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 is teaching the kindergarten class.
Rebekah Baker is teaching the 1st/ 2nd grade class.
Nicole Richardson will be teaching the 3rd/ 4th grade class.
Denise Burgess is the director of Veritas Classical Schools - Nashville. She is also teaching the 5th / 6th/ 7th grade class and 5th-7th grade science.
After eighteen years of homeschooling, Denise's children have all finished high school. 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 Master 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. 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 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 sweetheart, Benji, and they have three children Caroline, Anna Laura, and Reid.
Nicole Richardson will be teaching our third and fourth grade class this year. After graduating from MTSU with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies, she worked as a parent advisor in the Early Intervention Program. She has also worked as an educational assistant in Murfreesboro City Schools and as a pre-school teacher. Nicole is presently homeschooling her daughter who will be in the seventh grade. Together with her husband Jason, she attends World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro. Their family enjoys outdoor activities, especially camping and spending time on the lake.