Teachers

Here are our teachers for Fall 2019!

Crystal Bowden

Crystal Bowden

Crystal is veteran homeschooling mom & Brave Writer-trained Writing Coach living in Snellville, nestled away in nature. It’s the best! She’s been teaching with the Atlanta Homeschool Cooperative and privately for 7 years. There’s nothing she enjoys more earnestly than working with kids to provide an educational experience that won’t bore them to tears! In her spare time, she finds yoga, fluffy blankets, good books, Christmas lights, hot drinks, writing poetry, and kitty snuggles to bring her joy and peace.

Kelly Brzozowski

Kelly Brzozowski

Kelly has a BMUS in harp performance and a Mdip in performance and musicology. She has performed, taught, traveled, and recorded as a professional musician for more than 20 years. As her family’s Homeschool Adventure Facilitator, she is always on the lookout for the next adventure or experiment. When she’s not on the road, she loves to play music with friends, read, tackle new subjects with her homeschooler, hike, and work in the fiber arts. Photo of Kelly Brzozowski by Rachael Rodgers.

Elena Goodrow

Elena Goodrow

Elena is a working actress who has been performing for 9 years. She has starred in many short films and movies, and has worked on sets for big tv shows like “Stranger Things.” Elena trains at Catapult Acting Studios, one of the top acting studios in the nation. Elena has been teaching young kids since 2015, and has three younger siblings that she takes care of everyday. She is also a public speaker, she has spoken at countless events across Georgia including at the Georgia State Senate. In her spare time, she also sings, plays the harp, guitar, and ukulele.

Julie Goodrow

Julie Goodrow

Julie is a graduate of the University of Georgia with an undergraduate degree in Education and specialist in Therapeutic Recreation. Prior to children, she coordinated therapeutic recreation activities for senior citizens and owned a wallpaper store. She is the mother of 4 whom she has homeschooled for the past 10 years. Julie has 5 years of co-op teaching experience, where her class has grown due to her edgy teaching style. When not teaching, Julie is travelling, enjoying the outdoors, and sitting in her backyard oasis (with coffee) to gather more experiences to bring to her classroom. She is excited about the opportunities available to her and her family within the Open Minds community. Julie loves sharing her enthusiasm to learn with her students...and she loves coffee...LOVES...really loves coffee...and dogs.

Lorena Griffin

Lorena Griffin

Lorena Griffin is a recently retired librarian and grandmother to Rowan Harris, age 6, who attends OM Secular Homeschool. Lorena and her daughter Aline Harris are co-owners of the green griffin, a craft business specializing in whimsical upcycled items from wool thrift store sweaters (thegreengriffinrecycle.com). She has been sewing since age 12 and taught sewing lessons to teens at the Athens-Clarke County Library. Lorena has a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking and enjoys creative reuse of all sorts of materials.

Don Stewart

Don Stewart

Don is a retired Communications Planner who retired with 32 years of service with Southern Bell and Bell South. When he retired he renewed his interest in photography. He purchased his first DLSR in 2007 and focused his efforts on nature photography. He has pursued the hobby through seminars, workshops and classes. He has had a lifelong interest in nature becoming both a Master Naturalist and a Master Gardener and volunteering as a docent for over 30 years at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. In addition, he was one of the original 3 founders of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association that has grown to approximately 650 member. He is also an active Amateur Radio Operator.

Evan Varner

Evan Varner

Evan has a passion for cooking. They particularly enjoy updating traditional French recipes with modern techniques. Lately, they have developed an interest in Japanese cooking. Their other passions include science and tea.

Paige Varner

Paige Varner

Paige has a M.S. in physics and an extensive background in math, science, literature, and writing. She has taught and tutored elementary, high school, and college level math, science, English, and computer subjects for over 20 years. Paige is currently employed by Tutor.com as a tutor for high school English and college/post-secondary essay writing. She is also a labor doula who uses her background in meditation techniques to help create a calm, supportive atmosphere for laboring clients. She lives in Lilburn with her husband, teen, and two cats, where she spends far too much time playing Candy Crush on her iPad.