Homeschool Connections Teachers - Homeschool Connections of Michigan
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 Fabulous Faculty

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.

Avalos, Carlos

Began with Homeschool Connections in 2016. Enjoys the energy the kids bring to the classroom. Born and raised in Torreon, Mexico. Obtained his Electronics Engineering degree from Instituto Tecnologico de la Laguna University. Moved to Michigan with his wife and son in 2011. Loves playing soccer, riding bikes with his son, and puzzles. Teaches Spanish for elementary through high school.

Bickford, Kristin

Teaches science and STEM classes. Loves spending the day with children. Graduated from Baker College. Has taught for 10 years, grades Pre-K through 5. Married her husband in 2005 & has 2 children. Loves her dog, Milo. Prefers to vacation in Cape Cod.

Branton, Katlin

Clay, Diana

Joined Homeschool Connections in 2015. Enjoys teaching “fun stuff” and life skills. Teaches life skills like basketry, woodworking, and sewing, and more. Married for over 30 years to Ray W Clay III. Has one son, Ray Clay IV, who also teaches at Homeschool Connections. Lived in Missouri, Texas, Minnesota, and now in Michigan for over 10 years.

Clay, Ray

Joined Homeschool Connections in 2016. Teaches math, science, and history classes for middle and high schoolers. Loves the “ah-ha!” moments in his students. Attended Oakland & Eastern Michigan universities. Studied electrical engineering.

Ekstrom, Heather

Heather Ekstrom grew up in Clarkston and graduated from Clarkston High School. After high school, she attended Wayne State University. Heather graduated with a BS degree in Secondary Education- Mathematics with a minor in Science. Heather has been married to her husband, Lee, for 25+ years. They have 4 sons, 3 of whom they have homeschooled and graduated. They continue to homeschool their youngest son who has two more years in high school. Heather has been enjoying teaching various math classes with Homeschool Connections since 2014. In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking her dog, reading, and attending classes at PureBarre in Clarkston as much as possible.

Houck, Lisa

Homeschooled her children for over 20 years. Loves seeing children learn and grow. Married for over 30 years with 3 daughters ages 27, 22, and 14.

Kapusta, Wendy

Has been a teacher for over 25 years. Taught in the public schools. Has homeschooled her kids. Teaches at both at Homeschool Connections and HighPoint Hybrid Academy. Offers tutoring. Has wanted to be a teacher since she was 5 years old. All of her children but one are graduates and the last is going to college this year. Shares their home with a kitten named Kiwi and their dog named Sniper.

Lane, Virginia

Joined Homeschool Connections in 2007. Has taught a variety of subjects. Loves seeing the joy of learning in children in the moment. Has a professional dancing background.

Moon, Rod

Joined Homeschool Connections in 2009. Teaches history & more. Loves watching students grow and change. Homeschooled 6 of his 8 kids. Attended Syracuse University. Was a military aviator & flight instructor. Has 30 years experience in automotive industry sales. Authored 14 books.

Osis, Sue

Joined Homeschool Connections in 2007. Specializes in computer technology, robotics, Lego engineering, and graphic classes. Has experience as an occupational therapist with special needs students. Married for 40 years before the passing of her husband. Loves her 2 adult daughters. Enjoys the priceless reward of teaching.

Pate, Michelle

Has dreamt of teaching since she was a small child. Married to Craig Pate and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Has been homeschooling since 1998. Came on board with Homeschool Connections in 2016. Graduated from Impact Bible Institute in 2013. Enjoys working with middle school/high school-aged people. Encourages students to be engaged and participate. Loves working with art and literature and has been specializing in history.

Royer, Karly

Karly is a certified ESL teacher with a background in linguistics, literature, history, and dance. She taught at Palestra for many years. Joined Homeschool Connections in 2015. Enjoys teaching writing and literature. Loves to show students that writing can be–if not fun–at least tolerable.

Seamon, Cathie Jo

Joined Homeschool Connections in 2015. Teaches the sciences including biology & chemistry. Loves being with the kids & sharing science with them. Studied Civil & Environmental Engineering for her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Michigan. Earned her Master’s Degree in Hazardous Waste Management at Wayne State University.

Smith, Janice

Began teaching with Homeschool Connections in 2019. Loves teaching because she gets to spend time with young people – the people of our future. Has taught at HighPoint Hybrid Academy. Attended Wayne State University and Michigan State. Taught Spanish for many years. Wants to pass on her love of language with her students. Enjoys walking and reading good books. Married with 3 grown daughters.

van-der-Harst, Madison

Madison van der Harst grew up in Rochester, MI and attended Homeschool Connections throughout her middle and high school years. She loved it and is so thankful to be back as a teacher! After high school, she attended Hillsdale College where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Politics with a minor in Art. Throughout college and for a couple years post-graduation, Madison volunteered with Young Life, a ministry reaching middle and high school students. Since college she has primarily worked as an art teacher and tutor. She loves spending time with her husband, family, church family, and everyone else!