Instructors and Volunteers

LMCA has many qualified instructors and supportive volunteers.  For the protection of our students, all instructors and volunteers at LMCA have Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History and Child Abuse Clearances and Mandated Reporter Training. 


An instructor at LMCA since 2013, MIss Sandy has been homeschooling for over ten years and has graduated her four children. Her fun, interesting, and hands-on teaching style engages and excites even the most reluctant learner. In addition to being an instructor, Miss Sandy carries the weight of many administrative duties. 


When not teaching or planning interactive LMCA lessons, Miss Sandy looks forward to spending time with friends and family. She loves many outdoor activities including gardening, swimming, biking, and hiking. 


"A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps"    Proverbs 16:9


 Mrs. Cratty has been teaching history, geography and civics for 5 years at LMCA.   With background degrees in Political Science and Sociology and an interest in bringing current events into the classroom, Mrs. C likes to keep each year new and exciting while building up students' knowledge and understanding of history, geography and government.  In spare time Sarah loves reading biographies, gardening and listening to Irish music.    

"Does thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that is the stuff life is made of."
-Poor Richard's Almanack 
Benjamin Franklin


Miss Jen has been a teacher for over ten years, and is excited to bring her love of  computers and technology to LMCA. To her, learning is all about the experience, and that usually involves some failure as well as the grit to keep going. Besides teaching, Jen enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and building Legos.


“If plan A doesn't work, don't worry. The alphabet has 25 more letters.” --unknown


Mrs. Butina has a BA in English Language and Literature. She has homeschooled her own children for over ten years and now teaches the high school English at LMCA.  She hopes to inspire her students to take part in the Great Conversation through their study of literature. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking in the Laurel Highlands, and reading poetry.



"But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. ...Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do."


--C.S. Lewis



Mrs. Koynok is an active local artist who now shares her love of painting and drawing with LMCA's older homeschoolers.  She has a background in art education and current memberships in various art associations and actively exhibits her own art. Mrs. Koynok encourages the students to grow in their artistic abilities.


Miss Julie has a BA in Psychology.  She has been homeschooling for 20 years and enjoys the support, friendships, and fun that LMCA offers her familyWhen not busy with schooling, her pastimes include reading, gardening, family time, and brewing up herbal tonics and remedies. 


"Acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. "

-Charlie Johnston


Miss Jenna has a BA in Communications and a Minor in Sociology.  She's been homeschooling for the past 7 years, and cannot imagine life any other way.  She also holds a TESOL certificate, and teaches English as a second language online. In her spare time she loves spending time at her family's small farm, and she loves to travel~ especially to the beach!


"The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself." - Benjamin Franklin


Miss Sandy has been involved in LMCA for the past several years and brings her love of music and art alive in the LMCA classroom. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and traveling to Florida. 


“Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen