Instructor Profiles

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Adler, Laura T.

Laura T. Adler is the Compass coding coach for the girls’ Technovation team. ...

Albert, Laura

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)

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)

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)

Castaneda, Iman

Homeschool PE & Jiu-Jitsu
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

Drawing, Painting
Diane Wright Cobb teaches high school painting and drawing at Compass. She is a ...

D'Cruz, Shona

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

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)

Fencing Sports Academy

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

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

"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

"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

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

Granski, Joe

Drawing, Painting, Illustration
Joe Granksi is an artist and art instructor who has experience teaching in the ...

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)

Harmon, Judith

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

Herman, Tyler

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

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)

Hughes, Dr. Erica

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

Hummer, Mike

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

Kalyoncu, Sevim

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

Kirk, Keely

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

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

Kosar, Melanie

"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)

Martin, Arthuretta

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

Max, Dr. Edward

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.

McClain, Shannon

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

Mello, Ney

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

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)

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)

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)

Reynolds, Sarah

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

Rhodes, Dr. Danielle

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

Romano, Joe

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

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...

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)

Seminario, Alex

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

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

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

"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, Math, Science
Rebecca Sticha is the Compass instructor for LEGO engineering, science enrich...

Taborga, Sirdley

Elementary Spanish
Sirdley Taborga is the instructor for Compass's elementary Spanish classes. She ...

Zaklis, Elena

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

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.

Lauren Bradshaw

Business Development/Communications Coordinator
Lauren is a homeschooled student who has been at Compass since its opening at ...

Elizabeth Bradshaw

Logistics/Operations Coordinator
Elizabeth is a homeschooled student who has been at Compass since its opening ...

Emily Gore

Program Assistant
Emily Gore is a Program Assistant at Compass. She is a recent graduate of ...

Educational Partners

Johnson, Alison Samantha

Stage & Special Effects Make-Up
Alison Samantha Johnson is a full-time freelance costume, makeup and wig ...

Mercadal, C. Danielle

Tutor: Early Elementary Reading
Danielle Mercadal is an experienced teacher/tutor of early elementary reading. ...

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. ...