We are so pleased to introduce Robin Cervantes, Adolesco Prep’s Pre-K teacher. Robin’s sweet and peaceful demeanor paired with her love for children makes her instantly approachable and perfect for our little ones. Her experience in the classroom as a highly certified paraprofessional and her time teaching Sunday school to her church’s three-year-old class has her well-equipped for her role at Adolesco Prep.
Eventually, Robin decided to begin homeschooling once her oldest child was diagnosed with cancer, namely Retinoblastoma. During this time, Robin and her husband’s faith in Christ blossomed and Robin found she adored having her children home where she could utilize her love to teach while also imparting her ever-increasing Christian faith onto them. This time with them was so impactful that she decided to continue to pursue homeschooling even after her daughter was declared free of cancer. The University-Model appealed to Robin for the time she will have with her children, and as a Christian mother who feels called to teach young students. She is mainly drawn to Adolesco Prep so she can nourish them in an environment centered around Jesus and support their imaginary play while guiding their memory work through the classical approach.
Through and through, Dera Hughes is an educator at heart with a passion for teaching young minds a well-rounded education that includes understanding the Word of God. As Adolesco Prep’s Kindergarten teacher, she will host an immeasurable nurturing and Spirit-led atmosphere where her natural inclination to understand a child’s way of learning helps her develop successful and curious learners. Her love for teaching began 30 years ago and while Mrs. Hughes has taught middle and high school, she is most drawn to young grammar school ages so she can instill at such impressionable ages a firm foundation in who Jesus Christ is and how He is significant in our daily lives. She also enjoys laying the foundation of a child learning to read, write and grasp phonetical concepts while using multi-sensory methods to successfully guide diverse student populations spanning a range of learning abilities. Over the last few years, Dera has taught using the Montessori method and has most recently been trained in the Classical approach, which she feels helps her complete her calling as an educator because it heavily incorporates the virtues and further enables her to integrate Christian values into her lessons. It also invites her to utilize her preferences to cultivate logical thinkers who articulate thoughts well. When Mrs. Hughes is not in the classroom you can find her spending time with her high-school-sweetheart-husband and their four grandchildren whom she pours into as well. She enjoys camping, hiking, four-wheeling and traveling with her children. Additionally, she fulfills her heart to serve with volunteering around her community at local nursing homes and at Our Daily Bread while also loving on babies in her church’s Sunday morning nursery. Truly, Mrs. Dera is a treasure and Adolesco Prep cannot imagine anyone else as creative and enthusiastic for our Kindergartners as she is!
History and English Language Arts 3rd & 4th
Adolesco Prep is thrilled to introduce Dana Quinlan as the third and fourth-grade Literature and History teacher! Dana has a love for literature and writing and knew it during her time at LSU where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English, immediately followed by obtaining her certificate in education. Mrs. Quinlan has been teaching and working in private schools ever since while raising her three children who are now in college. There were some seasons in which Dana felt called to be home with her children and even during these times, she chose to volunteer at their schools to be active in their lives and surround herself with children and an academic atmosphere. This is one of the reasons she is drawn to the University-Model® – she understands the need parents have to be with their children more and still have them enrolled in a professional school setting.
In addition, her experience and enthusiasm in teaching her chosen field are what draws her students near, not to mention her sweet, gentle, and encouraging demeanor. As a parent, Dana discipled her children to be kind always and to “pray without ceasing,” instilling in them daily disciplines of the Christian faith. Enjoying the art of discipleship, she has always chosen to teach within private schools like Adolesco Prep where she can share what she knows about God’s Word and learn with her students because “Jesus always has something new to show us.” Dana loves to learn and explore through reading, cooking and traveling, and stays active by running and Pilates. She brings a sense of balance and peace with her and is eager to start nurturing the students at Adolesco Prep!