Our Program Teachers

Francette Alessi

Contact: falessi@cecsouderton.com

Paula Francette Kefover Alessi is bilingual, having been raised in America in a French-speaking household. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Medieval History and French, Paula Francette worked in academic textbook publishing for twenty-five years, finishing her tenure at Pearson Education as the Marketing Manager for Pearson Education’s French Language Publishing Program. Paula Francette joined the McGraw-Hill Companies as the Director of Government Accounts and after nine wonderful years with McGraw-Hill Education, transitioned to a career managing a real estate portfolio in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Paula Francette teaches French privately and is a member of the Alliance Française and the American Association of Teachers of French. Paula Francette has been married for 28 years, has five children and has traveled internationally for many years with her family as well as for business. She has been involved in foreign language education on both a professional and personal level for decades.

Dr. Jim Arcieri

Contact: jarcieri@cecsouderton.com

Dr. Jim Arcieri, husband of Vicki for 31 years, father of three adult children. BA in History from Lebanon Valley College, Annville PA, Masters of Arts in Religious Studies, and a Master of Divinity from Biblical Seminary, Hatfield PA, and Doctor of Ministry from Providence Seminary, Norfolk, Va. Former PCA church planter in Virginia (14 years), and former Headmaster of StoneBridge School, Chesapeake, VA (7 years). Currently pastor of Community Bible Fellowship, Red Hill, PA (6 years). Author of the Teachers’ Guide to America’s Providential History. Has taught on Biblical World View for 26 years in various settings, including home-school classes in East Greenville PA, Harleysville PA, and Suffolk VA, as well as History, and Greek, for Providence Bible College in Norfolk VA. Currently serves on the boards of Biblical Seminary (Hatfield PA), Pennsylvania Pastor’s Network, and Church Extension of the Bible Fellowship Church. Former professional musician, Jim has served in leadership on various church music teams. Jim and Vicki live in Zionsville, PA.

Bonnie Bleiler

Contact: bbleiler@cecsouderton.com

Bonita (Bonnie) Bleiler graduated from Penn State University with a BS in elementary education and from Cedar Crest College with a master of education degree. She taught in the Parkland School District. She is a mom to three children who each graduated from their homeschool program. In 2007, she earned graduate credits in the teaching of writing and became a National Writing Project Fellow. Bonnie has taught writing in several homeschool co-ops, in a Christian school, and in private writing classes. She has worked at Penn State Lehigh Valley as coordinator of the summer youth camp program. Bonnie and her husband Richard, a full-time farmer, grow hay, corn, soybeans, and Christmas trees in northwestern Lehigh County.

Melissa Cassey

Contact: mcassey@cecsouderton.com

Melissa holds a BA in History from Eastern University and has done extensive graduate studies in Political Science at Villanova University. Melissa has taught various history and civics classes to homeschoolers for more than ten years. Teaching from a Christian perspective, her goals are to encourage students to think critically about the subject matter and to come away with a sense of appreciation and pride for the rich heritage they been granted. Melissa resides in Warminster with her husband, Jim, and together they serve at Liberti Church Bucks County, a church plant in the Warrington/Warminster community. Their only child, Melanie, a homeschool graduate, resides in Gainesville, Florida.

Kelly Dixon

Contact: kdixon@cecsouderton.com

Kelly earned a BS in Biology from the University of Delaware and has taken over 30 credits of education courses at the Masters Level at Arcadia University. Upon graduating from Delaware, Kelly taught private school science classes at Lakeside Educational Network for four years, Middle and High School. Following those years of teaching, she worked at Rohm and Haas, now Dow Chemical, as a chemist for over two years doing polymer technology. After having her first child in 2007, she started teaching home school science classes in the Abington area. These classes included Middle School General, Physical and Earth Science and High School Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science. Kelly joined CEC in 2012 and has taught Physics, Physical Science, General Science, and Environmental Science. She currently has two children, Charlotte (9) and Jasper (4), and lives in Glenside with her husband, Mark.

Jennifer Smith

Contact: jsmith@cecsouderton.com

Jennifer & her husband Mark are British born and lived on Long Island, N.Y. before moving to PA 10 years ago. Attending the ART STUDENTS LEAGUE and earning an AFA in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, her sketches were chosen for the set design of “Kramer vs. Kramer” w Meryl Streep. She was hired immediately as head designer for a Licensing co. starting a new designer division from the ground up. She earned her company the “Tommy Award” 3 years running, the industries prestigious Print Design Award. She taught at Parson’s University & worked in multiple area’s of design, sourcing here & throughout Europe. She is a professional expert in: Fashion Design, Patternmaking, Printing design, Commercial Fabric Design, Color, Computer Design & Product Development and has worked in N.Y. for 24 yrs.as the designer behind many name brand designers; Carol Little, Oscar De La Renta & many others. Jennifer is also a Private Pilot training out of Farmingdale, New York. and a breast cancer survivor.

“Once we had our children, I home schooled to build strong faith & back bone in my children in the Sept. of 9-11-01 which we witnessed first hand. I became convicted more than ever, we desperately need Christian professionals in every area of life. Home schooling is the ideal avenue to raise Christ centered balanced kids up to be strong examples of excellence in every area of life. I now love working with other students to point them to Christ in every area of life. We currently attend Fairview Village Church in Fairview Village, PA. where I facilitate Beth Moore, Women’s Bible Study groups and seek avenues to share our faith.” 1 Cor 2:9


Amy Wheeler

Contact: awheeler@cecsouderton.com

Amy has a BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College. She has had a wide variety of teaching experiences in both public and private schools. In addition to working as a classroom teacher, she taught reading and literature study, as well as middle school algebra. She also spent several years teaching homeschool students at the Master’s Academy of Fine Arts. Amy and her husband Jim live in Perkiomenville. She has been homeschooling their three children for the past ten years


Mary Ruth Ziegler

Contact: mziegler@cecsouderton.com

Mary Ruth graduated from Wheaton College with a BS in Biology and from the University of Illinois with a BSN in Nursing. She has had all sciences at the college freshman level as well as many biology/anatomy courses. Mary Ruth has taught these classes for over 10 years and enjoys teaching and challenging students. Mary Ruth is married to her college sweetheart, Randall S. Ziegler. They have 5 children, the youngest of which is 26, and 7 grandchildren. Four of those grandchildren are now being homeschooled. Mary Ruth continues to work as a nurse and instructor at Ridgecrest Pediatrics.