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Jill Wilcox

     Hi, I’m Jill Wilcox (Miss Jill), owner of and instructor with Science-2-U. While I have my degree from CSU Northridge in Biology, I have continued learning through my 10 years in environmental toxicology, teaching science to eager homeschoolers since 1998, and living my life at the beach, fully immersed in scientific wonders. I am never bored and never cease to learn new things while exploring our amazing world. Science is exploration. I’ve traveled extensively and love to share fun and interesting stories about my adventures with students to pique their curiosity about the world they live in and all there is to learn.
     I enjoy being active and being with people. I take part in all of the wonderful sports that SoCal offers: surfing, electric skateboarding, bicycling, paddle boarding, boating, walking my adopted dogs, deep-sea fishing, and anything else I’m invited to do! I receive great joy from interacting face to face with my students. They definitely keep me feeling young and help me tap into my silly side. But my greatest joy comes when they get excited and participate in our labs and discussions!

Christine Benedict

     After earning my BA from UCLA and my Teaching Credential from UCI, I taught elementary school for 11 years. Eventually, I became a master teacher and conducted professional development trainings for teachers across the state. It was when I home-schooled my own son that I became aware of the amazing home-schooling community in Orange County.
     I began teaching for Science2U in 2014 and realized it was a perfect match.  My teaching philosophy has always been hands-on experiential learning in a supportive loving setting.  That is how I feel kids learn best.  Science2U is exactly that.  Our curriculum not only teaches kids to do science, but to love science.  I absolutely love my job and feel so fortunate to be able to say, “My passion is my profession”.

Wendy Chapman

     Born and raised in Southern California, I have always had an affinity for the ocean, desert, and mountain biological communities therein.  My love for the outdoors and the natural environment carried over to my pursuit of a college degree in Zoology & Marine Biology from Humboldt State University.
     I have had the privilege of homeschooling my three children since 2012 and have been teaching science to the homeschool community for the past 8 years.
     In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, taking long walks, and am passionate about natural health & wellness.
     I have a fervent love for both physical and natural sciences and love to encourage my students through an enthusiastic and innovative learning approach.  I can present concepts and course materials in a manner that appeals to most students, often changing their impression of the sciences for the rest of their lives.

Martin Forte

     This is “Mr. Marty” welcoming you to our wonderful “Elementary Science Classes” at EIE.  My wife and I are the founders and owners of Excellence In Education, the home of homeschool freedom.  We met Miss Jill about 25 years ago and have been hosting and teaching Science2U classes ever since.  
     We are proud homeschooling grandparents and continue to operate EIE full time.  My wife (Carolyn) and I met on Mt. Whitney 53 years ago and love outdoor activities including hiking and camping.  We successfully homeschooled our two daughters (now in their 40’s) and try to spend time with our six grandchildren whenever possible. 
     I love teaching the elementary classes where I combine knowledge and fun to create an inviting environment for the children to develop a love for science.

Terri Melton

     Hi, I’m Terri Melton. Ever since I can remember, I have loved being outdoors and learning about nature. Being a Long Beach native, I have spent countless hours exploring our beaches, mountains, and desert. It is my pleasure now to be able to mix my passion and experiences with teaching science.
     I came to Science-2-U just a few years ago. I am so glad to be teaching Marine Science and Earth Science to our PCLC Middle Schoolers. My own homeschooled son took all of his middle and high school classes with this program, so I know firsthand what an excellent program it is!
I graduated from Cal State Long Beach and have a teaching credential. After 25 years of classroom experience in the public school system, I found homeschooling and loved it! When I am not teaching, I enjoy hanging out with my family, friends, and my two dogs.
     I feel privileged to be part of the PCLC community and look forward to serving our families!

Jennifer Morgan

     Hello, I’m Jennifer Morgan.  I am thrilled to be teaching middle school science at Science-2-U. I am in awe of the wonders and intricacies of this world around us and continue to be inspired by what beauty we encounter! 
     I grew up in Western NY, completing my undergrad and grad work in Home Economics Education. I loved teaching middle school in NY for many years. During each fall, I still faithfully cheer for my Buffalo Bills!
     Moving to Huntington Beach, I married Bill and helped create a middle school program at a local Christian School. I spent years teaching science and math, igniting fires to love Algebra1!
     I began the homeschool journey with my three children and have loved learning together as a family. The gift of homeschooling their unique talents and abilities has brought me great joy. This year we are graduating our youngest child, completing the journey! 
     My favorite days are spending time on a quad in the desert, reenacting Civil War with my son, and hiking local trails with family.

Julie Orr


     Hi, I’m Julie Orr. I’ve been a teacher and a student my whole life. I believe that no matter how much I know about any subject, there’s always more to learn and I love sharing anything and everything I’ve learned along the way with anyone who will listen! Learning new stuff is fun!
     I have more than 30 years of teaching experience in a variety of classroom settings; from preschoolers to adults, from one-on one teaching to an auditorium of 600 plus elementary aged students. But my favorite part of teaching is being in a classroom and building relationships with my students and their families and sharing my enthusiasm for all the wonderful things there are to learn.

Talia Steadman

     Hi everyone, my name is Talia Steadman. I love living in Orange County with my husband and German Shepherd/Husky puppy. I am very excited to help the next generation learn more about themselves and the world around them! Since graduating from California State University in Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2018, I’ve worked for various doctors, including chiropractors, physical therapists, orthodontists, and specialized dentists.
     Traveling is a great passion of mine that has led to visiting 28 nations, mainly for ministry and missionary work. These experiences have shaped the way I see life and understand the world. Aside from my faith, one of the things that has led to much opportunity and success in my life is that I was homeschooled up until attending a public high school. Growing up homeschooled (and even attending several Science-2-U classes) helped me grow through difficulties and cultivate my strengths. I hope to help many students do the same!

Lisa Wright

     Hello, I’m Lisa Wright. I hold a B.Sc. from the University of New Mexico where I double-majored in microbiology and chemistry. I’ve worked in the UNM Microbiology Research Laboratory both as a researcher and assistant in the teaching labs. I’m originally from Idaho, where I enjoyed constantly being in the mountains hiking and fishing, My joy is sharing my passion for the amazing world around us. I have been teaching science classes for 22 years, from elementary through AP classes. 
     I now focus my time on high-school biology, chemistry, environmental science, and occasionally physics. I love to inspire even the most reluctant student to enjoy the study of the physical and natural world.  And my honors and AP classes will definitely prepare students wanting to pursue STEM degrees in college. My classes are full of hands-on wet labs that are exciting, fun, and sometimes smelly! I am also the Children’s ministry director at Sovereign Grace Church of Pasadena, where I reside with my husband and 4 children.

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