Faculty Biographies

Cathy Bean

Mrs. Bean joins the staff as the new Sign Language Teacher. Married to her wonderful husband for 36 years, they've  had the joy of raising 5 sons. Their youngest was born with some health issues which left him profoundly deaf. They have been on a journey together in learning this beautiful language called ASL. She has taught basic sign in her home for many years as well as taught classes at Sagemont Church. She still considers herself a student as well and hopes to be used of the Lord to help others learn to communicate to the deaf.

Mrs. Bean bring years of experience to the HEP program. Her personal experiences in deaf culture will continue to prepare our students to work in this field.

Laura Coker-Garcia


Mrs. Coker-Garcia earned a Master’s of Education degree with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction and a Bachelor’s of Journalism degree, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also holds Texas lifetime teaching certificates for Secondary Social Studies and for  Journalism.

Mrs. Coker-Garcia started her career teaching middle school history for  HISD, where she served on the Site Based Decision Making Committee and  chaired an innovative summer school program. After leaving the public  schools she went to a private alternative school working with middle and  high school students and their teachers as a learning specialist.

When her oldest daughter achieved school-age Mrs. Coker-Garcia committed  to home schooling. Over the years she has been active in several support  groups, organized many “outside” classes, set up hundreds of field  trips, coached students participating in history fairs and  the  geography bee, sponsored a Gavel Club, taught at several co-ops and led two troops of home schooled Girl Scouts.

With one daughter graduated from the University of North Texas (and  working as an informal science educator) and the other a high school senior and thus more time available, Mrs. Coker-Garcia is excited to be teaching English 6 and English 10 this year.

 

Karen Freeman

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Degreed in English, Language and History with a minor in Psychology, Karen Freeman lists teaching and cooking amongst her greatest passions, with her family as her greatest joy. A graduate of a noted European culinary institution, she holds the license of Executive Chef in Grande Cuisine and serves with the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Married to Steven, a former police officer, their entrepreneurial exploits include a catering business, a photography company, and 2 restaurants. While serving on the Board of Directors and as the only woman Head Coach in the HHSI, she brought her sons' team, the Humble High School Hockey team, to claim several District and City of Houston championships. During her association with the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, she developed curriculum and training formats currently in use on a statewide basis in public schools and law enforcement departments and often serves as a guest speaker during statewide conventions on the subject of domestic violence. A published essayist, she presents her work at the Webb Historical Society, the Great Plains Convention, LSU, U of H, Sam Houston and Lee College, while her essays also appear in Reader's Digest and Southern Living. After teaching on the collegiate level and as a private tutor for 10 years, she turned her focus towards homeschooling her three elementary-aged children and teaching high school students at HEP of Texas, Inc. wherein she developed an approach to learning that “focuses on the journey, rather than the destination.”

 

Linda Hendrix

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Linda Hendrix holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering. She has taught math for HEP for 14 years. Mrs. Hendrix has had great success in preparing students for College Calculus. San Jacinto College has been very impressed with the students who come from the HEP classes. Currently, she is teachng Algebra 1/2, 3 levels of Algebra 2, Honors Advanced Mathematics, Honors Statisticsand Honors Physics. Mrs. Hendrix has also home schooled her three children, one of whom is a National Merit Scholarship winner for 2006! Her children have all been actively involved in CHSA Athletics. Her daughter graduated from Baylor Law School in 2015 as the #1 graduate!

 

Tiffany Henry


Joining HEP for the 2018-2019 school year, Tiffany Henry will teach Classical History and Texas History. She finds joy in her role as wife and mother, of 3 children, as well as a homeschool mom for the last 11 years. In her previous life, B.C. (Before Children), she earned her Bachelors in Business Administration as a Business Management Major. Working in the business world for 6 years thereafter, she decided the time had arrived to focus on her true love of children and join the teaching world. Earning her Lifetime Texas Teacher Certificate – Generic Special Education, she enjoyed the blessings of teaching. Once children arrived, she focused on family, and dabbled in working on various grants as well as gaining more knowledge to share in workshops. Since joining the homeschooling adventure with her children and supportive husband, she has worked with children of all ages, from preschool to high school, in various coops and Sunday school. Texas History, Geography, and a Masters Class for C.C. top the recent list of classes taught, always with her children in the forefront and joining in the mix. When trying to explain “homeschooling,” she explains it as a “lifestyle with so many blessings.” The Lord set us on a path in which we have been richly blessed, and we love to share it with others.

 

Joanne Juren

 

          Recently inducted into the Texas Home School "Hall of Fame," Joanne Juren has over thirty-nine years experience as an educator, with experience as both a teacher and administrator in public schools and college, and eighteen years as a home educator in the homeschooling community. Mrs. Juren has a B.A. in English/History Teacher Education, a M.Ed. in Educational Administration, and a Texas Professional Mid-Management (Principal's) Certificate. She is the founder and National Executive Director of Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society, and owner of the HEP Bookstore and Home Education Partnership of Texas. She has served as  a member of the San Jacinto College Honors Committee, and as an administrator at the college.  She was the first winner of the "Home School Best Pioneer" Award by the Calvert School in 2002 and is also a member of "Who's Who of American High School Teachers." The author of nine books, she is a popular speaker and has appeared on national television as an advocate of home schooling. She has been an active member of Sagemont Church since 1975 and was active in Boy Scouting for 15 years and is a featured panelist in the BSA Training Video for Youth Protection. The Juren's have two sons, both who were homeschooled and today, one is a patent attorney and the other holds an MBA and a JD and works for their other company, Gilmore Global Instruments, Inc..  A world traveler, Mrs. Juren brings a wealth of knowledge, excitement, and experience to the classroom.

 

Melissa Juren

 

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Melissa Juren joins the Home Education Partnership as the Computer Science teacher.  Her classes includeIntroduction to Microsoft Office 2010, Introduction to Programming, Introduction to Web Design, Introduction to Game Programming, and Graphic Design.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Houston.  She also worked a full-time, paid internship with NASA at Ellington Field while earning her degree.  As a software engineer, she developed and maintained programs primarily using Java and XML, but she is also experienced with Visual Basic, C, C++, Scheme, JavaScript, CSS, HTML5, and Microsoft Office.  For ten years, she has worked as a private tutor for elementary, high school, and college students teaching subjects such as English and composition to trigonometry and statistics.  She is married to Jason Juren, the second of Mrs. Joanne Juren's two sons, making her the third and final "Mrs. Juren" to join the HEP faculty. 

 

Joseph Morton

Joseph Morton joins the HEP faculty this summer to serve as the Assistant Principal. Joe Morton has lived most of his life on the east side of Houston, where his permanent residence is still (rumored to be) a large red barn. He was once an HEP student, during which time he took great pride in myriad Debate-class pranks which targeted Joanne Juren. He still lives in fear of his comeuppance. He attended the University of St. Thomas (Houston), where he acquired a B.A. in Philosophy (with Minors in Honors and Political Science), and served as President of the Student Government. He also very nearly completed a B.S. in Procrastination Resources, which he fully intends to finish tomorrow. After graduation, Joe co-founded The Paideia Institute, a three-week college-preparatory summer academy, taught by college professors at the University of St. Thomas, which exposed high-school students to college-level texts. During this time, he joined Teach For America (Americorps), and taught 9th Grade English at Chavez High School’s Achieve! Academy for at-risk students. He still very much misses teaching at Chavez – though he does not miss the accompanying hair loss. Joe has since received an M.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University in New York, from which he is pursuing a Ph.D. of the same. His research areas include Philosophy of Language, Phenomenology, and Ethics. He’s argued, with some success, that coffee is a necessary condition for the possibility of thought, and he very much suspects that the phenomenon of missing socks supervenes on the underlying physical facts.

 

Hannah Philibert

 

Hannah Philibert has a B.A. in Philosophy from Texas A&M University. As a former HEP student and ESA member, she is very excited to work with current students and help them achieve their educational goals. Ms. Philibert is passionate about art and art history, and she has worked with a variety of art mediums, including pastels, acrylics, watercolor, pencils, and clay. Ms. Philibert also has experience in debate, theater, and speaking at conferences, which she looks forward to incorporating into her curriculum for Middle School Speech and the Classical School Create 101! course.

 

Cheryl Red

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Cheryl Red teaches Algebra 1, Life Science, Honors/AP Chemistry 1 and 2, Honors/AP Biology 1, and Accelerated Math. Mrs. Red has a B.A. in Microbiology, a B.S. in Medical Technology, and a M.S. in Biology. She also serves as the Math/Science Chairperson for HEP.   She has three children and homeschooled for thirteen years. She has taught science classes ranging from Physical Science to Chemistry for the last thirteen years to home schooled students in the Clear Lake area.  Part of the HEP SAT Test Team, Mrs. Red teaches the math preparation for the SAT Test. Mrs. Red also serves as the Chairman of the Math and Science Department for HEP.

Fred Rodriquez

Fred Rodriquez joins the HEP staff as the upper level Spanish teacher. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Mr. Rodriquez has travelled through Central and South America for over 30 years as a consultant. He holds a B.A. from Sam Houston University.  On one of his most recent adventures, he walked the 500 miles along Spain’s Camino de Santiago de Compostela where he enjoyed visiting with families along the walk (this is where the photo above was shot). He is very interested in travelling to Spain on our school trip next spring! Last year, he worked in HISD teaching Spanish to ESL students. He attended the TPRS training in April and is eager to incorporate these ideas into the HEP Spanish program.

Carrie Rothberg

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Carrie Rothberg is an award-winning bilingual elementary educator. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development (PK-5) from Texas A&M University. She is certified by the State of Texas to teach Bilingual and ESL students. Carrie has taught bilingual students in both Pearland and Clear Creek ISD for 7 years. During her time with Pearland, she was named Pearland ISD Bilingual Teacher of the Year, Teacher of the Year at Carleston Elementary, and Finalist for Pearland ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. While in North Carolina during her husband's service in the Army, she taught Spanish and Art classes to homeschoolers of all ages. She lives in Friendswood with her husband, Grant, and their two hound dogs.

Sue Rothberg

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Sue Rothberg teaches science in Classical School, "Chemistry and Physics" for sixth grade, Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, Marine Biology, Meteorology, Math 5/4 and 6/5. She has a BS in biochemistry, BS in meteorology, and a MSBA. She served in the USAF  as a meteorology officer, manager of a clothing store, and has given private piano lessons for 15 years.  Her husband is on the pastoral staff of Sagemont church. Her three sons (one an attorney, one a HPD officer, one a minister of a local church) were homeschooled.

Amy Thompson Titus

Mrs. Amy Titus earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a choral concentration and a Master’s Degree in Music Theory from Baylor University. She taught elementary music and directed choir in private Christian schools for 9 years, designing and implementing the school’s music curriculum. As her two sons grew, Mrs. Titus committed to homeschooling them, instructing them for the past 12 years. With one son graduating and moving on to college, Mrs. Titus turns her attention to HEP where she will teach Classical School Language Arts, English 7, and English 12.

Leigh Ann Whitman

Leigh Ann Whitman joins the HEP staff as a Classical School teacher for K-3. Leigh Ann has a B.S. from Texas A&M University. In addition to her elementary certification, she holds endorsements in Reading (1-5), Math (1-8), and Special Education (PK-12). With eight years of classroom experience, Leigh Ann has taught first, third, and fourth grade students in both Alvin Independent School District and Clear Creek Independent School District. She has also taught at First Baptist Christian Academy in Pasadena. For the past eight years, she has worked as a homeschooling mom.

Leigh Ann has two daughters, Abby, who attended HEP and recently graduated with a B.S. in nursing from UTMB, and Jenna, who currently attends HEP and will graduate from high school in 2019. Leigh Ann and her husband David have spent the last six years working with the volleyball side of Christian Home School Athletics, serving in a number of roles that include Vice President, Head of Coaches, & Scheduler. She is excited about joining the outstanding teaching staff at Home Education Partnership of Texas, Inc. and working with the elementary Classical School students.

 

Leesa Wolf

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A Rice University graduate, NASA employee for almost 20 years, and homeschooling mom for nearly 15 years, Leesa Wolf has had a life-long passion for learning and teaching.  As a child, she purchased math books and children's novels, created associated workbooks, and "taught" the material – resulting in, according to her mom, the smartest stuffed animals in the neighborhood.  With an airline employee father, Mrs. Wolf traveled extensively to educational and historical locations and has continued these adventures in her homeschooling.   In high school, Mrs. Wolf was salutatorian, a top clarinetist in the state, and a varsity cheerleader.  She earned a B.A. in applied mathematical science from Rice University along with a teaching certificate in math and chemistry.  At NASA, she worked as a space station project analyst, developer of curriculum and instructor for astronauts and flight controllers,  robotics representative, manager of space station avionics training, and adjunct instructor of aerospace technology at San Jacinto Community College.  Additionally, Mrs. Wolf completed her M.A. in applied mathematical science from Rice University through a coveted NASA Fellowship and received NASA's Exceptional Service Medal for leading the start-up of space station training.  

Mrs. Wolf then shifted her priorities to homeschooling.  Her passion for learning resulted in developing and teaching group classes in a wide variety of areas including music appreciation, art history, literary analysis, flight, spies in history, explosions, "cool" math, chemistry, physics, computer programming, careers, SAT/ACT test prep & essay writing, and college application essays.  She also started and led multiple homeschooling groups such as a presenter's club, reading club, science club, and multiple award-winning robotics teams.  Her three sons have all achieved National Merit Program recognition and (soon) the rank of Eagle Scout.  Running out of students at home, Mrs. Wolf looks forward to teaching more students at HEP!

 

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