Tutor Faculty

About our Tutors

The SCA tutor faculty exemplify Christian character and personal commitment to lifelong learning.  Every faculty member is a vital asset to the success of SCA and the growth of the child into becoming a mature adult.

To this end, we expect our faculty to understand our mission and teaching methods; not be content with the passing of facts but the cultivation of virtue and Christian character; seek to connect every subject with life and eternity in a winsome fashion; hold a strong standard of decorum both personally and among the student body; and to commit themselves to partner with parents through community and genuine Christian love.

If you are a prospective tutor who shares our philosophy and embraces the vision of our Mission Statement, we encourage you to visit our employment page.

2016-2017 Tutor Faculty

Pre-K to 4th Grade

Mrs. Jen Mattingly

Pre-Kindergarten: 2-Day

Mrs. Mattingly has been a tutor with SCA since 2012. Before that, she taught in the elementary grades for five years in public schools. Mrs. Mattingly graduated in 2000 from Bellarmine University with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Mrs. Mattingly and her husband, Chris, feel blessed to be parents to Andrew, Avery, and Amelia. She considers it pure joy to serve Christ and partner with the families of SCA to train the hearts and minds of their children.

Mrs. Candida Herald

Kindergarten: 3-Day

Mrs. Herald joined the SCA faculty for the 2015-2016 school-year. Previously, she was employed for many years in the social work field. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved to Louisville to play softball at the University of Louisville. Mrs. Herald is also the parent of three SCA students.

Ms. Tekoah Lawson


Miss Lawson has been teaching with SCA since 1999. She is the author of the Master Faster Program used in kindergarten through fourth grade and has also developed the kindergarten lesson plans. Miss Lawson is a certified Master Trainer with the Riggs Phonogram Program and has also completed training through the National Association of Learning Disabilities.

Mrs. Jessica Williams

1st Grade: 2-Day

Mrs. Williams joined the SCA faculty for the 2016-2017 academic year. She is the mother of two SCA elementary students: Madelyn and Noah. Mrs. Williams recognizes that the education of children is an incredible responsibility under God, and she believes that SCA greatly benefits students by giving them an opportunity to be with other children, parents, and tutors in a community of shared beliefs and values.

Mrs. Itamara Stocker

1st Grade: 3-Day

Mrs. Stocker has been a tutor with SCA since 2014. She has spent most of her professional career in the realm of education. She attended Florida Southern College, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-K Primary Education. In Florida, she worked as a public school teacher for 3 years, a Math tutor, and as a teacher at a day care. Immediately before coming to SCA, she worked as a bilingual instructor for Jefferson County Public Schools. In 2010, she moved with her husband to Kentucky with the desire to attend the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mrs. Stocker has a love for seeing the gospel proclaimed, and she strives to teach in a way that is aimed at glorifying God.

Ms. Debbie Mather

2nd Grade

Ms. Mather has worked at SCA since 1998. She has taught first and second grade and writes curriculum for the Elementary program. Her degree is in Elementary Education and she is working towards a Master’s degree as a Reading and Writing Specialist through the University of the Cumberlands. She has two daughters: Abbie and Meggie. She truly finds it a blessing to partner with such wonderful families at SCA.

Mrs. Emily Abernathy

3rd Grade

Mrs. Abernathy joined the SCA faculty for the 2014-2015 school-year. Mrs. Abernathy earned a degree from Baptist Bible College. Through Baptist Bible College, she performed her student teaching, and she was made aware of the classic, Christian model of education. Mrs. Abernathy helped SCA with curriculum development through the summers of 2015 and 2016. God has truly gifted Mrs. Abernathy with teaching ability, and she is eager to use His gifting in her life for His glory.

Mrs. Paige Roach

3rd Grade Aide

Mrs. Roach joined SCA for the 2016-2017 school year.  She and her husband, Kyle, moved from their home state of West Virginia in 2007 for Southern Seminary. Kyle has since graduated, but their church and SCA have helped make Louisville a true home.   Mrs. Roach comes from a background of teaching in the public school system and is very thankful to now be a part of Christ-Centered Classical Education, both as a homeschool mom and tutor.  She and her husband are the parents of two SCA students, Owen and Ethan.

Mrs. Candi Ames

4th Grade

Mrs. Ames has worked at SCA since 2010. As a 4th grade tutor, she teaches subjects that Spelling, Song School Latin, Scripture, Bridge to the Latin Road, Literature, and Writing. Mrs. Ames received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Milligan College. Her husband, Steven Ames, is a realtor with Keller Williams Realty. Her children are Mary Beth (who graduated in 2012, and who will be leading the Drama program at SCA), Tyler, Emily, and Claire. She enjoys teaching the 4th grade students and preparing them for middle school. SCA is a blessing in her family’s life, and she is excited and grateful to partner with the 4th grade families in homeschooling their children.

Mr. Brian Ott

1st-4th Grade: Art

Mr. Ott joined the SCA faculty for the 2015-2016 school-year. He is Pastor of Worship Arts at Hunsinger Lane Baptist Church. He is married to Elizabeth. Mr. Ott believes it is our responsibility to pass on the truth of the gospel as commanded by Christ, and he believes that passing on gospel truth can start by teaching all subjects in light of God as Creator of all things.

Ms. Christina Gonzalez

1st-4th Grade: Choir

Miss Gonzalez joined the SCA faculty for the 2015-2016 school-year. Prior to joining SCA, she has had over 7 years of teaching experience. Miss Gonzalez takes great joy in watching students learn and grow, and she is continually reminded of what a gift it is to be able to invest in the lives of children.

5th to 12th Grade

Mr. Steve Aldridge


This is Mr. Aldridge’s second academic year teaching Economics for SCA. (Economics is taught every other year, and Mr. Aldridge taught in 2014-2015.) Mr. Aldridge is a financial advisor with about 21 years of experience in his field. Mr. Aldridge has two upper grades boys at SCA this year: David (a senior) and Ethan (a sophomore).

Mrs. Lisa Banta

Advanced Math, Algebra I, and Calculus

Mrs. Banta has been with SCA since 2001. At SCA she teaches Math and Physical Education. She is also the Vice-Principal and the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Student Life. Mrs. Banta completed a double major in Mathematics and Political Science with secondary education certification from Campbellsville University. She earned her Rank II in education from Spalding University. Mrs. Banta taught in public school systems for seven years before coming to SCA. Her husband, Tony is a nurse practitioner with the Public Health Service. They have three children: Lucas, Emma, and Jack.

Mrs. Caffy Whitney

Art History

Mrs. Whitney teaches Art History. In the past, she has taught Drawing and after school art classes for SCA. She has been teaching for over 10 years. She has an associate’s degree and a bachelor of applied science in commercial art from University of Arkansas and The College of DuPage in Chicago. She has been a freelance illustrator for about 30 years. She also teaches art lessons privately and is a designer/muralist. Mrs. Whitney is the director of the Student Wives Institute in Discipleship at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is married to Dr. Don Whitney, who is a professor at Southern Seminary. They have one child, Laurelen, a 2011 graduate of DSCS, now known as SCA.

Mr. Gene Lawson

History and Geography

Mr. Lawson has been teaching at SCA for over 20 years. He teaches fifth through eighth grade Geography and World History. Mr. Lawson graduated from Spalding University with a degree in occupational therapy and is married to Mrs. Sandra Lawson, the Director of SCA. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Mr. Lawson’s list of inspirations includes: Jesus, Job, Sandy Lawson, his children and grandchildren, Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and John Wayne, to name just a few.

Ms. Andrea Mellinger

Worldview Studies, Debate, Math 6/5, Logic

Miss Mellinger has joined Sayers Classical Academy for the 2016-2017 school year and is teaching Worldview Studies, Debate, Math 6/5, and Logic to the 7th-8th grade girls. A graduate of The King’s College in New York City, Miss Mellinger completed her B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics in 2012. While in college she competed in British Parliamentary Debate and worked as a Teacher’s Assistant for the Associate Professor of English and Education. Since graduating, she has discovered the joy of teaching Logic, Algebra, Writing, and ESL for adults.

Mr. Andrew Lindsey

Writing and Literature; Latin 2A

Mr. Lindsey earned a B.A. in History and an M.Ed from Georgia State University, an M.Div in Biblical and Theological Studies and a Th.M in Church History from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has teaching experience in both public and private schools—from middle school through college—as well as many years of teaching experience in the church (through various Sunday school classes, Children’s Church, and other venues). Mr. Lindsey’s greatest passion in life is making the good news of the Lord Jesus known to those who have never heard it before and making this gospel message more clearly known to those who are already following Christ. Andrew is married to Abby, and they have three children: Christian, Georgia, and Aurora.

Mr. Andrew Pritchett

General Science, 5/6 Science, Anatomy & Physiology, and Theatre

Mr. Pritchett serves as the associate pastor of Victory Memorial Baptist Church in South Louisville. He is originally from Atlanta, and he graduated from both North Greenville University (2006) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2014). He has been married to Kelly since 2010, and has three children: Bram, Annabelle, and Maddux. He is excited about the opportunity to serve as a Science educator, teaching students to have their faith enriched by Science, and aiding students who might desire to pursue a career in the sciences to know that they can indeed be excellent scientists and faithful historically orthodox Christians.

Ms. Kayla Stevens

Writing and Literature; High School Colloquial

While Miss Stevens is a proud Tennessean by birth, she grew up traveling the world, residing for several years in East Asia and in Russia. After earning her B.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Liberty University, she moved to Louisville to pursue a Master’s Degree from Southern Seminary. Her passions include studying languages, reading poetry, learning truths from God’s Word, and sharing those truths with others.

Mr. Nathan Sundt

Logic, Introduction to Rhetoric, Latin 1B and 2B, Analyzing Literature & Composition, and Senior Thesis

Mr. Sundt is from Michigan by way of South Carolina. He graduated from both North Greenville University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is also currently in the Ph.D program. He is married to Amy Sundt, our office manager. He finds great joy in instructing and encouraging others toward Christ, and has found that growth in Christ represents human maturity as well.

Mrs. Jessica Tkach


Mrs. Tkach has joined Sayers for the 2016-2017 school year. She graduated magna cum laude from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina with a B.A. in political science- international relations. She also played volleyball for The Citadel and later came back to be the assistant coach for the team. She moved to Louisville with her husband Joseph and baby girl Adelaide, to finish her M.A. in Missions at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She hopes her family can serve the Lord on the mission field after graduating.

Mrs. Stephanie Day

Math 7/6, Algebra 1/2, and Chemistry

Mrs. Day has joined the SCA faculty for the 2016-2017 school year as a part of the Mathematics and Science departments. Mrs. Day holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Louisville, Speed Scientific School. Prior to starting a family, Mrs. Day was a Project Manager for a Louisville-based construction company. She and her husband, Chris, have three children, Jacob, Caitlin and Rachel, all of whom attend Sayers. She has been a part of the SCA community for the past six years as a homeschool mom and is excited to join the SCA faculty.

Mr. Mircea Ionescu

Boys’ Choir and 1st-6th Grade Strings

Mr. Ionescu joined the SCA faculty for the 2016–2017 school year.He is originally from Romania. He received his Bachelor’s in Education with an emphasis in string pedagogy at Roosevelt University, he has served as a music minister in church settings, he has completed Suzuki Training Book 1 through Book 8, he has been teaching private lessons and group lessons for over a decade, and he is passionate about teaching.

Ms. Mary Beth Ames


Miss Ames is directing the after-school Drama program and taught Introduction to Drama to the 5th-10th graders. Before teaching at Sayers, she attended SCA for thirteen years. Her mother currently teaches fourth grade at SCA, and her siblings also attend classes here. She is currently attending Indiana University Southeast with the hope to transfer to Columbia College Chicago, where she will pursue a BFA in Theatre Technology and a Masters in Arts Management.