Who We Are • 2019-20 • Ecclesia Team
Shannon Baer - Founder and Board Member
Shannon is wife to Stan Baer, a Financial Advisor in Pasadena. Together, they are parents to Alex (22), Ruby (19), Holly (17), Lily (15), Graham (13) and David (7). Shannon holds a BA from Auburn University in Mass Communications with minors in Journalism and Visual Arts. Her work experience includes Marketing and Legal Affairs for Soundelux and Jim Henson Productions as well as Special Events for Patina Restaurant Group. Since having children she has taught and served in various ministries and educational groups like WISH, Classical Conversations and Sunseeds; her recent experiences include Western Civilization, Speech and Visual/Performance Arts for Jr. High and High School age students. Shannon is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Ministries and has a passion for seeing the transcendence and immanence of Christ through creative processes.
Amy Tang - Board Member
Amy has been married to her husband, Len, for 20 years, and they have three sons, Benjamin (15), Sam (13) and Josh (10). They met at UC Berkeley, where she majored in Economics and minored in French. Amy has been homeschooling for the past 7 years. Before having children, Amy taught middle school math, language arts and social studies at both public and private schools for four years and carried her K-8 teaching credential in California. Amy’s three favorite subjects are Math, French, and Dance. She is a certified Liturgical Dance Educator with a passion for equipping believers of all ages and skill levels to use their bodies to worship Jesus. She also loves running, herbal remedies, journaling, and gardening.
Lesley Bain - Board Member and Treasurer
Lesley is a 5th generation Texan transplanted from Texas to Southern California two years ago to work with a mission agency as missionaries. She and her husband Mike, along with 2 children, Elise and Gracie, live in Pasadena. Lesley has a BS from Texas Women’s University with a Degree in Education. She has taught Kindergarten, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 6th grade, 8th grade and 9th grade. Lesley has training and emphasis in special populations and education, and was the Learning Lab Director for her school to modify curriculum for those with learning disabilities. She also attended University of Texas at Arlington for her Social Work Masters. When she isn’t at the beach, she enjoys hiking, music, her family, and friends. She has a passion that every tribe, tongue, and people group on earth have access to the gospel and know Jesus Christ. When she isn’t homeschooling her children she is involved with Perspectives for the World Christian Movement with her husband to see this become a reality.
Jill Pam - Board Member
Jill has been teaching Chemistry, Biology and Physics with Ecclesia Classes for the past 2 years. Jill grew up in a central Illinois, attended public K-12 schools and graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana with a bachelor of science in Chemistry. She was hired by National Starch and Chemical in New Jersey and worked as a chemist formulating adhesives with polymers and starch. She was transferred to Chicago with the same company and began work as a technical specialist for the sales force, reformulating and trouble shooting in the field. She met her husband, Todd Pam at Park Community Church in Chicago. They moved to LA in 1998 and she continued working as a technical salesrep until the birth of their children. Mackenzie (14), Harper (12), Everett (11). Jill threw herself into intentional mothering and began homeschooling in 2006 with a classical approach. She added a student every other year until their family was called to adopt. She and Todd prayed for over a year for the right path to their fourth child. Kibru (9) joined the family in 2011 from Ethiopia. Jill has been involved with women’s ministries, children’s church, homeschool groups, and hospitality at Christian Assembly in Eagle Rock for the last 15 years. Jill has a passion for classical education allowing God to lead in every subject area. She also loves cooking, decorating, Bible study, reading historical fiction, exploring new places and adventuring with her family.
Beverly Cooper - Board Member and Administrator
Trading one coast's sunshine for the other, Beverly moved to LA over 25 years ago. Married to Darin for 17 years, they are parents to Davis (12) and Elliot (10). Homeschooling was a pathway that took much prayer before beginning for Davis in the 2nd grade. The greatest draw for the Cooper family was to be able to make the space to know their kids, and in turn, be known by them. It has been one of the most challenging things Beverly has ever done but the rewards are great. Beverly has been attending Christian Assembly for 13 years and serving the body of Christ by leading women's bible study tables, being a part of the women's retreat committee, and serving in kid's church. A certified massage therapist since 1998 she recently has added a Holy Yoga certification as well. Beverly currently teaches four Holy Yoga classes per week. She is really excited to offer two classes on the Ecclesia campus this fall.