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.
Bob Gerstenberger (also known as Pastor Bob) is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University. He began his teaching career at a Christian school in Aurora, Colorado where he taught general music, speech and drama, instrumental music, and directed musicals such as Annie, Fiddler on the Roof and Sound of Music just to name a few.
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.
I am extremely excited to be returning to PLA for the upcoming school year. This will be my fourth year to be involved with this awesome organization. I have been actively involved in drama and theatre for approximately 30 years.
Hi, my name is Laura Motok and I have been blessed to be part of our home school community for many years. My husband Jim and I have enjoyed 32 years of marriage and we have 11 children, ranging in age from 28 to 10. Each one has been home educated from Kindergarten all the way through High School. I currently have five left that are school age.
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.
She taught art at the Legacy Christian Tutorial and now teaches at Priest Lake Academy homeschool tutorial. She is also a floral designer at Tom’s Florist in Smyrna.
My name is Candyce Roberson. I have been an educator for over 12 years. I have taught in science and math programs at the college level, as well as being a middle and elementary public school teacher. I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Belmont University. More importantly, I'm a homeschool mom of four. I feel very blessed to be able to teach my children at home, as well as fulfill my calling to teach others. My students and their parents should feel free to contact me as often as necessary to secure their success. I'm looking forward to an amazing and challenging school year.
My name is Jessica Sauer, and I am excited to join the PLA team this year! I have been an educator for 16 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. I love reading and all kinds of writing! My top three favorite books are “Lord of the Rings”, “Selected Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson”, and “Ishmael”, and my favorite writing is poetry.
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