Mrs. DeNesha Rawls-Smith

Principal

Mrs. Rawls-Smith is married with 3 beautiful children ages, 9, 12, and 18.  She has worked in the field of education for 15 years, 7 years in school leadership and 5 as a school principal.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and African Studies, a Master’s in Art degree in Education/Elementary teaching, and has completed doctoral course work in Education Leadership/Curriculum Instruction.  Mrs. Rawls-Smith is looking forward to serving the families at Livingston Classical Academy.   E-mail Mrs. Smith

Mr. Williamsen

Music

Mr. Williamsen studied music education and music performance at CMU. His primary instrument is the bassoon and his secondary instruments are the trombone and baritone. He has performed with many ensembles including CMU’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the CMU Orchestra, the Ardito Assai Woodwind Quintet, the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, and the CMU Bassoon Studio. Mr. Williamsen teaches baritone and low brass with Brighton High School’s Marching Band and South Lyon East’s Marching Band. In his spare time, he enjoys watching, playing, and talking about sports, including playing disk golf.  mwilliamsen@livingstonclassical.org

 

Ms. Ritchie

4th Grade

Miss Ritchie was born and raised in Michigan.  She had the opportunity to be homeschooled during her elementary and secondary education.  This experience gives her a unique approach to the classroom.  Miss Ritchie was formally trained as a teacher at Concordia University in Ann Arbor.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Language Arts.  She has had a wide variety of unique teaching experiences over the years.  She was selected to go to Hong Kong as a part of a team who taught English to students from three to twelve years old.  In the States she has taught in classrooms from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.  She has co-led afterschool writing programs and has led reading groups with students.  She has had the pleasure of teaching many students with different backgrounds and ability levels.  She looks forward to having the opportunity to impart a dynamic education to each student that enters her classroom and excitedly anticipates teaching at Livingston Classical Cyber Academy.

jritchie@livingstonclassical.org

 

Mr. Hollister

5th Grade & Athletic Director

Mr. Hollister is LCA’s fifth grade teacher and Athletic Director. Mr.Hollister graduated from Brighton High School where he played basketball and baseball for 4 years and soccer for 2 years.He went on to Spring Arbor University where he was a starting infielder on the SAU baseball team all 4 years. His SAU team made 2 NAIA World Series appearances in 2007 and 2008. From 2006 to 2015 Mr. Hollister ran summer and winter baseball camp at SAU for ages 7-18. He has taught kindergarten and second grade at Homer Elementary School. While teaching he was the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach, the head JV Baseball Coach, and in 2015 coached the 7th grade middle school boy’s basketball team. Mr. Hollister and his wife Jessica are proud parents of 2 children, Jack (2 years old), and Ella (2 months).  jhollister@livingstonclassical.org

Mrs. Cook

2nd Grade

Joan Cook received her B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan. She has taught 13 years in private schools, 12 of them in second grade. Joan and her husband Kevin have lived in Howell for 31 years where they have raised their 4 children. They are now the very proud grandparents of two. In her spare time Joan likes to read, scrapbook, and spend time with her family. She is also a huge U of M football and Detroit Tiger fan. Joan is very excited to be joining the Livingston Classical Cyber Academy to share her passion for children and education!  jcook@livingstonclassical.org

Mrs. Horste

6th Grade

Mrs. Horste graduated from Madonna University with a degree in Elementary Education and a ZA endorsement, along with additional endorsements in Family Life and Consumer Sciences. Her teaching experience includes preschool, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades in both public and private schools. She has also been a substitute teacher, taught science, sewing and hospitality to young women and volunteers at VBS. In addition to homeschooling her 4 sons, she has been an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America where her youngest son is completing his Eagle Scout rank, in order to join his brothers in this honor.  chorste@livingstonclassical.org

Mrs. Perrine

History

Mrs. Perrine graduated Salutatorian from a small private high school in Bradenton, Florida, where she participated in volleyball, drama, and earned the John Phillip Sousa award in Band. She received both her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of South Florida. Her specialization is the Classical World (Greece and Rome). Mrs. Perrine has taught in both private and public school. Her experience includes pre school,2nd grade, and grades 6-12. Recently she has been an Adjunct Professor of History at Concordia University in Ann Arbor where she taught Western Civilization, Ancient History,and the Classical World. This experience will be most valuable to her LCA students. Mrs. Perrine’s husband, Bill, teaches Music at Concordia University. Their son Ryan will be attending LCA this year. Mrs. Perrine enjoys cooking, fitness and gardening.  kperrine@livingstonclassical.org

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Mr. Carnesecchi

English Language Arts and Composition

Mr. Carnesecchi graduated from Livonia Stevenson High School where he was a captain on the Varsity Football team. After graduating from North Carolina State University with a degree in Education concentrating in Social Studies and Language Arts, he moved back to Michigan to teach middle and high school history and government at West Highland Christian Academy. There he challenged his students to study primary source documents and wrestle with deep themes of history through extensive writing assignments. Mr. Carnesecchi also taught middle school social studies and English language arts at a charter school in southern Wayne County. There he inspired his students to pursue excellence both in the classroom and in their personal lives. The Carnesecchis have 4 children ages 8, 6, 3, and 1. Mr. Carnesecchi enjoys gardening, caring for his family’s backyard chickens, studying American history and government policy and politics, and reading literary classics.  bcarnesecchi@livingstonclassical.org

Ms. Gullet

Kindergarten

Livingston Classical Cyber Academy welcomes Ms. Geralyn Gullet as our Kindergarten Teacher. She brings 26 years of teaching experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Ms. Gullet earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and her Masters Degree in School Guidance and Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. Ms. Gullet recognizes the uniqueness of each child and wants her students to leave her classroom feeling confident that they can apply what they have learned in school to real-life situations. Her goal is for her students to feel challenged and to have an enhanced passion for learning. Ms. Gullet and her family reside in Howell. She is the proud mother of twins, Jacob and Olivia. Her spare time is spent with family and friends, reading, and working on indoor and outdoor projects at her home.  ggullet@livingstonclassical.org

Mrs. Kent

Upper School Math

Mrs. Kent attended schools world-wide while traveling with her military family. For high school, she attended a small classical style private school in New England before earning her B.S. in Engineering from WPI in Massachusetts. After spending several years as an engineer at Ford Motor Company, she made the transition to teaching by earning Secondary Certifications in both Mathematics and Psychology. She then went on to earn her Master of Arts in Mathematics from Eastern Michigan University. Prior to coming to LCCA, Mrs. Kent was the sole teacher for the Alternative Education program for Pinckney Schools. She believes that any student can succeed in math, and enjoys working with students who express math phobia, particularly with word problems. In her spare time, she loves to travel, scrapbooking, and puzzles. She is also an avid Red Sox fan.
jkent@livingstonclassical.org

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Ms. Hileman

1st Grade

Jessica Hileman spent the past two years teaching first and second grade in Manistee, Michigan. She is from Howell, and went to Central Michigan University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, with a major in Mathematics and a minor in English Language Arts. She is one of seven children and has a nephew that she absolutely adores! She enjoys swimming, running, playing volleyball, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. She has known she wanted to be a teacher since she was 5 years old and feels honored every single day to be given the opportunity to grow and learn more about her passion. She can’t wait to make this year the greatest year ever!
jhileman@livingstonclassical.org