Our History

CHR started out as the only real solution to a difficult challenge.   The program was started by Dr. Tammy Cesinger whose daughter suffered from medical issues. She repeated second grade and when it was time to advance again, she needed to repeat it again. The public school system could not hold her back a third time , but as as teacher herself, Tammy knew she could not be pushed forward academically or socially. So, the hunt began for a school for Abby. The private schools were either too high or too low for Abby academically. There was not a good fit anywhere. Homeschooling was not a quick decision because "homeschoolers are weird and unsocialized" . But, without other options, Tammy put her educational degrees to work and decided to homeschool. To avoid the socialization issues, she enrolled her in some co-ops and began teaching classes out of her home. Parents started asking for more and soon Tammy was driving all over Cherokee County teaching. One day, she was driving in downtown Canton and saw a sweet historic building and thought "that would make a cute little schoolhouse". CHR was born. We stayed in the sweet old building from 2013 until 2018 when we expanded to our current location. As we grow and offer more classes and opportunities , we are staying true to our roots in offering customized education to meet students where they are at and help them advance. This is true whether students are gifted , are straight down the middle average, or have mild special needs. Small class sizes, amazing teachers, hands on lessons, great communication, and a safe and loving school is what we have always had and what we will continue to offer at CHR. 

oh, and Abby is doing great ! She has progressed so much in our environment that she is graduating with her original class as is she was never held back at all. She has zero accommodations in school now and has plans for college when she graduates. Both her and her brother , Ethan, are full time academy students at CHR in the high school program. 

CHR has helped many families who struggle to find the perfect school for their children. Students who come to CHR come for a variety of reasons. Many parents just want to keep flexibility and freedoms in their lifestyle. Others come because they have children who travel due to sports, have children in the tv and film industry, have very high achieving children, have struggling students, have students with medical issues, or just have the desire for a unique and fun learning experience.   Whatever the reasons are that bring families to CHR, we are here to help them be successful! 

Our Teachers

Dr. Tammy Cesinger


 Tammy (previously Bester)  is the founder of Canton Homeschool Resources. 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 instructional design, 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 college age 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.  She believes all children are different and have different needs, even when this means one of her own is at a public high school (per his request).  Tammy acts as an administrator and teaches at CHR.  She lives in Alpharetta and spends her time working on improving CHR, spending time with her family, and traveling when she can. 

Ms. Renee Barrineau


 Renee is an administrator at CHR.  She is mom to two great boys and is married to Clay. She has a  Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a Educational Specialist  degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She has taught in the public school system in Dekalb,  Paulding, and Cobb counties. Renee teaches and acts as an administrator at CHR. She is very  active in the community and as is a former PTA president for Macedonia Elementary School in Canton.  Renee has been at CHR since we opened in 2013.   

Ms. Leah Smith


 Leah is the elementary curriculum director at CHR. She is a mom to three fun kids  who attend CHR and is married to Eugene. She has a Bachelor  of Arts degree in Education and has a passion for sharing the discoveries of life in teaching. She is starting back to work on a Master of Arts degree in Education this year. She teaches and assists in administrative duties at CHR.   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.  

Ms. Kelly Wayland


 Kelly is married to David and they have three children.   She has a  Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education, a Master of Science degree in  Special Education, and a Educational Specialist degree in Interrelated Special  Education with a focus on Reading. Her husband is a local eye doctor in Canton. She  has been very active with the local PTA and in the community. She enjoys walking her dogs,  gardening,  traveling, and snow skiing. Kelly teaches elementary classes at CHR.  Kelly has been at CHR since we opened in 2013.  

Ms. Beverly Booker


Beverly joined CHR in 2017. (Bio is coming ) 

Ms. Kristine Scott


   Kristine has a Bachelors of Arts in Education: Exceptional Students. She is currently working on her Master of Arts degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction. She is married to Lee and 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.  

Ms. Christy Yates


 Christy has a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. Christy is married with children. Christy is super sweet and is an elementary teacher at CHR. Christy has been with CHR since 2016.   

Ms. 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! 

Ms. Stephani Kohl


 Stephani is new to CHR this year and will be teaching math and science.  She has  lived in Canton for the past 3 years and has 3 boys ages 5, 7, and 9. She enjoys watching her kids play sports, especially soccer and taekwondo.  Her and her husband love 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 12 years.  Stephani loves teaching, and is excited to jump back in the the classroom after teaching at a cyber school for the past few years!

Ms. Joyce Estes


 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. 

Ms. Dawn Hagle


 Dawn is our 2nd grade teacher. More info to come :) 

Ms. Ann Burgess


Ann is  joining us this year at CHR.  Her photo and bio are coming soon. 

Ann will be teaching musical theater, chorus, and will offer private voice lessons. 

Ms. Jenny Smith


  Jenny is new to CHR this year. She will be teaching Language Arts classes. Her bio and pic are coming soon :)  .

Melissa Holbrook


Melissa is new to CHR this year. She will be working in the front office and greeting families as they come into CHR. Her bio and pic are coming soon. 

We are growing !


 As we grown and expand, we will add staff here :)  

And growing ...


 As we grown and expand, we will add staff here :)  

And growing....


 As we grown and expand, we will add staff here :)