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 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.
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 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 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 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 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!
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 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.