Instructors and Staff

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Chad Fowler

Founder, Director, and Form II Instructor Ages 10-11

 

Chad was born and raised in Shasta County. He and his wife Melody have three children with the youngest almost 16. From an early age, Chad had an interest in gardening and animals and participated in Shasta County 4-H. Chad worked his family business as well as other working retail management for many years. After helping in his son's kindergarten class and coming from a family of teachers, Chad decided his place needed to be in the classroom and he went back to school. He received his BA in Liberal Studies and teaching credential through Simpson University. He later completed his administrative credential and Masters degree in Educational Leadership through National University. 

 

He has been a public school educator since 2008 and served as a Master Teacher, Teacher in Charge, Activities Director and Lead Teacher. He has participated in the Shasta County Math Grant, the Northern California Arts Project for teachers, Gates Literacy Grant and other teacher development trainings since 2008. Chad enjoys time in the garden growing vegetables, fruits and flowers, camping with his family and spending time with his Nigerian Dwarf Goats and chickens

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Melody Fowler

Founder, Director, Form III & IV Instructor Ages 12-15

Melody is a happy wife of 25 years and a proud mother of three. She was born in El Paso, Texas, and moved to Redding when she was five years old. She loved learning as a child and her favorite pastime was to play school in her garage with younger siblings and neighborhood friends on vintage desks her father bought at local yard sales.

 

After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies and teaching credential from Simpson University, Melody taught a self-contained fifth grade classroom for 11 years before moving on to the 8th grade teaching English and U.S. History. She finds it essential to teach the next generation to revere and protect the rich inheritance of liberty they have been gifted. She also completed her administrative credential in Educational Leadership and wrote her Master's paper on Charlotte Mason.

 

She participated in the Northern California Arts Project, the Shasta County Math Grant, and a three-year ELL grammar program teaching English as a second language. Melody was involved in her site’s leadership team, acted as a site council member, and successfully advocated for funding creative problem-solving programs like Odyssey of the Mind for the gifted and talented. She also volunteered to coach other activities like student government, softball, and cheer. 

In her free time, she enjoys learning about education, philosophy, economics, and history and spending time with her family and four dogs.

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Melissa Ballard

Form IB Instructor Ages 6-7

 

Melissa has been teaching since 2006, most of that time being in Kindergarten and First grade. She is a credentialed teacher with a Master’s degree in Education. In addition to her time in the classroom, she worked at Shasta County Office of Education teaching Nutrition Education and worked for Stanford University, supporting the Early Childhood Language Study in Redding. While at her previous school, Melissa taught STEM Club, mentored student teachers, participated in the Gates Literacy Grant, piloted various programs for Language Arts and Science, was a member of the district Science Committee and Parent Teacher Organization, and received the Shasta Celebrates Teachers award.

 

Melissa is a huge advocate for Science education in the classroom, seeing it as “magic in real life” for children to explore. She is equally passionate about teaching reading. A child can explore the entire world and beyond in a book, as well as learn absolutely anything! Building the skill and love of reading in a child, unlocks the world. A lover of all animals, she volunteered at Farm Sancutary in Orland before it moved out of the area, and she currently volunteers at Haven Humane when she’s not spoiling her own 3 dogs.

 

In the evenings she works as a personal trainer and yoga instructor. When she’s not working she can be found at home doing puzzles, reading books or baking.

Shalane Phelps

Kindergarten Instructor Age 5

Shalane has been a teacher for over six years. This last year she had the privilege of working as an academic guide at the California Adventure Academy. While it was not like traditional education, it was a lot of fun and a great experience. Before that she taught at Rother Elementary School in the Enterprise Elementary School District. Although Rother is known to be one of the toughest schools to teach at in the district, she taught kindergarten and loved it! That experience provided her the opportunity to learn many great teaching strategies and develop solid relationships with students, staff, and parents. Prior to teaching, she attended a discipleship training school in Belize and was also a classroom aide for a couple years. 

A little bit about her life outside of education. She is a mother of two beautiful, bright, and sweet children. Her daughter Gloria is six years old and will be joining her at Roots. Her son just turned four and will attend preschool.  She is blessed to have an amazing, hard working husband who is the marketing director of SBDC (small business development center). Together they love gardening, hiking, biking, nature, music, and art. The both play guitar (though neither one of us is amazing at it) and before kids, they used to paint and play music together. 

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Joy Simpson

Form IA Instructor Ages 8-9

 

Joy Simpson was born and raised in Orange County and came to Redding right when the Carr fire started in 2018 for a teaching job after discovering its rich beauty and community. She is excited to dive right into the Charlotte Mason philosophy of teaching and have her 10-year old son also attend Roots with her.

 

She has a California teaching credential in both single subject English and elementary school and has been in the public school setting for over a decade where she has taught a wide array of ages from teaching adults English as a Second Language, to teaching high school and middle school English to discovering her love and passion for the elementary school classroom where her enthusiasm for teaching and playfulness is shared by the students as well. The advantage of teaching across a wide range of ages and abilities is that she teaches with the end goal in mind, as she knows what is expected at the older grade levels. However, the Charlotte Mason philosophy has opened her up to a new perspective of what success looks like and how to get there. She is excited about growing the child's relationship with knowledge where the child is the one looking for relationships between ideas and making connections, something that most educational methods cannot give them. She sees her job as an educator to foster their strengths as well as build up areas for growth through modeling, repetition and encouragement. 

 

In her free time she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her son and is always up for an adventure, whether it is camping, mountain biking, kayaking or hiking. She has an insatiable thirst for knowledge and loves to grow in all areas: spiritually, relationally, in the classroom and most of all in her love and relationship with Christ for He is the foundation of all she does. It's her goal to be a lamp placed on the lampstand so that others can benefit from its brightness. She seeks to create a classroom where others can feel the warmth of God's love and is excited to work at a school who has a mission of challenging young minds through a solid foundation in academics as well as guiding their hearts through a solid foundation of their roots in Christ as the supreme guiding factor in all they do.

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Devorah Bajkowski

Math and Joy Instructor

 

Devorah is a Bay Area native and has lived in many states throughout the country. She has resided in Redding the past 11 years. She’s a proud parent to her 17-year-old daughter, Christina. Please pray for Devorah as her daughter had the nerve to go and grow up and will soon be moving out on her own! She also has a 10-year-old son who will be enrolled at Roots!  

 

She has been a home educator for many years and has worked with children for more years than she would like to admit so as not to give away her age. She is passionate about the Charlotte Mason method of education and loves working with children! Instilling a love of learning and seeing when things ‘click’ for a child excites her and gives her great joy.

 

Devorah has had the privilege of being a worship leader and  loves musical theater (hello, Hugh Jackman). She is often found singing throughout the day astonishing her children of how she can make up a song as she performs even the most unpleasant of household chores.