Meet the Parents Who Serve

This page is dedicated to the fathers and mothers who invest their time and talents in bringing this cottage school to life– cooperatively. We have lead teachers and assistant teachers at our co-op.

Highlands Latin Paradise Valley Cottage School Headmistress

Pauline Abello, Director and Teacher

Founder and Headmistress of Highlands Latin Cottage School Paradise Valley established 2019

B.A. in Political Science and Christian Studies (emphasis in Biblical Languages- Greek and Hebrew), Grand Canyon University, 2005, Summa Cum Laude

Pauline is a passionate our sharing Jesus with the world and raising her children up to know Jesus and serve them all the days of their lives. For her, HLSPV is a not a business but a calling and a ministry, to come alongside parents and help raise up the next generation of children to know the Lord, to walk in truth and virtue, to think critically, defend the faith, and share the love of Jesus.

She has been married for since 2005 and she and her husband homeschool their 7 children classically, using Memoria Press curriculum. They are both born again Christians and attend Scottsdale Bible Church.

Derek Abello Highlands latin phoenix paradise valley

Derek Abello, Husband, Supporter, and PE Coach

Head PE Coach and High School Biology Teacher

B.S. Life Sciences (Pre-Med) ASU, 2004

Derek is married to Pauline and they homeschool their 7 children. Derek owns his own businesses Abello Bees and DerekAbello SEO. Before he became a full time entrepreneur he taught High School Biology and Honors Biology at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, then they moved to Arizona and he taught Health and PE at an elementary school. He became a paramedic and full time fireman and was 1 of only 13 firefighters hired in the entire state of AZ in 2009, just after the economy crashed.

But the Lord was working to answer a prayer they had been praying for so long– to build a business together. The Lord would provide an income so they could be together as a family instead of Derek away at the fire station all the time. And also, He would use Derek to do a great work and help save the bees. So despite all worldly “reason” and “wisdom,” he followed the calling and left his secure job to start his Phoenix bee removal company. The Lord grew his company so that he could share the income with other homeschooling beekeepers and homeschooling work-at-home mothers. Together they have saved millions of bees!

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Ingrid Pechin, Lead Teacher

Mrs. Pechin is a former teacher with past experience in teaching Latina Christiana. She has 4 children, 3 of whom are graduated. She is married to Brad. She teaches Christian Studies III (New Testament), What’s That Bird, Geography II, Spelling II, Prima Latina, Famous Men of Middle Ages,

Keitha Price

Mrs. Price is a veteran homeschooling mom, her children are all grown and in college but she has a passion to teach. She taught at a Highlands Latin School in California and we are blessed to have her with us. She teaches Kindergarten-2nd Grade Bible, Art, Poetry, Literature, Copywork, Math 1 & 2

Not Pictured – Assistant Teachers

The rest of our families serve as assistants to the teachers each semester.

  • Leeann D. – Mom of 3, Actress, Nursery
  • Erin N.
  • Jaclyn G.
  • Lizette V.
  • Sarah T.
  • Natalie H.
  • Caitlin C.