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 (www.Aristotletutoring.wix.com/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 mandie.rose@yahoo.com

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.

DJ Dierking

DJ Dierking is a Senior in high school who has been participating in robotics for the past 5 years.  He has three years of student and one year of mentor experience on a homeschool FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team at the Greensboro Science Center.  Each year at the Science Center his team advanced to the State Tournament.  This past year he coached the FLL team at STEM and their team won the Gracious Professionalism award and advanced to the State Tournament.  As a member of a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team the past two years, he was Lead Programmer and Driver.  His team has been successful winning their qualifying, state, and World subdivision tournament in Houston this past season.  This season he has been nominated by his FRC team for the Dean’s List Leadership Award Competition.  He has had experience working with the LEGO WeDo, LEGO PowerFunctions, LEGO Mindstorms, VEX IQ, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and National Instruments roboRio.

Keri Griffin

Keri Griffin earned her Associate of Applied Science 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 homeschools 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 (www.Aristotletutoring.wix.com/Aristotle-tutoring) and is available for private tutoring.  Keri homeschooled her two 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.

Stan Toney

Stan has spent most of his career in Information Technology after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He also taught physics, chemistry, computer technology, and mathematics for a Christian school in Callaway, MD, before moving to NC. Stan has coached both elementary and middle/high school robotics teams that each won several judged and competitive awards. He enjoys reading, mathematical modeling, and geocaching. Stan is married to artist/art teacher Bonnie Toney, and they live in Jamestown with their two kids and one dog.

Amy Rose

As a public school educator for 14+ years (middle school classroom), online NCVPS teacher (high school English), and an adjunct professor at UNCG for the Educational Research and Methodology Department, Amy has a background in all levels of teaching from Kindergarten to college. Amy has five children and currently homeschools the youngest two.  She loves to find ways to bring the learning alive for students and let them still be kids, having fun in the process.

Allison Davis

Allison received her first Bachelor’s Degree in Deaf Education from Ball State University.  While in college, she was privileged to interpret for various speakers including former Miss America Heather Whitestone, lecturers, comedians (Carrot Top), singers, and other performances.  She volunteered as a counselor at Indiana Deaf Camp for many years.  She also has a Master’s Degree from UNCG in Learning Disabilities/ Mild-Moderate Disabilities.  Allison taught Deaf/ HH/ LD for 10 years in Winston Salem Forsyth Public Schools.  Allison received her second Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from UNCG.  She has homeschooled her children for the last 4 years. Allison lives by the philosophy that learning a second language not only has academic benefit but it helps children and adults alike develop an appreciate for other cultures.  

Doris Gatewood

Doris began flying 25 years ago as a high school student and continued on to earn her FAA Certified Flight Instructor, Commercial and Airline Transport Pilot certificates as well as a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics and Aviation Safety. Her professional career started with  teaching people to fly in small aircraft/general aviation in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, then she flew Jetstream turboprops and Canadair Regional Jets for United Express and Independence Air up and down the east coast and Midwest (based out of Washington Dulles) as well as corporate jet experience in Cessna Citations across the U.S. After a brief hiatus due to having three children in less than two years (singleton then twins!) Doris returned to local flight instruction where she eventually became the Chief Flight Instructor for a popular flight school. Adventure took the family of 5 away to Alaska for a couple of years where Doris enjoyed exploring the beautiful state by flying for a small airline called Raven Alaska. When her husband Ron accepted a government job opportunity as FAA Aviation Maintenance Safety Inspector in Greensboro, NC, the family returned to the east coast in 2017. About a year later, Doris took a part time position with Flight Safety International as a HondaJet pilot instructor which satisfies her passion for aviation and allows her to fulfill her other passion of homeschooling her three daughters.

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.