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.
Brooke Meredith Beloso
Hi, I’m Brooke Beloso. In addition to being a home school co-mama to three children for the past decade, I have many years of experience teaching at both the high school and university levels. After getting my B.A. in Literature, I taught A.P. English, Brit. Lit., and Advanced Spanish at the high school level. After getting my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, I taught college as a professor of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies for over a decade. A perpetual student, I’m now completing an MA in Counseling. I strongly hold that questions are more important than answers and that knowing how to think is more important than knowing what to think. I’m excited to continue asking questions and figuring out how to think with LOL Co-op!
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.
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."
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 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.
Jeff Meister – Director – Mad Science of Greater Tampa Bay
We have been offering hands-on inquiry-based science programs for 18 years. Our programs include after school programs, special events, hands-on science booths, in-class workshops, science parties, birthday parties, corporate events, summer camps, preschool programs, and more…All of our programs aim to spark the imagination and curiosity of children by providing them with hands-on, and entertaining activities that instill a clear understanding of what science is really about and how it affects the world around them. Our STEM curriculum correlates with both National and Florida Sunshine State Standards for science. Through our fun, interactive and inquiry–based approach to science our mission is to instill a love of learning in children that will last a lifetime.
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.
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.
Rey Quiles
Rey Quiles has studied several styles of martial arts for 10 years and has been a student of Japanese sword styles. He is a certified USA archery instructor. He has been an active player with mock combat through Heroic Health Group. Rey speaks English and Spanish.
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.
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!
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!