Our goal is to limit classes to no more than 11 students in grades PreK-5th to provide individualized attention and adequate oversight. Pre-K4 will be limited to 9 and 6th – 12 can have up to 14 in each class. Most of our teachers hold a teaching degree and grades Pre K4 – 8th are taught directly from our in-house teachers. We are continually offering more and more high school classes taught in-house as well. If we do not have an in -house teacher for a particular high school class the student will utilize online teaching from BJU Press. Christ Point Academy will also offer high school students an open study hall as a place to work on their homeschool assignments all while having the opportunity to connect with other Christian students. With our curriculum, students will use traditional student textbooks and student activity worktext/manuals. We WILL NOT be using e-books or e-workbooks. We purchase a license for online access to the video teaching through a single facilitator login which will allow an unlimited number of students to view the teaching in class at Christ Point Academy.
Our teachers/facilitators will develop lesson plans, oversee and assist with assignments during class, and grade work either individually or as a class, and administer and grade tests which would be given back to the parents. The parents will then review the child’s progress and discuss the grades with their children as desired. Although we will give quarterly progress reports, it is ultimately up the parent to assign the final grade to be submitted to their cover school for records (if required).
Teachers/Facilitators will be hired by the school and we will search for the following criteria when hiring a teacher……..
- A deep desire to serve and please the Lord.
- A love for children and a desire to see each of them succeed.
- Teaching experience. Most of our teachers hold a teaching degree.
Meet the Team
Melanie and Scott Jones – Founders of Christ Point Academy
My husband and I opened Christ Point Academy in 2020 in oder to help provide support to our homeschool community. Our own homeschool experiences led us to step out in faith and begin this program. We homeschooled our daughter most all of her school years and she is now a freshman in college at the University of Mobile where she is pursing a nursing degree and also plays college volleyball. Twelve years after Haley was born God blessed us with another child which we had been praying for for many years. Both of my children are very social and have a deep desire to be with other children. Our heart and vision for this place is to create a community for students to develop meaningful relationships with other believers that will hopefully encourage them on their walk with Christ. It is our mission to provide academic support for homeschool families by helping teach the core classes at an affordable cost. It has been an amazing first year and we are excited about the opportunity to continue making this place better and better for our kids.
Sheela Sitaram – Director/PreK4, Kindergarten
Ms. Sheela ensures alignment with the vision, mission of CPA and oversees the after school program. Sheela has been with the school for 6 months. Prior to that, she spent 16 years as the State Pre-K teacher and Director of the S E YMCA Early Childhood Education Center.Sheela, graduated with a B.A. in Social Sciences in India. She was fortunate enough to attend a well-regarded school that professed a strong educational and christian values that has remained with her throughout her life. It is this foundation that has allowed her to embrace her dream of teaching children.She started her teaching career as an aide in the school she attended and also, did business and administrative work.Sheela believes strongly in Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” and “The first order of things to be changed is me, the leader. After I consider how hard it is to change myself, then I will understand the challenge of trying to change others. This is the ultimate test of leadership”. -John Maxwell
Tayler White – 1st Grade
Tayler White, First Grade teacher and Administrative Assistance, graduated from Athens State University Spring 2021 with a degree in elementary education. She is a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) through Athens State University. Plus she has training in Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) and The Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI).Tayler has been working in the local school systems since 2015. Tayler attends Church of the Highlands and leads Freedom Groups. And somehow, Tayler still finds time to nanny. In her free time, she likes to prepare activities that will benefit her students, spend time with family and friends, and love on her sweet puppy! She loves being with kids and helping them grow, learn, and fall in love with God! She is grateful for CPA and the opportunities it has given her. Tayler feels more connected to God now than ever.
Rebekah Hogsed – 2nd Grade
Rebekah Hogsed, second grade teacher holds an elementary education degree from Jacksonville State University, has completed master level classes at University of Alabama plus holds various certificates in her higher education training specializing in reading and math. Rebekah has experience teaching kindergarten, second, fourth and fifth grade. Her love and devotion to children is a passion she has had since a young adult. Teaching at Christ Point has been her favorite time teaching because she is not only teaching the future leaders but instilling the love our Lord has for us each day by sharing the gospel with her students. In her free time, Rebekah enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters and golden retriever, Charlie. Rebakah and her family enjoy worshiping at Willowbrook Church in Madison.
Miiko Gibson – 4th Grade
Miiko Gibson, 4th grade teacher, holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and Masters in Education from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. After graduation, she worked in a stockbroking firm, but the call to be a teacher grew deafening. After an intense internal tug-of-war, she decisively hung up her executive shoes, followed her passion, and became a certified teacher. Her school experience included subbing 3rd and 4th grades, coaching at-risk students, and teaching Language Arts to 7th and 8th-grade gifted kids at the oldest boys’ school in Singapore. Miiko also headed the Gifted Education Program Department before becoming the school’s Director/Pupil Development. Just before her first child was born, she earned her masters.
Miiko then enjoyed being a full-time homeschool mom (K-12) and an occasional health coach before joining the CPA teaching team. Now that her homeschooling journey is complete (bittersweet!), Miiko delights in pouring into the lives of her CPA students. Encouraging each child to thrive academically, emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually is a challenge she’s honored to embrace daily.
Miiko is married for 25 years to a native Huntsvillian who shares her penchant for musty book stores and hiking. She also enjoys writing poetry, and as a member of “The Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil Club”, she hopes to host an olive oil tasting party soon. A Christ-follower since seventeen, she has long marveled at God’s amazing grace and lovingkindness in her life. To God be the glory! Her life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6. ❤️
Angie Roberts – 5th Grade
Angie Robert’s, fifth grade teacher, holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (1-8). Angie has been married to her husband, Brian, for 21 years and they have three children: Alissa (20), Avery (17) and Dawson (13). They have lived in Huntsville for 11 years and are originally from the Nashville area. They attend Summit Crossing Community Church in Madison.
Angie has been blessed to work with children in various capacities for over 26 years. She worked as a Fourth Grade Teacher at College Heights Christian Academy in Gallatin, TN. Her church ministry experience includes serving as a children’s choir director, preschool teacher, preteen ministry director, preschool program director and children’s minister. She has also been blessed to have served as an administrative assistant at two churches, as well as a worship leader. Currently, she is the middle school girls’ basketball coach at Hampton Cove Middle School.
During her free time, Angie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys gardening, participating in Bible studies and watching her children participate in extracurricular activities. She considers it a true blessing to teach the fifth graders at Christ Point Academy and is excited to be a part of what the Lord is doing at this wonderful school!
Stephanie Hawkins – Middle School
Stephanie Hawkins, middle school language arts teacher, is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Qualified Developmental Disability Professional. During her educational endeavors, she was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Phi Alpha Honor Society and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. She served as Writing Lab Assistant, MSW Class President, Student Representative on the Board of the Clinical Social Work Association of Savannah and presented research to the Council on Social Work Education at an annual conference.
While being married to her Marine husband for over 23 years, Stepahnie has been blessed to travel and live around the world. She has held a variety of positions to include: case manager, supervisor of mental health group homes and day programs, juvenile probation officer, coordinator of a juvenile restitution and community service program, adjunct college professor, Regional Labor and Political Office Program Assistant at the U.S. Consulate – Johannesburg, South Africa, and medical social worker. And somehow, Stephanie found time to take up crafting and find fun ways to exercise.
As her two children, Sophie and Robert, grow Stephanie’s passion have shifted from her former professional career to being more involved with providing a well rounded, Christian based education to today’s children. She is passionate about encouraging students to be well-rounded while living for God because the ultimate goal is Heaven.
“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
Kandace Hart – Middle School
Kandace Hart, middle school math teacher graduated from the University of AR-Monticello with a B.S. in Psychology and has worked extensively with youth in this field. Seeing a need for teachers in AR, Kandace enrolled in the M.A. in Teaching program at the University of AR-Monticello. Kandace taught Pre-AP Algebra 1 and Algebra 1 and was tasked with differentiation of skills being taught as well as remediation for skills where needed. After devoting some time to family, Kandace is continuing her journey of obtaining a Master’s degree in teaching. Previously, Kandace volunteered at church teaching Sunday school. In her spare time, Kandace enjoys teaching her young children, reading, and crafting. One of her favorite quotes that drives her teaching is, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Author unknown but often attributed to Einstein with no evidence to support he said this.
Sherry Steckmesser – High School Math and Science
Sherry Steckmesser, high school math and science teacher, holds a BSBA in Management Information Systems and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama Huntsville. She worked in industry for eight years until she and her husband started a family. They homeschooled their children until their youngest graduated in 2021.
While homeschooling was her first priority, she enjoyed teaching so much that she sought to teach and tutor other students part time and has continued for 10 plus years. She first started tutoring high school and college General and Organic Chemistry and Algebra 1 & 2 for Tutor.com for five years. She then taught and tutored Chemistry and Honors Chemistry, Physics, and Algebra 1 & 2 for homeschool programs. From there, she also began tutoring these subjects to public and private high school and UAH students. In addition, she tutored math and science prep for the ACT.
Sherry loves teaching and strives to help every student succeed. She believes in finding those hidden God-given strengths students have and encouraging and giving them confidence to push themselves to triumph.
Melody Oskins – High School
Melody Oskins, high school history teacher holds a teaching degree. Melody and her husband have lived all over the world as he worked in the oil and gas industry. Huntsville seems to be their resting place. They love to travel and their kids have been raised mostly in Canada and Australia where they learned to question all kinds of things. The Oskins Family has had great conversations getting acclimated to the US culture. “It’s funny what you get used to”. Melody’s hope is to get these great conversations churning in the CPA high school class. She has homeschooled and public schooled her children, whose ages range from 19 to 5 years. She has a freshman in college and a kindergarten with three more in the middle, an 8th grade and two juniors. She has mainly used her teaching degree at home and in directing children’s ministry. One of Melody’s passions is talking to the kids about Jesus and God’s word!