Our Homeschool Program Staff - Homeschool Connections
Our mission at Homeschool Connections is to support, encourage and advise parents as they educate their children; to provide a variety of innovative and quality educational opportunities; to help prepare students for their future; and to have a profound impact on the educational society.
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Our Staff

Gernert, Tarla

Found & C.E.O.

Tarla Gernert started Homeschool Connections in 2002 because it was a program that she needed to help educate and homeschool her own children. She wanted a program that brought in experts to teach her children in specific areas, and (along with several other families) Homeschool Connections Educational Services was created. The program quickly grew, serving hundreds of families and continues to offer high-quality classes taught by passionate teachers. Tarla earned her B.S. Degree in Education at Liberty University and has taught in a variety of schools including public, private, and homeschooling programs. Her true passion is helping people figure out how best to educate their children and prepare them for the rest of their lives.

Thompson, Becky


Becky Thompson started working with Homeschool Connections in 2012 as a Campus Supervisor. Becky is passionate about making Homeschool Connections the best we can be in order to serve our families and positively impact our community. Becky loves enjoying the setting of her country home with her family, reading, crocheting and generally relaxing in her free time.

Hensler, Carrie

Director of Business Operations

Carrie Hensler began with Homeschool Connections as a campus supervisor in 2015, but soon transitioned to the administrative team in 2016 to help with data management. She has an associate's in Business Administration from OCC and a B.S. in Human Resources - Training and Design from Oakland University. She has enjoyed working for companies such as Compuware, GTE Telecom, and a few non-profit organizations before coming to Homeschool Connections, and has always been a very active volunteer in her church. She has been married to her best friend, Keith since 1997, and began homeschooling her 3 children in 2010.

Koskinen, Pam

Director of Finance

Pam has been a part of Homeschool Connections since 2005, when her children started taking classes. She has an associate degree in Liberal Arts from Oakland Community College. Pam married Dan in 1989 and they have 3 adult children. They homeschooled all their children from kindergarten all the way through to their high school graduation! Pam and her family live on a farm in Dryden where they have 4 horses, 3 cats and their favorite dog, Oakley! She enjoys living life in the country, being with her family, biking, tennis & going up north.

McMahon, Shelly

Director of Campus Operations

Shelly and her family have been involved with Homeschool Connections from its founding. Throughout the years, her kids have attended classes while she worked part time as a teacher. In 2013, she stepped up to become a Campus Supervisor. Shelly is now the Director of Campus Operations. She is a graduate of Michigan Christian College with over 25 years of homeschooling experience.

Caira, Stephanie

Campus Supervisor

Stephanie Caira came to Homeschool Connections as a campus supervisor for the Shelby Township location in the 2018-2019 school year. She is in her seventh year of homeschooling her freshman son and seventh-grade daughter who began attending Homeschool Connections in 2018. She is involved in and loves her church, Cornerstone Baptist in Roseville, MI and lives with her family and three cats in Casco Twp. In her sparse spare time, she enjoys baking, scrapbooking and reading. She collects books and shoes.

Joslyn, Ruth

Faculty Relations Manager

Ruth Joslyn taught various classes at Homeschool Connections for 2½ years and has joined the administration team to provide helpful support to our Fabulous Teachers. She went back to school later in life and graduated in 2011 from Liberty University with a B.A. in General Education. She taught several years in Christian schools before “being promoted” to a homeschool teacher for her daughters in 2015. Ruth, her husband, 3 girls, and her father-in-law live together in Oxford—the town where Ruth and Mike met in 1983 and (much later) got married in 1999. Her oldest daughter is enrolled with Liberty University and her two younger daughters are enrolled at HighPoint Hybrid Academy in Clarkston.

McCoy, Michelle

Campus Supervisor

Michelle McCoy is a campus supervisor at our Auburn Hills and Clarkston campuses. Michelle has a degree in psychology from University of Michigan-Dearborn but remains a Spartan at heart! The McCoy’s made a conscious decision to homeschool in 2003. The journey has taken many twists and turns but has been really rewarding. Michelle, her husband Mark, their five children, ages 16-21, and two puppies, live and learn in Pontiac. Michelle teaches and writes curriculum for Kensington Church in Troy and enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her family.

Turner, Vickie

Marketing and Office Manager

Victoria began working with Homeschool Connections in the fall of 2018. Victoria serves as the Marketing and Office Manager, overseeing the website, social media, and email communications. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Media Marketing from Maranatha Baptist University in 2013. After graduation, Vickie stayed on at Maranatha as a dorm supervisor for three years, then worked in a local bank as a marketing assistant. Vickie loves to travel and is also a photographer.

Vallus, Katie

Campus Supervisor

Katie Vallus loves her job as campus supervisor at Homeschool Connections and is starting her third year at Rochester Hills, also frequently filling in at the Shelby Township campus, too. Katie and her husband, Jason, have homeschooled their 3 children since 2005, the oldest two having graduated. They live in Shelby Township where her husband runs a small business. Katie is active in her church where she teaches in the children’s Sunday School department.

How Can We Help You?

We are proud to be a strong, valuable resource for those who choose alternative methods of teaching their children. To that end, we maintain thriving campuses in Michigan, each with warm, welcoming environments where people learn, connect and belong.

Our classes are the foundation of our program. We are extremely proud of our science, math, writing and technology programs, which are high-quality and provide both applicable skills and excellent preparation for future learning. However, we are as dedicated to providing quality fine arts and performance arts classes as we are to covering the three Rs.

We work hard to feed the mind and the spirit via classes that reflect the interests of students, with an all-inclusive atmosphere that encourages the development of lasting connections, and through the support we offer our students and their families.

While classes are important at Homeschool Connections, we also provide a well-rounded experience for our students, their families, and the community by offering events, advising and other services.

Our vision is also one of forward thinking. We are always looking forward to developing new classes that meet our students’ needs and encourage their love of learning, opening additional locations, starting unique programs and finding new ways to partner with parents as they build a lifestyle of learning.


We love to hear from you!

In Person (by appointment only):

Homeschool Connections
2685 Lapeer Rd.
Suite 208
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Our Administration Team:

If you have campus operation related questions, please reach out to Shelly at Shelly@MIHomeschoolConnections.com or 248-710-0360 ext. 2016.

If you have family financial account questions, please ask Pam at accounting@MIHomeschoolConnections.com or 248-710-0360 ext. 2017.

For teacher related questions, please speak with Ruth at Ruth@MIHomeschoolConnections.com or 248-710-0360 ext. 2019.

For Human Resources, contact Becky at Becky@MIHomeschoolConnections.com or 248-710-0360 ext. 2018.