CO-OP  FACULTY

BOARD MEMBERS

Responsible for overseeing CCF's co-op ministry, each school board member is prayerfully engaged in creating a welcoming and loving environment to assist families in the noble endeavor of homeschooling.

DAVE BLAHA

Knowing and accepting Christ has given Dave a clarity and peace he never thought was possible. The Lord has transformed his life in many seen and unseen ways. God has always given him a deep desire to teach Truth to older youth, and there is no more fundamental Truth than Christ. Sharing with youth that a person can live a happy and exciting life under Grace, love the Lord and other people, and obey His commandments without being legalistic... for Dave, there is no greater joy.

MATT BASINGER

Matt and his family moved to Fluvanna in 2019. Before that he directed a small Christian youth camp in Highland County, VA, called Head Waters Lodge. It was the same camp where he gave his life to the Lord when he was 15. While working on staff he met his wife Karmen. They now have 4 wonderful kids together.

TOM GUTHRIE

Before God called him into full-time church ministry, Tom worked as a high school teacher and an athletic coach, a volunteer in children’s ministries, and an adult home bible study leader. In hearing the awesome verse-by-verse Biblical teaching on CSN radio, the LORD put a burning desire in Tom’s heart to see the Spirit of God, through the Word of God, change the hearts of His people for His glory.

BILL FLATHERS

Bill became a believer shortly after graduating from college, and over the years the Lord has cultivated his interests in discipleship, marriage and family relationships, and foreign missions. He married his college sweetheart, Jeni, over 40 years ago, and they have five adult children and eight grandchildren.
Photo by Pat Jerrett

GABI DECH

Gabi spent her childhood overseas in Europe and has lived in Fluvanna since 2006. She has worked in educational settings such as Seacamp (FL) and the New England Aquarium (MA). She has a masters degree in Music Performance (oboe) and was also a free-lance musician who taught private music lessons. Gabi has held various administrative positions over the years. Most recently she served as the Personnel and Orchestra Manager for the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra. She has been led by God to serve Calvary Chapel Fluvanna in an administrative capacity as its Homeschool Co-op Coordinator.

HEATHER SAYLOR

Heather has been a part of the CCF family since 2006. She has enjoyed being involved in many aspects of church life, especially women’s Bible studies and fellowship. She is a mom of 4 and has enjoyed the homeschool journey for the last 14 years. Her two greatest joys are “hearing that her children are walking in the truth,” and community with the body of Christ.

OTHER  FACULTY & TEACHERS

Karmen Basinger

Middle School Spanish

As a young girl Karmen lived in Ecuador with her family who served as missionaries on the coast of Manta. There she and her family ministered to street kids. After moving back to the U.S. Karmen began serving at Head Waters Lodge, a youth camp in Highland County, VA, where she met her husband Matt. They have 4 wonderful kids together. In 2019 the Lord brought her and her family to Fluvanna where she currently enjoys being a full-time mom and volunteering at Calvary Chapel Fluvanna.

Dana Catlett

Literature

Dana and her husband, Tim, have three children.  Dana homeschooled them for 17 years.  She has a bachelor's degree in English from UVA.  Her favorite things to teach to her own kids were history and literature.  Now retired from homeschooling, Dana spends her time crunching numbers as an accountant. She is looking forward to reading and writing with young people again. 

Michael Dech

Information Technology

Michael is a Christian first and foremost. Has been working in IT and teaching IT courses for 30+ years in formal and informal classroom settings. He is currently employed as a CyberSecurity Architect building and evaluating systems designed to protect US government information.

Amy Blaha

Introduction to Recorder and Percussion, Fit Mix

Amy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Bridgewater College. She spent 10 years working in the public school system as a cheerleading coach, a band and choir director, and a general music teacher. In 2001 she was blessed with her first child and decided shortly thereafter to become a stay-at-home mom and homeschool teacher. She has been teaching private piano lessons and teaching in various co-ops over the last 20 years. Amy is also a certified group fitness instructor and has taught various exercise classes over the last 25 years. She currently teaches classes at Orme Family Fitness. Since her boys graduated high school, she has been on staff at Calvary Chapel Fluvanna as Administrative Assistant. Amy and her husband Dave have been married for 27 years and have two sons, Brett and Brady.

Jeni Flathers

Literary Analysis & Composition, Virginia in American History

Jeni is a devoted wife to Bill and mom to 5 grown children, ages 19 to 38, and proud grandmother to 8 and counting! She received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois. She taught in public schools in Ohio, Maine and Virginia- grades 1, 5, 7 & 8, before becoming a full time stay-at-home mother. The Lord called Bill & Jeni to begin homeschooling their children in 1995, when their oldest was 10 years old, and finally- all 5 have graduated from their homeschool high school! It was the best decision they ever made! While homeschooling she realized how much she was learning along with her kids - and that hasn’t stopped! During those busy years of homeschooling, the family raised many animals on their farm and Jeni was a 4-H Dairy Goat Club leader in Culpeper County, an AWANA teacher for 23 years, and she served as a VBS, Sunday School & Missions teacher for many years. She has participated in many Homeschool co-ops as well as Classical Conversations. Along with the many fun field trips they took, (including traveling all over the U.S. for 18 months in an RV while homeschooling their youngest - talk about awesome field trips!), her favorite homeschool memories are of their years spent working with the farm animals, AND their family read-aloud times where the kids sat, wiggled, and played beside her as she read a lot of great children’s literature to them that she never had the chance to read as a kid, herself!

Margaret Estes

Pre-Algebra, Bible and Memory

Margaret graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in mathematics. After a brief 4-yr career at IBM, she stayed home to raise her 5 children. During that time, she began to teach in various homeschool co-ops and in local private schools, covering math courses from pre-algebra to algebra 2, writing and grammar, and even physics! God has also given her a passion to teach His Word to children, which she has done at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, Calvary Chapel Austin, TX, in Maryland and now at CC Fluvanna. In her spare time, she volunteers with local refugees, bakes, hangs out in coffee shops, and walks or bikes. Her favorite thing to do is travel with her husband of 27 years.

Stephanie Melton

Culinary

Stefanie grew up with great southern home cooks in her family, and her love of cooking and baking began when she was still in elementary school.  Along with learning from both her grandmothers and her mom, she has taught herself the ins and outs of preparing a wide variety of foods. She loves all things food, from making it, to photographing it, and of course consuming it! She is excited to share her knowledge and passion with each student.  She is also a wife to Jonathan and mom to 3, Aden, Emma and Cason. Her family has been a part of Calvary Chapel Fluvanna for almost 15 years!  She personally accepted Jesus as her Savior when she was 5 years old and along with cooking, her other passion is teaching God's Word to women and teens.

Debbie Merrow

Around the World for Little Explorers

Debbie and her husband Dave have two grown children and one grandchild. They retired to Lake Monticello about seven years ago from Northern Virginia. She was a teacher in Loudoun County for 24 years. She has a BS degree in Special Education / Regular Education 4th-7th with an endorsement in ESL.  The last 10 years of her career, she taught ESL to Kindergarten students. These were her favorite years and when she observed the Little Explorers class, it reminded her of those times. She not only taught reading, writing and math, but incorporated many lessons about our culture and the culture of other countries. Teaching allowed her to share her faith, and she is so happy to be able to teach in a Christian environment. How exciting to be able to share about all of God's creation in the world through games, song and art. She is grateful for the opportunity and believes this is God’s will for her.

Adrienne Vanderveer

Explore Creation Science, Early Modern U.S. & World History,  Great Little Words of Art, Great Words of Art

Adrienne Vanderveer graduated from and practiced in the field of Veterinary Medicine as a Licensed Vet Tech for 14 years. Teaching and leading youngsters as the oldest of five girls gave way to similar opportunities in service with children and youth at her church. Later, she had the privilege of facilitating in women’s Bible studies and teaching preschool from her home. She began to discover that her true passion is teaching—"there is no better way to learn and to grow than to do so alongside others”. Her delight is pointing others to the wonder of our amazing God through creative and engaging activities in Bible, Art, Literature, History and Science. She has home schooled for 16 years, assisted in children’s ministry, and has taught locally at preschools, a small Christian school and a well-established co-op. She also works for and contributes to the writers and developers of a successful history and Biblical history curriculum. She loves being “Mama” to three, adding two new sons-in-law over the past 4 years, wife of police officer/National Guardsman hubby for 32 years and servant in her church fellowship in Fluvanna County.

Terrie Wood

High School Biology

Terrie is a mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. She taught high school science for 30 years at Fluvanna County High School and recently retired. Courses she taught include Earth Science, Biology, AP Biology, Biotechnology, and Environmental Science. Terrie loves the outdoors, gardening and other work in her yard. She is especially fond of her kitty babies and her granddaughters.

John Cooper

Exploratory: Technical Drawing

John Cooper has been a technology teacher and administrator in a public school in Central New York. He has taught physics and technology subjects in a Christian mission school in Okinawa and Kentucky. He also taught discrete mathematics and computer systems as an adjunct instructor for Syracuse University. He is married to Betty Jean, and they have two children who are married and have children and grandchildren of their own. His hobbies include music, reading, computer programming, and cooking. Throughout his teaching career he has been an active member of the Warners United Methodist Church.

Steve Feden

Exploratory: Conflict Resolution

Life with God is an adventure! Steve was perfectly content working as a farrier and thought that he would grow old in that trade. He would think, “God, I will gladly teach a Bible study, but don’t make me be a pastor.” It became clear that God had other plans. Pastor Steve has been the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Fluvanna since the fellowship began in 2003. He came into ministry after working as a horseshoer (farrier) for 13 years. Through the influence of CSN radio and the various Calvary pastors who have radio ministries, Pastor Steve began to recognize a calling in his own life. After attending Calvary Chapel Charlottesville and assisting with their 2-3 year old Sunday school, Pastor Steve started Calvary Chapel Fluvanna. Steve lives in Fluvanna County with his wife, Helga.

Mark Brennan

Middle School Math, Algebra II

Mark’s two great passions in life are to love and serve God, and to love and serve others. He shares these passions with his beautiful wife Lisa, to whom he has been married for nearly 35 years. Together they have raised eight wonderful children, homeschooling them for over 20 years. They have also been blessed with 11 grandchildren. Mark was an active-duty Marine for 27 years, worked for the Navy for two years as a contractor, and is also a Virginia certified teacher with five years of teaching experience in the Fluvanna County Public Schools.

Steve Brennan

P.E.

Steve Brennan is a young adult who enjoys athletic activities and loves working with people of all ages, especially younger youth. With these two characteristics combined, teaching a gym class seemed like the ideal commitment for him to make, and he is extremely excited to serve in the co-op this upcoming year.

Madeline Vollmer

Exploring the Bible through Art, Advanced Drawing

‘‘I have always wanted to be an art teacher since I was in high school, and now I am so blessed to be able to live this dream. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Liberty University, and I love connecting with people through creative means. Drawing is my favorite medium to work with. I am also a cat lover, fitness enthusiast, and I have an amazing husband, Nate. We have two little beautiful girls, Sadie and Delaney. ’’

Linda Fletcher

Introduction to World Languages

Linda holds several degrees, including an A.S. in Business Administration, a B.A. in French Language & Literature, an M. Ed in Curriculum & Instruction, and spent a year in France doing Theological Studies at the Institute Biblique Baptiste de Mantes-La-Jolie. She holds National Board Certification in World Languages other than English and is licensed in VA to teach French and Spanish from K to 12. She has taught French and Spanish for 29 years in the public schools of Nelson, Albemarle, and Fluvanna Counties. Linda is also the author of The Fabric of Humanity: Japanese History, Culture and Language.

Karen Miller

Early Reading/Letter of the Week, Character Counts for Preschoolers, STrEAMers

Karen Miller is wife to Brian and a mother to four kiddos (Sierra, Chyler, Ariella, and Mason). They have been a part of the local homeschooling community since 2012. Karen has a bachelor’s degree from Regent University and holds a Virginia State teaching certificate (pre-K through 6th grade). Karen is also an online ESL teacher and teaches English to foreign students. In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, taking field trips, and camping. Karen also serves on the Children’s Ministry Leadership Team here at Calvary Chapel Fluvanna and enjoys volunteering in many roles.

Rebecca Schmitz

Algebra I, Geometry, Exploring Music

Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Music and a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics. She has New York State permanent certification for teaching Math, grades 7-12, and has taught in high schools and colleges. Rebecca has always been active as a church musician playing organ, piano, flute, handbells, and occasionally the harpsichord. She especially enjoys teaching private piano lessons. Rebecca is married to Ed and she homeschooled their three children. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, cardmaking, and spending time outside walking and gardening.

Loren Douglas

Teaching Aide

As a stay-at-home mother of 5 boys, Loren returned to college to get her Master’s Degree in Special Education when her youngest went to Kindergarten. She taught 3-4th grade Special Education for two years, then spent 8 months as a Reading Specialist. She moved to California and worked as a Resource Specialist for 10th graders for two years. She then worked in a Charter School as an Elementary resource teacher for another year, and later returned to a previous career working for the Federal Government before retiring and moving to Palmyra. She enjoys working with students individually, or in small groups, to help them find ways to learn material more effectively. More than anything else, she loves to discuss God in her conversations with students.

 Sandy Chenail

 Exploratory: Financial Peace University