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 24yo son and 22yo daughter, and continuing to teach her 17yo 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. Jason Ayers – Logic-level Sciences, and Biology
Jason Ayers holds a B.S. in Kinesiology with a minor in Biology from the University of North Texas, and is a Texas-certified teacher. He has taught middle school science in the public school system for ten years, as well as coaching football and basketball. As a teacher, he loves to see students grow in their learning through use of technology and engaging classroom activities and assignments. When not in the classroom, Jason continues to reach the needs of students in two roles: as a student Life Coach for Academic Core Excellence, and as a mentor for The Men and Ladies of Honor ministry.
Dr. Lynn Weeter – Chemistry and Physics
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. Dr. Weeter returns for her third year of teaching Science classes at MGA.
Mrs. Shannon Weston – Logic-level Math, Algebra 1
Mrs. Weston holds two degrees from Arizona State University: a MEd., and a B.S. in Business. She is a Texas-certified teacher. Mrs. Weston has worked in the education field within the publishing industry for 10 years and has experience teaching in both public and private schools. The past two years she has been homeschooling her son, also a student at MGA. Her desire is for all her students to have a positive learning experience, to see them willing to participate and share their thinking, and to find joy in math as they discover meaning in math and make sense of problems placed before them.
Mrs. Cheryl Weiskircher – Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus
Mrs. Weiskircher 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 eleven years homeschooling her five children. Her math teaching experience includes seven years’ tutoring AP Pre-Calc and Calculus students in Carroll ISD, and six years’ teaching high school math classes to area homeschooled students. Cheryl returns for her third year to teach math at MGA, this year teaching Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus. 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, Geometry
Mrs. Gillander, a homeschool mom, has 3 children, ages 13, 3, and 2. She and her husband Brendan have been married for 16 years. Lorianne was working towards a Math degree and completed most of her math courses when the 2 babies came along. 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 easily 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. This is Mrs. Gillander’s second year of teaching Math classes at MGA.
Mrs. Kirsten Tiemann – Logic-level History
Mrs. Tiemann earned her B.A. in Political Science at her hometown college of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. After marrying her husband, his job moved them to California where she earned her Elementary Teaching Certificates for grades 1-8 from the University of California at Bakersfield. While in CA, she taught middle school History classes in a classical Christian school very similar to MGA. Her love of history and the stories that it tells is has given her the desire to create lessons that allow for a “time travel” experience. She has enjoyed sharing with students her love of learning for 15 years. When she’s not teaching, she and her husband are busy juggling schedules for their three boys (10th ,7th, and 5th grades).
Mrs. Miller has a wealth of education experience as both a classroom teacher and a homeschooling mom. She is a Texas-certified teacher with eight years’ classroom teaching experience, and 15 years’ experience homeschooling her own four children, 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 Writing, Grammar and Literature. She is returning for her second year of teaching MGA students.
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 is equipped to help our students polish their own writing skills. This is Mrs. Gonzalez’s second year of teaching English at MGA.
Mrs. Melanie Lemley – Rhetoric World History
Mrs. Lemley has a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida and practiced in Kentucky and Texas before raising her family of four children (current ages 20-26 – all in college this fall!) She and her husband Randall are missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators, having served in Cameroon and Ethiopia before returning to the U.S. for a stateside assignment. Melanie has also tutored at-risk children in Arlington with the H.O.P.E. Tutoring Center for the last six years. This is her third year teaching Humanities courses at MGA following a year-long sabbatical. She is returning to teach World History (Ancients – Middle Ages) to Rhetoric 1, and Western Civilization to Rhetoric 2, 3 and 4. She believes her role is “not a teacher, but an awakener.” (Robert Frost)