Faith Life Home Educators

We are a family-oriented, Christian support ministry for home educators. Activities include field trips, gym time, meetings for parents, service projects, and an annual graduation ceremony.

Do you homeschool? Are you looking for a way to meet new people and get your family connected? Join us once a week, for ten weeks each semester, and participate in a variety of classes. There is something for kids pre-K through grade 12! Come share experiences, get encouraged and have fun! A family-oriented, Christian support ministry for home educators. Activities include field trips, gym time, meetings for parents, service projects, and an annual graduation ceremony.


Classes

See below for class listings


Registration day

August 16, this is a one-day only registration. There will not be an online registration option, so mark your calendars now!

Registration place

Faith Life Church 2407 Beech Road, New Albany, 43054

Time

See below

Schedule

  • 9:30 a.m. - Teacher registration (If you are teaching a class, you get priority registration at this time)
  • 10:00 a.m. - Teacher meeting
  • 10:30 a.m. - Mandatory meeting for ALL FLHE members (current and new families)
  • 11:00 a.m. - Open registration by numerical order. Families will receive a number as they arrive. You will register for classes by number. To receive a number you must stop at the desk and pay your $40 family fee and turn in your paperwork. Numbers will be given out on a first come, first served basis. (Paperwork will be available onsite or you may download it from our website to complete ahead of time)

Payment

You may pay for your FLHE membership fee by cash, check or credit card.

The fee is $40 per family, per school year.

Class fees vary by class. Please note the fee in the class schedule. All class fees must be paid directly to the teacher as you sign up for the class.

For example: If your child were going to participate in three different classes, you would need three individual checks, written out to each teacher. Please plan ahead and bring exact change, or you may write a check to the teacher. Teachers are unable to accept credit card payments.

We will be having a photographer onsite in September for school photos. Details will be available soon.

We have an awesome "onsite field trip" on October 6th with Ironwood Wolves. Details will be available on registration day.


Class Listing

  • CHAPEL – 10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
  • 1ST PERIOD – 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • 2ND PERIOD – 11:55 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
  • LUNCH – 12:40 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
  • 3RD PERIOD – 1:20 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
  • 4TH PERIOD – 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


PERIOD 1 – 11:00 – 11:45

Pre-K / Kindergarten

The Reading Corner

Teacher: Sonia West

This class will be working through The Reading Corner Curriculum that provides an age-appropriate, hands-on academic learning based on exposure to math, reading, and writing skills. Each child will receive their own curriculum book and resources.

Class Fee: $40
Supply Fee: $12
Ages: 3 - 5
Maximum Number of Students: 10
Note: This class is available in the first and third period.


Preschool Gym

Teacher: Amy Sax

Join us for this energetic class where we’ll combine activity and learning! Each week, we’ll begin with warm-up exercises and laps, play parachute games, Duck, Duck, Goose, and end with a brief story time and discussion on health and nutrition.

Class Fee: $10
Supply Fee: none
Ages: 3 - 5
Maximum number of students: 20
Note: This class is available in the first and second period.


1st – 3rd Grade

Pinterest-Inspired inspired Art

Teacher: Katie Gastaldo

In this class, we will take inspiration from Pinterest to create some amazing artwork with your kids. This class will inspire them and spark their creativity through painting, drawing, cutting, pasting, and measuring, and mixing to create new colors. Some projects may include making slime and play dough. This class could get messy, so please make sure your little ones bring an apron or smock!

Class Fee: none
Supply Fee: $35
Grades: 1 – 3
Maximum number of students: 12


3rd – 6th Grade

Beginner IEW Writing

Teacher: Stephanie Shooks

Using IEW’s proven method, we will learn how to make writing fun and easy. The IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) uses a step- by- step checklist to take the fear and dread out of writing, creating well written paragraphs and papers. We will be learning how to key word outline, write using the key word outline, add dress- ups to our papers, including –ly words, who-which clauses, five senses words, strong verbs, action verbs, quality adjectives, and more. If you have a child who is overwhelmed by writing a paper or even a paragraph, then this is a perfect class to introduce an easy to follow “formula” to help them become excellent writers. All source texts will be provided, and final paragraphs can be typed or handwritten. Don’t worry, this is not a long paper writing class, ; we will only be writing a few paragraphs a week. There will be writing homework each week. Each child will come away from this class with a portfolio of their amazing writing. I welcome and encourage parents to attend and learn alongside your child.

Class Fee: $5
Supply Fee: $15
Grades: 3 - 6 Minimum number of students: 6
Maximum number of students: 12


3rd  – 8th Grade

Around the World in Ten Co-op Days

Teacher: Anna Aquino

Fasten your seatbelts! In this co-op class, we will be learning about other countries, their cultures, and sampling food. I will not make sStudents will not be required to eat everything, but I they will be encouraging encouraged them to try new foods. Please tell inform me the teacher if of any food allergies your child has any food allergies. We’ll learn about a new country each class period and get our “passports” stamped for every country visited.

Class Fee: $5
Supply Fee: $35
Grades: 3 – 8
Maximum number of students: 30


3rd Grade and Up

Legos

Teacher: Tara Lilly

For the experienced Lego builder! Students will participate in STEM projects using Lego bricks to create something new each week and will present it to the class. This is a hands-on class, ; no pencil or paper required! Students will need to bring their own box of Lego bricks to class each week and are encouraged to bring plenty of wheels, axles, and gears. More information will be given to parents prior to class starting regarding what specialty bricks will be needed and what will be provided.

Class Fee: $15
Supply Fee: none
Grades: 3 and up
Maximum number of students: 15


6th – 8th Grade

Middle School Visual Arts

Teacher: Carisa Russell

This course is recommended for students who have an interest in various art techniques and materials. This is not a drawing class.

Students will be exposed to concepts, movements, and artists, and will be asked to conceptualize and create personal and unique projects in a studio setting. Projects may be sent home to make additional progress, and all completed projects will be included in a student art show held at the end of the fall session.

Class Fee: none
Supply Fee: $70, (covers cost of all class supplies and art show)
Grades: 6 - 8
Maximum number of students: 12


9th – 12th Grade

Apologia’s High School Exploring Creation with Biology Lab

Teacher: Beth Morrison

“This biology course is designed to be your high school student’s first science course. As a college-prep high school biology course, it will set the stage for success in their homeschool years in high school, prepare them for college level courses, and give them an understanding of the basic biological world that surrounds them each day of their lives so that they can appreciate the real-world relevance of scientific inquiry..” (Apologia’s course description on their website)

This class will provide the place for most labs required for Apologia’s high school Biology course. The labs will cover everything from studying cells under a microscope to dissecting frogs. Because of time constraints, a few labs and modules will need to be done at home. This class will continue throughout the year even when the “regular” co-op days have finished. All reading, study questions, and testing will be done at home. Students will be required to read labs before coming to class. Students are to be on time, are required to bring their textbook and student notebook, and will participate in cleaning up after the class. Students will learn how to write a proper lab report and will be required to turn in lab reports the week after the lab is finished, so they can be graded. Get ready to learn, discover things you have never seen before, and have fun! 

Grades: 9 – 12
Maximum number of students: 12
Class Fee: none
Supply Fee: $65

Required: Students will also need to purchase Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology 2nd Edition Textbook, course tests, and answer key.

Recommended: Apologia’s Student Notebook or a blank notebook. (Although Apologia’s Student Notebook is not required for lab, it is suggested as it will help the student organize lab notes, answer study questions, and study for their tests.)


High School Spanish

Teacher: Monica Bilbao

In this class, students will be learning how to speak Spanish and conjugate verbs in the proper tense for speaking and writing. Students will also need to memorize vocabulary. Additional homework (approximately 1 hour per week) will be assigned.

Class Fee: $15
Supply Fee: none
Grades: 9 – 12
Minimum number of students: 3
Maximum number of students: 10



PERIOD 2 - 11:55 – 12:40

Pre-K / Kindergarten

Around the World with Art and Music

Teacher: Heather Zalenski

We are going on a trip around the world. Would you like to come along? This class will be centered around age appropriate (Pre-K to K) lessons that combine geography, culture, art, and music.  
 
Children will be introduced to the concept of visiting distant lands by using their very own passport! While traveling, we will be learning about different cultures through the native people’s stories, art, music, and food. By the end of the semester, children will have a passport and binder full of their traveling conquests to share with family and friends!

Class Fee: $25
Ages: 3 - 6
Maximum Number of Students: 12
Note: This class is available in second and third period.


Preschool Gym

Teacher: Amy Sax

Join us for this energetic class where we’ll combine activity and learning! Each week, we’ll begin with warm-up exercises and laps, play parachute games, Duck, Duck, Goose, and end with a brief story time and discussion on health and nutrition.

Class Fee: $10
Supply Fee: none
Ages: 3 - 5
Maximum number of students: 20
Note: This class is available in the first and second period.


K – 4th Grade

Legos

Teacher: Tara Lilly

For the Lego enthusiast! Students will work solo, and occasionally with a partner, to create something new each week and present it to the class. Students will also play Lego games, learn a helpful Lego building technique, and MORE! This is a “hands-on” class; no pencil or paper required. Students will need to bring their own box of Lego bricks to class each week.

Class Fee: $5
Supply Fee: none
Grades: K – 4
Maximum number of students: 15


3rd – 5th Grade

Super Scientists … and What They Taught Us

Teacher: Wendy Kirk

From antiquity until the modern day, curious men and women have tried to understand more about the world around us. They made observations, formed hypotheses, and performed experiments that led to greater understanding and the creation of useful inventions. Who were these great thinkers and what advancements did they help us achieve? This class will feature hands-on activities, videos, and more to better understand their scientific achievements. Students will be asked to complete an oral report to present the final week of class.

Class Fee: $15
Supply Fee: none
Grades: 3 – 5


6th – 8th Grade

Cake Decorating Basics and More

Teacher: Summer Chalfan

This cake decorating class will include cake-decorating basics. We will cover the tools of decorating, frosting consistency, design, and usage. We will also touch on and practice using modeling chocolate fondant and gum paste. We will be decorating cake, cupcakes, and working with other edible mediums the kids can take home and enjoy!

Class Fee: none
Supply Fee: $50
Grades: 6 – 8
Maximum number of students: 10


6th – 12th Grade

Cast and Create

Teacher: Dan Aquino

Get ready for an adventure in creativity, casting, and sculpting in this class. Along with completing four different projects, we will learn some fun crafting skills as well as be taught by an artist who has worked on special effects in film and as a scenic artist for Disney. Enjoy the world of creativity as you spread your wings and create!

Please note: These projects involve steps, and while we understand that sometimes children need to miss a day, please try to have them at every class. We will try to help children make up the work they need to complete when they do miss.

Class Fee: $5
Supply Fee: $60
Grades: 6 – 12


7th – 12th Grade

IEW Writing

Teacher: Stephanie Shooks

This will be a mixed class of first time IEW writers and experienced IEW writers. For the experienced writers in the group, it will be a great review and allow for sharpening of their skills. (As we all know, you can only become good at something if you practice it often). If they feel ready, we will introduce some advanced dress-ups and decorations. For the first-timers, the class will teach them how to use a proven step-by-step process to write organized, well written papers. We will be learning how to key word outline, write using the key word outline, add dress-ups to our papers, including –ly words, who-which clauses, five senses words, strong verbs, quality adjectives, and more. All source texts will be provided, and final paragraphs can be typed or handwritten. This is not a long paper writing class; we will only be writing a few paragraphs a week. There will be writing homework each week. Each child will come away from this class with a portfolio of their amazing writing. Parents, you are welcome and encouraged to attend and learn alongside your child.

Class Fee: $5
Supply Fee: $15
Grades: 7 – 12
Minimum number of students: 6
Maximum number of students: 12



PERIOD 3 - 1:20 – 2:05

Pre-K / Kindergarten

The Reading Corner

Teacher: Sonia West

This class will be working through The Reading Corner Curriculum that provides an age-appropriate, hands-on academic learning based on an exposure to math, reading, and writing skills. Each child will receive their own curriculum book and resources.

Class Fee: $40
Supply Fee: $12
Ages: 3-5
Maximum Number of Students: 10
Note: This class is available in the first and third period.


Around the World with Art and Music

Teacher: Heather Zalenski

We are going on a trip around the world. Would you like to come along? This class will be centered around age appropriate (Pre-K to K) lessons that combine geography, culture, art, and music.  
 
Children will be introduced to the concept of visiting distant lands by using their very own passport! While traveling, we will be learning about different cultures through the native people’s stories, art, music, and food. By the end of the semester, children will have a passport and binder full of their traveling conquests to share with family and friends!

Class Fee: $25
Ages: 3-6
Maximum Number of Students: 12
Note: This class is available in second and third period.


Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Homeschool Gym

Teacher: Coach Christopher Quickert

The Homeschool Gym provides a safe and positive physical education experience for homeschooled children. We use a variety of games and activities that are both fun and educational. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere in which children of varying ages can come together and learn physical skills that will lead them to a lifetime of health, fitness, and fun.
http://welcome.homeschoolgym.com/

Class Fee: $65
Sibling discount: Two children, $105, ; three or more children in the same family, $125.


4th – 6th Grade

Safety/First Aid

Teacher: Tracy Scholl

In this class, we will learn things that will make sure the kids know what to do in case of emergencies. We’ll learn about first aid and talk about CPR. (this There will not be any type of certification.). The students will build their own first aid kit and add to it as we learn new things. We will also cover safety and first aid for younger kids in preparation for babysitting. Class may include an ambulance visit so students can become familiar with it and learn what they may experience should they ever need to ride in one.

Class Fee: $30
Supply Fee: none
Grades: 4 – 6


4th – 6th Grade

Advanced IEW Writing

Teacher: Stephanie Shooks

If your child has taken any IEW writing classes before, than this is the class for them. We will build on the basics of key word outlining (KWO), adding dress-ups, and sentence openers. In this class, we will move on to different types of writing: writing from pictures, inventive writing, retelling narrative stories, and summarizing references. We may even get to a few advanced dress-ups and decorations. There will be writing homework each week. Each child will come away from this class with a portfolio of their amazing writing. Parents, you are welcome and encouraged to attend and learn alongside your child. The prerequisite for this class in knowing how to KWO, add dress-ups, and sentence openers.

Class Fee: $5
Supply Fee: $15
Grades: 4 – 6
Minimum number of students: 6
Maximum number of students: 12


6th – 8th Grade

Introduction to Spanish

Teacher: Mark Stanifer

This one- semester class is an introduction to the Spanish language. We will be covering topics such as family, foods, and basic greetings. By the end of the semester, students will have simple conversations in Spanish with each other. The goal is to give students exposure to Spanish in a fun and engaging way, with emphasis on proper pronunciation and some of the basic rules needed to speak and understand this popular language. Approximately 30 minutes of homework will be assigned each week.

Class Fee: $50
Supply Fee: none
Grades: 6 – 8
Minimum number of students: 6
Maximum number of students: 15


9th – 12th Grade

Fundamentals of Art

Teacher: Carisa Russell

This course introduces the student to a wide range of art techniques and creative approaches to visual arts. Students will continually make critical assessments about their own artwork, and the work of their peers, and other artists in written as well as verbal critiques. Students will explore color theory, elements of good composition, basic techniques of drawing perspective, brush, etc., and will work with various media. Additional work and assignments (2+ hours per week) will be required outside of class in order to meet the high school requirement for a quarter-credit elective (30 hours). A Class class syllabus will be provided at the start of the semester.

Class Fee: none
Supply Fee: $80, (covers the cost of all class supplies and art show)
Grades: 9 – 12, .25 credit hour possible with course completion
Maximum number of students: 12



PERIOD 4 - 2:15 – 3:00

K – 3rd Grade

First Aid/Safety

Teacher: Tracy Scholl

In this class, we will learn about things students should know to help themselves, or someone else, in an emergency. We’ll learn simple first aid, safety around water, crossing the street, and other things to stay safe. The kids will build their own first aid kit and will add to it each week as we learn new things. The class may include an ambulance visit so students can become familiar with them.

Class Fee: $30
Supply Fee: none
Grades: K – 3


3rd – 8th Grade

American Wars From the Revolution Until Now

Teacher: Anna Aquino

This history class will start with the Revolutionary War and progress to current day. We will focus on what was going on in the world during these periods in history and learn about the issues that brought on each conflict. Students will have a broad overview of the following conflicts: American Revolution, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, 9/11, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Students will take notes in the notebook provided.

Class Fee: $5
Supply Fee: $10
Grades: 3 – 8
Maximum number of students: 30


4th – 12th Grade

Homeschool Gym Class

Teacher: Coach Christopher Quickert

The Homeschool Gym provides a safe and positive physical education experience for homeschooled children. We use a variety of games and activities that are both fun and educational. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere in which children of varying ages can come together and learn physical skills that will lead them to a lifetime of health, fitness, and fun.
http://welcome.homeschoolgym.com/

Class Fee: $65
Sibling discount: Two children, $105, ; three or more children in the same family, $125.
Grades: 4 – 12


9th – 12th Grade

U.S. Constitution

Teacher: DiAnn Cole

The U.S. Constitution course and the material used is provided by the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC). The course is a series of twelve lectures using original historical documents as well as writings of the Founding Fathers and leads to a better understanding of the American view of law, liberty, and government. It is not just a history class, but is a study of why knowing our true American heritage is vital to preserving it. The foundational principles on which the United States was founded and the philosophical worldview of the drafters of the Constitution is are studied. From the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, and the importance of the Bill of Rights, as well as the discussions and compromises that took place are included in this study. America is an exceptional nation due to the foundation on which she it was built, and is why all Americans should learn and fully appreciate their very own heritage. This course clearly defines words and phrases used in both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution that are often misunderstood or, sadly, redefined today. Completion of this course enables one to better understand the original intent of the Founding Fathers and the profound documents they left us. Learning about our God-given and unalienable rights is the duty of every citizen. Being able to share this knowledge with others and with confidence is a blessing.

Class Fee: $45
Supply Fee: $45
Grades: 9 - 12

Tara Lilly

Tara Lilly lives in Blacklick with her husband, Ben, and three kiddos Brooklynn, Jordyn, and Brennan. She loves shopping, enjoys a good cup of coffee and hanging out with teenagers at Stonybrook Church where she helps lead youth group.

Katie Gastaldo

Katie lives in Pataskala with her husband, Jonathan, and is the mother of two amazing kids, ages five and ten. Her family loves crafting and pinning which has inspired her to teach a Pinterest art class at co-op this winter.

Stephanie Shooks

Stephanie has been homeschooling her three kids (Luke, Jake & Abby) for nine years with the support and encouragement of her husband Matt. She is well versed on homeschooling with special needs and incorporating therapy/IEP goals into everyday learning. As a self-proclaimed, lifelong learner she holds certificates in technical theater, dog grooming, disaster relief, weather spotting, home organization and has an Amateur Radio License. She loves to read, bake, clean, organize, plan in her Happy Planner, fix things around the house, build with power tools, play with her puppy, serve at church, spend hours on Pinterest and is currently starting her own blog.

Anna Aquino

Anna M. Aquino is a super fabulous woman of God, wife, ninja mom of two, traditionally published author and guest minister/ speaker. She has been a guest on TBN, The Gospel Channel, and various other media programs. Anna is currently at work on her 22nd book, along with five screenplays, children’s book series, and two devotionals. However Anna has learned there is a difference in the world between the writing side and the publishing side. She is the published author of An Ember in Time, Confessions of a Ninja Mom, Cursing the Church or Helping It? two other inclusions in anthologies, and a blog that is read around the world. While she is more known for her nonfiction writing she loves fiction writing and is very excited to have just signed a fiction trilogy with an agent. An Ember in Time was released in 2016 and Marriage in Time will follow this summer. While Anna was born and raised in Ohio, her family and she lived in Central Florida for 13.5 years. They relocated back to Ohio a year ago under divine direction to be members of Faith Life Church. Anna is excited to be teaching with the Faith Life Co-Op and is looking forward to pouring her passion of the written word into the students.

Beth Morrison

Beth’s heart for teaching began early in her life with teaching her sister math. In high school she entered into a teaching mentorship program which confirmed her love to teach children. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor in Early Elementary Education. She was then quite surprised when the Lord told her to ‘wait’ and not get a full time teaching job. Instead, he placed her in a position to take care of her father and grandmother. She has followed the Lord and is so excited and honored to be able to teach her own children and the children at FLHE.

Christopher Quickert

Christopher Quickert isn’t above performing pratfalls if that’s what it takes to help a build a child’s confidence and skills in the gymnasium. Known as “Coach Q” or “Coach Chris” to his students, Quickert began teaching fitness classes for kids at a Columbus Recreation Center in 2003, the same year he began to homeschool his daughter Aiden. Equipped with a Bachelors’ of Science and Masters of Education from the Ohio State University, Quickert had seen the problems of contemporary classrooms firsthand. Little was accomplished because of the amount of time teachers spent managing behavior instead of teaching. Determined to do things differently, Quickert learned that listening to his students, respecting them and above all, making sure they stay active and have fun has kept the need for management to a minimum. He incorporated his program as the HomeSchool Gym in 2004 as it began to expand from a single recreation center to several. Now in multiple locations, both urban and suburban, it has become one of the most popular resources for Central Ohio’s substantial homeschooling community.

Dan Aquino

Born in Canada to a family who emigrated from Italy, Dan had no idea what God had in store for him. After high school, Dan completed an AA in Mold Making and worked in that field for a few years, then in a giant leap of faith found himself at Columbia College in Chicago majoring in Film. After completing a year there, he stumbled upon an ad for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and knew that was where he needed to go. He quickly changed his plans and completed his AA in Industrial Design. He even worked on a film briefly in Hollywood. During this time he met and married Anna through a divine series of events, and they followed the direction of God and moved to Orlando, FL. While in Florida Dan found himself in several places: KX Design International (that builds animatronic figures for theme parks and Rainforest Cafes), Disney’s Magic Kingdom (where he repainted various rides, floats and the castle), and eleven years at Tupperware (where he was a prototype developer for upcoming products). During this time Dan and Anna had their two daughters. It was here in Florida where Dan was raised in the things of the Spirit and a foundation for ministry was laid. Then God spoke very clearly to both of them to return to Central Ohio to be under FLC and Pastors Gary and Drenda Keesee. Today Dan is working at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and praying about the next step in his journey. He is excited to be joining the FLHE Co-op this semester.

Tracy Scholl

Tracy is a homeschooling mom of a 5th grader and a senior. She has homeschooled her kids for six years and wouldn't change it for the world. She is a resident of Johnstown, and graduated high school from Licking Heights in 1996. Tracy is a certified EMT, OHSSA Softball umpire and works part time at Tractor Supply. In her "spare" time she spends time with her horses, watches her daughter ride, and her son play travel baseball.

Summer Chalfan

Summer Chalfan operates a cottage business called Bizzyy Bee Bakery out of her home where she has professionally decorated cakes for seven years. She enjoys the art of cake decorating and anything with a creative outlet! Summer has been married for 15 years and has three children. She and her family have been attending Faith Life church for a little more than a year.

Heather Zalenski

Heather Zalenski is a momma and wife who has recently joined in on the journey of homeschooling and is enjoying every moment of it. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Archeology and Sociology where she began working on various Hopewell/Adena historical sites. Later in life when Heather found out she was going to have her first child, she left the rough and tumble world of digging up dirt and began a new adventure working with the elderly population through organizations like The Salvation Army, National Church Residences and Lutheran Social Services. A few years later, with the news of another blessing on the way, Heather started on the path to her best adventure yet of "stay-at-home" mom. She looks forward to another year of teaching at co-op.

Mark Stanifer

Mark grew up in a small town in southern Michigan. It was there, in high school, that he was first attracted to the Spanish language. He went on to earn a business major and a Spanish minor from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. After graduating, he and his wife, Kristin, settled in the Columbus area and began their life together.

The next 20 years would see his career develop as a finance/accounting professional in the banking industry. His various roles allowed him to work with people at all levels of the organization, from analysts to senior executives. While the daily work included lots of reports and spreadsheets, helping people and a love for teaching were always present. And although it was used less and less, the joy of Spanish never dissipated.

In 2016, after much thought and prayer, Mark realized his true passion was to help people become who they were created to be. So, after 20 years of professional experience, and a lifetime of learning to listen to and follow God, he left Corporate America and started his own life coaching business, Dare 2 Live Coaching (dare2livecoaching.com).

This career pivot has opened up more time and allowed him to reconnect with both Spanish and teaching. He is excited to combine them both into a class that introduces young people to this language in a fun and different way.

Mark is still in love with his high school sweetheart, and together they have three children—Jacob, Andrew and Sara—all home schooled. In addition to family and work, he enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and is an avid ice hockey fan.

Carisa Russell

Carisa is excited to share her love of art for a sixth co-op session at FLC. After focusing on art, photography, and writing electives throughout high school, Carisa chose to pursue areas of communication at Capital University. In her studies she learned to appreciate how art, in all mediums, can be one of the greatest forms of communication.

She graduated magna cum laude from Capital University with a double major in Public Relations and Journalism and worked for more than 10 years in Corporate Communications for JPMorgan Chase. In 2006, she decided to become a stay-at-home mom. Carisa has continued writing part time for several organizations since 2009, including Faith Life Ministries, and has homeschooled her three girls since 2012.

Carisa loves having the opportunity to teach art for the FLHE co-op, encouraging students to take risks and grow through their art, and taking on the challenge to create an excellent art show at the end of each co-op session.

Wendy Kirk

Wendy Kirk never expected to be a teacher; however, as a mom she saw her kids learning new things all the time. She wants that learning to foster a deeper love for God and stronger familial bonds... and maybe a little fun along the way. She brings that same perspective to teaching co-op classes. Wendy has been married to Matt for 15 years, and they are Mom and Dad to Anna, Addy, and Ben.

Sonia West

Sonia has five kids ranging in ages from sixteen to twenty-three. She has taught all of her children at home and this is her second year teaching at the high school level. Sonia has cared for other families' children in her home and has enjoyed seeing them learn as well as learning herself. Her favorite parts of home schooling are watching the "light bulb" come on and seeing her kids' amazement as they flourish.

FAQ

When and where do Co-op classes take place?

Co-op classes are held on Wednesdays from 10:30am – 3:00pm. We meet at:

Faith Life Church
2407 Beech Road
New Albany, OH.


How long is a co-op semester?

A co-op semester is 10 weeks long. For specific beginning and ending dates, see the Fall and Spring class schedules.


Can co-op classes act as a replacement for teaching at home?

Faith Life co-op classes are not a replacement for your academic homeschooling efforts and are geared toward enrichment only. At this time, we do not offer core subjects for middle school and high school.


What type of classes do you offer?

Typically, Faith Life Home Educators offer classes that involve fun, hands-on learning in a social setting. We lean toward choosing classes that homeschool parents can’t (or don’t want to) do at home. Messy art projects, science experiments, PE, and singing groups are just a few of the classes that are regularly in our line-up. For a list of specific class descriptions for the current session, please see the current class schedule.


How do I know if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather?

Delays, cancellations, and last minute information are posted on our Facebook page, listed under the Faith Life Home Educators link at www.faithlifechurch.org. Please check for updates before heading to any FLHE event.


Do you make up snow days?

No, we will not make up snow days. We have found that doing so pushes the semester too far into the holiday season.


Who can participate in co-op classes?

Classes are available for homeschoolers in grades K-12. We offer limited preschool classes, for ages 3 & 4 year-olds. You must be considered a home schooled student in order to participate.


Is this a Christian Co-op?

Faith Life Home Educators Homeschool Community is a ministry branch of Faith Life Church. We embrace Biblical principles, looking to God to lead and guide as our community grows. While we do not require attendees to be a member of Faith Life Church, we do ask that, while attending FLHE functions, participants be respectful of our Church beliefs. Please look in our Handbook for our Statement of Beliefs.


Can I register other children besides my own?

Because each family is required to sign a waiver of liability, you may register only for children of which you are parent or legal guardian. If you choose to transport other families’ children, they must register and pay separately and you must fulfill their volunteer obligations in addition to your own.


Can I drop my child off for co-op classes?

Faith Life Church is not a drop-off co-op. Since our classes are taught by parent volunteers and helpers, everyone’s help is needed during co-op hours. Every parent will have some downtime during co-op, however. This is a great time to chat with other parents, do some laps in the parking lot, or take a moment to catch up on reading.


Do I need to volunteer during co-op?

In keeping with the spirit of a cooperative, a parent from each participating family is expected to remain at co-op and serve in some capacity.


How much does it cost to participate in co-op classes?

The prices for the classes vary based on the cost of the supplies needed for each child. Since our teachers volunteer their time, the cost is kept fairly low. The average price per class is between $10 and $20 per semester, but some might be more or less. Class prices are listed with each class on the class schedule page.


Are there any fees beyond the class fees mentioned above?

Yes, each family is charged a $40 fee per family, per school year.


At home, my child is working above grade level. Can I put him in co-op classes above his age group also?

This is a very popular question, because we have many bright homeschool students who are working above grade level. For co-op purposes, however, we do ask that you enroll your child in classes according to his age/grade. In order to ensure space for all of our families, we ask that you respect these guidelines.


Do we have to take classes for the entire co-op day?

You do not have to participate in all day classes in order to participate in co-op.


What do I do if I have to miss a week of co-op?

Since every parent fulfills a volunteer position each week, it is very important that you let us know if you need to miss co-op. Please email your child’s class teacher.


I’m not sure if I will be able to commit to co-op attendance, but right now I think I would like to participate. Should I go ahead and register to hold a place?

Please do not register for co-op classes unless you are sure you would like to participate and are committed to attend regularly.


How do I register?

Registration is one day only and must be done in person at Faith Life Church. For fall and spring registration dates, please check our Facebook page or the Faith Life Home Educators page on the church's website. There will be no early or late registration and a parent is the only person who can register their children.


How and when do I pay for co-op classes?

Co-op classes must be paid for in person by cash or check directly to each teacher on registration day.


Do I get a refund if our family drops out of co-op?

After you register, if something comes up that makes you unable to participate in co-op classes, you can receive a full refund for all but $40 of your co-op fees up until the first day of co-op classes. Once classes begin, you will not receive a refund, as much of the money will have already been spent purchasing supplies for classes.