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 seven years now. She has 3 boys, Ezra, 17, Cyrus, 13, and Jonah, 11. 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.
Homeschooling mother of seven. Earned a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and Bachelors degree in Music Education from UNC Chapel Hill. Has taught in the public school system, both middle and high school. Has directed the Blue Ridge Homeschool Choir for 13 years as well as teaching a variety of subjects and grade levels in homeschool co-ps. Has taught math, science, history, spelling, French, music, drama, handicrafts, physical education and cooperative problem solving.
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.
Native to California, she graduated summa cum laude from Humboldt State University with a BA in cultural anthropology. Her fieldwork was conducted in Grenada and focused on the impact of kitchen gardens. During her college years she also participated in the Semester at Sea program where her love for travel and learning came together in a once in a lifetime experience. Her most cherished adventure has been that of wife and mom. She has been homeschooling her two children for the past four years. She has also taught several Bible studies and a homeschool co-op science class.
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.
Janet Leazenby was a resident of South Bend Indiana and has her Bachelors of Art from Indiana University. She has retired from being an art teacher in the South Bend Community School Corporation of 29 years and as a clay instructor from the South Bend Museum of Art for 35 years. Now living in Hendersonville North Carolina as a full time Artist since 2013.
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).
Melinda has been homeschooling for the past 6 years. She has three children - Leah, Elena, and Seth Christian. Her husband and she have owned and operated Cornerstone Physical Therapy, an Outpatient Multi-Disciplinary Physical Therapy Practice for the past 16 years. Throughout her life she has participated in School and Recreational team sports including, Volleyball, Basketball, Softball and Soccer. She earned a BA in Child Psychology with a Minor in Education from Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ. Melinda also worked as a Youth Program Director for the YMCA and is currently a Sunday School Teacher at Biltmore Church. The last few years she has become involved in the Crossfit community and is currently a member of the USA Weightlifting Association in which she obtained her Level 1 Olympic Lifting Certification. Melinda has a strong passion to help children succeed as they progress through new physical challenges and experiences.