Faculty and Staff

“All KONOS teachers are carefully chosen based on their experience, education, love of learning and teaching, godly character, and spirit of enthusiasm. We have complete confidence in the education we provide through our teachers.”

— JOHN LEE, Headmaster

Administrative Staff

JOHN LEE (KONOS Academy Headmaster, Director of Development, Financial Aid Administrator)
Graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Brown University and Masters degree in Pastoral Divinity from the Log College at Heritage Church. John, with his wife Joanne, co-founded Grace Christian Academy, a classical Christian school in NY, and served as its principal, Bible and literature teacher until moving to Georgia in 2001. He is the homeschooling dad of five children, all of whom have attended or still attend Konos. Contact Mr. Lee concerning KONOS Academy and KONOS Plus daily operations.  678-283-4755 or john@konos.org

SARAH JIMENEZ (Office manager, tuition administrator and registrar)
Received her bachelor’s degree in English from Oglethorpe University. She worked at Fayetteville Public Library before coming to KONOS.  She has been married to Carlos Jimenez for four years.  Contact Sarah for tuition and billing questions. 770-632-0771 or sarah@konos.org

RENEE DELORENZO (Gradelink Administrator and Assistant)
Renee sees her greatest accomplishments in her acts of service: to God (missionary 1997-2015), to her country (Army 1988-1994), to her husband (since 1995), and to her children (since 1998). She sees mentors and role models as strategically important in the lives of our youth, and feels privileged to serve KONOS using her administrative skills.  renee@konos.org

SHANNON CULL (KONOS Plus On-Site Supervisor, Events Coordinator)
Shannon earned her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Indiana University in 1996.  Shannon has been married to Chris for over 20 years and has 2 KONOS teenage boys, Luke and Joey.  For the past 12 years, she has enjoyed serving in student ministries at her church and is a gifted events organizer.  shannon@konos.org

HOLLY HAMPTON (Accreditation and College Guidance Counselor)
Holly Hampton, B.S. Florida State University, as the Accreditation and College Guidance Counselor will make sure that your student has all the course requirements needed to graduate in the state of Georgia, and those courses will be reflected on an accredited transcript. She will also assist with the college application process, testing reminders, assistance with dual enrollment, NCAA application liaison, and the qualifying process for the HOPE scholarship, along with maintaining the accreditation status for KONOS Academy with Georgia Accrediting Commission(GAC).  holly@konos.org

KONOS Academy Teachers

JOHN LEE (Bible, Literature, Worldview)
B.A. in Economics from Brown University and Masters degree in Pastoral Divinity from the Log College at Heritage Church.  Mr. Lee, with his wife Joanne, co-founded Grace Christian Academy, a classical Christian school in NY, and served as its principal, Bible and literature teacher until moving to Georgia in 2001.  He is the homeschooling dad of five children, all of whom have attended or still attend KONOS. 678-283-4755 or john@konos.org

DR. CHARLES THAXTON (History, Old Testament and World Religions)
Received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Iowa State University before studying and teaching at L’Abri. He completed post-doctoral work in the history of science at Harvard University and molecular biology at Brandeis University. He held a faculty position at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. He is co-author of The Mystery of Life’s Origin and The Soul of Science (both translated into several languages) and contributor to several books and journals. Dr. Thaxton has lectured worldwide. His specialty is issues in science/faith relationship and the history and philosophy of science. He has a passion to answer, “Can the Bible be trusted to give reliable answers to our questions?” and how to communicate the answers to skeptics. Dr. Thaxton currently teaches at the Academy and speaks at conferences and seminars. 770-632-0892 or thethaxtons@aol.com

CAROLE THAXTON (English)
B.A. biology, M.S. counseling from Syracuse University, is 16-year homeschooling mom, teacher, counselor, co-author of the KONOS CURRICULUM and author of Learn to Write the Novel Way, Write Your Roots, and Olympic Writing. Before meeting Charles at L’Abri, she worked as a professional counselor at the Devereux Foundation. She has counseled, taught, and supervised in a variety of educational/developmental settings (residential treatment center, public school, private school, international school, home-school, and parent cooperatives). She founded the KONOS ACADEMY OF PRAGUE, an international Christian worldview secondary school, and the KONOS Academy in Fayetteville, and continues to teach, write curriculum, and counsel parents. 770-632-0771 or thethaxtons@aol.com

JOANNE LEE (English and Speech/debate, Drama Director)
B.S. in Business Marketing from Long Island University and M.B.A. from St. John’s University, Joanne worked as an underwriting and human resources manager before she and her husband John co-founded Grace Christian Academy at Merrick, NY.  The Lees home school their five children, who are attending or who have graduated from KONOS. Mrs. Lee coached KONOS Communicators debate and speech (interpretive, platform, and limited prep) for eight years and has co-directed KONOS productions since 2006.   678-283-4753 or joanne@konos.org

CINDY JOHNSON (English Literature and Writing)
B.S. Home Economics and M.S. in Housing/Education from Auburn University, Cindy is the mother of two children (both college graduates) whom she home-schooled for 15 years. She previously worked for the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service as a County Agent/Home Economist and at Delta Airlines before becoming a teacher at KONOS Academy. 404-307-0211 or cindy@konos.org

MARY JANE MACALUSO (Writing)
B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish from Valdosta State University. Mary Jane worked as a copywriter and English tutor as well as an English language teacher in Seoul, South Korea. She has homeschooled 12 years and has two children in KONOS and one KONOS graduate. She has a passion for language arts, art, and music.  mjmacaluso@me.com

DR. SHARON SELLERS (Advanced Literature)
Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory University, 30-year professor at Clayton State University, she volunteers her time to teach literature to advanced students at KONOS Academy. 770-461-2021 or ssellers4@gmail.com

SUZANNE BUCHANAN (English)
B.A. from Michigan State University in American Political and Legal Processes and J.D. from Indiana University School of Law. Suzanne served as staff editor and associate managing editor of the Indiana University Law Journal. She worked as a lawyer for 10 years before homeschooling since 2003.

MELODY BENSON (Psychology)
With a B.A. in Intercultural Ministries from Moody Bible Institute and an M.A. in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, Melody has served as a counselor in a variety of ministries.  Her most recent professional role was at Bryan College as a dean and counselor where she and her husband, Matt, worked with college students for 20 years before moving to Georgia to serve with Operation Mobilization.  The Bensons are actively involved at Grace Evangelical Church.  Having homeschooled for eight years, their three children are enjoying growing through the KONOS community.  mabenson@hotmail.com

KONOS Juniors

ELIZABETH FRY (Head teacher of Konos Juniors)
B.A. Journalism/Public Relations, University of Oklahoma, executive director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Norman, OK, newsletter editor and designer, and homeschooling mom for 13 years, has taught public speaking and journalism before joining KONOS.  elizabeth@konos.org

TIFFANY McBRYDE (Teacher of Konos Juniors)
B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, former proofreader and teacher’s aide, Bible study teacher, Children’s Choir director, Sunday school teacher, and homeschool mom for the past 9 years. Her daughter, Lauren, attended Konos Kids and the opportunity to assist parents who desire to home-educate their children with the help of Konos is a dream come true.   Tiffany is eager to help her students understand God’s sovereignty over all the earth as they study Geography and Culture together. “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it; for He founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.” Ps. 24:1-2.  tiffany@konos.org

KONOS Kids

NORMA JACOBSON (Head Teacher of Konos Kids)
Undergraduate degree and Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. This is Norma’s 11th year of teaching Konos Kids and she loves teaching elementary students. Norma home-schooled for several years,  led children’s choir at her church, and has been the coordinator of Camp Chippaway for 15 years.  norma@konos.org

HOLLY HAMPTON (Teacher of Konos Kids)
Holly Hampton, B.S. Florida State University, as the Accreditation and College Guidance Counselor will make sure that your student has all the course requirements needed to graduate in the state of Georgia, and those courses will be reflected on an accredited transcript. She will also assist with the college application process, testing reminders, assistance with dual enrollment, NCAA application liaison, and the qualifying process for the HOPE scholarship, along with maintaining the accreditation status for KONOS Academy with Georgia Accrediting Commission(GAC). holly@konos.org

GINA BLEDSOE (Teacher of Konos Kids)
Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, taught in public and private school, and homeschooled 14 years with her own children, graduating her oldest from KONOS ACADEMY. As a mother of four, she loves children, family and learning!  gina@konos.org

KONOS Kidlets

SHEILA LEE (Head teacher of KONOS KIDLETS)
Sheila Lee and her husband Jim began their homeschool journey in 2001 when their four children were ages 6, 4, 2, and “new.” Now with three of them in college and at the end of their homeschool journey, Sheila is delighted to join the KONOS KIDLETS as a teacher. Looking back at her experience, she considers the elementary years her most favorite – particularly when she used the Konos Character Curriculum with her own children. Its multi-level, integrated unit studies and hands-on approach gave her nothing short of an enriching, God-focused way to foster the love of learning. This is what she joyfully imparts to our families.  sheila@konos.org

ABI CAUBLE (Teacher of KONOS KIDLETS)
As a little girl, Abi Cauble found herself drawn to the arts – especially painting and pencil. In her free time, she found that she couldn’t stop drawing. She picked up jobs doing custom work for friends: from wall murals to portraits, she painted everything. As a teenager, she completed DiDomizio’s Old World Art Program and a whole new world of art history, charcoal, pastels and oil painting opened up to her. Along the way, she picked up photography. Now, as a homeschooling mom of three, Abi is delighted to share her love of art with her own children and other kids in the community.  abi@konos.org

ANGELA SAVILLE (Teacher of KONOS KIDLETS)
Angela Saville, a recent Texas import, received a B.A. in Spanish from University of North Texas and B.S. in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University. She is a homeschooling mom of two and is thrilled to be a part of the KONOS KIDLETS team. Angela takes great pleasure in nature study (plants, animals, geology, etc.) and is enthusiastic about sharing in the innate wonder in which children encounter nature – how it sparks a deep and meaningful curiosity that flows into discovery, understanding and appreciation of God’s creation.

Heidi Tritt (Teacher of KONOS KIDLETS)
Heidi Tritt, B.S. Atlanta Christian College (AKA Point University) in Human Relations/Counseling, and her husband Joe have been married 33 years and have one child. Heidi’s father was a high school teacher and her mother was a stay-at-home mom who substitute taught on occasion. She has been involved in working with children since the age of 15 in a variety of different fields. Her homeschool journey began when her son was in Kindergarten and still continues here at KONOS. She loves teaching children and watching their excitement as they learn.  She’s very active in the children’s ministry at her church as well. Her parents taught her how to love learning, and she believes that you are never too old to stop learning. Heidi is excited to join the KONOS KIDLETS team and is looking forward to watching the Kidlets learn and grow. One of her life verses is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

KONOS Plus Teachers

MARTHA BLANCHARD (Physical Science and Physics)
B.S. in physics from the University of Texas and taught high school physics and physical science both in the public schools and for homeschoolers. She has home schooled for more than 15 years.  334-328-7964 or martha@konos.org

JODETTE DIDOMIZIO (Classical Art)
Early in life, JoDette discovered a passion in art by drawing everything she could get her hands on. Her original designs have been represented in a children’s card collection, art shows, and art galleries. JoDette married her husband Chris DiDomizio, owner/operator of a successful art school in Atlanta, DiDomizio’s Art Center, Inc. Jodette is an artist, art teacher, and director of the Children’s Art Program which encompasses ages six through high school. In 2010, she opened a non-profit organization “Art With a Mission, Inc.” which reaches out to orphans and needy families through art fundraisings.  jodette@konos.org

DOUGLAS DUNKLIN (Basic Filmmaking)
Doug Dunklin is a retired Army Colonel with an undergraduate degree from North Georgia College and a Masters degree from the US Army War College.  He has been teaching and instructing young people in a variety of subjects for over 30 years.  Mr. Dunklin has produced two feature-length films with local homeschooled students and has been a homeschool dad for 15 years.  He has two children who have both graduated from KONOS Academy.  doug@konos.org

SUSAN GRECO (American Sign Language)
B.A. in Literature, Cultural Studies from SUNY Empire State College.  Susan continued studies at Hofstra University for qualifying training to work with the deaf.  Her childhood growing up alongside a deaf brother and immersion in the deaf community through the Long Island Church of the Deaf conditioned Susan to work for several years as a job coach and interpreter for the deaf. Susan has homeschooled her four children over a period of twelve years. Since 2012 she has provided instruction in American Sign Language (“ASL”). Expressing poetry, stories, and hymns/spiritual songs in ASL is Susan’s specialty and remains her favorite pastime in ASL study. sue@konos.org

JEREMY HARWELL (Photography)
Mr. Harwell has been in love with photography for a very long time! He started as a photojournalist working for newspapers and then moved on to portrait photography and commercial photography. For the last 12 years, he has run his own boutique commercial studio. He has been published in USA Today, New York Times, AJC, Photo District News, Atlanta Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Modern Bride, Inside Weddings, Destination Weddings, Bride’s Magazine and Bride’s UK. He was honored to win PDN’s Rising Star of Photography in 2012 and was named one of the world’s Top Wedding Photographers by Martha Stewart in 2014.  jharwell@harwellphotography.com

MARIELLE HERSEY (Middle School Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II)
M.A. Masters in Education from the University of Michigan and MBA from Baker University. A former engineer, technical training consultant, web designer, technical writer and photography business owner, she left her career to stay home with her children and has been home-schooling the last 16 years. A native of Switzerland, Mrs. Hersey is fluent in four languages. She has also taught and tutored math classes for the past six years at various locations and assists in the NCFCA. 248-867-2191 or marielle@konos.org

JUDY LINZIE (Spanish)
B.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN with a double major in Spanish and Italian and a minor in French.  Mrs. Linzie was born in Cuba and studied in Italy for a year. She was a homeschool mom for 26 years, teaching her five children. She has worked in retail analysis, buying and managing, along with Spanish tutoring. 770-356-2609 or judy@konos.org

CASSIE MCGUIRE (Geometry and Pre-Calculus)
B.S. in Mathematics from the University of West Georgia.  Cassie has taught high school math in public school as well as serving as a math tutor for middle school through college level. She left her full-time teaching career to begin homeschooling her three children as her oldest child approached kindergarten. She loves to learn and enjoys encouraging high school students to be excited about the plans God has for their lives.  256-201-3663 or cassie@konos.org

TOM ROBINSON (Computer Science Principles)
B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a Computer Engineering emphasis from Michigan State University. Scholarship football player for four years and was recognized with the Potsy Ross award for top GPA on the team. Over 25 years of business and technology experience with leading companies including IBM, Gartner, and Computer Associates. Has taught Computer Science and high school math courses using Derek Owens’ curriculum for four years. Homeschooled three daughters, and now enjoys 5 grandsons with his wife Lisa. Tom can be reached at 404-808-1772 or tbr34g@gmail.com

DR. JESSICA SHOCKEY (Biology and Chemistry)
Earned her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology with an emphasis in Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Science from the Medical University of South Carolina (2008).  Dr. Shockey spent her undergraduate years at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. She has taught a wide variety of courses, from beginning Latin to Biology to SAT/ACT prep. 843-224-6106 or jessica@konos.org

DR. DANA SPEARS (Technical Theater)
Received her Ph.D. in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia and is a licensed Professional Counselor. She has worked at New Start Counseling Center in Fayetteville and as a home school mom for 15 years. Through Twilight Theatre and KONOS Academy, she has directed several plays. Her three children have graduated from KONOS Academy. 770-460-2240 or dana@konos.org

JODI WORLOW (Middle School Science, Elementary Math)
B.S. in Middle Grades Education from Berry College with concentrations in Science and History.  Jodi and Mike Worlow have four children with two attending KONOS.  They have homeschooled for the past 11 years and Jodi taught at a private school for five years.  Educating children is a passion for Jodi, and she is excited to share her love of science with middle school students.  jodi@konos.org

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