2021-2022 Middle and High School Co-Op Facilitators

Meet our 2021-2022 Middle and High School Co-Op Facilitators!

Our facilitators
Kimberly Collins
 
Biology
Marine Biology
 
Kimberly grew up in Georgia and spent the previous half of her life in Colorado. She relocated to Florida four years ago. Kimberly has three daughters and a son. Her son is a teacher in Colorado, and her oldest daughter is a homeschool graduate at college in South Carolina. Kimberly’s younger two daughters attend classes at LAF. Kimberly has a major in History and a minor in Biology. She was just shy of getting her secondary teaching license. Kimberly truly enjoys teaching the high school age group. She looks forward to bringing Biology and God’s Creation alive in the classroom.
Natalia Drumm 
 
Civics
 
Natalia is a secondary English education teacher turned homeschool mother of three boys. She and her husband of 16 years have a heart for discipleship and growing God’s church, so when homeschooling became the call of God for their family in 2020, they jumped in, though perhaps a little hesitantly. Coming from a background in education and having a heart for teaching about God’s creation and His Word, Natalia will be teaching middle school Civics at Learning and Families Co-Op for the 2021-22 school year and is excited to serve and learn alongside this class. 
 
Allison Flagg
Yearbook

Allison Flagg has been involved with Learning and Families for the past four years. She is the mother of two daughters ages 8 and 11 and has been homeschooling both since they were in Kindergarten. When Allison isn’t busy homeschooling, she and her husband enjoy remodeling houses together all while running their own Home Improvement company in Bradenton.

Rebeca Gingerich 

Literature 6
 
Having been blessed to grow up as a missionary pastor’s daughter, I have developed a lifelong love of learning and travel, meeting new people, and experiencing their cultures and foods, and I am a firm belief in the goodness and sovereignty of God.
 
Summer Gordon
Literature 7
Literature 8
 
Summer is a mom of three treasured children and has been a member of LAF since 2017. She loves homeschooling and the quality of life and freedom that it brings. Summer and her husband are the recently published authors of Hope Remains: Seeing the Goodness of God in the Shadow of Suffering, which was written after the tragic death of their youngest son. Summer loves teaching literature at LAF and strives to make each class engaging while facilitating a comfortable, positive classroom environment. 
 
Nick Gutsche 
Chemistry/Physics
Physical Science
Chemistry
Pre-Algebra
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
 
Nick grew up in Sarasota and was homeschooled from 3rd to 12th grade. He dual-enrolled at Manatee Community College (now SCF), and after graduation, Nick attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, graduating in 2013 with an engineering degree. Nick served three and half years in the Navy. This is his third year teaching at Learning and Families, where he enjoys sharing a love of mathematics and science with his students! In his spare time, Nick enjoys running, playing the cello, and flying his drone.
 
Mary Lawrence
Bible
World History
 
Mary grew up in California and came to know Christ as a child through the AWANA program at Shadow Mountain Community Church (where David Jeremiah is Pastor). She moved to the mountains of San Diego and attended a small public school and Calvary Chapel. Mary went on to Calvary Chapel Bible College in Southern California and Hawaii, did a variety of work, and was involved in various youth and camp ministries. She then moved across the country, after starting a course of study at Southern California Seminary (also through Shadow Mountain), which she finished online. In Indiana, Mary met and married her husband Jonny, and his daughter, Jasmine. Jonny is an airline pilot, and they have since had three other children. Mary has enjoyed the adventures and challenges that come with being a pilot’s wife, a stepmom, bio mom, and adoptive mom! She has taught in a variety of settings, including substitute teaching in a variety of schools, but her passion is teaching God’s Word. Mary and her family live in Venice. She loves traveling, books, the beach, and being with family and friends! 
 
Judy Mann 
Sewing

Judy has been involved in homeschooling since her first child, Carissa was a toddler. She still is homeschooling two of her children. She started an educational coop called CREW. She continues to operate CREW and participates in teaching within the coop. Judy’s kind and patient nature endear children to her.

Judy learned sewing many years ago and has continued to hone her skills through the years. She has organized and operated two sewing camps, taking a week each time to introduce and stimulate the love of sewing to children. Judy has sewn many outfits through the years, making and altering patterns as needed. One of her passions is to pass this craft on to the next generation.

Mariel Marconi
 
Advanced Composition and Creative Writing
Speech and Debate
 
Mariel is a passionate reader with a Master’s degree in English Literature from University of South Florida. Her time teaching first year composition at the university allows her to teach with an eye on preparing students for college and/or professional work. She is married, living in North Port near family, and in her free time enjoys music, film, gardening, theater, and building her home library.
 
Alaina Pompa
Middle School Art
High School Art
 
Alaina has a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree in graphic communications. She is a nine year homeschool veteran with three kids. She currently works as a middle school and high school art teacher at LAF, freelance graphic designer, and artist specializing in drawing and printmaking. Alaina is an avid reader and nature lover. She is passionate about the arts, history, philosophy, poetry, slow living, and helping people experience the beauty of God in their everyday lives.
 
Bobbi Rattai 
 
Middle School Photography
High School Photography
 
Bobbi is a mom to two amazing children and has been married to her hubby for 16 years. Has loved doing photography since the 11th grade. She worked as a sports photographer for her college as well as in a studio for years. Bobbi has taught youth photography camps and enjoyed it very much. She is excited about teaching photography this year at LAF.
 
Chrissy Roberts 
General Science
Chrissy Roberts, a native Floridian and mom of five kids, has been homeschooling since ‘the beginning’ with all of her children. She has a degree in English Literature from USF. Her husband, Richard, is a Lt. Firemedic with Charlotte County Fire and EMS. They have been married for twenty years, and live on a little hobby farm in Venice, where they are heavily involved in 4H and raise steers with their kiddos. Chrissy was a member of one of the very first homeschooled families in Sarasota county. Her parents started in 1983, and it was so unusual that the local news interviewed them. She is very grateful that it’s not unusual now!
Myrna Stoltzfus 
Middle School Writing
IEW-C
Myrna married her hubs of twenty-eight years one year before she graduated from USF with an English Education degree. They have five children and usually a bonus child due to foster care. Myrna has taught on and off in the community for many years and has been homeschooling her own children for the past 13. She loves the Lord and aims to worship Him through her teaching.
 
Kim Thomson
 
American Literature
 
Kim has been married for 41 years. They homeschooled their eight children through 12th grade — for about 30 years total. Kim and her family have lived in Sarasota since 1992. In college, she majored in New Testament with an English minor. Kim has always enjoyed reading and the study of literature. This is her third year teaching a literature class at Learning and Families. Kim is thankful for the opportunity to stay involved with the homeschooling community and to continue to share her love of literature with students.