Pinnacle Classical Academy
Classical and Christian Education in Little Rock, Arkansas

Faculty Members

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Chad Muller
Principal, Physics, Upper School Composition, Chemistry, and Rhetoric Teacher

Mr. Muller is serving as the school’s Principal, Physics, Upper School Composition, Chemistry, and Rhetoric Teacher in this year of operation. 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, 5-year old daughter, Adeline, 2-year-old son, Roman, and reading fiction.

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Shannon Earls
Pre-K Teacher

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.

Mary Jean Tures (Faculty Page Picture)

 

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.

Sherri Kamphausen (Faculty Page Picture)

 

Sherri Kamphausen
Kindergarten – 1st Grade Teaching Assistant

Sherri was born and raised in El Dorado, Arkansas. She earned her B.S. in Bible and Elementary Education at Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina, where she met her husband, Andy. They were married in 1988 and lived in New Jersey for the first seven years of their married life moving to Little Rock in 1995. They have been married for 28 years and have three children. Sherri has home schooled all three of their children at some point in their educational years and is looking forward to being a part of the PCA team in the role of a teacher’s assistant in the younger grades this year.

Andy Kamphausen (Faculty Page Picture)

 

Andy Kamphausen
Greek Teacher

Andy grew up in a pastor’s home in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. He earned a B.A. in Pre-Seminary Studies from Columbia International University, Columbia, SC, and a Master of Divinity from The Seminary of the East in Dresher, PA. Upon graduation he married his wife, Sherri, and began serving as an associate pastor in northern New Jersey, where they lived for seven years and had their first two children. The Kamphausen’s moved south to Little Rock in 1995 and Andy began working for the state in 1996. It was around this time that Andy was introduced to the concept of Christian, classical education, and he began considering involvement in such a school. The Lord blessed them with their third child in 2000, and Andy’s hope to see his children taught to think and work and live to the glory of God became a reality when Kristen, who is now in the eleventh grade at Pinnacle, was enrolled the first year Pinnacle Classical Academy opened its doors. Andy is thrilled to see students reading and discussing the classics, and grappling with issues that force them to think within a Christian framework and to see all of life lived coram Deo.

Jake Hilburn (Faculty Page Picture)

 

Jake Hilburn
3rd-5th 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.

Carrie Knecht (Faculty Page Picture)

 

Carrie Knecht
Literature Teacher for 3rd-5th and 7th-9th Grades and 3rd-5th Grade Teaching Assistant

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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Mary Peery
Math, Latin, Grammar, Calculus, and Music Teacher

Mary 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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Jonathan Mobbs
Omnibus I, II, III, IV, V, VI, 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.

 

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