Pocono Homeschoolers

Support for the Pocono Homeschool Community
Iowa Testing 2012



New to the Poconos? New to homeschooling?
Here are some resources that may interest you:

Homeschool Support Group Meetings
Berean Bible Fellowship Church
First Thursday of each month September through May, 7pm
Stroudsburg, PA

For more information or to be added to their email loop, please contact Regina at rswiftgotchel@yahoo.com

Homeschool Co-ops:
Pocono Christian Home Education Center (PCHEC) East Stroudsburg, PA
Sussex County Christian Home Schoolers, Inc Blairtown, NJ
Students Educated Lovingly At Home : Allentown, PA
TRACCHS Homeschool Co-op
(Serving PA & NJ) -- contact Deb Esposito (debmont@verizon.net) or Sandra Garzon (Sandyg07869@yahoo.com) . TRACCHS (TRain up A Child Christian Home Schoolers) is a multi-cultural, cooperative home education ministry designed to offer an affordable opportunity for local homeschooling families to join together, share talents and combine resources in order to support one another in common educational and spiritual goals. While we represent many denominations, we intend that all of our activities and interactions be clearly consistent with Biblical principles. TRACCHS Co-op offers: • Academic and Enrichment classes taught from a Christian/Biblical perspective • TRACCHS Yahoo! Group for internal communications • TRACCHS KIDS Yahoo! Group for internal communications • Socials and celebrations for all ages • 20, full-day, regular Thursday class meeting dates (Nursery-12th Grade) • Numerous alternate Thursday classes/activities (optional for Co-op members) • Field Trips • Yearly Presentation/Exhibit/Award Days • Individual & class group pictures (additional charge) • Standardized Educational Testing (Iowa Test of Basic Skills)- Additional charge applies. • Family Learning & Adventure Days • Family "Free Table" • Curriculum Loan • Library Loan (Includes books, multimedia, academic games & equipment) • Choir • Yearbook Club • Youth Leadership Opportunities and more!  Classes meet @2x per month at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tannersville, PA.

Please keep in mind that this list of evaluators is provided as a service to the homeschool community and is not an endorsement of the evaluators listed. My personal recommendation is that you communicate with other homeschoolers and ask about their evaluators. Then contact the evaluators and ask what they do during an evaluation as well as the time frame for you to actually receive the evaluation letter (you are on a deadline, after all). Homeschooling styles range from unschooling to traditional school environments. Evaluators, and their expectations, follow a similar pattern.
Here are some links that provide advice on choosing an evaluator:
If you are evaluating for the first time, you may want to schedule an evaluation very soon. That can give you time to have a second evaluation, if necessary, before the June 30th deadline.

Thanks to everyone who replied to the request for evaluator names!  If you would like to add an evaluator to the list, please email me: homeschoolers@pmbfc.org

The three main homeschool diploma programs maintain a list of their own certified evaluators. Here are the links for them:

Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency

Mason-Dixon Homeschoolers Association:

Erie County Home Schoolers Diploma Association

The following are evaluators whose names were given to me by members of our own local homeschool group, or who have contacted me directly to offer their services:

Judy Swartley: 570-629-6730
I have been doing evaluations in the Pocono area for several years. My name
is Judy Swartley and I have graduated my daughter through home schooling. I
am a PA certified Art teacher for K-12th grade and understand what is
required for home education. If you are interested in an evaluation of your
students school year, you can call me at 570-629-6730 to set your appointment.
I live in Swiftwater by Sanofi Labs.

Patti Mahaney: 570-424-0358
I am a Christian homeschool mom who has also taught part-time for a local school district. My husband says I am and always will be a teacher. I have taught for 25 years in some form and have settled contently into the world of homeschooling. I homeschool my teenage son but also have the privilege of teaching other students who are homeschooling. I love getting to know the young people of today. I also get to know their parents through my homeschool consulting business and my workshops. When not teaching I love to read, do needle work, watch the METS and travel with my family. I hope as I become a little more tech savvy this site will be a blessing to some and a reminder to me of all that God has blessed me with in my life.

Tim Anger: 610.965.4790 and ask for mailbox 227, evening: 484-347-3600  (cell)tanger@lveval.org
Tim Anger lives in Emmaus, and evaluated middle and high school homeschoolers in the Poconos for several years. Unfortunately, we no longer have enough homeschoolers to warrant him making the trip up here. If several of you are interested in using him as an evaluator, he may once again come to the Poconos for evaluations. Here is a link to his website:

Mrs. Tricia Phillips
(570) 421-1923
East Stroudsburg area
$50 fee
1 hour appointment
thorough report
Home educated her own children thru college.

Mark Tabor Miller: 570-643-9901,mrtabermiller@yahoo.com

Janice Kochera: 570-629-4292
I am a PA certified teacher K-12 and qualified PA  evaluator for about 15 years.  I live in Monroe Co, Stroudsburg area.  I can do evaluations for elem and high school.  I have also worked with Erie , Pa homeschoolers, and others  for diplomas.  Families come to my home for evaluations, 611 to 715 to Henryville.  You can contact me by phone 570-629-4292.  My fee is $25.00 and I follow the minimum  requirements of the law(180 documented days of instruction by log listing reading materials,and samples of work in each subject area to show progress).

Susan Young (E, S): 570.688.7462suprmama@ptd.net
Hello! I am currently a homeschool mom of 2 elementary age children living in East Stroudsburg in Monroe County! I have been a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Certified Teacher since 1981 with a B.S. and Instructional I (K – 6) in Elementary Education. I have 12 years experience teaching in 2 private schools, both at the Elementary (all subjects) and Secondary grade levels (in Science, Math, Bible and Drama), including 5 years homeschooling 4 of my 5 children! I have owned and run daycares and co.op’s, and done tutoring at various grade levels (K-12) in the past. I presently work heavily with youth groups in local ministries, encouraging young people in art, music, and drama! I can meet with families at my home or at local libraries for evaluations. I charge $30.00 for initial evaluation and $25.00 for each additional evaluation. Please e.mail me to set up appointment times as soon as possible! 

Each of these libraries provides educational programs. Just visit their events links to learn more.
Lackawanna County Children's Library (Scranton, PA)-Check out their homeschooling link on the main menu. You can join their listserv and receive emails regarding library events.
Eastern Monroe Public Library (Stroudsburg, PA)
Pocono Mountain Public Library (Pocono Mountain, PA)

Event Listings from the local newspaper:
Pocono Record

Music Classes:

Music Lessons from Jenni: The children explore music through learning about a new composer each month, learning about the families of instruments, the name and sounds of each instrument, through playing a wide variety of percussion and orff instruments, bell plates, etc.  They do many rhythm games and activities, learning to read and write rhythmic dictation. There are still openings in the 6 & 7 year old class.  That class meets once a week on Thursdays from 10:30am-11:30 am. The cost of the class is $12.00 per 1 hour class, and the payment is received on the 1st Thursday of each month.  If someone is interested in learning more, they are free to give me a call at 570-422-1289.
I also teach private piano, guitar and voice lessons.  These are $18.00 for a 30 minute lesson.

Music Lessons from Caroline: Caroline Bell-Chang, Piano Teacher - (570) 894-3056
I have been teaching Piano Lessons for over 14 years in the Mount Pocono area.  I am now accepting new students.  Specializing with young beginners; starting as young as 4 years old.  My lessons teach piano and music theory design to prepare the student for a successful musical learning experience. Please call me at (570) 894-3056 or email me at cbchang@verizon.net  for more information.
Caroline Bell-Chang
6200 Saint Regis Walk
Tobyhanna, PA  18466

Music Lessons from Holly:
My name is Holly DeVivo and I am a piano teacher who lives near Kunkletown, just inside Carbon County.  I am located about 25-30 minutes north of Allentown and 30 minutes southwest of Stroudsburg.  I am contacting you to let you know that I am offering piano lessons to homeschooling students.  I already have some evening students but would prefer to teach in the afternoon, knowing how important evening times are to families.  Afternoon times may work well for homeschooling families. 
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Gettysburg College, with a concentration in piano.  I have a Master's Degree in Education from Wilkes University.  I taught elementary vocal/general music for 14 years and have taught numerous piano students through the years. 
 My home phone is 610-826-6595 and my email is starshin202@aol.com  I have references available upon request.

Music Lessons from Robert:
I'm a Pastor, Worship Leader, Father of five and Guitarist of 35 years. I have openings for guitar lessons this fall and wanted to offer it to
other homeschoolers!
Beginning and intermediate Acoustic guitar
Beginning and intermediate Electric guitar
Audio Recording for beginners and intermediate
Songwriting and Recording your songs!
If you are interested in any of the above or any combination thereof:
I teach students from ages 8-80 (or 85!)
$20 per half hour private lesson either in my home in East Stroudsburg
or at Middle Smithfield Presbyterian Church
Feel free to call with any questions!
Robert Young

Music Lessons from Renee:
I am a piano teacher with the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania & National Music Teacher's Associations.  I have a Master's Degree in Education and have played piano nearly all of my life.  The lessons are taught in a relaxed setting in my home.  I teach most students from the Faber & Faber Lesson, Theory & Performance Methods.  When the student reaches the point of being able to read music, then the student is "required" to work out of a "fun" book of their choice (with approval from the parents) in addition to their other lesson work.  Discounted rates for siblings are available.
I currently teach private piano lessons to several students who are schooled at home; who would be able to provide you with any reference information you would be interested in.

Note-worthy Experiences
Private Piano Lessons

Strings lessons:

Marywood University String Project: Violin lessons Scranton, PA

Courses for home schoolers offered at Music Box Studios:

Scott Pensack: lntroduction to Music, Music Theory I ( basic music theory), Music Theory II ( intermediate music theory)

Garry Grice:  German, Audition preparation for voice majors

Carolyn Barber: Art, Basic piano for prospective music majors

Wendy Grice: French, Audition preparation for voice majors

Classes are 60 min. in length and run for five consecutive weeks.

Price is $100.00 per class. (minimum enrollment 2 per class)

For additional information on each course, please contact the individual instructors:

Scott Pensack 570-801-0697 or 574-619-4215

Gany Grice 570-328-5864 or 570-619-4215

Wendy Grice 570-328-8554 or 57A-619-4215

Carolyn Barber 570-801-1124 or 570-619-4215

Art Classes:

Art Lessons from The Lady Laughs A Lot (Barbara Case)

 As a local artist living in Cresco, I am available to teach pencil sketching, pen & ink, watercolor, oils and acrylics to homeschoolers. I am also available to assist with any projects in other disciplines where creative support or inspiration is needed to construct or build dioramas, collages, etc. For your convenience I will travel to your home. I am available throughout the day. Please call to discuss your needs. 570-972-5554.  

References are available upon request as well as a recent background check.

I am a member of the Pocono Mountain Arts Council in Tobyhanna.

Samples of my work can be seen here: http://www.wix.com/theladylaughsalot/art

For more information on myself please visit www.TheLadyLaughsalot.com.

Thank you! J

Other Classes
 Homeschooling Mom/Chef offering inexpensive cooking classes to local home  schoolers
My name is Michelle Dones and I am an Agora Homeschooling mom as well as the director of a homeschooling group I created in September of 2009 called AGORA Pocono Playgroup.
I send out monthly emails filled with upcoming scheduled activities and fun events open to Agora families in the area as well as non-Agora homeschoolers. 
I recently offered a cooking class at my home for our homeschooling group. The kids and adults loved it sooo much, that they thought it would be a hit to other homeschooling families. 
Just to let you know a little bit about myself, I am a Chef/Caterer and homeschooling mom with 3 daughters, two of which are students and the 3rd is 3 years old. I have my own Catering business that I just launched, but is still a work in progress. My business is called "Niolli" Gourmet Catering & Desserts (www.niolli.vpweb.com) and only cater on-premise for events usually on the weekends. In the evenings I am a cook for a local restaurant. I have been cooking for 10 years and love working with kids. 
 Sign your kids up today for fun & educational cooking classes that they will love!!
Classes are held on the 1st. & 3rd. week of every month on Wednesday's and/or Friday's, 9:30am - 12:30pm by appointment only. Pay only $8 per child which includes snacks, beverages & the meal in which they helped prepare!
Each 3-hour class will consist of food education and fun hands-on interaction. Adults must be present while their children are in class, but not required to pay unless they would like to participate along with their child.
Please contact Chef Michelle (Agora homeschooling mom) for more information @ 570-216-4287 or email 
Note: Children are required to bring an apron or large t-shirt to wear while cooking. (things may get messy!) 
Cooking classes are held in my home in Tobyhanna. Address and directions are given at the time of sign-up. Money for classes must be sent in ahead of time in cash or money order only, at least one week before
scheduled class. Thank you.  

Book Club:
The Barrett Paradise Library is offering a new Book Club and Reading Program with age-appropriate discussions and activities facilitated by a certified teacher.  Created with homeschoolers in mind, it's only once a month, so it shouldn't put a strain on an already busy homeschool schedule.  Best of all, it's FREE!  There will be plenty of great books and activities for pre-readers to young critics.  R.S.V.P. to Barrett Library at 595-7171.  Come join us and bring a friend or two!

Writing Opportunities:
Aletheia is a quarterly writing magazine for creative young Christians, ages 13
to 17.
Our mission is to provide readers with quality fiction stories, along with poems, that uniquely unveil or glimpse Christian truths in mysterious, beautiful, or wondrous ways, and to allow young writers, artists, and photographers the opportunity to fulfill this provision through submissions. 
Most story genres or types will be considered, including but not limited to: allegory, fantasy, fable, nature, and inspirational.The Christian life is a journey. Show us your creativity!
What we're not looking for: Non-fiction (poems are an exception), sentimentalism, apologetics, legalism, preachiness, plainness, recreations of biblical stories or events.

In today's society there is a ton of material we read and see.  So much of it however, is not compatible with or supportive of a Christian worldview. 
Aletheia wants to nurture young writers and artists to use their gifts to create work that will inspire, strengthen, enlighten, cause wonder, and satisfy readers with creative work that is compatible with or supportive of a Christian worldview.


Just for fun:

Teen Knights

Homeschooling Website with tons of information:
PA Homeschoolers

YMCA Gym & Swim for Homeschoolers
(570) 421-2525

Annual Events:

Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts

Website: http://www.nepaphil.org/index.php?section=concerts&subsection=kidsconcerts&PHPSESSID=733f256d57beef8d30eef79d7301dcfd

Allentown Symphony Orchestra:

Website: http://www.allentownsymphony.org/EDUCATION/tabid/70/Default.aspx

If you would like to have your group and/or service listed on this website, just send an email to:


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