PassPraxis Instructors

Our program instructors are Pennsylvania certified teachers and experts in their content area.

Mrs. Cheryl Bachman

Mrs. Bachman completed her degrees in Elementary and Special Education at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Cheryl teaches second grade in a self-contained classroom at Moraine Elementary School in the Slippery Rock Area School District. Cheryl’s expertise in all academic areas and her experience with differentiated instruction enables her to be an excellent tutor for teacher candidates preparing for their exams.

Mrs. Kristen DiDonato

Mrs. Kristen DiDonato earned her Bachelor of Science Degrees in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Kristen also completed her Master's of Reading at California University in Pennsylvania. She currently teaches third grade for the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. Kristen greatly enjoys working with teacher candidates through one-on-one tutoring to help them achieve their goal of becoming a teacher.

Mrs. Milann Karnes

Mrs. Milann Karnes earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education at Clarion University of PA. She teaches algebra, geometry, and calculus at Moniteau School District. Having studied curriculum and instruction, she pocesses the ability to thoroughly explain problems and solutions. Patience and expertise are her gifts.

Mrs. Annie Lindsay

Mrs. Annie Lindsay completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education at Miami University of Ohio and then continued her studies to earn a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.  She is certified to teach grades K-6 and also maintains her principal certificate for grades K-12.  Annie taught for eleven years in the elementary classroom before joining the Butler County Community College family.  She currently teaches courses for the education department and the PAPA/PECT/Praxis program.  Annie has been preparing students for high-stakes standardized state testing since entering the classroom.  She believes that understanding the test objectives, preparing with the correct materials, and designing a study plan geared to meet each student’s needs are the keys to success!

Mrs. Stephanie Long

Mrs. Stephanie Long completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (grades K-6) and her Master of Education with a Reading Specialist certification both from Slippery Rock University. She previously taught nine years in the elementary classroom in two different states before beginning her career at Butler County Community College. In addition to teaching Preparatory and Developmental Reading courses, Stephanie also teaches multiple education courses for the college. She believes preparation and encouragement are essential to passing the Praxis and PAPA exams. By focusing on the content and working on test taking strategies, Stephanie believes every student will achieve their dream of becoming a teacher.

Mrs. Kerry Miller

Mrs. Kerry Miller finished her bachelor's degree in history from Minot State University in North Dakota. After returning to Pennsylvania, Kerry earned a master's degree in education from Waynesburg College where she obtained her PA teaching certificate in secondary social studies. Kerry is also certified in English, Math, Science, Biology, Spanish, Health, Library Science, and Latin. Kerry has been an instructor with the Butler County Community College Praxis program since 2006.  She knows how stressful it can be to take the Praxis exams, but Kerry believes the key to overcoming test anxiety is preparation! Kerry provides students with great review materials and helps students focus their attention on key test areas.

Mrs. Holly Murphy

Mrs. Holly Murphy earned her Bachelor of Science Degrees in Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Grove City College and her Master's and Reading Specialist Certification at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.  Holly currently teaches first grade in North Hills School District but also enjoys working with Praxis/PECT students through online courses and individual tutoring.  She understands the hard work and preparation that goes into preparing for the exams and is dedicated to helping her students pass!

Mrs. Megan Tolfa

Mrs. Megan Tolfa received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Exceptionalities in 2009. She received her Master's Degree in Reading from Slippery Rock University in 2013. Megan currently works as the Gifted/Enrichment Reading Instructor for grades 2-6 at a private school in the northern Pittsburgh area.

Miss Kristen Zaccari

Miss Kristen Zaccari is currently a 5th grade teacher in the North Allegheny School District. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She also went on to receive her master’s degree in Reading from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Kristen feels that practice and application of the test taking strategies discussed throughout the tutoring course are key to success on the exams. She is constantly searching for new and improved materials to help prepare each student for success and to help them realize their dream of becoming a teacher!

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Customized Training

Our program can customize training workshops, courses, or content-specific videos to meet your organization’s testing needs. Workshops or courses can be held at your location, a location of your choice, or online. Typical group size ranges from 10 to 25 participants. Two-day training workshops are ideal for organizations offering alternative certification routes. For more information, contact tracy.hack@bc3.edu.

New Class

Now Offering Preparation for Grades 4-8 English Language Arts & Social Studies and grades 5 and 6 Mathematics & Science for add-on option for Grades PK-4 Certificates!

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has announced a Grades 5-6 testing add-on option for the Grades PK-4 certificate only. PreK-4 certificate holders may take two modules: Grades 4-8 English Language Arts and Social Studies (5154) and Mathematics and Science (5155) to add grades 5 and 6. PreK-4 candidates may take these modules during or after the PK-4 program and apply for them simultaneously, but the evaluation of the Grades Prek-4 requirements will be evaluated first and the Grades 5-6 add on certificate will only be granted once the PK-4 certificate is approved.

Spotlight

Instructor Annie Lindsay

Instructor Annie Lindsay

Mrs. Annie Lindsay completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education at Miami University of Ohio and then continued her studies to earn a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati. She is certified to teach grades K-6 and also maintains her principal certificate for grades K-12. Annie taught for eleven years in the elementary classroom before joining the Butler County Community College family. She currently teaches courses for the education department and the PAPA/PECT/Praxis program. Annie has been preparing students for high-stakes standardized state testing since entering the classroom. She believes that understanding the test objectives, preparing with the correct materials, and designing a study plan geared to meet each student’s needs are the keys to success! Annie consistently maintains a nearly 100% pass rate with test takers.