Dekalb Christian Home Educators

 

Instructors

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After realizing that she had been mistracked in middle school due to the predominant race and class of her elementary school, Dr. LaTasha Jones Adams vowed to be a voice in the fight towards ending educational inequity. She began teaching as a Teach for America Corps Member with the Atlanta Public Schools. Since then she has been a Middle School and Elementary School Principal, Curriculum Specialist, Curriculum Coordinator, Educational Research Associate, Assistant Professor among other distinctive roles. Dr. Adams is also a member of several advisory boards and professional organizations and all while founding a non-profit that focuses on educational equity and advocacy through literacy. In 2020, she was named a Georgia Teaching Fellow representing Clayton State University in the University System of Georgia’s year-long program. In 2022 she was awarded the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award by the Georgia Association of Teacher Education. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction/Urban Education from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte; a Master of Education in Teaching Excellence from Cambridge College; Bachelor of Arts in English and Religion from Spelman College. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her husband and daughter, Zoe.

 



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I am Keicha Barnum but to my students, I am Mrs. B. Ordinarily I would be referred to as the founder of BCR TechED, however, those who know me would probably say that the title of an architect would be more fitting. I have used my degree, certifications in technology and design, and experience in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur to design a more impactful framework for STEAM education that teaches students to learn by “doing”. For more than 10 years I have partnered with talented instructors, created innovative hands-on curricula, and brought the coolest technology to students who have never used a 3D printer, coded a drone, or even dreamed of creating a 3D animation. The result – is a blueprint for a uniquely geeky educational community equipped to inspire the next generation of STEAM professionals.


 


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Gayle E Bates is the owner and founder of "Piano Keys For Christ". Gayle was born in Detroit Michigan in 1956 where she began taking piano lessons at the age of six years old and playing by ear by the age of eight. Gayle comes from a musical family in which her mom has been singing for many years. She views playing the piano and performing for audiences everywhere as an extension of herself. Gayle attributes her parents for arranging and starting her on musical journey, as it has become such a powerful force for good in her life.  She remembers her dad saying, If I buy this piano, there is no stopping." She believed him so much in her ability that she began taking lessons, and has not looked back since.  Her gift relocated her to Atlanta, Georgia in 1983.  Gayle continues to perform in many places to include numerous churches, weddings, funerals and other special occasions.


 



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Soke ́ Dr. Campbell is a native of Louisiana where He was born, raised, and began His journey in the Martial Arts as a very young child like many. But due to the class cost was not able to continue at that time. But as soon as He got His very first job as a young Teen; He has been consistent without fail every day/week/month/year since then. Earning Degrees/Dan's of Black Belt rank, teaching and training Others, etc... He founded Kokoro-Bushi-Do (KBD) KEMPO KEMPO-Holistic, a Karate for Christ member school, in 1997; which has a 5 Star Rating on Google and Facebook. He transitioned to the Atlanta, Ga. area in 2002, where He established Kokoro-Bush-Do Kempo Karate as a 501c3 Community Organization officially filed and registered in the state of GA. since 2003. He has been blessed to receive many Heartfelt awards, acknowledgments, and accolades throughout the years. He is a truly genuine and sincere Humanitarian, down to the very Nature, Core, and Essence of His existence in life.

 




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Dr. Ondra Dismukes is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Morehouse College and Owner of OWrites, LLC. She is an Alumnus of the University System of Georgia. Dr. Dismukes is an experienced English Instructor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry instructing both Dual Enrollment and traditional College Students. Dr. Dismukes received her Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Georgia, her Masters in English from Auburn University, and her Doctorate of Philosophy in English Language and Literature/Letters from the University of Georgia

 


Camille Dorsey is a lifelong caretaker and educator. For as long as she can remember, she's been babysitting and caring for the children of family members, friends and neighbors.  Camille graduated with a B.S.E. in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University. Camille has served as a Pre-K and 1st Grade Teacher, Homeschool Educator, Math and English Tutor for K - 12th grades, School Room Parent, Children's Ministry Leader/Teacher and Girl Scout Troop Co-Leader. In addition to these roles, she was the owner-operator of Kids' Summit Parents' Day Out. She has been married to her husband for 20 years and loves spending time with her family and friends... especially outdoors! Camille aspires to see children learn and grow. Her belief is that young children learn best in child-centered environments where they can engage in educational hands-on activities. 

 


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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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Malaika Wells graduated from Florida A & M University with a Bachelor's degree in English. She loves thinking, listening, community building, singing, exploring nature, reading, writing, facilitating, and learning about God, His word, His world, His people, and herself. Malaika has been married to Andrew Wells since 1999 and they are the parents of four children they have intermittently homeschooled since 2012. Her family worships at Godly Love Christian Fellowship and enjoys visiting with other congregations as time and the Lord allow. Malaika has taught adults and children. In addition to being Andrew's wife and the joyful mother of their children, Malaika is a marriage mentor with Coupled in Christ Marriage Ministry. She is also the President of the Stonecrest Citizens Coalition and the co-director of Global Ubuntu, a consulting firm that helps individuals and groups, companies and grassroots organizations increase leadership capacity and community engagement through the use of asset-based community development and popular education principles, and facilitated dialogues. 


 



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Kristi Helfen holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Georgia State University and serves as the President-Elect of the Georgia Music Teachers Association. She has taught Applied Piano at Oxford College of Emory University, as well as private students of all ages in her studio. Kristi is also a member of Redeemer Piano Ensemble.

 


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Kyle J. Howard is a Christian theologian and trauma-informed soul care provider. He holds an Associate in Biblical and Theological Studies, a Bachelors in Christian Counseling, and a Masters with a concentration in Historical Theology. Kyle’s primary work has largely focused on the influence of the North African Church Fathers and Protestant Reformers on the theological formulations of the Black Church. Though Kyle’s counseling ministry is comprehensive, he has spent the past several years specializing in care and advocacy for survivors of spiritual abuse and racial trauma. Kyle has preached and lectured at conferences, churches, and seminaries around the country. Kyle has sought to integrate his knowledge of the Bible, church history, sociology, and theology with his work as a soul care provider/counselor in order to teach others a robust faith that is both meaningful and practical. Kyle is married to his high school sweetheart, Vy, and they have four children, whom they homeschool. In a former life, he was a professional battle rapper and spoken word artist. In his spare time, you will find him reading comic books, playing video games, or talking about Star Wars, DC Comics, and Marvel Comics to anyone willing to listen.

 


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Vy (pronounced “Vee”) is married to her high school sweetheart, Kyle J. Howard, and have four children, ranging from a teenager to a toddler. She graduated as Valedictorian of Tucker High School and attended Emory University before becoming a Stay-At-Home mom. She has been homeschooling for eleven years. She loves education and her goal in homeschooling is to help her children thrive in all the ways God created them to. Both she and her husband believe in the power of a robust education that engages both the heart and the mind. She also loves to read, cook, and garden.