Instructor Profiles

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Adler, Laura T.

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

Black Rocket

Coding
Black Rocket has dozens of locations across the country. Founded in 2001, this ...

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)

Castaneda, Iman

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

Chelf, David

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

Cobb, Diane Wright

Art
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, ...

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

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

Diederich, Kerry

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

Forsythe, Dr. Michele

Science
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)

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)

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

Art
"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)

Harmon, Judith

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

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, 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 ...

Kalyoncu, Sevim

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

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

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

Kothari, Sagar

ASL
Sagar Kothari is an experienced ASL (American Sign Language) educator who has ...

Martin, Arthuretta

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

McClain, Shannon

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

Mello, Ney

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

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)

Okun, Judy

Geography
Judy Okun is an experienced geography and history instructor. She is currently ...

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)

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 ...

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 ...

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)

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)

SciGenius

Science
SciGenius was founded in 2017 to provide high-quality STEAM education to the ...

Seminario, Alex

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

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)

Shear, Mallory

Stage Combat
Mallory Shear is an experienced actor, fight director, choreographer, and stunt ...

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

Taborga, Sirdley

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

Taranto, Dr. Anne

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

Wood, Ruth

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

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.

Laura Hammond

Webmaster
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. ...