Welcome!

Welcome to Homeschool Out of the Box, (HSoBX), a unique homeschooling co-op experience conveniently located near the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA.

Two aspects of HSoBX set us apart from other quality home school experiences in the Tidewater, VA area: our commitment to high-level secular instruction and our dedication to developing a homeschooling community.

All of our faculty hold college degrees or are experienced practitioners in their field. We are happy to include offerings from the Attucks Theater Multicultural Performing Arts, Lighting the Way and Bricks4Kids .

Our parent community meets monthly at local restaurants for a Mom’s Night Out. When not in class, students enjoy a lunch/recess hour filled with running outside and card or board games inside. HSoBX hosts Spirit Days which include: Crazy Hat Day, Halloween Costume Day, Wear Your Flair Day and the very popular St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt.

We are known for our passionate instruction and strong bonds. If you’re looking for support, friendships and quality instruction for your homeschooling family, HSoBX is the home for you. We strive to maintain an inclusive, non-religious community, and would love for you to join us! To contact us for more information, please send an email. We would love to talk with you.

Instructor Bios

Ginny Harvey 
Ginny is a former pediatric physical therapist, former sailor, current Girl Scout leader, a founder of HSoBX, and a long time homeschooling mom of 2 daughters. With science-related degrees from Stanford and Columbia Universities, her subject of choice is, of course, science. 

Andrea Kinnear
Andrea Kinnear is a former health data analyst for the Children's Hospital
of the King's Daughters. She has a Master of Public Health in epidemiology
from the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, and her
bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences is from Johns Hopkins University. When
not homeschooling her four children or working on probability problems for
fun, Andrea is working towards a black belt in karate and learning cello.

Adrienne Ashby
Adrienne Ashby attempts to balance practicing law part-time with homeschooling.  She has a law degree from The University of Virginia and an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has practiced law for 15 years.  Adrienne is in her third year of  homeschooling and is grateful for the freedom and responsibility of teaching her children at home.  When she is not homeschooling or practicing law, she enjoys reading, dancing and hot yoga.

Deva Brockett 
Deva Brockett is a homeschooling, Suzuki violin, karate mom who lives in
Norfolk. Deva holds a BS from the University of California at Berkeley where
she majored in Business Administration and minored in Fine Arts. Her main
claim to fame is that she can knit like the wind. Deva can often be found
hoop dancing between her karate and jiu jitsu classes, that is of course
when she is not knitting.

Jessica Filosa 

Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Long Island
University in 2003. She taught third and fifth grade for 7 years at Tanners
Creek Elementary School in Norfolk, Virginia. She earned her Master of
Science from Old Dominion University in 2009, where she researched the
impact of incorporating Technological Literacy lessons on Science and
Mathematic SOL scores. In 2011, she worked for the Chesapeake Public School
District as a fifth grade teacher at Greenbrier Intermediate School.
Currently, she is the director of Bricks4Kidz in Virginia Beach.

Julie FoxRun
Julie holds a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art from the University of
Massachusetts, and an Associate's degree in Early Childhood. She has worked
in a preschool setting and as a nanny for several years. She is a certified
massage therapist and works at Advance Fuller School of Massage. Julie is
homeschooling her daughter and enjoys art, theater, cooking and spending
time with her family. She lives in Norfolk.

Lydia Netzer 

Lydia Netzer is a homeschooling mom who lives in Norfolk. She holds a
master's degree in English Literature from the University of Illinois at
Chicago, and has taught expository writing, literature, and fiction writing
workshops to college freshmen and sophomores at the University of Illinois
and Tidewater Community College. She plays the piano, guitar, violin and the
handkerchief, and sings in a rock band.

Colleen Poteat
Colleen did not plan to be a homeschooling parent. Although she has degrees
in Elementary Education and Spanish from Appalachian State University, she
worked in finance before being laid off the day she returned from maternity
leave. A year later, she heard that a dear friend was thinking of
homeschooling, so she began to gather evidence to convince her friend that
it was a bad idea. Much to her surprise, she discovered that homeschooling
was not what she thought it was. At the suggestion of her husband, she
decided to start home-preschooling her son and hasn't looked back since! She
has added four more boys (and a female cat named Mouse) to her family since
then and and looks forward to homeschooling her boys for many years!

Deborah Rice 


Deborah Rice is the director of Lighting the Way Education in Hampton. She has raised 3 boys as a single mom, home schooling them. With 8 years experience as an educator with the Virginia Air and Space Center and NASA she specializes in science. The History and Social studies educational components of Lighting the Way is the Cyphers Gang. In the gang Deborah teaches 1700 colonial cooking, blacksmithing and spinning. Deborah teaches Bio Engineering, Eco gardening and Alternative Engineering classes out of the Lighting the Way office in Hampton.


Patricia Richman
Patricia is a home schooling and teaching veteran. She was taught at home in
Pennsylvania for grades 5-12. She went on to graduate from Indiana
University of Pennsylvania's Honors College with a Bachelor of Science in
Education. Her teaching certificate is in Special Education, and she's
taught in classrooms for Kindergarten through 12th grade. Patricia now
learns with her four children in their Norfolk home. Their ages range from
10-2 and the adventures never end! Patricia plays the piano, teaches piano,
knits, relishes the garden her husband grows and hangs clothes on the line
all year long.

Jennifer Taylor 

Jennifer holds a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
and a Bachelors degree for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology with a
minor in Special Education from Old Dominion University. She has worked in
several settings including early intervention, pre-school, private office,
skilled nursing facility, but most enjoyed the elementary school setting.
She is a certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association
(ASHA) as well as the Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV).
Jenn has enjoyed homeschooling her two teenage sons for the last 7 years.
Jenn is a karate instructor and certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructor,
Gracie Bullyproof instructor and Program Director of Women's Self Defense
and Gracie Women Empowered program at Norfolk Karate Academy. She is a 2nd
degree black belt and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu blue belt. She is ombudsman for her
husband's squadron. Jenn has coached basketball and soccer for many years.
She enjoys karate, Jiu-Jitsu, hockey (watching & playing), spending time
with family, watching her boys play sports (they are REALLY good) and
cooking (but not cleaning up after!). She lives in Norfolk with her husband,
boys and numerous pets.

Suzanne Wheatley


Suzanne holds a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and a Master of Social Work with a School Social Work Certification, both degrees she earned from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Before becoming a mom, she was the director of a statewide teen sexual violence prevention program and was a Master Trainer.  She is mom to Nicholas, age 13 and Grace, age 8 and this will be her 7th year of homeschooling.  She's lived in Norfolk since 1993, loves all things outdoors, gardening, hiking, camping, etc.  She enjoys doing all sort of arts, with pottery being her 'first love'.  She has fun working with children and believes they all have creative natures and may need a little help tapping into them.  

Megan Smith
Megan is a former homeschooler from the Tidewater area. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Old Dominion University, and currently works in the Reference department at the Perry Library at ODU. With degrees in English and Linguistics, language arts are Megan's preferred subjects. She is also an amateur artist, and has been knitting and crocheting since childhood.

Theresa Kim
Theresa is a Norfolk native with a Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and a Master's degree in Middle School Education from Old Dominion University.  She taught sixth and seventh grade regular and advanced math classes for several years for local public schools.  Although she loved her small Pre-Algebra classes, she loved finally becoming a mother, and became a stay-at-home mom over ten years ago.  She is currently homeschooling her two sons, Jacob and Sam.

Sherene Silverberg
During her high school years in the Dark Ages, Shez was the South African National Impromptu Speaking champion and came second in her state for prepared speaking. She took speech and drama classes from 8 years old until she was 16. All her public speaking experience stood her in good stead in her career as a pharmaceutical marketing executive, where being able to speak in public was a key component to success. 

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