Owner/Campus Director

Kelly Harvie has been married to Matt for 28 years. They have 5 grown children, ages 21 to 27. Her family has been involved with Artios since 2002. She and Matt had already decided to teach their children starting with Creation, and Artios was a great match for their family, both for her creative and athletic children. She has the unique perspective of witnessing her children benefit in college and beyond from the skills they learned at Artios. One valuable skill they learned was the ability to creatively express and present ideas to a variety of audiences. Kelly has enjoyed serving at Artios in several roles, including TA, carpool, teacher, and administrative assistant.


Conservatory Director

Conservatory: Adv. Acting; Theater Arts I; Worldview

HS Drama Director

Whitney Fahner has been teaching theatre at Artios Academies of Gwinett for three years. In previous years you may have seen her in our Elementary class rooms. This year she has transitioned to teaching and directing in our middle school and high school programs, as well as teaching private voice lessons. Mrs. Fahner hails from the great plains of the Midwest where she received her Bachelors in Theatre from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN. After college Mrs. Fahner moved to the United Kingdom to continue her education and further her passion of merging faith and art. In 2006 Mrs. Fahner graduated with her Masters degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, with a focus on theatre and theology through the Institute for Imagination, Theology, and the Arts.

Mrs. Fahner continued to pursue both theatre and ministry in tandem, working as a adjunct college professor, a professional actor, director, voice over artist, and worship pastor. Mrs. Fahner is passionate about helping students understand their role as a creative being in light of the Creator God. Currently, Mrs. Fahner lives in Gwinnett with her husband and two young children where she attempts to balance teaching, volunteering with foster care (UMCH), worship ministries, and is beginning to step back into the world of professional theatre.


Academy of Arts & History Director

Conservatory:  Intro to Creative Writing, Creative Non-Fiction Writing

Preparatory: MS English


Preparatory Director

Preparatory: HS History, Government


Assistant Director – Conservatory & Academy


Preparatory: Math 7, Prealgebra, General Science, Chemistry

Plus: Perissos (Mixed Ensemble)


Preparatory: English (9th-12th)


Preparatory: Biology, Physical Science, Science (5th/6th)

Christine is a product of the Dekalb County school system and graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Christine went on to work at Dekalb Medical Center as a Labor and Delivery nurse for over 12 years. When the time came for her one and only child to start kindergarten, God called the family to homeschool and to this unknown place called Artios. Not wanting to have an unsocialized, only child, the Boyd family eagerly signed up.  After a few years, Christine was asked to be a teacher’s assistant. After thoroughly enjoying all four time periods, Christine was asked to put her church children’s choir director skills to use as the Academy Elementary Music teacher. A few years later, preparatory science classes were added to the mix. Christine enjoys sharing the wonder of God’s creation with all of her students, both young and old.  Her passion for teaching her students at Artios has only grown stronger over the years, even though her child who started the whole journey has graduated.


Private Piano Lessons

Chorale Accompanist


Preparatory:  Smart Start, History & English; Upper Elem. English and History; MS History

Velva has been a part of the homeschooling community for over 20 years. She has been married to Brad for many years, and together they have 4 children, ages 19-27.  She has taught at Artios for years, moving from Primary Music and Drama to Elementary History and Language Arts. She considers teaching a creative outlet and strives to make History (and Language Arts) fun! She studied Early Childhood Education at Georgia State University.  

When Velva isn’t teaching, she is working for her family cabinet company. She enjoys serving in Kidzlife at her church, and for fun Velva buys craft projects and moves them from room to room in her house. She also enjoys reading, baking and socializing with her family and friends!



Conservatory: Art, Digital Photography

Academy of Art & History: MS Art

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Private Piano Lessons

Lisa has over 31 years of experience in teaching voice, piano, and working with choirs. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, she holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education, a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance, and completed most of the work towards a Doctorate in Vocal Pedagogy. Lisa has performed as a soloist in the United States, Europe, and Mexico. She is active in ministry with her husband, Pastor Brian Cunningham, at Clairmont Hills Baptist Church. Lisa is the mother of three children and has home schooled for 12 years.


Conservatory: Audio Engineering

Private Percussion Lessons


Private Guitar Lessons


Conservatory: Fundamentals of Music, Music Theory II – IV

Plus: Senior Chorale; Men’s Ensemble

Private Piano Lessons


Artios Plus: Elementary & MS Chorale, Women’s Ensemble

Conservatory: Songwriting

Private Voice Lessons

Noelle E. Gast is an alumna of Artios Conservatory (2006) and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Asbury University. Her musical interests are very broad and encompass the history and performance of everything from Opera to Musical Theatre to Jazz, Blues, and Rock and Roll. Combining music with teaching is her earthly passion, and she is honored to be teaching/directing a variety of music classes, lessons, and shows with Artios Academies of Fine Arts, as well as private voice and piano lessons from her home studio. For more information on private lesson opportunities and student discounts contact her at


Preparatory: Marine Biology

Amy is a wife of 21 years to her high school sweetheart, Scott, and mom to their three teenagers, Caroline, Jack, and James. Her family has been a part of Artios Gwinnett since the fall of 2008. She has taught science at Artios across several grades over the years. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Presbyterian College. When she started homeschooling, the Lord not only showed her that her evolutionary educational background was faulty, but He also created in her a joyful desire to re-learn the natural sciences from a creationist perspective. She delights in opening students’ eyes to God’s design in His creation. Her passion is for students to know God more deeply when they study the sciences.


Preparatory: Algebra I & II, Geometry


Academy of Arts & History: Theater

Conservatory: Intro to Visual Arts


Preparatory: Math 5/6, American Sign Language I & II, Spanish I & II

Academy of Arts & History


Artios Plus: Beginning Dance, Boys’ Dance, Intermediate Dance, Elements of Choreography, Technical Ballet


Academy of Arts & History: Elementary Art

Meredith has taught Elementary Art at Artios Gwinnett for nine years. Meredith graduated from Brenau University with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She and her husband, Dan, have been married for 23 years. They have two children, Emilie and Jake, who have attended Artios from the beginning of their schooling and have been very involved in the arts. Meredith believes that a Christian foundation in the arts has shaped her to see, with wonder and awe, the world through God’s eyes. Her perspective shapes how she teaches art in the classroom.

Meredith has always had a passion for drawing, painting, and crafting and hopes to explore that more in the future. She has always desired to play piano and at 45 years old has begun taking piano lessons. Her artistic and musical endeavors have been encouraged by her years at Artios.


Academy of Arts & History: Elementary History

Preparatory: Smart Start Math & Science


Office Assistant

Preparatory: Advanced Mathematical Decision Making; Economics


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