Presenter Biographies

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Michael Arnold

Michael Arnold considers himself a product of Christian education and an advocate for it. After attending a church school and Bible college, he began teaching middle school at Christian schools in Ohio and Michigan. He has also served as the curriculum director for an online Christian school. Currently, Michael provides support and training for Curriculum Trak schools. He enjoys assisting school leaders in launching their Curriculum Trak efforts and encouraging teachers in their efforts. Ultimately, Michael desires to help Christian educators ensure a high-quality education for their students. He currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife, Ruth Ann, and his two daughters, Meara and Ruby.

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Dr. Esther Baker

Esther holds four degrees from Bob Jones University, a BA in history, MEd in music education, MS in counseling, and EdD in curriculum and instruction. She has more than 20 years of education-related experience, serving not only in roles as college residence-hall counselor and supervisor but also as teacher, guidance counselor, and administrative team member in Christian schools. She currently serves as assistant administrator at Bob Jones Academy. She has contributed to several Christian educational magazines and books and presents workshops at Christian school conventions. Esther has served as an adjunct member of the BJU faculty, teaching adolescent growth and development.

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Marnie Batterman

Marnie holds a BS in elementary education and an MEd in special education. She holds SC certification for K4–Grade 8 as well as SCACS and AACS professional certification. She has taught for more than 25 years at Bob Jones Academy and has written material for BJU Press elementary Bible, English, reading, and heritage studies. She has trained teachers in China using BJU Press materials and has worked with BJU Press Distance Learning Online building test banks for online courses and PowerPoints for Teacher Tools Online.

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Ann Carruthers

Ann received a BS in elementary education and an MEd in teaching and learning from Bob Jones University. She taught in Christian education for over 30 years in Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Since 2004, she has taught elementary Spanish at Bob Jones Academy. During the summers she has also worked as an elementary writer at BJU Press.

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Dr. Brian Carruthers

Brian holds a BS in science education and an MS in educational administration and supervision from Bob Jones University. He received an EdD in school leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has 19 years of experience as a teacher and administrator of Christian schools in Florida and North Carolina. Brian is the dean of the School of Education and also oversees the Division of Adult and Graduate Studies at Bob Jones University.

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Dr. Brian Collins

Brian is the biblical worldview lead specialist at BJU Press. He holds a PhD in theology and has worked at BJU Press for 16 years. His work focuses primarily on Christian-worldview shaping for the Press's social studies and language arts product lines. He was a contributing writer to Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption.

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Kevin Collins

Kevin works at BJU Press as a secondary Bible curriculum writer. He holds a BA degree in Bible and an MDiv degree. Prior to coming to BJU Press, he worked as a youth leader, a short-term missionary in Singapore, and an elementary, middle-school, and high-school teacher in the western United States. In addition to theology, he loves history and literature.

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Dr. Jenny Copeland

Jenny holds an MEd in elementary education, an EdS in educational leadership, and an EdD in curriculum and instruction. She also has SCACS and AACS professional certification and is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the International Society for Technology in Education, and the South Carolina Association of Educational Technology. She has served as a music teacher, elementary teacher; assistant to dean of BJU’s School of Fine Arts & Communication; fine arts coordinator, and educational speaker and workshop facilitator. Currently, Dr. Copeland is the BJA Elementary principal and online graduate course instructor at BJU.

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Becky Custer

Becky holds a BS in elementary education and an MEd with an emphasis on teaching and learning. She has spent 35 years in elementary education and early childhood development, working to prepare young children for later learning. She has taught teacher training classes and currently serves as the early learning consultant for BJU Press.

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Cindy Dickinson

Cindy has a BS in elementary education. She has 20 years of teaching experience teaching a variety of ages and subjects. She spent two years in China as an administrator and teacher trainer, helping Chinese nationals use BJU Press materials to teach and shape their students’ worldview. She is currently a national consultant for BJU Press.

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Pam Elbell

Pam holds a BS in speech from Tennessee Temple University and an MAT in elementary education from Bob Jones University. She has taught third and fourth grade for 16 years in various school settings. She currently teaches at Bob Jones Academy and is a third-grade teacher. She is married and has three boys who attend Bob Jones Academy.

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Christine Hand

Christine holds a BS and an MEd in English education from Bob Jones University. She has both SC state certification for Grades 7–12 and AACS advanced professional certification. She has taught middle-school English language arts for over 20 years at Bob Jones Academy. In addition, she maintains the middle-school library and has taught various other courses, such as Bible and study skills. She has also been a workshop speaker at various conferences, director of a literacy and communication summer program at BJU, and the author of many articles on teaching and technology. Outside the classroom, Christine enjoys spending time with her husband and three children and serving in her local church.

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Katie Klipp

Katie holds a BS and an MEd in elementary education from Bob Jones University. She has earned advanced professional certification from both SCACS and AACS. She has over 15 years of experience teaching first grade and currently serves as lead teacher for first grade at Bob Jones Academy. She conducts workshops as well as hands-on technology help sessions for educators and has assisted BJU Press in curriculum revision and professional development projects.

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Pam Litzenberger

With 32 years of experience in the classroom teaching Grades 3–9, Pam has a passion for helping other teachers. She worked her dream job teaching pre-algebra in Dallas, Texas, until she and her family moved to Greenville, South Carolina, several years ago. At Bob Jones Academy, she headed up the implementation of the iPad lab and began “flipping” some of her classes, resulting in steady positive progress among the slower learners. She had the unique opportunity to teach at Camp Infinity for the inaugural summer of the STEM camp at the Creation Museum. Most recently, she has taught girls’ Bible, digital liter¬acy, and pre-algebra at BJA. She currently serves as a national consultant for BJU Press.

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Kevin Mathes

Dr. Mathes earned a BS degree in business administration and marketing as well as an MS degree in educational administration. In addition, Dr. Mathes earned his doctorate in educational leadership for research on technology in education. He is in his nineteenth year of service at NRCA and his third year as Superintendent after serving in various roles including Director of College Admissions, Testing Coordinator, Alumni Director, Assistant Secondary Principal, and Middle School Principal. He has also served on and led many accreditation teams, as well as serving as an accreditation commissioner for many years, sitting on both regional and national accreditation commissions for ACSI.

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Renton Rathbun

Renton has been a classroom teacher for 22 years. His teaching experience has included both secular and Christian institutions ranging from high school to college. He holds degrees in English, speech, philosophy, and theology and has a PhD in apologetics. Renton serves as a Biblical Worldview National Consultant for BJU Press.

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Joaquim (JR) Remelgado

JR holds a BA in English from Thomas Edison State University and an MA in literature from Clarks Summit University. He has had several years of experience using BJU Press products to teach middle- and high-school English. During that time, he became passionate about using various techniques and strategies to engage even the most reluctant learners and to create excitement for his subject. He currently serves as a secondary English Language Arts writer for BJU Press and teaches a freshman English class at a local university.

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Mike Santopietro

Mike serves as director of Editorial Services at BJU Press. He holds an MA in Bible and an MBA and has 20 years of experience in educational and trade book publishing. Mike enjoys contributing to the development of technology resources and supporting teachers in their use of technology.

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Rachel Santopietro

Rachel loves teaching, researching, and writing about science. But most importantly, she loves the One who created it all. Rachel wants this enthusiasm to be contagious. The same sense of wonder that sparked her curiosity in childhood spurred her to pursue a degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in education. She wants to share her passion as she draws from her teaching and writing experience to provide academic oversight for writing teams at BJU Press.

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Ben Schettler

Ben Schettler is the president and co-founder of The Center for Truth in Love, which seeks to equip believers in apologetics, biblical worldview, and cultural engagement through live speaking events and digital media. He is also the host of the new Truth in Love television show syndicated on the Christian Television Network and aired on Dish Network and DirecTV. As a consultant, Ben served as the faith outreach advisor for the Dr. Ben Carson presidential campaign. Ben’s passion is contagious, his humor is relatable, and his message is Jesus.

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Dr. Bryan Smith

Bryan has worked in Christian education for over 20 years. He has been a classroom teacher as well as a textbook author. Currently, he serves at BJU Press as the senior manager for biblical worldview formation. In this position, he assists authors and teachers in the work of shaping a biblical worldview in the classroom. Bryan holds a PhD in Old Testament interpretation.

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Julia Soram

Julia holds a BS and an MEd in elementary education from Bob Jones University. She holds advanced professional certification from SCACS and has been teaching for 12 years. She has taught fourth grade for seven years on the island of Guam, and two years in elementary classroom at Hidden Treasure Christian School. She has been working with students with special needs for the last six years. Julia is currently the Learning Resource Center teacher for the middle school at Bob Jones Academy.

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Bobby Stokes

Bobby holds a BA in elementary education and a MEd. In addition, he has certification in elementary education and school administration. He has eight years of experience as an elementary teacher in the state of Arkansas and thirty-one years as the elementary principal and headmaster at Ouachita Christian School in Monroe, LA, in addition to ten years as a consultant for Renaissance Learning.

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Jayme L. Stokes

Jayme holds a BA in elementary education, a master’s in reading, and a double master’s in community and school counseling. Additionally, she holds certificates and credentials in all subjects K–8, library science, school counseling, school administration, psychology, reading, and early childhood education. She has had a variety of classroom teaching experience for the past 30 years, including at both the high-school and college levels and has been the high-school principal since 2004. She has also been an accreditation team committee member since 2000 for SACS, NCSA, and AdvancedEd.-managed state and local title funds and grants.

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Becky Teruel

Becky holds a BS and an MEd in elementary education and has been in education for over 20 years, teaching various elementary grades and subjects. She has experience as an early interventionist for children with deficits. She has also supervised student teachers in their clinical practice training. Becky has been a teacher consultant and is currently an educational speaker with BJU Press.