About Us

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Our History

The Haven Academy is a spin off from Canton Homeschool Resources. This original program that has come to be known as CHR, started in 2012 in the home of Tammy Cesinger. It grew to move into a building in downtown Canton in 2013 and then again to an 8500 square foot building in 2018. As the desire for our services grew from parents , so did the desire by the students to come to school more often. We had successfully created an atmosphere of space and education that the kids wanted to be at and come to more than they were already coming as homeschool students on a hybrid 2 day schedule. From here, we grew. And now, in 2019, we opened The Haven Academy. We have many new additions and exciting changes for school in 2020 as well as we are now accredited as private school by the Georgia Accreditation Commission. CHR is still a popular choice and is also accredited but as a nontraditional education center. Whether families are looking for homeschool help, a private school, or a hybrid in between, we have you covered! 

We chose the name The Haven Academy because we pride ourselves on being a haven. We accept and love students of all faiths and backgrounds. We welcome diversity.  We have a very strict anti- bully policy and actively engage in the promotion of kindness and support for one another. Many times students leave the public school system because they do not feel accepted or safe. They may have depression, anxiety, or medical issues. They may have left because they are gifted and find school too easy or because they are in the TV/film industry, traveling sports, or music. We have a huge variety of students in our school and we love that. We can learn and grow  from one another.  The Haven Academy is the perfect place for learning and growing. 


Administration at The Haven Academy

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Dr. Tammy Cesinger

Dr. Tammy Cesinger

Dr. Tammy Cesinger

  Tammy is the founder of Canton Homeschool Resources which is the parent company of The Haven Academy. She opened the program for her own children using her educational background and desire for a child focused educational program that met the needs of students not met elsewhere.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction, and a  Doctorate degree in Education Administration.  Her doctoral dissertation was on hybrid education. She has experience  teaching 6th-12th grade in the public alternative and regular school system in Los Angeles and Riverside counties in California. Tammy is married to Steve and  has 2 adult step children as well as three children of her own, with one graduating in 2020, one in 2021 and a third is at the University of Hawaii.  Tammy acts as an administrator at the school.  

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Renee Barrineau

Dr. Tammy Cesinger

Dr. Tammy Cesinger

 Renee is an administrator at The Haven Academy.  She is mom to two great, teenaged boys and is married to Clay, her college sweetheart. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Grades Education, a Master of  Early Childhood Education degree, and an Educational Specialist  degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Her capstone project, when completing her Educational Specialist degree, was on the effectiveness of hands-on learning in the classroom. Renee has taught in the public school systems of Dekalb,  Paulding, and Cobb counties. She is active in the community and formerly served as PTA president for Macedonia Elementary School in Canton. Renee has been at Canton Homeschool Resources and The Haven Academy since opening.    

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Leah Smith

Dr. Tammy Cesinger

Leah Smith

  Leah is the elementary curriculum director at CHR. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Eugene, and is a mom to three amazingly fun kids, two that attend The Haven Academy. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and has a passion for making learning FUN! She teaches and assists in administrative duties at CHR & The Haven Academy.   She loves the outdoors and music, and is a master at anything hands-on and fun. Leah has been at CHR since we opened in 2013.   

Teachers at The Haven Academy

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Tiffiany Holsenbeck

Tiffiany Holsenbeck

Tiffiany Holsenbeck

 Tiffiany is joining us as a new 3rd grade teacher at CHR, along with her son who will be middle school. She also has 2 daughters and is married to Brett. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Science in Education with a focus in Reading and Mathematics, a Reading Endorsement, and is Gifted Certified. She has taught for 11 years in both the traditional school setting and in a virtual charter school. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, reading, doughnuts and everything pink! 

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Beverly Booker

Tiffiany Holsenbeck

Tiffiany Holsenbeck

Mrs. Beverly loves math and science!  She holds both Bachelor's and Masters Degrees in math, science and language arts education from Georgia College and State University and Berry College, respectively.  She has taught math and science in both traditional and nontraditional settings since 1991.  Outside the traditional classroom, Mrs. Beverly has conducted math and science professional development courses, written math and science textbooks for Georgia and Louisiana; and literally guided THOUSANDS of students through hands on science fun with in-school field trips and summer camps.   Mrs. Beverly is married to Doug, has one 4th grade son, Calvin who attends Haven Academy, one daughter Maddie, and a FABULOUS granddaughter, Kinley!

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Stephani Kohl

Tiffiany Holsenbeck

Stephani Kohl

 Stephani joined CHR in 2017 and teaches math and science.  She has 3 super fun boys. She enjoys watching her kids play sports, especially soccer and taekwondo.  Shev loves spending time outside and taking family trips. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Education-  Go Dawgs!  She has taught middle school and high school math and science, online and in brick and mortar schools, for many years.  

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Keith Worley

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Keith Worley

Born and raised in North Georgia.  I am an Air Force veteran and hold a bachelor’s degree in finance.  I was in the plumbing industry for ten years before transitioning into teaching.  I spend most of my free time doing wood and metal working around the family farm.  I have a long time passion for learning and teaching mathematics.  I feel extremely fortunate to have found CHR and the hybrid/homeschool community. I am privileged to be able to do important and fulfilling work in a supportive and positive environment. I have been at CHR / The Haven Academy since 2019.

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Jenny Smith

Christy Yates

Keith Worley

Jenny lives in Canton, GA with her husband and two children. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, and is certified in Secondary English Education, Middle Grades Social Science, and is Gifted Certified. Jenny has a love of learning, Literature, and Writing; however, her heart is pouring into lives of students and helping them reach their potential!  She enjoys reading, actively being involved in her church, traveling, and spending time with family.  

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Christy Yates

Christy Yates

Christy Yates

Christy lives in Canton, GA with her husband Mark, and 4 awesome kiddos (Molly - 19 is a freshman at UNG,. Matthew - 17 is a junior, Sean - 15  a freshman, both at Creekview High School, Charlie - 6  is a first grader at Avery Elementary school. Christy has a Bachelor of Science in Education degree.  She loves being a first grade teacher because she loves teaching them how to read. Her style of teaching is always trying to make learning meaningful, creative, and most of all... FUN! Christy has been with CHR since 2016.   

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Joyce Estes

Kristine Scott

Kristine Scott

 Joyce has a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and is certified in secondary math instruction.  She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Instructional Technologies. Joyce is married to Ted who is a public school teacher and pastor. They have two boys who attend CHR.  She is an amazing math teacher . Joyce has been with CHR since 2014.  

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Kristine Scott

Kristine Scott

Kristine Scott

  Kristine has a Bachelors of Arts in Education: Exceptional Students. She  has 3 children who attend CHR. She loves Disney, working with students with special needs, 80’s pop culture, sewing, and reading.  She has been with CHR since 2015.   

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Dawn Hagle

Kristine Scott

Dawn Hagle

Dawn has a Bachelors of Science degree in Commercial Recreation. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Brian, of almost 23 years, and together they have three children, Madeline (20), Davis (17), and Emma  (12).  Currently she is a second grade teacher,  and also teaches several Friday Enrichment classes such as History of an American Girl and her favorite, Fitness Fun! Dawn loves hanging out with her family, running, and drinking coffee with fellow CHR teacher, Mrs. Christy.  Dawn has been with CHR since the Fall of 2017.

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Leanne Schulman

Leanne Schulman

Leanne Schulman

Leanne grew up in Minnesota.  She and her husband, Carl, have been married for almost 30 years.  She went to school in CA and moved around with her husband's job.  Together they have 2 boys, Zach and Devan. Leanne graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor Degree in Finance. When she has time, she enjoys gardening, reading,  and doing genealogy.

Ann Burgess and her husband, David, are the proud and thankful parents of two and grandparents of fo

Ann Burgess

Leanne Schulman

Leanne Schulman

Ann Burgess and her husband, David, are the proud and thankful parents of two and grandparents of four.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with vocal emphasis from Shorter College and has done extensive additional vocal and acting studies with various artists.  As a long-time choral director and singer/actor, she has directed and performed in countless musicals and plays.  She is thrilled to be a part of the wonderful faculty and staff of CHR, and she looks forward to seeing the sweet, smiling faces of the Musical Theater students each Friday! 

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Melissa Cowart

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Melissa Cowart

Melissa is an Elementary and Middle School Teacher with nearly 20 years of teaching experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with endorsements in several specialties such as Special Education and ESOL. She has 3 children. One is grown and 2 attend CHR. She has been married to Randall for 16 years. Melissa enjoys spending time with family, traveling and being involved at Church. Melissa will be returning to school soon to work on her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. 

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Julia Martin

Julia Martin

Julia Martin

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Kiana Hall

Julia Martin

Julia Martin

Kiana is currently in her senior year of college pursuing a BA in Psychology online at Southern New Hampshire University. She works in the front office at CHR and finds a close connection to the hybrid program as she was  a homeschool student for many years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, being in nature, creating art, binge watching Netflix, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.