THE CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION
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FACULTY & STAFF
FACULTY & STAFF
Mrs. Amy Moore has the privilege of being a second-generation homeschooler! She has thoughtfully planned out her two children’s education, not doing things exactly the way she was homeschooled, but also not entirely doing away with the tried and true homeschool methods. As a lifelong learner, she has discovered that one of her passions involves music. Allowing her children to focus on their unique passions and talents, they have attended Travis Ave. Fine Arts Academy and The Center for many years. Mrs. Moore studied international politics and history at the University of Minnesota, currently enjoys the freedom to incorporate travel into her homeschool, and has a very active family life. She is looking forward to sharing her joy of music and helping others pursue ways to express themselves creatively.
Donna Jones is the Owner and Director of The Center for Home Education. Read more about her on our Meet the Director page!
Heather Powell has been married for 13 years and has a 6 year old son in first grade here at the Center. Before she became a mom, she earned her Bachelor’s in Education at the University of North Texas and taught grades K-2 in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. Heather’s passion is working with children to ignite a love for learning that will help them as they grow into the people God created them to be. She loves using an integrated curriculum in the classroom full of music, hands-on activities, and interactive games.
Mrs. Jocelyn Skelly graduated college with a degree in Marine Biology and then attended law school at American University. After passing the bar she decided law practice wasn't for her and began teaching middle school science. She taught until her first child was born when she then began homeschooling. Jocelyn is now a homeschooling mother of 4. Her oldest graduated in 2021 and is attending Harding University. Her remaining three students attend various classes at the Center and especially enjoy participating in the Cottage Theater activities. Jocely has served as a volunteer for years at the Center and is looking forward to being a teacher! Your student will learn time management, teamwork, and leadership development under the supervision and coaching of Mrs. Skelly.
Joel received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree (vocal emphasis) from the University of Oklahoma, Master of Music Degree in vocal performance from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and has done additional studies in vocal pedagogy. He began his teaching career as a public school choir teacher in Wilburton, Oklahoma. At the same time, he also served various churches as an interim music director. Following a move to Houston, Texas in 1989 to pursue performance opportunities, Joel, along with his wife, Rene’, began teaching private lessons which quickly grew into a full time job that he has enjoyed ever since. Joel now has over 25 years of teaching experience in public schools, private schools, colleges, and churches. He has taught voice, piano, guitar, choir, music theory, and other subjects since he and his wife began homeschooling their 2 children. B.C. (Before Children), Joel also performed with the Fort Worth Opera, Regal Opera, and other local venues.
Joel began playing guitar while in high school, using it primarily as an accompaniment instrument for singing. He also did some elective coursework in guitar while in college. After sometime away from playing, he returned to the instrument in the mid-90’s when a guitar instructor was needed at FBCKeller Fine Arts Academy where he continues to teach private lessons in voice, piano, and guitar.
The Pyrons have been homeschooling since the 2001. It is their desire to equip children with excellence for God’s service while also helping others do the same.
Mr. Joshua Bucy is a mostly self-taught musician with skills in acoustic & electric guitars, drums, bass, vocals, and keys. He is the worship leader at his church The Uprising and is familar with what it takes to bring a group together, and what is required for a performance. He's had a passion for music his whole life and is excited to share the journey with other like-minded musicians!
Jessi Killion graduated from Texas Christian University in 2013 with a bachelors degree in early childhood education with a focus on special education.
She was born and raised in bedford Texas and currently lives in Fort Worth with her husband Scott and their 4 boys Gabriel (5), Cason (2), Landon (2), and Malachi (1).
She has been teaching at the center for home education since 2014 and enjoys doing science experiments with her students in the class “Science is FUN!”
Katharine graduated with a B.S. in education from West Texas A&M. She and her husband moved to Fort Worth in 2012. They have two teenage boys. In the eight years she was with the public school system, she taught Public Speaking, Leaders in Action, Science, and Math. Katharine has been blessed to have homeschooled her boys for the past twelve years. She has been fortunate to combine her love for teaching and for homeschooling by teaching in homeschool co-ops. For the past several years, she has taught classes in homeschool co-ops, including SAT Prep, World History, Public Speaking, Elementary Chemistry, and Leaders in Action. She loves watching kids learn! The success of each individual student is important to her.
Mrs. Lacy Bucy was homeschooled for her entire education, and went on to get a Bachelor's degree in humanities because of her love of art and writing. Her first course in a class setting was Biology in 9th grade, and she has always had an interest in it due to her love of God's creation. She grew up in several theatre groups and has been involved in many plays, as an actor, stage manager, and director. She is a singer in her church's worship band, their graphic designer, as well as one of their youth leaders.
Lara Fuller has spent a lifetime speaking Spanish. Through multiple short term summer mission trips to Puerto Rico with her mother, Lara learned Spanish and gained unique experiences and a deeper understanding of the culture. She studied in Spain during the summer of her junior year in college. She has made many trips to Mexico for vacations, as well as mission trips. She spent time in Guatemala with Wycliffe Bible Translators to see how they operated.
In addition to her various trips, she spent 13 years teaching Intensive Spanish at Temple College during summers and has taught at North Lake College and UTA. Lara holds a B.A. in Spanish and Classical Languages from Austin College and an M.A. in Linguistics from UTA. She has been on staff as an elementary Spanish teacher at North Park Christian Academy since 2002. Lara is looking forward to teaching at the Center and has two daughters that are also enrolled to take various classes!
Lesli Rasor has been married for 26 years has two daughters. She has been homeschooling for 17 years. Her older daughter graduated high school in 2016 and continued her education at Tarleton (Nursing School). She graduated with a BSN in 2020 and is now a NICU nurse. Her other daughter will graduate high school in 2022. Lesli has been teaching at homeschool coops for as long as she has been homeschooling. Some of her favorite things are traveling, being with her family, and cooking/baking. Lesli is looking forward to teaching at the Center this year and investing in the student's education.
Lindsey Nance, a Center for Home Education alumna, earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Writing from Texas Wesleyan University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
As someone who was homeschooled from Kindergarten through 12th-grade, Lindsey values individualism and encourages students to showcase their unique voices when writing.
Lindsey is excited to be back at The Center on such a wonderful journey.
Mrs. Monya Ratliff has been married for 19 years and is the mother of 3 children that she has homeschooled since 2008. She has a BA in psychology and her teaching certification from UTA. She taught for Fort Worth ISD for 9 years before staying home with her children. She has been blessed to teach in homeschool coops for 12 years. Some of her favorite classes to teach are K-2, Art, and Reading and Language Arts. She loves to see children learn and be successful!
Pearl Rose is looking forward to teaching her first year at the Center for Home Education! In 1996, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University and has a B.A. in Elementary Education. She taught 2nd grade for five years in Mesa, AZ prior to getting married. She then decided to stay home and homeschool her own children which she now has successfully accomplished for 16 years. Her eldest daughter just graduated from high school where she completed all grades K-12th in home education. She currently teaches her other six children and enjoys the challenge! She also enjoys running, thrifting, and reading. Her passion is to point others to Christ and to love and encourage them in their faith walk. She is humbled to have this special opportunity to teach at the Center and to work with these amazing students!
RaShae Smith is excited to be teaching at the Center for Home Education for the first time this year! For the last 6 years, she has been teaching Spanish through her home daycare to preschoolers. RaShae Smith has a degree in education from Lubbock Christian University. She is currently certified to teach EC-6, art, and Spanish. She learned Spanish in school and loves sharing her passion for languages with others. RaShae is a mother of 3 beautiful children. Autumn, her oldest, has been attending the Center for Home Education and participates in the Cottage Theatre. She is thrilled to be teaching in a Christian environment where science and truth can be presented hand-in-hand. When she's not teaching or homeschooling, RaShae enjoys camping, family walks in her neighborhood, playing Scrabble in Spanish, reading, visiting parks with her kids, and watching her babies grow to know and love God.
Renee Fleming has 36 years of experience interpreting for the deaf, and she has been teaching Special Education for the past 32 years. Some of her favorite adventures include three mission trips to Honduras, teaching children’s Bible classes and being a part of the medical brigade supporting missionaries. While she is retiring from the Mansfield ISD classroom, she is not retiring from teaching. We are excited about the valuable contributions she will make to students in the homeschooling community.
Ruth Koinm has been married for 23 years and has two children. She has been homeschooling for the past 11 years. Drake (16) is a Junior and has been attending the center since 2014. Katrina (14) is a freshman and started taking classes in 2015. Before Ruth began homeschooling, she served six years as the director’s assistant for the Mission Training Center of Houston’s First Baptist Church. Missions have always been a priority and a passion for her and her husband. Last year they worked and supported the Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief group. She believes we all have God-given talents and it is our responsibility to find out what they are and how to use them to serve the Lord.
I have been a nurse for 25 years, and have recently come home from full-time nursing. Now I am looking forward to using that knowledge and pass it along in a homeschool setting. I also have a love for arts and crafts that I want to explore more! My favorite things to do are spending time with my family, traveling, running, and experiencing new things!
Mrs. Tanya Stuart has been a homeschool mom of 4 for 15 years. She graduated from college with a Communications/Theatre degree. The Stuart family moved to Texas from California last July and started attending the Center right away. While in California, all of the children were heavily involved in a homeschool music program. During her time in the music program, she taught recorder class for 4 years. Her students ranged from 2nd graders to high schoolers.
The family was also part of Classical Conversations, and she taught IEW for 3 years. Not only did she teach IEW at a Classical Conversations campus, but it has also been a curriculum that she has used for her children since her oldest was in 4th grade. One of the things she is passionate about is acting. She has worked professionally, on and off, as an actress for over 20 years. She enjoys improv and teaching it as well. She is looking forward to teaching at the Center.
Terri Keller is blessed to be married to Rob for 25 years and have four children – two boys and two girls. Originally from Iowa and Nebraska, they moved to Texas in 1995. Terri has a degree in elementary education from UNT but has learned through homeschooling the last 16 years that the middle school and high school students are her passion. Terri has been teaching math and science in co-ops for the last 10 years. In her free time, her family loves to travel and do mission work with World Light Missions.
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