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Jill Mazzie

Jill is a wife and mother to 5. Her family has lived in the area for almost 10 years. Her and her husband are currently homeschooling one child. Jill is a 911 Dispatcher and has been for 14 years. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her family, crocheting, cooking, baking and deal shopping.
Contact Jill: [email protected]

Vice President

Betsy Hudson

Betsy is a wife and homeschool mom of 4. She has worked as a nurse in the ICU for the past 16 years and enjoys the study of science. She also studied dance for many years and enjoyed teaching ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical dance up until her oldest child was born. Betsy has taught for other homeschool co-ops in the past and is excited to be teaching for Homeschool First!
Contact Betsy: [email protected]


Dana McCurry


Sharon Dodgion

Sharon Dodgion is a wife and mom to 5 awesome kids. She loves homeschooling 4 of her children. Her oldest, Katie, is attending Liberty University. Sharon grew up in PA, but moved to Lynchburg in 1996 to attend Liberty University. Soon after that she met her future husband, Brian, who grew up in Elon. They now live in Amherst where Brian runs a successful landscaping business, Yard Solutions, LLC. Reading to her children, cooking, baking, and going for walks are some of her favorite things to do. During tax season, she prepares taxes for Liberty Tax Service in Lynchburg. She loves Homeschool First and is happy to be part of this great group of homeschoolers.


Penny Trupe

Penny is a wife and a mother to 3 children. She is currently a work at home, homeschooling mom. Penny studied Computer Science and Business Management at Liberty University. She also worked for Liberty's computer helpdesk for 7 years. She has knowledge of many computer systems and enjoys learning about new technology. She also enjoys reading, baking, sewing, and gardening.
Contact Penny: [email protected]

Events Team Lead

Angela Weaver

Angela Weaver has been teaching theater for all ages, high school and middle literature, Lost Tools of Writing, a high school essay writing class, choir and her own children for over 12 years. Angela taught at Home Front Educators and The Academy Center for the Arts over the years.

Facility Team Lead

Mandi VandeBogart

Classes Team Lead

Field Trips Team Lead

Holly Sweet

Holly is a wife and stay at home mom to 3 kids. She has been homeschooling for 8 years. She loves leading, planning and going on field trips. Holly believes children learn and retain a lot in hands on experiences. In her spare time she enjoys family outings, baking, gardening, hiking and reading.

Member At Large

Phil Mazzie

Phil is a husband and father to 5. Phil is from Detroit, MI and moved to the Central VA area in 2005. He is a stay at home dad that enjoys outdoor activities like fishing, camping and exploring our beautiful area. Before staying home Phil was a truck driver to include tow trucks and big rigs. He loves to travel and has seen much of our country while over the road. Phil also enjoys hilarious internet memes.

Member At Large

Jeff McCurry