THE CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION
FACULTY & STAFF
Mrs. Andrea Elledge has been married for 17 years and is a mother of three children. She has homeschooled since 2007 and is excited to be teaching at the Center for the 2020-2021 school year. Her oldest, Kay, is 16 and has been at the Center since 2018. Her son, Jake is 13 and homeschooled exclusively. The youngest, Hope, age 12, is a beautiful little girl with Down syndrome. She will be around campus from time to time. Andrea has extensive volunteer experience, including mission trips to Kentucky and Honduras. Her passions include homeschooling, crochet, genealogy, Down syndrome, and fighting childhood cancer. She is looking forward to sharing her passion for all things crochet!
Asia Wall is so excited to take on the role of Theatre Director at the Center for Home Education! She has a B.A. in English and Broadcast Communication, and a broad background in media, music and international missions. Asia began acting in plays when she was 12, and it quickly became one of her main pursuits through high school and into college. She has worked as an extra on major Hollywood productions (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Bad Lieutenant), as an assistant director on documentary films and participated in other various video projects. Asia has also taken part in several music recording projects with her husband Daniel over the past decade, including two solo albums under the moniker Many Sparrows as well as a collaborative project entitled One Voice with the Denton Worship Collective. She cannot wait to embark on this challenge of directing plays at the Center, and is thankful for the privilege of being part of such a special community!
Barry Teague is a homeschool father of two who holds his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (1992) and his Master of Business Administration (1995) from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. His two children are currently pursuing degrees at Texas A&M University. In his extensive Electrical Engineering career of 27 years he attained the rank of Director of Electrical Engineering over 80 employees in four different states. During that time, he was a design Engineer, team lead, and administrator for various companies in the Defense and Telecommunications Industries encompassing mobile phone and cellular base station design and production as well as infrared camera system design and production for the U.S. Department of Defense for distinguished companies such as Nortel Networks, Texas Instruments, and DRS.
As an administrator, Mr. Teague had the opportunity to create and teach curricula in the corporate environment on a variety of topics including How to Make Successful Presentations, Scientific Concepts of Infrared Camera Technology, Laser Safety, and Electrostatic Discharge Procedures. As a homeschool father, Mr. Teague had the opportunity to support his family as a tutor and part-time instructor, but also as a mentor and assistant coach for four years for a homeschool robotics team which competed in the Dallas BEST Robotics Competition winning First Place Overall for Non-Public Schools at State in 2016 and special recognition for Best Presentation Team Overall also in 2016.
Today, Mr. Teague and his wife, Katherine, have stretched their entrepreneurial wings and now run a small Accounting Services Firm specializing in small businesses (such as the Center for Home Education) and non-profit organizations. Additionally, Mr. Teague is excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the homeschool community by teaching Economics at the Center for Home Education.
Christina McCanlies earned her Masters Degree in Education from Texas Woman’s University with a Reading Recovery Certification. She has served as an educator over the past 15 years in both the public school and homeschool setting, as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Education Department at TWU. Eight years ago, her family began their homeschooling journey and attending classes at The Center and feel very blessed to be a part of something so wonderful. She has taught a variety of classes at The Center for Home Education over the past three years. She loves teaching and believes in incorporating her student’s passions and individuality in learning.
I was born and raised in Texas and have lived in Watauga since 2001. I am a single-parent with four kids ages 23, 19, and 14-year-old twin girls.
I worked in the medical field for 20 years. In 2011, while I was still working full-time, I also went to school full-time and earned a Bachelors Degree of Interdisciplinary Studies from UTA graduating with honors. I’m not sure how that happened except to say it was God. In 2016, God redirected my path toward teaching, placed me at the Center. I am thrilled to be starting my fourth year at the Center. My children have struggled with learning disabilities, social anxiety, and my oldest has Aspergers. So, I am familiar with how to relate and reach those students that have similar struggles. I love seeing each students progress and little victories throughout the year.
I enjoy spending time with my children, helping and encouraging others, and serving God!
Donna Jones is the Owner and Director of The Center for Home Education. Read more about her on our Meet the Director page!
Hello, my name is Ginger Flores and I look forward to teaching at the Center For Home Education. I studied child development at the University Of North Texas and Ashworth College. I have been teaching preschool for 27 years. I have 3 children of my own, ages 22,19,12, and one precious granddaughter. I have been homeschooling for 10 years between my 3 children.
I enjoy teaching and watching children learn new, exciting things. Watching them blossom into who God wants them to become. My family and I enjoy lots of beach time together, watching movies, and going on vacations.
Hannah Reyna earned her Bachelors in Education from Liberty University. She was blessed to be homeschooled from kindergarten to graduation, and now she enjoys helping her younger siblings learn to read through multisensory reading activities. She has also taught classical and jazz piano for six years. Hannah loves helping each student discover his or her God-given strengths and considers it a joy to help students use those gifts to learn about the world.
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. Heather Stauffer is excited to begin her second year teaching at the Center for Home Education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at CSU, Fullerton and has held a teaching certificate in both California and Texas. Mrs. Stauffer has been married to her high school sweetheart for the past twenty years and together they are raising two children. In her free time, Mrs. Stauffer enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.
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!”
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.
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.
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!
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.
I am very excited to be teaching at the Center for Homeschool Education for the 2018/2019 school year. I earned my B.S. in Early Childhood Education and taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade for 7 years with Amarillo ISD. I also received my Reading Recovery certification from T.W.U. After that time, my family moved to Fort Worth, and I stayed home with my three children. When my youngest went to kindergarten, I subbed for Keller ISD. For the past 4 years, I have been teaching at FBC Keller in the transitional kindergarten class. I truly enjoy creatively teaching children the foundations of core subjects. But more importantly, I am passionate about praying for my students, encouraging them to be the best person God has created them to be, and focusing on their God-given strengths while encouraging them in their weaknesses. When not teaching, my husband, Paul, and I try to keep up with our busy kids: Emerson, Luke, and Abigail.
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!
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!
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.