Meet Our Instructors
AIM Academy Instructors
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Amy Bright has had a decade-long teaching career in a variety of subjects and places. Her teaching subjects range from literature and composition to jewelry making and dance to art and theatre. She has taught private school in Hawaii, public school in Jacksonville, FL, and is currently working at a homeschool co-op in Upstate SC. In addition to high school, she has taught adult education, served as an adjunct in Upstate colleges, and works as a teaching artist in the Warehouse Theatre’s education department. Her passion is using arts integration as a tool for understanding, critical thinking, and creativity. In between running her four year old to tumbling and dance, she works with metal and takes clogging, modern dance, and classical Indian dance.
Amy Wallace is a homeschool mom of three with a brilliant homeschool graduate in her third year at Anderson University and still happily teaching a poetic high school senior and a fantastic eighth grader. Amy earned a Bachelor of Science in counseling and guidance from the University of Louisville (Go CARDS!) and regularly applied her degree to writing Dark Chocolate Suspense—high-action suspense that delves deep into heart issues—for Random House/ Multnomah and Harvest House Publishers. Her counseling degree also comes in handy when homeschooling, speaking, teaching English and novel writing, and leading writing workshops and online classes for writing professionals. Amy is also a commissioned Stephen’s Minister.
Her novels include the Place of Refuge series: Hiding in Plain Sight, Nowhere to Run, the Defenders of Hope Series: Ransomed Dreams, Healing Promises, and Enduring Justice, and she is a contributing author of A Novel Idea: Best Advice on Writing Inspirational Fiction, God Answers Moms’ Prayers, and Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Diabetes.
In her spare time, Amy loves hiking, basketball, running, reading, and healthy eating. Her greatest passion is to glorify God by enjoying Him to the fullest and showing by example what it means to dream big and live a life that touches hearts and leads people into a deep relationship with Christ.
Beverly holds a B.S. in Special Education, a M.S. in Elementary Education, and a Reading Certificate from Millersville University. She has taught in public/private schools for 6 years, has 10 years of experience teaching middle school English at a weekly homeschool co-op in Pennsylvania, and 20 years of experience home schooling her own four children, three of which have graduated. Her passion is teaching middle school students that writing, literature, and even grammar can be fun!
Middle School Tools: A
Middle School Tools: B
American History Through Literature
The field of psychology is not only my career; it is also my passion. You might even call me a “psychology nerd.” Much of my free time is spent reading about new and interesting developments in the field. I have taught AP Psychology for the past 10 years to home school students. I have also taught Introductory Psychology and Developmental Psychology at local community colleges, and I have developed online seminars for healthcare providers on the topics of stress, communication, job burn-out, anger assessment and management, and boundary setting. I have 36 years of experience as a counselor in the field of individual, marriage, and family counseling where I have had the opportunity to instruct individuals in developing new and more productive behaviors. My degrees include an M.ED. in counseling psychology and a B.A in psychology, both received from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
This will be the sixth year Mrs. Bailes has taught for AIM Academy. Colette Bailes has been teaching homeschooled students and supporting home educators for 25 years. She was the founding middle grades English teacher at Creative Home Educators Support Service (CHESS) in Pennsylvania, where she taught fourteen years. Colette homeschooled her own five children: two are currently pursuing doctoral degrees, one received a Fulbright research fellowship, one has finished law school, and the youngest will graduate from college in 2016. She is known for compassion and warmth as well as the academic excellence she inspires in her students.
Intro to Literature and Academic Writing
David and Rachel Nance have extensive experience living and traveling in South and Central America. Mr. Nance spent two years in Uruguay, and has set foot in Argentina and Mexico. Mrs. Nance went on a humanitarian trip to El Salvador, later spent a year and a half in Bolivia, and sometimes visited Mexico when she lived in California. Mr. and Mrs. Nance have traveled together to Panama, Chile, Peru, and Puerto Rico.
Mr. Nance has a BA in Spanish Teaching and an MSE in Curriculum and Instruction. He has taught distance-learning Spanish courses in a variety of formats since 2007.
Mrs. Nance has a BS in Elementary Education. She taught elementary school for four years. She has taught children’s Spanish classes at the local community center and from home, and she worked as a long-term substitute elementary school Spanish teacher at a local charter school. She now homeschools their four children. In homeschooling their children, Mr. and Mrs. Nance take a learning-by-doing approach. Although relatively new to homeschooling, they love the possibilities and adventures that it presents.
Dr. Lauren Bailes
Lauren was homeschooled K-12. She was an AP Scholar and a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist, which resulted in an academic scholarship to Eastern University, Templeton Honors College, where she received her BA in English Literature and Secondary Education. Lauren taught Middle School English Language Arts (ELA) in Brooklyn, New York for four years and served as an ELA instructional coach for five years in Columbus, Ohio. She has written English curriculum for grades 5-8. Lauren is an author on Readers in Residence, Volume 1 and also taught Middle School Tools and Pre AP English Language through Aim Academy for four years. She has also received her Master’s degree in Literacy Instruction from Columbia University Teachers College and her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy from The Ohio State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Delaware.
Ready, Set, Go! College Writing and Readiness
Dr. Terri Kanner
Dr. Kanner received a BS in Biology from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University. Following post-graduate work at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., she practiced full-time in Silver Spring Maryland. Dr. Kanner took a sabbatical from dentistry to homeschool her two children. In 2010, Dr. Kanner launched a career in online science education teaching AP Biology through PA Homeschoolers. In addition to teaching online courses, Dr. Kanner also maintains an active adjunct professor status in the greater Boston area at colleges including Northeastern University, Regis College and Massasoit Community College. Her course offerings include Biology, Biology for Engineers, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Chemistry. She is particularly passionate about helping students to understand and appreciate how science directly affects their everyday life.
Heather A. Eades
Heather Eades is a homeschooling mama-writer of two, who enjoys wearing multiple hats. With over twenty years of professional experience in publishing as both a writer and editor, her specialty has become designing and implementing creative curriculum and educational “fun-tivities” for all ages. And while she continues to work as a freelance writer/editor by night, by day she is passionate about homeschooling, teaching her own and other students in their homeschooling community.
Heather earned her B.A. in Visual Art and English from Otterbein College in Westerville, OH many moons ago, and recently completed her M.A. in education from the University of Colorado, along with certification in Early Literacy Instruction. She has served as an editor for SRA/McGraw-Hill, Inc., editor/writer for Group Publishing, Inc., columnist for F& W Publishing’s Memory Makers Magazine, writer for The Mailbox Magazine and books, and currently is part of the editorial team for Apologia Educational Ministries. She also holds 7 years of formal classroom teaching experience. She has loved combining both her education, experiences and her passion for the subject matter, teaching innovative art and writing classes over the past 6 years at a local homeschool co-op, a creative arts-based ministry, and also from her own home, for students K—jr. high. This past school year she especially enjoyed using Writers in Residence with her own middle graders.
In her spare time, Heather loves to laugh, exercise, help her husband volunteer in jr. high youth ministry at their church, and can be found consuming obscene amounts of coffee.
Kathryn (Bell) Gomes
I’m Debra Bell’s daughter and I was homeschooled K-12. I was an AP Scholar and took all of my AP classes online. I have an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. I have taught high school mathematics for the past 7 years in the Philadelphia area. Now I am teaching SAT Math and Algebra 1 online, incorporating many of the lessons I learned as a home school student to make my classes as engaging and effective as possible.
Math has always intrigued me because of its patterns and structure. There is nothing quite as exciting as finally finding the correct answer. Over the years I have met many students who struggle in math or find it boring. I’m very passionate about helping these students discover the beauty of mathematics and the joy of problem solving.
For more information you can visit my website Kathryn Gomes Online Math Classes
SAT Math Prep
Kristen Lauria is a lifelong student who has become the teacher. In second grade she was found stealing teacher’s editions from her public school classroom to teach her younger best friend at home. She’s since progressed to buying her materials legally, but her love of teaching hasn’t wavered. In addition to teaching for Aim Academy, she also homeschools her own 2 children in elementary school, counsels her adult stepchildren in what adulting really means, and helps her husband with restoring their 200-year-old farmhouse one slow-moving project at a time. She also runs her own tutoring company and teaches at her local homeschool co-op. In her free time (which is rather scarce at the moment) she loves to read and spend time outside enjoying God’s creation.
She hopes to share her love of math and science with all of her students here at Aim Academy. While she can’t make all the topics students in her classes will be learning easy, she will do her best to make them approachable and interesting. She hopes to show her students how everything they will encounter in their textbooks will apply to their own lives; not just in the future, but today.
Mrs. Serbicki is an experienced Creative Writing and Advanced Placement English instructor with a background in writing, media, and editing. She has been an online English instructor for Aim Academy since 2011. Over the past few years, Mrs. Serbicki’s students have won over 15 Silver Keys and 11 Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Mrs. Serbicki is a 2009 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a BA in Communication Arts and a Minor in Philosophy. From 2009-2011 she served as the Web/Sales Coordinator for WTOV9, the NBC affiliate in Steubenville, OH. Her work included managing web traffic, designing and writing copy for web ads and creating effective commercial scripts. She has many years of experience providing student tutoring in areas of writing and mechanics as well as experience in small print publication and editing.
AP English Literature
AP English Language
I love history, I love teaching, and I love students. I put a great deal of thought and time into constructing courses that are engaging, challenging, and well-organized. I also care a great deal about humanizing the on-line experience, and you will see that priority woven into many aspects of my course. I majored in history at Swarthmore College, where I also earned my high-school teaching certification. I also did graduate work at Widener University with a focus on English and education. I worked for four years at an inner-city classical high school, where I taught American History and American Literature and served as Dean of Students. In 1997, I earned my Masters in History at Temple University, and soon began teaching college courses for Drexel University and Peirce College for adults returning to school. In 2005, I began teaching online, and to date have independently created nine different online college courses, ranging from survey American History courses, to the History of American Business, Colonial History, Revolutionary History, and Western Humanities surveys. I have been awarded “Outstanding Adjunct Faculty” by one of the universities I currently teach for. I am also an official grader of AP US History exams, receiving extensive training in the process and participating in College Board and ETS seminars. Despite all my experiences at the high school and college level, and despite my appreciation for the more profound academic and cultural expressions, I am nevertheless a shameless fan of English Premier League soccer, The Simpsons, Napoleon Dynamite, and MST3K.
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
AP US History
Nate Gilbert graduated from Cedarville University in 2002 with a B.A. degree in secondary social studies education. Since then he has taught and tutored many students, primarily in the subjects of history and English. Nate has worked in a variety of settings, such as teaching in Beijing, China, and purchasing for a manufacturing company. He now likes to utilize his passion for economics and government to teach online classes that stimulate his students’ critical thinking skills and understanding of society.
Mr. Gilbert also assists his wife in homeschooling their children. His hobbies include reading, mostly philosophy and children’s stories, and being outside. As a family, the Gilberts enjoy gardening, hiking, and time together. They are involved in their local community and church fellowship.
I received my BA in French from Mary Washington College. During my college years, I studied at the Université de Dijon in Dijon, France. Visits to Belgium have allowed me to keep in contact with the Belgian side of my family. My 25 years as an educator have found me teaching all levels of French: from public school and private school elementary foreign language programs to High School French I-IV, primarily with homeschoolers. I am currently teaching beginning adult immersion courses at the Alliance Française, a world-wide organization established to promote the French language. I love speaking French and helping others acquire the ability to do so as well.
French 1, 2, 3, and 4
Susan Habacivch earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Washington University and a BA in French from Regis College. After working for several years in the fibers industry, she began homeschooling her four children in 2003. She has been tutoring and teaching science and mathematics in local coops since 2003 and has been teaching online since 2010.
Pre-Calculus with Statistics
Math for Sciences: Algebra I Refresher
Intro to Chemistry and Physics
Susan Spivey received her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in English. She worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for several years. After starting her family, Susan began substitute teaching in public schools. She believes one of her greatest accomplishments has been homeschooling her own children. Susan has taught English in homeschool co-ops for many years and has been teaching online for AIM Academy since 2015. She is enthusiastic about sharing her love of literature with students and finds teaching to be a tremendous joy.