Alpharetta - Math/Science/Elective Teachers

Math

Teacher: Linda Salter 
Grade Level: 1st & 3rd, 7th & 8th
Subject(s): Math, Pre-Algebra
Education:  Mercer University and University of Georgia
Church Name: Mount Pisgah UMC
Why I love teaching: I have known I wanted to be a teacher since I was eight years old and the Lord blessed me with a gift to reach others.  The joy in a young person’s eyes when they express that ‘Aha’ moment is priceless.

Math

Teacher: Bob Edwards 
Grade Level: 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th, High School
Subject(s): Math, Algebra 1, Pre-Calculus
Education:  Rutgers University
Church Name: East Cobb Presbyterian
Why I love teaching: I believe that God desires us to learn about all his creation whether that involves the beauty of language, the history of what God has been doing in this world since its beginning, the mathematical and scientific principles He developed, or anything else. It is a great privilege to teach young people and help them in their life-long study of God’s creation. When one of my students begins to grasp a new (to them) concept, it energizes me and gives me great joy.

Math

Teacher: Sherry Haynes
Grade Level: 2nd and 4th 
Subject(s):  Math
Education: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University
      Master of Business Administration, University of Dallas
Church Name: Piedmont Church, Marietta, GA
Why I love teaching: I am constantly amazed at the beauty, complexity, and order that God has placed in our world and want to share that with students.  My desire is for God to use me to help prepare students with  the knowledge base and skills to be successful in whatever God calls them to – both now and in the future.

Math

Teacher: Kathy Arasmith 
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry
Education:  Bethel University
Church Name: East Cobb Presbyterian
Why I love teaching: I teach because I love to learn, and I want my students to love to learn. I teach Math because there are aspects of the subject that fascinate me and cause me to stand in awe of a God who created such order and beauty. If I can help a student find enthusiasm for the subject, or even just dislike it a little less, then I feel a sense of accomplishment.

Math & Science

Teacher: Mike Jones 
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Calculus and Physics
Education:  Georgia Tech and University of North Carolina
Church Name: Peachtree Corners Baptist Church
Why I love teaching: Teaching is the ministry that God has gifted me for and called me into.

Science and Health

Teacher: Kristi Vanderpoel
Grade Level:  2nd & 4th, High School                                                                                               
Subject(s): Physical Science, Chemistry, Health
Church Name: Church of the Redeemer
Education:  Berry College
Why I love teaching:  I love seeing children and adults alike go from knowing nothing about a subject to being excited that they can do something they’ve never done before or that they can see and understand ideas that they have just learned. It’s hard not to get excited with others who have a newly gained skill. I see this when I am on a hike or nature walk and my students are identifying trees, plants, nuts, leaves, or fruits. Just like learning to read, you are forever changed and you have a deeper understanding of how great and creative God is. There is nothing quite like having your eyes opened to the world around you and being a teacher lets me participate in God’s unfolding of His creation and order to His children

Science

Teacher: Jennifer Rivera 
Grade Level: 5th & 6th Science, High School - Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Forensics
Subject(s): Physical Science & Forensics
Education:  Florida Atlantic University and Brenau University
Church Name: Mount Salem Baptist Church
Why I love teaching: My philosophy about teaching is from an ancient Chinese proverb: ‘Tell me, I forget. Show me, I may remember. Involve me, I learn. This is the foundation upon which I build the learning in my classroom, hands-on participatory student involvement. My personal objective in teaching is to provide a cooperative learning environment where students are challenged, academic content is relevant, and learning is achieved by developing a Biblical worldview in every student.

Latin

Teacher: Steve Heimler 
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Latin I & II
Education:  University of Georgia
Church Name: Roswell Community Church
Why I love teaching: I love teaching because I love learning: teaching, to me, feels like the fullest consummation of learning. I also love teaching because I love to accompany people through life, to offer what I‘ve been given in service of our mutual growth into the image of Christ.

Spanish

Teacher: Jordan Lyerly
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Spanish I, Spanish II
Church Name: Currently looking for a church home
Why I love teaching: God has given me a passion and gifting for working with teenagers, and I am so privileged to help educate the next generation of warriors for Christ. I love being both a teacher and mentor to students in an environment where I can teach from a Christ-centered perspective. After serving on the mission field for a year in the Dominican Republic I see the value of learning a foreign language, and I am excited to share my passion for Spanish and math with my students, all to the glory of God.
 

Math

Teacher: Henry Bartlett
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Geometry, Algebra 2
Education:  B.A in Economics (UCSC), Mathematics Teaching Certificate (Bethany Bible College)
Church Name: East Cobb Presbyterian
Why I love teaching: I am a teacher/coach. It's what I was gifted to do. I certainly didn't know it growing up, though, as I was quite aimless in my pursuits. However, in my first day of teaching, before I had any education classes, it just felt so, well, comfortable and right. Since then (1988), I've been teaching math and/or coaching baseball to middle school and high school youth. I have been blessed to have been around some fabulous teachers during my 17 years as a teacher, and many of them have helped me grow as an educator. I enjoy seeing students learn, be successful, engage, and mature as people. While much of my time has been in the public school system, I've always been upfront about my faith. I enjoy interacting with students about deep but simple truths, whether they be spiritual or mathematical. My simple goal will be to have your student better educated and better prepared mathematically and spiritually for their next challenge.