Instructor Profiles

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Albert, Laura

Architect
Laura Albert has nearly two decades of experience as a practicing architect. ...

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.

Andresen, Kati

Kati Andresen enjoys sharing her love of cooking, baking and crafting with ...

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, Dr. 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, Wizards Workshop
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.

Chelf, David

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

Coder Kids

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

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.

Di Vietri, Natalie

Math, Psychology
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.

Dzema, Michelle

Creative Journalling
Michelle Dzema is a writer and photographer with a BA in Literature and Fine ...

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.

Fisher, Alison

Modern Dance
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.

Frame, Daniel

American Sign Language (ASL)
Daniel Frame is currently an adjunct faculty member in American Sign Language ...

Fraser, Sarah

SAT/ACT Prep, Study Skills
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.

Frederick, Wyndy

Vocal Coach
ed her vocal studio in Herndon after traveling the globe with her family for 25 years (courtesy of the US Navy). Wyndy has served as the musical, choral, and vocal director for many shows with the Sterling Playmakers community theatre including Brigadoon, Oklahoma!, Into the Woods, Aladin, and Oliver.

Gardner, Hugh

History
"Mr. Gardner has had a huge impact on our son's interest in history. We have nothing but extremely positive feedback about Mr. Gardner and his course. His love of history is apparent since our son does nothing but talk about all he's learned from Mr. Gardner, even a year later. Our son loves seeing the many genuine artifacts that Mr. Gardner brings in to class for students to see and experience first hand. He arrives early to the class and helps Mr. Gardner set it all up. It is rare that students get to see and touch historical items and I commend Mr. Gardner for sharing that experience with his students."

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!

Harmon, Judith

Acting
Judith Harmon earned a Bachelors Degree in Theater and Business Entrepreneurs...

Herman, Lorrie

Art
Lorrie Herman is an artist who has had a brush or pencil in her hand as long as ...

Herman, Tyler

Shakespeare
Tyler Herman is an actor, director, and teaching artist. He earned a Master of ...

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.

Hughes, Dr. Erica

Art History
Dr. Erica Hughes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Temple University in ...

Hummer, Mike

Magic
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 ...

Keenan, Dr. Kristin

Earth Science, Paleontology
Dr. Kristin Keenan earned a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology at University ...

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.

Little Medical School

Little Medical School Programs
Little Medical School is a nationwide program for elementary school students to ...

Mack, Diane

FUNctional Fitness (Homeschool PE)
Diane Mack is the coach of FUNctional Fitness (Homeschool PE) at Compass. She ...

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.

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.

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, Civics
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.

Newbold, David

Comic Illustrator
David Newbold is a comic book artist and creator who lives in the northern ...

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, Dr. Kathleen

Vet Science, Microbiology
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

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

Romano, Joe

Magic
Joe Romano is a professional magician and illusionist. He has performed at ...

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.

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!

Starrs, Irene

Personal Finance
Irene Starrs is the Compass instructor for high school Personal Finance. She ...

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.

Zaklis, Elena

Social Skills Coach
Elena Zaklis is a BACB board certified and licensed Behavior Analyst in four ...

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 Elliott

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 ...