Grammar School Faculty
Renee Hart is the Kindergarten Teacher at TPS. She has skillfully served as a preschool and Kindergarten teacher here at TPS and at Stratford Classical Christian Academy for the past eight years and loves teaching younger children to begin to read, and to love Jesus and each another. Miss Hart is a member of Immanuel Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Medford.
Sally Saunders is the First Grade Teacher at TPS. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Delaware. She has homeschooled her children for eight years, is an active member in her church, and currently teaches the 5th-6th grade girls' Sunday School class. She loves to help children find pleasure in learning about God, the wonderful world He has created, and in discovering the kind of person He has created them to be.
Elina Gavras is the Second Grade Teacher at TPS. She has a Bachelor and Masters degree in Social Work from Georgian Court University and Rutgers University respectively. Her experience includes work with children at The Bancroft School, teaching Preschool, serving as a social worker with at risk families, and as a Sunday School teacher. She and her husband are active at St. Thomas Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill, and have three young children in their family, two of which attend TPS.
Lydia Lin is the Third Grade Teacher at TPS. She has a B.A. in Biblical and Religious Studies from Grove City College, has worked as a student assistant at Rowan and Grove City Colleges, served as a youth ministry intern, and taught with Urban Promise in Camden.
Melanie Machowski is the Fourth Grade Teacher at TPS. She has a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University, is a certified teacher in NJ and PA, and has six years of experience teaching in public schools. She has been homeschooling her children for the past nine years and has taught many homeschool co-op classes, as well as co-directed several musicals for homeschoolers. Most recently, Melanie has been a Foundations tutor for a local Classical Conversations homeschool community. She and her husband have three children and are members of Sovereign Grace Church in Marlton.
Ruth Allen is the Grammar School Principal at TPS. She has earned Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from Savannah College of Art and Design, and is a licensed architect in Pennsylvania. She previously worked with her husband for twelve years in their architectural practice in Harrisburg, PA, and is active in 1st-2nd grade education and in women’s leadership at Christ Community Church in Lindenwold. Ruth currently teaches Math 6. She and her husband, Tim, have three children enrolled at TPS.
Upper School Faculty
Juli Kilman is the 5-6th Grade Teacher at TPS. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Science in Global and Comparative Education from Drexel University. Juli is a certified teacher in the state of NJ and has over seven years experience in teaching in Christian and public school settings on levels ranging from Pre-School through 5th grade.
Brett Page is an Upper School Humanities Teacher at TPS. He has a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Wheaton College and a M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has served the local church for eight years in the areas of youth and young adult education and as a pastoral intern at Mercy Hill Presbyterian Church in Sewell.
Lucinda Newbill is an Upper School Teacher at TPS across several grade levels and subject areas. She has a B.A. with a double major in Classics and Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College and a M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. She serves on staff at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church and loves working with youth in the ministry of Christian education.
Chris Fischer is the Upper School Science Teacher at TPS. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Ursinus College and a M.S. in Science in Microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University. He has worked in both industrial and academic labs for nineteen years, with experience in protein chemistry, microbiology, and molecular biology. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in Microbiology at Rowan College in Gloucester County where he has taught for six years.
Kathy Francis is the Upper School Math Teacher at TPS. She has a B.A. in Business Administration from Cedarville Univer-sity and extensive college coursework and educational enrichment in advanced mathematics. She has taught Geometry through AP Calculus courses at Christian schools for almost ten years and even longer through private tutoring and in SAT prep work. She holds teacher certifications in the state of NJ and through the ACSI in Mathematics.
Kalla Elwell is the Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 Teacher at TPS. She has a B.A. in Spanish from Rowan University and has lived abroad in Spain for almost a year. Kalla is devoted to the gospel and work of discipleship, and has served in Young Life and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She married her husband Ryan in August of 2016.
Tim Allen is the Upper School Bible Teacher at TPS. He has a B.Arch. degree from Temple University, a M.Div. from Evan-gelical Seminary, and is the pastor of Christ Community Church in Lindenwold, NJ. Tim transitioned into full-time pastoral ministry in 2011. He is married to Ruth, and they have three children who are enrolled at TPS.
Matt Williams is the TPS Administrator and 9-12th Grade Omnibus Teacher. He has a B.A. in Bible from Columbia Bible College and a M.A.R. in Theological Studies and completed doctoral course work and exams in Apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has ten years of experience in administration and teaching in ACCS schools, and has previously served the church for six years as a full-time Youth Director.
Music and Art Faculty
Mandy Milne is the Grammar and Upper School Music Teacher at TPS. She has a Bachelors degree in Music Education and Music Therapy, and a Masters degree in Music Education from East Carolina University, with advanced degrees from Peabody Preparatory School of John Hopkins University and from the Tanglewood Institute of Boston University. She brings a love of music to her students, and has been a music educator for more than thirty years teaching choirs, instrumental ensembles, and band. In addition to being a homeschool mom of three, she keeps busy conducting the children’s and adult choirs of Immanuel Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Bellmawr, NJ.
Tim Carroll is an Instrumental Music Teacher at TPS. He has a B.A. in Music Education and an earned degree in violin performance from Temple University. At TPS, and three other Christian schools, he teaches strings (violin, viola, cello, & double bass), keyboard, and piano, and leads its three ensembles (beginner, junior, and senior groups). He has over a decade of experience playing violin, fiddle, and viola in many settings throughout the Tri-State area, including weddings,
funerals, concerts, square dances, parties, restaurants, and more.
Becky Russell is the Art Teacher at TPS. She has an Associates of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and ten years of experience as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. Last year she did a great job as an art instructor with our Lower School students, and has agreed to take on an expanded role with TPS for the 2017-2018 school year.