HARC Instructors

Mindy Black graduated from Illinois State University with a BS in Elementary and Middle School Education with a 30- hour math education emphasis.  Through the state of North Carolina, she earned her certification in the education of the Academically Gifted. Mindy’s teaching career began in Durham Public Schools where she taught 6th grade math for seven years.  For the past eighteen years she has enjoyed home schooling her four children.   She has also privately tutored students who struggle with math.  Mindy has a genuine passion for helping students understand math, using hands-on learning wherever possible to remove the mystery and fear that too often enfolds math.  She desires to make math meaningful while demonstrating how important math is in the amazing world God designed.

Contact:  mindy@blackspack.net
Classes: Pre-Algebra

Sandra Blythe graduated with a BS degree in Spanish and a minor in French from East Carolina University. She has taught all levels of Spanish from Spanish I through AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature. Sandra taught for 36 years in Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools, during which time she earned her AP Spanish certification. During those years she made several trips with students to Spain and Mexico. In 1999 along with her teaching duties, she worked with the teaching program at Wake Forest University by mentoring students in their Masters in Teaching Program. In 2001 she and her husband Jim, who had retired, moved to Cary to be near their daughter and her family. Convinced that teaching is a way she can serve God, Sandra continued to teach for another seven years at Green Hope High School in Cary where she taught Spanish IV, V and AP classes. Upon her retirement in 2007 she began tutoring students in Spanish from the local high schools. Sandra is an enthusiastic supporter of homeschooling and is delighted that her daughter, a former teacher also, is homeschooling her children. She began teaching homeschool classes in 2008. Sandra’s hobbies are teaching Spanish, making Power Point presentation for classes, and writing songs to help students master grammar structures.

Contact: sandrablythe@nc.rr.com
Classes: Spanish  2, 3


Teresa Bowyer graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double BA in Mathematics and Psychology. She completed the Teacher Certification Program (Grade 9-12) at UNC, and taught middle school math for 3 1⁄2 years. She has been tutoring high school math since 1994, and has enjoyed teaching at HARC for the past 10 years.  She is married to Mitchell Bowyer and they have three daughters and one son.  Teresa is also active in Moms in Prayer International.

Contact: tsbowyer@gmail.com
Classes: Geometry, Calculus, Pre-Calculus


Lauren Chriscoe earned her B.A. in Spanish from Wheaton College, where she studied abroad in several Latin American countries. She obtained her Professional Educator’s License at NC State University, and has six years of experience teaching Spanish levels 1 through AP. She has led student mission trips to Mexico and Guatemala, and loves demonstrating how learning the language can connect students to their Spanish-speaking neighbors. Her classes incorporate songs, review games, partner speaking activities, and creative projects. Many of Lauren’s students have chosen to continue studying Spanish in college, enhancing their fluency for use in their careers, on the mission field, or in their communities. Lauren is married to her husband, Ryan Chriscoe, and they have a son, Owen.

Contact: lhchriscoe@gmail.com

Class: Spanish 1


Dave Conklin has a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from The University of Florida. Dave has over 25 years of experience in the computer software field with companies ranging in size from small start-ups to Fortune 500 and Global 100 corporations in a variety of industries.  He currently works as VP of Engineering at a local SaaS start-up company where his focus is on providing technology & engineering leadership using Agile methodologies to a talented team of developers. Dave is married to Stephanie Conklin and has four children, three in college and one in the Navy.  They were mostly home-schooled but attended public school at various times. Over the years he taught middle & high school level classes at SEEK & HARC including history, science, and programming classes. He also served as mentor/coach for FLL and FRC Robotics Teams. Dave’s desire is to share technical knowledge with expertise, patience, flexibility, and enthusiasm in order to engage the next generation of students to be technology innovators.

Contact:  conklins@gmail.com

Class: Intro to Programming

Sue Gray is a retired homeschool MOM with a Masters degree in Education from Old Dominion University. She is the founder of SPEAKOUT NC the competitive speech and debate club that meets here at Colonial Baptist Church.  For the past 13 years, she has coached and encouraged students to develop their communication skills through competitive speech, debate and Mock Trial. Sue has coached students who have earned scholarships, and awards at the State, regional and national level.  In August of 2016, she was awarded her first diamond coaching award for excellence with the National Speech and Debate Association.  Sue is passionate about encouraging students to communicate confidently for Christ.

Contact: Hope2kidz@gmail.com

Classes: Public Speaking and Persuasive Rhetoric


Beth Grose has a B.S. from Purdue University in Animal Sciences with a focus on Biology and Chemistry. She has 8 years of experience in Medical Research with the University of Indiana, Ball State University and Case Western University. She also has 8 years of experience in the field of Veterinary Medicine working with local Veterinarians and the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine. Beth homeschooled her 2 children since 1998 and has taught chemistry to high schoolers since 2001.   Both her daughters graduated from undergraduate college programs.  One daughter has her degree in education and homeschools her three children.  The other graduated with an MD and is a resident in Surgery.

Beth is certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.  She firmly believes that education is more than just information and wants all her students to see the God of the Universe through the study of science.

Contact: ladywisdom2@gmail.com
Classes: Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry


Alice Hancock has a teaching certification from Meredith College, holds a BA in Psychology from North Carolina State University, graduated with a Master’s in Education from North Carolina State University, and has over 20 years of teaching experience. She has taught public, private, and homeschool students. Along with teaching her own five children, Alice has been teaching at SEEK and various co-ops for many years. She has taught English, composition, research essays, literature analysis, and many other topics. She has been tutoring students in reading and writing for the past four years. Alice also teaches writing classes in the community. She loves to read and seeks to ignite a passion for learning in her students. She strives to help students become stronger and more successful writers. Alice is married to Stephen Hancock, and they have four sons and one daughter.

Contact: amhancock7@gmail.com

Classes: English 2 and 3


Dr. Amy Jnah earned her B.S. in nursing from Marquette University in 1998. She then joined the U.S. Navy and served with honors until 2002. She earned a M.S. in nursing, neonatal nurse practitioner subspecialty in 2008, through East Carolina University. Thereafter, Dr. Jnah completed her doctoral studies in 2014 through the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Jnah is a published author of dozens of scientific articles and fetal and neonatal physiology textbook for students of the health sciences. In addition, she is a writing coach, academic advisor and tutor.

Contact:  apnconsult@gmail.com

Classes: Health Sciences and Wellness


Kimberly McDaniel received her teacher certification from Baylor University, holds a BA in Communications from the University of Arkansas, and holds teaching licenses in TX and NC for English and speech. She has over 16 years of teaching experience.  She began her career at Colleyville Middle School in Colleyville, TX and at Second Baptist School in Houston, TX. She was also a writing coach and learning specialist with the Hill Learning Center in Durham, NC for seven years. Along with homeschooling her twin girls, Kimberly taught middle school and high school English courses at New Life Camp and composition at HARC. Kimberly enjoys helping parents choose curriculum and has worked at the Homeschool Gathering Place since 2008. After she finished homeschooling, she co-authored Comeback Coach, her father’s sports memoir, and became a diabetes prevention manager at the YMCA. She is currently the communications director for Operation Resolute, a military ministry partnering with chaplains to serve NC soldiers and marines. Kimberly and her husband Joel have two daughters. Kayla and Kinsey both graduated from Western Carolina University. Kinsey works in the school system in Fayetteville, NC while her husband is in the qualification course for Green Berets. Kayla is a second year law student at Campbell Law. Kimberly enjoys family game nights, boating at the lake, and vacationing at Atlantic Beach.

Contact: kimmac89@gmail.com

Classes: English 1



Charla McKinley graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Finance.  She went on to become a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years working in both the corporate and private sector.  While homeschooling her two children, Charla was inspired to write an interactive personal finance curriculum that opens the student’s eyes to the high costs of being an adult.  After retiring from homeschooling, Charla continues to teach teens locally and across the country using her Beyond Personal Finance curriculum.

Charla’s passion is teaching teens that their choices matter.  She is a follower of Jesus Christ and uses biblical principles along with modern day applications to make the future come alive for her students in order that they may be prepared for the road ahead.


Contact email:  bpfteacher@gmail.com

Classes: Personal Finance

Missy Meece attended East Carolina University as a NC Teaching Fellow Scholar. She graduated in 1996 with a BS degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in English. Missy is a teacher at heart and has been blessed with many opportunities for teaching all ages of students from pre-K to high school in the past twenty years within several different educational settings: public school, preschool, homeschool, and homeschool co-ops. Her experience with students includes teaching English, Drama, Study/Test Taking Techniques, and Remedial English. Besides teaching, Missy also enjoys leading the Salt Shaker Student Drama Ministry and playing bass guitar with her husband, Judd, in their church’s praise team. Missy and Judd have been married for 19 years and they live in Holly Springs with their two sons and Buddy, the family cat.

Contact email: 4meeces@nc.rr.com

Classes: SAT Prep, Study Skills & Academic Strategies, English Basics, ACT Test Prep

Steve Noble – follower of Jesus Christ, husband, father, talk radio show host, author, speaker and former owner of a small business – “an ordinary man who believes in an extraordinary God.” His motto? No Sacred Cows

  • Host of Called2Action Today, a Christian talk radio show heard M-F at 4pm across North Carolina on the Truth Radio Network.
  • Director of Mobilization, Harvest Ministries/Harvest America with Pastor Greg Laurie.
  • Teacher, “Foundations of Freedom” – high school civics course for homeschoolers from a Christian perspective.
  • Teacher, “Christian Ethics” – high school level course introducing students to ethical theory and developing a working Christian ethic of response.
  • Author, The Making of a Christian Wacko, the story of how God transformed him from pew potato to “Christian Wacko”.
  • Conference speaker and teacher.
  • Homeschooling Advocate
  • Chairman, Called2Action – Christian Activism
  • Small business owner for 14 years.
  • Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Christian Ethics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Steve and his wife Gina have been married since 1992 and they have four, homeschooled children. Steve’s life verse is Galatians 2:20…

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Steve has been blessed to lead local efforts for many national ministries including: Focus on the Family, The Truth Project, Harvest Crusades and Harvest America with Greg Laurie, Dr. David Jeremiah, Convoy of Hope, and Justice For All. These efforts organized over 5,000 local Christian volunteers and resulted in over 100,000 people in participation.

Contact: c2atoday@yahoo.com

Classes: Christian Ethics and Civics and Government


Dr. Ken Pohlig, Ph.D. 
Ken has a double B.S. degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering from Virginia Military Institute. He worked for four years in the U.S. Air Force at the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory near Boston, Mass. Ken went back to school obtaining a M.S. then a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University in the Boston Area. Ken currently works for the N.C. Division of Water Infrastructure and is a registered professional engineer, and is very active in assisting municipalities treat and clean water across North Carolina.  Ken is married to Kim Pohlig and has three children, who were home-schooled mostly but attended public school at various times.  Ken is very interested in developing in students a love for the physical laws of the universe the Good Lord made, and how mathematics is the language of the sciences.  All engineering principles come from a deep understanding of physics intertwined with mathematics.

Contact: kkpohlig@nc.rr.com
Class: Physics


Pam Thimsen graduated from Houghton College with a  BS in Elementary Education and Psychology and a minor in Mathematics. She began her career as an educator by teaching 5th grade and then working one-on-one with children with learning disabilities.  When her oldest son reached kindergarten age, she began homeschooling, and retired when the youngest son graduated from high school.  She has been tutoring high school math since 1996 and began teaching at HARC in its second year.  She has a passion to assist teens to understand mathematics and see all the ways that mathematics can enrich their lives as well as their understanding of God.

Contact: psthimsen@gmail.com
Classes: Algebra 1 & 2


Dee Dee Vogt graduated from Duke University with a BA in English, concentrating in British Literature. She worked for a civil engineering firm in marketing for several years before resigning to start a family. Since then she has homeschooled her two children, teaching in various co-ops, including the Classical Conversations’ Essentials grammar and writing course. Her love of English was kindled in high school, and she strives to make literature and grammar relevant to today’s students in a world that is increasingly hostile to classical learning. Dee Dee has been married to Rich since 1998, and her family attends First Baptist Church in Cary.

Contact: dddukegrad@gmail.com
Classes: Honors English 4, English 1