Instructor Profiles

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Albert, Laura

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

Alonso, Lisa

High School Spanish
"My son loved Senora Alonso. He felt that Lisa was very positive and encouraging. He had clear guidance on what his assignments were."-K.B. (Alexandria, VA)

Andresen, Kati

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

Atangana, Luc

Painting, Drawing
Luc Atangana studied art at Christopher Newport University while completing his ...

Boyle, Dr. Karleen

Science
"My daughter really enjoyed her science class with Ms. Boyle. She enjoyed her style of teaching and the hands-on experiments." -P.A. (Reston, VA)

Cassatt, Bette

Stage Combat, Wizards Workshop
"Bette was terrific! My daughter loved her class and learned new skills that she used on stage later that spring. Bette was encouraging, clear and resourceful. I highly recommend her class." -B.P. (Herndon, VA)

Chelf, David

Mathematics
"My daughter very much enjoyed her class with David Chelf, and recommends it." -E.B. (Fairfax, VA)

Coder Kids

Computer Coding
"My son enjoyed working with Mr. Han. I received more feedback on how nice and funny Mr. Han was than on the course content. Overall, my son was quite happy with the course." -Z.A. (Silver Spring, MD)

D'Cruz, Shona

Sculpture, Mosaics
Shona D’Cruz has been a hobby artist her entire life working in sculpture, ...

Denmark, Jeanniffer

Elementary Spanish
"My older daughter took Ms. Denmark's class and had a very positive experience." -L.R. (Woodbridge, VA)

Dennis, Kofi

Drumming
Kofi Dennis is a drummer, performer, and educator. He earned a degree in Early Childhood Education at the Komenda Teaching College, University of Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, and a degree in Theater Arts (creative dramatics) from the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana.

Di Vietri, Natalie

Math, Psychology, Reading Strategies
"She was lovely and my daughter loved having her as a teacher." -J.V. (Herndon, VA)

Diederich, Kerry

Elementary Art
"Kerry Diedrich was awesome and my daughter always came from class smiling and proud of her projects, which were fun and age-appropriate. Altogether we were very happy with the class!" -D.M. (Fairfax, VA)

Dzema, Michelle

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

Fisher, Alison

Modern Dance
Alison Fisher is a dance instructor Velocity Dance She has taught at Velocity ...

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 made good attempts to engage my son in academic skill building, and she reached out to me to follow up on individual goals he had set and to suggest at-home strategies." -C.S. (Fairfax, VA)

Frederick, Wyndy

Voice
"My son took two consecutive classes with Wyndy. She was a wonderful instructor! He really enjoyed singing. Wyndy made sure of each students' interests and willingness to present themselves in front of audiences." -K.B. (Reston, VA)

Gallagher, Dan

Robotics, Electronics
"My daughter has been a student of Dan for a few years now. She adores his classes. She feels empowered by him and supported. She likes that he lets the students take the lead in deciding how to construct/program their robots, and he’s there to provide support when she asks for it..." -R.L. (Reston, VA)

Gardner, Hugh

History
"My son has been in class with Mr. Gardner for three years. He has gained a vast amount of knowledge and understanding of history from Mr. Gardner..." -N.M. (Huntly, VA)

Goll, Lori

Painting, Drawing, Pastels
"My kids LOVED Miss Lori and learned a lot in her class. They were always excited to go back." -K.S. (Fairfax, VA)

Goodhart, Angela

Photography
"Angela Goodhart is kind and supportive and also a great teacher of photography." -L.S. (Alexandria, VA)

Grenier, Nick

Nature Quest
"All 3 of my children have enjoyed Mr. Nick's classes over the years. His knowledge and his easy way with kids is amazing." -K.S. (Fairfax, VA)

Gurshman, Nataliya

Pre-College Art Portfolio Seminar
Nataliya Gurshman is an artist and art educator based in Annandale. She serves ...

Harmon, Judith

Acting, Fashion Design/Sewing
Judith Harmon earned a Bachelors Degree in Theater and Business Entrepreneurs...

Herman, Lorrie

Painting, Graphic Design
My daughter enjoyed the Painting Fun with Acrylics class. Lorrie was able to make the class fun and show my daughter techniques that she appreciated. Lorrie was patient with the students and encouraging when they needed it." -A.B. (Fairfax, VA)

Herman, Tyler

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

Hickman, Karen

Writing
"My daughter really enjoyed her writing class with Ms. Hickman. I felt she was challenged and grew in her writing." -P.A. (Reston, VA)

Hughes, Dr. Erica

Art History, Archaeology, Philosophy
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 ...

Kirk, Keely

Improvisation
Keely Kirk is the Compass Improv instructor and the CEO of Playing Outside the ...

Knol, Taliesin

Dioramas, History
"Taliesin Knol is FANTASTIC!! My son has taken every class offered by Taliesin on Wednesdays for a couple years now. He learns a ton and couldn't be happier in his classes." -R.N. (McLean, VA)

Kornacki, Dr. John

Economics
Dr. John Kornacki is a recently retired college professor and administrator ...

Kosar, Melanie

Literature
"My daughters loved Melanie Kosar's class, and I appreciated her meticulous preparation and deep engagement with each of them individually. Her weekly e-mails were whimsical and winsome. Intellectually stimulating; excellent selection of works..." -E.B. (Fairfax, VA)

Mack, Diane

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

Martin, Arthuretta

Public Speaking
"Ms. Martin was warm and encouraging, an extremely supportive teacher." -L.S. (Alexandria, VA)

Max, Dr. 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.

May, Nora

Yoga
Nora May is a credentialed yoga instructor for kids’, teens’, adult, ...

McClain, Shannon

Writing
Shannon McClain earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and a ...

Murchie Beyma, Tia

Biology, American Government, Humanities
"My student has studied with Tia Murchie-Beyma for the past few years. I consider Tia to be an exceptional teacher..." -D.H. (Herndon, VA)

Muttardy, Kouthar

History, Civics, Geography
"Ms. K is exceptional. My daughter absolutely loved her class and came away with all kinds of information about cultures she may never get to experience first hand..." -C.H. (Burke, VA)

Nyman, Mylene

Cooking, Mosaics
"My son LOVED his cooking class with Mrs. Mimi! It was his absolute favorite of all the classes he took. Each week he was eager to attend her class and always spoke very highly of her! Great class, exceptional teacher." -H.B. (Warrenton, VA)

Olsen, Dr. Kathleen

Vet Science, Microbiology
"I have been impressed with the way Dr. Olsen motivates and engages her students with the subject material. The college level science text was challenging for our daughter at first, but she rose to it and was successful. Our child would like to take another class taught by Dr. Olsen." -J.K. (Oak Hill, VA)

Pinover, Edwige

French
"My youngest daughter has been in Madame Pinover's class for the last 2 years. She loves the class and loves Edwige. My interactions with Edwige have been professional and friendly. She makes learning a language fun and interactive..." -A.B. (Fairfax, VA)

Preisinger, Kathy

Children's Music
"Over the years, my youngest son and my daughter have taken several classes with Kathy. In all my years in education, Kathy stands out as one of the best teachers I've ever seen. She is not only a master of the content she teaches (music), but..." -J.N. (Fairfax, VA)

Reynolds, Megan

Literature, Vocabulary
Megan Reynolds is an outstanding teacher. My daughter has been taking classes with her for the last 3 years and continually talks about how much she enjoys the classes..." -A.B. (Fairfax, VA)

Rhodes, Dr. Danielle

Writing, Literature
Dr. Danielle Rhodes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and ...

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 ...

Ross, Beth

Little Medical School Programs
"My daughter loved Little Medical School and Ms. Ross. She taught the kids great information in a fun format. I highly recommend her class." -K.S. (Manassas, VA)

Rumberg, Marisela

Paper and Fiber Art
Marisela Rumberg, CZT is an artist and educator who became a Certified Zentan...

Russell, Penny

Preschool Science with Puppets
Penny Russell is a puppeteer based in the Metropolitan DC area.  She is a ...

Sanderson, Heather

Shakespeare
My daughter has absolutely loved working with Heather Sanderson. Heather has made Shakespeare really come alive, and my daughter enjoys and excels at bringing out the humor and subtlety of the characters she portrays. M. K. (Vienna, VA)

Seminario, Alex

Cybersecurity
Alex Seminario has worked in the fields of Information Technology and Cyberse...

Shackelford, Donna

Science
"My daughter LOVED Ms. Shackelford. She pushed them to excel, without making them feel stressed out. She is kind and funny, but held students accountable. I had several interactions with Ms. Shackelford, and was impressed with her." -A.R. (Herndon, VA)

Sharp, Anne

Writing, Literary Magazine
"Anne Sharp is a wonderful instructor. My son made an instant connection with her and learned a great deal in a short amount of time. She is extremely knowledgeable, patient, straightforward and thoughtful. The email updates about classroom activity were very helpful to me as a parent." -F. D. (Springfield, VA)

Snow, Peter

Chess
"We have only had positive experiences with Mr. Snow. My daughter enjoyed his class and wants to take chess from him again. She liked how he taught principles then gave them a chance to play games and apply what they learned each class. He was always helpful and replied quickly to my inquiries." -N. H. (Centreville, VA)

Sticha, Rebecca

LEGO Engineering
Rebecca Sticha is the Compass LEGO engineering instructor for Play-Well ...

Vinuales, Goretti

Music Appreciation
Goretti Vinuales holds degrees in Music Education from the University of ...

Zaklis, Elena

Social Skills
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 Manager
Basma Abdelmoneim is a Program Manager at Compass. Basma received her bachelo...

Laura Hammond

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

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