Dawn Williams and her husband Keith live in Marianna, Florida and have homeschooled their four children, Andrew (26), Aaron (23), Adam (21), and Sarah (15) since 2000. Three homeschool and college graduates, and one to go. She and Sarah have actively been involved in Libertas since its beginning and before that they all participated in Classical Conversations for 9 years. She loves math and co-led Challenge A math and Latin. She enjoys spending time with family, hiking in moderate temperatures, reading, and cooking. They are members at Grace Church Tallahassee. Dawn loves Geometry because it helps us learn what kind of shape we are in! She thinks her husband is an Obtuse Angle who needs to be tested for Incongruence.
Homeschooled his entire life, Gavin understands the blessings and the challenges of homeschooling. He has studied Latin both at Veritas Press Academy and through Classical Conversations since elementary school, finishing his high school career with AP Latin. Gavin competed in the Florida Junior Classical League on the regional and state level throughout middle school and high school in the highly successful CC Latin Club. He has won countless awards in Latin Grammar and Greek Mythology. His love for ancient history and Latin led him to majoring in the Classics at Florida State University. An avid runner, Gavin also enjoys coaching cross-country at CCS every summer and fall. In his free time, Gavin loves working out and playing airsoft.
After graduating from Indiana Wesleyan with a B.S. in nursing, DeeAnn worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for the next six years. After having children, she became first a full-time mom and then homeschool mom. DeeAnn has home educated both of her children for the past fourteen years. She has used a variety of curriculum but always loved the classical approach to education. She previously co-taught sixth graders in the Foundations Plus class for Classical Conversations. DeeAnn has always loved writing and art but discovered a love for history through homeschooling. She has been a part of Bible Study Fellowship for the past 10 years and is a member of Wildwood Church. She and her husband Brady have two daughters. Their oldest daughter is a homeschool graduate and they have a senior this year. Her favorite things include reading, the beach or Lake Webster, spending time with family, and sunsets.
Nicole French has homeschooled her two children for eleven years. Prior to her family's involvement with Libertas Academic Collaborative, the French family was part of the Tallahassee Classical Conversations community where Nicole worked with elementary school and high school students. Graduating in 1995, Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida. The French family are members at Four Oaks Community Church's Killearn Campus. Nicole is an avid lover of literature, history, and coffee.
Janet Lehman holds a B.S. in English Education from Florida State University. She has been a homeschooling mom for 19 years now. She has taught in public and private schools as well as with her own children. Previously, directed Challenge I with Classical Conversations, currently teaches multiple subjects with Libertas, and loves and values the classical approach to education. She and her husband Stacy have three daughters, two of whom have graduated from home schooling. They are active members at Thomasville Road Baptist Church. Her favorite things include her family, reading and spending time at the beach.
Ms. Wright is a graduate student at Florida State University and a mathematics tutor at FSU's Academic Success Center, tutoring undergraduate students.
Poetry and Fiction Workshop
How would you like to boost your ACT/SAT scores, elevate your college application essays and resumes to the top of the pile, and elicit confidence from your audience with every email you send? Both in academics and the workforce, skilled writers have the advantage. This is a class for cultivating skilled writers.
Poetry and Fiction Workshop utilizes a three-pronged approach of instruction, analysis, and application. Instruction: the teacher will present short lessons to equip students with the techniques and perspectives they need to refine their writing process. Analysis: students will read short works of poetry and fiction and discuss their strengths and weaknesses (you cannot become a good writer without first becoming a good reader). Application: students will compose their own poetry and fiction and submit their work to peer review. The majority of class time will be discussion-based and student-driven.
This course will focus on poetry in the fall and fiction in the spring. The teacher will strive to keep the workload minimal and the assignments enjoyable. Students’ grades will consist of participation and improvement. At the end of the year, students will receive a book of their class’s original poems and short stories to celebrate their growth.
Beth Kinnon began her study of French in middle school French 1, where many of your children may be. In high school. She pursued a study abroad program and lived for a semester with a family on a farm in a tiny town in the center of France, attending the local lycée (high school) in between feeding the chickens and chasing down escaped cows.
Later, she graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in French and education, and taught for six years in two high schools in the Charleston area before becoming a full-time mom. She has taken professional development courses to maintain her South Carolina teacher certification and been tutoring individuals.
She is excited to share her passion for the French language and culture with your child
Paul Gilbert is the Lead Pastor at Four Oaks Community Church (Killearn) where he has served since 1997. He holds a B. A. in Speech Communication from the University of Tennessee; an M-Div from Reformed Theological Seminary; and a Ph.D. from Florida State in Marriage and Family. As part of his academic background, he has taught courses at TCC and FSU on family relationships and adult development and wrote his dissertation on Forgiveness and Family Systems. As a pastor, he loves teaching, theology, preaching and making the Word of God come alive for students and adults alike. He is co-author of the book, Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls and enjoys his life at home with his wife of 27 years, Susan, and their four children: Grace (20); Maggie (19); Jack (16); and Virginia 13).
Melissa Jordan has spent the last eleven years homeschooling her four children and the last six years tutoring with Classical Conversations. She worked with students in Foundations for three years and tutored Essentials of the English Language for the last three years.
She and her husband, Jeff, attend Four Oaks Community Church with their family. They are actively involved with missions efforts and volunteering with several non-profit organizations around Tallahassee.