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 encouraging their students. Our tutors are committed to sharing their enthusiasm, experience, and knowledge.

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

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

Mr. Clay Broussard: Church History/Apologetics, Government/Economics

Clay Broussard has a BA in Economics from the University of Texas @ Austin and a MA in Religious Studies from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He has spent over 25 years in the professional world as a sales and operations leader in the IT Services Industry. He is currently in the position of Supply Chain Executive at DXC Technology, a $15B USD global services company and has traveled extensively with his job. He is passionate about Freedom, Education, Christianity, History, Economics and Politics and has taken an active role in teaching his own children as well as others. Mr. Broussard has eight (ages 24-8) children (three married and 1 grandchild, more coming soon!) with his beloved wife of 25 plus years, Stacy. He loves sports and coaching and developing teamwork and confidence through athletics. He has served as a pastor, elder and men’s ministry leader in various churches as well as taught numerous small group Bible studies and lay-seminary classes in a large church setting. He currently attends Northstar Community Fellowship in Charlotte. While living in North Carolina for 21 years (14 in Raleigh), and falling in love with the state he now calls home, he is and forever will be, a Texan!  Contact

Mr. Lucas Carroll: Logic, and Philosophy Click here for Mr. Carroll's course explanation video

Lucas is passionate in the pursuit of wisdom and understanding. He believes, with the writer of Proverbs, that to gain these is more valuable than silver and gold, and with the writer of Being and Time, that "Philosophy is one of mankind's few great things." Lucas desires to instill in all of his students a love of wisdom and a familiarity with the West's intellectual history. He was homeschooled K-12 by his sweet and patient mom. He now holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary, and has graduated with majors in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is presently a PhD student in Philosophy at Boston College. Contact 

Mr. Jack Gale: Grammar and Composition, British 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)

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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: Pre-Algebra, 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

Mr. Lynn Pierre Jones, Jr., P.T.:  Health & Nutrition

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Lynn Pierre is a veteran homeschooler of 16 years and a father of 5. His educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in the Science of Physical Therapy, experience as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and a Personal Trainer. As a therapist, he was awarded “Best in Physical Therapy” in Union county for 2 years straight. Lynn is a 5-time published author of books related to fitness, marriage, and rehabilitation.  He serves as a very enthusiastic presenter/teacher for the medical staff and community. Mr Jones has also served as a on-the-job Clinical Instructor for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Wingate University for a number of years. He believes you will either pay the price it takes to live healthy and fit or you will pay the price of fatigue, illness, and living a life without being all you can be! Contact

Mrs. Shari Kaiser: Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Advanced Biology: Human Anatomy   Click here for Mrs. Kaiser's course explanation video

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 four successful homeschool graduates. 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

Mrs. Jen Litowski: American & World History 

Click here for Mrs. Litowski's course description video Jen Litowski is a veteran homeschool mom who has had the joy of graduating 4 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 28 years, Jen & her husband, Greg, are actively involved in their church and ministry in the community.  Contact

Mrs. Katrina Ryder: Introduction to Grammar & Composition, Literary Genres, & Creative Writing  Click here for Mrs. Ryder's course description video Katrina grew up in Waxhaw, N.C., and attended public schools there, graduating from Parkwood High School in 1996 where she studied under Mr. Gale. She attended Asbury College in Wilmore, KY graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in English in 2000. She has also completed 27 hours towards a Masters degree in English from Winthrop University. Katrina has taught public school at Parkwood and South Mecklenberg High Schools and private school at Ukarumpa International School in Papua New Guinea where she and her husband served as missionaries for 2 years. Katrina’s husband is a public school music teacher at Waxhaw Elementary. They live in Waxhaw and have three children, two of whom have been homeschooled and have attended Shanan. Katrina has offered homeschool classes and workshops in her home for three years. Contact

Mrs. Jodi Stokes: Shanan Principal & Director 

Jodi Stokes is a veteran homeschooler for 12 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 that serves families with severe food allergies.  Contact

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