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Amanda Albright

Amanda Albright, Ph.D.-ABD is a native Floridian who is a mother of two and a wife for 23 years. She started her career as a teacher and then became a professional counselor. She has been providing mental health therapy for 13 years for children, adolescents, young adults and adults in a variety of treatment settings such as community based, outpatient, public schools, treatment facilities, churches and doctor’s offices. Her commitment to Christ and ministry has given her the opportunity to serve in various ministries throughout her life such as a church counselor, church administrator, music minister, praise and worship leader, bible teacher and cell group leader. She uses an eclectic approach to counseling however she loves integrating her Christian spiritual beliefs with counseling. 

Maureen Allison

Maureen Allison was born and raised in Virginia Beach. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Old Dominion University. For the last ten years, Maureen has taught with Virginia Beach City Public Schools. She taught five years with the general physical education classes and five years specializing in adapted physical education.

Maureen has been married for 13 years and has two amazing young boys that she homeschools. She is passionate about health and movement with a purpose. Maureen knows children crave movement and she loves to tap into their curiosity and creativity to get them working hard and ultimately feeling good! She enjoys spending time with friends and family, doing just about anything outdoors, and reading.




Jennifer Armstrong

Jennifer Armstrong is a resident of Edenton, North Carolina where her husband works for Duke Energy.  She has two grown sons, one just graduating from college and one headed to Middle Tennessee State University this fall. Before moving to Edenton from Virginia Beach 14 years ago, the Armstrongs home schooled their boys, one of whom attended Home School Plus for art and science. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at King University in Bristol, Tennessee.  She also attended Regent University and did Masters Level classes in Education and Counseling and is currently an NILD trained Educational Therapist.  Once the boys entered later elementary school, Jennifer became a College Advisor at College of the Albemarle and then moved into their Work Skills Development Program where she taught Adult High School and GED Classes.  She has also taught preschool in Edenton and tutored in math and English at the local elementary school. She loves to work hard in class and rewards hard work with fun incentives! This year Jennifer is teaching College and Career Preparation for high school juniors and seniors.  She is  also doing Educational Therapy. She loves time with her family at the beach and walking her rescued hunting dog, Barnabee.  


Crystal Barnett

Crystal has been homeschooling for ten years. She received her Bachelor's Degree in American Government from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Education from Regent University. She is also a graduate of Regent University School of Law.

In addition to teaching here at HSP, Crystal also teaches at Regent University and works at a law firm in Virginia Beach. She coaches the Lincoln-Douglas debaters at the local Atlantic Speech & Debate club. Crystal enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with her family. 

Sara Bethune

Costume designer and wardrobe stylist for CBN. Emmy nominated for outstanding costume design. Costumer for local theatre including six years for Regent University Summer Theatre CAMPS and nearly all the high school theatre productions at HSP. Teaching: Beginning Sewing and Intermediate Sewing & Costuming. Phone/Text: 757-478-6872. Email:

Sue Blaski

Sue has lived in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area for 49 years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from ODU. She homeschooled each of her 5 children all the way through high school over a period of 25 years. Although she especially enjoys teaching languages, including English, French, and Biblical Hebrew; she takes pleasure in working with children of all ages.

Sue has been married to her husband, Mike for over 38 years; and now that their children are grown and starting families of their own, they have been blessed with five grandchildren. In her spare time, she likes sewing/crafting, gardening, traveling, and of course, reading a good book.


Tonya Bohannan

Hi my name is Tonya Bohannan I am a home-schooling mom of three wonderful children Sabra who is 15, Jacob who is about to be 10 and Nathan who is about to be 9. I have been homeschooling for about 5 years now and loved every minute of it and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. We as a family enjoy doing karate and my husband I do Krav Maga Monday through Thursday at Savior Martial Arts. We also like to eat healthy and exercise by running and biking in our neighborhood and doing 5K's and 10K's and soon hopefully a marathon! We live in the Chesapeake area near Greenbrier and have family nearby that we love to see often. We are very excited to serve your family this year at Homeschool Plus!

In His love, 
Tonya Bohannan 

Wendy Bokmiller

Wendy has a Masters in Education from Regent University with a specialization in English as a Second Language and a Bachelors in Psychology from Texas A & M University. She has also received certification as an NILD trained Educational Therapist.  She's passionate about helping kids learn and achieve to their God-given potential.  Wendy has more than 20 years experience teaching in Virginia Beach Public Schools, Old Dominion, private instruction, pre-school and home schooling.  This year she will be offering Individual NILD Therapy at HSP. 

Aimee Byman

Aimee Byman considers herself a Virginia native living much of her childhood and the majority of her adulthood in the Hampton Roads area.  She currently resides in Virginia Beach with her husband, three children, and their many pets. 

Her early teaching experience began in college tutoring biology students while at Old Dominion University where she received a B.S. in Biology in 1998. She went on to earn her Masters In Physician Assistant Studies degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2003.  Afterwards she trained PA students while working in the emergency department, family medicine, and dermatology settings.  In 2012 she placed her medical career on hold in order to homeschool her daughter, who was struggling academically at the time. During that time she also gained experience instructing middle and high school science students and middle school writing in a small, christian private school.  She was introduced to NILD educational therapy and witnessed first hand how it changed her daughter’s learning difficulties.  She received training and certification as an Educational Therapist from the National Institute of Learning Development (NILD) in 2018 and worked in the private school setting.  She currently serves at Homeschool Plus as the Brain Bridges Lower Elementary Math instructor and as an Individual Educational Therapist.  She’s passionate about growth mindset and creating an environment where children can reach their full potential. 

In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking, attending church, crafty things, gardening and beautiful sunsets, reading, and spending time with family and friends. 


Amy Carpenter

Amy Carpenter, M.Ed., grew up near Cleveland, Ohio and moved to the Hampton Roads area in 2014 to attend William & Mary. Her passion for teaching led her to serve as a tutor at William & Mary’s Tribe TutorZone for five years, where she earned certification as an Advanced Tutor from the College Reading and Learning Association.

After earning Bachelor's degrees in Classical Studies and English Literature from William & Mary in 2018, Amy continued at William & Mary for two more years, earning her M.Ed. and serving as a Graduate Assistant in Academic Enrichment within the Dean of Students Office.  In 2020, she opened Carpenter Tutoring (, a private tutoring practice serving students of all ages in Hampton Roads. Her student-centered approach to academics strives to instill each student with new knowledge and heightened self-confidence. Amy lives in Suffolk with her husband, Adam, and pup, Clementine.

Charlene Chamberlayne

Home Educator, Private & Group Tutor (Saxon Math - Algebra 1/2 through Calculus), 25+ years teaching experience in public, private, and homeschool education.  BA The College of William & Mary '87, History & Mathematics, Secondary Education Teaching Certificate VA (inactive).

Rueggy Copen

My name is Rueggy Copen, and I currently reside in Chesapeake, Va. I am a southerner through and through, having never lived north of the Mason/Dixon line! I have lived in North Carolina, Louisiana, Florida and as far south as Queensland, Australia.  In 1996, I took a trip to Florida to see my then 82 year-old great aunt Ottie. While there, I asked her to teach me how to paint with oils. (She was good friends with and an instructor for Bob Ross at the time.) So of course she spent the next 5 days teaching me how to work in stained glass! On the last night of my visit, she put a paint brush in my hand and said “OK, now let’s paint!” That was the beginning of what has become a life time of being fascinated with and by art in many forms!

Over the course of the past 20 years, I have broadened my art horizons to include watercolour, pastels, acrylics, pottery, coloured pencil, charcoal, portrait drawing, cross stitch, book making, and (my latest love) altered art. While I love making art, I equally enjoy watching other people discover their own hidden talents!

While I was raised in a Christian home, I never realized I needed to have a relationship with Jesus Christ for myself until I was 19 years old. So one stormy February night, I knelt down and started what would literally become an adventure of a lifetime! There is an old gospel song that goes, “His love is richer, deeper, fuller, sweeter… sweeter as the days go by.” Over the years, I have learned that saying “Yes” to Jesus leads me to places/situations that I couldn’t have ever imagined in my wildest dreams! 

Robert Cullipher

I  am always excited to teach Algebra 1, Geometry, and Business & Personal Finance classes here at HSP. If you have time, you can also stop by the Office where I'm the Financial Manager for the School.

Don Davis

A graduate of Mercyhurst College with a BA in Religious Education with a Masters in Special Education from Hunter College, NYC. Has been playing the guitar in bands from the age of eleven.  Studied music theory with Basil Ronzitti.  Has been a worship leader for churches in four different states.  Has a website which has complete books of the Bible that he has set to music. Currently working on an online guitar course for advanced studies.  

Anna Disharoon

 Hi! My name is Anna Disharoon. I am a wife to my amazing husband and a mom to a beautiful baby boy. Before coming to HSP, I was an in-home ABA therapist for a year and then a Kindergarten teacher for three and a half years. I am honored to have the opportunity to teach at HSP and I look forward to a great school year!

Amy Gardner

Amy Gardner has been enamored with the night sky since she was 12 years old and looked through a telescope for the first time. She studied astronomy at TCC and began teaching high school astronomy in 2011. Since then, she has also begun looking down and is fascinated by the planet beneath her feet. She has now also studied geology at a college level and is an avid amateur geologist as well as an astronomer.

In 2012, Amy Gardner saw a YouTube video of a professional hula hooper and decided it was something she had to try. She made her own performance hoop and started spinning. She has not stopped since! She began teaching hooping in 2015. A few years later, she stumbled upon a tutorial on how to make wire woven jewelry. She gave it a whirl and soon decided that she needed to start a jewelry business. She has been expanding her craft into other mediums and selling at art shows ever since.

Amy is also a world traveler and has been all around the globe. She is fascinated by other lands, cultures, and peoples and began sharing her knowledge of these places by teaching high school geography in 2018. 

Gary Garlic

Gary "Ju Ju" Garlic is a native of Washington, DC.  A professional musician, composer, and author, Ju Ju has over 30 years of teaching experience and has received numerous awards and accolades as a music educator. These include, high step marching drumline national champion in 2010, 1st place honors at Busch Gardens "Music in the Parks" Festival in 2011 for band, and 2012 for percussion ensemble.  Ju Ju was recognized by the Virginia Symphony in 2014 as one of Hampton Roads outstanding music educators.  He is also an active member of NAFME (National Association for Music Educators) and a staff member for Norfolk State University's "Gifted and Talented" program.  

Dr. Kristen Goldbach

NILD Educational Therapist and WISC Intelligence Testing.  Ph.D. in Psychology from Lehigh University, M.A. in Psychology from University of Richmond and B.S. in Psychology from Old Dominion University.   Worked as a Research Psychologist, Personnel Manager and Substitute Teacher.

As a mother of four and a teacher, my goal is to emphasize life and study skills, and methods of work, learning and social responsibility, that carry through academics, college and the working world.

Phone 757/506-8645 Email:

Jenna Harris

Hello HSP families, my name is Jenna Harris.  Growing up I always had a passion to teach, and I can proudly say I’ve been doing it for many years now.  I was born and raised in Ontario, Canada where I graduated from York University.  I then moved to Texas to become a certified teacher in the public schools.  I’ve been very blessed to teach in various classroom settings; from kindergarten all the way to 12th grade, special needs, and even an ‘in-school-suspension’ school.  I believe that all children are such marvels of creation and I truly feel blessed and honored that I get to share in helping to shape their minds.  

In my free time I love reading books, bike riding, and singing at church (although I can’t carry a tune to save my life).  I also love a good riddle (so feel free to share any interesting ones you have).  Teaching has always been an intricate part of my life, and is a thread in most things I do; from VBS, to teaching Sunday school every week, I just can’t get enough!   

As we enter this new school year I look forward to teaching and working alongside parents to nurture a love of education.  God Bless!

Linda Haugen

Linda Haugen

1969-1972: ODU music major 

1993 - 2016: Atlantic Shores Baptist Church Children 's ministry (Children's Choir, Kindergarten Children's Church Director, Hand Bells, Story Teller and other responsibilities)

1996 to present: Homeschool Plus (various subjects through out the years: Elementary Chaplain, Early American History, Civics, Musical Theater, and Elementary music classes).

I also have homeschooled my two youngest children.  

Silas Hernandez

Silas Hernandez is an alumnus of Homeschool Plus. He has been Hooping for several years and personally believes that every student has a unique style of hooping to discover. Silas is an active member of Vineyard Community Church and attends hooping festivals and is always practicing to learn more hooping skills. He is the assistant for the Beginner Hooping class, and this makes the transition into Advanced Hooping easier for the students.

Pinar Kidd

My name is Pinar Kidd.  I have a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado (if I say UNC people often jump to a wrong conclusion) and a master's degree from Regent University.  I have over twenty years of experience working with special needs children in both public and private schools.  I have also taught math levels 8th grade through algebra 1.  After working nine years as a certified NILD Educational Therapist at Norfolk Christian Schools, we adopted our first child and I retired to be a full time mom.   

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work as an Educational Therapist once again.  I believe in the process and have seen again and again how it can set people free to be all they can be.

Cell phone: 757-672-4866

Address: 204 N Fir Ave

                 VaBch, VA 23452


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Kathy Koenig

I gave my life to Jesus Christ in 1970. I married in 1980 and homeschooled my two children till they reached college. My husband works at CBN, my son is a pastor in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and my daughter is a homemaker and teacher at HSP. I began teaching Science at HSP in 1992.

Reviews from my students:

“You’re the best science teacher any student could ever wish for! From the lectures to labs, I’ve greatly enjoyed every minute of being one of your students this past year. Biology, particularly anatomy, is definitely one of my favorite subjects. I’m planning to use this interest of  mine and become a science major of some sort. But none of my passion would have come about without you. You’ve truly shown me and all of the kids you have ever taught the outstanding beauty of God’s creation.”  A.A.

“Thank you, once again, for being the best science teacher anyone could ask for. I’m very sad that I can’t stay with you for the rest of high school.”  G.G.

“My favorite class this year was without a doubt Mrs. K’s Biology. . . . Some labs and activities that I found especially helpful were: all dissections, cell-eating riddle, the skin sensitivity test, the label hand-outs, and Jeopardy.” G.B.

“Most of all I liked the pool noodles. I thought that was a wonderful and creative way to show us about mitosis.”  T.S.

“Why do I like my Biology class? Where to begin is a better question! I liked basically everything!” S. K.

“Biology class was without a doubt my favorite one this year.” A.M.

“I have learned a lot in this class, both knowledge and morals. You were an awesome teacher! I’m always amazed at your patience in class.” D.S.

“Overall this class was super fun. You’re the best teacher EVER! Thank you for teaching me.”  G.G.

“This Biology class has widened my worldview and greatly increased my knowledge bank. When we were studying plants, so many “mysteries” were solved and explained to me. I would go on a walk and notice all of the plants, leaves, trees, etc. It was fun! I’m really happy that I got to take this class.” H.S.

“The aspects of this class that I will remember the most will be the intense Jeopardy matches, the mitosis demonstration, and the Jello cell. Coming into this class I was terrified of dissections, but now, even though I don’t truly enjoy them, I have grown confident and have learned many things from the dissections.” J.L.

“I liked the activities, including Jeopardy, label games, and all dissections (owl pellets, rats, eyeball, etc.). They are good to do because it is more hands-on and a more fun way to learn.” A.A.

“In Biology this year, I really had an overall awesome experience. . . . The lectures had to be one of my favorite parts of the class. They really helped me comprehend and understand whatever chapter we were on.” C.C.

Reviews of the textbook/lab book:

“The textbook was interesting to read and very informative, without making it too complex for the reader to understand.” G.B.

“Honestly, the textbook, lectures, and lecture notes are where I learned the most, but the label games, cell-eating riddle, mitosis demo, Jello cell, and all of the dissections helped me understand everything visually. . . . The textbook and lecture notes helped me become familiar with the terms, and the visual activities helped me understand why and where everything is.” S.H.

“The curriculum is very good and I love having the lecture notes.” A.A.

“The textbook made the homework very easy and the pictures were good.” D.S.

“The lab book was very helpful. It was a guideline to our dissections, it made everything easier.” K.S.

Lucena Kringel

Lucena Kringel

Spanish Teacher

I feel privileged to be joining this wonderful community of Homeschool Plus as a Spanish Teacher.

I was born in Colombia and moved to the United States in 2013. I completed my Bachelor degree in Colombia in Teaching Spanish and English as a Foreign Language. My background includes teaching diverse grade level students in both Spanish and English traditional and immersion programs. Along with my skills, it is my goal, to foster a communicative, creative and inspiring learning environment conducive to a critical thinking and academic excellence.

One of my greatest rewards as a Teacher, is seeing my students discovering their potential and using confidently what they learn in different and real-life contexts. It is my joy as well, witnessing how kids of all ages grow in their personal relationship with Jesus and pursue their calling in life.

  1. my time outside of the classroom, I love spending time with my husband and our four and two year old sons. We garden and raise some chickens and ducks in our back yard. I also enjoy reading Christian books, learning about cultures of the world, traveling and gathering with our families and friends.

I am excited to start a great year with the Homeschool Plus community!


Lucena Kringel

Phone number: 757-708-6359

Donna Kuzio

Donna graduated from the University of North Carolina with a BS degee in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She worked for the City of Wilmington, NC as a City Engineer and then moved back to her beloved hometown of Charleston, SC where she served as a Traffic Engineer for the City of Charleston.  She was later employed by the Charleston Naval Shipyard and, then, the Naval Weapons Station as an Environmental  Engineer and  Energy Engineer, respectively.  She spent 3 years in Naples, Italy as the Environmental Engineer of the Naval Support Activity before moving on to the Navy's Mediterranean field office to serve as an Engineer-In-Charge (of design for military construction projects from Venice to Madrid.  She currently run the Business Office for QZO Construction Services which is owned by her husband Paul, a civil and structural engineer.  She decided to share her passion and began teaching engineering 8 years ago.  She has sucessfully homeschooled her daughter, Caroline - a computer engineering major, Paul - (17) who assists in the classroom, and Daniel - (8) who brings fun and laughter into their lives.  In her freetime, she enjoys cooking, gardening, photography, movies, and especially traveling.  

Andrea Laughmiller

Andrea Laughmiller received her Bachelors of Arts in French and English from James Madison University. She spent a semester studying French in Paris, France. She also studied French at Laval University in Quebec, Canada. She taught French 1-4 in Virginia Beach high schools and currently tutors students privately in French and Latin. She has worked with children of all ages as a piano teacher, Sunday School teacher, Youth Group leader, and Vacation Bible school teacher, and as a tutor with Classical Conversations.

Andrea has homeschooled her children (ages 14, 16, and 20) for the past 15 years. She is passionate about speaking French and enjoys sharing her love of the French language with others. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, developing relationships with people of other cultures, gardening, reading, writing, and cooking.


"Andrea has been teaching my daughter French, and I am continually amazed at not only what she’s learning but the fact that she’s retaining it. Perhaps most importantly, she LOVES it. Andrea imparts not only her knowledge of the language, but a desire in a child’s heart to learn. I catch my daughter teaching her dolls French, singing French songs, and even reviewing her note cards with no outside prompting.”


Noelle Mangus

Noelle is teaching Exploring Countries and Cultures. She graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelors degree in Social Work. Before homeschooling she worked full-time with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula as their Grants Program Administrator overseeing their Smart Smiles dental program, after-school educational programs and providing counseling to at-risk youth. She is married to Dave, a firefighter/paramedic in Norfolk, and they have 2 children that God has called them to educate at home.

Amanda McBreen

Director of Brain Bridges and Academy programs. NILD Educational Therapist and instructor and classroom teacher. Amanda McBreen has a Master's degree from Johns Hopkins, an undergraduate degree from Roanoke College, and is a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist. She brings a love of learning and literature to every class. The Socratic Method of teaching is the hallmark of her style. She has been teaching for more than a dozen years including 8th grade Academy and multiple writing and literature classes, Ancient Cultures and Anatomy & Physiology.  Phone:  571-236-1360; Email:


Margaret McLewin

Margaret McLewin – Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, B.S. in Music Education from Bryan College, piano and voice double major, post-grad vocal and piano pedagogy training, 25+ years teaching and performance experience including solo concert tours, Virginia Children’s Chorus level 1 solfeggio instructor, soprano with Virginia Symphony Chorus and Virginia Opera Chorus Teaching: Piano, Voice   Founder and Director of Homeschool Plus. Phone: 757-667-8594;

My PayPal link is PayPal.Me/margaretmclewin

Carrie Neely

Hello HSP Families! My name is Carrie Neely and I am a fun loving wife and mother of 2 boys. I grew up all over the US because my dad was in the Navy, but I’m originally from San Diego, California. I earned my bachelors degree in Theater Arts from SDSU and I have attended CFNI in Dallas as well as Mesa College where I learned American Sign Language (ASL). I have a worshipper’s heart and I love to sing. Currently, I get to perform with the Regent University Singers and I feel truly blessed to do so. I enjoy teaching very much and I look forward to spending time with your students this year! 

Ryan Pace

Adjunct professor at Regent University Film School 

Nations Reach International Missions (NRIM) is dedicated to using media to develop the next generation of Christian minds.

NRIM was founded by film producer Shaker Rajasekar, MFA and his partner Ryan Pace, MFA to continue NRIM’s influential work. 
Shaker has worked in the film industry as an actor and producer for over 20 years. He has worked at the top levels in the industry in India and Hollywood. After producing several awarding winning feature films, Shaker was an Executive Producer on the film “Robot”. At the time “Robot” had the highest budget of any film ever produced in Asia. This film was an amazing collaboration between top visual effects studios in Hollywood and the film industry in Bollywood. It was a collaboration that had not been successfully attempted before. Since “Robot”, Shaker has produced films such as the award winning “Blood and Curry” and has taught directing and producing classes at Regent University. 
Ryan has worked in the film and television industry for over 15 years. Since starting his career as camera operator for Commonwealth Public Broadcasting (PBS), he has had the opportunity to work on camera crews for many production companies and networks such as TLC and Netflix. Ryan also has produced and directed award winning short films and short documentaries in the U.S., Europe and Africa. For over three years Ryan has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Regent University, teaching classes in directing, camera operations, broadcast television and more.
Through NRIM Shaker and Ryan are working to equip young minds, specifically in the media production industry, to go out with confidence to change the world.


Charles Parks

Charles (Ed) Parks has a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech, and served as a U.S. Naval Flight officer in F-14 Tomcats. After his military career, he earned a dual teaching certificate in both math and social science from ODU. He then worked in public schools for 10 years, developing interesting and creative ways to motivate inner city students to learn higher math. He also worked for Sylvan Learning Centers for many years, moving from part-time teaching to the Center Director. Since 2009, he has been focusing on private tutoring. He tutors students in math, science, social studies, economics, civics, and history. He says that "math is just as creative as poetry. Both have form and restrictions that need to be followed, but within that framework you can be creative."

Gail Powers

    Gail has a B.A. in Education from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio specializing in Speech / Drama with an English minor. Gail is also a certified NILD trained Educational Therapist. She has over 30 years experience teaching in Christian schools,  individual tutoring,  as well as serving the home school community.  Gail sees each child as a special and unique individual made in the image of God to fulfill the  purposes He has for them  holding the tenderness of their hearts in high regard.

Kathy Ranfeld

I love my Saviour, I love my family, and I love people of all ages!  I desire to make a positive impact in the lives of the students that I am given the opportunity to teach.  I received my M.Ed from Regent University in 1996 (emphasis was on learning disabilities and reading) and have had the joy of teaching children in private Christian school, public school, private tutoring, and homeschooling my own children.  In the year 2015, the Lord opened the opportunity for me to join the wonderful teachers at HSP in the Academy program.  It has been a blessing  for me to partner with parents who are passionate about preparing and teaching their kids!

Christie Reavis

J. Christie Reavis grew up in Chesapeake, VA.  She started her academic career At Tidewater Community College and later transferred to Virginia Wesleyan University for a year.  She then moved to San Diego, CA where she obtained an AA in Business with an emphasis in Accounting.  She then transferred to California State, San Marcos where she pursued a BS in Accounting.  She returned to Hampton Roads and continued her education online at Liberty University obtaining a BS in Religious Studies.  She began working on her master’s degree in Special Education and completed most of the coursework required for that degree.  She is eligible for a Provisional Teacher’s License while she completes her coursework in education. During her extensive college career, she took many courses in mathematics.  In addition to educational preparation, Mrs. Reavis tutored children, young adults, and adults in multiple subjects over the past 20 years.  She also worked in Children’s Ministries from 2004 to 2014.  She worked with the youth in her church from 2014-2016.  Mrs. Reavis taught high school mathematics at HomeSchool Plus from 2011-2015.  She is so excited to return to the HSP family by teaching Geometry!




Lissette Rodriguez

My name is Lissette Rodriguez. I was born to Puerto Rican parents and have been speaking Spanish my entire life. I’ve studied Spanish grammar and literature in high school and college.

I’ve tutored and taught Spanish of varying levels for over 10 years. I am a homeschool mom of 3 and have homeschooled for 13 years.

Carrie Rubinow

Carrie Rubinow is a very active mother of five children (ages 12 to 27), and has been married for almost 29 years to her husband Robert, a clinical counselor that currently works as a contractor for the Navy. Carrie founded The King’s Players Theater Company in 1994 when she had a desire to combine her love for acting and the stage with her calling as a homemaker and proud homeschool mom.

With an extensive background in stage performance in community theater and training at colleges, Carrie has developed her own exciting curriculum, "Shine Like Stars" (based on Philippians 2:15-16), which teaches 15 Drama Principles that encourage creative expression through games and improvisation.

Through Carrie's super-fun, hands-on drama camps and classes, students of all ages learn both basic and advanced principles and techniques of creative acting. Most importantly, Carrie loves using drama to instill in children and teens the knowledge that they are specially and lavishly loved by Jesus, the King of all kings.

Since the age of seven, Carrie has taken acting classes and performed in several plays each year with the Players Guild (anamazing community theater in Northeast Ohio) and the Kent State University Theater (Stark Campus). During her high school years, she helped develop a new drama department at her Alma Mater, Heritage Christian School and secured leading roles in Cheaper by the Dozen and A Man Called Peter. In college, Carrie was awarded several drama scholarships from Kentucky Christian University, where she attended from 1987-1988. Carrie has also received training from classes taken at Kent State University and Seminole Community College. 

Carrie has taught creative drama for many years in places like her home state of Ohio, Chicago, Orlando, and South Africa. Since moving to Virginia 6 year ago, Carrie has had the opportunity to offer several drama camps, direct wizard of Oz Junior at Veritas Collegeiate Academy, and is completing her first year at Homeschool Plus teaching an IMPROV class.

She is very grateful to be part of the Homeschool Plus community!

Mary Sawyer

   Hello! My name is Mary Sawyer and I have enjoyed the privilege of working with children as an Art Instructor for almost 40 years.  My goal is to minister the Word of God to your children through Art Education in its many forms. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from Plymouth State University of the University System of New Hampshire and have done graduate study at Regent University. I am currently teaching grades 2-12 at Homeschool Plus and look forward to meeting you and your family.

Professional Qualifications/Info:

  • B.S. in Art Education, Plymouth State University of the University System of New Hampshire; Graduate Studies at Regent University, Visual Fine Arts Instructor at Kings Grant School of the Arts. Serving the Homeschool Community of Hampton Roads since 1987 through Art Education. Teaching: Bible Studio Art Gr. 2-12. Privileged to serve as HSP High School Chaplain.
  • 1977. Art Instructor at annual Art Workshop for exceptional children at "A Very Special Arts Festival" in Concord,NH
  • 1978-79. Worked as substitute Art Instructor in Union 48 in Plymouth & Holderness,NH 
  • 1979. Worked with exceptional children at Pemigewassett Development Center, Plymouth, NH.
  • Tutored special programs for special learners.
  • Attended Art Conference at Penn State University
  • 1979. Received Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from Plymouth State University of the University system of New Hampshire with concentrations in Painting & Ceramics. Minor in Social Sciences
  • The youngest graduate student in 1979, she has done graduate study at Regent University working on her Masters in Communications/Biblical Studies.
  •  1987-88.  Art Instructor at Agape Christian School K-8.                                                                                       
  • 1988-90. Home School Art Instructor, Cornerstone Christian School K - 12               
  • 1990-Present. Bible Studio Art Instructor at Homeschool Plus Grades 2 - 12.
  • Coordinator of annual Homeschool Plus Bible Studio Art Exhibits.                                                      
  • Summer 2002-present:  Fine Arts Instructor, Kings Grant School of Fine Arts

Mary and her husband Rick homeschooled their 3 grown children Josh, Aaron & Sarah beginning in 1986. All three attended Homeschool Plus. Sarah received her Fine Arts Degree and is currently on staff at Homeschool Plus teaching Honors Art and Bible Studio Art High School Painting.

Mary Sawyer dedicated her life to Jesus Christ in 1976 while attending a Campus Crusade for Christ Bible Study at college and was filled with the Holy Spirit shortly thereafter. She received the coveted BARS Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship, graduating Magna Cum Laude, named to the President's List 4 semesters, served as Vice President of Kappa Delta Pi (an Honors Institution in Education) in 1979, and has exhibited her artwork including sculptural forms & oil paintings at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery in Plymouth, NH. She received a tuition scholarship while attending Regent University. In 1991 she received a special Appreciation Award from Homeschool Plus for her years of service to the Homeschool Community in teaching Art Education. In 1998 & 2005 she received the Teacher of the Year Award from Homeschool Plus. Published in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 8th Ed., 2004 and 9th Ed., 2005. She is currently teaching Bible Studio Art at Homeschool Plus.

Sarah Sawyer


AFA. Fine Arts, College of the Albemarle. Fayetteville Technical CC, Certification in Advertising and Graphic Design, Fine Arts Studies and Digital Photography, Surry CC. Fine Arts Instructor, Kings Grant School of Fine Arts. Teaching: Honors High School Bible Studio Art Gr 9-12. Co-teaching: Bible Studio Art, Honors High School Bible Studio Art, Phone: 252-435-2259; Email: Visit my website:

Visual Art Instructor/Mixed Media Artist


In addition to currently teaching Art to students from high school to adult, I have completed my Certification in Advertising and Graphic Design and worked in Digital Photography.


  • Part-time Visual Arts Instructor to children grades 2 and up at Homeschool Plus Academic Enrichment Center, Norfolk, Virginia, during the academic school year from 2012 to present.
  • Fine Arts Instructor at Kings Grant School of the Arts Fine Arts program in Virginia Beach since 2010, and at Homeschool Plus Academic Enrichment Center’s Fine Arts Program in Norfolk, Virginia, for children during the summer since 2011.
  • Designed artwork for author’s first published book in 2014.
  • Restorative work on damaged artwork, 2011 and 2013.
  • Coordinator for the annual Homeschool Plus Academic Enrichment Center’s Art Exhibit from 2012 to present.
  • Displayed Ceramics at Bowls of Wonder in Elizabeth City, NC.
  • Exibited art piece entitled ‘Hunger’ for the Food Bank of the Albemarle.
  • Published artwork in COA’s April 2015 first edition of Estuaries, an annual visual arts and literary journal featuring poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, photography, and art.
  • Exhibited Ceramics and artwork at Selig’s for 1st Friday Art Walk Art Celebration in May 2015.
  • Exhibited Digital Photograph in “An Asian Experience” cultural event at the Grand Hall of the Shelton-Badgett NC Center for Viticulture and Enology, sponsored by SCC in Spring 2017.


  • Associate in Fine Arts, College of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC – July 2015
  • Certification in Advertising and Graphic Design, SCC – 2016
  • College of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC – Fine Arts – August 2011- 2015.
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC – Fine Arts – Spring & Summer 2014
  • Surry Community College, Dobson, NC – Fine Arts – Fall 2013, Graphic Design – 2015.
  • Surry Community College, Dobson, NC – Digital Photography – 2017.


  • Spring 2014, Exhibited sculptures at the College of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC.
  • Spring 2014. Published in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, 2014.
  • Award Recipient at College of the Albemarle’s Annual Academic and Student Leadership Awards Program, Spring 2014.
  • College of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC – Spring 2013. Named to President’s List.
  • Surry Community College, Dobson, NC – Fall 2013. Named to President’s List.
  • Visual Art contributor, Homeschool Plus Academic Enrichment Center’s Yearbook, Norfolk VA, 2010-2012.
  • Exhibited sketches, paintings, sculpture, mixed media at annual Homeschool Plus Academic Enrichment Center’s Art Show, Norfolk, VA.
  • Selected for membership with PHI THETA KAPPA Honors Society, COA, April 2014.
  • Selected for membership with SIGMA ALPHA PI National Honors Society, FTCC, August 2014-2015.
  • Selected for membership to the National Society of Leadership and Success, COA, Fall 2015.
  • Selected for membership to the National Society of Leadership and Success, SCC, Spring 2016 and 2017.

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Sarah Schwandt

I am a former Homeschool Plus student myself.  I went on to attend Texas A&M University- Kingsville, where I graduated summa cum laude with  a Bachelor's degree in education with a concentration in reading.  My certifications include: Reading/ ELA, 4th-8th grade; Generalists, eartly childhood- 6th grade; and English as a Second Language, Supplimental. After graduating I spent a few years successfully teaching 6th grade reading and language arts at a very low-income school in Dallas, Texas.  After starting my own family, my husband and I relocated to the Hampton Roads area.  This is now my third year teaching at HSP.

Rajesekar Shaker

Adjunct professor at Regent University Film School 

Nations Reach International Missions (NRIM) is dedicated to using media to develop the next generation of Christian minds.

NRIM was founded by film producer Shaker Rajasekar, MFA and his partner Ryan Pace, MFA to continue NRIM’s influential work. 
Shaker has worked in the film industry as an actor and producer for over 20 years. He has worked at the top levels in the industry in India and Hollywood. After producing several awarding winning feature films, Shaker was an Executive Producer on the film “Robot”. At the time “Robot” had the highest budget of any film ever produced in Asia. This film was an amazing collaboration between top visual effects studios in Hollywood and the film industry in Bollywood. It was a collaboration that had not been successfully attempted before. Since “Robot”, Shaker has produced films such as the award winning “Blood and Curry” and has taught directing and producing classes at Regent University. 
Through NRIM Shaker and Ryan are working to equip young minds, specifically in the media production industry, to go out with confidence to change the world.
Melody Stowe

Melody was born and raised in Norfolk, VA and attended Homeschool Plus from kindergarten to 12thgrade. After high school, Melody went to Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Ballet and Modern Dance. While at Belhaven, she studied under numerous experts in the field of dance including former professionals from The Royal Ballet and Houston Ballet.

Melody has extensive training and experience in ballet, modern, and contemporary and performed numerous roles both on stage and working behind the scenes. During her years at Belhaven, Melody had many diverse ministry and leadership experiences including Shining Light Prison Ministries, camp counseling, and service as a co-chaplain in a student-led campus organization.

After graduation, Melody followed the call of the Lord to Berlin, Germany where she worked for two years with arts ministry organization The Limelight Collective using dance and other forms of art as a way to connect with and minister to others.

Melody has taught numerous genres of dance to all ages and has a passion for helping people connect their art with their faith. Melody took worship dance classes at HSP for years as a student and is excited to introduce a new generation to praising the Lord with dance!




Keisha Thomas

Keisha Thomas

 Keisha Thomas, M.Ed., is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana.  Her father, a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, moved Keisha, her mom and little sister to Virginia Beach in the summer of 1986. Keisha grew up in Virginia Beach and graduated from Princess Anne High School.

Keisha has 13 years of experience in education.  After college, Keisha worked as a Kindergarten, 4th and 5th grade teacher at Ivy League Christian Academy.  Shortly after the birth of her daughter, she opened Thomas Learning Center, a home daycare and homeschool program.  She went on to work at Atlantic Shores Christian School – teaching Pre-K3 and 1st grade for five years and then served as the 1st through 6th grade Elementary Director for three years.  Just recently, Keisha joined Regent University as an Instructional Assistant, assisting in teaching graduate students graduate level courses in education. 

Keisha is married to her college sweetheart, Kevin.  They have two children – a son Joshua (18), who she has homeschooled on and off and who will be graduating as a homeschool student through T.E.A.C.H., and a daughter Jordyn (11), who she will begin homeschooling for the 2020-2021 school-year as a 7th grader.  She enjoys spending time with her family and cherishes every moment with them. 

Keisha loves to teach and see that “ah-ha!” moment that each child experiences when they learn.  She enjoys teaching through songs, movement and games! She is familiar with leveled and differentiated instruction and meeting each child at his or her level.  Keisha is a nurturing and compassionate teacher who loves children dearly. 

She loves the Lord with all her heart, and her sole desire in life is to honor and please Him.  She is a faithful member of her local church body – serving in many leadership roles, and a committed ambassador of the Kingdom of God.  Through her efforts as a teacher, she selflessly gives of herself to partner with God to raise up the next generation of Holy Nation citizens so they may enter the world and impact their sphere of influence for Christ. 

She is excited and honored to be joining the HSP family. 

Michele Watson

Michele Watson is originally from upstate New York. She attended a year at Word of Life Bible Institute and graduated with a B. A. from Cedarville College (now Cedarville University) in education. From there she moved to the Tidewater area where she taught for three years at Greenbrier Christian Academy and five years at Norfolk Christian School. For the past 22+ years she has been married to her best friend, Bruce. They have two children whom Michele has homeschooled, one of which has graduated and one who is a rising junior. Michele has taught English classes both outside and in her home for the past nine years, including three years with Classical Conversations as an Essentials tutor. She has a passion for communicating God’s truth through the avenue of language arts and is always excited to share it with others! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and throwing tea parties.


Debbie Wynne

Debbie Wynne is a 29 year veteran of homeschooling. She has seen 10 of her 11 children graduate from homeschool, and has one more left who is starting the 10th grade. She has been a part of HSP for the past five years. Debbie is creative and loves to make school fun. She holds an Associate's Degree in Social Science from Tidewater Community College.

Sherrie Yeates

Sherrie has been a homeschooler for over seven years.   She holds an Associate's degree in Accounting .  She has also completed courses in medical office procedures, medical terminology, nursing assistant.  Sherrie has worked at her church with children and VBS. She has developed children's programs on her mission trips to Costa Rica with her church. 

Sherrie has worked at Homeschool Plus for many years in many different positions, lunchroom, hall monitor and is currently the HSP Office Manager.  Sherrie has a love for children and watching them learn.  She is currently teaching Land Animals Science and Science -Exploring God's World. 

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