Shannon has been involved with education since 2006. With a background as a public school teacher, Shannon began teaching at homeschool tutorials after her last child was born. During this time, she continued her education and earned her Masters of Education-Administration and Supervision degree.
In 2014, Shannon expanded her teaching experience from children to adults. She has written two books and a teaching curriculum focused on empowering women to overcome difficult life circumstances through finding their identity in Christ. She has contributed to various blog posts, podcasts, radio shows, live speaking events, Featured Contributor to Keep the Faith Radio, is currently a contributor to LifeWay’s Homelife magazine, and more. Shannon continues to devote time to local prison ministries where she teaches women in the prison and mentors those transitioning back into the community.
Shannon is thrilled to be a part of Renew Christian Academy! She is passionate about equipping students to become leaders who are strong in their faith and confident about heading out into the world. RCA’s mission to provide a college-prep academic experience with a focus on discipleship is a unique one that will have a lasting impact on students, families and the community. Shannon is honored to be part of the Renew Christian Academy family, and is eager to see the amazing things the Lord is going to do those that walk through the doors.
Catherine has been married to her husband, Michael, for 22 years, and she has been his real estate assistant for 16 years. They have three teenage children, whom Catherine has homeschooled all the way through, so far. She enjoys reading, puzzles, and going on walks or hikes.
Originally from the Franklin area, Nicki has been married to her high school sweetheart for almost 30 years. They have 3 adult children and are enjoying a new chapter of empty nesting. In 2010, she left the corporate world after 17 years in international healthcare recruitment to begin working in the ministry at Harpeth Christian Church in various positions over a 12 year span.
In 2022, Nicki transitioned to working solely for Renew in the front office and the study hall teacher. She has a unique perspective having been on staff at the church during the birth of Renew Christian Academy (RCA).
She enjoys “glamping” with her family, gardening, traveling and her goldendoodle, Bella.
Front Office/Study Hall
From a young age, Stefani has been drawn to the stage, fueling her passion for the performing arts. She began her formal artistic education by attending an international boarding school, Idyllwild Arts Academy, during her high school years, where she focused on theater arts. This led her to receive multiple scholarships and grants to attend the State University of New York, Purchase College Theater Conservatory, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA. Stefani then pursued her education further at Yale University at the Yale School of Drama, where she earned her Master’s degree in Fine Arts. It was during her time at Yale that Stefani discovered her love for teaching and directing while working with the Dwight/Edgewood Project, a community engagement program serving K-8th grade students in the New Haven area, as well as serving as the co-artistic director of the Yale Summer Cabaret. Since then, Stefani has shared her expertise with a wide range of individuals, including actors, dancers, musicians, songwriters, screenwriters, preachers, and CEOs. Her coaching focuses on enhancing on-stage presence, building confidence, developing compelling stories, and delivering impactful performances. Most recently, Stefani served as the Head of Theater Programs at the Norris Performing Arts Center in Temecula, California. In this role, she directed four main stage productions each year, such as “Mary Poppins,” “All Shook Up,” “Rock of Ages,” and “Into The Woods.” Additionally, she worked as the primary acting coach for five competitive acting and musical theater teams while teaching drama classes to students aged 5 to 18. Stefani’s passion for the arts extends beyond the theater realm. She and her husband, Daniel Martin, were the co-owners of ReAmp Recording Studios, a renowned premiere recording studio in Southern California. Together, they embarked on the creation of a folk-American family-friendly, fun, and educational music channel. Their channel has achieved remarkable success, with nearly 30 million views on YouTube and 20 million streams on Spotify. As both a performing artist and theater director, Stefani recognizes the value of artist development for herself and her students. Drawing from her own experiences, she understands the challenges that her students face and leads by example. Stefani is dedicated to fostering a supportive artistic community that nurtures all those involved in creating exceptional works. She has received awards for her acting and songwriting, and she embraces her roles as a director, teacher, mother, wife, and Christian. Stefani feels immensely grateful and truly blessed by the opportunity to teach Drama and Theater Studies at Renew Christian Academy as she and her family settle into their new home in Franklin, Tennessee.
Drama and Theater Studies
I grew up In Memphis Tennessee on the banks of the Mississippi river as the youngest of four boys in our family. Both of my parents were independent business people each starting and owning their respective businesses. This proved invaluable to me learning many different skills while growing up. I worked alongside them doing various jobs as long as I can remember.
My father was a home builder and contractor. He also sold them. Many times I would be present on one of his job sites learning everything from carpentry, electrical, plumbing, drywall, concrete etc. – basically everything that goes into building a house as well as the business of marketing them and selling them when they were completed.
My mother owned two cosmetology schools and six hair salons. In high school, it seemed I was always repairing something there from the beauty stations to the Coke machine! I also cleaned them all every Sunday afternoon/evening as my weekend job.
In the early years as I forged my life’s career in music, I started a contractor business to help support our young family. We did everything from painting to small remodeling jobs. I also worked as a maintenance man for various apartment complexes. This job engaged me to be a fix-it man for most anything.
As my music business flourished, we owned our own production elements for our concerts from sound, lighting, instruments as well as the vehicles to support our touring, I was the guy always in charge of maintaining it all.
After retiring from my artist career and touring, I co-founded a record label and music publishing business and continued to work on the business side of music for 25 years.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Trevecca Nazarene University.
I currently live in Franklin Tn with my lovely wife of 50 years. We have two wonderful daughters, two son-in -laws and five grandchildren. Two of our grands are married now!
The following is an overview of my career:
Throughout his over fifty years in music, Eddie DeGarmo has had a storied career with success as an artist, songwriter, producer and businessman. He was one of the leading pioneers of contemporary Christian music as part of rock duo DeGarmo & Key, which was recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. During his 17 years with D&K and a successful solo endeavor, DeGarmo sold millions of albums and garnered 9 Grammy nominations and dozens of Dove Award nominations. He went on to co-found ForeFront Records, where he developed multi-platinum selling and Grammy winning artists such as dc Talk, Stacie Orrico, Audio Adrenaline, Geoff Moore and theDistance and Rebecca St. James. He was then recruited to lead the largest faith based music publisher Capitol CMG Publishing. Under his supervision that company went on to change the face of “Modern Worship” music.
My name is Kenneth Howard, I am from New Orleans, La originally and I currently reside in Dickson, Tennessee. Also I am an Austin Peay graduate with a degree in Criminal Justice. I am married to my beautiful wife Kristin and together we have 4 teenage girls, and one son currently serving in Iraq. I have served my country in the US Army and am a veteran and retiree from the Army after serving 20 years. After retiring from the Army in 2016, I began a career in Law Enforcement having served the great citizens of Dickson County for many years. I am the owner and operator of Patriot Security Services, which provides training and security throughout the surrounding areas. I enjoy providing safety and a sense of security to those around me and could not be happier to be here serving as the Security Officer for RCA.
Barbara has been married to her husband, Terry, for 50 years. They have lived in Michigan, Colorado, Arizona, Florida, and Tennessee. Their two sons, now 31 and 33, were homeschooled and also members of various homeschool tutorials. They became involved in international saber fencing after Barbara signed them up for a beginning fencing course. Both went on to become involved in international saber fencing; one is now an international referee/coach and the other is a drone pilot living in Australia in the movie industry.
When their children were younger, the Cheneys served on the board of MTHEA, with Barbara serving as the editor of the newsletter, Jonathan’s Arrow, for 6 years.
Barbara has a BA degree in English from the University of Michigan (1971). Along with teaching in academic programs, she is an accomplished competitive powerlifter and has taught fitness classes in her home and in a fitness gym setting.
Her teaching experience includes 5 years as a computer trainer for the City of Mesa, Arizona, along with teaching middle school and high school English at Dickson Academy, Grace Christian Academy, Greater Things Christian School, and NCT Tutorial, Nashville. She has substitute teaching experience at United Christian Academy, Dickson and 1st Academy in Leesburg, Florida.
In addition to substitute teaching and teaching middle school and high school English, she has taught American History, Bible, Introductory Logic, Biology, middle school PE, Greek & Latin Roots, and Latin I.
The Cheneys are members of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Franklin, and make their home in Chapel Hill, along with their blue-tick beagle, Holly.
8th, 9th, 11th, and 12th English
Stephanie is thrilled to be sharing her love of choral music and singing with the students at RCA. Her journey with choir began in high school, and ultimately led to a degree in Music Education from the University of Puget Sound. After teaching choir, general music, and beginning band for four years in the public schools in Washington State she decided to take a break and to devote her time and attention to caring for her family. She homeschooled her girls for 13 years, five of which were in Lusaka, Zambia where her family served as missionaries. During the homeschooling years she had opportunities to teach in several tutorial and co-op programs.
Most recently, she had the privilege of teaching 2nd-6th grade general music and “Cantorum” (a 96 voice choir made up of 6th-12th graders) at Summit Classical Christian School in Bellevue, WA. In addition, she worked with a smaller group of young women each week in a choir elective class. Currently, she enjoys leading an occasional choir at her church here in Nashville, and helping out with musical productions at her daughter’s school.
Stephanie and her family moved to Franklin, Tennessee in June of 2022 when her husband, Steve, accepted the lead teaching pastor position at Belmont Church. She has four daughters, one son-in-law, and a sweet granddaughter who lives way too far away in Idaho! She enjoys her role as pastor’s wife, and especially enjoys ministry that involves teaching and discipleship. In her free time she enjoys running, walking, reading, travel, decorating, and hospitality. She looks forward to being a part of the RCA community.
Dawne has homeschooled for 17 years, graduated two children, and has a 15-year-old and a 12-year-old still homeschooling. After earning a degree in International Studies, she worked as a translator and then transitioned into a position as a compliance analyst. After one of her children was diagnosed with dyslexia in 2004, she started training to work with learning strugglers and has completed several nationally recognized programs. Since then, Dawne has been working with students with dyslexia, ADD, executive functioning deficiencies, as well as gifted students. She has taught in homeschool tutorials for over a decade and is currently an academic coach and ACT tutor, working with 6th-12th grade students in public and private schools, as well as the homeschooling community. She also writes and edits curriculum and ACT materials.
Dawne lives in Franklin with her family, and, in her free time, she loves to read and explore new places with her children. Starting this fall, she is excited to begin pursuing a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Liberty University.
Algebra I & II, Physical Science, and Pre-Calculus, Chemistry
My name is Dean Toscano. I am excited and honored to be teaching the next generation of young men and woman at Renew Christian Academy. I have been married for 33 years and have two children; both of whom grew up and live in Nashville. Our daughter recently had a baby, so we are now grandparents to a beautiful little girl named Blakely. I graduated college from The University of North Carolina with a degree in Criminology, but God had other plans for me. I went into full-time ministry for the International Churches of Christ for 13 years. It was there that I led campus ministries and was also the lead minister for several churches. During our time in ministry, we were fortunate to be able to live and travel all over the world. When I left the ministry, I co-owned a company in Nashville for a few years and then went into Medical Sales for several years before transitioning to the Financial Service industry. I currently work as a Financial Advisor for a small independent financial firm, Gramercy Park Wealth Advisors. I have always had a passion for teaching and believe that our economy, and its role in our society, is crucial to understanding…especially for young people today. My experience owning my own business as an entrepreneur, as well as, teaching clients about investments as it relates to the economy will make our class both interesting and exciting!
Personal Finance & Economics
I feel honored to serve God as a history teacher at Renew Christian Academy! It is essential to equip young people with accurate facts and information, but I also plan to highlight historical leaders’ decisions, hoping their choices will serve as models to strengthen character. Studying history can not only initiate self-reflection and build character, but it can deepen understanding and perspectives of today’s society. RCA students may even discover that “nothing is new under the sun” (New King James Version, Eph. 1.9).
My passion for this subject was nurtured by my dear aunt, Catherine Lankford, who taught American History in the Tennessee public school system for forty years. Because she engrained the importance of studying history in me, I attained a B.A. in history from Birmingham-Southern College. Decades later her impact is still here as I recently enjoyed writing and publishing a historical study guide with Super Summary about the 1930’s Dust Bowl.
In my thirty-two years as an educator, I taught full-time in elementary school, high school, and college. I also held two positions as Educational Consultant with the State of Tennessee. Each experience has helped me to better understand how people learn.
I have two happily married daughters, one with a medical degree and a three-year-old, and another with a law degree and nine-year-old twins.
My interests outside of teaching are fiction writing and music. My interest in writing was sparked as I attained an M.A. in English from Western Kentucky University. I acquired a love of music as a child singing in the choir at First Baptist Church in Nashville and studying piano at Vanderbilt Blair Academy School of Music. My interest in music has never ceased. I have studied castanets for many years, including three years in Barcelona under the private tutelage of Mar Bezana, completing her highest skill level of virtuoso.
US History & World History
Monte Collins grew up in Evansville, In. He attended Lipscomb University graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in chemistry and a math minor. After college he attended Indiana University receiving an M.S. degree in analytical chemistry. After graduate school Mr. Collins worked at Lilly in Indianapolis as a analytical chemist. After 4 years working in the pharmaceutical industry, he left to work in a family business manufacturing preservation coatings.
In 2012 Mr. Collins moved to Nashville while still working in manufacturing as a regional manager and then then national product manager. During this time he reconnected with Lipscomb University serving as an adjunct professor teaching from 2014-2020.
In 2011, he helped establish Oasis, an after school ministry serving children in Baja California. At Oasis children from 4th grade through high school are provided tutoring, a meal, Bible classes, and a safe place to spend an afternoon. Oasis currently serves over 200 children.
Education has always been important of his life and a dream to share both subject matter and faith with future generations. He shares the vision of Renew Christian Academy “to prepare children for our world”.
Patty has had a passion for teaching children since she was old enough to make her younger brother sit in a desk and pretend to do school. She left her Canadian roots and attended Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois, earning her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Her and her husband moved to Texas where she began her teaching career, starting in 1st and 2nd grade and then moving to 5th and 6th grade, all at inner city schools. After 12 years, she left her teaching career to begin the homeschooling journey that has taken her through the last 24 years. The last of 5 boys will graduate in 2023, all of them homeschooled. Along the way, Patty has taught at numerous tutorials and coop’s, depending on where her boys were attending at the time. Classes have included General Science, Physical Science, Chemistry, Biology, English, History, Classical Conversations, Sonlight Unit High School classes and a lots of math tutoring. Four years ago, their family moved to Tennessee for her husband’s job and they have quickly fallen in love with living in the ‘mountains’, especially after 30 years in Texas.
She also has extensive musical training, having completed several exam requirements for the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. Even after over 25 years of teaching private piano lessons, she never tires of watching a student learn to play something they love.
Lately, she has also added theater to her activities. She has taught some classes through Christian Youth Theater and has now been stage manager for 2 shows. As she nears the end of a very fulfilling homeschooling career, she wants to continue to help other students reach their God given potential and instill in them a love of learning that brings them closer to Christ. She continues to work with kids at church, directing her churches children’s department and in her spare time, loves to garden, hike and spend time with family and friends.
She is excited to be joining the staff at Renew and to continue to encourage others to seek out what she feels is the most important thing in life, our relationship with Jesus.
6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Science, Biology
I am originally from near Atlanta, Georgia, but have lived in Tennessee most of my life. I moved to Nashville in 1999 to attend college at Lipscomb University. I began as an education major, but discovered I had a passion for Sports Medicine and changed my major to Athletic Training. I graduated from Lipscomb in 2003 with a BS in Athletic Training and Exercise Science. After graduating I went to work for Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance where I worked for 16 years, and also attained my master’s degree from MTSU in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. While working for Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance, I was an assistant athletic trainer at Montgomery Bell Academy for 3 years; I saw patients in the physical therapy clinics; and also worked as a Medical Assistant for several of their surgeons.
I enjoy caring for athletes, from trying to help them prevent injuries and teach them how their bodies work to best compete in their sports, to assessing injuries and helping them rehabilitate to return back to play. I am an awe of the human body and God’s wonderful design. In addition to my 2 collegiate degrees and being a certified athletic trainer, I am also a licensed massage therapist.
I currently live in Franklin with my husband and son. I work for Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a Certified Athletic Trainer, and for Williamson County School System as a substitute teacher. On the weekends you will find me on an obstacle racing course, riding my bike, hiking with my family or in my gardens.
I feel so blessed to be a part of Renew Christian Academy.
Anatomy & Physiology, P.E., and Lifetime Wellness
My name is Whitney Williams and I am so excited to be part of the Renew Christian Academy family! I am originally from Florida and relocated to Tennessee three years ago. I have a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Elementary Education, from the University of Central Florida. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology
I have worked in education for the last eight years. In the public-school setting, I worked as a substitute teacher and a kindergarten teacher. I have also worked as a private teacher to upper elementary and middle school-aged students.
My passion for teaching developed while working with the non-profit organization Friends of Refugees, in Clarkston, Georgia. During this time, I led summer camp activities and facilitated learning for students in grades 1-8.
Something that is very important to me is my relationship with God. I believe that true joy comes from a life that is led by Jesus. I am so excited about an opportunity to lead youth in their relationship with Christ and to help them become great lights to the world around them.
In my free time, I enjoy doing embroidery work, reading and playing with my cat!
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:9-11
6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math/Middle Bible School
My name is Marji Mennen. My husband and I both grew up in Williamson County and have moved numerous times across the country for the 36 years we have been married. I was part of the very first graduating class of Brentwood High School and earned my teaching degree from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We have a son and daughter-in-law in Denver (with two precious granddaughters) and a daughter In Raleigh. I am a teacher from a family of educators and whether directly teaching or not, I have always been involved in education. I have taught middle school English and preschool, trained writers and editors for a large company, and worked with high school students with disabilities who were interning in a hospital. I have also volunteered in schools tutoring in writing and reading as well as coordinated a reading program with schools, classes and volunteers. When not having fun with family and friends, I love to read, quilt, and walk. We are so blessed after all the years of moving to finally be home and I am thrilled to return to teaching at RCA.
6th, 7th & 10th grade English
I absolutely love being a part of Renew Christian Academy and the Biblical education it pours into our students!
I am a follower of Jesus, an experienced musician, a wife to Frank, and a mom to two fine young men, 21 and 19. My oldest is a recently licensed commercial pilot and works for Envoy Air at the Nashville Airport. My youngest is in his second year at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he is studying Mechanical Engineering.
In 2015, for reasons I’d love to share over a cup of coffee anytime, I decided to go back to college and finish my education. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Governors University in December of 2018. Prior to that, I worked in 4th and 5th grade classrooms for six years as an Educational Assistant with Special Ed students in inclusion classrooms for Rutherford County.
Upon completion of my degree, I had no desire to teach in public schools but wanted to use my degree however and wherever the Lord saw fit. In 2020, He led us to Harpeth Christian Church. Not long after, the announcement was made that they were starting Renew Christian Academy. It seemed that the Lord was letting me know where He wanted me to be.
With an education and background in music, I have worked as a worship leader in two churches before coming to Harpeth, and my husband and I perform locally together for Assisted Living communities and Memory Care groups (a ministry of our hearts), as well as for local cafes, coffee houses, and various public and private events. But the Lord called me into an unexpected position at Renew and, while I was hesitant to accept, I could not be happier.
I am beginning my third year teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade History/Social Studies at Renew as well as being a mentor to an amazing group of young ladies. My goal as a History teacher is to ignite a passion in young people for where we come from and why it’s important to know. I want them to know the facts and truth about historic events and the people who shaped them and then form their own opinions about the world through the lens of Biblical and historical Truth.
6th-8th grade Social Studies
Hi, I’m Gwenn Woods. I have been teaching art and drawing at tutorials since 2010. I love being able to help students view art with a Biblical worldview lens, and to see their daily life, their future life, and life’s work all connected to who they are as a Christ follower. I am both excited and thankful for the privilege
of teaching at Renew Christian Academy. God placed the desire to teach in my heart at a young age. I love being able to equip students and teach them the skills they need to succeed, all while having lots of fun!
God is the master artist. Since we are created in His image we are also creative. God invites us to exercise our creative capacities fully by using the tools that God provided in his visual creation, the language of art. Art is an act of worship.
As a teacher, I work to embrace my students as they are and lovingly push them to explore this world, life, faith, and things outside of themselves in an interactive and engaging manner. I also desire to work to ignite in them a passion for art. My goal is to help them discover the gifts and skills God has given them that they can use in every other area of their life.
I avoided art throughout my high school years. I was a perfectionist and constantly compared myself to others and believed that I could never be good at art, So, I received a diploma in nursing in 1978 and practiced pediatric/ adolescent and intensive care nursing for 8 years. When I wasn’t working at the hospital, I came in and painted murals on the nursing unit and did art projects with patients. I developed an interest in environmental design when I had the opportunity to work with architects and interior designers to redesign the pediatric/pediatric intensive care unit. Subsequently, I went back to college to earn my BFA in Environmental Design and Art History from Bowling Green State University. I worked for 8 years with architectural firms and hospitals designing medical facilities before becoming a stay at home mom to my two adopted children, Tori, now 28 and Alex, now 25.
I served as a teacher’s aide and substitute teacher for grades Pre-K-8 for 3 years before homeschooling my children. After moving to Tennessee 12 years ago, I began teaching fine arts to grades K-6 at Franklin Classical School, and then grades 6-12 at West Harpeth Christian Tutorial
I also assist with the Ignite Business program at Lipscomb Academy High School that engages students in career path experiences in business. I work with business professors at Lipscomb University to introduce students to the various disciplines in business. We connect students with businesses in the community to help students learn about various industries and to help them see the business disciplines in action.
I am experienced in various art mediums and methods, including graphite, watercolor, pencil, acrylic and oil paints, pastels, charcoal, ink, print-making, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. In my spare time, I like to write, paint, garden, cook, read, hike and spend time with family and friends. I have been married to Jerry, my high school sweetheart for 44 years and live with him and our crazy four year old Havanese, Toby.
Middle School & High School Art/Intro to Business
Denise Franklin, a Texas native and happy Tennessee transplant, holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. After graduation, Denise climbed the corporate ladder as a licensed financial adviser and Business Analyst for a large mutual fund company. When she “retired” from Corporate America to be home with her growing family in 2003, Denise opened a small photography business focused on family and pet portraiture. While she hopes to one day return to law school, Denise has spent the last twenty years raising and homeschooling her brood of six children alongside her husband, Elliott. Throughout her homeschooling career, she has actively pursued opportunities to facilitate community and foster active learning for her students. Beginning with a weekly art class and book club co-op in her home, participating monthly in youth birding clubs, developing a field-trip based photography club in San Antonio, TX, and founding a youth theatre company in North Texas, Denise regularly sought out opportunities to enrich her children’s education. Two of her children have graduated and begun their college careers, while her youngest four are students at Renew Christian Academy.
Denise embraces a lifetime learning approach to education and has over a decade of experience sharing her passion for learning with students, developing new interests along the way. She seeks to approach teaching in a personalized and creative manner to best reach each student where they are and encourage growth in their learning journey. Former photography students have seen their work published nationally, been highlighted as best youth nature photographer, taken staff positions at their college newspapers, and opened their own photography studios. Denise enjoys knitting, reading, photography, and playing volleyball. A former athlete herself, Denise is the Head Middle School Volleyball Coach at Franklin Classical School and is on the Club Prep coaching staff with Tennessee Performance Volleyball in Franklin, TN. Denise and Elliott have been married 22 years, and besides their six kids have also collected four cats, two turtles, a handful of creek fish, and a bearded dragon. She is active in Children’s Ministry at her local church, weekly teaching the 4-year-old Sunday school class.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1: 2-4 (ESV)
My Name is Joselyn E. Zepeda and I was born and raised in Mexico. I am a disciple of Christ and I am passionate about discipling/mentoring teens as I walk with God. After college,I met my husband Adam and we have been married for 12 years. We have a son, Jonathan, who is a joy to be around. Our household is bicultural and love that we can teach our son 2 languages and cultures. I came to the USA to earn my degree in Psychology with a Minor in Youth Ministry from Harding University 2005. Since, I have done all kinds of things: I’ve taught English at middle and high school levels in Mexico. I have worked as a ELL teacher’s aid in Oregon and I have been a substitute teacher in NM and TX. I am excited to teach and share my native language and culture with our students!
Spanish I and II
My name is Tiffie Rosen and I look forward to joining the staff of Renew Christian Academy. I am a wife and mother of three, mostly grown, children; our youngest is currently a junior at Franklin High School. I received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, with a major in Government, from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Political Science from Vanderbilt University, both in the early 1990s. My experience in education, prior to starting a family, include substitute teaching in Davidson County Schools, tutoring at Sylvan Learning Center, and teaching classes at a correctional facility. After many years home with my children, I spent the past two years (Fall 2018 – Spring 2020) teaching History and World Geography classes at Franklin Christian Academy. Currently, I am busy tutoring and substitute teaching in Williamson County Schools. During my free time, I love reading nonfiction, walking with friends, putting together jigsaw puzzles, going to jazzercise, and knitting (just learned but truly enjoy it). I value public discourse and am passionate about engaging high school students in mature discussions about the way our government works and the gifts of freedom and liberty we not only possess, but steward, as American citizens.
AP US Government and Standard US Government
Minister, author, speaker, teacher, and family life coach, Jay Austin, has been married to his wife Melissa for more than 26 years and is a father of two boys, Isaiah and Josh. Jay is the Family Discipleship Minister at Harpeth Christian Church. With more than 28 years of teaching and ministry experience, Jay has a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Christian Education, an honorary D.D., and is a Certified Professional Life Coach (CPC) and a Certified Youth, Parent, & Family Coach (CYPFC).
What an opportunity to be a part of Renew Christian Academy! I have a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and a minor in Marketing from Harding University. I have homeschooled my 14-year- old son and 11-year-old daughter for 7 years. We also foster two toddlers that we are hoping to adopt.
Equipping children for life past high school graduation, practical skills, the opportunities of learning-by-doing, has birthed two of the classes I teach: Life Skills and Culinary Arts. In addition to Life Skills and Culinary Arts, I will be using my experience I’ve gained in teaching Classical Conversations to offer Geography, as well.
In my spare time, I enjoy projects on our property, tending to my flock of chickens, gardening, cooking and baking. I’m looking forward to the fun hands-on-learning experience we will have at Renew Christian Academy.
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