Jessica and her husband, Patrick, are passionate about changing the future course of history for their family line in their four young children to the glory of God. Co-schooling with Greenhouse has brought greater awareness, understanding of, and interaction with God’s truth, beauty, and goodness in learning. They are currently in their fourth year of homeschooling. Prior to homeschooling, Jessica taught 5th grade in Christian schools in Minneapolis and Colorado Springs. They attend Wheaton Bible Church.
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Laura Chelsen has been a Greenhouse mom for many years. She is a graduate of Wheaton College and an experienced family therapist. Laura and her husband Paul attend the Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton.
Rob and his wife Jenn have four boys (Graham, Gavin, Griffin and Grady) who attend Greenhouse on Tuesdays. The Hankes family attends Wellspring Alliance Church in Warrenville and is very active in their Church community. Rob is a Shareholder at Vedder Price P.C. and based in Chicago. Prior to his legal career, Rob, also a Certified Public Accountant, served as an auditor for Arthur Andersen.
Jayme and his wife Hannah have been married for 18 years and have four children, three of whom are old enough to attend Greenhouse. He is the Chief Pilot for Shodeen Group, and received his flight training from LeTourneau University. Homeschooling has given Jayme and Hannah opportunity to educate their children from a Christian worldview, spend more time together, and allow time for the interests of each child. Jayme and his family attend Gospel Fellowship Church in Wheaton.
Jake is an award winning professional cellist who has performed across the across the world. He studied with Carol Ourada in Wheaton and Hans Jorgen Jensen at Northwestern University before taking his Masters from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Stephen Geber. His positions have included Principal Cellist of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, faculty at the Wheaton College Conservatory, and acting principal of the Sarasota Orchestra. He also performs with his wife Hannah (harp). They have eight children.
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Scott and his wife Gabi have three children, two of which currently attend Greenhouse and one who is an alumni and now attending Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Scott is a graduate of Elmhurst College and is a CPA working as a Controller for a public accounting and business advisory firm in Naperville. He and his family live in Wheaton and attend Church of the Resurrection which is also located in Wheaton.
Amy and her husband Mark have three children and are in their 15th year of homeschooling after being heard to say, "We will never homeschool!" God has a sense of humor! Their oldest (Greenhouse alumni) is attending Olivet Nazarene University and they have two children still part of the community at Greenhouse. Amy attended Wheaton College/Rush University for a B.S./B.S.N. and while she maintains an active nursing license, she spends her days as the primary homeschool teacher and family manager. The Samuelsons live in Wheaton and attend Life Church, also in Wheaton.
Having attended Seminary in preparation for ministry, Brendan was surprised to find himself ministering in the marketplace. Now known as a serial entrepreneur,he currently leads their family-owned business, Leslie Heating & Cooling. His passion to grow people and build business has led him to adopt a “Business-As-Mission” (BAM) paradigm. Brendan and his wife, Keslie, have homeschooled their three boys the past 16 years..
Newer to co-schooling, Wendy was led to Greenhouse when looking for a safe, academically challenging, Christian environment for her daughter. With the help and support of Greenhouse, tutors, and other committed people her daughter has thrived and is looking forward to going to an excellent college. During the work day Wendy serves as the Chief Information and Campus Services Officer at Wheaton College. She has a Masters degree in Communication from Northwestern University and a Bachelors degree in Organizational Administration from North Park University. They attend Parkview Community Church.
Tom Spacek, Executive Director
As the co-founder and first Headmaster of The Greenhouse, Tom Spacek has been championing the mission and shepherding the vision since the turn of the century! Described by some as a Renaissance man, Tom has always been a self-learner, despite not having been home-schooled himself! A graduate of Emmaus Bible College, he has been serving various congregations and ministries for over 30 years. Many believe that Tom embodies the servant leadership ideal to which we call our students. He and Jennifer have worked together at The Greenhouse since its launch, during which time they have also raised their four children, two of whom still attend. The Spaceks live in Wheaton, four doors away from the building, and worship at Church of the Resurrection.