The journey of our children's education is interconnected with the journey of our lives. We respond to their changing needs by observing our children, understaning our trauma rather than relentlessly following an educational ideology.
Our foundational values are to cultivate a small group environment of play, respect, enthusiastic learning, mindfulness & compassionate communication.
The program is deeply indebted to our incredible facilitators who choose to spend their time and passion with our youth members and adult overlaps with each other.
Founding Facilitator &
Terri Shirshac, lifelong learner
Terri has been with HGEC since its inception, along with her two children, who have been homeschooled exclusively. She thrives on the energy and curiosity of children and works to instill a sense of wonder and fun in learning.
Terri earned a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Connecticut, took graduate level courses in forestry and ecology at the University of Minnesota, and worked as a field biologist and laboratory technician in Tennessee, Australia, Florida, and Panama.
Terri loves science, reading, math, travel, being active out in nature, learning new things, and being in community. She is happy to host offerings on biology, botany, geography, math, art history, current events, poetry and more, depending on children's interests.
Update July 2023:
Terri's teenage son joined HISD Heights High School in Fall 2023, and her tween daughter plans to continue experiencing and exploring at HGEC. Terri provides integral structural support for the Tuesday and Thursday program.