On Friday, July 24, 2020, teach-in registrants will convene on Zoom with various speakers and the organizers of the teach-in to discuss the teach-in's three pivotal questions. Registrants will have the opportunity to ask questions of speakers present and dialogue during conversations facilitated by our volunteers below:

LaNissir James

A homeschooling mom and leader, LaNissir James has a passion to serve the home-educating community. She provides social, spiritual, academic, and supervisory support for families in local groups and encourages and equips homeschool graduates to transition into colleges, careers, and vocational schools.

As an HSLDA High School Consultant, LaNissir loves speaking to parents to encourage and support their homeschooling with empathetic, engaging, and practical wisdom. She says, “The joy of helping a family feel confident that they can homeschool is priceless.”

She earned her BS in journalism from the University of Maryland College Park, is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® certified, and is pursuing a master’s degree in biblical studies.

LaNissir James is wife to Lorenzo, who also serves the homeschooling community through sports programs, photography services, and photography classes. She is the mother of seven beautiful homeschooled children (five girls and two boys) with ages ranging from toddler to young adult. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, photography, and kayaking.

Tahira Goldson

Tahira L. Goldson is a homeschooler of an only child. Goldson has over 15 years experience designing and implementing IT courses, including 10 years serving in leadership roles of increasing scope and responsibility with U.S. Federal Government contracts overseas. She has provided Education Services to 10 countries in person and 173 sites virtually for the US Department of State and the Department of Commerce. She is founder of the homeschool cooperative Mason-Inspired Bowie.

Goldson was an honoree for the Prince George's County Forty Under 40 Award for her work with youth poets. She lives in Bowie, Maryland with her spouse, her daughter, 1 fish and 4 pet birds.

Kathaleena Monds, PhD

Kathaleena Monds is professor of management information systems and founding director of the Center for Educational Opportunity (CEO) at Albany State University in 2018. The CEO is a $3M, five-year grant funded by the TMCF and CKF/CKI and provides support for K-12 research on educational innovations, opportunities, access and models germane to students living in fragile communities.


Andrea Dennis

Jamilah Hawkins

Jamilah Hawkins is a middle grades education major with a concentration in English language arts and science. She attends Albany State University. She is an intern at the Center for Educational Opportunity.