MHS Leadership
Alexine Fink
Founder, Director, Chief Operations Officer

murfreesborohomeschoolers@yahoo.com

Alexine Fink is a homeschooling mother of two active boys. After relocating to Murfreesboro in January 2015 she started Murfreesboro Homeschoolers Cooperative & Tutorial to bring new resources and exceptional educational opportunities to the homeschooling community. Alexine completed her BA in Political Science from the University of Washington in 2007 and worked in marketing until 2012. She coaches recreational soccer at Murfreesboro Soccer Club and also enjoys organic gardening in her own backyard micro-farm. Alexine’s passion for children, education, and community are the inspiration behind the countless hours of organizing and facilitating MHS.

Heather Rodgers
Chief Community Officer

heatherrrodgers@yahoo.com

Heather Rodgers is a second generation homeschool mom to three amazing daughters. She has been with MHS since its inception and has been homeschooling for eight years in all. She moved to Murfreesboro to attend MTSU where she met her husband. Heather loves being at home in cozy pajamas, reading, drinking coffee and spending her days with her three girls and their five cats, bunny and dog. Heather’s passion is facilitating a fabulous community experience at MHS and encouraging others in their homeschooling journey.

Jessica Nelson
Chief Academic Officer
Public Speaking & Debate, Preschool

jessicagnelson@aol.com

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 Assistant Troop Leader. Whether in public speaking or in preschool, Jessica’s passion is building the confidence of learners and providing educational tools that last a lifetime.

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Abbey Anchanattu

Theater

abbey.anch@gmail.com

Abbey Anchanattu is a professional actor who grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. When she was two years old, she could recite Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in its entirety and has not stop performing since. Abbey had the honor to act as President of the Theatre Honors Fraternity (Alpha Psi Omega – Lambda Gamma cast) at MTSU, has worked professionally at Nashville Repertory Theatre, and performed Children’s Theatre while studying abroad in Ireland. After graduating college, Abbey moved to Ohio to perform professionally. Upon her return to Middle Tennessee, she got married to her wonderful husband, Justin. Let’s create!

Allison Jarrett
Art (Friday)

artschooltn@gmail.com

Allison Jarrett is a Nashville native and the creator of Art School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a Concentration in Studio Art from Furman University, and her Master of Arts in Art Education from New York University. Since returning home to Nashville in 2012, Allison has served as an adjunct instructor at Watkins College of Art, as well as a teaching artist for Watkins Community Education, Sarratt Art Studios at Vanderbilt University, Father Ryan High School, and the Ironwood Academy homeschool tutorial. She currently teaches mobile art classes, parties, and workshops for kids and adults through Art School (artschooltn.com), and recently launched a subscription box for kids featuring her contemporary art curriculum (artschoolbox.com). Allison’s art teaching centers on process-based learning, using contemporary art and artists for inspiration. Her own artwork spans a variety of media and techniques, including graphic design, illustration, embroidery, painting, printmaking, and art installations for events. Above all, Allison is passionate about connecting kids and adults with their own creativity and giving them permission to explore that creativity in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Amber Douglas

Social Studies


Amber Douglas 
is from Murfreesboro and a homeschool mom to her daughter, Lily. She has a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Museum Studies from Kent State University, and a BA in History from Middle Tennessee State University. Amber interned with the Rutherford County Archives, Historic Sam Davis Home, and Arts Center of Cannon County, where she worked to bring history to the public. One of Amber’s greatest joys is when she gets to share with others how to ‘do history’ and help make history relevant to them. She focuses on this element of personal relevance in teaching homeschool history classes and in leading HERstory and social activism workshops at the Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp. Amber also stays active in the community by being a Girl Scout Leader and Service Unit Manager.

Jennifer Richardson
Art (Monday)

jennifer@goldenhousestudio.com

Jennifer Richardson is the owner and resident artist of Golden House Studio. Jennifer got 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 the birth of her son, Jennifer and her family moved to her husband’s hometown Murfreesboro, TN. Once established in Murfreesboro, she began teaching art history at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville and working as the Arts and Outreach Coordinator for the Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro. Jennifer was also 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.

Jamie Dickerson
Reading

dickersonjj4@aol.com

Jamie Dickerson has been a homeschooling mom for over 23 years. After relocating to Murfreesboro in October 2009 Jamie jumped right into the local homeschooling community becoming the high school event coordinator for HEART. During this time she completed her BA in Science and Interdisciplinary Studies through Western Governors University. Her passion for children and teaching is backed by years of tutoring at Sylvan Learning Center as their reading specialist, substituting for grades K-12 throughout Rutherford County, and being given the children ministry director position for her local church. A few of her other accomplishments are being the co-owner of Forthright Plumbing, a licensed realtor, a community volunteer for the Journey Home, as well as; several other local non-profit organizations, the author of several eBooks, and the Secretary of Board of Directors for Kalumessu Youth Foundation. Jamie prides herself in inspiring a love for learning in each child that will set the foundation for a lifetime of adventure and endless possibilities!

Jessica Nelson
Chief Academic Officer
Public Speaking & Debate, Preschool

jessicagnelson@aol.com


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 Assistant Troop Leader. Whether in public speaking or in preschool, Jessica’s passion is building the confidence of learners and providing educational tools that last a lifetime.

Jim Watson
Science

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 preK-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.

Lela Gregory
Spanish & Study Skills

lela.gregory@mail.com

Lela Gregory began learning Spanish in junior high school, and promptly put her new skills to use by interpreting in Nicaragua when she was 14. Passionate about the language, she continued interpreting in the U.S.A. and Central America for several years. She earned her B.A. in foreign languages, with a concentration in Spanish, from Tennessee State University, and completed the B.A. Magna Cum Laude. Upon discovering how much joy there was in sharing the language and culture with students, she then sought and received her Masters in the Arts of Learning and Teaching from Lipscomb University, finishing Summa Cum Laude. Her teaching experience spans 8 years, in a variety of settings – from public school to private Montessori, and tutoring individuals as well as groups. Her favorite experience when teaching is seeing students have their own “ah-ha!” moments, when achieving new understanding about life as they relate to it, through broadened horizons. Having completed her B.A. in the top 4% of her class, and completing her Masters in the Arts of Learning and Teaching with highest marks possible, Lela has continued to seek out additional tools for successful learning, and is happy to share the tools she has found and is using to learn in life!

Lindsay Bowman
Science & Writing

lindsaybdehoff@gmail.com

Lindsay Bowman is a Memphis, TN native and former public school teacher. After getting married last year, she moved to Jinja, Uganda, East Africa for one year of missionary work. She was the manager of a crisis pregnancy center and part-time teacher to both Ugandan school children and the children of missionary families in Jinja and Buikwe districts. In addition to teaching, Lindsay loves music, theatre, her husband, and their three dogs. Lindsay makes learning fun at all levels, and in all subjects, with her personable and lively teaching style.

Marvin Berry Jr
Personal Finance

marvin.berry.jr@comcast.net

Marvin Berry Jr earned his B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Austin Peay State University. He is a native of Nashville, TN and moved to Murfreesboro in 2007. Marvin learned to overcome adversity early in life, after suffering a pediatric spinal cord injury which left him paralyzed from the neck down. He was presented the Valor Award while attending APSU that is given to one student each year. He has worked in Finance and E-commerce since 2003 and served on the Board of Directors for several non-for-profit organizations in the community. He’s a huge sports fan, loves the outdoors and enjoys motivation speaking. He has always liked math, numbers, statistics and says the one thing he enjoys most about Finance is “helping people make their money work for them.”


Mia Fan Hartley
Mia Fan Hartley graduated from South China Normal University in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, in the People’s Republic of China. She earned her Bachelor Degree there in Music. Mia is an experienced educator having taught middle school for 20 years. She immigrated to the United States and has lived in Tennessee since 2003. She enjoys teaching Chinese language classes in the US and helping students develop an appreciation of Chinese societies and customs. To enhance student’s Chinese language memory, Mia uses the rhythm of music to inspire students to learn pronunciation and phonetics. Mia very much enjoys the American country life; mowing, and feeding horses.
Sarah Summar, Ph.D. 

Music, Strings & Piano

summarmusic@gmail.com

 

Sarah Summar is a composer, violinist, and music educator based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She holds a BMus in violin performance from Vanderbilt University and a PhD in music composition from the University of North Texas. Having over 20 years of teaching experience, she has taught a range of musical subjects including string technique, sight singing, composition, and music theory. Her teaching style is most strongly influenced by her studies with Bretislav Novotny of the Prague string quartet and the “Discover, Drill, Create” approach of The Walden School. Whether working with a 5-year-old violin student or a class of college music majors, Dr. Summar places a particular emphasis on the development of creativity and a collaborative spirit among her students. Dr. Summar lives in Murfreesboro with her husband who loves comic books, her toddler son who loves airplanes, and a dog named Cormac who just loves to be loved.