JAY AND HEIDI ST.JOHN        executive directors and founders

Jay and Heidi St. John are the heart and soul behind the Firmly Planted Homeschool Resource Center. The St. Johns have been serving the homeschool community for over fifteen years and are the also the founders of First Class Homeschool Co-ops.

The St. Johns have homeschooled all seven of their children, and have graduated three of them! They are also the proud grandparents of two awesome, soon-to-be-homeschooled boys.

Jay and Heidi bring over 20 years of homeschooling and pastoral experience to the HRC. They have a passion to encourage and equip parents. 

For more on the St. Johns, please visit — or to find out about Heidi's ministry to moms, check her out here on Facebook at Heidi St. John, The Busy Mom or 

Heidi's newest book, "Becoming MomStrong" releases in bookstores everywhere on September 19th!

SKYLAR ST. JOHN                      bookstore manager

SAVANNAH BATES                coordinator

Have questions about teaching? Membership? Our Seedlings™ Program? "What even is this??" Meet SAVANNAH, our coordinator! Savannah is a Homeschool graduate, wife to Ryan, mother to Noah and Wesley and daughter to Jay and Heidi St. John. She has a heart for the Lord, ministry, encouraging others and now... making this Resource Center run like a well oiled machine! 

She also serves as Director of the Seedlings Program. Have kiddos 5 years old and younger? Talk to Savannah! She'll hook you up.


SIERRA ST. JOHN                      marketing


NANCY HILL                         administrator

Got questions about the new resource center? Meet Nancy! She is an Administrator for the Center and is working on every aspect of it, from procuring classes to answering membership questions! She's your girl. 

JERRY ST. JOHN                              office manager

Meet our Office Manager, Jerry St. John! Loving mother to our founder, Jay St. John, also a grandmother and great-grandmother, Jerry is excited to be the welcoming face you come to every time you enter the Center. She has a passion for  the Lord and serving others. With 40 years of office management experience, and a love for families, she is perfect for the role!

She is  excited to welcome you this fall!

Meet our Directors!

What a team we have! We are blessed and excited to introduce our team of passionate,
love-of-learning, God-fearing Directors, Teachers and Staff! 

science directors

Joel and Roxanna Thomas founded the Outdoor School programs for Twin Rocks Friends Camp on the Oregon Coast, before starting their own business Glen's Gizmos ( They have been working as science specialists for more than a decade and are excited to be directing the science department for the Resource Center. It is their goal to showcase Creation pointing toward Christ. Romans 1:20

In addition to directing the department, they will be teaching marine biology from elementary to advanced levels, as well as a variety of other classes in the future! We have participated in their outdoor school during the homeschool week at camp, and let us tell you, their classes are going to be FUN. 

music director

Anamaria has loved music since she was little. Her love for music increased growing up, taking piano and flute lessons for years and was part of several choir, band, and worship teams. She attended Concordia University where she got a music scholarship and was part of the university choir and ensembles. She earned her degree in K-8 education with a music endorsement, which led her to teach K-8 music at Cornerstone Christian School. Currently, she homeschools her kiddos and is involved with her church worship team, singing a playing piano. Anamaria teaches private piano from her home, takes a kids choir caroling every year, and organizes the LoveNow Christmas choir at her church for their yearly concert.

"Music is so powerful, so beautiful, and so healing, and I love sharing my passion and teaching music to others. My vision for the music department is that children would have the opportunity to learn the intricacy and beauty that God created in music and excel in their music skills and gifts that God has given them, bringing glory to Him through music." -Anamaria

art director

Melanie is a homeschool graduate who has been teaching her own children for over a decade. She is mother to Seleia, Elora, Amarra, and Dashiell who range in age from first grade through high school. There are always art and science projects going on at their place, and she wouldn't have it any other way. Her heart has always been for encouraging other mothers and helping them to find the confidence that they need to thrive.

Christ's love for us is so evident in the beauty of creation if we only take the time to see it. Melanie strives to help others find the beauty in both themselves and the world around them, as we are all great works of art.The Master Artisan and Creator of All has given us each unique and wonderful gifts. Art is an amazing and limitless form of expression, and she is excited for students young and old to share in this everyday magic at Studio Abstract.

At Studio Abstract we plan to offer classes and open studio times for artists of all ages and ability levels as well as specialized workshops. Everyone from a toddler to a special needs student to a parent who just wants to get out and paint will be able to find something just for them. Are you interested in teaching or do you have an idea for a class? Please let Melanie know!