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.

2017-2018 Tutor Faculty

Pre-K to 4th Grade

Mrs. Charla Morris

Pre-K: 2-Day

Mrs. Morris joined SCA for the 2017-2018 academic year. She is a mother of three who attend Sayers. She has prior experience in developing Bible curriculum for children, ages 3-5, and in training teachers. Outside of teaching at SCA, she is also a doula for Sweet Welcome Birth Services, which she owns.

Miss Katie Hufstedler

Pre-K: 3-Day

Miss Hufstedler is a graduate of Boyce College with her degree in biblical counseling. She has lived in Louisville for 7 years and faithfully serves in the children’s ministry at Crossing Church. Katie has a deep love for children and is excited for her first year at Sayers in the Pre-K program.

Miss 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. Susanne Kinnaird

Kindergarten: Aide

Mrs. Kinnaird was integral, in the early years of our educational institution, to helping Mrs. Lawson with establishing what is now known as Sayers Classical Academy. Ms. Kinnaird served on the Board of Directors for SCA for several years. We are so glad to have her back on-campus helping with both the Kindergarten class and our Art classes.

Mrs. Jen Mattingly

1st Grade: 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

1st Grade: 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. 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. Anna Bliss

2nd Grade: Aide

Mrs. Bliss joined the SCA staff for the 2017-2018 school year. Previously, she worked for an early intervention program and has her degree in Communication Disorders. She is excited to learn from SCA and to be involved with Classical Education. She resides with her husband in Louisville where they own a woodworking business.

Mrs. Paige Roach

3rd Grade: 2-Day

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. Emily Abernathy

3rd Grade: 3-Day

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. Heather Johnson

3rd Grade: Aide

Mrs. Johnson joined SCA for the 2017-2018 academic year. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is passionate about helping to create a safe, positive, supportive, and fun learning environment where students are taught to be responsible life-long learners and models of godliness. Mrs. Johnson has been married for over ten years, and she has three children: Evelyn, Greta, and Rowan.

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 helps lead 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.

Ms. Cindy Heath

4th Grade: Aide

Ms. Heath works with Mrs. Ames as a teaching assistant for 4th grade. She has also worked as a Pre-K tutor and helps with the after-care program for Pre-K and Kindergarten this year. She is the mother of Hannah-Grace, who is a student at SCA. Ms. Heath is passionate about training the hearts of her students, as well as giving them the foundation that they need to excel.

Miss Christina Gonzalez

1st-4th Grade Choir, 3rd-4th Grade Recorder, and 5th-10th Grade Girls’ Choir

Miss Gonzalez, originally from Miami, Florida, joined the SCA faculty for the 2015-2016 school-year when she moved to Louisville in order to pursue a Master of Divinity degree from SBTS. Prior to joining SCA, she lived in Belgrade, Serbia, where she tutored missionary children, taught English classes, and ministered to college students. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in music and a Master’s degree in elementary education, both from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.. 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.

Mr. Westte Williams

PE: 1st-9th Grade

Mr. Williams, who has been an SCA parent and member of our administrative staff for a few years, became our PE instructor for the 2017-2018 academic year. Mr. Williams hails from the isles of the Bahamas. Mr. Williams is a former entrepreneur, and has served the church since his conversion—thirteen years ago—in various capacities. Mr. Williams moved to Louisville in 2013 to attend SBTS. He and his wife, Windy Williams, are the joy-filled parents of three children, who are all students at SCA.

5th to 12th Grade

Mr. Gene Lawson

History and Geography: 5th-8th Grade

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.

Mr. Andrew Lindsey

Latin 2B; Writing and Literature: 5th-8th Grade Boys

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.

Mrs. Kayla Ritcheson

Writing and Literature: 5th-8th Grade Girls

Mrs. Ritcheson is overjoyed to have the privilege of tutoring at Sayers for a third academic year. While she is a 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 studies at Southern Seminary. Her passions include studying languages, reading poetry, learning truths from God’s Word, and sharing those truths with others.

Mrs. Jessica Tkach

American Literature, AP US History, and Government

Mrs. Tkach 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 is due to have another baby in January 2018, and she hopes her family can serve the Lord on the mission field after graduating.

Mr. Joseph Tkach

Anatomy and Physiology

Mr. Tkach joined Sayers for the 2017-18 school year. He graduated magna cum laude from The Citadel’s honor college with a B.S. in Exercise Science and from The Medical University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Nursing. He has been married to Jessica since 2013. They have one child, Adelaide, and are expecting another in January 2018. In addition to tutoring at Sayers, he works as an intensive care registered nurse at Baptist Hospital East.

Mrs. Stephanie Day

Math 8/7, Algebra 1, Advanced Math, AP Calculus, and Chemistry

Mrs. Day is the head of our 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. Prior to tutoring, Mrs. Day had been a part of the SCA community for six years as a home-school mom.

Mr. Eric Harrough

Introduction to Rhetoric (Speech) and Physics

Mr. Harrough joined Sayers for the 2017-2018 academic year. He is a senior at Boyce College, where he is on the Speech and Debate team. Upon graduation, he hopes to enter law school at Notre Dame. Mr. Harrough has served as an intern for The Western Recorder (the Kentucky Baptist newspaper), and he has been a private tutor in college-level mathematics for Boyce College and Southern Seminary.

Mr. Marc Sims

Logic and Systematic Theology

Mr. Sims joined the SCA faculty for the 2017-2018 academic year. He received his B.S. in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and is currently pursuing his M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served as a youth pastor over middle-school and high-school students for four years and is passionate about teaching. Mr. Sims, his wife, Hillary, and their son, Jack, originally hail from the beautiful Pacific Northwest (Washington) and intend on returning there once he is finished with school.

Mr. Casey McCall

Latin 1A and Logic: 7th-8th Grade

Mr. McCall joined SCA for the 2016-2017 academic year. He serves as Lead Pastor of Ashland Oldham County, a new church plant of Ashland Avenue Baptist Church (Lexington, KY). He is originally from Dothan, Alabama, and he is a graduate of Samford University (B.A., 2004) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div, 2008). He is currently pursuing his Ph.D at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mr. McCall is married to Niki since 2006, and they have five children: Josiah, Elias, Eden, Lillian, and Samuel. He enjoys sports, reading, and making disciples of Jesus.

Mr. Randall Johnson

Latin 1B and Latin 2A

Mr. Johnson graduated from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, with a B.A. in Biblical Studies; The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a M.Div. in Theology; and Northern Illinois University with a M.A. in Philosophy. He is currently a Ph.D. student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, studying Systematic Theology. His greatest desire is to know God and make God known. He has experience teaching professionally from middle school through college, and experiencing teaching in the church from nursery through adults. Mr. Johnson has been married to his lovely wife, Heather, for over ten years, and together, they have three children: Evelyn, Greta, and Rowan.

Mr. Micah Morris

Math 6/5, Algebra 1/2, and Physical Science

Mr. Morris joined SCA in 2016-2017 as a tutor after having graduated from SCA in 2016. Mr. Morris is in his sophomore year at Boyce College in the Teacher Education Program seeking to teach middle school mathematics in the Kentucky public school system. He is excited to gain teaching experience with Sayers, and he hopes to instill the desire for sound logic and truth in his students.

Mr. Robert Gray

Math 7/6, Algebra 2, General Science, and Science/Logic: 5th-6th Grade

Mr. Gray joined Sayers Classical Academy for the 2017-2018 academic year. Born and raised in nearby Radcliff, KY, he graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2014 with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership. Mr. Gray earned a Master of Divinity in Great Commission Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating this past May. He and his wife Erica were married in June of 2017. Mr. Gray is excited to exercise his passion for teaching others, hoping not only to educate his students in math and science, but also about the Savior.

Dr. Windy Williams

Physical Science

Dr. Williams joined the SCA faculty for the 2017-2018 academic year. Dr. Williams is a dentist, and she has a background in the sciences. In addition to teaching Physical Science, Dr. Williams is the Dean of Academics Affairs for SCA, and she has worked with our Mentor Moms program. In all of her work for the SCA community thus far, we have been consistently impressed with her professionalism, attention to detail, and kindness. She is married to Mr. Westte Williams, our PE instructor and Dean of Student Life and Student Affairs, and their three children are students at SCA.

Mrs. Jennifer Sturgeon


Mrs. Sturgeon joined the SCA faculty for the 2017-2018 academic year.  She has previously worked as an RN. She has been married for over 24 years and has nine children.  She is a busy homeschooling mom to Teague, Tate, Keylee, Brayden, Ellianna, and James who are currently students at SCA.  She loves the exaltation of Christ, the challenge of classical education, and the like-minded community found at SCA.  She is also the co-author of one book, which is a fundraising project for Children’s Heart Project.

Mr. Paul Taylor

World History 1 and World Literature

A native of Orange, Texas, Mr. Taylor earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 2010. He received a Masters of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2016, and is seeking to pursue doctoral studies at the same institution. He is enthusiastic about preaching the truths of the Bible, and of teaching historical theology and church history.

Mr. Daniel Scheiderer

Worldview Studies (Understanding the Times) and Senior Thesis

Mr. Scheiderer joined Sayers for the 2017-2018 school year. He graduated summa cum laude from Boyce College with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and received an M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology. He grew up in Arizona, served as an Infantryman in the U.S. Army, where he received two Purple Hearts, and currently serves those he loves as an Elder at Kosmosdale Baptist Church. He has been married to Patsy since 2007, and they have four children: Analise, Malia, Danny, and John.

Mr. Will Washburn


Mr. Washburn joined the SCA tutor faculty for the 2017-2018 school year to teach Theatre and lead Sayers Players. He and his wife Lindsey recently moved from Macon, Georgia to Louisville to attend the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before attending Southern, he graduated from Georgia College & State University with a BA in Theatre and a minor in History. He hopes to share his love of theatre with his students and show them the ways theatre can glorify and honor God.

Mrs. Holly Davis

Art History and Art: 1st-11th Grade

Mrs. Davis began teaching Art for SCA in the 2016-2017 school year. She is enthusiastic about the classical model of art education for the way it deepens the heart of the student in the love of what is beautiful and true. Mrs. Davis has studied classical drawing and painting with internationally recognized artists Sadie Valeri and Juliette Aristides. Previously, she earned a nursing degree from Eastern Kentucky University, and worked as an R.N. in intensive care. Mrs. Davis and her husband Kevin are the parents of children Hanna, Aidan, and Stephen.

Mr. Mircea Ionescu

1st-8th Grade Strings and 5th-10th Grade Boys’ Choir

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.