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 and Science

Teacher: Sherry Haynes
Grade Level: 2nd and 4th / 7th-8th
Subject(s):  Math, 7th-8th Science
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

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.

Math & High School 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:  3rd-4th, High School                                                                                               
Subject(s): 3/4 Science, High School 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

High School Science

Teacher: Kristen Robbins
Grade Level: 9-12 
Subject(s): Biology, Forensic Science, Health
Education:  University of Minnesota –Duluth, MA in Curriculum and Instruction from La Sierra University 
Church Name: Hickory Road Baptist Church
Why I love teaching:  I am humbled to be used by God as an instrument to spread His message to the students with the goal of drawing them to Him.  Learning about God through studying His Creation is an exciting journey that I am excited to share with my students.




High School Science

Name: Kimberly Sassone 
Grade Level: High school 
Subject(s): Chemistry and Physical Science 
Education: University of North Georgia 
Church Name: Piedmont Church 
Why I love teaching: I love teaching because every day is different. I consider myself a life long learner, and I want share the joy of learning about God's wonderful creation with others. 

High School Science

Teacher: Erin Heimler
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Anatomy and Physiology 
Education: University of Georgia, Emory University
Church Name: Roswell Community Church
Why I love teaching: As a former ICU nurse, I am so excited to use the clinical and medical experience I’ve gained to help the subjects of Anatomy and Physiology come to life for my students, and to explore this amazing evidence of God’s perfect, precise and beautiful creation. I couldn’t love it more, and I can’t wait to share it!

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: Ivey Hewitt
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Spanish I, Spanish II
Church Name:Birmingham United Methodist Church
Why I love teaching: I enjoy teaching because I adore children, and I want to invest in our future generation. Sharing my love for the Spanish language and culture in a Christian environment is truly a joy!  It is so rewarding to watch children grow academically and spiritually.

AP Psychology

Teacher: Jason David
Grade Level: 7th and 8th Grade
Subject(s):   English
Education: Florida State University
Church Name: Roswell Community Church
Why I love teaching: Having become a Christian as an adult, I have a deep passion concerning the need for people - especially young people - to understand the larger context of their lives in hopes that they take hold of their faith. My desire is to empower, challenge, and shepherd these young people - through the lens of various subjects - to seek for the knowledge of God and discern what part he has for them in this incredible Story of Redemption.