My desire is for this to be the best experience for every child- where they can meet God and lead the country into a brighter future.

I long to see students learn who they are, understand how they learn and be reconciled to God and others. 

John Ahlberg, Rector

Meet Our Staff

Ellen spent 15 years home educating her own children, and eleven years developing the award winning Life in America series. Its brain-based format speaks to all learning styles, thus, it is the foundation of the TLE Way. Partnering with her husband John to impact the kingdom of God together has brought her much joy over the past 14 years.


Ellen's goal is to aid families in raising children, who will glorify God.

Ellen Ahlberg

Academic Director

After graduating from TLE in 2007, Suzie studied Early Childhood Education at Kennesaw State University. She is Montessori Certified through MACTE and the PAN American Montessori Society. Suzie has taught all grade levels at TLE for the past seven years. Although, her specialty is teaching history and literature through the eyes of our creator, she is also experienced in training students in both music and dramatic performance. She has been married for eight years to a former TLE student and is the happy mommy of two children.


Her life passion is to know Jesus more everyday and to make him known- no matter the current assignment He assigns her in life. 

Suzie Mitchell

Lead Teacher

Julie Klusty


Preschool Teacher

Julie Klusty is TLE Christian Academy's preschool teacher. As the mother of four and grandmother of seven, she loves kids and Jesus.  She believes that introducing little ones to God's love and creation is a mutual blessing.  She has a life-long passion for truth and freedom that inspires students.  We are pleased to have her join us to aid our youngest students in the 2019-2020 school year.

Mr. Bassett has spent the last 31 years as a Christian School educator, specializing as a Secondary Science instructor, and has earned Professional/Lifetime Teacher Certification through the Association of Christian Schools International.In addition to being a devoted husband to his wife, Jeanette, and the proud father of four children, Mr. Bassett is also active in various creation-science ministries including the Creation Research Society, the Evidence Museum of Texas in Glen Rose and the Institute of Origin Science. He is excited to join TLE Christian Academy as a virtual teacher for the Trek (High School) students as they discovery the Creator through Science.

 David Bassett 



Science Teacher

Patricia Reeves



Art Teacher

Patricia Reeves began painting at the age of seven. She has worked in Fine Art disciplines as a master artist for decades. Her work has been collected and placed in national and international arenas. She has also been an executive artist creating marketing solutions for corporations, including Fortune 500 companies. On TV and radio, Patricia’s speaking and demonstrating platform is found on a living testimony of how “Art Heals.”

Patricia heads a multi-faceted non-profit ministry and special events facility in Ball Ground that serves special needs groups and the recovery community.

Mrs. Patricia teaches TLE kids how to bring out the beauty of God's creation within themselves.

Randi Ferrara has over 15 years of experience in musical theater, classical arts in solo and group ensembles, and worship leading.  She currently attends Reinhardt University, pursuing a Bachelor degree in Music education. She placed 2nd in classical voice in her division at the Georgia NATS (GANATS), part of the Southeastern Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and was presented with Reinhardt’s Achieving Artists and Scholars award. 

Randi believes music is an excellent form of expression, which extends to cognitive understanding and problem solving.  Her curriculum includes guitar, voice, keyboard and percussion instruments  


Originally from Ohio, Randi and her husband, Tim, now reside in Jasper, GA with their three sons.  Randi is excited for this opportunity to teach children the value of music.

Randi Ferrara



Music Teacher

Maria Catlett



Chinese Teacher

Maria Catlett (钱旺-Qian Wang ) was born and raised in Northeast China. In 2015, she came to the United States for the first time with her American husband of one year.  In prayerfully considering whether or not to allow her husband (a foreigner) to court and potentially marry her, she heard God answer her through Psalm 45:10 “Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear; Forget your people and your father’s house.”  She felt God tell her, “I am waiting for you in America,” 


Maria and her husband, Sean, were married in 2014, arrived in the U.S. in 2015, and have two children. In 2019, while being a full time Mom – Maria completed her Masters Degree in Christian Counseling from Canada Christian University, to add to her experience and skills at serving others inside and outside the church. Maria served in various positions in two prominent Christian churches in China for 10 years from 2004-2014 – serving predominantly with Sunday School, youth fellowship, English worship service, and numerous mission teams.


After arriving in the States, she continued working with children as she began to acclimate and learn a totally new culture. She was a Montessori school assistant teacher from 2015-2016, and a full time Mom, wife, and post-grad student from 2016-2019.  After receiving her Master’s diploma, by the leading of God, and as the answer to prayer for seeking God’s new leading for her life, Maria become the TLE Chinese teacher in September of 2019.  She sees teaching Chinese as only a small part of her mission to broaden children’s minds and experience different cultures, and through these to give them a greater understanding and experience of God’s love.


TLE Christian Academy at Gospel Outreach is a Non-For Profit Organization. This means we are governed by a board of volunteers that work for the best interest of the students and organization. 

Our board is comprised of God-fearing and family loving individuals that seek excellence in their personal and professional lives.

Board Members:

-Ron Whitehead

-John Ahlberg

-David Smith

-Ellen Ahlberg

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Email:  JohnandEllen@tleatgo.org




835 Mineral Spring Road

P.O.Box 242

Ball Ground, GA 30107