Building Kingdom lives, building Kingdom community, building a Kingdom Mindset
Who We Are and What We Believe at the Christian Home School
The Nehemiah Academy seeks to partner with parents to empower, equip, and educate students spiritually and academically through establishing an authentic, flourishing relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and working towards an understanding of each student’s divine purpose in God’s Kingdom here on Earth as in Heaven.
The Nehemiah Academy students will become life-long learners and leaders in transformational relationship with our Triune God, maintaining a Christian worldview in all aspects of life and society, serving in and growing God’s Kingdom here on Earth.
Nehemiah Academy Administrator
English Literature & Composition
B.A. in English & M.E in Teaching
Ed. S in Christian Educational Leadership
Cathrine Mireles graduated from Mississippi College with a major in English and a minor in mass communications. She holds a master’s in education, Post-Master’s certificate in PK-12 administration and supervision, and an Educational Specialist degree in Christian Educational Leadership; she is currently working on her Ph.D. at Regent University. She taught the last four years at a local Christian school, and before that, she taught 20 years in the public school system. She has taught all levels of English from 6th grade through all high school classes (Elements of Literature, American Literature, British Literature, AP Language and Composition, and AP Literature and Composition. She has also taught Drama/Theater at the middle school level, Spanish I, II, & III and French I, II, & II. She is an active member of a local church and serves in many capacities, including the leadership team and teaching connect group classes. She enjoys getting to know her students, helping them develop a love for literature and writing, and integrating faith into the English classroom.
Masters of Science in Nursing
Faith Piechowiak graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University first with a Bachelors's Degree in Nursing and later with a Master's Degree in Nursing. She sat for the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and became a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2000. She worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for a total of 28 years (11 years as an RN and 17 years as a PNP) caring for critically ill or injured children. She is now retired. She is an active member at a local church and serves in multiple capacities including the EMS team and the Kids Ministry team. She has served with the Kids Ministry team for 5 years with the majority of time spent with preschoolers.
Teaching: Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
Sarah Vaughan has three children and two grandchildren and understands the dedication needed in "raising them up" in this challenging world. For the last four years, she has served in Kid's Ministry at Hope Point Church. under the leadership of the children’s pastors. She has developed and adapted curriculum for the Courageous Kids classroom, which is a ministry for kids with varying needs.
The main focus in the kindergarten classroom is spiritual, knowing how much God loves us, learning God's Word, growing in relationship with Him, and knowing God has a plan and purpose for each of us. Academically, she will focus on the skills in the MasterBook curriculum and getting the students ready for first grade.
Teaching: First Grade
A.A.S. Interior Design
Overseas education: International Communication Studies
Manuela graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with honor with a major in Interior Design and has completed 3 years of University courses in International Communication Studies and Foreign Languages in Italy. She has taught Italian at a homeschool co-op in Northern Virginia for two years. She has over 5 years of experience in people management, leadership, training, and development. She is the owner of small personal organizing business. She is an active member of a local church and serves in many capacities, including the worship team, and the connect group ministry. She enjoys sharing her love of learning, and values creating deep connections with her students. All of her classes are faith integrated and her main goal is helping kids to create a strong relationship with Jesus.
Bachelor of Arts
Ms. Tyree began drawing at a young age. Her first drawing was a war scene, and she has not stopped drawing since. As she matured and entered high school, her artistic skills developed and evolved into something that provided a hint to her future. She has worked with children her entire life.
She is a wife and mother of 4 children and, although her schedule is tight, she has been featured in various art shows in the U.S. such as RAW Tulsa in Oklahoma, April 2012, Roxbury Open Studios in Massachusetts, October 7, 2013, and RAW Richmond in Virginia, September 2014.
In her art classes, she incorporates Christian values within her lessons and enjoys reminding her students that they can do anything they set their minds to do. She also reminds them that nothing is too hard for them and there are no mistakes in art. Mistakes actually become a part of the piece itself.
Teaching: Physical Education & Health; Science
Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science and Community Health Education
Tracey was born and raised in Henrico, VA . She has spent the vast part of her career teaching both youth and adults healthy lifestyle behaviors. She has worked as a health educator for Virginia State employees, taught group/personal training, kids yoga, and kids fitness classes. Recently, she taught a children’s health series for Charlottesville County Schools and surrounding areas.
Tracey is married to Merlin Ikenberry, and they have three children (18, 15, 11). She really enjoys teaching PE and science to the students at the Nehemiah Academy.
Mrs. Tasha is a wife, mom of 6, and has been a homeschool mom for 9 years and counting. She started dancing at the age of 9 and immediately fell in love with it. Through dance, she learned much about the human body and how it moves, learned so much about herself, but mostly gained a deeper understanding of her relationship with Jesus.
She has taught dance for over 17 years teaching; Creative Movement, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern, and Chorography. She has taught at studios in FL, GA, NC, and AL as she moved with her family. She also has taught college-level modern technique and choreography at Mana University's School of Worship.
Mrs. Tasha strives in her classes to create a fun atmosphere where they work on excellence rather than perfection. She works with each student to help them find how each movement fits their body focusing on personal achievement and not comparison. Her heart is to help them find their own creative "voice" in movement.
Teaching: Social Studies
Mr. Farrentello is a studious and devout lifelong observer of Christ, and he is passionate about law, history, and religious text. Allen has an Associates's Degree in paralegal from Briarcliff College in New York and is also a Notary, and he has worked in law for 10 + years. Mr. Allen is currently expanding his education and completing online courses that will prepare him for a pastoral position. Mr. Allen is also a busy homeschooling father of two. He has a wealth of knowledge and life experiences, including being the sole creator, writer, and producer of two online blogs that showcase his extensive knowledge and study of history and religion, Ancient Allen and Petters boat
Mrs. Pappadia has a certificate in early childhood and home daycare management and has a combined 18+ years working in childcare. Ms. Sarah homeschools her two children, 6 and 2 years old. She brings both personal and professional experience and knowledge to everything she does. Sarah is fun, energetic, kind, and creative, which has allowed her to flourish in education. Sarah lives a Christ-centered life and is very involved in all aspects of her church, including volunteering for connect groups and assisting in community events