Faculty Biographies

 Beth Bishop

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Beth Bishop has a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education (K-12) from Edinboro State College, PA, with minors in both Drawing and Painting. Upon graduating, she continued her education with 20 hours of programming, drafting and engineering related classes from NHCC. Married to Jeff (also an artist) they have three children.  Mrs. Bishop spent eight years in the corporate world with Entex (mapping), S.H. Landes, Inc.(off-shore drilling) and Golemon & Rolfe, Inc.(architecture) performing, managing and teaching Computer Aided Drafting and Design. Prior to the family’s 14 years of homeschooling, she was involved in the bookkeeping, paint & body, upholstery, and engine rebuilding for their family business British Cars of Houston for eight years and taught high school art for one semester at Trinity Christian Academy in NW Houston. Still bookkeeping part-time, she is excited about  returning to her first love of art.

   Deanna Donaldson

Deanna Donaldson graduated from Western Oregon University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in English/American Sign Language Interpretation Training. She has had over 15 years of experience working with the deaf and deaf-blind community in Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas.  She has also volunteered as an interpreter for the deaf-blind here in Houston at various events.  She has worked for interpreting agencies for seven years as Staff Support and a Deaf Interpreter.  A valuable mentor to interns, she worked as a team interpreter and has worked closely with Professional Development, Community, and Educational scheduling coordinators.  Deanna uses her interpreting skills in educational, medical, and mental health setting among others.  She is currently working as an adjunct instructor in the Interpretation Training Program (ITP) in the Lone Star Community College System and has been a private tutor with ASL and ITP students since 2007.  She participates in the Greater Houston Interpreter of the Deaf and is the Professional Development chair.  She has a great passion for teaching and enjoy watching her students learn and grow in ASL.  


Ruth Elrod


Ruth Elrod has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a major emphasis in Interdisciplinary in Human Development, from Marquette University. She has held teaching certifications in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota. Mrs. Elrod also holds a Master of Education degree from Sinte Gleska University, SD.  She has taught in the Milwaukee Public School System as an elementary teacher and as a bi-lingual teacher.  She continued teaching for Todd County Public School System on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  After moving to Minnesota she joined Southwest State University in Minnesota as an instructor of Early Childhood Development.  Mrs. Elrod is married to Dr. Scott Elrod and they have three daughters.  Mrs. Elrod is a dedicated advocate for home schooling. She and her husband have graduated their two oldest children, both of whom have been accepted to two excellent Texas Universities and have had the opportunity to excel in their chosen majors. Their youngest daughter is in her junior year of high school and attends honors classes at HEP giving her the same strong foundation as her sisters. Mrs. Elrod has enjoyed teaching over the past 25 years.

Karen Freeman



Degreed in English, Language and History with a minor in Psychology, Karen Freeman lists teaching and cooking amongst her greatest passions, with her family as her greatest joy. A graduate of a noted European culinary institution, she holds the license of Executive Chef in Grande Cuisine and serves with the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Married to Steven, a former police officer, their entrepreneurial exploits include a catering business, a photography company, and 2 restaurants. While serving on the Board of Directors and as the only woman Head Coach in the HHSI, she brought her sons' team, the Humble High School Hockey team, to claim several District and City of Houston championships. During her association with the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, she developed curriculum and training formats currently in use on a statewide basis in public schools and law enforcement departments and often serves as a guest speaker during statewide conventions on the subject of domestic violence. A published essayist, she presents her work at the Webb Historical Society, the Great Plains Convention, LSU, U of H, Sam Houston and Lee College, while her essays also appear in Reader's Digest and Southern Living. After teaching on the collegiate level and as a private tutor for 10 years, she turned her focus towards homeschooling her three elementary-aged children and teaching high school students at HEP of Texas, Inc. wherein she developed an approach to learning that “focuses on the journey, rather than the destination.”


Linda Hendrix

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Linda Hendrix holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering. She has taught math for HEP for 14 years. Mrs. Hendrix has had great success in preparing students for College Calculus. San Jacinto College has been very impressed with the students who come from the HEP classes. Currently, she is teachng Algebra 1/2, 3 levels of Algebra 2, Honors Advanced Mathematics, Honors Statisticsand Honors Physics. Mrs. Hendrix has also home schooled her three children, one of whom is a National Merit Scholarship winner for 2006! Her children have all been actively involved in CHSA Athletics. Her graduated #1 from Baylor Law School in 2015.


Joanne Juren



          Recently inducted into the Texas Home School "Hall of Fame," Joanne Juren has over thirty-eight years experience as an educator, with experience as both a teacher and administrator in public schools and college, and eighteen years as a home educator in the homeschooling community. Mrs. Juren has a B.A. in English/History Teacher Education, a M.Ed. in Educational Administration, and a Texas Professional Mid-Management (Principal's) Certificate. She is the founder and National Executive Director of Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society, and owner of the HEP Bookstore and Home Education Partnership of Texas. She has served as  a member of the San Jacinto College Honors Committee, and as an administrator at the college.  She was the first winner of the "Home School Best Pioneer" Award by the Calvert School in 2002 and is also a member of "Who's Who of American High School Teachers." The author of nine books, she is a popular speaker and has appeared on national television as an advocate of home schooling. She has been an active member of Sagemont Church since 1975 and was active in Boy Scouting for 15 years and is a featured panelist in the BSA Training Video for Youth Protection. The Juren's have two sons, both who were homeschooled and today, one is a patent attorney and the other holds an MBA and a JD and works for their other company, Gilmore Global Instruments, Inc..  A world traveler, Mrs. Juren brings a wealth of knowledge, excitement, and experience to the classroom.


Melissa Juren


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Melissa Juren joins the Home Education Partnership as the Computer Science teacher.  Her classes includeIntroduction to Microsoft Office 2010, Introduction to Programming, Introduction to Web Design, Introduction to Game Programming, and Graphic Design.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Houston.  She also worked a full-time, paid internship with NASA at Ellington Field while earning her degree.  As a software engineer, she developed and maintained programs primarily using Java and XML, but she is also experienced with Visual Basic, C, C++, Scheme, JavaScript, CSS, HTML5, and Microsoft Office.  For ten years, she has worked as a private tutor for elementary, high school, and college students teaching subjects such as English and composition to trigonometry and statistics.  She is married to Jason Juren, the second of Mrs. Joanne Juren's two sons, making her the third and final "Mrs. Juren" to join the HEP faculty. 


Joseph Morton

Joseph Morton joins the HEP faculty this summer to serve as the Assistant Principal. Joe Morton has lived most of his life on the east side of Houston, where his permanent residence is still (rumored to be) a large red barn. He was once an HEP student, during which time he took great pride in myriad Debate-class pranks which targeted Joanne Juren. He still lives in fear of his comeuppance. He attended the University of St. Thomas (Houston), where he acquired a B.A. in Philosophy (with Minors in Honors and Political Science), and served as President of the Student Government. He also very nearly completed a B.S. in Procrastination Resources, which he fully intends to finish tomorrow. After graduation, Joe co-founded The Paideia Institute, a three-week college-preparatory summer academy, taught by college professors at the University of St. Thomas, which exposed high-school students to college-level texts. During this time, he joined Teach For America (Americorps), and taught 9th Grade English at Chavez High School’s Achieve! Academy for at-risk students. He still very much misses teaching at Chavez – though he does not miss the accompanying hair loss. Joe has since received an M.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University in New York, from which he is pursuing a Ph.D. of the same. His research areas include Philosophy of Language, Phenomenology, and Ethics. He’s argued, with some success, that coffee is a necessary condition for the possibility of thought, and he very much suspects that the phenomenon of missing socks supervenes on the underlying physical facts.


Amanda Murray


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Am anda  Murray, a native Houstonian, brings the experience of over 20 years in the performing arts to the students at HEP. A published playwright and poet, her work has been produced in Texas and Arizona. Mrs. Murray has been very active in a variety of performing arts in Houston for many years and even has her own visual and performing arts nonprofit organization. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston, Ms. Murray has her MA in Theatre. For the past several years, she has taught college level theatre classes, receiving the “Teacher of the Year” award in 2010. Amanda enjoys spending time with her four year old son and working on a variety of projects for local charities, including the United Way. 


Katie O'Neale 


Katie Brown O’Neale, an HEP graduate, has a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a minor in Creative Writing from Houston Baptist University. Mrs. O’Neale has extensive background in literature, creative writing, and journalism. She is currently working on writing a fantasy/science-fiction novel and a book of short stories. She served as editor in chief of HBU’s student newspaper for a year and has had several articles and columns published. She also currently serves as the newsletter editor for Celebration Women’s Ministry. By the start of the fall 2015 semester, Mrs. O’Neale will live with her husband Gabriel, a geometry teacher at Cypress Lakes High School, in Katy, TX. 


Brooke Pennington

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Teaching has been my passion since I was a young girl.  I attended Texas State University, graduating with my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education.  I taught third grade in Taylor ISD and fifth grade in Round Rock ISD for eight years until my youngest child, Emma, was born and my husband Bryan transferred to the Houston area.  Homeschooling my youngest child, Abigail, rekindled my love and passion I had as an educator.  I hold certifications in Reading, Special Education, ESL, and Gifted and Talented education.  This has expanded my experience in the classroom and helped me adapt to the students individual needs.  When I am not teaching, I enjoy gardening, caring for our abundance of animals, and watching Dallas Stars hockey.  I am very excited and blessed to be a new member of the HEP family teaching Classical School  History for grades 3-5.


Cheryl Red



Cheryl Red teaches Algebra 1, Life Science, Honors/AP Chemistry 1 and 2, Honors/AP Biology 1, and Accelerated Math. Mrs. Red has a B.A. in Microbiology, a B.S. in Medical Technology, and a M.S. in Biology. She also serves as the Math/Science Chairperson for HEP.   She has three children and homeschooled for thirteen years. She has taught science classes ranging from Physical Science to Chemistry for the last thirteen years to home schooled students in the Clear Lake area.  Part of the HEP SAT Test Team, Mrs. Red teaches the math preparation for the SAT Test. Mrs. Red also serves as the Chairman of the Math and Science Department for HEP.


Fred Rodriquez

Fred Rodriquez joins the HEP staff as the upper level Spanish teacher. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Mr. Rodriquez has travelled through Central and South America for over 30 years as a consultant. He holds a B.A. from Sam Houston University.  On one of his most recent adventures, he walked the 500 miles along Spain’s Camino de Santiago de Compostela where he enjoyed visiting with families along the walk (this is where the photo above was shot). He is very interested in travelling to Spain on our school trip next spring! Last year, he worked in HISD teaching Spanish to ESL students. He attended the TPRS training in April and is eager to incorporate these ideas into the HEP Spanish program.

Carrie Rothberg

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Carrie Rothberg is an award-winning bilingual elementary educator. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development (PK-5) from Texas A&M University. She is certified by the State of Texas to teach Bilingual and ESL students. Carrie has taught bilingual students in both Pearland and Clear Creek ISD for 7 years. During her time with Pearland, she was named Pearland ISD Bilingual Teacher of the Year, Teacher of the Year at Carleston Elementary, and Finalist for Pearland ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. While in North Carolina during her husband's service in the Army, she taught Spanish and Art classes to homeschoolers of all ages. She lives in Friendswood with her husband, Grant, and their two hound dogs.

Sue Rothberg



Sue Rothberg teaches science in Classical School, "Chemistry and Physics" for sixth grade, Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, Marine Biology, Meteorology, Math 5/4 and 6/5. She has a BS in biochemistry, BS in meteorology, and a MSBA. She served in the USAF  as a meteorology officer, manager of a clothing store, and has given private piano lessons for 15 years.  Her husband is on the pastoral staff of Sagemont church. Her three sons (one an attorney, one a HPD officer, one a minister of a local church) were homeschooled.


Yvette Schultheis



           After a hiatus of 8 years, Yvette Schultheis returns to HEP to once again embrace the vocation she loves: teaching. A recent Graduate of Liberty University’s School of Business, she holds a BA in Finance, an MBA in International Business and is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program at Liberty. A world traveler, she has lived with her family in Malaysia, traveled to several countries around Europe and the Middle East and brings the experience of other cultures to the classroom.  

          Her eagerness to homeschool her first child developed into a 20+ year vocation and passion. Having graduated her first five children from Kindergarten to Senior-level high school, she is currently homeschooling a new addition to the family. With her husband Steven, an engineer for Shell Oil, she facilitated an international homeschool support group at a learning center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A native speaker and educated in the art of the Spanish language, Mrs. Schultheis believes in an approach to learning that gently embraces a second language as a life skill, rather than simply a task to be mastered. 

Tiffany Shafer






Tiffany Shafer joins the HEP Classical School Staff as the kindergarten and first grade teacher. A certified Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Shafer brings a wealth of experience to the position. The mother of a high school HEP student, Mrs. Shafer is a wonderful addition to our staff.  


Leesa Wolf


A Rice University graduate, NASA employee for almost 20 years, and homeschooling mom for nearly 15 years, Leesa Wolf has had a life-long passion for learning and teaching.  As a child, she purchased math books and children's novels, created associated workbooks, and "taught" the material – resulting in, according to her mom, the smartest stuffed animals in the neighborhood.  With an airline employee father, Mrs. Wolf traveled extensively to educational and historical locations and has continued these adventures in her homeschooling.   In high school, Mrs. Wolf was salutatorian, a top clarinetist in the state, and a varsity cheerleader.  She earned a B.A. in applied mathematical science from Rice University along with a teaching certificate in math and chemistry.  At NASA, she worked as a space station project analyst, developer of curriculum and instructor for astronauts and flight controllers,  robotics representative, manager of space station avionics training, and adjunct instructor of aerospace technology at San Jacinto Community College.  Additionally, Mrs. Wolf completed her M.A. in applied mathematical science from Rice University through a coveted NASA Fellowship and received NASA's Exceptional Service Medal for leading the start-up of space station training.  

Mrs. Wolf then shifted her priorities to homeschooling.  Her passion for learning resulted in developing and teaching group classes in a wide variety of areas including music appreciation, art history, literary analysis, flight, spies in history, explosions, "cool" math, chemistry, physics, computer programming, careers, SAT/ACT test prep & essay writing, and college application essays.  She also started and led multiple homeschooling groups such as a presenter's club, reading club, science club, and multiple award-winning robotics teams.  Her three sons have all achieved National Merit Program recognition and (soon) the rank of Eagle Scout.  Running out of students at home, Mrs. Wolf looks forward to teaching more students at HEP!








































































































































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