Jessica Hagar grew up in McMinnville TN where she attended F.C. Boyd Christian School and after graduating decided to major in Art Education at Tennessee Technological University. Her experience as a student at TTU and the Appalachian Center For Craft encouraged her to not just be a teacher but also a professional artist. Jessica is a Textile Designer and owns her own design business. She has a degree from TTU in Art Education as well as Fiber Arts and a minor in Psychology. Her love for teaching art and also being a maker lead her to Peachtree. Jessica has been teaching art and sewing at Peachtree for 4 years. She loves to see her students excel and believes that art is an integral part of a student’s complete education.
“ I have come to believe through personal experience that the arts teach a student to make decisions and to problem-solve. The arts harbor a sense of value and accomplishment and help foster an individual sense of identity which in turn helps a student develop as an individual. Through their experiences in my class I hope they will come to know the importance of the visual arts and understand how it contributes to every aspect of the world they see.”
Leah Smith grew up in Algood, TN. She was homeschooled, attended the Homeschool Arts Enrichment Program (Peachtree Learning Center), and Cathedral Oaks Dance Arts. In high school she assisted in art classes at HAEP and taught dance classes at CODA. She attended Seattle Pacific University, majoring in Russian Studies with an emphasis in Russian Language. This provided the opportunity to study abroad in Russia for one semester. She has since taught dance, coached teams, and danced with the company at Reflections School of Dance in Mill Creek, Washington. She also taught Russian History, Art, and Music at Sulamita Christian School in Mukilteo, Washington. In June, 2018, she relocated to Cookeville, Tennessee. Leah believes that the arts are a perfect avenue to explore development through the senses. Touch, sight, movement, and hearing can be used not only to learn, but to worship our creator and give back to Him all He has given to us.
Lori Vaughn is an artist, educator, and follower of Jesus. Lori has a degree in art education from TTU in Cookeville, and she has taught art in school systems as well as formerly at Peachtree. Lori also has been a children's minister at churches in Middle and East Tennessee. Since 2012, she has taught art, Bible, and Drama at an international school in Turkey to all grades and students from over 75 countries. She is passionate for students to understand that they are each uniquely created masterpieces of God, and her heart's desire is to create art that spreads the beauty of our world and its rich cultures, and to bring glory to the One who created it all.