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Abby Lai

AdLife Academy Founder

Abby Lai is a seasoned homeschooler, wife, and mother of two outstanding young men.  She founded Home School Coaches in 2012 to provide her children with the best possible homeschool education. Home School Coaches offers over 100 highly qualified instructors that are passionate about what they teach plus share a love for teaching. In 2020, Abby co-founded Advanced Life Education, the parent company of AdLife Academy, to further her mission of supporting homeschooling parents in achieving their educational goals for their children. Abby has a degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona and a Masters in Public Health degree from the University of Southern California. When at rest, Abby enjoys spending quality time with her loved ones, frequenting coffee shops, and gardening.

Lupe Valerio

AdLife Academy Director

With twenty years of experience supervising successful community programs, Lupe Valerio offers her organizational, leadership and management skills to support the families and students of AdLife Academy. Lupe has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology along with a Masters in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Azusa Pacific University.  Lupe is passionate about supporting the positive development of young people by creating safe environments that foster positive communication, opportunities for leadership, and a vast array of educational experiences.  In her spare time, Lupe enjoys creating unforgettable memories with with her nine beloved grandkids,  sharing her faith through leading Bible studies, and exploring new places with close friends.

Sheila Jakobsen

Private Satellite Program Director

Sheila Jakobsen is a passionate and accomplished credentialed educator with over fifteen years of experience guiding students and parents in both the public, private, and homeschool setting. She holds a Master's Degree in Education and BCLAD certification. Sheila believes in creating educational environments that fosters personal growth and discovery for her students. Her educational philosophy is based on the idea that every child is unique and can succeed. She is committed to helping students overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential. Sheila enjoys exploring new places, staying active, and unwinding with board games and a good book. Her approach to teaching is characterized by compassion, patience, and respect for each student's individual needs and abilities. She is a valuable asset to any learning community.

Rejoice Griffis

Head Coach

Rejoice Griffis is a former Parks & Recreation professional with over eight years of experience in providing enjoyable and stimulating experiences that enhance physical, mental, and social well-being within all areas of a community, while also ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. She is also currently obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with the hopes to obtain a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. Throughout her customer service and recreation career, Rejoice learned how to effectively communicate with people from all walks of life. This has helped her build strong relationships with customers and colleagues alike, and she is excited to continue this approach at AdLife Academy. 

Kathy Kendrick

Literature, ASL, Gameschooling

Kathy Kendrick is an experienced homeschooler with over 20 years of experience teaching her own children. She holds a BA in Communicative Disorders and an MS in Instructional Design and Technology. She has a deep passion for homeschooling and strongly believes in the flexibility it offers to meet the unique needs of individual students. Kathy has also taught an array of classes for homeschoolers at various institutions. Kathy is skilled in teaching a variety of subjects, such as American Sign Language, Language Arts, Reading/Phonics (trained in Orton-Gillingham), and her newest passion, "Gameschooling". Her teaching style is popular among parents and students alike. She incorporates games and pop culture to keep the students engaged.

Lori Reardon

Math, Coding/Programming

Lori Reardon, a proud Canadian, is described by students as being patient, caring, and creative. Lori has over 30 years of teaching experience in both public and private school settings. She has a Bachelor’s of Education degree in Mathematics and a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching and Curriculum. In addition, Lori holds a California Professional Clear Multiple Subject Teacher Credential and a Single Subject Authorization in Mathematics. She loves learning and is constantly searching to find materials and programs to engage and build student’s confidence, and works hard to help them achieve their academic and personal goals. Lori engages students with creative projects that teach students how subjects are applied in the real world and makes it fun!

Victoria Collett

Writing, Science, History, Drama

Victoria Collett received her teaching credential from Cal Poly University in Pomona and her Master's Degree from Cal State University in Fullerton, California. She has many years of teaching experience from 4th and 5th grade classroom instruction in Ontario Montclair School District before moving on to Middle School where she provided instruction to grades 6-8 and finally serving as an Administrator managing State and Federal District requirements for 6 schools. She has taught many exciting classes including the Gifted and Talented (GATE) Instruction and Outdoor Education Program culminating with a week in the Grand Canyon! She is honored to service young people and their families and is excited to work with you.

Gina Conroy

Creative Writing, Reading

Gina Conroy is a highly skilled writing instructor and author with a passion for teaching children how to unleash their writing superpowers. With over 20 years of experience attending writing conferences, writing articles for newspapers and magazines, and publishing several fiction and nonfiction books, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her craft.

Gina's education includes a degree in communications and journalism, which has provided her with a solid foundation in writing and storytelling. Her dedication to teaching writing has led her to design courses for her homeschooled children, as well as teach in private schools, public schools, and homeschool co-ops.

Eric Lin

Robotics, Coding, Math

Eric Lin, a graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physics. During his time at UCLA, Eric's passion for physics was evident not only in his academic pursuits but also in his engagement in various teaching internships and opportunities that primarily focused on STEM education. He quickly learned that he had a passion for teaching and for the last few years, Eric has been teaching highly engaging robotics classes for kinder to twelfth grade that incorporate programming, 3D design, and circuitry.Eric's ultimate goal is to share his vision of building a supportive educational community, fostering experimentation in science, and empowering others.

Amy Tang

Creative Writing, Reading

Amy is a multi-talented educator that studied Economics and French at the University of California, Berkeley and later earned her K-8 teaching credential from Cal State University, Hayward. She previously served as an instructor for high school math, French and health/herbal remedies at Ecclesia Classes and she has also taught middle school Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies at both public and private schools for four years. Amy has a passion for teaching, and even homeschooled two of her three children through eighth grade and one all the way through high school. She has been highly involved in teaching a variety of homeschool classes including Algebra 1, Herbal Apothecary and Growing Seasonal Gardens. Amy enjoys running, gardening, and practicing herbal remedies. 

Melody Chang

Creative Writing, Reading

Miss Melody, a native of Taiwan, has had a lifelong passion for culture and the Chinese language. During her time as a software engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), she was dedicated to teaching Mandarin to a group of scientists and engineers. Melody relished sharing her cultural heritage and differences with her students, which led to the creation of a Chinese Drama Club that performs annually at JPL's Chinese New Year celebration. Since 2019, Melody has been teaching Chinese to homeschooling children. She firmly believes that language learning should be engaging, and that children learn best through games and fun activities. Melody delights in seeing children's eyes light up when they acquire new language skills.

Gina D'Elia

Creative Writing, Reading

Gina D'Elia is an alumna of Bauder Fashion College, where she earned certificates in both Fashion Design and Interior Design. Determined to further her education, she went on to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Upon returning to California, Gina was a "Clean Up Animator" at Wong Studios in Hollywood, where she honed her artistic skills. During this time, she also made a name for herself in the Los Angeles art scene by participating in numerous successful art shows.Gina has been sharing her expertise and passion for art through private lessons to students in both homeschool and public school settings. She is well-versed in a variety of mediums and subjects, providing her students with a well-rounded education and invaluable guidance.

Alexzandra Chandler

Creative Writing, Reading

Professor Alexandra, a Master of Fine Arts graduate from Savannah College of Art & Design, has a passion for teaching others how to express themselves. Her unique teaching approach & infectious enthusiasm have been known to ignite a classroom, allowing her students to find the best outlet for their creativity in a healthy & uplifting manner. Her patience knows no bounds, & nothing brings her greater joy than seeing the smiles of accomplishment on her students' faces. Alexandra's teaching philosophy revolves around empowering her students to express themselves freely, which she believes is a crucial aspect of the creative process. Alexandra's personal interests include music, great films, & the beautiful creatures of this planet, particularly cats.

Meet Our Staff

AdLife Academy's staff boasts a distinguished track record of serving children through innovative programs, exceptional classes, and effective teaching methods. We are committed to nurturing our students' natural talents by creating a safe, caring, and engaging learning environment. Our instructors are equipped to take students on exciting literary adventures, explore their creativity through hands-on projects, build impressive models, and conduct scientific experiments. With highly interactive, experiential lessons, our teachers are eager to help students unleash their full potential.