2015-2016 Teachers

Sara Hull ~ Math
email: MathMentorSara@gmail.com
Sara grew up in a military family and so lived all over the world. She graduated high school in Roseville, CA and college at Texas State University in San Marcos, with a Degree in Education and a minor in Math. She is certified to teach elementary school and secondary math. As a middle school and beginning high school student, Sara struggled to understand math. After catching on and beginning to study it in college she saw many teachers would lose patience with struggling students. She determined to help pre-teens and teens understand this subject she had come to love. Sara has 5 1/2 years teaching experience in the public school system, 5 years tutoring in the homeschool community and 11 years as a home school mom. Sara has graduated her two oldest children and currently has a junior in her home school academy.

Stacy Puckett ~ Math
email: puckettsmathclass@gmail.com
Stacy is a graduate of Texas Tech. While there she tutored all levels of Math. Upon graduation she started teaching first at the junior high level then at the adult level in Lubbock. After moving to San Antonio Stacy spent five years teaching all math levels (Pre-Algebra through Calculus) and both computer applications and computer science at Providence High School. In 2005 she left teaching at the school setting to homeschool her daughter. Stacy is currently a member of many local homeschooling groups and a volunteer with Girl Scouts.

Gwen Rigdon – Math, Public Speaking/Speech, Archery
Email: gwenrigdon@gmail.com
Bachelors of Science in Education at Ohio State University
Masters in Business Administration at the University of Houston
4-H Certified Archery Coach
After graduating with a teacher’s certificate, Gwen started her teaching career for the inner city public school system of the Houston Independent School District. She taught in this position for 11 years. Gwen never quite bought into the conventional philosophy of public school. After teaching for 5 years, she was given a chance to teach in a pilot program that included team teaching a group of multi-grade students. Because of such a positive experience with that pilot program, Gwen couldn’t see putting her kids in traditional school and decided to home school. Gwen has been homeschooling her kids for 15 years now. Math has always been Gwen’s favorite subject in school, and she loves to inspire kids to enjoy it as well. Gwen also enjoys public speaking and has worked with 4-H kids as well as her own in entering and winning public speaking contests for 7 years. Additionally, Gwen has been involved with 4-H archery for 4 years. Both of her sons are competitive archers that have won state competitions.
Gwen currently works part time at Mr. Gatti’s teaching fractions and healthy choices for public/private school educational field trips. Gwen loves working with kids and believes that learning should be fun. She is looking forward to serving at STAR Academy.

Jennifer Strickland ~ Science
email: jen@stricklyscience.com
To study science is to seek out the character of God! It’s amazing to learn about His design, His attention to detail, His Love and His creativity that is evident from the tiniest atom to the eternal universe. This fire is the light I seek out in every child – the desire to learn more about creation through science.
My background in science consists mostly of my own research and interest. Since 1998, I've run a contract consulting business in the aircraft design industry, which involves mechanical, structural, aerospace, electrical and fluid engineering systems. I design most of these systems, organize large projects, hire out to other contract designers and engineers and work closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Although I do not have a completed degree in my field, I've been accepted into the aerospace engineering community based on my experience and quality of work. I've completed thousands of design projects and am respected by my customers, designers and the engineers that I work with. I do have a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering through UTSA in the works with a GPA that is in good standing. I love school so much, I could be a professional student, but my family comes before those interests. I want to give my time to my children while they are still young, so completing my degree will come at a later time.
I began home schooling my two children in 2004. I’ve had experience working with children through the American Heritage Girl scouting program and various home school groups and cooperatives throughout our home schooling years. I held the position of AHG Troop Coordinator for four years and managed the Live Oak Dolphins Swim Team during the summer of 2012. I’ve also been teaching high school, middle school and elementary level sciences since 2005 with great success. I love teaching science classes at Star Academy and I look forward to holding your child’s hand to guide them through the fascinating world of science!

Lisa Frazier ~ Science, English
email: lisakelfrazier@gmail.com
B.S.Ed. Stephen F. Austin State University
Major: Speech and Hearing Therapy
Major: Special Education
Minor: Educational Psychology
M.S. University of Texas-Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders
Major: Audiology
Minor: Speech Pathology
I started college as a Pre-Med Major, so began taking some of those wonderful science classes before I decided that twelve years of college might be more than I wanted. After a 17 year career using my Audiology, Speech Therapy, and Special Ed backgrounds, I found that my real calling was to homeschool my children. I always knew I loved science, but it wasn't until after I started homeschooling that I realized my passion for history, literature, and English, as well!
I have taught all of the Apologia Science courses from the Elementary Sciences through the Advanced Biology courses of Anatomy and Physiology and Marine Biology and I have LOVED them all (except Physics, sorry, I did not love Physics.) I love Apologia Science as I believe them to be the most balanced and thorough high school curriculums available. Dr. Wile writes in a way that anyone can understand, yet at a level that is as challenging as any of the freshman and sophomore level college sciences I took. Two of my three homeschool graduates have chosen science related fields and have tested for college credit in Biology.
I LOVE GOOD BOOKS! And I want your kids to love them too! But, I know that some students can resist high school level literature and writing. That's where I can help! I find it exciting when students are surprised that classic literature and “school books” can be understood and even enjoyed. I also love it when not only do the students improve their writing, but understand how to improve it further with the techniques I have shown them. Teaching is my gift, and homeschooling is definitely my passion, but I know sometimes it gets hard, AND I know that outside accountability can really help. Let me help you on your homeschool journey, I’ll even grade the papers!

Deanna Wilks - English
email: wilks.deanna@yahoo.com
Deanna is a graduate of Texas A&M University. She graduated Magnum Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She is state certified to teach all subjects through Middle School. She struggled in her early academic years because of a learning disability in reading. But through continuous study and perseverance she overcame her disability to become a successful educator. Her desire is to teach children that English and Writing can be a powerful tool for success. Through her own struggles, she has learned that with the right tools students can overcome learning obstacles and she wants to share those tools with her students. She currently home schools her two children who are in high school and middle school. Deanna has worked in Children’s Ministry for eight years and is a member of three homeschool organizations. She is also the director of Special Spaces San Antonio, a non profit charity that provides dream bedrooms for kids with a life threatening illnesses.

David Petershack ~ Social Sciences, Drama
email: david.petershack@gmail.com
In the words of the late great actor, Jack Lemmon, “It’s magic time!” This is the attitude that Mr. Mr. Petershack likes to convey to all of his Theater students. That and the need for a great sense of humor make for great theater. If you cannot lose yourself and magically create a character, you are not acting, but reciting. Of course, we have a lot of fun as well! Mr. Petershack has directed plays for the Homeschool Academics and Arts Class day (HAACDay), including a winter production of “A Christmas Carol”. He has also recently played the role of the Tin Man in a production of “The Wizard of Oz”. He is currently leading an improv group and directing a group of high school students in a production of “Much Ado about Nothing”. In addition to this, he also applies his love of creativity, learning and laughter to other classes which include History, Geography, and Government/Economics, all of which he has taught at various levels over the past three years. He is a graduate of the University of Texas in 1985 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing. He spent 14 years in corporate sales and sales training before becoming a homeschool dad. His corporate experience includes teaching Professional Skills and technology training classes, and working as a computer teacher at Rolling Hills Academy. In addition to this, he has done Web Design, edited professional newsletters, and homeschooled his children for the past eight years. David has been happily married for twenty-five years and lives in San Antonio with his wife Jean and his family.

Aida Scalercio ~ Spanish - Foreign Languages
email: vascalercio@netscape.net
Aida Scalercio will be teaching Spanish I and Spanish II courses this year. She was born in Chicago, IL, but soon moved to Mexico with her family. There she attended school and completed her elementary years. The family moved to San Antonio, where she currently resides. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M and completed her Elementary Teaching certification, with a K-12th bilingual and ESL endorsement, from Our Lady of the Lake University. She taught in the public school system for 12 years, where she worked primarily with Bilingual and Spanish speaking students. She left her teaching position 12 years ago and started her career as a home school mom. She and her husband have 4 children, ages 13 - 20. She has taught both science and writing at TEAMS co-op for the last none years. She has been teaching formal Spanish for the last 5 years in the home school community, public school setting, and in private tutoring. She enjoys sharing her language with students and is looking forward to working with the students at Star Academy. I've enjoyed teaching at STAR Academy for the last three years and look forward to another great year. ¡Hasta pronto!

Dwayne Puckett ~ Art
email: dwaynekpuckett@gmail.com
Dwayne received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University with a major in Printmaking and Drawing. While there he also minored in Sculpture, Ceramics, Painting, Art History. Archaeology/Paleontology and Geology. After graduation he continued his studies with two years of post-graduate work in Art Theory & Criticisms, Advanced Art History, and Theories on Complete Presentation (ie how to present an art piece in its entirety from the work to the frame and/or environment). In 2001 Dwayne started a business with his wife in leather craft, constructing knife sheaths, holsters and various leather art carvings. Dwayne looks forward to continuing studies and work in art focusing on drawing and sculpture and the combination of the two.

Dave Crockett ~ Photography
email: passion@ardorephoto.com
Dave Crockett has been a world-traveled photojournalist, photographer and graphic designer for more than 25 years. Dave graduated as a Distinguished Honor Graduate from the Graphic Design Course and the Journalism/Photojournalism Course at the Defense Information School as a United States Marine. He then spent 14 years as a graphic design and photojournalist in the Marines. During his time in the Corps, Dave was editor for two news papers as well as an editor for Marines magazine. He as traveled the world as a photojournalist and, as he likes to say, has "covered everything from war to whimsy." He has also earned a degree in photography and is working on a degree in video production as well. Dave Crockett is now a full-time self-employed photographer/videographer specializing in portraits, event photography and commercial photography. He has won numerous awards including four Thomas Jefferson awards as a photojournalist. Dave and his wife have been a homeschool family for more than 13 years and Dave has taught photography and Photoshop design for homeschool students for years. Dave's passion is to guide his students to see the world in a whole new and creative way. His mission is to provide them the skills to they'll need to capture that artistic vision by the use of photography and Photoshop so they can share it with others. Dave's hope is that each of his students will leave his class with a vigorous passion for photography and the skills to enjoy it for a lifetime.

Kier Ian Riley ~ Robotics
email: builders4kr@gmail.com
I am a self taught robotics programer since the age of 6. I have been teaching and working with all manner of children
from the young to the disabled. I can adapt to diverse age groups from 18 months to high school, as well as work with skill sets from beginner to expert. I love to teach kids the power of robotics for its core values include patience, curiosity, persistence and a desire for understanding. I also enjoy volunteering for homeless shelters and charities alike. Your kids will have fun while learning the technology the future requires.