Meet the Founders

Rebecca (Becky) Mancini,

Former 6-8th grade schoolteacher, specializing in Social Studies, Bible, Drama, and Writing. B.A. Political Science, Florida State University. over 25 years teaching and curriculum-development experience since graduation (and 8 years of weekly teaching of Bible and Dance prior to college graduation—- always loved working with kids & teens, from impoverished migrant camps to elite private schools!).  Home educator since 1992.  Some of classes she instructed at The Training Ground include:  Drama Improv Workshops ; Shakespearean plays:  Julius Caesar, Merchant of Venice;  Creative Writing;  Expository Writing; “Well Spoken” course on the elements of famous speeches; Informal Logic; Geometry; Teen Bible Study and Christian Worldview; Old Testament Survey; World Geography; Model Design; Landmarks in U.S. History; Innovations; Mapmakers; and Sr. High Literature courses, including:  MacBeth, Tale of Two Cities, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Henry V.

R. Charles (Chuck) Mancini,

Business executive experienced in finance, management, and technology, specializing in mergers & acquisitions.  Chuck’s background includes teaching youth and adult Sunday school and teaching Junior Achievement in high schools. B.S. Economics, Florida State University. M.B.A. Duke University.  Chuck has taught numerous Junior Achievement (Econ/Business) courses at The Training Ground, as well as Personal Finance and Christian character and leadership course.

The Mancinis especially enjoy reading C.S. Lewis, books on church history, theology, apologetics, and western civilization.  They enjoy family travel, walks, and cookouts.

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The Mancinis have two sons: Chet graduated from Wheaton College (a Christian college in the Chicago area) with a B.S. in Computer Science and, after working as a programmer with an investment firm in Wheaton, IL, Chet completed a Masters of Engineering program at Cornell University and now works as a software engineer for Intent Media in NYC.  Nathan graduated in 2013 from Grove City College in Western PA with a B.S. in Marketing Management.  Nathan’s skills include filmmaking and editing; he recently directed a feature film called Asleep in a Storm, which has showed in some theatres and colleges and will soon be on DVD.  Nathan is the video editor for Earthlink Communications here in Rochester, and he is engaged to be married November 2013 to his college sweetheart Megan.  Both our sons enjoy leading or participating in Bible Studies, and both have been very instrumental in planning/instructing some former courses at the TG—Chet taught Computer Science classes for several summers, and Nathan directed the TG Puppet Troupe for six years, co-taught Informal Logic, and taught summer courses in Video Editing.

Becky and Chuck credit Chet and Nathan for giving the TG club such a positive atmosphere from the start as they hosted (and attended) literally over a thousand activities and relished the opportunities!  But GOD be praised for His regular provision for the center, the camaraderie of terrific teens from so many wonderful local homeschool families, and the eagerness of outstanding parents and professionals who dedicate themselves to weekly instruction of life skills for our students.  Without Christ we can do nothing, but with God all things are possible.