Trish Akouka

General Science, Geography (High School), Geography (Elementary/Junior High), Zoology 1

I enjoy partnering with parents and tutoring students at SCCC!  It is a blessing to be a part of the student’s learning process!  My goal is to make my classes FUN and encourage the love of learning.  

A little more about me: I grew up in Satellite Beach in the 70’s and 80’s. I  graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders.  I worked for several years in Rehabilitation Centers. I also became certified as a personal fitness trainer.  I enjoy living a healthy lifestyle and spending time at the beach.

I married my husband, David in 1996.  We have three sons.  After our first son was born, I became a full time wife and mom.  I also help my husband with his Personal Fitness Training Studio.

In 1994, I made the decision to start living my life for Jesus…each day, I try to be more like Him and LOVE others like He LOVES me 🙂

Jason Brown

Guitar 1, Worship Team/Guitar 2, Overview of the Bible: Old Testament & New Testament, Apologetics

Pastor Jason grew up in Long Beach, CA. He has been in full time ministry since 1996. He currently serves as the lead pastor at Suntree Grace church. Jason graduated from Grace College (Winona Lake, IN) and received his MDiv from Liberty Seminary in Lynchburg, VA.

He enjoys teaching through the Bible so that others can share in God’s Truth. Jason has also been playing guitar, playing in bands and working with youth groups to create worship teams for nearly 20 years (and even had an album or two out in the 90’s).

He loves surfing and hanging out with his wife Andrea along with their four children.

Jenny Dixon

Saxon Math 7/6, Saxon Algebra 1/2 (Pre-Algebra), Saxon Algebra 1, Saxon Algebra 2

My name is Jenny Dixon and I will be tutoring the Saxon math classes.  I am the mother of two girls and have been homeschooling for 11 years.  I have a degree in Math Education from Oklahoma Christian University and I have worked with students of all ages from preschoolers to college students.  I have a passion for mathematics and my goal is to prepare students for upper level math classes and to lay the foundation for them to be successful in the STEM fields.  I look forward to working with you and your student to achieve their dreams.

Cathy Elliott

Advanced Literature,  Creative Writing/Essay, Intermediate Literature,
Intermediate Literature – Advanced, Speech & Debate

I tutor English, Literature, and Speech/Debate/Civics for the Co-op. My experience also includes the following:  homeschooler, tutor for 12 years, editor, published curriculum author,  Speech/Debate/Literature judge for county tournaments, and proofreader. I am happily married with three children, two currently in college. Overall, my passion is getting children interested in writing and reading, while they grow mentally and spiritually.

Ashlee Finger

American Sign Language 1, American Sign Language 2

My name is Ashlee Finger, and I feel privileged to have been a part have this wonderful homeschool  community previously as a parent and now as an instructor.  While I consider myself very blessed to have lived in different parts of the country, I am a Florida native who first moved to the Space Coast area almost 35 years ago.  I am a homeschool graduate and feel very fortunate to have homeschooled my own daughter for eight years.  I attended Flagler College where I attained a  bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a bachelor’s  in Deaf / Hard-of-Hearing Education. Upon graduating from Flagler, I returned to Brevard County where I served as a lead instructor in both self-contained and integrated settings with deaf students for the Brevard County public school system. My responsibilities included planning, developing, delivering, and evaluating appropriate individual educational services, learning programs, and instruction for deaf and hard-of-hearing students as well as those with varying exceptionalities. I also worked as an itinerant teacher for the central part of the county where I had the privilege of working with a very diverse group of students with hearing loss.  My hope is that students studying American Sign Language will enjoy the beautiful language, and as they continue to learn that ASL will open up new possibilities as they are exposed to new communities, ideas, history, and a rich Deaf culture.

Tina Knight

Florida History (grades 5-8)

Tina, is a Florida Native, mother of 4, and has been homeschooling since 2000. Three of her children have graduated from local Christian co-ops. She joined a co-op in 2008 and stayed until it closed in 2019. She served on their leadership board for 11 years and  taught American history, Florida history, Kindergarten history and science, as well as supervised the yearbook. Her “boots on the grounds” experience has been beneficial in homeschooling her own children and helping others. Most of all, she loves Jesus and desires to seek and serve Him daily.

Lisa Liffrig

Personal Finance, Economics, Physical Science, World History, U.S. History (High School),
U.S. Government, Health

Lisa Liffrig grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota and graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.  She is certified in Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Middle School Math.  She taught in public school in Texas until she and her husband moved to Florida in 2002. Lisa has two daughters that were home schooled from elementary school through graduation and began teaching at the co-op in 2010.

Natalie Martin

Chemistry,  Physics, SAT Math Prep, Geometry

“I grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. I worked at Lucent Technologies for 8 years while attending Keller Graduate School part-time.

I decided to become a Domestic Engineer while working as a substitute teacher for Brevard Public Schools and Rockledge Christian School, as well as tutor in math for community programs.

I have been homeschooling my two children for the past six years.

My goal is to share my enthusiasm for learning and to show how God’s glory is revealed in areas such as science and math.”

Kerri Rogers

Career Exploration (grades 9-12),  Mystery of History (grades 5-8)

Hi, my name is Kerri Rogers and I have been a part of Space Coast Christian Co-op since it’s inception in 2017 serving on the leadership team as well as the dance committee.  This year I am looking forward to stepping into the new role of SCCC tutor and being able to share my love of learning and homeschooling with your students.

I have been a homeschool mom for 16 years now. Our two oldest have graduated from SCCC and are now in college at UCF and EFSC. The youngest will be heading into his senior year of high school and is dual enrolled at EFSC.  Over the years, I have taught classes in small local co-ops or in our home. I am a strong supporter of homeschooling and teaching from Biblical worldview.  

Before becoming a homeschool mom, I attended UCF and graduated with a degree in business administration.  During this time, I met my husband of 30 years and worked as a Financial and Human Resources Manager for a local manufacturer.  Becoming a mom was one of my greatest joys! My husband and I are thankful that the Lord put homeschooling on our hearts and I would do it all over again if I could.  It has been a blessing to teach and nurture our children over the years.  It is because of this that I am eager to teach our students at SCCC.  My desire for my students, as it has been with my own children, is to make learning enjoyable, to develop a love of learning and to always be pointing them to Jesus. I am excited and hard at work to prepare engaging lessons for your students this coming school year!

Patricia Rota

Spanish 1,  Spanish 2

Buenos dias…I began being interested in espanol when, after high school, I travelled the world for many years. It was obvious that my experience would be so much richer if I could communicate with the people of the 26 countries that speak this language! So, I graduated from UCF with a degree in elementary education and Spanish and so began my 35 years of teaching Spanish.

I have taught in California, New Orleans, and Brevard County. Most of my experience has been at renown Catholic High Schools. I truly believe that throughout the many years I have developed a very effective method of teaching Spanish so that students can learn quickly. While teaching at home school co-ops I try to offer the ability to speak along with the ability to transition into an upper level Spanish class as well, either at public school or college. I am still an accredited Spanish teacher in the state of Florida.

Florida state standards require two years of a high school foreign language to enter college. In many colleges a student does not need to take any more years of a language. So taking Spanish in this homeschool environment is not only less difficult, it’s fun! Included in creating a strong foundation (if a student chooses to continue their studies) are field trips to restaurants where they order in Spanish, interviewing native speakers, puppet shows in Spanish, and much student to student dialogue. Also, this course is accredited for receiving the Bright Future’s scholarship.

Being able to speak Spanish opens many doors…I hope to facilitate you in this exciting journey!

Valorie Stanley

 Art Fundamentals, Intermediate/Advanced 2-D Art

My name is Valorie Leet Stanley and I grew up in nearby Cocoa, Florida, though I’ve been a Titusville resident since 1995. I have a Fine Arts and Photography background from USF and the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, and homeschooled my two children, Mariah, now 30 yrs, and Brandon, 27, for 13 years before they began Titusville High.

I began teaching weekly Homeschool art classes for 45 students in 2000 when NBHSA started a “Friday School” for art, music, drama & Latin. I also began teaching weekly classes at Studio Plus, and now give lessons to over 100 children a week at Space Coast Christian Co-op, NBHSA, North Brevard Art League, and Green Circle Gallery in Cocoa Village. It is a joy and privilege beyond measure to teach and watch children of all ages grow in confidence and find a passion for creating artwork! I balance a need for fundamentals with inspiring children to enjoy the learning process and create work they are proud to show and share! I have many long-time students who work far beyond their years, and former students who have their art ed degrees, and are also teaching children!!

Layla Steensma

Biology, Marine Biology, Advanced Biology/Anatomy, Science Fair

Layla and her husband Johannes moved to the Space Coast from The Netherlands in the summer of 1999 while expecting their first child. She then made the decision that she would not enter the work force but instead would stay home and become a domestic engineer. Layla has been enjoying homeschooling her three children since 2012. Recently she had the pleasure to graduate her first born, who transitioned smoothly from MIT to FIT. Layla’s education began at the University of Texas, where she studied pharmacy. She continued her studies in the field of medicine at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium and then earned a Bio-mechanical Engineering degree at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. Layla specialized in spinal cord curvature with her thesis and publishing focused on force distribution in the spine.

Nicole Woltz

 Family Consumer Science/Life SkillsDrama

Hi friends! I am excited to be teaching three courses this year at Co-Op. I began homeschooling my two children just a few years ago and I have so enjoyed this journey. I love teaching them and ensuring they learn the things that I know will help them be successful in living a life they will love and preparing them for adult life. Our family moved from Pennsylvania to Florida in2016 and I love it here! I am an entrepreneur. Before moving to Florida I owned my own TumbleBus (a gym on wheels) that served many daycares and pre-schools teaching kids tumbling. Before that, I was a Realtor. These businesses lead me to my current profession, website design and business consulting. I so enjoy helping small businesses as well as creating my own online ventures and blogging. I have my degree in Marketing and I will be using all of my experiences to help our kids to learn some much-needed life skills in our Family Consumer Science course. I am looking forward to sharing all the things I wish I had known when I was younger with our kids.

Gina Zverev

Civics/Constitution (grades 5-8), Intro to Logic (grades 5-8), Violin 1, Violin 2

Gina earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A. in History from California State University, Fresno. She has taught middle school in the public school setting, history, in several community colleges, and in other homeschool co-ops. This is her ninth year homeschooling her daughters, which has been her favorite teaching experience, so far.