Jackie Jimenez
Jackie was born to Cuban parents in southern California. Her love for the Spanish language, it's rich culture and history started where she grew up. Later, she studied Spanish at Cerritos College. She became a student teacher at the age of 18. She moved to Virginia with her husband (who is also a native speaker) and her three daughters in 1998. She homeschooled for 16 years and has been teaching/tutoring Spanish for 10 years.
She is also a Spanish court interpreter for Virginia.
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Holly Hood
Holly Hood graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Biblical studies. She taught for six years before coming home to raise and teach her own three children. She has been a homeschooling mom for the past thirteen years  and has been the director of a homeschool program for the past eight. She loves teaching children and is looking forward to teaching your child.
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Abigail Pegram Grove

Abigail Pegram Grove is a 1998 homeschool graduate with experience teaching students ages 6-18. She holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. For 12 years, she has offered classes throughout the Richmond homeschool community in writing, grammar, literature, and history. Her heartfelt desire is to offer academic instruction to supplement home education and to aid students in the development of an organized, engaging writing style. Abigail and her amazing husband, Allen, live in Chesterfield, where they enjoy Star Wars marathons and late night discussions about Harry Potter, Jane Austen, faith, and basketball.
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Tarus Woelk

Tarus is a Richmond native and is married with three kids and two dogs. She has been homeschooling for 13 years. Her two oldest have transitioned very successfully, both socially and academically, to Manchester High after being homeschooled through 8th grade. Her youngest continues to be homeschooled.
She was a public high school teacher in NC prior to being a mom, plus taught at the community college level. Her family lived in India for several years where she taught 3rd grade at an international school that used a classical methodology. Upon returning to the States, she tutored Essentials for six years and was a Challenge A director for two years with Classical Conversations.
Tarus holds an Associate from JS Reynolds in Computer Information Systems; Bachelor from VCU in Production Operations both cum laude; Masters from UNCG in Business and Marketing Education.  Her passion include cultures, languages, travel and shopping for bargains.
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Trish Bowen
Mrs. Bowen has a degree in secondary education but has found over the years that her favorite age range is 5th through 8th grade.   Mrs. Bowen spent many years at home raising her daughters but has a lot of experience in the classroom with students.  Not only does she have classroom experience in the middle school range, but she also has held many volunteer positions with children including Children's Program Teacher, Asst. Direct and Director with Community Bible Study since 2004. 
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Tracy Francis
Tracy graduated in three years from Barton College with a degree in Mathematics
and a concentration in Education.  She taught high school math for three years in Hanover County before starting a family.  Tracy home educated her own children for seventeen years.  Her daughter is a 2014 Liberty University graduate and will be married Spring 2016.  Her son attends Eastern Nazarene College in Boston, MA to play baseball.  Tracy has been with the academy from the beginning and enjoys being able to follow both of her passions:  teaching math in the classroom and being deeply involved in the lives of her husband and  "children".
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Violet Blaine

Violet Blaine is currently enrolled in a veterinary technical school in order to be licensed as a vet technician in Virginia.  She and her husband have a 1 year old baby girl, a very immature 2yo Border Collie, and a 2yo mostly-blind and totally deaf Australian Shepard  She and her husband are passionate about the deaf culture.  Violet spends much time during her day teaching the Australian Shepard good behaviors using basic signs. 
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Denise Barisano
Denise graduated from The College of Charleston with a B.S. in Mathematics and worked in healthcare management and banking while accompanying her Army husband, Gregg, around the United States and Germany. Denise and Gregg have two daughters, Natalie and Kathryn, and as of last year, a son-in- law Josh. Denise homeschooled for 8 years and both girls have now graduated from James Madison University. Denise has been blessed to be a part of the CCA staff for the past 8 years and she thoroughly enjoys teaching and getting to know each student.
Caleb Lankford
Caleb Lankford is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University where he earned his bachelor's degree in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry. He is passionate about studying the complexities of the natural world, and seeks to share that passion with others in the classroom. In his free time, Caleb enjoys reading, kayaking the James River, and visiting National Parks.  
From Mr. Lankford:  " I am so excited to be serving on the teaching team of Chesterfield Christian Academy this year! I will be teaching Biology, Chemistry, Forensics, and Ecology/Oceanography. I have always loved science, and because of that chose to complete my undergraduate degree at Olivet Nazarene University in the biological sciences with a minor in chemistry. I am fascinated by the inner mechanisms of microscopic cells, the complex relationships between species in an ecological community, and the laws of science that govern the chemical and physical reactions happening around us every day. I am charged with the desire to share my passion of science with others, and am honored to be participating in the mission of CCA in this capacity!"
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Tanya Williamson

Tanya homeschooled 3 children for 7 years and has successfully sent one homeschooled child to college on a full academic scholarship.  Prior to homeschooling, Tanya taught at Heritage Christian Academy where she developed, implemented, and taught a program for gifted students.  Also at HCA, Tanya taught the 3rd grade.  Her education includes degrees in English Literature from Christopher Newport University, Early Childhood Development from JTCC, and History from Mary Baldwin College.  Since entering the homeschool arena,
Tanya has worked to become well-versed in homeschool curriculum and appropriate benchmarks for students.  Her passion is books and finding ways to make learning exciting and fun!
Additionally, Tanya works part-time as a Case Manager/Assistant Director at Grace Home Ministries in Chester, VA where she works with young ladies who have chosen life when faced with an unwanted pregnancy.  There she works with them on completing their education as well as many other parts of the ministry.
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TEACHERS
We are very pleased to introduce you to our 2017-2018 teachers.  God has led each one of them to Chesterfield Christian Academy.  They are dedicated to giving the students a quality education from a Biblical perspective. 
Denise Barisano
Violet Blaine
Trish Bowen
Kristin Brown
Nancy Clendenon
Andrew Dunks
Tracy Francis


Anna Rogness
Sarah Tarabocchia
Amy Tolston
Tanya Williamson
Tarus Woelk
Stephanie York
Kristin Brown
Kristin has a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology from Va Tech.  After graduating, but before getting married and starting her family, she worked in Tucson, AZ and Winston-Salem, NC as a wellness coordinator and instructor and spent one summer as a program director
at a camp in Connecticut for children with special needs. 
When she moved to Richmond In 2005, she began staying at home to focus
on her family. She participated as a teacher at a homeschool preschool co-op
before beginning to homeschool 9 years ago.  She believes that learning
can be fun and enjoys helping others learn something new!
Kristin and her husband have 2 girls ages 16 and 13.  They all spend
most of their free time  at the softball fields!
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Holly Hood
Jackie Jimenez
Mary Johnson
Caleb Lankford
Katie Learned
Sarah Oden
Abigail Grove


Sarah Oden

Sarah graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a B.S. in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Language Arts and History for grades K-8.  Prior to having children, she taught 6-8 grade Remedial Reading and Writing in Chesterfield County Public Schools along with tutoring through the county’s Homebound Education Program.  She also was a tutor for Sylvan Learning Centers.  Sarah enjoys connecting with each of her students and helping them attain their personal best.  A native of Chesterfield, she is married to her best friend, Travis.  They have been homeschooling their six children from the beginning.
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Stephanie York

Stephanie is a graduate of VCU with degrees in Education and Psychology. 
Prior to having children she was an elementary teacher in Chesterfield County. 
She also has experience directing a Christian preschool and implemented
a private Kindergarten program.  Stephanie is the mother of three boys
and has been homeschooling for seven years. 
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Katie Learned
Formerly homeschooled, Katie holds a Bachelor degree in Mathematics and has a passion for the subject. Katie has been teaching and tutoring homeschool students in the Richmond area for upwards of five years. She enjoys gardening, reads an absurd number of math-related books, and during breaks finds herself inexorably drawn to Khan Academy’s upper level math videos and/or bios of famous mathematicians from days past. (Archimedes anyone?)
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Amy Tolston

Amy Tolston grew up in a military family and has lived in nine different states and one US territory (Guam).  In adult life she has traveled to five countries outside of the US.  She has a passion for at-risk teenagers and is currently a therapeutic foster parent.  She enjoys teaching many different life skills, especially cooking.  She is also passionate about cultural geography, and tries to learn about various cultures and lands whenever she has time at home.  She has also volunteered as a family advocate with a refugee resettlement program.
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Mary Johnson
Mary studied interior design at John Tyler Community College and has been active in this field for many years.  For seven years Mary, worked as a preschool instructor both as a lead teacher and as the dedicated art teacher. In 2008, Mary joined the Young Rembrandts organization as the program coordinator.  In addition to her administrative duties, she was a certified drawing instructor for grades K-8.   From 2010 to today, Mary has taught a variety of programs at Chesterfield Christian Academy for all grades. As the visual art instructor, she encourages students to practice and improve skills, both artistic and academic. Most importantly she enjoys watching her students’ confidence grow as their creative abilities mature. 
Mary continues her visual art training attending weekly adult painting and drawing classes. 
Mary and her husband have resided in Chesterfield County since childhood. 
Married for 36 years, Mary is a loving wife and mother. Her two sons attend Longwood University pursuing  degrees in Accounting and Criminal Justice.
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Sarah Tarabocchia

Sarah Tarabocchia was born and raised in Richmond, VA. While having both a creative and scientific curiosity, she has ventures in both academic areas. Sarah attended Virginia Commonwealth University and began by studying english and photography with hopes to pursue journalism.   However, as time went on, she felt she would be better grounded in turning her interests towards the medical field. After, attending VCU’s School of Nursing, she has applied that knowledge to possibly the “hardest job on earth”, being a mom.  She began homeschooling her three children in 2006 and also started her own photography studio in Midlothian, VA with a focus on weddings and portraits. As homeschooling began demanding more of her time she felt led to focus on her children and schooling and let photography, as a business, take a back seat. She, her adoring husband and three, always obedient and highly intelligent, children reside in Chesterfield County.  Sarah spends most of her time being a taxi driver for her three competitive swimmers, grocery shopping and hoping to get in a workout for the day (not to mention teaching). She loves sharing both her love of photography and biology with students at CCA!
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Anna Rogness
Anna holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education and a Music Minor from
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). She has been
employed by John Tyler Community College as a mathematics instructor over the past five years.  Concurrently, Anna teaches High School math courses to home schooled students and tutors on the side.  She has been involved in this capacity for over 20 years while raising and homeschooling her own four children.  Anna started out the first four years of her career teaching in the public school system of Chesterfield County, Virginia.  Anna also enjoys participating in activities at her local church, leading the middle and high school youth ministries with her husband, playing saxophone on the worship team and spending her summers in Bolivia at an orphanage that is dear to her heart.  Some of her other hobbies include sailing, hiking, scrapbooking, and snuggling her puppy.
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Nancy Clendenon
Nancy was born in Virginia and has lived in almost every major area in Virginia at some point in her life. With her husband Kerry, she has homeschooled her four children, ages 10-17, for more than 13 years.  She holds a B.A. in English from Virginia Tech, as well as the equivalent of a major in Latin.  She earned a Masters in English Literature from the University of Virginia and is a dissertation shy of a Ph.D. in English literature from UVA.  As a former graduate instructor of freshman and advanced composition, English literature survey courses, and special topic seminars, she greatly enjoys helping students become confident and competent readers, inquirers, and writers, no matter what their areas of academic or professional interest or their past relationship with writing.  During her years homeschooling, she has tutored with Classical Conversations for five years, been involved in teaching in co-ops, and has taught IEW-based writing classes at a homeschool center or her home for six years.  Not much is better than having the opportunity to sit with students and talk about favorite authors and books while pulling in some history, philosophy, popular culture of the time, and allusions to other writing that help us read literature as part of a big conversation across the centuries.  Nancy's non-literature, non-reading hobbies include tennis, her two dogs and two cats, writing blog posts she forgets to publish, and anything related to camping and hiking.
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Andrew Dunks
Andrew Dunks has had more than 20 years of fencing experience, and won many tournaments as a high school and collegiate fencer.  He has been studying classical rapier fencing for almost a decade.  Rev. Dunks currently serves as pastor to a small congregation in Richmond.  He previously served as chaplain and teacher at several private Christian high schools, where he taught Biblical Studies, Philosophy, Ethics, and The Works of C.S. Lewis during the class day, and coached fencing after school.  He is married with two grown children, and needs to keep fencing so he won’t get fat.

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