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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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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 16 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 (two successfully launched),  a chicken, and a pair of lizards.

 


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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 Ravi Zacharias International Ministries for nine years. He was responsible for writing and teaching a multi-cultural curriculum on Christian apologetics in Europe, the Middle and Far East, Africa, as well as the Americas. Peter has held open forums and training sessions on many campuses around the world including: Madras, India; Kings College, London; University of Krakow, Poland; Harvard, Princeton and Emory Universities; University of Southern California, Fullerton; Georgia Tech and Dartmouth College. Peter co-authored a book with Dr. Norman Geisler titled Unshakable Foundations: Contemporary Answers To Crucial Questions About The Christian Faith. He is also involved in public education and has served on the curriculum committee for the State of Georgia with the responsibility for raising academic standards, under the direction of the State Superintendent. He was appointed to serve on this committee comprised of 125 of the top educators in the State of Georgia and was assigned to social studies with specific responsibilities in the areas of US Government, Law, Ethics and character training. He was instrumental in helping the GA DOE integrate critical and constructive thinking skills into Georgia's first Controversial Issues and a 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: http://legacyoftruth.org/donate.asp Or, Legacy of Truth, 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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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 French language! 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, Communications, and Psychology.  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. She is also bilingual with Spanish as her first language, and she took 3 years of German in high school. 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. Mary enjoys bringing that awareness into the classroom. She has served as a substitute teacher at MAS and has 3 students currently attending classes at MAS.

 


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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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Jodette pursued art by drawing everything she could get her hands on early in life. After graduating from high school, she discovered a passion inside that needed to be unleashed and later attended Oglethorpe University to pursue her dreams in art. During this time as an artist, she created her own original characters and designed a children's card collection. While still pursuing art, she met her husband Chris DiDomizio, who 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 method of drawing and painting that teaches principles by extracting old master concepts and applying them in today's art.  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, and Konos, and other schools. This is a progressive program created for the purpose to equip 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 is capable of reaching 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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Anna Ruth Flagg, "Senora Bandera," studied in Spain, graduated from Berry College with a degree in Spanish, and earned a master's degree in Spanish education.

She taught Spanish in public school for nine years before staying home to raise and educate her own children. She has taught high school Spanish students at MAS for four years.

In addition to speaking Spanish, Señora Bandera's passions are drama, literature, art, and music, incorporating all into her teaching. The desire of her heart is to promote excellence in all students: opening their eyes to see, ears to hear, and mouths to speak to the Spanish world within their own city and around the globe as an act of service to Jesus Christ.

 


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Wendy Grounds trained as a diagnostic radiographer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. After college, Wendy served with a Baptist Youth organization on a year of mission work around Southern Africa. She then returned to the medical field and worked for 12 years at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. She was serving as a Chief Radiographer before immigrating to the USA in 2000. When she started teaching Timothy Ministry classes at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in 2005 Wendy discovered her love for teaching. In 2008 she began teaching Science classes at Johnson Ferry Christian Academy, her classes have included Life Science, General Science, Biology and Latin 1a. Wendy and her husband Justin have been married for 21 years and have two children Jaron and Samantha. They attend Grace Community Church in Marietta. Wendy believes that a great teacher does not just have a passion for the activity of teaching or for their subject matter but a humility in knowing we serve a purpose larger than ourselves in inspiring others to discover their potential. ​

 


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Zohra Gutierrez has been teaching for 25 years and loving every minute of it. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in Math Education, she accepted a position teaching middle school math in Texas, spending 10 years in public schools. During this time, Zohra earned a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies from the University of Houston,while adding a certificate to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages. She then spent several years teaching English to international students until relocating to Alpharetta with her family. Since then, Zohra has been busy raising and homeschooling her five children. She currently teaches middle school math through pre-calculus at Artios Academy Johns Creek and tutors at Eye Level Alpharetta. Zohra is excited to offer Middle School Math, a class that is ripe with opportunity for hands-on learning, as well as AP Statistics, a class she enjoyed herself as a student. While math is her first and foremost teaching field, her real passion lies in building relationships with her students and sharing a small part in their success as they discover the unique path in life to which God has called them.

 


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Erin Harvey is a freelance artist who has lived in Georgia most of her life.

As a child, Erin could always be found drawing from picture books, or adding her own artistic flair to everything that she did. At age 13, Erin was able to join the adult art classes at DiDomizio’s Old World Art, beginning the formal training that would forever change her life. She continued her studies at the studio while she attended Kennesaw State, pursuing a dual degree in Marketing & Fine Arts. During this time, Erin continued to work in the oral surgery industry. Erin found that her talents in art were especially helpful in developing various marketing & advertising campaigns, rebuilding the company website, and designing online & print media.

While Erin enjoys working in the marketing field, she found her true calling when she was invited to teach kids art classes for the Children’s Art Program at DiDomzio’s Art Center in 2011, where she has been teaching ever since. Erin’s teaching philosophy is focused on building confidence and self-esteem by equipping students with the tools to make art easier, and by introducing new perspectives about the art thought process. She hopes to inspire her students to celebrate their God given gifts & talent, and to find ways to incorporate art into their everyday lives. She looks forward to being able to share her experiences as a published illustrator and portrait artist with her students.

 


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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. Currently, she teaches English as a Second Language for Refugees at the Clarkston Community Center two days a week. She provides 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 continues to serve at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf 15 hours a week as Librarian Assistant. She and her husband of over 37 years, Jiendesha "JD" Hatten, have two children and three grandchildren.

 


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Steve Heimler received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Previously, he was a church planter and pastor of a congregation in Roswell, Georgia. Presently, Steve is teaching Humanities, AP History, Bible and Latin to junior high and senior high home school students in the metro Atlanta area. In his own words, "I love teaching because I love learning: teaching, to me, feels like the fullest consummation of learning. When a new thought grabs me by the throat, I cannot rest until I share it with another. I also love teaching because I love to accompany people through life, to offer what I’ve been given in service of our mutual growth into the image of Christ. "

 


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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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Aharon Hill is a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia (2005) School of Law, and a Sigma Cum Laude Graduate of the University of Georgia (2001). After practicing law for 3 years, Aharon followed her love and talent, and opened her Atlanta-based photography studio, Aharon Hill Photography. An award-winning photographer, she specializes in wedding, family and infant portraiture. Her photography has been featured in multiple national and local publications such as Atlanta Weddings Magazine, Occasions, Jezebel, Our Town and Soiree's Southern Events, and on blogs such as Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks and Style Unveiled. In 2016, Aharon was named a CMPro, a designation earned by only a small fraction of applicants through a process of critical portrait image evaluation. She has privately mentored budding photographers, and taught photography in a roundtable setting. A selection of Aharon’s work is available online at aharonhill.com.

 


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Sara Hinton has a B.A. in political science from Columbia University and an M.A. in The Teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught fifth grade (all subjects) as well as middle school language arts, reading, and social studies in public schools for several years. Sara has published multiple test-prep textbooks that prepare middle and high school students for end of course reading and language arts exams in various states and consulted as a subject matter expert in grammar for an educational software company. In addition to teaching middle school classes, Sara tutors and runs her editing business while teaching college courses in writing, grammar, and literature.

 


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Karen B. Holston earned her business degree in Human Resources Management with a minor in Spanish at Long Beach State University in Southern California. She has conducted leadership, communication, and management seminars in the corporate sector when she owned her own Human Resources consulting business. She is eager to teach these job-related skills to high school students in her Career Prep course. Karen has also enjoyed teaching Spanish for a number of years at the middle and high school levels. Her strong belief in the Lord and the power of prayer compel her to intentionally pray for her students. As an advocate of home schooling, she home schooled her miracle Micah (MAS graduate in 2017) all the way through, and she was the director of a home school group south of Atlanta with over 50 families for five years.  One final note of interest is that 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.  The Holstons have been actively involved members at Church of the Apostles in Atlanta since 1992.  Karen is very pleased to have served her family in Christ at Metro Academic Studies since 2013 and is excited to continue to do so!

 


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Fidelle Hopper began learning French as a small child at home. Her polyglot parents were both school teachers who took summer vacations seriously: they enrolled Fidelle and her siblings in summer camps in Quebec, Canada so that they would be immersed in the French language.

As part of an Honors BA in French at Case Western Reserve University, Fidelle developed a high school French curriculum based exclusively on French classical literature. She studied abroad at Université Laval in Quebec, and another year in southern France at Université Paul Valéry, Faculté des lettres. A postgraduate grant enabled her to travel three continents researching and comparing second language acquisition methods throughout the francophone world. After returning to the United States, Fidelle taught French and Music and directed school plays at University School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, before leaving for her dream job: homeschooling.

Fidelle has taught for several homeschool co-ops, and written and directed musicals for private schools and for her church.  She loves to incorporate field trips, music and drama into her teaching, having found in 25 years of experience that students learn more thoroughly and remember longer the lessons they most enjoy. Believing that every day is “the day the Lord has made,” she is dedicated to seeing that her students always have reason to “rejoice and be glad in it.” Fun is a very serious part of the curriculum in Fidelle Hopper’s classes.

 


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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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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 , she’s also supporting her daughter’s love for animals in helping her raise a Canine Companion for Independence guide dog puppy as a high school project. Together with her husband of 23 years and her 3 kids she loves to spend a week at the beach each year to serve families with pediatric cancer through the Blue Skies Ministry. As a family they’re part of a house church in their neighborhood in Dunwoody.

 


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Joe Knippenberg has taught politics at Oglethorpe University since 1985. Born in San Francisco, California, he lived in New York, northern California, and Germany before settling in the Washington, D.C. suburbs when his father retired from the Army. He received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his graduate degrees from the University of Toronto. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Omicron Delta Kappa. His articles and reviews have appeared in Christianity Today, the Claremont Review of Books, The Weekly Standard, and The City: A Journal of Christian Thought (where he is a Contributing Editor), among other places, as well as in a number of scholarly journals and edited volumes. He also regularly contributes to First Thoughts, one of the blogs associated with First Things magazine, as well as to the blog of the Georgia Family Council, where he serves on the Board of Scholars. He also sits on the Council of Scholars of the American Academy for Liberal Education and on the Georgia Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He lives in Brookhaven, with his wife, Lee, and children, Liam (17) and Charlotte (15). He is a great fan of the plays Lee directs and in which she performs, and an avid supporter of Liam’s and Charlotte’s activities (swimming for both, scouting for Liam, and piano for Charlotte). He and Lee have homeschooled their children for the past ten years.

 


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Lee Knippenberg is an Atlanta native with 21 years of teaching experience at the university level.

After graduating from Oglethorpe University with a BA in English literature, Lee worked in Advertising and PR as a "day job" while pursuing her acting career in theatres around Atlanta. After earning an MFA in performance and theatre history from UGA, she signed on with Oglethorpe University and began building their theatre program. In this capacity, she has directed more than 60 shows and taught courses in Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Acting, Shakespearean Performance, and Theatre History from the Ancient Greeks to Chekhov. Additional training includes the Summer Training Conservatory at the American Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco) and further history studies at the Universities of Parma and London.

Lee currently teaches acting and theatre history part time at Oglethorpe, runs the drama ministry at Oak Grove UMC, and works with husband, Joe, to oversee the home schooling of two teenagers.

 


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After earning an ​Associates Degree in Marketing and then attending Arizona State, Michelle quickly became interested in the business of fashion. She started to model on the side while attending college and pursued a career as a print and runway model for top designers around the world. After a great career in the fashion industry, Michelle extended her talents as an instructor for a Christian company training models and teaching fashion classes. 

She currently styles & produces fashion shows for Macy's and owns an entertainment company that represents models, actors, singers & hosts. Michelle loves working with aspiring young minds who want to learn about: fashion + wardrobe styling, creative direction, fashion production, modeling campaigns, fashion design + more!

She thinks being behind the scenes is even more fun than being in front of the camera. Finding the unique talent that God has so richly blessed each individual with is her greatest passion yet.

 


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Shu Maria McCluer is a private Chinese instructor for fortune 500 companies through Atlanta Language Institute and teaches Chinese at the Atlanta Chinese Community School. Shu grew up in Beijing China, and majored in mechanical engineering in Beijing Water and Power University. She came to the United States in 1991, and changed her major to Accounting and Book keeping. During her accounting career, she started tutoring some of her clients in Chinese. Shu enjoys teaching Chinese very much because she feels fortunate to be able to meet so many different people and share the language and culture with them

 


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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.

This will be his tenth school year teaching homeschoolers in the Atlanta area. He and his wife Amor and their two children Claire and David attend Twelve Stone Church, a non-denominational church near their home in Lawrenceville.Read about all Mr. Owen's qualifications and other classes at his website here.

 


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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.

Currently Linda teaches her own three children and teaches classes in her home and at the Mable House. Her family attends First United Methodist Smyrna. Linda is thrilled to join Metro Academic Studies.

 


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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 successfully homeschooled their three daughters, who each attended college on soccer and academic scholarships, and have now graduated, are married, and are pursuing careers in physical therapy, accounting, and nursing.

Mr. Robinson will apply his passion for teaching in the classroom and is offering Computer Science, Prealgebra, and Algebra 1 using Derek Owens' curriculum and an Introduction to Engineering course. 

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 students in the Metro Atlanta Area for eighteen years. During her 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 fifteen 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 from Georgia State University. Bruce, Kathy and their teens enjoy fellowshipping 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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Maria Sarmiento received a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in Sculpture from Georgia State University and a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Universidad de Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano. She has been teaching art for more than 20 years including elementary, middle high school and college levels. She taught sculpture for five years at Kennesaw State University and currently serves as adjunct faculty at The Art Institute of Atlanta. In 2011, Maria was a presenter at FATE National Conference in Saint Louis.

Maria continues her professional development and recently finished six classes in San Francisco focused on technology applied to art. Maria is an active exhibiting artist. You may find a selection of her pieces in a permanent exhibition at Georgia State University and in the Hudgens Center for the Arts and her art is exhibited on her website, sarmientostudio.com.

She lives in Dunwoody with her husband and their two daughters and she is part of the Christmas and garden ministries in their 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 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.

 


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Dr. Dana Spears received her Ph.D. in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. After graduation, she worked as an assistant professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and then returned to Georgia to work as a counselor in private practice for many years. She retired from counseling and now focuses on teaching social studies, drama, science, and English for home schooled students. She is the primary author of The Konos Way high school social studies curriculum for home schoolers and co-author of the parenting book Strong-Willed Child or Dreamer on parenting creative-sensitive children. She has directed numerous plays through community theater groups and homeschool academies, and has coached students who qualified for regional and national competitions in speech through NCFCA (National Christian Forensics and Communications Association). She also teaches English Country Dancing. Dana and her husband are active at Intown Community Church in Atlanta and have three adult children who were home schooled: a daughter who graduated from Wagner College in New York City and works in wardrobe on Broadway, a daughter who is a senior at the University of Georgia majoring in family studies, and a son who is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee majoring in business.

 


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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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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 12 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 (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 10 grandchildren with three more on the way.

Brad wants his students to love the study of history as he does, seeing that it is "His" (God through His Son Jesus Christ) story, 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.  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 publically), private ownership of property and supporting policies to undergird strong families will guarantee our national survival and prosperity.  

 

 

 

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