OF  CHATTANOOGA

  Michaels Homeschool Association
               of Chattanooga                    

Put God First



Livia Michaels: Elementary Through High School PE/Health/CPR Instructor and Founder  
Mrs. Livia Michaels is the founder and PE instructor of MHAC and a home school parent since 2001. She earned her Associates degree in Physical Therapy in 1993. As a Christian therapist, she understands the importance of keeping a healthy body, mind and spirit. Her love for exercise has lead her to become more involved with the home school community. Her strong, christian character is shown through her loving spirit towards her students. She is always excited to be leading her students into another fun-filled year! Mrs. Michaels first taught home school physical education classes in 2002. At that time, she taught over 30 students and enjoyed it very much but upon completion of that year she had to give up the classes upon learning that she was expecting her third child. After several more years and following the arrival of her fourth child, the Lord once again placed this ministry in her heart to teach home school physical education classes with a brand new twist by adding field trips with a physical and educational aspect in mind. As a mother of four and a great role model to all her children, Mrs. Livia Michaels certainly knows the meaning of "sacrifice" and definitely pours her all into this program while giving praise and glory to God.

Angela Baginski: Elementary Through High School Spanish & Elementary Mathematics 

We are very excited to be able to continue offering our Spanish program this year and we are blessed to have Mrs. Angela Baginski as part of our team. With a great knowledge and fluency of both Spanish and English language, Mrs. Baginski  will be teaching our elementary, middle, and high school Spanish students this coming year. Mrs. Angela Baginski graduated from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California with a Bachelor Degree in Communication and from National University in Costa Mesa, California with a degree in Elementary Education. Her experiences include ESL Teacher at Jefferson Bilingual School in Ecuador and at Santa Ana College in California, Bilingual School Teacher at Henniger Elementary School in California, and Elementary School Teacher at Parkridge School for the Arts in California. Mrs. Baginski is a talented, committed, energetic, and innovative teacher who respects the unique qualities of each individual and strives to incorporate literacy, foreign language, and math skills to help increase student achievement. We welcome Mrs. Angela Baginski to our team and we look forward to working side by side with this energetic and godly lady throughout the year and for many years to come. Welcome! 

Lauren Karnes: Middle School Through High School Mathematics 

We are delighted to have the opportunity to work side by side with this energetic godly young lady. Mrs. Lauren Karnes will be teaching our middle through high school mathematics. Mrs. Karnes graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Humanities from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. She received an "Award of Excellence" on the Elementary Ed: Content Knowledge Praxis II test for scoring in the top 15% and was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society organization. Her experiences include teaching middle through high school mathematics at Ivy Academy, working as an assistant to professor staff in office administration duties at Lee University, and bringing hands-on science lessons into schools through a program at the Creative Discovery Museum, among other qualifications. Her love for math is quite evident in the way she connects with her students. She understand and speaks a little Spanish and enjoys art, painting, crafts, and sewing, along with other fascinating skills. We are blessed to have Mrs. Lauren Karnes as part of our team of educators and look forward to working with her throughout the year and in the future. Welcome!            

Emily S. Mitchell: Elementary Through High School Science

It is a great honor to have Miss Emily Mitchell as our elementary through high school science teacher to complete our second location in Chattanooga. Miss Mitchell graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters of Education Degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her honors include Dean's List (4 semesters), Outstanding Senior Award (Biology/Ecology), Magna Cum Laude, and was Inducted into Alpha Society. Miss Emily Mitchell has experience teaching Biology, Physical Science, Health Science, Earth Systems, Environmental Science, and Chemistry. She has taught at several local facilities such as Hixson High School, Ridgeland High School, and East Ridge High School. Miss Mitchell will be a great asset to our program and we warmly welcome her as part of our team. Welcome! 

Stephanie A. Randall: Elementary Through High School Music 

We are blessed to be continuing our elementary through high school music program at our association this coming fall, and we extend a warm welcome back to our staff member, Mrs. Stephanie A. Randall, as part of our team. Mrs. Randall graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN. She has over 30 years of experience as an elementary through high school Music Teacher, Recorder Teacher, Music Education Coordinator, and Theory Lab Instructor with work experience in the Hamilton School Systems as well as with various churches, organizations, and several homeschooling  families. Mrs. Stephanie A. Randall will add a special uniqueness to our program and we look forward to working side by side with this lovely lady this coming year. Welcome!  

Shannon Swann: Elementary Through High School Art

It is our absolute pleasure to have Mrs. Shannon Swann as our elementary through high school art teacher. Mrs. Swann graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Advertising Arts from Chattanooga State. She has worked as a graphic designer for two different local publications and as an art director for a local advertising agency. After the Swanns became a homeschool family, Mrs. Swann began teaching art classes to homeschool students. She has been teaching art to students grades 1 - 12 for 17 years. She loves working with children and enjoys seeing them grow in their creativity, skills, and love for art. Each year she has students who place in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition, the State Fish Art Contest, and the Little Owl Festival Poster contest. Mrs. Swann’s instruction focuses on teaching and developing drawing and painting skills using a variety of media. Students learn and use the elements and principles of art, color theory, and composition techniques to create their own works of art. We look forward to working with this beautiful and godly lady this coming fall. Welcome!  

At Michaels Homeschool Association of Chattanooga all our teachers are required in good faith to agree with each statement made in the MHAC Statement of Faith.