Tara Hernandez, Membership Director & Creative Director
When Tara isn't hard at work taking care of GHF members, her days are filled homeschooling her two children, training the family dog, and occasionally reading email. In her free time (what's that?) she knits, spins yarn, reads, and does art and science projects with the kids. She also enjoys virtual 'dates' with her husband in the World of Warcraft. You can reach her here.
Martha Shaindlin, Marketing and Promotions Director
Martha Shaindlin has owned and operated a math tutoring business for many years while homeschooling her child, who began attending college at age twelve. Before embarking on the homeschool journey, she was editor of The Phoenix, the newsletter of the Sequoyah School in Pasadena, CA, and fundraiser for the Sierra Madre Community Nursery School in Sierra Madre, CA. Currently, she serves as a senior analyst for Fisite Advisors. In her spare time, she enjoys calligraphy, Chinese brush painting, yoga, walking the family Azawakh along the river trails, watching baseball, reading (especially nonfiction titles in education and psychology), participating in MOOCs and generally learning whatever she can to help her students. She and her family live in Pennsylvania. You can reach her here.
Sarah Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, GHF Press
A lover of words and learning, Sarah Wilson enjoys reading, writing, and editing. As the founding and managing editor of the GHF Press division of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, Ms. Wilson has taken great pleasure working with new and experienced writers, helping them find their voices and express the powerful messages they have to share with the gifted and 2e community. Secretly, Ms. Wilson's favorite part of editing is reading a book before anyone else.
Ms. Wilson is the former editor of California HomeSchooler, the bimonthly magazine of HSC, a long-time Cub Scout volunteer, a former writer for the San Jose Homeschooling Examiner, a sporadic blogger, and a freelance editor. When not editing against deadlines, driving all around the Bay Area in pursuit of the plethora of educational opportunities, or volunteering with several non-profits, she loves traveling, watching clever comedies, and hanging out with her family and friends. You can reach her here.
Mika Gustavson, Director, GHF Professionals
Mika Gustavson, MA, MFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Director of Gifted Matters, specializing in helping the gifted to thrive. A certifed SENG-Model Parent Group Facilitator, she leads groups for parents of gifted, twice-exceptional, anxious and intense children, as well as providing trainings and presentations for parents, educators and other professionals on issues related to giftedness. Her articles have been published in the 2e Newsletter, the NAGC UK magazine, NAGC (US) Parenting for High Potential, California Association for the Gifted's Gifted Ed Communicator,Thinking Person's Guide to Autism, and the California Homeschooler. She serves as Director of GHF Professionals, liaising with the professional community and organizing resources for those who work with our member families. She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the California Association for the Gifted and MENSA. She also serves on the Community Advisory Board for Camp Summit. In her private practice, she works with individuals and families in the Silicon Valley, where she lives with her husband, son, two cats, two guinea pigs and a dog, some gifted, some 2e and all beloved. She is co-author with Corin Barsily Goodwin of Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn’t Work for Your Atypical Child; Writing Your Own Script: A Parents' Role in the Gifted Child's Social Development; and a chapter in the brand new textbook, Interplay of Creativity and Giftedness in Science. You can reach her here.
Justin Schwamm Jr., Director of GHF Online
Justin M. Schwamm, Jr., Latin Instructor and Director of Online Classes for GHF, helps Latin learners and teachers make breakthroughs in language proficiency through participation in a “joyful learning community” of other learners and teachers. He received his BA in Classical Languages, summa cum laude, from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, completed a teacher certification program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then taught Latin in public schools in southeastern North Carolina for 22 years. His “physical world” classes became particularly popular with gifted and twice-exceptional learners, especially those from underserved and under-identified groups.
Justin established the “GHF Latin Family” in 2014 and is deeply grateful to work with the “joyful learning communities” that form quickly in GHF Online Latin classes. He is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences for Latin teachers, with a focus on innovative curriculum, teaching practices, and assessment, and has served on the Joint Task Force on Teacher Training and Certification under the auspices of the American Classical League and the American Philological Association/Society for Classical Studies. In 2008, he founded the Tres Columnae Project, an online Latin curriculum cleverly disguised as a fan-fiction writing community and role-playing story-world. In addition to his work with GHF, Justin provides private and small-group Latin instruction and leads small mastermind-format coaching groups for teachers who want to develop “joyful learning communities” in their own schools and classrooms.