This is Denise's "Empty Nest" picture. All the children have grown up and are on their own, leaving Gregg and Denise with the family dog.
Emily Leake will teach the kindergarten class.
Rebekah Baker will teach the 1st/ 2nd grade class.
Tara Jones will teach the 3rd/ 4th grade class.
Angela Raynaud will teach the high school class.
Denise Burgess is the director of Veritas Classical Schools - Nashville. She will also be teaching the 5th / 6th grade class.
After eighteen years of homeschooling, Denise's children have all finished high school. Her oldest daughter is a reporter for the Wichita Eagle Newspaper in Kansas. Her second daughter is a nurse at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Her son is working and trying to decide what to do with his future. Before Denise started her family, she taught in public school for eight years and private school in Medellin, Colombia for two years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Elementary Education from Grand Valley State University in Michigan and a Masters of Education from Point Loma Nazarene College in San Diego, California. During the family's ten years in Cambodia as Christian workers, Denise helped organize the Homeschool Network, Cambodia, providing assistance to missionary families who were homeschooling in Cambodia. Recently Denise taught for four years at the Veritas Classical Schools in Chattanooga. In addition to teaching kindergarten, Denise also taught 5/6th grade science, 3rd grade math, middle school Spanish, and high school Spanish. She loves all things teaching and learning. She reads books about how to make teaching more effective and recently took a class called "Learning how to Learn." It is her desire to come alongside the next generation of homeschoolers, to encourage them and assist them in the challenging task of homeschooling.
Emily was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, where she attended the University of South Carolina and received a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has teaching experience in kindergarten and first grade, and spent two years as a reading intervention specialist focusing specifically on early literacy development in grades K-2. Emily is married to Brad, and they have twin boys who keep them on their toes and laughing daily! They are very active in their church, where Brad serves on staff and Emily teaches Sunday School. Weekend activities usually include playing outside, exploring Nashville, and hanging out with family and friends.
Rebekah Baker graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2005 with a degree in Elementary Education. Once in the classroom, she quickly discovered the joy that is found in helping children grow in wisdom and knowledge. She sees teaching as not only growing the mind but also growing the heart to love and follow Jesus. She has taught in both public and private schools and has spent the last 6 years homeschooling her 3 children. Rebekah is married to her high school sweet heart, Benji, and they have three children Caroline, Anna Laura, and Reid.
Tara Jones has completed eight years of homeschooling her own four children. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Lipscomb University and taught fourth grade for four years in the Metro Nashville Public Schools. She has a true love of learning and teaching. Aside from loving and teaching her family, Tara makes soaps and sells them at Farmer's Markets with the assistance of her children. She also enjoys exercise, participating in Bible studies, and creating new recipes.
Angela Raynaud, an ardent lover of history, holds a Social Studies Secondary Education Degree from Mississippi State University. Since taking on C.S. Lewis as a mentor a few years ago, she has become curiously fascinated with words, words, and more words. She has taught various grades in high school, and has homeschooled her children for 7 years. Happily married for 25 years, she and her husband will be sending their son off to college in the fall, while enjoying their daughter for a few more years before it’s her turn to follow suit.
Veritas Classical Schools- Nashville is still accepting applications for teachers (middle school humanities, composition, history) (science) (substitute teachers)
Please print and mail in your application.
Required: Committed Christian
Experience teaching in a classroom
Bachelor's Degree in related subject