“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.” Titus 2:7-8
Wife, mom of 5 and Mimi to 18. She began homeschooling in 1989, when her oldest child was in the 2nd grade. God has given Mrs. Laura a great desire to serve, teach, and encourage young ladies. Growing in Grace began as a simple class for her daughters and a few of their friends in 2011. They would meet, learn, study, laugh, cry, dance, sing and act crazy. Together they grew spiritually and learned of God’s purpose for their lives. While her goal is still the same, she is encouraged to see how the Lord has grown Growing in Grace and brought women alongside her to pursue the goal of loving these girls and teaching them about Christ.
“I have been blessed beyond measure with the privilege of watching some of the most precious young ladies grow in their love for the Lord, build life-time friendships, and I look forward to seeing who else He will place in my life to love and encourage. May my life be a reflection of HIM as I love my students and I pray they leave knowing how much they are loved by our Creator! “
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” -2 Timothy 2:15
Mona started her homeschooling journey in 1992. Wife to Jake, mother to five children, and Mimi to five grandchildren. Mona is passionate about the history of our county and His creation. She loves to incorporate drama, re-enactments and music into her classes.
“To have a small part in raising up the next generation to be strong in who they are in Christ, who they are as American Citizens and to understand “His Story” through history is a tremendous privilege.”
“Love never fails.” -1 Corinthians 13
Christy teaches science at Growing in Grace. She is also a licensed Cosmetologist and currently a college student herself. Her three children (all grown) were all homeschooled at some point. A teacher with Growing in Grace since 2019, she believes that science proves the existence of a creator and that creator is God.
” Jesus is the center of my life and I try to reveal Him in all of creation. From the smallest molecule to the farthest galaxy, you can’t deny there is a creator! “
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. with you.” -Philippians 4: 4-9
A follower of Christ for 40 years, Tami has been married for 35 of them and has been blessed with two sons, three grandchildren and now one great grandchild. She accepted Jesus when she was twelve years old, and loves the Lord with all her heart. For the past 5 years she has been serving the Lord as a Sign Language Interpreter, teacher, and tutor and loves teaching sign language. Tami looks forward to teaching the girls at Growing in Grace how to worship our Lord and Savior with sign, and teaching them about this beautiful language and the deaf culture.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ”Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said “Lord, Here I am! Send me!”
– Isaiah 6:8
“You will learn how to show the love of Christ in sign language to the deaf and each other. I pray you will have a deeper relationship with Jesus when we get through with this class. I look forward to meeting you and sharing His love with each other. We are to be the hands and feet of Jesus wherever He sends us.”
Deanna is a Christ follower, wife, and mom to seven children, two of which attend GIG. Deanna manages our sales and inventory, facilitates study hall and creative arts, and administers regulatory services. She is a counselor and guide for our students and substitutes whenever needed. Deanna has a servants heart and is always willing to jump in wherever and whenever the need arises.
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”
Tracy is one of our versatile teachers. She mentors any math student as they need help through a weekly study group and creates online content for virtually every classroom. In addition she teaches mathematics, physics, english and bible. She also administers our online systems and virtual classrooms. Together with her husband of 20 years they have homeschooled their two children since 2013. In “pre-mommy” life she wrote data base applications and provided streamlining and organizational services for various startup companies. She also publishes and maintains the Desoto county website for homeschool resources NMHEA.org.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, …” Colossians 3:23
“I believe that if God leads me somewhere, He will equip me, strengthen me, and provide what is needed to accomplish His plan there. This leads me to have the courage and confidence, that I can do anything He has put before me, no matter how hard it seems. I want these young ladies to know the joy and confidence that comes from trusting Him that way, too.”
Married to her high school sweetheart, mother of two and Mimi of two, fur momma of five. Angie graduated from NWCC with her nursing degree and lives in Coldwater. She helps out so much with everything from snack/lunch time, school nurse, cleaning and filling in wherever and whenever she is needed! She has truly been a blessing to us at Growing in Grace. Her ‘favorite’ granddaughter attends and is also her favorite student as well (and helped write her bio.)
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good”-Romans 12:9
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Romans 8:38-39
Meloney has been married for almost 17 years to her best friend. She is mother to three and grandmother to two precious grandsons. She has been homeschooling her youngest daughter since 2015 and is certified with Accelerated Christian Education. She has had a love for music ever since she was a young girl. She was inspired by her father who made a career as a musician. She has sung in choirs, bands, praise teams at church and taken voice lessons in her earlier years. Meloney has a deep passion for serving the Lord and sharing the love of Christ with others. Meloney directs our student choir and teaches home economics. She is faithful in loving and helping out whenever she is needed.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me..” -Philippians 4:13
First and foremost Anna has been a follower of Christ for 25 years. She and her husband Matt have been married for 12 years and and they have a sweet daughter, Davy. Anna also serves alongside her husband in his role of worship pastor at East Point church for the past ten years.
Anna is passionate about mentoring youth and sharing the love of Jesus wherever she has the opportunity. She has a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Accounting from Blue Mountain College. She has worked in the homeschool setting teaching math for 5 years and taken five years of art study as well. Anna teaches our higher mathematics classes.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” -Isaiah 41:10
Rebecca currently lives in DeSoto County with her husband and 4 children. She loves to garden and be outdoors. She also loves to bake and cook in her home. She has been homeschooling for the last 4 years. As a follower of Christ, she is grateful to be involved in a Christ centered learning and service to her community. Rebecca enjoys teaching and helping to “train up” our younger generation, and is thankful God has called her into this position. She majored in English at the University of Mississippi and still enjoys teaching the wonders of reading, writing and literature.
Gracie is currently a student at The University of Mississippi attaining her Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications. When she is not doing schoolwork, you can catch her serving at her local church, New Prospect Baptist, as the Media Manager and a youth girls leader. Speaking of youth, she will become a youth pastor’s wife in June! Ever since she has been brought to salvation in January 2021, she has discovered a love for investing in youth girls. She believes that instilling biblical truths and being intentional during the teens years is very important. She can’t wait to love and encourage our students this fall and is excited to meet each of them!
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us”. -Eph. 3:20
Katie Plum Johnson
Katie Johnson is so excited to be stepping into this new role at Growing in Grace! Although a first-year teacher, she is a second-year wife to Luke and they have a fluffy pup, Topher. Throughout her two years at Northwest Mississippi Community College, Katie found herself spending summers at Central Hills Baptist Camp, where her love for students (and also Luke) blossomed. She then went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Delta State University. Katie’s hope in exploring this new adventure is to equip girls to grow in their love and knowledge of Jesus Christ, whether by gardening a favorite flower or the fresh ground of faith. Katie is excited to see where God meets Growing in Grace in the coming season.
“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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Cor 12.9