Meet the 2019-2020 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 19 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, 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 more than 18 years. She has six children; two are homeschool high school graduates attending universities, and four are still at home. 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 over four years. She also founded, organized, and maintained GCCHS Student Council as a parent sponsor for another 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 for six years. Sheila has served as co-director at CPC for the past four years. She has 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.
Mileah Lorenz is a homeschool graduate and has been involved in theatre since 2008. She has performed in more than 20 productions with 3 different theaters and has been a part of the CPC Drama Class since it began in 2011 and, from 2015 through 2017, acted as the Assistant Director. She began directing the class in 2018. Having experienced the class from both a student and teacher position, Mileah has a good understanding of how to motivate and communicate with both students and parents in accomplishing their goals in a theatre class. Her aim is to create an environment where students are comfortable and can develop skill in performing and speaking in front of an audience.
Sarah Lorenz has her B.A. in Studio Arts with a minor in creative writing from Houston Baptist University where she graduated with Honors. She has been painting and drawing, both traditionally and digitally, for years and has displayed her work in Houston Baptist University and the Children’s Museum of Houston. She has years of experience working with kids of all ages from her time as an Awana leader, children’s church and nursery worker. Sarah loves the impressionist and Baroque artists such as Monet and Rembrandt and attends Houston’s First Baptist Church.
Dee Pendergast has her B.S. in Political Science and Sociology from Texas A&M University and her A.A.S. in Legal Assisting from Tidewater Community College in Virginia. She has been homeschooling her four children since 2002. In addition to teaching at CPC since 2011, she has 7 years experience teaching private writing and geography classes. Dee is also the CPC registrar and a co-director. She and her family are active members of Second Baptist Church. She has been married to Ross for 27 years.
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.”
Ingrid Stassi graduated from Morehead State University in Kentucky with a B.A. in English and a minor in Technical Writing. Ingrid worked as a Technical Writer/Documentation Specialist for various corporations in the Houston area as an independent contractor, specializing in print manuals, instructional design, indexes, and online help systems. Ingrid has been involved in the homeschool community for 14 years and enjoys interacting with students and sharing her passion for literature and writing. Ingrid joined CPC in 2016 to teach middle school and high school language arts, literature, and writing classes. Ingrid and her family are members of the Grand Parkway Baptist Church.
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 8th 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, has homeschooled for over 14 years and has taught at CPC for 5 years.
Christopher White is excited to be teaching guitar with CPC! He started playing music right before he turned 15, and from that day on, he has picked up his guitar every single day since. Our Lord God has placed a deep love for music and the guitar in his heart. Each day he tries to honor Him by growing in the knowledge and the practice of his musical gift. He has taken private lessons from several different instructors as well as being enrolled at Houston Community College Fine Arts program. He has played with groups and different acts as well as having performed original music of different kinds in and around the Houston area, and still does today. He made the decision to start teaching music as part of his career about a year ago. Before that time he worked in several unrelated fields, none of which seemed to be God’s fit for his life at this time. Currently, in addition to teaching for CPC, he is teaching at the Guitar Center in Stafford and has several at home private lesson students. Another reason he is excited to teach for CPC is the fact that he was home schooled from 2nd grade through high school and is forever grateful to his parents for dedicating their time and energy to providing the best education possible to him and his siblings. Now that he is in a position to help the families that have decided to take on the monumental task of educating their children, he is thrilled to use all the strength given to him by his Lord to do the best possible job. In doing so, he hopes to not only honor God but also honor the job his parents did in homeschooling him.
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.