TUTOR BIOS

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” - Socrates

Shanan Classical is dedicated to providing knowledgeable and passionate tutors who enjoy teaching and sharing with young people. Our Tutors are committed to sharing their enthusiasm, experience, and knowledge with our students. A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. - Brad Henry

Mr. & Mrs. David & Leigh Baker: General Science

Leigh Baker has a B.A. in Education from Mars Hill University. She has 15 years experience of homeschooling her three children. Leigh has taught science and history at Shanan Classical Co-op for 4 years. She has a passion for teaching middle school science. David Baker has been an active homeschooling dad for 15 years. He has a B.A. in Economics and Finance at Appalachian State. He has taught at Shanan Co-op Jr. High class. Contact

Ms. Joy Baker: Pre-Algebra

Joy Baker has a B.S. in Mathematics from South Carolina State University. She has 8 years experience teaching middle school  and tutoring home school students. She is excited to bring her math expertise to give a strong foundation to prepare our students for high school level math. Contact

Mrs. Paula Bostrom: Spanish 1, 2 & 3, Geometry

Paula has a B.S. in mathematics with a minor in Spanish from Calvin College. She has an M.S. in mathematics from Purdue University and an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Texas, Arlington. She and her husband, Mark, served with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Colombia, S.A., for about seven years. Paula homeschooled their daughter, Andrea, who graduated in May, 2014. Paula has done private tutoring as well as tutoring several years with Classical Conversations in Foundations, math, and Latin I. She has been the debate club facilitator for Shanan since 2011.  Contact

Mrs. Molly Faulkner: Speech & Debate 

Molly Faulkner is a veteran homeschool mom who has graduated three of her seven children. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Carolina University. She enjoys teaching basic drawing and painting, as well as directing the Shanan Speech and Debate club. Contact

Mr. Jack Gale: Grammar and Composition, American Literature 

Jack grew up in Charlotte, N.C., and attended public schools there, graduating from Myers Park High School in 1962. He enrolled at Clemson College and then transferred to UNC-Charlotte in his sophomore year, majored in English, and went on to The University of Tennessee for graduate school.

Mr. Gale “fell into” teaching in the fall of 1968 at Parkwood High School in Union County. He apparently enjoyed the experience enough that he continued at Parkwood, teaching English, including all levels of English courses, until his retirement in 1998. In the fall of 1998, he joined Shanan Classical and began working with homeschoolers and has been doing so ever since.  Contact

Mrs. Suzanne Garris: Adventures in American History (8th grade)

Suzie Garris is a Christ follower, a history fanatic, enjoys the great outdoors, and has a life-long love of learning. She has a passion to help the generations get excited about, understand, and learn from history. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in History Education from East Carolina University, is a wife to Matt Garris, a mom to four girls, and lives in Monroe, NC. Contact

Mr. Shawn Hill: Algebra I, Algebra II, Personal Finance/Consumer Math

Shawn M. Hill has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Bryan College.  He has 19 years of classroom experience.  He has his license to teach math in North Carolina.  Currently, he works as a private/group tutor and homeschool tester.  He has taught Algebra 1 and Algebra II for 14 years.  He also has taught Advanced Math for 7 years.  Shawn and his wife Shannon have three children.  Contact

Mrs. Shari Kaiser: Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics 

A lifelong interest in learning led my husband and I to homeschooling. It has been a pleasure to be personally involved in molding the individual strengths and personalities each of our children were given to prepare them to serve God’s purpose. We have two successful homeschool graduates and two children currently being homeschooled. I have been actively involved in the homeschool community since 1995. I served as Director of a support group (GRACE) for 13 years and Director of the area association (CHEA) for 8 years. These opportunities allowed me to interact with many fellow homeschoolers, both those seasoned in the journey as well as those just starting out. We have all enjoyed learning from and supporting each other. I have also been able to share my strong interest in science with the community since 2007, beginning with Chemistry classes. I’ve taught science classes in a variety of locations since: at the Teen Learning Center, out of my home, and at area coops and enrichment facilities. I look forward each year to helping my students see that science is fascinating, fun and understandable.  Contact

Mr. Josh Landon: Church History & Apologetics, Logic 1 & 2 

Josh received his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies at Southern Evangelical Seminary in the spring of 2014. He is the second oldest of eight home school children born to a Baptist preacher and the founder of a home school co-op. He teaches the youth at his church and helps lead the Awana program. Special interests include theology proper and Catholic-Protestant relations. He began teaching at Shanan in 2012.  Contact

Mrs. Jen Litowski: American & World History 

Jen Litowski is a veteran homeschool mom who has had the joy of graduating 3 of her 5 kids and seeing them go on to college. Writing, Literature, Science and History are some of the subjects she has taught while belonging to various co-ops through the years. Jen has honed her teaching skills by teaching diverse age groups of students for eight years at Shanan Classical Co-op. Growing up as a missionary kid in the south Pacific, Jen caught the travel bug and continues to love to travel with her family for pleasure and short term mission trips. She is an avid reader, particularly enjoying history, good literature and books on Christian living. Married for 25 years, Jen & her husband, Greg, are actively involved in their church and ministry in the community.  Contact

Ms. Sarah Grace Litowski: Introduction to Grammar & Composition, Analysis of World Literature, Literary Analysis: Lord of the Rings

Sarah Grace Litowski was homeschooled all the way up until high school when her mother discovered Shanan Tutorials. She completed high school there and went on to community college and then a four-year university, Mid-Atlantic Christian University. A lifelong learner, Sarah Grace has been reading on her own since she was three years old, when she read the unabridged Chronicles of Narnia to herself. She is a recent college graduate (with honors); she will be teaching Analysis of World Literature, Literary Analysis: Lord of the Rings, and Introduction to Grammar and Composition while pursuing a master’s in counseling. Contact

Mrs. Heather Lozada: Shanan Tutorials Co-Director 

Heather Lozada has been a homeschool mom for 12 years.  Mrs. Lozada is passionate about homeschooling and loves to encourage others in their journey. Throughout the years she has taught Science, History, and Literature to various age groups at several different co-ops including Shanan Co-op, Classical Conversations, HELP, and Teen Learning Center.  She enjoys seeing her students reach their full potential while making learning fun and engaging.  Prior to homeschooling, Heather was a Pediatric Registered Nurse in both the in-patient and out-patient settings.  Contact

Mrs. Jodi Stokes: Shanan Director 

Jodi Stokes is a veteran homeschooler for 11 years. She has taught a variety of classes and grades in the Shanan Co-op since 2008. She served on the Co-op board for 4 years prior to transitioning to Tutorials. Her education background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Child development. She is the Co-founder of Parents of Allergic Kids, a local non-profit organization and currently serves as the imPAKt teen coordinator organizing events and activities for teens with severe food allergies.  Contact

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