Instructor Profiles

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Beirne, Kathryn

Social Skills
Kathryn Beirne earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of ...

Bontrager, JR

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

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, ...

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 ...

Greenberg, Daniel

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

Hall, Jessica

Choral Classes, Private Music & Voice Lessons
Jessica Hall studied music at St. Joesph’s College where she majored in ...

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)

Hughes, Ryan

Ryan Hughes is an Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology at both George Mason ...

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 ...

Jeantet, Ruth

Ruth Jeantet earned a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish from Dickinson ...

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)

Newton, Kristi

Interior Design
Kristi Newton earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the ...

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)

Ramsey, Ashley

Elementary Mathematics
Ashley Ramsey earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Frostburg State ...

Rodriguez, Lina

K-8 science
Lina Rodriguez earned a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from the Univer...

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)

Sarich, Scott

Geography and History
Scott Sarich has more than 20 years of experience in public, private and ...

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 ...

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., Dr. Albert

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

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 ...

Wolverton, Mercedes "Mercy"

Technovation Team
Mercedes “Mercy” Wolverton is a Cybersecurity Engineering major at George ...

Tutors and Private Instructors

Fredrick, Wyndy

Private Music and Voice Lessons
"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)

Hall, Jessica

Choral Classes, Private Music & Voice Lessons
Jessica Hall studied music at St. Joesph’s College where she majored in ...

Klote, Svetlana

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

Levin, Jeff

Private Piano, Voice
Jeff Levin earned his MMED from the University of Delaware with a concentrat...

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 ...

Virginia Fredrick

Office Manager
Virginia Fredrick earned a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from George ...

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 ...