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Teacher Bios

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Beth Bomberger earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Degree with Certification in Secondary Mathematics from Messiah College, and a Master of Education in Mathematics Degree from Millersville University. She taught a variety of 6th -12th grade math classes prior to becoming a mother. She has also taught flute and piano lessons and has learned HTML to update a company website. She is actively involved in her church, Middle Creek Church of the Brethren. Her three children have taught her first-hand how God makes each child unique in personality, learning styles and abilities. This will be Beth Bomberger’s 8th year teaching for Learning Station.

Alana Burkholder is a Lancaster native. She received her B.A in creative writing and philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. She later completed the Teaching Certification Program at Pitt and received certification in English 7-12. Alana has previously taught remedial reading at the Junior High level. She is currently taking classes at Penn State Harrisburg, pursuing a Master’s in Humanities. This will be Alana Burkholder’s 8th year teaching for Learning Station.

Ellen Campbell received teaching certificates from the state of New Jersey and the state of Pennsylvania. She is a homeschool evaluator and has taught all ages of students in a wide variety of classrooms and other teaching situations for more than 35 years. She homeschooled her own children for 12 years. Ellen took Writing for Children and Teenagers and Writing Children’s Books from The Institute of Children’s Literature. She was a member of the San Diego County Christian Writers’ Guild and of Lancaster Christian Writers. Ellen has had a few articles published. She really enjoys teaching writing, literature, history, and civics courses. This will be Ellen Campbell’s 19th year teaching for Learning Station.

Mark Campbell has Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering and is registered as a Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania; retired Engineer in California and New Jersey. Mark has served as a volunteer judge for the Future City competition and the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair. He has experience teaching students at many age levels and frequently makes presentations to governmental decision-makers regarding civil engineering projects. He often teaches classes integrating faith and science. In addition to teaching, Mark runs his own consulting engineering business. This will be Mark Campbell’s 6th year teaching for Learning Station.

Stephen Leed has been a full time artist for over 25 years. He has twice won the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Working Together For Wildlife Art Competition. His work has graced the covers of Pennsylvania Game News and Bird Watcher’s Digest. His equine paintings have been in national museum shows and he is an associate member of American Academy of Equine Art. This will be Stephen Leed’s 10th year teaching for Learning Station.

Sarah Mershon received her B.S. in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College. After teaching for one year, she completed business and accounting courses that prepared her to manage a medical practice for ten years. God then directed her path to home educating her two children. During the years of co-op involvement, geography became one of Sarah’s most-loved classes. This will be Sarah Mershon’s 22d year teaching for Learning Station.

Ian Turner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s of Science degree in Geography from the University of South Carolina.  Having grown-up in South Carolina, Ian arrived in Lancaster in 1992 to begin his professional career as a cartographer with GeoSystems, Inc.—the company that would in 1996 evolve into MapQuest.  Ian has 25 years of practical and managerial experience in the mapping industry.  He has owned his own mapping company, Globe Turner, LLC, since 2012.  Ian and his wife, Kristen, have three children and live in Lancaster.  The family attends Highland Presbyterian Church in Lancaster where Ian serves as chairman of the Global Outreach Committee.  Ian’s interests include meteorology, history, politics, and coin-collecting.  This will be Ian Turner’s 2nd  year teaching for Learning Station.

Donna Van Scyoc is from New Holland, PA. She and Her husband love to travel. She taught art at Living Word Academy for 9 years and presently is teaching private art lessons. She also gives paint parties for adults and children. She works as an designer for Flourish.Flower. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, playing games, interior decorating and painting. She likes reading a good novel and painting. She has traveled to over 30 countries mostly doing missions work. This will be Donna Van Scyoc’s 8th year teaching for Learning Station.

Vanisa Weist received her bachelor’s degree from Messiah College and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from The Pennsylvania State University.  She has over ten years of experience teaching all levels of Spanish at Penn State, Ohio University and Messiah College. She has spent time in numerous Spanish speaking countries including Spain, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Panama. This will be Vanisa Weist’s 8th year teaching for Learning Station.

Clifford Zeller has a bachelor’s degree in History and a Masters in Bible with a proficiency in Greek from Bob Jones University. He has taught, or is currently teaching, Life Science, Environmental Science, Earth Science, Astronomy, Physical Science, Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Advanced Physics, Biology, Algebra II, Geometry, US history, and World history. He taught at Lebanon Christian Academy from 2002-04 and has been teaching and tutoring homeschoolers since 2004. He spends much time hiking and exploring PA’s forests searching for historical relics and all things sciency. This will be Cliff Zeller’s 8th year teaching for Learning Station.

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Angie Dunlap received an Associate Degree in Specialized Technology in Multimedia Design from The Art Institute in 2001. She was employed at a graphic design agency, and later Sight & Sound Theatres (where she met her husband) for several years before having her first child. Angie has taken various short term mission trips including a YWAM DTS (Alaska & Israel), Haiti, and Kenya. At home, Angie enjoys crafting, sewing, gardening, raising chickens, & baking. She is so thankful for the opportunity to homeschool her 1 daughter and 2 sons. This will be Angie Dunlap’s 4th year as a member ofLearning Station.

Joy Glick has enjoyed being the Upper Level Coordinator. Through the past 23 years she put her Associates Degree in Education to use homeschooling 5 children, 4 of whom have graduated.  She has also spent many years in the camping industry and currently works full time at Refreshing Mountain and serves as the Children’s Ministry Director at her church. This will be Joy Glick’s 13th year as a member of Learning Station.

Jennifer Hahn has called Canada; Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands; New Jersey; central PA; Lynchburg, VA; New Philadelphia, OH; and the Lancaster, PA, area “home” at various points in her life. You may want to have a little extra time if you ask her, “Where are you from?” She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology while at Liberty University and married Mark soon after graduating. They have been blessed with three children and are beginning their sixteenth year of homeschooling. She and Mark enjoy serving in the youth ministry of their church. This will be Jennifer Hahn’s 3rd year as a member of Learning Station.

Kristina Healy and her husband both grew up near Penn State. After a cross-country adventure including living in three other states together, they have returned to central PA with their three daughters, 2 homeschooled and one now graduated. Kristina, a licensed cosmetologist, works in and outside the salon as a hair and makeup artist. She also loves to use her creativity through theater. Kristina took to the stage  from a very young age and has been involved in Musical Theater and Drama through camps, high school, church, community and homeschool theater groups. She feels honored to work with the Learning Station’s Drama students. This will be Kristina Healy’s 7th year as a member of Learning Station.

Karen Hullinger graduated from Messiah College with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. She spent more than ten years teaching toddlers, kindergarteners and Head Start preschoolers. Karen has homeschooled her three children, her oldest has graduated. She also teaches Sunday school, a women’s Bible study, and at the co-op. Her passions include arts and crafts including drawing, painting, sewing, quilting, wood carving and burning, knitting, and cross-stitching. This will be Karen Hullinger’s 15th year as a member of Learning Station.

Betsy Kreider was known as the “Miss Frizzle of Myerstown” where she enthusiastically taught Elementary School for the ELCO School District.  After continuing her education and receiving a Masters Degree in Science Education at LVC, she began a family and was thrilled to have the opportunity to stay home with her daughters. She currently homeschools her girls, is The children’s librarian and assistant director at her local library, and does evaluating and tutoring for elementary/ middle school aged students.  She loves being creative and learning new things and believes that learning should be fun!!  She likes to read, spend time with her girls, work in her garden, and believes she should live somewhere tropical!  This will be Betsy Kreider’s 6th year as a member of Learning Station.

Donna LaRue thoroughly enjoyed teaching elementary music students before having her own children 19 years ago.  Her bachelor’s degree in music comes from Houghton College in NY while her master’s is in elementary education from Millersville University.  With two children graduated she continues to enjoy homeschooling two teenagers as well as run a music studio and tutor reading & math.  For 10 years she was the music & worship director at her church before resuming her piano studio in her home.  Although she knows nobody can be forced to learn, her own personal teaching philosophy is that if the student isn’t getting it, the teacher has more work to do and the material needs to be repackaged. This will be Donna LaRue’s 3rd year as a member of Learning Station.

Amy Lefever started on stage in elementary school performing musical interpreted dance.  In high school she spent an hour and a half every day for four years learning in detail how to stage-manage a show, create sets, lighting, sound, and make a production run smoothly.  After high school Amy was onstage helping church groups with VBS’s.  Her drama experience also includes performing in dinner theater and short skits.  Her absolute joy is teaching elementary students to fall in love with the whole process of theater. Working together, trusting each other, being comfortable on stage, conveying their story to an audience, and of course being so loud everyone in the theater can hear every word they say. Amy is married with 4 girls, that she has home schooled and they are all involve with theater both backstage and onstage.  This will be Amy Lefever’s 5th year as a member of Learning Station.

Christi Minnich met her husband Kris at Moody Bible Institute. They have been married 23 years, have 4 children, and have lived in PA for 18 years.  Christi has lived in 7 states, but spent most of her school years overseas. This unique childhood has given her the opportunity to walk where history has been made, and develop a deep love for the different cultures of people in the world. She has taught History, Literature and Comparative Religions to homeschooled students for the last 16 years in both co-op and online class settings. Her goal for every student is to walk away from her class with a better understanding of the cultures around the world and to be rooted and grounded in their own faith so they can more effectively share the gospel with those they come in contact with. She strives to teach in a way that is meaningful to her classes, and is willing to work with individual parents to develop expectations that are appropriate for each student. This will be Christi Minnich’s 9th year as a member of The Learning Station.

Rod Redcay grew up playing every sport he could; basketball, volleyball, baseball, hockey, tennis, soccer, football, etc.  Growing up, he always had a ball in his hand.  After high school he played Rec league volleyball, softball, and basketball for a few years.  After marrying his wife, Sunny Redcay, he put most Rec sports on hold to follow his career in sales and ministry.  He now is the founder/Executive Director of REAL Life Community Services and the Mayor of Denver.  He still plays pick-up basketball almost every week and soccer over the summer.   Rod had helped in PE classes in the past and is excited to be able to offer Basketball this year. This will be Rod Redcay’s 9th year as a member of Learning Station.

Leigh Ann Rohrer and her husband, Travis, have homeschooled their children for twelve years.  Leigh Ann graduated from West Chester University, earning a BS in Kinesiology, and Penn State University with a Master’s of Education degree in Health.  She taught Physical Education in the School District of Lancaster up until having her first child.  Leigh Ann also enjoys sewing, hand embroidery as well as quilting.  This year will be Leigh Ann Rohrer’s 12th year as a member of Learning Station.

Robyn Sowada has a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology from James Madison University.  She took several sign language classes while in college.  After college she moved to Texas and taught ASL at the high school level for several years.  Her and her husband have been married for 18 years and have two children. While living in Virginia, she started homeschooling in 2011 and then moved to Lancaster County in the fall of 2012.This will be Robyn Sowada’s 6th year as a member of the Learning Station.

Janette Stauffer grew up in Schuylkill County as the youngest of four children.  In her home she learned the value of integrity, and hard work shown by her father who was a preacher and an entrepreneur.  She helped around the home with the family lawn and garden business while attending a private school, and always dreamed of being a teacher. Her love for sports was fueled by her three siblings who were very competitive and grew to love playing volleyball in an all women’s league starting at the age of sixteen-present.  Over the past eighteen years, her team has won the championship at least four times, played in many playoffs, and is currently holding first place position this season.  She’s also played in numerous quad and co-ed competitions.  She married her high school sweetheart and is now in her 10th year homeschooling her four girls.  She enjoys swimming, running, watching football, and building campfires.  This will be Janette Stauffer’s 8th year as a member of the Learning Station.

Lisa Zook grew up playing softball in her front yard and basketball in the driveway with her 3 brothers. She was recruited for the town girls’ softball team by the coach who kept driving by watching them play. Some of her favorite memories are the years spent playing 1st base and shortstop with the Akron Jox. In High School she began learning the skills of volleyball and the joy of controlling the ball. Throughout the years she has enjoyed the opportunity of playing on v-ball teams in various rec. leagues. She also worked at the Nav Jiwan International Tea Room for 7 yrs. and loved baking and cooking ethnic foods. After marrying Dean Zook and being blessed with 5 girls, sports took a back seat. In addition to sports, she enjoys reading, playing games with her children, cooking and eating ethnic foods and learning about herbs and natural remedies. This will be Lisa Zook’s 11th year as a member of Learning Station.