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Our teachers are dedicated Christians who seek to live their faith as they serve their students with compassion and justice.

Kim Torquato | Terry Gilleland | Shirley Rodriguez-DeCicco | Alba Lucia Thomas | Jeanne Yoon |
Clara Tozzi | Eleanor Braun


Kim Torquato
Director of Stone Hill Learning Center
email: ktorquato@outlook.com
Kim Torquato graduated with a BS degree in psychology from Syracuse University. She worked for several years at a Christian counseling agency in New York before returning to school to study computer programming. She received a postgraduate certification in computer programming and taught several classes in programming as a teaching assistant at North Carolina State University. While working on her master's degree in computer engineering, her first child was born. Mrs. Torquato and her family moved to Princeton in 1992 where her husband took a position as Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University. Their second child was born in 1993, just after Mrs. Torquato began teaching at Westerly Learning Center. She currently serves as the Director of SHLC and is the science education coordinator.

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Terry Gilleland
Algebra Teacher
Terry Gilleland received a Masters in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1995. She tutored physics and engineering classes throughout her college years. She worked as a research scientist in the Princeton area for 13 years before becoming a stay-at-home mother of a son and daughter. In 2011 Terry began homeschooling her children and continues to discover the joys and challenges homeschooling families experience. Terry is excited to teach math at the Learning Center and hopes to infuse mathematics instruction with examples from science and engineering.

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Shirley Rodriguez-DeCicco
Junior Level Teacher
Shirley Rodriguez-DeCicco is originally from Costa Rica, where she studied English Literature and Linguistics at the University of Costa Rica. In Costa Rica she worked as a translator for World Vision and later as a Spanish Professor at the Spanish Language Institute. Besides receiving training in teaching Spanish as a Second Language, she has had extensive training and experience in Cross Cultural Communication. She has also taught English as a Second Language to children kindergarten to 4th grade in Turkey as well as in Costa Rica.
Her homeschooling journey started when her oldest son, now in college, was in second grade, 12 years ago. She and her family have enjoyed homeschooling very much ever since.

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Alba Lucia Thomas
Spanish Teacher
Alba Lucia Thomas is a native Spanish-speaker who was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She was awarded a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in 1987 in computer science. In 1989, she earned her Master’s degree in computer science from The University of North Carolina. She worked at Telcordia Technologies for more than 12 years, having the opportunity to travel to Central and South America as a Business Developer. She homeschools her four children; two in high school, one in middle school and one in elementary school. Alba Lucia has been teaching Spanish in New Jersey for many years. She has taught ESL at the Plainfield library, Spanish at the Montessori school in Bridgewater, Salta Jump into Spanish in Princeton , and to the Homeschool community at HSN (Home School Support Network) in Lawrenceville. For the past two years, she has helped to lead a missionary team in Colombia, from Tenth Presbyterian Church, in Philadelphia, instructing children and women. She is passionate about teaching others.

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Jeanne Yoon
Writing and Communications Coach
Jeanne Yoon graduated with a BS in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has worked for over 10 years in chemical and pharmaceutical industries through Fortune 500 companies. Her family immigrated from South Korea when she was 8 years old. Living through the traditional NYC education system with honors and AP courses in history, English, and sciences eased her family's eventual transition into homeschooling. Since 2002, she successfully homeschooled three older children through high school who are attending TCNJ, Villanova and Wheaton on scholarships, and honors programs. She has enjoyed teaching many homeschool groups with Charlotte Mason method, Apologia sciences, IEW and various curriculum. Her family has organized and coached in National History Day and NCFCA competitions. As a member of Princeton Alliance Church, she has taught many years in children and adult ministries locally and in international mission trips. She is looking forward to coaching and sharing love of learning with her youngest child, and families here at the Learning Center.

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Clara Tozzi
Art Teacher
Clara Ines Tozzi graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Graphic and Communication Design and The School of Visual Arts with a degree in Art Education. She has worked as an Art Educator for over 20 years in NYC and NJ before starting her homeschool journey with her daughter. She has been a homeschool mother and teacher for the past 12 years and in those years she has organized and taught homeschool art classes that have inspired mothers and daughters to create art together. She has also been a Girls Scout leader where she uses art to empower girls and help make the world a better place.
Along with her certification as a yoga teacher, she is currently working towards her completion of a PA Master Naturalist Certification.
She enjoys hiking outdoors with her family and is an avid reader and creative baker.
She feels blessed to have been given the opportunity to teach here at Stone Hill Learning Center and looks forward to fun art adventures with her students.

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Eleanor Braun
Writing, Grammar, and Literature Teacher
A native of New Jersey, Eleanor Braun grew up in the Princeton area. She received her BS degrees in Elementary Education and Bible from Clarks Summit University (formerly Baptist Bible College). After teaching at Phillipsburg Christian Academy, she attended Rider University, taking graduate-level teaching courses and obtaining her NJ teacher’s license. She taught third grade at Tewksbury Elementary School before leaving her position to begin a family. Along with her husband, Tim, she embarked on a grand adventure of home educating their three children. As part of a local home education support group in Hunterdon County, she and her husband served as HCCH group leaders and also founded the HCCH Service Club. The Service Club quickly blossomed into a group of 25-30 teens who regularly served their community, local ministries, Newark Christian Academy, and causes that reached beyond New Jersey borders. Later, she led the HCCH Literature Club from her home in Delaware Township. These positive opportunities to interact with and serve the youth of HCCH caused her to develop junior high and high school writing and literature courses which she taught as part of the group’s co-op. Her experience as an educator spans all grades (Preschool-12) and presently includes substitute teaching in Hunterdon County. She has a passion for writing, grammar, and literature and enjoys passing that on to her students.

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