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Homeschool Support through classes, tutoring, and consulting

About Us

 

HomeschoolWorks, L.L.C., was founded by Terri Barnes and Melinda Russell, two homeschool moms with the same passion and vision but different and complimentary skills. 


Our passion is helping other homeschool families navigate the difficult and often scary course of teaching their own children from pre-K to high school.  

This passion turned into the vision that became HomeschoolWorks, L.L.C., a company that provides: 


  • online classes with individual help and assessment via email, as well as on-site classes
  • tutoring (online and on-site) in language arts and math for students of all ages
  • online help preparing for the GED, ASVAB, SAT, and ACT
  • online financial literacy classes
  • consulting for parents who need personalized guidance and support in areas such as getting started, homeschooling in high school, transcripts and record keeping, choosing the right curriculum,  finding resources on laws, understanding educational styles, and other homeschool related needs



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Language Arts Instructor

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Terri Barnes

I started homeschooling about 15 years ago when my husband and I realized the public school system was not working for our family. From that point on, I began on a path of which I had no idea where it would lead.
Scary? Yes, indeed. Surprisingly rewarding? Absolutely.

During that time, I started a home school network in our city, El Paso Liberty Homeschool Network, and discovered so many amazing families who were in need of support and guidance, just like I was.

And so began my new journey of encouraging and assisting other parents who were looking for answers, searching for a different direction, or sometimes just wondering if they were doing the right thing.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Texas at El Paso, where I also studied creative writing and secondary education. Just out of college, I taught English at a business college, and I've been teaching language arts to homeschoolers for about ten years, and I have tutored for over 30 years.

In 2017, I wrote and published my first book, My Kids Made Me Do It: Lessons in Creating a Unique and Joyful Homeschool.

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Online Instruction Available - beginning fall 2019

Classes in language arts in primary and secondary levels will be short lessons covering the following topics:


  • Expository essay
  • Narrative essay
  • Descriptive essay
  • Persuasive essay


Grammar, punctuation, and spelling will be taught in mini lessons within the writing classes.


Most classes can be completed in 2-4 weeks. 

 

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Pricing

 

  • Downloadable, recorded language arts/writing classes -- $20 per course
  • Live streamed classes -- $30 per course
  • Recorded or live streamed classes with feedback/evaluation on work are $50 per course
  • Online and in-person tutoring -- $20 per hour
  • Local on-site classes -- $30-$40 


Math Instructor

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Melinda Russell

I am a medically retired Army chaplain with two adult children, who have been in a Montessori school, public school, public online school (K-12), private Christian school, and homeschool. Each had their advantages and disadvantages, and fit particular seasons in our lives, but I most enjoyed homeschooling. I have taught all grades and all subjects with them at one time or another, with electives such as art history, logic, Latin, and music theory.  They both graduated from homeschool and went on to take college classes at the local community college. One is working toward her Paramedic degree with a certificate in sign language, while the other is working full time until he decides what he truly wants to do with his life. 


While I have a love of history and learning in general, math is my favorite subject, especially at the high school level - Algebra, Algebra II, and Calculus.  I have been writing math articles for the HomeschoolWorks newsletter for the past year and am a Mathnasium instructor.  I have a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Science, a Master's of Divinity, and a Master's of Science in Management with a concentration in Information Systems Security.  I teach Mental Health First Aid, provide educational presentations on service dogs, help others train their dogs, volunteer at the local zoo, and teach financial literacy.  I have a self-published book on my experience as a military Chaplain, called Unvalidated Pain and a blog called "Moving Toward All Natural" with recipes for meals, hygiene products, and stories from living on a small ranch.

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Instruction Available - beginning fall 2019

Math help is available from elementary arithmetic through high school calculus and statistics in three ways:

  • Downloadable recorded classes arranged by topic
  • Live streamed classes for up to 10 students
  • Online tutoring 

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Pricing

 

  • Downloadable recorded classes -- $50 per semester worth of material
  • Live streamed classes -- $75 per semester
  • Recorded or live stream classes with feedback/correction -- $100 per semester
  • Tutoring -- $20 per hour