STAFF:

Becky Bender graduated from Grand Canyon University with a B. S. in math and has been teaching high school math classes ever since. Although beginning in public and private high schools, she loves teaching home-school classes, because smaller class sizes allow for more individualized instruction. She has been teaching home-school math classes for over twenty years. Several years ago, Mrs. Bender began teaching Physics and Chemistry and enjoys applying math to real scientific situations. Mrs. Bender teaches Saxon algebra with geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus, allowing students to get four years of math in three years. The science curriculum is Exploring Creation with physics and chemistry (Apologia) by Dr. Jay Wile. Both of the chemistry and physics courses include labs and satisfy the credit requirement for lab sciences. Mrs. Bender’s love of math and science is contagious and her love for the Lord helps make a comfortable learning environment. Additional tutoring is also available when needed. Her students often improve multiple grade levels on standardized tests.

Danny Bender has been active in Christian ministry from a young age.  He has been involved in worship and music ministry, led youth groups and has also served as chaplain of the Christian Motorcyclists Association.  Currently, Danny is the Music Minister at Beacon Bible Church.  Danny has had a love of history throughout his life.  He enjoys reading books and magazines on the subject and watching historical documentaries.  He loves visiting museums and other historical sites whenever possible.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from ASU West.

This will be Mr. Bender’s fourth year teaching history at the Calvary Homeschool Co-op.  The history curriculum used is from a Christian perspective.  Danny involves all of his students in class discussions and he encourages his students to pursue their interests through short oral reports.  His concern for his students and sense of humor make the class a positive learning experience.  Last year the history classes visited the Bible Museum here in Phoenix.

Junieth “June” Halliwill was born in Managua, Nicaragua. When she was 8 years old, her family moved to Huntington Park, California. She learned English in school while her community all spoke Spanish! Being raised in L.A. county was very adventurous. June used both languages fluently! Some of her summers were spent in Nicaragua. She enjoyed writing to her extended family in Managua, after she moved to Michigan,. While there, she had the priviledge to translate for a Spanish church.

Nathan and June have three boys and a sweet little girl, Jascha (14 years), Caleb (11years), Ezra (7 years), and Leona (5 years).  June continued to translate, when she moved to Arizona in the Spring of 2006, for their church. Additionally she had the honor to teach privately to families and tutor one-on-one.

She praises God daily for giving her the opportunity and the talent to use for His glory and to help expand  His kingdom!  Hallelujah!

Gabriela (Gigi) Cannon has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Arizona.  Steve, Gigi and their four children, Krystal, Kassie, Kellie, Steve, have lived in Arizona 30 years.  They homeschooled their children for twenty two years.  Gigi has taught Physical Science eight years, High School Biology sixteen years, and Advanced Biology twelve years in homeschool coops.  She and her family attend Calvary Community Church.  She loves science and the opportunity to teach about the incredible design seen in God’s creation. 

Shannon McRoy has worked with children since her youth.  The crux of her ministry is helping young people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord.  She worked as a Children's Ministry Coordinator at Calvary Community Church for 20 years.  Mrs. McRoy is also well acquainted with home schooling which she began in 1998 with her oldest daughter.  She has continuously home schooled all her six children since that time.  Shannon believes that children learn best when they are engaged through multiple senses.  She looks forward to getting to know your student's learning style through classroom interaction as well as sparking his/her desire to learn through lab work.  She considers teaching the class a ministry opportunity as she assists each child in learning about the complexity of our Creator.

Trisha Endicott resides in Scottsdale with her family, and has been active in the home schooling community for the past 12 years. Trisha is a real estate agent, and interior designer, but boasts her most important role was to homeschool her 4 children through high school. Now that her kids have graduated college, she believes in giving back to those organizations, and resources, that helped so much in the educational success of her own children. Trisha has been with the Calvary Homeschooling Co-op, as a grammar teacher, for the past 4 years.

Steve Cannon and his wife Gigi enjoyed homeschooling their four children, Krystal, Kassie, Kellie, and Steve, all of whom are now married with children, also currently enjoying homeschooling. Steve was reared on a farm in Yuma, Arizona where he graduated from High School, later entered the military as a General’s aide in the Air Force, graduated from Northern Arizona University with B.A. in Spanish and Business, then went to Officer Candidate School becoming an officer and again General’s aide, this time in the US Army.  He later graduated from American Graduate School of International Management with Masters in Business and International Management. He travelled in South America in sales of Optometry products and Telephone Equipment for over 15 years, and ultimately retired as a physician recruiter.  Steve and Gigi have been members of Calvary Community Church (Calvary Phoenix) for over 30 years.  Steve led adult Bible classes since the mid 1990’s at Calvary. Steve feels understanding and maintaining good Economics is important to keep America tops in the global community and must be instilled from early age.