Meet our Instructors

History Classes

Christianity / Worldview

Economics and Government

Clay Broussard

Clay Broussard has a BA in Economics from the University of Texas and a MA in Religious Studies from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC.

He has spent over 25 years in the professional world as a sales and operations leader in the IT Services Industry. He is currently in the position of Supply Chain Executive at DXC Technology, a $15B USD global services company and has travelled extensively with his job.

He is passionate about Freedom, Education, Christianity, History, Economics and Politics and has taken an active role in teaching his own children as well as others. Mr. Broussard has eight (ages 8-24) children and one grandchild (more coming soon!) with his beloved wife of 25+ years, Stacy. He loves sports and coaching and developing teamwork and confidence through athletics.

He has served as a pastor, elder and men’s ministry leader in various churches as well as taught numerous small group Bible studies and lay-seminary classes in a large church setting. He currently attends Northstar Community Fellowship in Charlotte. While living in North Carolina for 21 years (14 in Raleigh), and falling in love with the state he now calls home, he is and forever will be, a Texan!

Literature and Composition

Sara Rhew

Sara Rhew is a veteran teacher with an extensive track record of successfully educating students of all ages spanning twenty five years; fifteen years of that time has been spent instructing in homeschool co-ops exclusively. She is passionate about teaching both writing and literature and loves to help students learn to express themselves through writing. Sara’s goal is to combine her range of experience and her enthusiasm for literature and writing with her passion for equipping each individual student to step forward in the plan God has for their life. She is thrilled to see how her student’s writing can grow and blossom over time. Prior to teaching in the homeschool community, she earned a B.A. in Management from UNC-Chapel Hill and instructed for many years within the medical industry, specifically cardiology.  

 

In addition to teaching, Sara serves on the Pathway High School Leadership Team. She is dedicated to helping students prepare for college-level work and often mentors students and parents on curriculum, transcripts, and dual enrollment. A native North Carolinian, Sara grew up in the Asheville area. She and her husband Lance have four children (ages 11-22). Her family is blessed to attend Christ Community Mooresville. Sara enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, politics, flower gardening, holistic health and nutrition and classic movies.

Algebra 1 and 2

Kevin Yaiko

 

Kevin has a BS in mathematics from Houghton College and a M.Ed. from Liberty University. Prior to joining Pathway in 2022, Kevin was a New York and Ohio certified high school math teacher for 16 years. This included shorter stints teaching in a juvenile detention center and public school, and 13 years teaching in an International School near Budapest, Hungary. Kevin has taught HS level math from Algebra to Precalculus, as well as Introductory Python and Personal Finance. Currently, Kevin is a school staff manager for the online school at The Art of Problem Solving, a San Diego-based company that specializes in education for the math-obsessed. 

 

Kevin also was the HS boys basketball coach for his school in Hungary for 11 years. One of his favorite events each year was coaching in the tournament his school hosted with teams coming from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine. 

 

In his free time, he enjoys tinkering in computer code and buying books he won't read. He has been married to his wife Kristen since 2004 and they have four kids that are currently being homeschooled. They moved to Hickory, NC in 2021 and, with Kevin and Kristen both growing up in the north (NY and IL), they are learning new protocols for dealing with light snow storms.

 

Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry

Shari Kaiser

A lifelong interest in learning led my husband and I to homeschooling. It has been a pleasure to be personally involved in molding the individual strengths and personalities each of our children were given to prepare them to serve God’s purpose. We have four successful homeschool graduates.  I became actively involved in the homeschool community in 1995. I served as Director of a support group (GRACE) for 13 years and Director of an area association (CHEA) for 8 years. These opportunities allowed me to interact with many fellow homeschoolers, both those seasoned in the journey as well as those just starting out. We all enjoyed learning from and supporting each other. I continue to enjoy serving as a mentor when the opportunity arises.

 

I have also been able to share my strong interest in science with the community since 2007, beginning with Chemistry classes. I’ve taught science classes in a variety of enrichment facilities in the greater Charlotte area annually since then.

 

I have been with Pathway full-time since 2014, and as needed for 4 years prior to 2014.

 

I look forward each year to helping my students see that science is fascinating, fun and understandable.

 

 

 

 

Spanish Immersion

Levels 1, 2 and 3

Carmen Hartzell

I was born on December 25th into a family of educators who instilled in me love for learning and teaching. I was also born and raised in the historic city of Querétaro, México. At age 11 I arrived in Charleston, SC where I was home-schooled by my mother in Spanish and at the same time attended an American School where I began to build my bilingual path. Eventually, we moved to the Charlotte area where I graduated High School a year early and worked as a translator/interpreter for several years before marrying my husband, Matt, and becoming a stay-at-home mom to my wonderful children, Breanna & Brandon. I take advantage of my personal experience in order to implement my teaching methods.

 

In addition to this, I am certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and I have obtained an Associate’s Degree in education and an Associate’s Degree in Arts. I have successfully completed College-Level Spanish I, II, III, & IV. I am currently working as a Spanish Immersion Instructor/tutor to a wide array of learners ranging from preschoolers to adults. I enjoy art painting, sewing, cooking, baking, reading, writing, and teaching. At the heart of everything that I do is my passion for education and my commitment to my students’ success.

 

This will be my sixth-year teaching High School Spanish at Pathway. I am truly grateful and elated to be part of the Pathway Christian Co-op’s team and to share my knowledge of the Spanish Language & Culture with my students!

 

 

 

 

Theater / Drama

Jill Graham

I am a veteran teacher with almost 20 years of experience teaching in public, private, and homeschool settings. This will be my second year teaching in Pathway’s high school program.  I have taught at Providence High School in Charlotte, Forest Hills High School in Union County, and Arborbrook Christian Academy in South Charlotte.

 

My undergrad degree, from UNC Chapel Hill, is in Secondary English Education, but I soon got a chance to follow my true calling to teach theater. I started the theater program at Forest Hills High School in Union County where I adapted and directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Princess Bride; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; and Little Women. Later, at Arborbrook Christian Academy, I had the privilege of writing and directing a collection of scenes from the writings of C. S. Lewis called Into the Wardrobe. I also directed another rendition of The Princess Bride, which I adapted from the movie. In my final year there, I was the artistic director and oversaw the annual Christmas program.

 

My goal is to show students that theater is FUN and an amazing way to use their God-given talents to move audiences with portrayals of the good, the true, the beautiful (and the hilarious).

 

 

American Sign Language

Erik Kiefer

Erik Kiefer attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, and studied business management, and psychology. 

Before moving to Lake Wylie from Upstate New York in early 2021, he spent 8 years working with the intellectually disabled community – Playing a prominent role in the improvement and creation of a variety of services and education programs, training staff/parents on how to use proper behavior management techniques, and developing local business connections to provide employment opportunities to individuals who are looking to further develop their professional skills. 

 

In 2016, Erik also decided to design & offer a Sign Language education course because of his passion for teaching and knowledge of the language. He grew up with several deaf family members and friends, immersed in the culture, and was taught how to sign at a young age. He has instructed dozens of families ever since, equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to make a connection with people in the deaf community. 

 

He is passionate about education, politics, cooking, outdoor activities, spending time with friends, and traveling. His faith, family, and calling to mentor/invest in younger Christians is most important to him and will always come first. You will also learn very quickly that Erik loves coffee, and there’s a good chance he’ll have a cup in hand whenever you see him.