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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. 

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 five children:  AJ , Jamison , Aubrey, Gabriel, and Evelynn.  Jennifer loves teaching  and working with children of all ages and is passionate about working with the younger students at SCCC! 

Mrs. Jessi Hackenmuller: Art

Jessi Hackenmueller lives in Eagan with her husband and their five children, whom she homeschooled for eight years. She has always enjoyed creative persuits and working with artistic materials of all kinds. She likes to challenge herself to try new things and brings that to the classroom for her students.  She has been teaching art for seven years, mainly to homeschoolers. Her goal is to expose them to different art mediums in hopes that they find the ones they enjoy most and will continue to create with them outside of class. She enjoys inspiring creativity in her students and building their self-confidence as they try new things. Through art, her students stretch their imaginations and hopefully get to explore yet-untapped giftings. She has also had a photography business for the past 15 years, using her creative talents to capture treasured memories for her own family and for others. 


Mrs. Vivie Pavlak: Spanish

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: Geography and Science (K-1st)

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 continue in her third year with SCCC and will be teaching science to the Lower Elementary grades and geography to 6th-8th.

Mr. Jason Reilly: Biblical Worldview and Science 

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.

Mr. Ryan Forte: Gym

Ryan Forte is a graduate of North Central University of Minneapolis, MN. He has been a gymnastics instructor for ten years with TAGS, and has worked with many youth ranging in ages from 3 to 18 around the world in camp ministries. Ryan finds great joy in passing on knowledge skills to those he gets to interact with, and love seeing people attain a new skill set! He is more than excited to be able to give back to the Home School community that helped give him the tools for a life of success!