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Brenda Barnett is the founder of High School Math Live and has homeschooled the four Barnett children since 2001. Prior to homeschooling, she earned a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma and holds a Lifetime Texas Teacher Certificate. Brenda taught in Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston-area public high schools.
Joy Combs has a B.A. in Mathematics with a minor in secondary education from the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. She has held teaching certificates in Kentucky and New Hampshire with a permanent certificate from Massachusetts. She has spent 20 years in the classroom in both private and public high schools. Before joining HSML in 2014, she taught in a Christian school developing the mathematics department from the school’s opening to becoming the department head and lead math teacher.
Christy Edwardsholds a Lifetime Texas Teacher Certificate. She graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics from Howard Payne University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Houston. After teaching Jr. High & High School math in Texas public schools, she was recruited into the tutoring and test preparation industry where she was promoted to Director of the Houston Area. Christy was part of HSML from the beginning!
Rhonda Ellis graduated from Howard Payne University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with a focus in mathematics for junior high, including Algebra 1. She holds a lifetime Texas teaching certificate, and has been teaching for a total of 20 years. She has experience teaching elementary math, junior high math, and Algebra 1. She has also tutored students in Geometry, Algebra 1 & 2, and College Algebra.
Stephanie Frederick holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, with teaching fields of Secondary Mathematics and Psychology from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). She has taught, substituted and tutored in several venues for more than 30 years: subjects including elementary math, junior high math, pre-algebra, algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, and precalculus. She also has a lifetime Texas teaching certificate.
Suzi Gearheart has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in mathematics from Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville, TX. She has spent over a decade tutoring students in mathematics in all levels K-12. From 2008-2010 she was at SHSU assisting Dr. Ken Smith in research specific to combinatorics and algebra while presenting her findings all over the country. She invested 3 additional years at SHSU teaching developmental math courses, precalculus, and college algebra. During the 2014-2015 school year, Suzi was recruited by her daughter's gymnastics training center to teach mathematics to highly skilled and motivated gymnasts through NCAA accredited Bridgeway Academy. A family move placed Suzi, for a brief semester in 2015, teaching geometry at a public high school. Shortly after, she decided that her heart was in home education. Suzi now spends her time teaching for HSML, homeschooling four of her own children, tutoring children with learning disabilities, and being a consultant to other families pursuing home education.
Debbie Jones is a teaching veteran of 34 years, with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education in Secondary Mathematics from the University of Georgia. She taught high school mathematics in public schools in Georgia for four years, then became a homeschooling mom. She taught her four children from pre-school through twelfth grade, and all four graduated from the Academy of Home Education through Bob Jones University with honors. While she enjoys teaching in the classroom, she also enjoys meeting the individual needs of the student in one-on- one tutoring, adapting her teaching methods to the individual, and continuing to teach a concept until it is mastered.
Kim Kirby earned a B.S. degree in Computer Science with minors in both Mathematics and Statistics from Colorado State University in 1986. Upon graduation, she moved to Houston to work for NASA in the Missions Operations Directorate/Training Division as an Aerospace Technologist. She trained astronauts and flight controllers on the Shuttle’s communications systems, the Space Station’s command and data handling systems, and worked in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory as a flight hardware coordinator. In 2001, she resigned from NASA in order to help her husband as senior pastor and homeschool their three children. The Kirbys have a passion for mission work and have enjoyed serving on many short-term projects in Burma, Sri Lanka, Mexico and Nicaragua. In 2010, she accepted a position with a homeschool "school" as the Mathematics Department head and lead instructor. For the past nine years, her teaching has included middle and high school math classes (pre-algebra, algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, pre-calculus and calculus). Mrs. Kirby also instructs both Beginning and Intermediate Algebra at the local junior college.
Kara Leyerlehas a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Wheaton College. She is a certified teacher in Texas and Illinois, and taught for three years in Texas public schools. She currently teaches at a private school in North Dallas. She has teaching experience in Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2, and joined the HSML team in 2019.
Regina London has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master of Arts in Educational Media from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. She taught in North Carolina’s public school system for 29 years and currently holds a NC teaching certificate in secondary mathematics and certificate with National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She taught Advanced Placement Calculus for 17 years with great student success in both AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC and joined the HSML team in 2016.
Whitney Skipper graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a teaching certificate in the state of South Carolina. She and her husband homeschooled their four children for sixteen years, each of whom have now graduated and are pursuing or have completed degrees on the college level. For the past twelve years, her teaching has included middle and high school math classes, either in private tutoring, homeschooling, or classroom settings. She especially loves teaching geometry and is excited to share that amazing field of study with HSML students.
Raegan Wolff graduated Northeastern State University (Okla) with a BS in Education (Elementary-Jr. High). She has since taught in public schools in Texas, tutored many middle school students, taught home school classes, and home schooled her own children. Raegan and her husband of 24 years have three boys, two have graduated and one is starting high school this year.