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Cheryl Parker

She enjoys seeking new learning opportunities and experiences. Throughout her life, she has tried to learn about many different fields. Her hobbies have included piano, choir, art, sound engineering, piloting, astronomy, web development, sign language, and photography. During college, she discovered that she had an interest in technology. She graduated with her BA in Computer Science in 2003 and an MS in Computer Engineering in 2007. While working on her technical classes, she also took every American Sign Language class available, played in a steel band, joined the fencing club, and founded the university’s chess club. Her summers were filled with classes, mission trips, and internships. She had opportunities to help teach citizenship and ESL classes, lead a Girl Scout troop, take children on weekly field trips, and conduct public tours on solar physics at the National Solar Observatory. Upon completion of her Master’s degree, she moved to the Rockwall area and began work as a software engineer. During that time, she helped to create tools used by other groups for testing both hardware and software. She discovered her true passion was for bridging the technical understanding of the engineers with the non-technical requests from the end users. She soon moved into a systems engineering position that allowed her to interface with both end users and with engineers. She was able to architect solutions, create software requirements, test the software throughout its life cycle, and train the users on how to use the new tools.

In 2007 she married a wonderful Christian man who shares many of the same interests and passions that I have – including computer science, church ministry, and playing music. When their daughter was born in 2011, she left her engineering position to be able to stay home with her. Through first her daughter, and now also her son, she has rediscovered her passion for American Sign Language. ASL has provided a wonderful means for early communication with both children, and she continues to use it as a kinesthetic second language at home. In 2013, she joined the Signing Time Academy and began teaching basic American Sign Language vocabulary to families interested in using it for early communication with their children. She now has her own business, “Signing with Cheryl-Annette”, and she is very much enjoying teaching again.



 
 
 






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Melissa Weakley

With just over 25 years of experience working with homeschool families in Texas, Missy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our organization. In the fall of 2015, she began as the co-op Spanish teacher, and in March of 2016 became director for the 2016-2017 Co-op year. During her time as Director, the organization has more than doubled in size and expanded to include all age groups, and has moved to Fellowship Church--the largest in Royse City.

She is also a Robotics program coach and teacher. In only a year, the robotics team Vex 1827 went from initial June 2016 meetings at the Royse City library all the way to the World Championships in 2017.  The team is now in the top 1% worldwide of the 4,000 in the Middle School Division of Vex, the largest robotics platform and competition in the world.

As the eldest child from a large family, Missy has been dealing with management and logistics for as long as she can remember! From her late teens through her mid-thirties Missy taught girls and boys of all ages during Vacation Bible School, Sunday school, Girls in action, private tutoring and more.  

While her father was active duty military and the chief of a fire department, she worked for military supply on the third largest Air Education and Training Command base in the US.  For two and a half years she worked to  supply hundreds of pilots everything they needed for their first year of training, as well as supporting all aircraft operations and all departments on the flight line.

As an Air Force brat, she had the opportunity to live in Panama as a child, and also spent 10 years living on the border of Texas and Mexico.  She is fluent in Spanish and has over eight years of formal education in the language from grade school through college.

Missy attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. She also received a summer internship through the Fresh Air Fund in Fishkill, New York where she was a specialty skills counselor over photography instruction.

After returning to Texas,  Missy began supporting several homeschool families in her church by tutoring their middle and high schoolers in Spanish.

Missy has been married for 15 years and counting to David, who works at L-3 in Greenville.  Their son Jamison is 10. They attend Lone Oak Community Church. Missy is committed to her family and faith, and the positive growth of RC3.