Meet the Administrators
Heather Kohler, Director
Heather has been a home school mom for 8 years. She married James in 2000 and they have 6 great kids. Abigail, Nathan, Caleb, Matthew, Benjamin and Zoey. She loves homeschooling for so many reasons, but the greatest reason is to spend time developing her children into who the Lord has created them to be. Her passion is to see others come to know the Lord and to encourage them to pursue Him and to live the abundant life He has provided for them.
A verse that has fueled her life for many years is Acts 16:31. "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved - you and your household."
Knowing that the Lord has a plan not only for her, but for the entire family, is something that has inspired her to focus on family ministry and to encourage others to do the same. email Heather
Susan Runnion, Admin
Susan is a mom of 6 who began her homeschooling journey years ago, as her oldest son approached kindergarten age. She and her husband decided to keep him home him because they didn’t want to put him in full-day kindergarten, and during this time Susan was also influenced by a book, For the Children’s Sake, by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay. The Charlotte Mason approach presented in the book resonated and appealed to her. Although she would now consider herself an eclectic homeschooler, she still loves the Charlotte Mason ideals that children are people and that their minds deserve respect, of feeding their minds with living books, and the importance of exploring the beautiful world God has created.
Susan is happily married to Jason, and they reside in rural New Jersey with their 6 children: Alex, Ryan, Callie, Nate, Meg, and Luke. She enjoys cooking and baking, spending time outside taking walks, running, exploring nature, and just being with her family. She also has a heart for struggling learners. A verse she always comes back to as a source of encouragement is 2 Corinthians 12:9-11: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. email Sue
Michelle Scrivens, Admin
Michelle is wife to Chris, and mom to Erik and Jakob. They are 10 years apart, so it is like they are doing it all over again. What a blast. Chris is a pastor in Chester, NJ and they have been in this area since 2008. They started homeschooling Erik in 2002 and haven’t stopped. Just as Erik was getting ready for high school, Jake was ready for kindergarten. They are active in their church, community and homeschool group so there isn’t too much down time, but when they get a chance to do something together, they either get outside or settle in for a good TV show.
Erik, at 19, moved to California to set up life, get his Personal Training certification, train for the 2020 Olympics (we all need a dream), and ultimately hopes to go to university there. Jake is enjoying being home and having the flexibility to spend time with dad when he has off, learn history and science from living books, and express his God-given talents without the confines of a class room. Michelle is active in her church and TLC and tries to balance that with working seasonally at an area farm and cleaning her house. Chris loves the outdoors and his motorcycle, and when he needs to decompress, you can either find him on his bike or in the woods.
One verse that they have hanging in their kitchen is: Romans 5:3-4 "We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope." email Michelle
Jen Weaver, Admin
Jen has been homeschooling for over 15 years. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Brian, for 25 years and has 5 children. Rebekah, Hannah, and Victoria have all graduated. Derek is in high school, and her youngest, Nathan is in middle school.
Jen has a degree in fashion merchandising from International Fine Arts College (now Miami International University of Art and Design). While she has a passion for the arts and design, her greatest creative project has been raising and educating her children at home. She is incredibly thankful for the grace God gives her to accomplish His will.
"And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." 2 Corinthians 12:9 email Jen
Kate Wood, Admin
Kate has been a student for life. Going to school was her joy growing up, and she couldn't wait to be a teacher herself one day. After college, she taught French in a private elementary/middle school for 7 years, during which time she met and married her husband, Rick. When their first child was born, Kate was delighted to become a stay-at-home mom, her second lifetime dream. Once their fourth child was nearing school-age, Kate realized she would soon need to go back to the classroom, but God had another plan: stay at home with the kids and be their teacher. A perfect fit! She will always be thankful to God and to Rick for bringing that about.
Kate thought with her training and experience in teaching that homeschooling would be a snap, but the reality was that that first year (2006) was excruciating. In desperation, she sought help at the Midwest Homeschool Conference and there discovered some missing pieces about how to truly teach. Her delight now is teaching their youngest daughter (now in high school), cheering on their older daughter and 2 older sons (both sons attended the US Merchant Marine Academy, in Kings Point, NY: Class of 2017 and Class of 2019), and sharing tools of the teaching trade with anyone who will listen.
One of her favorite verses is "Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7 (MEV) email Kate
Serena Edoh, Admin
Serena is a homeschooling mom of two awesome kids; Lillianne and Lincoln who are both in elementary school. She has been married to her husband, Alex, since 2008. Serena loves homeschooling and feels blessed to be part of the TLC community. She particularly enjoys connecting with and encouraging other moms. Aside from homeschooling, Serena also works with young adults from all over the world who are living with local families as part of a cultural exchange program. Above all else Serena loves the Lord and wants to bring Him glory in all that she does.
A verse that encourages her is Psalm 143:8 “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” email Serena
Kirsten Megaro, Admin
Kirsten always dreamed of being a stay-at-home mom, she just didn’t plan on that home being a 30+ acre farm or the kids being home with her 24/7. When she married Brian in 2003, she pictured a quiet cabin in the woods with plenty of time in the evenings for reading books and eating dark chocolate, but God had better plans. Homeschooling has been the biggest blessing by giving her the opportunity to build relationships with her 3 amazing kids, train them up in the Lord, and explore the world together. Even the farm has provided so many opportunities for learning new things, from how to raise cows and pigs, to how to preserve food from the garden. While there may not be much quiet, she relies on the promise in Psalm 118:14 that “The Lord is [her] strength and [her] song; He has become [her] salvation.” And there is always dark chocolate when she needs it as well.
Before kids, Kirsten was a middle school writing and literature teacher and absolutely loved creating interactive lessons to get her students to fall in love with learning. As a homeschool mom and teacher at TLC, she still gets to use those gifts, just in a much wider variety of subject areas. She has also picked up a lot of techie knowledge over the years from her multi-talented husband, so if you need something added to the website or just need the copier unjammed, she’s your woman.
When she’s not prepping for co-op classes or teaching her kids, she enjoys helping out in her church youth group and mentoring the girls there. She makes at least one weekly trip to the library, but otherwise avoids running errands for as long as possible since she absolutely hates shopping. And late at nite, when her family is all in bed, you can usually find her curled up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea. Oh, and if you need her, but you’re still not sure exactly who she is, just look for the woman in flip-flops. email Kirsten
Tina Atiles, Advisory Board
Tina has been married to her husband Joseph for over 25 years and they have 7 children. Elena is 19 and beginning her second year at Cairn University, Miranda 17 (12th), Sofia 15 (10th), Kayla 13 (8th), Daniel 11(6th), Leora 9(5th) and Joshua 6(1st). Their family began their home school journey six years ago after having six of the seven children in private Christian school until her oldest was in 6th grade. She was the mom that claimed, "you couldn't pay me to home school", but God had a different plan.
Colette Beach - Advisory Board
Colette is a retired homeschool teacher who spent 30 stressful and joyful years teaching her children at home - largely in the Hackettstown area. She has 7 grown children, and 13 grandchildren! Most recently she started working part time at her dream job as an RN in a wholistic pediatrics office. She is thankful for God's incredible faithfulness to her and to all who love Him!!
Psalm 100:5 "For the LORD [is] good; His mercy [is] everlasting, And His truth [endures] to all generations."