Instructors

Adelaide Sharkey
My names Addy, I’ve been doing makeup for about 3 years and I have a makeup instagram account.
Alexandra Small
Leslie University:Bachelor of science, Education Cambridge College: Master of Education
Andie Fisher
Andie has a bachelors degree in Marine Biology and Conservation, with a minor in Psychology from Bowling Green State University in northern Ohio. She has recently moved to Saint Petersburg to pursue a master’s degree in conservation biology from the University of South Florida Saint Petersburg, where she will be researching sea turtle behavior and management strategies. Through this program she teaches Biology labs at the university as a teaching assistant and has teaching experience as an undergrad. She also is a Biologist at a non-profit which conducts the sea turtle nesting patrols for the mid Pinellas County beaches. She loves to share her passion for marine science and STEM education, and engage the younger generation in these fields.  
Andre Jones
Andre Jones was born December 3, 1979 in Clearwater, Florida. He was raised in a musical family at The Christ Church of Universal Love, where his Grandfather, Bishop James E. Byrd, is Pastor. He is the youngest of four: one brother and two sisters. 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 been employed by the City of Largo for the past 20 years. As a Recreation Leader, he daily touches the lives of the youth. His summer camp is a joy to the pre-teen and teenagers. His City of Largo After School program offers after-school educational, inspirational and relational motivation to all who attend. Andre has been the Coordinator of the former Largo Teen Idol, an American Idol styled talent competition for the past six years. There are The Voice and American Idol contestants and others that have launched music careers as a result of the Largo Teen Idol and Andre’s encouragement and support. 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. His gift has allowed him to be a part of many events and perform with various world renown Gospel Artists. To him, ministry is a very important part of his life. He is a humble servant, ready to fulfill his purpose in life.
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.
Anya Kassoff
I’m a published cookbook author.
April Lane
April studied at FSU and USF earning degrees in philosophy, literature and education. She taught in the public school system for ten years before deciding to homeschool her own daughter. She is responsible for launching the newspaper production programs at various high schools which included every aspect of the process from conception to distribution. She also taught language arts, drama, and creative writing while sponsoring and coaching a number of extracurricular activities including dance team, cheerleading, guitar club, literary magazine, and student government.
Arp Laszlo
Arp Laszlo lives in Dunedin 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.
Barbara Mapes
Owner Instructor Since 1975 Currently teaching in City of St Pete recreation center.
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.  Snails are my spirit animal.
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."
Gilbert Nutting
I am an experienced Pokémon player with 5 years of playing experience. I feel I can teach how the game is played and how to trade the cards. My ability to communicate with other Pokémon players gives the confidence that I could teach others.
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.
Jeannette Hayden
Mom and professional student :-). Taught undergrad Descriptive Statistics, Social Psychology and Intro to Psychology as a Ph.D. student at Temple University. I absolutely LOVE Statistics and it is the only real life math in my opinion ;-).
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.
Karen Pankaew
Karen has a masters in biology focused on marine sciences. Currently, she is working on the beaches of Pinellas County to conserve sea turtles. Her research on sea turtle hatchling physiology has been published and featured on the National Geographic website. She has volunteered for many conservation organizations including Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation, Marine Animal Rescue Society, and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Her passions lay both in marine conservation and education. She has taught summer science camps, elementary school, adult biology labs, and tutored all ages over the past 25 years. Her academic background includes cognitive science and psychology. She believes every individual is a unique learner and prefers hands-on active instruction.
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!
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.
Melissa (Kobie) Pierce
I have been journaling for over 30 years, have now taught two journaling classes at LOL and teach at USF Tampa. I'm a homeschooling mom of a 13 year old.
Michael Lee
Mike Lee is the owner/personal trainer of Fat Daddy Personal Training LLC. Mike is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Ace Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Fat Daddy Daddy Personal Training conducts fitness boot camps at Flora Wylie Park in downtown St Pete and individual personal training sessions. The focus of Fat Daddy Personal Training is whole family fitness, as such some boot camps have play groups where the children can play while the parents are working out and children often join in bootcamps along with their parents.
Michelle Hartman
I'm a homeschooling mom of three, former ICU nurse, hiker, passionate home cook, music lover, mosaic maker, aficionado of good sci-fi, fantasy and post apocalyptic literature, nature loving tree hugger and supporter of curiosity.
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.
Mosi Laszlo
Hi i'm Mosi, and i'm just a guy who's spent years of his life collecting information on things i'm interested in, like comedy, maths, science, space, philosophy, and many more, and now i'm gonna teach what i've learned to others.
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.
Rosalyn Scally
Rosalyn "Rosy" Scally is an artist and illustrator who specializes in drawing using various mediums including pencil, charcoal, ink and pastels. She also paints with watercolors and acrylics, and enjoys combining her artistic and creative writing talents to create comic books. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida. For the past 7 years, Rosy has taught art to local youth in Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg through Family Resources Youth Enrichment Program (formerly Youth Arts Corps). Classes she has taught at LOL Families include Drawing Mythological Creatures, 'Tooning, and Portraiture. She believes the arts are indispensable as an outlet for creative expression, as well as a way to develop mental flexibility and critical thinking skills that help kids excel in other areas of study.
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.
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.
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.
Zeke Pierce
Zeke is a 13 year old with experience as a summer camp counselor, has leadership training and has been making balloon art since age 6.
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!