Instructor Profiles

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Bontrager, JR

3D Design & Printing
JR Bontrager is a 3D printing and scanning specialist. He has worked with 3D ...

Boyle, Dr. Karleen

"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)

Castaneda, Iman

Homeschool PE
Iman Castaneda is the coach for Compass’s Homeschool PE and Jiu-Jitsu Fit ...

Chelf, David

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

Cobb, Diane Wright

Preschool and Elementary Art
Diane Wright Cobb is a professional artist and long time art educator. Diane ...

D'Cruz, Shona

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

Di Vietri, Natalie

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

Diederich, Kerry

"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)

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.

Eastridge, Jessica

Band Director
Jessica Eastridge is an experienced instrumental music teacher, band director, ...

Fencing Sports Academy

Fencing Sports Academy is the premier epee and foil fencing club in the ...

Forsythe, Dr. Michele

Dr. Michele Forsythe is a veteran STEM educator. She was formerly an adjunct ...

Fraser, Sarah

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)

Fredrick, Wyndy

"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)

Goodhart, Angela

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

Goueti, Ange

Elementary Mathematics
Ange Goueti is a STEM educator, currently working with Dr. Michele Forsythe and ...

Greenberg, Daniel

Daniel Greenberg has been playing drums since 1992. His early musical influen...

Hallworth, Jennifer

High School Mathematics
Jennifer Hallworth earned both her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in ...

Harmon, Judith

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

Hay, Ethan

Ethan Hay works for Black Rocket, which has dozens of locations across the ...

Henry, Marybeth

EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
Marybeth Henry has been a National Registry-certified Emergency Medical ...

Hickman, Karen

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

Hummer, Mike

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

Huneycutt, Osk

Science Teacher

Hussein, Manal

Middle School Science, High School Physics
Manal Hussein earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a ...

Jao, Eric

Electronic Music Production
Eric Jao (aka DJ Enferno) is a music industry professional, DJ, producer, and ...

Kalyoncu, Sevim

Nature Quest
Sevim Kalyoncu is a certified Virginia Master Naturalist and a naturalist ...

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

Civics, Political Science
Dr. John Kornacki is a recently retired college professor and administrator ...

Martin, Austin

High School Robotics
Austin Martin is the instructor for Compass high school robotics. Austin is ...

McClain, Shannon

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

Mello, Ney

Ney Mello, who teaches guitar classes at Compass, is an internationally-recog...

Mercadal, C. Danielle

Compass Kindergarten, Elementary Geography
Danielle Mercadal is an experienced teacher/tutor of early elementary reading. ...

Murchie Beyma, Tia

Biology, World History
"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)

Natural Leaders

Natural Leaders (Outdoor Education)
"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)

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)

Pinover, Edwige

"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)

Preaux, Sandra

Oceanic & Atmospheric Science
Sandra "Sandy" Preaux is a scientist specializing in geophysics, remote ...

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, Sarah

Krav Maga Self Defense
Sarah Reynolds is the program director and an instructor at Premier Martial ...

Romano, Joe

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

Sanderson, Heather

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)

Shackelford, Donna

"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

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)

Shreve, Tayler

Tayler Shreve is the instructor for Law and Order, Compass’s Criminal Justice ...

Shumway, Karen

Chemistry, Biology, Elementary Science
Karen Shumway earned a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from the University of ...

Snow, Peter

"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)

Somerville, Christina

High School English
Home-educated through high school by her Ivy-educated parents, Christina ...

Sticha, Rebecca

LEGO Engineering, Robotics, Science, Math
Rebecca Sticha is the Compass instructor for LEGO engineering, robotics, ...

Taborga, Sirdley

Sirdley Taborga is the instructor for Compass's elementary and high school ...

Taranto, Anne

Dr. Anne Taranto has taught literature and composition for more than 20 years ...

Thompson Jr., Albert R

High School History
Albert R. Thompson Jr. is a historian and social scientist. He is completing ...

Urista, Juan

Aviation and Aerospace Engineering
Juan Urista is an FAA-certified Advanced Ground Instructor and aviation ...

Van Riper, Pete

High School Drawing, Painting
Pete Van Riper is a professional artist and art instructor. He has served as an ...

Vanlandingham, Catherine

Reading Specialist
Catherine Vanlandingham is a reading specialist and experienced elementary ...

Virchow, Jeff

Ballroom Dance, Improvisation
Jeff Virchow has taught ballroom dance since 1999 and has worked in theater ...

Tutors and Private Instructors

Klote, Svetlana

Russian Language Tutor
Svetlana Klote is a native Russian speaker, born in Kyrgyzstan in the former ...

Wood, Ruth

Mandarin Chinese
Ruth Wood is a native of China who has been teaching Chinese in the US for ...

Program Coordinators

Jenny Grove-Bradshaw

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

Laura Hammond

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

Elizabeth Bradshaw

Logistics/Operations Coordinator
Elizabeth graduated from Compass's class of 2022 and is a student at Purdue ...

Kelly Rose

Program Assistant
Kelly Rose has experience in educational programming through her work as a ...

Megan Fairchild

Staff Coordinator
Megan Fairchild comes to Compass with more than eight years of experience in ...

Emily White

Program Manager
Emily White is the Program Manager at Compass. She is a graduate of Brigham ...

Rozlyn Marcellino

Program Assistant
Rozlyn Marcellino is a Program Assistant at Compass. She has experience as a ...

Sherril Walker

Program Assistant
Sherril Walker is an experienced customer service professional. She has held ...

Educational Partners

Alchemy Ballet Academy

Homeschool Ballet
Alchemy Ballet Academy is a Compass Community Partner located two blocks away ...

Anwari, Sheila

Therapeutic Art Life Coach
Therapeutic Arts Science and Growth Mindset (TASGM) Sheila Anwari is a ...

Nowicki, Jennifer

Certified Dyslexia & Reading Specialist (M.ED., CALT, C-SLDS)
Spark Reading LLC Jennifer Nowicki is Certified Academic Language Therapi...

Rosecrans, Barbara

Educational Consultant, Usborne Books & More
Barbara Rosecrans is a Sales Representative and Educational Consultant with ...

Schaaf, Melissa

First Aid/CPR
Melissa Schaaf is a Certified Instructor with the American Heart Association. ...

Todd Lanier, Ed. S.

Educational Consultant
Todd Lanier brings more than 30 years of experience as an educational consul...

Vrolyk, Ginny

Assistant Scriptwriter
Ginny Vrolyk is the Assistant Scriptwriter for acting classes at Compass. Ginny ...