Faculty Members

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Mary Peery
Head of School and Lead Teacher

In many ways Mrs. Peery views PCA as a child that God has given her the privilege of nurturing. Her greatest desire is to see students leave Pinnacle with a vibrant and growing relationship with Christ. As a teacher, she has also always desired for her students to love learning and, through that love, to be constantly seeking God’s Truth in all that crosses their paths. Mrs. Peery spent her elementary school years in Baltimore, Maryland, then her family moved to the Pensacola, Florida, area for her middle and high school years. She graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Music and then received her Pharm.D. degree from the University of Florida. She and her husband, Dave, met and were married in Richmond, Virginia. After their first child, Jacob, was born, Mary transitioned from practicing pharmacy to being a mother. Mary has classically home-schooled her children for eight years, and has loved the opportunity to teach in a classroom environment since PCA’s doors opened 2010.

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Chad Muller
Principal and Upper School Teacher

Mr. Muller serves as the school’s Principal and an Upper School Teacher. He and his wife, Baylee, are from the Memphis area, where they both graduated from the University of Memphis: he with a B.A. in Philosophy and she with a B.L.S. in Religion and Society. The Lord has given him a desire to see brothers and sisters rejoicing in a biblical worldview: one that sees all of life through the lens of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He believes that Classical Christian education is both an excellent means to helping students develop a biblical worldview and a means for training students to be citizens of heaven in the world today. In his spare time, Mr. Muller enjoys spending time with his wife, children – Adeline, Roman, and Kuyper – reading fiction, and watching movies.

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Shannon Earls
Community Life Coordinator

Shannon Earls was born and raised in central Louisiana. She met and married her husband, whose name is also Shannon, while acquiring her BS in Radiology from Northeast Louisiana University (now ULM). She is the mom of seven kids, ages 24 to 10 and had the privilege to homeschool for 18 years. Shannon and Shannon have lived in Little Rock for about 22 years and have served at the Bible Church of Little Rock for over 20 years. As the preschool teacher, Shannon is excited to share the love of Christ with her young students as they learn to be kind friends, obey the Lord with their actions as well as their hearts, and learn to love learning through the cultivation of curious minds.

Renée Reed
Kindergarten Teacher

Born and raised in Indiana, Renée met her husband, Tim, while earning her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee. The Reeds have been married over thirty years, have three grown children and have resided in Little Rock for twenty-five years. Renée is the kindergarten teacher for 2015-16. She returns after teaching lower elementary grades the last three years at Pinnacle Classical Academy. She taught second grade in Knoxville, TN and also home-schooled her children before coming to PCA.  God has given Renée a heart for children, and she enjoys the distinctly Christian and classical curriculum at Pinnacle Classical Academy.

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Mary Jean Tures
1st-2nd Grade and Upper School Art Teacher

Mary Jean Tures began her teaching career as an art teacher in the public school system in her home town of Coal City, Illinois. In 1979, she married her husband Dave and moved one hundred miles north to his home town of Rockford where she continued to teach art. After eleven years, she and Dave decided to home school. For the next twenty-five years they taught their seven children pre-k through high school. It was a joy for her to be able to teach them, especially during the foundational years, and she is now excited to teach students at that foundational stage for PCA.

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Jake Hilburn
3rd-6th Grade Teacher

Jake Hilburn is from Harrison, Arkansas. He and his wife Kara have been married for five years and have 1 daughter with another child on the way. He earned a B.A. in Business Administration with emphasis in Management and Marketing from Ouachita Baptist University and a Master’s of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has previously worked as the Assistant Director of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at the University of Arkansas of Little Rock and as a church planting intern with Cross Church in Neosho, Missouri. He has a passion for discipleship. He hopes to point people of all ages to a greater understanding of living life under the authority and grace of Jesus Christ to the glory of God. He feels that teaching and discipling elementary students is a wonderful means of glorifying God that certainly has implications for eternity.

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Carrie Knecht
3rd-9th Grade Teacher

Carrie Knecht is originally from Memphis where she met and married her husband Ken. They have three mostly wonderful children – Will (17), Emma (14), and Drew (11). They have been married for 19 years and have lived in Little Rock the last 7. Carrie earned her B.S, and M.S. degrees in special education from the University of Memphis. She taught for 4 years in the inner city of Memphis and one year in the suburbs of Allentown, PA. For the next several years she enjoyed her time at home with her children. During her years at home, she worked as a developmental therapist for Tennessee Early Intervention System providing specialized teaching to children with special needs ages birth to three years old as well as teaching part-time at Special Kids and Families. She has also worked part-time as a private tutor for several years at Little Rock Christian Academy where her children attend school. Carrie works part-time as a teaching assistant at PCA, and thanks God every day for a job that is flexible and allows her to do the two things she loves the most: teaching children and being a wife and mom. Carrie feels that the students and faculty at PCA are like an extension of her own family, and it is a joy for her to come to work everyday.

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Jonathan Mobbs
Omnibus, 6th Grade History, and Upper School Theology Teacher

Jonathan Mobbs is a Little Rock native. He and his wife Kaileigh have been married for seven years and have two children. He earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Central Baptist College and is currently working towards a Master’s of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is excited to see and be a part of the convergence of classical education and Christ-centered scholarship in Little Rock. Jonathan teaches the humanities, logic, science and literature. He hopes that PCA is used by God as one of the means of shaping and training student’s minds to view the world through the Gospel, so that in everything Jesus Christ would be supreme.