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.

Meet Our Teachers

Denise Barisano

Mary Bergman

Shona Bracco

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, Kathryn and Natalie, and a son-in-law, Josh.  Denise homeschooled her daughters for 8 years and now both girls are James Madison University graduates.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, being with family, and traveling.  Denise has been blessed to be a part of the CCA staff since 2009 and she thoroughly enjoys teaching and getting to know each student.
Mary holds a  BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   She married her husband Brad in 1992 and began life as a wife of a US Marine.  They lived in North Carolina, Hawaii, Louisiana and South Carolina before settling in Richmond.  During these military years, she was privileged to teach and mentor children from a variety of backgrounds and in a variety of environments. She and Brad have three children, ages 21, 17 and 13.  Mary home schooled each of the children for many years, though only the youngest is still schooled at home and at CCA.     One of her greatest joys is working with children and young adults, teaching, encouraging and cheering them on to the life God has for them.   
Shona graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS in Sociology. She and her husband Mark have been blessed with five children. They enjoyed the adventures of many cross-country moves during Mark’s twenty-year active duty Navy career. Shona has been homeschooling since 1997. Both of her sons are graduates of a military college. Her oldest two daughters are in college, and her youngest is a high school student at CCA. Her children have attended CCA since 2010. She enjoys helping homeschool moms prepare their students for college and adult life.

Kristin Brown

Jennifer Barber

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 directorat a camp in Connecticutfor 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!
Jenn Barber graduated from Samford University in Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Theatre.  She also obtained her Master of Divinity in 2001.  She and her husband, Brian, have been homeschooling their six children for 13 years. Through the years, she has taught children and teens in a variety of capacities in places like church and homeschool co-ops.  Most recently, she tutored high school students in the Classical Conversations Challenge program.  Her own six children range in age from 18 to 3 so she has a heart for all age groups.  She is excited to get back to the foundational kindergarten class this year and is looking forward to working with your students.

Lucy Gregory

Amber Fischer

Lucy was born in Venezuela, South America.  Spanish is my native language. The Lord brought me to this beautiful country at the young age of sixteen, where I attended Lakewood Sr. High School, and graduated in 1999. Since I was a young girl in Venezuela, I've had a passion to learn the English language and was intrigued by the american culture. I've been married to my American husband, Chris who I met in St. Petersburg, FL,  twenty  years ago. Currently, we have been married for eighteen years, we have three beautiful daughters that We’ve homeschooled since 2013...what a blessing! Our daughters are also bilingual, which we believe could potentially open more opportunities for their future endeavors. This is my second year teaching Spanish at CCA and I absolutely LOVE teaching a wide variety of grades and ages. More importantly, I love to serve the Lord by coming alongside CCA families interested in obtaining the required foreign language credit, and becoming familiar with the Spanish language and culture.    

Tracy Francis

Amber is a Richmond, VA native and graduated from VCU with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice with forensic crime scene investigation as a focus. Amber has been working in the field of Psychology in one form or another since graduation from VCU. Her professional experience in the field includes working on a forensic psychiatric unit within Northern VA Mental Health Institute, becoming a board certified Qualified Mental Health Professional conducting Mental Health Skill Building and Intensive In Home Therapy, working as an instructor for children with special needs and working with the medically and behaviorally complex populations served through Medicaid. She strives to instill a love of psychology akin to her own and give students a well rounded view of the field and it's many niches."

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 was married in Spring 2016.  Her son graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in Boston, MA in May 2019, where he went to play baseball and live in the city he loves.  She also now has a grandson that she absolutely adores!!  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" and grandson. Tracy also works with  Ms. Williamson as one of the directors of CCA. 

Jeannette Gratz

Abigail Grove

Jeannette Gratz is the mother of 21 year old Deaf twins. When she first learned her twins were Deaf, she began taking Sign language classes at a college, but soon learned that immersing herself in the Deaf World was the best way to learn their culture and their language. She has taught many sign language classes throughout the years for high schools, churches, and programs for parents and advocates of Deaf children. Jeannette is surrounded by American Sign Language in her home life, professional life, and even in her ministry as the Deaf Ministry pastor at Southside Nazarene Church. She is a firm believer that American Sign Language makes the world a better place, and is a huge advocate for bringing Deaf Culture into all areas of life: school, work, church, etc.

Holly Hood

For 15 years, Abigail Pegram Grove has offered middle and high school classes throughout the Richmond homeschool community in writing, grammar, literature, and history. Her heartfelt desire is to aid students in the development of an organized, engaging writing style. She is passionately interested in helping teens to think logically and act honorably. Abigail lives with her amazing husband and adorable son in Chesterfield where they enjoy Star Wars marathons and late night discussions about Harry Potter, faith, and UVA basketball.

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.

Brooke Miller

Mary Johnson

Brooke has a B.S in Psychology and a M.A in Teaching from Liberty University. She came out of college stepping into the world of social work, however she found her passion was in teaching. Brooke taught for six years in public education, most of those years teaching 6th and 8th grade English. Soon after the birth of my first child, she left the public school environment to stay at home with her daughter. Then, a year and a half later her son was born. For the last three years, she worked part-time, having the privilege of helping oversee and lead programs for Grace Home Ministries. However, the need to be more available to her family and her husband, as he walks into a new role as a pastor, is leading her to end that season and begin a new one. Her days are filled with caring for her two littles, serving at church, investing time in the community with Grace Home Ministries, and playing soccer in her free time. She has also recently found joy as an ESL tutor for students in China with VIPKID.  She is really excited to continue in her love for teaching and have the opportunity to teach in the homeschool environment

Katie Learned

Instructional art teacher, Mary Johnson, has created a thriving business in which her experience as a master teacher, her vibrant personality, and her eye for method and detail make her an asset to aspiring artists at all levels.
Mary’s goal is to teach the fundamental techniques necessary for each participant to discover their unique style. Mary provides a friendly environment helping, encouraging and challenging each student to reach his or her individual artistic potential. As her students grow in skill and confidence, she teaches the increasingly subtle techniques used by great artists. Mary offers a multimedia art experience! From painting and drawing to collaging and 3D projects, students of all ages and ability levels are welcome. Her own considerable skill and recognized contribution to the artistic community of the greater Richmond area make her the perfect choice for your needs. Mary does not disappoint; Mary inspires.
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?)

Wesley Pritchard

Joy Moody

Juliana Moore

Joy has her degree in Exercise Science from VCU. She was recruited by the Chesterfield Co. Public School System to be a middle school Health & Physical Education teacher in order to make exercise fun for children. After her oldest daughter was born, she chose to stay home and only work part time. She uses her degree and various certifications in Personal Training and Group Exercise to teach adults movement for the YMCA of Greater Richmond. This part time job has great flexibility and has allowed Joy to focus on her first calling-homeschooling her 3 daughters. Her oldest started at the CCA in Kindergarten and is a rising high school sophomore. She loves people and enjoys teaching no matter the age. ​


 Juliana Moore earned both her Bachelor of Arts in German and Master of Teaching degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999. While at VCU in her senior year, she was awarded the Excellence in German award for highest academic achievement. Prior to making the decision to stay home and raise her own children, Juliana taught German levels 1 through 5 here in Chesterfield County at both Monacan High School and Midlothian Middle School. After taking a break from teaching, she is excited and looking forward to being back in the classroom and teaching a subject she enjoys so much.  Juliana is married with two children ages 12 and 16, both of whom are homeschooled and have also attended CCA since kindergarten.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, music, and other creative projects. She and her family are active members of her local church, where she co-leads a weekly women’s Bible study.

Jerry Varner

Linda Sundquist

Sarah Tarabocchia

A graduate of Nyack College (Nyack, NY) with a bachelors degree in Bible and Student Ministry, Jerry has been in full time student ministry for over 22 years now. He has spoken to students all over the country about what it means to love Jesus, be His Church, and love His Word. He has been with CCA for several years, with an approach to teaching that is fun, conversational, and thought provoking. Students who go through Jerry's classes has said they feel better equipped for life after high school as they live out their faith in Christ. Jerry is a dad to four and a husband to one.
Linda graduated from William and Mary with a BS in Biology, and worked as a naturalist, Research assistant in university labs and swimming instructor until she was blessed to stay home with her 4 children.  She was delighted to homeschool them for 25 years and teach in 3 different co-ops.  The three oldest have completed college (William and Mary, Harvard, and USoCal) and the youngest will finish in a few years.  She has recently been a substitute teacher in Rockingham Co and Fairfax Co Public Schools, and tutored English and ESL.  She and her husband moved to the area in June 2018 for his job at a local church.  She loves all aspects of Biology and the amazing complexity of life, and is looking forward to teaching this class again!
Sarah Tarabocchia is a Midlothian, Virginia native and attended VCU School of Nursing, but it was her love of the creative arts that drew her to become a professional photographer and studio owner. Sarah has over 20 years of photographic experience in both film and digital media. While her professional experience has focused mainly on weddings and portraits, she has also taught high school students digital photography since 2015 and home educated her three children since 2007. For her, teaching the fundamentals and art of photography has allowed her to share her passion with the next generation of photographers. Currently, she owns Sarah Chase Photography and resides in Midlothian with her husband, three teenagers and two dogs.

Tanya Williamson

Stephanie York

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.  While history has been her main teaching endeavor at CCA, this year she has returned to  a former love of medicine/nutrition and returned to school herself.  Tanya is currently a licensed Nutritional Therapy Practioner.   In addition to teaching, Tanya enjoys working with Ms. Francis directing CCA and fulfilling all the various administrative duties.  
Stephanie is a native of Chesterfield County and a graduate of VCU.  She has always had a love for teaching and working with students of all ages.  This passion was discovered early in her teen years when she started working in a  before and after school age program at a local child care facility.  While continuing to work with young people, she went on to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Education.  Upon graduation, she was employed with Chesterfield County Public Schools as an elementary teacher.  Once she and her husband, Chris, began a family, Stephanie came home to be a full time  mom to her boys, now ages 24, 22, and 20.  As her children grew, she returned to work as a director of a Christian preschool and daycare facility where she eventually implemented a private Kindergarten program.  Later, the Lord placed it upon her heart to homeschool her boys and she left the work force to return home as a homeschool mom.  Each of her boys have had a different educational journey.  One graduated from public school and is currently in the work force with plans to get married this year.  And after 10 years of homeschooling, two have graduated from homeschooling and are now attending college at VCU and Barton College in Wilson, NC.  As a teacher of several science classes at CCA, her desire is for students to learn to see God's handiwork in all of life as they learn about the world He created.  In addition to teaching, Stephanie leads the Women's Ministry and Children's Ministry at her local church.  During the summer, she can be found pool side coaching a local swim team.