About Us OUR PEOPLE Renew Christian Academy Renew Christian AcademyRegistration & Info About Us Renew Christian Academy Staff Shannon Carpino, M.Ed. Director Bio Catherine Rozenboom Administrative Assistant Bio Renew Christian Academy Faculty Dr. Brett Armstrong AP European History, US History, World History Bio Shannon Bain Theatre I, Theatre II, Speech and Debate Bio Cindy Buss 8th and 10th grade English Language Arts Bio Teasi Cannon 6th Math, 6th English Language Arts, 7th English Language Arts Bio Lindsey Conner Life Skills, Geography and Culinary Bio Damien Charley Apologetics Bio Tiffie Rosen AP US Government, Standard US Government, Personal Finance Bio Joselyn Zepeda Spanish I, Spanish II (possible Spanish III) Bio Shannon Carpino, M.Ed. Shannon has been involved with education since 2006. With a background as a public school teacher, Shannon began teaching at homeschool tutorials after her last child was born. During this time, she continued her education and earned her Masters of Education-Administration and Supervision degree. In 2014, Shannon expanded her teaching experience from children to adults. She has written two books and a teaching curriculum focused on empowering women to overcome difficult life circumstances through finding their identity in Christ. She has contributed to various blog posts, podcasts, radio shows, live speaking events, Featured Contributor to Keep the Faith Radio, is currently a contributor to LifeWay’s Homelife magazine, and more. Shannon continues to devote time to local prison ministries where she teaches women in the prison and mentors those transitioning back into the community. Shannon is thrilled to be a part of Renew Christian Academy! She is passionate about equipping students to become leaders who are strong in their faith and confident about heading out into the world. RCA’s mission to provide a college-prep academic experience with a focus on discipleship is a unique one that will have a lasting impact on students, families and the community. Shannon is honored to be part of the Renew Christian Academy family, and is eager to see the amazing things the Lord is going to do those that walk through the doors. Catherine Rozenboom Catherine has been married to her husband, Michael, for 22 years, and she has been his real estate assistant for 16 years. They have three teenage children, whom Catherine has homeschooled all the way through, so far. She enjoys reading, puzzles, and going on walks or hikes. Dr. Brett Armstrong My name is Dr. Brett Armstrong and I am married with three children. Our two oldest are now in college and our youngest son is a junior in high school. I graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. with a degree in Economics and Business Administration. After college I worked in youth ministry for several years in my hometown of Atlanta. It was there that I realized that I loved teaching young adults. I went back to school, earning a M.A. in European History from Georgia State University in Atlanta. We then moved to Nashville, where I completed my Ph.D. in European History at Vanderbilt University. I taught at Trevecca Nazarene University for 15 years before moving to Utah to serve as the principal of a small Christian k-12 school in Salt Lake City. I’ve been a high school and college teacher and soccer coach for the past 20 years and I’m happiest when I’m hiking, camping, and fly-fishing, especially in the mountains of the western U.S. Shannon Bain Shannon has been a professional actor, theatre director, producer, and teacher for the past 20 years. He recently graduated (2019) from the M.F.A. program at The University of Southern Mississippi where he studied under Lou Rackoff (NYC’s Public Theatre). Before The University of Southern Mississippi, Shannon completed his undergraduate degree in speech and theatre (with an emphasis in performance, education and child drama) at Middle Tennessee State University. After graduation Shannon taught music and theatre at NYC’s Manhattan Christian School for two years. Shannon did some off Broadway work as an actor including the role of the preacher in St. Vincent’s Players’ production of “Footloose”. He also founded The SlapDab Theatre Company, an off Broadway theatre company that produced the works of Southern playwrights. Shannon’s directing credits include Ken Ludwig’s “The Three Musketeers”, Tennessee Williams’ “The Night of the Iguana”, “Bulrusher”, and most recently The Watershed Theater Company’s production of “Alice in Wonderland”. Some of his favorite acting roles include Uncle Ernie in “The Who’s Tommy”, Scanlon in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, Satin in “The Lower Depths”, Mr. Mulleady in “The Hostage”, and his Dove Award nominated turn and the originator of the roles of Devlin and also The Crippled in Eddie DeGarmo (yes, there is a connection with him and our very own Ms. Shannon DeGarmo-Carpino) and Bob Farrell’s “Hero: The Rock Opera”. Shannon also served as a theatre consultant and did some staging of the actors for that production. Shannon is incredibly excited for this next chapter of his journey as a teacher at this brand new school that is sure to be a life changer for all involved. Cindy Buss I am excited to be part of the Renew Christian Academy family. While I have taught every grade from first to twelfth, I feel at home in the junior high/high school classroom. I have taught in private schools in New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching from Concordia University Chicago and a Master of Teaching degree from Aquinas College. In my spare time, I enjoy quilting, do-it-yourself projects, and “junkin’”. Needless to say, I am passionate about reading and writing, and am looking forward to providing my students with the skills necessary to succeed at whatever they choose to do in life. Teasi Cannon Teasi Cannon is a wife, mother, teacher, author, and lifelong learner who loves to share this truth: God is real and good, and He never fails. Teasi holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Middle Tennessee State University School of Education and Behavioral Science and an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty Theological Seminary. She has years of experience as an educator in home, private, and public education. Teasi is a confessed book addict with a passion for studying apologetics and theology, and when she’s not spending time with family, you can most often find her sitting in her favorite spot on the couch with a book (preferably hard copy) in one hand and a hot mug of coffee in the other. Teasi lives south of Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and best friend Bill. They have three amazing children who all grew up far too quickly, a wonderful son-in-law who supplies all the board games for family fun, and a beautiful new grandbaby girl. For more about Teasi, check out her website at www.teasicannon.com. Lindsey Conner What an opportunity to be a part of Renew Christian Academy! I have a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and a minor in Marketing from Harding University. I have homeschooled my 14-year- old son and 11-year-old daughter for 7 years. We also foster two toddlers that we are hoping to adopt. Equipping children for life past high school graduation, practical skills, the opportunities of learning-by-doing, has birthed two of the classes I teach: Life Skills and Culinary Arts. In addition to Life Skills and Culinary Arts, I will be using my experience I’ve gained in teaching Classical Conversations to offer Geography, as well. In my spare time, I enjoy projects on our property, tending to my flock of chickens, gardening, cooking and baking. I’m looking forward to the fun hands-on-learning experience we will have at Renew Christian Academy. Damien Charley Damien has over 20 years experience in ministry with over half of those personally working with students and families. He’s currently the Family Discipleship Minister at Harpeth Christian Church where he teaches Jr. & Sr. High Students weekly. Seminars & teachings to help equip parents to disciple their students are also under his care. Damien graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Engineering in 1999 with his concentration being in Engineering Science & Industry. He also was a scholarship athlete on the football team where he played defensive back and was a return specialist. Damien has audited several classes through the Athens Institute of Ministry, which has its roots in the Restoration Movement. He’s been an ordained minister for 16 years and enjoys specifically ministering to high school students. Damien and his lovely wife have been married for 21 years and have 4 children. He enjoys working out, playing basketball, golf, and spending time with his family. Tiffie Rosen My name is Tiffie Rosen and I look forward to joining the staff of Renew Christian Academy. I am a wife and mother of three, mostly grown, children; our youngest is currently a junior at Franklin High School. I received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, with a major in Government, from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Political Science from Vanderbilt University, both in the early 1990s. My experience in education, prior to starting a family, include substitute teaching in Davidson County Schools, tutoring at Sylvan Learning Center, and teaching classes at a correctional facility. After many years home with my children, I spent the past two years (Fall 2018 – Spring 2020) teaching History and World Geography classes at Franklin Christian Academy. Currently, I am busy tutoring and substitute teaching in Williamson County Schools. During my free time, I love reading nonfiction, walking with friends, putting together jigsaw puzzles, going to jazzercise, and knitting (just learned but truly enjoy it). I value public discourse and am passionate about engaging high school students in mature discussions about the way our government works and the gifts of freedom and liberty we not only possess, but steward, as American citizens. Joselyn Zepeda My Name is Joselyn E. Zepeda and I was born and raised in Mexico. I am a disciple of Christ and I am passionate about discipling/mentoring teens as I walk with God. After college,I met my husband Adam and we have been married for 12 years. We have a son, Jonathan, who is a joy to be around. Our household is bicultural and love that we can teach our son 2 languages and cultures. I came to the USA to earn my degree in Psychology with a Minor in Youth Ministry from Harding University 2005. Since, I have done all kinds of things: I’ve taught English at middle and high school levels in Mexico. I have worked as a ELL teacher’s aid in Oregon and I have been a substitute teacher in NM and TX. I am excited to teach and share my native language and culture with our students!