Dekalb Christian Home Educators

 

Board Members


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DCHE Director

Nicole is a Home Education Advocate, Homeschooling Mother of four children, Wife, Homeschool Mentor, and former STEM Coach of Robotics and Science Olympiad. She is focused on providing family support to achieve academic and developmental goals. She also serves her community as Georgia Ambassador and/or Volunteer Lobbyist for the Home Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).  

 







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Michelle Shaw received her B.A. in Economics from Harvard College in 1985 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1989. She practiced law in Massachusetts for six years before she chose to focus on homeschooling her five children.  Three of her children have graduated from college and the last two are currently attending college.  Michelle has taught teenagers in various capacities for over 20 years. She has taught at Eastside/LAC for eight years and serves as President Emeritus of Dekalb Christian Home Educators. She is married to Dr. Alan Shaw, a tenured Professor in Computer Science at Kennesaw State University and the pastor of Christ First Community Church in Snellville.

 


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Shanna is an enthusiastic educator with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Alabama. With two decades of homeschooling experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and a profound commitment to nurturing young minds. Shanna's passion for learning and her innate desire to assist others have guided her homeschooling journey. She has a steadfast mission: to offer children the opportunities they need to pursue their interests and aspirations. She has overseen the Gavel Club, which is Toastmasters for young learners. Through this platform, she has aided students in developing their communication and leadership skills. She has served as a coach for both Divisions B and C of the Science Olympiad. Her dedication has ignited students' passion for science and instilled in them a competitive spirit. As a fervent advocate for robotics, Shanna has coached and mentored teams participating in various FIRST Robotics competition levels, including Jr. FLL, FLL, FTC, and FRC. Her mentorship extends beyond building robots; it shapes young engineers and innovators. She firmly believes that education goes beyond the mere transfer of knowledge; it's about nurturing dreams and empowering children to become the best versions of themselves.

 


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Jessica Taylor has been teaching in various settings for 20 years. She received her B.A. in History from Hiram College, continued History and Education coursework at Case Western Reserve University, and has completed the Director's Training for the State of Georgia.   She works with ESL students during the summer and has completed the TESOL course through The Global Leadership Academy to teach English as a Second Language.  She currently offers tutoring & school break camps through her business, Thrive Preparatory Academy.  She loves all things that pertain to History, but thoroughly enjoys teaching all subjects! She and her husband have the awesome privilege of homeschooling their 3 children. She and her family are devoted followers of Christ at The Faith Church of Atlanta.