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Dr. Donna Acree

Dr. Donna Acree was born in Prince George, VA.  She attended Bluefield and Longwood University.  After receiving a degree in Exercise Science, she moved to Florida working in areas of Fitness and Physical Rehabilitation.  Dr. Donna attended Sonoran University of Health Sciences in Tempe, AZ, graduating with a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003.  While in medical school, she gained appreciation for a holistic approach to treating patients for over 20 years.

Following graduation, Dr. Donna moved back to the east coast and opened a private practice in PA and MD.  She began teaching Life Sciences 4 years ago sparking an unexpected enthusiasm!

Dr. Donna and her husband have been blessed with 3 beautiful daughters, 4 mischievous cats, 15 energetic chickens, and quite possibly, 101 entertaining squirrels.  Homeschooling began in 2014.  Dr. Donna enjoys playing piano, hiking, exercising, dark chocolate, tending her flowers and herbs, random dance moves, and discovering cool stuff in nature, like animal bones.  After 31 years, God’s plan was returning our family to Virginia in the spring of 2023.

Amy Blaha

Amy also teaches the 1st grade here at Calvary Chapel Fluvanna. To learn more about her and our Kindergarten, please visit

Mark Brennan

Mark’s two great passions in life are to love and serve God, and to love and serve others. He shares these passions with his beautiful wife Lisa, to whom he has been married for nearly 35 years. Together they have raised eight wonderful children, homeschooling them for over 20 years. They have also been blessed with 11 grandchildren. Mark was an active-duty Marine for 27 years, worked for the Navy for two years as a contractor, and is also a Virginia certified teacher with five years of teaching experience in the Fluvanna County Public Schools.

Dana Catlett

Dana and her husband, Tim, both originally from Buckingham County, have lived in Fluvanna since 1992. They have three grown children and homeschooled them for 17 years. Dana has a bachelor's degree in English from UVA. Her favorite things to teach to her own kids were history and literature. Now retired from homeschooling, Dana spends her time crunching numbers as an accountant and volunteering in various roles with her church and in the community.

John Cooper

John Cooper has been a technology teacher and administrator in a public school in Central New York. He has taught physics and technology subjects in a Christian mission school in Okinawa and Kentucky. He also taught discrete mathematics and computer systems as an adjunct instructor for Syracuse University. He is married to Betty Jean, and they have two children who are married and have children and grandchildren of their own. His hobbies include music, reading, computer programming, and cooking. Throughout his teaching career he has been an active member of the Warners United Methodist Church.

Michael Dech

Michael is a Christian first and foremost. Has been working in IT and teaching IT courses for 30+ years in formal and informal classroom settings. He is currently employed as a CyberSecurity Architect building and evaluating systems designed to protect US government information.

Margaret Estes

Margaret graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in mathematics. After a brief 4-yr career at IBM, she stayed home to raise her 5 children. During that time, she began to teach in various homeschool co-ops and in local private schools, covering math courses from pre-algebra to algebra 2, writing and grammar, and even physics! God has also given her a passion to teach His Word to children, which she has done at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, Calvary Chapel Austin, TX, in Maryland and now at CC Fluvanna. In her spare time, she volunteers with local refugees, bakes, hangs out in coffee shops, and walks or bikes. Her favorite thing to do is travel with her husband of 29 years.

Jenifer Flathers

Jeni received her Bachelors in Early childhood Education from the University of Illinois with an area of concentration in Spanish. She taught for 5 years in 3 states (elementary, middle school, and beginninging Spanish) before staying home to raise their 5 children. The Lord called Jeni and husband Bill to homeschool their children in 1995 and it was the best decision they ever made! After 26 years - all 5 have graduated from their homeschool high school! While homeschooling she realized how much she was learning along with her kids - and that hasn’t stopped! Her favorite homeschool memories are the years spent working together with their farm animals, and their family read-aloud times where together they read tons of great children’s books! She and Bill have been married for 45 years and love serving the Lord together, traveling, and being grandparents to 10 amazing grandchildren. 

Heather Foote

Heather Foote has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College.  She taught 1st grade for eight years in a Christian school before staying home to raise and homeschool her three children. Her husband, Joshua, is a pastor at a local church. Heather enjoys traveling, has lived in South Africa for a year, and has been to several other countries on missions trips and vacations. She looks forward to sharing about God's wonderful world with your children.

Tom Guthrie

Before God called him into full-time church ministry, Tom worked as a high school teacher and an athletic coach, a volunteer in children’s ministries, and an adult home bible study leader. In hearing the awesome verse-by-verse Biblical teaching on CSN radio, the LORD put a burning desire in Tom’s heart to see the Spirit of God, through the Word of God, change the hearts of His people for His glory.

Nicole Haseltine

Nicole has always aspired to be a teacher; she even went to college for it before Covid hit. After Covid put a halt to her college years, she pursued the family business of hot air ballooning! She is also a nanny to two little children and a waitress at Wahoo BBQ. Nicole graduated from Fluvanna County High School in 2019 and participated in sports and athletic training while she was there, and is now the assistant volleyball coach to the Lady Falcons Volleyball Team here at Calvary Chapel Fluvanna. With much experience with kids of all ages, she is excited to encourage and share Jesus with all who take her gym class!

Jane Hermann

I learned to crochet from my mother at age twelve and to knit in my twenties. Now that I have retired from the corporate world, I have found there to be a large number of people who would like to learn these creative skills. Sewing was part of my high school education and provided me the ability to make clothes for myself and my children over the years. Teaching has always been enjoyable and I’m looking forward to another productive season with students of all ages.

Philip Hippert

Owner of Trinity Auto Repair

Jayna Marcelli

Jayna and her husband, Domenic have five children and have been homeschooling them for ten years. While three of them have graduated, two of their children will be attending CCHC this year.  Jayna earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut in general studies with an emphasis in Business and Psychology.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, sewing and knitting.

Laura Mason

Laura Mason is the mother of seven children, some of whom she homeschools. She has worked as an editor, researcher, and flute teacher. Teaching in the homeschool community for over 10 years, she has enjoyed assisting in the education of many children in North Carolina, Richmond, Fluvanna, and Charlottesville. Her classes have included preschool, kindergarten, art, writing, math, and Kids Connect. Laura lives on the beginnings of a little farm in Fluvanna county and loves helping out at her neighbor's pottery.

Warren McIvor

Warren has been a part of CCF for 19 years and currently serves at the administrative pastor. He spends much of his free time on the local pickleball courts and is certified as a coach by the Professional Pickleball Registry. Warren and his wife Diane live at Lake Monticello and have 10 children, 19 grandkids and 5 great grandkids.

Stefanie Melton

Stefanie grew up with great southern home cooks in her family, and her love of cooking and baking began when she was still in elementary school.  Along with learning from both her grandmothers and her mom, she has taught herself the ins and outs of preparing a wide variety of foods. She loves all things food, from making it, to photographing it, and of course consuming it! She is excited to share her knowledge and passion with each student.  She is also a wife to Jonathan and mom to 3, Aden, Emma and Cason. Her family has been a part of Calvary Chapel Fluvanna for almost 15 years!  She personally accepted Jesus as her Savior when she was 5 years old and along with cooking, her other passion is teaching God's Word to women and teens.

Karen Miller

Karen Miller is wife to Brian and a mother to four kiddos (Sierra, Chyler, Ariella, and Mason). They have been a part of the local homeschooling community since 2012. Karen has a bachelor’s degree from Regent University and holds a Virginia State teaching certificate (pre-K through 6th grade). Karen is also an online ESL teacher and a staff member here at Calvary Chapel Fluvanna, where she is an assistant to the Children's Ministry Pastor. In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and family, running their family business, traveling, taking field trips, and camping.

Darlene Parks Colon

Darlene also teaches the Kindergarten here at Calvary Chapel Fluvanna. To learn more about her and our Kindergarten, please visit

Rebecca Schmitz

Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Music and a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics. She has New York State permanent certification for teaching Math, grades 7-12, and has taught in high schools and colleges. Rebecca has always been active as a church musician playing organ, piano, flute, handbells, and occasionally the harpsichord. She especially enjoys teaching private piano lessons. Rebecca is married to Ed and she homeschooled their three children. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, cardmaking, and spending time outside walking and gardening.

Courtney Shareck

Courtney Shareck graduated from Old Dominion University and received her teaching license from Mary Baldwin University. She has taught in public and private schools and is currently homeschooling. Courtney has a special interest in early education K-3. She thinks it’s important to meet children at their academic level and tailor education to individual learning needs. Courtney loves to use games and manipulatives to help children use all of their senses to learn. She has received training in Orton-Gillingham and can teach all students including those with dyslexia, dysgraphia and other learning challenges. Courtney is eager to share her love of the Lord and love of learning with co-op students! Courtney has attended Calvary Chapel Fluvanna for 8 years. Courtney and her husband Michael are a blended family of 6 daughters! In her spare time, you will find Courtney participating in bible studies, crafting, kayaking, and hiking.

Adrienne Vanderveer

Adrienne Vanderveer graduated from and practiced in the field of Veterinary Medicine as a Licensed Vet Tech for 14 years. Teaching and leading youngsters as the oldest of five girls gave way to similar opportunities in service with children and youth at her church. Later, she had the privilege of facilitating in women’s Bible studies and teaching preschool from her home. She began to discover that her true passion is teaching—‘‘there is no better way to learn and to grow than to do so alongside others”.

Her delight is pointing others to the wonder of our amazing God through creative and engaging activities in Bible, Art, Literature, History and Science. She has home schooled for 17 years, assisted in children’s ministry, and has taught locally at preschools, a small Christian school and a well-established co-op. She also works for and contributes to the writers and developers of a successful history and Biblical history curriculum. She loves being “Mama” to three, adding two new sons-in-law over the past 5 years, a new grandmama, wife of police officer and retired National Guardsman  Ronnie for 34 years and servant in her church fellowship in Fluvanna County.

Madeline Vollmer

‘‘I have always wanted to be an art teacher since I was in high school, and now I am so blessed to be able to live this dream. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Liberty University, and I love connecting with people through creative means. Drawing is my favorite medium to work with. I am also a cat lover, fitness enthusiast, and I have an amazing husband, Nate. We have two little beautiful girls, Sadie and Delaney.’’

Josh Wilson

Owner of Trinity Auto Repair