Homeschool Plus (HSP) Homeschool Plus (HSP) Calendar


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. 

Christina Bedwell

Christina grew up in Virginia Beach and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and minors in both Environmental Science and Spanish. She traveled to three Spanish speaking countries to gather a deeper understanding of the language and culture and continues to hold a deep passion for teaching it. She has over ten years of experience being a Tutor, a Teaching Assistant, and a workshop leader in various math and science subjects. By using all that she has learned throughout her own studies, career and travels, she has become successful in helping others live up to their full potential by providing a caring, understanding and successful learning environment. Christina is also a member of Mensa.

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:

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. 

Terri Buckson

Terri Buckson 

M.A. in Communication from Regent University

B.A. in Communication from Messiah College

Over 7 years experience teaching English Language Arts courses at Homeschool Plus

Over 10 years homeschooling experience – elementary through high school

Successfully homeschooled her sons, who received letters of acceptance to several universities including Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University

Raised in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, enjoyed working in Philadelphia before graduate school, and currently resides in Chesapeake, Virginia, with her husband, Jed Buckson, who works at the Mid-Atlantic offices of Burns & McDonnell, an architectural and engineering firm

Please refer to Mrs. Buckson’s website to learn more about her and the courses she offers at Homeschool Plus, as well as those she offers off-campus.

Did you know that over 60 percent of the English language is based on Latin and Greek roots?

Courses offered at Homeschool Plus for 2019–2020 include:

Latin & Greek Roots I
(features teacher-developed curriculum; grades 6–9 or higher)

Latin & Greek Roots II
(features teacher-developed curriculum; grades 6–9 or higher)

Advanced Vocabulary
(features The Book of Roots published by Memoria Press; grades 8–12)

Refer to the Homeschool Plus website for class times and tuition information.



Please Note: If your student has a scheduling conflict, visit to learn about courses available off-campus through small group instruction or individual tutoring.


For further information, contact:
Mrs. Terri Buckson
Grocabulary ~ Grow Your Words!

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! 

Randi Crumrine

Randi Crumrine earned her  B.S. in Elementary Education from Gordon College, a Christian liberal arts college in Wenham, MA and is certified K-8. 

I have 35 plus years teaching experience in classroom and home school having home educated her own nine children, 5 of them through high school. 

I especially enjoy teaching and studying literature and history, and connecting God and the Bible with all of it. As a lifelong learner, I enjoy studying Biblical Hebrew and hope to become fluent in modern Hebrew as well. I am a classically trained pianist who enjoys worship music as well as classical. 

I am a licensed NILD therapist, who wants to help every student develop their God-given potential. 

Favorite pastimes include biking, camping, hiking, cooking, and swimming all in moderation, and being with my four grandsons as much as possible! 

Passions include global missions, seeing strong families, and building up the next generation of leaders. 

My paypal account is

Email - 

Phone - 757-309-3909

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.  

Alicia Digges

"Alicia Digges is excited to be teaching with HomeSchool Plus again this year. Alicia is a former homeschool student, who has a passion for written communication and higher education. Alicia graduated from Regent University with degrees in Communication Studies and Leadership. She loves her family, coffee, and helping students discover their true potential."





Robin Downs

Robin Downs is excited to join the HSP family.  She believes in the potential every child holds.  Robin has been involved with Children's Ministry for over 20+ years; implementing a new curriculum, preparing weekly lessons, and training.  Her Team KID Director position included leading volunteers for K- 5th grade, event planning, teaching, and missions.  Robin's college background incorporates Science and Medical courses.  Her experience as an ESL teacher in public school is an asset to her position.  Robin's passion for children is one she has enjoyed her entire life.  She looks forward to teaching and assisting in your child's education. 

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 Associeation 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.  

Lisa Hernandez

Lisa Hernandez has been a working professional performer in Hampton Roads for over 20 years. You can see her in local community productions and she performs regularly as a member of the Regent University Singers a cappella group. She has enjoyed bringing her knowledge of theatre and love for the performing arts to students for over 20 years as well. Teaching: Elementary Musical Theatre, Stage Performance and Drama for Ministry.

Angela Jester

I was first introduced to worship dance at Homeschool Plus in kindergarten. I danced at Lakewood Dance and Music Center for seven years, enjoying ballet, pointe, tap, lyrical, and jazz. From 2010 to 2017, I hosted a week-long worship dance camp during the summer. As a Junior studying psychology at Regent University, I am excited and honored to be teaching where my love for dance began.

Rebecca John

Rebecca John has been a teacher for over a decade. Her diverse experience includes a variety of grades (although 5th was always her favorite) in both public and private schools. She even taught overseas in India for 3 years! She holds a master’s degree in education and will be finishing her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at Old Dominion University this fall (2018).  She enjoys training future teachers at the university but is eager to get back in the classroom and teach students part time. She has two energetic boys (6 and 3) who keep her on her toes, and her husband is a full-time pastor in Norfolk. She enjoys cooking for her family and reading in her spare time (such as it is!) Rebecca has wonderful memories of being homeschooled as a child and is excited to be a part of the homeschooling community at Homeschool Plus!

Malene Kearton

First and foremost, let me just say how excited I am to have this opportunity to be a part of your child’s education!

My name is Malene Kearton. I was born and raised on a small island in the southern part of Denmark and after graduating with a bachelor in Nursing Science from Den Sønderjyske Sygeplejeskole, Sonderborg, Denmark, in 2000, I immigrated to the USA.

The Navy brought our family to this area two years ago. We are a bilingual (English/Danish) Navy family of six, my husband Kris, myself, our two thirteen year old boys, our seven year old daughter, and our six year old daughter. This year will be our sixth of schooling at home and we feel we get to experience the best of both worlds between home and HSP.

May this be a fruitful year for you and your little one. 

God bless you,



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


PayPal email:

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.  

Norma Laughmiller , home 252-338-6570 & cell 717-8737

Norma lives in NC and has worked in public and private Christian schools. She became interested in the National Institute of Learning Development’s Educational Therapy as a method of helping students learn. Norma completed her NILD training and became a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist and also obtained a graduate degree in Special Education at ODU. She continued some post-grad work at Regent University. Her love of helping students discover learning in new ways became her life work. In 1996 her husband took a new position in the D.C. area and they moved to MD. She was blessed with a position to direct the Discovery program at Annapolis Area Christian School for ten years until her husband’s retirement. During the last 9 years Norma has maintained a private practice providing NILD Educational Therapy in her home. Aside from ET, time is spent loving her family especially her 3 grands, with her rescued Lakeland Terrier Greta, “Y” health maintenance, and devotion to her God through church and community. “Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future only He can see.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

Cecilee Linke

Bonjour! Buon giorno! I am Cecilee Linke and I teach French and Italian at HSP. Foreign languages are my passion and I'm so excited to be sharing that with your children! This is my second year teaching Italian and my fifth year teaching French. I've been to France twice, haven't been to Italy yet, but hope to go someday!

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.

Carol Martin-Gregory

Greetings ! My students call me Miss Carol and this will be my 18th year at HSP. I can't wait to begin this new school adventure, for my greatest passion has always been teaching - especially writing! My classes are creative, colorful, and out of the box, - a true reflection of my personality !

I have lived a fast-paced, blessed life! Enjoy my "bio" below :

I grew up on a large strawberry farm in Virginia Beach in a big family of 9. My Greatest Inspiration was my teacher / farmer / wrestling coach father, Billy Martin, the "father of high school wrestling in Virginia " , also in the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. He instilled in me a love for learning, teaching, and health. When younger, I was a real tomboy! I wrestled boys and rode my horse bareback !

I have been a :

- singer in a calypso band

- fitness trainer

- seamstress and costume designer

- fashion design teacher and a

-tap and ballet teacher (20 years )

I enjoy art, sewing, shopping, music, dance, reading, writing ( stories , poetry ,cards ), and exercising!

Education : Florida Keys Jr. College and ODU.

HSP teacher of the year : 2003 /4

My class produces the HSP magazine  (last 5 years) and first made the HSP newspaper for 12 years.

I have five amazing children (homeschooled  the last two) , 1st to 12th grades, and 9 wonderful grandchildren.

Finally husband , Robert ,and I

Have lived in North Carolina for the last 35 years.

Please call me at 757-816-5355 if you have any questions !


Amanda McBreen

Director of Brain Bridges and Academy programs. NILD Educational Therapist and instructor. Amanda McBreen has a Master's degree from Johns Hopkins and an undergraduate degree from Roanoke College. She brings a love of learning and literature into every class. The Socratic Method of teaching is the hallmark of her style. She has been teaching for more than a dozen years including 7th/8th grade Academy and multiple writing classes in 2017-18. Teaching: 8th Academy,  English with British Literature for 9th & 10th,  HS History and Individual NILD Therapy,  Phone: 757-484-4568 or 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

Andrew Minquez

Andrew Minguez, born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, began playing piano at the age of 5 and violin at age10, studying with Christina Morton of the Virginia Symphony. Mr. Minguez graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Viola/Violin Performance from East Carolina University and a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance from Stony Brook University. Andrew was admitted to the Doctorate of Musical Arts Program at Stony Brook on full scholarship in 2016, where he is currently pursuing a performance degree in viola. As a part of the inaugural class, Mr. Minguez studied in the Emerson String Quartet Intensive for four years while at Stony Brook. For two consecutive years his quartet was awarded the opportunity to study with Gilbert Kalish as the sole chamber ensemble in his Piano Quartet Intensive Program. Throughout his college career Mr. Minguez’s principal teachers and mentors have included Ara Gregorian, Melissa Reardon, Nicholas Cords, and Lawrence Dutton.


Mr. Minguez has enjoyed summers performing at music festivals such as Innsbrook Chamber Music Festival, The Beethoven Institute at Mannes, Heifetz International Music Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and Rites of Spring performing arts series. Mr. Minguez was invited to be a teaching artist and chamber music coach at Kneisel Hall Maine Students and at the Summer Chamber Music Institute at East Carolina University.


Since 2014, Mr. Minguez has served as principal violist with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, of which he is a founding member. Mr. Minguez is a former member of Arcanum String Quartet and Emanio String Quartet. As an avid chamber musician, Mr. Minguez has collaborated with some of worlds most sought after performing artists, including Gilbert Kalish, Paul Watkins, and Soovin Kim. Mr. Minguez has recorded at Soundrec Studio in Boston, MA, where he performed on the sound track by Kevin Penkin for the new anime series “The Rising of the Shield Hero”, and was featured in the pop single “When the World was Special”, by singer/songwriter Petrina Foley. In 2012 Mr. Minguez was awarded an Honorarium to perform as a guest artist in The Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival along side Hagai Shaham and East Carolina University Faculty. He is also a 1st prize winner of the Ackerman Chamber Music Competition held annually at Stony Brook University.

Mr. Minguez is a dedicated teacher. As Adjunct Faculty at Old Dominion University, he is instructing both violin and viola students in the Community Music Division. Mr. Minguez also teaches privately in his home studio as well as at Angelico Violins in Chesapeake and Home School Plus in Norfolk.


Mr. Minguez performs on a viola made by Joseph Grubaugh and Sigrun Seifert

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! 

Hailey Nittinger

Hailey Nittinger:

I am a currently a student at Tidewater Community College, planning to transfer to San Diego State University for Zoology in a couple years.

I've been co-teaching at Homeschool Plus for 4 years now, and when I started I thought teaching is what I wanted to pursue a career in. Well, life took me down another path that I am absolutely ready for, but I love what I do and every one of my students. So, I'm choosing to stay and use this gift that God has given me, until I can't any longer.

I fell in-love with the amazing minds of the growing and striving children I was surrounded by. I take pride in creating  different learning methods that are suitable and comfortable for each child. Seeing their face light up after they finally understand something is my favorite part of the job, and is what gives me that drive to come into class every morning.

I am the person I am today because of the children that have come into my life through co-op education.

I'm so thankful for every sticky hand, paint stained shirt I've had to throw in the trash, every lego I've ever stepped on, and every yogurt tube I've opened and spilt all over the floor. 

I wouldn't trade the experiences I've had here for the world. I'm so thankful for every beautiful little mind that has walked through that door.

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.


Gina Parcells

My friends say I should be embarrassed to admit that math energizes me. It's just that - in a world full of problems, it's exciting to find solutions!

I graduated Valedictorian from high school and then Summa Cum Laude from Clemson University. Fresh out of college I became a CPA, but accounting just wasn't my cup of tea.

I switched to teaching at a Virginia Beach high school and found both a love for students and a passion for teaching them. I did all the super dork stuff, from sponsoring the Math Honor Society to designing t-shirts with math puns (2 ∞ >) to creating contests for best math poems. (You should hear the love poem to's beautiful.) I also did the mundane junk like earning National Board Certification, teaching the teachers, and becoming Teacher of the Month (no, not of the Year).

I taught at that school for about a hundred years before I decided to take my show on the road. Why? Because kids deserve our very best. Kids deserve to gain a love for and an understanding of the processes that math offers, processes that guide them to solutions. Nowadays, we put calculators in kids' hands and teach them that getting an answer is more important than knowing HOW to get that solution. Kids don't learn their multiplication tables in third grade, and it haunts them in high school. Kids rely on their calculators so much in high school that they are lost when the SAT asks them to do math (Heaven forbid!) by hand. These same kids eventually join the adult workforce, but they have not mastered how to patiently work through a process to solve a problem. It's not their fault. We the teachers have to change. That's why I'm here.

Count on the Nerdy Math Girl to make math as easy as pi.



Nicole Park

NIKI PARK comes to us with experience as a 3rd and 4th grade Language Art Teacher at Court Street Academy. She holds an Associates Degree in Graphic Design and a Bachelors Degree in History from Old Dominion University.  Mrs. Park has over thirteen years experience in government contracting administration. Fulfilling a longtime goal of becoming a teacher, Mrs. Park is incredibly grateful to join the staff at Homeschool Plus  She is passionate about teaching children to enjoy writing, a skill that will serve them well throughout their adult lives.  Mrs. Park has a daughter who is a rising 5th grader at Homeschool Plus and a member of St. John's Church in Portsmouth.  She enjoys reading, writing, photography, and teaching yoga in her spare time. She is the founder of the community development group,Create Portsmouth Now.

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!

Kelly Reynolds


Kelly Reynolds is excited to join HSP for the 2018-2019 school year!  She's a VB native but now lives in Norfolk, and attended Norfolk Christian & William and Mary.  Kelly taught math for 7 years in both Norfolk & Virginia Beach Public Schools before taking time off to stay home with her son Delton, now age 2.  She enjoys good food, attempting Pintrest craft projects, celebrating Pi Day, and spending time outside with Delton, her husband Farley, and dog Burger.  She brings passion for math to the classroom and loves helping students gain confidence in their abilities.

Lissette Rodriquez

Bio coming soon 

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.

Matthew Smith

Bio coming soon!

David Stokes

David Stokes
Within the last two years I retired from a nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania (Susquehanna Nuclear) as a Senior Chemist.
Since then I have been a temporary chemistry instrument repair/ calibration person for Merck & Co (a pharmaceutical company), and just before we left, a substitute teacher in several Northeast PA school districts.
And now, I want to help homeschoolers learn chemistry and start taking science back for the Creator who made it.
I have a B.S. in Chemistry from Millersville University of Pennsylvania (Yes, I met my wife there, and no, it wasn't so long ago that electrons were made out of wood).  

I was born in Harrisburg PA.  I accepted Christ later in life (and actually had a college chemistry professor that was also a believer)! 


Deanne Stokes

Deanne Stokes

I will be team teaching Chemistry with my husband.  I have recently relocated to the Hampton Roads area because the beach is calling (my husband).  

I have a B.S in Chemistry from Millersville University of Pennsylvania.  After working for Merck & Co., for several years in quality control, I "retired" to begin the new season of my life - that of raising my children.
I then homeschooled my three kids for a total of 19 years with my daughter now working on her Doctorate at Regent University (another reason to come to the area)
During my time as a homeschool mom, I taught chemistry labs for homeschoolers while participating in a homeschool co-op.
Prior to leaving Pennsylvania, I was the Assistant to the Chemistry Laboratory Director at Kings College in Wilkes-Barre PA.  I also was a part-time adjunct faculty at Kings College for two semesters teaching Chemistry Laboratory classes.

I was born in New York City and am a preacher's kid.  My mom has relocated to the area with us.
Having a love for kids of all ages and a passion for them meeting Christ, I have served as a Kid Min teacher for many years, leading the Kid Min program in several churches with the most recent being at Wyoming Valley Church in Pennsylvania.


I am excited to start this adventure with Homeschool Plus!



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!




Angela Walters

Angela Walters is a licensed Educational Therapist through the National Institute for Learning Development. She specializes in serving children with dyslexia and dysgraphia. Angela is also an experienced educator, holding three endorsements as a licensed teacher through the Virginia Department of Education and the Texas Education Agency. Additionally, Angela holds a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Texas. She has a passion for painting and printmaking, taking great joy in using her God-given talents to express how she sees our colorful world. Most importantly, Angela is a child of God, a devoted Navy wife, and proud mother of two amazing boys!

Terri Wilson

I've been a homeschool mom since 2002.  Before homeschooling my kids, I schooled other people's kids in both public and private schools in Virginia Beach and Norfolk from 1995.  During my college days at Virginia Wesleyan College and Norfolk State University, I taught preschool from 1991.  I have extensive experience with the preschool and Kindergarten age groups, as well as dealing with young children who have ADD, ADHD, Austism Spectrum Disorders, Aspergers and sensory processing issues.  My own youngest son has ADHD, Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder.  I enjoy working with young children.

Jessica Wollum

My name is Jessica (Jessie) Wollum. I will complete my degree with a major in American Government and Politics and a minor in Economics from Regent University this fall. (I’m almost there!)

I have a decade of speech and debate experience, ranging from competing to coaching in various formats. Most recently, I was on the leadership board for Regent University’s Undergraduate Debate Association and competed in Moot Court for three years. Along with my partner, we were the Mid-Atlantic Regional Champions and qualified for the National competition two years in a row, where I also placed as 24th best orator in the nation. As a result of my competition experience and dedication to helping my peers, my coach asked me to become the assistant coach for the 2018-2019 season, a position I am thrilled to take.

I also have experience in Lincoln-Douglas debate and Mock Trial. As debate president my senior year, I taught newcomers how to argue in the LD style, which was a skill I used when I sought to expand Regent’s debate program to include LD. For two years in college, I taught my peers about LD and was able to recruit some of those students to test out Moot Court as well. (One of those recruits became my Moot Court partner and fellow regional champion!)

While debating is my primary experience, being a good speaker is a prerequisite for being a good debater. The positions I have held throughout the years, including student government president and drama camp (VBS) director, have provided me with a wealth of practical experience in honing my own speaking skills and encouraging others to do the same. I look forward to sharing my love of the world of speech and debate with my students this year!

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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Kathleen Yopp

Kathleen Yopp has been a pediatric occupational therapist for almost 20 years. She has worked in several settings, including public schools, early intervention, and outpatient and inpatient therapy. She is experienced in all areas of development including motor skill development and sensory processing and how they affect school performance.

She can help you and your child if they are:

· struggling with motor skills such as poor grasp patterns and difficulty manipulating smaller objects

· struggling with handwriting skills and handwriting legibility

struggling with poor hand strength (can’t hold ·pencil correctly, press too hard on the pencil)

· struggling with sensory processing (can’t sit still, frequent fidgeting, have a hard time staying focused when challenged)

· struggling with the right/left side of their body, knowing their right from their left, or coordinating both sides of their body together

· have a diagnosis of dysgraphia, ADHD, or sensory processing disorder

· struggling with body awareness (clumsy kids who drop things, frequently bump into things).

Kathleen M Yopp, MOT, OTR/L

Therapy Director

Helping Hands Therapy Services, PLLC

main: 757-550-0725

direct: 757-615-4538

fax: 888-306-7078