A veteran homeschool mom and longtime swim parent, Susan Hefner has worn many hats over the years from design engineer and project manager, to swim meet referee, to international missions director, to online math and engineering instructor, to co-op teacher, to everyday homeschool mom. Susan has successfully navigated the college application and NCAA eligibility process to enable both her daughters to realize their dreams of competing as student-athletes at the NCAA Division 1 level. Currently, she teaches and advises students as a private contracting teacher with Excelsior Classes. There, she offers live, online high school math courses and advisement for parents and students.
Susan “retired” from her career as a mechanical engineer upon the birth of her oldest daughter in 2001. She worked as a Senior Project Engineer for Corning Optical Fibers in Wilmington, N.C. after receiving her M.S. in mechanical engineering from UNC, Charlotte in 1996. Her graduate coursework and thesis focused on precision engineering and specifically calibration methods for nanometer measurement devices. Susan worked for Duke Energy (formerly Duke Power Company) as a Design/Systems Engineer Mechanical/Nuclear Engineering at Oconee Nuclear Station between her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from NCSU in 1993.
Susan’s focus since she left the outside workforce has been homeschooling her two daughters and supporting their passion for swimming. The Hefner family has loosely followed the classical approach to education in their home. Over the course of eight years, Susan shared her love of science and math by teaching enrichment labs through a local co-op. Her offerings have included chemistry, basic circuits, magnetics, critical thinking, computer software basics, elementary statistics, and problem-solving. For three years Susan taught online math and introductory engineering courses to students around the globe. Susan also provides individual tutoring to students in all levels of math up through calculus, and in physics. Aside from helping students, Susan loves to answer parent questions about homeschooling and the NCAA eligibility process for homeschool student-athletes.
Susan also has a passion for international missions and is the coordinator for such at her church. She has led numerous teams on repeat trips to the inner-city area of Belize City, Belize. Where she and her church teams have formed long-term relationships with the leaders and young people at First Stone Church in an effort to see an end to generational poverty in Belize.
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