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Meet Sarah Harmon

September 22, 2020
By Heather Sanders

What do you currently teach and what have you taught in the past? 

Currently, I teach 8th grade Humanities. Previously I have taught both 5th and 6th grade, and I was a youth minister for four years teaching middle and high school students.

What attracted you to teaching at Providence? 

I heard about Providence when we moved to Dothan last year, and I was eager to teach in a truly Christian environment. Providence’s classical Christian approach was also intriguing and has been a fun, new challenge.

What inspires you to teach year after year? 

I love building relationships with students, and it is such a joy to watch them grow and mature both as people and learners.

Tell us about your family?

I am married to Joe Harmon, who actually went to preschool at FPC!

What is something interesting about your family? 

I am a fifth-generation teacher. My mother is a professor at Samford University, my grandmother taught nurses at UAB, my great grandmother taught 1st grade, and my great-great grandmother was a teacher as well.

What school / universities did you attend? 

I have a degree from the University of Virginia in Art History and Economics as well as a Master’s in Education from Samford University.

Where have you lived? 

I was born and raised in Birmingham and spent time in college and at a church in Charlottesville, Virginia.

What is an activity you especially enjoy besides teaching? 

I love to read and do anything outside. I’ve always loved to be on the water, but lately our family has gotten really interested in hiking. When we reach a beautiful view, our family loves to say, “thank you Lord for my eyeballs!”

Three adjectives you aspire to: 

Joyful, gracious, grateful

What is a favorite passage of Scripture? 

It is too hard for me to choose between Psalm 1 and Romans 8, especially Romans 8:38-39. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Meet Lisa Lonidier: PCS Latin Teacher

September 15, 2020
By Heather Sanders

What do you currently teach and what have you taught in the past? 

I teach Latin 1 & 2 in Logic school.  I previously assisted Mrs. Compton in teaching Pre-Calculus, and homeschooled my four children and stepson.  

What attracted you to teaching at Providence?  My sons attended PCS during rhetoric school years and we loved the school and its vision and mission.  I have been praying for several years about a new avenue for the Lord to use me and was led in the direction of teaching at PCS, with the Lord confirming through the staff here.

What inspires you to teach year after year? 

Well, this is my first year teaching full time in a classroom setting, but I have always loved learning and enjoy the challenge of a new subject.  The students’ interest and love for learning is an inspiration, and the opportunity to speak into their lives in ways beyond just subject material, such as character development and building in strong spiritual and life principles.

Tell us about your family?  

I have four children and two grandchildren.  My youngest son and his wife graduated from PCS in 2010 and 2011 respectively. 

What is something interesting about your family? 

We moved to the Dothan area in 2004 and have built our home ourselves!

What school / universities did you attend? 

I graduated from High School in Orlando, Florida, then attended Furman University my freshman year. I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in French.    

Where have you lived? 

Orlando, South Carolina, Fort Worth, Wyoming, and several cities in the Tampa Bay area

What is an activity you especially enjoy besides teaching? 

I love spending time with my children and grandchildren, working in my gardens, knitting, reading and canoeing when we have time.

Three adjectives you aspire to: Abiding, inspiring and informing.

What is a favorite passage of Scripture?

My verse for 2020 is Isaiah 43:18-19

“SEE!  BEHOLD!  WATCH!  LOOK!  I AM even NOW doing something NEW!  NOW it springs forth and comes to light!  Do you SEE IT ??!!    Indeed, I MAKE A WAY in the WILDERNESS, in a desolate place, FLOODS – RIVERS !!”  

Andrea Tew

October 30, 2019
By Heather Sanders

What do you currently teach and what have you taught in the past? 

I am currently teaching Chemistry (11th grade) and Earth Science (7th grade). I have taught chemistry, physics, earth science, life science, and biology in the past.

What attracted you to teaching at Providence? 

I was attracted to teaching at Providence by my experiences from tutoring Providence chemistry students over the past 2 years.  It was evident that there were good things going on at Providence and I am thrilled to be able to join this family!

What inspires you to teach year after year? 

I love chemistry! And I love the relationships that are forged with my students each year.  Seeing them grow as a student and as young individuals encourages me to continue what I am doing.

Tell us about your family?

My family and I are from Headland.  My oldest daughter, Beth, is a RN.  She and her husband, Aaron, blessed me with my first grandson this year!  His name is Steadman.  My middle daughter, Emily, will graduate from Troy University in December with a degree in Communications/Public Relations/Marketing.  She works for a public relations/marketing firm in Montgomery.  She is getting married in December, just a few weeks after her graduation.   My son, Ben, is a freshman at Troy University. He is majoring in Business. We lost my husband to cancer in 2003. He was a wonderful husband and father and is waiting for us to join him in Heaven at our appointed time.

What is something interesting about your family? 

After my middle daughter marries in December, she and her sister will both have the last name Jones.  Beth is married to Aaron Jones.  Emily will marry Brannon Jones. Aaron and Brannon are not related.  Who would have ever thought that they would both end up with the same married name?

What school / universities did you attend? 

I received my Bachelor’s degree from Troy University in Troy and my Master’s degree from Troy University in Dothan. Both were in Comprehensive Science, Secondary Education

Where have you lived? 

I grew up in the Midland City area but have lived in Headland for the past 30 years

What is an activity you especially enjoy besides teaching? 

My favorite thing to do outside of school is to spend time with my family

Three adjectives you aspire to: 

Trustworthy, honest, and kind

What is a favorite passage of Scripture? 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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Meet Sonja Shepard

October 23, 2019
By Heather Sanders

What do you currently teach and what have you taught in the past? 

I currently teach pre-algebra and algebra.  Previously, I taught 7th & 8th grade math, pre-algebra, and algebra. For the last four years, I was an instructional coach at Carver Magnet School.

What attracted you to teaching at Providence? 

I loved the thought of teaching at a Christian school.

What inspires you to teach year after year? 

I love the students and love math. My heart is in the classroom.

Tell us about your family?

I have been married to Lance Shepard for 25 years. He runs Southern Heritage Funeral Home. We have two sons, Auborn and Hayes. Auborn graduated from Troy University.  He is currently interning at our home church, Ridgecrest, with our youth minister.  Hayes attends Wallace College and hopes to enter the physical therapy assistant program there next fall.

What is something interesting about your family? 

We really are not interesting. We are boring.

What school / universities did you attend? 

Bachelor’s degree - Auburn  / Master’s degree- Troy Dothan

Where have you lived? 

I grew up in Guntersville, Alabama. Then, moved to Auburn for college. After college, I moved to Dothan.

What is an activity you especially enjoy besides teaching? 

I love watching my guys participate in sports. Also, I enjoy reading.

Three adjectives you aspire to: kindness, caring, thoughtful

What is a favorite passage of Scripture? 

Philippians 4:6-7 New International Version (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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