Jaci holds a degree in English Literature, with a minor in Theatre, from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and a Master’s in Professional Writing from Regent University. She encourages students to tell their stories and strives to help them express ideas clearly.
Mrs. Whitfield’s experience includes teaching at the local college, reporting the news at a local radio station, and working as the crime reporter for a weekly newspaper. Mrs. Whitfield and her husband, Clarke, have two children: Ginger, who is working towards her Master’s degree in Elementary and Special Education; and Whit, who is a senior at Artios this year.
Amy is always there to greet families and answer any questions each week. She says, “I am who God made me and that’s what I know best.” Mrs. Horne loves to laugh and make others laugh. She prefers to be a “big kid” as much as possible, but you’ll find she is serious when she has to be. She has enjoyed the past 15 years happily married to hubby, Jason. She has been blessed with 2 lovely angels (“one waiting in heaven and one keeping me on my toes here”). This will be her seventh year homeschooling her daughter (4 with Artios) while working two partially at-home jobs. Mrs. Horne enjoys building, crafting, creating, gardening, and learning new things and meeting new people. She says, “My hope for my life is that I can be a proper shining light for God and the truth of His word.”
“I am a lover of history. Finding God in every era of the history of mankind is like searching for the buried treasure.” Ann Cook graduated from Mary Washington College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History. She received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a 30-year career in State Government, she retired and returned to Danville. Miss Cook accepted Christ as her Savior when she was twelve years old. She is a member of New Life Community Church where she teaches a Bible study, is involved in Women’s Ministry, and is a member of the Church Administrative Council.
Marilee was born in Arnold, Missouri and raised in Libby, Montana. After graduating from Libby Senior High School, she attended Pacific Northwest College of Art. She later received her Associate’s degree in Advertising Art and has been a freelance artist for 30 years. After moving east, Mrs. Crews attended Danville Community College for training in early childhood education. For over 21 years, she has served in children’s ministry at her church, The Life (Abundant Life World Outreach Church. Mrs. Crews and her husband, David, have been married for 15 years and have four children. Mrs. Crews knows her calling is to use art to raise up a generation of students who are “on fire” for Jesus. She has been at Artios since the Danville campus opened in 2014.
Lynn is a graduate of Meredith College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where she met her husband, Larry Farrell. She taught elementary school for five years and then took off twenty years to raise their six children. Her husband was an army chaplain, and they were able to travel quite a bit in Europe and the United States. She taught another twenty years to help put everyone through college. They have lived in Danville since 1998. At Artios, Mrs. Farrell shares her expertise with our youngest students.
Science; Smart Start
Skylar is a Pittsylvania County native who attended county schools in the Tunstall District. Upon graduation, she attended DCC for two years, while working with preschoolers at Children First Learning Center. She then spent quite a few years away from the area to further her education, travel, and teach.
Mrs. Kendrick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from King University in Bristol, TN. She traveled during college for educational study-abroad opportunities as well as for missionary training with OneHope International. After receiving her degree, she began her teaching career in North Carolina public schools, teaching various elementary grades for 6 years.
After beginning a family, she and her husband relocated back home to Danville with their two young daughters. They desired to be closer to family and friends and begin homeschooling their girls. Since relocation, Mrs. Kendrick has spent three years teaching Pre-K at First Presbyterian Day School and then began teaching at Artios Academies last year. This year, she will assist Mrs. Farrell in Lower Elementary and teach all of our science classes. She says, “Science is one of my favorite subjects to teach as it gives us a glimpse into the way God works!”
Cari attended Gardner-Webb University and Bluefield College. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with certifications in both Music and Elementary Education. Mrs. Mahan has taught music for third and fourth grades in both public and private schools. She has also served as Music Director at four churches and has many years of experience teaching private voice and piano lessons.
Mrs. Mahan has been involved with Musical Theatre in various capacities. She served as accompanist for Tom Sawyer, directed music for How I became a Pirate, and played Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol ( all presented at The Prizery in South Boston). Here in Danville, she has assisted the North Star Theatre Project as Music Director for Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Godspell, Fiddler on the Roof, Elf, Little Mermaid, Mulan, Legally Blonde, and The Lion King.
At present, Mrs. Mahan serves as Music Director for Kentuck Baptist Church where her husband, Allen, serves as Pastor. She directs three choirs and leads morning worship. They have two sons, Caleb and Camden. Caleb is a Sophomore at Liberty University, and Camden is a Senior in High School. The Mahans have lived in the Ringgold community for almost five years.
Rachel Timm has been teaching Drama at Artios Academies of Danville for three years and is honored to direct another year of theatrical performances. Some past directorial credits include: Cheaper by the Dozen, Anne of Green Gables, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland. Mrs. Timm made her directing debut in Danville when she directed As You Wish with students of the Danville School of Arts and Sciences. Mrs. Timm frequently makes appearances in local productions and concerts. She is also the Creative Director of Southside on Stage, most recently directing the Shakespeare in the Park production of Romeo & Juliet this past summer.
On top of her artistic pursuits, Mrs. Timm is the Director of Children’s Services for Pittsylvania County Public Libraries. Whether she’s reading stories, singing, or discussing life with puppets, Mrs. Timm will be quick to tell you she loves the literary life.
History; Literature; Drama
Aristotle said, “Educating the mind, without educating the heart, is no education at all.” Beth has been an educator for over twenty years. The majority of her experience comes from teaching and serving as a media coordinator on the elementary level. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Averett University and a Masters of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University. For the past two years, Mrs. Wood has worked as a Media Specialist on the High School level. She has worked in schools, churches, and at camps with all ages of students in the span of her career. She is celebrating 18 years of marriage to her husband, Chris Wood. They have two daughters, Ava and Gracie. Ava is a senior in high school this year. Gracie will be entering 7thgrade at Artios.