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Tutor Bios

Dr. Lydia Asana

Physical Science | Physics | Geometry| Academic Advisory Board

Dr. Asana is a founding member of the Libertas Scholars leadership team. She holds a bachelor's degree in Biology, a master’s in nonprofit management, and a Ph.D. in public policy and administration.  She is involved in global health education and outreach and has coordinated numerous global, multi-disciplinary, and cross-institutional events on global health.

She views learning as an integrative process of building and applying knowledge and appreciates the freedom to help students recognize God’s hand in all subject areas, particularly the sciences. She is committed to making science fun while helping students develop a strong foundation for future science courses by developing good habits for scientific processes.

Lydia has tutored Libertas students in physical Science, physics, Geometry, and STEM. Lydia and her family have been homeschooling for over a decade and enjoy traveling nationally and internationally.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

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Christie Bancalari

World Cultural Geography | STEM | Academic Adviosry Board

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Jenifer Rawlings

Food Science/ Wellness | Academic Advisory Board

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Dr. Wil Ngwa

Physical Science | Physics 

Dr. Wil Ngwa, is a university professor in physics and medical physics and has taught at multiple universities including Harvard, University of Massachusetts, University of Central Florida and Florida Polytechnic University. He has held guest professorships at University of Pennsylvania and University of Heidelberg in Germany and is an award winning cancer researcher.

 

He believes scientific research provides opportunities to discover more about the wonders of God’s creation and His infinite knowledge. Wil is passionate about global health and works to increase access to global health care, research, and education. Wil has co-tutored Libertas students in physical science, and physics and enjoys serving as a guest tutor for science classes.

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Colleen Fleshood

Algebra 1 | Algebra 2 

Mrs. Fleshood started homeschooling her 5 kids in 2004. In that time she learned many things, including her love for teaching math. She and her growing kids have enjoyed participating in 8 homeschool programs over the years. She joined Libertas Scholars in their inaugural year, and has taught both Algebra 1 and 2 there.

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Julie Crawford

HS English Honors | 8th-9th grade English Honors

Mrs. Julie Crawford holds a B.S. in Nutrition Science from The University of Georgia, and was previously employed in both clinical and public health settings, providing nutrition and health education.

Mrs. Crawford has been actively teaching and leading in the homeschool arena for over twenty years, teaching her own three children at home and also working as a co-op director for a large and vibrant homeschool group in the Winter Springs area.  In 2011, she developed the curriculum and created the online classroom for a freshman Humanities class, which encompassed instruction in English I Honors, United States History Honors, and Bible. She continued to teach this course for the next seven years until 2018.

In the past couple of years, Mrs. Crawford has enjoyed continuing to develop curriculum and teach in the home for her youngest child and a few companion students. She is also enjoying partnering in ministry with her husband Brad, who is the Director of Baptist Collegiate Ministries at the University of Central Florida. Mrs. Crawford delights in learning – especially in the areas of language, literature and Bible study - and she loves sharing what she learns with those who journey along beside her!

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Haydee Kirwan

HS Spanish 1, 2, 3 | Conversational Tutoring

Mrs. Haydee Kirwan holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering. She has been married to her better half, Steve, for almost 23 years. They have two boys, a Junior and a 4th grader, who they have been homeschooling for 11 years.

 

Teaching Spanish and sharing the rich cultural heritage of Spanish speaking countries is one of her greatest passions. Born and raised in México, she loves its culture and traditions. Her dad instilled his love of traveling in her when she was very young. After college she moved to Tucson, AZ to continue her graduate studies in Electrical Engineering and later took an engineering job with GTE. This allowed her to travel to Argentina for about 6 months. Soon after, she found herself traveling and working in Spain and Portugal, where she also learned Portuguese. All of this explains her deep  appreciation for the rich cultures and the people of Latin America, Spain and Portugal.  This taught her a real appreciation for immersion to learn a new language. She now incorporates this into her Spanish classes. 
 

Allie Mancini Cota

Latin | Academic Advisory Board

Mrs. Allie Cota earned a Bachelor's in Social Work and one in Radio/ TV from the UCF.  She also earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from FSU. Before homeschooling, Allie enjoyed the many years she spent working in the area of counseling and therapy both in the non-profit and private sectors. 

Since beginning her homeschooling journey, Allie has taught her own children and others at home and in a classroom setting. Through programs like Classical Conversations, Science Olympiad, and Libertas Scholars, Allie has received great joy in working alongside amazing students and families.  

 

It is her pleasure and delight to be teaching Latin at Libertas for the third year. She is passionate about exploring this magnificent language and ancient culture with her students. Her favorite part of being a Latin tutor is seeing the student's faces light up as they find great joy and mastery over learning this beautiful ancient language! 

 

She and her husband, Anthony, have been married for 23 years and have 4 children. They have been homeschooling for 12 years.  It has been a sweet joy to have 2 of her children graduate and follow in their parent's footsteps at UCF. 

 

In her free time, she enjoys to travel, garden, and care for Monarch Caterpillars.

Psalm 25:5 Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long

Rebecca Newman

Botany | Logic and Rhetoric

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Emma Abueg

English 6th- 7th| Wellnes 

Mrs. Abueg was a fine arts photography major at Miami Dade College and a certified Health Coach and Yoga instructor. Her hobbies include interior design and she has always enjoyed staying healthy and teaching children. Her husband has had his own web design business and she writes and edits content for many of his sites.

They have three amazing kids: one in high school, one in middle school, and her youngest a boy in 3rd grade. She has homeschooled for the past 8 years. She loves being able to connect to her kids while homeschooling and teaching them to love learning and seek Christ in their lives. Her love for growing and learning has always been an inspiration through the years. She has a passion for teaching and learning with children of all ages.

Eileen Wern

Claritas | Art

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Lisa Narva

Claritas | Elementary English

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Roxana Dickerson

American Government and Economics

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Dawn Michel

AP Statistics Tutoring

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