Meet Our Founders
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.
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
Sara Focht: Kindergarten
Having personally been homeschooled K-12th, Sarah has a strong passion for homeschooling her own children as well as encouraging and equipping other families to do so. She knows from personal experience that the transition from home education to the college classroom can be seamless, not intimidating! She flourished during her time at a private Christian college in Tampa before moving back home and marrying her husband in 2006. Since then she has been seeking to help her husband in his full-time role as minister for their church and to raise and homeschool their two children. Desiring to put faith and family first, she considers teaching her own children and others through a Christian worldview of education among the most humbling and greatest of privileges. She is grateful for the opportunity PHA provides for her to pursue this passion.
Katrina Angeleri: 2nd/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.
Jessica Whipple: First Grade
Now on her eighth year of homeschooling, Jessica is proud to be joining the PHA staff, teaching first grade. Originally from Phillipsburg, NJ, she and her husband of 16 wonderful years currently live in Hanover Township, PA with their three great kids, ages 12, 9 and 5. She is actively involved in her home church in a variety of roles, including teaching AWANA Cubbies and having taught Sunday School to primary aged students as well as infants and toddlers. Carrying with her a love for the outdoors, music, art, the Bible, and history, she is looking forward to integrating these things into the full feast of subjects for her young students. She is excited and honored to be a part of this community of parents and teachers at PHA and implementing Charlotte Mason’s philosophies and methods in the classroom.
Cheryl Smith: Teacher's Aide
Cheryl comes to PHA with over eleven 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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