Middle School- Science with a Chemistry Focus & Beginner English: from Paragraphs to Papers
Your child isn't a Model T and their education shouldn't follow the factory model; God in his infinitive wisdom created your child to be a unique individual with strengths and challenges. I have designed my classes with the ability to adjust to your family's needs. As a homeschool mom of four rambunctious boys, I understand the beauty and challenges of homeschooling wiggly, giggly, and at times unmotivated learners. I believe that many middle schoolers still need hands-on creative learning opportunities to thrive, but I also know that those opportunities can be difficult to fit into a busy schedule. My classes will make sure that the hands-on component of your curriculum isn't neglected. I want to support your goals of academic learning, and strive to eliminate the stress that comes from having your child participate in a class.
Teaching middle school students and helping to make your homeschool journey a success is my passion. I graduated from Union University with a degree in Elementary Education. Before I became a homeschool mom, I worked at Haywood Junior High where I received Teacher of the Year in 2010. Since 2015 I have worked with homeschool students and families. Last year, I joined with Jackson Tutorial to offer Edventure middle school classes at First Baptist Church.
Middle School- History & Advanced English
I have over 12 years of experience in education. I began my educational career as a middle school and high school History teacher, and expanded my teaching horizons to journalism, student government, psychology, and geography. I hold a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Utah, and a master’s degree in United States History from the University of Hawaii. I have spent the past seven years as a college history professor, teaching both American Civilizations and World Civilizations. Recently transplanted to the Jackson area, I am eager to work within the homeschool community to help students foster an understanding of the importance of history and an appreciation for its role in our modern world. Currently enjoying the adventure of homeschooling my own three children, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family and finding new adventures around every corner.
High School-Algebra 1 and Geometry
I am a homeschool graduate; I was homeschooled since the second grade. I am the oldest of seven children.
I graduated from Union University with a Bachelors of Science in Engineering degree with a Mathematics minor, Summa Cum Laude, in 2013. Upon graduation, I received the Tigrett Medal, which is the highest award given to a member of the graduating class, as well as the Engineering Excellence Medal. After graduation, I worked at ABB, Inc. in Alamo TN as an electrical design engineer for 6 years.
I am currently a stay-at-home mother to my 2 year-old daughter, Elizabeth. My husband Jonathan works as a financial advisor at Foundation Bank in Jackson. We are expecting our second child, a boy, in June 2019.
I have always loved math, and started tutoring at Union University both college peers and younger students. I have provided math teaching and tutoring for all ages since my time at Union, in both individual and group settings.
My goal in teaching math students is to provide a solid foundation for future math courses in college and life beyond their education. It is well worth the effort on the part of the parent and the student to pursue a full mathematics education through high school.
High School-American Literature
B.S. in education from Louisiana State University with majors in English and Speech. Additional study at Union University in Jackson, TN
I recently retired after serving for twenty-five years in the Jackson-Madison County School System. Before moving to Jackson in the late 1980's, I taught high school English for five years in Texas and Louisiana. I taught seventh grade language arts for eleven years at Tigrett Middle School before moving on to Madison Academic Magnet High School to teach speech. During my time at Madison, I was called upon to teach sections of English III (American Literature and writing).
During my early years at Madison, I created the curriculum for the forensics/debate class (Speech II,III), which became the foundation for the Forensics and Debate team. I was privileged to coach many talented students during my fourteen years at Madison Academic. Our team competed through the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League. Madison produced three state champions as well as numerous other competitors who placed at the top of their events during the years in which I served as forensics/debate coach.
My greatest joy comes from seeing students grow in their ability to present themselves with confidence and to take those skills with them into their college and career pursuits. My love of literature, speech, and communication began in high school but flourished at LSU where I was fortunate to study under legendary professors of English, oral interpretation, and debate. I was overjoyed when I was presented with the opportunity to teach speech and English at Madison Academic High School.
My husband Michael recently retired from the music department of Union University after twenty-nine years of teaching private voice, church music, singers’ diction, and opera workshop. He has continued to serve as a part-time minister of music throughout West Tennessee and is currently the minister of music at Sand Ridge Baptist Church in Lexington, Tennessee. We have three wonderful children and five beautiful grandchildren. We love to travel as much as we can. Our favorite destinations usually involve grandchildren visits, opera performances, and LSU Tiger sports events.
High School-Chemistry, Biology
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology From Mississippi University for Women. I have over 15 years of Lab experience.
My husband Bill and I moved with our family to the Jackson area 4 years ago when he began teaching at Union. He teaches in the Biology department Union and is head of the Hammonds Center. He has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and got his undergraduate degree from Brown University.
I spent 12 years between 1990 and 2002 using my degree in various positions from Quality Control in a Manufacturing plant to sales in a Chemical company. In all of those positions I got to develop skills that would broaden my education past my Microbiology degree. I learned to work as a team. I learned that Chemistry was an important subject and I should have paid better attention in college. I learned how to be a leader and a teacher in supervisory positions.
I left full time work in April of 2002 when Bill and I began our Family. I have worked part-time over the Years. One of my favorites was a part time recruiting position for St Jude Research Hospital. My husband was working as a Lab Manager there at the time. So not only did we get to see each other some during the day but it was interesting to see the inner workings of that amazing machine.
We began our homescooling journey when my oldest entered third grade. It is hard to believe I now have 2 in high school. We can't imagine what our lives would be like if we weren't homeschooling.
I taught Biology and Chemistry for two years at Homelife Tutorial. This experience taught me that I really enjoy teaching in a classroom. Three years ago Tina Shreeve and I were in a position to be able to begin what has now grown into the Jackson Tutorial. I am excited to see what it has grown into. This will mark the beginning of my 6th year of classroom teaching. I look forward to being able to share my love of science with your child.