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Our instructors are uniquely qualified to lead their classes.  Each instructor has a degree in the subject being taught, significant work experience in the subject, or a teaching certificate in the subject, and sometimes all three.

Karly Johnson
Elementary Art
Karly is a musical theatre major at gulf coast state college. She was born and raised in Panama City. In her free time she enjoys singing, dancing, and painting. 

Janna Camperman
Geometry, Algebra I, Programming
Janna grew up in Panama City and earned her BS in Computer Engineering from FSUPC. She has been teaching with Arete since January 2019. She is passionate about teaching math and science and instilling a love of these subjects in others. Janna and her husband David welcomed their son Simeon in November 2019.

Stephanie Howland 
Introductory IEW Composition, Poetry and Literature K-1/1-2

Stephanie earned a degree in Elementary Education from Berry College in Rome, GA and then a M.ED. in Reading Instruction from the University of West Georgia. She taught first grade in Georgia public school for 8 years before starting a family and moving to Florida. She has been homeschooling ever since. Stephanie and her family volunteer with the Friends of Camp Helen State Park, the Lake Powell Community Alliance, Audubon Society  and the South Walton Turtle Watch.

Regina Smith

Singapore 6, Singapore 5, Singapore 4, Choir. Music and Choir

Regina Smith and her husband, Gregg, live in Panama City Beach with their children Saylor (a student at Valdosta State University), Zeke (Arete student), and Nora (Arete student). She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Elementary Education.  Regina was an educator in Walton County School district, teaching for seven years at Bay Elementary School, where she also had the honor of being awarded teacher of the year.  After the birth of her son, she resigned from public education system to be a full-time mom.  This is her fourth year homeschooling, second year as a part of the Arete family, and her first year being an Arete instructor. Regina also enjoys being an active part of both the children’s ministry and the worship ministry at her church, The Rock of Bay County.

Cynthia Hazard
High School Henle Latin, Jr. High Henle Latin,
Mrs. Hazard has a BA in Latin from Baylor University and an MA in Latin from the University of Florida. She has taught Latin for over 35 years. She was the Teacher of the Year for Bay High School and awarded the Henshaw-Whitley Award. Mrs. Hazard received the distinguished sponsor recognition from the Classical association of Florida and the American Classical League. Mrs. Hazard wrote the proposal for AICE Latin for the U.S., half of each year's tests, and graded all of them for over 15 an active part of both the children’s ministry and the worship ministry at her church, The Rock of Bay County.

Heather Magnuson
Intermediate Logic, Literature and Compoistion

Heather has a degree in Plant Science from the University of Missouri and a master's in Bilingual/ESL Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has taught dual immersion first grade, ESL and Spanish in public schools. She has classically home schooled her two sons for the past six years. Heather is fluent in Spanish and has lived in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Japan.  She is passionate about literacy and languages and enjoys tutoring ESL students.

Gina Granville

Upper History, Middle History, Elementary History
Gina Granville graduated with a bachelors degree in Nuclear Medicine from Indiana University, but set her career aside to take on a much more awesome calling of home-education.  She has graduated three students successfully from home education, and her youngest will graduate next year.

One of Gina's favorite things to do is to educate and encourage other homeschooling moms. Last year she created a course on homeschooling through high school.  If she is not teaching at home you will find her exercising, educating people on health & wellness or spending time with her family. 

Gina is super excited for the opportunity to teach History!  Growing up and going to public school, she really did not enjoy history--in fact, she found it quite boring.  But in 2006 she began teaching history to her own children and other students classically. Now History is one of Gina's very favorite subjects. 

Kim Vermilyea

Beginning Logic, Jr. High IEW and Lost Tools of Composition, Finance

Info coming soon!

Christy Ward

Middle IEW Composition
Christy is a military spouse and was born and raised here in Panama City.  She has four children: 1st grade, 5th grade, 9th grade and 11th grade.  She has a degree in elementary education from Midwestern State University in Texas and taught public school for a few years.  Christy is in her 11th year of homeschooling.

Emily Delmar

Middle Latin, Elementary Latin

Info coming soon!

Mary Randall

High School Art, Jr. High Art

Mary was born and raised in Panama City.  She married her high school sweetheart, also a Panama City native.  She has been homeschooling her four children for over seven years.  She has been directing choreography since high school and teaching dance for many years.    

Kate Henry

Shakespearean Drama, Musical Drama, Early Drama
Kate is a British teacher who moved to Panama City in 2018. She graduated with a bachelors degree in Acting and a Post Graduate degree in Classical Acting. After acting professionally for a number of years she gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She has lived in many countries, loves traveling and has a life long love of acting and teaching. Alongside 14 years of teaching experience she has been a substitute teacher and a private tutor. Kate is an avid fan of the stage and has acted in, directed and watched a number of shows and musicals.

Maury Estes

Novare Earth Science

Info coming soon!

Dorothy Wagner

Middle Earth Science and Astronomy, Elementary Science

Info coming soon!

Nic Wagner

Middle Earth Science and Astronomy, Elementary Science

Info coming soon!

Tabatha Bumpass

Hands-On Science K-1/1-2

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