2021-2022 Junior Co-op Facilitators

Facilitators

Dionne Chang 

3 – 5 Science
 

Dionne is a native Floridian who grew up in Tampa and moved to Sarasota 19 years ago. She has been married to her wonderful husband Weylu for 16 years, and they have three amazing children. In 2004, Dionne earned an Associate of Arts degree with a focus in early elementary education from Manatee Community College. God laid homeschooler on Dionne and Weylu’s hearts in 2014, and it has been an amazing adventure since then. LAF has been a part of the Chang family homeschool journey from the beginning, and Dionne has been a member of the science facilitator team for the past three years. She looks forward to exploring God’s marvelous creation with your students this year!

 

Wendy Coffey

Pre-K, Thursdays

Wendy is a mom of six children ages 2-20 years old. She has homeschooled her children for over 17 years. Wendy believes every child is different and every homeschool family is different. She is passionate about helping new homeschool families find a “grove” that works for them.

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Jessica Falde 
3 – 5 Literature
 
Born and raised in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, Jessica attended school and college locally. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and completed 45 hours of coursework toward her Masters Degree in Mental Health and School Counseling before becoming a full-time stay-at-home mother. She and her husband have three amazing children: a daughter in high school, a son in middle school, and another daughter in elementary school. Jessica is entering her 8th year of homeschooling and her 4th year with Learning and Families. In addition to homeschooling her children, Jessica has been an ESL teacher to native Chinese-speaking students since 2017. When Jessica isn’t teaching or busy with her children’s sports and dance schedules, she enjoys boating with her family, being outdoors, and reading! Jessica loves children’s literature and has always enjoyed writing. She is excited to share that love and joy with the many wonderful students at Learning and Families! 

Leah Genheimer 

Self-Contained Kindergarten, Tuesdays

Pre-K, Thursdays

Leah moved to the Bradenton area ten years ago with her husband Luke to go into sports ministry. Shortly after that, she started homeschooling. She has grown to have a passion for it and loves to help others in their homeschool journey. After a few years of homeschooling on her own with five kids, Leah found LAF and loved the community it created for their family. This will be her second year as a facilitator. She loves the unit study approach to learning and taking every opportunity in that approach to share about God.
Brandi McNulty 

K – 3 Our 50 States

Brandi is a Florida state certified teacher with a Master’s degree from the College of Education at Florida State University. She has been teaching in the state of Florida since 2003. Even after transitioning to home-schooling, Brandi has remained active in the field of education by working for various school boards in Florida as well as attending conferences as an advisor for various teaching certification tests.

Brandi has been married to her husband, Kevin, since 2006. They have three beautiful children: Abi, Kevin, and Emma. Brandi homeschools all three of her children as well as being a facilitator at LAF. When she is not busy teaching, she enjoys outdoor time with her family, the beach, fishing, and various theme parks.

Amanda Perez
2 – 3 Year Old Nursery
 
Amanda is a wife, mom, and a former homeschool student herself. She was in the dental field for more than 16 years, until she was about to stay at home and homeschool her youngest daughter.
Christina Reed 
K – 3 Science
 
Christina Reed has been married 18 years and is a mom to three children ages 17, 14, and almost 11. She has been homeschooling for 12 years. Christina loves teaching little ones. In her spare time, she likes to read.
 

Olga Spitsa

3 – 5 Art
 
Olga was born in the Ukraine and moved to the U.S. when she was nine. She lived all over the U.S. and finally settled in Florida in 2004 after she married her husband Vlad. Putting her physical therapy career on hold, Olga homeschools her three boys, Simon (12), Jasper (7), and Oren (5). She designs wallpaper for a paper company based in Portland, Oregon. Olga enjoys reading, collecting plants, and traveling with her men.

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Crystal Yanniccello 

K – 3 Art

Crystal graduated from Southeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2001. A few months later, she married her husband Jeff. She taught 1st and 2nd grade for 4 years, and during that time, she moved from Tennessee to Florida. She is mom to 5 children: Macayla, Mariah, Joshua, Andrew, and Elizabeth. She enjoys teaching, homeschooling, being with her family, doing art, reading books, camping, and kayaking.