"Teachers who love

teaching teach children to love learning."

 - Robert John Meehan

Tutor Bios

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

with KIMBERLY DADY

Kimberly Dady is a home-school mom of 3 who has spent the last 17 years teaching in many settings including as a YMCA after school director. Kimberly has extensive experience teaching to special needs including Autism, Asperger, and Auditory Processing. While Kimberly has taught a variety of subjects, her passion is teaching American Sign Language, having very personal connections to the deaf community. Kimberly is also currently taking classes to become a captioner for closed caption television services for the deaf and hard of hearing.

ART

with JENNIFER RICHARDSON

Jennifer Richardson is the owner and resident artist of Golden House Studio. Jennifer received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Memphis and then went on to get her M.A. in Art History from George Washington University in Washington, DC. During her time in the nation’s capital, she interned with the Smithsonian Associates and became the Fine Art Specialist for Sloans and Kenyon Auctioneers. After moving to Murfreesboro, she began teaching art history at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville, working as the Arts and Outreach Coordinator for the Center for the Arts, and also served as a board member of Artsy Mamas, a non-profit organization that provided art opportunities for mothers. To continue providing the residents of Murfreesboro with art education, Jennifer started Golden House Studio. In her lessons, Jennifer stresses individual application of the concepts the group is learning. In each lesson, she discusses elements of art and design often finding a way to relate the lesson to famous artists and masterpieces.​

DANCE

with CHERIDA AGUILAR

I am a homeschool mom of one little girl. I have danced my entire life and taught at the same studio where I danced as I got older. I absolutely love being creative and teaching littles what I love to do! I believe dance is good for kids because it helps keep their minds open to being creative through movement. It's a form of art and gives them physical activity, strength, and memorization from learning choreography. I love dancing, kids, and being creative and having the opportunity to teach your kids dance is a joy! 

LANGUAGE ARTS

with DIANA RILEY

Diana Riley has  BS in Early Childhood Education with additional training in reading and gifted education.  She taught mainstream and gifted children for 10 years in Florida prior to starting a family.  Diana has 3 boys which she has homeschooled for 8 years and she was a Homeschool Tutorial teacher for 5 years.  She likes to incorporate various teaching strategies to adapt to the learning skills of her students.  She encourages students to be lifelong learners in a positive, safe environment. 

 

MUSIC

with SAMANTHA ROTHSCHELL

Samantha Rothschell earned her Bachelors of Music from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 2012, with a concentration in vocal & general music education. In 2011, while pursuing her degree, she also began playing piano & organ. She has taught at a number of schools in the area including Scales Elementary, Christiana Middle, and the Webb School. Desperately missing passing on her love and knowledge of music, she opened Rothschell Piano Studio (RPS) in 2014, where she continues to teach individualized piano lessons to students ages 5 & up out of the front room of her home in Smyrna. She returned to MTSU to attain a certificate in piano pedagogy, and successfully completed the program in May 2019. She continues to develop professionally through workshops and as a member of the Music Teacher’s National Association as well as the Nashville Community Choir. She is excited to bring the most engaging activities from her experiences directly to her classes at Village Co-Op. She also enjoys making things of all sorts alone and with her friends, mother, & children, whether it be crochet, knitting, sewing, cooking, or painting. She was also a Girl Scout Leader for 4 years, and plans to create a new troop when her younger daughter begins Kindergarten.

PRE K

with JESSICA NELSON

Jessica Nelson is a homeschooling mom of two and former preschool teacher. She has a BA in Communication, emphasis in Public Relations and Marketing, from George Mason University. Jessica worked in operations for over 15 years in hospitality and broadcast media, her last position being with PBS, Public Broadcasting Service. She is a published photographer and has worked locally on non-profit and commercial marketing campaigns. She was selected as Cultural Arts 2017-2018 Photo Laureate. She is a community volunteer as well as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. Jessica’s passion is building the confidence of learners and providing educational tools that last a lifetime. 

ROBOTICS & CODING 

with KAREN JOHNSON

Karen Johnson has been an instructor at Sylvan of Murfreesboro since 2012. She is from Memphis, TN. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Davidson College. At Sylvan of Murfreesboro, Karen tutors reading, math, study skills, advanced reading, ACT prep, and homework support. Additionally, she teaches STEM programs, including robotics, coding, engineering, and math edge. Her hobbies include sailing, gardening, swimming, reading, and doing math problems.

SCIENCE

with CANDYCE ROBERSON

Hello! My name is Candyce Roberson. I have been married to my husband, Broderick, for 18 LONG years! We have 4 AMAZING kids aged 17, 16, 12, and 10 and we live in Murfreesboro. I am a homeschool mom too! I have taught in post-secondary, public and private schools for over 12 years. I earned my B.S. in Business Administration at Aquinas College and my Master of Arts in Teaching at Belmont University. I am trained in addressing the needs of diverse learners.  I LOVE teaching Science and I have a lot of fun things planned for this school year. Please reach out to me with any questions!

 

THEATER

with MORGAN UNDERWOOD

Morgan Underwood received a BA in Theatre and Education from Middle TN State University, where she was a frequent performer and member of the Alpha Psi Omega honors society. Morgan has been performing in community, university and professional theatre since childhood. Morgan’s teaching background includes various children’s theatre workshops, creating theatre curriculum for preschoolers, writing and touring an educational play in Central America, and student teaching in public elementary and high schools. She has most recently directed children’s productions and taught workshops for Bird’s Nest Theatre in Spring Hill TN. Morgan is also a full time mama of one energetic (and very theatrical) toddler, River June. Morgan believes that theatre is for everyone! 

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