Jessica has B.A. in Applied Social Sciences, and a background in social work. She currently owns and operates a successful dog training business. She is the mother of Maya, who is 8 years old. Jessica's interests include taking care of the earth and helping others achieve what they came here to experience. She has homeschooled her daughter for the duration of her education so far, and loves it. She was integral in creating Prism when there were no other desirable options that suited her family, and enjoys watching the kids grow and learn together, at the pace that suits them best. She teaches different types of classes, ranging from practical math and meditation, to tribal crafts and recycling.
Masters in Education, Public and Waldorf certification
Alena is an artist and teacher based in Charlottesville. She has a passion for exploring culture, history, geometry and art, and then finding the interesting and patterns hiding within them. She has her Masters in Education from Antioch University, and has completed training in both Integrated Learning and Waldorf teaching modalities. She has a love and appreciation for each unique developmental stage,including those that we continue to experience as adults. In each class, there is a focus on aesthetics and beauty, while also gently integrating social, developmental, and academic skills. Adults are welcome to take any class she offers, even those for the littles.
For the first quarter of Fall 2016, Alena is offering an expository writing class. She also offers tutoring and curriculum consultations to the community. You can click HERE for more details.
Please feel free to contact her with any questions at email@example.com.
Marilyn Ayala Ferrell
Marilyn Ayala Ferrell, mother of 3 children, believes that every child has a unique learning style waiting to be discovered. Previously a special education teacher for Albemarle County, Marilyn holds a Bachelors of Psychology with a minor in business administration, and completion of course work in the Mary Baldwin Masters Arts in Teaching. Growing up bilingual, she's served as a translator and currently teaches basic Spanish to elementary level children. She loves to travel and learn about new cultures. She's traveled to Mexico, Peru, England, Ireland, Italy, France and Belgium.
Kim Wise is a writer/editor/content manager turned English teacher turned freelance writer/editor who lives in Waynesboro with her husband and twin six-year-old boys.
Dr. R Shane McGary
Dr. R Shane McGary received his Ph.D. in Geophysics from MIT in 2013, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Geophysics in the Geology and Environmental Sciences Department at James Madison University. He lives in Harrisonburg with his wife Carrie, sons Ian and Myles, and boxer/lab Akula.
Heather Disbrow is studying Education at Mary Baldwin College and lives with her family in Charlottesville, VA. Her other interests include hiking, music, and mothering. She has worked with children previously as a nanny, a preschool teaching assistant, and an assistant soccer coach. Heather delights in the opportunity to engage and empower children at Prism Learning Community.
Carrie McGary is an avid home cook and fiber artist. She spends her days knitting, spinning, and chasing a toddler, all while avoiding housework. She lives in Harrisonburg with her husband, two sons, and dog.
Laura Skally is a Baltimore native, who earned her Master of Social Work degree in 2000. She and her husband moved to the Valley in 2005, where they are now raising their children. Every day is an adventure!
Milly has focused her academic career (elementary through college) on the study and practice of art. In all of her art classes she aims to provide students with fundamental concepts and encourage them to express their unique perspectives.
Milly resides in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband and two children.