Brianne Baine is a California girl by heart but has been living in Georgia since moving from CA as a teenager. She is married to Michael Baine, and they have five children, three of whom attend classes here at Compass Community. Her family is very active in their church: serving in the children’s ministry and the special needs ministry.
She obtained her 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. She taught for many years in the public school system before she began homeschooling her children and teaching at Compass. This will be her 6th year as a Compass Community teacher, and she has enjoyed every year! She loves to make learning fun by creating an environment that gets her students excited and reaching their full potential before they even realize they are working hard. She is excited about the classes she is teaching this year and looks forward to another great year at Compass.
2018-2019 Classes (MAP): Literature grades 8-9, 10-11, Chemistry
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2018-2019 Classes: Music for Little Mozarts, Analytical Grammar Jr., Musical Theatre, and Community Helpers
Contact NeeCee at delkpiano (at) gmail.com
Nanette is a local and prolific artist whose work is colorful and intense. She continually pushes her boundaries, creates works that are dynamic and alive, and strives to overturn fresh perspectives. She has recently delivered her art into God's hands, which has opened up her art to new and interesting expressions with all manner of mediums. Her work may be found on Facebook, Instagram and her website, http://www.nanetteheckler.com. She has collectors all over the country and in England and Canada.
Nanette is a formal trial attorney. She has been a lobbyist to the US Congress, a lawyer for the Nevada Legislature and has won moot court competitions. She earned her law degree from Washington and Lee University and her BA in political science from the University of Nevada-Reno. She has edited a novel, has worked as a news reporter, and has been an editor of a Sunday newspaper supplement.
Nanette has been a homeschooling mom and a teacher to homeschoolers
for 15 years. She has been teaching at Compass since its inception.
She has taught bible studies in churches and courses in community
Nanette has been homeschooling her children for 14 years. Contact Nanette at nanuart (at) aol.com
2018-2019 classes: Abstract Art/Realistic Art, Debate, How to Write a Research Paper/Creative Writing
Blake Ivey is the worship pastor at Oconee Heights. His passion is to lead the people of God in passionate and authentic worship. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University in 2013. Outside of music, Blake is passionate about discipleship and the study of scripture.
Blake met his wife Maddi in Rome, GA where she attended Berry College. They welcomed their first son, Ezekiel in August of 2017. They also have two dogs, Hope and Chewbacca. They love the Atlanta Falcons, Hawks, Texas Rangers and they’re learning to cheer for the Bulldogs (it’s a process). Additionally, Blake enjoy video games, movies, and music (obviously)!
2018-2019 Classes: Guitar
Contact Blake at blakeivey1(at) gmail.com
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.
2018-2019 Classes: Computer Microsoft Office Skills and Intro to Baking
Contact Renee at reneejackson2 (at) gmail.com
My name is Carolyn Kaes. I am a native Athenian with a BS degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor 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 attended Liberty University and have enjoyed teaching children in a variety of settings including music and piano lessons, Compass classes, and horse back riding camps.
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.
2018-2019 classes: American Sign Language: elementary, middle, and high school levels
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 enjoys bringing
Hispanic culture into the classroom, from making the best guacamole to
celebrating birthdays with cascarones (confetti eggs) to making piñatas.
Rebekah taught high school Spanish for six years before teaching at
Compass. She lives in Athens with her husband Alex, two year-old
Kendrick, orange tail-less cat Murray, and will be welcoming baby Darcy
to the family in May 2018. She attends Redeemer Presbyterian Church with
her family and enjoys cooking, hiking, and watching Star Trek.
2018-2019 Classes: (MAP) Spanish all levels
2018-2019 Classes Wednesdays: Painting and Crafting Stories
Contact Rebekah at rebekah.c.nunez (at) gmail.com
Maryanne Romano is a homeschooling mother of four and has dedicated her life to Christ and to her family. Homeschooling was always their family's intention. The privilege to teach her children has renewed her love for learning, and she tries to inspire her students to experience the same love for learning in their own lives. She enjoys creating a rich learning environment full of opportunities for hands-on activities, and she encourages active class discussions. It is her desire to infuse life and joy into what might otherwise be considered dull and dry academics.
2018-2019 classes: Weird Science, Apologia General Science, Apologia Physical Science
Contact Maryanne at 4maryanneromano (at) gmail.com
2018-2019 Classes: Arts & Crafts, Ukulele
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 10, 7, and 4, and has been homeschooling for 4 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.
2018-2019 classes: FUNdamental Math grades 2-4 and 4-6, and Science Deconstructed
Contact Rhonda at owlbiology (at) gmail.com
Erin Steele is a homeschooling mama of three kids and wife to Brian. They live in Winterville with two crazy dogs and nine crazier chickens. A native Georgian from Lilburn, Erin graduated from the University of Georgia in 2008 with a B.A. in Spanish. She taught Spanish at Tucker High School for two years post college. After the birth of her first son, Caleb, Erin began working for Parkview High School Young Life, a high school ministry aimed at reaching students with the love of Jesus. She also trained to become a birth doula, and continues that work, as she is passionate about supporting families through the journey of pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
The Steeles have a passion for travel and have visited many countries in South America, Africa, and the Middle East, including a three-month stint at mission's school in Mozambique in 2015. It was after this trip that the Steele family relocated to Athens in the summer of 2016, and they've been enjoying the amazing community and all it has to offer ever since.
2018-2019 Classes: Beginner Spanish and Dangerous Class for Kids
Contact Erin at ejeffre1 @ gmail.com
Tiena Thacker is a homeschooling mom to four amazing children, a wife, and the Children and Youth Director at her church. Her passions in life include loving and serving the Lord, her awesome family and working with children and teens. She has been working with children for almost 30 years as a teacher, day care worker and owner, and in children, youth and family ministries. She has 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.
She considers homeschooling her children one of the best decisions she ever made! She believes it is such blessing to have the privilege of being with her children every day, to be the one that leads and guides not only their education but their character as well. In her “spare” time, she enjoys being creative, baking, singing in her praise band, and being outdoors.
Her kids have attended Compass for the last five years, and Tiena began teaching at Compass last year. She looks forward to working with your children as they create, learn, think, problem-solve, discuss, explore, laugh and just have fun!
2018-2019 Classes: Lego Building Challenge, Games! Games! Games!, Creative Craft Making, and Children Around the World.
Contact Tiena at mtthacker (at) bellsouth.net