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Morgan Allen and her husband Matt Allen have three crazy but fun-loving boys. They moved from Lansing, MI in 2019, and have found a family here at ELCC. She has 18 years of computer experience and holds five certificates in Microsoft Office and a certificate in Administrative Office. This is her first year of teaching and is excited to teach typing and computer basics. She is our yearbook coordinator and will capture all the wonderful memories that will go on throughout the year. God has called them to be here at ELCC and she is blessed to give of her talents to others. This will be an exciting year and she is looking forward to meeting everyone! M.Allen@excellenceinlearning.org

Diana Andews studied art at the Columbus College of Art and Design and has taught in Private schools as well as at several homeschooling co-ops and artist studios since 2005. Her work is regularly displayed throughout Licking and Franklin Counties. She is a mother to 4 adult sons. Diana has taught at ELCC since 2012 and offers instruction in a wide variety of mediums. Diana shares "I can’t recall a time in my life when I didn’t want to create. Escaping the business of the day and expressing the variety and creativity of God’s handiwork is such an awesome privlege and a joy to me. I hope to express a story in my paintings that might bring back a moment in your life you cherish." D.Andrews@excellenceinlearning.org

Ellen Chancey is a 1987 graduate of Bob Jones University, majoring in composite science education. Married for 33 years and a mother of five, she lived and taught science in Newark for 30 years. She now lives in northern Texas, but is still teaching math and science through livestreaming. Ellen loves doing labs and watching her students enjoy science. E.Chancey@excellenceinlearning.org Ellen is teaching Exploring Creation with General Science, Biology, Chemistry, ACT/SAT Prep Course, and an Apologetics Science course.

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Charissa Fee is a chief communications officer, event planner and organizer for both The Columbus Marathon and her busy, homeschooling family. She has a degree in Organizational Communications and Public Relations and more than 16 years of experience in corporate communications, leadership development and event planning. “Now, more than ever, we need to raise up Godly leaders that can confidently speak truth in our world with the boldness of Peter and John in Acts 4:13-20,” says Charissa. She is excited to teach the next generation to be “Courageous Communicators” by building confidence and experience in public speaking and critical thinking.

Amy Fraunfelter and her husband Jeff and have three children, Hunter (high school), Gabriela (middle) and Trapper (elementary). They have homeschooled from the beginning and believe this has been a great a blessing to their lives. Amy previously worked for a finance company and currently works for Fox Law in Zanesville. Jeff has been with the Muskingum County Juvenile Detention Center for the last 11 years. This coming school year will be their 5th year with ELCC and Amy's 4th year as the Kindergarten teacher. Amy also serves as our Event Coordinator. She says "I try to fill spots where I am needed and called, so don't be surprised when you see me pushing a broom." a.fraunfelter@excellenceinlearning.org

Casey Green is a homeschooling mom of five, so she understands the challenges homeschooling parents face at every level. She is also a Senior Member of Civil Air Patrol, Licking County Composite Squadron. She functions as the Aerospace Education Officer for her local squadron, located at Everett Park in Newark. Casey is passionate about enriching children’s education and providing tools to educators and homeschooling parents to spark an interest in children’s minds regarding science. Casey also owns her own photography business, Pixelated Photography, located in Newark, Ohio. casey@excellenceinlearning.org

Leigha Hickman is a homeschool mother of three elementary aged kids who she has been teaching from the beginning of her oldest's education in 2018. Prior to moving back to Licking County in 2021, she was a Camp Financial Director, Homestead Director, and Homeschool Program Coordinator for a Christian camp in West Virginia. She has her degree in Business from Ohio Dominican University and had a career in finance for several years before deciding to stay home full-time with her children, and work part-time in student ministry. She is currently a part of her church's student leadership team. Even though she is usually involved with children through service projects, work, and ministry, she loves serving and building relationships with the whole family!

Shannon Hughes is a homeschooling mom of four. This will be her family's third year homeschooling and second year as members of ELCC. Before diving into being a full-time, stay-at-home mom she worked as a brokerage back-office administrator for Chase for 10 years. She graduated from The Ohio State University majoring in psychology and minoring in the environment and natural resources. She also has an associate's degree in criminal justice from the Community College of the Air Force. She served six years as a Security Forces member for the Ohio Air National Guard. She has a variety of interests and loves to explore and learn about all of God's creation and especially enjoys a good debate.

Chrisy Huy is homeschooling mom of Aiden. She is married to Dave and her older son, Alex, graduated a few years ago from Tri Valley. Christy enjoys bringing some sunshine to co-op each week and getting to know all the kids, her goats and 4H club, and is an avid quilter. Christy has homeschooled for 9 years and enjoys using BJU curriculum. She has served as the security coordinator at co-op for the past 6 years and is looking forward to another great year at co-op where will be serving as one of our Directors and teaching the Mini Math games class.

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Tina Jones and her husband Mark Jones are raising their preschool son in Newark, Ohio and they are thrilled to join ELCC this year. Tina has been working as a professional interpreter for 18 years, working in various parts of Ohio and is now a Community Services Specialist working for a non-profit organization supporting the Deaf, Hard or Hearing, and Deaf Blind Community. She has experience teaching ASL in Elementary, High School, and Adult Education. God has truly blessed her in opening this opportunity for Tina to teach again, and meet new students. Tina will be teaching our ASL 2 class and helping develop our ASL program. t.jones@excellenceinlearning.org

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Shandi Lanning is a wife of 9 years and mother of 3 children, Ava, Ryder, and Bo. This is their first-year homeschooling. It has been wonderful. She holds her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from OSU. She is currently completing her practicum to become a tutor for students with Dyslexia and struggling readers. She will complete her practicum in Spring of 2022. Her hobbies include anything that allows her to be creative because that is how God created her to be (Genesis 5:1-2, Psalms139:14), specifically metal hand stamping, photography, making things with essential oils, wood burning. She also LOVES volleyball and helping her husband, Nathen, in their family own electrical business, Lanning Electric, LLC. Shandi is thrilled to join the Excellence in Learning Community Co-Op in Spring 2022 with Reading/Writing class based on Orton-Gillingham Approach.

Mindy Larson is a homeschooling mother of seven, wife for 15 years, and a high energy wrangler of kids. She enjoys good company, good conversation and good coffee. Mindy holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Health and Exercise Sciences and has taught/coached in the gymnastics field for 10 years. Mindy has dedicated herself to her family with home health, home cooking and of course home schooling. While her background is in exercise and gymnastics she identifies her true gifts as her energy with people, especially young kids. She has a great deal of experience with preschooling programs and says "I truly enjoy sharing my God given gifts with other families as I feel blessed to have them share their gifts with our family. " m.larson@excellenceinlearning.org

Kayce Long is a homeschooling mama who has attended ELCC since 2021 and 20 year veteran dance instructor at Millennium Academy of Irish Dance.

Breana Lucas is a mother of two homeschooled teens who works as an independent insurance broker. Breana is teaching ASL 1 and "Real Life" a course that helps teens and young adults navigate relationships, learn financial responsibilty, explore mental and physical health, and learn skills to help them in their everyday life during high school and beyond. This is her third year teaching at ELCC. Breana loves using an engaging teaching style to get to know her students and make lessons dynamic and relatable. She looks forward to another great year of connecting with students and families! b.lucas@excellenceinlearning.org

Marie Nichols shares, "The Lord allowed me to attend Christian schools from elementary grades through college. It was at the schools where I learned to play different instruments and eventually learned to teach music. My main performing instruments are piano and trumpet, but I do teach most all of the band and orchestra instruments. I graduated from Bob Jones University in 1986 with a Bachelors degree in Music Education and then graduated from Bob Jones University in 1990 with a Masters in Music Education. This is my 13th year of teaching at Licking County Christian Academy and I am excited about expanding my teaching to your co-op." Marie has taught music at ELCC for the past 3 years as well as Choir, Orchestra, Strings, and private lessons. m.nichols@excellenceinlearning.org

Maxine Remias is a mother of two and a homeschooling grandmother of 3. She attended West Liberty University for secondary education Math and General Scienc. Maxine has taught in public, parochial and homeschool settings, serving students from all backgrounds from special needs to advanced students. M.Remias@excellenceinlearning.org

Jan Rohrbaugh is a wife and mother, homeschool mom who has been teaching Sunday School since I was 16. I have a Bachelor of Christian Education and am only 1 class shy of a Deaf Studies Certificate. I currently serve on the ministry team at Truth Tabernacle teaching and ministering to a variety of age groups from toddler to adult classes.I am also a part of our church's praise and worship team and work with the organization and secretary-type work for our church. I love all kinds of crafts from painting to wreath making to repurposing furniture. j.rohrbaugh@excellenceinlearning.org

Keri Sanders is a homeschooling mom of four who has been part of the ELCC family since 2012. Keri holds a BA in Liberal Arts and French and has used a wide variety of skills through the years from technical writing at a software company to empowering individuals with developmental disabilities. She also trained as a Wilderness First Responder, worked as youth adventure trip leader, and loves the outdoors! She and her husband Adam were dedicated to raising their own children which naturally led into homeschooling from the very start. Keri has been active in sports throughout her life including playing Div III college basketball. Keri helped organize the PE program at co-op and has served as a teacher, Facilities Coordinator, Security Coordinator, Secretary and a Doyenne on the board, and helped launch ELCC sports serving as assistant girls’ volleyball coach and head girls’ basketball coach. Moving to fun music and helping students gain confidence continues to be a delight as Keri starts her 6th year as dance teacher. Keri@excellenceinlearning.org

Amanda and her husband Drason reside in Zanesville and homeschooled their three sons through graduation, and are now homeschooling their niece. Amanda served as the Director of ELCC from 2011 - 2021 and has led numerous trainings and been involved in advocacy efforts to help homeschooling families across Ohio. Amanda holds a degree in Health and Human Services and worked as a Chemical Dependency Counselor and Case Manager before becoming a full-time homeschool mom. Over the years she has taught a variety of classes including science, history, Spanish, sewing, and language arts and the ELCC library has been one of her favorite projects. She is currently teaching Science Experiments, Language Arts, and Conversational Spanish. A.Sillin@excellenceinlearning.org

Marshal Sillin is a homeschool graduate and attended ELCC for 10 years. He has been teaching at co-op since 2015 and has taught a variety of classes. Marshal is passionate about encouraging students to realize their full potential in Christ through creativity and self motivated study. Marshal owns and operates Marshal's Outdoors LLC (landscaping and tree care), holds an Associates of Arts, and is continuing his education through Franklin University in their Business Marketing and Entrepreneurship program with a minor in Communications. Marshal teaches PE and Theater and coaches Middle School Basketball. M.Sillin@excellenceinlearning.org

Lisa VanTilburg has been a member of ELCC for three years and a homeschooling mom for 10 years. She has been a teacher in co-ops for most of those years. She has taught science, gym and cooking in past years, but her real love is history. She tries to bring history alive to her students and to help them love it as much as she does. Lisa comes from a long line of teachers. Her great-grandmother taught in a one room schoolhouse, her grandmother was a well-loved 3rd grade teacher in the Hilliard School District and her mother is a professor at a college in Arizona. She is mom to 5 children, 3 are teenagers here at ELCC, 2 grandchildren and many, many, furred, feathered, and scaled kids. In her spare time, Lisa loves to bake and many of her creations are enjoyed in her history classes. treasurer@excellenceinlearning.org

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