Meet Our Teachers and Administrators
Michelle Cox is a 20-year veteran of homeschooling and a mother of three grown children. She has made many contributions to the homeschool community including serving as president for a local homeschool group, starting a new homeschool support group, opening/operating a homeschool bookstore (No Place like HOME), running the local homeschool chess club (Lake Houston Knights), and helping run the childcare program for Classical Conversations, to name a few.
Michelle is passionate about homeschooling and also chess. She feels chess gives students the opportunity to learn and lead, and is a great way to view life: “You always need to be ahead to make sure you finish well.”
She is recently widowed and feels blessed to have been married 21 years. Because of her husband, she came to know Christ and follow His teachings. Her faith keeps her going and happy. With an empty nest, Michelle is looking forward to working with The Scholars Connection and continuing to support the homeschool community. Her gift of service will be a wonderful asset to Scholars and its students.
Associates in Business Management and Secondary in Child Development, University of New Mexico
Texas History, TSC Campus Assistant
Crystal Duhon was born and raised in Texas. She met her husband of 20 years in college and together they have a total of six children ranging in age from 11-19. The Duhon family attends Woodridge Baptist Church in Kingwood where Crystal works regularly in the Friend’s Ministry, WBC’s special needs class.
Crystal has been homeschooling for 14 years. She has worked as a Master’s Class tutor and an Essentials tutor for Classical Conversations and has also served in/led several ministries for many years.
Crystal enjoys working with elementary and teenage students. She loves to challenge them and celebrate as they rise to the occasion. Her class atmosphere will be one of high expectations, team work, respect, and an emphasis on having a great time while working hard.
Associates of Arts, Morris Junior College
General 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.
Mrs. Eddy was born and raised in Rochester New York, but moved to Michigan to attend college. She met her husband of 50 years when they played opposite rolls in a college musical. 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.
B.A. in Education and minor in music, Alma College Of Liberal Arts in Michigan
M.A. in Education, Central Michigan University
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
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, 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.
B.S. in Mathematics
M.S. in Mathematics
Certification to teach Mathematics, History, and Government
High School Math teacher for 19 years
Adjunct Faculty member at Lone Star College North Harris for over 30 years
Math 7-8, Pre-Algebra, TSC Board President
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 three grown college-aged children and a 15-year-old son.
She and Dwight enjoy volunteering at Camp Peniel (a Christian camp in Marble Falls, TX) and bringing students there throughout the year.
Currently, Tracey serves on The Scholars Connection Board of Directors and desires to help make TSC an inclusive Christian community where each student’s academic goals are met. She is excited to be teaching two 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.
B.S. in Dietetics, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
M.S. in Dietetics, Texas Woman’s University, Houston, Texas
Mrs. Lawrence: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Geometry, Computer Science, SAT Study Prep, TSC Financial Administrator
Kelli Lawrence is a homeschool veteran of 18 years with two sons, 23 and 16. In her previous life (before kids), she spent ten years in pharmaceutical research where she held several different positions managing data, projects and people. She and her husband, Stewart, have been married for 34 years and have lived in Kingwood for the last 20 years.
During her homeschool journey, Kelli has volunteered in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, and taught/substituted at PACES and The Scholars Connection (TSC). She has been active in several rolls with TSC over the past five years, currently as the Geometry teacher and the Registrar/Financial Manager/Webmaster. She believes that TSC is the perfect place for students to transition from homeschool, to classroom, to college, while continuing to solidify their beliefs and worldview.
BA, Communications, University of Houston
MBA, Management Information Systems, University of Houston
English MS 7/8 and HS I, II, III/IV
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.
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
Terri Osbrink was born and raised in Washington State where she met and married her husband of 27 years. She and her family have lived in Atascocita for the last 16 years with an absence of a few years when she and her family RV’d around the United States.
Terri has homeschooled their children for the last 17 years with this being her last year as her youngest is graduating high school. Next year she moves into a new phase of life with two kids in college, but will stay busy as she continues her volunteer work and helps run the TSC program. She has served her local church, Northeast Baptist Church, for the last 16 years in many capacities including serving families in the 5th Ward through Northeast Houston Community Center, formerly known as Farrington Mission.
Spanish 1, Spanish 2
Patty Peck has lived in many places: Germany, Colorado, California, Louisiana and now Texas for the last 12 years. She and her husband of 31 years, Sam, are members of the Kingwood Church of Christ, where Patty has helped in the youth, ladies’ and children’s ministries for many years. She was blessed to stay home and raise their two beautiful adult children, Sandra and Christian. Patty is a native Spanish speaker and is very excited for the opportunity to share her language with the students at TSC.
Associate of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Lone Star College-Kingwood
Geography, American History, World History
Angela Phillips has been a Professor at two local community colleges for the past eight years. Prior to teaching she was a Social Worker for Head Start in Houston.
Angela and her husband, Gene, are the proud parents of two sweet fur babies. They both enjoy traveling, cooking and gardening. She is excited to be teaching multiple history courses at TSC and hopes to bring the enjoyment of teaching along with the importance of Jesus Christ.
BA in Sociology, UT-San Antonio
BA in Mexican American Studies, UT-San Antonio
MA in Public Administration, St.Thomas University Houston
Emily Pruyn Sydorov is the oldest of seven children and a proud homeschool graduate. She has an Associates of Arts from Lone Star College and has also attended Glassell School of Art. Emily is newly married and lives with her husband, Ivan, and their pets in Kingwood.
Art has been one of Emily’s passions since she was very young. She taught art to homeschoolers during her teens, and has been teaching painting professionally since 2018. Although she often sells her work, she paints primarily because she loves it! She also has recently had her work shown in Dallas Metro Arts Contemporary.
Emily believes that for a follower of Christ, art can be a form of worship and can be a fun way to connect with God in ways that are easy for children to understand. She personally loves creating art involving nature, as it is a wonderful way to appreciate God’s handiwork!
Lone Star College, Associates of Arts
Glassell School of Art
Sam Houston State University
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!
B.B.A. in Accounting, University of Wisconsin
M.B.A., J.D., University of Houston