Bridge Academy

Psalm 32:8

Meet our Teachers!

Becky Angelilli

B.S. in Criminal Justice


Becky 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.


Teaching: Health with Life Skills, Forensic Science, Environmental Science & Social Director

Contact at: mbangelilli@verizon.net

Alicia Collins

Bridge Academy Administrator 

Alicia’s work with children began as a volunteer teacher for an inner-city program for under-privileged 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 shortly before she married the love of her life, Austin Kirtlan. Carter is currently pursuing a masters degree, after earning a B.A. in Business with a concentration in Project Management, also from Liberty University.  


Contact at: bridgeacademy@comcast.net

Paul Cochran

B.M. - Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance

M.C.M - Masters in Church Music 

Paul has grown up in Richmond, Virginia where he attended Virginia Commonwealth where he received an undergraduate degree in piano performance and then a Masters in Church Music from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Paul has happily served as the Worship Pastor at Ironbridge Church since 1998. He and his wife Sarah have schooled their boys, Paul and Thomas, at home for the last 14 years and enjoy giving back to the homeschool community by teaching at Bridge Academy. Working with students to encourage them to grow not only as Christians, but also as musicians has really been a blessing in his life.

Teaching: Guitar and Worship Band
Contact at: paulc@ironbridge.org

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!


Teaching: Spanish I, Spanish II and Spanish III

Contact at: Lilly2you@gmail.com

Elisabeth Fiordelise

B.S. in Education

Elisabeth Fiordelise holds a degree in Elementary Education and taught 2nd and 4th grades prior to choosing to stay home and homeschool her children. She has enjoyed working for 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 (15), Alyssa (13), & David (9).


Teaching: Math 5, Math 6, General Music, MS History and Geography

Contact at: efiordelise@verizon.net

Debby Hallcom

A.A.T Computer Programming

Technical Teaching Degree

Various IT certifications


Hi, my name is Debby Hallcom. I’m the youngest of five children – born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and lived here all my life! I’m a born-again believer and love singing, leading in worship and teaching children about hearing the voice of the Lord. I’m married to the love of my life, David Hallcom, and together we have a blended family of 4 grown adult children and one grandchild.  We love serving the Lord together and staying active in our community and the local church where we teach children about worship and Direct the Richmond School of Supernatural Ministry at Harvest Renewal Church in RVA. We also have published mus

Contact at: Debby Hallcom debbyhallcom@gmail.com or text at 804-919-2945

Teaching: IT Fundamentals & Technology / STEM

Aimee Harrison

B.S. in Psychology

Aimee graduated from VCU with a Bachelors in Psychology. She has worked with children who have had mental, physical and emotional disabilities in a couple of different fields. She worked on Ft. Lee at Army Community Services as a domestic victim advocate. After being employed there for a time, she then worked in the Hopewell Police Department as a victim witness advocate. She is currently a CASA (court appointed special advocate) volunteer. When Aimee had her second child she was able to stay home with both of her girls. Her oldest daughter, who is 20, attends VCU majoring in Creative advertising and her youngest, 16, is attending Bridge Academy. They decided to homeschool after her oldest daughter finished second grade. She has been married to her husband, Joel, for almost 23 years. She has always loved to bake, starting in her mom's kitchen as a little girl. Her love for baking has challenged her to expand her knowledge for cooking and learning how to eat healthier. She has always said, "When I "grow up,” “I want to have my own bakery".
Teaching: Baking, Middle School Culinary Arts, High School Culinary Arts and Cooking through Projects 
Contact at: aorjharrison@comcast.net

Julie Hobbs

B.S. in History & Political Science with a concentration in International Affairs


Julie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Samford University with a concentration in International Affairs. During her
19 years of home educating her children, she has been a tutor at Classical Conversations, as well as United States History, Government, Economics
and British Literature various co-ops. She loves connecting with the
students and helping them want to achieve more than they imagined.



Teaching: American Military History, World History I, American History & Government/Economics 

Contact at: juliehobbs4@yahoo.com

Allison Kincaid

B.F.A. in Arts

Allison is a graduate of Colonial Heights High School and had an interest in art at an early age.  With the support of her high school art teacher, who was instrumental in her life, she was given the opportunity to have her work displayed at the Virginia Art Museum. After graduating, she attended John Tyler Community College and VCU.  After graduating from college, she worked in the Richmond area as an interior designer where she had the privilege of being on the design team for the Richmond Capitol renovation project. She became a stay at home mom after having her children  Jordan, age 22 and a current VCU art student, Jonathan, age 18 and a student at VCU, and Landon, age 14 and a sophomore at Bridge Academy.  After teaching elementary and middle school art at a private Christian school where her children attended, she decided that she and her family needed a change and joined the family of home schoolers.  It's one of the best decisions she ever made.  It opened the opportunity for her to spend quality time with her family to share her passion for art with area children.

Teaching: 1st-2nd Art, 3rd-4th Art, 5th-6th Art, 5th-7th Art and 8th-12th Art

with Drawing

Contact at: beachpossum@gmail.com

Jordan Kincaid 
B.A. Communication Arts
Jordan graduated from VCU in 2016 with a B.A. in Communication Arts. She is currently a freelance Illustrator and is contracted with Owl Crate Worldwide and McGraw-Hill and has most recently joined the Bridge Academy family.  Bridge Academy students will be very pleased with the most up-to-date and fresh ideas she plans to present in her classes: Drawing, Graphic Design, and Digital Design. She and her mother, Allison Kincaid (also teaches Art at Bridge Academy), will be co-leaders of the Yearbook Club. Jordan is so excited to a part of the Bridge Academy family!  

Teaching: Animation, Art History, Graphic Design, and Digital Design
Contact at: jordankincaidillustrations@gmail.com

Emily Kirtlan

B.S. in History 


Emily is a graduate of Liberty University where she received her undergraduate degree in History. The best word to describe Emily is kind. Her heart is one of service and thoughtfulness and it shows in all she does. Austin, the man writing this bio about Emily, is also her best friend, man of her dreams and dashing husband since 2016. Her passions in life are reading, baking and her puppies. She has decided to apply her degree to pursuing her desire to serve the homeschool community. As a former homeschool student herself, Emily is passionate about home education and knows what it takes to be successful on this unique journey. She believes that education is a powerful tool and wants to help students cultivate a love for learning. She is excited to serve the families of Bridge Academy! 

Teaching: History 5, 5th-6th Science, 7th - 8th History, and Literary Lessons From The Lord of the Rings

Ashley Knickerbocker

B.S. in History 

Ashley began teaching at Bridge Academy in 2016. She was raised in Chesterfield County and received a history degree from VCU. She and her husband, David feel blessed to homeschool their three boys, Nathan (14), Justis (11) and Joshua (6), who also attend Bridge Academy. Her teaching experience began at ICCS Preschool during college and she has continued teaching both at home and in classroom settings since then. She taught art and PE as an enrichment course for Classical Conversations for 6 years and served as a CC lead teacher for 2 years before coming to Bridge Academy. She worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor for eleven years at Chester Fitness. Both she and her boys love Bridge Academy and look forward to being part of this co-op for years to come!

Teaching: 1st-2nd History, 3rd-4th History, 3rd-4th English, 1st-2nd P.E. with Health, 3rd-4th P.E. with Health and Exercise Science 
Contact at: aknickfit@gmail.com / (804) 399-0933


Melissa Mathes

LPN~ Pediatric Nurse, CPR certified

Melissa graduated from St. Mary's School of Practical Nursing in 1999. She has worked in the pediatric nursing population for more than 20 years specializing in children with disabilities as well as acute care. She works at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU and has been a homeschooling mom of 3 since 2007. She has a 17,15 and 13 year old who have been homeschooled since the beginning. Melissa, alongside her husband Shawn, has a love for learning different types of self defense and holds a degree in both Taekwondo and Krav Maga. She has taught at two different co-ops in the Chesterfield area and has come to love teaching and has a heart for children of all ages.

Teaching: 1-2 Exploratory, 4-6 P.E. and 7-9 P.E. 
Contact: melissamathes123@gmail.com

Cathrine Mireles

B.A. in English & M.E in Teaching

Ed. S in Christian Educational Leadership 


Cathrine graduated from Mississippi College with a major in English and a minor in mass communications. She holds a master’s in education, Post-Master’s certificate in PK-12 administration and supervision, and an Educational Specialist degree in Christian Educational Leadership; she is currently working on her Ph.D. at Regent University. She taught the last four years at a local Christian school, and before that, she taught 20 years in the public school system. She has taught all levels of English from 6th grade through all high school classes (Elements of Literature, American Literature, British Literature, AP Language and Composition, and AP Literature and Composition.  She has also taught Drama/Theater at the middle school level and Spanish I, II, & III.  She took French classes all 8 semesters of college from French I, II, & III, French Grammar, and French Literature.  She is an active member of a local church and serves in many capacities, including the leadership team and teaching connect group classes. She enjoys getting to know her students, helping them develop a love for literature and writing, and integrating faith into the English classroom.


Teaching: Drama, British Literature, World Literature, French I, French II and French III

Contact: cathrinemireles@gmail.com

Shirley Musik 

B.S. HSC & A.S. LA / Certified in CI and IC/TC

Memberships:

Registry of Interpreters fro 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.

Teaching: American Sign Language I and American Sign Language II

Contact at: musikshirley94@gmail.com 


Chris Palmer

B.S. Education

MAR Church Ministry

MDIV Leadership 


Chris, a graduate of Liberty University, became the Pastor to Students at Ironbridge Baptist Church in February 2010, and has most recently accepted the Lead Pastor position at Second Branch Baptist. 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.  


Teaching: Speech

Contact at: chrispalmer.me@gmail.com

Renee Plummer

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.


Teaching: Personal Finance / Consumer Math

Contact at: jnplummer@verizon.net

Julia Poynter

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 and assisting homeschool families. 

Teaching: Science 6, Middle School English, Foundations of Literature 

Contact at: julpoynter@gmail.com

Debbie Reed 

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 moved  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’ve tutored for classical conversations for 6 years. We’ve been at Bridge academy for 4 very blessed years. As homeschoolers, we’ve built things, broken things, blown stuff up, and even did an unintentional genetics experiment with gerbils (evidently misidentified as two females). I currently work part time at St Mary’s as a pharmacist. I totally love my job and encourage you to join the Air Force and go to pharmacy school. I expect a wonderful year as I add an additional role as part of the Bridge Academy family!


Teaching: Chemistry 

Contact at: dereed6789@gmail.com 

Krystal Sadler 
B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Elementary Education Masters in Teaching
Krystal was born and raised in Southern California before moving to Richmond, Virginia. She attended Lee University for three years before transferring to VCU where she graduated with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Teaching. She has the privilege of doing life with her husband, Josh, and their three beautiful girls: McKayla Grace, Shayne Elizabeth, and Caydence Hope. She is also very active within her church as a Worship Leader and the Women’s Ministry Director. After teaching in both Henrico County and Chesterfield County for six years, she felt the Lord calling her to homeschool her girls in 2016 and she has never looked back! Bridge Academy has been such a blessing to her family in their homeschooling journey, and she is honored to play a small role in serving other homeschool families in return.
Teaching: Science 1-2, Science 3-4, Science 5, History 6, World History II, Algebra II
Contact: kasadler84@gmail.com

Karyn Sisson

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!


Teaching: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Basics in Literature and Foundations of Literature

Contact at: kgs429@gmail.com

Jenny Smith

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.


 Teaching: Anatomy and Physiology, Biology and Precalculus

Contact Info: jennyLsmith930@gmail.com

Sarah Tarabocchia 

Sarah Tarabocchia is a Midlothian, Virginia native and attended VCU School of Nursing, but it was her love of the creative arts that drew her to become a professional photographer and studio owner. Sarah has over 20 years of photographic experience in both film and digital media. While her professional experience has focused mainly on weddings and portraits, she has also taught
high school students digital photography since 2015 and home educated her three children since 2007. For her, teaching the fundamentals and art of photography has allowed her to share her passion with the next generation of photographers. Currently, she owns Sarah Chase Photography and resides in Midlothian with her husband, three teenagers and two dogs.

Teaching: Photography 
Contact at: starabocchia@gmail.com 
Susan Tignor
B.A. in Psychology
M.A. in Psychology with an Endorsement in Guidance Counseling

Susan graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Psychology.  She then received her M.A. in Psychology from James Madison University and an endorsement in Guidance Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Susan and her husband, Rob, have two children.  Lucy is a junior at Liberty University, and Christopher is in tenth grade at Bridge Academy.  Susan taught math at Elkhart-Thompson Middle School and at Banner Christian school for seven years.  She is excited for the opportunity to teach math at Bridge Academy.  

Teaching: Pre-Algebra (Tu/ TH) and Math 7 (Tu/Fr)
Contact at: sctignor@gmail.com

Ashley Wilda

B.A. in English / MFA in Creative Writing


Ashley Wilda is a writer, teacher, and artist living in Richmond, VA. Having attended the University of Richmond and the Vermont College of Fine Arts, she holds a BA in English and an MFA in creative writing for children and young adults. She currently teaches writing at John Tyler Community College and is represented by Liz Nealon for her poetry and fiction. A former homeschooled child, she understands the unique needs and blessings of Richmond’s alternative schooling community.

Teaching: 7-8 English: Creative Writing with English, English through Creative Writing, Writing with a Purpose and Creative Writing
Contact at: ashleywildaauthor@gmail.com


Patricia Whitaker 

Leader Academy 

Stephanie York

B.S. in Psychology

Masters in Education 

Stephanie was born and raised in Chesterfield County, Va. She attended VCU and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education. Upon graduating she began
teaching elementary school in Chesterfield County. Several years later, she and her husband, Chris, were blessed with their first son and Stephanie left the teaching profession to stay at home. She later returned to work at her church as director of the preschool and daycare where she implemented a private Kindergarten program. As their family grew, Stephanie eventually felt led to homeschool her three boys and has been doing so for the past 11 years. Two of her boys have graduated; one is now working fulltime and the other attends Liberty University and is a member of the LU Archery Team. Her youngest is quickly approaching graduation and has plans to attend college as well. During her years of homeschooling, Stephanie has taught numerous homeschooling classes ranging from elementary age to high school at various co-ops. During the summer months you can find her poolside coaching for a local swim team or cheering on her youngest who has been involved in the sport year round for many years. She is also very active within her church and serves in leadership as the Children’s Church Director and assists with the Women’s Ministry 

Teaching: 

English 5

5th - 6th English 

English 6

5th - 7th Exploring Oceans and Space

7th-8th Literature with Writing

7th-8th Advanced English with Writing

General Science

Physical Science 

Psychology

Contact at: csjjjyork@verizon.net


Anne Zell


Anne Zell was born and raised in the heart of America, Medina, Ohio. As the youngest and only girl, she and her four brothers grew up riding horses and jet skies. She met her husband, Ken, in Medina and they have 4 boys. After several  work related moves they settled in Chesterfield Virginia in 2011.  After her  first son, Cooper, was was born she decided to homeschool.  Cooper is 18 years old and a college freshman, Carsten is a 16 year old high school sophomore, Aiden is 13 and Ace is 10.  Anne has always had a passion for working with children in church and other ministries. She also used her passion to serve students as a tutor in Classical Conversations. She began her journey with Bridge Academy five years ago when her oldest two boys began taking classes with us and is excited to now serve the students of Bridge Academy. She has enjoyed being part of Bridge Academy and looks forward to continuing to serve the homeschool community alongside them. 

Teaching: Math 4

Contact at: kacooster@yahoo.com

Sarah Cochran

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.


Teaching: 
Contact at: pfcochran@msn.com

Theresa Krebs  

B.S. in Chemistry & Biology w/specialization in Biotechnology  Masters of Science in Microbiology

Masters Ed in Exercise Physiology 

Theresa Krebs attended George Mason University, where she earned undergraduate degrees in both Chemistry and Biology, with a specialization in Biotechnology. She went on to pursue post-graduate studies at Northwestern University and finished her work at the University of Virginia, earning a Master of Science in Microbiology and a Master of Education in Exercise Physiology. She has taught as a graduate assistant at the University of Virginia in both Nutrition and Microbiology, as an Adjunct Professor of Biology at John Tyler Community College, and as a teacher in Richmond area homeschool co-ops in both math and science.  She currently lives in Chesterfield with her ruggedly handsome husband, Martin and their five children.  Ironically, Theresa’s childhood dreams were to have a career through which she earned lots of money and to have no children. (Incidentally, Martin says that his dream as a child was to crush the dreams of others.) In 2007, after much deliberation, prayer, and resistance (kicking / screaming), Theresa and Martin accepted God’s calling to home educate their children. They are truly grateful for the privilege and for yet another reminder that God's ways are so much higher than ours. She has learned to fully immerse herself in the home-educator lifestyle, achieving mastery of both the laminator and Ford E350 (respect the van). She is still in the process of learning as she asked her husband to write her bio for her.


Teaching: 

Contact at: sevenkrebs@gmail.com


Debbie Starnes 

Lunch Lady Extraordinaire