Instructor Biographies

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Dr. Liz Ashby

Raised on a farm outside of Raleigh, NC, Dr. Liz Ashby’s life has always been full of children, animals, and family. She earned a music degree from Appalachian State University, a master’s degree in education/administration from UNC-G, and a doctorate in ministry from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

After helping her husband Rodney in their family business for a number of years, Dr. Ashby joined the staff at a large church in Winston Salem, NC, and served there for 21 years as a teacher, head of school, and as a children’s pastor. For the past 8 years she has worked with local elementary schools, giving tours of her farm and teaching children about God’s creations—animals, plants, and people. She is currently serving as children’s pastor in a local church.

 

Liz and her husband Rodney have 2 fabulous daughters, both of whom are educators, 2 wonderful sons-in-law, and 4 spectacular grandchildren. They live on a farm in Winston Salem.

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John Clithero

Retired nurse practitioner

 

Teaching experience:

Former homeschool parent, Anatomy and physiology at Calvary Baptist Day School and Forsyth Tech

Math, geography, science with Classical Conversations, Nursing clinical courses with Winston-Salem State University and Forsyth Tech, Math tutor for several students

 

Education:

MSN NP from UNCG Duke, Nursing Education from WSSU, BSN WSSU

BA math, Chemistry UNC-CH

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Samantha Collins

Samantha Collins is a self-taught professional baker with more than four years of experience baking and decorating cakes and cupcakes for all occasions, with a focus on weddings and birthdays. Samantha, a mother of two boys, developed her love of baking by preparing specialty cakes and cupcakes for her sons’ and other family members’ birthdays and weddings. From there, she founded her own business designing custom cakes for local customers and has continued to grow and expand her offerings. Samantha is skilled in preparing hand-painted, tiered cakes with complex, custom designs.

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Cynthia Cox

Cynthia Cox earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a Minor in Computer Science and Music (piano, vocal) from UNCG.  She programmed for AT&T Technologies – Federal Systems prior to having her two children.  Cynthia began home schooling her children in 2006.  She and her family joined the Greensboro Classical Conversations group, where Cynthia also tutored 4th grade in Foundations.  In 2008, Cynthia birthed a Classical Conversations group in the Burlington area.  She directed Foundations, Essentials, Challenge B, Challenge 1, and Challenge 2 over the next six years.  Being in Classical Conversations, she and her family were also introduced to the Institute of Excellence in Writing (IEW).  Cynthia fell in love with the process of writing, leading her to work homeschool conventions for IEW from 2011 until 2018.  In 2014, Cynthia completed the Teaching with Structure and Style curriculum to earn her Registered Tutor status with IEW.  She maintained this designation until May, 2020, when she earned her Accredited Certification with IEW.  Cynthia and her husband David live in southeast Guilford County.

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Will Crawford

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.

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Amy Cruz

Amy is a professional artist and teacher with a passion for nature, light and space. She specializes in painting, drawing and large scale installation art. Noted as a "social artist", many of her pieces are created live or in collaboration with fellow artists or students. A homeschool mom of three small children, Cruz teaches art lessons to all ages at various venues in and around Winston-Salem, NC. She also leads Awake Artisans, a group of artists at Awake Church who hold creative gatherings, arts ministry sessions, live artists during church services, and a gallery.

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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.

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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. 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 in age from 13 to 21, Anderson has been homeschooling for the last 11 years. Having taught a variety of homeschooling science curriculums to elementary and middle school students, 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 older students. When she is not teaching, Anderson helps her husband in his business, travels often, and loves coffee. Thankfully, homeschooling is mobile, and the world is our classroom - especially for science!

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Melissa Endredy

My name is Melissa Endredy.  I was born at Camp Lejeune.  At 9 months of age, my parents decided to move to Phoenix, AZ where I grew up.  My husband (John) and I got married in 2000.  Nine months into our marriage we moved to Apex, NC where we lived for 5 years before moving to Whitsett and have lived here since then.  We planned to have lots of children, but God had other plans.  We have two adopted children, and they are both truly gifts from God!

 

I have two bachelor’s degrees.  One in Hotel and Restaurant Management (1991) and the other in K-8 Elementary Education (1996).  I have taught all grades K-8 but spent most time teaching 4th grade (in AZ), kindergarten (in AZ) and 3rd grade (in Cary, NC).  I also taught 5th grade religious education for several years.  I stopped teaching to homeschool our children in 2013.   I love homeschooling both of our boys.  They both play ice hockey.  I spend a lot in time in ice rinks cheering on my boys!   We made the choice to homeschool for many reasons, but the most important reason is to raise faith filled young men.

 

In my humble opinion, learning is most successful when it is fun and uses as many senses as possible.  I hope to bring fun learning into the classroom for your children so that it sparks their interest to go out and learn more!

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Meleah Farlow

Meleah Farlow is the Owner and Instructor of Baby Grand Music Instruction, LLC in High Point, NC. She has been teaching music to children since 1999 and has turned her passion for music and love for children into a full-time profession! She teaches Early Childhood Music and Movement classes at local daycares and preschools and also teaches group music classes at summer and afterschool programs for older children. Meleah has led workshops for fellow teachers throughout the Southeast to help them incorporate music and movement activities into their classrooms at their schools. She looks forward to any opportunity she has to share her love of music in an educational and age-appropriate fashion!

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Pamela Gaylord

Pamela is a certified K-8 teacher with her MEd from UNC-Chapel Hill in Early Childhood Special Education.  Before starting a family, she taught elementary school in Alamance County. For the last 25 years, she has been homeschooling her 10 children.  It has been a great blessing to work closely with them and help them grow. Teaching at a local co-op, she saw an opportunity to make science more interesting and fun, so she developed courses involving hands-on experiments to get kids directly engaged with science.  She is excited for STEM students to live out the old proverb "I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand".

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.”

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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 27 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.   

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Rachel Haynie

Rachel Tilley Haynie is a native of Pilot Mountain and attended Surry Community College and UNC Chapel Hill. She has been a Registered Nurse for 17 years and is a Charge Nurse at Brenner Children’s Emergency Department. She is passionate about the importance of balance in children physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. She is the mother of three growing boys whom she just started homeschooling two years ago. Since homeschooling, her boys have had the opportunity to begin and earn several ranks in karate, learn to play the piano, continue playing soccer and just enjoy their 27 acre homestead. She and her family love to camp, hike and travel. She has taught numerous children over the span of more than 25 years through church from ages nursery to teen. She was involved in Cub Scouting as a Den Leader and Cub Scout Master for more than 6 years and enjoyed helping them learn and explore. Music, rhythm and movement have always been an integral part of her teaching children as well as a personal passion for her. She was active in her High School Show Choir performing for local audiences and currently participates in her church choir. She enjoys staying active and hopes to run her second half marathon next year.

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Kelly Henson

Kelly Henson received her degree summa cum laude in English Literature and Language (plus a minor in Theology) from Christendom College.  She has worked as a missionary, as an instructor of high school literature, writing, and drama at a college preparatory academy, as a youth minister, as a homeschool co-op teacher of Pre-K through high school students, and as a professional writer with an op-ed column in the Catholic News Herald. Kelly homeschools her five, vivacious children and enjoys hiking, writing, reading, cooking, gardening, and starting more craft projects than she finishes. She is thrilled to share her love of books and exploration with the students at STEM of the Triad.

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Amber Heydel

I graduated in 2004 from Pepperdine University with a degree in Elementary Education. I have four children and began homeschooling them from Kindergarten. The oldest graduated in the spring of 2021. Back in 2010, I joined a Christian co-op in Calfornia and spent about 7 years teaching classes covering many subjects, before switching to an administrative role when my family expanded. My favorite subject to teach, by far, is science. Full of surprises, kids in my classroom instinctively back up when I put on my goggles. My adventurous and playful nature accompanies me when I step into a classroom, but at home, this plays out through outdoor adventure and enjoying board games with anyone who is willing. Additionally, I serve on the board of Leadership USA and am actively involved in their program that engages teenagers in leadership and discipleship training.

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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!

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Angel Hinman

Angel Hinman is a local homeschooling mom of four boys. With a background in reading, writing, art and dramaturgy, she brings passion for the written word and creativity to the classroom. Angel graduated from UNC in 2010 with a BA in English Literature. Post graduation she served for ten years in local Pregnancy Care non-profit organizations. She is also the published author of Moments of J.O.Y. Volume One and Anna’s Journey. Her hobbies include design, travel, tree climbing and writing.

Stewart Hodges

I am Stewart C. Hodges Born 2-16-50. I started seriously carving after retiring from the City of Winston-Salem in 2013. I was self taught until I discovered ,and joined, the Triad Woodcarvers club, of which I am now the president. Through my association with the carving club I have gained instruction from many noted woodcarvers from around the state and Southeast

I have been married now for 49 yrs. to my wife Betty and we have 3 sons.

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Beth Howard

My name is Beth Howard, and I've been involved in education for over 25 years.  BC (Before Children), I was a counselor at both the elementary and high school levels in High Point Public Schools.  I began home schooling our son, Ward, in fifth grade and our daughter, Lauren, in second grade, home schooling them both through high school graduation.  Ward received his PhD in physics and astronomy from UNC-CH in August 2021 and accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He and his wife, Kate, currently reside in Boulder, CO.  Lauren has just finished the academic portion of a three year Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Wingate University.  She is slated to graduate in December after completing her last two clinical rotations this summer and fall.  As for my own educational background, I have a BA in psychology and education from Meredith College and an Masters degree in counseling from North Carolina State University. Over the past ten years, I have taught various subjects (including U.S. Government/Economics, U.S. History, World History, World Geography, Middle School Worldview, Elementary Literature Circle, and Writeshop) at Cornerstone Enrichment in Lewisville and EMMA in Greensboro.  I enjoy teaching and learning, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue teaching within the home school community.

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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.

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Corbin Kelly

My name is Corbin Kelly, and I have worked as a commercial photographer and videographer for the past three years. I have spent a majority of these years working for high-end clients such as Hanes Brand, Rubbermaid, Ralph Lauren, Terry Bradshaw, and numerous others. Being homeschooled has helped me to accomplish many things within my career at a much younger age than average. I am passionate about my relationship with God, and teaching others. I enjoy helping people to discover new talents by sharing my skill set with them.

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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.

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Popi Makris

Popi Makris owns and operates After School Brilliance, STEM Kids NC, Kaliopi Designs (jewelry) and The Agile Gardener (management consulting). She is also the director of the non-profit Teach.Create.Grow (future makerspace) in Madison NC. Popi was raised in French Canada by Greek parents and has over 25 years of experience coaching both adults and children. Popi uses her experience as a business and technology coach to gamify and introduce digital skills to all ages. Popi is the mother of two young boys, holds a MBA degree and is a LEGO Serious Play Facilitator.

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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!

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Amber Molesa

Amber has approximately 10 years of experience serving public and privately held companies, including manufacturing, service, real estate and construction companies. She primarily focuses on tax compliance. She is pleased to offer Consumer Math at Stem. Her goal with offering this class is to teach our high school students consumer responsibility, accounting and finance.

 

Amber and her husband Jeff live on a small farm in Pinnacle, NC with their four children. Away from Stem, Amber homeschools her four children. She enjoys participating in other homeschool co-ops, working part-time at a local CPA firm and attending church. Her family enjoys staying active and outside as much as possible.

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Donna Mulholland

Donna Mulholland has her BS in Nutrition From Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She has practiced in various clinical nutrition settings.  Though she remains registered with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she set aside her paying job 12 years ago when her first child was born.  Her husband Kevin has a BS in exercise science from the University of West Florida and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA..  He is a full time firefighter in the City of Greensboro and remains active with his first love of fitness education in his private personal training business.  The Mulhollands have homeschooled for 4 years.  

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Laurie Mulqueeny

Laurie graduated from Meredith College in 2006 with a BS in Exercise and Sports Science and earned a BS in Chemistry with a Forensics certificate from Kennesaw State University in 2012. As a former student-athlete, she loves to coach.  Currently, she serves as an assistant coach on the Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School Women’s Basketball team (2006-2008, 2013-present) and volunteers with the Winston-Salem Stealers basketball program. In addition to coaching, she enjoys traveling and outdoor adventures with friends and family. She is wife to Ryan and mother to three children.  As a young homeschooling family, Laurie is excited to be involved with and serve in the STEM community.

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Jana Murray

Jana Murray studied Early Childhood Education in her hometown of Morehead City, NC
while tutoring and caring for afterschool children. She and her family moved from the
east coast to rural Forsyth County. There she worked as a first grade Paraprofessional
at Brunson Elementary while her husband partnered in establishing a commercial
refrigeration company. As Jana’s family grew, she put teaching aside to stay home with
her young children, which eventually led to her family’s journey into homeschooling in
2009. Fast forward to 2021, she has graduated two daughters and has only three more
years of homeschooling with her son.


Over the course of her family’s homeschooling years, Jana 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 volunteered 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 the history of our state in
the most creative and hands-on way that offers curiosity to learn more. In her spare
time, this cat lady enjoys watching historical documentaries, growing and preserving
food, organizing, and traveling around our beautiful state!

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Rosa Otero

Dr. Rosa Otero is the current chair of the Art, Art History and Design department as well as the School of Music Administrative Director at Salem College. She is the designer and curator of the Salem College SIDE Chair Library, a one-of-a-kind facility that provides access to 20th-century furniture icons. Before Salem, she helped established the interior design program at Forsyth Technical Community College and became its first coordinator. Most recently she has taught interior design, as an adjunct, at High Point University

 

She holds a Masters of Science and a Ph.D., both in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania; a Masters in Architecture from Virginia Tech; and a Bachelors in Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico.

Rosa currently serves on the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Arts Council and Kaleideum boards and had served on the LEAD Girls of NC and the USGBC North Carolina board of directors among other organizations. She is a member of the Interior Design Educator’s Council (IDEC), the International Furnishings Design Association (IFDA) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). She is an inductee of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi. Rosa’s first language is Spanish and is originally from Puerto Rico. She resides with her husband, two children and one dog in Davidson County.

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Suzanne Passero

Suzanne Passero graduated from UNCG with a B.A. in Biology and earned a science teaching certificate in biology with a chemistry endorsement.  Her experience includes teaching and tutoring in public and private schools as well as homeschool groups. 

 

Suzanne and her late husband have three grown children who were homeschooled for six years.  Hiking at her favorite birding hotspots, training her pack of dogs, and reading books about history, airplanes and nature are her hobbies.  As a member of Forsyth Audubon Society she has participated in bird walks, the local chimney swift watch, and counted migratory raptors at the annual Pilot Mountain Hawk Watch. She also enjoys participating in citizen science bird counts through eBird.

 

She is looking forward to exploring the amazing things God has created with students at STEM!

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Lynne Patrick

Lynne Patrick retired after 20+ years as a Certified Paralegal at a law firm in Winston-Salem, NC.  In April 2019, she joined the Triad Woodcarvers Club because her husband had joined the year before. She had never tried working with wood before.  In June 2019, she decided she would like to try Pyrography.  She also carves but found her first love is wood burning.  In October 2019, she entered the Hickory competition.  Her first piece in the Pyrography division won 2nd best in the Novice class which resulted in a $50.00 prize.  Since then she has entered the Charlotte competition and won several first place ribbons.   She has been married for 48 years and has three children, four grandsons, and one great grandson.

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Carrie Pemberton

Carrie was born and raised in a small town in southwest Virginia. After graduating from Radford University with a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology, she began working in the laboratory at Baptist Hospital in August of 2000. Carrie married Mark in 2002 and they welcomed their first of three daughters in 2005, at which time she transitioned to a stay-at-home mom. The Pembertons began homeschooling in 2012 and in 2015 joined a local Christian co-op where Carrie taught history for six years. Even though her formal education was heavily focused on science, Carrie has always enjoyed reading biographies and stories from history which has led to her passion for teaching it.

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Karin Peoples

Karin Peoples is from Germany and grew up close to the Bavarian Alps. At only 19 years old she moved to Bosnia-Herzegovina to help local churches reach out to families and children impacted due to the war that had just ended. During a short break from her ministry in Bosnia, Karin got a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certificate from Cambridge University, UK and attended Bible College. She then returned to Bosnia where she worked at a Christian Youth Center, teaching English, German and Recorder Classes. She also pioneered and ran an Education Program for unschooled children and dropout students, helping them to get into the local school system and graduate from Middle and High School. Her passion is to help young people find their gifts and talents, and excel in life.

In 2013, Karin moved to the United States where she got married. Karin and her husband live in Winston Salem.

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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 of 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 3 (well 2.5)  awesome little sous chefs. When they hear the mixer start or smell something in the kitchen,  they 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."

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Tara Raczenski

Tara Raczenski is a freelance theatre enthusiast, wife of 24 years, and mother of three children. She has her bachelor's degree in drama, television and film performance and for the past 20 years has been actively working and teaching for various community and professional organizations around the Triad.  Currently, she is employed as the costume shop manager for The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem and a tutor for Classical Conversations in Jamestown.  She has also taught a variety of theatre, creative writing, and public speaking classes for High Point Home Educators since she and her family began their homeshooling adventure in 2015.  A member of the Jane Austen Society of North America,  Tara is also an avid reader and fan of Jane Austen specifically, and classic literature in general.  Romans 11:36.

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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. 

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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. 

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Jen Scheib

A technical writer and communications professional once upon a time, I hold a BS in Information Systems and Management from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. I've been a professional photographer of 17+ years, officially calling my business Happy Labs Photography for the last 10 years. After relocating from Pittsburgh, PA to Summerfield in 2017, I became the photographer for Greensboro Downtown Parks, Family Support Network, Greensboro Ballet, as well as other Triad area organizations. My photography expertise is in parks and recreational activities — I love to capture people enjoying the outdoors!

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Tiffany Schmitz

Hi!  I’m Tiffany Schmitz.  I’m a wife to Joe; a mom to Robbie, Andrew, & Mari-Kate; a dog-mom to Phoebe; and a co-farmer-mom to chickens, guinea hens, a rabbit, sheep, alpacas, a horse, a miniature donkey, & a couple of awesome Livestock Guardian Dogs! I am currently a homeschooling momma. I live on a hobby farm and have a passion for farm animals - providing excellent care for the animals while supporting the land they live on. I have worked in both private and public education before homeschooling including in the classroom and administrative roles.  I have a Masters in Education from Regent University.  When we are not busy with homeschooling, children, and our farm, my husband and I operate a non-profit called RAMM Missions International with a focus on caring for the orphaned and neglected in Belize, Central America. Our current project is building out a mobile kitchen for serving the homeless, orphaned, and under-resourced in Belize. We will resume short term missions trips in 2022 and cannot wait to get back down to Belize! 

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Kelly Stacks

Kelly Stacks home schooled her three children (Ages 27, 26, and 21) over the course of 20 years. She has taught various types of writing classes for over 12 years and high school literature for 10 years. She has also worked as a subject tutor at Calvary Day School for three years. Kelly always enjoys a great story and tries to find entertaining ways for students to make connections to the works they analyze. She loves looking for engaging, practical ways to connect teenagers to God’s Word. She also believes that preparing students with a firm foundation of world views so they can articulate their beliefs, especially when they are challenged in the college arena.

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Amy Voss

Amy Voss is a recent transplant to North Carolina.  She has over 16 years of experience homeschooling her children.  In Wisconsin, she participated in several coops - but nothing as large as STEM.  What a gift to find this gem!  Prior to homeschooling her children, Amy worked as a CPA in a public accounting firm.  She graduated with a BBA in Accounting and Risk Management/Insurance from the University of Wisconsin.  While homeschooling her children, she has also worked part-time in various capacities - from being an adjunct college instructor to consultant for start-up companies.

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Xenia Watson

Xenia has been working and teaching students for 20+ years. She studied at UNCG and Salem College with degrees in Interior Architecture, History, and a Master’s in Education. She runs OrganiXe a business that specializes in home organization and educating others in homeschooling. She also runs a blog about tips and tricks in homeschooling and home editing.

Xenia has been married for 15+ years and has 1 child and 2 fur babies. She believes teaching should be journey with the teacher as a guide and story teller letting the students soak up the material to build their own understanding. She loves to write and loves to read, especially historical fiction.

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Jenifer White

Jenifer White graduated from UNCG with a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics. She worked at Baptist
Hospital for 12 years as a Registered Dietitian/ Diabetes Educator. She maintains her license
and continues to provide private consulting with a focus on integrative and functional nutrition
therapy. She is wife to Zack of 23 years and mother to 1 daughter and 3 sons. They have been
on this homeschooling journey for 8 years. Jenifer was a Classical Conversations tutor for 4
years and assisted her husband for 10 years in youth ministry. In her free time, she enjoys
reading, writing and spending time with her family outdoors. Her passion is to help people find
hope and healing both spiritually and physically.

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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.

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Shannon Wooten

Shannon Wooten has served in Children’s Ministry for 19 years in a variety of roles, from
nursery age to teenagers. She has taught children’s church using multiple curricula over the
years. She has planned, organized, directed and taught 5+ years of Vacation Bible School. She
has planned and directed several church Christmas plays, one of which she wrote herself. She
served as a trained AWANA leader which then lead to her and her husband starting a youth
group where they discipled teens and led youth events before deciding to step down and
expand their family. She has helped plan, organize, and work fundraising events for various
needs within her community. She has been homeschooling for three years. For the last 6 years
she has been working from home for a software company and has an Associates Degree in
Healthcare Management. She is working her way through to obtain her Bachelors Degree in
Business Administration and Law when time allows. She has three children. In their free time,
she and her family love to go camping, hiking, kayaking, fishing...basically anything outdoors.
She loves a good book and a good cup of coffee.