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.
Kaci Jacobellis will be teaching literature, grammar and composition for the 7th and 8th grade class.
Denise Burgess is the director of Veritas Classical Schools - Nashville. She is also teaching the 5th / 6th 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 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 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.
Kaci earned a Bachelor of English Education from the University of Central Florida and a Master of School Counseling from Middle Tennessee State University. She worked as a teacher or counselor in Rutherford County Schools for 9 years. She currently teaches at Shepherd’s Heart Enrichment Tutorial in Murfreesboro, where she will begin her 5th year this fall. Kaci has been homeschooling for 4 years. Kaci, her husband Joe, and their two daughters attend Seeds Church. Joe and Kaci volunteer with the Seeds youth group. Kaci can often be found working as choreographer for local musical theatre productions. She is excited to join the Veritas teaching team.
Veritas Classical Schools- Nashville is accepting applications for teachers for the 2019-2020 school year.
7th/ 8th grade history, Bible, and logic
Please print and mail in your application.
Required: Committed Christian
Experience teaching in a classroom
Bachelor's Degree in related subject
Preferred: Teacher Certification (not current is okay.)