A Purposeful Collaboration.

Adsila Kids works closely with our sister organization, Home CEO Academy, which develops our educational materials and supports our mission.  Home CEO Academy is a Florida-based social benefit corporation donating all profits to support the community.  Together our mission is to help develop Kids Who Can, Kids Who Care and Kids Who Contribute™.

Our Story

 

As a first grader, our founder felt helpless when she couldn't help the mother and child she saw on the cover of a 1984 National Geographic magazine which depicted a devastating famine.   When told "there is nothing you can do", it sparked a decades-long journey to discover that there is always something you can do.

 

That motto is at the heart of why Adsila Kids seeks to develop Kids Who Can, Kids Who Care and Kids Who Contribute™. 

 

We are building a powerful, interactive online K-5 homeschool curriculum to help students find their purpose and use it to make a difference in their world. 

 

We do this through character-infused curriculum programs that culminate in graduating fifth graders leading service projects or even founding their own service organizations with additional mentorship and mini-grants from Adsila Kids.

 

We are not a school.  We provide homeschool parents a world-class, interactive, online curriculum and opportunities to participate in small group homeschool co-ops.  Students meet three times a week in live, interactive virtual classes where they discuss aspects of the curriculum, collaborate on projects and make lifelong friends.

 

We are looking forward to welcoming our first Kindergarten cohort Fall 2021!  Spaces will be very limited.  Click the button below to be notified when enrollment opens.

 

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Meet the Team

Maraya Pearson, Founder

Maraya Pearson is the Founder of Adsila Kids and Home CEO Academy, a homeschool education social enterprise.   Prior to founding these organizations, Maraya worked in large-scale local and international projects at Accenture and JPMorgan, where she specialized in public utilities and global trade projects.  Maraya has a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in mass communications from the University of Florida and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Florida, with a concentration in finance and international business.  Maraya studied as a Gotham Fellow, through the Center for Faith and Work, and believes in the importance of leading and living through the lens of love in all aspects of life.  At Adsila Kids, her focus is on editorial oversight of the curriculum, content development and program steering.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, Hardy, and her children.

Kelly Fischer, President

Kelly Fischer is an experienced educator with over 15 years elementary teaching experience as well as four years homeschooling experience. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Central Michigan University.  As a classroom teacher, Kelly's favorite part of the job was pulling together resources to meet the needs of all her students while addressing state and local standards. Kelly has worked as a consultant for Home CEO Academy's Kindergarten program since 2018 and now is responsible for curriculum mapping and content steering for Adsila Kids' K-5 online curriculum, written in collaboration with Home CEO Academy. In addition to teaching her daughter and managing the household, Kelly enjoys crafting, reading and hiking in national parks with her family.

Keri Bernier, Project Assistant

Prior to becoming a Chief Education Officer at home, Keri graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in forensic osteology.  Keri supports with curriculum content development, curriculum library maintenance and many behind-the-scenes support activities both now and in the future to support Adsila Kids' cohort communities.  During college, Keri also worked in scientific research and grant-writing.  Keri enjoys homeschooling her two sons, crafting and spending time with her husband, Brian.

Advisory Board

Josephine Corder

Josephine Corder is an educator with more than 30 years of experience working in public, private, and parochial schools. She is the IB Coordinator at Walker Middle Magnet in Tampa, FL. Walker is an A-rated Florida School of Excellence, National Magnet School of Distinction, and an International Baccalaureate authorized school.  Josephine earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Notre Dame of Maryland University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Saint Leo University. Josephine is skilled in marketing, recruitment, educational technology, STEM education, gifted education, differentiated instruction and professional development. She has presented a variety of educational topics at national conferences focusing on Science/STEM education, gifted education, and magnet schools. Josephine was the President of the Friends of the Arts, Inc. in Tampa, FL.  and she currently serves as an Alumnae Officer of Alpha Omicron Pi International Fraternity.

Greg Froelich

Greg Froelich is the founder and lead pastor of The Difference Church, an innovative, building-less movement to revive the church’s role in the world. Greg’s skill set and experiences are unique, having worked in corporate America, started several successful ventures on his own, pastored at one of the largest mega-churches in Florida, and now leads a community of world changers at The Difference. Greg is passionate about his relationship with Jesus, his 25-year marriage to Felicia, and the adventures they have with their four boys. Greg is a gifted communicator, strategist, and entrepreneur with a love and passion for helping others live an abundant life. His current church community app can be accessed at www.difference.app.

Dana Greco

Dana Greco is a global trade and compliance expert, with 28 years helping corporations navigate complex trade regulations.  She is founder and President of Partners in Trade Compliance (PITC, Inc.).  Dana is a gifted communicator, leader and strategist, known for her ability to analyze complex cross-cutting issues affecting multiple stakeholder groups, systems, and processes and discover the best way forward.  As an executive who's dedicated her life to helping organizations navigate global regulations, Dana believes today's students must be locally-conscious as well as globally-aware to thrive in today's world.

Hank Hurst

Hank Hurst has over 20 years experience in various information technology roles.   He currently serves in IT management at Siemens, a company providing technology infrastructure solutions for large businesses and industries.  Additionally, he has over 15 years experience coaching youth sports, which has provided a wealth of knowledge with child development, motivation and character education.  Hank has a passion for seeing that children have opportunities to flourish academically, spiritually and emotionally so they can lead lives of purpose and service.

Shannon Moyer

Shannon Moyer is an experienced elementary educator, having taught second and third grade for seven years in the Florida public school system before becoming a full-time homeschool parent.  Shannon currently serves as a writer for Home CEO Academy's elementary-aged curriculum as well as content for her store, The Teaching Reef.  Known for her hands-on, creative approaches to learning, Shannon's lessons are fun, engaging and developmentally appropriate.   Shannon graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from the University of South Florida, where she enjoyed studying curriculum design and instruction.  She has experience teaching in low-income schools and teaching students speaking English as a second language.  Inspired by the relationship she built with her second grade teacher who helped her overcome shyness and blossom as a student, Shannon truly believes that all children can learn and grow when they are given the attention and quality instruction they need.  It is Shannon's hope to truly see and notice every child for who they are and nurture their growth, just as she once was a student in need of blossoming.

Salua Mrad

Salua Mrad is an experienced and effective Social Impact Specialist with over 15 years of experience delivering outstanding results in community building, professional communication and community events management. She has a background in corporate public relations and television journalism roles and has deep experience in contributing to strategic operations, developing and maintaining successful relationships and managing event programs. She currently resides in Australia, where she is a candidate for a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia. Previously, she attended the Universidad Externado de Columbia, where she graduated with a degree in government and international relations. While her two daughters were preschool-aged, Salua enjoyed homeschooling them with the Home CEO Academy curriculum and brings that experience to bear in helping to steer Adsila Kids educational services.

Hardy Pearson

Hardy Pearson has worked in the container shipping industry for the past 28 years in various leadership positions in trade, sales, customer service, and operations. Currently he serves as Senior Vice-President of Sales & Customer Service for Hapag-Lloyd, with responsibility for all commercial activity for the U.S.A and Canada. Hardy has led teams in the U.S. as well as Central America, South America and the Caribbean.  In the past, Hardy has been involved in the setup of offshoring service centers, integration and centralization of staff and activities following large-scale mergers and opening new full operational offices in Colombia, Peru, Guatemala and Miami. Hardy holds a degree in economics from UCLA and a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University.

Sammie Schrepferman

Sammie Schrepferman attended Grand Valley State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism. While at GVSU, she served as captain of the women's tennis team. She currently serves at WNDU Channel 16 in South Bend Indiana as a Technical Media Producer.  Sammie's passions in life are tennis, striving to provide the truth to people, and educating youth on media literacy.  An enthusiastic and engaging leader, Sammie believes that media literacy is a critical skill for today's youth. 

Shani Singh

Shani Singh is an intellectual property attorney with over 15 years experience advising and litigating on behalf of corporate clients.  She currently serves as Business Counsel for Lockheed Martin, advising business lines on complex contracts and intellectual property matters in the defense industry.  Shani is a Gotham Fellow with the Center for Faith and Work.  Prior to her work as an IP attorney, Shani taught advanced chemistry in the US public school system, where she excelled in providing engaging learning experiences for high school students.  Shani has a degree in chemistry from the University of South Florida and a law degree from Stetson University.  While studying law at Stetson and the University of Miami, Shani was named the highest student for results in her second and third year Business Associations, Criminal Law, ERISA Litigation, Contracts (CALI), Legal Research and Writing (CALI), and Elements of Law classes.  Through her work, Shani has seen how education and communication improves a variety of outcomes.  Shani has a passion for seeing students discover their dreams, pursue a calling, and live lives of integrity. 

Dr. Surendra P. Singh

Surendra Singh M.A.S., Ed.D, FPPR, is a retired educator and clinical neuropsychologist with a passion for the study and observation of the evolving human brain-behavior relationship.  Dr. Singh is Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida, where he taught in the College of Education for over 40 years. Dr. Singh's research and teaching focus included developmental disabilities, psychological assessment and creativity.  Dr. Singh is known for his keen insight and ability to bring new and unique perspectives and understandings.

Felema Yemenaberhan

Felema Yemaneberhan was born and raised in Los Angeles. She is an architectural/interior designer and researcher based between Los Angeles and Harlem NYC. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. Working with global leaders such as Arquitectonica, Woods Bagot, and HOK, her experience ranges from historical preservation to designing high-end residential, commercial, and hospitality projects throughout the states and abroad. As an unreserved strategist who critically interrogates the state of creative education, she is currently collaborating with CPDI Africa on developing a new design school. She is the principal of FELEMAYE, a data-driven design studio focusing on the adjacencies of anthropology, computation, and social justice.