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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 7th 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 7th 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, history, and civics courses.  This will be Ellen Campbell’s 18th 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 5th year teaching for Learning Station. 

Stephen Leed has been a full time artist for over 20 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 9th 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 21st year teaching for Learning Station.

Ian Turner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and a Masters 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 1st  year teaching for Learning Station.

Donna Van Scyoc is from Leola, PA. She and her husband, Mark, have a son, Brighton. 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, and watching movies. 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 7th 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 7th year teaching for Learning Station.

Clifford Zeller has a bachelors 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 7th year teaching for Learning



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Brian Acebo co-taught “Cultures and Cuisines” for the Co-op in 2015, “International Cooking” twice (2014 and 2011) and taught “Healthy Cooking” in the fall of 2010. Brian cooks as a hobby and enjoys experiencing food cultures of different countries. He has traveled to several countries in Europe and lived for three years in Brazil. Brian has an MBA from Villanova with a focus in international business. He hopes to instill confidence in the kitchen, believing that such confidence will encourage his students to practice hospitality (1 Pe 4:9-10, 3 Jn 8). This will be Brian Acebo’s 16th year as a member of Learning Station.

Marie Acebo, RD CDE LDN, is a dietician and a certified diabetes educator at Lancaster General Hospital. She specializes in the treatment of type 1 diabetes in children and young adults as well as eating disorders. She has four children from elementary aged to married and is involved in Crossover student ministries at LEFC. She co-taught “Cultures and Cuisines” for the Co-op in 2015, “International Cooking” twice (2014 and 2011) and “Healthy Cooking” three times, the last being in the fall of 2010. Marie has traveled to Ireland, Romania, Malta, Thailand and South Africa.  This will be Marie Acebo’s 16thyear as a member of Learning Station.

Joel Brown grew up in Annville, Pennsylvania, but moved to live in Chile when he was 12 years old when his parents answered God’s calling to Missions. He lived there for 10 years where he learned to speak Spanish and also met his wife Susana; they have 6 children. Joel has rich background experiences; some of them include: interpreting, construction, EMT, health sciences, and pastoral care. Joel is an ordained pastor and served for 6 years as the pastor for Millcreek Community Church in Newmanstown. He enjoys spending time with his family, camping, fishing, and learning archaeological/historical facts. He has a passion for working with children and youth. This will be Joel Brown’s 2nd year as a member of Learning Station.

Michelle Deckard has a BS in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, MS in Elementary Counselor Education and certifications in Middle School mathematics and English as a Second Language Instruction. She was an elementary teacher for 9 years in Ephrata School District. She has 4 children and has been homeschooling for over 20 years. In the past she has taught many classes including elementary, junior and senior high literature, SAT preparation, physical education, history and science. She has also directed three plays as well as served on the drama team for many plays for The Learning Station Cooperative. She has been a homeschool evaluator for elementary, junior high and senior high over 23 years. This will be Michelle Deckard’s 18th year as a member of Learning Station.

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’s 3rd year at Learning Station.

Chris Freeman received her BS in Accounting from Winona State University in Minnesota and received her CPA certification from the MN State Board of Accountancy. She worked as a corporate accountant at Cargill, Inc., where she met her husband and transferred to Manila, Philippines for three years.  While there, she worked for TaxPlan, Inc. as their tax accountant for U.S. expatriates. After returning to the States, she continued to prepare income taxes as a home business. She delights in her four children and has homeschooled for 22 years. This will be Chris Freeman’s 13th 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 6th year as a member of Learning Station.

Gloria Hess enjoyed playing on intramural volleyball teams in high school & college where she began learning & enjoying the game in a more ‘formal’ way than the backyard volleyball she experienced growing up. She has spent time in Central Asia in missions which is what launched her into homeschooling 17 years ago.  She has 2 young adult children & 3 still in school. She enjoys making creative birthday cakes for her kids, never tires of the exquisite tastes of the variety of fruit God has created, enjoys good photography, & is invigorated by times of group intercession. This will be Gloria Hess’s 5th 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 14th 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 at her local library, assists in teaching gymnastics, yoga, aerobics and Senior Exercise classes at the Shape Shoppe in Frystown, does evaluating and tutoring for elementary/ middle school aged students, and is active in her Church Youth Programs.  She loves being creative and learning new things and believes that learning should be fun!!  She likes to read, work in her garden, cook with her girls, watch them ride horses and believes she should live somewhere tropical!  This will be Betsy Kreider’s 5th 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, it’s the fault of the teacher and the material needs to be repackaged.  Her experience with Latin began only when she started teaching it to her own 4th grader.  Since then she has taught it several times at home and another co-op.  This will be Donna LaRue’s 2nd year as a member of Learning Station.

Christi Minnich met her husband Kris at Moody Bible Institute. They have been married 22 years, have 4 children, and have lived in PA for 16 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 14 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 8th year as a member of The Learning Station.

Alice Nelson holds a Pennsylvania teaching certificate in secondary social studies.   She has been homeschooling for fourteen years.  Her oldest is in college, and her youngest will be in 5th grade.    In prior years, Alice taught Writing Structure and Style Level B and Elegant Essays as well as other Upper Level classes.  This will be Alice’s 8th year as a member of Learning Station.

Sunny Redcay attended Cornell College from 1986-89, where she sang in the Cornell College Concert Choir for three years.  Upon graduation, Mrs. Redcay met Jesus and used her abilities to sing in worship and to direct children’s musicals at her local church.  From 1990-1992, Mrs. Redcay lived in Cali, Colombia, where she taught music, Spanish and English.  She has been using her gifts to lead worship and children’s dramas and teach in private schools and homeschool co-ops ever since her arrival in Pennsylvania in 1992. This will be Sunny Redcay’s 8th year as a member of the Learning Station.

 Angie Ross earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology. After working in the Accounting field for 9 years she decided to change careers. She volunteered at a pregnancy center for 3 years and took several Masters level classes in Marriage and Family Counseling before deciding she wanted to work with children. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Lancaster Bible College and has her certification in Elementary School Counseling. She worked as a Behavior Specialist and Therapist helping children in the educational and home setting before deciding to homeschool her children. She has volunteered in various church programs teaching children for the past 16 years and coaches for Girls on the Run. She enjoys working with students and helping them reach their fullest potential. This year will be Angie Ross’s 4th year as a member of Learning Station.

Kenneth Shorter grew up in Ocala, Fl. He met his wife Sharon while obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at The University of Florida. He has served on worship teams and taught elementary music classes. Kenneth and Sharon have been homeschooling their 5 children for 12 years altogether. Following God’s leading to Lititz in 2011, Kenneth obtained an Associates degree in Biology and is now avidly pursuing a call into the medical field.  Kenneth loves working with his hands and enjoys building, handiwork, and drawing. Having interacted with people of various beliefs, Kenneth is passionate about being established in truth and sharing the Gospel. This year will be Kenneth Shorter’s 3rd year as a member of 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 cards, cooking and eating ethnic foods and learning about herbs and natural remedies. This will be Lisa Zook’s 10th year as a member of Learning Station.