Cheryl Cantanio

Cynthia Cox

Odessa Gordon 

Odessa runs Artbuggy Studio from her home, teaching classes for all ages,  and creating fine art. She worked for 5 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 BS in art education with a minor in chemistry and MFA 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.”

Keri Griffin

Keri Griffin earned her AAS degree from Lake Michigan College and then went on to graduate from Michigan State University as an LVT (Licensed Veterinary Technician).  Keri has been tutoring high school and college level students from homeschool and public-schools for over 10 years.  She has taught a variety of subjects, through Classical Conversations, Wyant Tutoring, and Aristotle Tutoring.  She is the Owner and Director of Aristotle Tutoring ( and is available for private tutoring.  Keri homeschooled her 2 sons through high school and still loves to teach.  “I enjoy watching comprehension grow in my students.  It is exciting unlocking those ‘I get it’ moments – when eyes light up, possibilities unfold, and confidence is born.”  In her spare time, she likes to read, attend Bible Study Fellowship, kayak and take long motorcycle rides with her husband

Melanie Hadzopulos

Mandie Rose

Mandie is Mom to 3 small boys and relies heavily on God's grace.  Her degree is in Broadcasting and Production.  She has nearly completed Accounting and Automotive Systems degrees, and considers herself a professional student.  She apprenticed in mechanics under her father, a retired diesel mechanic, and has expanded the applications to include small engines, automotive, and appliance service.  She can be reached at

Michelle Paul

Michelle graduated from Alfred University in Alfred, NY with a Bachelor's degree in Child Psychology and went on to obtain her Master's in Community Services Administration. Prior to motherhood, Michelle worked as a Child Protective Services Social Worker and a part time sales associate at Bath & Body Works. During that time frame Michelle worked with numerous families in crisis situations and obtained her certification in Non Violent Crisis Intervention. Michelle is a mother of 3 children. She currently homeschools all three of her children and has done so for 11 yrs. In her "down" time Michelle maintains a lively following online and is chief online administrator for her local Surry Home Educator's Facebook support group page.  

Melanie Hadzopulos

I am a 40 year old, homeschool mom to three wonderful boys. My husband James and I, live with our family in Clemmons, NC. I’ve always been in love with nature, animals, growing things (all things!), experimenting in the garden and going on adventures to new places. My parents and grandparents exposed me to growing our own food at a very early age. My grandparents lived on a farm and could provide for themselves what they needed to survive. Some of my favorite memories are being outside with both sets of grandparents; planting heirloom collards, digging sweet potatoes from the rocky earth, being amazed at the growth of the sweet corn in the field, picking berries in the summer, learning how to prune and “sucker” tomato vines, learning about tree identification and the natural world around me. Ever since our first son, Avery was a baby, we’ve had a garden. I’ve always called it a “teaching garden”. I believe children benefit so much from growing their own food, digging in the earth and connecting with nature, pulling a ripe carrot from the ground after watching it grow from a tiny seed… it’s all quite magical to see the world through their eyes.

Brittany Hoopingarner

I am NC born and raised, wife to an amazing husband, and a homeschool mother of 2 girls, 11 and 8.  I have been a life-long student of art and love discovering new techniques to create.  I studied Art at Queens College in Charlotte, NC with a BA in Communications.  I believe that problem solving, creative thinking and confidence are only a few of the benefits from pursuing the Arts.  Bringing this passion to others has been a goal of mine for years, and I am excited for the opportunity to share that enthusiasm with the homeschool community at STEM.