Meet The Beyond School Team

We are a world class team of educators, coaches, consultants and mentors. Find out more about us below.

Our Co-Founders & Leadership Team

Meet Jenn Sutherland-Miller, who lives on Wolfe Island, Canada.

Jenn is our CEO – in this case, Chief ‘Evangelist’ Officer – whose job is to spread the message of this third path of education and our school of the future, far and wide.

She is also our Chief Education Officer and is responsible for ensuring that we offer world class learning opportunities for ALL students and develop a team of world class educators.

Jenn has over 20 years of experience in supporting families to build a world class education for their children outside the four walls of a classroom – beyond school.

In addition to successfully homeschooling her own four children, from birth to university entrance while traveling the world, full time, for over a decade, Jenn has a degree in education and has worked with hundreds of families as a consultant and educational coach.

Meet Lea Jovy-Ford, who currently lives in a small market town in the UK. 

Lea is our COO – in charge of all things operations and ensuring that everything gets done to the values & standards we hold ourselves to (excellence!).

It is also her role to ensure that what we are building at Beyond School and the way we’re building it, means that we can build and make more for everyone.

Lea has been at the forefront of the location independent movement since 2006 and has coached hundreds of people out of conventional employment and helped thousands of people become location independent – she’s been a business coach/mentor for almost two decades.

Lea has a blended, multi-racial family with 4 children – 2 sons, 2 girls – and her wife, Becky. Lea has home educated her two children from birth and all 4 are now home educated together.

Meet Lucy Power, who currently lives in the same market town as Lea!

Lucy is our CXO, in charge of customer experience & ensuring our students have everything they need to succeed and overcome any roadblocks standing in their way. 

Lucy is an ICF credentialed Coach who is extensively trained & experienced in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. Lucy has also been a senior leader in social care and Social Work since the 1990s. Alongside all the qualifications – including an honour’s degree in Philosophy, a Master’s degree in Social Work, a Level 7 advanced post graduate diploma in Business Leadership and a Postgraduate certificate in Personal and Business Coaching – Lucy has broad, deep life experience in the LGBTQi world. Lucy has a blended family with an adopted adult child and a step-son with her partner, Laura.

Meet Our Core Team

Jay Danley

Jay DanleyCanadian recording artist, Jay Danley, is a world-class session musician who contributed instrumentally to multiple Juno award-nominated records (Hilario Duran) and is the featured guitarist on the Juno award-winning (Julian Fauth), blues album of the year release. He has performed with a multitude of legendary musicians from around the world. 

Jay is recognized as one of Canada’s leading Jazz and Latin multi- instrumentalist musicians/composers, who as band leader delivered many memorable performances, at the highly acclaimed “Beaches International Jazz Festival,” performed at Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall and graced the stage at the “Barbados Jazz Festival.”

Known as the creator of his own compelling style of “Ethiojazz,” his unique stylings are warming the hearts of Jazz fans at numerus concert performances on the southern Ontario Jazz circuit, with some of the most sought-after session players in the region.

Awena Naomie Ella

Awena is an Occupational Therapist, Motherhood Wellbeing Coach and Matrescence Specialist. An award-winning businesswoman and founder of Motherhood Transitions. 

With a strong belief that all mothers deserve to be thriving and leading fulfilling and purposeful lives. To deepen their connection to self and their purpose, redefining what motherhood means to them and enjoying their journey. A soul driven entrepreneur with a passion for maternal mental health and wellbeing, and equal opportunities for all mothers at any age and stage. 

Awena re-designed her life and developed a successful online business following her own experience with motherhood and the powerful transformational journey that came with this. After learning about the term Matrescence and realising the distinct lack of education pre and postpartum, and support offered to facilitate a mother’s mental health and wellbeing she took the initiative to fill this gap and is now on her way to creating systemic change and global impact! 

Teilhard Frost

A multi-instrumentalist, instrument maker, and music educator, Teilhard  (pronounced: Tay-yar) Frost specializes in traditional Appalachian folk music. 

Teilhard is a founding member of acclaimed act Sheesham, Lotus and ‘Son, who perform their highly entertaining show throughout Europe and North America.

He lives on Wolfe Island in the St. Lawrence River where he makes banjos, teaches old time music and enjoys family life with his partner and their two daughters.

Karrie Heneman

Karrie Heneman received an MA in Human Biology at Stanford in 1999 and a PhD in nutrition at UC Davis in 2004.  Her doctoral work studied ways to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among low income women. 

From 2004-2007, Karrie worked as a post-doctoral scholar at UC Davis for the Food Stamps Education Program.  She implemented nutrition and garden programs at elementary schools and studied how they increased fruit and vegetable consumption among the students and families. 

Karrie became research faculty at UC Davis in 2008 and taught and continued to conduct research until she became pregnant with her second child, John.  She is currently a stay at home mom of four, who uses her nutrition training on a daily basis.  In addition, she delivers nutrition lectures and privately counsels clients in the East Bay.

Sharon Hurley Hall

Sharon Hurley HallSharon Hurley Hall is a professional B2B writer, the author of Exploring Shadeism, and co-host of the Introvert Sisters podcast.

She is committed to anti-racism, and publishes an anti-racism newsletter on Substack.

Sharon lives in Barbados and has worked online for decades. She holds an MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Jenni Mahnaz

Jenni MahnazJenni Mahnaz has over a decade of experience in self-directed education and other alternative educational philosophies. 

She has worked closely with Manhattan Free School (now ALC NYC), Brooklyn Apple Academy, and ALC Mosaic in Charlotte, NC, as well as many families taking a home based approach to education. She also regularly contributes to Tipping Points, the online publication for The Alliance For Self Directed Education. 

Beyond her passion for self-directed education, Jenni is also a pro at NY state homeschool paperwork, translating the way kids actually learn into language the DOE understands, supporting the “deschooling” process for new self-directed families, and helping families explore and challenge long held assumptions about what education “should” look like.

Hannah Miller

Hannah Miller is a third-generation worldschooler, jack-of-all-trades creative leader and education hacker who has been defying norms and forging her own path from early on. She is wildly passionate about travel, creative arts, and education.

Hannah started her first business (in cookie sales) at age 11 and by 16 had begun an online career in content management and design. As a teen, she traveled full-time in close quarters with her family of six and by 19, her online business had grown to the point where she could sustainably live and travel anywhere in the world. 

Amy Phipps

Amy has worked in the field of autism for 15 years. Since having her first child ten years ago, she has been a freelance trainer, delivering the National Autistic Society’s training to social workers. Amy has a Masters in Social Work and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Autism.

In 2018 she discovered that her son is autistic. At that point she became not just an autism professional, but also a parent trying to navigate her way through the education and social care system.

Despite all her years of experience this was hugely complicated and stressful. Along the way Amy met lots of amazing parents who are struggling to get the right support, and are often sorely lacking in the information that they need to move forward. They are also desperate to talk to people who understand!

Amy uses her experience of training professionals to help families – by combining her knowledge as a social worker with her experience as a parent who has had a complicated journey through the system. Amy’s courses and support sessions can empower parents and carers on their own journeys, and help then build up some support networks on the way.

Carlos Ramirez

Carlos was born in Mexico and recently moved to the United States. He’s been teaching Spanish online for the last 6 years and, from the very first moment, knew he loved teaching and helping others.

When he was in high school he got a job tutoring a 10 year old kid. In 2017 he started a project to help disadvantaged kids, teaching them English and music in the community.

Carlos loves languages, making music and reading. In his free time he loves singing songs in different languages with his wife, practicing sign language (still a beginner), drawing and camping.

Valentina Thörner

Passionate about remote leadership, Valentina thrives on creating structures and turning chaos into working systems.

Valentina acts as Empress of Product at Klaus, a conversation review platform for support teams. Previous experiences include leadership roles at companies like Automattic and Yahoo Right Media, as well as the startup space.

Valentina has been leading and working remotely for over a decade. Originally from Germany, she lives close to Barcelona with her twin pre-schoolers. Yes, she does wear a tiara 😉

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