Meet Our Instructors

Aim Academy Staff Directory

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Debra Bell, executive director – dbell@debrabell.com

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.

Classes:

Ready, Set, Go! College Writing and Readiness

Email: lpbailes@gmail.com
 

Susan Habacivch

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.

Classes:
Pre-Calculus with Statistics

Email habacivch@gmail.com

Sally Barstow

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.

Classes:
French 1 and 2

Email: barstowsally@gmail.com

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Susan Spivey

Susan Spivey received her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland. 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 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.

Classes:
British Literature
American Literature

Email: susanpspivey@gmail.com

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Colette Bailes

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.

Classes:
Intro to Literature and Academic Writing

Email: colette.bailes@gmail.com

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Bev Graybill

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!

Classes:
Middle School Tools: A
Middle School Tools: B
American History Through Literature

Email: bagraybill@gmail.com

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Lili Serbicki, Aim Academy English Teacher

Lili Serbicki

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.

Classes:
Creative Writing
AP English Literature
AP English Language

Email: lserbickiap@gmail.com

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David Nance

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.

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Lisa Hawkins

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.

Classes:
US History
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
AP US History

Email:admin@questcourses.com

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

Classes:
SAT Math Prep

Email: kathrynmgomes@gmail.com

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