I have owned the school since April 2013. I schooled my own children beginning in 1991: Sarah has a PhD, my son Seth has a full-time career in the United States Army, and my daughter Rachel, has an MA in Counter Terrorism.
I love children and love enabling them to gain the confidence to learn.Interests
I love learning! Each day is a new opportunity to grow a little more, gain insights into a new topic or simply observe and soak it all in! The more I learn, the more I get excited about new possibilities! To truly enjoy life is to be ravenous about learning more!Interests
Teaching business people the principles of
I am a professional scientist with over 35 years of environmental consulting experience. Following my son's graduation from Royal Academy in 2014, I accepted an invitation to become a biology and environmental science instructor. I am truly energized by this opportunity to bring my real-life experience in the sciences to the students to show them there are real world applications of what they are learning. Keeping my students engaged and excited about the topics being taught is its own reward. I especially enjoy our laboratory classes when we can gather in person to explore world of biology!
Science Albert Hazzard Award: 1982 recipient Presented by the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, for excellence in fishery and aquatic science graduate research
I absolutely love history and international politics! I also enjoy anything outdoors like hiking, fishing, horseback riding or winter sports. I have three cats and most likely the students will end up meeting them during our classes because my cats love to walk on the computer. I truly enjoy teaching and look forward to seeing the students excel in their education.Interests
I have been teaching Spanish in public high schools for 27 years. I gained proficiency in the Spanish language during a two year stay in Colombia after college and has a certificate of Spanish study from the Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia in 2014. I live in Poland, Maine with my wife of 25 years, Beth, my 17-year old son, Gabe, and Lexi, our 9.25 pound Mini Dachshund.
Gabe is heading off to Thomas College in the fall where he will study Elementary Education. My family and I are huge fans of baseball and spend as much time watching and talking about baseball as possible.Interests
Since 2012, I have taken 3 groups of students to Guatemala City to work with the children of the families of the dump and to support the work of Safe Passage. I am thrilled to be planning for the fourth groups that will travel again in 2020. Find more information about Safe Passage here: https://www.safepassage.org/
Raised in New England (Portland, Maine) I now live and work in Old England (Oxford, UK). I have a passion for justifying the relevance of history. If we want to make the world a better place we’ve got to know where we’re coming from. When I’m not reading Sappho, drinking tea, or writing, I’m going on long walks with my dalmatian, Annie, and photographer husband, Jonathan.Interests
MA in Classics, King’s College London, 2016 BA in Classical Studies, Gordon College, 2015
I have worked with Royal Academy since it opened in 1994 as a Supervisory Teacher. I have worked in the field of education since the 1970s – first in early childhood education as the director of a large preschool, and then in a K-12 private school. In the 1980s, I was a leader in the Michigan homeschool movement. Mentored by homeschooling pioneers Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore, I began homeschooling her own children in 1982. Shortly after, I founded the Homeschool Support Network and began publishing the newspaper, Home Educator’s Family Times – first in hard copy and now with a national and international online circulation. I teach workshops on homeschooling topics and, over the years, have organized major home education conferences in Michigan and New England. I am an active member of my church and especially enjoy teaching, and working with the homeless, underprivileged, and single parent families.Interests
My philosophy of education is pretty basic. Encourage the student to discuss personal interests and goals and then honor the student by working with those interests and towards those goals. It's also important for me to spend time with the parents discussing not only possible concerns, but what they see as strength areas in their child. When we work as a team, the student grows and is honored for his/her individuality.Interests
I am a professional photographer, currently specializing in newborn photography, as well as high school senior photography. I have a photography studio in Windham, Maine, where I teach high school students and aspiring photographers the intricate workings of lighting, composition, design elements, and the art of creating a dynamic image. I studied photography at McIntosh college in Dover, NH. After graduating in 2006, I immersed myself in the field; working as a freelance photographer, photo editor & graphic designer. I also worked in a fine art gallery as a photography curator, where I had the opportunity to work with art of photography masters. This further sharpened my eye for excellent photography, and inspired me to pursue portraiture and abstraction in addition to my commercial work. I currently spend most of my photographing hours in local hospitals, creating a photojournalistic story of baby's first day. Photojournalism became my new passion when I was given the opportunity to photograph a specific people group in Ethiopia in 2016. I returned in 2017 to further this work, to bring awareness to certain issues, and also to follow up with the wonderful people I had first photographed in 2016. I plan to continue this work in 2019.Interests
My photography course is fun and in a relaxed atmosphere. We cover a lot of material, but also get to play with light, and experiment quite a bit. I allow students to direct the focus of the course, depending on their specific interest (portraiture, fine art, documentary, sport photography, etc) I encourage students by critiquing their work, and I welcome students to critique each other’s work in a way that foster’s growth and improvement. I also promote the importance of studying the masters and other prominent photographers of today.
Jamie is a classically trained portrait artist, born and raised in New England. She is married and has two boys who are 11 and 14.
Hello I’m Bernie! I’m passionate about creating, and performing music and in theater. When I’m not teaching you will find me on stage in a community theater production or playing bass in a local band. I enjoy reading mystery novels especially Agatha Christie. I embrace the challenge of thinking out side the box and finding new and exciting ways to create a strong foundation for learning !
Medical Assistant Certificate, Seacoast Career School 2008
I have worked in education for almost 20 years, first working at Royal Academy from 1995-1997, then homeschooling my two daughters for 13 years. I began working again at Royal Academy in 2014. I have enjoyed teaching a variety of writing, literature, and history courses and serving as a supervisory teacher, providing curriculum counseling, individualized achievement testing, and college and career counseling.Interests
Sarah Tajonera has joined our RAE faculty as a dance and art instructor. She is the daughter of Bern and Julie Tajonera and is currently attending Dean College in Boston, MA. Sarah has been dancing for years and is an incredible artist.
Dance at Dean College, Boston
I have a Masters of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from New England College and a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Anna Maria College. I have two certifications, one in Elementary Education and the other in General Special Education. My experience has included a wide variety of teaching and educational leadership roles including Teacher; Adjunct Instructor for a graduate education online program; Homeschool Consultant; Homeschool Teacher for 2 of my 6 sons; Curriculum and Instruction specialist at an approved, private special education middle and high school; Title I Teacher; and Teaching Principal.