Head of School and Lead Teacher
In many ways Mary 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. Mary 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. She classically homeschooled her children for eight years and has loved the opportunity to teach in a classroom environment since PCA’s doors opened in 2010.
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. She taught second grade in Knoxville, TN and also homeschooled 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
1st-2nd Grade and 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 homeschool. 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.
3rd-12th Grade Teacher
Jake Hilburn is from Harrison, Arkansas. He and his wife Kara have been married for five years and have three children. 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.
1st-4th Grade Teacher
Carrie Knecht is originally from Memphis, where she met and married her husband Ken. They have been married for 22 years and have lived in Little Rock the last 10. They have three mostly wonderful children – Will, Emma, and Drew, ages 20, 17, and 14, respectively. 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 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.
5th-6th Grade Teacher
Debra Richardson has been a home educator for 21 years. She began her own journey in classical education with her three children, and also taught in a classical education co-op. Mrs. Richardson earned a B.S. in Business Education from the University of Arkansas. Although she is a central Arkansas native, she has been an educator in three different states: California, New Mexico, and Arkansas. Debra and her husband, Bryan, have been married for almost 30 years. They have two adult daughters and one son: Olivia, who is in graduate school studying piano, and Emma, who is a philosophy / creative writing undergraduate at the University of Arkansas, and Wes, who is in junior high. Her favorite subject is English!