Homeschool Connections is staffed by motivated individuals who are inspired and excited by our program. Each of our staff members is wholly committed to our mission and 100-percent dedicated to ensuring that our program exceeds expectations. Our staff members work diligently to ensure that Homeschool Connections remains a valuable resource for both students and parents. Whether they are planning educational and enrichment opportunities; seeing to day-to-day operations; supporting our safe, secure learning environment; or helping parents and students cultivate relationships, our staff members are an asset to all involved with Homeschool Connections.


Tarla Gernert
Founder & Executive Director
All her life, Tarla has been involved in education starting with teaching Sunday School and piano lessons to teaching in public and private schools, at various homeschool organizations and home educating her own children who are now grown and married. She earned her B.S. Degree in Elementary Education at Liberty University. Besides teacher, her job titles have included Educational Consultant, University Academic Advisor, Executive Director with direct sales, Advertising Sales Executive, Project Manager developing educational materials, piano teacher, guitar teacher, sewing instructor, real estate investor and entrepreneur. Her true passion is helping people solve problems, especially helping people figuring out how best to educate their children and help prepare them for the rest of their lives.
Christina Strickland
Assistant Executive Director
Former homeschooling mother of two, Christina has been with Homeschool Connections since since 2007 serving in various positions including Campus Supervisor, Faculty, Registrar and Program Administrator.  In her current role at Homeschool Connections, Christina assists the Executive Director with markteting, program operations, policy and academic affairs.  In addition to her work at Homeschool Connections, Christina is also the Director of Client Services for Crackerjack Marketing ( and owner/publisher of  Modern Homeschool Family (
Beth Berryman
Registrar and Administration Coordinator
Beth has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University with a major in Special Education and a minor Psychology.  She also has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Oakland University.  A former special education teacher for Capac Community Schools, Beth joined Homeschool Connections as a Campus Supervisor in 2013 where her talent for organization and communication became clear and she moved into the role of Registrar and Administration Coordinator in the summer of 2014.
Becky Thompson
Faculty Coordinator and Teacher Liaison
Campus Supervisor – Romeo
Becky started with Homeschool Connections as a parent, and then, during the 2013/14 year, joined us as a Campus Supervisor at the Romeo campus where currently still works in that capacity. She has a varied background in various business roles including supervisory and liaison positions. Aside from her work at Homeschool Connections, she also teaches crochet and designs crochet patterns, several of which have been published. She is the worship leader and treasurer at Addison Township Community Church, where her husband is the pastor.
Shelly McMahon
Campus Supervisor Liaison and Campus Supervisor – Rochester Hills
Shelly McMahon graduated from Michigan Christian College with an Associates in Liberal Arts. She and her husband have been married for 27 years and have seven children and two grandchildren. They have homeschooled for over 20 years and have five graduates and 2 more to go. Shelly and her family have been involved with Connections classes from the beginning and she has taught various classes over the years at both Connections and several other
co-ops.  This is her second year as a Campus Supervisor and Teacher at our Rochester and Romeo site.
Pam Koskinen
Campus Supervisor – Rochester Hills, Romeo
This will be Pam’s 3rd year as Campus Supervisor with Homeschool Connections.  This year she will be at the Rochester and  Romeo locations.  Prior to that her kids attended Connection classes on and off since 2005. Pam and Dan have been homeschooling their three children for 13 years and graduated their oldest last year!  They live on a small farm in Dryden where they have horses, goats, chickens, dogs and cats.  She stays busy by taking care of the farm animals and as a volunteer leader for the United States Pony Club. The Koskinen’s attend Woodside Bible Church in Romeo.