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.
Kathy Kuhl earned teaching certificates in math and English while completing her B.A. at William and Mary. She enjoys teaching all ages: math and English to teens, homeschooling help for parents, and Sunday School to two-year-olds. She taught at CHESS from 2003-2011. After son graduated from homeschool, she enjoyed CHESS so much that she kept on. 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 exceptional child.
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 two books,Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner and Staying Sane as You Homeschool, as well as magazine articles, book reviews, and her website, LearnDifferently.com
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Camilla Rivera has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University. She has taught, maintained, and written computer programs for the business world. She has home schooled for over thirteen years and says children are much more fun to teach than adults, as they love learning and don’t need breaks every half hour. At CHESS, Camilla has taught Sciences, Algebra I, and has managed to substitute for almost every class at least once.