I was born in Lafayette, TN and lived in Red Boiling Springs for 13 years. My family moved to Nashville in 1963 and I graduated from Donelson High School in 1968. I attended George Peabody College for Teachers and earned a BS in Mathematics in 1972.
I taught in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for 40 years. My first 19 years were spent at Wright Middle School ...
My name is Karen Finchum, and I am incredibly excited to return to PLA this year! I have been married to my amazing husband Michael for 19 years and we have twin boys, Riley and Grayson, who are 11 years old.
My educational experience began with working in the children’s ministry at my church as a teenager and I moved into a teaching role about 21 years ago. I attended Middle Tennessee State University ...
My name is Rachael Hassler. I have spent most of my life in Middle Tennessee. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in 2010 from TN Tech University.
I am a mom to 4 great kids and wife to an amazing husband. I have been working with children for the past 11 years and I am excited to be a part of the PLA family again this year.
I am extremely excited to be returning to PLA for the upcoming school year. This will be my fifth year to be involved with this awesome organization and I enjoy it more and more each year. I have been actively involved in drama and theatre for approximately 30 years. In that time I have had the opportunity to not only act, but also direct, write, design and build sets, and run tech for various productions.
My name is Laura Motok and I have been a tutor at Priest Lake Academy for the past 5 years. I have been a board member for one year. I have been a homeschool mom for more years then I can count.
I have a Bachelor's Degree from Ohio State University in the field of Psychology. I am privileged to be able to teach in such a kind, loving, and Christ-centered environment at PLA.
Husband, Father, Son, Entrepreneur, Author, Innovator, Coach, Mentor, Friend, Teacher, Child of God.
There are many words that can be used to describe what I am. But who I am, is a deliberate leader intent on speaking into the lives of those I come into contact with. After 25-years in the private sector, most of those at the helm of companies I have ran, God has shifted my focus and told me, quite bluntly, to go teach.
Larissa Reed has served as Administrator and lead teacher for the Creative Clash visual art camp for Carpe Artista since its inception in 2011. She has taught art classes in drawing, acrylic, pastel and watercolor for Carpe since 2011.
She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Belmont University with a minor in Art, studying Photography, Painting, Drawing, 2D design and 3D design with emphasis on sculpture.
My name is Jessica Sauer, and I am excited to return to the PLA team again this year! I have been an educator for 17 years, and the majority of those years were spent teaching at another tutorial school for homeschool students in Nashville.
Most of my teaching experience has been with middle school and high school English/Literature. I have also taught Journalism, College Readiness, ACT prep, Wilson Reading Program, S.P.I.R.E., and Creative Writing.
My family was blessed to be part of PLA many years ago, and I am looking forward to returning this year as a tutor!
I am a native of middle Tennessee and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from TSU in Nashville.
I am thrilled to be back at PLA! I love teaching, I love ALL children and PLA has been a blessing in my life and my family's.
I was born in Fairfax, VA and grew up in Chantilly, VA. I've also lived in Texas before moving to Smyrna, TN 16 years ago.
Hi! My name is Kimberly Dady. I am a home-school mom of 3. I spent 17 years teaching infants, preschoolers, multiple special needs (deaf, blind, autism, Asperger, auditory processing, many others…) in daycares, public schools, and, as a YMCA after school director, and also, teaching multiple subjects in our home-school tutorial.
Hi! Poem has been teaching in the arts for four years now. She loves to perform, sing, and dance just as
much as she enjoys teaching the generation under her, how to express themselves in the same way!
In her free time Poem loves to cook,
My family and I moved moved to Smyrna, TN from Columbus, MS in the summer of 2019.
My husband and I have been married for 19 years and have 4 children: Logan, 17, Mary Lauren, 15, Micah, 12, and Chloe, 6.
I am a homeschool graduate and current college honor student majoring in English and minoring in Spanish. I live in Smyrna and am active in Fellowship Bible Church's ministry and am a small group leader in their middle and high school student ministry.
My name is Anthony Bokoles. I am a Filmmaker, Video Producer, Editor, Website Designer, and an Internet Marketing Consultant. I co-own "Ark House Productions" a professional media group in Middle Tennessee.