Administrator, Mrs. Lorrie Lasse

A native of Tulsa, Lorrie has called Northwest Arkansas home since 1996.  She is married to Kelly and they have two children, Josh and Emma.  She has a degree in Business with experience in advertising and marketing, but enjoys her career of schooling at home.


Mrs. Cara Altemeier

Cara has been married to her husband, Dale, for 28 years.  They have twelve children, ranging in age from 24 to 2.  The family has a heart for adoption, and four of the children were adopted – a son from Guatemala, a daughter and son from Ethiopia, and one daughter was adopted domestically.  Cara loves to research different types of homeschooling curriculum, and will be starting her 21st year of homeschooling this fall.


Mrs. Cindy Boosey

Cindy is a National Certified Interpreter for The Deaf.  She has over 20 years of experience in the interpreting field.  She has interpreted for the deaf in various settings such as doctor’s offices, hospitals, schools, mental health centers, courtrooms, church deaf ministry, and seminars. Cindy also owned a small business called Hands-On Interpreting: Interpreting Service for the Deaf where she taught many sign language classes, provided interpreting service and helped train other interpreters.  In recent years she has enjoyed staying at home with her children and homeschooling them.  She has continued to interpret when she can and loves teaching children signs.


Mr. Rick Boosey

Rick Boosey has 30 years of business experience, including stints in engineering, manufacturing, operations, sales and management.   Rick has been part of six startups, most recently as part of Kyya Chocolate, along with his wife of 24 years, Cindy.   Rick’s passions are solving problems and finding new ways to mix business and missions.


Mrs. Johnna Burns

Johnna is a professor with over fifteen years of teaching experience, including more than ten years of experience as a professor and administrator at the university level.  She has homeschooled her daughter Jenna, age nine, since Jenna was three.  Dr. Burns taught most of her years at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.  She has a doctorate in Higher Education Curriculum and Instruction, a master’s degree in College Teaching/Language Arts, and a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Spanish.  Johnna now teaches English and facilitates reading and academic skill workshops at NWACC, in addition to homeschooling Jenna.  Johnna, her husband Jeff, and their daughter Jenna are grateful to be a part of Ecclesia Prep, and they also love working on real estate, traveling, and serving in missions.


Mrs. Sandy Brunner

Sandy is a native Pennsylvanian.  She attended Clearwater Christian College in Florida where she met her husband, Kary.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Office Management with a double minor in Education and Bible.  After college, she married and moved to Illinois where she remained for 16 years.  She was a public high school Business teacher for three years, teaching in the areas of Economics, Business Law, Keyboarding, and Consumer Ed.  She also coached basketball and volleyball at the high school level.  After her first child came along, she decided to stay home and raise her children.  She has been homeschooling for 6 years and has used her teaching, musical and artistic gifts in various church ministries throughout the years.  She and her husband, Kary, recently moved to Arkansas with their 4 children, Morgan-13, Karsan-12, Sydney-8, and Lincoln-3.5 – who now resides with Jesus.  Sandy is looking forward to what God has in store for her as she seeks to minister to others through Ecclesia Prep.


Mrs. Jennifer Calvert

Jennifer has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arkansas.  She worked as an RN on CCU/ICU at Washington Regional Medical Center for 5 years before being called to homeschool her two children, Jacee and David Michael.   She served in the U.S. Army where she received her Associate in Medical Sciences from George Washington University.  Before enlisting in the Army, she received her Associate in Liberal Arts from Mississippi County Community College.  She resides outside West Fork with her husband, Dave.  When she is not homeschooling, she can usually be found in her garden.

Mrs. Gabrielle Hamilton 

Gabrielle was born and raised in Bentonville, Arkansas, and recently graduated from John Brown University with a Bachelors in Music Education, Vocal Emphasis. She has participated in choirs for 12 years, and has enjoyed it very much. In high school, she was able to travel and represent the high school through music. In college, she has had the opportunity to work with Paul Haas and the SoNA Singers, and tour both the US and Northern Ireland. Gabrielle also student taught in the Springdale School District, working with elementary students and high school students. During her time at each of these schools she helped program, rehearse, and conduct three performances.  Gabrielle’s experience in these two excellent choral programs has given her an understanding of what a successful program looks like. These programs have also fed her love of music and how God is glorified through sharing this gift with other people. She is excited to be able to use this background to benefit the children she will be working with during her career. Gabrielle has recently married the love of her life, and they look forward to a long life together.  


Mr. Brett Heaston

Brett Heaston works in finance and accounting and has a Bachelors in Business from the University of Arkansas.  He is married to Jannel Heaston and a father of four.  In addition, Brett has a passion for history.  He currently runs a weekly biblical history podcast on iTunes and internet radio called The Message to Kings Podcast – A Biblical History of Man.


Mrs. Jannel Heaston

Jannel Heaston earned her B.A. in Business from the University of Arkansas.  She spent over 13 years in the workforce before being called to focus on homeschooling her children.  Her business experience includes working for the apparel brand, Faded Glory, Wal-Mart’s coporate office in Merchandising and Direct Imports, as well as her own international consulting company, Janco Consulting.  Jannel has enjoyed integrating her love for business with her pursuit of being a light in the marketplace for Jesus.  She and her husband, Brett, live in Rogers, Arkansas with their four children.


Mrs. Jennifer Hutchins

Jennifer Hutchins holds a Master’s Degree from UALR/UAMS.   Using her background in education and speech/language development, she has taught oral and written language skills to children and adults since 1996.  Jennifer and her husband relocated to Northwest Arkansas from the Little Rock area.  Currently, they enjoy exploring the natural beauty of the area and homeschooling their two daughters.


Mrs. Kristin Johnson

Kristin Johnson grew up in Northwest Arkansas and graduated from JBU with a BSE in English Education.  She taught in the public school setting for 5 years and later, she and her husband were house parents of teen boys at a residential school for socio-economically underprivileged children in Hershey, PA.  She is now in her 9th year of homeschooling their 3 children, ages 13, 9 and 8.  Literature and writing are two of her passions, and she loves to see people of all ages discover their “birthright: a world alive and humming with words.” (Pam Allyn, Your Child’s Writing Life)

 Kristin Johnson grew up in Northwest Arkansas and graduated from JBU with a BSE in English Education. She taught in the public school setting for 5 years and later, she and her husband were house parents of teen boys at a residential school for socio-economically underprivileged children in Hershey, PA. She is in her 12th year of homeschooling her 4 children, ages 16 through 10.  Literature and writing are two of her passions, and she writes a blog about family, adoption, and living with Jesus at She loves to see people of all ages discover their “birthright: a world alive and humming with words.” (Pam Allyn, Your Child’s Writing Life)


Mrs. Carol Landreth

Carol is a native of Magnolia, AR, and  holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Southern Arkansas University.  Carol has managed Crabtree & Evelyn stores in Ft. Worth, TX, and Little Rock, AR.  She was also the store manager of Gloria Jeans Gourmet Coffee in the Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayetteville.  In addition, she has served as a youth director and campus ministry director in several churches and campuses in Arkansas. She and her husband Darin have been married for 27 years and have 5 children:  Matthew (20), Samuel (18), Nathan (15), Anna (9), Melanie (5).  She has homeschooled their children for the past 10 years.  Carol enjoys scrapbooking, camping, and being outdoors.


Mrs. Jana McCraine

 Jana is a native of Northwest Arkansas.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing/Management from Arkansas Tech University.  She and her husband, Seth, have 3 children (Caleb, 6…Lainey, 4…Silas,2), and reside in Springdale. She is thankful to be 2 years into homeschooling, and is looking forward to many more!  Gardening, cooking, and reading are some of the hobbies she enjoys.

Mrs. Melinda Miller

Melinda Miller holds a B.A. in History and Secondary Education from Erskine College in Due West, SC. She has been homeschooling her three children for eight years. She enjoys traveling with her family, exploring historical sites and national parks.


Mrs. Christy North

Christy is an Arkansas native and graduate of the University of Arkansas where she earned a B.S. in Biology.  She has homeschooled her two boys for eleven years and taught science and geography classes to homeschoolers in the Kansas City area.  She loves being back home in Arkansas, leading music at Kids’ Church with her entire family, as well as enjoying the fruits of her garden and the eggs of her hens.


Mrs. Starla Novak

Starla is a homeschool mom to three boys.  She is married to Mike, who holds a degree in Theater from Liberty University.  She has been involved in college theater as well as directing and acting in numerous theatrical productions.  Starla looks forward to introducing Theater I students to the basics of theater and encouraging their development and creativity in performance.


Mrs. Delena Reed

Dee Reed grew up in Kansas, studied nursing in college, and then married a cowboy from the Delta. Shortly after moving their new family to NWA, Kelly and Dee accidentally, and blessedly, discovered the joys of homeschooling; a pre-K learning kit had arrived in the mail for their first-born. This homeschooling journey, which began 14 years ago, will culminate for their eldest with graduation in the spring! Besides teaching her own three children, Dee enjoys tutoring, coaching volleyball, and telling Bible stories. As a registered nurse, Dee loves working a few days each month at the Circle of Life hospice home in Springdale. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and hopes to specialize in hospice care after her children are grown.


Mr. James Ruff

James Ruff grew up in Harrison, Arkansas where he helped in his parents wood shop building oak furniture. The family moved to Springdale Arkansas to expand their business and James attended the University of Arkansas where he received his Bachelors in mechanical engineering. He now works for Tyson foods where he designs and improves machinery. He and his wife Melissa live in Tontitown with their 5 sons.


Mrs. Christine Schneider

Christine was born and raised in Alberta, Canada until coming to Arkansas to join YWAM’s discipleship training school.  It was there that she met and married her husband Mike of 14 years. She is a stay at home mom to 5 children (ages 5-13) and has homeschooled since the beginning of their education.


Mr. Mike Schneider

Mike Schneider is the pastor of Family Ministries at Spring Creek Fellowship in Springdale, AR.  Mike believes that understanding a Christian Worldview is an essential part of the discipleship process.  Mike served for 6 years with Youth With a Mission discipling young people and taking them overseas for mission work.  He has also served families at Spring Creek Fellowship for 8 years.  Mike is a graduate of Ecclesia College and a graduate of Summit Worldview Training in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

Mrs. Jillian Smith

Jillian was raised in Missouri, and has now called NW Arkansas home for 17 years. She was in the work force for 11 years before God changed her direction in life to become a stay at home Mom. Jillian has been homeschooling for 4 years, and loves every moment of it. She and her husband Buddy have two children, Karrissa and Truman. Jillian thanks God every day for the opportunity to teach her children.


Mrs. Jennifer Spence

Jennifer is a native of Southern California.  At 18, she moved to Northwest Arkansas to attend John Brown University and has made Arkansas her home ever since.  She studied Elementary Education at JBU, then transitioned to serving at Youth With A Mission, where she met her husband, Zeke.  She lives in Bentonville where Zeke is a firefighter and she homeschools their three children.  She considers being a full time mom a huge blessing and the best job in the world.

Ms. Lauren Townsend

Lauren is a native of Northwest Arkansas and is a recent graduate of John Brown University with a degree in General Music with a Vocal Emphasis. Prior to her time at JBU, she has been in some sort of choir almost every year she’s been in school. She has sung in the Women’s University Chorus and the Cathedral Choir during her time at JBU. Lauren had the opportunity to be the student conductor for the Women’s University Chorus and has assisted in helping with Ecclesia Prep’s high school choir. She has also had the pleasure of singing the Brahms Requiem at the Walton Arts Center with the SONA choir and orchestra and the JBU Cathedral Choir. She has played guitar for 10 years, and has taught private lessons in guitar and voice for 5 of those years. Lauren is excited to be able to share her passion with people of all ages to enable others to glorify God with the gift of music.

Mrs. Celia Wallace

Celia has been teaching piano and violin for 38 years.  She played violin in the Northeast Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for 20 years and enjoys playing in her church orchestra.  Celia has a degree in Special Education from University of Central Arkansas.  She has three married sons and seven grandchildren.

Ms. Gabby Yeates

Biography coming soon.