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Our Instructors

Qualified academically and experientially, our instructors teach from a Biblical perspective, not only sharing valuable information with our students, but Jesus' love as well. Instructors treat each child with love, respect and care thus providing a safe, welcoming environment in the classroom. 


 Ms. Denise Griffith: Preschool

Denise Griffith earned a B.A. in Human Development/Elementary Education from Marquette University in Milwaukee.  Over the years since, she has taught pre-kindergarten and 3rd through 5th grades.  She has also worked with preschool and school-age children at her church and in various other capacities.   Denise currently works full-time as a manager at a local roller skating rink, where she started (and dee-jays) a twice monthly Christian music session. She resides in Farmington (with a pretty but temperamental calico cat!) and keeps busy attending the events of her four teenage nephews.  Denise is looking forward to her second year as SCCC’s preschool teacher.

Mr. Jesse Ison: Physical Education





Mrs. Jennifer Johnson:  Preschool

Jennifer received her BA in Elementary Education with specialities in Early Childhood Education and Infant and Toddler Development from Bethel University in 2005.  She taught in both First and Second Grade in schools in Atlanta, GA for four years.  Though she loved being in the classroom, in 2009 she left her public school job for the priviledge of being a stay-at-home mom.  During her stay-at-home mom years, she has used her teaching skills to create a free preschool day at their family Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Indiana for the community, volunteered as a BSF teacher and Sunday School teacher, and worked as a Student Teacher Supervisor for Purdue University.  In 2015, her family moved to Minnesota which is home for both Jennifer and her childhood friend/high school sweetheart/husband Andrew!  In 2015, Jennifer started her first year homeschooling Kindergarten for their oldest son.  The Johnsons have four, soon to be five, children:  AJ (2nd grade), Jamison (1st grade), Aubrey (Pre-K), Gabriel (2 years), and baby Evelynn (due September 2017).  Jennifer loves teaching  and working with children of all ages and is passionate about getting to work with the Preschoolers at SCCC for the second half of this school year! 

Mrs. Kebra Patience: History & Geography

Kebra Patience earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from East Carolina University in 2001. She taught in the public school system at the elementary level for four years. After acquiring additional certifications, she taught at the secondary level for over a year until her first son was born.  
Kebra and her husband, Mark, moved from Florida in 2013 with their three children. That is when they joined SCCC and began their homeschooling journey with Brendan, Bella, and Brantley. They are blessed to do it again this year and she is grateful to give back to the co-op by teaching Communications.
Kebra loves teaching and sees the best results from her students when she teaches in creative ways. She engages students by incorporating cooperative learning opportunities and making the learning process fun. She is looking forward to meeting your children and working along with you as you cultivate their communication skills.


Mrs. Vivie Pavlak: Cultural Studies

Vivie Pavlak was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala where she studied Foreign Trade, Communication, Interpretation, Translation, and World Missions.  She became an ESL teacher at a large Christian School where she taught 1st - 11th grade students.  She also worked as an interpreter for several missions groups and while working there, met her husband who is from Minnesota.  Together they founded Up North English Academy in Guatemala where they continued teaching English as a second language while sharing the gospel with students.  Vivie and her family moved back to Minnesota in 2016 and have been homeschooling since 2012.


Mrs. Lisa Presley: Science (K - 2nd)

Lisa earned her BS in Elementary Education/Special Education with Distinction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1988 and her Masters Degree in Teaching Children with Behavior Disorders (K-12) along with an endorsement in Learning Disabilities from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1993. She was a special education teacher for 7 years. In Omaha, Lisa met her husband, Ted, an Air Force Pilot. They married in 1994, and in 1995, became parents to a daughter. Lisa quit teaching, and became a stay-at-home mom while continuing the life of a military spouse for 20 years. Lisa and her family have lived in Nebraska, Mississippi, South Dakota, Virginia, and Texas as part of the military community. Lisa and her family moved to Farmington, Minnesota, in July 2013. Ted retired from the Air Force and was hired as a Delta Airline Pilot out of Minneapolis. Since 2006, Lisa has homeschooled her 4 daughters. Alyssa (22) lives in Abilene, Texas. Laura (19) will be a sophomore at University of Wisconsin-Stout this fall. Kirsten (16) is a junior, and Erin (14) is a freshman. Lisa has been involved in teaching children, besides her own, in whichever state they have lived. She has been a preschool and 1-2 grade Sunday school teacher, AWANA Sparks and Cubbies teacher, and a VBS teacher throughout the years. Lisa loves teaching children! She is excited to be the K-2 science teacher and help her students learn about God’s creation through various experiments and activities. This is her first year with SCCC. Lisa is looking forward to getting to know the moms and children in her classes, and being back in a classroom setting after 22 years away.

Mr. Jason Reilly: Science (5th - 8th)

Jason Reilly has been a teacher for 15+ years. Most of that time was spent teaching science in School District 191 where he taught Biology, Physical Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Geology, Life Science, and Basic Chemistry to grades 7th-12th. Before that, and overseas, he taught elementary aged students science, but also English. Jason has been blessed to teach in five other countries while doing missions, which is one of his other passions. For as long as he can remember, he has had a passion for science, but it wasn't until he met Jesus that he truly came to see the miracle of the creation around and in us. He left the public schools at the end of the 2011 school year to raise his little girl and teach homeschoolers, and has been deeply blessed by the experience. The Lord put on his heart the need to prepare young followers to deal with the growing world of science, to help them to know and share the real truths, and ignite a passion to learn about God’s amazing creation.

Mrs. Chelsie Schmidt: Biblical Worldview

Chelsie Schmidt graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies.  She has previous experience working in camping ministry and youth ministry.  
Chelsie is currently a stay-at-home mom to Aiden (born February 2015) and is married to a wonderful man named Alex.  Their family enjoys spending time together and going on outdoor adventures!


 Mrs. Elizabeth TracyArt