Aim Academy Teachers
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: one has completed a doctorate in education, one received a Fulbright research fellowship, one has finished law school, and two who are pursuing business careers. She is known for compassion and warmth as well as the academic excellence she inspires in her students.
English Foundations 1
English Foundations 2
Intro to Literature and Academic Writing
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.
Middle School Expository Writing
Introduction to Research Writing
Advanced Research Writing
English Grammar 1
French 1, 2, 3, and 4
Intro to French mini-course
Le Petite Prince book study
One of Natania Cook’s favorite scriptures is Philippians 4:8 that admonishes Christians to think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. To her, beautiful literature provides the perfect fodder for deep thinking and worthy discussion. Natania believes that books provide a “safe place” for adults and children alike to wrestle with the tough situations of life and to pause and ponder what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. It is her privilege to be able to assist Aim Academy parents in their efforts to nurture and develop deep thinkers who ponder excellence.
Prior to becoming a homeschool mother of four, Natania’s lifelong pursuit of knowledge led her to earn a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Texas Woman’s University and a BS degree in Education with a specialization in English from Baylor University. She is certified to teach English and English as a Second Language in grades 1-12 and Reading for grades 6-12. With over twenty years of teaching experience, Natania has served in both public and private school settings as well as in various homeschool forums where she has taught multiple grade levels and ages.
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Heather A. Eades
For as long as Heather Eades can remember, she has been both a writer and an artist, and loves teaching young people to do the same. Earning her B.A. in Visual Arts and English from Otterbein College in Westerville, OH, along with her studies at Columbus College of Art and Design, helped launch her professional career in publishing where she served as an editor and art liaison for SRA/McGraw-Hill, Inc., helping to create the elementary art program, Art Connections: the companion series to the middle and high school texts utilized in her art classes. Her passion and enthusiasm for helping create fun, innovative learning experiences led her to earn her MA in education with a focus on creating arts-based, literacy-rich curriculum for all students. With over twenty years of professional experience in publishing, her specialty has become designing, writing about, and implementing creative, arts-based curriculum and educational “fun-tivities” for all ages.
And while she enjoys her professional work mosaic of writing articles and book projects, editing online course material for Colorado Christian University, and managing social media communications for Aim Academy by night, by day Heather is passionate about her first and favorite work: the fine art of homeschooling—teaching her own and other students in their homeschooling community. Heather Eades is excited to begin her fifth successful year of teaching online with Aim Academy!
During her graduate program, Mrs. Eades developed and implemented an early childhood art program for an inner city preschool, which she now continues to teach locally to preschoolers in her own community with the help of her two teenage daughters. She has also taught art classes to middle schoolers for many years at a local Christian art collaborative, and to elementary through high school students for the past 8 years at their local homeschool co-op, as well as private art lessons. “Mrs. E.” loves to teach art with the intent and encouragement of bringing joy to others and developing/using the arts for Good in the world. While Heather’s own specialty area is mixed-media illustration, exposing her students to experiment with as many styles, techniques, and media in the arts as possible assures that her class times are never boring and helps students to find their favorite creative outlets. Mrs. Eades is excited to bring her latest collection of “fun-tastic,” hands-on art experiences to Aim Academy, with the same authentic, light-hearted teaching style found in her writing classes!
In her spare time, Mrs. Eades loves to laugh, draw, read, hike and camp with her family, co-lead youth ministry with her husband at their church in Denver, …and can be found consuming obscene amounts of coffee.
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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, government, and economics. Nate has worked in a variety of settings, such as teaching in Beijing, China, and at some local schools. He now focuses on utilizing his passion for social studies 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 philosophy books, playing with his children, and outside activities. As a family, the Gilberts are involved in their local community and church fellowship.
Kathryn (Bell) Gomes
I was homeschooled k-12 and I loved it, but math was not the strongest part of my home education. I’ll never forget my first day in a calculus classroom at the University of Pittsburgh, I was so unprepared! I survived and was able to graduate with a major in mathematics, but not without noting quite a few things I wish I had done differently in high school. Now that I am homeschooling my own kids I’m committed to helping other home schooled students enter college math classrooms prepared and confident. I am also the author of Apologia’s elementary math program for home school families to help young students experience the beauty and fun of mathematics at an early age. Find out more here.
When I am not working on something math-related I’m probably trying out a science experiment with my three little ones, cooking something spicy (we love Indian food!), or running in a local Philly race (look towards the back of the pack . . . I’m quite slow).
SAT Math Prep
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 Introductory Psychology classes to homeschool students and college students and have taught AP Psychology for the past 13 years. Over the past four years, I also developed a series of self-improvement classes for junior high and high school students on the topics of GRIT, Growth Mindset, Getting Things Done for Teens, and Conquering Procrastination. My teaching has also taken me into the corporate world where 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 39 years of experience as a counselor in the field of individual, marriage, and family counseling where I had the opportunity to instruct individuals in developing new and more productive behaviors. When I am not reading something new about psychology I enjoy gardening, running, and taking care of my dogs and fainting goats. My degrees include an M.ED. in Counseling Psychology and a B.A in Psychology, both received from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
Course Taught by Bonnie Gonzalez
I attended Millersville University, earning a B.S. in Special Education, a M.S. in Elementary Education, and a Reading Certificate. After teaching for several years in both public and private schools, I left the world of teaching to start my own family, discovering the amazing world of home schooling! I serve as a home school evaluator in Pennsylvania and have spent more than 20 years teaching at several home school co-ops and successfully graduating all four of my children. Currently, I also teach different grades in a small private school. I love teaching middle school students that writing, literature, and even grammar can be fun.
English Foundations 3
Ancient and Medieval History Through Literature
American History Through Literature (offered 2022-23)
Our Fifty States
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
Chemistry (live class and self-paced)
Intro to Chemistry (semester course)
Intro to Physics (semester course)
Geometry Intensive (live class and self-paced mini-course)
Algebra 2 Review (live class and self-paced mini-course)
Dr. Wm Habacivch
William Habacivch is a founding member of Sandbox Industries Inc. (SII) a non- profit company focusing on retooling, repurposing and redirecting veterans to accomplish new missions by training them to create self-employment opportunities. SII is an intense twenty-five week immersion program into entreprenuership. The program began at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. and has moved to Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, Pa., (see https://sandboxindustries.org/) where a new cohort of veteran entrepreneurs will begin the fall term 2021.
Prior to teaching business formation and economics at the college and university level, Dr. Habacivch launched and operated a number of small businesses in central Pennsylvania, helping to create hundreds of jobs. He holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in Administration and Leadership studies. The program is housed in the departments of Sociology and Economics. Additionally, he earned a Masters of Arts degree in Economics from Temple University, and a Bachelors of Science in Economics from The University of South Carolina.
Dr. Habacivch was a member of two United States Marine Corps, Gold Medal winning infantry Super Squads (1982 and 1983) attaining the rank of Sergeant of Marines. At this writing he is married thirty six years to his wife, Susan. Together they have five incredible children and one granddaughter sharing hearth, home and field with the world’s best bird dog, a vizsla named Ruby.
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.
AP US History
Modern European History
World History 1
Dr. Karen Joseph
Dr. Karen Joseph earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic. After working for several years, she began homeschooling her 3 children in 1989. As a homeschooling mom, she has taught every subject at every grade level, but her favorite subject is science! She taught science classes, ranging from Middle School Life Science and Earth Science to High School Biology to Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology at a Pennsylvania Public Cyber Charter School for 12 years. She was the recipient of the 2009 Pennsylvania Charter School Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Joseph believes that science should be fun, and she works to create classes that have a strong hands-on component, and that will ignite in her students a passion to know more about the wonderful world they live email@example.com
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. She spent 4 years in the Navy learning about nuclear reactors and went on to finish her BS in Physics with a minor in Math graduating Cum Laude. She also was inducted into the physics honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma, having attained a GPA in Physics of over 3.0. She has her MS in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum from Drexel University and is certified to teach physics and chemistry in the state of Pennsylvania.
In addition to teaching for Aim Academy, she also homeschools her own 2 children in middle 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. The teacher is now becoming the student as well, as Kristen is beginning a PhD program at Lehigh University to further hone her teaching skills and improve the integration of technology to bring the material alive for her students.
She hopes to share her love of math and science with all of her students here at Aim Academy. While she can’t change the difficulty of what students learn in her classes, 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.
David and Rachel Nance
David and Rachel Nance have been teaching Aim Spanish classes together for the last several years, in addition to working together to raise and homeschool their five children. Both have deep roots with the Spanish language and with education. In addition to living in Spain with their family in 2019-2020, they each previously lived in South America (David in Uruguay and Rachel in Bolivia) and have traveled extensively through Latin America and Europe.
David has a BA in Spanish Teaching from Brigham Young University, an MSE in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University, and a Master’s in School Management from the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Spain. He has taught online Spanish classes since 2007, spent four years as the foreign language curriculum specialist at the Arkansas Department of Education, and worked for one year as an English language teaching assistant at a vocational school in Spain.
Rachel has a BS in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She taught elementary school for four years before having children of her own. In addition to being fluent in Spanish, Rachel studied ASL for four semesters while she was in college. When a Deaf couple started coming to her church four years ago, she finally got to put her learning into practice and became one of the interpreters for the couple. Rachel has taught Spanish and ASL classes in her home in addition to teaching for Aim Academy.
The Nances love spending time with their family. They love to travel, learn languages, spend time outdoors, read, and play tabletop games.
Jill Panyard has her hand in leadership, education, convention planning, and theater. She is the current head of the Theatre Academy for the Hershey Area Playhouse in Hershey, PA. Along with the teachers in the Academy, she helps to develop and teach programs for children ages 5 to 18, including themed sessions, summer camps, and junior musicals. She has also been involved with the award-winning Encore! Home School Productions for the past 16 years in leadership and directing plays and musicals. She particularly enjoys coaching young actors in learning theater skills and developing their talents on stage. Jill is a native New Englander, making Pennsylvania her home for 36 years. She has enjoyed theatre training through many avenues including her alma mater, Syracuse University. She, and her husband Jim, are empty-nesters, having had the privilege of raising and homeschooling two sons in Central PA.
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Reading was always my favorite part of school. As I sat in class with teachers who took me deeper into literature and revealed how authors used words, language, context, and big ideas to create stories, it became my passion. Literature and writing are how we all participate in and experience “The Great Conversation” around the world. I love helping students explore all that deep, rich, goodness in the art of language.
I earned an English BA degree from California State University Fullerton, worked at a small local newspaper, and a marketing company before staying home with my family. I have homeschooled my five children for 15 years and teach English as second language online. I’m excited to bring language arts and books to life for your student!
Bonjour! I’m Lisa Reissig, and I’m excited to be a part of Aim Academy. I started to learn French at the age of twelve, and I’ve loved it ever since- the language and the culture. I have a BA in French from Wheaton College (IL), and an MA in Instructional Systems Design from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. I’ve spent time studying in France as well as traveling to Montréal and Québec City.
For the past twenty-five years, I’ve had the experience of teaching elementary through high school French in both brick-and-mortar schools as well as online schools. I’ve homeschooled my daughters which has been a great teaching position! I hold a TEFL certificate enabling me to teach English to people from all over the world. I love being able to share my passion for language to students in a creative, engaging, and caring manner.
I currently live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with my husband, two daughters, and black cockapoo dog. When I’m not teaching, I like to cook, cross-stitch, watch baseball, and eat chocolate, the world’s best food.
Middle School French
Passport to the World
I am driven by my passion to learn and desire to empower others to do hard things. I graduated from American International College with Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and later my Master of Physical Therapy. I have homeschooled second grade through high school and taught study skills and science classes to elementary, middle, and high school students at a large homeschool cooperative group. I continue to homeschool my children although my eldest is now a high school junior, dual enrolled in college classes, and my youngest is in early high school. I have been a practicing physical therapist in diverse communities for adolescents and adults for more than twenty years as well as for families needing early intervention for children birth to three-years-old for the last ten years. Developing compassion and love for various cultural, social, and economic diversity in my community has helped me to cultivate my own learning and wellness tools. I have a zeal for health, science, and learning! I love to connect with students in creating courses that blend knowledge and life skills. I value organization, planning, and providing tools and activities that empower students. Join me, together we will uncover your health and learning goals, and equip you with tools to navigate your journey….and earn academic credit too – that is a bonus!!!!!
Kristen K. Roy
Kristen is a Colorado native. She earned her teaching degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Kristen has been a homeschooling mom for over 16 years and is now a proud grandma as well. She has enjoyed teaching in both public and private school settings. For the last decade she has been teaching at her homeschool co-op and started teaching online this last year and loves helping students grow in their natural abilities to write. Teaching students how to analyze literature and poetry as well as create their own poetry, research papers, essays, short stories and analytical papers is one of her passions. She also enjoys riding bikes, meeting with friends and having family gatherings!
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Lili Serbicki is an experienced Advanced Placement English instructor with a professional background in writing, media, editing, and advertising. She is a 2009 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a BA in Communication Arts and a Minor in Philosophy. This upcoming school year will be her tenth year teaching high-level online courses, including AP Literature, AP Language, Creative Writing, poetry composition, argument and debate, and advanced test preparation classes. 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; she is a published author of poetry, fiction, nonfiction essay, and creative memoir across multiple literary journals. Over the past decade her students (including all course and tutoring students) have won many Silver Keys and Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. In 2018 Mrs. Serbicki received recognition from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards as “an educator whose dedication, commitment, and guidance are represented by student work selected for national honors.”
AP English Literature
AP English Language
Middle School Essay Writing
Jr High Creative Writing Camp
Sr High Creative Writing Camp
SAT English Prep
Lili explains the assignments and goals of her AP English Literature course.
Lili discusses her AP English Language course.
Lili describes the assignments in her Creative Writing class.
Susan Spivey is enthusiastic about sharing her love of literature with students and finds tremendous joy in teaching. Susan earned her MA in English from Arizona State University and her BS in Journalism from the University of Maryland. She worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for several years before starting her family. Susan also worked as a freelance writer for magazines and as a substitute teacher in public schools. She has taught English for many years and has been teaching for AIM Academy since 2015. When she is not reading a book, discussing a book, or teaching about books, you can find her in her garden, likely with a book nearby.
American Literature (Minicourse)
Kristen (Bell) Teaman
Kristen Teaman was homeschooled K–12. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Millersville University, followed by an M.Ed. in Literacy and Reading Specialist certification from Penn State University. Through her studies, she has gleaned multiple research-based strategies to help students develop as both readers and writers. Currently she is a 4th grade teacher at her local public school, where she has taught for eleven years. She has also taught in a variety of small group and whole group settings whether through her district or other programs. She has instructed students ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade in both literacy and mathematics.
Kristen struggled in academics through her elementary years and knows what it is to fight to learn (her story is featured in her mother best-selling book The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling). She uses this experience to reach each of her students at their varied levels and to remind them that the goal is growth. Her desire is to help each student learn to love reading and mathematics. In her free time, you can find her cheering on her beloved Penn State Nittany Lions or the Pittsburgh Steelers, enjoying the outdoors, or running in her surrounding hills.
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Amy Wallace is a homeschool mom of three with two brilliant homeschool graduates- yes, it can be done! Her oldest daughter is in graduate school at The Medical University of South Carolina, studying for her PhD, and her second daughter attends Anderson University, studying for the ministry. Amy is still happily homeschooling a fantastic high schooler. 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 delved deep into heart issues—for Random House/ Multnomah and Harvest House Publishers. Her counseling degree also comes in handy when homeschooling, speaking, and teaching numerous English and writing courses.
In her spare time, Amy loves hiking, basketball, running, reading, scrapbooking, 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.
I love every aspect of teaching English: vocabulary, poetry, composition, literature, and grammar. I believe what students enjoy learning, they remember, so my classes are engaging and fun places to learn how to use words well and wisely.
English Literature, Composition, and Grammar focuses on developing well-rounded and deep thinking high school students. This course will engage students in improving grammar, vocabulary, composition, poetics, and literary analysis skills.
Writing Well with Poetry focuses on seven major poetic techniques that will enable students to improve composition skills as well as literary analysis skills in a fun and engaging mini-course.
Farrar Williams is a longtime educator with experience teaching in a variety of settings and levels. She has her undergraduate degree in history from Mount Holyoke College and her master’s in education and teaching from Goddard College. Farrar spent many years as a humanities teacher and administrator at a small Quaker middle school, where she honed her belief that education is a process, not a product, and that the goal is to bring out each student’s individual light. For the last decade and a bit, she has been homeschooling her sons, writing, and teaching in homeschool co-ops and drama groups. In addition to teaching, she’s currently an educational consultant and works with homeschool families on college admissions. When not teaching or working, Farrar is probably solving sudoku, reading a YA novel, or trying to resist putting in another batch of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. She lives in Washington, DC.
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