The learning Village

The village


Over the last decade, we have created a very unique program.  Our instructors, staff, students and parents have formed a community village to support each other with a goal to help every child achieve their highest potential.


Staff and instructors


Teri Verhine
Program Director and Founder

Teri started the enrichment program in 2004.  The program has changed names several times and locations, but Teri has always been an instrumental part of the success of the program.  She loves all the students, parents and instructors and is excited to be part of the homeschool journey for so many families.  The Learning Village has grown to be a true community and village.

She is a homeschooling mother of two boys. Harrison, her oldest will be graduating this year-2016 and will be attending Mercer University in the fall and Noah will be a junior in the fall.

She is also a business owner (Ink On A Shirt) and helps her husband with his business (Hardwoods by Verhine).  Being active in the community is important and she spends many hours each week volunteering to various organizations including the Learning Village!


Karen Beauvais

Karen Beauvais teaches Living Science, Art and History. Believing that like Leonardo daVinci, students can love both Science and Art!  Karen has been an instructor at the Learning Village/GA-EPH for 4 years she strives to move at the students own pace by keeping curriculum fluid and adaptable to many types of learning styles. Classes are typically visual and hands on. The curriculum is customized utilizing the resources at Kennesaw State University TRAC center.

All history classes are taught in a chronological format and incorporate mapping, biographies and classical period art. Science classes incorporate extensive microscope work, dissection and sometimes even live specimens!

All of the high school classes work in conjunction with GA standards and have grading options.   Karen's educational background includes the State University of New York at Binghamton and Syracuse University. She has a career portfolio with Fortune 500 companies. She is the recipient of the Skidmore College Art Award and a former member of the Harper Film society. She has traveled extensively and is currently employed in training and leadership for the Home Depot Corp.

She espouses the credo that “dynamic learning is the key to future success.” Her classroom is a welcome, inclusive place for all types of students. The ultimate goal is to provide enriching classes that compliment the student's individual home school program.

Karen has homeschooled her 4 children for 2 decades.

Sarah Beauvais

Sarah Beauvais graduated GA-EPH in the spring of 2012 and began teaching at GA-EPH in the fall of 2012. She is an honors student at Kennesaw State University. In her spare time she enjoys studying the Bible, cooking, acrylic painting, and shopping. Miss Sarah’s zany classes involve silly songs, puppets, crafts, games, food, and a host of live creatures. She focuses on hands on activities and using children’s natural curiosity to motivate them to learn. She teaches preschool, kindergarten, and a few elementary classes. She tries to be accommodating to children with food allergies, after once being allergic to wheat and milk herself.

Warning: Your child may cry when class is over because they “don’t want to leave Miss Sarah’s class.”

Miss Sarah is happy to answer any of your questions and you can email her at

Ira Danzig

Ira Danzig graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, SC with a Bachelor in Psychology in 1975. He then went on to attend Mississippi State University and Georgia State University and received Masters in Science and Economics respectively. Realizing his love for working with students and mathematics, he became an educator at Mill Springs Academy in 1986 and began his own tutoring business for high school math. In 1998, Mr. Danzig began teaching middle school math at Torah Day School of Atlanta, gaining new perspectives on teaching and expanding his tutoring business to also reach students seeking help in science, social studies, and reading in addition to mathematics. He also began working with special needs students, giving him a great deal of experience and passion for assisting students with learning disabilities. In 2003, he was promoted to Lead Teacher and oversaw the Torah Day Math Department including elementary mathematics.

With over 25 years of experience, Mr. D (as he is fondly called by his students) has excelled as a teacher and tutor, helping students exponentially improve their test scores, excel in the classroom, and develop the tools necessary to become a lifelong learner.

Donna Eckert

I am a homeschool-mom-graduate.  I homeschooled two daughters all the way through high school.  My youngest daughter chose to go to public school as a freshman and made a great transition - proving that homeschooled kids can adapt well.  My girls are currently 24, 21, and 19.  We were always independent homeschoolers and the girls did their academic work at home, only going to classes for enrichment activities.  I love the flexibility that homeschooling allows to speed up and slow down a curriculum as needed for each particular child.  For that reason, I specialize in classes that are for enrichment and that add to the academic work done at home but don’t replace it.  I love ideas and debates - and there are a lot of these ideas in science and history.  I also love math and the logical thinking that it requires.    The classes I teach all fall into these categories in some way.  I also enjoy working one-on-one with middle and high school students in math and the mathematical sciences and am actively expanding my tutoring business.

I studied chemistry at Furman University and received a MS in Environmental Engineering from UNC-Chapel Hill.  I taught high school chemistry and physics at a private school before deciding to ‘retire’ and stay home with my babies.  I have taught classes with GA-EPH for eight years and I really enjoy the students and helping them understand concepts.

Barry Edelson

From Aerosmith to Zeppelin and Beethoven to Buffet, Barry is adept at teaching all styles and at all levels from the beginner to the aspiring professional. A full time educator at both his own studio and at Ken Stanton Music, he has taught over 400 students from ages 5 to 65 to play the guitar. He has been educating guitarists at The Learning Village since 2010

Barry has over 30 years of playing and teaching experience including gigs with his own bands as well as composing and producing for numerous others in the New York area. He studied formally at the State University level in New York and the Manhattan School of Music with concentrations in performance and composition

Kelly Elmore

Kelly’s teaching experience includes years of gymnastics coaching (toddlers to high school competitive gymnasts), elementary teaching in a multi-age classroom, teaching middle and high school classes at The Learning Village, teaching writing and thinking classes at Georgia State, tutoring at and directing the GSU Writing Studio, and teaching philosophy, writing, rhetoric, parenting, and communication to adults. Learning and supporting other learners are her favorite things to do.

Besides teaching at the Learning Village in 2016-2017, Kelly is also taking her comprehensive exams. That means she’ll be ABD (all but dissertation) in the rhetoric and composition PhD program at GSU (keep your fingers crossed). Kelly received her M.A. in English (rhetoric and composition) at Georgia State University and her B.A. in English and Classics at the University of the South at Sewanee. She is also in the process of certification with Mindful Schools, an organization helping children with academic, emotional, and social development through secular mindfulness. Kelly received the rest of her education in the laboratory of parenthood. Her daughter Livy, a Learning Village 12 year old, has been her best teacher.

Kelly enjoys hiking, yoga, meditation, cooking, reading, traveling solo or with her family, and writing about herself in the third person.

Dr. Teresa (Terry) Grace Fourre’

Dr. Terry Fourre is an Artist, Chiropractor, Neuro Muscular Therapist, Mom of 4 boys and currently homeschools her 2 youngest teenage boys. She attended Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of Art in New Brunswich, N.J. as a fine arts major and eventually ended up a graduate of Life University, as a chiropractor. A self taught watercolorist who has attended many artist instructed workshops throughout her career; she’s taught children of all age’s mixed media art in her local community and enjoyed watching them grow in their art talents.  Her youngest son Jesse has won two

National K12 Art Competitions and most recently a Kennesaw State University Art Show for middle schoolers using the technique of watercolor. Teresa’s watercolors have won several art competitions over the years and have been showcased and sold in galleries in N.J. and Florida. Although watercolor is her main media using bright vibrant colors she also enjoys drawing, mixed media applications, along with concentrated inks and dyes. She created her business “ Ter 4a Originals” in 1993 and has sold chiropractic watercolors and clothing representing the spine and individual bones to doctors and students worldwide at seminars while attending Life University. She has a love of crafts in general and also teaches Beginner to Intermediate Crochet classes, along with Watercolor and Mixed Media Art classes.

Misty Holm

Like so many of you, I’m a homeschooling parent to two elementary-aged children.  My university degrees are from Emory University, with majors in Interdisciplinary Studies, Religion, and Social Sciences.  In my former life, I was fortunate to have traveled for school and/or work to Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.  My first career was in International Education, and I served as Assistant Director of Study Abroad Programs at Georgia State University.  Leaving work after my second child was born in 2008, I’ve spent time taking lots of exciting courses, including birding, stream monitoring, naturalist studies, sexuality education for youth, and other teaching/facilitating certifications.  But why stop there when you can turn around and teach what you’ve learned?  So I’ve also been teaching/facilitating lots of exciting courses/groups of all ages.   So much to learn, so much to share!

The leap from helping lead a university Study Abroad Programs office to being a full-time mom, homeschooler, and teacher was a natural one for me.  I love the idea of getting up out of the classroom and going out into the world to learn.  And I think that it all begins with fostering a love of learning, as well as passing on the ability to seek knowledge out for oneself.  I have enjoyed working with many of your lifelong learners and look forward to getting to know many more of them!

Mischa Holt

Mischa is a homeschool mom to four children ranging from 6-19 years old with two homeschool graduates.  Her love is hands-on life learning and inspiring students to dream big.  She spent many years mentoring and coaching FIRST LEGO League teams and was co-founder of YES!  Youth Engaged in Science.  In 2008 when her surprise baby was born she retired for a bit and stayed home fulltime with the new addition.  Now that the youngest is 6 she is bringing her hands-on style back to the classroom for other students.  Parents are always welcome to join in or observe in her classroom.  

Pamela Kent

Pamela Kent has studied music for 36 years.  Born and raised in the Atlanta area, she studied music at Clayton State College where she earned a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance.  She has been teaching piano since she was 16, and continues to gain great fulfillment in teaching today.  Pamela currently performs for Cobb Wind Symphony, as well as Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, along with accompanying for a variety of venues.  Her passion for music spread into the dramatic arts in high school, and continued from there.  From music directing, to enjoying life in the orchestra pit, she has continued to feed her passion.  From musical theater, to classical and jazz, the moniker “Musician” definitely fits.

Kaye E. Mero

Kaye is a retired K-12 teacher and Public School Administrator. Kaye’s grandmother was a professional seamstress and had a profound influence on Kaye. She grew up sewing first for herself, throughout high school and college, and then for her husband, and three daughters as they grew up. Professional tailoring classes helped hone Kaye’s sewing skills.

As a teacher/instructor, Kaye has taught all age groups from preschool to adult, covering a variety of areas  from conducting choral groups to management and curriculum training for new preschool franchise owners and administrators. Kaye homeschooled two of her  grandsons. One through high school and the other through 3rd grade.

Kaye is a watercolor and acrylic artist and teaches private voice, guitar, traditional piano and Suzuki piano lessons in her home studio in Acworth.

Amanda Orrock

Amanda has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for 14 years.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Development from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Utah.  She has been a Kindermusik instructor, a private piano teacher, and a community children’s vocal group leader.  She currently teaches a Movement and Music class at a private daycare and works very part-time for Babies Can’t Wait, Georgia’s Early Intervention program, as a Child Development Specialist.  Probably the best experience she has received has been through parenting her three young children (ages 6, 4, and 2), one of whom she homeschools.

Doug Pike

Doug Pike, the founder of The Vedado Way, LLC, is a home school instructor and tutor who has taught Civics, Literature and Language Arts, Writing, Public Speaking, World Civilizations, Current Events, Backpacking, and Diplomacy with LEAD in Decatur, Georgia; and U.S. History, Language Arts and Literature, Writing, World Civilizations, Civics, Current Events, Backpacking, and Diplomacy with LEO in Alpharetta, Georgia.  He has taught Junior High and High School language arts and social studies, including current events and community service, at The Atlanta School, Inc., for over 10 years; taught High School language arts and history at Ben Franklin Academy for three years; tutored AP U.S. History, debate, and SAT Reading and Writing at The Veritas Institute; and has helped college-bound seniors in approaching their preparation of college applications and SAT Reading and Writing review.  He has been leading backpacking treks, camping trips, and national and international educational trips since 2000.  He holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law.  He also is a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) graduate of the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

Elizabeth Pond

Elizabeth has been working in the metro Atlanta theatre community for 34 years.  In addition, she has been teaching for over 25 years.  She is a Georgia certified teacher in Drama ages prek-12 and English grades 6-12. She was a high school Drama teacher in Gwinnett County, and is currently working as a freelance director with Page One Studios in Roswell.    

Lauren Riley

Lauren taught in public and charter schools in Texas and Georgia for almost two decades before deciding to homeschool her own children.  She has a BA in English Literature and Communications from Texas A&M University and is certified PreK-8th grade with specializations in English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, and Social Studies.  Lauren believes in creating a collaborative, purposeful, and authentic learning environment.  She designs her classes to foster creativity, community, and independent thinking.

Cait Seabury

I teach Social Studies and Yoga.  I have an MS in Secondary Education and a BA in Psychology and Sociology.  I have been a full time Social Studies teacher for over a decade in Christian schools in New York and here in Georgia. About 6 years ago I became a certified yoga instructor and taught classes and private sessions. Previous to that I spent 15 years of my life coaching and playing ice hockey.  Teaching to me has always been a calling of service, and has given so much to me in return.  The energy and enthusiasm of my students always inspires me to make every lesson fun and creative!

Stacy Sepeda

Stacy is in her 7th year homeschooling her ​ two​ boys. She incorporates things the boys are interested in into their homeschool curriculum using a hands on​, exploratory​ learning ​style. Using LEGO® was a no brainer for her Lego obsessed boys. After watching her oldest explore science, engineering, math and computer programming concepts, as well as team building, communication and team management skills through the various LEGO® classes he has taken over the last several years, she wanted to offer that to her younger son and to other students.

Brent Verrill

I believe there is tremendous value in teaching kids practical life skills that aren’t typically covered in academic curricula.  Teaching them in a tactile, hands-on way will not only instill D.I.Y. confidence and competence, but those abilities will tend to carry over into other areas of life.  Our family has been homeschooling our two boys for six years.  My experience in the DIY space dates back to when I was old enough to hand tools to my dad.  Since then I have fixed too many cars, machines, devices, toys, appliances, bicycles, and pieces of equipment to count.  My wife and I have extensively renovated six different residences and self-contracted the construction of a passive solar house.  My B.A. is in Music Engineering (minor in Electrical Engineering) from the University of Miami, and my M.S. is from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Industrial Design with an emphasis on sustainability.

Kelley Williams

Kelley is a homeschooling mom to three elementary aged kids. She graduated with a degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Georgia in 2002. She worked as a teacher in self-contained autism classrooms for 5 years before deciding to stay home and school her own children.

Kelley has been a fitness fanatic since 2008 when her second child was born. She has participated in and led many different kind of exercises and workouts from yoga to kickboxing to strength training. She also has a passion for running and has trained for, and participated in, many 5K and 10K races in the past 10 years.

In 2015 she decided to get serious about her path and became a health and fitness coach. By August, she will be certified to teach PiYo, which is a program that combines pilates and yoga into low impact moves that strengthen and tone.

Kelley has a passion for helping homeschool moms take time for themselves and get their own nutrition, fitness and confidence straight so they can be better versions of themselves.