I have had a passion for learning since my grade school days at a one room country school in Jefferson County Iowa to my graduation from Iowa State University with a degree in Physical Education and coaching. I taught for a couple years in Ames, IA then entered the business world of real estate and insurance. That experience led me to ownership of an American Family Insurance Agency in Ames. As my agency and staff grew, I was able to step away from my office periodically to teach insurance pre-licensing and continuing education for the State of Iowa, Insurance Division in Des Moines for 17 years. I taught new agents what they needed to know to obtain their insurance licenses, and career agents what they needed to know to keep their licenses.
When I retired from my agency in Ames, I moved to Oskaloosa to be near my grandchildren and immediately went back to elementary school….as a volunteer in their classrooms. That experience compelled me to become a Substitute Teacher in the Oskaloosa School District in 2011 (K thru 12) and I continue in that position today.
Now, for the part that REALLY matters. I have had for many years a passion for God’s Word, The Holy Scriptures, God’s autobiography. Add to that my passion for learning, and you can understand that I’ve been intensely studying God’s word for over 30 years. At my church in Ames I took Lay Training in speaking, teaching and evangelizing. I’ve always believed that the best way to learn is to teach. I have learned and grown as I’ve taught adult Sunday School, Small Groups, Women’s Bible Studies, and spoke at seminars and retreats. My challenge, my blessing! Thank you, Lord.
I am so excited to be on the faculty of CHAP, to get to know the students and their parents. This assignment will be the focus my activities, my priority, because I want to be a part of teaching the students; for their futures, for the future of the Church, and for the GLORY OF GOD!
I have been homeschooling our three children since 2003. I have taught Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry to homeschool students in the Pella area for six years now. I hold a B.A in Environmental Science and Biology. Before children, I was employed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Red Rock as a Park Ranger and then as a Naturalist with the Mahaska County Conservation Board in Oskaloosa. I served for several years as a Naturalist until I respectfully removed myself from the career path so that I could commit to full time motherhood. I have spent the past 18 years serving in various volunteer positions, committees, and teaching capacities, mainly in the area of sciences and with the youth in my community in such organizations as 4-H, Mahaska County Youth Committee, PEACE, and Classical Conversations.
Molly was born and raised in Oskaloosa to a homeschooling family. From preschool to high school, she participated in various homeschooling assistance programs including; the Eddyville homeschool group, PEACE, Classical Conversations, and various classes taught by local homeschool moms. She graduated from Central College with a degree in Communication Studies and is planning to homeschool her son in the next few years. Molly is excited to join CHAP and is looking forward to helping children expand their horizons while also giving the parents a little break.
Sheryl is a veteran homeschool mother of 4 and grandmother of 4. She holds an elementary education degree, but has a substitute teaching license for K-12 and has been a private homeschool supervising teacher for 25+ years. She loves the Lord and loves teaching! She is greatly looking forward to this new venture with CHAP.
Hi all! My name is Leanne Stewart. I am married to my hubby of almost 49 years, Emory. We have 2 children, Heidi Washington and Tony Stewart, and 5 grandchildren. The grandkids are our joy and we try our best to support them in all their activities.
I have taught mathematics for 40 years in the public school systems, most recently at Twin Cedars High school for 25 years. Other stops along the way have been Clinton, East Central, Lynnville-Sully, and South Tama. I retired in 2014 and have been subbing, teaching a goal program, and tutoring the last few years. Areas that I have taught are 6-8th grade math, General math classes in high school, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Advanced Math (precalc), and Calculus. My goal is for each student to learn at their rate, and ability level, giving as much personal attention as I can to each one. I will most always be available for extra help when needed, depending on my equestrian duties.
So you can see, that I am an avid “horse groupie”. One of my “other” jobs is working Livestock Control at the Iowa State Fair. So if you are there, come down to the barns and ask one of the riders where I am. You can come to meet my horses. My granddaughter is into showing in western pleasure classes, English classes, barrel racing, trail riding and is on a drill team, “Diamonds and Dust”. So I am following her, hauling horses, and helping in any way I can. I also have a show mare, which I show locally, and trail ride, as well as go on week-long horse camping trips with friends to other states. Other than horses, dogs, and cats, hobbies I enjoy are gardening, planting flowers, attending grandkids' games and activities, and camping.
We attend Fellowship Bible Church. I am looking forward to this new venture, helping students achieve their potential in math, and to bring a godly approach to them. I will do my very best to instruct your student and treat them as my own kids. Hoping to meet all of you soon.