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, David. David & Leslie have 6 sons: Sam, Frank, Charlie, Teddy, Henri, & George.
Class taught: Apologia Physics
Mrs. Crystal Crippen
Sports leader 12-2
(Group K & 2A)
Crystal & her family are new transplants to the Charlottesville area, having moved here from Germany in the spring 2020. Homeschooling in Europe allowed for much traveling which they thoroughly enjoyed. But now, they are excited to experience all that Charlottesville has to offer. She and her husband have 3 children, Nathaniel, Graceylyn, and Adele. Recently, they added a dog, chickens, and bees to the mix. She is looking forward to meeting and growing in friendships through CHESSIE.
Mrs. Jacque Spruill
Supervising Mom (12:00-1:15) Jacque and her husband, Asher, have five children. She has been homeschooling since 2012, and has been involved with CHESSIE since 2013. She and her family attend All Saints Anglican church.
Volunteer service scheduler
Allison and her husband Randy have two children, Rachel and Joel. They have been homeschooling and attending Chessie since 2015. They live in Crozet and attend Portico Church. Allison graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Child Development, but worked mostly in graphic design before becoming a mom. She coaches soccer and enjoys painting and sewing.
Class assistant for K & 1 groups
Emily moved to VA from Texas 5 years ago and has loved her time here. She and her husband have 3 children, Elijah, Silas and Lena as well as 3 dogs and a cat. She enjoys hiking, traveling, reading and game nights with her family. She has a degree in child development and social work from Texas State University. Emily and her family attend Calvary Chapel Fluvanna.
Maggie is in 12th grade and taking physics at
Teen sports leader: 1:15-3:00 Gideon is in 11th grade & will be taking physics 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.
Group 2B/3 class assistant (12:00-1:30)
Maya is in 10th grade and taking Chemistry & Human anatomy this year. She loves singing, and acting in plays. She loves working with younger kids.
Theadora Godbold "Thea"
Group 1/2B sports assistant (1:00-3:00)
Thea is a 9th grader this year and in Chemistry. When she’s not doing school or practicing soccer, she can be found hanging out with her friends or many brothers, biking, singing (or thinking about singing), and playing piano like Beethoven—(loud). She also loves creative writing, including poetry and short stories. She’s very happy to be working with the CHESSIE kids this year!
Presidential Physical Fitness teen assistant 1:45-3:00
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 & supervising mom from 11:00-12:00 & CHESSIE BOOKKEEPER
Helen and her husband, Sean, have two children (Lena & Eowyn) & 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.
Class assistant for 2B/3 groups & Fitness assistant 3:00-4:00
Lena Travis is in 12th grade and taking Human Anatomy and Physiology 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.
Group K/2A sports assistant (12:00-2:00)
Brigid is a chemistry student. She enjoys fishing, being outdoors and building things. She wants to go to culinary school when she graduates. She attends St Peter and Paul church in Palmyra.
Presidential Physical Fitness teen assistant (1:00-1:45)
Nate is in 9th grade and will be taking biology this year at CHESSIE. He loves all sports including Basketball, Football, Golf and Handball. He goes to First Baptist on Park Street and is active in the Park Street Youth Ministry (PSYM).Nate is looking forward to helping in the Presidential Physical Fitness class.
Group 1/2B sports assistant (1:00-3:00)
Elizabeth is in 10th grade this year and will be taking Chemistry 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. Elizabeth is very excited to be working with the younger students.
Sports assistant K/2A (12:00-2:00)
Isaiah is in 9th grade and is taking biology this year at CHESSIE. He loves being outdoors doing activities like swimming, running, hiking. He is a first class ranking boy scout & enjoys playing video games. Isaiah is excited to help with younger students this year!