Amy and her husband Robert have four amazing children. They live in Surfside Beach with their three youngest children, while their oldest Christina and her husband live in Myrtle Beach. Amy has worked in the field of Education for over 25 years. She has a B.A. in History, a Masters in Religion, and a Masters in Education. She has worked as an educator in both public and private schools in SC, NC, and KY, as a lead art teacher for Willow Oak Center for the Arts in Nashville, TN, and taught children in China as a TESOL certified ESL teacher for three years. She began homeschooling her own children 18 years ago. Her daughter Anna is now a senior in college, while her two boys (ages 14 and 16) are still learning at home. While working towards her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Development, she focused her research and writing extensively on self-directed education and democratic free schools. She believes children learn best when they are given the freedom to pursue their own passions and interests. Amy’s own interests include reading as many books as possible, drinking coffee, playing board games with her family, swimming in the ocean, and oil painting.
Maria Lana Moore
Maria lives in South Carolina, on the east coast! She has two Bachelor’s degrees from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She is currently finishing a Master’s degree from Towson University and she is TESOL certified. Maria has been teaching for over 10 years. For the last three years, she has been teaching children in China. Maria loves teaching and she loves children. In addition to her years spent teaching in the classroom, she has also homeschooled her own children. She has experience teaching all subjects to children of varying ages and abilities. Maria loves spending time with her family. In their free time, they go to museums and spend time outdoors. She and her husband have been married for 20 years and have two children, a daughter, 16, and a son, 13. Maria’s hobbies include photography and reading philosophy. Maria is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a trained meditator.
“I am a Mom, Wife, an ESL teacher, an adventurer and chaos coordinator! I look forward to meeting your child in my classroom!”
Katherine Elizabeth Hunt
Katherine is the Planetarium Manager of Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in science literacy and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in STEAM. She is now a PhD candidate in Instructional Technology. Katherine’s Introduction to Astronomy is based on the model used during her teaching assistantship for a college astronomy class for non-science majors at Coastal Carolina University. It focuses on observation, real world connections, science in society, and critical thinking. She has adapted the content for younger learners and to fit NGS Standards for those ages.
Miss Kat’s favorite planet is Neptune, and her favorite constellation is not a constellation at all but two stars in the Summer Triangle asterism called Vega and Altair because they correspond with the story of Orihime and Hikoboshi from Japan. In addition to Astronomy, Katherine enjoys digital art and origami.
After teaching his first game development class in 2014 to Middle School students in South Korea, Zon has helped game developers with English localization and marketing. Connecting and establishing a network of various professional game developers, programmers, and 2D and 3D artists. These projects included BAAM SQUAD a full Virtual Reality Game available on Steam and Utopia 9: A Volatile Vacation a 3D top-down shooter. He currently is working on the Rakugo: Godot Story Management System, A Godot Multiplayer Project, and on Game Development courses for the Meraki L.I.F.E. Academy.
Check out Zon’s YouTube Channel for more information.
Games Published on Steam:
BAAM SQAUD - Worked with 5 Mini Labs on localization.
Click link for More: https://store.steampowered.com/app/736720/BAAM_SQUAD/
Utopia 9: A Volatile Vacation - Worked on post launch marketing and localization with Sven Arnarsson.
Click link for more: https://store.steampowered.com/app/405000/UTOPIA_9__A_Volatile_Vacation/
Melissa Taylor Thomason
Melissa is a spunky teacher with a big heart who loves to learn, laugh and teach students of all ages. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from East Carolina University, but her interests and passions range from math and science to literature and health care. She has taught both math and language arts in public schools in North Carolina and now lives and homeschools her son, Nate, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
As a lifelong lover of math and a teacher, Melissa has taught or tutored math through Differential Calculus but prefers Pre-Algebra and Algebra I to them all. “There are few things more fulfilling than teaching a student to solve for X,” she says. “Math is Problem Solving Training! It expands our minds, teaches us logical reasoning and builds brain muscle in ways very few things can!”
Melissa also plans to open her world of Advocacy and Public Speaking up to students through Meraki. As a nationally recognized speaker and advocate for patients in the United States, Melissa keynoted at World Hospital Congress in Brisbane, Australia in 2017, serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Family Medicine as a public member and has taught thousands of healthcare providers and patients around the country to find purpose in pain.
She loves to travel, is a voracious reader, a cardiac patient, a stroke survivor and a true believer that “Love is an ACTION!”
Charisanne Ippolito has been in the Music Business for over 20 years as a Contract Studio Musician, Music Director & Vocal Instructor. She is an experienced piano teacher, choir director, composer, arranger and
producer in the York County / Charlotte Area. Charisanne has co-written and recorded for 2 full length musicals, stage managed and directed cantatas, musicals, dramas & skits. In May of 2015, Charisanne
opened Maestro's Piano Studio in Fort Mill, SC and is currently teaching over 25 private piano & vocal students. Charisanne and her husband Peter, have been married 21 years and have a daughter (16) in 11th grade and a son (14) in 9th grade. She loves great coffee, walking on the beach, and hiking.
Teacher Michelle has been teaching English since 2014. She studied Global Studies at the University of California at Riverside. She spent her senior year in Spain, and soon after she moved to France. She has been living in France since 2015 with her husband. She transitioned to online teaching in 2018. She teaches children and adults from all over the world. She speaks three languages: English, French and Spanish. She is a big fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas. This Fall she will be offering English
courses, Creative Writing, and Introductions to Spanish and French. Michelle understands how difficult learning a language can be, and she wants to help your kids pick the right language for them. Come and
explore different cultures and subjects through themed classes. Some courses that will be offered are: Creative Writing: Write Your Own Fable Using Puppets, The Nightmare Before Christmas: Story and Character Analysis, Foreign Language: French Culture Take the Leap, Foreign Language: Take the Leap with Spanish and Coco. She is excited to offer these classes to help students fall in love with languages and cultures.