Gail Efting has offered regular help and encouragement to Christian homeschooling families for over 30 years, including serving as The King’s Academy’s PSP Curriculum Coordinator (16 y), and Director of the TKA Enrichment Program (20+ y). She served on the advisory council for HEART ACADEMY during its formative years and co-created Crossroads Enrichment Center, a collaborative homeschooling community in San Mateo County. Gail also currently serves on the Boards of Crossroads Enrichment Center and Rebuild South Sudan, a ministry improving education in Africa. Mrs. Efting has taught the BALM class, in various forms, for over 25 years.
Previously, Audrie Haynes earned her B.A. Degree in Creative Arts, from San Jose State University. For two years she studied vocal performance with Professor Erie Mills; SJSU Concert Choir with Professor Elena Sharkova, and SJSU Gospel Choir with Virginia Roberts of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She learned to sing songs in multiple languages including, Russian, Latin, German, French, and Italian; and performed with orchestras, bands, pianists and a’ cappella. She gained many vocal skills and expanded her range from a natural mezzo-soprano to include alto and soprano ranges as well.
Audrie has performed at weddings, funerals, ceremonies, cathedrals, universities, theaters, auditions, contests and other events. Some of her most memorable performances were: Calvary Chapel San Jose “Worship Showcase”; “Hurt” by Christina Aguilera – Shoreline Amphitheater stage at the Google Picnic; “My Help (Cometh From the Lord)” by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir – SJSU Gospel Choir; “At Last” by Etta James – weddings; “O Holy Night” by Celine Dion – which won her a Vocal Music Scholarship from SJSU Music Department. While all of these performances were very memorable, nothing compares to the honor of being a volunteer worship leader at Calvary Temple church for the past two decades, and singing special songs at various churches to bring honor to God.
high school, she has been classically educating with Classical Conversations for the last 7 years. This has given her opportunity to be trained in the Classical model, to train others, teach English grammar and writing in a group environment, and be a keynote speaker at practicums that teach families about Classical Education. In the last 2 years, she has taught full day classes that focus on using the Classical tools of learning on all subjects, integrating them to one another and back to God, discovering more and more of Him.
Greg holds a BS in Industrial Management from San Jose State University, School of Engineering. Greg also has two older sons, Joseph and Gregory, both in living and working in the Bay Area. Greg, Laurie and son, Jonny, attend St. Christopher Church in San Jose. Greg loves woodworking, fishing, camping, and backpacking.
Laurie holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. After graduating from Stanford, she worked for 2-1/2 years at a small start up solar engineering company and then worked for 17 years at Lockheed Martin as a Thermodynamics Engineer, Flight Sciences Engineering Manager, Systems Engineering Manager, and Propulsion Engineering Manager (hence, “rocket scientist”) before retiring to homeschool her son. She also holds a Professional Engineer license in CA. She has designed and signed off on all the drawings of their own house remodel and at one time wanted to be an architect.
Laurie also has two older stepsons in the Bay Area. One son is married and has a 3 year old – so Laurie and her husband, Greg, are grandparents! Laurie loves cooking, gardening, designing and planning, swimming, yoga, working out, hiking, camping (or glamping), boating, reading, sewing, art, and spending time with family.
Founder and head coach for Christian Home School Basketball program called Navigators Basketball for boys & girls 6th-12th (2013-present)
Head Coach for The King’s Academy High School Girls JV Basketball Team (2013-present)
Head Coach for Girls JV Club Basketball Foothill College Spring League (2015-Present),
Head Coach for Private Basketball Classes in the home school community (2014-present)
Private Basketball Coach to train players in fundamental techniques specializing in shooting and private group basketball classes for boys and girls ages 5-18 years. (2014 – present)
Head Coach for basketball classes at HEART Academy (home school co-op) (2013-present)
Coached BASIC Sports Basketball Program (2010-2012)
Tri-City Basketball Youth Group Coach for girls 5th-8th and boys 6th-12th (2009-2016),
Tri-City Basketball Youth Group Assistant Basketball Commissioner (2012-2014)
Cupertino Hoops Boys 678 Division (2013-2015)
Sacramento Japanese Youth Basketball League (1982-1985)
Warren Shimada has 26 years in personal finance background: Personal finance applications such as Quicken, Quicken Estate Planning, Microsoft Money and Turbo Tax. Personal finance mentor and teacher specializing in teaching life skills in the area of savings, investing (stock market and real estate), budgeting, credit/debt management, insurance, consumer awareness, bargain shopping, at home businesses for income, taxes, retirement and tithing and selling on eBay and Craigslist.
Personal Finance Instructor (Dave Ramsey Curriculum) (2015-Present)
Founder and director of a Non-Profit 501c(3) organization (200-Present)
Completed two-year InvestTools PhD Options Trading Program (2007-2009)
Independent Systems Engineer Consultant (2004-2006)
Software Engineer at Lam Research (2001-2004)
Systems Engineer/Project Manager at FMC Corporation/United Defense/BAE Systems (1989-2001)
M.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1997
B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from Cal Poly-SLO in 1989
Currently, SBN (Sah Bu Nim) Julie is a head instructor with Hillside Martial Arts, a program residing at her church, Hillside Church, which was started by her son Nathan, who is also a 4th degree black belt. She is also a senior instructor for Master Jeff King. She has trained with Master King for the last 15+ years. She is a 4th degree black belt, certified through the Kukkiwon(the world headquarters of TaeKwonDo) and has been teaching for Master King for 10 years. She has taught classes for children through adults and from white belt to black belt. She believes that everyone regardless of their physical abilities are capable of learning to defend themselves. Her goal is to help your children learn not only to defend themselves but build their self-confidence and character while having fun!