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

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. Sheila Darden: Biology 2017-2018, Study Skills Summer ‘18 

Sheila Darden is a veteran homeschooler who has graduated 6 of her 7 children. She has enjoyed teaching co-ops in her home as well as teaching at Classical Conversation for 3 years and the Teen Learning Center for 15 years. Her love for science led her to teach Biology and Physical Science for 12 years at TLC.  Sheila has a B.A. in Music Education.  Contact

Mrs. Molly Faulkner: Speech & Debate 2017-2018

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. 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 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

Mrs. Heather Lozada: Shanan Tutorials Co-Director 

Heather has been a homeschool mom for over 10 years.  She is currently serving as Literature teacher in the Shanan Co-op. Mrs. Lozada is even more excited and passionate about homeschooling than when her family started 11 years ago. Throughout the years she has taught Science, History, and Literature to various age groups at several different co-ops including 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. Jennifer Malone: Psychology 

Jennifer Malone's love of studying science led her to become a nurse 15 years ago. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing with a minor in Psychology from Liberty University. She currently works as a registered nurse in the home health community and volunteers as a camp nurse during the summer. In addition to being certified to provide basic life support by the American Heart Association, she is certified to provide mental health first aid by the National Council for Behavioral Health. She has been homeschooling for over 10 years and already graduated one student. She has taught Literature and Science classes in different homeschool settings over the years and holds students accountable and encourages them to complete quality work as they strive for their best. She has enjoyed studying Psychology since she was in high school and is excited to teach it from a Christian perspective this year.  Contact

Mrs. Michelle Smith: Algebra I & II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus 

Michelle Smith received her Bachelor of Science in math from Wingate College. For the past 20 years, she has tutored homeschool groups and individuals in Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. She also taught Algebra, Geometry, and Advanced Functions for Union County Public Schools.  Contact

Mrs. Amy Stogner: World View Revolution

Amy Stogner is a veteran homeschooler who has taught her own and other children for over 20 years. Her educational background includes an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Technology as well as a B.S. in Criminal Justice from UNCC. As a founding member of Shanan Classical, Amy has taught various levels at Shanan Classical Co-op and has served as Director in both the Co-op and Tutorials. Courses she has taught include writing, history and science.  Contact

Mrs. Jodi Stokes: Shanan Director & Literary Analysis 

Jodi Stokes is a veteran homeschooler for 10 years. She has taught a variety of classes and grades in the Shanan Co-op since 2008. Her latest position is Jr. High Literature teacher where she is imparting the love for reading and analyzing literature. Her education background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Child development. Since her first Shakespeare class in the late ‘80s, she has been fascinated with classical literature and hopes to instill the same excitement towards reading in her high school students.  Contact

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