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Our teachers are dedicated Christians who seek to live their faith as they serve their students with compassion and justice.

Kim Torquato | Terry Gilleland | Denise Troxel | May Fung | Richard Kantzer
Shirley Rodriguez-DeCicco | Alba Lucia Thomas | Matthew Rucker | Jeanne Yoon | Joanna Yuhas


Kim Torquato
Director of Stone Hill Learning Center
email: ktorquato@outlook.com
Kim Torquato graduated with a BS degree in psychology from Syracuse University. She worked for several years at a Christian counseling agency in New York before returning to school to study computer programming. She received a postgraduate certification in computer programming and taught several classes in programming as a teaching assistant at North Carolina State University. While working on her master's degree in computer engineering, her first child was born. Mrs. Torquato and her family moved to Princeton in 1992 where her husband took a position as Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University. Their second child was born in 1993, just after Mrs. Torquato began teaching at Westerly Learning Center. She currently serves as the Director of SHLC and is the science education coordinator.

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Terry Gilleland
Algebra Teacher
Terry Gilleland received a Masters in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1995. She tutored physics and engineering classes throughout her college years. She worked as a research scientist in the Princeton area for 13 years before becoming a stay-at-home mother of a son and daughter. In 2011 Terry began homeschooling her children and continues to discover the joys and challenges homeschooling families experience. Terry is excited to teach math at the Learning Center and hopes to infuse mathematics instruction with examples from science and engineering.

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Denise Troxel
Writing Teacher
Originally from Louisiana, Denise Troxel graduated from Baylor University with a BS in education. After moving to Princeton in the 1990's, she assisted her husband with youth group at Westerly Road Church. Denise also taught junior and middle school level classes at Westerly Learning Center, and began the twelve year adventure of homeschooling her three children. Recently, she and her husband have returned to Princeton, after living and working in North Africa for three years. Denise is delighted to return to Stone Hill Learning Center

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May Fung
Teacher of Shakespearean Drama
May is a native of Hong Kong and received her academic training from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Merging her creative capacities with her organizational skills, she has staged original productions as well as productions of Shakespeare. Her students consistently receive excellent reviews when they participate in statewide Shakespeare festivals. She is a dynamic and passionate teacher with more than ten years of experience coaching youths and adults on various academic subjects. Her specialties are in speech presentation, choral recitation, and Shakespearean acting. She has also successfully homeschooled her two children through high school – her daughter graduated from Wheaton College in December 2013, and her son is a 2014 high school graduate attending Gordon College in the fall. When she is not preparing for her classes or sewing costumes for her students, May enjoys a wide variety of hobbies including cooking, gardening, and playing word games.

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Richard Kantzer
Latin Teacher
Richard Kantzer graduated with a B.A. degree in history from Trinity College in Deerfield, IL, after which he attended seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, earning an M.A. in New Testament along with an M.Div. He attended Yale University where he earned an M.A. and M.Phil. in the Graduate School Dept. of Religious Studies. While at Yale he served part time as assistant pastor in a small Evangelical Free Church and was active in the Yale Christian Fellowship (IVCF) where he met his wife, Huaiching, whom he married in 1979. Richard and Huaiching have three children, ages 28 to 12 and live in Hopewell Township, NJ. They actively serve as members of Stone Hill Church of Princeton. Last year Richard completed 20 years of teaching theology, church history, ethics and spiritual formation at Bethel Seminary of the East, an east coast branch of Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. In summer term 2013, he’ll be teaching an online ethics course for Bethel. Along the years of education, Richard studied Latin at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Columbia University (NYC), and Yale University. Richard enjoys languages and tries to keep up some of his French and German, along with the biblical languages and the historically and culturally important Latin. Most of his Latin reading and translation has been done in 17th C. theological works. Richard still hopes someday to learn to carry on a conversation in Chinese. When he’s not reading and studying, Richard enjoys canoeing and camping with his family.

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Shirley Rodriguez-DeCicco
Junior Level Teacher
Shirley Rodriguez-DeCicco is originally from Costa Rica, where she studied English Literature and Linguistics at the University of Costa Rica. In Costa Rica she worked as a translator for World Vision and later as a Spanish Professor at the Spanish Language Institute. Besides receiving training in teaching Spanish as a Second Language, she has had extensive training and experience in Cross Cultural Communication. She has also taught English as a Second Language to children kindergarten to 4th grade in Turkey as well as in Costa Rica.
Her homeschooling journey started when her oldest son, now in college, was in second grade, 12 years ago. She and her family have enjoyed homeschooling very much ever since.

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Alba Lucia Thomas
Spanish Teacher
Alba Lucia Thomas is a native Spanish-speaker who was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She was awarded a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in 1987 in computer science. In 1989, she earned her Master’s degree in computer science from The University of North Carolina. She worked at Telcordia Technologies for more than 12 years, having the opportunity to travel to Central and South America as a Business Developer. She homeschools her four children; two in high school, one in middle school and one in elementary school. Alba Lucia has been teaching Spanish in New Jersey for many years. She has taught ESL at the Plainfield library, Spanish at the Montessori school in Bridgewater, Salta Jump into Spanish in Princeton , and to the Homeschool community at HSN (Home School Support Network) in Lawrenceville. For the past two years, she has helped to lead a missionary team in Colombia, from Tenth Presbyterian Church, in Philadelphia, instructing children and women. She is passionate about teaching others.

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Matthew Rucker
History Teacher
Matthew is a Masters of Divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary from Phoenix, AZ with a B.A. in the Humanities from Biola University. Prior to enrolling at Princeton Seminary, he worked as a middle and high school humanities teacher at Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, Arizona.
Matthew's interests include baseball, golf, outdoor adventures, reading, cooking, and spending time with his wife, Madeline.

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Jeanne Yoon
Writing and Communications Coach
Jeanne Yoon graduated with a BS in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has worked for over 10 years in chemical and pharmaceutical industries through Fortune 500 companies. Her family immigrated from South Korea when she was 8 years old. Living through the traditional NYC education system with honors and AP courses in history, English, and sciences eased her family's eventual transition into homeschooling. Since 2002, she successfully homeschooled three older children through high school who are attending TCNJ, Villanova and Wheaton on scholarships, and honors programs. She has enjoyed teaching many homeschool groups with Charlotte Mason method, Apologia sciences, IEW and various curriculum. Her family has organized and coached in National History Day and NCFCA competitions. As a member of Princeton Alliance Church, she has taught many years in children and adult ministries locally and in international mission trips. She is looking forward to coaching and sharing love of learning with her youngest child, and families here at the Learning Center.

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Joanna Yuhas
ScienceTeacher
Joanna Yuhas is a recent graduate from the College of New Jersey with a BS in Elementary Education and STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) as well as a minor in music. After graduating, she decided to travel and spent a year working as an au pair in Melbourne, Australia while exploring the rest of that beautiful country. Since returning to America, she spends her time either working at the West Trenton Pharmacy, where she has worked as a Pharmacy Technician for the last four years or volunteering at Princeton Community Church, where she is a youth leader for middle and high school students. When she isn't at either of these places she is probably updating her blog or reading a book. Joanna loves teaching science and is excited to have the opportunity to teach the "Adventures in Science" class at The Stone Hill Learning Center this year.

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