Instructors

Alex Taubin
Hi my name is Alex, I’m 12 years old. I have been skateboarding for a year and a half. I attend School of Skatin skate league every Saturday morning. I love working with kids of all ages and look forward to teaching the foundation of skating to have fun, learn a life long skill and make friends. Let’s skate!
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.
Brielle Hernandez
Brielle Hernández is an independent young artist from Largo Florida. She is experienced in many different mediums such as oils, watercolor, graphite, colored pencils, alcohol based markers, digital and fiber arts. Brielle has been part of the home school community since she began her education. She has participated in many different programs and competitions like "Fashion at the Dali" and "The Florida state fair" and has won several awards in the process. She has also been a teachers assistant at the Morean Arts Center for two years working with children and young teens. Life and its many intricate details come to life in the world of art.
Christian George Gall
Hello! My name is Christian. I have been going to LOL for over 10 years. I Love playing D&D I have been running games for almost 2 years now. I also assist with Minecraft Educational courses. I am a avid video game player. My favorite game genres are RPG, Strategy and sandbox.
Damon Chepren
Damon is the owner of Wild World Experiential Education and is fortunate to have been teaching outdoor education and traditional skills for more than 25 years in the Tampa Bay Area and has taught classes for 100's of homeschool families. Through the years he has managed educational programs for institutions such as Lowry Park Zoo, HCC: Institute of Florida Studies, MOSI, Great Explorations, Sunline Nature Cruises, and Pathfinder Outdoor Education. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time learning and teaching about nature, whether it be hiking in the backcountry, participating in wildlife research studies, or honing his bushcrafting skills.
Danielle Beloso
In addition to being a home-schooling parent of three kids for 10 years now, I have been working with children in some form or another for nearly 3 decades. I have my Masters in School Psychology and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with focus on children, adolescents, and families. In earning these degrees and in my professional life I've worked with young people in schools, intense milieu clinical settings, and everywhere in between! As a home-schooling parent I've taught many, many classes and was president of the board at our former co-op before moving to sunny Florida and joining the LOL community. I'm very excited to be a part of this community and have the opportunity to get to know everyone better by teaching some of our kids.
Devin Mills
Hello LOL family! After multiple cross-country moves, I'm excited to put down roots and invest in the homeschooling community that my children and I are loving so much. Though I'm a Coast Guard veteran and have degrees in both Marine Environmental Science and Business, my passions are engaging with the natural world (gardening, beekeeping, snorkeling, etc.) and cultivating human connection through play and teamwork. With six years as a camp counselor and practically lifelong participation in team athletics, I look forward to getting us outside playing, moving, and making memories!
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."
Erica Hoffman
I graduated from the University of Florida with a Master's degree in Special Education and Elementary Education with honors. Upon returning to my hometown in St. Petersburg, I worked as a Reading Intervention teacher using various reading programs at Maximo Elementary. I then spent 6 years in a self-contained unit in the ASD department at Bardmoor Elementary.
Gwendolyn Blair
My name is Gwen and I love everything science and writing! I have a bachelor's degree in Biology from Eckerd College and there's nothing I love more than teachings kids about everything STEM-related. I am herpetology (amphibian and reptile) nerd, so if you have any questions, I'm your girl! I taught at LOL last semester and I am so excited to be back!
Heather Mostardi
I have a deep interest in different cultures, indigenous ways of life and ART! My mother grew up in South Dakota and her family was close to the natives there. My grandmother was carried around in a papoose as a baby! My father was stationed in Japan & Turkey and I was always fascinated with his stories, their ways of life and the art he brought home with him. My interest started there, and then I met my husband who has traveled all over the globe and even lived in Mexico for many years. Together we have traveled cross country in the US where we camped and visited many ancient dwellings, petroglpyhs, mounds and museums full of artifacts. My husband and I have also traveled all over Mexico to visit so many pyramids, ruins and museums that I have lost count! We didn’t stop there and have lived and visited other countries in Central America as well. I’m doing my best to accurately represent these cultures and more so we can expand our knowledge and understanding of these cultures together!
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.
Ide James Messmore
Nothing motivates Ide more than understanding and communication, whether it be through the arts, spirituality, or the universal languages of science and mathematics. Ide's formal education took place at the University of South Florida, studying biology (with concentrations in botany and ecology) and chemistry (with a concentration in organic chemistry). Currently, Ide tutors middle school and high school students in math, science, and language arts, ranging from algebra and geometry to chemistry and PERT/ACT preparation.
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.
Julie Bellitt
Julie Bellitt is an active part of the LGBTQ+ community. She spends her time volunteering for Mama Dragons, a nonprofit that supports, educates, and empowers mothers of LGBTQ+ children. She attended Gender Spectrum's Professional Symposium and Educator Conference, Stand with Trans Conference, and virtual safe space training. She is thrilled to be holding a safe space to for students be and express themselves.
Kai Bellitt
Kai has been a student at LOL since 2020. Kai is a young LGBTQ+ activist. They have spoken at an LGBTQ+ fundraiser hosted by Ari Shapiro. They have also done an interview with a drag queen about what pride meant to them for an event at Little SMYALS. They have been active in Little SMYALS, Gender Spectrum, PFLAG, Stand with Trans, Metro, Queer Book Club and their school GSA. They have also attended the Gender Spectrum Family Conference and the Trans Empowerment Month classes. Kai loves to draw, play board games and do DnD. Kai has been discriminated against for just being themself, so they don't want that to happen to any other kid ever.
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!
Max Fahy
Max has been working and playing for many years with Heroic Health Group. She is ready to work with youth in the area that have interests in mock combat and D&D. She has been a member of Pinellas County 4-H Youth Development clubs for 13 years and is a graduating senior in the program.
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.
Melissa Hanna
Hey there friends! My name is Melissa Hanna. I am excited to be teaching within this great community again. We have been homeschooling for 8 years and I have two kids, Ben and Alexis. I have been teaching history in person to children for over 4 years and teaching online for 6. I LOVE to study and share history with others. I have a degree in history from the University of Texas but mostly found that my love of learning began after that structured time. I believe that children (people in general) learn best when smiling and happy. My teaching style is story-style and I encourage questions from students. Yes I want my students to learn in every class...but mostly I want them to leave class wanting to learn MORE!
Michael K. Lyman
Michael K. Lyman is a veteran of the armed forces with a degree in graphic design and provides online cartooning and drawing instruction to children ages twelve and up through home-school groups, regional art centers and private lessons. Students draw what they want to draw, focusing on areas where they want to improve, with no pressure to keep up, and students often learn from each other in a fun, non-judgmental atmosphere. Emphasis is placed on self-acceptance, stress reduction and nurturing the creative spirit.
Raina Randolph
Raina Randolph is a musician, private music teacher, and an audio and music producer. She teaches many instruments, as well as songwriting, performance and many other skills vital to a well rounded musical knowledge. She has been playing piano and singing since the age of five. She played music through college, writing songs and recording her debut album, singing and playing piano while leading her church choir, was nominated for a songwriting award, and has played in many bands and shows across the state. She now works with her students teaching them not just technique, but working with them to help the students form their own musical style.
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.
Sarena Shabetai
Hi, I'm Sarie and I love to bond with my students through gaming. I've been teaching since 2018 and can make any subject fun to learn! Shrink down and explore all the parts of a eukaryotic cell in Minecraft, or hone your creative writing skills authoring your own adventure with DND. The possibilities are endless, and I can't wait to see what my students' imaginations hold!
Shar Nunley
I'm a huge science nerd that's been teaching in the homeschool community for the last 7 years. My degrees are an Associate in Science Chemistry and Biology from Glenn Oaks Community College and a Bachelor of Science Chemical Engineering minor in Biochemistry from University of South Florida. I use hands on experiment based classes to teach. We look at concepts and their applications rather than get bogged down in terms and equations. My goal is to foster the love of science in my students and hopefully inspire a few to make it a career.
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 Sanford
I spent 5 years teaching in Miami before moving to St. Petersburg. During my time as a teacher, I found a passion for helping students who struggle in math find their potential. In St. Petersburg, I started tutoring one-on-one and with students who had fallen behind in their math classes. I opened up the first LOVE Learning Center in January 2019.
Timotey Gospodinov
Hello! My name is Timotey, but my students call me Coach Tim. I have been chess instructor since 2007. I have two teacher's degrees, first I got qualification for Elementary School teacher and then I received my bachelor of Arts in Teaching History. I love playing and teaching chess!Three of my students are National Champions and Florida State Champions. I am US Certified District Chess Coach-Level 2 and US Certified Local Tournament Director. I am President of Saint Petersburg Chess Club and Chess Club Joy. I am one of Directors of Florida Chess Association and Regional Vice President for West Florida. Right now I am full time chess Instructor with more than 20 students. I have been doing for the last two years group chess classes every Sunday. I teach online chess lessons as well. I love working with children from all ages!