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Mr. Matthew Bollinger

Geography and History

Matthew lives with his wife, Sarah, and their six children on a family farm in Rowan County, NC. With over 15 year of teaching history and worldviews, Mr. Bollinger is passionate about raising up a generation of young men and women that have a vision for restoring freedom and biblical truth to America. He also serves as Associate Pastor at RiverLife Fellowship in Mooresville, NC. Here’s what one former student said about Mr. Bollinger: “Mr. B is the most inspirational instructor I’ve ever studied under. Seriously, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve applied what I learned in your classes in college and in every day conversations.” -- Andy Wilson (class of 2011)


Mrs. Erika Brooks

Science

Erika Brooks: Prior to 2008 I was homeschooling my 5 daughters at home as we were new to the area. Before moving to Charlotte, we lived in Purcelville, VA from 1998 until December 2005. I received my B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in mathematics from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA in 1994. I went on to work on my Master in Education with a concentration in High School sciences, however, in 2002 I turned towards homeschooling my two oldest daughters.

After moving to Charlotte in 2006 I started to search for other parents who were also homeschooling. By 2008 I had joined Seeds of Faith Co-op at Crossway Community Church where I started to teach history and sciences classes. In 2013, I joined The HUB Tutorial as a Spanish 1 & 2 teacher as well as a Chemistry teacher. Since that time, I have continued teaching both at HUB and independently all levels of high school mathematics as well as sciences. I find my greatest joy in teaching and sharing God’s incredible creation through science and mathematics.


Mrs. DJ Fullwood

Personal Finance and Culinary Arts

DJ Fullwood graduated from NCSU in Accounting. She worked as an internal auditor for NCNB (now Bank of America) for several years examining subsidiary companies. She has been instrumental in opening and operating a family business that she ran with her husband, Armando. In 2011 she was able to see a 9 year dream come together in Full Circle Academy. Home Educating 6 of her children at once, and taking advantage of great opportunities for enrichment, she knew it would be much easier to have all class opportunities come together in one place. She is pleased to teach Personal Finance and Spelling, that she believes every student should take before graduation.


Mrs. Isabelle Griesmyer

Art

Isabelle Griesmyer lives with her husband in Charlotte, NC. She has an undergraduate degree in home economics with a concentration in interior design and art and an MBA in finance. Later on she enriched her art education with additional courses and workshops in art, photography, graphic art and calligraphy, and painting. Isabelle’s teaching experiences include teaching adult and children at conferences, community schools and art camps. She taught art and calligraphy to children at the art school affiliated with the Austin Museum of Art in Austin TX. While living in Corning NY she enjoyed teaching art to children out of her home. At the Corning Museum of Glass, she taught drawing to museum visitors through their Draw and Discover program. During her time in Austin and Corning, Isabelle was a docent at the Austin Museum of Art and the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, respectively. She likes teaching out of her home and in the community.


Mrs. Kem Harold

Grammar, Geography

Kem Harold is the wife of David Harold and mother of 4 children. Sheg raduated from Lenoir Rhyne College with a degree in Intermediate Education with a concentation in Social Studies and Language Arts. After teaching in the classroom for 7 years, Kem decided to homeschool her oldest two which were in 2 and 4th grades. She has been homeschooling for 19 years. Kem's hobbies include scrapbooking, reading and biking with husband, David.


Mr. Kelly Lowder

Guitar and Drums

Kelly Lowder is a seasoned musician and music educator based out of Kannapolis, NC with more than ten years experience as a private music instructor and fourteen years experience as a live performer. He began playing the guitar at age eight after his Grandpa gave him an acoustic and taught him the basic chords. After the death of his Grandpa less than a year later, Kelly continued learning the guitar on his own. At the age of fourteen, Kelly’s parents gave him his first bass guitar that soon became one of his favorite instruments to play. Kelly’s playing has been on national television including INSP and FOX, and has been on radio stations across the U.S. He has performed with multiple local and regional bands on the stage and in the studio, with credits as guitarist, bassist, drummer, lyricist, and songwriter. His performance credits include live shows across the country with his former original band playing some of the biggest music festivals in the U.S. like Cornerstone, and Xtreme, and opening for major label acts such as Third Day, Skillet, Pillar, Kutless, and DC Talk.


Mr. Marlin Mogusu

Math - All Levels

Mr. Mogusu is originally from Kenyan/Sudan. The Lord opened a door for him to come to the states and his life has not been the same ever since. Mr. Mogusu has found his niche teaching math. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Biology with a minor in chemistry and has since realized that God's call on his life included teaching math and relating to teens. He continued his education in Math and is now teaching all levels up to Calculus. He has been obedient in his work in church as a youth pastor and an assistant pastor. His days are filled with encouraging his students to love the Lord first and the beauty math. He enjoys the challenge of teaching students who have believed that they "can't do math."


Mrs. Terry Moore

American Sign Language

Terry Moore is a Certified Early Childhood Educator and Homeschool mom, She has studied American Sign Language with Michigan State University. Terry has been teaching ASL at The Homeschool Room in Matthews for the past 3 years, and at Full Circle Academy for the past 2 years, she has taught ASL as a Foreign Language Course, and for parents and children wanting to learn ASL. Terry has worked with children and adults in her church, as well as other churches, teaching sign language. She is eager to share the valuable and rewarding skills of signing with your children. Terry and her daughter live in Locust, NC


Sra. Iris Moran

Immersion Spanish

Mrs. Moran was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She moved to the U.S to further her education, and received her Bachelors Degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Industrial and Operations Management. She worked for over a decade in the private sector.

After becoming a mother, her priorities and outlook in life completely changed. She left the private sector to become more involved with her family and volunteered as a Spanish teacher at her childrens’ school. Since then, she has taught at Harbor Christian Academy in Huntersville, Branch Christian Academy in Charlotte, Covenant Classical School in Concord and most recently she took over for Rebekah Sosa (who had to relocate) at Full Circle Academy. She considers it a blessing to teach from Pre-K to 12th grade students in classes as well as tutoring in Spanish

Her years of experience in the classroom and using different teaching methods and philosophies were valuable in creating an immersion style class for Full Circle Academy. Her goal for the students is for them to become fluent in Spanish, capable to read, write, comprehend and carry a conversation in Spanish. I plan for them to also become more aware and sensitive of the world around them and the richness of the Hispanic culture.


Mrs. Robin Yelton

Writing

I am a book nerd, an author wannabe, and an information junkie! I have a middle school education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from UNC-Greensboro. I have spent seven years working at Cabarrus County middle schools as an English/Language Arts teacher and a librarian.

When my daughter was born, I decided that I wanted to focus on serving my family and so I began the adventure of being a stay-at-home mom. Luckily, she loves to read about as much as I do. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, sewing, cooking, writing, and creating videos. My passion is to instill a love for learning, reading, and writing with students!


Mrs. Liyan Yu

Immersion Chinese

Liyan graduated from Osaka International University in Japan with a M.S. degree in Graduate School of Management and Information Science. During the time of study in graduate school, she had been working as a Part-time Lecturer at Berlitz Japan, Inc. and later on at Osaka Kun-Ei Women’s College in Japan. She gained a lot of experience and skills of teaching Chinese to the foreigners. She enjoyed teaching people with different ages, various learning experiences in either small or large class setting. After graduation, Berlitz Japan, Inc. offered she moved to USA in 2006. In 2011, she got an opportunity to teach again as a Chinese Teacher at Chinese Language and Art School in Cabarrus Chinese American Association.

Liyan believes the best way to help people learn a new language is the same way they learned their native language – naturally. That is very critical for teaching and the way she has tried to incorporate it into daily teaching practice. She believes her working experience and education background will help the kids at Full Circle Academy learn Chinese Language, which will be beneficial for their future.


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