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, and the National Guard. She has a special place in her heart for homeschooling families.
Wendy Ockers - Asst Director
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.
Betty has been teaching art for over 14 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.
One of our dedicated Woodworking teachers, Ron has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and is a retired Computer Analyst. Ron has spent years building projects for his daughter and granddaughters and around the Brandt family home. Ron has been invaluable the last couple of years at Harbor, assisting other Woodworking instructors or teaching his own class. He enjoys working with young people who are interested in learning new skills. Ron has been happily married for 50 years with 3 grown children and 9 grandchildren, and spends a great deal of his time visiting family. Among his other interests, he enjoys tinkering with his 1967 Mustang and keeping it running.
Mrs. Debra Busuito earned her BS in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University and obtained an Occupational Therapy (OTR) license and certification. After graduation, she was employed as an Occupational Therapist for 6 years, providing neuro-rehabilitation therapy for individuals with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other diagnoses.
Mrs. Busuito left the healthcare field to raise her two sons and soon started a new career as a homeschool mom, co-op director/teacher, AWANA Director, and Sunday School teacher. She “retired” in 2011 from 16 years of homeschooling utilizing a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum which lead to full college scholarships for both sons. She has since been employed as an Occupational Therapist, private reading and handwriting tutor, teacher assistant for cognitively-impaired children, substitute teacher, and an Oxford Virtual Academy partnership instructor.
Free-time activities include exercising, decorating, organizing, and occasional trips to the ocean. Mrs. Busuito enjoys helping others maximize their potential and develop their unique gifts and talents.
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!
Adam is thankful for the opportunity to work with students in several classes. He has a variety of interests and experiences related to the courses he instructs. Since graduating from Greenville College with degrees in History/Political Science and Youth Ministry, he has worked full time as a carpenter/cabinetmaker/remodeler in the residential housing market. For over ten years of that time he has also served as a worship leader for several churches, singing, playing guitar, as well as leading music for periodic regional events in the midwest. Growing up, he gained useful experience with mechanical concepts and metal fabrication as his father worked in those areas. Adam also spent many years caring for animals on his family’s dairy farm. These varied experiences have given him useful insights to share with our students in his classes. He really enjoys identifying interdisciplinary connections and using them to bolster the learning of his students. Adam looks forward to making these connections with your students!
Emily is really passionate about helping students find and do what they love. She is a mom to three children whom she has home-schooled for the last five years, is married to her best friend Adam, and loves music, creating, cooking, teaching, soccer, gardening, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends - new and old. Emily studied piano privately for 14 years, played trumpet in various school bands, minored in music in college, and has played keyboard and Djembe with various worship bands over the years. Emily also loves music theory and has taught piano lessons privately for 18 years. She’s excited for the opportunity to teach group piano at Harbor and to get to work with an ensemble. Additionally, Emily loves to see how things work, connect concepts, problem-solve, and find new ways to develop ideas. That combined with a love of creating and hands on learning makes her super excited to teach the Lego Adventures and Mechatronics classes and to help facilitate “light bulb” moments as students learn how things work and how to work hard to help ideas become reality.
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.
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 several 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.
Kim has been a Registered Nurse for 29 years and works part-time at a local hospital in Livonia, having recently furthered her education with a BS from Eastern, graduating summa cum laude. She is the Children’s Ministries Director at her church, where she teaches character development to kids on a weekly basis. She has experience with writing an original children’s musical, performed by an entire cast of kids. She herself is a musician and has over 20+ years of experience playing a variety of instruments. For the past 18 years, Kim has taught music and conducted a local Homeschool Children’s Recorder Band. She has also conducted her church’s Hand Bell choir . Kim has a love for homeschooling families and has homeschooled both her daughters from preschool through high school graduation before they went on to very successful college careers.
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.
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.