ACADEMIC & HOMESCHOOL

ENRICHMENT TEACHERS

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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.

Grady Giffey

Grady is a senior homeschool student and the oldest of 5 brothers. He has enjoyed Peachtree throughout the years, where other older boys have poured into him. He is now looking forward to pouring onto the younger generation of boys. Grady is a gifted Mandolin player, active in 4-H showing beef heifers and livestock judging, he is also a small group leader at church. His interest in animals will lead him to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine once he finishes high school. 

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.

Olivia Merritt

Olivia Merritt is a homeschool graduate of Daniel 1 Academy, and is blessed to have been teaching at Peachtree for 5 years,  She is a certified Family Herbalist through Vintage Remedies, has formally studied photography and owns 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.

Asa Settles

Asa settles is a Fourth-year wood carver, third year leather crafter and second year blacksmith, and lives with his family just outside of Cookeville proper.  He has been teaching woodcarving for two years and takes on ‘apprentices’ at home in his shop.  Asa got started woodcarving mostly because of his father, who spent most of his younger years hiking, backpacking and enjoying the great outdoors.

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.