LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL INSTRUCTORS
HEED desires to assist home educating parents by locating and securing Christian expert instructors who are passionate about the subject they teach. The parent ultimately remains the teacher. The HEED instructor is a facilitator, instructing the student in class and asssigning the week's work, 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 (Science)
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.
Britnye Arthur (English)
Brittnye Arthur graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in Secondary English Education. Since then, she has added Exceptional Student Education and Reading to her teaching certificate along with a certification from the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education. Her interests, in order, include Jesus, family, literature, and writing. Throughout 9 years of teaching experience in both public and private school, she’s discovered that proficiency in reading and writing is instrumental for future success. She enthusiastically helps students hone their literacy skills to equip them for college and beyond. Brittnye lives in Boynton Beach with her husband and four daughters.
Chris Barber (Logic, Old Testament)
Chris Barber, a home-educating father of five, has been practicing law for over 30 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 (SAT - ACT Prep)
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.
Giovana Cavarretta (Spanish, World View, Social Studies)
Giovana Cavarretta is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ and a wife and mother of three. She and her husband, Sal, have served the Lord in full time ministry for over 25 years. She has enjoyed homeschooling her own children (2 are adults now and one is in high school) for the past 18 years. Along with homeschooling, Mrs. Cavarretta has a passion for teaching and helping students of all ages to enjoy learning in fun and engaging ways. Moreover, having been born and raised in Lima, Perú and having moved to the United States as a teenager, she’s experienced firsthand how difficult it can be to learn another language. Therefore, she desires to help her Spanish class students learn to communicate in Spanish while having fun in the process. Mrs. Cavarretta attended Florida Atlantic University and graduated with Honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.
Heather Chada (Science)
Heather is a fully devoted follower of Christ, wife to an amazing husband, and mother of two adorable kids. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science (2004) from FAU. After working in various positions in her field, Heather returned to FAU to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology (2010) and a Master’s Degree in Biology with a focus in Marine Physiology (2013). During Heather’s second undergraduate degree she worked in an organic chemistry lab utilizing microbiology techniques to grow various strains of bacteria to test the antibacterial effectiveness of newly formed peptide chains. She also taught biology classes as an Undergraduate TA. During her graduate research, Heather utilized molecular biology techniques to extract and quantify proteins present in the tissues of green sea turtles suffering from fibropapilomatosis. She also served as a contributing author to Practical Exam Review (PAR) by creating question sets for the anatomy & physiology test bank. Heather worked as the Biology Undergraduate TA Coordinator and taught Undergraduate Labs including: Comparative Vertebrate Morphology, Comparative Animal Physiology, and Anatomy & Physiology. After the completion of her Master’s Degree, Heather worked as the Biological Laboratory Supervisor at FAU and taught classes as an Adjunct Professor. Wanting to spend more time with her babies, she left FAU to teach High School Science. After teaching at Zion Lutheran for a year, she left to teach at Calvary Christian Academy for 3 years. Heather taught high school AP Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Marine Biology. She also served as an Assistant Varsity Softball Coach and a Girl’s Small Group Leader. Heather left teaching to homeschool her two young children, and now loves to teach science to other homeschool students.
Tim Day (College Government)
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 (English, College English)
Amy Frank, HEED's Local English 10 Instructor and Dual-Enrollment College English Professor, earned her bachelor’s degree in English from King College and her master's degree in English Education from Vanderbilt University. She taught English in public high schools for eight years; she has taught and evaluated homeschooled students since 2011. In her own home, she has been homeschooling since 2013.
Andrea Gardner (English, Public Speaking)
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.
Walter Jominy (Economics, College Economics)
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 25 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 teaching Bible, Economics and Business at Westminster Academy and is an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Broward College and Palm Beach Atlantic University. Married to Jenny for over 47 years, he has two children and five grandchildren. He has completed 18 marathons an ultra-marathon and an Ironman. 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.
Seth Lowrey (Computer Programming)
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.
Angelica Karas Pelletier (College Math)
Angelica Karas 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 in Boston, MA where she was awarded several patents in material processing techniques and formulations, then left the field to raise her four children. She is a certified math teacher at Boca Raton Christian High School and a Dual Enrollment Instructor for Palm Beach Atlantic University. She was previously an adjunct for Palm Beach State College. 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. 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.
Jesus Villalobos (History)
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!
Kathy Tout (Math)
Kathy and her husband, Jim, are blessed with three children, Adam, Paul, and Rebecca and now four grandchildren. 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 fifteen 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!
Allen Walker (History)
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 (College Psychology)
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 intra-personal 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 25 years, reside locally here in Boca Raton.