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Janie Barbosa (Foundations in Writing I/II, Literature/Composition, and English I/II)
In her home of eastern Washington State, Janie Barbosa enjoyed teaching 6th-12th grade students in Reading, Writing, and World History for a total of 10 years after earning her BA and state certifications in Education. She spent a total of 4 more years as a Lead Curriculum Writer for BOCES Geneseo Migrant Center in Geneseo, New York and as a part-time tutor to students from middle school to postgraduate levels in the subjects of English, Literature, and Composition. Her work with college and postgraduate students sparked a special interest in college prep, skills, and understanding.
Odd as it may sound to some, Janie is passionately excited about literary analysis and technical writing skills. This, paired with her love of teaching, sets an atmosphere of interest and creativity in her classroom. She believes every person has something important to say that only they can say, and she seeks to convey that theme to her students through the study of diverse literary works and by equipping them to craft their own works; preferred genres may differ, but everyone has a writer hiding inside!
Janie loves to understand and make meaningful connections, especially between people. This largely explains her personal interest in travel and culture, an interest shared with her husband and small daughter. Since moving to Kentucky, their travels have taken a domestic turn; they love to hop in the car and explore their beautiful, new home state! When she gets time alone, she looks for a piano willing to share it with her.
Leann Calico (Physical Science, Chemistry I/Chemistry Lab at EKU)
A graduate of EKU and UK, Leann Calico has a BS in Chemistry with a minor in Math as well as a BS in Chemical engineering. She worked steadily in her field as first a process engineer, then a packaging engineer and finally a project engineer, over the course of six years. Prior to and during that time, she worked as an Organic Chemistry Lab Instructor and an Introductory Chemistry Lab Instructor for EKU. . Her work for the Center for Applied Energy Research at UK in the experimental study of water-gas shift catalysts was published and appears in such journals as Applied Catalysis A, Catalysis Letters, and The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. .
Leann is married with three preschool-aged children. She is excited about education and has shifted her focus in that direction as she anticipates the possibility of schooling her own children. She has had several years of experience tutoring students at all levels of education from elementary school to post-secondary.
2014-2015 will be Leann's third year teaching with WAC. Her enthusiasm for her subject matter and her gifted teaching skills, account for her praiseworthy reputation among both parents and students.
Kimberly Taylor (General Science and high school Biology, pending Biology Lab at EKU)
Mrs. Taylor has received a BS in Chemistry and a BS in Microbiology from Alderson Broaddus College. She pursued her graduate work at UK in the field of Microbiology and Immunology. She worked for a private research firm investigating monoclonal antibodies to brain and breast cancer and ran a thyroid cancer lab at UK. She has papers published in Clinical and Experimental Metastasis and Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Kimberly has been married for 22 years and has 4 teenagers. The 2014-2015 school year will be her 16th as a homeschooling mom. She has taught in multiple homeschool co-ops for 14 years at all age levels. She has also been an active member of Victory Baptist Church since October 1994 and currently holds the position of hospitality chairperson.
This will be Kimberly’s first year teaching at WAC.
Jessica Duncan (High School Spanish I/II)
Mrs. Jessica Duncan is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a BA in Spanish Teaching. She taught Spanish 1, 2, and 3 to high school students in the Fayette County school system at Tates Creek High School before stepping away to stay home with her two sons- Judah and Asher. She is currently finishing her graduate work at Georgetown College, earning her Master’s degree in Teacher Leadership with English as a Second Language concentration. Mrs. Duncan is passionate about language acquisition and culture.
Originally from Colombia, South America, Mrs. Duncan spoke only Spanish until the age of five. Her family later moved to Georgia (United States) where she was raised. She and her husband, Josh, have lived in Kentucky for almost ten years working as part of a college ministry team. She has assisted in cultivating a vibrant campus ministry at both EKU and Centre College. They have been married for twelve years.
Mrs. Duncan has a love and understanding for the Spanish language that only a native speaker would possess! She offers a rare combination of competence and zeal, paired with a devotion to her subject. Students will be charmed by her spark and enthusiasm. WAC is delighted to welcome Jessica Duncan!
Deborah Jackson (High School Physical Education)
Deborah has been a beloved physical education instructor for the Wellspring Homeschool Co-op for the past 5 years. She exhibits enthusiasm for the subject and is an excellent role model of living a healthy active life. Deborah has participated on many sports teams including those for volleyball, softball, soccer, and golf. She is also an avid runner, gardener, and volunteer.
Originally from Iowa, Deborah moved to Kentucky to attend UK where she earned her Master's Degree in Sociology with emphasis in social inequalities. Before deciding to homeschool, she worked for the Council on Postsecondary Education (the state college and university coordinating board) during which time she also completed her teaching certification program in Special Education for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities. Deborah has also worked for the Kentucky Health Department on the Breast Cancer Research Team and for the United Way of the Bluegrass.
She has twin boys and lives in rural Madison County where she raises them as well as a flock of chickens, handful of barn cats, and a farm dog. The 2014-2015 school year will be her 5th as a homeschooling mom.