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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 loved history since childhood, thanks to her father's influence. Discussions about history were the norm and continue today with her children (one of whom is a history major in college.) Grace received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Geneva College in Pennsylvania, where she served as a teaching assistant in the Humanities Department. After graduation, she taught in Classical Christian schools in St Simons Island, Orlando, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. She took time from classroom teaching to raise her three children and homeschool them with her husband. Grace earned her Master’s in History from Liberty University and is currently preparing to write her dissertation for her Doctor of Philosophy in History. Her particular area of interest is in WWI. Grace favors a consensus approach to history, looking at themes, culture, society, and politics.

When she isn’t studying or writing, you can find her with her family, sheepadoodle Count Basie, sewing, or enjoying a good cup of coffee with friends. Grace, her husband, and their children are active members at Westminster Presbyterian (PCA) in Atlanta. 


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Noelle Bandy has been teaching and tutoring high school and college level math for over 25 years since she moved to the Atlanta area to attend Agnes Scott College and later Georgia Tech where she earned her Masters degree.  She taught one year in public school and then several years of freshman and sophomore level classes at Georgia Tech and Agnes Scott.  Since 1997 she has also been homeschooling her own five children and has successfully launched all of them into college and beyond.  She has been teaching math to other people’s homeschool kids for the last several years.  What she loves best about teaching mathematics is the opportunity to share the never-changing, easily accessible yet infinitely complex aspects of God’s creation.  Did she mention she loves math?

Noelle and her family attend St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church where they are involved in pretty much everything.  She loves to cook and knit and read and drink coffee.  She is married to a structural engineer named Brent.


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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. 


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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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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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, a daughter who graduated with honors in Communication (& is celebrating 10 yrs. w/ Disney), a son with a Ph.D in Criminal Justice and instructor at John Jay University, an ICU RN & one daughter with a degree in Business Administration. Her youngest son is now a Lance Cpl. in the Marine Corps.& is now a GA qualified fireman.

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 five students graduate from MAS. Her youngest, a UNG student received the Fulbright Summer award, being chosen out of 700 students. Enthusiasm for education is part of the fabric of Mary's life.


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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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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 and Management positions including Engineering, Planning and Analysis, 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 (now, Georgia State University), she transferred to Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Services. She received a degree in Mortuary Science, became a licensed Mortician and took the helm as General Manager of her parent's funeral services establishment in the state of Tennessee after the passing of her mother. Teresa is an ordained Minister; Served as an Assistant Pastor in Louisville, KY, Associate Minister in Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA. For the past 4 years, she served at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (AASD) as Assistant Librarian three days a week.  Until recently, 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.  Teresa has completed continuing education courses in American Sign Language (Basic and Advanced) at the University of Georgia.  She and her husband Jiendesha "JD" Hatten have been married 42 years. They have two children and three grandchildren.  Teresa and "JD" worship and fellowship at Buckhead Church Online (due to COVID-19 precautions).


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Karen B. Holston earned a Business Degree in Human Resources Mgmt and minored in Spanish at Long Beach State in Southern California where she grew up. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Business (MBA) at Kennesaw State. She has conducted leadership, communication, and management seminars in the corporate sector through her own Human Resources consulting business. She is eager to impart these vital life skills to high school students in her Career Prep course. She also enjoys teaching middle 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. An advocate of home schooling, Karen home schooled her miracle Micah (Eagle Scout, graduated MAS in 2017, now at KSU in Physics) all the way through and was the director of a home school group south of Atlanta with over 50 families for five years. Finally, Karen competed in the sport of volleyball at the collegiate, international, and European professional levels. These combined factors spur on her motivational teaching style as she is a firm believer in inspiring 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 with High Honors 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’s unique background as a veteran, corporate executive, business consultant, and entrepreneur enable him to leverage his vast array of experiences to provide depth, context, relevance and real-life application to the learning environment.

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 and UCLA. 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. 

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 books 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 enjoys spending time with them, and, of course, teaching them a little too! 


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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 (starring the then little-known Gary Burghoff!) at the age of six. 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 was also a member of her high school competitive speech team where she received awards for dramatic oral interpretation.

Amy 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 the FSU Masters of Theater program where she completed a BRITT acting apprenticeship and earned her Actor’s Equity card (the actor’s union.) She worked as an actor and director in both professional, semi-professional and academic settings.

Upon completion of law school, Amy became a trial attorney and litigated in the civil and criminal arenas. She wrote numerous briefs and successfully argued appeals before Florida appellate courts. 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 the theater. She completely enjoys 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. Her goal is to help students find and refine their gifts as Godly participants in the world of drama, and 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 is working towards creating a non-profit organization dedicated to truth and integrity in the arts.

She has two children with her beloved late husband, Larry Meyer. Sam is a student at Metro and Madeleine is a Metro graduate who is currently pursuing her master degree. Amy is active in her church, often teaching Sunday school and looking for other ways to serve Christ in our culture.


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Lisa Moore is an Atlanta native, growing up in Decatur and Conyers and living in the Tucker area since she graduated from Emory University in 1995. She has a Biology degree from Emory and loves teaching science and helping others learn to enjoy seeing the Creator’s hand displayed in the wonders of this world. She has been married to her husband Paul for 20 years and together they have three children, Sadie (17), Cate (15), and Andrew (12). For the past 11 years she has homeschooled her children and has also taught other homeschool students in a science co-op. She looks forward to continue sharing her love of science with others.

Lisa and her family attend Intown Community Church in Atlanta where she and her husband have been members for 25+ years. She loves to read, take long runs, go backpacking, and travel.


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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 Dunwoody Community 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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Kimberly holds a BA in Political Science from Spelman College where she graduated with Honors. She and her husband are true debate nerds at heart, preferring Debate and Dinner over Netflix any time! She could not be happier about teaching students these incredible skills that she believes will change their lives forever. Regardless of chosen fields for students later, Speech and Debate will offer critical thinking, research, presentation, and persuasion skills that will add a new dimension of growth in an unparalleled way. She believes that every student should have the good fortune to take Speech and Debate for years in their Middle and High School experience. She has been a part of this program for over 5 years and is passionate about teaching students the fundamentals through refinement tools that will allow them to reach their goals. Her goal is to see each student reach their fullest potential while offering a fun and encouraging environment in which to do so.

She is a homeschool mother of three beautiful children who range from 6th to 12th grade. She has homeschooled her children for over 11 years and taught in a variety of capacities. She and her husband started a Coding and Robotics business, reaching up to 60 students per day in the public school system. Her background prior to that was in Real Estate and Sales, where she loved helping people obtain ownership and investment dreams! She is excited to partner with you for your student’s success.


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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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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 or by emailing


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Duran Smith studied theatre at the University of West Georgia, film production at Biola University in Los Angeles, and graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor's degree in film production and a minor in theatre performance. He is now a graduate student at Southern Evangelical Seminary earning a master's in philosophy.

Duran has been an actor, writer, and director on-stage and on-screen for 15 years. He leads an apologetics group called Ratio Christi at the Church of the Apostles every other Sunday evening at 5:00pm.

Duran is a lifelong lover of film, philosophy, theology, and mountains.

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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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Martha Vahanian majored in history and english at Wake Forest University. She earned her Masters in Divinity and Education at Emory University. Martha has worked for 33 years as a Director of Education for kindergarten through 12th grade. She homeschooled her three sons who all graduated at 16 and have full Zell Miller scholarships to universities in Georgia. 

Martha started her own tutoring business, Solid Foundations Tutoring and Educational Support, in 2021. She absolutely loves teaching students how to learn so they can be independent and proactive in their own education. Martha is nationally certified as a tutor with certificates in both reading and math by the National Tutoring Association.


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Leslie is an Atlanta native and currently lives in Marietta with her husband, 3 sons in elementary school, and dog. She studied at UGA where she was also a Young Life leader and graduated with degrees in Biology and German. She got her Masters in the Art of Teaching from Georgia State. She is certified in teaching science grades 6-12, German, and gifted. She taught several years at Dacula Middle School in Gwinnett County and served as head of curriculum for two of those years, in addition to sponsoring Science Fair, Environmental Club, and Green and Healthy Schools. She spent several years staying home with her kids and taking care of her family while they were young, and one of those years also taught at Eastside Academic. In addition, she volunteered with the kids ministry at her church and helped teach a mom’s Bible study. Now, Leslie and her family worship at Cumberland Community Church where she helps in middle school ministry. She has additional experience at Griffin Middle School in Cobb County and is now excited to teach at Metro Academic. In her free time, Leslie enjoys running, reading, travel, and journaling.




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