Tutor Bios

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” - Socrates

Shanan Tutorials is dedicated to providing knowledgeable and passionate tutors who enjoy teaching and encouraging their students. Our tutors are committed to sharing their enthusiasm, experience, and knowledge.

Marilynn Bonner: General Science & Shanan Treasurer

Marilynn is originally from Buffalo, NY, has always loved science and loves to see students learn. She is always looking for fun and innovative ways to bring a topic so students can understand it while preparing them for the next level/grade. She taught crafts and experiments in the Shanan Co-op for 4 years. She has taught in various after school programs. She also teaches children at AWANA (13 years) and is an Assistant Scoutmaster in her Scout troop, where her son earned his Eagle award, and her daughter is working toward it. She loves the outdoors, backpacking, and hiking. She is a black belt in Universal Karate and is a level 1 certified Climbing instructor… Marilynn lives in Charlotte with her husband and two children.  She has grown up in ministry, is a “preacher’s kid” and currently serves in children’s church at Joy Christian Fellowship in Matthews.  She has homeschooled her two children for 16 years.  Her son has graduated, and her daughter is a Shanan student in the tenth grade. Contact

Paula Bostrom: Spanish 1, 2 & 3, Geometry

Paula has a B.S. in mathematics with a minor in Spanish from Calvin College. She has an M.S. in mathematics from Purdue University and an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Texas, Arlington. She and her husband, Mark, served with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Colombia, S.A., for about seven years. Paula homeschooled their daughter, Andrea, who graduated in May, 2014. Paula has done private tutoring as well as tutoring several years with Classical Conversations in Foundations, math, and Latin I. She has been the debate club facilitator for Shanan since 2011.  Contact

Clay Broussard: Church History/Apologetics, Government/Economics

Clay Broussard has a BA in Economics from the University of Texas @ Austin and a MA in Religious Studies from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He has spent over 25 years in the professional world as a sales and operations leader in the IT Services Industry. He is currently in the position of Supply Chain Executive at DXC Technology, a $15B USD global services company and has traveled extensively with his job. He is passionate about Freedom, Education, Christianity, History, Economics and Politics and has taken an active role in teaching his own children as well as others. Mr. Broussard has eight (ages 24-8) children (three married and 1 grandchild, more coming soon!) with his beloved wife of 25 plus years, Stacy. He loves sports and coaching and developing teamwork and confidence through athletics. He has served as a pastor, elder and men’s ministry leader in various churches as well as taught numerous small group Bible studies and lay-seminary classes in a large church setting. He currently attends Northstar Community Fellowship in Charlotte. While living in North Carolina for 21 years (14 in Raleigh), and falling in love with the state he now calls home, he is and forever will be, a Texan!  Contact

Jack Gale: Honors Grammar and Composition, American Literature, Science Fiction Literature

Jack grew up in Charlotte, N.C., and attended public schools there, graduating from Myers Park High School in 1962. He enrolled at Clemson College and then transferred to UNC-Charlotte in his sophomore year, majored in English, and went on to The University of Tennessee for graduate school.

Mr. Gale “fell into” teaching in the fall of 1968 at Parkwood High School in Union County. He apparently enjoyed the experience enough that he continued at Parkwood, teaching English, including all levels of English courses, until his retirement in 1998. In the fall of 1998, he joined Shanan Classical and began working with homeschoolers and has been doing so ever since.  Contact

Shawn Hill: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Personal Finance/Consumer Math

Shawn M. Hill has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Bryan College.  He has 19 years of classroom experience.  He has his license to teach math in North Carolina.  Currently, he works as a private/group tutor and homeschool tester.  He has taught Algebra 1 and Algebra II for 14 years.  He also has taught Advanced Math for 7 years.  Shawn and his wife Shannon have three children.  Contact

Lynn Pierre Jones, Jr., P.T.:  Health & Nutrition, Human Anatomy & Shanan President

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Lynn Pierre is a veteran homeschooler of 16 years and a father of 5. His educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in the Science of Physical Therapy, experience as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and a Personal Trainer. As a therapist, he was awarded “Best in Physical Therapy” in Union county for 2 years straight. Lynn is a 5-time published author of books related to fitness, marriage, and rehabilitation.  He serves as a very enthusiastic presenter/teacher for the medical staff and community. Mr. Jones has also served as a on-the-job Clinical Instructor for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Wingate University for a number of years. He believes you will either pay the price it takes to live healthy and fit or you will pay the price of fatigue, illness, and living a life without being all you can be! Contact

Shari Kaiser: Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology 

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A lifelong interest in learning led my husband and I to homeschooling. It has been a pleasure to be personally involved in molding the individual strengths and personalities each of our children were given to prepare them to serve God’s purpose. We have four successful homeschool graduates. I have been actively involved in the homeschool community since 1995. I served as Director of a support group (GRACE) for 13 years and Director of the area association (CHEA) for 8 years. These opportunities allowed me to interact with many fellow homeschoolers, both those seasoned in the journey as well as those just starting out. We have all enjoyed learning from and supporting each other. I have also been able to share my strong interest in science with the community since 2007, beginning with Chemistry classes. I’ve taught science classes in a variety of locations since: at the Teen Learning Center, out of my home, and at area coops and enrichment facilities. I look forward each year to helping my students see that science is fascinating, fun and understandable.  Contact

Jen Litowski: American & World History 

Click here for Mrs. Litowski's course description video Jen Litowski is a veteran homeschool mom who has had the joy of graduating 4 of her 5 kids and seeing them go on to college.  Writing, Literature, Science and History are some of the subjects she has taught while belonging to various co-ops through the years.  Jen has honed her teaching skills by teaching diverse age groups of students for eight years at Shanan Classical Co-op.  Growing up as a missionary kid in the south Pacific, Jen caught the travel bug and continues to love to travel with her family for pleasure and short term mission trips. She is an avid reader, particularly enjoying history, good literature and books on Christian living. Married for 28 years, Jen & her husband, Greg, are actively involved in their church and ministry in the community.  Contact

Deborah Neuhs: Art

Deborah Neuhs is a teaching artist who lives in Waxhaw, NC where she has been teaching art since 2001 to children in grades k-12 through her business Beautifully Made, LLC. She loves teaching drawing painting, pottery, glasswork, art history and weaving. She also creates custom textiles for interior designers with Aboutcolor Home, LLC. Deborah has been weaving since 1994 and loves the balance of pursuing her work as an artist and sharing that love of art with others through teaching. Deborah sees the ultimate goal of her art teaching as a way to use her gifts to help enrich the lives of others and to bring glory and honor to God. Deborah received her undergraduate degree in Business from Queens University. She has also taken graduate coursework in K-12 Art Education at UNCC and is certified by ACSI, The Association of Christian Schools International.

Katrina Ryder: Essay Writing & Grammar, Literary Genres, Writing for Muggles & Creative Writing  

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Katrina grew up in Waxhaw, N.C., and attended public schools there, graduating from Parkwood High School in 1996 where she studied under Mr. Gale. She attended Asbury College in Wilmore, KY graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in English in 2000. She has also completed 27 hours towards a Masters degree in English from Winthrop University. Katrina has taught public school at Parkwood and South Mecklenberg High Schools and private school at Ukarumpa International School in Papua New Guinea where she and her husband served as missionaries for 2 years. Katrina’s husband is a public school music teacher at Waxhaw Elementary. They live in Waxhaw and have three children, two of whom have been homeschooled and have attended Shanan. Katrina has offered homeschool classes and workshops in her home for three years. Contact