Meet Our Teachers and Administrators

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

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.

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, 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, 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.

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


Mrs. Lawrence

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.

Education:
BA, Communications, University of Houston
MBA, Management Information Systems, University of Houston


Dr. Olges

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.

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. Osbrink

Campus Administrator
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.


Mrs. Peck

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.

Education:
Associate of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Lone Star College-Kingwood


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