Manfred is an award-winning, retired Maryland public school teacher with 43 years of experience in the field of alternative education. He is a certified Theory of Constraints facilitator, who has had impressive results teaching public school students to apply the theory’s analytical reasoning and communication strategies in academic settings. He is also the co-founder and Principal Director of The Learning Community International.
Manfred’s passion for educational alternatives grew beyond the confines of the traditional classroom to have a much wider impact when he established the Maryland Home Education Association in 1979. He coordinated the legal defense of homeschooling parents and led Maryland’s legislative efforts, playing a decisive role in shaping Maryland’s home education laws. He is a prime mover, who has organized conferences, led workshops, and who remains in perennial demand as a speaker.
Manfred and Nancy De Luca Stempel are co-founders of MindPower Consulting LLC, which offers critical thinking tools, educational and executive services.
Manfred is the father of three adult children, all TLCI graduates, and he celebrates 43 years of marriage with his wonderful wife, Jeanne.
Nancy De Luca Stempel
After serving honorably in the armed forces during the Viet Nam era, Nancy joined an intentional community in 1977 and was immediately recognized for her ability to draw out the best from students in the small alternative school she helped establish.
In the late 1980’s, Nancy met Manfred Smith. While participating together in TLCI’s dynamic educational environment, Manfred recognized Nancy’s natural educational gifts and became convinced that she shared his vision for the TLCI mission.
In the early 1990’s she was invited to become an educational advisor and later TLCI’s high school director. While continuing as an advisor, Nancy created workshops and seminars that facilitated students’ exploration of empowered learning.
Nancy is TLCI’s Executive Director as well as International Director.
As the International Director Nancy draws upon her experiences from traveling and living in countries such as Mexico, Korea, and India. These experiences have given her a practical understanding of international students and their educational needs. She is deeply committed to providing access to TLCI’s empowered learning programs all over the world.
Nancy is the mother of three adult children who are all TLCI graduates and she celebrates over thirty years of marriage with her husband, Harvey, who serves on the TLCI advisory board.
Associate Director, Korea
John has been associated with TLCI since 2010 where his duties have included teaching and supervising TLCI partnership schools and programs as well as college counseling. His career in education spans over fifteen years including teaching at Korea Kent Foreign School in Seoul, Korea, Valley Torah High School and West Baptist High School in California.
John is also the owner and director of Coolghim Academy in Seoul.