"I don't even know where to begin with how fantastic our experience has been with the Learning Center and the instructors!"
"The teachers are well-prepared and extremely encouraging ... yet with very helpful suggestions for improvement. This is a difficult balance and [they] pull it off beautifully."
"I can’t say enough good things! The teacher's level of commitment is amazing... and the classes? Amazing!"
"It has been an answer to prayer for my 15 year old!"
"My daughter loves it, and it helps keep us on task."
"The teachers have been very responsive and helpful whenever I have emailed them."
"The teacher has been gracious and has encouraged the students to become thoroughly acquainted with the subject material. She does a good job of covering all the required information, and also getting the students to think about the questions that are a little deeper than just 'facts.'"
Barb has three sons: ages 20, 19, and 5. Her first round of homeschooling began 15 years ago. While it is all too quickly winding down, she is looking forward with excitement to a second round of home education with her youngest. With Barb’s background as a Bible teacher with a BA degree in Bible and Bible Teaching from Columbia International University, there was no question that Tapestry, with its strong commitment to teaching God’s story to the next generation, would become her choice for the backbone of their homeschooling. In fact, Tapestry became a family favorite nine years ago and she has been teaching and leading Tapestry virtual co-ops for eight years. With the opening of the Lampstand Learning Center, she is thrilled to be able to offer the experience that has enriched her family's education to other families. Barb currently resides in Florida with her husband of 23 years and their sons.
Teaching has been a passion throughout Jana's life. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Industrial Relations, Jana taught computer programming and computer applications at the middle school, high school, community college, and corporate levels for 12 years. Once her first child was born, she realized the Lord was calling her to stay at home to be a wife and mother. When her two children reached school age, she began homeschooling them and knew she had found her niche. The Lord led Jana to the Tapestry of Grace curriculum when her son reached 5th grade, and though he has since graduated from her home school, her daughter is beginning her 10th year with the program. Jana founded a local TOG co-op eight years ago, where she began teaching the dialectic and rhetoric levels of history and literature, both in classrooms and online. She began teaching for the LLC 2 years ago. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, two children, two terriers, and pesky black cat. When she's not teaching TOG Jana reads, knits, and gardens.
Teresa Burger is the wife of a career Marine Corps officer and is currently living in Virginia with their three children (ages 16, 14, and 11). As a military wife, she has made her home in 10 different states (so far), with each child being born in a different location. She has taught in a variety of settings and recently enjoyed the blessings of Virtual Co-Op. Mrs. Burger earned her B.A. in Early Childhood Development and an M.A. in Human Development after the birth of her third child in 2001. Teresa has been homeschooling for ten years and using Tapestry of Grace for the past five years. Teresa is very excited to begin her third year with Lampstand Learning Center and is looking forward to learning and growing alongside her students.
Sheri and her husband decided to homeschool before their first child was born, eighteen years ago. She and her husband, a 29-year Navy veteran (now retired), have moved around the world with their three lively children. Her passion for history has been utilized in numerous co-op classes, both live and virtual, for many years. After trying to craft her own classical curriculum, and trying many of the programs available, she discovered Tapestry and finally found her niche. This is her seventh year using the Tapestry program, and she has been blessed to have dabbled in Classic, Redesign, and DE. She hopes to one day complete the last semester she needs to earn her B.S. in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, and add another degree in History. She currently lives in Virginia.
Rachel Schaefer is thankful for the opportunity she has had to homeschool her children and is now pleased to be part of the teaching team at the Lampstand Learning Center. She grew up in Massachusetts, earned a teaching degree at Calvin College in Michigan, and taught in Washington before moving to Maryland where she lives with her husband and three teenagers (18, 16, and 13). Although she began in 2000 as a "reluctant homeschooler," each year God provided the encouragement, support, and desire to continue; before long she was hooked. As her own children are growing up, her prayer is that she can encourage and assist other homeschool families in their education journeys. Active in her local homeschool co-op, she has taught middle and high school writing in addition to many enrichment classes including art, government, nutrition, and journalism. She enjoys cooking, crafting, reading, and playing Scrabble.
Lisa is an Army wife and mother to three boys who are 15, 13, and 11. She and her husband have lived all over the United States and in Europe during their twenty-year marriage. They are currently enjoying a delightful assignment at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. Her professional background includes banking as well as teaching finance and economics at the collegiate level. However, through her family's nine-year homeschooling journey, God has ignited a passion for training students to read, think, and write eloquently about challenging questions from a Godly perspective. She finds that the TOG approach fits perfectly with her aspiration to encourage the essential balance between critical and gracious thinking.
What Teri really loves to do is teach. She has found opportunities to do so for the past seven years through Tapestry co-ops, private schools, and tutoring (tutoring all of WriteAtHome's Tapestry students for several years). Teri earned a B.S. in Computer Science and worked as a computer system engineer, corporate trainer, and project manager before becoming a mother. Teri is a computer geek at heart, and now that her children are grown, she is excited to have the opportunity to bring Tapestry to life online for students around the corner and around the world! We know you will find that her unique blend of enthusiasm for teaching and tech-savvy approach makes her a lively and engaging discussion leader. She and her husband have graduated four great kids, and live outside Saginaw, Michigan.
Melanie Smith hails from the great northern plains of North Dakots. Her husband retired from the Navy a couple of years ago and is now working in the oil business, which is booming in North Dakota... hence the family's recent relocation. Melanie has four children, two of which are TOG graduates living on their own and two still at home in school. Melanie has been teaching Tapestry in virtual and local co-ops since 2005 and joined the LLC teaching staff in the fall of 2011. She has taught rhetoric and dialectic classes in both History and Literature throughout all four year plans of Tapestry. She also owns and manages TOGLooseThreads, an "unofficial" Tapestry Yahoo Group which ministers to over 2,000 families worldwide. Melanie feels passionate about Tapestry and feels blessed to be a part of what God is doing through the Lampstand Learning Center.
Lisa lives with her husband, their teenage son, a pair of Belgian draft horses, some laying hens, and a dwindling flock of elderly Finnsheep on a farm in Maine. She and her husband have home educated their children since 1999, with two daughters already graduated. After earning a B.S. in natural science, Lisa worked for a number of years as a nuclear medicine technologist, and as a draftsman for an engineering and land surveying firm. Since then, she has taught numerous enrichment courses in a local home school co-op, including logic, science, and writing. She was delighted to discover Tapestry of Grace over four years ago and has been blessed to teach history and writing for Lampstand Learning Center for the past few years. When she's not teaching, Lisa enjoys gardening, knitting, reading, and playing winter sports with her son.