Meet Our Instructors
Our instructors are uniquely qualified to lead their classes. Each instructor has a degree in the subject being taught, significant work experience in the subject, or a teaching certificate in the subject, and sometimes all three.
Jana Camperman- Geometry, Programming
Information coming soon.
Cynthia Hazard- Latin
Mrs. Hazard has a BA in Latin from Baylor University and an MA in Latin from the University of Florida. She has taught Latin for over 35 years. She was the Teacher of the Year for Bay High School and awarded the Henshaw-Whitley Award. Mrs. Hazard received the distinguished sponsor recognition from the Classical association of Florida and the American Classical League. Mrs. Hazard wrote the proposal for AICE Latin for the U.S., half of each year's tests, and graded all of them for over 15 years.
Hands-On-Science, Advanced IEW, Arete Board Secretary
Stephanie earned a degree in Elementary Education from Berry College in Rome, GA and then a M.ED. in Reading Instruction from the University of West Georgia. She taught first grade in Georgia public school for 8 years before starting a family and moving to Florida. She has been homeschooling ever since. Stephanie and her family volunteer with the Friends of Camp Helen State Park, the Lake Powell Community Alliance, Audubon Society and the South Walton Turtle Watch.
Forrest Whitehurst- Literature and Composition, Great Books
Forrest Whitehurst’s mother and grandmother instilled a love of literature in him, and Horatio Hornblower sagas became the framework for endless hours of childhood play, fostering a love for the water. Forrest’s first choice of study was oceanography but it was decided that an economics degree from the University of Florida would better prepare him to contribute to his family’s business, Panama Machinery & Supply Company. When the business sold in the late 1990s, it was time for a career change. Forrest found his passion teaching at Bay High School, first as an economics teacher, and later as an English literature teacher. He recently retired from teaching at Bay and will continue sharing his passion for literature and teaching with Arete students. His goal is for his students to discover the pageantry of learning via Shakespeare, Chaucer, Hemingway, Keats, T. S. Eliot, Hopkins, and Plath, among others. Forrest lives in the historic Cove neighborhood with his beautiful wife, Carol Ann. He is the proud father of five children and grandfather of eight.
April Dunyak- American History, Beginning IEW
April is a military spouse with four boys. She has a degree in elementary education from MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University). She taught elementary classes for five years in Tennessee and North Carolina and homeschooled for two years.
Jodie Kirk - Physical Science, Elementary Science
Jodie Kirk has a BS in Biology from Hawaii Pacific University and a MSEd in Secondary Science Education from Lehman College, a senior college of The City University of New York. Her teaching experience is diverse and rigorous--she taught elementary science at a private school in Hawaii, middle school science at a public school in the Bronx, NYC, and most recently she was the biology and physical science teacher at a Christian hybrid school in Colorado Springs. Jodie is very passionate about teaching, learning and applying science in a way that glorifies our Creator, God!
Heather Magnuson- Advanced IEW, Arete Board Director
Heather has a degree in Plant Science from the University of Missouri and a master's in Bilingual/ESL Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has taught dual-immersion 1st grade, Spanish, and ESL. She has classically home schooled her two boys for the past six years. Heather is fluent in Spanish and has lived in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Japan. She is passionate about literacy and languages. Heather enjoys tutoring ESL students.
Brittany Whittaker- Hands-On Science, PE and Games
Information coming soon.
Christy Ward- K-2 Lit. Around the World
Christy is a military spouse and was born and raised here in Panama City. She has four children: 1st grade, 5th grade, 9th grade and 11th grade. She has a degree in elementary education from Midwestern State University in Texas and taught public school for a few years. Christy is in her 11th year of homeschooling.
Andrea Whitaker- Mathematics, Science
Andrea is a Panama City native. She has a degree in Elem. Ed from FSU with additional certification in Math 5-9. She taught 5th grade at Hiland Park Elementary from 2004-2009, until starting her family and becoming a stay-at-home mom. During her time as a stay-at-home Mom, she has been a private tutor, substitute teacher, and has also served in children's ministry at her church.
Mary Randall- Christian Performing Arts, Cottillion
Mary was born and raised in Panama City. She married her high school sweetheart, also a Panama City native. She has been homeschooling her four children for over seven years. She has been directing choreography since high school and teaching dance for many years.
Regina Smith - Singapore 3, Elementary Writing 1, Composition 2, Christian Preforming Arts
Regina Smith and her husband, Gregg, live in Panama City Beach with their children Saylor (a student at Valdosta State University), Zeke (Arete student), and Nora (Arete student). She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Elementary Education. Regina was an educator in Walton County School district, teaching for seven years at Bay Elementary School, where she also had the honor of being awarded teacher of the year. After the birth of her son, she resigned from public education system to be a full-time mom. This is her fourth year homeschooling, second year as a part of the Arete family, and her first year being an Arete instructor. Regina also enjoys being an active part of both the children’s ministry and the worship ministry at her church, The Rock of Bay County.
Gina Granville - Elementary History, Middle History
Gina Granville graduated with a bachelors degree in Nuclear Medicine from Indiana University, but set her career aside to take on a much more awesome calling of home-education. She has graduated three students successfully from home education, and her youngest will graduate next year.
One of Gina's favorite things to do is to educate and encourage other homeschooling moms. Last year she created a course on homeschooling through high school. If she is not teaching at home you will find her exercising, educating people on health & wellness or spending time with her family.
Gina is super excited for the opportunity to teach History! Growing up and going to public school, she really did not enjoy history--in fact, she found it quite boring. But in 2006 she began teaching history to her own children and other students classically. Now History is one of Gina's very favorite subjects.