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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.
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.
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.
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.
Mathematics David Chelf earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Shepherd ...
Computer Coding Coder Kids is a coding academy in McLean that offers more than four dozen ...
Sculpture Shona D’Cruz has been a hobby artist her entire life working in sculpture, ...
Acting Coach Hayley Dandreaux is a Senior Teaching Artist with Acting for Young People ...
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.
Personal Finance, Civics Jennifer DesRoches is the instructor for the financial literacy class, Money Matters.
ASL, Math, Psychology Natalie Di Vietri is the Compass instructor for math and American Sign Language (ASL) classes. She is a veteran teacher and tutor.
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.
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.
Creative Journalling Michelle Dzema is a writer and photographer with a BA in Literature and Fine ...
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.
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.
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.
History Of all the students I've ever taught, I can honestly say that the kids at Compass are certainly some of them!
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.
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.
Nature Quest The curiosity and excitement of the Compass students makes every class a fresh new adventure!
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!
Art Lorrie Herman is an artist who has had a brush or pencil in her hand as long as ...
Shakespeare Tyler Herman is an actor, director, and teaching artist. He earned a Master of ...
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.
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.
Magic Mike Hummer is a professional magician in the DC area. He performed full time ...
Science Sudhita Kasturi has degrees in Chemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology from ...
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.
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.
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 Programs Little Medical School is a nationwide program for elementary school students to ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Yoga Paula Pierce is the owner and master instructor for Body & Brain Yoga of ...
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.
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.
Robotics, Electronics Robot Works, LLC, is a small, veteran-owned business specializing in hands-on ...
Magic Joe Romano is a professional magician and illusionist. He has performed at ...
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.
Zentangle Artist Marisela Rumberg, CZT is an artist and educator who became a Certified Zentan...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
ASL Lisandrea Wentland earned a certificate in Deaf Studies and graduated summa cum ...
Social Skills Coach Elena Zaklis is a BACB board certified and licensed Behavior Analyst in four ...