Kim Hayes is a former homeschooling mom of 13 years and a founding member of both SHE (Sterling Home Educators) and SCOOP (Science Co-Op). She has taught a variety of subjects to homeschoolers, including French, Biology, Speech and Drama, Literature and Worldviews. After studying French all through high school and college and teaching it to her own children, she was excited to be able to share her love of all things French with other homeschoolers. She has been conducting French classes out of her home for the past 10 years. Kim has a degree in nursing and is a “retired” RN. She has two grown children and lives in Lansdowne.
Kathy Henry graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Vocal Performance and a K-12 Virginia teaching certificate. She has served as Children’s Minister at Church of the Holy Spirit while they were located in Ashburn. There, she created curriculum and taught a one-room Sunday school. As the church grew, she directed the program as it grew to over 100 children located in two nurseries and five classrooms. Currently, Kathy individually tutors a variety of students in language arts, arithmetic, SAT/ACT/PSAT prep, college essay prep at a local tutoring center.
Composition & Literature | American Literature | British Literature
Mrs. Holmberg has taught at Hearts for seven years. Working with Hearts students is a continual joy and each year engaging in the process of studying literature and writing with them is an awesome adventure. From preschool to sixth grade, she was homeschooled by her mother. She graduated with honors in English Literature from the University of Mary Washington in December 2007. She focused on British Literature, taking classes in Chaucer, Victorian Literature, British Renaissance Literature, and Tolkien. Writing acted as an integral part of her education, she enjoyed courses on the writing process and how culture and context interact with writing. In 2008, she received certification in adult literacy tutoring and was trained and employed as a tutor for a national tutoring service. For six years, she has taught middle-schoolers in a Classical Conversations homeschooling cooperative. She and her family enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, and, of course, reading. They reside in Ashburn and are the high school youth group leaders at Broadlands Community Church.
Jenny Holsinger graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught in Christian Schools for 7 years before staying home with her children. Jenny and her husband, Steve, have homeschooled their children for the past 18 years. Over these years, she has taught in various co-ops, most recently teaching a Jr. High writing class. The Holsingers became involved in HEARTS 10 years ago, when their oldest child began taking classes here. Four of Jenny’s children have attended HEARTS, or are currently taking classes at HEARTS, with two having graduated so far. For the past 3 years, she has been a member of the HEARTS Steering Committee. Jenny has been through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace class herself, and is excited about the opportunity to teach this class at HEARTS. She is married to Steve, has 5 children, lives in Sterling and attends Chantilly Bible Church.
Sara Jones graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Education, Biology and Mathematics. She taught in the school system in Michigan and Texas before the arrival of her three children. While homeschooling her own children, Mrs. Jones has continued to share her passion for God’s creation through classes offered to the homeschool community. Over the past 15 years, she has taught all ages and levels of math and science through co-ops, camps, and classes offered out of her home.
Chemistry | Biology | Physical Science | Government
Collegiate endeavors included majoring in the fields of both Chemistry and Biology. Despite carrying a cumulative 3.6 GPA, Mr. Magnus was forced to withdraw after completion of his junior year due to financial hardships. The last 20 years of employment in this field were with the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, (DES). He retired in 1998 due to a serious job related injury.
Mr. Magnus taught high school chemistry for SCOOP (home-school science co-op) in 2003/2004 and 2006/2007, and chemistry for the HEARTS program since 2007. He taught high school biology for SCOOP in 2002/2003, AP biology in 2004/2005, and biology for the HEARTS program since 2007. Mr. Magnus has also been teaching physical science for the HEARTS program since 2007.
Mr. Magnus has tutored quite a few students in various math and science courses over many years, including his own three children, both before and after becoming involved with home schooling. Mr. Magnus has also taught high-school United States History, and since 2008, has been teaching high-school Government & Economics for the HEARTS program.
Mr. Magnus has been involved in Christian apologetics for some 40 years, with an emphasis on many of the more difficult issues and peoples to reach, including evolutionists and the various evolutionary theories. This has also given him a strong understanding of the role Christianity has played in the foundation and history of the United States, and its role in the formation of the government of our nation, and the laws by which we are governed.
He and his wife of 39 years are Messianic Jewish believers and currently attend Sar Shalom Congregation (a Messianic Jewish congregation) in Leesburg, VA.
A former homeschooler and HEARTS alum, Traci Medlock graduated from American University Summa Cum Laude in December 2009 with her Bachelor’s in Journalism and a minor in Theater. While at AU, she spent many semesters working as a lab assistant and a teaching assistant in the photo department, as well as spending a summer as the photography intern at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. She is the primary photography and designer of Traci J. Brooks Studios, an award-winning company specializing in weddings, portraits and live theatre and music photography.
To view her work, please visit facebook.com/tracijbrooksstudios.
Shelley Oberlander is a graduate of James Madison University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in International Business. She participated on her High School Debate Team, Model United Nations Team and Model Congress Team and received a scholarship to debate on the James Madison University Debate Team. Shelley is married to Steve Oberlander, a CPA and CFO at HSLDA, and they have 4 children and 1 daughter-in-law. Their three older children are homeschool graduates, who have graduated from college, and are now working as a public school Teacher, Lawyer and Army Officer. Currently, Shelley is homeschooling their youngest child, Mary, who will be entering 11th grade this fall. Shelley taught Debate in her home and coached Debate clubs for several years when her older children participated in NCFCA (The National Christian Communicators Association). She has coordinated Speech and Debate tournaments, trained judges and volunteered as a Speech and Debate judge for numerous tournaments at the Local, State, Regional and National levels. Shelley is an American Heritage Girl’s Patriot Unit leader, serves on the Parent Board of the PHC- Youth Music Academy and was a Classical Conversations Tutor. Shelley and her family attend Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, VA.
Kaila was a HEARTS student who graduated in 2011. She completed four years of Spanish with Mrs. Specht, which served as a huge blessing when she later moved to Nicaragua to work at Verbo Orphanage where she taught preschool, and then to Peru to study minority languages with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Her love for languages led her to pursue a degree in linguistics and language education from George Mason, which she earned in 2015. She is currently working on her master’s degree in language acquisition. Spanish is a passion of Kaila’s that began at an early age, when her mom put her in a Spanish immersion daycare. And now Kaila owns and operates her own Spanish immersion preschool in Ashburn, which is just one of the many facets of her passion for teaching language. She is thrilled to be joining HEARTS as the Spanish teacher, and hopes that some of her excitement for language will be passed on to the students.
Kim van Essen is excited to teach her first class this school year. Mrs. van Essen has a BA in Global Justice and Policy Development from James Madison University (go Dukes!) and a Minor in Nonprofit Studies. In 2017 she was approved as Assistant Director of HEARTS and is excited for what lies ahead! Together with her husband, Michel, Mrs. van Essen also runs Van Essen Studio, a company that creates identity via web, print, social media presence and branding.
CSI | CSII | Precalculus | American History | World History
Michel van Essen began teaching World History and US History for HEARTS in 2014 and is excited to have been approved as the Director of HEARTS in 2017. Mr. van Essen studied History, Theology and finished with Jewish Liturgy in the Netherlands. Before moving to the United States, Mr. van Essen taught History for over five years in the Dutch Public School system. Together with his wife, Kim, Mr. van Essen runs Van Essen Studio, a company that creates identity via web, print, social media presence and branding.
Studio Art I | Studio Art II
Lisa Zadravec has taught in the Loudoun area for 20 years, including over 15 years with HEARTS. She was the co-founder of Crossroads School of the Arts and has taught for Loudoun County, the Ambleside School, various VBS and co-op programs, Shenandoah University, Loudoun Senior Center and was Art and Program Director for Camp Jeanne d’Arc in New York State. She attended the Corcoran School of Art, and is an award-winning artist, participating in many group and individual shows throughout the area.