The staff that serves at Path Light Academy is comprised of a group of godly, wise, gifted, and educated teachers and administrators. At PLA we are blessed to have a staff that is in love with God and His word, loves teaching children of all ages, and displays a contagious zeal for Christian living.
Our Principal is Pastor Joel Allen. Pastor Joel has 20 years of ministry experience ranging from serving in children’s ministry to pastoring two growing local congregations. Pastor Joel has traveled through the US as a speaker and worship leader. His is working on his doctorate in Psychology and is well equipped to handle the role of Principal at PLA.
Julie Allen is our high school English, science, history, and Spanish teacher. She has worked as a teacher for more than a decade in many capacities including substitute teaching, homeschooling her four children, running a successful community education program, and classroom teaching at Finger Lakes Christian School in Seneca Falls, NY. Mrs. Allen holds two degrees; one in Adolescent Education and one in Psychology.
Danielle Howig graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2003 with a degree in Religion and Philosophy and Christian Ministry. She has worked with youth and children for over 20 years serving in her local church. She is passionate about the next generation being raised to be successful and passionate vessels that the Lord can use to further his Kingdom. She has homeschooled her children for the past 5 years and is excited to start a new chapter teaching at Path Light Academy. Mrs Howig is particularly passionate about the brain and understanding God’s amazing design. Her teaching style and goals have been greatly influenced by Dr. Caroline Leaf’s books “Who switched off your Brain”, “The gift in you”, as well as the book “Spark: the revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain” by John J. Ratey. Most recently she has been influenced Jo Boaler’s book “Mathematical Mindsets.” She teaches math to all grade levels at Path Light Academy while incorporating this new exciting science of how to teach math in a way that everyone will succeed and learn to love math! She also teaches a health/gym class based on the book Spark where youth learn how exercise is vital for their brain to function at its best. Mrs Howig believes firmly in the word of God. She values the fact that each of us are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image and nothing is to difficult for Him! Every child can succeed in school and love school if we are willing to teach them and love them as God first loved us.
Amanda Fredette is a Registered Nurse and has many years experience in teaching. She has homeschooled her own four children for the last decade and is making the transition to Path Light Academy with her kids. Mrs. Fredette will be teaching K-6 ELA and grammar. She is passionate about the capabilities of the young mind to memorize interesting facts. As a result, she will be introducing her students to an array of interesting historical facts, scripture memory challenges, and songs that will create for them a deep well of memorized information.
Olivia Mancini is a gifted musician and teacher. She teaches Kindergarten and first grade at Path Light Academy. She is also one of our elementary music teachers. She runs a successful online Facebook ministry focused on purity and modesty called Liv Free Ministries. She and her husband have traveled the East Coast speaking at many youth camps and conferences to teen audiences. She is also a worship leader at Path Light Community Fellowship. As a homeschool graduate and college student Mrs. Mancini offers fresh perspective, excitement, flexibility, and experience to our growing staff.
Isaiah Allen is a gifted college art student. He has worked at the college he attends as a tutor for other art students and has volunteered in the community teaching painting lessons and cartooning courses. He will be teaching art and art history to grades K-12 for the 2018-2019 school year at Path Light Academy. Mr. Allen has experience teaching art classes to young children and will one day open a children’s art center in our community.