Meet Our Founders
Director of Finance
Originally hailing from rural Western New York, Rebecca moved to the Lehigh Valley in 2006 to pursue her Master's degree in Economics at Lehigh University. After very nearly moving back to the Rochester area in 2008, Rebecca was offered a second assistantship at Lehigh to pursue her Master's in Educational Leadership.
Shortly after graduating in Spring 2009, she married a Lehigh Valley native and had her first baby in October of 2010. While staying home with her girls, Rebecca has worked part-time as a tutor, academic coordinator, and adjunct professor.
Starting a school has been a long-time dream of hers and she is excited to have brought another choice in Christian education to the Lehigh Valley.
Director of Teacher and Curriculum Development
When Angie was in elementary school, she wrote a list of all the careers that interested her, the qualities needed for those careers, and which traits she had that matched those fields. Teaching was on the list. Twelve years later in 2004, Angie graduated from Moravian College with a double major in English and Spanish and a minor in secondary education.
After teaching abroad for a year, she returned to her alma mater, Liberty High School, and taught English until 2011 when her daughter was born. It has always been her desire to be at home to raise her kids, so even while resigning from teaching English in 2017, she finds herself still pursuing education; it's an inescapable passion. Adamant about providing her own children an education she believes in, it is with great joy that she co-leads this hybrid school adventure.
Meet Our Teachers
Sharon Ferencze: Kindergarten
Sharon Ferencze is a Christian wife of 35 years, mother of 4 daughters and grandmother of 10. She began homeschooling in the ‘80s at the age of 24. Sharon’s friend introduced her to Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophies and she naturally resonated with Mason’s love for God and children as well as her passion for helping children experience the feast of all that is good and noble in the world. She taught her girls at home until they went to college. Her oldest daughter, Sarah, taught the kindergarten class at PHA for two years, and is now on the school board. Her second daughter, Emily, is married to an evangelist and assists him in his work in Brooklyn, NY, as well as caring for her little ones. Her younger daughters are loving wives and mothers and are caring for their young families at home in NJ and Georgia. She credits her success in raising her daughters to the grace of God and is grateful for His presence in her life.
In addition to homeschooling, Sharon has taught children’s Bible classes of all ages, taught at an all-girls Bible camp for 5 years, taught ladies’ Bible classes, coordinated and hosted a ladies’ retreat for 4 years, and tutored Arabic and Dominican children. Her interests include reading, natural health, gardening, homesteading, visiting museums and antique stores, traveling, and spending time in nature. She also has a passion for supporting and encouraging young moms through mentoring and teaching.
Katrina Angeleri: 3rd Grade
With an awe of God’s sovereignty and a love of learning, it is with gratitude that Katrina Angeleri works with the students and families of Providence Hybrid Academy. Children and the field of education have been the major theme of Katrina’s life starting at age 17, from providing after-school care to teaching in public and private schools, in addition to directing Sunday School and a homeschool co-op.
Through the last 24 years of marriage to a kind and devoted husband, God blessed her with 3 beautiful children for whom she considers it a joy and a privilege to raise in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Homeschooling became a part of her family life 10 years ago and it has been an ever-changing dynamic of abundant blessings and challenges with the Lord in the lead.
Katrina is confident that the Lord has brought her to PHA. Teaching and learning in the Charlotte Mason approach is an excellent method of education and Katrina finds it a honor to become a part of it. Her prayer is that the Lord may bless all the families of PHA as their Sovereign Ruler, Provider and Guide as they grow in knowledge and grace together at Providence Hybrid Academy.
Tara Temple: 4th-6th Grades
Born and raised in Fords, New Jersey, I moved to Macungie, Pa 13 years ago. It was here where my blessing of a daughter was born. When she was still a baby I started thinking about the idea of homeschooling, not knowing anyone else who did this, other than an aunt of mine who I didn't see much at all. So, I trusted it was a desire impressed upon my heart from the gracious Lord Himself. My daughter is now turning 10, and I haven't regretted the decision to homeschool at all! It is a beautiful learning journey in which we as parents get to actually ride alongside our children, hand-in-hand. So many rich opportunities and feasts to feed their individual selves, whether it be exploring in God's Creation or stepping back in time to experience life through one of the many characters awaiting them in a buffet of books. Having been in public and private school, and experiencing the staleness of textbook-based lectures while seeing the learning process as no more than a chore to be checked off the educational list of to-do's, it has become a passion of mine to help present learning as a fun, engaging, and positive encounter for kids.
Some of my other interests and passions are learning about other cultures and ways of life, as well as nature, writing, and holistic living-and more recently sewing and knitting too! I graduated Eastern University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a minor in Anthropology. I also had the opportunity to volunteer with Americorps in Phoenix, AZ back in 2004-2005. I am truly excited to be a part of Providence Hybrid Academy and greatly look forward to the journey ahead!
Jessica Whipple: First Grade
Jessica is thrilled to be back teaching First Grade for the 2019-2020 school year at PHA! Originally from Phillipsburg, New Jersey, now living in Hanover Township, PA, she has been married to her loving husband, Enoch, for 17 years. They have 3 great kids, 2 of which attend PHA. She is serving in a variety of roles in ministry and leadership in her home church. She possesses many God-given loves, including beauty in nature, art and music, singing and playing the piano and hosting a home group in their home. She has had a variety of experiences from young adult to present, including taking acting and set design classes to working in advertising in the newspaper industry in the early 2000s. She currently is in her ninth year of homeschooling. She was the proud First Grade Teacher at PHA for the 2018-2019 school year, and is now returning, ready to lay the feast of goodness to learn, grow and enjoy. Her love of God and of people (particularly smaller ones) is what drives her to be the best teacher she can be. Charlotte Mason’s declaration, as the Scriptures state, that children are persons, eternal and with dignity and value, are what resonate with her, and that thought coupled with education- the below quote could not be said better:
“Our aim in education is to give a full life. We owe it to them to initiate an immense number of interests. Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking - the strain would be too great - but, all living; that is to say, we should be in touch wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest.”
Rebecca Kehley: 2nd grade
Rebecca grew up in Florida, always knowing she wanted be a teacher. She spent her youth babysitting, college years working in daycare, and graduated from Flagler College with a degree in Elementary Education. After years of teaching in the public school system, she and her husband decided that homeschooling would be the best choice for their family. The family relocated to the area in 2005. All three of their children were homeschooled from preschool to graduation, the youngest just graduating in May 2019. She is active in her church, serving in numerous capacities over the years. She looks forward to using her experience to encourage the families of Providence Hybrid Academy in their educational journeys, helping them cultivate a lifetime of learning!
Cheryl Smith: Nature Study Teacher
Cheryl comes to PHA with over twelve years of caring for and teaching children in an in-home child care. She has a BS degree in Horticulture from Penn State University. She has had the privilege of working in greenhouses and of being a florist for over 20 years. She loves teaching children, using puppets and exploring the outdoors.
A very special man came into her life and they were married in 1979. He went to seminary after they had 4 children. He has now been a Pastor for 25 years. They have raised 4 children and now they have 5 grandchildren. Cheryl has been involved with some wonderful Women’s groups and Christian Ed in the church. At the age of 12, she became a Christian when a Substitute Sunday School teacher taught her class about Salvation.
Cheryl is both excited and humbled to be a part of this very unique and Christ-centered school.
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