About Us

 

We began out of a need

to provide struggling students with

professional help and to place them

on a path to success.

The Vision

The need for tutoring started simultaneously with the opening of  The Homeschool Connection, owned and operated by Rebekah Ricks. With THSC providing upper-level classes for homeschoolers, providing tutoring for struggling students was an immediate need.

The Plan

Since opening in the fall of 2013, the need for tutoring has continued to rise as we continue to provide our best with a line-up of experienced professionals ready to help each student on the road to success! In this short time, we’ve seen over 300 students through our doors with a success rate of over 90%! With tutoring needs on the rise, a desire was born to give the tutoring portion of THSC its own identity as The Tutoring Terminal.

The Future

We like to call ourselves family. Since 2013, we’ve seen siblings come in and out of our doors year after year and move on to higher education, once they feel well enough prepared to step out with the knowledge they’ve gained in their time with us. We’re passionately determined to provide help, breaking educational barriers one student…one family at a time; and like all families, there’s always room for more.

Meet Our Staff

Rebekah Ricks

Rebekah Ricks

Owner/Operator

Home schooled from third through tenth grade, Rebekah Ricks completed her schooling at Windsor Baptist School in Bethany, Oklahoma. She attended Oklahoma Baptist College and received a B.S. in Advanced Math with a minor in History and another B.S. in Educational Leadership and Instruction with a Secondary Education emphasis. Rebekah worked at a private hospital with special needs children as a music and speech therapist aide, CNA, and EMT. From 2001 – 2011 she taught third, fifth, and sixth grade students, middle school English and math, and high school speech at Landmark Christian School in Haines City. Rebekah Ricks helped direct multiple productions and launched Landmark’s elementary speech and drama department.

Lissette Cruz

Lissette Cruz

Office Manager/Business Manager

Lissette provides administrative support to The Homeschool Connection and The Tutoring Terminal. A native of Indiana, Lissette has worked in the education arena for over twenty years. She received a BA in Music from Pensacola Christian College with a concentration in vocal performance. Lissette developed strong leadership and organizational skills as a Fine Arts Director, building programs from scratch to award-winning choirs and instrumental ensembles. This experience gave her a deep appreciation and rich understanding of the importance of creating a first-rate customer experience; one transaction at a time.

Myra Cruz

Myra Cruz

Tutoring Director

Myra Cruz was born and raised in Northwest Indiana, nearly thirty miles from Chicago. In 2000, she received a Bachelor of Biblical Studies in Secondary Education with a major in English from Crown College of the Bible located in Powell, Tennessee. After teaching for several years in East Chicago, she accepted a teaching position at a Christian school in Central Florida in 2004. After six years, she took on various teaching positions elsewhere, teaching middle school and high school English until 2013, when she started as the high school English teacher at The Homeschool Connection in Winter Haven. She began as Tutoring Director in 2014, managing a tutoring staff and building client relationships. With over nineteen years in the field of education, Myra consistently sets a high standard for students and tutors alike, while helping each to create and reach the highest goals. Her hope is to impart a passion for a job well done in others as they set out to positively impact the people around them.

Alesha Conklin

Alesha Conklin

Social Media Marketing

Alesha Conklin was born and raised in Polk County, Florida, and attended both school and college in Haines City. She graduated from Landmark Baptist College with a Bachelor’s degree in Missions. Alesha is mom to Isaac, their nineteen-year-old with special needs. She and her husband Doug stay quite busy with Isaac’s care and therapies, and are grateful for the role that homeschooling played in his education. Over the years, Alesha and her husband have worked in numerous churches and schools. Today, we are glad to have the Conklin team of Alesha and Doug as an important part of The Homeschool Connection!

Anthony Adharsingh

Anthony Adharsingh

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, College Algebra, Trigonometry ACT/SAT/PERT prep Tutor

Anthony Adharsingh is currently a Math for College Readiness teacher at Lake Region High School in Eagle Lake. He enjoys teaching both middle school and high school and has worked at both public and Christian schools for over twenty years. His specialty is preparing students for standardized testing, including PERT, SAT, ACT Algebra, and Geometry EOC. His professionalism, thoroughness, and overall kindness in each tutoring session has parents calling in requesting his time for their child, assured it will be time well-spent.

Arleen Cohen

Arleen Cohen

MS/HS English and Spanish Tutor

Mrs. Arleen Cohen is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She received her B.S. in Education from Kent State University and her M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College. She taught high school Spanish for thirty years and for twenty-seven of those years was head of her school’s World Language Department. Arleen has been retired for a little over ten years now and she and her husband Harvey are happy snowbirds, spending winters here in Winter Haven and summers in the Cleveland suburbs.

Doug Conklin

Doug Conklin

Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry Tutor

Doug Conklin was born and raised in the Ohio/Indiana area, before relocating to Haines City, Florida to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Bible, from Landmark Baptist College. He has worked at various ministries over the past twenty-nine years, teaching, preaching and coaching.  One of his fondest accomplishments was leading his boys’ basketball team to back-to-back conference championships while teaching in Palm Bay, Florida.  Mr. Conklin was also privileged to work at Landmark’s Freedom Baptist Curriculum for several seasons, where he served as Principal of their Homeschool Academy. Doug and his wife Alesha are parents to Isaac, a nineteen-year-old with various special needs, whom they were honored to homeschool.  Doug teaches and tutors Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry for The Homeschool Connection.

Kerri Long

Kerri Long

MS/ HS Reading, Language Tutor

Kerri Long is a native to Winter Haven, Florida. She has been happily married for nineteen years to her childhood sweetheart. They have two boys. Kerri graduated from Winter Haven High School then attended Polk State for her two-year degree. She then went to the University of Central Florida to get her Bachelors in Communication Disorders which focuses on Speech Language Pathology/Audiology. After graduating, she obtained another Bachelors degree at Florida Southern College in Elementary Education. Kerri exercised her teaching skills as a first, second, and third grade teacher at both St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Garden Grove Elementary for a total of twenty years. She is currently pursuing a degree working as a Speech Language Pathologist at Victory Ridge Academy and helps part-time as a Reading and Language tutor at The Homeschool Connection.

Cassie Pavy

Cassie Pavy

Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology, and Chemistry Tutor

Cassie Pavy graduated from Warner Southern College with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in May of 2007, taking a load of eighteen credit hours of Biology courses. Upon graduation, she quickly merged into the teaching scene teaching gifted students at Dundee Ridge Middle School. Aside from Dundee Ridge, she has taught at Lake Wales High School, Winter Haven Christian School, and McLaughlin Middle School. Holding four different teaching certifications, Cassie has taught various middle school and high school science courses including Earth Space Science, Life Science, Physical Science, and Biology; and, currently teaches Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry at The Homeschool Connection.

Nadine Sergi

Nadine Sergi

Elementary/Middle School Language, Literature, Speech Tutor

Born on July 13 in New York, Nadine moved to South Florida as a child, spending every other summer since the age of two with family in Italy. She completed high school in Palermo Sicily with her main focus on classical studies including Classical Literature, art, philosophy, religion, ethics, and languages. Nadine returned to Florida to attend college and major in Education/Psychology. She began teaching in 1978 and throughout the years has worked with children preschool age to adult. Nadine expects success for each of her students, encouraging each to see themselves as being “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) Mother to a teenage daughter and occasional furry friend, Nadine Sergi joined our tutoring team in 2018 and has already made a positive impact on students and parents alike.

Renee Tucker

Renee Tucker

Basic Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, College Math, Pre-Calculus, ACT/SAT/PERT math prep Tutor

A mathematics expert in all maths, Renee Tucker is one of our go-to math tutors originally from Columbus, Georgia. She grew up in a military family and has lived in six states and across the seas in Germany. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics at Tennessee Temple University in 1990. Renee taught a variety of math classes for eight years and tutored for fourteen years. She was a pastor’s wife for sixteen years, homeschooling her three boys for five of those years. In 2018, Renee joined our team, lending us her professionalism and math expertise!