Mary Peery

Headmistress 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. She graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Music 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.

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 38 years, have resided in Little Rock for 32 years, and have three children and three grandchildren. She taught second grade in Knoxville, TN, and also homeschooled her own 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.

Lindsay Hefner

1st-2nd Grade Teacher Aide and Music/Art Teacher

Lindsay Hefner is originally from Washington state. She met and married her husband Aaron while they were both in training for overseas missions. In 2005, they, along with their two young children, moved to Senegal, West Africa, where they were church-planting missionaries for ten years. During their years overseas, they were blessed with two more children. Upon returning to America in 2015, Lindsay and her family settled and established themselves in Arkansas. Lindsay continued to homeschool her children until 2020, when the Lord placed a desire in her and her husband’s hearts to pursue a classical, Christian education for their two younger children. This desire led them to Pinnacle Classical Academy. Having happily homeschooled her children for 16 years and also having a passion for Christian education, it is a joy for Lindsay to continue to pour into the lives of the students at PCA.

Carrie Knecht

3rd-4th Grade Teacher

Carrie Knecht is originally from Memphis, where she met and married her husband Ken. They have been married for 24 years and have lived in Little Rock the last 12. They have three children – Will, Emma, and Drew, ages 22, 19, and 16, 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 youngest attends school. Mrs. Knecht has been at PCA for six years and feels blessed every day to be a part of such a wonderful community.

Kinzie Washington

3rd-4th Grade Teacher

Jordan Washington

5th-6th Grade Teacher

Jordan Washington is native to Little Rock. After graduating from Little Rock Central High School, he went on to receive his baccalaureate degree from Henderson State University in Pre-Law. Instead of pursuing his initial goal of a career in politics, he decided to go into ministry and education, working first for the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and then at Pediatrics Plus. He remained at Pediatrics Plus for five years until he went to teach Bible and coach basketball and tennis at Baptist Preparatory. He has a passion for building up the church by discipling those in his community and helping them grow in the grace of the LORD. He and his lovely wife were married in October 2020, and he is currently working on his Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. He and his wife attend Central Hope Church.

Jake Hilburn

Upper School Teacher

Jake Hilburn is from Harrison, Arkansas. He and his wife Kara have been married for ten years and have four children. He earned a B.A. in Business Administration with an 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 students is a wonderful means of glorifying God that certainly has implications for eternity.

Kim Fox

6th & 7th Grade Math Teacher

Kim Fox grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. She and her husband married 34 years ago and moved to Little Rock shortly thereafter. They have five children (ranging from 29-16 years of age) and six grandchildren (all under 6 years old). She earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University. She homeschooled all of her children until high school and is currently homeschooling her youngest son during his high school years. Her desire is to help students succeed in and even find a love for math. Last year, God provided Kim to fill a need at PCA while meeting a need that she had in a field that she loves.

Jennifer Gibson

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Kristi McFarland

Teacher Aide

Kristi McFarland married her high school sweetheart, Jeff, in 1992. After completing her degree in Human Resource Management at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, she worked at Tyson Foods as a Compensation Analyst. Her husband’s job took them to Austin, Texas, where she worked as the HR Director at Symtx, a small engineering firm. Retiring with the birth of her first child, she and Jeff now live in Arkansas and have three children. Their desire to classically homeschool came before children via a Renewing Your Mind radio program in 1998. Her husband works from home, and they both enjoyed the opportunity to homeschool classically. With an (almost) empty nest, Kristi feels blessed to work part time as a teacher’s aide at Pinnacle Classical Academy.

Kim Hochstetler

Teacher Assistant

Kim Hochstetler is originally from Jacksonville, FL, where she met and married her husband, Brandon, while earning her B.S. in Early Childhood Education. They have been married for seven years and have three girls- Brooklynne, Brynlee, and Kennedy, ages 5, 3, and 2, respectively. Kim taught kindergarten for one year in FL and then two years in Texas before becoming a stay at home mom. She has a heart for teaching and seeing kids grow in their education, but most importantly seeing them grow in their relationship with the Lord. Kim’s oldest daughter will be attending PCA this year and they are both excited to get plugged into PCA!
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