Teachers

Here are our teachers for Winter 2020!

Jo Benshoof

Jo Benshoof

Jo graduated from Georgia State University with a BA in creative writing and minors in women’s sexuality and gender studies and psychology. They have a background in spirituality and ministry, feminism and gender, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. They are currently working towards a master’s degree in behavioral analysis. Jo’s love of anime began when they saw Fruits Basket and Cardcaptors Sakura in middle school and has been going strong ever since!

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.

Aline Harris

Aline Harris

Aline Harris is the mother of one 7 year old human. Her other baby is her 10 year old craft business, the green griffin, where she upcycles wool sweaters into toys, decor, and accessories. She also enjoys Lord of the Rings, European style board games, and pretty much all fiber arts.

Edmund Harris

Edmund Harris

Edmund is a 37 year old philosophy enthusiast and father of one curious mind. In his free time he draws, plays music, and solves crossword puzzles.


Tandy Krajec

Tandy Krajec

Tandy has spent the last 5 years training and working in Montessori school settings. She is happy to have the opportunity to combine her love of art and passion for alternative education settings. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Sculpture from Georgia State University, and a Master of Education from Loyola University in Baltimore. Tandy is a Positive Discipline trained Parent Educator and Early Childhood Education Educator. As a life-long learner she participates in classes like wheel throwing (clay) and American Sign Language. In her spare time, Tandy enjoys volunteering with the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Heston McCranie

Heston McCranie

Heston has a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Cello Performance and is currently writing her dissertation to finish a PhD in Music Education. She has spent nearly 15 years teaching music in many different settings, including: elementary general music, elementary choir and orchestra, middle school orchestra, and college. When she’s not teaching music she can often be found making music! She plays the cello, violin, piano, guitar, and ukulele (but mostly cello!). She also loves cooking, art, board games, and spending time with her family.

Akia Sembly

Akia Sembly

Akia Sembly is an actor, teacher, and writer. An Atlanta transplant from the tender age of two, she has made the metro area her home where she has gotten to work with children from the ages of three months to 15 years. She's worked in classroom settings as a drama and dance teacher, and worked with elementary and middle school aged children one-on-one as a history and writing tutor. She enjoys working with all ages, but has a special place in her heart for primary education and the foundation that it provides. Her love of literature comes from the same place as her love of theatre: an eagerness to explore mediums that allow people to engage and connect. She very much looks forward to connecting with all of you!