Our Teachers

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Carolyn Christiansen

Carolyn Christiansen has a B.S. in Education from Bryan College and has been published in Nature Friend Magazine. She worked at a Christian school before starting to homeschool her six children. She has been homeschooling for over 25 years. Volunteer positions: SMHEA secretary & resource fair coordinator, Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse - historical interpreter, museum curator, & board secretary, Berean Bible Church - children's ministry director, Awana secretary, librarian, and CEEC - teacher for over 15 years.

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Beth Troyer

In 1990 Beth Troyer earned a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee with a major in history. She and her husband home-educated their four children from kindergarten through high school by God’s exceedingly abundant grace. She has been involved with CEEC since 2008—ten years as a parent, seven years as a board member, and now over five years as a teacher. Beth has said of CEEC, “What a blessing this co-op has been to me and my family!” Now that she has finished her personal homeschooling journey, she thanks the Lord for His kindness in continuing to give her opportunities to teach and invest in the CEEC community.

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Dr. Jerry Burns

Dr. Jerry Burns is an East Tennessee native. He graduated from Sevier County High School (1984), Carson-Newman College (1988), and the University of Tennessee (1995; Ph.D. in chemistry). He did doctoral research at ORNL and has been teaching full-time at Pellissippi State Community College since 1994. He is a homeschool dad of four marvelous children, all now done.

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Jill Cooke

Jill Cooke graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Brown University in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Environmental Plant Biology from West Virginia University in 1999. After briefly working for the Department of Energy, she "retired" to care for her four children. She and her husband have been homeschooling their children for 15 years. She’s taught science classes at various co-ops for the past three years.

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Mark Brackney

Mark Brackney has been a teacher at CEEC for the past nine years. He has been married to his wife, Christine, for thirty years. They are blessed with seven children and have always home-schooled. Their six oldest children have been a part of CEEC. Mark received a B.R.E. (Bachelor of Religious Education) degree from Rochester College, a Christian liberal arts college in Michigan. He received his M.A. (Master of Arts in Ministry) degree from Oklahoma Christian University. They moved to Knoxville in January of 2003 where he currently serves as the minister for the Arlington Church of Christ in North Knoxville. Before that, he worked for the Rochester Church of Christ for twelve years in various roles (campus ministry, youth ministry, family life ministry). He taught adjunct classes in Bible for Rochester College (Rochester Hills, MI) for ten years before moving to Knoxville. He loves the classroom and the interaction with students. He says it is a joy to watch them grow in their faith.

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Michelle Wilkins

Michelle Wilkins has been a homeschool mom for 14 years and her family has been involved at Knoxville area cooperatives throughout that time. Married with three children, she has lived in every major city in the state of Tennessee. She has a joy of learning, reading, and making education something others enjoy themselves. She and her husband have spent years many years in children's and college ministries. Michelle earned a B.S. from University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and a doctorate in physical therapy with a concentration in education from Boston University. She worked as a pediatric physical therapist. She hopes to give students a view of science that they can apply to their everyday world. She also hopes to show students that science is something to engage and explore not just memorize for a test.

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Mike Meade

Mike Meade is the Choir and Advanced Ensemble director/teacher at CEEC. He and his wife, Kaylee, have been married for eight years and have two children. Mike has served as a vocal director in numerous capacities within church ministry. Having been involved in youth choir and vocal ensembles throughout high school, he has a strong passion for leading students to develop a love for vocal singing through an interactive and engaging environment. Mike received a B.R.E. (Bachelor of Religious Education) from Midwestern Baptist College (Orion, MI). He served as a youth pastor for five years in Knoxville before moving to take a senior pastor position in rural Virginia. Mike and his wife recently moved back home to East Tennessee where he now serves as the children’s pastor at Clear Springs Baptist Church (Corryton, TN). He is excited and thrilled at the opportunity to lead our students in vocal singing at CEEC.

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Renae Feathers

Renae Feathers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland. In addition, she is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt with over 13 years of experience leading Six Sigma projects in cross-functional and global teams. (Six Sigma is a process improvement methodology utilizing statistical methods and verifiable data to drive effective management decisions.) She has also taught a variety of subjects in homeschool co-ops for the past 9 years, including Algebra I, II and Precalculus at CEEC. Math has always been her first love as it reveals a favorite character quality of God - his unchanging nature - He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

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Shelley Stockton

Shelley Stockton is an East Tennessee native. She graduated from Temple Baptist Academy in Powell
and she earned an Associate degree in Nursing from Pellissippi State Community College and a
Bachelor of Science degree in Science Education from Pensacola Christian College. She taught in a
Christian school for three years before homeschooling her three children. She and her husband,
Stephen, have been homeschooling for six years. Shelley works part time as a nurse and full time as a
homeschool mom. She has been a volunteer leader in the American Heritage Girls organization for the
last six years. She loves riding horses and gardening. Shelley has a passion for teaching science and
loves being around students. She is a strong believer in life-long learning and hopes to encourage
everyone around her to continue learning for their entire lives.

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Todd Kiles

Todd Kiles grew up in Charleston, South Carolina and always had a passion for art. He graduated with a B.F.A. from Harding University and moved to Nashville where he met his wife, Michelle. Todd started his design business, Gourmet Graphics, about 25 years ago and continues it today. He was also a professor at O’more College of Design in Franklin, TN. Todd and Michelle relocated to the Knoxville area several years ago and have 2 wonderful, homeschooled children, Evelyn (14) and Collin (10). He is looking forward to teaching the next generation of young artists.