Pretend Drama Club, ages 5-8, Parenting Seminars
Cielja is originally from Holland. She is a Visionary Educator in Peaceful Conflict Resolution. Her aim is to help people of all ages to be understanding and peaceful in their communication with each other. She has been a Theatre director with her own company and a trainer in Effective Communication with Parents, Teachers and Leaders for 26 years. She uses drama for children to help them resolve the conflicts that come up with creating their scenes. She uses talks, workshops, seminars and trainings for adults to teach skills in peaceful communication. She has un-schooled with her youngest son, while her oldest was in school. She is passionate about parents and children, healthy, organic, playful living, biking and laughing.
For many years Cielja was active as a mom and as a teacher in the homeschooling community in Las Vegas and has co-founded the Guus Kieft School in The Netherlands, where children are free to choose what and how they want to learn. Contact Cielja at firstname.lastname@example.org..
Owner, Essential Oils, Family Wellness
Cheryl opened The Loop after a profound healing experience in the summer of 2014. She came home wanting to dance, sing and do art- none of which she knew how to do. The Loop was up and running only 2 short weeks later!
Cheryl shares her vast knowledge of the healing arts in a variety of classes at The Loop. As an independent Silver Leader with Young Living Essential Oils she regularly provides bodywork techniques like raindrop, vibrational raindrop, Aroma Dome, emotional release work and raindrop training to her Young Living team at no charge. Her use of the amazing Zyto Bio Scan technology has been instrumental at helping many families live “above the wellness line”.
Cheryl and her team also teach classes including Essential Oils 101, Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils, Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture, Supporting a Healthy Mood, Supporting Kids on the Spectrum, Raindrop Technique, and Family Wellness classes and events. The Loop also offers Red Tent events, which are designed to help women nurture themselves by coming together monthly to rest, visit and learn from each other.
Gus Weaver is a Norman performing artist who specializes in classical music. His recent performances include Norman Art Walks and area gatherings, the 2015 Taneycomo Music Festival Orchestra in Branson, MO, and section violinist in the Amarillo and Ft. Smith Symphonies. Many of these performances express his effort to bring classical music to places it is normally not found and to people who don’t usually hear it.
His non-classical music work includes contemplative music performances and square dances.
Mr. Weaver has been playing for 27 years. He pursued violin studies at the University of Notre Dame, Portland State University, Idaho State University, and the University of Oklahoma, and he pursued viola studies at Idaho State University. He has a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied with Hal Grossman, and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Idaho State University, where he studied with Chung Park and Keum Hwa Cha.
Odyssey of the Mind, Public Speaking, Improv, Prophetic Art
Marilyn Garvey has homeschooled for 17 years. She has 5 children and 2 grandchildren. Mrs. Garvey attended Morris County Community College in Morristown, NJ. and The University of Texas at El Paso.
Over the years, Marilyn has taught problem-solving, unit studies, public speaking, improv, Odyssey of the Mind, and prophetic art in several homeschool co-ops in Oklahoma City and Edmond.
She partners with her husband Marty, in Habitation I Am, a spontaneous worship and intercession ministry. Marilyn has a passion to teach and to help individuals discover their God-given gifts of creativity.
Marilyn will be teaching public speaking, improv, prophetic art, and Odyssey of the Mind. She is excited and passionate about teaching problem-solving techniques, gearing minds to think outside the box and activating artists to bring forth their own expression on canvas.
Irish Dance and Theater
The Director of the Oklahoma Academy of Irish Dance and youth theater director, Chelsea Gonzales is excited to bring her passions to the people of The Loop! Chelsea is an Oklahoma native and was home schooled for all of middle school and high school. She spent her years as a home schooled student immersing herself in the world of the arts and happily remains in that world to this day.
Chelsea discovered her love for Irish dancing at the age of 12. She quickly worked her way to the championship Irish dance level and took up assistant teaching soon after. In 2007, at age 19, she opened the Oklahoma Academy of Irish Dance. Students of OAID perform at festivals and events all over Oklahoma and across the US.
Mrs. Gonzales has been involved in all aspects of theater since she was 4 years old. Some of her favorite roles include Echo in Eleemosynary, Tiger Lily in Peter Pan, and Maisie La-Bird in Seussical. When she was 15, Chelsea founded Oklahoma Youth Theater Project, which gave kids the chance to be involved in all aspects of producing a show. Under OYTP she directed several shows including 12 Dancing Princesses, Snow White, and her personal favorite, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
Chelsea is wife to her wonderful supportive husband Chris and momma to her clever boy Brendon, whom she plans to home school when the time comes. Contact Chelsea at email@example.com.
Cindy has been an instructor of experiential learning for the past 15 years. As Director of Oklahoma’s Robots-4-U she provides summer camps, afterschool programs and enrichment programs for homeschool groups in both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas. She is excited to bring the STEM Robotic program to The Loop- her program provides a learning environment that stimulates interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Drum and Percussion
Sean Stoneman is professionally trained musician who uses percussion and drums as his instrumental voice of choice. He first started playing drums and percussion at the age of nine, under the tutelage of his father. Sean’s father is also a professional musician who has performed in countless bands and ensembles, specializing in a number of musical styles.
As Sean progressed through public school, college and individual musical instruction, his skill, and love of musical performance grew. However, the most significant event in his musical career was his enlistment into the Army Reserve Band program.
Throughout Sean’s 26 year military career he was exposed to a number of musical experiences, venues and styles, and trained under some of the Army’s top percussionists and musical artists. His musical education includes tutelage at the Army School of Music, attendance of numerous musical clinics and seminars, countless hours of personal lessons and collegiate level instruction at the University of Oklahoma.
Sean’s musical performance background includes everything from popular music, swing and jazz shows, to public military concerts, parades ceremonies. Some of Sean’s favorite performances, however, have been the multimedia supported popular music and Dixieland shows he’s performed in, as well as some of Scottish / Irish shows he’s done.
Regarding musical venues and audience types, Sean has performed at ballparks, parades, musical festivals, public concerts, coffee shops and 3000+ coliseums. However, some of his favorite venues have been the water stages on the San Antonio Riverwalk and Myriad Gardens in OKC, the Alamo courtyard in San Antonio, Four King’s Fremont stage in Las Vegas, and the Sea World Clam-shell stage in Florida.
When it comes to musical genres performed, Sean’s experiences are extremely diverse. Throughout his military career, Sean has performed everything from military marches and Vaudeville classics, to pop music chart breakers and foot stomping dance tunes. Sean’s favorite styles, however, are funk-pop, big band swing and Celtic / Irish / Scottish.
Alanna Ireland shares her 10 acre property with her husband, children, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 5 goats, 20 chickens, and 3 ducks. She and her husband, Bo, have been married for 22 years and have three children: Tarron (21), Ezra (15), and Magnolia (17).
In addition to her love for animals and nature, Alanna has a passion for the written word. She loves reading novels (historic fiction is her favorite), poetry, and nonfiction works (especially those about history). If there’s any time left over after homeschooling, being a wife and mother, taking care of her small zoo, and teaching coop classes, she also loves to sew and write for her often-neglected blog. Occasionally, she even gets a paid writing gig!
After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Alanna went on to work as a public school teacher, the director of a childcare center, a consultant for Head Start, and a children’s librarian. She has received additional training in Waldorf education and WestEd/PITC. Seven years ago, after beginning her family’s homeschool adventure, Alanna discovered Institute for Excellence in Writing methods for teaching young writers. She began using these materials at home and later became an IEW-certified instructor so that she could share these methods through coop writing classes. IEW’s history-based writing program is her favorite because it combines writing with fascinating people and stories from history.
Ravi Shankar is a professor of mathematics at the University of Oklahoma. He is also a homeschool parent. He has two children aged 6 and 3 and his daughter, aged 6, is an enthusiastic mathematics student. Originally from India, Ravi came to the United States in 1990 as a college student and after his doctorate (in 1999) and a brief stint at the University of Michigan, moved to Norman in 2002. Ravi loves all of mathematics — arithmetic, geometry, elementary puzzles etc., and is always ready to share his love of the subject with anyone and Contacteveryone! Ravi’s goal is to show students of all ages the beauty and power of mathematics by way of solving puzzles and problems (how many squares on a chessboard? Hint: it’s not 64!).
Ravi has been teaching mathematics for 23 years. Besides teaching mathematics he also ran a state wide mathematics contest for high school students (OU Math Day) and is the administrator of OU’s online math homework system (WebWork). He is also a co-founder of a classroom/exam compliant smartphone calculator app called CalcMonitor (www.calcmonitor.com).
I am a CPR-Pro certified trauma-informed children’s yoga teacher and I believe all the world is made of Faith, Trust, and a bit of Pixie dust. I believe in the magic of story. Stories invite us in to a world of fantasy, engaging our senses on adventures of the unknown to teach mindfulness in big and small ways. Stories demonstrate courage, compassion, and authenticity in a stressful world of sensory overload & conformity. The powerful combination of yoga and story holds a safe space for us to enthusiastically embrace and sincerely act in love of our selves, our community, and our earth.
I earned my 200 hour certification in alignment-centered Hatha yoga with Becca Hewes at YogaLife, Norman, Oklahoma, 2015. I became a certified children’s yoga teacher through Rainbow Kids Yoga Chicago 2016, and completed Street Yoga’s Trauma-Informed Yoga training, Denver 2017.
If you want to talk about art with Sandra Pruitt, be ready to talk for a while! She is passionate about art and making it accessible to people of all ages. She believes anyone can make art, and have fun doing it.
After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2002, Sandra starting teaching English as a Second Language classes here in Norman. She then went on to teach computer design classes, such as Adobe Indesign which is used for print design and layout, for several more years. She is now the Yearbook Editor, Art Chairman, and Volunteer Art Teacher at her children’s elementary school where she writes and teaches the art curriculum for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Cory holds a bachelor of arts in guitar performance with advanced studies in improvisation and contemporary music theory, and has vast experience in performing . In addition to his education, he has been teaching guitar for 10 years. He and his wife have 2 children and she is employed with the Baptist Homes for Children.
Cory’s performance background includes folk, jazz, blues, rock, country, and bluegrass. Cory has performed in various venues around the country and worked with studio musicians out of Nashville and Austin. Cory has also played for Grammy Award winners and Country Music Hall of Famers. Cory runs a small business in Oklahoma City Called GuitarLessonsOKC