Head of School
Kindergarten TeacherBorn 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.
1st 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.
2nd Grade TeacherA lifelong Arkansas resident, Teresa has been married to her husband, Mark, for over 30 years. The Ingrams are parents to six children and two grandchildren. Teresa homeschooled her children using classical methods until deciding to return to school to finish her degree in education. Teresa received a BSE from Henderson State University in 2013. Since that time, she has taught preschool, kindergarten, third and fourth grades in public and private schools. Teresa and Mark enjoy serving Christ at their local church in Alexander.
3rd-4th Grade TeacherCarrie 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.
Upper School 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.
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.
Upper School TeacherLaurel McLaughlin is a native of Little Rock. She was privileged enough to join Pinnacle Classical Academy as a student in its first year as a school and to be in its first graduating class. Since then, she has attended Bryan College, where she completed a B.A. in English with a focus on Literature and a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a focus in the Humanities. She now has the honor of returning to Pinnacle as an administrative assistant while working on an M.A. in Management and Leadership. Having been incredibly blessed by PCA as a student—by the classical model, the mission and vision of PCA, and the dedication and care of the teachers here—she is excited and honored to work with the school once again as a staff member.
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.
Administrative Assistant / Teacher Aide
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.