I am a California girl by heart but have been living in Georgia since moving from CA as a teenager. I am married to Michael Baine and have five children that attend classes here at Compass Community. We live at and take care of Camp Hooray in Jefferson--a camp for children and young adults with developmental disabilities and special needs. My family is very active in our church: serving in the children’s ministry and the special needs ministry. As for my education: I obtained my BSEd degree in Exercise & Sport Science as well as Health Promotion from the University of Georgia before going on to get certified as a school teacher. I taught for many years in the public school system before I began homeschooling my children and teaching at Compass. This will be my 5th year as a Compass Community teacher and I have enjoyed every year! I love to make learning fun by creating an environment that gets my students excited and reaching their full potential before they even realize they are working hard. I am also a professional photographer and own Brianne Marie Photography. I am excited about the classes I am teaching this year and look forward to another great year at Compass.
2017-2018 Classes (MAP): Science grades 2-4 & 5-6, Literature grades 6-7, 8-10
NeeCee Delk, a Summa cum Laude graduate of the University of Georgia, spent the first 15 years of her career as a public school educator, with the majority of those years as a reading/language arts specialist in K-5 classrooms. As a second career professional musician, Mrs Delk has over 15 years of experience in the fields of music and music education. Along with teaching, she spends much of her time working with local theatre companies and schools as music director for musical productions. Mrs. Delk is an accomplished pianist, performing often for weddings, parties, etc. and in pit orchestras. She has also performed in several piano concerts in the Athens area. Mrs. Delk is currently Organist at Bethlehem First UMC. She lives in Athens with her husband, Steve Hulsey and their homeschooled daughter, Abbey. For more information about Mrs. Delk's music or educational services, please contact her at [email protected]
2017-2018 Classes: Delk's Piano, Music for Little Mozarts, Analytical Grammar, Analytical Grammar Jr., Musical Theatre
Contact NeeCee at delkpiano (at) gmail.com
2017-2018 Classes: Martial Arts I & II
Contact Matt at matteo3746 (at) gmail.com
Nanette has been teaching art to homeschooling groups, adults, and individuals for 12 years. Her work may be seen on her website at http://nanetteheckler.com. Nanette concentrates in figures, flora and fun abstracts. Her primary medium is pastel, but she is well versed in drawing and watercolor techniques. Nanette's commissioned portraits may be found in Nevada, California, Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina and Georgia. She has had many one-man shows in South Carolina and California.
Nanette Heckler is also a formal trial
attorney with extensive speaking experience. She has been a lobbyist to the US Congress, is a lawyer who has
worked for a US Senator and a state legislature, and has taught political
science courses for a college in NV and a college in SC. Nanette has won awards in moot court competitions, competed on a
traveling moot court team in law school, and has taught many classes
including bible studies, Precept bible studies, college paralegal
courses, college political science classes and speech courses for
homeschoolers. In college, she earned a minor in journalism and worked as a news reporter and editor of a Sunday supplement.
Nanette has been homeschooling her children for 14 years. Contact Nanette at nanuart (at) aol.com
2017-2018 classes: Survey of Fine Art Mediums, Pastels and Acrylics, Study Skills and Test Prep, Journalism, Public Speaking
Renée earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from the University of Georgia and her Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UGA, she met her husband Doug, who is now a chemistry professor at UGA. She spent six years at Prince Avenue Christian School in Athens, teaching high school chemistry as well as middle school earth science and physical science. She also taught keyboarding and Microsoft Office skills. For the past two years, Renee has spent most of her time at home with her two-year-old daughter, Hannah, but she has also worked part-time as a chemistry tutor. In her spare time, Renee enjoys traveling, baking and running.
2017-2018 Classes: Chemistry and Computer Microsoft Office Skills
Contact Renee at reneejackson2 (at) gmail.com
My name is Carolyn Kaes. I am a native Athenian homeschool
graduate currently finishing up my BS degree at Liberty University where I am majoring in Early Childhood Education and minoring in International
Growing up, I attended Master’s Academy, a fine arts
school for homeschoolers, where I took piano and violin lessons and participated in the drama company, show choir, and various musical theatre
productions. I have 10 years of piano training and currently play piano in the worship team at Living Hope Church.
Post high school, I have taught a variety of classes and camps for homeschoolers including horseback riding lessons and horse-themed unit studies.
Carly King began studying music at the age of 4 when she began taking violin lessons from a private instructor in Roswell, Georgia. At the age of 6, she began formal piano lessons and continued classical training for 10 years. At the age of 16, she began teaching herself guitar and has continued developing skills on the instrument since.
Carly recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a double music degree in Music Therapy and Violin Performance. During her time at UGA, she was involved with multiple small ensembles, including quartets, quintets, sextets, and octets with other undergraduates, graduate students, and doctoral students, and was also involved with the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Her music therapy degree required several field clinicals as well as volunteer work which included individual and group sessions with geriatric residents in assisted living and hospitals, individuals with behavioral disorders, and children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disorders. These clinicals encouraged growth in musical leadership, personal and group interaction, as well as learning to use music as a means of reaching non-musical goals in a fun but structured environment.
Currently, Carly is enjoying teaching private lessons through Stuever Studios in Monroe, Georgia, which includes violin, piano, guitar, banjo, voice, and drums with students aged 6-20 years old. She greatly encourages learning to read music as well as playing by ear, and encourages listening to all forms of music, from classical, rock, pop, Broadway musicals, or whatever the student is interested in.
She is currently a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in downtown Athens where she helps lead worship in violin, vocals, and piano. In her free time, Carly loves to spend time with her crazy dog, enjoys reading and writing, and is currently teaching herself how to waterpaint.
2017-2018 Classes: Guitar for Beginners, Intermediate Guitar
Sherri Michelle learned to sign in her freshman year of high school. She made a deaf friend who taught her sign language.
She has earned a BA in American Sign Language and Interpreting for the Deaf from Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. She has worked as a freelance interpreter for the deaf as well as an educational interpreter in public schools in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.
Sherri Michelle is married to David Mills, pastor of Beech Haven Baptist Church. She is the mother of four children.
2017-2018 classes: American Sign Language: elementary, middle, and high school levels
Rebekah Nunez grew up
in Lawrenceville, GA, where she was homeschooled all the way through high
school. She attended Georgia College & State University, where she earned
her B.A. in Spanish and Master of Arts in Teaching. Rebekah has spent time in
Spain & Mexico, where she developed her love of Spanish language and
culture. She taught high school Spanish for six years. Rebekah lives in Athens
with her husband Alex, baby Kendrick, and two cats, Javier and Murray. She
enjoys cooking, hiking, and watching Star Trek with her husband.
2017-2018 Classes: (MAP) Spanish all levels
2017-2018 Classes Wednesdays: Elementary Spanish, Conversational Spanish, Painting and Crafting Stories
Contact Rebekah at rebekah.c.nunez (at) gmail.com
My name is Maryanne Romano. I am a homeschooling mother of three and have dedicated my life to Christ and to my family. Homeschooling was always our intention, and in those early years it just felt like the natural path for us. Now I am completely confident that we are where we need to be.
The privilege to teach my children has renewed my love for learning, and I try to inspire my students to experience the same love for learning in their own lives. I enjoy creating a rich learning environment full of opportunities for hands on activities and I encourage active class discussions. It is my desire to infuse life and joy into what might otherwise be considered dull and dry academics.
I am happy to be part of Compass, and it has been a wonderful opportunity to watch this community flourish as just that, a community. It has been a blessing in our lives, as I am sure that it will be in yours.
2017-2018 classes: Weird Science, Apologia General Science, Apologia Biology
Contact Maryanne at 4maryanneromano (at) gmail.com
2017-2018 Classes: Arts & Crafts
Contact Laura Rupers at (remove spaces and use "@" and ".") rupers family at gmail dot com
After growing up in central Kentucky, Rhonda earned a BS in Wildlife Biology from Murray State University and an MS in Raptor Biology from Boise State University. She has taught science in a variety of settings including 3 years as an outdoor education instructor for elementary and middle school aged students and 3 years teaching college-level biology labs. She volunteers for church ministry in several positions with youth and children including camp counselor, nursery volunteer, preschool teacher and VBS leader. She and her family moved from Rhode Island to Athens in 2015. She has 3 children, ages 9, 6, and 3, and has been homeschooling for 3 years. She loves homeschooling and learning something new every day. She spends her precious free time reading C.S. Lewis, knitting legwarmers, watching Star Wars, and birding. She loves hiking, owls, mountains, cooking, and her family.
2016-2017 classes: WILD Science grades 1-3 and 4-6
2017-2018 classes: Science at Your Fingertips grades 1-3 and 3-6, FUNdamental Math grades 2-4 and 4-6
Contact Rhonda at owlbiology (at) gmail.com
My name is Tiena Thacker and I am a homeschooling mom to four amazing children, a wife, and the Children and Youth Director at our church. My passions in life include loving and serving the Lord, my awesome family and working with children and teens. I have been working with children for almost 30 years as a teacher, day care worker and owner, and in children, youth and family ministries. I have a B.A. in Elementary Education from Central Washington University and worked as a Head Start teacher in Colorado before moving to Georgia 20 years ago. After starting my own home day care so I could be home with our first child, I could not stand the idea of sending him off to school so we decided to homeschool. It was one of the best decisions I ever made! It is such blessing to have the privilege of being with my children every day, to be the one that leads and guides not only their education but their character as well. In my “spare” time I enjoy being creative, baking, singing in our praise band and being outdoors.
My kids have attended Compass for the last four years, but this will be my first year teaching at Compass. I am so excited! I look forward to working with your children as they create, learn, think, problem-solve, discuss, explore, laugh and just have fun!
2017-2018 Classes: Lego Building Challenge and Games! Games! Games!
Contact Tiena at mtthacker (at) bellsouth.net