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Who We Are


When we have had to outsource outside our coop community, we have been able to choose leaders and/or teachers who hold college degrees and/or are local experts in their fields of interest.  We have offered courses taught by a trained LEGO coach, an international award winning Artist, a Mandarin teacher from China, a Drama teacher with a PhD, a Science Teacher voted Best Teacher of the Year in a local school, and a Stock Portfolio Manager.  Our field trips have included classes in various organizations: museums, universities, on ships, forensic labs, restaurants, traffic court, out in nature with field experts, etc. We choose teachers who are passionate about quality instruction for our homeschool students.

Carissa (Coordinator and facilitator)


Carissa discovered her passion for homeschooling when she created her son’s first homemade educational toys. Since then, she has created curriculum for her son’s homeschool preschools and has enjoyed educating her son at home. Carissa is regional representative for Gifted Homeschoolers Forum in South Carolina, as well as GHF’s Outreach Manager. She enjoys the organization of School of the Minds and her Facebook Page dedicated to Homeschooling Asynchronously with Imaginational Overexcitabilites. Carissa has an Art History Degree with museum, art management and auction house training. She is also a published author and blogger.

Christopher Thornburg  (Spanish Teacher)


Christopher teaches Spanish through language led playtime. He suggests 3 sessions per week for 1/2 hour via Skype.

Liang Ling (Mandarin Teacher)


A native of China, Ling graduated with a Computer and Application degree. She taught Computer Science at a public school for a year. She also worked for a British consultant company in their Training Department for five years. Her American-born son gave her a new passion: to teach Mandarin.  She has been teaching Mandarin to home-, after-, public and private school elementary children for the past 5 years. She creates a fun learning environment by teaching young children a new language through dialogue, songs, creative play, worksheets and games.


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