2020-2021 High School Class Descriptions


Anatomy and Physiology Grades 10-12

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Teacher: Barbie Byrnes, 615-812-1309, barbiebyrnes@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $20
Min/Max Number of Students: 2/15

Class Description: For students in grades 10-12 that have already taken Biology. We will learn all about the human body and how it works. Students will read the text, take notes during class lecture, view slides of cells and tissues under a microscope. First semester includes one dissection, and second semester includes three dissections. We will occasionally watch videos or play games in class. Students will have a test about every two weeks after completion of reading the module, coloring pages, review questions, essays over related medical diseases, and labs with each module. Students do not need the workbook or test booklet.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
– Apologia 2nd edition Advanced Biology
– Kaplan sixth edition coloring book
– 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, 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.


Ninth Grade English

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Teacher: Walker Woods, 615-351-3774 walkerwoods598@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $15
Min/Max Number of Students: 4/15

Class Description: Examination of literature, grammar, and writing. Skills covered will be citing textual evidence, making inferences, annotating text, analyzing theme, characterization, word choice & language, sequence of events, plot structure, multimedia, transformation of works, annotation stations, biographies around the world, infographic research, myth conceptions, rhetorical devices, word choice, analyzing arguments, persuasive writing, informative/expository writing, research writing, revising writing, writing with purpose, world research, ethos, pathos, & logos, rhetorical devices, etc.
Required Textbooks and Materials: I will provide a digital copy of the study guides to be printed at home. You will be responsible for purchasing a copy of Call of the Wild, The Screwtape Letters, Hamlet, and The Odyssey. Additionally, students will choose one historical figure to research and compile a Historical Biography.
Homework Estimate: 1-3 hours per week

Teacher Bio: I am a 15-year veteran of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. I am graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminology and a Liberal Studies Concentration encompassing Secondary Education Courses, History, and Literature. Our family attends The Journey Church in Lebanon. Our three children attend CCA, and we enjoy all activities outdoors especially camping. As a family, we have been homeschooling for 4 years.


Biology

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Teacher: Joann Marlow, 214-802-9501, joann324@yahoo.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $40
Min/Max Number of Students: 6/15

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, biochemistry, and ecosystems, to name a few. Students will take notes in class, read the modules at home, be assigned occasional videos to watch, complete selected experiments, answer study guide questions, have a few projects, and complete dissections with a lab partner on four specimens.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
– Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition, by Wile and Durnell, published by Apologia.
– Corresponding Solutions & Tests Manual is highly recommended to purchase.
– Other Supplies: 1-1/2-in. 3-ring binder for Lab Notebook, a separate binder for organizing class notes & homework
– All in-class lab & dissection supplies will be purchased by teacher with materials fee. Additional simple, at-home lab-materials will need to be bought by student as needed. List will be provided at the beginning of the semester.
Homework Estimate: 45-60 minutes per day

Teacher Bio: I’m excited to be given the opportunity to explore with students the details of God’s amazing creation & to expand their views of how great our Creator is! This will be my second year of formal teaching at CCA and my 11th year as a homeschool mom. I have four 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.


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.
Required Textbooks and Materials: I encourage each student to have DSLR camera to take my class, but let’s face it, cameras on current cellphones ROCK! I do not want to you to break the bank to get a DSLR camera for your students. There are great cameras out there for under $200. Just search the internet and see what you can do within your budget.
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!


Algebra 2

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV, (615) 836-8906, charlesbridgersiv@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1.5-hour class) – $300
Materials Fee: $0
Optional Lab: TBA
Min/Max Number of Students: 4/20 students

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, matrices, and includes a brief introduction to trigonometric and logarithmic functions. This course can be taken before or after Geometry.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Algebra 2: An Incremental Development (Saxon Algebra) (English) 3rd Edition by John H. Saxon
Homework Estimate: 4-5 hours per week.

Teacher Bio: Hi, my name is Charles Bridgers IV, and I like taking long walks on the beach while sipping Diet Dr. Pepper out of the can… though when I’m on the sand my thoughts drift to systems of equations, the quadratic formula, and ways to get students from hating math to begrudgingly factoring polynomial expressions with half-hearted faux enthusiasm. I got my B.S. in Audio Production at Middle Tennessee State University and 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.


American Government Grades 11-12 (1st Semester)

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Teacher: Marla Poole, marlapooletn@aol.com
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $10
Min/Max Number of Students: 6/15

Class Description: In the 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: I have now been privileged to teach at CCA for the last 5 years and have tutored in the home school community for 8 years. Having just completed my 22nd year of homeschooling along with a degree in education and experience in both private and public schools has prepared me to teach and love teaching! History and government are passions of mine and I enjoy sharing it with the amazing students here.


Economics Grades 11-12 (2nd semester)

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Teacher: Marla Poole, marlapooletn@aol.com
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $10
Min/Max Number of Students: 6/15

Class Description: 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: Required Textbooks and Materials: Abeka Economics: Work and Prosperity, http://www.abeka.com, a copy of the book Lawn Boy by Gary Paulson, a binder to keep class materials in, 2 pocket folders. Other materials will be provided by me.
Homework Estimate: 4-5 hours

Teacher Bio: Marla is a mom of 5 and has been homeschooling for 20 years. She is a certified teacher and taught both public and private school before beginning her homeschooling journey. She has taught at CCA for the last 5 years and teaches all age groups.


Physical Science (Prequisite: Pre-Algebra)

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.


Movies as Literature Grades 10-12

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Teacher: Tara Leurs, 615-424-4055, taraleurs@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $0
Min/Max Number of Students: 4/15

Class Description: Through this course we will have fun exploring American and British literature through reading novels and watching movies. Additionally, students will sharpen their quick essay writing skills. This is a graded high school language arts course with about 3 hours of homework assigned each week.

Required Textbooks and Materials:
– Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
– Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
– Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Percy Jackson
– The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
– Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
– Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
– No Fear Shakespeare – Midsummers Night’s Dream (optional but highly recommended)
– Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
– No Fear Shakespeare – Taming of the Shrew (optional but highly recommended)
– Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

Movies We Will Watch:
– Raiders of the Lost Ark
– Princess Bride
– Of Mice & Men
– Journey to the Center of the Earth
– Frankenstein (in class)
– Percy Jackson – The Lightning Thief
– Hidden Figures
– White Christmas
– The Sound of Music
– Midsummer Night’s Dream
– 10 Things I Hate About You
– Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
– Little Women (2 versions)
Homework Estimate: 3 hours per week (depends on movie running time)

Teacher Bio: After homeschooling for the last 7 years, I am excited to bring my love of literature to the classroom this year! I graduated from MTSU with a degree in Public Relation with double minors in both English and Marketing. I obtained my real estate license while in college, and by 2014 I opened my own real estate firm, Red Lily Real Estate, in Mt Juliet. When I’m not teaching or selling homes, I’m cheering on kiddos in their gymnastics. We opened a homeschool gym on our farm to give our awesome homeschool families the opportunity to enjoy gymnastics. 


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: 2/12

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: 2/12

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!


Criminal Justice 1 Grades 9-12

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Teacher: Walker Woods, walkerwoods598@gmail.com, 615-351-3774
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $20
Min/Max Number of Students: 6/15

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 federal laws and regulations. Students gain an understanding of the legislative processes and will be tasked with understanding and discussing basic land mark 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.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Materials will be provided through online resources, links, and classroom presentations.
Homework Estimate: 2 hours per week

Teacher Bio: I am a 15-year veteran of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. During my career, I have served as a Corrections Supervisor, Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, Detective, and Criminal Investigations Supervisor. I am graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminology. I also currently serve the Sheriff’s Office as a certified Mobile Device Examiner and Forensic Computer Examiner. Our family attends The Journey Church in Lebanon. Our three children attend CCA, and we enjoy all activities outdoors especially camping. As a family, we have been homeschooling for 4 years.


Spanish 1

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Teacher: Glori Romano, gbaird77@yahoo.com, 615-713-8369
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $45 (includes the Spanish manual/texbook)
Min/Max Number of Students: 8/12

Class Description: This class is designed for students who have never taken Spanish. We will learn Spanish the way God created your brain to learn language: without stress, frustration, or anxiety. We will use games and lots of body movement to learn vocabulary in context. No mindless repetition or drills. We use movement to understand everything without translation. This program will prepare you for real interaction and stimulate your brain for long-term retention. There will be conversation, acting, and presentations all in Spanish. By the second half of the semester we will start reading a small beginner’s Spanish novel. No prerequisites for this class. Daily review is a must.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
– Spanish manual (I will provide; included in the material fee)
– Pobre Ana (Spanish novel) – I will send the PDF for each student to print
– 3 ring binder
– index card
Homework Estimate: Review and daily practice is vital to learning a language. Expect 30-45 min of homework a day. Is important to continue to review old material with the new.

Teacher Bio: Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Spanish is my first language. I been a homeschooling mom for 15 yrs. I’ve been with CCA since 2017. In spite of raising my children bilingual, I always been really hesitant to teach Spanish to others because I know the conventional methods don’t work well, but all that changed when I found the Center for Accelerated Language Acquisition (CALA) at MTSU. Finally, a program that teaches Spanish the way I’ve always known it should be taught. I was ecstatic. I spent two summers receiving training at MTSU, focusing on how to teach using TPR (total physical response). I saw how effective this method really is, and I can’t wait to share it with your children.


Jr./Sr. Research Writing & World Literature

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Teacher: Barbie Byrnes, 615-812-1309, barbiebyrnes@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $20
Min/Max Number of Students: 2/15

Class Description: The objectives for high school English courses at CCA include: learning to write reasonable and logically structured essays, presenting ideas to peers orally and in writing, and writing with correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Students are introduced to the Tennessee Electronic Library 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 and the American Psychological Association (APA). We will review other formats as well just for review. The first semester research paper focuses on industry and distribution services in Wilson County with special emphasis on businesses featured in the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Business Information Guide. The common topic for the research paper is the scope of businesses originating in Wilson County and their impact on the local, state, and national economy. Students focus second semester on writing literary analysis research papers about world literature, moving chronologically through works originating in the Far East, Europe, and America. Research papers may also include subjects with science and theory depending on time.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
– ABEKA Handbook for Grammar & Composition: fourth (or later) edition
– reliable Internet access for online sources
– Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition
– MLA Handbook 8th edition
Homework Estimate: Students should spend approximately one to two hours a day on homework, depending on reading speed.

Teacher Bio: My name is Barbie Byrnes, 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.


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 doing a few weeks on each skill or area:
– Introduction to tools and proper safe use: hand tools specialty, 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 instal 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.


Algebra 1

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV, 615-836-8906, charlesbridgersiv@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1.5-hour class) – $300
Materials Fee: $0
Optional Lab: Lab will be offered if needed, place and time TBA
Min/Max Number of Students: 4/20

Class Description: Algebra 1 topics include recognizing and developing patterns using tables, graphs, and equations. In addition, students will explore operations on algebraic expressions and apply mathematical properties to algebraic equations. Students will solve problems using equations, graphs, and tables to investigate linear relationships.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Algebra 1: An Incremental Development, 3rd Edition (Saxon Algebra 1) 3rd Edition, by John H. Saxon, Jr, ISBN: 1565771346
Homework Estimate: 3-5 hours per week

Teacher Bio: Hi, my name is Charles Bridgers IV, and I like taking long walks on the beach while sipping Diet Dr. Pepper out of the can… though when I’m on the sand my thoughts drift to systems of equations, the quadratic formula, and ways to get students from hating math to begrudgingly factoring polynomial expressions with half-hearted faux enthusiasm. I got my B.S. in Audio Production at Middle Tennessee State University and have been working in the system as a tutor, substitute teacher, or a teacher for multiple 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.


Precalculus

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Teacher: Marie Trapp, 615-928-0579, teachmath615@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1.5-hour class) – $300
Materials Fee: $20
Optional Lab: 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: This course is designed to prepare students to take college mathematics, emphasizing topics needed for Calculus. The class focuses on expanding topics covered in previous courses, including Geometry and Algebra II. The course is devoted to graphing and the study of different types of functions, including trigonometric functions and their applications. This includes material that is covered in a traditional advanced mathematics and trigonometry course.
The student’s grade for Precalculus is divided into homework, classwork, project, quizzes and tests, including midterm and final exams. The course draws on online assignments along with written assignments.
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 and a printer.
– Calculator: TI-84+ programmable graphing calculator
– Other materials needed: 3-ring binder, 3-hole punch (home use), colored pencils, dividers for binder, graphing paper, folders (2), notebook paper, pencils, straightedge (ruler)
Homework Estimate: Precalculus is considered an advanced mathematics course. Students will have homework and other assignments outside of class, including online videos and activities. 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. Estimate a minimum of one-two hours per day to learn material and complete assignments.

Teacher Bio: 2020-2021 is my third year as a teacher at Cornerstone Christian Academy. Besides teaching at CCA, I teach and tutor middle school, high school, and college 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.


Spanish 2

11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
Teacher: Patricia Aguilar, pats82cr@yahoo.com 615-504-5565
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $30
Min/Max Number of Students: 6/15

Class Description: I take into consideration all the learning styles. Lots of interaction, movement, and fun while learning. We will review the basics, and we will talk Spanish from the first class — greetings, numbers, colors, parts of the body, food, actions (verbs in present, past and future tenses), animals, clothing, family, places, dates, seasons, weather, community and time — to be able to answer basic questions of what, who, when, where, why, how, and which. We will also read the book “Patricia va a California,” using the TPR method, to enjoy the adventures of a group of teenagers during an exchange program in the USA. Homework every week, oral presentations, group activities, and written assessments. 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, what, how, how many, how much, and at what time (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: 2-inch binder, 50 sheets (composition paper), colored pencils or markers, 1 pencil or pen, scissors, 1 glue (bar). Teacher will provide copies of the book and workbook needed.
Homework Estimate: 3-5 hrs 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.


10th/11th Grade English

11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
Teacher: Heather Junkin, heatherjunkin1@gmail.com, 615-939-3748
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $15
Min/Max Number of Students: 4/15

Class Description: Examination of literature, grammar, and writing. Skills covered will be citing textual evidence, making inferences, annotating text, analyzing theme, characterization, word choice & language, sequence of events, plot structure, multimedia, transformation of works, annotation stations, biographies around the world, infographic research, myth conceptions, rhetorical devices, word choice, analyzing arguments, persuasive writing, informative/expository writing, research writing, revising writing, writing with purpose, world research, ethos, pathos, & logos, rhetorical devices, etc. Students should expect weekly or bi-weekly quizzes, tests, writing prompts, and class projects as grades in addition to their reading and comprehension questions.
Required Textbooks and Materials: We will be reading The Red Badge of Courage, The Scarlett Letter, The Crucible,  and Macbeth. Students are responsible for obtaining a personal copy of each book to read for the class. A variety of short stories, poems, speeches, and excerpts from larger texts will be provided by the teacher. These may include the following authors; Frederick Douglas, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and Edgar Allen Poe.
Homework Estimate: 1-3 hours

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!


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.


Psychology Grades 10-12

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 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: We spend the first quarter doing SHAPE, an evaluation of the students Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Passions, Personality, Abilities, and Experiences. We then cover the chapters by reading and answering review questions and taking a weekly quiz. Three tests covering SHAPE and a midterm and final are taken in class. I prefer 10th-12th-grade students, 9th grade if they are VERY organized and have good study skills.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Psychology: A Christian Perspective, by Tim Rice
Homework Estimate: 3-4 hours per week.

Teacher Bio: My name is Christine Rountree. My husband Clyde and I have lived in Lebanon for almost twenty years. We have homeschooled for twenty-two years. We have five children: two college graduates, one in college, and two in high school. I have taught in tutorials for ten years. This is my second year at CCA. I love teaching Psychology and feel the study of it can be applied to every career path one chooses. I have a degree in Social Science Education from Southeast Missouri State University and spent a semester studying history, economics, and British Life and Culture in London, England, through Imperial College.


World History

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Teacher: Wanda Brandon, wlb2rdra@bellsouth.net
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $5
Min/Max Number of Students: 2/15

Class Description: We will explore history from creation through present day. Students will complete study questions based on weekly reading assignments as well as weekly quizzes. In addition, there will be several short informal papers and a longer formatted research paper each semester.
Required Textbooks and Materials: EXPLORING WORLD HISTORY – Part 1: Creation Through the Middle Ages, and Part 2: The Renaissance to the Present; by Ray Notgrass. (There are additional materials available in the homeschool pack, but you do not need to purchase them for this class. You only need the two texts.) ISBN: 978-1-60999-061-9 (part 1), ISBN: 978-1-60999-062-6 (part 2)
Homework Estimate: 2-3 hours each week

Teacher Bio: Wanda Brandon has been a part of the homeschool community in Middle Tennessee for 16 years and a part of CCA since it began. Before becoming a homeschooling mom she taught for 15 years in public school.


High School Literature

1:30 – 2:30 p.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: 5/15

Class Description: Students will read novels, short-stories, and poems. During each class time, we will answer questions about the text and discuss. The discussion is the best part, and I encourage everyone to participate and give his/her thoughts. We will go down rabbit trails at times, but it will be all in good fun. My goal is to facilitate a love for reading and conversation in this class.
We will explore the themes, terms, vocabulary, and story sequence. Homework will consist of vocabulary, short answer questions, and book critiques. There will be a mid-term and final exam. I will try to make our class time as interactive and exciting as possible, but this class is a required high school credit and there will be age-appropriate work to earn credit.
Required Textbooks and Materials: You will need to purchase or borrow the novels for each of the assigned books. Your student will also need a 3-ring binder and access to a copier, 3-hole punch, and stapler.
I will purchase the Progeny Press Guides either online or in a CD format and you will be responsible to print the material for your student (unless you prefer to purchase a guide for each book). We will be using approximately four to five Progeny Press guides throughout the year.
Book List:
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Lee
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Will consider:  
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Homework Estimate: 3-5 hours per week

Teacher Bio: My name is Mrs. Jessica. I have been blessed to be a homeschooling mom since 2002. God called me to come home and instruct my children, so I put all my faith in Him and obeyed. It was one of the best decisions of my life. I have five children from age 12 to 24 and hopefully soon will have a grandchild. I will keep you posted. Teaching is a passion of mine because I love to get to know my students and mentor them. This will be my third year teaching at CCA and I am hoping for a great year. I am also currently enrolled as a student at Colorado Christian University, so I am experiencing life as a student at well.


Geometry

1:30 – 3:00 p.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: Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I. Geometry is the visual study of shapes, sizes, patterns, and positions. It occurs in all cultures, through at least one of these five strands of human activities: building/structures; machines/motion; navigating/star-gazing; art/patterns; and measurement. Geometry uses arithmetic and algebra as tools to mathematically describe the spatial realm. The class will explore both theory and application of classic (Euclidean) and other types of geometry. The student’s grade for Geometry is divided into homework, classwork, project, quizzes and tests, including midterm and final exams. The course draws on the textbook and includes both online assignments and written assignments from the textbook and textbook supplements.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
– Textbook: Geometry: Concepts and Applications, Student Edition, Publisher: McGraw-Hill (ISBN-10: 9780078799143, ISBN-13: 978-0078799143
– All supplements to the textbook (Solutions Manual, Study Guide, Practice Masters, et al) and other related resources will be posted for free online for student use.
– Computer or tablet with internet access and a printer.
– Other materials needed: 3-ring binder, 3-hole punch (home use), colored pencils, dividers for binder, graphing paper, compass, folders (2), notebook paper, pencils, protractor, straightedge (ruler)
– Calculator: TI-84+ programmable graphing calculator
Homework Estimate: Geometry is considered an upper level mathematics course and is required to be taken in high school by most colleges. Students will have homework and other assignments outside of class, including online videos and activities. 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. Estimate a minimum of one-two hours per day to learn material and complete assignments.

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.


Chemistry

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Teacher: Jessica Auth, 901-647-5377, jessicalynnhatcherauth@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1.5-hour class) – $300
Materials Fee: $25
Min/Max Number of Students: 2/15

Class Description: Exploring Creation with Chemistry is a high school level chemistry course that covers basic chemistry topics such as elements and molecular structure then continues into more advanced chemical reactions and problem solving. We will complete most labs during the class, but the lab kit is mandatory.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Exploring Creation with Chemistry by Kristy Plourde, Lab Kit (mandatory)
Homework Estimate: 2-4 hours per week

Teacher Bio: My name is Jessica Auth. I am your Super Science and Chemistry teacher at CCA. I received a biochemistry and molecular biology degree from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and this will be my 4th year teaching science classes for the school. I enjoy introducing a topic and then showing the students how to make it come to life in an experiment or project. My children and I love our Tuesdays at CCA!


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.


Finance (1st Semester)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Teacher: Kathy Dickens, katherinedickens75@yahoo.com, 615-881-4471
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $0
Min/Max Number of Students: 4/15

Class Description: This one-semester class will satisfy the high school finance requirement. We will cover saving, budgeting, financial planning, student loans, taxes, etc. Students will need access to the internet. We will also have guest speakers for this class.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Dave Ramsey-Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool High School edt. Student Workbook
Homework Estimate: 1 hour per week

Teacher Bio: I have been involved in the homeschooling community for 12 years. My son just recently graduated from CCA, and my daughter will be entering the 5th grade. This will be my third year teaching at CCA. I love a watching a good history documentary and watching old movies.


Health (2nd Semester)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Teacher: Joann Marlow, 214-802-9501, Joann324@yahoo.com
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester)
Materials Fee: $10
Min/Max Number of Students: 6/15

Class Description: In this one-semester course we will learn and discuss all aspects of health from a Christian-worldview: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Students will be required to read the text and complete a simple activity during the week. Healthy menus, a habits journal, family medical histories, food label scavenger hunts, calculating daily macro requirements, time management, first aid skills, personality tests, spiritual gift inventories, flour babies, & more will aid students in directly applying healthy concepts to their personal lives. Games and hands-on activities will be a part of the classroom lesson each week as we strive to reinforce the health concepts studied during the week. This will be a fun way to develop a lifelong healthy mindset and to fulfill the half health credit required for graduation!
Required Textbooks and Materials: Total Health: Choices for a Winning Lifestyle, 2nd edition, by Susan Boe, student textbook
Homework Estimate: 2 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 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 Bachelors 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.


ACT Test Prep (1st Semester)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV, 615-836-8906, charlesbridgersiv@gmail.com
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110
Materials Fee: $0
Optional Lab: TBA
Min/Max Number of Students: 4/20

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: English, Reading, and Science. 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. And Science, well, you won’t believe how easy the Science portion of the test can be once we go over some examples. By the time this course is over, your student will have glimpsed hundreds of example problems and be more prepared to storm the gates of higher learning while parents take them to Wal-Mart to get that shower caddy and mini fridge for their dorm rooms. And it all starts HERE, at ACT Test Prep.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: 30 min to 1 hour per week

Teacher Bio: Hi, my name is Charles Bridgers IV, and I like taking long walks on the beach while sipping Diet Dr. Pepper out of the can… though when I’m on the sand my thoughts drift to systems of equations, the quadratic formula, and ways to get students from hating math to begrudgingly factoring polynomial expressions with half-hearted faux enthusiasm. I got my B.S. in Audio Production at Middle Tennessee State University and have been working in the system as a tutor, substitute teacher,s 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. I specialize in math tutelage and showing students how to excel in all forms of standardized tests.
CCA is a great place to teach, and be taught and I am honored to be here for a second school year.


ACT Math Prep (2nd Semester)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV, 615-836-8906, charlesbridgersiv@gmail.com
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110
Materials Fee: $0
Optional Lab: TBA
Min/Max Number of Students: 4/20

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.
Required Textbooks and Materials: TI-83 calculator or higher 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.
Homework Estimate: 30 min to 1 hour per week

Teacher Bio: Hi, my name is Charles Bridgers IV, and I like taking long walks on the beach while sipping Diet Dr. Pepper out of the can… though when I’m on the sand my thoughts drift to systems of equations, the quadratic formula, and ways to get students from hating math to begrudgingly factoring polynomial expressions with half-hearted faux enthusiasm. I got my B.S. in Audio Production at Middle Tennessee State University and have been working in the system as a tutor, substitute teacher,s 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. I specialize in math tutelage and showing students how to excel in all forms of standardized tests.
CCA is a great place to teach, and be taught and I am honored to be here for a second school year.


American History

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Teacher: Marla Poole, marlapooletn@aol.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $10
Min/Max Number of Students: 6/15

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:
– Notgrass – Exploring America volume 1 and 2 available at http://www.notgrass.com
– A binder to keep work in and 2 two-pocket folders
Homework Estimate: 4-5 hours per week

Teacher Bio: I have now been privileged to teach at CCA for the last 5 years and have tutored in the home school community for 8 years. Having just completed my 22nd year of homeschooling along with a degree in education and experience in both private and public schools has prepared me to teach and love teaching! History and government are passions of mine, and I enjoy sharing it with the amazing students here.


Senior Bridge Math

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Teacher: Charles Bridgers IV, 615-836-8906, charlesbridgersiv@gmail.com
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $0
Optional Lab: TBA
Min/Max Number of Students: 4/20

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 Statistics thrown in there for fun. Were you sick the week the teacher discussed the point-slope equation of a line? Still cringe when someone asks you to complete the square? What is a polyhedron? Forgot the basic rules of probability? Not quite ready for that College Algebra course? Well, Senior Bridge Math will get you there. You are the X1 & Y1 coordinate, your teacher is the X2 & Y2 coordinate, and together we will calculate the square root of X2 minus X1 squared plus Y2 minus Y1 squared to find the “distance” it will take to get you across the Senior Bridge from point A to point I LOVE MATH. Too nerdy? Well, I say it’s just nerdy enough for a proper education in mathematics.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Tennessee Senior Bridge Mathematics, ASIN: 1269659391, search on Amazon
Homework Estimate: 3-5 hours per week

Teacher Bio: Hi, my name is Charles Bridgers IV, and I like taking long walks on the beach while sipping Diet Dr. Pepper out of the can… though when I’m on the sand my thoughts drift to systems of equations, the quadratic formula, and ways to get students from hating math to begrudgingly factoring polynomial expressions with half-hearted faux enthusiasm. I got my B.S. in Audio Production at Middle Tennessee State University and 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.


World Geography

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Teacher: Wanda Brandon, wlb2rdra@bellsouth.net
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220
Materials Fee: $5
Min/Max Number of Students: 2/15

Class Description: Each continent will be looked at in detail, and students will prepare projects related to each continent in addition to reading assignments and questions from the text. Students will be given a weekly assignment sheet with mapping exercises and questions. We will examine physical geography as well as cultural geography using a variety of resources. Grades will be based on weekly homework as well as tests, quizzes, and projects.
Required Textbooks and Materials: ABEKA World Geography in Christian Perspective, 2nd edition, and Rand McNally Answer Atlas. The ABEKA curriculum is a one-semester course; however it serves as one of our resources and not the entirety of our course. Students will also need two pocket folders, notetaking materials, and colored pencils.
Homework Estimate: 2-3 hours per week

Teacher Bio: Wanda Brandon has been a part of the homeschool community in middle Tennessee for 16 years. Before becoming a homeschool mom she taught in public schools for 15 years.


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.