ACADEMIC & HOMESCHOOL

ENRICHMENT TEACHERS

Rosa Aranda

Rosa was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, and moved to the USA 17 years ago.  She is married and has three children, and in her family, they try to keep traditions like meals and celebrations from Mexico and speak Spanish every day.   Rosa has a degree in Early Education and loves teaching.  She is looking forward to teaching the beautiful Spanish language and to share with the students the great opportunities that a foreign language can bring to their life.

Joshua Bolton

Joshua Bolton has been a Peachtree Learning Center student since 2011.  He has participated in various classes over the years including Handbells (beginner and intermediate), Music 2, Chorus 2 and 3, Select Ensemble Choir, private guitar lessons, and Bluegrass Band. He has been an avid chess player since taking an online chess class the summer after his fourth-grade year.  Once that course was completed, his passion for chess drove him to participate in the TTU Chess Club, to begin working with a chess coach, and to play in various competitive chess tournaments.  Josh was instrumental in starting the Peachtree Chess Club in 2013 which served over 20 students. He won the Tennessee Region II Scholastic chess tournament in 2015 and has advanced to play in the Tennessee State Scholastic Chess Finals twice. Joshua is passionate about sharing his love of chess with other young players knowing the game is not only challenging but proffers many benefits. He also enjoys playing basketball and working at Chick-Fil-A.

Mark Duggin

Mark Duggin has lived in Cookeville since coming to Tennessee Tech in 1996 where he earned an undergraduate degree in Information Systems and a master’s degree in Business Administration. As a college student he worked as an assistant in multiple classes for the Home School Arts Enrichment Program as well as teaching the American Boys class in 2006-2007, which he is teaching again this year. Mark and his wife, Julie, have two children that they homeschool and that are both students at Peachtree Learning Center.

Hailey Hennigan

Hailey is a Cookeville native that is thrilled to join the Peachtree team.  She has an elementary education degree from TN Tech and has a teaching experience in a variety of age levels, though she has spent the last four hears teaching first grade.  Hailey has a wonderful husband who coaches for TN Tech football and a sweet baby girl, Ruth Ann.  She feels blessed to have the opportunity to collaborate with the families at Peachtree!

Cindy Holman

Cindy is the principal of Daniel 1 Academy, one of Tennessee’s umbrella schools for homeschoolers.  Cindy has taught in both public and private schools but spent most of her adult life working with homeschoolers.  In addition to homeschooling her own two children, she has been tutoring students of Daniel 1 in high school math, science, and English for the last 18 years.  She enjoys math herself and really wants to help students learn to enjoy it also.

Catrina Howell

Catrina is excited to be a part of Peachtree Learning Center as a teacher for the American Girl Historical Class II. While growing up as a child of educators north of Chattanooga, she developed a life-long love of history that began with walking down the halls of her elementary school carrying stacks of biographies to take home to read, helping her dad grade his junior high history classes’ test papers, and making frequent visits to the Chickamauga Battlefield National Park. Her background is diverse and includes painting, drawing, ceramics, needlework, calligraphy, writing, and medicine. She feels very blessed to have worked for many years with children of all ages. She is especially thankful that she is able to homeschool her own three young daughters, who also happen to enjoy American Girl dolls themselves. She has been involved in Community Bible Study (CBS) for the last ten years and the Upper Cumberland Christian Co-Op for going on three years now. She loves interacting with the children as she watches them learn and grow. While focusing on the American Girl historical dolls and what their lives were like during their time periods, she hopes to help bring history to life and desires that they will become aware of God’s providential hand which is evident throughout history.

Keith Limper

Keith Limper, founder of Beheld the Serpent S.T.E.A.M Academy, has more than 20 years’ experience in Information Science and Systems Engineering with focuses in automation and business intelligence. He has had a passion for the sciences since he was a young child. He was a United States Marine Corps Infantry instructor for rocket and missile guided systems. He has been certified by the Institute for Creation Research in Apologetics. He teaches Sunday Bible School at Calvary Baptist Church in McMinnville, TN for students in the 4th – 12th grades.

Olivia Merritt

Olivia Merritt is a homeschool graduate of Daniel 1 Academy, and is blessed to have been teaching at Peachtree for 3 years,  She is a certified Family Herbalist through Vintage Remedies, has formally studied photography, and co-owns Livi & Lucy Market as well as Olivia Merritt Photography.  She has studied piano, theater, and voice over the last 10 years, and is currently studying voice and drama at the Annie Moses Conservatory.  Olivia has participated in a number of shows through the Homeschool Dramatic Society and the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival, taking her to Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole’ Opry, and a role in the premiere of the musical “Merry Christmas, Uncle Scrooge!” as well as a drama masterclass with acting legend John Rhys-Davies. Olivia was a member of Peachtree’s bell and vocal choirs from their beginning through her graduation. She loves working with young children and helping develop their creativity, and is thankful for the opportunity to share her interests with children while encouraging them to develop their talents to use for God’s glory.

Adonna Pryor

Adonna is a Christian wife and mother that has lived in the Cookeville area for 30 years.  She and her husband homeschool three children, and successfully graduated a fourth from homeschooling in 2015.  Adonna has been the coordinator for the Upper Cumberland Christian Co-op, a homeschooling cooperative, for the last 5 years and the Math and History tutor at Sharp Arrows Tutorial.

Kurt Settles

Kurt has been husband to Anji since 1988 and is the father of 7 homeschooled children: Emery, Asa, Jack, Samuel, Nellie, Esther, and Laura.  Between 1993 and 1999, the Settles lived in Texas while Kurt was enlisted in and reached the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps.  The Settles family has lived in Tennessee since October 2007 when Kurt’s work as a Technical Trainer with Frontier Communications brought him from Washington State.  He is currently employed as a Network Operations Manager.  Kurt was ordained as pastor and elder of Cookeville Primitive Baptist Church in August 2013 and continues to serve there today.  In late 2015, Kurt and his three younger boys became part of the local Trail Life USA troop.  Shortly thereafter, Kurt became a leader within the troop, guiding the young men ages 11-13.  The involvement in the troop reignited a passion in Kurt both to learn for himself and to teach young people wilderness knowledge and skills.  His specific focus is “bushcraft”, which is the use of the resources God has provided to both survive and thrive outdoors.  Kurt hopes to see many families mastering outdoor skills together through continued learning and practice in the future.

David Stites

Since earning a degree in Financial Management in 1997, David has been involved in the financial management of multi-million-dollar construction projects, part-owner of a large construction company, and is currently providing financial planning, coaching, and encouragement to individuals and businesses as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER­™ professional.  David and his wife Candice have four daughters that participate in the Peachtree Learning Center programs. 

Chris Sullivan

Chris is blessed to have worked with children for over 30 years.  She has worked with children as a gym teacher, daycare teacher, taught children at church, volunteered in the school system helping them in their reading skills, and childcare in her home.  At present she tutors Reading and Math at home and guides children in “Early Reading Foundations” at Peachtree where she uses the “Sing, Spell, Read, and Write” program.  It is her joy to guide your child along with you.

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