Meet Our Teachers

Our teachers provide an enriched educational environment where students experience the love of learning while being appreciated as unique individuals.

Our application process seeks teachers who are experts in their fields and passionate about what they teach. All teachers in our core classes have a college degree, some also teach at a local college, several are business owners, and are involved in our community.  Our teachers love that they are able to provide hearty, interesting lessons without the regulations and constraints that exist in the world of public school… without the looming threat of standardized testing, and without the stress of multiple discipline problems in every class period.

At The Scholars Connection, we partner only with Christian teachers and staff who are active in their faith.  Background checks are performed on every administrator, teacher and substitute teacher at The Scholars Connection.

TSC teachers love being able to immerse themselves and their students completely in the learning process, and isn’t that what education is truly about?


Mrs. Eddy

Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Mrs. Peggy Eddy is the outstanding science teacher at The Scholars Connection. With over 43 years of professional teaching experience, Mrs.  Eddy is a master in her craft. She is an exciting educator who loves what she does and shares her excitement with her students.

Born and raised in Rochester New York, Mrs. Eddy was an active member of her church where she met her husband of 48 years in the music department. They moved to Kingwood in 2003 and Mrs. Eddy retired from teaching at Aldine ISD in 2013. Her love for her craft and students brought her back into the classroom, and we are overjoyed to have Mrs. Peggy Eddy as our science teacher for another year at The Scholars Connection.

Education:
B.A. in Education and minor in music, Alma College Of Liberal Arts in Michigan
M.A. in Education, Central Michigan University

Professional Experience:
Taught in Michigan ISD
Taught in San Antonio ISD
Taught in Aldine ISD
Teacher liaison with The Space Foundation in Colorado Springs
G.R.A.C.E. Master teacher (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) at Nasa
Teacher and Presenter at The Texas Space Grant Consortium

Honors and Awards:
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2005-2006
Schell Excellence in Mentoring Award from Texas Regional Collaborative 2010


Mr. Eledge

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Pre-calculus w/College Algebra
Mr. Eledge is a devoted Christian and family man. He and his wife of 50 years still attend the same church in which they were married.

Although devoted to his family and church, Mr. Eledge is a dedicated teacher to his students. He enjoys enhancing young minds with his knowledge and experience. He has been given opportunities to teach in both the public and private education sector but states, “I don’t think anywhere would be better than The Scholars Connection.” We are so blessed to have Mr. Eledge with us here at The Scholars Connection.

Education:
B.S. in Mathematics
M.S. in Mathematics
Certification to teach Mathematics, History, and Government

Professional Experience:
High School Math teacher for 19 years
Adjunct Faculty member at Lone Star College North Harris for over 30 years


Mrs. Ford

Math 7-8, Pre-Algebra, Geometry
Tracey Ford is a homeschool mom who has taught three of her four children at various times during the past 10 years. Prior to homeschooling, Tracey worked as a Registered Dietitian, teaching diabetic classes and working with oncology patients. She and her husband, Dwight, currently have two grown college-aged children and two boys, ages 13 and 17.

She and Dwight enjoy volunteering with CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) and Camp Peniel (a Christian camp in Marble Falls, TX).

Currently, Tracey serves on The Scholars Connection Board of Directors and desires to help make TSC an inclusive Christian environment where the student is supported academically, emotionally and spiritually. She is excited to be teaching three math levels this year and is looking forward to working with these amazing young people this next year. Her main goals are to inspire a love of learning in students and help them to see their need for a vibrant growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Education:
B.S. in Dietetics, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
M.S. in Dietetics, Texas Woman’s University, Houston, Texas


Ms. Kendall Ford

Pre-Algebra – Assisting as Student Teacher
Kendall Ford is currently a Chancellor Fellow and attends the Honor’s Program at Lonestar Kingwood Community College. She plans to receive her B.S. in math and upon completion, desires to teach math at middle school and high school levels.

Kendall was homeschooled in middle school and then attended Kingwood Park High School where she was on the CRU leadership team. Presently, she is volunteering with CRU during the school year and working at Camp Peniel (Christian camp in Marble Falls, TX) as a counselor. She is excited to be student teaching in the Pre-algebra class this next year and desires to share her love of math with students. She is also thrilled to share her love for Christ with students and to encourage them to grow spiritually.

Honors and Awards:
Chancellor Fellowship at Lonestar Kingwood
LS Honor’s College Peer Mentor Lead


Ms. McClenaghan

Texas History (7-9th), World Geography (9-12th), World History (10-12th), Spanish 1, Spanish 2
Victoria McClenaghan is a homeschool graduate who also graduated Cum Laude from Lone Star College with an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree. Victoria’s positive experience as a homeschool student and love for Christ influenced her to pursue a degree which she can specifically use to benefit the Christian homeschool community. Victoria also has a love for languages, and Spanish in particular. She is thankful to have been given numerous opportunities to visit Mexico and learn Spanish by immersion, as well as how to read and write in Spanish. When not teaching, Victoria can be found serving her church in various capacities which include teaching Sunday School, participating as a chaperone for youth activities, playing violin in the orchestra, and managing the song and scripture displays. Victoria is excited to share her passion for History and Spanish through energetic and engaging activities with the students at The Scholars Connection.

Education:
Associate of Arts in Teaching, Lone Star College-Kingwood

Honors and Awards:
Phi Theta Kappa
President’s Honor List
Presented research project at the Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Honors Conference


Dr. Olges

Grammar and Composition Levels 7/8, 9/10, 10/11, 11/12
Dr. Darrell G. Olges is joining our staff for the 2020-21 school year as Instructor in English and Language Arts. He will be teaching four levels of Grammar and Composition.

Dr. Olges has a long history in both academia and the business sector. He has taught college classes in Psychology, English, Humanities, History and Public Speaking, to name a few, while also serving in positions as Academic Dean and Department Chair. He is a professional musician in organ, piano and conducting and currently serves as Organist/Accompanist for his church.

Dr. Olges is pleased to be joining TSC, both for the opportunity to teach and to be an example of a believer in Jesus Christ.

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Graduate Studies, Johnson Christian University
Master of Arts in Humanities and Cultural History, University of Louisville
PhD in Management and Organizational Development, University of Tennessee


Mrs. Szynkarski

Government and Economics, and F.A.C.T. – Fakenews And Critical Thinking
Mrs. Marcie Szynkarski is a licensed attorney and Certified Public Accountant with a wealth of experience in the business sector, in addition to many years of teaching. During her career, she taught accounting at St. Edwards University; represented clients in tax, bankruptcy and real estate law; liquidated failed insurance companies for the Texas Department of Insurance; prosecuted cases for the Texas Fire Marshal; and was the Director of Administration for a Texas state agency. She has taught professionally at the middle school, high school and college levels.

Mrs. Szynkarski’s true passion, however, is teaching homeschool students. In fact, The Scholars Connection was inspired by a program she and her sister started in her sister’s home. Other subjects she has taught homeschoolers over the years include Logic and Argumentation, Geometry, Pre-Algebra , Chemistry, Current Events, World History, US History, Israel, Apologetics, and Comparative Religions.

Mrs Szynkarski enthusiastically returns to her “roots” and joins the other dedicated teachers at The Scholars Connection. She is delighted to be in an environment that views life from a Biblical perspective, fosters critical thinking, and enjoys the strengths and challenges of each individual in a fun and relaxed way!

Education:
B.B.A. in Accounting, University of Wisconsin
M.B.A., J.D., University of Houston


Mr. Tanamachi

Music Fundamentals, Guitar
Mr. Tanamachi is a husband and father of two who has been a professional musician for over a decade. He is a full time Director of Worship at Providence Community Church in Atascocita and has been leading worship for 17 years. Brendan’s biggest musical passions are classic country music and the music theory analysis of pop and country music. Brendan is in a professional Country band that plays for corporate events and weddings across the city, and he also plays solo performances at local places including the Kingwood Country Club. He has also had the opportunity to sing with the likes of Josh Groban and Sarah Brightman during his vocal training.

Brendan is looking forward to teaching Music Fundamentals because he is passionate about teaching students “the why behind the what.” In his own words, “Once musicians can understand what’s actually happening in their favorite songs, a richer and more exciting world of music will be opened up before their very eyes.” As Martin Luther said, “Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”

Brendan has been married to his wife, Chelsea, for six years (2014), and couldn’t be prouder to love and adore his two kids, Isaac (4), and Ella (1).

Education:
Associates of Arts w/ Emphasis in Vocal Performance, Lone-Star College- Kingwood
Bachelors of Arts: Biblical Studies, Houston Baptist University (Fall 2020)