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Penny J. Larsen

College professor with 30 years of teaching experience

30-year veteran classroom educator and college professor, TESOL certified. Positions included: At-Risk of Failure Achievement Director, STEM specialist, and reading specialist. Special interest: world adventure traveler.

Justin Fischer

Teacher, science educator, and lab worker

My life revolves around science and education. From field research in Costa Rica to science experiments with high school students, I’m always looking for the next challenge and adventure. I taught university science labs while earning a Master of Science in Biology from Appalachian State University in 2016. Previously, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology from the University of North Texas. When I’m not teaching, experimenting or writing, I’m exploring the great outdoors with my scientist wife and adventurous four-year old daughter.

Ben Smith

Middle school teacher with 6 years of experience

Ben Smith has been teaching 8th grade United States History for the past 3 years and has an overall teaching experiences of 6 years.

After receiving BA in History and Adolescence Education from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, he enrolled at SUNY New Paltz and attained a Master’s of Science degree and certification in Literacy Education, graduating in just over 4 semesters with a 4.0 GPA while teaching full-time.

Ben incorporates writing into his curriculum as much as possible to ensure that his students will come away from his class with skills that will enable them to succeed as they move into their futures. With the understanding that writing is a challenge for an increasing majority of young people, Ben strives to pass along all that he has learned so that he can help students far and wide succeed.

When he is not teaching, Ben loves spending his downtime with his wife, Laura, their Anatolian Shepherd, Theo, and two cats, Ozzie and Franklin.

Jeffrey Hopkins

Human Resource Manager and Customer Relations Expert

Jeffrey Hopkins graduated from Rowan University with his bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Human Resource Management.

He is I-9 certified and has worked in several HR positions from recruiter to HR Manager. Jeffrey has interviewed over 2,000 employees in his HR career. Throughout the years, his duties included but were not limited to creating and editing policies and procedures, creating SOPs for various companies and organizations, conducting training on a wide variety of topics, as well as managing employee review processes, compensation and benefits, job design, and analysis.