Kimberly’s primary role for the past 19 years has been to be the mother of her three boys. Beyond parenting, her passions include math and innovative teaching. Prior to starting a family, Kimberly graduated from Emory University with a BS in Mathematics, worked as a high school math teacher for seven years, and earned a second bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University in Secondary Math Education. Kimberly’s approach to education is that it should be authentic, engaging, collaborative, and dynamic. She believes in providing her students with a sense of belonging and opportunities to succeed.
I’m Michelle Salas, homeschooling mom to 3 boys, ages 7, 5 and 10 months old. I’m also a Spanish and Science teacher at STAC! I was born in Mexico and lived in and near Mexico City for 25 years. I moved to the US in 2007, and have lived in CA, NY, NV and TX. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Dentistry from “Universidad Tecnológica de México,” where I practiced dentistry until moving to the US. I’ve also worked as a volunteer paramedic for the Red Cross, and after moving to GA in 2013, I opened a custom cake studio, where I learned about social media marketing and management skills. I’ve been coordinating all STAC marketing for several months, and I look forward to helping build and grow the STAC community.
As a family we enjoy hiking, walking around the neighborhood on nice evenings, reading aloud time and ice cream!
Parenthood has been an incredible journey full of self-discovery and evolution. I’ve been involved in a beautiful volunteer project, named “Days for Girls,” (daysforgirls.org) for the past several years. This organization provides reusable cloth pads and hygiene kits to girls in need around the world. Every year, I, with some friends, sew and assemble sanitary kits for girls in Uganda, Africa.
Lyn has been homeschooling her 3 boys, ages 13, 10, and 8, for 8 years. Her homeschool philosophy has always centered around less is more and better late than early. Lyn believes in child-focused learning where learning is challenging yet fun. She also believes that guided exploration is the key to growing a life long learner. Prior to homeschool life, Lyn received her BS in Biology from Georgia Southern University and a MS in Counseling from Liberty University. She started her Masters in Genetics, but when finances overcame higher education she went to work with the State of Georgia as an Environmental Health Specialist. After over 6 years with the State, Lyn decided to change careers and become a special education teacher. She worked as a special educator in grades preschool through high school. She focused her passion on children with behavioral and emotional difficulties. She was also a special education director at a youth detention center. As a homeschool mama, Lyn has taught in several homeschool communities. She has a passion for teaching children to learn in a manner that best suits them. She believes that comparison is the thief of joy, so she does not compare her students to preconceived standards or to others. She looks at the progress and success of students on an individual basis.
Sue has a BFA in Medical Illustration and spent 16 years in that industry. In 2011 she decided she was no longer happy, so she quit her job and went to Culinary School. After spending 5 amazing years as a Chef/Restaurant Manager, she decided it was time to start her own business, and Leaf and Loaf, llc was born. Chef Sue does catering and is involved in educating adults and children. The Fun with Food program was born in 2015, and Chef Sue started going into elementary schools to provide children an opportunity to experiment, taste, smell, assemble, cut, cook, and play with food. Fun with Food focuses on healthy, nutritious, and beautiful food (with an occasional “treat”) and is a space for open exploration and experimentation with flavors, textures, foods, and ideas. All food is vegan or vegetarian. When Sue is not playing with food or working on her business, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenaged kids, kayaking, napping, playing games, and playing with dogs.
Stacy has always homeschooled her children, much to her surprise. It was something that was not planned but just happened over time. Her homeschool and teaching style leans more towards project-based, hands-on learning through experiences. She holds a BA in accounting and finance and was an office manager before quitting her job to stay home full-time with her children. Outside of homeschooling her 2 boys, she also is a Blue Belt Krav Maga instructor and helps run her family’s Krav Maga school. In her down time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and reading books.
Libby Mathis has been homeschooling her three children, ages 13, 11, and 7, since her oldest was unhappy with the worksheets in preschool. She believes that learning should spark joy in young children and that later is better in regards to academics.
In her life before children, she attended Ohio University where she earned a BS in Chemistry and did graduate studies in Biochemistry. She has also worked at the The Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases (CTEGD) of the University of Georgia. Then her life turned into a frenzy of having her first child then moving from Georgia to Pennsylvania to North Carolina all before baby’s first birthday. Since then, it has been a busy joyful blur of hosting messy art days at her house, exploring nature with her kids, learning so many exciting things she never learned in public school, and rediscovering her artistic side.
Libby was a member of the founding STAC Board of Directors and she has been the co-coordinator of Play Create Learn (formerly CHAOS) since September 2017.
Darby Kennedy is in her 9th year homeschooling her two kids, ages 12 and 15. In her pre-homeschooling life, she graduated with a BA in History, Political Science, and Secondary Education from Birmingham-Southern College, and an MA in American Studies from the University of Alabama. After college, she taught high school Government and Economics, and in graduate school developed a short session class on courtship in American History. Other pre-homeschooling activities included 6 years working at the Smithsonian Institution in development and protocol, lots of volunteer jobs, and several years of mentoring college women in leadership skills. When it comes to studying history, culture, politics, and government, Darby thinks one of the most important things to figure out is the “so what.” While dates and names are important, it is equally necessary to understand events and people in context. When not homeschooling, she enjoys quilting, hiking, being with her family, and bird watching.
Misty holds both BA and MTS degrees from Emory University, with majors in Interdisciplinary Studies, Religion, and Social Sciences. After eight years working in International Education, serving most recently as Assistant Director of Study Abroad Programs at Georgia State University, she left work to focus on her children. Before resigning, she was very fortunate to be able to study and/or work in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Since leaving the working world, she’s had the privilege of earning several teaching certifications, including Atlanta Audubon Master Birder, Georgia Master Naturalist, Our Whole Lives sexuality education facilitator, and Listening Circle small group facilitator. In addition to eight years of homeschooling two children, she has taught/facilitated various groups from elementary school through college, including five years of teaching at a local homeschool co-op. The leap from helping lead a university Study Abroad Programs office to being a full-time mom, homeschooler, and teacher was a natural one: it’s all about getting up out of the classroom and venturing out into the real world!
I graduate from Mississippi State University in December with a degree in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture. I worked throughout my undergrad teaching kids about conservation education and different aspects about nature and wildlife. I am moving to Georgia to live with my fiancé; he owns a cattle farm in Cartersville, GA and I will be helping to manage the land and cattle and eventually working on homesteading after getting settled in. I hope to also obtain a Masters in a couple of years before starting a family. I currently have a house full of dobermans and cats. I have rescued most of my animals and hope to use a portion of our land to run an animal sanctuary.
Kelly has been life-learning alongside her daughter, Livy, for 14 years. Aside from that most important experience, she has a BA in English literature and Classics from The University of the South at Sewanee and an MA (and half a PhD) in rhetoric and composition from Georgia State University. She has taught and tutored at every level from toddlers to graduate students, across many subjects (literature, writing, grammar, history, gymnastics, Latin, research, effective communication, math, and parenting), and in a variety of settings from a university writing center to a one-room schoolhouse. She is trained to teach mindfulness to children of all ages through the Mindful Schools organization and includes mindfulness practices in all her classes. She believes that in order for people to learn, they must first feel loved and accepted; every exciting thinking, writing, and learning skill follows from that foundation. Check out her website at http://www.seedlingtoforest.com and her teaching Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/seedlingtoforest.
Jenn Casey is a homeschooling mom of three kids and a CrossFit and kettlebell trainer. She has a Master's in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University, with special concentrations in Economics and Operations Management. Jenn has taught many classes with different homeschool groups since 2013, including Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLE), Economics, Personal Finance, several fitness classes, and is a facilitator for teams playing the Stock Market Game (tm). Jenn served on the founding Board of Directors of STAC as Vice President. When she isn't nerding out over some economic idea, you can find her at CrossFit Kennesaw swinging a kettlebell.
Tiffany Ard is the writer and designer behind Nerdy Baby, a small company that publishes whimsical illustrations of serious science concepts. Her books, flashcards, and art prints have been featured in big fancy blogs, magazines, catalogs like Think Geek and UncommonGoods, as well as gift shops in museums across the country. She is the author of Little Red Hen Builds A Computer, The Gingerbread Particle, and The Human Infant Project.
Tiffany has been a homeschooling mom for more than ten years, and has been active in the homeschool community from the start. Combining science and history with art to teach big ideas, she teaches classes, runs maker workshops, and leads science + art demonstrations for basically anyone who stands within ten feet of her. Seriously, stay back if you don't want to learn stuff!