"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 24, 23, and 9. Her first round of homeschooling began 19 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 thirteen years ago and she has been teaching and leading Tapestry virtual co-ops for twelve 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 27 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 14th year with the program. Jana founded a local TOG co-op twelve 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 6 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 20, 18, and 15). 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 fourteen years and using Tapestry of Grace for the past nine 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.
Juli Dalton holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, with a minor in English, from Texas A&M University. She also holds a Secondary Teacher's Certificate in the same two fields. During the 2005-2006 school year, Juli was fortunate to be able to spend a year apprenticing with Andrew Kern in The Lost Tools of Writing. For 20 years, Juli homeschooled her four children: one graduated from Texas A&M in 2009, one just returned from Afghanistan this past fall, and one is currently enrolled at Texas A&M. In addition, she taught Rhetoric history and Rhetoric literature in a Tapestry of Grace co-op for eight years, from 2003-2011. From 2004-2006, Juli also taught History and Language Arts part-time at Covenant Academy, a Classical Christian school, and in 2006-2007, taught writing and grammar there, while helping to develop Covenant's Language Arts program. Juli spent the last seven years teaching PREP classes and other writing classes. In addition to her teaching, Juli also enjoys genealogy, traveling, reading, gardening, and computer gaming. She is excited to be teaching with Lampstand Learning Center this year.
Aubry Myers grew up in Maryland, where she was homeschooled from Kindergarten through high school under the classical model of education. After graduating from Belhaven University with a B.A. in English, she returned to Maryland and began teaching history, literature, and government at a classical tutorial for homeschoolers. She feels called to teach and is delighted to be able to do so in the homeschooling community. Helping her students come into their own as young adults as they learn to think critically and develop their own opinions and arguments has been a joy. Aubry is currently pursuing an M.A. in English at the Bread Loaf School of English, a summer master’s program with Middlebury College designed for English teachers. As a firm believer in classical education, she could not be more excited to be teaching at Lampstand Learning Center.
Sheri and her husband decided to homeschool before their first child was born, twenty-two years ago. She and her husband, a 33-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.
What Teri really loves to do is teach. She has found opportunities to do so for the past eleven 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.