Meet the 2020-2021 Instructors:
Ruthie Ammons homeschooled for 21 years and graduated her last daughter in May 2017. She taught in Texas public schools several years before her children were born. In the last 10 years, she has taught in homeschool co-ops and classes and is now in her third year at CPC. She is married to Bruce, has 3 daughters and 2 adorable grandchildren. Her family is active at Sugar Creek Baptist Church.
Jean Choleva has many years of experience teaching a variety of music classes, and has been with CPC since 2012. She has also worked with the Preschool and Children’s Choirs at Second Baptist Church and teaches music classes at Gymboree Play & Music. Currently, she teaches private piano lessons in Houston. She is also on the Preschool Department staff at her church, were she has worked since 2004. She is married to Jeff, has 4 children & 6 grandchildren. She is a member of Second Baptist Church.
Cheryl Hochstettler is a home school mother of 20 years. She has 5 children and is currently teaching 1 at home. From Kindergarten through high school, Cheryl has taught her own and other children at all ages. Mrs. Hochstettler has been involved in other home school co-ops over the years and always enjoys teaching. History is her favorite subject, and she has taught US History, Texas History, World History, and Geography at various home school co-ops.
Paul Jozwiak is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Education and an M.Ed in Education—Curriculum and Instruction. He was thrilled to join CPC in 2014, as he has taught 28+ years in public schools, 3 years at Living Water Christian School, and 6+ yrs at Logos Preparatory Academy, where he taught life science, earth science, biology, IPC, and marine science. Additionally, he worked with Science Olympiad, going to national competition for 5 years. Not only did he teach sciences, he also enjoyed coaching girls basketball and track. His passion is teaching, and the best part is seeing a student realize the vastness of God’s creation and how He has placed everything in perfect order.
Sheila Kleinhenz has been a homeschooling mother for twenty years. She has been married to Keith for thirty-four years. Together they have six children; two are college graduates. two are attending college, another is serving in the military, and her youngest child is entering high school. Before staying home with her children, she worked as an office manager for several small businesses. Sheila has been involved teaching at several co-ops, ministering to children and youth in various capacities within her church for over 30 years, as well as serving as President of Gulf Coast Home School Scholars for several years. She also founded, organized, and maintained GCCHS Student Council as a parent sponsor for four years. Sheila received THSC’s honorable Leader of the Year award in 2012. Since then, she has served as a volunteer for THSC in various capacities. Sheila is delighted to be working with Dee and Ruthie as co-directors of CPC since 2015. She has also enjoyed teaching and working with students in the Leadership Development class since 2016, and has a passion to see young men and women trained as servant leaders for the next generation.
Brenda Lau has a BA in Psychology and a BA in Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin. She has been teaching Spanish to home schooled students for over 10 years as well as tutoring high school students. Before deciding to be a stay at home mom, Mrs. Lau worked for children’s protective services. She has always had a love and passion to help children. After becoming a stay at home mom Mrs. Lau became very involved volunteering for her children’s schools. She was president of the PTA at the middle school for two years and chaired fundraisers as well as large events such as Career Day. She also chaired through her children’s high school, the Fort Bend ISD Shared Dreams program, which assists Fort Bend ISD students with basic needs such as clothes, shoes and toiletries. Mrs Lau is married and has 3 children. Her oldest daughter graduated from college and is now married. Her middle daughter graduated from college as well and is now working. Her youngest son is still in college. Mrs. Lau is a native Spanish speaker and is always very excited to teach others Spanish and about the Latin culture.
Dee Pendergast graduated from Texas A&M University, with a B.S. in Political Science and Sociology. She also obtained her A.A.S. in Legal Assisting and worked as a Paralegal. Dee started homeschooling in 2000. Prior to joining CPC in 2011, she taught in various co-ops and also taught private writing and geography classes in her home. Dee enjoys creating an environment in which students love to learn, whatever the subject may be. She has four children – a Texas A&M graduate, two currently in college, and one in high school. She and her family are active members of Second Baptist Church. She has been married to her husband, Ross, for 28 years. Dee is also the CPC registrar and a co-director.
Shanna LaRose Ramon is a professional artist and homeschooling mom of three. She loves painting and art of all kinds! Shanna has taught art to her kids and to various classrooms of people throughout the years. Painting and drawing since third grade, she has always taken art classes from elementary school to college, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Journalism. With passion and laughs, she uses art to feed her soul and loves to teach others (especially kids) to think outside the box. Visit her website at www.shannalarose.wordpress.com to see some of her artwork. She currently works at Painting With a Twist as an artist/instructor.
Melanie Stafford, a business professional by trade with 25 years of construction and church accounting/bookkeeping experience, is thrilled to be joining the CPC family. Additionally, she holds a certification in Leadership in Family Ministry from Southeastern University. She began homeschooling her daughter in 2015 and is thankful that the Lord made the opportunity available. She is a native Houstonian and has been married to her husband, John, for 31 years. They have two children; a son that is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute who works in ministry full time and a daughter who is in high school. She currently is the Children’s Director at a local congregation where she attends.
Sue Stanley earned her B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi and home schooled for 15 years. She was thrilled to join Christian Perspective Classes upon inception. ”I really enjoy working with my dear students. It is so rewarding to reveal the wonders of math and to see their faces light up when understanding dawns.”
Andrea Sylve has taught in both public and private schools and was delighted to join CPC in 2014. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and is passionate about teaching the fun of science through hands-on experiments and activities. God reveals so much of Himself through the field of science. As we study His creation, we can deepen our understanding of our Creator. Mrs. Sylve is an active member of Grace Community Bible Church in Richmond and the mother of two homeschooled children.
Ruthie Taft graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in Mathematics with a Secondary Teaching Certification in Math. She taught 8th grade Pre-Algebra in the Klein school district in Spring, Texas for 5 years. In October 2006, she became a stay at home mom when her first child was born. She now has four kiddos and is in her 9th year of homeschooling. She is very thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to stay at home and teach her children. She loves Math and from an early age has always wanted to be a teacher. She has been with CPC since 2014. She also enjoys sharing the role of co-director of CPC with Sheila Kleinhenz and Dee Pendergast.
Heather Villareal joined CPC as a teacher in 2018/2019. Heather earned her BA in Counseling Ministries from East Texas Baptist University in 1997. She has teaching experience in the public school system, private school system, and as a homeschool mom for the past 16+ years. Heather has graduated two of her children, both now in college, and has one still at home. Teaching children is a passion of Heather’s, and she looks forward to using that passion to help educate the students whose families choose CPC as part of their homeschool path.
Deborah Whaley is an honors graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Biomedical Science and a Secondary Science Composite Teaching Certification. She taught 13 years in public schools, both in Texas and Virginia, where she taught Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, and the International Baccalaureate Physics program. She shares a fascination of God’s creation with other science “geeks” and loves how God reveals Himself in all that He has made. One of her great joys is making what seems to be an intimidating subject, like Physics, become understandable and applicable. She has 4 children and has homeschooled for over 14 years and has taught at CPC for 6 years.
Janet Wrenn is honored to be joining the CPC team for the 2020-2021 school year as its new Drama teacher. She has been the drama director at Sugar Land Bible Church for the last four years, directing their VBS stage performances and Christmas programs. She has also performed in multiple theatre productions from A Christmas Carol to Wizard of Oz, which will allow her to teach both from an actor and director viewpoint. Janet also has a background in music, having played the violin for thirty-five years, and been involved in multiple choirs and madrigals. Janet is also a published author of twelve books. She looks forward to fostering students with their own love for the creative arts and building confidence in public-speaking.
Kathy Zimmerman (B.A. English) has 25 years homeschooling experience and fifteen years experience teaching many homeschool classes including Worldviews, English, Writing, Speech, and History, privately, at ARC, SCHOLA, CPC, and Logos. She is married to Jim, has 5 children and two precious granddaughters, and attends Sugar Creek Baptist Church.