2021-2022 High School Class Descriptions

(ACT Fall Semester) ACT Test Prep

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ $0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Grades 9 to 12 Raise your hand if you love taking the ACT? I can’t see you from the computer screen, but I’m willing to bet none of the students (or their parents/guardians) would raise their hand when asked this question. Standardized tests are the key to getting into college, though, so they are a dragon that must be slain in the kingdom of higher academics. For the first semester, I will be covering three of the four ACT test categories: Science, Reading, and English. You won’t believe how easy the Science portion of the test can be once we go over some examples. We will analyze many Reading passages to learn how to hunt for key words and English? We will be poring over those pesky grammar rules that don’t look right but are actually right and take tests on tests on tests to make it stick. By the time this course is over, your student will have glimpsed hundreds of example problems and be more prepared to storm the gates of higher learning while parents take them to Wal-Mart to get that shower caddy and mini fridge for their dorm rooms. And it all starts HERE, at ACT Test Prep.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None
Homework Estimate: 30 min to 1 hour per week
Teacher Bio:
I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Audio Production. I have been working in the system as a tutor, substitute teacher, and a teacher for years. I have been teaching at Cornerstone for two years and tutoring students at Hermitage Learning Center for nearly three years. CCA is a great place to teach and be taught and I am honored to be here for a third school year, completing the homeschool hat trick.

(ACT Spring Semester) ACT Math Prep

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ $0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Grades 9 to 12 Raise your hand if you love taking the ACT? I can’t see you from the computer screen, but I’m willing to bet none of the students (or their parents/guardians) would raise their hand when asked this question. Standardized tests are the key to getting into college, though, so they are a dragon that must be slain in the kingdom of higher academics. Second semester is solely dedicated to MATH, the dragon-est of all the dragons. Students will be given sheets with common formulae used to solve ACT problems and will work through multiple practice tests. This course doesn’t involve hours of redundant lecturing on how to solve problems, we solve them until it makes sense. By the time this course is over, your student will have glimpsed hundreds of example problems and be more prepared to storm the gates of higher learning while parents take them to Wal-Mart to get that shower caddy and mini fridge for their dorm rooms. And it all starts HERE, at ACT Prep.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
A graphing calculator is REQUIRED. Speed is CRITICAL to succeeding at the ACT and my course will show you how to use the calculator to breeze through it. I specifically teach my course with a TI-84 calculator (preferable) or a TI-83.
Homework Estimate: 30 min to 1 hour per week
Teacher Bio:
I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Audio Production. I have been working in the system as a tutor, substitute teacher, and a teacher for years. I have been teaching at Cornerstone for two years and tutoring students at Hermitage Learning Center for nearly three years. CCA is a great place to teach and be taught and I am honored to be here for a third school year, completing the homeschool hat trick.

(Fall Semester) Photography

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Teacher: Heather Butler
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ $0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
We will study history of photography, technical terms, and functions. Students will have weekly photo assignments to challenge them as photographers. The will have a final photography project
Required Textbooks and Materials:
I encourage each student to have DSLR camera to take my class, but let’s face it, cameras on current cellphones ROCK! I do not want to you to break the bank to get a DSLR camera for your students. There are great cameras out there for under $200. Just search the internet and see what you can do within your budget, or borrow one from a friend!
Homework Estimate: 1 – 2 hours
Teacher Bio:
My name is Heather Butler. My husband Steve and I live in Watertown, TN. Our children are Addison (19) and Aidan (18). We have 2 dogs, 1 cat and 4 chickens! I love to garden, fish and camp! My other passion is bake! I am a baker at The Adopted Farmhouse Coffee Co in Watertown, TN. I am very active in the Watertown Chamber of Commerce. We attend Waters Edge Church. I graduated from Art Institute of Houston with a Degree in Visual Communications. I studying Photography when I was in college, but did not really get into it until got my first DSLR camera. Photo journalism and editing photography in Photoshop is what I really enjoy. When photography was just a hobby, I entered several images in Wilson County Fair and OctoberFest. I placed many times with a Best in Show and several 1st places, 2nd places. After many requests from friends to take their family pictures, weddings, senior pictures, etc., I started my photography business.

(Spring Semester) Computer Application

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Teacher: Heather Butler
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ $0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Students will be learning Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint). This class will teach your student computer knowledge and daily use of their computer. They must bring their laptop to class. If you have a Macintosh computer please purchase Microsoft Suite.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Laptop that has Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint
Homework Estimate: 1-2 hours
Teacher Bio:
My name is Heather Butler. My husband Steve and I live in Watertown, TN. Our children are Addison (19) and Aidan (18). We have 2 dogs, 1 cat and 4 chickens! I love to garden, fish and camp! My other passion is bake! I am a baker at The Adopted Farmhouse Coffee Co in Watertown, TN. I am very active in the Watertown Chamber of Commerce. We attend Waters Edge Church. I graduated from Art Institute of Houston with a Degree in Visual Communications.

10/11 Grade English

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Teacher: Heather Junkin
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $5
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
This course is an examination of literature, grammar, and writing. Skills covered will be citing textual evidence, making inferences, annotating text, analyzing theme, characterization, word choice & language, sequence of events, plot structure, multimedia, transformation of works, annotation stations, biographies around the world, infographic research, myth conceptions, rhetorical devices, word choice, analyzing arguments, persuasive writing, informative/expository writing, research writing, revising writing, writing with purpose, world research, ethos, pathos, & logos, rhetorical devices, etc. Students should expect weekly or bi-weekly quizzes, tests, writing prompts, and class projects as grades in addition to their reading and comprehension questions.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte No Fear Shakespeare-Macbeth The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells Frankenstein by Mary Shelly 100 Best-Loved Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) $3.99 on Amazon Easy Grammar- Grade 10 – Student Workbook”
Homework Estimate: 2-3 hours
Teacher Bio:
When I was young, I knew that I would truly enjoy teaching, and in 2008, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in English, minoring in secondary education. After student teaching, however, I discovered that the public school system was not where I needed to be and put a teaching career on the backburner. Life happened. Then after, a husband, two kids, dog, cat, MBA, and a small business, here I am, teaching at CCA and revisiting my love for all things in the English language arts department. This Fall marks my 3rd year of both homeschooling my two children (ages 10 and 6) and teaching at CCA. I look forward to the 2021-2022 school year and to meeting your students!

Archery

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Teacher: Hilana-Lee Santos
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $10 Materials Fee PLUS Bow & arrows. You may bring your own bow & arrows or rent a bow from CCA for $75 for the year. (An additional Materials Fee check will need to be written to CCA for $75 dated 5/1/21 at time of registration.)
Optional Lab: None
Class Description:
In Archery class, a student will learn the 11 steps to shooting Archery equipment, known as the National Training System taught and created by USA Archery: 1.) Stance, 2.) Nock, 3.) Hook and Grip, 4.) Posture/ Alignment (Set), 5.) Raise Bow (Set-Up), 6.) Draw (To Load), 7.) Anchor, 8.) Transfer to Hold, 9.) Aim (Expand/Aim), 10.) Release / Follow Through, 11.) Feedback. Along with having fun and games to keep the kids engaged!
Required Textbooks and Materials:
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Homework Estimate: None
Teacher Bio:
I have been an archer for 4 years and have been coaching at CCA for a year. I love teaching kids to enjoy the sport that I have learned to enjoy from my own coach!

Physical Science

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Teacher: Barbie Byrnes
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $25
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Topics covered include: measurement and units so that students can convert between units in scientific study; earth, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere; weather; an introduction to physics to understand the mechanics of motion, forces, and energy; Newton’s laws and the forces in creation to understand friction, static and kinetic energy, gravity, electromagnetic forces, and electrical circuits; solar system, stars, and galaxies to introduce the wonders of our universe; an introduction to chemistry for a basic introduction to atoms and molecules. Students will be expected to fully read each module, complete vocabulary worksheets, complete experiments and answer related questions, complete Study Guide questions, and select a science fair project to complete, and attend the science fair. All assignments will be reviewed in class to assist with quizzes and tests.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science 2nd Edition. MP3 recommended, but not required. The Solutions/Test Manual and Student Notebook are NOT required. I will purchase tests/quizzes, worksheets, and lab kit. Students will be required to perform lab studies at home with household items.
Homework Estimate: 1 hour each day, 4 days per week.
Teacher Bio:
My name is Barbie Byrnes. This will be our 8th year of homeschooling, and we have been a part of CCA for 4 years now. This will be my 3rd year of teaching and I am so excited. I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and I have been a Registered Nurse since 2003. I am currently projected to graduate with my Master of Science in Nursing with my Family Nurse Practitioner December 2021. I love teaching my girls, and I truly have enjoyed my teaching thus far at CCA. I have 3 beautiful daughters who will be in 7th, 3rd, and 1st. I pray for my students to come and in years past for another wonderful year of learning.

World History

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Teacher: Walker Woods
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $10
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
“This course will explore world history from creation through present day. As we move through the curriculum, we will add additional focus on Biblical and Church History and how it pertains to the global landscape at various stages of history. Class time will consist of lecture and discussion with occasional presentations. Students will complete study questions based on weekly reading assignments as well as weekly quizzes. In addition, there will be several short informal papers over the material. Required Textbooks and Materials: EXPLORING WORLD HISTORY – Part 1: Creation Through the Middle Ages, and Part 2: The Renaissance to the Present; by Ray Notgrass. (There are additional materials available in the homeschool pack, but you do not need to purchase them for this class. You only need the two texts.) The books may be purchased new online at https://history.notgrass.com/exploring-world-history-curriculum-package/ or on sites such as Amazon. This curriculum has been used at CCA in the past so ask around. you may be able to find it used and local!”
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Exploring World History Part 1 and Part 2 (Ray Notgrass)
Homework Estimate: 3 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
I am a 16-year veteran of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. I currently serve as a Detective, and Criminal Investigations Supervisor. I am graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminology and Sociology. Our family attends The Journey Church in Lebanon. Our three children attend CCA, and we enjoy all activities outdoors especially camping. As a family, we have been homeschooling for 5 years and this is my second year teaching at CCA. I have always been interested and history and my degree is a combination of Criminal Justice, History, and Sociology courses.

(Fall Semester) Ciphers, Codes & Spies

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Carolyn Todd
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ $20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
“In this class we’ll study ciphers, codes, spies, and related science, technology, and history. We’ll decipher messages from WWII, practice Morse Code, build a mechanical cipher machine, make invisible inks and learn with activities each week. We’ll meet heroes and villains, see pivotal moments in history when God used spies to lead to the rise and fall of nations, and contemplate the ethics of spying. This semester, this class will include a graphic-novel format biography of spy and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. There will be no quizzes or tests. Parent Note – There will be some video/images of war violence due to the nature of the topics.”
Required Textbooks and Materials:
The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix
Homework Estimate: Occasional homework no more than 1 hour/week. If desired, OPTIONAL projects, research papers and related classic literature selections (Jules Verne, Edgar Allen Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle etc.) available for families who want this to be a full semester credit course.
Teacher Bio:
I’m Carolyn Todd – a Mom of two teens and first-time CCA tutor. During 5 years homeschooling I’ve taught at 2 other co-ops. My first job as a tutor was at a Science Learning Center at Rutgers, where I earned a BA in Physics. I’ve trained adults on technology for many years at Dow Jones, Providence Health Systems, and the University of Alaska. As a Sergeant in the Army Reserves, I learned electronics, served in a training unit, and met my Tennessee-born husband. We moved to Wilson County in 2019. I’m a born-again Christian and a member of Grace Life Baptist Church in Lebanon. I love helping young people learn about God through His creation, His history, and His Word with active learning/hands-on activities in every class.

(Spring Semester) Intro to Electricity and Magnetism

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Carolyn Todd
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ $15
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this course we’ll learn hands–on with motors, metal detectors, electronics, compasses and magnets, uncovering the history and science of this fascinating part of God’s creation: electromagnetism. We’ll introduce surprising ways animals use magnetic and electric fields, how lightning rods work, and learn how electricity is generated, transmitted, and used to keep the lights on and keep the refrigerator running, and the surprise discovery of electromagnetic radiation/light and radio and X-rays.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
All supplies included in materials fee. No textbook required.
Homework Estimate: Optional homework assignments and projects available for families who want it
Teacher Bio:
I’m Carolyn Todd – a Mom of two teens and first-time CCA tutor. During 5 years homeschooling I’ve taught at 2 other co-ops. My first job as a tutor was at a Science Learning Center at Rutgers, where I earned a BA in Physics. I’ve trained adults on technology for many years at Dow Jones, Providence Health Systems, and the University of Alaska. As a Sergeant in the Army Reserves, I learned electronics, served in a training unit, and met my Tennessee-born husband. We moved to Wilson County in 2019. I’m a born-again Christian and a member of Grace Life Baptist Church in Lebanon. I love helping young people learn about God through His creation, His history, and His Word with active learning/hands-on activities in every class.

Algebra 1

9:00-10:30 am
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV
Tuition: 30 weeks (1.5-hour class) – $300
Materials Fee: $
Optional Lab: TBA
Class Description:
Algebra 1 topics include recognizing and developing patterns using tables, graphs, and equations. In addition, students will explore operations on algebraic expressions and apply mathematical properties to algebraic equations. Students will solve problems using equations, graphs, and tables to investigate linear relationships.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Algebra 1: An Incremental Development, 3rd Edition (Saxon Algebra 1) 3rd Edition, by John H. Saxon, Jr, ISBN: 1565771346 Algebra 1 students are encouraged but not required to have a graphing calculator; preferably a TI-84. A TI-83 is okay as well. Students will be taught how to use them to make the most of their studies.”
Homework Estimate: 3-5 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Audio Production. I have been working in the system as a tutor, substitute teacher, and a teacher for years. I have been teaching at Cornerstone for two years and tutoring students at Hermitage Learning Center for nearly three years. CCA is a great place to teach and be taught and I am honored to be here for a third school year, completing the homeschool hat trick.

American History

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Marla Poole
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
This class covers the history of our nation from her beginning to current times. It is a high school level class and will incorporate group discussions and analytical thinking about our great country. Projects and presentations will make this class full of fun learning!
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Binder 2 pocket folder American History by James P. Stoubough (Masterbooks Curriculum)”
Homework Estimate: 3-4 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
Marla has a degree in education and taught both public and private school and before beginning the homeschooling journey. She has taught a variety of subjects at several homeschool tutorials over the last 7 years and loves time in the classroom with the students.

Anatomy and Physiology

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Barbie Byrnes
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
For students in grades 10-12 that have already taken Biology. We will learn all about the human body and how it works. Students will read the text, take notes during class lecture, complete study guides, view slides of cells and tissues under a microscope, and research diagnoses with the body systems. First semester includes one dissection, and second semester includes three dissections. We will occasionally watch videos or play games in class. Students will have a test about every two weeks after completion of reading the module, coloring pages, review questions, essays over related medical diseases, and labs with each module. Students do not need the workbook or test booklet.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Apologia 2nd edition Advanced Biology – dissection kit for Anatomy (must have this at the end of 1st semester and info will be on syllabus) – 3-subject spiral notebook or 3-ring binder with dividers”
Homework Estimate: About 1 hour each day, depending on amount of reading/studying to complete along with color sheets and/or study guide questions.
Teacher Bio:
My name is Barbie Byrnes. This will be our 8th year of homeschooling, and we have been a part of CCA for 4 years now. This will be my 3rd year of teaching and I am so excited. I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and I have been a Registered Nurse since 2003. I am currently projected to graduate with my Master of Science in Nursing with my Family Nurse Practitioner December 2021. I love teaching my girls, and I truly have enjoyed my teaching thus far at CCA. I have 3 beautiful daughters who will be in 7th, 3rd, and 1st. I pray for my students to come and in years past for another wonderful year of learning.

Biology

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Joann Marlow
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $40
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Science will come alive for the student as we dive into the amazing intricacies of God’s elaborate creation! This class introduces the concepts of general biology. It covers many fundamental topics such as the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification system, biochemistry, and ecosystems, to name a few. Students will be guided in taking notes in class as we discuss the concepts of each topic and conduct activities to further retain knowledge. In class, experiments ranging from microorganisms to the dissection of four increasingly complex specimens (earthworm, crayfish, perch fish, and bull frog) will be performed, among others. During the week, students will read the modules at home, be assigned occasional videos to watch, complete selected experiments, and answer “On Your Own” and study guide questions. Module objectives will be given to students for each module so they will know where to focus their studying for the tests and what to retain throughout the course. A lab report will be completed for each lab and filed in a lab notebook which will be turned in quarterly for a grade. A few simple projects will be assigned throughout the year including a digital leaf collection. This course is recommended for students 10th-12th grades, after completing Physical Science. 9th graders who are prepared for high school level work are welcome as well.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“– Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition, by Wile and Durnell, published by Apologia. – Corresponding Solutions & Tests Manual is required – Other Supplies: 1-1/2-in. 3-ring binder for Lab Notebook, a separate binder for organizing class notes & homework – All in-class lab & dissection supplies will be purchased by teacher with materials fee. Additional simple, at-home lab-materials will need to be bought by student as needed. List will be provided at the beginning of the semester.”
Homework Estimate: 45-60 minutes per day
Teacher Bio:
I’m excited to be given the opportunity to explore with students the details of God’s amazing creation & to expand their views of how great our Creator is! This will be my third year of formal teaching at CCA, 7th year at CCA, and my 12th year as a homeschool mom. I have 4 children ranging from 11th to 4th grade. In my previous life I worked as a registered nurse and have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Through the years, I’ve always had a heart for teaching. Understanding the why and the how behind things not only helps us retain & apply the information, but it also allows us to marvel at the tapestry of God’s detailed plan and worship Him at a deeper level. I currently teach High School Biology, High School Health, and Jr. High General Science at CCA. In my spare time, I serve on the Board of CCA out of a desire to be of assistance to the wonderful families who attend and those who run this fabulous organization.

Cooking

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Taleen Lambert
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $40
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
This class is designed to help students to gain confidence in the kitchen, discover the joy of creating with the culinary arts, challenge their taste-buds by exploring new flavors, and learn about planning nutrient-dense meals that they can cook for themselves and their families. Students will gain skills in measuring, reading and understanding recipes, expanding/reducing recipes, safely handling food, cutting food, preparing and cooking food and much more. They will also be using hands-on methods for learning the difference between basic cooking terms like cube and dice. The student will walk away from this class with 20+ recipes organized in a recipe binder and be taught how to make those recipes on their own. The students will be using the oven and stove with guidance.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
1 binder with dividers
Homework Estimate: 2-3 times throughout the year, the students will be asked to bring in prepared recipes or food items to go along with a recipe. Students are required to turn in binders with all of their recipes organized by category. Other than that, there is no homework.
Teacher Bio:
My name is Taleen Lambert. We have been homeschooling since 2018, and this will be our third year at CCA. I received a bachelors in Special Education from Harding University and have taught a wide range of subjects and age levels over the past 15 years. I have a deep love for the culture and language of Latin America since I was born and grew up in Guatemala as the daughter of missionary parents, and I have also had the privilege of traveling extensively throughout Central and South America.

Criminal Justice 2

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Walker Woods
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $10
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Criminal Justice 2 is an in depth look at specific issues facing the Criminal Justice System with additional emphasis on the courts and the penal system. Criminal Justice 1 is not a pre-requisite for this course and the content and focus will differ with minimal overlap in content. After a brief overview of the legal and judicial systems of both Local and federal government, students will learn the functions, and challenges within Law Enforcement. Students will gain an understanding of the way the criminal justice system functions to protect persons, property, and society while ensuring the protection of rights of individuals. During the criminal court procedure portion of the class, students will conduct a mock trial.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Grades 9 to 12 Materials will be provided through online links, articles, and in class printouts. There will be research projects, practicals, and presentations for the class. Class formats are a mixture of lecture, dialogue, and presentations.
Homework Estimate: 2 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
Teacher Bio: I am a 16-year veteran of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. During my career, I have served as a Corrections Supervisor, Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, Detective, and Criminal Investigations Supervisor. I am graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminology and Sociology. I also currently serve the Sheriff’s Office as a certified Mobile Device Examiner and Forensic Computer Examiner. Our family attends The Journey Church in Lebanon. Our three children attend CCA, and we enjoy all activities outdoors especially camping. As a family, we have been homeschooling for 5 years. This is my second year teaching at CCA.

(Fall Semester) Food Science

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Teacher: Carolyn Todd
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ $15
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this fun science class, we may burn some food (on purpose), using the kitchen as our laboratory. We’ll learn science related to God’s gift of food, answering food/cooking related questions like: What makes something a food? What does a calorie actually measure? How do microwave ovens work? What part of the cow is the hamburger? We’ll be doing weekly hands-on learning in many food-related sciences including: Nutrition, Chemistry, Botany, Horticulture, Zoology, Aquaculture, Soil Science, Genetics, Physics and Neuroscience.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Notebook, pencil, and oven-mitt
Homework Estimate: 10-15 min per week ; OPTIONAL additional assignments/projects available to families who wish to make this a full semester credit class.
Teacher Bio:
I’m Carolyn Todd – a Mom of two teens and first-time CCA tutor. During 5 years homeschooling I’ve taught at 2 other co-ops. My first job as a tutor was at a Science Learning Center at Rutgers, where I earned a BA in Physics. I’ve trained adults on technology for many years at Dow Jones, Providence Health Systems, and the University of Alaska. As a Sergeant in the Army Reserves, I learned electronics, served in a training unit, and met my Tennessee-born husband. We moved to Wilson County in 2019. I’m a born-again Christian and a member of Grace Life Baptist Church in Lebanon. I love helping young people learn about God through His creation, His history, and His Word with active learning/hands-on activities in every class.

(Spring Semester) Home Management

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Teacher: Carolyn Todd
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ $5
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
“In this class, I’ll survey students’ comfort level with essential household financial management and personal skills, and basic cleaning, shopping, laundry and kitchen skills. Each student will have a personal skills checklist to keep and I’ll teach some of the ‘Adulting’ skills they have yet to master, helping students prepare to be good stewards with the money, home and families God provides them in the future. Skills taught will depend on the student skill assessment and may include items like: understanding employment and income taxes, insurance, maintaining household appliances, creating a first aid kit, getting rid of mice, finding an apartment, ironing a button-down shirt, hemming pants, meal planning, determining if fruit is ripe, keeping food fresh longer, using a fire extinguisher, scheduling your time, folding sheets and making a bed, natural household cleaners, etc.”
Required Textbooks and Materials:
For some skills we’ll have reading from free internet courses including those at the Life Skills section at http://PlainAndNotSoPlain.com (Their courses ‘Home Economics and Personal Management Skills’, ‘Home Economics Kitchen Skills’, and ‘Life Skills for Young Men’ are available in print on Amazon if you prefer print or want to do a more comprehensive course at home.)
Homework Estimate: Less than 1hr/week including short readings, practicing learned skills, and one ungraded student project
Teacher Bio:
I’m Carolyn Todd – a Mom of two teens and first-time CCA tutor. During 5 years homeschooling I’ve taught at 2 other co-ops. My first job as a tutor was at a Science Learning Center at Rutgers, where I earned a BA in Physics. I’ve trained adults on technology for many years at Dow Jones, Providence Health Systems, and the University of Alaska. As a Sergeant in the Army Reserves, I learned electronics, served in a training unit, and met my Tennessee-born husband. We moved to Wilson County in 2019. I’m a born-again Christian and a member of Grace Life Baptist Church in Lebanon. I love helping young people learn about God through His creation, His history, and His Word with active learning/hands-on activities in every class.

American Sign Language 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Teacher: Susan Meyer
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
“The goal of this course is to introduce American Sign Language (ASL) and Fingerspelling. During this course we will learn the alphabet, numbers, fingerspelling, and different topics of conversation, such as, ‘getting to know you’, ‘introducing oneself’, ‘talking about likes and dislike’, and more. Students will also learn the art of signing, brief history of ASL, and deaf culture awareness. This course is graded on participation, homework assignments, and quizzes/tests. Homework will review what we had learned in class and should not exceed an hour each day. There will be a short quiz at the beginning of each class. Please come to class prepared and ready to participate. Participation and practice are key for this class. Practice makes better! There will be two projects for the year – one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. More information for these projects will be given at the beginning of each semester.”
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Grades 9 to 12 There is no required text. There will be a $20 supply fee for copies that will be given out during the year. Other reading and homework assignment sheets will be uploaded to Schoology. These will need to be printed out and brought to class each week. An optional book to purchase, but also not required, is The Joy Of Signing: A Dictionary of American Signs, Third Edition by Lottie L. Riekehof, PHD.”
Homework Estimate: There will be homework each day for this class. It will involve watching short videos and worksheets. Homework should not exceed about an hour a day, however, extra practice is encouraged.
Teacher Bio:
My name is Susan Meyer. My husband, Doug, and I have five children. This upcoming school year will be our 10th year of homeschooling. I have a Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences, with a major in Interior Design, from MTSU. I have always had a passion and love for American Sign Language. I have taught sign language for several years at Heritage Christian Academy for Co-op and Tutorial classes. This will be my fourth year teaching sign language at Cornerstone Christian Academy. I am excited to be on this journey with you and I hope we have a lot of fun along the way. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Creative Writing

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Teacher: Heather Junkin
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $15
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this course, students will create original essays, poems, and short stories. Students are expected to read professionally written forms of creative writing as models and then integrate their impressions of these works with their personal life experiences as they compose their own writing projects. Students are encouraged to write about topics they find engaging as well as write from a variety of prompts.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Students will need a folder with loose leaf paper, access to a wood processor (Microsoft Word or Google Docs), and printer.
Homework Estimate: 1-2 hours
Teacher Bio:
When I was young, I knew that I would truly enjoy teaching, and in 2008, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in English, minoring in secondary education. After student teaching, however, I discovered that the public school system was not where I needed to be and put a teaching career on the backburner. Life happened. Then after, a husband, two kids, dog, cat, MBA, and a small business, here I am, teaching at CCA and revisiting my love for all things in the English language arts department. This Fall marks my 3rd year of both homeschooling my two children (ages 10 and 6) and teaching at CCA. I look forward to the 2021-2022 school year and to meeting your students!

Drama 7th-12th

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Teacher: Elizabeth Rhea
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this class we learn some of the different techniques used in drama. We participate in activities to enhance some of what we have learned. The student learns audition skills, stage direction, and the importance of getting to know your character. Every student is involved in a winter and spring stage production to take what they have learned and put it into action.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
I will give the students a folder for scripts at the start of the school year and offer to replace it in January if they need it, but if they need a new one before then I ask that they provide it.
Homework Estimate: Reviewing their script at home
Teacher Bio:
“2021-22 Will be my 5th year teaching drama at CCA. Since preschool I have participated in any type of performing I could get my hands on. Most recently I got to transform into the grandma in The Addams Family musical with Audience of One Productions. When I’m not teaching, I am on the worship team at church, working full time as the Creative Director at the Capitol Theatre, designing and coordinating events, selling personalized/ custom gifts, and planning hypothetical vacations.”

JR/SR Research and Writing

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Teacher: Barbie Byrnes
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
The objectives for high school English courses at CCA include: learning to write reasonable and logically structured essays, presenting ideas to peers orally and in writing, and writing with correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Students are introduced to the Tennessee Electronic Library, scholarly peer reviewed journals, and acquire proficiency in incorporating research into their writing. They need a reliable computer and Internet connection. All high school students format essays according to the Modern Language Association (MLA) standards, Chicago Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA). We will review other formats as well just for review. Research Topics will vary. We will discuss all forms of literature/writing including history, science, politics, journals, books, research studies, music, poetry, and current events. A Weekly Word of the Week essays (1 page) expound their knowledge of vocabulary.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“–ABEKA Handbook for Grammar & Composition: fourth (or later) edition – reliable Internet access for online sources books are recommended not required – Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition – MLA Handbook 8th edition”
Homework Estimate: Students should spend approximately one to two hours a day on homework, depending on reading speed.
Teacher Bio:
My name is Barbie Byrnes. This will be our 8th year of homeschooling, and we have been a part of CCA for 4 years now. This will be my 3rd year of teaching and I am so excited. I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and I have been a Registered Nurse since 2003. I am currently projected to graduate with my Master of Science in Nursing with my Family Nurse Practitioner December 2021. With my degrees, I have learned more and more about the expectations of research and writing and my goal is to prepare students for college and life. I love teaching my girls, and I truly have enjoyed my teaching thus far at CCA. I have 3 beautiful daughters who will be in 7th, 3rd, and 1st. I pray for my students to come and in years past for another wonderful year of learning.

Algebra 2

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV
Tuition: 30 weeks (1.5-hour class) – $300
Materials Fee: $ $0
Optional Lab: TBA
Class Description:
This course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts. It develops advanced algebra skills such as systems of equations, advanced polynomials, imaginary and complex numbers, quadratics, graphing, matrices, and includes a brief introduction to trigonometric and logarithmic functions. This course can be taken before or after Geometry.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Algebra 2: An Incremental Development (Saxon Algebra) (English) 3rd Edition by John H. Saxon Algebra 2 students are required to have a graphing calculator; preferably a TI-84. A TI-83 is okay as well. Students will be taught how to use them to make the most of their studies.”
Homework Estimate: 4-5 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Audio Production. I have been working in the system as a tutor, substitute teacher, and a teacher for years. I have been teaching at Cornerstone for two years and tutoring students at Hermitage Learning Center for nearly three years. CCA is a great place to teach and be taught and I am honored to be here for a third school year, completing the homeschool hat trick.

(Fall Semester) Career Exploration

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Tiffany Bevis
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110
Materials Fee: $ $15
Optional Lab: Students may be offered an offsite test time for Career testing. This will be an optional activity but highly encouraged. Times and cost will be announced at the first class meeting.
Class Description:
This class is specifically targeted to get high school students thinking about their future after high school. We will look at how to make wise decisions on what to do with your life and how to find a career that would best suit your specific talents and meet your work goals. We will be doing career testing as well as other exercises to narrow down career potential. Our focus will not just be on careers that require a degree, we will also explore the technical fields and entrepreneurship. Speaking guests are planned to allow students to ask real world questions about specific careers.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Now What?: The Young Person’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career Paperback – by Nicholas Lore”
Homework Estimate: 1-2 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
I’m a homeschooling mom of 4. My husband and I committed to homeschooling 10 years ago. Now we have a student in college, a Sophomore and Senior, and a 3 year old. My background is in education and I was a school counselor for many years. My passion is to prepare student for life after school – whether that be in cooking, finances, or career preparation.

(Spring Semester) Typing

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Tara Beard
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ $30
Optional Lab: none
Class Description:
This course is designed to help students learn to effectively type letters of the alphabet using the correct fingers, and unlearn incorrect keystroking muscle memory. Each weekly lesson introduces 4 new letters/keys, includes warm up drills and practice drills. After a few lessons, students will also perform timed drills and speed/accuracy will be calculated. Students receive one grade per week based on percent of work completed in class and at home. Students will also receive Words Per Minute scores for timed drills.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Class supply fee will cover rental for textbook, typing stand, and keyboard covers. Students must have a working laptop with some word processing software for typing/saving documents.
Homework Estimate: 30-45 minutes per day, 4 days a week
Teacher Bio:
2021-2022 will be my 18th year teaching for homeschool tutorials, my 4th year at CCA, and my 25th year homeschooling our own children. I have taught typing and general science for various ages for 17 years as well as physical science, personal finance, and consumer math at the secondary level. My husband and I have been married for 35 years and have 6 children ranging from ages 12 to 30 years of age. We enjoy camping, boating, hiking, biking, and cooking.

Drawing

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Ginger Latham
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
This class is for both beginners and returning students who would like to heighten their skills.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
All materials are included in supply fee
Homework Estimate: Occasional Homework
Teacher Bio:
I have had the privilege of working in the homeschool community for approximately 15 years, having been at CCA for 3 years. I am a professional artist who has a passion for teaching others. More information may be found on my website at gingerlathamstudios.com

English 9th Grade

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Robyn Collins
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $10
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Students will cover grammar, vocabulary, writing, and literature. The main focus will be on mastering grammar skills and vocabulary. Students will refresh and master their grammar. The vocabulary assignments will help reading comprehension as well as ACT testing. Students will be required to read three novels and examine other works of literature over the course of the year. They will write a total of six response papers from a variety of genres including: autobiography, biography, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and short stories. Students will be guided through the writing process using an outline method for the response papers. Your child will finish this course confident in their grammar and writing skills. Parents will need the Easy Grammar teacher manual in order to check and grade the Easy Grammar homework assignments. I will grade the tests and the other work.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Easy Grammar Plus Student Book Easy Grammar Plus Teacher Manual 180 Daily Teaching Lessons Grade 9 Student Book Wordly Wise Grade 9, 4th ed. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Susanna Wesley by Charles Ludwig (Sower Series) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Supplies: 1.5 inch binder, notebook paper, pencil, yellow highlighter, 5 pk dividers, access to computer to type and print papers”
Homework Estimate: Homework: 3-4 hours per week; Parents are required to check the Easy Grammar homework assignments.
Teacher Bio:
I currently homeschool my youngest two children of eleven. I have been in the homeschool community for 27 years. Over the years I have conducted many small co-op classes in my home, as well as at other co-ops and tutorials. I have also taught online classes for homeschoolers. This will be my fifth year of teaching at CCA. My favorite subjects are History, Bible, and English. My favorite hobbies are gardening, sewing, bible study, and traveling with my family.

Highschool Spanish 2

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Glori Romano
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $45 includes the student manual
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
“Continuation of spanish 1. (Prerequisite) I will be teaching language proficiency (sentence structure, grammar) and fluency (speaking, conversation) at the same time through physical response and story telling. We will focus on high frequency words and phrases. Oral presentations. Reading a chapter book and making our own stories. Class participation and daily review is a must.”
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Student manual
Homework Estimate: Homework 30-45 minutes per day supper important to set time to practice the new language every day.
Teacher Bio:
Born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I been homeschooling for 14 yrs (one kid out four to go) I been with CCA since 2017. I received my TPR certification in 2016 from MTSU Center for Accelerate Language Acquisition. I love teaching Spanish with the total physical response method (TPR).

Junior High Science Lab

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Shauna Bridgers
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $60
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this lab, students will see the wonders of science come alive before their eyes every week. We will be performing exciting experiments that are designed to teach students fundamental lessons in the life sciences of biology, chemistry, and even the realm of physics! When they are not in the lab, students will also have the opportunity to participate in nature programs where they will be exposed to real live animals and the wonder of the outdoors in their very own community. Students will learn the basics of the scientific method, learn how create their own experiments, and yes, there will definitely be homemade slime by the end of the year. The Science Lab will be led by Ranger Shauna, a special instructor who has been using her Biology degree to educate kids at Cedars of Lebanon State Park for 14 years now. Through hands-on experiences and the expertise of Ranger Shauna, students will emerge from the lab with a newfound excitement for all of the disciplines of science!
Required Textbooks and Materials:
One journal
Homework Estimate: No required homework
Teacher Bio:
I’m a wife, mother, and a Park Ranger. I have a B.S. in Biology and have been a Park Ranger for 14 years at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. I love teaching about Nature at the park and now get to bring the park and my love for science to the children of CCA.

Life Skills and Home Maintenance

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Jeff Leurs
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $35
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this class we will go over most home repairs including plumbing, electrical, hvac and carpentry. We will also go over how to safely use hand and power tools. We will also go over car repair and maintenance items like oil changes, tire changing, and how to check fluids etc. Firearm safety and knowledge will also be apart of this class. We will have a week that we do a suicide prevention class. This class is to learn the signs to look for in friends and class mates to be able to get them help. We will also go over other related subjects that the class maybe interested in.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None
Homework Estimate: Minimal if any.
Teacher Bio:
This is our 4th year at CCA. I was a maintenance supervisor for 15yrs. I am certified in hvac ( heat and air) since 2002. I have many more years in work expensive in all home repair and building. I also do most of the minor vehicle repairs on my personal cars. I really enjoy teaching the next generation. Working with your hands to fix things is becoming a lost art.

Music 101

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Wendy B Sewell
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $25
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Music 101 is a hands on introduction to various types of instruments and a basic music theory and ear training course with the addition of a brief history of music, composers, and styles.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Binder with loose leaf paper, dividers, staff paper
Homework Estimate: Occasional homework
Teacher Bio:
“Music 101 is a fun way to explore music and to build on certain principles that are sure to enrich each students future musical encounters. I studied music at Belmont University and Brevard School of Music. For over 25 years I have worked in the Music Industry in Nashville, Tn as a professional singer/songwriter, and also in artist management.”

(Fall Semester) American Government

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Marla Poole
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110
Materials Fee: $ $15
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this Junior/Senior level class, we will focus on local, state, and national governments. Students will learn the rights and responsibilities they have as U.S. citizens through a thorough study of the Constitution. Grades will be based on class participation, homework, projects, tests, and quizzes.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Abeka American Government, http://www.abeka.com – Also, a binder to keep class materials in and 2 two pocket folders – Other outside resources will be provided by me.”
Homework Estimate: 4-5 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
Marla has a degree in education and taught both public and private school and before beginning the homeschooling journey. She has taught a variety of subjects at several homeschool tutorials over the last 7 years and loves time in the classroom with the students.

(Spring Semester) Economics

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Marla Poole
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110
Materials Fee: $ $15
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this Jr./Sr. level class, we will focus on the U.S. economic system and economic systems of other countries. We will examine the ideals of our global economy and the effects these ideals have on our government and everyday lives. Grades will be based on class participation, homework, projects, and quizzes/tests.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Work and Prosperity, http://www.abeka.com, a copy of the book Lawn Boy by Gary Paulson, a binder to keep class materials in, 2 pocket folders. Other materials will be provided by me.
Homework Estimate: 4-5 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
Marla has a degree in education and taught both public and private school and before beginning the homeschooling journey. She has taught a variety of subjects at several homeschool tutorials over the last 7 years and loves time in the classroom with the students.

Clogging

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Madileigh Montgomery
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ Clogging shoes optional – Carl’s clogging supplies $65-85
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
I will be teaching the basics of clogging in my class. Once we learn the basic steps I will start teaching them a simple routine for them to practice.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
I will provide clogging shoes for kids to borrow. If you become interested and want to buy your own clogging shoes you can find them at Carl’s clogging supplies for around $65-85.
Homework Estimate: Only homework is to practice what they have learned in my class at least 10 min a day.
Teacher Bio:
I clog with the Evermean Evergreen cloggers in Lebanon Tennessee. I have been clogging for about 16 years, and I help with the beginners at our studio.

Drawing and Mixed Media

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Ginger Latham
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $25
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Drawing with Mixed Media. This class is for both beginners and returning students.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
All Materials are included in supply fee.
Homework Estimate: Occasional Homework
Teacher Bio:
I have had the privilege of working in the homeschool community for approximately 15 years, having been at CCA for 3 years. I am a professional artist who has a passion for teaching others. More information may be found on my website at gingerlathamstudios.com

Geometry

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $0
Optional Lab: TBA
Class Description:
Geometry will introduce students to a world of reasoning through three dimensions of points, lines, shapes, and conics. In addition, students will gain a larger understanding of angle relationships, lines, triangles, quadrilaterals and other polygons. Students will combine all of their skills to formalize proofs involving proportions, similarity and congruency, all while gleaning important knowledge for the upcoming ACT test.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Geometry: Concepts and Applications, Student Edition, by Jerry Cummins, Tim Kanold, Margaret Kenney, et al, ISBN: 0078799147
Homework Estimate: 3-5 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Audio Production. I have been working in the system as a tutor, substitute teacher, and a teacher for years. I have been teaching at Cornerstone for two years and tutoring students at Hermitage Learning Center for nearly three years. CCA is a great place to teach and be taught and I am honored to be here for a third school year, completing the homeschool hat trick.

Public Speaking & Debate

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Gwen Schaetz
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Students will overcome one of the most feared things on planet Earth….the fear of public speaking! They will learn proper body language, posture at the podium, voice control, gestures, expressions, tips for eye contact, go through mock job interviews, etc. Fear is less of an issue when you know exactly what you are doing! After these have been mastered, we will move into the Debate course. Here we will learn the format of a typical policy debate and learn to focus on critical thinking, analyzing and organizing our thoughts and content, etc., then putting all their skills together to persuade, influence, and inspire others. Students will be graded mostly on in-class participation, skill assessments, and preparation (when needed) for a speech or presentation or debate.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
I will supply all of their material and worksheets/ notebooks and notecards
Homework Estimate: Occasional homework to prepare or practice for upcoming speech/debate/commercial etc. Never more than 1 hour per week
Teacher Bio:
“This is our 4th year at CCA and my 3rd year teaching here. We love it so much! I have 5 children ranging from 28 all the way to 11yrs. old! 🙂 Growing up in a home where my mother had a “”Finishing Touch”” business out of our home, I learned the importance of learning the skills that set you up for success- manners and public speaking ! I saw quickly how those skills gave me the confidence I needed in my life. I am a graduate of The University of Tennessee and My first job was teaching a 4 yr. old kindergarten class and have loved teaching ever since! I love teaching summer bible studies to my grown kids and their friends each summer. I have a real passion to equip young people with skills that will make their lives easier and help them walk in victory!”

What is Christian Apologetics?

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Marsha Orbke
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $35 (includes: Student Class Curriculum Workbook & Class Material Costs)
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
“What is Christian Apologetics? Why every student Needs This Class! Whether you are a New Christian, Seasoned Christian or Not a Christian. TRUTH? “Can you handle the Truth”, or as Pilate famously asks, “What is Truth?” In a world where Truth is quickly eroding, Christians must be ready to defend the faith as well as contend earnestly (like an athlete striving for victory w/extreme intensity) as Jude says in the Scriptures. By learning the 12 Points that Prove Christianity is True (Dr. Norman Geisler) through the best selling book, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist” (Geisler & Turek), students will see Christianity is not only more reasonable but more rational as well, than other belief systems in our world. Let’s begin the Journey! **This is a graded class and is a great elective class for HS students to earn credit (7-12th welcome), so we will have reading & some homework, but we will work together on weekly assignments as the information is much more important than learning for the grade! We will also have class discussions and videos of teaching and examples of real life objections being answered**”
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Each student will Need to get the book, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist” by Norman L. Geisler & Frank Turek (can order from Amazon, Apologia.com, or Christianbook.com for $15-$16). A 2″ 3-ring binder, paper, & dividers will be helpful along with pens and/or pencils.
Homework Estimate: “There will be weekly reading and writing homework (depending on if we are in the book or workbook), as well as a few quizzes in order to test knowledge learned. Your student will receive a grade for their participation. ** But we will work together as a class in most assignments! **”
Teacher Bio:
My name is Marsha Orbke. I’m a homeschooling Momma of 4 kids (4,10,13,16). I have been homeschooling for almost 8 yrs. I have been a part of CCA since it first opened its doors! I’m grateful for Mary and the many people who have dedicated so much of their time to CCA to make this a great tutorial family for homeschoolers! I graduated from the University of TN, Knoxville, where I met my husband of 20+ yrs now. I began my career outside of the home in Recreation Therapy, where I worked in many fields before staying at home full time with my kiddos! The Lord has continued to stir my passion in homeschooling but also in teaching apologetics and evangelism. So in the last couple of years, I have been studying and taking courses to better do that! I’m really excited to be a part of the CCA teaching team and hope to grow and learn as well as deepen friendships and fellowship with those here.

World Literature

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Jessica Rutter
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $15
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
This literature class will be a great pairing with the World Geography Class that I am also teaching although each may be taken independently. Students will read between 5-7 novels based on the speed and depth of our discussions. The weekly homework will consist of completing the assigned reading and study guides. We will have lively book discussions in class as well as learn the components of literature. This is a very interactive class that has been fun and rewarding when taught in the past. The students will do vocabulary and write a critique at the end of each novel. I am very conservative in my values and will ultimately always turn to the Word of God for the message that I would like to share with the students although the books that we read will not necessarily be Christian novels.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
I will purchase the online study guides and you will be responsible for printing them out. Students will need to purchase the novels for the class, and a binder to keep all papers and materials organized. Novels: Animal Farm, The Good Earth, The Lord of the Flies, The Heart of Darkness, The Hiding Place, and more.
Homework Estimate: 3+ hours per week.
Teacher Bio:
First and foremost, I am a lover of Jesus Christ. He is my rock and salvation. Apart from him, I can do nothing, but with him, I am more than a conqueror. The Lord has blessed me with an amazing husband of 28 yrs and 5 wonderful children. We have been on this homeschool journey since 2002 and have had many valleys and mountains over the years. Currently, I have three adult sons, two teen daughters, a daughter in love, and a precious grand baby on the way. I love to teach because I love to learn right along side of my students. I learn something new every year. Being with my students each week has been such a tremendous joy in my life. It is my privilege to partner with homeschool families in the community.

(FH Fall Semester) Finance

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Jeff Leurs
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ $0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
This 1 semester class will satisfy the high school finance requirement. We will cover saving, budgeting, financial planning, investing, student loans, taxes, etc.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Dave Ramsey Total Money Makeover
Homework Estimate: 1-2 hrs per week
Teacher Bio:
We have been at CCA now for 4 years. I used to teach financial peace classes to adults. Last year was my first year teaching finance at CCA and enjoyed it very much. I love watching the students light up and get interested in their financial future and learn some basic budgeting skills.

(FH Spring Semester) Health

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Joann Marlow
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ $10
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this one-semester course we will learn and discuss all aspects of health from a Christian-worldview: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Students will be required to read the text and complete a simple activity or two during the week. Tests will be given, on average, every two chapters. Healthy menus, a habits journal, family medical histories, food label scavenger hunts, calculating daily macro requirements, time management, first aid skills, personality tests, spiritual gift inventories, flour babies, & more will aid students in directly applying healthy concepts to their personal lives. In addition to discussion, games and hands-on activities will be a part of the classroom lesson each week as we strive to reinforce the health concepts studied during the week. This will be a fun way to develop a lifelong healthy mindset and to fulfill the half health credit required for graduation!
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Apologia Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition by Dr. Laura Chase textbook & student notebook
Homework Estimate: 2-3 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
I’m excited to be given the opportunity to explore with students the details of God’s amazing creation & to expand their views of how great our Creator is! This will be my third year of formal teaching at CCA, 7th year at CCA, and my 12th year as a homeschool mom. I have 4 children ranging from 11th to 4th grade. In my previous life I worked as a registered nurse and have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Through the years, I’ve always had a heart for teaching. Understanding the why and the how behind things not only helps us retain & apply the information, but it also allows us to marvel at the tapestry of God’s detailed plan and worship Him at a deeper level. I currently teach High School Biology, High School Health, and Jr. High General Science at CCA. In my spare time, I serve on the Board of CCA out of a desire to be of assistance to the wonderful families who attend and those who run this fabulous organization.

(SL Fall Semester) Self Defense

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Jason Warren
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ $35
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Self Defense and Basic Striking Techniques
Required Textbooks and Materials:
MMA Gloves
Homework Estimate: None, but practice recommended
Teacher Bio:
My name is Jason Warren and I have over 30 years of martial arts experience. My goal is to provide enough basic knowledge to keep students safe if they find themselves in any situation.

(SL Spring Semester) Leadership

2:30 PM – 3:30PM
Teacher: Caitlin Davis
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ $0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
This course will teach students about how to be effective leaders within the classroom and their community. We will cover and develop basic leadership skills, take personality tests, and work frequently in groups for students to get comfortable with collaboration. We will discuss conflict resolution, problem-solving, time management, building trust & respect, brainstorming, delegating, and more. This class should prepare students to work in groups on higher-level projects if they go to college or in their careers. I hope this course helps instill confidence in them to go out and be influential leaders in the future.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
N/A
Homework Estimate: Very minimal
Teacher Bio:
I am a recent college graduate from MTSU with a degree in public relations, but now work as a real estate agent. During high school, I competed at the national level on various teams through the National FFA Association and was president of my 50-100 person chapter at Mt. Juliet High School. I truly feel like these experiences in leadership put me ahead when I got to college, and want to share that with students. My cousins have attended CCA for the last 4 years, and I am excited to be a part of this community.

Mixed Media

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Ginger Latham
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $25
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
This class is offered to returning students who have taken a previous drawing class from me. Students will be using mixed media, which will include pen and ink, colored pencils, pastels, watercolors and acrylics.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
All Materials are included in supply fee
Homework Estimate: Occasional homework
Teacher Bio:
I have had the privilege of working in the homeschool community for approximately 15 years, having been at CCA for 3 years. I am a professional artist who has a passion for teaching others. More information may be found on my website at gingerlathamstudios.com

Senior Bridge Math

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $0
Optional Lab: TBA
Class Description:
“Senior Bridge Math” is a fourth-year math course for, well, seniors. Designed for students who need a refresher in high school mathematics before graduation, Senior Bridge Math is a comprehensive look at the essential disciplines of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2, with a splash of Pre Cal and Statistics thrown in there for fun. Were you sick the week the teacher discussed the point-slope equation of a line? Not quite ready for that College Algebra course? Well, Senior Bridge Math will get you there. You are the X1 & Y1 coordinate, your teacher is the X2 & Y2 coordinate, and together we will calculate the square root of X2 minus X1 squared plus Y2 minus Y1 squared to find the “distance” it will take to get you across the Senior Bridge from point A to point I LOVE MATH. Too nerdy? Well, just wait until you are introduced to the world of TI-BASIC programming. You will learn how to create basic input programs on your TI calculator and maybe discover a newfound interest for coding!Geometry, and Algebra 2, with a splash of Pre Cal and Statistics thrown in there for fun. Were you sick the week the teacher discussed the point-slope equation of a line? Still cringe when someone asks you to complete the square? What is a polyhedron? Forgot the basic rules of probability? Not quite ready for that College Algebra course? Well, Senior Bridge Math will get you there. You are the X1 & Y1 coordinate, your teacher is the X2 & Y2 coordinate, and together we will calculate the square root of X2 minus X1 squared plus Y2 minus Y1 squared to find the “distance” it will take to get you across the Senior Bridge from point A to point I LOVE MATH. Too nerdy? Well, I say it’s just nerdy enough for a proper education in mathematics.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Required Textbooks and Materials: No textbooks required. All lessons and assignments will be provided by the teacher free of charge. Senior Bridge students are required to have a TI-84 graphing calculator. They will be taught how to use them to make the most of their studies, as well as use them to learn TI-BASIC programming!”
Homework Estimate: 3-5 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Audio Production. I have been working in the system as a tutor, substitute teacher, and a teacher for years. I have been teaching at Cornerstone for two years and tutoring students at Hermitage Learning Center for nearly three years. CCA is a great place to teach and be taught and I am honored to be here for a third school year, completing the homeschool hat trick.

World Geography

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Jessica Rutter
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $ $10
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this class, we will learn about the World including cultures, geography, missionary work, government, and God’s plan for his people. You will have a project to do upon the completion of each continent which may include making a meal, memorizing a famous document, singing a song, dressing up in traditional attire, bringing in an memento, discussing a current event, etc. We will have a final power point project debating Flat earth vs. Globe earth. This will be interesting. This class is informative and fun.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Around the World in 180 Days. https://www.apologia.com/product/around-the-world-in-180-days-2nd-edition-student-notebook/
Homework Estimate: 1-2 hours
Teacher Bio:
First and foremost, I am a lover of Jesus Christ. He is my rock and salvation. Apart from him, I can do nothing, but with him, I am more than a conqueror. The Lord has blessed me with an amazing husband of 28 yrs and 5 wonderful children. We have been on this homeschool journey since 2002 and have had many valleys and mountains over the years. Currently, I have three adult sons, two teen daughters, a daughter in love, and a precious grand baby on the way. I love to teach because I love to learn right along side of my students. I learn something new every year. Being with my students each week has been such a tremendous joy in my life. It is my privilege to partner with homeschool families in the community.