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Teacher Bios



Marta Castillo

Mrs. Castillo has been homeschooling her 4 children for a total of 21 years! She has taught ceramics at different enrichments for over 7 years. She has also taught in Summit Academy in Lawrenceville, GA, P.A.C.E of Miami, P.A.T.H, L.I.G.H.T enrichment, and Pinelands Enrichment.




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Patricia Helmcamp

“Pat” is a 79 yr. old retired Nurse, grandmother of 4, and GREAT-grandmother of 4. She feels led to share her passion of quilting with the homeschool community. Pat has been a quilting enthusiast for many years and is a member of the Ocean Waves Quilting Guild, Miami Art Quilters and Friendships Stars. Through these organizations, Pat has created many quilts throughout the years and has donated many of them to women’s shelters, homeless shelters, and veteran’s groups among others. We are truly blessed to have Pat join Agape Homeschool and share her creativity, knowledge and passion of this long lost Art with us.




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Jeff Wade

Jeff Wade is a 6th Black Belt at TKD. He is a master instructor black AKD and has a Master’s in Music Education.




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Diego Perez

Coach Diego was born in Cali, Colombia, where he learned to play the beautiful game of Soccer since the age of 3. Coach Diego played in several leagues in Colombia then moved to the US to play College level Soccer in Mississippi under a full scholarship. He obtained a Bachelors Degree in Foreign Languages at the University of Southern  Mississippi. Coach Diego is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian. He is also the founder of Agape Soccer Academy. 




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Adriana Chacon Valencia

Adriana Chacón-Valencia loves languages! She is fluent in five languages and knows four more at different levels. She is excited to teach French at Agape, not just because learning a language is fun, but because when you learn a language, you learn more of God’s creations!: a new culture, including food, music, dance, people, and so much more! Adriana began studying French when she was five years old and lived in Canada. She continued her French studies independently at home, and then also in high school and university. She studied abroad in Switzerland, in 1999, where she advanced her French. Adriana holds a masters degree in International Business and for several years, she worked with international investments and often communicated in French, and other languages, with clients. In 2008, she became a mom and switched gears. In 2011, she completed an advanced level Child Brain Development certification course from The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia. Adriana now teaches Music Together and Canta y Baila Conmigo classes for Miami Kids Music and has tutored Foundations at Classical Conversations Coral Gables for two years. She tutors languages privately and currently teaches her two boys, including French, at home.




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Charlette Minder

Charlene is deaf sign language teacher assistant at Christ Fellowship church where she teaches and prepares the class, assesses interpreters and new student signing skills. Charlene has also taught in public school tutoring deaf students in the past. Charlene brings a unique perspective to Agape Homeschool as she will be teaching all of us about the deaf culture. 




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Mariana Yern Corzo

 Mariana Yern Corzo was born in Havana, Cuba in 1992. She started studying the violin at the age of eight, and piano at the age of nine, at the Alejandro García Caturla Music Conservatory. In 2007 she, along with her family, emigrated to the United States and continued to pursue music at the Miami Conservatory of Music in Coconut Grove, Florida. After high school, she was accepted into Florida International University's School of Music and received her Bachelor’s in Violin Performance and Music Education in 2015, and her Master’s in Music Education in 2017. Throughout her graduate career, she continued to study the violin under the tutelage of violinist Marcia Littley, who studied with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School in Manhattan, New York. In 2015, Mariana won First Place in F.I.U.'s Annual Concerto Competition, and the Graduate Research Award in 2017. An educator at heart, Mrs. Corzo loves to teach, and has taught at Miami Baptist School and MDCPS. She also plays the violin in her home church's praise band alongside her husband, former worship leader and educator Isaac Corzo. Mariana and Isaac both live in Miami, and are new parents to a beautiful little girl, born in 2018. 




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Erika Johnson Solomon

 Erika Johnson Solomon is a professional actor, dancer and educator from Miami, FL who was married in 2016 and blessed in 2018 with a beautiful baby girl! Fluent in most forms of dance and a retired competitive gymnast, she holds multiple High Score titles from Dance Educators of America (Lyrical and Jazz categories), has danced professionally with ballet companies, modern companies, cirque companies and even a magic show, ranging from The Royal Ballet of England and Paris Opera Ballet (during their American tours) to appearing onstage with the satirical musician Weird Al Yankovic. She’s trained in classical ballet by Martha Mahr School of Ballet, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater and the Juilliard School. In theater, she’s a graduate of the New World School of the Arts High School Musical Theater program and holds a BFA from Southern Methodist University in Acting. She traveled to Russia in 2014 to continue her studies with the renowned Moscow Art Theater and has had the pleasure of teaching and performing at a number of local Miami institutions. She’s excited to join the Agape Homeschool staff, sharing her skills and insights from her varied professional career with young and budding performing artist.




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Wendy Sorrell

Wendy has a teaching background. She started teaching 40 years ago and has incorporated baking into a lot of her projects.




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Dezorah Hernandez

 Mrs. Dezy was born and raised in the wilds of Alaska, joined the military right out of high school, and became a wife and mother shortly after.  Currently, she’s a full-time homeschooling, homemaking, blogging momma of three. Her mission in every class as a teacher at Agape is to help her students build quality character as they learn quality content. Her passion is to create an atmosphere where kiddos feel emotionally safe to be child-like, provide a place to practice great communications skills by establishing basic manners of respect, and encourage an environment where children experience worthwhile concepts that connect from their mind to their hearts. Each class begins with an energetic song where kiddos will engage in movement while learning motions to the words. Classroom rules of respect will follow and a word of prayer before class begins.  




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Heidi Drake

Heidi is a fellow homeschool mom of 4 who loves life & learning alongside her kiddos! She & her husband work with Cru as missionaries in Miami and love bringing the gospel to those who haven't heard the good news of Jesus and helping Christians grow in their relationship with the Lord. Heidi's background is as a Physician Assistant having worked primarily in cardiothoracic surgery. At Samford University, she was a multi sport athlete competing in both basketball and track & field where she set 15 school records. She was a certified group fitness instructor through the YMCA. Her family loves sports, traveling, and all sorts of outdoor adventures! In all her classes, Heidi loves helping students connect God to what they are learning and to see how He is the Creator & Sustainer of all science, history, language, our bodies, and the world!




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Anthony Castillo

 Anthony Castillo is a senior in college majoring in computer science. He has excellent work ethics and has completed an internship at the City of Miami Beach Office of Learning and Development. Additionally, Anthony has completed 20 hours of professional development in K-12 Pedagogical Strategies at Florida International University, under the supervision of Dr. Mario Eraso. Anthony has extensive teaching experience with elementary and middle school students, and has excellent abilities in quickly building student rapport. Finally, Anthony has experience teaching STEM classes locally in Miami Beach and in Doral, and internationally in Jamaica. 




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Heather Lovin

A mother to four boys ages 10, 8, 7 and 1 has homeschooled for 5 years and tutored with Classical Conversations for 2.5 years. She has also been a children's leader with Bible Study Fellowship in previous years. She is looking forward to enjoying fun learning activities with children in her classes seeing how the Lord grows them and leads them together. 




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Shawntrice Z. Thomas

Shawntrice is a wife, mother of 3 children, and a homeschool mom. Throughout my career, she has been blessed and humbled to serve in the following varied capacities: Science/ STEM Teacher, Math, Science & Technology Magnet Coordinator, K-12 Assistant Principal, and District Curriculum Specialist. During her early years of teaching, she was honored as “Middle School Science Teacher of the Year” for the 3rd largest school district in Florida. She holds degrees in the following areas: Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, M.S. in Science Education, and B.S. in Agricultural /Animal Sciences. She is credentialed with an educator's certificate in Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, and Middle Grades Sciences in Florida and Georgia. Upon leaving the public education arena, she transitioned to higher education teaching science education courses at Florida Atlantic University. Currently, she serves as a full-time Assistant Professor of Education for one of the largest Christian universities in the U.S. When not engaging in any of the aforementioned activities, she loves traveling, skating, cruising, and playing board games with her family. Like the potter with his clay, the Lord has truly been molding me all of my life. She loves the Lord and work every day to uplift and honor His Word. His presence in her life fills my heart with unspeakable JOY! She is excited at the opportunity of igniting a spark for learning in your children!




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Nicholas Vacas- Gomez

Nicholas has been homeschooling since he was in pre-school. He has been taking TaeKwondo classes with master Jeff since he was 9 years old. He is currently he is a certified  First degree Dan and is in training for his Second degree certification which he will be testing for this year in December. 




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Chris Stormont

The Stormont Kings Chess Program is an affiliate of the United States Chess Federation (USCF).  Chris Stormont, President and Founder has been teaching chess since 1991.  His Father taught him to play when he was nine years old, and the first chess club he joined was at South Miami Middle School.  From there the coach asked him to play in the chess tournament against West Miami Middle.  He did and tied for first place.
Later on he met this gentleman that was running a chess club on the weekends for children.  This person asked him to run it and asked why not start one on your own?  This is how The Stormont Kings began and it grew to giving lessons, teaching at schools, conducting tournaments and more at several Dade and Broward locations.
He now has his own Chess Center located in Pinecrest, sells chess supplies, holds camps, tournaments, family game nights, lessons and more.  His passion for the game and teaching children is just amazing!  This is a short version of how it all got started.





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