Nora Bucy is a homeschooling mother of four in the process of moving into the Purcellville area with three of her four children. She has been homeschooling since her eldest, who is now a college graduate and moved out, was in 5th grade. Her last five years has been spent as the kindergarten teacher and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd facilitator at Ave Maria Academy in Catonsville, MD. Nora is a northern Virginia native and is excited to be moving back. Her family will be parishioners at St. Francis de Sales. She is very excited to be a part of CHRSM and looks forward to meeting everyone and introducing her three children.
Lina Cahan received her BS in Mathematics with a minor in secondary education from James Madison University. She taught in Fairfax County Public Schools before beginning her family. She and her husband David were blessed with 5 children and have been members of St Francis de Sales since 1988. Shortly after her last child was born, about 17 years ago, she resumed her teaching career with private tutoring, homeschool classes and SAT Prep. She loves the dynamics of teaching a class of math students, mixing humor and personal anecdotes with what can be difficult material for some students, and is energized by these young people.
She enjoys time with her 5 grandchildren, baking, taking walks and local hikes, exploring Scriptures, and getting together with her 7 siblings who all live nearby.
Mrs. Caroline Ceigersmidt
Caroline graduated Summa Cum Laude from Towson University in 1999 with a double major in Mass Communication and Communication Studies and a minor in Business Administration. After working in live television production full-time, she now works part-time as an Audio Engineer for live sports and other television productions. She has been homeschooling her children for 5 years, since her oldest started Kindergarten. Caroline taught the preschool class at another local co-op for one year and enjoyed the time spent with the children and coming up with creative projects for them to do that also challenged them to think about and learn the material presented. She is looking forward to presenting the Five in a Row curriculum and encouraging children to learn using classic stories as a jumping off point.
Ms. Callie Chaplow is an 11-year homeschool veteran teacher and St. Francis de Sales parishioner, who lives in Lovettsville with four sons. Prior to her homeschooling mission, Ms. Chaplow served as the chief legislative aide for a prominent Virginia Delegate and Senator reviewing and authoring various pieces of legislation, drafting constituent correspondence, writing press releases, composing studies, interacting with citizens, doing paralegal work, and more.
Callie’s favorite aspect of homeschooling is enabling children to discover the world around them and how God is woven into every aspect of it, offering His fingerprint in His order through math, music, language, nature, and humanity. Ms. Chaplow has been teaching at homeschool groups and co-ops for nine years across subject matters such as history, science, English grammar, Latin declensions and conjugations, math memory work, geography, and world timeline.
At CHRSM, Ms. Chaplow will be introducing IEW’s (Institute for Excellence in Writing) TWSS (Teaching Writing Structure and Style), which she has used for eight years and taught in co-ops for five years. It offers children a formulaic approach to writing making it accessible to everyone. Ms. Chaplow has a love for English grammar and the importance of clear communication. She will be weaving that into her class.
After all, Jesus Christ’s great charter to us, HIS disciples was, “ . . . Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you . . .” We’re best prepared to do this with a firm grasp on properly structured communication.
Ms. Chaplow will be including fun and interactive elements into class to introduce English grammar memory, common Greek and Latin roots, word usage, vocabulary, and more, while always illustrating these concepts with interesting and relevant historic events and stories.
Jeannie DeLisi brings teaching experience from many “worlds”: both corporate and academic, in both Catholic and public schools, and at the secondary and collegiate levels. Mrs. DeLisi is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Music/Voice Performance and an M.A. in English (“with distinction”). After teaching College Composition at Virginia Tech for two years, she moved back “north” to begin her career as a corporate trainer while still teaching College Composition at NOVA Community College. She eventually started a successful business as an Educational Consultant, in order to be a work-at-home mom. Once her son was school aged, she obtained her Virginia state teaching certification. An original parishioner of Our Lady of Hope, Mrs. DeLisi was also one of the original faculty members of OLOH School and taught there for ten years. She pioneered a middle school Humanities program that combined English, Geography, and History. Known for her fun and engaging teaching style, she combines an “old school” approach to grammar with the best practices of 21st century pedagogy, always solidly Catholic. Her experience with teaching homeschoolers began after a two-year stint in the LCPS system. She is now convinced that homeschooling is a fantastic solution for Catholic families, for their children’s growth academically as well as spiritually. She has been married for 30 years to Rick and has one son Chris, who was in the first graduating class of OLOH. In her spare time, she cantors the 5:00 and 12:15 masses and performs with local community theatre groups, most recently as “Mrs. Potts” in Beauty and the Beast.
Margaret Duquette is excited to return to CHRMS her active, creative educational approach. She believes that students retain material when textbook knowledge is extended through cooperative learning such as discussion, small-group work, skits, hands-on projects, and games. Students learn when learning is fun!
Mrs. Duquette homeschooled two of her children from first through 12th grades, including navigating competitive college admissions. She holds a B.A. with distinction in English from the University of Virginia with a minor in Religious Studies. Her special interests include English literature and grammar, American history, Shakespeare, and theater.
Tim Gardiner, Owner of GamePoint Athletics:
I am first and foremost a Born-Again Christian. Above all, I want to be identified as a follower of Jesus. I am a husband and father of two very young daughters. I am also a veteran PE teacher. I've worked with youth of all ages in various capacities for over 20 years. It has always been a dream of mine to own a youth sports company. Through a set of clearly God-directed circumstances, He lead my wife (Elisabeth) and I to start GamePoint Athletics. Our company's mission is combine quality athletic programming with an emphasis on character education. Our vision is to see kids grow to be more like Jesus as they experience the natural character-building opportunities athletics offer.
Diane Harvey is a former Assistant Professor of Government at George Mason University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science in 1993 and earned her doctorate in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland in 1998, specializing in American Government and Political Behavior. While completing her doctorate, she taught numerous undergraduate classes for the University of Maryland and was a recipient of their Excellence in Teaching Award. Upon completion of her doctorate, she served as assistant professor and internship director in the political science department at George Mason University. She took an "early retirement" from academia to homeschool her children, but she has returned to the classroom in recent years to teach courses in government, history, and literature to local high school students. She has been an active member of the Catholic homeschooling community in Loudoun County for the past 15 years. She is a parishioner at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church and lives in Potomac Falls with her husband, four children, and one incredibly goofy dog.
Nancy Juday, mother of five, has been homeschooling for 19 years. Her oldest graduated from college this year, two are currently enrolled in college, and two are still at home. She spent 11 years working on Capitol Hill as a legislative advisor to various members of Congress prior to raising her family. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Master’s of Science degree in Taxation. She has taught the Founding Fathers class in the Grammar School for several years and Latin for the Upper School at Classical Cottage School. She is also a substitute teacher in the Clarke County School System. Nancy has attended nearly 30 CCS Latin classes over the years, working through the course material alongside her children, and tutoring additional students as well. She has also often served as substitute teacher for our Latin classes.
Marcia Malloy is an art educator with 28 years teaching experience. Her degree is a BA of Architecture from Va Tech. After a few years pursuing that field, she discovered the joy of teaching students to draw and seeing them grow in their artistic pursuits. Classes at Rhode Island School of Design, Nova, and the Torpedo Factory gave her the skills she needed to accomplish those goals.
Since 1988, she has taught art to elementary and middle school students at Christian Assembly Academy, Dominion Christian School, and for 17 years at Trinity Christian School in Fairfax. During that time she also taught homeschool and private classes as well. Moving to Leesburg in 2007, she taught summer camps at Art Square. Retiring from Trinity in 2014, she has taught at Right At Home and has opened a studio in her home in Leesburg, as well as teaching at Assisi Bridge Coop for 4 years.
Mrs. Malloy lives in Leesburg with her daughter, son in law and three grandsons and attends Free Life Church. She has 5 daughters, 4 sons in law, 15 grandchildren, 3 chickens, and a dog.
Emily Minick has a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Christendom College and a M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins University. She has worked on Capitol Hill in both the Senate and House of Representatives on legislative issues ranging from economic policy, foreign affairs, taxes and social issues. She has also worked at the Family Research Council and Americans United for Life. Currently, she and her husband run a real estate property company in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She also teaches economics to high school homeschoolers in West Virginia. Emily and her husband have 4 children and are members of St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town, West Virginia.
Becky received a B.S. in Political Science from West Virginia University before moving to the Washington, D.C. area and becoming gainfully employed by a well-known political analyst. Her first “gig” lasted a few short years before her true love of science won out and she returned to the University of Maryland, obtaining a Doctorate of Pharmacy. She enjoyed a variety of experiences in the field of pharmacy, including teaching at schools of pharmacy and working at the Food and Drug Administration, before her “retirement” in 2010 to homeschool her growing family. She has taught a wide variety of homeschool classes, focusing primarily on science but also on history and geography.
Becky and her husband, Red, are long-time members of Purcellville Baptist Church and active in ministry. Their favorite pastime is time with their four kids as well as with extended family and friends.
My name is Angela Stock, and I am excited to be the middle school Spanish teacher! I am mom to 2 amazing kids, and have enjoyed homeschooling for the past 7 years. In life before mom, I was an Occupational Therapist working with adults in Florida and California. I studied multiple years of Spanish in high school and college, but didn't fall in love with the language until I began conversing with many Spanish-speaking patients and staff, and saw how wonderful it was to open doors of communication. We are long time members at Leesburg Community Church, and thrilled to be part of God's family with you!
Gabrielle Whalen graduated with a B.S. from the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale N.Y. and an M.S. from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, N.Y. In her 28 years as a nurse, she has worked as a Nurse Practitioner, flight nurse, and has spent the last several years working part time in the Emergency Room at Children’s National Trauma Center in Washington D.C. Gabrielle lives with her husband and 10 children in Berryville, VA. We are happy to welcome her to CHRSM this year!