Instructor Biographies

Misty Causey

Misty Causey received her science degree from ECPI University in Greensboro. She worked several years in the medical field before she started homeschooling her daughter. She’s been a homeschool teacher for 6 years. Misty is currently obtaining her elementary education degree from Salem College. She’s expected to graduate in August. Meanwhile, she tutors kids and substitutes at local schools. Her passion is helping kids learn and grow in their academic studies. 

Cynthia Cox

Cynthia Cox earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a Minor in Computer Science and Music from UNCG.  She programmed for AT&T Technologies--Federal Systems prior to having her two children.  Cynthia became a mom in 1995.  Her family began home schooling in 2006.  Her son graduated from Lee University in 2017, and her daughter attends Elon University where she plays golf for the Phoenix.  Cynthia completed her class room work in 2014, to earn her status as a Registered Instructor with IEW.

Will Crawford

Gabriel Kulits

Tim Trudgeon

I am an educator with 39 years of professional experience.  I taught high school science for 10 years and I served at the middle and high school level principalship for 10 years.  After serving as principal I was a Central Office Employment Specialist for two years and then I served as a school Superintendent for 17 years before I retired.

 

I have been carving for two and a half years and I love the creative challenge and the discovery of many fascinating things that can be created using a block of wood.  It’s a relaxing and rewarding endeavor and hobby.

Tim Trudgeon or “Trudge” has carved wood since he learned from his Grandfather as a Cub Scout.  Upon retiring from the Federal Government in 2003, he started carving full time and started selling his carvings and performing  commission work.  After moving to Davie County in 2004, Tim started teaching wood carving through his activity in several wood carving clubs.  He has also instructed carving courses since 2017 at the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts.  His experience in teaching has been with adults as well as youth.  Trudge is the lead instructor for this course with several other talented carvers who will assist in the instruction.  His carvings can be seen on his web site: www.turkeyfootwoodcarvings.com

Annabel Dierking

Annabel Dierking is a freshman in high school who has been participating in robotics forthe past 4 years. She participated for two years on a homeschool FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team at the Greensboro Science Center, and two years on the FLL team at STEM. All four years her team advanced to the State Tournament. She is currently participating in her second year of FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Last year her team won the State Tournament and advanced to the World’s Championship in Houston, Texas. She has had experience with LEGO WeDo, LEGO Mindstorms, and Vex IQ.

Josie Dierking

Josie Dierking is a junior in high school and is dual enrolled at Guilford Technical Community College. She has three years of experience as a team member of FIRST Lego League, two years on a homeschool team at the Greensboro Science Center and one year on the team at STEM. She has experience with LEGO WeDo and LEGO Mindstorms. In addition to her STEM interests, Josie is also involved in various dance classes where she assistant teaches 3-6 year old children. 

Anderson Elam

Anderson Elam graduated from Salem College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Mathematics. She taught middle school Math and General Science for a year immediately after graduation from Salem before entering the business world. For a couple of years, Anderson worked as a team member supporting a sales team before being promoted to a Business Analyst at RH Donnelley. In her role as a BA, Anderson performed application testing, developed training materials, and trained the sales support team members. When she and her husband moved from the Triangle to the Triad, Anderson was able to retire from the business world to be a full time Mom! With four children ranging from 10 to 19, Anderson has only been homeschooling for the last 9 years, and her eldest son and daughter are currently attending Clemson University and Liberty University; however, her younger daughters are keeping her busy. Having taught a variety of homeschooling science curriculums to elementary students at 3C's Co-Op in Winston Salem, she loves seeing her students experience the "Ah-Ha" moment when they finally grasp a concept! Anderson is excited to get back into the classroom and share her passion for science with her students. When she is not teaching, Anderson helps her husband in his business, drinks coffee and loves to travel. Thankfully, homeschooling is mobile, and the world is our classroom - especially for science!

Caroline Fleischer

Caroline holds a B.S in Homes Economics Education and an M.A. in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Appalachian State University. She taught Family and Consumer Sciences classes in private and public schools for 10 years before staying home with her two boys who are 9 and 12 years. She has had 36 years of sewing experience which includes 4-H club sewing competitions, costuming for the Shakespeare Festival in High Point and Guilford College in Greensboro, working in an alteration shop and drapery shop, and making her own wedding dress. She has taught ages five through adulthood how to sew and considers it her passion.

Jennifer Flippin

Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education and went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Education.  After many amazing adventures as a backpacking instructor, she decided to center her career a bit more as a counselor working with youth.  Jennifer has experience working with special needs children, as well as students in a traditional public school and alternative school settings.  During her years of counseling, she was blessed to work with homeschool families and learn many interesting philosophies of home education.  In addition, to many adventures in the wilderness, she and her husband embarked on an adventure in farming.  Their family grew much of their own produce and opened an in-home bakery.  They would pack up each Saturday with four kids in tow and sell goods at a local farmer’s market.  Their whole family became well versed in raising chickens, caring for a garden, and baking fresh milled breads.  Though they no longer live on a farm, they continue to love sharing their experience and knowledge with others.  Jennifer loves traveling and seeking ways to integrate a hands on approach to teaching her four sons at home.  Jennifer loves experiential learning and has found that raising boys takes a lot of experiencing things and getting your hands dirty. 

Christine Froats

Christine Froats earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA and her MBA from The Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. She worked as a computer programmer and was the director of the computer department at St. John Medical Center in Ohio.


Christine taught math and reading enrichment at the Christian school her children attended before becoming the principal of that school. She tutored students in math for over ten years before starting her own ACT tutoring business: At Christine’s Table, LLC. She is available for private tutoring sessions either in person or on-line.


Christine is passionate about teaching. She volunteers for Reading Connection with a focus on GED tutoring, serves on the First Impressions Team at Mercy Hill Church, and mentors several college girls. She loves walking, hiking, biking, reading, playing board games, and hanging out with friends.

Pati Goldin

Pati Goldin graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and from University of California San Diego with a Master of Pacific International Affairs. She is proficient in Japanese and French and had worked in international marketing, security studies, and export licensing for 10 years prior to homeschooling. After 15 years of homeschooling, Pati graduated her fourth student, who started university this past fall. All four of her high school graduates were accepted to competitive universities, all qualified for merit scholarships and honors programs/colleges, and the two, who played their chosen sport at the college level, successfully navigated the additional documentation and paperwork requirements stipulated by the NCAA. She is passionate about supporting homeschoolers’ successful entry from high school to college and enjoys sharing her love of foreign language and culture.

Odessa Gordon

Odessa runs Artbuggy Studio from her home--teaching classes for all ages and creating fine art. She worked for five years in public school and has taught various workshops, classes, college courses, and camps.  She is a stay-at-home mom of two boys and a teacher artist. Odessa earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education with a Minor in Chemistry and a Master of Fine Arts from Radford University. “Art is my passion. The students are my blessings. There is no place that I would rather be than to be sharing art.”

Renee Greene

Renee Greene directed, choreographed, and ran Showtime Performers, a group that produced original musical comedies, for twenty years. She taught drama for eight years, and worked professionally as a performer at the Carolina Renaissance Festival for four or five seasons. She had eight years of drama lessons herself, and she grew up around the theater, so her list of shows she has acted in is extensive. She has worked every aspect of tech, including composing music. She has a masters degree in mathematics from Wake Forest University. She has been homeschooling for twenty years, as she has seven children. She also is an avid writer who has used her knowledge of character development, drama curve, plot development, etc, to write over thirty novels, about a dozen young reader books, and a workbook for homeschoolers to learn to write novels. She has the odd hobby of spinning fire poi.

Kim Guilbeau

Kim has a degree in Recreation Administration & Outdoor Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, and has always considered herself a teacher without a classroom.  Kim found her passion for experiential education while leading groups of Girl Scouts, YMCA campers and groups of all ages and backgrounds, through high and low ropes courses from the swamps of Louisiana to the woods of Vermont.  She enjoys the challenge of pushing through the tough bits to get to the sweet rewards.  As a homeschooling mama in her fourth year, she finds herself in timeout less and savoring the sweet moments more, as her girls develop and pursue their very different interests.  She is grateful to be on this adventure with her husband, but still secretly dreams of running off to join the circus.

Maria Hanna

Maria Hanna graduated from Malone College in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Kindergarten through eighth grade, with a focus in Spanish.  She is wife to Terry of 25 years and mother to 4 sons and 2 daughters.    Maria taught first grade in a Christian school before their children were born.  With two graduates and four more kids in progress, homeschooling is an endurance journey which she trusts the LORD to help her accomplish.  Her hobbies are fitness and nutrition as well being active outside with family and friends.   She also uses her teaching skills and passion for exercise in her role as a group exercise instructor at the YMCA. 

Terry Hanna

Terry earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from Grove City College a long time ago.  He is a homeschool father of 6 kids, and has spent his career working for the Volvo Group in many capacities, including Engineering and Information Technology.  He is currently working as an Enterprise Architect (fancy name for 'IT guy') with Volvo Financial Services.  He would like for his hobbies to include playing sports, but finds that keeping up with work, family and their small "farm" takes enough time and energy that he doesn't play as much as he used to (could be something about getting older too).

Aundrea M. Hildreth

Aundrea M. Hildreth earned a BA degrees is in Economics, Political Studies, and Sociology with a minor in Statistics from Meredith College, before going onto professional degrees. I fell in love with Economics in my first principles class. I have been married for 24 years to my husband Aaron, and we have one daughter Emma Grace. I love homeschooling and seeing kids experience new things, and light up with interest.

Amanda Hinds

Dr. Amanda Hinds graduated from Wake Forest University with a PhD in biochemistry in 2016, and worked 2 years in a breast cancer research laboratory at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital before becoming a mother in 2019. She was awarded a graduate research fellowship by the National Science Foundation and has authored or co-authored 9 research publications in biology and chemistry. Having been homeschooled herself, she is eager to mentor future young homeschooled scientists to appreciate nature’s brilliant design. Through the years she has supervised several undergraduate research assistants in the laboratory, and taught high school biology and chemistry to several homeschool students. She is excited to have an opportunity to teach more!

Angel Hinman

Angel Hinman is a local homeschool mom of four boys. With a backround in reading, writing, art and dramaturgy, she brings passion for the written word and creativity to the classroom. Angel graduated from UNC with a BA in English Literature in 2010, and has since published a devotional titled Moments of JOY: Volume One, and is releasing Water Walk America in 2019. Her hobbies include design, travel, adventure and writing. 

Ali Haynes

Ali Haynes graduated from Appalachian State University as a Teaching Fellow with a BS in Art Education. She taught art in public schools for 4 years before returning to school herself to get her Graphic Design certification. Since then she has worked as a graphic artist, opened her own mural painting business, taught 10 summers at SummerQuest camp, directed her church Children's ministry, and raised three children. She currently works a vendor/designer/salesperson at Jane Made and Found in Kernersville and for Art Addiction of NYC. She is excited about returning to the classroom and sharing her creativity with students!

Dan Hudgins

Dan has been playing the guitar for more than 50 years and has taught for six years.  He currently teaches private lessons at Love That Music in Kernersville.

Hannah Mikelle Kelly

In 2009, at 11 years old, Hannah began directing cameras for “New Day”, a 30-minute television program which aired on Fox 8 for 52 weeks. She continued to direct cameras and began running video mixers for Central Triad Church later that year and continues still today. She graduated high school in 2015, at 16 years old, and began studying at Full Sail University in Florida. In 2017, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Media Communications from Full Sail University. During her collegiate studies, she earned a Course Directors Award, became a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and was named Salutatorian by the age of 19. She has also created production trailers, television commercials, and graphics for TheLostShepherd.tv, StixandStones.tv, and CentralTriadChurch.com. Currently, she is the audio/video director for Good News which airs daily during the Good Morning America show on ABC45 as well as leads the internal media department of Central Triad Church.

Elias Kulits

Elias (senior) has been homeschooled his entire life. He has been creating LEGO films his LEGO collection for over ten years and has been sharing his knowledge about stop-motion through classes and camps for over five years. 

Allison Markwood

Allison Markwood has a Bachelor of Arts in English from UNC Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts in Teaching English from NC A&T University. She taught public high school for nine years, and received Guilford County's High School Teacher of the Year award in 2014. She is a published writer with Woman's Missionary Union and LifeWay, and has worked as a copywriter for business blogs. She currently homeschools her three children, freelances as a writer, and teaches ESL online with VIPKid. She is passionate about helping kids learn to research and communicate effectively within all academic disciplines, and is excited to join the STEM of the Triad team!

Rachel McGrath

Rachel has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Winthrop University in South Carolina. She has taught high school English, worked as an event planner, and worked as a graphic designer for a national non-profit organization. Rachel has three children, all of whom are educated at home. What began as “let’s give this a shot” has become a commitment of eight years, with no end in sight. A lover of thick books, cozy blankets, singing while cooking, and growing things in dirt, homeschooling gives Rachel a chance to continually explore new subject areas. As a self-professed life-long-learner, Rachel aims to encourage her children and yours to find something new to learn every day.

Yvonne Morris

Yvonne has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics Education (7-12) and Deaf Education.  She also has a Master's in Instructional Technology.  She taught middle school and high school math for ten years and currently teaches on-line through North Carolina Virtual Public Schools.  She has two children and has homeschooled both of them for four years.  She loves to have fun while learning and seeing the light bulbs go off. 

Jana Murray

Jana Murray received her Early Childhood Education credentials in her hometown of Morehead City, NC. After starting a family she moved from the east coast to rural Forsyth County, where she landed a first grade teacher assistant position at Brunson Elementary in Winston-Salem. Once Jana completed her time at Brunson, she became a stay-at-home mom of three kids, which led to the start of their homeschool in 2009. Since then she has taught multiple history, language arts, and science classes at CDG Co-op in Westfield. She has organized a Reading Cafe literature club for kids in her home and volunteers her time proofreading for the FHE Newsletter. When not teaching, you will find Jana monitoring absences and
Study Hall students at STEM. As a North Carolina native, she is passionate about teaching North Carolina History in the most creative, hands-on way possible. In her spare time, she enjoys watching historical documentaries, gardening, raising animals, and traveling to quirky spots in her state!

Dot Perdue

Dot was the Handbell Director at Friedland Moravian Church for 23 years.   During that time, her choirs went to yearly youth festivals, adult festivals, and two international festivals: one in Florida and the other in Liverpool, England.  In addition, she has taken many handbell directing classes when attending director's conferences as well as a Master's Directing Class. Prior to directing, she rang bells for 15 years with Beck's Baptist Handbell Ministry which played for many events including events at The White House, The Biltmore House, the Director's Conference in Palm Springs, and regional and international festivals. She currently directs two handbell choirs--a homeschool group at Holy Family in Clemmons and one at Salemtowne Retirement Center.

Alex Perez

"Ahoy there! I’m Alex Perez and I love food, whether it’s cooking it, plating it, or teaching about it. I love it! Speaking of teaching, I teach all sorts eating...oh I mean cooking classes. 😉

 

I am excited to share over 15 years of professional cheffin’ experience with children of all ages. I earned my Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and from there worked in all sorts of restaurants and kitchen environments, cooking for students, hospitals, CEO’s and even United States Generals. 

 

I have 2 awesome little sous chefs, a 7 yr old girl and 3 yr old boy. When they hear the mixer start or smell something in the kitchen, will quickly come running and ask "whatcha making," or "can I help?" Seeing them grow in their knowledge and love for food, is something I am very proud of. They have truly given me a passion for teaching, and while I enjoy teaching all ages, I am most passionate about teaching and learning alongside kids (probably because I am a big kid in a grown-up body).

 

Each of my students will learn the fundamental skill of reading recipes, as well as the basic, but vital kitchen skills needed to bake any dish. Along the way they will also be learning the science that all chefs learn as we create and play with each ingredient. Food is the tastiest science there is after all. I truly believe that in addition to gaining cooking/baking knowledge, answering the "why" or "how" something happened engages students and gives them more confidence in their new skills. The science behind cooking is often skipped over, but it’s a fun addition to any cooking course. And that’s the key to all of my classes. Fun is a requirement and I look forward to having fun in the kitchen with your student."

Christie Ponjican

Christie is a community organizer, who is passionate about bringing people together. Her experience as the Director of Major Gifts at the Winston-Salem Arts Council and Senior Academy Coordinator (Helping Senior High Students graduate by pairing them with a community leader) at the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, helped her see greater needs, locally. She loves organizing and equipping. After becoming a Foster Parent, the need for creating a safe place and establishing routines in a child’s life became a priority for Christie. She is a Guardian Ad Litem and has served as a Host Mom to French and Croatian Exchange Students recently. She seeks to raise compassionate, confident and creative children. As a first year homeschool Mom, she’s created a Jr. Engineering Club co-op that is exceeding her expectations, growing in number and excitement with each new week. She loves seeing imaginations at work and problems being solved in new and inventive ways.

Jess Richards

Jess Richards has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. American Sign Language (ASL) is her first language, as she is a child of deaf adults (CODA), and she has been fluent in ASL from a very young age. Jess also has a business teaching Baby Sign Language to families and their children (ages 0-24 months) as a method of communication before speech develops. Passionate about teaching others ASL and Deaf culture, Jess loves to make learning about these things fun and unforgettable for others!

Dwight Saffer

Dwight earned his BSEE from Virginia Tech in 1983.  He worked as an engineer for 10 years.  In 1993 he founded Logic Services, Inc, a computer and industrial control company, which he still runs today from his home office.  In addition to homeschooling his two children for 12+ years, he also teaches robotics, computers, and programming at the EMMA classes in Greensboro.  He also spent a semester as a Mechatronics instructor at GTCC.  Dwight has a love for computers, robotics, and teaching his trade to techies such as himself. 

Hayley Saffer

Hayley has a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management from Virginia Tech.  In addition to the food industry, her passions in the academic world are English and math.  She is a private math tutor and has taught for 20+ years including her own children and her EMMA students in Greensboro. 

Marietta Toller

Marietta earned a BA in Biological Science from San Jose State University in 2003.  In addition to a love of science, she also enjoys learning new languages.  As a matter of fact, she grew up in a bilingual home with Spanish being the first language she learned how to speak.  Marietta has five children and began her homeschooling journey twelve years ago.  While it has been quite challenging at times, homeschooling has been an extremely rewarding experience and such a blessing for her family.  She's always enjoyed teaching and has taught various classes at two different co-ops over the years.  The excitement she sees on a child's face when he or she grasps a new concept is priceless.  Learning is a lifelong adventure!

Vanessa Wedrychowicz

Vanessa is a professional fine art lifestyle photographer who shoots on a referral-only basis. She has been published in Our State Magazine and Winston-Salem Magazine.  After 10 years behind the camera, she found a new passion in health and wellness. Vanessa has a sociology and marketing/public relations degree from East Carolina University. After doing PR for Ferrari professionally, she decided to pursue her love of photography and family becoming a stay-at-home mom when her oldest was born. Vanessa and her husband Ryan, a retired Charlotte fireman and small business owner, have homeschooled their three children since 2013, when their oldest started kindergarten.    Together, she and her husband own a landscape company.  Vanessa has a passion for entrepreneurship and understands business start up which is why she enjoys teaching our Shark Tank class here at STEM. She and her family spend a lot of time outdoors and fulfilling their passion of traveling and exploring new cultures and adventures. 

Keena White

My name is Keena White. I am a former homeschool mom of seven years to my three kids who are currently in 10th grade and 9th grade at West Forsyth High School and 7th grade at Meadowlark Middle School. My kids were ready to try out public school last year and they loved it but I was not ready to give up teaching homeschoolers so I have stayed involved in the homeschooling community.

I earned my B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2000. I taught various subjects in the 3C’s co-op for grades 1-6 for four years and I am currently teaching History, Government and Logic in the Rivendell co-op for grades 7-8 for the second year. I am in my third year teaching Apologia Physical Science to 8-9 graders and I am currently teaching Chemistry to a class of 9-11 graders this year.

My goal is to show the kids that science can be a lot of fun and not just a big hairy monster.

Diana Widmer

Diana is currently working as a tutor for elementary students ranging from 5 to 11 years of age. She helps kids with various skills in reading/language arts; including decoding, spelling, application, fluency and comprehension. She also helps with math computation and problem solving for some students. 

 

Diana’s degree is a bachelor of science in elementary education. She has 30 years of experience teaching grades K-3. 

 

Children have been Diana’s passion since she began babysitting at age eleven. She enjoys instilling the love of learning, no matter what is to be learned, and watching children discover confidence in themselves as they grow and discover new things and ideas. 

 

The art of crochet has been a favorite hobby of hers for over 45 years now! She has created hundreds of items including clothes, scarves, hats, mittens, baby items, and blankets.

Shelly Wyramon

Shelly has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, as well as a BS in Food Science from Purdue University.  She taught elementary school for six years and then chose to stay at home with her growing family.  She has three children, all of whom receive their education at home.  This is her twelfth year of homeschooling.  She has a passion for teaching children and loves to watch their excitement when learning new things, especially science! 

Jeanette White