Academy of Arts & History: Music (K-8th)
Lori is a homeschool veteran of 23 years and has been associated with the arts and education for over 33 years. She and the love of her life, John have four sons ranging in age from 19 to 31. Their three oldest sons are married, and they have now been blessed by three daughter-in-loves and FIVE granddaughters. John and Lori are now “empty-nesters” with a heart for homeschool families, the arts, the outdoors, and education.
Lori holds a degree in Piano Performance and graduate work in Music Education. She has spoken at The National Music Teacher’s Convention, various music educator meetings, homeschool conventions, and workshops. In her role as one of four national winners in the Baldwin Piano and Organ teaching competitions, she was a panelist for two National KTV Video conferences for private music educators. Formerly the director of Southside Private Musicians and Lane Music Development Centers in Greenville, SC, she has directed and produced many children’s choirs, elementary, middle and high school stage productions, taught private and classroom music, and developed the original Artios choral program. Her favorite theater directorial projects have been White Christmas, My Fair Lady, Our Town, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She has served on the Board of the High Country Fine Arts Association and in her spare time enjoys camping, hiking, horses, and journaling.
Lori is the founder and National Executive Director of Artios Academies, a homeschool parent partnership program for the arts and academics. She is the author of Beginning with the End in Mind and co-author of The Artios Home Companion Series curriculum.
John has been an actively involved homeschool dad for 23 years with an avid interest in history, worldview and government. His passion is teaching students to apply Biblical principles to every area of their life, and he enjoys using everyday life experiences and circumstances to “teach them by the way.”
John has been involved with a myriad of youth centered activities since having children of his own thirty-one years ago. He was an active Boy Scout leader for eighteen years, coached a variety of baseball teams, and led the South Park High School baseball team to their first District Championship. John is an avid backpacker and hiker and has climbed more than twenty-eight 14’er peaks in the Rocky Mountain region.
John worked as an accountant and financial analyst in several large corporations before joining Artios in a full time capacity in 2010. He has been actively involved in the development and oversight of Artios Academies since its inception and is intricately involved in planning the growth of Artios, maintaining integrity to its vision, and in all financial aspects of the Artios program.
Academy of Arts & History: History
David is a Greenville native and teaches Middle and High School History, Worldview and Government and Economics in a lively, student-oriented fashion. His administrative duties at Artios include overseeing the Academy of Arts and History, the Preparatory program and the Artios use of facilities at Grace Church. David graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities in 2012, and after marrying his high school sweetheart, Hatherleigh Bopp, they moved to Bend, Oregon in 2013. In Bend, David worked and studied at Kilns College, where he received a Master’s degree in theology in 2016. David and his wife have two boys, Apollos and Archibald, and they love to hike, garden, rock climb and all things soccer. David loves to teach and is very excited to begin his third year at Artios!
Academy of Arts and History/Smartstart Director
Cherrie was born and raised in Southern California. After giving her life to Jesus after high school, she went on to attend Marilyn Hickey Bible College in Denver, Colorado, where she met her husband Michael. She began her career in Hospitality Management and then transitioned to being a stay-at-home mom after having children. She began homeschooling her first child, which sparked her passion for teaching. Cherrie founded and directed a homeschool co-op in Charlotte, North Carolina for 7 years before moving to Greenville and teaching with Artios. With over 10 years of homeschool experience, Cherrie’s passion for history and literature has continued to grow. Cherrie is thrilled to be part of the Artios Greenville family and so enjoys connecting with the kids and parents.
Kelly is excited to continue her role as the Financial Administrator at Artios Greenville. She has a heart for the homeschool community and loves to empower and encourage families as they embark on educating their children at home. Over the years, she has enjoyed tutoring students and coaching volleyball.
Born and raised in southern New Hampshire, she graduated from Mascenic Regional with the intent to attend college on an academic and volleyball scholarship. Although this sounded exciting to her, she was still unsure of the career path in which the Lord was leading. Kelly met her husband, Matthew, while spending the summers in South Carolina. They married and have four children. Working as an accountant for her family business, Kelly fell in love with numbers and finances. She continued working in the accounting industry until her oldest daughter was born. After taking a short leave of absence, she returned to work until her fourth child was born.
Kelly joined the homeschooling community when her children were entering the 3rd and 1st grades. She has loved teaching them at home and recently graduated her three eldest children. She will continue to homeschool her youngest child. Artios has been a wonderful fit for her children. She has treasured watching them grow artistically, spiritually, and academically.
Campus Administrative Assistant
“Life is Relationships” is a quote you may hear from Paige and a lifestyle you will see reflected in her life. Passionate about loving others, Paige feels it an honor and a privilege to do so through serving at Artios Academies of Greenville this year.
Paige graduated from Presbyterian College with a degree in Counseling Psychology. She has worked in the counseling and educational field in many places in the states and overseas. Paige has served in several mission positions, foreign and state side. Her life now joyfully centers on raising and loving her children. She has been blessed with four sons: Isaac, Jack, Gabe, and Aaron, and three “adopted” daughters and sons-in-law: Angela and Trent, Amanda and Cameron, Hannah and Jordan. This summer Angela and Trent had their first child, Wilder, and, yes, that makes Paige a “Noni” (aka grandmother). Paige is entering her 11th year of homeschooling and her 5th year with Artios.
Paige loves everything outdoors; hiking, camping, kayaking, as well as reading, contra-dancing, and showing you picture of her grandchild!
Academy of Arts & History: History
Ruth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling and has taught music/choir, among other subjects, at Home School Co-ops throughout South Georgia. Since January 2016, Ruth has taught History at Artios (and she loves it!), after moving to the Greenville area with her family to be part of a church here.
Ruth has homeschooled her 5 boys, the oldest just graduated from college, two are in college, and the younger two, Hunter and Calvin, attend Artios. She has always loved teaching History and bringing it to life, first for her own boys and now for her Artios students. Ruth has taught both Upper Elementary and Middle School History for the past year and a half at Artios and next year will be teaching Upper Elementary History.
Worship is another of Ruth’s passions. Being a member of worship teams for the past 25 years, playing keys and singing, has fostered a passion for worship in Ruth. Her first desire is to grow personally as a Worshipper of her Lord and Savior and then to lead and teach others how to grow in this pursuit. She has 25 years of experience teaching piano to both children and adults, with a special focus on playing by chords. A year ago, she began a Worship Team class at Artios, and it has been an incredible blessing to her to share, spiritually and practically, with her students what it means to first be a Worshipper of the One True God and then how to lead others in worshipping Him. This coming year, Ruth will be teaching this class again as a Studio Class.
Preparatory: Biology/Marine Biology
Cayce was born and raised in Due West, SC. Cayce attended Erskine College where she studied Biology. She went on to further her education and pursue a career as a Registered Nurse. Cayce has a BSN from the University of Texas at Arlington. She currently works part-time as an ER nurse at AnMed Health in Anderson, SC, where she is also involved with the Hazmat disaster relief team.
Cayce and her husband, Anthony, live with their 2 children, Kaitlyn and Clayton, in Belton, SC. She and her family enjoy serving the community through their involvement with Meals on Wheels and The LOT Project, both in Anderson. This is their 5th year homeschooling. Cayce chartered the first home school chapter of National Beta Club in the upstate beginning in 2014 and continues to be an active sponsor. She has taught science classes at several home school co-ops in the past and is grateful God lead her and her family to Artios!
Conservatory: Graphic Design
Joanna graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in Graphic Design. When she’s not teaching, you’ll find her lending her skills to Redhype Agency. Joanna kept herself busy throughout her college years by co-founding the Student Chapter of American Advertising Federation, directing the Bob Jones University Chapter of the American Marketing Association’s branding, and placing in the 2017 Student American Advertising Association Award Competition. She brings Artios a wealth of knowledge, talent, and experience in graphic design. In addition, Joanna will be designing marketing material for Artios Academies Greenville 2017-2018 season of shows. Because of her passionate desire to help her students achieve their goals, she possesses both the heart and skills to teach at Artios!
Academy of Arts & History: Art
Conservatory: Color Theory; Portfolio Art
Artios Plus: Art Club
Johanna was born in Greenville, South Carolina and raised in Winter Park, Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Bob Jones University. She also pursued master’s studies in Art at BJU. She was an art director and children’s book illustrator for BJU Press for six years. Additionally, she taught collegiate level oil painting and community enrichment watercolor courses through Bob Jones University.
In 2002 she retired to be a freelance artist and stay at home mom. While at home she drew on her eleven years of progressive teaching experience to serve as the Art Director for Artios Academies of Greenville, to teach private art lessons and to do freelance artwork. Her students regularly win local and national awards for their artwork. With the help of two college friends, Johanna has also developed a thriving floral business over the last thirteen years. She has a husband, Darren, of sixteen years, a fourteen-year-old daughter, Isabella, and a soon to be one-year-old, Roslyn.
Private Lessons: Percussion
Brett was born and raised in the Upstate of SC. He began taking piano at 9 years old. At 15 years old he joined his high school marching band and started playing percussion under the teaching of Mr. James Kilgus. What his parents thought was a fleeting phase morphed into his life’s passion and dream to become a professional musician.
Brett graduated from North Greenville University in 2004. As his senior project he raised funds to hire an orchestra to play his piece called “Prodigal Son,” earning him the Music Student Award. Through the years, Brett has played keyboards in a Christian rock band, writing all their orchestrations. He also received film score training with Sean McMahon, whom has orchestrated scores for Spiderman 3, Ghost Rider and others. Most recently Mr. Ensley won best score for the movie Sereer for Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, International Independent Film Awards 2016, Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival, and Christian Film Festival 2016. Brett plans to continue working in the artistic and commercial composition world.
Artios Plus: Choreography Club
Kimberlee was dancing professionally in New York by the age of 18. Her acting credits include Dainty June in Gypsy, Lily St. Regis in Annie, Roxie Hart in Chicago and Cassie in A Chorus Line. A sought-after teacher and choreographer, Kimberlee stays busy choreographing multiple productions all over the area. In 2015, for the third year in a row, she choreographed Artios’ Award Winning musical ensemble groups for our CITA competition. Recent credits include Les Miserables, Legally Blonde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Shop of Horrors, and All Shook Up at Greenville Little Theatre.
Academy of Arts & History: Theater (K-2nd)
This will be Courtney’s first year teaching at Artios, but she has been a passionate and involved parent since her daughter began at Artios last year. During the 2017-2018 school year she will be teaching Lower Elementary Smart Start, integrating Language Arts, History, Science, Math, and Physical Education in a multi-age classroom.
Courtney is mother to Riley, who will be a student for her second year at Artios, and wife to Chad. Outside of the classroom Courtney enjoys reading, coffee, spending time with her family, and volunteering as outreach coordinator for the JDRF. Courtney holds a BA in Early Childhood Education and has 5 years of teaching experience in both a public school and in a Reggio inspired private preschool. She looks forward to nurturing and learning alongside her students at Artios this coming year.
Academy of Arts & History: Art
Hatherleigh is a Greenville native who has loved art her whole life. She grew up watching her grandfather and father make and teach art and is excited to understand why things look the way they do. She believes that everyone is creative, and loves to help her students become more inquisitive and better observers. Hatherleigh is returning to Artios Greenville after living Oregon for three years with her husband David and their two boys. This year, she will be teaching art in the Academy and Conservatory. Hatherleigh has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art and is excited to dive in wholeheartedly into teaching at Artios this year.
Perparatory: Chemisty; Anatomy
Toots’ life has been filled with science and music from a young age. She had a microscope by the time she was 10, and the first book she ever purchased was Gray’s Anatomy. As far as music is concerned, she was inspired by three very different influences: her mother singing and playing country music on the guitar, attendance at an amazing concert by classical guitarist Andres Segovia, and being in the midst of the first Beatles concert at the Hollywood Bowl in California.
Her first love is classical guitar, but she plays and teaches a variety of styles. Her academic career took her into science. She completed her undergraduate work in Biology and Chemistry at Bob Jones University and did her graduate work in Biochemistry at Clemson University. She spent 26 years as a practicing chemist and has extensive hands on lab experience. She has had the opportunity to work in many different fields and loves how the orderliness of science and the power contained in the atom leads us to our amazing Creator, Sustainer and Lover of our souls.
Conservatory: Digital Photography
Monica has been the staff photographer at Artios Academies of Greenville since 2014. After a few years in the real estate and mortgage industries and raising her three children, Monica discovered her artistic talent in photography. Monica descends from a family of adept artists. She is self taught, as well as spending hours virtually learning from some of the top photographers in the industry. Two of her works were recognized by fashion photographer, Emily Soto.
This year Monica is teaching Digital Photography I in the Conservatory and will continue to serve as the staff photographer. In her free time, Monica loves to spend time with family and friends, watch movies and home design shows, and read. She is excited to share her passion and knowledge of photography with her students, to train them to see artistically, and to help them grow as artists using the medium of photography.
Preparatory: Pre-Algebra; Science; Geometry
Sandy’s passion for teaching math began in college when she was tutoring athletes while attending Liberty University. During her time at Liberty, she was selected as a member of the Mathematics Honor Society, sang in the Liberty University concert choir, obtained her B.S. degree in Mathematics, and then continued on to receive her secondary teaching certificate in the fall of 2003.
After marrying, Sandy attended graduate school at Syracuse University, receiving a Teaching Assistantship, becoming president of the Mathematics Education Student Organization and obtaining her M.S. in Secondary Math Education. After Sandy and her husband moved to Greenville, SC, she began homeschooling her three children. God began to open doors for her to tutor and teach at area schools and co-ops such as Classical Conversations, Greenville Classical Academy, ECPI University, and Artios Academies.
Sandy was blessed with a wonderful family that instilled in her the love of music and dance at a very early age. Currently, Sandy is serving her church, Fellowship Greenville, as a percussionist on the worship team. In the upcoming year, Sandy will be teaching Pre-Algebra, Algebra II, and Upper Elementary Science. She also gives percussion lessons for Artios Studios. In her free time Sandy enjoys hiking and being outdoors enjoying God’s creation with her family.
Academy of Arts & History: Theater (3rd-8th)
Artios Plus: Senior Drama; Fine Arts Club
Chelsea is delighted to be joining the Artios team in the upcoming year as a theatre teacher and director. Chelsea grew up in Greenville and graduated from Furman University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts Administration. Chelsea has studied with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA and has acted professionally at theatres around town. She worked as a Development Associate at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts.
Most recently, she has been a member of the Greenville Little Theatre Resident Acting Company and served as their Development Director. For the past three years she has toured to elementary schools with GLT on Tour, totaling over 250 performances. Favorite acting credits: Beth in Little Women, The Musical (GLT), Vera Claythorne in And Then There Were None (GLT), Louise in Fox on the Fairway (Centre Stage). and May in Junie B. Jones, The Musical (GLT on Tour). She is honored to teach alongside her husband, Sterling, and share the joy of storytelling on the stage. 1 Cor 10:31
Conservatory: Intro to Theater; Acting IV
Artios Plus: Junior Film Club; Senior Drama
Sterling is an Alabama native, who is excited to be partnering with Artios Greenville as a theatre teacher and director. Sterling holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Business from Bob Jones University. He most recently was the Marketing Director and a Resident Actor at Greenville Little Theatre, the oldest and largest locally producing theatre in the Upstate. As a part of the GLT Resident Acting Company, he toured Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: The Musical for the 2016 – 2017 school year.
You may have seen him in GLT’s Peter and The Starcatcher, Miracle on 34th Street or Footloose. A few of his favorite credits include It’s A Wonderful Life (RPC) and Mary Poppins (SLT). Sterling loves the teach, act, and direct and is thrilled to do so alongside his beautiful wife.
Conservatory: Fundamentals of Music; Music Theory II; Chorale
Artios Plus: Junior Drama
Preparatory: English; Creative Writing
Jack’s involvement in ministries of service over the years would qualify him as a “jack of all trades.” He has taught in several academic areas, been a pastoral staff member, been ordained as a minister of the Gospel, filled leadership capacities involving church and school music, and served as a principal in three small Christian schools. Because the opportunities and needs of small ministries require flexibility as well as creativity, he has also taught art, piano, and voice, as well as writing, arranging, and collaborating on vocal, instrumental, and music/drama works. Set design execution, costuming, and staging have been defining signatures of his efforts over the years.
Jack believes that the joy of performance must be fueled by a love for the Lord. The dedication with which we approach our craft must be a testimony to God’s glory. My desire is that those under my influence will see the joy of the Lord and attribute any successes or accomplishments as being only by His grace. This school year Jack will be teaching Fundamentals of Music, Music Theory II, English, Writing Labs, Chorale, and directing the Festival of Gifts.
Preparatory: French; Advanced French
Isabelle is in her third year with Artios. Isabelle was born and raised in Belgium. She met her husband when she was 23. Her husband Michael did a mission trip in France and Belgium and met Isabelle at the missionary church she was attending. They had a long distance relationship for a year before they got married. Isabelle and Michael have three children, Iléona, Grayson and Gavin.
Belgium is a small kingdom, about the size of Maryland, with three official languages, French, Flemish and German, and is bordered by France, Holland, Germany and Luxemburg. Isabelle attended the University of Namur to study Executive Management with Languages. After their wedding, Michael and Isabelle moved to PA. Isabelle first did some French tutoring jobs before working for Tyco Fire Products, as the Director’s Assistant. She worked for that company until she decided she wanted to be a stay home mom. Isabelle has been homeschooling her children for the past six years.
As much as they can, Michael and Isabelle try to be involved in their church. Michael plays guitar and sing in the praise and worship team and is also the Youth Group Leader. Isabelle helps her friend in the children ministry, planning children and youth outings and also helps her husband with the Youth Group.
Isabelle is very excited to work for Artios this year and cannot wait to help your children to learn French.