Rachel has been married to her knight in shining armor for 28 years. They have 2 boys and 2 girls, 3 of whom are adults, and all of whom have only known homeschooling. She is a certified biblical counselor, published author, speaker, AP English teacher (trained and authorized by The College Board), Sunday School teacher, and a German Shepherd Dog mama. But she claims her best credentials are her children, who, among other amazing talents, have survived their mom, enough said.
Rachel studied at Liberty University and has been teaching and tutoring other homeschoolers for over 12 years. Dozens of her students have won merit-based scholarships and essay contests, achieved high SAT scores, and earned college credit through AP exam scores. As a member of the NRA Texas Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S) committee, she selected student winners and taught speech and leadership to some of Texas' finest youth. Additionally, she had the privilege of teaching English at a Christian camp in Italy for 7 years. She considers herself immensely blessed to be able to do what she loves most— teach her children and her students in an environment where her faith and love for her students can be expressed naturally.
I have been blessed to have married my college sweetheart, Jimmy, in 1999, and we have been blessed with three beautiful daughters—Sarah, Mary, and Abby. We are thankful God has called us to homeschooling, which was not our original path. It is funny how our plans are not always His. I am so thankful for that.
I have always been drawn to teach. It is an absolute joy to my heart to watch students transition into confident learners who are willing to persevere through hard problems and to see their joy when they “get it.” It never gets old. I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of students over the past 20 years, and I have never met a student who can not succeed in math and learn to love seeing the amazing patterns of math.
Looking back, I can see God’s providence in preparing me for teaching. What at the time seemed like preparing for a career, now I see as a passion to equip God’s children and see His perfection. I received a Bachelors in Math/Kinesiology from Texas A&M in 1998 and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Curriculum from A&M the following year.
After getting married and following my husband (a Marine) to California, I taught at Laguna Hills High School in Orange County for a couple years. When he finished his four year tour and transitioned into his current job, we moved to Florida, and I taught high school mathematics at MacArthur High School in Broward County. After my oldest was born, and we moved to Georgia and then Oregon, I stayed home and took on some individual tutoring. Finally, ten years ago, we returned to our home state, Texas. I began writing curriculum for mathematics one grade at a time and teaching classes. I wanted to ensure my children did not have the “holes” I sometimes saw with students and that they were prepared for the rigor of high school when they got there.
Five years ago, I began directing a cooperative (again not my original plan, but what a joy it turned out to be). I run the mathematics department, and it has given me joy to see these kids grow year after year.
I am excited to work with Blaze students and build them up and equip them to be leaders for Christ! God is good! Thank you for trusting me with your babies. I look forward to seeing the fruit of their labor. Give me a warm cup of coffee and let’s work some math!
Walt has been married to his lovely bride, Tammie, for over 27 years. Together they home schooled their four now-adult children.
Walt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics from the United States Air Force Academy, and a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the United States Air Force Institute of Technology. Walt has worked as a structural dynamics engineer testing new and modified weapons systems, as the Lead Reliability Engineer on the B-2 Stealth Bomber, as a production supervisor for General Motors, and as an engineering support manager for two different computer hardware and software companies. He has also had roles in marketing, product development, quality, and safety at HP, Inc.
Further, Walt has served as Assistant Professor of Engineering Mechanics at the United States Air Force Academy ; as Adjunct Professor of Science at Grace School of Theology; as Adjunct Instructor of Physics at LeTourneau University; has taught Physics to scores of home school students since 2008; and has tutored many students in Physics, Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (math for non-STEM students), Geometry, Trigonometry, Algebra, Pre-calculus, and Calculus.
Walt's passion and calling is to learn how God designed the universe, share it with students (or anyone who wants to learn) to point them to Christ while helping them realize they are not a cosmic accident and discover God's unique design of themselves so they can follow Christ, fulfill their God-given purpose on earth, and spend eternity with Him.
Lori Kelley attended Sam Houston State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. She taught in Montgomery ISD for six years and at Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy for two years. Lori has been married to her husband, Brit, for twenty years. They have two amazing children, Jenna and Britton. Jenna is a freshman in high school and has a passion for dance. Britton is in sixth grade and loves anything sports, hunting or fishing.
Lori has had the privilege of homeschooling her children for the past ten years. She has spent much of that time teaching literature and writing in the co-op setting, as well as The Training Center. Lori has a passion for encouraging children to fall in love with literature taught from a biblical perspective and for watching them grow into confident, successful writers.
Natalie has been married to her husband for 16 years. They have 2 boys, ages 7 and 11, who have been homeschooled for the last 5 years. Before having children she taught junior high and high school math and science classes for another homeschool program in the area. She has also taught physics at a local private Christian school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisiana with her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
Along with her husband, she helps lead the college group at her local church and also plays the piano in the worship band. She is a certified personal trainer and enjoys being active and travelling with her family.
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