Staff Directory

“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

LAURA MAY

Wife, mom of 5 and Mimi to 17. She began homeschooling in 1989, when her oldest 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 and molded these classes to be exactly what He wants them to be.

“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 COBB

Meet my sweet, long-time (not old) friend, Mona. She started her homeschooling journey in 1992. Wife to Jake, mother to five children, and Mimi to five grandchildren. Mona is passionate about the Social Sciences. She is excited to teach history next year. She loves to incorporate drama, re-enactments and music into her classes. She is looking forward to being a part of the families and staff at Growing in Grace.

“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 “HisStory” through History is a tremendous privilege.”

“Love never fails.” -1 Corinthians 13

CHRISTY DEVEREUX

Christy is our science teacher at Growing in Grace for all grades. She is also a licensed Cosmetologist and currently a college student herself. Her children, Chris 28, Cheyanne 23 and Chasity 20 were all homeschooled at some point. A teacher with Growing in Grace for the past 4 years she loves teaching high school science and 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 was a creator! I have a verse that keeps me grounded. Its a command with a promise and instructions.

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

TAMI HERRON

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 and teacher/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 their hands signing to music, 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.”

HANNAH TAYLOR

Hannah is an Organizational Leadership graduate of the University of Memphis. Hannah is a resident of Hernando, MS. In addition, she currently manages her own photography business. Hannah has a passion for creating, adventuring and teaching the truth of God’s Word and how obeying it is for our good and His Glory.

“I am honored and excited to be a part of what The Holy Spirit is doing in and through Growing in Grace.”

EMMA BARNETT

Hello, I’m Emma! I’ve been married to my best friend since 2016 and together we have a sweet cat, Theodore, and a fun pup, Finn! A few of our greatest joys: being foster parents, serving in our local church, and being on the lake with our friends and family! I have a BA from the University of Mississippi. I want my life to show that I love Him and treasure His Word above all things!! I have a heart for teenage girls and I am excited to teach Language Arts and Bible.

Favorite passage is Matthew 6:25-34 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

DEANNA POTTS

Deanna is a highly valued member of the administrative staff and helps wherever needed. She manages the concessions and the kitchen, in addition to whatever elective needs to be taught or class needs to be subbed. She has seven children, two of which attend GIG. Her favorite thing to do is to spend time with family.

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”

-Proverbs 31:26

TRACY ROBINSON

“I can do all things through Christ
who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Tracy is our mathematics teacher; mentoring from Foundation math through Algebra 3 as well as business math and personal finance. She also develops our online systems and virtual classrooms. Together with her husband of 19 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 coordinates virtual homeschool workshops and other services through NMHEA.org for Desoto county homeschoolers.

“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.”

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Meet my long-time friend Lori! She is mom to 8. Two .

LANEY CARPENTER

Laney, a graduate of Growing in Grace Class of 2021, is one of our student intern teachers and let me tell you she is such a blessing to me as well as the other teachers. She is currently a student at Northwest College She will be teaching Bible to the 7th-8th grade class, helping with the snack/lunch station, as well as assisting in so many areas. Laney is excited to be helping again this year.

“For the Word of the Lord is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness.” -Psalm 33:4

SHERRY KNIGHT

I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 30 years and have eight children two sets of twins. I have been blessed to have been able to homeschool them all. I am now overjoyed to be a Grammy to seven wonderful grandkids! I have been a Christ follower for 35 years and finds me who I am as a wife, mother, and friend.

I have done a variety of things throughout my life that will be a benefit to teaching homework. I’ve raised and educated a great kids, I’ve been a pediatric dental assistant, operated a home daycare, a cosmetologist, a seamstress, a professional cake decorator, a dog breeder, a property manager, a house flipper, and a mentor/teacher of young women for the past 14 years.

Proverbs 31:26 – 27
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

GRACE RUSSELL

Gracie grew up in Jacksonville, FL, and loved everything about it there. The beach, the people, and sometimes even the rain. She went to a very small private school with a graduating class of 32 people. In her school she found the sport that she still loves to this day, volleyball!

All throughout high school she was a multi-sport athlete, but volleyball has always had her heart! After high school she knew she wanted to do something good with the sports that showed her love so she began to coach at that very school. God knew where He was putting her because through her experience coaching is where she met her husband, David. They have a beautiful daughter, Oakley.

“God has blessed me in many ways and I believe he has brought me here to be a blessing to others.I am very thankful for the opportunity to help others through something that helped me throughout my life.”

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.-Romans 8:18

Anna King

First and foremost Anna has been a follower of Christ for 24 years. She and her husband Matt have been married for 11 years and and they have a sweet three-year old, Davy. She has also served 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 4 years and taken five years of art study as well. Anna will support both the mathematics and fine arts 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