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.
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.
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
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.