Teachers

The Academy at Bright Ideas Press is excited to announce our list of teachers who are subject experts and have extensive teaching experience.   Our teachers have a love for their Creator, the classes they teach, and their precious students.  Our teachers are the heart and soul of our online classes!

 

For an opportunity to join our team, please contact Karri Iverson at questtutorialinc@gmail.com.  

 

Jamie Anderson

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Jamie graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. After working at radio stations in Iowa and Minnesota, she moved to Colorado for twelve years, working in public relations for the National Cattlemen’s Association. She taught public speaking workshops for adults all over the country in her career as a public relations professional. She also wrote numerous articles, scripts, speeches, plans and documents. She and Jim have three sons; Luke graduated in May 2014 from The King’s College and works in theater in NYC, Samuel attends Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida and Joel is in his final year of high school. Jamie teaches speech communications online and is the faculty advisor for a student-run newspaper. She is a Relay Center coordinator for Operation Christmas Child. Jamie believes the ability to confidently communicate a message is an important skill homeschool students must develop before graduation.

 

Rhiannon Appelgrijn

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Rhiannon Appelgrijn is a Long Islander, raised by an Englishman, married to a South African, and currently residing in Florida! She and her husband have been married for sixteen years and have three lovely and energetic children! She loves being a stay-at- home mom and desires to raise her kids to have a deep, enduring relationship with Jesus. Before having children, she taught sixth through ninth grade Language Arts, Literature, and Musical Theater classes at Dayspring Academy for Education and the Arts. Most recently, Rhiannon has taught a high school level literary analysis class and a middle school writing class for two online Christian academies. She is known for teaching grammar rules through rhymes she has written to make the lessons more fun and memorable. She is thrilled to be teaching English I and IV for The Academy at Bright Ideas Press! She prays that God will use her to ignite a lasting love of literature, language arts, and above all, the LORD in the lives of her students.

 

Sophia Arroyo

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Sophia Arroyo seeks to create Christ centered education through integrating Biblical principles into her classes. She received her bachelors of education from Moody Bible Institute and has taught in various educational settings such as private Christian schools, private tutoring, and other online schools. Her appreciation for the earth and all that God has created has allowed her travel to all but two of the continents. Mrs. Arroyo possesses a deep passion for providing quality history education through integrating the history of the past and the fascinating timeline of the Bible. Sophia seeks to help guide her students towards thinking critically about the subject at hand all while discovering the character of God is through exploring history. Mrs. Arroyo would love to answer any questions you have about her courses or herself!

 

 

Angie Baer

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Angie has an excitement for education that connects students to the joy of learning. Her hands-on approach to teaching, whether in the barn, the kitchen or the classroom provides a unique experience for online learners. In addition to teaching her own children and in local co-ops, she has taught and given webinars in the online classroom since 2014.

Angie and her husband, Jeff, have been married for 21 years. They began homeschooling their 5 children in 2003, and just last year graduated their oldest son. Together with Jeff’s parents, they are dairy farmers on their 8-generation farm in northeast Ohio.

Together Jeff and Angie are worship directors at their local church. They have a passion to build community and connect people with God’s goodness through worship. When she’s not teaching, Angie enjoys raising animals, gardening, playing music, traveling and teenage style game nights.

 

Sonya Brouilette

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Dr. Sonya Brouillette graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.  She lives in south Louisiana with her husband, Marty, and 3 children (Paycen – 16, Owen – 13, Landry – 10).  They live on a small farm and raise Jersey cows, 4-H show pigs, and Orpington show chickens.  They also have 3 horses that her children use for youth rodeos.  She has homeschooled all of her children and leads at her local co-op.

Dr. Brouillette believes that all children can love learning, and she strives to help them find their passion for knowledge.

 

 

 

 

Kara Brown

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Kara Brown loves teaching, writing, traveling, and Christ above all things. She is an experienced instructor, primarily for high school and university levels, and in addition to teaching at The Academy at Bright Ideas she is an adjunct professor of business and English composition. She is certified in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and has taught English in the U.S., South Korea, and Greece. She is also a Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and was awarded the Magic Johnson National Entrepreneurship Program Award in 2012 for outstanding youth entrepreneurship education.

As a lover of all things writing or entrepreneurship-related, she is pursuing both in her personal life as she runs a small business with her husband, a skilled carpenter, and also seeks publication of her fiction and nonfiction novels. A Christian since the age of 15, Kara is a humanitarian at heart and spent years living and volunteering overseas throughout Southeast Asia, Africa, and Australia, combatting human trafficking and serving orphans and refugee populations. Active in her church, Kara coordinates the Prayer Team, serves on the Speaking Team and Women’s Ministry Team, and is a regular contributor for the Writers’ Guild, a group dedicated to publishing numerous devotional series each year. She holds a Masters of Business Management, a Masters of International Relations, and a Bachelors of Communications in journalism. She and her husband moved from Southern California to Baltimore, Maryland in 2012 and love life on the East Coast.

 

Melissa Craig

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Melissa Craig has teaching in her blood. When her parents, both teachers, didn’t like the local school options, they opened a private school in Connecticut so that they could teach her in the way they felt best. She considers the school to be another sibling, as they grew up together and battled for her parents’ time. Not quite as ambitious, Melissa simply homeschooled her children when she and her husband didn’t like the local school options. They have been homeschooling for seventeen years, and Melissa has taught a variety of co-op classes for six. Most recently, she taught online with Landry Academy for three years.

Before her homeschooling days, Melissa was a member of corporate America, where she climbed the ladder, dropped her children off at daycare and worked as a regional manager and trainer for Weight Watchers. Melissa had almost completed MA in Teaching when God called her to stay home and educate her own children.

Currently, Melissa works for Bright Ideas Press, where she writes literature study guides and book lists and works in curriculum development and customer service. She is the co-author of A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers and the soon to be released A Young Scholar’s Guide to Poets and Poetry. Melissa and her family are learning US geography by experiencing it. Each of their four children,ages 24, 18, 15 and 11 has been born in a different state, and their moves have taken them from Ohio to South Carolina to Delaware to Pennsylvania to Michigan and now to Indiana, outside of Louisville, KY. Thankfully, they’ve been able to simply homeschool through the changes.

 

Rebecca Craig

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Rebecca Craig knew from a very young age that she wanted her life to be filled with incredible stories and storytellers. After having been homeschooled for 10 years, Rebecca now wants to bring her love and knowledge of theatre to the homeschool community! While pursuing her bachelor’s degrees, Rebecca presented at the National Counsel for the Teachers of English Conference in Washington D.C. about different research and activities that used theatre in the English classroom to enhance reluctant and struggling readers’ understanding of texts in a session called “Living the Story: Teaching Reluctant Readers to Enter the Story World Through Drama.” She also had the opportunity to direct, assistant direct, or choreograph several different youth productions in the Muncie, IN area. This work fueled Rebecca’s desire to share theatre with youths and integrate heightened English and theatrical concepts into her classroom! Upon graduating from Ball State University with bachelor degrees in Theatre Education and English Education, Rebecca went on to accept a position teaching theatre at a middle school in Raleigh, NC. She now spends her days laughing, playing improv games, and directing her fair share of musicals. Rebecca is ecstatic to be working in the homeschool community in which she grew up.

 

Ralph Dally

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Ralph enjoys serving as associate pastor at a local church where he oversees the young adult and connections ministries. Ralph is credentialed through the Assemblies of God. He also has a heart for deaf missions and pastored a deaf church for fifteen years. Ralph was raised in a church with an active deaf community and, in hindsight, sees that’s where God planted a seed in his heart to work with the deaf someday. Ralph also has two deaf cousins. After graduating from high school in 1985, he took his first sign language class and was immediately hooked! Ralph went on to be trained as a professional Sign Language Interpreter and worked in the private and public sector operating his own interpreting business for over fifteen years interpreting in a variety of settings. Also, during this time, Ralph taught community education and middle school non-credit ASL courses and deaf awareness workshops. In 2008, God called Ralph to go back to school and become a certified teacher of ASL. He now teaches at the high school level for students seeking foreign language credit; both in private and public schools, oncampus and online. He thoroughly enjoys the roles of teacher and pastor!

 

Christine Filipek

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After growing up in Connecticut, Christine graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a bachelor’s degree in Education and a minor in Bible and psychology . She married her college sweetheart, Keith, and they soon moved to Michigan. They both knew that before having their first child over 20 years ago that they would homeschool and they both have enjoyed the journey. Besides teaching her own children for the past 16 years, Christine has taught in private Christian schools and Apologia sciences to families in her home for 4 years before teaching several classes at the Quest Tutorial. Christine began the REACH Tutorial in 2012 and has been teaching classes in a variety of areas and manages several teachers to meet the needs of local homeschoolers. She and Keith have served in leadership positions over the past 12 years with two homeschool support groups and are currently on their homeschool council serving locally and at the state level. She feels that God has put her in this place and time to share her passion for excellence in home education and to help other homeschoolers continue their homeschool journey.

 

Michelle Glandon

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Michelle Glandon has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from Stetson University. She is certified in her state in Mathematics, grades 6-12. She has been tutoring math for over 25 years. Michelle and her husband have been married for 22+ years. She’s his biggest fan and he is hers. They are the parents of four children, ages 15-21. The Glandons have been a part of the same church for over 22 years (and counting). They love the Lord and want His will most of all. In addition to math, she also loves studying personality theories, working with youth theater, Shakespeare, encouraging creativity of students, and can be a bit of a grammar nerd. With over 20 years experience, Mrs. Glandon is a veteran homeschool mom (3 in college and 1 in high school).  She is passionate about helping students succeed in math and follow all of the paths that God has laid out for them.

 

 

Mike Griffin

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Mike considers his greatest accomplishment to be his marriage to his best friend, Sylvia, as well as being a father to three incredible boys. Beyond that, he loves the entire process of teaching,considering it to be both his calling and his passion. Being a military brat himself, Mike spent 12 years as an officer in the Air Force after graduating from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. Feeling a call to the ministry he subsequently earned a Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA) and a Master of Divinity from the Church of God Theological Seminary in Cleveland, TN. He and his family spent six months in India as short-term missionaries and pastored for a number of years in Puerto Rico. He taught core religion courses at Lee University for several years and has been on the faculty of three classical, Christian schools. These schools include Alpine Christian School, in Alpine, Texas, and The Classical Academy of Franklin and Franklin Classical School both in his current home in Tennessee. At these schools he taught math, science, logic, Latin, history, Bible, literature, grammar, and composition at levels ranging from third grade through high school.

Mike Godfrey

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Michael Godfrey is a project manager for an architectural metals manufacturer in Kent Island MD, and an Adult Sunday School teacher in Apologetics at Grace Presbyterian Church in Dover DE. Michael is married to Christina Godfrey and they have two kids, Catherine and Isaac. Catherine is starting homeschool Kindergarten this year. As a young adult, Michael was unprepared for the atheistic onslaught of college professors and classmates who would attack his Christian faith as ‘quaint fancy’ and ‘un-scholarly’. As a result he became a doubter and questioned everything he had learned about the truth claims of Christianity. This study has become a passion, and he now devours every apologetic and theological paper or book he can find. His experience has also given him a heart for ministering to the young adult community by educating them on the cutting edge debate and evidences for the existence of God and the truth claims of Christianity so they can weather the storm of materialism and popular atheism in the fork-road years of post-high school and college.

 

 

Jen Henriksen

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Jen Henriksen has a true passion for adventure! Raised in upstate New York, she moved to the Tampa Bay area right after high school. Her love for Marine Science began while attending St. Petersburg College. In 1992, she was internationally certified as a Scuba Diver. She graduated with her high honors A.A. degree in 1997.

After college, she fed her growing passion for Marine Science by volunteering as a Scuba Diver for The Florida Aquarium, where she later served on staff as the Director of the Volunteer Program for six years. Jen logged literally hundreds of hours underwater as a scuba diver while maintaining the dive training & records program for over 500 paid and non-paid staff members.

Jen has been teaching students of all ages (from PreK to Adult) for many years. Her favorite classes are those that involve hands-on learning. Her most recent classes include: Elementary, Middle School & High School Writing, Young Entrepreneurial Business, Finance classes as well as Photography, Scuba Diving and Marine Science intensives.  Jen’s other passions include photography and public speaking. She has worked as a professional photographer and LOVES sharing her love of the craft with others that are just getting started. In addition, Jen has spent the last 15 years traveling as a public speaker and trainer for a private homeschooling company. Be sure to look for her at your state’s annual homeschool convention! Chances are she’ll be speaking there!

Her whole family certainly shares her passion for the water. Jen and her husband Tom have been married for 26 years and are both A.S.A Certified Sailors. They homeschooled their two teenage daughters, (18 & 19) who are both Rescue Certified SCUBA Divers as well.

Linda Lacour Hobar

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Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, a genuine “people-person”, and a fan of comfortable high-heels. Through homeschooling her children, and service as a missionary, she discovered a deep love for world history where famous and infamous men and women have left their mark on time through the sovereignty of God. In the year 2000, Linda sensed a clear call to write The Mystery of History series for her children, grandchildren, and generations to come that they might know “the mystery of God . . . in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col 2:3) In its 15th year of worldwide circulation, The Mystery of History has been well received by all ages. While fact-filled and historically accurate, Linda’s writing style remains warm, personable, and thought provoking. The “Chronological, Christian, Complete” program is user-friendly and includes activities for multiple ages, timeline work, mapping exercises, quizzes, literature recommendations, audio books, and much more to fully engage students of all learning styles. The Mystery of History series has been awarded “Best Homeschool History Resource”, Cathy Duffy’s “100 Top Picks”, Mary Pride’s “Practical Homeschooling Reader Award”, and The OldSchoolhouse “Excellence Award.”

A native-born Texan, Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University, where she first fell in love with world history. She presently resides in Tennessee where she continues to study, teach, write, and obsess over matters big and small.

Tyler Hogan

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Tyler Hogan is the president of Bright Ideas Press. He and his wife, Helen, are both homeschool graduates and now homeschool their four adorable children. Tyler is the author of North Star Geography, head cartographer of Wonder Maps, and game designer of Civitas. At his Church, he serves as Christian Education Coordinator. When not at home, he speaks and teaches about homeschooling, geography, the arts, worldview, entrepreneurship, and other topics. In his spare time, he loves reading good books, playing games with friends, drinking good tea, and enjoying the adventure of lifelong learning. He has a BA in theatre from Belhaven University.

 

Jennifer Hoover

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Jennifer was born and raised in beautiful Colorado. She has received her Master’s Degree in Linguistically Diverse Education, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts with an English Emphasis. She holds her Professional Teacher Licensure, as well being certified in Early Childhood Education. Jennie has been teaching a variety of students for the past 12 years, ranging from Preschoolers, English Language Learners, Online Learners, all the way to Adult Learners. Her passion and love of teaching shines no matter what type of learner she is working with, and believes that this is a gifting God has truly blessed her with. Jennie has been married to her wonderful husband for 8 years and they have three very active children. Some hobbies Jennie enjoys are playing and coaching volleyball, watching football, learning to paint, and spending time with her family. Jennie has a strong passion for history, and is holding onto the dream of someday being able to travel to the most historical places around the world.

Amanda Hunter

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Mrs. Hunter earned her doctorate in Pharmacy from Purdue University in 2005. She received her Health Coach Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2015. She has worked in both the hospital and retail Pharmacy settings in the past, and currently works from home as a Certified Health Coach. Amanda is passionate about nutrition and fitness, and the impact it has on disease prevention. She loves learning and teaching others about how God designed our bodies to work and nourishing our bodies and spirits. She also loves teaching Bible classes to all ages of children. Amanda believes her first role in life is to be a servant of our great God. She is thankful for her Godly husband of 13 years, Sean, who shares her convictions. She has homeschooled her 2 daughters (ages 7 and 9) since the beginning, and they live on 5 acres in Central Illinois. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, running, gardening, hiking, and singing.

 

Chris Leingang

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The desire to be a teacher was birthed in Chris during his eighth grade year. After graduating high school he entered college with that desire still burning inside him. In 1996 he graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in Science with an emphasis in Chemistry and Physics. He then went on to graduate from Concordia University, Portland with an M.A.T. in Secondary Education in 1998. His teaching experience spans both Middle School and High School, as well as a variety of subjects, including General Science, Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, Forensic Anatomy, Creation Apologetics and American Government. He was later called into full-time Christian ministry with Lutheran Brethren Youth Ministries, where he helped to lead teams of young adults as they worked in church-planting and outreach.His passion for teaching hadn’t left but had been refocused on ministry, missiology and church leadership. As with most teachers, Chris’ passion for teaching is coupled with a passion for learning. Hence, it was no surprise when in 2002 he enrolled in Seminary. While attending seminary he supported his family by teaching part-time at Hillcrest Academy, a nearby private Christian High School and by serving part-time as Associate Pastor to the Dalton Free Lutheran Parish. In 2005 he graduated from Lutheran Brethren Seminary in Fergus Falls, MN with an M.Div. and began serving Faith Fellowship in Kelso, WA where he continues to serve today.  In addition to the church work, he spent from 2010 through 2016 teaching online for Landry Academy, offering four different courses and serving almost 2000 students. In addition to teaching, he served as Chair for the Science Department, providing more than 50 teachers with coaching and encouragement. Chris has been married for 25 years and has three grown sons. As a homeschooling dad he understand the benefits and challenges homeschool families face and is excited to be able to assist them as they educate their children and prepare them for college.

 

Melissa Lopez

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Mrs. Lopez and her family live in Rockwall, Texas (just outside of Dallas). Mrs.Lopez has been married to her husband for 13 years, and they have three sons. Mrs. Lopez went to college at Baylor University, and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology. She taught in public schools for 14 years, in a local homeschool co-op for five years, and at Landry Academy for three years. Mrs. Lopez has taught biology, pre-biology, algebra 1 and 2, pre-algebra, geometry, personal finance, and independent math studies. She has served in several mentor positions and has taught staff development and training for several school districts in the Dallas area.

 

 

 

 

Stacy Lung

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Stacy is the author of Wisconsin’s Flood Journey, and a home-educating mother of five children. She earned a BS in Geology from Michigan Technological University and a MS in Environmental Education from Concordia University Wisconsin. Stacy is currently enrolled at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the Theological Studies program. Stacy has presented at Creation Research Society and Society of Creation conferences, and is passionate about getting people outside to experience God in the wonder of His creation. In addition to her own children, she enjoys sharing this love with on-line students in science classes she teaches, including Chemistry, Geology, Ecology, and Environmental Studies.

 

 

Lora Marks

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Lora Marks has been teaching math in a variety of settings for almost thirty years.  Teaching community college and homeschool co-op have provided lots of opportunities for her to learn great teaching strategies, but her favorite way to teach is online to homeschooled students.  She finds great joy in helping all students gain confidence in learning math and recognizes that everyone learns differently.

Lora and her husband have been married for thirty years and are blessed to have six children.  They are adoptive parents.  Traveling to Israel for a hiking and Bible tour was one of their most amazing, life-changing experiences.  All six of their children were homeschooled at some point in their education; three have graduated from homeschool.  Lora and her family are active in a local church that welcomes the poor and disadvantaged into relationship and community.  One of her favorite verses is 1 Thessalonians 2:8, “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our lives as well because you had become so dear to us.”

 

Joanna Martinez

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Joanna grew up as a missionary kid in Colombia, South America, and learned Spanish so she could communicate and play with neighborhood kids! She earned a degree in Music Education from Malone University and loved opening a new world of expression to middle school band students, but found she loved her own children more. Since becoming a stay at home mom in 2000, Joanna has served the homeschool community with both the music and Spanish skills God has given her. She started a band for homeschoolers which grew from one beginner’s class to three full bands and many solo and ensemble groups over the course of a few years. As this took over her life she handed the program off to another homeschooling band mom and focused on schooling her own children as well as Spanish classes for both elementary and high school ages. Joanna lives with her husband Armando, who she “imported” from Colombia, in Dalton, OH. She has always homeschooled her four children, and her passion for a high quality, well-rounded education has increased each year. Currently they are working on grades 12, 10, 8 and 2.

 

Geoffrey McComb

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Geoffrey McComb had planned to become an accountant very early in life. The only other profession that had ever crossed his mind was to be a physics professor, but realized this would always be a passionate hobby. As captain of the science Olympiad team and qualifying 3 years in a row for physics and geology at the state level this satisfied his love for science for the time being. Before graduating high school Geoffrey earned his certification in accounting from Jackson College solidifying his career choice. Geoffrey worked his way through college at an engineering firm; developing and implementing information technology networking systems and designing fiber optic network runs throughout several Michigan counties, this helped to balance his love for business and science. He began his education at Spring Arbor University majoring in accounting and finance with a minor in technology, where he met the love of his life and now wife of 5 years, Brittani. He was raised and resides in Adrian, Michigan with his three boys, Nicholas, Noah & Carter. Before settling back in his hometown of Adrian, Geoffrey spent 3 years as a funeral director and mortician, going back to school at Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science to learn anatomy and chemistry; though it was a wonderful experience and a meaningful ministry, the hours did not coincide with a growing family. Geoffrey now runs his own accounting firm where he provides accounting and tax services, business and technology consultation to small companies and non-profits around the nation.

 

Marji McIlvaine

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Marji McIlvaine (and her husband Rick) homeschooled all their six children from K-12, even though she was just going to “try it for one year” with her first five-year-old.  The children are all graduated and several are college graduates (Summa Cum Laude), some are in college now, and some are in the work force, each one walking a God-directed pathway. She has a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Florida, with graduate hours in linguistics and testing and assessment (ECU). She began her college career as a pre-veterinary major and garnered many college hours enjoying science.  Growing up in south Florida, she went to SeaCamp in the FL Keys where her passion for marine science was ignited through snorkeling, scuba diving and the hands-on study of ocean life.  She has been teaching other homeschooled students in a variety of subjects for almost her whole homeschooling life.

Marji has studied seven languages (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, and Arabic) and worked at UF as a bilingual secretary to a professor in the Animal Science department, thereby fusing her interests in science and language.  She teaches Spanish 1-4, French 1-3, elementary Spanish classes, a unique language survey class, and middle school chemistry and marine science classes to homeschoolers of all ages in the mountains of western NC.  She also teaches high school marine biology classes, Spanish, French, German, Forensics (speech), writing, and a broad spectrum of history classes to all ages as well.   You might say that she is living proof that God will use whatever interest we give him to advance His purposes, and that nothing we give to him is in vain.

Marji is an advisor to the Board for the Henderson County Homeschool Association, administers the Woodcock-Johnson IV test to area homeschoolers, and is honored to have been included as a workshop speaker at the NCHE Homeschool Conference for several years.  One of her joys is helping her children and other students see the fingerprints of God in every discipline we study – science, foreign language, communication, and history, and helping them learn to use their God-given gifts and interests for His purposes in their lives. There is always more to learn and more to explore – every subject we study is an adventure into some facet of the world and of God!

 

Giuliana O’Connell

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Giuliana Cattelan O’Connell is an instructor of Italian language, History and Culture. Mrs. O’Connell was born, raised and educated in Milano, northern Italy. She came to America for a three month visit to visit her older sister and her family and to improve her English. She met her future husband the next day in church. Least to say…her English has improved!

She and Mr. O’Connell have been married for over 44 years. They have three married children: a daughter, Jennifer, and two sons, Richard and Michael. They are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren and counting….

When she is not teaching online, she teaches Italian and the Humanities, at a local university. She and her husband like to take walks together with their two Labrador Retrievers. They also like gardening, camping, bird watching and visiting family in AR, CT and in Italy. Their dream is to visit the rest of Europe and to show their grandchildren the places that their ancestors lived.

Tim Rice

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Tim Rice, D.Min, LPC spent 15 years working in a secular mental health center. As a young Christian, one of the first college courses he took was Psychology 101. The professor challenged and ridiculed everything he held dear. He wasn’t prepared. When it was time for his oldest daughter to head for college, he did not want her first exposure to psychology to be in a college psychology class, but there were no resources to help prepare Christian students for the dangers of modern psychology. Dr. Rice was led to leave the mental health center, write textbooks, and teach psychology from a Christian perspective. His goal is to equip every Christian high school student to recognize, at the worldview level, the assumptions and philosophies underlying modern psychology’s theories and to understand that the Christian worldview is the most logical and consistent framework for understanding psychology. Dr. Rice is the author of Psychology: A Christian Perspective, High School Edition and Homeschool Psych: Preparing Christian Homeschool Students of Psych 101. He has introduced thousands of students to psychology from a Christian perspective through his textbooks and in his live online classes. Tim and his wife Tina are 25 year + veterans of homeschooling.

 

Ellen Scoggins

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Even in childhood, Ellen Scoggins knew that she wanted to become a teacher. During the summers, she would borrow teacher’s manuals from a neighbor to pour over, make lesson plans, and teach imaginary classes. Teaching was part of God’s overall plan for Mrs. Scoggin’s life. Having graduated from high school by age 16, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Education and taught in public school for eight years. During this time, she also obtained a Master’s degree in Education from Mercer University in Macon, GA. When she and her husband found out that twin boys were on the way, they decided that it was time Mrs. Scoggins to become a stay-at- home mom. She loved homeschooling her four boys and is still teaching her daughter, who is now in her last year of high school. Mrs. Scoggins wrote much of the curriculum her children used in their high school English and history courses. Her children excelled in school, completing a total of 24 AP exams and earning several scholarships to prominent universities including Emory University in Atlanta and Harvard. School of Law. The Scoggin’s family was featured in an article on the front page of The Wall Street Journal that detailed Mrs. Scoggin’s philosophy of education, curriculum used, and the family’s homeschooling schedule. Besides teaching her own children, Mrs. Scoggins has been involved in private tutoring, homeschool co- ops and online teaching. She especially enjoys the opportunities that she has to combine two of her passions: literature and history. Her goals for teaching are to share those passions with her students and to influence their daily walk with Christ.

 

Cindy Stalnaker

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Cindy lives on her small farm in Arkansas with Dan, her husband of 25 years, their 2 teenagers, a few horses, various chickens, and a dachshund named Cocoa. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University in 1993 to teach history and taught in public school for a few years. Cindy has been homeschooling her kids, Emma and Evan, since Kindergarten.

When the local homeschool co-op shut down, Cindy helped organize the Cabot Christian Homeschool Co-op, eventually filing for a 501c3 non-profit and growing the co-op to 150 families. For the past few years, Cindy has been writing history lessons for SchoolhouseTeachers.com. She loves to find interesting facts and people in history that help students appreciate the country and the world that God has given us. Her love for the Bible can be seen in the scriptures she incorporates into the classes she teaches.

Cindy is an active member of her church where she sings in the choir and leads a youth drama team. In the summer, her favorite things to do are teach music during VBS and music camp, both of which include jumping and singing praises to Jesus.

 

Jennifer Totaro

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Jennifer is a graduate of Keene State College with degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education as well as a minor in English. She has always known her gifting for working with children and has been in classroom situations as an aid or teacher for over 30 years. Most recently, she taught for Landry Academy, with previous experiences in homeschool cooperatives as well as teaching art in her home studio. Her passion is inspiring students to find joy in reading and writing, as well as in seeing the beauty that the greatest artist ever has created around us. She strives to help students find their creative abilities and take pride and pleasure in the art that they create, rather than comparing their work to others.

As a single mom of four boys, whom she homeschools, she is busy helping them pursue their passions of volleyball, scouts, robotics and most importantly, involvement in their church. In the little free time she has, she enjoys reading mysteries and books encouraging her in her walk with Jesus, knitting, creating art, cooking, and baking bread.

 

Caryl Veloso

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Mrs. Veloso, or “Mrs.V” as her students fondly call her, graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts, with a Major in Writing and a Minor in Speech Communication from The University of the Philippines (UPLB). Her academic concentration revolved primarily around Literary Criticism and Stylistic Analysis. She was subsequently given one of the highest scores for an undergraduate paper in the UPLB Humanities Department during that semester and was honored with the rare privilege of being exempted from defending her thesis before the department faculty panel. Although merely a face among hundreds of more talented students, she holds it a unique honor to have survived and have been educated in one of the highest ranking universities in the Philippines as well as Asia.

In 1996, along with their firstborn son, she and her husband migrated to America in a small, snowy Michigan town near Lake Huron. After building a close friendship with a wonderful, retired missionary couple, “Mrs. V” and her husband felt a compelling desire from the Lord to pursue home education as a ministry to their children. As a result, after they moved to Middle Georgia in 1998, she began her rich journey as a home educator and lived a relatively quiet and unfettered life teaching her children at home.  Since then, she has actively been part of six major home education associations in Georgia, where she enjoyed the profound fellowship of many pioneer homeschooling families. In these organizations, she had the opportunity to volunteer, serve, and even spearhead various events and projects, develop and coordinate high school graduations, initiate a symposium, assist and teach co-op classes, run and organize a library, proctor tests, and coach event projects in Science Olympiad competitions, to name a few. She is sadly at the twilight of her homeschooling journey and is savoring her last semester as a home educator to her youngest son.

Currently, she has found much enjoyment in her ministry as a  private tutor, mentor, college admission counselor, and test-prep coach to students around her area. She feels blessed that her schoolroom is filled with the gaiety and eagerness of young minds. She feels especially pleased when they come over and visit just for the pure joy of having hot cocoa and cookies and meeting the other “newbies”. During her spare time she is a freelance copy writer, editor, and publication consultant for the local businesses of her good friends. She has a heart for missionaries, dreams to be a Bible translator, and loves reading historic books on Christian discipleship. Together with her husband, she serves as a Married Community Group leader at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA.