MIDDLE SCHOOL INSTRUCTORS
We are committed to locating and securing qualified Christian independent expert instructors who are passionate about their subject to enrich your home education program.
HEED instructors include lawyers, scientists, engineers, pastors, college professors, psychologists, accountants, high school teachers, and more. Real life experience combined with an excellent grasp of the subject and a passion to pour into the next generation are the characteristics that make HEED instructors the best!
Giovana Cavarretta (Civics, Finance, U.S. Geography)
Giovana Cavarretta is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ and a wife and mother of three. She and her husband, Sal, have served the Lord in full time ministry for over 25 years. She has enjoyed homeschooling her own children (2 are adults now and one is in high school) for the past 18 years. Along with homeschooling, Mrs. Cavarretta has a passion for teaching and helping students of all ages to enjoy learning in fun and engaging ways. Moreover, having been born and raised in Lima, Perú and having moved to the United States as a teenager, she’s experienced firsthand how difficult it can be to learn another language. Therefore, she desires to help her Spanish class students learn to communicate in Spanish while having fun in the process. Mrs. Cavarretta attended Florida Atlantic University and graduated with Honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.
Heather Chada (Science)
Heather Chada is a fully devoted follower of Christ, wife to an amazing husband, and mother of two adorable kids. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science (2004) from Florida Atlantic University. After working in various positions in her field, Heather returned to FAU to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology (2010) and a Master’s Degree in Biology with a focus in Marine Physiology (2013). During Heather’s second undergraduate degree she worked in an organic chemistry lab utilizing microbiology techniques to grow various strains of bacteria to test the antibacterial effectiveness of newly formed peptide chains. She also taught biology classes as an Undergraduate TA. During her graduate research, Heather utilized molecular biology techniques to extract and quantify proteins present in the tissues of green sea turtles suffering from fibropapilomatosis. She also served as a contributing author to Practical Exam Review (PAR) by creating question sets for the anatomy & physiology test bank. Heather worked as the Biology Undergraduate TA Coordinator and taught Undergraduate Labs including: Comparative Vertebrate Morphology, Comparative Animal Physiology, and Anatomy & Physiology. After the completion of her Master’s Degree, Heather worked as the Biological Laboratory Supervisor at FAU and taught classes as an Adjunct Professor. Wanting to spend more time with her babies, she left FAU to teach High School Science. After teaching at Zion Lutheran for a year, she left to teach at Calvary Christian Academy for 3 years. Heather taught high school AP Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Marine Biology. She also served as an Assistant Varsity Softball Coach and a Girl’s Small Group Leader. Heather left teaching to homeschool her two young children, and now loves to teach science to other homeschool students.
Deb Grant (English)
Deb began her teaching career in 2004, completing education coursework at Florida Atlantic University and earning her teaching certification in English Grades 6-12. She taught middle school English and writing development at Spanish River Christian School from 2004-2017 and then began a new chapter as an educational consultant and as a HEED instructor. Her mission is equipping others to achieve excellence by serving with integrity and dedication. Prior to teaching, Deb worked in corporate human resources and training. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from DePaul University and a Masters in Human Resources and Training from Loyola University, both faith-based institutions in Chicago. Deb is a Chicago native and moved to Boca Raton in 2000 with her husband Bill and two daughters Nicole and Lauren, who are graduates of Boca Christian High School. Her favorite scripture verse is Philippians 4:6-7.
Mary Jones (Science, Critical Thinking)
Mary Jones has been Homeschooling her six children for nearly 20 years running and they have attended HEED over the past 10 years. She has four children in college and her last daughter is in high school. She met her husband, Ashley Jones, in Gainesville where they both attended University of Florida. Mary graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. She is passionate about teaching science and her critical thinking class is a favorite among students at Heed. Her lively teaching style is also interactive and fun!
Michelle Moody (History, Science)
Michelle is originally from Nebraska. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University. She met her husband in St. Louis and then moved to Florida in 2001. She has homeschooled her 2 children since kindergarten. Michelle has been Catie Frates full time science assistant at HEED for the last three years. Currently she is teaching 6th grade science STEM science and forensic science at HEED Adventures. Additionally she is one of two teachers leading the weekly American history interactive Adventures. One of her greatest joys has been being a part of the HEED team.
Lori Murphy (Mixed Media Art)
Lori was born and raised in South Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Mercer University. She taught art at Coral Springs Christian Academy for four years. Lori lives in Coral Springs with her husband Keith and daughter Melissa. Melissa who attends Westminster Academy. Lori loves art and is excited to be joining HEED.
Rose Shaffer (English, Math)
Rose Shaffer serves with her husband, Pastor David Shaffer at Victory Church in Boca Raton, FL for over 15 years. Rose supports the work of the church in several capacities, working with children and providing executive leadership for the ministry. Teaching kids is her passion. To encourage and build up the families in their faith through creativity and fun is the best way to describe her model of teaching. She has also served as the Vice President of Boca Homeschoolers for five years and now serves as a Support Group Leader for Parents Educating Children. With over 15 years of experience homeschooling her two sons, and partnering with families to build up their children’s faith, she is excited to come alongside HEED families to be a part of their homeschool journey. She has been married to her husband, David for 28 years. They have two sons. David (21) who studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Dylan (17) who is a junior at HEED. David homeschooled since the 4th Grade and Dylan has been homeschooling since pre-school. Her biggest accomplishment has been to see her children serve and love the Lord and homeschooling has been a big part of molding and shaping their faith.
Kat Scharmann (Life Skills, Math)
Kat Scharmann is a dedicated Christian educator, wife and mother to a sweet little boy. She and her husband, Ryan, live in Boca Raton, Florida. She enjoys spending time with family and friends in the Florida sunshine as much as possible! As well as teaching, Mrs. Scharmann has a love for leading women’s bible studies and teaching kids that they can learn everything through the lens of scripture. Mrs. Scharmann attended Florida Atlantic University and graduated with a degree in Education with an ESOL endorsement. Along with 3+ years of experience in her own classroom, she completed her practicum hours at various schools and grade levels, learning how to reach all students in a positive and engaging way.
Nichole Salisbury (Math)
Nichole Salisbury, a South Florida native, has been married to her husband Scott for over 20 years. Together, they have served the Lord faithfully in ministry at their local church. They have four children, 2 in college and 2 still being homeschooled. Nichole attended Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College and received a degree in Nursing in 1999. Nichole served on the Board of Directors of Boca Homeschoolers for three years. Along with homeschooling her four children, she currently works as a Registered Nurse, Childbirth Educator, and Board Certified Lactation Consultant at a local hospital and in her private practice. Nichole has a passion for teaching and considers it her mission to develop a lasting love for learning in her students by facilitating an enjoyable and engaging classroom atmosphere. In addition to her many commitments, Nichole is excited to partner with our HEED parents and participate with equipping their middle school students with the knowledge and skills they need to be well prepared for high school and higher level mathematics. “For wisdom will fill your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.” Proverbs 2:10.