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: our commitment to high-level secular instruction and our dedication to developing a homeschooling community.

All of our faculty hold college degrees, and our program also includes local experts in their field. We are happy to include the Virginia Air and Space Center, Virginia Stage Company and the World of Words foreign language program in our offerings this year.

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 monthly 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


Heidi Anderson Heidi Anderson's core values include a passion for creation, exploration,
and learning. Her life work can be seen in her three children with whom she
openly admits to be actively learning and growing on this homeschooling
journey. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of
Science in Education with a focus in Dance Education for K-12 and a minor in
Spanish. She taught various classes in her previous co-op including history,
geography, literature, social dance and yoga. She tries to keep her own
senses of personal identity and sanity by choreographing and performing
locally with the Todd Rosenlieb Dance Ensemble.

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.

Claire Daugherty
Claire has a B.A. In Spanish from the University of the State of New York,
Excelsior College and graduate studies in linguistics from Old Dominion
University. Hola! Claire brings wonderful Spanish skills and home school
experience to HSoBX. Claire has been teaching foreign languages for several
decades, including the past 4 with World of Words (WOW) Languages, drawing
from her degree in Spanish Literature and her extensive world travels. A
former expat on three continents, she has conversational ability in more
than 6 languages. A pioneer home schooler since 1984, Claire has developed a
multi-sensory approach based on the needs of her children. She is thrilled
to share her love of Spanish language and culture within the program at
HSoBX.

Coach Kala Dawson Coach Kala is a longtime student of life. He has been playing chess since he
was five years old. Coach Kala has been teaching the values and techniques
of chess to children and youth groups throughout the Hampton Roads area for
the past seven years. He always try to apply the techniques of the game to
everyday life. Coach Kala is a graduate of Norfolk State University with a
Bachelor's degree in accounting. He is also a girls youth basketball coach
for Boo Williams Red Tide AAU program. Our basketball team won the Virginia
State Championship in 2011.

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.

Ginny Harvey I am a former physical therapist, former sailor, relatively new Norfolk
resident, current Girl Scout leader, a founder of HSoBX, and a long time
homeschooling mom of 2 daughters. My subjects of choice are math and
science, followed by history, which is a lot more interesting now than it
was when I was in school.

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.

Mollie Napier
Mollie Napier has a BA in History from Bluffton University with a minor in
Peace and Conflict Studies. She has been involved in informal education for
several years and across the globe. She has helped with summer camps on a
Lakota reservation, worked with an English as a second language group in
Vietnam, and helped bring children together across religious divides in
Northern Ireland. She's spent several years developing hands-on programming
for museums. When she's not teaching, she enjoys writing and editing,
playing video games with her husband and reading way too much.

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 homepreschooling 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!

Jason Poteat Jason is a North Carolina native who has supported his wife, Colleen, in
homeschooling their five boys. He holds a computer science degree from
Appalachian State University, and currently works as a Software Architect.
When he isn't saving the world by organizing 1s and 0s, he enjoys mountain
biking, raising quails for eggs, and expanding his home garden.

Deborah Rice Deborah Rice is a Museum Educator at the Virginia Air & Space Center. She
homeschooled her three boys, who are now adults. Deborah is involved in
writing and teaching many of the homeschool science mini camps and programs,
and she also started three Challenge and Competition groups - Water
Recycling in Space, VEX Robot team, and the Ship Repair Competition team.
The ship repair team finished 2nd in the Finals last month. She loves her
job and focuses on hands-on education, robotics, bio-containment systems and
space related living systems.

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 Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Social
Work with a School Social Work Certification, both degrees she earned from
Virginia Commonwealth University. Before becoming a mom she ran a statewide
teen violence prevention program and was Master Trainer. She is mom to
Nicholas age 11 and Grace age 6, this will be her 5th year homeschooling.
She's lived in Norfolk since 1993, loves all things outdoors, gardening,
hiking, camping, etc...She enjoys doing all sorts of arts and working with
clay, with pottery being her 'first love'. She has fun while working with
children and believes they all have creative natures, sometimes they just
need a little help tapping into them.

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