Meet the Distance Learning Teachers

Our Distance Learning teachers love to hear from students and parents. Email a teacher at dlinfo@bjupress.com.

Mrs. Kari Amato, BS, MAT

Mrs. Kari Amato, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. Amato has taught on the high school level and has been involved with primary-age children for over six years. Teaching is a great joy for her, and she loves learning new ways to instruct others. Her goal for each child is that he would come to know Christ personally in salvation and be changed to greater Christlikeness through his understanding of the Scriptures. "I thank the Lord for the opportunity to teach His Word to such moldable and precious young lives. I am also grateful to the Lord for enabling me by His grace to work in such a ministry."

 

Mrs. Susanne Anderson, BA, MA

Mrs. Susanne Anderson, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningSusanne Anderson received her BA and MA degrees from Bob Jones University and has taught high school French for twenty-one years. She has sponsored three summer missionary trips to France and enjoys sharing her love of the French people and their language with her students. Her French training includes high school, college, and postgraduate grammar and composition classes as well as three years of private tutelage from a former resident of Monaco.

 

Mrs. Cynthia Bullock, BS

Mrs. Cynthia Bullock, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningAfter graduating from Bob Jones University in 1987, Cynthia Bullock went on to teach history in Virginia, Michigan, Florida, and North Carolina. It was in Michigan that she met her husband, who was the math teacher in the Christian school where they served together for 17 years. They have four children, three girls and a boy. She took ten years off to stay home with them since three of the four are profoundly deaf. When they mainstreamed into a normal classroom, she returned to the classroom. The Lord led her here to BJU Press Distance Learning in 2011. “I'm so excited about having your child as my student. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve you by coming along side and lightening your load.”

 

Mr. J.D. Cancino, BA

Mr. J. D. Cancino, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningJ.D. Cancino was born in Mexico. Soon after moving to the U.S. at the age of 15, he came to know Christ as his personal Savior. At Bob Jones University , Mr. Cancino completed a BA in Bible, and he is currently working on a Master of Divinity degree. As a graduate assistant, he served at BJ LINC in the Spanish Department. He developed a love for languages as he learned English, took courses in Spanish as a second language, and studied Biblical ancient languages. Mr. Cancino met his wife, Renee, at BJU, and they were married in 2001. He desires to see his students understand the usefulness of Spanish for serving the Lord in any facet of life. His favorite verse is Ephesians 1:3, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."

 

Dr. Garry Conn, BA, MAT, EdD

Dr. Garry Conn, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningDr. Garry Conn grew up in a Christian home and made his own profession of faith at a Christian camp in southern Ohio at the age of nine. Dr. Conn’s own interest in math was influenced by his high school geometry teacher who enjoyed teaching and made the class enjoyable for the students as well, even those that did not like math. Dr. Conn graduated with a BA in Bible Education with a minor in math from Bob Jones University, an MAT in math from The Citadel, and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Bob Jones University.

 

Mrs. Jennifer Cox, BS

Mrs. Jennifer Cox, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. Cox, who previously taught third grade and worked for the BJU Press, continues teaching elementary grades for BJU Press Distance Learning. "Being the mother of three children is quite an education in itself. Dealing with my own children gives me insight into the minds and hearts of young children. I want each child who finishes [a] BJU Press Distance Learning grade to come away with a very sound, excellent education. One way I try to do this is by making each lesson clear and interesting so that the student can grasp the objectives and build on previous knowledge. I want to inspire children to love learning and to understand and believe that only the Christian who trusts God and obeys His Word will live a life filled with blessing and reward."

 

Mrs. Kristin Dunn, BS, MEd

Mrs. Kristin Dunn, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. Dunn loves children and enjoys teaching them to explore new concepts. "My goal is to encourage spiritual growth as students prepare for the future. Learning is a lifelong process, and I hope to communicate the importance of learning to your student."

 

Mr. Duane Farley, BA, MA

Mr. Duane Farley, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMr. Farley has experience preaching to and teaching high school and adult students (IBE). "Teaching in general is both a challenge and a delight that reaps wonderful benefits. This is certainly the case in regard to teaching the Bible. No other subject is more intellectually stimulating and personally applicable to both teacher and student. I pray that my students will grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ as a result of the high school Bible module series."

 

Mrs. Carrie Finney, BS, MEd

Mrs. Carrie Finney, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. Carrie Finney has wanted to teach math since ninth grade. The Lord gave her a desire to use teaching as a means of ministering to young people. With that goal in mind, she attended BJU, completing a BS and a MEd in Math Education. As a graduate assistant, she served with BJU Press Distance Learning as an assistant with Geometry, Precalculus, and Algebra 2. She looks forward to having a part in developing prepared servants of Christ. Carrie's favorite verse is Psalm 18:30.

 

Mrs. Pam Frank, BS

Mrs. Pam Frank, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. Frank taught fifth grade for eight years. "One of my goals is for a fifth grader to understand what he is learning, not just to memorize facts or the steps necessary in solving a math problem. Understanding is a key to learning. If a child understands basic concepts, then he will be able to apply them to everyday situations. My other goal is for the child to grow spiritually in fifth grade. Throughout the curriculum, God’s Word is used in various ways to help the child understand spiritual principles."

 

Mrs. Janelle Franklin, BS, MS

Mrs. Janelle Franklin, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. Franklin has worked with children from primary through high school. She loves teaching and is excited that the Lord has given her the opportunity to serve in this ministry. "My goal is to instill in each child a love for learning and to teach truths about God at the same time."

 

Mrs. Tammie Genco, BS, MEd

Mrs. Tammie Genco, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. Tammie Genco was blessed to grow up in a Christian home. The Lord gave her the grace to believe on Him as her Savior when she was in kindergarten. Since then the Lord has faithfully guided her steps. She attended BJU and obtained an undergraduate and a master's degree in education. She began working at BJU Press Distance Learning as an assistant and later as an algebra teacher. During that time she met her husband, Tom. They were married in May 2002. Mrs. Genco likes monster trucks, theater, mountains, roller coasters, and teenagers. Her desire for her Algebra and Geometry students is that they will be better equipped to serve Christ after this class.

 

Miss Carrie Goins, BA, MEd

Miss Carrie Goins, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance Learning Miss Goins has just completed a masters degree in history education. Her interest in history began in high school. "I realized that there was more to history than just what the textbook included. My favorite part of a history class was the research project, where we could choose our own topics and do as much research as we wanted." In college, she studied a variety of phases in history, but her favorite courses were in World History, especially Western Europe.

Her goal for her students is to see that history is much like a good story. It tells of God’s working in peoples’ lives, using even the most unlikely of people as His instruments. Historical events are not just things of the past to be pushed aside; they are actual incidents from which students of today can learn. Isaiah 46:9 gives us the main reason for studying history: "Remember the former things of old for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me."

 

Mrs. Andrea Lindstrom Hall, BS

Miss Andrea Lindstrom, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. Hall (formerly Miss Lindstrom) has three years’ experience teaching in a first-grade classroom. "Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved school and loved learning. It is exciting to work with young children because they are naturally curious and are interested in many things. I want to encourage a child’s natural curiosity, and I want to develop in him a desire to learn for life. I want him to learn not just to acquire knowledge but to use his knowledge to serve and honor the Lord."

 

Mr. Bill Harmon, BS

Mr. Bill Harmon, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningBill Harmon has loved science for as long as he can remember. After completing his B.S. in Chemistry, he returned to Florida where he gained experience teaching a variety of subjects: science, math, Latin, and computer courses. Now he works as a chemist in the Safety Services Office at BJU, teaches Distance Learning Physics and Algebra, and teaches Chemistry at Bob Jones Academy. He is currently pursuing an M.Ed. in Secondary Education. He and his wife Mary Ann have two children, Brian and Janette. His favorite Bible verse is II Timothy 3:14.

 

Mrs. Tami Knisely, BS

Mrs. Tami Knisely, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. Knisely has taught mathematics for 11 years. She has taught at Bob Jones Junior High, Bob Jones Academy, and BJ LINC. She has taught Fundamentals of Math and Pre-Algebra as well as Geometry and Algebra 2. She enjoys helping students "discover mathematics" and apply those ideas to their everyday world.

 

Mr. Daryl Kopp, BA

Mr. Daryl Kopp, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMr. Kopp grew up in an unsaved family and trusted Christ at 16 years of age, putting the much-needed perspective in his life that had been so miserably absent. Since then, he has been devoted to the Word of God. Reading, studying, teaching, and preaching God’s Word have been a passion, whether teaching fifth-grade Sunday school classes, preaching at youth camps, starting churches in Kenya and Ireland, or teaching Bible in college. "The fruit of all Bible study is to know Christ more intimately, love and adore Him more completely, walk with Him more faithfully, and live for Him more passionately. My goal is to help your student know the facts and stories of the Bible in such a way that Christ is the obvious focal point. I pray that my students will see Christ and be excited about a life of commitment to Him, joyfully exemplifying the heart of Christ when He said, ‘Not my will, but thine, be done.’"

 

Miss Elizabeth Lacy, BS, M.Ed.

Miss Elizabeth Lacy, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance Learning

Miss Elizabeth Lacy grew up in a Christian home; she accepted Christ as her Savior when she was almost four years old. After graduating from homeschool, she attended Bob Jones University, where she received a B.S. degree in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry. She then completed an M.Ed. in Secondary Education in 2007. Miss Lacy has served as a Biology assistant and teacher at BJ LINC. She acquired a love for science from her mom and a love for teaching from her dad. Miss Lacy enjoys reading, music, mountains, and the ocean. Two of her favorite Bible passages are 1 Corinthians 15 and 1 Peter 1:3–9.

 

Mrs. Sarah Lawson, BS

Mrs. Sarah Lawson, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. Lawson previously taught kindergarten for four years. "One of my goals in teaching is to help your child feel successful at his present level and to encourage him to improve. Throughout the lessons, we talk about simple yet extremely important concepts, such as ‘God made me special,’ and ‘God gave me the Bible.’ I enjoy talking about these things with the children through the lessons. I wanted to be a teacher from the time I was a little girl, and I’m thankful to the Lord for letting me teach your child through this Distance Learning program."

 

Miss Tara Liston, BA, MAT

Mrs. Tara Liston, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMiss Liston has experience working with children from primary to high school. “Teaching is a joy. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to impact children’s lives with the hope of encouraging a growing relationship with the Lord. I love teaching, and I hope my enthusiasm will give your child a love for learning.”

 

Miss Jennifer Martini, BS, MA

Miss Jennifer Martini, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMiss Martini thoroughly enjoys reading and is excited about the opportunity to teach American literature and to share her love for the subject. "Ever since the fourth grade, I’ve never been more than a stone’s throw away from a book. During high school, my English teacher channeled my love for reading into a more disciplined approach which allowed me to glean much more from my reading. My goal for my students is that, even if they do not ‘love’ reading, they be able to develop the skills necessary to understand and explain the literature for themselves. These skills will allow them to develop a discerning eye toward whatever material they read. More importantly, my desire is that they apply these literature skills to their own personal Bible study. The Word of God can come alive to them in ways that they might not have experienced before taking this class. Having just completed the study of the elements of literature, it is now time that they begin to understand what the literature is saying and the purpose the authors had for their writings."

 

Mr. Barkley May, BA, MA, MDiv

Mr. Barkley May, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMr. May enjoys teaching from God’s Word. "God’s Word is powerful. It convicts, encourages, challenges, and strengthens the believer--and it is still the final and absolute authority for us today. All of God’s Word is just as relevant and applicable to us as it was to those to whom it was originally written. For these reasons it is exciting and challenging to teach the Bible to your student. My goal is that each student will deepen his knowledge of God’s Word, better understand how the Bible applies to him, and grow in his relationship with Christ."

 

Mr. Manuel Mendoza, BA, MA, MDiv

Mr. Manuel Mendoza, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMr. Manuel Mendoza is excited about the privilege of teaching students the Bible. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 14. It wasn’t until he was 21 years old that he knew the Lord’s calling for his life was to preach His Word. "The Bible can convert the soul of the unbeliever, and it cleanses the soul of the believer. The Bible is important for our times, and, therefore, it must be taught accurately. For me, teaching the Bible is a great joy and privilege. My desire is to help guide your student through a life that is pleasing to Jesus Christ. My goal is for the student to strive for holy living by developing sound convictions based on God's Word."

 

Mrs. Angela Moon, BS

Mrs. Angela Moon, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. Moon has over ten years of experience in Christian education. "The main thing I’m concerned about is helping students understand the material—as opposed to just memorizing it—and helping them enjoy learning, so they’ll want to continue. Life is about learning. The Lord is constantly teaching His children lessons that are ‘new.’ If children learn how to learn, they’ll be successful in whatever area God calls them to."

 

Mrs. Ruth Nason, BS

Mrs. Ruth Nason, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. Nason has taught on the elementary level as well as on the high school level. She believes teaching children is one of the most rewarding jobs. "The reward comes when you get feedback from students communicating to you that they understand. The best part is to see the growth in their lives, not only intellectually but, more important, spiritually. It is a wonderful privilege to be able to teach for BJU Press Distance Learning."

 

Mrs. Debra Overly, BS, MS

Mrs. Debra Overly, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. Overly, a mother of three, has experience teaching several elementary grades. "I want to encourage each child to look forward to learning each day and also to provide sufficient practice and review activities to help alleviate mom’s workload. Most importantly, I want to present Christ in each subject that I teach. Each child should hear the gospel and then see in a very practical way how it can change a sinner."

 

Miss Rebekah Pringle, BA, MA

Miss Rebekah Pringle, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMiss Pringle's interest in literature began at an early age through her mother's almost daily reading aloud of good literature as a part of her family's school day. The past 10 years of focused study and teaching in the disciplines of Creative Writing and English have increased Miss Pringle's delight and enthusiasm in analyzing and evaluating all genres of literature. “Everyone loves a story. A well-crafted story, poem, essay, or drama delights me on several levels, but it's the benefit of gaining an increased understanding and appreciation of God's inspired literature, His Word, that motivates me to apply and grow in my own literary analysis skills and to do my best to instill in my students a similar desire for and delight in literature. It's my prayer that as we enjoy great literary works together we will be inspired to love and pursue God's truth presented in His greatest Book of literature.”

 

Mrs. Rebecca Saldivar, BS, MS

Mrs. Rebecca Saldivar, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningRebecca Saldivar had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home. The Lord saved her when she was seven years old. She began her study of Spanish in eighth grade and has loved learning about the language and the people. Due to her interest in Spanish, she graduated with a BS in Spanish Education. She has also completed an MS in Counseling at Bob Jones University. She has been able to travel to Spain and Mexico several times, once as a member of a summer mission team. She is thankful for the love of the language that God has given to her and wants to share it with her students.

 

Mrs. Tawnja Schaffner, BS, MEd

Mrs. Tawnja Schaffner, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. Schaffner has previously taught all the elementary grades. "I grew up on the mission field of the Netherlands. I have wanted to be a teacher from the time I was nine years old. I am grateful to the Lord for allowing the desires of my heart to become a reality. BJU Press Distance Learning is giving me a chance to teach children like yours in parts of the world I may never visit."

 

Mrs. Anita Sedivy, BS

Mrs. Anita Sedivy, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. Sedivy taught math for five years both on the junior high and high school levels. "One of the most important keys to math is having the right foundation. Math is a subject continually building on previous concepts. Understanding why a problem is worked a certain way, instead of memorizing what to do, helps unlock the next problem. I enjoy teaching students to think, which is a necessary skill for any area of service the Lord may have for them."

 

Mr. Dick Seeley, BS, MS

Mr. Dick Seeley, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMr. Dick Seeley understands science, and he understands high school students. While earning his BS in Science and his MS in educational Administration and Supervision from Bob Jones University, he has invested 69 semester hours in science-related fields. Mr. Seeley has 35 years of teaching experience, including physics, chemistry, biology, physical science, and math at the secondary level. In addition to teaching with BJU Distance Learning for 11 years, he has also worked as a textbook author for BJU Press.

 

Mrs. Melissa Seeling, BS, MEd

Mrs. Melissa Seeling, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMelissa graduated with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education 2008 and a master's degree in Elementary Education in 2010. Shortly after finishing graduate school, she married Hans Seeling. About a year later, she began teaching here at Press Distance Learning. “I am thankful for the opportunities that the Lord has given me, and my desire is that He will use me to impact the lives of my students. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to teach your child and to have a small part in your child's education. ”

 

Dr. Lesa Seibert, BS, MEd, EdS, EdD

Dr. Lesa Seibert, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningDr. Seibert has over 15 years teaching experience in Christian education. She has grown up desiring to be a teacher, and she desires to instill in her students a love for learning. Her main goal in teaching grammar is to show how English follows a logical pattern. God’s Word states that "knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth" (Proverbs 14:6). Gaining knowledge is hard when a student does not understand what he is trying to learn. Therefore, understanding is the key to gaining knowledge. In teaching literature, Dr. Seibert desires to show the beauty of the English language in written form. The literary concepts of metaphors, allusions, symbols, etc., increase not only the enjoyment of a written work but also the impact of the message.

 

Mr. Jamie Swingle, BA, MED

Mr. Jamie Swingle, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMr. Swingle has 7 years of teaching experience and a genuine love for history. "My desire for my students is to give them a realization that the study of history is essential to gaining a better understanding of God; God often reveals Himself through His dealings with man, which is exactly what history is. It is impossible to study history without seeing the providence of God."

 

Mrs. Sherri Vick, BS

Mrs. Sherri Vick, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningSherri Vick previously taught various elementary and junior high grades. "I like to look at the picture as a whole—to relate one subject to another so that the child can see how God’s plan fits together. I want the child to want to learn, so the lessons have to be fun. Hands-on is the best way, so I don’t want the student to just watch, but participate too! One of my goals is that, after watching the lessons, your child will continue in the things he has learned and develop lifelong learning skills that he can use both now and in the future."

 

Mrs. Evanna Walker, BS

Mrs. Evanna Walker, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. Walker has eight years’ experience teaching first grade at Bob Jones Elementary School. “My first love is to teach a child to read-primarily so that he can read God’s Word for himself and share it with others. He should be able to appreciate what he reads, draw conclusions, and make value judgments to become a thinker.”

 

Mrs. Tiffany White, BS, MS

Mrs. Tiffany White, a course instructor for BJU Press Distance LearningMrs. White enjoys working with children. She has worked with children from a variety of age groups in different aspects. "I have always wanted to teach, and I’m thrilled with the opportunity of teaching your child. I hope that your child will enjoy learning as well as develop a love for God and His Word."