Myles was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Meteorology from Penn State in 1982. He spent more than 35 years chronicling weather patterns and has always been interested in the science. He taught in the Walled Lake School system and incorporated weather systems into their environmental education curriculum. Myles has also played chess for many years and has taught chess in public schools. His goal has been to teach students to apply the critical thinking methods used in chess to the decisions (and choices) students make in their daily lives.
Lori Lopez - Director
Lori has a BS in Finance from Oakland University. She began her career in the auto industry, but fell so completely in love with her first child that she left that promising career to raise her family. When public school was not meeting the needs of her children, she brought them home, one at a time, to educate them herself. She ended up homeschooling all 4 children through high school graduation. Lori’s children are now successful adults in Graphic Design, Engineering, and at University. She has a special place in her heart for homeschooling parents and their families.
Our energetic Zumba instructor is Marie LaManes. She has been teaching Group Fitness classes since 2009 and is certified through ACE (American Council on Exercise) in Group Fitness Instruction, Certified in CPR & AED. She is Licensed to teach Zumba® & Zumba® Kids. Her goal is to create a fun learning environment and to help students develop a healthy lifestyle by making fitness fun. Marie absolutely loves her job and incorporates rhythms and dance moves from around the world as well as cultural exploration. Her classes for our youngest students include plenty of active games and fun activities as well.
It’s difficult to imagine Harbor Homeschool without Kelly Hunt. An exceptional teacher, Kelly has a BA in Early Childhood Education and regularly engages her young students in hands-on activities that are as fun as they are educational. She has a special love for her Kindergarten students and enjoys challenging them to grow and develop socially and academically. She has two children of her own who also attend Harbor.
For many years, Rachel Shockey has taught students how to play stringed instruments. Her passion is to inspire students to make art with their instruments as expressions of emotion and ideas. Having played an instrument herself for over 20 years, she knows the struggles and joys of practice and performance. Her classes are engaging and encouraging, yet always challenging students to the next level of mastery and creative expression.
Sonja developed an interest in sewing by watching her grandmother make aprons and her mother tackle jackets, men's pants and coats. She and a friend's decision to make matching outfits for a play while in high school was the beginning of her love affair of all things fabric... color, pattern, texture. While her children were young, dresses, skirts and dance costumes of all kinds showed up in their closets. But, when the children left home, it was time to learn something new and quilting refueled her passion for textiles. All in all, she has been sewing for about 30 years now. Sonja is very excited to see all kinds of sewing making a comeback and hopes in some small way she can foster that love in the next generation.
As the owner and Head Instructor of One Drum Cardio Drumming Group, Deb has built a team of instructors and trained them to lead classes that are family-friendly and designed for all age groups. She is certified with ACE, American Council of Exercise and is also first aid/CPR/AED certified. Deb's classes are designed to create an environment with a no-shame, no-judgment atmosphere, using positive music that uplifts the participants. Deb encourages all students in her class to be the best they can be and to live healthy lifestyles.
Lindsay is a home educating mom to three girls and teaches a variety of very popular classes at Harbor. She has been teaching at home for five years and within the Downriver community for three. She is a fan of Classical Education and also the Charlotte Mason “gentle art of learning” philosophy of education. She enjoyed her time at university taking classes in education and the visual arts. In her spare time she is usually seen reading or working in her nature journal.
One of our woodworking instructors, Mr Wayne Tabacchi, is a retired Dearborn Firefighter. He is a skilled craftsman who, over the decades, has built many fine pieces of furniture, of which there are many examples in use around our host site. He often takes his wife along on trips to a sawmill in Ohio where he purchases many different types of wood for his own use, and for his classes. Always modest about his expertise and experience, he enjoys sharing projects with others and teaching our young Harbor students how to use tools to create beautiful and functional designs out of wood.
Craig is a retired Automotive Research Engineer with more than 38 years experience. He has an Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology. Over the years he has been credited with numerous inventions and has many patents and technical publications in the automotive industry. Applying computers and consumer technologies to automotive applications is one of his specialties.
Chad is a recent graduate from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, where he double majored in History and Chinese. Through his studies, he has spent a semester abroad in China, where he was able to visit the Great Wall and travel the ancient Silk Road. He also spent a half-year studying Chinese in Taiwan after graduation. He has a passion for learning, and wants to become a professor of Chinese history someday. In addition, Chad is currently working as a teacher for JiuQu English where he tutors Chinese kids in English on line. He also spent a year as a volunteer tutor for ACT prep and to help refugee high school students learn English. He enjoys traveling, playing tennis, reading books, and keeps a blog with friends to practice writing and sharing ideas.
Catherine is a certified elementary teacher with a proven track record of commended performance teaching grades K-12. She loves children and has a passion for educating and an unwavering commitment to motivating students toward success. Catherine has a particular passion for the arts and has been teaching art in some form or another since 1989.
Nick is our very popular karate instructor. He is a Black Belt and Certified Instructor through the World Tang Soo Do Association. He has been training in the Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do for 15 years and is the owner and chief instructor of the karate school, Metro Michigan Martial Arts. He is an enthusiastic teacher and thoroughly enjoys sharing the many elements of this martial art with his students.
Our enthusiastic Lab instructor, Nicole, received her Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan. She also earned a Master of Science in Medical Physics from Wayne State University. Nicole has been homeschooling her own children for 3 years and enjoys sharing her favorite subjects with her kids: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology!
Our crowd-pleasing Culinary Arts instructor, Michelle, grew up helping her mom in the kitchen. Michelle loved making delicious home-cooked meals with her mother, whom she considers the best cooking teacher she could’ve had. In recent years, Michelle has increased her skills at baking and cake decorating - making specialty cupcakes and decorated bakery items for family and friends. Michelle brings this passion for cooking and baking to Harbor where she shares her methods with our students, letting them learn, hands-on, like she did all those years growing up. In addition to being our Cooking instructor, Michelle is the Children’s Ministry Director at her church.
After studying Psychology at Spring Arbor University, Mary moved to Kentucky where she began teaching young students at a Preschool until she and her husband started a family of their own. Mary loved being home during those years when her children were young. Since then, she has worked for Hospice of Southwest MI, as the Activities Director and also as a Nurse's Aide. After moving to Detroit, she helped start an Arts and Recreation Center for kids in Taylor where Harbor Home School was born. Mary has developed a love for Watercolor painting and continues to take classes locally. Recently, some of her artwork has been exhibited in Detroit and has met with some commercial success. Mary always looks forward to teaching her young students at Harbor.
Becky is in her second year of homeschooling her own 3 children. She has a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Childhood and Adolescence from Liberty University. She also minored in Youth Ministries. Since then, in addition to raising her family, she has taught middle and high school students at a local private school and has also enjoyed leading a K-5 program at her previous church. Becky enjoys photography and memory keeping as a hobby and looks forward to sharing this with the students in the form of the first Harbor Yearbook!
Rodney is a Mechanical Engineer with two Masters’ degrees in Engineering fields. He enjoys working with tools, especially while spending time on his carpentry hobby. He has spent many hours over the years in his garage woodworking shop teaching his own boys how to use tools safely and working with them on their own projects. He is spending vacation time from his job at Ford Motor Company to introduce woodworking and the safe use of power tools to our older Harbor students.