Instructors

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.
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
Gina Giargente is a mom of 4 with a BA in Sociology and a Masters Degree in Education.  She is a certified teacher who has taught PreK, K, first grade, Title 1 math/reading K-8, and media/library.  She is now a homeschooling advisor who loves to help other families find their sparkle and flow in education.  Gina has taught several fun coop classes including hoopdance, puppetry and writing.
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.
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.
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.
Melissa Hanna
I have been teaching online for 4 years and focus on including each student at their own level. My goal with online learning is to encourage my students to be engaged, and I find that the best learning is done with laughter. I have a history degree from the University of Texas and have been a homeschool mom for over 7 years. I welcome your questions by email or phone. Thanks so much!!
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.
Ryan Hartman
Digital marketer and entrepreneur with lots of experience in PPC Demand Generation, "Teaching To Sell," and marketing funnel automation. At time of this submission he's co-founder of Thanks.io and VP of Training & Engagement at Inside Real Estate... and also a (more than) part time crypto trader.
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.
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!
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.