Hi. My name is Kimberly Waller. I am excited to be teaching pre-algebra this year at Libertas. Libertas has been such a blessing for our family, and we are thankful for this community. I have two children, Trevor who is 18 and graduated this past spring and Emma who is 14 and is in 9th grade. We started homeschooling when Trevor was in 3rd grade and it is one of the best decisions our family has ever made. My husband, Jay, is a Managing Director for Deloitte, and we have been married for 24 years. I attended FSU and received a degree in Communication Disorders and was a speech-language pathologist in the Leon county schools until we started our family.
Rob Pifer is currently the Pastor of Family Ministry at Four Oaks Community Church (Killearn) where he has served since 2008. Originally from sunny South Florida, Rob moved to Tallahassee right after high school to attend The FAMU/FSU College of Engineering to study mechanical engineering. After engineering school, Rob worked locally in the Tallahassee area as a mechanical consulting engineer for 10 years before accepting a call to vocational ministry back in 2008. He is currently working on his Master of Divinity degree at Reformed Theological Seminary as he serves in his pastoral role at Four Oaks. As a pastor, he loves caring for parents and their children, teaching, theology, preaching, and seeing the message of the Gospel bring new spiritual life to the next generation. Rob enjoys life with his wife of 32 years, Shannon, and their five children: Jake (26); Aidan (23); Luke (21); Lily (18); and Maggie (17). Aidan and his wife Hanah recently became new parents with the birth of their son Jude, which means Rob and Shannon are also enjoying life as new grandparents.
Jon Nicholson holds a BA in English Literature and Political Science from FSU. His career as an educator spans ten years, five academic organizations, a variety of independent classes, and a multitude of subjects. Notably, he served eight years as a Classical Conversations director, tutoring 12 classrooms of students during his tenure. A worship leader of 15 years, he has been offering music classes and lessons with original curricula since 2009, and he has been training youth worship teams since 2012. Among his greatest joys is his work as a youth pastor, which he began in 2015.
MS Latin A
We alternate MS Latin A with MS Latin B (verb conjugation…
MS LATIN A (2023-24)
Middle School Latin A is designed for beginning Latin students to learn noun declensions prior to Latin 1. Teaches noun vocabulary and how the five noun declension endings are constructed in the context of Latin sentences.
MS LATIN B (2024-25)
Middle School Latin B is designed for beginning Latin students to learn verb conjugations prior or Latin 1. Teaches Latin adjectives and prepositions.
This course seeks to take students to Latin texts by instructing them in the foundations of etymology, inflection, and syntax. Students will develop a general understanding of Latin’s placement in the field of Linguistics, as an Indo-European Language. Weekly lectures will address historical and etymological and connections between the language material and the culture of the Italian peninsula instilling a more tangible approach to the language. Lastly, students will be equipped with the translation tools necessary for the translation of basic sentence structures.
This course seeks to take students to Latin texts by instructing them in etymology, inflection, and syntax. Students will develop an intermediate understanding of Latin’s placement in the field of Linguistics, as an Indo-European Language. Weekly translations will provide students with an understanding of various topics in Antiquity. Lectures will address historical, epigraphical, and archeological connections between the language material and the culture of the Italian peninsula instilling a more tangible approach to the language. Lastly, students will be equipped with the translation tools neces sary for the translation of advanced sentence structures. Lastly, students will be introduced to classical Latin texts via end of the year translation assignments taken from the Vulgate.
French 1 will introduce the student to the study of the French language and culture. A maximum of class time is spent on speaking and listening, though reading and writing are also emphasized. The focus is on learning to communicate in the language, with grammar taught to help the student understand and fulfill this goal. Students should expect to spend 30 minutes each non-class day on their French work; reading, writing and memorization. Daily reinforcement will be key to acquiring a solid foundation in the French language. Apart from the text, learning experiences may include extra conversation practice, French food/culture, projects and skits.
Availability of space in classes will ultimately determine placement.
This year-long math course takes students from basic operations in whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percent's, roots, and exponents and introduces them to math-building concepts in algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and exciting real-life applications.
Every block of ten lessons in this math course begins with a challenging set of problems that prepares students for standardized math testing and features personal interviews showing how individuals make use of math in their everyday lives.
This traditional algebra course studies the fundamental properties of arithmetic operations and their order; functions and graphs; integers, rational numbers, and real numbers; equations in one and two variables; simultaneous equations; exponents and polynomials; factoring; fractions and fractional expressions, square roots and radical equations, quadratic and fractional equations; inequalities; and number sequences. Using Harold Jacob's Elementary Algebra as the text students can expect 4-6 hours of work each week, which will be routinely checked along with tests and quizzes.
One of the seven liberal arts, geometry is both useful and beautiful. We will use Harold Jacobs' Geometry. Its focus is on Euclidean Geometry and deductive reasoning through proofs. It is as much a logic course as a math course as one must justify each step of an argument, using simple objects around us such as circles as fodder for our reasoning exercises. A solid foundation in Algebra is necessary.
This course will follow the first half of Paul Foerster’s Algebra and Trigonometry: Functions and Applications and will include the study of polynomial, rational, and exponential functions and relations, sequences and series, probability, data analysis, and functions of a random variable, trigonometric and circular functions, triangle problems, and matrices.
Diligent study of this subject should prepare the student well for the study of calculus or trigonometry in college. Specific preparation for the SAT and/or ACT math sections will also be a focus of the class. The student can expect 4 to 6 hours of homework each week, which will be routinely checked, as well as chapter tests and quizzes.
Teresa Sergott has homeschooled her three children for 12 years. She and her husband and kids moved down to Tallahassee from Minnesota seven years ago, and they love the weather here. Teresa graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.A. in French and Business. In her thirteen years of teaching and mentoring kids in math, Teresa has excelled in helping students, especially those who do not naturally love math, to understand and enjoy it. In her free time, she enjoys reading, sewing and crafts.
Jolene John has a master’s degree in Education and has experience teaching public school, private school, and homeschools her two children. She loves being a part of Libertas and the community it has given her family. She has experience teaching elementary, middle and high school. She enjoys a good cup of coffee; studying the Bible; learning about other cultures; weight training; and traveling. She has a passion for missions, and a desire to see people all over the world experience the love of Christ.
Homeschooled his entire life, Gavin understands the blessings and the challenges of homeschooling. He has studied Latin both at Veritas Press Academy and through Classical Conversations since elementary school, finishing his high school career with AP Latin. Gavin competed in the Florida Junior Classical League on the regional and state level throughout middle school and high school in the highly successful CC Latin Club. He has won countless awards in Latin Grammar and Greek Mythology. His love for ancient history and Latin led him to majoring in the Classics at Florida State University. An avid runner, Gavin also enjoys coaching cross-country at CCS every summer and fall. In his free time, Gavin loves working out and playing airsoft.
After graduating from Indiana Wesleyan with a B.S. in nursing, DeeAnn worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for the next six years. After having children, she became first a full-time mom and then homeschool mom. DeeAnn has home educated both of her children for the past fourteen years. She has used a variety of curriculum but always loved the classical approach to education. She previously co-taught sixth graders in the Foundations Plus class for Classical Conversations. DeeAnn has always loved writing and art but discovered a love for history through homeschooling. She has been a part of Bible Study Fellowship for the past 10 years and is a member of Wildwood Church. She and her husband Brady have two daughters. Their oldest daughter is a homeschool graduate and they have a senior this year. Her favorite things include reading, the beach or Lake Webster, spending time with family, and sunsets.