ARE GROWING TOMORROW'S LEADERS
Eliza Hardin - Director
Eliza holds dual degrees in English from King University and in Elementary Education from Western Carolina University. She is also a certified teacher in the State of North Carolina. She taught for three years in the public school system and has been homeschooling for eight years now. She has 3 boys, Ezra, 18, Cyrus, 14, and Jonah, 12. Prior to Classical Scholars, Eliza ran Classical Foundations for three years, where she offered classes two days a week to homeschoolers in grades 3-5. She is also a native of Hendersonville, and when she isn't teaching she enjoys reading, knitting, and spending time with her family.
Rebekah Byrd, RN
B.S. in nursing from the University of Missouri - Columbia. Together with her husband, Eric, they have homeschooled for 15 years; four children: Ethan (19 yo and freshman at Samford University), Isaiah (17 yo and in his third year at HHS), Abigail (13 yo), and Chloe (12 yo). Rebekah has taught in a co-op setting for 11 years. Co-op classes taught include Latin, science (Biology, Chemistry, Physical science, Anatomy, and Astronomy), history (Ancients to Renaissance), and director of 8 Shakespeare plays (Caesar, Much Ado, Midsummer, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet).
Marcia Torres has a BS in Mathematics and in Engineering from Franciscan University. She was previously employed as an electrical engineer for General Motors. For the past 23 years Marcia has homeschooled her own seven children, four of whom have graduated and moved on to college and beyond. Marcia has taught for many years in a co-op setting, as well as tutored middle school and high school age students individually and in a classroom.
Being half-Cuban, Janet Wilde grew up speaking Spanish. She earned a B.A. in Spanish Education from Clemson Univ., and a Master’s of Library Science from Univ. of SC. Janet has taught Spanish at the elementary and high school levels, and has served as a Spanish interpreter in various fields. She enjoys spending time with the Lord and her family and friends, reading and rescuing old books, blogging, cooking and baking, homeschooling her two girls, doing genealogy research, watching her girls play tennis, and leisurely perusing thrift shops and antique stores.
Sharman earned her Bachelor’s in Secondary Mathematics at UNC-CH. Then earned her Masters in Teaching at Appalachian State University. She taught at Hendersonville High School for 30 years. During her tenure, she taught all levels of math, primarily Algebra II and Pre-Calculus. And then taught middle school math 10 years at Immaculata Catholic School. While there, she taught 6th - 8th grade math including Pre-Algebra and Algebra I. She also taught at Classical Scholars one year. Sharman has homeschooled several students in Math I, II, and III, Algebra I and II and Geometry and continues to tutor all levels of math.
On a personal note, her husband and she have two adult children. Their daughter is a kindergarten teacher at Sugarloaf Elementary School and has three daughters ages 15, 13, and 11. Their son works at Arcadia University outside of Philadelphia. Her husband has also retired from teaching after 30+ years. They love to travel in their RV. She also enjoys reading.
Traci Fleming has a BS in Health and Nutrition. She is a Registered Dietitian and has worked PRN at AdventHealth (Park Ridge) for 14 years as a Clinical and Outpatient Dietitian. Traci started homeschooling her oldest son 10 years ago and has been homeschooling in various capacities since then. She has taught in may different settings both professionally and personally, from cardiac rehab classes to homeschool enrichment classes. She is the Religious Education director at her church and teaches the 3rd-5th grade Sunday School class.
Michelle graduated cum laude with a B.S. from North Carolina State University and obtained her Associate and Advanced Level Orton-Gillingham certification from Key Learning Center in Asheville, NC. God has blessed Michelle with two wonderful children, each with their own learning styles. Her daughter was diagnosed with Auditory Processing and Expressive Language Disorder, which led her to teach from home. Using her training in OG gave her the awesome opportunity and knowledge needed to teach her daughter, as well as her son, who also benefited from a multisensory structured approach to learning. Now, after homeschooling for the past six years, Michelle looks forward to using her experience to teach others. Along with teaching, she works part time at their family jewelry business handling the finances. When Michelle is not teaching or working, she enjoys spending time outdoors or curled up by the fire reading.
Anne is a mother of 3 children with 8 years of homeschooling experience. She graduated from ASU with a BS in Applied Communication with a minor in Technology focusing on pottery and woodworking. She worked as an event coordinator before becoming a mom. Anne’s passion for art began as a child and continued as she studied art throughout all her years of education. She has taught private art lessons and enjoys inspiring the love of art in others.
Virginia Cooter has a BS in General Science (East Tennessee State University) and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction (Texas A & M). Recently retiring after 38 years of full time teaching in 6th grade thru college classes, Ms. Cooter has teaching experience in Physical Science, Earth Science, Environmental Science, General Science, Pre-algebra, Algebra, and Science Methods. She has coordinated and/or directed science fairs in Tennessee, Texas, and Nebraska. Although she has been awarded several honors, including Earth Science Teacher of the Year for the Southeastern United States, her greatest pleasure is developing an awe in students as they observe God’s world.
With a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, and 20 years of design work of various types, Ashley has a love for visual communication. She has worked in advertising, product development, packaging design, brand identity, event planning, and taught graphic design/art at the college level. She loves planning and research, and making things beautiful. Ashley and her husband Ethan are homeschooling their three children as they work with a local church.
Ethan Brown has been in ministry for 19 years, and is currently the pulpit minister of the Hendersonville Church of Christ. He earned a B.A in Theater from Harding University, a Masters of Arts in Ministry and Master of Divinity from Harding School of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton Massachusetts. Ethan thoroughly enjoyed the five years he was an assistant professor in the department of Biblical Studies at Lubbock Christian University before moving five years ago to be among family and live near the mountains. He and his lovely wife Ashley have been married for 20 years, and they have three children: Gillian (age 15), Isaac (age 13), and Silas (age 10).
Ezra is an Eagle Scout and a high school graduate. He attended Classical Scholars when he was in middle school from 6th-8th grades. While in high school, he was dual-enrolled and will complete his Associate in Arts in December at Blue Ridge Community College. Ezra plans to transfer next fall to complete his Bachelors degree in Writing. However, in the meantime, he is looking forward to returning to Classical Scholars and teaching World Empires and World Wars. Ezra has always enjoyed studying history and especially learning about societies and their cultures. He enjoys playing all kinds of games that involve high levels of strategy and analysis. And he is looking forward to teaching his students some valuable lessons from both the victories and the defeats of world history.