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Dr. Stephanie Oliver
Founder

 

Dr. Oliver is a homeschool mom and has been a tutorial instructor for over 10 years.  She has worked with hundreds of homeschooled students over the last several years and successfully graduated two of her own. She is a Student Success Coach, Pastoral Counselor, and Mental Health Coach.  She has a passion for helping students discover their unique paths. Dr. Oliver started Oliver Christian Academy to provide a relevant resource for homeschool families and students in the non-traditional education space.

Meet the Board
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Carolyn Oliver
Board Member

Carolyn Oliver is a member of the Oliver Family and is committed to the mission of Oliver Christian Academy. Carolyn holds a  Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Biochemistry from Oral Roberts University. She is currently serving the community as a health external in prep for a career as a Physician's Assistant. 

She is thankful for the opportunity to serve on the board and hopes her prior experience as a former homeschool student will bring additional benefit to the growth and success of Oliver Christian Academy. 

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Sherri Black
Board Member

Sherri Black moved to Tennessee when she was in the third grade from a small town south of New Orleans. She considers herself a proud Tennessean and a graduate of Mt. Juliet High School. Sherri received an Associate’s Degree at Nashville State and eventually completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Cumberland University. She has previous experience in corporate and most recently non-profit finance while employed at Friendship Christian School.

 

Sherri is married and she homeschools her 4 wonderful children. In her ‘spare time’, Sherri enjoys helping her husband run a small beef cattle farm, located in Lebanon, TN.

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Lawrence (TJ) Black
Board Member

Lawrence Black holds a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership from MTSU and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from Tennessee Technological University. He has over 20 years in the telecommunication industry with a wide variety of experience in various leadership roles. He has extensive experience in Learning and Leadership Development for both classroom delivery as well as curriculum and instructional design. Lawrence is passionate about education and learning and has experience with a wide variety of learning tools and learning management systems. While most all of us have been thrown into the virtual world of learning in the last couple of years, Lawrence has been leading virtual teams and instruction for over a decade. Above all, Lawrence enjoys non-traditional learning options, witnessing the transfer of knowledge take place and those ‘light bulb’ moments that can be seen in the eyes of learners.

Lawrence is married to Sherri Black and supports her in the learning journey of their 4 wonderful children.

Meet the Operations Team
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Rena Angell
Director of Operations

Rena Angell is retired from the Travel Industry with 30 years of business expertise as a Sales and Operations Manager. She is a certified mental health coach, author, Bible teacher, ministry leader, and conference speaker with a love for the word of God. 

 

She is passionate about Christian education and is thrilled to be serving as an administrator at Oliver Christian Academy. Rena desires to establish a nurturing, safe, and healthy environment in which students and families can thrive.

Meet the Instructors
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Kristi Summers
Instructor

 

Kristi Summers will be beginning her 17th year of homeschooling and 25th year of marriage. She has graduated 2, who are now attending Moody Bible College and Motlow in their Junior and Freshman years. Her third child was born angry and sent her on a path to become a certified Christian Life Coach to help children and adults learn tools to walk through life more abundantly.

Having taught all ages and most subjects, while co-directing/directing varying educational groups throughout this journey, Kristi is excited to be joining Oliver Academy.

In her personal time, Kristi is a Pastor’s wife, worship leader, and has been involved in ministry in most areas including everything from children to adults, events to classes, and administration. She ran her own Photography business for over a decade and spent many of those years volunteering her time and talent in the special needs/homeschool community.

In every class she teaches, Kristi’s goal is to pour love into each student and watch them grow in the path the Lord has laid out for them while challenging them to “Do Hard Things.”

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Stefanie Johnson
Instructor

Stefanie moved to Tennessee in 2000 from Los Angeles, CA. She received her Associates in Applied Science at Nashville State and a Bachelors in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix. She is the founder of her Christian clothing line and is a published Children’s book author. She has been a homeschool mom for the last 4 years to 3 of her children. Her oldest child is a first responder and about to start medical school this year. She has five years experience in the public schools as an Occupational Therapy Assistant teaching Handwriting. She has worked in ministry the last five years. She is very excited to work in a tutorial setting at Oliver Christian Academy.

 

She has been married for 20 years to her husband Jeremiah. She takes care of the families 4 dogs, 2 cats, and 13 chickens!

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Jana Brasser
Instructor 

Jana Brasser has had quite a range of experience in the education field. She graduated from Calvin College (now Calvin University) with a degree in Biology - Secondary Education. After the birth of her son, she received her Elementary Education Certification. She has taught from nursery - to 1st grade (in her home),  Kindergarten, Middle School Science, and Math all at a Christian School, University classes in China, and “homeschooling” a missionary family in China for two years. She recently moved from Michigan to Tennessee to be closer to her only son and family. Her past few years were spent as a tutor for all subjects in a Christian High School in Michigan. With a wide variety of experiences in different grades, she is sometimes asked what's her favorite subject. The answer is all of them. There is a blessing to be a part of a young child’s life and an honor to help guide them as they begin their learning journey. There is great fun to work with teens, to be able to form deep relationships while talking seriously and humorously.

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Reid Wiles
Instructor

Reid Wiles is a homeschool dad who enjoys teaching Bible, Math, and Science classes.  He has been teaching Bible classes and has led devotionals for years.  He grew up in the church and loves learning and sharing detailed Bible studies as well as Apologetics.  

Reid earned a B.S. degree from Austin Peay State University where he majored in Physics and minored in Math.  He r enjoys helping students to make a connection on how Math and Science work and to see how our Creator is involved in it all.  

Reid is comfortable with in-person learning and tutoring but is also available to work with students online.  One of his main objectives is for students to see how blessed they are to learn in a homeschool environment where they can not only learn academics but to see how intertwined God is in studying different subjects.

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Kathy Dickens
Instructor 

My name is Kathy Dickens. This will be my 10th year of homeschooling. Our homeschool adventure began when my eldest was in 2nd grade(he is now a Jr at CU) I am currently homeschooling my daughter, Olivia (8th grade)
I love History, watching old movies, and reading. I am a hands-on kind of teacher and tend to use out-of-the-ordinary teaching methods ( I have let students wash my car with peanut butter ) to reiterate a lesson.

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Ashleigh MacMullen
Instructor 

Ashleigh MacMullen is a Christian wife and mama to three amazing children. She has a Bachelor's Degree in K-8 Education as well as P-12 Special Education from Western Washington University. Ashleigh has over fifteen years of experience as a teacher in a variety of educational settings, most recently six years of homeschooling her youngest two children. Prior to homeschooling, she enjoyed working with students of all ages in typical classrooms, resource rooms, CLCs, Sunday School, and even tutoring. She's excited about the opportunity to work in a tutorial setting here at Oliver Christian Academy. 

Outside of teaching, Ashleigh loves spending time with her family exploring God's beautiful creation. She also loves reading, learning new things, coaching her kids' sports teams, spending time with her Bible study groups, and taking care of the family's pets. 

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Brittany Forsythe
Virtual Instructor

Hi, I am Brittany Forsythe. I am from Louisville, Kentucky. I am married to my husband Adam and we have 2 daughters Zoey and Norah. I’m a charismatic Pentecostal Christian believer in Jesus Christ. My family is currently going to Church at Evangel World Prayer Center in Louisville, Kentucky a Charismatic Pentecostal church.
I have 7 years of teaching experience in the public county school system in Kentucky. I have taught elementary for 5 years and for the past two years, I have been working as an English Second Language teacher helping students to learn English who are from different countries. I am certified with my Masters's Degree in Elementary Education From Spalding University and a Masters in Teacher Leadership from Morehead State University with certification in English Second Language Teacher. I have my certification in Orton Gillingham, which is strategies and learning approaches to help teach literacy to help all students but especially students with learning differences. I am so excited about this opportunity to make a difference in your child’s life, and work for such an amazing company.

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Breonna Parker
Instructor, Theater

Breonna Parker discovered her passion for theatre at a young age when her older sister enlisted her to assist with a local high school production in her hometown of Nashville, Arkansas. Captivated by the world of acting, Breonna became an active member of her high school theatre department, setting the stage for her future endeavors. In 2007, Breonna earned her bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with a specialization in theatre from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. During her college years, she made her mark with an unforgettable performance as Snug the Joiner/The Lion in A Midsummer Night's Dream, solidifying her talent and dedication. Following graduation, Breonna's commitment to the arts led her to volunteer for various community productions. She also ventured into the realm of independent movies, contributing her expertise as a production manager. Additionally, she has shared her knowledge and passion by conducting theatre workshops. Outside of her theatrical pursuits, Breonna cherishes quality time with her husband and daughter. They embark on exciting adventures together and are looking forward to what the future holds. The way to her heart is a yummy cup of coffee. Driven by her belief that theatre empowers young individuals to make a positive impact in their communities, Breonna is eagerly looking forward to imparting her love for the performing arts to a new generation of aspiring thespians.

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