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.
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.|
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 (http://CrackerjackMarketing.com) and owner/publisher of Modern Homeschool Family (http://ModernHomeschoolFamily.com).|
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.|
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.|
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.
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.|
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Homeschool Bill - HB 4808 - Needs Support
ATTENTION ALL HOMESCHOOLERS AND EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTS HOMESCHOOLING FREEDOMS...
Below is a press release from State Representative Reilly's office.
Rep. Reilly bill to defend privacy for homeschool students
State Rep. John Reilly introduced legislation to protect homeschooling families from a planned requirement that they submit
Educational Development Plans to a local school district.
Education Development Plans are academic and career evaluations, mandated by the state’s Department of Education for
all public school students starting in the seventh grade.
“Credible sources have reported to my office that the state Department of Education will seek a regulation to require all homeschool students taking more than two courses at a virtual academy to submit an Education Development Plan,” said Reilly, a member of the House Education Reform Committee. “We have thousands of homeschoolers across the state of Michigan that are thriving in virtual academies thanks to new found cooperation between homeschooling parents and local school districts. Maintaining student privacy has been integral in forging these new great relationships.”
House Bill 4808 was introduced today and has been assigned to the Education Reform Committee.
“We cannot jeopardize the educational progress and freedom for approximately 50,000 homeschool students in Michigan,” Reilly said. “They are doing well, so we have to make sure this co-operative relationship can continue without any limitations or invasions of privacy.”
You can read more here: http://gophouse.org/rep-reilly-bill-defend-privacy-homeschool-students/
How can we help?
1) Send this to everyone who wants to help preserve our homeschooling freedoms
2) Contact your state reps (only your representatives please!)
3) If your state representatives is on the education committee, please encourage them to pass this bill and protect our homeschooling freedoms!