Meet our Teachers


Diane Schofield - Discover Science Classes


I had the privilege of being Aaron Academy's first Science Teacher and am very happy to return.  For me, Science is a way of thinking and playing. Everything about it is exciting and there is always something new to learn. When I was a child I spent all the time I could outdoors collecting rocks, plants, and animals, when I was a teenager I volunteered at a nature center every summer and that is where I first had the opportunity to teach children. Although I did not finish college I spent two of my three years in the Natural Resources department. Then came marriage, 5 children, and homeschooling. All my adult life I have continued to read about, explore, and enjoy this magnificent world and all it's wonders. I live on a small farm in the country with my amazing family and our cow, dog, chickens, quail, and ducks.



Angie Merz - Discover History Classes


Angie has her BA in education from BSU, and is a former elementary teacher with the Boise District. She loved her years of teaching, but the past 18 years she has been busy at home raising her two awesome kids. She is happily sharing this life with her wonderful husband of 25 years, Brian. With both kids growing older, Angie has loved having the time to teach at the Aaron Academy. The past three years of teaching history have been just awesome! It is not only the teaching that brings her enjoyment and satisfaction, but also being able to nurture kids. Building positive things into kid’s lives is a great pleasure and privilege. Angie is a big gardener, with the flowers being her specialty and the veggies being Brian’s department. Cooking is also a great love, and she enjoys walking the two dogs in the foothills; but her favorite thing of all is hanging out with that awesome family of hers!



Lily Tabor - Discover Writing Classes, Discover Girls' Book Club


Lily Tabor earned her BA in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and then she really started to read in earnest! She has a special love of learning history through novels, plays, and historical fiction. She has been reading and discussing literature in a classical book club for the last 10 years. Lily has homeschooled for 7 years, graduating her first from high school last year. She has taught drama and literature for grades 7-12 to homeschooled students and taught English grammar to adults at a medical transcription college. She has been a transcriptionist herself for 17 years specializing in orthopaedics.  Lily loves spending time with her family, singing at church, camping, walking with friends, and, of course, reading!  Her favorite part of being a homeschool mom is reading aloud to her kids and continuing to discover and learn.  One ongoing goal is to be able to read aloud with character voices as clever and funny as her 5th grade teacher used.



Manna Hancock - Jr. Scholar Writing Classes


In her fourth year of teaching at The Aaron Academy, Manna has enjoyed sharing her diverse passions through literature and music classes, and looks forward to returning this year as the Jr. Scholar Writing teacher.  In addition to Aaron Academy, Manna teaches literature at Boise Classical Academy and works as a chocolatier at Goody’s Soda Fountain, a job she finds rewarding in more than just the obvious ways (one can never have too much chocolate!).  When not dipping candy or expounding on the beauty of a well-constructed sentence, Manna will spend her time cycling, exploring, reading, giving good advice, piano-playing, skiing, and having a hearty laugh with a friend over coffee.



Lesley Marks - Jr. Scholar Math Mentoring Classeses


This is Lesley's second year at The Aaron Academy. Lesley attended Boise State for a bachelors in math and secondary education. After Boise State she attended CWI for an AA in psychology to entertain the idea of becoming a school psychologist. During that time she began tutoring students in math and refreshed her love for teaching math. She has been tutoring students from all ages in math classes from basic arithmetic to college algebra. Lesley has always had a focus on working with children whether it was working in a preschool or doing ACT prep classes for high school students. Math and education are her passions and hopefully she can spread that passion to her students.