Nichole Antomettei

Pre-K (Thursdays)
Nichole was born and raised in Puerto Rico and first came to Sarasota for high school. After moving back home, she earned two bachelor degrees in business and marketing. She also met her husband of 18 years and had their first child before moving back to Florida 14 years ago. They now live in North Port with their four children (ages 2, 6, 12, and 16) where they own and operate a restaurant. Her homeschool journey began six years ago, after working as a preschool teacher. Nichole enjoys mixing up a variety of homeschool styles, mostly focused on child-led education and hands-on activities. She enjoys drinking coffee and taking pictures!

Dionne Chang

3 – 5 Science


Miss Dionne is a native Floridian. She has been married to her husband, Weylu, for 19 years. They have three children (14, 17, and 18) and one fur baby, BAMA. They have been homeschooling for nine years and last year celebrated their first graduate. Dionne joined LAF’s amazing team of facilitators in 2018. She holds an Associate of Arts degree with a focus on Early Elementary Education from Manatee Community College. Dionne is an active member of Bayside Community Church, serving in the cafe.


Brittany Davidson

3 – 5 Art (Thursdays)

Brittany, known as Ms. Brit, has lived in North Port, Florida since 1996. She lives with and homeschools with her husband, three kids, seven cats, and two pups. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from USF with a focus in Arts Integration. Besides visual arts, she also enjoys teaching performing arts and is a dance and musical theater teacher at a local dance studio. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her bible study girls and attend Awaken Church in Port Charlotte.


Jessica Falde 

3 – 5 Literature
Born and raised in Sarasota, Jessica graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and completed 45 hours of coursework toward her Master’s degree in School Counseling at Webster University in Sarasota before starting her family. She has been married to her husband Chad for 18 years, and they have three children – Grace, Grant, and Gabrielle. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys reading and spending time on the boat with her family.

Soon Sim Hakes

K – 3 Art, Thursdays


Sim grew up in Malaysia and came to the U.S. to attend college. Since Malaysia is a multicultural country, she is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Malay. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. Sim has been with Learning and Families for the past eight years. She has three girls, ages 7, 10, and 12, and has been homeschooling all of them since they were in Kindergarten. She is passionate about homeschooling and especially loves the flexibility and freedom it offers. Growing up, Sim enjoyed art and being creative. When she was in middle school, one of her works of art was turned into a school mural. She enjoys teaching the K – 3 Art!


Kristin Henry

K – 3 Countries & Culture (Thursdays)

Kristin is a born-and-raised Florida Cracker! Kristin and her husband of 17 years welcomed a beautiful baby girl into their family in 2016. They knew early on that God was calling them to the homeschool life. After their daughter completed VPK at a preparatory school, they joined LAF. The family has really enjoyed being a part of this community. This is their 3rd year with LAF. Kristin’s favorite parts of homeschooling are how excited her daughter gets when she learns something new and bringing everything back to God and His amazing creation!


Jessica Ponzar

Self-Contained Kindergarten (Thursdays)


Jessica is a wife and mom to two children (8 and 12) and one 15-year-old fur baby. She and her husband of 14 years grew up together in Missouri, where they met in preschool. Jessica graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree from Missouri Baptist University, where she also studied education and management for her undergrad. She enjoys spending time with her family while playing sports or enjoying nature; hiking, paddle boarding, playing at one of the many Florida parks most Fridays or relaxing at the beach. Jessica’s excited to share her love of learning with her students.


Jamie Sciesinski

K – 3 Science

Jamie Sciensinski has been a part of Learning and Families since 2019. She was born and raised in Florida, graduated from Riverview High School in 2000, and went on to get her cosmetology license in 2001. Jamie married her best friend Tom Sciesinski in 2004, and they had their first daughter Tyler in 2006. Being raised in a Christian home, Jamie was not content with public school and started homeschooling Tyler after her 2nd-grade year. She has continued to do so while working part-time. Jamie had her second daughter Hazel in 2014. Thanks to the help of her parents and her teaching, she has been blessed to keep them both homeschooled. Jamie opened her own salon in 2018. Her interests include animals, sports photography, homesteading, djing at ballgames, and basically anything crafty. She can never tire of learning anything biblically. She spends lots of time watching her two favorite girls, Tyler and Hazel playing softball.


Crystal Yannucciello

K – 3 Art,Tuesdays


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 four years, and during that time, she moved from Tennessee to Florida. She has been teaching at LAF for 12 years and teaching art for the majority of that time. She is mom to five children: Macayla, Mariah, Joshua, Andrew, and Elizabeth. She enjoys teaching, homeschooling, being with her family, doing art, reading books, camping, kayaking, and playing board games.


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