Jackie Allen began homeschooling her two kiddos eight years ago. After a decade teaching choral music and history in public schools both in Texas and Virginia, she and her husband, Jason, are endeavoring to use their former classroom-teaching experience to enhance their children's home educations. Jackie enjoys making music (piano, guitar, and vocals), gardening, reading, drawing, writing (music, poetry, and prose), hiking, camping, running, and caring for a very friendly cat and a silly little brood of quail. Jackie has taught co-op science in Leesburg for four years.
Jamie Brock has bachelor’s degrees in both biology and nursing from North Georgia College and State University. She tutored peers in math and science throughout high school and college and taught college level biology lab after graduation. She worked as a critical care nurse until stopping to focus on homeschooling her seven children. This will be her first year teaching at co-op, and she is so excited to share her love of learning with the students!
Sara Cooper has been homeschooling since 2020. Mrs Cooper is a native of Alexandria, Virginia, lived in Western Massachusetts for five years, and has lived in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia since 2012. She and her husband, Scott, have four children. She has a Masters in International Commerce & Policy from George Mason University. Her graduate classes included a summer studying international trade at St. Peters College, Oxford University in Oxford, England. Her past work experience includes working for a lobbyist and a think tank in Washington, D.C. among other positions. She and her husband volunteer for Host Orphans Worldwide, a non-profit organization which brings orphans to the United States to be hosted by Christian families for several weeks during the summer and over Christmas. She enjoys international travel, cooking, and reading (non-fiction).
A native New Englander, Amy Elmore has been homeschooling since 2007. She holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Lafayette College, with Honors in Economics, and a M.S. in Political Science from Florida State University, with additional graduate work in the field. She has worked both in the legal profession and as a research analyst in applied economics. She has taught in various settings and at various grade levels, her favorite being high school and college government classes. She is the mother of three, married into an Air Force family, and moved to Charles Town, WV in 2017. In addition to being an avid skier, her other interests include current events, reading, nutrition, and exercise.
Regina Gossage has been homeschooling her nine children since 1998. She grew up in South Carolina and went to college in Tampa, Florida. She met her husband, Tom, there while getting a degree in Business Finance. She attended New Orleans Baptist Seminary following college and worked on a Masters of Christian Education in Children’s Ministry. The family then moved to Virginia in 2006 when Tom accepted the position as Worship Pastor at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville. Regina has had the opportunity to serve along side him on staff as the Children’s Director. She has also directed Classical Conversations for nine years and Homeschool Hub Co-op for 5 years. Regina loves anything that has to do with homeschooling. She directs summer homeschool camps as well as heading up the Northern Virginian Used Curriculum and Booksale each year.
Abby Griffeth has been homeschooling her two daughters since 2013. She holds a B.A. in History from the University of Georgia where she was invited as a senior to join a special research group at Gettysburg College to intensely study and research topics in the American Civil War. She went on to receive her M.A. in American Studies from The George Washington University, where she began her college teaching career. In 2005,she published her master’s thesis on the American Civil War in public memory. Prior to having children, she also worked as a college textbook editor and wrote many study guides to newly published textbooks in the humanities, particularly history. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at Laurel Ridge Community College and works with students making the transition to college learning. Additionally, she is a member of the Warren Heritage Society and Troop Coordinator of her local American Heritage Girls troop. Along with her husband and daughters, she reenacts the Civil War and World War I, a hobby she began as a teenager. She and her family have lived in Front Royal since
Mary Jo is excited to share her creative imagination, analytical mind, and deep love of learning new things in this educational environment. Mary-Jo has a Bachelors in Art Education from the College of Saint Rose and a Masters in Teaching from George Mason University. She has been an experienced art teacher for over 18 years. Since retiring she has been a substitute teacher in the local area. Her eclectic interests include history, brain research, permaculture, raising chickens, reading, tiny house living, and looking for land. Her personal art is predominantly three dimensional works: assemblages, jewelry, and building!
Melissa McKay has been homeschooling her children since 2007. Prior to homeschooling, she spent ten years teaching at various levels. Since moving to Virginia in 2010, she has taught at various local homeschool coops as well as serving as an adjunct professor at Patrick Henry College. She holds a BA in English from Oglethorpe University and an MA from Middlebury College.
Becky Moore is a homeschooling mother of three. She has been homeschooling since 2011. She was born and raised in the Winchester, VA area. She has been married to her husband, Andy since 2002. She has been involved in the Compass and SAIL co-ops in several ways including teaching and volunteering. Her interests include fitness, bird watching, wildlife and theoutdoors, as well as fellowship in her church.
Katie Perry is a homeschooling mother of three. She has been homeschooling since her first child was born, in 2009. She grew up right here in Frederick County and moved back after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Katie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and holds a Virginia teaching certificate to teach middle and high school Biology. She has previously taught at two of the local high schools as both a Special Education teacher and Biology teacher. Katie also taught elementary level science at the STEAM School co-op. In the classroom, Katie strives to create an environment that is warm and welcoming. It is important to her that the students feel part of the community, that they enjoy learning, and that they know it’s ok to make mistakes along the way!
Sara began homeschooling in 2010 and soon after she began teaching at co-ops throughout the area. She has a heart for struggling learners and is skilled at adjusting coursework to suit a variety of learning styles and abilities. She is a member of Fellowship Bible Church where she teaches Sunday school and serves as a Club 56 leader. In her free time, Sara enjoys cooking and creating recipes, gardening, hiking, and relaxing with a good book and a strong cup of coffee.
Steffanie Simpson is a home school parent, educator, farmer, and licensed contractor. She has a BS in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech. Early in her career she was involved in real estate sales, mortgage lending, and new home construction. She and her husband raised American Saddlebred horses for nearly 20 years before transitioning to Katahdin hair sheep 2008. They focus on low input grass fed lamb which is marketed direct from the farm. Steffanie regularly assists the UMD Small Ruminant Specialist with research and special events. She is a speaker at sustainable agriculture and small ruminant conferences. In 2014 she has been home schooling their son, and in 2021 began teaching Entrepreneurship at SAIL Homeschool Co-op. She attends Crossroads Church in Martinsburg, WV and has been a servant leader with XRKids since 2018. She enjoys traveling and camping with her family, horseback riding, hiking, and reading.
Elizabeth Spence is a second-generation homeschooler who has been homeschooling her three children since 2013. She grew up in Pennsylvania but moved to Winchester in 2003 when she married her husband Dave, a local real estate agent. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in French with teaching certification from Messiah College and spent a year studying abroad in Strasbourg, France. She has previously taught French at both the middle and high school level as well as several classes at Jr SAIL/Compass. Her other interests include reading as many books as possible, exercising, and participating in leadership at Bible Study Fellowship.
Lisa Strimple taught English for 11 years at James Wood High School and currently works part-time in the Shenandoah University Writing Center where she helps undergraduate to doctoral students with their writing for class assignments. She has worked in the SU Writing Center for 11 years as well. She has been active as a teacher consultant for the Northern Virginia Writing Project and helped teach university courses for teachers on how to research their writing practices in the classroom and improve student writing. When she isn’t taking care of her special needs daughter, Joy, and her other two teenage daughters, Anya and Vika, she enjoys backpacking, gardening, traveling, and looking for ways to engage people (especially international students) in finding and growing in Christ. She’s thankful for her supportive husband, Tom, who shares so many of her passions.
Lauren Van Drunen graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Chemistry and completed a M.S. in Education from Walden University. After three years teaching at Strasburg High School, Lauren traveled to Venezuela to teach English with a missionary team then went on to serve as Director at Sylvan Learning Center. She began teaching at SAIL in 2020. Lauren lives in Winchester with her husband and three young sons. She and her family are active at Fellowship Bible Church and enjoy exploring the outdoors. Her focus is for students to investigate the chemical science happening all around them in God's creation.
Nicki White began homeschooling her children in 2014. She took a break from homeschooling in 2017 in order to pursue a new career and sent her children to public school. In 2022, Nicki made a career change and went back to homeschooling her youngest child. She grew up near Front Royal, Virginia, and currently resides in Strasburg with her husband, Stephen, and their three children. Nicki has a B.A. in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech and currently teaches part-time as a substitute teacher in the public schools. Her other interests include teaching children’s classes at New Hope Bible Church, gardening at her home, cooking up new recipes, and studying local history.