Manager of Home School Services
Home School Consultant
Home School Consultant (New Zealand)
Home School Consultant
An Experienced Team
Accelerate Christian Home Schooling is the homeschool support ministry of Southern Cross Educational Enterprises. We provide general and academic support for homeschooling families using A.C.E. resources throughout Australia and Oceania.
The team has years of experience with homeschooling and the A.C.E. resources: as educators, parents and students. We know what it's like to begin the exciting homeschool journey, and the challenges that have faced families through decades of legislation, societal acceptance or scepticism, and well-meaning family and friends. Talk to us about your family!
Karen has over twenty years experience in the education profession including early childhood and special education.
Her passion is empowering families to be a vital part of their children’s learning journey. Parents have an integral role as children’s first and most influential teacher. Karen believes all children should be supported to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that all children have the right to an education that lays a foundation for the rest of their lives, maximises their ability, and respects their family, cultural and other identities. It also recognises children’s right to be active participants in all matters affecting their lives. The A.C.E resource provides critical support for parents and children in achieving this outcome.
Karen is proud to lead such an experienced and invested team to deliver exceptional support to all our Home Schooling families.
Kirren has been a registered nurse within the public health system for the last 6 years. Her experience is with ward and emergency nursing but most recently, child and youth mental health (CYMH). While working in CYMH she noticed how much children struggle in school and the extent to which this can be detrimental to such young lives. Not all children fit into and thrive in a classroom environment.
Kirren has always loved the idea of homeschooling but felt "unable to do it" as she isn't a teacher. When her nieces started using the A.C.E resources, she saw the difference in the education they were receiving compared with her daughter and decided to take the leap from distance education to A.C.E Homeschooling. Kirren especially loved the idea of her daughter receiving an academic education with a Christian worldview.
Since the change, Kirren has become an advocate for homeschooling, seeing the changes in her daughter's determination, self motivation and willingness to learn. Kirren discovered the freedom and flexibility homeschooling gives a family and how it creates a loving and nurturing home environment.
Sheree has 20 years experience in the early childhood profession, with roles including Administration Assistant, Educator, Assistant Director and Educational (Pedological) Leader. She believes in allowing the children to learn and grow at their own pace within a supportive environment with guidelines. She knows that good quality education can have a positive impact on a child's life. She believes that all children have a desire to learn, and our role as educators, (parents being their first and most important educators), is to pique their curiosity and provide them with experiences and opportunities to develop to their full potential. She has a passion for educating the next generation and is grateful to be able to do so with a resource that aligns with her ideals as a Christian.
She believes that knowledge alone, does not guarantee success, other intangible attributes, such as resilience, persistence, positive attitude and patience are also important. The A.C.E resource provides for this. She looks forward to using her educational research and knowledge to support families provide a biblical worldview educational resource to their children.
Michelle has been associated with Christian Education and the ACE programme now for twenty years. She began as a home educator, home schooling her daughter. Her desire to support others to see the ACE programme benefit each learner to its fullest potential, initiated the decision to begin CHELCA NZ, a home education support service provider offering support and training for families using the ACE resources throughout New Zealand. To continue this calling, this year Michelle has joined the Accelerate Christian Home Schooling New Zealand (ACHS NZ) team to support the ever increasing number of New Zealand families as they begin this journey towards a Biblical World View education.
She trained as a Supervisor and then in 2009 trained as a SCEE ( Southern Cross Educational Enterprises) Level 1 trainer for the South Pacific area. Training parents and children to operate the programme effectively at home. This enabled her also to serve in the Solomon Islands and Tonga on occasion, training staff in ACE schools and helping Learning Centres begin in villages in these areas.
Michelle shares “As a new Home Educating Mum, I remember how I questioned within myself, if I was doing the right thing by my daughter. I was not a trained teacher, How will she survive away from the school system?, Would I be letting her down in some way? “How I could do this? and the often typical thought process, Where do I begin?”
Michelle has seen many families continue their children’s educational journeys connecting and gaining great learning outcomes as they take advantage of the ACE learning procedures. “Working with ACHS NZ the NZ home education support provider takes the guess work out of the equation.” She continues “ The School exemption submission to the Ministry of Education can cause a lot of stress at the onset of a family’s decision. My prayer, with the Lord’s help is together we can help you get to the goals/decisions you want for your children’s education. Our team can help put this into perspective and with correct guidance give you key information needed to submit your application.”
Now a Nana, with her grandchildren starting their Home Education journey using the ACE resources, Michelle looks forward to seeing more families take up the opportunity to understand and receive the benefits of the ACHS NZ family support available in New Zealand.
Rebecca is a registered teacher and has over 10 years teaching experience, including teacher aiding, early childhood and primary teaching. She has taught in the UAE and in the Kingdom of Tonga. Rebecca has been trained as a supervisor in the A.C.E. program by Michelle Pearce, while in the Kingdom of Tonga and homeschooled her 4 children for a year using PACEs.
Rebecca believes children need to be nurtured in an environment that not only allows them to take risks, but encourages them to make mistakes and learn that it is all part of the process of learning. She believes it is important to be a lifelong learner. Rebecca loves the journey and processes of finding new information and creating links to structures she already has. Her desire is to replicate this in the children she teaches by fueling the fire of learning within them. The past couple of years has highlighted how crucial it is to be a self-learner (regardless of age) and she has a desire to help instill this love of learning into children. Children who ask questions, debate and no longer take information at face value are the children we need to be rising up. Parents are the best teachers for their children and Rebecca is excited to be in a position of supporting parents in this amazing journey of homeschooling.
One of Rebecca’s goals is to see children develop into lifelong learners who are curious, inventive, resilient, good communicators and can take responsibility for their learning because they have the confidence to use a range of different learning tools and strategies. Rebecca‘s vision, therefore, is to see parents empowered with the tools and strategies they need to enable their children to be successful in whichever learning style suits them best.
Iyepi is our team member in Indonesia.
Iyepi is a certified teacher in Indonesia and she’s been involved in Sunday School as a teacher and coordinator for over 15 years. During those years, she studied in YWAM Perth where she flew to Mexico as a missionary for 2 months and continued studies in Christian ministry at Bible College of Western Australia.
Iyepi and her husband Omar help the underprivileged people using their skillset to support their ministry and young families in Indonesia.
They have a passion for education and they have been witnessing missionaries’ families applying homeschooling and now they are part of their worldwide network. Currently, they homeschool the oldest son Ebenezer while preparing Samuel for following his brother’s footsteps. They are expecting a new baby in September 2021.
Bula Vinaka, my name Erinee Daurewa, just celebrated my first year of marriage and I reside in Lautoka, Fiji. My work background is in Early Childhood Education.
My journey with A.C.E began with Ace and Christi till year 13 NZ with Christian Outreach College. I participated in student convention regionally and in the South Pacific. I was able to do student monitoring, the year before I graduated high school, in China and Hong Kong which I benefited from especially before attending university.
Having a background in A.C.E has contributed to my academic, social, and spiritual growth and I would encourage any family interested that it is worth the investment. Having worked with the community mobile service of the ECE school I was in, I saw first-hand how important a good foundation is to a child’s academic journey.
Fatafehi “Fehi” Ditoka may be one of the newest members of the Home Schooling team but she’s no stranger to the experience as she is a former A.C.E. and Home School student herself. Having graduated with the New Zealand Year 13 Certificate with Honours in 2011 , she’s familiar with the benefits of Home school which far outweigh the occasional struggle that she encountered along the way.
Fehi’s had a diverse experience as she’s come through the aviation industry after high school. Sadly that journey ended with the pandemic in 2020. However, she believes that it’s no coincidence that she is now serving on a team that is dedicated to bringing quality education right into your homes.
Fehi shares, “When learning in formal school settings halted for thousands of children in Fiji due to natural disasters and even the pandemic, I saw that my youngest sister was able to continue her progress through Home School. I thought, ‘Other parents and children need to get in on this. I think if they knew about it, they would.’”
Combined with her experience and passion for using Social Media as a creative and effective communication tool, Fehi hopes to provide parents and children with the support they deserve and the awareness they need in the area of Home School.
When she’s not working, Fehi loves spending time with her family, reading, travelling, watching sunsets and just being creative.
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