2022-2023 High School Class Descriptions

Teacher: Barbie Byrnes

Physical Science Grades 8-12

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Teacher: Barbie Byrnes
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
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. **Students may take this in 8th grade if they are enrolled in Pre-Algebra or a higher level math course.**
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 9th year of homeschooling, and we have been a part of CCA for 5 years now. This will be my 4th year of teaching and I am so excited. I have a Master of Science in Nursing, a Family Nurse Practitioner, and I have been a Registered Nurse since 2003. 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 8th, 4th, and 2nd. I pray for my students to come and in years past for another wonderful year of learning.

Teacher: Heather Butler

Computer Application (Fall Semester) Grades 7-12

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Teacher: Heather Butler
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Students will be learning Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint). We will also learn useful tools on the computer. This class will teach your student computer knowledge and daily use of their computer. They must bring their laptop to class.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Laptop (preferably not Mac), Software: MicroSoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher)
Homework Estimate: 1-2 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
My name is Heather Butler. My husband Steve and I live in Watertown, TN and we have 2 adult children. I love to garden, fish, camp and bake. I have used my passion for baking as the baker at The Adopted Farmhouse Coffee Co in Watertown, TN. I am a member of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce and I assist with the graphic design projects for the community. I have a Visual Communications Degree from Art Institute of Houston.

Teacher: Walker Woods

World History Grades 9-12

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Teacher: Walker Woods
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
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:
2 Textbooks: “Exploring World History – Part 1: Creation Through the Middle Ages” and “Exploring World History 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!
Homework Estimate: 3 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
I am a 17-year veteran of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. I currently serve as a Detective, and Criminal Investigations Supervisor. I am a 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 outdoor activities. As a family, we have been homeschooling for 6 years and this is my third year teaching at CCA. I have always been interested in history and my degree is a combination of Criminal Justice, History, and Sociology courses.

Teacher: Wendy Sewell

Broadway Musicals: Singing and Acting for the Stage Grades 5-12

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Teacher: Wendy Sewell
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 25
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
We will be exploring music and acting for the stage through popular Broadway productions.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Binder with dividers
Homework Estimate: No homework expected other than practing small parts of songs or scripts as needed.
Teacher Bio:
I homeschooled my two children from the time they were in elementary until they graduated from tutorial. They are both in college now, but I continue to devote much of my time to teaching. I have taught at several tutorials over the past 20 years. I now also teach private music lessons in piano, guitar, voice, ukulele, song writing, and music theory at my home studio. I studied acting at Brenau College and majored in Vocal Performance and Music Business at Belmont University. Through the past thirty years I have gained extensive experience in music theater, television, and film. I was also a professional songwriter for EMI music publishing for many years. I am so happy to have the opportunity to share some of what I have learned with your student.

Teacher: Heather Butler

Graphic Design (Spring Semester) Grades 7-12

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Teacher: Heather Butler
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Students will learn all aspects of Graphic Design with projects such as logo design, billboard design, advertising design, collaborative projects, and so much more. Laptops will be brought to class every week. Software: Corel Draw
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Laptop Computer (PC preferred), Software: Corel Draw
Homework Estimate: 2-3 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
My name is Heather Butler. My husband Steve and I live in Watertown, TN and we have 2 adult children. I love to garden, fish, camp and bake. I have used my passion for baking as the baker at The Adopted Farmhouse Coffee Co in Watertown, TN. I am a member of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce and I assist with the graphic design projects for the community. I have a Visual Communications Degree from Art Institute of Houston.

Teacher: Jeff Leurs

Finance (Fall Semester) Grades 9-12

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Teacher: Jeff Leurs
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Learn about household finances: how to budget, invest, and stay out of debt. Learn how to go to college debt free and many more things!
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Dave Ramsey’s “Total Money Makeover” book (not the workbook)
Homework Estimate: 1-3 hours per week.
Teacher Bio:
We have been at CCA for 5 years. I have taught for 3 years and have enjoyed passing my knowledge down. I have taught Financial Peace University for many years in the past and recently to adults. I have taught high school finance at CCA for 3 years now. I have loved the last couple of years teaching and watching the kids learn new things they didn’t know and get excited about investing and planning for the future.

Teacher: Joann Marlow

Health (Spring Semester) Grades 9-12

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Teacher: Joann Marlow
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 5
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this one-semester course we will learn about and discuss all aspects of health from a Christian-worldview: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. During the week students will be required to read the text and complete a few questions and simple activities in their student notebooks. Personality & temperament assessments, designing healthy menus, calculating BMR, assessing current macronutrient intake, understanding food labels, daily exercise project, time management, & more will aid students in directly applying healthy concepts to their personal lives. In addition to discussion, group activities will be a part of the classroom lesson 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-credit required for graduation!
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Apologia Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition” by Dr. Laura Chase Textbook *and* 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 fourth year of formal teaching at CCA, 8th year at CCA, and my 13th year as a homeschool mom. I have 4 children ranging from 12th to 5th 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.

Teacher: Marla Poole

Government (Fall Semester) Grades 11-12

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Teacher: Marla Poole
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 10
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 before beginning the homeschooling journey. She has taught a variety of subjects at several homeschool tutorials over the last 8 years and loves time in the classroom with the students.

Teacher: Marla Poole

Economics (Spring Semester) Grades 11-12

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Teacher: Marla Poole
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 10
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 ina 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 before beginning the homeschooling journey. She has taught a variety of subjects at several homeschool tutorials over the last 8 years and loves time in the classroom with the students.

Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV

ACT Test Prep (Fall Semester) Grades 9-12

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
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 – 1 hr/wk
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 three years and tutoring students at Hermitage Learning Center for nearly four years. CCA is a great place to teach and be taught and I am honored to be here for a fourth school year.

Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV

ACT Math Prep (Spring Semester) Grades 9-12

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
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. 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.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Graphing Calculator (TI-84 is preferred, TI-83 is okay)
Homework Estimate: 30 min to 1 hour/wk
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 three years and tutoring students at Hermitage Learning Center for nearly four years. CCA is a great place to teach and be taught and I am honored to be here for a fourth school year.

Teacher: Barbie Byrnes

Anatomy and Physiology Grades 10-12

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Barbie Byrnes
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 25
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 the 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. During the hematology lecture, we will be taking blood samples from a finger prick and determining blood type. 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 9th year of homeschooling, and we have been a part of CCA for 5 years now. This will be my 4th year of teaching and I am so excited. I have a Master of Science in Nursing, a Family Nurse Practitioner, and I have been a Registered Nurse since 2003. 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 8th, 4th, and 2nd. I pray for my students to come and in years past for another wonderful year of learning.

Teacher: Walker Woods

Criminal Justice 1 Grades 9-12

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Walker Woods
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 10
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Criminal Justice 1 offers students an overview of the legal and judicial systems of both local and federal government. Students will learn the functions, challenges and history of Law Enforcement. Students will gain an understanding of the way local police Departments, sheriff’s departments, state police agencies, and federal law enforcement agencies are structured and interact to accomplish goals and their assigned responsibilities. During the law enforcement segment of the class, students will have the opportunity to conduct a mock crime scene and prepare a prosecutorial file composed of statements, reports, photographs, sketches, and evidence. Criminal Justice 1 will introduce students to basic laws of the state of Tennessee as well as federal laws and regulations. Students gain an understanding of the legislative processes and will be tasked with understanding and discussing basic landmark case laws such as Arizona v. Miranda and how these court decisions apply to the task of law enforcement. During this segment, students will learn how to apply and articulate these laws on a case-by-case basis. Lastly, Criminal Justice 1 will provide an overview of the procedures of the judicial system, focusing on how charges are presented, probable cause for search and arrest, grand jury sessions, trial juries, and the roles of judges as interpreters of the law. *For Grades 9-12*
Required Textbooks and Materials:
All materials will be provided in class or through online links.
Homework Estimate: 2 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
I am a 17-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 a 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 outdoor activities. As a family, we have been homeschooling for 6 years. This is my third year teaching at CCA.

Teacher: Taleen Lambert

Advanced Cooking Grades 7-12

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Taleen Lambert
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
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 kids will be using the oven and stove with guidance. 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. The first semester, students will design and turn in a full menu plan. The second semester, students will turn in their binders with all of the recipes from the year, organized by category. Other than that, there is no homework.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
1 binder with dividers
Homework Estimate: Occasional
Teacher Bio:
My name is Taleen Lambert. We have been homeschooling since 2018. I received a Bachelor’s 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. I love teaching and challenging students to see the world our God created for us from new perspectives.

Teacher: Carolyn Todd

Intro to the US Military (Fall Semester) Grades 7-12

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Carolyn Todd
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Want to learn more about our mighty military or investigate military career options? Come learn about the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Space Force. We’ll answer questions like: What is the difference between Officer and Enlisted? Who salutes whom? What do Special Forces do? Through the story of Tennessee war hero Alvin York, we’ll discuss conscientious objectors and read what the Bible says about military service. We’ll talk with service members and meet up on a different weekday for an optional field trip to the Veterans Museum in Lebanon. No written tests. Homework will be light – like memorizing a few lines of “The Star-Spangled Banner” or learning the name and story of a Medal of Honor recipient, plus reading about 10 pages of the story of Sergeant York to discuss in class most weeks. Very little writing.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Sergeant York” by John Perry ISBN 1595550259
Homework Estimate: 30 min per week
Teacher Bio:
I’m Carolyn Todd – As a Sergeant in the Army Reserves, I learned electronics (in a tri-service school of Army, Navy and Air Force). I served at Fort Meade and Fort Bragg, met my Tennessee-born paratrooper husband, and spent 5 years as a military spouse. I worked for several years with the Air Force and Army ROTC programs at the University of Alaska. I’m a Mom of two teenagers and second-year CCA tutor. In 6 years homeschooling, I’ve taught at 2 previous co-ops. I started tutoring at a Science Learning Center at Rutgers, where I earned a BA in Physics. I trained adults on technology for many years at Dow Jones, Providence Health Systems, and the University of Alaska. 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 in class.

Teacher: Carolyn Todd

Technology of War (Spring Semester) Grades 7-12

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Carolyn Todd
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this class we’ll study technologies developed for war – like the metallurgy of medieval armor, the physics of walkie-talkies, and the chemistry of dynamite. We’ll learn why they were developed and how these technologies benefit us today, a reminder that “The LORD has made everything for its own purpose.” – even war. We will also use tools occasionally to build models of catapults, arrows and more. No tests or quizzes.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
A few basic hand tools will be needed on occasion (pliers, hammer, etc) – syllabus will indicate when tools needed. There may be a few videos to watch for homework, so internet access needed.
Homework Estimate: Average 30 minutes/week.
Teacher Bio:
I’m Carolyn Todd – I’m a Mom of two teenagers and second-year CCA tutor. In 6 years homeschooling, I’ve taught at 2 previous co-ops. I started tutoring at a Science Learning Center at Rutgers, where I earned a BA in Physics. I 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 class

Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV

Algebra 1 Grades 8-12

9:00 am – 10:30 pm
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV
Tuition: 30 weeks (1.5-hour class) – $310
Materials Fee: $ 0
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. 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.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Algebra 1: An Incremental Development,” 3rd Edition (Saxon Algebra 1) 3rd Edition, by John H. Saxon, Jr, ISBN: 1565771346; Optional: Graphing Calculator (TI-84 is preferred, TI-83 is okay)
Homework Estimate: 3-5 hours/wk
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 three years and tutoring students at Hermitage Learning Center for nearly four years. CCA is a great place to teach and be taught and I am honored to be here for a fourth school year, completing the homeschool hat trick.

Teacher: Joann Marlow

Biology Grades 9-12

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Joann Marlow
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 45
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:
Apologia’s “Exploring Creation with Biology”, 2nd Edition, by Wile and Durnell. Corresponding “Solutions & Tests Manual” is required. Other Supplies: 1-1/2-in. 3-ring binder for Lab Notebook and 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. MP3 or audiobook recommended for auditory learners or struggling readers
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 fourth year of formal teaching at CCA, 8th year at CCA, and my 13th year as a homeschool mom. I have 4 children ranging from 12th to 5th 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.

Teacher: Marla Poole

American History Grades 9-12

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Teacher: Marla Poole
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 10
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 folders, “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 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. ”

Teacher: Barbie Byrnes

Jr/Sr Research and Writing Grades 11-12

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Teacher: Barbie Byrnes
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
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 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. Weekly Word of the Week essays (1 page) expound their knowledge of vocabulary along with worksheets to assist with writing styles and formats.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“ABEKA Handbook for Grammar & Composition” fourth (or later) edition — reliable Internet access for online sources is recommended not required — “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association,” 6th Edition — “MLA Handbook” 8th edition
Homework Estimate: Approximately 1-2 hours a day on homework, depending on reading speed
Teacher Bio:
My name is Barbie Byrnes. This will be our 9th year of homeschooling, and we have been a part of CCA for 5 years now. This will be my 4th year of teaching and I am so excited. I have a Master of Science in Nursing, a Family Nurse Practitioner, and I have been a Registered Nurse since 2003. 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 8th, 4th, and 2nd. I pray for my students to come and in years past for another wonderful year of learning.

Teacher: Marsha Orbke

What Is Christian Apologetics? Grades 7-12

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Teacher: Marsha Orbke
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 35
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
What is Christian Apologetics? Whether you are a new Christian, seasoned Christian or not a Christian, every student needs this class! TRUTH? “Can you handle the Truth?” or as Pontius Pilate famously asked, “What is Truth?” In a world where truth is quickly eroding, Christians must be ready to defend the faith as well as contend for it earnestly, like an athlete striving for victory with 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 also more rational than any other belief system in our world. Let’s begin the journey! We need to be strong in our convictions & know how to critically think in a world that wants nothing of that, especially if you are a Christian! **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, videos, and examples of real-life objections being answered.**
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Each student will need to purchase the book (not the study guide), “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 small binder or folder will be helpful to keep any additional notes from class. (All other materials are provided with the materials fee.)
Homework Estimate: 1-2 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
My name is Marsha Orbke. I’m a homeschooling Momma of 4 kids (5, 11, 14, 17). I have been homeschooling for almost 9 years. 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 21 years. 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 three years or so, I have been studying and taking courses to better do that! I am also a part of the Apologetics Team at my home church (The Journey Church- where CCA meets). I love being a part of the CCA teaching team and hope to grow and learn as well as deepen friendships and fellowship with those here.

Teacher: Jayd-Lynn Perez

Theatre Grades 7-12

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Teacher: Jayd-Lynn Perez
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this class we will explore our creativity and learn new skills through Theatre! Students will work on individual and team activities to learn new things about how Theatre can teach us to express ourselves, appreciate the process of the dramatic arts, and understand scripts as a form of literature that we get to be a part of! Together we will learn about several aspects of what goes into a theatre show, and then put what we’ve discovered into action for winter and spring stage productions.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None. A folder to keep their scripts will be provided at the top of the semester. I ask that students keep track of it for use during class— if it is lost I just ask that they provide the replacement.
Homework Estimate: Occasional homework (reviewing their script at home as needed)
Teacher Bio:
The 2022-2023 school year will be my first year with CCA! I am a graduate of MTSU where I received my BS in Theatre with a focus in theatre education and administration. I absolutely love every aspect of the creation of theatre and have experienced theatre work in many areas such as performance, admin. duties, cast management, crew work, developing new shows, and more! (But my favorite has always been working in children’s theatre!) I love to share with students the many different ways that we can all find a place to belong in the theatre, and how every personality and skill set is valuable and loved here! When I’m not being a grown up Drama Club Kid I am spending time with my big family and enjoying lots of podcasts! I love creative writing and telling absolutely everyone about all the funny stuff my two year old does!

Teacher: Carolyn Todd

Electricity & Magnetism (Fall Semester) Grades 7-12

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Teacher: Carolyn Todd
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 15
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Learn hands–on in this course, making batteries, electromagnets, motors, compasses, and more. Increase your knowledge of a mysterious part of God’s creation – electromagnetism. See surprising ways animals use magnetic and electric fields, how people live “off-the-grid”, what causes lightning, and how electricity is used to keep the refrigerator running. Understand everyday items like lightbulbs and computer chips, and surprising facts about radios and X-rays.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None. All supplies included in materials fee.
Homework Estimate: No required homework. For families who wish to make this a semester high school credit class, I’ll assign a project and provide weekly additional assignments.
Teacher Bio:
I’m Carolyn Todd – a Mom of two teenagers and second-year CCA tutor. In 6 years homeschooling, I’ve taught at 2 previous co-ops. I started tutoring at a Science Learning Center at Rutgers, where I earned a BA in Physics. I trained adults on technology for many years at Dow Jones, Providence Health Systems, and the University of Alaska and taught Sunday School for several years for preteens. 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 more about God through His creation, His history, and His Word with active learning/hands-on activities and practical applications in class.

Teacher: Carolyn Todd

Food Science (Spring Semester) Grades 7-12

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Teacher: Carolyn Todd
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this fun science class, we’ll use the kitchen as our laboratory. We’ll learn science related to God’s gift of food and answer food related questions like: What makes something a food? What does a calorie actually measure? What part of the cow is the hamburger? What is Jesus referring to when He talks about salt or leaven? We’ll be doing hands-on learning (and tasting!) in many food-related sciences including Nutrition, Chemistry, Zoology, Agriculture, Genetics, and Neuroscience.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None. All lab materials included in materials fee.
Homework Estimate: Occasional homework of 15-30 minutes. For families who wish to make this a semester high school credit class, I’ll assign a fun semester project and provide weekly additional assignments.
Teacher Bio:
I’m Carolyn Todd – a Mom of two teenagers and second-year CCA tutor. In 6 years homeschooling, I’ve taught at 2 previous co-ops. I started tutoring at a Science Learning Center at Rutgers, where I earned a BA in Physics. I trained adults on technology for many years at Dow Jones, Providence Health Systems, and the University of Alaska and taught Sunday School for several years for preteens. 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 more about God through His creation, His history, and His Word with active learning/hands-on activities and practical applications in class.

Teacher: Bobby Smith

Archery Grades 7-12

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Teacher: Bobby Smith
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 25
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Welcome to Archery Class. We will start from the beginning using the USA Archery National Training System. The goal of this class is to not just get kids to shoot a bow, but to understand that Archery is about technique, form and having fun. We will apply the steps of the NTS and learn about the equipment we shoot, the different styles of archery, scoring and targets of each and mostly how to have fun in a sport we grow to love. They will do some target building, learn about bow mechanics, and ultimately leave this class with a great understanding of what Archery is truly about. Discipline, structure and focus on Archery typically makes a child become a great steward of life. To me, the real blessing is just that. Thank you for your interest in CCA Archery Class!
Required Textbooks and Materials:
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 5/1/22 at time of registration.) If you are buying your own, **please contact Bobby Smith *before buying* to ensure you are purchasing what is needed.** In general, a Recurve or Genesis Compound Bow and Arrows are needed for this class. The type can depend on your child’s size and what the bow will possibly be used for in the future. Additionally, an Archery Tab is needed to aid in shooting the bow (preferred is Bateman TC3 Three Finger Under Tab https://lancasterarchery.com/products/bateman-tc3-three-finger-under-tab ). http://www.lancasterarchery.com is a good source for finding the equipment needed. A soft or hard-shelled case for transport and containing equipment at CCA is essential. Optional equipment needed: resistance exercise bands for physical therapy (Amazon/ Walmart).
Homework Estimate: None
Teacher Bio:
My name is Bobby Smith. Most kids and parents call me Coach Bobby. I have a wonderful wife and 2 kids. My wife Patricia and I have been married for 27 years and our 2 kids are Caleb (22) and Hailey (17). I have been involved in youth ministry for around 10 years now. I have been coaching Archery for 12 years. I love the great outdoors and hunting and fishing are just a couple of ways I spend my time. I also compete in archery as an adult and in the last tournament I shot at a national level I finished in 5th place. My wife works in education in Murfreesboro TN for the city school system, my son Caleb attends Tennessee Tech University and my daughter Hailey is in homeschool. I spend approximately 20 hours a week donating my time to archery education in Rutherford County in 2 Archery programs as well as doing private tutorial. I look forward to helping kids and adults find their place in the world of archery.

Teacher: Susan Meyer

American Sign Language II Grades 9-12

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Teacher: Susan Meyer
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
The goal of this course is to continue learning American Sign Language (ASL) and Fingerspelling. During this course we will review what was taught in ASL I and build on that knowledge. We will learn new vocabulary and will cover the following language skills: making requests, asking for advice, telling where items are located, narrating stories, and more. Students will continue learning 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. **Prerequisite – ASL I**
Required Textbooks and Materials:
No required text. An optional book to purchase, but not required, is “The Joy of Signing: A Dictionary of American Signs,” Third Edition by Lottie L. Riekehof, PHD. Other supplies needed: 1 – 1 ½” Binder, Pens/Pencils, Paper for taking notes
Homework Estimate: <1 hr. per day
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 for 1st-4th grade and this will be my second year to teach for High School 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.

Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV

Algebra 2 Grades 9-12

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV
Tuition: 30 weeks (1.5-hour class) – $310
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. 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.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Algebra 2: An Incremental Development” (Saxon Algebra) (English) 3rd Edition by John H. Saxon; Graphing Calculator (TI-84 is preferred, TI-83 is okay)
Homework Estimate: 4-5 hours/wk
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 three years and tutoring students at Hermitage Learning Center for nearly four years. CCA is a great place to teach and be taught and I am honored to be here for a fourth school year, completing the homeschool hat trick.

Teacher: Robyn Collins

9th Grade English Grade 9

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Robyn Collins
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 10
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Students will learn and master skills in grammar, writing, and literature. In addition to weekly grammar assignments, students will be required to read three novels and examine other works of literature over the course of the year. They will write 6 response papers from a variety of genres including an autobiography, biography, fiction, short story, nonfiction, and poetry. Students will be guided through the writing process using an outline method. They will finish the course confident in their skills in writing a short story review, book critique, character analysis, persuasive essay, expository essay, and a poem. Parents are expected to check the Easy Grammar homework, therefore the T.E. is necessary.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Easy Grammar Plus Student Workbook” ISBN: 9780936981147; “Easy Grammar Plus Teacher’s Edition” ISBN: 9780936981130; “180 Daily Teaching Lesson Grade 9” Student Book ISBN: 9780936981598; “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” (Dover Pub.); “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens; “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom; Supplies: 1.5 in. three-ring binder, notebook paper, pencils, dividers, 2 plastic folders, access to computer and printer.
Homework Estimate: 2-3 hours per week
Teacher Bio:
My name is Robyn Collins. I am a Christian and a homeschool mom. I have homeschooled all eleven of my children; nine have graduated, and two more to go. We have been part of the homeschool community for about 28 years. We have participated in co-ops, tutorials, and even hosted small co-op groups in our own home. I have taught at CCA for 5 years. I enjoy teaching English, History, Geography, and Home Life Skills. In my free time I love to garden, can, sew, cook, the beach, and spending time with my family.

Teacher: Glori Romano

Spanish 1 Grades 9-12

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Glori Romano
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 40
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Spanish 1 is designed for students who have never taken a Spanish class before. In this class, you will be learning Spanish in a very similar way of how you learned your first language, by doing. I don’t use aimless repetition or tedious grammar drills. You will learn through game, repetition, and listening to full-on conversation. I will be teaching language proficiency and fluency at the same time through TPR (total physical response). Total Physical Response is a revolutionary way to teach any second language the way God created the brain to learn a language. We will focus on high frequency words and phrases. By the end of the year kids will be able to read and understand a chapter book completely in Spanish. Class participation and daily review is a must. I love teaching my language and culture this way.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
3-ring binder (Textbook and novel will be provided)
Homework Estimate: 30-45min a day including daily review of old material
Teacher Bio:
I was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico; Spanish is my first language. I homeschool my 5 children ranging from age 21- 2yrs. For the past 15yrs. I taught Spanish at different co-ops, tutorials, and private lessons. I’ve been with CCA since 2017. I love helping teens to engage with other cultures and discover the benefits of learning another language. In 2016 I was introduced to an exciting and totally natural way of teaching a second language. I received TPR training in MTSU. I can see the difference this method makes on teaching Spanish. I will never teach any other way. I enjoy cooking and all arts and crafts. My family and I live in Lebanon.

Teacher: Heather Junkin

Basics of Grammar & Writing Grades 9-12

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Heather Junkin
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 5
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
This course is for students who need a refresher in grammar, usage, mechanics, writing on a high school level, and vocabulary. Students will review grammar skills, diagram sentences, write strong sentences, form paragraphs, and write several types of essays, including personal, persuasive, expository, compare/contrast, and research. By the end of the year, students should gain confidence writing letters, responding to discussion questions, writing about literature, using in-text citations, completing bibliographies/works cited pages, be familiar with APA and MLA formatting, and be more prepared for the English, Vocabulary, and Writing sections of the ACT while improving grades in their other classes by improving their ability to write clearly. **Literature will not be included with this class since it is offered to 9th-12th and it’s focus is to help the struggling writer/grammar student get on a level-footing with his or her peers. Check with your Umbrella School to see what literature component you need to add to this class in order to make it a complete high school English credit. **
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Students will need a folder with 3 prongs or 3-ring binder and the following books: “Easy Writing” by Wanda Phillips ISBN: 0936981086 and “Easy Grammar Plus Workbook” by Wanda Phillips ISBN: 0936981147.
Homework Estimate: 1-2 hours per week
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 4th year of both homeschooling my two children (ages 11 and 7) and teaching at CCA. I look forward to the 2022-2023 school year and to meeting your students!

Teacher: Carolyn Todd

Great Inventions and Inventors (Fall Semester) Grades 7-12

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Carolyn Todd
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 15
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
In this class, we’ll learn the science behind world-changing inventions like the camera, antibiotics, and the refrigerator. We’ll examine great everyday products like bicycles, windshield wipers and Velcro. Through studying influential inventors like Pasteur, Edison, and Tesla, we’ll explore patents and why they are included in the US Constitution. We’ll also discuss the idea of progress, the process of invention, and creativity as a reflection of God the Creator. No quizzes or tests, just learning (hands-on when possible). There will be a mock ‘Shark-tank’ where students ‘pitch’ the sharks on invention ideas from history.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Pocket-sized wire-bound notepad
Homework Estimate: No required homework.
Teacher Bio:
I’m Carolyn Todd – a Mom of two teenagers and second-year CCA tutor. In 6 years homeschooling, I’ve taught at 2 previous co-ops. I started tutoring at a Science Learning Center at Rutgers, where I earned a BA in Physics. I 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 class.

Teacher: Carolyn Todd

Topics in Aviation (Spring Semester) Grades 7-12

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Carolyn Todd
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 10
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
We’ll be learning about aviation related topics in a variety of fields, such as Science, History, and Geography. We’ll do fun hands-on activities, and study parachutes, jet engines, radar, and hi-tech paint. Through studying the development of aviation, missionary pilots, and so much more, we’ll understand how humans use flight and how it has charted the course of history.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None. All materials included in materials fee.
Homework Estimate: 10 to 30 minutes per week
Teacher Bio:
I’m Carolyn Todd – I’ve always been fascinated with aviation, took ground-school as a teenager and have had a few small airplane adventures. I worked with the Air Force ROTC for several years as well. I’m a Mom of two teenagers and second-year CCA tutor. In 6 years homeschooling, I’ve taught at 2 previous co-ops. I started tutoring at a Science Learning Center at Rutgers, where I earned a BA in Physics. I 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 class.

Teacher: Wendy Sewell

Intro to Music Business Grades 7-12

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Wendy Sewell
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 25
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
For Intro to Music Business, I will be using what I have learned in my studies on the subject at Belmont University and my experience in the Music Business. We will become familiar with such topics as music publishing, production, management, studio engineering, studio and live musicians, booking, venues, stats, touring, merchandising and branding, etc. Occasionally I will have professional experts in each field come and share with the class and take questions. This will be an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and connect more personally with the industry that we live amongst here in the Nashville area.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Small binder with college-rule paper and dividers
Homework Estimate: Occasional
Teacher Bio:
I homeschooled my two children from the time they were in elementary until they graduated from tutorial. They are both in college now, but I continue to devote much of my time to teaching. I have taught at several tutorials over the past 20 years. I now also teach private music lessons in piano, guitar, voice, ukulele, song writing, and music theory at my home studio. I studied acting at Brenau College and majored in Vocal Performance and Music Business at Belmont University. Through the past thirty years I have gained extensive experience in music theater, television, and film. I was also a professional songwriter for EMI music publishing for many years. I am so happy to have the opportunity to share some of what I have learned with your student.

Teacher: Amanda Phillips

Drawing with Mixed Media Grades 7-12

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teacher: Amanda Phillips
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Drawing with Mixed Media class is based on “Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain,” a technique that allows students to draw what they see instead of what they think they see. Our early drawing of a house might be a square with a triangle on top. While that drawing is a representation of a house, it is not what a house really looks like. This technique gives instruction on how to draw the intricate details that make a drawing look “real,” while also enabling the students to portray their projects with perspective and proportion. This will be similar to Ginger Latham’s techniques and continue on with her teaching style. As the year progresses, students will learn shading techniques, which give depth and value to a drawing. Students will also be instructed on how to effectively use other mediums such as pen and ink and colored pencils. After a few basic drawings are completed, students will be allowed to choose from other materials supplied and will progress at their own speed.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None. All materials provided.
Homework Estimate: None
Teacher Bio:
Amanda Phillips was homeschooled growing up and she has studied art under Kathy Chester throughout middle school and high school. Amanda went to MTSU where she received her bachelor’s and master’s in Business Management. She studied art history in Italy and has travelled many places to learn more about historic pieces of art. She has since gone back to MTSU to study visual arts and wants to teach others what she has learned over the years.

Teacher: Jessica Rutter

Every Herb Bearing Seed Grades 9-12

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Jessica Rutter
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
*This class will count as a High School science credit.* This volume, in the popular “Discovering Nature and Science” series for high school students, is a one-year course focusing on natural (alternative) medicine and anatomy. Through the story of Sam Smith, a homeschool graduate working as a learning assistant to the local naturopath, your student will research everything from nutrition and exercise to different types of herbs, homeopathy, vitamins, supplements, essential oils, massage, chiropractic care, biological dentists, and much, much more, as well as learning about the different body systems, how they work together, and how we can support them through the things being learned about in this course.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Every Herb Bearing Seed” by Dr. Sandi Queen, ND. Available to purchase here: https://www.queenhomeschool.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=871 or https://www.rainbowresource.com/product/015806/Every-Herb-Bearing-Seed-Discovering-Nature-Series.html Students will need loose-leaf paper, a 1.5″ Binder, and two folders to turn in assignments. I am still working on a list of books that could be used as additional resources. I will update those after registration. You can also join the Queens Homeschool Facebook group for additional information.
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 29 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, two more ready to walk down the aisle, and a precious grand baby. 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.

Teacher: Heather Junkin

10th/11th Grade English Grades 10-11

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Heather Junkin
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 5
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
This course is an examination of literature, grammar, and writing. Skills covered include citing textual evidence, annotating text, analyzing theme, characterization, word choice & language, sequence of events, plot structure, rhetorical devices, analyzing arguments, persuasive writing, informative/expository writing, research writing, revising writing, writing with purpose, ethos, pathos, & logos, etc. Students should expect bi-weekly quizzes, tests, writing prompts, and class projects as grades in addition to their reading and comprehension questions. Note: Each year that I teach this course, I plan to alternate between American literature and world literature so that repeat students will receive new material both years.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Students need a 3-ring binder with dividers and the following books: “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, and “American Literature, Student Textbook Grade 11 Revised,” BJU Press, Publication Date: 2010 ISBN: 1606821024. Grammar packets will be provided by the teacher.
Homework Estimate: 2-3 hours per week
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 4th year of both homeschooling my two children (ages 11 and 7) and teaching at CCA. I look forward to the 2022-2023 school year and to meeting your students!

Teacher: Jessica Auth

Chemistry Grades 10-12

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Jessica Auth
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 25
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
**Completion of Algebra 1 and two high school science classes are prerequisites for this class.** Dennis Englin’s Chemistry is a thorough, practical, engaging lab-based curriculum that focuses on chemistry concepts and their applications. Even better, everything is strongly rooted in a biblical worldview. Written by a professional scientist and science educator, Chemistry effectively guides students through lessons and labs that are specifically designed for homeschool use. This curriculum is in-depth enough to prepare future STEM majors for college but accessible for any student needing high school chemistry. Labs will be completed at home as they are designed to be done in a kitchen and over a course of several days in lots of cases. You *do not* need to buy the Masterbooks lab kit. I have supplies that I will send home with the students for the assigned labs if they are not common household items. The class fee will cover this cost.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Master’s Class High School Chemistry Set” textbooks (Masterbooks.com / by Dr. Dennis Englin) **Do Not buy the lab kit**
Homework Estimate: 2-4 hours would be my best estimate for the amount of time it will take to complete assignments each week
Teacher Bio:
My name is Jessica Auth. I received a biochemistry and molecular biology degree from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and this will be my 6th year teaching at CCA. I teach elementary level Super Science classes as well as high school Chemistry. My goal in every class and every age group is to make learning each topic fun and engaging for the students!

Teacher: Jason Warren

Physical Education Grades 7-12

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Jason Warren
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 0
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
P.E. is a great way to keep your kids active through warm-up drills, stretching, and even sports-oriented games. It’s also a great time for them to interact after classes where their focus is essential.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None
Homework Estimate: None, but exercise is recommended
Teacher Bio:
My name is Jason Warren and this is my 5th year at CCA. My background is in martial arts so with that experience I can keep the kids active while making it a fun environment.

Teacher: Gwen Schaetz

Public Speaking and Debate Grades 7-12

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Gwen Schaetz
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
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 over mock job interview tips, 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, presentation or debate.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None. All materials provided.
Homework Estimate: Homework would only be necessary when they need to prepare a quick speech or prepare for a debate – no more than 1 1/2 hours a week or less
Teacher Bio:
This is our 5th year at CCA and my 4th year teaching here. We love it so much! I have 5 children ranging from 29 yrs all the way to 12 yrs old! ( also added 2 sons and a daughter by marriage this last year) 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. I 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 confidence, success and victory!

Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV

Geometry Grades 9-12

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
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. Geometry 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. *Prerequisite Algebra 1*
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Geometry: Concepts and Applications, Student Edition,” by Jerry Cummins, Tim Kanold, Margaret Kenney, et al, ISBN: 0078799147; Optional: Graphing Calculator (TI-84 is preferred, TI-83 is okay)
Homework Estimate: 3-5 hours/wk
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 three years and tutoring students at Hermitage Learning Center for nearly four years. CCA is a great place to teach and be taught and I am honored to be here for a fourth school year, completing the homeschool hat trick.

Teacher: Amanda Phillips

Drawing with Mixed Media Grades 7-12

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Teacher: Amanda Phillips
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 20
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Drawing with Mixed Media class is based on “Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain,” a technique that allows students to draw what they see instead of what they think they see. Our early drawing of a house might be a square with a triangle on top. While that drawing is a representation of a house, it is not what a house really looks like. This technique gives instruction on how to draw the intricate details that make a drawing look “real,” while also enabling the students to portray their projects with perspective and proportion. This will be similar to Ginger Latham’s techniques and continue on with her teaching style. As the year progresses, students will learn shading techniques, which give depth and value to a drawing. Students will also be instructed on how to effectively use other mediums such as pen and ink and colored pencils. After a few basic drawings are completed, students will be allowed to choose from other materials supplied and will progress at their own speed.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None. All materials provided.
Homework Estimate: None
Teacher Bio:
Amanda Phillips was homeschooled growing up and she has studied art under Kathy Chester throughout middle school and high school. Amanda went to MTSU where she received her bachelor’s and master’s in Business Management. She studied art history in Italy and has travelled many places to learn more about historic pieces of art. She has since gone back to MTSU to study visual arts and wants to teach others what she has learned over the years.

Teacher: Jessica Rutter

World Geography Grades 9-12

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Jessica Rutter
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 15
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. Students will complete mapwork and need to learn location of states, countries, bodies of water, mountain ranges, deserts, and more for each continent. There will be a project/oral presentation 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 if time permits. This will be interesting. This class is informative and fun.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
“Around the World in 180 Days” by Apologia. https://www.christianbook.com/around-world-student-workbook-2nd-edition/sherrie-payne/9781935495581/pd/495581?event=CPOF
Homework Estimate: 2-3 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 29 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, two ready to walk down the aisle, and a precious grand baby. 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.

Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV

Senior Bridge Math Grade 12

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
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! 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!
Required Textbooks and Materials:
TI-84 Graphing Calculator. No textbooks required. All lessons and assignments will be provided by the teacher free of charge.
Homework Estimate: 3-5 hrs/wk
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 three years and tutoring students at Hermitage Learning Center for nearly four years. CCA is a great place to teach and be taught and I am honored to be here for a fourth school year.

Teacher: Jason Warren

Self-Defense (Fall Semester) Grades 7-12

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Jason Warren
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 35
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
This course allows students to learn basic self-defense techniques that could possibly save their lives one day. The focus will be on all types of attacks such as chokes, holds, and even weapon attacks. A heavy emphasis will be placed on proper technique so they don’t injure themselves if they ever had to use their skills.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None. MMA Gloves provided with supply fee.
Homework Estimate: None. Practice is recommended.
Teacher Bio:
My name is Jason Warren and this is my 5th year at CCA. I am a 6th degree black belt in Taekwondo and also have experience in boxing, kickboxing, Karate and some Jiu-Jitsu. I have 32 years of martial arts experience.

Teacher: Jeff Leurs

Home Maintenance and Life Skills Grades 7-12

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Jeff Leurs
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 40
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
We will be going over many home repair pojects and knowledge of tools, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, HVAC, locksmithing, and basic car repair and maintenance. 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 classmates to be able to get them help. We will also go over other related subjects that the class maybe interested in. Feel free to contact me if you need more information.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None
Homework Estimate: Little to none
Teacher Bio:
We have been at CCA now for 5 years. I have taught for 3 years and have enjoyed passing my knowledge down. I have many years of experience in home repair and building. I love the outdoors and enjoy being outside. I have loved the last couple of years teaching and watching the kids learn new things they didn’t know.

Teacher: Daniel Donaldson

Beginner’s Woodworking Grades 7-12

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Daniel Donaldson
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $230
Materials Fee: $ 100
Optional Lab:
Class Description:
Students will learn the basics of woodworking using mostly hand tools such as: hand saws, planes, and brace and bit. We will go over using different types of squares and other layout tools. We will spend some time learning to read a tape measure and use a little math here and there to add and subtract fractions. Students will use what they learn to complete several woodworking projects throughout the year.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
None
Homework Estimate: None
Teacher Bio:
I am a father of two. My wife and I have been homeschooling for 4 years now. I grew up helping my dad do handyman projects around the house, which is where I developed a love for working with my hands. I got a job about 10 years ago as a cabinet maker, and just fell in love with woodworking. I’ve started my own woodworking business where I build cabinets and furniture. I am very excited to share my passion for woodworking with our students.

Teacher: Caitlin Davis

Leadership & Team Building (Spring Semester) Grades 7-12

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Teacher: Caitlin Davis
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $115 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $ 5
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:
Occasionally they will need to bring their Bibles!
Homework Estimate: Occasionally
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 I want to share that with students. My cousins have attended CCA for the last 5 years, and this will be my 2nd year teaching at CCA. I am excited to be a part of this community.