Meet our Staff!
B.S. in Criminal Justice
graduated from VCU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She worked with the Chesterfield County
Police as an Evidence Technician. She
was among the first civilians hired to complete the crime scene investigations
for the department. Becky has lived in
the area her entire life. She has two
boys who also attend Bridge Academy. Becky and her family have a heart for missions both locally and internationally. They have been traveling to Nicaragua for the past 6 years, where they have made lifelong friendships.
Courses offered: Bible (5th-7th), Intro to CSI, Creative Writing (6th-8th), Space and Earth, Bible: Character Building (7th-9th), Health with Life Skills (6th-8th), Life Skills 9th-12th, Forensic Science, Environmental Science, and Criminal Justice
Associate of Science–General Education
Kacy grew up in East Tennessee, where she casually attended Northeast State Community College. She enjoyed the classes and teachers so much that she just kept going back until they told her she unintentionally had enough credits for a General Studies degree in 2021. Kacy and Wes met in September 2011 and got married 9 months later in June 2012. Their journey has taken them to North Carolina and several areas in Virginia, but they know the Lord called them to plant roots here in Chesterfield. Kacy and Wes have four children: Noah, Braylan, Coralynn, and Koda. They are a family of mixed schooling, with a couple of children at Bridge and a couple of children in public schools. They have thoroughly enjoyed their time at Bridge, watching their children grow and thrive in this environment, and are looking forward to getting to know the Bridge community better while serving here. Kacy serves on the Women’s Ministry Team at Parkway Baptist Church. She enjoys planning service projects and fellowship events alongside her Sisters in Christ.
Wes grew up in East Tennessee, where he became a life-long Tennessee Volunteers sports fan. It was in East Tennessee that he first was hired as a retail manager at age 21. As a retail store manager, he has moved all around Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia, and that is what brought his family to Chesterfield through God’s sovereignty. Wes and Kacy have four children: Noah, Braylan, Coralynn and Koda. Their family enjoys worshiping and serving together at their church home, Parkway Baptist Church. Wes has a long history with sports and athletics. Growing up, Wes participated in just about any sport available to him. His very favorite sport to play in school was football, but he was also active in swimming, basketball, golf and karate during his off season. Wes is currently coaching Noah’s baseball team for Chesterfield Little League. He enjoys playing golf with Braylan and turning the family drive way into a spirited, family basketball game.
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B.A in Communications & Missions
MORE TO COME!
B.M. - Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance
B.A. in Psychology
Sarah was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She attended both the University of Richmond and the University of Louisville, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. She and her husband, Paul, live in the Chester area with their two sons, Paul, Jr. (18) and Thomas (12). Sarah has been homeschooling for 13 years and has been part of Classical Conversations as well as other homeschool co-ops in the area. She has always loved working with children through the years in AWANA, Bible Fellowship classes, and summer camps. She and Paul have enjoyed their ministry at Ironbridge Church for 20 years now and look forward to teaching at Bridge Academy for years to come.
Bridge Academy Administrator
Alicia’s work with children began as a volunteer teacher for an inner-city program for underprivileged children. After marrying her dream fellow, Steve Collins, and moving out of state, she began working for KinderCare Child Care Center as a preschool teacher. She was promoted quickly to the Health and Safety Coordinator, and finally to the Center Director position, where she developed and implemented the center’s first curriculum. After the birth of her daughter, Emily, she felt led to stay home with her, followed by her son, Carter, a few years later. Alicia and Steve have lived in Chesterfield County since 2004 and served in the home-school community since 2006 by tutoring in local co-ops as well as individual students. She began homeschooling Emily in the 5th grade and Carter in the 2nd grade. Emily graduated from Liberty University at 20 years of age with a B.A in History the week before she married the love of her life, Austin Kirtlan. Carter earned a masters degree in Executive Leadership and Project Management at the age of 21 year after earning a B.A. in Business with a concentration in Project Management, also from Liberty University.
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Lilly da Silva
¡Hola! My name is Lilly Da Silva, I was born in Nyack, New York, but was raised in San José, Costa Rica for 15 year where I learned my Spanish and accent. I have being married to my best friend and hero Kenneth for 26 years. I praise the Lord for the honor to have homeschooled our 3 children, Bryant, Brendan, and Bianca for 17 years. I have tutored Spanish at home, co-ops, private tutoring, and have translated for clients and staff as needed at the PRC. As a former youth minister, I mentored them to reach out to others and to also be still and hear God’s heart beat. I have volunteered at the United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol at the Southside Composite Squadron, as the squadron photographer and closet manager which gave me the opportunity to work with cadets. I’m excited about the 2019 - 2020 school year at Bridge Academy!
Courses offered: Exploring Languages: French and Spanish (1st-3rd grades), Spanish 4th-5th, Spanish and ASL 6th-8th, Spanish I, Spanish II & Spanish III
B.S. in Education
Elisabeth holds a degree in Elementary Education and taught 2nd and 4th grades prior to choosing to stay home and homeschool her children. She worked at Classical Conversations for the past several years, tutoring both Foundations and Essentials (a writing and grammar program). Music has been a constant part of her life. She studied piano for 15 years and has spent her adulthood accompanying choirs, playing in worship bands, and directing children’s musicals. Elisabeth has taught private piano lessons for the past 14 years, which combines two of her favorite things – children and music. Her husband Pat pastors Kingsland Baptist Church, and she enjoys supporting his ministry by directing the children’s ministry and playing the piano in the worship band. They have 3 children-John (17), Alyssa (15), & David (11).
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AD in Nursing -RN (Pediatrics, NICU)
Melissa Futrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She holds an associate degree in nursing from Gardner-Webb University, where she met her husband, Derek, who is the Senior Pastor at Parkway Baptist Church. They have lived in Virginia since 2002. Melissa and Derek have five children (19, 17, 15, 13, and 12 years old) whom they have homeschooled since 2009. Melissa and her family have been a part of Classical Conversations for many years, where she has previously tutored Foundations, and currently tutors Essentials. Melissa is not currently working as a Registered Nurse but enjoys homeschooling, baking cakes for her kids, and serving in ministry alongside her husband Derek, and is excited to be a part of Bridge Academy.
AD in Nursing
Amber was born and raised here in central Virginia. She holds an AD in Nursing and has been a nurse for 12 years. She currently works PRN at Southside Medical Center on the Cardiac/Telemetry unit. She is studying to get her Intensive Care Fellowship certification. She is married to her high school sweetheart of 16 years, Jeremy. They have 3 beautiful daughters- Leah (13), Ellie (11), and Evelyn (8). Amber and her family are active members of The Heights Baptist Church.
B.S. in Biblical Studies
Masters in Theology
Ellen graduated from International Seminary with a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies and a Master of Arts in Theology. She has served in many positions over her years in ministry ranging from music to Christian education for adults and children. Teaching the Word of God is Ellen's passion and God has opened many doors for her to use her gift in the classroom, writing curriculum and speaking at women's conferences. Ellen has also worked in early childhood education serving as an administrative assistant and bus driver for two local daycare facilities. She homeschooled both of her children who are now grown with children of their own. Ellen enjoys traveling, playing golf, and working in her garden.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Science
Master’s in Clinical Mental Health ( in process)
Allison is a graduate of Colonial Heights High School and went on to pursue her love of art by attending John Tyler Community College before graduating from VCU. She worked as an interior designer for many years and later became an art teacher at Richmond Christian School. During her career as a designer, she had the privilege of being on the design team for the renovation of the Richmond Capitol. Feeling led in a different direction, Allison became involved in the homeschool community where all three of her children, Jordan, Jonathan, and Landon graduated, Landon from Bridge Academy. She has been teaching elementary, middle school and high school art at Bridge Academy for the past 6 years. Approximately six years ago, Allison began working part time with those battling addictions. It was through the merging of her love of teaching and her desire to help others that led her down another path. She began working at a substance abuse recovery facility in expressive art therapy helping those in recovery express through art what they cannot express in words. This led her back to school where she obtained her BS in both Art and Addiction studies at Liberty University graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2019. She is currently working on her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University full time with the future plans to become a therapist.
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Elementary Education & Psychology
Camie grew up in the Richmond area and attended the College of William and Mary and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. She taught in the public school system for seven years in Henrico County and after marrying her sweetheart, she taught for three years in a private school in Paradise Valley, AZ. After having children, God called her to school her own. She now has a junior at Liberty, a high school senior, and a junior. Her three children, Braden, Ella, and Ethan have all attended Bridge Academy. She is excited to get back to the basics of teaching elementary students again!
B.S. in History
Courses Offered: 7th - 9th P.E. (Fridays, 5th period)
B.S. HSC & A.S. LA / Certified in CI and IC/TC
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
VA Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Richmond Metropolitan VA Registry of Interpreters for Deaf
Mrs. Musik is a nationally certified interpreter with The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. She has taught Sign Language at the university, community college, high school levels as well as community classes at a variety of churches. She has been in the field of Deafness for more than thirty years and loves to teach willing minds. She was married for 35 years and looking forward to joining her husband one day in their heavenly home. The mother of three sons, seven grandchildren and one great-grandson…so far. She is excited and looking forward to working with the Bridge Academy faculty, staff and students.
Classes: American Sign Language I, American Sign Language II and American Sign Language III
MAR Church Ministry
Chris, a graduate of Liberty University, became the Pastor to Students at Ironbridge Baptist Church in February 2010, and accepted the Lead Pastor position at Second Branch Baptist in 2018. Chris and his wife Dee have four children. Chris is very serious about the Christian life, and his heart’s desire is to see God change the world that he lives in. As a former youth minister, Chris led his youth to become “world-changers” just as the disciples were used by God to change the world. He continues to speak at youth camps, colleges, retreats, conferences, public schools, churches, and more, as well as serving his own congregation of Second Branch Baptist.
Courses Offered: Speech
B.A. Business Administration
Renee graduated from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN with a degree in Business Administration. After working for 7 years in the finance and mortgage industries, she and her husband, Jonathan, were blessed with a daughter. Shortly after her birth, the family relocated from Baton Rouge, LA to Chester, VA where they decided she should be a stay-at-home mom. In 2003, as their daughter began to reach school-age, they felt lead to homeschool and have since continued to do so for both their daughter and son. During this wonderful journey of homeschooling, Renee has participated in many co-ops, including a Latin co-op which she began in her home, which continued for 8 years.
Courses Offered: Personal Finance & Latin I
B.S. in Public Health
Julia is a former Bridge Academy student who was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school. She is recently married, and she and her husband live in Midlothian, Virginia. She knows what it takes to successfully homeschool, and she earned a full academic scholarship to college. In three years, Julia earned her degree from Liberty University, completing the requirements of the Honors Program and graduating summa cum laude. During her college years, she worked as an intern for the Communications Coordinator at Richmond City Health District. Additionally, she worked for Central Virginia Health District in the Population Health department. Julia has considerable experience in tutoring, editing, and working with children. She was an English major before switching her degree to Public Health. Julia loves academics and has a hard time picking her favorite subject. She is excited to be back at Bridge Academy, assisting homeschool families.
B.S. in Biology / PharmD
I am originally from the actual center of the universe (sorry, Ashland); East Aurora, NY, home of Motorola, Moog, and Fisher Price. I graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a biology degree and SUNY Buffalo School of Pharmacy with a pause in between to join the Air Force. I’ve been homeschooling at least one of my three sons since 2006. Much to their dismay, I could happily spend the entire day doing math problems. I tutored for classical conversations for 6 years. We have been blessed to be at Bridge academy since 2015. I currently work part time at St Mary’s as a pharmacist. I love my job and encourage you to join the Air Force and go to pharmacy school. I am a huge fan of the oxford comma. Since 2019, I’ve had the pleasure of tutoring the next generation of excellent chemists. Lab is my favorite part of class. Occasionally we get to blow things up. Come join us!
Courses Offered: Chemistry
B.A. in Business Administration
Karyn graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Business Administration. She has worked in the business world as a manager, a buyer, and a bookkeeper. In addition, she has experience in proofreading and editing for a textbook publisher. Karyn and her husband have three children and homeschooled for over twenty years. Her daughter and sons are now homeschool graduates, and by God’s provision, all three received full academic scholarships to college. Karyn has tutored and taught co-op classes in a variety of subjects at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She loves teaching students at Bridge Academy!
Courses Offered: English 3, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Foundations of Literature, English through Short Stories
A.A. in Psychology and Culinary Arts
Lunch lady extraordinaire
B.S. Health & Sports
K-12 Teaching Certificate in Health & Physical Education
Masters in Elementary Education
“Shae graduated from Liberty University with her Master’s in Teaching: Elementary Education and immediately started working in the private Christian school sector. While she loved her time teaching private school, she really felt the Lord calling her to make a change and begin homeschooling her two children, Lacey and Lincoln. When she mentioned the idea to her husband Ricky, he was completely on-board, and they haven’t looked back since! Being able to continue her teaching career through her switch to Bridge, has really shown first-hand the provision of God in her life. She can now spend more time with her family, volunteer more at her church, and create connections with her students at Bridge that hopefully last a lifetime!
MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering
BS in Electrical Engineering
BS in Computer Engineering
John Wolfgang, who will be teaching Introduction to Robotics A, has a background in electrical, computer, and software engineering, with a masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He currently works in technical sales for Vicom Infinity out of NYC. During his time in undergrad at West Virginia University, John was first introduced to robotics, and he enjoyed co-coaching a FIRST Robotics high school team after completing grad school.
John and his amazing wife Jennifer (who generously wrote this bio for him) began homeschooling their 6 children 12 years ago, and graduated their oldest in 2020. John enjoys spending time with family, sharing Bible-based personal finance teaching with anyone who will listen, practicing yoga, avoiding most white-colored foods, serving in leadership at his home church, Parkway Baptist, and “getting in my steps.” His favorite color is orange, his favorite snacks are Himalayan salted dark-chocolate almonds and Garden Salsa SunChips, and he grew up in Hershey, PA (and yes, it really used to smell like chocolate there before they moved the chocolate factory).
Courses Offered: Introduction to Robotics: Level B
B.S. in Psychology and Masters in Education
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B.S. in History & Political Science with a concentration in International Affairs
B.S. in Biology
Masters in Education
I grew up in Bon Air, Virginia. From a young age, I enjoyed school and playing sports, but found a passion playing field hockey with my older sister. I played field hockey at Lynchburg College where I received a B.S. in biology. After graduating, I began working in the fast-paced pharmaceutical industry in Philadelphia, but decided to move back to Richmond where I grew up and return to school at VCU for my masters in teaching. Soon after returning, I became reacquainted with Cam, who I met while attending Lynchburg College years prior. Fast forward a few years… We have recently been blessed with two incredible children, June and Brooks. During my teaching tenure in Chesterfield County Schools, I noticed I wanted to empower the students with not only the subject matter I was teaching, but more importantly, responsibility, morals and values.
Currently on maternity leave. We can't wait to have Jenny with us again!