MUSEUM OF THE SOUTHWEST
Annelorre Robertson is the director of Fredda Turner Durham Children’s Museum, as well as the lead children’s art and history educator at the Museum of the Southwest. She studied Art History, Texas History, Painting, Sculpture, Jewelry, Drawing and Ceramics at 3 different universities- McMurry University, Abilene Christian University and the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas where she earned her BFA in Studio Arts. Annelorre has over 20 years of experience in art and history education in museums and universities. Beyond being the director of the Fredda Turner Durham Children’s Museum, she serves as the Secretary for the Midland Downtown Farmers Market Board of Directors, volunteers at Recording Library of West Texas and many other local nonprofit organizations. She also owns her own ceramics studio, Artisan’s Artifacts, where she focuses on creating functional Pottery. When she is not working with the Midland community, Annelorre enjoys cooking, spending time with her husband of 23 years and their four Blue Heelers.
Melissa Rowland has over 10 years experience in visual art education in grades K-12. She holds a Bachelors of Art and Master of the Arts in Teaching from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Mrs. Rowland obtained Principal Certification from Texas Woman's University and completed doctoral work in Art Education at the University of North Texas. Her dissertation is titled Teaching Art Educators to Engage in Action Research to Address Teacher-Identified Issues in the Classroom. Mrs. Rowland has a love and passion for art and education that comes across in her work with learners of all ages.
WTHS CO-OP MEMBER FACILITATORS
Christi Brabec studied English Literature & Creative Writing in college. She has a great love of classic literature & of words. She writes poetry in her spare time.
Sandra Carrasco grew up in West Texas is very well acquainted with dust devils, mesquites, and tumbleweeds. She is happily married and has three children. She has been with WTHS Co-op since 2018. She is passionate about cultivating a love for learning in her children and hopes to transmit the same passion to other children and adolescents.
I enjoy learning alongside my children. I’m learning to take their interests and run with it. My children inspire me to live, learn, and grow. My daughter, who has a high interest in sewing, led me to create the class, Stitch by Stitch. I figured, as long as we are learning to sew, why not bring you along on this journey. I minored in Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. I have taught pervious entrepreneurial related classes. Young people are so creative when it comes to business because they’re not afraid to take risks, so I offer this class to guide them in building a business.
Janine Deckard, DTM is the past area 63 governor for 2011, currently serving as Vice President of Education for Odessa Toastmasters Club #7072. Janine served as Area Director and is currently holding the office of Vice President of Public Relations. She's currently writing a book and plans to do speaking engagements once it's published. She's excited to share her love of Toastmasters with the next generation.
She has also studied many languages. Her mother spoke Spanish and Russian in the home. She was an ESL student, then studied Hebrew for 10 years and has been working with French since 2013. Her eldest is learning Japanese and her 13 year old is learning Spanish. Learning languages is an integral part of her home. Let's get started with your journey!
She is a homeschool graduate, her eldest recently graduated from homeschool, and she homeschools her daughter and son.
Meagan and her daughter Evie (6yo) are new to Texas and to the homeschooling world, but they have found many benefits to experiencing both! Meagan is a fierce defender of childhood and always strives to find playful ways to make learning fun and natural. Meagan and Evie are nature lovers and enjoy learning and playing out in wild spaces as much as possible.
Leiken Finch is mom to Jhett and Rowan. She began her interest in homeschooling a few years ago because it would fit Their lifestyle and beliefs. She is an entrepreneur and owns a local media company, Finch Medi Co.
I graduated Cum Laude in Leadership/Sociology from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. I was in the Non-Profit sector as the Area Director of Special Olympics Texas and the Client Services Director at The Crisis Center. Currently, I am completing my certification as a Functional Holistic Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, NTP and certification as a Primal Ketogenic educator. I will be certified in Functional Evaluation and Lingual Neuro Testing, and Energy Testing. I have been a MOM with children at home for 33 years!
Hi! I'm Molly! I have 4 kids, and we’ve been homeschooling for 2.5 years. I attended Louisiana State University, where I studied Music. Before I decided to stay home with my kids, I worked in the restaurant industry, retail customer service and sales. I currently own my own photography business, www.luckyhorseshoephotgraphy.com. My interests include having fun, chasing kids, spending time outdoors, Barre3, reading.....I could go on and on!!
I am a homeschooling mom of three that loves reading, crafting, and spending time with my family. I prefer hands on learning over worksheets and believe learning is a collaborative effort.
Hi! I am the momma of two rambunctious kiddos. I was an elementary teacher for five years before having children. I decided to stay home with them and we sort off "fell into" homeschooling. We love reading books and learning together.
Mariel is a native of California who was raised in West Texas. Mariel is passionate about encouraging growth. She is introducing young learners to Spanish with the hopes of inspiring life long interest in different languages.
I am 10.5 years old. I love to dance, draw, do arts and crafts, read, and cuddle my dog! My passions are manga, Harry Potter, and beanie boos.
Rachel is a mom to three amazing girls (Gianna 6, Lucy 4, and Baby Grace) and is married to her high school sweet heart. In her previous life, she taught music and college prep courses, but is now truly living her best (and craziest) life as a homeschool mom and small business owner. Rachel loves reading, camping, working out, and sitting on her back porch watching the little monsters (aka children) she helped create.
Stephanie Shreffler grew up with a love of music, playing piano and clarinet since childhood. She majored in music education, teaching band to K-12 grades for one year. After playing and singing in the 4th Infantry Division Band at Fort Hood for four years, her Master of Ethnomusicology led her to live with and study the Miskitu Indians of Honduras. Although she loves music as an art and as a personal indulgence, Stephanie finds the true value of music to be an expression of culture and self. Music can be studied to learn about culture, and music can be used to express one's own culture and individuality.
Jo Lynn Siebenhor
I am a 4th year homeschool mom and before that I taught in public school as a substitute teacher for a year and taught two years of pre kindergarten. I love watching kids discover a love of learning instead of just being taught at.
Erin is a former classroom teacher and has been homeschooling for 7 years. Her family is new to Midland, but have been active in co-ops in their two previous locations. Her interests include history, literature, reading, knitting, & crochet.
I am a homeschooling mom of three amazing children, I moved to West Texas in March 2015 and have made this area home. I enjoy spending time with my kids and husband, camping, hiking, being outdoors, road trips, cleaning and organizing!
Kelli Zermeño is the Awesome Artventure facilitator. Kelli and her husband Chris (a drummer and professional chef) have 4 children between the two of them ranging in age from 8 to 20. Kelli has a successful business as a professional face painter and is the English-language blog writer for the International Face Painting School. She loves color, glitter and has a deep love for the fashion and culture of the 1940s and 50s.
Kelli has been through every option in the schooling of her children, doing her best to facilitate the individual educational needs of each of her children. From public, charter and private schools to online school and now homeschool and possible unschooling for their youngest son and budding artist. She and her husband feel a sense of duty in fostering each of their children's needs individually, no matter the cost or inconvenience.
The Zermeño's are very active in their church and ministering the love of Jesus, and are passionate about improving their community. Kelli is the acting PR/ Media representative for The Pink Ladies, a philanthropic pinup style social group in the Midland/ Odessa area that helps local organizations in fundraising and awareness efforts.
Kelli is an artist and a writer with a journalism background. She and her family love cooking together from scratch and especially turning their favorite comfort foods into healthy options. She and Chris are passionate about teaching people about healthy cooking and eating habits as Kelli feels many health issues can be solved with proper nutrition starting at home. If she had to go back to college (which she doesn't wanna because she REALLY loves being a face painter) she would study nutrition science.