Teachers

Here are our teachers for Spring 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.

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.


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.

Sandy Sego

Sandy Sego

Sandy became profoundly deaf after contracting meningitis as a toddler. She and her mother, an only child and an only parent, began learning sign language together before she entered kindergarten in a public school with a deaf education program. Sandy was taught with Signed Exact English (SEE) in small deaf education classrooms for a few years before she was mainstreamed into hearing classes along with 1-2 other deaf children and SEE interpreters. When she was swarmed, still fully mainstreamed, into public high school, Sandy felt lost and quickly enrolled herself at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, where she lived during her high school years.

The switch to a residential Deaf school was a significant culture shock. Sandy was called a “hearie-brain” because she signed “too English”. It was there that she began learning American Sign Language (ASL) purely via assimilation. Sandy graduated with a gift scholarship for a year at Gallaudet University, a private school for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing. While in D.C., she mastered ASL through further trial by fire with peers, complete with a change of name-sign because her previous one was also “too English”.

Sandy’s resulting natural language is Pidgin Signed English (PSE) which is a Creole/contact language combining ASL and SEE. Sandy can also sign pure ASL or SEE. There is no wrong sign language, only different ones and Sandy is fortunate to have experienced several including British Sign Language (BSL) which is unique from any sign language used in America.

In 2017, Sandy discovered the heart-swelling joy and honor that teaching ASL brings. After being encouraged by LEAD Homeschool board members and instructors who had observed her teaching ASL to fellow homeschool parents, Sandy began teaching at LEAD Homeschool Co-op and elsewhere as a private tutor and teacher. She is also a full-time manufacturing business operator and entrepreneur. Sandy lives in Snellville with her husband of 15 years, homeschooled daughter, two dogs, and a cat.

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!