Instructor Profiles

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Alonso, Lisa

High School Spanish
Lisa Alonso is the high school Spanish instructor for Compass. Lisa first learned Spanish as a high school student, but went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from George Mason University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Atangana, Luc

Painting
Luc’s love of art and teaching has made painting instruction his primary professional focus. He has taught more than 500 beginner acrylic painting workshops throughout northern Virginia.

Boyle Sudol, Karleen

Science
Dr. Karleen Boyle Sudol is the executive director of the Science Place, Inc., in Springfield, VA. Karleen has more than twenty years experience teaching students ranging in age from preschool through adult in addition to a rich background in research as a scientist.

Cassatt, Bette

Stage Combat
Bette Cassatt is a professional actor and has been fight director for many shows in the Washington DC area and has taught stage combat to all age levels.

Chamasyan-Dorosheff, Monika

String Orchestra
Monika Chamasyan-Dorosheff is an educator, recording artist, and an active violin soloist. She is a frequent performer at Dumbarton House, Strathmore Hall, Schlesinger Hall, Hylton Performing Arts Center and The CenterStage in Reston.

Chelf, David

Mathematics
David Chelf earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Shepherd ...

Coder Kids

Coder Kids is a coding academy in McLean that offers more than four dozen ...

Cummins, Andrew

Pottery
Andrew Cummins is a professional ceramicist, production potter, and instructor. He owns and operates Café Pottery in Old Town Manassas where he shares his love of ceramics by giving pottery wheel lessons, hand-building workshops, and hosting mobile pottery painting events.

Denmark, Jeanniffer

Elementary Spanish
Jeanniffer Denmark is the Compass instructor for elementary Spanish. Jeannifer is a native speaker of Spanish with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Languages from the Universidad Motolinia del Pedregal in Mexico.

DesRoches, Jennifer

Personal Finance/Civics
Jennifer DesRoches is the instructor for the financial literacy class, Money Matters.

Di Vietri, Natalie

ASL/Math
Natalie Di Vietri is the Compass instructor for math and American Sign Language (ASL) classes. She is a veteran teacher and tutor.

Diederich, Kerry

Elementary Art
My Compass art students inspire me weekly, I learn so much from their brilliant little minds. It is truly amazing what K-2nd grade children are capable of when you give them tools and let them create. I cherish class-time with my students.

Fencing Sports Academy

Fencing
Fencing Sports Academy is the premier epee and foil fencing club in the Washington, DC area. Located in old town Fairfax, the academy offers competitive and recreational training for all ages and levels; children to seniors and novices to world champions.

Fraser, Sarah

SAT/ACT Prep
Sarah Fraser founded Academic Coaching DC in 2007 where she develops individual strategies and provides expert support for students needing to improve test-taking skills, study habits, organizational techniques, and soft skills.

Gallagher, Jamie

CrossFit
Jamie Gallagher is the owner and head coach of CrossFit Burke. He holds multiple CrossFit certifications include Level One and Level Two Trainer, Kids Instructor, Powerlifting Instructor, Mobility Instructor, and Kettlebell Instructor.

Gardner, Hugh

History
Of all the students I've ever taught, I can honestly say that the kids at Compass are certainly some of them!

Goll, Lori

Art
Lori Goll is the art instructor for drawing and pastel classes at Compass. Lori earned a degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and worked in telecommunications before deciding to pursue her passion for drawing and painting.

Goodhart, Angela

Photography
Compass students blow me away with their creativity and vision. I love seeing how they use the photography tools they learn in class to express themselves and their view of the world, and I am always inspired by their work.

Grenier, Nick

Nature Quest
The curiosity and excitement of the Compass students makes every class a fresh new adventure!

Hamilton, Monifa

Debate/Public Speaking
The best part of working at Compass is that I feel such joy watching my students learning development from day one to the last day when they give their speeches. I get to witness their progress each week when they go from nervous to empowered!

Hickman, Karen

Writing
Karen Hickman is the co-director of the Northern Virginia Writing Project at George Mason University where she coordinates youth and family writing programs such as the Young Writers Workshops and Student Summer Institute.

Hoeck, Katherine

Mathematics, Physics
Katherine Hoeck earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a concentration in Physics from Shepherd University. During her time at Shepherd, she participated in several research projects on physics computing, mathematical modeling, and engineering.

Hummer, Mike

Magician
Mike Hummer is a professional magician in the DC area. He performed full time ...

Kasturi, Sudhita

Science
Sudhita Kasturi has degrees in Chemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology from ...

Keen, Christine

Geography/Philosophy/World Affairs
From geography and world affairs to philosophy, science fiction, and financial markets, my special interest is enhancing students’ understanding of the (messy, beautiful) world they will one day inherit. I am delighted that Compass allows me to share these classes with students in Northern Virginia.

Knol, Taliesin

Dioramas/History
Taliesin Knol has nearly ten years of experience fabricating intricate historical dioramas. Taliesin has been involved with the Smithsonian “Soldiers and Dioramas” series of summer camps, first as a student, then as a youth teaching assistant, and then for three years as a full instructor.

Kosar, Melanie

Advanced Literature
Literature is the long conversation of humanity throughout history. We learn from those who have gone before us, make our own contributions, and pass that conversation to those who come after.

Martin, Arthuretta

Public Speaking
Arthuretta Martin is the owner and President of Words and Melodies, LLC and the President of the National Capitol Area Black Storytellers Association. As a teaching artist, she shares the gift of story through writing, storytelling, acting, and singing.

Max, Edward

Science
I consider each science lesson to be a work of art, designed to entertain and intrigue. The children in my classes have been rewarding audiences; even if they don't remember everything we discussed, I believe that they come away with the sense that science is really fun to learn about.

Murchie Beyma, Tia

Biology, Anthropology
Compass is a great place to meet motivated peers for both electives and college prep courses. My Compass students are interested and interesting. They love stretching themselves, and I love introducing them to challenging academics.

Muttardy, Kouthar

History
What I love about working with Compass students is their intense curiosity. They come to class every week excited to learn and eager to participate in classroom activities.

Nathanson, Lee

Guitar
Lee Nathanson is the instructor for beginning guitar. Lee has seven years teaching experience. In addition to Compass, he is an instructor at Music and Arts in both Rockville, MD and Oakton, VA where he teaches individual and small group classes.

Nyman, Mylene

Cooking, Mosaics
Mylene “Mimi” Nyman is the Compass instructor for culinary classes. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and ten year veteran of the finance profession, Mylene made a career switch and broke into the culinary arts profession in 1997 when she opened “Chocolate by Mimi.”

Olsen, Kathleen

Veterinary Science
Dr. Kathleen Olsen is a practicing veterinarian. She earned both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees from Cornell University. During her time at Cornell, she taught courses in Comparative Anatomy, Inorganic Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry, and completed several research papers on canine growth disorders.

Pinover, Edwige

French
Edwige Pinover is the instructor for French classes. Edwige is a native of Saint Jean de Monts, France, and has lived in the US since 1998.

Play-Well TEKnologies

LEGO Engineering
Play-Well TEKnologies is the instructor for hands-on, LEGO-based engineering classes. The company has been ‘Teaching Engineering to Kids’ since 1998 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Robot Works

Robot Works, LLC, is a small, veteran-owned business specializing in hands-on ...

Rook, Tim

Krav Maga Self Defense
Tim Rook is the owner and lead instructor at Premier Martial Arts in Manassas since 2011. He is a 1st degree Black Belt in Krav Maga and hold several certifications in the discipline.

Russell, Penny

Puppet Theater
Penny Russell is a puppeteer based in the Metropolitan DC area.  She is a Master Teaching Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts; and teaches music, drama and puppetry to children and adults on the autism spectrum for ArtStream.

Sanderson, Heather

Shakespeare
Heather Sanderson studied classical theatre at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and prior to moving to Alexandria, acted extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area. As “Miss Heather”, she is known locally for instilling a love of theatre – in particular Shakespeare – into the hearts of children.

Sharp, Anne

Writing/Literature
Anne Sharp is a writer, editor, and educator who graduated from The College of William and Mary and taught in the Virginia Beach and Fairfax City Public School Systems. As a middle and high school teacher, she developed curriculum, taught creative writing, English, journalism and sponsored the yearbook, literary magazine, and student newspaper.

Snow, Peter

Chess
Peter Snow is the instructor for Beginning Chess and Intermediate Chess. Peter has more than 37 years experience playing in tournaments of the U.S. Chess Federation and is rated in the top 8% of all U.S. Chess Federation players in the nation.

Soccer Shots

Preschool Soccer
Our mission at Soccer Shots is to positively impact children’s lives. We are so excited to partner with Compass Homeschool, an organization that matches our mission and core values, with caring and involved parents that always pursue excellence for their children!

Velocity Dance

Hip Hop
Velocity Dance is a celebrated dance studio in Vienna with successful all-star competition teams and a wide range of weekly studio classes for all ages in ballet, jazz, lyrical, pom, hip hop and tumbling.

Wahls, Rebecca

Acting
Rebecca earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Theater from George Mason University. She has worked with Acting For Young People (AFYP) since Fall 2012 teaching for after-school, summer camp, and showcase programs.

Waldron, John

Acting
I teach throughout the Metropolitan area, Compass students are some of the most courteous and hard working kids I have the pleasure to work with. The Compass Family is such a tight knit supportive group, I love seeing all of the activities that are offered and am amazed at the talent that is on display at the talent show.

Wentland, Lisandrea

ASL
Lisandrea Wentland earned a certificate in Deaf Studies and graduated summa cum ...

Program Coordinators

Jenny Grove-Bradshaw

Director
Jenny founded Compass Homeschool Classes in 2012, and has worked tirelessly to make it an excellent community in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area.

Jackie Elliot

Program Manager
Jackie has great ideas and is always ready to help out.

Basma Abdelmoneim

Program Assistant
Basma is the Program Assistant and is always available to help out on campus.

Laura Hammond

Webmaster
Laura keeps the Compass website running in between teachable moments with her five children.

Educational Partners

McPhail, Ian

Student Photographer
Ian A. McPhail is the Compass student photographer. He has been formally ...

McClain, Shannon

Homeschool Evaluator
Shannon worked as an elementary school teacher in Virginia and as a teacher/consultant with the Northern Virginia Writing Project, offering in-service presentations to kindergarten through university teachers. In addition to working as a homeschool evaluator, Shannon serves as an advocate for families who need help navigating the public school system.