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Beth Bacon has taught life science and biology for over twenty years. She currently teaches at Metro Academic Studies. Beth was Teacher of the Year for Daniell Middle School, Marietta, Georgia in 1999. She was listed in Who’s Who Among Teachers 2002. Beth graduated with a degree in Education with concentrations in math and science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1990. Beth has a Master’s Degree in Education with concentrations in math and science from Georgia State University, 1998. She attended the Institute for Chemical Education at the University of Wisconsin the summer of 1991. Beth has been a presenter at National Science Teacher Association Conferences, Georgia Science Teacher Association Conferences, and many local schools. Beth has Level T-5 Georgia Teacher Certification. She has completed over 500 hours of biblical training and received a Certificate of Completion from the BTCP (Bible Training for Church Leaders). Beth and her husband Kevin and their three children Kate, Olivia, and Jackson attend Genesis Bible Church of Dunwoody. Beth teaches Sunday School there and is on the Children’s Ministry Team.

 


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Grace has always loved history, even as a child! She earned her BA in History from Geneva College and has taught junior and senior high school in several Classical Christian schools in various states. In college as an undergrad and graduate she was a Teaching Assistant in the Humanities Department. During her years as a TA, she graded college essays, created exams, led discussions and attended college faculty meetings. Her students are important to her and she believes it is important to educate the whole student.

Grace has lived in several states, including the Midwest and California, but considers herself an honorary Southerner. She is married to Ryan and together they have 3 children who are homeschooled and 3 dogs who like to sit and listen to the kids "doing" school! When she isn't driving the children to sports and music practice, Grace enjoys reading, acting, singing, dancing, traveling, learning about new cultures, board games, the beach, spending time with Ryan and watching her children create and dream dreams. They are members of Westminster Presbyterian and enjoy worshipping and growing there very much!

 


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Noelle Bandy was a high school and college math instructor in her past life at various schools including Georgia Tech and Agnes Scott but has spent the last 19 years homeschooling her own children and tutoring other peoples children. If there is such a thing as a Freelance Math Teacher, that is what she would call herself.  She has lived in Atlanta since she came to college at Agnes Scott and is married to a boy from Tech. ​  She loves math, just ask her!

The Bandys have 5 darling children and attend St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church.

 


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Keicha Barnum is originally from Randallstown, MD, a suburb of Baltimore and moved to Snellville, GA in 2006.  She is a graduate of Lincoln University, PA.  Her post collegiate experience includes several certifications in technology and the Graphic Arts.  She has been married to her husband DeVaughn for 20 years and together they have three children, Kamayah (age 12), Darius (age 18) and Dionte (age 29).  For the past 10 years she homeschooled her youngest son and daughter.  During those years she searched diligently to find creative, relevant curriculum but was often disappointed.  In response, she began to develop her own lessons that incorporated her background in technology and Graphic Arts.  The result was an innovative, relevant educational experience for her children. 

Keicha's experiences in her own homeschool journey sparked a desire to share her innovative curriculum with other students and educators.  She is currently a Graphic Arts and Technology Instructor at two large homeschool Co-ops where her project-based classes are in high demand. She is owner and creator of Barnum Creative Resources, LLC and BCR TechED, a lead instructor for Whiz Learning Kids - a STEM-based after-school program in Gwinnett County, and freelance graphic designer.  All of her pursuits have led to the establishment of a uniquely geeky community of computer technology professionals.  

 


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Peter Bocchino is the President of Legacy of Truth Ministries, located in Atlanta Georgia. Legacy of Truth is a ministry dedicated to equipping Christian professionals and students to understand, effectively defend, and communicate basic Christian principles in a secular environment. The overall purpose of this training is to prepare them to serve as effective mentors for young adults so that they will be able to defend their faith and convictions in the post-modern and post-Christian arena of higher education. Peter graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for 10 years in the power generation industry with both Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation and Jersey Central Power & Light Company, specializing in thermodynamics and forensic engineering.

Peter served as the Director of Leadership Training for an International Apologetics Ministry for nine years. He was responsible for writing and teaching an international, multi-cultural curriculum on critical thinking and Christian apologetics. Peter co-authored a book with Dr. Norman Geisler titled Unshakable Foundations: Contemporary Answers To Crucial Questions About The Christian Faith. He also served on the curriculum committee for the State of Georgia with the responsibility for raising academic standards, under the direction of the State Superintendent with specific responsibilities in the areas of US Government, Law, Ethics and character training. Peter created and integrated critical and constructive thinking units for Georgia's first Controversial Issues and Forensic Science courses.

Peter and his wife, Therese, have two children and reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

There is no charge for these courses, but donations to Legacy of Truth are most welcome. 

DONATE: https://www.legacyoftruth.org/giving/

Or By Check: Make check payable to Legacy of Truth Ministries

Mail it to: Legacy of Truth, PO Box 920063, Norcross, GA 30010-0063

 


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Patsy Butman is a Georgia Certified Teacher who received her BS degree from The King’s College in New York. After leaving the teaching field to raise and teach her own three children, she has returned to the venue of teaching homeschoolers. From 2009-2013 she taught Humanities at Veritas Classical Schools. Mrs. Butman recently served on the National Homeschool Speech & Debate League Board called STOA (www.stoausa.org). Formerly, she was the Regional and State Representative for NCFCA (National Christian Forensics Communication Association) for GA, SC, NC, and FL from 1996 to 2006.  She has been a judge and coach for the Optimist Oratorical Speech Contest in Forsyth County from 2006-2013 and serves as a speech coach for the National Oratorical Constitutional Contest. Some of her students, including her own daughter, have won national titles and large monetary rewards in speech & debate competitions. Her passion is to work with students to instill a love for learning and to reach one’s highest potential in communicating with others. Patsy and her husband John are active members ​of a PCA church in Cumming, GA.

 


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David Cain is passionate about helping students see God's handprint on all of life, encouraging a love for learning, developing a vital relationship with God. As a New Doors instructor, he focuses mainly on science instruction from a biblical worldview, but also teaches a wide variety of other subjects. Holding a degree in education, he has taught for over twenty-five years in variety of environments including public & private schools, church & missions programs, and home education programs throughout the Atlanta area. In addition, Mr. Cain teaches SAT prep, ACT prep, study skills classes; teaches a wide variety of summer classes (including classes which are field trip based); and leads science & history related trips through Education Escapes!. Mr. Cain has over thirty years experience in education, pastoral, and outreach ministry including youth programs, short term mission trips, and evangelism programs. He obtained his bachelor’s of science degree in biology & English from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.

 


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Laura Carey earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in International Relations from Boston College and a Master’s Degree in International Politics with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University in Washington DC. She is fluent in Italian, has a strong knowledge of French (studied abroad in Paris, France taking all junior year courses in French), and can communicate fairly well in Spanish. Her teaching experience dates to high school in Italy where she taught English to Ethiopian and Polish refugees as a volunteer. After graduating from college, she taught English as a Second Language (ESOL) and promoted adult literacy as a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. More recently, she has been teaching in the homeschool setting to include Classical Conversations, an Apologia Science Co-op in Virginia, and currently at Timothy Ministry (a K-12 a la carte homeschool program) in Woodstock, GA teaching Earth Science to 3rd and 4th graders.

Laura loves to research, analyze, and write. Her professional background includes editing, research, political analysis and writing for the US Federal Government. Additionally, she served several years as a full-time missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) where she directed children and youth in drama and dance, and also performed. Laura monitored national elections in the Balkans and Armenia, and more recently was a Research Project Coach for FIRST LEGO League Robotics (FLL- competitive robotics). Laura and her husband Rob live in Alpharetta with their three children: Jacob (12), Ezra (9), and Zizi (6) and worship at Radiant Church. 

 


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Anderson Carman is a graduate of SCAD Atlanta with a BFA in Sequential Art. He has two children’s books published with a third coming out this year. Over the last two years he has produced several self published mini comics across various genres. He worked on the flat colors for Invader Zim with Oni Press in 2015. He spent a summer working as a character performer at Walt Disney World in Orlando. He is currently working on a creator owned project and various freelance illustration projects.

Anderson likes long late night walks, hot cups of tea, and waxing poetic.

Please visit Anderson’s online portfolio for examples of his professional work.

 


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Xiomara (Xio) Castro was born in New Jersey; however, she considers herself a “southern girl with an accent.” Born from a Colombian mother and a Dominican father, her first language was Spanish. Her family moved to the Dominican Republic when she was 10 years old and then  moved back to the United States when she was 18 years old.  At age 19, she joined the military and served in the Army for almost 7 years. She then went to work in Corporate America in different roles, including Director of Operations for an Atlanta financial company for 10 years. However, she felt called to homeschool her son and decided to let go of her corporate career. Xio taught Spanish for five years to both adults and students including those in the Fayette County home school community.  As a graduate of Colorado Technical University, she earned her BS in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Human Services and is looking forward to pursuing her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the near future.


Xio currently attends Peachtree City Christian Church, where she and her husband of 21 years lead a ministry that serves homeless men in Atlanta. She volunteers as a youth leader for middle school girls and serves as a counselor for women at a pregnancy center in Coweta county.  Xio is looking forward to graduating her son, whom she has homeschooled since 3rd grade. She also has a 27-year-old daughter, whom she homeschooled part-time during her high school years. When she is not spending time with her family, teaching, studying, traveling or serving, you will find her hiking at different state parks with her hiking club. 


One of her biggest passions is to work with kids, especially teens. She loves sharing her love for God with them, as well as her Spanish language and culture. Xio’s number one priority for her students is that they not only learn Spanish well enough to be successful in the next level, but that they learn to love the Spanish language and the culture. She is extremely excited about this opportunity to get to know your students and work with you, as a partner, in your child’s education.

 


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Mary Cypher is excited to have the opportunity to teach the Spanish & French languages! As a mother of 12 children, Mary has been home-educating since 1988 along with her husband, Russ Cypher. Their  adult children have moved on to careers including Nurse/Paramedic/EMT, Biotechnology, Information Systems, Communications, Ph.D in Criminal Justice and instructor at John Jay University, & a degree in Business Administration just this year. Her youngest son is now a Lance Cpl. in the Marine Corps.

She has a passion for teaching and has always agreed with Antoine de Saint-Exupery: "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." A passion for learning is contagious! 

Mary began studying French in 5th grade and continued through her second year of college, becoming qualified as a French tutor. She had a special passion for the French language most of her life, giving 3 of her children French names.  Originally from Quito, Ecuador, Mary is also bilingual with Spanish as her first language. Having learned English at the age of 6, by the immersion method, and French by more traditional methods - she has a unique perspective on learning a language. She also took 3 years of German in high school, keeping up an interest in it and Italian  - language might be considered her passion, along with teaching. From years of receiving instruction in multiple languages through high school and two years of college to then giving instruction as a tutor in college, homeschooling, and substitute teaching, teaching language is an integral part of Mary's life.

  Mary believes : "There is a new dimension that opens in the mind when a student learns a foreign language. There is a new awareness of the people who speak the language, of their culture and contributions to civilization." A passionate enthusiast of history and culture, Mary enjoys bringing that awareness into the classroom. She has served as a substitute teacher at MAS and has had 3 students graduate from MAS and her youngest is a dual enrolled Senior.

 


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Jason David studied at Florida State University, receiving his Bachelor’s of Science in Anthropology and a minor in Art History. Over the last decade, he has taught in various roles for numerous populations, including children in outdoor education, media production professionals in software training, and international travelers on tour in America. Having become a Christian as an adult, Jason is passionate about the need for people - especially young people - to take hold of their faith and make it their own. He approaches education as the means by which we continually discern our part within the larger Story that God is telling. We do this first and foremost through immersing ourselves in his Word, which leads us to the earnest pursuit of other subjects as well. His conviction is that true knowledge finds its home in the heart, and should transform and empower the disciple to faithful action. Jason lives in Roswell with his wife Kate, where they attend and serve Roswell Community Church.

 


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Chris diDomizio is an art instructor, teacher, portrait artist, and professional photographer. He is the CEO, owner of a private art school diDomizio Arts Center, located in the Atlanta area since 1990.

Chris diDomizio has an BFA Degree and studied in Florence, Italy. Through his classical school he designed and innovated hundreds of learning programs with effective tools for art students to use in art. He teaches beginning through advanced classical concepts to teens and adult students in drawing, classical site measuring, oil painting, color theory, figure drawing, portraiture, and professional photography, and cutting-edge color theories. His passion is equipping artists with tools to use their voice in art for God’s purpose and calling.  

Chris also helps students prepare for college through portfolios and art competitions. Some of his high school students have won national, state, and regional art competitions. Some of his students have become top artists in the country and the leaders in nationally recognized art organizations.

Chris is a member of The Portrait Society of America, Portrait Society of Atlanta, Oil Painters of America, where he has won awards for portraiture and given lectures nationally on John Singer Sargent. Chris is appointed to paint a legacy series of President Jimmy Carter where his works will reside in Washington DC., Carter Center in Atlanta, Carter Library, Carter Presidential Museum in Plains, Ga.

His travels include plein air painting and photography trips to Italy, France, and mission trips to Haiti, Pakistan, and Bangladesh as well as inner city missions with City of Refuge, Heart Cry, New Hope in Haiti and Art With a Mission Atlanta.    

 


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Jodette pursued art early in life by drawing everything she could get her hands on. After graduating from high school, she discovered a passion to take drawing and painting further by advanced studies in college. Her works of art which are sold through commissions, boutiques, and art shows in Atlanta, Georgia.  She has designed colorful characters in a children's card collection. JoDette and her husband Chris DiDomizio, is owner/operator of a successful art school in Atlanta, DiDomizio's Art Center, Inc.  Thousands of adults and children have gone through the art program using a unique design called Touchpoint drawing which teaches principles using master concepts and applying them in today's art.  Many students have gone through the program who have won awards in local, regional, state, and national art competitions.  Jodette is an Artist, Art Teacher and Director of the Children's Art Program for ages six through eighteen. The Children's Art Program teaches homeschoolers and after school kids in the art studio, Metro Academic Studies, Konos, and other schools. This is a progressive program created for the purpose of equipping students with tools to reach higher levels in art. In 2010, Jodette opened her own non-profit 501c3 organization "Art With a Mission, Inc." Through this non-profit business, along with her husband, she reaches out to help orphans and needy families through art fundraising. JoDette is blessed to be a part of touching the lives of others through her gifts and calling as God expands her boundaries in art.

 


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Renee Dillard is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Georgia Southern University.  She holds degrees in Early Childhood Education and in Middle Grades Education. She has a masters degree from Lesley University in Literacy. She is certified by the state of Georgia in Middle Grades Science, Social Studies, and Math. Renee has taught 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th grades over the past 32 years in the public school system of Georgia. This is her second year at Metro Academic Studies. She loves kids and has spent her life encouraging students to be the best that they can be. Her philosophy has always been to have fun while you learn.  

Renee has been happily married for the past 33 years to George Dillard. Renee has served beside her husband for the past 27 years at the Peachtree City Christian Church where George is the senior minister. Throughout her life Renee has volunteered in all areas of ministry of the church. Renee has enjoyed teaching Sunday School, leading the women’s ministry, the youth, and working with special events held by the church. One of her favorite things is serving with her church family in Guatemala building houses and providing medical services for those who have nothing.

Renee and George have two girls, Tiffany and Alexis, who are both married to amazing men who love and are active in serving Christ. Their families live near them and that makes them happy because they often get to see their two beautiful granddaughters! They also have a 18 year old son, Stewart, who is taking a gap year and trying to figure out what God has in store for him. 

 


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Johnna Griffin has been teaching Saxon: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry during her 6 years as a director/tutor with Classical Conversations. She has been tutoring individual students for the last 3 years.

Johnna graduated from Clayton State University with Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She has owned her own business since 2006 and opened her current business, New Hope Accounting & Tax Services, LLC, in 2008. She loves math, accounting and enjoys blessing students with knowledge that brings success in reaching their academic goals.

She has four children and four grand children. She has lived in Henry County for over 35 years and in McDonough, GA for the past 10 years. She is a member of Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church. Johnna is looking forward to tutoring math and excited to teach accounting in the future at Metro Academic Studies.

 


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Teresa Hatten is a graduate of Fisk University with a BA degree in Applied Mathematics. For more than 26 years she worked in the corporate sector in various assignments including Human Performance Technology, Course Development and Instruction. She became interested in learning sign language in the 1980's after seeing it expressed during church worship services. Her journey into the Deaf world began through a small sign language class offered by the church. In 2004, after completing and accomplishing ASL skills training courses in the Sign Language Interpreter Program at Georgia Perimeter College, she transferred to Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Services where she received a Mortuary Science degree and became a licensed mortician.  She took the helm as General Manager of her parent's funeral service establishment after the passing of her mother in the state of Tennessee in 2006. Teresa is an ordained Minister; Served as an Assistant Pastor in Louisville, KY, Associate Minister in Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA.  She taught English as a Second Language for Refugees at the Clarkston Community Center two days a week from 2011 through 2016. She provided a service through WOHL Communications Services as a Reader, Scribe or Proctor for candidates with disabilities who are required to take national, state and local examinations and certifications. She served at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf 15 hours a week as Librarian Assistant from 2016 through 2018. She and her husband of 40 years, Jiendesha "JD" Hatten, have two children and three grandchildren.

 


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Vicki Hightower is excited to come back to Metro Academic Studies for her fourth year after being away for the last two years. While she met her husband Jay during her junior year at Georgia Tech, she finished her Engineering degree at the University of Central Florida after they were married. She also holds a B.S. degree in Education from Georgia Southern University. She has seven children and one grandchild. Five children have graduated from homeschooling and two children are currently homeschooled. She and her husband, Jay, are members of The Church of the Apostles. It is her goal to inspire her students to have a love of learning while pointing them to their Creator.

 


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Karen B. Holston earned her business degree in Human Resources Management while minoring in Spanish at Long Beach State University in Southern California where she grew up. She has conducted leadership, communication, and management seminars in the corporate sector through her Human Resources consulting business. She is eager to impart these vital life skills to high school students in her Career Prep Skills course. She also enjoys teaching middle school and high school Spanish in a highly interactive classroom setting. Karen's strong belief in the Lord and the power of prayer compel her to intentionally pray for her students. The Holstons have been very active members at Church of the Apostles in Atlanta since 1992. As an advocate of home schooling, Karen home schooled her miracle Micah (MAS graduate in 2017) all the way through. Moreover, she was the director of a home school group south of Atlanta with over 50 families for five years. A final note of interest: Karen competed in the sport of volleyball at the collegiate, international, and European professional levels. These combined factors inspire her motivational teaching style as she is a firm believer in encouraging her students to reach their fullest potential. Karen has gratefully served her family in Christ at Metro Academic Studies since 2013 and is excited to continue to do so!

 


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Kareem Horton also known as “Coach Horton” is originally from Pasadena. California but has lived in the Atlanta area since 2008. After receiving his B.A. in business from Michigan State University and working in corporate sales for many years, Kareem found a more fitting and purposeful life developing young adults in sports and fitness. He has coached basketball for over 5 years and is currently the head men’s varsity basketball coach at Atlanta International School. He also has combined his coaching expertise with athletic training working with athletes on a one to one or small group basis. With an intense attention to detail and a “hustle hard” approach, Coach Horton takes extreme pride in improving both the physical and mental aspects of youth today. ​​

 


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Tim brings extensive business, corporate and entrepreneurial experience to our staff.  He has a strong background in leading training, sales, marketing and operations organizations, as well as founding his own training and consulting firm.  Tim graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS in Business Administration.  Tim’s love for teaching began when he taught navigation systems while serving in the US Air Force.  Later he managed AT&T’s Sales Leadership Training Center where he oversaw the development and delivery of training courses to their Business Sales Division across the Country.  After leaving AT&T Tim founded his own company which provided Corporate Training Programs and business consulting.  He later taught in a small Christian school and at a Gwinnett County public school.

Tim and his wife Laura worship at Decatur City Church.  They have two children, Andrew and Elaine, both of whom were homeschooled before going on to graduate from the University of Georgia.  Go Dawgs!


 


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Jennie Jones attended two Christians schools for her primary and secondary school education. Growing up with a Dad as a professor and a mother who was a librarian, she has always had a love of history, a concern for our country, and a passion for educating others about history, government, and literature. She particularly realized the importance of freedom after meeting a Russian art dealer who had been imprisoned in the Soviet Gulag for resisting the Communists. Through the years, she saw that many Americans (including our elected officials—and Christians!) did not know our history and the foundations of our country’s freedom and prosperity.  So, she decided to go back to college and pursue graduate coursework in history, government, and literature. 

Jennie earned her Bachelor’s in program management from Northwest Florida State College and her Master’s in American Studies (history, government, and literature) from the University of Dallas in Irving. Before embarking on her master’s degree, she studied European history and American history at Texas State University in San Marcos. 

While working on her bachelor’s degree, she ran a local judicial campaign in Northwest Florida and worked on a gubernatorial campaign in Georgia. She also worked in civil service for the Air Force and for a non-profit organization before working for an internet technology firm while pursuing her master’s. While pursuing further graduate studies in Literature, she taught Federal Government and American History I as an adjunct at Collin College in McKinney. She has spent the last four years teaching Federal Government, Texas Government, American History I and II at Weatherford College. 

Jennie recently moved to Marietta, and is excited to be teaching American Literature at MAS next year! During her graduate studies, she particularly appreciated learning about the historical context, themes and storytelling methods. She is looking forward to helping students make connections between the American stories, their historical context and important themes. Some literature is analysis rather than stories, but stories contain analysis and lead the reader to analyze what the author or poet is trying to convey to the reader.   Her goal is to equip students to succeed at the next level, and to apply worthwhile lessons from literature to their lives, evaluating literature based upon a Biblical view of the world and of life. 

Thanks to her father, Jennie has immediate access to a library of approximately 3,000 books. When not reading and keeping up with the news, she enjoys hiking mountain trails, cooking, traveling (especially historical places), horseback riding, and surprising her friends with puns. She has four nieces who live in Northwest Florida, and is looking forward to having them up here to show them this lovely area. 

 


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Maren Katz is a native German and moved with her family from Germany to the US in 2007, after living 1.5 years in the Netherlands. With the birth of her first son in 1999, she left the corporate world and became a stay at home mom. Always interested in foreign languages and being fluent in English, French and Dutch, she successfully started a kids’ English club for her children and their friends in 2002. Since in Germany it is illegal to homeschool, Maren and her family took her husband’s job opportunity to move to the US with a stop over in The Netherlands to be able to homeschool. She’s excited to share her joy of learning a new language and opening the door to understanding another culture through sharing her German roots. Maren enjoys reading and sewing to relax. Being able to create with a sewing machine is so much fun, that she can't keep it to herself but loves to inspire others in different age groups to get started, too, with her either individual or (pre- Covid) group classes. From different clothing items to purses and quilts, there's no limit ! She’s also supported her daughter’s love for animals in helping her raise a Canine Companion for Independence guide dog puppy, who is now a skilled helper to a former police officer. Together with her husband of 26 years and her 3 kids she enjoys to spend a week at the beach either for vacation or to serve families with pediatric cancer through the Blue Skies Ministry. She loves to worship at Northlands Church.

 


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Ben Lipford is a professional photographer based out of Atlanta. He found his love of photography over 15 years ago in college while working for The Technique, the Georgia Tech newspaper. During that time, he began to photograph weddings and events. Since then, his love of photography has grown to encompass family, commercial, portrait, and documentary photography. He believes that photography is an opportunity to show others the love in their everyday lives.

When Ben isn't taking pictures of other people, he's documenting his life with his wife Rebecca, his baby daughter Emmy, and his pup Eva. 

 


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Amy Meyer has had a passion for public speaking and the theatrical arts since she first attended a performance of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (staring the then little known Gary Burghoff!) at the age of 6. She spent the next two years performing the role of Snoopy on the dining room table (no dog houses were available.) She was active in both the musical theater and drama departments in high school and in community theater.

She graduated from Florida Southern College with a BS in Political Science and minor degrees in Theater and Business. Before attending Law School at Florida State University, Amy was accepted into in the FSU Masters of Theater program where she completed a BRITT acting apprenticeship and earned her Actor’s  Equity card. She worked as an actor and director in both professional and semi-professional and academic settings. 

Upon completion of law school, Amy became a trial attorney and litigated in the civil and criminal arenas. Her most interesting job as an attorney was working as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami with the Janet Reno administration. After 14 years of trial work, Amy set aside her briefcase to raise and homeschool her two children, Madeleine and Sam. Homeschooling has given her a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with her love of history and the theater. 

She has enjoyed working as the drama coach and director at Metro.  She has coached children and adults in preparation for public speaking engagements and auditions for many years.   She is looking forward to helping students find their gifts as godly participants in the world of drama and exploring the truth of  American history. She is in the process of creating a non-profit organization dedicated to truth and integrity in the arts. Her goal is to assist in raising up young artists and art supporters who approach their craft with a dedication to the promotion of a Christian worldview.

She and her wonderful husband Larry live in East Cobb and are active in teaching Sunday school and looking for opportunities to serve Christ in today’s culture. 

 


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Larry Meyer has long had a passion for writing, literature, history, and debate. Larry majored in English and Philosophy at Emory University and began graduate studies in those fields at Emory before heading to law school at the University of Georgia. While at UGA, he participated in the Moot Court competition, was named Articles Editor of the Georgia Law Review, and was president of the Christian Legal Society. Upon graduating with a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, he clerked for two years for the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. He has honed his writing and debate skills as a litigator and active trial attorney for nearly 30 years. He has tried dozens of jury and bench trials, argued hundreds of motions before judges across the state, and has argued cases before the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals. 

Larry has always been passionate about teaching and looks forward to inspiring his students to find truth, goodness, and the beauty of God in the “best which has been thought and said in the world” (Matthew Arnold). Larry has enjoyed coaching high school mock trial and has taught Sunday School and Christian apologetics to children, teens, and adults. Beginning in the fall of 2021, he will be teaching High School Composition and Literature, World History, Competitive Debate, and Advanced Competitive Debate. His goal is to develop students with sharp minds, powerful writing skills, deep historical knowledge, and masterful debating prowess. With these skills, and a love of God and neighbor, students can change the world for Christ.

Larry lives in Marietta with his wife Amy and his two children, Sam, who attends Metro Academic Studies and Madeleine, a 2109 graduate of MAS, who is majoring in history in the Honors Program at Berry College. He and his wife Amy have led the youth program and religious education program at their church. He loves reading, fishing, gardening, and enjoying the great outdoors. 

Please feel free to email me to find out more about the courses I will be teaching. 

 


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Angie Nasrallah is a wife, mother of five, teacher and writer.  A graduate of Florida State University, she also earned her Master's degree in Secondary English Ed from the University of Georgia. Angie began her teaching career at UGA as a graduate assistant in the Challenge Program for gifted and talented students. Since that time, she has taught language arts in a variety of contexts including public high school, private middle school, technical school, home school cooperatives and her own children. Angie’s favorite aspect of teaching English is helping students to get organized, encouraging them to find their writer's voice, and showing them how to view literature through a Christian world lens. She and her husband, Matt, live in Marietta with three of their school-aged children and attend St. Basil's Eastern Orthodox Mission.

 


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Derek Owens  taught physics, honors physics, AP Physics, and AP computer science at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA from 1988-2000 and AP Calculus at Providence Christian Academy. He graduated from Duke University in 1988 with a degree in mechanical engineering and physics, and worked at the TIP program at Duke for two years, teaching physics and heading the Satellite Science Program. He received a National Science Foundation scholarship and studied history and philosophy of science at L'Abri Fellowship in England. He worked as a software developer for five years before returning to teaching.

Derek has taught homeschoolers in the Atlanta area since the year 2000. He and his wife Amor and their two children Claire and David attend Twelve Stone Church, a non-denominational church near their home in Norcross. Read about all Mr. Owen's qualifications and other classes at his website here.

 


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I was born, raised, and educated in France, in the French school system where I studied Latin and Greek. I returned to the United States, to Atlanta specifically, where most of my mother’s family live, in 1969.  For a number of years, I worked with horses and hounds at the Atlanta Hunt Club. After a number of years training and showing horses, I returned to school to study photography and design, working for a time for Mead Merchandising, supposedly in the “real world”. 

It was from that life that the Lord called me, in a very roundabout way, to teach Latin at the Covenant Christian School in Smyrna, affiliated with the church I was attending. Three years later a move was made by most of the teachers and the principal to start our own classical school, ACCA, the Atlanta Classical Christian Academy, now Stone Haven, based in Marietta. From there, after moving to Midtown, I began teaching at The Heritage Preparatory School where I have been for eight years. During my 23 years of teaching I have attended a number of classically oriented conferences in Atlanta, Moscow, Idaho, and Birmingham, Alabama. Tutoring during these years has brought me in contact with many curricula with which I am very familiar and which significantly expanded my knowledge of teaching resources.


 


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Bill is the director of LifeChange Concepts, and is a trained and certified financial coach through Dave Ramsey Solutions. The primary thrust of his ministry is to do preventative maintenance with teens, young adults and young couples by laying a solid spiritual foundation through the biblical teaching of financial and discipleship principles. This will help better prepare them on issues such as time and money management which they will face as adults and in their marriages. 

Bill lives mortgage free in Locust Grove, GA with his wife Amy and their three children. An ordained deacon at his church, he served in full-time ministry with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes from 2011-2019. 

Prior to FCA, Bill was an industry-award winning commercial real estate broker in Tampa, FL. Completing his financial counseling training with LifeChange Concepts (Tampa, FL) in 2006, Bill served as an LCC board member and volunteered his time as a counselor. He also earned B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of Illinois and won two gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Paralympics. 

 


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Karren Richardson taught Algebra I, Algebra II, Algebra III/Trig, Geometry and Precalculus during her eleven years of teaching at Whitefield Academy. She spent five years teaching math to home school students and fifteen years providing math tutoring at the middle and high school level. Karren graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in math. She is married and has two adult sons. Karren and her husband have lived in Atlanta for 29 years and have lived in Smyrna for the past 11 years. They are members of Church of the Apostles. She is looking forward to tutoring math at the middle and high school level at Metro Academic Studies.

 


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Linda Richardson graduated from Furman University with her degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She worked in an inner-city school in Atlanta where she was recognized as Teacher of the Year. Additionally she was selected as an “Expert Teacher”, served as an advisory teacher for student teachers and was a presenter and trainer for language arts and writing instruction. She has also worked as a curriculum director, a reading tutor, and an English teacher at a local private school.

Two of her children have graduated from Metro Academic Studies and are currently in college; her oldest has graduated from college and is working. She has worked with many home educated families either in her own home, the student's home, in a hybrid class, or online. Linda is thrilled to partner with your family. 

 


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Lisa completed her BS degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering emphasis from Michigan State University and her MBA from Santa Clara University. She worked in the computer industry in Project Management before retiring to take care of and homeschool her three daughters. 

Using her strong Math, English and Teaching skills she began teaching test preparation classes for Chyten Educational Services where she broadened into tutoring all levels of Math, Chemistry, AP courses and Writing skills. After 2 years she established her own test preparation and tutoring business, Champion Management Consulting, in 2014.

She has tutored 100s of students in the last 7 years and has found it very rewarding to see students master the SAT/ACT tests with a little direction and encouragement. Lisa has been an active member of The Church of the Apostles for the last 14 years and enjoys mentoring young women in God’s Word. 

 


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Tom Robinson graduated from Michigan State University in 1985 with an Electrical Engineering / Computer Engineering degree. At MSU, he played football for four years and was recognized with the Potsy Ross Award for leadership scholastically and athletically. He served as president of Eta Kappu Nu, the Electrical Engineering honor society, during his senior year.

Mr. Robinson has over 25 years of business and technology experience with leading companies including IBM, Gartner, and Computer Associates. He and his wife homeschooled their three daughters, who each attended college on soccer and academic scholarships.

Mr. Robinson will apply his passion for teaching in the classroom and is offering Computer Science, Web Development, Prealgebra, and Algebra 1 using Derek Owens' curriculum. 

He and his wife are members of Church of the Apostles and live in Sandy Springs.

 


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Kathy Romanoff has enjoyed teaching homeschool students in the Metro Atlanta Area for over twenty years. During her eighteen year tenure as a public school teacher, she taught various math and science classes, but chemistry was her love. Numerous levels of chemistry, including Advanced Placement, permitted her to develop a thorough learner based program. Mrs. Romanoff stepped out of the classroom over twenty years ago and into the home to care for her children, Katie and Stephen. Shortly after this transition, she began to teach chemistry within the homeschool community. Through continuing education courses and workshops, Kathy maintains her teaching certification. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and earned a Masters Degree in Eduactiion from Georgia State University. Bruce and Kathy enjoy worshipping at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

 


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Eve Rumbaugh has a bachelor’s degree in English Education from UGA and a master’s degree in English Education from UNC-Greensboro. She taught 9th-12th grade English literature and composition classes for eight years at Walton High School. She homeschooled her three daughters for several years. During this time, she went back to school to obtain a certificate to teach English as a Second Language and taught adult immigrants English for two years at Chattahoochee Tech in Canton before moving to Roswell. Eve is an active member at Roswell Community Church.

 


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James Saxon was ordained as a PCA minister in 1979, and has actively served in the pastorate for the last 30 years. He was converted to Christ at the age of twenty while a student at the University of Alabama and graduated from the RTS Doctorate of Ministry program in the spring of 2005. He joined the staff of the fast-growing, outreach-minded, The Church of The Apostles in Atlanta in the fall of 2000. Since coming to Apostles, Dr. Saxon has served in a variety of staff roles and has recently assumed the role of Director of Evangelism and Outreach.

Though he is currently involved in outreach ministry, he is a pastor at heart and his life ministry verse is Colossians 1:28, “And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.”

 


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Margaret Shuman earned a secondary English education/German double major and a renewable, 7-12 GA teaching certificate at Berry College. She went on to get a master's degree from Bowling Green State University, OH, in speech and theatre, where she also took graduate level courses in literature and theories of teaching writing. Since graduation, she has taught in two public schools, two private schools, and the home education world. The College Board has officially approved Margaret to teach both AP Literature and AP Language, and has hired her to score SAT essays. She has also led seminars in drama, AP English, speech, and writing at professional development conferences. Margaret and her family worship at Passion City Church. You can find out more about Margaret at www.MargaretShuman.com or by emailing shumanhw@gmail.com.

 


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Matthew Straw is originally from Kent, Washington, but has lived in Georgia most of his life. He moved to Atlanta with his wife, Julie, in 2010 to work with Apartment Life Ministries as a “Cares Team”. Matthew worked in television, film, and live event production. His work in film began in the locations department but he moved quickly to become an integral part of the preproduction, office, lighting, editing, art, camera, and post production departments. Matthew has also worked as a 1st AD, 2nd AD, writer, story board artist, and actor. His projects include, but are not limited to Flipped, Vampire Diaries, Anchorman 2, and Term Life. Matthew has most recently used his film background to direct and produce shorts for the student ministry department at Peachtree Presbyterian where he serves as youth pastor.

 


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Joe Tribble, an Atlanta native, has been a teacher and coach at a private Christian school in the city since 1983.  He earned his BA from the University of Georgia graduating with a dual major in History and French Language.  He studied French history and culture for a semester at the Université de Paris, Sorbonne, before earning his Master of Arts and Liberal Studies at Dartmouth College with a concentration in 20th Century German and American History. Joe is a Boys’ Varsity Head Coach for cross country in the fall and an Assistant Varsity Coach for boys and girls distance runners in the spring. Joe also teaches a course he created in 1996 that combines his love of history and his passion for running and coaching. The course involves studying topics ranging from prehistoric Stonehenge to the pulling down of the Berlin Wall. Joe then leads the students on a summer tour of the previously examined sites found in the U.K. and Europe.  

For 30 years Joe was married to his lovely wife Gail, until she passed away from cancer. Gail was a studio artist and published illustrator who earned a degree in Fine Arts from Mount Allison University. Their daughter, Grace Marion, graduated from Columbia University in NYC, and went on to earn her Master of Philosophy in Assyriology from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. She is currently a writer. Joe sums up his Christian faith with a verse from Paul’s letter to the Philippians (1:21) that “…to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

 


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Brad Winsted was a career Naval officer and pilot and has run an international non-profit that produces Christian Educational material (childministry.com) since 1995. He attended the University of Colorado where he received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A. Political Science). He graduated with a Master's in Business Science (MBS-Human Resources Development) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and a Master's equivalent in National Strategy and Policy from the Naval War College in Providence, RI. Brad has taught American Government, American History, World History and Economics for 15 years in local Home School coops/academies (at MAS since it's inception).

Brad desires his students to become personally involved in their own education by giving classroom presentations, interacting with the subject at hand and questioning why and how things came/come to past.  In other words, not being passive learners, but motivated ones.  His best students bring challenging questions to class after completing their homework and reading assignments.  Brad often collectively prays with his students before tests that God will help them to recall and retain their subjects.  Remember true Christian education is to encourage students to be learners all their lives, to continually search for the truth and to serve and glorify God in whatever circumstances He places them. 

Brad became a born-again Christian while in the Navy. He and his first wife (Fawn, now deceased) home-educated all 8 of their children from K-12th grade starting in 1983 when homeschooling was largely unknown. Brad re-married after the death of his first wife to Margareta, a Czech national in 2014 and has 14 grandchildren; nine are currently being homeschooled, with five being too young.

Brad wants his students to love the study of history as he does, seeing that it is "His-story" (God through His Son Jesus Christ), the study of Redemption. Brad desires his students to see the arc of history and how it impacts their lives today, to better understand events today.  Without strong families, a belief in the Triune God of Scripture, a community based on the free and respectful interchange of ideas, and the rule of law (guaranteeing the preservation of private property) our communities and lives will continue to disintegrate into atomistic units of confusion and meaninglessness with ultimately an autocratic dictator maintaining peace. To never study and understand our past as a people and nation, is to guarantee that we will continue to make the same mistakes over and over again.  He holds to the "Austrian" School of Economics (as articulated by Von Mises) which supports free market capitalism and Brad further believes that governments which understand minimal government interference, the US Constitutional rule of law, balanced budgets (living within our means privately and publicly), private ownership of property and supporting policies to under-gird strong families will guarantee our national survival and prosperity.  

 

 

 

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