2017-2018 CHESSIE SCIENCE TEACHERS AND STAFF MEMBERS:
Mrs. Kathy Pierson
CHESSIE Administrator and Science Teacher
Groups 2A, 2B ,3,4A, 4B & grade 7/8 Life Science
Mrs. Leslie Lepage
Classes taught: Grade K & 1
Leslie is a graduate from the University of Maine and has lived in the Charlottesville area for 20 years. For 13 of those years she has homeschooled her 6 boys. Leslie has always enjoyed learning about God's creation through the study of science. She taught her sons their early years of science and she also has loved teaching children's church since her boys were little. Her children have been attending CHESSIE for 9 years and this will be Leslie's 4th year teaching the Kindergarten and first grade science classes. CHESSIE holds a special place in her heart. It has been a place where her children have gained friendship and science knowledge and where she has found support and encouragement. Watching little ones make discoveries about the world around them has been one of her biggest joys as a teacher. She and her family attend Hope Presbyterian Church of Crozet, a young church plant. She enjoys running, reading Jane Austin and watching historical BBC dramas with her husband.
Class taught: Apologia Physics
Mrs. Angie Sokolowski (1:00-4:00)
Sports leader for modified presidential physical fitness program for groups 3,4A,4B & Life Science.
Mr. Chad Sokolowski,
Presidential Physical Fitness assistant
Chad is an avid cyclist that has ridden across Iowa 9 times and loves to take jogs around his farm. He used to swim in college and is a devoted (bordering on fanatical) ice hockey fan that cant wait for the new ice arena in Charlottesville to open up! Throughout his life he has been very interested in nutrition and has extensive experience with physical therapy. Chad also has a degree in Chemistry and has managed R&D programs for DoD, DHS, and the Intelligence Community and applies this same rubric and dedication to the physical education program.
William & Bonnie Opyoke
Supervising parents 11:00-12:00
William & Bonnie are the parents of Abby and Noah. Bonnie grew up as the daughter of a Methodist pastor turned Orthodox priest. Bonnie lived in England when she was young, and got to visit all the English counties and Scotland . She attended college in Boston to study photojournalism. In Boston she photographed a variety of things such as homelessness, political conventions and religious demonstrations. After deciding to work from home, she began her own international children's magazine. She is an avid gardener, music lover, beach bum & knitter. She still loves her English hot tea, especially on a rainy day. William is a local head chef who works at Wild Wolf Brewing Company in Charlottesville. He is a deacon in the Orthodox Church. He enjoys doing fun experiments for Abby & Noah at home and performing magic tricks creating excitement in his audience.
Volunteer service scheduler
Sharon is the mom of Luke, John and Nora, wife of Peter, Director of the Charlottesville Classical Conversations program, and Business Coach at SharonHujik.com. She lives in Gordonsville and has been part of CHESSIE for 3 years. Sharon and her family attend All Saints Anglican Church.
Maggie is in 11th grade and taking chemistry at
Teen sports leader: 1:15-3:15 Gideon is in 10th grade & will be taking chemistry this year. He enjoys playing all sports, especially basketball and football, and running cross country. Gideon attends First Baptist Church and loves being a part of the Park Street Youth Ministry. Gideon has been a CHESSIE summer camp assistant for the past three summers.
Sports Leader, group K (12-2)
Ella is in 11th grade and will be taking Physics at CHESSIE this year. She is very excited to be helping out with with the younger students’ sports time. Ella also enjoys playing piano, serving at Crosslife Community Church and helping out at a local farm.
Group K & 2A sports assistant (12-1:45)
Maya is in 9th grade and taking Biology this year. She loves singing, and acting in plays. She loves working with younger kids, and volunt(12eering at the Frontier Culture Musuem.
Group 2B & 3, class assistant (12:00-1:15)
Class assistant for the K & 1 groups
Lucy will be a 11th grader this year and will be in the chemistry class at CHESSIE. She loves learning about science, playing soccer and other outside sports, doing puzzles, hanging out with friends, and acting/singing. Lucy enjoys working with the young children at CHESSIE.
Teen sports leader (3:15-4:45)
Liam is in the 9th grade and taking Biology at CHESSIE this year. He enjoys reading and gaming. He is looking forward to sharing some of his favorite games with the kids. He attends Providence Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville.
Rachel, her husband Bryan, and their son Isaac, live in Scottsville Va. The love of organic foods and homesteading is what brought them to this area. Originally from a Missionary family that served in Az, Rachel has always had a love to learn, to explore, and to meet new people. Being homeschooled as a child, the freedom to explore and learn through hands on is why she and her family are so passionate about this lifestyle. Rachel has a BA in Psychology, and has completed massage therapy school (that comes in handy!). Rachel and her family attend CrossLife Community Church.
Helen Travis, CHESSIE service hour Lead Sub
Helen and her husband have lived in Charlottesville since 1996. Helen has a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia. Helen worked in construction offices from 1996 until 2003. She learned bookkeeping on the job working for a General Contractor. Helen stopped working in 2003 when her oldest was born. She began homeschooling at that time and has been since. In 2008, she began working part-time as a bookkeeper for various very small businesses. The Travis family has been part of CHESSIE for three years. Helen enjoys being outdoors watching children play. She also has radar for untied shoes! She will stop a game to see to a child's untied shoes. The Travis family attends Providence Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
Supervising Mom 12;00-1:15
Jackie and her family have lived in the Charlottesville area since 2011. She earned her B.A. in history and M.S. in education at Southern Adventist University near Chattanooga, TN. She taught middle and high school history and English for 12 years but decided to stay home when her daughter joined the family. As a public school teacher, Jackie never imagined she’d homeschool her own children, but she feels privileged to be able to share the daily adventure of learning with them. She’s thankful to have found CHESSIE to supplement their science education with all the hands-on activities that make science fun.
Supervising mom (3-4)
Tracy is married to Matt, her high school sweetheart, and they have three miracle sons. Before motherhood, however, Tracy earned a Bachelor degree in Business Management at Georgia State University, and had many years of experience before ending her career in the real estate department of Norfolk Southern Railway Company. In God's perfect timing, her dream job of motherhood came available as she became pregnant with Zachary and Bryce, now 15, then 4 years later another miracle of Caleb, now 11. She absolutely loves being the mom of boys! Tracy and Matt were called to homeschool when pregnant with the twins, and have loved the roller coaster ride ever since. God as shown Himself faithful each year as Tracy has relied on a whole lot of coffee and even more of Jesus. When you cannot find Tracy she may be found on her front porch reading a book while sipping sweet tea from a BALL jar, or shopping second hand stores for treasures. But in reality, she is mostly schooling or cooking or cleaning or laundering or ironing or taxiing kids around town...all the while dreaming of being on her front porch : ). A year ago, their family transplanted from a little town called Dacula, just northeast of Atlanta, Georgia. They moved to Barboursville when Matt accepted a new job with WorldStrides. They love being a part of the CHESSIE family!
Jesse is in 10th grade this year and taking chemistry at CHESSIE. He has never met a sport he didn't like. He's looking forward to leading lots and lots of games with the kids. He enjoys 3D printing, building stuff, reading and basketball. Jesse is very active with PSYM (Park Street Youth Ministry) at First Baptist where he also works in the nursery and makes breakfast snacks for the entire congregation once a month.
1 & 2B Sports assistant (1-3)
Lena Travis is in 11th grade and taking physics at CHESSIE this year. She enjoys arts and crafts, music, science, movies, board games, and spending time with friends and family. Lena attends Providence Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and likes helping the moms with their toddlers.
Sports leader for group 1 & 2B (1-3)
Hi, I’m Toby Rinehart. I’m in 11th grade this year and will be taking physics at CHESSIE. I am the second of four boys in my family. I have been going to CHESSIE since I was five years old and I am excited to help out with sports again this year.
Presidential Physical Fitness teen assistant (2-3)
Presidential Physical Fitness teen assistant (3-4)
Presidential Physical Fitness, teen assistant (1-2)
Elizabeth is in 9th grade this year and will be taking Biology at CHESSIE. She enjoys running cross country and track, singing, playing the piano, and hanging out with her friends. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Charlottesville and is active in Park Street Youth Ministries. This being her seventh year at CHESSIE, Elizabeth is very excited to be working with the kids.