Meet Those Who Teach at NGHE!

Featuring NGHE's Devoted & Long-Standing Science Instructors

NGHE is proud to highlight two instructors who have taught for more than a decade at NGHE! Thank you, Susan and Maren for all your years of investing in our homeschool community! We are BLESSED beyond measure!

Susan Rivers- Biology

Susan Rivers is NGHE's high school biology teacher. Susan has been a science instructor with NGHE since its conception nearly 12 years ago. Susan is a graduate of the University of California of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, graduating with a degree in Broadcasting. After a year of teaching at a Christian school in Orlando, FL, an opportunity came for Susan to begin her career in broadcasting at a local Christian TV station.

After marrying her favorite fellow co-worker and moving to Atlanta, Susan found herself at Turner Communications. But she didn’t stay long after realizing Headline News was not where God wanted her to be. She was then reunited with her love of teaching children by returning to work in preschools until her own four children came along. When her oldest turned that magical five, Susan and Randy both agreed home schooling was where God was leading them for their children’s education.

As a home schooling parent, Susan sought out part time employment to help out with the family budget. House cleaning, lawn maintenance, and teaching at NGHE led her to her position as part time Children’s Director at North Lanier Baptist Church for the last six years. Now with her children ranging in ages from 22 to 14, Susan recently has become enamored with raising goats. The first baby is soon to arrive!

Maren Pelligrino- Zoology

Achieving a degree from Virginia Tech in Interior Design with a minor in art and began teaching art at NGHE 10 years ago. Maren has also taught Interior Design, Art History, Sewing, and Science. She is now teaching two Zoology classes at NGHE. Maren loves the opportunity to teach children about God's wonderful creations!

Maren and her husband, Jeff just celebrated their 18th Anniversary. They have a 16 year old son named Jacob who is working on his Eagle rank in Scouts and is dual enrolled at Lanier Tech through Georgia Cyber Academy. He has taken many classes at NGHE over the years and would love to teach chess someday. Their 13 year old daughter, Julia loves to dance, play the guitar, and knee board. She made many wonderful friends at NGHE last year and enjoyed all of the classes she took. She is now back in public school at Lakeside Middle School.

Maren feels blessed to be a part of such an inspiring and inviting environment. She loves how God made each person special with talents and struggles. She prays that God would speak through her to teach each child and thanks parents for allowing their children to be a part of NGHE.

Science Class Close-Ups

BIOLOGY- In this comprehensive course, students investigate the chemistry of living things: the cell, genetics, the structure and function of living things, and ecology. The program consists of in-depth lessons including extensive animations, an associated reference book, collaborative explorations, virtual laboratories, and hands-on laboratory experiments students can conduct at home. Topics include the scientific method, characteristics of living things, energy, organic compounds, and water. Students review the structure and function of living things, the cell, genetics, DNA, RNA, and proteins. They review digestive, respiratory, nervous, reproductive, and muscular systems; and ecology and the environment. Required texts are. ISBN-13: 978-1932012545 and ISBN-13: 978-1932012552

ZOOLOGY- What separates people from apes? How can a Great Dane be related to a Chihuahua? Is there evidence that people and dinosaurs lived at the same time? What should you do if you encounter a bear? How can you tell if a snake is poisonous? Now it‘s time to learn about all the land animals God created on the sixth day. Animals in this category are diverse and include many different types. Like the others in this series, the groups are studied using their scientific names. You‘ll learn about Carnivores, Caniforms, Feliforms, Marsupials, Primates, Rodentia, Ungulates (hoofed animals), Artiodactyla, reptiles, amphibians, and even dinosaurs. Students will learn about what makes each group very special and different from other groups of animals. At the end of each module, children will engage in a variety of notebook activities and experiments. The required textbook is ISBN# 978-1-932012-85-9 (Apologia)