Staff Directory

Alissa McGonigal - Director

I am so excited and grateful to be leading the Home School Academy this year! I was born and raised in Idaho, received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Montana (Go Grizzlies!), and my Masters in Education from Loyola University Maryland. I also have my Montessori Elementary Certification. I have taught at public schools (multiple grades) and private Montessori Schools (multi-age). I love Idaho and am so glad to be moving home to be near my family! I have a true passion for working with children of all ages. Helping each child progress in all areas of their development is a challenge that I am honored to accept daily.


I have been married for 26 years and have three fantastic grown children. I love to visit them wherever they are in the world. I enjoy traveling, knitting, reading, hiking, camping, river rafting, projects, fiber art, baking, the beach, lakes and mountains. I look forward to getting to know this amazing community of learners!

Chloey Davis - Instructor

Chloey Davis has been teaching at The Homeschool Academy for two years. She has taught art, music, storytelling, and American folk music. Chloey grew up in Prescott Arizona and was raised in a very creative family playing music, making art, and spending time in nature. She graduated with an Associate of Fine Arts and continued her education with a bachelor's degree in Bluegrass music from East Tennessee State University.

Since a very young age Chloey has taught and interacted with children through preschools, summer camps, art clubs, music lessons, and nature connection camps. The acts of making art, creating beauty, and striving to live a nature based creative life are priorities in her daily life and she loves to share those passions in her teaching. Chloey is thrilled to be teaching at The Homeschool Academy again this year with a fresh and exciting hands on DIY art class.


Shelby Bradford - Administrative Assistant


Shelby is a proud homeschooling mom of two. She has worked in the LPO school district, assisting teachers on and off since 2016. When she’s not at work, you can probably find her enjoying nature, skiing, hiking, or enjoying beautiful Lake Pend Orielle.



Katherine Spann - Instructor


Katherine Spann specializes in teaching natural sciences and linguistics. She holds a dual honors MA in History and Russian, and a MSc in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, and also a Diploma in Herbology from the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh. Formerly, she worked as a clinical herbalist and translator in English, Russian, French and Latin.



Candis Moon - Administrative Assistant


Candis was born and raised here in beautiful Sagle, Idaho and has lived here all her life. She has 5 beautiful children and 4 step children - all grown with successful lives and children of their own. She has 21 Grandkids and 2 Great Grandkids. She graduated from SHS in 1974 and has had many different jobs including waitressing, retail, a girls private school and Kinderhaven. In addition, she has also owned a car detailing business and a coffee roasting business. Candis has worked for THSA for the last 5 years. She loves the energy of the children and the Staff and the unique environment! Her loves of life are being a Christ follower, gardening, painting, farm life, horses, chickens, hunting and her Big, Beautiful Family.



Elizabeth Iha - Musical Theater Instructor


Ms. Liz is thrilled to be joining THSA for Theatre on Mondays & Fridays! She caught the acting bug at 18, writing her own monologue for audition and entrance to a Summer Shakespeare Acting Conservatory. She went on to receive her Vocational Acting Certificate from the Pacific Conservatory Theatre College. She has been performing in plays and musicals ever since, whenever and wherever she can! She is grateful to have found the true enjoyment that comes with encouraging and coaching youngsters to explore the creativity of Theatre!


Tawny MacDonald - Teacher



Ali Thomas - Music Instructor




Ali Thomas comes from a musical family and started her training at the young age of 4, singing in the family band. She studied piano, flute, and violin in elementary school; then tenor sax in the Sandpoint High School marching band. She also studied ukulele, bass guitar, guitar, drum kit, as well as traditional West African djembe, making several trips to Guinea to immerse herself in the culture. Ali's teaching specialties includes ukulele, guitar, drum kit and djembe.


Ali’s life goal is to share the joys of musical and rhythmic success to as many students as possible.