2020-2021 7th – 8th Grade Class Descriptions


Junior High Math

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Teacher: Marie Trapp, 615-928-0579, teachmath615@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $20
Optional Lab: Extra help meets once a week at Mount Juliet Public Library and is free and open to all tutorial students.
Min/Max Number of Students: 4/15

Class Description: Middle School Mathematics provides students with opportunities to practice both mental and written computation skills throughout the curriculum. Skills are carefully sequenced, reviewed, and maintained throughout the course. Students move from the known to the unknown situation as they learn computational skills and then apply these skills to solve equations and to plan and implement solutions in real-world problem situations.
Assignments will combine printable and online materials to provide a broad base of support for the student and the parent. In the four school days between each class, students will do practice problems on their own at home, and parents will help their students check the answers to see if these problems were done correctly. After practice problems are complete, students will do one graded homework assignment per week to be turned in and graded by the teacher. Grades will mostly be comprised of students’ homework, classwork, project, quiz and test grades, as well as credit for doing their practice problems and for class participation.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
– No textbook required. All materials will be provided via online resources at no additional cost (these are covered by your materials fee). The curriculum is created by a resource called “All Things Algebra” and will be used along with online materials, IXL, and Delta Math.
– Computer or tablet with internet access; printer
– Calculator: TI30X-series (TI-30XIIS is about $10 at Walmart)
– Other supplies: 3-ring binder, 3-hole punch (home use), pencils, dividers for binder, notebook paper, folders (2)
Homework Estimate: Homework Estimate: 45 minutes to 1 hour each day, four days/week.

Teacher Bio: 2020-2021 is my third year as a teacher at Cornerstone Christian Academy. Besides teaching at CCA, I teach and tutor mathematics. I am an adjunct professor of mathematics at Nashville State Community College. Other roles in my life include serving as an assistant education minister and Sunday School teacher at St. Stephen Catholic Community, where I also sing in the choir and am on the Leadership Team for Buddy Break (Nathaniel’s Hope). My wonderful family lives in the Nashville area, while others are in Texas and Colorado.


Jr. High Science Lab

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV, 615-836-8906, charlesbridgersiv@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $60
Min/Max Number of Students: 4/15

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 life 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. We will be joined this year by Ranger Shauna, a special instructor who has been using her Biology degree to educate kids at Cedars of Lebanon State Park for 12 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: No required textbooks
Homework Estimate: No required homework

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, or a teacher for years. I have been teaching at Cornerstone for a year and tutoring students at Hermitage Learning Center for a year and a half. CCA is a great place to teach and be taught and I am honored to be here for a second school year. Ranger Shauna has been a Park Ranger for 12 Years. She graduated from Austin Peay State University with a B.S. in Biology with a focus in Botany and Zoology. Ranger Shauna’s coworkers are barred owls, corn snakes, and turtles. She has a passion for passing along her knowledge of science to the next generation and loves to encourage STEM-driven careers among the youth.


Cooking

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Teacher: Vickie Fry, 731-589-8071, vickfry@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $40
Min/Max Number of Students: 8/15

Class Description: In this class, the student will gain skills in measuring, reading and understanding recipes, expanding/reducing recipes, storing recipes, safely handling food, cutting food, preparing and cooking food and much more. They will also be using hands-on methods for learning basic cooking terms such as peel, fold-in, grate, cut-in, brush, cream, bread, toss, sift, stir, mince, season, knead, baste, mix, melt, simmer, preheat, cook, fry, boil, sauté, bake, broil, roast, barbecue, steam, julienne, whip, whisk, flour, roll, blend, beat, dice, toss, marinate, level-off, grease, chop, cube, and cool. 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. This class will be the same class as the 2019/20 Cooking Class:
Attendance/Introductions/Intro to class/Rules/Folder prep, Pre-test/Game Intro, Egg & Canadian Bacon in English Muffin, Pizza dough and Basil Pesto without Nuts, Homemade Salsa and Chips, French Toast on a Stick, Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal Pancakes, Test Review/hand out TBS/cup conversion sheets/ do conversions for 1/4 recipe , Bow-Tie Pasta, Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Chicken Pot Pie, Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas, Breakfast Muffins with Hashbrown Crust, bake and ice sugar cookies , Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Ice Cube Tray Pies, Drop Biscuit variations, Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells, Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes, Bacon Egg Toast Muffins, Cheeseburger Soup, Pancake cooking contest, Chicken and Mushroom Crepes, Ultimate Baked Spaghetti, Sushi, Homemade Fudge Pies, Kids’ Favorite Recipe Share, discuss sanitary tips and safety tips in cooking, Retake tests/prep folders/turn in for final grade, Return folders/Chocolate Fondue Party
Required Textbooks and Materials: 3-ring binder
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 family has been homeschooling for eight years. My husband Chris and I live in Lebanon with our three kids: Emma, Walker, and Olivia, plus our cocker spaniel, Milo. We have been at CCA for 3 years. We worship with the Maple Hill Church of Christ, where I have served the last few years as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator. I spent several years running a cooking business out of my home, Food from the Frys. In January of 2019, I began working with a non-profit missionary organization, Great Cities Missions, where I serve as the Latin Team’s Women’s Consultant. We previously spent almost 8 years in Asuncion, Paraguay, working on a team with the goal of planting a church. My time in Paraguay taught me a lot about cooking from scratch!


Public Speaking and Debate

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Teacher: Gwen Schaetz, 615-708-2055, gwenschaetz@icloud.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $20
Min/Max Number of Students: 2/15

Class Description: Students will overcome the fear of public speaking through communication games, theatre readings, impromptu speeches, and presentations. They will learn proper body language, voice control, gestures, expressions, tips for eye contact etc. After these have been mastered, we will move into the Debate course. Here we will 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.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Notebook with perforated pages and note cards. I will supply worksheets and folders.
Homework Estimate: Occasional homework to prepare or practice; Never more than 1 hour per week.

Teacher Bio: I have homeschooled for 20 years! We have older children ages 21-27 years old. The Lord led us several years ago to adopt two children from Ethiopia. Elijah and Noel (5th and 6th grades) have been at CCA for 4 years. We all love it! I have taught children the importance of etiquette today and training for public speaking and young adult Bible studies for many years. I love to give children the tools they need to excel and be influential for Christ in this world!


Photography (1st Semester)

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Teacher: Heather Butler, 615-403-0083
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $0
Min/Max Number of Students: 3/12

Class Description: Class Description: We will study history of photography, technical terms, and functions. Students will have weekly photo assignments to challenge them as photographers. 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.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Camera
Homework Estimate: 1 – 2 hours a week

Teacher Bio: I have been a tutorial teacher for 7 years in the Wilson County area. I enjoy seeing my students expand their creativity through their work. I hope to challenge your student to be the best that they can be! Please feel free to contact me with anything throughout the year!


Calligraphy (2nd Semester)

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Teacher: Heather Butler, 615-403-0083
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $20
Min/Max Number of Students: 3/12

Class Description: Class Description: The Art of Beautiful writing! The students will learn the classical calligraphy and modern-day calligraphy. I will provide all the material for this class.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Teacher will supply everything
Homework Estimate: 1 hour

Teacher Bio: I have been a tutorial teacher for 7 years in the Wilson County area. I enjoy seeing my students expand their creativity through their work. I hope to challenge your student to be the best that they can be! Please feel free to contact me with anything throughout the year!


Pre-Algebra

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Teacher: Marie Trapp, 615-928-0579, teachmath615@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1.5-hour class) – $300
Materials Fee: $20
Optional Lab: Extra help meets once a week at Mount Juliet Public Library and is free and open to all tutorial students.
Min/Max Number of Students: 4/15

Class Description: Students will review and further their understanding of upper elementary arithmetic concepts, then begin a foundation for concepts used in high school Algebra 1. Assignments will combine the resources in the textbook with other online materials to provide a broad base of support for the student and the parent. Weekly assignments may include online materials (Khan Academy, IXL, DeltaMath, etc.), textbook problems, and worksheets. In the four school days between each class, students will do practice problems on their own at home, and parents will help their students check the answers to see if these problems were done correctly. Grades will mostly be comprised of students’ homework, classwork, project, quiz and test grades.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
– Pre-Algebra: An Integrated Transition to Algebra & Geometry, Publisher: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, (ISBN-10: 0078228735, ISBN-13: 9780078228735)
– All supplements to the textbook, including the Solutions Manual, and related resources will be posted for free online for student use.
– Computer or tablet with internet access and a printer.
– Other supplies: 3-ring binder, 3-hole punch (home use), pencils, dividers for binder, notebook paper, folders (2)
– Calculator: TI30X-series (TI-30XIIS is about $10 at Walmart)
Homework Estimate: Homework Estimate: 45 minutes to 1 hour each day, four days/week.

Teacher Bio: Personal Information:
2020-2021 is my third year as a teacher at Cornerstone Christian Academy. Besides teaching at CCA, I teach and tutor mathematics. I am an adjunct professor of mathematics at Nashville State Community College. Other roles in my life include serving as an assistant education minister and Sunday School teacher at St. Stephen Catholic Community, where I also sing in the choir and am on the Leadership Team for Buddy Break (Nathaniel’s Hope). My wonderful family lives in the Nashville area, while others are in Texas and Colorado.


Physical Science

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Teacher: Barbie Byrnes, 615-812-1309, barbiebyrnes@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $25
Min/Max Number of Students: 2/15

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 may be required to perform lab studies at home.
Homework Estimate: 1 hour each day, 4 days per week.

Teacher Bio: My name is Barbie Byrnes, and we began homeschooling in 2014. We have been at CCA for 3 years now and absolutely love it. This coming year, I will have a 6th grader, a 2nd grader, and a kindergartener. I have a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, currently working on my Master’s degree, and I have a 21-year career in nursing. God has blessed my family and I with so many opportunities, and I look forward to another year of teaching.


Yearbook

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Teacher: Sarah Gaddes, 615-428-0450, sarahgaddes@yahoo.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $5
Min/Max Number of Students: 4/14

Class Description: Students learn basic principals and develop skills that include writing copy, captions, and headlines; digital photography; desktop publishing; and using appropriate technology tools for media production.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None, I will provide all necessary materials.
Homework Estimate: Occasional

Teacher Bio: Hi! I am a State of Tennessee Certified Secondary English Teacher who has taught in both in public and the homeschool classroom setting. I have a Bachelors degree in English Journalism from TTU and a Masters degree in the Art of Teaching from Cumberland University. My husband I live in Lebanon with our three children, two of whom we homeschool and one who attends MJCA. I look forward to meeting and working with your students this year!


Creative Writing

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Teacher: Heather Junkin, heatherjunkin1@gmail.com, 615-939-3748
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $5
Min/Max Number of Students: 4/15

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 3-ring binder with at least 2 dividers.
Homework Estimate: 1-3 hours per week.

Teacher Bio: I thoroughly enjoy teaching Creative Writing and inspiring students to write and think outside the box. My Bachelor’s degree is in English Education, but I also have a passion for art and all things creative. I look forward to leading this year’s class!


Computer Applications (1st Semester)

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Teacher: Heather Butler, 615-403-0083
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $0
Min/Max Number of Students: 3/12

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, Microsoft Suite, and Corel Draw Student Edition
Homework Estimate: 1 -2 hours

Teacher Bio: I have been teaching in local tutorials for 7 years. I currently teach Computer Applications, Graphic Design, Photography, and Calligraphy. I look forward to teaching your student this year. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Graphic Design (2nd Semester)

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Teacher: Heather Butler, 615-403-0083
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $0
Min/Max Number of Students: 3/12

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. Software is needed for class. Not all software is required, but I would prefer them to have CorelDraw.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Corel Draw Student Edition
Homework Estimate: 2-3 hours

Teacher Bio: I have been teaching at local tutorials for 7 years. I love to challenge my students creatively to push them into great designers!


Life Science

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Teacher: Tina Arnold, tinamarnold1955@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $15
Min/Max Number of Students: 6/15

Class Description: This is a life science course that investigates fields such as botany, anatomy, zoology, microbiology, and ecology. If it’s alive, we study it! Everything is approached from the Christian perspective with the conviction that God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. This class is a prerequisite must for high school biology.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Abeka Science Order and Design, SECOND EDITION
Homework Estimate: There will be homework every week not to exceed 2-3 hours per week in reading and writing.

Teacher Bio: This is my third year to teach life science to 7th and 8th graders. I have been involved teaching homeschoolers for over 17 years, starting with my own grandchildren. I began teaching tutorial science 5 years ago after teaching super science at CCA and another neighboring tutorial group. By profession I am a registered nurse, but I love to teach!


Jr High English

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Teacher: Jessica Rutter, 814-577-7055, jl_rutter@yahoo.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $10
Min/Max Number of Students: 5/12

Class Description: This course will include grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. There will be periodic quizzes and tests to gauge comprehension. A literature and writing project will be assigned each semester. Although this class will be thorough and full of information, it will also be fun and engaging.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
– Basic Winston Grammar Set with cards by Paul Erwin ~$10.00, isbn-13: 978188963035
– g.u.m. drops (grammar, usage and mechanics) grade 8 ~$9.00, isbn-13: 978-1-933407-06-7 by http://www.inthethinkofthings.com
– Wordly Wise 3000 4th education book 7 ~$9.50, isbn: 978-0-8388-77-7-4
– OPTIONAL: Winston Grammar Basic Supplemental Workbook and Key ~$16.00 if you would like additional weekly grammar practice.
Homework Estimate: 3-4 hours

Teacher Bio: First and for most, I am a child of God who loves to teach and mentor. I have been blessed to be a stay-at-home mom and educator of my five children for 18 years. This is the third year that CCA has welcomed me as a teacher. It is an honor and privilege to invest in your child’s life. I am looking forward to another great school year.


Drama Grades 5-8

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Teacher: Elizabeth Rhea, 615-557-6022, elizabethmarierhea@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $20
Min/Max Number of Students: 2/20

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: None
Homework Estimate: Practicing scripts

Teacher Bio: This is my 4th year teaching at CCA. When I’m not teaching, I am working full time at the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon. I try to involve myself in 1 production a year. In the past I have been in Music Man, Christmas Carol, Annie, and more. I graduated from Heritage Christian Academy in 2008 (where I was voted most dramatic 🙂 ), and I got my Associates Degree in Mass Communications from Volunteer State Community College in 2019.


Life Skills and Home Maintenance

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Teacher: Jeff Leurs, 615-554-1331, jeffleurs@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $35
Min/Max Number of Students: 2/15

Class Description: We will be spending a few weeks on each skill or area:
– Introduction to tools and proper safe use: hand tools, specialty tools, and power tools;
– Carpentry: how use a measuring tape, square, and level; how to make 45-degree and straight cuts, including safety; how to frame a wall out; how to hang drywall; how to patch drywall;
– Electrical: how to test an electrical circuit and proper wire sizing; how to run an electric wire; how to install a switch and outlet; how to install a light fixture and or ceiling fan;
– Plumbing: how to fix a water line; how to work with pvc drains; how to repair and install a faucet; how to repair and install a toilet;
– Locksmithing: how to rekey a lock/copy a key; how to install or replace a lock and knob;
– HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning): how a heating and air system works; how to maintain and clean a house A/C system;
– Car maintenance and repair: how to change oil; how to change a tire or plug a leak; how to change spark plugs; how to properly tie down a cargo load on a truck or trailer;
– Suicide prevention: learn the signs to look for in friends to know how to get them help.
– We may also do a firearms safety class and learn about different ones.
Weeks are subject to change and may not be in this exact order. We may also go over other things in class if time allows.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: Little to none

Teacher Bio: Hello, my name is Jeff Leurs. We have been at CCA for 3 years. This past year was my first year teaching here. I am married and have two daughters that attend CCA. I have 18 years experience in home repair. I am also HVAC certified and have been since 2002. I enjoy teaching trades to the younger generation and try to have a little fun while doing it.


Archery

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Teacher: Mike Hudson, 615-372-4179
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $10
Min/Max Number of Students: 1/15

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.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Equipment provided.
Homework Estimate: No homework.

Teacher Bio: Mike Hudson is a National Level Coach trained by an Olympic coach. He has been involved with archery for over 25 years. He has pioneered archery programs with the YMCA, taught sight-impaired people to shoot at the Tennessee School for the Blind, and worked with many groups of all ages in the Nashville area.


Jr High Literature

11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
Teacher: Lisa Widelock, 615-796-9002
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $10
Min/Max Number of Students: 4/15

Class Description: Get ready to embark on a journey through literature! While meeting interesting characters from different times in history, some real and some invented, we will hear stories of great triumph and tragedy and mystery. We will grow in knowledge and understanding through a Biblical worldview. Reading award-winning novels, we will cover vocabulary, comprehension, literary elements and devices, as well as write book reports and poetry. Through book covers, posters, dioramas, and plays, we will explore our creative side!
Required Textbooks and Materials:
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Freedom Train by Dorothy Sterling
What Was the Battle of Gettysburg? by Jim O’Conner
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Homework Estimate: 3-4 hours weekly

Teacher Bio: I am excited to be teaching and working with the students at CCA! I have a BS degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood from the University of South Florida and have taught grades k-7 in the public school systems in Tampa, South Florida, New York, and at homeschool tutorials in Tennessee and Florida. My husband, Robert, and I have been married thirty years, and we have four children. This is our family’s twenty-first year homeschooling. Our oldest, Emily is a Physician’s Assistant, Elora is in PT school at UTC, Eliza is senior majoring in nursing at Lee University, and Ezra is a senior and attends CCA. I love Jesus, my family, animals, working out, chocolate, coffee, the beach, the mountains, and living in this exceptional country! Looking forward to a wonderful school year at CCA! God is good all the time and all the time God is good!


General Science

11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
Teacher: Joann Marlow, 214-802-9501, joann324@yahoo.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $35
Min/Max Number of Students: 6/15

Class Description: Prepare to be amazed by God’s amazing creation as we dive into a variety of science topics, including the scientific method, earth science, life science, and human anatomy. There are 16 modules in the textbook, and 2 weeks will be spent on each of 15 modules. Students will read each module, complete vocabulary worksheets, and answer selected On Your Own/Study Guide questions. Most experiments will be performed in class. We end the year with dissections. Science Fair participation is required for a grade in this class.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
– Apologia’s Exploring Creation With General Science, 2nd Edition
– MP3 recommended but not required.
– No need to purchase the Solutions/Test Manual or the Student Workbook.
– All lab & dissection supplies will be purchased by the teacher with materials fee, except for simple materials student already has available at home.
Homework Estimate: About 30 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 second year of formal teaching at CCA and my 11th year as a homeschool mom. I have 4 children ranging from 10th to 3rd grade. In my previous life I worked as a registered nurse and have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. I worked as a cardiac-thoracic surgery step-down unit nurse caring for many heart and lung transplant patients for several years and then spent a few more years caring for women post surgery and delivery. Through the years, I’ve always had a heart for teaching. One of my favorite things to do as a nurse was patient education. 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.


IEW – Level B Writing and Grammar (6-8th)

11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
Teacher: Robyn Collins, rlcoll449@aol.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $10
Min/Max Number of Students: 2/15

Class Description: Students are required to have already taken Level A – IEW in order to take this class. Any other students must be preapproved before registration by Robyn Collins, or consider placing student in the Level A class. Students will practice writing using the Structure and Style method of IEW from the Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons book. This course works through all nine structural models of the IEW Syllabus. Each week writing assignments will use source texts from prominent people and events of the Middle Ages such as: Charlemagne, the Vikings, William the Conqueror, geniuses of the Renaissance, castles, knights, cathedrals, and more. Students will also read two historical fictional books suggested by IEW for each semester to broaden their knowledge of the Middle Ages. Students will cover grammar skills using Fix-It Grammar – Book 2 (Robin Hood). The lesson for Fix It will be taught in class, but the parent is expected to check their five homework sentences each week and help with corrections. Therefore, the teacher’s manual for Fix-it Book 2 is required to purchase.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
– Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons student book 5th ed. – $29, ISBN 9781623413118 Pub. Date 2019, Vendor: Institute for Excellence in Writing
– Fix It Grammar Book 2 Robin Hood – Teacher manual – $19, ISBN 9781623411794 Date 2014
– Fix It Grammar Book 2 student book – $15 (optional), ISBN 9781623411435 date 2014
(You may opt to only purchase teacher manual for Fix It Grammar book and print off the thirty student pages from the IEW website, since they are downloadable with the teacher’s manual)
Readers:
– The Door in the Wall – by Marguerite de Angeli,
– Adam of the Road – Elizabeth Janet Gray
– The Adventures of Robin Hood – Roger Lancelyn Green (Puffin Classics)
Supplies List: 2 inch three-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers, pencil, yellow highlighter, pk (50) of clear sheet protectors for final drafts. Access to a computer to type and print weekly writing assignments.
Homework Estimate: 45-60 minutes 4 days a week.

Teacher Bio: I currently homeschool my youngest three children of eleven. I’ve been in the homeschool community for 27 years. I’ve conducted small co-op classes in my home, taught at other co-ops, and tutorial. This will be my fourth year of teaching at CCA. My favorite subjects to teach are English, History, and Sewing. My favorite hobbies are gardening, sewing, bible study, and traveling with my girls to clogging competitions.


Drawing

11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
Teacher: Ginger Latham, lathamappraisal@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $20
Min/Max Number of Students: 2/15

Class Description: This class is for both beginning students and those who have had some drawing instruction in the past. My instruction includes drawing on the right side of the brain, a technique that allows the student to draw what they see and not what they think they see. Beginners will learn the basics, which include proportions, perspective and values (darks vs. lights), while returning students will be encouraged to choose from more difficult drawings.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: None

Teacher Bio: I have had the privilege teaching in the homeschool community for approximately 15 years. I am currently at CCA, Heritage Christian Academy, Legacy, and Eagle Academy, as well as a private studio in Mt. Juliet. I have studied with other artists, both locally and abroad, most recently in Spain and New Zealand. My works have been featured by several venues, including the Belle Meade Plantation, and I am the recipient of both local and national awards. For more information, please visit my website at http://www.gingerlathamstudios.com.


Concert Band

11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
Teacher: Jennifer Owens, 615-506-3264, playmusic231123@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $50
Min/Max Number of Students: N/A

Class Description: Students will learn how to play their instrument, the correct practice techniques, how to take care of their instrument, and how to perform individually as well as with a group. They will work on note and rhythm reading, beginning sight reading, and beginning scale studies. If students have already played their instrument in the past, they will begin learning intermediate/advanced techniques. Students will need to practice 90 minutes weekly. Prizes will be given to those who practice 120 minutes weekly and fill out their practice sheet. Performances in December and April/May.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Instrument (I can help you find one), music stand, pencils, instrument accessories.
Homework Estimate: 90 minutes weekly

Teacher Bio: My name is Jennifer Owens. I have been performing in concert bands since I was in 4th grade. I’ve taught HS and Elementary/Middle School Concert Band, HS Marching Band, HS Jazz Band, as well as percussion ensembles, brass ensembles, and woodwind ensembles. I’ve also taught private music lessons since 1994. I went to Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, where I grew up, and received a Bachelor’s of Music Education Degree. I performed with many groups while in college. My degrees now include a Bachelor’s of Music Education and a Master’s of Special Education. I currently perform with the Music City Dixieland Band and the Nashville Community Concert Band. I am the director of Labarum Cottage School. I love teaching children and helping instill the love of music in children.


Leadership and Team Building

11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
Teacher: Tiffany Bevis, bellereece@aol.com (615) 347-7921
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $15
Min/Max Number of Students: 12/20

Class Description: The Leadership and Team Building class will focus on the development of leadership skills for now and in the future, prepare students to take on leadership roles in the school and community, prepare students for the workforce, and promote good citizenship. The class will be divided into several segments of focus: self image and personal leadership style, goal setting and organization, citizenship and civic awareness, conflict management and problem solving, career decisions and entrepreneurship, and community service. Students will also focus on the art of speaking in front of a group and be required to give a few short speeches in class. A short leadership book will be assigned first semester and an additional book second semester.
Required Textbooks and Materials: TBA
Homework Estimate: 1-2 hours per week plus required volunteer activities

Teacher Bio: I am a homeschooling mom of 10 years and have been with CCA since day one! I have 3 children that make life an adventure and we are currently adopting a 4th child. Before homeschooling, I worked as a school counselor. I enjoy working with high school students and look forward to a great year.


Jr. High World History

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Teacher: Robyn Collins, rlcoll449@aol.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $10
Min/Max Number of Students: 2/15

Class Description: Students will journey through history from the beginning of time to today’s modern way of life using Abeka’s History of the World. Since Abeka is a textbook approach, students will do occasional project boards, report writing, mapwork, a medieval feast, assembly line, a world timeline, and more activities to spice up this class. Homework will consist of reading the lesson, answering section review questions, projects, and tests.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
– Abeka – History of the World in Christian Perspective, 5th ed. student book – $33.65 (Christianbooks.com), Vendor: Abeka code: 183202
– Supplies List: 1.5-in. three-ring binder, notebook paper, pencils, colored pencils (for map work)
Homework Estimate: 30-45 minutes, 4 days a week

Teacher Bio: I currently homeschool my youngest three children of eleven children. I’ve been in the homeschool community for 27 years. I’ve conducted small co-op classes in my home, taught at other co-ops, and tutorial. This will be my fourth year of teaching at CCA. My favorite subjects to teach are English, History, and Sewing. My favorite hobbies are gardening, sewing, bible study, and traveling with my girls to clogging competitions.


Jr. High Spanish

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Teacher: Patricia Aguilar, pats82cr@yahoo.com, 615-504-5565
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $25
Min/Max Number of Students: 6/15

Class Description: Methodology: Multisensorial. I take into consideration all the learning styles. Lots of interaction, movement, and fun while learning. From the basics: alphabet and pronunciation, greetings, numbers, colors, parts of the body, food, actions (verbs), animals, clothing, family and community, to be able to answer basic questions of what, who, when, where, why, and how. Class Goals: (1) To enable the students to achieve a level of reading, writing, listening, and speaking fluency that prepares them to carry on a simple conversation, i.e., introduce themselves, introduce other people, answer personal questions and ask general questions using who, when, what, why, how, how many, and how much. (2) To motivate students to continue learning Spanish on their own by reading books, listening to music, watching videos, and if possible, traveling to a Spanish-speaking country. (3) To promote cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Workbook (provided by the teacher), 1-1/2 inch binder, 50 sheets (composition paper), colored pencils or markers, 1 pencil or pen, scissors, 1 glue (bar)
Homework Estimate: 1 hr per week

Teacher Bio: My name is Patricia Aguilar. I’m from Costa Rica. I have been a teacher and counselor in my countries, Italy and India. This will be my third year in a homeschool program in the USA. I’m married to Paras Kapoor, an Indian I met in India, 19 years ago. We have two kids, Isabella (8) and Avinash (14). My husband and I are trilingual, and my kids are bilingual. Learning languages and cultures is one of my passions because it opens the eyes to the world, helps us enjoy the cultural differences, and shows us how to respect other people. I want to teach Spanish here to give the opportunity to the kids to travel in their minds through Latin America and Spain while we learn together. They will start feeling curiosity for another amazing culture through language.


Drawing

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Teacher: Ginger Latham, lathamappraisal@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $20
Min/Max Number of Students: 2/15

Class Description: This class is for both beginning students and those who have had some drawing instruction in the past. My instruction includes drawing on the right side of the brain, a technique that allows the student to draw what they see and not what they think they see. Beginners will be taught the basics, which include proportions, perspective and values (darks vs lights), while returning students will be encouraged to choose from more difficult drawings.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: None

Teacher Bio: I have had the privilege teaching in the homeschool community for approximately 15 years. I am currently at CCA, Heritage Christian Academy, Legacy, and Eagle Academy, as well as a private studio in Mt. Juliet. I have studied with other artists, both locally and abroad, most recently in Spain and New Zealand. My works have been featured by several venues, including the Belle Meade Plantation, and I am the recipient of both local and national awards. For more information, please visit my website at http://www.gingerlathamstudios.com.


Drama 7-12th Grade

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Teacher: Elizabeth Rhea, 615-557-6022, elizabethmarierhea@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $20
Min/Max Number of Students: 2/20

Class Description: In this class we learn some of the different techniques used in drama and 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: None
Homework Estimate: Practicing scripts at home

Teacher Bio: This is my 4th year teaching at CCA. When I’m not teaching, I am working full time at the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon. I try to involve myself in 1 production a year. In the past I have been in Music Man, Christmas Carol, Annie, and more. I graduated from Heritage Christian Academy in 2008 (where I was voted most dramatic 🙂 ), and I got my Associates Degree in Mass Communications from Volunteer State Community College in 2019.


Jr. High American History

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Teacher: Christine Rountree, christineonthejourney@gmail.com, 615-878-2630
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $10
Min/Max Number of Students: 7/15

Class Description: Class homework will consist of reading the text, answering review questions, a weekly study guide, and a chapter quiz. Unit test on occasion. I try to schedule two field trips a year.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Abeka: Land I Love
Homework Estimate: About an hour to hour and a half per day.

Teacher Bio: My husband Clyde and I have lived in Lebanon for almost 20 years. We have homeschooled for 22 years. We have five children: two college graduates, one in college and two in high school. I am a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a BS degree in Social Science Education, and I studied history and economics at Imperial College, London, England, during college. I look forward to traveling through history with your child!


Etiquette and Public Speaking Grades 5-8

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Teacher: Gwen Schaetz, Gwenschaetz@icloud.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $20
Min/Max Number of Students: 3/10

Class Description: Manners that matter! God’s idea first! Matthew 7:12 tells us to do to others what we would want done to us! Manners are more than rules, skills, or behaviors like saying “please and thank you.” Manners show others what is inside us and reveal our true character to those who won’t have a chance to get to know you. Etiquette is rooted in respect and thoughtfulness. We will be learning everything from dining out manners, social media etiquette, proper introductions, table settings, party etiquette, and much more! No one likes to feel insecure and clueless! Your child will gain the confidence that comes with knowing exactly what to do in difficult situations! Public speaking or “courageous conversation” will be the focus for the last 8 weeks. This makes the “top 5 list of biggest fears” on the planet! We never know where the Lord may place our children in the future or what may be required of them. Knowing how to deliver a great speech, interview, thought, or idea may be the difference between success or failure. We will focus on the do’s and don’ts of the delivery, incorporating proper posture, eye contact, voice inflection, gestures, expressions, etc. We will conquer this fear with easy-to-learn tips, conversation games, impromptu speeches or demonstrations, and practice practice practice. “All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Required Textbooks and Materials: I will supply notes and notebooks/folders
Homework Estimate: Only occasionally – just looking over notes for quizzes or skill assessments.

Teacher Bio: I have been homeschooling for approximately 20+ years! This will be our 4th year at CCA. I have 5 children ranging from 10- 27 years old. I have a B.A. from the University of Tennessee and have had a love of teaching (and children) for many years, from directing and teaching children’s ministries to summer Bible studies for teenagers and young adults. I grew up in a home where etiquette was very emphasized with a mother who taught a charm school called “The Finishing Touch” at our home to many students. This knowledge is not something that I need to use everyday, but it has benefited me so often as I have found myself in different situations throughout my life! I am grateful for the knowledge and have a heart to pass it on as I believe it IS the ‘Finishing Touch’ that our children need to set them apart in this world.


P.E. Grades 5-8

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Teacher: Cole Presley, 615-483-9271
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $0
Min/Max Number of Students: 10/20

Class Description: Students will play a variety of physically active games and also do some regular exercises and stretching. Some activities will be kick ball, volley ball, ninja ball, relay races, four square, etc. Students will be encouraged to increase endurance and strength throughout the year. P.E. class will be held outside if possible. Otherwise, we will hold class inside in the gymnasium.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: Little to no homework

Teacher Bio: Cole Presley is a homeschool graduate and is now a student at Cumberland University studying science. He is a world champion martial artist and a third degree black belt in Taekwondo. He has taught at his family’s martial arts studio for many years, at many seminars across the country and in other countries, as well as four years at CCA.


Art with Mixed Media Grades 6-12

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Teacher: Ginger Latham, lathamappraisal@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $35
Min/Max Number of Students: 2/15

Class Description: This class is designed for those who have previously taken Drawing. Instruction will include use of additional mediums such as watercolor, pastels, charcoal and acrylics.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: None

Teacher Bio: I have had the privilege teaching in the homeschool community for approximately 15 years. I am currently at CCA, Heritage Christian Academy, Legacy, and Eagle Academy, as well as a private studio in Mt. Juliet. I have studied with other artists, both locally and abroad, most recently in Spain and New Zealand. My works have been featured by several venues, including the Belle Meade Plantation, and I am the recipient of both local and national awards. For more information, please visit my website at http://www.gingerlathamstudios.com.


Intermediate Sewing Grades 7-12

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Teacher: Robyn Collins, rlcoll449@aol.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $20
Min/Max Number of Students: 2/12

Class Description: Students will review basic hand-sewing stitches, then jump right into machine sewing on week 2. Students are required to have their own machine and bring it to class most of the year beginning week 2. Students will learn to sew a variety of stitches on their machine, follow a pattern, and more. The projects this year will depend on the student’s ability and if they have taken my class before, so that we do not repeat the same projects. But some of the projects we have done in the past are a pillowcase, drawstring bag, rag quilt, hair scrunchy, bowl cozy, apron, Christmas ornament, and more. I will decide on the projects after I receive my student list.
Required Textbooks and Materials: sewing machine (required), sewing scissors, black thread, white thread, long straight pins, pin cushion, measuring tape, seam ripper, storage bag or basket to store items. Note: The materials fee will cover the smaller projects, however the larger projects will not be covered.
Homework Estimate: 1-2 hours a week on large projects, occasional on small projects.

Teacher Bio: I currently homeschool my youngest three children of eleven children. I’ve been in the homeschool community for 27 years. I’ve conducted small co-op classes in my home, taught at other co-ops, and tutorial. This will be my fourth year of teaching at CCA. My favorite subjects to teach are English, History, and Sewing. My favorite hobbies are gardening, sewing, bible study, and traveling with my girls to clogging competitions.


Defending The Faith

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Teacher: Marsha Orbke, 615-330-8864, wminvesting@elitemail.org
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $35 for curriculum workbook and class material costs
Min/Max Number of Students: 3-4/15

Class Description: What is TRUTH? Can You handle the Truth? In a world where many believe in no absolute truth or that its just a social construct, we must be ready and armed to defend the Christian faith! (1 Peter 3:15) How can we defend it, if we aren’t prepared with what we are up against? This class will present the student with wisdom, knowledge, & evidence to confidently know why you believe with what you believe, so one does not fall victim to anti-biblical teachings in our world today (1 John 4:1-3). **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 most assignments as the information is much more important than learning for the grade!**
Required Textbooks and Materials: Your student will need to get a copy of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist” by Norman L. Geisler & Frank Turek (can order from Amazon or Apologia.com for $13-$16). A 2″ 3-ring binder, paper, & divider will be needed, along with pens and/or pencils.
Homework Estimate: There will be weekly reading and some writing homework and 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 (3,9,12,15). I have been homeschooling for almost 7 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 almost 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.