MEET THE TEACHERS
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Teacher Biographies

Fall 2017


Our instructors are carefully chosen by the board of directors each semester. Each instructor brings a special expertise or passion to the class they teach.



Kathy Benitez  graduated from Greensboro College with a music performance degree.  She is currently a stay at home, homeschool mom of 3.  She also teaches the Cubbies (ages 3-5) in the AWANA program at her church, Christian Bible Fellowship.



Sherri Chapman is a homeschool mom teaching her 2 children.  She has an Elementary Education degree with a minor in Spanish from North Carolina Central University.  She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and has taught Spanish and elementary education in the public school system.  She has a passion for teaching children.  She lived in Brazil for 7 years as a teenager with her parents who are missionaries there.  She is also passionate about missions.

 

Lynn Chavis is a wife, homechooler, and mom to three children. This is her 3rd year homeschooling her son Garriett and her 1st year homeschooling her daughter Joy.  Her daughter Hannah will be in Kindergarten at River Mill Academy this year.  She plans on homeschooling all three children from a Biblical worldview, eventually.  Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UNCP and a Masters of Public Health in Health Education from UNCG.   She is looking forward to a great adventure.
 


Karen DeSombre  had a 35 year career in medical technology and medical research, including cancer, Alzheimer's, and autism research prior to opening her sewing school in Mebane.  Although she teaches all ages, she is happiest teaching sewing skills to children.  Students learn many different sewing techniques by creating interesting projects.



Alesa Eanes loves homeschooling her children, Alaina and Will.  She lives with her husband and children in Ringgold, Virginia along with her dogs and cats.  They recently moved to Virginia to be closer to their family.  Alesa has a BS degree in Biology with a teaching certification and a MS degree in Human Nutrition.  She is a registered/licensed dietitian nutritionist.  She used to teach middle school before teaching children as a community nutritionist.  She now teaches adults in a community hospital setting in addition to homeschooling her children.  She loves teaching how God created science for us to use and enjoy and how science is used in our everyday lives.


 
Deanna Gosnell has been a wife for over 20 years and a mom to her three boys.  She has homeschooled Caleb (20),  Jackson (15), & Levi (6) for nine of those years.   She believes her kids are her and her husband’s responsibility granted by our Almighty Creator. She teaches a Biblical worldview as a basis for all that she does in life.  Deanna also enjoys scrapbooking, gardening, hiking, camping and laughing with friends and family. She is currently serving on the Archway Classes Board of Directors.



Nathalie Harris is entering her sixth year of homeschool with her four children.  She taught elementary school in a public school setting for two years before beginning her family.  She enjoys gardening, yoga, sports, and seeing the world through the eyes of her children.

 

Sonya Jeffords  is a local author of many books across multiple genres, including both fiction and nonfiction.  She has a great love for science and problem-solving and enjoys passing this on to others.  Sonya homeschools her two daughters, ages 7 and 9, and this is her fourth semester teaching at Archway.



Emily Kindall  is a mother with a passion for learning, reading, baking, gardening, and spending time with her husband and 3 children.  When she is not doing those activities, you can find her watching documentaries and dreaming of the beach.  She received her Bachelor's degree in History but also loves music, art, and science.  This is her third year homeschooling, and her second year at Archway, and she couldn't be happier about it!
 


Christie Moser has an A.A.S. degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. She also has an A.A.S. degree with honors in Graphic Art and Advertising Design, and a certificate with honors in Computer Graphics. Working part-time as a graphic designer, Christie balances life homeschooling daughters, Sidney Clay and Mallory. Christie is the founder of Haven of Hope and Healing, a pregnancy and infant loss center, which she and her husband, Darrell, started after their son was stillborn full-term in 2002. Growing up, Christie enjoyed being in the kitchen helping her mom and learning from her as she entertained with countless parties and family gatherings. Now, Christie enjoys doing the same with her daughters. Expressing her creativity and hospitality through “3 Curly Girls,” Christie offers graphic design services, handmade invitations, party planning, and more.



Christine Sapp is a homeschool mom of four children ages 1 to 11.  Her family recently moved to the area from Raleigh.  She grew up in NYC and majored in Theatre Performance while attending college in Georgia where she met her husband.  She uses an eclectic mix of curriculum and loves to teach and learn through experiences and hands-on activities.



Jessica Simmons has worked with child and adult learners in various subject manners and settings since 1996, beginning with a summer as a camp counselor, and then as an assistant preschool teacher and K12 charter school substitute, while completing her undergraduate work. Post-grad, she was a nursing practice preceptor at UNC, Duke and the Durham VA Medical Center, and an instructor in Basic Cardiac Life Support/BLS certification courses for healthcare professionals, and expectant parents. Most recently, she facilitated homeschool science, speech, and writing clubs for middle and high school students in Alamance County. She has been a homeschool mom since 2010, and enjoys staying physically active through strength and interval training, spin/indoor cycling, kickboxing, shooting sports, and yoga. In her free time, she volunteers for various government and private entities within the Alamance County community. A native of Michigan, she relocated to North Carolina in 2004, and lives in Mebane with her husband, two sons, and a beautiful Himalayan cat named Monet, with whom she is completely obsessed.

 

Kellie Stubblefield  graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelors in Social Work and Psychology and a Masters in Special Education.  After grad school, she worked in the Texas public schools as a special education teacher.  After she had her two children (Alexa, age 14 and AJ, age 12), she earned her Montessori teaching certification and taught in a local Montessori school.  She decided to "try the homeschool thing" seven years ago and it stuck.  She began teaching at Archway when it was established in 2010 and is now honored to serve with some amazing ladies on the board of directors.  In her free time, she enjoys taking Zumba classes, reading, doing ministry work with children, playing volleyball and riding roller coasters with her adventurous family.



Larryn Thompson was born in South Carolina and is one of six kids.  She was homeschooled through sixth grade.  She attended Clemson University and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  She worked for six years in the construction equipment industry, with four of those years being with John Deere, designing attachments and improving designs.  Most of her focus was on structure and hydraulics.  Larryn became a stay at home mom after the birth of her second child.  She has homeschooled her two oldest from the start.  She has three children ages 8, 6, and 3.  Last year was her first year at Archway Classes and she looks forward to teaching this year.




  Taylor Zak  is a returning teacher to Archway.  She resides in the town of Whitsett with her husband, David, and their three children: Ansley, Easton and Grayson.  Taylor spends the majority of her time tending to her husband and 3 kids as family is very important to her.  When she is not with her family, she is teaching group fitness.  She teaches a handful of classes such as Zumba, TBC, and Yoga.  Taylor enjoys teaching and connecting with her students and she is looking forward to another great semester at Archway!