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Equip Education Staff
Coming Soon Bec Cobb earned her bachelor’s degree in Education at Nova Southeastern University. She homeschools her three children, two of which are in Equip. She loves teaching and considers it a God-given privilege to be able to invest in children’s lives. She taught in Broward County’s public school system prior to having children of her own. Ms. Bec joined Equip at the inception of our 6th grade program and teaches Language Arts and Science.
Coming Soon Dawn George is the founder and president of the Children Battling Cancer Foundation. She is an advocate and speaker in the pediatric cancer community in addition to speaking at homeschool events and women's groups. Born and raised in Miami, Dawn has been married to Chris, a police sergeant, for 24 years. They have 4 children. Their oldest two are Equip graduates, one is a current Equip student, and the youngest is still homeschooling full time at home. Their oldest earned a degree in Interisciplinary Studies from Liberty University and their second founded his first business upon graduation from Equip. Dawn and Chris attend Calvary Chapel Plantation. Dawn is passionate about literature, writing, and teaching the integrity of God's Word.
Mr. McChesney Don McChesney and his wife Nicole began life anew during the spring of 1998 when they gave their lives to Jesus Christ. They are now in the 25th year of marriage and 17th year of homeschooling five children. Don's experience during a business career of 20 years convinced him that classically educated individuals are rarely met with and desperately needed. He believes that Christian homeschoolers are uniquely positioned to fill that need. He loves to learn and to teach. Don earned his B.A. in Political Science from The American University in 1990 and his M.B.A. from the University of Miami in 1998. He and his family are active in their church. Mr. McChesney teaches mostly math and science classes.
Mrs. Pitman Alissa Paul is originally from Massachusetts (Go Red Sox!), but has come to love shoveling sand at the beach instead of shoveling snow. She received her bachelor's degree in education from Nova Southeastern University in 2010. She spent 6 years teaching in public and charter schools in Broward, with a focus in the classroom on math, science, and educational technology. In addition, she has privately tutored students from both traditional and home school settings over the past 10 years. She most recently worked as a full-time live-in house parent at a sibling group foster home with 4Kids of South Florida. She is actively involved in church planting at Gospel Life Church, primarily as children's ministry director. Mrs. Paul and her husband, John, have a 3-year-old daughter, Riley-Grace. She will be teaching Geography, Life Science B, Algebra I, and Geometry.
Mrs. Shields Jeanne Shields holds a masters degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami. She has worked as a physical therapist for 11 years at Jackson Memorial Hospital then worked as an independent contractor for 10 years after that. She also taught at UM in the therapy labs for 2 years. Mrs. Shields is married to Patrick and they have 4 children. All have been home educated and have attended Equip. Three have graduated and are attending college. The youngest is in the R1 class this year. Mrs. Shields has been with Equip since 2011 and has taught Worldview A & B, Science, and Literature.
Mrs. Simonson Amy Simonson has a bachelor's degree in journalism and is a former journalist from CNN. She married Jerry in 1996 and they have two children who they have been homeschooling for the past 13 years. Both children attend Equip. Mrs. Simonson served several years as children's ministry director where she oversaw and taught many years of VBS. She currently attends Calvary Chapel Plantation. Mrs. Simonson began teaching with Equip in 2015 and is currently in charge of curriculum development.
Mrs. Slautterback Jodi Slautterback received her bachelor's degree from UCF and has been homeschooling since 1999.  She's been married to Mike for twenty-eight years and has three children: Josh, a graduate from FIU, Lauren, an Equip and Calvary Chapel Bible College graduate, and Luke, a current student at Equip. They have been attending Calvary Chapel Plantation for about ten years where she has been very involved with middle and high school AWANA, national and state Bible quizzing, and currently a teenage girls' Bible study.
Mrs. Taylor Carol Taylor earned her B.A. at Illinois State University with a major in English and a minor in music. She then went on to earn her M.A. at The University of Illinois in English. She has been married to Dwight for 39 years. They have four adult children who were all homeschooled and who now have all completed college or seminary. Along with these children they are now proud grandparents to one adorable granddaughter named Grace. Mrs. Taylor has taught writing at University of Illinois, Middle and High school English at Boca Raton Christian School, writing and literature for Miami Christian College and H.O.M.E. homeschool coop. She has taught at Equip since 2010 and currently teaches writing, literature, Latin, and World History.


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