Debi E. Jones

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debijones@verizon.net

Education

BS (cum laude) in Education from Angelo State University, 1988

About Mrs. Jones

Experience

My family started our homeschool journey in 2005 and we have never looked back.  We found THEO when someone told my elder son about it.  We were very new to homeschooling and it almost sounded magical!  My son participated in the band that year and then I started teaching at THEO the next year for just a few hours each week.  Now, I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry and/or SAT Math Prep at THEO for more than 13 years.  I LOVE the consistency and absolutism of high school math.

Additionally, I served as the Nursery Director for 19 years at a local church before stepping down last year to focus on other areas of service.

Personal

I have been married to my wonderful husband Dan for more than 30 years.  Our oldest son graduated in UTD in 2015 and now lives and works in OKC.  Our daughter graduated from OSU in 2018 and is now in her second year of medical school.  Our youngest son will be graduating from homeschool in 2021 and pursuing a degree in…something, although we don’t know what that is yet.  My personal interests include gardening, cooking, sewing and playing the piano.

Nathan Jensen

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mr.nejensen.teacher@gmail.com

Nathan Jensen returns to THEO as a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Literary Studies with Honors and a Teaching Certification for 7-12 ELA (English). In the spring semester of 2019, Nathan worked as a substitute teacher for Allen ISD and taught as a long-term substitute for two months at Erickson Middle School in Allen. Also, Nathan has taught throughout his life at a variety of Church programs such as VBS, Awana, St. Paul’s Sunday School, and Grace Kids.

Having grown up in the homeschool community, Nathan appreciates the opportunity to offer the same outstanding education that he received to the next generation. As a child, Nathan struggled to learn to read, so he understands the challenges of becoming a proficient reader and writer and aims to nurture the reader that exists in every student.

Involved in theater since a young age, Nathan has performed in over 50 different productions, including both semi-professional and professional jobs. During the last 6 years, he expanded his focus to include film, creating and producing a web series on YouTube called Project Jumpchute. Working on every aspect of this project, from writing to constructing sets to editing, Nathan learned what it takes to produce filmed content and what mistakes for beginners to avoid. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to share what he has learned about the process of creating films with future filmmakers.

Steve Horvath

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Stevehorvathguitar@gmail.com    Steve can also be reached at 972.665.8621

Experience

  • Worship Leader/Band Director – 7 years
  • Guitar Teaching – 15 years
  • Playing and Studying Guitar – 23 years

Hi! My name is Steve Horvath. I am originally from California, but after I met my beautiful Texan wife, the rest was history! I have been in the Lone Star State about 16 years now. I have 15 years of private guitar teaching experience, as well as 7 years of worship leading experience in which I have led and directed a band.  I have been playing and studying the guitar for the past 23 years.  I love teaching and helping people reach their musical goals and aspirations!

I have been married to my wife Courtney for 16 years and we have three sons – Seth (13),  Caleb (11) and Ian (4).  I am also a fan of bold coffee, traveling and photography. I have traveled overseas on missions trips to Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and Ecuador. I was home schooled myself until I reached the 8th grade!

Students also have the option to participate in recitals and various other performance opportunities.  You can also look at our website or FB page included in the links below if that would be helpful.

My music studio has two locations: The first is near Parker Road and McCreary and the other is in Downtown Wylie.  For Theo students who would like to take lessons at one of our studios, we offer a $40.00 discount per month ($85.00/month as opposed to our normal rate of $125.00/month), for lesson times that would be considered homeschool spots (early afternoon).   We also offer piano lessons on Thursday and Friday at our downtown Wylie location.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Thank you!

Steve

 

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GuitarLessonsWylieTexas

Website: GuitarLessonswylietexas.com     Phone: 972-665-8621

 

Helen Green

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gracefillednest@gmail.com

Hi, my name is Helen Green (a local Christian artist) originally from Boerne, Texas.  I’ve been married almost 20 years to my faithful husband, Kelly Green.  We have a 14-year old daughter named Grace, plus a loud Sheepdog named Darla.

I love to paint and encourage others along the way. Let’s conquer the fear of messing up and start drawing and painting. My style is light and airy from impressionistic to contemporary, yet I have a variety of styles in between.

My background has been in retail advertising as Sr. Art Director/Grahic Designer for sixteen years, yet, my real art enthusiasm began by watching my mother paint on canvas, going to galleries and flipping through her art magazines. Now my own daughter loves to design & create, and we hope your loved ones will be inspired too.

The past ten years, Philippians 4:8 has been my prayer and hope for future artist, “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things”.

I have sold my art through local stores, curators, Instagram, Minted.com and a major national retailer.  As an artist, there is joy guiding numerous art camps from small artisan batches to church size events, afterschool programs, homeschool (mostly in my little home).  Once per year, I donate paintings to Scottish Rite Hospital for their Summer of Colors silent auction.

Looking forward to our time together and grateful.

Helen Green
Text or Call 214-336-1489

instagram @helengracegreenart

Lauren Gosnell

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lauren.a.gosnell@gmail.com

Lauren Gosnell

I have been married to my husband Josh for 13 years. We have a 12 year old daughter, Kennedy, and a 4 year old son, Brandt. We also have two four-legged family members; Logan is our blue heeler/husky mix and Lyla is our chiweenie.

Through homeschooling my own children and being involved with co-ops, I’ve experienced an up-close view of how truly different we all learn. Experience is a great teacher, and God has equipped me with how to alter my teaching style when needed. I trust that He will continue to equip me and grow me as a THEO teacher.

I have learned to trust God’s plan and truly appreciate His sense of humor, mostly through all those times I said ‘I will never (fill in the blank here)’, and then those same things come to life.

It is such a blessing to have this opportunity to share my love of math with THEO students and help them gain confidence in a subject that isn’t always well-loved.

Kathy Franda

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Kathy Franda

Kathy Franda homeschooled her 3 children for 12 years graduating the youngest in May 2011.  She has been teaching science, computer, geography, psychology, and elective classes at THEO since 2009 and other local co-ops since 2000.  She has a B.A. from University of Rochester in New York.  Kathy’s lifelong passion for science began at an early age growing up at and exploring the estuaries and intertidal zone of a barrier island in New Jersey. She has traveled to many of the states, countries, and marine habitats that she teaches about – often with National Geographic educational programs. She believes in “hands on” learning to improve initial learning, long term retention and student interest and teaches utilizing varied methods to benefit various learning strengths.

Email kathyfranda@gmail.com with questions about classes.

Elsa Del Toro

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elsacdeltoro@gmail.com

¡Hola! I am a native Spanish speaker, born and raised in Cuba. I am married and have three lovely girls. With the help of God, I have been able to home school all three. My two oldest graduated from THEO and are now in college. Through home education, I had the opportunity to pass on my native language to my daughters. Homeschooling them helped me discover a passion for teaching.

Outside of our home, my first experience teaching was under the direction and guidance of THEO’s presigious Spanish teacher, Shari Schwarz. She fanned the flame of my desire to impact the lives of home schooled students with the gift of a second language. I have enjoyed stepping in as a substitute teacher for many THEO classes, and I am excited to begin teaching my own classes this year. Alongside fellow THEO Spanish teacher, Julie Smith, I am in the process of becoming certified as a TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) Teacher, and cannot wait to work with your students. It is going to be a fantastic year!

Shirley Day

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sjdayofjoy@gmail.com

Education

Bachelors of Science in Science Education – University of Oklahoma

Graduate hours in Earth Science Education –Texas A&M

Graduate hours in Anatomy and Physiology – Texas Women’s University

Experience

Six years teaching Physical Science, Earth Science and 8th grade Honor’s Science at Richardson Jr. High School

Tutoring science students for the Academic Decathlon at MacArthur High School in Irving

Tutored many students at my kitchen table over the last 30 years—all ages and subjects!

Started teaching Abeka Biology and Apologia Physical Science the year THEO opened in 2006. Added Apologia General Science in 2014.

Friday School at THEO Director and Teacher for 10 years! –A joy to serve this group of moms and students!

Homeschool teacher to my 6 children for 26 years. My baby graduated from THEO in 2020!

Awana leader and helper over the years from Cubbies to the High School program

Sunday School Teacher for 20 years from Pre-K through Jr. High—whatever was needed that year.  : )

Vacation Bible School Director or Teacher for 10+ years

Led many Bible studies over the years with different groups of women

Current area of service—Baba (grandma) to 4 grandchildren and 6 foster grandchildren and counting!

Personal

Married to my faithful husband, Tim, since 1987. We met as public school teachers at Richardson Jr. High, but somehow always felt led to home school our own 6 children. We started the journey taking it one year at a time. I had no idea that I would home school for 26 years! That seems crazy, but it is something that we do not regret in any way! There is not enough space (even on the web) to write all the lessons I have learned raising and educating my children—every one of them unique with their own gifts and challenges which stretched me and showed me my own areas of growth in the Lord that needed to be addressed.

By the grace of God, five of our children are grown, married and serving in their own communities and churches. The baby is beginning college and we are looking forward to seeing where the Lord leads him in the coming years.

I have always had a teacher’s heart. There has not been a time in my life when I wasn’t teaching. God continues to bring opportunities to show His Love and His Hand in creation to others. I especially love teaching science to all ages. It seems the perfect place to let His light shine through me.

 

 

 

Tina Cook

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cooks4four@gmail.com

I am a retired homeschool mom who home educated my own children through high school.  I feel very grateful that I get to continue teaching homeschooled students here at THEO.

I have been teaching American Sign Language (ASL) at THEO since 2011 and I love it.  Before THEO, I co-taught ASL for four years with a Deaf friend at a local co-op.  The two of us also taught summer ASL classes at our church for five years.  These classes were so much fun and we sometimes had over 100 people in attendance!  I also served as the interpreter for the Deaf at my previous church for eight years.  I interpreted the worship service, Deaf Sunday school, and a weekly Deaf Bible study.  I continue to volunteer periodically for a Biblical counseling ministry and interpret for Deaf individuals who are being counseled and need an interpreter.

I am currently pursuing my BEI certification (Board for Evaluation of Interpreters) but have no plans to quit teaching.  I am still involved in the Deaf Community and I love introducing my students to this wonderful community, culture and language.  I get a tremendous thrill when students come to class excited to share with me about an interaction they had with a Deaf person at their church, on their job, etc.  I also love getting messages from previous students who meet Deaf people, often at their colleges, and they tell me they are so grateful for having learned to sign.

Many people are unaware of the fact that 98 percent of the Deaf are unsaved.  This is largely due to the fact that very few Christians are able to share the gospel with the Deaf in their language.  My prayer is that more and more believers will learn sign language, share the Good News with the Deaf, and those numbers can change for the better.

Matthew Considine

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matthew.k.considine@gmail.com

My name is Matthew Considine, and I will be co-teaching Worldviews here at THEO. As a former Worldviews student and THEO alumni (class of 2018), I understand just how useful Worldviews can be for higher education. I’ve found that it helps immensely in my ongoing college studies, and I’m excited to be able to give that gift of knowledge to my own students. I am currently an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Dallas, where I teach Sunday school and serve as Vice Chair of Youth Discipleship. I attend the University of Texas at Dallas, and I plan to pursue postgraduate education.