Aaron Soldo
Participant in The PCCA magnet program for the arts as a visual artist, I've followed a family tradition of artistic expression working as an artist, builder, and raw foods chef. Over the past several years I've been involved with sustainable building through Earthship Biotecture and would like to share my experience and enthusiasm for more sustainable ways of life.
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.
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!
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.
Bay Hurst
I'm 16 years old and I will be teaching the anime class along with Arp Lazlo. I have been part of LOL for 1 year now. I was a participant in last spring's anime class and helped Arp teach the class over the summer. I have a passion for all things anime and manga. I have been watching anime for more than half of my life and have watched more than 150 anime series. I believe Arp and I offer complimentary teaching styles to make this class fun for everyone.
Cathi Leverenz
I've kept journals for many years, and gradually realized that I would have little flashes of insights & epiphanies, which I would tend to forget if I didn't take time to write them down right away. These insights have helped me to solve problems, realize when and why my life was out of balance and when I was doing well. I would love to be able to pass my insights onto others and help them to do self exploration to discover their own innate wisdom
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.
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.
Hillary Miller – Heroic Health Group
Hillary Miller has 21 years of experience as an educator and her whole life as a nerd. Her first cosplay was Princess Leia when she was still a toddler and her first LARP was Vampire the Masquerade with the creators. She is a multi-hyphenate artist-actor-educator-sous chef-writer-and all around "Jane of all trades". Hillary likes to make learning fun and her students always come back for more.
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!
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.
Jodi Ann Baudean
I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. I was a troop leader with Camp Fire for over 10 years. Both of my children were home educated. My son is now 23 and my daughter is 15. We are child-led/unschooly people. I have taught many different class subjects over the last 30 years: paper crafts, creative movement, creative writing, fluid mechanics laboratory, history with American girl doll, jewelry making, knots, mathematics, novel writing, phonics, and water resources & English as a second language. I love learning and I love teaching. I would be honored to teach your child with kindness, patience and joy.
Jose Manuel Discua Fuentes
Jose has been working with Heroic Health Group providing online camps and activities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Jose is also an instructor of Wing Chun Kung Fu, teaching both kids and adults over 9 years. Over the past 3 years he has run Dungeons and Dragons, and GURPS games, running different genres of play from traditional fantasy to playing through popular movies such as Jurassic Park, and Friday the 13th. He is an amateur musician and knows how to play bass and guitar and likes producing original music.
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!
Makoa Taulbee
I have been juggling for a year with professional performers who have been teaching me the ins and outs of the Chinese yo yo/diablo. I have been teaching skim boarding and juggling for the past few years and i really enjoy teaching.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunny Ebsary
I am a singer-songwriter who has been writing and teaching the art of songwriting to children and adults for the past eight years. I believe in the transformative communicative power of music and the importance of listening and sharing. I was homeschooled throughout my entire K-12 education and attended LOL as a child. I attended St. Petersburg College and received an Associates of Arts degree with honors.
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!
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.