Presenter Biographies

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Dr. A. Charles Ware

Dr. A. Charles Ware holds a BRE, an MDiv, and a doctorate of divinity. He is the founder of Grace Relations Network, where he has the opportunity to speak in many venues and to serve as a consultant on racial reconciliation and leadership. He currently serves as executive director of Grace Relations and as special assistant to the president at the College of Biblical Studies in Indianapolis, Indiana. Before coming to CBS, Dr. Ware served as president and president emeritus at another college and as the pastor and founder of a variety of ministries.

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Kirsten Alexander

Kirsten Alexander loves to make all things history come alive. Imagining herself in each historical context created the pursuit of degree in social studies education and a master’s degree in history. Having taught for over 20 years, she now enjoys writing texts for the subjects she loves so much.

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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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Milton Ashley

Milton Ashley currently serving as the senior manager of Educational Technology at BJU Press. Since joining BJU Press, he previously had managed the Press Digital teachers and the BJU Press writers and has contributed significantly to the thought development of Educational Technology. He has 26 years of Christian school experience, first as a teacher and then as a school principal. He married a Christian school teacher, and his married children are also involved in Christian school ministry in North Carolina and Indiana.

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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 25 years of education-related experience, serving as a college residence-hall counselor and supervisor as well as a teacher, guidance counselor, and administrative team member in Christian schools. She currently serves as assistant head of school 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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Dr. Brad Batdorf

Brad is the Director of Assessment for the School of Education and Human Services and Associate Professor in the Division of Teacher Education at Bob Jones University. He is also the Program Coordinator for the Science Education program and teaches methods courses. Prior to his appointment as a full-time faculty member in 2016, he served for 13 years in curriculum development for BJU Press, both as a writer and a manager. His wife Cheryl is also an educator, and they have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.

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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 35 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 Human Services, and he 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 17 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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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 principal, and principal; assistant to dean of BJU’s School of Fine Arts & Communication; fine arts coordinator, and educational speaker and workshop facilitator. Currently, Jenny is an Educational Technology manager at BJU Press and teaches in the online graduate education program at BJU.

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Becky Custer

Becky has a BS in elementary education and an MEd with the 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

Over 30 years ago, Cindy first stepped into the classroom as a teacher. She has served in the field of education on three continents, teaching a variety of ages and subjects. But she has a special place in her heart for elementary students. She spent two years in China as an administrator and a teacher trainer, helping Chinese nationals to use BJU Press materials to teach and shape their students’ worldview. She currently is 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 17 years in various school settings.  She currently teaches third grade at Bob Jones Academy. 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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Dr. Jeff Heath

Jeff has an EdD in educational leadership from Bob Jones University and nearly forty years of experience in ministry and education. Jeff has served as coordinator of the Institute of Biblical Education, director of Distance Learning, registrar, and the director of enrollment planning. He has taught freshman seminar and fundamentals of curriculum (a graduate course) and has been a conference speaker. Jeff currently serves as the senior manager of Academic Integrity and oversees the writing department and Academic Oversight at BJU Press.

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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. After teaching different subjects and grades in both Georgia and Texas, she found teaching middle school math to be her favorite age and subject. After teaching for several years in Texas, she and her family moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where she taught at Bob Jones Academy. Here she headed up the implementation of an 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 literacy, and pre-algebra at BJA. She currently serves as a National Consultant for BJU Press, representing the secondary subjects.

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Sandy Mehus

Sandy Mehus teaches art for Grades 1–5 at Bob Jones Academy. She is also a freelance illustrator in both digital media and traditional board art. She has illustrated many stories for the BJU Press reading textbooks as well as several children's and young adult novels.

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Christina Miller

Professionally, Christina Miller has been involved in higher education since 2012. She served as the Director of the Academic Success Center at Maranatha Baptist University, where she was involved in academic counseling, tutoring, and coaching of students. After completing her master's work in special education and her graduate certificate in Educational Psychology, she joined the faculty at Maranatha, teaching special education and psychology classes, as well as advising the special education program. Most recently, she has joined the special education faculty at Bob Jones University, where she teaches and also observes student teachers during their field experiences. Christina and her husband, Jeff, have been married for almost a quarter of a century and boast three precious gifts from God: Ethan, Trey, and Lyvia, as well as a sweet daughter-in-law. In her free time, Christina enjoys reading, baking/cooking, watching cooking shows, playing strategy games, and spending time with her family.

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Joanie Pegram

Joanie Pegram has been teaching elementary general music and directing the elementary choral program at Bob Jones Academy since the fall of 2003. She completed an undergraduate degree in music education as well as a master’s degree in fine arts with emphases in voice and interpretative speech. As part of her duties at BJA, Joanie enjoys directing school programs as well as the opportunity of participating in BJU productions. Her groups have performed for the Biltmore Estate's Candlelight Christmas Evenings; at the BJU Museum and Gallery's Christmas Music with the Masters; in the Greenville, South Carolina, Poinsettia Christmas Parade; and for various community organizations and churches in the Greenville area. Joanie enjoys reading and spending time with family in her free time.

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Dr. Renton Rathbun

Renton has been a classroom teacher for over two decades. His experience has included both secular and Christian institutions ranging from high school and college to university level teaching. He has preached in a variety of churches across the United States and has taught seminary courses on several occasions. Renton holds a BS in English education and an MA in interpretative speech from Bob Jones University. He has also received an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, an MA in philosophy from the University of Toledo, a ThM from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and has a PhD in apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary. Renton is presently a Biblical Worldview National Consultant for BJU Press.

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Joaquim (JR) Remelgado

JR Remelgado 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 middle- and high-school English language arts writer for BJU Press and teaches a freshman English class at a local university.

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Rachel Santopietro

Rachel Santopietro is passionate about helping students find joy in learning as they engage, learn, and create. And she 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 oversee instructional design for writing teams at BJU Press.

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Dr. Bryan Smith

Bryan has worked in Christian education for 30 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 14 years. She has taught fourth grade for seven years on the island of Guam and two years in the elementary classroom at Hidden Treasure Christian School. She has been working with students with special needs for the last seven years. Julia is currently the Learning Resource Center teacher for the middle school at Bob Jones Academy.

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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 a National Consultant with BJU Press.