Instructors

Professor John Baker
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Position 
Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry Dual Enrollment 
College Algebra Dual Enrollment 


Education 
B.S. in Mathematics from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida
Florida state certified teacher


Experience 
Professor Baker has been teaching Geometry, Honors Geometry, and Integrated Math II at Westminster Academy for 29 years. He has also taught Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, and PreCalculus Algebra as an adjunct professor at Broward College for over 15 years. 

Background and Interests 
John has been a coach of the Boys Varsity Tennis team and JV Boys Basketball team as well as an assistant to the Varsity Football team and the Varsity Track team at Westminster Academy. He has been married to Nancy (a piano teacher at Pine Crest school) for 19 years. John's two daughters, Amanda and Emily, both graduated from Westminster Academy and are both currently students at the University of Florida. John and his family attend Coral Ridge Presbyterian church where John has been a member for 29 years and has served as an assistant in the high school youth group and as a timpanist for the Brass Ensemble Worship Team.
Position
General Psychology Dual Enrollment
 
Education
B.S. in Communication, University of Florida; M.S. in Counseling from Barry University; M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Knox Theological Seminary 
 
Experience
Prof. Beaupied is a therapist at Spanish River Counseling Center at their Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton offices. He completed his graduate internship at 4Kids of South Florida and the Dr. Maureen Duffy Family Enrichment Center at Barry University. He is an adjunct professor of psychology at Broward College and a teacher at Westminster Academy. 
 
Background and Interests
Married for over 25 years to Marcy, with two children, Brandon and Lina. He attends Rio Vista Community Church.
Professor Jason Beaupied
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Mrs. Teri Betor
Position
SAT/ACT Preparation face-to-face 
SAT/ACT Preparation LIVE Online 
 
Education
B.S. in Broadcast Journalism, University of Florida. She has studied 5 languages, including 6 years of Latin. Teri has received multiple awards for excellence in language studies. In high school, she excelled so highly in math and English that she was exempt from all math and English core curriculum courses in college.
 
Experience
Teri has taught test prep at 4 different universities for over 15 years: FAU, Nova, Lynn and Barry. She has taught: GRE (Graduate Record Exam for entering graduate school), GMAT (Graduate Mangement Admissions Test for entrance into MBA program), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and SAT/ACT. For the past 10 years, She has taught SAT/ACT classes as well as private tutoring for test prep, math, English, and science at Westminster Academy in Ft. Lauderdale. Teri’s students consistently report significant improvements in their exam scores. The largest portion of Teri’s students comes to her as the result of referrals from parents and/or students who have experienced great success with her. She receives exceptional evaluations from students who report that her teaching strategies and style simplify the test material and provide practical tactics that allow them to achieve significantly higher scores. There is no student incapable of achieving significant improvement in his or her standardized test scores as far as Teri is concerned. With passion, experience, and wisdom, she helps even the most doubtful and timid student achieve genuine success.
Mr. Brian Brookins
Position
Survey of the Bible
Evangelism & Apologetics Dual Enrollment
Worldview


Education
B.A. in History
M.A. in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological 
Completed course work for a Doctor of Ministry from Knox Seminary in Fort Lauderdale


Experience
He serves as the Lead Pastor at CEDAR's host church and has spent his entire ministry, 3 decades, at Riverside. 

Background and Interests
Brian is a native Floridian, except for a few childhood years spent in the Washington D.C. area. Brian's passion is to grow in gospel-shaped, theologically-driven, Christ-centered, biblically-saturated ministry. Brian and Beth have enjoyed 30 years of marriage. They were initially blessed with 4 children (Daniel, SarahAnne, Jacob and David), but knew their family was not yet complete. In 2005 they adopted Joshua and Caleb from Accra, Ghana in West Africa.
Mrs. Stephanie Brunk
Position
Investigative Science
General Science
Physical Science
Biology
Anatomy and Physiology
Dual Enrollment Biology

Education
B.S. in Science University of North Florida
M.S. in Science Clemson University


Experience
Stephanie taught middle and high school science for eight years at Harvest Community School in Jacksonville, Florida. She served as the Science Department Head at Harvest overseeing all middle and high school science teachers as well as designing the science curriculum flow from K-4 through 12th grade. She taught Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physical Science, Marine Biology and Dual Enrollment Biology through Florida State College in Jacksonville during her years of teaching. Stephanie home schools her two children along with teaching at CEDAR.   

Background and Interests
Stephanie loves teaching middle and high school students. Showing the students how perfectly God created everything from the tiniest living organism to the solar system and beyond through science is her passion. She believes the more you learn about science, the more you will be in awe of how great our God is. Stephanie and her husband Gary have two children Joshua and Ashlyn who both attend classes at CEDAR.  
Mrs. Michelle Elliott
Position:
Fundamentals of Math
Pre-Algebra Honors
Algebra I Honors
Geometry Honors
Algebra II Honors
 
Education
B.B.A. in Business Management & Accounting from Florida International
University in Miami, Florida
Florida State Certified Teacher
 
Experience
Mrs. Elliott has experience in teaching the subject of Mathematics in
public, private, and charter schools in South Florida since 2015. Before
that, she taught in a tutoring center for 4 years while specializing in all
ranges of Mathematics as well as SAT/ACT testing.

 
Background and Interests
Michelle has been married to Austin since October 2015, and together they
enjoy to travel across the country. She also is a Florida native raised by
Cuban immigrants, and she has many hobbies that include singing, playing
the piano, and going outdoors.
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Mr. Johnny Falzone
Position
Survey of the Bible 

Education
Johnny holds an associate’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University and is currently earning a bachelor’s degree in ministry from Liberty Bible College & Seminary. He received his ministry license in January 2018.

Experience
Johnny Falzone is the Youth Director at Riverside Church in North Lauderdale and works with a team of student ministry volunteers to help all middle and high school students know and grow in Christ. Johnny also serves as support to the Riverside staff in the areas of facility management and A/V tech support since 2013. Johnny has given experience in helping lead and grow student ministries both as a volunteer and vocationally. He has previously worked with United Christian Youth Camps in Prescott, Arizona and Victory Life Church in Plantation, Florida with responsibilities of teaching at weekly youth services, volunteer coordinating, event planning, and administrative support.

Background and Interests
Johnny and his wife Carli were married in 2016 and have a young son born in 2021.   
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Mrs. Andrea Gardner
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Position
Speech (Middle School)
Speech (High School)
English I Honors
English II Honors


Education
B.S. from Tennessee Temple University in secondary education with an English proficiency and minors in speech and Bible.

Experience
A resident of Palm Beach County since 1978, Andrea graduated from The King’s Academy, attended college, taught at Berean Christian School in WPB for six years, home educated her three children through twelfth grade, and has in recent years taught at HEED in Boca and CEDAR.

Background and Interests
Teaching the Bible to adult ladies at church and conducting a neighborhood Bible club at her home since 2000, Andrea finds the greatest joy in sharing God’s truth. Singing, performing, and writing are her passions as well. Working with teens is such a fulfilling and eternally significant ministry! With the home going of her pastor/teacher husband at thirty-six, Andrea has truly been blessed to see her faithful Savior take such good care of her and her now adult children all of which have also majored in education. Andrea enjoys proofing and editing, and is available to fine tune college-entry essays and other writing assignments for a fee of $35.

Edith Irizarry
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Position
CEDAR4 (All day curriculum for 4th graders) 
 
Education
B.S. in Elementary Ed. from Florida A&M University

Experience
Edith taught for the Broward County Public School System and also substituted at Calvary Christian Academy. She was a teacher’s assistant for math at CEDAR. Her greatest experience comes from home educating her two children for 13 years.
 
Background and Interests  
Edith Irizarry was born in Puerto Rico, raised in New York, and moved to Florida in 1990. Edith has been happily married to David for 26 years and has two children. Jovani attends FAU where he is pursing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her youngest, Natalia, attends CEDAR and plays soccer for the South Florida HEAT. The Irizarrys have called Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale their home church for the last 21 years. Edith has served in the children’s ministry for 16 years. As a family they enjoy vacationing in the mountains, fossil hunting, and watching movies.
Professor Kurt Lehmann
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Position
Worldview

Education
B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of South Florida
M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of South Florida


Experience
During his studies at USF, Kurt worked as a research assistant at the nationally recognized Center for Urban Transportation Research. For the past three years, Kurt has worked professionally as an analyst/planner for a Cambridge Systematics, a transportation planning and engineering consultancy firm. Kurt has coauthored research published in the Transportation Research Record and has been privileged to present numerous times at Transportation Research Board annual meetings.
 
Background and Interests
Kurt was born and raised in Florida, in the Tampa Bay area and moved to South Florida in 2018. Kurt loves studying the Bible and is fascinated with reconciling observational science/engineering, historical study, and a biblical framework of understanding to show the greatness of God's creation and story. Kurt watches and plays sports, hikes and camps, travels, and studies data modeling/analytics in his spare time. He is also a member of Riverside Church and volunteers with the student and children ministries with a passion for teaching youth about God's gospel.
Mr. John Maury
Position
Chemistry with Lab Honors
Honors Physics with Lab


Education
M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. 
Fulfilled the academic requirements towards a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University


Experience
John has experience teaching/tutoring students at the high-school and undergraduate college levels in Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the US for over 10 years. He also worked as a graduate teaching assistant of college undergraduate and graduate courses for 7 years at North Carolina State University. These courses include Chemical Process Principles, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (undergraduate and advanced), and Fundamentals of Transport Phenomena. As a graduate research assistant, he performed computer simulations of polymeric and biological systems, co-authoring five scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals. He currently works for Creation Studies Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At Creation Studies Institute, he assists with the academic programs, research projects, and he leads the Spanish-outreach efforts.

Background and Interests
John was born in Colombia and has been married to his wife Alesha since 2014. He has a passion to reach English and Spanish-speaking communities with God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ and the truth of God's creation.
Mrs. Aracely Maseda
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Position
Literature/Language Arts  

Education 
BA in Education from FAU
 
Experience  
Aracely  has taught in the Broward County Public Schools System.
 
Background and Interests   
Aracely Maseda is a native Floridian born in Cocoa Beach, Florida and raised in Tampa Bay,  Florida.  She has been married to Laz Maseda for over twenty eight years and has two daughters.  Her eldest daughter Angelica graduated from Calvary Christian Academy and is currently enrolled in the BC Dental Program.  Victoria is her youngest daughter and has been home educated at CEDAR for over five years.   Aracely's home church is Riverside. She and her family have worshiped and served here for over twenty seven years.    
Sra. Mariela McDaniel
Position
Spanish I
Spanish II
Spanish III

 
Education
B.S. in Education from Florida Atlantic University.  Professional Educator's Certificate from the State of Florida in Spanish K-12th.
 
Experience
Mariela is a native Spanish speaker and has experience teaching Spanish in private school and at CEDAR since 2010.
 
Background and Interests
Mariela McDaniel was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has lived in Florida since 1993. The McDaniel family worships and serves the Lord at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Coconut Creek since 1994. Rob and Mariela have been happily married since 1997 and were blessed to home school their four sons, who also attended CEDAR. Their favorite activities include biking, kayaking, camping, and competitive family games. Mrs. McDaniel also enjoys reading and playing musical instruments.  
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Mrs. Daryl Middlebrooks
Position
Analytical Grammar PLUS Composition I
Analytical Grammar PLUS Composition II


Education
B.S. in Education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee

Experience
Daryl has taught in the Broward County Schools for over five years

Background and Interests
Mrs. Daryl Middlebrooks grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and married a native Floridian, Todd, whom she has been happily married to for over twenty-five years. She has four children and began homeschooling when her first two sons were in first and second grades. Those two sons are college graduates now and her daughter is a freshman in college. She is currently home educating her youngest son who enjoys taking classes at CEDAR. She has been privileged to lead a women's Bible study in her home for many years.
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Mrs. Laura Pittman
Position
Cedar5
World History


Education
BA in Elementary Education from Trinity International University

Experience
Laura completed her student teaching at Miami Country Day School and taught at Cushman School in Miami. She home educated her two children and taught in enrichment programs in Miami Shores and Biscayne Park. Over the past few years she has taught an Elementary block, Literature, American and World History and sciences for Equip Education and The Hub.

Background and Interests
Laura served 19 years in Children and Student Ministry in Miami. She also served with the North American Mission Board in Creative Arts and Evangelism. She loves camping and spending time with her family and friends playing games. She also enjoys the opportunities to story tell during Children’s programming at her church. Most recently she loves cheering on her children as they participate in HEAT sports programming.
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Mrs. DeeDee Scarberry
Position
Art/Mixed Media

Education
B.S. in Exceptional Student Education (K-12) from Broward College
Endorsements in Reading and English as a Second Language


Experience
DeeDee spent several years serving in youth ministry alongside her husband. While going to school for her education degree, she interned at Calvary Christian Academy. She then taught for several years at Coral Springs Christian Academy.  

Background and Interests
DeeDee married her husband Ronald in 2010. They have two young daughters, who DeeDee has started homeschooling. DeeDee enjoys reading books, rollerblading, hand-lettering, DIY, crocheting, painting and all sorts of creative projects. DeeDee and her family love to go camping, kayaking, jet skiing, hiking, and playing board games. They have been attending and serving at Riverside since 2015.
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