Tutor Bios

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” - Socrates

Level Up Tutorials is dedicated to providing knowledgeable and passionate tutors who enjoy teaching and encouraging their students. Our tutors are committed to sharing their enthusiasm, experience, and knowledge.

Marilynn Bonner: General Science & Geography

Marilynn is originally from Buffalo, NY, has always loved science and loves to see students learn. She is always looking for fun and innovative ways to bring a topic so students can understand it while preparing them for the next level/grade. She taught crafts and experiments in the Co-op for 4 years. She has taught in various after school programs. She also teaches children at AWANA (13 years) and is an Assistant Scoutmaster in her Scout troop, where her son earned his Eagle award, and her daughter is working toward it. She loves the outdoors, backpacking, and hiking. She is a black belt in Universal Karate and is a level 1 certified Climbing instructor… Marilynn lives in Charlotte with her husband and two children.  She has grown up in ministry, is a “preacher’s kid” and currently serves in children’s church at Joy Christian Fellowship in Matthews.  She has homeschooled her two children for 16 years.  Her son has graduated, and her daughter is a student in the tenth grade. 

Paula Bostrom: Spanish 1, 2 & 3, Geometry

Paula has a B.S. in mathematics with a minor in Spanish from Calvin College. She has an M.S. in mathematics from Purdue University and an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Texas, Arlington. She and her husband, Mark, served with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Colombia, S.A., for about seven years. Paula homeschooled their daughter, Andrea, who graduated in May, 2014. Paula has done private tutoring as well as tutoring several years with Classical Conversations in Foundations, math, and Latin I. She has been the debate club facilitator since 2011.  

Clay Broussard: Government/Economics

Clay Broussard has a BA in Economics from the University of Texas @ Austin and a MA in Religious Studies from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He has spent over 25 years in the professional world as a sales and operations leader in the IT Services Industry. He is currently in the position of Supply Chain Executive at DXC Technology, a $15B USD global services company and has traveled extensively with his job. He is passionate about Freedom, Education, Christianity, History, Economics and Politics and has taken an active role in teaching his own children as well as others. Mr. Broussard has eight (ages 24-8) children (three married and 1 grandchild, more coming soon!) with his beloved wife of 25 plus years, Stacy. He loves sports and coaching and developing teamwork and confidence through athletics. He has served as a pastor, elder and men’s ministry leader in various churches as well as taught numerous small group Bible studies and lay-seminary classes in a large church setting. He currently attends Northstar Community Fellowship in Charlotte. While living in North Carolina for 21 years (14 in Raleigh), and falling in love with the state he now calls home, he is and forever will be, a Texan!

Jack Gale: Honors Grammar and Composition, American Literature

Jack grew up in Charlotte, N.C., and attended public schools there, graduating from Myers Park High School in 1962. He enrolled at Clemson College and then transferred to UNC-Charlotte in his sophomore year, majored in English, and went on to The University of Tennessee for graduate school.

Mr. Gale “fell into” teaching in the fall of 1968 at Parkwood High School in Union County. He apparently enjoyed the experience enough that he continued at Parkwood, teaching English, including all levels of English courses, until his retirement in 1998. In the fall of 1998, he joined Tutorials and began working with homeschoolers and has been doing so ever since.  

Melissa Garcia: Literature & Composition, Grammar & Composition

Melissa Garcia is a Christ-following, bible-loving, Latin inner-city gal who loves sharing Jesus with others! She has been married to her high school sweetheart for over twenty years, and the joy she experiences in teaching is evident through her three homeschooled children, Maddox, Alyssa, and Gabriel. She has over two decades of teaching experience in both traditional and non-traditional classroom settings. In 2006, she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish, followed by a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. She holds a North Carolina teaching/administrators license and has taught and tutored locally since moving to NC with her family over the last five years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, playing board games, and reading all sorts of different things. You will almost always find her with a cup of coffee and a big smile to go along with it.  

 

 

Shawn Hill: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II,  Advanced Math, Personal Finance/Consumer Math, Bible Study/Theology

Shawn M. Hill has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Bryan College.  He has 19 years of classroom experience.  He has his license to teach math in North Carolina.  Currently, he works as a private/group tutor and homeschool tester.  He has taught Algebra 1 and Algebra II for 14 years.  He also has taught Advanced Math for 7 years.  Shawn and his wife Shannon have three children.  

Lynn Pierre Jones, Jr., P.T.:  Health & Nutrition, Human Anatomy & Level Up President
Lynn Pierre is a veteran homeschooler of 16 years and a father of 5. His educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in the Science of Physical Therapy, experience as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and a Personal Trainer. As a therapist, he was awarded “Best in Physical Therapy” in Union county for 2 years straight. Lynn is a 5-time published author of books related to fitness, marriage, and rehabilitation.  He serves as a very enthusiastic presenter/teacher for the medical staff and community. Mr. Jones has also served as a on-the-job Clinical Instructor for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Wingate University for a number of years. He believes you will either pay the price it takes to live healthy and fit or you will pay the price of fatigue, illness, and living a life without being all you can be! 

Shari Kaiser: Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology 

A lifelong interest in learning led my husband and I to homeschooling. It has been a pleasure to be personally involved in molding the individual strengths and personalities each of our children were given to prepare them to serve God’s purpose. We have four successful homeschool graduates. 

I became actively involved in the homeschool community in 1995. I served as Director of a support group (GRACE) for 13 years and Director of an area association (CHEA) for 8 years. These opportunities allowed me to interact with many fellow homeschoolers, both those seasoned in the journey as well as those just starting out. We all enjoyed learning from and supporting each other. I continue to enjoy serving as a mentor when the opportunity arises.

I have also been able to share my strong interest in science with the community since 2007, beginning with Chemistry classes. I’ve taught science classes in a variety of enrichment facilities in the greater Charlotte area annually since then. 

I look forward each year to helping my students see that science is fascinating, fun and understandable.

Jen Litowski: American & World History 

Jen Litowski is a veteran homeschool mom who has had the joy of graduating her 5 kids and seeing them go on to college.  Writing, Literature, Science and History are some of the subjects she has taught while belonging to various co-ops through the years.  Jen has honed her teaching skills by teaching diverse age groups of students for eight years at the Co-op.  Growing up as a missionary kid in the south Pacific, Jen caught the travel bug and continues to love to travel with her family for pleasure and short term mission trips. She is an avid reader, particularly enjoying history, good literature and books on Christian living. Married in 1992, Jen & her husband, Greg, are actively involved in their church and ministry in the community.   

Heidi Medlin- Co-Principal, Parent Liaison

Heidi is born and raised in Charlotte NC. She moved to Monroe 16 years ago when she married her husband Bridger. Together they run and operate their family farm which is home to their carriage company Southern Breezes Carriages. They have two children Madison and Miles who both have been homeschooled. Heidi enjoys volunteering and after 10 years of being a 4H club leader now sits on the Union County 4H foundation board where she continues to passionately help create, develop and fund programs for 4H youth. Since her family is actively in the horse community she is a board member of the Union County Saddle Club where she helps put on horse shows and clinics for our equestrian community. She loves to read and create a home where all feel welcome. Heidi is excited for this new chapter with our Level Up Tutorials board and hopes to help all families have a wonderful experience. Contact

Deborah Neuhs: Art

Deborah Neuhs is a teaching artist who lives in Waxhaw, NC where she has been teaching art since 2001 to children in grades k-12 through her business Beautifully Made, LLC. She loves teaching drawing painting, pottery, glasswork, art history and weaving. She also creates custom textiles for interior designers with Aboutcolor Home, LLC. Deborah has been weaving since 1994 and loves the balance of pursuing her work as an artist and sharing that love of art with others through teaching. Deborah sees the ultimate goal of her art teaching as a way to use her gifts to help enrich the lives of others and to bring glory and honor to God. Deborah received her undergraduate degree in Business from Queens University. She has also taken graduate coursework in K-12 Art Education at UNCC and is certified by ACSI, The Association of Christian Schools International.