"Push Pins"

September 23, 2015

News, Information & Updates to Keep NGHE Parents Posted!

In This Issue:

  • New "Fall Break"
  • Save the Date for NGHE's Fall Curriculum S.W.A.P.
  • New NGHE Team Members
  • Meet Those Who Teach at NGHE
  • Prayer Request
  • Lost & Found
  • Payment Plan Withdraw Dates
  • Past Issues of "PushPins" e-Newsletter

New "Fall Break"

Just a reminder, there are no classes scheduled on Monday, September 28 for the new Fall Break being implemented by Forsyth County schools (classes will resume on Monday, October 5th). We will not have another break until the week of Thanksgiving whereby we will be off Monday, November 23 (returning to class on Monday, November 30th).

For a complete list of NGHE class dates, including holidays and breaks, click here.

Save the Date for NGHE's Fall Curriculum S.W.A.P.

Teacher Maren Pellegrino and her class "Money Matters" will be hosting a first-ever event: NGHE Curriculum S.W.A.P. on Monday, November 2nd. The goal of this event is for NGHE families to bring their gently used curriculum and other homeschooling supplies and swap with other moms for items they may need.

More details are to come, but in the meantime, be cleaning off those bookshelves and opening those forgotten boxes of curriculum stored in the corner of the garage. This easy sharing event aims to bless NGHE families with giving, trading, and receiving of awesome curriculum and other supplies!

New NGHE Team Members


NGHE has been blessed by Stacy Wright these past few weeks as she filled in as an awesome substitute teacher for both "On Pointe!" Ballet and Hip Hop classes. The original instructor experienced an injury mid-August and has since determined he is unable to return to teaching, Beginning September 14th, NGHE made Stacy the official instructor for these classes.

Stacy started dancing at the age of three in a small class taught by her mother. At the age of sixteen, she began teaching small children at their dance studio. In 1999, she graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. She has studied under master teacher Gretchen Ward Warren, as well as the late David Howard, a revered teacher of dancers.

Stacy has recently moved from Sarasota, Florida where she directed her own ballet school for five years. She also taught the children’s division classes at the Sarasota Ballet Academy. She has focused her career on dance education; developing and refining skills in order to teach the technique of ballet more effectively. Stacy, who is also one of the dance instructors at the Cumming Dance Academy, has so graciously "stepped right in" to share her love of teaching dance here at NGHE on Mondays.

Stacy has a son, Sebastian, who is fourteen and attends South Forsyth high school. She also has a professional Facebook page that you can follow- just click this link: Ms. Stacy Wright.

Please welcome Ms. Stacy with a warm NGHE greeting when you see her!


We are also so excited to welcome a new NGHE team member who joined the JumpStart! program starting this past Monday, September 21st. Kathleen "Kat" Guear serves as a teaching Para-Pro, dedicated to one of our NGHE students who has special needs.

A New Jersey native, Kat majored in Special Needs Education at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Her first years of teaching were actually at her own elementary school, alongside a woman who was Kat's own Kindergarten teacher! Outside of NGHE, Kat serves two other private families who have children with special needs.

Kat has been married for 11 years to Bob Guear, a Veterinary Technician at Crestview Animal Hospital in Cumming. Together Kat and Bob have a third-grade daughter named Shaunna Rose, who attends Mashburn Elementary. They also have three dogs they've rescued at various points in their lives: Sable, Chrissy and Marley.

We welcome Ms. Kat to the NGHE family and to the amazing JumpStart! teaching team!


Featuring R.I.S.E. Science Teachers Mike Stafford & Meg Green

Mike Stafford

Michael Stafford currently teaches four classes at NGHE including “R.I.S.E. Junior” (Readiness In Science Exploration), “Game On!” (American and Euro Board Game Design), and both Geometry and Pre-Calculus for high school students. Because of his incredible versatility and skill sets, Mike is known as “Professor Mike the Wacky Scientist” (complete with his white lab coat), “Mike the Game Guy”, or “Mike the Math Guy” depending on the time of day at NGHE.

Mike graduated from Georgia Tech as an Information and Computer Science major and followed that up with a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He worked for almost twenty years as a programmer, software developer, and “PC Whisperer" (as one supervisor put it) until he finally had to accept that he just didn't "fit in" in the corporate world. So, one somewhat major life change later, Mike is a math and science tutor, a substitute teacher in Forsyth and Fulton counties, and now a beloved teacher at NGHE!

The fact that Mike is teaching a board game design class is a tip-off that his hobby/passion is GAMES! His constantly growing collection of over 2,000 board, card, and miscellaneous games are almost always being played at the weekly game nights he hosts at the "Townhouse o' Fun", the Wednesday night youth meetings at church, or anywhere else he finds unsuspecting people he can turn into "gamers".

Mike has also designed several games of his own and has been an official “Play Tester" on a number of published games. Other interest include... writing and performing sketch comedy which he has done in college, at work conferences, and with youth groups (both his "Bad Samaritan" rap and his "Lost Episode of the Brady Bunch" can be found somewhere in dusty little corners of the Internet).

Mike also enjoys listening to audiobooks in his car (mysteries, thrillers, and non-fiction about science); and bird watching, which Mike says may sound boring (as he once thought) until you actually try it and spot a rose-breasted grosbeak on one of your feeders!

Meg Green

Meg Green is one of those rare "right-brain/left-brain" people NGHE is so blessed to have as an instructor. Meg teaches both the "R.I.S.E." Science class for middle schoolers as well as "Well Said!" Public Speaking class at NGHE.

Meg grew up with the passion of all things now referred to as STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). She studied a variety of STEAM subjects in high school and college which led to an IT career where she consulted across multiple disciplines and industries. From consulting she went on to lead global learning for various consulting divisions within IBM.

She approaches education for our kids from a top down perspective - knowing what the business world looks like and how it is evolving. Meg believes in the power of learning through doing, and to retain what has been learned you need to continue to build upon a skill over time. She also believes in the concept of enabling our kids through the learning process to develop their own ideas and passions on how they can personally touch society through a positive impact.

Watching Meg in the classroom, it is clear that God has called her back to her passion of science and public speaking through teaching. Meg is very excited to have the opportunity to share her love of learning and exploration with our NGHE kids through both her science and public speaking classes.

Her calling to teach crosses other topics as well including leadership, kingdom building business, the times and seasons of God's calendar and finding your true identity for both individuals as well as organizations. Her professional work still includes coaching and consulting on the journey towards the whole person, training strategy, and operations strategy as well as facilitating innovation and creativity.

She and her son Austin (a 6th grade student at NGHE) are just beginning the journey of homeschooling and are excited to see all that God has planned to unfold for them as they move forward!

Prayer Request

Student Eli Penland (2nd grade) injured his foot and has had to be in a foot cast for a few weeks. Please keep Eli and his parents Traci and Charles in your prayers. We look forward to having Eli and his bright smile back at NGHE soon!

Lost & Found

Just a reminder that NGHE has a Lost & Found behind the front desk in the Welcome Center lobby. Two laptop power cords were recently found in one of the modular classrooms. Students can check with front desk personnel if they've lost one.

Payment Plan - Withdraw Dates

Below are the remaining withdraw dates for any families utilizing the payment plan for their Fall 2015 classes:

  • Thursday, October 15, 2015
  • Monday, November 16, 2015
  • Tuesday, December 15, 2015 (for those who registered in August or later)

(Note: If an auto-payment is declined due to an expired credit or debit card, or due to non-sufficient funds/credit limit, an additional non-payment fee of $30 will be assessed.)

If you have any questions about your account, or to update your preferred payment option, please email info@northgahomeschool.org or call 404.985.7686.

Past Issues of "Push Pins" e-Newsletter

Missed the past issues of "Push Pins" e-Newsletter? Click below and get posted!

August 16, 2015
  • First Day Thank You!
  • Classroom Reassignments
  • Student Pick Up Reminder
  • Payment Plan Withdraw Date Changes
  • NGHE "Snack Shack"
  • NGHE "Lunch Bunch"
  • Mother's Lounge
  • Lost & Found
  • NGHE Student Guidelines
  • Meet the Martial Arts & Fitness Teachers of NGHE!
  • New NGHE Team Members
  • Prayer Request

July 30, 2015

  • First day of class - be ready!
  • Complete class calendar for 2015-2016
  • Payment plan reminder
  • Meet the Art Teachers of NGHE!