Meet Our 2022-2023 Leadership Team

Jessi Morton
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Jessi has been a homeschooling mama for 8 years, prior to that she taught pre-K in her home state of Indiana.  When she’s not creating her own curriculum, making plans, checking things off a list, or color-coding something, she can likely be found in her kitchen creating some new dish.  She may not be able to craft things in the classroom, but give her a knife and veggies and she’ll craft something delicious.  She desires to consistently teach her children by facilitating their learning and engaging with them and the world at large.  Homeschooling has been a gift, but being part of LIGHT Katy Co-op is like the icing on the cake.  She is thrilled to be part of the board for 2022-2023 and hopes to help LIGHT Katy Co-op be the icing on your cake too. 

President

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Kira and her family have been on their homeschooling journey for five years. She has two creative daughters, who love to use their imaginations! She is grateful for the opportunity to homeschool and for the time it gives her family together. She desires for Christ to be at the center of their lives, including their education. Kira enjoys reading aloud with her daughters, meaningful conversations, photography, and fun road trips!

 

Kira's family joined LIGHT in the spring of 2018. They appreciate the friendships that have been made and the learning experiences LIGHT has provided! She has served as Mileage Club Coordinator and Park Day Coordinator. Kira is excited to continue serving this co-op!

Kira James

Vice President

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Jen Gonseaux

Secretary

Jen and her husband have been homeschooling for 7 years.  While her husband was homeschooled from nearly the beginning, Jen was brought up in public school with a very involved mother and assumed she’d be doing the very same thing.  

“It takes a special kind of person and a calling from the Lord to be a homeschool mom, so we’ll just see” was always the end to the homeschooling conversations.  When her oldest had just turned 4 and wanted to start reading, she figured if any time was the right time to try homeschooling, this would be it.  She taught her oldest to read and that jump started her new career as a homeschooling mom to 3 amazing girls now 11, 10, and 8. 

They love learning through experiences and often take their studies on the road, traveling to places in the US, learning history and nature in person!  You’ll find the Gonseaux Gang out in the wild as they love camping, hiking, and all things outdoors. 

 

Jen and her family joined Light in 2021 and have loved being part of a group of families who also enjoy educating their kids and finding new friends and community to do life with. 

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Calina Gardner

Treasurer

Calina was drawn to homeschooling  years ago, after an unexpected and inspiring conversation in the park.  Calina was pushing her baby’s stroller, when a friendly stranger paused to admire her daughter’s red hair.  Soon the conversation turned to education, and the friendly stranger shared her experience as a veteran homeschool mom.  After hearing about the beauty and benefits of homeschooling, Calina was  encouraged to pursue this somewhat different educational path.  It was the best decision ever!

Calina has homeschooled her two daughters since kindergarten and considers it the greatest blessing.  Calina finds that classical education in a Charlotte Mason style works best for her family.  She loves blending the study of nature, poetry, art and music into their homeschool routine.  She enjoys family bike rides in the beautiful parks of Katy, musicals and great read-aloud books.  Calina’s family humors her never-ending home organization projects and she is often heard singing in the shower.  Being new to the Katy area, LIGHT has brought joy and friendship into her family’s homeschool life.  Calina is excited to serve on the 2022-2023 LIGHT board and support this fun and fulfilling homeschool co-op.

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Sarah Coin

Enrichment Director

Sarah and her husband felt the pull to homeschool from the time their oldest was two years old. Eight years later, she is still content to be teaching and learning with her three kids (ages 10, 8, and 5). Her homeschool style leans toward Charlotte Mason, with a dash of everything else thrown in just to keep things interesting. She considers herself extraordinarily blessed to be able to watch her children learn and grow together in their faith and education at home. Their whole family has been blessed by the many friendships formed through LIGHT. 

 

Sarah is a native Houstonian and spends as much time with her family as possible. She is a member of Memorial Lutheran Houston, where she serves on the Altar Guild with her mom and teaches Sunday School with her sister and niece. She spends most of her free time cross-stitching and listening to podcasts and audiobooks (while cross-stitching). She loves coffee, stretchy pants, grocery pickup, and nature walks. Sarah is excited to serve on the LIGHT Board and help shape the future for this wonderful group!