Dekalb Christian Home Educators

 

Board Members


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Nicole is a wife, home education advocate, mother of four children, and former STEM/ robotics coach. 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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Coretta Ponder is a 23-year veteran homeschool teacher, and mother of 5 children ranging from college to first grade. She enjoys teaching children of all ages with a hands-on, creative approach to learning. Her primary focus is engaging young learners while encouraging them to engage with the subject matter. Within her homeschool community she coached First Lego League (FLL) Robotics teams, Science Olympiad teams, served as a First Robotics Team mentor, and headed Literature and Doll Crafting clubs, being at times affectionately known as the Doll Lady. She graduated from Georgia State University with a BS in Journalism and a Minor in Marketing, in addition to homeschooling and being a mother, Coretta's interests include politics, real estate, investing, and entrepreneurship. Additionally, she also remains active in her church as the lead middle-school teacher, a Marriage Enrichment Ministry Leader, and has been involved in evangelism and outreach. Married for 24 years to the love of her life Akintunde Ponder, a Logistics Manager for a Federal contractor, the two share a passion for God, family and all things Star Trek. 

 


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Grazont√© believes that reading is a vehicle to understanding yourself and the world around you, and grammar gives you a first-class seat on that journey. As a Home Educator, she exhibits this philosophy to her students while her vision and patience allow her to fulfill the roles of teacher, mentor, and motivator with compassion. She wears many hats and has several years of professional experience in leadership, management, training, and administration from satisfying careers as a Certified Internal Auditor, Human Resources Professional Consultant, and Entrepreneur. She is a proud alumna of Howard University (Business Administration), and currently co-operates family business By Faith Consulting & Services as an Editor. She is a long-time, active member of New Life Church (Decatur) and her other favorite interests include traveling (especially world schooling!), volunteering, and watching Jeopardy! on any given day with her family. Class scripture: "Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge." - Proverbs 18:15

 


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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.

 


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Dr. Lana Teko is a Freelance Violist and Teacher in the metropolitan Atlanta area.  She is in demand for adjudication, clinics and master classes in Metro Atlanta, at Valdosta State University and for the Alabama chapter of the American String Teachers Association.  An avid Chamber Musician and Enthusiast, Lana coaches chamber music in June for At First Sight Chamber Music Workshop and performs with Sage String Quartet.  Upon completion of her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at Florida State University, she taught orchestra in the Cobb County School System for four years, completed a Masters of Music in Viola Performance at Georgia State University and a Doctors of Musical Arts in Viola Performance at the University of Alabama.  Dr. Lana has maintained a private teaching studio and performed in regional symphony orchestras since 1998.