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Getting to Know Our Teachers

Getting to Know Our Teachers


Mrs. Andrea Anderson


 High School Diploma (with specialist degree in Child Care) Certified Teacher's 
Assistant, Foster Care Classes (on going relating to many ages) 

I blog at Many of my blogs have been 
published on other sites. I am commissioned blogger at Adoption Media. I am also 
a  published author as a contributing author in the book "Welcome to the Roller 
Coaster: The Real Life Ups and Down of Foster Care. (due out in Fall 2013) 

Teaching Experience: 
 I have worked with preschool age children since the age of 10. I worked as a 
camp counselor at a top preschool in Florida. I was a Kindergarten teacher at 
the YMCA in Newport News for over a year. I have also been homeschooling for 7 

 I am a homeschooling mother of five children. We have been homeschooling since 
preschool. We are a foster family as well. Our youngest two children were 
recently adopted. My oldest three are in the 6th, 4th, and 2nd grade. I have 
always enjoyed learning and teaching. There have been preschoolers in my home 
for the last 11 years, and it's an age I very much enjoy. 

 Mrs. Angie Craig
Bachelor's Degree in Social Work 1996
Worked toward my Master's in Social Work as well
Foster Care training 
Teaching Experience:
Homeschool Mom for 10 years
Taught IEW and Grammar with a co-op
Worked as a Behavioral Counselor at a special needs hospital for children
Angie is a homeschooling mother to five children and has been homeschooling for ten years. She has taught IEW in the past and looks forward to teaching it again. Angie has worked with children in Sunday School and as a Behavioral Counselor at a hospital for children. In addition, she directs a large Vacation Bible School every year and does child care in her home. 

Mrs. Tracey Esplin


Educational Background:

Masters in Education, Emphasis in Curriculum & Instruction, College of William & Mary, 2004

Bachelor of Science, Dual Major in English & History, Utah Valley State University, 2000



10,000 Years of History Buried Under a Lake: The Story of the History of Fairy Stone State Park, 2010,

John’s Jamestown Journey, 2007, Publish America

America’s First Mystery, 2004, Publish America


Teaching Experience:

Middle School Special Education History, English and Science Teacher, Peasley Middle School, Gloucester County Public Schools, 2004-2008


Elementary Teacher, 3rd-5th grade, New Horizons, Newport News Public Schools, 2000-2004 Taught all for core subjects.



Having been a previous school teacher and now a stay at home mother homeschooling my own children, I love watching children learn and helping them to learn in various ways. I have 5 children of my own, and am currently homeschooling 3 of them (the other two being babies). I like to see that children are exposed to all the learning we can give the


Mrs. Guadalupe Fernandez

Instructor: Guadalupe Fernandez. BA English Philology, MA Spanish Literature. 10 years of teaching experience: ESL grades 6-12 in Spain, Spanish grades K-College in Syracuse, NY and Gloucester, VA


Mrs. Trish Lohman

Trish Lohman has a Bachelors Degree from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a certified teacher in Virginia. She has enjoyed using her degree and certification to homeschool her three children for nine years. Prior to homeschooling she taught in the Virginia Beach Public Schools.  Her oldest son is now in college and she continues to homeschool her two daughters.


Mrs. Amanda Owings

Amanda Owings, the mother of two girls, is a new homeschool mother. She is excited about teaching and participating in the Homeschooling Together Co-op. For a look at her educational background she Went to BYU-Idaho for Elementary Education. She also has her AA fron TNCC in Social Science.  She was a Montessori School Teacher Assistant, a Kindergarten Teacher Assistant, a Substitute for YCSD, and a past Para-Educator at Grafton High School in York County.


Mrs. Stacy Ruff

Homeschool mother of 5.


Mrs. Pamela Thompson


Pamela Thompson is a Montessori and ESL teacher.  She is certified to teach preschool/K, and lower and upper elementary ages.  She has been teaching for 11 years.  She has a BA in psychology and is currently seeking a graduate degree in Christian Counseling and will be working exclusively with children. 



Mrs. Michelle Wells


Educational Background

Master of Social Work, Indiana University, 2000


Bachelor of Social Work, Ball State University, 1999


Home School Graduate, 1995


Teaching Experience


English Tutor, Ball State University 1995-1996


Adjunct Faculty, Ivy Tech Community College 1999-2000


Newborn Family Educator, Mannheim Germany 2001-2002


Exceptional Family Member Program Educator, Mannheim Germany 2002-2003



All of my formal teaching experience has been with adults, but I have taught children in various informal settings such as Sunday School and tutoring programs since I was 19.  In addition, my experience as a social worker has required me to work quickly to understand individual motivations and work to individual strengths both in adults and children.

I was homeschooled from the 6th through the 12th grades after having been in both public and private schools.  Initially we chose to put my oldest son into public schools, but quickly learned it was not a working environment for him.  Having had a great homeschooling experience myself, we choose to take the same path knowing the freedom and flexibility would better allow him to meet his potential. He is a 3rd grader this year and has a 4yo brother.