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, Nursing School, and community college. She has a special place in her heart for homeschooling families and thoroughly enjoys overseeing the operations at Harbor.
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.
Stacy is excited to be working with our Kindergarten students. She has a BS in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. After working in the public schools as an elementary teacher for 15 years (6 of those years as a first grade teacher) she switched careers to become the Kid’s Minister at her church, which she has been doing for the past 5 years. She has 4 children of her own who went to public school, but her youngest insisted on being home-schooled after the 6th grade. Stacy has enjoyed this chance to be more involved in the education of her youngest child and absolutely loves homeschooling!
Betty has been teaching art for over 12 years. She is the owner of Monart School of Drawing in Taylor and co-owner of Art and About. She loves creating art in many different media, but her passion is teaching students skills and techniques and then seeing their enthusiasm and sense of accomplishment when they create something of which they are proud. She lives and works in the downriver area and in her spare time loves to spend time with her young grandchildren. She also enjoys traveling and photography.
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.
Janel is a mother of three and is going into her second year of homeschooling her own children. She has a BS degree from Western Carolina University in Birth-Kindergarten Education. Prior to choosing to home-school, she ran a successful home daycare business using inspiration from the Montessori style of early education. She adores children and genuinely enjoys working with students as well as their families.
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.
Our energetic Group Fitness 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. Marie absolutely loves her job and incorporates rhythms and dance moves from around the world as well as cultural exploration. Marie has recently added Cardio Drumming to her fitness repertoire. Her goal in every class is to create a fun learning environment and to help students develop a healthy lifestyle by making fitness fun.
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.
Our Science-loving Lab instructor, Nicole, received her BS 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!
Kelly received her BFA at Wayne State. Her experience as an actor, singer, and teacher has brought her to such cities as Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, Volterra, Italy and Frankfurt, Germany. In LA, she became a long-standing company member at the Knightsbridge Theatre, where Kelly directed and appeared in many productions, such as A Piece of My Heart; Comedy of Errors; Into the Woods; and Dames at Sea. Her film career includes an award for best actress in the film Click Three Times from the New York Independent Film Festival. As an educator, Kelly has taught Shakespeare, Commedia dell’Arte, Improvisation, Dance, Musical Theatre, Creative Writing, and Film Production classes in over 50 schools and home-school groups in Los Angeles. Kelly met her husband in the theatre and they have co-directed some productions together. Since then, they have especially enjoyed their roles as parents to their hilarious little boys Dante and Jude.
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.
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.
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.
Harbor’s Spanish teacher, Manuela, is originally from Madrid, Spain, where she had a successful career in the business world. For fun, she often taught Spanish to children in summer camps at a University in Madrid. Since immigrating to the United States 5 years ago, she has been teaching Spanish to local senior citizens and has been enjoying it very much. Even with older adults, Manuela’s teaching style is to use games and fun activities to help students get the repetition and practice that it takes to learn a new language and feel comfortable speaking it. Manuela particularly enjoys interacting with children, teaching and sharing with them her beautiful native language.
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.
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. Catherine's Ceramics classes are in high demand and they end up wait-listed every semester.