Dalena is a true visionary, constantly researching and experimenting with innovative learning methods while networking, and collaborating with various microschools and homeschool co-ops. Always willing to try new things, she encourages others to think outside the box and try creative methods of education.
As the founder of Wichita Innovative Schools and Educators (WISE), a collaboration of educational entrepreneurs in the Wichita area, she is currently providing her expertise in network building to help the VELA Education Fund to further build their local communities of grant recipients.
Dalena is a busy homeschool mom of six. She manages a co-op serving 35 local homeschoolers and operates a hybrid microschool called AIM High. She is the founder of AIM Educational Collaborative LLC which helps provide assistance and coaching for others who would like to build Autonomous, Innovative, and Missional educational models. To learn more about her work visit: https://www.aimeducationks.com/, reach out @ https://twitter.com/DalenaWallace, or email: email@example.com.
Devan has a degree and experience in public education, and brings talent and insight into creating restful learning environments. Her desire is to minister to the hearts of moms and children, and to create safe spaces where deep relationships can flourish.
Devan has been married to Josh for 20 years, and together they have two beautiful children, Maylee Kayte and Maxton Dean.
Devan has a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education. She has experience teaching Pre-school, 3rd grade, and 5th grade in the public school system. Her husband is currently teaching 7th grade math at a nearby public school. She has been homeschooling for 10 years, and enjoys working along like-minded women. Grammar, art, and preschool are some of the classes she has taught in the current homeschool coop.
Larissa is mom to three precious kiddos - 15-year-old Danny, 13-year-old Emily, and 3-year-old Corby. She and her husband, David, have ministered in a rural church for over 15 years, where Larissa serves as choir director and the chairman of the music committee. They have also fostered several children, and were blessed to adopt.
Larissa was homeschooled as a child, and loved her experience. She always knew in the back of her mind that she would homeschool her own children, and after adopting, she and her husband saw that keeping their children home would be best. They are in their 11th year homeschooling!
Larissa was part of a local co-op until she joined up with Dalena and Devan in 2017. Together, they taught their kids a variety of subjects, and Larissa started teaching through the Writing and Rhetoric curriculum by Classical Academic Press. She continues to lead the co-op they started, Apollos Schole Community, where she has taught Shurley English, Choir, Music History, Children's Songs, Children's Games from Around the World, and Elementary Science. She also serves as secretary for the local homeschool choir director.
In 2021, Larissa asked her brother, Joseph, to build them an online platform to help organize their homeschool and keep their kids on-track and motivated. From this idea, Joseph built Spark School Software, a delightful program useful for homeschools, microschools, and tutors. Larissa is the Chief Product Officer for Spark Schools, Inc., and loves working with Devan, Dalena, and her brothers Eric and Joseph to develop and manage this valuable school technology. You can learn more a www.sparkyourschool.com.