Annemarie Bennick

  • Executive FUNctioning Skills for 👧🏻🧑🏽👩🏻‍🦰

I am a wife, mom, and Reading Specialist. My hope and focus, as a mom and an educator, has always been to cultivate a love for learning and the joy that can be found in reading into the children I work and volunteer with. I have taught and tutored kids with many different ability levels ranging in grades 1st through high school. I believe in teaching to each individual child and being sure he/she has what they need to grow academically and functionally, including the confidence to realize they can succeed. I try to see the world through the eyes of children as I plan lessons and activities to be sure they are not only learning, but having fun. 

Emily Bianchi

  • A Look Inside. . . Dissection 101

  • The Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Human Body

  • How are you SMART?

I am a homeschooling mom of three boys. My husband, Joe, and I decided that homeschooling would be the best option for our family when our oldest son entered 2nd grade . I have a Bachelor of Science and an Master's degree in Elementary Education and am continually learning new things as I homeschool my boys. I am very happy to be a part of Roots and Wings. I am thankful for what it has offered for my family and for all of the homeschoolers in our community.  


Brian Bougher

  • Theatre Arts

  • Personal Finance (Financial Peace University for Students)

  • World Religions from a Biblical Perspective

Brian is a dedicated homeschooling father of five, who is passionate about Jesus, his family, coffee, and film. He has been a minister for 20 years in local churches where he has spent most of his time leading the next generation. He has taught in Christian private schools, directed a discipleship school for college students, traveled throughout the United States and abroad, ministering through speaking, worship, and the arts. Most recently, he is the founder and lead pastor of Thrive Church in Lockport. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) in Professional Studies from Southwestern University and his Master’s Degree in Leadership & Ministry from Liberty University.

Amiee DeMarchi

  • All God's Creatures

Hi! My name is Amiee DeMarchi and I am a daycare provider and mom of two boys. My family and I love animals and have a variety of pets. My son, Alex, has studied Wildlife Biology and has been doing animal educational shows for 5 years. He plans to study Zoology in college in a couple of years and then apply for Vet school.

John Garcia

  • The PC and me

  • Volleyball Basics

Owner/Director of G2 Volleyball. I have been involved with the sport of volleyball since the age of 14 and hoping to give back what the sport has given to me. I am also an IT professional currently working in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. I have a Masters degree in Information Security from Lewis University. I always liked to figure out how things worked and that's what got me into computers. Taking them apart, building them back up and learning about how they work.

Heather Giertuga

  • ASL

Hi everyone! I love sign language! I have had a passion for learning this language ever since I was a little girl! I have 11 years experience as an educational interpreter for Deaf & Hard of Hearing students. I have an elementary teaching certificate and LBS1 endorsement. I have been home raising my own children for the past seven years. Last year, I went back to work as the admin for my church and I absolutely love it! In my spare time, I love planning events and customizing gift baskets for my stuffed animal business 😄 I am looking so forward to teaching you this beautiful language!

Kelley Hafner

  • Perfecting the Paragraph

  • Poetry and Short Stories

  • Writing Warriors

I am a homeschool veteran. I have homeschooled through high-school and helped my children launch into successful college careers. I am a mother of five and have a loving hubby in the ministry. I am also a registered IEW tutor. I love writing and want to see your students master this necessary skill.

Liz Hetue

  • Game On

  • Novel Ideas

  • Rhythm and Rhyme

I taught 1st and 2nd grades for 7+ years before staying home with my own kids. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an Elementary Education degree, pre-K through 3rd grade and received my Reading Specialist-type 10 certificate, K-12 from Lewis University. I have created and taught art, literacy, science and musical theater classes, and I tutor students one-on-one and in small groups.

Chef Jessica Jackson

  • Breakfast Club

  • Snack Attack Nutrition Class

  • Kids Culinary Academy

  • Kids Baking Academy

Chef Jessica is a pediatric nutritionist with a Masters in Holistic Nutrition/ Culinary Nutrition teach a variety of cooking technique of all types of cuisines with a healthy twist in her cooking classes. She has a passion for teaching children healthy eating and providing nutritional education, as well as connecting biblical principles to lesson so students are empowered to make their own healthy choices. She is also passionate about teaching students with allergies how to enjoy tasty food that is also safe for them.

Gina Slager

  • Mindfulness, Yoga and Music

  • TruSelf Empowerment

Gina Slager is the force and creator behind TruSelf Empowement, LLC a program I developed for pre-teen and teen girls. TruSelf empowement is designed to inspire kids of all ages, to accept and become the best and truest versions of themselves. TruSelf is a deeply interactive program, recognizing and planting seeds of empowement at an early age to diffuse many of the upcoming issues they will face as adolescents. Gina has been working with children and teaching yoga for twenty years.

Debbie Spano

  • Roots and Wings Business Club

  • SCRATCH Code  Challenges

  • The USA

  • WHO HQ

I am a homeschool mom of Norah (10), and Ben (8), and a wife of 11 years to Ray. I was blessed to be homeschooled by my parents K-HS, and I am so thankful I get to homeschool my children. I'm a kid at heart, I love being able to spend time learning, playing, and growing with kids of all ages. I am involved in the Parkview Kids ministry, and I love serving God by serving others. I work full time managing the operational and administrative duties of my families restaurant, and I often smell like pizza :)

Tammy Tennant

  • Creative Writing

Hello, my name is Tammy "Mrs. Tennant". I love to write, read, be creative, and teach little Christ followers.

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