Tara Taylor homeschooled her two sons beginning in kindergarten, and with the help of CHESS, through middle school and high school. She is grateful for the influence of the teachers at CHESS in their lives, for their enthusiasm, expertise and special gifts which influenced their education, helping to equip them for life. Her desire is to see families finish the good work they have begun in homeschooling and for students to have a lifelong love for learning. She has been the administrator for CHESS since 2002.
Michelle Miller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from UCLA and worked as an oncology nurse and a public health nurse before choosing to home educate her children. She homeschooled her two children from kindergarten through high school, and both of her children participated in CHESS classes during their high school years. Michelle has been the coordinator for CHESS since 2014. On site she provides teacher support, coordinates adult and student volunteers, maintains attendance records, and facilitates Tea Time Traditions, a support group for homeschool moms. She also helps organize fundraising activities, outreach events, and seminars.
Kathy Kuhl taught at CHESS from 2003-2011. After son graduated from homeschool in 2006, she enjoyed CHESS so much that she kept on. She earned teaching certificates in math and English while completing her B.A. at William and Mary. Although CHESS classes are not designed for students with learning challenges, those students are one of Kathy’s special concerns. At CHESS, one of her duties is to helps parents and teachers determine if a class is a good fit for their children with learning challenges.
Outside CHESS, she gives consultations to parents homeschooling exceptional children (or considering it). She also writes, and speaks internationally on helping struggling learners at home. She is the author of three books,Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner, Staying Sane as You Homeschool, and Encouraging Your Child, as well as magazine articles, book reviews. Learn more at her website, LearnDifferently.com