Ms. Berlin is originally from Otisville, Michigan. For her undergraduate degree, she moved to North Carolina to receive her B.A in American Sign Language from Gardner-Webb University. After graduating, she traveled all around the country learning about different biological and ecological topics from local experts while she finished her Master's in Teaching Biological Sciences from Miami University Project Dragonfly as part of San Diego Zoo Global. There she focused on environmental and conservation education, empowering young students to find a passion for nature. Ms. Berlin has been working with The Master's Academy since 2020, helping the Forest School students to foster that excitement for learning while also helping them to see the awe and inspiration of the nature that God has created.
Mr. Somerville is originally from Rutherford County but moved to Mexico when his parents became missionaries to that part of the world. He graduated from El Monte Home School, then attended Appalachian State University where he earned his B.S. in Biology (Ecology/Evolution/Environmental Biology). He completed a one year Bible Certification program from Columbia International University. Mr. Somerville works with our students in the Outdoor School Program using projects, experimentation and activities that will require them to apply their knowledge to hands on activities. He is a vibrant Christian who believes God created all of nature for His glory. Mr. Somerville has a desire to inspire curiosity in his students and help them feel comfortable asking the tough questions, while at the same time helping them find answers through Scripture.
Mrs. Somerville graduated from Rutherford Early College High School, then attended Appalachian State University where she earned her B.A. in Biology. She also has a minor in Spanish. Mrs. Somerville has just completed a seasonal position with Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds in Occidental, CA where she focused on outdoor instruction with 5th and 6th graders. She has completed Naturalist Training which is an outdoor science education training program. Mrs. Somerville has also served as a Cabin Director for South Mountain Christian Camp for a number of years. She is solid in her faith and has a desire to be a Christian role model for her students, living a life that glorifies God. Mrs. Somerville will use her knowledge and experience with students to integrate science and math in hands on activities/projects in an outdoor environment.
Mr. Schenkel has been a part of the TMA family for several years. He has been teaching and working in administration of Christian schools for 46 years. Mr. Schenkel has a B.A. in Christian Education and an M.A. in Church Administration from Bob Jones University. He has also served on three state boards of education for Christian schools and has started two Christian high schools. Mr. Schenkel is a strong man of faith. He serves as a Deacon in his church. In his free time, he enjoys most sports -- especially golf, tennis, and college basketball. In June 2021, he will have been married to his wife for 50 years. Together, they have 4 children and 4 grandchildren and cherish spending time with them.
Meet Coley Cannon! Mr. Cannon teaches Math subjects at our Outdoor School. Mr. Cannon graduated from Appalachian State University where he studied how to teach high school mathematics. Mr. Cannon's favorite math subjects are Algebra and Geometry, but he also enjoys Chemistry and Biology! Mr. Cannon's favorite days are ones he spends outside enjoying God's creation. A few of his hobbies are playing disc golf, running, and learning how to cook new culinary creations. We were happy to welcome him to the TMA family in 2020.