Meet Our US Teachers
Mrs. Leslie Kent – Director
Leslie Kent holds a Graduate Certificate from SMU and a B.S. from Kansas State University. She has homeschooled for twelve years, graduating her now 23yo son and 21yo daughter, and continuing to teach her 16yo youngest son. Her homeschooling journey began with reading “The Well-Trained Mind” (Wise & Bauer), and following generally in that classical direction for much of her curricula and content choices. Lately, she has been influenced by a point made in “A Thomas Jefferson Education” (DeMille): “people cannot be educated unless they choose to seek education.” Her desire is to meet the needs of children who are curious and ready to learn, by engaging them in valuable activities and challenging them with ideas.
Mr. Nathan Keller – Life Science, Earth Science, Biology
Mr. Keller comes from a science background and has been following his passion for all things science-related since he began his education career at TCU in 1998. His science interests include physics, technology, and astronomy which complement his degree in sports medicine. He spent eight years as an athletic trainer before taking on a private career in personal health and becoming an entrepreneur. Mr. Keller brings a love for teaching and learning to each lesson, blending technology with a classical oratory style to remain relevant to today’s young students.
Dr. Lynn Weeter – Anatomy & Physiology, Physical Science
Dr. Weeter began her teaching career while still an undergraduate in college, working as a teaching assistant and tutoring in Math, English and Chemistry. Since then, she has continued to help students with math and science, including homeschooling her own children since 2008. In addition to holding a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, Dr. Weeter has a minor in Chemistry. She is also certified as a teacher of the self-defense system of Krav Maga.
Miss Sharon Gray – Course 1 Math, Geometry, Algebra 1, Physics
British by birth and education, Sharon has an M.A. in Mathematics and Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an M.A. in Biblical Studies, Greek and Hebrew from the University of Sheffield. She was a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators for almost 25 years, during which time she spent 10 years in a translation project in Mali, West Africa, before coming to Dallas to work in the International Translation Department as senior editor of a series of Bible commentaries. Since leaving Wycliffe in 2007, Sharon has been tutoring students between the ages of 7 and 50 (but mainly middle and high school) in math, French, chemistry and SAT/ACT/GED/GRE test prep. She is excited to return to MGA for her second year and teach math and physics to our students. She hopes to communicate her own love of learning and enthusiasm for math to her students and the knowledge that math can actually be fun!
Mrs. Cheryl Weiskircher – Course 2 Math, Algebra 2
Cheryl holds a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Information Science, a degree that includes coursework in Calculus 1, 2, 3, and Differential Equations. She spent five years employed with American Airlines developing decision support software, and the last nine years homeschooling her five children. Her math teaching experience includes five years’ tutoring AP Pre-Calc and Calculus students in Carroll ISD, and three years’ teaching high school math classes to area homeschooled students. Cheryl brings her extensive math background to MGA this year to teach our Pre-Calculus, Algebra, and Course 2 students. It is her hope that students will truly grasp and appreciate math, and experience success in their math work.
Mrs. Lorianne Gillander – Course 3 Math, Algebra 1
Lorianne, a homeschool mom, has 3 children, ages 12, 2, and 1. She and her husband Brendan have been married for 15 years. Lorianne was working towards a Math degree when the 2 babies came along so she decided to put college on hold, stay at home with the kids, and homeschool their oldest. Lorianne has a passion for math and wants to share that passion with her students. She understands that math does not come easy to all, so she strives to apply real life applications to her style of teaching. Students can expect creative, hands-on class activities to enhance comprehension.
Lesley Johnson – Logic Writing, all levels
Lesley Johnson holds a B.A. in Communications. Following graduation, Mrs. Johnson worked at several public relations agencies, where she managed accounts; wrote news releases, magazine articles and newspaper editorials; and produced brochures, among other responsibilities. Prior to becoming a mother, Mrs. Johnson worked in the computer industry as well. She had the most fun working on the Universal Studios account, where she spent six months traveling to Los Angeles to work on The Lot, and visiting the amusement park several evenings a week after work. Mrs. Johnson has been a classical home schooler since 2006, and began using Institute for Excellence in Writing in 2010.
Mrs. Miller has a wealth of education experience as both a classroom teacher and a homeschooling mom. She is a certified teacher (grades 1st-8th), with eight years’ classroom teaching experience, and 15 years’ experience homeschooling her own four students, two teenagers still at home and two who have graduated. Mrs. Miller holds a B.S. in Education with minors in English and Bible. With her love of good literature and experience creating engaging learning activities, she is well-suited to lead our Logic students in their study of world history via worthwhile literature.
Mrs. Gonzalez is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of University of Dallas with a B.A. in English. Before joining MGA she taught English for the Irving I.S.D. Classically educated herself, Mrs. Gonzalez has an extensive background in literary classics and enjoys guiding our Rhetoric students in a better appreciation for the literature they read to accompany their History studies. She has also earned recognition for her writing, and with this background, helps our students polish their own writing skills.