A director-appointed advisory board oversees the entire program and gives feedback to specific needs as they arise. Prayer and wise counsel precede the decisions made at Master's Hand. Our board members this year are:
Aaron and Shelly Vogel
Christian and Kathy Anderson
Kathy counts it a huge blessing to have homeschooled her two sons through high school. She is currently a certified teacher and has a BA in elementary education and a BA in special education. Her 35 years of teaching includes public school (K-2), private school (K-6), private tutoring (K-8), and 21 years with Master’s Hand (K-12). She has also completed 2 years of classes in the ‘One Stroke’ method of acrylic painting and has received instruction at the Schissler Academy of Fine Arts. In her spare time she likes to dabble with unique art materials and often incorporates them into student projects. She has enjoyed painting and drawing for over 29 years and has been an art instructor for hundreds of students. She believes our talents and abilities are best used when bringing glory to God. Students will be encouraged to create works of art to bless others and illustrate truth.
Julie is thrilled to be returning for her 14th year as the theatre instructor at Master’s Hand in Longmont and 12th year in Loveland! She is also excited to again be teaching Vocal Studio and the new Vocal Studio Junior at both campuses. She is a homeschooling mom, and an actor/singer. Julie has onstage/on camera experience both locally and across the U.S. in performance, musical theatre and as a vocalist. She and her daughter also own Relevant Productions, LLC (A production company dedicated to producing/performing Christ-centered plays). Julie has performed for audiences of all sizes, from intimate dinner theatre to arenas packed with thousands, though her favorite is to use her talents to Glorify God and make Him known. Julie continues to study voice and acting and performs on a regular basis. She finds great fulfillment in showing young people how they can use and develop their talents to honor God and share His message through performing arts.
Carrie Matthews attended the University of Florida’s School of Communications with a major in advertising and a minor in journalism. After finishing school, and long before YouTube and PowerPoint ever existed, her career began in the slide and video production field in San Jose, California. In 2003, Carrie and her husband Don moved to Longmont with their two young boys. Joshua, their oldest son, homeschooled all the way through high school graduation and Zachary homeschooled through 7th grade before entering a public middle and school. Josh attended culinary school and is now working diligently in Breckenridge.Zachattends UNC and is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice with plans to go on to law school.
While schooling her children, Carrie was also a teacher for 13 years at The Master’s Hand. After leaving The Master’s Hand in 2017, she worked at two K-8 public schools in their after-school enrichment and summer camp programs. In 2018 she established her own homeschool teaching business, The Roaming Schoolhouse,and after much prayer and confirmation, she is delightfully returning to The Master’s Hand. Mrs. Matthews firmly believes God has called her to teach and considers it “pure joy” to spend each day she can with her students.
My educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education, and a Master’s degree in special education and diagnostic testing. I have worked in the public school teaching high school special education, all levels as an educational diagnostician and a student teacher supervisor at the university level. I also count it a great blessing to have had the opportunity to homeschool my son through high school. Most recently, I tutored all levels at Homespun Academy, elementary age at Classical Conversations and an Algebra II class. I believe in the Sovereign Lord and work daily at apply His Word to my life. I am excited to be working with homeschoolers and supporting the homeschool community. I truly believe it is a gift from the Lord to be able to use my love of teaching to help instill the joy of learning in children. Many of you know me as the “testing lady”, and I will continue to provide that service to support your testing needs.
Naomi Stahnke's passion is to teach young writers and artists to use the power of communication to reveal the character of God. She has been telling stories her entire life and pursuing the craft of writing since 2013, publishing two full-length children's novels as well as an article in Devozine magazine. Naomi has also been doing art for the past five years and loves trying out new projects and media she's never worked with before. Homeschooled all the way through high school, Naomi enjoyed being a student at Master's Hand when she was younger. Now she's been teaching at Master's Hand since 2018 and loves getting to pour God's love into all her students.
Pam loves the Lord and wants learning to be fun for students. She has bachelor’s degrees in education as well as business and holds a current Colorado teaching certificate. She has been educating students for many years and her experiences include public schools, Christian schools, and home school. She has helped develop curriculum, programs, and activities for various schools. Pam loves working with homeschooled children.
Aaron is a father of nine wonderful homeschooled children and his ministry, teaching, and training is made possible only by his wife Shelly by his side. He has a bachelor of science in biology and education with majors in biology, physical education, and health, and a minor in theology. He has also completed a degree in sports medicine. He continues to study the endless frontier of God’s Word and his creation. This will be Aaron’s 20th year of teaching and coaching and his 14th year at Master’s Hand.
Aaron coaches many sports and specializes in core strength and athletic development. He also is a physical trainer and consultant. “In the CORE” is a specialized athletic development program that takes a sports player and helps them become a great athlete.
Erron Lacy is a Suzuki Violin certified teacher in Longmont, Colorado. Erron teaches violin privately from her home and teaches group violin classes for Longmont Suzuki Strings. Erron began her music studies on the piano at age 5 and started her violin studies at age 9. Erron earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and as part of her music education, she also studied voice, viola, organ and cello. Erron and her husband Jess have three kids they have been homeschooling for 8 years. Erron believes that Dr. Suzuki's philosophy of Talent Education is a beautiful gift that she would like to share with families in the Longmont area.
Allyson Damick graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BS in Chemistry. After graduation, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry by day and tutored by night. She has always taught - whether tutoring peers in high school and college, teens after college, leading a home school chemistry class, or most recently teaching science and Bible at a non-profit private school. She lives in Longmont with her husband of 20+ years, and two teenagers, who have been home-schooled, private-schooled, and public-schooled. She loves working with kids and teens - volunteering with them at church for the past 13 years. She says her real passion in teaching is to meet each student where they are, and help them be and feel safe and successful - and see evidence of God in creation.
My name is Amanda Goodale. I have homeschooled my two kiddos (6 and 8) from the beginning and love that God has given me the opportunity to do so. I have a passion for the Lord, teaching (my own kiddos and other's kiddos), and creating one of the kind creations through sewing. I have been sewing since I was a little girl sitting on my Grandmother's lap. Last year I started sewing classes in my home for both adults and children. I have since also taught at a homeschool enrichment program. Besides sewing throughout the years I have taught/instructed/couched: therapeutic horse back riding, Economics, church sunday school, cheerleading, and wood painting classes. I have also tutored many students in various math disciplines.
Erin Goodin grew up in Northern Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University and is now raising her family here. She has three wonderful kids and a husband of 10 years. She loves to spend time in the mountains. One of her most favorite parts of creation is the smell of the woods--God thought of everything, even the smell! She also loves to travel and has spent a lot of time in Central America and Asia. While living in the Poudre Canyon in 2010, Erin began to teach herself how to cook. She fell in love with it. Erin started teaching swimming lessons for the Red Cross in 2004. She has spent two summers teaching English as a second language in China and most recently worked with ESL students in the Poudre School District.
I am excited to be joining Master’s Hand for the 2020/2021 school year. My husband, Dan, and I have been married for 23 years and have homeschooled all three of our sons. Our oldest is now graduated, married and running two businesses he has started. Our twins will begin their final year of high school this fall!
Personally, I have always endeavored to be as healthy with nutrition and physical fitness as possible. I love assisting others with health and fitness as well. Since 2016 I have ran a virtual health and fitness business that assists a small group of women in their personal health goals. When time allows, I enjoy training for trail races and love getting up in the mountains. I have completed several short races and my most challenging race was a trail marathon that I completed in 2017.
I have been a believer in Jesus Christ since I was twelve years old and I love sharing the gospel of Christ with others. I have been blessed to be part of many outreaches across this country as well as in Kenya.Many ministry opportunities have allowed me to teach adults and children.
Teaching is a passion of mine! My sons have all been taught at home with some extra classes. Additionally, I teach a Saturday night Bible class to the women in Larimer County’s Correctional Center and a mom’s class in my home church.
Seeing children attain their physical goals is a highlight for me. I look forward to encouraging children to become the strongest, healthiest version of themselves! And above all to know that in Christ they can accomplish everything they are called to do!