“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.”
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 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
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 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
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.
“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 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.”
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.”
Miranda is teaching our 7th-8th grade Language Arts Class. She is a graduate of GIG Class of 2021 and a current college student herself. She is truly a gem to have with us this year and she will love your daughter and help her however she can!
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
Meloney has been married for almost 17 years to her best friend. She is blessed to be a mother of three children and a Memel to two precious grandsons. She has been homeschooling her youngest daughter since 2015 and is certified with Accelerated Christian Education. Se 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. He was a great mentor and encouraged her to use her voice for the Lord. She has sung in choirs, bands, praise teams at church and taken voice lessons in her earlier years. Maloney has a deep passion for serving the Lord and sharing the love of Christ with others. She is working with our choir and is such a crucial part of our staff. 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 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
REBECCA CHADWICKRebecca 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.
This is Gracie and she is a new teacher this year. She 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!