Instructors

Abbyja V Henry
All my life, I have been honored to be surrounded with family and friends like family from many colorful cultures; when aromas, colors, textures, and flavors filled their homes, it made me curious and wanting to connect and learn about about each them personally and culturally. I believe it is absolutely possible to experience culture, history, and connection through cooking. I have catered events, vended, cooked for ethnic restaurants; I have taught my children, friends, and husband. I also enjoy gardening and raising free range backyard chickens because there isn’t a dish more gratifying when you have grown and sourced the ingredients as close to home as possible.
Alex Archipov
I'm Alex Archipov and I've been a student at LOL for 9 years now. I'm a local teen artist and filmmaker and a definite origami folding enthusiast. For one of my latest short films called "Cranes" I folded over 350 origami cranes! My work has been featured at The Museum of Fine Arts Saint Petersburg, The Dali Museum, Tampa Museum of Arts and Artpool Gallery. I've also received scholarships for the past 2 years to study at Savannah College of Art and Designs summer seminar. For the past 4 years I've been volunteering at The Morean Arts center and I absolutely love teaching art because I feel it's an amazing way to help students find their own voice and express themselves.
Alexandra Small
Leslie University:Bachelor of science, Education Cambridge College: Master of Education
Andre Jones
Andre Jones was born on December 3, 1979 in Clearwater, Florida. He was raised in a musical family and the youngest of four: one brother and two sisters and a proud father of three beautiful girls. Andre attended Pinellas County Schools and was active in athletics throughout. At East Lake High School, Andre was a great talent on the Football team until he graduated in 1998. Andre has 20 years experience working for childcare and now the Founder of The Vision Center, an after school program for youth ages 9-17yrs. As a Recreation Counselor, Coach and Mentor he daily touches the lives of the youth and young adults. The Vision Center is driven towards impacting the lives of youth and young adults through mentoring, education, recreation and spiritual development. Additionally, Andre is involved in the community. He is active in a number of volunteer capacities and is always willing to lend a helping hand wherever needed. He is a DJ as well! DJ Dre rocks the crowd and motivates his audience to have a good time. Andre Jones is a Gospel Recording Artist, Composer and Musician. He, willingly, shares his gifts with others and serves as a keyboardist for a number of choirs/groups.
Angel Lee
Angel Lee graduated from Eckerd College with a degree in Classical humanities- a degree made up of Archaeology, literature and history of the classical period. She than moved on and began teaching. She's taught grades preschool to twelfth grade. She taught high school for 8 years including journalism, yearbook, creative writing, humanities and English. Angel currently works for FLVS part time and also does photography part time. If she had free time she'd probably try to finish her novel!
Angelica Egozcue
Angelica has always had a love and passion for rhythm, making music and the well being of children. She believes that the joy and wonder that comes from experiencing a quality music program in early childhood is one of the most everlasting gifts a parent can give and share with their child. She is a graduate of music education and performance from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and has been a licensed Kindermusik educator since 2011. She has enjoyed teaching children to play drums, guitar and keyboard since 2005.
Arp Laszlo
Arp lives in St. Pete with his lovely wife Trisha & 4 always unschooled kids. He's an improv enthusiast who believes in sharing the joy of improv with as many people as possible. In his spare time he builds & markets online businesses, makes comics & illustrations, obsessively watches animated films, and complains about the state of the US Soccer team.
Aubery Laszlo
Self taught in maths and the arts. Professionally taught in improv. I teach because a lot of these things have really helped me, and I'd like to help other people have the same experience if they're interested.
Brandielle Gibson
I love books, read them way too quickly, and have to eat the food I read about in them almost compulsively.  I know the correct way to hold a baby koala, have reprimanded baby sea turtles, and have had to shove a dingo away from cuddling me to try to get a picture.  I have 2 quirky children that I seem to spend most of my time feeding. 
Chase Hawkinson
I've been playing Magic the Gathering for 5 years and I've gone to multiple tournaments.
Dan McKeag
I have been an archery instructor for the last 28 years having learned the class while in college and then through Florida certification classes. I have a bachelor of arts degree in Physical Education and Health. and was and Athletic Director for 10 years and worked in schools for close to 20 years. My second career move was to work for the City of Seminole in the recreation field where I also worked for close to 20 years. I have always enjoyed working with young people and hope to continue as I teach Archery for Kidz
Doug Hatch
Doug is a Martial arts instructor with over 20 years of experience and several black belts in a number of martial arts. He has a wide variety of experience working with all ages and levels of fitness. He has served as the head instructor for years at a local martial arts school teaching adults(group & private lessons) and also run the children's programs. Doug has worked with local schools on their physical education programs. Having children of his own Doug understands the importance of well balanced,focused,self disciplined and well adjusted children. "One of my greatest joys is helping others reach their goals and make a positive difference in their lives."
Gina Giargente
I am a certified teacher, licensed in NY and FL and have been teaching hoop dance for 9 years. Hooping is for the mind, body and spirit and I love to share my passion for it.
Hadrian Alegarbes
I love to play in wilderness. I even met my fiancee, Cassie, while running a week long wilderness trip in the Everglades! We now have a 3 year old that we took to rain forests in Costa Rica and rice terraces in the Philippines. I help Cassie run an organizing business and an art cooperative that creates murals and 3d art like opera sets. Although my academic training is in International Relations and Development and my work background is in the financial industry, I believe playing at things you love leads you to great outcomes. I've spent a decade running outings programs that took thousands of children and adults into beautiful places like long leaf pine forests and cypress swamps. There I would tell stories alongside direct physical encounters. I've worked in land management in Hillsborough county and taught kids from kindergarten through high school in rural areas of the Philippines.
Heather Smith-Levin
Heather has been off and on teaching various classes from art to sports for over 20 years now. She has been making art for longer than this. While raising three girls she has brought them up taking painting and art classes as often as possible plus has set up a studio at home where the kids can continue at any time.
Jaclyn Young
I am a mom to 2 unschooled kids (have been since birth). I also teach English online through VIPKid. I have many years of experience with kids and am excited to share these escape rooms with the kids of LOL!
Jae Trese
Jae Trese is a licensed physical therapist assistant, fifth degree black belt and Sensei in Okinawan Karate, as well as registered Dungeon Master. Jae has more than 15 years experience in various martial arts, forms of combat, and physical training. Jae loves to spend time outdoors and playing games with his family. Jae Trese is partnering with Heroic Health Group and Matt Fahy to offer classes to youth and adults in the Tampa Bay region.
Jennie Tunell
I am self taught photographer, who loves to use natural light. I love creating studio like photos with natural light. My website is www.jenniethunell.com
Jessica Anderson
Jessica Anderson started dancing & acting in elementary school and eventually studied at the PCCA program at Gibbs High School. She has continued her training since then locally, and has taking many classes over the years at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and other miscellaneous conventions/workshops throughout the state and country. She is also a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor. In 2014 she opened Vibe Dance Center in Largo, offering classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, acrobatic, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, and hip hop to all ages and abilities. Jessica has been a part of the homeschool community here in Pinellas County for almost 17 years and a part of the LOL community (formally SPCH) for about 13 years.
Katherine Alicea
I am an aunt of one of the many fabulous children that attend LOL. I began cheerleading at the age of 5 and was involved in cheer and gymnastics throughout my childhood until I graduated high school. Although that time has passed, my passion and enthusiasm for the sport has not diminished. It has been a desire of mine for some time to share my passion for cheer with the next generation.
Kelley Pitcher
I found a love for all things dirt, mud, and clay at a very young age, and have enjoyed being dirty ever since! I went to The Maine College of Art for a short time focusing on ceramics. After that I apprenticed for Wiltjer Pottery in Maine. I have worked with clay off and on for over 15 yrs., holding small workshops for children at a small private school, and selling my own pottery. I love sharing my passion! Playing with clay seems to put a smile on everyone's face!
Laura Ness
Laura is a mother of 2 and has been home educating for 6 years. Prior to homeschooling, she worked in public schools here in Pinellas County, and her educational background is in the social sciences.
Matthew Fahy
I began my pursuit understanding the human condition as an Anthropologist. After spending a number of years exploring and working on archeological sites, I returned to school and received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Webster University. I strive to bring a distinctive blend of understanding psychology from a historical perspective which allows for some very insightful and creative approaches in my approach to education. My goal is to help others reach there goals and have fun! I am also passionate about youth development in Pinellas County. I am currently the president of Vargar Company, an organization dedicated to the education and betterment of all people through full-contact padded weapon combat simulation and games. I also serve as the vice-president of the Pinellas County 4-H Association, providing support for all 4-H clubs in Pinellas County.
Maya and Bianca
Maya and Bianca have been playing Roblox for 5 years so they are pro
Meka Taulbee
Meka has worked with kids of all ages since she was 15. She has a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Child Psychology and Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Counseling and mentoring in Dance. She is also a Holistic Health Practitioner specializing in family wellness. She is a Personal Trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise. She is a Certified Sports Nutrition Consultant and Advanced Holistic Nutritionist. She dedicates herself to promoting health and fitness for sailors, sailing enthusiasts, youth and anyone with a desire to lead a healthier lifestyle. She has a certification in Plant based nutrition from Cornell University as well. Her education also includes specialty certificates in: Plant Based Nutrition, Holistic Fitness, Yoga and Mind Body Healing, and Lower Body Strength and Stabilization. She has been a guest speaker for the US Sailing Leadership Forum, the trainer for the USF Sailing Team as well and the US National Optimist Team.
Meli Piechocki-Gossy
Hey sweet tribe. I’m excited to give back to this beautiful community again this semester. Being a full time RV traveling Mama for nearly 7 years, with all of the side of the highway breakdowns, black tank floods, roof leaks, poor navigation getting us wedged in spots, solo parenting 3 boys, and Costco trips thrown in there (haa!) prompted my (rather desperate) want to find ways to quiet the noise filled mind and ground down into my center. The journey has been life changing and soul affirming. The opportunity to share some of this with our young ones, planting seeds that they can nourish throughout their own journeys, is an honor.
Mike LeGath
I have been teaching woodcarving for over 6 years, mostly to groups of home school kids. I teach adults and small private groups at peoples' homes as well.
Nevada Schwandt
My name is Nevada and I have been a part of the LOL family for almost 2 years. I am a big Harry Potter (HP) fan and have taught a Hogwarts themed class at another co-op that was super enjoyable for both me and my students! Prior to that, I found out how much I enjoyed creating and teaching HP themed lessons and activities through a local HP club. I have a passion for teaching and look forward to bringing Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to LOL!
Owen Paul
Hi, I’m Owen. My Mom tells me that I started speaking in full conversational sentences immediately after getting the “mama” and “dada” thing down, and I haven’t stopped since. I’ve always loved to be engaged in conversation, especially when different sides of a topic can be discussed. I was born a debater! I am also a circus arts athlete finding adrenaline rushes through dynamic partner acrobatic skills and fire dancing. And I like to tap into my creative side through blacksmithing.
Raelin Anderson
Raelin Anderson has been dancing since before the age of two and has won several awards, scholarships, and titles. She has been a competitive dancer since the age of 3 and has traveled the country for competitions. She has trained in styles such as: ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, acrobatics, hip hop, kick-line, belly dance, poi spinning, and more. She is also a current member of the SafFire Djinnies, a fire dance troupe under the direction of our very own Karen Sun Ray Coletti. In addition to dance, she studies vocal, acting, and plays the ukulele and guitar. She has been demonstrating/assisting in dance classes for years and loves to share her passion for dance with students. She is currently in the teacher training program at Vibe Dance Center in Largo. Raelin has been homeschooled from the beginning and has been a part of the LOL community for almost her entire life. Raelin will be assisting with Acrobatics and will be teaching the Intro to Hip Hop class.
Ruby Hartman
Ruby has been a member of the LOL community since she was 4, and homeschooled her whole life. She has always been a small child whisperer, and loves every minute she spends with them. She is a crafting busybody with a creative streak a mile long, and is excited to combine her talents in this class.
Rylan Paul
Hello! My name is Rylan and have been unschooled all of my life. We just settled down in St Pete after living full time on the road for over 7 years. It was such an incredible adventure. I was introduced to YuGiOh from a friend while on the road, and I have loved it ever since. I've been playing for over 7 years, enjoy official tournaments on the weekends, and I'm really excited to share this awesome game with others.
Sara Norine
Sara Norine is a professional artist and teacher with over 20 years experience. Her supportive studio environment allows each artist to find their own voice while encouraging them to use more advanced processes and techniques. Art is a form of personal expression and practice leads to articulate expression of each human’s own experience and personal style. As a homeschool parent, her commitment to each student is long term. With 5 years of teaching in the homeschool community and many more ahead, Sara is committed to bringing new techniques and inspiration each semester.
Sarah Gibbons
Sarah is a certified Reiki Master/Teacher and spiritual coach and has taught all ages the power of mindfulness and conscious connection for years. She began her professional integrative therapy career in the heart of Sedona, Arizona and evolved into a small business owner healing and teaching clients and students in holistic therapy, meditation, and conscious living. In addition to her Bachelors degree, she’s gained additional academic certifications from universities all around the world that have helped her mesh the scientific + logical aspects of living with the deeper energetic + conscious aspects to create a greater impact in sharing a deeper quality of life.
Sarah Palm
Sarah has a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She worked in cancer diagnosis for 3 years and was a Pre-Med student. She left the program when she realized the modern health system couldn't fix the problems caused by modern lifestyles, and instead dedicated her life to caring for the earth and the people. She has spent the last 7 years studying evolutionary medicine, volunteering as a health coach, growing and foraging her own food, and raising babies. A few years ago she started a Forest School meetup to get kids outdoors to explore the natural world. Sarah has foraged wild plants since age 7, and fondly remembers the adults that mentored her and encouraged her love of nature.
Shauna Beasley
Ms. Beasley provides an engaging curriculum and a nurturing environment for all students to grow and express their creativity. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics with concentrations in Computer Engineering, Literature Studies, and Geology from Auburn University and considers herself a lifelong learner. Ms. Beasley is a certified K-12 teacher with endorsements in Gifted and ELL. She is also Level 3 International Baccalaureate trained and has coached FIRST LEGO League robotics teams since 2006. Ms. Beasley considers teaching and mentoring students her life work and to that end she works passionately to help each individual student realize their full potential from a constructivist educational philosophy and a whole child development perspective.
Susan Embury
For Japanese: Susan Embury has traveled the world extensively, and spent a year living in Japan. While living there, she consistently took Japanese classes to improve her Japanese language skills. Susan has a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, and a MS in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from London School of Economics. She also speaks fluent Portuguese and conversational Spanish. For Sex Ed: Susan Embury is a certified Our Whole Lives (OWL) sex education instructor in grades K-12. She has a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, and a MS in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from London School of Economics. She's bold and fearless, extremely comfortable in her skin, nonjudgmental, and quite matter-of-fact when it comes to discussing matters of human sexuality.
Tara Playford
Hi! My name is Tara. I am a Florida certified 6-12 math teacher. I have experience teaching Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry in a classroom. I know own LOVE Learning Center in Pinellas Park. My life goal is to find ways to make learning fun and interactive!
Tommy Bell
Tommy Bell has been making art and music all of his life and teaching both since 1984. He has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Ringling School of Art & Design, where he majored in painting and taught their summer art camp to high school students. Tommy works full-time as a professional musician and a standup comedian throughout Florida and New York City. This is his fourth year teaching at LOL.
Trä Hitt
A late bloomer to unschooling (I started my own path at 45.. I call it de-schooling, others may call it early onset dementia-mania, but that is another story), I have nonetheless taken it as a personal mission to break down the constricting and dangerous narrative that traditionally schooled peeps take as the gospel truth, and in a way that doesn't squash one side to lift the other, opening a safe passage for self-education through reading, being, and collaborating with open minds. And maybe have a laugh or two on the way. All of this with a newly minted degree in psychology from 1989 that I am sure is still not as relevant today as it ever was for me. Oh, an I am a step-dad to a home/un/world-schooler too 🙂
William Sanchez
William Sanchez is the creator of Amigos & Me. Learn Spanish with Señor Sanchez in a family friendly environment. We will use Total Physical Response and immersive learning to help students and parents practice conversation and proper pronunciation. This curriculum is geared towards 3rd grade and higher a Younger Age curriculum is also offered.
Zoë Giargente
Hi! I'm Zoë Giargente. I'm 15 years old, and my passion is music. I play guitar, ukulele, drums, and sing. I have 3 younger siblings and 5 pets. I have taught singing classes for the last two semesters, and I can't wait for this one!