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"Teachers who love

teaching teach children to love learning."

 - Robert John Meehan

2022-2023 Education Partners



Hi Village Families!  This will be my 4th year as a parent with the Village and my 1st year as an instructor. Sign language has been a natural part of my life as I grew up with a younger Deaf sibling. Later in life I attended an ASL Interpreter Training program in Michigan which led me to become an Interpreter for the Deaf in the school systems (K-12 and Undergrad) and within the community. Currently, I am the owner of Learn & Grow Creative Arts Center in Hermitage where we promote ASL as a second language with our children.  I am thrilled to be able to share my passion for ASL with the Village students this year! 



Debbi comes to Village with over 35 years of teaching experience! She holds a BS and MEd. in education and taught here in Rutherford county for 26 years. Debbi has a deep love of Fine Arts, particularly 3 dimensional art including ceramics, sculpture, jewelry making, and fiber arts. Debbi is also a certified and long time Public Speaking and Debate teacher. She has established many Forensics Teams and led them through competitions and tournaments. Debbi is excited to continue to enrich students lives through Public Speaking and Fine Arts at Village!



"I believe that thinking like an artist is one of the most valuable lessons I can impart to any student. To think like an artist is to problem solve, to take risks, to build skills, and to express yourself. In my classes, students will be able to connect art to their own way of thinking and see it in their everyday lives." Kristen taught art for all ages for 10 years through public schools. She also currently enriches students lives through literature through her work in the Linebaugh Library System. Kristen is currently pursuing a second degree in psychology at MTSU.



Hello families! This will be my 2nd year at Village and my 11th year in the homeschooling world. My goal as an educator is the provide my best available support to meet a student where they are and provide new opportunities for growth.  In my classroom I encourage critical thinking, urge students to embrace character development, and promote reflection of their role in laying the foundation of their future.



Georgia is a native of Rutherford County and has been active in the education community for the last 15 years.   She holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre with a minor in Secondary Education and a Master’s in Education from Middle Tennessee State University. Georgia is currently certified in Theatre Arts and English as a Second Language.   She always provides a fun, entertaining class to her students no matter the subject being taught.  Georgia is very excited to become a part of the Village Co-op teaching family.


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.



Stephen is the owner and teacher of Flamingo Piano and Voice. He is pianist and the Director of Music at both Trinity United Methodist Church and The Arts Center of Cannon County. When Stephen is not directing music programs, playing or teaching piano, he is in theatre. Stephen has been in countless performances with Center for the Arts, Murfreesboro Little Theatre, Circle Players and more!



Austin Walker is joining Village after teaching in the public education classroom for the past 7 years. She has taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 3rd grade. She has a passion for hands on learning, interactive learning and read aloud, as well as community building. Introducing children to learning is one of her most favorite things from teaching Kindergarten. She is very excited to transition to the homeschool world with her own children as well as those at Village. Learning together will be so much fun!



Richard, or Mr Rich the Science Guy as you may already know him, has been bringing STEM to our area for over a decade! He has worked with almost all our local schools and education programs through his fantastic endeavor, SUPER SCIENCE TN. Richard has been a judge at the HEART Science Fair and has been an instructor for TECTA (Training Opportunities for Child Care Providers) certification in Wilson County. Mr Rich is not just the Super Scientist, he is also a semi pro soccer player and coach. Mr Rich has played for Derby County, Lincoln City, Burton Albion, Rocester FC, Martin Methodist College, Nashville Metros, and Nashville FC in the National Premier Soccer League. Rich has coached for 12 years and was the youngest ever coach in the Premier Development League semi pro. He has also coached College, Travel, High School, Rec and overseen multiple soccer camps. Richard enjoys creating new workshops, riding bikes, playing soccer, and spending time with his family; his wife, two kids, and their dogs. 



Hi! My name is Kachina Rodden. I have a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and a M.Ed in Elementary Education.  I have spent three years teaching 3rd grade at the first STEAM accredited school in the Murfreesboro City school system. I have also spent the last year as the acting director of a local parents' day out program. I have two incredible kiddos, Zadok and Zeke. My husband works in the technical field, but also has his own history of teaching piano and guitar lessons in the Murfreesboro area. I have found that I love to empower students to develop critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. I am looking forward to partnering with Village to work with students.




Jim Watson is a science teacher with 45 years experience in the classroom teaching all levels of science from 8th grade Earth Science to Dual Enrollment Geology. Jim has a BA from UT in Natural Science Education and a MA from Glassboro State College, NJ in Environmental Education. Jim was the first President of the Tennessee Earth Science Teachers (TEST) and the first classroom teacher to be awarded the Ptero Award for his work promoting the earth sciences in Tennessee. Jim created a Geology curriculum for high school and then worked with the State Department of Education to create a certification for Geology so that the course could be taught in any high school in Tennessee. Jim has conducted over 75 overnight field activities for his students and over 15 professional development activities for his colleagues. Jim has received many grants for his personal professional development as well as over 200 pre K-12 teachers. Presently Jim is teaching Marine Science and Geology at Ivy Academy in Soddy Daisy. He also is the middle school wrestling coach, the director of field studies, the creator of the Ivy Honors Program, and the coach of the academic team for the National Ocean Science Bowl.

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