Debbye Biermann — Art
Debbye is a native of Indianapolis and was home-schooled throughout her educational years in Indiana and Kenya, East Africa. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in April, 2006 with a BS in Art Education. She taught painting and drawing for one year at Zionsville Community High School. She has been teaching at Northpoint since 2007. She has always loved art and is very excited she can use it in her career. Debbye has had a chance to travel many places in the world including South America, Europe, Japan, and mostly Kenya, Africa. Through her experiences, she has learned more about the Almighty God, art, different cultures, and the value of education. Mrs. Biermann is very excited to be working with the home school community! Debbye and her husband, Aaron- a graphic designer, have 4 sons and live in Fishers.
Kerri Dilling — Elementary Choir (3rd-6th grade)
Kerri Dilling earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance from Maranatha Baptist University. Having developed a love for music at an early age, her desire going into college was to learn the pedagogical side of singing so that she could help others cultivate that same love with sustainable results. Her experience of teaching private voice lessons goes back to her college days, and the music classes as well as the voice pedagogy classes she took have allowed her to successfully teach elementary choir for three years.
Kerri’s passion in teaching elementary students in a choir setting is for the students to learn proper vocal technique. First, when an elementary aged child learns to sing correctly, he is learning a skill that can take his talent to its full potential and be sustainable for the rest of his life, rather than damaging his vocal chords and never being able to come to the full potential he has. Second, proper vocal technique is extremely important to the overall sound and tone of the choir. Many people have low expectations when it comes to what an elementary choir can sound like, but Kerri believes and has experienced first hand that an elementary choir can rise to the level that you expect from them, and an important part of that is teaching how to get that sound and tone.
Kerri’s goal is to teach children the joy that can come from making beautiful music and to ignite within them their own love for singing and music.
Josh and Erica Johnson — Robotics
Josh holds a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from Bob Jones University and a Masters of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from IUPUI. He is currently employed at Viavi Solutions as a Hardware Engineer, designing, testing and sometimes programming circuit boards. His fascination with robotics stems from the unique blend of engineering disciplines it offers, combining electrical, mechanical, computer, software, and systems engineering into a single package. His role on the robotics team is to help teach engineering concepts required to create the robots. His goal is to help students to appreciate engineering and inspire them to become engineers themselves.
Erica holds a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Bob Jones University. She is currently employed at PTS Diagnostics as a Quality Control Specialist, investigating customer complaints. While she is relatively new to the world of robotics, Erica is a master of proper scientific discipline. Her role on the robotics team is to promote/enforce good lab practices such as documentation, safety, and researched decision making. She turns the robot club from a mad-house into an efficient laboratory of robotics development! Her goal is to help students appreciate science and inspire them to become scientists themselves.
Melissa Alexander — American Sign Language (4th-6th grade)
Melissa Alexander has close to 40 years of contact/experience with the deaf community and American Sign Language (ASL).
It was once said, “a deaf person’s greatest treasure was a hearing friend”. Melissa was in junior high when her family moved into an apartment complex where a deaf girl lived at the end of the block. In no time, she had befriended the girl and began to learn how to fingerspell the alphabet and learn basic words under the instruction of this deaf girl. Fast forward several years and Melissa headed off to Tennessee Temple University for college. TTU had a deaf school within the university, thus all chapels, student body meetings, and church services were interpreted for deaf students. She was exposed over and over to ASL & began learning more just through interaction with deaf students.
Melissa made several deaf friends, took some beginning sign language classes the university offered and even began accompanying deaf students to the infirmary & doctors’ offices to interpret for them. At one point Melissa’s desire was to become an interpreter for the court systems, but God had other plans. She continues to use her abilities whenever possible and would love the opportunity to share her knowledge with young people and see them come to love the beauty of the “silent” language.
Daniel Coblentz — PE (Physical Education)
Daniel Coblentz is a World Certified 8th Degree Black Belt in the art of Taekwondo. He has been teaching since 1985 and is also an Ordained Minister of the Gospel since 1998.
Denise Wilson — Mathematics
Denise Wilson graduated from Marian College in 1997 with a B.A. in Mathematics (Secondary Education) with an endorsement in Middle School Education. She has taught for a total of 9 years at two Christian schools, Indianapolis Baptist School (2 years) and Baptist Academy (7 years).
She and her husband are very active in their church, her husband being the Music Director and preaching when called upon, and Denise being the church pianist and a Sunday School teacher, as well as taking care of several church secretarial responsibilities.
Denise left teaching school when she had her first child and has been homeschooling for 8 years now.
This year, Denise is looking forward to teaching Algebra 1, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and Personal Finance.
Charmagne Thomas — Science
Charmagne is an experienced home school teacher as well as a registered nurse for the past 24 years. Her bachelor’s degree earned from Pensacola Christian College in 1995 included the equivalent of a minor in science.
Her love for the sciences is evidenced by strong academic teaching, and her love for students is conveyed through engaging interactive techniques. She has taught physical science, biology, and chemistry in the home school environment. She is adding advanced biology this year (2019-2020) which is a particular favorite as it covers anatomy and physiology. Her classes offer the same excellency in academics of a traditional classroom setting and experienced teacher access with the flexibility of homeschooling.
Other Instructors — Electives
Some of our elective classes are taught by other instructors. We are always looking for qualified teachers to join our team, so please contact us if you’re interested in participating as part of the BTHE team.
Alicia Estes — Creative Writing, Drama, and English
Alicia Estes has 19 years of teaching experience at both the middle school and high school levels. She graduated from Bob Jones University in 2000 with a B.S. in English Education and a minor in Interpretative Speech and in 2004 with a M.Ed. in Secondary Education specializing in English.
Her experience in the classroom has been at Germantown Public High School (WI), Suburban Christian School (IN), and Burge Terrace Home Educators. She has directed multiple dramas and musicals and run elementary drama camp for 6 years.
She and her husband have worked as youth sponsors with the Burge Terrace Youth group for the past 19 years where the Lord has continued to grow her love for teenagers. Alicia has also homeschooled her own three children for the past 10 years.
Jon Streeter — Critical Thinking with Debate, Geography, German II, and Government/Economics
Jon Streeter was born and raised in Indianapolis and was active in his local community throughout his high school years. A member of Castleview Baptist Church since 2008, he was involved in the youth ministry for many years and has developed a passion for youth education. He attended Hillsdale College and Oxford University with degrees in History, Political Science and Economics. He also holds a Master’s Degree in History from Indiana University.
Since 2006 he has taught at Northpoint Homeschool Classes with classes in American and World History, Government, Economics and Debate. He also runs a private tutoring program at Fishers Library for students in Military History and German. In what little free time he has, he runs a travel company called AET, which organizes educational trips in the United States and Europe and raises money to allow underprivileged high school students the opportunity to travel and “walk in the footsteps of history”.