology from Florida Atlantic University, where she was a teaching assistant in Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis, Human Morphology, and Anatomy and Physiology undergraduate labs. She is presently the Program Manager/ Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Institute for Regional Conservation in Delray Beach, FL. When not teaching, Cara volunteers with marking and excavating sea turtle nests along Singer Island during the summer.  She and her husband, Rob, just had their first baby.
Chris Barber (cdb@trippscott.com)

Chris Barber, a home-educating father of five, has been practicing law for over 27 years.  He holds an undergraduate degree in journalism and a law degree from the University of Kansas.  Chris also earned a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies from Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale.  He is the co-author of The Story of Joseph and Judah, an in-depth study of the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis.  Chris has a passion to teach and to instill in his students a love for learning and a love for God and His Word.  Chris has taught Introductory and Intermediate Logic and Old Testament Experience at HEED for over a decade. 

Mrs. Teri Betor (terilynn100@icloud.com)​

HEED is excited to have Teri Better join our faculty in 2018. Teri has provided SAT/ACT classes for students at Westminster Academy in Ft. Lauderdale for over 8 years. Teri’s students consistently report significant improvements in their exam scores. The largest portion of Teri’s students come to her as the result of referrals from parents and/or students who have experienced great success with her. She receives exceptional evaluations from students who report that her teaching strategies and style simplify the test material and provide practical tactics that allow them to achieve significantly higher scores. Teri is convinced that every student is incapable of achieving significant improvement in his or her standardized test scores. With passion, experience, and wisdom, she helps even the most doubtful and timid student achieve genuine success.  Teri's class will be an excellent complement for student's who have previously taken a HEED SAT/ACT class.  


Kara Caplivski  (Kcaplivski@gmail.com)

Kara Caplivski holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida Atlantic University.  She is passionate about languages and literature, and she desires to teach the next generation to think critically and communicate effectively, for the glory of God. Kara lives in Boca Raton with her husband, David, and their son, Elliot. 

Giovana Cavarretta (gcavarretta7@gmail.com)

Giovana Cavarretta is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ and a wife and mother of three.  She has been blessed to be homeschooling her children since preschool.  She was born and raised in Lima, Perú and moved to the United States as a teenager. Having experienced firsthand how difficult it can be to learn another language, she desires to help students learn to communicate in Spanish while having fun in the process. Mrs. Cavarretta is an experienced Spanish teacher and has enjoyed teaching Spanish to homeschool students of all ages for the past 10 years.  She attended Florida Atlantic University and graduated with Honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.  

Tim Day (day.tim@att.net)

Tim Day has been a criminal trial lawyer for 26 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from Nova University. Tim has taught Adult Education courses at Calvary Chapel of Ft. Lauderdale on the Constitution, Christian worldview and the moral issues of today, and has taught government to HEED students for over 10 years.  He is presently employed as an Assistant Federal Defender for the Southern District of Florida. He and his wife Sandy live in Boca Raton and homeschooled their son, Luke. 

Amy Frank (ajfrank@hotmail.com)

Amy Frank received her bachelor’s degree in English with minors in Secondary Education, Spanish, and Theater in 1999 from King College, a small Christian college in East Tennessee.  She earned her Master's degree in 2003 from Vanderbilt University.  Amy taught high school English for eight years in the public school system.  After her daughter Abigail was born in 2008, she became a stay-at-home mom.  She and her husband Tim welcomed a second daughter, Elizabeth, into the world in 2010.  Since then, Amy has worked part-time as an independent consultant and a private tutor.  Amy grew up in Boca Raton, lived in Nashville, TN for nine years, and recently moved back to South Florida.  She is honored to be part of the HEED team. 

Catie Frates (professorfrates@gmail.com)

Catie Frates is a dedicated bondservant of Jesus Christ, wife and mother of three. She is an author, Biblical Scientific Creationist, Creation Science Speaker and a High School Science Teacher. She has a BSA in Microbiology and Cell Biology from the University of Florida. Catie and her husband Steve make their home in Naples, FL where they pursue God in the raising of their daughters as well as the management of their ministry. Catie's primary goal is to share the scientific evidence of the Biblical Genesis Account - that, in fact, the scriptures can be taken completely at their word. She is dedicated to the training of God's people in this arena of such important issues. Catie enthusiastically shares this gift of joy and freedom found for her in the scientific evidence that substantiates the inerrancy of God's Word in an entertaining and understandable fashion. It is Catie's particular desire to reach teachers, parents and young people with this information.  

Andrea Gardner (aplus3As@aol.com)

Andrea Gardner has a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee Temple University in secondary education with an English proficiency and minors in speech and Bible.  Andrea graduated from The King’s Academy in WPB, attended college, taught at Berean Christian School in WPB for six years, home educated her three children through twelfth grade, and has in recent years taught at HEED.  Teaching the Bible to adult ladies at church and conducting a neighborhood Bible club at her home since 2000, Andrea finds the greatest joy in sharing God’s truth. Singing, performing, and writing are her passions as well.  Working with teens is such a fulfilling and eternally significant ministry! With the home going of her pastor/teacher husband at thirty-six, Andrea has truly been blessed to see her faithful Savior take such good care of her and her now adult children all of which have also majored in education.

Deb Grant (debg1919@gmail.com)

Deb is a Chicago native and has been in Boca Raton since 2000 with her husband, Bill, and two daughters, Nicole and Lauren – who were schooled at Spanish River Christian School through middle school and Boca Christian High School.  Deb has a corporate human resource and training background as well as teaching background.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from DePaul University and a Masters in Human Resources and Training from Loyola University, both faith-based institutions in Chicago.  Her second career in teaching began over a decade ago when she earned her teaching certification in English grades 5-12 and completed education course work at Florida Atlantic University.  She taught middle school English and writing development at Spanish River Christian School for 13 years and recently began a new chapter as an educational consultant and tutor.  In addition to HEED, Deb is an educational consultant and tutor.Her mission is equipping others to achieve excellence by serving with integrity and dedication. 

Walter Jominy  (wjominy@gmail.com)

Walter Jominy has a Bachelors Degree in Business from Ohio State University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Nova Southeastern University.  He is a Florida state certified teacher with over 20 years experience.  Prior to working in academia he was President of a computer information provider that he sold to the Chicago Tribune.  Walter did an internship with Christian author Josh McDowell to further his studies in Christian Apologetics.  He is currently head of the Bible Department at Westminster Academy and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Broward College and Palm Beach Atlantic University.  Married to Jenny for over 42 years, he has two children and five grandchildren.  He has completed nine marathons and is competing in his first Ironman in Chattanooga in the fall of 2015.  Walter is a ruling Elder at North Creek Presbyterian Church where he teaches Adult Sunday School and preaches when his pastor is out of town. 

Mary Jones (maryjammin1204@gmail.com)

Mary Jones has been Homeschooling her six children for nearly 20 years running. She has four in college and her last two are in high school. She met her husband, Ashley Jones, in Gainesville where they both attended University of Florida. Mary graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. This is her first year teaching at Heed, although her children have been attending for the past 10 years.

Seth Lowrey (slowrey@sentsoftware.com)

Seth Lowrey received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Mississippi in 1991 and graduated with honors. He has worked as a software developer/programmer for over 25 years and has worked for major technology corporations such as EDS, Computer Task Group, and GE. Since 2001, Seth has managed and programmed software for his own company, Sent Software, which develops programs for the State of Tennessee, local police departments, logistics, healthcare, and homeschool groups. His passion for teaching is apparent as he consistently teaches homeschool classes for Microsoft Office and Google Docs, mentors high school students and college interns for computer programming, and has most recently created an online mentorship program, the Institute of Software Developers (institutesoftdev.com). Seth and his wife, Lisa, have homeschooled their six children since their oldest, now a college senior, was in kindergarten. 


Michelle Moody (tmichellemoody@comcast.net)

Michelle is originally from Nebraska. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University. She met her husband in St. Louis and then moved to Florida in 2001. She has homeschooled her 2 children since kindergarten.  Michelle has been Catie Frates full time science assistant at HEED for the last three years.  Currently she is teaching 6th grade science STEM science and forensic science at HEED Adventures. Additionally she is one of two teachers leading the weekly American history interactive Adventures.  One of her greatest joys has been being a part of the HEED team.

Angelica Pelletier (akg063@comcast.net) 

​Angelica Pelletier holds a Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree and a Master of Science in Material Science and Engineering from Rutgers, The State University of NJ. She worked as a research engineer where she was awarded several patents in material processing techniques and formulations, then left the field to raise her four children; two of whom are grown and in careers of their own and two who are currently at Boca Raton Christian High School, where she is also a certified math teacher and a Dual Enrollment Instructor for Palm Beach Atlantic University. She has been teaching math since 1993 to students ranging in age from middle school through college. She has a passion for teaching and seeks to convey math as the language of our Creator enabling us to explain the beauty and order of His Creation. She lives in Delray Beach with her husband and two high school-aged daughters. She is humbled and honored to be a part of HEED and seeks to bring glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through teaching.​​

Olivia Calder Read (oliviacalder1993@hotmail.com)

Olivia Read is a Boca Homeschool alumni and has grown up in the homeschooling community. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and graduated from Florida Atlantic University in May, 2016. She has a state certification to teach grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. Immediately upon graduation in May, Olivia began working at Spanish River Christian School teaching 4th grade and is completing her 4th year of teaching. Married for almost 4 years, Olivia and her husband Thomas Read are expecting their first child. Olivia attends and serves at Above and Beyond Community church, HEED's Northeast campus, and she is excited to be joining the staff of HEED in fall of 2020.  

Nichole Salisbury (Salisburynichole@gmail.com)

Nichole Salisbury, a South Florida native, has been married to her husband Scott for 19 years. Together, they have served the Lord faithfully in ministry at Victory Church since 1996. They continue to serve together in ministering to couples and families while Nichole also teaches an elementary age class weekly. They have four children, all of whom are currently homeschooled.   Nichole attended Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College and received a degree in Nursing in 1999.  Nichole served on the Board of Directors of Boca Homeschoolers for three years. Along with homeschooling her four children and serving with her husband in ministry, she currently works as a Registered Nurse, Childbirth Educator, and Board Certified Lactation Consultant at a local hospital and in her private practice.  Nichole has a passion for teaching and considers it her mission to develop a lasting love for learning in her students by facilitating an enjoyable and engaging classroom atmosphere. In addition to her many commitments, Nichole is excited to partner with our HEED parents and participate with equipping their middle school students with the knowledge and skills they need to be well prepared for pre-algebra and higher level mathematics.  “For wisdom will fill your heart, and knowledge will fill you joy.” Proverbs 2:10 

Thalia Steffen  (the9steffens@yahoo.com) Thalia is a native of South Florida and graduated magna cum laude from Boston College. Now in her 17th year of homeschooling, this mother of seven is blessed by the chance to pass on the love of learning she learned from her parents. “For me, education is providing kids not only the tools, but also the confidence, to dive into any topic or subject. As homeschoolers, we celebrate that learning is not restricted to a classroom but takes place throughout the day and where ever we go. As followers of Jesus, the Bible reminds us to see God’s hand in the awesome wonder of creation. My desire is to ignite in my students a hunger to learn not just during the standard school years. I want to instill a curiosity and desire to keep asking questions that will continue throughout their lives as they become a lifelong learner.” Thalia co-teaches History with the goal of allowing the events and people to come to life in the hearts, minds, and spirits of her students.

Kathy Tout (numb3rs@bellsouth.net)

Kathy and her husband, Jim are blessed with three children, Adam, Paul and Rebecca and now two grandchildren. Although the children are now all adults, the Tout family home schooled for over 18 years from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Kathy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University in 1986. For over ten years, Kathy has taught math classes at HEED.  Outside of HEED, she is self-employed in the field of personal and property management as well as private tutoring in mathematics from pre-algebra through college level Methods of Calculus.  Romans 11:33 states: "Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!” It is Kathy's desire to help students recognize God as the author of all wisdom and knowledge - including mathematics! 

Jesus Villalobos (jesus.villalobos@me.com)

Jesus studied Mechanical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University. Jesus was born and raised in South Florida after his parents moved here from Lima, Peru in 1985. He serves as a Youth Pastor in his home church, Iglesia Hispana of Boca Raton, for over 15 years. In 2013 he married his wife, Melisa, and together they have had the privilege of traveling to Peru and assisting Missionaries to preach the gospel to underdeveloped regions and schools. Through his travels around the world, he developed a deep passion for history. His goal is to excite the future generations to study and experience history in our country and around the world in order to reach others for Christ. Jesus and Melisa have two children, Jonathan and Mia. He has a a passion for his two favorite hobbies: photography and soccer!

Allen Walker (allen@harbourchurch.org)

Allen graduated from Samford University with a B.A. in Journalism, Mass Communications, and Public Relations in 2000. In 2003 he moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL to assist in the launching of The Harbour Church.  In 2004 he married his wife, Eva, and together they have had the privilege of traveling throughout the world assisting missionaries in various countries.  He has directed the Expedition Program for The Harbour’s parent ministry, LIGHT International, since 2006.  Through this experience he has planned, led and overseen numerous international mission outreaches. He currently serves as an Associate Pastor at The Harbour and continues to plan special events, conferences and serves as co-director of the children’s ministry at The Harbour with Eva.  Allen and Eva have seven children.  Allen and Eva have been foster parents, and have a passion for radically impacting the lives of children through the love of their family. 

Kim Williamson (kimw7707@yahoo.com)

Kim Williamson is a passionate teacher of psychology and considers it a privilege and an honor to get to pour into the next generation.  In addition, Kim is an on-site therapist specializing in trauma, and will soon complete full licensure in the state of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).  Not only does she teach from the text, Kim brings a plethora of practical inter and interpersonal nuggets to the students. Kim completed both her undergraduate and graduate work in Counseling Psychology at Northwestern University, outside of Chicago.  After raising and home schooling their two daughters, Gabrielle, now 22 years old and a graduate of the University of North Florida, and, Kate,  a sophomore playing golf and studying juvenile justice at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Kim and her husband, Jeff, of over 25 years, reside locally here in Boca Raton.     

Your children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be their peace.  Isaiah 54:13

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