HARC Instructors

Mindy Black graduated from Illinois State University with a BS in Elementary and Middle School Education with a 30- hour math education emphasis.  Through the state of North Carolina, she earned her certification in the education of the Academically Gifted. Mindy’s teaching career began in Durham Public Schools where she taught 6th grade math for seven years.  For the past eighteen years she has enjoyed home schooling her four children.   She has also privately tutored students who struggle with math.  Mindy has a genuine passion for helping students understand math, using hands-on learning wherever possible to remove the mystery and fear that too often enfolds math.  She desires to make math meaningful while demonstrating how important math is in the amazing world God designed.

Contact:  mindy@blackspack.net

Classes: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1


Teresa Bowyer graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double BA in Mathematics and Psychology. She completed the Teacher Certification Program (Grade 9-12) at UNC, and taught middle school math for 3 1⁄2 years. She has been tutoring high school math since 1994, and has enjoyed teaching at HARC for the past 10 years.  She is married to Mitchell Bowyer and they have three daughters and one son.  Teresa is also active in Moms in Prayer International.

Contact: tsbowyer@gmail.com

Classes: Geometry, Calculus, Pre-Calculus


Lauren Chriscoe earned her B.A. in Spanish from Wheaton College, where she studied abroad in several Latin American countries. She obtained her Professional Educator’s License at NC State University, and has six years of experience teaching Spanish levels 1 through AP. She has led student mission trips to Mexico and Guatemala, and loves demonstrating how learning the language can connect students to their Spanish-speaking neighbors. Her classes incorporate songs, review games, partner speaking activities, and creative projects. Many of Lauren’s students have chosen to continue studying Spanish in college, enhancing their fluency for use in their careers, on the mission field, or in their communities. Lauren is married to her husband, Ryan Chriscoe, and they have a son, Owen.

Contact: lhchriscoe@gmail.com

Classes: Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3


Dave Conklin has a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from The University of Florida. Dave has over 25 years of experience in the computer software field with companies ranging in size from small start-ups to Fortune 500 and Global 100 corporations in a variety of industries.  He currently works as VP of Engineering at a local SaaS start-up company where his focus is on providing technology & engineering leadership using Agile methodologies to a talented team of developers. Dave is married to Stephanie Conklin and has four children, three in college and one in the Navy.  They were mostly home-schooled but attended public school at various times. Over the years he taught middle & high school level classes at SEEK & HARC including history, science, and programming classes. He also served as mentor/coach for FLL and FRC Robotics Teams. Dave’s desire is to share technical knowledge with expertise, patience, flexibility, and enthusiasm in order to engage the next generation of students to be technology innovators.

Contact:  conklins@gmail.com

Class: Intro to Programming


Sue Gray is a retired homeschool MOM with a Masters degree in Education from Old Dominion University. She is the founder of SPEAKOUT NC the competitive speech and debate club that meets here at Colonial Baptist Church.  For the past 13 years, she has coached and encouraged students to develop their communication skills through competitive speech, debate and Mock Trial. Sue has coached students who have earned scholarships, and awards at the State, regional and national level.  In August of 2016, she was awarded her first diamond coaching award for excellence with the National Speech and Debate Association.  Sue is passionate about encouraging students to communicate confidently for Christ.

Contact: Hope2kidz@gmail.com

Class: Public Speaking and Persuasive Rhetoric


Beth Grose has a B.S. from Purdue University in Animal Sciences with a focus on Biology and Chemistry. She has 8 years of experience in Medical Research with the University of Indiana, Ball State University and Case Western University. She also has 8 years of experience in the field of Veterinary Medicine working with local Veterinarians and the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine. Beth homeschooled her 2 children since 1998 and has taught chemistry to high schoolers since 2001.   Both her daughters graduated from undergraduate college programs.  One daughter has her degree in education and homeschools her three children.  The other graduated with an MD and is a resident in Surgery.

Beth is certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.  She firmly believes that education is more than just information and wants all her students to see the God of the Universe through the study of science.

Contact: ladywisdom2@gmail.com

Classes: Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Health Sciences & Wellness


Alice Hancock has a teaching certification from Meredith College, holds a BA in Psychology from North Carolina State University, graduated with a Master’s in Education from North Carolina State University, and has over 20 years of teaching experience. She has taught public, private, and homeschool students. Along with teaching her own five children, Alice has been teaching at SEEK and various co-ops for many years. She has taught English, composition, research essays, literature analysis, and many other topics. She has been tutoring students in reading and writing for the past four years. Alice also teaches writing classes in the community. She loves to read and seeks to ignite a passion for learning in her students. She strives to help students become stronger and more successful writers. Alice is married to Stephen Hancock, and they have four sons and one daughter.

Contact: amhancock7@gmail.com

Class: English 3


Charla McKinley graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Finance.  She went on to become a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years working in both the corporate and private sector.  While homeschooling her two children, Charla was inspired to write an interactive personal finance curriculum that opens the student’s eyes to the high costs of being an adult.  After retiring from homeschooling, Charla continues to teach teens locally and across the country using her Beyond Personal Finance curriculum.

Charla’s passion is teaching teens that their choices matter.  She is a follower of Jesus Christ and uses biblical principles along with modern day applications to make the future come alive for her students in order that they may be prepared for the road ahead.

Contact email:  bpfteacher@gmail.com

Class: Personal Finance


Missy Meece attended East Carolina University as a NC Teaching Fellow Scholar.  She graduated magna cum laude in 1996 with a BS degree in Education and a concentration in English.  After graduation, Missy taught for 6 years in the Wake County Public School System as an elementary Language Arts teacher and as a middle school English, drama, and remedial English teacher.  Missy is a teacher at heart and has been blessed with many opportunities for teaching all ages of students from pre-K to high school in the past twenty years within several different educational settings:  public school, preschool, homeschool, and homeschool co-ops.  Besides teaching, Missy has had many opportunities for directing plays and writing scripts through the Colonial Corners ministry at Colonial Baptist Church and through the Salt Shakers Student Drama ministry (a homeschool drama ministry that Missy started that shares the gospel while performing out in the community).  Missy also enjoys playing bass guitar and serving with her husband, Judd, on the Colonial Praise Band Team.  The Meece family lives in Apex with their cat, Buddy.

Contact email: 4meeces@gmail.com

Classes:  ACT Test Prep, SAT Prep, Study Skills for Academic Success, English Grammar and Composition


Steve Noble – follower of Jesus Christ, husband, father, talk radio show host, author, speaker and former owner of a small business – “an ordinary man who believes in an extraordinary God.” His motto? No Sacred Cows

  • Host of Called2Action Today, a Christian talk radio show heard M-F at 4pm across North Carolina on the Truth Radio Network.
  • Director of Mobilization, Harvest Ministries/Harvest America with Pastor Greg Laurie.
  • Teacher, “Foundations of Freedom” – high school civics course for homeschoolers from a Christian perspective.
  • Teacher, “Christian Ethics” – high school level course introducing students to ethical theory and developing a working Christian ethic of response.
  • Author, The Making of a Christian Wacko, the story of how God transformed him from pew potato to “Christian Wacko”.
  • Conference speaker and teacher.
  • Homeschooling Advocate
  • Chairman, Called2Action – Christian Activism
  • Small business owner for 14 years.
  • Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Christian Ethics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Steve and his wife Gina have been married since 1992 and they have four, homeschooled children. Steve’s life verse is Galatians 2:20…

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Steve has been blessed to lead local efforts for many national ministries including: Focus on the Family, The Truth Project, Harvest Crusades and Harvest America with Greg Laurie, Dr. David Jeremiah, Convoy of Hope, and Justice For All. These efforts organized over 5,000 local Christian volunteers and resulted in over 100,000 people in participation.

Contact: c2atoday@yahoo.com

Classes: Christian Ethics, Civics and Government, US History


Dr. Ken Pohlig, Ph.D. 
Ken has a double B.S. degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering from Virginia Military Institute. He worked for four years in the U.S. Air Force at the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory near Boston, Mass. Ken went back to school obtaining a M.S. then a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University in the Boston Area. Ken currently works for the N.C. Division of Water Infrastructure and is a registered professional engineer, and is very active in assisting municipalities treat and clean water across North Carolina.  Ken is married to Kim Pohlig and has three children, who were home-schooled mostly but attended public school at various times.  Ken is very interested in developing in students a love for the physical laws of the universe the Good Lord made, and how mathematics is the language of the sciences.  All engineering principles come from a deep understanding of physics intertwined with mathematics.

Contact: HARCPhysics@gmail.com

Class: Physics


Missy Shearin, a passionate Bible study leader and literature teacher,  has been teaching a host of teenagers through Cary Teen Community Bible Study as well as several homeschooling coops for almost two decades.  Although she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in Computer Science from N. C. State, she still wondered if she had missed her calling when she continued to hand her professors back their lesson notes with grammar corrections and editing suggestions!  After working seven years in the software industry,  Missy came home to be a mother and homeschool teacher of her four children. She has taught literary analysis, grammar, composition, and world literature to high school students using the Tapestry of Grace curriculum for the last 12 years..   She loves teaching teens and sharing God’s truth with her students. Literature is a wonderful place to wrestle with questions such as Who am I?  Why am I here?  and What is my purpose in life?

Contact:   carystudentteaching@gmail.com

Class:  English 4


Laurel Solorzano earned her BA in English at the age of seventeen doing an online program. At that point, after being told by multiple people not to become a teacher because of “the pay,” she decided to pursue law school. However, her parents encouraged her to try something else before getting into more schooling. She traveled out of the country for the first time to participate in a YWAM program. The joke that YWAM actually stands for ‘yes, we arrange marriages’ stood true with Laurel as well. She met her husband there and returned to Costa Rica as a missionary for a few years. She began teaching ESL to Spanish speakers as well as English to native English speakers in Costa Rica and realized that teaching really was where her strength was. Teaching has always been her passion, and she plans to be a homeschool mom herself when she has children. Once she was able to bring her husband to the US, she began teaching both Spanish and English courses in 2017. While creative writing is Laurel’s favorite, she has also taught group classes and tutoring sessions focused on essay writing, blog writing, and English literature. Laurel Solorzano currently has one book published in the YA genre and plans to continue publishing and teaching- her two passions- in the future. 

Contact:  laurelsolorzano@gmail.com

Class:  English 1


Pam Thimsen graduated from Houghton College with a  BS in Elementary Education and Psychology and a minor in Mathematics. She began her career as an educator by teaching 5th grade and then working one-on-one with children with learning disabilities.  When her oldest son reached kindergarten age, she began homeschooling, and retired when the youngest son graduated from high school.  She has been tutoring high school math since 1996 and began teaching at HARC in its second year.  She has a passion to assist teens to understand mathematics and see all the ways that mathematics can enrich their lives as well as their understanding of God.

Contact: psthimsen@gmail.com

Class: Algebra 2


Emily Young graduated summa cum laude from Lee University with a BA in English with minors in Bible and Political Science. After graduation she worked as a university admissions counselor, helping prospective students and families navigate the college application process, guiding them through university interviews, application material submission, campus tours, and financial aid.  She and her husband then moved to NC, where Emily completed an MA in English at Wake Forest University, going on to work as a grant writer in university advancement.  For the past 12 years she has been a stay-at-home mom to her three kids and has enjoyed volunteering regularly in the community, at church, and in her children’s school. She has taught Bible studies, led book clubs, and led a weekly children’s music program for the past six years. Professionally, she has worked consistently as an independent editor and grant writer, helping others to tell their stories in clear, compelling ways. Her passion is literature, writing, and teaching others to understand and appreciate storytelling in light of God’s truth.  Stories help us understand who we are, give us empathy for others, shed light on the past, transmit cultural values, and help us wrestle with life’s most pressing questions – why are we here? Where are we going? And why does it matter? Whether we are reading the Bible, great literature throughout history, or even current Facebook or Instagram stories, the stories we read and the stories we tell are have power to shape us and our understanding of one another and the world. Studying literature and learning how to write about it can help students formulate answers to these questions as well sharpen their critical thinking skills and prepare for college, career, and life beyond school. 

Contact:  young.em@gmail.com

Class: English 2