Open Positions

Teachers:
9-12 Writing

Admin & Coordinators:
No current vacancies

Our Teachers

Kristin Bell

Classes:
1-2 Core Block, 1-2 Apologia Flying Creatures, 3-4 Apologia Flying Creatures, and 5-7 Apologia Flying Creatures

Bio:
Kristin Bell graduated from Ashford University with her B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She also has a Montessori teaching credential for ages 3-6 years from the United Montessori Association. God has blessed Kristin’s husband with a career in the US Navy for 13 years, and because of this, she has had the pleasure of teaching in many different states across the nation. Kristin’s teaching experience includes providing in-home childcare for the Navy, teaching at a preschool center, as a director and as administrator at a Montessori school, and many years serving in the children’s ministry and nursery programs at church. For the past 4+ years, she has homeschooled her children, who are 9, 7, 4, and 2. Kristin’s passions include spending time with her family, and loving and serving the Lord through teaching His little ones. It is her desire to one day run a Christian Montessori School.


Michelle Cabrera

Classes:
5-6 Art Foundations, 5-10 Art Foundations

Bio:

Gilda Michelle Cabrera was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico but has lived in Southern Maryland since 2007. She attended the School of Plastic Arts and Design of Puerto Rico (Escuela de Artes Plásticas y diseño de Puerto Rico) where she graduated with a Cum Laude BA in Painting and a minor in Sculpting. Michelle has been passionate about illustration, painting and art history for as long as she can remember and has over ten years of teaching experience. She has taught art classes at all levels; from young children to adults.

Michelle Cabrera also has a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from The Johns Hopkins University. Her art has been exhibited at the Museum of the Americas in Doral FL, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de PR in San Juan PR, and El Conservatorio de Música de PR, Ave. Ponce de León PR. She was a participant in the Sketchbook Project 2015. You can find her sketchbook here:

https://www.sketchbookproject.com/library/17022


Lisa Everly

Classes:
K-2 ART-Tastic, 3-4 ART-Tastic

Bio:

Lisa has been teaching Art at HCA since 2007. She loves seeing the creative abilities God has given children, and she is both excited and thankful for the privilege of teaching at HCA. God placed the desire to teach in her heart at a young age. She has been homeschooling since 2001 and was previously involved with two other co-ops. Lisa taught elementary school in Calvert County Public Schools for almost seven years after receiving a B.A. Degree in Education (grades K-8) from Fairmont State College in WV. She also currently teaches home hospital students through the public-school system and runs a licensed daycare in her home part-time. God has given her and her husband, Todd, three children: Abbie, Ashley and Ethan. They live in Calvert County and attend Chesapeake Church and actively serve in the Nursery and in the Hospitality ministry.


Ricki Gemmel

Classes:
9-12 American Sign Language 2

Bio:

Ricki Gemmel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Penn State University and a Master’s of Audiology from Florida State University. After working several years as an audiologist for private practice physicians and at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, she decided to stay home to be with her children full time. She fell in love with homeschooling and has been doing so for the past six years. The Gemmel family has lived in St. Mary’s County for sixteen years. They currently attend Leonardtown Baptist Church. Ricki has had an interest in sign language since she was a child. Being able to communicate in sign language opens the door to making relationships with a whole new community and culture of people. It is her belief that establishing meaningful relationships and reaching people for Christ is what life is all about. She is honored to give your children the opportunity to do just that through this beautiful language.


Carolyn Graessle

Classes:
3-5 Literature Based Writing, 6-8 Literature Based Writing, 3-5 Survey of Maryland

Bio:

Carolyn Graessle has over 20 years of professional experience as a public school & HCA teacher, office manager and librarian. She holds a B.A. in Mathematics/minor in history from San Diego State University, a Master of Library and Information Studies from UC Berkeley and completed the writing course offered by the Children’s Institute of Literature. Her lifelong love of learning keeps her involved at Patuxent Presbyterian Church with Sunday School, VBS and small groups. She and her husband Grant began homeschooling their three children in 2007. Carolyn was raised in a Christian family and accepted Christ as her Savior at a young age. She is humbled by the blessings of God in all seasons of life and strives to be thankful in all circumstances. Carolyn is excited to teach this coming year at HCA and share her enthusiasm for learning.


Sherri Hastings

Classes:
7-8 Apologia General Science, 8-9 Apologia Physical Science, 9-12 Apologia Biology, 9-12 US History

Bio:

Sherri Hastings has a B.S. in Mathematics (minor in physics) from Carroll University and a Master of Statistics from the University of Florida. She has worked as a statistician at a chemical plant, has taught various undergraduate math classes, and has done statistical consulting work. The Navy brought the Hastings family to Southern Maryland in 1998. Over many years at church Sherri has been VBS coordinator and volunteer, nursery coordinator and volunteer, and Sunday school teacher. She has two adult children who are home school graduates. Sherri has taught a variety of science, history, math, and elective coursse at HCA since 2006 and CCT since 2014.


Keith Hight

Classes:
5-9 Intro to Drama, 7-12 Advance Drama

Bio:

Keith has worked in theatre for over 40 years on all stage of theatre, local, regional, global. He has won 5 international awards for both acting and design. In college Keith was an Irene Ryan Nominee and a Barbizon winner, and he won the Best Actor at the North Carolina Regional Theatre Competition. Keith is a member of United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), National Association of Schools of Theatre, and Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), Maryland Thespian Festival, Maryland Association Community College Performing Arts Council (MACCPAC), International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 15, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Keith also sits on the national board for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He sits on the national board for stage managers. Over the past 15 years, he has worked with U-2 and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, to name a few, but his favorites are DeGamo and Key, Steven Curtis Chapman, Micheal W Smith, recently Newsboys, and Toby Mac. Keith says, “My faith is what I go by. I am nothing without God help and always being there. Everything I have is because of what he gives me daily”.


Erin Kluever-Taylor

Classes:
6-8 Intro to Logic

Bio:

I am the homeschooling mom of six wonderful children ranging in age from three to seventeen. We have been a homeschooling family from the start. One of my favorite parts of homeschooling is learning so many things right along with my children. After spending my childhood as a Navy Brat, I enlisted as a flight medic in the Army. Upon completing my enlistment, I went to Enterprise State Junior College and then to the University of South Alabama where I studied political communications.

Growing up my family was religious, but in an impersonal way. When my first child was born, I began to sense how Jesus was working in my life in a very real way. My relationship with Him began to change and grow into a more personal and meaningful one. I am blessed to be able to seek His will, and ask for His grace and mercy as I try to honor and bring glory to Him each day.


Rebekah Kunz

Classes:
6-8 IEW Writing, 6-8 Mapping the World by Heart

Bio:

Rebekah Kunz has been married to Jason for over 20 years and has 4 children ages 8-17. Working as a home/hospital teacher for St. Mary’s County Public Schools part-time these past 16 years allowed her to be home with her children during the day. She currently also enjoys teaching for another homeschool co-op. Before her children were born, she taught middle school German and 2nd grade in both public and Christian school settings. She graduated summa cum laude from Concordia University Wisconsin with a B.A. in Elementary Education, and went on to obtain her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the same university. She holds a Wisconsin Teaching license for grades 1-9 and German.

Rebekah’s favorite activities are singing on the worship team, scrapbooking, swimming, walks, the county fair, and she loves to travel whenever she can. Although Rebekah was baptized as an infant and accepted Christ as her savior as a young child, she was baptized again in 2016 because she wanted to make a public declaration of her faith, and consciously choose to commit her life and will to Christ’s care and control. After many years of serving in children’s ministry, VBS, and facilitating Bible studies, her passion now is volunteering to help the hurting find healing in Christ as a leader in the Celebrate Recovery ministry through her church these last 3 years. She moved here from Wisconsin 19 years ago and lives in Callaway.


Shelly McCloskey

Classes:
K-2 PE, 3-4 PE, 5-7 PE, 7-10 PE

Bio:

I would like to introduce myself and thank you for the privilege of working with your children. My name is Regina McKenna AKA “Coach Reggi”. HCA has been a wonderful part of my classes since before they were officially HCA . I am an AFPA, Certified Children’s Fitness Specialist and the owner of JumpBunch®, Sports and Fitness for Children. Southern Maryland has been my home since 1993. I have been blessed with three children of my own, ages 11, 14 and 30 . My ultimate goal is to provide the spirituality, confidence and knowledge to help give children the building blocks to a lifetime of health.

Coach Shelly McCloskey will be your child’s teacher. She has been my employee since 2007 and has been teaching the PE classes at HCA for the last few years. Shelly has been an extraordinary employee and the children bond well with her. She is the mother of two boys.


Our Admin Team

 

Melissa Polanowski

Position:
Co-Director & Registrar

 

 


Darra Worthington

Position:
Co-Director & Onsite Supervisor

 

 


Janet Katulich

Position:
AM Onsite Supervisor

 

 


Mitzi McConville

Position:
Webmaster

 

 


Shannon McLaughlin

Position:
Treasurer